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active-adventureOur expertise in Adventure Travel expanded when Michele Cohen joined. She led trekking holidays around the world for 10 years and has ascended Kilimanjaro 8 times, and hiked to Machu Picchu 7 times! As a High Altitude Leader, she knows what is required to get safely to a summit. If you are looking for an active holiday, we have the knowledge. Whether you want to explore the Himalaya, walk along the Amalfi Coast, or cycle through the wine region of Bordeaux, we will make your holiday as active and adventurous as you are looking for.

NEW ZEALAND - Trekking North to South

new_zealand_north-to-south1Arriving in the North Island city of Auckland, we transfer to volcanic Rotorua and take on the exciting Tongariro Crossing, the 'best 1-day hike in New Zealand'. Then, taking a ferry to South Island, we trek to Nydia Bay in the beautiful Marlborough Sounds area and also walk part of the stunning Abel Tasman Coastal Track. Driving down the West Coast, we visit the Pancake Rocks at Punakaiki and hike on the ice of Fox Glacier. Then, looping inland via Wanaka, we reach the gateway to the amazing Fiordland at Te Anau. Here, we make short and scenic hikes on the Kepler and Routeburn tracks and also have the option of a cruise on Milford Sound. Making our way back north to Christchurch, we have included a day hike to the Mueller Hut below Mount Cook and another to a 2000 metre summit above Lake Tekapo, for those final, unforgettable views of the Southern Alps. This comprehensive tour promises the very best of New Zealand! 

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ITALY - Biking in the Hills of Tuscany

BTTI-tuscany-bikingFew things in this world live up to the hype. But everything you’ve ever heard about Tuscany is true. It’s not a destination. It’s an experience. Rides lined with cypress trees overlooking the patchwork vineyards below will stop you on your bike. And no view will compare to that view. Until you round the next bend and see another. It’s a wonder anyone ever finishes the rides. And that’s only what you’ll see; imagine the wines and flavors you’ll experience.

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THAILAND - Cycling through Culture and Cuisine

thailand-bikingLanguage barrier, embrace it. Bookstore travel guide, dump it. Fear of street food, chuck it. Liberate yourself from all that. Wake up expecting anything. Mai pen rai (keep smiling). Because "hey, you’re in Thailand." Bike an uncharted oxcart path among lush rice paddies and garlic fields. Be startled by an ornate Buddhist temple quietly sitting in the middle of a jungle-filled valley. Relish a truly homemade curry and stare at the jagged limestone hills that have not changed for thousands of years. Say to yourself, "Is it Tuesday?" Even that doesn’t matter because you're in Thailand. So mai pen rai

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MOROCCO – Winter Cycling Around the KASBAH

adventure_trip_moroccoThe climate in Southern Morocco is ideal for this active winter break. Surrounded by the Jebel Sahro mountain range we cycle through kasbahs, tribal villages and cool oases in the Draa Valley. We ride camels to a nomad desert camp in the Sahara, explore the rock formations of the Todra Gorge and ride through Berber countryside in the High Atlas. By using our support bus to ascend steep sections we ensure that cycling is either relatively flat or downhill, though there are still a few uphill sections. Expect some exhilarating descents from high passes (including the dramatic Tizi n'Outfi). 95% on asphalt.  

 

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TURKEY - A Rural Escape

turkey_cyclingCycling along quiet back roads and farm tracks we discover the beautiful region of Cappadocia in central Turkey. Soft lava and ash rock has eroded to form a landscape unlike any other on earth. We cycle among the contoured cliffs and rock-cut churches of the Ihlara Valley and discover the underground network of tunnels and cities in Kaymakli. We cycle mainly on small, unsurfaced farm tracks and minor rural back roads. There is relatively little ascent/descent, but routes can easily be extended for keener cyclists. Cycle on 50% farm tracks; 50% asphalt.
Try optional hot air ballooning over the surreal landscapes of Cappadocia.

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ETHIOPIA – Trekking in the Simian Mountains

This amazing trip was recently arranged and led by Michele Cohen. Please contact us to find out about future trips.

EthiopiaKnown as 'The Roof of Africa', Ethiopia is a land of surprises, with superb trekking and a rich cultural heritage. From the capital, Addis Ababa, we fly north to Gondar, with its astonishing array of medieval churches and castles.  The real journey begins a few hours drive away, where we enter into the spectacular Simien Mountains, which comprise several high plateau bounded by gigantic eroded precipices. Seven days of trekking lead us through a land of natural wonders and of rare wildlife, including the Simien Red Fox, the striking Gelada Baboon and the majestic Lammergeyer. Passing several villages, notable for their carefully tended farmland and friendly people, the trek reaches its climax at the summit of Ras Dashen , 4533m, where the views extend northwards to Eritrea.

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SPAIN - Camino De Santiago - Historical Trek

adventure_trip_northern_spainFollowing in the footsteps of countless pilgrims since the 9th Century, we follow the legendary route to Santiago de Compostela – the resting place of Saint James. We walk along the most scenic section between Burgos and Santiago: across the high plains of the Castilian Meseta and into the Galicia mountains. We discover Gothic cathedrals, visit disused gold mines and climb to the Iron Cross (1,482m) along the way. On walks between Burgos to Santiago there will be an accompanying support vehicle carrying luggage and allowing you to hop on the bus whenever you prefer. The walks are graded as moderate. 

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