Exodus has released their new product line-up for 2017 and on it are some exciting new walking and cycling trips. Walking trips that get me excited are Island-hopping in the Bay of Naples, and, best of all, Walking Wild Greenland. In the cycling line-up I see gems like Italy Coast to Coast ride, Cycling Indonesia's Islands, and Barolo Gastronomic Cycling. Here is a line-up of the best new cycling and hiking trips with Exodus in 2017.
Island Hopping in the Bay of Naples
If you have been to the Amalfi Coast you know this part of Italy is the playground of the rich and famous. This trip takes you off the beaten track to Ischia and Capri to discover their quiet coastal trails, secluded sea coves and pastel-coloured villages. In addition you hike on Procida, Italy's best-kept secret, the island about which Lonely Planet raves: "Dig out your paintbox: this soulful blend of lemon groves and pastel-hued houses is memorably picturesque."
Another hidden gem along the Italian coast, the island of Elba is rich in lavender fields and cliffs that plunge into the ocean. Beach-laced coves, vineyards, azure-blue waters and mind-boggling views complement fresh-caught seafood and exquisite wines.
Walking Wild Greenland
One of the best new trips ever is this walking adventure on Greenland's east coast. Explore spectacular mountains and marvel at glaciers that give birth to raging rivers that flow into deep fjords. This is what remote and unspoiled feels like.
Manaslu Lodge Circuit
Get off the beaten track in Nepal as you hike into a narrow canyon before eventually emerging on to alpine meadows dotted with Tibetan hamlets in the shadow of Manaslu, the world 8th highest peak.
Fat biking in Finland
This is mountain- biking taken to its max as you ride biked with extra wide tires through the stunning tundra and primordial forests of Northern Finland. Stay in remote wilderness cabins with traditional saunas and authentic cuisine and at night, the Northern Lights may just appear in the skies.
Porto to Lisbon Atlantic Ride - Premium
Sun-kissed beaches, colourful fishing villages, great food and an ever-changing landscape of ocean, dunes and pine forests are the highlights of this wonderful trip between two of Europe's most enchanting cities: Porto and Lisbon
Italy Coast to Coast Ride: Puglia to Sorrento
Cycle across the southern part of the Italian Peninsula. Start off in newly-discovered Puglia, "the heel of the boot", where spectacular towns like Matera are just waiting to be discovered. Then there are jewels such as Padula and Castelmezzano and to top it all off, a ride along the stunning Amalfi Coast.
Cycling Indonesia's Islands
Jungles reach down to azure-blue seas, volcanoes tower over lush ride paddies, fishing villages spread out along a stunning coast line and temples dot the vibrant landscape. Then there are the friendly people where their age-old traditions - welcome to Java and Bali!
Cycling India's Hill Stations
The Golden Temple at Amritsar, the home of the Dalai Lama, the former capital of British India at Simla and the Hindu temple town of Mandi all speak to the diversity that is India. Ride the back roads through the foothills of the Himalaya and enjoy some of the most spectacular scenery you will ever see.
Cycling in Bhutan
For people who like a challenge, Cycling in Bhutan is a great trip. Great paved roads and a splendid Himalayan scenery of forests, glaciers, raging rivers and high mountains combine to make this an exhilarating trip. With Bhutan hosting one of the least Western-influenced cultures in the world, this is one trip for connoisseurs.
Self-guided Cycling in Andalucia: Seville to Cadiz
This trip takes you into the heart of ancient Andalucia, a region of white-washed villages, olive groves, sun-drenched hills and splendid beaches. Visit such highlights as Seville, the home town of sherry (Jerez) and the city of Cádiz, all the while staying in Paradores (luxury accommodation in traditional buildings) and haciendas and enjoying the sumptuous food.
Barolo Gastronomic Cycling
If you have ever had a bottle of a great Barolo wine, then I know you are as excited about this trip as I am. Vineyard covered rolling hills, sun-drenched hamlets, world-class wines and incredible hotels all feature on this trip. Cycle past terraces of grape-laden vines, through verdant pine forests and past rippling rivers to discover amazing hilltop towns, along with a selection of food that is simply to die for.
Bike & Boat: Passau to Budapest along the Danube
The picturesque Wachau Valley is one of the Danube's most scenic stretches. Quaint villages line the river banks, while vineyards cling to steep slopes rising up to ancient castles. It is the country’s best winemaking region and famous for apricot jams as well as liqueurs. And is only one part of this classic bike ride through Europe's heartland. Accommodation is on board a comfortable boat, allowing you only unpack once and concentrate on experiencing the best of the area.