Bird Watching Holidays

Headwater have assembled some walking and cycling holidays perfect for twitchers everywhere. Each of the holidays below is perfect for bird watching as avian wildlife abounds and there are numerous opportunities to spot a wide variety of different bird species. With many of Headwaters guided tours you can also benefit from expert local knowledge of the different species and their habits and habitats.

Birdwatching in Extremadura

Griffon Vulture

From $2188 per person

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Our 6 night guided holiday takes you to one of the last remaining unspoilt regions of Spain, Extremadura is renowned among ornithologists as being one of the top birding destinations in Southern Europe. Whilst the birdlife is spectacular and varied the region will delight in its beauty from mountain backdrops to sublime river gorges.

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  • 6 nights, twin centre
  • Buffet breakfasts, 6 lunches and all evening meals
  • Holidays with gastronomic meals.
  • Holidays with wine-tasting opportunities.
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Destinations with bird watching opportunities.
  • Discover stunning historic sites en-route.
  • Eco-friendly holidays.
  • Expert-led holidays.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Beautiful lakes and rivers.

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Contrasts of the Costa Vicentina Walk

Santa Clara lake

From $1732 per person

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With 300+ days of sunshine a year, it's little wonder that this holiday is such a winner with Headwater walkers! But it's not just the weather: Portugal's Alentejo offers wonderfully deserted beaches, tiny white villages, gently rolling hills and colourful fishing harbours - all untouched by tourism.

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  • 7 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • All continental breakfasts, 6 picnic lunches and 7 evening meals
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Destinations with bird watching opportunities.
  • Great vegetarian meal options.
  • Eco-friendly holidays.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Follow stunning coastal routes.
  • Beautiful lakes and rivers.

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Costa Rica Wildlife Walk

Arenal Volcano

From $3771 per person

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To judge Costa Rica purely on its natural bounty would be a mistake. Costa Ricans, known as Ticos, are warm, friendly people whose kindness is as integral to their country as the rainforest.

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  • 11 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • All continental breakfasts, 10 lunches and 10 evening meals
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Destinations with bird watching opportunities.
  • Lots of swimming opportunities.
  • Great vegetarian meal options.
  • Eco-friendly holidays.
  • Especailly good for solo travellers.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Follow stunning coastal routes.
  • Beautiful lakes and rivers.

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Walking in the Sierra de Gredos

Colin on La Abantera walk

From $1580 per person

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The Sierra de Gredos is little known, yet it offers some of the finest walking in Spain - from gentle strolls through flower-filled meadows to high level hikes amid mountainous peaks, waterfalls and lagoons. Excellent hotel serving superb regional cuisine.

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  • 7 nights, single centre
  • All gourmet breakfast, 5 a la carte picnic lunches and all evening meals
  • Holidays with gastronomic meals.
  • Holidays with wine-tasting opportunities.
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Destinations with bird watching opportunities.
  • Discover stunning historic sites en-route.
  • Great vegetarian meal options.
  • Holidays to enhance your wellbeing.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Explore the high peaks.
  • Beautiful lakes and rivers.

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Porto to Coimbra Cycling

Aveiro

From $1952 per person

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Enjoy cycling from wine capital, Porto, south along the coast and bay-hopping to Aveiro, Portugal's Venice before heading inland and finishing in Coimbra, Portugal's old capital with UNESCO recognised heritage..

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  • 9 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • All continental breakfasts and 5 evening meals included
  • Holidays with wine-tasting opportunities.
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Destinations with bird watching opportunities.
  • Discover stunning historic sites en-route.
  • Lots of swimming opportunities.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Follow stunning coastal routes.
  • Option to hire electric bikes.

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Porto Coastal Cycling

Cycling from Porto to Furadouro

From $1750 per person

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Varied beach-front cycling along some of the most spectacular stretches of coast we've ever seen! Starting in wine capital, Porto, your route heads south beach and bay-hopping to Aveiro, Portugal's Venice before finishing beside the beach at Praia de Mira.

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  • 7 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • All continental breakfasts and 4 evening meals included
  • Holidays with wine-tasting opportunities.
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Destinations with bird watching opportunities.
  • Lots of swimming opportunities.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Follow stunning coastal routes.
  • Option to hire electric bikes.

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A Taste of Sicily Cycling

Ragusa Ibla

From $2497 per person

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This ten-night, self-guided cycling holiday provides a wonderful introduction to Sicily’s south east, a part of the island renowned for its beautiful, unspoilt coastline, spectacular Baroque architecture and sumptuous regional cuisine.

