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48 holidays found

Dorset walking holiday, the Jurassic Coast

Undeniably one of the loveliest counties in England, Dorset is frequently described as 'the best of both worlds' with fabulous beaches, magnificent cliffs, historic towns, unspoilt villages and wildlife-rich nature reserves. Captivated by its unique charm and outstanding natural beauty, Dorset has long been an attraction for artists, photographers, writers and film-makers, and its stunning coast was the awe-inspired setting for ITV's award-winning drama, 'Broadchurch'. On this new 5-night holiday, the cycling alternates between traffic-free bridleways and undulating country lanes - don't worry, you can opt for an electric bike if you're nervous about tackling the hillier sections! For ... Read more >
From £569 excluding flights

Jurassic Coast walking holiday in Dorset

A leisurely Jurassic Coast walking holiday in Dorset, staying at different places along the way, including a boutique bed and breakfast in Weymouth, where the holiday begins, to an 18th century mansion in the Victorian seaside town of Swanage. Because this Jurassic Coast is one that, as the name suggests, oozes history and was, therefore, recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its cliffs and coastal landscapes that have rocks and fossils that date back 185 million years. It also boasts, quite simply, some of England’s most breathtaking walking terrain, with four full days of walking that include a lovely mix of chalk cliffs and dramatic sea views, all accessible on the South West ... Read more >
From £489 excluding flights

Austrian Lakes cycling holiday, self guided

An Austrian lakes cycling holiday, self-guided and gently paced, not only so that you can enjoy the splendid landscapes and shorelines of this country’s sumptuous ‘sees, but also the cultural highlgiths in between. The famous ‘sees’ or include Attersee, Mondsee, Ebensee and Wolfgangsee, with warm thermal springs and spas interspersed along the way, as well as magnificent mountain backdrops. So you can benefit from the mountain beauty without having to pedal up them. Cycling from one beautiful lakeside hotel to another, accommodation includes a waterfront retreat in Gmunden or a stunning 4 star hotel with pool and thermal steam baths in Bad Ischl. Starting in Mondsee, and just as with all ... Read more >
From £1,797 including UK flights

Montenegro walking holidays

Montenegro walking holidays are all about the country’s magnificent national parks, because this small country is packed with protected and very pretty landscapes. A two centre holiday, we start in the mountain town of Zabljak, gateway to Durmitor National Park, where the Mount Durmitor plateau is surrounded by a plethora of lakes. Here we stay in a four star hotel for three nights which gives us easy access to go hiking among the forested slopes, along the stunning Tara Canyon, through a land brimming with waterfalls and even swimming in glacial Crno Jezero lake. For the rest of the trip, we base ourselves further south in Perast on the Bay of Kotor, a beautiful Venetian town on the ... Read more >
From £1,579 including UK flights

Dordogne self guided cycling tour, France

The Dordogne is one of the largest and most picturesque areas in France. It is divided into two by the Dordogne River, which founded the historic frontier between France and England during the Hundred Years War (1337-1453). Along its banks you'll find over a thousand castles steeped in legend and history, and witness to centuries of conquests and distinct cultures. Today, the rich and varied culture of this land is still here for you to discover. The towering strongholds of Beynac, Castelnaud, Domme and Montfort offer breath-taking views and your route also takes you to little-known chateaux hidden deep in the woods. The cycling is varied and takes you along the banks of the Dordogne ... Read more >
From £1,539 including UK flights

Piedmont walking holiday, Vineyards of Barolo

On this self-guided, hotel-to-hotel walking holiday, you'll explore the beautifully tranquil Langhe region of Piedmont, a gastronomic gem quietly tucked into Italy's north-western corner. Recently recognised by UNESCO, the countryside is a glorious mix of gently rippling, wave-shaped hills cloaked by layers of vines, sunflowers and oak forests, crowned with honey-hued hamlets and majestic Savoy castles. Your route starts and ends in Benevello, nestling in the hazelnut-clad Alta Langa hills, from where you follow the limpid Tanaro River before climbing through a string of hamlets to Grinzane Cavour where you'll enjoy gorgeous balcony views from the hotel terrace! It's then on to ... Read more >
From £1,689 including UK flights

Swiss Alps walking holiday, Jungfrau Peaks & Glaciers walk

This walking holiday explores the UNESCO-recognised region of Jungfrau and takes in some of the Alps' most dramatic scenery - the sheer scale of it is breathtaking. The 4000m peaks of the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau cloaked in rolling white glaciers tower magnificently over the Lauterbrunnen Valley, the deepest U-shaped valley in the world, lined with 72 rushing waterfalls. You're in for a real selection of unique experiences: you'll pass so close to the ice-clad flank of the Monch you'll feel as though you can almost touch it; you'll ramble through meadows fragrant with wolfsbane, trumpet gentian and purple monkshood; you'll enjoy both the sound of tinkling cowbells and the thundering ... Read more >
From £1,619 including UK flights

