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Twenty adventure travel holidays under $2000

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Is all that talk of inflation getting to you? The much-hyped market-metldown melting you down? Or are you just trying to squeeze one more holiday out of your budget?

Then you should look at these: twenty adventure travel holidays under $2000

hiker on the lycean way in turkey

Small Group Holiday

8 days from CA$940

Hike the famed Lycian Way, along Turkey's Turquoise Coast, a great way to discover a way of life that hasn't changed for centuries. Walk along spectacularly scenic trails, discover abandoned Greek villages and hamlets forgotten by time and explore ancient ruins dating back to the Romans and Byzantines. Along the route you will stay mostly in hotels but also in rural village guest houses where you enjoy home-cooked meals. Walk the Lycian Way with us and find out why it is acclaimed as one of the world's top-10 long-distance walks.

troodos mmountains cyprus

Small Group Holiday

8 days from CA$1140

Discover the island of Cyprus on this walking holiday through the beautiful Troodos Mountains and the remote Akamas Peninsula. Walk through ancient villages where age-old traditions are carried on, discover 12th century Byzantine churches and explore the Tombs of the Kings in Pafos. Watch out for wild mouflon, myriad bird species and in spring, plenty of wildflowers.

fall colours le p'tit train du nord laurentians quebec canada

Self-Guided Trip

5 days from CA$1190

The Laurentians are host to gorgeous lakes, deep forests and small communities, once connected by rail. Now you can cycle the rail trail on a leisurely 200 kms ride through this wonderful area. Don't forget to fill your picnic basket with some of the great cheese and wine available at local stores!

hikers in the high atlas in morocco

Small Group Holiday

8 days from CA$1245

This trip will introduce you to the ancient souqs, twisting alleyways and covered bazaars of Marrakesh, before setting out on five days of hiking in the High Atlas. Using traditional accommodation in a remote and picturesque village as your base you will discover the beautiful scenery and learn about the way of life of the local Berber people.

small group of adventure travellers in bali, indonesia

Small Group Holiday

9 days from CA$1310

Volcanoes flanked by rice paddies, small villages, long sandy beaches and beautiful reefs - this is the island paradise of Bali, the island of your dreams. This adventure tour will immerse you in Balinese culture through street food, temples visits and engaging with local people. We take you to off-the-beaten track villages, hike to the summit of Mt Batur and offer plenty of outdoor activities. Welcome to Indonesia, welcome to Bali.

hiker on the amalfi coast

Self-Guided Trip

8 days from CA$1445

Steep mountains rising from the turquoise Mediterranean, slopes covered in lemon groves, white-washed villages lining deep valleys where they meet the ocean. Explore covered alleys leading to hidden courtyards and sit down for a glass of wine or some gelato. Follow ancient footpaths and stairs up the hills to hamlets tucked away in forest-covered hills. Hike the Path of the Gods and marvel at the views over this, the Amalfi Coast.

adventure travellers on a cruise boat in halong bay vietnam

Small Group Holiday

10 days from CA$1585

A breathtakingly beautiful country, Vietnam is at once incredibly exotic and utterly compelling. Gaze over the surreal limestone islands of Halong Bay, walk or cycle through rice paddies, soak up the street scenes in Hanoi’s Old Quarter, get clothing tailored in Hoi An, dodge traffic in Saigon, enjoy delicious food and mingle and laugh with the engaging locals. This free-wheeling adventure tour of Vietnam let's you get under the skin of the country and engage with local people on a personal level.

adventure travellers in the sahara desert in morocco

Small Group Holiday

15 days from CA$1590

Soak up the bustling, exotic atmosphere in ancient souqs; join a camel trek into the Sahara and camp under expansive star-studded skies; witness traditional lifestyles in kasbahs; walk to hamlets high up in the Atlas mountains; get lost in winding alleys. All that and more awaits you on this free-wheeling adventure tour of Morocco. From Fez, the Islamic world’s largest medieval city, to the sea-side romance of Essaouira; from glorious Marrakesh to the oases of the interior and from traditional bath houses to wonderful meals, this adventurous tour of Morocco really lets you delve into the history and culture of Morocco at your own pace.

hiker in the tatras mountains in poland

Small Group Holiday

8 days from CA$1630

Hike the beautiful mountainscapes of the Polish Carpathians, the Tatra Mountains, located on the border of Poland and Slovakia on this one-week adventure walking holiday. Starting in medieval Krakow, we hike across alpine meadows and through ancient forests in Babia Gora National Park, enjoy some spectacular mountain views around Zakopane and visit the Five Polish Lakes to perhaps attempt the challenging ascend of Kozi Wierch (2,291m). Finally we walk along the Pieniny Way through the stunning Dunajec Gorge and summit Trzy Korony (982m) in the Three Crowns range.

hiker on a cliff in madeira, portugal

Small Group Holiday

8 days from CA$1645

The subtropical island of Madeira, a piece of Portugal far out in the Atlantic Ocean, offers dramatic scenery, black sand beaches, volcanic craters and gushing mountain streams. Hiking along the levada irrigation channels is a unique experience, allowing you to access the rugged interior.

mountains in glencoe scotland

Small Group Holiday

6 days from CA$1695

Explore the best hiking trails in the Scottish Highlands on this short week walking vacation in Scotland.