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  • 10 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • 10 breakfasts and 6 evening meals
  • Holidays with gastronomic meals.
  • Holidays with wine-tasting opportunities.
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Destinations with bird watching opportunities.
  • Discover stunning historic sites en-route.
  • Lots of swimming opportunities.
  • Great vegetarian meal options.
  • Eco-friendly holidays.
  • Follow stunning coastal routes.
  • Delightful island holidays.

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A Walk Through the Algarve

Odeceixe Beach

From $2322 per person

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Join us on this 10 night journey through the unspoilt Algarve following river trails, flora laden paths, stunning coastal walks, and the highest point in the region all accompanied by a vast array of birdlife.

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  • 10 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • All buffet breakfasts, 7 evening meals and 8 lunches
  • Holidays with gastronomic meals.
  • Holidays with wine-tasting opportunities.
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Destinations with bird watching opportunities.
  • Discover stunning historic sites en-route.
  • Lots of swimming opportunities.
  • Great vegetarian meal options.
  • Eco-friendly holidays.
  • Especailly good for solo travellers.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Follow stunning coastal routes.
  • Beautiful lakes and rivers.

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Austrian Riviera Walk

From $1423 per person

Our 6 night self-guided walking holiday explores the peaceful alpine lake of Worthersee, often described as one of Austria's hidden gems and Carinthia's largest lake. You'll receive a warm Carinthian welcome too; legend has it that the state is named after the Celtic word 'Carant' meaning friend. Austria's rich and famous are regularly seen in Velden, one of the lake's many picturesque shoreline towns.

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  • 6 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Continental breakfast and 4 evening meals
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Destinations with bird watching opportunities.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Beautiful lakes and rivers.

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Canal du Midi Cycling

Beziers

From $1809 per person

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Our 8 night holiday takes you on a wonderful journey through the delightful south-west of France, following the UNESCO Canal du Midi and the Canal de la Robine, mixing wonderful countryside, vineyards, sunflower fields and historic cities, cycling alongside barges you will make your way to the azure blue Mediterranean sea.

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  • 8 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • All continental breakfasts included
  • Holidays with wine-tasting opportunities.
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Destinations with bird watching opportunities.
  • Discover stunning historic sites en-route.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Follow stunning coastal routes.
  • Beautiful lakes and rivers.

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Contrasts of Andalucia Cycling

Square in Vejer

From $1394 per person

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This 7 night holiday takes in a contrast of wonderfully scenic cycling mixed in with a large blast of culture and history. From Jerez, home to sherry and flamenco, through the stunning hilltop ‘Pueblos Blancos’ to bustling old world Cadiz, with its beautiful sandy beaches.

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  • 7 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • All continental breakfasts included
  • Holidays with gastronomic meals.
  • Holidays with wine-tasting opportunities.
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Destinations with bird watching opportunities.
  • Discover stunning historic sites en-route.
  • Great vegetarian meal options.
  • Eco-friendly holidays.
  • Especailly good for solo travellers.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Follow stunning coastal routes.
  • Beautiful lakes and rivers.

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Coves and Harbours of Northern Spain

Cantabrian coast

From $1528 per person

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The principality of Asturias is a contrasting region of high peaks in the form of the Picos de Europa and rugged beautiful Atlantic coastline. Our 9 night holiday take you on a journey from the border with Cantabria through lush green landscapes to the vibrant city of Gijón.

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  • 9 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • All breakfasts and 3 evening meals included
  • Holidays with gastronomic meals.
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Destinations with bird watching opportunities.
  • Discover stunning historic sites en-route.
  • Lots of swimming opportunities.
  • Great vegetarian meal options.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Follow stunning coastal routes.
  • Beautiful lakes and rivers.
  • Option to hire electric bikes.

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Cycling around Austria's Hidden Lakes

From $1987 per person

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Explore the lush and unspoilt countryside of Austria's Carinthia - a region of shimmering turquoise lakes, peaceful alpine meadows and stunning mountain backdrops. 4-star hotels brimming with local character, plus free access to local transport and attractions too!

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  • 8 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • All continental breakfasts and 6 evening meals included
  • Holidays with gastronomic meals.
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Destinations with bird watching opportunities.
  • Especailly good for solo travellers.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Beautiful lakes and rivers.

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Cycling around the River Ebro

lAmpolla

From $1378 per person

This 6 night holiday combines cycling along river and coastal trails taking in a wonderful mix of charming villages, historic cities and fabulous birdlife. All hotels have pools.

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  • 6 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • All buffet breakfasts and 3 evening meals included
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Destinations with bird watching opportunities.
  • Lots of swimming opportunities.
  • Especailly good for solo travellers.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Good choice for families.
  • Follow stunning coastal routes.
  • Beautiful lakes and rivers.

