Saxon Ridge, Tour Du Mont Blanc | Ray Wilkinson
This year we thought we’d do something a little different on Valentine's Day.
We can’t deny that Europe is a romantic destination for couples in love and that Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to surprise your loved one with a romantic getaway to Europe. However, not all of us celebrate Valentine's Day (and, indeed, a quick survey of our UTracks team revealed polarising views on what the day means to them).
We also think we would be selling ourselves short by not pointing out that our active cycling, walking and boat-based European itineraries are suitable for so many types of travellers – whether it’s two or three like-minded friends walking the Camino together, a family with kids on a cycling holiday, a regular bushwalking group who are keen to take on Mont Blanc, or a self-guided walk for the solo traveller.
So in the spirit of Valentine’s Day, we are showcasing the best itineraries and activities for those who just want to fall in love with Europe
, all over again.
Let Iceland take your breath away
Let the magic of Laugavegur work its charm on you
It will be "love at first sight" when you first set eyes on the remote, breathtaking landscapes along Iceland’s Laugavegur Trail. Considered to be one of the world’s most beautiful treks, the Laugavegur offers something different every day – volcanic mountains, steaming hot springs, pristine glaciers, black deserts, great canyons and lush green valleys. Best of all, on our five-day guided Laugavegur Trail Walk you will be spending each night in rustic but cosy mountain huts. This itinerary is the perfect walk for those short on time, but want to see the best of Iceland - and great for solo travellers too.
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Discover the magic of Mont Blanc
Enjoy the fresh alpine air around Mont Blanc
The spectacular vistas of Mont Blanc will have you “up where you belong” on our seven day guided walk through Switzerland, France and Italy. Brimming with incredible landscapes from high mountain passes to lush valleys and highway-sized glaciers, alpine scenery does not get much better than this. Joining an international group led by a bilingual mountain guide, the emphasis is on full immersion into the sublime mountain culture, with overnight stays in mountain refuges or charming village gîtes on a mixed dormitory-share or double-room* basis.
*supplement applies for double room
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Be swept away by Ardéche
Walking through classic French countryside
You will want to “stay just a little bit longer” after your time walking in the Ardéche, one of the most remote, beautiful and scenically-blessed regions in France. Surrounded by ancient volcanoes, the region offers exceptional natural sights including volcanic domes, deep gorges, vast valleys and an abundance of flora and fauna. Based in a specially-designed hiker’s hotel**, our Walking in the Ardéche guided itinerary offers a fine balance of activity and indulgence. After each day’s walk you can explore the village to buy local cheese and honey, relax on the terrace with a glass of wine, play bowls on the hotel green, swim in the pool or take a sauna. Perfect for lovers of classic French countryside and the camaraderie of other travellers.
**Single supplement is complimentary on selected dates.
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Cycle to your heart's content in the Loire
There's plenty to love about cycling through the Loire Valley. Photographer: Michael Gebecki
“Nothing compares to you…Tracks” when it comes to a bike and barge holiday through the famous Loire Valley. Enjoy the charms of the quiet French countryside as you cycle each day stopping to explore quaint villages, world famous vineyards and magnificent Chateaux on our eight-day guided Loire Valley Bike and Barge itinerary. At night, you can enjoy a sunset drink with your fellow cyclists, on the deck of a private barge which has been custom-built for cruising on the French canals. All the cabins have two beds, so if you are travelling solo, we will happily match you with another passenger. And we even offer electric bikes for those who are not as bike-fit as they would like to be.
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