Walking Holidays Best Enjoyed in April

Whilst we have holidays available throughout the year, in some places the weather and climate either preclude walking at certain times or at best make it very difficult.

Walking Holiday in China China - Guilin - Rivers and Rice Terraces  

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Guìlín means "forest of Sweet Osmanthus", owing to the large number of fragrant Sweet Osmanthus trees located in the city. Located in the northeast of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in south China, Guilin has a sub-tropical climate and is a low rise flower covered city. The stunning landscape in which the city is situated has a kind of magic that is all its own. The strangely shaped hills or karsts, with the verdant vegetation ranging from bamboos to conifers together with crystal clear waters of the Li River and thousands of colourful bamboo rafts make the city such an appealing destination. It is also an important cultural city with a history of more than 2,000 years. The city has been the political, economic and cultural centre of Guangxi since the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127). This is one of China's most popular tourist destinations. Ask any one in China and they will say the Guilin landscape is the best!

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Walking Holiday in China China - Szechuan  

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The province of Szechuan is one of the largest in China. The west of the province has some of the highest mountains in China as it borders the Himalayas and Szechuan is home to many fascinating ethnic minorities. One group is the people of Tibetan origin living on a high grass plateau. In majestic surroundings, they continue to maintain a culture and language akin to Tibetans living within Tibet. As practicing Buddhists their temples, monasteries and village hillsides are festooned with prayer flags - all creating a truly wondrous sight. Visitors to this part of China have a feeling of being in the Wild West with horses and ‘cowboy’ hats being a major feature. Many continue to practice their ancient nomadic life style, and their canvas tents and yak herds scattered far and wide over the grasslands will be witnessed in your travels.

This amazing region of China remains in a time warp and will appeal especially to visitors with an adventurous spirit!  To access it requires travel over a high mountain range with surrounding snow-capped peaks rising to over 5000m.  Beyond the mountains are extensive grass plateau and into the folds of the mountain lie deep verdant valleys. This is the majestic setting for our trekking and camping experience (optional non camping itinerary).

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Walking Holiday in China China - Tiger Leaping Gorge and Beyond  

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In this spectacular part of China with dramatic and diverse natural beauty, extends the Tiger Leaping Gorge - the setting for a world famous trek in an area considered to be the best trekking landscape China has to offer. The Gorge was formed by the Upper Yangtze River cutting a path between two mountains rising over 5500 metres on either side from the river bed at 1800m making it the world’s deepest river canyon. The Grand Canyon in the USA by contrast, is only 1600 metres deep. The trail runs high on the northern side of the gorge passing through quiet villages, shady forests, and verdant terraced farmland with the odd cliff to negotiate! It is said that a tiger escaping from a hunter jumped across the river at the narrowest point still 25m wide, hence the name. The local people are the Naxi and offer warm hospitality to passing trekkers.

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Walking Holiday in China China - Combination for Adventure  

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For those looking for adventurous walking in China these 2 treks offer a chance to go to remote areas of the country which very few Westerners visit. Combine the remoteness of the high plateau in Szechuan with walking through the mighty Tiger Leaping Gorge and on to ancient towns and cities.

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Walking Holiday in China China - Combination for Ethnic Peoples  

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For those looking for the ethnic peoples of China we have put together this itinerary. These 3 treks offer the chance to experience the everyday life of a number of different Chinese peoples and to gain a greater understanding of their way of life, where some things haven't changed for hundreds of years. Combine the rivers and rice terraces worked by Zhaung and Yao villagers with the Tibetans in Szechuan and the Naxi, Yi, Yao and Mosuo peoples in the Tiger Leaping Gorge trek.

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Walking Holiday in China China - Combination for Relaxed Walking  

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For those looking for less strenuous walking in China but still encompassing the culture and history of the country we have combined our Guilin Rivers and Rice Terraces trek with a visit to Xi'an for the Terracotta Warriors. This combination enables you to enjoy the delights of the Yangshuo and Li rivers and the famous "Dragon's Backbone" rice terraces with exploring the world reknown Terracotta Warriors.

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Walking Holiday in Croatia  Croatia - Istria - Trek through Green Istria  

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Imagine a green land of meadows, vineyards, rivers, forests and olive groves, as well as beautiful villages and medieval walled towns perched on hilltops. This is the north of Croatia where Istria lies. Learn about this area’s fascinating culture and heritage as you explore its breathtaking landscape. Your trek will immerse you in the local lifestyle, including its superior wines, homemade olive oils and, some say, the finest truffles in the world known as the “gourmet gem” – the highlight of Istrian cuisine.  You will of course have the chance to taste and purchase some of these luxuries as you explore the area. Visit Hum, the smallest city in the world, and relish the historic hilltop towns of Motovun and Grožnjan which look like remnants of another century, half-abandoned accretions of ancient stone poised high above rich green pastures, also known as the towns of artists. To experience the very best of Istria, visit Učka Nature Park which contains the rugged peaks of the Učka Mountains that drop down into the glistening waters of the Bay of Kvarner. The views become more spectacular with every step, giving you the chance to enjoy secluded valleys, fertile plains dotted with hilltop towns and the magnificent jagged coastline of islands, quiet coves and long sandy beaches. 

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Walking Holiday in Cyprus Cyprus - Cyprus Trek  

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Cyprus offers great variety in its walking. You can experience the mountains of the Troodos range where you have wide ranging views over the island from coast to coast. There are valleys to explore with burbling streams running alongside you, the chirping of birds and perhaps the sighting of a mouflon. Medieval Venetian watermills and bridges add a historical context to the area along with deserted Turkish Cypriot villages. Forests range across the island which offer shade and a different kind of scenery to explore. Finally you get down to the coast with its stunning blue seas.All over the island there are small rural villages, some of which look as if time has forgotten them as they appear the same as they did 100 years ago. Walking through and staying in these villages offer a vastly different experience to staying in the tourist-centric resort towns and cities by the coast. You are able to enjoy the friendly, local lifestyles of these villages at the end of each scenic walk.

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Walking Holiday in Dominica Dominica - Dominica  

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Dominica is such a pristine island there is a very short list of 'typical island' attractions to fill each day.  So it's back to nature and in visiting Dominica you soon become a bit of naturalist - that's the island. With so much to learn discover and explore, the best way to start is on foot.  Walking is undoubtedly what the island is all about and we offer a choice of guided and self guided walks from two beautiful and very comfortable Eco Lodges.  Also we suggest a night or two in Fort Young in Roseau to explore the capital town. For a perfect combination stay high in the island's interior near Roseau and by the ocean on the east coast.  Aside from hiking the ocean offers further opportunities for swimming, snorkelling, diving and whale watching.  Food on the island is pure plentiful and very natural with an abundance of fruits, fish and vegetables which leave you glowing with health when you return home.  Dominica is an island which will truly captivate your senses with every intention to return...and most people do.

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Walking Holiday in Greece - Peloponnese Greece - Peloponnese - Kardamili  

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The Peloponnese is divided from the Greek mainland by that magnificent engineering feat, the Corinth Canal, and consists of three spindly fingers, the middle of which is known as the Mani peninsula. The Peloponnese covers an area of land roughly the size of Wales. Our walking takes place in the Exo Mani (Outer Mani) and is centred around the bohemian coastal village of Kardamili, some 35kms south of Kalamata. This is a region little affected by tourism and still heavily reliant on agriculture for its main source of income, especially the renowned Kalamata olives. The Mani is a green and lush area due to its heavy rains in January and February. The area has small mountain villages each with their own character, all with Greek Orthodox churches and chapels generally open for you to explore. They are especially noted for their exquisite frescos on the walls and ceilings. There are picturesque small fishing villages all along the coast with whitewashed houses clustered around harbours full of fishing boats. The scenery is stunning in an area of outstanding natural beauty steeped in ancient history with fascinating relics of a bygone era.

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Walking Holiday in Italy Italy - Amalfi Coast - Multi Centred  

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The Amalfi Coast stretches 50km from Sorrento to Salerno and is one of the most breath-taking coastlines in Europe. Steep terraces full of scented lemon groves fall sheer into a deep blue Mediterranean sea; whitewashed houses cling precariously to unforgiving slopes while sea and sky merge in one vast blue horizon. Colourful towns are pasted onto the steep slopes and have a history dating back 100’s of years.

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Walking Holiday in Italy Italy - Amalfi Coast trek  

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The Amalfi Coast stretches 50km from Sorrento to Salerno and is one of the most breath-taking coastlines in Europe. Steep terraces full of scented lemon groves fall sheer into a deep blue Mediterranean sea; whitewashed houses cling precariously to unforgiving slopes while sea and sky merge in one vast blue horizon. Colourful towns are pasted onto the steep slopes and have a history dating back 100’s of years.

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Walking Holiday in Italy Italy - Coastal Cilento - Trek  

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The World Heritage listed Cilento National Park is located approximately 50km south of Salerno. While being close to its more popular neighbour the Amalfi Coast, Cilento offers a very different kind of experience where you can delight in the true, authentic Italy. This small bump on the top of Italy’s foot is rocky and the crystal-blue sea laps at its shores. There is a dramatic kind of beauty here, with rocky ridges set between small picturesque inlets. Richly scented pinewoods stand sentinel to wide sandy beaches. Cilento is also rich in history and the trek begins in a town that is home to some amazing Greek temples. While walking, you will also pass old rural chapels, ancient farmhouses, watermills and charming medieval villages. Some traditional fishing villages can also be found along the route, a couple of which you will stay at.

