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WALKING & CYCLING BY HEADWATER

SOFT ADVENTURE HOLIDAYS EUROPE :: 2012


WALKING AND CYCLING HOLIDAYS

Welcome to Europe Linger amid the châteaux of the Loire, cycle quiet backroads between the timeless villages of Umbria, savour the spectacular scenery in the Swiss Alps, or discover the romance and history of the Mediterranean coast and islands. On a Headwater holiday, you’ll experience Europe at your own pace, walking or cycling on specially selected routes, staying at quality hotels, and with ample opportunities to indulge in delicious regional cuisine and wines.

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Highlights of Tuscany Secret Tuscany Walk Heart of Sardinia Footsteps of St Francis AmalďŹ Coast Walk Ravello to Sorrento Walk Venetian Hills Walk

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WALKING HOLIDAYS Emerald Coast Walk Châteaux of the Loire Walking Vineyards of Vezelay Way Dordogne Gastronomic Walk Landscapes of the Luberon Provence Coastal Walk

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CYCLING HOLIDAYS Villas & Vineyards Cycling Aspects of Assisi Cycling Gastronomic Barolo Cycling Contrasts of Puglia Cycling

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Trusted travel with the destination experts For over 25 years Adventure World has crafted holidays for New Zealanders, including its long association with Headwater, providing exceptional experiences to reveal the best of European culture, history, people and natural beauty. Headwater celebrates over 25 years of walking and cycling holidays based on handpicked, high quality hotels, excellent regional cuisine, interest packed itineraries, and freedom and exibility.

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CYCLING HOLIDAYS Lake Constance Cycling Austrian Lakes Cycling Swiss Lake Cycling

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GETTING THERE

Choose Singapore Airlines and SilkAir for comfort, exceptional service, world-class cuisine and your holiday will begin the moment you step on board. FLY SINGAPORE AIRLINES DIRECT TO SINGAPORE TWELVE TIMES WEEKLY FROM AUCKLAND AND DAILY FROM CHRISTCHURCH AND CONNECT SAME DAY ON TO MOST EUROPEAN DESTINATIONS.

Singapore Airlines WELL-KNOWN FOR ITS EXCEPTIONAL IN-FLIGHT SERVICE, SINGAPORE AIRLINES OFFERS YOU SEAMLESS CONNECTIONS FROM SINGAPORE ON TO EUROPE. En-route you’ll enjoy KrisWorld^, your personal in-flight entertainment system with up to 1000 entertainment options and the world’s first Audio-Video on Demand in every seat. You can choose from the latest blockbuster movies, TV hits, documentaries, news, music, sports, Nintendo games and you can also learn one of 22 languages with Berlitz® World Traveller – your fully interactive language tutor. As a member of KrisFlyer, Singapore Airlines’ frequent flyer programme, you can earn miles whenever you fly with Singapore Airlines, SilkAir and any KrisFlyer partner, including Star Alliance members. You can then redeem the miles you’ve earned for flights, upgrades or companion tickets. To join KrisFlyer free and for more information visit www.singaporeair.com ^KrisWorld, available onboard the Singapore Airlines Airbus A380-800, A340-500, A330-300 and Boeing 777-300ER flights.

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Abu Dhabi

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Includes 2 nights accommodation, breakfast, return airport transfers, sundowner dune dinner, welcome pack and services of local representative.

Abu Dhabi is a destination for the discerning traveller, offering unspoiled beaches, the tranquil desert, rugged mountain scenery, lush green oases and an exciting city.

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Park Inn Yas Island from $310*

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Beach Rotana Resort from $333* Emirates Palace from $664*

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Includes 2 nights accommodation, breakfast, return airport transfers and an introduction to Singapore on a half day city tour. The perfect short-stay stopover itinerary offering a sample of Singapore’s delights, including vibrant Chinatown and bustling Little India.

Per Person from $ Ibis Singapore on Bencoolen from $325*

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Novotel Clarke Quay Hotel from $429* Shangri-La from $526*

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It’s all about new experiences We provide the canvas and palette then leave you to paint your own picture. HEADWATER HOLIDAYS ARE ALL ABOUT GETTING UNDER THE SKIN OF THE PLACE YOU’RE VISITING AND, BY WALKING OR CYCLING THROUGH THE COUNTRYSIDE AT YOUR OWN PACE, YOU’LL DISCOVER MORE ABOUT THE PEOPLE, CUSTOMS, HISTORY, CULTURE AND NATURAL BEAUTY THAN YOU EVER COULD ON AN ORDINARY HOLIDAY. We want you to visit as a traveller rather than a tourist, and for you to really feel part of the local community. When hand-picking where to stay, we search out small, family-run hotels, with great regional cuisine, and owners who take a genuine interest in their guests. No two accommodations are ever the same, so you’ll find historic castles, old manor houses, working farms, stylish villas and converted convents with wonderful cloisters and hidden courtyards.

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 - &   Armed with a Headwater brochure, you could have great fun eating your way around the culinary world! Great food and ďŹ ne wines are essential to all our holidays and, everywhere you stay, and where meals are included, we encourage chefs to include regional specialities, based on good local produce.

  - - + + People are special too and, when you’re walking or pedalling from village to village, you can enjoy a relationship with locals in a way that motorists never can. Stop for a coffee or sample local pastries or cheeses at village markets, taste local wines, pop into cosy English pubs, or relax in a Greek taverna, at a pace just perfect for personal interaction. These are the little things that are often the most memorable moments of your holiday!

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     A day outdoors in the mountains, by the sea or in the countryside is a healthy, relaxing and rejuvenating experience. Just breathing in fresh air feels good! Across the range of Headwater walking and cycling holidays, there’s not much that you can’t get to see. Many routes are through unspoilt countryside, perhaps along peaceful canals and rivers. Some feature dramatic coastal scenery, or ďŹ elds of grape vines or lavender. Many are heaven for bird watchers, offering opportunities to spot a wide range of endemic or migratory species. Wildowers offer bright and beautiful highlights as you follow lovely trails or paths.

%+ -  In France, the mediaeval villages, châteaux and churches have a grace few other places offer, while Italy boasts a greater density of antiquarian sites than anywhere else on earth. Greece beguiles with its timeless Mediterranean slow pace, while England captivates with its stately palaces and the birthplace of Shakespeare. Whatever your tour, there’s always something special to experience.

Every day is a fresh adventure, as you discover regional Europe, its hospitality, cuisine, and fine local wines.

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Over 25 years of Headwater The Headwater concept dates to a family holiday in France when husband/ wife team, Richard & Christine Bass, uncovered a gap in the niche travel market. A few months later, their ďŹ rst brochure – offering walking and canoeing holidays – was launched. It was based very much around the sorts of things they enjoyed doing on holiday, and key “hallmarksâ€? like handpicked, high quality hotels, excellent regional cuisine, interest-packed itineraries, plus freedom and exibility, were established. Twenty ďŹ ve years on, these core attributes remain at the heart of every single Headwater holiday.

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Enjoy the freedom of exploring on foot! In your own way and at your own pace! ON A HEADWATER WALKING HOLIDAY YOU’LL EXPERIENCE EUROPE AT THE OPTIMUM SPEED – YOURS. THERE IS HARDLY A BETTER WAY TO UNDERSTAND THE TRUE CHARACTER OF A PLACE THAN N BY WALKING THE QUIET BACKROADS AND PATHS, MEETING LOCAL CHARACTERS, AND HAVING TIMEE TO SEE THE SIGHTS AND OF COURSE ENJOY THE CUISINE. Most Headwater walking holidays operate as independent holidays, while others are guided. Guided holidays are particularly attractive if you would like to travel in a small group with a tour leader. Whichever type of tour you choose, Headwater’s quality and attention to detail will ensure you have a wonderful walking experience.

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Independent holidays give you maximum exibility as you travel at your own pace: setting off whenever you’re ready, choosing when and where to stop for lunch, and planning the day around your own personal agenda. On the majority of independent holidays, you move from hotel-to-hotel, usually every two days, and we always transport your bags for you. We provide comprehensive walking route notes – all regularly checked and updated by us – as well as proper maps, so you need never worry about getting lost! On “in betweenâ€? days, we provide suggestions for circular day walks as well as details on local attractions – museums, markets, wineries, pretty little towns and villages.

Our guided walking holidays are perfect if you want to walk in a small group – typically 6-10 guests – with like-minded people. All our guides are based locally (we don’t y “leadersâ€? out with groups) and are either Headwater employees or expert local partners. They are all passionate about their regions, and committed to sharing their experiences with you.

We also offer a number of single centre walking bases and, in most cases, provide a wide selection of walking options so that you can “mix and match� levels to suit how you feel each day. Many people do bring children on our easier independent walking holidays and, of course, infants can always be carried in papooses.

Guided holidays are ideal for people travelling alone and you’ll ďŹ nd many 2011 holiday dates with no single supplement. As places are limited, early booking is strongly advised. We do not accept children under 12 (sometimes under 16) on any of our guided holidays.

“It’s difficult to know how Headwater holidays could be improved. They do all the planning while your only job is to enjoy the beautiful scenery, food and wine!� Sarah O’Meara, Press Association

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A world of choice!

Longest day 4-6 hours, with easy ascents up to 300 metres. No scrambling or dizzy heights. Fine for even occasional walkers.

Longest day 5-6 hours, ascents up to 700 metres. Perhaps some scrambling. You should be used to walking all day, but you don’t need to be specially ďŹ t or to have a head for heights (unless speciďŹ ed on the individual holiday page).

Headwater also offer tours in other parts of the world, including South Africa, Jordan, Morocco, South & Central America. Ask us for details, or look for Headwater tours in these Adventure World brochures.

EGYPT

GREECE

YOUR CHOICE OF TAILOR-MADE INDEPENDENT HOLIDAYS :: 2012

YOUR CHOICE OF TAILOR-MADE INDEPENDENT HOLIDAYS :: 2012

JORDAN, LEBANON, ISRAEL, DUBAI, ABU DHABI, OMAN & MOROCCO

TURKEY & CROATIA

Longest day 6-8 hours, including up to 1000 metre ascent. Some scrambling (but not rock climbing). You need to be a regular walker with a head for heights. These walks are not suitable for children under 12 years of age.

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Enjoy the freedom of gentle pedalling! Flexible, fun, and open to all! ALL OUR CYCLING HOLIDAYS ARE ABOUT GETTING YOU TO PLACES THAT YOU’D LIKELY MISS FROM A CAR AND, TRAVELLING AT A SLOWER PACE, YOU’LL REALLY BE ABLE TO APPRECIATE THE CURIOSITIES AND SPLENDOURS THAT MAKE EVERY DAY SO DIVERSE AND SO STIMULATING. We’ve done our best to make sure that your routes are packed with interesting experiences. Then we leave it to you to enjoy them.

You don’t need any special skills or previous experience to enjoy a Headwater cycling holiday – indeed many of our customers have not ridden a bike for years before travelling with us! The routes that we suggest normally take you along quiet country lanes, and build in plenty of time for coffee stops and leisurely lunches! We recognise the importance of the term â€œďŹ‚atâ€? so, where possible, avoid hills, instead giving alternatives for detours and off-road exploring! All our cycling holidays are independent, with each graded so that you know what level of activity to expect. Our staff kit you out with a bike on your ďŹ rst morning – we also provide water bottles, panniers, map holders and puncture repair kits. Most routes have been designed so that you cycle every two days – we always move bags for you – leaving you free to enjoy your rest days however you choose. We provide lots of ideas for local sightseeing, or you can just relax by the pool!

%  &   Mainly at, gentle cycling with hardly any hills. Typically 2-3 hours cycling every other day. Good choice for ďŹ rst timers, families with children (over 8 years of age), or mums and dads who haven’t cycled in years. Longer route options available for the more energetic.

More varied cycling, often at, but with the occasional hill section en route. Typically 3-5 hours cycling every other day. No need to be a regular cyclist or especially ďŹ t but, in hot weather, be prepared to start early and take it easy. Children over 12 years are welcome.

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“A beautiful biking experience with flawless organisation.� Nick Roe, The Times

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WITH OVER 25 YEARS OF CREATING UNIQUE HOLIDAYS, THERE ARE MANY REASONS WHY OUR CUSTOMERS KEEP COMING BACK. HAVING A GREAT HOLIDAY IS CLEARLY THE KEY, BUT IT’S OUR ATTENTION TO DETAIL AND SERVICE THAT REALLY SETS US APART FROM THE REST.

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Headwater supply a comprehensive selection of maps, guides and route notes which are applicable to your chosen holiday. These are included in the price of your holiday and are mailed out in advance. This means you can familiarise yourself with all the details so that your trip runs smoothly when you arrive. Our maps are professional and highly detailed whilst our guidebooks contain invaluable information on the local area including culture and customs, art and history, and ora and fauna.

Our reps and guides check out the routes and itineraries every week of virtually every holiday in the Headwater programme to make sure that all aspects of the trip are as described in our material. Occasionally footpaths are diverted or restaurants closed, but our thorough checking of details will give peace of mind that routes have been adapted and updated, another example of Headwater’s attention to detail.

P+ & (, & On our guided walks and tours, our leaders are either Headwater employees or local partners, and are passionate about sharing their experiences with you. They are also trained in dealing with groups of people, and associated issues including weather conditions and safety. Headwater groups are typically no more than 12 people, so personal attention is guaranteed.

  Transfers are included on most trips from either a railway station or airport, at speciďŹ c times. If transfers are required outside these set times, these can be arranged at an additional cost. Please see the details on each tour page for transfer inclusions and the speciďŹ c times. These are subject to change without notice, so please check and verify details when making your booking.

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Emerald Coast Walk Hotel-to-hotel independent walking

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sBeautifully varied and unspoiled scenery; hardly touched by tourism sDeserted coastal paths, shaded forest trails, magnificent white beaches; kingfishers, otters and a huge variety of nesting seabirds sTraditional Breton fishing ports; superb seafood specialities; wealth of historical sites sPink granite boulders above stunning turquoise seas; spectacular views

AN OUTRIGHT WINNER FROM THE OUTSET, THIS WALK IS SIMPLY STUNNING. THE DRAMATIC SCENERY, WEALTH OF COLOURS AND MEDIAEVAL INFLUENCES DISTINGUISH IT FROM ALL OTHER HOLIDAYS IN OUR PROGRAMME. During the first few days of your holiday, you will be walking along the magnificent paths that hug the northern coast. It’s a landscape of pinky-gold cliffs, secret coves, deserted, heatherbacked beaches and traditional Breton fishing villages untouched by tourism. It is perfect for exploring on foot and, at every turn, you’re rewarded with fabulous panoramic views of the entire Emerald Coast. Heading inland, the route takes you along the banks of the river Rance and on through the majestic Hunaudaye Forest. Highlights include the feudal Fort de la Latte and the beautiful stone-crafted town of Dinan. In the Middle Ages, Dinan served as one of the main strategic strongholds of the Duchy of Brittany and much of her mediaeval charm remains today. The hotels you stay in are full of contrasts too and include a lovely seaside hotel in Sables d’OrLes-Pins and a superbly located 3-star hotel built into the ramparts in the heart of historic Dinan.

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EMERALD COAST WALK / / / Day 1

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Your holiday starts at M. Jamin’s C16 manor house in the countryside just 3kms outside the market town of Lamballe. With only 15 rooms, it’s a lovely intimate place to stay. The inner courtyard opens up on to beautifully kept gardens and elegant terrace for al fresco dining on ďŹ ne summer evenings.

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A short transfer to the tiny Breton ďŹ shing port of DahouĂŤt. From here, it’s coastal walking at its best: extensive views, aquamarine seas, white sandy beaches and rocky coves – don’t forget your swimming things! Lunch on the beach at Caroual then inland and on to our lovely hotel at Sables d’Or-Les-Pins.

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Sables d’Or-Les-Pins is a lovely seaside village with magniďŹ cent golden sand beaches. It would be easy to just spend the day here, however we strongly recommend following our suggested circular walk (full route notes provided) along the spectacular GR34 around the cliff and on to nearby Cap d’Erquy – a delightful ďŹ shing village with some outstanding seafood restaurants for lunch.

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Deserted beaches and heather-topped cliffs provide the colourful artists backdrop for today’s walk which leads you via the Cap FrĂŠhel lighthouse (look out for nesting seabirds) to the famous C14 feudal stronghold of Fort de la Latte. Perched on a rocky promontory over the ocean, this castle occupies one of the ďŹ nest sites in Brittany – climb up the tower for magniďŹ cent coastal views, out as far as Jersey on a clear day.

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Once a sleepy ďŹ shing village on the estuary of the Rance, the English transformed the town into one of the most famous and upmarket resorts in Europe. Walk out to the Pointe des ÉtrĂŞtes for views of the off-shore islands, or take a 10-minute ferry shuttle across the bay to St Malo and lose yourself in the narrow cobbled streets within the Intra Muros (fortiďŹ ed walls) of the ancient mediaeval city.

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Starting from the picturesque Breton village of Langrolay-sur-Rance (lift provided), today’s route takes you inland, mostly following the course of the river. It’s wonderfully tranquil walking through shady forests, fruit orchards, and along peaceful riverside paths. Our 3-star hotel in Dinan is superbly located within the ramparts of the mediaeval old town and boasts a lovely rooftop garden with great views.

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Varied walking following well marked GR (Grande RandonĂŠe) routes along coastal paths, river banks, country lanes and shady forest tracks. Some steep, but short, ascents and descents, but a good head for heights is not necessary.

At Dinan

This beautifully preserved ancient walled town, with riverfront port is an absolute gem. Wander round the marvellously restored ancient squares, visit the imposing C13 castle, admire the amboyant Gothic basilica and stroll the lovely cobbled streets packed with authentic artisan workshops.

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A short transfer (provided) then off along the Pays du Tour du Penthièvre where shady woodland paths skirt the river as far as the impressive C13 Château de la Hunaudaye whose ruins date back over 800 years.

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Châteaux of the Loire Walk Hotel-to-hotel independent walking

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sGentle, off-the-beaten-track walking – lovely temperate climate sGreat royal châteaux: Chambord, Cheverny, Chaumont, Amboise, Blois sWarm, friendly hotels: masses of local character and great regional cuisine sFlat river valleys, shaded forest tracks, well-tended vineyards, poppy fields and pretty parkland sSuperb value; outstanding wines; masses to see and do locally

HUGELY POPULAR WHEN INTRODUCED LAST YEAR, THIS EASY-PACED, GENTLE WALKING HOLIDAY BALANCES PEACEFUL, OUT-OF-THE-WAY DISCOVERIES WITH THE SPLENDOUR AND OPULENCE OF SOME OF THE FINEST RENAISSANCE CHÂTEAUX IN FRANCE. THERE’S NO TOUGH CLIMBING – THE HIGHEST POINT IS AT JUST 150M – BUT YOU ARE STILL REWARDED WITH BEAUTIFULLY UNSPOILT LANDSCAPES AND ENCHANTING VIEWS AT EVERY TURN. Following a triangular route, you’ll first head north crossing the majestic Loire river and on through the royal forest of Blois. It’s then down through vineyards and poppy fields to the elegant village of Chitenay and back via the peaceful hamlets of Seur and Les Montils. Highlights en route include some of the Loire’s most famous châteaux: Blois, formerly known as “Versailles of the Renaissance”, has developed around its massive château, which has enjoyed a long connection with royalty and nobility. The fairytale château of Chambord, set in the heart of the huge Forêt de Boulogne, reflects the lavish and ostentatious tastes of its original owner, King François I. And the white stone façade of Cheverny, one of the most perfect examples of French architecture, houses one of the largest art collections in the region. The places you’ll stay in have been hand-picked for their superb locations, atmospheric charm, excellent cuisine and warm, friendly owners. We’ve included evening meals everywhere except in Blois – with so many restaurants on your doorstep, we thought you’d appreciate having a choice.

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Masses of wildlife – herons, hen harriers, roe deer – this morning as you cross the Loire and head north following the course of the Cisse to the pretty C13 Abbaye de la Guiche. Lunch in Coulanges – the C12 church is worth a detour. From here it’s a delightful stroll through the Royal Forest of Blois until you reach your hotel opposite the famous château.

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The sleepy wine village of Chitenay is ideally placed to visit many of the Loire châteaux. We particularly recommend picture-postcard Cheverny – it has one of the largest art collections including a permanent “Secrets of Moulinsartâ€? exhibition – and, just 3kms further on, lovely little Château de Troussay with its elaborately decorated ceilings and rich furnishings collection.

Day 6

“We had the most wonderful time and the food was incredible.â€? Mrs Whittaker, West Yorkshire Mainly at walking along riverside paths and through open ďŹ elds and vineyards. Much of the route follows waymarked GRs. Good views with not too much effort!

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You’ll follow the peaceful river Beauvron past the C14 Château Fay and on through the pretty hamlets of Seur, Les Montils and sleepy Cande-sur-Beauvron. There’s a pretty riverside park if you fancy a picnic lunch before continuing along the shady banks of the Loire into Chaumont. The impressive C15 château, once owned by Catherine de Medici, hosts the International Garden Festival each year and, on selected summer dates, stays open until midnight – as your hotel is just a few metres away, getting home isn’t a problem!

  

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Vineyards of Vezelay Way Hotel-to-hotel independent walking

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sClassic relaxed walk following the Grand Randonnée (GR13) – part of St Jacques’ route to Compostela s Gentle rolling landscapes of forests, farmlands, poppies, sunflowers and vines s World-famous wines: Chablis, Irancy, Aligoté and sparkling Crémant s Steeped in historic and architectural interest: ancient Auxerre, mediaeval Cravant, UNESCO world heritage site of Vézelay s Masses of flora and fauna: roe deer, hen harriers, hoopoe and wild flowers

STARTING IN MEDIAEVAL AUXERRE, ONE OF THE PRETTIEST RIVERSIDE CITIES IN FRANCE, THIS GENTLE PACED RAMBLE TAKES YOU THROUGH PICTURE-POSTCARD BURGUNDY – TOWPATHS, RIVER VALLEYS NAD WHEAT FIELDS ALIVE WITH BRIGHT RED POOPIES – AS YOU HEAD, VIA WINE CAPITAL CHABLIS, TO THE FORTIFIED MEDIAEVAL TOWN OF VEZELAY, JEWEL IN THE BURGUNDIAN CROWN. (ONE OF THE HIGH PLACES OF CHRISTENDOM, IT WAS AN IMPORTANT STOPPING OFF POINT FOR PILGRIMS ON THE WAY TO SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA, AND VESPERS ARE STILL HELD HERE DAILY). En route, you’ll pass through world-famous vineyards – masses of degustation opportunities – and flower-filled hillsides crowned with woods and pretty riverside villages. Wildlife enthusiasts are also in for a real treat, so be sure to pack the binoculars! Throughout, you’ll stay in carefully selected hotels, hand-picked for their superb locations, warm welcomes and superb regional cuisine. Favourites include Mme de Meurteuil’s former coaching inn nestled in the heart of Chablis, and a grand manor house overlooking Vézelay’s magnificent basilica.

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VINEYARDS OF VEZELAY WAY / / / Day 1

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We give you a lift to Venoy where you join the ‘Wine and Cheese route’ ambling gently through vineyards until you reach the lakeside wine village of Beines. After a leisurely lunch, it’s up above the lake to village of Milly with its interesting C17 church. Your ďŹ nal stretch takes you through Chablis’ famous vineyards and on to your hotel – a real jewel nestled in the heart of Chablis’ town.

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We take you to the panoramic viewpoint at Courgis, the starting point for today’s walk. Your path ďŹ rst goes through the vines above pretty Chitry – look out for its unique gothic church and leaning tower! – and then through the cherry-covered hillsides above Irancy and on to mediaeval Cravant.

Day 5

At Cravant

Nestled in the Yonne River valley, Cravant still has vestiges of its ancient walls and gates, with the former moat now a pretty ‘Promenade’ around the church. The donjon is worth a visit and, although now privately owned, the owner is happy to show Headwater visitors around – just ask at the hotel. There is a river beach just 300m away, or it’s an easy stroll along the canal path to the underground wine cellars at Bailly.

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Catch the train from Cravant to Sermizelles (20mins) to start your walk following the classic GR13 – the famous pilgrims’ path to Santiago di Compostella in NW Spain – across the wooded slopes of Montmartre. Birdlife here is proliďŹ c – look out for a hoopoe or even the rare corncrake and red-backed shrike. You emerge from the forest to see Vezelay’s magniďŹ cent basilica standing proudly on the hill above you. Our hotel enjoys an enviable position directly opposite the old gates of this walled town.

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The C12 basilica is a masterpiece of sacred art and a UNESCO world heritage site. It is the largest church in France, and was the launching point for two Crusades. A short walk takes you to the village of St Père-sousVÊzelay and its ornate Gothic church, or you can visit the nearby Roman Baths or Fontaines SalÊes.

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FRANCE: WALKING

Dordogne Gastronomic Walk Hotel-to-hotel independent walking

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sWonderfully unspoilt scenery; well-marked tranquil paths sPinky-gold cliffs, forgotten river valleys, beautiful mediaeval villages sVaried hotels, full of character, special gastronomic menus; swimming pools everywhere sWorld-famous Stone Age art; unrivalled pre-historic treasures sBaby deer, red squirrels, buzzards and kites; vibrant orchids, poppies, garlic and wild mushrooms

YOU EXPLORE THE LIMESTONE CLIFFS, PAINTED CAVES, WILD WOODED VALLEYS AND MEANDERING RIVERS OF PÉRIGORD, FOLLOWING MARKED PATHS LINKING SOME OF FRANCE’S FINEST FORTIFIED CHÂTEAUX AND HILLTOP FORTRESSES. AT THE END OF EACH DAY, YOU CAN LOOK FORWARD TO AN EXTRAVAGANT PÉRIGORD FEAST WASHED DOWN WITH FINE CAHORS OR BERGERAC WINES. TRY THE GOURMET FARE OF FOIE GRAS, TRUFFLES, CONFITS D’OIE AND THE WALNUT LIQUEUR EAU DE NOIX. You stay at a grand country manor, a rural family-run hotel with great views and a tiny familyrun auberge on the banks of the Dordogne. All hotels have private swimming pools. You visit the best sights in the region. The Valley of Pre-History shows how homosapiens lived around 20,000 years ago, and Sarlat’s mediaeval magic will hold you spellbound. The towering strongholds of Beynac, Castelnaud, Domme and Montfort, built during the Hundred Years’ War (1337-1453) have breathtaking views and your route also takes you to little-known châteaux hidden deep in the woods. You’re never far from the Dordogne and Vézère rivers, so you often get the chance to swim and you can go fishing or canoeing too.

