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CAMARGUE TRAIL

Next spring, ex­plore the wet­lands of the Camargue re­gional park on a five-day bird-watch­ing hol­i­day with Na­ture Trek. You will get the chance to see flamin­gos, herons, gulls and terns, as well as the fa­mous white horses and black bulls. The trip in­cludes vis­its to La Crau, home to curlews and lesser kestrels, and the Alpilles lime­stone hills, where short-toed ea­gles and honey buz­zards fly. Tours depart on 2 May and 6 May 2018, and the price is from £995pp in­clud­ing flights, meals, ac­com­mo­da­tion in a fam­ily-run ho­tel and bird­watch­ing ac­tiv­i­ties. Tel: 01962 733 051 na­ture­trek.co.uk

COR­SICA TREK

Dis­cover the moun­tains and vil­lages of Cor­sica on a seven-night walk­ing tour with Ex­o­dus Trav­els. The trek be­gins in Bocog­nano, in the cen­tre of the is­land, and takes in sec­tions of the GR20 trail, past gorges, rivers, mead­ows and small com­mu­ni­ties. Walks range from 11-16 kilo­me­tres a day, and you have a free day for vis­it­ing the old cap­i­tal, Corte, or soak­ing up the sun on the beach at Ajac­cio. Prices start from £949pp based on two shar­ing, and in­clude all break­fasts, five lunches, six din­ners, ac­com­mo­da­tion in a fam­ily-run ho­tel and flights. Tel: 0203 131 6100 ex­o­dus.co.uk

OPERA AT VER­SAILLES

Mar­vel at the splen­dour of the 18th-cen­tury Opéra Royal at the Palace of Ver­sailles on a new four-day trip from Travel for the Arts. Guests will at­tend a recital of Vi­valdi and Han­del arias, and a per­for­mance of Gluck’s opera Or­feo ed Euridice. Also in­cluded are guided tours of the city of Ver­sailles and the palace it­self, once home to Louis XIV, the ‘Sun King’. The trip be­gins on 8 June 2018 and costs from £1,495pp based on two shar­ing, in­clud­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion, break­fasts, one lunch, one din­ner and re­turn Eurostar travel. Tel: 0208 799 8350 trav­elfort­hearts.com

GET IN THE SAD­DLE

En­joy horse rid­ing on quiet paths amid the lush scenery of western France on a seven-day hol­i­day with Re­spon­si­ble Travel. You will be based at a ru­ral mai­son d’hôte in Nou­velle-aquitaine and take morn­ing rides on well-be­haved horses at an eques­trian cen­tre or through the coun­try­side. In the after­noon, there is time to re­lax in a heated pool or ex­plore the sights. Prices start from £962pp based on two shar­ing, and in­clude ac­com­mo­da­tion and all food and drink. Horse rid­ing is payable lo­cally, at €20-€30 per hour. Tel: 01273 823 700 re­spon­si­ble­travel.com

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