What could be better than a week spent exploring beautiful, unspoiled landscapes, with the sun on your back and a delicious dinner to look forward to each evening? Well, how about an even lengthier break? 10 nights perhaps, a fortnight or even longer still…
One advantage of an extended holiday is that it gives you the chance to really get under the skin of an area and enjoy a variety of experiences. Another bonus of taking fewer but longer trips is that this naturally reduces your travel miles, enabling you to limit your carbon footprint while still supporting local economies across Europe.
There are many ways to reach the shrine of St James in Santiago de Compostela, and it can take some pilgrims several weeks to complete their journey. We believe that – at 10 nights – our Camino de Santiago walking holiday strikes the perfect balance: it gives you ample time to experience the ambience and camaraderie of this iconic trail while still retaining the feel of a holiday. Although most pilgrims follow the Camino Francés across northern Spain, our route takes you along the quieter and more picturesque Portuguese Camino, and our chosen accommodation is definitely a cut above your typical pilgrim hostel: you stay in a mixture of boutique rural hotels and city Paradors.
The many faces of Norway
From breathtaking fjords to dramatic mountains and magical Arctic islands, it’s impossible to say which of Norway’s spectacular landscapes is the most awe-inspiring. Our solution? Combine these many highlights into one unforgettable Norwegian touring holiday, which over the course of two weeks takes you from deep within the Arctic Circle – home to the wildly beautiful Lofoten Islands – via rugged coastline, untamed moorland and high green valleys to Oslo, the country’s cosmopolitan capital. In addition to journeying through sublime scenery, this holiday also gives you the opportunity to ride on the famous Flåm railway and to spend time aboard the Hurtigruten coastal steamer.
A trulli remarkable extension
Although the Italian region of Puglia is known to many for its distinctive heel-like shape, this is definitely one of the country’s lesser-visited landscapes – an unspoiled tableau of gently rolling plains, ancient olive groves and time-honoured country estates. Those who do venture here, however, soon find that there is a great deal to explore, with one of the region’s most astonishing features being the small town of Alberobello. Alberobello is famed for its 15th-century trulli – white dry-stone houses with conical roofs that enjoy UNESCO World Heritage Site status. So remarkable are they that we offer an extended version of our Puglia cycling holiday to give you time to take them in.
By the same token, we offer a range of two and three-night ‘extend your stay’ options, which have been designed to give you the chance to discover a neighbouring area to the one you have explored as part of your Inntravel walking, cycling or touring holiday. Why not complement your walking holiday on Gozo with a short break on neighbouring Malta, an island with an extraordinarily rich heritage? Or contrast our Snowdonia walking holiday – which features three small, friendly guesthouses – with a stay at the fabulous Plas Dinas near Caernarfon? This sumptuous country house once belonged to Lord Snowdon, and was visited frequently by Princess Margaret.