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“Everything seemed to go like clockwork – no hassles or worries and completely different. More than lived up to our expectations.” Mr Dempster, Leyburn

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DORDOGNE GASTRONOMIC WALK / / / Day 1

Arrive in Sarlat

Our hotel is a lovely country house, set in 3 acres of private pine woods, overlooking the Sarlat valley.

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Sarlat has the highest concentration of mediaeval, Renaissance and C17 façades of any town in France and its richly ornamented stone buildings are protected by law. You feel like a time-traveller as you wander the narrow mediaeval streets peeping through archways into ancient courtyards. When it’s time to leave, it’s down through shaded woods and pretty villages to Beynac where you spend the next two nights.

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Beynac is built on narrow terraces leading gradually to the top of a dramatic limestone crag overhanging the Dordogne. A steep footpath lined with C15 – C17 stone houses takes you up to the castle where there’s a breathtaking panorama taking in the serpentine sweep of the river and the spectacular C13 hilltop château. Or you can go swimming, ďŹ shing, canoeing or take a trip in a at-bottomed boat.

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From Beynac you start off following the course of the Dordogne River along riverside paths, meandering through ďŹ elds of maize, then climb up into the lively town of St Cyprien and via well marked paths through shaded woodland to your hotel set in lovely private gardens just outside Les Eyzies.

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Les Eyzies – an archaeologist’s paradise – lies at the base of steep limestone cliffs crowned with evergreen oaks and junipers. The rock is riddled with caves and shelters inhabited by Stone Age man tens of thousands of years ago and the town is world-famous as the ‘capital of prehistory’. The Grotte de Font de Gaume contains multi-coloured paintings of animals and a remarkable frieze of bison.

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Leave Les Eyzies taking the GR6 path through sleepy hamlets and shady wooded valleys. First stop is the Roc de Cazelle – a troglodyte cave complex excavated in the cliffs and inhabited from prehistoric to mediaeval times (and even, allegedly, as recently as 1966!). Then it’s on through woodland to the hilltop village of Tamniès for a refreshing dip in the pool.

Day 7

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FRANCE: WALKING

Landscapes of the Luberon Hotel-to-hotel independent walking

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sEasy walking through timeless off the tourist trail Luberon landscape sHeady mix of lavender, wild herbs, olives and colourful flowers sDazzling ochre cliffs; stunningly beautiful perched villages; wonderful views of Mt Ventoux and the Dentelles de Montmirail sWonderful regional cuisine and fine local wines sHotels full of Provençal character – most with pools

You’ll be intoxicated by the rich colours of the landscape, all intensified by the wonderful limpid light. Seventeen shades of ochre were once quarried at Roussillon, from violet through purple to vivid reds, oranges and mellow yellows. Its delicate natural tints were used to wash the local houses. At Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, the emerald-green Sorgue river gushes in torrents from a mysterious subterranean reservoir. Lavender makes a fragrant mauve carpet, green forests cloak the hills, and, in spring, white blossom veils the cherry orchards. And it’s all against the backdrop of an azure sky.

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THIS EASY WALKING HOLIDAY IS BASED IN THE GLORIOUS LUBERON NATIONAL PARK, TAKING IN THE LUSH COUNTRYSIDE OF THE SORGUE RIVER. IT’S A LAND WHICH HAS BEEN AN INSPIRATION FOR GENERATIONS OF POETS, PAINTERS AND WRITERS FROM PETRARCH IN THE C14 TO CONTEMPORARY ABSTRACT ARTIST VICTOR VASARÉLY, AND BEST-SELLING AUTHOR PETER MAYLE.

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The walks are short, with plenty of time for exploring exquisite villages, natural wonders and historic sights. Three of the four hotels have pools in the grounds and the other has a public pool just 50m away. You’ll enjoy typical Provençal hospitality and cuisine at them all. Note: September is the hunting season in Provence. We provide reflective day-glow jackets for customers wishing to walk through the woods/forests on the main hunting days (typically two per week) however alternative road routes will also be offered.

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Our hotel is in its own grounds with swimming pool and tennis courts.

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Day 3

At Apt

Famous for its crystallised fruits and traditional pottery, Apt has plenty of shops and cafes for lunch. The colourful market takes place on Saturdays and Tuesdays. Or visit St Saturnin, one of our favourite villages. It stands on the edge of the Plateau de Vaucluse and boasts a castle, windmill and lots of C18 houses.

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The walk today heads south and up through cherry orchards, vineyards and pine forests – a magniďŹ cent panorama across the Apt plain and the Luberon. After Gargas, you continue through pine forest along blood-red ochre-coloured tracks, then descend in to Roussillon.

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Today’s walk takes you through the most incredibly beautiful ochre coloured countryside, as you stroll through cherry orchards, vineyards and ďŹ elds ablaze with lavender. After lunch, walking with the striking “eagle’s nestâ€? village of Gordes ahead (lots of time to explore tomorrow), you ďŹ nally turn off north to Joucas – where you’ll ďŹ nd a warm welcome at our family-run hotel.

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This is a great opportunity to explore the picturesque village of Gordes, which clothes the hilltop with wonderfully photogenic houses, terraces and gardens. The village is dominated by its Renaissance château and the streets are crammed with cafÊs, restaurants and shops.

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Lift to the C12 cistercian abbey at SĂŠnanque where today’s walk begins. Up ďŹ rst through pine and oak forest, then out across the plateau de Vaucluse. Stunning views of Mt Ventoux and the jagged peaks of the Dentelles de Montmirail. Then it’s down through cherry orchards back to St Didier for a ďŹ nal swim.

Day 9

“We could never have seen this beautiful place in such detail without such support – there isn’t anything I would change.� Mrs Thomas, Australia

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FRANCE: WALKING

Provence Coastal Walk Single centre guided walking

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sQuiet coves, sheltered creeks, the glamour of the Côte d’Azur sTraditional Provençal villages, soft terracotta colours, sun-drenched landscapes, swimming in the Med sExotic Mediterranean flora: orange trees, peaches, almonds, figs sSuperb coastal paths, lush hill valleys, corks, Aleppo pines sChampagne lunch on private sailing yacht included!

ON THIS GUIDED WALKING HOLIDAY WE’VE COMBINED SOME OF THE MOST SPECTACULAR WALKS IN PROVENCE WITH MEDIAEVAL VILLAGES, BUSTLING FISHING HARBOURS AND MAGNIFICENT COASTAL STRETCHES OF THE FAMOUS CÔTE D’AZUR. IT’S A GLORIOUS MIX. IMPRESSIVE PIRATE STRONGHOLDS STAND HIGH IN THE ANCIENT FORESTS OF THE MAURES MASSIF; ONCE GREAT MONASTERIES SIT SILENT IN THE HIGH VALLEYS; TRADITIONAL LITTLE FISHING BOATS BOB HAPPILY BETWEEN THE SLEEK YACHTS OF THE RICH AND FAMOUS. You’ll have the chance to swim in quiet coves, and you’ll discover more wild flowers than you ever knew existed. You stay as guests of Mme Podda in the three-star Hôtel les Alycons, just a few kilometres from Le Lavandou. All Headwater customers are allocated air-conditioned rooms, with balcony and sea view. Breakfast is usually served on the sunny bougainvilleabedecked terrace, with evening meals taken at the family’s restaurant next door*. In order that you can sample the very best of Provençal cuisine, we have included a full à la carte menu every night. Our Headwater walking guide will accompany all walks. Some paths will take us along lovely coastal stretches, on other days we’ll be exploring the pretty Provençal villages and vine-clad hillsides inland. Mostly, lunches will be picnics en route, but we also make the best of some great little cafés, specially chosen for their warm welcome and great regional food. * In early and late season the adjacent restaurant is not usually open, so dinners are arranged at an alternative nearby.

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A gentle coastal path leads us from the Plage du Pellegrin around beautiful sweeping bays to the beach of L’Estagnol. We have a quick swim before lunch in an amazing beach restaurant. To help digest, we have a game of pÊtanque, chance of another swim and continue to BrÊgançon – the French President’s summer residence. On the way home, a short detour to the picturesque village of Bormes-les-Mimosas.

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Our circular route follows an old charcoal burner’s path through shaded green forests of Aleppo pines, chestnuts and ancient oaks – many of the villagers of the hamlets on the densely wooded slopes of the Massif des Maures still make their living from gathering the sweet chestnuts. After a picnic we head over to the charming village of Collobrières – the place to sample marrons glacÊs!

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FRANCE: CYCLING

Emerald Coast Cycling Hotel-to-hotel independent cycling

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sFabulously varied, mostly flat pedalling – ideal for first timers or novice cyclists! sStunning poppy-finged white beaches; undoubtedly amongst the finest in Europe sBeautiful coastal paths, traffic-free country lanes, lots of pretty villages for relaxed lunch stops sTraditional fishing ports, colourful sailing harbours, preserved walled towns unchanged since the Middle Ages sFlexible routes: masses of choice to shorten/extend days to suit

IT’S ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO RESIST THE APPEAL OF THE SPECTACULAR EMERALD COAST, WITH ITS PINK GRANITE CLIFFS AND TURQUOISE SEAS, WONDERFUL WHITE BEACHES AND DESERTED LITTLE COVES. WRITERS AND ARTISTS, ATTRACTED BY THE STUNNING LANDSCAPES, DRAMATIC VIEWS AND VIBRANT MEDITERRANEANSTYLE COLOURS, HAVE BEEN COMING HERE FOR CENTURIES, YET THE REGION REMAINS LARGELY UNSPOILT WITH MUCH OF ITS ORIGINAL CHARM STILL INTACT. So you’ll see locals with shrimping buckets wading the beaches, and fishermen cleaning out shells by hand – be sure to sample the region’s signature dish: the seafood platter, piled high with shiny pink lobster, king prawn, silver oysters, scallops and clams. The cycling routes we’ve chosen are mostly along uncrowded coastal paths and quiet country lanes. And, best of all, you get the most wonderful panoramic views without having to climb many hills! For much of the time, you’re by the sea, with plenty of opportunities to swim from some of the most beautiful beaches in France, and on your last day, you’ll pedal through the ancient Forest of Hunaudaye and have time to visit its imposing C13 château. Other highlights include the gorgeously preserved walled towns of Dinan and Dinard that feel barely changed since the Middle Ages. Throughout your trip, you’ll be staying in friendly, family-run hotels ranging from a lovely C16 manor house to a modern three-star riverside hotel, with pool, on the banks of the Rance.

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Relax on the beach or follow our easy circular cycling route taking in the Cap FrĂŠhel lighthouse and the famous C14 feudal stronghold of Fort de la Latte. Perched on a rocky promontory above the sea, it occupies one of the ďŹ nest settings in northern France, and it’s easy to see why it’s been used on numerous ďŹ lm sets. A climb up to the gallery at the top of the tower will reward you with magniďŹ cent views – out right across the ocean to Jersey on a clear day.

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Today’s route starts by gentle pedalling through pretty farming hamlets – wonderful views across the Baie de la Fresnaye. Stop for a coffee perhaps in the bustling market town of Matignon then on via the popular yachting village of Lancieux – impressive square bell tower capped by a dome and lantern turret – and on to gorgeous St Briac where Debussy composed his major work “The Sea�.

Day 5

At Dinard

Once a sleepy ďŹ shing village on the estuary of the Rance, the English transformed the town into one of the most famous and upmarket resorts in Europe. Although a little quieter now, it has not lost any of its charm and many of the “Belle Époqueâ€? villas have become historic monuments. Walk out to the Pointe des ÉtrĂŞtes for views of the off-shore islands, or take a 10-minute ferry across the bay to St Malo and lose yourself in the narrow cobbled streets within the Intra Muros (fortiďŹ ed walls) of the ancient city.

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A complete change of scene today as you cycle inland and follow the banks of the river Rance. You’ll feel like you’re taking a trip back in time as you pass sleepy hamlets, forgotten ďŹ shing ports and postcard pretty St Sauliac, ofďŹ cially rated as un des plus beaux villages en France. Lunch at the lovely sailing port in St Hubert then along the towpath – wonderfully at! – to Dinan. Our hotel here overlooks the river and picturesque port, and has a lovely outdoor swimming pool if you fancy a dip.

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This beautifully preserved ancient walled town, with riverfront port and picturesque half-timbered buildings, is an absolute gem. Wander round the marvellously restored ancient squares, visit the imposing C13 castle (with dungeon!), admire the amboyant Gothic basilica and stroll the lovely cobbled streets packed with authentic artisan workshops. Lunch perhaps in the bustling Place des Merciers where pretty triangular-gabled houses are further examples of Dinan’s exceptional architectural heritage, then in the afternoon, perhaps follow our 10km cycle route inland to the pretty village of Evran.

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First stop today is the picturesque little village of LĂŠhon then on through quiet farming villages to the impressive C13 Château de la Hunaudaye. The ruins of this huge château date back over 800 years, yet the ďŹ ve majestic towers are still in good condition and are surrounded by water-ďŹ lled moat. It’s gentle, at cycling through the forest back to Lamballe where you can relax in the gardens and enjoy a celebratory drink before dinner – a Kir Breton (cassis and cider) maybe?

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Loire Gastronomic Cycling Hotel-to-hotel independent cycling

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sEasy, flat cycling – perfect if you’ve not been on a bike for years! sShady riverside paths, lush forest trails, wonderfully quiet country lanes sSuperb hotels – swimming pools at most – including a bijou waterfront inn and a luxurious château sFrance’s finest châteaux: Amboise, Cheverny, Chambord, Chenonceau sTruly outstanding local cuisine; world-famous wines – tasting opportunities galore!

THIS GENTLE AND UNHURRIED GASTRONOMIC CYCLING HOLIDAY FOLLOWS A TRIANGULAR ROUTE THROUGH THE HEART OF THE GREAT LOIRE VALLEY. EN-ROUTE HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE THE MAJESTIC CHÂTEAUX OF BLOIS AND AMBOISE, AND THE RICH RENAISSANCE SPLENDOUR OF CHENONCEAU. You’ll come across many hidden-away delights too and make lots of personal discoveries as you pedal gently along pretty riverbanks and out through open countryside abundant with wildlife. On each cycling day, you’ll have the opportunity to taste dozens of different wines – stopping at big wineries or village vineyards as the mood takes you – in a wine region more varied and diverse than any other in the world. The places you stay in are pretty special too and all offer extensive gardens and fine dining. Regional menus are refined and delicate, relying largely on freshwater fish from the rivers, and game – supplemented with rich wine and cream sauces – from the great hunting forests. There are lovely swimming pools at Chissay and St Ouen-les-Vignes.

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Chitenay St Ouen-les-Vignes

Chissay


LOIRE GASTRONOMIC CYCLING / / / Day 1

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Gentle pedalling along the banks of the Cher will bring you ďŹ rst to the superb Château de Chenonceau with its famous arches majestically spanning the river. Described by Flaubert as oating “on air and waterâ€?, it’s arguably the most beautiful of all the Loire landmarks. Lunch here perhaps on the terrace of the Orangerie restaurant before heading off through the shady Amboise forest and on to Amboise – don’t worry if you don’t have time to explore properly as you can easily come back tomorrow. Your ďŹ nal stretch leads to the elegant village of St Ouen-les-Vignes and Jacques and Odile Arrayet’s bijou hotel beside the river. Odile is a professional sommelier, and Jacques artistic chef de cuisine, so you’re in for some treats here!

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It’s just a 5km cycle south to the narrow bustling streets of Amboise. Visit the amboyant royal palace and the elegant Clos Luce, a C15 manor house where Leonardo da Vinci lived and worked for the last few years of his life. His workshops house 40 giant models of some of his most spectacular creations – the ďŹ rst plane, helicopter and tank – and the beautifully landscaped gardens bring life to his botanical drawings and geographical designs. Alternatively it’s an easy cycle along the river Cisse to wine capital, Vouvray. Masses of tasting possibilities and option to visit Château de Valmer where King Charles VII once stayed.

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Lovely peaceful cycling today with a choice of routes depending on how energetic you’re feeling! The shorter option takes you via the sleepy village of Limeray (lovely white church with impressive collection of statues) or you can head north through open countryside to Autreche – masses of wildlife so keep the binoculars handy! All cyclists then go on to Chaumont – the château here once belonged to Catherine de Medici and is quite spectacular. Between May and October, it hosts the International Garden Festival with a different theme each year. A ďŹ nal shady riverside stretch takes you via the pretty villages of Les Montils and Seur and on to Chitenay where you’ll spend the next two nights.

Day 5

In Chitenay

The C17 château at nearby Cheverny, with its wonderful white stone facade, is a popular day trip. The richness of its furnishings and antiques is incredible, and the gardens are superb. This château was used as a model for Moulinsart by the author of Tintin and a permanent exhibition is open for viewing. Alternatively keen cyclists can head for the magniďŹ cent château de Chambord – it’s a 50km round trip! Set in the heart of the huge ForĂŞt de Boulogne, this C16 masterpiece appears straight from a fairytale, and reects the lavish tastes of its original owner, King François I. Today, the surrounding park has been declared a national nature reserve, protecting all sorts of wildlife including deer, boar and eagles.

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Head south past well-tended vines and sleepy hamlets surrounded by ďŹ elds of sunowers. Lunch perhaps on the terrace beside the fortiďŹ ed château of FougĂŠrès-sur-Bièvre, before a downhill whizz takes you to the River Cher where the charming old quarter of mediaeval Montrichard is huddled beneath the C11 keep. Lots of open air cafĂŠs and splendid half-timbered houses. A ďŹ nal at cycle follows the Cher back to Château du Chissay for a well earned dip in the pool!

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Châteaux of the Loire Cycling Hotel-to-hotel independent cycling

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sPerfect cycling routes: traffic-free lanes, dedicated paths, majestic forests, vines and sunflowers sHand-picked hotels in fabulous locations; superb cuisine throughout sRenaissance splendour of Chenonceau – “jewel in the Loire crown” sMasses of historic and cultural interest: pretty wine villages, charming mediaeval towns, more châteaux than you ever knew existed! sWine tasting opportunities galore

THIS EVER-POPULAR CYCLING HOLIDAY EXPLORES THE “MAGIC TRIANGLE” OF THE MAJESTIC LOIRE AND CHER RIVERS, WITH THE PRETTY CISSE VALLEY WINDING THROUGH THE MIDDLE. The cycling is easy, and mostly flat, following little country lanes and river banks, through a region packed with interest. Highlights include the beautiful Renaissance château at Chenonceau, which famously straddles the Cher; the flamboyant royal palace at Amboise, proudly dominating the riverside and town, and the dramatic château at Chaumont, once owned by Catherine de Medici (before being forcibly “exchanged” for Chenonceau in a bitter lovebattle with her husband’s mistress), and occupying one of the most stunning sites of all the river’s châteaux. You can visit the elegant Clos Lucé, the C15 manor house where Italian genius, Leonardo da Vinci, spent the last four years of his life; the historic town of Blois which has long enjoyed strong connections with nobility and royalty, and fairytale Chambord, probably the most ostentatious of all the Loire treasures. The hotels on this circuit are superbly placed for you to easily visit all the “must see” sights in this region and range from a fabulous château to an imposing C17 wine-brokers lodge on the banks of the river. Meals throughout are of a very high quality and, of course, world-famous local wines are in abundance!

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St Dye-sur-Loire

Chaumont

Chitenay

Chissay


CHĂ‚TEAUX OF THE LOIRE CYCLING / / / Day 1

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The château here once belonged to Catherine de Medici and is quite spectacular. The beautiful park surrounding the château was added in the 19th century and, between May and October, it hosts the International Garden Festival – fabulous ‘conceptual’ gardens created by green ďŹ ngered artists, and, unusually, philosophers! Alternatively relax by the hotel pool.

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Today’s route takes you over the river Loire and on quiet country lanes to Blois where you can ride round the château in a horse and cart if you need to give your cycling legs a rest! If you’re with children, then Houdini’s House of Magic is a must, but everyone will enjoy exploring the warren of cobbled streets and pretty arcaded squares. Lots of lunch options before carrying on through well-tended vineyards – plenty of tasting opportunities – and sleepy villages to our elegant riverside hotel in St Dye-sur-Loire.

Day 5

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Explore the graceful village and its old ramparts then we suggest an easy-paced 7km cycle (route notes provided) through the huge ForĂŞt de Boulogne to the fairytale Château at Chambord. The sheer size – it boasts 440 rooms – of this enormous palace reects the lavish and ��Ź‚amboyant lifestyle of its original owner, King François I. The surrounding park is today a national nature reserve, protecting all sorts of wildlife including deer, boar and eagles.

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Much of today’s route is along the dedicated cycling paths that link selected châteaux in this region. Highlights include Château de Villesavin (unusual museum of wedding dresses throughout the ages and a huge collection of horse-drawn carriages) and the richly decorated Château de Troussay – be sure to take a look at the elaborately painted ceilings. The surrounding parkland is worth a detour too – many of the ancient trees are hundreds of years old. Your ďŹ nal stretch takes you along quiet rural roads to the pretty wine village of Chitenay where the affable Gilles Martinet and his team will be waiting for you – Gilles is a pretty competent wine buff, so feel free to soak up his expertise (no pun intended!).

Day 7

In Chitenay

It’s very tempting to stay in Chitenay – lots of wine dĂŠgustations in the village – but it would be a great shame to miss out on a trip to Château de Cheverny, just 7kms away (we provide cycling route notes). Made of brilliant white stone, this is arguably the most immaculate of all the Loire châteaux, and is also home to the region’s largest collection of ďŹ ne art. Another option is a 12km round cycling trip through the Russy Forest and to the stunning C16 Château de Beauregard – here you’ll ďŹ nd a rare “kitchenâ€? garden (400+ plant species) and the recently restored Galerie des Illustres portrait gallery.

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Head south past well-tended and sleepy hamlets surrounded by ďŹ elds of sunowers stopping off perhaps at the fortiďŹ ed château of FougĂŠrès-sur-Bièvre. Past Sambin to the superb Château de Chenonceau with its famous arches majestically spanning the river. Described by Flaubert as oating “on air and waterâ€? it’s arguably the most beautiful of all the Loire landmarks. After a visit here it’s an easy cycle on to the Château de Chissay for a well earned dip in the pool.

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Abbeys & Vineyards Cycling Hotel-to-hotel independent cycling

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sGentle, undemanding cycling – totally unspoilt routes sWorld-famous vineyards, superb local cuisine; excellent value for money sFlower bedecked villages, hidden meadows, lovely temperate climate sRoman and Romanesque abbeys; Gothic and Renaissance châteaux sRiverside cafés and beaches; poppies, sunflowers, kingfishers, woodpeckers

NINE CENTURIES OF BON VIVEUR TRADITION, ONE WORLD FAMOUS WINE AREA AND THREE OTHERS TO CHECK OUT, ARE PACKED INTO THIS SHORT NON-STRENUOUS HOLIDAY. YOU’LL HAVE PLENTY OF OPPORTUNITIES FOR GASTRONOMIC PIT-STOPS. AND YOU’LL BE ABLE TO TASTE SEVERAL RENOWNED APPELLATIONS. Starting from historic Auxerre (lovely mediaeval city full of interest), it’s easy, undemanding cycling through a fascinating landscape of hidden villages, water meadows, woodlands and vineyards. Then, following the course of the Yonne, pleasant meanderings in and out of villages and woodlands, with swimming possibilities on the way to Ligny (and at the riverside beach when you get there). Meals throughout are superb. Highlights include Chablis, where wine has been made for over a millenium; the celebrated stained glass at St Etienne; the ancient crypt at the abbey of St Germain; and the early Gothic Abbey of Pontigny.

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One of France’s prettiest mediaeval cities, on the banks of the Yonne. Two Gothic churches: the Cathedral of St Etienne (C13 and C16 with magniďŹ cent stained glass windows) and the Abbey of St Germain (C13 and C14 with C19 crypt).

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Leaving Auxerre, it’s at gentle cycling along the river Yonne and through the forest of St Germain to Seignelay (scene of the C8 defeat of the Saracens; castle remains; ďŹ ne market hall; pretty views over the Serein). Perhaps via the magniďŹ cent Abbey at Pontigny (which gave sanctuary to Thomas Ă  Beckett) to Ligny-le-Châtel.

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A longer cycling day today as you pedal from one little wine village to another – but we’ve planned your route to ensure lots of time for stopping along the way! After a gentle climb to Courgis – lovely picnic spot, stunning views – it’s downhill through Chitry and St Bris-le-Vineux to the River Yonne and along the towpath to Cravant.

Day 5

In Cravant

Perhaps walk (or take your bike on the train) to Arcy-sur-Cure (10km) and visit the celebrated caves, and intriguing Manoir de Chastenay. Then cycle perhaps to VĂŠzelay, fortiďŹ ed mediaeval town, from where St Bernard of Clairvaux launched the second crusade. Or take the gentle towpath to Mailly la Ville where you can swim at the riverside “beachâ€? or watch the canal boats coming in and out of the adjacent port.

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Dordogne Gastronomic Cycling Hotel-to-hotel independent cycling

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sDramatic river valleys, mediaeval towns, fairytale châteaux, prehistoric sites sCycle along the banks of the Vézère, Dordogne, Beaune and Borreze rivers sExcellent hotels – swimming pools at all – lots of ‘stayput’ day options. sSpecial gastronomic menus; world-famous wine discoveries sLovely temperate climate, ideal for cycling

THIS HOLIDAY EXPLORES ONE OF THE MOST FASCINATING CORNERS OF THE DORDOGNE, AND INCLUDES SOME OF THE NICEST HOTELS – ALL WITH PRIVATE SWIMMING POOLS – IN THE REGION. The cycling is varied, packed with interest, and takes you along the banks of the Dordogne and Vézère rivers, through ancient woodlands and past pretty farmsteads and, as this part of France is famous for its cooking and the excellence of the ingredients, we’ve arranged specially good evening meals. You visit the best sights in the region too. The Valley of Pre-History shows how homosapiens lived around 20,000 years ago, and Sarlat’s mediaeval magic will hold you spellbound. The towering strongholds of Beynac, Castelnaud, Domme and Montfort, built during the Hundred Years’ War (1337-1453) have breathtaking views and your route also takes you to little-known châteaux hidden deep in the woods. You’re never far from the Dordogne and Vézère rivers, so you often get the chance to swim and you can go fishing or canoeing too.

