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What Where to Go and What to Do in May

As the last month of spring unfolds in the northern hemisphere, daylight continues to extend, offering more opportunities for outdoor pursuits. With t... Read more
What Where to Go and What to Do in May

As the last month of spring unfolds in the northern hemisphere, daylight continues to extend, offering more opportunities for outdoor pursuits. With temperatures still pleasantly cool, it's an ideal time for walking or cycling adventures. May provides a window to explore destinations before the summer crowds descend, and in certain parts of Asia, it marks the beginning of the month before the onset of the monsoon season.

Meanwhile, in the southern hemisphere, winter is gradually approaching. As the season changes, crowds are starting to disperse, creating a more serene atmosphere in countries in Southern Africa, Australasia and parts of South America. The milder weather during this time invites outdoor enthusiasts to engage in activities amid diverse landscapes. Simultaneously, in some parts of the northern hemisphere, May showcases vibrant and colourful foliage, adding a touch of visual splendour to the seasonal transition. In Southern Africa, the autumn season is characterised by milder temperatures and clear skies, making it a favourable time for safaris and outdoor adventures. 

Road Cycle Tour of Toubkal

In May, Morocco emerges as the ideal destination for a road cycling adventure, benefiting from consistently pleasant weather conditions. Cycling across the Tizi n'Tichka pass (2260m) to reach the desert outpost of Zagora,  this classic cycling holiday follows generally good tarmac roads. The return journey follows an alternative, thrilling, and less-travelled route over the Tizi n'Test pass (2092m). he adventure promises a diverse array of Moroccan encounters – from the vibrant street life and Berber performances in Marrakech's Djema el-Fna square to the delectable flavours of local cuisine. As we pedal southward through the Jebel Sahro region towards the Sahara's edge, participants will be treated to spectacular vistas of the rugged peaks of the Atlas range and the breathtaking landscapes of kasbahs and palm-filled valleys in Ounila and Draa. Cycling around North Africa's highest peak, Mount Toubkal (4167m), this journey involves exhilarating days of ascent and descent on winding mountain roads. The experience is a captivating and rewarding long-distance cycling holiday, and involves some superb days of climbing and descending on sinuous mountain roads.



Ionian Explorers, a Corfu Family Adventure

Corfu, the largest and lushest of the Ionian Islands in Greece, stands as the westernmost gem in this island chain. Despite being a renowned European tourist hotspot, drawing in throngs of holidaymakers each year, there exists a hidden world beyond the pristine beaches and all-inclusive resorts that adorn the coastline. Throughout our excursion, we will traverse through time, immersing ourselves in the ancient Greek myths and legends that have shaped these islands for thousands of years. The strategically significant island, nestled between Greece, Italy, and Albania, has witnessed various occupations, a narrative that adds depth to our exploration. Amidst these historical revelations, we will find ample moments to bask in the beauty of the coastal beaches, dipping into the cool turquoise waters during our ventures. Over the course of the week, we'll tread along stunning coastal paths, meander through shaded woods, and stroll along pebbly beaches, punctuating our journey with invigorating swims in crystal-clear waters. In Corfu town, unleash the curiosity of the kids, letting them lead the way on a discovery trail. The itinerary includes exploring the dunes of Issos, encounters with the avian wonders of Korission Lagoon, and expert-guided rock climbing on limestone cliffs. From the charming streets of Corfu town to the alluring beaches and historical sites, May sets the stage for a serene and enjoyable experience, without the summer crowds

Japan: Nakasendo Trail and Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage

May in Japan is marked by the transition from cherry blossoms to lush greenery, offering a serene backdrop for an adventure walking holiday. From Tokyo's futuristic allure to Kyoto's traditional charm, the month combines pleasant weather with vibrant landscapes, making it an ideal time to experience the country's rich heritage and natural beauty. Embark on a journey through Japan's rich history and culture with our exploration of the Nakasendo Trail and Kumano Kodo pilgrimage. Tracing the footsteps of the Age of the Samurai, stroll through picturesque sections of the Nakasendo, immersing ourselves in the charm of 'post towns' like Tsumago and Magome, frozen in the Edo Period's architectural glory. The Kumano Kodo pilgrimage spans three days, guiding us through the sacred mountains where Shinto gods reside in thundering waterfalls. Our challenging trek between grand shrines unveils ancient forests, providing soul-enriching views of mountains and oceans. Indulge in the warmth of Japanese hospitality as we rest in traditional ryokan and minshuku accommodations, experiencing futon beds, traditional multi-course meals, and rejuvenating thermal hot springs.



