Walking and Cycling in Europe - Part 1
Walking & Cycling in Europe
A walking and cycling holiday in Europe is all about new experiences. By walking or cycling through the countryside at your own pace, you’ll discover more about the people, customs, history, culture and natural beauty of the area. Headwater Holidays was established 25 years ago based around the sorts of things the owners enjoyed doing on holiday like high quality hotels, excellent regional food and wines and flexibility and freedom. When you’re walking or cycling from village to village, you can meet with the locals in a way that motorists never can. Sample local pastries or cheeses at village markets, taste wines or relax in a local pub or taverna.
*Maps, guides and route maps:
The walking tours can be independent or guided – the guided tours are perfect if you want to walk in a small group of six to ten guests or if you are travelling alone. Headwater transport your luggage for you and provide comprehensive walking route notes as well as proper maps, and also suggestions on local attractions. The cycling holidays are all independent. Staff kit you out with a bike on your first morning checking that it is the right size, and it comes with features such as a super comfortable gel seat, big panniers on each side for picnics and other daily essentials and an easy to use handlebar map holder. As with the walking holidays, maps and guidebooks are provided and your luggage transferred to your next destination.
*Interest packed itineraries:
In France, cycling and walking tours are offered along the Emerald Coast, Loire, Provence and Dordogne. In Italy it is Tuscany, Sardinia, Amalfi Coast, Sorrento, gastronomic Barolo and Villas, Abbeys and Vineyards. The Mediterranean coast also features in the itineraries with walking tours in Turkey and the Dalmation Coast and cycling on the island of Gozo.
Croatia is an increasingly popular destination and new for 2012 is a superb cycling holiday along the Istrian peninsula. Located at the top of the Adriatic, (just below Trieste), the peninsula was Italian until 1945 when it became part of Croatia. People still speak Italian here, and it is even taught in schools - in fact, Istria is sometimes known as 'Croatia's Tuscany'. There are swimming opportunities every day, and lots of relaxing waterfront dining on offer.
Cycling in Holland also features for the first time. There is nowhere in the world that caters so enthusiastically to cyclists, right down to cycling traffic lights! The cycling paths are fabulously flat, meaning it's a great choice for families, first-timers or people who haven't been on a bike in years! The tour follows a clockwise loop from Amsterdam, taking in lighthouses, canals, sweeping beaches and floating houses. En-route, you'll pass fields ablaze with lavender, lillies and tulips (according to season) and stop off at heritage-rich towns filled with markets, cathedrals and musical bells.