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Discover Italy on Foot

Discover Italy on Foot

“I just returned from Italy, still jet-lagged, but happy and relaxed. Italy seems to bring out the best in most people, the picturesque hilltowns we walked to each day and lovely hotels at night, with good food and fine wines to enjoy. Francesco, our local guide, truly thrives in the outdoors, and loves explaining Italian landscape, culture and history to his new friends. Walking always at a good pace, we explored the Umbrian countryside. Highlights included Silvana taking us into her farm and pointing out the intricacies of the fine art of making olive oil. She made the best bruschetta in her fireplace with fresh simple ingredients. Then we met Anselmo, a regular on our hiking route who wanted to share with us his new wine and celebrate his 80th birthday. Further down the hill, Gianni had a lovely spread for our group to enjoy. In one of the monasteries, we met a 32 year old American priest who lived alone for many years in a newly refurbished old building and ministered to the Italian towns in the region. We tasted wine, sumptuous food, and on our last day enjoyed some spa services in a lovely new hotel in Norcia. Cooking classes were a hit, and the chef made a special wild boar meal for our farewell dinner ! I will remember these moments, but most of all, I will think fondly of the laughter, the talks, words of encouragement we gave each other, the new friends we made.” Written by Lisa Didus about her ‘Umbria Hiking and Cooking’ trip in October.   Contact Vancouver Travel Consultant Christine Boecker...
Tip-toe through the tulips… in Holland

Tip-toe through the tulips… in Holland

Holland Bike and Boating Tours Our 8 day guided Holland Bike & Boating tours are perfect for the novice cyclist with miles of quiet country roads, mostly very flat. Explore Holland ~~ either riding on dedicated bike trails or relax on deck of your movable hotel: our boat, which glides along the many canals of the Netherlands. This unique holiday allows you the freedom to explore the Dutch countryside each day and sleep in comfort on board our ship at night, without having to pack each day. Cycling around 30 miles each day, you will enjoy seeing the lovely wind mills along the rural backwoods stopping in some quaint picturesque towns for a snack or to pick up a lovely souvenir. Although we have several routes to choose from, we highly recommend the Dutch Treat through this most scenic region of Holland for your first bicycling adventure. Starting in Amsterdam on most Saturdays between April and September, we sail and ride along the Vecht and Lek rivers, past historic towns and through farmland. This is a wonderful to experience the Dutch way of life. TRΛVELBOECKER ΛDVENTURES works with the best, hand-picked travel partners around the globe, always keeping your comfort and safety front of mind. Our local insight, creativity, attention to detail and service with a truly personal touch make us the expert travel planners. See accreditations For more details about Holland Bike and Boating Tours contact Christine...

River Rhine, Wine & Rüdesheim

Last year we wanted to spend Christmas in Germany. Traditional Christmas Markets beckoned and we were not disappointed.  Also known as Christkindlmarkt or Weihnachtsmarkt, these street markets spring up in many towns and villages all over Germany, Austria and Switzerland during the four weeks of Advent leading up to Christmas. The history of Christmas markets goes back to the Late Middle Ages in the German-speaking part of Europe and in many parts of the former Holy Roman Empire that includes many eastern regions of France and Switzerland. The Vienna “December market” was a kind of forerunner of the Christmas market and dates back to 1294. Although Düsseldorf has some lovely little markets strewn throughout the Altstadt, Cologne would get my vote if you’re looking for atmosphere.  Located beneath the towering spires of Cologne Cathedral, this market has a huge variety of handicrafts interspersed with just the right amount of Gingerbread hearts, Glühwein and Würstchen stalls, all below an array of twinkling Christmas lights. The sounds and smells of these markets instantly put us into the Christmas spirit. After celebrating a very traditional German Christmas , we were ready to make our escape and travelled along the Autobahn towards the River Rhine.  The Middle Rhine Valley is a UNESCO World Heritage site and stretches about 100 kms from Bonn to Bingen. With many castles, historic towns and vineyards we were soon immersed in its history and legends, the inspiration of many writers, artists and composers. The Rhine has served as a transport route and has linked the southern and northern halves of the European continent since prehistoric times, enabling trade...

Italy – take a Stroll through History

Italy welcomes those longing to discover the greatest treasures of Venice, Florence, and Rome! Architecture fans and art lovers will be mesmerized by some of the most exquisite works ever created by the great Italian masters. History buffs and cultural enthusiasts will love learning about the birthplace of Western civilization and the influence of the Empires. Connoisseurs of food and wine can indulge their passion for world-class cuisine and remarkable wines. And lovers of ‘Amore’ can discover the very meaning of the word as they venture to the city of Verona, home to Romeo and Juliette made famous by William Shakespeare. To immerse yourself in quintessential Italy contact Christine...
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