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Time for a two-wheeled adventure (May 2016)
When the pro-riders of the Tour de Yorkshire cycling race sped by us in temperatures reminiscent of winter, our thoughts immediately turned to gentler rides and warmer climes on our cycling holidays. There's no one to beat and no jersey to win, so you've time to immerse yourselves into each locality.
On top of the world (May 2016)
It has been incredible to see how the Nepalese have picked themselves up after the tragedy of last year’s earthquake, and knowing the country’s dependence on visitors, we are delighted to be able to offer our privately guided walking holiday, Himalayan Panoramas, once again.
Alpine Adventures (April 2016)
The Alps are celebrated as one of the world’s iconic mountain ranges, and feature Europe’s highest peaks, right at the heart of the continent. But while they are massive in scale, they are also incredibly diverse. Indeed, there is such variety that the main problem is deciding exactly where to go.
Slow Moments (April 2016)
This year’s Slow Moments photography competition has got off to a cracking start. But what are we looking for in a great Slow Moment photograph? We asked Jack Montgomery, whose pictures often grace the pages of our brochures and website, to spill the beans on his top 10 photography secrets.
Put the brakes on time (April 2016)
It’s all too easy for our precious days away to whizz by in a blur, as we wonder at time’s ability to accelerate when we least want it to. But our SlowMotion collection of holidays – new for this year – boldly aims to reverse this unwelcome phenomenon, and slow down Time itself!
Germany – green by nature (March 2016)
Germany has become an increasingly popular destination among Inntravel customers in recent years, and when you consider its great variety of natural assets – and its people’s growing reputation as likeable, fun and stylish hosts – it’s easy to see why.
Slow food & la dolce vita (March 2016)
30 years have passed since Carlo Petrini made his stand against imported fast food restaurants in Rome. In this month’s Slow Lane newsletter, we celebrate Slow Food, taking a look at culinary highlights from across Europe.
A special corner of France (March 2016)
Peter Lockwood jumped at the chance when we asked him to recce our new walking holiday in Alsace, and was very receptive to its charms: “The impossibly pretty medieval wine villages, the hill-top castles peering down out of the wooded slopes, the hearty food and Alsace beer...”
Give yourself a break (February 2016)
We all need a break now and again, and this feels like the perfect time to plan one. Spring is (dare we say it?) just around the corner, and looking forward to a few days away is a great way to get through those last few weeks of winter.
Life in the Slow Lane (February 2016)
Our unique style of Slow Holidays bring us into contact with all sorts of people both here and overseas – and everyone has story to tell. In this month’s ‘Slow Lane’, we share some of these stories and hope you’ll find them as interesting as we do.
Islands at any time (February 2016)
From the temperate Gulf Stream in northernmost Norway to the rolling breakers of the mid-Atlantic and the virtually tideless Mediterranean, the seas around Europe are home to a wondrous array of islands. Such geographical diversity means that there’s an island to explore at any time of year.
Find your own place in the country (February 2016)
What could be better than losing yourselves for a week or two at a delightful retreat in one of the most beautiful corners of Europe? With no timetable or schedule to worry about, you can be as active or relaxed as you wish – all you need do is slowly melt into the gentle rhythms of local life.
There’s a lot of snow out there! (January 2016)
Our snow holiday expert has just returned from Norway and reports that conditions for cross-country skiing and other winter activities couldn’t be better, and are looking good for the rest of the season. With Easter falling early this year, there's still plenty of opportunity to take a holiday in the snow.
Hot spots for summer (January 2016)
If you can't decide which holiday to choose, here's a pot pourri of some of our current best-sellers, including new destinations and old favourites alike, which may help inspire you...
Germany’s natural wonders (January 2016)
One of our route-finders sums up the Black Forest thus: “The beauty of the forest comes not just from the splendour that nature has seen fit to bestow upon this alluring corner of Europe, but from the symbiotic relationship between the woodland and those who live within its timber embrace...”
