Walking Holidays Best Enjoyed in July

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 Andorra Andorra - Andorra Trek - Across the Country  

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Andorra is well known for its unique mountain walking, offering unforgettable views over vast lakes and lush countryside with its highest mountain Coma Pedrosa, standing at a sizeable 2943 metres! Most of the small towns and villages in Andorra are characterised by their medieval charm and intrigue, leaving much to explore. We selected this route to get the very best out of the stunning Andorran Pyrenees and are also the first people to offer a trek across the whole country.

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Walking Holiday in Austria Austria - Gasteinertal  

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The setting for this holiday is in the Gastein valley, a deeply cut valley in the midst of the imposing panoramas of the Hohe Tauern mountains.  This part of Austria sets hikers’ pulses racing in anticipation of exploring on foot the surrounding mountains. It is home to a wealth of natural treasures from clear healthy mountain air to quaint villages and an exclusive town nestled against a steep mountainside with a thunderous waterfall.  Located in the state of Salzburg, the Gasteinertal  has been welcoming walkers for generations. There is a direct train link to Salzburg making travel to the area easy.

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Walking Holiday in Austria Austria - Schladming - Centred  

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Your Austrian base is Schladming in the Enns valley, the Enns is a lively river which flows east to join the Danube. 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 is a network of post buses that run from the main valley either onto terraces such as Ramsau, or linking small villages or of greater importance to walkers routes will take you down side valleys deep into the mountains. All the transport with Planai and RVB buses in the area are free with a Sommercard, also cable cars and most local museums and attractions, including the cable car ride to Dachstein Summit (this is only available when staying at Hotel Zirngast).

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Walking Holiday in Austria Austria - Hochkönig  

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This area of Southern Germany and Northern Austria, commonly referred to as Upper Bavaria invites the trekker to enjoy walks with alpine meadows, wonderful mountain views often with snow at the top, panoramic views across green lush valleys and delightful lakes. You are walking around the towering peaks of the Hochkönig massif of which Mount Hochkönig itself at 2941m stands majestically above all of the others. You start in Germany, walk into Austria on the first walking day and back into Germany on the last. No need for passport checks when crossing borders as both countries are members of the Schengen Agreement (Borderless Europe). You will stay in a hamlet, alpine village, high alpine pass and in a small town in Austria, the first and last night are in Germany right by the beautiful blue-green waters of Lake Königssee.

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Walking Holiday in Austria Austria - Schladming - Trek  

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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 Austria Austria - Zugspitze  

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This area of Southern Germany and Western Austria, commonly referred to as the Tirol invites the trekker to enjoy low-level walks with alpine meadows, wonderful mountain views often with snow at the top, panoramic views across green lush valleys and delightful lakes. You will be circumnavigating Zugspitze, a mountain of just under 3000m shared between Austria and Germany. It is Germany’s highest mountain (but not Austria’s) and has two cable cars (one from each country) giving easy access to the peak. You will visit famous ski resorts and old German towns.

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Walking Holiday in France France - Pyrenees  

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The French Pyrenees are a taste of paradise for walkers. This glorious trek is diverse and undulating, and traces the International Greenwich Meridian through Hautes Pyrenees to the heart of the mountains at Gavarnie, just a few kilometres from the Spanish border as the crow flies. The route starts in the country spa town of Argeles-Gazost and ends at the Cirque Gavarnie, which is a World Heritage site. The whole route is inspiring.

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Walking Holiday in Germany Germany - Hochkönig  

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This area of Southern Germany and Northern Austria, commonly referred to as Upper Bavaria invites the trekker to enjoy walks with alpine meadows, wonderful mountain views often with snow at the top, panoramic views across green lush valleys and delightful lakes. You are walking around the towering peaks of Hochkönig massif of which the Mount Hochkönig itself at 2941m stands majestically above all of the others. You start in Germany, walk into Austria on the first walking day and back into Germany on the last. No need for passport checks when crossing borders as both countries are members of the Schengen Agreement (Borderless Europe). You will stay in a hamlet, alpine village, high alpine pass and in a small town in Austria, the first and last night are in Germany right by the beautiful blue-green waters of Lake Königssee.