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The easier of today’s choices takes you west along the Dordogne Valley, with the possibility of a lunch stop at the fabulous Château de Fenelon – there’s a ďŹ ne collection of armour, arms and objets d’art dating from C15 to C18. The longer route is more challenging, taking you across the river via Carlux, and on through lovely wooded countryside to the little village of Ste Nathalène. Either way, you’ll arrive at our Â?Â?Â? hotel which is set in 3 acres of pine woods overlooking the Sarlat Valley.

Day 3

At Sarlat

This was the old regional capital. The Vieux Quartier is an astonishingly beautiful jumble of widely varying architectural styles, and virtually all pre-C17. A self-guided historical audio walk is available from the tourist ofďŹ ce, and there’s a lively market on a Wednesday and Saturday. You could also cycle to Domme or La RoqueGageac – we provide you with route notes.

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You have a choice of routes again today. You either head west cross country through the rich green rolling countryside of the PĂŠrigord Nord to the village of Meyrals (traditional PĂŠrigourdine houses), or head down to the Dordogne taking in Beynac with its impressive fortiďŹ ed castle. Then along the banks of the river to lively St Cyprien – good lunch stop. Your ďŹ nal stretch takes you up through wooded glades and past the Roc de Cazelle troglodyte cave village and on to the prehistoric capital, Les Eyzies. Our hotel here is set in lovely tranquil gardens and has a private swimming pool.

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Day 6

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A fabulous freewheel down to the VÊzère river and on to visit La Roque St Christophe – the oldest and largest cave site in western Europe – and the pretty village of St LÊon with its charming C12 church and lovely riverside picnic spots. An easy afternoon cycle to Montignac where Isabelle and Vincent Nourisson offer a warm welcome, wonderful food, lovely pool and walled rose garden. A true hidden gem!

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Explore the pretty mediaeval village, perhaps wandering up to the ruined château, before heading off to the nearby Lascaux II caves, ranked as the number one prehistoric site in Europe. Discovered in 1940 by four children looking for their dog, the caves offer an amazing collection of paintings and are well worth a visit. Back at the hotel, the gardens, shaded verandas, swimming pool and sun terrace are perfect for relaxing and soaking up the summer sun.

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Starting out, you head ďŹ rst via the tiny farming village of St-Amand-de-Coly (impressive abbey) and on through wooded glades to Salignac. From here, we’d recommend a short detour to the Manoir d’Eyrignac whose impressive C18 gardens are rated the best in France. Then lovely at cycling through open country passing chestnut groves, maize ďŹ elds and masses of sunowers, perhaps stopping off at charming St Geniès with it’s C14 chapel. Roll through traditional Perigord villages such as Eyvignes and Eybènes (church and manor worth a stop), before heading down into the Borrèze valley. Back in Souillac, there’s time to visit the Vieille Prune Distillery!

Day 9

“Headwater is by far the best company we’ve travelled with. Very efficient, friendly service and very well researched accommodation.� Mr M. H. Clarke

  

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FRANCE: CYCLING

Heart of Provence Cycling Hotel-to-hotel independent cycling

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sExplore timeless and sun-drenched Provence, unchanged for centuries and full of historic and romantic interest sCharacterful hotels – all with swimming pools – great food and local wines sPoppy fields, olive groves, vineyards sWonderful views towards the Med and Mont Ventoux sMore than 300 days of sunshine a year

THIS POPULAR CYCLING HOLIDAY FOLLOWS A TRIANGULAR ROUTE, EXPLORING THE HEART OF “SECRET” PROVENCE. IT IS ALMOST WHOLLY UNSPOILED, COMBINING RURAL TRANQUILLITY WITH BEAUTIFUL LANDSCAPES, AND IT HARDLY SEEMS TO HAVE CHANGED IN CENTURIES. You’ll see dozens of châteaux, and lovely churches, chapels and abbeys. The cycling is relaxed with rural routes taking you through vineyards, woodlands and up to pretty perched villages with the most amazing views. The summer sun is softened by breezes coming in from the Mediterranean and, everywhere, there’s the scent of the garrigue to remind you you’re in Provence. This holiday starts and ends at our hotel in Le Thoronet. In between, you stay in a friendly family-run hotel in Ponteves, and a beautifully converted C16 coaching inn in Tourtour. All hotels offer private outdoor swimming pools and there’s a jacuzzi in Tourtour.

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HEART OF PROVENCE CYCLING / / / Day 1

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First stop is the atmospheric C12 Cistercian Abbaye du Thoronet then it’s a lovely leisurely cycle beneath huge pink cliffs, dotted with white villages, vineyards and tempting picnic spots. Highlights include Carces (great wine tasting and lake) and picturesque Cotignac with its C13 church, fortress and amazing troglodyte dwellings!

Day 3

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It’s a lovely ride today to Tourtour, with the longer route taking you through the Foret de Pelenc and on to the pretty hill village of Moissac Bellevue. Both routes take you via Aups, a great spot for lunch. Time to explore its narrow streets before heading on to the picturesque village of Tourtour where you spend the next two nights in a beautifully converted C16 coaching inn with jacuzzi and two private pools.

Day 5

   

This may be a small village, but it packs quite a punch! Explore the mediaeval old quarter, art galleries and lovely little church before lunch beneath the old lime trees. The more energetic can cycle to the picturesque villages of Ampus and Chateaudouble.

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Your day starts with a wonderful downhill whizz through pine forests to Villecroze, a picuresque village founded by a retired Roman General and later the site of a Templar commandery. on to Salernes – famous for its colourful tiles and pottery – then via the Bresque Valley to mediaeval Entrecasteaux: fortiďŹ ed gothic church at C17 chateau. Your ďŹ nal stretch takes you up through a series of sleepy hamlets and back to Le Thoronet in time for a swim and laze by the pool before dinner.

Day 7

“Thank you for a great and memorable holiday.� Mrs Coady, Australia

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Secret Provence Cycling Hotel-to-hotel independent cycling

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sCycle through ancient villages, sleepy squares, olive groves, vineyards and scented lavender fields sLac de St Croix, Gorges du Verdon, mediaeval Tourtour and picturesque Cotignac sWonderfully varied hotels – all with private swimming pools sSuperb Mediterranean cuisine; world-famous wines; watersports galore sChoice of 8 or 10 night holiday

WE THINK THIS IS THE PERFECT CORNER OF PROVENCE FOR A CYCLING HOLIDAY. IT’S AN AREA OF GREAT NATURAL BEAUTY, AWAY FROM THE TOURIST HAUNTS, MIDWAY BETWEEN THE MEDITERRANEAN COAST AND MARITIME ALPS. There’s varied cycling and not too much traffic; plenty of sunshine, yet cooling breezes; masses to see and do. You cycle through shady wooded hills, attractive Clochemerle-style villages, and discover “perched villages” with sites and monuments going back 2,000 years. Everywhere, you’ll enjoy the typical scents of Provence, the fragrance from the region’s wild herbs, the tang of pine trees and the scent of lavender. And all less than an hour’s drive from the coast. All hotels are of a very good standard and in lovely settings, and all have swimming pools. Wine-tasting opportunities galore!

The holiday concept overall is unbeatable. Independence, with confidence in back up support if required. Good routes giving opportunities to see unspoilt France.” Mrs V Wang, Bedfordshire

Bauduen

Tourtour Ponteves Le Thoronet

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SECRET PROVENCE CYCLING / / / Day 1

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Day 3

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Pedal north through the forest of Pelenq dotted with hidden châteaux. Past the village perchÊ of Fox Amphoux, inhabited since the iron age. Then on via the pretty hill village of Moissac-Bellevue: spectacular views right across the region.

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You really are spoilt for choice here! Our friendly hotel is right on the shores of the gorgeous Lac de Ste Croix and offers direct access to the beach for swimming. Nearby, the lower gorges of the Verdon are well worth exploring and, unlike the Grand Canyon upstream, are much less crowded.

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“We loved cycling in the Provencal hills with its lavender fields, olive groves and vineyards, and the old villages perchĂŠs above them.â€? M. Warner, Perth

Explore this pretty village, complete with mediaeval streets, ramparts, hidden squares and delightful alleyways. Or take one of our favourite bike rides along the ridge to gorgeous Ampus (12km round trip) – superb views out over the Massif des Maures.

  

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Meals: Continental breakfast and evening meals. ! & +j Independent cycling, hotel-to-hotel, no minimum group size. Managed locally by Headwater employed Rep. & j Nice Ville to Les Arcs Draguignan 15:28/16:37. j Les Arcs Draguignan to Nice Ville 10:51/12:04 (Mon-Fri, weekends ask for details).

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ITALY: WALKING

Highlights of Tuscany Hotel-to-hotel guided walking and sightseeing sFully guided holiday: gentle walking and relaxed sightseeing sWonderful art cities: Florence, Siena, Lucca, San Gimignano sMountain and coastal walks; hillside rambles; the Cinque Terre and Apennines sMouthwatering Tuscan cuisine, world-famous wines sRenaissance, Etruscan and Roman treasures

THIS HOLIDAY COMBINES GENTLE WALKING WITH SIGHTSEEING AND INTRODUCES YOU TO THE VERY BEST OF TUSCANY. IT’S A JOURNEY OF EXTRAORDINARY VARIETY AND BEAUTY, BALANCING THE RUGGED LANDSCAPES OF THE CINQUE TERRE AND THE APENNINE MOUNTAINS WITH THE SPLENDOUR AND OPULENCE OF SOME OF ITALY’S FINEST RENAISSANCE CITIES. You’ll visit Tuscany’s bustling historic art cities, and discover some peaceful and out-of-theway corners. We’ll make sure you discover the best of Florence and Siena and, with us, you won’t have to worry about getting lost in the enchanting Tuscan countryside. Above all, we aim to keep the trip relaxed and flexible. Your guide will tailor the itinerary to meet the needs of the group, and to allow for changes in the weather. You stay at carefully-picked three-star hotels in La Spezia, Florence, San Quirico d’Orcia and Lucca. They are traditional and comfortable, with private facilities throughout, and a good choice of restaurants for dinner nearby. (Dinner is included on days 6, 7 and 8 in San Quirico d’Orcia.) Lunches will be arranged en route. We’ll either stop at local trattorie or get together the ingredients for a picnic in the region’s morning markets.

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HIGHLIGHTS OF TUSCANY DAY BY DAY Day 1

Arrive in La Spezia

We meet you at Pisa airport and take you to the lively coastal town of La Spezia (75 mins) where we spend the next three nights. Time for a stroll before a welcome drink and dinner.

Day 2

Portovenere & the Poets’ Gulf 6km/4mi/2.5hr

This morning we charter a small boat to the nearby island of Palmaria, now a nature reserve. Here we follow a circular path around the island and are rewarded with spectacular views of the Gulf of Poets and nearby islands. After a picnic lunch we head back to explore the charming seaside town of Portovenere. Set in a beautiful sweeping bay (great swimming), and once the haunt of Byron and Shelley, it boasts an impressive C16 castle and several mediaeval churches.

Day 3

La Spezia to Florence

After breakfast we set off for Florence (75 mins), stopping off at Pisa along the way to see the Leaning Tower, the Duomo, and the extraordinary C14 Trionfo della Morte frescoes in the Camposanto.

Day 5

Florence to San Quirico d’Orcia

We leave Florence late morning, stopping in C12 Monteriggioni for lunch. We then continue south to the mediaeval village of San Quirico d’Orcia – C12 collegiate church and formal renaissance gardens.

Day 7

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About your walk

Florence

For many, the great art city of Florence is the most beautiful city in the world. Explore the Uffizi, Duomo and Baptistery (pay locally) or cross to the quieter side of the Arno at the Boboli Gardens.

Day 6

Hotel Firenze e Continentale

Cinque Terre Walk 10km/6mi/4.5hr

We discover the heart of the beautiful Cinque Terre following the Via dell’Amore to C12 Manarola where pretty pastel coloured houses cling vertiginously to the dark hillsides, their balconies affording stunning views across the turquoise bay. Then past farmers working their precipitous vine terraces before ascending to Cormiglia for lunch. On to Vernazza for a well deserved swim before returning by ferry to enjoy stunning views over the five lands.

Day 4

WHERE YOU STAY

This holiday is a mixture of sightseeing and gentle walking, with minibus assistance for all transfers. The walks take place on easy coastal paths, quiet roads and valley paths. There are no challenging ascents or descents but walking boots are essential.

Etruscan Walk 11km/8mi/4hr or 16km/10mi/6hr

It’s like stepping back in time today as we walk south through truly unspoilt countryside, taking in fabulous views of Tuscan hill villages, castles and ruins, before arriving at the thermal spa town of Bagno Vignoni where we have lunch. The hot spring basin here was an important Etruscan site, and consecrated to the Nymphs by the Romans.

Day 8

Siena

For many, Siena is simply the most beautiful city in Italy. We start at the Campo to admire probably the most harmonious town square in the world. Then we visit the Civic Museum and C14 Cathedral. On our way back option to enjoy a spot of wine and olive oil tasting (small charge, pay locally) at the Neri’s farmhouse in the heart of the Sienese countryside.

Day 9

Towers of San Gimignano

Today, San Gimignano, one of Europe’s best-preserved mediaeval citadels. The town is famous for its towers, built by quarrelsome neighbours to outdo each other. We climb the highest for a spectacular view. Then on to the immaculately preserved Mediaeval town of Lucca where we spend the next 2 nights. Time to explore its Roman streets, Mediaeval walls and Forum before dinner.

Tour Details

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11 Days/10 Nights from $3146* Tour Starts: Pisa Airport at 12:20.

Day 10 Grotta del Vento & the Apuan Alps 5km/3mi/2hr A short drive north, to reach the majestic splendour of the Apuan Alps. We visit the Grotta del Vento, one of Europe’s most extensive cave networks to discover the alabaster draperies, emerald green underground lakes, limestone stalactite and stalagmite formations. Then a woodland path lined with sweet chestnuts, beech and oak trees takes us to a woodland stream where we picnic. Then past Sorgente delle Turrite where there is an old water mill, then fantastic views over the chain of Alps as we descend to the tiny village of Fornovalasco, and return to Lucca.

Tour Ends: Pisa Airport at 10:15. Departs: Selected Wednesdays from 02 May08 Oct’12. Duration: 11 days (10 nights). Meals: Continental breakfast and 3 evening meals. Holiday Type: Guided walking, hotel-to-hotel, groups of typically 4-8 people on each tour. Managed locally by Headwater employed Guide.

Day 11 Leave Lucca Note: Whilst our guides remain at our clients’ disposal during the tour, local laws in Italy forbid them to guide groups in art cities’ historical centres, or in museums and art galleries. On all days, the timings given are for the actual walks, rather than the complete day trip.

Standard transfers are included from Pisa Airport at 12:20, and returning to Pisa Airport at 10:15. Transfers at other times are at additional price. Hotels: (10) *All prices shown are for low season, per person, twin share

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Secret Tuscany Walk Single centre independent walking

Rating

sUntouched walking country: romantic hills, spectacular ridges, majestic Apennines sSmall and friendly hotel with pool, Jacuzzi and sauna sUtterly unspoiled village in beautiful countryside sExcellent regional cuisine using the very best seasonal produce sOlive oil, wine tasting, cookery demonstrations included

THIS HOLIDAY TAKES PLACE AMONGST THE BEAUTIFUL, ROMANTIC WOODED HILLS OF THE ALTO MUGELLO. THE MOST NORTHERLY CORNER OF TUSCANY, IT IS OVERLOOKED BY THE MAJESTIC APENNINES, AND LIES AT THE CENTRE OF A “MAGIC TRIANGLE” WITH BOLOGNA, FAENZA AND FLORENCE AT THE CORNERS. HILLS ARE CLOAKED IN THICK OAK, BEECH AND CHESTNUT FOREST AND VALLEYS ARE A PROFUSION OF WILD FRUITS AND HERBS. EXPECT TO TASTE MULBERRIES, CHERRIES, SAGE, TARRAGON, BASIL AND ROSEMARY STRAIGHT FROM THE HOTEL GARDENS. The walks follow old mule trails and forest tracks, past bubbling mountain streams, deserted stone farmhouses and along panoramic ridges which form the border with neighbouring Emilia Romagna. Our hotel here, run by Ercole and Roberta, lies in the heart of the pretty mediaeval mountain village of Palazzuolo sul Senio. You’ll enjoy strolling through its narrow cobbled lanes and ancient stone archways, or maybe along the river bank before dinner. At 500m, the village escapes the worst of the summer heat, making it the ideal climate for walking. The comfortable en suite rooms are traditionally decorated, and each is named after a local herb. The hotel has recently opened its own “spa” including small outdoor pool, sun terrace, jacuzzi and sauna. Perfect for resting those weary leg muscles! Also important about Locanda Senio is its highly prized restaurant which enjoys a long standing reputation (not least amongst Headwater guests!). The menu offers the best seasonal produce available, and reflects the traditional culinary recipes of Tuscany and Emilia-Romagna. Even breakfast is a lavish affair, noteworthy for freshly-made fruit juices and delicious home-made cakes. We have included cookery demonstrations, wine and olive oil tasting.

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SECRET TUSCANY WALK DAY BY DAY Day 1

Arrive in Palazzuolo

You arrive at your hotel, in the heart of the pretty mediaeval village of Palazzuolo, in time for dinner.

Day 2

Monte Prevaglio & Piane Valley 14km/9mi/4.5hr

Start your holiday with a great circular walk direct from the hotel passing the ruined Medici tower to the summit of Monte Prevaligo at 956m. There’s a super shaded picnic spot from where you can drink in the tremendous views of valleys and dramatic mountain ridges before a gentle stoll through wild fennel and juniper back down the lovely Piane Valley.

Day 3

The Mantigno Valley 17km/10mi/5.5hr or 20km/12mi/6.5hr

You have a choice to make today after walking up the lush valley to the ancient farming hamlet of Mantigno (C13th castle). Either take the lower walk through sunny meadows past atmospheric abandoned farmhouses and old terracing where generations of labourers tilled the soil. Or, if you are feeling more energetic, climb to the ridge of Blacksmith’s Mountain for glorious views.

Day 4

The Traders’ Trail 14km/9mi/5hr

A lift to Marradi (15mins) where you pick up the old traders’ trail – a route trodden by the likes of Machiavelli and Garibaldi in times gone by. Your initial steady climb is rewarded with glorious views to the north-east up the Lamone valley. After striding crests, your path descends across meadows bright with broom, angelica and wild mint. In the late afternoon, Ercole and Roberta invite you into the kitchen to learn some traditional Tuscan recipes – don’t forget your notebook!

Day 5

Cappella del Grillo 9km/5.5mi/3hr or 13km/8mi/5hr

Today’s walk takes you across high meadows – splendid views over Palazzuolo – and on to the strangely named Chapel of the Cricket (Cappella del Grillo). After descending through giant chestnut forests it’s back to the hotel for an optional well-being session (jacuzzi, sauna, massages etc).

Day 6

Lozzole & Lamone Valley 12km/7.5mi/3.5hr or 19km/12mi/6hr

All walkers will be taken over the mountain to the abandoned village of Lozzole, renowned in days gone by for silk production. Those choosing the shorter route hop out at Villa Fantino and return via the Strada Maestra. This ancient road from Florence is a lovely balcony walk. The longer route is an exhilarating hike along three ridges with contrasting panoramas, terrains and spectacular views stretching up to 70km in the distance. Tonight you enjoy a tasting of local wines and olive oils.

Day 7

Tuscany & Emilia-Romagna 12km/7.5mi/3.5hr

It’s downhill nearly all day today as you explore the Senio and Santerno valleys, on the Tuscan/ Emilia-Romagna border. Passing first the ruins of a former customs house, your path winds down through oak and beech trees to the grassy plateau of Prati Piani – great views of the surrounding hills. You continue through fields dotted with wild basil, sage and caraway to the mediaeval hamlet of Visano before your final descent to Palazzuolo.

Day 8

“This rates in our top three of the many Headwater holidays we have had. Everything about it was superb.” Mr J Grebbell, London About your walk This holiday takes place in the remote hills and valleys of the Alto Mugello. On two days you can choose between walks both at the lower and upper range of a holiday. The terrain is fairly challenging and there are some steep ascents and descents.

Tour Details

Depart Palazzuolo

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8 Days/7 Nights from $2495* Tour Starts: Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport at 12:15. Tour Ends: Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport at 09:00. Departs: Saturdays from 05 May-22 Sep’12. Duration: 8 days (7 nights). Meals: Continental breakfast, 6 picnics and all evening meals. Holiday Type: Independent walking, single centre, no minimum group size, however airport transfers are subject to at least 4 people (in total) booked on each departure. Managed locally by Hotelier. Standard transfers are included from Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport at 12:15, and returning to Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport at 09:00. Transfers at other times are at additional price. Hotels: (7) *All prices shown are for low season, per person, twin share

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ITALY: WALKING

Heart of Sardinia Twin centre guided walking

Rating

sDeserted white beaches, stunning turquoise seas, lush river valleys sDazzling ochre cliffs, traditional white villages, pretty fishing ports sExcellent four star hotels throughout, great regional cuisine sCoastal paths, forest trails, ridge top vistas sLocal guide with air-conditioned minibus

THIS GUIDED WALKING HOLIDAY, LED BY OUR LOCAL GUIDE, MAGGIE, OR ONE OF HER COLLEAGUES, EXPLORES SARDINIA’S HEART, TAKING YOU FROM THE WILD, BEAUTIFUL BARBAGIA REGION DOWN TO THE STUNNING COASTLINE OF THE GULF OF OROSEI. BEYOND THE SANDY BEACHES AND MILLIONAIRES’ YACHTS, SARDINIA IS A LAND OF SHEPHERDS’ HUTS, TRADITIONAL VILLAGES AND TRANQUIL VALLEYS ACHING TO BE EXPLORED. In Aritzo, we stay in a four star hotel run by two brothers, Ninni and Luigi, just outside Aritzo. With a large swimming pool, sauna and jacuzzi it’s the perfect place to relax. The en suite rooms, decorated in traditional Sardinian colours (aquamarine and pale orange), have hairdryer, satellite TV, mini bar and telephone. At dinner you’ll taste authentic mountain cooking. Our walks take us past cork trees to explore the Fiummendosa Valley and we conquer Sardinia’s highest peak, Punta la Mamora. There’s also the 11C church, former 17C prison and Arangino castle to visit. Brother and sister, Alessio and Grazia, run your second four star hotel which is right by the sea in Cala Gonone. Alessio is the chef and freshly prepared meals are served every evening on their terrace overlooking the coast. There’s a comfortable lounge to relax in, and you can easily explore Cala Gonone and its pretty port. Here we explore Sardinia’s prehistoric heritage at the mysterious village of Tiscali, and follow coastal paths to discover its stunning white sand beaches.

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Tiscali Cala Gonone Aritzo

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HEART OF SARDINIA DAY BY DAY Day 1

Arrive in Sardinia

We meet you at Alghero airport and drive (2hrs 45mins) you to your hotel in Barbagia where you’ll spend the next three nights.

Day 2

La Fiummendosa 10km/6mi/4hr

Gently climbing through chestnut woods we reach Serra Santa Maria and its abandoned church. The Fiummendosa valley spreads out before us, as we descend past twisted cork trees, and wild poppies. Sheep and goats graze by the river, shaded by tamarisk trees, dotted with lilies and alive with the scent of wild mint and the humming of dragonflies. We eat our packed lunch (included in your holiday price) of grilled cheese, roasted lamb and fresh vegetables in a charming local agriturismo.

Day 3

Punta La Marmora 11km/7mi/4.5hr

A 30 min drive to the refuge then we set off past yew trees bright with red berries, and violet flowered willow herb to join a path, glimmering with burnished limestone rocks winding along by mountain springs and alder copses to Punta La Marmora where we ascend on a pathway of pink granite stones left over from the Ice Age. We’ll picnic at the summit with Sardinia mapped out below, then gradually descend through meadows, perhaps spotting wild horses and mouflons.

Day 4

Aritzo and Nuraghi of Fonni 7km/5mi/3hr

Today starts with a gentle walk up to the limestone tower overlooking Aritzo and the surrounding villages - superb views out as far as the sea. Then we drive on to Fonni to visit the Nuraghi Dronnero - bronze age dwellings dating back to 1500BC and found only in Sardinia. In the afternoon we visit Nuoro, the provincial capital, and its fascinating folk museum – curious carnival masks, wacky musical instruments and sumptuous sweetmeats are just some of the exhibits. Then to Cala Gonone, where we spend the next four nights.

Day 5

Tiscali 10km/6mi/6hr

We drive to Sopramonte (45mins) then begin our climb through myrtle and rockrose. Soon forest gives way to limestone, and we walk over brilliantly coloured rocks ranging from ochre to indigo to reach Tiscali. Rude limestone huts with juniper branches for roofs, sheltered under a huge dolina. No one knows why there was a settlement here. Some say it was a hide-out from the Romans. We picnic here then descend before returning to the hotel.

Day 6

“This was a quality experience in a wonderful place. Superb, capable guide. Well researched walks.” Mrs Mowatt, Hemel Hempstead

Free Day

You could just relax by the beach, it’s just outside! But it’s a shame not to explore the limestone cliffs and marble pebbled coves of the Gulf of Orosei. There are regular trips from the harbour. On the way back stop off at Bue Marino, the fascinating underground canyon stretching for 15km, to discover some of its colourful limestone walls, stalactites and underground lakes.

Day 7

Cala Luna 10km/6mi/4hr

The Gulf opens up before us with sweeping views back towards Cala Gonone and its pretty port. Then across a rocky promontory to Cala Luna, a cove of impossibly white sand shaded by limestone cliffs and lapped by the clearest azure sea. After picnicking on the beach, we discover the Codola di Luna, a verdant canyon bright with pink oleander. We return to the hotel by boat.

Day 8

Tour Details

Leave Cala Luna

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8 Days/7 Nights from $2417* Tour Starts: Algehero Airport at 09:55. Tour Ends: Algehero Airport at 06:30. Departs: Selected Saturdays 12 May-22 Sep ‘12.

HEART OF SARDINIA WHERE YOU STAY

Duration: 8 days (7 nights). Meals: Continental breakfast, three lunches and all evening meals. Holiday Type: Guided walking tour, hotel-tohotel, groups typically 6-16 people on each tour. Managed locally by Headwater employed Guide.