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Walking Holiday in Italy Italy - Heart of Cilento - Trek  

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Cilento offers a very different kind of experience to its more popular neighbour, the Amalfi Coast. With quiet, rural and untouched land, Cilento presents a true insight into authentic Italy. Close to the World Heritage listed Cilento National Park you will find yourself in the real “Heart of the Cilento”. Immerse yourself in the glistening crystal clear waters of the Calore River, the wilderness of the Cervati mountain range located on an extinct volcano and finally the imposing limestone cliffs of the Alburni Mountains. Inland Cilento is largely unspoilt; you will encounter few other tourists along your way, making it a peaceful and unique experience. You will pass through pristine beech and oak forests, mountain meadows, stunning river valleys and impressive canyons. You will also walk through countryside with vineyards, olive groves and many cultural treasures such as chapels, old watermills and charming medieval villages which will capture your imagination. At either end of your trek you will also have an opportunity to visit the Greek temples of Paestum or even just spend some time relaxing on the beautiful sandy beaches.

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Walking Holiday in Italy - Via Francigena Italy - Via Francigena - Lucca to Siena  

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You begin your pilgrimage in the endearing Tuscan City of Lucca, known fondly as ‘the city of 100 churches’, where as well as exploring its vast number of religious buildings (all of which represent fascinating examples of architectural Italian styles), you can also enjoy a stroll around the old city walls with panoramic views overlooking the city, well worth adding an extra night here to relax before embarking on your journey.

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Walking Holiday in Italy - Via Francigena Italy - Via Francigena - Montefiascone to Rome - Last 130km  

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This 7 night trip covers the last section of this route into Rome so that you can immerse yourself in the Italian culture, enjoy delicious rustic food and learn about the historical significance of this famous pilgrimage. By completing this section you will be eligible for your ‘Testimonium’ of pilgrimage with your pilgrim passport which we provide as part of your journey. Our standard itinerary is 7 nights with your last night spent in Rome. Extra nights in Rome can easily be added if you wish to spend more time exploring this fascinating city and its famous landmarks - the Colosseum, Castel Sant Angelo, the Trevi Fountain and so much more.

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Walking Holiday in Italy - Via Francigena Italy - Via Francigena - Siena to Montefiascone  

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This 10 night section begins in the historic city of Siena nestled within the characteristic hills of Tuscany. Each day offers vast views across beautiful landscapes to match with the gentle walking; one day even offers the opportunity for wine tastings! Following mule tracks, country lanes and rolling vineyards, you pass through charming Italian hilltop villages as you make your way towards the hilltop town of Montefiascone.  Of course, you can also continue walking on from Montefiascone into Rome (see our next section) for another 6 or 7 nights where you can visit the striking Vatican City and gaze upon the Monte Mario (Mons Gaudii – Mount of Joy”), one of the city’s highest hills, before reaching St Peters Square to stand in awe, at journeys end, before the magnificent splendour of the Basilica. 

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Walking Holiday in Italy - Via Francigena Italy - Via Francigena - Siena to Rome  

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You begin your journey in the historic city of Siena nestled within the characteristic hills of Tuscany. Each day offers vast views across beautiful landscapes to match with the gentle walking; one day even offers the opportunity for wine tastings! Following mule tracks, country lanes and rolling vineyards, you pass through charming Italian hilltop villages as you make your way towards the awaited destination of Rome where you can visit the striking Vatican City and gaze upon the Monte Mario (Mons Gaudii – Mount of Joy”), one of the city’s highest hills, before reaching St Peters Square to stand in awe, at journeys end, before the magnificent splendour of the Basilica.  By completing this section you will be eligible for your ‘Testimonium’ of pilgrimage with your pilgrim passport which we provide as part of your journey. Our standard itinerary for this section is 16 nights with your last night spent in Rome. Extra nights can be added along the trek, we particularly recommend adding extra nights in Siena, Bolsena and of course in Rome allowing you more time exploring this fascinating city and its famous landmarks such as the Colosseum, Castel Sant Angelo, the Trevi Fountain and so much more. 

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Walking Holiday in Malta - Gozo Malta - Gozo - Gozo  

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Gozo is the second largest of the Maltese Archipelago and means Joy in Castilian. Measuring only 14km by 7km its magical atmosphere enraptures thousands of visitors. This beautiful island is steeped in history as Phoenicians, Arabs, Normans, Spanish, French and British have occupied the island all leaving their cultural mark for the future visitor to discover. There pervades a sleepy pace and rustic charm contrasting with its much busier, and larger neighbour, the island of Malta. The Gozitans are all very friendly and especially welcoming to English speaking visitors and English is widely spoken.

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Walking Holiday in Morocco Morocco - High Atlas Mountains - Multi Centred  

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Morocco is on the continent of Africa but its culture and religion is Middle Eastern and its future is seen as European, so a great country to visit, and relish in this diversity. Home to 36 million Moroccans in a country almost the size of France there is plenty of space, however a large percentage is uninhabitable desert or high mountains. The cities including Marrakech are busy bustling places steeped in history with souks (markets), mosques, palaces and museums to explore. The countryside by contrast feels like it is standing still, with mules slowly walking along country roads or mountain tracks, with their burden of farmers’ crops or products for a distant market, as they have been doing for centuries.

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Walking Holiday in Morocco Morocco - High Atlas Mountains - Hotel to Hotel Trek  

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Morocco is on the continent of Africa but its culture and religion is Middle Eastern and its future is seen as European, so a great country to visit, and relish in this diversity. Home to 36 million Moroccans in a country almost the size of France there is plenty of space, however a large percentage is uninhabitable desert or high mountains. The cities including Marrakech are busy bustling places steeped in history with souks (markets), mosques, palaces and museums to explore. The countryside by contrast feels like it is standing still, with mules slowly walking along country roads or mountain tracks, with their burden of farmers’ crops or products for a distant market, as they have been doing for centuries.

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Walking Holiday in Nepal Nepal - Annapurna Foothills Higher Grade Hotels  

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The Annapurna region has long been one of the most popular hiking regions in Nepal. This is not surprising as it offers the hiker an opportunity to walk through spectacular scenery amongst majestic mountain peaks.  In addition to experience Nepali mountain life passing through Gurung villages clinging to the mountain sides where farming has continued unchanged in its methods for centuries, but now supported by providing hospitality for trekkers. You will walk through Rhododendron forests which offer an unforgettably colourful  sight, and through giant bamboo stands above fast-flowing mountain rivers filled with melt water as they pass through deep gorges.

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Walking Holiday in Nepal Nepal - Annapurna Foothills Standard Grade Lodges  

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The Annapurna region has long been one of the most popular hiking regions in Nepal. This is not surprising as it offers the hiker an opportunity to walk through spectacular scenery amongst majestic mountain peaks. In addition you experience Nepali mountain life passing through Gurung villages clinging to the mountain sides where farming has continued unchanged in its methods for centuries, but now supported by providing hospitality for trekkers. You will walk through Rhododendron forests which offer an unforgettably colourful sight, and through giant bamboo stands  above fast-flowing mountain rivers filled with melt water as they pass through deep gorges.

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Walking Holiday in Nepal Nepal - Annapurna Sanctuary  

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The Annapurna Region has long been one of the most popular hiking destinations in Nepal. This is not surprising as it offers the hiker an opportunity to walk through spectacular varied scenery amongst majestic mountain peaks.  In addition, to experience Nepali mountain life passing through Gurung villages clinging to the mountain sides where farming has continued unchanged in its methods for centuries.  This way of life is now supported by providing hospitality for trekkers, both in lodge accommodation and porters to carry luggage for as with Everest Region, there are no roads to speak. During a trek up to Annapurna Sanctuary or trekking in the Foothills, you will walk through Rhododendron forests full of vibrant colours in Springtime, and through giant bamboos standing above fast-flowing mountain rivers filled with melt water as they pass through deep gorges. If you are making the trek to the Sanctuary you will experience all this plus a beautiful Himalayan amphitheatre surrounded by 6000 metre snow-capped mountains.  

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Walking Holiday in Nepal Nepal - Everest Base Camp Higher Grade Hotels  

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A trek to Everest Base Camp with an ascent of Kala Patar to view the highest mountain on earth has to be a truly once in a lifetime experience.  However, anyone with a high level of fitness and good stamina can attempt this challenging trek to fulfil their ambition.  Although the distance of each hiking day may not always be long, the altitude will undoubtedly have an effect on your walking ability, but we take things slowly and with flexibility offering plenty of time to adjust your body to the altitude.

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Walking Holiday in Nepal Nepal - Everest Foothills Higher Graded Hotels  

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Walking in the Himalaya in Nepal is seen by most walkers as the ultimate trekking destination and few will leave Nepal having undertaken one of the treks we offer without agreeing with this statement. Walking in the lower regions of Everest you will have the opportunity to walk along good paths through Sherpa villages rich in their Buddhist culture and with much Tibetan influence.  Trails go alongside glacier-sourced mountain streams with the highest mountains in the world as a constant backdrop. You will see outstanding physical features in the landscape, visit ancient monasteries, experience life without mechanisation as well as having the opportunity to interact with the local cultures of the people that have been farming this beautiful land for centuries. 

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Walking Holiday in Nepal Nepal - Everest Base Camp Standard Grade Hotels  

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A trek to Everest Base Camp with an ascent of Kala Patar to view the highest mountain on earth has to be a truly once in a lifetime experience. However, anyone with a high level of fitness and good stamina can attempt this challenging trek to fulfil their ambition. Although the distance of each hiking day may not always be long, the altitude will undoubtedly have an effect on your walking ability, but we take things slowly and with flexibility offering plenty of time to adjust your body to the altitude.

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Walking Holiday in Portugal - Azores  Portugal - Azores - Eastern & Central Islands  

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The Eastern & Central Islands are comprised of São Miguel, Santa Maria, São Jorge, Faial and Pico. We have put together a 14 night itinerary featuring the best walks on these 5 islands.