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Cycling in 'The Real Algarve'

Henry the Navigator

From $1453 per person

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Discover a land that time forgot as you explore the unspoilt wild coastlines, pretty white villages and deserted cycling routes of the Algarve. The area is a birdwatchers paradise, with endemic and migratory species passing through from Africa and Northern Europe.

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  • 6 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • All continental breakfasts, and 5 evening meals included
  • Holidays with gastronomic meals.
  • Holidays with wine-tasting opportunities.
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Destinations with bird watching opportunities.
  • Discover stunning historic sites en-route.
  • Lots of swimming opportunities.
  • Eco-friendly holidays.
  • Holidays to enhance your wellbeing.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Follow stunning coastal routes.

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Discovering the Ebro Delta by bike

Circular route from Poble Nou del Delta

From $1344 per person

On this 7 night single centre cycling holiday discover the lush wetlands of the Ebro Delta. A range of cycle routes direct from the hotel gives you total flexibility to choose from a day at the coast or birdwatching in the nature reserve.

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  • 7 nights, single centre
  • All buffet breakfasts and 6 evening meals included
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Destinations with bird watching opportunities.
  • Lots of swimming opportunities.
  • Especailly good for solo travellers.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Good choice for families.
  • Follow stunning coastal routes.
  • Beautiful lakes and rivers.

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Dorset and the Jurassic Coast Cycling

Durdle Door near Lulworth on the Jurassic Coast

From $882 per person

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Spend five nights taking in the best bits of one of England's most beautiful counties, featuring some of its most spectacular coastline along the UNESCO listed Jurassic Coast. Whether you're riding alongside unspoilt beaches, exploring the ruins of a crumbling National Trust castle, visiting a protected nature reserve, or enjoying lunch in a historic seaside town, this spectacular independent ride will show you England's south coast at its glorious best!

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  • 5 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Full English Breakfasts included
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Destinations with bird watching opportunities.
  • Discover stunning historic sites en-route.
  • Lots of swimming opportunities.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Follow stunning coastal routes.
  • Beautiful lakes and rivers.
  • Option to hire electric bikes.

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Following in the Footsteps of Picasso

lush valley and mountains, Els Ports

From $1629 per person

Led by our expert local guide this 7-night guided walking holiday explores the vast Els Ports Natural Park, one of the largest and most rugged of Catalunya’s protected areas. The park stretches for some 60,000 hectares between Catalunya, Valencia and Aragon and sits within the renowned Terra Alta winemaking region.

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  • 7 nights, single centre
  • All breakfasts, 5 lunches and all evening meals, with wine, included
  • Holidays with gastronomic meals.
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Destinations with bird watching opportunities.
  • Discover stunning historic sites en-route.
  • Lots of swimming opportunities.
  • Great vegetarian meal options.
  • Expert-led holidays.
  • Especailly good for solo travellers.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Beautiful lakes and rivers.

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Following St James' Way

Man walking over bridge in Galicia, Spain

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This 12 night holiday is one of Europe's classic walks following one of the most ancient pilgrimage routes in the world! There's a real sense of camaraderie and achievement as you chat to fellow walkers from all parts of the globe. Enjoy time in Leon and Santiago too!

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  • 12 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Buffet breakfast and 8 evening meals.
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Destinations with bird watching opportunities.
  • Discover stunning historic sites en-route.
  • Perfect for couples.

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Galapagos Voyage - Darwin's Enchanted Isles

Deck of MV Evolution

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Discover the beauty of seven of the Galapagos Islands on our 9 night itinerary, staying on the MV Evolution. Highlights include walking to the top of Bartlome for a view of iconic Pinnacle Rock, one of Galapagos' most photographed sites, and exploring the archipelago's oldest and youngest islands,

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  • 9 nights, twin centre
  • 9 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 7 dinners included
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Destinations with bird watching opportunities.
  • Lots of swimming opportunities.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Follow stunning coastal routes.
  • Delightful island holidays.

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Galapagos Voyage Central & Remote Northern Islands

Al Fresco dining on MV Evolution

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Our 9 night tour of the Galapagos takes in 9 of the Central and Northern Galapagos Islands from our base, the MV Evolution. Highlights include Post Office Bay and crossing the equator to Genovesa Island.

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  • 9 nights, twin centre
  • 9 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 7 dinners included
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Destinations with bird watching opportunities.
  • Lots of swimming opportunities.
  • Especailly good for solo travellers.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Follow stunning coastal routes.
  • Delightful island holidays.