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Walking Holiday in Germany Germany - Zugspitze  

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This area of Southern Germany and Western Austria, commonly referred to as the Tirol invites the trekker to enjoy low-level walks with alpine meadows, wonderful mountain views often with snow at the top, panoramic views across green lush valleys and delightful lakes. You will be circumnavigating Zugspitze a mountain of just under 3000m shared between Austria and Germany. It is Germany’s highest mountain (but not Austria’s) and has two cable cars (one from each country) giving easy access to the peak. You will visit famous ski resorts and old German towns.

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Walking Holiday in Iceland Iceland - Overview  

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We have a variety of itineraries covering the whole of Iceland. This is an overview of what we have available.

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Walking Holiday in Iceland Iceland - 21 Nights - Full Circle  

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A 21 night holiday circumnavigating the whole of Iceland.

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Walking Holiday in Iceland Iceland - 14 Nights - Full Circle  

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A 14 night holiday circumnavigating the whole of Iceland.

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Walking Holiday in Iceland Iceland - 14 Nights - West & North  

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A 14 night holiday visiting the best walks of the west and north of Iceland.

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Walking Holiday in Iceland Iceland - 13 Nights - East & South  

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A 13 night holiday exploring the best walks of the east and south of Iceland.

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Walking Holiday in Iceland Iceland - 11 Nights - Full Circle  

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An 11 night holiday circumnavigating the whole of Iceland.

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Walking Holiday in Iceland Iceland - 10 Nights - West & North  

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A 10 night holiday visiting the best walks of the west and north of Iceland.

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Walking Holiday in Iceland Iceland - 9 Nights - East & South  

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A 9 night holiday exploring the best walks of the east and south of Iceland.

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Walking Holiday in Iceland Iceland - 7 Nights - West & North  

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A 7 night holiday visiting the best walks of the west and north of Iceland.

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Walking Holiday in Iceland Iceland - 7 Nights - East & South  

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A 7 night holiday exploring the best walks of the east and south of Iceland.

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Walking Holiday in Ireland Ireland - Western Way  

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This 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 Norway Norway - Into the Fjords - 1 week with Balestrand  

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This 7 night holiday takes you to 4 of our centres in Norway which are all located close to the striking Sognefjord. This holiday is a shortened version of our 14 night holiday which covers all 5 of our centres in Norway. Please click here to see our 14 night holiday.

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Walking Holiday in Norway Norway - Into the Fjords - 1 week with Ulvik  

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This 7 night holiday takes you to 4 of our centres in Norway which are all located close to the stunning Hardangerfjord. This holiday is a shortened version of our 14 night holiday which covers all 5 of our centres in Norway. Please click here to see our 14 night holiday.

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Walking Holiday in Norway Norway - Into the Fjords - 2 weeks  

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This 14 night holiday covers all 5 of our centres in Norway allowing you to experience the best of the area. We have two options to shorten this holiday with two 7 night holidays, both covering 4 centres. The first 7 night holiday visits our centre Ulvik and is based around the stunning Hardangerfjord, whereas the second 7 night holiday replaces Ulvik with Balestrand and is based around the striking Sognefjord.

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Walking Holiday in Poland Poland - Poland / Slovakia two centred - Multi Centred Holiday  

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Clients often want to enjoy more than one area and find that travelling even a couple of hours leads to a totally different walking experience. We are extremely happy to put these together for you allowing you to enjoy walking in both Poland and Slovakia. We will make all hotel reservations and arrange transport and transfers.

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Walking Holiday in Poland Poland - Polish Tatras  

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Zakopane is located in the far south of Poland and is the country’s highest town and lies on the slopes of the High Tatras from 750 to 1000m above sea level. It is Poland’s premier centre of mountain walking and is the most convenient base for walking in the spectacular Tatra National Park. Zakopane offers a number of museums the most significant and oldest being the Natural History Museum of the Tatra National Park.

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Walking Holiday in Poland Poland - High Tatras and Approaches - Hotel to Hotel trek  

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You start in an area of Poland that is a very popular walking territory for the Polish people but surprisingly not frequented by other European walkers. You start in the low Carpathian Mountains but always with the sight of the High Tatras, your ultimate goal, spectacularly rising in the distance. Life in this area of rural Poland appears to have changed little over the years; both men and women continue to work the land with horses and wooden implements, you will see and experience this first hand. Your destination of the High Tatra Mountains is one of the best walking areas in Europe and attracts walkers from throughout the world.

