Tag Archives: adventure

2018 Travel Trends: Walking Tours in and out of Town

walking tours

We know that many of our clients are revving up and ready to hit the road this year. Stay active and keep on adventurin’, that’s what we always say.

One of the coolest experiences you can have on a trip is a walking tour – it’s simple, doesn’t take too much time and effort, keeps your blood pumping, makes you feel energetic, and is a fantastic way to tour the city or countryside the way the locals do every day. Plus, you often get to see a side of the destination that many tourists don’t.

Here are some of our favorite walking tour companies – call Willamette Intl Travel to book yours today. 503-224-0180 or email inquiry@wittravel.com.

poster-1568247_640

Walking in Venice: luxury tours focusing on history, art and photography with art aficionados to the Accademia, or the Ca’Rezzonico, or the Ca’Pesaro and Fortuny Museum. Discover Renaissance Venice at the height of its power.

Spanish Trails: our in-country supplier for tours of Barcelona, Madrid and the Catalonian Coast. They offer small group walking tours in the city, wine tours in La Rioja region, or succulent food-tasting tours.

 

context stockholm-01

Photo from Context Travel

 

Context Travel: Small group tours and private tours in many cities around the world, from Edinburgh, Budapest and Istanbul to Philadelphia, Shanghai and Rio de Janeiro. Spend the day with a local historian or scholar who will enchant you with their in-depth knowledge.

Chocolatine: How can we forget lovely France. Chocolatine provides a wealth of fun private walking tours (including those hard-to-find tickets to exclusive Parisian events!) all around Paris, Provence, Normandy and throughout.

aec-1822452_640

Adrienne & Renato: Adrienne & Renato are a husband-wife team, she from Portland and he from Naples. With their team of local guides they can arrange everything from private Pompeii tours to dinners in the Tuscan countryside. Their services include close, personal attention illuminated by a background in art history and mythology.

Art Tours by Amy / Mountain Hiking Holidays: It seems every time we check in with these folks, Amy and John Osaki have something new and exciting up their sleeves. Amy organizes the art tours in Europe and Asia, and John heads the mountain hiking trips all across the globe. Look for the next trip to explore the heritage of Japan, November 2018.

Marissa: Marissa is a one-of-a-kind one-woman operation in Buenos Aires. She’s organized tailor-made tours in and around the city for more than a decade — we highly recommend her if you’re in town!

“When you spend a day with Marisa in the fabulous city of Buenos Aires, you become Argentinian!!” ~~ John @ Wittravel

Sherpa Expeditions: Looking for a multiday challenge? these folks curated self-guided walking and cycling trips throughout the United Kingdom and Europe. They supply you with the itineraries, some of the gear, and hand-picked B&Bs and inns to give you that small-town feel!

edinburgh-1541106_640

Leave a comment

Filed under Asia, Europe, Travel by Backpack

3 Adventure Travel Companies that’ll knock your socks off

Copy of travel news (2).png

Adventure Travel seems to be the big keyword this year, and we couldn’t be happier. Willamette Intl Travel works with some amazing and reputable adventure travel companies, designed to keep your curiosity alive!

Origins Safaris

Nothing says “adventure” quite like Africa, home of uncharted plains and diverse wildlife. We’ve praised Origins Safaris on our blog before, and with good reason. OS offers incredible safaris in Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Chad, and more. They pair guests up with certified guides and drivers, who have grown up in the region, and take you on a once-in-a-lifetime journey to come face to face with gorillas, migration herds, and local tribes.  Many of the trips that WIT Founders Christina and John escort on their annual African trip are courtesy of Origins. You can always count on a life-changing trip with Origins.

Read more on our previous post in our “Conscientious Traveler” series

Origins Safaris films “Monkeys with Altitude”!

Macs Adventure

Looking to be the leader or your own expedition? Macs Adventure curates self-guided walking and cycling holidays in Europe and Asia. We’ve used these folks in Portugal and Ireland—and recently they’ve released a few new incredible destinations like Shikoku, southwest Madeira, the Loire Valley, Meteora and the Pindos, and Swiss alpine valleys. The collection of their latest includes a spiritual journey on foot, luxury cycling and more. If that can’t get your wanderlust going, we don’t know what can!

Join cycling tour development specialist Jo Payne on her research trip for cycling in Provence: 

Mountain Hiking Holidays

Our good friends at Mountain Hiking Holidays always has some interesting itinerary to share with you—whether it’s hiking the Dolomites, obscure mountains of Bulgaria, trekking through the temple route on Shikoku, or conquering Patagonia. MHH specializes in guided, small-group hiking trips amid mountain ridges, where you can breathe fresh alpine air and fall under the spell of magical mountains. Enjoy comfortable stays in hotels and inns, excellent gourmet meals, and hiking options that range from moderate to challenging.

Their international team of certified guides and licensed mountaineers have taken rigorous training in order to cultivate the perfect mountain holiday for you!

Read more about Mountain Hiking Holidays on our previous post here

Check out MHH in the Azores:

Have your curiosity piqued? Call Willamette Intl Travel to talk more about these incredible adventure opportunities. Unleash your inner explorer out into the world!

Call us at 503-224-0180 or email info@wittravel.com.

Leave a comment

Filed under Europe

Safari in Namibia: Feedback from Our Clients

Namibia Adventure.png

PLUS Photos from WIT Owner Christina

In August and September, WIT Owners Christina and John escorted a group through the Namibian Desert, with the assistance of Ultimate Safaris. 