New year, new holidays (January 2016)
Germany features strongly in the 'what's new?' category, with a fabulous new cycling holiday on the Baltic Coast, and two superb walking routes, one in the Black Forest and the other in the Harz Mountains. We've also returned to Greece to rediscover the island of Cephalonia; plus found new walks in Alsace, the mountains of Umbria and the Swiss Alps.
La Palma, the land that time forgot (December 2015)
We offer walking holidays to all seven main Canary Islands, and although we love them all, if we were pushed to name a favourite then it would probably be La Palma. Known as La Isla Bonita (‘the beautiful island’), it is perhaps the purest within the Canarian archipelago, relatively undiscovered.
Switching on the lights (December 2015)
Mike Curry’s fabulous photograph above was the richly deserved winning image of our ‘Arctic Moments’ competition. Amazingly, he captured both a shooting star and the Northern Lights. This winter should be another great time to seek out these amazing displays of celestial pyrotechnics.
A winter’s tale (November 2015)
Don’t let the thought of whizzing down slopes in designer gear on crowded slopes put you off a winter holiday in the snow. You could just as well be walking along specially created paths; snowshoeing through silent forests; enjoying dramatic mountain panoramas; or gazing at dancing night skies.
The magic of Morocco (November 2015)
The immensely varied landscapes of this magical land are best discovered ‘up close’ and on foot. With your own Berber guide, you can traverse high passes, follow in the footsteps of dinosaurs, or take ancient mule trails through a moonscape of red soil, peppered with oleander. The views are something else.
A spirit of adventure (October 2015)
There are two sides to every mountain, and while you could just follow the crowds merrily downhill this winter, why not explore Europe’s magnificent snow-covered scenery in your own way?
Look forward to a festive break (October 2015)
It’s that time of year again, when shorter, chillier days turn our thoughts to the coming festive season. To get you in the mood, you could visit a magical Christmas Market in December, or what could be more thrilling than taking an unforgettable trip in search of the fabulous Northern Lights?
Walking to the ‘top of Spain’ (October 2015)
As our minds turn to plans for a warm escape during the autumn and winter months, it was great to have, as our visitors to North Yorkshire the other day, our friends Jack and Andrea (‘Andy’) Montgomery from Buzz Trips, who regaled us with inspiring tales from the Canary Islands, their adopted home…
Snow wonder (October 2015)
Autumn is here, which means we’re starting to anticipate the crisp, sunny days and beautiful mountain scenery to be experienced on our holidays in the snow during winter.
The art of a Slow holiday (September 2015)
From photography to film, cookery to architecture, and dance to drawing, the ‘Arts’ in all their modes of expression use skill, personal imagination and ideas often influenced by natural phenomena and the world around us in the creation of objects, environments, and experiences that deserve to be shared.
A land like no other... (September 2015)
We thought we’d bring you up to date with our holidays in India to coincide with the BBC’s India Season and the fabulous two-parter exploring the rich diversity of this magical country.
An eye for the sublime (August 2015)
Linda Lashford, Inntravel’s chief photographer, is not only a perfectionist, but a modest soul who lets her pictures do the talking. But we managed to collar her before her new exhibition opens tomorrow, to find out more about her craft…
Our picks for autumn (August 2015)
Dare we say it? Autumn’s just around the corner… Much as we love summer, autumn is secretly our favourite time of year. It’s not just the turning leaves to look forward to, but also quiet paths, the grape harvest, near-deserted beaches, crisp blue skies…
In search of the ‘other Algarve’ (July 2015)
Deep in the pastoral heartland of the Algarve, a world away from the busy resorts and golf courses of Portugal's south coast, there was once a small farming village, which, despite its seemingly idyllic location, was fading fast, soon to become all but a memory – until one man gave it a reason to live.