Swiss Alps walking holiday, self guided

Kandersteg is in the heart of the Bernese Oberland, where the great arc of the Alps culminates in some of its highest and most spectacular peaks. This area epitomises the 'chocolate-box' Alps: lush green meadows bright with wildflowers, against a backdrop of rugged, wild mountains, topped with glistening glaciers. A week's stay here uncovers the very best of the region: a huge turquoise lake enclosed by towering cliffs, a hidden valley headed by a glacier, a sheer gorge carved out by glacial meltwaters, an Alpine pass that has been used since Celtic times and an abundance of wildflowers. Did we mention the spectacular views? The impressive white peaks of the 3970m Eiger, Monch, ... Read more >
From £1,149 including UK flights

Gozo self guided cycling holiday, Malta

Surrounded by azure Mediterranean waters, diminutive Gozo is just 5km from its livelier sister island Malta. Here, the pace of life is leisurely, the welcome is genuine and the people are friendly. The tranquillity, combined with the island's size makes Gozo perfect for gentle exploration on two wheels. Quaint villages, Baroque churches and traditional farmhouses blend naturally into the picturesque landscape and complement the unique coastline and amazing UNESCO World Heritage Sites. This short, leisurely route combines a mixture of coastal tracks and quiet roads and takes in panoramic views from the Ta' Cenc plateau as far as Malta and Comino. Visit Calypso's Cave overlooking the red ... Read more >
From £1,169 including UK flights

Dordogne canoeing holiday in France

This Dordogne canoeing holiday in France is nine days of exploring the stunning river valley in the most peaceful way possible. After a lesson in river safety and handling your canoes, you set off on a leisurely paddle that takes you past some of the region’s most glorious natural heritage, such as the rose limestone river cliffs or ancient woodland and walnut groves. Chateaux appear as if by magic and one of your hotels is even in an 11th century castle, just one of several stunning family friendly hotels that you will stay in, all with their own swimming pools. This is a journey that is not only great fun, but also one that takes you through a delightful mix of medieval villages and ... Read more >
From £1,529 including UK flights

Dordogne activity holiday in France

Explore one of the most fascinating corners of the Dordogne on this varied and flexible, walking, cycling and canoeing holiday. The Perigord Noir, arguably one of the most attractive parts of the Dordogne, is named as such for its rich dark oak and chestnut forests which fill the very heart of this region. The area offers spectacular scenery with ancient chateaux perched high above the rugged cliffs overlooking the entire valley. You'll find mediaeval villages full of character and a plethora of historical sites including the Benedictine Abbaye Sainte-Marie in Souillac, founded during the C12 and which suffered badly during the Hundred Years' War. On foot, bike and by canoe, venture ... Read more >
From £1,519 including UK flights

Venice cycling holiday, Italy

This Venice cycling holiday is all about discovering Venetia, the beautiful landscapes that surround one of the country’s most famous cities. Based in one place, a charming agritourism farmhouse accommodation, Agriturismo l'Albara, just outside the village of Villaganzerla, you have access to some of the most sumptuous sojourns by saddle, all of them self-guided but on easy to follow circular routes. Venetia is a rural idyll and, unlike its main city, is very free of mass tourism, as you will discover cycling along the many quiet lanes that traverse this gently undulating countryside. Such as cycling across the Paduan plain to get to the Sunday market in Bastia. Or pootling along the ... Read more >
From £1,049 including UK flights

Emilia Romagna cycling holiday in Italy

Best known as the gastronomic capital of Italy - parmesan cheese, balsamic vinegar and Parma ham all originate from here - Emilia Romagna also offers some of the most gentle cycling in the country. This eight night holiday explores the eastern part of the region, where the gold-sand beaches of the Adriatic stand alongside undiscovered art cities like historic Ravenna, once Seat of the Western Roman Empire, and Ferrara, Italy's 'cycling capital'. You'll also spend two nights in gorgeous Comacchio, a lagoon town criss-crossed by a series of canals and bridges rising out of 13 different islands and islets, and known affectionately as 'Little Venice'. Pancake-flat country lanes link ... Read more >
From £1,619 including UK flights

