Cycle in Italy

Explore an idyllic corner of Sicily, steeped in history and jam-packed with ancient Baroque towns, rolling green landscape and golden coastline. This cycling spree around south-east Sicily is an unforgettable way to discover the southernmost part of Italy. Begin your 171-mile trip in Anapo Valley and enjoy the tranquility of the countryside, abundant with orange and lemon trees. Visit four of the region’s astounding Unesco World Heritage sites including the Baroque city of Ragusa, where a muddle of ancient buildings hug the side of a dramatic gorge. Wildlife fans can marvel over pintails and pink flamingos at the Vendicari Nature Reserve before relaxing over a slice of almond cake in a local café. Experience picturesque towns, authentic Italian cuisine and incredible wildlife on this seven-night tour with Freedom Treks, starting at £801pp. 

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Follow in the footsteps of Alexander the Great, Silk Road

Travel the ancient path of King Alexander the Great and discover the mysterious beauty of the Silk Road and Central Asia. Follow one of the most famed conquerors in history on this new 15-day tour of Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, arguably the most picturesque countries in Central Asia. Explore the legendary Silk Road oasis towns of Tashkent, Bukhara and Samarkand and gaze upon the remote alpine lake of Iskander-Kul. Wander through some of the oldest towns on earth, bursting with vibrant bazaars, stunning mosques and striking citadels. Do all this with World Expeditions, starting at £1,690 per person.

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Sail the Turkish Riviera

Discover the Turkish Riviera from the comfort of your own catamaran and watch the spectacular coastline of the Lycian Way go by. Begin your jaunt along the Turkish coast in Bodrum, where the 10-day tour sets off. Revel in the beauty of tiny fishing villages and pure blue waters in the state-of-the-art catamaran, which you can even learn to sail yourself. Spend your days sunbathing on a secluded beach, relishing the local cuisine or snorkelling in the turquoise ocean. Let the skipper guide you through the best of the shoreline’s optional activities which include hiking through ancient settlements at Knidos and relaxing in mud baths. Visit towns such as Marmaris and Gocek before sailing into the picturesque port of Fethiye where the tour disembarks. From £1,149pp.

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Zip it in Cumbria

Unleash your inner Tarzan (or Jane) on an exhilarating zip trekking adventure through one of Britain’s most stunning natural settings.  The Lake District branch of Go Ape in the scenic Grizedale Forest has just launched the longest series of zip wires anywhere in the UK. Relish zip after zip, flying high above the forest floor with a panoramic view of stunning valleys and wildlife. Choose to travel on a single or tandem zip wire at a distance of more than three kilometres and a speed of up to 30mph. Take white-knuckled delight in two adrenaline-charged hours of fun, soaring through the air at £45 per person with Go Ape this summer.

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Himalayan high flyer, Nepal

An iconic trek to Everest Base Camp is on many-a bucket list, but the journey is often too lengthy for those of us with limited time. Not any more!This unforgettable 14-day adventure with World Expeditions begins in the intoxicating city of Kathmandu, followed by a quick plane ride to Lukla, where the trek commences. Wander through quaint Sherpa villages to Namche, the gateway to Everest, ascending higher to enjoy panoramic views of the mountain itself and its surrounding peaks. Visit Everest Base Camp and climb Kala Pattar before speeding things up by taking an exhilarating helicopter flight over the Himalayas back to Kathmandu. Currently the quickest trip on the market, this majestic tour begins at £2,750pp. Now this is a trip worth ticking off your bucket list!