Ramblers Worldwide Holidays Launches New ‘Adagio’ Gentle Walking Programme

Ramblers Worldwide Holidays, has just launched ‘Adagio’ – a leisurely walking and sightseeing programme based on selected destinations in Europe.

Joint Managing Director, Kathy Cook said, “This new programme has been specially designed to appeal to clients of all ages who prefer to walk at a gentler pace, enjoy good quality accommodation and want to take time savouring the places they visit. This will appeal to a far wider audience of holidaymakers and suit many of our loyal clients who have been asking us to introduce this type of product, offering them a chance to amble rather than ramble enjoying beautiful locations at their own pace and in their own time.”

Here are a few examples of the tours on offer:

The Loire – a seven night holiday gently exploring the chateaux and vineyards of this beautiful region. The tour begins with a Eurostar train ride via Paris to Tours, then continuing by coach to Chinon.

The Lazy Alps – a seven night holiday languidly exploring the Jungfrau region, one of Europe’s most beautiful destinations. Begins with a flight to Zurich then train ride to Interlaken and cog-wheel train to Wengen.

Quinta Bonita, Southern Portugal – a seven night holiday in a family run, beautifully converted farmhouse in the unspoiled Western Algarve. The journey begins with a flight to Faro and a short drive to Quinta Bonita, near Lagos.

The Greek Island of Evia – a seven night holiday on this idyllic island close to mainland Greece. Stunning scenery, beautiful coastlines, ancient villages, Byzantine churches and warm hospitality combine to make this a truly great ‘Adagio’ experience. The journey begins with a flight to Athens – thence by ferry to Marmari and the coastal village of Karystos.

Mairena in the Alpujarras – a seven night holiday savouring an Andalucian lifestyle south of Granada. The journey begins with a flight to Malaga and transfer to Mairena.

Cyprus – a 7 night holiday exploring the more rural and natural side of the island. The journey begins with a flight from Heathrow to Larnaca and thence a transfer to the Hotel Rodon in the beautiful Troodos Mountains.

Sintra, Portugal – a 7 night holiday leisurely exploring the palaces, castles and gardens of this stunning area – once the summer residence of Portuguese royalty for six hundred years. The journey begins with a flight to Lisbon and then a short distance to Sintra and the Hotel Sintra Jardim.

The Etruscan Highlands, Italy – a 7 night holiday exploring the gardens and lakes of the Etruscan heartlands north of Rome. The journey begins with a flight from London to Rome and then a transfer to the Hotel Nibbro in the attractive walled city of Viterbo.

Aracena, Andalucia, Spain – a 7 night holiday in the heart of the Sierra de Aracena National Park – Andalucia at its greenest! The journey begins with a flight to Faro and thence by road to the four star Aracena Park on the outskirts of Aracena.

La Belle France – a 7 night holiday savouring the spectacular views, lakeside castles and monasteries of the dazzling Alpine medieval centre of Annecy. The journey begins with a flight to Geneva and transfer by road to the Hotel Bonlieu in Annecy.

A choice of three glorious river cruises along the Danube, Rhone and Rhine – also feature in the Ramblers Worldwide Holidays new ‘Adagio’ programme for the first time in conjunction with AmaWaterways – one of the World’s most prestigious river cruising operators.

The Danube on foot
Departing on 26 August 2013, this 7 night cruise on board the brand new luxury river cruiser ‘AmaCerto’ embarks in the German city of Vilshofen and includes walks along the River Vils to Schweiklberg Monastery; a lunchtime cruise to Passau in the Austrian Lake District, a ride on the Schafberg Railway; a visit to the idyllic Wachau wine village of Dürnstein; breakfast in Vienna and the opportunity to ‘walk the city’ with a local guide, a visit to a wine Heurige in the Vienna Woods; a tour of the old town of Bratislava and a discovery of Budapest and Margaret Island on foot.

The Rhine on foot
This 7 night river cruise and walk holiday departing on 12 July 2013, takes guests through the stunningly beautiful Black Forest region, including a ride on the Belchen cable car, a visit to the picturesque village of Staufen; breakfast in Strasbourg to discover the city’s Petite France; excursions to the Alsatian vineyards around Dambach La Ville; the opportunity to explore the ancient city of Heidelberg on the river Neckar; Rudesheim with its famous vineyards; an iconic sailing through the Rhine Gorge to Koblenz; a visit to the Drachenfels Rock overlooking the Rhine and to Cologne’s Cathedral; and the opportunity to explore historic Amsterdam.

The Rhone on foot
Departing on 12 April 2013, this 7 night river cruise embarks in the magnificent city of Arles, Provence, immortalised by Van Gogh. Highlights include, walks through the scented Alpilles hills; a visit to the hilltop village of Les Baux de Provence; a dinner-time cruise to Avignon; a morning in Avignon to visit the famous bridge and Palais des Papes; an excursion to the ancient caves of Soyons; a tour of Vienne, capital of Roman Gaul; a discovery of Lyon with its beautiful cobbled alleyways and courtyards followed by a lunch time cruise to Collonges in Beaujolais wine country.

The new Adagio gentle walking holidays are available to book from 15th October 2012 at www.adagio.co.uk and 01707 386700