Slovenia walking holiday in the Julian Alps

This self guided Slovenia walking holiday in the Julian Alps is a stunning way to discover this mountainous region that is bedecked with wildflowers in hiking season, boasts tumbling waterfalls and magnificent lakes. Lake Bohinj being the sapphire in the Slovenian crown. The heart of this region is Triglav National park, where the country’s highest peak, Mount Triglav takes centre stage at 2864m. The hiking here is alpine style, traversing mountain paths and jagged limestone peaks, stopping at beautiful, traditional villages with wooden houses. One of these is Kranjska Gora, where you start this walking holiday, with splendid views across the Austrian and Italian Alps, giving you a great ... Read more >
From £1,359 including UK flights

Gozo walking holiday, Malta

Gozo is the second largest of the Maltese islands, yet at only 14km by 7km at its widest point, nowhere in Gozo is too far away, making it the ideal choice for a walking holiday. The slow pace of life along with the air of tranquillity also makes Gozo the perfect place to relax. Rich in history and culture you must visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Ggantija Tombs at Xaghra, the oldest freestanding temples in the world dating back to 3500BC, and the Ta' Pinu sanctuary. The walks guide you around the island's impressive coastline and through the cobbled streets of the traditional towns and villages and you'll have plenty of time for exploring, swimming and just soaking up ... Read more >
From £964 including UK flights

Loire cycling holiday, France

This gentle and unhurried gastronomic cycling holiday follows a triangular route through the heart of the great Loire Valley. Highlights include the majestic chateaux of Amboise and Chambord, and the rich Renaissance splendour of Chenonceau. You'll pass vineyards, sunflowers and pretty, sleepy villages, before pedalling gently along shady riverbanks and out through open countryside abundant with wildlife. On each cycling day, you'll have the opportunity to taste dozens of different wines - stopping at big wineries or village vineyards as the mood takes you - in a wine region more varied and diverse than any other in the world. The places you'll be staying in have been hand-picked for ... Read more >
From £1,379 including UK flights

Loire Valley walking holiday, France

The Loire is famous for its chateaux with over 300 in total to discover. This easy paced, gentle walking holiday balances peaceful, off-the-beaten-track discoveries, with the splendour and opulence of some of the finest Renaissance chateaux in France. There's no tough climbing; the highest point is at just 150m but you're still rewarded with beautifully unspoilt landscapes and enchanting views at every turn. You follow a circular route from Chaumont-sur-Loire along peaceful riverside tracks, passing quiet hamlets, before continuing alongside the River Cher through Montrichard, Chenonceaux and Montlouis. On your return you'll enjoy wonderful walks through open fields and sprawling ... Read more >
From £1,039 including UK flights

Sicily cycling holiday, Italy

This self-guided, seven night linear cycling holiday explores Sicily's unspoilt western coast. Steeped in ancient history and culture, combined with a quintessential Mediterranean landscape, this picturesque region is a delight to explore on two wheels. Enjoy golden bays lapped by azure waters, vine-studded countryside dotted with silvery olive groves and tiny sun-baked hamlets where time moves at a lazy pace. Your holiday begins in mediaeval Scopello, a tiny cobbled hamlet superbly located above the idyllic Zingaro Nature Reserve, home to Bonelli's eagles, falcons and buzzards, as well as picture-perfect coves. You then move inland to Bruca, nestled in pristine countryside and a ... Read more >
From £1,359 including UK flights

Dolomites walking holiday in Italy, self guided

in the heart of the northern Italian Dolomites, close to the border with Austria and dominated by the famous Tre Cime (Three Peaks), is the beautiful Tyrolean village of Dobbiaco. A week's walking from here allows you to discover the beauty and sheer magnificence of the majestic Alta Pusteria Valley. With over 1000kms of trails, the Italian Dolomites are a mecca for high-level walkers and we provide a selection of meticulously researched route notes for walks at various levels. highlights include a high ridge path along the Austrian border with 360o views over the Italian Dolomites and Austrian Alps, and a circular hike around the world-famous Tre Cime, three immense obelisks of sheer ... Read more >
From £1,169 including UK flights

Volterra to San Gimignano walking holiday in Italy

On this self-guided, 8-night walking holiday, you explore the timeless countryside between picturesque Volterra and the soaring towers of San Gimignano. You'll feel as though you're strolling through history as you discover sleepy hilltop hamlets crowning sun-dappled hills, verdant vineyards and panoramic picnic spots in fields ablaze with sunflowers. You also have the option to visit the eternal cities of Siena and Florence - Tuscan favourites right on your doorstep! You start in Volterra, a real Etruscan gem with its tangle of alleys home to alabaster workshops and secret chapels, from where you walk through the verdant Berignone Nature Reserve and up to a fantastic panoramic ridge ... Read more >
From £1,399 including UK flights
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