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8 ideas for your 2016 holiday bucket list

24 Dec , 2015  

So many people now have a bucket list of trips that they would like to take and places they would like to see. Here are eight great walking and cycling trips to add to your bucket list in 2016.

Tour du Mont Blanc

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Acclaimed as Europe’s best alpine trek the walk, the route circles the epic Mont Blanc Massif and covers a distance of some 170km and including 10,000m of ascent and descent. The route also takes you through delightful countries of France, Italy and Switzerland.

See Tour du Mont Blanc

Via Francigena

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Macs Adventure’s Katie Berry, the European Team’s Destination & Adventure Specialist, reckons the Via Francigena, the ancient pilgrimage trail from Canterbury to Rome, is a must for walker in 2016.

She says: “The Pope has named next year as a holy year so lots of pilgrims are heading to Rome. What better way to do so than by foot via the routes that travellers have walked for thousands of years?” See Via Francigena. Also see Walk of the Week.

Camino de Santiago

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Another great pilgrimage route is the Camino de Santiago (also known as The French Way or Camino Frances). It is the most popular Camino route and the pilgrimage commonly referred to as “the Camino”.

The Camino Frances extends almost 800km across northern Spain from St Jean Pied de Port on the French border to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. Macs Adventure offer many different Camino de Santiago walking holidays. Which one will be on your bucket list in 2016?

Laugavegur Trail

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The fabulous Icelandic walking route is on the bucket list of Sarah Henderson, the Operations Manager at Macs Adventure. She says: “This one has been on my bucket list since we started offering it at Macs and a trip to Iceland in 2014 really cemented my interest in this amazing country. I can’t wait to go back and I have booked for July 2016.”

The epic route takes in many of the amazing landscape wonders of Iceland including volcanoes, lava fields, hot springs, mud pools, waterfalls, mountain lakes, canyons and wooded valleys. See Laugavegur Trail

Japan’s Kumano Kodo

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Another great pilgrim’s trail is found in Japan. The 11th century Kumano Kodo traces a route through rural Japan to the three grand shrines of Kumano. See Kumano Kodo

Everest Base Camp

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A trip that will be on many people’s bucket list is to reach Everest Base Camp. Of course, for others, the higher goal is Everest summit itself but this trekking tour is still worthy of making it on to the list. The classic lodge trek takes in Kala Pattar, Namche Bazaar, Tengboche Monastery and Kathmandu from Lukla to Everest Base Camp. See Experience Everest Base Camp Trek

Cycle Venice to Poreč

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Andy Girdwood, the European Cycling Specialist at Macs Adventure, suggests the stunning Venice to Porec cycle route. He says: “It is a bit of a hidden gem but it is just amazing and such a great way to see the Adriatic coastline. The weather is great, plus the views are amazing and there is lovely food and wine, too. What else do you need in a bucket list destination?” See Venice to Porec Cycle Tour

West Highland Way

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Ever popular and a must-walk for so many people, Scotland’s long-distance walking trail is a difficult one to miss off any bucket list. The 96-mile route starts in Milngavie, just north of Glasgow, and heads north to the Highlands town of Fort William, passing through some of the country’s most fabulous landscapes en route. See West Highland Way

Tell us what you will be adding to your holiday bucket list in 2016.

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A journalist, web copywriter blogger and social media chatterbox, Fiona combines her love of the outdoors – especially Scotland – with a diverse freelance work life. If she's not at her desk writing about the outdoors, she'll be outside cycling, running, kayaking, snowboarding and walking Munros. She shares her outdoors passion with partner, the G-Force. Sometimes her teenage daughter Little Miss Outdoors tags along, too.