Tucson: Skating in the Winter Sun

Tucson: Skating in the Winter Sun

Years ago I spent six months living in Tucson, Arizona. I very much enjoyed the city, including the people, the university, the sunshine, and the seasonal monsoons. Two of the activities I most enjoyed were skating on the paved paths of the city and hiking on the surrounding trails – especially in… Continue reading “Tucson: Skating in the Winter Sun”

Traveling To Portugal

Traveling through Portugal – A Timeless Journey

A sunny, dry, and hot climate embraces Portugal. It almost never rains there, except occasionally in May. Traveling through Portugal during our May Hiking & Wine Adventure, we were fortunate enough to experience all of the best things this beautiful country has to offer – even a big thunderstorm and heavy rains!… Continue reading “Traveling through Portugal – A Timeless Journey”

Inca Trail Earth Day at Machu Picchu

Inca Trail Trek – Amazing Journey, Amazing Views

Hiking the Inca Trail is on many people’s bucket lists – and for good reason! The scenery, culture, and altitude make the journey on the trail a memorable experience. This past April, Jack Witt, our friend and fitness, wellness, and life coach, led a group of adventurers across the Classic Inca Trail. “This really… Continue reading “Inca Trail Trek – Amazing Journey, Amazing Views”

Oregon Wine Adventure – A Closeup Look at the Eola-Amity Hills AVA

Wine often expresses a sense of place.  Place is attributed to by a number of different factors:  layers of mineral deposits and sediments left after millions of years of geologic activity that contribute to different flavor profiles; climatic factors like temperature patterns & annual precipitation that have an effect on vine growth and, therefore,… Continue reading “Oregon Wine Adventure – A Closeup Look at the Eola-Amity Hills AVA”

My Favorite Things While Hiking and Biking in Italy

This post is written by Zephyr traveler and guest blogger Rhonda Jarrett, who went on last month’s Tuscany & Umbria Hike, Bike, Wine & Food Adventure with her family and friends.  We asked her to write about her favorite part of each day of the trip.  Her husband and son will also… Continue reading “My Favorite Things While Hiking and Biking in Italy”

How Difficult is the Inca Trail?

The Classic Inca Trail, which takes hikers from the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu in Peru, is difficult for most people. There is no denying it. To start with, most people are simply not accustomed to hiking for four days and sleeping in a tent for three nights. While the daily hiking… Continue reading “How Difficult is the Inca Trail?”

4 Misconceptions About Hiking the Inca Trail

We conducted a “Two-Minute Survey” and asked potential travelers for their opinions about traveling to Peru.  Our intent was to not only find out how and where people were interested in traveling to and in Peru but also to find out if we had the information on our Inca Trail Hiking website… Continue reading “4 Misconceptions About Hiking the Inca Trail”

South Africa Safari

“Oh my gosh. Look at that elephant.” We were on the second day of our three-day South Africa safari and participating in a “bush walk”. My girlfriend Devon and I were joined by one other couple and our khaki-wearing, rifle-toting guide Jonathan. Now, seeing an elephant on a safari is a common… Continue reading “South Africa Safari”

Self-Guided Vacations in Italy

I spent 17 days in Italy this past month helping to create Zephyr’s newest business division: Self-Guided Adventures in Italy. This is a totally new concept for us and a fairly new concept in the travel world, so I’ll explain. Self-guided adventures are sort of a middle ground between taking a guided… Continue reading “Self-Guided Vacations in Italy”

Colorado Hike & Wheel

We have been running our Colorado Skating Adventure for years. Last summer, four of our High Rollers (repeat customers with at least 20 Zephyr trip days) asked us to add hiking to the itinerary. Happy to oblige, we created our Colorado Hike & Wheel Adventure that ran from July 30 through August… Continue reading “Colorado Hike & Wheel”

Burgundy & Paris Multisport

Pinot noir, chocolate crepes, and escargot.Notre dame, the EiffelTower, and the Musée d’Orsay.Biking through vineyards, skating on canal tow paths, and hiking to a hillside church.There is so much happening on our Burgundy and Paris Multisport Adventure it is hard to know where to start my blog. Burgundy, a province in the… Continue reading “Burgundy & Paris Multisport”