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Walking Holiday in Slovakia Slovakia - Slovakian Tatras  

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Nestling at the foot of the High Tatra mountains, our base for walking in the Slovakian High Tatras is picturesque Smokovec, a village conveniently located at a junction of the ‘Tatra Railway’ allowing excellent access to all the main walking areas. The village has a source of excellent mineral water, and has developed as a spa. Today many fine historical buildings remain making the village a pleasure to walk through. The High Tatras became the country’s first national park in 1948 with peaks rising to 2655m, as well as home to the symbolic national peak of Slovakia, Mt Kriván 2495m high.

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Walking Holiday in Slovenia Slovenia - Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj  

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Slovenia 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 Spain - Mainland Spain - Mainland - Catalonian Pyrenees - Foothills and Mountains  

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The eastern Pyrenees offer the hiker all the attributes of high mountain walking along with exploration of the lower foothills.  Close to the Mediterranean it is a region of great geological interest with mountain peaks plunging to deep valleys where stone built villages nestle beside rushing rivers.  Rare flowers, glaciated lakes and soaring birds of prey add to its appeal and all is enhanced by the proud warm-hearted people of Catalonia and the special culture unique to this part of Spain.     

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Walking Holiday in Switzerland Switzerland - Aeschi  

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Aeschi, 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 - Davos  

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Located in the Bundner Alps in the east of Switzerland in the canton of Graubunden, the area around Davos has over 180 miles of well marked and maintained paths ranging from leisurely trails to more testing terrain high up in the mountains. The wonderful integrated system of mountain railways and post buses serve 5 spectacular walking areas which include all the most scenic vantage points. In these diverse landscapes the flora and fauna are unsurpassed with the most beautiful Alpine flowers and the occasional glimpses of ibex chamois and marmots. Nearby is the alpine resort of Klosters, made famous by its annual royal patronage, which a number of our routes visit.

Grade - Easy Moderate & Challenging

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Walking Holiday in Switzerland Switzerland - Engelberg  

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Engelberg is situated at the head of a picturesque valley leading up to the mountains from Lake Luzern. The short railway journey from Luzern provides an excellent prelude to the scenery that awaits you. Paths (most accessible by cable car) radiate in all directions offering walkers a choice of stunning routes along with the distraction of some excellent mountain restaurants where it would be impossible not to linger! The village is at 1050m, and is full of fresh invigorating mountain air. The most famous cableway is the rotating ‘Rotair’ taking its passengers up to Mount Titlis an area of year round skiing and snow activities and the highest viewpoint in Central Switzerland at 3238m (over 10000 feet). Aside from the contrasting scenery of meadows, snow, rocky mountain peaks and deep blue lakes there are also numerous activities for children making it an ideal and encouraging area for parents with young walkers. 

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Walking Holiday in Switzerland Switzerland - Grindelwald  

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Grindelwald, thanks to its magnificent setting, has been attracting British guests from the end of the 18th century. The town is in a valley surrounded by high mountains not least of which is the renowned Eiger with its imposing North Face. There is a maze of walking routes from either Grindelwald itself or from the top of local gondolas mountain railways or post bus routes that will have you quickly looking down on this stunning valley and at the same time up to the imposing surrounding mountains. You can take the railway to the Jungfraujoch, Europe’s highest railway station with its permanent snow and ice, and we even have a walk in our booklet from this station. Self Guided - Easy Moderate and Challenging

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Walking Holiday in Switzerland Switzerland - Gstaad  

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Gstaad, located in the Bernese Oberland, is name which rings with wealth and winter skiers. However, Gstaad is not just a single village but a region collectively called Saanenland with a total of 10 small mountain villages and some excellent summer walking. The region is predominantly German speaking, but being located on one of Switzerland’s linguistic borders, some of the walking extends into the  French speaking part of the country. The locality benefits from nearly 200 miles of walking paths offering the walker an immense choice with diverse mountain scenery. A railway line links many  of the villages and others are accessible by post bus - many of which extend far into the mountains to reach the start points of our walks. Post-buses and trains also link you to the many cable cars and chairlifts on which you can swiftly rise into the mountains.

