WHAT’S NEW FROM HEADWATER FOR 2013
10-night hotel-to-hotel holiday cycling round the south western corner of Brittany. A fabulously varied loop on mainly traffic-free trails and taking in pretty coastal villages, rural farming hamlets, picturesque artists’ towns and traditional fishing ports where ancient Celtic traditions still hold strong. Prices from £1149 (tour only)/ £1399 (including flights)
A 10-day cycling loop exploring the “golden triangle” of chef Raymond Blanc’s home region of France Comte , a totally unspoiled and undiscovered corner of France, unchanged over the years. Starting, and ending, in the historic university city of Besancon, the cycling follows a gastronomic route through Salin-les-Bains, Arbois and Poligny – the respective capitals of salt, wine and cheese. Prices from £1247 (tour only)/ £1499 (including flights).
As above but an 8-night version with prices from £1047/ £1299.
Luxury 11-day cycling holiday staying mostly 4-star hotels – including a magnificently restored C12 abbey, a wonderfully renovated watermill and a traditional family-run boutique hotel overlooking the soaring “Manhatten-style” towers of San Gimignano – with panoramic swimming pools at all. Wonderfully cultural and interest-packed cycling routes through olive groves, vineyards and orchards with towns en route offering a wonderful melange of Etruscan, Roman, Renaissance and Mediaeval art and architecture. Prices from £1479 (tour only)/ £1749 (inc flights).
An 8-day linear cycle which explores the wild azure bays of Sardinia’s west coast, a region peppered with Spanish watchtowers, palm-lined towns, Roman cities and colourful frescoed villages. Charming hotels en route include a grand mansion, a gorgeous working vineyard and a converted olive mill. Masses of swimming possibilities (the route follows some of the most dazzling white beaches in Europe) and superb bird spotting (heron, vulture, kingfisher) in the protected coastal reserves. Prices from £1188 (tour only)/ £1399 (including flights).
A guided linear route along Spain’s coveted Camino de Santiago, one of the most ancient and well known pilgrimage routes in the world. Cycling the Camino lends to great camaraderie as people from all over to complete the Way of Saint James as it crosses fertile valleys, vineyards and villages en route to the beautiful Cathedral at Santiago where the route ends. Priced at £1334 (tour only) and £1464 (including flights).
A stunning linear route linking Split to Dubrovnik, pedalling alongside the wonderful turquoise waters of the Adriatic – the cleanest and clearest sea in Europe – and soaking up the most incredible views of Croatia’s stunning off-shore islands. Prices from £1219 (tour only)/ £1419 (including flights).
An exhilarating 7-night, interest-packed cycle from Amman to Aquaba, and taking in magnificent temples, ancient mosaics, traditional Bedouin villages. Highlights en route include floating in the Dead Sea, swimming in the Red Sea and riding through the wind-sculpted rocks of the wadi Rum en route to the rose-red city of Petra. Accommodation throughout is in luxury hotels apart from one night which is spent in a traditional Bedouin desert chalet-camp. Prices from £1269 (tour only) and £1799 (including flights).
The luxury way to walk Mont Blanc! From your 4-star spa hotel in the chic centre of Chamonix, this guided walking week uses the excellent mountain rail, cable cars and gondolas to get walkers to access the mountains with ease! Once at altitude, the walks are at a relatively leisurely pace, offering sweeping views of the Massif de Mont Blanc and its surrounding peaks. Prices from £1499 (tour only)/ £1579 (including flights).
Know as La Isla Bonita (“the pretty island”), La Palma offers some of the most dramatic walking in the Med. Our base for the guided week is the luxury **** Parador just above the capital, Santa Cruz. From here, we’ll hike through protected natural reserves, lauresilva forest, crimson volcanic calderas and steep terraces of avocado, almonds and mango. Prices from £1247 (tour only)/ £1449 (including flights).
A paradise for walkers, the Azores archipelago is one of the most beautiful and diverse in the world. On this twin centre guided holiday, the walks explore four very different islands – mountainous Pico, “lunar” Faial, lush Sao Jorge and tropical Sao Miguel – taking in UNESCO vineyards, lava plateaux, sparkling waterfalls and thermal geysers. There’s also the opportunity to spot whales and swim with dolphins! Prices from £1149 (tour only)/ £1399 (including flights).
This is real “chocolate box” walking country: unspoilt forest trails, pine clad hills, lush green meadows and postcard-pretty lakeside villages nestled beneath snow-capped peaks. It’s just like stepping out of a scene from The Sound of Music! The hotels we’ve selected are pretty special too – all at luxury 4-star level, with superb wellness centres and unrivalled levels of detail and service. Prices from £898 (tour only), £1228 (including flights).
This timeless walking route explores the Croatian province of Istria at the very northern tip of the Adriatic, a world of Venetian castles, Renaissance palaces and ancient hilltop villages. Highlights en route include the fortified hilltop towns of Buzet and Motovun, before summiting Istria’s highest peak – Mt Vojak (1410m) for incredible views as far as the Dolomites and Switzerland. Prices from £1029 (tour only) / £1249 (including flights).