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Walking AND TREKKING


Europe

Welcome LLLLLLLLLLL TO

Explore

Welcome to our Walking and Trekking brochure, packed full of inspiring holidays which will enable you to go walking in far-flung corners of the planet as well as equally fascinating places a little closer to home. The beauty of walking is that you can really get up close to the landscapes and culture of a place. We make the most of this by offering a wide range of itineraries in some of the most spectacular locations on the planet, from flower-filled meadows to jagged mountain peaks and from tropical forests to shimmering sands. Some trips are in UNESCO Natural Heritage sites. Our holidays take you walking wherever you want to go. They include the crystal clear lakes and rugged coastlines of Europe, the biodiversity hotspots of Africa and the spice trails and souks of the Middle East, the remote mountains of Asia and the Pacific and the volcanic vistas and cloud forests of the Americas. You can even go urban walking in the Big Apple or venture into Venezuela, to territories virtually unknown to the outside world. We have several new routes too, all tried and tested by our team of experts.

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You haven’t truly seen a place unless you’ve met its people and so we at Explore always take you one step further, offering you trips which introduce you to the locals, their customs and way of life. You can discover the warm hospitality of the Svantian people in Georgia or taste the wine in Bordeaux and make orecchiette pasta in Puglia for example. We’ll give you rich experiences which you won’t get anywhere else. Our Explore leaders not only look after the daily arrangements of your holiday but they’ll also share their local knowledge, to help make it special. Enjoy walking with a small group or travel just with your family and friends on our self-guided trips. The choice is yours.

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Why Explore? We’ve been operating adventurous and inspiring holidays for over 35 years. In that time we have built up a wealth of travel expertise to draw upon. Our team of dedicated walking experts are passionate about creating trips which take you through some of the world’s most impressive landscapes and bring you into contact with local cultures and people. We are proud to announce that 97% of our customers would book with us again. Independently verified reviews September 2016

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WHY EXPLORE?

ABOUT OUR WALKING AND TREKKING HOLIDAYS Small, Sociable Groups On our group trips there are generally around 10-13 people, with a maximum of 16, of all nationalities and backgrounds. Usually half are travelling on their own and the rest as couples or groups of friends. Enjoying the walks and treks with like-minded people is part of the experience. You’ll quickly find yourself making new friends and enjoying the group camaraderie.

Explore Leaders One of our expert Explore Leaders accompanies all of our walking trips. Depending on the nature of your walking holiday they may be leading the walks themselves or accompanied by one or more specialist trek guides. They are some of the best in the business - the awards they’ve won prove it! They strive to ensure your holiday goes without a hitch and their first-hand knowledge of the routes and local customs means you won’t miss anything. They will pace the walks so that no one gets left behind and they’ll look after all the background organisation.

Luggage On practically all of our walking adventures you don’t have to carry your main luggage – just a daypack for

your personal items such as a camera, sunscreen, wet weather gear and water. The rest of your bags will either be transferred by road – or will be carried by porters or mules. The Trip Notes, which can be downloaded from our website, provide more detailed information.

Trusted and ATOL Protected 2017 marks our 36th year operating adventure holidays. In that time we have earned the trust of thousands of customers who travel with us every year. For added peace of mind, we are fully protected by ATOL so that in the unlikely event of any problems with airlines or our other travel partners, your payment is safe.

Loyalty Discounts Over 60% of our customers have been on holiday with us before and many travel with us repeatedly. As a way of saying thank you, we offer our loyal customers the following discounts: Save 5% - when booking your 5th to 9th Explore trip Save 10% - when booking your 10th and all subsequent Explore trips Please see explore.co.uk/loyaltydiscounts for more information.

Price Guarantee Once we have confirmed your booking we guarantee that the price won’t change. Unlike most other travel companies, we won’t pass on any unexpected aviation, fuel or currency exchange surcharges once your booking is confirmed.

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A World of Choice With so many options, it can be hard to know where to start. We’re here to help you choose the walking or trekking holiday that’s perfect for you. By using the information below and on the table opposite, you can narrow down the choices to hone in on your perfect holiday based on how physically demanding you want it to be and what type of accommodation you’d like to stay in. If you need any help or advice, please give us a call.

Accommodation Grade

We’ve graded our walking and trekking holidays by taking into account daily walking distances, terrain, the number of days of the trip spent walking, altitude and the amount of ascent and descent. When a trip combines two different walking grades we use an intermediate grade e.g. Easy to Moderate. Each trip is clearly marked with its grade. For more detailed information, see our Trip Notes which can be downloaded from the trip pages of our website.

As a guide, we’ve allocated an accommodation grade to all of our trips. Standards will vary depending on which country you are visiting and on some trips a range of accommodation grades are used.

Easy

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Moderate

Suitable for most people Moderate graded walks in good health, easy walks are normally on good are predominantly on good paths and tracks at low paths, at low altitude and altitude (generally below on undemanding terrain. 2,500m) and are suitable You can expect to be for fit and active people. walking for 3-5 hours a day You can expect to be (including rest stops) with walking 3-7 hours a day plenty of non-walking time (including rest stops). Some in the itinerary. Previous walks may include some walking experience is fairly demanding ascents not necessary. and descents, so previous experience is preferable but not essential.

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Trekking days are generally long (6-8 hours), with some long, steep ascents and descents and sometimes at high altitude (over 3,000m) or on more difficult terrain. You need to have a good level of fitness and some extra training before your trip may be required; previous trekking experience is recommended.

Trekking days are long (sometimes 9 hours or more) and tough, with difficult terrain often including time at high altitude (over 3000m). You should expect some demanding ascents and descents. You will need to be physically very fit and a confident, experienced trekker.

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Simple No-frills accommodation which includes mountain huts, camping, small family-run hotels and guesthouses, berths on sleeper trains, boat cabins and rooms in village houses. Sleeping arrangements and amenities are simple and bathrooms may be shared. Standard Our standard, mid-range accommodation offers a good level of service, often with other amenities such as a restaurant, bar, garden or swimming pool. Generally rooms will have en-suite facilities. Premium Our premium accommodation is chosen for its comfort, character, location or local importance.


A WORLD OF CHOICE

Small Group Trips Countries

Trip Name

Trip Code

Days

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Walk grade - Easy

Countries

Trip Code

Days

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TGG CF CR WIK DW TTY TP MF LMA RT

16 8 8 11 8 8 8 15 8 13

94 64 67 89 43 46 80 84 79 92

TM

8

16

WSA

10

85

CDS

12

26

GAL

8

30

PC SPC SJ

8 8 8

28 29 32

Mallorca Tramuntana Traverse

OL

8

23

Hiking on La Gomera and Tenerife

OC

8

20

NEW La Palma - Volcanoes and Cloudforest

LPM

8

22

Trip Name

Walk grade - Moderate (continued) Georgia Greece Greece India Italy Italy Jordan Madagascar Morocco Nepal

On Foot in the Caucasus Walking the Corfu Trail (South) Walking in Crete On Foot in Kerala Hiking in the Dolomites Trails of Hidden Tuscany Spice Trails of Petra Madagascar Wilderness Trek Marrakech and the High Atlas Annapurna Panorama

Portugal (Madeira)

Levada Trails of Madeira

Cambodia

Cambodian Trails - Angkor and Beyond

TWC

12

98

Cuba

Cuba Highlights on Foot

SCU

8

110

Estonia - Latvia - Lithuania

Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania on Foot

ELL

8

57

France

Bordeaux to the Mediterranean Walks and Wine

BWW

9

37

Italy Italy Italy Italy

A Taste of Amalfi A Taste of Emilia Romagna A Taste of Liguria and Tuscany A Taste of Puglia

TOA TOER TOLT TOP

8 8 8 8

56 55 55 56

Italy

NEW A Taste of Veneto - Lake Garda to Venice

TOV

8

54

New Zealand

Walking in New Zealand

WZN

20

100

Portugal

Remote Coastal Trails of Portugal

POR

8

17

Spain

South Africa

NEW KwaZulu-Natal - Drakensbergs and Wildlife Safari Camino de Santiago NEW Galicia’s Wild Coast - Costa da Morte On Foot in the Picos de Europa Snowshoeing in the Picos de Europa Moorish Trails

Spain

Wine, Walks and Tapas in Spain

CWW

11

24

Spain

Spain - Portugal

Walks and Wine Tasting in Spain and Portugal

MWW

12

18

Turkey

Walking the Turquoise Coast

TRK

8

70

USA

Walk New York!

WNY

7

105

AUT CO MBH

8 8 8

42 60 39

TVC

8

35

WIP GCW LC LTY NAW PU SIT UR WCT

8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8

38 63 44 45 48 52 53 51 50

Spain Spain Spain Spain (Balearic Islands) Spain (Canary Islands) Spain (Canary Islands) Spain (Canary Islands) Sri Lanka Turkey

Walking The Gran Isla

LOC

8

19

NEW On Foot in Sri Lanka The Lycian Way

WSL LW

15 8

88 71

USA

Walking the Western US National Parks

WUS

10

108

WCM

8

59

LNC AZ SLA SWW WVN YL

8 14 8 9 14 15

68 14 33 31 99 104

TPF FA HA MJ PE PM PQ TTA

15 8 10 8 19 13 9 8

119 65 78 74 117 116 114 58

SZM

8

41

Ethiopia

Simien Mountain Trek

ES

13

81

ALW PAW

8 8

62 34

France Switzerland - Italy

Tour du Mont Blanc

MBT

11

40

Morocco Nepal Nepal Peru Venezuela

Toubkal Long Weekend Annapurna Circuit Annapurna Sanctuary NEW Salkantay Trek Venezuela’s Lost World

ATA AN AS SKT VZ

5 21 15 10 15

76 93 90 118 113

JT KC

8 10

77 82

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WSVF

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Walk grade - Easy to Moderate Austria Croatia France France France Greece Italy Italy Italy Italy Italy Italy Italy Montenegro Croatia North Cyprus Portugal (Azores) Spain Spain Vietnam USA

The Austrian Tyrol Walks and Coastal Towns of Croatia Highlights of Mont Blanc Carcassonne to Collioure - Trails of the Secret Riviera Walking in Provence Greek Cruise and Island Walking Lake Como Walking Wine Trails of Classic Tuscany Amalfi Coast Walking On Foot in Puglia and Basilicata Sicilian Trails On Foot in Rome and Umbria Trails of the Cinque Terre and Liguria NEW Walking Montenegro and the Croatian Islands On Foot in Northern Cyprus Azores Island Hopping Walking in the Sierra Aracena Southern Spain - Walks and Wine NEW Vietnam on Foot Yellowstone and Western Trails

Walk grade - Moderate Albania Andorra - Spain

Walking Albania Walking in the Andorran Pyrenees

Burma (Myanmar)

Hidden Trails of Burma

HW

14

95

Canada China

Walking in the Rockies Walk the Great Wall

WRK WG

13 10

104 96

Costa Rica Nicaragua

Volcanoes and Tropical Forests

NCR

15

109

Cuba Cyprus France

Revolutionary Trails of Cuba Walking in Cyprus French Pyrenees to Carcassonne

CU CY PAC

15 8 8

112 67 36

Trip Code

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Walk grade - Moderate to Challenging Argentina - Chile Greece Morocco Morocco Peru Peru Peru Romania Switzerland

Fitzroy and Torres del Paine Walking the Corfu Trail (North) High Atlas Trek Toubkal Climb Peru and the Inca Trail Heights of Machu Picchu Inca Trail Trek Trekking the Transylvanian Alps NEW Switzerland - Zermatt, the Matterhorn and Eiger

Walk grade - Challenging

Walk grade - Challenging to Tough Morocco Tanzania

Winter Toubkal Trek Kilimanjaro - Lemosho Trek

Countries

Trip Name

Self-Guided Trips Countries

Trip Name

Walk grade - Easy to Moderate

Walk grade - Moderate (continued)

France Greece Italy

Self-Guided Walking in Provence Self-Guided Naxos and Santorini Self-Guided Amalfi Coast Trails

WSPR WSNS WSAC

7 8 8

126 131 130

Italy

Self-Guided Tuscan Trails Florence to Siena

WSTC

8

129

Spain

Self-Guided Andalucia Walking Sierra de Grazalema

WSRG

8

123

Spain (Canary Islands)

Self-Guided Tenerife and La Gomera

WSTG

8

125

Walk grade - Moderate Italy

NEW Self-Guided Dolomites - Val Gardena and the Sella Group

WSTD

Italy

Self-Guided Portofino and the Cinque Terre

WSCTL

8

127

Italy

NEW Self-Guided Trails of Como and Lugano

WSCL

8

127

Italy

Self-Guided Walk Sicily and the Aeolian Islands

WSSI

8

130

8

128

Italy

NEW Self-Guided Walk Via Francigena to Rome

Greece

Self-Guided Walking in South-West Crete

WSCR

8

131

Portugal Spain

Self-Guided Coastal Trails of Portugal Self-Guided Camino de Santiago

WSPO WSCS

8 9

122 123

Spain

NEW Self-Guided Picos de Europa to Coast

WSPI

8

124

Spain

NEW Self-Guided Walking Through Catalonia

WSCA

8

122

Spain (Canary Islands)

Self-Guided Gran Canaria

WSGC

8

124

WSDO

8

128

WSMB

11

126

Walk grade - Moderate to Challenging Italy

Self-Guided Dolomites Hiking

Walk grade - Challenging France - Italy Switzerland

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SELF-GUIDED WALKING TRIPS

Self-Guided Walking trips If you want to experience an area independently and at your own pace, we have a range of self-guided walking trips.

Start your holiday on any day of the week and extend it if you wish to. Your accommodation is booked and your luggage transported between night stops. Walk when you want to and explore the area using our detailed route notes and maps. Getting to your destination We recommend the most suitable airports or train stations to use for each trip and also the latest arrival/departure times (to fit with the public transport options). We also provide detailed information to assist you in reaching your start hotel and leaving your end hotel by public transport. Alternatively we can arrange private transfers.

Your luggage Your main luggage will be transferred between hotels for you. All you need to carry is a daypack with your essentials in it (water, camera, sunscreen etc). You’ll be reunited with the rest of your belongings when you reach your next night’s accommodation.

Accommodation Our hotels are hand-picked for their character, comfort and warm welcome. We use a wide range

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of accommodation from simple mountain huts to four-star hotels with en-suite facilities. In many places we stay for two nights, giving you the choice of doing a full or half-day circular walk, or taking a break to go sightseeing or chill out.

Finding your way We’ll give you easy-to-follow, detailed route notes and maps so that you can find your way. There are often choices given which allow you to extend a walk or go via a more challenging route. To ensure you get the most out of your stops as well, we’ll provide you with useful information. Our insider tips may include ‘must sees’ or where to find the best cappuccinos! See pages 120 - 131 for our collection of self-guided walking trips.

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FLIGHTS

Fly me from... If you would like to book a flightinclusive holiday with Explore, we are delighted to be able to offer you a range of flight options. We can organise flights from most of the UK’s regional airports and from Dublin. These are either direct flights or via an onward connecting point to your final destination. Flight-inclusive packages booked with Explore are fully bonded. This means that we will manage any changes required in the event of any changes to your holiday or airline schedule changes after you have booked. If however you choose to book your own flights, you are responsible for the associated costs of any changes. Group Flights On many holidays we hold a small group of competitively priced seats with a specified airline which exactly fit the departure and return dates and times. Our flight inclusive holiday price includes these flights. These flights will depart from a London airport however regional connections may also be available. When you choose to travel on a group flight you will pay only the deposit for your holiday at the time of booking and we manage any changes thereafter.

Contract Flights Where we do not hold group flights, we negotiate rates with a number of preferred airline partners. These fares are highly competitive and are a great option if you are considering extending your stay before or after your trip. You may be required to pay a higher than normal deposit for your holiday in order to secure the best available fare to match your requirements.

‘Best fare of the day’ We will seek to match the best fares available in the open market including those from low cost carriers like such as easyJet. These fares fluctuate on a daily basis and an additional non-refundable payment of the full airfare will be required. For each of the above options, Explore charge a small administration fee. Once you have booked a flight with us as part of your holiday, we are responsible for managing any changes that might affect your flight. In most instances, flight upgrades may also be available – please ask us for details when making your flight inclusive holiday booking.

Booking your own flights You may prefer to purchase your own flights and book with Explore on a ‘Land Only’ basis. Whist you may get the best available flight price, we need to make you aware of the responsibilities that this carries:

n Your flight ticket cost is not necessarily bonded in the event of either airline failure or the failure of the travel agent you booked it through. And just like our ‘Best fare of the day’ airfares you will usually have to pay in full at time of booking.

n In the event that your trip is amended or cancelled, you will be liable for the cost of any changes or cancellations that could affect your flight ticket which may have limited, or no refund value.

n If you are planning to book ‘Land Only’ we strongly recommend that you purchase flights (or other associated travel services) that are flexible and refundable.

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THE EXPLORE ETHOS

The Explore Ethos People choose to travel with Explore for many reasons. Our original, inspiring and great value trips, the service provided by our multi-award winning leaders and the knowledge that Explore has taken care of all the organisation, planning and logistics.

Going local...

Caring for our Planet

We really believe in taking you to the heart of the country you are visiting while also helping improve the lives of the local communities we visit. This philosophy has earned the trust of thousands of customers who travel with us year after year.

At Explore we’re passionate about enriching lives through adventure travel. Take a look at what we’ve been up to over the last 12 months.

n 95% of our Explore Leaders are from the place you are visiting, ensuring you experience the country through the eyes of a local.

n We generally stay in locally-owned hotels and on some trips, also homestays, to

Helped our staff to

REBUILD THEIR HOMES

better understand and learn about local culture.

in Nepal after the earthquake

n We support the Born Free Foundation and Mahouts Foundation and are passionate about the fair treatment of animals on our trips.

n We are preventing people from cutting down the Amazon rainforest by working with local communities through Cool Earth.

Explore Leader Awards Our amazing Explore Leaders are crucial to the success of our group holidays. In order to recognise the contribution of the best of the best, we would like to encourage you to vote for your leader in our annual Explore Leader Awards. The winning leaders receive a cash prize as well as a bursary to spend on a charity of their choice plus the chance to visit the UK. So if your leader has made your holiday extra special, please take a few moments to vote for them by visiting explore.co.uk/leaderawards

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Given easter eggs, sheets and towels,

In the last year Explore has

120KG OF FOOD

DONATED £56,000 TO...

to charities local to explore HQ

EXPLORE ARE PROTECTING

...Over 45 different charities and projects all over the world

Stopped all elephant riding on our trips

100,000 TREES

by working with local communities in the Amazon Rainforest

and continue to work with Mahouts to

ENSURE BEST ANIMAL PRACTICE

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Europe You don’t have to travel far to experience the great walks and wealth of choice on offer in Europe. Enjoy views of turquoise seas whilst strolling along the beautiful coastlines; gaze into crystal-clear, emerald lakes and refresh yourself with the spray from mountain waterfalls. If you want tranquillity, get right off the beaten track hiking to remote monasteries and rocky outcrops. Explore the culture - visiting historic towns with lively markets or sampling the delicious regional specialities like farmhouse cheese and fine wines. Ramble through ancient olive groves and relax at riverside tavernas, discover local chateaux and granite cave bodegas. You’ll definitely want to come back for more!

Insider View “You just can’t beat Europe for sheer diversity of walking options. From easy rambles along breathtakingly beautiful coastlines to rolling vineyards, (perhaps sampling a glass of wine or two along the way!), to challenging mountain trekking in the Alps or Carpathians. There really is something to suit everyone, and there’s always somewhere new to explore. For 2017 we’re introducing hikes in Galicia along northern Spain’s wild Atlantic coast, the Canary Island jewel of La Palma and a trip that combines some of the best walking in Montenegro and Croatia’s islands.” Caroline Phillips, Walking Programme Manager at Explore

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Albania 62

Latvia 57

Andorra 34

Lithuania 57

Austria 42

Montenegro 59

Croatia 59

North Cyprus

Cyprus 67

Portugal 14

Estonia 57

Romania 58

France 35

Spain 18

Greece 63

Switzerland 40

Italy 40/43

Turkey 70

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£1599 £1235

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Azores Island Hopping M O DER

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TRIP ONLY

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Optional single rooms are available from £350 TRIP CODE: AZ ACCOMMODATION: Standard WALK GRADE: Easy to Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 9 nights standard hotel, 4 nights simple hotel. MEALS: 13 breakfasts, 1 lunch are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, boat crew, driver(s). WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 4 days plus additional optional walks. Included walks are between 2 to 4 hours. Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Bus, ferry, flight, public bus, taxi. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

DAILY DISTANCES

Some great walking highlights especially the Sete Cidades and the Caldeira de Cima walks.

Robert Shepherd

ATLANTIC OCEAN Biscoitos

Quatro Ribeiras

Caves

Caldiera 1043m FAIAL Optional Walk

HORTA

VELAS

MADALENA PICO

Pico Alto 2350m Optional walk

0 km

SAO JORGE

AZORES (Portugal)

Day 2

PRAIA DA VITORIA

TERCEIRA SAO MIGUEL Furnas Lake

Sete Cidades Crater lakes

PONTA DELGADA

30 km

0 km

2.5hrs

Day 4

4.5km

2.5hrs

Day 5

7.5km

2.5hrs

Day 6

12.7km

3.5hrs

Day 7

Angra

Lajes Optional Whale watching

8km

Day 3

Day 8

12km

4hrs

Day 9

17km

6hrs

Day 10

5km

2hrs

Day 11

6.5km

2hrs

Day 12

8km

Day 13

5.5km

7hrs 2.5hrs

Optional Walks

30 km

Bathed in the warm waters of the Gulf Stream, these nine volcanic islands rise up from the mid-Atlantic ridge. On a series of easy walks we explore five of these unspoilt islands: Sao Miguel, Terceira, Sao Jorge, Pico and Faial. We discover crater lakes, thermal springs, deep gorges and craggy coastlines. There are also opportunities to take boat trips in search of whales and spend time in picturesque fishing villages.

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Join trip in Ponta Delgada on Sao Miguel Island.

On Sao Miguel. Take a walk around ‘Sete Cidades’ colourful crater lakes.

Visit the natural ovens, hot springs and botanical garden of Furnas. Optional whale watching.

Fly to Terceira Island. Visit the historic Renaissance city of Angra do Heroismo.

Walk to Biscoitos. Chance to swim in lava rock pools and visit the wine museum.

Fly to Sao Jorge Island. Time to explore the small harbour town of Velas.

Walk down Caldeira de Cima Gorge to the coastal plains. Free day to explore the island.

Take ferry to Pico Island. Rest of day to explore the small fishing port of Madalena.

Walk along south coast to Lajes. Optional whale watching.

Free day. Option to climb Pico Volcano (2350m).

Ferry to Faial Island. Free afternoon to explorethe island either on foot or by taxi tour.

Trip ends in Horta, Faial Island.

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Insider View “The Azores are stunningly beautiful, each distinctly different and with their own atmosphere; from the bustle of Ponta Delgada on Sao Miguel, to the relaxed beachfront cafés in Praia da Vitoria on Terceira and the maritime feel of Horta on Faial. For me highlights included a traditional meal cooked in thermal pits (Sao Miguel), Algar do Cavao - the only volcanic pit of its type in the world you can go in (Terciera), swimming by dolphins (Pico), unique rock vineyards (Pico), and standing on land that only erupted from the sea in 1958! (Faial). I also really enjoyed the walking, particularly through the hills and along the coastal paths of Sao Jorge and the optional challenge of climbing Pico Volcano. The Azores has lots to offer amongst its green hills and blue oceans!” Sam Buck, Adventure Travel Consultant at Explore

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Levada Trails of Madeira FROM FROM

£695 £499

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Optional single rooms are available from £140 TRIP CODE: TM ACCOMMODATION: Standard WALK GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s). WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 5 days for between 3 to 5.5 hours. Walks are mainly along levadas and ancient paths. Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Minibus. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 15.

Discover the volcanic mountains and dramatic coastlines of Madeira

PORTO MONIZ Faja da Ovelha

MADEIRA (Portugal)

SANTANA

Achada do Teixeira 1542m Machico

Ilha

Paul de Serra Queimadas

PAUL DO MAR

Prazeres Florenças

Pico Ruivo 1862m

Ariero 1818m Boca Corrida

ATLANTIC OCEAN

FUNCHAL 0 km

DAILY DISTANCES

Sao Lourenço Peninsula

Airport

15 km

Day 2

8km

Day 3

12.5km

0.5km

3hrs/20min 5hrs

Day 4

15km

5hrs

Day 5

11km

4hrs

Day 6

11km

5.5hrs

Optional Walks

Following Madeira’s unique network of narrow irrigation channels (known as ‘levadas’) and ancient footpaths, this trip incorporates some of the best walking trails on this beautiful volcanic island. Discover rocky shorelines, waterfalls and stunning mountain vistas. Hike to Madeira’s highest peak Ruivo (1862m), and spend time absorbing the delights of the laid-back capital, Funchal.

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Join trip in Funchal, Madeira’s main city, on the island’s south coast.

Explore the spectacular volcanic cliff paths along Sao Lourenco Peninsula.

Walk though UNESCO protected forest along a levada to Caldeira Verde waterfall. Descend to Ilha.

Follow the ‘Five Levadas Trail’ down from Paul do Serra to Florencas via Riscoe Waterfalls.

MONTHS OF TRAVEL

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Stunning Walk from Free day coastal views as Pico Arieiro via in Funchal. we walk along part of ‘The Opportunity to Calheta Levada Balcony Walk’ go whale and to Paul do Mar. to the summit dolphin spotting, of Pico Ruivo or relax and (1862m). explore Funchal.

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The walks took us through some absolutely stunning scenery.

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Remote Coastal Trails of Portugal EASY

£870 £695

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TRIP CODE: POR ACCOMMODATION: Standard WALK GRADE: Easy ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s). WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 5 days for between 3 to 4.5 hours, with an additional optional walk on day 5. Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Bus, public bus, taxi. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

Off the beaten track scenic coastal walking

Aljezur

Praia da Arrifana

Bordeira

Carrapateira

Praia Castelejo

Vila do Bispo

Cabo Sao Vicente

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Praia de Zavial

Burgau

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Lagos

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Based in the historically important small coastal town of Sagres, we explore this remote corner of Portugal. Following beautiful coastal paths we discover impressive cliffs, quiet sandy beaches and remote island villages. We also walk the last section of the long distance path ‘Rota Vicentina’ to Cabo Sao Vicente, the lighthouse at the most south-westerly point of Europe, and pass the remarkable rock formations at Ponta de Piedade south of Lagos. En route we sample the delicious local cuisine and crisp wines.

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Join trip in Sagres, a small historic coastal town in south-west Portugal.

Hike from Carrapateira along the coast and inland through the hills to pretty Bordeira.

Walk along the coast to the beautiful and quiet beach of Praia Zavial.

Follow the last section of Rota Vicentina to Cabo Sao Vicente, Europe’s most south-westerly point.

Free day. Opportunity to go dolphin watching, further explore on foot or relax on a local beach.

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Explore old Coastal walk village and from Burgau to remains of Lagos via the castle at interesting rock Aljezur. Walk formations to stunning at Ponta da Arrifana beach. Piedade.

Trip ends in Sagres.

ACCOMMODATION

Cliff-top hotel Hotel Navigator is situated on cliffs overlooking the sea, just a short walk from Mareta beach and the centre of Sagres. It has a swimming pool to relax by, and an indoor lounge. The apartment rooms are spacious and have a kitchenette, sitting area and small balcony. A buffet breakfast is included.

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Walks and Wine Tasting in Spain and Portugal

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SPAIN - PORTUGAL

£1485 £1299

EASY

12

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12

Optional single rooms are available from £350 TRIP CODE: MWW ACCOMMODATION: Standard WALK GRADE: Easy ACCOMMODATION: 10 nights standard hotel, 1 night premium hotel. MEALS: 11 breakfasts are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s). WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 5 days for between 1.5 to 4 hours. The terrain is gently undulating. Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Bus, boat, taxi, train. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

Scenic countryside, historical cities and good food and wine. Stewart and Miriam Bruyn

PORTUGAL PORTO

Wine Tasting Peso da Régua

LAMEGO

Historic Village

El Toro Wine Tasting

Boat trip

Mirando do Douro Vila Real Visit Mateus Palace Fornillos

PEÑAFIEL

Zamora

Sepulveda Duraton River Natural Park

FERMOSELLE

Wine Tasting Arribes del Duero Natural Park

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Medieval Town Wine Tasting

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Guadarrama N.P

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This unique two country trip provides a fascinating journey from Madrid to Porto through the Ribera del Duero region of Spain and the Douro winelands of Portugal. We sample regional vintages at local bodegas and enjoy the countryside, exploring national parks and river gorges. Along the way we find beautiful historic cities full of culture, along with picturesque villages. Ideal for those who enjoy wine, culture and easy countryside walks this journey ventures off the beaten track and showcases a less visited part of Europe.

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Join trip in Madrid, Spain’s fascinating capital city located on the Manzanares River.

Walking tour of Madrid’s main sites. Afternoon free to explore.

Explore medieval town of Penafiel. Wine tasting at Protos Bodega, an innovative Spanish winery.

Visit winery in El Toro. Drive to medieval hilltop village of Fermoselle via medieval town of Zamora.

Walk in Arribes National Park. Wine tasting in local granite cave bodega.

Visit Mateus Palace in Vila Real. Explore Porto on foot, including port tasting.

Free day to explore the sites and bodegas of Porto.

Trip ends in Porto.

Walk into Walk along Guadarrama gorge to NP. Look for Sepulveda. Griffon vultures. Drive to Explore the Penafiel in the UNESCO heart of Ribera Heritage Site of del Duero wine Segovia. region.

Walk to Cross again Fornillos. Drive to Portugal. to Miranda Take local do Douro train along (Portugal). Take Duero Valley. boat through Explore historic spectacular Lamego gorge. village.

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Walking The Gran Isla E R AT

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TRIP CODE: LOC ACCOMMODATION: Standard WALK GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s). WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 5 days for between 3 to 6 hours, plus an additional optional walk on day 5. Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Bus, public bus. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

Explore the dramatic mountain landscapes of Gran Canaria

ATLANTIC OCEAN Optional walk

LA ALDEA DE SAN NICOLAS

Degollada de Aldea Veneguera

Pico Castellet Artenara Acusa Tejeda Pico de las Nieves AGUIMES 1949m Inagua Roque Forest Nublo Santa 1813m Lucia Mogan

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Airport Temisas

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The Canary Islands offer some of the best walking anywhere in southern Europe. The volcanic island of Gran Canaria in particular offers far more than the beaches it is best known for. Staying off the beaten track in Aguimes on the eastern side and La Aldea de San Nicolas on the western side of the island, we discover dramatic volcanic landscapes, steep gorges, high peaks, semi-tropical valleys and unspoilt hillside villages as we explore the ‘Gran Isla’ by foot.

