HF Holidays offer discounted walking adventures in Poland and Greece
Tatra Mountains Guided Walking Holiday
Was £1,149pp, Now £1,099pp
This is a truly amazing trip to one of Europe’s hottest walking destinations, exploring the beautiful Tatras National Park, the lofty peaks of Giewont and the picture postcard views across the traditional towns and villages of the Zakopane region. There’s also plenty of time to relax in the luxury of the four star Hotel Belvedere, complete with wellness centre, sauna, spa bath and steam room.
Price: Seven nights departing 8th July 2019 from £1,099pp on a half board basis. Price includes return flights from London Gatwick and a full programme of daily guided walks. To book, visit www.hfholidays.co.uk or call 020 8732 1250.
Guided Walking at Pelion
Was £1,149pp, Now £1,099pp
Follow in the footsteps of Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan as you enjoy unspoilt Greece at its absolute best. The ancient Greek peninsular that features heavily in the Mamma Mia films is perfect for a sunny walking break, with the stone paths of Pelion providing fantastic routes between its untouched traditional villages.
Price: Seven nights departing 6th May 2019 from £1,099pp on a half board basis. Price includes return flights from London Gatwick and a full programme of daily guided walks. To book, visit www.hfholidays.co.uk or call 020 8732 1250.
Places are limited on these holidays so book now to avoid disappointment. For more information on HF Holidays, please visit www.hfholidays.co.uk or call 020 8732 1250.
'A Year in the Wild' brings Canada to life thanks to Channel 5 television
Wednesday, 10 October
As Channel 5 brings “Canada, a Year in the Wild” to your TV screen on Thursday nights for the next few weeks, if you are inspired to take in some of the wildlife you see on the screens for real here are some ways to book:
Grizzly Bear Adventure at Knight Inlet Lodge
Enjoy some fabulous bear encounters on this wildlife break – the ideal addition to a tailor made touring holiday. Knight Inlet is a fjord carved by glaciers in British Columbia's coastal mountains. This pristine wilderness is renowned for its excellent grizzly bear viewing and a memorable stay at Knight Inlet offers a chance to see these fascinating creatures in their natural habit.
More Info: www.discover-the-world.com/holidays/grizzly-bear-adventure-at-knight-inlet Prices from £925 per person excluding flights. 2 nights in October, May – Sept*
In Search of Dolphins, Whales and Moose
Go in search of dolphins, whales, moose and black bear as you explore rugged coastlines on Canadas East Coast, sandy beaches, alpine tablelands, magnificent national parks and pristine lakes and rivers of the oldest settled part of Canada. More info: www.fcholidays.com/canada/wildlife-atlantic-canada Prices from £2789 per person for 15 days*
The Big Five Safari
The ultimate wildlife adventure – For unforgettable experiences in Canada's north, this Big Five Safari Holiday takes in Canada's own big five in the wildlife world: Moose, blackbear, bison, beluga whale and polar bears. Starting in Winnipeg and travelling overland to Riding Mountain National Park over 1,100 square miles of rolling hills and valleys which are home to moose , blackbears and a captive bison herd, as well as hundreds of bird species, wolves and elk. From here the journey continues north to Churchill in search of the Lords of the Arctic, the mighty polar bear, and the canaries of the sea, beluga whales. www.frontier-canada.co.uk/holiday/view/big-five-safari-wildlife-viewing Prices on request*
Ultimate Arctic Summer Adventure
Search for whales off the coast of Vancouver and enjoy a taste of the Pacific Rim lifestyle and then fly north to Churchill to search for beluga whales and polar bears whilst enjoying long summer days. Highlights include wildlife spotting in Hudson Bay, a stay at Lazy Bear Lodge and West Coast Whale Watching www.trailfinders.com/tours/canada-and-alaska/northern-canada/tour-ultimate-arctic
Guide Price from £3592 based on 2 adults sharing a room in low season. Please contact Trailfinders for latest prices and offers*
The Caribou Migration
The 350,000 strong Quamirjuaq herd start their annual migrations in the autumn or in the spring. Both avoid inserts and you may see the herds swimming across the lakes. The Caribou migration and Autumn Arctic tundra safari runs late August to September and also includes other wildlife, from wolves and wolverines to bears as they gorge on berries to prepare for hibernation. This safari can coincide with seeing the incredible northern lights. You'll be walking, sometimes within metres of the caribou, watching them swimming from your aluminium boat, exploring wolf dens and watching out for migration snow geese. www.naturalworldsafaris.com/experiences/natures-great-events/caribou-migration
Prices from approx. £4595 per person for 7 days August – September * *All prices quoted are approximate and subject to clarification with the tour operator directly depending on date of travel.
Ramblers Cruise & Walk Holidays offers well anchored adventures for 2019
Offering the perfect blend of exploration and relaxation, Ramblers Walking Holidays (01707 386767, www.ramblersholidays.co.uk/cruise-and-walk) the original walking experts have launched their exciting new Ramblers Cruise & Walk Holidays brochure for 2019.
