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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 £589 excluding flights

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 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 £589 including UK flights

Algarve cycling holiday in Portugal

The western Algarve, a land away from the touristy towns of the central coast, is an area of stunning cliff tops, quiet fishermen's villages and lush green interior. It's also a birdwatcher's paradise and whilst autumn and spring bring in the huge migrations, winter sees numerous endemic bird species. Winter is more akin to springtime in the UK, meaning you can enjoy the warm temperatures and beautiful beaches of the Algarve from September right through to May. Our six night holiday takes you along quiet roads and sun-kissed cycle tracks. You'll cycle along beautiful coastlines enjoying a mix of golden sandy beaches and rugged cliff tops, and pass through pretty villages, some of which ... Read more >
From £1,129 including UK 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 undulating yet varied, and takes you along the banks ... Read more >
From £1,639 including UK flights

Piedmont walking holiday, Vineyards of Barolo

This self-guided, Piedmont walking holiday through the vineyards and exquisite valleys of Barolo, is a gentle and gastronomically gorgeous way to explore the tranquil Langhe region of Piedmont, in the north-west of Italy. The Barolo vineyards of this region have been awarded UNESCO World Heritage status, and the countryside that envelops these vineyards is award-winning too. With gently rippling hills, sunflower-filled meadows and ancient oak woods, the honey-coloured hamlets and historic castles that pepper your trails just add to the aesthetic beauty of it all. This walking holiday is a circular route, starting and ending in Benevello, a hamlet in the Alta Langa hills. From here you ... Read more >
From £1,759 including UK flights

Swiss Alps walking holiday, self guided

This Swiss Alps walking holiday is a tailor made trip and perfect for those who want to stay in one place, with magnificent hiking trails to take on every day. This base is a beautiful three star, family run hotel, with a heated indoor pool, sauna and superb Swiss cuisine. The hotel is in Kandersteg, a high altitude village in the Bernese Oberland region, enveloped by Swiss Alps magnificence. You will take on different hikes every day for a week, savouring the classical terrain of Swiss mountain meadows, wildflowers, dramatic gorges, omnipresent waterfalls and views out to some of the great peaks, including Eiger, Jungfrau, Monch and the Matterhorn. Your hotel hosts will give you a ... Read more >
From £1,229 including UK flights

Italy cycling holiday, Venice & Veneto

Our undiscovered corner of Veneto, just 60 minutes (but a world away) from bustling Venice, is the perfect setting for a relaxed cycling holiday. Nestled between the art cities of Padua, home to one of the oldest universities in the whole of Europe, and UNESCO-recognised Vicenza, the region is bursting with Patrician villas - built by Venetian nobles to escape the muggy heat of the city - and ancient castles, although it is surprisingly almost entirely untouched by tourism. Palladio was the most famous Renaissance architect and many of his buildings, including the Villa Rotonda, can be visited on day 7 of this interest-packed itinerary. We take you across the Venetian plain, past ... Read more >
From £1,279 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 £1,069 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 £1,609 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 £1,039 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 £1,359 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 £1,079 including UK flights

Loire self guided cycling holiday

The Loire Valley is synonymous with chateaux and they are as diverse as they are numerous with over 300 in total to explore. Embark on this eight night holiday which takes you on a journey of discovery through some of the most prominent chateaux of this famous UNESCO World Heritage Site. The chateaux look like they've come straight from a fairytale with their turrets, pinnacles, lanterns and moats. There's the beautiful Renaissance chateau at Chenonceau which famously straddles the Cher, the magnificent royal palace of Amboise proudly dominating the riverside and town, and the dramatic chateau at Chaumont, once owned by Catherine de Medici (before being forcibly 'exchanged' for ... Read more >
From £1,539 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 1,000kms 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 360-degree views over the Italian Dolomites and Austrian Alps, and a circular hike around the world-famous Tre Cime, three immense obelisks of ... Read more >
From £1,139 including UK flights

Volterra to San Gimignano walking holiday in Italy

This Volterra to San Gimignano walking holiday is a nine day journey through Tuscan rural idylls. It will feel like almost timeless terrain walking through tranquil hilltop hamlets, basking in Tuscan sun which nourishes the vineyards and olive groves that you amble past along the way from hotel to hotel. The hotels we have selected for you are four star, and the landscapes are always five star. Have your bags transferred for you as you take time to enjoy cultural highlights such as the Etruscan village of Casole d'Elsa or the mystical towers of San Gimignano's. With options to visit Sienna and Florence on ‘days off’. Natural heritage highlights include walks through Berignone Nature ... Read more >
From £1,399 including UK flights

France cycling tour in Provence, Vaucluse Vineyards

In the heart of Provence, the Vaucluse is steeped in history. Originally Celtic, it was conquered by the Romans and is now rich in well-preserved Roman remains, especially at Orange and Vaison-la-Romaine where the large site is comparable to Pompeii. The skyline is dominated by the majestic silhouette of the Dentelles de Montmirail and dramatic Mont Ventoux. On this eight night cycling holiday you get the best of both worlds: breathtaking scenery all around combined with easy pedalling on plains and gentle foothills dotted with lavender, orchards and the famous Cotes du Rhone vineyards. The towns and villages you pass through are particularly picturesque with their old quarters, weekly ... Read more >
From £1,489 including UK flights

Umbria self guided cycling holiday in Italy

Few places can stir emotions quite as intensely as Umbria. To visit here is to embark on a journey into a timeless world of sun-drenched landscapes, ancient hill villages and some of the friendliest people we've ever met. This 8-night self-guided cycling holiday combines scenic pedalling through olive groves, sunflower fields, vineyards and apricot orchards with the chance to explore some of the most fascinating towns and historic villages in the country. You'll freewheel along the stately Roman Via degli Ulivi and follow in the footsteps of emperors at the sacred springs of Campello sul Clitunno. Highlights include the lovely hilltop wine village of Montefalco, 'the balcony of ... Read more >
From £1,329 including UK flights

Puglia cycling tour

This Puglia cycling tour is an eight day idyllic journey around the Puglia, which is the exquisite, elegant heel of Italy’s boot. This is an independent tailor made trip, where you stay at a range of wonderful Puglia accommodations along the way, from a 12th century former courthouse in Conversano to authentic trullo houses in the UNESCO site of Alberobello. Puglia is pure prettiness, and as this is a relatively easy cycling holiday not requiring loads of Lycra or months of training, you will have plenty of time to sit back and enjoy it too. With four days of cycling between 34-50km, you also have leisure days in Alberobello and Pezze di Greco, where you can just laze by the pool if ... Read more >
From £1,399 including UK flights
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