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Top 5 luxury cycling and walking holidays for 2013

A walking or cycling holiday means something different to every holidaymaker. While some can think of nothing more exciting than a high-level mountain trek with accommodation in welcoming huts, or an adventurous mountain biking tour,  others believe that a holiday should be as luxurious as possible. Surprisingly luxury and walking or cycling can combine, offering holidays with aspirational routes and beautiful hotels.

Five top-grade cycling and walking holidays

Amalfi In Style: Does your perfect holiday include staying in four-star hotels?  Do you fancy walking spectacular coastline by day, and returning to your beautiful hotel by evening? Do you love the idea of picturesque Italian villages? And wonderful food and wine? If so, our Amalfi in style walking holiday is for you. The Amalfi coast has long been the holiday hotspot of film stars and celebrities. You can immerse yourself in the Dolce Vita, while staying in specially selected 4-star stylish hotels, all ideally located for amazing views, fantastic local cuisine and spectacular walking. French Art de Vivre: The French “art de vivre” is the envy of almost every nation worldwide – and it’s in the Loire Valley that this Art of Living is most exquisitely revealed. A five-day cycling tour takes holidaymakers on an indulgent journey sampling cultural hotspots, heritage, art and cuisine of the Loire. And if you’re thinking that it might be more luxurious to drive, rather than cycle we disagree. Part of the art de vivre “way” is to slow down and to savour every moment. Travelling by bike, you will truly enjoy every moment of a slower pace of life. To top it all, your accommodation will be in four-star hotel-chateaux, superior or deluxe category rooms, with shower and toilet and the chance to dine in fabulous restaurants. [caption id="attachment_5895" align="alignleft" width="300"]See the Alps in 'luxury' See the Alps in 'luxury'[/caption] Greek Island Hopping: Discover two of the most beautiful Greek Islands on foot in one trip: Naxos and Santorini. These islands are located in the Cyclades, which is a group of around 220 islands scattered in the Aegean Sea. Everything you ever dreamed of in a Greek Island Hopping walking holiday is here, including shimmering turquoise waters, sandy beaches, dramatic cliffs, scented olive groves and bright white villages. Accommodation is in high-quality three-star hotels, all with pools. Highland Perthshire: Walk amid heather-clad hills, by sparkling rivers and twinkling lochs, through atmospheric forests and via stunning valleys. Visit castles and whisky distillers. Stay in a treasure trove of authentic Highland hotels. The Highlands of Scotland boasts an enviable reputation for amazing walking ­­ – and on the Perthshire In Style Walking holiday you’ll stay in hand-picked authentic Scottish hotels and feast on meals created by chefs who really believe that fine food starts with local produce. See here for a range of other In Style walking holidays. Classic Tour du Mont Blanc in comfort: Okay, so not everyone will see this walking trek as luxurious but if you’re keen to walk this fabulous Alps route this is the most luxurious way to do it. The nine-day walking tour includes accommodation in hotels and refuges with private rooms, rather than shared dormitories of the more traditional mountain “huts”. Connoisseurs will enjoy this version of the Tour du Mont Blanc as you taste, see and smell all her different sides.
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