Electric trip through Switzerland
You may be trying not to burn fuel, but that does not mean giving up the delicious journey. Switzerland has launched a route for electric vehicles, with 300 charging stations covering 1,970 km in some of Europe's most impressive landscapes, in a country committed to maintaining 30% forest cover. The “great electric trip” route runs through five alpine passes, across 22 lakes, the Montreux Riviera vineyards, past the Ticino foodie, or the Jura. It was quietly launched two years ago, but is being given a big boost to 2020 by the Swiss tourism council as the focus on sustainable travel. Your site has green activities and accommodations, including those with electronic vehicle charging stations.
• Train to Geneva or Zurich, then electronic car rental, europcar.ch. Switzerland Youth Hostels is dedicated to sustainability and offers climate neutral reserves, myswitzerland.com
Cultural trips along the Normandy coast
Le Loft Apartment, Hornfleur. Photo: Mehdi
Brittany Ferries' greenest ship launches at the Portsmouth and Caen-Ouistreham crossings in summer (exact date to be announced). LNG (liquid natural gas) and electric hybrid produce lower carbon emissions and will be the first of its kind to operate in cross channels. This is a good time for a tour of new cultural attractions along the Normandy coast. Head east to Marcel Proust's favorite seaside resort, Cabourg – the inspiration behind Balbec in his masterpiece, In Search of Lost Time – where a new museum, La Villa du Temps Retrouvé, due to debut in August, tells the story of this famous artistic coast through his eyes. Opening in June at nearby Deauville, Les Franciscaines It will be a museum complex displaying more than 500 works of art in a restored convent. Stay close at the beautiful Honfleur in Le loft (sleeps four from £ 110 per night), a renovated apartment in a colombage (half-timbered) building.
• Crossings from £ 230 return for two people and one car, walking passengers from £ 60 return, brittanyferries.com
The future may be wind-driven, but instead of crossing a sad British lake, how about learning the ropes of sailing in Spain on one of the new Rubicon 3 holidays? On an 11-day excursion through Galicia aboard an 18-meter expedition yacht, the group of eight – mostly solo travelers – will stop at distant rents, deep inlets common to this coast, for seafood in fishing villages. There will also be mountain hikes and tapas in the old walled cities. There is also a month-long trip from Tower Bridge to St. Petersburg: sold out this year, but will run again next summer, so check the site for updates.
• Trip to Galicia leaves on 28th October from Muros (take the train via Paris, Bayonne, Santiago de Compostela), from £ 1,499pp including most food, rubicon3.co.uk
Bike & Wine Tours for Electronic Cars in Loire
La Grande Maison, Loire Valley
Sue and Michaela run a beautiful rural hotel, La Grande Maison, in the Loire Valley, where next year they will launch electric car and electric bike wine tours. Guests are taken from vineyard to vineyard in their e-car, or the couple lead the way on an electric bike tour – using fat tires RadRunners, which have a top speed of 25 mph. All wineries are organic, biodynamic or natural, with vegetarian and vegan picnics among the vineyards along the way. Both trips include a wine tasting dinner at the hotel.
• two nights electric car rideincluding breakfast, tastings, wine tasting dinner, transfers and restaurant lifts, costs 425pppp; the two-night electric bike ride costs € 400pp, both based on two shares, lagrandemaison.net. Take train via Paris to Saumur
Easy train to Sweden
With itineraries designed by The man in the seat 61, a new collection of European Travel Holidays from Original Travel eliminates the problems. All depart at Eurostar London, with hotels, activities, train tickets and scheduled times. O trip to gothenburg starts with a night in Hamburg before a ferry from Germany to Denmark; Then he goes to Gothenburg by train to devour some cinnamon buns. Two nights on the island of Marstrand, home to ornate wooden houses, precede one at a floating hotel on one of the many small ferry-visited islands. The "Sweatiest Art Trail in the World," with sculptures where you ride, cycle, and bike, fills one day; a boat safari to harvest another mussel. Then back in the same way, with one last holiday in Hamburg.
• Ten days from £ 2,505pp based on two shares, including carbon offset, originaltravel.co.uk
Train and travel the Pyrenees
Old trains that take in the dramatic mountain landscapes of the Pyrenees are like something in the children's storybook – and the basis for a group holiday with train expert Arena Travel. Tours include the Roses Express through Cap de Creus National Park, the yellow train through the Tet Valley forests and overpasses, a trip through the Red Train vineyards, a coastal railroad and the 1,000-foot Rack Nuria Rack. height. Three guided walks lead the group further into the rugged landscapes, one along the Refugee Trail, used by those fleeing to France during the civil war. The Catalan city of Roses is its base.