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Gastronomic Burgundy Walking

Wine Village

From $1763 per person

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Gastronomic meals and historic hotels, sleepy wine villages and traditional mediaeval towns, ancient woodland and some of the world’s most prestigious vineyards. These are some of the highlights of this 6 night walk around the beautiful Cote D'Or along quiet lanes, vineyard tracks and shady woodland paths.

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  • 6 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Continental breakfast and 6 gastronomic evening meals
  • Holidays with gastronomic meals.
  • Holidays with wine-tasting opportunities.
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Destinations with bird watching opportunities.
  • Discover stunning historic sites en-route.
  • Eco-friendly holidays.
  • Holidays to enhance your wellbeing.
  • Perfect for couples.

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Jewels of the Jurassic Coast Walk

Durdle Door near Lulworth on the Jurassic Coast

From $758 per person

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This stunning 5 night walk along some of the UK's most beautiful coastline will introduce you to Dorset and the 185 million years of history that is the Jurassic Coast - Britain's first UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site. Take in elements of the South-West Coast Path and the Purbeck Way along with historic seaside towns and sleepy villages, spectacular natural landmarks (like Durdle Door), rolling green hills and towering white chalk cliffs, National Trust castles and beaches, and (of course) traditional English tea-rooms serving tea and home-made cake!

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  • 5 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Full English Breakfasts
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Destinations with bird watching opportunities.
  • Discover stunning historic sites en-route.
  • Lots of swimming opportunities.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Follow stunning coastal routes.
  • Beautiful lakes and rivers.

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Lakes and Mountains of Carinthia Walk

Pyramiden Kogel

From $1834 per person

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This 8 night holiday takes you on some of the wonderfully scenic paths of the Carinthia region, including parts of the Alpe Adria Trail, stopping at lakeside locations and discovering quaint villages with onion-domed churches and lively towns along the way.

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  • 8 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • All continental breakfasts and 6 evening meals
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Destinations with bird watching opportunities.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Explore the high peaks.
  • Beautiful lakes and rivers.

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Loch Ness and the Caledonian Canal Walk

Across Loch Ness

From $916 per person

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Known for tales of the seldom seen monster, the area around Loch Ness is also famous for having some of the most spectacular natural scenery in the UK. Here numerous other lochs await discovery along with ruined castles, shady forests, tranquil waterways, high viewpoints, hidden waterfalls, a huge variety of wildlife (including many birds of prey and notably golden eagles) and a history that at times seems indiscernible from the area’s timeless folklore.

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  • 5 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Full Scottish Breakfasts
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Destinations with bird watching opportunities.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Beautiful lakes and rivers.

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Loch Ness and the Highlands Cycling

Highland road

From $916 per person

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Loch Ness is about much more than an elusive beastie! Here a host of smaller lochs appear to hold the sky beneath their surfaces and ancient ruins languish at the water’s edge. Battlefields long silent and castles made famous by Shakespeare sit side-by-side with woodland that is home to a dazzling array of wildlife. The misty peaks and vast, fern covered landscapes that surround it all only add to the sense that this is a place where history and folklore remain largely inseparable.

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  • 4 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Full Scottish Breakfasts included
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Destinations with bird watching opportunities.
  • Discover stunning historic sites en-route.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Beautiful lakes and rivers.

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Secrets of Aragon Walk

Please call for details

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Walk part of the world-famous Camino de Santiago with spectacular scenery of gorges, mountains and the other-worldly 'Badlands' of Navarre

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  • 7 nights, single centre
  • All continental breakfasts and all evening meals included
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Destinations with bird watching opportunities.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Explore the high peaks.

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Walk the Algarve's Wild West

Cape St Vincent lighthouse, Sagres

From $1287 per person

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A warming winter walking discovery allowing you to see the best of the unspoilt Western Algarve region. The lush flora and diverse fauna of the Algarvian hinterland compliment the dramatic seascape scenery of the Atlantic coastline perfectly. The hotels are a brilliant mix of rustic charm and stylish grandeur, complete with swimming pools and serving the best of local Portuguese cuisine.

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  • 6 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • All continental breakfast and 3 evening meals included
  • Holidays with gastronomic meals.
  • Holidays with wine-tasting opportunities.
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Destinations with bird watching opportunities.
  • Discover stunning historic sites en-route.
  • Lots of swimming opportunities.
  • Eco-friendly holidays.
  • Holidays to enhance your wellbeing.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Follow stunning coastal routes.

