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Monday, November 19, 2012

Adventurous Honeymoons: Pre-Planned Trips

Words by Courtney Kellar
Photos courtesy of Country Walkers
When it comes time to begin planning your honeymoon, there are limitless resources for help on where to go, what to see and how to go about the whole thing! Some couples will opt for a tour operator – companies which will plan your honeymoon itinerary from start to finish. The perk of taking this route is how comprehensive the itineraries are. Very often the cost of your trip will include meals and transportation which greatly simplifies the whole process. One such tour operator is Country Walkers.

This particular tour operator specializes in “active, experiential trips” which range from two nights to eight nights. Itineraries include guided walking tours, safaris, self-guided walking and biking, small-ship cruising and private adventures. With Country Walkers, you can see all you wish to see on your honeymoon, but with an eye to “exploring the World actively, with passion and commitment to the road less traveled.” A lot of couples assume that honeymoon itineraries can be limiting and run-of-the-mill. However, with Country Walkers you’re able to take your own path and choose the flexible itinerary of your dreams. Here are some examples:

· Morocco: Essaouira- 4 days/3 nights
Be swept away by the Moroccan city of Essaouira, a crossroads of Africa, Europe, and Atlantic currents. Its multiple shades of blue (found in many facets of the city including the sea, sky, boats, painted doors, shutters, and tile work) famously enchant, along with its bustling fishing port and dramatic sea wall. Guided walking eases the way into the medina and Jewish quarter, and activities at a beachside ranch include biking, horseback, and camel riding. The day ends in relaxation at a gracious Relais & Chateau hotel and spa. Prices start at $1,248 (Single +$850).


· Brazil: Rio de Janeiro, Paraty & Amazon- 9 days/ 8 nights

Experience Rio de Janeiro, vibrant by day with sparkling bay vistas, historic neighborhoods, and museums, and pulsing with samba and nightlife after dark. Affectionately called the Cidade Maravilhosa, or “Marvelous City,” this bustling metropolis is set amidst beautiful mountain ranges, rainforests, and wetlands. Coastal Paraty is a quieter locale and a favorite with Brazilians looking to step off the beaten path. Pleasures here include sightseeing, rainforest walks, snorkeling, and excursions in a traditional escuna boat, and a delicious interlude at the Paraty Cooking School. Prices start at $8,398.

· Peru: Arequipa & Colca Canyon- 5 days/ 4 nights
The Western Andes of southern Peru combine breathtaking scenery and fascinating history. Travelers can see the exquisite colonial architecture of Arequipa, the “White City,” which is overlooked by towering snow-capped volcanoes. Peru’s most elegant city, Arequipa, is the entry point, a UNESCO Human Heritage site for its blend of Spanish-colonial influences and indigenous cultures. Guests travel to the Colca Canyon, the planet’s deepest, at over 13,000 feet, where Andean condors soar over its amazing heights and vistas. The region is the “World’s capital of Alpaca,” the soft wool found in the handicraft markets of the region’s colorful and historic villages.

$1,298 (Single $425)


· Italy: Rome- 4 days/ 3 nights

Rome’s timeless enchantment is revealed on this four-day exploration. Tour its most well-loved monuments and hidden treasures, one day on foot with an expert guide, and the next day on a chauffeured Vespa, with a safe and steady driver to do the navigating! An elegant four-star boutique hotel, is home base, providing easy access to the nearby Spanish Steps, the Piazza del Popolo, and Via Condotti. The hotel is also within walking distance of a plethora of shops, restaurants, and theaters.

$1,498 (Single +$390)
$1,698 (Single +$415) 



· Croatia: Dubrovnik- 3 days/ 2 nights
Guests explore the Croatian city of Dubrovnik by exploring on foot or kayaking around its ancient walls to the protected island of Lokrum. A two-night stay at a resort hotel promises luxury and sea views, poised on a private beach at the city’s gates.

$1,398 (Single +$770)
$1,198 (Single +$615)

Note: the prices listed above vary by date. For more information on tours and to find out if this tour operator is right for you, visit countrywalkers.com.

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