Warm thoughts (July 2015)
Northern Tenerife is as far removed from the sun-worshippers of the south as it is possible to get. Our new holiday, Timeless Tenerife, features the stunning but often overlooked Anaga Peninsula, where life in the remote farming communities and fishing villages goes on much as it has for generations.
Go cycling this autumn (July 2015)
Spare a thought for those remarkable cyclists currently straining every muscle on this year’s Tour de France. They may have a coloured jersey to play for, but how much of the route will they remember? In stark contrast, our easy-paced cycling holidays give you time to immerse yourselves into each locality.
Rich rewards (July 2015)
Writing the route notes for our new holiday along The High Alpine Way in perhaps Italy’s most idiosyncratic region, South Tyrol, Inntravel’s Peter Williamson was quite simply bowled over by the terrain, the stunning scenery and the mouthwatering food.
Algarve’s dazzling coast of many colours (July 2015)
We’ve been looking for a new walking holiday in the unspoiled Algarve for quite a while now, and we’re delighted to say that we’ve finally cracked it! On Algarve’s Coast of Many Colours you can walk from the tranquil southern coast through the pastoral hinterland and onwards to the wilder, western shores.
Chris Stewart’s Granada (June 2015)
From the tranquil Court of the Lions and imperious Tower of Justice, to the magnificent Golden Room and the Grand Hall of the Ambassadors, exploring the labyrinthine layout of the spectacular Alhambra is a wonderful start to any holiday – even more so when wandering its illuminated passageways at night.
Italy’s breadbasket (June 2015)
I’d heard this area was called ‘Il Granaio d’Italia’, the breadbasket of Italy, and when I went to check the route notes for our cycling holiday in Puglia and Basilicata, I discovered a land of wheat fields, orchards, vineyards, walnut and olive groves thriving beneath a benevolent Mediterranean sun.
Bewildering beauty (June 2015)
Back in 1863, pioneering tourist Jemima Morrel was mesmerised by the spectacular landscapes of the remote Kander Valley in the heart of the Bernese Oberland. Hers was not a journey for the faint-hearted, though thankfully exploring the Swiss Alps is now much easier.
In a Viennese Whirl (May 2015)
Europe’s ‘City of Music’ is in full-on party mode this year as Vienna celebrates a series of important anniversaries with cultural festivals, exhibitions and concerts – and we’re not just referring to last weekend’s Eurovision Song Contest!
Foodies’ delight (May 2015)
Malton, our local town, is a place that is fast gaining a reputation as something of a foodie mecca (Antonio Carluccio, no less, has hailed it as the ‘Food Capital of Yorkshire’). And the town’s gastronomic standing will receive a further boost this weekend as it holds the annual Malton Food Lovers Festival.
Fabulous flora & fauna (May 2015)
While nature provides a colourful backdrop to any Inntravel holiday, the flora and fauna of our chosen regions can also be a real focal point for enjoyment. And, as with many aspects of a Slow holiday, doing a little planning, using local knowledge and taking time to observe can bring rich rewards.
The unique allure of Paris (May 2015)
Amid the endless travel possibilities that the world has to offer, it’s sometimes easy to forget that the best-loved – and arguably most beautiful – city of all lies practically on our doorstep. And following the tragic events earlier this year, Paris has dusted itself off and is, if anything, even more ravishing than ever.
The Italian Lakes (May 2015)
‘The Great Lakes’ of northern Italy are ravishingly beautiful, and to admire them on foot is a joy. And although they all fuse mountainous splendour and glittering shoreline to spectacular effect, each has its own identity – its own unique character…
¡Benvinguts a Mallorca! (April 2015)
We’ve just returned from checking our cycling routes on the island of Mallorca – and it was simply magical. The countryside was enchanting, the cycling leisurely and the people an absolute delight.
The taste of Provence (April 2015)
Almonds, pistachios, vanilla, lavender and honey – gently heat them all together with eggs and sugar, and you have the heady taste of Provence in one unctuous, sticky bar of deliciousness: le nougat.
