2021 Tours Brochure
Dear Walkabout Walkers and Friends,
Best wishes for 2021 from the Walkabout Team!
We hope that many of the previous and newly created journeys will inspire you to put your walking boots on again and join us on another walking holiday!
Ever since our first walks in Iceland we were intrigued by the idea to return in winter. We can't wait to take you on this magical 8-day "Winter Tale in Iceland" in March 2021. There are many highlights; from dog sledding, frozen waterfalls, lava ice caves to the northern lights… just to name a few.
In April we are off again to Southern Spain but this time in combination with Portugal. Spring is the best time to walk "A Journey back in Time" and we start at the amazing Alhambra in Granada. Our walk takes us through Andalusia, the land of Flamenco, whitewashed villages and Moorish heritage. Then this 18-day journey crosses the border into Portugal where we discover the Algarve, Lisbon and picturesque Duoro River. Our journey ends in the historic city of Porto.
Crete is such a beautiful island and deserves to be seen in all its glory. On our 8-day "The Island of Zeus" walk we can discover Crete, the largest of the Greek islands, considered to be the cradle of European civilisation. Our walk takes us to the superb White Mountains, legendary Samaria Gorge and the ever so beautiful, car free village of Loutro. Our journey ends in Heraklion.
Our 17-day "Mediterranean Odyssey" begins in Istanbul and takes us to Gallipoli. From here we continue to such famous sites as Troy and Ephesus, walk at Bafa Lake, Dalyan and Pamukkale. In Fethiye, on Turkey's south coast we board our luxury Gullet to explore some of the stunning Dodecanese islands. There are 15 larger plus 150 smaller Greek islands in the south-eastern Aegean Sea. On our walks we discover Rhodes, Tilos, Nisyros and Symi, just some of the 26 inhabited islands. Fatih, our Turkish guide and our Greek-speaking guide Pascal will be the lucky ones to accompany you on this journey.
At the end of the Mediterranean Odyssey Gabriela and Fatih will continue for the next 17 days and show you some of the many "Treasures of Cappadocia and Eastern Turkey". This tour begins in Kayseri, not far from the famous Cappadocia region where we walk through this surrealist landscape of rock cones, capped pinnacles and fretted ravines. From here on we travel east to southeastern Anatolia, Mesopotamia and the beautiful Lake Van, the largest lake in Turkey at an altitude of 1,720 metres. In Kars we are close to the Armenian border and then continue on to the Karçkal Mountains until this journey ends in Trabzon on the Black Sea.
We are looking forward to our 14-day "film-buff" tour "Walk to the Stars" where we follow the locations of some famous films along the Italian Riviera and the Cote d'Azur. Our journey begins in Florence and follows the Ligurian Coast to such famous places like Portofino, Santa Margherita and Camogli to the hinterland of Imperia. In France we have some days in the lovely towns of Villefranche and St Tropez before we finish in Aix-en-Provence.
A new addition to our Wellness Journeys is the 7-day "Rejuvenating Retreat in Provence". Nastassja, together with Federico, Antonella and Paola will take you on nature walks, yoga and meditation sessions, experience the Alexander technique and the amazing benefits of Life Alignment. A perfume workshop, relaxing Occitane spa experience and a short seminar of healthy nutritious food are also included in this program. Professional ayurvedic massages can be arranged upon request.
Also in 2021 we continue to spend our summers in the North and have replaced our second "Iceland Explorer" walk with a new thrilling 7-day "Greenland Explorer" walk. Here the word awesome is the best to describe this overwhelmingly beautiful and spectacular landscape. From icebergs, glaciers, helicopter rides and boat excursions to lonely glaciers to stunning mountain walks… it is one of the planets most jaw-droppingly beautiful setting!
Our 16-day "The Highlanders Trail" begins in Edinburgh and takes us to such stunning regions as the Cairngorms, the largest National Park in the UK and into the heart of Glenshee where we discover Munros at their best. We discover historic castles along the way to the Orkneys and follow the wild North coast to the stunningly beautiful island of Skye with walks in the Quiraing. The Southern Highlands, Loch Lomond and Loch Katrine are so beautiful and a perfect ending to this tour.
Nastassja is happy to share some of her secret places in Paris on the 5-day "A Parisian Getaway". This is an "art de vivre" experience consisting of galleries, delicious food, a cooking class included, splendid autumn walks and cabaret at night. At the end you will have gotten an intimate glimpse of the wonders what the city of lights has to offer.
As always, our commitment to excellence and service is ongoing and we are looking forward to meeting you and walking with you on one of our journeys in 2021. For those who like to plan ahead we shall be putting the dates for 2021 on our website soon.
With our best wishes,
Graeme, Gabriela & the team at WGA