3 Adventurous Excursions Sure to Transform how you see the World

3 Adventurous Excursions Sure to Transform how you see the World

For those interested in a combination of great #foodanddrink, #nature and #active adventures, take a look at three proposed adventures below in #Europe and the #MiddleEast. For #adrenaline seekers or #relaxation junkies, theres something for everybody.


For those interested in a combination of great food, nature and adventure, take a look at three proposed adventures below in Europe and the Middle East. 

1) Pedaling & Pickles (Germany) 

Bike your way from Baroque Potsdam to resilient Dresden and keep yourself fueled with German fare along the way. Bike paths allow you to get intimately acquainted with the castles, windmills, and Karst mountains of the Swiss-Saxony region. You will follow the scenic shores of the Havel and Elbe rivers, with close view of boars and elk in a Wildpark Forest. 

follow the scenic shores of the Havel and Elbe rivers

Dresden by Bike. Photo courtesy of VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations 
Dresden by Bike. Photo courtesy of VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations 

You will also visit Sanssouci Park, which includes a baroque flower garden with lawns, flower beds, hedges, trees and 3,000 fruit trees including oranges, melons, peaches and bananas. 

You will learn about the process of creating fine porcelain in Meissen and get lost in the dense forests of Spreewald. Here, you can enjoy a meal with a German family at a pickle and sauerkraut factory.

enjoy a meal with a German family at a pickle and sauerkraut factory 

from  $2,645

Berlin to Dresden: Hidden Gems of Eastern Germany Biking Tour

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 Berlin, Germany
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2) Buzzards, Baklava & Bedouin Breakfasts 

Join WANT Adventures for a culinary and wildlife adventure through Jordan, where you will experience the best of Bedouin hospitality and millennia of history. You will actively explore Roman ruins, crusaders castles, the Dead Sea and the Read Sea with opportunities to get intimate with Jordan’s key attractions in a way that not many do. For example, you will tour Petra at night by candlelight, an amazing experience only offered on special days. 

tour Petra at night by candlelight

Cooking Lessons in Jordan. Photo courtesy of WANT Adventures. 

You will also don life vests to explore the deep Wadi Mujib gorge through hiking trails and swimming trails, past waterfalls. This gorge enters the Dead Sea at 410 meters below sea level and provides a remarkable opportunity to see incredible wildlife, at the lowest nature reserve in the world. You’ll get close to the rich vegetation in the wadi beds where you’ll find palm trees, wild fig and Tamarix trees. 

provides a remarkable opportunity to see incredible wildlife

The steep mountain slopes support highly adapted mammals such as the Rock Hyrax, Eurasian Badger and the Nubian Ibex (a large mountain goat). The gorge is also an internationally important passageway for migratory birds including storks, buzzards, honey buzzards and levant sparrow hawks. Your stomach will also enjoy the adventure with culinary events planned throughout the trip. You will visit a local pastry shop to sample local specialities (like baklava), learn to cook traditional dishes from a professional Jordanian chef and feast on Bedouin breakfasts throughout. 

3) Skiing, Semmeln & Speck 

If you are a strong backcountry skier with an appetite for adventure and good food, consider the Ortler Circuit trip where you can ski from hut to hut along the Ortler range, which straddles the border between Italy and Austria. 

strong backcountry skier with an appetite for adventure and good food

Skiing the Ortler Circuit. Photo courtesy of Borealis Mountain Guides. 
Skiing the Ortler Circuit. Photo courtesy of Borealis Mountain Guides. 

The location allows you to take advantage of the best of both county’s culinary traditions: homemade pasta and delicious wines in Northern Italy and hearty Austrian breakfasts of semmeln (bread rolls), ham (sometimes a smoked bacon called speck or cut sausages called schinkenspeck), cakes, pastries and jam. When you’re skiing, you will also be exposed to new things. 

from  $2,200

Ski Touring the Ortler Circuit

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 Ortler, Stilfs, Province of Bolzano - South Tyrol, Italy
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Along your journey, you may catch sight of foxes, chamois (a goat-antelope species), and the chouca bird, identifiable with a vivid yellow beak and jet-black plumage. Barbed wire and other relics will remind you of the high alpine skirmishes fought here during World War I. 

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