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Join trip in Aguimes, a traditional hill town just inland from the east coast.

Circular walk from Aguimes up to Degollada Bermeja and the stunning Guayadeque Canyon.

Walk through Tejeda valley with views to Roque Nublo. Explore Acusa. Drive to Aldea.

Hike along an ancient pathway connecting the villages of La Aldea. Views over Inagua Forest.

Hike from the picturesque village of Santa Lucia through scenic Temisas to Aguimes.

Trip ends in Aguimes.

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Free day. Trek Walk from through Inagua island’s highest Forest to Pico point, Pico de Castellet las Nieves, to or relax on spectacular nearby beach. Roque Nublo. Drive to Aguimes.

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The scenery was absolutely phenomenal - I had no idea that Gran Canaria was so beautiful. Jane Dickson

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Hiking on La Gomera and Tenerife E R AT

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TRIP CODE: OC ACCOMMODATION: Standard WALK GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s). WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 5 days for between 2.5 to 5 hours. Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Bus, ferry. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

La Gomera is a walker’s paradise

ATLANTIC OCEAN TENERIFE

WESTERN CANARY ISLANDS Roque Cono

Agulo

Pico de Teide 3718m Mount Guajara 2726m

Playa Caleta

DAILY DISTANCES

Teide N.P.

Vilaflor

Vallehermosa

Hermigua Alto de Guarajonay 1484m El Cedro La Laja SAN SEBASTIAN Collada Chejelipes de Peraza

Roques de Garcia

El Medano

Los Cristianos

Tenerife South Airport

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On this walking trip to the Canary Islands we explore the pretty island of La Gomera and the perfect volcanic cone of El Teide on Tenerife. On La Gomera we hike through varied and dramatic scenery including beautiful steep-sided valleys, quiet villages, black sand beaches and the verdant cloudforest of Garajonay National Park. The trip ends with a walk in El Teide National Park taking in the spectacular views of this iconic Tenerife landmark.

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Join trip in El Medano on the coast of south Tenerife.

Ferry to San Sebastian, our base on La Gomera. Walk to Chejelipes via La Laja village. Views to Los Roques.

Drive to Vallehermoso. Walk through palm groves, past magnificent Roque Cano to Agulo.

Ascend Alto de Garajonay (1484m). Hike through the cloudforest of Garajonay National Park.

Walk from Hermigua to the black volcanic sand beach of Playa Caleta.

Free day to explore the local beaches or coastal paths.

Ferry to Los Cristianos (Tenerife). Drive to El Teide for a scenic walk on the volcano.

Trip ends in El Medano.

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A great destination for some winter sun and fantastic scenery! Karen Sargent


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Insider View “Hiking on La Gomera and Tenerife was my first walking trip and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. La Gomera is a quiet unspoilt island that lies just to the west of Tenerife and provides a complete contrast to the other Canary Islands. Hiking through the varied valleys covered in lush vegetation and interspersed with volcanic rock formations each one different to the next, is a pleasure. Stunning views across the island give you occasional glimpses of El Teide volcano on Tenerife, and to black sandy beaches. As a first time walker I found the walks on well maintained tracks and paths rewarding but not too challenging, certainly suitable for anyone with reasonable fitness. La Gomera really is a hidden gem and well worth a visit.� Andrew Prior, IT Programmer at Explore

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La Palma - Volcanoes and Cloudforest FROM FROM

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Optional single rooms are available from £145 TRIP CODE: LPM ACCOMMODATION: Standard WALK GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s). WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 5 days for between 3.5 to 6.5 hours, plus optional walk to local beach. Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Bus, public bus. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

Los Tilos Caldera de Tuburiente La Cumbrecita Los Brecitos

Barranco de Las Angustias

LOS LLANOS

Tazacorte Beach

El Paso

Explore La Palma’s beautiful volcanic landscapes

Charco Azul

LA PALMA

Santa Cruz de la Palma San Pedro Pico Bejenado 1875m

DAILY DISTANCES

Airport Las Deseada 1949m San Antonio & Teneguia Volcanoes 0 km

Los Canarios Fuencaliente

ATLANTIC OCEAN

30 km

TENERIFE

WESTERN CANARY ISLANDS Roque Cano

Agulo

Pico de Teide 3718m Mount Guajara 2726m

Playa Caleta

Teide N.P.

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9km

Day 3

10km

3.5hrs

4hrs

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17km

6.5hrs

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5km

1.5hrs

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10km

4.5hrs

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9km

4hrs

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VILAFLOR

Vallehermosa

Hermigua Alto de Guarajonay 1484m El Cedro La Laja SAN SEBASTIAN Degollada Chejelipes de Peraza

Get off the beaten track and discover the volcanoes and cloudforests of the verdant Canary Island of La Palma. Hike to the heart of the Tenerife South Airport Los Cristianosand take in stunning views of this and the west of the island from magnificent crater-like Caldera de Taburiente through Angustias Gorge, San Miguel Bejenado Peak (1857m). To the south hike to the rocky coastline of Fuencaliente. In the evening explore the ‘old town’ and restaurants of de Abona LA GOMERA Los Llanos.

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EL HIERRO 1 El Golfo Bay

Join trip at La Palma airport. Drive to Los Llanos on the western side of the island, our base for the week.

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Drive south to Los Canarios. Walk via Teneguia volcano to the coast and Fuencaliente lighthouse.

Walk along ancient paths across Cumbre Nueva ridge. Explore Santa Cruz, the island’s capital.

Follow Angustias Gorge (the Gorge of Fear) through the heart of the Caldera de Taburiente.

Free day. Opportunity to visit the nearby beach at Tazacorte.

Discover indigenous Laurisilva cloudforest exploring Los Tilos area in the island’s north-east.

Hike to Bejenado peak (1857m) for views across the impressive crater-like Caldera de Taburiente.

Trip ends at La Palma airport.

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ACCOMMODATION

Hotel Valle Aridane Our hotel is situated in the heart of Los Llanos, on the west side of La Palma. It is well positioned for accessing great hiking, and the roof terrace has views to the nearby mountains. It is also close to the ‘old town, and bars and restaurants. The nearest beach is three kilometres away.

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Mallorca Tramuntana Traverse E R AT

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TRIP CODE: OL ACCOMMODATION: Standard WALK GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 6 nights standard hotel, 1 night monastery. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s). WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 5 days for between 3.5 to 5 hours, with an additional optional walk on day 7. Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Bus, public bus, taxi, tram. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

Stunning coastal and mountain walks PORT DE POLLENCA

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

PORT DE SOLLER Deia Valldemossa

Optional boat excursion Victoria Peninsula

Pollenca

Alcudia

LLUC

DAILY DISTANCES

Monastery Lake Soller Cuber

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Palma Bay of Palma

Airport

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11km

5hrs

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4.5hrs

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13km

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6km

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Optional Walks

Explore the rugged terrain of Mallorca’s spectacular Tramuntana mountain range from Port de Soller to the 18th century town of Pollenca, including the Victoria Peninsula. We walk along coastal pathways and historic merchant routes to traditional villages and beautiful lakes, and are rewarded with panoramic views of the coast and surrounding mountains. We also experience staying in a remote 13th century monastery in Lluc.

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Join trip in Port de Soller, a harbour town surrounded by the Traumuntana Mountains.

Walk from the picturesque village of Deia through olive groves and along the coast to Port de Soller.

Circular hike from the rural town of Valldemossa along the ‘Archduke’s Trail’.

Take a historic tram to Soller. Walk via Biniaraitx village to Cuber Lake. Drive to Lluc Monastery.

Follow an ancient merchant route out of the mountains towards 18th century town of Pollenca.

Explore the Victoria Peninsula and the medieval town of Alcudia.

Free day. Discover Cabo Formentor, take a boat trip or just relax.

Trip ends in Port de Pollenca.

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Northern Mallorca is spectacularly beautiful. Fiona Thorpe

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Wine, Walks and Tapas in Spain

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EASY

£1499 £1299

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Optional single rooms are available from £330 TRIP CODE: CWW ACCOMMODATION: Standard WALK GRADE: Easy ACCOMMODATION: 10 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 10 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s), local guide(s). WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 6 days for between 2 to 3 hours. Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Bus, public bus, taxi. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

‘ Bakio

I felt I got to see parts of Spain that on my own I would have missed. Mary Fitzpatrick Gaztelugatxe

BILBAO

Tapas tour/ Guggenheim Museum (optional)

FRANCE

Vivanco Bodega Camino de Azofar Santiago Najera LOGRONO Rioja Wines Ontanon Wine Museum Tapas tour (optional)

DAILY DISTANCES

SPAIN ALQUEZAR Medieval town

MONTBLANC Traditional Catalan Dinner

Zaragoza El Pilar Cathedral Poblet monastery 0 km

Siurana

70 km

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9km

3hrs

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7km

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Day 4 Montserrat

Day 5

Sant Sadurni Freixenet BARCELONA Priorat Cava Visit Gaudi Monastery Old Quarter Olive oil production

Some of Spain’s best food and wine can be found in the provinces of the Basque Country, La Rioja and Catalonia. On this journey from Bilbao to Barcelona we blend easy walks through wonderful scenery with wine tasting for a great introduction to the quality wine regions of La Rioja, Montsant, Priorat and Cava. There is also a special focus on local cuisine along the way, from the ever-innovative Basques, to La Rioja tapas, to the stylish and modern Catalans. The walks are also varied and rewarding, including part of the Camino de Santiago.

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Join trip in the Basque city of Bilbao, home of the magnificent Guggenheim Museum.

Coastal walk overlooking the Bay of Biscay. Opportunity to try local tapas.

Introduction to Rioja wine making at Vivanco vineyard. Walk section of Camino de Santiago.

Explore Logrono, capital of the Rioja wine region. Visit Ontanon wine museum.

Visit the impressive Freixenet winery, famous for it’s Cava. Walk along Montserrat ridge.

Explore Barcelona, including the old quarter. See Gaudi’s influence on the city.

Trip ends in Barcelona.

Drive to Continue Stroll through Walk to Cartuia Zaragoza, through vineyards to Monastery. home of Catalonia to the Poblet Taste Priorat El Pilar medieval town Monastery wines at Cathedral, and of Montblanc. (UNESCO). Visit Scaladei on to historic Enjoy a Mas Foraster bodega. Learn Alquezar. traditional local winery. about olive oil meal. production.

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Insider View “Our Wine, Walks and Tapas trip is a fantastic choice for anyone who’s after a varied holiday and loves Spanish cuisine and wine; with some easy walking thrown in for good measure! Between sampling ‘Pintxos’ (tapas) and tasting the famed Rioja produced at the different bodegas, you’ll burn off those calories with the varied and picturesque walks. Follow a section of the Camino de Santiago and enjoy the views across the Bay of Biscay on a coastal trail. Walk to the village of Siurana via an old mule path for stunning views over the reservoir and surrounding mountains and vineyards. To top this trip off, there’s time spent discovering the cultural gems of Barcelona and the pretty old quarter in Bilbao.” Olivia Lewis, PR Executive at Explore

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Camino de Santiago E R AT

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TRIP CODE: CDS ACCOMMODATION: Standard WALK GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 11 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 11 breakfasts, 1 dinner are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s). WALKING DETAILS: Trek for 9 days for between 3.5 to 6 hours along the historic Camino Frances. Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Bus. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

Each day brought something new. Angela Bootman

BAY OF BISCAY

SPAIN SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

Cape Finisterre Optional excursion

A RUA

ARZUA

MELIDE PORTOMARIN PALAS DE REI

Samos O Cebreiro Monastery

SARRIA

Ruitelan

ATLANTIC OCEAN 0 km

DAILY DISTANCES

VILLAFRANCA DEL BIERZO

LEON

Iron Cross Molinaseca Foncebadon

ASTORGA

40 km

Catherdral

Hospital de Orbigo

From Madrid

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16km

4hrs

Day 3

19km

4.5hrs

Day 4

12km

4hrs

Day 5

22km

5.5hrs

Day 6

22km

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Day 7

14km

3.5hrs

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14km

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18km

4.5hrs

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21.5km

6hrs

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Following in the footsteps of countless pilgrims since the 9th century, we walk the legendary route Camino Frances (French Way) to Santiago de Compostela - the reputed resting place of Saint James, where we claim our pilgrims certificate. We walk along the most scenic sections between Leon and Santiago: across the high plains of the Castilian Meseta and into the Galician Mountains. We discover Gothic cathedrals, pass through medieval villages and climb to the Iron Cross (1482m) along the way.

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Join trip at Madrid airport. Drive to Leon, historic city and pilgrimage waypoint.

Collect pilgrims passports. Commence trail at Hospital de Orbigo. Walk to Astorga.

Following scallop shell waymarkings climb to Iron Cross (1482m), highest point of the trail.

Walk through the Galician Mountains to the historic mountain village of O Cebreiro.

Continue through the verdant Galician hills passing the famous 100km marker.

Cross the last high pass (722m) and descend to Palas de Rei, an important pilgrim town.

First view of Santiago Cathedral from Monte Gozo. Walk into the city. Claim pilgrim certificate.

Guided tour of cathedral. Time to explore the city’s magnificent architecture.

Trip ends in Santiago.

Continue Cross the River Pass through through rural Iso to Arzua woodland, Galicia. Cross where the local the medieval Camino Frances pilgrimage bridge to is joined by sites and small Melide, famous another camino, villages to A for its cuisine. Primitivo. Rua.

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Insider View “Walking the Camino de Santiago can seem hard at times, but it is so rewarding. The changing scenery as you walk through the lush Galician countryside, the camaraderie with fellow ‘peligrinos’ and the feeling of taking ‘time out’ all contribute to a truly memorable experience, as does the sense of achievement as you reach each night’s accommodation. Arriving in Santiago felt like crossing the finishing line of a marathon - a real high. This bustling, historic, city is a great place to relax after claiming your pilgrim’s certificate, the ‘compostela’, and visiting the cathedral. Take time to explore, try more of the delicious local food and listen to Galician bagpipes.” Andy Jackson, Specialist Travel Consultant at Explore

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On Foot in the Picos de Europa FROM FROM

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Optional single rooms are available from £130 TRIP CODE: PC ACCOMMODATION: Standard WALK GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 6 nights standard hotel, 1 night premium hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s). WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 6 days for between 4.5 to 7 hours on mountain paths. Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Bus, 4WD. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

Explore these spectacular mountains with our experienced local guide BAY OF BISCAY From/To Asturias airport

BENIA DE ONIS

SPAIN PICOS DE EUROPA

Covadonga

Lagos Vegarredonda Covadonga 1134m Refuge Poncebos 1460m Cares Gorge walk

Castilla 2596m 0 km

Arenas de Cabrales Portudera Tresviso

DAILY DISTANCES

El Teju

SOTRES Cain 1045m Collado de Pandebano Naranja de Bulnes Morra de 2519m Lechuga Cerrado 2444m 2648m 10 km

Refugio Andara 1700m Aldea Col 1850m

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23km

7hrs

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6.5hrs

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16km

6.5hrs

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This week-long trekking adventure takes us into the beautiful high mountain scenery of Picos de Europa National Park. We explore the area in depth with walks in the unspoilt and wild landscapes of the western, central and eastern massifs. We base ourselves for six nights in Sotres - the highest inhabited village in the Picos. This tour showcases some of Spain’s finest scenery, including a hike to the base of the iconic peak Naranjo de Bulnes, and a trek along cliff-cut pathways through the imposing Cares Gorge - over 1000m deep and twelve kilometres long.

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Join trip at Asturias airport (Oviedo). Drive to the tranquil mountain town of Benia de Onis.

Hike to Vegaredonda refuge for a memorable introduction to our surroundings. Drive to Sotres.

Spectacular ridge walk gives great views of all three massifs of the Picos National Park.

Drive to Pandebano. Trek to Vega de Urriello Refuge at the foot of the iconic Naranjo de Bulnes.

Hike through beech forest to the hamlet of Treviso. Follow an old mining track to Urdon Gorge.

Walk through the imposing Cares Gorge - a highlight of any visit to northern Spain.

Ascend to Aldea Col (1850m). Picnic lunch on the Andara Vegas pastures.

Trip ends at Asturias airport.

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ACCOMMODATION

Mountain village hotel Situated in the heart of the region’s highest village Sotres, Casa Cipriano is a small family-run hotel perfectly located as a base for exploring the spectacular and little known Picos de Europa mountains. It features a restaurant serving home cooked food and a bar. There is an open log fire for cool evenings and an outside terrace for warm sunny days. We stay here for six of the seven nights.

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Snowshoeing in the Picos de Europa FROM FROM

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Optional single rooms are available from £110 TRIP CODE: SPC ACCOMMODATION: Standard WALK GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s). WALKING DETAILS: Trek on 6 days for between 3.5 to 6 hours each day (no snowshoes on day 5). Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Bus, 4WD. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

Snowshoe through this beautiful and distinctive winter landscape BAY OF BISCAY From/To Oviedo airport

SPAIN PICOS DE EUROPA

Poncebos Cares Gorge walk

SOTRES

Refugio Andara 1700m

DAILY DISTANCES

1045m Aldea Col 1850m Aliva Morra de Valley Lechuga 2444m 1834m Station

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Castilla 2596m 0 km

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8km

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24km

6hrs

Day 7

6km

3.5hrs

This snowshoeing adventure takes us through the dramatically beautiful snow-capped mountains of Picos de Europa National Park. We experience a variety of mountain scenery on snowshoe routes in the Eastern, Western and Central Massifs. On one day, weather permitting, we leave the snow behind and trek along cliff-cut pathways through the imposing Cares Gorge. Snowshoeing is fun and easy, and doesn’t require previous experience.

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Join trip at Asturias airport. Drive to Sotres in the Picos de Europa, our main base for the week.

Snowshoe up to Collada da Antesoles and Refugio Andara (1700m). Descent to Jito de Escarandi.

Hike via the Teju and Nevandi valleys to village of Espinama where we spend the night.

Take cable car from Fuente De to heart of the Picos. Snowshoe back across the mountains to Sotres.

Snowshoe to base of the iconic peak, Naranjo de Bulnes. Continue to village of Poncebos.

Walk along the famous Cares Gorge trail, carved into the rock (Winter hike, not snowshoeing).

Ascend to Collada de la Caballar. Continue via Majada de Tobaos to Tielve. Drive to Oveido.

Trip ends in Oviedo.

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ACCOMMODATION

Cosy mountain hotel For our summer ‘On Foot in the Picos de Europa’ trip we stay mainly in Casa Cipriano in Sotres for our snowshoeing holiday. Please see page 28 or visit the website for more details.

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Galicia’s Wild Coast - Costa da Morte FROM FROM

£899 £690

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Optional single rooms are available from £115 TRIP CODE: GAL ACCOMMODATION: Standard WALK GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 5 nights standard hotel, 2 nights simple hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s). WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 6 days for between 5 to 6 hours, mainly along coastal paths. Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Bus. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

Explore the remote coves and cliff tops of this dramatic coastline

Punta Nariga

A CORUNA

Malpica

A Telleira

LAXE Santa Marina

Camelle

Cape Vilan

DAILY DISTANCES

CAMARINAS

Muxia

Cape Tourinan

SPAIN

Praia do Rostro

FINISTERRE

Cape Finisterre

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18km

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19km

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16km

5hrs

Day 5

19km

6hrs

Day 6

15km

5.5hrs

Day 7

16km

5.5hrs

Discover the remote north-western coast of Galicia as we walk along deserted beaches and cliffs to isolated lighthouses and viewpoints. Gain an insight into the rich history of the region that is inextricably bound up with this wild coastline. Stay off the beaten track in the small beach resort of Laxe and quiet fishing village of Camarinas, and hike to Cape Finisterre - the ‘End of the World’. En route there are plenty of opportunities to try the local cuisine, including fresh ‘catch of the day’.

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Join trip in the historic coastal city of A Coruna, on the northwest coast of Galicia.

Walk along beaches and cliffs from the fishing village of Malpica to Punta Nariga. Overnight in Laxe.

Hike via Borneiro and discover historic watermills, iron age remains and an ancient tomb.

Discover the shiny glass stones of Praia das Cristales on coastal path to Camelle beach.

Pass Playa do Trece and Cape Vilan lighthouse on remote trail to fishing village, Camarinas.

Visit sanctuary at Muxia. Walk to lighthouse at Spain’s most western point, Cape Tourinan.

Hike from Praia do Rostro to Cape Finisterre, historically believed to be the ‘End of the World’.

Trip ends in A Coruna.

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Walk to Cape Tourinan, mainland Spain’s most westerly point


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Southern Spain - Walks and Wine M O DER

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Optional single rooms are available from £225 TRIP CODE: SWW ACCOMMODATION: Standard WALK GRADE: Easy to Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 8 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 8 breakfasts are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s), local guide(s). WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 6 days for between 1.5 to 4.5 hours, through a variety of terrains. Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Bus, ferry, public bus. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

A wonderful journey through southern Spain’s beautiful landscapes, cities and wineries

The accommodation, breakfasts, meals, wine tastings and walks were excellent.

SPAIN SEVILLE

Theresa Bartlett Malaga airport 0 km

270 km

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Rio

Parque Nacional de Donana Protected wetlands

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SANLÚCAR DE BARRAMEDA

Manzanilla wine tasting

Arcos de la Frontera Jerez Real Tesoro y Valdespino Bodegas

Brandy Bodega Cadiz 0 km

Bodegas Descalzos Viejos

RONDA Cueva del Gato

Almijara Bodegas

Tajo Canyon

Benaojan

COMPETA MALAGA Old Town

Bodegas Bentomiz

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6km

Day 3

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Day 4

9km

Day 5

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4km

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Combining easy walking with local wine tasting, this journey from the east to west of southern Spain passes through some of the area’s most famous regions. As we travel though rural Andalucia and on to the cities of Jerez and Sanlucar de Barrameda we see a progression from small scale local wine production to internationally successful bodegas (wine houses). The walking is also varied including the hills of the Sierra de Grazalema, the estuary by the UNESCO protected wetlands of Donana National Park, and Cadiz’s ‘Old Town’.

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Join trip in Malaga. If time allows explore the interesting ‘Old Town’, harbour and beach.

Walk through ‘Old Town’. Drive to Axarquia. After wine tasting in Sayalonga, walk to Competa.

Circular hike via Casa de la Mina. Great views to mountains and coast. Visit to local bodega.

From Ronda’s historic centre descend down Tajo Canyon to a winehouse in a converted monastery.

Walk through Guadalevin valley to Benaojan in the foothills of Sierra de Grazalema

Travel from Sanlucar de Barrameda to Jerez by bus. Explore ‘Old Town’. Sherry tasting.

Visit Donana NP visitors’ centre. Walk through Algaida Forest and wetlands home to many birds.

Visit a well known brandy bodega. Walk along the beach at Cadiz. Explore Seville’s Old Town.

Trip ends in the fascinating city of Seville.

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Moorish Trails

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TRIP CODE: SJ ACCOMMODATION: Standard WALK GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts , 1 lunch are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s). WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 4 days for between 4 to 5.5 hours. Further walking possible on free days. Please see website for details. TRANSPORT: Minibus, taxi. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

Experience village life in an Andalucian ‘pueblo blanco’ Optional walk & ascent of Cerro Lucero

SIERRA ALMIJARA

Walks in the Parque Natural Sierras De Tejeda, Almijara Y Alhama Pa rk Fabrica de bo la Luz un da ry

SPAIN Cerro Lucero 1779m

Cerro Verde 1346m

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Rio Cajul

Salares Moorish village Fogarate 724m

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Old Silk Road

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Sayalonga

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270 km

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12km

Day 7

6km

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From our small, traditional hotel in the village of Canillas de Albaida, we explore an ancient network of trails linking picturesque whitewashed Moorish villages through an Andalucian landscape of vineyards, olive groves and mountains. We hike along parts of the Camino de Marquis, and have the opportunity to visit the spectacular Alhambra Palace in Granada and walk the recently re-opened Caminito del Rey. In the evenings we can relax and sample some of the delicious local food and sweet wine.

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Join trip at Malaga airport. Drive up to Canillas de Albaida on the edge of the national park.

Walking tour of village. Follow old mule tracks to Competa, famous for its wine. Optional visit to local bodega.

Walk on Camino de Marquis, named after the local resistance in Spain’s civil war.

Trek along a Roman path, up past avocado and citrus groves to Moorish village of Salares for a local lunch.

Free day. Opportunity to visit Granada and the Alhambra Palace.

Ascend mule track to summit of Cerro Verde (1346m). Look out for eagles and peregrine falcons.

Optional climb to summit of El Lucero (1769m), or walk along re-opened Caminito del Rey.

Trip ends at Malaga airport.

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ACCOMMODATION

Family-run hotel Posada la Plaza is a family-run hotel in the centre of the ‘pueblo blanco’ of Canillas de Albaida. This 16th century building was used as a convent and then as a family home before being converted into a small hotel in 2004. Rooms are comfortable and air-conditioned. A small, simple spa is available to guests at an additional charge.

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Walking in the Sierra Aracena £665 £490

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TRIP CODE: SLA ACCOMMODATION: Simple WALK GRADE: Easy to Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights simple guesthouse. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s). WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 5 days for between 3 to 4 hours. Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Bus, taxi. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

Stay in a family-run guesthouse in the remote hills of southern Spain’s beautiful Sierra de Aracena

A good mix of walking, sightseeing and introduction to the local delicacies.

SPAIN

Bridget Moseley

CASTAÑO DEL ROBLEDO Seville

Cortelazor 625m

Galaroza 0 km

270 km

Jabugo 650m

CASTAÑO DEL ROBLEDO

Carboneras

Aracena 605m Optional visits Castle Templar church

740m

Cerro San Cristobal 907m Porrejona Bodega vineyard

Fuenteheridos

SPAIN

Aguafria

Finca Monte Robledo cheese farm

Peña de Arias Montano 710m

El Calabacino

DAILY DISTANCES

From/To Seville Airport

Linares

Alájar

Almonaster 570m 9th Century Mosque Bull ring

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11km

Day 3

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9.5km

3.5hrs

Day 5 5 km

Day 6

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12.6km

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Explore the trails of Spain’s unspoilt UNESCO Heritage Reserve Sierra de Aracena on this relaxed walking trip through rural Andalucia. The pretty ‘white village’ of Castano de Robledo is set amids a verdant and rolling landscape of hills and forests of cork, oak and chestnut trees. From our traditional village house we take scenic village to village walks along ancient drover routes, and hike up Cerro San Cristobal for spectacular views over the surrounding area. We also learn about the local food and sample the delicious regional cuisine.

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Join trip at Seville airport. Drive to the small ‘white village’ of Castano del Robledo.

Walk through chestnut woods to Alajar via the spectacular viewpoint at Pena de Arias Montano.

Follow Rio Murtiga to the village of Jabugo, famous for producing some of the finest Serrano ham.

Summit Cerro Cristobal (907m). Visit Porrejona Vineyard and bodega in historic Almonaster.

Free day. Opportunity to visit the fascinating city of Seville, or enjoy the local countryside.

Visit to Finca Monte Robledo cheese-making farm before local walk. Opportunity to visit Aracena town and castle.

Walk through rural landscapes to Cortelazor village. Return to Castano via Guijarro Gorge.

Trip ends at Seville airport.

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FEB MAR APR MAY SEP OCT

ACCOMMODATION

Family-run guesthouse Posada del Castano is a traditional village house and has retained many of its original features, including rustic terracotta floor tiles and chestnut roof beams. There are eight simple rooms, seven with en suite facilities. Communal areas include an upstairs lounge, a terrace and a balcony with views over the village to the hills beyond.

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Walking in the Andorran Pyrenees

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Optional single rooms are available from £90 TRIP CODE: PAW ACCOMMODATION: Standard WALK GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s). WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 4 days for an average of 5 hours. Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Bus, taxi. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

Explore the stunning mountain landscapes of Andorra on foot Sorteny Valley walk

FRANCE

Lake Estanyo 2390m

L’Estanyo 2912m

Incles Valley walk Ransol

Riu Valley walk

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SOLDEU

A beautiful country, which this tour exhibited well.

10 km

Barcelona

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Fontverd Refuge Madriu Valley

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14km

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12km

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Hidden deep in the Pyrenees, Andorra is one of the smallest countries in Europe and it offers superb summer walking. We base ourselves in the village of Soldeu and enjoy some of the area’s most beautiful walks including the UNESCO-protected valley of Madriu-Perafita-Claror, and the glacial landscapes of Incles Valley and Sorteny Valley - home to more than 700 species of flowers and plants.

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Join trip at Barcelona airport. Drive to Soldeu, an alpine village in the heart of the Pyrenees.

Drive to Ransol village. Walk to the beautiful valley of Vall del Riu. Visit the village of Canillo.

Walk through Sorteny Valley, home to a diversity of alpine flowers, to Estanyo Lake (2390m).

Free day. Opportunity to visit Andorra’s capital, or explore more on foot.

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Pass through Drive to Free day. beautiful Saint Miquel Opportunity to forests as we d’Engolasters. go whitewater walk along Walk in rafting or visit Incles Valley to UNESCO a local spa. Cabana Sorda protected valley Lake. of MadriuPerafita-Claror.

Trip ends at Barcelona airport.

ACCOMMODATION

Mountain hotel Located in the historic centre of the mountain village of Soldeu (1800m), our hotel Soldeu Maistre is conveniently close to local bars and restaurants. Open year-round this modern family-run hotel has 48 rooms over 3 floors. It is built in a typical Pyrenean style using stone and wood.

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Carcassonne to Collioure - Trails of the Secret Riviera M O DER

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Optional single rooms are available from £270 TRIP CODE: TVC ACCOMMODATION: Standard WALK GRADE: Easy to Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included. STAFF: Explore Leader. WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 5 days for between 3 to 6 hours. Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Train, taxi. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

FRANCE CARCASSONNE

Collioure

Medieval Citadel Walking tour Canal du midi

Narbonne Walking tour

FRANCE Perpignan Optional visit

DAILY DISTANCES

Argelès-sur-Mer

COLLIOURE

Banyulssur-Mer

SPAIN 0 km

Figueres Optional visit to Dali museum

15 km

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7.5km

Day 3

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Day 5

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Day 6

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Optional Walks

Explore the picturesque, medieval towns of Carcassonne and Narbonne on foot, before heading south to discover the trails of France’s ‘Secret Riviera’. Far removed from the crowds and glitz of the Cote d’Azur, lies the beautiful Vermilion Coast, where France meets Spain and the Pyrenees Mountains plunge down to the Mediterranean Sea. Hiking along the seashore and cliff top routes we discover the natural beauty of this area, its turbulent history and proud Catalan culture. Quaint Collioure is an artists’ haven, where we stay in the heart of the old town.

