Want to escape without flying, to sit on the train in the early morning, open your favourite read occasionally glancing at the North Sea? The island of Texel awaits you, as does your bike. Sandy beaches, dunes covered with heather fields, an historical lighthouse, rich populations of birds and seals… The scenery is set for a week of change and iodine.
The Sultanate of Oman is exceptional in more than one way in this region of the world. The Omanis welcome you to their tradional world which is now slowly opening. The spectacular geography of their country takes you from the remote Empty Quarter to the mountain ranges — some exceeding 3,000 metres — via superb and empty coasts. A history flavoured by the multiple cultures of Zanzibar, Iran, and India. All this makes Oman a country apart and to be explored in detail by those who are fascinated by the world of Philby, Thomas, Thesiger, and Morris.
Little by little Scotland ensconces itself in our hearts and souls. The Scottish beauty and charm is gently finding its way into our beings. From the joie de vivre in the cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow to the awe-inspiring landscapes and coasts of the Hebrides, Orkney or Shetland, this country invokes a wide range of emotional responses all the while leaving a great sense of tranquility.
We love to create tailor-made itineraries that include cities, valleys, fjords, estuaries and coasts by taking buses, trains, ferries and walking paths.
These trips become a collection of real little journeys, quickly evolving changes of scenery leaving you with still and haunting images. So when are you leaving for Scotland?
Discover the Greek island with Sylvain Garraud, a mountain guide/naturalist as well as a naturopath-herbalist. Sylvain will share all the wonders of Tinos with you. This island was Athens vegetable garden at one time; with the artichoke is its symbol, it keeps a rich, healthy and lively Mediterranean culinary tradition. Agriculture, animal husbandry and the harvest continue to be living practices despite the wind that leaves its mark on the strongest olive trees. The island radiates light reflected by its blue-grey and white marble so famous throughout Greece. Tinos is surrounded by a brilliant blue sea and an immaculate Mediterranean sky. It is bathed in serenity where those passionate about the great natural spaces, epicureans, and lovers of simple and jovial life will succumb to its charm.
Myanmar is an irresistible country with its great cultural richness, however it can also rouse a negative response with its well-known internal political situation. Majestic sites like Bagan, Inle Lake, or Mandalay; a multitude of ethnicities that can be found along peaceful backroads; beautiful temples: all this invites you to this meditative journey. By spending your money in its local economy you will help support this friendly population and encourage further the recent political changes.
One thing is certain, you must definitely go to Myanmar.
The initial shock of Havana, with its first delights: its old city, its markets, its nightly impromptu concerts, its small restaurants. For those with rhythm in their soul, a Salsa dance class awaits you, for others a percussion class, or both! Let the atmosphere of Havana seep into you to get the best out of this trip. Then onto Viñales and Trinidad to explore what they have to offer, then head north to Varadero and its chilled atmosphere. And finally back to Havana for a last concert!
Japan. The North. Winter. In this itinerary Matthieu Zellweger opens a door to the northern Japan during the season that fascinates him most: winter. Designed as an exploration of the further reaches of this far-flung country (Sapporo, Japanese Alps), it takes you from Hokkaido back to a cultural center of the country (Kanazawa) and then to the big city — Tokyo. This itinerary will offer you in turn modern and light aspects (the Snow Festival in Sapporo if the dates allow it), a fascinating and unfamiliar city (Hakodate), a total immersion into the harsh Japanese winter in Kakunodate before you marvel at the cultural beauties of the country further south in Kanazawa. Of course you will experience traditional Japanese inns (“ryokan”) as well as very contemporary places. Will you allow your curiosity to follow the path that Matthieu opens to the north of Japan in its most beautiful season ?
The montane rain forest and its famous quetzal, the Caribbean coast and the imperial toucan, the Pacific coast and the mythical jaguar: three icons over a myriad of others. Costa Rica offers much more to attentive observers: with a surface as large as Switzerland, there is no lack of opportunities to make magnificent observations. It is also a country which has made the choice of preservation and ecotourism, and which contains a trove of other natural treasures.
Japan is a mysterious and very attractive country where a guide will help you to understand the traditions, its history and its social codes. Mathieu invites you to experience his Japan – the places that draw him back, the cuisine he loves, the areas he enjoys to walk through. With Mathieu Japan reveals itself.
Visiting Istanbul is all about taking the time to let your senses be stimulated.Istanbul takes time – time to feel the city, time to see the magical and unforgetable sights some very touristy and some the true and living neighborhoods, time to taste Ottoman cuisine, time to watch the fishermen throw their line in the Bosphorus …