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Active WALKING & CYCLING SMALL GROUP ADVENTURES


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Explore Step out into a whole new world on an active holiday. From leisurely rambles through Greece’s sun-drenched olive groves, to challenging treks over the rugged terrain of the Himalaya; exploring on foot or by bike allows you a deeper insight into your destination. Experience a country’s smells, sounds, and sights up close. At Explore we’re passionate about creating a wide range of trips that everyone can enjoy – from occasional ramblers, to trekkers and cyclists seeking a personal challenge. Our trips are graded from easy through to challenging to tough. Detailed information is provided about each trip so you know what to expect and can choose what suits you best. Our destinations are diverse. Get away from the everyday and hike along the Great Wall of China, discover the stunning cliffside villages of Italy’s Amalfi Coast, cycle past the ancient temples of Angkor and discover archaeological sites of the Yucatan Peninsula. We love to scour the globe for exciting new places to walk and cycle and we have plenty of new adventures to tempt you in 2019. Experiences include hiking along ancient pilgrimage trails in Japan, climbing volcanoes in Sicily, riding through the Caucasus in Georgia and cycling through Turkey’s Lycia region to the Turquoise Coast. If you prefer to set your own pace and enjoy the challenge of navigating a route yourself, consider our self-guided holidays. Sardinia’s beautiful west coast and the coastal paths in Portugal are part of our growing collection.

Wherever you go, get closer with Explore.

Caroline Phillips Walking Programme Manager

James Adkin Cycling Programme Manager

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Why travel with us? Expert knowledge We’re a company of travellers who’ve been walking and trekking every corner of the globe for over 37 years. From the high passes of the Alps to the rice terraces of Vietnam, the national parks of America to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, we’ve been there, done that, so you know you’re in good hands.

Small groups Embracing new cultures and destinations and sharing them with other likeminded travellers is all part of the small group trip experience. Our groups usually comprise of eight to 14 people, with a maximum group size of 16 on our most popular walking trips.

Explore Leaders Our award-winning leaders are passionate about their country. Usually leading in their home country, they’re hand-picked and trained by our UK team. Sharing their first-hand knowledge and experience of leading walks and treks, they ensure you take away unforgettable memories in the most extraordinary destinations.

Support crew, guides and porters Every one of our walking trips includes the cost of your walking guide; we choose passionate, knowledgeable and well-trained Explore Leaders who can help you to get the most from the destination and your walks. Depending on local logistics, your luggage is transferred between night stops by either vehicle, porter or pack animals, so you’re free to walk with a light rucksack with just the essentials. On treks that are more remote or tougher due to altitude or terrain, additional guides assist the leader and provide support to the group. All guides on these treks are fully-qualified Mountain Leaders with first aid and altitude training. On some trips there is also a support crew to prepare camp and meals before you arrive and pack up the next day, so you can focus on enjoying the trek.

Included bike hire, E-bikes and vehicle support

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Every one of our cycling trips includes the cost of bike hire; we choose goodquality hybrid touring bikes, road bikes and mountain bikes best-suited to the terrain, and we have experienced bike mechanics on hand to resolve any problems. On most trips a support vehicle will be nearby to provide back-up if needed and we’ll always transport your luggage between hotels, so you’re free to take a light rucksack or use panniers, where provided.


Ways to travel See more on two feet We offer a range of walking and cycling trips from small groups to self-guided adventures

Self-Guided

SELF GUIDED OPTION

Set your own pace on a SEE PAGE self-guided walking or 64 cycling holiday in Europe. We’ll provide you with detailed route notes and transfer your luggage, you choose the date, your travel companions, even what time you get started and what pace you cycle at. You’re in complete control. After all, it’s your holiday. See page 64 for more details.

Centre-based

Point-to-point

Some of our walking holidays offer the chance to stay in the same accommodation (or occasionally two different places) for the duration of your trip. Choosing a centre-based holiday means you’ll get an in-depth knowledge of the area, in local life. With less unpacking involved, it’s a relaxed style of walking holiday and you can easily opt out of one or two of the walks if you fancy doing your own thing.

Follow a defined route, POINT walking or cycling from one overnight stop to the next and staying in different accommodation each night. Pointto-point trips offer a real sense of journey, personal challenge and achievement. Many of the world’s classic treks follow a point-to-point route, including the Inca Trail, Tour du Mont Blanc and climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.

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Choosing your active holiday Cycling grades We grade our cycling holidays as easy, moderate or challenging, taking into consideration the daily distances covered, the terrain, temperature, altitude and the amount of ascent.

Easy

Easy to Moderate

Moderate

Relatively short rides on flat or gently undulating terrain, our easy grade is ideal if you want to explore, but at a relaxed pace.

A mix of easy and moderate rides cycling through flat or gently undulating terrain with the occasional energetic ascent.

Perfect for cyclists used to undulating routes with occasional energetic climbs, and those who have a reasonable level of fitness.

Moderate to Challenging Combining moderate rides with challenging ones, this grade is perfect for reasonably fit cyclists who want to challenge themselves.

Challenging This grade is for longer, more demanding trips, suiting cyclists who enjoy hilly terrain, challenging ascents and off-road riding, and who have a good fitness level.

Walking grades Our walks and treks are all graded by difficulty taking into consideration the daily distances covered, the terrain, ascents and descents, climate and altitude. Our trip notes contain detailed information about what to expect to help you choose a trip which suits your fitness and experience level.

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Easy

Easy to Moderate

Moderate

Good paths, low altitude and undemanding terrain. Ideal for those in good health who can walk three to five hours a day with plenty of non-walking time in the itinerary. Previous walking experience is not necessary.

Expect a mix of easy and moderate walks on fairly good paths at low altitude, with some demanding ascents and descents to spice it up just a little.

With generally good paths at low altitude (mainly below 2,500m), this is best for fit and active people who can walk three to seven hours a day with some demanding ascents and descents.

Moderate to Challenging Combining moderate walks with some challenging hikes and demanding treks on difficult terrain or at higher altitudes, this is perfect for fit walkers who want to challenge themselves.

Challenging Trekking days are generally between six to eight hours, with some long, steep ascents and descents, sometimes at high altitude and on difficult terrain. A good fitness level and previous trekking experience is recommended.

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Challenging to Tough Difficult terrain often at high altitudes and long trekking days (sometimes over nine hours). Requires a high level of fitness and you should be a confident, experienced trekker.


Accommodation We know that finding the right place to stay is just as important as the destination and activities. All our accommodation is carefully chosen for location and character. Countries have varying standards and on some holidays a range of grades are used. Simple

No-frills accommodation which includes mountain huts, camping, small family-run hotels and guesthouses, berths on sleeper trains, boat cabins and rooms in village houses. Sleeping arrangements and amenities are simple and bathrooms may be shared.

Standard

Mid-range accommodation offering a good level of service, in keeping with a country’s culture. The rooms

are comfortable and often include en suite facilities as well as other amenities such as a restaurant, bar, garden or swimming pool.

Premium

Hand-picked and chosen for its character, location or local importance, these properties often feature excellent facilities such as a gym or spa and a higher level of comfort. They provide the perfect wind down after an active day.

Unique places to stay

After each day walking the Amalfi Coast, return to the tranquillity of the agriturismo, for home-cooked meals and warm hospitality on this family-run farm. Amalfi Coast Walking – Trip code: NAW, page 37

After a day cycling in Jordan’s vast Wadi Rum Desert, watch the sunset over the lunar-like landscape, before sitting around a campfire in a traditional Bedouin camp under the stars. Cycle Jordan - Trip code: CJP, page 68

Hike across terraced paddy fields overlooked by limestone cliffs, before arriving at the traditionally built stilt house eco-retreat nestling among the green tree canopy. On Foot in Vietnam – Trip code: WVN, page 92

Stay with local families in casas particulares and get closer to local life in Cuba in the vibrant towns of Trinidad and Viñales. Cycle Cuba - Trip code: CCC, page 106

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Explore benefits Your loyalty rewarded Once you travel with us, you’re part of the Explore family. To thank you for your loyalty, we offer a 5% discount on your fifth to ninth trip you book with us and 10% on your tenth and all subsequent trips. You can use this discount on all Explore small group and selfguided trips and you can combine it with group discounts, available for parties of six or more.

Travelling as a group? We love group travel. So if you travel with six or more people, you save 5% on all our trips. If you’re an even bigger group of 10 or more, you save 10%.

Recommend a friend Did you enjoy your holiday with us? Recommend us to a friend, and we’ll give you an extra $150 off your next trip with us. And as a little thank you, we’ll give them $75 per person off their first Explore holiday. Give us a call on or visit our website to find out more.

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Ask the experts We are passionate about travel and adventure and we pride ourselves on our expertise. Our knowledgeable team of experts bring you the answers to your questions…

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Will I be fit enough for a walking holiday?

A While our walking trips are certainly an active holiday,

you won’t be route marching from place to place! We grade our trips from easy; with flatter, shorter walks and plenty of rest stops, ideal for first timers; to challenging walks with rougher terrain, steeper inclines or higher altitude. We stop and regroup regularly with plenty of rest breaks to take in the views along the way. If in any doubt, choose a grade within your comfort zone and try and fit in some training walks before your holiday.

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Is a group walking trip for me?

A Small group walking trips provide the ideal

opportunity to get up close and personal to a destination and those who live there. With the best walking routes expertly chosen and all the logistics taken care of you can relax, enjoy the walking and discover the area and sights in the company of likeminded individuals.

Will I need any special kit or clothing for a walking holiday?

A For the vast majority of our walking holidays you’ll need nothing more than comfortable active wear, waterproofs

and a decent pair of walking boots. On some of the more challenging hikes such as trekking in Nepal or climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, detailed kit lists are provided in our Trip Notes. A supportive daypack with enough space to carry snacks, water and clothing layers will also make walking much easier.

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Will I be fit enough to cycle?

A While it is an active holiday, you won’t be racing from

place to place. We grade our cycling trips from easy; with flatter, shorter rides and plenty of rest-stops, ideal for active first timers or new cyclists; to challenging rides with more time in the saddle and more hill-climbs. On most trips a support vehicle will be nearby to provide back-up if needed. We stop and regroup along the ride regularly and rest breaks vary but should be about every hour. If in any doubt choose a grade within your comfort zone and it is worth doing some training rides leading up to the holiday.

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Is a group cycling trip for me?

A Small group cycling trips provide the ideal

opportunity to get up close and personal to a destination and those who live in it. It isn’t a race and wherever possible people have the freedom to ride at their own pace, regularly regrouping for rest stops or to visit local sites. On sections where there is more traffic or complicated directions the leader will keep the group riding closer together.

If it’s a cycling trip, how much sightseeing will I get to do?

A Our itineraries are designed to be active and take in the ‘must-see’ highlights in the area you are visiting. Our easy grade trips spend 2-4 hours in the saddle, giving you more free time so you can experience more of the sights. Moderate (4-6 hours) and challenging (6 hours +) grade trips inevitably spend longer in the saddle and focus more on the cycling.

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Responsible travel

We care about the destinations we visit and are committed to enriching the lives of the local people we meet along the way. Whether it’s getting under the skin of the culture, engaging with the communities who live there or helping to protect the animals we see and their natural environments, we aim to leave only footprints and take only memories.

Community

Environment We work together with our Explore Leaders to ensure we have a positive impact on the places we visit. From kickstarting small, self-sustaining businesses, such as vertical vegetable gardens in Cambodia, to raising funds to provide basic sanitation to families in Asia or farming tools to families in Africa; we’re committed to supporting sustainable economic growth within the communities we visit.

We’re proud to partner with Cool Earth as our carbon offsetting initiative helping to protect 937 acres of rainforest and 225,000 trees. New this year, we are now working with Water-to-Go to offer our customers 15% discount on filter bottles which provide safe drinking water worldwide, therefore reducing the number of plastic bottles used on our trips. On top of that, another 15% from every bottle purchased goes back to Explore’s Start-Up Fund.

Education Education is the key to a sustainable and responsible tourism industry. We work with the University of Surrey, lecturing Travel, Tourism and Hospitality students on a number of topics relating to running a tour operator, as well as supporting with work experience placements and post-graduation job opportunities. We’re also proud to partner with the German government on an initiative which aims to develop staff, at all levels, within the tourism industry in a selection of countries, including Macedonia and Georgia. By sharing our skills and knowledge of risk management, we’re improving the health and safety standards for visiting travellers.

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Caring forFOR our planet caring for our planet CARING OUR

$60,000

DONATED TO MORE THAN 20 DIFFERENT CHARITIES

DONATED TO THE CLEAN WATER PROJECT

and projects all over the world

in Kenya to help provide 150 water filters

225,000 TREES PROTECTED AGAINST DEFORESTATION

in the Amazon Rainforest through our carbon offsetting initiative with Cool Earth

FOR EVERY

WATER-TO-GO filter purchased using the 15% discount code, the use of 400 plastic bottles is avoided

THE GREEN ENERGY

PRODUCED BY OUR HQ ROOFTOP SOLAR PANELS

in 2017/18 is the equivalent of planting 72 trees

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$5,000

18 CALVES AND 3 COWS

gifted to families in Africa with our partnering charity Send a Cow

12 MONTHS OF GIVING

$7,000 DONATED

to local schools, hospitals and charities by our staff raised through cake sales, raffles and doughnut deliveries

4 ASIAN ELEPHANTS

SAVED FROM A LIFE OF WORKING

in tourism camps and now living wild in forest homes protected by Mahouts Elephant Foundation supported by annual donations from Explore

OVER $10,000 RAISED SINCE PARTNERING

with charity Toilet Twinning in 2014, providing 110 toilets to families around the world without access to basic sanitation

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What’s new?

We’re always working to find new destinations to visit and new experiences to have on foot or from the saddle. From trekking through southern Spain in search of striking castles and sun-drenched valleys, to cycling around Japan’s Inland Sea to Hiroshima, there is a whole world waiting to be explored. See below for a few highlights from our new trips and where you could be exploring next.

Cycling in Georgia

Walk Japan

Explore untouched Georgia on rides between ancient Silk Road towns and into the fascinating Kakheti wine region. Trip code: CGE, see page 60

Kumano Kodo Trail Walk hidden urban trails and along wooded paths in the footsteps of the samurai and pilgrims of old, in search of Japan’s ancient and modern cultures. Trip code: WJP, see page 97

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Cycle Japan -

Cycling in Italy -

Follow the picturesque Inland Sea’s cycle ways and visit historic and traditional Kyoto and Hiroshima.

Explore the pristine beauty and traditional villages of Cilento National Park by bike and hike the famous ‘Walk of the Gods’ on the Amalfi Coast. Trip code: CAC, see page 38

Shimanami Kaido and the Inland Sea

Cilento to the Amalfi Coast

Trip code: CJH, see page 98

Walking in Sardinia

Walking in Slovenia

Cycling in Sicily

Trek through deep gorges and discover Bronze Age settlements. Hike in the rugged Supramonte Mountains and along beautiful coastlines.

Walk in Slovenia’s beautiful Julian Alps, discover stunning waterfalls and take in spectacular panoramic views of this unspoilt region.

Discover ancient Greek temples, typical fishing villages, Baroque masterpieces and the imposing Mount Etna.

Trip code: SAR, see page 44

Trip code: WSO, see page 45

New self-guided trips

Trapani to Mount Etna

Trip code: CPE, see page 43.

SELF GUIDED OPTION SEE PAGE 64

We’ve added more inspiring destinations to our self-guided trips to tempt you to explore more on two feet. Ramble through sand dunes filled with wildflowers and discover ancient watchtowers in Sardinia or take in the volcanic calderas and lush countryside of the Azores archipelago – see page 64 for more details.

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Cycle the Dalmatian Coast - Trip code: CCD

Hiking in the Caucasus - Trip code: WGEO

Hiking in the Dolomites - Trip code: DW

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Amalfi Coast Walking - Trip code: NAW


Europe Find the perfect place to walk or cycle, from strolling through vineyards in Tuscany, to discovering the islands of Croatia. Whether you love a gastronomy trip with walking and wine or the idea of hiking the Tour du Mont Blanc, exploring on foot gives you the chance to embrace experiences outside of an ordinary holiday. From cycling between the villages along Spain’s Camino de Santiago to France’s Canal du Midi, you can explore more of what you love.

• D  iscover warm hospitality and delicious food and wine on a cycle ride through little-known Georgia in the Caucasus. (Trip code: CGE, page 60) • C  ycle through the hills of ancient Lycia to Turkey’s inviting Turquoise Coast. (Trip code: CTT, page 51) • E  xplore the picture perfect landscapes of Andalucia and stay in a converted 16th century convent. (Trip code: SJ, page 24)

Insider View

Insider View

“Europe is simply the best continent for walking – nowhere else can you find such a great variety of cultures, landscapes and cuisines. There’s always somewhere new to explore. From deep pine forests and pristine beaches in the Baltics, to dramatic volcanic beauty in the Canary Islands – there’s plenty of choice throughout the year for all budgets. I like to celebrate my walks by sampling the local delicacies and indulging a little. It’s a great way to meet the locals, who are often happiest when talking proudly about their homelands!”

“For me the real highlights of cycling in Europe are the lesser-known regions. I loved pedalling in the foothills of the Transylvania Alps in Romania and along the stunning Adriatic coast in Albania as well as traversing the untouched Karpaz peninsular in North Cyprus. Refuelling on delicious local cuisines like a plate of simple fresh pasta in Italy or grilled prawns in Northern Spain is a wonderful guilt-free treat and usually best enjoyed with a cold drink to wash it down.”

James Adkin Product Team

Albania

Greece

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Spain

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Slovakia

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Austria

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Latvia

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Slovenia

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Croatia

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Lithuania

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Turkey

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Estonia

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Montenegro

United Kingdom

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Finland

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France

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Portugal

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Georgia

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Romania

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Armenia

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EUROPE

New Trip

Cycling Portugal – Porto to Lisbon PORTUGAL

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A cycle journey between the great cities of Porto and Lisbon, taking in the cultural highlights and natural beauty of central Portugal. Our first two scenic bike rides head inland up the Douro Valley and down the Dão cycle path to the oldest university town of Coimbra. After a train journey to Aveiro – the ‘Venice’ of Portugal – we spend the next three days following the beautiful Atlantic Coast past inviting beaches and typical fishing towns. Along the way we can reward and refuel our rides with excellent fish and seafood dishes, as well as local wines.

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Optional single rooms are available from AU$450/NZ$500 TRIP CODE: CPL CYCLE GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 8 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 8 breakfasts are included. BIKE: 27 gear Stevens Galant or similar hybrid bike. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details.

DAILY DISTANCES

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Douro Valley cycle ride Peso da Régua

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Day 5

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PORTO VISEU Aveiro ‘Portuguese Venice’

Atlantic Ocean

Dão cycle and walking path

COIMBRA FIGUEIRA DA FOZ

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PORTUGAL Nazare

FOZ DO ARELHO

Alcobaça Obidos Optional visit by bike or taxi

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Cycle ride up the scenic Douro Valley on quiet roads to Peso da Régua.

Ride the Ecopista Dão cycle path with a downhill bias. Drive to university town of Coimbra.

Train ride to Aveiro – the Portuguese ‘Venice’. Cycle on coastal plains to Figueira da Foz.

Drive to historic Alcobaça. Scenic coastal cycling via Nazaré to Foz do Arelho.

Free day. Relax on the beach or visit charming walled town of Óbidos.

Coastal ride to traditional fishing port of Peniche. Drive to Lisbon for the final night.

Trip ends in Lisbon.

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Remote Coastal Trails of Portugal PORTUGAL

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Based in the historically important small coastal town of Sagres, this walking holiday explores a remote corner of Portugal. Follow beautiful coastal paths to discover impressive cliffs, quiet sandy beaches and remote island villages. Walk the last section of the long distance Rota Vicentina path to Cabo de Sao Vicente, the lighthouse at the most southwesterly point of Europe. Pass the remarkable rock formations at Ponta de Piedade south of Lagos. Sample the delicious local cuisine en route and crisp wines in the evenings. The climate is ideal for walking all year round.

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Optional single rooms are available from AU$220/NZ$250 TRIP CODE: POR WALK GRADE: Easy to Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included. WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 5 days for between 3 to 4 hours mainly along coastal paths, with an additional optional walk on day 5. SELF GUIDED OPTION SEE PAGE 65

DAILY DISTANCES Day 2

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Carrapateira

Optional Walks Praia Castelejo

Accommodation

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SAGRES

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To/From Faro Airport Lagos

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Farol da Ponta da Piedade

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Hike from Carrapateira along the coast and inland through the hills to pretty Bordeira.

Explore the old village and remains of the castle at Aljezur. Walk to the stunning Arrifana beach.

Follow the last section of Rota Vicentina to Cabo de Sao Vicente, Europe’s most southwesterly point.

Free day. Opportunity to go dolphin watching, explore further on foot or relax on a local beach.

Coastal walk from Burgau to Lagos via the interesting rock formations at Ponta da Piedade.

Walk along the coast to the beautiful and quiet beach of Praia do Zavial.

Trip ends in Sagres.

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Cabo de Sao Vicente

Clifftop hotel Hotel Navigator is situated on the cliffs overlooking the sea, just a short walk from Mareta Beach and the centre of Sagres. It has a swimming pool to relax by, and an indoor lounge. The apartment rooms are spacious and have a kitchenette, sitting area and small balcony.

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Hiking on La Gomera and Tenerife SPAIN (CANARY ISLANDS)

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The walking trip to the Canary Islands explores the pretty island of La Gomera and the perfect volcanic cone of El Teide on Tenerife.

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On La Gomera, hike through varied and dramatic scenery including beautiful steep-sided valleys, quiet villages, black sand beaches and the verdant cloud forest of Garajonay National Park. Explore the centre of Tenerife, taking a circular walk in El Teide National Park with spectacular views of the iconic landmark.

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Optional single rooms are available from AU$330/NZ$360 TRIP CODE: OC WALK GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included. WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 5 days for between 3.5 to 5 hours on stone paved paths and well-defined trails.

ATLANTIC OCEAN TENERIFE

SELF GUIDED OPTION

WESTERN CANARY ISLANDS

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Roque Cano

Pico de Teide 3,718m

Mount Guajara 2,726m

Agulo Playa Caleta

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Hermigua Alto de SAN SEBASTIAN Garajonay 1,484m El Cedro La Laja Collada Chejelipes de Peraza

El Teide National park

Vilaflor

Vallehermosa

DAILY DISTANCES

Roques de Capricho

Los Cristianos

Tenerife South Airport

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Mallorca Tramuntana Traverse SPAIN (BALEARIC ISLANDS)

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Explore the rugged terrain of Mallorca’s spectacular Tramuntana Mountain Range from Port de Soller to the 18th century town of Port de Pollenca, including the Victoria Peninsula. Walk along coastal pathways and historic merchant routes to traditional villages and beautiful lakes, to be rewarded with panoramic views of the coast and surrounding mountains. Experience staying in a remote 13th century monastery in Lluc.

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Optional single rooms are available from AU$310/NZ$330 TRIP CODE: OL WALK GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 6 nights standard hotel and 1 night monastery. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included. WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 5 days for between 3.5 to 5 hours, with an additional optional walk on day 6. Follow forested roads, unmade roads and dry stone paths along the Archduke’s Trail. SELF GUIDED OPTION SEE PAGE 65

DAILY DISTANCES Day 2

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11km

5hrs

Day 7

5km

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

Optional boat excursion Victoria Peninsula

Pollenca

2.5/5hrs

10km

PORT DE POLLENCA

PORT DE SOLLER

Optional Walks

Deia Valldemossa

Alcudia

LLUC

Monastery Lake Soller Cuber

MALLORCA (SPAIN)

Palma Bay of Palma

Airport

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DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

Join trip in Port de Soller, a harbour town surrounded by the Tramuntana Mountains.

Walk from the picturesque village of Deia through olive groves and along the coast to Port de Soller.

Circular hike from the rural picturesque town of Valldemossa along the Archduke’s Trail.

Take a historic tram to Soller. Walk via Biniaraix village to Cuber Lake. Drive to Lluc Monastery where we spend the night.

Follow the merchant route out of the mountains towards the 18th century town of Port de Pollenca.

Free day in and around the Peninsula de Formentor. Discover Cap de Formentor, take a boat trip or just relax.

Explore the Victoria Peninsula and the medieval town of Alcudia. Walk to Sa Talaia Peak and descend to S’illot beach.

Trip ends in Port de Pollenca.

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Camino de Santiago SPAIN

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AU$2370 11

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Follow in the footsteps of countless pilgrims since the 9th century, walking the legendary Camino Frances (French Way) to Santiago de Compostela – the reputed resting place of Saint James, to claim a pilgrim’s certificate. Experience the most scenic sections between Leon and Santiago de Compostela across the high plains of the Castilian Meseta and into the Galician Mountains. Discover Gothic cathedrals, pass through medieval villages and climb to the Iron Cross (1,482m) along the way.

NZ$2850 11

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DAYS

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

Optional single rooms are available from AU$480/NZ$520 TRIP CODE: CDS WALK GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 10 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 10 breakfasts are included. WALKING DETAILS: 8-day point-to-point trek walking, between 3 and 7.5 hours a day following the well-defined Camino Frances, reaching a maximum altitude of 1,482m. POINT

2

POINT

SELF GUIDED OPTION SEE PAGE 65

DAILY DISTANCES Day 2

16km

4hrs

Day 3

19km

5hrs

Day 4

9km

Day 5

22km

5.5hrs

Day 6

22km

6hrs

Day 7

22.5km

6hrs

Day 8

27.5km

7.5hrs

Day 9

17.5km

5hrs

3hrs

SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

Cape Finisterre Optional excursion

ATLANTIC OCEAN

EL AMENAL

CASTANEDA

0 km

SPAIN

PORTOMARIN PALAS DE REI

Samos O Cebreiro Monastery

SARRIA

Ruitelan

40 km

VILLAFRANCA DEL BIERZO

Iron Cross Molinaseca Foncebadon

ASTORGA Catherdral

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20

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MAR

APR

DAY

Cross the last high pass (722m) and descend to Palas de Rei, an important pilgrim town.

Continue through rural Galicia. Cross the medieval bridge to Melide, famed for its delicious seafood.

6

Join trip Collect Following Walk through Continue at Madrid pilgrims’ scallop shell the Galician through the Airport. Drive passports. waymarkings, Mountains to verdant Galician to Leon, Commence trail climb to Iron the historic hills, passing the historic city at Hospital de Cross (1,482m), village of O famous 100km and pilgrimage Orbigo. Walk the highest Cebreiro. marker. waypoint. to Astorga. point of the trail.

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MAY

JUN

DAY

7

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AUG

8

DAY

DAY

9

10

LEON Hospital de Orbigo

From Madrid

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11

Cross the River First view Guided tour Trip ends Iso to Arzua, of Santiago of cathedral. in Santiago de where the Cathedral Time to explore Compostela. Camino Frances from Monte the city’s is joined by Gozo. Walk magnificent another camino, into the city. architecture. the Primitivo. Claim pilgrim Continue to certificate. El Amenal. SEP

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Cycle the Camino de Santiago SPAIN

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AU$1780

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Following the route of ancient pilgrims we cycle sections of the legendary trail to Santiago de Compostela – the resting place of Saint James. The trip follows the last 200 kilometres of the scenic route through northern Spain. Starting on the high plains of the Castilian Plateau, we ascend into the fertile region of the Bierzo and traverse the rolling hills of Galicia to the delightful city of Santiago, completing our pilgrims’ passport as we go.

NZ$1940

8

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

8

Optional single rooms are available from AU$260/NZ$280 TRIP CODE: CCDS CYCLE GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included. BIKE: 27 gear Stevens Galant SX or similar hybrid bikes. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details.

SELF GUIDED OPTION SEE PAGE 65

DAILY DISTANCES Day 2 Day 3

48km

Day 4

38/71km

Day 5

36km

Day 6

62km

Day 7

48km

Bay of Biscay

ATLANTIC OCEAN La Coruna Airport

51km

SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

SPAIN

ARZUA Triacastela

PORTOMARÍN SAMOS

O’Cebreiro

Villafranca del Bierzo

Optional Rides

MOLINASECA

LEÓN

Cruz de ASTORGA

Santovenia

Ferro

Madrid

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

Join trip at Madrid Airport and drive north to historic León.

Start the camino with a cycle ride across the Meseta high plateau to Astorga.

Cycle the rolling landscape of the Bierzo mountains to Molinaseca.

Ride through the rural heartland of Galicia from charming O’Cebreiro to Samos.

Bike the unspoilt rolling green hills of Galicia via the medieval village of Sarria.

Ride to Arzua and try the delicious traditional Galician dish of octopus.

Cycle to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. Discover the city’s magnificent architecture.

Trip ends in Santiago.

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FEB

MAR

4

APR

MAY

5

JUN

JUL

6

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Cycle Southern Spain – Murcia SPAIN

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• Ride along scenic, quiet backroads and cycle paths

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On this cycling adventure in southern Spain we discover Murcia’s white-washed villages, Moorish towers, endless orchards and ancient irrigation channels in layers of history. Pedal along peaceful ‘via verde’ cycle paths and quiet roads, enjoying historic towns and a variety of landscapes. Murcia enjoys mild winters, a semi-arid climate and averages more than 320 days of sun per year, making it an ideal escape for an active holiday.

• Reward yourself with delicious Spanish food and wine

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• Discover white-washed Spanish villages in the Ricote Valley

AU$1370 7

DAYS

TRIP ONLY

NZ$1500

TRIP ONLY

7

DAYS

Optional single rooms are available from AU$290/NZ$300

SPAIN MURCIA

TRIP CODE: CMU CYCLE GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 6 nights standard hotel.

CALASPARRA Moratalla

MEALS: 6 breakfasts are included. BIKE: 27 gear Bergamont Horizon hybrid bikes with front suspension.

CIEZA

CARAVACA DE LA CRUZ

ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details.

Archivel

Bullas

MURCIA

SELF GUIDED OPTION

POINT

2

SPAIN

SEE PAGE 65

POINT

DAILY DISTANCES Day 1

18km

Day 2

39km

Day 3

45km

Day 4

44km

Day 5

33/46km

Day 6

57km

DAY

DAY

Join trip in Murcia. Optional loop ride to Fuensanta Sanctuary.

Follow ‘via verde’ cycle path to Caravaca de la Cruz, one of the Vatican’s five Holy cities.

1

Optional Rides

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2

DAY

3

DAY

4

22

FEB

MAR

APR

7

6

A circular bike Cycle on ‘via Ride along Complete our route from verde’ cycle path peaceful country circuit with a Caravaca past to Calasparra roads past cycle through historic irrigation via the 15th almond and the deep and channels, elm century fortress apricot orchards scenic Ricote groves and tiny in Moratalla. to the lively Valley back into villages. town of Cieza. Murcia.

Trip ends in Murcia.

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Andalucía by Bike SPAIN

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AU$2630 11

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Discover the beauty and diversity of Andalucía as we explore the region by bike. We cycle on quiet backroads with changing scenery, from stunning natural parks to deserts, canyon lands and mountains. Along the way we discover a rich Moorish heritage reflected in the food, language and architecture, most notably in Seville, Cordoba and Granada. We also spend time in the windsurfing town of Tarifa, the impressive location of Ronda and a unique cave hotel in Guadix.

NZ$2870 11

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DAYS

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

Optional single rooms are available from AU$410/NZ$450 TRIP CODE: CSP CYCLE GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 8 nights standard hotel and 2 nights simple hotel. MEALS: 11 breakfasts are included. BIKE: 27 gear Stevens Galant Lite hybrid bike. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details.

DAILY DISTANCES Day 2

31km

Day 3

34km

Day 4 Day 5

55km

Day 6

35km

Day 7

43km

Day 8

40km

CORDOBA

La Mezquita

SPAIN

Day 9 Day 10

39km

Ecija

SEVILLE

Canyons and desert

GRANADA Alhambra

Cathedral

Puerto Serrano

GUADIX La Peza

Olvera

La Calahorra Alhama de Granada

RONDA

Velez-Malaga

Gaucín

MALAGA TARIFA

DAY

DAY

Join trip in Malaga.

Cycle through rolling countryside to Ronda, dramatically perched high above El Tajo gorge.

1

DAY

2

DEPARTURE MONTHS

3

Explore the historic town of Ronda. Cycle on a converted railway cycle path towards Seville.

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FEB

Mediterranean Sea

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DAY

DAYS

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

Rest day in beautiful Seville and chance to visit the remarkable Alcazar Moorish palace.

Cycle on quiet backroads up the Guadalquivir Valley to the important Moorish city of Cordoba.

Cycle through the semidesert and canyon lands of Hoya de Guadix. Stay in unique cave hotel.

Ride the old road to Granada passing through the Sierra Nevada mountain range.

Explore the historic city of Granada. Visit the Alhambra, Moorish quarter and Arabic Baths.

Scenic cycling through the mountains of Alhama. Drive to Malaga.

Trip ends in Malaga.

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NOV

4

MAR

5

APR

MAY

6/7

JUN

JUL

8

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Moorish Trails SPAIN Explore the picture-postcard rural landscape of Andalucia from the pretty village of Canillas de Albaida, staying in a 16th century converted convent. Walk along an ancient network of trails linking white-washed Moorish villages, vineyards, olive groves and limestone peaks. Hike along parts of the Camino de Marquis, have the opportunity to visit the spectacular Alhambra Palace in Granada and walk the thrilling Caminito del Rey in the El Chorro Gorge. In the evenings sample the delicious local food and sweet wine. FROM

AU$1220

DAYS

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

NZ$1330

FROM

8

TRIP ONLY

8

Optional single rooms are available from AU$240/NZ$260 TRIP CODE: SJ WALK GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts and 1 lunch are included. WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 4 days for between 4 to 5.5 hours. The optional ascent of El Lucero (1,769m) is graded as challenging. Follow mule tracks, Roman roads, mountain trails and boardwalks along the Caminito del Rey. SELF GUIDED OPTION SEE PAGE 65

DAILY DISTANCES 14km

Day 4

8km

5.5hrs 5.5hrs 6km

Optional walk & ascent of Cerro Lucero

4/2hrs

Day 5 Day 6

12km

5.5hrs

Day 7

8km

3/4hrs

Walks in the Parque Natural Sierras de Tejeda, Almijara Y Alhama Pa rk bo un da ry Salares Moorish village

Optional Walks

Fogarate 724m

Accommodation

SIERRA ALMIJARA

SPAIN Fabrica de la Luz

Cerro Lucero 1779m

Cerro Verde 1346m

la

11km

Day 3

Rio Caju

Day 2

CANILLAS DE ALBAIDA Old Silk Road

DEPARTURE MONTHS

24

JAN

SPAIN

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From/to Malaga airport

Competa

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Optional walk

To

Family-run hotel Posada la Plaza is a family-run hotel in the centre of the pueblo blanco of Canillas de Albaida. This 16th century building was used as a convent and then as a family home before being converted into a small hotel in 2004. Rooms are comfortable and air-conditioned with antique furniture and beautiful views.

