It’s the ideal time to get inspiration for your next walking holiday as our walking trips offer something for everyone. If you enjoy a gentle ramble with your camera, taking in the scenery and local culture or a physical challenge to take your trekking experience to the next level. We’ve got you covered.
Walks and Wine Tasting in Spain and Portugal
An easy walk is all about taking in the scenery, on undemanding terrains. If you want an introduction to walking, you won’t have any problems on our easy walking holidays. A great place to start is between Spain and Portugal. Travelling between Madrid and Porto through Spain’s Ribera del Duero region and Portugal’s Douro wine lands; you’ll find the perfect balance of culture, cuisine and countryside. Passing through UNESCO World Heritage sites, National Parks and wine tasting atop hills and surrounded by Romanesque architecture; walking will be the perfect way to take in everything that this trip has to offer.
EASY TO MODERATE
Walking in Puglia and Basilicata
An easy to moderate walk combines aspects of both these grades. Mostly it’s on good paths at relatively low altitude with the occasional incline or decline. In the heel of Italy’s boot, Puglia offers a seaside alternative to the well-known Amalfi and Cinque Terre coastlines. Our ‘Walking in Puglia and Basilicata’ trip follows coastal trails along the Adriatic, heading inland to Alberobello, famed for its beehive shaped Trulli
houses, and Matera, 2019’s designated European Capital of Culture. It’s sure to become a more popular destination, so it’s a great time to visit, if you love walking in Italy. With delicious local cuisine to enjoy as you walk; this is a delightfully authentic and unspoilt region.
Walking the Western US National Parks
A moderate walking holiday offers a great introduction to walking if you’re already quite active; and is definitely the best way to connect with the United States’ National Parks. Our trip features five of its best national parks: including Bryce Canyon’s other-worldly landscape of sandstone pinnacles known as hoodoos
; the winding switchbacks of Angel’s Landing trail for a view over Zion Canyon’s pre-historic landscape; and trekking into the infamous Grand Canyon. The excellent network of hikers’ shuttle buses and good trail markings, provide easy-to-follow trails and flexible lengths. This awe-inspiring trip will not disappoint.
MODERATE TO CHALLENGING
Trekking the Transylvanian Alps
Moderate to challenging walks offer more of a challenge with some longer more demanding treks, interspersed with a few moderate days to pace yourself. Enjoy trekking off the beaten track and explore an alternative to the Swiss Alps in Romania’s Transylvanian Alps. Take in the region’s tranquillity and wild beauty on a point to point trek, with each night spent in either a family run guesthouse or simple mountain huts. The welcome from the locals here is warm and many of the delicious, home-cooked meals on the trip are included, making it excellent value for money.
Challenging treks are longer (6-8 hours), with some altitude (over 3,000m) and steeper paths. You need a good level of fitness, previous walking experience and ideally, training beforehand. Trekking through Nepal to the Himalayas should be on every walker’s bucket list though; both for its spectacular scenery and the rich culture of people who live there. The nine-day Annapurna Sanctuary trail is a Himalayan icon. Setting out from green valleys and tumbling rice terraces, each day you’ll trek between ‘teahouses’, simple family-run mountain lodges, to Annapurna Base Camp. At 4,130 metres, it has great views of the peaks that surround it, some over 7,000m, and the Annapurna South glacier. On top of walking, spending time with the wonderful Nepali guides, porters and cooks who support our treks, is a highlight for many trekkers.
CHALLENGING TO TOUGH
Kilimanjaro – Lemosho Trek
For challenging to tough walks you need to be a confident, experienced trekker with a good level of physical fitness. Often the walks include difficult terrain, high altitude and some demanding ascents and descents. Anyone looking for a personal challenge should definitely consider climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak! At 5,895 metres, its volcanic cone rises majestically over plains of the Kenya and Tanzania border. Our preferred route is the lesser-trekked Lemosho route, which takes you to the summit over seven days, through five different zones with their own microclimate and vegetation. We allow plenty of time for acclimatisation to maximise your chances of summit success.
A walking tour gives you the opportunity to explore a country in more depth, by giving you time to take it in without a glass screen between you and the places you’re visiting. It can also give you the opportunity to test yourself physically by taking on challenging hikes to give you an incredible sense of achievement.
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