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Tabiano-castle-piedmont-bike-tour-accommodation-768x512Ride & Seek Announces “Hannibal Expedition” from Barcelona to Rome

(Sydney, Australia) — Ride & Seek is excited to offer intrepid travelers a chance to follow in the footsteps of the Carthaginian general, Hannibal Barca, on a 1,787-mile cycling tour through Spain, France, and Italy. The journey takes riders over the Pyrenees, Alps and Apennines on roads featured regularly in the Vuelta a España, Tour de France and Giro d’Italia bike races. Guests will embrace cultural and historical elements of Catalonia, Languedoc, Provence, Piedmont, Tuscany, and Umbria, including culinary delights, as they meander down roads less traveled. The “Hannibal Expedition” is divided into two distinct stages, and guests can choose to participate one or both of them.  The tour is slated for September 2-30, 2018 and starts at $6,540.  Hi-res photos can be downloaded here. For more information, visit http://www.rideandseek.com/epic/hannibal.

“The Hannibal ride was the greatest thing I’ve done in my life…impeccably, energetically and passionately organized,” said cycling journalist and author Felix Lowe. “I cannot think of a better way to spend a month – I just wish I could do it all over again.”

Stage 1 – Barcelona to Alba (968 miles, 16 days)
Starting in Barcelona guests will cycle up through Cataluña and over the Pyrenees mountain range. The crossing of the Pyrenees is obviously a tough undertaking but the route doesn’t tackle the highest peaks, which makes this stage a relatively relaxed introduction to what’s ahead. Guests enter France through the lovely town of Ceret, which was once home to Picasso, before continuing through the beautiful French countryside of the Languedoc-Roussillon.  The second part of stage 1 provides an opportunity to take on a number of iconic climbs – Ventoux, Galibier, Alpe d’Huez, Agnel and Izoard among others.

Stage 2 – Alba to Rome (818 miles, 14 days)
Stage 2 takes riders across the spine of Italy – the Apennines – and through a landscape of vines, castles, agriculture, and beautiful hill towns. Starting in Piedmont, riders will traverse the spectacular Oltrepo Pavese and head into Emilia Romagna. From Pisa, guests venture farther into Tuscany through what can only be described as picture postcard scenes en route to Rome.

“This tour offers total immersion into the landscape, history, and culture as we ride an inspirational trail on the roads less traveled,” said Ride & Seek President Dylan Reynolds. “Our guests will indulge the culinary delights and fine wines of each region while embracing the abundant cultural and historical elements as we cycle our way across Europe.”

About Ride & Seek: We are a worldwide adventure cycling company offering unique historical itineraries with quality lodging, fine gastronomy, and cultural immersion. On our tours, cyclists can not only see and ride some of the greatest roads in Europe but also visit some of the most spectacular sites as well. Providing a cultural insight into the areas we visit both historically and gastronomically is central to what we do. Historical journeys and cultural adventures are our specialties. www.rideandseek.com.

 

 

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‘Coolest Place on Earth’

The adventures feature treks along the Dingle Way, Ireland’s most scenic long distance hiking trail, and bike rides through rugged and remote Donegal.

Sligo, Ireland. October 5, 2017: The Emerald Isle’s crashing coastline, sky-piercing mountains, glacial lakes, sleepy surf towns and characterful castles set the stage for adventure travel company Wilderness Ireland’s new collection of active trips. Designed by locals and delivered by local legends, the trips bring travelers to destinations recognized now more than ever. Visit Donegal, National Geographic Traveller’s #1 destination on The Cool List, along with the Dingle Peninsula, a corner of the country once called ‘the most beautiful place on earth.’ With a favorable exchange rate, countless flight options and a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee, it has never been a better time to experience Ireland’s wild landscapes, enchanting culture and fascinating history.

Wilderness Ireland’s two NEW small-group tours debut in Spring 2018.

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VISITWILTSHIRE LAUNCHES THREE NEW AERIAL FILMS OF WILTSHIRE:

The first of three stunning new short aerial films capturing the beautiful county of Wiltshire has just been launched on www.visitwiltshire.co.uk/videos

Visitors to Wiltshire are now able to view a snapshot of the breathtaking countryside from a bird’s eye view, making you feel as if you are flying above the county.

The three Wiltshire films, taken using a drone, illustrate Wiltshire’s timeless brand positioning, focusing on the county’s Timeless Wonders, Timeless Pleasures, Timeless Nature and Timeless Places. They also align with VisitBritain’s Countryside is GREAT campaign. The films are themed and titled as follows:

  • Exploring Wiltshire’s Kennet & Avon Canal from the air
  • Wiltshire’s White Horses – iconic views of the landscape
  • Wiltshire’s ancient hill forts – an aerial perspective.

Fiona Errington, VisitWiltshire’s Marketing Manager says, “Visitors like to see different iconic Wiltshire landmarks on film that they can picture themselves experiencing. These aerial films give a very unique perspective of our vast rural landscape which will encourage visitors to explore and enjoy our beautiful countryside.”

Wiltshire’s famous landmarks including Battlesbury Camp, Old Sarum, Barbury Castle, Oldbury Castle, Bratton Camp and the Kennet & Avon Canal are featured. The Wiltshire White Horses include Westbury, Devizes, Hackpen and Cherhill.

VisitWiltshire’s first of three films – ‘Exploring the Kennet & Avon Canal’ – is now available to view with the other films being released later this summer.

This year, take time to discover more Timeless Wonders and write your chapter in Wiltshire’s never ending story.

For further information or to arrange a press visit please contact Florence Wallace, Travel Trade & PR Manager, flowallace@visitwiltshire.co.uk Tel: 01722 341309 or 07436 588860

 

 

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