Sayalonga Malaga airport

CANILLAS DE ALBAIDA

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DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

Join trip at Malaga Airport. Drive up to Canillas de Albaida on the edge of the Sierra de Tejeda National Park.

Walking tour of village. Follow old mule tracks to Competa, famous for its wine. Optional visit to local bodega.

Walk on the Camino de Marquis, named after the local resistance in Spain’s civil war.

Trek along a Roman path, up past avocado and citrus groves to Moorish Salares for a local lunch.

Free day. Opportunity to visit Granada and the Alhambra Palace or the coastal town of Nerja.

Ascend mule track to the summit of Cerro Verde (1,346m). Look out for eagles and peregrine falcons.

Take the spectacular Caminito del Rey walkway through the narrow El Chorro Gorge.

Trip ends at Malaga Airport.

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Wine, Walks and Tapas in Spain SPAIN

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AU$2820 10

FROM

Some of Spain’s best food and wine can be found in the provinces of the Basque Country, La Rioja and Catalonia. On this journey from Bilbao to Barcelona we blend easy walks through wonderful scenery with wine tasting for a great introduction to the quality wine regions of La Rioja, Montsant, Priorat and Cava. There is also a special focus on local cuisine, from fresh Basque seafood, to mouth-watering tapas and modern Catalan dishes. The walks are varied and rewarding, from coastal scenes, along the Camino de Santiago, through vineyards and on top of Montserrat ridge.

NZ$3070 10

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

Optional single rooms are available from AU$740/NZ$810 TRIP CODE: CWW WALK GRADE: Easy ACCOMMODATION: Standard 7 nights standard hotel and 1 night premium hotel. MEALS: 8 breakfasts and 2 lunches are included. WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 6 days for between 1.5 to 3 hours. The terrain is generally gently undulating although on one walk descend 500 metres. It is possible to opt out of any of the walks.

DAILY DISTANCES Day 2

3km

1.5hrs

Day 4

7km

2hrs

Day 5

3km

1.5hrs

Day 6

5km

2hrs

Day 7

10km

3hrs

Day 8

7km

3hrs

Gaztelugatxe

Bakio

BILBAO

Day 3

Tapas tour/ Guggenheim Museum (optional)

FRANCE

Marques de Riscal Bodega Camino de Azofar Santiago Najera

SPAIN

LAGUARDIA

Rioja Wines Tapas tour (optional)

ALQUEZAR

Medieval town Vinas del Vero Bodega

Zaragoza El Pilar Cathedral

Montblanc Wine tasting at Mas Foraster

POBLET

Poblet monastery Siurana

DAY

DAY

Join trip in the Basque city of Bilbao, home of the magnificent Guggenheim Museum.

Walk along the coast overlooking the Bay of Biscay. Introduction to Rioja wine making on the way to Laguardia.

1

DAY

2

DEPARTURE MONTHS

3

Explore the underground cellars in the medieval town of Laguardia. Wine tasting and tapas tour.

JAN

FEB

DAY

DAY

DAY

Walk on the Camino de Santiago. Drive to Zaragoza, home to El Pilar Cathedral, and onto Alquezar.

Walk along nearby gorge. Free time to explore the unique town built around an Arabic fortress.

Taste local produce and wine of Montsant. Visit Siurana, a beautiful Catalonian village.

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MAR

5

APR

MAY

DAY

6

JUN

JUL

DAY

7

DAY

8

9

Stroll through Visit the Explore vineyards to impressive Barcelona, Montblanc. Visit Freixenet winery, including the Mas Foraster famed for its Gothic Quarter. winery. Cava. Ridge See Gaudi’s walk to view influence on the Montserrat city. Monastery.

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Montserrat

Sant Sadurni Freixenet Priorat Cava Visit Monastery

BARCELONA Gaudi Old Quarter

DAY

10

Trip ends in Barcelona.

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Walks and Wine Tasting in Spain and Portugal SPAIN - PORTUGAL

FROM

AU$2990 12

FROM

This unique two-country trip provides a fascinating journey from Madrid to Porto through the Ribera del Duero region of Spain and the Douro winelands of Portugal. Sample regional vintages at local bodegas, explore national parks, walk along river gorges, discover beautiful historic cities and picturesque villages full of culture and charm. Ideal for those who enjoy wine, culture and easy countryside walks. This journey ventures off the beaten track and showcases a lessvisited part of Europe.

NZ$3260 12

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

Optional single rooms are available from AU$750/NZ$820 TRIP CODE: MWW WALK GRADE: Easy ACCOMMODATION: Standard 10 nights standard hotel and 1 night premium hotel. MEALS: 11 breakfasts are included. WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 5 days for between 1.5 to 4 hours. The terrain is gently undulating through woodlands, along boardwalks and cobbled streets.

DAILY DISTANCES Day 3

10km

3hrs

Day 4

10km

3hrs

Day 7

10km

3hrs

Day 8

13km

4hrs

Day 5 Day 6

Day 9

4km

PORTUGAL PORTO

El Toro Wine Tasting

Miranda do Douro Vila Real Visit Mateus Palace (optional) Fornillos

Wine Tasting

1.5hrs

Peso da Régua

LAMEGO

Historic Village

PEÑAFIEL

Zamora

Medieval Town Wine Tasting

FERMOSELLE

Wine Tasting Arribes del Duero Natural Park

SPAIN

Sepulveda Duraton River Natural Park

SEGOVIA

UNESCO World Heritage City

Guadarrama National Park

MADRID

Walking Tour

DAY

1

Join trip in Madrid, Spain’s captivating capital city.

DAY

2

3

DAY

DAY

4

5

DAY

DAY

6

JAN

FEB

MAR

APR

MAY

DAY

7

Walking tour Walk into Walk along Explore the Visit winery of Madrid’s Guadarrama the gorge to medieval town in El Toro. main sites. National Park. Sepulveda. of Penafiel. Drive to the Afternoon Explore the Drive to Wine tasting medieval free to UNESCO Penafiel in at Bodegas hilltop explore. Heritage City the heart of Protos, an village of of Segovia. Ribera del innovative Fermoselle Duero wine Spanish via Zamora. region. winery.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

26

DAY

JUN

8

DAY

DAY

9

10

Walk in Walk to Cross again Drive to Arribes Fornillos, visit into Portugal. Vila Real, del Duero a local cheese Take local optional visit Natural Park. maker. Drive train along to Mateus Wine tasting to Miranda do Douro Valley. Palace. in local Douro for a Explore Explore Porto granite cave walk around historic on foot, bodegas. the historic Lamego including port centre. village. tasting. JUL

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Free day to explore the sites and bodegas of Porto.

Trip ends in Porto.

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Loire Valley Cycling FRANCE

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AU$1750

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Bountiful vineyards, fruit orchards and delightful villages all explain why the beautiful Loire Valley is known as ‘the garden of France’. On this relaxed ride we follow quiet country roads from Chenonceaux to Chinon. Explore the medieval chateau perched on an island in Azay-le-Rideau, visit Leonardo da Vinci’s final home at Clos Lucé and discover the elegant Fontevraud Abbey in Anjou.

NZ$1910

8

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

8

Optional single rooms are available from AU$550/NZ$590 TRIP CODE: LV CYCLE GRADE: Easy ACCOMMODATION: Standard 6 nights standard hotel and 1 night simple hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included. BIKE: 21 gear RTE 520 hybrid bikes. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details.

POINT

2

POINT

SELF GUIDED OPTION SEE PAGE 65

DAILY DISTANCES Day 2

35km

Day 3

30/40km

Day 4

54km

Day 5

38km

Day 6

35km

Day 7

43km

From/To Lille

FRANCE

CHENONCEAUX Château de Chenonceau

Optional Rides

Villandry Gardens Ussé

AMBOISE e

Loir

Tours

Montrichard

re

CHINON

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n Vie

Fontevraud Abbey

Ind

AZAY-LE-RIDEAU

DAY

1

Join trip in Chenonceaux.

DAY

DAY

2

Optional rides to the 17th century château of Gué-Péan or to one of the local vineyards.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

DAY

3

JAN

Cycle the tranquil forest and pretty villages to Amboise. Cycle south along waterways and country lanes.

FEB

MAR

4

MAY

DAY

DAY

7

DAY

6

Explore Azay Château rising out of the Indre River; or visit the pristine gardens of Villandry.

Cycle to medieval Chinon, passing Château d’Ussé the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty.

Ride the wine route of Chinon along the River Vienne.

Drive to St. Pierre des Corps rail station in Tours where the trip ends.

5

Ride along country lanes and beside the river Indre to the elegant town of Azay-le-Rideau.

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Canal du Midi FRANCE

Cycling part of the tree-lined path along the Canal du Midi, this trip leads us from ancient Roman cities to the Mediterranean coast.

S st Be

Trip Highlights

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• Cycle along the Canal du Midi, one of the greatest works of civil engineering

er

• Ride through picturesque landscapes and historic villages

Ride through the natural beauty of the Corbières region and absorb the rich history, from the 12th century cathedral in Narbonne to the medieval fortress town of Carcassonne.

FROM

FROM

• Sample regional delicacies and excellent local wines

AU$1820 8

TRIP ONLY

NZ$1980

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

8

DAYS

Optional single rooms are available from AU$540/NZ$590 TRIP CODE: CCM CYCLE GRADE: Easy ACCOMMODATION: Standard 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included. BIKE: 21 gear RTE 520 hybrid bikes. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details.

Villepinte Optional rides

POINT

FRANCE

Château de Lastours

Minerve

Optional swim Jouarres

Bram

Canal du Midi

CARCASSONNE

2

BÉZIERS Oppidium d’Ensérun 9 Locks of Fonserannes

Narbonne Plage Optional rides Mediterranean Étang de Sea Peyriac Bages

DAILY DISTANCES 45km

Day 3

35km

Day 4

30/46km

Day 5

56km

Day 6

55km

Day 7

35/70km

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAYS

DAY

DAY

DAY

Join trip at Carcassonne Airport then drive to historic Béziers.

Optional ride to Valras Plage. Circular route back to Béziers.

Cycle south along waterways and country lanes. Ride to Narbonne.

Optional circular cycle routes via Gruissan and Fontfroid back to Narbonne.

Cycle the vineyards, farms and towpaths. Ride to Carcassonne.

View the walled fortress of Carcassonne; cycle locally.

Trip ends in Carcassonne.

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2

3

4/5

6

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FEB

MAR

APR

8

7

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DEPARTURE MONTHS

28

Valras Plage

NARBONNE

LEZIGNANCORBIÈRES

POINT

Day 2

Étang de Thau

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Highlights of Mont Blanc FRANCE

FROM

AU$2310

FROM

The Mont Blanc Massif provides outstanding mountain scenery and is home to the charming Chamonix Valley. Day walks in the Alps include sections of the famous Tour du Mont Blanc route, including to Lac Blanc, from where there are panoramic views of the whole Mont Blanc range. Based in a comfortable hotel, relax at the end of each day with no need to carry luggage during walks or pack up every night.

NZ$2520

8

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

8

Optional single rooms are available from AU$780/NZ$850 TRIP CODE: MBH WALK GRADE: Easy to Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 4 dinners are included. WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 5 days for between 2.5 to 6 hours follow well-maintained and marked mountain trails. As the itinerary is centre-based, any walk can be opted out of if desired.

DAILY DISTANCES 5km

Day 2

12km

Day 3

13km

3.5/2.5hrs 4.5hrs

Day 4

8km

4.5hrs

Day 6

8km

4.5hrs

Day 7

10km

Day 5

SWITZERLAND

6hrs

FRANCE

Cascades du Berard waterfall

Le Buet

Optional Walks Lac Blanc 2352m

Accommodation

From/To Geneva Airport

Lac Vert

Servoz

Alpine chalet Hotel du Bois is located in the small village of Les Houches, just 5km from Chamonix. The hotel’s restaurant serves French cuisine and wine and there is a cosy bar with outside seating. The large garden has wonderful views of Mont Blanc. The hotel also has a heated indoor pool and a sauna.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

Argentiere

Plan Praz

Chamonix Aiguille du Midi 3842m Optional cable car ascent

LES HOUCHES Bellevue

Mt Blanc 4807m ITALY

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Join trip at Geneva Airport. Drive to Les Houches in the Chamonix Valley.

Walk along the Petit Balcon Sud to Les Praz. Optional afternoon walk to La Floria mountain refuge.

Cable car to Le Bellevue (1,800m) for spectacular Mont Blanc views. Walk down to Les Houches.

Take the mountain train to Le Buet. Following the river, walk to the Cascades du Berard (1,400m).

A free day to cycle, or take the famous Aiguille du Midi cable car to 3,842m for magnificent views.

Take a train down the valley to Servoz. Hike through the meadows to Lac Vert.

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Walk to Lac Drive to Blanc (2,352m) Geneva Airport for panoramic where the views of the trip ends. whole of the Mont Blanc Massif.

DEC

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The Austrian Tyrol AUSTRIA

FROM

AU$2020

FROM

Austria’s Tyrol is a beautiful mountain region of precipitous peaks, green valleys and quaint villages. The week is based in charming Alpbach. Voted as Austria’s prettiest village, it is the picture-perfect image of the Tyrol with well-kept chalets, flower-filled window boxes and views of the whole valley. Enjoy walks through forests and meadows and ascend the higher ridges by cable car for views of the snow-capped Alps.

NZ$2200

8

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

8

Optional single rooms are available from AU$380/NZ$410 TRIP CODE: AUT WALK GRADE: Easy to Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts and 5 dinners are included. WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 5 days for 4 to 5 hours on mountain and valley trails with some rocky and uneven terrain. We use cable cars to take the strain out of the ascents. SELF GUIDED OPTION SEE PAGE 65

DAILY DISTANCES Day 2

13-16km

4hrs

Day 3

16km

5hrs

Day 4

12km

5hrs

Day 5

16.5km

4hrs

13-16km

5hrs

Day 6 Day 7

To/from Munich Brandenberg Inn

Accommodation

Rattenberg

Traditional alpine chalet Family-run Hotel Muhlbachhof is just minutes from the centre of Alpbach village. All rooms have balconies and are furnished in a traditional mountain style. A three course dinner is included for five nights at a local family restaurant, a few minutes walk from the hotel.

30

JAN

Gratlspitz (1898m)

Reith

ALPBACH

Wiedersberger Horn 2127m

Inneralpbach Standkopf 2241m

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4

Join trip A gentle valley Take a cable Enjoy a walk in at Munich walk through car to 1,850m the Tiefenbach Airport and larch forests for an easy Gorge through drive to and farmland ridge walk the forest Alpbach along the with fantastic along the river (975m) in the Muehlbachweg. views of snow- to Kramsach. Austrian Tyrol. capped peaks.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

AUSTRIA

Kramsach

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MAR

APR

MAY

JUN

JUL

AUG

DAY

DAY

Ascend by chairlift and walk to Zireiner See (1,799m), a beautiful high altitude lake.

A free day to explore pretty villages, historic Rattenburg, Innsbruck or Salzburg.

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Walk around Drive to the craggy Munich Airport cliffs known where the as Gratlspitz trip ends. (1,898m) which sit above Alpbach.

DEC

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Hiking in the Dolomites ITALY

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Trip Highlights

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• Marvel at the beauty of the Dolomites’ jagged limestone peaks

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• Discover the South Tyrol’s unique culture – a fusion of Austrian and Italian influences

Based in the town of Dobbiaco, strike out on the trails and explore the beautiful rock towers and limestone cliffs of the Dolomites, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy scenic treks through alpine meadows and pine forests, walk along ridges and ascend small summits. Every evening relax in the hotel pool, gym or sauna and enjoy traditional Austrian-influenced cuisine typical of the region.

FROM

FROM

• Hike to the magnificent iconic rock towers of Tre Cime

AU$2180 8

TRIP ONLY

NZ$2380

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

8

DAYS

Optional single rooms are available from AU$570/NZ$610 TRIP CODE: DW WALK GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 7 nights standard hotel.

Rie

Putzalm mountain hut

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MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 5 dinners are included.

DOBBIACO

AUSTRIA

1200m

Villabassa

Ferrara San Vito Lake Braies 1494m

WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 5 days for between 5 to 7 hours on wellmaintained trails with some steep rocky sections.

Serla 2378m

SELF GUIDED OPTION

Cimitero Di Guerra

Dolomitenhof 1454m Sasso Di Sesto 2539m Tre Cime Refuge 2405m

Strudelkopf 2307m

Croda Rossa 3146m

DAILY DISTANCES

From/To Venice Airport

Day 2

14km

5hrs

Day 3

11km

6hrs

Day 4

15km

6hrs

Moso 1337m

Punta Del Tre Scarperi 3149m

THE DOLOMITES

Pratopiazza 1991m

SEE PAGE 65

Venice

ITALY

Elmo 2434m

ITALY

Bagni di Braies Vecchia

Croda Del Becco 2810m

DOBBIACO

1900m

Tre Cime Di Lavaredo 2999m

Refuge Auronzo

Day 5 Day 6

13km

7hrs

Day 7

11km

6hrs

Accommodation Mountain views Stay in a family-run chalet style hotel in the small town of Dobbiaco, a gateway to the Italian Dolomites. Located close to the centre of the town, the hotel is just a short walk from all amenities. The bedrooms and garden enjoy beautiful views of the mountains and the valley. Facilities include an indoor swimming pool with a sauna and small gym.

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2

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3

4

Join trip Walk through Trek through at Venice fields and alpine Airport before forest to meadows driving to the emerald and forest to Dobbiaco waters of Lake the remote in the heart Braies Putzalm of the (1,494m). mountain hut Dolomites. (1,743m).

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DAY

5

6

FEB

MAR

APR

8

7

Hike along the A free day to Hike to see Trek from Drive to Italian-Austrian relax or visit the three Pratopiazza Venice Airport border with the mountain magnificent to Strudelkopf where the great views of resort of limestone rock summit trip ends. the Dolomites Cortina, Lienz towers of (2,307m). and WWI or the ‘iceman’ Tre Cime. buildings. at Bolzano.

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Cycle Dolomites, Lake Garda and Venice ITALY

FROM

AU$2440

FROM

On this cycle journey we ride down the magnificent glacial valleys of the South Tyrol, past the jagged backdrop of the Dolomites to the beautiful setting of Lake Garda. After a catamaran ride across the lake we swap natural highlights for the grand architecture and cultural heritage of Verona and Venice, where our journey ends. Along the way we ride on traffic-free cycle paths, sample the local wine and stay in charming and elegant alpine towns.

NZ$2660

8

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

8

Optional single rooms are available from AU$460/NZ$500 TRIP CODE: CDV CYCLE GRADE: Easy ACCOMMODATION: Standard 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included. BIKE: 21 gear custom hybrid bikes. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details.

SELF GUIDED OPTION SEE PAGE 65

DAILY DISTANCES Day 2

35km

Day 3

72km

Day 4

42km

Day 5

29km

Day 6

35km

MERANO BOLZANO Caldaro Ora

RIVA DEL GARDA

TRENTO

ITALY

Lake Garda

MESTRE

Bardolino

VERONA

DAY

DAY

1

Join trip at Venice Airport. Drive to the elegant Alpine town of Merano.

2

DEPARTURE MONTHS

32

JAN

FEB

Venice Guided tour

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAYS

Bike down the ‘wine route’ to Trento, past the crystal clear waters of Lake Caldaro.

Be rewarded with stunning views of Lake Garda on our descent by bike to Riva del Garda.

A scenic catamaran ride across Lake Garda. Ride the cycle path to beautiful Verona.

Ride quiet country roads to wine producing Soave. Return by train to Verona for free afternoon.

Explore the marvellous city of Venice. Trip ends in Mestre.

3

Cycle on the Adige bike path through a broad glacial valley to the Tyrolean capital of Bolzano.

Soave

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5

4

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MAY

JUN

JUL

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SEP

6

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NOV

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Walking Lake Garda and the Prosecco Hills ITALY

FROM

AU$1880

FROM

Lake Garda and the rolling Prosecco Hills are two of the Veneto’s most gorgeous locations and both have some great walking trails to explore. Enjoy a bird’s-eye view of Garda’s blue waters while hiking on the top of Monte Baldo and then again from the Old Ponale Road Path, cut into the cliffs on the opposite shore. Ramble through the vineyards and hamlets of Prosecco Country in the foothills of the Dolomites and reward yourself with a tasting of the famous bubbles. There’s also time to explore the streets of historic Verona and travel by train to magnificent Venice on the Adriatic.

NZ$2050

8

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

8

Optional single rooms are available from AU$500/NZ$540 TRIP CODE: LGP WALK GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included. WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 5 days for between 2.5 to 5.5 hours. Most trails are welldefined and the terrain is easy underfoot. Total daily ascent averages at around 500m.

DAILY DISTANCES

Verona

Day 1

8km

2.5hrs

Day 2

11km

4.5hrs

Day 3

16km

4.5hrs

Day 4

6km

Day 5

12km

Day 6

7km

Day 7

12km

ITALY Valdobbiadene Prosecco tasting

4.5hrs Lake Ledro

Riva del Garda

5.5hrs

NAGBOTORBOLE BASSANO DEL GRAPPA

Malcesine

Optional Walks

Monte Baldo Cable car

LAKE GARDA

ITALY

Soave Wine tasting

Verona

VENICE

Optional trip by train

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DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

Join trip at Verona Airport. Afternoon walk at the northern end of Lake Garda.

Cable car to Monte Baldo (1,800m) and hike on the mountain. Explore lovely Malcesine in the afternoon.

Scenic walk via Riva del Garda along the Old Ponale Road Path to Lake Ledro.

Explore historic Verona. Drive to Bassano del Grappa with Soave wine tasting en route.

Hike from Bassano del Grappa along the historic Tobacco High Route with great views of the Brenta River Valley.

Opportunity to visit the magnificent city of Venice by train from our base at Bassano del Grappa.

Walk through the vineyards around Valdobbiadene and enjoy a prosecco tasting.

Drive to Verona Airport where the trip ends.

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3

JAN

FEB

MAR

4

APR

MAY

5

JUN

JUL

6

AUG

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8

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Lake Como Walking ITALY

FROM

AU$1970

FROM

Regarded by many as Italy’s prettiest lake, the shores of Como have been a popular holiday retreat since Roman times. From the charming town of Gravedona, enjoy easy walking on the network of footpaths linking the many villages nestled in the mountains around the lake and along the shore. Stay in a family-run hotel that is spectacularly located right at the water’s edge with superb views of the lake and Alps beyond.

NZ$2140

8

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

8

Optional single rooms are available from AU$600/NZ$660 TRIP CODE: LC WALK GRADE: Easy to Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts and 4 lunches are included. WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 5 days for between 4 to 6 hours. Most of the walking is on wellmaintained footpaths between the villages around the lake. SELF GUIDED OPTION SEE PAGE 65

DAILY DISTANCES Day 2

12km

6hrs

Day 3

7km

4hrs

Day 4

9.5km

4hrs

ALPS

GRAVEDONA Milan

Day 6

12km

6hrs

Day 7

10km

5hrs

Livo

ITALY

Day 5

Dongo SWITZERLAND Lake Lugano

Rezzonico 13th Century castle

ALPS

Accommodation

Menaggio Villa Carlotta Griante

Fabulous lake views Family-run Hotel Regina is right on the shore of Lake Como and just a 10 minute scenic walk from the restaurants and shops of Gravedona. It’s the perfect place to relax and enjoy the inspiring lake and mountain views or take advantage of the stunning panoramic solar heated swimming pool.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

34

JAN

Sorico

GRAVEDONA

ITALY

Lake Como

ALPS

Bellagio Villas and gardens

Civenna

Como Museum and shops

From/To Milan

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DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

Join trip at Milan Airport and drive to Gravedona on the shore of Lake Como.

Ascend through fields and forests to the pretty hilltop village of Livo.

Gentle walk to Sorico through pretty villages, chestnut groves, forests and meadows.

Take a ferry across the lake and enjoy a walk from Civenna to Bellagio.

A free day to visit Villa Carlotta near Menaggio, Como Town or relax in Gravedona by the lake.

Hike to Monti di Nava with views across the lake to Bellagio.

Walk from Donga to Rezzonico with its 13th century castle.

Drive to Milan Airport where the trip ends.

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Cycle Tuscany – Pisa to Florence ITALY

FROM

AU$1880

FROM

We discover the ever-changing and beautiful scenery of Tuscany with a rewarding ride between two incredible cities. From the Leaning Tower of Pisa we follow the Serchio River to the charming walled town of Lucca, riding on country lanes to the birthplace of Leonardo in Vinci, before arriving in the Renaissance city of Florence.

NZ$2050

8

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

8

Optional single rooms are available from AU$490/NZ$530 TRIP CODE: CTY CYCLE GRADE: Easy to Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 5 nights standard hotel and 2 nights premium hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts. BIKE: 27 gear Focus Black Hills mountain bikes with hybrid tyres and lockable front suspension. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details. SELF GUIDED OPTION SEE PAGE 65

POINT

2

POINT

DAILY DISTANCES Day 2

35km

Day 3

40km

Day 4

37km

Day 5

48km

Day 6

42km

Day 7

52km Medieval Walled Town

LUCCA

Optional Rides

VINCI

Leonardo’s birthplace

FLORENCE

PISA

Leaning Tower, Campo del Miracoli

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

Join trip in Pisa.

An exploration of the countryside around Pisa by bike.

Pedal along the Serchio River to charming Lucca. Cycle on the medieval city walls around this ancient town.

Enjoy a ride through the beautiful Tuscan countryside surrounding Lucca, past Renaissance villas.

Cycle past the vast wetlands of Fucecchio Nature Reserve on our ride to Vinci – the birthplace of Leonardo.

Rewarding cycle past olive groves, following the Arno Valley into the Renaissance city of Florence.

A full day to enjoy the wonderful city of Florence. Option to cycle in the Chianti Classico or visit Siena.

Trip ends at Pisa Airport.

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3

JAN

FEB

MAR

4

APR

MAY

5

JUN

JUL

6

AUG

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7

NOV

DEC

8

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Wine Trails of Classic Tuscany ITALY

FROM

AU$1830

FROM

Rolling hills, medieval hilltop towns and great food and wine are all part of this walking holiday among the iconic landscapes of southern Tuscany. Ramble through the vineyards of Chianti, along avenues of cypress trees and on ancient pilgrimage trails. Explore historic Montalcino and Montepulciano, take in the sights of marvellous Siena and soak up the atmosphere of Renaissance Florence.

NZ$2000

8

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

8

Optional single rooms are available from AU$470/NZ$510 TRIP CODE: LTY WALK GRADE: Easy to Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 4 nights standard hotel and 3 nights standard guesthouse. MEALS: 7 breakfasts and 1 lunch are included. WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 4 days for between 3.5 to 5 hours. You will be walking on a mix of strade bianche, the compacted gravel roads typical of Tuscany, as well as SELF farm trails and mule GUIDED tracks on undulating OPTION terrain. SEE PAGE 65

DAILY DISTANCES

FLORENCE

Walking tour

Day 2

7km

4hrs

Day 3

10km

3.5hrs

Day 5

12m

4.5hrs

Day 6

12km

Pisa

Day 4

5hrs

ITALY San Gimignano Wine tasting

Radda in Chianti

CASTELLINA IN CHIANTI Wine tasting

TUSCANY Siena

San Quirico d’Orcia

PIENZA

Montalcino Hilltop town

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

Join trip at Pisa Airport before driving to Castellina in Chianti in southern Tuscany.

Hike in the Chianti Hills and enjoy a tasting of the superb Chianti Classico wine.

Walk on the Via Francigena to the walled town of San Gimignano and taste some local wines.

Spend the day exploring the beautiful medieval city of Siena, including its famous Piazza del Campo.

Ramble across rolling hills and along cypress-lined avenues to the hilltop town of Montepulciano.

Walk from lovely San Quirico d'Orcia to hilltop Montalcino for superb views of the Val d'Orcia.

Explore the wonderful Renaissance city of Florence with its many galleries and museums.

Trip ends today in Florence.

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Montepulciano wine cellars

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MAR

4

APR

MAY

5

JUN

JUL

6

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SEP

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NOV

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Amalfi Coast Walking ITALY

S st Be

Trip Highlights

e ll er

• Stay with an Italian family at their clifftop farm with sea views • Explore Amalfi, Positano, Capri, ancient Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius

This relaxed walking holiday explores the spectacular Amalfi Coast. Enjoy walks across clifftops, through woodland and a natural park and hike along the celebrated ‘Walk of the Gods’ – one of the world’s greatest coastal walks. There is time to explore Amalfi, Positano and Capri, and the chance to visit Pompeii and Ravello. Stay at a welcoming family-run agriturismo that serves up tasty homeproduced food and wine.

FROM FROM

• Hike the coastal routes including the famous ‘Walk of the Gods’

AU$1870 8

TRIP ONLY

NZ$2040

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

8

DAYS

Optional single rooms are available from AU$460/NZ$500 TRIP CODE: NAW WALK GRADE: Easy to Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 7 nights standard agriturismo. MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 5 dinners are included. WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 5 days for between 2.5 to 6 hours. Some of the terrain is rough and stony underfoot. Three of the walks involve negotiating steep, stone staircases.

ITALY

Naples Airport

From Naples airport Optional visit to Vesuvius & Pompeii Amalfi Coast

‘Walk of the Gods’ Gulf of Naples

ITALY

Ferriere Valley National Reserve Pogerola

AGEROLA PLATEAU

Amalfi

Bomerano

Positano

SAN LAZZARO

SORRENTO PENINSULA

SELF GUIDED OPTION SEE PAGE 65

Day 2

11km

6hrs

Day 3

6km

2.5hrs

Day 4

10km

4hrs

Day 5

13km

6hrs

11km

5hrs

Day 6 Day 7

TYRRHENIAN SEA

Capri

DAILY DISTANCES

Accommodation Family-run agriturismo Luna d’Agerola is an intimate farmstay run by three generations of the Acampora family. It has beautiful en suite rooms with sea views from either a balcony, terrace or window. There’s also a lovely terrace where you can relax.

DAY

DAY

1

2

Join trip Hike along a at Naples ridge above Airport before the Agerola driving to the Plateau to family-run Bomerano, agriturismo. enjoy views of the Amalfi Coast.

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DAY

3

4

DAY

DAY

5

6

Descend Take a ferry Walk through A free day, on ancient to enchanting the Ferriere with the trails through Capri, walk to National chance to vineyards and a viewpoint Reserve passing visit the lemon groves and explore waterfalls, ancient site of to the historic the town’s rivers and Pompeii and port of Amalfi. narrow unusual plant- climb Mount streets. life. Vesuvius.

FEB

MAR

APR

8

7

Hike along Opportunity the ‘Walk of to visit the Gods’, to Ravello. the colourful Trip ends cliffside village at Naples of Positano. Airport.

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New Trip

Cycling in Italy – Cilento to the Amalfi Coast ITALY

FROM

AU$2310

FROM

On this active adventure through Campania we cycle the dramatic coastline, fishing villages and rugged interior of Cilento National Park and trek on the Amalfi Coast. Riding off the beaten track, along secondary roads towards mountain hamlets, we discover the unspoilt nature and beauty of Cilento. We visit Greek archaeological sites at Velia and Paestum and sample local delicacies including mozzarella di bufala and Cilento wines. After our five day ride, we discover the dramatic beauty of the Amalfi Coast on the ‘Walk of the Gods’ and a cruise to Amalfi.

NZ$2520

8

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

8

Optional single rooms are available from AU$280/NZ$310 TRIP CODE: CAC CYCLE GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION:Standard 5 nights standard hotel and 2 nights premium hotel. MEALS: 8 Breakfasts and 2 dinners are included. BIKE: 27 gear Atala Planet mountain bike with front suspension. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details. POINT

2

POINT

DAILY DISTANCES Day 2

54km

Day 3

40km

Day 4

48km

Day 5

60km

Day 6 Day 7

ITALY

Naples Airport

Naples Airport Bomerano

Gulf of Naples

25/50km

MINORI

Positano

13km

WALK

Amalfi Coast & Cilento

Amalfi

ITALY

‘Walk of the Gods’

Optional Rides Paestum Greek Temple

AGROPOLI

Cilento National Park

Tyrrhenian Sea Velia

MARINA DI ASCEA

SAN SEVERINO

Palinuro

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

Join trip at Naples Airport. Drive to San Severino in Cilento National Park.

Loop ride around Mount Bulgheria into the rugged interior with superb views of the coastline looking south.

A linear ride along the jagged coastline to Marina di Ascea. Learn about and try traditional Cilento dried, white figs.

Another loop ride with superb panoramic views; through olive groves, chestnut forests and charming villages. Visit ancient Greek Velia.

We ride north following the coast through the fishing villages of Pioppi and Acciaroli to Agropoli. Cilento wine tasting.

Visit Greek temples and forum of Paestum before our final loop ride with a mozzarella farm visit.

Enjoy the dramatic beauty of the Amalfi Coast on the ‘Walk of the Gods’ and a cruise to Amalfi.

Trip ends in Naples Airport.

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3

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FEB

MAR

4

APR

MAY

5

JUN

JUL

6

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SEP

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Trails of Portofino and the Cinque Terre ITALY

FROM

AU$1870

FROM

Enjoy day walks exploring the rugged beauty of Liguria’s UNESCO listed coastline, where steep cliffs plunge into a turquoise sea and colourful fishing villages nestle precariously at their foot. In the Cinque Terre National Park, walk on the Azure Trail and pass through vineyards and woodland among local farmers at work. Discover the chic harbour town of Portofino and spectacular landscapes of Portovenere.

NZ$2040

8

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

8

Optional single rooms are available from AU$490/NZ$530 TRIP CODE: WCT WALK GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Simple 7 nights simple hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts and 2 lunches are included. WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 5 days for between 3.5 to 5 hours. The trails are generally wellmaintained with sections of steps and it can be rocky underfoot in places. Maximum total daily ascent approximately 400 metres. SELF GUIDED OPTION SEE PAGE 65

DAILY DISTANCES

BONASSOLA

Day 2

9km

4.5hrs

Day 3

7km

4hrs

Day 4

10km

4hrs

Pisa

Santa Margherita

Day 5 Day 6

8km

Day 7

15km

San Fruttuoso Abbey

3.5hrs

Portofino

5hrs

Accommodation

Cinque Terre National Park

Golfo di Genova

BONASSOLA Levanto

Warm family welcome Pensione Moderna is a simple and homely family-run hotel, just 100m from the beach in the pretty seaside village of Bonassola. Bedrooms have their own private bathroom and television, and free Wi-Fi is available. Surrounded by a tropical garden, the terrace is the perfect place to relax.

