Backroads’ Cinque Terre & Tuscany Walking & Hiking Tour
Just when we thought it was safe to travel again, Omicron arrived. I seem to have spent more time making and cancelling travel plans in the past few months than I’d care to admit. While the coast is far from clear, it seems like carpe diem should be the order of the day. Now is the time to book and take that bucket list trip you’ve been promising yourself. Looking for ideas for a classic trip? Here are five to get you started.
Cinque Terre & Tuscany
Both Cinque Terre and Tuscany have been among the most popular destinations in Italy for ages, and they still remain high on the wish list of many travelers. The Cinque Terre & Tuscany Walking & Hiking Tour trip from Backroads explores Cinque Terre’s majestic coastline, a World Heritage site, as well as Chianti’s quintessential Tuscan villages, vineyards and cypress-flanked lanes. There are the steep walks in the Cinque Terre villages to look forward to as well as hiking through the medieval Chianti villages of Greve in Chianti, Panzano and Montefioralle. If you’ve been pining for a glass of Chianti Classico and some time on the Italian coast, this one’s for you. This six-day trip has an activity level of 1-4 (on a scale of 1-5). From $3,999, per person, based on double occupancy (as are all trips mentioned here).
Exploring Torres del Paine National Park, Chile with Wilderness Travel.
Anyone who has read Bruce Chatwin’s In Patagonia learns that this wild area at the tip of South America that straddles Argentina and Chile is one of the most remote and beautiful places on the face of the earth. Wilderness Travel is offering In Patagonia this year, a 16-day trip that includes day hikes in Argentina’s Los Glaciares National Park, Chile’s Paine National Park, and Tierra del Fuego, which is literally at “the ends of the Earth.” It’s a trip that combines mountains, glaciers, and the southernmost penguin rookeries in the world, with stays at estancias and historic lodges. The difficulty level is 4 out of 6. From $9,595.