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Hotel Costa Dorada

Aritzo Days 1+2+3

Cala Gonone Days 4+5+6+7

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Standard transfers are included from Algehero Airport at 09:55 and returning to Algehero Airport at 06:30. Transfers at other times are at additional price. Hotels: (7) *All prices shown are for low season, per person, twin share

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Footsteps of St. Francis Hotel-to-hotel independent walking

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sSuperb walking in Italy’s undiscovered “Green Heart”: deep lush forests, impressive limestone gorges, rare flora and fauna sWorld-famous Assisi – jewel in the Umbrian crown – and ancient Spello, one of the best preserved Mediaeval towns in Italy sExceptionally friendly, family-run hotels – panoramic swimming pools at all – 4 nights in four-star comfort sHighly prized black truffles, excellent local wines, the finest of olive oils sRomantic Apennine peaks, soft terracotta colours, perched villages with stunning views s Wonderfully wild Subasio Natural Park

THIS INDEPENDENT EIGHT NIGHT WALKING HOLIDAY FOLLOWS A CIRCULAR LOOP, EXPLORING THE RICH ROLLING COUNTRYSIDE OF THE ASSISI VALLEY, ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL CORNERS OF ITALY, AND THE TRUE GREEN HEART OF THE COUNTRY. IT’S A SUN-DRENCHED REGION OF DEEP LUSH FORESTS, IMPRESSIVE LIMESTONE GORGES, MAJESTIC LAKES AND STUNNING MEDIAEVAL VILLAGES SEEMINGLY UNCHANGED OVER THE YEARS. AND THE VIEWS ARE SIMPLY SUPERB! The walking is relaxed and unhurried, re-tracing in part the trail St Francis took on his last visit to the town in 1226, and taking in the sacred woodland that for years has been tendered and cared for by the Franciscan monks. It’s a rural route, brimming with rare flora and fauna, along ancient forest tracks, through centuries-old forests and passing olive groves dating back to Roman times. The places we’ve selected for you to stay in are pretty special too. In Assisi, the Tardioli family’s hotel is ideally located just minutes from the historic centre, and boasts a panoramic pool and dining terrace. You also stay in two prestigious four-star countryside retreats. In the heart of the Monte Subasio natural park – the grounds of Le Silve are spread over 230 hectares of spectacular countryside! And, in mediaeval Spello, you’ll stay in a magnificent C17 former mill, crammed with numerous works of art and a wine cellar packed with over 900 bottles!

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Satriano

Assisi

Le Silve

Spello


FOOTSTEPS OF ST. FRANCIS DAY BY DAY Day 1

Arrive in Assisi

We meet you at Foligno train station and take you (30 mins) to your hotel in time for dinner.

Day 2

Assisi to Satriano 15km/9mi/4.5hr

We’ve kept today’s route fairly short giving you plenty of time to first explore Mediaeval Assisi. Make sure you visit St Francis’ Basilica, and the beautiful Piazza del Comune where you’ll find the well-preserved Minerva Temple. Then head out along the unspoiled Francescan trail, tracing backwards St Francis’ steps on his last journey to the town. You’ll skirt the north side of Monte Subasio before winding down to Satriano, in the heart of the Monte Subasio natural park, and home for the next 2 nights.

Day 3

At Satriano

At an altitude of 800m above sea level, the views from your hotel afford a fabulous 360o panorama of the luxuriant natural park and surrounding Apennine Mountains. You’ve literally hundreds of forest trails on your doorstep – the hotel also hires out bikes if you prefer to explore on two wheels.

Day 4

Satriano to Le Silve 14km/9mi/4.5hr

You’ll set off this morning along pine scented forest trails before winding slightly uphill along the Marchetto River. You’ll continue along former drover’s tracks, passing meadows carpeted with colourful flowers – orchids, edelweiss and wild tulips – enjoying lovely gorge views. You cross the gorge via the Ponte del Marchetto, or Wolves Bridge – if you’re ‘lucky’ you may catch the rare sight of a wolf! You’ll enjoy pure luxury for the next 2 nights on the Silve di Armenzano estate.

Day 5

At Le Silve

You almost feel as though you have the world to yourself as you explore the wonderfully wild surroundings of this 230-hectare estate! There are over 20kms of well marked walking paths and trails winding around St Francis’ “magical” Subasio Mountain and surrounding valleys. Have a swim in the new deck-level saltwater pool, and perhaps end the day with a relaxing sauna or afternoon tea in the exquisite tea-room. A guided tour of the estate can be organised through the hotel with photography stations for local wildlife.

Day 6

“Having now been on 10 Headwater holidays, we know we can rely on you! Y ou are good value and give us the type of holiday we want. Simply a fantastic week again!” Mr Benison, Oxfordshire

Le Silve to Spello 14km/9mi/4.5hr

Today’s route follows the lower eastern slopes of Monte Subasio, passing through the restored hamlet of San Giovanni. Then up to the Rifugio di Madonna della Spella for panoramic views on the open pastureland before descending through oak and centuries-old olive groves to finish in charming Spello, one of the finest preserved Mediaeval towns in the region.

Day 7

At Spello

Laze by the hotel pool, enjoy a relaxed lunch on the panoramic terrace overlooking the Chiona valley, explore the town or take the train into Perugia, the region’s capital city and home to infinite art treasures.

Tour Details Day 8

Spello to Assisi 11km/7mi/4hr or 16km/10mi/5hr

The shorter, lower route takes you through lush Umbrian countryside – with its distinctive dark green cypresses and silver-coloured olive trees – and will get you back to Assisi in good time to visit anything you missed at the start of your holiday. The longer, more challenging route takes you via the sacred ‘Eremo delle Carceri’ – St Francis’ famous hermitage where he used to pray and talk to the birds.

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9 Days/8 Nights from $2417* Tour Starts: Foligno Railway Station at 16:58. Tour Ends: Foligno Railway Station at 09:15. Departs: Every two days from 03 May-14 Oct’12.

Day 9

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Duration: 9 Days/8 Nights Meals: Continental breakfast and all evening meals. Holiday Type: Independent walking, hotel-tohotel, no minimum group size. Managed locally by Headwater employed Rep.

FOOTSTEPS OF ST. FRANCIS WHERE YOU STAY

Suggested Rail: Rome Termini to Foligno 15:27/16:58. Return: Foligno to Rome Termini 10:16/12:23. Rail Supplement Return: Second Class: $139 First Class $262.

Hotel De Angelo

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Standard transfers are included to connect with these services. Transfers at other times are at additional price. Hotels: (2), (4), AAAA(2) *All prices shown are for low season, per person, twin share

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ITALY: WALKING

Amalfi Coast Walk Twin centre guided walking

Rating

sThe rich flavours of the Italian South: warm hospitality, vibrant colour, natural beauty, masses of historic interest sMajestic coastal scenery, awe-inspiring views; the most scenic walking on the Amalfi sStunning Pompeii – a classical city frozen in time – and Ravello with balcony views over the bay sExotic Mediterranean flora: olive groves, almond orchards and terraces of lemon trees sLovely hotels: air conditioning and sea views throughout

THIS POPULAR WALKING HOLIDAY IS BASED IN TWO CONTRASTING CENTRES SO YOU CAN ENJOY THE VERY BEST BITS OF THIS BEAUTIFUL CORNER OF SOUTHERN ITALY. IT IS EXCITING WALKING COUNTRY WITH BREATHTAKING SCENERY AT EVERY STEP. Walkers will appreciate the network of wide and well-maintained mule paths criss-crossing the region, some of them centuries old dressed stone steps. The paths wander among lemon and olive groves, pines and oaks, valleys and ridges. They are lined with sweet-smelling herbs and bright with freesias, geraniums and honeysuckle. The tracks are never far from the sparkling blue sea and give spectacular views of the near-vertical towns below. We’ve worked it out so the walks generally start on higher ground and descend to the coast in time for an afternoon dip! Our guide is very enthusiastic about showing off his countryside, as up until now few walkers have passed this way. He’ll teach you all about the local flora and folklore and make sure that you taste the best of the region as well in the hand picked trattorie where you stop for lunch*. Our three-star hotel in Ravello perches above the famous Amalfi coast and affords stunning views from its dining terrace. Just a stone’s throw from the celebrated Villa Rufolo and the historic main square, all 10 rooms are air-conditioned with balcony and sea views. The Bellavista Francischiello in Massa Lubrense is a friendly 33-room family-run hotel right on the Amalfi Coast and with incredible views across to Capri. There is an outdoor pool, panoramic sun terrace and small spa. All rooms are air conditioned with balcony and sea view. * Allow appoximately $25 per day for lunches. Single rooms with sea views are subject to availability.

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AMALFI COAST WALK DAY BY DAY Day 1

Arrive in Ravello

We pick you up at Naples airport and take you to your hotel in the centre of Ravello (90 mins) where you’ll stay for the next three nights. Time permitting, we’ll visit Villa Cimbrone (Greta Garbo’s retreat commanding balcony views over the bay), before dinner.

Day 2

Ravello/Minori/Atrani 10km/6mi/4hr

Walking through vines and terraces of lemon trees we reach the old pilgrim’s chapel of San Nicola which commands stunning views over the AmalďŹ Coast. We then descend to the pastel houses of Minori for a traditional trattoria lunch before walking along the coast to diminutive Atrani. We take the local bus back from here to our hotel.

Day 3

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Ravello is enchanting: “must seesâ€? include Moorish Villa Rufolo and its semi tropical gardens, and Villa Cimbrone, Greta Garbo’s retreat, with balcony views over the bay. After lunch we follow a scenic path down to Ponte dello Ziro watchtower (great coastal views) then descend to AmalďŹ via the Valley of the Mills. Time to visit one of the old mediaeval paper mills, and the strikingly striped C13th cathedral before returning to Ravello by bus.

Day 4

Sentiero degli Dei 11km/7mi/4hr

Past brigands’ treasure caves and terraces of lemon trees, we explore the “Pathway of the Godsâ€?, AmalďŹ â€™s most scenic walk. When the nearly vertical town of Positano comes into sight, we have a bird’s eye view of tiny boats, pretty villas, grey volcanic beaches and churches. Lunch in a seafood restaurant perhaps, then on to our second hotel, in Massa Lubrense, by minibus.

Day 5

Free day

The most popular option is to take a bus from just outside the hotel to Sorrento (15 mins) and pick up the hydrofoil across to Capri. Known as “Pearl of Naplesâ€?, Capri is arguably the most beautiful island in the Mediterranean. It has over 800 species of owers and plants, and magniďŹ cent grottoes along the coast.

Day 6

Pompeii and Annunziata 11km/7mi/4.5hr

First stop today is Pompeii (1 hour by minibus – transfer provided). To see an entire ancient city come to life is really something quite magical so we’ve employed a local guide to enhance your visit. After lunch it’s on to lovely Annunziata, from where the King of Naples laid seige on the English who were occupying Capri at the time. Its pretty park, where we relax, enjoys balcony views of the island. Time to explore the Aragonese castle before descending to the unspoilt port of Marina della Lobra.

Day 7

Punta Campanella 12km/7mi/4.5hrs

Walking through herb-scented scrubland past trees mis-shapen by the prevailing winds, we reach Sorrento’s “Land’s End�, and the watchtower of Punta Campanella. Breathtaking views across to Capri. The point got its name when in 1558 Saracen pirates, escaping with captured women and gold, stole the bell from the local church, but were unable to set sail until they had thrown it overboard. Every year on St. Valentine’s Day the bell is said to rise to the surface and toll once more. In the afternoon we follow a coastal path back to our hotel in time for a limoncello by the sea before dinner.

Day 8

“One of the best holidays I have had for a long time. Your guide was brilliant as were other members of the holiday!� Mr Hirst, Okehampton

Depart Massa Lubrense

About your walk The walking is on mule tracks, dressed stone steps and coastal paths, with fairly long descents to sea level on some days. Walkers with knee problems may have difďŹ culty with Days 2 and 3 as there are a number of steps. Day 4 some scrambling is required on Sentiero degli Dei, and also vertigo sufferers may have problems with some sections on this day (arrangements can be made to omit this walk). Tour Details

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8 Days/7 Nights from $3227* Tour Starts: Naples Capodichino Airport at 11:45. Tour Ends: Naples Capodichino Airport at 09:00. Departs: Selected Mondays from 30 Apr-01 Oct’12. Duration: 8 days (7 nights). Meals: Continental breakfast and all evening meals. Holiday Type: Guided walking, twin centre, groups of typically 6-16 people on each tour. Managed locally by Headwater employed Guide. Standard transfers are included from Naples Capodichino Airport at 11:45, and returning to Naples Capodichino Airport at 09:00. Hotels: ���(7) *All prices shown are for low season, per person, twin share

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ITALY: WALKING

Ravello to Sorrento Walk Hotel-to-hotel independent walking

Rating

sEmerald seas, plunging gorges, pastel-coloured villages sStay in elegant Ravello, Positano and Sorrento; visit the enchanted isle of Capri and fascinating Pompeii sPanoramic cliff trails through lemon groves and vine terraces; snow-capped Vesuvius brooding on the horizon sSwimming possibilities most days; optional boat trips to Capri and Ischia

OUR POPULAR INDEPENDENT WALKING HOLIDAY EXPLORES THE PENINSULA BETWEEN RAVELLO AND SORRENTO JUTTING OUT BELOW THE GRACIOUS CRESCENT OF THE BAY OF NAPLES AND DOMINATED BY THE BROODING SILHOUETTE OF VESUVIUS. THIS VERTICAL LANDSCAPE OF DRAMATIC CLIFFS, LEMON TERRACES AND PASTEL-COLOURED TOWNS WAS VIRTUALLY AN ISLAND UNTIL THE C19, PASSABLE ONLY ON FOOT OR BY BOAT. TODAY THESE ANCIENT PATHWAYS ARE PERFECT FOR WALKERS. Travelling at your own pace, you combine the elegance of eternal favourites like Positano and Sorrento with discoveries most travellers never make: farmers harvesting olives, fishermen crouched over brightly painted boats mending their nets and the bird’s eye view of the entire peninsula from the Pathway of the Gods above Positano. From Ravello, whose exotic formal gardens, Villa Rufolo and Villa Cimbrone, seem to float ethereally between sea and sky, your route takes you first to Positano’s chic pastel houses and enticing volcanic sand beach. It’s then on to Marina del Cantone, and hidden shingle coves few foreign visitors ever find. Private boats frequently sail to Capri from here. Finally you reach cliff top Sorrento. With balcony views over Vesuvius, it’s a great base to visit Pompeii or Herculaneum by train. You stay at carefully picked hotels throughout. They range from Sigra Francesca’s cosy little hotel where all rooms face the sea, in a shingle bay near Marina del Cantone, to an elegant four-star hotel in Sorrento with a swimming pool. Dinners are either taken at the hotel, or left open, where there is a good choice of restaurants. Lunch options are varied: either a panoramic picnic, or a trattoria lunch, perhaps delicious mozzarella, grilled vegetables and fresh fish from the sea.

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Positano Sorrento Fontanelle Marina del Cantone

Ravello Bomerano


RAVELLO TO SORRENTO WALK DAY BY DAY Day 1

Arrive in Ravello

We meet you and take you (90 mins) to your hotel in Ravello just a stone’s throw from the famous Villa Rufolo.

Day 2

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A path descends through citrus groves to Torre dello Ziro, (the Saracen watchtower inspired Webster’s Duchess of MalďŹ ), then along panoramic terraces, to enter the Valley of the Mills (a testament to AmalďŹ â€™s mediaeval paper industry). Emerging from the verdant gorge, the ceramic tiled roofs of AmalďŹ hove into view, as you enter the town. Time to explore at leisure before taking the bus back to Ravello (20 mins; pay locally).

Day 3

Ravello/Bomerano to Positano 11km/7mi/4hr

Today’s walk takes you along the Pathway of the Gods, the region’s most famous walk offering views over the entire peninsula, with Capri’s famous Faraglioni cliffs marking Lands End. Onwards past lemon groves and brigand’s treasure troves to Nocelle – many tempting trattorie for lunch. Then down through lush terraces to the vertical pastel town of Positano and your hotel in the historic centre.

Day 4

At Positano

Positano’s wide black sand beach is perfect for a lazy day, but if you fancy exploring further aďŹ eld there is a pleasant walk to Fornillo Bay with its twin Saracen watchtowers. Boat trips to discover coral lined sea grottoes are available in the harbour.

Day 5

Positano to Marina del Cantone 12km/8mi/4.5hr or 15km/9mi/5hr

We take you in to the hills near Fontanelle (30 mins) from where you wind through olive trees as you climb gently to Sant’Agata. Balcony views over Vesuvius and the Gulf of Salerno – lovely picnic spots – before a paved lane leads past geranium decked houses to Marina del Cantone.

Day 6

At Marina del Cantone

In a quiet bay more accessible by foot or boat than by car, you’ll be tempted to linger at your hotel with sun terrace and direct access to the sea. But it’s a shame to miss out on Capri, arguably the Mediterranean’s most beautiful island. Take the local bus (or taxi) to Sorrento and pick up the hydrofoil.

Day 7

Marina del Cantone to Sorrento 9km/6mi/3hr or 13km/8mi/4hr

We give you a lift to Termini (20 mins – diehards can walk up!) from where you wind though olive groves with ever opening views over the Bay of Naples and its islands Capri, Ischia and Procida. It’s well worth the detour to lovely little Annunziata to visit its pretty Aragonese castle – wonderful views. It’s then on to Punta Capo for an unforgettable panorama over both Vesuvius and the pastel coloured houses of Sorrento.

Day 8

In Sorrento

Staying at your ���� hotel with its unrivalled position overlooking the harbour, you’re ideally placed to visit Naples or one of its islands by hydrofoil. Alternatively Pompeii and Herculaneum – both cities were frozen in time – can both be visited using the excellent circumvesuviana railway.

“Fantastic holiday, loved every minute of every day. Beautiful, inspiring scenery; delicious food, loved it!� Mrs A Huband, Chippenham

About your walk This holiday follows stone steps, coastal paths and some forest trails. You need to be a reasonably ďŹ t and conďŹ dent walker, as the frequent ascents and descents, particularly on the coastal paths, make this a more demanding holiday than the distances suggest. Walking poles are useful for descending the stone steps. Day 4 some scrambling is required on Sentiero degli Dei. Tour Details

Day 9

Depart Sorrento

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9 Days/8 Nights from $2938* Tour Starts: Naples Capodichino Airport at 11:45. Tour Ends: Naples Capodichino Airport at 09:00. Departs: Selected Sundays/Mondays from 01 Apr-14 Oct’12. Duration: 9 days (8 nights).

RAVELLO TO SORRENTO WALK WHERE YOU STAY

Meals: Continental breakfast and 3 evening meals. Holiday Type: Independent walking, hotel-tohotel, no minimum group size, however airport transfers are subject to at least two people (in total) booked on each departure. Managed locally by Headwater appointed Agent.

Hotel Ristorante Garden*

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Ravello Days 1+2

Hotel Royal Prisco*

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Positano Days 3+4

La Conca del Sogno

La Favorita

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Marina del Cantone Days 5+6

Sorrento Days 7+8

For extra nights we recommend Naples, Positano, Ravello or Sorrento. *In Ravello and Positano, we work with other hotels on certain dates. Hotels will be conďŹ rmed at time of booking.

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Venetian Hills Walk Hotel-to-hotel independent walking

Rating

sUntouched walking country: rolling hills, shady forests, vineyards and olive groves sHotels full of character; lovely friendly people sAmazing array of colourful wild flowers: heather, poppies, wild orchids and Mediterranean maquis sVenetian villas, churches and monasteries sSplendours of Venice, Vicenza, Padua and Este – jewel in the Venetian crown

THIS WALKING HOLIDAY IS BASED IN THE WONDERFULLY UNSPOILT EUGANEAN HILLS, TUCKED IN A QUIET CORNER BELOW THE BEAUTIFUL MEDIAEVAL CITY OF PADUA, WEST ACROSS THE PLAIN FROM VENICE. Once volcanic islands, these hills have a striking conical appearance and are cloaked in an astonishing variety of plantlife – holm oak, almond, maple, heather, orchids and poppies are just a few that you’ll see on the way. The lower slopes give way to colourful meadows and immaculately groomed vineyards – little wonder the region produces such a fine range and variety of wines!

Teolo

Cortelà

Galzignano

The peacefulness of the region holds an eternal appeal as a haven for locals to escape the punishing summer heat of Venice. Venetian nobles built sumptuous villas here – you’ll pass by many on the way, and even stay in one. More recently, the hills have become a National Park, with clearly way-marked footpaths. Este

“Seeing [Italy] this way made me fall in love with it and its people. Just so beautiful and clean – you can tell that Italians love their country.” Mr J Oney, South Glamorgan

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VENETIAN HILLS WALK DAY BY DAY Day 1

Arrive in Cortelà

We pick you up at Vicenza station and take you to Gabriella and Alessandro’s farmhouse (50 mins) in time for dinner in their cosy dining room.

Day 2

Cortelà/Este 18km/11mi/6hr

Across bright poppy fields, then through mountain ash and oak forests to the hamlet of Valnogaredo. The convent of Beatrice d’Este crowns the next hill, Monte Gemola. Glorious views over Este as you descend through woodlands, past Byron’s former villa, into the old town. Our hotel lies opposite the castle.

Day 3

In Este

Everyone loves Este. It has a very Venetian feel, criss-crossed by a narrow canal and with an imposing golden clocktower and immaculately preserved C14 mediaeval walls. There’s a public pool (June-Sept), or it’s a short bus ride to the walled city of Montagnana, famous for its hams.

Day 4

Este/Galzignano 11km/7mi/4hr or 13km/8mi/4.5hr

A lift to Arquà Petrarca, still as it was when Petrarch came here in 1370. Visit his well preserved house, then walk up geranium decked streets and past sumptuous C15 villas into the serene hills, not a soul in sight except for the odd wine grower in the fields. You descend through cherry and plum orchards to the fabulous Villa Barbarigo at Valsanzibio, whose C17 Italian gardens are the best in the region.

Day 5

At Galzignano

Catch the local bus (35 mins excl Suns) to Padua, the region’s second art city. View the Capella degli Scrovegni (Giotto frescoes), admire Donatello’s Gattemalata statue or savour a cappucino in the largest square in Italy! Or treat yourself to a spa/massage at Montegrotto – great for aching muscles!

Day 6

Galzignano / Teolo 13km/8mi/4hr

Ascending through olive and lemon groves you reach Monte Rua hermitage – popular lunch stop. A woodland path leads towards Rocca Pendice, an imposing volcanic stone massif. You skirt round it to enjoy breathtaking views across the chain of hills as you descend to Teolo, the only “alpine” village here. Our hotel, an exquisite Liberty Villa, lies above the square.

Day 7

This walk is of easy/medium difficulty. It mainly follows forest paths and country lanes, with just a few steep sections.

Teolo/Cortelà 11km/7mi/3.5hr or 19km/12mi/5hr

Walking through rows of lush green vines you reach the highest point of the holiday, on the flanks of Monte Venda (603m). The plain is mapped out before you, with views towards the Berici hills near Vicenza. Then through oak and chestnut forests, and down through vineyards and olive groves, to Gabriella and Alessandro’s farmhouse for a spot of well earned wine tasting!

Day 9

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About your walk

At Teolo

Supposedly the birthplace of the Roman historian Livy, Teolo is alive with history, and many of the buildings from its Serenissima heyday remain. Or there’s a lovely circular walk around Monte Della Madonna taking in a hermit’s cave and cascading waterfall. For a longer day out take the bus/train to Venice: St Mark’s Square, Doges’ Palace, Peggy Guggenheim Museum.

Day 8

“A fantastic holiday, we loved every minute of every day. Beautiful inspiring scenery, delicious food. Loved it!”.

Tour Details

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9 Days/8 Nights from $2102* Tour Starts: Vicenza Railway Station at 17:03. Tour Ends: Vicenza Railway Station at 08:50.

Depart Cortelà

Departs: Every two days from 05 May-16 Oct ’12. Duration: 9 days (8 nights). Meals: Continental breakfast and evening meals. Holiday Type: Independent walking, hotel-tohotel, no minimum group size. Managed locally by Headwater employed Rep.

VENETIAN HILLS WALK WHERE YOU STAY

Suggested Rail: Venice Mestre to Vicenza 16:32/17:03. Return: Vicenza to Venice Mestre 09:56/10:28. Rail Supplement Return: Second Class $88 First Class $146.

Agriturismo Il Feudo

Hotel Beatrice d’Este

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Villa Lussana

AA Cortela Days 1+8

Este Days 2+3

Galzignano Terme Days 4+5

Teolo Days 6+7

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For extra nights we recommend Teolo, Venice or Verona.

Standard transfers are included to connect with these services. Transfers at other times are at additional price. Hotels: (6), AA(2) *All prices shown are for low season, per person, twin share

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Villas & Vineyards Cycling Hotel-to-hotel independent cycling

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sFlat, easy cycling off the tourist trail – a great choice for first timers! sCherry orchards, vineyards, picturesque little villages sCharacterful, friendly hotels, great Venetian home cooking – dozens of wines to try! sSteeped in history: mediaeval castles, Palladian villas, Roman roads sVenice, Verona, Padua and Vicenza all within “rest day” reach

OUR UNDISCOVERED CORNER OF VENETIA, JUST 60 MINS (BUT A WORLD AWAY) FROM BUSTLING VENICE IS, WE THINK, THE PERFECT SETTING FOR A RELAXED CYCLING HOLIDAY.

Villaganzerla

The countryside is almost entirely untouched by tourism. The cycling is gentle, and takes you through ancient vineyards, cherry orchards and along hidden canal paths. En route you eat well, and stay with some of the friendliest people we’ve ever met – there are specially warm welcomes at Valfrido and Angelina’s farm hotel near Vicenza, and at the Ottolitri family’s hotel just outside Galzignano. This region is bursting with patrician villas, castles and great art cities spanning the 400 years when the area was ruled by the Venetian Republic. Palladio was the most famous Renaissance architect and many of his villas, including Villa Rotonda, can be visited while discovering the Venetian countryside.

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VILLAS & VINEYARDS CYCLING DAY BY DAY Day 1

Arrive in Cortelà

We pick you up in Vicenza and take you to our friendly farm hotel (40 mins) run by Gabriella and Alessandro in time for dinner.

Day 2

Cortelà to Galzignano 38km/24mi

You start along the canal path to Este. This delightful mediaeval town with its pastel, arcaded buildings boasts a C14 castle and an altar piece by Tiepolo in its cathedral. Next stop Monsélice. You can visit its mediaeval castle (converted into a sumptuous residence for a Venetian noble in the C15). From Monsélice you follow the canal past the C19 Villa Italia, before arriving at Sig Ottolitri’s friendly and family run hotel just outside Galzignano.

