Meet New Year’s Resolutions With New Overseas Walking, Cycling Tours

MT. PLEASANT, S.C. – Breakaway Adventures, a tour company that specializes in relaxed overseas getaways, offers a fun way to work toward New Year’s fitness goals with five new walking and cycling trips to France, Italy and the French Caribbean.

The new tours for 2006 offer travelers an opportunity to follow in the footsteps of Van Gogh, hike the French Alps, meander through the lavender fields of Provence, stroll along the black sand beaches of the French Caribbean and cycle the Chianti countryside in Italy. Ranging in length from 7-12 days, the tours start at $1356 per person and vary in price based on the tour, length and season.

New tours include:
•In Van Gogh’s Footsteps – In this walking tour, guests start in Avignon, France and travel to St. Remy de Provence, the adopted home of the Marquis de Sade and Van Gogh; Saint-Paul de Mausole monastery where Van Gogh painted 150 paintings in a year; Arles, Van Gogh’s second home, and more. 7 days; moderate level; $1598/person.
•Provence with Pleasure – This walking tour takes guests through the countryside of Provence stopping to enjoy gardens, gorges, forests, mountains and national parks through Avignon, Lourma, Buoux, Rustrel and more. 8 days; moderate level; $1619/person.
•Morzine – Walk and hike the French Alps from one central location in the Morzine Valley, choosing outings that are as easy or challenging as you prefer. Enjoy views of lakes, waterfalls, rivers, alpine pastures and the opportunity to rock-climb, raft, canyon, mountainboard and more. 8 days; moderate level; starting at $1356/person.
•Exploring the French Caribbean – This walking trip allows guests to explore the French Caribbean from two different locations: Guadeloupe and Martinique. Enjoy outings to local waterfalls, mangrove trails, white and black sand beaches, rainforests and more. Gourmet Creole and French cuisine are the highlight of the evenings. 12 days; easy level; starting at $2867/person.
•Secrets of San Gimignano – Cycle the Chianti countryside in Italy between Volterra and San Gimignano over rolling hills and past vineyards and fields of sunflowers, with visits to Florence and Siena. Stay in a restored 14th century Benedictine abbey with original frescoes and sample plenty of local wines. 9 days; moderate level; starting at $2043/person.

“All of our tours are designed to provide travelers with authentic and enjoyable cultural experiences off the tourist path,” says Carol Keskitalo, co-owner of Breakaway Adventures. “Because they are self-guided and independent, guests can travel at their own pace without the added cost of a shared tour guide and enjoy spontaneous experiences that could never be replicated through a tour bus window.”

Breakaway Adventures is a tour company that offers relaxed overseas getaways where guests can walk, cycle, trek or barge through the back roads of 30 countries, including Italy, France, Greece and Great Britain. Specializing in self-guided and full-supported independent tours, the company provides the highest level of service to its customers, managing all the details so they can focus on the adventure at hand. For more information about the company and detailed tour itineraries, visit or call 1-800-567-6286.