Vernazza Corniglia

La Spezia

Riomaggiore Portovenere

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

Join trip at Pisa Airport and drive to Bonassola on the Ligurian Coast.

Hike to the Cinque Terre village of Monterosso along an old railway line and coastal trails.

Hike to Monterosso from the colourful fishing villages of Vernazza and Corniglia.

Discover rural lives untouched by tourism, on inland footpaths through vineyards and woodland.

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From/To Pisa

Monterosso

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FEB

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3

MAY

JUN

4

JUL

AUG

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DAY

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DAY

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A free day to Enjoy stunning Walk the visit the cities coastal walking UNESCO listed of Genoa or La to the chic coastline from Spezia, enjoy harbour resort Riomaggiore further walks of Portofino. to Portovenere. or visit the beach.

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Drive to Pisa Airport where the trip ends.

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A Taste of Emilia Romagna ITALY

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AU$2020

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Discover and enjoy the exceptional food and wine of Emilia Romagna. Ramble through its beautiful landscapes, from the Apennine Foothills to the Po River Delta. Learn the secrets of how Parma ham, parmesan cheese, balsamic vinegar, tortellini and Lambrusco wines are made. Explore the architectural treasures of Bologna, Modena, Ravenna and canals of Comacchio, the region’s ‘Little Venice’.

NZ$2200

8

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DAYS

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DAYS

8

Optional single rooms are available from AU$500/NZ$550 TRIP CODE: TOER WALK GRADE: Easy ACCOMMODATION: Standard 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts and 2 lunches are included. WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 5 days for between 2 to 3.5 hours. Walks follow well-maintained undulating paths through the beautiful countryside of Emilia Romagna.

DAILY DISTANCES Day 2

9km

3hrs

Day 3

9km

3.5hrs

Day 4 Day 5

7.5km

Day 6

7km

2.5hrs

3hrs

Day 7

7km

2hrs

ITALY Parma Visit old town

EMILIA ROMAGNA

Lambrusco tasting

Torrechiara Castle

REGGIO EMILIA

Parmesan cheese making Vineyard walking

Modena Walking tour of UNESCO listed historic centre Balsamic vinegar producer

BOLOGNA Sanctuary of San Luca Portico di San Luca walk

RAVENNA Brisighella village walk

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Join trip at Bologna Airport before driving to Reggio Emilia and exploring the city on an orientation walk.

Visit a cheese producer and Lambrusco vineyard. Enjoy a walk through the vineyards and picnic alfresco.

Countryside ramble from Torrechiara Castle with lunch of local produce. Visit the city of Parma in the afternoon.

Enjoy a tasting at a balsamic vinegar producer and spend time in Modena before driving to Bologna.

Morning walk along the famous Portico di San Luca to a viewpoint overlooking Bologna. Explore the city in the afternoon.

Walk from picturesque Brisighella where there’s an option to taste olive oils. Drive to Ravenna with time to visit its famous mosaics.

Visit the canals of Comacchio (known as ‘Little Venice’) and ramble along the peaceful trails of the Po River Delta.

Drive to Bologna Airport where the trip ends.

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A Taste of Puglia ITALY

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AU$2180

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Discover the superb cuisine and wines of Puglia and enjoy easy walks with wide panoramas of gently rolling landscapes. Ramble in the Alta Murgia National Park, explore the ancient Sassi and gorge of Matera and visit the conical trulli houses of the Itria Valley. See firsthand how local cheeses, bread, olive oil and wines are produced and learn how to make the local oriecchiette ‘little ear’ pasta. A great introduction to an emerging destination that should be on the radar for all Italy lovers.

NZ$2380

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Optional single rooms are available from AU$330/NZ$360 TRIP CODE: TOP WALK GRADE: Easy ACCOMMODATION: Standard 4 nights standard hotel and 3 nights standard guesthouse. MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 1 dinner are included. WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 5 days for between 1 to 3 hours. Puglian countryside is gently undulating and terrain is generally easy underfoot. The gorge walk at Matera is rocky.

DAILY DISTANCES Day 3

8km

2hrs

Day 4

8km

3hrs

Day 5

8km

3hrs

Day 6

3km

1hr

Day 7

8km

2.5hrs

Farmhouse lunch 13th century castle

Bari Airport

Pulo di Altamura

Optional Walks

ADRIATIC SEA Cisternino Walking tour Olive oil tasting

ALTAMURA

Local bakery visit, pasta making

Castello di Garagnone

ALBEROBELLO

Alta Murgia National Park

ITALY

Trulli town, Caseificio, cheese tasting, wine tasting

MATERA

Troglodyte Town Gorge walk

Locorotondo

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Join trip at Bari Airport before driving to Altamura. Enjoy an evening feast introducing Puglian regional dishes.

Visit a bakery to see traditional Puglian bread being made. Chance to visit nearby Gravina’s underground caverns.

Pasta making lesson. Walk from the Pulo di Altamura sink hole to the fascinating Lamalunga Archeological Museum.

Visit Castel del Monte and hike to an organic farm for lunch. Drive to Matera where we stay in the troglodyte quarter (the Sassi).

Hike in the impressive Matera Gorge and explore the winding alleyways of the Sassi.

Visit an organic cheesemaker, an olive oil mill and the famous butchers’ shops of Cisternino. Drive to the trulli town of Alberobello.

Trulli walk in Alberbello, wine museum visit and wine tasting.

Drive to Bari Airport where the trip ends.

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Puglia on Two Wheels ITALY

Cycling along quiet provincial roads, we discover the ‘heel’ of Italy in the sun-drenched region of Puglia.

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• Discover one of Europe’s oldest settlements in Matera with Sassi cave dwellings

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• Try local delicacies such as primitivo wine, mozzarella di bufala and fresh antipasti

On easy rides we enjoy wide panoramas and big skies as we traverse a gently rolling land with endless fields of grain, gnarled olive trees and ancient vines. We explore Alta Murgia National Park, the famous ancient Sassi troglodyte town of Matera, whitewashed villages and the rugged Adriatic coastline. Along the way we introduce the superb Pugliese cuisine with cheeses from a local caseificio, a visit to a family-run bakery and wine tasting.

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• Explore the white-washed towns of Monopoli and Alberobello with its fairytalelike trulli dwellings

AU$2260 8

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8

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Optional single rooms are available from AU$320/NZ$360 TRIP CODE: CIP CYCLE GRADE: Easy ACCOMMODATION: Standard 7 nights standard hotel.

local bakery visit

Alta Murgia National Park

BIKE: 21 gear Lombardo Taranto 400 hybrid bikes. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details.

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DAILY DISTANCES Day 2

53km

Day 3

30km

Day 4

33km

Day 5

44/10km

Day 6

35km

Day 7

45km

ALBEROBELLO

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Join trip at Bari Airport. Drive to the quaint town of Altamura.

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3

4

Trulli town, Cisternino Caseificio cheese tasting Locorotondo Troglodyte Vineyard visit Town

MATERA

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DAY

DAYS

A circular ride that explores beautiful villages. Enjoy a local wine tasting.

Cycle past ochre fields and the Adriatic coast to Monopoli. Sample local cheeses.

A coastal ride past inviting clear waters to the bronze age site of Egnazia. Evening wine tasting. Trip ends at Bari Airport.

5

Cycle through Ride across Cycle past olive Alta Murgia wide open vistas groves to the National Park under blue skies distinctive dry from UNESCO to the unique stone conical Monte castle. troglodyte trulli buildings settlement of of Alberobello. Matera.

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Egnazia Bronze-age site

ITALY

San Giuliano Lake

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MONOPOLI ALTAMURA

MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included.

Optional Rides

ADRIATIC SEA

Bari Airport 13th century castle

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Cycling in Sicily – Trapani to Mount Etna ITALY

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AU$2820 11

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On this extraordinary traverse of Sicily by bike and bus, we explore the diversity of the largest Mediterranean island. Starting in Trapani we cycle along a ruggedly beautiful coastline, discovering traditional fishing ports, fascinating ancient ruins and inviting beaches. Further east, we strike inland and ride between beautiful Baroque towns, culminating our journey with a ride around the flanks of Mount Etna. As well as the wealth of historical and cultural sights, Sicily impresses with picturesque landscapes and some of Italy’s finest food and wine.

NZ$3070 11

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Optional single rooms are available from AU$410/NZ$450 TRIP CODE: CPE CYCLE GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 10 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 10 breakfasts are included. BIKE: 27 gear Stevens Galant or similar hybrid bike. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details.

DAILY DISTANCES Day 2

68km

Day 3

45km

Day 4

52km Mt Etna (Optional ascent)

Day 5 Day 6

35km

Day 7

51km

Palermo Airport

TRAPANI Marsala

Day 8 Day 9

MAZARA DEL VALLO

57km

Malletto

SCIACCA

SICILY

Selinunte

PORTO EMPEDOCLE Agrigento Valley of the Temples (optional)

Taormina (optional)

MASCALI Catania airport

Palazzolo Acreide

Ancient Syracuse (optional)

RAGUSA Modica

NOTO

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Join trip in busy port town of Trapani, with Spanishfounded 12th century old quarter.

Cycle through salt pans to Marsala (optional wine tasting). Coastal riding to Mazara del Vallo.

Coastal ride to Selinunte, visit the Greek archaeological site. Drive to Sciacca historic port.

Coastal and hinterland ride to a wonderful beach near Heraclea Minoa. Cycle to Agrigento.

Free day. Optional visit to impressive Valley of the Temples. Walk to Scala dei Turchi cliffs.

Drive into hilly interior to medieval Palazzolo Acreide. Cycle to the Baroque pearl of Ragusa.

Cycle to Modica to explore and chocolate tasting. Ride to beautiful Scicli and drive onto Noto.

Free day. Optional visit to the remarkable ancient Greek capital of Syracuse and Ortygia Island.

A spectacular bike ride around the northern flanks of Mount Etna from Malletto to the sea.

Free day. Optional ascent of Mount Etna or stroll through nearby Taormina.

Trip ends in Mascali.

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Walking in Sardinia ITALY

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AU$1880

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Rugged limestone mountains, deep boulder-strewn gorges, Bronze Age villages and idyllic coastal trails are the locations for scenic and exciting hikes on this Sardinian walking holiday. Part of Italy, yet with its own distinct culture and history, explore the natural beauty of the east of this wild and unspoilt island. Enjoy the tranquillity of rural life and traditional rustic cuisine at a welcoming farm-stay. Move on to the stunning Gulf of Orosei Coast and dine on freshly caught seafood.

NZ$2050

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DAYS

TRIP ONLY

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8

Optional single rooms are available from AU$470/NZ$510 TRIP CODE: SAR WALK GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 4 nights standard agriturismo and 3 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 4 dinners are included. WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 5 days for between 3.5 to 6 hours. Terrain varies from dirt and gravel tracks to rocky trails. Some light scambling may be required on sections of the gorge and mountain walks. This trip is only suited to those who are confident walking on this type of terrain.

DAILY DISTANCES

Olbia Olbia

Day 2

12km

Day 3

15.5km

Day 4

9.5km

6hrs 5.5hrs

Dorgali

4hrs

SARDINIA

Day 5 Day 6

9km

Day 7

10.5km

3.5/2hrs

5.5km

5hrs

Optional Walks

AGRITURISMO Tiscali Bronze Age village

Monte Corrasi 1463m

CALA GONONE

Cala Sisine

Gorropu Gorge

Punta la Marmora 1834m

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Join trip at Olbia Airport and drive to our family-run agriturismo near Dorgali.

Hike the Supramonte peaks of Corrasi and Punta Sos Nidos for far-reaching views.

Trek to Sardinia’s highest point, Punta la Marmora (1,834m), in the Gennargentu Mountains.

Hike to the site of the nuraghic village of Tiscali which dates back to the Bronze Age.

Drive to the seaside town of Cala Gonone with free time to explore or relax on the beach.

Boat ride to Cala Sisine then walk back to Cala Gonone along the Selvaggio Blu coastal trail.

Descend over 800 metres through the awe-inspiring Gorropu Gorge.

Drive to Olbia Airport where the trip ends.

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Walking in Slovenia

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SLOVENIA

Trip Highlights • Discover the panoramic vistas of the Julian Alps • Explore the spectacular landscapes around Lake Bohinj

This superb walking holiday explores Triglav National Park, Slovenia’s only national park and home to the awesome Julian Alps. Based at Lake Bohinj, walk around the spectacular glacial lake and discover unspoilt farming villages, stunning waterfalls and gorges. Take the cable car high into the Julian Alps to explore the hiking trails and enjoy incredible panoramic mountain views.

FROM

FROM

• Uncover Triglav National Park’s natural and cultural wonders

AU$1870 8

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NZ$2040

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

8

DAYS

Optional single rooms are available from AU$610/NZ$670 TRIP CODE: WSO WALK GRADE: Easy to Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts and 3 dinners are included.

AUSTRIA

WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 5 days for between 4 to 6 hours. Maximum altitude of 1,964m at the summit of Rodica Peak. The higher walks on days 3 and 6 are graded as moderate and both require good weather. Your Explore Leader may move the walking days around depending on the forecast of the week.

Lake Bled (Optional visit)

Mt. Triglav 2864m

Mostnica Gorge

Srednja Vas

Kosijev dom na Vogarju hut 1054m (optional walk) Mt. Vogel 1922m

DAILY DISTANCES

BOHINJ

SLOVENIA

Day 2

12km

Day 3

9km

5.5hrs

Day 4

12km

4-5hrs

Day 5

10km

4hrs

Day 6

10km

4hrs

Day 7

12km

6hrs

Day 8

10km

4.5hrs

LJUBLJANA

4.5hrs

4.5hrs Optional Walks

DAY

Accommodation Alpine Hotel The Hotel Kristal is a small, friendly family-run hotel, in typical alpine chalet style. There is a good restaurant, inviting bar and lounge area, a wellness centre and a lovely garden, perfect for relaxing after a day’s walking. Situated 500m from Lake Bohinj, with views of the surrounding mountains, it is an ideal base for a week’s walking.

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Join trip Walk around Take a chairlift at Ljubljana Lake Bohinj up up to 1,660m. Airport and to the Savica Hike to Rodica drive to Lake Waterfall. Peak with Bohinj. Option to take spectacular the boat back views across across the lake. the Julian Alps.

Free day. Opportunity to visit Lake Bled and walk to Vintgar Gorge or rent a kayak and explore Lake Bohinj.

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Local bus Take cable car Walk in the Free day. to Brod. to 1,535m. Voje Valley Optional walk Walk in the Walk along to Mostniski to mountain Bohinj Valley the mountain Waterfall and hut. Drive through trail to the through the to Ljubljana meadows to Vogel Ridge, spectacular Airport small farming for coastal Mostnica where the villages. views. Gorge. trip ends.

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Walks and Coastal Towns of Croatia CROATIA

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AU$1790

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On this walking trip through Croatia’s national parks, explore the jagged mountain peaks of Dalmatia, the plunging gorges of Paklenica and admire the spectacular lakes and waterfalls of Plitvice. Along the way visit the pretty coastal cities of Split and Trogir, discovering a maze of cobbled streets, meandering alleyways and medieval architecture, while enjoying a spectacular combination of mountain and coastal walking along the Adriatic Coast.

NZ$1950

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Optional single rooms are available from AU$310/NZ$340 TRIP CODE: CO WALK GRADE: Easy to Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included. WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 4 days for an average of 5 hours. Follow boardwalks, forest paths and well-defined mountain trails, of which some sections are uneven and rocky underfoot.

ZAGREB City tour

DAILY DISTANCES Day 3

14km

Day 4

10km

Day 5

10km

Day 6

10km

CROATIA

5hrs 8km

5/2hrs

7km

4.5/2.5hrs

PLITVICE NATIONAL PARK Lakes and waterfalls walk

5hrs Zavizan Premuziceva Trail

km Optional Walks

BOSNIA HERZEGOVINA

VELIKA PLANA Gorge walk

PAKLENICA NATIONAL PARK Coastal walk

Trogir

SPLIT

City tour

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Join trip in the capital Zagreb.

Walking tour of Zagreb. Drive to the beautiful Plitvice National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Enjoy walking around breathtaking lakes and waterfalls in Plitvice. Experience the rich variety of flora in this region.

Drive to Zavizan and walk the Premuziceva Trail, a hiker’s highlight accessing the most hidden and beautiful parts of Velebit.

Explore Paklenica National Park on foot with a stunning coastal walk. Option to extend the walk into the foothills of the Velabit Mountains.

A full-day hike in the dramatic Paklenica Gorge. Lunch at a traditional mountain hut.

Visit Trogir, one of the oldest cities in Croatia. Drive to Split, guided walk of the city and the Roman Palace concealed within its modern streets.

Trip ends in Split.

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Cycle the Dalmatian Coast CROATIA

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• Discover the historic heart of one of the region’s oldest cities in Split

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• Explore the coastal plains and breathtaking valleys of Dalmatia by bike

The south Dalmatia stretch from Split to Dubrovnik is one of the most beautiful coastlines in Europe, dotted with medieval towns, fishing villages and a myriad of islands. Local ferries take us to the islands of Hvar and Korcula which we explore by bike on quiet roads; riding past vineyards, olive groves, dramatic limestone cliffs, forested hills and hidden coves. We end our route on a high in historic Dubrovnik.

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• Cycle around Hvar, one of Croatia’s scenic gems

AU$1870 8

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NZ$2040

TRIP ONLY

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8

DAYS

Optional single rooms are available from AU$370/NZ$400 TRIP CODE: CCD KASTLE KAMBELOVAC

CYCLE GRADE: Moderate

Sightseeing Split

ACCOMMODATION: Standard 7 nights standard hotel.

STARI GRAD

MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included.

HVAR

BIKE: 21 gear Polar or Mirage hybrid bike.

CROATIA

BOSNIA HERZEGOVINA

KORCULA

ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details.

DUBROVNIK

Cavtat

SELF GUIDED OPTION

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Join trip in the coastal town of Kastel Kambelovac.

Morning sightseeing in Split. Ferry to Hvar Island and explore by bike.

Cycle the old streets and abandoned villages on the beautiful island of Hvar.

Ferry to Korcula. Ride around the red terracotta roofed villages and limestone streets.

Full day’s cycling on Korcula. Experience the rural elegance of the island.

Morning ferry to Orebić. Cycle to Zuljana, then drive to Dubrovnik.

Opportunity to cycle through the villages of the Dalmatian Coast or explore Dubrovnik. Trip ends in Dubrovnik.

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DAILY DISTANCES Day 2

34km

Day 3

40km

Day 4

10km

Day 5

70km

Day 6

30km

Day 7

40km

Optional Rides

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5

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Walking Montenegro and the Croatian Islands MONTENEGRO - CROATIA

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Starting in southwestern Montenegro and continuing to the idyllic islands of Croatia, this eight-day walking trip takes you on some of the most beautiful coastal, mountain and village trails of the southern Balkans. Visit the historical town of Kotor for a bird’s-eye view from the ramparts and climb Mount Vrmac for astounding views of the Montenegrin coastline. Explore traditional villages and the medieval town of Dubrovnik before travelling by boat to the beautiful Croatian islands of Mljet and Korcula. Walk to lakes on Mljet, the ‘Green Island’, and follow the coastline around Korcula.

AU$1770

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DAYS

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DAYS

NZ$1930

8

Optional single rooms are available from AU$430/NZ$470 TRIP CODE: WCM WALK GRADE: Easy to Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 6 nights standard hotel and 1 night simple guesthouse. MEALS: 6 Breakfasts are included. WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 5 days for between 2.5 to 5 hours. Most walks on welldefined footpaths and trails through forests, along rocky coastlines and fortifications.

DAILY DISTANCES Day 2

4km

Day 3

15km

2.5hrs 5hrs

Day 4

14km

4.5hrs

Day 6

10km

4hrs

Day 7

7km

3hrs

Day 5

BRAC

HVAR

CROATIA Orebic Korcula Town KORCULA

LUMBARDA

BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

POMENA

MIJET DUBROVNIK

Optional city tour

CAVTAT

MONTENEGRO Walking tour Orejen Mountain

DOBROTA

Walking tour of Kotor City Ramparts Hike Vrmac Mountain

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Join trip at Dubrovnik Airport and drive to Dobrota in Montenegro.

Walking tour of Kotor including the city's ramparts. Afternoon optional boat trip.

Hike from Kotor town to the top of Vrmac Mountain for stunning views of the city and bay. Descend to the beach at Markov Rt.

Circular walk from Herceg Novi through traditional villages to a viewpoint over Kotor Bay. Drive to Dubrovnik.

Explore the walled city of Dubrovnik on foot. Take a boat to the forested island of Mljet.

Circular hike around Malo and Veliko Jezero lakes. Boat to Korcula Island, famed for its vineyards.

Coastal walk from Lumbarda to Korcula Old Town with views of the archipelago. Ferry to Orebic and drive to Cavtat.

Trip ends in Cavtat.

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Walking in Crete GREECE

Trip Highlights

Explore the coastal and mountain terrain of Crete on this walking holiday, discovering isolated beaches, secluded coves and impressive canyons.

• Hike through the majestic Samaria Gorge, the longest in Europe

Walk in the White Mountains, hike through the Samaria and Zaros Gorges, experience rural Cretan hospitality and see the beauty that this wonderful island has to offer.

• Experience the friendliness and open hospitality of local Cretans

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• Coastal walk to the traditional village of Loutro

AU$1430 8

DAYS

TRIP ONLY

NZ$1560

TRIP ONLY

8

DAYS

Optional single rooms are available from AU$240/NZ$260 TRIP CODE: CR WALK GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included. WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 4 days for between 1.5 and 6.5 hours each day. Trails are quite rocky with some occasional short, steep ascents.

AEGEAN SEA CHANIA

DAILY DISTANCES

Mt Gingilos

Day 2

2km

Day 3

8.5km

Day 4

15km

6.5hrs

Day 5

12km

5hrs

AGIA ROUMELI

1.5hrs 6/3.5hrs

4.5km

OMALOS

CRETE

Heraklion

Samaria Gorge

Preveli Monastery Chora Sfakion

LOUTRO

LIBYAN SEA

Zaros Gorge

ZAROS

Day 6 Day 7

5.5km

4.5hrs

Optional Walks

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Join trip in the pretty harbour city of Chania.

Explore the old town before travelling to the Omalos Plateau in the White Mountains.

Hike through the breathtaking Samaria Gorge to the coast at Agia Roumeli.

Follow the coastline to Loutro, stop to see the old chapel at Ayios Pavlos. Option to take the ferry instead.

Explore beautiful Loutro with optional walks including the Aradhena Gorge and coastal paths.

Ferry to Chora Sfakion. Travel to Zaros in the Idi Mountains via a visit to Preveli Monastery.

Hike through the spectacular ravines of Zaros Gorge and explore the scenic Idi Mountains.

Trip ends at Heraklion Airport.

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Walking the Corfu Trail (South) GREECE

FROM

FROM

Corfu is one of the most beautiful Greek islands, explore the southern part of this wonderful island on this walking trip. Visit ancient villages framed by vineyards, walk through shady ancient olive groves, relax in riverside tavernas and climb Agii Deka, the island’s second highest mountain, for spectacular views of the Mediterranean.

AU$1270

8

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

NZ$1380

8

Optional single rooms are available from AU$360/NZ$390 TRIP CODE: CF WALK GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Simple 4 nights simple hotel and 3 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts and 2 dinners are included. WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 6 days for between 3.5 to 7 hours. Follow coastal footpaths, trails, minor roads and walk along beaches. POINT

2

POINT

DAILY DISTANCES Day 2

12km

3.5hrs

Day 3

22.5km

6.5hrs

Day 4

20km

6hrs

Day 5

18.5km

6hrs

Day 6

17.5km

6.5hrs

Day 7

23km

CORFU (GREECE)

ALBANIA

Pantokrator 906m

LIAPADES BEACH KERKYRA

7hrs

Myrtiotissa Monastery Pelekas

Combine your trip

Corfu Town

Agii Deka 576m

Corfu Channel

GREECE

BENITSES Komianata

PARAMONAS

If you would like to walk the full length of the island on the Corfu Trail, this trip can be combined with the north on our Corfu Trail Explorer. Visit our website for more details.

CAPE LEFKIMMI MEDITERRANEAN SANTA SEA BARBARA

Kavos

Arkoudillas Monastery

ASPROKAVOS

Trip code: CFA

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

Join trip in Kerkyra (Corfu Town).

Drive to Kavos, the start of the Corfu Trail. Walk via Arkoudillas Monastery to Spartera.

Walk through the Gardeno Valley along beautiful coastal paths via Lefkimmi to Santa Barbara.

Follow the coastline, walking on golden sands and through cedar tree forests to Lake Korrision and on to Paramonas.

Hike through the villages of Ano and Kato Pavliana, crossing the Messongi River Valley to Benitses via Komianata.

Walk to Pelekas, skirting the Agii Deka Mountain. Climb to the abandoned monastery of Myrtiotissa.

Descend via Myrtiotissa to Liapades, an ancient village and lovely beach.

Trip ends at Liapades Beach.

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Cycle Turkey TURKEY

FROM

AU$1210

FROM

Cycle with us through farmland, hills and forests as we travel along Turkey’s beautiful Turquoise Coast. Cycle along the shores of Lake Köycegiz, visit hillside villages and relax on the golden sands of Patara Beach. We also take a boat cruise across Fethiye Bay, visit the ancient sites of Patara and Xanthos and savour the fresh local food.

NZ$1320

8

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

8

Optional single rooms are available from AU$240/NZ$260 TRIP CODE: CTT CYCLE GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 5 nights standard hotel, 1 night simple hotel and 1 night simple village house. MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 1 dinner are included. BIKE: 24 gear Sedona mountain bike. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details.

DAILY DISTANCES

Lake Köycegiz

Day 2

35km

Day 3

40km

Sultaniye

Day 4

33km

DALYAN

Day 5

29km

Day 6

45km

Day 7

42km

Optional tour Kaunos, Iztuzu beach

TURKEY Göcek

Dalaman

FETHİYE Gökben Tlos Minare

SAKLİKENT

Arsaköy

SÜTLEGEN

Islamlar Xanthos

MEDITERRANEAN SEA PATARA

Optional beach and ruins

DAY

DAY

DAY

Join trip in Dalyan.

Cycle and river taxi to the hot springs of Sultaniye. Ride along the shores of Lake Köycegiz.

Ride along country roads to the fertile plain of Dalaman. Private boat from Göcek Bay to Fethiye.

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2

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3

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FEB

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4

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KAS

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DAY

DAY

DAY

Ride through the hills to Sütlegen. Visit ancient Tlos with views over the Xanthos Valley.

Descend through Cedar forests to Patara. Visit the ancient site of Xanthos en route.

Ride along the Turquoise Coast to Kas. There will be a chance to swim during the ride.

Trip ends at Dalaman Airport.

5

Visit Telmessos on foot. Drive to Gökben and then to Saklikent. Lunch in a village house in Minare.

Kalkan

JUL

6

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Cycle Albania ALBANIA

FROM

AU$1650

FROM

Discover the highlights of this fascinating, little-visited destination from the saddle. Cycle along the shores of Lake Ohrid into the heart of the Gramos Mountains and the tranquil Gërmenj Valley. Descending through the spectacular Vjosa Gorge, we reach the Ionian Sea and start our exploration of the turquoise Albanian Riviera. Along the way we visit the UNESCO listed sites of Gjirokaster, Butrint and Berat and explore Albania’s rich cultural heritage through its archaeological ruins and local traditions.

NZ$1800

8

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

8

Optional single rooms are available from AU$220/NZ$240 TRIP CODE: CAB CYCLE GRADE: Moderate to Challenging ACCOMMODATION: Standard 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts and 3 dinners are included. BIKE: 21 gear Specialized hybrid bikes. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details.

DAILY DISTANCES 50km

Day 3

72km

Day 4

58km

Day 5

67km

Day 6

40km

Day 7

33km

Durrës

MACEDONIA

Day 2

Tirana Airport

Lake Ohrid

ALBANIA

ADRIATIC SEA

POGRADEC Onufri Icons Museum

BERAT

‘Baba Tomor’ 2416m

su O

Vjo

i

m

Llogara Pass

GЁRMENJ

Drino

Llogara NP

Këlcyrë Gorge

Himara

QEPARO

Dhermi

Piqeras Lukovë

SARANDE

BenjaHot springs

Permet

GJIROKASTËR Muzina Pass Blue Eye Spring

Butrint NP Lagoon

GREECE

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

Join trip at Tirana Airport and drive to Lake Ohrid.

Lake Ohrid to Korçë. Cycle up to the elevated plateau with fine views over the lake.

Climb into the heart of the Gramos Mountians to Gërmenj.

Pedal amid dramatic mountain scenery in the Drino Valley and Këlcyrë Gorge to Gjirokaster.

Cycle to Sarande on the Ionian coast via Butrint; an archaeological treasure.

Coastal cycling along the Albanian Riviera to the fine beaches of Qeparo.

Ride through coastal towns and forests, then drive through Llogara National Park to Berat.

Trip ends at Tirana Airport.

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KORÇË

Remote Gërmenj Park Vjosa gorge

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Walking Albania ALBANIA

FROM

AU$1410

FROM

Explore the beauty of northern Albania’s national parks on this scenic walking holiday. Trek in the little-visited Albanian Alps, through the spectacular alpine scenery of Valbona and Theth national parks, encountering a traditional way of life in the villages. Learn about the country’s folklore from its proud people over freshly cooked lunch and take a boat ride across the glassy blue waters of Lake Koman.

NZ$1540

8

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

8

Optional single rooms are available from AU$210/NZ$220 TRIP CODE: ALW WALK GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 5 nights standard hotel and 2 nights simple hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 5 dinners are included. WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 6 days for between 3 to 7 hours. Most walks are on well-defined footpaths, mountain trails and some dirt tracks.

DAILY DISTANCES 6km

3hrs

Day 3

11km

5hrs

Day 4

7km

5hrs

Day 5

9km

Day 6

7km

Day 7

6km

Hike the Valbona Pass Hike in Theth NP

7hrs 4/2hrs

3km

VALBONA

THETH

RO EG EN Boge NT MOHike towards Thore Pass Sh

ko

3hrs

dr

Hike Rrethi I Jubanit Hike Gjarpri I Dragobi

River walk

Koplik

aL

ak

e

SHKODRA

Optional Walks

ADRIATIC SEA

Koman Ferry trip on lake

ALBANIA

MACEDONIA

Day 2

TIRANA

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

Join trip at Tirana Airport. Drive to Shkodra and explore the town on foot.

Boat ride across the beautiful Koman Lake. Riverside walk then drive through alpine landscapes to Valbona.

Walk on the elevated pastures of Gjarpri I Dragobi in Valbona National Park with spectacular views of the Dragobia Gorge.

Hike Rrethi I Jubanit in the stunning Valbona National Park and have lunch with the locals.

Drive to Rrogram and hike over the Valbona Pass to Theth. Views across Albania’s Accursed Mountains.

Explore Theth on foot. Visit the blood feud lock-in tower, walk along ancient terraces and past crystalclear natural pools. Barbecue lunch in Nderlysa.

Hike on Thore pass to Edith Durham Memorial. Drive to the cosmopolitan capital, Tirana and explore on foot.

Trip ends in Tirana.

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Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania on Foot ESTONIA - LATVIA - LITHUANIA

FROM

AU$1780

FROM

This walking trip visits the three Baltic States: Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Discover their cultural heritage and explore some of their many national parks. Walk along the Curonian Spit, discover the ruins of medieval fortresses hidden in the forests, try bog walking and explore different ecosystems. Visit the capitals of each country, see the Old Town UNESCO World Heritage Sites and walk around Lithuania’s beautiful 15th century Trakai Castle.

NZ$1940

8

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

8

Optional single rooms are available from AU$520/NZ$570 TRIP CODE: ELL WALK GRADE: Easy ACCOMMODATION: Standard 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included. WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 6 days for between 1.5 to 5 hours. The terrain is either flat or gently undulating and doesn’t go over 50 metres above sea level. Also learn to bog walk, specialist bog walking shoes are provided.

DAILY DISTANCES Day 2

15km

5hrs

Day 3

5km

2hrs

Day 4

8km

3.5hrs

Day 5

4km

1.5hrs

Day 6

12km

3.5hrs

Day 7

4km

Gulf of Finland

TALLINN

BALTIC SEA

LAHEMAA NP Altja

ESTONIA

SAAREMAA

2hrs

Turaida Castle

Sigulda Kemeri National Park

RIGA

Gauja National Park River Gauja

CESIS

LATVIA

CURONIAN SPIT NP

Klaipeda

Nida

Hill of Crosses

LITHUANIA

KALININGRAD (RUSSIA)

Trakai Castle

RUSSIA

BELARUS

VILNIUS

POLAND

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

Join trip in Tallinn, Estonia’s capital and major port.

Walking tour of Tallinn’s Old Town. Walk the Beaver Trail in Lahemaa National Park. Learn to bog walk, stay overnight in the national park.

Cross the border into Latvia. Drive to the medieval town of Cesis. Follow a nature trail along the Gauja River.

Walk in Gauja National Park to 13th century Turaida Castle. Take a cable car to enjoy views over the forest. Overnight in Riga.

Explore the wetlands of Kemeri National Park. Cross border to Lithuania. Take the ferry to Nida.

Walk along the unique sand dunes and explore the pine forests of the Curonian Spit, a 98km long sand dune and UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Travel to Trakai. Visit the island castle on Lake Galvie. Continue on to Vilnius. Walking tour of the Old Town.

Trip ends in Vilnius.

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Cycling the Baltic States LITHUANIA - LATVIA - ESTONIA

S st Be

Trip Highlights

e ll

• Explore three Baltic capitals – Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn

er

• Cycle the rural Baltics in the Curonian lagoon and Lahemaa National Park

Explore the Baltic States by bicycle on this guided route through Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. Cycle through national parks and medieval towns, past feudal castles and picturesque fishing villages. The mild climate makes touring by bicycle an especially appealing way to discover the lovely countryside and coastal cycle routes of the Baltics.

FROM

FROM

• Relax on Jurmala Beach, the largest on the Baltic Sea

AU$1870 9

TRIP ONLY

NZ$2040

TRIP ONLY

Gulf of Finland

DAYS

BALTIC SEA

9

LAHEMAA

TALLINN

National Park

Medieval walled city

ESTONIA

DAYS

Optional single rooms are available from AU$400/NZ$430

Gulf of Riga

LATVIA

TRIP CODE: CBS

Jurmala

CYCLE GRADE: Easy

RIGA

Art nouveau architecture

ACCOMMODATION: Standard 8 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 8 breakfasts are included.

Palanga

LITHUANIA

KLAIPEDA

BIKE: 8 gear Kalkhoff Voyager hybrid bikes with front suspension or similar.