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Join trip in Carcassonne and enjoy an orientation walk inside the citadel’s fabulous ramparts.

Morning walk along the Aude River, Canal du Midi and in the lower town with free time to explore.

City walk around historic Narbonne before taking a train to quaint Collioure on the Vermilion Coast.

Follow coastal paths from Argelessur-Mer to Collioure.

Our rambles pass through headlands and coves on a trail from Port-Vendres to Banyuls-surMer.

Free day to visit Perpignan, the Dali museum or enjoy a walk in the foothills of the Pyrenees.

Visit Collioure’s market. Hike on the GR10 along terraces and vineyards to Banyulssur-Mer.

Drive to Perpignan airport where the trip ends.

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Discover France’s ‘alternative Riviera’ on the less trodden trails of its Vermilion Coast

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French Pyrenees to Carcassonne FROM FROM

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Optional single rooms are available from £240 TRIP CODE: PAC ACCOMMODATION: Standard WALK GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 5 nights standard hotel, 2 nights simple hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s). WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 6 days for between 2 to 5 hours. Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Minibus. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

Follow in the footsteps of the Cathars and discover their remarkable chateaux

To/from Lille

Eteang de Thou

CARCASSONNE

Medieval Citadel Walking tour Canal du Midi

DAILY DISTANCES

FRANCE Puivert Chateau de Puivert

Chateau de Peyrepertuse Gorges de Calamus

Col du Chioula

Mediterranean Sea

DUILHAC Wine tasting Chateau de Queribus

Pic de Tarbesou (2364m)

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4.5hrs

Day 4

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Day 5

12km

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Day 6

9km

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Day 7

12km

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Discover the Languedoc’s remarkable string of Cathar castles on this walking holiday in south-west France. Trekking out of the French Pyrenees through the Ariege and Aude regions, we pass pretty villages nestling in the shadows of dramatic castles. Walking through impressive gorges and vineyards, we enjoy regional French cooking and wines along the way to our final destination - the spectacular fortified city of Carcassonne.

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Join trip at Carcassonne airport and drive to AxLes-Thermes in the French Pyrenees.

Walk from the Col du Chioula to the Cathar village of Montaillou with its ruined castle.

Hike to the Pic de Tarbesou for magnificent 360 degree views of the Pyrenees.

Visit Puivert’s Chateau of the Troubadours and walk through the impressive Galamus Gorge.

Explore the splendid Chateau de Peyrepertuse; walk through vineyards and try the local wines.

Walk to the amazing Queribus Castle, perched high on a needle of rock.

Take a walking tour of medieval Carcassonne and later stroll along the Canal du Midi.

Trip ends in Carcassonne.

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A wonderful trip. The itinerary of all three areas was excellent with alpine meadows, mediterranean flora and the Cathar history. Robert Wilson


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Bordeaux to the Mediterranean - Walks and Wine

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EASY

£1380 £1195

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Optional single rooms are available from £300 TRIP CODE: BWW ACCOMMODATION: Standard WALK GRADE: Easy

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ACCOMMODATION: 8 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 8 breakfasts are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s). WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 5 days for between 1 and 4.5 hours. Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Bus, train. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

Pilat Dune walks

Saint-Emilion Wine tasting

Arachon oysters

ROCAMADOUR

BORDEAUX

Medieval village

Walking tour Wine museum

Chateau Carbonnieux Wine tasting

CAHORS

Wine tasting

A great mix of easyish walks, wine tasting, plus some beautiful places to visit and eating and relaxing in good company.

Pech Merle caves

Anne McPherson

FRANCE

Cordes Sur Ciel

DAILY DISTANCES

CARCASSONNE

Walking tour of Citadel Canal du Midi walk

30 km

Perpignan

COLLIOURE

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Coastal walks, wine tasting

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Fontfroide Abbey

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Day 4

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9km

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Enjoy easy walks, great wine and fabulous food on a journey from the shores of the Atlantic to the Mediterranean Sea. Starting out in Bordeaux, we indulge in the first of five included wine tastings and explore the city and nearby coastal dunes on foot. Heading inland, we ramble through beautiful countryside with time to wander in medieval villages. We discover the fabulous fortified citadel of Carcassonne and stroll alongside the Canal du Midi, before reaching the Mediterranean at charming Collioure.

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Join trip in the city of Bordeaux on France’s Atlantic coast.

Take a walking tour and enjoy our first taste of Bordeaux wines at the Wine Museum.

Vineyard walk to taste wine at Chateau Carbonnieux. Climb Europe’s highest dune at Pilat.

Taste wines in Saint Emilion, a medieval gem. Walk in the countryside from Rocamadour.

Discover the cave paintings of Pech Merle then walk to the Cele Valley. Wine tasting in Cahors.

Walking tour in the fortified medieval city of Carcassonne and along the Canal du Midi.

Walk in the hills Coastal near Narbonne walk with before driving Mediterranean to Collioure on views to the picturesque Banyuls-surVermilion coast. Mer, where we enjoy a wine tasting.

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9 Drive to Perpignan airport where the trip ends.

Indulge in the joy of fabulous French wines and food, enjoying easy-going walks and beautiful scenery

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TRIP CODE: WIP ACCOMMODATION: Simple WALK GRADE: Easy to Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights simple hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s). WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 4 days for between 3 to 4.5 hours. Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Bus, public bus. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

Enjoy the French lifestyle and scenic villages of rural Provence

Optional visit to Le Beaucet Pont du Gard Roman aqueduct

I was utterly seduced by Provence. Lovely little towns and villages along the routes plus lots of history.

VAUCLUSE PLATEAU Venasque

Elizabeth Thorn

Gordes

Avignon Saint Remy Visit to market Les Baux

ARLES

Montagne Sainte Victoire 1011m

Camargue Regional Park

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35 km

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Explore the landscapes and villages of Provence and the Camargue on this holiday based in the ancient Roman city of Arles. Enjoy easy walks among the white horses and flamingos of the Rhone Delta and between the picturesque villages of the Vaucluse Plateau. There’s also time to sample local produce at some of Provence’s best markets and visit the cultural attractions of Avignon and famous Roman aqueduct, the Pont du Gard.

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Join trip at Marseille airport and drive to Arles.

Easy walking along the lakes and fields of the Camargue with its flamingos and white horses.

Scenic walk from Venasque to Le Beaucet. Visit the historic hill-top village of Gordes.

Explore the weekly market in Saint Remy before walking to Les Baux.

A free day to explore more of Provence such as Avignon or the famous Pont du Gard aqueduct.

Climb the iconic mountain, Mont Saint Victoire immortalised by the artist Cezanne.

Time to visit the market in Arles, discover its Roman sites or venture further afield.

Drive to Marseille airport where the trip ends.

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Family-run hotel Close to the River Rhone in Arles, the Porte de Camargue is a welcoming family-run hotel. Formerly an 18th century home, the simple yet comfortable bedrooms are furnished in the light ‘camargue’ style and all have private bathrooms. The city’s historic quarter and impressive Roman amphitheatre are within an easy 15 minute walk.

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Optional single rooms are available from £370 TRIP CODE: MBH ACCOMMODATION: Standard WALK GRADE: Easy to Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader / trek guide, driver(s). WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 5 days for between 2.5 to 6 hours. Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Bus, train. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

Enjoy superb day walks in the shadow of iconic Mont Blanc SWITZERLAND

Lac Blanc 2352m From/To Geneva Airport

Lac Vert

Servoz

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Bellevue

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12km

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Aiguille du Midi 3842m Optional cable car ascent

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8km

4.5hrs

Mt Blanc 4807m

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8km

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Chamonix

LES HOUCHES 0 km

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Le Buet

Cascades du Berard waterfall

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15 km

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The Mont Blanc massif provides outstanding mountain scenery and is home to the charming Chamonix Valley. Our day walks in the Alps include sections of the famous Tour du Mont Blanc route, including the spectacular trail to Lac Blanc, where we can enjoy panoramic views of the whole Mont Blanc range. Based in a comfortable hotel, we can relax at the end of each day, with no need to carry luggage during walks or pack up every night.

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Join trip at Geneva airport from where we drive to Les Houches in the Chamonix Valley.

Walk along the Petit Balcon Sud to Les Praz. Optional afternoon walk to mountain cafe.

Cable car to Le Bellevue (1800m) for spectacular Mont Blanc views. Walk down to Les Houches.

Take the mountain train to Le Buet. Following the river we walk to Cascades du Berard (1400m).

A free day to cycle, glacier trek or take the famous Aguilles du Midi cable car to 3842m.

Hike through the meadows from Servoz Lac Vert.

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Walk to Lac Drive to Blanc (2352m) Geneva airport for panoramic where the views of the trip ends. whole mountain range.

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Alpine chalet Hotel du Bois is an attractive alpine chalet in the heart of the small village of Les Houches, just five kilometres from Chamonix. The hotel’s restaurant serves French cuisine and wine and there is a cosy bar with outside seating where you can enjoy a drink in the sunshine The large garden has a swimming pool with wonderful views of Mont Blanc. The hotel also has a heated indoor pool and a sauna.

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ACCOMMODATION: 8 nights standard hotel, 1 night simple hotel, 1 night simple auberge. MEALS: 10 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 6 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader / trek guide, driver(s). WALKING DETAILS: Trek for 8 days point to point for between 5 to 9 hours. Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Bus, public bus. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

SWITZERLAND COL DU FORCLAZ CHAMPEX

ARGENTIERE Lac Blanc 2352m

LA FOULY

FRANCE From/To Geneva

Chamonix Aiguille du Midi 3842m

Les Houches Col du Tricot 2120m

Aiguille Mt Blanc Noire 4807m

LES CONTAMINES

Sarah Bettini.

Grand Col Ferret 2537m

DAILY DISTANCES

LA PALUD

Val Veny

Col du Bonnehomme 2329m

Col de la Seigne 2516m

A fantastic trek amid the stunning scenery of the Alps.

Col de Balme 2191m

Le Buet 3099m

ITALY

LES CHAPIEUX 1549m

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Day 4

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Day 5

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5.5hrs

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9hrs

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22.5km

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Day 9

19.5km

6.5hrs

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The Tour du Mont Blanc is one of the most spectacular treks in Europe. We hike 148 kilometres through France, Switzerland and Italy, across five major passes, staying along the way in comfortable hotels and a traditional auberge. We walk among breathtaking mountain scenery on the flanks of Mont Blanc, with views of some of the most dramatic peaks in the Alps.

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Join trip at Geneva airport. Drive to Argentiere in the Chamonix Valley.

Cable car to 1900 m. Trek through countryside to Lac Blanc (2352m) and descend to Argentiere.

Trek to Col de Balme (2191m). Surrounded by glaciers, descend to La Forclaz in Switzerland.

Hike through meadows and forest along the ‘Bovine Route’ to the lake at Champex (1486m).

Follow a gentle trail along the Val Ferret to La Fouly (1600m).

Trek along a wide glacial valley to Col de la Seigne (2516m). Descend to Les Chapieux (1549m).

Climb above Les Chapieux among alpine flowers and marmots. Descend to Les Contamines (1167m).

Enjoy a final day of walking along the west face of the Mont Blanc massif back to Argentiere.

Drive to Geneva airport where the trip ends.

Pass over Enjoy a relaxing the Grand rest day in Col Ferrett Courmayeur (2537m) to or take the Italy and on to Helbronner La Palud near cable car to see Courmayeur. Mont Blanc.

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Optional single rooms are available from £335 TRIP CODE: SZM ACCOMMODATION: Standard WALK GRADE: Moderate to Challenging ACCOMMODATION: 6 nights standard hotel, 1 night simple hut. MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 1 dinner are included. STAFF: Explore Leader / trek guide, driver(s). WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 6 days for between 2 to 7 hours. The mountain trails are well marked and maintained. Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Bus. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

Breathtakingly scenic alpine hiking among Switzerland’s best-loved peaks Interlaken Brienzersee

Thunersee

LAUTERBRUNNEN Oeschinensee

From/To Geneva Airport

KANDERSTEG

Leman

Murren

Eiger Mönch Jungfrau

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Schilthorn

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Lac Blanc 2352m From/To Geneva Airport

Visp

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TRIFT HUT

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Matterhorn

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Chamonix

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Aiguille du Midi 3842m Optional cable car ascent Les Houches

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Bellevue

ZERMATT

Mt Blanc 4807m

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11km

Day 3

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4.5hrs

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11km

6.5hrs

Day 5

11km

3.5hrs

Day 6

10km

3.5hrs

Day 7

18km

5.5hrs

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Enjoy exhilarating walking in the heart of some of the most spectacular mountain scenery on the planet - the Swiss Alps. We stay in the shadow of the Matterhorn in the charming mountain resort of Zermatt, enjoy typical alpine hospitality at the Trift mountain hut and admire the emblematic north face of the Eiger. Superb hikes include a section of the famous ‘Europaweg’ high mountain route and a trek to the breathtakingly beautiful, turquoise Lake Oeschinensee.

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Join trip at Geneva airport and drive to Zermatt in the shadow of the Matterhorn.

Hike along the ‘Europaweg’ with great views of Zermatt and the surrounding peaks.

Trek through forests and flower-filled meadows to the mountain hut at Trift.

A spectacular high-level traverse under the north face of the Matterhorn.

Drive to Kandersteg in the Bernese Oberland and walk to the bright turquoise lake of Oeschinensee.

Admire the north face of the Eiger on a hike from the glaciated valley of Lauterbrunnen.

Hike to the clifftop village of Murren with option to take the cablecar to the Schilthorn (2971m).

Drive to Geneva airport where the trip ends.

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Experience warm alpine hospitality overnighting at the Trift mountain hut

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The Austrian Tyrol £1165 £975

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Optional single rooms are available from £170 TRIP CODE: AUT ACCOMMODATION: Standard WALK GRADE: Easy to Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 5 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader / trek guide, driver(s). WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 5 days for between 4 to 5 hours on mountain and valley trails with sometimes rocky and uneven terrain. TRANSPORT: Bus, public bus, taxi. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

Enjoy great walking and a warm Tyrolean welcome at our charming village base

The week in Austria was wonderful and beyond my expectations. Mildred Cummings

To/from Munich Brandenberg Inn Zireiner See Kramsach

Gratlspitz (1898m)

ALPBACH

Wiedersberger Horn 2127m

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Inneralpbach

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Standkopf 2241m

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Day 4

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Austria’s Tyrol is a beautiful mountain region of precipitous peaks, green valleys and quaint villages. We base ourselves in charming Alpbach. Voted as Austria’s prettiest village, it is the picture-perfect image of the Tyrol with well-kept chalets, flower-filled window boxes and views of the whole valley. We enjoy walks through forest and meadow and ascend the higher ridges by cable car for fantastic views of the snow-capped Alps.

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Join trip at Munich airport and drive to Alpbach (975m) in the Austrian Tyrol.

A gentle valley walk through larch forests and farmland along the Muehlbachweg.

Take a cable car to 1850m for an easy ridge walk with fantastic views of snow-capped peaks.

Enjoy a walk in the Tiefenbach Gorge through the forest along the river to Kramsach.

Ascend by chairlift and walk to Zireiner See (1799m), a beautiful high altitude lake.

A free day to explore pretty villages, historic Rattenburg, Innsbruck or Salzburg.

Walk around the craggy cliffs known as Gratlspitz (1898m) which sit above Alpbach.

Drive to Munich airport where the trip ends.

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Traditional alpine chalet Family-run Hotel Muhlbachhof is just minutes from the centre of Alpbach village. All rooms have balconies and are furnished in a traditional mountain style. Austrian style twin-bedded rooms have two single mattresses, each with their own set of bedding on one large bed base.

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TRIP CODE: DW ACCOMMODATION: Standard WALK GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader / trek guide, driver(s). WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 5 days for between 5 to 7 hours on well maintained trails with some steep rocky sections. TRANSPORT: Bus, public bus, train. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

Walk to view the sheer pinnacles of the Dolomites - a UNESCO World Heritage Site Rie

Putzalm mountain hut

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DOBBIACO 1200m

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Villabassa

Ferrara San Vito Lake Braies 1494m

1900m

Serla 2378m

Cimitero Di Guerra

THE DOLOMITES

Strudelkopf 2307m

From/To Venice Airport Refuge Auronzo 0 km

Yvette Seaton

Moso 1337m

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Dolomitenhof 1454m Sasso Di Sesto 2539m Tre Cime Refuge 2405m

Pratopiazza 1991m Croda Rossa 3146m

Punta Del Tre Scarperi 3149m

Venice

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Elmo 2434m

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Bagni di Braies Vecchia

Croda Del Becco 2810m

The walks were very varied and enjoyable. Wonderful scenery, lovely picnics.

Tre Cime Di Lavaredo 2999m

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Day 4

15km

6hrs

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7 km

Day 6

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11km

6hrs

Based in the town of Dobbiaco we explore the strikingly beautiful rock towers and limestone cliffs of the Dolomites - a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We enjoy scenic treks through alpine meadows and pine forests, walk along ridges and ascend small summits. Every evening we can relax in the hotel pool, gym or sauna and enjoy traditional Austrian-influenced cuisine typical of the region.

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Join trip at Venice airport before driving to Dobbiaco in the heart of the Dolomites.

Walk through fields and forest to the emerald waters of Lake Braies (1494m).

A trek through alpine meadows and forest to the remote Putzalm mountain hut (1743m).

Hike along the Italian-Austrian border with great views of the Dolomites and WW1 buildings.

A free day to relax or visit the mountain resort of Cortina, Lienz or the ‘Ice man’ at Bolzano.

Mountain hike to see the three magnificent limestone rock towers of Tre Cime.

Trek from Pratopiazza to Strudelkopf summit (2307m).

Drive to Venice airport where the trip ends.

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Mountain views We stay in a family-run hotel in the small town of Dobbiaco, a gateway to the Italian Dolomites. Located close to the centre of the town, the hotel is just a short walk from all amenities. The bedrooms and garden enjoy beautiful views of the mountains and the valley. Facilities include an indoor swimming pool with sauna and a small gym.

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Lake Como Walking

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TRIP CODE: LC ACCOMMODATION: Standard WALK GRADE: Easy to Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s). WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 5 days for between 4 to 6 hours. Most of the walking is on well maintained footpaths between the villages around the lake. TRANSPORT: Bus, public bus, ferry. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

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GRAVEDONA Milan

The hotel was one of the best Explore venues I have been to, with outstanding views from the rooms.

GRAVEDONA

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Livo

Sorico

Dongo Rezzonico 13th Century castle

SWITZERLAND Lake Lugano

ITALY

ALPS

Lake Como

Menaggio Villa Carlotta

Graham Forbes

ALPS Bellagio Villas and gardens

DAILY DISTANCES

Civenna

From/To Milan

Como Museum and shops

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Day 7

10km

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11 km

Regarded by many as Italy’s prettiest lake, the shores of Como have been a popular holiday retreat since Roman times. From the charming town of Gravedona, we enjoy easy walking on the network of footpaths linking the many villages nestled in the mountains around the lake and along the shore. Our family-run hotel is spectacularly located right at the water’s edge with superb views of the lake and Alps beyond.

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Walk above Gravedona with fantastic lake and mountain views.

Gentle walk to Sorico through pretty villages, chestnut groves, forest and meadow.

Take a ferry across the lake and enjoy a walk from Civenna to Bellagio.

A free day to visit Villa Carlotta near Menaggio, Como town or relax in Gravedona by the lake.

Ascend through fields and forest to the pretty hill-top village of Livo.

Walk from Donga to Rezzonico with its 13th century castle.

Drive to Milan airport where the trip ends.

Join trip at Milan airport and drive to Gravedona on the shore of Lake Como.

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Fabulous lake views Family-run Hotel Regina is right on the shore of Lake Como and just a 10 minute scenic walk from the restaurants and shops of Gravedona. It’s the perfect place to relax and enjoy the inspiring lake and mountain views or take advantage of the stunning panoramic solar heated swimming pool.

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Wine Trails of Classic Tuscany

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TRIP CODE: LTY ACCOMMODATION: Standard WALK GRADE: Easy to Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 4 nights standard hotel, 3 nights standard guesthouse. MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch are included. STAFF: Explore Leader / trek guide. WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 4 days for between 3.5 to 5 hours. Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Minibus. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

FLORENCE Walking tour

From/To Pisa

ITALY San Gimignano Wine tasting

Radda in Chianti

CASTELLINA IN CHIANTI Wine tasting

TUSCANY

Siena

DAILY DISTANCES San Quirico D’orcia

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Montepulciano wine cellars

PIENZA

Montalcino Hill top town

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7km

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12m

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12km

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5hrs

Rolling hills, medieval hill-top towns and enjoying great food and wine are all part of this walking holiday among the iconic landscapes of southern Tuscany. We ramble through the vineyards of Chianti, along avenues of cypress trees and on ancient pilgrimage trails. We also explore historic Montalcino and Montepulciano, take in the sights of marvellous Siena and soak up the atmosphere of Renaissance Florence.

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Join trip at Pisa airport before driving to Castellina in Chianti in southern Tuscany.

Hike in the Chianti Hills and enjoy a tasting of the superb Chianti Classico wine.

Walk on the Via Francigena to the walled town of San Gimignano and taste some local wines.

Spend the day exploring the beautiful medieval city of Siena, including its famous Piazza del Campo.

Ramble across rolling hills and along cypress-lined avenues to the hill-top town of Montapulciano.

Walk from lovely San Quirico D'Orcia to hill-top Montalcino for superb views of the Val D'Orcia.

Explore the wonderful Renaissance city of Florence with its many galleries and museums.

Drive to Pisa airport where the trip ends

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Exploring the hilltop towns was great fun and of course, the food and wine in Tuscany are fabulous. Iain Thacker

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Optional single rooms are available from £230 TRIP CODE: TTY ACCOMMODATION: Standard WALK GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights standard agriturismo. MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader / driver. WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 5 days for between 5 to 6 hours. Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Minibus, taxi, train. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

A beautiful part of the world, and a great chance to stay off the tourist trail.

OLOMBIA

Jennifer Macdougall

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Alpi Apuane NP

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Lake Vagli

Vernazza Corniglia

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Monte Prado 2054m Apennine Pania Corfino Orecchiella NP Ridge Walk Pania del Corfino Casone di 1610m Piazza Profeccia al Serchio

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Day 5

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A centre-based walking holiday exploring the landscapes of Tuscany’s hidden gem - the Garfagnana Valley. Nestled between the ‘marble mountains’ of the Alpi Apuane and the rolling Apennines, this is an area of outstanding natural beauty. A highlight of the trip is walking along the celebrated ‘Cinque Terre’ coastal path. Each evening we return to our comfortable agriturismo for some typical home-cooked Tuscan cuisine.

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Join trip at Pisa airport and drive to our agriturismo in Tuscany’s Garfagnana Valley.

Walk in the Apennine Mountains and enjoy a picnic of local produce with superb views.

Hike in the ‘marble mountains’ of the Alpi Apuane for excellent views to the Ligurian coast.

A free day to visit the walled city of Lucca or explore Pisa and its famous Leaning Tower.

Discover the lower Garfagnana Valley and villages along the River Serchio

Walk between colourful villages along the spectacular Cinque Terre coastal path.

Climb Monte Prado, Tuscany’s highest peak at 2054m.

Trip ends at Pisa airport.

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Agriturismo experience This trip stays at an agriturismo - accommodation located on a working farm. We use two different properties, both enjoy stunning views of the surrounding mountains, offer comfortable, rustically furnished en-suite rooms and have outdoor swimming pools. They provide homecooked, traditional Italian meals, often using produce from the farm.

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Insider View “Although I knew that northern Tuscany would be different from the rolling landscapes further south, I certainly wasn’t expecting the Garfagnana Valley and surrounding mountains to be quite so dramatic and beautiful. I really loved the variety of walks on this trip, from trekking in the wild Apennines to hikes through medieval hill-top villages. My favourite has to be the day spent in the Alpi Apuane ‘Marble Mountains’ when you climb up to the rock arch of Monte Ferato. It’s quite challenging and your reward is an amazing view all the way down to the Mediterranean Sea. Our agriturismo in a small village with mountain views, was an authentic way to experience the local culture and the owners were really welcoming. And of course it being Italy, the food and wine throughout the trip were great!” Wallis Besnard-Beaufort, Adventure Travel Consultant at Explore

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Amalfi Coast Walking

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TRIP CODE: NAW ACCOMMODATION: Standard WALK GRADE: Easy to Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights standard agriturismo. MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s). WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 5 days for between 2.5 to 6 hours. Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Bus, public bus, ferry. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

Enjoy fantastic coastal walking and home-produced food and wine at our agriturismo

From Naples airport Optional visit to Vesuvius & Pompeii

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‘Walk of the Gods’ Gulf of Naples

Amalfi Coast

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An itinerary that provides a cocktail of stunning views, magical forests, vibrant towns and boat-travel.

Ferriere Valley National Reserve Pogerola

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Amalfi

Catherine Field

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A relaxed walking holiday exploring the spectacular Amalfi Coast. Our walks take us across cliff tops, through woodland and national parks, and culminate in the celebrated ‘Walk of the Gods’ - one of the world’s greatest coastal walks. There is time to explore Amalfi, Positano and Capri, and you'll get the chance to visit Pompeii and Ravello. Our welcoming family-run agriturismo provides us with tasty home-produced food and wine.

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Join trip at Naples airport before driving to our family-run agriturismo.

Hiking along a ridge above the Agerola Plateau to Bomerano, we enjoy views of the Amalfi Coast.

Descend on ancient trails through vineyards and lemon groves to the historic port of Amalfi.

Hike along the ‘Path of the Gods, to Positano - one of the world’s best coastal walks.

Trip ends at Naples airport.

Take a ferry Walk through A free day, to enchanting the Ferriere with the Capri, walk to National chance to visit a viewpoint Park passing the ancient site and explore waterfalls, rivers of Pompeii and the town’s and unusual climb Mount narrow streets. plant-life. Vesuvius.

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ACCOMMODATION

Cliff-top agriturismo We stay at an agriturismo, (working farm with guesthouse), called Luna d’Agerola. Owned and run by Ferdinando and his whole family, our relaxed and friendly hosts provide most meals during the week. They are simple, rustic and tasty fare that is typical of the region. The bedrooms are well-appointed and all have en-suite bathrooms.

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Insider View “I’ve been leading this trip for a few seasons now - I keep coming back as it never fails to deliver. The scenery is fabulous, with beautiful walks that always end with delicious gelato, a coffee or a beer, and often with a dip in the warm sea. Favourite hikes include the wild Ferriere Valley, where paths snake through rocky outcrops and give fantastic views to distant towns, and the 'Walk of the Gods', following the edge of high cliffs and finishing in lovely Positano. If that’s not enough, each evening is finished with tasty food and wine, from our fabulous hosts or at a local trattoria. It’s simply superb!” Nigel Lewis, Explore Leader

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Trails of the Cinque Terre and Liguria

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TRIP CODE: WCT ACCOMMODATION: Simple WALK GRADE: Easy to Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights simple hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches are included. STAFF: Explore Leader / driver. WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 5 days for between 3.5 to 5 hours. Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Bus, train. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

Discover colourful villages and hike coastal trails along Liguria's breathtakingly beautiful coast

Santa Margherita San Fruttuoso Abbey

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Fantastic scenery, what a fabulous part of Italy!

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Enjoy day walks exploring the rugged beauty of Liguria’s UNESCO-listed coastline, where steep cliffs plunge into a turquoise sea and colourful fishing villages nestle precariously at their foot. In the Cinque Terre National Park we walk on the ‘Azure Trail’ and pass through vineyards and woodland among local farmers at work. We discover the chic harbour town of Portofino and spectacular landscapes of Portovenere.

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Join trip at Pisa airport and drive to Bonassola on the Ligurian Coast.

Hike to the Cinque Terre village of Monterosso along an old railway line and coastal trails.

Enjoy stunning coastal walking to the chic harbour resort of Portofino.

Walk the UNESCO-listed coastline from Riomaggiore to the spectacular setting of Portovenere.

Drive to Pisa airport where the trip ends.

Hike to Discover rural A free day to Monterosso lives untouched visit the cities from the quaint by tourism on of Genoa or La Cinque Terre inland footpaths Spezia, enjoy fishing villages through further walks of Vernazza vineyards and or visit the and Corniglia. woodland. beach.

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Warm family welcome Pensione Moderna is a simple and homely familyrun hotel, just a hundred metres from the beach in the pretty seaside village of Bonassola. Bedrooms have their own private bathroom, television and free Wi-Fi is available. Surrounded by a tropical garden, the terrace is the perfect place to relax at the end of the day.

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On Foot in Rome and Umbria £1099 £925

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Optional single rooms are available from £240 TRIP CODE: UR ACCOMMODATION: Standard WALK GRADE: Easy to Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches are included. STAFF: Explore Leader / driver. WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 6 days for between 2 to 5.5 hours. Walking in Umbria is on country footpaths and trails. TRANSPORT: Bus, public bus. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

Explore the unknown towns of Umbria; Orvieto, Assisi and Spello, before ending your adventure in wonderful Rome Monte Subasio Hermitage of St Francis

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A holiday combining walking in the beautiful Umbrian countryside with time in Italy’s incomparable capital, Rome. In Umbria we stay in ancient Orvieto, perched high on an outcrop of volcanic rock, and in the picturesque, walled town of Spello. Our hikes take us from the spectacular Ponte del Torri aqueduct near Spoleto, to the slopes of Mount Subasio and streets of St Francis’s Assisi. In Orvieto and Montefalco we enjoy some wine tasting. Ending in Rome, we take a walking tour with time left free for exploration of the city’s many sights.

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Join trip at Rome airport. Drive to the spectacularly located, rocktop town of Orvieto.

Hike along old Etruscan paths through villages and vineyards to taste the famous Orvieto wine.

Walk through vineyards to Montefalco and enjoy a wine tasting.

Walk from Spoleto along an ancient aqueduct and visit the amphitheatre before driving to Rome.

Enjoy an orientation of the city on foot and free time to explore Rome’s innumerable sights.

Trip ends in Rome.

A free morning Follow in to explore pilgrims’ the rock wall footsteps to path around Assisi on the Orvieto. slopes of Afternoon walk Mount Subasio. to Bevagna.

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A good trip. Spello is a delightful place to stay. Yvonne Mortlock

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Optional single rooms are available from £230 TRIP CODE: PU ACCOMMODATION: Standard WALK GRADE: Easy to Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s). WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 5 days for between 2 to 5 hours. Some of the trails will be rocky underfoot. TRANSPORT: Minibus, taxi. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

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Walks exploring the landscapes and culture of Italy's 'heel'

MATERA Foresta Umbra walk

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Discover Puglia and Basilicata’s beautiful countryside and laid-back charm on this twin-centre walking holiday to the ‘heel’ of boot-shaped Italy. Enjoy walks in ancient pine forests on the Gargano Peninsula and along the rugged coast. In Matera we explore the ancient Sassi, a UNESCO-listed troglodyte quarter, stay in a cave hotel, and hike gorge-rim trails. On rambles around Alberobello and Locorotondo, we discover the beehive-shaped trulli houses of the Itria Valley.

