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And Celebrate the Tour de France with us...

We are counting down to the 'GRAND DEPART' of the TOUR DE FRANCE in Leeds at 10 am on the 5th July. With the first 2 stages played out on the rolling roads of Yorkshire, we could hardly be more excited! As our tribute to the TdF and '30 Years of KE' here are 30 of the best cycling experiences that you just might encounter on one of our holidays. WHERE IS the steepest climb; lowest point we cycle; friendliest dogs; best single track; longest descent and where can you have guinea pig for dinner?  

 

>> To find out check out our Top 30 Cycling Experiences 

Tour de France Road Cycling

Experience the Tour

Celebrate the Tour by joining one of our classic French road cycling holidays, which each includes sections regularly incorporated in the world's premier cycling event.   

>> Top French Rides
Road Cycling in Corsica

Corsica - One Year On

One year on from the start of  last years Tour in Corsica, KE director Glenn Rowley led our first group on our new Tour of Corsica road cycling holiday.

 

 >> Read Glenn's Tour Report
Road Cycling Winter Training grounds

Winter Training Grounds

To keep fit during the winter months, our  Gran Canaria Tour comes highly recommended - just ask the Saxo Tinkov pro team who regularly train here.

 >> View all Road Cycling
Hot Off The Press
Icelands Northern Lights at Myvatn
 


New holidays in the KE Collection this month

Here are this months exclusives!  Be the first to book on one of these brand new holidays for 2015 - now live on our website...  

 

TREKKING - Timeless Transylvania Walks & Wonders  

Known as the home of Count Dracula, Transylvania is a land of myth and legend, but also a land of untouched nature - virgin forests, unspoiled mountain ranges, breathtaking scenery and friendly people.

 

WINTER ACTIVITY - Iceland Northern Lights at Myvatn

An exploratory adventure to Lake Myvatn in Iceland`s Frozen North  in search of the aurora borealis with Snowshoeing, hot pools and the dramatic coastal scenery of the Troll Peninsula.

  

FAMILY - Blazing Saddles Family Adventure in Portugal

Meet some new furry friends on this delightful family adventure walking with donkeys in the beautiful and very traditional Tras-os-Montes region of north-eastern Portugal.  

 

>> View all brand new holidays for 2015 

Kilimanjaro Summer Special
Kilimanjaro Special offer - Free Goodie Bag worth 130

Free Kili Goodie Bag worth 130!!!

 

All clients booking on a Kilimanjaro holiday between now and 31st August for travel in 2014 will receive our Kili Summer Special goodie bag worth 130! We have picked out a selection of essential items from the KE kit list to include in our special goodie bag, which we think you should not travel to Kilimanjaro without. In addition to our stylish KE kit bags you will receive a Petzl Tikka head torch, a 30 litre dry bag, a wide mouth Nalgene water bottle, a pair of the Fizan light weight trekking poles, a KE buff and to top it all our famous KE Baseball cap for that all important summit photo! What are you waiting for?

  

>> View Kilmanjaro Summer Special Offer
>> Why Climb Kilimanjaro with KE

Trip Full!  New Dates Added
New dates added on Guatemala's Magnificent Seven

New dates for 2014, 2015 & 2016 online

With many of our 2014 holidays having 'sold out' due to high demand we have been busy adding additional departures to ensure that you won't miss out on your dream holiday. Guatemala, Corsica, Bulgaria, and Patagonia are of the few destinations with new dates that are 'Hot to Book' right now!

Our product team have also been busy confirming dates for 2015 and early 2016. With the majority of these now available to book online you've no reason not to plan ahead for your next adventure holiday in Morocco, Peru or perhaps Burma?  

 

>> View additional dates for 2014
>> Find your perfect holiday for 2015 

Nepal Trekking Peak Season
Trekking and climbing in Nepal

Dust off your boots and crampons

Trekking Peaks are more popular than ever and the inaugural departure of our Tabsar Peak and the Tsum Valley expedition sold out within a couple of weeks of it being advertised. A second departure, to be led by Ade Summers, has now been set up - just click the link below to book!   

 

There has also been a great deal of interest in our longer-established trekking peak holidays; including the classic Mera Peak, with its summit views of 5 of the world's 8000m peaks, Chulu Far East and the Tilicho La on the north side of the Annapurnas and Ramdung and Parchemo which includes the crossing of the spectacular Teshi Lapcha.

 

>>  Book Tabsar Peak and Tsum Valley            
>>  View all Nepal Trekking Peak holidays 

Juniper Trust / PRAN Update
Juniper Trust Project - PRAN building progress so far

Centre of excellence takes shape...

In Nepal, help for children with special needs is almost non existent and PRAN is one of the very few organizations that are making a difference. Work is well underway to build a new centre of excellence to help teach both children and teachers.