A breath of fresh air (April 2015)
Ingrid Bergman – who would have been 100 this year – caused a sensation when, in the 1930s, she landed in Hollywood. Her ‘Nordic freshness and vitality’ was hailed as a ‘breath of fresh air’ – much as we have come to view our holidays on Sweden’s west coast, her summer playground for many years.
The Apennines, where hospitality comes naturally (April 2015)
Here are ten things we love about the Apennine mountains of northern Italy: 1) The tranquillity. This is Italy off the tourist map, a delightfully little-known mountain region. 2) The walking. The Apennine range forms Italy’s spine and offers some of the country’s finest walking trails. 3) The food...
Lessons from the Loire (April 2015)
I liked to think that I knew the Loire fairly well. After all, I’d propelled a rowing boat through the resplendent arches of Chenonceau, and I just about knew my Chinon from my Chenin Blanc...
Capture the moment (March 2015)
We were bowled over by the quality of entries for last year’s Slow Moments photography competition. So much so, that we’ve decided to do it all over again! We’ve got an amazing prize lined up for this year’s overall winner: our 12-night Grand Tour of Switzerland journey.
Made locally (March 2015)
There’s something special about discovering people who still produce things of genuine quality using their own skill, knowledge and endeavour. This holds true whether we’re at home or travelling abroad; and seeking out regional experts is an essential part of our Slow Holidays philosophy.
Ibiza unmasked (March 2015)
Last week, our Spanish expert went to Ibiza. He wasn’t partying or soaking up the sun (although with temperatures already in their mid-teens, there was a bit of that). No, he was working… Or walking, to be precise: he was putting the finishing touches to our brand new holiday in the island’s north-east corner.
Dolomighty (March 2015)
South Tyrol, where Italy and Austria collide, blends an Alpine sense of practicality with Italian joie-de-vivre. It is also home to some astonishing mountain scenery, including the iconic, jagged Dolomite peaks.
Cycling heaven (February 2015)
“What a captivating landscape it is, with its brick-red earth splashed with emerald vegetation and drowsing, biscuit-coloured villages.” (Daily Express)
We couldn’t have put it better ourselves, which is why we reckon the Catalan Coast & Villages make pretty perfect cycling country.
Germany revealed (February 2015)
Until recently, Inntravel didn’t have a single holiday in Germany. Not one. But with Berlin being touted as the most fun city in the world, and the landscapes of Bavaria proving so idyllic for walkers and cyclists, we’re very glad that has all changed.
Time for a break? (February 2015)
We all need a break from time to time, to re-energise and experience something different, so why not set aside a few days in your diary? Planning and booking a holiday is such a great way to boost our spirits during winter, and we have several new breaks to tempt you.
Perennial Portugal (February 2015)
Discovering the very soul of a place can be a deeply enriching experience, all the more so if you make the effort to go that extra mile and explore somewhere less well-known and that is relatively untouched by time. One such place is the Serra de São Mamede in Alentejo, close to the border with Spain.
Tales from Morocco (January 2015)
Whether you’re on the lookout for a ‘family holiday with a difference’, or know others who might be, we hope you like the sound of our new Moroccan adventure – a real feast for the senses that’s perfect for inquisitive children and their equally curious parents.
Hot spots for 2015 (January 2015)
It’s our busiest time of year, and we’re already beginning to see which holidays are proving to be most in demand. We’ve added destinations like Ibiza and the Moselle Valley, which are attracting lots of interest, though our old favourites are giving them a good run for their money in the popularity stakes.
And the snow lay all around... (January 2015)
Conditions for cross-country skiing and other winter activities couldn’t be better, and it looks good for the rest of the season. Skiing was invented in Norway, or so the story goes, with the word ‘ski’ coming from an Old Norse word meaning a ‘split piece of wood’.
