Walking & Hiking Vacations

Italy - Sicily ~ Ragusa, Siracusa & Mt Etna
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Italy - Sicily ~ Ragusa, Siracusa & Mt Etna

Sicily's pathways are timeless from the uplands of Ragusa, the gorge of Cava d'Ispica and the stunning Greek legacy in Siracusa, to Taormina where Roman nobility built their villas.

Walking in sight of the sea almost every day we hike Mount Etna's smoldering flanks, stroll the shore front in Siracusa, once a capital of Classical antiquity, and enjoy spectacular birdlife and coastal walking in the Vendicari Nature Reserve.

And the food!  Try arancino - a meal-in-itself golden rice ball - for lunch, an unbelievable selection of the freshest seafood for dinner, and treat yourself to luscious cannoli at any time!

  • ACTIVITY: Walking & Hiking Vacations, Eco-Travel & Cultural Exploration
  • WHERE: Italy, EUROPE
  • AVAILABILITY: May, October
  • FROM: $3,995
  • DURATION: 7 days
  • AUDIENCE: Solo Adventure Travel and Singles Vacations, Family Vacations & Adventure Travel, For Groups: Adventure Travel With the Experts!, Vacations for Couples & Partners
  • MEMBER'S WEBSITE: Luxury WalkingVacations in Italy - Sicily

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Costa Rica Connoisser
Wildland Adventures

Costa Rica Connoisser

This active Costa Rica vacation traverses three diverse ecological regions filled with wildlife.  From the mythical Monteverde Cloud Forest to the impressive Arenal Volcano and into the lowland rainforest of Tortuguero National Park on the Caribbean coast, you will take in amazing views around every corner.  This trip is designed for travelers who seek a relaxed pace driving through the countryside to experience daily rural life as well as easy hikes on forest trails and high in the forest canopy across secure hanging bridges.  Visit a coffee plantation and learn about the harvesting and roasting of this important Costa Rican export.  Rejuvenate in natural, volcanic hot springs and experience a night walk on wild Caribbean beaches to observe nesting sea turtles.  Fun-loving naturalist Costa Rican guides will accompany you in search of "pura vida" (pure life)!

  • ACTIVITY: Walking & Hiking Vacations, White Water Rafting - Rafting Vacations, Eco-Travel & Cultural Exploration, Wildlife, Safaris and Photography Vacations
  • WHERE: Costa Rica, Costa Rica, CENTRAL AMERICA
  • AVAILABILITY: May, June, July, August, October, November, December
  • FROM: $2700
  • DURATION: 9 days
  • AUDIENCE: Solo Adventure Travel and Singles Vacations, Family Vacations & Adventure Travel, For Groups: Adventure Travel With the Experts!, Vacations for Couples & Partners
  • MEMBER'S WEBSITE: Costa Rica Connoisser

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USA - Alaska
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USA - Alaska

Remote trails through landscapes shaped by glaciers, earthquakes and storms, almost perpetual daylight and the chance of hearing distant wolves make this Walk a truly amazing experience.

We visit the Independence Mine Historical site, once one of Alaska's most productive gold mines, and cruise the pristine waters of the Kenai Fjords National Park and watch out for orcas! Walking part of the National Historical Iditarod Trail takes us deep into Eagle River's Nature Center, where tiny birds will alight on your hand.

Everyone enjoys the dog-sled ride, and we will get to meet champion Alaskan Husky sled dogs and their puppies.

  • ACTIVITY: Walking & Hiking Vacations, Eco-Travel & Cultural Exploration, Wildlife, Safaris and Photography Vacations
  • WHERE: United States, Alaska, NORTH AMERICA
  • AVAILABILITY: August
  • FROM: $4,395
  • DURATION: 9 days
  • AUDIENCE: Solo Adventure Travel and Singles Vacations, Family Vacations & Adventure Travel, For Groups: Adventure Travel With the Experts!, Vacations for Couples & Partners
  • MEMBER'S WEBSITE: Walking Vacation in Alaska

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Undiscovered Caribbean Costa Rica Adventure
Wildland Adventures