Walking Slovenia's Lakes and Mountains

Slovenia in May offers a delightful blend of blooming landscapes and mild temperatures, making it an ideal time to explore its diverse natural beauty. Embark on a walking holiday in Slovenia, surrounded by stunning peaks and lakes. Traverse trails in Triglav National Park, exploring waterfalls and charming villages. Slovenia, dubbed "Europe in Miniature," boasts flower meadows, hamlets, castles, and green pastures. Lake Bled, nestled in the Julian Alps, is your base for hiking in the Karavanke Mountains, visiting hidden waterfalls, and exploring Pokljuka's high plateau. Ascend by cable car to a traditional alpine hut overlooking Bohinj's glacier lake. Experience the Valley of the Seven Lakes and the unchanged way of life in flower-strewn meadows. This adventure also offers a glimpse of Ljubljana, Slovenia's capital, with its cafes, meandering river, and stunning architecture. This condensed itinerary promises a harmonious blend of natural wonders and cultural exploration in Slovenia's diverse landscapes. 

Costa Rica Pura Vida Cycling

Embark on a captivating two-week cycling adventure through Costa Rica's diverse landscapes, encompassing cloud and mountain rainforests. Nestled between Nicaragua and Panama, with both Caribbean and Pacific coastlines, Costa Rica beckons cyclists to explore its natural paradise. From the bustling capital, San Jose, the journey unfolds, leading to the majestic Poas Volcano, the wildlife-rich Rio San Carlos, and the enchanting La Fortuna, nestled beside Lake Arenal and Volcan Arenal. Along the way, cyclists traverse the province of Guanacaste, cycle along Playa Avellana's beach, and explore the scenic Nicoya Peninsula, with opportunities for beachside relaxation and turtle watching. The biodiversity of Costa Rica, from dense rainforests to pristine beaches, is a magical backdrop for this adventure, offering mornings filled with jungle bird cries and evenings of culinary delights in cosy lodges. Immerse yourself in the laid-back 'Pura Vida' lifestyle as you connect with the welcoming Ticos and experience the richness of Costa Rica's natural wonders. In May, Costa Rica experiences the transition from the dry season to the beginning of the rainy season, offering lush green landscapes and vibrant flora. This is an ideal time to explore the country's diverse ecosystems, from rainforests to beaches, as nature comes to life with the onset of the rainy season.



Tanzania’s Serengeti and Classic Wildlife Safari

From the expansive grasslands of the Serengeti, where witnessing giraffes gracefully moving on the horizon is just the beginning, to the spectacle of lions climbing Umbrella Thorn trees in Manyara, each moment is a superlative experience. Embark on a classic safari through the iconic Ngorongoro Crater, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and continue to the short grass plains of Serengeti National Park, a stage for the magnificent wildebeest migration. Concluding with a final game drive in Tarangire National Park, this adventure unfolds in brilliant tented camps and African lodges, ensuring every safari, whether your first or fifth, is always different and consistently incredible. May in Tanzania unveils a unique blend of post-rain freshness and flourishing greenery, making it an excellent time for safari enthusiasts. The landscapes are teeming with life as animals graze amid lush surroundings, creating a captivating and vibrant experience for those exploring this East African gem.



Balkan Trilogy Road Cycle Tour

Nestled along the Adriatic Sea, the Balkan countries of Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Montenegro set the stage for a captivating week of road cycling. Beginning and concluding in the picturesque Dubrovnik, our journey explores charming coastal villages, vineyards, and ascends into the Dinaric Alps' limestone massif. This tour offers a unique blend of Mediterranean allure and historical richness as we traverse between these adjoining countries, experiencing diverse landscapes and the beauty of the Dalmatian Coast on the sun-kissed Peljesac Peninsula and the enchanting Island of Korcula. With convenient access to Dubrovnik, well-appointed hotels, logistical support, and six varied days of cycling, this promises to be an exciting European holiday for road cycling enthusiasts. In May, the Balkans come alive with vibrant colours as spring blankets the region, offering ideal weather for a cycling holiday. From the lush landscapes of Croatia to the historical richness of Bosnia-Herzegovina and the coastal allure of Montenegro, May provides a perfect window to experience the diverse beauty of the Balkans.

Mera Peak

Standing tall at 6476 metres, Mera Peak ranks among Nepal's highest trekking peaks, providing a summit panorama that includes Kangchenjunga, Makalu, Lhotse, Everest, and Cho Oyu. This ultimate Himalayan trekking and climbing adventure commences with a thrilling flight to Phaplu in the Solu Khumbu, leading through terraced farmland and forests of Nepal's 'Middle Hills,' where Sherpa villages dot the landscape.Trekking across two 3000-metre passes, we enter the remote Hinku Valley and ascend to the upper reaches, establishing a basecamp at Khare with acclimatisation and skills training. Though physically demanding due to altitude, Mera Peak's climb involves non-technical snow slopes, rarely exceeding 30 degrees, guided by a local IFMGA qualified guide and a team of high-altitude Sherpas. With stunning views of Everest and Kangchenjunga at sunrise, the trek involves stays in tea-houses during the ascent and nights in tents above Khare, supported by a dedicated camp crew. The descent follows a different route, crossing the Zatwra La pass (4600m) before reaching Lukla's airstrip for a flight back to Kathmandu. Mera Peak beckons fit and enthusiastic hillwalkers seeking a genuine Himalayan climbing expedition. In May, Mera Peak has optimal weather conditions for a trekking holiday, with clear skies and mild temperatures. 

