You awake refreshed, and your eyes widen at the sight of a hearty breakfast. Anticipating the day’s discoveries, you have a slice of Tuscan tortino di carciofi (artichoke frittata) and sip a rich, foamy cappuccino. No matter where the awaiting landscape is, you’ll be properly fueled to discover it. Gather with your Trip Leaders to go over the day’s highlights, and you’re on your way.
As you walk along the Sentiero del Viandate, the Wayfarer Trail, you delight in panoramic views of Lake Como and the surrounding hills on your way to lovely Varenna. Perhaps your morning ambles lead you through the Argentine town of El Chalten, as you head for stunning views at Los Glacieres National Park. As always, you have the option to walk or rest as you wish, a long distance or a short ways, with a group or alone. The choice is always yours.
Walking a quiet byway at Vietnam’s Perfume River, your progress matched by gliding sampans and houseboats, you reach the eerily atmospheric Tombs of the Emperors, south of Hue, a hive of palaces, pavilions, and pagodas. Maybe you’ll walk the tree-lined roads of Spain’s beautiful Basque region, getting a taste of timeless country life and take a break in Bidania to learn how to play pelota with the villagers.
With plenty of time to follow your nose, you decide to walk the superbly landscaped Asticou Azalea Gardens or Thuya Gardens, not far from your inn at Maine’s Northeast Harbor. This is Acadia style horticulture at its abundant best—lush yet inviting, stylized yet relaxed. Another good idea: taking your time to walk back to Sorrento, then indulging in a much-deserved swim in the bay from the private pier of your hotel.
You linger at Machu Picchu and savor the shifting shadows as the afternoon sun slips behind cloud draped mountain peaks. The view is vastly different, but equally satisfying, as you walk around Lake Orta, whose enchanting ambiance is a dance of water, light, and mist. Then again, there’s a chance to spot majestic condors floating on the wind from your afternoon perch on the Mirador de los Condores Trail in Argentina.
Nothing is more satisfying after a full, exciting day than to gather with your fellow travelers and Trip Leaders for a convivial, delicious dinner. You’ve earned it! With a satisfying day of walking and surprising encounters in Hanoi behind you, now is the time to explore the menu at a local restaurant in Vietnam. Consider any of the immensely flavorful hot pot stew dishes prepared at your table, or you might find the slow-cooked pork with salted fish to be as irresistible. In Spain, you’ll have the rare experience of being a special guest at a private, members-only txoko, a kind of gastronomic society.
Gaze up at the heavens during your nights in New Zealand—you have a rare opportunity to see an entirely new sky in the Southern Hemisphere, among them the Southern Cross, with its distinctive four bright stars located closely together. Wherever you are blessed to be, it would be nice to toast the landscape with a wee dram of whiskey, say, in Ireland, or a fine grappa in the burnished Tuscan hills.