Day 3

In Galzignano

It’s a lovely circular cycle to Arquà Petrarca, still as it was when Petrarch came here in 1370. Visit his wellpreserved house before pedalling off through vineyards to the fabulous Villa Barbarigo at Valsanzibio – the C17 Italian gardens here are the best in the region.

Day 4

Galzignano to Teolo 28km/17mi or 36km/22mi

Cycling through swaying vines you reach the charming village of Battaglia. Time for a spot of wine tasting – try the local Serprino, a medium dry frizzante wine often compared to Prosecco – before carrying on through the spa towns of Montegrotto and Abano Terme to the Renaissance Abbey at La Praglia, still home to an order of Benedictine monks. After admiring the elegant cloisters and C15 church you cycle to Villa di Teolo where we meet you for the short transfer up to your hotel in Teolo, an elegant Liberty Villa.

Day 5

In Teolo

A former Roman settlement, Teolo’s heyday was in the C15 when it became the summer home of Venice’s doges escaping the heat on the coast. Many palazzi and formal gardens from the period remain. You could take a walk in the encircling Euganean hills (360o views from here) or maybe take the bus into Padua to admire the town’s Giotto frescoes. Or, for a longer day out, take the bus/train to Italy’s most romantic city, Venice. Enjoy a cappuccino in St Mark’s Square, take a gondola under the Bridge of Sighs, admire the opulent gold decor of the Dogés Palace or visit the Peggy Guggenheim Exhibition. The list is endless!

Day 6

“We had a real Italian experience, in an area not usually seen by tourists.” Mr Bent, Surrey

Teolo to Villaganzerla 27km/16mi or 38km/24mi

Today starts with an exhilarating freewheel down through the Euganean Hills to the mediaeval castle at San Martino. Then cycling by the Bacchiglione River you reach Cervarese Santa Croce in time for a relaxed lunch in the square. Onwards, it’s into wine country once more to reach your charming farm hotel at Villaganzerla where you’ll receive a warm welcome from Valfrido and Angelina. There’s time for a dip in the pool before dinner.

Day 7

In Villaganzerla

You could laze by the pool but it’s a shame to miss out on Vicenza. A cycle path (those feeling lazy can catch the bus!) takes you there past the famous Palladian villa, La Rotonda. Nicknamed “Venice of the Terra Firma” for its marvellous architecture – Palladio designed dozens of the city’s buildings, from the Basilica Palladiana in the main square to the Teatro Olimpico – there’s plenty to explore.

Day 8

Tour Details

Ref C08VN

9 Days/8 Nights from $2466* Tour Starts: Vicenza Railway Station at 17:03.

Villaganzerla to Cortelà 34km/21mi or 39km/24mi

Today’s route follows the Strada del Tocai Rosso (the only area outside of Hungary where the red Tocai is grown). The wine road links a string of pretty villages, each with their own Venetian campanile. Then it’s out across the plain to reach Vò Vecchio criss-crossed with canals. The Euganean hills are spread out in front of you as you cycle through the vineyards to Gabriella and Alessandro’s farmhouse for your last dinner.

Tour Ends: Vicenza Railway Station at 08:50. Departs: Every two days from 05 May-16 Oct ’12. Duration: 9 days (8 nights). Meals: Continental breakfast and evening meals.

Day 9

Leave Cortelà

Holiday Type: Independent cycling, hotel-tohotel, no minimum group size. Managed locally by Headwater employed Rep.

You return home after breakfast.

VILLAS & VINEYARDS CYCLING WHERE YOU STAY

Suggested Rail: Venice Mestre to Vicenza 16:32/17:03. Return: Vicenza to Venice Mestre 09:56/10:28. Rail Supplement Return: Second Class $88 First Class $146.

Agriturismo II Feudo

Hotel Belvedere

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Villa Lussana

AA Cortelà Days 1+8

Galzignano Terme Days 2+3

Teolo Days 4+5

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Agriturismo L’Albara

AAA Villaganzerla Days 6+7

For extra nights we recommend Teolo, Venice, Verona or Villaganzerla.

Standard transfers are included to connect with these services. Transfers at other times are at additional price. Hotels: (4), AA(2), AAA(2) *All prices shown are for low season, per person, twin share

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Aspects of Assisi Cycling Hotel-to-hotel independent cycling

Rating

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sGentle pedalling: olives, sunflowers, vineyards and apricot orchards sGorgeous summer climate, soft terracotta colours, sun-drenched landscapes, panoramic views sHigh quality hotels, each with private swimming pool, great local wines, superb regional cuisine sBeautiful hilltop villages and hamlets, each with its own hidden treasures sAncient historic towns of Spello, Perugia, Bevagna and Assisi

FEW PLACES CAN STIR EMOTIONS QUITE AS INTENSELY AS UMBRIA AND, TO VISIT HERE IS TO EMBARK ON A JOURNEY INTO A TIMELESS WORLD OF SUN-DRENCHED LANDSCAPES, ANCIENT HILL VILLAGES AND SOME OF THE FINEST ART COLLECTIONS IN ITALY. This 8-night independent cycling holiday combines gentle pedalling through olive groves, sunflowers fields, vineyards and apricot orchards with the chance to explore some of the most fascinating towns and historic villages in the country. You’ll freewheel along the stately Roman Via degli Ulivi and follow in the footsteps of emperors at the sacred springs of Campello sul Clitunno. Highlights include the lovely hilltop wine village of Montefalco, ‘the balcony of Umbria’, and the fascinating historic city of Spoleto crammed with exciting Roman remains including Emperor Vespasian’s mother’s house, and fascinating original atrium, baths and mosaics. And, of course, no trip here would be complete without spending time in magical Assisi – be sure to visit St Francis’ Basilica with its beautifully ornate frescoes and his peaceful forest retreat on Monte Subasio where he used to stroll and preach to the birds.

Ripa Assisi Spello Bevagna

The hotels we’ve selected for this holiday are pretty special too, ranging from an elegantly restored, antique-filled farmhouse in the heart of the Umbrian countryside, to a panoramic four-star hotel in Spello with a first class restaurant and one of the most prestigious wine cellars we’ve ever stumbled upon! Spoleto

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ASPECTS OF ASSISI CYCLING DAY BY DAY Day 1

Arrive in Ripa

You arrive at our charming farmhouse hotel near to Perugia in time for a dip in the pool before dinner.

Day 2

Ripa to Spello 26km/16mi

Your first day’s cycling takes you through the Chiasco Valley, on country lanes passing sunflower fields, ochre coloured farmhouses and meadows redolent with wild apricots and figs. Enjoy spectacular views of Saint Francis’ Basilica as you approach Assisi, your lunch spot for today, before cycling on along the lovely Via degli Ulivi and through olive groves to Spello.

Day 3

At Spello

Perched on a hilltop and surrounded by well-preserved Mediaeval walls, picturesque Spello provides the perfect retreat for spending today at leisure. If you didn’t get time to fully explore Assisi yesterday, it’s a short cycle back to explore its magnificent historic centre including the beautiful Piazza del Comune, the C13 Giotto frescoes and well-preserved temple of Minerva. There’s also a trail to the hermitage where St Francis used to preach to the birds... not a bad picnic spot! The great art city of Perugia is just a 20min train ride away, or of course you could just relax by the hotel’s panoramic pool and terrace overlooking the Chiona Valley – it’s a pretty stunning place!

Day 4

Spello to Spoleto 36km/22mi

Today is level cycling most of the way along the Teverone Valley with some of the best views of the week. We strongly recommend the short uphill detour to Trevi, a beautiful hilltop village dating back to Roman times and capital of the Umbrian olive oil industry. Finally through ancient San Giacomo and on to our hotel just to the north of Spoleto.

Day 5

At Spoleto

Our hotel here is just 3km from the fascinating historic city of Spoleto. Apart from being a great art city, Spoleto has buildings seemingly reflecting every major architectural style in history, including a Roman arch, a C10 church, C12 Duomo and a 80m high C14 aqueduct. The castle here was a former prison and now houses an impressive art museum.

Day 6

“Fantastic holiday, loved every minute of every day. Beautiful, inspiring scenery; delicious food, loved it!” Mrs A Huband, Chippenham

Spoleto to Bevagna 32km/20mi or 34km/21mi

The wines of Montefalco are known throughout the world, in particular the fine red Sagrantino. There is a climb up to the old village itself, ‘the Balcony of Umbria’, but you are well rewarded with wine tasting, magnificent views and beautiful mediaeval streets. All downhill from here through lush green fields, poppies and buttercups with splendid views over Bevagna, Monte Cucco and the Marche Apennines beyond. Fabulous panoramic terrace for pre-dinner drinks – views across the entire valley.

Day 7

At Bevagna

This morning maybe wander into the mediaeval walled town of Bevagna, our absolute favourite in Umbria. Perhaps visit the C13 Gothic Palazzo dei Consoli, the golden mediaeval theatre, or the C2nd Roman temple and baths that include a spectacular lobster mosaic. And then enjoy a relaxing afternoon by the pool with sleepy views over the ‘green heart of Italy’, the dreamy Umbrian countryside.

Day 8

Tour Details

Ref C08UM

9 Days/8 Nights from $2807* Tour Starts: Foligno Railway Station at 16:58.

Bevagna to Ripa 33km/21mi or 49km/31mi

Not long after leaving Bevagna this morning you find yourself freewheeling down into the tiny, circular walled village of Torre del Colle with its photogenic little streets. Then flat cycling across the plain into the old wine town of Torgiano with its famous Lungarotti cellars. Time for a visit and some tasting before cycling on the ‘Wine and Art Road’ to Brufa, perhaps stopping to try some of the local olive oil.

Tour Ends: Foligno Railway Station at 09:15. Departs: Every two days from 03 May-14 Oct’12. Duration: 9 days (8 nights). Meals: Continental breakfast and evening meals.

Day 9

Leave Ripa

If you want to visit Perugia (local bus or taxi approx 25 mins) we recommend staying on for extra nights here.

ASPECTS OF ASSISI CYCLING WHERE YOU STAY

Holiday Type: Independent cycling, hotel-tohotel, no minimum group size. Managed locally by Headwater employed Rep. Suggested Rail: Rome Termini to Foligno 15:27/16:58. Return: Foligno to Rome Termini 09:15/12:23. Rail Supplement Return: Second Class $139 First Class $262.

Ripa Relais Colle del Sole

La Bastiglia

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Hotel La Macchia

Poggio dei Pettirossi

AAAA Ripa Days 1+8

Spello Days 2+3

Spoleto Days 4+5

Bevagna Days 6+7

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Standard transfers are included to connect with these services. Transfers at other times are at additional price. Hotels: (2), (4), AAAA(2) *All prices shown are for low season, per person, twin share

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Gastronomic Barolo Cycling Hotel-to-hotel independent cycling

Rating

sLuxury hotels: panoramic pools, elegant lounges, gourmet cuisine; outstanding wines at exceptional prices! sBeautifully scenic cycling: truly undiscovered, yet highly sophisticated, Italy sBoundless vineyards, sun-drenched hamlets, stunning views – as far as Mont Blanc on a clear day sHistoric castles, frescoed chapels, honey-coloured squares, pretty mediaeval villages sA mecca for foodies: numerous markets, trattorias, cantinas and atmospheric enotecas

TUCKED AWAY IN NORTHERN ITALY, PIEDMONT IS A REGION BRIMMING WITH SOFTLY ROLLING HILLS, SUN-DRENCHED HAMLETS, WORLD-CLASS WINES AND INCREDIBLE HOTELS. Your cycling holiday is varied and mainly follows quiet, traffic-free country roads. Starting in the lush hazelnut hills, you’ll wind through terraces of swaying vines, verdant pine forests and gurgling rivers to discover pretty hilltop hamlets and ancient castles. The region boasts an incredible array of fine wine towns, including Barbaresco and Barolo, both ideal lunch stops on your cycling days. Other highlights include exploring Alba’s crimson cobbled streets (and trying some local chocolate!), drinking in Alpine views as you freewheel towards Treiso and strolling amongst the tangle of streets and geranium-decked houses of Monforte d’Alba’s wonderful centre.

Castiglione Tinella

The hotels we’ve chosen for this holiday are, quite simply, fabulous: in Castiglione Tinella you’re the guest of Claudia and Roberto at their 11-room country house with a breathtakingly panoramic pool; in Benevello your four-star hotel is a stunningly restored 19C family villa, and in Monforte d’Alba private tastings can be organised in the hotel’s vast wine cellar. You’ll enjoy gastronomic menus everywhere: you’ll either dine at your hotel, if not, at a specially selected restaurant close by.

Grinzane Cavour

Benevello

Monforte d’Alba

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GASTRONOMIC BAROLO CYCLING DAY BY DAY Day 1

Arrive at Benevello

We meet you at Cuneo train station and take you to your stunning hotel (75 mins) just below Benevello. The chef here trained under Marco Pierre White so you’re in for a real treat!

Day 2

Benevello to Castiglione Tinella 35km/22mi

A perfect start with a gentle ride along an open road with balcony views and hawks soaring high above the breathtaking Langhe countryside. You visit lovely Treiso, formerly a summer retreat for Alba’s noble families, before reaching Barbaresco for lunch and cheese-tasting in the piazza. Try some wine too in the enoteca, housed in a C19 church built by the locals in thanks for a good grape harvest! Time to visit Neive, officially one of Italy’s prettiest villages and home of Romano Levi, a renowned grappa maker, before a panoramic climb through Moscato vines to Claudia’s lovely hotel in Castiglione Tinella.

Day 3

At Castiglione Tinella

Castiglione is a great place to spend a lazy day, especially by our hotel’s panoramic pool. However, a short journey away is Acqui Terme, a spa town since Roman times, with two major thermal centres. Or head across to the spumante capital of Asti, with its quaint cobbled historic centre – each September the main piazza is home to a crazy palio horse race to rival Siena’s!

Day 4

Castiglione Tinella to Grinzane Cavour 38km/24mi or 42km/26mi

The day starts with an exhilarating whizz through vineyards to Castagnole Lanze. From here you pedal along the banks of the gently meandering River Tanaro, where herons and fisherman jostle for the best catch from its limpid waters. Time to explore the cobbled streets and bustling piazze of chocolate-perfumed Alba (Ferrero Rocher come from here!). Then it’s on to Grinzane Cavour where a warm welcome awaits at the elegant Casa Pavesi.

“We just love these out of the way places. No tourists, no hustle and bustle, just peace and quiet and beautiful views.” Mrs P A Wakefield, Bromley

Day 5

At Grinzane Cavour

Explore the castle – wine tasting on offer here too. Then perhaps visit nearby Brà, a gastronomic treasure trove where the Slow Food movement was initiated – so plenty of choice for a long, lazy lunch! Lots to explore in the town too, including the C18 rococo church and the strange octagonal Zizzola, where local witches held their meetings! Alternatively, the Banca del Vino in Pollenzo is a wine centre run by the adjacent University of Gastronomics – highly informative and superb value tastings.

Day 6

Grinzane Cavour to Monforte d’Alba 21km/13mi or 28km/17mi

Cycling first through sunflower fields to Roddi, then onto Barolo, an ochre-hued village perched above its world famous vineyards – the tangle of mediaeval streets are dominated by the Marchesi Falletti’s C11 castle. Pedalling on through archetypal Langhe countryside to Monforte d’Alba, whose lovely honey-coloured old town seems to cling enchantingly to the hillside. Your hotel here is pretty special too!

Day 7

At Monforte d’Alba

You might not want to leave your gorgeous C18 villa hotel with private swimming pool, but it’d be a shame not to explore mediaeval Monforte. It’s a lively town with attractive buildings grouped around an atmospheric cobbled piazza. Maybe strike out a little further to Dogliani, dominated by its beautiful onion-domed church and famous for being at the heart of Dolcetto wine production.

Tour Details

Ref C08PD

9 Days/8 Nights from $3799*

Day 8

Monforte d’Alba to Benevello 21km/13mi or 35km/22mi

Your final cycling day starts with a gentle coast along the Rea valley before a steady climb takes you to a stunningly panoramic ridge, weaving through fields of wild flowers and sleepy hamlets to Serravalle Langhe – a great lunch spot with belvedere views. Onwards, you pedal alongside chestnut carpeted hills with delightful vistas once more to reach your beautiful country hotel at Benevello. Time to enjoy the pool and jacuzzi before dinner.

Tour Starts: Cuneo Railway Station at 15:50. Tour Ends: Cuneo Railway Station at 07:00. Departs: Every two days from 11 May-14 Oct’12. Duration: 9 days (8 nights). Meals: Continental breakfast and evening meals.

Day 9

Leave Benevello

GASTRONOMIC BAROLO CYCLING WHERE YOU STAY

Holiday Type: Independent cycling, hotel-tohotel, no minimum group size. Managed locally by Headwater employed Rep. Suggested Rail: Nice Ville to Cuneo 12:36/15:50. Return: Cuneo to Nice Ville 08:33/11:12. Rail Supplement Return: Second Class $146 First Class on request.

Relais Villa d’Amelia

Albergo Castiglione

Casa Pavesi

Villa Beccaris

Benevello Days 1+8

Castiglione Tinella Days 2+3

Grinzane Cavour Days 4+5

Monforte d’Alba Days 6+7

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Standard transfers are included to connect with these services. Transfers at other times are at additional cost. Hotels: (6), (2) *All prices shown are for low season, per person, twin share

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Contrasts of Puglia Hotel-to-hotel independent cycling

Rating

sBeautifully unspoilt region, full of contrasts; interest-packed cycling routes sHistoric wine towns, colourful fishing villages, white sand beaches, ancient olive orchards, tiny farming hamlets unchanged over the years sHand-picked hotels including 2 nights in a unique trullo house; traditional cuisine, excellent wines, lovely friendly people sSwimming possibilities most days

AN OUTRIGHT WINNER WHEN LAUNCHED LAST YEAR, THIS INDEPENDENT SEVENNIGHT CYCLING HOLIDAY EXPLORES A SUN-SOAKED REGION OF EMPTY BEACHES, UNSPOILT VILLAGES, AND LOW FERTILE HILLS ROLLING DOWN INTO THE CLEAR EMERALD SEAS OF THE ADRIATIC. Firmly tucked away “on the heel of Italy’s boot”, Puglia offers extraordinary variety and beauty with a dramatically rugged coast providing total contrast to the lush interior. Your holiday starts just outside the historic town of Monopoli where you spend the first 2 nights. You then pedal north up the coast, passing hidden coves and gold sand beaches, where you have the chance to lunch in colourful fishing villages before heading inland. Here, you’ll be intoxicated by the rich colours of the landscape all intensified by the wonderful limpid light of the Adriatic. Highlights include staying in unique Alberobello – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – and visiting the postcard-pretty white village of Ostuni. Your accommodation is as varied as the landscape, with each place having been specially chosen for its unique charm and character. In Monopoli, you stay in a lovingly restored 7-room agriturismo just 15 minutes by bike from the sea; in Conversano, your beautiful C12 former court house, with barrel-vaulted ceilings, is just a stone’s throw from the elegant Romanesque cathedral; in Alberobello, be seduced by the authentic trullo houses – the architectural symbol of Puglia – and, in Pezze di Grecco, you end your holiday with 2 nights in a beautifully restored C17 masseria (fortified farmhouse) with lovely pool, open courtyard and 200 hectares of ancient palms and olive trees.

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Conversano

Monopoli

Pezze di Greco Alberobello


CONTRASTS OF PUGLIA DAY BY DAY Day 1

Arrive at Monopoli

We meet you at Bari airport and take you to your hotel (50mins) for a welcome briefing and dinner. You spend two nights here.

Day 2

Monopoli circular cycle 38km/24mi (optional)

A perfect start with an easy, flat, circular ride heading south from Monopoli, past ancient olive groves then along the Adriatic coast to the archaeological site of Egnazia, once the location of a Greco-Roman town dating back to the 4th century BC. Visit the museum & archaeological park, or explore the nearby beach.

Day 3

Monopoli to Conversano 29km/18mi

A charming route takes you along the stunning coastline from Monopoli to Conversano. En route take time to visit the small, but vibrant fishing village of Polignano a Mare, idyllically perched on the side of the rocky limestone cliffs. Continue – through the quaint, picturesque village of San Vito, with it’s multi-coloured boats moored up in the tiny port – before finishing your journey in the sleepy, beautiful little town of Conversano. Set amid a landscape of olive and cherry trees, its rambling alleyways and sun-baked piazza are dominated by the Norman castle and Romanesque cathedral.

Day 4

Conversano to Alberobello 38km/24mi

Today’s pedalling takes you through the rolling hills of the Valle d’Itria where the air is perfumed with wild mint and herbs. Stop off in the little towns of Putignano and Noci, and view their characteristic white washed houses and narrow alleyways. Its then off to unique Alberobello and its plethora of trulli houses – the architechtural symbol of the region. On arrival you’ll meet Mimmo, a sommelier and well-known character of the town, who will show you to your own private trullo house.

Day 5

At Alberobello

Spend today roaming around the historic centre, navigating your way through narrow streets, kitsch souvenir shops and tasting local delicacies. Or maybe visit the museo del territorio to discover the history of this unique UNESCO World Heritage Site. Alternatively, a circular cycle route (49km/31mi) takes you deep into the Itria Valley to visit stunning Locorotondo – nicknamed “città del vino” for its excellent dry white spumante wine made from verdeca grapes. Continue on to Martina Franca – a must-see town for its marvellously intact historic centre, beautiful Baroque architecture, and stunning palazzi, with wonderful panoramic views across the Itria Valley.

Day 6

Alberobello to Pezze di Greco 43km/27mi

You’ll spend this morning cycling along beautiful undulating country lanes lined with weathered stone walls, before enjoying a long downhill run with panoramic views of the Adriatic coastline and the lower fertile plains. This incredible descent will bring you down to Capitolo and finishes through a patchwork of almond orchards, olive groves, vineyards and gloriously coloured fields of fresh tomatoes and peppers.

Day 7

“The choice of hotels and restaurants were excellent at demonstrating the culture and friendliness of the Puglia people. A delightful part of Italy that has remained unspoilt Headwater - you have found a gem!” Mrs Richards, Surrey

At Pezze di Greco

Today you could just relax by the hotel’s pool, or cycle to the nearby beach. For the more energetic – a circular cycle route (46km/29mi) takes you to Ostuni, a charming hamlet whose whitewashed arches and houses are neatly piled like sugar cubes on hills rich in olive groves and vineyards!

Day 8

Tour Details

Depart

A relaxed morning to spend by the pool, or a leisurely ride along the coast to nearby Torre Canne & Savelletri. In the afternoon you’ll be transferred to Bari for your return flight.

Ref C07PU

8 Days/7 Nights from $2909* Tour Starts: Bari Airport at 12:30. Tour Ends: Bari Airport at 10:00. Departs: Selected Mon, Wed, Sat from 02 Apr20 Oct’12. Duration: 8 days (7 nights).

CONTRASTS OF PUGLIA WHERE YOU STAY

Meals: Continental breakfast and all evening meals. Holiday Type: Independent cycling, hotel-tohotel, no minimum group size. Managed locally by Headwater appointed agent.

Tenuta Chianchizza

Relais Corte Altavilla

AAAA

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Monopoli Days 1+2

Conversano Days 3

Trulli e Puglia

Masseria Salamina

AAA

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Alberobello Days 4+5

Pezze di Greco Days 6+7

For extra nights we recommend Monopoli and Prezze di Greco.

Standard transfers are included from Bari Airport at 12:30, and returning to Bari Airport at 10:00. Transfers at other times are at additional price. Hotels: (3), AAAA(2), AAA(2) *All prices shown are for low season, per person, twin share

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Caballo Verde Coll de Rates Aixorta Mountain Parcent El Somo

BERNIERE RIDGE

SMUGGLERS’ COVE


6)34!3/&6!,%.#)!DAY BY DAY $AY Arrive Parcent !PRIVATETRANSFERMINS TO0ARCENTnWELCOMEDRINKANDASTROLLAROUNDTHEVILLAGEBEFOREDINNER

$AY El Somo Circuit 12km/7.5mi/4hr 4ODAYSWALKWINDSBETWEENTHREEINLANDGORGESEACHMORESPECTACULARTHANTHELAST&ARMPATHSTHROUGH CHERRYORCHARDSLEADOVEROPENRIDGES WITHEVERMOREEXPANSIVEVIEWSOFTHECOASTBEFOREWEPICNICINARUINED FARMHOUSEBELOWANIMPOSSIBLECASTLEONARAGGEDVERTICALPEAK&ROMHEREWEWINDPASTBRIGHTPINKVELORIUM ABOVEASUNKENCHASM ANDDESCENDTHROUGHALMONDTERRACESPERFUMEDWITHCAMOMILEBACKTHESTART4ONIGHT $AVIDCOOKSAHUGEWAGON WHEELSIZEDPAELLAONTHETERRACE

$AY Caballo Verde 12km/7.5mi/4hr !FEROCIOUSBATTLEBETWEENTHE-OORSAND#HRISTIANSnTHELASTONMAINLAND3PAINDURINGTHE3PANISH 2ECONQUESTnTOOKPLACEONTHE#ABALLO6ERDE2IDGEHIGHABOVE0ARCENTVILLAGEIN4ODAYWEFOLLOW ASTEADYSTEPPEDTRAILCUTCENTURIESAGOBY!RABTRADERSTHROUGHALMONDTERRACESLEADINGUPTOTHISANCIENT BATTLElELD MARKEDBYALONELYCROSSONTHEROCKYHILLSIDE7EPICNICWITHVIEWSOUTTOTHEDISTANT"ALEARIC )SLANDSBEFOREDESCENDINGFROMAROCKYSADDLEINTO"ENICHEMBLA6ILLAGEFORADRINKINTHELIVELYLOCALBAR

$AY Coll de Rates 11km/7mi/4hr 7EWALKTHROUGHORANGEGROVESINTOTHE#ARRASCALRANGE ASCENDINGTHE"ARRANCO.EGROANDPICKINGWILD BLACKCURRANTSAS"EE EATERSWHEELANDCHATTEROVERHEAD,OOKOUTFORJONQUILSnPERFECTTINYDAFFODILSnWHILE THYMEANDWILD!NGELICALINEOURMOUNTAINPATHALMOSTALLTHEWAYTOTHESUMMIT FROMWHEREWEHAVEVIEWS OVERSEVERALSURROUNDINGSIERRAS/NRETURNINGTOTHEVILLAGE LOOKOUTFORTHEpelotaPLAYERSINTHELATEAFTERNOON THRASHINGABALLTOANDFROALONGTHEMAINSTREETTOTHECHEERSOFLOCALSUPPORTERS

$AY Independent exploring of Valencia !FTERBREAKFASTWEGIVEYOUALIFTTOTHESTATIONTOCATCHTHETRAINMINS TICKETSINCLUDED TOTHESPLENDIDCITY OF6ALENCIA6ISITTHE0LAZADE-ERCADO CATHEDRAL -USEODE"ELLAS!RTESORIGINALWORKSBY'OYAAND%L'RECO ANDTHEWORLD HERITAGESITEOFTHE,OTJADELA3EDA3ILK-ARKET 4HELANDMARKOFTHECITYISUNDOUBTEDLYTHE #ITYOF!RTSAND3CIENCES ANAVANT GARDEMUSEUMCOMPLEXTHATATTRACTSINEXCESSOFMILLIONVISITORSAYEAR

$AY Smugglers’ Cove Walk 7km/4mi/4hr -ANYCOVESANDBEACHESNEAR0ARCENTWEREWELLUSEDASSMUGGLINGDEPOTSINOLDENDAYS/URROUTEWINDS DOWNAROCKYDElLElLLEDWITHLAVENDERANDWILDlGTOASTUNNINGTURQUOISEBAY WHERETHESURROUNDINGCLIFFS AREHONEYCOMBEDWITHILLICITSTORAGECAVESCONNECTEDBYMULETRACKS7EASCENDTOASUPERBSEASIDETRAIL LEADINGBELOWSOARINGCLIFFSANDWALKBELOWTUMBLINGWATERFALLS BEFORERETURNINGTOTHEBEACHFORASWIM ANDATRANSFERBACKTOTHEHOTEL

$AY Berniere Ridge 14km/8.5mi/5.5hr &EWWALKSOFFERASMANYHIGHIMPACTVIEWSASTODAYSCIRCULARROUTEAROUNDTHEMHIGH"ERNIERE2IDGE NEARTHECOAST!STEADYASCENTLEADSTOANAMAZINGNATURALCAVEnAFTERDUCKINGTHROUGHITJUSTM FABULOUS COASTALVIEWSSTAYWITHUSTOOURPICNICSPOTnARUINED#-OORISHFORTRESS!FTEREXPLORINGTHEEXTENSIVE RUINSWEPASSOVERASADDLETO%CHO'ORGEANDFOLLOWABREATHTAKINGTRAVERSETOTHESOUNDOFCICADASAND SKITTERINGLIZARDS BEFOREANEASYDESCENTBACKTOOURSTARTINGPOINT

Tour Details2EF76!

