A laneway bar in Sydney, one of the venues on the Eat/Drink/Walk Sydney tour. Photo credit: Two Feet & a Heartbeat.
Walking a city can be the best way to see and experience it. In Sydney, one new walking tour is the flavorful Eat/Drink/Walk Sydney, a small bar tour by walking tour company Two Feet & a Heartbeat.
The small bar tour aims to get the city’s locals and travelers exploring hidden venues in Sydney’s Central Business District in underutilized spaces including laneways and basements. Founded in Perth, Two Feet & a Heartbeat has created and conducted popular guided walking tours in Australia since 2007.
Two Feet & a Heartbeat’s Ryan Zaknich says the Eat/Drink/Walk Sydney tour is a “fun, relaxed and sophisticated way to re-engage with the city at night.” Four years ago, the company launched Eat/Drink/Walk Perth tour and has conducted sold out tours, three nights per week in that city destination ever since.
On the Eat/Drink/Walk Sydney tour, guests will visit three small Sydney bars and spend 45 minutes in each bar. At each venue, guests will sample the house specialty food and drink. These dishes and drinks will range from mulled wine in teapots to espresso martinis, cocktails, single malt whiskey, homemade corn chips and guacamole and dumplings.
Group size: limited to 12 people
Days: every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Length: approximately 3 hours
Cost: $50 per person
Starting point: 6.30pm outside of Wynyard Station, Sydney
Booking & Information: www.twofeet.com.au
Quinta das Barradas, a working family farm country house in Algarve, Portugal. Photo credit: Quinta das Barradas.
Fancy a walking break in the sun? If you’re into Nordic walking, then you might fancy a walking break at Quinta das Barradas in Algarve, Portugal.
The country house is hosting a series of long weekend Nordic walking breaks on a variety of scenic terrains in the region. Portugal’s Algarve is an ideal walking destination because of its sunny, mild climate which has an average of 3,000 sunshine hours every year.
Quinta das Barradas is situated a few kilometres from the town of Lagos on the outskirts of the Algarvian village of Odiaxere. Rustic and charming, the working family farm country house and restaurant is bordered by mountains, rivers, flora and fauna and a natural botanic pool.
Quinta das Barradas. Photo credit: Quinta das Barradas.
The Nordic walking long weekend breaks in Portugal are scheduled for select dates in 2013 and 2014. These walking holiday packages include:
- Three nights’ accommodation;
- Three scenic 2-3 hour guided walks covering the local Algarvian countryside, coastal and culture;
- Transport to and from locations;
- Breakfast and lunches;
- A five-course gourmet dinner at the Boutique Hotel Vivenda Miranda;
- A traditional Churrasco barbeque at the Quinta das Barradas and
- Walking poles and airport transfers if required.
Walkers can also seek out more local experiences like booking a spa afternoon at the nearby luxury Cascade Wellness and Lifestyle Resort, dolphin watching, extra walks or historical tours of Lagos.
Quinta das Barradas. Photo credit: Quinta das Barradas.
Find out more at the Quinta das Barradas site.
A walk in Tuscany: Tuscany via Francigena. Photo credit: CaminoWays.com.
Fancy a walking holiday in Tuscany? If you love walking in Europe, walking and cycling company CaminoWays.com has created a relaxed walking holiday in the Tuscan countryside.
The Tuscany walking holiday will highlight the region’s cuisine and explore the UNESCO World Heritage sites – Monteriggioni, San Gimignano and Siena. This CaminoWays.com package includes accommodation on a half-board basis, luggage transfers and a holiday pack.
Beginning in San Miniato, Italy, this 7-day holiday offers a easy, leisurely walk across the Tuscan countryside and visits of sites and villages on the way to Siena.
Monteriggioni. Photo credit: CaminoWays.com.
Designed for all levels of walkers, this Tuscany walking holiday covers part of section 14 of the Via Francigena. The classic pilgrimage route of Via Francigena starts in Canterbury and crosses France and Switzerland on the way to Rome.
Some of the Tuscany walking holiday highlights include seeing:
- The vineyards of Chianti;
- The medieval walled town of Monteriggioni;
- The hilltop town of San Gimignano;
- The villages of Colle di Val d’Elsa and Gambassi Terme and
- The Il Palio di Siena, the city’s colorful horse race.
Find out more by visiting CaminoWays.com.
Cover of the Walk Away Guide by travel writer Everett Potter. Photo credit: Ellen Barone/The Wayfarers.
“Walking is the most natural form of exercise and a walk through a landscape is the best way to get to know a place.” – Everett Potter, Walk Away Guide
Planning a walking holiday? If you are, take a look at the Walk Away Guide written by travel writer Everett Potter for walking holiday company The Wayfarers. In the guide, personal trainer Marcus Shapiro, founder of www.fitfortrips.com, also offers travelers practical fitness advice.
“Even at two miles per hour – after all, this is not a race – the world can be so rich, so dense with history, meaning and beauty, that you may occasionally feel that you want to walk even slower,” says Potter.
The free, 34-page walking guide shares expert walking holiday advice on related topics including how to choose a destination; how to prepare; what to pack and who you’ll meet.
The Wayfarers adds that “a walking vacation is the ultimate in slow travel.. Just as the Slow Food Movement is about much more than eating, slow travel is about much more than reaching your destination.”
You can download a digital version of the Walk Away Guide at www.thewayfarers.com/walkawayguide.
Walks to Waterfalls: Walks to the best waterfalls in Yorkshire Dales by outdoor writer Neil Coates. Photo credit: Northern Eye Books.
Fancy walking to waterfalls in Yorkshire Dales National Park?
That’s the subject of Walks to Waterfalls: Walks to the best waterfalls in Yorkshire Dales by Neil Coates, part of the Top 10 Walks series which explore the best themed circular walks in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
The guidebook series is published by Northern Eye Books which specializes in walking, scrambling and outdoor books for Wales and Northwest England.
Each book in the Top 10 Walks series offer walkers ten routes in each area in an illustrated, color, pocket-sized A6 format with overview, introductions, large-scale Ordnance Survey mapping and panoramic photographs.
In Walks to Waterfalls: Walks to the best waterfalls in Yorkshire Dales, the waterfalls featured include Aysgarth & Cauldron Falls, Janet’s Foss & Goredale Scar, Catrigg Force, Kidson & Currack Forces, The Strid & Posforth Gill, Mill & Whitfield Gills, Ingleton Waterfalls, Linton Falls & Ghaistrill’s Strid, Uldale Force and Hardraw Force.
Find out more at Northern Eye Books.