Another dimension (December 2014)
We’re delighted to be able to share the winning entry to our Discovery Competition – a ‘slow moment’ captured on the Lofoten Islands. We received over 150 entries in all, featuring destinations as diverse as Denmark, Japan, Ireland and Antarctica, and our five judges found it tough to pick a winner.
Take a peek (December 2014)
New for 2015 are three exhilarating high-altitude walking holidays in northern Italy and the Pyrenees. But it’s not all about mountains. Our gentle holiday in Ibiza features plenty of coastal walking, while a common theme of our new German holidays is history, especially on our rail journey Beyond the Iron Curtain.
The future’s orange! (November 2014)
The province of Valencia in Spain is renowned for its oranges. It’s the pre-eminent corner of Europe when it comes to these ochreous globes of deliciousness; and the groves here, basking in their balmy climate alongside the banks of the River Júcar, are blessed with the perfect locale for orange-ripening.
Austrian allure (November 2014)
The historic city of Salzburg prides itself on some of the best Christmas markets in Europe. Streets, glittering with colourful lights, lead to squares filled with enticing stalls and alive with the rousing cheer of revellers awaiting the imminent arrival of the Christkind, or gift-bringers, of Austrian folklore.
Can you see the join? (November 2014)
Walk through the streets of Berlin today and you’ll be hard-pressed to find traces of the divisive wall that once characterised this great city. The scar that sliced its way through Berlin’s heart has been all but erased, though not obliterated from memory – as you can discover for yourself on our new journey.
Seven Islands, One World (November 2014)
Enjoying year-round sunshine with balmy winters and tropical summers, the Canary Islands have long been a magnet for sun and fun seekers. But move away from the path that’s worn thin with tourist feet and you’ll discover fascinating landscapes and picturesque hamlets.
‘Lucky’ grapes (October 2014)
As the first ‘bong’ of the midnight hour chimes on New Year’s Eve, revellers across the Spanish-speaking world excitedly begin the countdown to another year – clutching a bunch of grapes! No ordinary grapes these, but ‘lucky’ grapes – the uvas de la suerte – that form part of a very Spanish tradition.
Winter our way (October 2014)
A snow holiday doesn’t have to mean aching thighs, busy bars and crowded slopes. You see, there are two sides to every mountain and while you could just follow the crowds merrily downhill, why not explore Europe’s magnificent snow-covered scenery our way?
This is your moment (September 2014)
To be in with a chance of winning a walking holiday on Gran Canaria, all you have to do is send us your own special ‘moment of discovery’, captured in an evocative image and a few words. Shortlisted entries will be exhibited at Discovery Day and the winner announced by photographer Joe Cornish.
A mystery on Malta (September 2014)
They can be seen at several locations on Malta and its smaller neighbour Gozo – parallel grooves cut into the bedrock that end abruptly at the cliff edge, or simply disappear under the sea...The ‘Cart Ruts’, as they are known, are just one of many archaeological mysteries that abound.
The far, Far North (September 2014)
If it exists anywhere, the Wild, Wild North is up in the Svalbard archipelago, the world’s most northerly settled land. But the ends of the earth have never been more inviting. The Gulf Stream’s warming effects make conditions far less harsh than expected, enabling visitors to enjoy a variety of adventurous pursuits.
The town is the screen (August 2014)
We’re excited to be heading back to the attractive Elizabethan walled town of Berwick-upon-Tweed shortly, as part of our support for the Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival, which takes place from 17 to 21 September.
Ancient Fuerteventura (August 2014)
There are seven major Canary Islands. Until now, we had walking holidays exploring the unspoiled heart of six of them. That has now changed with the introduction of Fuerteventura, the oldest and original member of the archipelago.
A slow life, an interesting life... (August 2014)
David Grech, author, artist and regular Inntraveller, shared with us some special moments that he captured in pen and watercolour sketches on his travels around Europe. We can now share his evocative images with you through a dedicated gallery on The Slow Lane.