Nida Kintai

ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details.

UNESCO Old Town

KALININGRAD

TRAKAI

VILNIUS

Island Castle

DAYS

DAY

1/2

DAILY DISTANCES Day 2

18km

Day 3

39km

Day 4

36/58km

Day 5

42km

Day 6

28km

Day 7

41km

Day 8

37km

Optional Rides

DAY

3

Join trip in Vilnius, capital of Lithuania. Cycle around the lake to explore Trakai’s historic island castle.

DAY

4

5

DAY

DAY

DAYS

Cycle on Jurmala’s white sand beach and explore Riga, capital of Latvia.

Discover the beauty of Lahemaa National Park by bike.

Explore Tallinn, the picturesque capital of Estonia. Trip ends in Tallinn.

6

Cycle through Explore the Cycle through fishing villages peaceful and the Giruliai to the Curonian beautiful forest to Lagoon and on to Curonian Spit Palanga the Baltic port of National Park on Botanical Park Klaipeda. cycle paths and and the Amber forest trails. Museum.

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Cycle Finland – Turku Archipelago FINLAND

FROM

AU$2250

FROM

Discover Finland by bike as we explore the unspoilt nature and beauty of the Turku archipelago. Our trip starts in the attractive and bike-friendly city of Helsinki with a cycle tour that includes some modern architectural wonders. We then drive north to Hämeenlinna where we explore medieval churches and ancient tombs. Finally we visit Turku and spend two days exploring the archipelago by bike – a beauty spot with 20,000 Baltic islands. Hopping between islands by ferry and over bridges we cycle on quiet roads to enjoy the natural beauty of Turku.

NZ$2450

7

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

7

Optional single rooms are available from AU$500/NZ$540 TRIP CODE: CFT CYCLE GRADE: Easy ACCOMMODATION: Standard 6 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 6 breakfasts are included. BIKE: 8 gear Kalkhoff Voyager hybrid bike with front suspension. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details.

DAILY DISTANCES

Valkeakoski

Day 2

15km

Day 3

55km

Day 4

45km

Day 5

29km

Day 6

45km

Eura

RAUMA

HÄMEENLINNA Loimaa

FINLAND Naantali Teersalo

TURKU

Nagu

HELSINKI City tour by bike

Korpoström Tammisaari town Hanko

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

Join trip in Helsinki.

Explore the Finnish capital’s impressive bike path network.

Drive to Hämeenlinna. Cycle the highlights of Hame region through forested countryside.

Short ferry crossing to Storlandet Island. Cross the island by pedal power. Drive to Turku.

Turku city tour. Cycle more of the 20,000 island archipelago. Including Livonsaari and Otava islands.

Coastal cycling from Tammisaari town to Hanko – the southernmost point of Finland.

Trip ends in Helsinki.

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Trekking the Transylvanian Alps ROMANIA

FROM

AU$1500

FROM

On this walking trip in Romania experience warm hospitality, discover beautiful countryside and explore historic towns. Get far off the beaten track, travelling deep into the Transylvanian Alps, the legendary home of Dracula. Staying in a local guesthouse and mountain huts, walk through the imposing Bran Valley and to the Piatra Craiului Mountains for one of the most spectacular ridge walks in Europe. There is also the opportunity to visit the ornately decorated Peles and Bran Castles.

NZ$1640

8

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

8

Optional single rooms are available from AU$220/NZ$230 TRIP CODE: TTA WALK GRADE: Moderate to Challenging ACCOMMODATION: Simple 3 nights simple mountain hut, 2 nights standard hotel and 2 nights standard guesthouse. MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 5 dinners are included. WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 5 days for between 4 to 6 hours, plus two optional walks. Some steep ascents and descents. POINT

2

POINT

DAILY DISTANCES Day 2

14km

Day 3

22km

3km

4/1.5hrs 6hrs

Day 4

16km

5hrs

Day 5

8km

4hrs

Day 6

18km

4km

CURMATURA HUT 1458m

Zarnesti Gorge

5/2.5hrs La Om 2238m

Optional Walks

MOIECIU

Bran Castle Omu

2505m PIATRA CRAIULUI MOUNTAINS OMU HUT

ROMANIA

BUCEGI MOUNTAINS Furnica 2183m

RUSSIA MOLDOVA

ROMANIA SINAIA

Cable car

SINAIA Drive from/to

BUCHAREST

BUCHAREST BULGARIA

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

Join trip at Bucharest Airport. Drive to Sinaia, in the foothills of the Bucegi Mountains.

Take cable car into the Transylvanian Alps, home to brown bears, wolves and boar. Explore the Bucegi Plateau and walk to Omu mountain hut.

Descend to the beautiful Bran Valley and Moieciu village. Views to the Piatra Craiului Mountains.

Opportunity to visit Bran Castle. Walk in the Piatra Craiului Mountains to Curmatura Hut.

Circular walk to the spectacular limestone ridge with stunning views over the surrounding countryside.

Walk through the beautiful Zarnesti Gorge, featured in several films including Cold Mountain, to the guesthouse in Moiecui.

Drive to Bucharest, Romania’s capital. City tour, see Ceausescu’s Palace.

Trip ends in Bucharest.

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Hiking in the Polish Carpathians POLAND

FROM

AU$1240

FROM

Poland’s southern border with Slovakia is defined by the Carpathian Mountains. The dramatic peaks and valleys, stunning waterfalls and lakes are home to a unique highland culture with its own folk history and traditions which have stayed the same. Follow the Pieniny Way along the spectacular UNESCO listed Dunajec Gorge, walk through the spectacular Tatra Mountains to glacial lakes, and explore the medieval city of Krakow, steeped in a rich history.

NZ$1350

8

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

8

Optional single rooms are available from AU$420/NZ$450 TRIP CODE: WPS WALK GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included. WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 5 days for between 3.5 to 6 hours on well-marked and maintained mountain trails. The optional extended walk on day 5 to Kozi Wierch is graded as challenging; it is steep and rocky in places.

DAILY DISTANCES

From

KRAKOW

Day 2

2km

Day 3

14km

Day 4

17km

Day 5

18km

Day 6

14km

3.5hrs

Day 7

14km

5.5hrs

POLAND

1hr 6hrs 5.5hrs 4km

Return to

ZAWOJA

KRAKOW

6/3hrs Babia Gora 1,725m

SZCZAWNICA Kroscienko Three Crowns viewpoint

Optional Walks

ZAKOPANE

Oravice

Palenica Bialczanska

SLOVAKIA

Wielki Straw Lake

Bobrovecka Pass

Kozi Wierch 2,291m

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

Join trip in the medieval city of Krakow.

Walking tour of Krakow. Head to Zawoja in the UNESCO listed Babia Gora National Park. Optional afternoon walk.

Trek through spruce and pine forests to the summit of Babia Gora 'witches’ mountain' (1,725m).

Drive to Zakopane. Trek though the pretty villages and valleys of the Tatra Mountains, cross the Bobrovecka Pass into Slovakia.

Walk to Wielki Staw a natural glacial lake. Option to continue to Kozi Wierch (2,291m) with a mountain guide.

Drive to UNESCO listed Dunajec Gorge. Hike along the Pieniny Way to the spa town of Szczawnica. Optional traditional wooden raft trip.

Walk to Trzy Korony – the Three Crowns (982m), with stunning views of Dunajec Gorge. Drive to Krakow.

Trip ends in Krakow

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Pedalling in Poland POLAND - SLOVAKIA

FROM

AU$1430

FROM

Poland is an ideal location for a cycle holiday. Meander through unspoilt landscapes, medieval towns and traditional timber-framed villages. Surrounded by the Beskid Mountains, we cycle on cliff-cut paths along the picturesque Dunajec Gorge and into Slovakia, sampling some delicious local cuisine and experiencing a warm welcome from the locals.

NZ$1560

8

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

8

Optional single rooms are available from AU$240/NZ$260 TRIP CODE: CPP CYCLE GRADE: Easy to Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 6 nights standard hotel and 1 night simple hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts and 2 dinners are included. BIKE: 24-27 gear Unibike Voyager, Cross Trans or B-Twin hybrid bikes. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details. POINT

2

POINT

DAILY DISTANCES Day 2

54km

Day 3

38km

Day 4

24km

18km

Day 7

20km

najec Black Du

Łopuszna

Bialka Gorge

Niedzica Reservoir Dunajec NIEDZICA Gorge th 14 Century Castle

a

Bialk

White Dunajec

Funicular to Gubałowka 1120m

Zabrzez

Debno Church

PSZCZYNA MOOR Chochołów Wooden Village

POLAND

NOWY TARG

Kacwin

Du

naje

c

rad

52km

Day 6

Nowy Sącz

Stary Sącz Pop

Day 5

To KRAKOW & city cycle tour

From Krakow Airport

B MO ESKID UNT ‘Green AIN Dunajec S Gorge’

Cervený Kláštor Museum

RYTRO

Old feudal village

SZCZAWNICA

Spa town ‘Pieniny Way’

SLOVAKIA

ZAKOPANE

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

Join trip in Krakow. Drive to the wood-built mountain town of Zakopane.

Cable car and cycle via Chochołów to historic Łopuszna.

Countryside cycling to Niedzica to explore the castle.

Cycle the Dunajec Gorge to the spa town of Szczawnica.

Pedal though old villages and past fruit orchards to Rytro.

Explore historic Stary Sącz by bike before driving to Krakow.

Cycling tour of Krakow Old Town and the local area.

Trip ends in Krakow.

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New Trip

Cycling in Georgia GEORGIA

FROM

AU$2400 10

FROM

A cycling adventure in the Caucasus – a land steeped in history that straddles two continents. Travelling by bus and bike, we discover a proud and welcoming people emerging from the shadows of the Soviet Bloc. We cycle to ancient Silk Road cave towns, past castles and into the wine producing region of Kakheti. Experience Georgian hospitality with a hosted lunch, visits to local farms, vineyards and delicious traditional homecooked food in guesthouses. All toasted with plenty of wine in the Georgian way!

NZ$2610 10

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

Optional single rooms are available from AU$420/NZ$470 TRIP CODE: CGE CYCLE GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 6 nights standard hotel and 3 nights standard guesthouse. MEALS: 9 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 3 dinners. BIKE: 21-24 gear mountain bike. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details.

DAILY DISTANCES Day 3

45km

Day 4

65km

Day 5

35km

Day 6

65km

Day 7

25km

Day 8

28km

GEORGIA

TELAVI

Food market

Uplistsikhe Cave Town

Gremi fort

KVARELI

Wine tasting

Mtskheta ancient capital

TBILISI

AKHALTSIKHE Rabati Castle

Gavazi walnut sweet making

Gombori Pass

Velistsikhe wine tasting

Tsalka

AKHALKALAKI VARDZIA

AZERBAIJAN

Cave town

ARMENIA

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Join trip in Tbilisi.

Explore Old Tbilisi on foot. Afternoon cable car ride to Narika Fort and the sulphur baths.

Visit the ancient capital Mtskheta. Cycle to the great Silk Road cave town of Uplistsikhe.

Ride from Akhaltsikhe to the ancient cave town of Vardzia which is cut into the side of the mountain.

Scenic cycle amid mountain foothills and through a gorge via Khertvisi fortress to Akhalkalaki.

Pedal past Lake Paravani and across Georgian ‘Siberia’. Continue by bus back to Tbilisi.

Cycle over Gombori Pass into the Kakheti wine region – rich with history and culture.

Ride past green fields and vineyards. Sample local wines, learn about Qvevri and try Chacha.

Cycle past vineyards. Visit family farm for typical Georgian sweet making. Family hosted lunch.

Trip ends in Tbilisi.

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Hiking in the Caucasus GEORGIA

FROM

AU$1580

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Trek in a fascinating, off-beat region, just being discovered by tourism. Lying among the craggy snow-capped peaks and deep gorges of Georgia’s Greater Caucasus Mountains, Svaneti is a region with its own unique history and culture. Stay with the proud Svantian people in remote villages with their distinctive koshki – medieval defensive stone towers. Hike through thick forests to beautiful waterfalls, ascend Mount Guro for 360 degree Caucasus views and trek to the swirling meltwaters that flow from the foot of the Shkhara Glacier.

NZ$1720

8

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

8

Optional single rooms are available from AU$290/NZ$320 TRIP CODE: WGEO WALK GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Simple 3 nights simple hotel and 4 nights simple guesthouse. MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 6 dinners are included. WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 4 days for an average of 6 hours. Trail conditions vary from wide dirt paths to rough and rocky underfoot. The Mount Guro ascent is a steep 800m climb with rewarding views.

DAILY DISTANCES Day 3

11km

6hrs

Day 4

14km

6hrs

Day 5

10km

6hrs

Mt Ushba

Day 6

18km

6hrs

BECHO USHGULI

MESTIA Mulakhi

Zugdidi

Mt Shkhara Mt Guro

GEORGIA Tskaltubo Grottoes

KUTAISI

Gelati Monastery

TURKEY

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Join trip in Kutaisi, Georgia's third largest city, which lies on the banks of the Rioni River.

Visit Kutaisi’s lively market and the UNESCO listed Gelati Monastery before driving to the village of Becho in the Greater Caucasus Mountains.

Hike through forest to the waterfall at the base of Mount Ushba. Option to trek to the top of the falls. Drive to Mestia.

Drive to Mulakhi and trek back to Mestia with superb views. Visit the excellent Mestia Museum for a chance to learn more about Svan culture.

Drive to the dramatically sited village of Ushguli. Climb Mount Guro for incredible views.

Hike to the glacier at the base of Mount Shkhara with fantastic views of this craggy snowcovered peak (5,068m).

Return to Kutaisi via the Dadiani Palace in Zugdidi and spectacular Prometheus Cave.

Visit the magnificent Bagrati Cathedral before the trip ends in Kutaisi.

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On Foot in Armenia ARMENIA

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AU$1750

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Sandwiched between Turkey, Iran, Georgia and Azerbaijan in the South Caucasus, Armenia is one of Eurasia’s more mountainous countries and also one of the least well-known. This off-beat trip treks through spectacular natural wildernesses and landscapes, explores unspoilt mountain villages with biblical views of the Ararat Mountains and visits fascinating medieval monasteries. From the twisted rock formations of the Garni Gorge to high-altitude Lake Sevan and the magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Geghard Monastery, this beautiful country won’t fail to impress.

NZ$1900

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TRIP ONLY

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TRIP ONLY

DAYS

9

Optional single rooms are available from AU$370/NZ$410 TRIP CODE: WAM WALK GRADE: Easy to Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 8 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 8 Breakfasts, 5 lunches and 6 dinners are included. WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 6 days for between 1 to 5.5 hours each day. Most of the trails are easy underfoot. The Mount Artanish hike ascends/ descends approximately 400m on a mountain footpath.

DAILY DISTANCES Day 3

10km

4hrs

Day 4

7km

2hrs

Day 5

13km

Day 6

7km

Day 7

1.5km

Day 8

3km

GEORGIA

5.5hrs 2km

2.5/1hrs

ARMENIA

1hr 1.5hrs

Mount Artanish

Neghuts Monastery

Optional Walks YEREVAN TURKEY

Garni and Geghard Khor Virap Monastery Noravank Monastery

Lake Sevan Selim Caravanserai The Silk Road

HERMON GORIS

Mt Ararat 5137

Halidzor Tatev Monastery

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Join trip in the Armenian capital Yerevan.

Guided tour of Yerevan including the Genocide Memorial complex and Matenadaran Library.

Trek through villages on Teghenis Mountain. Drive to Lake Sevan and visit the monastery.

Climb Mount Artanish before travelling on an Old Silk Route to the ancient Selim Caravanserai.

Hike to Smbataberd Fortress and on to Tsakhats Kar Monastery before driving to Goris.

Cable car ride to Tatev Monastery and trek along the Serpentine Road to Devil’s Bridge.

Walk to Karahunge Standing Stones. Explore Noravank and Khor Virap monasteries.

Trek through the stunning Garni Gorge to the Garni Temple. Visit Geghard Monastery.

Trip ends today in Yerevan.

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LAKE SEVAN

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Cycling Coast to Coast ENGLAND

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On this cycling trip we cross the breadth of England on two wheels from Whitehaven on the Irish Sea to Tynemouth on the North Sea. This classic coast to coast challenge cycles through some of the wildest and most spectacular landscapes in the north of England. Discover the dramatic beauty of the Lake District, Eden Valley and the rugged North Pennines.

AU$800 4 NZ$870 DAYS TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from AU$240/NZ$270 TRIP CODE: C2C CYCLE GRADE: Challenging ACCOMMODATION: Standard 3 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 3 breakfasts are included. BIKE: 21 gear Ridgeback Meteor hybrid bikes. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details.

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2

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DAILY DISTANCES Day 2

86km

Day 3

54km

Day 4

85km

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NORTH SEA e Newcastle upon Tyne Tynemouth

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Solway Firth

Greystoke

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WHITEHAVEN CUMBRIAN MOUNTAINS

IRISH SEA

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Join trip in Whitehaven on the Irish Sea.

Cycle through the Lake District, an area of outstanding natural beauty.

Cross the North Pennines by pedal power.

Cycle to Tynemouth on the North Sea, where the trip ends.

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Go Self-Guided Go self-guided Choose your departure date, take your time and choose your companions (or go it alone) – the choice is yours. You have the flexibility of starting your holiday on any day and even extending the trip. We take care of all the logistical planning and transport your luggage each day, leaving you to relax and fully immerse yourself in the joy of the walk and exploring a new region.

Walking Countries

Trip Name

Trip Code

Days

Easy to Moderate France

Self-Guided Dordogne Walks and Gastronomy

WSDG

7

France

Self-Guided Walking in Provence

WSPR

7

Greece (Cyclades Islands)

Self-Guided Naxos and Santorini

WSNS

8

Italy

Self-Guided Amalfi Coast Trails

WSAC

8

Italy

Self-Guided Tuscan Trails - Florence to Siena

WSTC

8

Italy

Self-Guided Portofino and the Cinque Terre

WSCT

5

Portugal

Self-Guided Portugal Walking Short Break

Portugal (Azores)

WSSPO

5

NEW Self-Guided Walking in the Azores - Three Islands

WSAA

15

Portugal (Azores)

NEW Self-Guided Walking in the Azores - Sao Miguel Island

WSAZ

8

Portugal (Azores)

NEW Self-Guided Walking in the Azores - Faial and Pico Islands

WSAF

8

Spain

Self-Guided Andalucia Walking - Sierra de Grazalema

WSRG

8

Spain

Self-Guided Catalonia Walking Short Break

WSSCA

5

Spain (Canary Islands)

Self-Guided Tenerife and La Gomera

WSTG

8

Spain (Balearic Islands)

Self-Guided Mallorca Trails

WSML

7

Moderate France

Self-Guided Walking the French Riviera

WSFR

8

Italy

Self-Guided Walk Piedmont - Barolo to Barbaresco

WSBB

8

Italy

Self-Guided Dolomites - Val Gardena and the Sella Group

WSTD

8

Italy

Self-Guided Portofino and the Cinque Terre

WSCTL

8

Italy - Switzerland

Self-Guided Trails of Como and Lugano

WSCL

8

Italy

Self-Guided Walk Sicily and the Aeolian Islands

WSSI

8

Italy

Self-Guided Coastal Walking in Puglia

WSPU

8

Italy (Sardinia)

NEW Self-Guided Walking in Sardinia

WSSD

8

Greece (Crete)

Self-Guided Walking in South-West Crete

WSCR

8

Greece (Cyclades Islands)

Self-Guided Andros Trail

WSGA

9

Germany - Austria

Self-Guided Walking Tyrol and Bavaria

WSTB

7

Portugal

Self-Guided Coastal Trails of Portugal

WSPO

9

Portugal

Self-Guided Walking in Sintra, Portugal

WSPS

8

Portugal (Madeira)

Self-Guided Walking in Madeira

WSMP

8

Portugal (Madeira)

Self-Guided Levada Trails of Maderia

WSMPL

14

Spain

Self-Guided Camino de Santiago

WSCS

9

Spain

Self-Guided Picos de Europa to Coast

WSPI

8

Spain

Self-Guided Walking Through Catalonia

WSCA

8

Spain (Canary Islands)

Self-Guided Gran Canaria

WSGC

8

Austria

Self-Guided Walking the Salzkammergut Lakes

WSAS

8

Spain (Canary Islands)

Self-Guided La Palma

WSLP

8

Self-Guided Walking in the Bernese Oberland

WSOS

7

Self-Guided Tour du Mont Blanc

WSMB

11

Trip Code

Days

Moderate to Challenging

Challenging Switzerland Challenging to Tough France - Italy - Switzerland

Cycling Countries

Trip Name

Easy Austria - Slovakia - Hungary

Self-Guided Danube Cycling - Vienna to Budapest P2P | E-Bike

CSVB

8

France

Self-Guided Cycling Burgundy P2P

CSBU

7

Germany - Austria

Self-Guided Danube Cycling - Passau to Vienna P2P | E-Bike

CSBD

8

Italy

Self-Guided Cycling Pisa to Florence P2P | E-Bike

CSTY

8

Italy

Self-Guided Dolomites to Lake Garda Ride P2P | E-Bike

CSDV

7

Italy

Self-Guided Puglia Cycling E-Bike

CSIP

7

Netherlands

Self-Guided Highlights of Holland by Bike P2P | E-Bike

CSNL

8

Spain

Self-Guided Cycling in Murcia, Southern Spain P2P | E-Bike

CSSM

7

Spain

Self-Guided Cycling in Mallorca P2P | E-Bike

CSMA

8

Switzerland - Germany - Austria

Self-Guided Lake Constance by Bike P2P | E-Bike

CSLC

7

Croatia

Self-Guided Cycling Croatia P2P

CSCD

8

France

Self-Guided Cycling Canal de la Garonne P2P | E-Bike

CSVP

7

France

Self-Guided the Loire Valley by Bike P2P | E-Bike

CSFL

8

Greece

Self-Guided Athens and Saronic Islands by Bike E-Bike

CSGR

8

Italy

NEW Self-Guided Cycling in Sicily P2P | E-Bike

CSSI

8

Italy - Slovenia - Croatia

Self-Guided Cycle Venice to Poreč E-Bike

CSIC

8

Portugal

Self-Guided Cycle South Portugal P2P

CSPO

8

Spain

Self-Guided Catalonia Cycling P2P

CSPM

8

Spain

Self-Guided Rioja Cycling P2P

CSRR

7

Spain

Self-Guided Cycling in Asturias P2P | E-Bike

CSAS

8

Italy

Self-Guided Cycling along Italy's Prosecco route P2P | E-Bike

CSIV

7

Italy

Self-Guided Cycle Via Francigena to Rome P2P | E-Bike

CSVF

9

Italy

NEW Self-Guided Cycling in Sardinia P2P | E-Bike

CSSD

8

Netherlands - Belgium

Self-Guided Cycling Amsterdam to Bruges P2P | E-Bike

CSAB

8

Spain

Self-Guided Cycle Camino de Santiago P2P | E-Bike

CSCS

10

Easy to Moderate

Moderate

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Here are our top five reasons to go self-guided We make the travel arrangements We’ve done all the research so you don’t have to. Travel from and to the most convenient airports and train stations. Arrive and depart at times that suit you and match public transport timetables or have private transfers arranged for you. We offer detailed information before you go so you know what to expect and when, without arranging it yourself.

You are in safe hands You have emergency contact details in case you need them while walking or cycling, so help is never far away. We also transfer your main luggage from hotel to hotel for you while you are on the move. You will just need to carry your essentials in a lightweight rucksack and then you’ll be reunited with the rest of your belongings at your next night’s accommodation.

Accommodation Our hotels are selected for their character, comfort and warm welcome. We use a wide range of accommodation from simple mountain refuges to four-star accommodation. They’re all situated to make the most of sightseeing and rest stops along your route, and in some places you’ll stay for two nights, giving you the option to explore further.

Finding your way We give you detailed, easy-to-follow route notes and maps and, if you prefer using technology or worry about your map reading skills, we can also provide GPX route files. They often contain choices which allow you to extend your day or challenge yourself. To get the most out of your stops as well as your journey, we provide useful information and insider tips including everything from ‘must-sees’ to finding the best ice cream or cappuccino.

Sense of achievement Making your own way from place to place, even with the help of maps and route guidance is an impressive feat. Discovering new places under your own steam means you can justify a cool glass of wine or dessert, knowing that you’re making the most of your holiday, your way.

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Kilimanjaro - Lemosho Trek - Trip code: KC

Madagascar Wilderness Trek - Trip code: MF

Toubkal Climb - Trip code: MJ

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Southern Oasis Cycling - Trip code: CSO


Middle East AND

Africa Embrace diverse cultures as you explore ancient cities, search for wildlife on cycling safaris or conquer a mountain. From cycling the avenues of Baobab trees in Madagascar to trekking the mountains of Morocco, experience the diversity of Africa on foot or from the saddle. Walk along vast plateaus, surrounded by wildlife in Ethiopia, ascend to the summit of Mount Toubkal in Morocco or uncover the ancient history of the spice trails in Jordan. Immerse yourself in culture as you discover this varied and beautiful continent.

• Watch the sunrise as you stand atop the continent’s highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro. (Trip code: KC, page 72) • C  ycle through striking red highlands and verdant jungle towards Madagascar’s azure coast (Trip code: CMG, page 77) • B  e tempted by fragrant tagines and the aromas of sweet mint teas in lively Berber villages (Trip code: CSO, page 70)

Insider View “Africa ticks all the boxes for an adventure on foot, but it is the sense of pure wilderness which keeps drawing me back. Trekking to the summit of Jebel Toubkal in Morocco and traversing the slope as the sun crept up the valley to reveal the seemingly endless Atlas Mountains was unforgettable. Then there is the draw of the wildlife; a walking safari brings you much closer to the animals. I will always remember my first encounter with an elephant in Tanzania, sparking an enduring fascination with these magnificent creatures!” Vicky Garnett Product Team

“The vitality of Africa and the Middle East is inescapable, especially when cycling. Whether it’s in the vast desert dunes or high mountains, the locals are so friendly. And being in the saddle really gives you the chance to meet them, learn more about their way of life and the customs and traditions that make them who they are. Cycling the High Atlas Mountains in Morocco, then spending the night under stars in a Bedouin camp eating traditional food with the locals is a definite favourite!” Caryn Darley Waddilove Customer Relations Team

Spice Trails of Petra - Trip code: TP

Ethiopia

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Jordan

68-69

Madagascar

76-77

Morocco

70-71

South Africa

74-75

Tanzania

72

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Cycle Jordan JORDAN

FROM

AU$2020

FROM

Join us on a cycle journey that uncovers the wild beauty and cultural heritage of Jordan. After the crusader castle of Shobak and a float in the Dead Sea, we follow the King’s Highway to the rock-hewn ‘lost city’ of Petra. We ride down to the southern desert and spend a memorable night under the stars in Wadi Rum at a Bedouin camp, ending our journey on the Red Sea with the chance to snorkel, swim or just relax.

NZ$2200

9

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

9

Optional single rooms are available from AU$290/NZ$320 TRIP CODE: CJP CYCLE GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 7 nights standard hotel and 1 night simple tented camp. MEALS: 8 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 1 dinner are included. BIKE: 24 gear Trek 3700 mountain bike with front suspension. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details.

DAILY DISTANCES

SYRIA

Day 2

36km

Day 3

42km

AMMAN

Day 4 Day 5

20km

Day 6

58km

Day 7

35km

MADABA Dead Sea

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PETRA

AQABA

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Shobak Crusader castle Little Petra

WADI RUM Desert Camp

Red Sea port

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DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

Join trip in Madaba.

Visit Madaba and cycle to Mount Nebo. Descend to the Dead Sea for a dip.

Cycle from Shobak crusader castle to Petra.

Explore Petra, the worldclass UNESCO site. Optional Bedouin cookery demonstration and meal.

Free time in Petra. Cycle to Little Petra and Al Beidha.

Cycle to Wadi Rum and overnight under the stars in a desert camp.

Cycle from Wadi Rum and continue on to Aqaba by bus.

Free day to relax by the Red Sea in Aqaba. Return to Amman in the evening.

Trip ends at Amman airport.

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Spice Trails of Petra JORDAN

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• Two days to explore Petra’s spectacular ‘Rose Red City’

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Trip Highlights

• Walk through the majestic Wadi Rum Desert staying in a Bedouin camp

Explore some of the world’s most magnificent historic and natural sites on foot, including the rock-carved city of Petra and the breathtaking desert canyons of Wadi Rum. Follow in the footsteps of the ancient Nabateans walking along the old spice trails which connect Petra with the Mediterranean Coast, and camp in Bedouin style tents. Discover other reminders of Jordan’s past when visiting the Roman city of Jerash and the imposing Crusader castle at Kerak.

FROM

FROM

• Float in the Dead Sea, the lowest point on Earth

AU$1690 8

DAYS

TRIP ONLY

NZ$1840

TRIP ONLY

8

DAYS

Optional single rooms are available from AU$160/NZ$180

SYRIA

Jerash Roman city

SYRIAN DESERT AMMAN

TRIP CODE: TP ACCOMMODATION: Simple 4 nights simple camping and 3 nights standard hotel.

17km

Day 4

13km

Day 5

18km

Day 6

3km

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JORDAN

WADI SHAMASSAT

WADI RUM Desert Camp

2hrs

Disi Walks and optional camel ride

7hrs 9km*

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ISRAEL

DAILY DISTANCES Day 3

St George’s Church Kerak Castle

WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 4 days for between 2 to 7 hours along desert trails, in soft sand and on rocky mountain paths.

6.5km

MADABA

Dead Sea

MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 4 dinners are included.

Day 2

Mt Nebo

Dead Sea Float/relax

WALK GRADE: Moderate

5/2hrs 7hrs 45mins

*Optional camel trek

DAY

DAY

1

2

Join trip in Jordan’s capital, Amman.

DAY

DAY

3

DAY

4

Drive along Hike among the Desert the sandy Highway to gorges and Wadi Rum. canyons of Walk through Wadi Rum, desert setting for the landscape film ‘Lawrence to the of Arabia’. campsite.

Optional camel ride through sandstone canyons. Travel to Petra and explore the Treasury by foot.

DAY

5

6

Trek along Hike to Little ancient spice Petra, an trails to one ancient caravan of Petra’s station. Visit greatest Kerak Castle monuments, and Madaba, the the ‘City of Monastery. Mosaics’.

FEB

MAR

APR

DAY

Drive via the Dead Sea to Jerash - an impressive Roman city.

Trip ends in Amman.

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Southern Oasis Cycling MOROCCO

Surrounded by the Jebel Sahro mountain range, we cycle through kasbahs, tribal villages and cool oases in the Draa Valley.

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Trip Highlights

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• Discover Marrakech with its atmospheric medina and lively Djemaa el-Fnaa Square

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Trek by camel to a nomadic desert camp in the Sahara, explore one of the world’s most impressive canyons, Todra Gorge, and ride through remote Berber heartland in the High Atlas.

• Enjoy a thrilling descent from the High Atlas mountains

FROM

FROM

• Ride camels through impressive Saharan sand dunes and camp overnight in a desert wilderness

AU$1500 8

TRIP ONLY

NZ$1630

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

8

DAYS

Optional single rooms are available from AU$160/NZ$180 TRIP CODE: CSO CYCLE GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 6 nights standard hotel and 1 night simple camping. MEALS: 7 breakfasts and 1 dinner are included.

MOROCCO

Demnate

MARRAKECH Jebel Toubkal 4,167m

BIKE: 27 gear Cannondale Off Road or Trail Mountain bike with front suspension.

Walk in Todra Gorge

Tizi n’Outfi 2,180m Tizi n’Tichka 2,260m

Ighil M’Goun 4,071m

Toufrine

Tinerhir

EL KALAAT

Tizi n’Fedrhate ’ M’GOUNA 2,180m HS BA S s Assermo e KA Dad HIGH ATLAS 00 Skoura 10 JEBEL SARHRO Taourirt Kasbah OF

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ALNIF

Oasis

ERG CHEBBI SAND DUNES Camel ride

Tazzarine

Agdz

SAHARA

Tinififte Pass 1,660m

ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details.

ERFOUD

Rissani

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Optional visit Maadid

Rhettaras

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DRAA VALLEY

ALGERIA

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DAILY DISTANCES Day 3

45km

Day 4

50km

Day 5

39km

Day 6

40km

Day 7

50km

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DAY

1

2

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAYS

Cycle in the Draa Valley. Drive to Alnif.

Cycle the foothills of Jebel Sarhro. Camel trek to camp.

Enjoy the sunrise in the sand dunes then pedal to Erfoud.

Bike through local villages en route to El Kalaat M’Gouna.

Ride down the Atlas Mountains and return to Marrakech. Trip ends in Marrakech.

3

Join trip Explore in Marrakech. Marrakech. Take in the Drive over a sunset from the High Atlas pass lively Djemaa to the garrison el-Fnaa Square. town of Ouarzazate.

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5

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FEB

MAR

APR

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Toubkal Climb MOROCCO

This walking trip in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco culminates in the ascent of North Africa’s highest peak, Jebel Toubkal (4,167m).

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Trip Highlights

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• Stand at the highest point in North Africa, Jebel Toukbal

• Gain an insight into Berber life, staying in remote villages

Trek through the valley of Imlil, past Berber villages and over beautiful passes. Zigzagging up towards the Neltner Refuge. From here ascend Toubkal – a rewarding trek with panoramic views over the Atlas Mountains. There is also an opportunity to climb Jebel Ouanoukrim (4,089m).

FROM

FROM

• Hike among the stunning landscapes of the High Atlas

AU$850 TRIP ONLY

NZ$920

TRIP ONLY

8

DAYS

8

DAYS

Optional single rooms are available from AU$80/NZ$90

From/To

MARRAKECH

Optional city tour Aguersioual

TRIP CODE: MJ

Tizi n‘Oudit 2200m

WALK GRADE: Moderate to Challenging

Id Aissa

ACCOMMODATION: Simple 3 nights simple village house, 2 nights simple mountain refuge and 2 nights standard hotel.

TIZI OUSSEM

1850m

Sidi Chamharouch

HIGH ATLAS RANGE

WALKING DETAILS: Trek for 5 days for an average of 4 to 6 hours per day, with optional additional trekking on day 6. Maximum altitude 4,167m. Paths generally well-defined rocky mule tracks. The Toubkal ascent/ descent is on uneven paths with scree in places.