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Walking Holiday in Portugal - Azores  Portugal - Azores - Eastern Islands  

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The Eastern Islands are comprised of São Miguel and Santa Maria. We have put together a 7 night itinerary featuring the best walks on these 2 islands.

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Walking Holiday in Portugal - Azores  Portugal - Azores - São Miguel  

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We have put together a 7 night itinerary featuring the best walks on this contrasting island. 

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Walking Holiday in Portugal - Azores  Portugal - Azores - Western & Central Islands  

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The Western & Central Islands are comprised of Flores, Corvo, Faial, Pico and São Jorge. We have put together a 14 night itinerary featuring the best walks on these 5 islands.

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Walking Holiday in Portugal - Madeira Portugal - Madeira - Centred - Funchal  

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We offer a choice of walking holidays in Madeira an island of fascinating natural beauty and enticing climate. It rises steeply from the Atlantic Ocean standing with its small island neighbours in splendid isolation off the coast of Europe and Africa. An island of volcanic origin it is a haven for those seeking a relaxing holiday in close proximity to nature. A network of levadas, built to carry water from the springs in the north to irrigate the cultivated areas of the south, contour along the mountain sides, their banks planted with wild hydrangeas lilies and agapanthus. Its mountains are rugged and inspiring, often with splendid sea views. Gardens and parks are everywhere planted with all manner of exotic trees shrubs and blooms. Madeira has had close links with the U.K. since the birth of its wine trade in the 17th Century. Madeirans are friendly and welcoming people and English is widely spoken.

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Walking Holiday in Portugal - Madeira Portugal - Madeira - Eastern Highlights - Hotel to Hotel Trek  

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Why not take the opportunity to stay in the countryside in small hotels and experience Madeira to the full?We have put together an itinerary for a walking holiday in Madeira which takes in levadas, coastal walks and high mountain trails. At the hotels you are assured of a fine welcome and the quality local food will be something to look forward to at the end of a day’s walking. Your luggage is transferred for you between the hotels and sometimes you will be transferred by car to the finest paths that Madeira has to offer. You have a free day in Funchal at the end of the holiday so you can experience the island’s capital, its old town, shops and restaurants.

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Walking Holiday in Portugal - Madeira Portugal - Madeira - Great Treks of the West  

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A chance to visit the enticing and less populated Western region of Madeira offering both coastal and mountain walking. Stay in just three hotels starting high in the mountains progressing to a small coastal village in the north-west and finishing on an impressive cliff top location with fine views of the south-west coast. Your route follows coastal and mountain paths and delightful levadas winding their way around dramatic hillsides. You will be rewarded with stunning vistas of the varying landscape of this side of the island.

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Walking Holiday in Portugal - Mainland Portugal - Mainland - Minho Centred - Green Coast of Minho  

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Inheriting its name from the curving river which flows through it, marking the border with Spain, the Minho region of Northern Portugal is not only rich in culture, traditions and history, it is also strikingly beautiful. Also known as ‘Costa Verde’ or the ‘Green Coast’, Minho is renowned for its excellent wines and unparalleled hospitality of its people.

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Walking Holiday in Portugal - Mainland Portugal - Mainland - Minho Trek - Mountains, Valleys & Coast  

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Inheriting its name from the curving river which flows through it, marking the border with Spain, the Minho region of Northern Portugal is not only rich in culture, traditions and history, it is also strikingly beautiful. Also known as ‘Costa Verde’ or the ‘Green Coast’, Minho is renowned for its excellent wines and unparalleled hospitality of its people.

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Walking Holiday in Portugal - Mainland Portugal - Mainland - Rota Vicentina Trek - Highlights  

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We have carefully selected what we feel highlights the very best of this picturesque route that you can complete within just one week. Our combination of the Historical Way (inland route) and the Fishermen’s Trail (coastal route) offers a unique experience to discover the two worlds between an authentic rural culture and a surprisingly wild coastline within the Alentejo Natural Park. Treat yourself to the excellent Portuguese cuisine (and wine!). In particular this area of Alentejo highlights their exceptional seasonal produce and demonstrates diversity across such short distances in the same region. Fresh seafood cooked in a traditional Portuguese style, combined with their precious grapes used to create their world famous wines is difficult to surpass. 

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Walking Holiday in Portugal - Mainland Portugal - Mainland - Two Centred - Contrasts of Rota Vicentina  

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We have chosen two excellent centres as bases for a wide variety of stunning walks, which utilise the admired routes of Rota Vicentina within South West Portugal. We are confident our selected centres of Aljezur and Odemira represent the sought after authentic Portuguese experience in addition to offering fantastic, varied walks on both The Historical Way (inland route) and The Fishermen’s Trail (coastal route).  Discover the two worlds between a genuine rural culture and a surprisingly wild coastline within the Alentejo Natural Park! Treat yourself to the excellent Portuguese cuisine (and wine!). In particular this area of Alentejo highlights their exceptional seasonal produce and demonstrates diversity across such short distances in the same region. Fresh seafood cooked in a traditional Portuguese style, combined with their precious grapes used to create their world famous wines is difficult to surpass. 

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Walking Holiday in Spain - Balearic Islands Spain - Balearic Islands - Mallorca  

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Mallorca is now well and truly on the walking map with walkers discovering that the island is not just beaches and a sun tan. To the north and northwest of the island is a limestone mountain range, the Sierra de Tramuntana with many peaks rising to over 1000m and culminating in the Puig Mayor at 1447 metres. Mallorca has over 300 miles of coastline with an abundance of picturesque coves and inlets where the mountains meet the sea. Springtime brings beautiful sub-alpine flowers to enhance your walks on the slopes below rocky mountain summits. Lower down paths are scented year round by lavender and wild thyme.

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Walking Holiday in Spain - Balearic Islands Spain - Balearic Islands - Menorca  

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Menorca is the second largest of Spain’s four beautiful Balearic Islands and its name derives from the Latin for ‘smaller island’ due to its size in comparison with Mallorca. The island is also much quieter than its neighbour giving a more relaxed and less busy feel. This trek will take you across various sections of the island where you will be following the Camí de Cavalls. This ancient pathway, which in total encircles the whole island, was built in order to connect the many cannons, fortresses and watchtowers needed to protect the island from invaders. This created a path for soldiers to patrol on horseback; the word cavalls means horses in Mallorquin. The sections we feature will take you past stunning and varied scenery featuring steep cliffs, peaceful orchards and bizarre prehistoric structures as well as deep blue bays and white sand beaches.

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Walking Holiday in Spain - Canary Islands Spain - Canary Islands - El Hierro - Centred  

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El Hierro is the least known, and most westerly, of the Canary Islands. In fact it was the most westerly point of the ‘old world’. Hitherto it has escaped mass tourism, and is free of giant hotels and apartment complexes. The population is only 10,000, giving a very different feel to the other Canarian islands. The Herrenõs are fiercely proud of their island and although they are generally against mass tourism they are very welcoming towards visitors who come to appreciate the environment, such as walkers, naturalists and divers.

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Walking Holiday in Spain - Canary Islands Spain - Canary Islands - Gran Canaria - Centred  

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An island of only 600 square miles but a continent in miniature; Gran Canaria offers lush forests, exotic fauna, and flora Sahara-like dunes, mountains, volcanic craters and sometimes snow on the highest peaks. Two things make Gran Canaria distinct from the other Canarian Islands. Firstly, the reservoirs that are abundant in the mountainous region nestling in the valleys giving important water supply to the inhabitants and a refreshing vista for the walker. Secondly, there are the ancient settlements and fascinating troglodyte villages built by the deeply religious Guanche about 4000 years ago, and many are still occupied!

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Walking Holiday in Spain - Canary Islands Spain - Canary Islands - La Gomera - Centred  

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La Gomera located in the Canary Islands 35 minutes by fast ferry from Tenerife remains beautifully unspoilt and is a walker’s delight. Measuring the equivalent of just 20 miles by 20 miles yet packed with a variety of walks it is a tiny, friendly island with charming, rural villages and a handful of small coastal towns.

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Walking Holiday in Spain - Canary Islands Spain - Canary Islands - La Palma - Centred  

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La Palma, a lush, mountainous island in the Western Canaries measuring the equivalent of just 24 miles square offers attractive opportunities for walkers. Its diversity of landscapes constantly change as you gain height or vary direction. There are forests of pine laurel and eucalyptus and meadows strewn with colourful wild flowers.Farming remains the bedrock of the economy with a wealth of almond groves, tobacco fields, banana plantations and vineyards. In contrast the island also features extensive evidence of volcanic activity with much to explore on foot including the enormous crater of the Caldera de Taburiente in the awe-inspiring and scientifically important National Park. The densely forested northern coast features magnificently rugged sea cliffs and spectacular gorges. You can enjoy exploring the picturesque small towns and villages dotted along the coast and inland.

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Walking Holiday in Spain - Canary Islands Spain - Canary Islands - Lanzarote - Centred  

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Lanzarote is the most easterly of the Canary Islands, located just 79 miles off the coast of Africa. As with the other Canary Islands it was formed through volcanic activity. After the eruptions of the 18th and 19th century, and due to the islands dry climate and lack of erosion, many parts of the island look like they come from another world with the lava flows appearing like they did soon after the eruptions.

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Walking Holiday in Spain - Canary Islands Spain - Canary Islands - Tenerife - Centred  

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Few places can match the natural beauty of the Canary Islands where one of the islands Tenerife has become a mecca for enthusiastic walkers. Tenerife is an island of contrasts from the volcanic moonscapes of the Teide National Park to the high cliffs ridges and deep valleys of the coastal mountain ranges. The island boasts the highest mountain in Spain, Teide, at 3718m. Due to its southern latitude its slopes can be walked for most of the year. The coastal ranges of Anaga and Teno rise abruptly from the sea. Teno hosts the giant and dramatic sea cliffs of Los Gigantes (610m). Anaga has steep mountain ridges offering magnificent views across the ever present Atlantic Ocean. Midway between the two is the Orotava Valley with its pine clad slopes. All of this is well away from the crowded tourist resorts for which Tenerife is renowned.