Undiscovered Caribbean Costa Rica Adventure

Pura Vida! Traverse the mist-enshrouded Talamanca Mountains to discover the isolated lowland rainforests and white sand Caribbean beaches of Costa Rica that are the indigenous territory of Bribri and Cabecar Indians and Afro-Caribbean residents. Want to get off the beaten path? This trip goes deep inside a region of Costa Rica where traditional life prevails and we can interact meaningfully with local and indigenous people who are mostly isolated in reservations where tourists don't venture. This active Wildland Adventure is ideal for families and all travelers who enjoy hiking, easy kayaking and paddling dugout canoes, snorkeling, horseback riding, zip-lining through the rainforest, optional rappelling down waterfalls and looking for giant leatherback sea turtles nesting on the beach at night. Our expert naturalist guides seek out wildlife and introduce us to local families as their guests. We support local ecotourism initiatives as we learn how to make organic chocolate, help with a reforestation project and visit the Casa de Mujeres an organized womens group designed to preserve their culture and help send their children to school by sharing their talents cooking, making crafts, using medicinal plants, growing spices and weaving their thatch roofs. We also learn to dance Salsa and Calypso! This is a Costa Rica vacation unlike any other!

  • ACTIVITY: Walking & Hiking Vacations, Eco-Travel & Cultural Exploration, Wildlife, Safaris and Photography Vacations, Multisport Trips - Active Adventure Vacations
  • WHERE: Costa Rica, CENTRAL AMERICA
  • AVAILABILITY: February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November
  • FROM: $2995
  • DURATION: 9 days
  • AUDIENCE: Solo Adventure Travel and Singles Vacations, Family Vacations & Adventure Travel, For Groups: Adventure Travel With the Experts!, Vacations for Couples & Partners
  • MEMBER'S WEBSITE: Undiscovered Caribbean Costa Rica Adventure

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France - Cezanne's Provence
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France - Cezanne's Provence

Discover the color and radiance that inspired the Impressionist masters Cézanne, Van Gogh, Monet and Matisse. Brilliant blues of sky and water, dazzling flower fields and groves showered in sunshine where the Muses are still heard by a thriving creative community.  We walk through cherry orchards and gentle hills, explore dramatic limestone gorges, and follow packhorse trails past towering medieval châteaux. Taking a winding path through woods and vineyards, we reach the Marquis de Sade's picturesque village of Lacoste. Then, heady scents of rosemary, cedar and thyme accompany us to old Ménerbes. We visit a wine grower and taste the Luberon wine.

  • ACTIVITY: Walking & Hiking Vacations, Eco-Travel & Cultural Exploration
  • WHERE: France, EUROPE
  • AVAILABILITY: May, September, October
  • FROM: $4495.00
  • DURATION: 7 days
  • AUDIENCE: Solo Adventure Travel and Singles Vacations, Family Vacations & Adventure Travel, For Groups: Adventure Travel With the Experts!, Vacations for Couples & Partners
  • MEMBER'S WEBSITE: Walking Vacations in Provence, France

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Central Bhutan Walking Adventure
Wildland Adventures

Central Bhutan Walking Adventure

Bhutan is the last Mahayana Buddhist Kingdom and the teachings of this school of Buddhism are intrinsic to the daily life of its people.  Here the spinning of prayer wheels, the murmur of mantras and the glow of butter lamps in the houses are still important features of the everyday life. The architecture in Bhutan is unique and charming with several old Dzongs (temples) built without a single nail.  Approach the country actively by biking in villages, walking up to pilgrimage sites in the hills and along trails in search of bird life in the Gangtey Valley. View the stunning Himalayan scenery from high passes decorated with prayer flags.  Explore the less-touristic Haa Valley where you have the option to stay in a family farm-house. This adventure can be modified to include mountain-biking.

  • ACTIVITY: Walking & Hiking Vacations, Eco-Travel & Cultural Exploration
  • WHERE: Bhutan, ASIA
  • AVAILABILITY: May, June, August
  • FROM: $2,250
  • DURATION: 9 days
  • AUDIENCE: Solo Adventure Travel and Singles Vacations, For Groups: Adventure Travel With the Experts!
  • MEMBER'S WEBSITE: Central Bhutan Walking Adventure

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England - Suffolk Coast & Cambridge
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England - Suffolk Coast & Cambridge

Landscapes that leap from the palettes of John Constable and Thomas Gainsborough, idyllic English villages, and medieval churches will fully repay the explorer walking by lazy streams, over gentle undulations, salt marshes, and shingle shores beneath Suffolk's open skies.