$AY Leave Parcent

8 Days/7 Nights from $2154* .OTE4HEWALKSONTHISHOLIDAYAREONUNEVENMOUNTAINTRACKS MANYWITHLONGSTRETCHESONLOOSESTONE7ALKERSSHOULDBE CONlDENTANDMODERATELYlT3HORTSTRETCHESOF3MUGGLERS#OVEANDTHE"ERNIERE2IDGEAREUNSUITABLEFORVERTIGOSUFFERERS 7ALKINGBOOTSAREESSENTIAL WALKINGPOLESARERECOMMENDED

Tour Starts: !LICANTE!IRPORTAT Tour Ends: !LICANTE!IRPORTAT Departs: 3ELECTED3ATURDAYSFROM*AN  $EC Duration: DAYSNIGHTS  Meals: !LLMEALSINCLUDINGWINE  Holiday Type: 'UIDEDWALKING SINGLECENTRE NO MINIMUMGROUPSIZE-ANAGEDLOCALLYBYHOTELIER 3TANDARDTRANSFERSAREINCLUDEDFROM!LICANTE AIRPORTAT ANDRETURNINGTO!LICANTE AIRPORTAT4RANSFERSATOTHERTIMESARE ATADDITIONALPRICE Hotels:AAAA

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Camino de Santiago Walk (OTEL TO HOTELINDEPENDENTWALKING

2ATING

s!LUXURYLINEARWALKALONGONEOFTHEMOSTANCIENTPILGRIMAGEROUTESINTHEWORLD s4HEVERYBESTACCOMMODATIONCONVERTEDWATERMILLS NOBLEMENSHOUSESANDSTYLISHFARMHOUSES s3OARINGCATHEDRALS 2OMANBRIDGES COUNTRYCHAPELSANDTHATCHED'ALICIANVILLAGES s0OPPYSPRINKLEDWHEATlELDS ORCHID RICHWATERMEADOWS PINESCENTEDWOODLAND s3HAREINAYEAROLDSENSEOFACHIEVEMENTTHATWILLTAKEYOURBREATHAWAY

4(%30!.)3(#!-)./$%3!.4)!'/n4(%7!9/&34*!-%3n)3/.%/&4(% -/34!.#)%.47!,+).'2/54%3).4(%7/2,$4(%@&2%.#(2/!$(!3,%$ 4(/53!.$3/&0),'2)-3/.!.+-*/52.%9!#2/33./24(%2.30!). 3).#%4(%#4( 7).$).'&2/-4(%092%.%%3!#2/334(%7(%!4&)%,$3 /&/,$#!34),%4/0!334(2/5'(,%/.n4(%3%!4/&30!.)3(+).'3 &5,, /&3/!2).'#!4(%$2!,3!.$(53(%$#/.6%.43 &ROM,EON THE#AMINOLEADSOVERPINERIDGESANDTHROUGHOAKWOODS BETWEENLUSHVINEYARDS ANDACROSSRUSHINGRIVERSBELOWCASTLESOFTHE+NIGHTS4EMPLARBEFOREENTERING'ALICIA4HE ROUTETHENBUILDSTOASPECTACULARlNALEAT3ANTIAGODE#OMPOSTELASMAJESTIC"AROQUE CATHEDRAL THELASTRESTINGPLACEOFTHE!POSTLE3T*AMES7ALKINGTHE#AMINOISANAMAZING WAYTOMEETPEOPLEFROMALLOVERTHEWORLD (EADWATERWALKERSBEGININ,EONAND INKEEPINGWITHTHETHEMEOFAPILGRIMAGE YOULLWALK DAILYALONGFARMTRACKS PATHSANDCOUNTRYLANES ENJOYINGSOCIABLELUNCHESINRESTAURANTS ENROUTE)NTHEEVENINGS YOULLSTAYINANASTONISHINGLYDIVERSERANGEOFPROPERTIESINCLUDING STATELYHOMES HILLTOPMONASTERIES CONVERTEDWATERMILLSANDSTYLISHFARMHOUSES ALLOFTHEM PACKEDWITHPERIODFEATURES7EHAVEINCLUDEDTRANSFERSAFTERBREAKFASTONTHElRSTTHREE WALKINGDAYS AFTERWHICHYOULLWALKALLTHEWAYTO3ANTIAGO4HERUSHOFACHIEVEMENTON ARRIVALISIMMENSE ANDSHARINGINTHISEXPERIENCEISINCREDIBLYREWARDING %VERYONEONTHE#AMINOHASA@0ILGRIM0ASSPORTTHATCANBESTAMPEDINBARS HOTELSAND CHURCHESALONGTHEWAYTOQUALIFYFORACERTIlCATEFROMTHEOFlCIAL0ILGRIM/FlCEIN3ANTIAGO !LONGWITHYOURPASSPORT YOULLNOTICEAPROFOUNDANDHEARTWARMINGCAMARADERIEWITHOTHER WALKERS ASDAYBYDAYYOUFALLINANDOUTOFSTEPWITHPEOPLEFROMALLOVERTHEWORLD SOME OFWHOMHAVEBEENWALKINGFORMONTHSCOVERINGHUNDREDSOFMILES

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Santiago Arzua Rua

O Coto

Sarria Lestedo Portomarin O’Cebreiro Leon Molinaseca


#!-)./$%3!.4)!'/7!,+DAY BY DAY $AY Arrival in Leon !RRIVEATYOURHISTORICHOTELINTHEHEARTOF,EON-ASSESOFRESTAURANTSTAPASBARSONYOURDOORSTEP SOWEVE LEFTYOUFREEFORDINNERTONIGHT

WHERE YOU STAY

$AY Leon to Molinaseca 16km/10mi/4hr or 8km/5mi/2hr !FTERAHRTRANSFERTO#RUZDE&ERRO AREMOTEHILLTOPCHAPELHIGHINTHESMOKY-ONTESDE,EON THE#AMINO WINDSDOWNHILLTHROUGHFRAGRANTPINESWHEREONCETHE+NIGHTS4EMPLARPROTECTEDPILGRIMSFROMBANDITATTACK !NEASYPATHLINEDWITHWILDCHESTNUTS CHERRIES PEPPERSANDFENNELLEADSTORIVERSIDE-OLINASECA WHEREYOULL MEETYOURHOST*UAN"ELDA WHOHASWALKEDTHEENTIRE#AMINOTHREETIMES

Posada Regia  ,EON $AY

Posada de Muriel AAA -OLINASECA $AY

Hotel O’Cebreiro AAA /#EBREIRO $AY

Rectoral de Goian AAAA 3ARRIA $AY

Casa Rural Sta Maria AA 0ORTOMARIN $AY

Rectoral de Lestedo AAAA ,ESTEDO $AY

O Coto AAA

Pazo de Santamaria AAAA !RZUA $AY

$AY Ambasmestas to O’Cebreiro 14km/8mi/4.5hr !FTERASHORTTRANSFERMINS YOUASCENDTHE2IO6ALCARCEVALLEY CLIMBINGINTOMOODYOAKWOODSSTRUNGWITH LICHENANDSTREWNWITHEARLYPURPLEORCHID/#EBREIROISAN#VILLAGEINTHEHEARTOFTHE#ORDILLERA#ANTABRICA nWALKTOTHEVIEWPOINTABOVETHEVILLAGEFORAPERFECTSUNSETANDVIEWSOVERRANGESOFHILLS THENRETURNALONG THENARROWCOBBLEDSTREETSPASTTRADITIONALTHATCHEDHOUSESKNOWNASPALAZOS

$AY Triacastela to Sarria 18km/11mi/5hr &ARMERSWIELDRAZORSHARPSCYTHESINTINYlELDSOUTSIDE4RIACASTELA ASTHE#AMINOMEANDERSBETWEENHEATHER CLADVILLAGESOVERLOOKINGTHE-ONASTERYOF3AMOSnYOUCANEVENHEARTHEBELLS/NREACHING3ARRIAnTHE ANTIQUESCAPITALOF'ALICIAnYOULLBEWHISKEDTO*AVIERAND2AQUELSLUXURIOUSCOUNTRYRECTORY MINS COMPLETEWITHCHAPELANDALFRESCODININGPATIO

$AY Sarria to Portomarin 21km/13mi/5hr !2OMANBRIDGELEADSOUTOF3ARRIAUPTHE#ELERIO6ALLEY WHEREYOULLTRAVERSETHEHAMLETSOFTHESOUTHERNmANK OFTHE3IERRADEL0ARAMO$ESCENDINTO0ORTOMARINnTHEORIGINALVILLAGEWASDROWNEDBYTHE"ELESAR2ESERVOIR ANDHOUSESSTILLSHIMMERBELOWTHESURFACE4HISEVENING MEET-ARIOSHORSESANDENJOYWINEFROMHISVINES BEFOREAWATERSIDESTROLLAFTERDINNER

-ELIDE $AY

$AY Portomarin to Lestedo 20km/12mi/4.5hr $ROPINTO0ORTOMARINSCHURCHTHENFOLLOWTHE4ORRESSTREAMPASSINGBETWEENCORNlELDSLINEDWITHOX EYE DAISIES3TAMPYOURPILGRIMPASSPORTINCOUNTRYCHURCHESDEDICATEDTOTHE/RDEROF3T*AMESBEFOREARRIVING ATYOURDELIGHTFULRURALFARMHOUSETHISEVENING O Muino de Pena AAAA 2UA $AY

$AY Lestedo to O Coto 13km/8mi/3hr #OUNTRYLANESLEADPASTFORTIlEDFARMHOUSESINTOTHEHILLSIDETOWNOF0ALASDEL2EI0ALACEOFTHE+ING ASYOU ENTERTHEPROVINCEOF!#ORUNA9OULLPASSTYPICALRAISED'ALICIANGRANARIESANDCHICKENSSCAMPERACROSS NARROWSTREETSASYOUENTERVINEYARDS WITHVIEWSEASTTOTHE-ONTESDEL6ACALOURA

Virxe da Cerca  $AY 3ANTIAGODE#OMPOSTELA

&OREXTRANIGHTSWERECOMMEND,EON 3ANTIAGOOR-ADRID

$AY O Coto to Arzua 18km/11mi/5hr &IRSTSTOPIS-ELIDEnATHRIVINGCOUNTRYTOWNWITHTAVERNASBRIMMINGWITHLOCALSENJOYING'ALICIANSEAFOODIN SPECIALISTPULPERIASOCTOPUSRESTAURANTS $ROPINTOTHE2OMANESQUECHURCHTOADMIRETHEFRESCOES BEFORE LANESLINEDWITHBRIGHTYELLOWCELANDINEBRINGYOUINTOTHELIVELYMARKETTOWNOF!RZUA

Tour Details2EF7#3 11 Days/10 Nights from $2964*

$AY Arzua to Rua 19km/12mi/5hr

Tour Starts: ,EON

!RZUASCOLONNADEDSTREETSLEADINTOOPENCOUNTRYWHERELOCALFARMERSWEARBERETSASTHEYTENDVINESANDBUILD HAYSTACKSWITHPITCHFORKSASYOURROUTERISESANDFALLSTHROUGHRIVERVALLEYSCROSSINGRUSHINGSTREAMS4HIS EVENINGYOUCANMARVELAT*AVIERAND-ARIASBREATHTAKINGCONVERTEDWATERMILL WHEREORIGINALMACHINERYHAS BEENTURNEDINTOSPECTACULARPERIODFEATURES

$AY Rua to Santiago de Compostela 19km/12mi/5hr %XCITEMENTMOUNTSASYOUSETOFFTOWARDS-ONTEDO'OZOnTHE-OUNTOF*OYnWHEREPILGRIMSOFOLDCAUGHT THEIRlRSTGLIMPSEOFTHESPIRESOF3ANTIAGO)TISABITBUSIERTHESEDAYS/NREACHING3ANTIAGOSHISTORICCENTRE CONGRATULATIONSAREEVERYWHEREASASTEADYSTREAMOFPILGRIMSREACHJOURNEYSENDBELOWTHECATHEDRALS SPECTACULAR"AROQUEFACADE$ROPINTOTHE0ILGRIM/FlCETOCOLLECTYOURCERTIlCATEIFYOUWISH BEFORECHECKING INTOOURHISTORICHOTELNEARTHEOLDMARKETPLACE STILLARIOTOFCOLOUR

$AY Return home %NJOY3ANTIAGOANDTHECATHEDRALBEFORETAKINGATAXITOTHEAIRPORTPAYLOCALLYAPPROXEURO /RSTAYONFOR EXTRANIGHTSTOEXPLORETHISBEAUTIFULCITY

Tour Ends: 3ANTIAGO$E#OMPOSTELA Departs: 3ATURDAYSFROM!PR 3EP Duration: DAYSNIGHTS  Meals: "UFFETBREAKFASTANDEVENINGMEALS Holiday Type:)NDEPENDENTWALKING HOTEL TO HOTEL NOMINIMUMGROUPSIZE-ANAGEDLOCALLYBY (EADWATERAPPOINTED!GENT Suggested Rail:-ADRID#HAMARTINTO,EON 4HERAILTICKETISINCLUDEDINTHE HOLIDAYPRICE 4RANSFERSCANBEARRANGEDFROM,EON2AILWAY 3TATIONTOYOURHOTEL ANDAREPAIDLOCALLY Hotels:   AAAA AAA AA

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Catalan Classic Walk (OTEL TO HOTELINDEPENDENTWALKING

2ATING

UPPER

s0RETTYCOASTALPATHS LUSHGREENVALLEYS ANCIENTCORKANDPINEFOREST s&ABULOUSHOTELSnSWIMMINGPOSSIBILITIESEVERYDAYnEXCEPTIONALCUISINE s%XOTIC-EDITERRANEANmORAORANGES PEACHES LEMONS WILDSTRAWBERRIESWONDERFULLYCOLOURFULmOWERS s%XCELLENTBIRD SPOTTINGHOOPOES BUZZARDS CORMORANTS WHITEEGRETS s"EAUTIFULSANDYBEACHES TRADITIONALlSHINGPORTS SUN DRENCHEDVILLAGESOFFTHETOURISTTRAIL

4()3 .)'(47!,+).'(/,)$!9(!3"%%.!&)2-(%!$7!4%2&!6/52)4% 3).#%7%).42/$5#%$)4).4//5202/'2!--%)402/6)$%330%#4!#5,!2 "54./44//4/5'( 7!,+).'"9$!9 !.$()'(34!.$!2$(/4%,3"9.)'(4 !.$)30%2&%#4&/20%/0,%7!.4).'4/&)4!3-5#(!30/33)",%).4/ !3(/24(/,)$!9 4HEROUTElRSTFOLLOWSTHEWINDING SANDYPATHSOFMAINLAND3PAINSLOVELIESTCOASTnFREQUENT GLIMPSESOFDAZZLINGAQUAMARINETHROUGHTHEUMBRELLAPINESnBEFOREHEADINGINLANDWHERE YOULLDISCOVERTHETRULYUNSPOILTLANDSCAPESOFTHE#ATALANCOUNTRYSIDE4HElNALSTRETCHTAKES YOUTHROUGHSHADYFORESTPATHSANDBACKTOTHESEAWHEREEXTRANIGHTSCANALSOBEARRANGED 4HISISAWONDERFULREGIONFORBIRDANDPLANTLIFE/VERATHIRDOFTHECOUNTRYSIDEISNOW PROTECTEDUNDERAGOVERNMENTSCHEMETOPRESERVENATURALHABITATS WHICHMEANSASTAGGERING VARIETYOFRARESPECIESGOLDENORIOLES BOOTEDEAGLES PURPLE SHOTCOPPERBUTTERmIESAND COLOURFULWILDmOWERS(IDDENDEEPINTHEFORESTSARESTUNNINGNATURALCURIOSITIESTOO INCLUDING THE YEAROLDDOLMENSANDSPARKLINGFRESHWATERSPRINGSWHICHDREWTHElRSTSETTLERSTO THESEPARTSTHOUSANDSOFYEARSAGO !TTHEENDOFEACHDAY WEHAVEARRANGEDESPECIALLYNICEPLACESTOSTAY4HESERANGEFROM LOVELY FAMILY RUNHOTELSONTHECOASTTOAMAGNIlCENTLYRESTORED#GOTHICCASTLEIN THEHILLSBY#ASTELLD%MPORDA4HEMEALSTHROUGHOUTAREOFAVERYHIGHSTANDARD" "ONLY IN#ALELLADE0ALAFRUGELL ANDALLHOTELSHAVEPRIVATEPOOLS EXCEPTFOR"EGURWHICHISCLOSETO THEBEACH

Begur Castell d'Emporda

Calella de Palafrugell

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#!4!,!.#,!33)#7!,+DAY BY DAY $AY Arrive in Calella de Palafrugell 7EMEETYOUAT&LACARAILWAYSTATIONANDTAKEYOUTOYOURHOTELMINS WHEREALL(EADWATERGUESTSARE ACCOMMODATEDINROOMSWITHPRIVATEBALCONYANDSEAVIEW)TSLESSTHANMINSWALKTOTHECENTREOFTOWN WHEREYOUHAVESOMANYRESTAURANTSTOCHOOSEFROMTHATWEVELEFTEVENINGMEALSHEREUPTOYOU

$AY

Calella de Palafrugell to Castell d’Emporda 15km/9mi/4hr or 21km/13mi/5.5hr

9OUSTARTWITHAMINRIDETO,LOFRIUFROMWHEREYOUHAVEACHOICEOFROUTES4HEEASIERANDSHORTESTGOESVIA 4ORRENTANDTHEFORESTED-UNTANYA3ECA4HENITSONTOTHEPICTURESQUEVILLAGEOF0ERATALLADA POSSIBLYTHEBEST PRESERVEDVILLAGEIN3PAINWITHBEAUTIFULLYRESTOREDARCHES ARCADEDPASSAGEWAYSANDLOVELYSHADEDSQUAREFOR ALONGLAZYLUNCH4HEMORESTRENUOUSOPTIONTAKESYOUINTO,ES'AVARRESHILLSTOVISITTHREEDOLMENnFANTASTIC VIEWSOFTHE%MPORDÌPLAIN4HEHOTELAT#ASTELLD%MPORDÌHASONEOFTHElNESTLOCATEDPOOLSWEVE COMEACROSS

$AY At Castell d’Emporda ,AZEBYTHEPOOLORFOLLOWOURSUGGESTEDCIRCULARWALKLINKINGTHEPRETTYMEDIAEVALVILLAGESOF#ORCA -ONELLS PRETTYSQUAREANDLOVELYCHOICESFORLUNCH AND,A"ISBALnALIVELYMARKETTOWNFAMOUSFORANTIQUESAND POTTERY4AKETIMETOEXPLORETHEOLDQUARTERINCLUDINGTHE#ARRERDE#ALL FORMERLYA*EWISHGHETTOnITSINTRICATE ARCHESARESTILLINTACTTODAY

$AY Castell d’Emporda to Begur 19km/12mi/5hr or 21km/13mi/5.5hr 'ENTLEWALKINGACROSSTHE%MPORDAPLAIN STOPPINGlRSTATTHEWALLEDVILLAGEOF5LLASTRET4HEVASTARCHAEOLOGICAL SITEHERECONTAINSTHEREMAINSOFONEOFTHEOLDEST)BERIANVILLAGESIN3PAIN/NTHROUGHlELDSBRIGHTWITH SUNmOWERSUNTILYOUREACHPEACH COLOURED0ALSnLOVELYOLDVILLAGEWITH2OMANESQUECHURCHAFFORDINGSTUNNING VIEWS4HElNALSTRETCHTAKESYOUTHROUGHPINEFORESTTO-ARIAAND.ARCISFAMILY RUNHOTELINTHEOLDTOWNOF "EGUR4HEFOODHEREISFANTASTIC

About your walk 4HEWALKINGISFAIRLYGENTLEONWELL MAINTAINEDPATHSANDTRACKS4HEREISASHORT MSTRETCHWHICHISNOTREALLYSUITEDTO THOSEWHOSUFFERBADLYFROMVERTIGO ALTHOUGH THISCANBEAVOIDEDBYSHORTENINGTHEWALK

$AY At Begur "EGURISAFASHIONABLEHILLTOPTOWNWITH#CASTLE IMPRESSIVEVILLASANDPRETTYNARROWSTREETSMADEFOR EXPLORING)TSJUSTMINSBYLOCALBUSORTAXITOTHECOASTWHEREFOURBEAUTIFULSANDYCOVESAWAIT3A2IERA !IGUAFREDA 3A4UNAAND JUSTOVERTHEHILL !IGUABLAVA%ACHHAVETHEIROWNSTRETCHOFBEACH SHOPS CAFÏSAND RESTAURANTS&ORPEOPLELOOKINGFORSOMETHINGATOUCHMORECHALLENGING WEPROVIDEDETAILSOFA HOURCIRCULAR COASTALWALKWHICHTAKESINALLOURFAVOURITESECTIONS

$AY Begur to Calella de Palafrugell 13km/8mi/4hr or 17km/11mi/5.5hr 3HADEDFORESTPATHSTAKEYOUTOTHELIVELYSEASIDETOWNOF4AMARIUGREATBEACH WHEREYOUPICKUPTHEPRETTY COASTALPATH PASSINGROCKYHEADLANDSANDCHIC 3PANISHRESORTS,UNCHINONEOFTHEBEACHFRONTBARSAT ,LAFRANCnYOUCANALMOSTDIPYOURTOESINTHEWATERASYOUEAT"ACKTO#ALELLA PERHAPSSTOPPINGOFFATTHE BOTANICALGARDENSAT#AP2OIG INTIMEFORASWIMINTHEPOOLORACOUPLEOFHOURSONTHEBEACHBEFOREDINNER

Tour Details2EF7#. 7 Days/6 Nights from $2180*

$AY Depart Calella de Palafrugell

Tour Starts: &LACA2AILWAY3TATIONAT

7ETAKEYOUTO&LACAAFTERBREAKFASTTOCATCHYOURTRAINBACKTO"ARCELONA

Tour Ends: &LACA2AILWAY3TATIONAT Departs: %VERYTWODAYSFROM!PR /CT EXCLUDING !UG  Duration: DAYSNIGHTS !LSOPLEASESEE NOTEBELOW Meals: #ONTINENTALBREAKFASTANDEVENINGMEALS

#!4!,!.#,!33)#7!,+WHERE YOU STAY

Holiday Type:)NDEPENDENTWALKING HOTEL TO HOTEL NOMINIMUMGROUPSIZE-ANAGEDLOCALLYBY (EADWATEREMPLOYED2EP Suggested Rail:"ARCELONA3ANTSTO&LACA  Return: &LACATO"ARCELONA3ANTS

Hotel Garbi

Castel Hotel Casell d’Emporda

Hotel Rosa

#ALELLADE0ALAFRUGELL $AYS 

#ASTELLD%MPORDA "ISBAL $AYS 

"EGUR $AYS 

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Highlights of Andalucia (OTEL TO HOTELGUIDEDWALKINGANDSIGHTSEEING

2ATING

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“One of the best holidays we’ve ever taken. Loads of culture, fun, superb guide and hotels! Everything was great.” -R7ORRALL 3OUTH#AROLINA

Cazalla de la Sierra

Cordoba

Zuheros Seville Granada Ronda

.OTE7HILSTOURGUIDESREMAINATOURCLIENTSDISPOSALDURINGTHETOUR LOCALLAWSIN3PAINFORBIDTHEMTOGUIDEGROUPSONARTCITIES HISTORICALCENTRES ORINMUSEUMSORARTGALLERIES Malaga

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()'(,)'(43/&!.$!,5#)!DAY BY DAY $AY Arrive in Ronda 7EMEETYOUAT-ALAGAAIRPORTANDTAKEYOUMINS TOYOURHOTELJUSTOUTSIDE2ONDAWHEREYOULLSPENDTHE NEXTTHREENIGHTS