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Join trip at Bari airport and drive via historic Trani, to Vieste on the Adriatic coast.

Walking in the protected and untouched ancient forests of the Gargano Peninsula.

Hike through coastal maquis vegetation passing Neolithic sites along our way.

Today is left free. You can take a boat trip along the rugged coastline.

Explore Matera’s impressive gorge and troglodyte quarter where we stay in a cave hotel.

Walk amongst the beehiveshaped trulli of Alberobello and Locorotondo and taste olive oils.

Walk in and along the top of the Matera Gorge. Enjoy a farmhouse lunch of regional produce.

Drive to Bari airport where the trip ends.

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I enjoyed the whole experience. The two centres made a nice contrast between coastal and inland. Alan Hillyar


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Sicilian Trails

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TRIP CODE: SIT ACCOMMODATION: Simple WALK GRADE: Easy to Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights simple hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s). WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 5 days for between 2 to 4.5 hours. Terrain is varied. TRANSPORT: Bus, ferry. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

Vulcano Crater hike

A brilliant introduction to the scenery and culture of Sicily. Every day was different!

Milazzo

Nebrodi Mountains Walk in the Lake District

Castelmola Monte Venere Taormina

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Sheila Dutnell

3323m Mt Etna Ionian Sea

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Enjoy a week of walking in a diverse variety of scenic landscapes. Based in a simple family-run hotel in the seaside town of Giardini Naxos, we walk alongside the lava flows on iconic Mount Etna, take a ferry to the peaceful Aeolian island of Vulcano and ramble among the rock-cut tombs of the UNESCO-listed Pantalica Gorge. From Monte Venere we admire spectacular coastal views, while the lakes and uplands of Mount Nebrodi National Park are a verdant and isolated wilderness.

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Join trip at Catania airport before driving to our hotel by the beach in Giardini Naxos.

Hike among the forests and lava flows of Mount Etna, Europe’s largest volcano.

Take a ferry to the Aoelian island of Vulcano and hike to the crater rim.

Walk from the medieval village of Castelmola to Monte Venere (880m) for amazing views.

A free day to visit nearby Taormina or the ‘Godfather’ mountain towns of Savoca and Forza.

Hike alongside the Anapo River and rock-cut tombs of the scenic Pantalica Gorge. Visit Syracusa.

Walk in the isolated wilderness of the Nebrodi Mountains National Park.

Drive to Catania airport where the trip ends.

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Seaside hotel Our simple family-run hotel is located just a few metres from the beach in the seaside resort and fishing village of Giardini Naxos. Our location is ideal for striking out to explore the excellent and varied walking on offer in eastern Sicily. After a day out on the trails our hosts will cook up some typical and tasty Sicilian cuisine.

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My ‘Tastes of Italy’ collection is for anyone who like myself, has a passion for Italy, great food and walking. Caroline Phillips, Walking Programme Manager

Tastes of

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These five unique trips explore different parts of Italy and while quintessentially walking holidays, there’s also a strong focus throughout them on discovering and appreciating each regions’ produce and cuisine. Walking and enjoying great food and drink are the perfect mix. You’ll work up a great appetite and then hopefully burn away most of the calories consumed!

A Taste of Veneto - Lake Garda to Venice

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Optional single rooms are available from £240 TRIP CODE: TOV ACCOMMODATION: Standard WALK GRADE: Easy ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included. STAFF: Explore Leader / driver. WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 6 days for between 2 to 3 hours. Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Boat, minibus. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

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Combine a discovery of the Veneto's fine regional specialities with easy-going walking in gorgeous locations. Enjoy a bird's eye view of Lake Garda's blue waters from Monte Baldo and ramble through the vineyards and hamlets of 'Prosecco Country' in the foothills of the Dolomites. Explore the streets of historic Verona and magnificent Venice on the Adriatic. Our Prosecco day and Grappa tasting will no doubt be holiday highlights!

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A Taste of Emilia Romagna

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Optional single rooms are available from £230 TRIP CODE: TOER ACCOMMODATION: Standard WALK GRADE: Easy ACCOMMODATION: 4 nights standard hotel, 3 nights standard agriturismo. MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner are included. STAFF: Explore Leader / driver. WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 6 days for an average of 2.5 hours. Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Bus. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

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Discover and enjoy the exceptional food and wine of Emilia Romagna. Ramble through its beautiful landscapes, from the Apennine foothills to the Po River Delta. Learn the secrets of how Parma ham, parmesan cheese, balsamic vinegar, tortellini and Lambrusco wines are made. Explore the architectural treasures of Bologna, Modena, Ravenna and canals of Comacchio, the regions’ ‘Little Venice’.

A Taste of Liguria and Tuscany

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Optional single rooms are available from £230 TRIP CODE: TOLT ACCOMMODATION: Standard WALK GRADE: Easy ACCOMMODATION: 3 nights standard agriturismo, 3 nights simple hotel, 1 night standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader / driver. WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 5 days for an average of 2.5 hours. Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Bus, train. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16. MONTHS OF TRAVEL JUN AUG SEP OCT

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Liguria and Tuscany’s fantastic local produce and cuisine are the perfect accompaniment to the natural beauty of the coast and mountains. Enjoy easy rambles along Cinque Terre trails, in Tuscany’s Garfagnana Valley and around the walls of Renaissance Lucca. See how regional specialties such as pesto, lardo, cheeses, breads and oils are produced. Taste the local wines and stay on a family-run farm.

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A Taste of Amalfi

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Optional single rooms are available from £290 TRIP CODE: TOA ACCOMMODATION: Standard WALK GRADE: Easy ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights standard agriturismo. MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 5 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s). WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 5 days for an average of 2.5 hours. Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Bus, public bus. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

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Easy walks along the spectacular Amalfi Coast combine with eating, drinking and cooking on a gastronomic journey. Staying on a family-run farm, we learn how regional specialties are made. Hikes take us to Amalfi, Ravello and hidden coves for the chance to swim and eat fresh seafood. We also walk the famous ‘Path of the Gods’. In Naples, we visit its oldest food market and the birthplace of pizza.

A Taste of Puglia

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Optional single rooms are available from £210 TRIP CODE: TOP ACCOMMODATION: Standard WALK GRADE: Easy ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s). WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 5 days for an average of 2.5 hours. Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Bus. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

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Discover the superb cuisine and wines of Puglia and enjoy easy walks with wide panoramas of gently rolling landscapes. Ramble in the Alta Murgia National Park, explore the ancient ‘sassi’ and gorge of Matera and visit the conical trulli houses of the Itria Valley. See first hand how local cheeses, bread, olive oil and wines are produced and learn how to make the local oriecchiette ‘little ear’ pasta.

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Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania on Foot

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Optional single rooms are available from £240 TRIP CODE: ELL ACCOMMODATION: Standard WALK GRADE: Easy ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s). WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 6 days for between 1.5 and 5 hours. Terrain is gently undulating. We also learn to bog walk. Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Bus, ferry. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

Discover the landscapes and history of the Baltic States Gulf of Finland

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Kemeri NP

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On this walking trip we visit the three Baltic States: Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. We discover their cultural heritage and explore some of their many national parks. We walk through forests, along sand dunes, and learn to bog walk, whilst learning about the different ecosystems. We visit the capitals of each country, see the 'old town' UNESCO Heritage Sites and walk around Lithuania’s beautiful 15th century Trakai Castle.

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Walking tour of Tallinn’s Old Town. Walk the Beaver Trail in Lahemaa NP. Learn to bog walk.

Cross border into Latvia. Drive to medieval town of Cesis. Follow nature trail along Gauja River.

Walk in Gauja NP, past ruined medieval fortresses, to 13th century Turaida Castle. Overnight in Riga.

Explore the wetlands of Kemeri NP. Cross border to Lithuania. Continue to Nida.

Walk along the unique sand dunes and pine forests of Curonian Spit NP, a UNESCO Heritage Site.

Travel to Trakai. Visit the lakeside castle. Continue on to Vilnius. Walking tour of the Old Town.

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We loved the Curonion Spit, a fascinating and beautiful place. Kathyrn Orton

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Trekking the Transylvanian Alps

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Explore Romania's dramatic mountains and historic castles CURMATURA HUT 1458m

La Om 2238m

Zarnesti Gorge

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Bran Castle Omu

2505m PIATRA CRAIULUI MOUNTAINS OMU HUT

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On this walking trip in Romania we experience local hospitality, discover beautiful countryside and explore historic towns. We get well off the beaten track as we travel deep into the Transylvanian Alps, the legendary home of Dracula. Staying in a local guesthouse and mountain huts we walk through the imposing Bran Valley and to the Piatra Craiului Mountains for one of the most spectacular ridge walks in Europe. We also have the opportunity to visit the ornately decorated Peles and Bran Castles.

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Join trip at Bucharest airport. Drive to Sinaia, in the foothills of the Bucegi Mountains.

Cable car into Transylvanian Alps, home to brown bears, wolves and boar. Walk to mountain hut.

Descend to the beautiful Bran Valley and Moeciu village. Views to the Piatra Craiului Mountains.

Opportunity to visit Bran Castle. Walk to Piatra Craiului Mountains and Curmatura Hut.

Circular walk to spectacular limestone ridge. Stunning views over the surrounding countryside.

Walk through beautiful Zarnesti Gorge, featured in several films including Cold Mountain.

Drive to Bucharest. See Ceausescu’s Palace and the Village Museum.

Trip ends in Bucharest.

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I've been on many treks over the years but this ranks as one of the best. Chris Sanders


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Optional single rooms are available from £210 TRIP CODE: WCM ACCOMMODATION: Standard WALK GRADE: Easy to Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 6 nights standard hotel, 1 night simple guesthouse. MEALS: 6 Breakfasts are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s), local guide(s). WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 5 days for between 2.5 to 5 hours. Most walks on well defined footpaths and trails. Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Bus, ferry. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

Mountain walking, coastal paths and little visited Croatian Islands CROATIA

BRAC

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Orebic Korcula Town

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BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

POMENA

DUBROVNIK

Optional city tour

DAILY DISTANCES

CAVTAT Walking tour Orejen Mountain

KOTOR

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Walking tour of Kotor City Ramparts Hike Vrmac Mountain

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4km

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Day 6

10km

4hrs

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Starting in south western Montenegro and continuing to the islands of Croatia, this 8 day walking trip takes you on some of the most beautiful coastal, mountain and village trails of the southern Balkans. Visit the historical town of Kotor for a birds eye view from the ramparts and climb Mt Vrmac for astounding views of the Montenegrin coastline. Explore traditional villages and bustling towns before travelling by boat to continue walking on the islands off the coast at Dubrovnik. A great taste of the lesser travelled paths of these two countries.

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Join trip in Dubrovnik and transfer to Dobrota.

Walking tour of Kotor including the citiy's ramparts. Afternoon optional boat trip.

Hike from Kotor town to the top of Vrmac Mountain for stunning views of the city and bay.

Circular walk from Herceg Novi through traditional villages. Drive to Dubrovnik.

Explore Dubrovnik on foot. Take a boat to Mljet and transfer to Pomena.

Circular hike around Malo and Veliko Jezero lakes. Boat to Korcula and transfer to Lumbarda.

Coastal walk from Lumbarda to Korcula Town. Ferry to Orebic and transfer to Cavtat.

Trip ends in Cavtat.

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Explore the historical ramparts of Kotor city for amazing views across Kotor bay

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Walks and Coastal Towns of Croatia £1099 £799

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Optional single rooms are available from £150 TRIP CODE: CO ACCOMMODATION: Standard WALK GRADE: Easy to Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s). WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 4 days of between 4- 5.5 hours. Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Bus. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16. ZAGREB City tour

SLOVENIA

Mountains, lakes, canyons and coastlines. Dramatic and beautiful walking in a great country

CROATIA PLITVICE NP Lakes and waterfalls walk

Zavizan Premuziceva Trail

BOSNIA HERZEGOVINA

VELIKA PLANA Gorge walk

PAKLENICA NP Coastal walk

DAILY DISTANCES

0 km

Trogir

40 km

SPLIT

City tour

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10km

4hrs

Day 4

16km

5.5hrs

Day 5

8km

Day 6

9km

4hrs 4.5/1.5hrs

7km

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On this walking trip through Croatia’s national parks, we explore the jagged mountain peaks of Dalmatia, the plunging gorges of Paklenica and admire the spectacular lakes and waterfalls of Plitvice. Along the way we also visit the pretty coastal cities of Split and Trogir, discovering a maze of cobbled streets, meandering alleyways and medieval architecture.

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Join trip in Zagreb.

Walking tour of Zagreb. Drive to Plitvice National Park.

Enjoy walking around breathtaking lakes and waterfalls in Plitvice.

Drive to Zavizan and walk the Premuziceva Trail, a hiker’s highlight.

Explore Paklenica National Park on foot with a stunning coastal walk.

A full day hike in the dramatic Paklenica Gorge.

Visit Trogir, one of the oldest cities in Croatia, drive to Split and tour the city.

Trip ends in Split.

The mountains and coastal scenery of Paklenica are simply stunning. Hayley Grant

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Insider View "The Walks and Coastal Towns of Croatia trip is the perfect mix of nature, culture, mountains and the sea. Strolling around Zagreb, drinking coffee on the promenade in Split or just enjoying medieval Trogir, day by day you see another beautiful town and discover its unique history. Then there are the mountains and national parks. You'll discover the hidden parts of Velebit National Park while hiking along Premuzic trail and explore the Plitvice Lakes in Croatia's most famous national park. My favourite day was hiking through Paklenica Gorge, a spectacular canyon that will leave you speechless. This trip gives you the chance to see Croatia in a different light with its most famous sights combined with 'hidden gems' of nature." Ivana Radic, Explore Representative

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Walking Albania FROM FROM

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Optional single rooms are available from £95 TRIP CODE: ALW ACCOMMODATION: Standard WALK GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 5 nights standard Hotel, 2 nights simple hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, Driver(s), Local Guide(s). WALKING DETAILS: We walk on 6 days for between 3 to 7 hours. Most walks are on well-defined footpaths, mountain tracks and some dirt tracks. Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Bus, ferry. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

Explore the beautiful 'Albanian Alps', and experience northern Albania at its best Hike the Valbona Pass Hike in Thethi NP THETH O

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DAILY DISTANCES

Koplik

SHKODRA

Koman Ferry trip on lake

ALBANIA

ADRIATIC SEA 0 km

VALBONA

40 km

MACEDONIA

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KRUJA Fortress

TIRANA

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6km

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11km

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9km

Day 6

7km

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Explore the beauty of northern Albania's national parks on this scenic walking holiday. The highlights of the trip, Valbona and Theth national parks, are in the little visited, stunning, Albanian Alps region. This will be a chance to see rural Albania at its best, encountering a traditional jos way of life in Vthe villages that we visit and taking the opportunity to meet and eat with the local people who live there. Albania has some ë outstanding and breathtaking natural beauty, much of which you will get the chance to explore on foot during this week's walking.

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Join trip in Tirana. Transfer to Shkodra and explore the town on foot.

Drive to Koman docks and take a boat ride across the lake. Drive via riverside walk to Valbona.

Drive to trailhead and hike Gjarpri I Dragobi in Valbona National Park.

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Hike Rrethi I Jubanit in the stunning Valbona NP and have lunch with the locals.

Drive to Rrogram and hike over the Valbona Pass to Theth.

Explore Theth on foot. Visit a waterfall, church and stone-walled terraces. BBQ lunch in Nderlysa.

Hike on Thore pass to Edith Durham memorial. Drive to Tirana and explore on foot.

Trip ends in Tirana.

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Margaret Phillips

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A wonderful tour of Albania mixing walking with culture. It gave a real insight into the people and its history.

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Greek Cruise and Island Walking £899 £629

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TRIP CODE: GCW ACCOMMODATION: Simple WALK GRADE: Easy to Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 6 nights simple boat, 1 night standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, boat crew, driver(s). WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 5 days of between 3- 5 hours. Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Boat, taxi, bus, ferry. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

Greek hospitality, wonderful walking and relaxation aboard a traditional Caique

Beautiful bays, great food, relaxed pace - an absolute treat of a week. Jo Rolls

EVIA ISLAND ERETRIA

Ancient city-state

AEGEAN SEA

PANAGIA

GREECE

DAILY DISTANCES

STYRA NEA STYRA Day 2

MARMARI KARYSTOS

PETALI

Old Venetian castle

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Explore Evia and experience traditional Greece on this walking and cruise trip. Join Captain Thanos on board his traditional Greek sailing boat as we motor to beautiful bays and small harbours. We will walk to hillside villages, through olive groves and around ancient sites. We also promenade with the locals along the waterfronts of tranquil fishing villages and sample the delicious regional cuisine.

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Join trip at Athens airport. Ferry to Evia and transfer to Karystos to board the caique.

Walk country lanes and paths to Gourna and Castello Rosso fort. Visit Montofoli Wine Estate.

Cruise to Panagia. Walk to Agios Dimitrios via Zarakes and Argyro. Walk back along the coast.

Sail to Eretria. View archaeological site and museum. Climb to the acropolis on Castelli Hill.

Cruise to Nea Styra. Visit the ‘Dragon House’. Walk through olive groves in the Styra Valley.

Sail towards Marmari. Drive to Paradisi and descend along peaceful farm trails to Marmari.

Sail towards Petali - the exclusive island haven of the rich and famous. Continue to Karystos.

Take a ferry to Rafina and transfer by bus to Athens where the trip ends.

MONTHS OF TRAVEL JUN JUL SEP

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ACCOMMODATION

MV Isidoros II Our caique has a large sundeck, and a comfortable, airy galley for meals and indoor relaxing. There are two double cabins on the main deck and six twin cabins on the lower deck. All have en suite facilities. There is also a boat ladder to make the most of the swimming and snorkelling opportunities.

Itinerary may vary due to local conditions

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Walking the Corfu Trail (South)

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Optional single rooms are available from £150 TRIP CODE: CF ACCOMMODATION: Simple WALK GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 4 nights simple hotel, 3 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 2 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s). WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 6 days for between 3.5 to 7 hours. Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Bus, taxi. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

Walk stunning coastal paths and visit traditional villages CORFU (GREECE)

A great way to see Corfu. Fantastic views and incredible scenery.

Pantokrator 906m ALBANIA

LIAPADES BEACH

Donna Simpson KERKYRA Corfu Town

Myrtiotissa Monastery

Agii Deka 576m

PELEKAS

Corfu Channel

BENITSES

GREECE

DAILY DISTANCES

Komianata

PARAMONAS CAPE LEFKIMMI MEDITERRANEAN SANTA SEA BARBARA SPARTERA 15 km

0 km

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Arkoudillas Monastery

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9.6km

3.5hrs

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20.5km

6.5hrs

Day 4

20km

Day 5

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6hrs

Day 6

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6.5hrs

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Corfu is one of the most beautiful Greek islands and on this walking holiday we explore the southern part of this wonderful island. We visit ancient villages framed by vineyards, walk through shady olive groves and relax in riverside tavernas. We also climb Agii Deka, the island’s second highest mountain, and enjoy spectacular views of the Mediterranean.

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Join trip in Corfu Town.

Drive to Kavos, the start of the Corfu Trail. Walk via Arkoudillas Monastery to Spartera.

Walk through the Gardeno Valley along beautiful coastal paths via Lefkimmi to Santa Barbara.

Walk along golden sands to Lake Korrision and on to Paramonas.

Hike through the villages of Ano and Kato Pavliana to Benitses via Komianata.

Walk to Pelekas, skirting the Agii Deka Mountain. Climb to the abandoned monastery.

Descend via Myrtiotissa to Liapades, an ancient village and lovely beach.

Trip ends at Liapades Beach.

If you would like to walk the full length of the island on the Corfu Trail, this trip can be combined with our Walking the Corfu Trail (North). Visit our website for more details.

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Trip code: CFA

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Walking the Corfu Trail (North)

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Optional single rooms are available from £185 TRIP CODE: FA ACCOMMODATION: Standard WALK GRADE: Moderate to Challenging ACCOMMODATION: 4 nights standard hotel, 3 nights simple hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 2 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s). WALKING DETAILS: 4 days walking with 4 to 5 hours walking on 3 days and up to 9 hours walking on day 5. Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Bus, taxi. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

River walks, mountain trails and olive groves - on foot exploration at its best Cape Agia Aikaterini Agios RODA Athanasios Monastery Pantokrator 906m Rekini

AGIOS GEORGIOU

Amazing trip, beautiful scenery, excellent guide… lots of laughs and brilliant walks.

KALAMI

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DAILY DISTANCES

Angelokastro

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Agii Deka 576m

MEDITERRANEAN SEA 0 km

Lesley Driver

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Corfu Channel

15 km

Day 2

13.5km

4hrs

Day 3

13.8km

4.5hrs

Day 4

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Day 5

21km

Day 6

15.5km

4.5hrs 3km 8.5/1hrs 5hrs

Optional Walks

On this walking trip we concentrate on the northern half of the renowned Corfu Trail, from Liapades Beach to Agios Spyridon. We walk across the island to the eastern coastal town of Kalami for views of Albania on the horizon. We also trek along the Karst Plateau to the summit of Pantokrator Mountain, passing remote monasteries and hillside villages.

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Join trip in Liapades Beach.

Walk across olive groves to Krini and down a cliff footpath to Agios Georgiou.

Hike alongside the Megapotamos river to Rekini through the picturesque village of Pagi.

Walk along the valley to Spartillas, drive to the pretty village of Kalami.

Hike mountain trails on the Karst Plateau and Pantokrator Mountain. Descend to Agios Spyridon.

Relax by the beach or enjoy one of a number of optional walks.

Explore Corfu Town on foot, optional boat trip to Mouse Island or tour to Kanoni Peninsula.

Trip ends in Kerkyra (Corfu Town).

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COMBINE YOUR TRIP If you would like to walk the full length of the island on the Corfu trail, this trip can be combined with our Walking the Corfu Trail (South). Visit our website for more details. Trip code: CFA

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Walking in Crete E R AT

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TRIP CODE: CR ACCOMMODATION: Standard WALK GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, boat crew, driver(s). WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 4 days for between 4 and 7 hours. We generally walk on quite rocky trails with some occasional short, steep ascents. TRANSPORT: Bus, ferry, taxi. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

Walk from the rugged White Mountains to the azure blue sea on this beautiful Greek island

DAILY DISTANCES

AEGEAN SEA KHANIA Mt Gingilos Agia Roumeli

OMALOS Samaria Gorge

Preveli Monastery Khora Sfakion

LOUTRO 0 km

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Heraklion

LIBYAN SEA

Zaros Gorge

ZAROS

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12km

5hrs

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Optional Walks

On this holiday we explore the coastal and mountain terrain of Crete. We discover isolated beaches, secluded coves and impressive canyons. We walk in the White Mountains, hike through the Samaria and Zaros Gorges, experience rural Cretan hospitality and see the beauty that this wonderful island has to offer.

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Join trip in Khania.

Explore the old town of Khania before travelling to the Omalos Plateau in the White Mountains.

Hiking in the White Mountains, Mt Gingilos (The Throne of Zeus) or Kallergi Refuge.

Hike through the breathtaking Samaria Gorge to the coast at Agia Roumelli. Take a ferry to Loutro.

Explore beautiful Loutro with optional walks including the Aradhena Gorge and coastal paths.

Ferry to Khora Sfakion. Travel to Zaros in the Idi Mountains via a visit to Preveli Monastery.

Hike through the spectacular ravines of the Zaros Gorge and explore the traditional mountain village.

Trip ends at Heraklion airport.

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From the stunning coastline with its small secluded beaches, to the shrub-covered mountains and equally impressive gorges, I never got tired of stopping to take it all in. Sam Constable


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Walking in Cyprus FROM FROM

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Optional single rooms are available from £95 TRIP CODE: CY ACCOMMODATION: Standard WALK GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 6 nights standard hotel, 1 night simple hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s). WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 5 days for between 5 to 7 hours. Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Bus. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

Walk pine forests, coastal paths, traditional villages and see amazing historical sites MEDITERRANEAN SEA

Lefkosia Visit Old Town

BATHS OF APHRODITE Asinou

AGIOS GEORGIOS TIS PEGEIAS

Agios Theodoros

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Kathikas

Milikouri Mt Olympus 1951m

Tombs of the Kings

DAILY DISTANCES

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Pafos House of Dionysos

Aphrodite’s birthplace

Kourion

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Steeped in mythological history, Cyprus is a unique island. We discover its beautiful landscapes and rich cultural heritage as we trek through the Troodos Mountains and the Akamas Peninsula. In the Solea Valley we discover 12th century Byzantine churches, and we explore the Tombs of Kings in Pafos. We also visit the Baths of Aphrodite, Kykkos Monastery and the Greco-Roman amphitheatre at Kourion.

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Discover the city of Lefkosia. Walk the forest trails of the Solea Valley. Drive to Troodos Mountains.

Walk through cedar forests, almond groves, cherry orchards and vineyards to Pedoulas village.

Forest walk to Milikouri village. Visit the ornate Kykkos Monastery. Drive Akamas Peninsula.

Enjoy a day exploring trails around the beautiful and unspoilt Baths of the Aphrodite coastal region.

Walk along forested trails and coastal paths to the small hamlet of Agios Georgios tis Pegeias.

Visit the Tombs of the Kings, Pafos Mosaics and the magnificent Greco-Roman theatre at Kourion.

Trip ends in Larnaka.

On some dates this trip can be combined with our On Foot In Northern Cyprus Trip, to take in the North and South of the island. Visit our website for more details.

MONTHS OF TRAVEL

FEB APR MAY SEP OCT DEC

Trip code: LNC

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On Foot in Northern Cyprus M O DER

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Optional single rooms are available from £135 TRIP CODE: LNC ACCOMMODATION: Standard WALK GRADE: Easy to Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s). WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 5 days for between 2.5 to 4.5 hours, mainly on established paths. Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Bus. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

COMBINE YOUR TRIP

Beautiful mountains, remote Crusader castles and stunning coastlines

MORFU BAY

Trip code: CY

Kaplica Beach

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

Guzelyurt

On some dates this trip can be combined with our Walking in Cyprus trip, to take in the North and the South of the island. Visit our website for more details.

Gecitkoy Kyrenia Lapta Kozan Kyparissovouno BELLAPAIS 1024m St Hilarion Buffavento Castle Kalkanli Castle

Olympus 740m 954m

Panayia Plataniotissa

Kantara Castle

Incirli Cave

Alevkaya Herbarium

DAILY DISTANCES

BESPARMAK MOUNTAIN RANGE Salamis Optional visit

TURKISH REPUBLIC OF Airport NORTH CYPRUS

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Day 4

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Explore one of the most unspoilt regions of the Mediterranean on this walking trip through North Cyprus’ beautiful Besparmak Mountains. We follow quiet, flower-rich mountain trails, and discover imposing Crusader castles, with stunning cobalt sea backdrops. In Kyrenia, we explore the picturesque harbour front and narrow cobbled backstreets. Every evening we return to our hotel on the outskirts of historic Bellapais to relax by the pool, or enjoy delicious, locally-grown food in nearby restaurants.

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Join trip in Bellapais, near Kyrenia.

Walk through Besparmak Mountains to Bellapais Abbey. Opportunity to explore Kyrenia.

Visit Incirli Cave and the Crusader castle of Kantara. Descend to the coast and Kaplica Beach.

Visit St. Hilarion castle. Walk through the western Besparmak Mountains to the village of Lapta.

Free day. Optional trip to Famagusta including ‘Othello’s Tower’ and historical site of Salamis.

Walk on historic trails from Kalkanli village through ancient olive groves to the beautiful west coast.

Ascend from Buffaventa Castle to North Cyprus’ highest point. Descend via an Armenian monastery.

Trip ends in Bellapais, near Kyrenia.

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ACCOMMODATION

Bellapais Monastery Village Our hotel is located in the foothills of the Besparmak Mountains, within walking distance of Bellapais village and abbey. With two swimming pools and a roof terrace there is a lot of space to relax outside and enjoy the sea views. There is also a courtesy bus into Kyrenia town to explore its harbour, castle and restaurants.

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Insider View “I enjoy leading Explore’s ‘On Foot in Northern Cyprus’ trip because I love my country so it is nice to introduce it to other people. With the nature and natural life in North Cyprus there are so many interesting things to show people including flowers and wild animals - I particularly enjoy spring time because there are so many different wild flowers around. Along with the beautiful walks in Interesting landscapes I also enjoy taking the groups to some of the many historic places and castles that we have, and introducing them to the delicious local food.” Engin Şah, Explore Leader

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Walking the Turquoise Coast

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Optional single rooms are available from £95 TRIP CODE: TRK ACCOMMODATION: Standard WALK GRADE: Easy ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s). WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 5 days for between 1.5 to 3.5 hours. Terrain can be steep or uneven at times. Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Bus. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

COMBINE YOUR TRIP

Discover ancient sites and beautiful coves

On some dates this trip can be combined with our Blue Cruise trip, sailing along Turkey’s Turquoise Coast. Visit our website for more details.

Dalaman From/To Dalaman Airport

Trip code: CE Uyluk Tepesi 3024m Akdag Semsi Mountain hike Sutlegen Xanthos

Ancient Patara & Patara Beach

Phellos Aqueduct

KAS

Hellenistic theatre

MEDITERRANEAN SEA 0 km

25 km

DAILY DISTANCES

TURKEY Pinarbasi Simena

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6.5km

Day 3

5km

4km 1km

3.5/2hrs 2.5/0.5hrs

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Ucagiz

Limanagzi Beach Kekova Optional sea kayaking Optional trip to Kastellorizo Sunken ruins and hike (Greek Island)

Day 5

8km

Day 6

3km

Day 7

5km

3.5hrs 3km

1.5/1.5hrs 2.5hrs

Optional Walks

Based in the beautiful harbour town of Kas, enjoy relaxing walks along the Turquoise Coast exploring the forests, hills, coastline and history of the local area. We discover ruins of the original settlement of Antiphellos and hike to ancient Phellos. We explore the relics of Patara and look for signs of loggerhead turtles nesting on the golden sandy beach. We also visit the ancient city of Xanthos, trek through the foothills of the Taurus Mountains and climb to the ancient necropolis of Simena for stunning views over Kekova Bay.

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Join trip at Dalaman airport. Drive to the historic harbour town of Kas, on the Turquoise Coast.

Walking tour of Kas including Hellenistic theatre and Limanagzi Beach. Opportunity to swim.

Follow trails through Taurus Mountains foothills, through cedar, juniper and pine forests.

Free day. Opportunity to visit the Greek island of Kastellorizo.