 

We are already a third of the way to our target of raising 22,500 pounds and one floor of the new building is now fully operational. There are three floors to complete, hopefully before the end of the year and KE is helping to raise a further 15,000 to achieve this by donating 5 for every booking we receive in 2014. If you would like to make a donation to this very worthwhile project go to...  

 

>> Read latest update on JT website 

>> www.justgiving.com
Magical Madeira
Madeira Walking Week

Client review of the week

"Alberto Filipe (our guide) was outstanding. He was very professional, knowledgeable, sensitive, and very safety conscious. He also has a very good sense of humour.  In many ways he made the holiday. We have not laughed so much for years." Mr Whitbread, UK.  

 

 >> Maderia reviews & blogs 
Hikes and Heritage

Fay on trail in Macedonia

"You could be forgiven for believing you were in the Alps; however, we only need to tot up 3 people that we have passed during the week - to remind ourselves that we are far from alpine crowds in a country which, steeped in history, is still very much untouched and undiscovered..."

 

>> Read Fay's Macedonia blog
Antarctic Adventure

10% Off Upgrades

ALL 2015 and early 2016 Antarctic Cruise dates are live on the web so you can book ahead to make sure you secure the best cabins with the very best views! Book by 31st July  on Antarctic Classic or Antarctic In Depth and receive a 10% discount on cabin upgrades (CAT.3 & above)!

 

>> View all Polar holidays
Late Getaways for Summer
Family Adventure Holiday in Turkey

Last minute holiday still to book?

It's still not too late to book your Summer break. Whether you are a family looking for a fun-filled, action-packed holiday or a solo traveller looking to avoid the tourist hotspots we have some great last minute adventures for you.

      

> Toubkal Weekend Ascent Morocco - 4 days

> High Tatras Trekking in Poland - 8 days

> Dolomites High Level Traverse Italy - 8 days

> Tour del Gran Paradiso Italy - 9 days

> Family Turkey Multi Activity holiday - 8 days

> Family Iceland - King of the Vikings - 8 days

> Namibia Highlights Tour - 14 days

> Bumthang Festival Trek in Bhutan  - 12 days 

> Best of Northern India - 9 days
> Balkans Bash Mountain Biking
- 8 days
> Camino de Santiago by Bike - 11 days 

 

>> View all Late Availability
Holiday of the Month
Trekking in Oman

Oman Adventure Trekking - 10 days

KE is one of the few operators to run a real mountain trek in Oman. Travel with us and you'll explore the most dramatic sections of the Al Hajar mountains which rise to 3000m above the clear blue waters of the Gulf. Superb trekking, year-round sunshine and welcoming people, Oman is the Middle East's best-kept secret!  

 

~ Serene walking in the Jewel of Arabia
~ Remote walks across Jebel Shams & Akhdar
~ Trek the superb 'Balcony Walk' of Wadi Nakhr
~ Experience the ancient capital of Nizwa

~ Coastal camping with Indian Ocean views

   

Depart: 23 Oct and 28 Dec 2014 plus 2015 dates. 

Price: Flight inclusive from 1875 or 1295 land only 

Includes: 3 nights hotels, 6 nights camp, all meals     

 

>> View Oman Adventure Trek
Marathon Madness
Tenzing Hilary Everest Marathon

The story of this years race

The 12th edition of the famous Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon (the world's highest marathon) set off on 29th May 2014 in difficult conditions from snowfall from the previous 72 hours. Participants from 23 countries took part with our KE group amongst them. Despite the conditions every participant crossed the finishing line at Namche Bazaar with the winner Sudip Kulung finishing in an incredible 3:50:09!

 

Special congratulations are in order for KE client Timothy Watson and KE Travel Consultant Angela Davies who both finished 3rd in the Foreigners Open Men's and Women's Categories and to KE leader Tom Richardson who completed the marathon for the second year in a row! Both Angela and Tom have written exciting blogs about their experiences and are already planning their next challenges!

 

>> Read Angela's Marathon Race Blog

>> Read Tom's account - Second Year On 

July Prize Draw

Win a Cycling Backpack & Helmet

With the Tour de France starting and finishing this month we couldn't not give away a fantastic cycling related prize!  You could be in with a chance of winning a Specialized S-Works Helmet and a Trangoworld TX10 lightweight pack, courtesy of Allcord which features a lifting grip, ergonomic shoulder pads, ventilated mesh back and only weighs 480g. This bike prize is perfect for use on all KE Road, Semi Slick and Mountain Bike holidays.   

 

To win you simply need to click on the link below to recommend a friend to receive our eNews, KE Updates and brochures.    

 

Last month we gave away an ACT Trail 32 Backpack donated by our partners at Deuter and we're happy to announce that Patrick O'Donnell from Ireland was the lucky winner.

 

>> Recommend a friend for your chance to win
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