With summer almost at its end, it is time to look towards the Christmas holiday season. Here is a line-up of some great tours to spend one or to weeks away from home.
When I did this trip not to long ago I was pleasantly surprise by the number of quiet trails we encountered above the villages along the Amalfi Coast. Following ancient mule tracks and footpaths you can walk for hours enjoying the serenity of olive and lemon groves, charising the splendid views along the coast. Top it off with the splendid towns, churches and heavenly food, and you a break t hat is hard to beat.
Mountains covered in rain forests and tea plantations, cascading waterfalls, rice paddies and beaches form the backdrop of this splendid two-week discovery of the nature and culture of Sri Lanka, the Pearl of the Orient.
Jaipur, with its Maharajas Palace and Amber Fort mark the start of this fast-paced tour along the highlights of Northern India. Spot tigers in Ranthambore, enjoy a boat ride along the sacred Ganges in Varanasi and be stunned by the Taj Mahal in Agra.
A haven of peace in an otherwise turbulent region, the Kingdom of Jordan boasts unexpected scenery and some great historic sites. Olive groves and spectacular ravines, the serene deserts at Wadi Rum, crusader castles and the Hidden City of Petra are all on the roster of this one-week cycling trip. Not a fan of cycling? Try A week in Jordan!
Arguably our most popular cycling trip, this superb trip combines some of the best cycling areas in Vietnam. Discover the beautiful coastline, the spectacular scenery, tranquil towns and vibrant cities, along with the incredible seascapes of Halong Bay.
Not a fan of cycling? Try Vintage Vietnam.
Greeks, Phoenicians, Carthaginians and Romans all left their marks on Andalucia, the southern portion of Spain. But the sophisticated Moslem culture left its most lasting influence. Cities such as Seville and Granada are rich in monuments from the those times, while timeless white villages like Olvera and Setenil offer a wealth of culture. On this trip you stay at the comfortable Cortijo Rosario allowing you to enjoy the great cultural highlights with the peace and tranquility of the Andalusian countryside.
Spectacular footpaths lead past tranquil levadas and along a spectacular coast line on the Atlantic island of Madeira. In between, enjoy some more rugged and demanding hikes in to the volcanic interior. And of course there is plenty of time to relax by the sea in the fishing village of Machico or to discover the historic importance of the old trading town of Funchal.