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Explore Europe with our top bike and boat holidays

Explore Europe with our top bike and boat holidays

The only cabin fever that you get on our bike and boat holidays is one of delirium and delight. This might be brought on by watching the stars fill the night sky while sailing through a Croatian archipelago, or disembarking with your bike in Budapest to explore one of many cultural greats along the River […]

Conscious consumption on your travels

Conscious consumption on your travels

It’s amazing how buying locally can have an impact on places we visit. As our walking and cycling holidays take you to some pretty remote places, choosing to support a local shop can have a massive impact on a community. Because when it’s gone, it’s gone. From simple things like not packing your supermarket energy […]

Best time to go to Sweden

Best time to go to Sweden

Given that Sweden is 1,572m long and that 15% of the northern section crosses over the Arctic Circle, it’s not surprising that there’s a north-south divide when it comes to climate. However, our adventure holidays focus on the southeast and west of the country, and don’t venture near the cold zones so working out the […]

Some of our best hikes in England

Our five best hikes in England

Who doesn’t love taking a photo of a waymarker in a beautiful location while walking? While hiking in England, however, you can be bamboozled by logos on signposts, with an array of landowners, charities and national bodies represented on them. This means, however, that the trails are well preserved and much loved, whether you’re walking […]

Top ten reasons to go hiking in Poland

Top ten reasons to go hiking in Poland

If you look at a topographic map of Poland, it will tell you quickly why hiking is in the country’s DNA. The Carpathian Mountains sweep across the south of the country like a cloud of climbing opportunities, all with silver linings. The Tatras Mountains are the most colossal of Poland’s Carpathians, a limestone landscape of […]

A guide to Japanese baths and onsen etiquette

A guide to Japanese baths and onsen etiquette

Food is high on the list for people visiting Japan and who can blame them? But to totally immerse yourself in Japanese culture, you really want to get on top of the country’s onsen etiquette. Japanese for hot springs, where water is heated to temperatures from between 37-42C by volcanic influences, they are hot. But […]

Welcome to Czechia’s Bohemian Paradise

Everything you need to know about Czechia’s Bohemian Paradise

You can choose to either cycle or hike through Czechian paradise in the aptly named Bohemian Paradise UNESCO Global Geopark, but either way it will feel gloriously unreal. Known locally as Český ráj, these are epic landscapes of naturally eroded sandstone rock towers peeking up over forest canopies, with waterfalls tumbling into vertical cracks in […]

Best time to go to Croatia

Best time to go to Croatia

For many of our natural adventurers, the biggest question is not just ‘when is the best time to go to Croatia?’ but ‘when is the quietest time?’. Croatia is considered by many as the movie star of the Balkan countries, but fame and fortune have had their impacts – the main one being overtourism in […]

Feeling the Wanderlust - our top walking trails in Germany

Feeling the Wanderlust – our top walking trails in Germany

The list of walking trails in Germany reads a bit like a menu of fine wines and yet, for some reason, German wines aren’t everyone’s immediate go-to when perusing the shelves for a soothing tonic. However, expert sommeliers and seasoned hikers both know that Germany has some of Europe’s finest full-bodied and earthy experiences tucked […]

Sleeper train journeys rock

Sleeper train journeys rock

Sleeper train journeys rock you to sleep, they rock in terms of your carbon footprint and they can rock your world. Especially when you have that experience of leaving London at sunset and waking up in the wilds of the Scottish Highlands at sunrise. Or stepping off a night train in Nice and taking a […]

Cycling holidays to combine with a city break

Cycling holidays to combine with a city break

Keen cyclists among us will often seek out a bike rental scheme when on a city break, wanting to explore on two wheels just as local people do. And also because seeing the world from a saddle is their go-to for getting around. You don’t have to separate your city breaks from your cycling holidays, […]

Food in the Balkans is plentiful and flavourful

Food in the Balkans is plentiful and flavourful

You will also be full after enjoying food in the Balkans after a day of hiking or cycling in some of Europe’s most dramatic landscapes. Given the terrain in many of the countries, the food is usually fine mountain fare. More often than not alcohol is on the menu, as are an array of herbal […]