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Walking Holiday in Switzerland Switzerland - Kandersteg  

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Kandersteg (1195m) lies in the beautiful Kander valley in the Central Bernese Oberland. Its lofty mountains with side glens and upper shelves of meadowland have much to offer mountain walkers of all levels of experience. An amazing diversity of Alpine flowers adds to its appeal. More than 190 miles of trails can be followed in the immediate area, many reached by a variety of cableways commencing near the village. Just across from the Kandertal Mountains is the Lotschental valley offering a different weather pattern from Kandersteg, extending the walking opportunities even further by a short train journey via the Lotschberg railway tunnel. Self Guided - Easy, Moderate & Challenging

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Walking Holiday in Switzerland Switzerland - Lower Engadine  

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The Lower Engadine is one of the most popular destinations for the Swiss to take their holidays, which must say something when they have such a choice. It is surprisingly not so well known to walkers from overseas. This area is the heartland of Switzerland’s fourth official language – Romansch which will often be heard especially in the small villages. However Swiss German is spoken by everyone and English as in other areas of Switzerland is widely spoken. A different language brings different culture, architecture and culinary specials all unique to the Romansch speaking area. The River Inn flows through the valley on its way to the Danube, alternately flowing though deep gorges and wide open meadowland grazed by bell ringing cows. The area is also host to Switzerland’s only National Park. 

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Walking Holiday in Switzerland Switzerland - Meiringen  

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Meiringen 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 walking holidays exhibiting a rich variety of landscapes with lush pastures dazzling cascades tight gorges and several tributary valleys equally worthy of exploration. Grade - Self Guided - Easy, Moderate & Challenging

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Walking Holiday in Switzerland Switzerland - Mürren  

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Mürren is perhaps the most beautiful village in the Bernese Oberland, perched high up above the Lauterbrunnen Valley at 1645m above sea level. From the Mürren side of the Lauterbrunnen Valley the view of the famous Eiger Mönch and Jungfrau is simply the best. The surrounding area is a pleasure to walk in with some of the most famous walking in the world within easy reach. Above Mürren rises the great peak of the Schilthorn at 3018m feet with its revolving restaurant made famous by James Bond and accessed by a spectacular cable car. Interlaken and its famous lakes are easily reached for a lowland excursion or at the opposite extreme you can use the railway to the highest station in Europe, the Jungfraujoch at 3455m - a ‘must do’ trip. Grading - Self Guided - Easy Moderate & Challenging

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Walking Holiday in Switzerland Switzerland - Val d'Anniviers  

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Val d’Anniviers is located in the French speaking part of Switzerland and offers some truly stunning walking. We know that the familiarity of the language, the French influenced food and beauty of this hidden valley will appeal to new and regular customers alike. Located high above the Rhône Valley, Val d’Anniviers has an excellent postal bus service linking the small precariously perched villages, each with its own charm and history, enabling a large number of one way walks to be enjoyed. Cable cars and a funicular railway transport you to over 2290m allowing you to explore even higher or to gently walk down to another wooden roofed village and return back to base by postbus. Val d’Anniviers enjoys wonderful weather with an above average number of sunny days for Switzerland. Grade - Easy Moderate & Challenging

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Walking Holiday in Switzerland Switzerland - Zermatt  

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The Zermatt area has a total of 250 miles of well-marked footpaths which will take you through pine-scented mountain forests to the shores of calm Alpine lakes and to ice-blue glaciers. Zermatt has been a prime destination for walkers and mountaineers for over 150 years. As well as gentle valley walking, large areas are protected zones which offer plenty of opportunities for challenging and remote walking, including access to the slopes of the Matterhorn itself. Mountain railways make it easy to reach the high altitude rambling areas. There are many mountain cabins and restaurants ready to offer a warm welcome and a leisurely rest to enjoy the spectacular views all around.

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Walking Holiday in Switzerland Switzerland - Bernese Highlights East - Hotel to Hotel (7 nights)  

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This trek takes you through some of the most beautiful mountain scenery that Switzerland has to offer crossing two major passes and combining stays in small Swiss towns and villages with hotels high on the passes. You walk within sight of some of Switzerland’s most stunning peaks: Titlis Jungfrau and Eiger to name but a few. You will view magnificent glaciers as you walk which feed many of the mountain streams you cross. At the end of a day’s walking you are assured of a friendly welcome at each of our hotels with meals prepared from fresh local ingredients.

