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Walking (and snowshoeing and skiing) in a winter wonderland

Walking (and snowshoeing and skiing) in a winter wonderland

Blog posts   •   Apr 18, 2016 08:37 BST

Winter sports specialist Keith Maidlow has been around mountains for many years and has led RWH downhill and winter walking holidays for the past decade. Our new tour to Seefeld in the Austrian Tirol offered the perfect opportunity to combine winter walking with snowshoeing and langlauf, and Keith was delighted to lead the inaugural tour. Here’s his account.

Stylish Umbria

Stylish Umbria

Blog posts   •   Apr 15, 2016 11:16 BST

RWH tour leader and Adagio holiday specialist Peter Watts is off back to Trevi again this year to lead another Stylish Umbria tour. It’s a tour he set up in 2014 and he still thinks it’s a little gem. Here’s why.

The Jungle Book Revisited

The Jungle Book Revisited

Blog posts   •   Apr 12, 2016 11:16 BST

Rudyard Kipling’s classic Indian tale is about to be launched on April 15th in a new live action/CGI version produced by Walt Disney and featuring the voices of Scarlett Johansson, Idris Elba, Christopher Walken and Bill Murray.

​Walking in the Drakensberg Mountains part 2: The hike to Baboon Rock - Laurence Mitchell

​Walking in the Drakensberg Mountains part 2: The hike to Baboon Rock - Laurence Mitchell

Blog posts   •   Apr 12, 2016 11:12 BST

Our original plan for a hike up to Baboon Rock had been thwarted by heavy rain and low cloud. Thankfully conditions the next day were considerably better, albeit still cloudy and cool, and the rock was at least clearly visible from our start point at Cathedral Peak Hotel.

​Walking in the Drakensberg Mountains - Laurence Mitchell

​Walking in the Drakensberg Mountains - Laurence Mitchell

Blog posts   •   Apr 05, 2016 12:25 BST

Laurence Mitchell, correspondent for Walk magazine, savours his first full day’s walking in the wondrous Drakensberg Mountains.

A Roman holiday revisited

A Roman holiday revisited

Blog posts   •   Mar 30, 2016 09:34 BST

How to fit the best of the fascinations of Rome into a short visit is an ongoing challenge that tour leader Martin Shepley relishes. Here he explains how experience helps him fine-tune the itinerary to pack as much as possible into a week in the Eternal City.

New Zealand flag vote: stay with the old or go with the new?

New Zealand flag vote: stay with the old or go with the new?

Blog posts   •   Mar 23, 2016 09:02 GMT

New Zealanders are voting this month in a referendum to choose whether to change their flag from the existing design featuring the Union Jack and the Southern Cross to a new design based on the silver fern. But this is about much more than a symbolic change – at the heart of the debate is New Zealand’s national identity and how the country projects itself to the world.

Walking in the Majorcan mountains

Walking in the Majorcan mountains

Blog posts   •   Mar 21, 2016 11:36 GMT

Christopher Somerville, Walking Correspondent from The Times, enjoys beautiful landscapes and a warm welcome in Majorca ­ – all at a pace that really suited him.

A walk on the wild side in the Alpujarras

A walk on the wild side in the Alpujarras

Blog posts   •   Mar 18, 2016 10:46 GMT

Alan Wooding, Travel Correspondent for Premier Newspapers, shares his experience of his Adagio walking holiday in the Andalucian countryside, based in Mairena in the Heart of the Alpujarras.

Exploring Naples & Capri

Exploring Naples & Capri

Blog posts   •   Mar 16, 2016 10:40 GMT

We think it’s essential that our staff are familiar with our holidays so that they can provide our clients with the best possible information and advice, so our training often includes staff educational visits. Monica Phipps, one of our sales and reservations consultants, and travel advisor Gemma Last jumped at the chance to experience everything that our new Naples & Capri trip has to offer.

​An educational visit to Venice

​An educational visit to Venice

Blog posts   •   Mar 10, 2016 11:06 GMT

Staff educational trips form an important part of our customer service standards, but as well as being informative, they are also great fun, as David Kay, RWH product manager for Italy, found out on a recent whistle-stop trip to Venice.

BBC Countryfile walks in Northern Ireland

BBC Countryfile walks in Northern Ireland

Blog posts   •   Mar 08, 2016 17:20 GMT

​Anita Rani was very impressed with the spectacular scenery of Northern Ireland’s coastline on BBC1’s programme Countryfile on Sunday 6th March. She walked part of the Ulster Way, a 625-mile circular route (one of the longest in the UK and Ireland) that was created by Wilfred Capper, Northern Ireland’s answer to Wainwright.

Impressions of Jordan

Impressions of Jordan

Blog posts   •   Mar 08, 2016 11:05 GMT

The scents – cardamom coffee, incense, woodsmoke, desert herbs; the colours; and the biblical landscapes and ancient spirit of Petra beguiled Sophie Hughes on our recent Jewels of Jordan tour. But it was the people – shepherds, villagers, children, and the hospitality of local families that completely won her heart in this historical and troubled land.

Winter Warmers with Cotswold Outdoor

Winter Warmers with Cotswold Outdoor

Blog posts   •   Feb 29, 2016 13:35 GMT

Keep the cold out with the latest insulated clothing from our partners at Cotswold Outdoor.

A Greek Odyssey

A Greek Odyssey

Blog posts   •   Feb 29, 2016 13:16 GMT

​There’s much more to Greece than you might imagine, as our Greece specialist Helen Nelson explains…

A frequent traveller’s tale in Santorini & Naxos

A frequent traveller’s tale in Santorini & Naxos

Blog posts   •   Feb 12, 2016 17:30 GMT

Since 2012, veteran traveller Gladys Cable has returned to Santorini & Naxos an amazing six times, and has just booked her seventh trip for May 2016. We were intrigued about her love of the Cyclades archipelago and what draws her back time and again. Here’s what she told us.

Best Walks with a View with Julia Bradbury

Best Walks with a View with Julia Bradbury

Blog posts   •   Feb 09, 2016 15:57 GMT

Our very own roving Ambassador Julia Bradbury, has laced up her boots once more to discover some of Britain’s most breathtaking yet accessible scenery in a new eight-part ITV series ‘Best Walks with a View’.

Supporting The Big Pathwatch survey

Supporting The Big Pathwatch survey

Blog posts   •   Feb 04, 2016 14:39 GMT

The Big Pathwatch survey, the most ambitious campaign ever undertaken by The Ramblers Association, ended on December 31st. With the assistance of Ramblers members and the general public, the aim was to walk and survey every footpath in England and Wales in order to ensure that these vital resources are kept clear for walking. The project was supported by Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust.

To Ribblehead via Jericho

To Ribblehead via Jericho

Blog posts   •   Jan 29, 2016 16:46 GMT

ITV’s new drama series ‘Jericho’ brings to life the shanty town that grew up around the building of the Ribblehead viaduct in the Yorkshire Dales in the 1870s. The viaduct – 104 feet high, 440 yards long and with 24 soaring stone arches – is a massive engineering feat of the Victorian age, and cost hundreds of workers their lives during construction.

Take the plunge with a solo Adagio holiday

Take the plunge with a solo Adagio holiday

Blog posts   •   Jan 25, 2016 11:54 GMT

Peter Bailey has been on many RWH holidays over the years, but now finds the gentler pace of an Adagio holiday suits him well, keeping him active, and as a widower, the group companionship and support are invaluable to him; as he says, it’s been a life-saver. Here’s his story.