3207m

DAILY DISTANCES Day 2

8.5km

6hrs

Day 3

7km

5hrs

Day 4

9.5km

5hrs

Day 5

4.5km

6hrs

Day 6

7km

Day 7

1.5km

Optional Walks

6.5/8.5km

4/3/6.5hrs 45mins

Jebel Toubkal 4167m Tizi Ouanoums 3650m

Ouanoukrim to 4089m

DAY

1

POINT

MOROCCO

NELTNER REFUGE

DAY

2

AREMD

Tizi Mzik Pass 2489m

MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 5 dinners are included

POINT

Imlil

2

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DAY

3

DAY

4

Join trip Walk from the Ascend in Marrakech, Berber village steadily to a lively city of Aguersioual Tizi Mzik Pass famous for its (1,600m) (2,489m) then souks. through the descend to Azaden Valley the mountain to Tizi Oussem village of (1,850m). Aremd (1,900m).

Walk through the High Atlas past the holy site Sidi Chamharouch to the base at Neltner (3,207m).

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6

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MAR

APR

DAY

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8

7

Early morning Option Walk from Trip ends Jebel Toubkal to climb Aremd to in Marrakech. (4,167m) Ouanoukrim the village of summit trek. (4,089m). Imlil. Return Views over Head down to explore the High Atlas to Aremd the souks and Mountains. for the final medinas of Descend to night in the Marrakech. refuge. mountains.

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DEPARTURE MONTHS JAN

Lake Ifni

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MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA

Kilimanjaro – Lemosho Trek TANZANIA

Trek to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, Uhuru Peak (5,895m), the highest point in Africa.

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Trip Highlights

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• Enjoy the camaraderie and support of your fellow trekkers

• Discover the diverse flora and fauna of Kili’s five climate zones

Following the less-used and scenic Lemosho Route, climb and descend on different paths, walking through the mountain’s different climatic regions and admiring the changing plant and animal life. Highlights include the ice fields of Kibo, the daunting Barranco Wall and the breathtaking views from the summit itself.

FROM

• Share your trekking experiences with our crew

FROM

KENYA

Lemosho Glades 2100m

BIG TREE CAMP 2780m

SHIRA ONE

AU$4600 10

3500m

SHIRA TWO 3900m

DAYS

TRIP ONLY

NZ$5010 10

BARRANCO

3960m

BARAFU

KILIMANJARO KARANGA NP

DAYS

TRIP ONLY

Uhuru Peak 5895m 4640m

4035m

Optional single rooms are available from AU$190/NZ$210

TANZANIA

MILLENIUM CAMP

Mweka Gate 1630m

TRIP CODE: KC

3790m

WALK GRADE: Challenging to Tough ACCOMMODATION: Simple 7 nights simple camping and 2 nights standard lodge. MEALS: 9 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 9 dinners are included. WALKING DETAILS: Trek on 8 days for between 3.5 to 7.5 hours, except on summit day which will take 12 to 14 hours. The trails followed are well-trodden with various challenging sections from slippery mud in the rainforest (when wet), the semiscramble of the Barranco Wall to the shifting scree on the crater summit.

DAILY DISTANCES Day 2

7km

3.5hrs

Day 3

8.5km

4.5hrs

Day 4

8km

Day 5

10km

7.5hrs

Day 6

6km

4.5hrs

Day 7

6km

4.5hrs

Day 8

19.5km

Day 9

12km

3.5km

MOSHI

4.5/2hrs

Kilimanjaro Airport

14hrs 5.5hrs

Optional Walks

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

Join trip in Moshi, a country town with great views of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Ascend on a trail through beautiful rainforest from Lemosho Glades to Big Tree Camp (2,780m).

Hike across wild heath to the camp at Shira One (3,500m) enjoying views of Mount Meru.

Trek below the ice fields of Kibo to our campsite at Shira Two (3,900m).

Cross volcanic landscapes to the Lava Tower before the descent to Barranco Valley (3,960m).

Extend your trip

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

Relax with four days on the exotic island of Zanzibar spending time at the beach and in fascinating Stone Town.

Climb the Barranco Wall before reaching our camp in the Karanga Valley (4,035m).

Hike across a barren lunar landscape to our camp at Barafu (4,640m).

Trek to the summit at Uhuru Peak (5,895m) before the long descent to Millenium Camp (3,790m).

Return to verdant forest where the trek ends at Mweka Gate (1,630m) before driving back to Moshi.

Opportunity to take an optional game drive in the morning before the trip ends in Moshi.

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Trip code: KCZ Spend three days on safari in some of Tanzania’s finest national parks – Tarangire, Lake Manyara, and the stunning Ngorongoro Crater. Trip code: KCS

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7

8

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DEPARTURE MONTHS JAN

FEB

MAR

APR

10

9

MAY

JUN

JUL

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MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA

Simien Mountain Trek and Lalibela ETHIOPIA

FROM

AU$4040 13

FROM

Trek through the Simien highlands of northern Ethiopia and ascend to the summit of Ras Dashen – Ethiopia’s highest peak. Discover this isolated region, admiring the spectacular scenery of rocky plateaus, dramatic peaks and deep gorges, keeping an eye out for gelada baboons. Explore Lalibela, home to the impressive rock-cut churches and visit the castles of Gondar.

NZ$4400 13

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

Optional single rooms are available from AU$300/NZ$320 TRIP CODE: ES WALK GRADE: Challenging ACCOMMODATION: Simple 7 nights simple camping and 5 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 13 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 7 dinners are included. WALKING DETAILS: Trek on 8 days for between 2.5 to 12 hours, mostly above 3,000m (day 5 is optional). Maximum altitude is 4,543m. Mules carry all food, luggage and equipment. POINT

2

POINT Ras Dashen Debark

DAILY DISTANCES Day 3

5.5km

Day 4

12km

6hrs

Day 5

10km

4hrs

Day 6

13km

8hrs

Day 7

17km

Day 8

21km

GONDAR

2.5hrs

LALIBELA Rock Stone Churches

Adi Arkay To GONDAR aye

11hrs 12

ETHIOPIA

Ess

12hrs

2hrs

GEECH

ADDIS ABABA

Optional Walks

Inatye 4070m

Geech Abyss Falls

ez leg

Ras Dashen 4543m

Viewpoint Chiro Leba

Bwahit 4430m

AMBIKWA SIMIEN MOUNTAINS

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Simien Mountains National Park

Mesheha

SANKABER

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ARKWASIYE

CHENEK

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6hrs

4km

ba

15km

Day 10

Jin

Day 9

Imet Gogo 3926m Optional hike

Debark From GONDAR

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DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

Join trip in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital city.

Fly to the medieval city of Gondar. Visit Debre Berhan Selassie Church and Fasiliadas’ Castle.

Drive to Debarkgateway to the Simien Mountains National Park. Trek to Sankaber.

Hike to Geech camp. Search for gelada baboons and red-hot poker plants along the route.

Optional hike to viewpoint at summit of Imet Gogo (3,926m) with views across the Simien range.

Trek to Chenek camp (3,650m) via Inatye, escarpment and Jinbar River.

Views across Mesheha River and Ras Dashen peak. Descend to Ambikwa village (3,200m).

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3

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4

JAN

FEB

5

MAR

APR

6

MAY

DAY

7

JUN

JUL

8

DAY

DAY

9

10

Climb to the Re-cross summit of Mesheha Ethiopia’s River and trek highest through local mountain, settlements Ras Dashen and cultivated (4,543m). fields to Arkwasiye (3,150m). AUG

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Walk to the road and drive to Gondar passing by Chenek (3,620m).

NOV

DEC

DAYS

11/12

DAY

13

Fly to Fly to Addis Lalibela. Visit Ababa where the famous the trip rock-hewn ends. churches on foot and by mule.

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MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA

Cycle the Cape SOUTH AFRICA

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Trip Highlights

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• Discover Cape Town on two wheels and ride on the slopes of Table Mountain

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• Cycle through Stellenbosch and its beautiful vineyards and farmlands

Cycle with us through South Africa’s Western Cape Province. We pedal along the rugged coastline of Cape Point and through the forested shorelines of the Garden Route. In Stellenbosch we ride through vineyards and enjoy a glass of locally-produced wine. Along the way we explore the dripstone caverns of the Cango Caves and visit Boulders Beach – home to a colony of African Penguins.

FROM

FROM

• Ride through the Knysna Harkerville Forest and Tsitsikamma National Park

AU$2560 10

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

NZ$2790 10

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

Optional single rooms are available from AU$370/NZ$410

SOUTH AFRICA

Swartberg pass Cango Caves

TRIP CODE: CTC

Table Mountain

CAPE TOWN

CYCLE GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 4 nights standard hotel, 3 nights comfortable hotel and 2 nights simple log cabins.

Cape winelands

Optional Marloth NR

STELLENBOSCH

Outshoorn

SWELLENDAM

Jonkershoek

Sea Island boat trip Cycle Cape of Good Hope

KNYSNA

Meiringpoort Pass

Uniondale Tsitsikamma NP cycle Bloukrans & Nature’s Valley

Port Elizabeth

Malgas Bredasdorp

ATLANTIC OCEAN

INDIAN OCEAN

MEALS: 9 breakfasts and 2 dinners are included.

Cape Agulhas Southernmost point in Africa

BIKE: 27 gear Silverback mountain bike with front suspension. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details.

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

Join trip in Cape Town. Optional introductory ride on the slopes of Table Mountain.

Drive to Cape Point Nature Reserve via Hout Bay. Cycle to Simon’s Town, visit Boulders Beach.

Drive to Stellenbosch. Cycle through wine farms to Jonkershoek Reserve.

Visit Cape Agulhas. Drive and cycle to Swellendam river camp.

Cycle down the dramatic Swartberg Pass. Optional visit to Cango Caves.

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

Cycle the Meiringspoort Pass and gorge with waterfall stop.

Drive to the foot of the Prince Alfred Pass and cycle to Knysna.

Explore Knysna. Cycle and drive to Tsitsikamma National Park.

Enjoy a circular ride through the forest in Tsitsikamma National Park.

Drive to Port Elizabeth where the trip ends.

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DAILY DISTANCES

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6

Day 1

12km

Day 2

33km

Day 3

18km

Day 4

60km

Day 5

46km

Day 6

36km

Day 7

58km

Day 8

12/30km

Day 9

65km

Optional Rides

2

3

7

4

8

9

FEB

MAR

APR

10

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DEPARTURE MONTHS JAN

5

MAY

JUN

JUL

AUG

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NOV

DEC


MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA

Drakensbergs Walks and Wildlife Safari SOUTH AFRICA

FROM

AU$2410

FROM

Get close to nature walking through the diverse landscapes of northern KwaZulu-Natal; including the mountainous Drakensbergs, the dry bushland of Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Reserve, and iSimangaliso Wetlands. Hike to a mountain cave, experience a walking game safari in a Big Five Game Reserve and follow coastal trails. Enjoy game drives, spot estuary hippos and crocodiles, and learn about the region’s fascinating history.

NZ$2620

9

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

9

Optional single rooms are available from AU$360/NZ$390 TRIP CODE: WSA WALK GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 3 nights standard cabin, 2 nights simple lodge, 2 nights standard lodge and 1 night standard hotel. MEALS: 8 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 4 dinners are included. WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 5 days for between 2 to 6 hours, with a shorter walk on the last day. Follow paths through forest and grasslands and along beaches.

DAILY DISTANCES Day 2

10.5km

Day 3

15km

4hrs

Day 4

16.5km

6hrs

7km

2hrs

5.5km

4/2hrs

SOUTH AFRICA

Day 5 Day 6

Blood River battlesite

Day 8

10km

Day 9

5km

Walks in Drakensberg Mountains

3hrs 1hr

Cape Vidal

HLUHLUWEIMFOLOZI PARK

SUNGUBALA

Day 7

iSimangaliso Wetland Park

Big 5 Game Reserve Game drives & walking safari Drakensberg National Park

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Optional hippo & crococdile cruise Mtunzini Dune & forest walk

H OT LES

Optional Walks

ST LUCIA

King Shaka International Airport

UMHLANGA Durban

Lagoon walk

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

Join trip in Umhlanga, the beach area just north of Durban.

Lagoon and beach walk. Drive to the Drakensberg Mountains. Explore the area, walk to Dorree Falls.

Walk through mountains to Baboon Rock and Marble Baths. Learn about San rock art.

Hike past Sherman’s Cave to the top of Oqalweni Valley for a picnic lunch. Return via One Tree Hill.

Visit historic Blood River battle site en route to HluhluweiMfolozi Big Five Game Reserve.

Walking safari with park wardens. Optional open vehicle game drive. Stay a second night in the lodge within the park.

Early morning game drive. Free afternoon in St Lucia. Spot hippos and crocodiles in the local river.

Boat ride and walk through iSimangaliso Wetlands. Optional afternoon visit to Cape Vidal.

Drive to Mtunzini. Follow dune and forest coastal trails. Drive to King Shaka Airport where the trip ends.

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2

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3

JAN

FEB

4

MAR

APR

5

MAY

JUN

6

JUL

AUG

7

SEP

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OCT

8

NOV

DEC

9

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MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA

Madagascar Wilderness Trek MADAGASCAR

FROM

AU$3440 15

FROM

Verdant rainforests and dramatic landscapes are the setting for this hiking adventure in Madagascar. Supported by local porters get off the beaten track, trekking through lush tropical vegetation, granite hills, highland meadows and surreal sandstone landscapes. Ascend Madagascar’s highest climbable peak, Pic Imarivolanitra (2,658m). En route, spot some of the dozen or so species of lemur living in these protected areas, as well as the unique endemic reptiles, birds and the unusual plants that Madagascar is famous for.

NZ$3750 15

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

Optional single rooms are available from AU$470/NZ$510 TRIP CODE: MF WALK GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Simple 8 nights standard hotel, 4 nights simple camping and 2 nights simple hotel MEALS: 14 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 8 dinners are included. WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 9 days for between 2 to 7 hours. Maximum altitude is 2,658m. Follow well-managed trails through rainforests, grasslands and sandstone outcrops.

DAILY DISTANCES Day 3

10km

6hrs

Day 4

12km

5hrs

Day 6

5km

2hrs

Day 7

12km

4hrs

Day 8

15km

7hrs

Day 9

5km

2hrs

Day 10

8km

4hrs

Day 11

4km

2hrs

Day 12

2km

2hrs

6km

3hrs

ANTANANARIVO

Day 5

MADAGASCAR Antsirabe

RANOMAFANA NP Lemurs

Fianarantsoa

AMBALAVAO

Day 13 Day 14

ANDRINGITRA NP

Imarivolanitra 2658m

Optional Walks

IFATY Toliara

DAY

1

Join trip in Antananarivo, capital of Madagascar.

DAY

2

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DAYS

DAY

3/4

5

Drive Rainforest Drive to south via trek. Search Ambalavao Antsarabe to for wildlife, and visit the Ranomafana particularly the Anja Reserve, National Park. endangered home to ringSet up camp golden bamboo tailed lemurs. by the park lemur. entrance.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JAN

Anja Reserve Ring-tailed lemurs

FEB

MAR

ISALO NP

Wildlife, Natural swimming pools

ZOMBITSE NP

DAYS

DAY

8

9/10

DAYS

DAY

DAY

12

13/14

DAYS

DAY

Continue to Andringitra National Park and trek between forest campsites.

Ascent Imarivolanitra (2,658m), Madagascar’s highest climbable peak.

Continue to Isalo National Park. Walk among sandstone landscapes. Relax in natural pools.

Hike out of the park. Travel to Toliara via Zombitse National Park, a dry forest. Continue to Ifaty.

Spend the day on Ifaty Beach. Opportunities to go birdwatching, snorkelling or walking.

Fly back to Antananarivo. Walk through typical highland landscapes of rice paddies and villages.

Trip ends in Antananarivo.

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APR

MAY

JUN

JUL

AUG

11

SEP

OCT

NOV

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15

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MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA

Cycle Madagascar MADAGASCAR

FROM

AU$4320 14

FROM

Highland plains, verdant rainforest and tea plantations are the setting for this cycling adventure in Madagascar. We travel from the Malagasy capital to the inviting waters of the Indian Ocean, cycling the most rewarding sections on largely quiet roads to bring you closer to the sounds, smells and sights. Along the way we explore Ranomafana and Isalo National Parks on foot, hoping to see lemurs, as well as endemic reptiles, birds and plants. Finally, we reward ourselves with time on the golden beaches of Ifaty.

NZ$4700 14

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

Optional single rooms are available from AU$730/NZ$800 TRIP CODE: CMG CYCLE GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 13 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 13 breakfasts and 5 lunches are included. BIKE: 27 or 30 gear Cube or Rock Machine mountain bikes. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details.

DAILY DISTANCES Day 2

16km

Day 3

60km

Day 4

59km

MADAGASCAR ANTANANARIVO

Day 5 Day 6

44km

Day 7

67km

ANTSIRABE

Day 8

70km

AMBOSITRA SAHAMBAVY

Day 9 Day 10

Isalo National Park Wildlife, natural swimming pools

27km

RANOMAFANA National Park Rainforest wildlife Lemurs

AMBALAVAO

Anja Reserve, Ring tailed lemurs

RANOHIRA

IFATY

Ilakaka

Beach

INDIAN OCEAN

Toliara

DAY

1

DAY

2

DAY

DAYS

3

DAY

4/5

6

DAY

DAY

7

DAY

8

9

DAY

DAY

10

11

DAYS

12/13

DAY

14

Join trip in Journey to the Cycle to Cycle to Picturesque Discover Cycle to Anja Isalo National Cycle to Free time Transfer Trip ends in Antananarivo, historic town Ambositra. Ranomafana cycling historic Reserve – a Park. Walk Ilakaka and by the rich to Toliara Antananarivo. the capital of of Antsirabe. Visit a National Park. amid tea Fianarantsoa. villagers’ among learn about the turquoise for flight Madagascar. Discover traditional Rainforest plantations to Visit local conservation sandstone local sapphire waters of the to capital. colonial wood carving trek looking Sahambavy. artisan paper project. Home landscapes. mining. Drive Indian Ocean Walk through architecture. artisan for endangered manufacturer. to ring-tailed Relax in natural to the coast. in Ifaty. highland Introductory workshop. golden lemurs. pools. landscapes. cycle ride. bamboo lemur.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JAN

FEB

MAR

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MAY

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JUL

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On Foot in Kerala - Trip code: WIK

Cycle Japan - Trip code: CJA

Cycle Saigon to Hanoi - Trip code: CVIE Discover Vietnam - Trip code: FQVN

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Walk the Great Wall - Trip code: WG


Asia Explore ancient temples, wander through paddy fields and hike through jungles as you experience Asia on foot or from the saddle. Walking and cycling brings you closer to local life and under the skin of a country, from exploring rural China along the Great Wall to discovering the rural landscapes of South Korea. Explore more and immerse yourself in the fragrant markets of Rajasthan, taste Indonesian herbs and spices on a botanical walk or cycle on ancient footpaths between Angkorian temples in Cambodia.

• H  ike the tree-lined ancient pilgrimage trails of the Kumano Kodo in Japan. (Trip code: WJP, page 97) • C  ycle through the mighty Mekong Delta taking in colourful floating markets in Vietnam (Trip code: CVE, page 93) • T  rek to Annapurna Base Camp and discover the intriguing landscapes and cultures of the Himalaya. (Trip code: AS, page 81)

Insider View “Trekking in the mighty Himalaya, through the tea plantations of Kerala or among the volcanoes of Indonesia, the views are mesmerising. But spectacular as the scenery often is, walking in Asia is about so much more. By exploring on foot you’ll discover this fascinating and captivating continent in much greater depth. Encounter Vietnamese hilltribe families on their way to market, mingle among pilgrims on an ascent of a holy peak in Sri Lanka or become Indiana Jones as you stumble across ruined temples in Cambodia’s steamy jungle.” Caroline Phillips Product Team

Annapurna Sanctuary - Trip code: AS

“Packed full of vibrant contrasts at every turn, this rich and diverse region is an incredible continent to explore on two wheels. Escape tourist hotspots and uncover the quiet villages and vast countryside unseen by most who visit. From bustling Bangkok to tranquil Japanese villages, prepare to sample amazing food and meet some of the friendliest people on the planet – a truly unforgettable experience and one that will keep me going back!” Hannah Owen Reservations Team

Burma (Myanmar)

88-89

Cambodia

93-94

China

95

India

82-85

Japan

97-99

Nepal

80-81

Thailand

90

Sri Lanka

86-87

Vietnam

90-92

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ASIA

Annapurna Panorama NEPAL

FROM

AU$2260 13

FROM

Enjoy a gentle four-day trek in the quieter foothills of the Himalaya with spectacular views of the Annapurna range. Hike among traditional villages and beautifully terraced fields, with the iconic silhouette of Machhapuchhre’s ‘Fishtail’ often in sight. Stay in teahouses (mountain lodges) alongside the friendly locals. Explore the bazaars of Kathmandu and search for rare one-horned rhino on a four-wheel drive safari through Chitwan National Park. A superb introduction to the pleasures of Himalayan teahouse trekking.

NZ$2460 13

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

Optional single rooms are available from AU$490/NZ$540 TRIP CODE: RT WALK GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 7 nights standard hotel, 3 nights simple teahouse and 2 nights standard lodge. MEALS: 12 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 6 dinners are included. WALKING DETAILS: Trek on 4 days for between 2 to 6 hours. The route follows wellmaintained but often rocky and uneven village footpaths with occasional sections POINT of stone steps. Maximum altitude 2,600m. POINT

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DAILY DISTANCES Day 4

5km

2hrs

Day 5

9km

6hrs

Day 6

14km

6hrs

Day 7

10km

4hrs

Annapurna II Annapurna I 7937m 8091m Machhapuchhre 6993m

NEPAL

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POKHARA BUMDI PANCHASE BHANJYANG

HIMALAYA Mars

BADAURI

Mugling Trisuli

Kali Gandaki

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CHITWAN NP Nature walks

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Join trip Take a walking in the bustling tour of Durbar Nepalese Square and capital, the city’s Kathmandu. bazaars. Visit Pashupatinath and Bodnath.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

80

DAY

DAY

Drive to the charming lakeside town of Pokhara.

After a short drive north from Pokhara, trek from Kande to Badauri.

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JAN

4

FEB

MAR

DAY

DAYS

5

DAY

6/7

Walk through Hike through forest to the villages, high point enjoying of the trek dramatic (2,600m). Annapurna Descend to views including Panchase the ‘Fishtail’, Bhanjyang. Machhapuchhre.

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MAY

JUN

DAY

8

9

DAY

DAYS

10

11/12

Relax in Enjoy jungle Float along Return to Pokhara. Visit a walks in the Rapti River Kathmandu Tibetan village Chitwan in a dugout for further or take a boat National Park. canoe. Go sightseeing trip on Phewa Jeep safari in birdwatching or and shopping. Lake. search of one- enjoy a village horned rhinos. walk.

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Trip ends back in Kathmandu.

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ASIA

Annapurna Sanctuary NEPAL

Discover a world of breathtaking mountain peaks on this exciting expedition to the vast natural amphitheatre of the Annapurna Sanctuary.

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Trip Highlights

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• Encounter friendly Himalayan people along the trail

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• View the incredible beauty of Machhapuchhre – the ‘Fishtail’ Peak

Leaving the terraced fields and forests of the foothills behind, pass under the great bulk of the ‘Fishtail’ Mountain and spend two nights at Machhapuchhre Base Camp. An early morning ascent to Annapurna Base Camp sees you surrounded by the snowcapped peaks of some of the world’s highest mountains. After the trek, take time to explore the lakeside town of Pokhara and busy streets of Kathmandu.

FROM

FROM

• Enjoy the team spirit and shared goals with fellow trekkers and crew

AU$2210 15

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

NZ$2410 15

TRIP ONLY

Annapurna I Annapurna III 8091m 7855m Gangapurna 7454m Annapurna II Fang 7937m 7647m Annapurna MACHHAPUCHHRE 7273m Sanctuary Base Camp Annapurna Machhapuchhre South 6993m DEURALI Annapurna IV 7525m BAMBOO DOVAN

DAYS

Optional single rooms are available from AU$280/NZ$310 TRIP CODE: AS WALK GRADE: Challenging

CHHOMRONG JHINNU DANDA

GHANDRUK

Simai Kimche

NEPAL

Nayapul

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ACCOMMODATION: Simple 8 nights simple teahouse and 6 nights standard hotel.

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Lake Phewa Tal

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MEALS: 14 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 9 dinners are included.

POKHARA

WALKING DETAILS: Trek on 9 days for between 3 to 7 hours on well-maintained trails that link the mountain villages of the Annapurna. There are several sections with lengthy ascents/descents on steep stone steps. The maximum altitude reached is 4,130m.

DAY

DAY

1

DAY

2

Join trip in the fascinating Nepalese capital, Kathmandu.

Discover the Drive to the city’s bustling peaceful bazaars and lakeside town fascinating of Pokhara and temples on foot prepare for the trek.

POINT

2

DAY

POINT

DAY

8

DAILY DISTANCES Day 4

5km

3hrs

Day 5

12km

6hrs

Day 6

10km

Day 7

5km

3.5hrs

Day 8

5km

3.5hrs

Day 9

5km

3.5hrs

Day 10

12km

6hrs

Day 11

12km

6hrs

Day 12

8km

5hrs

7hrs

DAY

3

DAY

10

Enter the Hike to the Descend Sanctuary Annapurna Base through forests ‘gates’ between Camp (4,130m) of bamboo to Machhapuchhre for views of the the village of and Huinchuli glacier. Bamboo. and trek to Base Camp (3,720m).

FEB

MAR

APR

DAY

6

DAYS

11

7

DAY

DAY

12/13

15

14

Descend Continue Drive back to through walking to Simai Kathmandu rhododendron where the trek where the time forests full of ends. Drive to is left free to birds to Jhinnu Pokhara for explore or shop Danda. some post-trek in the bazaars. relaxation.

Trip ends in Kathmandu.

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DEPARTURE MONTHS JAN

DAY

5

Trek along Cross the A steep climb Trek through stone Kimrong Khola to the ridge Bamboo to pathways, by bridge before at Sinuwa for Hinku Cave and through forests ascending then fine views of on to Deurali. and terraces to descending, to Machhapuchhre, the village of Chhomrong, final the ‘Fishtail’ Gandhruk. settlement before Mountain. the Sanctuary.

DAY

9

DAY

4

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Cycle India – The Golden Triangle INDIA

FROM

AU$2140 10

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Explore the cultural heart of vibrant northern India on this cycling holiday. Discover the Golden Triangle by bike; cycle country lanes and through traditional villages from Old Delhi to the city of Agra and Jaipur in the Rajasthan Desert. We take time to look for the elusive Bengal tiger in Ranthambore National Park, watch the sunset at the Taj Mahal, visit the ancient red-sandstone city of Fatehpur Sikri and discover the Amber Fort and City Palace of Jaipur, the famous ‘Pink City’.

NZ$2330 10

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

Optional single rooms are available from AU$480/NZ$530 TRIP CODE: CIR CYCLE GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 10 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 9 breakfasts are included. BIKE: 21 or 27 gear Trek 4300, 3900, 3700 Mountain bikes or Merida M-20 and Matt-40 bikes with lockable front suspension. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details.

DAILY DISTANCES

40km

Day 6

30km

Day 7

65km

Day 8

75km

Day 9

30km

TA N

Day 5

CHINA

IS

70km

PA K

34km

Day 4

Arabian Sea

Day 3

DELHI

DELHI

INDIA

Chandni Chowk & Humayun’s Tomb

INDIAN OCEAN

INDIA

Optional Rides

BHARATPUR

BHANDAREJ

Keoladeo National Park

Festival Departures

JAIPUR

Amber Fort

Fatehpur Sikri

KARAULI

RANTHAMBORE NATIONAL PARK

Holi Festival Special Holi Festival departures are available for this trip. See dates and prices on our website.

Game drives

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

Join trip in Delhi.

Drive to Agra. Visit the incredible Taj Mahal and dramatic Agra Fort.

Visit the abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri. Cycle backroads through rural India to Bharatpur.

Pedal through scenic villages, agricultural land and past red-sandstone quarries to Karauli.

Cycle to Ranthambore National Park home to tigers, leopards and marsh crocodiles.

Game drive in Ranthambore National Park. Search for big cats in the former royal hunting ground.

Cycle through villages passing Hindu settlements, temples and shrines. Sleep in a Maharaja’s Palace.

Ride on a quiet country roads with views of hill-top forts silhouetted against the sky to Jaipur.

Full day sightseeing, including the old Maharaja’s residence, the City Palace and the Amber Fort.

Trip ends in Jaipur.

SEP

NOV

1

2

DEPARTURE MONTHS

82

Lalsot

AGRA

Fort & Taj Mahal

Spend the night in a Maharaja’s Palace

3

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4

FEB

MAR

5

APR

MAY

7

6

JUN

JUL

AUG

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Rajasthan Village Trails INDIA

FROM

AU$2210 14

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Discover Rajasthan’s rich culture and natural splendours on a walking holiday through its historic cities, remote villages, hills and deserts. Visit majestic forts, opulent palaces and exquisitely carved temples. Immerse yourself in the vibrant street life on carefully planned heritage walks and encounter rural life up close, hiking through tribal heartlands. In the sublime peace of the Aravalli Hills, trek through the forests of the Kumbhalgarh Sanctuary with the chance to spot chinkara, wild boar, monkeys and other wildlife.

NZ$2410 14

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

Optional single rooms are available from AU$700/NZ$760 TRIP CODE: RVT WALK GRADE: Easy to Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 13 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 13 breakfasts are included. WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 9 days for between 2 to 5.5 hours. Terrain includes village footpaths, rocky trails in the Aravalli Hills and city streets. The heritage walk timings include sightseeing.

DAILY DISTANCES 2.5hrs

Day 4

4km

2hrs

Day 5

12km

4hrs

Day 6

3km

2.5hrs

Day 7

7km

3.5hrs

Day 9

6.5km

3.5hrs

Day 10

5km

Day 11

14km

5.5hrs

Day 12

12km

4.5hrs

DELHI

GREAT INDIAN DESERT

INDIA

Day 8

JAIPUR

Fatehpur Sikri

Amber Fort Village Walks

PUSHKAR

AGRA

Heritage walk Taj Mahal

KARAULI

KUMBHALGARH Trek in Sanctuary

9km

GHANERAO

ARAVALLI HILLS

3.5hrs

Ranakpur Jain temples

RAJASTHAN

UDAIPUR

Village walks

CHINA

Arabian Sea

PA K

IS

TA N

Day 13

una

4km

Yam

Day 3

DAY

1

DAY

DAY

2

Join trip Explore in Delhi. Visit Old Delhi’s New Delhi winding and enjoy streets and a walk and bustling a chai with bazaars by the locals cycle rickshaw in Lodhi before driving Gardens. to Agra.

DAY

3

Explore the Taj Mahal at sunrise. Visit Agra Fort and take a guided heritage walk around Old Agra.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

DAY

4

JAN

5

Visit the Walk deserted city through the of Fatehpur countryside Sikri. Continue to Mamchari to Karauli, visit Lake with a the palace and chance to spot witness the crocodiles. evening arti ceremony. FEB

MAR

APR

DAYS

DAYS

Discover Jaipur’s vibrant temples and historic havelis. Visit Amber Fort and trek to Meena villages.

Hike up to Pushkar’s Savitri Temple for awesome views and explore the markets and lakeside Brahma Temple.

6/7

MAY

DAY

8/9

JUN

JUL

10

DAY

DAY

11

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INDIAN OCEAN

DAY

13

14

Chance to visit Descend Forest hike Panoramic the incredible through the to the white early morning fort at forest of marble Jain trek in the Kumbhalgarh Kumbhalgarh temples at hills outside for far Wildlife Ranakpur. Udaipur. reaching Sanctuary Continue to Free time Aravalli views. to Ghanerao Udaipur by to explore village. Lake Pichola. the city.

AUG

DELHI

Trip ends in Udaipur.

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Backroads of Kerala INDIA

S st Be

Trip Highlights

e ll

• Pedal along beautiful coastlines, through tea and spice plantations and tropical forests

er

• Stay in a family mansion surrounded by lush gardens with lots of bird life

On this cycling trip in southern India we travel into Kerala’s rural backwaters. We ride inland through a landscape of spice, tea and rubber plantations. We also travel along the waterways, walk through Periyar National Park in search of wildlife and relax on Indian Ocean beaches. Staying in family houses for two nights, we also enjoy warm Keralan hospitality.

FROM

FROM

• Relax on the stunning beaches of the Indian Ocean

AU$2820 13

TRIP ONLY

Idukki Reservoir

Sunset cruise

NZ$3070 13

TRIP ONLY

THEKKADY

KOCHI

DAYS

DAYS

PLANTER’S HOMESTAY Tea & spice plantations

Alleppey

Optional single rooms are available from AU$680/NZ$730

MANCOMBU

INDIA

TRIP CODE: CKB

Cruise backwaters Canoe trip

CYCLE GRADE: Easy

Ashtamudi Lake

KOLLAM

ACCOMMODATION: Standard 10 nights standard hotel and 2 nights simple homestay.

CARDAMOM HILLS

VARKALA INDIAN OCEAN

MEALS: 12 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners are included.

Veli Trivandrum

KOVALAM

BIKE: 21 or 24 gear Trek or Merida mountain bikes with lockable front suspension. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details.

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

Join trip in Kovalam.

Morning cycle ride. Afternoon free to relax on the Malabar Coast.

Drive to Veli Lagoon. Visit Anjengo Fort and cycle to Varkala.

Cycle through traditional Keralan villages to Kollam.

Boat trip along Backwaters. Cycle to Mancombu.

Full day cycling through backwater villages. Afternoon canoe trip.

Drive and cycle to Wagamon. Stay at Planter’s Homestay.

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

Free to explore Vagamon on foot. Optional cycle rides available.

Drive and cycle to Thekkady. Visit plantations and a tea factory.

Walk Periyar National Park forest in search of wildlife. Explore the spice gardens of Thekkady.

Drive to Kuuttikkanam. Cycle to Malayattoor. Drive to Kochi.

Tour of Kochi by bike. Evening boat cruise.

Trip ends in Kochi.

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

DAILY DISTANCES Day 2

10/32km

Day 3

37km

Day 4

36km

Day 5

39km

Day 6

35km

Day 7

33km

Day 8

9/32km

Day 9

36km

8

9

10

11

13

12

Day 10 Day 11

30km

Day 12

10km

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DEPARTURE MONTHS JAN

FEB

MAR

APR

MAY

JUN

JUL

AUG

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On Foot in Kerala INDIA

FROM

AU$1690 11

FROM

Discover the diversity of tropical Kerala on this walking holiday to India’s far south. Trek among the forests and grasslands of the mountainous Western Ghats – a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the world’s top ten biodiversity ‘hot spots’. Walk in search of wildlife in the Periyar National Park. In the tranquil backwaters ramble through villages, meeting the locals and spending the night aboard a coir-roofed houseboat. Exploring on foot is the best way to discover the culture and landscapes of ‘God’s own country’.

