16th Jun 2012 3:24pm | By Editor
Alistair Butchers is an activity expert at G Adventures. Here are his top five picks for sporty getaways that beat sitting on the sofa watching the Olympics any day.
Peru: Hike, Bike & Raft
“Leave the traditional triathlon to the athletes and see more of Peru than just the Inca Trail trek on this 16-day multi-sport trip. Two days are spent white-water rafting on the Apurimac River, and there’s a mountain bike expedition to Manu Cloud Forest.”
Do it: Priced from £1699pp. Departs September and October 2012.
Nepal: Everest Base Camp
“This is the best trekking route in the best trekking destination, with views of Everest all the way. It’s also great training for anyone looking to do a marathon!”
Do it: A 15-day trek is £749pp, departing from October 2012 until June 2013.
“Cuba’s back roads give travellers a true sense of the country, including a tour of a tobacco plantation and cigar factory for a taste of iconic Cuban culture.”
Do it: Eight days from £649pp, departing year-round.
France: Mont Blanc Explorer
“Literally heading for the hills is a great option if you want to get away from it all during the Olympics, and this option is less taxing than the full trek, with optional spa visits along the way.”
Do it: Eight days from £799pp. Departs June to September.
“This bike-based trip cycles through rice fields and includes a trek along a little-known part of the Great Wall of China. There’s also a visit to the Shaolin Monastery, the birthplace of kung fu.”
Do it: A 15-day China Adventure from Beijing to Hong Kong from £999pp, departing July to October 2012 and March to October 2013. gadventures.com
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