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$AY Grazalema Natural Park 10km/6mi/4hr 7EDRIVEINTO'RAZALEMATOWNANDONTOTHESTARTOFONEOFTHE3IERRASMOSTBEAUTIFULWALKS THEFAMOUS 'OATHERDS,EAP4HESCENERYCHANGESWITHEVERYTURNOFTHEPATHANDTHEWILDmOWERSAREAMAZING !SWE WINDOURWAYTHROUGHCORKOAKSANDEVERGREENOAKSKEEPANEYEOUTFORHOOPOES WHEATEARS ORIOL WARBLERS ANDAWHOLELOTMOREBESIDESINTHISORNITHOLOGICALWONDERLAND4ONIGHTWEDRIVETO2ONDAFOROUREVENINGMEAL

$AY Ronda to Seville 4ODAYWELEAVE2ONDAANDHEADFOR3EVILLE!FTERATAPASLUNCHPAYABLELOCALLY WANDERALONGTHEBANKS OFTHE'UADALQUIVIRORMAYBEVISITTHEFAMOUS0ALACIODE,EBRIJAWHICHHOUSESTHEMOSTWONDERFULCOLLECTION OFMOSAICS

$AY Exploring Seville /URORIENTATIONTOURINTHEMORNINGTAKESINTHEUNFORGETTABLE!LCAZARANDTHEGOTHIC#ATHEDRAL4HENTIMETO MAKEYOUROWNDISCOVERIESINTHISFASCINATINGCITYTHERESTHE&ABRICADE4ABACOSWHERE"IZETS#ARMENFELLIN LOVE ANDTHEGALLERIESOFTHE-USEODE"ELLAS!RTES HOUSEDINABEAUTIFULFORMERCONVENT

$AY Cazalla de la Sierra 9km/5.5mi/3hr 7EHEADOFFTODAYFORTHECATTLECOUNTRYOFTHE3IERRADEL.ORTEMOUNTAINRANGE7ALKINGONTRAILSPAST WHITEWASHEDCร˜RTIJOSFARMHOUSES LINEDWITHABUNDANTBLACKBERRIES lGANDPOPLARTREES WEREACHOURPICNIC SPOTBYASHADYRIVERWHEREWECANPADDLE7ERETURNTHROUGHGIANTCORKOAKSANDAGAVESTO#AZALLA THENITS ONTO#ร˜RDOBAANDOURHOTELNIGHTS BYTHEWORLDFAMOUS-EZQUITA

$AY Cรณrdoba 7EDISCOVER#ร˜RDOBAS-EZQUITAINTHEMORNINGnASTUNNINGFUSIONOF-OORISHAND#HRISTIANARCHITECTURAL SPLENDOUR!FTERLUNCHWEVISITTHEBEAUTIFUL!LCAZARANDGARDENSANDTHEAMAZING!RAB"ATHS LEAVINGTIMETO VISITTHE*EWISHQUARTERWITHITSNARROWSTREETSANDFASCINATING*EWISH-USEUM

โ€œOur guide, Val Edwards, was outstanding. She showed utmost care, her interpersonal skills are superb.โ€ -RS-ONK /XFORDSHIRE

About your walk 4HISHOLIDAYISAMIXTUREOFSIGHTSEEING ANDGENTLEWALKING WITHMINIBUSASSISTANCE FORALLTRANSFERS4HEREARENOCHALLENGING ASCENTSORDESCENTSBUTWALKINGBOOTS AREESSENTIAL

$AY Sierra Subbetica 10km/6mi/3.5hr 7EDRIVEDEEPINTOTHEHIDDENVALLEYSOF#ร˜RDOBATODELIGHTFUL:UHEROSnATINYWHITEVILLAGEPERCHEDON AHILLSIDEINTHE3IERRA3UBBETICA.ATIONAL0ARK7ESTROLLDOWNTOTHEVILLAGETOTHETINKLEOFGOATSBELLSFOR ADRINKBYTHETINY-OORISHCASTLE ANDCONTINUETO'RANADA NESTLINGNINTHEFOOTHILLSOFTHESNOW CAPPED 3IERRA.EVADAWHEREWESPENDOURlNALTHREENIGHTS

$AYIn Granada 4HISMORNINGSDRIVETAKESUSTHROUGHTHEFOOTHILLSOFTHESNOW CAPPED3IERRA.EVADAANDONTO'RANADA ARGUABLY3PAINSMOSTBEAUTIFULCITY WHEREWELLSPENDTHENEXTTWONIGHTS(IGHLIGHTSINCLUDETHE!RABIC !LBAICร“N CURIOUS3ACROMONTEWHEREGYPSIESLIVEINCAVEHOUSESAND OFCOURSE THEWORLD FAMOUS!LHAMBRA 0ALACE RETREATOFTHE0RINCESWHOGOVERNEDHEREINTHE-IDDLE!GES

Tour Details2EF7!. 11 Days/10 Nights from $4398* Tour Starts: -ALAGA!IRPORTAT

$AY Depart Granada

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โ€œThe best hotel we have ever stayed in. Superb. The sta ndard a nd atmosphere of El Cerrillo was unbelievably good.โ€ -RS0LUMPTON 3URREY

Sierra Almijara

Sedella Salares

Canillas de Albaida Archez

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3%#2%43/&!.$!,5#)!DAY BY DAY $AY Arrive in Canillas de Albaida 7EMEETYOUAT-ALAGAAIRPORTANDTAKEYOUTO#ANILLASDE!LBAIDAHOUR 

$AY Three Villages Walk 10km/6mi/4hr (EADINGOUTDIRECTLYFROMTHEHOTEL ITSDOWNlRSTTHROUGHOLIVESANDALMONDSTOTHE-OORISHVILLAGEOF!RCHEZ FAMOUSFORITSBEAUTIFULLYDECORATED-UDÏJARCHURCHTOWER)TSTHENAGRADUALCLIMBALONGTRADITIONALLYFARMED TERRACESUPTO#ØMPETAMAGNIlCENT#CHURCH LIVELYVILLAGESQUAREANDSOMEOFTHElNESTSWEETWINESIN3PAIN

$AY The Silk Route 12km/7mi/6hr 4ODAYSPATHTRAVERSESPARTOFTHEANCIENTBANDITMULETRAILUSEDTOTRANSPORTSILKFROM#ØMPETATO'RANADA 7ALKINGBENEATHTHEMAJESTICPEAKSOFTHE3IERRA!LMIJARA WECANOFTENSEERIGHTOUTTOWARDS.ORTH!FRICAS2IF -OUNTAINS)TSBIGBIRDCOUNTRYHERETOOWITHREGULARSIGHTINGSOFGRIFFONVULTURESANDOTHERBIRDSOFPREY/UR lNALSTRETCHTAKESUSDOWNTHROUGHWILDFENNEL ROSEMARYANDLAVENDERANDBACKTO#ANILLASINTIMEFORALATE AFTERNOONSWIM

$AY Salares and the Arroyo Valley 11km/7mi/5.5hr 7EHEADlRSTUPTHROUGHOLIVESANDCITRUSGROVESTOTHETINYHAMLETOF&OGARATETHISISTHEhREALv3PAINWHERE FARMERSSTILLTRAVELBYMULEANDHARVESTTHEIRTERRACESBYHAND!FTERAGENTLEDESCENTINTOTHEVERDANT!RROYO VALLEYnSTUNNINGVIEWSOUTACROSSTHESEATOWARDSTHEDISTANTSHORESOF-OROCCOONACLEARDAYnITSONTO 3ALARES ONEOFTHEPRETTIESTVILLAGESINTHEAREAWITHmOWERSSPILLINGFROMEVERYBALCONY PATIOANDWINDOWBOX 4HEREISANINTERESTINGCHURCH 3ANTA!NA STILLBEARINGANOLD-OORISHMINARET

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$AY Sedella and The Cajula Valley 10km/6mi/4hr 4ODAYWEWALKTHROUGHCLASSIC!NDALUCIANCOUNTRYSIDEnALMONDS OLIVESANDORANGEGROVESnOFTHEFERTILE #AJULAVALLEY7EASCENDTHROUGHFARMEDTERRACESTOTHEVILLAGEOF3EDELLASETATTHEFOOTOFTHEIMPOSING,A -AROMAM THEHIGHESTPEAKINTHEREGIONBEFOREATAPASLUNCHIN3ALVADOR#HANCETODOSOMELAST MINUTESHOPPINGBEFOREALIFTBACKTOTHE&INCAINTIMEFORACOUPLEOFHOURSBYTHEPOOLORRELAXINGONTHE -OORISHTERRACE/URlNALDINNERISTAKENINATRADITIONAL3PANISHRESTAURANTIN#ØMPETA

“Hotel was unexpectedly exceptional – Sue and Gordon have created something very special and personal.” -RS(ARTSHORN ,ANCASHIRE

About your walk -OSTLYALONGSEMI SHADEDMULETRACKS 4HERESTHEOCCASIONALSTEEPASCENTAND DESCENT ANDASPATHSCANBESTONYINPARTS GOODPROTECTIVEFOOTWEARISESSENTIAL

$AY Sierra Almijara 12km/7mi/5hr !FTERASHORTMINIBUSTRANSFERMINS WEHEADOFFTHROUGHMAJESTICPINEWOODSCRADLEDBYTHEPEAKSOFTHE #ERRO!TALAYAM AND#ERRO6ERDEM /URPATHISARIOTOFCOLOURnBRIGHTREDPOPPIES WILDIRIS YELLOWJASMINEANDPINKOLEANDERnANDTHEREISAGOODCHANCEOFSPOTTINGGOLDENEAGLESSOARINGOVERHEAD 7EPICNICATTHESUMMITOF#ERRO6ERDEnSTUNNINGOVIEWSOUTOVERTHE3IERRA!LMIJARAANDOUTACROSS THE-EDITERRANEAN

Tour Details2EF7!! 8 Days/7 Nights from $2518*

$AY Leave Canillas de Albaida 7ETAKEYOUBACKTO-ALAGAAIRPORTAFTERBREAKFAST

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Castell d’Emporda to Palamos

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Palamos to Callela de Palafrugell 25km/15mi or 23km/14mi

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Hotel Sa Punta

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(%!24/&0/245'!,7!,+DAY BY DAY $AY Arrive in Belmonte 7EMEETYOUAT,ISBONAIRPORTANDTAKEYOUTOYOURHOTELIN"ELMONTEHRS 

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$AY The Serra da Estrela 14km/8mi/6hr 4HEHIGHESTWALKINGIN0ORTUGALSPARKLINGCLEARBLUEMOUNTAINLAKESPERFECTPADDLING RUGGEDPEAKSAND SURPRISINGLYEASYWALKING"EAUTIFULALPINEmOWERSARECARPETEDACROSSVASTAREASANDSTRIKINGGRANITEROCK FORMATIONSRISEEERILYFROMTHELAKES$UNNOCKS $ARTFORDWARBLERSANDEAGLEOWLSINHABITTHEFORESTS AND KESTRELSANDGOSHAWKSCIRCLEANDSOARABOVETHEHIGHESTPEAKS0EACEREIGNSANDTHEREISNOTASOULINSIGHT

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$AY Return Home

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WESTERN PORTUGAL

Porto to Coimbra (OTEL TO HOTELINDEPENDENTCYCLING

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0/24/4/#/)-"2!DAY BY DAY $AY Arrive in Porto 7EMEETYOUAT0ORTO#AMPANHASTATIONANDTAKEYOUMINS TOYOURHOTELWHEREOURAGENTWILLKITYOUOUT WITHYOURBIKEANDRUNTHROUGHTHEROUTESWITHYOUBEFOREDINNERONTHE$OURORIVERFRONT

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Tour Details2EF#//0

$AY Mira to Coimbra: free day exploring at leisure 7ETAKEYOUMINS TORIVERSIDE#OIMBRATHISMORNING ONCETHE2OMANTOWNOF!EMENIUMAND 0ORTUGALS#CAPITAL4HEAQUEDUCTSANDFOUNTAINS STEEPSTREETSANDLEAFYPLAZASAREADELIGHTTO EXPLORE4HEUNIVERSITYLIBRARYAND-USEO-ACHADODE#ASTROARTCOLLECTIONINTHE"ISHOPS0ALACEARE AMONGTHElNESTIN0ORTUGAL7ECANEASILYARRANGE ANDSTRONGLYRECOMMEND SPENDINGEXTRANIGHTSHERE TOENJOYTHEMARKETS RESTAURANTSANDFADOBARSSIMILARTO3PANISHmAMENCOBARS BEFORERETURNINGHOME

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SWITZERLAND:7!,+).'

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$AY Oeschinensee 15km/9mi/5hr 7IDELYREGARDEDASTHEhJEWELINTHECROWNOFTHE"ERNESE/BERLAND /ESCHINENSEEIS INOURVIEW THEMOST BEAUTIFUL!LPINELAKEIN3WITZERLAND!FTERASHORTRIDEUPONTHE.OSTALGIA#HAIRLIFTPAYLOCALLY YOUCLIMBTOTHE VIEWPOINTAT(EUBERGNOTHINGCANPREPAREYOUFORTHECOBALTBLUEOFTHEWATERSURROUNDEDBYTHERAZOR EDGED PEAKSOFTHE$OLDENHORNM TOWERINGMABOVEIT ANDSTRIPEDBYDAINTYWATERFALLSTRICKLINGDOWN FROMTHE&RàDENGLACIER

“Excellent holiday all round – I think your flexible approach is something you have over your competitors.” -RS!-ILLWARD 3TOKEON4RENT About your walk

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$AY The Sud Rampe 12km/7mi/3.5hr or 18km/11mi/5.5hr 4ODAYSTARTSWITHAMINUTERAILRIDETHROUGHTHEMOUNTAINSUPTOTHEVILLAGEOF(OHTENNWHEREYOURROUTE TAKESYOUHIGHABOVETHE2HONE6ALLEY ANDTHROUGHALANDSCAPEOFGORGES PLUNGINGWATERFALLSANDSMALL COLOURFULVILLAGESHEMMEDINBYVINEYARDSONTHEEDGEOFTHEFERTILE2HONE6ALLEY

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$AY Depart Kandersteg

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AUSTRIA:7!,+).'

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LEUTASCHKLAMM

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About your walk

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$AY Rest Day 7HYNOTSPENDTHEDAYIN)NNSBRUCK JUSTMINUTESAWAY4HEROMANTICMEDIAEVAL!LTSTADTISTHEBEST STARTINGPOINT BUTTHEWHOLECITYCENTRE SMALLENOUGHTOEXPLOREONFOOT ISAJUMBLEOF'OTHIC 2ENAISSANCE AND"AROQUEBUILDINGS4HERESEXCELLENTSHOPPINGTOO!LTERNATIVELYYOUCOULDBOOKADAYTRIPTOTHETOPOFTHE :UGSPITZEM BYCABLECAR

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$AY Walk on the Wild Side 11km/7mi/3hr or 13km/8mi/4hr 9OUTAKETHEBUSANDTRAINTO3CHARNITZTOBEGINTODAYSWALKWHICHFOLLOWSPARTOFTHE%'IBRALTAR #RETELONG DISTANCEFOOTPATH)TFEELSLIKEAREALLYWILDWALKALTHOUGHYOUARESTILLCLOSETOCIVILISATION4HECLIMBTHROUGHTHE MIXEDWOODLANDnWESAWROEDEERANDALONECHAMOISGRAZINGINTHELUNARLANDSCAPEOFTHE+ASTENTALCLIFFS nTAKESYOUTOTHEGRASSY(IGH3ADDLEM &ROMTHISWONDERFULPICNICSPOTYOUDESCENDBYACHOICEOF ROUTESDIRECTBACKTOTHEHOTELFORARELAXINGSAUNAANDSWIM

$AY Seefeld High Mountain Walk 12km/8mi/3.5hr 4ODAYYOUGETATASTEOF@HIGHMOUNTAINWALKING ALONGSTRAIGHTFORWARDPATHSANDUSINGMOUNTAINLIFTSTOCUT OUTTHEHARDWORK&ROMTHETOPOFTHE3EEFELDER*OCHM YOUHAVEAMAGNIlCENTŽPANORAMA AND YOUCANSEETHEROUTESOFALLYOURWALKS4HE'AISTAL DOMINATEDBYTHE:UGSPITZE LOOKSMAGNIlCENT!FTER DINNERATTHEHOTEL PERHAPSCELEBRATEYOURLASTNIGHTWITHAFUN4YROLEANMUSICEVENINGINALOCALBAR

Tour Details2EF7,3 8 Days/7 Nights from $1742* Tour Starts: )NNSBRUCK2AILWAY3TATIONAT Tour Ends: )NNSBRUCK2AILWAY3TATIONAT Departs: 3ATURDAYSFROM-AY 3EP

$AY Return home

Duration: DAYSNIGHTS  Meals:"UFFETBREAKFAST PICNICLUNCHESANDALL EVENINGMEALS Holiday Type:)NDEPENDENTWALKING SINGLECENTRE NOMINIMUMGROUPSIZE HOWEVERTRANSFERSARE SUBJECTTOATLEASTPEOPLEINTOTAL BOOKEDON EACHDEPARTURE-ANAGEDLOCALLYBY(OTELIER Suggested Rail: :URICH!IRPORTTO)NNSBRUCK  Return: )NNSBRUCKTO:URICH!IRPORT Rail Supplement Return: 3ECOND#LASS &IRST#LASS 3TANDARDTRANSFERSAREINCLUDEDTOCONNECTWITH THESESERVICES4RANSFERSATOTHERTIMESAREAT ADDITIONALPRICE Hotels:  Note: 4ICKETSFORLOCALBUSESTRAINSANDSKILIFTSFOR THEWALKSANDACTIVITIESARENOTINCLUDED"EFORE *UNE THE+REITHLIFT$AY ANDSOMEMOUNTAIN RESTAURANTSAREOPENATWEEKENDSONLY

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LAKE CONSTANCE:#9#,).'

Lake Constance Cycling (OTEL TO HOTELINDEPENDENTCYCLING

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Meersburg Stein am Rhein

Konstanz

Friedrichshafen

Bregenz Rorschach


,!+%#/.34!.#%#9#,).'DAY BY DAY $AY Arrive in Bregenz 9OUARRIVEATYOURHOTELnAHISTORICCOACHINGINNnINTHECENTREOF"REGENZ%XPLORETHEANCIENTCOBBLEDSTREETS OFTHEOLDTOWNBEFOREDINNERONTHECOURTYARDTERRACE

$AY Bregenz to Arbon 37km/23mi 3TUNNINGVIEWSOFTHESNOW CAPPED!LPINEPEAKSTHISMORNINGASYOUCYCLEWESTALONG,AKE#ONSTANCES SOUTHERNSHOREBEFORECROSSINGTHEMIGHTY2HINEDELTATHATSTRADDLESTHEBORDERBETWEEN!USTRIAAND 3WITZERLAND)TSANAREAOFGREATNATURALBEAUTYANDAREFUGEFORWILDLIFEnKEEPYOUREYESPEELEDFORKINGlSHERS INTHEREEDS9OURlNALSTRETCHTAKESYOUAROUNDTHELAKETO!RBONnPRETTYHALF TIMBEREDHOUSESAND# CASTLESnWHEREYOULLSPENDTHENEXTTWONIGHTS

$AY At Arbon (OPONTHETRAINOPTIONTOTAKEYOURBIKETOO FORTHEMINUTERIDEKM TOHISTORIC3T'ALLENnABUSTLING MARKETTOWNPACKEDWITH#MERCHANTSHOUSESANDOPENAIRRESTAURANTS%XPLORETHE#"ENEDICTINE!BBEYS FABULOUS5.%3#/LIBRARY THENBLOWTHECOBWEBSAWAYBYFREEWHEELINGBACKDOWNTOTHELAKESIDE4HEREARE LOTSOFSWIMMINGPOSSIBILITIES ANDITSEASYWATERFRONTCYCLINGBACKTOTHEHOTEL

$AY Arbon to Stein am Rhein 41km/27mi or 58km/38mi /PTIONTOTAKETHETRAINTO'UETTINGENTHISMORNINGANDSHORTENYOURROUTE/THERWISEPEDALLINGCLOCKWISEAROUND THELAKE YOULLPASSNUMEROUSPOSTCARD PRETTY WATERFRONTVILLAGESAFFORDINGLOTSOFPANORAMICSUNTERRACESFOR COFFEESTOPSANDLUNCH)NTHEAFTERNOON YOUCOASTEFFORTLESSLYBETWEENSLEEPYHARBOURS THEWHITESAILSFROMTHE BOATSREmECTINGBRIGHTLYONTHECLEARBLUEWATERS

$AY In Stein am Rhein )TSEASYTOSPENDTHEDAYINMEDIAEVAL3TEINAM2HEINWITHITS#MONASTERY BEAUTIFULFRESCOEDSQUAREAND LOVELYCHOCOLATESHOPS!LTERNATIVELY 3CHAFFHAUSEN ALIVELY'ERMANTOWNFULLOFSTREETTHEATREINTHESUMMER ISIDEALFORADAYTRIP)TISGREATFORSHOPPING ANDHASRIVERSIDECYCLEPATHSTO3CHLOSS,AUFENnATINYCASTLE PERCHEDPRECARIOUSLYABOVETHETUMBLING2HEINFALLSWATERFALLnTHEBIGGESTIN%UROPE

“Excellent trip, looking forward to our new Headwater holiday!” -RS,E0AGE 'UERNSEY

$AY Stein am Rhein to Konstanz 45km/28mi &REEWHEELINGEASTTHISMORNING YOULLSOONCROSSTHEBORDERTOENTER'ERMANYnLOOKOUTFORCORMORANTANDRED CRESTEDPOCHARDINTHE(ORNSTAAD.ATURE2ESERVE)TSTHENONTO+ONSTANZ UNOFlCIALREGIONALCAPITAL

$AY In Konstanz 9OUCOULDEASILYSPENDTHEDAYEXPLORINGTHENARROWSTREETSOF+ONSTANZVISITTHE!LTSTADT -UNSTERANDLIVELYCENTRE CRAMMEDWITHQUIRKYSHOPSANDMUSEUMS!LTERNATIVELYHOPONABOATTOVISIT-AINAU)SLANDSPALACEAND LANDSCAPEDROSEGARDENS)FYOUTAKEYOURBIKE YOUCANPEDALBACKATLEISUREALONGTRAFlC FREELAKESIDECYCLEPATHS

$AY Konstanz to Friedrichshafen 25km/16mi )TISASHORTRIDETHROUGHOAKFORESTTOCATCHTHEMINUTEFERRYRIDEINCLUDED TOFAIRYTALE-EERSBURGWITHITSTWIN CASTLES STEEPSTREETSANDHILLSIDESOFVINES4HEN PEDALLINGSOUTH ITSLIKESTEPPINGBACKINTIMEASYOUPASSFARMERSIN TRILBYHATSANDWAISTCOATSTHRESHINGHAYINTHEPOPPY DUSTEDWHEATlELDS!GENTLECOASTTHROUGHTHE%RISKIRCHEREED MARSHESTAKESYOUTHROUGHPRETTY,ANGENARGENANDONTO&RIEDRICHSHAFEN

Tour Details

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11 Days/10 Nights from $3070*

$AY In Friedrichshafen 9OUHAVESOMESUPERBWINETASTINGOPPORTUNITIESONYOURDOORSTEPTODAYnLOCAL-àLLER 4HURGAUWINESCOMEFROM 2IESLINGAND3ILVANERGRAPESFORWHICH,AKE#ONSTANCEISFAMOUS/RVISIT&RIEDRICHSCHAFENSAMAZING:EPPELIN-USEUM nFULLOFFASCINATINGKNICK KNACKS INCLUDINGANORIGINALMENUANDWINELISTFROMTHE(INDENBURG

$AY Friedrichshafen to Bregenz 34km/21mi 4HROUGHPEACEFULVINEYARDSANDCHERRYORCHARDSENROUTETOLOVELY,INDAU AGORGEOUSISLANDVILLAGESURROUNDEDBY COBALTBLUEWATERSWITHLONGDISTANCEVIEWSOFRAZOR EDGEDPEAKSACROSSTHELAKE,OTSOFIDYLLICCHOICESFORLUNCHTHEN KEEPINGTHELAKEATYOURSIDE AlNALSWOOSHTAKESYOUBACKDOWNTO"REGENZ)FTIME PERHAPS TAKETHECABLECARUP 0FANDERMOUNTAIN  M FORAFANTASTICVISTAOFYOURENTIREROUTEnAREALACHIEVEMENT

$AY Leave Bregenz

Tour Starts: "REGENZ2AILWAY3TATIONAT Tour Ends: "REGENZ2AILWAY3TATIONAT Departs: %VERYTWOORTHREEDAYSFROM!PR  /CT Duration: DAYSNIGHTS  Meals:#ONTINENTALBREAKFASTANDEVENINGMEALS Holiday Type:)NDEPENDENTCYCLING HOTEL TO HOTEL NOMINIMUMGROUPSIZE-ANAGEDLOCALLYBY (EADWATERAPPOINTEDAGENT Suggested Rail: :URICH!IRPORTTO"REGENZ 

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Hotel Seegarten

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Hotel Rheinfels

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Golden Tulip Halm

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Hotel Buchhornerhof

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AUSTRIA:#9#,).'

Austrian Lakes Cycling (OTEL TO HOTELINDEPENDENTCYCLING

2ATING

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“This was one of the best holidays I have ever had. Every aspect of it was very good to excellent.” -RS-ILLAR ,ONDON

Gmunden

Attersee

Mondsee

Ebensee

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Bad Ischl


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Optional 2 night extension in Bad Ischl

Arrive in Mondsee

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Mondsee to Attersee 25km/16mi

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At Attersee

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$AY

Attersee to Gmunden 39km/24mi

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At Gmunden

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Gmunden to Bad Ischl 19km/12mi

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At Bad Ischl (optional 2-night extension-see opposite)

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$AYOR Bad Ischl to Strobl 16km/10mi %XPLORETHE%MPEROR&RANZ*OSEFSFORMERHOLIDAYHOME THE+AISERVILLA BEFORESETTINGOFFALONGTHEBANKSOFTHE 2IVER)SCHL3UNLIGHTSPARKLESONTHEWATERASYOUPASSTINYSHRINESHIDDENINTHEPINESBELOW,EONSBERGAND "LECKWANDPEAKS,AKESIDE3TROBLHASAPOPULARBEACHFRONTFORACOOLINGSWIMORJOINABOATCRUISEONTHELAKE

“This was one of the best holidays we have had with Headwater! What a beautiful, clean country and we felt so safe, everyone is so friendly and helpful.” -R/WENS -ORAYSHIRE

$AYOR In Strobl )TSEASYTOSPENDTHEDAYIN3TROBLSUMMERTOBOGGANRUN CABLECARS WATERSPORTSANDANIMALPARK !LTERNATIVELY THEFAIRY TALECITYOF3ALZBURn"AROQUEJEWELAND5.%3#/ RECOGNISEDHISTORICOLDCENTREn ISJUSTANMINUTEBUSRIDEAWAY

$AYOR Strobl to Mondsee 30km/19mi

Tour Details2EF#3: 11 Days/10 Nights from $3018* Tour Starts: 3ALZBURG!IRPORTAT

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$AYORReturn home 7ETAKEYOUTO3ALZBURGFORYOURONWARDJOURNEY

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Hotel Waldmuhle

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AUSTRIA:#9#,).'