NZ$1840 11

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

Optional single rooms are available from AU$530/NZ$580 TRIP CODE: WIK WALK GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 6 nights standard hotel, 3 nights simple camping and 1 night simple boat. MEALS: 10 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 4 dinners are included. WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 6 days for between 2.5 to 7.5 hours. On 4 of the days we will be trekking on uneven mountain trails through the plantations, jungle and grasslands of the Western Ghats. On the 2 other walking days the terrain is generally flat. DAILY DISTANCES Day 3

11km

4.5hrs

Day 4

12km

4.5hrs

Day 5

8km

6hrs

Day 6

17km

7.5hrs

3km

2.5hrs

3km

2.5hrs

Day 7 Day 8 Day 9 Day 10

INDIA

INDIAN OCEAN

MUNNAR Meesapulimala Hill station Peak (2635m) Tea plantations 4-day Western West Chennamkary Ghats trek Village walk

KOCHI

Fort Kochi walking tour

Lake Vembanad

THEKKADY

Lake Periyar Periyar NP Forest trek Optional boat trip

ALLEPPEY

Backwaters cruise Stay on houseboat

KERALA

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAYS

DAY

DAY

DAY

Join trip in Kochi on Kerala’s Malabar Coast.

Walking tour around the streets of the old Portuguese fort before driving to Munnar.

Walk through tea, cardamom and coffee plantations in the Seven Malai Hills.

Trek through tea plantations to our camp at Silent Valley (2,000m).

Climb through shola forests and across grassland to Meesapulimala Peak (2,635m).

Descend through a rhododendron forest to our camp at Top Station (1,900m).

Walk in Periyar National Park – with luck, elephant, otter and wild boar may be seen.

Travel around the waterways and quiet lagoons of Kerala’s Backwaters on a houseboat.

Follow village footpaths and explore the backwater communities.

Trip ends near Kochi Airport.

SEP

NOV

1

2

DEPARTURE MONTHS

3

JAN

4

FEB

MAR

5

APR

MAY

6

JUN

JUL

7/8

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On Foot in Sri Lanka SRI LANKA

FROM

AU$3380 15

FROM

Exploring on foot is one of the most rewarding ways to discover both Sri Lanka’s past and its contemporary culture. Hiking through the jungle to ancient sites, alongside throngs of pilgrims on an ascent of sacred Adam’s Peak, or to a Buddhist temple for the night, experience these special places in a different way to the less active visitor. Enjoy the natural beauty of the island while trekking through the grasslands of the Knuckles Mountain range, the primal rainforest of Sinharaja and emerald green tea plantations of the Highlands.

NZ$3690 15

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

Optional single rooms are available from AU$600/NZ$660 TRIP CODE: WSL WALK GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 9 nights standard hotel, 2 nights simple guesthouse, 1 night simple lodge, 1 night simple camping and 1 night simple temple stay. MEALS: 14 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 6 dinners are included. WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 9 days for between 2 to 8 hours. Some of the walks include sightseeing which is included within the timings. Please see website for more details. DAILY DISTANCES Day 3

6km

3hrs

Day 4

8km

3.5hrs

Day 5

9km

3hrs

Day 6

6km

2hrs

Day 7

7km

3hrs

Day 8

8km

8hrs

Day 9

6km

2hrs

Day 10

9km

3hrs

8km

3hrs

SRI LANKA

Dambulla Visit cave temples

Polonnaruwa Explore ancient site on foot Walk in Knuckles Ranges

Day 11 Day 12

Minneriya Jeep Safari in search of elephants

SIGIRIYA

Walk to Lion’s Rock

KANDY

NEGOMBO

Walk in hills to tea museum

HATTON

Walking tour

COLOMBO DALHOUSIE

Extend your trip

Adam’s Peak ascent

Tea plantation walk

BELIHULOYA

2243m

Trek to Buddhist temple

SINHARAJA

Why not extend your trip with a relaxing cruise among the idyllic coral atolls of the Maldives.

UNAWATUNA

Forest Reserve rainforest walk

Relaxing beach

Trip code: MC

DAY

1

Join trip in Negombo on the shores of the Indian Ocean.

DAY

2

3

DAY

DAY

4

5

DAYS

DAY

6/7

Explore the Hike to Trek in the Hike on the Scenic train Dambulla Sigiriya Knuckles Hatanta trail journey to cave temples and climb Mountain in the hills Hatton from and search Lion’s Rock for Range before above Kandy where we for elephants jungle views. driving to before a free walk through in Minneriya Explore Kandy in the afternoon the tea National ancient centre of the to explore plantations. Park. Polonnaruwa island. further. on foot.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

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DAY

JAN

FEB

MAR

APR

MAY

JUN

8

9/10

11/12

DAYS

DAY

DAY

DAY

Ascend the sacred mountain of Adam’s Peak, joining throngs of pilgrims during the season.

Train to Belihuloya. Trek and overnight at Kumbalgama Temple where we can join in temple life.

Drive to the Sinharaja Forest Reserve and hike through the rainforest.

Enjoy a free day relaxing at the beach on Sri Lanka’s south coast.

Train to Colombo where we discover the city’s commercial heritage on a walking tour.

Trip ends in Colombo.

JUL

DAYS

AUG

SEP

OCT

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Cycle Sri Lanka SRI LANKA

FROM

AU$3280 14

FROM

Completing a circular journey this trip takes in ancient temples and fortresses, cycling through tea plantations and across the scenic trails of the Knuckles Range. Leaving the coast behind we explore the ancient city of Polonnaruwa on two wheels before steadily climbing to wide plains. There is also the option to search for leopard in Yala National Park before making our way to the beach for a well-earned rest.

NZ$3580 14

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

Optional single rooms are available from AU$790/NZ$860 TRIP CODE: CSL CYCLE GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 11 nights standard hotel and 2 nights premium hotel. MEALS: 13 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 2 dinners are included. BIKE: 27 gear Stevens Galant hybrid bikes with front suspension. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details.

DAILY DISTANCES Day 1

10km

Day 2

41km

Day 3

50km

POLONNARUWA

Day 4

33km

DAMBULLA

Day 5

42km

Day 6

0km

Day 7

18km

Day 8

60km

Day 9

38km

Day 10

46km

Day 11

65km

Day 12

32km

Sigiriya, Lion Platform Sky Fortress

1

Pallegama

Join trip in Negombo. Cycle the beaches and villages that line the coast around Waikkal.

KANDY

Temple of the Tooth Bluefields (tea plantation)

NEGOMBO Fishing Port

Colombo

NUWARA ELIYA

Airport

SRI LANKA

UDAWALAWE National Park

Galle Old Dutch Port

UNAWATUNA Beaches

DAY

2

DAY

DAY

3

DAYS

4

5/6

Cycle along Climb Lion’s Pedal to backroads Rock, then Polonnaruwa and through cycle to archeological lush forest. Polonnaruwa. site and Visit village. Dambulla UNESCO cave temples.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JAN

Bay of Bengal

Dambulla caves

Kuliyapitiya

Optional Rides

DAY

Ancient city

FEB

MAR

Cycle and drive to Kandy. Visit spice gardens en route. Explore Kandy on foot. APR

DAY

DAY

7

DAY

8

9

DAY

DAY

MAY

JUN

JUL

AUG

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11

12/13

DAYS

DAY

Ride along the coast through Bundala National Park.

Cycle the coastal backroads and visit Galle. Day at leisure in Unawatuna.

Trip ends at Colombo Airport.

10

Cycle in the Continue Spectacular Cycle beautiful cycling ride to country highlands through the Udawalawe. roads to Yala and past tea highlands to Optional Jeep National plantations Bambarakanda safari to Park. to Nuwara Waterfall. search for Optional Eliya. elephants in safari. Udawalawe National Park.

YALA

National Park Game drives

NOV

DEC

14

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Hidden Trails of Burma BURMA (MYANMAR)

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AU$3630 14

FROM

After decades of relative isolation, the way of life in Burma (Myanmar) remains largely untouched by modern times. On this adventurous introduction to Burma walk through remote lands and also spend time visiting the highlights of the country. Trek to hilltribe villages in Shan state, admire the sunset across the temple plains of Bagan, join Buddhist pilgrims on a hike to Golden Rock and walk in the beautiful surrounds of Inle Lake.

NZ$3960 14

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

Optional single rooms are available from AU$660/NZ$710 TRIP CODE: HW WALK GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 12 nights standard hotel and 1 night simple monastery. MEALS: 13 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 1 dinner are included. WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 9 days for between 30 minutes and 6 hours. Timings for the walking tours and Bagan include sightseeing.

DAILY DISTANCES Day 2

1.5km 3km

Day 3

1.5km

45mins/1hr 30mins

Day 4 Day 5

2km

2hrs

Day 6

12km

5hrs

Day 7

12km

5hrs

Day 8

6km

2hrs

Day 11

5hrs

22km

PEGU RANGE

THAILAND

2.5hrs

Shwedagon Pagoda Walking tour

1

DAYS

DAYS

DAY

DAY

Explore some of Bagan’s 2,000 remarkable ancient temples on foot and by bike.

Trek into the highlands of the Shan Plateau. Spend the night in a Buddhist monastery.

Walk through highland villages with panoramic views over Pindaya.

2/3

Join trip Hike to in Rangoon, Golden Rock, the Burmese Burma’s capital, most known important locally as pilgrimage Yangon. site on top of Kyaikhtiyo Mountain.

4/5

DEPARTURE MONTHS

88

GOLDEN ROCK

RANGOON (YANGON)

Optional Walks

DAY

BURMA

Trek & Monastery INLE (MYANMAR) stay LAKE Lakeside trek & tribal villages Boat trips

Day 12 Day 13 2km

Heho

VILLAGE

ARAKAN RANGE 6hrs

minority villages

Explore ancient Mt Popa kingdom YASAKYI

Day 9 Day 10 18km

SHAN KENGTUNG PLATEAU Day treks to Tribal

BAGAN

JAN

6

FEB

7

MAR

APR

DAY

DAY

8

Explore Fly to Inle Lake by Kengtung in longtail boat. the remote Trek along Eastern Shan the shore highlands. encountering different hilltribes.

MAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

Hike among the fascinating villages of the Akha and Lahu hilltribes.

Trek continues through the villages of the Ann and Paluang tribes.

Spend time exploring Kengtung’s lively market before flying back to Rangoon.

Take a walking tour of Rangoon and visit the golden Shwedagon Pagoda at sunset.

Trip ends in Rangoon.

9

JUN

JUL

10

AUG

SEP

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OCT

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Cycle Burma BURMA (MYANMAR)

FROM

AU$3550 14

FROM

Burma (Myanmar) only recently reopened its doors to visitors, which makes it an exciting and rewarding place to visit. On this trip we get closer to the friendly local people with bike rides between the major highlights. Cycle to the ancient capital of Mandalay, temple-studded plains of ancient Bagan, the colonial hill station of Kalaw and stilt villages of Inle Lake. We also cruise the mighty Irrawaddy River and admire jewel-encrusted pagodas in Rangoon.

NZ$3860 14

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

Optional single rooms are available from AU$670/NZ$740 TRIP CODE: CBUR CYCLE GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 13 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 13 breakfasts and 9 lunches are included. BIKE: 21 gear Cannondale Trail 8 mountain bike with front suspension. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details.

Mingun

DAILY DISTANCES Day 3

40km

Day 4

60km 39km

Day 6

57km

Day 7

37km

Monywa

One-leg rowers, floating gardens

BURMA (MYANMAR) Salaween

49km

INLE LAKE

GE

Day 12

KALAW

ddy)

24km

RAN

55km

Day 11

KAN

Day 10

PINDAYA Heho Popa

dy (Irrawa

ARA

33km

SHAN PLATEAU

BAGAN

Day 8 Day 9

MANDALAY Amarapura

Magnificent Temple complex

Ayeyarwa

Day 5

Nyaung Pin Win

Shwedagon Pagoda Colonial architecture

RANGOON (YANGON)

DAY

DAYS

DAY

DAY

DAY

Join trip in Rangoon. Dusk visit to the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda.

Explore Inle Lake by bike and long-tail boat past floating gardens and stilt villages.

Bike across the Shan Plateau to the former British hill station of Kalaw.

A scenic ride past rice fields and vegetable gardens. Visit Pindaya Cave with 8,000 images of the Lord Buddha.

Combine time in the saddle and on the bus along the road to Mandalay.

1

2/3

4

DEPARTURE MONTHS

5

JAN

FEB

6

MAR

APR

DAY

DAY

7

Cycle to See monks former capital collecting Sagaing and alms, the the giant lively jade stupa of market and Mingun. sunset from Irrawaddy Mandalay cruise back to Hill. Mandalay. MAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

12

13/14

Ride off the beaten track to discover real Burma on the way to the thriving river town of Monywa.

See rural life on a backroad cycle to Pakokku. Irrawaddy cruise down to Bagan.

Explore the remarkable ancient temples of Bagan by bike and on foot.

Cycle through countryside to Mount Popa, home to the spirit gods. Return to Bagan by bike.

Fly back to Rangoon. Visit the colonial quarter. Trip ends in Rangoon.

8

JUN

JUL

9

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10

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NOV

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Bangkok to Saigon by Bike THAILAND - CAMBODIA - VIETNAM

Join us for a cycling trip that explores the classic highlights of South East Asia in an active way.

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Trip Highlights

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• Cycle through the jungle between the remarkable Temples of Angkor

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• Taste some of the world’s best food in Thailand and Vietnam

We travel by bike, bus and boat to discover the cultural diversity, natural beauty and fascinating history of Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. Along the way we visit Khao Yai National Park, the Khmer temples of Angkor, the Killing Fields and silk weaving villages on the Mekong Delta.

FROM

FROM

• Discover the labyrinthine waterways of the mighty Mekong by bike and boat

AU$3090 14

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

NZ$3370 14

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Khao Yai National Park

NAKHON NAYOK ARANYAPRATHET

DAYS

Optional single rooms are available from AU$570/NZ$620

Poi Pet

BANGKOK

Angkor Wat temple complex

Night ride

SIEM REAP

THAILAND

Kompong Phluk (floating village trip)

TRIP CODE: CTV

Lake Tonle Sap

CAMBODIA

CYCLE GRADE: Moderate

Royal Palace Silver Pagoda Wat Phnom

ACCOMMODATION: Standard 12 nights standard hotel and 1 night simple homestay.

Choeung Ek “Killing Fields”

Gulf of Thailand

PHNOM PENH

CHAU DOC

MEALS: 13 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners are included.

VIETNAM HO CHI MINH CITY

Binh Hoa Phuoc

HA TIEN

BIKE: 24 gear Giant or ATX mountain bikes with front suspension ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details.

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DAY

DAY

Join trip in Bangkok. Optional long-tail canal trip.

Cycle Bangkok’s hidden urban oasis. Night bike ride with food tour.

Explore Khao Yai National Park by bike.

Cycle past typical scenes of rural Thailand to the Cambodian border.

Silk farm visit and drive to Siem Reap in Cambodia. Sunset visit to Angkor temples.

Explore the magnificent temples of Angkor by bike including Angkor Wat, the Bayon and Ta Prohm.

Visit Tonle Sap floating village by boat. See Banteay Srey temple and try a home hosted lunch.

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DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

Drive and cycle to Phnom Penh via Koh Dach silk weaving village.

Explore Phnom Penh. Visit National Museum, Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and the Killing Fields.

Cross the border to Vietnam. Cycle around Ha Tien on the Mekong Delta.

Cycle the canal between Vietnam and Cambodia to Chau Doc .

Rural village cycling. Homestay with traditional Vietnamese dinner included.

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DAILY DISTANCES Day 2

40km

Day 3

53km

Day 4

51km

Day 5 Day 6

25km

Day 7

56km

Day 8

37km

Day 9

90

Day 10

20km

Day 11

50km

Day 12

50km

Day 13

30km

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Cycling on Binh Hoa Phuoc Island then drive to Ho Chi Minh City.

Trip ends in Ho Chi Minh City.

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Cycle Saigon to Hanoi VIETNAM

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Trip Highlights

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• Overnight Halong Bay cruise amid stunning landscapes

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• Cycle Vietnam’s lush hill country and cycle over Hon Giao Pass

On this adventurous and active trip we experience Vietnamese culture on two wheels. Discover the cultural highlights of Old Saigon, Hoi An, Hué and Hanoi. There is also time to explore the Mekong Delta, Central Highlands, tropical beaches and islands of Nha Trang and the majestic beauty of Halong Bay on an overnight cruise. Along the way we refuel with delicious Vietnamese cuisine. CHINA

VIETNAM

• Refuel on incredibly tasty and healthy Vietnamese cuisine

HALONG BAY

HANOI

Cruise through clear waters, caves & Kayaking

FROM

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GULF OF TONKIN

AU$2560 14

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Perfume River Royal tombs

DAYS

HUÉ

NZ$2790 14

Hai Van Pass

HOI AN

DAYS

L RA DS NT CE HLAN HIG

TRIP ONLY

Cycle the citadel & Tu Doc Mausoleum LAOS

Optional single rooms are available from AU$510/NZ$560

Quy Nhon

CAMBODIA

TRIP CODE: CVIE

Khanh Vinh Colonial hill station

CYCLE GRADE: Moderate

DALAT

ACCOMMODATION: Standard 11 nights standard hotel, 1 night standard junk and 1 night simple overnight train.

NHA TRANG

Cu Chi Tunnels Can Duoc

CAI BE

MEALS: 13 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 1 dinner are included.

Mekong Delta

Offshore islands day trip

HO CHI MINH CITY Old Saigon Mekong Delta cruise Explore waterways

SOUTH CHINA SEA

BIKE: 24 gear Giant or ATX mountain bikes with front suspension. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details.

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Join trip in Ho Chi Minh City with an afternoon orientation tour of Old Saigon.

Cycle to Cu Chi Tunnels. Late afternoon free to explore Old Saigon.

Drive to Mekong Delta. Cycle the backroads to Cai Be.

Explore Vietnam’s Central Highlands. Stay in old French city of Dalat.

Cycle over Hon Giao Pass to Nha Trang. Rest day from the bikes. To relax, take a boat trip to tropical islands.

Cycle and drive from Nha Trang to Quy Nhon.

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DAY

DAYS

DAY

DAY

DAY

Arrive in Hanoi. Drive to Halong Bay for overnight cruise amid stunning karst scenery.

Morning cruise of the bay. Drive to Hanoi for a tour of the city.

Trip ends in Hanoi.

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DAILY DISTANCES Day 2

50km

Day 3

51km

Day 4

30km

Day 5

80km

Day 6 Day 7

60km

Day 8

59km

Day 9 Day 10

80km

Day 11

20km

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10/11

Pedal over the Thi Morning walking Cycle and drive to Nai sea bridge. tour of Hoi An’s Hué via the Hai Drive to historic traditional wooden Van Pass. Cycle Hoi An. houses and around Hué then Chinese temples. overnight train to Free afternoon. Hanoi.

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On Foot in Vietnam VIETNAM

FROM

AU$2520 14

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Vietnam is one of the most diverse and exciting destinations in South East Asia and this trip is the perfect way to discover it if you like to make your explorations on foot. Enjoy both walking tours around the must-see city sights in Hanoi, Hue and Ho Chi Minh City, and easy walks in the countryside. Rural rambles take us from the stilted tribal villages of the north, to ancient temples in the jungle and the heat and quiet of the sleepy Mekong Delta. A junk cruise among the karst landscapes and still waters of Halong Bay is an undoubted highlight.

NZ$2750 14

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DAYS

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

Optional single rooms are available from AU$320/NZ$340 TRIP CODE: WVN WALK GRADE: Easy to Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Simple 5 nights standard hotel, 4 nights simple hotel, 2 nights simple lodge, 1 night simple homestay and 1 night simple overnight train. MEALS: 12 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 3 dinners are included. WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 11 days for between 1.5 to 5 hours each day. Timings for city walks include sightseeing. DAILY DISTANCES

HALONG BAY

PU LUONG

Day 1

4km

1.5hrs

Day 2

8km

2.5hrs

Day 3

9km

Day 4

5.5km

Day 5

7km

4hrs

Day 7

7km

3.5hrs

Day 8

7km

3hrs

Nature Reserve

Junk cruise

HANOI

Walking tour

5hrs 2.5hrs on

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Day 6

HUE

Village walks River cruise

LAOS

Da Nang

Day 9

HOI AN

THAILAND

Day 10

7km

4.5hrs

Day 11

4km

1.5hrs

Day 12

8.5km

3hrs

Day 13

5km

4hrs

Walk to My Son temples

VIETNAM CAMBODIA

Extend your trip Cu Chi Tunnels

Spend a week in Cambodia, exploring the capital Phnom Penh and the temples of Angkor.

BINH HOA PHUOC ISLAND

Walks in Mekong Delta

HO CHI MINH CITY

Walking tour MEKONG DELTA

Trip code: WVNC

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Join trip in Hanoi and explore the bustling streets and markets of the Old Quarter on foot.

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3/4

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DAY

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Drive to Pu Hikes among Hanoi Arriving in Hike through Drive to Hoi Hike along Travel by Luong Nature the minority walking tour. Hue by train, villages, An, a laidjungle plane, bus and Reserve. tribe villages Junk cruise discover the observing back village trails to the boat to Binh Walk to our and karst through the Imperial City’s rural life of traditional atmospheric Hoa Phuoc lodge where scenery of islands and streets and and enjoy wooden site of My Island in the we stay in a Pu Luong. peaks of buildings on a a cruise on houses and Son with its peaceful comfortable Halong Bay. walking tour. the Perfume Chinese ancient Cham Mekong stilt house. River. architecture. temples. Delta.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

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DAYS

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Walk among the paddies and villages of the Mekong Delta before driving to Ho Chi Minh City.

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14

Absorb the Discover sights, sounds the myriad and smells of tunnels and Old Saigon chambers at on foot and Cu Chi. visit the War Trip ends in Remnants Ho Chi Minh Museum. City.

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Mekong Delta and Angkor VIETNAM - CAMBODIA

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Trip Highlights

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• Cycle and cruise through the mighty Mekong Delta, discovering the local way of life

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• Explore bustling Old Saigon and Cambodia’s enigmatic capital of Phnom Penh

Join us on this classic cycle journey through the cities and rural landscapes of Vietnam and Cambodia. Travel past paddy fields and fruit orchards to remote villages where we experience the warm hospitality of local families. Cycle into the jungle to explore the ancient temple city of Angkor and swap bicycles for traditional boats to cruise the mighty Mekong River.

FROM

FROM

• Discover the fabulous jungle temples of Angkor on two wheels

AU$3150 13

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

NZ$3430 13

TRIP ONLY

Angkor jungle temple complex

DAYS

SIEM REAP

Optional single rooms are available from AU$470/NZ$520

KAMPONG THOM

PHNOM PENH

TRIP CODE: CVE

City tour ‘Killing Fields’

TRIP PACE: Easy

CAMBODIA Sambor Prei Kuk Temple

Kampong Cham Mekong Island Weaving village

VIETNAM

Cu Chi Tunnels CHAU DOC Sam Mountain My Tho sunset Vinh Long

ACCOMMODATION: Standard 11 nights standard hotel and 1 night premium hotel.

CAN THO Floating market Mekong Delta cruise

MEALS: 12 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 1 dinner are included.

Old Saigon HO CHI Tan An MINH CITY BEN TRE Homestay Mo Cay SOUTH CHINA SEA

BIKE: 18 gear Giant or Merida mountain bikes with front suspension.

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DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

Join trip in Ho Chi Minh City. Afternoon orientation walk.

Visit the Cu Chi Tunnels. Cycle around the countryside.

Bike to the Mekong Delta then enjoy a boat trip to the islands.

Cycle and drive via Vinh Long to Can Tho – famous for rice fields and floating markets.

Cruise the floating markets and explore villages of Can Tho province.

Drive and cycle to Chau Doc on the Cambodian border.

Speedboat to Phnom Penh with an afternoon city tour.

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DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

Morning cycle. Visit Tuol Sleng and the Killing Fields.

Cycle along the Mekong River then drive to Kampong Thom.

Early cycle to Sambor Prei Kuk Temple. Drive to Siem Reap.

Sunrise visit to Angkor Wat. Cycle to see beautifully ornate Banteay Srei and jungle-clad Ta Phrom temple.

Final day in Angkor. Ride to Angkor Thom to see the Bayon Temple and its superb 12th century bas reliefs.

Trip ends in Siem Reap.

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DAILY DISTANCES Day 2

33km

Day 3

43km

Day 4

38/61km

Day 5

16km

Day 6

30km

Day 7 Day 8

20km

Day 9

40km

Day 10

28km

Day 11

25km

Day 12

15km

Optional Rides

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9

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10

5

11

FEB

MAR

APR

7

13

12

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Cambodian Trails – Angkor and Beyond CAMBODIA

Trip Highlights • Meet the friendly and laidback Cambodians • Arrive on foot through the jungle at Angkor’s magnificent temples

The remains of the iconic temples of Angkor lie scattered over a vast area surrounded by dense jungle. Trekking peacefully from temple to temple on footpaths known to few, escape the crowds and see them in a different light. In Cambodia’s far eastern province of Mondulkiri, hike to waterfalls and tribal villages and enjoy the unique experience of a day walking with elephants at the Elephant Valley Project.

FROM

FROM

• Walk with the herd at Mondulkiri’s Elephant Valley Project

AU$2260 12

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

NZ$2460 12

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

Optional single rooms are available from AU$330/NZ$370

SIEM REAP

Kbal Spean River Linga Phnom Kulen NP

Explore Angkor Temple Complex on foot Lake Tonle Sap

TRIP CODE: TWC

Irrawaddy dolphins by boat

WALK GRADE: Easy ACCOMMODATION: Standard 8 nights standard hotel, 3 nights simple hotel. WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 7 days for between 1.5 to 5.5 hours. Many of the walks also involve sightseeing within these timings. In Mondulkiri there is a maximum elevation gain of 300m and we walk through jungle where paths may be slippery. Elsewhere the walking terrain is flat and going is easy although you should be prepared for heat and humidity.

SEN MONOROM Wat Nokor VIETNAM

PHNOM PENH

Royal Palace, Walking tour, Killing Fields, Mekong cruise

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DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

Join trip in Phnom Penh. Walking tour around the riverfront area.

Visit the Royal Palace, Killing Fields and local markets.

Cruise the Mekong to explore Silk Island on foot.

Drive to the forested hills and tribal villages of Mondulkiri.

In Mondulkiri we go ‘walking with the herd’ at the Elephant Valley Project.

Hike in the forest in search of great hornbill and douc monkeys.

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

Drive to Kratie. Take a boat on the Mekong in search of the rare Irrawaddy dolphins.

Walk or cycle through villages on Koh Trong Island. Drive to Siem Reap.

Hike through the jungle to Kbal Spean, the River of 1,000 Lingas.

Witness sunrise at Ta Prohm. Explore the temples of Angkor on foot along jungle trails.

Sunrise at Angkor Wat. Hike intertemple trails to Angkor Thom and the multi-faced Bayon.

Trip ends in Siem Reap.

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DAILY DISTANCES 2km

1.5hrs

3km

1.5hrs

Day 5

7km

5.5hrs

Day 6

11km

4.5hrs

Day 8

6km

2.5hrs

Day 9

4km

Day 10

10km

Day 2 Day 3 Day 4

Day 7

94

MONDULKIRI Forest walk Waterfalls Minority villages

CAMBODIA

MEALS: 11 breakfasts are included.

Day 1

Elephant Valley Project - walking with the herd

KRATIE

3hrs

3

8

4

9

10

FEB

MAR

APR

6

12

11

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Walk the Great Wall CHINA

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Trip Highlights

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• Discover traditional rural China far away from the big cities

• Trek on remote sections of the Wall with virtually no one else around

Stretching from the Yellow Sea to the edge of the Gobi Desert – some 4,300 kilometres – the magnificent ramparts and watch towers of the Great Wall were built to protect China’s northern frontier from raiding Mongol horsemen. Walks concentrate on some of the most interesting and spectacular sections of the Wall including the Old Dragon’s Head and Jinshanling. This trip gets off the beaten track and explores rural China in depth.

FROM

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• Marvel at the surprisingly varied nature of the Great Wall itself

AU$2010 10 DAYS

TRIP ONLY

NZ$2190 10

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

JINSHANLING GUBEIKOU

Optional single rooms are available from AU$320/NZ$350

PANJIAKOU

Simatai

TRIP CODE: WG

Luowenyu

HUANG Jiaoshan -YAGUAN Zunhua EASTERN SHANHAIGUAN QING TOMBS Old Dragon’s Head BEIJING Great Wall meets the sea

WALK GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 8 nights standard hotel and 1 night simple hotel. MEALS: 9 breakfasts are included. WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 6 days for between 2.5 to 5.5 hours. Some sections of the Wall are ruined and overgrown and some stretches are very steep and involve climbing on high steps. Because of this the trip is not recommended for vertigo sufferers. It is possible to travel in the support vehicle if you do not wish to join any particular walk.

DAILY DISTANCES Day 3

4km

Day 4

4.5km

500m

2.5hrs

Day 5

8.5km

5.5hrs

Day 6

3.5km

2.5hrs

Day 7

10km

5hrs

Day 8

6km

5hrs

Extend your trip Catch an overnight train from Beijing and spend two days visiting the fascinating city of Xian and the magnificent Terracotta Warriors.

Forbidden City

CHINA

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

Join trip in Beijing, China’s immense and vibrant capital.

Discover the imperial palaces of the Forbidden City and visit Tiananmen Square on a city tour.

Drive to the coast and walk at the Old Dragon’s Head where the Great Wall meets the sea.

Trek along the Great Wall to the Jiaoshan Pass where it heads into the mountains.

Take a boat to see where the Wall plunges into the Panjiakou Reservoir. Hike to Luowenyu.

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

Explore the Eastern Qing Tombs before hiking a quiet section of the Wall to Huangyaguan.

Hike past 16 beacon towers along the Wall to Jinshanling.

Walk from Jinshanling towards Simatai, considered the most beautiful section of the Wall.

Return to Beijing with the chance to visit the Summer Palace or the Temple of Heaven.

Trip ends in Beijing.

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Combine walking on the Wall with our China Highlights trip for an introduction to the must-see sights of China and Hong Kong. Trip code: HCW

2.5hrs

Optional Walks

Combine your trip

Trip code: WGT

Great Wall crossing water Boat trip

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New Trip

Cycle South Korea SOUTH KOREA

FROM

AU$5080 11

FROM

Ride the country roads on the island of Jeju, uncover the natural beauty and fascinating geology of the Hallasan volcano under the watchful eye of the old stone harubangs (statues). On the mainland, explore the historical temples and ponds of Gyeongju, ride the attractive modern corniche at Pohang, and enjoy the long coastlines and sleepy fishing villages of the East coast. Finally, discover the impressive urban architecture, friendly nature, and traditional cuisine of Korea’s thriving modern capital.

NZ$5530 11

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DAYS

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

Optional single rooms are available from AU$610/NZ$670 TRIP CODE: CSK CYCLE GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 8 nights standard hotel and 2 nights simple guest house. MEALS: 8 breakfasts and 3 dinners are included. BIKE: 21 gear Giant ToughRoad mountain bike. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details.

SAMWHASA TEMPLE

DAILY DISTANCES

NORTH KOREA

Day 2

64km

Day 3

63km

Day 4

35km

Day 5

45km

JAPAN SEA SAMCHEOK

SEOUL (city tour)

ULCHIN

Seongryugul cave

Day 6 Day 7

63km

Day 8

65km

Day 9

65km

YEONGDEOK

Visit fish market

SOUTH KOREA

GYEONGJU

Bulguksa Temple and Anapji Pond Busan

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K JEJU

Hike in Hallasan National Park

SEONGSAN

SEOGWIPO

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DAY

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DAY

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DAY

DAY

Join trip on the volcanic island of Jeju.

Ride Jeju’s north coast to the white beaches and cobalt sea of Hyeopjae.

Cycle among waterfalls, mountains and temples on Jeju’s coastal bike path.

Ride the beaches and estuaries of Jeju’s west coast to the volcanic plug at Seongsan.

Walk lava tubes at Manjanggul Cave. Watch the Haenyeo freedivers at Seongsan.

Drive to Gyeongju. Atmospheric night-time visit to Anapji Pond. Stay in a traditional Hanok.

Cycle the seafront in modern Pohang. Taste the famous local crab dishes at Yeongdeok.

Cycle the coastal road to Ulchin caves and traditional stone pagoda.

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(Manjanggual cave)

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Continue Enjoy a day of along stunning sightseeing, in coastal roads South Korea’s to the pretty capital, and beaches of a farewell Jangho. Drive dinner at a to Seoul. traditional Korean restaurant. NOV

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Walk Japan – Kumano Kodo Trail JAPAN

FROM

AU$6750 12

FROM

To visit Japan is to encounter a fascinating blend of the ancient and modern. Discover the country’s history and explore its beautiful landscapes on a series of adventures on foot. Uncover a different side of Tokyo unseen by most visitors, walking urban trails. Hike a section of the Nakasendo Way, a highway once travelled by samurai, itinerant merchants and pilgrims. Discover the tranquil temples of Kyoto and Nara. The trip culminates with four days hiking along the Kumano Kodo, an ancient pilgrimage trail connecting Buddhist shrines on the mountainous Kii Peninsula.

NZ$7360 12

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DAYS

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

Optional single rooms are available from AU$300/NZ$330 TRIP CODE: WJP WALK GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 7 nights standard hotel, 1 night simple hotel, 1 night standard ryokan,1 night simple ryokan and 1 night simple lodge. MEALS: 11 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 4 dinners are included. WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 8 days for between 1 to 6 hours. Walks in Tokyo, Kyoto and Nara include sightseeing and are mainly flat. Nakasendo Way and Kumano Kodo trails undulate on stone and paved trails with some sections of steps. DAILY DISTANCES Day 2

4hrs

8km

MATSUMOTO

Day 3 Day 4

21km

4.5hrs

Day 5

12km

6hrs

Day 6

11km

6hrs

Day 7

4km

Day 8

14km

4.5hrs

Day 9

21km

6hrs

Visit castle

JAPAN KYOTO

Walking tour

Nakatsugawa

2hrs

Day 10 Day 11

TOKYO

Philosophers’ Path walk Temples

Nara

OSAKA

Hike on Nakasendo Way from Magome

1hr

3km

Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage trail

KII-KATSUURA KAWAYU ONSEN TAKAHARA NONOKA

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Join trip Walking tour Journey on in Tokyo and of Tokyo the shinkansen get to know including bullet train to your fellow neighbourMatsumoto travellers hoods and to visit the over a walking trails impressive welcome that most 16th century meal. visitors never castle. see.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

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4

JAN

5

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6

Travel to the Walks Train to Nara. Commence post town of in Kyoto Walk around the hike along Magome and including the major sites the Kumano hike along the visits to and see the Kodo through Nakasendo Buddhist deer that roam ancient forest Way to temples and freely in the to ridge-top Nagiso via the historic city’s streets Takahara. Tsumago. quarters of and parks. the city. FEB

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Throughout Continue Boat trip Hike to the today’s walking on along Kumano great shrine walk enjoy the Kumano River to of Kumano sweeping Kodo and end Hatayama Nachi Taisha views of the the day with a Taisha Shrine. before surrounding traditional hot Train to Kiicatching an countryside. spring bath. Katsuura. afternoon train to Osaka. AUG

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Cycle Japan JAPAN

FROM

AU$7520 13

FROM

From the ancient city of Kyoto we cycle along quiet roads on the Noto Peninsula and into the highlands around Shirakawa-go historic village, taking us firmly off the beaten track and providing us with a glimpse of old Japan. Along the way visit one of the finest Japanese gardens in Kanazawa and enjoy varied mountain scenery and coastal paths. We end our journey travelling by bullet train to modern Tokyo.

