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The May Highlights Newletter of High Point Holidays

Highlights                                                   May 2013

Welcome to the May edition of Highlights, your monthly update on the latest news at High Point Holidays. This month sees the start of our Guided Walking calendar for 2013 with our Beaujolais Discovery. If you have not considered a Guided holiday, then take a look at our 'Focus On' section which gives you an idea of what to expect. They are great for providing flexibility as your bilingual guide can react to local conditions and the needs and abilities of the group. We also take a look at France's 'favourite village' (St Cirq Lapopie), our latest competitions and where to keep up to date with all our latest news and developments. 
Mark Armstrong

Burgundy: Historic Walks in Chardonnay Country

Focus on our Guided Walking Holidays:

We have now kicked off our 2013 fixed date French Guided Walking Holidays. See our calendar for details of the full year's Guided Walking. 

On these holidays we cater for Small Groups consisting of 4 to 8 or 10 people depending on the holiday. This ensures better cohesion between the members of the group and allows for greater personal service and more informative guiding. The groups are usually made up of a mix of couples and singles.
The small group size allows us to use carefully selected Guest Houses which are often traditional historic properties in beautiful surroundings. There, you will find a truly personal and friendly service with authentic local food and drink. Your hosts literally welcome you into their lives and their homes. Our first Guided Walking Holiday starts with a night at the Villa Toscana, where, according to Janet from the USA (2012), "the food was fabulous." 
The Guided Walking Holidays also offer flexible itineraries so that we can adapt to local conditions as well as the groups abilities and interests. You can also view our guided walks by grade and visit our walking grades page to find out what our grading means.

As well as our fixed date guided holidays, we also organise Tailor-Made Walking and Trekking Holidays for existing groups, whether that's for an official club or just a group of friends. We can modify our existing selection of guided walking holidays to meet your groups requirements.

Trekking Tour of the Vanoise

Walking Holiday Updates

Confirmed dates for Guided Walking 2013:
Beaujolais Discovery: 5th - 12th October (spaces available)
New Independent Holidays for 2013:
Wonders of Burgundy: The Monk's Trail
Beaujolais Splendour Uncovered
Drome Provencale: Perched Villages & Indulgence
Pyrenees Balcony Trial: Azun Valley
Queyras: Best Kept Secret in the Alps
Summit of Auvergne: Tour of Sancy

Jura Wine Trail

Website Updates:
Photo of the month April
Latest Blogs: Wessex Revited - on the Wiltshire and Dorset Border
France On Two Wheels - The Perfect Way to Enjoy Rural France Guest Blog from author Adam Ruck.
New Web Content: Serene Lot Valley Trail independent walking holiday - St Cirq Lapopie, France's favourite village, and Peche Merle, home to extraordinary cave paintings.

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High Point Holidays Brochure 2013 available to view online

Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any queries on any of our holidays.

Sunflower Books Pyrenees Car Tours and Walks

Competitions

France on Two Wheels Competition: You still have until the end of May to win a copy of France on Two Wheels by Adam Ruck. We asked the author to tell us a bit about how the book came about and what he loves about cycling in rural France. You can read what he had to say in his guest blog.
Landscapes of the Pyrenees Competition: We have a new competition to win one of 3 copies of Sunflower Book's Landscapes of the Pyrenees - Car Tours and Walks. A guide to the fantastic landscapes of the French and Spanish Pyrenees. The book contains 34 day walks as well as suggestions for shorter walks and longer extensions.

If you are considering a holiday in the Pyrenees, then why not take a look at these independent walking holidays:

Cerdagne Explorer: Lakes, Mountains and Hot Springs

Pyrenees Balcony Trail: Azun Valley

Pyrenees Coastal Trail

St Cirq Lapopie Lot Valley

France's Favourite Village

On our independent walking holiday in France, the Serene Lot Valley Trail, you will have the opportunity to explore the wonderful village of Saint Cirq Lapopie. The village of St. Cirq Lapopie stands high above the Lot perched on an outcrop of rock within the regional national park Parc naturel regional des Causses du Quercy.
In 2012 this hamlet of only 217 inhabitants was crowned France's favourite village in a vote by television viewers.
The village was dominated by its fortress made up of a number of castles and towers and its fortified gates have been laid seige to over the centuries. Richard the Lionheart laid siege to Saint Cirq without success in 1199.
Many historic houses have stone or half-timbered fronts going back to the 13th century and are narrow with steep tiled roofs.

Many painters came to live and work here. First the Post-Impressionist Henri Martin and then the Surrealists with the poet Andre Breton, who said he would not want to live anywhere else.


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Social Networks

On our Staying in Touch page you can see some of the ways that you can keep up to date with developments and news at High Point Holidays.

We are on Twitter, if you like to Tweet; Facebook if you wish to share your views and stories; LinkedIn if you wish to recommend any of our holidays or follow the company updates; YouTube for occasional panoramic videos and Pinterest to share pictures from around our holiday destinations.

Pinterest is more than a picture sharing site; it's like having scrapbooks or pin boards that you can fill with anything that interests you to save for future reference or to share with friends. If you're not already using it, why not have a go and see what you think.

If the social media world is not your thing, then you'll be glad to know that if you just want to check on whether we've added any new holidays, added any interesting content to our website or a new blog or competition then you need look no further than our News page where we record all our updates in one handy place. 

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