March 17, 2016 | Kudu Travel
Accompanied by highly-skilled tour leaders and usually a local guide, tours include daily walks, cultural and historic elements, excellent food and wine, and itineraries designed for exploring off the beaten track.
Remaining new tours with availability departing this year include:
Spend a wonderful week walking in the Causses and the Cévennes, an enchanting UNESCO-listed mountainous region in southern France. Explore ancient drovers’ paths, stroll through flower-strewn meadows, see spectacular rock formations and learn about the history of the Knights Templars. The seven-night Grands Causses and Cevennes Walking Tour (28 May – 4 June) costs from £2,190 pp (two sharing), including accommodation in a four-star Chateau hotel, all meals and wine, private transfers, entrance fees and the services of two tour leaders. Activity level: 4-5 hours of walking per day. Walking grade: standard.
Spend a week visiting five of the islands that make up this remote archipelago, 200 miles north of Scotland. Enjoy daily walks amongst dramatic scenery with fjords, waterfalls and colourful villages, discover the capital Tórshavn, the lively yacht harbour and excellent ‘New Nordic’ restaurants. Watch out for land and sea birds at close range – oystercatchers, curlews, snipes, puffins, fulmars, kittiwakes, arctic terns, great and arctic skuas, razorbills and guillemots. The seven-night Walking Tour of the Faroe Islands (20 – 27 June) costs from
£2,490 pp (two sharing), including accommodation in comfortable hotels and a traditional Faroese guesthouse, all meals and wine, private transfers, two boat trips and the services of two tour leaders. Activity level: 2-6 hours of walking per day. Walking grade: moderately demanding.
Each summer the Swiss Alpine town of Gstaad is the setting for the Menuhin Festival, the inspirational legacy of acclaimed violinist, Yehudi Menuhin. Based in an exceptional five-star hotel in the south-facing village of Schonried, overlooking Gstaad, enjoy daily gentle morning walks in the high pastures and attend four concerts in the frescoed churches of the Bernese Oberland, including a ‘Homage to Menuhin’ by world-renowned pianist András Schiff. Gstaad Menuhin Festival & Alpine Walks (24 – 30 July) costs from £2,890 pp including six nights’ accommodation in a five-star hotel, all meals and wine, all transportation as outlined in itinerary, all entrance and sightseeing fees and tickets for four concerts at Menuhin Festival. Activity level: 2-3.5 hours of walking per day. Walking grade: standard.
Trace the ancient path that links the historic cities of Cordoba and Granada, the former capitals of the Hispano-Moorish Empire of al-Andalus. Enjoy daily walks amongst the inspiring scenery of the Sierra de Hornachuelos and the Subbética mountain range, explore the picturesque ‘white villages’ of Andalusia (complete with fountains, churches and flower-filled plazas) and discover the glorious architectural heritage of Cordoba and Granada. A Cultural Walking Tour – Cordoba to Granada (24 September – 1 October) costs from £2,190 pp including seven nights’ accommodation in charming four-star hotels, all meals, wine, cheese and olive oil tastings, guided tours of key historic sites, museums and formal gardens, and the services of a tour leader. Activity level: 1-4 hours of walking per day. Walking grade: standard.
Follow in the footsteps of celebrated travel writer Patrick Leigh Fermor on a 10-night walking tour from Athens to Cape Tenaro. Explore the classical sites of Olympia, Thermopylae and Sparta, see the fabled tower houses of the remote Mani, the ‘suspended in air’ monasteries of the Meteora and visit Leigh Fermor’s former home, overlooking the Messinian Gulf. The Walking Tour of Greece – In the footsteps of Patrick Leigh Fermor (22 October – 1 November) costs from £2,290 pp including 10 nights’ accommodation (four-star hotels and guesthouses), all meals including wine, transfers, a boat trip, all entrance and sightseeing fees and the services of a tour leader. Activity level: 1-3 hours of walking per day. Walking grade: standard.
Set in the Indian Ocean between Madagascar and Mauritius, the island of La Réunion is one of France’s best kept secrets owing to its outstanding natural beauty and rich network of walking trails. Walk in tropical forest, explore the moonscape of the active volcano, Piton de la Fournaise, swim and snorkel in sheltered waters, visit historic coffee and sugar estates, and museums depicting the island’s fascinating history. La Réunion Walking Tour (7 – 20 November) costs from £4,690 pp including 13 nights’ accommodation (hotels, lodges and villas), all meals including wine, transfers, a sunset boat trip, all entrance and sightseeing fees and the services of a tour leader. Activity level: 1-5 hours of walking per day. Walking grade: standard.
Flights are not included but can be booked through Kudu Travel.
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