Reunion Island Paradise

Embark on a wild and tropical trekking adventure holiday amidst the mountainous landscapes of Reunion Island, a French overseas department located 800 kilometres east of Madagascar. With its dramatic volcanic terrain rising over 3000 metres and three captivating eroded cirques – Salazie, Mafate, and Cilaos – Reunion Island offers an unexpected walking destination blending African and French cultures. Traverse lush forests, farmlands, and high passes, exploring friendly villages amid luxuriant vegetation, exotic bird species, towering waterfalls, and rejuvenating hot springs. Conclude the trek with a sunrise ascent to Piton des Neiges (3070m) and a glimpse of the active volcano, Piton de la Fournaise (2632m), followed by a well-deserved day of relaxation at the coastal resort of St Gilles. In May, Reunion Island experiences mild temperatures and lush greenery, providing an ideal climate for outdoor exploration. The island's captivating landscapes, from volcanic peaks to verdant cirques, make it a perfect destination for trekking and adventure enthusiasts during this time.



Svalbard Hike and Sail

Embark on a journey aboard the Rembrandt van Rijn, a magnificent 3-mast schooner accommodating a maximum of 33 passengers. Our sailing expedition takes us through the remote fjords, formidable peaks, and secluded settlements of the Svalbard archipelago. Each day we disembark on a variety of walking and snowshoeing adventures, providing an authentic encounter with the Arctic wilderness and showcasing the breathtaking views of this unparalleled landscape. Immerse yourself in the pristine beauty of this remote region, a rare freshness and allure seldom found elsewhere. The awe-inspiring expanse of this tremendous land unfolds as we explore new locations each evening under sail. Keep a keen eye out for wildlife encounters, including walrus, seals, arctic foxes, and a diverse array of birdlife, not to mention the majestic polar bear—an undeniable highlight. Witnessing these incredible creatures in their natural habitat is a true honour. With both short and long walk options available each day, this polar cruise offers a distinctive holiday experience tailored for the more adventurous explorer. Join us on the Rembrandt van Rijn for an expedition that combines the thrill of sailing with the wonders of the Arctic wilderness. In May, Svalbard experiences the transition from winter to spring, with longer daylight hours and the landscape emerging from its snowy blanket. This period offers a unique opportunity to witness the awakening Arctic flora and fauna, as well as the mesmerising play of light across the pristine wilderness of Svalbard.

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Traversing the Inca Trail and reaching the Sun Gate above the 15th Century Machu Picchu is a standout experience in any journey through Peru. Our 8-day walking adventure begins with essential acclimatisation in Cusco and the Sacred Valley, steeped in both Inca and Spanish colonial history. Joined by fellow explorers from around the globe, we traverse the Inca Trail, an ancient path leading from the Urubamba River to the summit of Warmiwanusca Pass (4200m) and down to the iconic Sun Gate at Machu Picchu. Covering approximately 10 kilometres daily over four days, this fully supported trek unveils breathtaking views of the Cordillera Vilcabamba peaks. The expedition concludes with a guided tour of Machu Picchu, delving into the city's Incan history, followed by a classic train journey back to Cusco. With two weekly departures, we offer flexibility to match your schedule, but securing your permit promptly is essential. In May, trekking the Inca Trail offers a unique experience with milder weather, blooming flora, and fewer crowds, enhancing the journey to the historic Sun Gate and Machu Picchu. The trail in May showcases the ancient marvels against a backdrop of vibrant landscapes, creating a captivating and less crowded adventure through the heart of the Andes.



South Korea by Bicycle

Embark on a delightful cycling expedition through South Korea, where ancient traditions harmonise with modern marvels. Known as the 'Land of the Morning Calm,' South Korea reveals misty mountains, tranquil rivers, and a rich cultural heritage juxtaposed with the vibrant energy of its bustling cities and technological advancements. This thoughtfully crafted tour offers a glimpse into authentic South Korea, featuring leisurely rides along world-class cycling paths, exploring historic landmarks in Seoul, and discovering the charm of lesser-visited cities. From fertile farmlands to the UNESCO-listed Hahoe Folk Village, this journey promises a fusion of old-world allure and contemporary dynamism, accompanied by diverse and delicious Korean cuisine. In May, South Korea experiences mild temperatures and blooming landscapes, making it an ideal time to explore the country's diverse attractions. From the vibrant cherry blossoms in Seoul to the pleasant, perfect cycling weather, May offers a delightful window to experience South Korea's natural beauty and cultural richness.


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