Just when we thought it was safe to travel again, Omicron arrived. It seems like I’ve spent more time making and canceling travel plans over the past few months than I’d like to admit. Although the coast is far from clear, it seems that Carpe Diem should be on the agenda. Now is the time to book and take that trip you promised yourself. Looking for ideas for a classic trip? Here are five to get you started.
Cinque Terre & Tuscany
The Cinque Terre and Tuscany have been among Italy’s most popular destinations for ages, and they still remain at the top of many travelers’ wish lists. the Cinque Terre and Tuscany walking and walking tour Backroads’ journey explores the majestic coastline of the Cinque Terre, a World Heritage Site, as well as typical Tuscan Chianti villages, vineyards and cypress-lined lanes. There are the steep walks through the Cinque Terre villages to expect as well as the hike through the medieval Chianti villages of Greve in Chianti, Panzano and Montefioralle. If you crave a glass of Chianti Classico and spend time on the Italian coast, this is the one for you. This six-day trip has an activity level of 1 to 4 (on a scale of 1 to 5). Starting at $3,999, per person, based on double occupancy (like all trips mentioned here).
Anyone who has read Bruce Chatwin In Patagonia learns that this wilderness at the tip of South America, straddling Argentina and Chile, is one of the most remote and beautiful places on the face of the earth. Wilderness Travel offers In Patagonia this year, a 16-day trip that includes day hikes in Los Glaciares National Park in Argentina, Paine National Park in Chile and Tierra del Fuego, which is literally “at the ends of the Earth”. It’s a trip that combines the world’s southernmost mountains, glaciers and penguin colonies, with stays in historic estancias and lodges. The difficulty level is 4 out of 6. Starting at $9,595.
The Mont Blanc Circuit
Of all the hikes you could do in Europe, the one around the Circuit du Mont Blanc is one of the most famous and arguably the most scenic. Country Walkers is one of many companies that make a guided version possible. Their France, Italy & Switzerland: The Circuit du Mont Blanc is a nine-day trip rated as “difficult,” with 7-11 miles of daily hiking. Beginning in France, traveling to Italy and then Switzerland, before returning to France, the journey encircles roughly 15,781 feet of Mont Blanc, Europe’s highest peak. Departing from Chamonix, the heart of Alpine culture, you continue to the Italian mountain resort of Courmayeur, taste Savoyard cuisine and enjoy landscapes ranging from glaciers to thick forests, Swiss mountain lakes and the famous needles or peaks that surround Mt. White. Starting at $4,998.
The legendary lost citadel of Machu Picchu is on many travel lists and the Peru Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu Hike from MT Sobek is an eight-day trip that lets you see the best of Peru, with spectacular hikes through Andean valleys and plateaus and a chance to explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Cusco. There’s a classic train ride through the narrow gorges of the Urubamba River and a half-day Classic Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu, followed by a full day exploring the ruins of the lost city of the Incas. Accommodation includes a stay at the famous Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba-Sacred Valley. Travel is fare level 3 of 5. Starting at $3,995.
Way of Saint James
You will need to be in good shape and dedicate more than a month to covering the 800 km of the Camino de Santiago in Spain, the most famous pilgrimage route in Europe. Hikers usually spend the night in huts or hostels along the way. Or you can do an abbreviated version of the walk with a company like Butterfield & Robinson. Their Camino de Santiago Walk the trip lasts just six days, a truncated but luxurious version of the itinerary that focuses on highlights such as Roman sites, mountain villages and Galicia’s incredible coastline, with van transfers between the two . Accommodation is in an old palace and in two paradors, such as the five-star Parador de Santiago de Compostela. It is an upscale version of the pilgrimage route. Rated Tier 3 out of 5. Starting at $4,495.