This holiday offers a relaxing and creative experience in a peaceful part of Crete, on the northwest coast east of Kissamos Bay. Here, you’ll find a slower pace to life – ideal for those seeking a more authentic experience, or a respite from the mass tourism resorts.
The walking programme is confined to the mornings, with a typical stretch of around four hours dedicated to following paths well off the beaten track, known only to the locals. The local English speaking guide will give you an insight into the Cretan way of life, and introduce you to the archaeological, historic features of the area.
Authentic, natural and cultural are the words that best capture the essence of Romania, a country with a dynamic mix of history, arts and scenic beauty. Widely considered the most beautiful country in Eastern-Europe, the region remains a bastion of European medieval history, long since lost elsewhere.
Our walking programme typically involves around four to six hours walking most days and encompasses mountain villages, rural landscapes, Bran Castle, the Cindrel and Fagaras Mountains as well as the Pietra Craniului and Bucegi National Parks.
We lead a tour through beautiful mountain scenery, exploring the history and local villages of the Fanes National Park. We stay at the impressive family-run Ciasa Salaris Boutique Hotel, where evenings will consist of fine food, wine and relaxation. A walking (at your own pace) tour of Venice, is also included.
One walk is graded Easy and the others Moderate, these involve using well defined mountain trails with ascents and descents described in the itinerary. Fanes Natural Park has a refugio (Mountain hut) where an optional lunch can be taken.
Our first five nights are spent within the Tatras Mountains, staying in the picturesque town of Zakopane. Situated in the Tatra National Park, the area is renowned for its walking trails and climbing routes. Guided walks include Morskie Oko, The Sleeping Knight, Kasprowy Wierch and hiking trips along the Polish-Slovak border.
The medieval city of Kraków beckons and we spend the next three nights in a boutique hotel in the bohemian Old Town. Along with our guide, we explore prominent landmarks including the Grand Square, the Rynek Główny, St. Mary’s Basilica, the Jewish Quarter, the Royal Castle, Wawel Hill and the city’s Cathedral.
Our flight destination from the UK is Tokyo. Transfer into the mountains to walk from village to village along the famous Nakasendo Trail which linked Kyoto to Tokyo during Japan’s feudal period.
Along the route were 69 ‘post towns’, where weary travellers could rest before continuing on to the next leg. We spend the night in three of them. Continue to the historical city of Kyoto – a city that houses much of Japan’s cultural heritage and 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Join us for a short-break holiday of guided fell-walking amongst the spectacular autumnal Lakeland scenery. Our base is the delightful 4-Star family-run Wordsworth Hotel and Spa, beautifully located in the centre of the village of Grasmere and surrounded by mountains that will beckon from the moment you arrive.
Included is a visit Dove Cottage where William Wordsworth wrote some of the greatest poems in the English language.
This fascinating Jordanian Adventure begins in Amman before driving north to the Roman city of Jerash, one of the world’s best-preserved Roman provincial towns.
As we journey south through desert landscape and some of the most spectacular scenery in the Middle East look out for romantic and isolated desert castles that recall a rich history of kings, princes and the Crusaders.
Off the Beaten Track in Costa Rica - 15th to 27th Jan 2019
A walking programme as diverse as the nation’s rainforests, where we visit waterfalls and thermal pools, taking night walks and hiking rugged volcanoes in La Fortuna and the lush Monteverde Cloud Forest and Juan Castro Blanco National Parks.
We stay in luxury hotels and eco-lodges, setting off to discover Costa Rica’s local food and indigenous culture and the crystal-clear waters and white sands of Nosara’s beaches, before a final night in the capital at San Jose.
Patagonian Adventure - 2nd to 18th Feb 2019
From Buenos Aires, a city alive with the irresistible Latin rhythms of the tango, we head south to Tierra del Fuego (Land of Fire), boarding our expedition ship at Ushuia (Argentina) for a spectacular cruise to to Punta Arenas (Chile).
From Cape Horn to the Straits of Magellan, our voyage takes us out amongst some of the planet’s most remote spaces, a wondrous landscape of glaciers and tiny clustered islands. From there, we visit the awe-inspiring Andes, Paine National Park, Los Glaciares National Park and the Perito Moreno Glacier.
Exploring the Hidden Kingdom of Bhutan - 10th Mar to 23rd Jan 2018
We offer the opportunity to experience Bhutan’s culture, customs and traditions at close quarters, taking guided treks to remote places that have driven this tiny nation to embrace the “happiness philosophy”.