Based in Fort William, set on the shores of Loch Linnhe, we explore some of the most scenic trails and classic walks of the Scotland: a spectacular 2-stage hike along the West Highland Way, the ascent of Ben Nevis and a walk on the famous Great Glen Way.

beach bar caye caulker belize

Small Group Holiday

8 days from CA$1735

A country proud of its cultural and natural heritage, Belize occupies a sliver of land between Central American jungles and the Caribbean. The Barrier Reef has some of the best snorkelling and diving anywhere on the planet, while the jungles of the interior are a haven for myriad flora and fauna. Lost within are Mayan archaeological sites with numerous temples and tombs.

Beautiful Belize is an adventure playground, a nature lovers' dream come true and a beach paradise all rolled into one. This adventurous tour will give you all the time you need to discover the highlights and engage in the adventure activities of your choice.

hikers on the inca trail posing at machu picchu

Small Group Holiday

8 days from CA$1759

From Peru's capital Lima this one-week adventure tour of Peru takes you to Cusco, Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley. Fly to Cusco and travel to Urubamba through the scenic Sacred Valley, en-route exploring the salt pans of Maras and the Inca site of Moray. Tour the Inca Ruins at Pisac and Ollantaytambo before boarding a train for the scenic journey to Aguas Calientes, the bustling town at the foot of Machu Picchu. We explore the temples and terraces of this UNESCO World Heritage listed Inca citadel with an expert local guide before travelling by train to Cusco. A free day here gives you the chance to explore its ancient heritage, its museums and nearby ruins or perhaps join a cooking class. After an early flight back to Lima you have an afternoon to discover all this fascinating city has to offer.

gran paradiso in the italian alps

Small Group Holiday

7 days from CA$1790

High up in the Alps' Aosta Valley, against the border with France, Gran Paradiso, Italy's oldest national park, feels like a true wilderness. Encounters with ibex and chamois are common on your trek and the views of Mont Blanc and as far over as Matterhorn are simply stupendous. Glacial lakes, valleys carpeted in wildflowers and snow-covered mountains set the back-drop for a week of fantastic hiking. Nights are spent in atmospheric mountain refuges, adding to the alpine experience.

windmills in holland, the netherlands

Self-Guided Trip

8 days from CA$1790

This tour of The Netherlands shows you the country away from the tourist brochures. While you may come across the odd windmill and tulip, this self-guided cycling holiday through the heart of The Netherlands excites even Holland-born Adventure Coordinators' Tom Gehrels. Visit forgotten fishing villages, historic Hanseatic towns, indulge in the wide-open spaces and lakes of Friesland, the farmer's fields of Holland and the National Heritage Landscapes of Gelderland.

man on zipline in costa rica jungle

Small Group Holiday

9 days from CA$1830

From the cosmopolitan Costa Rican capital of San José, travel to Poas Volcano National Park, one of Costa Rica's most active volcanoes, located in the tropical rainforest. Via Sarchi, known for its beautiful arts and crafts, we continue to La Fortuna, set at the base of Arenal Volcano. Take a walk on the flanks of the volcano or hike to waterfalls, join a wildlife spotting tour in search of sloths, or relax at the local hot springs.

Next we venture into the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve for night and nature walks as well as some of the many optional activities, including hanging bridges in the rainforest canopy, zip lining or a visit to the local butterfly or orchid garden.

Via the Carara Biological Reserve, famed for its scarlet macaws and other birdlife, we reach Manuel Antonio National Park where we explore the beautiful beaches and encounter its rich wildlife. You can also opt to do a spot of white water rafting or join a snorkelling trip.

thai food for adventure travellers

Small Group Holiday

8 days from CA$1860

Ask anyone what their favourite cuisine is and chances are they'll say Thai. Perhaps no surprise given the complex flavours, fresh aromas and heavenly spices that make Thai food so wonderful. We'll take you to markets where you can see and taste dishes as they are prepared in front of you, take you to floating markets and have you enjoy a meal with a local family. Get a taste of Thailand, the Land of Smiles.

ceremony in varanasi india

Small Group Holiday

9 days from CA$1895

Few are not moved to tears when they set foot inside the grounds of the Taj Mahal. Add to that the holy city of Varanasi on the Sacred Ganges, the palaces and fortresses of Jaipur and bustling Delhi and you have a tour not to be missed.

cappadocia in winter

Small Group Holiday

15 days from CA$1899

On this 2-week adventure holiday in Turkey you will see the country without the crowds. Discover the bazaars, mosques and palaces of Istanbul, the former Byzantine capital. If you are lucky you may see the fairy-chimney landscapes of Cappadocia covered in snow. Wander the cobble-stoned streets of old Antalya, explore the ancient ruins of Hierapolis and the travertine terraces of Pamukkale. A highlight for many are the Greco-Roman ruins of Ephesus, while in a nearby village you can engage in a cooking class. Then it's off to the market town of Bergama, before exploring the Acropolis of old Pergamon. A sobering end note is a visit to the World War I battlefields of Gallipoli before returning to Istanbul.

eating like a local in tuscany

Small Group Holiday

7 days from CA$1899

Live like a local while you stay a whole week in a lovely centrally-located Agroturismo, your farm-based accommodation in Tuscany. During the week there are some organized activities you can partake in but you are also completely free to explore on your own - walk the hills, visit a vineyard, embrace your inner artist, visit San Gimignano, Siena or Florence or enjoy a cappuccino at a local café.


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