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Walking Holiday in Switzerland Switzerland - Bernese Highlights West - Hotel to Hotel (7nights)  

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An amazing trek crossing Switzerland’s high mountain passes linking alpine valleys. In these lush, green valleys nestle pretty Swiss villages where you have your overnight accommodation. This trek is from Mürren to Gstaad.

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Walking Holiday in Switzerland Switzerland - Haute Route - Hotel to Hotel  

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Although the trek is entirely in the Valais (Wallis in German) you walk from the French speaking area to one that is Swiss German spoken. Alpine flowers carpet the valleys early in the season extending to high passes throughout Summer. Here the high Alps are at their most majestic.

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Walking Holiday in Switzerland Switzerland - Lower Engadine - Hotel to Hotel  

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A wild natural landscape featuring the ancient Castle of Tarasp, the Baths of Scuol, the Romansch culture varying from village to village rich in tradition but nevertheless innovative and modern. This is the Lower Engadine situated on the southern side of the Alps, a valley far away from the busy tourist routes; it is a valley ‘waiting to be discovered’. This journey is especially enjoyable combining the beautiful timeless villages rich in culture and tradition and with their own unique architecture and walking high on the valley sides with far ranging views over the Alps. The local language is Romansch, the least spoken of the four official languages of Switzerland - but do not worry as English is widely understood.

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Walking Holiday in Switzerland Switzerland - Two and Multi Centre Holidays  

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Clients often want to enjoy more than one area and find that travelling even a couple of hours on the train leads to a totally different walking experience. We are extremely happy to put these together for you.

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Walking Holiday in Wales Wales - Anglesey - Wales Coastal Path  

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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 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 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 - 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 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 Italy Italy - Amalfi Coast - Multi Centred  

Walking holidays  - Click Here For Full DetailsThe 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  

Walking holidays  - Click Here For Full DetailsThe 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 - 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 - Cortina  

Walking holidays  - Click Here For Full DetailsCortina, or Cortina d’Ampezzo as the collection of settlements are known, is located in northern Italy and nestles under the majestic scenery of the Dolomites at the head of the Valle del Boite. As an area of outstanding natural interest and beauty, the Dolomites are a designated UNESCO World Natural Heritage Area. It is the largest of the 18 municipalities which make up Ladinia, a widely cultural area where the local Ladin language is most prevalent and is still spoken today. Originally Cortina d’Ampezzo was composed of a number of “frazioni”, isolated villages and hamlets, but with an increase in tourism in the area from the 1950’s the town began to grow rapidly. Only the most outlaying villages and hamlets have remained secluded and isolated from the main centre of Cortina.

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Walking Holiday in Italy Italy - Heart of Cilento - Trek  

Walking holidays  - Click Here For Full Details 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 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 Italy Italy - Val di Fassa - Centred  

Walking holidays  - Click Here For Full DetailsVal di Fassa is located in northern Italy and is amongst the mighty spires of the Dolomites. The valley is in Ladinia, a cultural area where the local Ladin language is still the most commonly spoken language and the Ladinia flag can often be seen. Italian is also spoken here, as is German due to the valley’s close proximity to the Italian province of Südtirol, where German is the native language. The Val di Fassa valley is the setting for a number of villages each with their own charm stretching from Moena to the south up to Canazei to the north. There are a vast number of chair lifts and cable cars to elevate you quickly to the main walking areas.

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Walking Holiday in Italy Italy - Val di Fassa - Trek  

Walking holidays  - Click Here For Full DetailsVal di Fassa is located in northern Italy amongst the mighty rocks forming the traditional picture of the Dolomites. However, the valley has much to offer as you journey from the valley floor to the high mountain passes you will be going through pine forests and broad grasslands adding colour and texture to the landscape. On the valley floor you stay in hotels of a traditional Alpine style. Your nights in the mountains are at two of the many rifugios which are located on the mountain sides.