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Walking on La Palma

View from the top of La Palma

From $2038 per person

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For anyone who loves walking, the beautiful island of La Palma packs the cleanest and greenest punch in the Canaries! From verdant lush forests in the north to dramatic volcanic craters further south, and from mountainous national park to the crashing Atlantic coast, La Palma has natural beauty in abundance - the entire island is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve - yet because of the lack of any mass tourism development, it retains a calm and relaxed atmosphere reminiscent of a bygone era.

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  • 7 nights, twin centre
  • All buffet breakfasts, 5 lunches and all evening meals included
  • Holidays with gastronomic meals.
  • Holidays with wine-tasting opportunities.
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Destinations with bird watching opportunities.
  • Lots of swimming opportunities.
  • Great vegetarian meal options.
  • Eco-friendly holidays.
  • Expert-led holidays.
  • Especailly good for solo travellers.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Follow stunning coastal routes.
  • Explore the high peaks.
  • Delightful island holidays.

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Walking Portugal's Land's End

Clifftop view of beach

From $1608 per person

Explore Portugal's Lands End on our 8 night walking holiday of the Algarve region with a contrast of inland walks and dramatic coastal paths. Each hotel has a pool and we’ve included 3 evening meals for you so you’re also free to sample the region’s superb local restaurants.

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  • 8 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • All continental breakfast and 3 evening meals included
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Destinations with bird watching opportunities.
  • Discover stunning historic sites en-route.
  • Lots of swimming opportunities.
  • Great vegetarian meal options.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Follow stunning coastal routes.

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Walking the Algarve's South-West

Algarve beach

From $1863 per person

Discover the South-West corner of the Algarve on our self-guided walk following coastal footpaths and inland trails.

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  • 10 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • All continental breakfast and 5 evening meals included
  • Holidays with gastronomic meals.
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Destinations with bird watching opportunities.
  • Discover stunning historic sites en-route.
  • Lots of swimming opportunities.
  • Great vegetarian meal options.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Follow stunning coastal routes.

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Waterways & Wine Villages of the Canal du Midi

Beziers

From $1290 per person

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On this six-night cycling holiday you’ll enjoy a wonderful, scenic loop of the cities and waterways which surround the picturesque and UNESCO-recognised Canal du Midi. Keeping the canal within close proximity you’ll follow its course along quiet roads and tracks, enjoying its scenic tributaries and impressive structures, and discovering mediaeval villages and towns, renowned wine regions and a wonderful variety of birdlife along the way.

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  • 6 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • 6 breakfasts no evening meals
  • Holidays with wine-tasting opportunities.
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Destinations with bird watching opportunities.
  • Discover stunning historic sites en-route.
  • Lots of swimming opportunities.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Follow stunning coastal routes.
  • Beautiful lakes and rivers.

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Alsace's Route du Vin Cycling

view of river and breisach cathedral

From $1695 per person

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Cycling along traffic-free lanes through vineyards, orchards and flower-festooned beautiful villages, this off-beat holiday is rich in historic and gastronomic treasures! 6 nights are spent in France, where 2 nights you eat in a Michelin-starred restaurant, and 2 nights are also spent in Germany.

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  • All continental breakfasts and evening meals included
  • Holidays with gastronomic meals.
  • Holidays with wine-tasting opportunities.
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Destinations with bird watching opportunities.
  • Discover stunning historic sites en-route.
  • Especailly good for solo travellers.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Beautiful lakes and rivers.

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Brittany's Emerald Coast Walk

Secluded beach

From $1533 per person

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Brittany's Emerald Coast boasts some of the most stunning scenery in Europe, yet is relatively untouched by tourism. It's a landscape of pink-gold cliffs, deserted poppy-fringed beaches and traditional friendly Breton villages.

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  • 8 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Continental breakfast and 4 evening meals
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Destinations with bird watching opportunities.
  • Discover stunning historic sites en-route.
  • Lots of swimming opportunities.
  • Especailly good for solo travellers.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Follow stunning coastal routes.

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Castles to Coast Walk

Vineyards and hilltop town in Istria

From $1640 per person

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Explore the beautifully unspoilt province of Istria and discover a timeless world of Venetian castles and Renaissance palaces set amidst lush valleys. Orchards, artist villages and vineyards predominate inland, with delightful bays and marinas along the coast.

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  • 7 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • All continental breakfasts, 5 picnic lunches and 2 evening meals.
  • Holidays with gastronomic meals.
  • Holidays with wine-tasting opportunities.
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Destinations with bird watching opportunities.
  • Discover stunning historic sites en-route.
  • Lots of swimming opportunities.
  • Great vegetarian meal options.
  • Holidays to enhance your wellbeing.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Follow stunning coastal routes.
  • Beautiful lakes and rivers.

