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10:44 am in Activities S, T, U, Body by Activity

Stamping through the winter wilderness in snowshoes feels ungainly, but they are the perfect way to access wonderful ‘off the beaten t   Find out more.

Stamping through the winter wilderness in snowshoes feels ungainly, but they are the perfect way to access wonderful 'off the beaten track' places and secret hideaways that no-one else can get to.
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AT46 – What’s the Matter

7:12 pm in Central & Eastern Europe, Switzerland by Central-Eastern-Europe

One week from £1895pp – based on 2 sharing, including flights and B&B accommodation at a featured hotel What it feels like to be   Find out more.

One week from £1895pp - based on 2 sharing, including flights and B&B accommodation at a featured hotel

What it feels like to be there...

Beneath the mighty peak of the Matterhorn is the pretty, bustling town of Zermatt. The quiet buzz of electric cars is the only traffic noise, but the strains of jolly Alpine bands spill out from the shops on to the streets. Chocolate-brown houses, laden with flower boxes, contrast with the jagged, icy mountains on the close horizon. 

What to do there…

Zermatt is packed with activities and perfect for 7 days:
  • Major: Skiing/Snowboarding, Off-Piste, Sledging, Snow-shoeing, Ice-climbing, Ice-skating, Paragliding, Spa/Massage, Cultural-visits, Hiking, Mountain-biking, Fishing, Rock-climbing, Downhill-scooters.
  • Other: Gym/Fitness, Swimming, Yoga, Pilates, Cinema.

Where to stay…

High on a cliff-face above the centre of town sits gorgeous 5* The Omnia. Accessed through a tunnel and 45m lift through the rock, the drama of your entry is surpassed only by the amazing views from within. The epitome of designer chic, this hotel aims to magnify the splendour of nature and the elements, ensuring you an exciting stay.

Some practical information worth knowing…

  • Travel: Zermatt and Montana are about 3-3.5h drive from Geneva, Zurich and Basel or 2.5h from Bern (similar by train).
  • Weather: warm/showery May-Oct, cool/snowy Nov-Apr.

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

The peaks around Zermatt have the altitude for year-round skiing, but in summer this area is a mountaineer’s paradise. Scaling the summit of the Matterhorn has been every climber’s dream since Edward Whymper first conquered it in 1865. Sadly, four of his party fell to their deaths on the descent, but the route is now established and readily achievable with the right guide, equipment and coaching. We'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. To add a comment or check out what our community has to say, please click here: What's the Matter?

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AT45 – Uphill, Downhill

7:12 pm in Central & Eastern Europe, Switzerland by Central-Eastern-Europe

One week from £895pp – based on 2 sharing, including flights and B&B accommodation at a featured hotel What it feels like to be   Find out more.

One week from £895pp - based on 2 sharing, including flights and B&B accommodation at a featured hotel

What it feels like to be there...

Adelboden is nestled on a tranquil hillside under the grand peaks of the Swiss Alps. With pristine scenery and stunning views in every direction, you could enjoy just standing around and staring – but you’d miss out on lots of fun! Summer or winter, you could stay a whole month and only scratch the surface of the activities on offer. 

What to do there…

Adelboden is packed with activities and perfect for 7 to 10 days:
  • Major: Skiing/Snowboarding, Off-Piste, Tobogganing, Snow-shoeing, Spa/Massage, Hiking, Nature-walks, Cultural-visits, Mountain-biking, Downhill-scooters, Paragliding, Boat-trips.
  • Other: Swimming, Gym/Fitness, Bungee, Llama-treks, Games, Kid-friendly.

Where to stay…

5* The Cambrian is a luxury mountain lodge perched high on the hillside and ideally situated for both great views and epic adventures. Sophisticated, stylish and dedicated to great service, you will be excited, challenged, engaged and relaxed every day of your stay. The valley vista from the outdoor pool is simply heaven.

Some practical information worth knowing…

  • Travel: Adelboden and Interlaken are about 2-2.5h drive from Geneva, Zurich and Basel, 1h from Bern (train adds 1h or so).
  • Weather: warm/showery May-Oct, cool/snowy Nov-Apr.

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

The slopes in these valleys have made the area famous for skiing, but don’t for a minute believe they go unused in summer. Downhill scooting is the new and accessible adventure activity that’s taking the area by storm. You leap on an elongated scooter with big fat tyres and plot your course down the mountains back to the gondola ski lifts. Lots of exhilaration and little effort, what more could you need? We'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. To add a comment or check out what our community has to say, please click here: Uphill, Downhill

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AT40 – Alpine Descent

7:12 pm in France, Southern Europe by Southern-Europe

One week from £1095pp – based on 2 sharing, including flights and HB accommodation at a featured hotel What it feels like to be there   Find out more.

One week from £1095pp - based on 2 sharing, including flights and HB accommodation at a featured hotel

What it feels like to be there...

