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Yoga Nakasendo Way Japan

A wellness immersion in Japan

Our new 6-day wellness adventure in Japan’s picturesque Kiso Valley combines daily yoga sessions with stress-free hiking in beautiful surrounds along the ancient Nakasendo Way On this spiritual journey you’ll take beautiful hikes through autumnal forests and experience the rejuvenating benefits of yoga, meditation and Reiki. Enjoy exquisite Japanese meals, exceptional accommodation in elegant Japanese...

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Lucca-Tuscany

I lost my heart in…Lucca, Italy!

The charming town of Lucca on the Via Francigena is my favourite city in Italy. The food, the atmosphere, the historical buildings! Sit back and relax at Piazza dell’ Anfiteatro – the public square – which has great little cafes where you can drink true Italian coffee, or enjoy the most amazing Italian cuisine at...

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Shirahama, Japan, Kumano Kodo

The white sands of Shirahama

If you are hiking the Kumano Kodo and looking for something close by then why not make a short trip to the Shirahama – the beachside town famous for its white sandy beaches and onsens. The coastline in this part of Japan is very rocky, so it’s a nice change to come across a white...

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Dolomites, Italy

A Week in the Dolomites

Driving up the motorway from Venice to the Dolomites, my heart always lifts as the plains give way to deep green forests and steep limestone gorges. When I reach Calalzo, the start and end point of our Dolomites circuit, I can be sure of a warm welcome from the family who run the Hotel Ferrovia;...

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Tour du Mont Blanc, hiker

Glorious day hiking around Chamonix

Now that you’ve done all your training at home in preparation for your Mont Blanc trek, you can warm up your legs before the main event with day walks around Chamonix. This gateway town for all our Tour du Mont Blanc treks is a wonderful place to explore. We recommend arriving into Chamonix at least a...

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Tapas-Barcelona-Spain

Finding foodie paradise in Spain

If you’re a foodie, you’ll love Spain! In fact, it’s pretty hard to have a bad meal in any of the cities our Flights & City Breaks Specialist Rosalind visited last August while on her trip around Europe for our RAW travellers. Spain is world famous for its tapas, and boy oh boy and does...

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Camino de Santiago, Spain

What to wear when you are walking the Camino

The Camino de Santiago is an incredible journey. To fully enjoy the experience, you need to come well prepared. Working out how to pack light as well as making sure you have everything you need can be very challenging. Here are our top 10 tips from our Operations Manager, Elize. She has walked the Camino...

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Walker on Via Francigena Italy

Via Francigena: Gambassi Terme to San Gimignano

There is something truly magical about a pilgrimage route – following in the footsteps of thousands of pilgrims on the same earthy country or ancient cobblestone path that has been traversed since the earliest of times. This is what I’m thinking about as I stride out in a rhythmic meditation on Day 2 of my...

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Kiso-Fukushima Nakasendo Way

Discovering the secrets of Kiso-Fukushima

All of the post towns along Japan’s ancient Nakasendo Way have something special of interest. The beautifully restored and preserved post towns of Magome, Tsumago and Narai tend to be more recognisable and picturesque; however, another of the larger but historically very significant towns is Kiso-Fukushima. Kiso-Fukushima is the 37th Edo post station and was...

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