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Walking Holiday in Spain - Canary Islands Spain - Canary Islands - El Hierro - Hotel to Hotel Trek  

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El Hierro is the least known, and most westerly, of the Canary Islands. It has escaped mass tourism and is therefore free of giant hotels and apartment complexes. The population is only 10,000 giving a very different feel to the other Canarian islands. The Herrenõs are fiercely proud of their island and although they are generally against mass tourism they are very welcoming towards visitors who come to appreciate the environment, such as walkers, naturalists and divers.

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Walking Holiday in Spain - Canary Islands Spain - Canary Islands - Gran Canaria - Hotel to Hotel Trek  

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This trek is one of magnificent ever-changing vistas with far-reaching views to the sea as you walk across the central mountains of Gran Canaria. We have researched a north to south route across the island linking family run hotels taking in a wide variety of spectacular scenery which will have you wondering why you have not walked here before. We are particularly proud of this holiday as we are the only walking company to offer such a trek on this island. It was only possible to put it together using extensive local knowledge.

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Walking Holiday in Spain - Canary Islands Spain - Canary Islands - La Gomera - Hotel to Hotel Trek  

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This trek takes you across the island from east to west giving you the opportunity of seeing the best landscapes that La Gomera has to offer. We descend into deep valleys walk through formerly cultivated terraced fields and pass by a unique laurel forest which is a national park and UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are some long and tough days but the route ensures that you experience all aspects of this beautiful and tranquil island. You will pass through Gomeran villages that in many respects continue traditions going back to pre-Spanish conquest. You will enjoy many stunning vistas taking in the ever present coastline on this small island.

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Walking Holiday in Spain - Canary Islands Spain - Canary Islands - La Palma - Hotel to Hotel Trek  

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La Palma is a wooded, mountainous island in the western Canaries, its landscape ever-changing and enticing. There are forests and meadows as well as farms and plantations, including tobacco fields and banana plantations. In contrast to this lushness, the island also displays extensive evidence of volcanic activity, including the enormous and dramatic crater of the Caldera de Taburiente. The densely forested northern coast features rugged sea cliffs and spectacular gorges. The picturesque small towns and villages dotted along the coast are havens of hospitality, waiting to be explored.

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Walking Holiday in Spain - Canary Islands Spain - Canary Islands - Island Hopping  

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The Canary Islands are an African archipelago in the Kingdom of Spain consisting of seven islands of volcanic origin in the Atlantic Ocean. The islands are Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera, El Hierro, Fuerteventura and La Graciosa. They are located off the north-western coast of mainland Africa (Morocco and the Western Sahara). The nearest island (Fuerteventura) is 108 km from the northwest mainland African coast. They form an autonomous community of Spain.

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Walking Holiday in Spain - El Camino Spain - El Camino - The French Way - Last 100km - Sarria to Santiago de Compostela  

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Do you wish to complete a lifelong ambition in walking part of the St James’ Way (el Camino) but have concerns about your ability to do so? This special version of the final week of the Camino walking into Santiago could be the trek for you! Here we offer a 7 night holiday during which you complete the final 100km of the St James’ Way - all you need to walk to become an official Pilgrim in Santiago and qualifying for a Pilgrim Certificate.  The days are shorter than the full version of this trek leaving you plenty of time to complete each day at your own pace and still have time to explore your destination before dinner.

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Walking Holiday in Spain - El Camino Spain - El Camino - The French Way - Last 100km Country Hotels - Sarria to Santiago de Compostela  

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Here we offer a 7 night holiday during which you complete the final 100km of the St James’ Way - all you need to walk to become an official Pilgrim in Santiago and to qualify for a Pilgrim Certificate.  For this Country House itinerary we have chosen unique and stylish accommodations just a short distance away from the Camino route in tranquil locations. These hotels are mainly located in a farming area and offer a more relaxing environment to the busier towns where most pilgrim accommodation is located.

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Walking Holiday in Spain - El Camino Spain - El Camino - To the End of the World - Camino Finisterre - Santiago de Compostela to Finisterre  

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Most pilgrims end their journey in Santiago, with few continuing onwards to the actual ending of the Camino bracing the sea air and experiencing true Galicia as the last steps are taken walking to the End of the World.  In terms of ancient pilgrimage, this final and atmospheric section of the Camino led Celts, Romans and other ancient settlers to worship the sun from a point where the earth finished and they could go no further.  Nearby, and an additional deviation, is Muxia closely associated with James the Apostle’s arrival in Spain.  It is surprising therefore, that this is the quietest section of all the Camino.

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Walking Holiday in Spain - El Camino Spain - El Camino - The French Way - Stage 3 - Burgos to Leon  

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The Meseta, so often condemned as the most boring and uninteresting stage of the Camino, can actually be one of the most atmospheric and soulful stages.  The endless flat plains, providing the bread basket of Spain, merges with vast skies filled with soaring vultures and eagles and a hint of distant mountains to be traversed before reaching Santiago. It is a hot, harsh route to follow during the heat of summer whilst in winter strong winds sting the face of Pilgrims bracing the cold. However, the emptiness and peace during softer months can lift the spirits on high as miles are quickly covered underfoot.

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Walking Holiday in Spain - El Camino Spain - El Camino - The French Way - Stage 4 - Leon to O Cebreiro  

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Along this stretch the Pilgrim is faced with the major challenge of crossing the Cordillera Cantabria at over 1500m. Departing culturally rich Leon, the Camino winds its way over mountain and moorland with the weather contrasting between sun and snow, wind and rain.  Nestling between the mountains is the Bierzo Valley where milder weather and easier walking provides a welcome break from the higher paths. Fresh, locally produced white wines quench the thirst after a long day in the mountains.  

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Walking Holiday in Spain - El Camino Spain - El Camino - The French Way - Stage 5 - O Cebreiro to Santiago de Compostela  

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The final stage of the Camino and one which is walked by more Pilgrims than the rest of the route passes entirely through Galicia – a land with Celtic origins and weather!  Green and lush, warm and moist, Galicia is a verdant part of Spain with its own language of Galega.  Many characteristics of Galicia resemble Wales, Ireland and Brittany as Celtic influences come through in their language, music and lifestyle. Farming is the main occupation and most houses cultivate even the smallest parcel of land around their homes. Grain is stored in ‘horreos’ which rise like tombs through the mist creating a mysterious scene.

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Walking Holiday in Spain - El Camino Spain - El Camino - The French Way - Stages 3 to 5 - Burgos to Santiago de Compostela  

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With easy access from Madrid, Burgos makes an excellent start point to walk part of the Camino.  It is a large, cosmopolitan city with endless historical buildings to explore as well as its vast Gothic Cathedral dating back to the 13th century and designated a UNESCO Heritage Building. The walk to Santiago starts with easy days crossing the Meseta, so often condemned as the most boring and uninteresting stage of the Camino, but which can actually be one of the most atmospheric and soulful stages.  The endless flat plains merge with vast skies filled with soaring vultures and eagles and a hint of distant mountains to be traversed before reaching Santiago. It is a hot, harsh route to follow during the heat of summer whilst in winter strong winds sting the face of Pilgrims bracing the cold. However, the emptiness and peace during softer months can lift the spirits on high as miles are quickly covered underfoot.

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Walking Holiday in Spain - El Camino Spain - El Camino - The French Way - Stages 4 to 5 - Leon to Santiago de Compostela  

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Along this stretch the Pilgrim is faced with the major challenge of crossing the Cordillera Cantabria at over 1500m. Time should be allowed to visit at least one or two of Leon’s stunning historical buildings especially the Cathedral complete with its superb stained glass windows. Departing culturally rich Leon, the Camino winds its way over mountain and moorland with the weather contrasting  between sun and snow, wind and rain.  Nestling between the mountains is the Bierzo Valley where milder weather and easier walking provides a welcome break from the higher paths. Fresh, locally produced white wines quench the thirst after a long day in the mountains.

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Walking Holiday in Spain - El Camino Spain - El Camino - The Portuguese Way - Tui to Santiago de Compostela  

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There are many pilgrim paths meandering through Europe and they all lead to the entrancing and inspiring city of Santiago de Compostela. The most well-trodden route is the Camino Frances from St Jean in France to Santiago, but this route gets busier each year. However, there exists a far quieter but intensely spiritual route, which still has close connections to the life and work of St James as he travelled from Padron to his final resting place in Santiago.  Journeying through these landscapes that border the Atlantic Ocean today can still return the pilgrim to ancient times, and indeed you will encounter sections of the original pilgrim route with shrines, ancient stone crosses and chapels along the way.

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Walking Holiday in Spain - Mainland Spain - Mainland - Andalucia - Las Alpujarras  

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With easy access and a superb climate, the Alpujarras traverse the southern slopes of the Sierra Nevada which rise to over 3300m and offer excellent and varied walking opportunities. Often with snow capped peaks until late June, the Sierra Nevada provides a stunning backdrop to the lower slopes of the Alpujarra range. Here, narrow roads wind their way around the folds in the mountains connecting whitewashed villages clinging to the hillside or perched over a ravine. Few cars, however, pass this way.

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Walking Holiday in Spain - Mainland Spain - Mainland - Alicante - Las Marinas Trek  

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This trek takes you through some of the most stunning scenery to be found in this part of Spain. It is a journey of discovery through beautiful Mediterranean countryside with overnight stays in whitewashed Moorish villages. As you walk through terraces of oranges, lemons and olives first cultivated by the Moors over 1000 years ago you will enjoy the sights and scents of a multitude of fragrant flowers and herbs. Your ascents are rewarded by viewpoints with panoramic views of the surrounding valleys. Our carefully selected accommodation blends in with the journey and heightens the experience.