The soaring mountains and tranquil valleys of the French Alps are a serene and beautiful place, where the locals relax in warm chalet-taverns dreaming up exciting new adventure activities. Find a cosy Alpine lodge of your own to unwind in, then hit the town and let the townsfolk persuade you to try something crazy too. 

What to do there…

Megève is packed with activities and perfect for 7 to 10 days:
  • Major: Skiing/Snowboarding, Dog-sledding, Snow-shoeing, Ice-skating, Tobogganing, Paragliding, Mountain-biking, Rock-climbing, Horse-riding, Hot-air-ballooning, Rafting, Hydro-speeding, Kayaking, Zip-lining, Cooking-classes, Spa/Massage.
  • Other: Gym, Curling, Fishing, Golf, Scenic-flights, Tennis.

Where to stay…

Just outside Megève you can find 5* Les Fermes de Marie: nine stunning and homely farm-chalets in their own mini-hamlet. Their luxury-cottage style transports you to a different age and the warm friendly service makes you feel like one of the community. If you can bring yourself to leave, the concierge will ably advise.

Some practical information worth knowing…

  • Travel: Megève and Chamonix are 1h from Geneva, Switzerland, and <1h apart.
  • Weather: cold and snowy Nov-Apr, warm May-Oct.

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

You can enjoy and challenge yourself in almost every way imaginable here. Start with something crazy, from grabbing a wetsuit and hydro-speeding down a canyon river, to paraglide-skiing off-piste. Then warm down with an intensive massage and a cooking class on the fabulous mountain-style cuisine of the area. We'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. To add a comment or check out what our community has to say, please click here: Alpine Descent

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AT38 – Dolo-mighty

7:12 pm in Italy, Southern Europe by Southern-Europe

One week from £1195pp – based on 2 sharing, including flights and B&B accommodation at a featured hotel What it feels like to be   Find out more.

One week from £1195pp - based on 2 sharing, including flights and B&B accommodation at a featured hotel

What it feels like to be there...

Jagged pale-hued mountains, stunning evergreen valleys, placid lakes and grand Alpine lodges – the Dolomites force you to stop and stare. But not for long! The clear air refreshes your senses and inspires you to get out there. Ski, cycle, hike and climb before retreating to a steamy hot tub or a steaming fondue. 

What to do there…

Trentino Dolomites are packed with activities and perfect for 7 days:
  • Major: Skiing/Snowboarding, Cross-country-ski, Heli-skiing, Ice-climbing, Snow-shoeing, Spa/Massage, Hiking, Mountain-biking, Cycling, Rock-climbing, Cultural-visits, Historical-sites.
  • Other: Swimming, Wine-tasting, Golf, Fondue, Gym/Fitness.

Where to stay…

5* Rosa Alpina blends gracious style and glamour with the inspiration to get active. This beautiful Alpine hotel offers Michelin-star cuisine, an exceptional outdoor activity centre and an innovative spa. 5* Vigilius Mountain Resort is an unbelievably stylish and exclusive designer retreat, accessible only by cable car and offering epic views.

Some practical information worth knowing…

  • Travel: Bolzano is 1-2h from Verona, Innsbruck, Bergamo and Venice by car and 1.5h from Rome by air. Ortisei, Badia and Cortina d’Ampezzo are all 1-2.5h from Bolzano by car.
  • Weather: generally mild Apr-Oct, with occasional rain; cool to cold Nov-Mar, with regular snow.

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

Fine living and mutual respect is the Italian way, and just a few friendly words in the local language can open doors: a fabulous trattoria, a special wine recommendation, a stunning vantage point off the tourist trail, or a magically ornate church fresco. Make friends with your guides and bartenders and enjoy where they lead you. We'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. To add a comment or check out what our community has to say, please click here: Dolo-mighty  

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AT19 – Quebecois Cool

7:12 pm in Canada, North America by North-America

One week from £1295pp – based on 2 sharing, including flights and B&B accommodation at a featured hotel What it feels like to be   Find out more.

One week from £1295pp - based on 2 sharing, including flights and B&B accommodation at a featured hotel

What it feels like to be there...

Québec is a region of pure beauty where, outside the cities, time seems to stand still. Grand manor houses sit elegantly on the banks of calm lakes, surrounded by forests and flowers. The wild country air and fantastic landscapes invigorate and gently coax you out for a huge range of exciting adventures. 

What to do there…

North Hatley is packed with activities and perfect for 7 to 10 days:
  • Major: Cycling, Nature-walks, Skiing/Snowboarding, Cross-country-ski, Ice-skating, Dog-sledding, Sleigh-riding, Snow-shoeing, Kayaking, Wind-surfing, Fishing, Spa/Massage, Horse-riding.
  • Other: Swimming, Tennis, Golf, Cultural-visits.

