Walk the Great Wall of China (ACGA)
Centuries after its construction, China’s Great Wall remains one of humankind’s engineering marvels. At over 21,000km (13,048 mi) in length, the Wall is a trip in and of itself. You won’t tackle the whole thing on this ten-day trek, but you’ll return home with a deeper understanding of the life that goes on around and upon it. The Beijing-to-Beijing route will take you to small villages that have stood for centuries in the shadow of this massive tribute to human will and introduce you to the cuisine, culture and history that make this one of China’s most captivating attractions. The Wall’s been standing for centuries. Isn’t it about time you turned up?
Highlights: Explore Beijing's Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square, trek along the Great Wall, sleep on the Wall and in rural villages, enjoy a traditional tea ceremony and tai chi lessons
Northern Spain by Bike (ESSB)
Encounter the beauty of Catalonia's countryside and its rustic towns on this compact and active bike trip. Designed for the weekend cyclist, this itinerary is challenging enough to get the heart pumping but comfortable enough that you can still appreciate the crystal-clear streams, ancient walled cities, and stunning Mediterranean coastlines of the Pyrenees. Journey across volcanic landscape to ancient towns where you can recharge with culinary delicacies before winding down on the beaches of the Costa Brava. Experience the beauty of Catalonia and cycle through its heart!
Highlights: Cycle through glorious countryside, learn about Catalan culture and customs, savour tapas and local wines