Please join us for this guided hiking, boating and cultural adventure on the beautiful Emerald Isle. This small country is immersed in history and its friendly people express their lyrical nature in the lilting warmth of their welcome, their music and their story telling. Ireland alternates between small villages with quaint streets and the requisite pubs, where we’ll listen to lively music, and wild Romantic island, coastal, wooded and mountain landscapes. It has inspired poets, musicians and artists – and it will likely inspire you as well.
Welcome to this guided hiking, canoeing, cultural and culinary exploration of the beautiful and historic Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area. Our adventure will start near the old whaling town of Hudson with a tour of the home of the landscape painter Frederic Edwin Church of the Hudson River School. We’ll then visit the great Jack O Lantern Blaze (fall foliage tours), the Storm King Arts Center and West Point. We’ll go on a hike on the Old Croton Reservoir Trail through Rockefeller State Park to Stone Barns Farm and stop by the Headless Horseman Bridge.
Romania, one of the newest members of the EU, consists of one half mountains and forests, and is one of Europe’s most undisturbed mountain regions. It has a tranquil rural beauty and intact Old World culture. Romania’s Medieval Saxon villages are atmospheric and interesting, especially Transylvania, Romania’s legend-filled heart. In some places you’ll see as many buggies as you do cars, crossing paths with shepherds tending their flocks.
Crete is the largest and most mountainous of the Greek islands. It boasts an incredible variety of scenery and vegetation, and an amazing history dating back to the 4000 year old Minoan civilization. The spectacular White Mountains rise up from the western end. The peaks tower above a coastline of sheer cliffs cut by deep gorges running down to the sea. These impressive gorges are resplendent with plane trees, Cyprus pines and maple trees. Samaria Gorge along the southern coast is Europe’s longest and one of its most spectacular gorges. The historic port town of Chania at the western
A mountainous island, Sicily is separated from the mainland by the Straits of Messina, perched virtually on the toe of Italy’s boot. Culturally there is an even wider gap between Italy and its semiautonomous island, Sicily, which feels a world apart. The largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, Sicily is a land of beauty, mystery, and world-class monuments. Sicilia straddles a crossroads in the Mediterranean, part of Europe and Africa yet belonging to neither.
Join Bredeson Outdoor Adventures for rambles in the heart of England’s literary Lake District. The Lake District is the first and largest of England’s national parks. It is the land of William Wordsworth and other Romantic poets, and the inspiration for Beatrix Potter’s works. It lies in northwest England nestled between the sea and Scotland, and is a region of high mountains, deep valleys, and deep blue lakes formed 10,000 years ago by glaciers. Wild, rugged mountains contrast with charming villages and farms.
We’ll be based in the classic Renaissance, Tuscan town of Lucca for the first leg of the trip, where we’ll have a chance to visit both this beautiful city and the surrounding countryside. Lucca is a graceful little city known for its oval square, intact walls, churches, historic buildings and the 14th century Guinigi Tower with amazing 360 degree views of the town. It is also known for the operas of Puccini, its most famous son. This car-free gem invites exploration of the maze of ancient streets and alleyways, or a walk on top of its five kilometer long city walls. After visiting Lucca