Where to stay…

5* Manoir Hovey is the epitome of class; it feels like your own private estate in the wilderness. They are dedicated to meeting your needs: fine food and wine, roaring log fires and miles of undisturbed beauty to explore. Also try a sizzling hot-spring pool out in the snow at one of the great nearby spas.

Some practical information worth knowing…

  • Travel: North Hatley is 3h by car from Québec and 2h from Montreal. Toronto is 1-1.5h flight from these major cities.
  • Weather: dry and warm Jun-Aug, cool and snowy Dec-Feb.

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

Here is a place you could come back to time and again because, with every passing season, the wilderness puts on a new show, and yet the luxurious manor and impeccable service stays the same. If that weren’t enough, the beautiful French-style cuisine served here is perhaps North America’s finest, complemented perfectly by expertly chosen wine and a view to die for. We'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. To add a comment or check out what our community has to say, please click here: Quebecois Cool

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AT21 – Pioneers Hideaway

7:12 pm in North America, USA by North-America

One week from £1695pp – based on 2 sharing, including flights and B&B accommodation at a featured hotel What it feels like to be   Find out more.

One week from £1695pp - based on 2 sharing, including flights and B&B accommodation at a featured hotel

What it feels like to be there...

Vail is one of the great American mountain resorts, its magnificent luxurious hotels only trumped by the wonders of nature itself. Deep powder all winter and stunning scenery all summer, there is no bad time to come. Throw in a relaxing spa, some fine wine and beautiful cuisine and you are getting pretty close to perfection. 

What to do there…

Vail is packed with activities and perfect for 7 to 10 days:
  • Major: Skiing/Snowboarding, Cross-country-ski, Snow-mobiles, Dog-sledding, Snow-shoeing, Sleigh-riding, Ice-skating, Spa/Massage, Mountain-biking, Fishing, Rafting, Horse-riding, Hot-air-ballooning, Golf, Nature-walks.
  • Other: Swimming, Gym/Fitness, Kid-friendly, Tennis.

Where to stay…

The 5* Four Seasons Resort Vail is a grand mountain chateau with roaring log fires and stunning décor. Every corner oozes style and the service is impeccable. The hotel is also truly dedicated to helping guests enjoy the natural environment, with activities to suit every mood and ability level.

Some practical information worth knowing…

  • Travel: Denver Airport to Vail is 2h drive and DeBeque is 2h more. Dunton is 1h from Durango (a 1h flight from Denver).
  • Weather: cool or cold and dry with lots of snow Nov-Apr.

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

A classic destination in any season, the Colorado wilderness is a wonderful place to escape the city and feel like an intrepid pioneer. Of course, behind the scenes you now benefit from the very best modern infrastructure and service, so your adventure time is utilised to the full. Visit a few hidden out-of-the-way places to connect with the historical feel of the area: forest cabins and ghost towns. We'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. To add a comment or check out what our community has to say, please click here: Pioneers Hideaway

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AT08 – Powder Paradise

3:21 pm in Japan, North & Central Asia by North-Central-Asia

One week from £2375pp – based on 2 sharing, including flights and B&B accommodation at a featured hotel What it feels like to be   Find out more.

One week from £2375pp - based on 2 sharing, including flights and B&B accommodation at a featured hotel

What it feels like to be there...

Niseko is blessed with track-free powder throughout the winter season, and its beautiful mountains and cool river rapids are bathed in pleasant warm sun most of the year. Hokkaido island is Japan’s ultimate adventure playground and a great luxury activity destination for travellers looking for something unusual and exclusive. 

What to do there…

Niseko is packed with activities and perfect for 7 days:
  • Major: Skiing/Snowboarding, Off-Piste, Snow-mobiles, Snow-shoeing, Hot-springs, Nature-walks.
  • Other: Night-skiing, Rafting, Fishing, Mountain-biking, Golf, Kid-friendly.

Where to stay…

The Chalets at Country Resort is a beautiful estate with 33 serviced 4* chalets with 2-5 bedrooms. Exclusive and private, its wood cabins fit perfectly into their environment and are packed with all the facilities you might need. The helpful concierge service sets up activities and equipment, stocks your kitchen and books meals out.

Some practical information worth knowing…

  • Travel: Niseko is about 2h by air and road from Tokyo or Osaka. Karuizawa is 2-2.5h by train from Tokyo.
  • Weather: Niseko’s ski season is Nov-May, with warm weather the rest of the year. Nagano’s ski season is Dec-Apr, with the region experiencing warm weather May-Oct.

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

This is a mountain escape like no other. Where most ski resorts are a bit crowded and impersonal, this one feels as if it has been designed just for you. There is still a great buzz in the village and on the bigger lifts, but when you are out on the mountain or back in your chalet, it feels like the world has melted away. The friendly concierge service really ‘gets’ what you need and tries hard to exceed expectations. We'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. To add a comment or check out what our community has to say, please click here: Powder Paradise

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