Visit Kas market. Hike along forest trails from Pinarbasi to the site of ancient Phellos.

Hike to village of Simena and explore the ancient necropolis. Great views over Kekova Bay.

Walk via Roman aqueduct to Patara’s ancient ruins and golden beach. Visit UNESCO protected Xanthos.

Trip ends at Dalaman airport.

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ACCOMMODATION

Hotel Club Phellos Our hotel is a few minutes walk uphill from the centre of Kas, with views down towards the harbour. Its fresh water pool and terrace look down towards the town and sea. Kas is known for its old town, cafes, restaurants and interesting shops and these are within walking distance, as is the pretty waterfront.

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EUROPE

The Lycian Way FROM FROM

£670 £399

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Optional single rooms are available from £100 TRIP CODE: LW ACCOMMODATION: Standard WALK GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 4 nights standard hotel, 2 nights simple village house, 1 night simple hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s). WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 6 days for between 3 to 7 hours, along marked paths. Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Bus, boat. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

Follow Turkey's first marked long distance trail Dalaman From/To Dalaman Airport

Genovaite Akuckaite

Fethiye

KAYAKOY Oludeniz

Baba Dagi

TURKEY

FARALYA Butterfly Valley

GEY

Beautiful scenery, delicious food, amazing guide.

Sidyma

PATARA

Patara ruins

DAILY DISTANCES

Kalkan

Patara Beach

Aqueduct

Felen

KAS

Aperlae Ancient port

MEDITERRANEAN SEA 0 km

Simena hilltop castle

Kekova Island Sunken city

25 km

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13km

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5hrs 7hrs

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12km

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8km

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16km

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Walking through the ancient province of Lycia, this trip follows one of Turkey’s most spectacular and famous coastal trails, the Lycian Way. On our journey from Kayakoy to Simena, we trek through hills, forests and farmland, and along scenic paths overlooking the Turquoise Coast. Along the way, we will experience remote village life, relax on golden beaches and discover ancient sites.

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Join trip in Kayakoy, the deserted Greek village.

Hike through forests and remote villages to Faralya. Stay in a village guesthouse.

Trek through pine forests, farmland and hill villages to Gey. Stunning coastal views.

Walk to the ancient city of Sidyma. Opportunity to take a glass of tea at the local teahouse.

Hike to Patara Beach, an ancient Roman stronghold and birthplace of Saint Nicholas.

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Follow the trail Trek to the through the ancient port Taurus foothills of Aperlae. to Mount Explore Kekova Felen ridge. by boat and Overnight in visit Simena’s Kas. medieval castle.

Trip ends at Dalaman airport.

COMBINE YOUR TRIP On some dates this trip can be combined with our Blue Cruise trip, sailing along Turkey’s Turquoise Coast. Visit our website for more details. Trip code: CE

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Middle East AND

Africa Exotic, incredible, vast, unforgettable; there are so many superlatives to describe this region - and an amazing way to discover it is on foot. You can immerse yourself in the local culture and history exploring ancient cities hewn out of rock, crusader castles and colourful souks. Camp in Bedouin-style tents under the stars in the Wadi Rum desert and follow the ancient spice trails, or meet the locals staying in Berber villages. You can choose to climb mountain peaks in Morocco, Ethiopia, or Madagascar, and admire the breathtaking views - or take the challenge to ascend the continent’s highest peak, Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.

Insider View “A continent of contrasts and variety, walking in Africa offers something a little bit special. The difficulty is deciding where to go and which trip to do. If you want a challenge, you could try climbing its highest peak, iconic Mount Kilimanjaro, or Jebel Toubkal (which you can also attempt in winter for something a bit different). If you want to discover more about the local way of life and get away from the hustle and bustle, try trekking through the Simien Mountains or walking into the ancient wonder of Petra. Wherever you choose to go, you’ll be sure to receive a warm welcome and see a different side of what each country has to offer.” Paul Rose, Product Executive at Explore

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Toubkal Climb

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8

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8

Optional single rooms are available from £35 TRIP CODE: MJ ACCOMMODATION: Simple WALK GRADE: Moderate to Challenging ACCOMMODATION: 3 nights simple village house, 2 nights simple mountain refuge, 2 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, cook, driver(s), trek crew. WALKING DETAILS: Trek for 5 days for between 4 to 6 hours, plus optional additional trekking. Max. altitude 4167m. Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Minibus. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

From/To

MARRAKECH

Optional city tour

Book this itinerary as a Private Trip with prices from £885 flight inclusive.

Aguersioul

Tizi n‘Oudit 2200m Id Aissa

TIZI OUSSEM 1850m

Trip code: PJMJ

Imlil

AREMD

Tizi Mzik Pass 2489m Sidi Chamharouch

HIGH ATLAS RANGE

DAILY DISTANCES

MOROCCO

NELTNER REFUGE 3207m

Jebel Toubkal 4167m Tizi Ouanoums 3650m

Ouanoukrim to 4089m

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7km

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Lake Ifni

Optional Walks

This walking trip in the High Atlas culminates in the ascent of North Africa’s highest peak, Jebel Toubkal (4167m). We begin in the valley of Imlil, trekking through juniper forests, past Berber villages and over passes; climbing steadily to a mountain refuge at Neltner. From here we set out to nearby peaks including Toubkal, a rewarding climb with views of the whole Atlas chain.

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Walk through the High Atlas past the holy site Sidi Chamharouch to our base at Neltner (3207m).

Explore nearby peaks and Jebel Toubkal (4167m). An option to climb Ouanoukrim (4089m).

Walk from Aremd to the village of Imlil. Return to explore the souks and medina of Marrakech.

Trip ends in Marrakech.

Join trip in Marrakech, a bustling city famous for its souks.

Walk from the Ascend steadily Berber village to Tizi Mzik of Aguersioual pass (2489m) (1600m) then descend to Azaden to the mountain Valley and village of Aremd Tizi Oussem (1900m). (1850m).

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An incredible trip, fantastic guides and a great group of people to share the adventure with.

Gemma Court

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Insider View “I had long wanted to climb Toubkal as a personal challenge, and our ‘Toubkal Climb’ proved a great all round experience. The feeling of getting well off the beaten track, staying in Berber village houses and eating local food all added to the overall sense of achievement in reaching the summit of North Africa’s highest peak. We were really well guided and looked after by our Explore Leader and trek crew, and our group were great fun. The two days walking in the High Atlas prior to our ascent to Neltner, Toubkal base camp, helped with acclimatisation and bonding, and really added to the experience. The final ascent from Neltner is a steady climb rewarded with great views over the High Atlas and Anti-Atlas Mountains. A really great adventure!” Jude Berry, Walking Product Manager at Explore

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Toubkal Long Weekend 5

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5

Optional single rooms are available from £40 TRIP CODE: ATA ACCOMMODATION: Simple WALK GRADE: Challenging ACCOMMODATION: 2 nights standard hotel, 1 night simple camping, 1 night simple village house. MEALS: 4 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, cook, driver(s), trek crew. WALKING DETAILS: Trek for 2 days for 5 hours on first day and 10 to 11 hours on second day, plus short walk on return. Max. altitude 4167m. Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Minibus. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

MOROCCO

From/To

MARRAKECH

MARRAKECH HIGH ATLAS RANGE

Optional city tour

Jebel Toubkal 0 km

200 km

Challenge yourself to trek to the summit of Toubkal over a long weekend

ALGERIA Imlil 1740m

AREMD 1900m

Sidi Chamharouch

HIGH ATLAS RANGE TOUBKAL CAMP 3200m

MOROCCO Jebel Toubkal 4167m 0 km

4 km

DAILY DISTANCES Day 2

11km

Day 3

13.5km

10.5hrs

5hrs

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1.5km

45mins

On this short trip we focus on climbing to the summit of North Africa’s highest peak, Jebel Toubkal (4167m). We travel from the ancient walled city of Marrakech to the High Atlas Mountains, enjoying traditional Berber hospitality as we make our ascent to our campsite at Neltner. From the summit we have panoramic views across the entire Atlas chain and towards the Sahara Desert.

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Join trip in the fascinating city of Marrakech.

From Imlil (1740m) trek along Mizane Valley and up to Toubkal campsite (3200m).

Early morning climb to Jebel Toubkal summit (4167m). Stunning Atlas views. Descend to Aremd (1900m).

Return to Marrakech. Explore the historic sites and souks of the ‘Red City’.

Trip ends in Marrakech.

This was a trip of a lifetime. It was worth every penny! Adam Vallance

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Winter Toubkal Trek

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Optional single rooms are available from £35 TRIP CODE: JT ACCOMMODATION: Simple WALK GRADE: Challenging to Tough ACCOMMODATION: 3 nights simple village house, 2 nights simple mountain refuge, 2 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, cook, driver(s), trek crew. WALKING DETAILS: Trek for 3 days for between 5 and 7 hours, plus optional trekking on day 5. Max. altitude 4167m. Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Minibus. GROUP SIZE: Generally 6 - 10. MOROCCO MARRAKECH HIGH ATLAS RANGE

From/To

MARRAKECH

Jebel Toubkal 200 km

Experience winter trekking and Berber hospitality in the High Atlas

Imlil

ALGERIA

Miz

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0 km

Optional city tour

AREMD

Sidi Chamharouch

MOROCCO

HIGH ATLAS RANGE NELTNER REFUGE

3207m

DAILY DISTANCES

Jebel Toubkal 4167m

Tizi Ouanoums Ouanoukrim 4089m 0 km

4 km

Lake Ifni

Day 2

1.5km

1hr

Day 3

9.5km

5hrs

Day 4

4.5km

6hrs

Day 5

6km

8hrs

Day 6

13.5km

Day 7

1.5km

7hrs 45mins

Optional Walks

With the snow-capped peaks of Morocco’s High Atlas Mountains providing an impressive backdrop, we make an exhilarating climb to the summit of Jebel Toubkal (4167m), North Africa’s highest peak. On a clear day we enjoy winter views from the summit across the Atlas range and towards the Sahara Desert. En route we discover local villages and experience Berber hospitality. On our return we also explore the souks and medina of the bustling city of Marrakech.

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Join trip in Morroco’s most famous city, Marrakech.

Drive into the Toubkal Massif to Imlil (1740m). Walk to Aremd (1900m). Sleep in village house.

Hike to Neltner Refuge, Toubkal’s base camp. Receive instruction on use of crampons and ice axe.

Climb to summit of Jebel Toubkal (4167m). Stunning views over the High Atlas winter landscapes.

Optional walk via Tizi n’Ougane to summit of Jebel Ouanoukrim (4089m). Views to Anti-Atlas..

Trek to Tizi Ouanoums Pass. Reach viewpoint looking across Lake Ifni. Descend to Aremd village.

Take short walk down to Imlil. Drive along scenic mountain road back to Marrakech.

Trip ends in Marrakech.

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Climbing the two tallest mountains in North Africa was fabulous and provided a real sense of achievement. Stuart Foulstone

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High Atlas Trek

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10

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DAYS

10

Optional single rooms are available from £40 TRIP CODE: HA ACCOMMODATION: Simple WALK GRADE: Moderate to Challenging ACCOMMODATION: 5 nights simple village house, 2 nights mountain refuge, 2 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 9 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, cook, driver(s), trek crew. WALKING DETAILS: Trek for 6 days for between 6 to 9.5 hours plus two shorter walks. Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Minibus. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

Experience the real Morocco

A fantastic insight into rural Moroccan life, combined with scenic walks through the High Atlas mountains

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MARRAKECH

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Tizi Oussem

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AREMD 1900m

AZIB TAMSOULT

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IABASSEN

OUANSKRA HIGH ATLAS

NELTNER REFUGE

3207m Jebel Toubkal 4167m

TAZAGHART PLATEAU

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5km

3hrs

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9.5km

7hrs

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11km

7hrs

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11km

7hrs

Day 6

12km

6hrs

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9km

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9.5hrs

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1.5km

45mins

6hrs

On this trek we walk through the rugged terrain of Morocco’s highest mountain range. We stay in village houses, meet the local Berber people and discover the wilderness of the High Atlas. We also have the option to climb to the summit of Mount Toubkal (4167m), the highest peak in North Africa. On our return we also explore the souks and medina of the fascinating city of Marrakech.

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Join trip in Marrakech, known as the ‘Red City’ due to the colours of the old quarter.

From Tizi n’Tamaterte pass (2279m) walk to Ouanskra (2150m), a remote Berber village.

Trek to Iabessene village (2300m) via the pass Tizi n’Tachedirt (3200m).

Trek via Tizi n’Oudite pass (2200m) and Oussem Valley to Azib Tamsoulte (2250m).

Ascend gorge then high pass Tizi Aguelzim (3430m) en route to Neltner, Toubkal refuge (3207m).

Panoramic views from the summit of Toubkal (4167m). Descent to Aremd (1900m).

Return to Marrakech from Imlil. Explore the old town and markets.

Trip ends in Marrakech.

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Continue to Steep ascent Oukaimeden to pass before mountain descend refuge (2600m). through juniper Experience forest to traditional Aguersioual mountain food. village (1600m).

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MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA

Marrakech and the High Atlas FROM FROM

£599 £450

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TRIP ONLY

DAYS

8

Optional single rooms are available from £115 TRIP CODE: LMA ACCOMMODATION: Standard WALK GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 4 nights standard riad, 3 nights standard guesthouse. MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s), local guide(s). WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 3 days for an average of 6 hours, with an additional orientation walk on arrival to Imlil. Max. altitude 2489m. Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Minibus. GROUP SIZE: Generally 8 - 12.

Ait ane

Miz From/To

Optional city tour

Ikkis

IMLIL

Tizi n'Tamatert Pass 2279m Tizi Mzik Pass 2489m

Mandy King

Aremd

Tizi Oussem

HIGH ATLAS

Sidi Chamarouch Shrine

DAILY DISTANCES

Jebel Toubkal 4167m 0 km

The walks in the mountains were stunning with amazing views.

Imenane

MARRAKECH

7.5 km

Day 3

2km

1hrs

Day 4

9km

5hrs

Day 5

7km

4.5hrs

Day 6

12km

8hrs

On this trip we walk amongst the foothills of the majestic High Atlas Mountains and enjoy some time in the ancient city of Marrakech. In the mountains we stay at a traditional family-run Berber riad and spend four days exploring the impressive surrounding mountains and valleys, dotted with fruit orchards, patchwork fields and tiny mountain villages.

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Join trip in the bustling city of Marrakech.

Walking tour of the historic sites and souks of North Africa’s most vibrant city.

Drive to our riad in Imlil Our base for 4 days. Meet our hosts and explore the local village.

Follow a well worn path to the shrine of Sidi Chamarouch. See the holy shrine there.

Hike up through remote mountain villages to the Tizi Mzik pass (2489m) for great views.

Follow local road up past high meadows to Tizi n’ Tamatert pass (2279m) and on to the village of Ikkis.

Return to Marrakech. Make an evening visit to lively Djemma el- fna square.

Trip ends in Marrakech.

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ACCOMMODATION

Local riad Stay in a traditional Berber riad, owned by a local family. Riad Dar Assarou provides superb views of the surrounding mountains and is built with local materials, including round stones from the Ait Mizane River and locally sourced bamboo and wood used to decorate the ceilings. The terraces overlook the river and Toubkal summit.

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Spice Trails of Petra FROM FROM

£1140 £699

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TRIP ONLY

DAYS

8

Optional single rooms are available from £75 TRIP CODE: TP ACCOMMODATION: Simple WALK GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 4 nights simple camping, 3 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, cameleers, camp crew, driver(s), local guide(s). WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 4 days for between 2 to 7 hours in sand, and along rocky paths and mountain trails. Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Bus, 4WD. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

Jerash Roman city

SYRIA

SYRIAN DESERT AMMAN Dead Sea Float/relax Dead Sea

Discover Petra and Wadi Rum on foot while staying in Bedouin-style camps

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Little Petra Petra Rock-carved city

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WADI RUM Desert Camp

Disi Walks and optional camel ride

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6.5km

Day 3

17km

Day 4

13km

Day 5

18km

Day 6

3km

2hrs 7hrs 5/2hrs

9km*

7hrs 45mins

*Optional camel trek

This walking trip covers some of the world’s most magnificent historic and natural sites, including the rock-carved city of Petra and the breathtaking desert canyons of Wadi Rum. We follow in the footsteps of the ancient Nabateans as we walk along the old spice trails which connect Petra with the Mediterranean coast, and camp in Bedouin style tents. We also discover other reminders of Jordan’s past when we visit the Roman city of Jerash and the imposing Crusader castle at Kerak.

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Join trip in Jordan’s capital, Amman.

Drive along the Desert Highway to Wadi Rum. Walk through desert landscapes to our camp.

Hike amongst the sandy gorges and canyons of Wadi Rum, setting for the film ‘Lawrence of Arabia’.

Travel to ‘Red Rose City’ of Petra. Trek up to the Monastery and along the ancient spice trails.

Hike to Little Petra, an ancient caravan station. Visit Kerak Castle and ‘City of Mosaics’.

Drive via the Dead Sea to Jerash - an impressive Roman city.

Trip ends in Amman.

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DAY

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A great balance of walking, sightseeing and culture.

Linda Chapple


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Simien Mountain Trek and Lalibela 15 £2850 DAYS 13 £2365 DAYS

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TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from £145 TRIP CODE: ES ACCOMMODATION: Simple WALK GRADE: Challenging ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights simple camping, 5 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 12 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 7 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, cook, driver(s), local guide(s), muleteer(s). WALKING DETAILS: Trek for 8 days for an average of 7 to 9 hours walking, mostly above 3000m. (Day 5 is optional). Max. altitude is 4543m. Please see website for details. TRANSPORT: Bus, 4WD, flight. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

Combine trekking in remote Ethiopia with a visit to the fascinating rock churches of Lalibela Ras Dashen Debark

One of the best holidays in my life. Breathtaking scenery, fantastic mountains!

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Inatye 4070m

Geech Abyss Falls

Day 3

5.5km

Day 4

12km

AMBIKWA

Day 5

10km

4hrs

SIMIEN MOUNTAINS

Day 6

13km

8hrs

Bwahit 4430m

Day 7

17km

11hrs

Day 8

21km

10hrs

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15km

6hrs

Day 10

12km

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Viewpoint Chiro Leba

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Debark

0 km

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2.5hrs 6hrs

Optional Walks

The Simien highlands of northern Ethiopia form one of the major mountain massifs in Africa. A highlight is the ascent to the summit of Ras Dashen (4543m) - Ethiopia’s highest peak and the fifth highest on the continent. As we trek through this isolated region we admire the spectacular scenery of rocky plateaus, spires, mesas and deep gorges. On our return we also visit Lalibela, home to the impressive rock-cut churches.

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Join trip in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital city.

Fly to the medieval city of Gondar. Visit Debre Berhan Selassie Church and Fasiliadas’ castle.

Drive to Debark gateway to the Simien Mountains National Park. Trek to Sankaber

Hike to Geech camp. Search for Gelada baboon and red-hot poker plants along the route.

Optional hike to viewpoint at summit of Imet Gogo (3926m) with views across the Simien range.

Trek to Chenek camp (3650m) via Inatye, escarpment and Jinbar river.

Views across Mesheha River and Ras Dashen peak. Descend to Ambikwa village (3200m).

Climb to the summit of Ethiopia’s highest mountain, Ras Dashen (4543m).

Fly to Lalibela. Visit the famous rockhewn churches on foot and by mule.

Fly to Addis Ababa where the trip ends.

Re-cross Walk to Mesheha Chenek River and trek (3620m). Drive through local to Gondar. settlements and cultivated fields to Arkwasiye (3150m).

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MONTHS OF TRAVEL MAR OCT NOV

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Kilimanjaro - Lemosho Trek

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11 £2895 DAYS 10 £2099 DAYS

FLIGHT INCLUSIVE

TRIP ONLY

Optional single rooms are available from £85 TRIP CODE: KC ACCOMMODATION: Simple WALK GRADE: Challenging to Tough ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights simple camping, 2 nights standard lodge. MEALS: 9 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 9 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, trek crew, driver(s). WALKING DETAILS: Trek on 8 days for between 5 to 7 hours except on summit day which is 12 to 14 hours. Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Bus. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16. MINIMUM AGE: 16

Book this itinerary as a Private Trip with prices from £3225 pp flight inclusive.

KENYA

Lemosho Glades 2100m

BIG TREE FOREST CAMP 2780m

SHIRA ONE

3500m

SHIRA TWO

Trip code: PJKC

3900m

BARRANCO

Uhuru Peak 5895m

3960m

KILIMANJARO KARANGA NP

BARAFU 4640m

4035m

TANZANIA

DAILY DISTANCES

MILLENIUM CAMP

Mweka Gate 1630m

3790m

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Kilimanjaro Airport 0 km

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4.5hrs

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We trek to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, Uhuru Peak (5895m), the highest point in Africa. Following the less-used and scenic Lemosho route we climb and descend on different paths, walking through the mountain’s different climatic regions and admiring the changing plant and animal life. Highlights include the ice fields of Kibo, the daunting Barranco Wall and the breathtaking views from the summit itself.

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Join trip in Moshi, a country town with great views of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Ascend on a trail through beautiful rainforest from Lemosho Glades to Big Tree Camp (2780m).

Hike across wild heath to the camp at Shira One (3500m) enjoying views of Mount Meru.

Trek below the ice fields of Kibo to our campsite at Shira Two (3900m).

Cross volcanic landscapes to the Lava Tower before the descent to Barranco Valley (3960m).

Climb the Barranco Wall before reaching our camp in the Karanga Valley (4035m).

Hike across a barren lunar landscape to our camp at Barafu (4640m).

Trek to the summit at Uhuru Peak (5895m) before the long descent to Millennium Camp (3790m).

Return to verdant forest where the trek ends at Mweka Gate (1630m) before driving back to Moshi.

Opportunity to take an optional game drive in the morning before the trip ends in Moshi.

Relax with 4 days on the exotic island of Zanzibar.

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Trip code: KCZ Spend 3 days on safari in some of Tanzania’s finest national parks. Trip code: KCS


Insider View “Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa and the tallest freestanding mountain in the world, was declared a World Natural Heritage Site in 1987 by UNESCO. Trekkers hike through five different climate zones as they ascend to the summit at 5895m: farmland, rainforest, heath and moorland, alpine desert and arctic. In my experience anyone who is fit and has physically and mentally prepared for the trip can reach the arctic. Although I have done this many times I still love climbing ‘Kili’ and sharing the pleasure of doing this with Explore groups – and that is why I do it. ‘Hakuna matata’.” Julius ‘Whitey’ White, Explore Leader

Top 5 reasons to trek Kilimanjaro with Explore

1. Our ascent rate is slow and safe, resulting in a much higher than average summit success rate of 95%

2. Our Kili Trek Leaders are regularly voted as among the best in the world and are first aid and altitude trained

3. Oxygen cylinders and Gamow bags are carried on all treks for emergency use

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4. Our local partner is a long established and reputable Kilimanjaro specialist

5. Explore trekking staff are from the local area - revenues from our treks benefit the local community.

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16 £2489 DAYS 15 £1650 DAYS

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Optional single rooms are available from £185 TRIP CODE: MF ACCOMMODATION: Simple WALK GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights simple camping, 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 14 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s), local guide(s), porter(s), ranger(s). WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 9 days for between 2 to 7 hours. Max. altitude is 2658m. Please see website for details. TRANSPORT: Minibus, flight. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

DAILY DISTANCES ANTANANARIVO

MADAGASCAR

RANOMAFANA NP Lemurs

Fianarantsoa

AMBALAVAO ANDRINGITRA NP

IFATY

Anja Reserve Ring tailed lemurs

Toliara

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Imarivolantra 2658m

Wildlife, Natural swimming pools

ZOMBITSE NP

10km

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Antsirabe

ISALO NP

Day 3

Optional Walks 120 km

Verdant rainforests and dramatic landscapes are the setting for this hiking adventure in Madagascar. Supported by local porters we get off the beaten track, trekking through lush tropical vegetation, granite hills, highland meadows, and surreal sandstone landscapes. We also ascend Madagascar’s highest climbable peak, Pico Imarivolanitra (2658m). En route we hope to see some of the dozen or so species of lemur living in these protected areas, as well as the unique endemic reptiles and birds, and unusual plants that Madagascar is famous for.

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Join trip in Antananarivo, capital of Madagascar.

Drive south via Antisarabe to Ranomafana National Park. Set up camp by the park entrance.

Rainforest trek. Search for wildlife, particularly the endangered golden bamboo lemur.

Drive to Ambalavao and visit the Anja Reserve, home to ringtailed lemurs.

Continue to Andringitra National Park and trek between forest campsites.

Ascent Imarivolanitra (2658m), Madagascar’s highest climbable peak.

Continue to Isalo National Park. Walk amongst sandstone landscapes. Relax in natural pools.

Trek back to park entrance. Travel to Toliara via Zombitse Park, a dry forest. Continue to Ifaty.

Spend the day by Ifaty beach. Opportunities to go birdwatching, snorkelling or walking.

Transfer to Toliara for flight back to the capital. Walk through typical highland landscapes.

Trip ends in Antananarivo.

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KwaZulu-Natal - Drakensbergs and Wildlife Safari FROM FROM

£1695 £1065

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Optional single rooms are available from £250 TRIP CODE: WSA ACCOMMODATION: Standard WALK GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 3 nights standard cabin, 2 nights simple lodge, 2 nights standard lodge, 2 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 9 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s), safari guide(s). WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 4 days for between 4 to 6 hours, with 2 other shorter walks. Please see website for details. TRANSPORT: Minibus, 4WD, minibus. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

Shy Bankale

SOUTH AFRICA

Blood River battlesite

Walks in Drakensberg Mountains

CATHEDRAL PEAK

ND

iSimangalis Wetland Park

ST LUCIA

Big 5 Game Reserve Game drives & walking safari

Drakensberg National Park

Optional hippo & crococdile cruise Mtunzini Dune & forest walk

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Cape Vidal

HLUHLUWEIMFOLOZI PARK

Day 2

10.5km

Day 3

15km

Day 4

16.5km

6hrs

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15km

4hrs

Day 9

5km

Day 6 UMHLANGA Lagoon walk

4hrs 5.5km

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King Shaka International Airport

Durban

Taking a walking safari is a fantastic experience.

Discover beautiful, wild, off the beaten track South Africa.

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Get close to nature as we walk through the diverse landscapes of northern KwaZulu-Natal; including the mountainous Drakensbergs, the dry bushland of Hluhluwe - iMfolozi Reserve, and iSimangaliso Wetlands. Hike to a mountain cave, experience a walking game safari in a ‘Big Five’ reserve and follow coastal trails. En route we also take game drives, spot estuary hippos and crocodiles, and learn some of the region’s complex history.

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Join trip in Umhlanga, the beach area just north of Durban.

Lagoon and beach walk. Drive to Cathedral Peak in the Drakensbergs. Walk to Dorree Falls.

Walk through mountains to Baboon Rock and Marble Baths. Learn about San Rock Art.

Hike past Sherman’s Cave to the top of Oqalweni Valley for a picnic lunch. Return via One Tree Hill.

Visit historic Blood River battle site en route to Hluhluwe and iMfolozi Big Five Game Reserve.

Walking safari with park wardens. Open vehicle game drive. Stay a second night in the lodge within park.

Early morning game drive. Free afternoon in St Lucia. Spot hippos and crocodiles in the local river.

Game drive through iSimangaliso Wetlands to Cape Vidal. Coastal walk to Mission Rocks.

Drive to Mtunzini. Follow dune and forest coastal trail. Continue down the coast to Umhlanga.

Trip ends in Umhlanga.

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Americas

The stunning landscapes of the Americas offer so many options for different kinds of walks, be it through dramatic mountain ranges, desert and canyons, round glacial lakes, along river banks, or by bubbling geysers – and that’s just some of the USA, Canada and Patagonia! You can visit the world’s tallest waterfall in Venezuela and venture up volcanoes and through cloudforest in Costa Rica and Nicaragua. Then there’s the incredible wildlife to search for, including howler monkeys and colourful toucans. If you prefer some ancient culture, walk along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Or delve into both the past and present of fascinating Cuba with its colonial towns, lively nightlife and delicious rum cocktails.

Insider View There is so much to see and do in the Americas - from the physical grandeur of the Andes and Rocky Mountains, to the historical sites of the many pre-Colombian cultures and vibrant modern day cities. Walkers have similarly broad choices: Classic treks such as the Inca Trail in Peru and W-Trek in Patagonia offer challenge and adventure, while other trips explore the highlights or more off the beaten track side of this diverse region. The Americas offer something for every level of walker – And it’s all waiting to be explored! Jude Berry, Walking Product Manager at Explore

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Chile

119

Costa Rica

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Cuba

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Nicaragua

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Walking in the Rockies FROM FROM

£1999 £1350

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13

Optional single rooms are available from £220 TRIP CODE: WRK ACCOMMODATION: Simple WALK GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 8 nights simple camping, 2 nights standard hotel, 2 nights hostel. MEALS: 10 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 8 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader / driver. WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 10 days for between 3 and 7 hours each day. Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Maxiwagon. GROUP SIZE: Generally 8 - 12.

DAILY DISTANCES

Stunning national parks, glaciers and waterfalls

Bold Hill Trail Edith Cavell Trail

JASPER

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6.5km

Day 3

15km

5.5hrs

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15km

6.5hrs

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8.4km

3hrs

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17.4km

6.5hrs

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Wilcox Pass Trail

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Yoho NP Optional Grizzly Bear Reserve

LAKE LOUISE BANFF NP CANMORE

CANADA

12.8km

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8km

Day 10

10.4km

4.5hrs

Day 11

6.1km

2.5hrs

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5.4km

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Kananaskis

KOOTENAY NP

5/3hrs

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Enjoy hiking in some of the most beautiful scenery on Earth - the spectacular and rugged Rocky Mountains. We visit stunning national parks including Kootenay, Yoho, Jasper and Banff and discover unspoilt views of jagged mountain peaks, glaciers and waterfalls as we explore on foot.

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Drive Banff, hike Kananaskis Lookout Trail to view point with stunning vistas across the park.

Hike the beautiful Burstall Pass and Edith and Cory Trails in Banff National Park.

Transfer to Kootenay National Park for two days walking. Optional visit to Radium Hot Spring.

Drive the Icefield Parkway up to Columbia Icefield; hike on WIlcox Pass. Optional Icewalk.

Hike the Bald Hill and Edith Cavell trails in Jasper National Park.

Drive to Canmore. Hike the Parker Ridge and visit Banff town en route; optional hot springs.

Trip ends at Calgary airport.

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Drive to Golden Transfer to for optional Yoho National activities; Park, hike continue to Iceline Trail Lake Louise to and visit the hike around this spectacular iconic lake. Takkakaw falls.

