Some people love to stroll leisurely in the afternoon, others power walk through the park, and then there are those who grab their walking poles and cover vast distances over hill and dale. As life races by, perhaps a slow meandering is just the right therapy. Dedicated walking can reveal the soul of the countryside and the heartbeat of a city—wandermelon’s own Eric Hiss has penned City Walks Los Angeles: 50 Adventures on Foot, a wonderful way to discover and experience the history and culture of the City of Angels.
More good news for those with the walking bug: The Wayfarers offers over 85 walking holidays in 14 different countries for small groups with myriad themes. Literary types might gravitate to their newest offering, Jane Austen Country, a six-day walk exploring the village lanes and footpaths of the Hampshire countryside and the author’s favorite haunts, including Steventon, Chawton and Oakley Hall, many of which appear in Austen’s poignant work. (June, July, August 2010; $3595 per person) Foodies will savor the Tuscany Gardens & Gourmet trip that takes a select few through the gardens, villas, farmlands, vineyards and woodlands of the area with gourmet tastings and a cooking lesson along the way. (May and October; $3895 per person) Adventurers should head to the 49th state for an in- depth nine-day journey through the wilderness of Alaska in the Kenai Fjords National Park during the summer months when the days are long and the climate temperate. (June & August; $4,395 per person) And finally, ancient history and Greek mythology fans may want to ped their way through Athens & the Peloponnese for an enlightening odyssey through the unspoiled peninsula and mythical city. (June & September; $4,495 per person).
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