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Catalan Classic Walk

Buildings-on-hills-i

From $1358 per person

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Beautiful circular walk taking in lovely coastal stretches and unspoilt country landscapes. Fabulous bird and plant life; very good hotels and swimming opportunities every day. 2 nights are spent in a luxury castle.

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  • 6 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • All continental breakfast and 4 evening meals
  • Holidays with gastronomic meals.
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Destinations with bird watching opportunities.
  • Discover stunning historic sites en-route.
  • Lots of swimming opportunities.
  • Great vegetarian meal options.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Follow stunning coastal routes.

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Catalan Coastal Walk

Beach and village view.

From $1406 per person

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Mainly coastal walking also taking in sweeping green valleys, pretty wine villages, hidden white hamlets and colourful fishing harbours. Highlights include artists' favourite, Cadaqués, and the spectacular bay at Roses, with C16 castle and ruined citadel.

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  • 8 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • All continental breakfast and 6 evening meals
  • Holidays with gastronomic meals.
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Destinations with bird watching opportunities.
  • Discover stunning historic sites en-route.
  • Lots of swimming opportunities.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Follow stunning coastal routes.

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Chablis Vineyards Walk

From $1562 per person

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This relaxed walk follows in part the route St James took en route to Compostela, and covers a gently rolling landscape of forests, farmlands, river valleys and fields full of poppies. Highlights include ancient Auxerre, mediaeval UNESCO-listed Vezelay and Chablis, renowned for its famous wines!

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  • 8 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Continental breakfast and 6 evening meals
  • Holidays with gastronomic meals.
  • Holidays with wine-tasting opportunities.
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Destinations with bird watching opportunities.
  • Discover stunning historic sites en-route.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Beautiful lakes and rivers.

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Classic Burgundy Cycling

From $1919 per person

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This 8-night cycling holiday really gets under the skin of Burgundy: its people, its villages, its waterways and, of course, its world-famous wines. The days have been specially designed to allow for lazy riverside lunches and gastronomic pit-stops!

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  • 8 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • All continental breakfasts and 6 evening meals included
  • Holidays with gastronomic meals.
  • Holidays with wine-tasting opportunities.
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Destinations with bird watching opportunities.
  • Discover stunning historic sites en-route.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Beautiful lakes and rivers.
  • Option to hire electric bikes.

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Classic Swiss Alps Walk

Lake view in Oeschinensee, Switzerland.

From $1304 per person

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Here, in the 'jewel in the crown' of classic Switzerland, you'll find many of the highest peaks - often over 4000m, the deepest valleys, the tallest waterfalls, the oldest glaciers and the most beautiful mountain lakes in the country.

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  • 7 nights, single centre
  • All meals including picnic lunches
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Destinations with bird watching opportunities.
  • Lots of swimming opportunities.
  • Great vegetarian meal options.
  • Holidays to enhance your wellbeing.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Explore the high peaks.

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Cycling in Emilia Romagna

Fantastic art cities

From $2076 per person

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One of the flattest cycling routes in our programme, this is a great holiday for older couples or first timers. Highlights include gorgeous Comacchio, historic Ravenna, the university town of Bologna, with its leaning towers, and the splendid Renaissance city of Ferrara.

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  • 8 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • All Continental breakfast and 6 evening meals included
  • Holidays with gastronomic meals.
  • Destinations with bird watching opportunities.
  • Discover stunning historic sites en-route.
  • Great vegetarian meal options.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Follow stunning coastal routes.
  • Option to hire electric bikes.

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Exploring the Azores Triangle

countryside view over lake in The Azores

From $2004 per person

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A 7-night guided tour of one the the world's most beautiful and diverse archipelagos. Explore the 'black' mountain island of Pico, 'blue' Faial, and the lush 'green' of Sao Miguel.

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  • 7 nights, twin centre
  • All continental breakfast and 5 picnic lunches included
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Destinations with bird watching opportunities.
  • Great vegetarian meal options.
  • Eco-friendly holidays.
  • Holidays to enhance your wellbeing.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Follow stunning coastal routes.

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Footsteps of St. Francis Walk

Assisi

From $1612 per person

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This 8-night holiday combines relaxed walking through olive groves, sunflower fields and vineyards with time in gorgeous historic towns and sun-drenched villages. Highlights include Etruscan Perugia, picture-postcard Spello, ancient Assisi and the wild Subasio Natural Park.

