Tuesday, January 4, 2011
New Wayfarers’ Walks - 2011
Visitors will live like lords with a six-night stay at the historic Pentillie Castle, which sits on the banks of the Tamar River and borders the counties of Devon and Cornwall. Among the walk’s many fascinating features are a stop at historic Plymouth, notable as the departure point for the Pilgrim Fathers; a visit to one of Sir Francis Drake’s former homes; and wild walking in Dartmoor, home of the “Hound of the Baskervilles,” and famed ponies. Non-walking breaks will find guests enjoying croquet or boules on the 2000-acre estate’s magnificent grounds or wandering through the expansive American Gardens and parklands which date from 1809. Rating: 1.
Walkers will meander along Wales’ 186-mile Pembrokeshire coast path and dine with the Welsh Poet Laureate Gillian Clarke, learning even more about the local land and seascape. Photography- and poetry-inspiring backdrops along the coastal path include panoramic views from rugged cliff tops and expansive beaches. A visit to the national cathedral of Wales in St. Davids, a 5000-year-old New Stone Age cromlech, and Dylan Thomas’ boathouse on the Teifi Estuary round out the highlights of this seven-day walk, which features guest host Pamela Petro, author and artist. The Wayfarers will treat guests to an overnight stay between the September 18 Snowdonia walk and the September 25 Pembrokeshire Coast walk if both walks are booked. Rating: 3.
Visitors will wine and dine their way along the renowned Alsace Wine Trail, tasting the best of Franco-Germanic cuisine and spirits amidst fairy-tale scenery. Walkers will trek through forests near Obernai and the Vosges Mountains, peer at the Black Forest in Germany from atop a medieval fortress, and visit the most concentrated area of feudal castles in Europe on this seven-day walk. The June 5-11 departure is hosted by The Wayfarers’ Co-Founders Christopher Hague and Michael West. Rating: 3.
Those looking for a more challenging course will enjoy this seven-day walk through the northern Italian Alps which ventures through pastures, trails and riverside pathways while affording views of 9840-feet high snow-capped peaks and the Dolomites’ unusual pink-hued rock steeples. A UNESCO World Heritage site, the Dolomites also takes walkers to lunch via cable car connection and an optional visit to an open-air World War I museum at Cinque Torri (Five Towers). The Wayfarers will treat guests to an overnight stay between the September 11 Dolomites Walk and the September 18 Venice and The Veneto Walk if both Walks are booked. Rating: 5.
Hosted by The Wayfarers’ Co-Founders Christopher Hague and Michael West, this walk tours Greek temple ruins in Segesta and Selinunte, explores the mountaintop town of Erice, and travels the remote coastal paths of the Zingaro Nature Reserve. Additional tour highlights include a visit to the famed Florio winery in Marsala, a privately chartered boat ride through Isola Grande, and lunch on Mozia, a former Phoenician colony. Rating: 3.
Also new this year, The Wayfarers offers a special Bella Sicilia Walk Package for those who book The Wayfarers’ two Sicily Walks (Agrigento, Marsala and the Isle of Mozia ¬– Oct. 2-8 and Ragusa, Siracusa and Mt. Etna – Oct. 9-15). Reflecting a $490 discount, the package also includes ground transportation between the walks and a one-night hotel stay at Cefalu. The package for the two-week program is priced at $7,500, with a $995 Single Supplement.
Also new, back-to-back UK/Scotland, Scotland/North Ireland, Wales, and Italy walks include a free overnight stay between walks.
Refreshed Wayfarers’ Walks – 2011
Several favorite walks have also been updated with exciting new features for 2011. The Jane Austen Country walk now features a private dinner at Chawton House at the very table used for meals by Jane and her friends; walkers can now visit Londonderry during the Northern Ireland: Giant’s Causeway, The Glens of Antrim and Donegal walk; the itinerary for the Italy: Sicily- Ragusa, Siracusa and Mt Etna walk now includes Siracusa, Pantalica and Ortygia; and the beautiful New Mexico walk adds an additional day with two nights in magical Taos.
More information regarding the new 2011 walks and updated itinerary features can be found at www.thewayfarers.com.
Sunday, January 2, 2011
Estes Park Getaway.... March 13 - 15, 2011
Hosted by Julie Johnson, The Wayfarers Alaska Walk Leader
With Veteran Wayfarer Walker Louise Halfpenny and Newport Team Leader Judy Allpress
I don’t know about you, but I find it so easy to give in to the winter blues…..it’s cold, it’s dark, all I want to do is curl up in a little ball and sleep until it’s time to pack up for my Wayfarers’ Alaska walk in August. But if I did that, I’d be missing some of the most beautiful months and recreation opportunities! So come join me in Estes Park, Colorado, one of my very favorite playgrounds. We will stay at the world famous Stanley Hotel and we’ll enjoy snowshoeing, ghost hunting, shopping and of course dining!
Here is our itinerary:
• We’ll meet Sunday afternoon, March 13th, in the lobby of the world famous Stanley Hotel for a Welcome Drink. If it isn’t too cold, we’ll enjoy the amazing view of the Rocky Mountains from the hotel’s veranda.
• That evening we ‘ll enjoy dinner at the Estes Park favorite, The Dunraven Inn. This restaurant has been owned and run by the same family for many years. Feast on some of their homemade pasta without guilt, as we’ll be snowshoeing in the morning!
• Intrepid Wayfarers who want to burn some of the calories from the previous evening’s meal will join me for several hours of snowshoeing. Don’t worry – no previous skills are needed – if you can walk, you can snowshoe and you’ll see the beauty of winter in the mountains as you never have before. If you don’t feel up to snowshoeing, the small town of Estes Park has some terrific year-round shopping opportunities and you’ll find the locals are very friendly!
• After lunch, we’ll be treated to an historic tour of the Stanley Hotel, which was built in 1910. Author Stephen King was inspired to write “The Shining” while he and his wife stayed in Room 217. King later directed the television version of the book which was filmed at the hotel. The tour is fun and you’ll learn about all the ghosts at the hotel…..don’t worry, they’re friendly, unless you’re staying in the Honeymoon Suite…..
• After the tour, we’ll convene for a Wine & Cheese hosted by The Wayfarers and a WALK TALK about our new trips for 2011 with a photo presentation. The Stanley is our venue for dinner in their cozy restaurant known for its cuisine.
• We leave the hotel Tuesday morning, but if you’d like to stay longer, there’s plenty to do in this beautiful area. If you need some suggestions, I’ll be happy to help!
Call or email our office in Newport, Rhode Island, to reserve your place on our Estes Park Winter Getaway. 1-800-249-4620 or email@example.com
Dates: March 13 - 15, 2011
Cost: $560 double occupancy or $ 745 for a single room
* two nights at the Stanley Hotel
* welcome drink
* two dinners, one lunch, two breakfasts
* snowshoes rental
* transportation in Estes Park
* the ghost tour of the hotel
* services of trip leader
* all taxes and tips
The fee does NOT include transportation to and from Estes Park. If you are flying to Denver, a shuttle operates from Denver International Airport to Estes Park. (Allow two hours travel time from the airport to Estes Park. The shuttle costs from $45.00 per person one way.)
Weather and Packing:
Weather in Colorado can be pretty changeable. While you should be prepared for cold (temps in the 20s) weather with snow boots, coats, scarves, gloves, etc., the temperatures can go as high 50 F in March! Our sunshine is pretty strong, so you will need sunscreen even in the winter, and dress in layers as you may need to shed them as the day goes on.
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