NZ$8200 13

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DAYS

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

Optional single rooms are available from AU$440/NZ$470 TRIP CODE: CJA CYCLE GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 8 nights standard hotel, 1 night simple hotel, 2 nights simple ryokan, 1 night premium ryokan. MEALS: 12 breakfasts and 7 dinners are included. BIKE: 24 gear Specialized Sirrus or Vita hybrid bikes. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details. POINT BLE

Morning market

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Ganmon National Park

SEA OF JAPAN

DAILY DISTANCES

NOTO USHITSU WAKURA ONSEN

HAKUI

Day 2 Day 3

8km

Day 4

60km

Day 5

66km

Day 6

47km

Day 7

49km

Day 8

71km

Day 9

71km

Day 10

57km

Hot Springs

Coastal cycling

17km

Takaoka

SHOKAWA ONSEN

KANAZAWA Kenrokuen Gardens

Hot Springs, mountain scenery

SHIRAKAWA-GO

UNESCO rural village, traditional farmhouse stay

JAPAN

Shinkansen Bullet train to

TOKYO (optional city tour)

Ancient city Bike tour

KYOTO

Kansai International Airport

2015

DAY

1

Join trip in historic Kyoto.

DAY

2

3

Kyoto Morning train sightseeing to Kanazawa. by bike Bike tour of along the Kenrokuen Philosopher’s Garden and Path to the old temples. Visit teahouse Tofukuji rock district. gardens.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

98

DAY

JAN

DAY

DAY

DAY

Cycle around the beautiful Noto Peninsula including the Chirihama Beach Road.

Cycle the coastal road to Wajima. Visit the Sojijiso-in Temple.

Explore Wajima Market. Continue along the stunning coastal road to Suzu.

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5

MAR

APR

DAY

6

MAY

DAY

7

JUN

8

Cycle to Cycle to Noto Ushitsu Wakura as we head Onsen where down the ancient, eastern healing hot side of the baths await peninsula. our arrival.

JUL

AUG

SEP

DAY

DAY

10

11/12

DAYS

DAY

Begin our journey inland heading up to Shokawa Onsen.

Visit stunning Shirakawago, famous for its traditional gasshozukuri farmhouses.

Take the Shinkansen bullet train to Tokyo. Explore the Japanese capital.

Trip ends in Tokyo.

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Cycle Japan – Shimanami Kaido and the Inland Sea JAPAN

FROM

AU$6580 12

FROM

Starting in Kyoto, we journey around Japan’s scenic Inland Sea dotted with verdant islands. Our cycling begins in earnest on the quiet backroads of rural Awaji Island. Discover the impressive Naruto whirlpools before traversing Shikoku Island on two wheels to enjoy views of impressive mountain peaks and equally beautiful seascapes. Along the way explore some of Japan’s most beautiful gardens, see its most impressive castle and delve into the history of Hiroshima.

NZ$7170 12

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

Optional single rooms are available from AU$630/NZ$690 TRIP CODE: CJH CYCLE GRADE: Moderate to Challenging ACCOMMODATION: Standard 11 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 11 breakfasts and 4 dinners. BIKE: 8-gear Orbea hybrid bike. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details.

DAILY DISTANCES Day 2

25km

Day 3

60km

Day 4

60km

Day 5

66km

Day 6

99km

Day 7

76km

Day 8

82km

Day 9

70km

JAPAN

KYOTO

Ancient City Bike tour

Himeji Castle and Gardens

HIROSHIMA

Peace Park and Miyajima Island Sazanami Cycle Way

OSAKA D LAN

Neon and nightlife

SEA

IN

IMABARI Shimanami Cycle Way

Osaka airport Awaji Island Countryside cycle

TAKAMATSU Ritsurin Gardens

KAN’ONJI

Naruto Whirlpools

Shikoku Island

DAY

1

DAY

DAY

2

Join trip Cycle in Kyoto, through local Japan’s neighbourcultural hoods to capital. Enjoy Arashiyama an izakaya to see the welcome Oi River, dinner. bamboo grove and temples.

DAY

3

DAY

4

5

A train and Boat ride via ferry ride to the Naruto Awaji Island. whirlpools Discover to Shikoku rural beauty Island. Cycle and island to the famous culture on Ritsurin the bike Gardens. ride.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JAN

FEB

Great vistas of Japan’s Seto Inland Sea on our rolling coastal ride to Kan’onji.

MAR

APR

DAY

DAY

6

A longer day Shimanami in the saddle Cycle Way – discovering Japan’s most the island’s famous ride interior and with majestic fishing towns. views of many small islands.

MAY

DAY

DAY

Another stunning coastal ride on the Sazanami Cycle Way overlooking the Inland Sea.

Encounter friendly locals and quiet roads cycling on peaceful islands in Hiroshima Bay.

7

JUN

JUL

8

AUG

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OCT

10

DAY

DAY

11

12

Visit the Train ride to Hiroshima Osaka via Peace Park Himeji Castle and museum and beautiful on foot. Japanese Public ferry gardens. to sacred Neon final Miyajima night out. Island. NOV

DEC

Trip ends in Osaka.

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Cycle Mexico - The Yucatan Peninsula - Trip code: CMX

Fitz Roy and Torres del Paine - Trip code: TPF

Highlights of Cuba by Bicycle - Trip code: CSC

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Cuba Highlights on Foot - Trip code: SCU


THE

Americas

Experience rainforest walks, hiking into the Grand Canyon or cycling through the markets of Mexico as you discover these varied continents. From the geological wonders of North America to the history and traditions of South America, be fully immersed in each country as you explore. Embrace more experiences, whether you love spotting tropical wildlife in the rainforests of Costa Rica, hiking through the unspoilt Canadian national parks or watching the sunrise as you trek to the Torres Del Paine towers in Patagonia.

• T  ick trekking the Inca Trail off your bucket list, and hike the ancient route to Machu Picchu. (Trip code: PQ, page 102) • S  pot golden eagles and see spectacular waterfalls exploring the Canadian Rockies. (Trip code: WRK, page 111) • D  iscover the rich colonial and revolutionary historyof vibrant Cuba and stay with local families (Trip code: CCC, page 106)

Insider View “There’s nothing quite as dramatic as the scenery found in the US National Parks. From snow-capped peaks in Grand Teton to intriguing rock formations in Bryce Canyon; I’ve had so many ‘wow’ moments walking in the USA. Watching the sunset as the moon rose at Delicate Arch in Utah was unforgettable. Hikes in Central and South America provide quite a different experience. Look up into Costa Rican tree canopies in search of monkeys or follow in the footsteps of ancient pilgrims on Peru’s

“Latin America is mind-blowing; covered in smoking volcanoes and lush rainforests, steeped in history and flanked by the Pacific and Caribbean; a bike makes this region so much more accessible. Whether covering several distinct countries in one trip, or exploring one in depth, it’s so easy to get under the skin of the country. Locals shout ‘hola’ as you pedal past, Latin music follows you everywhere, and there’s nothing better than relaxing at the end of a ride with a rum cocktail!”

Inca Trail in the majestic Andes.”

Carmel Hendry Product Team

Abigail Jenkins Reservations Team

Inca Trail Trek - Trip code: PQ

Canada

111

Chile

103

Costa Rica Cuba Mexico

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Peru

102

USA

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Inca Trail Trek PERU

e ll er

• Arrive at Machu Picchu on foot from the Sun Gate

Walk the classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

S st Be

Trip Highlights

• Mountain views from the top of Dead Woman's Pass

Hike past impressive Inca ruins and through cloud forest while learning about traditional Andean culture on the four-day trek to ‘The Lost City’, as you follow rivers through the dramatic Andes Mountains. Discover the Sacred Valley, visit the lively Pisac Market and explore the historic city of Cusco.

FROM

FROM

• Explore Cusco, the archaeological capital of the Americas

AU$2150 9

TRIP ONLY

NZ$2350

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

9

Veronica 5750m

DAYS

Optional single rooms are available from AU$310/NZ$320

AGUAS CALIENTES

Machu Picchu

To Ollantaytambo/ Cusco

Inti Punku Winay-Wayna

TRIP CODE: PQ WALK GRADE: Moderate to Challenging

Inca Tunnel Sayaqmarka Warmiwanusca Pass 4200m

ACCOMMODATION: Standard 5 nights standard hotel and 3 nights simple camping. MEALS: 8 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners are included WALKING DETAILS: Trek for 4 days for between 2.5 to 8 hours, reaching a maximum altitude of 4,200m. Welldefined paths with original Inca steps.

DAILY DISTANCES 6km

2.5hrs

Day 5

9km

6hrs

Day 6

10km

8hrs

Day 7

8km

Day 8

1/1.5km

Spend four days in the Amazon basin, hiking through the jungle and spotting wildlife. Please refer to our website or call us for more details. Trip code: PQA

Wayllabamba

Paucarkancha Ocobamba 5126m

Wamantay 5917m

6hrs

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

Join trip in Cusco, the ancient capital city of the Incas. Relax and acclimatise to the altitude.

Explore the fascinating city of Cusco on foot. Visit Qoricancha, the most important temple of the Inca Empire.

Head into the Sacred Valley. Visit to Pisac Market or take the opportunity to go whitewater rafting.

Drive via Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley to the start of the Inca Trail. Walk to first campsite – Llaqtapata (2,625m), opposite Inca ruins.

Follow trail along the river to Wayllabamba, and Llulluchapampa (3,800m). Views to snowy peaks of the Veronica Mountain range.

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

Cross Dead Woman’s Pass (4,200m). Walk through cloud forest and ruins to Phuyupatamarca (3,579m).

Visit WinayWayna ruins. Descend to ‘Lost City’ of Machu Picchu from the Sun Gate (2,438m).

Guided tour of Machu Picchu. Opportunity to climb Wayna Picchu and Machu Picchu mountains. Train to Sacred Valley.

Trip ends in Cusco.

1

2

3

7

4

FEB

MAR

APR

5

9

8

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DEPARTURE MONTHS JAN

102

LLAQTAPATA LLULLUCHAPAMPA

2/3hrs

6

Extend your trip

Runkuraqay Pass 3950m

Optional Walks

Accommodation Camping and trek crew Avoid the crowds on our three-night trek camping from the main campsites. Spacious tents are provided and the trek is fully supported by our excellent cook and team of porters who set up and take down the tents, provide water and carry all bags except day-sacks.

Salkantay 6271m

Day 4

Piscacucho 82km

PHUYUPATAMARCA

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Fitz Roy and Torres del Paine ARGENTINA - CHILE

Trip Highlights

Join this hiking trip to Patagonia, walking alongside the glaciers and peaks of the stunning mountain areas of Fitz Roy and Torres del Paine.

• Explore one of the world’s last great wildernesses • Trek through beautiful valleys to the dramatic Torres del Paine lookout

Trek through the spectacular Los Glaciares National Park to view the magnificent Fitz Roy Massif, and hike the famous ‘W Trek’ from Lago Grey to Las Torres and the iconic Paine Towers. Visit the towering Perito Moreno Glacier and discover the fascinating city of Buenos Aires.

AU$7100 14 DAYS

TRIP ONLY

NZ$7740 14 DAYS

TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from AU$750/NZ$820

BUENOS AIRES ARGENTINA

TRIP CODE: TPF

2

POINT

WALKING DETAILS: Trek on 9 days for between 2 and 8 hours. Maximum altitude of 1,200m.

FRANCES DOMES REFUGIO GREY

From/To El Calafate

CHILE Mt Fitz Roy 3359m

Lago Nordenskjola

Lago Grey

TORRES DEL PAINE NP

ARGENTINA

REFUGIO CHILENO

ier

POINT

Los Torres

lac

MEALS: 13 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 5 dinners are included.

Los Torres base camp

G ey

ACCOMMODATION: Standard 8 nights standard hotel and 5 nights simple camping.

CHILE Gr

WALK GRADE: Moderate to Challenging

PACIFIC OCEAN

FROM

FROM

• Experience amazing night skies, stargazing at its best

POINCENOT CAMP

EL CHALTEN EL CALAFATE PUERTO NATALES TORRES DEL PAINE NATIONAL PARK

Lago Pehoe

Perito Moreno Glacier

From/To Puerto Natales

DAILY DISTANCES Day 1

4km

4hrs

DAY

DAY

Join trip in the lively city of Buenos Aires. Optional afternoon walking tour of the city.

Fly to El Calafate. Continue by bus to El Chalten, a small border town close to Mount Fitz Roy.

Day 2 Day 3

10km

Day 4

18km

7hrs

Day 5

4km

2hrs

1

6/3hrs

6km

Day 6 Day 7

6km

Day 8

21km

4/1hrs

Day 9

17km

Day 10

19km

7hrs

Day 11

15km

6hrs

Day 12

4km

3hrs

2km

8hrs 4km

7/2hrs

DAYS

Day 14

Extend your trip Discover the highlights of Uruguay and stay for two nights on a working estancia (ranch). Trip code: URG

DAY

Hike from El Pilar to Laguna de los Tres. Camp among the stunning mountain scenery.

Follow the Madre e Hija Trail to Laguna Torre, and back to El Chalten. Views to the Torres Massif and glaciers.

Optional trip to the stunning Viedma Glacier for an ice trek. Drive to El Calafate.

4

Continue on ‘W Trek’ to Frances Domes Refuge. Trek up ‘French Valley’ surrounded by high peaks.

12/13

DAYS

DAY

Hike to Las Torres viewpoint via Chileno Refuge for stunning views to the Paine Towers. Drive back to El Calafate.

Visit to the impressive Perito Moreno Glacier. Fly to Buenos Aires.

Trip ends in Buenos Aires.

FEB

MAR

APR

14

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DEPARTURE MONTHS JAN

5

10/11

DAYS

8/9

Journey south to Puerto Natales. Continue to Torres del Paine National Park. Walk to Grey Glacier viewpoint.

Optional Walks

DAY

3

DAYS

6/7

Day 13

DAY

2

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Costa Rica on Two Wheels COSTA RICA

FROM

AU$4130 14

FROM

On this cycling trip in Costa Rica we discover a diverse land rich with nature, towering volcanoes and abundant wildlife. Start in the lush rainforest of Tortuguero on the Caribbean Coast before cycling through the ever-changing landscapes of the interior, past active volcanoes, lakes and cloud forest in the Arenal and Miravalles areas. Finally we reach the Pacific Coast and the beautiful beaches of Manuel Antonio National Park.

NZ$4500 14

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

Optional single rooms are available from AU$750/NZ$820 TRIP CODE: CCR CYCLE GRADE: Easy to Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Standard 13 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 13 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners are included. BIKE: 27 gear Trek 4500 mountain bikes with front suspension. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details.

DAILY DISTANCES

Lake Nicaragua

Day 4

20km

Day 5

28km

28/40km

Day 8

22/37km

Day 9

27km

Day 10

37km

Day 11

29km

NICARAGUA

LAS HORNILLAS

Day 6 Day 7

CARIBBEAN SEA

Miravalles 2028m

LA FORTUNA

TILARÁN

MUELLE

Sea turtles

Arenal 1633m

CAÑAS

COSTA RICA

Guápiles

SAN JOSÉ

Optional Rides PACIFIC OCEAN

MANUEL ANTONIO NP

DAYS

DAY

DAYS

DAY

DAY

8

9/10

11-13

DAYS

DAY

Join trip in San José, Costa Rica’s capital.

Discover the incredibly rich and diverse wildlife of Tortuguero National Park on foot and by boat.

A warm up ride past farmland and banana plantations to Guápiles.

Cycle through lush countryside to La Fortuna. Optional jungle canopy tour, hot springs or zip line.

Ride along the lakeshore with impressive views of the classic cone of the active Arenal Volcano.

Enjoy spectacular views of the Pacific coastline on a cycle to Cañas.

Discover great scenery and hot springs cycling in the foothills of the Miravalles Volcano.

Explore the jungle trails, resident wildlife and golden beaches of Manuel Antonio National Park.

Trip ends in San José.

2/3

DEPARTURE MONTHS

4

JAN

FEB

5/6

MAR

APR

7

MAY

JUN

JUL

AUG

DAYS

Quepos

DAY

1

104

TORTUGUERO NP

SEP

OCT

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Cuba Highlights on Foot CUBA

FROM

AU$1870

FROM

On this walking trip in western Cuba experience local hospitality while staying in family-run guesthouses. Hike in the tropical forests of Topes de Collantes rich in flora and fauna and amongst the limestone magotes of Vinales. Discover the glamorous past of Old Havana and the lively musical nightlife of colonial Trinidad. Learn about modern day Cuba and its complex past, culminating in a visit to the mausoleum of the national hero Che Guevara.

NZ$2040

8

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

8

Optional single rooms are available from AU$430/NZ$470 TRIP CODE: SCU WALK GRADE: Easy ACCOMMODATION: Simple 7 nights simple casas particulares (family-run guesthouses). MEALS: 7 breakfasts and 1 lunch are included. WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 4 days for between 1.5 and 4 hours. Follow marked trails and unmade paths.

DAILY DISTANCES Day 2

6km

2hrs

Day 3

7km

3hrs

Day 4 Day 5

12km

Day 6

4km

4hrs 1.5hrs

Extend your trip

HAVANA

GULF OF MEXICO

Spend three days relaxing on the golden sands of the Playa Jibacoa, in an all-inclusive hotel. Go snorkelling or sea kayaking off the Caribbean Coast. Please refer to our website or call us for more details.

Old Havana

CUBA

Las Terrazas Natural swimming pools

VINALES

Walks among mogotes tobacco farms

Santa Clara Che Guavara mausoleum Topes de Collantes Walk in nature reserve

Cienfuegos Bay of Pigs

TRINIDAD

Colonial architechture

CARIBBEAN SEA

Trip code: SCUB

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

Join trip in Havana. Stay in casas particulares (local guesthouses).

Walk in Las Terrazas Nature Reserve. Opportunity to swim in natural pools. Travel to Vinales.

Hike in the distinctive limestone landscape. Learn about tobacco growing and cigar making.

Drive via the Bay of Pigs and Cienfuegos to Trinidad. Opportunity to visit the local Casa de la Musica.

Hike in the tropical forest of Topes de Collantes to Hacienda Codina. Walking tour of Trinidad and cocktail class.

Morning walk in El Cubano Reserve. Swim in a natural lagoon. Free afternoon to explore Trinidad.

Visit Che Guevara’s monument and mausoleum in Santa Clara. Walking tour of Old Havana.

Trip ends in Havana.

1

2

DEPARTURE MONTHS

3

JAN

FEB

MAR

4

APR

MAY

5

JUN

JUL

6

AUG

SEP

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NOV

DEC

8

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Cycle Cuba! CUBA

S st Be

Trip Highlights

e ll

• Enjoy peaceful rides on Cuba’s quiet roads

er

• Cycle through the strikingly beautiful karst scenery of Viñales

FROM

FROM

• Listen to superb live Salsa and Son music everywhere we go

Cycle with us through Cuba as we tour the colonial capital of Havana, explore tropical forests and pedal past striking limestone landscapes in Viñales. In historic Trinidad and Viñales we go local and stay in privately run casas particulares. We also ride through the forests of Topes de Collantes Nature Reserve and along the Caribbean Coast to Trinidad, stopping to swim in tropical pools and see the infamous Bay of Pigs.

AU$3530 15

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

NZ$3840 15

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

Optional single rooms are available from AU$660/NZ$720 TRIP CODE: CCC CYCLE GRADE: Moderate

HAVANA

ACCOMMODATION: Simple 9 nights simple casas particulares and 5 nights standard hotel.

Historical capital

Cayo Jutías Optional visit

MEALS:14 breakfasts and 1 dinner are included.

VIÑALES Santo Tomas Cave Optional visit

BIKE: 27 gear Stevens Galant SX or similar hybrid bikes.

Valle Yumurí

Las Terrazas

CUBA

SOROA SAN DIEGO DE LOS BAÑOS

CIENFUEGOS SANTA CLARA

Cueva de los Peces swimming

Manicaragua Playa Girón

Topes de Collantes

ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details.

TRINIDAD

Guajimico

Playa Ancon

Colonial architecture

DAILY DISTANCES Day 3

21km

Day 4

58km

Day 5

43/58km

Day 6

25km

Day 7

20/45km

Day 8 Day 9

41km

Day 10

37km

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAYS

DAY

DAY

Join trip in Havana.

Walking tour of Old Havana. Drive to forested mountain setting of Soroa.

Cycle through tropical forests to San Juan river for a refreshing dip.

Ride to the spa town of San Diego de los Baños.

Explore the stunning limestone scenery of Viñales by bike.

Free day to relax, cycle some more or explore the island of Cayo Levisa.

Drive to colonial Cienfuegos past the infamous Bay of Pigs.

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

1

2

Day 11 Day 12

35km

Day 13

17km

Day 14

23km

Optional Rides

Accommodation Casas particulares We aim to bring you closer to real life in Cuba by staying in homes adapted for visitors in colonial Trinidad and Viñales. Casas particulares (Spanish for private house) offer an opportunity to experience Cuban hospitality.

106

9

3

10

Cycle to the beautifully preserved colonial town of Trinidad.

4

11

5/6

12

13

FEB

MAR

APR

8

15

14

Ride through A free day to Scenic Cycle through Explore the the beautiful explore the downhill ride the quiet Yumuri old capital of scenic ‘valley of cobbled streets of in Escambray Valley and try Havana on foot the sugar mills’. Trinidad or take Mountains. Cuba’s best or by bike. Return a catamaran trip Visit Che piña colada at to Trinidad. to Las Iguanas Guevara’s tomb Bacunayagua Island. in Santa Clara. canyon.

Trip ends in Havana.

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DEPARTURE MONTHS JAN

7

MAY

JUN

JUL

AUG

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Highlights of Cuba by Bicycle CUBA

FROM

AU$2070

FROM

Cycling on quiet roads, we explore Cuba’s verdant countryside, colonial towns and revolutionary history. From Havana cycle past the historic Bay of Pigs and inviting tropical beaches to charming Trinidad where we experience Cuban hospitality in casas particulares. Along the way we learn about modern-day Cuba with excellent live music never far away. Finally we visit Che Guevara’s Mausoleum in Santa Clara.

NZ$2250

8

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

8

Optional single rooms are available from AU$350/NZ$380 TRIP CODE: CSC CYCLE GRADE: Easy to Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Simple 5 nights simple casas particulares and 2 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included. BIKE: 27 gear Stevens Galant SX or similar hybrid bikes. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details.

DAILY DISTANCES Day 2

28km

Day 3

30km

Day 4

30km

Day 5

60km

Day 6

35km

Optional Rides GULF OF MEXICO

Accommodation

HAVANA

Walking tour

CUBA

Casas particulares We aim to bring you closer to real life in Cuba by staying in homes adapted for visitors in colonial Trinidad and Viñales. Casas particulares (Spanish for private house) offer an opportunity to experience Cuban hospitality.

Cueva de los Peces

Che Guevara’s Mausoleum

Guama

Manicaragua

Cienfuegos

Topes de Collantes

Bay of Pigs

Sancti Spíritus

YAGUANABO TRINIDAD

Optional ride Ancon Peninsula

CARIBBEAN SEA

DAY

DAY

DAY

Join trip in Havana.

Cycle past the Bay of Pigs followed by a refreshing swim in the Cueva de los Peces.

Caribbean coastal ride to the beautiful colonial town of Trinidad.

1

Extend your trip Cuba beach extension Why not extend your stay with a two-night beach extension in Playa Jibacoa. See website or call us for more details. Trip code: CSCB DEPARTURE MONTHS

SANTA CLARA

JAN

FEB

2

MAR

APR

DAY

3

MAY

JUN

4

DAY

DAY

5

6

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NOV

DAY

DAY

Visit Che Guevara’s Mausoleum at Santa Clara. Explore the heart of Old Havana.

Trip ends in Havana.

7

Explore the Cycle through Downhill ride cobbled streets the ‘valley of in Escambray of Trinidad. the sugar mills’ Mountains. Optional and visit Sancti Visit the site of catamaran Spíritus. Return the battle for trip to nearby to Trinidad. the armoured islands. train in Santa Clara.

JUL

Manaca Iznaga slave watchtower

DEC

8

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Cycle Mexico – The Yucatán Peninsula MEXICO

FROM

AU$2060

FROM

Discover the beaches, ancient temples and colourful villages of the Yucatán Peninsula by bike. From Playa del Carmen we catch the ferry and cycle on beautiful Cozumel Island. From the colonial towns of Mérida and Valladolid we cycle through colourful Mayan villages on quiet roads, with chances to swim from beautiful beaches and in an incredible cenote (fresh water hole). Along the way we discover fascinating Mayan archaeological sites at Chichen Itza and Tulum. Our route ends on the idyllic white sand beaches of Tulum where we explore Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve.

NZ$2240

9

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

9

Optional single rooms are available from AU$470/NZ$520 TRIP CODE: CMX CYCLE GRADE: Easy ACCOMMODATION: Standard 8 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 8 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 1 dinner are included. BIKE: 10 gear Specialized hybrid bikes with front suspension. ROUTE AND TERRAIN: Please see website for more details.

DAILY DISTANCES Day 2

40/60km

Day 3

10km

Day 4

35km

Day 5

25km

Day 6

23km

Day 7

35km

Day 8

29km

Las Coloradas San Felipe Pink lagoons

San Crisanto beach Progreso Dzilam de Bravo

Cancún

MÉRIDA

Cacalchén

City ride and Tacos dinner

Izamal Colonial convent

Optional Rides

VALLADOLID

Chichen Itza

PLAYA DEL CARMEN

Cozumel Island

MEXICO

TULUM

Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

DAY

Join trip in Playa del Carmen.

Boat to Cozumel Island. Explore this quiet island by bike with a chance to swim.

Visit Chichen Itza Mayan site. Swim in Ik Kil cenote. Early evening ride in historic Mérida. Tacos for dinner.

Cycle to the beach. Enjoy a seafood lunch grill and learn to make cocktails. Sunset kayak.

Ride to colonial Spanish convent of Izamal. Visit interesting Mayan villages. Tamales for lunch.

Ride sand paths to coastal towns and colourful pink lagoons. Taste and learn all about tequila.

Ride and drive to incredible Tulum with Mayan temple, white sand beaches and turquoise waters.

Dawn cycle to Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve. Relax on white sand beaches or revisit Tulum ruins.

Trip ends at Cancún Airport.

1

2

DEPARTURE MONTHS

108

CARIBBEAN SEA

3

JAN

FEB

4

MAR

APR

5

MAY

JUN

6

JUL

AUG

7

SEP

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Walking the Western US National Parks USA

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Trip Highlights

r lle Se

• Stand on the rim of the Grand Canyon

• Explore five national parks, each spectacular in their own right

An exhilarating journey on foot in some of the western United States' most beautiful national parks. Marvel at the magnificent Grand Canyon, feel on top of the world at Angel’s Landing in Zion National Park and hike amid the surreal hoodoos of Bryce Canyon. In between hikes at Arches and Canyonlands discover your adventurous side in Moab. This walking trip takes you to some of the most stunning natural wonders that America has to offer.

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• Watch the sunset over Arches National Park and conquer the thrilling Angle's Landing trail

AU$2590 10 DAYS

TRIP ONLY

NZ$2820 10 DAYS

TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from AU$500/NZ$540

SALT LAKE CITY

TRIP CODE: WUS

NEVADA

WALK GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Simple 6 nights simple camping and 3 nights standard hotel.

LAS VEGAS

WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 8 days for between 1 to 8 hours. Choice of distances in Grand Canyon and Bryce. The walks are on well-maintained and well-defined paths, some are steep in places with switch backs. Please note: early and late season departures will be fully accommodated due to the cooler temperatures. Please see website for details.

4.5km

Day 3

3-20km

Day 4

5.5km

Day 5

9km

Day 6

6-15km

Day 7

4.5km

Day 8

7km

Day 9

4.5km

1hr 2-8hrs 3hrs 4km

Arches National Park

MOAB

Canyonlands National Park

BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK GRAND CANYON

ARIZONA

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Join trip in Las Vegas. Free time to walk along the famous strip taking in the sights of this energetic city.

Drive via Historic Route 66 to the Grand Canyon for a sunset hike.

Full day of hiking in the Grand Canyon, with a variety of trails to choose from.

Drive to Zion National Park via Page and Horseshoe Bend. Hike the Emerald Pools Trail.

Full day hiking in Zion, either the spectacular Angel’s Landing trail or the beautiful Narrows slot canyon.

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Drive to Bryce Canyon. Afternoon hiking the trails among the stunning hoodoos.

Sunrise at Bryce Canyon. Travel to Moab and hike to Delicate Arch in Arches National Park at sunset.

Hike the Fisher Towers area. Afternoon of optional activities in Moab.

Hike in Canyonlands National Park and drive to Salt Lake City.

Trip ends in Salt Lake City.

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6

DAILY DISTANCES

Page

Historic Route 66

MEALS: 6 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 4 dinners are included.

Day 2

UTAH

ZION NATIONAL PARK SPRINGDALE

3

7

4.5/2.5hrs

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8

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10

9

2.5-8hrs 2hrs 4hrs

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DEPARTURE MONTHS

2.5hrs

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THE AMERICAS

Yellowstone and Western Trails USA

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AU$4410 15

FROM

Following scenic park trails discover some of the most spectacular scenery in North America’s national parks. The variety is endless, from glaciers and rivers, to deserts and canyons, hot springs and waterfalls. View the geysers of Yellowstone National Park, meander among the hoodoos and rock formations of Arches and Canyonlands and hike along the shores of dramatic glacial lakes.

NZ$4810 15

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

Optional single rooms are available from AU$1430/NZ$1550 TRIP CODE: YL WALK GRADE: Easy to Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Simple 8 nights simple cabins, 2 nights standard hotel and 4 nights simple camping. MEALS: 12 breakfasts, 10 lunches and 7 dinners are included. WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 8 days for between 1.5 to 6 hours each day. The trails are well maintained and easy to follow. On day 8 in Grand Teton there is the option of an alternative easier route to see the lakes. DAILY DISTANCES Day 3

8km

3hrs

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9km

3hrs

Day 5

7km

Day 6

8km

WEST YELLOWSTONE

16km

Day 9

4km

GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK

3/6hrs

6hrs Great Salt Lake

1.5hrs

Day 10 Day 11

7.5km

4.5km

3.5/1.5hrs

Flaming Gorge

SALT LAKE CITY

Dinosaur National Monument

VERNAL

Day 12 Day 13

JACKSON

2.5hrs 14km

Day 7 Day 8

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK

Idaho Falls

5km

2.5hrs

Douglas Pass

Optional Walks

Loma

Arches National Park Canyonlands National Park

MOAB

Please note: late season departures will be fully accommodated due to the cooler temperatures. Please see website for details. DAY

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Join trip in Salt Lake City.

Drive to Yellowstone National Park via Mesa Falls. Hike trails; see geysers, hot springs and mud volcanoes.

Hike to the Upper Geyser Basin and view ‘Old Faithful’, the most active geyser in this area.

Grand Teton National Park. Hike to Amphitheatre Lake for views of Jackson Hole and its lakes.

Flaming Gorge. Hike along the Canyon Rim Trail overlooking the gorge’s red-hued rock.

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Explore the Hike along the Dinosaur base of Fisher National Towers. Visit Monument, Canyonlands known for the National Park huge amount and walk to of dinosaur Grand View fossils found Overlook. there. JUN

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Free day in Moab. Optional float trip on the Colorado River.

Hike through Arches National Park with over 1,600 natural rock arches sculpted by the elements.

Return to Salt Lake City, Utah’s capital and enjoy a walk around the city centre.

Trip ends in Salt Lake City.

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AUG

12

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13

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15

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THE AMERICAS

Walking in the Rockies CANADA

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AU$3340 13

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Enjoy hiking in some of the most beautiful scenery on earth – the spectacular and rugged Rocky Mountains. Visit stunning national parks, including Kootenay, Yoho and Jasper, discovering unspoilt views of jagged mountain peaks, glaciers and waterfalls, all while exploring on foot. The trip begins in Banff, the oldest national park and one of the country’s most spectacular wilderness areas.

NZ$3640 13

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

Optional single rooms are available from AU$530/NZ$570 TRIP CODE: WRK WALK GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: Simple 8 nights simple camping, 2 nights standard hotel and 2 nights simple hostel. MEALS: 10 breakfasts, 11 lunches and 8 dinners are included. WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 10 days for between 2 and 6.5 hours each day. The off-road trails are well-defined with some short steep ascents to viewpoints. Maximum altitude of 2,650m.

DAILY DISTANCES Day 2

12km

4hrs

Day 3

15km

5.5hrs

Day 4

13km

6.5hrs

Day 5

9km

Day 6

16km

Bold Hill Trail Edith Cavell Trail

JASPER

3hrs

Wilcox Pass Trail

Day 9

8km

Day 10

10.5km

Day 11

6km

3hrs

Day 12

5.5km

2hrs

6.5/3hrs

ld Pa

3km

3hrs

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13km

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Ice

Day 7

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KOOTENAY NATIONAL PARK

Optional Walks

ALBERTA LAKE LOUISE BANFF NATIONAL PARK CANMORE Kananaskis

CALGARY

CANADA

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10/11

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Join trip in Calgary.

Drive to Banff National Park and hike Kananaskis Lookout Trail to the viewpoint with stunning vistas across the park.

Hike the beautiful Burstall Pass and Edith and Cory Trails in Banff.

Drive to Kootenay National Park for two days walking. Optional visit to Radium Hot Spring.

Drive to Golden for optional activities. Continue to Lake Louise and hike around this iconic lake.

Drive to Yoho National Park. Hike the Iceline Trail and visit the spectacular Takkakaw Falls.

Drive the Icefield Parkway up to Columbia Icefield; hike on Wilcox Pass. Optional icewalk.

Two days exploring Jasper National Park, hike the Bald Hill and Edith Cavell trails.