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  • 8 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • All continental breakfasts and 6 evening meals
  • Holidays with gastronomic meals.
  • Holidays with wine-tasting opportunities.
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Destinations with bird watching opportunities.
  • Discover stunning historic sites en-route.
  • Lots of swimming opportunities.
  • Perfect for couples.

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Gastronomic Walk in the Tarn

St Chely du Tarn

From $1355 per person

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This single centre holiday provides some of the finest walking in France including hiking the Tarn and Jonte Gorges, Aven Armand and in the Cevennes National Park - where you'll find 4000+ flowers including 80 different orchids.

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  • 7 nights, single centre
  • All continental breakfasts and evening meals
  • Holidays with gastronomic meals.
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Destinations with bird watching opportunities.
  • Discover stunning historic sites en-route.
  • Lots of swimming opportunities.
  • Holidays to enhance your wellbeing.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Beautiful lakes and rivers.

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Heart of the Pyrenees Walk

Malcolm and Anne Gregory

From $1408 per person

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With both moderate and challenging walking options on offer each day, this superb high level mountain hike takes in dramatic gorges, beautiful lakes and traditional mountain villages unchanged over the years. Friendly, 3* hotels throughout.

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  • 7 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • All continental breakfasts and evening meals
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Destinations with bird watching opportunities.
  • Lots of swimming opportunities.
  • Great vegetarian meal options.
  • Eco-friendly holidays.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Explore the high peaks.

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Hidden Valleys of Córdoba

Canillas de Albaida in Spain

From $1313 per person

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This is the 'real' Spain - a region of tiny white villages nestled in the mountains and surrounded by dramatic hills and National Park. As well as stunning walks - gorges, peaks, valleys, views - you'll enjoy wonderful Spanish hospitality. Option to visit Cordoba and Granada too.

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  • 7 nights, single centre
  • All buffet breakfast, 6 picnic lunches and all evening meals with wine
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Destinations with bird watching opportunities.
  • Discover stunning historic sites en-route.
  • Great vegetarian meal options.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Explore the high peaks.

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Islands of Bermuda Walk

From $2596 per person

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Famed for its stunning turquoise waters and pink sand beaches, the stunning archipelago of Bermuda is a tiny historic treasure trove packed with natural beauty - flowers, fish, birds - and fabulous year-round sunshine.

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  • 7 nights, single centre
  • All buffet breakfasts and evening meals included
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Destinations with bird watching opportunities.
  • Discover stunning historic sites en-route.
  • Lots of swimming opportunities.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Follow stunning coastal routes.
  • Delightful island holidays.

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Marvels of Madeira Walk

Madeira coastline

From $1548 per person

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Perfect for year-round walking, the floating garden of Madeira is a paradise of tropical flowers, exotic birds and trees, romantic gorges and emerald seas. Luxury 4 and 5 star hotels throughout provide exquisite local cuisine with possibility of sampling the island's famous full-bodied wine.

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  • 7 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • All continental breakfasts, 2 picnics and all evening meals
  • Holidays with wine-tasting opportunities.
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Destinations with bird watching opportunities.
  • Lots of swimming opportunities.
  • Great vegetarian meal options.
  • Holidays to enhance your wellbeing.
  • Delightful island holidays.

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Secrets of Sicily Cycling

Scopello coast, Sicily

From $1656 per person

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This 7-night cycling route explores Sicily's unspoilt western coast, a sun-drenched landscape of golden bays, azure waters, swaying vines and tiny farming hamlets unchanged over the years. Lots of historic interest too: mediaeval Erice, ancient Segesta and sea-facing Marsala.

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  • 7 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • All continental breakfasts and evening meals included
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Destinations with bird watching opportunities.
  • Discover stunning historic sites en-route.
  • Lots of swimming opportunities.
  • Great vegetarian meal options.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Follow stunning coastal routes.
  • Delightful island holidays.
  • Option to hire electric bikes.

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Secrets of Sicily Walking

Walking in the Zingaro Nature Reserve

From $1454 per person

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This triple centre holiday explores the unspoilt north western tip of Sicily and the nearby Egadi islands. It's a relatively undiscovered region where highlights include pristine sandy beaches, coral-lined grottoes, ancient hill villages and marvellously preserved nature reserves.

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  • 7 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • All continental breakfasts and 4 evening meals
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Destinations with bird watching opportunities.
  • Discover stunning historic sites en-route.
  • Lots of swimming opportunities.
  • Great vegetarian meal options.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Follow stunning coastal routes.
  • Delightful island holidays.

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Secrets of Tenerife Walk

Solo traveller

From $2207 per person

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A naturalist's paradise, the climate in Tenerife is so perfect for wild flowers, butterflies and birdlife that our walks are an explosive celebration of colour: at sea level, swaying banana palms contrast with yellow cacti, while inland hibiscus and geraniums adorn traditional white villages.

