Six of the best walking adventures in Europe

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What’s not to love about a hike or long distance walk? It’s an adventure, a chance to experience a new culture and better still, an opportunity to totally immerse yourself in a new country. Europe is home to many of the world’s great walks, and for some of them just one more footstep can take you across a border and into a new land - eat pasta for dinner in Italy at night, and the following morning breakfast on croissants and jam in France. Hiking can take you through knee-high pastures at the foothills of the Alps, through the cobbled lanes of Spain, or past the chiming Church bells of an Italian village. The experts at Adventure Travel have selected six of the best walks in Europe; some of them better known, and some off the beaten track.

A wildlife experience - the right way

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Last year, Adventure Travel sent more than 1200 keen travellers to more than 80 different countries. Our clients boarded planes, trains, buses and boats – keen for adventure, new experiences, different cultures, weird and wonderful food – and wildlife experiences. Viewing exotic and rare animals in the beauty of their habitat is a big draw card for Adventure Travel clients – and who wouldn’t want to trek into the Simien Mountains in the Ethiopian Plateau and view hundreds of rare gelada or bleeding-heart baboons? Take a bone-shaking journey by truck deep into the Serengeti in Northern Tanzania to see hippos, lions, and rhino drinking from the same water hole? Crawl on your hands and knees across the sand on the Galapagos Islands to see the strange and exotic 30-foot long marine iguana and 100-year old giant tortoises? Or take a boat ride down the Amazon River in South America to get a rare glimpse of the boto, or pink river dolphin?

Australia Outside the Square

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Australia may not be first destination that springs to mind when you’re brain storming your next Adventure Travel trip, but think again. There’s far more to our Antipodean neighbour than the Gold Coast, a cold beer at The Rocks and walking the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Last year a record number of 2.9 million New Zealanders travelled overseas, and the number one destination was Australia.

What's your excuse for travelling the globe?

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Who needs an excuse to travel? Studies show that heading off overseas is good for your heart, good for your health, and best of all – good for your happiness. In a survey by G Adventures four years ago an astounding 83% of people surveyed said travel rated far higher in the happiness stakes than getting married, buying a house or getting promoted at work. At Adventure Travel, we’re not just about travel – we’re about creating extraordinary experiences.Our team of experts put together unique itineraries so people like you can travel the globe what ever the reason; retirement, a new challenge, an adventure, exploring a hobby or interest, some family time, a celebration – or just for the sheer joy of travelling. Looking back on 2017, here’s a snapshot of some of our clients’ great adventures.