Set foot in regions steeped in history and culture, awash with nature and rich in gastronomy. On these trips you are literally travelling in the world’s backyard, where local people go about their daily routines as they have done for centuries. We take you to the very heart of a region to relive history along centuries-old pathways, to see, hear and smell the uniqueness of their slice of the world.
The pace is your own. Luggage is moved on to the next stop while you walk. Go with an open mind and a spirit of discovery, so your experience will be a rewarding one.
Choose from a selection of independent (self-guided) and guided walking holidays in Europe, South America, Australia and Africa.
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Two Wheels & A World To Explore
What better way to experience the picturesque European countryside’s quaint villages, historic sites and ancient cities than by bike.
Europe is “cycle-friendly” and there are numerous dedicated scenic cycle paths without motor traffic. In one day you can picnic in an olive grove; visit castles and cathedrals; plus marvel at Europe’s natural spectacle of gorges, mountains, stunning coastlines and rows of neat vines that epitomise the countryside. At night enjoy the regional vino and cuisine and stay at comfortable characteristic hotels. The pace is relaxed and you have well- researched cycling notes and route maps to take you to the most interesting points on your journey. Luggage is moved between overnight stops and on group guided trips there is a back-up vehicle.
FRANCE – CHATEAUX & GARDENS OF THE LOIRE
The dreamy chateaux and well laid-out gardens of the Loire Valley have seduced royalty and inspired writers and poets for centuries. Discover their charm and elegance on this bike tour that visits some of the most famous chateaux in the Loire Valley. The cycling grade is easy to moderate, with some rolling hills.
The Bike Boat & Barge week long tours are comprised of small groups of friendly multi nationals. You board your traditional small vessel and unpack once. Delicious meals are provided and each day you cycle a different, interesting route to meet your vessel at a different location. There’s plenty of time to relax and you can skip a ride and cruise with the vessel should you choose not to bike.
There is no age limit and electric bikes are available on most trips. Cycling is low impact so you’re never too old.
BIKE & BARGE: HOLLAND MEETS BELGIUM
We show you lovely Amsterdam and old Dutch towns like Willemstad while biking the lowlands of the North Sea to Belgium to discover the Belgian pearls of Antwerp, Ghent and the most stunning canal town of Bruges at journey’s end.
Stay on comfortable Dutch riverboats that have been rebuilt especially for this mode of travel enjoying delicious meals and the camaraderie of a small multi-national group. If you want to skip a day’s ride you can stay on board and cruise with the vessel.
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ITALY’S AMALFI COAST
From picturesque Ravello, high above the sea to the elegant resort of Positano, follow a walking route along ancient paths and stairways linking isolated villages, across hills with lemon and chestnut groves, vineyards and meadows.
Descend to the coast each day to enjoy the lively hospitality and Campania cuisine.
SPAIN’S CAMINO DE SANTIAGO/ THE WAY OF ST JAMES
The historic Camino de Santiago is an epic journey on foot across the Iberian Peninsula, in the North West of Spain, following the pathways of European priests, monarchs and peasants whose pilgrimages to the tomb of St James at Santiago de Compostela, spawned a Christian Renaissance.
It was one of the busiest trunk roads in Europe during the 12th and 13th centuries when between 500,000 and two million devotees each year, from every part of Europe, walked, rode or were carried along the ‘camino’ to Santiago de Compostela.
Today,walkers take about a month to complete the 800-kilometre (500-mile) journey from the Pyrenees at Roncesvalles or Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port on the French side. The main trail is through Puente la Reina, La Rioja, Burgos, Leon and finally crossing Galicia to Santiago de Compostela. It is divided into five stages so you can choose to do one or more stages depending on your time constraints and inclination.
With almost 1800 fine historical buildings along the way, the route links great cathedrals, fine churches and other monuments, many of which were built as stages in the journey for the stream of pilgrims passing through.
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