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The October Highlights Newletter of High Point Holidays

Highlights                                               October 2013

Welcome to the October edition of Highlights, your monthly update on the latest news at High Point Holidays. This month we focus on our independent walking holidays in Burgundy, where grape picking was delayed by a cold start to the growing season and production hurt by poor pollination and in some places hailstorms. We have a new competition to win a guidebook on Western Provence courtesy of Sunflower Books. There's also a brief opportunity, until the end of October, to purchase your next year's holiday at 2013 prices. Look forward to meeting some of you in 2014.

Best Wishes

Mark Armstrong
Cluny Abbey

Focus on Walking in Burgundy:

The southern Burgundy region of France is a treasure of historic churches and chateaux set in rolling countryside, carpeted with vines and forests. The Burgundy region is well-known for its fine red and white wines, mostly made from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes, as well as its gastronomic food.

Secret Burgundy: Chardonnay Vines & Historic Villages
Your self guided walking holiday will take you through a variety of experiences, including the famous Maconnais vineyards bordering the Saône, the forests of the high ridges, the historic town of Cluny, and secluded valleys covered in a patchwork of grazing fields. A number of rocky outcrops punctuate the vineyards such as the celebrated “roche de Solutré” important for its pre-historic human activity.

Romanesque Burgundy: The Monk's Trail
Your walking tour will start in the historic town of Tournus famous for its Romanesque abbey and will pass through the medieval centres of Brancion and St Gengoux le National. In addition, many of the pretty villages that your walks pass through have impressive churches and their quaint historic streets seem to date from another time.

Beautiful Brionnais: Secret Hills of Burgundy
The green and picturesque hills of the Brionnais lead you towards the mighty Loire Valley. You'll pass from beautiful secluded valleys with babbling streams to open ridges with great panoramic views. This secluded and quiet part of south west Burgundy also has a number of architectural treasures.

BRIONNAIS Architecture

Walking Holiday Updates


Hurry! 2014 Holidays at 2013 Prices:
You have until October 31st 2013 to book walking holidays for 2014 at 2013 prices.
After then all holiday prices will be reviewed to take into account any increased costs.

2014 High Point Holidays Brochure will be available in November


Just Some of the New Independent Holidays to look out for in 2014:
  • Walking in the mountains of the Massif des Ecrins in French Alps
  • Independent Walking in the contrasting landscapes of the Ardeche
  • The Emerald Coast of Brittany

Website Updates:
Latest Blog: Guided or Independent Walking Holiday?


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.

Ever disappointed that we do not do walking holidays in a particular country or region, then why not send us your suggestions to contact@highpointholidays.co.uk
Western Provence Book from Sunflower Books

Competitions

Congratulations: Congratulations to D Semionova, Cambridgeshire; K Locke, Wiltshire; J Milligan, Tyne and Wear on winning copies of Sunflower Book's Walk & Eat Avignon.
Congratulations to K. Brown, Dorset; D. Askew, Surrey; and J. Blyth from Paisley on winning copies of Trailblazer's guidebook to the West Highland Way.
New Competition: We have 3 copies to give away of Sunflower Book's Languedoc-Roussillon and Western Provence. Visit our competition page for further details. The book includes car tours and fold out maps, walks for all ages and abilities, topographical walking maps, picnic spots and recommended restaurants.

The book makes an ideal guide for walkers looking to extend their holiday after undertaking one of High Point Holiday's walking breaks in South East France:

Secret Provence: Tour of the Baronnies

Classic Provence: Luberon Trails

 



Walking in Burgundy amongst the vines

Chardonnay Wines of Burgundy

Chardonnay is a green-skinned grape variety used to make white wine. It originated in the Burgundy region of France and the earliest recorded reference to Chardonnay occurs in 1330 when it was managed by the local monks from Cluny who built stone walls around their vineyards exclusively planted in Chardonnay grapes. It is now grown wherever wine is produced across the world. Our Chardonnay Wine Trail self-guided walking holiday starts in the village of Chardonnay and follows the vineyards south through picturesque Burgundy countryside and historic villages such as Brancion with a number of wonderful chateaux. The pretty village of Chardonnay itself dates from the 10th century with the name chardonnay coming  from 'cardonnacum' or the 'place full of thistles'. Our Chardonnay wine trails independent walking holiday takes place within the Maconnais AOC (Appellation d’Origin Controllé) of Burgundy. Thanks to the limestone soil, the Chardonnay wines are dry and fruity. Their famous ambassadors are the Pouilly-Fuissé and Saint Véran in the south and the Viré-Clessé further north.
Queyras Guided Walking - walking towards Lac Ste Anne

Guided or Independent Walking?

If you've not been on a walking holiday before and therefore inexperienced in navigation or using maps or walking notes, then maybe a guided holiday is for you. However the decision is more complicated than just those factors. On our latest blog we explore some of the benefits of both.
Benefits of a Guided Walking Holiday include;
  • Added value of the guide's local knowledge
  • Qualified Walking Leaders
  • Bilingual Guides
  • Meeting New People or Going Single
  • Flexibility
  • Never getting lost
Benefits of Independent Walking:
  • No Minimum or Maximum Number of Walkers
  • Independence
  • Flexibility
  • The Buzz of Discovery

See more on our blog

Useful Links:
Guided Group Sizes
Walking Leaders
Independent Walking Notes


 


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