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Walking Holiday in Spain - Mainland Spain - Mainland - Alicante - Mountains to the Sea trek  

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This is a seven night self-guided hotel-to-hotel trek exploring the valleys of the Marina Alta – a little known range of mountains lying a substantial distance inland from the well know Costa Blanca on Spain’s Mediterranean sea.

This trek takes you through diverse countryside following ancient footpaths and tracks created by Moorish and Balearic settlers to interlink whitewashed mountain villages that date from the Moorish occupation of Spain. This area is little visited so you will be exploring mostly "uncharted" terrain and are unlikely to meet many other walkers.

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Walking Holiday in Spain - Mainland Spain - Mainland - Andalucia - Hotel to Hotel Trek  

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The Alpujarra is one of the most wild and undiscovered mountain ranges of Spain, stretching from the highest peaks of the Sierra Nevada to the Mediterranean below. Life has changed little since the Moors first cultivated the terraces many centuries ago. You may observe farmers tending the land with their mules, or perhaps local women washing clothes in the village springs or shelling almonds by hand.

The tiny whitewashed villages, which cling precariously to the mountainsides, are linked by the ancient Camino Real (or GR7). On this track, you will walk through shady olive and almond groves and cross tiny mountain springs with snow-capped mountains above and the distant Mediterranean in view. Whatever the season, there is plenty to relish: the spectacular almond blossom of February and March, the pretty wild flowers of late spring and early summer, or the vibrant colours and fruits of autumn (when you will be able to pick almonds, wild figs, mulberries and grapes along the way). Apart from an occasional shepherd tending his herds, your walk will be undisturbed and blissfully peaceful.

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Walking Holiday in Spain - Mainland Spain - Mainland - Catalonian Coast and Mountains  

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This hotel to hotel trek has been specifically deigned to reveal many aspects of this beautiful part of Catalonia; you will walk along the "wild coast" with its miles of coastal cliffs solitary beaches and coves with crystal clear water. You will walk inland through the Aiguamolls Nature Reserve where innumerable seabirds and songbirds have settled. You will walk up mountain trails offering spectacular views sweeping far into the Pyrenees.From the coast to the mountains from sea to crag, from sandy beach to shady Mediterranean forest – the diverse and changing natural landscapes exert a powerful attraction to walkers. To walk here is a revelation. .

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Walking Holiday in Spain - Mainland Spain - Mainland - Costa da Morte  

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Along Galicia’s northern coast between Malpica and Cape Finisterre extends a wonderful, unknown coastal path.  This is the Coast of Death whose grim name refers to the many ships wrecked along the rocky shoreline over the centuries.  The wild and rugged beauty, soaring cliffs and seabirds are the essence of this coastal trek.

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Walking Holiday in Spain - Mainland Spain - Mainland - Maestrazgo - El Cid Country  

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Our Maestrazgo trek provides walkers with the rare opportunity to travel through a little known region of Spain which remains untouched by the modern world. Straddling the regions of Teruel and Aragon in Northeast Spain Maestrazgo, this region has been designated an area of outstanding cultural interest and natural beauty. Overnight stays are often in villages founded by the Knight Templar, El Cid, castellated strongholds perched on rocky crags above deep ravines. Walking between villages each day offers ever changing striking landscapes. Jagged mountains, rivers, canyons, moorlands and forests all intersperse with fields where farmers continue to eke out a living as their ancestors have done for generations. Maestrazgo is still little known by walkers and tourists. We think this is heaven!

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Walking Holiday in Spain - Mainland Spain - Mainland - St James Way (El Camino) Hotel to Hotel Trek  

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                                  If you wish to walk just the last 100km please here                                   The famous Way of St. James, otherwise known as the Camino de Santiago, is a five hundred mile trail across northern Spain which has been walked by pilgrims for over 1000 years. For most, the Camino ends at the magnificent Romanesque Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela – the final resting place of St. James the Apostle, although a further few days of walking takes the pilgrim to ‘the end of the earth’ at Finisterre with its downward pointing scallop shell signifying the actual ending and where Pilgrims once burned their boots. Our fully flexible hotel to hotel trek can offer any combination of the stages between Pamplona and Santiago. Setting off from Pamplona, the route crosses La Rioja, an area rich in vineyards and rolling hills – reputedly the most attractive section of the Camino. Leaving Burgos, the route traverses the hauntingly beautiful plains of the Meseta in the province of Castilla y Leon making its way to the culturally rich city of Leon. From Leon the Camino crosses the Cordillera Cantabrica - reaching the highest point along the entire route, into Galicia - an autonomous region of Spain with its own special culture and language of Galego (although Spanish is widely understood). Many people choose to walk just the last week from the mountain village of O Cebreiro (1310m) to Santiago still qualifying for their Pilgrim Certificate.

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Walking Holiday in Spain - Mainland Spain - Mainland - St James Way (Last 100km)  

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If you wish to walk more than just the last 100km please click here Do you wish to complete a lifelong ambition in walking part of the St James’ Way (el Camino) but have concerns about your ability to do so? This special version of the final week of the Camino walking into Santiago could be the trek for you! Here we offer a 7 night holiday during which you complete the final 100km of the St James’ Way - all you need to walk to become an official Pilgrim in Santiago and qualifying for a Pilgrim Certificate.  The days are shorter than the full version of this trek leaving you plenty of time to complete each day at your own pace and still have time to explore your destination before dinner.

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Walking Holiday in St. Lucia St. Lucia - St. Lucia  

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Tiny St. Lucia, shaped like a tear drop, is just 24 miles long and 14 miles wide. It forms part of a volcanic chain of islands and is widely known for its two great spires, Gros Piton and Petit Piton which are among the Caribbean’s most striking landmarks, jutting straight up for over half a mile out of the ocean. Similar in terrain to Dominica, the island has superb rain forests, volcanic ridges, valleys, beautiful beaches and unique flora and fauna – a paradise for bird watchers and walkers. Islanders are anxious to preserve their special island and much is now protected providing the walker with a dream landscape to explore. Discovered by Columbus on St. Lucy’s day in 1502 the island has alternated between British and French rule until being granted independence in 1979. English is the official language, but the French sounding Creole patois is widely spoken.

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Walking Holiday in Turkey Turkey - Lycian Way - West  

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On this walk you are always tracking the coast line which is truly spectacular. Rugged cliffs of pine forests plunge into turquoise Mediterranean Sea. Between them are small bays of sand and shingle accessible only by boat or on foot.  You quickly leave the area of tourism development and are soon surrounded by Turkish rural life which has changed little over the centuries. You pass through villages clinging to the mountain side where the inhabitants eke out a living farming on the not so fertile land. You walk through pine forests with the beautiful resin filled air so evocative of this area. You are in an area that has been inhabited for centuries and testament to this is the many historical sites you will visit, dating back beyond Roman times to a pre-classical period. All in a truly spectacular landscape.

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Walking Holiday in Cape Verde Cape Verde - Multi Island Cape Verde  

Walking holidays  - Click Here For Full DetailsHere is a brief description of the main walking holiday Cape Verdean Islands Santiago, the largest island in the Cape Verde islands archipelago, it is host to the capital of the country, Praia. It is extremely mountainous with hardly any flat land on the island. The highest peak is nearly 1400m, which is the focal point of one of many natural parks in the country. The walking is varied with mountainous and historic walks available. Fogo, is one of the most geologically dramatic of not only this group of islands but any worldwide. The island is dominated by a caldera, a partially collapsed giant volcano out of which is the relatively new volcano of Pico (2829m), the highest peak in Cape Verde. São Vicente. This island is the smallest Cape Verde walking island we feature and it has the closest link with the UK. Its beautiful harbour was a major coaling station for British vessels en route to all parts of its empire. When oil replaced steam the British departed but left behind their architecture and some of its culture and language still used today. Here there is a climb to the top of the highest mountain. Santo Antao. This is the most famous Cape Verde walking island being the second largest and we concentrate on the north east. Here is a spectacular landscape of jagged peaks either side of deep valleys (Ribeiras) where people live and farm clinging to the valley sides on perilous terraces. Bananas, cassava and sugar cane are grown as well as other seasonal fruits and vegetables. The coastline is no less dramatic with paths clinging to the side of dramatic cliffs and offering one of the best coastal walking experiences imaginable. Sal is visited in addition to the four Cape Verdean walking islands. You may have to travel via Sal and stay overnight as only this island has both a non stop air link with the UK and good air connections with the other islands. The island is flat and dull for a walker, but it does have some excellent hotels for overnight stays or a relaxing few beach days at the end of the holiday.

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Walking Holiday in Cape Verde Cape Verde - Santo Antao - Hotel to Hotel Trek  

Walking holidays  - Click Here For Full DetailsSanto Antão. This is the most famous walking island and is the second largest. We concentrate on the north east. Here is a spectacular landscape where nature went crazy in Her creation!  Jagged peaks, strange rock formations, craters, volcanoes and plunging ravines and valleys filled with lush vegetation are just a few of the characteristics of this amazing island. Deep valleys (Ribeiras) are farmed by the local people and terraces cling to every corner and crevice of the almost sheer valley sides where bananas, cassava and sugar cane are grown along with other seasonal fruits and vegetables. The coastline is no less dramatic with paths clinging to the cliffsides and offering one of the most amazing coastal walks imaginable - anywhere!

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Walking Holiday in China China - Mount Emei  

Walking holidays  - Click Here For Full DetailsMount Emei is a UNESCO world heritage site rising abruptly from the surrounding plains to a height of over 3000 metres as you approach from Chengdu. Although not technically part of the Himalayas, it is high mountains from here all the way to Everest. This mountain has intensive religious significance to the Buddhists of China as this is where Buddhism was first established on Chinese territory. The first Buddhist temple was built on the summit of Mount Emei during the 1st century and is now accompanied by 30 further temples scattered over the mountain. In addition many monasteries and Ming tombs enhance the atmosphere of this sacred, atmospheric mountain.