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  • 7 nights, single centre
  • All buffet breakfasts, 5 lunches and all evening meals (including wine) included
  • Holidays with gastronomic meals.
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Destinations with bird watching opportunities.
  • Lots of swimming opportunities.
  • Great vegetarian meal options.
  • Holidays to enhance your wellbeing.
  • Especailly good for solo travellers.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Follow stunning coastal routes.
  • Explore the high peaks.
  • Delightful island holidays.

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The High Alps Walk

Mont de Grange

From $1528 per person

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A high level challenging hotel-to-hotel walk following well signed footpaths and affording stunning views of Mont Blanc, the Matterhorn and the Swiss Alps. Over 1200 varieties of wild flowers and excellent bird spotting opportunities.

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  • 10 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Continental breakfast and all evening meals
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Destinations with bird watching opportunities.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Explore the high peaks.

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Vistas of Valencia Walk

From $1579 per person

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The deserted mountains behind Valencia form a varied region where traditional villages, perched on sharp ridges and valley sides, are a world away from the popular Mediterranean coastal resorts just 20 minutes distant. Superb flowers, birds and butterflies, and a fabulous day out in the city of Valencia!

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  • 7 nights, single centre
  • All continental breakfasts, 6 lunches and all evening meals with wine.
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Destinations with bird watching opportunities.
  • Discover stunning historic sites en-route.
  • Great vegetarian meal options.
  • Expert-led holidays.
  • Especailly good for solo travellers.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Follow stunning coastal routes.

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Walking in the Leutasch Valley

Hotel Xander exterior in summer with hilltop image.

From $1051 per person

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In the beautifully unspoilt Leutasch Valley, immaculately maintained walking trails lead through traditional Tyrolean villages, past pretty frescoed houses and onion-domed churches, and on to welcoming wayside restaurants with panoramic sun-trap terraces for lunch.

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  • 7 nights, single centre
  • All buffet breakfasts, 5 picnic lunches and all evening meals
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Destinations with bird watching opportunities.
  • Lots of swimming opportunities.
  • Holidays to enhance your wellbeing.
  • Explore the high peaks.

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Walking on La Gomera

Walking tour on The Canary Islands.

From $2139 per person

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Enjoy varied guided walking on the sub-tropical island of La Gomera. Stay in the **** Parador in the island capital of San Sebastian. Excellent cuisine, and spectacular gorge and coastal walks. Finish off the day with a dip in the pool overlooking Mount Teide on Tenerife.

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  • 7 nights, single centre
  • All buffet breakfasts, 5 lunches all evening meals including wine included
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Destinations with bird watching opportunities.
  • Discover stunning historic sites en-route.
  • Lots of swimming opportunities.
  • Especailly good for solo travellers.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Follow stunning coastal routes.
  • Delightful island holidays.

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Walking the Camino de Santiago

Church building Galicia, Spain.

From $1850 per person

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This is one of Europe's classic walks following one of the most ancient pilgrimage routes in the world! There's a real sense of camaraderie and achievement as you chat to fellow walkers from all parts of the globe. Surprisingly good hotels too!

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  • 10 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • All buffet breakfast and 8 evening meals
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Destinations with bird watching opportunities.
  • Discover stunning historic sites en-route.
  • Great vegetarian meal options.
  • Eco-friendly holidays.
  • Perfect for couples.

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Walks in The Italian Dolomites

From $1347 per person

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The Italian Dolomites are a Mecca for high level walkers and this holiday combines superbly varied walking by day with luxury 4-star comfort at night - a highly sought mix! Excellent bird spotting, stunning flowers and unrivalled Alpine views.

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  • 7 nights, single centre
  • All buffet breakfasts and evening meals included
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Destinations with bird watching opportunities.
  • Great vegetarian meal options.
  • Holidays to enhance your wellbeing.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Explore the high peaks.
  • Beautiful lakes and rivers.

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White Villages of Andalucia Walk

hidden white village, Andalucia

From $1457 per person

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You walk through timeless white washed villages, along flower decked paths - poppies, wild iris, and pink oleander - and there's a good chance of spotting golden eagles soaring overhead.

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  • 7 nights, single centre
  • All meals (including wine)
  • Holidays with gastronomic meals.
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Destinations with bird watching opportunities.
  • Discover stunning historic sites en-route.
  • Lots of swimming opportunities.
  • Great vegetarian meal options.
  • Especailly good for solo travellers.
  • Perfect for couples.

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