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THE AMERICAS

Walk New York!

FROM

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EASY

£1799 £1280

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TRIP ONLY

DAYS

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Optional single rooms are available from £680 TRIP CODE: WNY ACCOMMODATION: Standard WALK GRADE: Easy ACCOMMODATION: 6 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 6 breakfasts are included. STAFF: Explore Leader. WALKING DETAILS: Urban walks on 5 days of between 3 to 4 hours. Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Subway, ferry, shuttle bus, train. GROUP SIZE: Generally 8 - 12.

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Tracy Holder Brooklyn Brewery

Greenwich Village

High Line Walk

China Town Brooklyn

Battery Park

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Statue of Liberty

0 km

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Prospect Park

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8km

3hrs

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7km

3hrs

Day 4

7km

3hrs

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11km

4hrs

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8km

3hrs

Our first ever urban exploration - in one of the most exciting cities on the planet! There is no better way to experience a city than on foot, helped along by ferry and metro. At the end of this trip you’ll feel that you have got under the skin of the Big Apple - there’s time to visit the world-class museums, seek out ethnic restaurants and explore the cityscape. Grab a bagel in Times Square, stroll down the High Line (an elevated railway line converted into a public park), and dine in Hell’s Kitchen.

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Join trip in New York.

Walk to Riverside Park, go to gospel mass, wander Harlem’s backstreets and try out a jazz club.

Walk Madison and 5th Avenue, Top of the Rock trip, Chinatown, Little Italy and Times Square.

Explore the urban oasis of Central Park and Museum Mile, catch a basketball game or comedy club.

Discover brooklyn on foot. Take metro to DUMBO, walk to Prospect Park and Williamsburg.

Visit Union Square. On foot to Greenwich Village and the High. Cruise around Manhattan.

Trip ends in New York.

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An urban exploration on foot of one of the world’s most iconic cities

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Yellowstone and Western Trails /M O DER

16 £2990 DAYS 15 £2150 DAYS

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Optional single rooms are available from £740 TRIP CODE: YL ACCOMMODATION: Simple WALK GRADE: Easy to Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 8 nights simple cabins, 2 nights standard hotel, 4 nights simple camping. MEALS: 13 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 7 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader / driver. WALKING DETAILS: 8 days walking with an average of 4 to 6 hours a day. Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Maxiwagon. GROUP SIZE: Generally 8 - 13.

DAILY DISTANCES WEST YELLOWSTONE

YELLOWSTONE NP

Idaho Falls

JACKSON GRAND TETON NP

Great Salt Lake

Flaming Gorge

8.3km

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5-8km

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4-10km

8.8km

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15km

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6-7hrs 1.5-2hrs

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Dinosaur National Monument

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Douglas Pass

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Arches NP

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SALT LAKE CITY

Canyonlands NP

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MOAB

Optional Walks

175 km

Following scenic park trails we discover some of the most spectacular scenery in North America’s national parks. From glaciers and rivers, to deserts and canyons, hot springs and waterfalls, join us as we view the geysers of Yellowstone National Park, meander amongst the hoodoos and rock formations of Arches and Canyonlands and hike along the shores of dramatic glacial lakes.

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Join trip in Salt Lake City.

Drive to Yellowstone via Mesa Falls. Hike trails; see geysers, hot pools and mud volcanoes.

Hike to the Upper Geyser Basin and view ‘Old Faithful’, the most active geyser in this area.

Grand Teton National Park. Hike to Amphitheatre Lake for views of Jackson Hole and its lakes.

Flaming Gorge. Hike along the Canyon Rim Trail overlooking the gorge’s red-hued rock.

Explore the Dinosaur National Monument, known for huge amount of dinosaur fossils found there.

Visit Canyonlands National Park and hike to Chesler Park viewpoint.

Visit Moab. Optional float trip on the Colorado River.

Hike through Arches National Park with over 1600 natural rock arches sculpted by the elements.

Visit Salt Lake City. Return to Utah’s capital and enjoy a walk around the city centre.

Trip ends in Salt Lake City.

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Please note: Early and late season departures will be fully accommodated due to the drop in temperatures. Please see website for details.


Insider View “Yellowstone is the most fascinating National Park I have been to. I did geology A level at school but had never had the opportunity to see these natural wonders up close. The walks in the park are straightforward and give you the chance to take some great photos. A surprise and highlight for me was the wildlife, it was everywhere! The drive down through the Tetons is awe-inspiring and the excitement starts to build knowing you are going to walk in such a stunning landscape. Ending the trip in the Canyonlands area is an amazing conclusion to a great trip, plenty of time to explore on foot as well as participating in some of the activities in the parks. My main recommendation is take a good camera; photo opportunities are second to none.� Yvonne Ramsay, Senior Operations Manager at Explore

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Walking the Western US National Parks FROM FROM

£1999 £1175

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Optional single rooms are available from £240 TRIP CODE: WUS ACCOMMODATION: Simple WALK GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 6 nights simple camping, 3 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 4 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader / driver. WALKING DETAILS: Walk on 8 days for between 1 to 7 hours. The terrain is varied and beautiful throughout. Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Maxiwagon. GROUP SIZE: Generally 8 - 13.

Explore stunning and diverse landcapes in 5 of the United States’ most beautiful National Parks. DAILY DISTANCES SALT LAKE CITY UTAH

NEVADA

Canyonlands NP

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Arches NP

MOAB

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4.5km

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7hrs

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4hrs

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4.5km

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7km

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Optional Walks

An exhilarating journey on foot in some of the western United States most beautiful national parks. View the magnificent Grand Canyon, feel on top of the world at Angel’s Landing, Zion National Park and hike the surreal hoodoos of Bryce Canyon. In between hikes at Arches and Canyonlands discover your adventurous side in Moab. An amazing trip taking you to some of the most stunning scenery that America has to offer.

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Drive via Historic Route 66 to the Grand Canyon for a sunset hike.

Full day of hiking in the Grand Canyon.

Drive to Zion National Park via Page and Horseshoe Bend. Hike the Emerald Pools.

Full day hiking in Zion. Spectacular Angel’s Landing or the beautiful Narrows.

Drive to Bryce Canyon. Afternoon hiking the trails among the stunning hoodoos.

Sunrise at Bryce Canyon. Travel to Moab and hike Delicate Arch in Arches National Park at sunset.

Hike the Fisher Towers area. Afternoon of optional activities in Moab.

Hike in Canyonlands National Park and drive to Salt Lake City.

Trip ends in Salt Lake City.

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FEB APR MAY JUN SEP OCT NOV

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Please note: Departures in February, April, October and November will be accommodated in hotels due to the cooler temperatures. Please see website for details.


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16 £2259 DAYS 15 £1595 DAYS

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Optional single rooms are available from £420 TRIP CODE: NCR ACCOMMODATION: Standard WALK GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 12 nights standard hotel, 2 nights standard lodge. MEALS: 14 breakfasts are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, boat crew, driver(s), local guide(s). WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 9 days for between 1.5 to 4.5 hours. Some walks are graded easy, but the trip is graded moderate overall due to the heat / humidity. Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Bus, ferry. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

DAILY DISTANCES

Discover the abundant wildlife and many volcanoes of Costa Rica and Nicaragua

Day 2

3km

Day 3

6.5km

3hrs

Day 4

5km

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Day 5

6km

4hrs

1.5hrs

Day 6

NICARAGUA El Hoyo Volcano 1088m

LEON

Managua Mombacho Volcano 1344m

GRANADA

ISLA OMETEPE

Cerro Chato 1140m

SAN JOSE

PUERTO VIEJO DE SARAPIQUÍ

OTS La Selva Braulio Carrillo NP

3km

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5km

4hrs

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4hrs

1hr

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COSTA RICA 0 km

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LA FORTUNA

1916m

1.5km

Day 11

Maderas Volcano 1394m

Arenal Volcano 1670m

12km

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Day 10

Concepcion Volcano 1610m

RINCON DE LA VIEJA

5km

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180 km

Journey with us through the contrasting Central American countries of Costa Rica and Nicaragua. Hike up volcanoes, discover remote waterfalls, and learn about tropical forests. Look out for the diverse wildlife living in the tropical forests of the area and wake up to the sound of howler monkeys. Stay on Ometepe, a volcanic island on Lake Nicaragua, and enjoy the relaxed pace of life there - a contrast to the more energetic feel of the fascinating colonial cities of Leon and Granada.

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Walk through tropical forest of Braulio Carrillo NP. Travel to Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui.

Follow trail through primary rainforest. Opportunity to whitewater raft.

Drive to Arenal. Listen out for howler monkeys as we explore Arenal Volcano NP.

Drive around Arenal Lake and on to Rincon de la Vieja.

Look for hummingbirds as we hike thorough Rincon de la Vieja Volcano NP to Blue Lagoon Waterfall.

Cross into Nicaragua. Ferry to Ometepe Island. Look for wildlife as explore local cloudforests.

Drive to Leon. Explore this fascinating colonial university city.

El Hoyo Volcano hike. Great views down to Lake Managua and surrounding area.

Travel to Granada on the shores of Lake Nicaragua. Tour of this interesting city.

Explore the cloudforest of Mombacho Volcano. Look out for birds, reptiles and monkeys.

Opportunity to take a boat trip on Lake Nicaragua. Trip ends at Managua airport.

MONTHS OF TRAVEL

Go online for departure dates

JAN FEB MAR NOV DEC

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Cuba Highlights on Foot

FROM

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CUBA

EASY

£1699 £945

9

FLIGHT INCLUSIVE

DAYS

TRIP ONLY

DAYS

8

Optional single rooms are available from £220 TRIP CODE: SCU ACCOMMODATION: Simple WALK GRADE: Easy ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights simple casas particulares. MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s), local guide(s). WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 4 days for between 1.5 and 4 hours, mainly on unmade paths. Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Bus, truck. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

A brilliant snapshot into Cuba. Beautiful scenery, interesting history, fascinating culture. Rebecca Graham

An interesting trip packed with highlights, including staying in ‘casas particulares’

HAVANA

GULF OF MEXICO

Old Havana Las Terrazas Natural swimming pools

VINALES

Walks among mogotes tobacco farms

CUBA Santa Clara Che Guavara mausoleum

DAILY DISTANCES

Topes de Collantes Walk in nature reserve

Cienfuegos Bay of Pigs

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Colonial architechture

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On this walking trip in western Cuba we experience local hospitality while staying in family-run guesthouses, and hike through some of Cuba’s best natural tropical reserves. We also discover the glamorous past of Old Havana and the lively musical nightlife of colonial Trinidad. As we travel we learn about modern day Cuba and its complex past, culminating in a visit to the mausoleum of the national hero Che Guevara.

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Join trip in Havana. Stay in casas particulares (local guesthouses).

Walk in Las Terrazas nature reserve. Opportunity to swim in natural pools. Travel to Vinales.

Hike among the distinctive limestone landscape. Learn about tobacco growing and cigar making.

Drive via Bay of Pigs and Cienfuegos to Trinidad. Opportunity to visit local Casa de la Musica.

Hike in the tropical forest of Topes de Collantes. Walking tour of Trinidad and cocktail class.

Morning walk in El Cubano Reserve. Swim in natural lagoon. Free afternoon to explore Trinidad.

Visit Che Guevara’s monument and mausoleum in Santa Clara. Walking tour of Old Havana.

Trip ends in Havana.

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Casas Particulares Gain a unique insight into Cuban life staying with local families in casas particulares (Spanish for ‘private houses’) in Havana, Trinidad and Vinales. Experience Cuban hospitality in houses adapted for visitors. Some are still family homes while others have become small guesthouses. Please see website for more details.

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Insider View “Cuba is unique and one of my all time favourites countries. All those clichés come true – the best rum and cigars, a rush hour medley of classic ‘50s and soviet cars, infectious live music and dancing wherever you go, revolutionary propaganda in place of capitalist advertising... Cuba is caught in a fascinating time warp and the local people and warm Latin culture are the icing on the cake. This beautiful island is best seen on an active holiday that takes you off the beaten track. If you get the chance stay with local people in casas particulares as this offers a great insight into real Cuba.” James Adkin, Cycling Programme Manager at Explore

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Optional single rooms are available from £220 TRIP CODE: CU ACCOMMODATION: Standard WALK GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 8 nights standard hotel, 2 nights simple camping, 2 nights simple hut, 2 nights simple homestay. MEALS: 14 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader, driver(s), local guide(s). WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 7 days for between 2 to 5 hours. Max. altitude 1972m. Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Bus, truck. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

Highlights included all the walking in the National Parks and having cold beer and cocktails as a reward for the hard work. Ian Bennett

GULF OF MEXICO

HAVANA City tour

DAILY DISTANCES

Cienfuegos

TRINIDAD

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8km

5km 1.5km

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Day 9

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Santa Clara Bay of Pigs

12km

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ATLANTIC OCEAN

Las Terrazas Rainforest walk

Day 5

Hikes in the Guamuhaya Massif

TOPES DE COLLANTES

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CUBA CARIBBEAN SEA

BAYAMO SANTO DOMINGO

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Pico Turquino 1972m 2-day trek Comandancia de la Plata 1-day trek

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SANTIAGO City tour

Join us in Cuba as we uncover the island’s revolutionary history and explore colonial cities including Havana and Trinidad. We walk through jungle to the revolution’s secret headquarters in the Sierra Maestra Mountains and visit Che Guevara’s mausoleum in Santa Clara. We swim under waterfalls, follow forest trails and trek to the summit of Pico Turquino - Cuba’s highest peak.

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Join trip in Havana, Cuba’s fascinating capital.

Tour Old Havana, absorbing the atmosphere of this vibrant city.

Travel via the historic Bay of Pigs to the lively colonial town of Trinidad.

Walk forested mountain trails and swim under waterfalls in Topes de Collantes National Park.

Travel to Bayamo via the Valley of the Sugar Mills and the colonial town of Sancti Spiritus.

Walk through the jungle to Fidel Castro’s secret headquarters in the Sierra Maestra Mountains.

Trek through lush tropical forests to the summit of Cuba’s highest peak, Pico Turquino (1972m).

Explore Santiago de Cuba, one of the island’s liveliest cities

Drive to Havana. Visit Camaguey and Che Guevara’s mausoleum in Santa Clara en route.

Explore forest trails and swim in natural jungle pools at Las Terrazas.

Trip ends in Havana.

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Optional single rooms are available from £130 TRIP CODE: VZ ACCOMMODATION: Simple WALK GRADE: Challenging ACCOMMODATION: 9 nights simple camping, 2 nights simple hotel, 3 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 14 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 9 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader(s) / Trek guide(s), boat crew, driver(s), local guide(s), porter(s). WALKING DETAILS: Trek for 5 days for between 4 to 5 hours, plus one optional trek of 7 hours. Max. altitude 2810m. Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Bus, motorised canoe, flight. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

A real adventure: trekking, wild camping and travelling by canoe CHICHIRIVICHE DE LA COSTA

Amazing to have the opportunity to climb Mount Roraima and to see the Angel Falls. Christopher Brown

CARIBBEAN SEA

Caribbean beach

CARACAS

CIUDAD BOLIVAR

DAILY DISTANCES

Puerto Ordaz

VENEZUELA CANAIMA Angel Falls 975m drop

4-day canoe trip

KAMARATA

Goldmining town El Dorado

KAMA Roraima 2810m ELENA 6-day trek

Indian village Perapaitepui 0 km

SANTA

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4hrs

Day 5

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Day 6

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On this pioneering adventure to Venezuela we travel deep into territory virtually unknown to the outside world. Canoeing to Canaima we discover the awe-inspiring Angel Falls - the world’s tallest waterfall. We also trek to the summit of the table mountain of Roraima and marvel at the spectacular views of tropical forest and lush grassland, which inspired Arthur Conan Doyle’s novel ‘The Lost World’.

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Join trip in Caracas, the capital of Venezuela.

Travel across Orinoco River to Kama via Ciudad Bolivar and famous gold mining area of El Dorado.

Trek from the small Indian village of Peraitepui to the flat topped mountain of Roraima.

Trek to summit (2810m) for breathtaking views to the neighbouring tabletop mountains.

Descend via Tek River to Peraitepui and drive to Santa Elena de Uarien.

Travel to Canaima by motorised dugout canoe. Sleep in hammocks. Marvel at Angel Falls.

Travel to Chichiriviche de la Costa by plane and minibus. Free time to relax on the beach.

Travel to Caracas airport where the trip ends.

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Very hard to pick a highlight on this trip as it was consistently superb.

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Optional single rooms are available from £140 TRIP CODE: PQ ACCOMMODATION: Standard WALK GRADE: Moderate to Challenging ACCOMMODATION: 5 nights standard hotel, 3 nights simple camping. MEALS: 8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader / Trek Guide, cook, driver(s), porters, trek crew. WALKING DETAILS: Trek for 4 days for between 6 to 9 hours on the 3 longer days. Max. altitude 4200m. Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Bus, train. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

Book this itinerary as a Private Trip with prices from £1895 pp flight inclusive.

Stay away from the crowds in quiet campsites

Trip code: PJPQ

EXTEND YOUR TRIP

Veronica 5750m

AGUAS CALIENTES

Machu Picchu Winay-Wayna

With a 4 day Amazon extension. Please refer to website for more details.

To Ollantaytambo/ Cusco

Inti Punku

Salkantay 6271m

Runkuraqay Pass 3950m

LLULLUCHAPAMPA

DAILY DISTANCES

LLAQTAPATA Wayllabamba

Paucarkancha Ocobamba 5126m

Wamantay 5917m 0 km

Trip code: PQA

Piscacucho 82km

PHUYUPATAMARCA

Inca Tunnel Sayaqmarka Warmiwanusca Pass 4200m

9 km

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6km

Day 5

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9hrs

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Optional Walks

Join us as we walk along the classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. We learn about traditional Andean culture on our four-day trek to ‘The Lost City’ and pass other fascinating Inca ruins en route. We also discover the Sacred Valley, visit lively Pisac Market and explore the historic city of Cusco. For a contrast to the mountains and cloudforests of the trail this trip can also be extended to include the Amazon jungle.

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Join trip in Cusco, the ancient capital city of the Incas. Relax and acclimatise to the altitude.

Explore the fascinating city of Cusco on foot.

Visit to Pisac Market. Opportunity to whitewater raft in the Sacred Valley.

Drive via the Sacred Valley to start of the Inca Trail. Walk to first campsite in Llaqtapata (2625m).

Guided tour of Machu Picchu. Opportunity to climb Wayna Picchu. Train to Sacred Valley.

Trip ends in Cusco.

Follow trail Cross Dead Visit Winayalong the Woman’s Wayna ruins. river to Pass (4200m). Descend to Wayllabamba, Walk through ‘Lost City’ of and cloudforest Machu Picchu Llulluchapampa and ruins to from Sun Gate (3800m). Views Phuyupatamarca (2438m). to snowy peaks. (3579m).

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ACCOMMODATION

Camping and trek crew Avoid the crowds on our three night trek and camp away from the main campsites. Two-man tents are provided with plenty of room for two people and bags. The trek is fully supported by our team of porters who set up and take down the tents, and a cook. Our porters also carry water and all bags except daysacks, under strict guidelines.


Insider View “When the chance came up to visit Peru and trek the Inca Trail, I grabbed it, what an amazing opportunity and a huge tick on my bucket list. Our Explore Leader was professional and fun and this meant we could just relax and enjoy the trip, not having to think about anything other than enjoying what Peru has to offer. The Inca Trail did not disappoint, the trek was fabulous, great views around every corner. I loved every minute, it was breathtaking, fun and exciting with many WOW moments. We saw so much - and the views changed every few minutes along with the weather. The flowers, birdlife, mountain scenery and arriving to Machu Picchu were all out of this world! I have a lifetime of memories - could it get any better than that?� Becky Powney, Customer Support Manager at Explore

Top 5 reasons to trek the Inca Trail with Explore

1. Led by our experienced Explore Leaders our four day trek is designed to stay away from the crowds

2. Full service camping is provided including three hearty meals a day served in a dining tent

3. You only carry a daysack; porters carry your main luggage and all camping equipment under strict guidelines

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4. We allow three nights in Cusco to acclimatise to the altitude before the trek

5. Our trek crew are all local people ensuring surrounding communities benefit from your visit

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Optional single rooms are available from £215 TRIP CODE: PM ACCOMMODATION: Standard WALK GRADE: Moderate to Challenging ACCOMMODATION: 9 nights standard hotel, 3 nights simple camping. MEALS: 12 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader / trek guide, boat crew, cook, porter(s), trek crew. WALKING DETAILS: Trek for 4 days for between 6 to 9 hours on the three longer days. Max. altitude 4200m. Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Bus, flight, train. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

Acclimatise at beautiful Lake Titicaca before trekking the Inca Trail

LIMA MACHU PICCHU

PERU

Juliaca

PACIFIC OCEAN 0 km

DAILY DISTANCES

CUSCO 3400m Old Inca capital

Inca Trail 4-day trek

Taquile Island optional extra

Day 7

6km

Day 8

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6hrs

Lake

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9hrs

Day 10

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Day 11

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PUNO Titicaca

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2.5hrs

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Optional Walks

Explore the highlights of Peru on this fascinating journey through southern Peru. Along the way we discover Lake Titicaca, the birthplace of the Inca civilisation. From Cusco, the ancient Inca capital, we travel into the Sacred Valley to begin our four-day trek along the Inca Trail to the impressive mountain citadel of Machu Picchu. This trip can be extended to include the Amazon jungle.

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Join trip in Lima, Peru’s vibrant capital city.

Fly to Juliaca. City tour of Puno, on shores of Lake Titicaca. Rest of the day to acclimatise.

Visit Inca burial towers at Sillustani, Totota Museum and colonial churches of Chuchuito.

Free day. Optional visit to Uros reed islands and Taquile Island.

Travel through Andes to Cusco. Explore this historic city. Visit Pisac Market and Sacsayhuaman.

Trek the classic Inca Trail through the Andes and cloudforest to the famous site of Machu Picchu.

Guided tour of Machu Picchu. Return to Cusco via Ollanta.

Free day. Opportunity to whitewater raft in Sacred Valley.

Trip ends in Cusco.

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EXTEND YOUR TRIP Extend your trip with a 4 day Amazon extension. Please refer to our website for more details. Trip code: PMA

ACCOMMODATION

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Optional single rooms are available from £290 TRIP CODE: PE ACCOMMODATION: Standard WALK GRADE: Moderate to Challenging ACCOMMODATION: 13 nights standard hotel, 3 nights simple camping, 1 night simple village house, 1 night standard guesthouse. MEALS: 18 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader / trek guide, boat crew, cook, driver(s), porter(s) , trek crew. WALKING DETAILS: Trek for 4 days for an average of 6 hours. Additional short walks on 3 days. Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Bus, boat, train. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16. EXTEND YOUR TRIP Extend your trip with a 4 day Amazon extension. Please refer to our website for more details.

A fantastic journey exploring the highlights of Peru

Trip code: PEA

DAILY DISTANCES

LIMA

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Sealions

Nazca Lines

PACIFIC OCEAN 0 km

OLLANTA MACHU PICCHU

Optional rafting

Inca Trail 4-day trek

PERU

NAZCA COLCA CANYON PUERTO CHALA

Beach 280 km

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4km

Day 9

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Day 10

5km

2.5hrs

Day 13

6km

2.5hrs

Day 14

12km

6hrs

Day 15

15km

9hrs

Day 16

12km

Day 17

1/1.5km

Day 11

CUSCO 3400m

Day 12

Old Inca capital

TAQUILE ISLAND

Island walks Juliaca Lake PUNO Titicaca El Misti 5842m BOLVIA

AREQUIPA

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Optional Walks

On this tour of Southern Peru we journey along the Pacific Coast to the mysterious Nazca Lines, up to the ‘White City’ of Arequipa and on to the impressive Colca Canyon. At Lake Titicaca we visit Taquile Island and stay in a local village guesthouse. We learn more about the ancient ‘Inca Empire of the Sun’ as we enjoy a four-day trek following the famous Inca Trail to the archaeological jewel, Machu Picchu. En route we hike through majestic mountain scenery, past impressive Inca ruins and amongst cloudforest. We also explore the vibrant former Inca capital of Cusco.

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Join trip in Lima, Peru’s coastal capital.

Drive south via Pachacamac to Paracas. Optional boat trip to Marine Reserve.

Discover the mysterious patterns etched in the desert floor from viewing platforms at Nazca.

Continue along coast via Puerto Chala. Ascend through mountains to ‘white city’ of Arequipa.

Explore colonial centre of Arequipa including the interesting Santa Catalina convent.

Walk in the heart of the Colca Canyon. Look for the Andean Condor. Travel on to Puno.

Take a boat ride across Lake Titicaca. Spend a night on Taquile Island with a local family.

Visit Sullistani ruins. Travel though the Andes to Ollanta via Temple of Raqchi and Andahuaylillas.

Free day in Ollanta. Opportunity to whitewater raft in Sacred Valley.

Trek the famous Inca Trail through Andes and cloudforest to Machu Picchu. Return to Cusco.

Explore the historic city of Cusco, capital of the Incas. Visit impressive Sacsayhuaman above the city.

Trip ends in Cusco.

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Optional single rooms are available from £140 TRIP CODE: SKT ACCOMMODATION: Standard WALK GRADE: Challenging ACCOMMODATION: 5 nights standard hotel, 4 nights simple camping. MEALS: 9 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 4 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader / trek guide, cook, muleteers, trek crew. WALKING DETAILS: Trek for 4 days for between 5 to 8 hours, plus one shorter day. Max. altitude 4525m. Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Bus, train. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

EXTEND YOUR TRIP

Santa Teresa River

Machu Picchu 2400m

Extend your trip with a 4 day Amazon extension. Please refer to our website for more details.

AGUAS CALIENTES

2000m Abra Q’elloqasa 2860m Hydroelectric Llactapata Station 1771m 2737m

Trip code: SKTA

LUCMABAMBA

Sahuayaco 2000m

2135m

To Ollantaytambo

DAILY DISTANCES

Huamantay 5800m Salkantay 6271m

COLLPAPAMPA 2870m

HUAYRACMACHAY 4200m

Soroycocha

El Paso (Pass) 4525m

SORAYPAMPA 3800m

Start of the trek Markakasa 3050m

Challacancha 3650m Sayllapata 3200m Cruzpata 3050m Mollepata 2803m

From Cusco

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Day 6

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Discover the Salkantay Trek - so much more than an alternative to the Inca Trail. Supported by our experienced trek team we ascend to Salkantay Pass (4525m) overlooked by the magnificent snow covered Mount Salkantay (6271m) and glacier. Taking in the views of the Vilcabamba range we descend through tropical forest and small mountain villages. A final ascent takes us to Abra Q’ellopasa (2860m) and down to Ahobamba Valley for a short mountain train ride to Aguas Calientes, from where we visit the famous Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.

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Join trip in historic Cusco (3400m), capital city of the Incas.

Discover Inca ruins in the colonial heart of Cusco while acclimatising to the altitude.

Opportunity to whitewater raft in the Sacred Valley. Visit to Pisac Market.

Drive via Tarawasi and Mollepata to Markakasa. Walk to campsite at Soraypampa (3800m).

Hike up Rio Blanc Valley. Ascend Salkantay Pass (4525m). Views to Salkantay glacier.

Descend from Wayracmachay (4200m) through tropical forest to river and Collpapampa (2870m).

Follow trail along river, passed waterfalls and through forest to Lucmabamba (2135m).

Ascend passed coffee plantations to Llaqtapata. Descend to river. Train to Aguas Calientes.

Guided tour of Machu Picchu. Opportunity to climb Wayna Picchu. Train to Sacred Valley.

Trip ends in Cusco.

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Walk off the beaten track around the beautiful Salkantay glacier


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Optional single rooms are available from £400 TRIP CODE: TPF ACCOMMODATION: Standard WALK GRADE: Moderate to Challenging ACCOMMODATION: 9 nights standard hotel, 4 nights simple refuge, 1 night simple camping. MEALS: 14 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 5 dinners are included. STAFF: Explore Leader(s), driver(s), local guide(s), porters, trek crew. WALKING DETAILS: Trek on 7 days for between 4 to 8 hours, plus easy walks on 3 days. Please see website for more details. TRANSPORT: Bus, ferry, public bus. GROUP SIZE: Generally 10 - 16.

Stunning scenery and incredible trekking

DAILY DISTANCES Day 2

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Lago Pehoe From/To Puerto Natales

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Optional Walks 390 km

Join us on a hiking trip to Patagonia, walking through the glaciers and peaks of the stunning mountain areas of Fitzroy and Torres del Paine. Trek through the lake region below the impressive Mount Fitzroy, and hike the famous ‘W Trek’ from Lago Grey to Las Torres for views of the iconic Paine Towers. En route we also explore Perito Moreno Glacier and discover the fascinating city of Buenos Aires.

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Tour of this vibrant city known as the ‘Paris of South America’.

Fly to El Calafate. Bus to El Chalten, a small border town close to Mount Fitzroy.

Hike from El Pilar to Laguna de los Tres. Camp among the stunning mountain scenery.

Follow the Madre e Hija Trail to Laguna Torre, and on to El Chalten.

Optional trip to the stunning Viedma Glacier where can take. an ice trek. Drive to El Calafate.

Journey south to Puerto Natales. Continue to Torres del Paine NP. Walk to Grey Glacier viewpoint.

Continue on ‘W Trek’ to Frances Domes Refuge. Trek up ‘French Valley’ surrounded by high peaks.

Hike to Las Torres viewpoint via Chileno Refuge for stunning views to the Paine Towers.

Visit to the impressive Perito Moreno Glacier from El Calafate.

Fly to Buenos Aires where the trip ends.

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Self-Guided TRIPS

Our self-guided trips enable you to walk on your own, or with a partner/friends at your own pace. We still take care of all the logistics, transfer your luggage and provide route notes and maps but you decide your own schedule. You can choose the best date to suit your travel plans, starting on any day of the week. Pick from a range of fabulous walks from moderately easy to more challenging in some of the best settings in Europe - and feel free to linger longer over that stupendous view or luscious ice cream!

Insider View Dawn and dusk are my favourite times when travelling – on a selfguided trip the choice is yours whether to start at first light with the sound of cockerels, or alternatively have a relaxing swim or a lie in before setting off. Keen to get to the destination pronto – skip lunch. Stumble across a taverna which unexpectedly deserves an extra couple of hours of your life – just go with the flow. Want to take advantage of the cheapest flights? Choose midweek travel. Whether to go for spring flowers or autumnal colours? It is your decision. I’ve led many group walking trips and been a customer too, but sometimes its lovely to be by yourself and be master of your own destiny (at least for a week!). John Telfer, Product Director at Explore

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Self-Guided Coastal Trails of Portugal

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TRIP CODE: WSPO ACCOMMODATION: Standard WALK GRADE: Moderate

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ACCOMMODATION: 5 nights standard hotel, 2 nights simple hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included. WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 6 days for between 4 to 6 hours. Please see website for more details. LUGGAGE TRANSFER: Included transfer between hotels.