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Walking Holiday in China China - Hong Kong extension  

Walking holidays  - Click Here For Full Details Hong Kong, a former British colony, is a major tourism destination for travellers from all around the world including from China's mainland population.  It is a major hub in East Asia with connections to many worldwide cities. Hong Kong is special as it has welcomed people and cultures from all around the world.  Whilst officially part of China, Hong Kong has its own constitution which lays out its own government and laws.  It also has its own currency, the Hong Kong Dollar, and is officially bi-lingual (Cantonese and English).  Due to its history, it is very different to mainland China as the people here enjoy a much more Western way of life with freedom that offers a complete contrast to those living on the mainland.  The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) is much more than a city with a harbour.  Many people fall into the trap of thinking Hong Kong is just another sky scraping city.  However, with its mountains and many neighbouring islands, it also offers a very rural like landscape.  Although you are never far away from the millions of people of Hong Kong, it is still possible to find those special unspoilt areas that most walkers are always on the lookout for. 

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Walking Holiday in China China - Xi'an and Terracotta Warriors extension  

Walking holidays  - Click Here For Full Details Xi’an is a fascinating city to visit and although it has experienced rapid development in the past 10 years it remains a living history book within the original city walls. Called Chang'an (meaning the eternal city) in ancient times, it is one of the birthplaces of the ancient Chinese civilization in the Yellow River Basin area. As the eastern terminal of the Silk Road bringing the Muslim culture to the city and the site of the famous Terracotta Warriors of the Qin Dynasty, the city has won a reputation all over the world. More than 3,000 years of history including over 1,100 years as the capital city of ancient dynasties, have endowed the city with an amazing historical heritage.

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Walking Holiday in Czech Republic Czech Republic - Bohemian Paradise  

Walking holidays  - Click Here For Full Details Walking in Bohemia is very varied, fondly known as the Bohemian Paradise, it is just 1 ½ hours’ drive from the bustling historic city of Prague, where you will find beautiful countryside with landscapes of forest and fishponds, fairytale chateaux and sublime villages home to timber cottages and rural farms. The countryside here offers endless possibilities for visiting places of natural beauty, in particular the striking rock labyrinths which are famous in the Bohemian Paradise, as well as many historical monuments and majestic castles. Our trek will take you to these interesting sights, allowing you time to explore their intriguing charm.

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Walking Holiday in France France - Alsace Winelands  

Walking holidays  - Click Here For Full DetailsThe Alsace Wine Route is renowned as one of the oldest and most beautiful wine routes in France. This great recognition quickly led to it becoming a jewel of the Alsace and a highly recommended walking destination. As a living embodiment of Alsace’s fine wine and food, this wine route weaves itself through over 70 wine-growing villages, all outstandingly beautiful in their own right. This trek promises peaceful walking with breath-taking views, notable sights of interest, excellent local cuisine and of course, exquisite wine!

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Walking Holiday in Greece - Crete Greece - Crete - Paleochora  

Walking holidays  - Click Here For Full DetailsWestern Crete has long been a favorite destination for British walkers with many returning year after year to savour this very unspoilt part of the island. The region offers spectacular contrasting scenery. The White Mountains dotted with remote mountain villages rise to over 2400m providing some challenging walks for the experienced. Radiating from these mountains are numerous gorges running down to the sea the most renowned being the Samaria Gorge. Undoubtedly the sea is one of Crete’s main attributes and coastal paths are enhanced by the Libyan Sea with shades of blue extending from the clearest pale turquoise to deep indigo blue. It’s a destination where the people are as pleasant as the weather and the delicious locally produced foods (a haven for vegetarians by the way). Grading - Easy Moderate & Challenging

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Walking Holiday in Greece - Crete Greece - Crete - Multi-Centred  

Walking holidays  - Click Here For Full DetailsWestern Crete has long been a favourite destination for British walkers with many returning year after year to savour this very unspoilt part of the island.  The region offers spectacular, contrasting scenery. The White Mountains, dotted with remote mountain villages, rise to over 2,400m providing some challenging walks for the experienced.  Radiating from these mountains are numerous gorges running down to the sea, the most renowned being the Samaria Gorge and many lesser known gorges to explore. Undoubtedly the sea is one of Crete’s main attributes and coastal paths are enhanced by the Libyan Sea with shades of blue extending from the clearest pale turquoise to deep indigo blue. It’s a destination where the people are as pleasant as the weather and the delicious locally produced foods (a haven for vegetarians by the way).

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Walking Holiday in Greece - Peloponnese Greece - Peloponnese - Outer Mani - Hotel to Hotel Trek  

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This self-guided, 7 day trek has been designed to be as varied as possible making the most of the wonderful terrain in the Exo Mani covering coastal merchants’ routes, gorge and hill walking and mountain trails. The 50 mile route starts from the small coastal village of Kardamili and winds its way down the Mani peninsula following the Exo Mani to its border with the Messa Mani.

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Walking Holiday in Ireland Ireland - Western Way  

Walking holidays  - Click Here For Full DetailsThis majestic landscape with its wild shoreline and stunning mountains has what Oscar Wilde described as “savage beauty”. Walking the coastal regions of Mayo and Connemara reveals secret beaches, ruins, holy wells and ancient paths among alpine plants, mountain avens and maiden ferns. The area experienced significant depopulation during and after the Great Famine, and you can almost sense this flight from the land as you walk through the rugged mountains and moorlands. You walk past abandoned crofts and villages to finish at Westport. From the peaks you can enjoy spectacular views of the many islands of the West Coast. Leenane, the setting for the classic film ‘The Field’, is the beautiful village where you will stay.

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Walking Holiday in Italy Italy - Cinque Terre  

Walking holidays  - Click Here For Full DetailsThe literal translation of Cinque Terre is Five Lands, and the name justly derives from the five picturesque villages of the region; Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. The coastline, villages and the surrounding hills constitute a National Park and also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, so beautiful are they. For over a millennium the people living within this dramatic landscape have gradually changed its appearance through time as they cultivated the steep hillsides which descend to the rocky shores by the dramatic hand built terraces of local stone and earth.

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Walking Holiday in Italy Italy - Tuscany - Chianti  

Walking holidays  - Click Here For Full Details Beauty, relaxation, history and wine! Our Tuscany trek leads you through the mesmerising heart of the Chianti Classico wine-growing area. You will travel from Renaissance Florence to the medieval city of Siena. Both cities are World Heritage Sites and breathtakingly beautiful. Why not have a few extra days to explore them? You will be walking through vineyards where the world-famous Chianti wines are produced and you will be able to enjoy plenty of these on the way! It is from this area alone that Chianti is able to boast its black-rooster seal, “gallo nero”. You will also be able to indulge in the delicious food and olive oils of the Tuscan region.

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Walking Holiday in Macedonia Macedonia - Hotel to Hotel Trek  

Walking holidays  - Click Here For Full DetailsMacedonia is a country of 2 million people, once a part of the former Yugoslavia. It has been independent for over 10 years and is in the process of revitalising its tourism appeal to visitors from further afield. The country of Macedonia is not to be confused with the region of Greece of the same name - and the two Macedonias share a border. There is much polemic surrounding the choice of name of the country, which is unpopular with Greece. This situation is holding back Macedonia's bid to join the EU. You walk in three of the National Parks of Macedonia and the walking is generally remote, enabling you to experience plenty of the rural life of the country.

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Walking Holiday in Portugal - Azores  Portugal - Azores - Central Islands  

Walking holidays  - Click Here For Full DetailsThe Central Islands are comprised of São Jorge, Faial and Pico. We have put together a 7 night itinerary featuring the best walks on these 3 islands.

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Walking Holiday in Romania Romania - Cindrel Mountains  

Walking holidays  - Click Here For Full DetailsRomania is a country of great contrasts where beautiful towns with medieval centres are surrounded by lush countryside where the land is still maintained using their old traditional methods. The vast plains give way to the magnificent Carpathian Mountains which arc through Slovakia, Poland, Ukraine and Romania – a spectacular mountain range clad with intriguing forest.  This trek takes you to the Cindrel Mountains which are part of this range, dominated by crystalline schist rocks and valleys with steep slopes – a marvel to look at!

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Walking Holiday in Romania Romania - Transylvania & Carpathian Mountains  

Walking holidays  - Click Here For Full Details"Every known superstition in the world is gathered into the Carpathians, as if it were the centre of some sort of imaginative whirlpool.” So says the narrator of Dracula, the late 19th century English novel of Victorian superstitions that used this area of Romania to represent something on the edge of civilisation. A trip to this part of the world is to enter a maelstrom of natural sensation. There is everywhere a bewildering mass of flora and fauna. Profusions of trees and flowers and grasses are barely touched by agricultural exploitation. Be alert, however, for roe deer and chamois and hedgehogs and rodents, plus the sight and sound of the area’s 190 bird species. Transylvania is a  region full of beauty of every kind, sometimes little towns or castles on the top of steep hills. This trek rises daily through Carpathian lower reaches, a green land full of forests and woods, with here steep hills crowned with clumps of trees, and there villages newly built in a riot of colour and style. Smile and say Boo Naa (Hello) and you’ll meet open-faced strangers who say all the country people show “hospitality, flexibility, honesty”. The message is that tourists are welcome.

