THE BEST TOURS TO BOOK
FOR ACTIVITY HOLIDAYS 2017
If scenic hiking trails, scuba diving excursions and food sampling city tours sounds exciting to you, then our list of activity holidays is sure to tick all of your boxes. We've discovered some of the best tours fit for on-the-go holidays in 2017, whether your favourite pastime is walking or wandering the shops!
WALK THE CAMINO DE RONDA PATH, COSTA BRAVA
Slip on your walking shoes and head down the coastal path of Camino Ronda, used by smugglers in the old days. You don’t have to walk the entire 220km that stretches to the French border, but the scenic route does take you past pretty pine trees, secluded beaches and stunning coves as you walk across fishing villages like Begur and seaside towns such as Palamos. Plus, you can take a dip in the Mediterranean waters anytime you like! You can take a day’s hike mid-trail, along the slightly challenging Lloret de Mar to Tossa de Mar route, or opt for a longer tour. Creative Catalonia offers self-guided and private tours that vary from three days to week-long excursions, where you get a “rest day” to explore the idyllic bays of Calella de Palafrugell (be sure to pack your purse though as prices start from at €500pp).
FOOD TOUR IN PARIS
France is known for its delectable cuisine, and once you experience the capital's world-class restaurants, spectacular street food and fabulous food tours - you'll see why. Think candy-coloured macarons, delicious aged cheeses and fine wines as you discover the historic district of Montmarte, where Secret Food Tours takes you to some of the best boulangeries and chocolate shops in the city, for €89. Or if you want to take your sweet tooth one step further, join chocolate expert Chloe Doutre-Roussel for a half-day guided walking tour of Paris’ finest chocolate shops - you'll get a tasting session thrown in too for €100.
BUDAPEST BEER TOUR
Budapest is a city best known for its unique bars and breweries, whether you're heading for popular hangouts in the city centre or local gems hidden in authentic neighbourhoods. Sample the finest Hungarian craft beer as you look out at stunning views of the Danube or enjoy a fun-filled night out with a group at a pub. Urban Adventures offers beer tours around Budapest for around $73, so be sure to add this to your list once you've completed our guide on the top things to do in Budapest, of course.
HORSE-RIDING IN SARDINIA
The island of Sardinia, sitting pretty to the west of Italy, has a long horse-riding tradition with horses that roam in the wild even today in the Gennargentu mountain range. The miniature horses of Sa Giara Manna are well-known too. You can also see examples of equestrian sport during festivals, such as bareback racing in Sedilo. Spend a fun day out with the family on horseback rides along the coast, pausing for a swim in the warm waters and soaking up the beautiful landscape. Sunny Sardinia is also known for its extended summers with warm waters that are perfect for a swim from May till October. Choose from one of the fantastic stables in the area, such as Maneggio Sulcis in Sulcis, and explore the island on horseback.
SCUBA DIVING IN THE ALGARVE
The Algarve’s coastline is undoubtedly famous for its golden swathes of sand and rugged orange cliffs, but it's also a big hit for scuba diving. Always wanted to discover the deep blue? Dive into the sea in search of shipwrecks, discover the fascinating maine life and capture the moment with underwater photographs. The sunny, seaside town of Albufeira is crowned as the best beach resort in southern Portugal, where you can check out Portugal Sport And Adventure in the Albufeira marina and uncover over 20 dive sites nestled with natural caves and artificial reefs. A PADI-certified course as a beginner or expert starts at around €100, or settle for snorkelling and other dives for €30 - €40.
DESERT SAFARI IN DUBAI
A desert safari in Dubai is an experience to remember, whether it’s enjoying a romantic dinner under the stars with your partner, going dune-bashing on a 4x4 wheel drive with friends or taking camel rides and sand-skiing with family. Depending on how much time you can spare, you can pack in the activities in a morning safari or camp overnight in the desert. Check out Desert Safari Dubai, which offers a combination of rides and exciting excursions. If you want to see more of Dubai and just have a couple of days to spare, we tell you how to pack in the top sights in 48 hours!
NEW YORK SHOPPING TOUR
New York is a shopping haven, but it can be confusing to know which shopping district, designer studio or boutique to hit first. Book a shopping tour and get access to behind-the-scenes deals, meet designers and enjoy a curated slice of New York, whether it’s snapping up bargains in SoHo, taking on the Manhattan challenge or just living the good life with a personal stylist for company. Check out walking tours of Nolita and SoHo with Shop Gotham, where tours cost between $38 to $58. You could also browse fantastic vintage markets and independent boutiques with Free Tours By Foot, where you decide what to pay once you’re done! That's if you get time of course, as you'll be pretty busy cramming in the hot spots with our guide to the top things to do in New York...
PRAGUE’S CHRISTMAS MARKETS TOUR
There's no better way to celebrate the festive season than to wander a beautifully decorated Christmas market, and Prague is prized with one of the finest in Europe! Dig into delicious homemade treats including gingerbread, indulge in a hot mug of mulled wine and watch the old town Square buzz with livel, sweet-smelling stalls. You can bag a guided tour of the market for $45, which takes you through the key areas of Wenceslas Square and Havel’s Market. There's plenty more to see and do in Prague once you've browsed the stalls too, so you're sure to make the most of this spectacular city break.