• Eight days from £ 1,095pp, including roundtrip Eurostar from London, TGV from Paris to Perpignan, half-board hotel accommodation, tours and guide, arenatravel.com
Tuscan beaches and mountainous region
Food in Biotique Agrivilla i pini
A host of new eco-friendly hotels throughout Tuscany are a good excuse for a tour of the region's coast and the inimitable mountains. Near the medieval town of San Gimignano, a new vegan B&B called Biotique Agrivilla i pini (fold of 130 pounds B&B), provides herbal foods from a wasteful kitchen, organic wine, saltwater pool and rooms decorated with natural materials. Green Accommodation Website ecobnb.com have some new Tuscan pillows including a tree house in Glamping il Sole (rooms from € 70 B&B) on a farm in the Maremma hills and new yoga courses from April to September in Podere di Maggio (from € 60 B&B, sleeping two) glamping spot and farmhouse, in an untouched valley near Grosseto, with hot springs and Tyrrhenian beaches nearby. In Siena, stay at Paradiso number 4 (doubles from € 75), a bed and breakfast on the top floor of an old building that is not aimed at wasting plastic and scratch.
• Trains from London to Milan (10 hours 40m) or Rome start from about £ 70 each way; then connect to Florence or Siena
Belgian bike beer
Belgians have hit beer since the middle ages. Tasting the best and tastiest beers in the country is the focus of a potentially unstable new tour on UTracks wheels. Self-guided cycling holidays take place in some of Belgium's coolest towns and villages, starting in Genk and then following quiet roads to Bocholt, home to a large brewery museum. More stops for breweries include Postel Abbey, where monks have been brewing since 1611, a Trappist abbey and Antwerp's cafes and shops. The university city of Leuven and the disinterested Diest, on the banks of the Demer River, complete the journey. The moderately difficult six-day cycle covers 387 km along rural roads, forest and agricultural trails and in cities.
• From £ 840pp per week, including seven nights of accommodation and breakfast at the hotel, map info pack, luggage transfer and basket bike. Departures from April 4th to September 19th. Excludes the train from London to Genk, utracks.com
Greek Islands by train and ferry
Corfu Photography: Getty Images
Sunvil has launched “Greece by Train” for 2020, including train travel from London to Parga, Paxos, Lefkas, Sivota and Corfu. Slow travel is required as it takes a few days to reach Greece. A nine-night itinerary in Corfu includes a B&B night in Milan, continuing to Bari the next day and taking a ferry to the island at night. Accommodation may be the apartments with pool on Kalami Bay, on a hillside above the beautiful village of Kalami on the north coast, where many of the nearby taverns operate a free taxi-boat service.
• Nine-day trip from £ 1,099pp, including room-only accommodation and one-way train, and return flight; a rail return costs £ 500 extra, sunvil.co.uk
Wildlife Safari, Spain
Griffon Vultures in Monfragüe National Park
Griffon vultures, bustards, Spanish imperial eagles, large spotted cuckoos and larks are among the species for a wildlife adventure in Extremadura in western Spain. This is one of Naturetrek's new no-fly group trips, which also aim to minimize the use of disposable plastic. After the ferry to Santander from Plymouth, there is a boat trip on the Bay of Biscay to spot whales and dolphins, before a two-night train ride to Madrid for bird watching at the Real Jardín Botanico. By train to Caceres, where the group stays in a spa hotel for five nights, venturing into the steppes and plains every day, including Monfragüe National Park, a favorite raptor meeting place.
• £ 2,295pp full board, including all travel and excursions. Next match on May 10, naturetrek.co.uk
Navigate to France
Travel to France using wind power on a boat trip with no skills needed on your own skippered yacht. Channel Fairview Sailing provides a guide to doing the hard work of sailing around and from the UK, with a crossing to the north coast of Brittany, your most exciting option. Boarding in Hamble, Hampshire, is a day trip to Le Havre; Then the group can choose the next place to disembark: Honfleur, Trouville or Deauville or Caen and the Normandy beaches before returning to Hamble. Moor in local marinas or mooring buoys, landing for dinner and drinks, informed by your own experienced seafarer.
• From £ 2,500 for seven nights for six people (£ 417pp), self-catering, <a href = "https://www.fairviewsailing.co.uk/" data-link-name = "on body link". .
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