Holiday Dates & Destinations

Cotswolds Walk: In the Heart of English History - 23rd to 27th April 2018

We lead an exploration through market towns and take the trail out into the country, where we have stunning views of England’s rural heartland. On our walk, we encounter some of the most iconic Cotswold landmarks in this designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

The bedrock of the unique local limestone (oolite), is a defining feature of the landscape, giving the ancient villages and stately manors their distinctive honey colouring. Our tour takes us though sites of historical interest, such as Sudeley Castle, palace of Queen Katherine Parr (the sixth wife of Henry VIII – she survived him) and 12th century churches - fine examples of Norman/Gothic architecture.

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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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The Azores: An Archipelago Experience - 4th to 16th July 2018**

A thousand miles out west of Portugal are the nine islands which make up the spectacular and remote mid-Atlantic archipelago of the Azores. We explore four of the most stunning islands – São Miguel, São Jorge, Faial and Pico - to discover secret places and areas of outstanding natural beauty. We explore the magnificent crater lakes of São Miguel, the beautiful coastal plains (fajãs) of São Jorge and the ‘new’ land at Capelinhos on Faial, created by the 1957 eruption.

We stay in comfortable, privately owned hotels, some with swimming pools and all offering excellent hospitality. A feature of the walks is the amazing volcanic scenery, crater rims, caldeira, levada and vivid green landscapes.

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Snowdonia: Lyrical Valleys & Mystical Mountains - 9th to 13th July 2018**

Snowdonia’s spectacular landscape continues to inspire a sense of discovery among visitors to the national park. Hidden in the valleys is a network of old trails and tracks, the rough road once taken by Celtic tribes and a vestige of one of the most historic landscapes we have in Britain today.

We follow the beautiful Mawddach estuary (which John Ruskin described as the most beautiful walk in the world) onward to Dinas Oleu (the ‘Fortress of Light’). The area is cited as the inspiration behind the founding of the National Trust and in 1895, became its first protected property.

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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 weekend 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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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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