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Walking Holiday in Spain - El Camino Spain - El Camino - The French Way - All the way - St Jean Pied-de-Port to Santiago de Compostela  

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The famous Camino de Santiago, also known as the St James’ Way and the French Way, is a wonderful five hundred mile trail across northern Spain which has been walked by pilgrims for over 1000 years. For most, the Camino ends at the magnificent Romanesque Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela – reputedly the final resting place of St. James the Apostle, although a further few days of walking takes the pilgrim to ‘the end of the earth’ at Finisterre with its downward pointing scallop shell signifying the actual ending and where pilgrims once burned their boots.  Journeying in a westward direction, many aspects of Spain will be witnessed from the high mountains of the Pyrenees to the flat plains of the Meseta; vast Gothic Cathedrals and tiny ‘ermitas’; differing cultures from the colourful Basque lands to mystical Celtic Galicia. Walking the full route from St Jean Pied-de-Port in France to Santiago in one go takes at least 35 days, but offers the ultimate Camino experience. However, time and practicality dictate that most can only manage one stage at a time taking several years to complete the full route.  For this reason we have divided the Camino into stages of 7-11 nights to offer flexibility, depending on time available and ease of access to/from start and end points.  

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Walking Holiday in Spain - El Camino Spain - El Camino - The French Way - Stage 1 - St Jean Pied-de-Port to Pamplona  

Walking holidays  - Click Here For Full Details For those with little time to spare who wish to start at the beginning  and hope or plan to return to walk further, this section is a superb introduction to walking the Camino and passes through delightful mountain and pastoral landscapes from the high Pyrenees to the lower hills surrounding Pamplona.

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Walking Holiday in Spain - El Camino Spain - El Camino - The French Way - Stage 2 - Pamplona to Burgos  

Walking holidays  - Click Here For Full Details Wandering through the world famous wine lands of Rioja sets the scene for the stage of the Camino between the walled city of Pamplona, famous for its bull running Fiesta de San Fermin, and the bustling city of Burgos with its majestic Gothic Cathedral. Most of the route between these two cities follows rural paths which link hill top villages set amongst the vineyards and is a much favored section by many Pilgrims.  This may because of the promise of the Fuente de Irache where delicious Rioja wine flows freely and constantly enabling Pilgrims to drink to their hearts content! Logrono, is the wine capital of Rioja where eating, drinking and merrymaking can continue in one of the many Bodegas lining the narrow streets. 

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Walking Holiday in Spain - El Camino Spain - El Camino - The French Way - Stages 2 to 5 - Pamplona to Santiago de Compostela  

Walking holidays  - Click Here For Full Details Pamplona is an ideal starting point for those who wish to eliminate the more challenging start of crossing the Pyrenees. It is also an easier access point than St Jean. Wandering through the world famous wine lands of Rioja sets the scene for the start point of the Camino in the walled city of Pamplona, famous for its bull running Fiesta de San Fermin.  From here you will follow rural paths which link hill top villages set amongst the vineyards to Burgos with its imposing Gothic Cathedral.  This is a much favoured stage of the Camino possibly due to the promise of the Fuente de Irache where delicious Rioja wine flows freely and constantly enabling Pilgrims to drink to their hearts content! Logrono is the wine capital of Rioja where eating, drinking and merrymaking can continue in one of the many Bodegas lining the narrow streets. 

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Walking Holiday in Spain - Mainland Spain - Mainland - Gredos  

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The Gredos mountains are a spectacular range with wild scenery and abundant wild life with the highest peak at 2592m. We have put together a walk programme where you experience the contrasts of the two sides of the Gredos. The north side is the more rugged and remote of the two, the area being criss-crossed by fast flowing mountain streams which also flow through the small villages inhabited mostly by farmers. Cross the ridge to the south and the scenery is softer, with larger villages set amongst orchards and vineyards still with the backing of the impressive ridge of the Gredos. The walking, scenery and wildlife are more than enough reason to visit this beautiful area. However combined with the delightful hotel it makes the whole proposition irresistible for a perfect walking holiday. The hotel is an outstanding family run haven with food of the highest quality and rooms of excellent individual décor and finish.

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Walking Holiday in Spain - Mainland Spain - Mainland - Navarra - Mountains and winelands on the Camino  

Walking holidays  - Click Here For Full Details This walk across the Pyrenees is part of the 500-mile Camino Frances, or French Way, to the spellbinding city of Santiago de Compostela. It’s a route of diverse and spectacular scenery. St Jean, in the Basque lands of France, is a well-preserved gem perched high in the French Pyrenees and provides a stunning start to the trek. Crossing the Pyrenees on the first day may be tough, but there is a choice of two routes: the higher route, or the lower less-challenging Route de Valcarlos. Either way, the next destination is the monastic settlement of Roncesvalles, which nestles in the foothills of the Spanish Pyrenees. Here, the unique experience of walking an ancient route truly begins. From Roncesvalles, the Camino follows mountain streams through ancient forests and pretty Basque villages to Pamplona – Navarra. After an afternoon, or perhaps a day, of exploring the walled city of Pamplona, famous for its fiestas and party atmosphere, continue along the route into Spain’s famous Rioja wine-producing region. Villages are compact, historic and superbly maintained with many houses lost beneath a profusion of flowers. The trek ends in Logrono – a city dedicated to wine production. This is a perfect conclusion to the trek, with plenty of Bodegas for wine-tasting before the journey home!

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Walking Holiday in Spain - Mainland Spain - Mainland - Segovia - National Parks & Segovia City  

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          - National Parks & Segovia City - Click Here For Full DetailsDiscover the natural beauty and wildlife of one of central Spain’s best kept secrets. Within the intriguing city of Segovia, you will encounter warm terracotta hues radiating from the illustrious historic buildings, all neatly set against the backdrop of the striking Sierra de Guadarrama Mountains which you will soon explore, as well as the extraordinary Duratón Canyon. The medieval villages you pass through are all of great interest, most noted for their fascinating history and traditional hearty Castilian cuisine – just what you need after a long day walking! The beautiful city of Segovia is renowned for its Roman ‘grandeur’ and unique preservation of such legendary monuments within the heart of such a vibrant modern city. Such monuments include the soaring Aqueduct of Segovia which is the defining historical feature of the city and is truly a sight to behold. The Royal Palace known as Alcazar of Segovia (which was interestingly Walt Disney’s inspiration for Sleeping Beauty’s Castle) and Segovia Cathedral are both considered masterpieces of Basque-Castilian Gothic architecture; their impressive structures are rich in distinctive history and unique aura.   

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Walking Holiday in Wales Wales - Anglesey - Wales Coastal Path  

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          - Wales Coastal Path - Click Here For Full Details The Isle of Anglesey, or Ynys Môn, is a beautiful island located off the north-west coast of Wales and is a true haven for walkers, which is why we have chosen to feature it as our next section of the renowned Wales Coastal Path as we make our way around all 870 miles of this superb coastline. The entire Anglesey coastline was designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1967 to protect the aesthetic appeal and variety of the landscape.  Anglesey is the largest island of Wales and certainly the most attractive. It’s full of history and culture that has lovingly been preserved over the years making this impressive isle an intriguing visit full of pleasant surprises. There’s something for everyone to explore along this fascinating coastline and on foot is definitely the best way!

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Walking Holiday in Wales Wales - Llŷn Peninsula - Wales Coastal Path  

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New Experience Holidays is delighted to offer a section of the completed Wales Coast Path which extends for 870 miles around the entirety of Wales from the walled city of Chester, England to Chepstow in the far south eastern corner beyond Cardiff.  Being close to our base, we have chosen to promote what we feel portrays the very best of Wales and walking the Llŷn peninsula will definitely leave you with a desire to explore more of this beautiful land.

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Walking Holiday in Austria Austria - Danube - Walking the Blue Danube Valley  

Walking holidays  - Click Here For Full DetailsThe walk follows the course of the Danube in the area known as the Wachau. This is where the Danube is at its most beautiful with sweeping curves framed by hillsides that you will have the opportunity to explore. The mild climate and steep hills make it ideal territory for wine and fruit growing, which adds to the beauty of the valley.  The valley has a number of historic towns. The area has outstanding regional food and drink specialities apart from the famous wine there are delicious apricot dishes and many others all making best use of the local produce.  Each day you ascend through vineyards, orchards and light forest to achieve wonderful viewing points with stunning vistas over the ever changing River Danube and the surrounding open countryside.

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Walking Holiday in Austria Austria - Salzkammergut - Lakes & Mountains  

Walking holidays  - Click Here For Full DetailsThe walk is in the area officially called Salzkammergut but is also well known by the name “Austrian Lake District”. It is one of Austria's major walking destinations, featuring crystal clear lakes, set amongst stunning hillsides and mountains and dotted with picturesque villages; photographs of which have topped many a chocolate box. It is not surprising that Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria chose Bad Ischl to build his summer palace, which you will have the opportunity to visit. The area developed economically after salt was discovered and mining started but now very little remains of the industry, although it still contributes to the economy as a previous salt mine is now open as a visitor attraction. Some of the area has become a World Heritage Site including the towns of Hallstatt and Bad Goisern, places you will be able to browse around.

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Walking Holiday in Austria Austria - Salzkammergut - Ten Lakes  

Walking holidays  - Click Here For Full Details Beautiful Salzkammergut conjures up images of ‘The Sound of Music’, for it was here, in the “Austrian Lake District”, that much of the film was made. With its crystal-clear lakes and imposing mountains, it’s one of Austria's favourite walking destinations and a World Heritage Site. It’s not surprising that Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria chose to build his summer palace in Bad Ischl.

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Walking Holiday in Austria Austria - Schladming - Trek  

Walking holidays  - Click Here For Full Details This walk is located in the wide valley of the Enns, a lively river which flows east to become a tributary of the Danube. The principle town is Schladming, a modest town of 5,000 people it is known throughout the world for its winter sports. Small villages are dispersed along the valley. The Enns valley is dominated to the north by the stark limestone mountains, of which Dachstein (the ‘Roof Stone’) is the largest. To the south are the peaks of the Schladminger Tauern. There are pristine landscapes, lush green alpine valleys and charming small villages to explore, some still with houses dating back centuries.