Our journey starts in the remote and still very traditional eastern part of Bhutan, before travelling west to Thimphu. Our final glimpse of Bhutan, as we fly homeward bound over the Himalayas, will be of a countryside scattered with farmhouses and monasteries perched on hilltops – a reminder of a truly unique landscape.
Exotic scenery on a vast scale with a journey of contrasts from Oman’s capital, Muscat, to a fascinating and lively world of traditional souks, mud villages, mountains and desert. Through Oman’s mountain routes, still in use by mountain villagers as the only means of access, we explore a cultural legacy that has been left unaffected through the ages.
Join us for some, or all of the walks on this exciting journey that includes two relaxing nights at the luxurious 5-star Shangri-La Resort near Muscat.
The impressive Twr y Felin Hotel, steeped in luxury, is the perfect base for our visit to St Davids and our guided walks along the spectacular Pembrokeshire Coastal Path. There’s no better time to visit than Spring, with the clifftop flowers in bloom and the puffins and guillemots home to nest.
Included is a guided tour of Tenby, regarded by many as the prettiest seaside town in Wales. We will be accompanied by a registered Blue Badge Guide, illustrating to us the highlights of this delightful area.
Our walking tour of the Czech Republic’s historic capital, Prague, features some of Europe’s finest examples of architecture, including the Old Town, Jewish Quarter, Municipal House and Royal Gardens.
From there, we explore beyond the city limits, with visits to Karistejn Castle, Koneprusy Caves and the fascinating village of Svaty Jan pod Skalou. Add a leisurely cruise on Prague’s Vltava River and an optional classical concert in one of the city’s famous theatres and we are all set for a memorable experience.
The Dingle Peninsula - 10th to 17th Jun 2019
One of the last strongholds of the Gaelic language, Dingle is surrounded by spectacular scenery and rich in archaeological remains. From Great Blasket Island, Brandon Creek, Slea Head and the rocky shores of Dingle Bay, our guided walking programme takes in mountains, corrie, lakes, off-shore islands and beaches, including several stages of the Dingle Way.
Returning each evening to the comforts of the Dingle Benners Hotel, you’ll find traditional Irish music and a warm welcome waiting for you each evening in the town’s friendly local pubs.
Walking in Colorado’s High Country - 12th to 24th Aug 2019
A chance to witness awe-inspiring natural beauty with Bob Helmes and Monique Schoustra, long-standing friends for our visits to the USA.
Between us, we have put together a new holiday that is certain to appeal to anyone seeking spectacular high mountain walks, dramatic peaks, wilderness hikes, coursing streams, waterfalls, shimmering aspens and views that stretch a hundred miles. We land in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and from there set off for High Country, Durango, Mesa Verde National Park, Silverton among other evocative places
The Edinburgh Festival and Military Tattoo - 17th to 19th Aug 2019
Acclaimed by many as one of the greatest shows on earth, the Edinburgh Military Tattoo is a dazzling and compelling celebration of music, dance and drama. Set against the magnificent backdrop of Edinburgh Castle, this promises to be a memorable experience best enjoyed from our reserved seats facing the castle entrance (below the Royal Box).
Our impressive hotel, The Principal, is rich in history, with plenty of local charm. Also included is a guided walk around Edinburgh that takes in the Royal Mile and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, a welcome reception and dinners in local restaurants.
The Gower Peninsula - 16th to 19th Sep 2019
In the first ever designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the UK, our guided walks along this spectacular coastline will “knock your socks off”. Following clifftop footpaths, we visit many beautiful beaches, including Rhosilli Bay – voted one of the best in Europe.
We stay at the family-run Norton House Hotel in Mumbles. One of Dylan Thomas’s favourite places, he described Mumbles as “a rather nice village”. This old oyster-fishing community is famous for its ‘Mumbles Mile’, promenade, pier and Lifeboat.
Classic Walking Trails of New Zealand - 17th Nov to 3rd Dec 2019
A once in a lifetime holiday and a full immersion in the very best of New Zealand, visiting the North and South Islands. The walking programme features the Volcanoes and Rainforests walk near Rotarua, the Routeburn and Abel Tasman Coastal Tracks, as well as the Mount Maunganui summit walk and the Lake Tarawera reserve.
Using a combination of luxury coach and several domestic flights, this exceptional, high-quality tour also includes the Bay of Plenty, Rotorua, Nelson, Queenstown, Shotover Jet Boats, energetic thermal activity and Maori culture.