Combining the best of small cruise experiences - sailing aboard Fred. Olsen Cruise Line’s award-winning ships - with the opportunity to berth in the heart of some of the world’s most enchanting locations (not accessible by larger ships) with an included shore programme of carefully graded and guided small group walking itineraries, the new portfolio showcases a choice of 26 inspirational holidays across 64 different departures.
Stretching from the Arctic Circle to far-flung islands in the Indian Ocean, popular favourites, such as Roaming Around Scotland and Ireland, Baltic Discovery, Magic of the Canaries and Islands in the Caribbean, are complemented by a selection of new adventures, ranging from snowshoeing by day and northern light gazing by night in the Norwegian Winter to island hopping through the exotic Southeast Asian archipelago on an Indonesian Island Discovery. With stunning ports of call providing an enthralling backdrop to superb walks, other new adventures include exploring the Mediterranean on three different cruises, following in the wake of great conquistadors along the French and Spanish coasts, taking in the scenic river waterways of Europe on four new tours and venturing further afield on a fly-cruise holiday sailing from Cape Town to the Seychelles.
To help clients select the right holiday to suit their preferred walking pace, ability and/or fitness, there is a continuum of walking grades that range from ‘Leisurely’ to ‘Moderate’ (Grade 1 to Grade 4). Styles of holidays are also indicated using a simple icon system and include categories such as ‘Pioneer’ for the more adventurous traveller, ‘Sightseeing’ and ‘Overnights in Port’ where you can step out in the evening to explore. Ramblers Walking Holidays ‘Cruise and Walk’ tours are available from a choice of five UK ports or from a selection of overseas ports as part of a ‘Fly Cruise’ departure.
Highlights which are new to the brochure include:
Norwegian Winter (Moderate, Grade 4)
Cruising the Norwegian coast from the colourful Art Nouveau city of Alesund in the south to the Arctic Circle and beyond, experience the snowy wonderland of Norway’s fjords on foot and by snowshoe by day with the promise of magical starry skies and unpredictable appearances of aurora borealis from ship’s deck by night. Complementing impressive shoreline vistas with time ashore delving into these scenes, the itinerary includes city walks around Tromsø with its strikingly modern polar centre and iconic Arctic Cathedral, island straddled Kristiansund and Trondheim; snowshoeing on Kvaløya island and from the little visited port of Bodø, dog sledding near Alta; a panoramic cable car ride up Storsteinen; and seeing Norway’s largest predators such as bears, wolves and lynx in the world’s northern most animal park. Ramblers Cruise & Walk Holidays (01707 386767, www.cruiseandwalk.co.uk) Norwegian Winter 11 or 14 night holiday includes full board accommodation, tour leaders & local guides, shore excursions, restaurant tips and local transport. Prices available on request. Departures on 31 January 2020, 18 March 2020.
Scandinavian Islands (Leisurely, Grade 2)
Sailing the pristine waterways of Sweden, Finland and Denmark to a backdrop of exquisite island scenery, this late summer cruise takes in the wooded islands, rocky cliffs and sandy beaches of Stockholm’s archipelago, some of Finland’s 6,000 plus Åland Islands and Denmark’s small rocky island Bornholm. Combining both city and countryside walks, highlights include wandering through historic cobblestoned streets with cross-timbered houses on Bornholm; visiting Gotland’s impressive medieval ruins; exploring the fourteen islands which band together the city of Stockholm; uncovering Finland’s seafaring history in the Swedish speaking port of Mariehamn; and getting an overview of Danish culture, taking in Copenhagen’s royal palaces and castles and the city’s contrastingly different, self proclaimed, autonomous neighbourhood of Christiania. Ramblers Cruise & Walk Holidays (01707 386767, www.cruiseandwalk.co.uk). Scandinavian Islands 11 night holiday starts from £1,875 per person including full board accommodation, tour leaders & local guides, shore excursions, restaurant tips and local transport. Departures on 15 September 2019.
Seville & Bordeaux (Leisurely, Grade 3)
Visiting the great seafaring cities of Spain and France, follow in the wake of Conquistadors, Atlantic fishing fleets and pirate ships sailing along stretches of spectacular coast from Southampton to Cadiz. Combining time at sea with additional river cruising on the Gironde, Garonne and Guadalquivir (following its serpentine loops all the way to Seville’s Golden Tower), explore fascinating sights captured from the water in more detail on foot. Meander through the old seafaring city of Avilés with its colonnades, wrought iron balconies and oriel windows; take refreshing coastal walks along the coastal cliffs and from Vigo with expansive views out to sea; soak up Seville’s rich Andalucian atmosphere strolling through its orange blossom scented streets, shady patios and the ramparts of its famous Moorish Alcázar; explore the narrow streets of Cadiz - the once grand city of the Spanish Armada; and venture deep into Médoc wine country for a walk through the vines and wine tasting on ancient grounds at Chateau Lamothe-Cissac. Ramblers Cruise & Walk Holidays (01707 386767, www.cruiseandwalk.co.uk) . Seville & Bordeaux 13 night holiday starts from £1,885 per person including full board accommodation, tour leaders & local guides, shore excursions, restaurant tips and local transport. Departures on 8 June 2019, 14 September 2019.