The Swiss Lakes (OTEL TO HOTELINDEPENDENTCYCLING

2ATING

LOWER

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Neuchatel Yverdon des Bains Aarberg Murten


4(%37)33,!+%3DAY BY DAY $AY

Arrive in Aarberg

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$AY

Aarberg to Neuchatel 35km/22mi

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In Neuchatel

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Neuchatel to Yverdon des Bains 42km/26mi

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“One of the best trips in our 19 years of cycling holidays.” -RS-ILNE 3OUTHAMPTON

In Yverdon

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Yverdon des Bains to Murten 21km/13mi or 49km/30mi

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In Murten

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Murten to Aarberg 26km/16mi

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CROATIA:7!,+).'

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Trogir Split Blaca

BRAC

Bol

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$AY Makarska and Brac Island 6km/3.5mi/2.5hr 4ODAYWEHEADTO"RAC)SLANDVIA3TONHRTRANSFERINCLUDEDKMALONGTHE"OSNIANCOASTLINE FAMOUSFORITS OYSTERS!FTEREXPLORINGTHETOWNS-EDIAEVALRAMPARTS ASHORTCOASTALWALKLEADSUSTOANOYSTERFARMWHERE WELEARNMOREABOUTHOWTHElSHAREPREPARED4HENTO-AKARSKAWHEREWEBOARDTHEMINFERRYBACKTO "RAC)SLAND!FTERLUNCHIN3UPETARWEFOLLOWAMULETRACKCLIMBINGGENTLYPASTOLIVEGROVESANDlGSTO3KRIP THEOLDESTTOWNONTHEISLAND7EVISITTHE&OLK-USEUMHOUSEDINA#TOWERBUILTTOFENDOFFTHE4URKS ARRIVINGATOURHOTELIN"OLINTIMEFORASWIMINTHESEABEFOREDINNER

$AY Blaca Monastery 10km/7mi/5hr 6ISIT"LACA"AYWHEREWELLLEARNHOWTHEFEISTYMONKSONCEEXPORTED LITRESOFWINEAYEARTO6ENICEAND HADA6IENNESEPIANOHAULEDUPHERE BEFOREFOLLOWINGACOASTALPATHTHATWINDSTHROUGHPINETREESTOTURQUOISE BLUECOVESWHEREWELLSTOPFORAPICNIC4HENALASTSWIMON"OLSHORSESHOESANDYBEACHBEFOREDINNERINTHE OLDTOWN

$AY Bol to Trogir via Split

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Hotel Argentina

Hotel Kastil

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TURKEY:7!,+).'

Ancient and Classical Turkey (OTEL TO HOTELGUIDEDWALKINGANDSIGHTSEEING

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Asos Pergamon

Foca

Ephesus

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Hotel Avicenna

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Hotel Kalyon

Nilyan Pensionf

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GOZO

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San Lawrenz

Xaghra

Ta Cenc


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$AY In San Lawrenz 0ERHAPSVISIT$WERJA0OINTTHERESAFREESHUTTLEFROMYOURHOTEL WHEREYOULLlNDSPECTACULARCOASTALSCENERY ANDSOMEOF'OZOSMOSTRECOGNISABLESIGHTSSUCHASTHE)NLAND3EA THESTUNNING!ZURE7INDOWWHERETHE BLUESEAANDSKYISFRAMEDBYAHONEY COLOUREDSTONEARCHWAY AND&UNGUS2OCK/URlVESTARHOTELHAS SEVERALPOOLSASWELLASONEOF%UROPESBESTSPAS SOTHERESNOEXCUSENOTTOSOOTHEANYACHINGMUSCLES

“It was a lovely holiday. The island of Gozo and its people are quite unique. Cycling was a very good way to see it.” -R!KERS /XFORD

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Planning your holiday Travel arrangements and timings

Hotel bedrooms

Details of when and where your holiday starts are shown in holiday descriptions. Prices shown are tour only prices for each holiday based on the least expensive season, including transfers. Transfers are at set times/locations that are shown for each tour. If required, these transfers must be requested on the booking form. Transfers at alternative times or locations may be able to be booked at an additional cost. If you do not require transfers you should make your own arrangements to/from the first/last hotel of the tour. All train times in this brochure may change, so you do need to check your tickets and printed holiday itinerary (these will be sent to you about 10 days prior to departure).

In Europe, people requesting a room for three will often be given a twin or double with an extra bed, which may be cramped.

Hotels All accommodation in this brochure has been inspected by the authorities of the countries concerned. As there is no direct equivalent of many classifications, the broad expression “hotels” includes all the different sorts of accommodation used, from friendly family run auberges to  luxury hotels and country inns. Details of individual accommodations can be found on all holiday descriptions.

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Single Rooms Single rooms (even if you’ve paid a supplement) sometimes just confer privacy, and are often of a lower standard than twins. For many 2011 holidays, Headwater is pleased to offer at least one departure date with no single supplement to pay.

Facilities Please note that some facilities may not be available for early and late season holidays. The reduced prices for these holidays reflect this. Special children’s facilities are generally available only during local school holidays.

Holiday itineraries Please note that the itineraries given for all our holidays are for general guidance only, and we reserve the right to change these subject to local weather conditions, abilities of the group (on guided holidays), etc.

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Walking boots and cycling helmets

What else is included

We strongly advise walkers to bring walking boots (not trainers) on all our walking holidays. Cyclists are strongly advised to bring cycling helmets. In Spain and Portugal helmets are a legal requirement and for safety reasons Headwater is unable to provide these.

œÌi‡Ìœ‡…œÌiÊ>˜`ÊÌ܈˜É“Տ̈ÊVi˜ÌÀiʅœˆ`>Þà UÊÊ/À>˜Ã«œÀÌʜvÊL>}ÃÊLiÌÜii˜Ê…œÌiÃ° UÊÊ Àˆiw˜}Ê>˜`ʏœV>Êˆ˜vœÀ“>̈œ˜° UÊÊi>`Ü>ÌiÀÊÀœÕÌiʘœÌið UÊÊi>`Ü>ÌiÀʓ>«ÊŽˆÌÊ}i˜iÀ>ÞÊ£\Óx]äääÊvœÀÊÜ>ŽiÀÃ]Ê£\£ää]äääÊ for cycling, canoeing and activity holidays.

Representatives In some areas, the hoteliers also act as our representatives. Their names, addresses and telephone numbers are given in the booklet we send you before travelling.

UÊÊ ÞVˆÃÌÃ\ÊvՏÞÊiµÕˆ««i`Ê>‡ÌiÀÀ>ˆ˜Ê̜ÕÀˆ˜}ÊLˆŽiÊ܈̅ʫ>˜˜ˆiÀÃ]Ê Ü>ÌiÀÊLœÌ̏i]ʜÀÊV…ˆ`½ÃÊ>‡ÌiÀÀ>ˆ˜Ê̜ÕÀˆ˜}ÊLˆŽi°

Group sizes

UÊÊՈ`iÊÃiÀۈViÃÊ>ÃÊ`iÃVÀˆLi`ʈ˜Ê̅iʅœˆ`>ÞÊ`iÃVÀˆ«Ìˆœ˜Ã°

We may, from time to time, operate holidays with lower numbers than the minimum group size shown. If you are booking a guided group holiday, you should note that tours subject to a minimum number of passengers are not always confirmed until 4 weeks before departure.

UÊÊVViÃÃÊ̜ÊëœÀÌ]ʏiˆÃÕÀiÊ>˜`ʜ̅iÀÊv>VˆˆÌˆiÃʏˆÃÌi`ʈ˜Ê̅iʅœˆ`>ÞÊ descriptions. Where activities are extra, we say so.

Special requests and medical conditions

Single centre holidays UÊÊՈ`i`ÊÜ>ŽÃÊvÀœ“ÊÜ>Žˆ˜}ʅœÌiÃÊ>ÃÊëiVˆwi`ʈ˜Ê̅iʅœˆ`>ÞÊ descriptions.

UÊÊ`“ˆÃȜ˜ÃÊ̜ÊV…@Ìi>ÕÝ]Ê}>iÀˆiÃ]ʓÕÃiՓÃÊiÌVÊ܅iÀiÊëiVˆwi`Ê as included. UÊÊi>`Ü>ÌiÀÊÀi}ˆœ˜>Êˆ˜vœÀ“>̈œ˜ÊLœœŽiÌÊ>˜`ʏœV>Ê“>«ÊŽˆÌ°

Special requests and any medical considerations must be advised to us at the time of booking and on the booking form. We regret we cannot guarantee that any request will be met.

Holiday inclusions Everyone booking a holiday receives a Headwater information pack with detailed trip notes to help you get the most out of your holiday.

Transfers and transport UÊ /À>˜Ã«œÀÌÊ̜ÉvÀœ“Ê>ˆÀ«œÀÌʜÀÊ`iÃ̈˜>̈œ˜ÊÀ>ˆÜ>ÞÊÃÌ>̈œ˜Ê̜ÉvÀœ“Ê your hotel is usually included as specified on each holiday page. Other transfers must be paid for at the time of booking. UÊ >˜Þʅœˆ`>ÞÃÊ>ÃœÊˆ˜VÕ`iÊÀ>ˆÜ>Þʜ«Ìˆœ˜ÃÊvÀœ“ÊVi˜ÌÀ>ÊÀ>ˆÜ>ÞÊ stations at an additional cost. Prices are shown where applicable, including first class fares where offered.

Accommodation and Meal Plans UÊÊVVœ““œ`>̈œ˜\ÊL>Ãi`ʜ˜ÊÌܜÊ>`ՏÌÃÊÅ>Àˆ˜}Ê>ÊÌ܈˜ÊœÀÊ`œÕLiÊ room, in accommodation and for the number of nights as shown in the holiday description. UÊÊ ˜‡ÃՈÌiÊÀœœ“Ê܈̅ˆ˜Ê̅iÊV>ÃÈwV>̈œ˜ÊŜܘʈ˜Ê̅iÊ«ÀˆViÊÌ>Li°  (eg. ) is the country’s official hotel rating.

A (eg. AAA) indicates the level of comfort of auberges, alberghi etc not falling within the local classification systems. All these are officially licensed, very popular with clients, and very much part of the country way of life. UÊi>Ê«>˜Ã\Ê>ÃÊŜܘʈ˜Ê«ÀˆViÊÌ>Lið

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BOOKING CONDITIONS

Important: Please read prior to making your reservation 1. VALIDITY This brochure is valid from 01 January 2012 to 31 December 2012. 2. HOW TO BOOK We recommend booking well in advance by sending a ˜œ˜‡Àiv՘`>LiÊ`i«œÃˆÌʜvÊÓx¯ÊœvÊ̅iÊ̜ÕÀÊ«ÀˆViÊ܈̅Ê>Ê “ˆ˜ˆ“Õ“Ê`i«œÃˆÌʜvÊ < {xäÊ«iÀÊ«iÀܘ°Ê-œ“iʜvÊ̅iÊ tours and ground arrangements may require a higher `i«œÃˆÌʜvÊÕ«Ê̜Êxä¯Ê̜ʓiiÌʏœV>Ê̜ÕÀʜ«iÀ>̜À½ÃÊ booking conditions. These details will be provided on confirmation of your booking. The deposit is required within 7 days of confirmation to hold your booking. The booking confirmation will include the exact deposit amount required and the due date of final payment. Please read these terms and conditions carefully and raise any questions you may have prior to making your booking. Receipt of deposit will be taken as an understanding by Adventure World that the customer has checked their confirmed travel arrangements and has read and agrees to abide by the terms and conditions set forth in this brochure. Any verbal quote given is an estimate only of the price which will be subject to advice on confirmation of the reservation, after which you will have 7 days to pay ޜÕÀʘœ˜‡Àiv՘`>LiÊ`i«œÃˆÌ° 3. PRICE GUARANTEE ON FULL PAYMENT Prices in this brochure are based on costs and exchange rates as at 26 September 2011. Should these costs change it may be necessary to make a surcharge on the price of your holiday which will be advised to you at the time you book. However no surcharge in respect to cost or currency fluctuations will be made to the arrangements of your holiday once full payment has been received by Adventure World, unless any changes are made to your booking in accordance with these terms and conditions. This price guarantee does not >««ÞÊ̜\Ê­ˆ®Êv>ÀiÃ]ÊV…>À}iÃʜÀʏiۈiÃʈ“«œÃi`ÊLÞÊ>ˆÀˆ˜iÃÊ up until ticketing; or (ii) any taxes, charges or levies imposed by any government or their agencies. 4. AMENDMENTS One change per booking is permitted free of charge. >V…ÊÃÕLÃiµÕi˜ÌÊV…>˜}iÊ܈Êˆ˜VÕÀÊ>ÊviiʜvÊ < ÇxÊ per amendment to cover extra administrative and communication costs. In addition, cancellation and/ or amendment fees may also be imposed by service providers such as accommodation providers and other service providers depending on the nature of the change. To the extent we are able to do so, we will advise you of all applicable cancellation and/ or amendment charges at the time of confirmation of your booking. Separate conditions apply to air arrangements and are set out in Section 9 of these terms and conditions. 5. LATE BOOKINGS ÊviiʜvÊ < ÇxÊ«iÀÊLœœŽˆ˜}Ê܈ÊLiʏiۈi`ÊvœÀÊ bookings made within 10 working days of departure from New Zealand. Any booking request made within 10 working days or within any relevant supplier’s cancellation period cannot be processed until full payment has been received by Adventure World. 6. CANCELLATIONS AND REFUNDS – LAND ARRANGEMENTS If you decide to cancel your holiday or you are unable to travel Adventure World will refund the amount you have paid less (i) our reasonable costs and (ii) any cancellation fees imposed by other suppliers. It is likely that other suppliers’ cancellation fees (which we will pass on to you) will be greater when cancellation takes place closer to the departure date. vÊޜÕʘœÌˆvÞÊÕÃʜvÊV>˜Vi>̈œ˜Ê“œÀiÊ̅>˜ÊÈxÊ`>ÞÃÊ before departure, then the cancellation charges are

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likely to only be the loss of your deposit. If you notify ÕÃʜvÊV>˜Vi>̈œ˜ÊiÃÃÊ̅>˜ÊÈxÊ`>ÞÃÊLivœÀiÊ`i«>ÀÌÕÀi]Ê Ì…iÊV>˜Vi>̈œ˜ÊV…>À}iÃʓ>ÞÊLiÊÕ«Ê̜ʣää¯ÊœvÊ̅iÊ total booking cost. Regrettably cancellation charges cannot be waived. No refunds are available for unused services after departure from original city. 7. CANCELLATIONS AND REFUNDS – AIR ARRANGEMENTS Cancellation fees will apply as required by airlines regulations and will vary dependant upon the type of airfare utilised. Airfare prices and conditions are subject to change or withdrawal without notification until ticketed. Full payment is required before tickets can be issued. Adventure World cannot be held liable for any increases in prices or changes in any airline regulations. Foreign currency airfares and airport taxes may fluctuate and are subject to the rate of exchange on date of ticket issue. Increases in airport taxes are not the responsibility of Adventure World and can be imposed up to departure. To the extent we are able to do so we will advise you of any increases of which we are aware at the time of confirmation of your booking. 8. CONSUMER CLAIMS Should you encounter any problems on your holiday it is always better to try and solve it directly with the supplier. If it is not possible to do so and you wish to lodge a complaint please do so in writing within 30 days of completing your Adventure World arrangements. 9. NOT INCLUDED IN THE TOUR COST Visas, insurance, excess baggage charges (over applicable airline allowances), extra meals, laundry, drinks, souvenirs, and items of a personal nature are ˜œÌʈ˜VÕ`i`ʈ˜Ê̅iÊ̜ÕÀÊVœÃ̰ʘÞÊ«Ài‡«>ˆ`Ê>ˆÀv>ÀiÊ taxes and surcharges are clearly identified in your booking confirmation if not included in the tour cost. 10. VARIATIONS Considerable care has been taken to compile the information in this brochure but circumstances not within Adventure World’s control may necessitate changes in itineraries, accommodation and costs in which case you will be informed as soon as possible. When it is necessary to change a hotel Adventure World reserves the right to substitute accommodation of at least a similar standard. Adventure World cannot be held responsible for any changes which may occur and reserves the right to increase the price of any travel arrangement up to the date of payment in full (or the date of ticketing in the case of airfares). This includes adjustment for fuel surcharges, airfare increases as well as international exchange rate fluctuations. To the extent we are able to do so, we will notify you of any applicable change in price prior to you making payment in full. Adventure World may update these terms and conditions at anytime. Any changes to these terms and conditions made after booking will be advised to you. The current version of terms and conditions will always be found on the website www.adventureworld. co.nz

brochure are based on current hotel guides and information provided by suppliers and may change at any time. Pictures may not show the particular room, décor, view or other specifications included in your booking. 12. INSURANCE It is a condition of booking one of Adventure World’s tours that travellers are adequately insured for the full duration of their travel arrangements in respect of illness, injury, death, loss of baggage and personal item cancellation and curtailment. Your travel agent will be able to offer a suitable holiday insurance policy, or you may purchase a suitable external policy with another specialist travel insurance provider. 13. INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL You are responsible for all immigration, passport, visa, health, quarantine and customs laws, regulations, orders, demands or other requirements of countries visited or transited. Official travel advice issued by the iÜÊ<i>>˜`ʈ˜ˆÃÌÀÞʜvÊœÀiˆ}˜Êvv>ˆÀÃÊ>˜`Ê/À>`iÊ is available by calling (in New Zealand) 04 439 8000 or visiting their website www.safetravel.govt.nz. We recommend that you review this information both prior to making your booking and prior to departure. 14. UNLICENSED ENTITY DISCLAIMER If you request Adventure World to arrange for the provision of products or services by a person or company which is not licensed in accordance with any applicable law, Adventure World accepts no liability (whether in contract for negligence or otherwise) for any loss or damage suffered by you as a result. 15. RESPONSIBILITY Adventure World accepts bookings subject to the following conditions. i. A booking is accepted only after Adventure World receives the required deposit and issues the client or their travel agent confirmation invoices. The balance must be paid no later than 60 days before departure otherwise Adventure World will treat the booking as cancelled regardless of whether a deposit is being held. ii. Adventure World only acts as a coordinator of tours and an agent for the owners, contractors and suppliers of transportation, accommodation and/or other related travel services provided and assumes no responsibility for the loss or damage to baggage, property or for injury, illness, death or for any damages or claims howsoever caused arising directly or indirectly from accidents, loss or damage to person or property, delays, transport failures, strikes, wars and uprisings or acts of God etc over which we have no control. All coupon receipts and tickets are issued subject to the terms and conditions specified by third party suppliers and all services are subject to the laws of the country where the services are provided. iii. All matters directly relating to the services provided by Adventure World are governed by the laws of New Zealand.

vÊ>ÃÊ>ÊÀiÃՏÌʜvÊ>˜ÞʜvÊ̅iÃiÊÛ>Àˆ>̈œ˜ÃÊiˆÌ…iÀ\Ê­ˆ®Ê̅iÀiÊ is a material increase in the cost of your holiday during the period between confirmation of your booking and the date on which you pay for your holiday in full; or, (ii) you will suffer a material detriment, then you may cancel your holiday, in which case Adventure World will refund the amount you have paid less any cancellation fees imposed by other suppliers.

16. PRIVACY You agree that Adventure World, its agents and related entities may collect, retain, use and disclose your personal information in accordance with our Privacy Policy. Our Privacy Policy sets out how we manage your personal information and is available on our website at www.adventureworld.co.nz , or can be sent to you on request

11. HOTEL DESCRIPTIONS AND PHOTOGRAPHS Hotel and facility descriptions featured in this

`Ûi˜ÌÕÀiÊ7œÀ`ʈÃÊ>ʓi“LiÀʜvÊ̅iÊ ,ʜ̜Àˆ˜}Ê & Services group of companies.

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BOOKING FORM 2012

Dr/ Mr/ Mrs/ Miss Date of Birth

To

From

Signed

Date

HOLIDAY NAME

NO. OF NIGHTS

DECLARATION I have read and am authorised to agree on behalf of myself and all the members of my party to accept the Booking Conditions as printed in this brochure and (where applicable) suppliers’ conditions. I am over 18 years of age.

Total deposit: $

$450 per person

YOUR HOLIDAY

Number in party

24-hour emergency phone

Telephone

DEPOSIT

Policy number

Address

INSURANCE ARRANGEMENTS

Insurance company

REF (EG. C08LR)

Time

Please state here any special requests (vegetarian diets etc). We pass on requests made at the time of booking, but cannot guarantee them. NB: It is a condition of travelling with us that details of any physical disabilities and any pre-existing medical conditions are to be given, in writing, at the time of booking.

SPECIAL REQUESTS

PLEASE GIVE DETAILS

FLIGHTS FROM NEW ZEALAND REQUIRED

DATE YOU WILL LEAVE NEW ZEALAND

To

From

Relationship to traveller

Your contact prior to joining tour

Date

Standard transfers are included in most tours. Standard transfers have specific times. If transfers are requested for other times, additional charges apply. If transfers are not requested, it will be assumed you are making your own way to/from the first/last hotel of the tour.

Names (or “all of us”)

START DATE

Height Inside leg

Cyclists only

NEXT OF KIN CONTACT

/FlCE-OBILE

Surname

To

From

You must complete the following details in order that we can accept your booking.

First Name

To

From

If you require rail travel to join your tour (where offered),

TRANSFERS

Booking Number NZ/

&AX%MAIL

TELEPHONE NUMBER (OME

Name and address

CONTACT DETAILS

Preferred room type (double, twin single etc)

YOUR PARTY

Please return this form to: Adventure World; 101 Great South Road 1050, Auckland PO Box 74008, Remuera 1543, Auckland. Tel: 09 524 5118. Fax: 09 520 6629. Email: discover@adventureworld.co.nz

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CRUISE

AFRICA

CANADA

CHINA HONG KONG, JAPAN, KOREA TIBET, SIBERIA & MONGOLIA

SMALL SHIPS, RIVER CRUISES, MOTOR YACHTS, EXPEDITION CRUISES & LUXURY BARGES

JORDAN, LEBANON, ISRAEL, DUBAI, ABU DHABI, OMAN & MOROCCO

YOUR CHOICE OF TAILOR-MADE INDEPENDENT HOLIDAYS :: 2012

YOUR CHOICE OF TAILOR-MADE INDEPENDENT HOLIDAYS :: 2012

TAILOR-MADE INDEPENDENT AND SMALL GROUP HOLIDAYS :: 2012

YOUR CHOICE OF TAILOR-MADE INDEPENDENT HOLIDAYS WORLDWIDE :: 2012/13

YOUR CHOICE OF TAILOR-MADE INDEPENDENT HOLIDAYS :: 2012

FIJI

GREECE TURKEY & CROATIA

INDIA

NEPAL, BHUTAN, SRI LANKA & THE MALDIVES

NEW ZEALAND

YOUR CHOICE OF TAILOR-MADE INDEPENDENT HOLIDAYS :: 2012

YOUR CHOICE OF TAILOR-MADE INDEPENDENT HOLIDAYS :: 2012

YOUR CHOICE OF TAILOR-MADE INDEPENDENT HOLIDAYS :: 2012

YOUR CHOICE OF TAILOR-MADE INDEPENDENT HOLIDAYS :: 2012

MAURITIUS, REUNION, SEYCHELLES & MADAGASCAR

FIRST FOOTPRINTS

TONGA, PAPUA NEW GUINEA, NIUE, THE LOYALTY ISLANDS, SOLOMON ISLANDS, TANNA, MALEKULA, PENTECOST & ATIU YOUR CHOICE OF TAILOR-MADE INDEPENDENT HOLIDAYS :: 2012

ALASKA & USA

AND HER ISLANDS

EGYPT

DESTINATION INFORMATION

PACIFIC

VANUATU, SAMOA, TAHITI, TONGA, NIUE, NEW CALEDONIA, COOK ISLANDS, PAPUA NEW GUINEA, SOLOMON ISLANDS, HAWAII YOUR CHOICE OF TAILOR-MADE INDEPENDENT HOLIDAYS :: 2012

MANILA, CEBU, BORACAY, BOHOL & PALAWAN YOUR CHOICE OF TAILOR-MADE INDEPENDENT HOLIDAYS :: 2012

USA, CANADA, EUROPE, JAPAN & KOREA

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NEW ZEALAND & SOUTH AMERICA

SNOWBOARDING U HELI SKIING U WINTER EXPERIENCES :: 2011/12

SNOWBOARDING U HELI SKIING U WINTER EXPERIENCES :: 2011/12

SOUTH AMERICA

VIETNAM

MEXICO, CENTRAL AMERICA & ANTARCTICA

CAMBODIA, LAOS, THAILAND, MALAYSIA, BORNEO, MYANMAR & PHILIPPINES

WALKING & CYCLING

YOUR CHOICE OF TAILOR-MADE INDEPENDENT HOLIDAYS :: 2011/12

YOUR CHOICE OF TAILOR-MADE INDEPENDENT HOLIDAYS :: 2012

SOFT ADVENTURE HOLIDAYS EUROPE :: 2012

BY HEADWATER

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SPEAK TO YOUR LOCAL TRAVEL AGENT

Call: 09 524 5118 Email: discover@adventureworld.co.nz 101 Great South Road PO Box 74008 Market Road Auckland 1543 DX CX10177 Member of TAANZ, OTOC, IATA

adventureworld.co.nz Travel Agent brochure orders: www.brochurenet.co.nz


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