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Walking Holiday in China China - Beijing and The Great Wall  

Walking holidays  - Click Here For Full Details The Great Wall of China has origins dating back over 2,000 years to the 7th century BC. From that time on it was added to with many sections being built and rebuilt until Mao Zedong caused further destruction by encouraging locals to use it for building material. Especially famous is the wall built between 220–206 BC by the first Emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang. The Great Wall stretches from Shanhaiguan by the sea in the east to Lop Lake in the west and measures approximately 13,000 miles in its entirety including all the branch walls and separated sections. Built to protect the Chinese Empire from undesirable warlike people and military groups, the Great Wall also acted as a border control and played an important part in the transportation and trade of goods especially along the Silk Road. The Great Wall is made up of actual ‘wall’, rivers, trenches and other natural defences such as hills and mountains to provide a continuous defensive barrier complete with regular watch towers and troop barracks. It is an incomparable feat of ancient engineering.

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Walking Holiday in China China - Charms of China  

Walking holidays  - Click Here For Full DetailsCombine the city of Beijing, the Great Wall of China, and a visit to the Terracotta Warriors of Xi’an with the tranquil sub-tropical south of Guilin rich in rivers and rice terraces for an all-round, wonderful China Experience!On this holiday, not only do you see and walk amongst some of China’s most visited sites, but you can also enjoy the company of fellow walkers during your stay.

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Walking Holiday in China China - Combination for Classic Walks  

Walking holidays  - Click Here For Full DetailsFor those looking to do the most classic walks which China has to offer then these treks offer this with two of the most identifiable walks in the country. Combine the history of Beijing and The Great Wall with walking through the mighty Tiger Leaping Gorge.

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Walking Holiday in China China - Combination for History & Culture/UNESCO Sites  

Walking holidays  - Click Here For Full DetailsFor those looking for history and culture in China we offer these 3 treks, each to UNESCO World Heritage Sites. These enable you to get close to not just the history of the country but also some it's peoples. Combine the UNESCO Heritage sites of Beijing city, The Great Wall, the Terracotta Warriors at Xi'an and Mount Emei with it's Buddhist temple.

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Walking Holiday in China China - Combination for Serious Walking  

Walking holidays  - Click Here For Full DetailsFor those looking for strenuous walking in China these 3 treks offer challenge as well as the opportunity to marvel at some of the most fantastic views that the country has to offer. Combine the history of Beijing and The Great Wall with climbing to the Buddhist temple atop Mount Emei and walking through the mighty Tiger Leaping Gorge.

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Walking Holiday in France - Corsica France - Corsica - Monte Mare Nord - Hotel to Hotel Trek  

Walking holidays  - Click Here For Full Details To this day, Corsica remains the most unspoilt of the Mediterranean islands. In fact, its hills are covered in cool, green virgin forests, and golden sands adorn its coastline, interspersed with dramatic cliffs. In the centre of the island, some peaks rise to 2,706 metres (8,878ft) and many reach to over 2,000 metres (6,600ft). This mountainous region covers two-thirds of the island and is dotted with remote villages perched on crags above river gorges. French is the official language but bi-lingual signs indicate the wide use of its own language, which has similarities to Italian. Cuisine is also a delicious mélange of French and Italian dishes. In the mountains, wild meats such as boar, rabbit and trout offer tempting variety.

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Walking Holiday in Greece - Corfu Greece - Corfu - Corfu Trail - Southern Section  

Walking holidays  - Click Here For Full Details The Greek island of Corfu is a walker's paradise, and what better way to explore it than walking on the Corfu Trail surrounded by forested hills, beautiful beaches and mesmerising sea views? It is over 200km long in all and is rated as one of the best long-distance walks in the world. We feature the whole trail in 13 nights or you can undertake either the southern or the northern sections as separate holidays. The southern section explores sand dunes, tranquil valleys and farming villages that time has left behind. You walk through olive groves, past oak and chestnut trees, over rolling hills and along ancient mule paths known as kalderimi. You are never far from the coast with its dramatic cliffs and long beaches. Corfu has become known for its resort development, but mercifully this is confined to small areas and will be encountered only as an occasional view in the distance.

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Walking Holiday in Greece - Crete Greece - Crete - Hotel to Hotel - Coast and Gorges  

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          - Coast and Gorges - Click Here For Full DetailsWe have put together a stunning trek combining some of the prime walks South West Crete has to offer taking in three gorges and three coastal sections of the E-4 route. Walk along ancient mule tracks linking coastal villages often still only accessible by boat or on foot with a chance to take a swim in the enticing Libyan Sea along the way. Gorges including the renowned Samaria provide shady contrasts to the coastal sections and a night in Omalos at 1080m provides a feel for the high landscapes of the White Mountains. The walking is of moderate to challenging level with an element of scrambling and several short but potentially vertiginous sections. The only real hazard is dehydration during hotter months which may easily be prevented.

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Walking Holiday in Italy Italy - Umbria  

Walking holidays  - Click Here For Full Details Delightful Umbria, with its rolling hills, waterfalls, high mountains and fascinating hill-top towns, has been called “il cuor verde d’Italia” (the green heart of Italy). It was often viewed as the second best province to visit after Tuscany, but no longer... Successive visitors have discovered that the historic towns of Assisi (a World Heritage Site associated with Saint Francis), Trevi, Norcia and Spoleto, on the flanks of the Apennine Mountains, have just as much to offer as the busier towns of Tuscany.

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Walking Holiday in Slovenia Slovenia - Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj  

Walking holidays  - Click Here For Full DetailsSlovenia is situated just south of Austria and to the east of Italy also sharing borders with Hungary and Croatia. It is one of the newest members of the EU having joined in 2004. Most of our walking takes place in the north of the country in the Julian Alps. This range forms part of the Southern Alps which extend into Austria. The spectacular mountains in this area are predominately limestone, and their jagged forms produce stunning vistas wherever you look. The area is softened by beautiful, tranquil lakes in the valley bottoms and also amongst the rocky crags. Two of the largest lakes, Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj, feature in our programme.

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Walking Holiday in Slovenia Slovenia - Soča Valley Multi-Centred - The Secrets of Slovenia  

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          - The Secrets of Slovenia - Click Here For Full Details Situated close to the mighty Triglav National Park and its imposing Julian Alps, the beauty of the north-west of Slovenia will leave you mesmerised. Enjoy strolling alongside rivers full of meltwater of a stunning aquamarine blue or rising up valley sides into spectacular mountains of predominately limestone, where jagged peaks create stunning vistas wherever you look.  All across this area are many fascinating natural and historic sites. This area was the site of major battles in World War I and there are many relics and museums that tell the story of warfare along the way. This area of Slovenia offers a variety of walks, from exhilarating Alpine areas to peaceful valleys, there’s an option for everybody.

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Walking Holiday in Slovenia Slovenia - Soča Valley Trek  

Walking holidays  - Click Here For Full Details Situated close to the mighty Triglav National Park and its imposing Julian Alps, the beauty of the north-west of Slovenia will leave you mesmerised. Walking along the Slovenian section of one of the newest long-distance paths, which starts in Austria and finishes on the Adriatic coast in Italy, the route combines walking in exhilarating alpine areas and peaceful valleys. Enjoy strolling alongside rivers full of meltwater of a stunning aquamarine blue or rising up valley sides into spectacular mountains of predominately limestone, where jagged peaks create stunning vistas wherever you look. Winding your way southwards, you will pass many fascinating natural and historic sites. This area was the site of major battles in World War I and there are many relics and museums that tell the story of warfare along the way. The countryside here is unspoilt and famous for its beautiful wild flowers. Slovenian cuisine is also a special mix of nearby influences – Italian and Austrian, as well as Croatian and Hungarian.

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Walking Holiday in Switzerland Switzerland - Aeschi  

Walking holidays  - Click Here For Full DetailsAeschi, a small village in the Bernese Oberland, is located close to Spiez on the southern shores of Lake Thun, one of the two stunning lakes (the other being Brienz) that lie either side of Interlaken. Lake Thun is well sheltered from both North and East winds and has an unusually mild climate. Pleasure steamer services commence as early as April and the gardens of the charming lakeside villages abound with southern plants including laurel and fig trees.     Graded - Self Guided - Easy & Moderate

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Walking Holiday in Switzerland Switzerland - Meiringen Winter Walking  

Walking holidays  - Click Here For Full DetailsMeiringen is the most prominent settlement in the Haslital Valley which stretches from the Grimsel Pass to the peaceful waters of Lake Brienz at the eastern end of the Bernese Oberland. The valley is ideal for winter walking holidays with an extensive network of winter walking paths most well away from the skiing areas. Grade Self Guided - Easy & Moderate

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Walking Holiday in Turkey Turkey - Lycian Way East (Tekirova start)  

Walking holidays  - Click Here For Full Details This is Turkey at its most untouched and best. Enjoy stunning coastal walks and deep river gorges, bathe in pools formed by natural erosion, saunter through green pastures and marvel at our ‘grand finale’ of soaring peaks and sheer cliffs – a dramatic, challenging and not-to-be-missed section of the Lycian Way. Of course, if a day relaxing by the pool is appealing, that’s fine too, or walk up towards Tahtali Dagi (Mount Olympos at 1750m). We offer the walk up to the ‘shoulder’, which is a challenging climb. For an easier option, walk halfway up to a grassy plateau and enjoy a picnic overlooking Beycik and the sea. As the week progresses, delight in the Eternal Flames of Chimaera and the ruined city of Olympos. All complimented by the exceptionally warm welcome offered by your Turkish hosts.

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