The Mediterranean and her Islands (Leisurely, Grade 3)
Spring in the Mediterranean is a magical time with the countryside bursting with lushness after the winter rains. Following in the wake of Phoenician and Greek traders, Roman galleons and Viking marauders, sail along the Atlantic coast, island hopping into the Med to explore a wealth of historic sights that showcase the regions rich cultural heritage and span the centuries. Combining fascinating city explorations with hikes into the surrounding countryside, highlights include Ronda, one of the gems of Andalucia, and its dramatic deeply cut El Tajo Gorge; Minorca’s capital, Mahon and the relatively isolated east coast Cami de Cavalls path from Cap de Favaritx lighthouse to the pretty fishing village of Es Grau; the Corsican capital of Ajaccio with its coastal trail through flowering maquis of cistus and aromatic thyme to the 16th century Genoese tower of La Parata; and Sardinia’s main northern town Olbia where a walk from the neighbouring authentic enclave of San Pantaleo towards the famed ‘Costa Smeralda’ offers more impressive vistas of sparkling turquoise water and sun-kissed coast. Ramblers Cruise & Walk Holidays (01707 386767, www.cruiseandwalk.co.uk). The Mediterranean and her Islands 17 night holiday starts from £2,450 per person including full board accommodation, tour leaders & local guides, shore excursions, restaurant tips and local transport. Departures on 2 April 2019.
River Cruising - Cities of the Beautiful Danube (Leisurely, Grade 1)
Cruising the River Danube, immersed in the heart of Old Europe, explore some of this majestic stretch of water’s most imposing cities on a series of walks that take in a rich wealth of its castles, royal palaces and medieval towns, riverside ambles and hikes into the terraced vineyard clad hills. Incorporating the much revered capitals of Vienna and Budapest with visits to the magnificent Hofburg Palace, Buda's castle district and its Royal Palace, other highlights include an afternoon exploring Regensburg’s maze of historic streets, squares and monuments; the old town of Linz with its impressive Baroque architecture; wine tasting in Dürnstein with an optional steep walk to the medieval ruins of Burgruinne Dürnstein castle; and a tour of Bratislava and its imposing castle, with a short 20 minutes cycle ride to Devin Castle Ruine. Ramblers Cruise & Walk Holidays (01707 386767, www.cruiseandwalk.co.uk) Cities of the Beautiful Danube 7 night holiday starts from £2,095 per person including flights, full board accommodation, tour leaders & local guides, shore excursions, restaurant tips and local transport. Departures on 26 April 2019.
Cape Town to the Seychelles (Leisurely, Grade 3)
Characterised by iconic wildlife and enthralling natural landscapes, Cape Town to the Seychelles 17 night cruise charts South Africa’s stunningly beautiful coast, calling in at Port Elizabeth to spot elephants and other endangered species in the Addo National Elephant Parkand Richards Bay to explore the ‘home to the big five’ in Hluhluwe Game Reserve, before heading out to the exotic islands of Mayotte, Madagascar and Mahe in the crystal clear waters of the Seychelles. Here, highlights include a boat trip on the largest lagoon in the Indian Ocean which boasts over 250 different species of hard coral; an exploration of the Grand-Terre on Mayotte featuring stunning volcanic landscapes, marked by deep ravines and soaring peaks; the delights of Madagascan wildlife - lemurs, chameleons, geckos and snakes; and hiking with a local guide to the summit of Morne Seychellois National Park for breath-taking views of Maher’s western coast. Ramblers Cruise & Walk Holidays (01707 386767, www.cruiseandwalk.co.uk) Cape Town to the Seychelles 17 night holiday includes flights, full board accommodation, tour leaders & local guides, shore excursions, restaurant tips and local transport. Prices available on request. Departures on 29 October 2019.
Indonesian Island Discovery (Leisurely, Grade 3)
Sailing the Southeast Asian archipelago, from Phuket in Thailand to Bali in Indonesia, explore a fascinatingly diverse string of idyllic islands, touching on differing cultures and discovering a region of contrasting beauty with lush plantations, active volcanoes and pockets of pristine beach. Taking in some of the World’s largest with a visit to the enormous Buddhist temple and a panoramic ride on Singapore’s giant observation wheel, also see the largest living lizard on earth, the formidable Komodo dragon, in its namesake natural paradise surrounded by crystal clear water and colourful reef. Calling at Sumatra, Java and Singapore along the way, walking highlights include a tour through the Tigro Agro Plantation to view rubber, coffee, cinnamon and Kapuk; a hike on Lombok from Kerandangan to Senggigi beach and on to Baun Pusek to spot the endemic wildlife and meet with local hill people; and a hidden trail through Balinese rice paddies, past rivers and coconut plantations before visiting the famous Royal water temple Pura Taman Ayun. Ramblers Cruise & Walk Holidays (01707 386767, www.cruiseandwalk.co.uk) Indonesian Island Discovery 17 night holiday includes flights, full board accommodation, tour leaders & local guides, shore excursions, restaurant tips and local transport. Prices available on request. Departures on 26 November 2019.
For further information, contact Ramblers Cruise & Walk Holidays (01707 386767, www.cruiseandwalk.co.uk) or download the new brochure here.