Drive to Canmore. Hike the Parker Ridge and visit Banff town en route. Optional hot springs.

Trip ends at Calgary Airport.

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MAR

SEP

NOV

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2

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3/4

5/6

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7

APR

MAY

8

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JUL

AUG

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DEC

13

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ABOUT EXPLORE ACTIVE TRIPS

About Explore Active trips Please read carefully through the following information about booking an Explore Active trip. When you book (whether by phone, travel agent or online), you will be asked to confirm that you have read and understood these pages, as well as our Booking Conditions and Trip Notes. The combination of travel services offered to you is a package within the meaning of the Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations. Therefore, you will benefit from all EU rights applying to packages. Explore will be fully responsible for the proper performance of the package as a whole. Additionally, as required by law, Explore has protection in place to refund your payments and, where transport is included in the package, to ensure your repatriation in the event that it becomes/they become insolvent.

Travelling on an Explore trip

What’s included?

Guaranteed departures

Included transfers

We offer a wide variety of experiences and activities which allow you to really get to know an area and to see beyond the normal tourist facade. Of course we include the better known sights but we understand that you should have the flexibility to do your own thing. We therefore build in free time for you to either take part in optional excursions or to explore independently – an important part of any trip. Your travel companions come from a wide range of locations and backgrounds. However, because we only offer English-speaking trips, the majority will be from the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the US. Everyone will share your passion for adventure travel. We guarantee that for departures advertised on our website as being guaranteed, the trip only itinerary will not be cancelled or significantly changed once the first booking is confirmed unless we are forced to do so by a “force majeure” (as defined in our Booking Conditions). There is no minimum group size. This guarantee does not apply to international or UK domestic flights, which may be subject to change or cancellation in accordance with our Booking Conditions.

Itineraries

From time to time, some elements of our trips may change from those that have been published. This could be the result of inclement weather, a change in the local political situation or in flight or train schedules or other circumstances beyond our control. We will keep you as well informed as possible about these changes. Significant changes to your holiday will be notified as soon as we feasibly can. Minor amendments to your trip will be detailed on your final trip documentation, although our website will be regularly updated should you wish to check the information at any time. You will be provided with a provisional list of your accommodation shortly after booking. While we expect to stay at the accommodation stated, please note that this is subject to change to an equivalent or higher standard at any time.

Group size

The size of the group on walking group trips usually ranges from between 8 to 16 people; the average group size is usually 12 people, depending on the type of trip, the transport and accommodation used and activities included. While every group make up is different, we occasionally have groups that are smaller than six or seven people.

Age limits

The minimum age on most group trips featured in this brochure is 14. Our minimum age for trips overnighting at high altitude (4,000m +) is 16 years old. Trips to certain destinations (for example, Chernobyl) have a higher minimum age limit. Please refer to individual trips notes and our website where this is mentioned if applicable. A parent or adult must accompany people under the age of 18. Fitness and stamina are more important than age. We often find some of our older customers are the fittest in the group! While we don’t have a maximum age, we do recognise that at some point during our customer’s journey with us, they will reach an age where we will have to review their fitness and ability to participate in the trips they’ve chosen to book. Should you be 80 or older at time of travel we will ask you to get your GP to complete and sign a form confirming your fitness to travel. Explore will send this to you at the time of enquiry.

Fitness and trip participation

All our trips require some level of active participation. This could be on a cultural trip, trek, safari, expedition or voyage. It is in the interests of all members of the group that everyone should be capable of fully participating in the activities of their chosen trip. With this in mind, please be aware that (as detailed in our Booking Conditions) if it is felt that any customer is not able to participate in a trip without endangering the health or safety of themselves or any other person (including other group members), or that the presence of the customer on the trip means we will be unable to provide the trip, in whole or part, to other members of the group as advertised and contracted, the Explore Leader at any stage has the right to require them to leave the trip. To ensure that this is never necessary, please make sure that you have fully understood the level of fitness and ability required to complete the trip on which you are booking. It is your responsibility to let us know if you have any concerns related to this subject. If you have any medical condition or disability which may affect your trip arrangements in any way, you must provide us with full details at the time of booking. In certain circumstances, usually on more strenuous trips, we may require you to provide proof of medical fitness before travelling. On many of our trips, there will be water based activities, boat excursions or swimming opportunities. For your own personal safety and enjoyment, an ability to swim is therefore strongly recommended. Several trips reach elevations of 2,500 metres or more. We allow time for acclimatisation and usually the body acclimatises well to spending extended periods of time above this altitude. It is difficult to predict who is at risk from altitude sickness but if you have a heart or respiratory problem we advise you not to risk extended travel or trekking at high altitudes.

Trip prices

The prices shown in this brochure are for guidance only. They represent the basic per person cost of the trip at the time of publication of this brochure. For Self-guided holidays the price stated is per person based on two people sharing. The price at the time of booking may be different. The latest guide prices for each trip departure can be found on our website.

• Transport, meals and accommodation: all details are outlined in the individual Trip Note • Explore Leader: the services of an Explore Leader are included on nearly all group trips. In most cases they will accompany you for the full duration of the trip. On some group trips a local representative may be provided instead (this will be outlined in the individual Trip Notes). • Local crew: as well as drivers and local guides, interpreters, cooks, helpers and porters may be provided on some trips (details will be outlined in the individual Trip Notes). • Activities, equipment, sightseeing and visits: please see individual Trip Notes for details. We are pleased to be able to include airport transfers for customers booking a flight inclusive or land only trip where the flight arrives on the same day the trip starts and departs on the day the trip ends. Where trips join and end at the designated overseas airport or train station, one arrival and one departure transfer will be provided for the whole group. In order to be included in this transfer please ensure that you arrive at the designated airport or train station for the joining time and book flights departing after the given ending time. Please refer to your trip notes or joining information for further details and see www.explore.co.uk/transfers. You are responsible for telling us your flight details and keeping us updated with any changes.

Meal plan

Most trips include breakfast, but other meals are often not included. This allows you to try the cuisine in local restaurants and also to choose what and where to eat and how much to spend. We try to keep all-inclusive accommodation to a minimum. Where there is no option, such as when camping, on safari or on some boat-based trips, meals tend to be included. We try to cater for you if you have special dietary requirements but we do ask you to have realistic expectations. In some countries there is a limited choice of food and it may be difficult to cater for all special meal requirements. Please let us know at the time of booking if you have any specific dietary requirements.

Explore Leaders (not applicable to Self-guided Trips)

Our leaders’ main responsibility is to make sure that all members of the group are well looked after and return home having had a wonderful holiday with some fantastic memories. It is the leader’s responsibility to ensure that the trip runs smoothly and that all the logistics are in place; also to oversee the health and safety aspects of the trip. Our Explore Leaders will be as flexible as possible within the confines of the itinerary. For example, they can arrange group meals for those that would like to eat with their travel companions. Alternatively, if you would prefer to make your own plans they may offer suggestions for local restaurants. They will also try to make sure that everyone has as much free time during the trip as they wish. In order to keep the trip running effectively, Explore Leaders give regular briefings to talk about what is happening in the next few days, to remind you of timings and what you need to bring for excursions, sightseeing and activities. Often this will be reiterated on notices put up in hotel receptions or other appropriate places. Explore Leaders will also brief the group on safety and general health issues. Explore Leaders are carefully selected and have undergone thorough training in the UK and/or overseas which is generally accepted to be some of the best in the industry. Explore Leaders are chosen for their travel experience, their people skills and their experience of working with groups. Please note that a small number of trips are accompanied by local representatives instead. This will not affect the enjoyment of your holiday and will be outlined clearly in the individual Trip Notes.

What’s not included?

The price of the trip does not include: visa fees, vaccination charges, travel insurance premiums, passport costs, international departure taxes, excess baggage charges, optional tours and excursions, hotel porters or meals (other than those we list as included). We also do not include items of a personal nature; such as laundry, room service charges, drinks or phone calls. Tips for personal service are not included and are usually expected. If you book on a land only basis we do not include flights or trains from the UK or departure taxes. For Self-guided trips we do not include the services of an Explore Leader.

Accommodation and rooming arrangements

Wherever possible, we try to include accommodation which best reflects the local area in which we are travelling. Where we use hotels, we aim for mid-range accommodation, with the key requirements being cleanliness, safety, comfort and a good location. (The type of room provided and the level of facilities may vary from place to place.) We may also use simple hotels with more basic amenities. Please see the individual Trip Notes for details. All our accommodation is given a rating to describe standards and facilities. You can find this in the individual Trip Notes. Most trips are based on customers sharing twin-bedded rooms. If you book a group trip as an individual, you will share a room with someone of the same sex. However, on many trips we offer the opportunity to pay a supplement to pre-book a single room. On some of these trips a single room will be provided every night, on others it will be provided on some nights, but for logistical reasons not all. Individual Trip Notes clarify this. Please note that on rare occasions it may be necessary for customers in single rooms to share bathroom facilities.

No surcharge price guarantee

Once we have confirmed your booking we guarantee the price of your confirmed services won’t change: we will not pass on surcharges of any kind. Unlike most other tour operators we will not pass on unexpected additional costs like fuel surcharges and tax increases.

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BOOKING CONDITIONS

Booking Conditions Please read carefully: Explore Worldwide Ltd (`the Company’, “we”, “us” and “our”) company number 01577018 of registered address Nelson House, 55 Victoria Road, Farnborough, Hampshire GU14 7PA, accepts bookings subject to the following conditions. Except where expressly stated, these conditions only apply to trip arrangements booked by you with us and which we agree to make, provide or perform (as applicable) as part of our contract with you. All references in these conditions to “trip”, “booking”, “contract” or “arrangements” mean such trip arrangements unless otherwise stated. Please note: the information appearing in the section headed “About our trips” in our brochure or in these or any comparable sections and any other relevant information on our website and our privacy policy will also form the basis of your contract with us. References in these conditions to such sections include the comparable sections or information on our website. 1. Your trip contract

The contract is between the Company and you (“Explore Worldwide” and “you” in these conditions), being any person travelling or intending to travel on a trip operated by us including any person who is added or substituted after booking. We both agree that English law (and no other) will apply to your contract and to any dispute, claim or other matter of any description which arises between us (except as set out below). We both also agree that any dispute, claim or other matter of any description (and whether or not involving any personal injury) which arises between us must be dealt with by the Courts of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland only. No employee of the Company other than a director has authority to vary or omit any of these terms. No promise of a discount or refund will be binding on us unless confirmed by us in writing.

2. To secure your booking

(Please refer to clause 17 “Late Bookings”) To secure a booking, we or our authorised travel agent must receive payment of the minimum deposit of 10% of the total trip price, per person, (or full payment if booking within 60 days of the start of your trip or at an earlier stage for some trips). A higher deposit will be payable if any supplier(s) requires additional payment at the time of booking / prior to balance due date. On occasions, full payment for a service such as your flights may be required at the time of booking. The applicable deposit will be confirmed at the time of booking. All clients (including anyone who is added or substituted at a later date), whether booking in person, by telephone, via our website, by e-mail or facsimile or by any other means, will be deemed to have agreed to the following four conditions: a) they have read and accepted our Booking Conditions and information pages contained in our brochure and/or on our website. b) they appreciate and accept the risks involved in adventure travel. c) they do not suffer from any pre-existing medical condition or disability which may prevent them from actively participating in the trip. If any person suffers from any medical condition or disability which will or may affect their trip arrangements, please contact us before making your booking to discuss your requirements. d) the person making the booking confirms that he/she is at least 18 years old and has full authority to enter into a contract on the basis of these conditions on behalf of all persons named on the booking, will be the point person for all communications relating to the booking, and confirms that all such persons are fully aware of and accept these conditions. That person also consents to the use of personal data in accordance with our Privacy Policy and is authorised on behalf of all persons named on the booking to disclose their personal details to us, including where applicable, special categories of data (such as information on health conditions or disabilities and dietary requirements). With the exception of self-guided trips (see below), a booking is accepted and becomes definite only from the date when we issue a confirmation invoice to you or your authorised travel agent. It is at this point that a contract between us comes into existence. If you book online, any acknowledgement of your booking request we send to you in the meantime is not a confirmation of your booking. Before your booking is confirmed and a contract comes into force, we reserve the right to increase or decrease holiday prices. Where our allocation of air seats has been fully utilised or where it is not possible to offer an air seat from an allocation, we reserve the right to pass on any extra costs incurred. We reserve the right to decline any booking at our discretion. We will communicate with you by e-mail. You must therefore check your e-mails on a regular basis. We may also contact you by telephone and/or post if we cannot, for whatever reason, contact you by e-mail. It is your responsibility to ensure we have up to date contact information for you at all times. Certain documents may need to be sent by post. References in these conditions to “send” and “in writing” or similar include communication by e-mail. You should contact us by e-mail if you need to do so for any of the reasons mentioned in these booking conditions (for example, to request an amendment). Self-guided trips: We may not be in a position to confirm the costs for all services

forming part of your self-guided holiday at the time of booking until your services are confirmed. Where any costs cannot be confirmed, we will provide you with an estimated price for your holiday which will be based on anticipated rates and costs. If you wish to proceed with the booking and we are in a position to do so, we collect the necessary deposit on the basis that the price you have agreed to pay will be the one applicable to your holiday after confirmation of all costs. Once we have confirmation of all applicable costs, we will issue a confirmation which will show the confirmed price. This price may be higher or lower than the estimated price. It is at this point that our price guarantee will take effect. Any such difference will not be a surcharge and, if an increase, will be payable in full. If, however, any increase between the estimated price and the confirmed price shown on your revised invoice is greater than 8% of the estimated price, you may cancel your holiday and receive a full refund of all monies you have paid us and amendment fees/charges providing you notify us in writing of your wish to do so within 7 days. No compensation will be payable in this situation.

3. Payment for your trip

The balance of all monies due must be received by us or our authorised travel agent not later than 60 days before the start of your trip. For certain trips, full payment must be received sooner. We will tell you at the time of booking when this is the case. If you don’t pay your balance by the due date, we reserve the right to treat your booking as cancelled and cancellation charges will apply. Any monies paid by you to an authorised travel agent for trips operated by us are held by the agent on our behalf. Deposit and balance payments must be made in the same currency and sufficient payment should be sent to ensure the company receives the total invoiced price as guaranteed. You can pay by cheque, credit or debit card. We accept Visa and Mastercard.

4. If you change your booking

A confirmed group tour departure booking (excluding Private Groups) can be changed or transferred free of charge to a different departure date or trip, up to 60 days prior to departure. An AUD/NZD $50 per booking admin fee applies to any changes and transfers made to non-group holidays and Private Groups up to 60 days before departure. Thereafter all changes will be treated as cancellations and subject to the cancellation charges below. Changes are subject to availability and are limited to one transfer during the lifetime of your booking. It is not possible to rebook back onto the original departure once you have either transferred or cancelled your booking. You can request a credit voucher for the amount paid in respect of any cancelled booking, less any non-refundable charges incurred by us or imposed by our suppliers. This must be redeemed within 12 months of issue against a new booking. No further credit vouchers can be requested against the new booking. The voucher cannot be exchanged for cash. No cash refund will be provided if the cost of the new booking is less than the value of the credit voucher. Transfer of Booking: If you or any member of your party is prevented from travelling, in circumstances which we consider reasonable, that person(s) may transfer their place to someone else, subject to the following conditions: a) that person is introduced by you and satisfies all the conditions applicable to the holiday; b) we are notified not less than 7 days before departure; c) you pay any outstanding balance payment, an amendment fee of AUD/NZD $50 per person transferring, as well as any additional fees, charges or other costs arising from the transfer. As most airlines do not permit name changes after tickets have been issued for any reason, these charges are likely to be the full cost of the flight / an alternative flight.; and d) the transferee agrees to these booking conditions and all other terms of the contract between us. You and the transferee remain jointly and severally liable for payment of all sums. If you are unable to find a replacement, cancellation charges as set out in clause 5 will apply to cover our estimated costs. Otherwise, no refunds will be given for passengers not travelling or for unused services.

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5. If you cancel your booking

Should you wish to cancel, cancellation charges will be imposed. These are calculated from the day written or verbal notification is received by us or our authorised travel agent as a percentage of the total trip price per person cancelling, excluding any amendment charges. The cancellation charges shown below are those which will apply to most trips. However, some suppliers have conditions which require the payment of higher or different charges (including the imposition of 100% cancellation charges well in advance of the normal balance due date) which you will have to pay in the event of cancellation. You will be advised at the time of booking if this is the case for your trip. a) 60 and more days before trip start date - loss of deposit b) 59-42 days before trip start date - 30% or loss of deposit if higher c) 41-28 days before trip start date - 60% d) 27-14 days before trip start date - 90% e) Less than 14 days before trip start date - 100% Amendment charges are not refundable if you cancel your booking. We strongly recommend that comprehensive travel insurance is taken out which includes cover against cancellation charges. Depending on the reason for the cancellation, you may be able to reclaim the cancellation charges (less any applicable excess) under the terms of your insurance policy. In the event of the cancellation of a booking where you are liable to pay to us cancellation charges in excess of the amount already paid to us at the time of cancellation, you cannot transfer or add these charges to another booking or use any amounts paid to us in relation to the cancelled booking by way of part payment for another booking. Part cancellation of a booking may result in additional costs being payable by the remaining members of your party. Please also see clause 4.

6. If you have a complaint

If you have a complaint about any of your trip arrangements, you must tell both the relevant supplier and our representative at the time. We will provide you with a 24-hour emergency duty telephone number to enable you to contact us directly if your complaint cannot be resolved in country by our representative. It is only if we and the supplier know about problems that there will be the opportunity to put things right. If you don’t complain on the spot this may affect your ability to claim compensation. If your complaint cannot be resolved on the spot you should notify us in writing within 28 days of the end of your trip.

7. Passports, visas and vaccinations

You are responsible for arranging, and must have, a valid, acceptable passport and any visas and vaccination certificates required for your entire journey and trip. Any information we give about these matters or related items (climate, clothing, baggage, personal gear etc) is given in good faith but without responsibility on our part. We regret we cannot accept any liability if you are refused entry onto any transport or into any country due to failure on your part to carry all required documentation. If your failure to have any necessary travel or other documents results in fines, surcharges or other financial penalty being imposed on us, you will be responsible for reimbursing us accordingly.

8. Travel and cancellation insurance

You are responsible for arranging sufficient personal travel insurance. Travel insurance is mandatory for all clients whilst on a trip organised by us. You together with your personal property including baggage are always solely at your own risk. Insurance cover for at least US$100,000 emergency medical evacuation plus US$100,000 medical expenses is mandatory. You are wholly responsible for arranging your own insurance and ensuring that you are in possession of private Travel Insurance with protection for the full duration of the trip in respect of at least medical expenses, injury, death, repatriation, cancellation and curtailment, with adequate and appropriate cover including medical emergency helicopter rescue. If you make your own arrangements, you should ensure that there are no exclusion clauses limiting or excluding protection for the type of activities included in your trip. You must ensure that all travel insurance purchased meets your requirements and you should arrange supplementary insurance if need be.

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9. Liability Insurance

Limited insurance is held by the us. You acknowledge and accept that there may be no policy covering our liability to you for death, injury, damage or loss occurring anywhere in the world. You also specifically acknowledge that with respect to passenger accident liability cover this cover may be very limited or may not exist at all. You acknowledge that hawse have taken reasonable steps in safeguarding our liability. Although we hold various insurances this booking condition states that you must assume you are not covered by any Company insurance policy, including all liability insurance, for death, injury, damage or any other loss.

10. Trip participation and client responsibility

You agree to accept the authority and decisions of our employees, Explore Leaders and agents while on trip with us. If in the opinion of any such person(s) or any other person in a position of authority (such as, for example, an airline pilot or hotel manager), your health, level of fitness or conduct at any time before or during a trip is endangering or appears likely to endanger your health or wellbeing or that of any third party (including any other clients of the Company) or the safe, comfortable or happy progress of the trip, you may be excluded from all or part of the trip without refund or recompense. Where you are excluded, we will have no further responsibility towards you (including any return travel arrangements) and we will not meet any expenses or costs incurred as a result of the exclusion. In the case of ill health, we may make such arrangements we see fit and recover the costs thereof from you. If you commit an illegal act (including, for example, causing any damage) you may be excluded from the trip and we shall cease to have responsibility to/for you as above. No refund will be given for any unused services. When you book with us, you accept responsibility for any damage or loss caused by you or any member of your party. Full payment for any such damage or loss (reasonably estimated if not precisely known) must be made direct to the accommodation owner or manager or other supplier or to us as soon as possible. If the actual cost of the loss or damage exceeds the amount paid where estimated, you must pay the difference once known. If the actual cost is less than the amount paid, the difference will be refunded. You will also be responsible for meeting any claims subsequently made against us and all costs incurred by us (including our own and the other party’s full legal costs) as a result of your actions. You should ensure you have appropriate travel insurance to protect you if this situation arises. If you have any medical condition or disability which may affect your active participation in your trip or the trip arrangements of any other person or have any special requirements as a result of any medical condition or disability (including any which affect the booking process), please tell us before you confirm your booking so that we can assist you in considering the suitability of the proposed trip and/or making the booking. In any event, you must give us full details at the time of booking and whenever any change in the condition or disability occurs. You must also promptly advise us if any medical condition or disability which may affect your active participation in your trip or the trip arrangements of any other person in your party develops after your booking has been confirmed.

11. If we change your trip

While we will do our best to operate all trips as advertised, we reserve the right to change and correct errors in any of the facilities, services, prices or itineraries described in this brochure and/or on the website at any time before or after your booking is confirmed. Most changes are minor. Occasionally, we must make a significant change. If a significant change must be made, we will inform you as soon as reasonably possible if there is time before departure. For “Guaranteed Departures”, we promise not to make any significant changes to the “land only” itinerary unless we are forced to do so by force majeure (see clause 13). This guarantee does not, however, apply to any international or domestic flights which may be subject to change or cancellation in accordance with these conditions. A significant change is a change made before departure which we can reasonably expect to have a major effect on your trip. If advised of a significant change before departure you will have the choice of accepting the changed arrangements (at additional cost if applicable), purchasing another available trip from us (paying or receiving a refund in respect of any difference in price) or cancelling the trip with a full refund of all monies paid to us. No compensation will be payable, and the above options will not be available where a change is a minor one. We regret we cannot meet any visa, vaccination or similar costs in the event of any change or cancellation by us. Similarly, as you are advised only to book fully flexible connecting transport and other arrangements (such as pre or post accommodation) which can be cancelled or changed without charge, we cannot pay any cancellation, amendment or other charges you may incur in relation to any arrangements which you have to change or cancel as a result of any change to your trip. Very rarely, we may be forced by “force majeure” (see clause 13) to change or terminate your trip after departure but before the scheduled end of your time away. This is extremely unlikely but if this situation does occur, we regret we will be unable to make any refunds (unless we obtain any refunds from our suppliers), pay you any compensation or meet any costs or expenses you incur as a result.

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We reserve the right to cancel a trip in any circumstances but will not cancel a trip less than 6 week before the start of the trip except for force majeure (see clause 13), or your failure to make all payments (including the final balance and any surcharge) when due. Please note, except for “Guaranteed Departures”, our trips require a minimum number of participants to enable us to operate them. If any trip does not have the minimum number of participants required to make it commercially viable, we are entitled to cancel it. We will notify you or your travel agent of cancellation for this reason not less than 6 weeks before the start of your trip. For “Guaranteed Departures”, there is no minimum group size and we will not cancel the “land only” itinerary unless forced to do so by force majeure (see clause 13). However, for groups with less than 3 participants, we reserve the right to make changes to the Explore Leader or form of transport as referred to in clause 11. If we must cancel, we will tell you as soon as possible. If there is time to do so before departure and the cancellation does not result from your failure to pay, we will offer you the choice of purchasing an alternative trip offered as a result of consolidation or another available trip from us (in either case, paying or receiving a refund in respect of any difference in price) or receiving a full refund of all monies paid to us excluding Annual Insurance premiums if applicable. We regret we cannot meet any visa, vaccination or similar costs in the event of any change or cancellation by us. Similarly, as you are advised only to book fully flexible transport and other arrangements which can be cancelled or changed without charge, we cannot pay any cancellation, amendment or other charges you may incur in relation to any transport or other arrangements which you must change or cancel because of the cancellation of your trip.

13. Force majeure

Except where otherwise expressly stated in these conditions, we regret we cannot accept liability or pay any compensation where the performance or prompt performance of our obligations under our contract with you is prevented or affected by or you otherwise suffer any injury, damage, loss or expense of any nature as a result of “force majeure”. In these conditions, “force majeure” means any event which we or the supplier of the service(s) in question could not, even with all due care, foresee or avoid. Such events may include whether actual or threatened war, riot, civil strife, terrorist activity, industrial dispute, natural or nuclear disaster, adverse weather conditions, disease, fire and all similar events outside our control. Brexit Implications: please note that certain travel arrangements may be affected because of the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union. This could include an unavailability of certain flight routes, access to certain ports and airports and changes to the visa requirements of British citizens travelling to, within or through the EU. Please rest assured that this is something we will continue to monitor and will advise our customers as soon as possible if we become aware of any confirmed bookings that will be affected. However, since this is something which is completely unprecedented and outside our control, we would treat any such changes as Force Majeure, and whilst we will endeavour to provide suitable alternative arrangements or refunds where possible, we will not be liable to pay you any compensation.

14. Our responsibility for your trip

Your booking is accepted on the understanding that Your booking is accepted on the understanding that you appreciate the possible risks inherent in adventure travel and that you undertake the trips, treks or expeditions featured at your own volition. Due to political and cultural differences, as well as generally tougher physical conditions, travel to many areas of the world involves risks other than those we take in our daily lives. We and the suppliers we work with place extreme importance on the safety of clients. It is important, however, that you realise that you are responsible for making yourself aware (through State Department advisories, Government Tourist Offices and other sources of information) of the risks involved and are responsible for making your decisions accordingly. No refund will be made for any unused services which are included in the price. We shall not be liable for any delays, deviations or omissions from any trip caused by circumstances beyond our reasonable control, nor for any direct or indirect consequences thereto. We shall not be liable to compensate you for associated expenses incurred because of your booking. We only act as agent for the owners, contractors, suppliers of transportation and local operators/agents, and/or other related travel services provided and assume no liability or responsibility for additional expenses howsoever caused arising directly or indirectly from the actions or omissions of such independent parties, accidents, loss or damage to person or property, delays, transport failures, strikes, war, force majeure, Acts of God etc, over which we have no control. Arrangements so made by us will be subject to any special terms imposed by the supplier of these services. We accept no liability for any action or activity undertaken by you arranged independently of us while on tour. We accept no liability for any circumstance arising pursuant to the agreement constituted by acceptance of these conditions by you save: a) where such circumstance derives directly from a failure by us to use due diligence in the selection of persons for whom it acts as agent; or b) for

negligence on the part of its employees causing death or personal injury; or c) to the extent of recovery by you under the insurance cover effected pursuant to these conditions.

15. Optional excursions and activities

We and our Explore leaders may provide you with information (before departure and/or when you are on holiday) about optional activities and excursions which do not form part of your pre-booked holiday arrangements and which are available in the area you are visiting. We are not involved in any such activities or excursions which are not run, supervised or controlled in any way by us. They are provided by local operators or other providers who are entirely independent of us and they may or may not have their own public liability insurance. They may require a waiver form to be signed. They do not form any part of your contract with us even where we suggest operators / providers and / or assist you in booking such activities or excursions in any way. Where an Explore leader collects payment for or otherwise assists in booking any such activity or excursion for you, we and the Explore leader act solely as booking agent for the local operator / provider of the activity or excursion with whom you will have a contract. The local operator / provider’s terms and conditions will apply. We do not guarantee that any optional activity or excursion mentioned in our brochure, on our website or elsewhere will be available to book during your holiday and / or will operate as advertised as these services do not form part of our contract and are not under our control. They may not be available for various reasons. Any prices given in advance are indicative only. We will not be liable if you cannot, for whatever reason, book any such activity or excursion or if the activity or excursion does not operate as advertised.

16. Airlines

Airlines featured are not responsible for any acts or omissions of any supplier of transportation or accommodations other than the airline itself, and accordingly, airlines are not liable in respect of either person or property for any loss, damage, injury, accident, delay or irregularity, however occasioned, sustained or suffered in or during any package, journey, trip or tour other than while on the airline. International airlines are subject to international air conventions limiting their liability, the limitations of liability are contained on the reverse side of airline tickets and form part of the terms and conditions of any package.

17. Late bookings

We emphasise the importance of making a booking at the earliest opportunity, because of the small group nature of our trips. For bookings received within 6 weeks of your trip start date (or at an earlier stage for certain trips), the contract between the Company and the client comes into existence as soon as full payment has been received by us or our authorised travel agent.

18. Brochure / website / advertising material accuracy

The information contained in our brochure, on our website and in our other advertising material is believed correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of printing or publication. However, errors may occasionally occur and information may subsequently change. You must therefore ensure you check all details of your chosen trip (including the price) with us or your travel agent at the time of booking. Issue date: October 2018 Explore Worldwide Ltd. c/o Adventure World Travel Travel House 35 Grafton Street, Bondi Junction NSW, 20122, Australia. ABN 69 122 505 631

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Names Most airlines now require your full first name, middle name (if you have one) and surname. These must be provided exactly as they appear on your passport, otherwise boarding may be denied.

Fitness and ability

Advance Passenger Information (API/APIs)

Visas

Booking Conditions

Travel insurance

Pre-existing medical conditions

Some governments require you to provide personal information from your passport, before travel. We will advise you if this is required. When you book, you will be asked if you have read and understood the Booking Conditions and General Information (page 148) – please note that you are legally bound to do so. You will find that a great deal of useful information is included within it.

Payment Deposit

To secure a booking we require a non-refundable deposit of 10% of the trip price. Occasionally, a higher deposit is required but you will be advised about this at the time of booking. A higher deposit will be required if any travel partners require additional payment at the time of booking (or before the date at which the full balance becomes due). If your travel starts within 60 days of booking, full payment will be required at the time of booking. Occasionally, full payment for a particular service (such as your flights) may be required at the time of booking.

You must be sufficiently fit and healthy to be able to take part in all included elements of the trip. Please leave adequate time to obtain all visas and make sure you have enough space in your passport for stamps. Is mandatory for all customers on all Explore trips. Please see page 113. Must be declared to your insurers.

Final payment

A final invoice will be sent to you nine weeks before departure. This must be paid no later than eight weeks before departure.

Cheque, debit and credit cards

You can pay the deposit and final invoice by cheque, credit or debit card. We accept Visa and Mastercard.

Data protection privacy statement Explore takes your privacy extremely seriously. We are committed to doing everything we can to protect any personal information provided to us when you enquire about or book a holiday or another travel service with us, when you visit our website, or when you engage with us by other means. This equally applies if someone else makes arrangements on your behalf. For full details of what, why and how we collect and use your personal information, how we protect it and how you can contact us, see our Privacy Centre on our website. If you handle the arrangements for other travellers, please ensure they are aware of the information contained within our Privacy Centre and they consent to you acting on their behalf in your dealings with us. To enable us to make holiday arrangements for you, we may ask you to provide information such as: • your name, gender, date of birth, contact details; • your preferred rooming arrangements and other special requests (including special categories of personal data such as dietary requirements, which may disclose health matters or your religious or philosophical beliefs, and information about any disability or medical condition which may affect the chosen holiday arrangements); • the name and telephone number of an emergency contact person (whom we will only contact in urgent circumstances while you are away); • your passport and travel insurance details; • details of your payment card or your bank account (this information is processed using a third party payment services provider and is not stored by us); When you call us or correspond with us about your booking, we may record the call for training and quality control purposes and/or keep information on why you contacted us, and the advice we gave you. On your return from holiday we email or post a satisfaction questionnaire to you. This gives us specific feedback on any issue you may have experienced, and statistical data we can amalgamate in order to monitor the quality of our holidays; We will need to share your data with third party service providers, used in the delivery of your purchased holiday arrangements, some of which may be based outside the EEA. These providers include accommodation, restaurants and transport providers; local ground partners and agents, where we use them; equipment hire operators, including our cycling partners and guides, tutors and local attractions where booked on your behalf. We keep the information related to your booking for a period which enables us to handle or respond to any complaints or queries and to fulfil our obligations to our third party suppliers who provided your holiday arrangements. The information may also be retained so that we can continue to improve your experience with us while you engage with and purchase from us. By law we have to keep basic information about our customers for legal and tax purposes for up to 7 years after they cease being customers. If you fail to provide personal information Should you fail to provide data required either by law, or necessary to provide your chosen travel arrangements, we will not be able to provide the services you have booked or are attempting to book. This may result in Explore being unable to process your booking and be forced to cancel the booking. In this case, we will treat this as a ‘cancellation by you’ in accordance with the relevant Booking Terms & Conditions and notify you accordingly.

Marketing communications We may use your information to provide you with brochures, newsletters and other communications if you have provided your prior consent or we are permitted under an identified and assessed legitimate interest. We sell our holidays directly to customers and so sending out brochures and other marketing communications by post from time-to-time is very important to the way we do business. We use data we have collected from bookings, brochure requests and other forms of engagement to decide what marketing information our customers may like to receive, and we have identified this as in our legitimate interest. We do provide an opportunity to opt-out of this direct marketing during the booking or enquiry process and in subsequent communications, or you may contact us at any time to do so. We have found over the years that the majority of people welcome these communications and those who do not are happy to let us know so we can ensure no more are sent. If you ask us to stop sending marketing information, you may continue to receive communications for up to 4 weeks after your requested change while our systems are fully updated. Images From time-to-time, our staff, customers and suppliers may take photographs and video footage of trips in progress, including photos and video footage of our customers. You will be invited to sign a model release form to consent to this. These images may be used in future marketing materials and stored physically and digitally. If you do not wish to be filmed or for your pictures to be taken or used in this manner, please advise your Explore Leader and/or the photographer at the start of your trip. Website use In order for us to provide you with the optimum service, we use ‘Cookies’ on our website. Cookies are small text files sent to your computer when you access our site. Cookies used on our site are anonymous and contain no personal information, but do identify your computer so that you can navigate our site more easily and our website can remember your preferences. For more information about what cookies we use and how to manage them please refer to our Cookie Policy on our website. Contact us It is important that the personal data we hold about you is accurate and current. Please keep us informed if any of the details you provide to us should change during the course of your relationship with us. If you need further assistance, would like to make a comment or update your marketing preferences, you can contact us: • By telephone on 1300 439 756 (AU) or 0800 269 263 (NZ) • By email: res@exploreworldwide.com.au (AU) or res@exploreworldwide.co.nz (NZ) • By mail to Explore Worldwide, c/o Adventure World Travel, Travel House, 35 Grafton Street, Bondi Junction, NSW 2022, Australia

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