Get Inspired / Europe Inspire Magazine - A journey for body and soul Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / Europe Inspire Magazine - A journey for body and soul story by: Inspire Magazine You can’t beat local knowledge, it’s the secret ingredient that turns a holiday into an experience. For example, if you visit L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue in the South of France on a Saturday you’ll go home with lovely pictures of canals lined by quaint cafés, but what you won’t have seen is one of the most colourful produce markets in the whole of France – because that only happens on a Sunday. Luckily at House of Travel, we have people who have accumulated the intimate knowledge necessary to bring foreign lands to life, and an accompanied small group tour by foot, bicycle or even kayak is a splendid way to absorb every detail. Yes, it’s a form of touring that requires more energy than sitting in a hire car, but there are different levels from easy to more challenging, and can you really imagine a better way to build up the appetite for a delicious Tapas dinner at the end of the day? Team up with some mates, or go solo and join a tour made up of like-minded travellers. Whether you’re happiest freewheeling from one cellar door to the next, or you’re attracted by the adventure of a sea kayak exploration, there’ll be a tour to suit. Plus there’s often no requirement to lug your baggage along with you – it will be waiting at a comfortable hotel or pension. If you want to take the time to discover the land you’re travelling through, and you have an interest in the people who make these destinations the unique places that they are, take a tour that will open the doors to genuinely memorable experiences. If being able to take advantage of expert local knowledge appeals to you, but you prefer the option of striking out on your own, there are some excellent self-guided tours. Once again the route will have been well thought out to ensure that you encounter points of interest, and each day paced to match your fitness level. Full trip notes, complete with handy hints, are also provided so you'll be able wander the countryside like a born and bred local. Most of the operators providing tours in this niche market pursue sustainable policies that go someway to assuaging any guilt you may feel about racking up the air miles, so it's hard to imagine a greener, more fulfilling way to bring the memories home. Why not consider a tour like this as the culmination of a more extensive European holiday? Most people travelling to Europe will be away for a number of weeks, and that's a lot of eating out, filling up on rich foods and delicious wines. A week coaxing the body back into shape could be just the antidote you need to all that indulgence. Click here for all Inspire Grand Design articles. Enquire Now First name* Last name* Email* Phone How can we help? My preferred House of Travel Store* Select Outlet Auckland Albany: Auckland North Botany Junction: Auckland South Browns Bay: Auckland North Devonport: Auckland North Ellerslie: Auckland Central Hobsonville: Auckland West Howick: Auckland East Milford: Auckland North New Lynn: LynnMall Auckland West Newmarket: Auckland Central Orewa: Auckland North Parnell: Auckland Central Ponsonby: Auckland Central Remuera: Auckland Central St Heliers: Auckland East Takanini: Auckland South Takapuna: Auckland North Whangaparaoa: Auckland North Bay of Plenty Mt Maunganui Papamoa Rotorua Taupo Tauranga CBD the Crossing Canterbury Ashburton Barrington: Christchurch South Christchurch City: Christchurch Central Ferrymead: Christchurch East High Street Lanes: Christchurch Central Hornby: Christchurch West Merivale: Christchurch Central Northlands: Papanui Christchurch North Rangiora Riccarton: Christchurch Central Shirley: Christchurch North Timaru Upper Riccarton: Christchurch West Hawke's Bay / Gisborne Havelock North Jenny Nilsson: Hastings Nelson / Marlborough Blenheim Motueka Nelson Richmond Northland Kerikeri: Northland Whangarei: Northland Otago / Southland Alexandra Balclutha Dunedin Lakers Gore Lakers Invercargill Oamaru Wakatipu: Queenstown Wanaka Taranaki / Manawatu Broadway: Palmerston North New Plymouth Stephen Parsons: Palmerston North Wanganui Waikato Calder & Lawson: Hamilton East Cambridge Coromandel: Whangamata Hamilton: Hamilton Central Matamata Morrinsville Taupo Te Awamutu Wellington / Wairarapa Featherston Street: Wellington City Hunter St CBD: Wellington City Johnsonville: Wellington North Kapiti Coast: Paraparaumu Lower Hutt: Wellington North Masterton West Coast Greymouth Hokitika Westport I would like to receive email updates on the latest HOT holiday deals HOT Privacy Statement * required fields Similar Journeys Add or remove from Wishlist Europe’s 8 best music festivals Read more Add or remove from Wishlist Inspire - March 2018 Read more Done this? Tell your friends about it.