MONTHS OF TRAVEL

JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN SEP OCT NOV DEC

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£630

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8

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TRIP CODE: WSCA ACCOMMODATION: Premium WALK GRADE: Moderate

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Self-Guided Walking Through Catalonia

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Follow the Rota Vicentina along the coast to Cabo Sao Vicente, the south-western most point of Portugal and continental Europe. Hike between villages through the natural park of ‘Sudoeste Alentejano e Costa Vicentina’. Follow the marked trail along cliff tops, among dunes and beside rocky shorelines. En route relax on beautiful unspoilt golden sand beaches and enjoy the local food and wine.

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ACCOMMODATION: 4 nights premium hotel, 3 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 2 dinners are included. WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 6 days for an average of 5.5 hours. Please see website for more details. LUGGAGE TRANSFER: Included transfer between hotels.

MONTHS OF TRAVEL MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT

Experience authentic Catalonia’s rich cultural and natural beauty walking from the foothills of the Pyrenees to the Mediterranean. Walk through extinct volcanoes, beech woods and ancient farmlands to medieval villages and towns. Take the stunning coastal walk from L’Estartit to L’Escala and visit the impressive Greek and Roman archaeological site of Empuries. En route discover the famed Catalonian hospitality and cuisine. Price is per person based on two people sharing. Single room and solo traveller prices on request.

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£495

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SPAIN

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Self-Guided Andalucia Walking - Sierra de Grazalema

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SELF GUIDED

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TRIP CODE: WSRG ACCOMMODATION: Standard WALK GRADE: Easy to Moderate

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DEPAR E DAT

ACCOMMODATION: 4 nights standard hotel, 3 nights premium hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included. WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 6 days for between 2.5 to 6.5 hours. Please see website for more details. LUGGAGE TRANSFER: Included transfer between hotels.

MONTHS OF TRAVEL MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV

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£515

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SPAIN

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Self-Guided Camino de Santiago

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On this self-guided walking holiday to Andalucia discover the mountainous area of Sierra de Grazalema. Explore the sculpted limestone hillsides and historic white-washed local villages. Walk through shady olive groves, woods of cork oak trees and Spanish fir forests. Discover the Moorish town of Ronda, built on both sides of a deep gorge. In the evenings relax with some tapas and a glass of local wine.

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TRIP CODE: WSCS ACCOMMODATION: Standard WALK GRADE: Moderate

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ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights standard hotel, 1 night premium hotel. MEALS: 8 breakfasts, 3 dinners are included. WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 6 days for between 4 to 7 hours. Please see website for more details. LUGGAGE TRANSFER: Included transfer between hotels.

MONTHS OF TRAVEL MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT

Walk self-guided along this iconic pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela - the reputed final resting place of Saint James. Starting in Sarria, hike through the Galician hills and rural countryside along the Camino Frances, following the waymarker scallop shell signs. Make the traditional stop at the spring in Lavacollato to wash your hands and feet before arriving at Santiago cathedral, and claiming the pilgrims’ certificate. Price is per person based on two people sharing. Single room and solo traveller prices on request.

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FROM

£480

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TRIP CODE: WSPI ACCOMMODATION: Standard WALK GRADE: Moderate

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SPAIN

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Self-Guided Picos de Europa to Coast

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SELF GUIDED

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DEPARTE DAT

ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 2 dinners are included. WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 6 days for between 3.5 to 6.5 hours. Please see website for more details. LUGGAGE TRANSFER: Included transfer between hotels.

MONTHS OF TRAVEL APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT

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£630

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SPAIN (CANARY ISLANDS)

S E L F- G

Self-Guided Gran Canaria

IN G

Starting in the relaxed rural town of Arenas de Cabrales in the foothills of the northern Picos de Europa, this self-guided trip takes you from the beautiful mountains, valleys and rivers of the Picos to the quiet beaches of the Bay of Biscay. Hikes include the stunning Cares Gorge where the path is carved out of the surrounding rock, a trail along an ancient ‘Camino Real’ on the slopes of Sierra de Cuera, and coastal paths.

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TRIP CODE: WSGC ACCOMMODATION: Premium WALK GRADE: Moderate

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ACCOMMODATION: 4 nights premium hotel, 3 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 3 dinners are included. WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 6 days for between 3 to 6 hours. Please see website for more details. LUGGAGE TRANSFER: Included transfer between hotels.

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JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC

Discover great walking trails on this self-guided walking holiday to Gran Canaria. This journey takes you from east to west of the island through dramatic and varied volcanic landscapes, often on classic paths, ‘Canimos Reales’. Hike through Guayadeque Gorge, to the summit of the island’s highest peak - Pico de la Nieves (1949m), and around the distinctive landmark of Roque Nublo as you explore the island. Price is per person based on two people sharing. Single room and solo traveller prices on request.

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£685

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SPAIN (CANARY ISLANDS)

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Self-Guided Tenerife and La Gomera

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SELF GUIDED

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TRIP CODE: WSTG ACCOMMODATION: Standard WALK GRADE: Easy to Moderate

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DEPAR E DAT

ACCOMMODATION: 4 nights standard hotel, 3 nights premium hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 3 dinners are included. WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 6 days for between 1.5 to 5 hours. Please see website for more details. LUGGAGE TRANSFER: Included transfer between hotels.

MONTHS OF TRAVEL

JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC

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£570

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TRIP CODE: WSML ACCOMMODATION: Standard WALK GRADE: Easy to Moderate

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SPAIN (BALEARIC ISLANDS)

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Self-Guided Mallorca Trails

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Enjoy year-round warm temperatures and beautiful scenery while taking self-guided walks on these two close but diverse islands. Hike Tenerife’s iconic volcano El Teide, and explore ‘Paisaje Lunar’, then discover La Gomera’s lush Garajonay National Park, typical terraced plantations and black sand beaches. On a clear day, you can see the distinctive outline of Tenerife from La Gomera’s coastal paths and hills.

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DEPARTE DAT

ACCOMMODATION: 6 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 6 breakfasts are included. WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 5 days for an average of 4.5 hours. Please see website for more details. LUGGAGE TRANSFER: Included transfer between hotels.

MONTHS OF TRAVEL

JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC

Follow trails through the striking Tramuntana Mountains that separate the beautiful north-west coast of Mallorca from the rest of the island. Walk between picturesque villages, along coastal cliffs and through orchards of orange, almond and olive trees. Relax on pretty beaches, and in village cafés sampling the local Mallorca cuisine. Price is per person based on two people sharing. Single room and solo traveller prices on request.

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FROM

£865

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FRANCE

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Self-Guided Walking in Provence

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SELF GUIDED

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TRIP CODE: WSPR ACCOMMODATION: Standard WALK GRADE: Easy to Moderate

DEPAR E DAT

ACCOMMODATION: 6 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 6 breakfasts, 3 dinners are included. WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 6 days for an average of 5 hours. Please see website for more details. LUGGAGE TRANSFER: Included transfer between hotels.

MONTHS OF TRAVEL MAR APR MAY JUN SEP OCT NOV

FROM

£1420

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FRANCE - ITALY - SWITZERLAND

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Self-Guided Tour du Mont Blanc

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Explore the rugged limestone landscapes of the Plateau de Vaucluse. Walking routes traverse a landscape where steep cliffs and deep canyons alternate with peaceful villages, mysterious ‘bories’ (circular drystone huts) and the Abbaye de Sénanque, beautifully situated among fields of lavender. There is really only one drawback to Provence and the Vaucluse: you will never want to leave.

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TRIP CODE: WSMB ACCOMMODATION: Simple WALK GRADE: Challenging

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ACCOMMODATION: 6 nights simple mountain hut, 4 nights simple hotel. MEALS: 10 breakfasts and 10 dinners are included. WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 10 days for an average of 6 hours. Please see website for more details. LUGGAGE TRANSFER: Included transfer between mountain huts and hotels.

MONTHS OF TRAVEL JUN JUL AUG SEP

The iconic Mont Blanc Circuit offers exhilarating trekking through spectacular alpine landscapes of dramatic snow-capped peaks and lush, idyllic valleys. Hiking through France, Italy and Switzerland, you will discover the rich fauna and flora of the Alps and the unique architecture and cuisine of each country. Overnighting in beautifully located mountain huts, hearty meals provide energy for the breathtaking walks. Price is per person based on two people sharing. Single room and solo traveller prices on request.

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£690

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ITALY

S E L F- G

Self-Guided Portofino and the Cinque Terre

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SELF GUIDED

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8

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TRIP CODE: WSCTL ACCOMMODATION: Standard WALK GRADE: Moderate

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DEPAR E DAT

ACCOMMODATION: 6 nights standard hotel, 1 night simple hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included. WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 6 days for an average of 5 hours. Please see website for more details. LUGGAGE TRANSFER: Included transfer between the hotels in Bonassola and Monterosso. 5 DAY OPTION AVAILABLE: We also offer a shorter self-guided holiday in the same area. Trip code: WSCT. MONTHS OF TRAVEL APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT

FROM

£625

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8

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TRIP CODE: WSCL ACCOMMODATION: Standard WALK GRADE: Moderate

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ITALY

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Self-Guided Trails of Como and Lugano

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Hike the trails of the Ligurian Riviera from the jet-set seaside town of Portofino to the colourful harbour of Portovenere. Enjoy stunning coastal views each day and discover the rugged cliff coast, quiet forests and picturesque, lively fishing villages of the Cinque Terre. Savour the delicious local cuisine and wines. A self-guided walking holiday that offers a true taste of ‘la dolce vita’.

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DEPARTE DAT

ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included. WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 6 days for an average of 5 hours. Please see website for more details. LUGGAGE TRANSFER: Included transfer between hotels.

MONTHS OF TRAVEL APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT

Beautiful lakes Como and Lugano have been a popular holiday destination since Roman times. Lavish villas and sumptuous gardens line their shores. Away from the lakeside, you can hike numerous trails to explore quiet forested valleys, mountain tops and traditional villages which have retained their unique character. You will also have time to visit beautiful villas, churches and castles, and enjoy the region’s excellent cuisine. Price is per person based on two people sharing. Single room and solo traveller prices on request.

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FROM

£715

TRIP ONLY

8

DAYS

TRIP CODE: WSTD ACCOMMODATION: Simple WALK GRADE: Moderate

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UI

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ITALY

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Self-Guided Dolomites - Val Gardena and the Sella Group

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SELF GUIDED

DED W

New Trip

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DEPARTE DAT

ACCOMMODATION: 5 nights simple hotel, 2 nights simple rifugio (mountain lodge). MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners are included. WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 6 days for between 5 to 6 hours. Please see website for more details. LUGGAGE TRANSFER: Included transfer between your accommodation.

MONTHS OF TRAVEL JUN JUL AUG SEP

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£750

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ITALY

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Self-Guided Dolomites Hiking

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Enjoy exhilarating hikes among the dramatic limestone mountains, jagged peaks and alpine meadows of the Dolomites’ Sella Group, Val Gardena and Val di Fassa. These magnificent landscapes are home to a rich variety of wildlife including marmots and chamois, and an extraordinary variety of flowers that bloom in their thousands in spring and summer.

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TRIP CODE: WSDO ACCOMMODATION: Simple WALK GRADE: Moderate to Challenging

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ACCOMMODATION: 6 nights simple rifugi (mountain lodges), 1 night simple hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners are included. WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 6 days for an average of 6.5 hours. Please see website for more details. LUGGAGE TRANSFER: Included transfer between rifugi and hotels.

MONTHS OF TRAVEL JUN JUL AUG SEP

Hike through the magnificent landscapes of the Dolomites; dramatic limestone cliffs and snow-capped peaks, picture-perfect alpine pastures and idyllic meadows. This German-speaking part of Italy boasts a unique and delicious cuisine and a rich variety of wildlife and flowers. Walk across the Fanes-Sennes Nature Reserve to San Vigilio di Marebbe, overnighting in beautifully located rifugi (mountain lodges). Price is per person based on two people sharing. Single room and solo traveller prices on request.

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£675

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ITALY

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Self-Guided Tuscan Trails - Florence to Siena

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SELF GUIDED

DED W

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DAYS

TRIP CODE: WSTC ACCOMMODATION: Standard WALK GRADE: Easy to Moderate

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DEPAR E DAT

ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included. WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 6 days for an average of 5 hours. Please see website for more details. LUGGAGE TRANSFER: Included transfer between hotels.

MONTHS OF TRAVEL APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT

FROM

£545

TRIP ONLY

8

DAYS

TRIP CODE: WSVF ACCOMMODATION: Standard WALK GRADE: Moderate

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ITALY

S E L F- G

Self-Guided Walk Via Francigena to Rome

IN G

Discover magnificent cities, picturesque villages and a landscape of rolling hills and vineyards walking through Chianti country, from Renaissance Florence to Medieval Siena. Hike along cypress-lined country roads and ‘strade bianche’ white gravel tracks, traversing forests of oak, beech and chestnut. Reward your efforts sampling the delicious Tuscan cuisine and fine wines to be found along the way.

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ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included. WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 6 days for between 6 to 7 hours. Please see website for more details. LUGGAGE TRANSFER: Included transfer between hotels.

MONTHS OF TRAVEL APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT

The Via Francigena is a medieval pilgrimage route from Canterbury to Rome. This holiday walks the final 126 kilometres, passing through a landscape of shady forests and gently rolling hills, sometimes walking on sections of ancient Roman road and stopping at several typical Italian towns until finally entering the heart of the fabulous ‘Eternal City’ Rome, where you claim your pilgrims’ certificate. Price is per person based on two people sharing. Single room and solo traveller prices on request.

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FROM

£590

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ITALY

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Self-Guided Amalfi Coast Trails

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SELF GUIDED

DED W

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DAYS

TRIP CODE: WSAC ACCOMMODATION: Standard WALK GRADE: Easy to Moderate

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DEPAR E DAT

ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included. WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 6 days for between 3 to 4 hours. Please see website for more details. LUGGAGE TRANSFER: Included transfer between hotels.

MONTHS OF TRAVEL APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT

FROM

£475

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ITALY

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Self-Guided Walk Sicily and the Aeolian Islands

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A holiday that is all about enjoying the Italian way of life; good food and wine, the sun and the sea. Visit the panoramic Amalfi Coast and the magnificent Bay of Naples with the volcanic Mount Vesuvius towering on the horizon. Spend a day walking on the beautiful island of Capri, hike along the scenic coastal ‘Path of the Gods’, visit bustling fishing villages and go for a dip in the crystal-clear Mediterranean Sea.

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TRIP CODE: WSSI ACCOMMODATION: Standard WALK GRADE: Moderate

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ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included. WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 5 days for an average of 4.5 hours. Please see website for more details. LUGGAGE TRANSFER: Included transfer between hotels.

MONTHS OF TRAVEL APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT

Hike the lava strewn slopes of Sicily’s brooding Mount Etna, Europe’s largest volcano, 3323m above sea level. Hop by boat between the tiny Aeolian Islands and climb their volcanic cones which rise, sometimes smoking, out of an intensely turquoise sea. Daily life passes slowly here, following the rhythm of the seasons. Enjoy panoramic walks, wonderful beaches and the excellent fresh Sicilian food and wine. Price is per person based on two people sharing. Single room and solo traveller prices on request.

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£515

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GREECE

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Self-Guided Walking in South-West Crete

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SELF GUIDED

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8

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TRIP CODE: WSCR ACCOMMODATION: Standard WALK GRADE: Moderate

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DEPAR E DAT

ACCOMMODATION: 4 nights standard hotel, 2 nights simple hotel, 1 night simple guesthouse. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included. WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 6 days for between 4 to 6 hours. Please see website for more details. LUGGAGE TRANSFER: Included transfer between hotels.

MONTHS OF TRAVEL APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT

FROM

£595

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GREECE (CYCLADES ISLANDS)

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Self-Guided Naxos and Santorini

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Explore south-west Crete on this self-guided walking holiday that takes in an impressive coastline, the beautiful White Mountains and famous Samaria Gorge. Hike at your own pace and enjoy the changing scenery of natural beaches, fir forests, mountains and gorges. En route walk into the quiet car-free village of Loutro and enjoy meals at seaside and hillside tavernas as you hike down time-worn trails.

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TRIP CODE: WSNS ACCOMMODATION: Standard WALK GRADE: Easy to Moderate

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DEPAR E DAT

ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights standard hotel. MEALS: 7 breakfasts are included. WALKING DETAILS: Walks on 5 days for between 1.5 to 5.5 hours. Please see website for more details. LUGGAGE TRANSFER: Included transfer between hotels.

MONTHS OF TRAVEL APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT

Discover two beautiful islands of the Cyclades - Santorini and Naxos - on this self-guided walking holiday. Santorini, a volcanic island shaped by a dramatic eruption thousands of years ago, is known for its whitewashed houses and black beaches. Naxos is an island of contrasts with some lively resorts co-existing with traditional rural areas. Exploring on foot takes you to the heart of both of these islands. Price is per person based on two people sharing. Single room and solo traveller prices on request.

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About Explore Walking Trips Please read carefully through the following information about booking an Explore Walking Adventure. When you book (whether by phone, travel agent or online), you will be asked if you have read and understood these pages, as well as our Booking Conditions and Trip Notes.

Frequently Asked Questions Who travels on Explore trips?

Your travel companions come from a wide range of locations and backgrounds. However, because we only offer English-speaking trips, the majority will be from the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the US. Everyone will share your passion for adventure travel.

What is a typical group size?

The size of the group on group trips usually ranges from between 8-12 people; the average maximum group size is usually 16 people, depending on the type of trip, the transport and accommodation used and activities included.

What is our price guarantee?

Once we have confirmed your booking we guarantee the price won’t change: we will not pass on surcharges of any kind. Unlike many other tour operators we will not pass on unexpected additional costs like fuel surcharges and tax increases.

What about trip prices?

The prices shown in this brochure are for guidance only. They represent the basic per person cost of the trip at the time of publication of this brochure. For Private Trips and self-guided trips the price stated is per person based on two people sharing. The price at the time of booking may be different. The latest guide prices for each trip departure can be found on our website: explore.co.uk

What’s included in the trip price?

Transport, meals and accommodation: all details are outlined in the individual trip itinerary. Explore Leader: the services of an Explore Leader are included on all group trips. In most cases they will accompany you for the full duration of the trip. Local crew: as well as drivers and local guides, interpreters, cooks, helpers and porters may be provided on some trips (details will be outlined in the individual Trip Notes). Activities, equipment, sightseeing and visits: please see individual Trip Notes for details. For Private Trips we include accommodation, transport and meals as outlined in the individual trip itinerary.

Are transfers included?

We are pleased to be able to include airport transfers for customers booking a flight inclusive or land only trip where the flight arrives on the same day the trip

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starts and departs on the day the trip ends at the designated airport. Where trips join and end at the designated overseas airport, one arrival and one departure transfer will be provided for the whole group. In order to be included in this transfer please ensure that you arrive at the designated airport for the given joining time and book flights departing after the given ending time. Please refer to your trip notes or joining information for further details and see explore.co.uk/ transfers. You are responsible for telling us your flight details and keeping us updated with any changes.

What’s not included?

The price of the trip does not include: visa fees, vaccinations, travel insurance premiums, passport costs, international departure taxes, excess baggage charges, optional tours and excursions, hotel porters or meals (other than those we list as included). We also do not include items of a personal nature; such as laundry, room service charges, drinks or phone calls. Tips for personal service are not included and are usually expected. If you book on a ‘Trip Only’ basis we do not include flights or trains from the UK or departure taxes. For Private Trips we do not include the services of an Explore Leader or local guides.

What about Explore Leaders? (not applicable to Private Trips and

self-guided trips) Our Leaders’ main responsibility is to make sure that all members of the group are well looked after and return home having had a wonderful holiday with some fantastic memories. It is the Leader’s responsibility to ensure that the trip runs smoothly and that all the logistics are in place; also to oversee the health and safety aspects of the trip. Our Explore Leaders will be as flexible as possible - within the confines of the itinerary. For example, they can arrange group meals for those that would like to eat with their travel companions. Alternatively, if you would prefer to make your own plans they may offer suggestions for local restaurants. They will also try to make sure that everyone has as much free time during the trip as they wish. In order to keep the trip running effectively, Explore Leaders give regular briefings to talk about what is happening in the next few days, to remind you of timings and what you need to bring for excursions, sightseeing and activities. Often this will be reiterated on notices put up in hotel receptions or other appropriate places. Explore Leaders will also brief the group on safety and general health issues. All Explore Leaders are carefully selected and have undergone thorough training in the UK and/or overseas which is generally accepted to be some of the best in the industry. Explore Leaders are chosen for their travel experience, their people skills and their experience of working with groups. Please note that a small

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number of trips are accompanied by local representatives instead. This will not affect the enjoyment of your holiday and will be outlined clearly in the individual Trip Notes.

Do I need an ability to swim?

On of our trips there will be water-based activities, boat excursions or swimming opportunities. For your personal safety and enjoyment, an ability to swim is therefore strongly recommended

What are the age limits?

The minimum age on all group trips featured in this brochure is 14. Our minimum age for trips travelling at high altitude is 16 years old. If you are booking a Private Trip please talk to us at the time of booking about the ages of your party. A parent or adult must accompany people under the age of 18. Fitness and stamina are more important than age. We often find some of our older customers are the fittest in the group! Whilst we don’t have a maximum age, we do recognise that at some point during our customers’ journey with us, they will reach an age where we will have to review their fitness and ability to participate in the trips they’ve chosen to book. Should you be 80 or older at time of travel we will ask you to get your GP to complete and sign a form confirming your fitness to travel. Explore will send this to you at the time of enquiry.

What are the itineraries like?

We offer a wide variety of experiences and activities which allow you to really get to know an area and to see beyond the normal tourist facade. Of course we include the better known sights but we understand that you should have the flexibility to do your own thing so we build in free time for you to either take part in an optional excursion or to explore independently - an important part of any trip.

What type of accommodation is there?

Wherever possible, we try to include accommodation which best reflects the local area in which we are travelling. Where we use hotels, we aim for mid-range accommodation, with the key requirements being cleanliness, safety, comfort and a good location. (The type of room provided and the level of facilities may vary from place to place.) We may use simple hotels with more basic amenities. Please see the individual Trip Notes for details. All our accommodation is given a rating to describe standards and facilities. You can find this in the individual Trip Notes.

What about rooming?

Most trips are based on customers sharing twin-bedded rooms. If you book a group trip as an individual, you will share a room with someone of the same sex. However, on many trips we offer the opportunity to pay a supplement to pre-book a single room. On some of these trips a single room will be provided every night, on others it will be provided on some nights, but for logistical reasons not all. Individual Trip Notes clarify this. Please note that on rare occasions it may be necessary for customers in single rooms to share bathroom facilities. On some trips shared dorm-style accommodation is used. Where this is the case it will be mentioned in our trip notes.

What kind of meals are included?

Most trips include breakfast, but other meals are often not included. This allows you to try the cuisine in local restaurants and also to choose what and where to eat and how much to spend. We try to keep all-inclusive accommodation to a minimum. Where there is no option, such as when camping, on safari or on some boat-based trips, meals tend to be included. We try to cater for you if you have special dietary requirements but we do ask you to have realistic expectations. In some countries there is a limited choice of food and it may be difficult to cater for all special meal requirements. Please let us know at the time of booking if you have any specific dietary requirements.

What type of transport will there be?

The variety of transport used is another important aspect of any Explore Adventure. We use everything from buses, boats and trains to camels and donkeys. You may even find all these on the same trip.

What about trip changes?

From time to time, some elements of our trips may change from those that have been published. This could be the result of inclement weather, a change in the local political situation or in flight or train schedules or other circumstances beyond our control. We will keep you as well informed as possible about these changes. Significant changes to your holiday will be notified as soon as we feasibly can. Minor amendments to your trip will be detailed on your final trip documentation, although our website will be regularly updated should you wish to check the information at any time. You will be provided with a provisional list of your accommodation shortly after booking. Whilst we expect to stay at the accommodation stated, please note that this is subject to change to an equivalent or higher standard at any time.

What are guaranteed departures?

We guarantee that the advertised “Trip Only” itinerary will not be cancelled or significantly changed unless we are forced to do so by “force majeure” (as defined in our Booking Conditions). There is no minimum group size. This guarantee does not apply to international or UK domestic flights, which may be subject to change or cancellation in accordance with our Booking Conditions.

What is adventure travel?

Travelling to far-flung corners of the earth involves adapting to living conditions that are often very different from your own. Please be prepared for unusual situations, local differences and unpredictable events. Adventure holidays are not necessarily suitable for people who expect to be pampered or who like everything to go exactly as planned. You should also be aware that some countries around the world have security problems. Unsavoury characters are likely to be active in big cities and street markets; and certain areas may be considered ‘out-of-bounds’ for tourists. However, most crime is opportunistic. Using your common sense will reduce the risks. Unfortunately, no destination can be guaranteed to be safe from terrorism. We constantly monitor the political situation in the regions we visit and will re-route or cancel a trip if we feel it is necessary. If you are concerned about your safety when visiting a particular destination, please contact the Foreign Office or the appropriate embassy. For details see www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

What about seating on flights and trains?

Although we are unable to assign specific flight or train seats, it is possible to put special requests through to the majority of airlines and train operators. If you have a special request, please tell us at the time of booking. Please be aware that no guarantee can be made that your request will be successful. Failure to grant your request will not be a breach of contract on our part. Sometimes your allocated seats will not be close to other members of your party. We recommended that you check in for your flight or train as early as possible in order to have the best chance of being given alternative seats. If you require specific seats because of a disability or reduced mobility or a medical condition, please make this clear at the time of booking. Subject to safety requirements and availability, EU airlines are required to make all reasonable efforts to arrange seating to meet the requirements of individuals with a disability or reduced mobility. You may be required to provide written confirmation of your disability, reduced mobility or medical condition and fitness to travel from your doctor.

What about in-flight meals?

Although meals are still provided on most international flights, you should be aware that there is a trend towards them not being included on shorter flights, and particularly those within Europe. On many routes with connections within Europe, a meal will be provided on the inter-continental sector, but not on the sector between the UK and the connecting European airport. We cannot therefore guarantee that a meal will be provided on all flights. If you have a special dietary requirement, please let us know at the time of booking. We will send an automated request through to the airline. Please be aware that in most cases airlines do not confirm individual meal requests, so it is worth double checking that the meal has been ordered at check-in.

What happens when there is a flight schedule change?

When you book a flight-inclusive trip with Explore, your holiday confirmation will contain provisional flight details. The timings, flight numbers or route could change several times before departure. We will confirm final timings with your final documents. We will notify you immediately of any significant airline schedule change which occurs after your tickets have been issued. We recommend that you defer booking any connecting travel to the airport or arrangements such as car parking or overnight hotels until you have received your final documents, with confirmed travel times. Where Explore are arranging domestic regional flights, these will be automatically rebooked to connect with your international flights. We strongly recommend that you do not purchase nonflexible, non-refundable connecting rail, air or bus tickets, as they usually incur cancellation or penalty charges in the event of a change to the departure time or date.

What about banned airlines?

In accordance with EU Directive (EC) No 2111/2005 Article 9, we are required to bring to your attention the existence of a “Community List” which contains details of air carriers which are subject to an operating ban within the EU. The Community List is available for inspection at www.europa.eu. In accordance with EU Regulations we are required to advise you of the actual carrier(s) (or, if the actual carrier(s) is not known, the likely carrier(s)) that will operate your international flight(s) to and from an EU airport at the time of booking. Where we are only able to inform you of the likely carrier(s) at the time of booking, we shall inform you of the identity of the actual carrier(s) as soon as we become aware of this. Any change to the operating carrier(s) after your booking has been confirmed will be notified to you as soon as possible. If the carrier with whom you have a confirmed reservation becomes subject to an operating ban and, as a result, we or the carrier are unable to offer you a suitable alternative, the provisions of our Booking Conditions “If we change your trip” will apply. Please note that we will not book our customers onto banned airlines whose flights may be available for general sale and accessible to the public.

What about aircraft weight restrictions?

For the purposes of flight safety, it is essential that you adhere to the luggage weight restrictions imposed by the airline you are flying with, particularly when flying on internal flights on smaller aircraft.

How physically fit do I need to be?

All our trips require some level of active participation. It is in the interests of all members of the group that everyone should be capable of fully participating in the activities of their chosen trip. With this in mind, please be aware that (as

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detailed in our Booking Conditions) if it is felt that any customer is not able to participate in a trip without endangering the health or safety of themselves or any other person (including other group members), or that the presence of the customer on the trip means we will be unable to provide the trip, in whole or part, to other members of the group as advertised and contracted, the Explore Leader at any stage has the right to require them to leave the trip. To ensure that this is never necessary, please make sure that you have fully understood the level of fitness and ability required to complete the trip on which you are booking. It is your responsibility to let us know if you have any concerns related to this subject. If you have any medical condition or disability which may affect your trip arrangements in any way, you must provide us with full details at the time of booking. In certain circumstances, usually on more challenging walking and trekking trips, we may require you to provide proof of medical fitness before travelling.

What if I have a pre-existing medical condition?

If you, your travelling companions, or anyone upon whom your travel depends (such as a friend or family member) have a pre-existing medical condition, you must disclose this to the insurer’s medical screening helpline when you make your booking. Failure to do so may result in your claim being declined. Please ensure that you receive written confirmation from them that the condition is covered. You must take this written confirmation with you on trip, in addition to the insurance policy itself. If you don’t, you may not have appropriate cover. We reserve the right to cancel your booking at any point in time if you do not fully insure your pre-existing medical conditions.

We strongly recommend that you read their comments about the country you are planning to visit, both when you book and again just before you leave and that you sign up to the government travel alert service. For the UK, the FCO alert service can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/ email-signup. We monitor FCO travel warnings and advice and based on them, may cancel trips before departure, or re-route or make other changes to trips operating in or through the country concerned. Any decision we take about whether to operate or cancel a trip or make other changes will always be made in the interests of your safety and security. We will make these decisions at least four weeks before departure, unless we believe that local conditions will improve before the start of the trip.

How can I be best prepared?

Whilst we endeavour to provide as much information as possible in our brochure and individual Trip Notes regarding the areas our trips travel to, we would always recommend that you undertake some background research about the places you will be visiting and the type of climate and local conditions you can expect in order to get the most out of your holiday.

What about brochure and website accuracy?

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What about consumer peace of mind?

What about travel insurance?