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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 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 Portugal - Azores  Portugal - Azores - Eastern & Central Islands  

Walking holidays  - Click Here For Full DetailsThe 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  

Walking holidays  - Click Here For Full DetailsThe 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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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 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 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 - To the End of the World - Camino Finisterre - Santiago de Compostela to Finisterre  

Walking holidays  - Click Here For Full DetailsMost 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 4 - Leon to O Cebreiro  

Walking holidays  - Click Here For Full Details 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  

Walking holidays  - Click Here For Full Details 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 4 to 5 - Leon to Santiago de Compostela  

Walking holidays  - Click Here For Full Details 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 - Mainland Spain - Mainland - Costa da Morte  

Walking holidays  - Click Here For Full Details 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 - St James Way (El Camino) Hotel to Hotel Trek  

Walking holidays  - Click Here For Full Details                                  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 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 Bulgaria Bulgaria - Rodopi Mountains - Hotel to Hotel Trek  

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

Walking holidays  - Click Here For Full Details 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 - 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 - 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  

Walking holidays  - Click Here For Full DetailsIn 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 - 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 - Combination for Adventure  

Walking holidays  - Click Here For Full DetailsFor 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  

Walking holidays  - Click Here For Full DetailsFor 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  

Walking holidays  - Click Here For Full DetailsFor 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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Walking Holiday in Dominica Dominica - Dominica  

Walking holidays  - Click Here For Full DetailsDominica 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 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 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 - Crete Greece - Crete - Hotel to Hotel - Coast and Gorges  

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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 - Kardamili  

Walking holidays  - Click Here For Full DetailsThe 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 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 Italy Italy - Coastal Cilento - Trek  

Walking holidays  - Click Here For Full Details 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 - 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 Italy - Via Francigena Italy - Via Francigena - Siena to Montefiascone  

Walking holidays  - Click Here For Full DetailsThis 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  

Walking holidays  - Click Here For Full DetailsYou 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 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 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  

Walking holidays  - Click Here For Full DetailsMorocco 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  

Walking holidays  - Click Here For Full DetailsMorocco 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 Poland Poland - The High Bieszczady - Hotel to Hotel Trek  

Walking holidays  - Click Here For Full DetailsThe Bieszczady mountains lie in the far south-east of Poland, in the Eastern Carpathians, bordering Slovakia and the Ukraine. The countryside is characterised by the ridge-and-valley pattern - long mountain ridges stretching parallel to one another. It is the most underpopulated and underdeveloped of the Polish mountains and ideal for hiking. There are unique mountain meadows - the polininy - above primeval forest which offer sanctuary to wild animals such as the lynx and wolves. The peaks offer mountain panoramas of unusual beauty and vastness.

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

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

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          - Mountains, Valleys & Coast - Click Here For Full Details 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  

Walking holidays  - Click Here For Full DetailsWe 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  

Walking holidays  - Click Here For Full DetailsWe 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 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 - Balearic Islands Spain - Balearic Islands - Mallorca  

Walking holidays  - Click Here For Full DetailsMallorca 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  

Walking holidays  - Click Here For Full Details 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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          - Centred - Click Here For Full DetailsEl 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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          - Centred - Click Here For Full DetailsAn 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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          - Centred - Click Here For Full DetailsLa 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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          - Centred - Click Here For Full DetailsLa 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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          - Centred - Click Here For Full Details 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  

Walking holidays  - Click Here For Full DetailsEl 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  

Walking holidays  - Click Here For Full Details 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  

Walking holidays  - Click Here For Full DetailsThis 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  

Walking holidays  - Click Here For Full Details 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  

Walking holidays  - Click Here For Full DetailsThe 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  

Walking holidays  - Click Here For Full DetailsDo 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  

Walking holidays  - Click Here For Full Details 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 - 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 - Stage 3 - Burgos to Leon  

Walking holidays  - Click Here For Full Details 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 - 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 - El Camino Spain - El Camino - The French Way - Stages 3 to 5 - Burgos to Santiago de Compostela  

Walking holidays  - Click Here For Full Details 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 Portuguese Way - Tui to Santiago de Compostela  

Walking holidays  - Click Here For Full DetailsThere 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 - 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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Walking Holiday in Spain - Mainland Spain - Mainland - St James Way (Last 100km)  

Walking holidays  - Click Here For Full DetailsIf 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  

Walking holidays  - Click Here For Full DetailsTiny 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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