We visit Aldeburgh, home for many years of composer Benjamin Britten and of the eponymous international music festival. We walk in a national nature reserve and step back in time in villages of half-timbered homes and moated manor houses.

A river trip takes us from Orford with its 12th century castle built by King Henry II, while one of the highlights is the farewell dinner in one of the noted College Dining Halls of Cambridge University.

  • ACTIVITY: Walking & Hiking Vacations, Eco-Travel & Cultural Exploration
  • WHERE: England, EUROPE
  • AVAILABILITY: July
  • FROM: $3895
  • DURATION: 7 days
  • AUDIENCE: Solo Adventure Travel and Singles Vacations, Family Vacations & Adventure Travel, For Groups: Adventure Travel With the Experts!, Vacations for Couples & Partners
  • MEMBER'S WEBSITE: Luxury Walking Vacations in Suffolk & Cambridge

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Discoverers' Glacier Country
Un-Cruise Adventures

Discoverers' Glacier Country

Inclusive Alaska cruise exploring Glacier Bay National Park

Roundtrip Juneau, Alaska

7 nights / 8 days

INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Two exclusive days in Glacier Bay National Park accompanied by a Park Ranger
  • Discover scenic coves and fjords by kayak, paddle board, and skiff
  • Beachcombing and wilderness hikes in the Tongass National Forest
  • View stunning glaciers and listen for the “white” thunder
  • Watch for whales and wildlife in Frederick Sound and Stephens Passage
  • Experience Fords Terror Wilderness Area by kayak or skiff
  • Captain’s Choice exploration of remote “not in the guidebook” places
  • ACTIVITY: Walking & Hiking Vacations, Eco-Travel & Cultural Exploration, Wildlife, Safaris and Photography Vacations, Yachting and Barging, Adventure Cruises
  • WHERE: Alaska, United States, USA
  • AVAILABILITY: May, June, July, August, September
  • FROM: $4,195
  • DURATION: 8 days
  • AUDIENCE: Solo Adventure Travel and Singles Vacations, Family Vacations & Adventure Travel, For Groups: Adventure Travel With the Experts!, Vacations for Couples & Partners
  • MEMBER'S WEBSITE: Discoverers' Glacier Country

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Austria - Innsbruck to Salzburg
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Austria - Innsbruck to Salzburg

Experience the essence of the Alps with this colorful trip through Austria, exploring some of Europe's most panoramic landscapes.

Starting with the famous sporting sights of Innsbruck, we journey through alpine forests and traditional villages, across flower-strewn meadows with views of snowy mountain peaks. We travel in cable cars and on mountain railways; we hear Tyrolean music and sample the hearty local cooking, explore magnificent palaces and walk the shores of the dramatic Schwarzsee, or Black Lake.

A popular highlight is the chance to see the Von Trapp family home in Salzburg, setting for the iconic film, The Sound of Music.

  • ACTIVITY: Walking & Hiking Vacations, Eco-Travel & Cultural Exploration
  • WHERE: Austria, EUROPE
  • AVAILABILITY: June
  • FROM: $3895
  • DURATION: 7 days
  • AUDIENCE: Solo Adventure Travel and Singles Vacations, Family Vacations & Adventure Travel, For Groups: Adventure Travel With the Experts!, Vacations for Couples & Partners
  • MEMBER'S WEBSITE: Luxury Walking Vacations - Austria Innsbruck to Salzburg

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Festivals, Families and Nature
Myths & Mountains

Festivals, Families and Nature

Experience Bhutan and its people by meeting families, seeing a variety of festivals, staying in small hotels and sampling regional foods. Travel routes in Bhutan may be somewhat limited, but what you do in the country is as broad as your imagination.
 

  • ACTIVITY: Walking & Hiking Vacations, Eco-Travel & Cultural Exploration
  • WHERE: Bhutan, ASIA
  • AVAILABILITY: March, November
  • FROM: $4,395.00 pp based on 3-10 people
  • DURATION: 12 days
  • AUDIENCE: Family Vacations & Adventure Travel, For Groups: Adventure Travel With the Experts!
  • MEMBER'S WEBSITE: Festivals, Families and Nature

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