Overview of 2020
Big Round World adventures in 2020...
May 6 - 9, 2020 - Mayflower 400th Anniversary: A Taste of Plymouth, England
The Year 2020 marks the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower. More than 30 million people can trace their ancestry to the 102 passengers and approximately 30 crew who sailed on the Mayflower for a new life in the New World. In September of 1620 this group of people, who would become known as the Pilgrims, left their final stop in Plymouth, England to seek freedom to practice their religion and opportunity across the Atlantic. We will visit the site where the Mayflower departed on her epic voyage and will explore some of the highlights of old town Plymouth.
This short getaway is primarily designed to offer rest and relaxation and gentle exploration of this historic location. Group size - 15. Trip Leader - Deirdre Butler
Trip price: $660* per person | Deposit: $165 Single supplement: $156
* This special trip price is based on double occupancy. Same gender roommate will be assigned to participants traveling solo. If there is no available roommate to be assigned, the single supplement charge will become payable. Single supplements are limited.
May 9 - 17, 2020 - The Connoisseur's Land's End, Cornwall, England
Steeped in history, Cornwall has a mystical attraction. Romantic links with King Arthur. With tangible evidence over the millennia as a source of the pliable, "screaming" metal, tin, Cornwall's mining landscape enjoys World Heritage Site status. And today, the Penwith and Lizard peninsulas well deserve their status as Heritage Coasts within the greater designation of Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Join Big Round World in a feast for the eyes, heart, soul and stomach on this jam-packed, luxury 4 star accommodation, gastronomic extravaganza, walking and sightseeing tour of the southernmost end of Britain.
Suited to the active walker who likes to hike 5-6 miles daily over varied terrain. Group size 10-14. Trip Leader - Deirdre Butler
Trip Price: $3,680 per person | Deposit: $920
May 19 - 26, 2020 - A Walking Tour in Provence, France
Welcome to Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, the heart of the Alpilles Regional Park. Experience the hospitality of this charming little town, birthplace of Nostradamus, with its many café terraces and restaurants and enjoy the authentic French Provençal way of life. Our walking tour leads us from the exquisite hills of the Alpilles with the best Artisan & Crafts market in Provence, to the rugged beauty of the Luberon’s hilltop villages and the papal city of Avignon. We will also visit the UNESCO World Heritage Roman city of Arles, the wetlands of the Camargue with their unique wildlife and the medieval village of Les Baux-de-Provence.
While designed for the moderately active hiker, with walking distances between 5 – 8 miles and elevation gains up to 1200 feet, this trip can also accommodate non-walkers able to explore on their own. Group size 10-14. Trip Leader - Philippe Apchin, Assistant Leader - Deirdre Butler
Trip Price: $3,285 per person | Deposit: $821
One extraordinary ferry crossing. Two National Scenic Byways. Three remote mountain ranges. Four massive glaciers. Six wild rivers. Twenty hours of daylight. All this in eight days of wilderness exploration on the road less traveled in south-central Alaska. Under the midnight sun, wildlife and wildflowers abound. You’ll enjoy hiking through forests, meadows and over glaciers, encounter indigenous Alaskan cultures and learn about early exploitation of the area’s resources.
Join Big Round World on an excursion to the Wrangell-St.Elias National Park and Preserve, the largest national park in the country and one of the least visited. Wrangell-St. Elias National Park is part of an international world heritage site which contains some of the finest pristine wilderness in North America accessible by road.
Suited to the easy-moderate hiker with some more challenging sections. Group size 12. Trip Leader - Lisa Sobieniak, Assistant Leader - Deirdre Butler, Trip Driver - David Ongley
Trip Price: $3,835 per person | Deposit: $959
July 16 - 24, 2020 - Hiking in the Heart of the Dolomites, Italy
Stunning pale mountains rise abruptly from rolling green meadows. Villages dot the steep, narrow valleys. This UNESCO World Heritage Site has awed visitors for millennia. Come hike with Big Round World through an area many consider the most beautiful mountains on earth. Smaller than the neighboring Alps, these craggy mountains are readily accessible through a network of roads and ski lifts. Using our hotel in Cortina, Queen of the Dolomites and home to the 1951 Winter Olympics, as a base, our day hikes will enable us to experience some of the variety of the nine groups of mountains that make up the system. Our comfortable three star hotel is situated in the heart of town and convenient to many restaurants.
Suited to regular hikers who like to hike 5-8 miles daily over varied and sometimes challenging terrain, often steep, very rocky, and with occasional exposure to steep drop offs. Group size 10-14. Trip Leader - Gene Goldberg
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Trip Price: $3,685 per person | Deposit: $921
September 12 - 22, 2020 - Walking in the Ring of Kerry, Southern Ireland
The Emerald Isle is waiting for you. The Ring of Kerry, tucked away in the South West corner of Ireland adjacent to the Wild Atlantic Way, includes expanses of wilderness, majestic mountains, breathtaking waterfalls and serene lakes. Based on the edge of Killarney National Park, join us to uncover some of Southern Ireland's treasures and experience a culture famed for its myths, legends and music.
Suited to regular hikers who like to hike 3 - 10 miles daily, with some challenging sections and elevation gains up to 2,500 feet. Group size 10-14. Trip Leader - Lyn Potier, Assistant Leader - Deirdre Butler
Trip Price: $3,650 per person | Deposit: $913
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October 24 - November 7, 2020 - Explore Bhutan - Land of the Thunder Dragon
Heed the roar of the Thunder Dragon; he is calling you to Bhutan, the mystical Buddhist kingdom of the Himalayas. Come explore it with us. Mountains, fortresses, temples, fluttering prayer flags, Rhododendron forests, smiling faces, and whirling magical dancers; all this and more are what we will experience. We’ll walk the paths the locals walk, eat their food, talk to them, and visit their homes. Travel by private bus, stay in comfortable hotels, and listen to our knowledgeable local English speaking guides.
Suited for active walkers who like to hike 2-5 miles daily in hilly and sometimes steep and maybe muddy conditions. We have one hike with 1,700 feet of elevation gain on rocky trails with steep drop offs. Group size 8-12. Trip Leader - Gene Goldberg, Assistant Leader - Deirdre Butler
Trip Price: $5,800 per person | Deposit: $1,450
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Big Round World prices are based on double occupancy of rooms. Same gender roommate will be assigned to participants traveling solo. Single supplements are limited - book early for the best chance to reserve a space.
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