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Hot Spots for 2017 (January 2017)
Still can’t make up your mind as to where to take a holiday this year? It’s that time of the year when the media is awash with advice, and so here are a few things that we have picked out that might provide you with a little inspiration.
Spotlight on Italy (December 2016)
Perhaps you thought that we already had it covered when it comes to holidays in Italy? But Inntravel’s intrepid Team Italia will stop at nothing to add to our collection, and they’re proud to introduce several wonderful new itineraries for 2017...
The ‘unseen’ Algarve (November 2016)
We’ve all heard of the Algarve’s more obvious attractions: sun, sea and water parks galore. And while there’s nothing wrong with these, we do prefer to head away from the beaten track, and find some footpaths – and unique places to stay – that reveal some of southern Portugal’s lesser-spotted delights.
Life in the Slow Lane (November 2016)
We catch up with old friend, poet and mountaineer Helen Mort; go off in search of a delicious cake recipe in the Austrian Tyrol (ideal comfort food at this time of year); and pay a visit to Ljubljana, the ‘Green Capital of Europe’.
Lighting up the sky (October 2016)
“The most rewarding aspect of my job is helping people fulfil a lifelong dream,” says Dan Steinbakk, our ‘Aurora hunter’ from Tromsø, who reveals some of the secrets to his success. We also learn about some of the many non-skiing activities you can enjoy on our winter holidays.
Going with the flow (September 2016)
One Inntravel member of staff admits that: “Until a year or so ago, I couldn’t understand the appeal of cross-country skiing. Then I tried it – on one of our Try It Out Weeks at Beitostølen in Norway – and now I’m hooked!”
Festive tales (September 2016)
Why not head off at Advent, Christmas or New Year to where things are done just a little bit differently? In Salzburg, heed the feared Krampus, who punishes those who have misbehaved. In stark contrast, Gothenburg plays host to a Procession of Light; while all across Spain, good luck is ensured if you can eat twelve grapes as the bells chime on New Year's Eve.
Take your pick (August 2016)
In this month’s Slow Lane, we feature an eclectic mix of destinations: release your inner-child with a ride on the big wheel at the famous Prater funfair in Vienna; celebrate the upcoming wine harvest with a visit to the shiny new Cité du Vin in Bordeaux; or take a walk along Menorca’s historic Cami de Cavalls.
Little-known Canaries (August 2016)
While the Canary Islands are well-known as a ‘winter sun’ destination, there is – of course – far more to this Spanish archipelago than the chance to ‘fly and flop’ – soaking up rays from a sun lounger while avoiding an altogether murkier season back home.
The heart of Castile (August 2016)
One Inntraveller said of our Classical Cities of Old Castile journey: “This was a really wonderful holiday that opened up the heart of Castile for us...and the copious, detailed notes for each city made the holiday that much more enjoyable...” – sentiments which have been echoed by many other travellers.
The quiet side of the mountain (July 2016)
Our thoughts are already turning towards snow-clad mountains and pristine, wintry landscapes as our new collection of snow holidays is launched online. Spellbinding scenery, first-rate skiing (whatever your level), a variety of other snow-based activities, and high-quality hotels with fabulous food – what more could you want?
A warm glow in the Slow Lane (July 2016)
In this month’s Slow Lane, the temperature rises with our first ever holiday to the Caribbean. We challenge anybody to read James Keane’s account of catching and eating fish and not get a faraway look in their eye. There’s also warmth to be found in the legendary sunrises of Nepal and the sun-dappled cobbled streets of La Palma.
Dominica, the ’nature island‘ (July 2016)
We’ve made it something of a mission to keep coming up with new walking destinations for the winter months, and – having realised that we’d ‘run out’ of Canary Islands – have gone the extra mile this year (a few thousand, in fact) to introduce the Caribbean island of Dominica.
Rambling, Riesling & Romance (July 2016)
Travel writer Paul Bloomfield experienced something of an epiphany while meandering along the Moselle in Germany. Normally a beer drinker, he developed a previously undiscovered penchant for white wine; more specifically the way a local lunchtime tipple was both refreshing and low enough in alcohol not to interfere with his afternoon’s walking.
A matter of taste (June 2016)
In this month’s Slow Lane, we delve into the world of beer and wine – hard to resist after a day’s walking, cycling or leisurely exploration, and a topic that is always full of stories and local flavour.
A land apart (June 2016)
Sicily’s golden ages – the periods under Norman and Greek rule that brought extraordinary flowerings of culture – are the subject of a major current exhibition at the British Museum that will have you itching to escape to one of Europe’s most bewitching destinations.
A message from Provence (May 2016)
Inntravel’s Steve Jack reports from France’s Alpes-Maritimes, where he has been checking and updating the route notes for one of our most popular walking holidays: from the Alps to the Mediterranean. He is finding that it is everything a Slow Holiday should be.
Slow stories (May 2016)
The Slow Lane, our online magazine, offers a great opportunity for people to share their experiences with other Inntravellers. Read one regular contributor’s account of a chance encounter in Portugal’s Douro Valley; another’s tips for eating out in Seville, Córdoba and Granada; and much more.
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…