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February, 2013
A Better Way to See the World
Adventures Near the Sea
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Dear Traveler,

There's nothing more rejuvenating than spending time near the ocean. The scent of salty sea air. The crash of waves on sandy shores. The silence of dense coastal forests and the flavors of the day's fresh catch...It's habit-forming!

From Mediterranean coves to the rocky shores of Maine, we've uncovered the best coastal locales to enjoy awe-inspiring vistas, soak up local culture and even spend a relaxing afternoon at the beach. So if you can already feel the ocean breeze and hear the cry of the gulls, I invite you to dive into one of our incredible seaside escapes this summer.

Give us a call at 800-462-2848. Our Trip Consultants are here 7 days a week from 7 am to 5 pm, Pacific time.

We hope to see you on the road or trail soon!
Tom Hale
Tom Hale
Founder and President

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Amalfi Coast Walking & Hiking: From the Sorrentine Peninsula to the Isle of Capri

Hike or ride the chairlift to the summit of Monte Solaro, the loftiest point on captivating Capri. Winding through a pine forest, the path offers sublime views of the sea and the legendary rock formations considered symbols of this rugged island. Later, savor an exquisite dinner overlooking the Bay of Naples.

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Cinque Terre & Tuscany Walking & Hiking: From the Ligurian Coast to Timeless Tuscany

Step into Picasso's Mediterranean Landscape as you hike between the pastel villages of the Cinque Terre. After a scenic boat ride along the coast (a World Heritage site), stride past vineyards and ancient olive groves, over dirt paths and stone steps, finishing in Monterosso al Mare. Here the Enoteca da Eliseo welcomes us for a tasting of Ligurian wines.

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Brittany & Normandy Biking: From D-Day Landmarks to the Emerald Coast

It's only natural to be moved by the memories of historic events that occurred along today's route, but you might be surprised by the striking and calming landscape. Rugged cliffs, rambling beaches and quiet farm villages provide a beautiful backdrop for our ride down this stretch of the coast. After lunch we visit the war-torn bunkers of Pointe du Hoc, situated atop the cliffs.

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California Coastal Range Walking & Hiking: From Point Reyes & Marin County to San Francisco

Spend the day hiking in the spectacular Marin Headlands, crowning glory of the Golden Gate National Parks and known for its sheer natural beauty. The views you have of San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge and the Pacific Ocean are breathtaking—it's hard to believe such a landscape exists just a few minutes outside one of the world's greatest cities!

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Dalmatian Coast Biking: From Split to Dubrovnik via Croatia's Island Paradise

Sail to Hvar Island—the region's chicest destination—for a stunning ride past stone terraces topped by tiny plots of lavender, veggies, grape vines, fig trees and olive groves. Ragged inlets lapped by translucent waters and a steep limestone ridge add to the landscape's beauty. Ready to cool off? Take the plunge at a nearby beach.

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Mallorca Biking: Spain's Idyllic Mediterranean Island

Two-wheel it along the coast to the exclusive bohemian hamlet of Deiá, a Mediterranean jewel, where the aroma of wild lavender and citrus groves fills the air. Jump back in the saddle and wind along the rocky northern coast with the towering Serra de Tramuntana mountains as your backdrop. Cycling paradise found!

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Maine Biking: In Acadia National Park and Along Penobscot Bay

Pedal past idyllic seafront communities before lunch at a 200-year-old farm property featuring striking views of rolling countryside and Cameron Mountain. Spend a leisurely afternoon as you like, exploring charming Camden or perhaps sea kayaking in the harbor—an excellent opportunity to take in the scenery from an entirely different perspective.

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Pyrenees to Costa Brava Biking: From Barcelona to Catalonia's Peaks & Mediterranean Beaches

Ride high above the rocky Costa Brava shoreline, where villages cling to forested hills above hidden bays. Soak up sublime views from the medieval castle in Begur while envisioning your ideal afternoon: a siesta on a white-sand beach and a leisurely swim in the crystalline Mediterranean Sea.

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Puglia Biking: Italy's Sun-Drenched Coast

Pedal a few mild ascents before curling downhill along the coast to a lovely whitewashed village, whose winding streets are made all the more picturesque by a profusion of flowering plants. Though graced with incredible views of the Adriatic, the town may be best known for the many coves and caves carved into its shoreline.

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