Our Clients, Jacques & Evelyne V., wrote a great letter about their adventure with them. We are proud to feature their feedback from the trip here. Read on for the enlightening details: 

“My wife Evelyne and I, Jacques, were on a safari from 27 August to 7 September with Michael and Usko as our drivers, guides and live encyclopedias with the Christina and John Cooper group from Willamette Intl Travel. We are back home in Paris, France now so we would like to take some time to say how much we enjoyed the whole trip.

First of all, we wish to thank Michael and Usko (our drivers and guides) for being such fantastic, wonderful persons. They are both the best drivers we have ever encountered on trips: very safe drivers, courteous, polite, efficient, discrete, always well dressed and made us feel like they were family or old friends which in a way they were for the time we spent with them, nearly twenty hours a day. 

They have eyes like hawks and saw way before any of us what and where to look for wild animals, birds or plants. They always knew where they were going, never got lost and kept their vehicles in tip-top shape and always nice and clean inside and out. We always had cool water to drink from the refrigerators in the cars and if any of us wanted to stop for any reason, all we had to say was ‘stop’ and they did. Sundowners were special moments that we appreciated very much. The lodges, tented camps and hotels were marvelous and so was the quality and presentation of the food served at meal times.

We can only hope for Ultimate Safaris that you will be able to hold on to Michael and Usko so that they will not go to work for another company but could there be such competition to attract these two extraordinary men? We don’t imagine another company in Namibia to be better then Ultimate Safaris. We were extremely impressed from the first to the last days with Christina and John, the staff of Ultimate Safaris, and your wonderful country of Namibia.

Thank you very much, Michael, Usko, and the Ultimate Safaris staff for being such great hosts, you have done a fabulous job to make our trip memorable.

All the best from Evelyne and Jacques.”

Below are a few photos taken by Christina on her iphone — along with her comments — rare glimpses into the deserts of Namibia. 

namibia-wittravel-2

Ghostly elephant in Etosha National Park. As you can see, it’s very dry – they’re desperate for a good rainfall, which has not happened for a few years. The elephants rolling in the “white dust” appear ghostly.

namibia-wittravel-1

The shrub shows how dry Etosha National Park, and indeed Namibia, is

namibia-wittravel-3

This is the type of countryside around Sorris Sorris Lodge, Darmanland, quite amazing rock outcrops

namibia-wittravel-4

This is a room at our Sorris Sorris Lodge in Darmanland. Truly amazing architecture and surroundings, amazing accommodation and food. Each course of dinner was served on differently designed china from Portugal.

namibia-wittravel-5

We did the balloon ride over the Namib Desert–a gorgeous sight!

namibia-wittravel-6

This is in the Namib Desert – golden sand – our guides found the small spider which buries deep into the sand — but I enjoyed the shadows!

namibia-wittravel-7

There are the very rare desert elephants in Darmaland — they have adjusted to living with very little water and go deep into the dry river bed. We were very lucky (or perhaps because we had such great guides!) to find them — we were actually surrounded by a herd of about 30.

Read More of Our Posts on Namibia:

Considering a Unique Adventure in Africa? Call us up or schedule an appointment at our office. We have been sending clients to Africa (and guiding them) for years, and would love to share with you all we know about this amazing continent. Let us book the perfect African safari for you! Call us at 503-224-0180 or email info@wittravel.com. 

3 Comments

Filed under Africa, Europe, Namibia

Wales: Year of Adventure

landscape-1570417_1920

Many are lauding Wales as a top destination this year and it’s no wonder: the country is celebrating its “Year of Adventure” in 2016! This small state is often overshadowed by its louder neighbors, but with no good reason! Whether you’re into cultural or action escapades, Wales has it all and more for the traveler among us.

Wales is a playground for adventure travelers, with a wealth of fun and adrenaline-packed activities like surfing, rafting, biking, hiking, and zip-lining. The country is proud to feature two prominent adventurers, Bear Grylls and Richard Parks, who are official Adventure Ambassadors for Wales in 2016.

llangollen-844748_1920

Llangollen

Or for the more peacefully inclined, why not stop by at one of Wales’ Michelin restaurants for some award-winning lobster? Two thousand and sixteen is also a year of food and drink festivals from Cowbridge to Pembrokeshire.

Step into Dylan Thomas’ boathouse or follow the footsteps of King Arthur–his spirit is still alive and well on these moors. You’ll definitely want to be in Cardiff town the weekend of September 17-18, soon after Dahl’s centennial birthday, when the city will erupt in a gigantic celebration of his life and work, with displays, characters, singers, and dancers.

waterfall-1562405_1920

Our Agents at Willamette Intl Travel are intimately familiar with Wales and can arrange an idyllic vacation for you and yours. Whether you’re a couple or a family, you can count on us! Call us at 503-224-0180 or email info@wittravel.com for more information.

Reading List for Travelers bound to Wales: Pick up a Book before you Go!

51KslpCjAsL._AC_UL320_SR202,320_


Jan Morris, The Matter of Wales. Half-Welsh travel writer Morris immerses herself in a fiercely nationalistic portrait.

P.H. Jeffery, Ghost, Legends and Lore of Wales. Excellent introduction to Welsh myths.

Wynford Vaughan-Thomas, Wales – A History. A spirited history of Wales from one of the land’s most beloved writers.

Bruce Chatwin, On the Black Hill. An entertaining novel of twins on a farm.

John Davies, The Green Bridge. A collection of 25 short stories that give you a broad spectrum of Welsh authors in the 20th century.

Leave a comment

Filed under England, Europe