I know it's a cliché but the New Year is a great time to look ahead and dream about, plan or perhaps even book your next adventure. With this in mind the team at Macs sat down and after hours of debate we have settled on our top 10 bucket list adventures.
1. The Camino de Santiago
The Camino just has to top the list. Following in the footsteps of medieval pilgrims you can't fail to be moved by the spirit of the Camino as you walk to the Cathedral in Santiago de Compostela. Walk the last 100km from Sarria, over 900kmfrom St Jean Pied de Port or even over 1600km from Le Puy.More...
2. Tour Du Mont Blanc Trek
There is a reason that the Tour du Mont Blanc is Europe's favourite alpine trek. It is an absolute classic! You will enjoy mountain scenery to die for, multinational camaraderie, alpine history and great food as you walk through the French, Italian and Swiss Alps. Mont Blanc treks...
3. The West Highland Way
The West Highland Way was the first walk Macs Adventure offered and it remains our most popular. Why? The West Highland Way embodies Scotland at its very best; lochs, mountains, glens, heather, isolated highland hotels, peaty whiskies, the warmest of welcomes, friendly craic and 95 miles of ever changing trails. If you haven't already done so put the West Highland Way on your list today.
4. Wainwright's English Coast to Coast
Alfred Wainwright enjoys almost divine status amongst walkers in the Lakes and North of England and the English Coast to Coast is seen by many as his crowning glory. If you are a walker and the English Coast to Coast is not on your bucket list you need your head read. It is a classic from start to finish and never fails to disappoint. Start planning your Coast to Coast today.
5. Trek to Everest Base Camp
If I could only ever do one trek again then the trek to Everest Base Camp would be it. What makes Everest Base Camp stand head and shoulders above the rest? Everyone takes away life changing moments from an EBC trek but for me the moments that made it special were; walking in the footsteps of Hillary and Tenzing, the smiling faces of Sherpa children in every village, watching the sunrise on Everest from 5545m on Kala Pattar and the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu. More treks in the Everest Region...
6. Cycle the Danube
The Danube Cycle Path follows the River Danube for much of its length as it flows for over 1800 miles through the heart of Europe. Cycling the Danube is a history lesson on two wheels. Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest are just three of the great cities cyclists of all ages can explore by bike. Try our hotel to hotel or bike and boat Danube cycling trips.
7. Cycling or Walking in Provence
The light of Provence, so loved by Van Gogh, imbues this rugged landscape with a soft, peaceful quality that you will fall instantly in love with. Walk through the fields of purple lavender, whizz down cypress lined roads and savour a glass of chilled rose as you discover the delights of Provence. Life doesn't get much better! Go walking or cycling in Provence.
8. Walking in Tuscany
Montalcino, Montepulciano, Pienza, San Gimingnano, Chianti - names that evoke the honey coloured villages and the earthly hues of Tuscany. Timeless trails link these medieval hillptop towns together in a tapestery of delight to create one of the world's great walking destinations. Oh and the food and wine is not bad either. Isn't it time you treated yourself to a walking holiday in Tuscany?
9. Walk the South West Coast Path
The South West Coast Path National Trail is one of England's national treasures. Stretching 630 miles from Minehead in Somerset, via Padstow, St Ives, Newquay, Falmouth and Exeter to Poole in Dorset the route is packed with spectacular coastal scenery, rich heritage and a plethora of wildlife. Why not start with a week from Minehead and see how far you get? More...
10. Walking in the Dolomites
The Dolomites are one of those places that will just blow you away and have you coming back for more. (Which is why we put it at the end of the list as we thought that you might never go anywhere else.) Sheer limestone cliffs rising from green valleys scattered with charming villages and an excellent path network create a landscape made for walkers. So whether you are walking amongst the high peaks or through the valleys you won't be able to wipe the smile off your face. Discover the Dolomites...
I hope that our walking and cycling bucket list has given you a few ideas to add to your list for 2013 and please don't hesitate to get in touch if we can help in planning your next adventure.