Top 10 Active Romantic Getaways
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10) France – the Loire Valley
The Loire valley is an ideal place to enjoy a gentle self-guided cycling holiday. Extraordinarily ornate chateaux dot the countryside and provide regular interludes to the cycling. Riding distances are kept short so you can take as much time as you like exploring each one, taking you back to a time of kings and noblemen. The picturesque countryside offers the perfect setting for idyllic picnics adding to the relaxed freedom of this trip. Each evening we stay in friendly, family run hotels and you can round off your day with some of the best food and wine France has to offer.
A great week of exciting activities in stunning Croatian landscapes. Based in a rural hamlet with access to the Dalmatian Coast, enjoying the thrills of whitewater rafting, sea kayaking and canyoning through caves and waterfalls. There is also time to discover Croatia’s historic sights and to relax on a boat and explore some of Croatia’s many islands.
8) Kenya and Tanzania Safari
One of the most popular safaris boasting the best East Africa has to offer: premier parks showcasing fantastic game, breath taking lodges and camps, and some of the world’s most spectacular landscapes. Showcasing a panoramic North-South selection of Kenya’s most famous national parks, this cross-border safari includes a visit to the shores of Africa’s largest inland lake, Lake Victoria, before crossing into Tanzania’s mighty Serengeti and thereafter descending into the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’, the sensational Ngorongoro Crater. Leaving the crater behind, we are crossing back into Kenya and conclude the tour in the world-famous Amboseli National Park before returning to Nairobi. Uniquely varied, this essential travel itinerary also includes stays in both traditional tented safari lodges and luxury tented camps.
Thousands of miles of quiet roads and tracks offer the only interruption to a vast land of glaciers, rushing rivers, dense forest and towering peaks: ideal for the adventurous cyclist and an utterly unique biking experience. Alaska is the ultimate wilderness destination! The wildlife is the epitome of North America, far outweighing the tiny human population in number. Grizzly bears, Bald eagles, moose, elk and wolf may be spotted from the saddle.
6) Costa Rica
With its rich volcanic soil, the tropical climate of Costa Rica supports a range of incredibly rich
and bio diverse ecosystems encompassing thick jungle, cloud forest, mangrove swamp, Pacific and Caribbean coastline and a handful of active volcanoes. The result is a destination with abundant wildlife. In the hilly interior sloths lay dormant, Howler monkeys swing amongst the canopy and flamboyant toucans screech and soar overhead. During the nesting season at Tortuguero National Park thousands of Green turtles arrive to lay their eggs on the beaches of the Caribbean coast – an unforgettable sight. Costa Rica’s appeal lies in its sheer variety.
5) Italy Walking Holidays
When looking to get to know more of European art and society, there is no better place to start than Tuscany, thanks to its fine Renaissance cities, beautiful rolling countryside and outstanding Chianti wine. The landscape of southern Tuscany fulfils all expectations, with mediaeval hilltop villages and cypress-lined avenues snaking through vineyards, striking surroundings for any walking holiday in Italy. Basing ourselves at the tranquil Villa Casalta, our paths thread their way through the beautiful hilltop town of San Gimignano, the market town of Greve in Chianti and of course the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Siena.
The most famous trek in the Americas, this Inca Trail trek offers a unique and unrivalled combination of history and spectacular scenery. Winding its way from the powerful Urubamba River, across mountain passes and through cloud forests, the ancient Inca road passes several ruined fortresses before reaching the fabulous lost city of Machu Picchu. Onboard a comfortable, first class yacht is ideal for low impact tourism, getting where the cruise ships can’t go and for viewing the occasional pod of dolphins dancing in the ships wave. Small group sizes, expert guides and excellent cuisine all help to ensure a unique and magical experience.
This is a Thailand trip jam-packed with experiences and destinations that ventures beyond where other trips go. Thailand’s stunning beauty and charismatic culture are ever present on this Intrepid adventure – discover the exquisite ‘Land of Smiles’ in style. Thailand conjures up images of spicy delicacies, majestic elephants, golden Buddhas, colourful hilltribe villages, fantastic shopping and exotic hideaways – and we experience it all on this trip. Witness traditional hilltribe life in a H’mong village, support the rehabilitation of the endangered Asian elephant, step back in time in the ancient kingdom of Sukhothai and try your hand at creating some gastronomic delights. This is your chance to capture the adventure and essence of timeless Thailand.
2) Greek Islands
A yacht adventure is the ideal way to experience what many consider the world’s most beautiful islands: the Greek Islands, sailing 10 days aboard a 15m (50-ft.) yachts, with time for hiking, snorkelling. Explore ancient archaeological sites and taverna-lined harbours, the beautiful southern Cyclades by sailboat, stop at small off-the-beaten-path islands along the way, relax on white-sand beaches, try your hand at sailing (or just relax on the deck), strolling through local villages and sample traditional Greek food and wine. Dine on fresh seafood and don’t forget to try the ouzo!
Darwin’s inspiration for ‘The Origin of Species’, the Galapagos Islands are home to species found nowhere else on earth and some of the world’s most pristine environments. You may find yourself stepping over snoozing sea lions and iguanas or watching close-up the courting rituals of Blue-footed boobies, albatross, or frigate birds. A mask and snorkel reveals another exciting world; turtles, sharks, rays and colourful reef fish are abundant and sea lions love to come and play.