Holiday Dates & Destinations

Alternative Crete: Walking and Painting - 15th to 22nd May 2018

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.

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Romania: Carpathian Mountains and Transylvania - 17th to 25th June 2018

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, Cindrel Mountains, Fagaras Mountains, Pietra Craniului National Park, Bran Castle and the Bucegi National Park. Add some fortified churches, Cistercian monasteries, medieval castles and we are all set for a great holiday with a real difference.

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Walking in the Dolomites and a Taste of Venice - 8th to 15th September 2018

We lead a tour through beautiful mountain scenery of the Dolomites, exploring the history and local villages of the area. Evenings will consists of fine food, wine and relaxation in this specatacular alpine national park. We also lead a walking tour of Venice, included in the trip.

We have graded the overall walking programme in the Dolomites as Moderate. One walk is graded Easy and the others Moderate and involve using well defined mountain trails with ascents and descents described in the itinerary. The scenery will knock your socks off. The walk in Fanes Natural Park has a refugio (Mountain hut) where an optional lunch can be taken. Picnic lunches are provided for the other walks.

Walking in Venice is at your own pace.

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Poland: Tatra Mountains and Historic Krakow - 16th to 24th September 2018**

Our first five nights are spent within the Tatra 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. Spectacular 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. Dinner will be held in local restaurants, specialising in traditional Polish cuisine.

We also plan to visit the infamous Auschwitz-Birkenau, synonymous with the Holocaust. The camp has been preserved as a memorial, and is now a World Heritage Site. The prison blocks that remain have been turned into a museum charting the history of the camp, as well as the persecution experienced in wartime Poland.

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Japan: Ancient Pilgrim Trails - 27th September to 9th October 2018

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. We then continue south to the Kumano region, where we discover the mystical ‘Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range’ – a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Our final night is in Kyoto, where we stay in a modern, western style hotel before departing next day for the return flight to UK. But there is still much to see in this fascinating country and you may wish to stay on for an optional two-night extension to explore Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan.

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Autumn in the Lake District - 21st to 24th October 2018

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. Grasmere is renowned as a walker’s paradise, with tempting walks that include Easdale Tarn, Silver How, Rydal Water, Loughrigg Fell, Helm Crag (known locally as the ‘Lion and the Lamb’) and Grasmere Tarn - once a favourite of William Wordsworth and Rydal Water. We will be spoiled for choice.

You may be tempted to visit Dove Cottage where William Wordsworth wrote some of the greatest poems in the English language.

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Jordan Adventure - 31st October to 7th November 2018

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.

Our destination is the awe-inspiring Nabatean rose-red city of Petra, also known as the 'lost city, half as old as time'. The ancient capital dates to 400BC - where over 800 monuments are literally carved out of the colourful mountain rock and from there, we head for the remote desert landscape of Wadi Rum, described by T.H Lawrence as 'vast, echoing and God-like'. We spend a night in a Bedouin tented camp, followed by a visit to Bethany on the banks of the River Jordan and a swim in the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth.

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Off the Beaten Track in Costa Rica** - 15th January to 27th January 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.

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Patagonian Adventure** - 17th to 25th June 2018

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 between Ushuaia (Argentina) and 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.

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Exploring the Hidden Kingdom of Bhutan** - 5th April to 13th April 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.

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The Deserts and Mountains of Oman - 5th April to 13th April 2019

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.

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Pembrokeshire Coast National Park - 24th April to 28th April 2019

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.

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Classical Prague - 13th May to 17th May 2019

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.

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The Dingle Peninsula, Ireland** - 10th June to 17th June 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.

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Walking in Colorado's High Country** - 12th April to 24th August 2019

A chance to witness awe-inspiring natural beauty with Bob Helmes and Monique Schoustra, long-standing friends for our trips to the USA. Between us, we have put together a new trip 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 for miles.

We land in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and from there we set off for High Country, Durango, Mesa Verde National Park, Silverton among other evocative places.

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The Edinburgh Festival and Military Tattoo** - 17th April to 19th August 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.

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The Gower Peninsula** - 5th April to 13th April 2018

In the first ever designated Area ofOutstanding Natural Beauty, our guidedwalks along this spectacular coastlinewill “knock your socks off”.Following the clifftop routes, we crosspaths with many beautiful beaches, including Rhosilli Bay – voted one ofthe best in Europe.

We stay at the family-run NortonHouse Hotel in Mumbles. One of Dylan Thomas’s favourite places, he describedMumbles as “a rather nice village.” Thisold oyster-fishing community is famousfor its ‘Mumbles Mile’, promenade, pier and Mumbles Lifeboat.

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Classic Walking Trails of New Zealand** - 17th November to 3rd December 2019

A “once in a lifetime” holiday and afull immersion in the very best of New Zealand, visiting the North and South Islands. Witness some of the country’s incredible natural highlights while hiking along the Abel Tasman Coastal Track, Routeburn Track, Mount Maunganui and the Lake Tarawera volcanic trail.

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.

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If you are interested in holidays in the planning stage (marked **), please contact us and we will send you a detailed brochure for the holiday as soon as it is printed.

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