You must have valid travel insurance. You will need to confirm to your Explore Leader that you are covered by a travel insurance policy at the start of the trip. Please ensure that your documentation shows you as the named policyholder and that the cover is valid for the entire period of travel. It must also indicate that you have cover for (at least) Medical Expenses and Emergency Repatriation in the event of illness or injury. Please ensure that a 24 hour contact telephone number for your Insurance Company is written on your documentation in case of an emergency. If you are unable to provide this information at the start of the trip you will not be able to continue with us unless you purchase a suitable Insurance policy.

Campbell Irvine Direct Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is essential. If you have not already arranged cover, please contact our recommended Travel Insurance providers www.campbellirvinedirect.com/explore who offer Travel insurance specifically designed to cover travel with Explore or call Campbell Irvine direct on 0207 938 1734. Explore Worldwide is an Introducer Appointed representative of Campbell Irvine Ltd who are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

What about Foreign Office Advice?

Explore is a fully bonded Tour Operator licensed by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and by ABTOT. We hold an Air Travel Organiser’s Licence issued by the Civil Aviation Authority (ATOL number 2595). All the flights and flight-inclusive holidays* in this brochure or on our website are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. When you pay, you will be supplied with an ATOL Certificate. Please ask for it and check to ensure that everything you booked (flights, hotels and other services) is listed on it. Please see our booking conditions for further information or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to www.atol.org.uk/ ATOLCertificate *The flights and flight-inclusive holidays we arrange are ATOL protected providing they are made available in the UK. As a member of the Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust Limited (ABTOT), Explore has provided a bond to meet the requirements of the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package No. 5207 Tours Regulations 1992. In the event of Explore’s insolvency, protection is provided for non-flight packages commencing in and returning to the UK and other non-flight packages excluding pre-arranged travel to and from your destination. Please note that packages booked outside the UK are only protected when purchased directly with Explore Worldwide Ltd. In the above circumstances, if you have not yet travelled you may claim a refund, or if you have already travelled, you may claim repatriation to the starting point of your non-flight package.

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) Travel Advice Unit (www.gov.uk/ foreign-travel-advice) provides detailed information about your destination.

The Association of Independent Tour Operators AITO is the Association for independent and specialist holiday companies. Its member companies, usually owner-managed, strive to create overseas holidays with high levels of professionalism and a shared concern for quality and personal service. The Association encourages the highest standards in all aspects of tour operating.

Professional Service and Continual Improvements

Exclusive Membership

Monitoring Standards

AITO sets criteria regarding ownership, finance and quality which must be satisfied before new companies are admitted to membership. All members are required to adhere to a Code of Business Practice which encourages high operational standards and conduct.

Financial Security

An AITO member is required to arrange financial protection for all holidays and other arrangements (including accommodation only) booked by customers with the member under the AITO logo. This financial protection applies to customers who are resident in the UK at the time of booking and to most overseas customers who have booked directly with the member. In doing so, the member must comply with UK Government regulations. Members are required to submit details of their financial protection arrangements to AITO on a regular basis.

Accurate Brochures / Web Sites

All members do their utmost to ensure that all their brochures and other publications, print or electronic, clearly and accurately describe the holidays and services offered.

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All members are committed to high standards of service and believe in regular and thorough training of employees. Members continually seek to review and improve their holidays. They listen to their customers and always welcome suggestions for improving standards. AITO endeavours to monitor quality standards regularly. All customers should receive a post-holiday questionnaire, the results of which are scrutinised by the Association.

Sustainable Tourism

All members acknowledge the importance of AITO’s Sustainable Tourism guidelines, which recognise the social, economic and environmental responsibilities of tour operating.

Customer Relations

AAll members endeavour to deal swiftly and fairly with any issues their customers may raise. In the unlikely event that a dispute between an AITO member and a customer cannot be settled amicably, AITO’s low-cost Independent Dispute Settlement Service may be called upon by either side to bring the matter to a speedy and acceptable conclusion. Explore is a member of the Association of Independent Tour Operators. To contact the association visit www.aito.com

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BEFORE YOU TRAVEL

Passports and Visas British and Irish passport holder information

It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of a full passport, with the correct validity and appropriate number of blank pages for your chosen destination. You must also have all visas and vaccination certificates that are necessary to enter or pass through any countries involved in the journey or trip. Visa requirements are listed in individual Trip Notes, but please note that this information is subject to change. If required, visas can be obtained through the Explore Visa Service or the relevant embassy or consulate.

Visas

Visa requirements should be confirmed with the relevant embassy or consulate. Unless otherwise stated (see ‘Y’ below), visas are not required for tourist visits of up to 30 days. General Note: Some countries refuse admission to travellers not meeting their accepted standards of dress or appearance (even if they hold a visa). Entry may also be refused to certain countries if your passport bears stamps or visas (valid or expired) for Israel. Please note all visa and vaccination information was compiled in August 2016.

Visa Swift

We have partnered with Visa Swift; a company who specialise in visa processing. Please visit their website to download visa application forms, follow links to important embassy websites or make general enquiries about their visa service. Visa Swift also offers a full range of passport services including; passport renewals, second passports and replacement passports. The Visa Swift service is easy to use, simply go to their website and enter the trip that you are travelling on. The website will then tell you which visas you need for your trip. At any time, you can track the progress of your visa application online. Please call 0207 405 1616 for more information or visit the Visa Swift site: www.visaswift.com/explore.aspx

Immigration advice

Please note that some countries require proof of parental consent when travelling overseas with any person under the age of 18. Please check requirements with the relevant embassy or consular office well in advance of travel if this applies to your party.

Please note it is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct, current information in good time before departure and that you act on it.

Inoculation and Health Requirements Country

Visas

A summary of requirements is listed in the chart. We stress that the following information is intended for quick reference only.

Immunisation

UK citizens

Minimum time required to issue

Yellow Fever

Albania

-

-

-

Andorra

-

-

-

Argentina

-

-

R

Hepatitis Typhoid Others Malaria A

R

R

-

-

-

-

-

-

R

R

-

R

Austria

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Burma

Y

4 days

F

R

R

D

R

Cambodia (1)

Y

On arrival

F

R

R

D

R

Canada (2)

Y

-

-

-

-

-

-

Chile

-

-

-

R

R

-

R

China (3)

Y

4 days

F

R

R

D

R*

Costa Rica

-

-

F

R

R

D

R

Croatia

-

-

-

R

R

D

-

Cuba (4)

Y

1 week

-

R

R

-

-

Cyprus

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Estonia

-

-

-

R

-

-

-

Ethiopia (5)

Y

On arrival

FR

R

R

DM

R

France

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Georgia

-

-

-

R

R

D

-

Germany

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Greece

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

India

Y

4 days

F

R

R

D

R*

Italy

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Jordan (6)

Y

On arrival

F

R

R

-

-

Latvia

-

-

-

-

-

D

-

Lithuania

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Madagascar

Y

On arrival

F

R

R

D

R

Morocco

-

-

-

R

R

-

-

Nepal

Y

On arrival

F

R

R

D

R

New Zealand

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Nicaragua

-

-

F

R

R

D

R

North Cyprus (7)

-

-

R

R

-

-

-

Peru (8)

-

-

R

R

R

-

R

Portugal (Maderia & Azores)

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Romania

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Slovakia

-

-

-

R

-

-

-

South Africa (9)

-

-

F

R

R

-

R*

Spain

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Sri Lanka

Y

2 days

F

R

R

D

-

Switzerland

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Tanzania (10)

Y

On arrival

FR

R

R

-

R

Turkey (11)

Y

-

-

R

R

D

-

USA (12)

Y

3 days

-

-

-

-

-

Venezuela

-

-

FR

R

R

D

R

Vietnam (13)

Y

-

F

R

R

D

R

Visas and Immunisations Quick Reference Chart

A summary of requirements is listed in the chart. We stress that the following information is intended for quick reference only. Y = YES, visa required. R = Immunisation/protection normally recommended. R* = Protection recommended for travel to some areas – please check with your healthcare provider. F = Valid International Certificate of Vaccination against Yellow Fever required only if coming from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission. M = Meningitis. Immunisation may be recommended depending on area visited and time of year. D = Diphtheria. Immunisation recommended in some circumstances, seek medical advice. For more information on the subject of vaccinations and health protection, check your individual Trip Notes or consult your booking agent. Further information can be found at www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk. For country-specific advice go to http://nathnac.net – an excellent source of information on health risks. Ask your medical practitioner for the latest information and allow time to obtain the appropriate vaccinations. Cholera vaccinations are not officially required by any country. However, in practice, a cholera vaccination certificate may be asked for by border officials when arriving from, or travelling into, an infected area: especially at land borders. Please see Trip Notes for details. The UK Department of Health recommends immunisation against tetanus and polio for all countries. Vaccinations: Please note that some inoculation programmes require two injections, administered four weeks apart. You should leave plenty of time for this. As a general rule, please note that health requirements and recommendations may change and you must check the current requirements in good time before departure. For holidays in the EU / EEA you should obtain an EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) before departure, from the Department of Health. This is available by telephone (0300 330 1350) or online at www.ehic.org.uk An EHIC is not, however, a substitute for appropriate travel insurance. Special notes (1) Visa may also be obtained on arrival. (2) From March 2016 any visitor to Canada will require an Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) prior to travel. (3) If you intend to travel to China after visiting Tibet, note that any China visa already obtained will have been cancelled on entering Tibet (Trip Ref TB). (4) You must have a tourist card pre departure - tourist cards can be issued by Explore or Cuban Consul. (5) Visas are available on arrival at Addis Ababa Airport. For any other arrival points you should obtain a visa in advance. (6) Visa fee waived if arriving and departing under certain conditions, otherwise visa issued on arrival. (7) Tetanus booster recommended. (8) Valid International Certificate of Vaccination against Yellow Fever required if arriving after transiting infected/endemic area or if travelling on Amazon extension (Peru). (9) Passport must have two clear blank pages for entry stamp. Please note: Adults travelling with children into or out of South Africa may be asked to show additional documentation in order to travel with a minor. More information can be found at http://www.gov. uk/foreign-travel-advice/south-africa and www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/south-africa. (10) Single entry visa only on arrival. (11) Tetanus booster recommended. Visa can be purchased through www.evisa.gov.tr. It is advisable to print a paper copy to take with you. (12) Visas not required provided entering by sea or air on a carrier participating in the Visa Waiver Program. It is compulsory for all travellers to the US to provide their personal details online using the Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) well in advance of travel (and not less than 72hrs before travel). (13) No visa required for British nationals making a single entry before 30JUN17 and not staying for longer than 14 days.

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Booking Conditions Please read carefully: Explore Worldwide Ltd (‘the Company’, “we”, “us” and “our”) accepts bookings subject to the following conditions. Except where expressly stated, these conditions only apply to trip arrangements booked by you with us and which we agree to make, provide or perform (as applicable) as part of our contract with you. All references in these conditions to “trip”, “booking”, “contract” or “arrangements” mean such trip arrangements unless otherwise stated. Please note: the information appearing in the section headed “Frequently Asked Questions” in our brochure or in these or any comparable sections and any other relevant information on our website also form part of your contract with us. References in these conditions to such sections include the comparable sections or information on our website. 1. Your trip contract

The contract is between the Company and you (“Explore Worldwide” and “you” in these conditions), being any person travelling or intending to travel on a trip operated by us including any person who is added or substituted after booking. We both agree that English law (and no other) will apply to your contract and to any dispute, claim or other matter of any description which arises between us (except as set out below). We both also agree that any dispute, claim or other matter of any description (and whether or not involving any personal injury) which arises between us must be dealt with by the Courts of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Island only. No employee of the Company other than a director has authority to vary or omit any of these terms. No promise of a discount or refund will be binding on us unless confirmed by us in writing.

to do so, we collect the necessary deposit on the basis that the price you have agreed to pay will be the one applicable to your holiday after confirmation of all costs. Once we have confirmation of all applicable costs, we will issue a confirmation which will show the confirmed price. This price may be higher or lower than the estimated price. It is at this point that our price guarantee will take effect. Any such difference will not be a surcharge and, if an increase, will be payable in full. If, however, any increase between the estimated price and the confirmed price shown on your revised invoice is greater than 10% of the estimated price, you may cancel your holiday and receive a full refund of all monies you have paid us other than any insurance premiums and amendment fees / charges providing you notify us in writing of your wish to do so within 7 days. No compensation will be payable in this situation.

2. To secure your booking

3. Payment for your trip

(Please refer to Clause 17 “Late Bookings”) To secure a booking, we or our authorised travel agent must receive payment of the minimum deposit of 10% of the total trip price, per person, (or full payment if booking within 60 days of the start of your trip or at an earlier stage for some trips). A higher deposit will be payable if any supplier(s) requires additional payment at the time of booking / prior to balance due date. On occasions, full payment for a service such as your flights may be required at the time of booking. The applicable eposit will be confirmed at the time of booking. See also “How to Book” section. All clients (including anyone who is added or substituted at a later date), whether booking in person, by telephone, via our website, by e-mail or facsimile or by any other means, will be deemed to have agreed to the following four conditions: a) they have read and accepted our Booking Conditions and general information pages contained in our brochure and/or on our website. b) they appreciate and accept the risks involved in adventure travel. c) they do not suffer from any pre-existing medical condition or disability which may prevent them from actively participating in the trip. If any person suffers from any medical condition or disability which will or may affect their trip arrangements, please contact us before making your booking to discuss your requirements. d) the person making the booking confirms that he/she is at least 18 years old and has full authority to enter into a contract on the basis of these conditions on behalf of all persons named on the booking and confirms that all such persons are fully aware of and accept these conditions. With the exception of self-guided trips (see below), a booking is accepted and becomes definite only from the date when we issue a confirmation invoice to you or your authorised travel agent. It is at this point that a contract between us comes into existence. If you book online, any acknowledgement of your booking request we send to you in the meantime is not a confirmation of your booking. Before your booking is confirmed and a contract comes into force, we reserve the right to increase or decrease holiday prices. Where our allocation of air seats has been fully utilised or where it is not possible to offer an air seat from an allocation, we reserve the right to pass on any extra costs incurred. We reserve the right to decline any booking at our discretion. We will communicate with you by e-mail. You must therefore check your e-mails on a regular basis. We may also contact you by telephone and/or post if we cannot, for whatever reason, contact you by e-mail. Certain documents may need to be sent by post. References in these conditions to “send” and “in writing” or similar include communication by e-mail. You should contact us by e-mail if you need to do so for any of the reasons mentioned in these booking conditions (for example, to request an amendment). Self-guided trips: We may not be in a position to confirm the costs for all services forming part of your self-guided holiday at the time of booking until your services are confirmed. Where any costs cannot be confirmed, we will provide you with an estimated price for your holiday which will be based on anticipated rates and costs. If you wish to proceed with the booking and we are in a position

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The balance of all monies due must be received by us or our authorised travel agent not later than 60 days before the start of your trip. For certain trips, full payment must be received sooner. We will tell you at the time of booking when this is the case. If you don’t pay your balance by the due date, we reserve the right to treat your booking as cancelled and cancellation charges will apply. Any monies paid by you to an authorised travel agent for trips operated by us are held by the agent on our behalf. You can pay by cheque, credit or debit card. We accept Visa and Mastercard for which a credit card fee of 1.52% is payable (£1.52 per £100) for all payments paid to Explore by credit card. We reserve the right to change this charge if the card issuer or merchant provider’s charges to us vary. We will advise you if this happens before taking any payment by credit card. This fee does not apply if payment is made by debit card.

4. If you change your booking

a) A confirmed booking can be changed or transferred free of charge to a different departure date or trip, up to 60 days prior to departure. Thereafter all changes will be treated as cancellations and subject to the cancellation charges below. Changes are subject to availability and are limited to one transfer during the lifetime of your booking. It is not possible to rebook back onto the original departure once you have either transferred or cancelled your booking. You can request a credit voucher for the amount paid in respect of any cancelled booking, less any non-refundable charges incurred by us or imposed by our suppliers. This must be redeemed within 12 months of issue against a new booking. No further credit vouchers can be requested against the new booking. The voucher cannot be exchanged for cash. No cash refund will be provided if the cost of the new booking is less than the value of the credit voucher. b) If you are unable to travel, in circumstances which we consider reasonable, the booking or your place on the booking may be transferred to another suitable person (introduced by you) up to 60 days prior to departure. Any costs or charges incurred by us or incurred or imposed by any supplier(s) in making the transfer must be paid before the transfer can be made. Any overdue balance payment must also be paid. For flight inclusive bookings, you must pay the charges levied by the airline concerned. As most airlines do not permit name changes after tickets have been issued for any reason, these charges are likely to be the full cost of the flight / an alternative flight.

5. If you cancel your booking

Should you wish to cancel, cancellation charges will be imposed. These are calculated from the day written or verbal notification is received by us or our authorised travel agent as a percentage of the total trip price per person cancelling, excluding any amendment charges and insurance premiums. The cancellation charges shown below are those which will apply to most trips. However, some suppliers have conditions which require the payment of higher or different charges (including the imposition of 100% cancellation charges well in advance of the normal balance due date) which you will have to pay in the event of cancellation. You will be advised at the time of booking if this is the case for your trip. a) 60 and more days before trip start date – loss of deposit

No. 5207 The air holidays in this brochure are ATOL Protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is 2595.

b) 59-42 days before trip start date – 30% or loss of deposit if higher c) 41-28 days before trip start date – 60% d) 27-14 days before trip start date – 90% e) Less than 14 days before trip start date – 100% Amendment charges and insurance premiums are not refundable if you cancel your booking. We strongly recommend that comprehensive travel insurance is taken out which includes cover against cancellation charges. Depending on the reason for the cancellation, you may be able to reclaim the cancellation charges (less any applicable excess) under the terms of your insurance policy. In the event of the cancellation of a booking where you are liable to pay to us cancellation charges in excess of the amount already paid to us at the time of cancellation, you cannot transfer or add these charges to another booking or use any amounts paid to us in relation to the cancelled booking by way of part payment for another booking. Part cancellation of a booking may result in additional costs being payable by the remaining members of your party. Please also see clause 4b.

6. If you have a complaint

If you have a complaint about any of your trip arrangements, you must tell both the relevant supplier and our representative at the time. It is only if we and the supplier know about problems that there will be the opportunity to put things right. If you don’t complain on the spot this may affect your ability to claim compensation. If your complaint cannot be resolved on trip you should notify us in writing within 28 days of the end of your trip. If we are unable to mutually resolve your complaint you may call upon the low cost AITO Independent Dispute Settlement Service (details on request). Claims which exceed £2,500 per person or £10,000 per booking or claims which apply principally or exclusively in respect of (or as a consequence of) illness or physical injury are not admissible for settlement under the service. Alternately you can refer your complaint for arbitration under the ABTOT Travel Industry Arbitration Service. An Independent Arbitrator will review the documents relating to any complaint and deliver a binding decision to bring the matter to a close. Details of this scheme are available from The Travel Industry Arbitration Service, administered by Dispute Settlement Services Ltd at 9 Savill Road, Lindfield, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH16 2NY or from ABTOT, Tower 42, Old Broad Street, London EC2N 1 HG. This scheme cannot however decide in cases where the sums claimed exceed £1,500 per person or £7,500 per booking, or for claims which are solely or mainly in respect of physical injury or illness or the consequence thereof. Please also see clause 1: Your Trip Contract.

7. Passports, visas and vaccinations

You are responsible for arranging, and must have, a valid, acceptable passport and any visas and vaccination certificates required for your entire journey and trip. Any information we give about these matters or related items (climate, clothing, baggage, personal gear etc) is given in good faith but without responsibility on our part. We regret we cannot accept any liability if you are refused entry onto any transport or into any country due to failure on your part to carry all required documentation. If your failure to have any necessary travel or other documents results in fines, surcharges or other financial penalty being imposed on us, you will be responsible for reimbursing us accordingly.

8. Travel and cancellation insurance

You must have travel insurance when you travel with us. You and your belongings are at all times solely at your own risk. You are wholly responsible for arranging your own insurance. You must ensure that you have personal travel insurance with protection for the full duration of the trip in respect of at least medical expenses, injury, death, repatriation, cancellation and curtailment, with adequate and appropriate cover including medical emergency helicopter repatriation. If you make your own arrangements you should ensure that there are no exclusion clauses limiting or excluding protection for the type of activities included in your trip. You must ensure that all travel insurance purchased meets your particular requirements and you should arrange supplementary insurance if need be.

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9. Consumer protection

We hold an Air Travel Organiser’s License issued by the Civil Aviation Authority (ATOL number 2595). When you buy an ATOL protected flight or flight inclusive holiday* from us, you will receive an ATOL Certificate. This lists the flight, accommodation, car hire and/or other services that are financially protected, where you can get information on what this means for you and who to contact if things go wrong. We, or the suppliers identified on your ATOL certificate, will provide you with the services listed on the ATOL Certificate (or a suitable alternative). In some cases, where neither we nor the supplier are able to do so for reasons of insolvency, an alternative ATOL holder may provide you with services you have bought or a suitable alternative (at no extra cost to you). You agree to accept that in those circumstances the alternative ATOL holder will perform those obligations and you agree to pay any money outstanding to be paid by you under your contract to that alternative ATOL holder. However, you also agree that in some cases it will not be possible to appoint an alternative ATOL holder, in which case you will be entitled to make a claim under the ATOL scheme (or your credit card issuer where applicable). If we, or the suppliers identified on your ATOL certificate, are unable to provide the services listed (or a suitable alternative, through an alternative ATOL holder or otherwise) for reasons of insolvency, the Trustees of the Air Travel Trust may make a payment to (or confer a benefit on) you under the ATOL scheme. You agree that in return for such a payment or benefit you assign absolutely to those Trustees any claims which you have or may have arising out of or relating to the non-provision of the services, including any claim against us, the travel agent (or your credit card issuer where applicable).You also agree that any such claims may be re-assigned to another body, if that other body has paid sums you have claimed under the ATOL scheme. *The flights and flight-inclusive holidays we arrange are ATOL protected providing they are made available in the UK. For further information visit the ATOL website at www. atol.org.uk. As a member of the Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust Limited (ABTOT), Explore has provided a bond to meet the requirements of the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992. In the event of Explore’s insolvency, protection is provided for non-flight packages commencing in and returning to the UK and other non-flight packages excluding prearranged travel to and from your destination. Please note that packages booked outside the UK are only protected when purchased directly with Explore Worldwide Ltd. In the above circumstances, if you have not already travelled, you may claim repatriation to the starting point of your non-flight package.

10. Trip participation and client responsibility

You agree to accept the authority and decisions of our employees, Trip Leaders and agents whilst on trip with us. If in the opinion of any such person(s) or any other person in a position of authority (such as, for example, an airline pilot or hotel manager), your health, level of fitness or conduct at any time before or during a trip is endangering or appears likely to endanger your health or wellbeing or any third party (including any other clients of the Company) or the safe, comfortable or happy progress of the trip, you may be excluded from all or part of the trip without refund or recompense. Where you are excluded, we will have no further responsibility towards you (including any return travel arrangements) and we will not meet any expenses or costs incurred as a result of the exclusion. In the case of ill health, we may make such arrangements we see fit and recover the costs thereof from you. If you commit an illegal act (including, for example, causing any damage) you may be excluded from the trip and we shall cease to have responsibility to/for you as above. No refund will be given for any unused services. When you book with us, you accept responsibility for any damage or loss caused by you or any member of your party. Full payment for any such damage or loss (reasonably estimated if not precisely known) must be made direct to the accommodation owner or manager or other supplier or to us as soon as possible. If the actual cost of the loss or damage exceeds the amount paid where estimated, you must pay the difference once known. If the actual cost is less than the amount paid, the difference will be refunded. You will also be responsible for meeting any claims subsequently made against us and all costs incurred by us (including our own and the other party’s full legal costs) as a result of your actions. You should ensure you have appropriate travel insurance to protect you if this situation arises. If you have any medical condition or disability which may affect your active participation in your trip or the trip arrangements of any other person or have any special requirements as a result of any medical condition or disability (including any which affect the booking process), please tell us before you confirm your booking so that we can assist you in considering the suitability of the proposed trip and/or making the booking. In any event, you must give us full details at the time of booking and whenever any change in the condition or disability occurs. You must also promptly advise us if any medical condition or disability which may affect your active participation

in your trip or the trip arrangements of any other person develops after your booking has been confirmed.

11. If we change your trip

While we will do our best to operate all trips as advertised, we reserve the right to change and correct errors in any of the facilities, services or itineraries described in this brochure and/or on our website at any time before or after your booking is confirmed. Most changes are minor. Occasionally, we have to make a significant change. If a significant change has to be made, we will inform you as soon as reasonably possible, if there is time before departure. For “Guaranteed Departures”, we promise not to make any significant changes to the “land only” itinerary unless we are forced to do so by force majeure (see clause 13). However, if a trip, including a “Guaranteed Departure” consists of a group size of 3 or less, we reserve the right to substitute your Explore Leader with one or more local representatives and we may utilise public transport and/or taxis for the whole or part of your trip instead of the advertised trip vehicle. Where this is the case, we will tell you as soon as we are able. Any such change(s) will not be a significant change. This guarantee does not, however, apply to any international or domestic flights which may be subject to change or cancellation in accordance with these conditions. A significant change is a change made before departure which we can reasonably expect to have a major effect on your trip. Significant changes are likely to include the following changes when made before departure; a change of the outward or return international flight departure time to/from the UK (where we have booked your international flight) or of the duration of your trip (excluding international flights) of 12 or more hours, a change of UK departure airport (except between any London airport including Stansted and Luton) to one which is more inconvenient for you (where we have booked your international flight) and, a major itinerary re-routing. Please note, a change of airline, any advertised mode of transport, named accommodation, flight time(s) for any flight other than any international flight to / from the UK or of the flight time(s) for the international flight to / from the UK we have booked this for you of less than 12 hours are not significant changes unless otherwise expressly stated. If advised of a significant change before departure you will have the choice of accepting the changed arrangements (at additional cost if applicable), purchasing another available trip from us (paying or receiving a refund in respect of any difference in price) or cancelling the trip with a full refund of all monies paid to us. If we have to make a significant change before departure we will as a minimum, where compensation is due, pay you the compensation payments set out in the table below depending on the circumstances and when the significant change is notified to you or your travel agent subject to the following exception. Compensation will not be payable and no liability beyond offering the above mentioned choices can be accepted where we are forced to make a change as a result of unusual and unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control, the consequences of which we could not have avoided even with all due care. Such circumstances are likely to include those listed in clause 13 “Force Majeure”. No compensation will be payable and the above options will not be available where a change is a minor one. We regret we cannot meet any visa, vaccination or similar costs in the event of any change or cancellation by us. Similarly, as you are advised only to book fully flexible connecting transport and other arrangements (such as pre or post trip accommodation) which can be cancelled or changed without charge, we cannot pay any cancellation, amendment or other charges you may incur in relation to any arrangements which you have to change or cancel as a result of any change to your trip. Period of notification given Compensation to you or your travel agent per person More than 42 days: Nil 41-28 days: £20 27-14 days: £30 13 days or less before the date of travel: £40 Very rarely, we may be forced by “force majeure” (see clause 13) to change or terminate your trip after departure but before the scheduled end of your time away. This is extremely unlikely but if this situation does occur, we regret we will be unable to make any refunds (unless we obtain any refunds from our suppliers), pay you any compensation or meet any costs or expenses you incur as a result.

12. If we cancel your trip

We reserve the right to cancel a trip in any circumstances but will not cancel a trip less than 6 weeks before the start of the trip except for force majeure (see clause 13), or your failure to make all payments (including the final balance and any surcharge) when due. Please note, except for “Guaranteed Departures”, our trips require a minimum number of participants to enable us to operate them. If any trip does not have the minimum number of participants required to make it commercially viable, we are entitled to cancel it. We will notify you or your travel agent of cancellation for this reason not less than 6 weeks

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before the start of your trip. For “Guaranteed Departures”, there is no minimum group size and we will not cancel the “land only” itinerary unless forced to do so by force majeure (see clause 13). However, for groups with less than 3 participants, we reserve the right to make changes to the Explore Leader or form of transport as referred to in clause 11. If we have to cancel, we will tell you as soon as possible. If there is time to do so before departure and the cancellation does not result from your failure to pay, we will offer you the choice of purchasing an alternative trip offered as a result of consolidation or another available trip from us (in either case, paying or receiving a refund in respect of any difference in price) or receiving a full refund of all monies paid to us excluding Annual Insurance premiums if applicable. We regret we cannot meet any visa, vaccination or similar costs in the event of any change or cancellation by us. Similarly, as you are advised only to book fully flexible transport and other arrangements which can be cancelled or changed without charge, we cannot pay any cancellation, amendment or other charges you may incur in relation to any transport or other arrangements which you have to change or cancel as a result of the cancellation of your trip. In addition, we will as a minimum, where compensation is due, pay you the compensation set out in the table in clause 11 above depending on the circumstances and when the cancellation is notified to you or your travel agent subject to the following exceptions. Compensation will not be payable and no liability beyond offering the above mentioned choices can be accepted where (1) we are forced to cancel as a result of unusual and unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control, the consequences of which we could not have avoided even with all due care (such circumstances are likely to include those listed in clause 13 “Force Majeure”) or (2) we have to cancel because the minimum number of participants necessary for us to operate your trip has not been reached (see above). No compensation will be payable and the above options will not be available if we cancel as a result of your failure to comply with any requirement of these booking conditions entitling us to cancel (such as paying on time).

13. Force majeure

Except where otherwise expressly stated in these conditions, we regret we cannot accept liability or pay any compensation where the performance or prompt performance of our obligations under our contract with you is prevented or affected by or you otherwise suffer any injury, damage, loss or expense of any nature as a result of “force majeure”. In these conditions, “force majeure” means any event which we or the supplier of the service(s) in question could not, even with all due care, foresee or avoid. Such events may include whether actual or threatened war, riot, civil strife, terrorist activity, industrial dispute, natural or nuclear disaster, adverse weather conditions, disease, fire and all similar events outside our control.

14. Our responsibility for your trip

Your booking is accepted on the understanding that you appreciate and accept the possible risks inherent in adventure travel and that you undertake the trips, treks or expeditions featured in our programme at your own volition. (1) We promise to make sure that the trip arrangements we have agreed to make, perform or provide, as applicable, as part of our contract with you are made, performed or provided with reasonable skill and care. This means that, subject to these conditions and the other information which forms part of your contract with us, we will accept responsibility if, for example, you suffer death or personal injury or your contracted trip arrangements are not provided as promised or prove deficient as a result of the failure of ourselves, our employees, agents or suppliers to use reasonable skill and care in making, performing or providing, as applicable, your contracted trip arrangements. Please note, it is your responsibility to show that reasonable skill and care has not been used if you wish to make a claim against us. In addition, we will only be responsible for what our employees, agents and suppliers do or do not do if they were at the time acting within the course of their employment (for employees) or carrying out work we had asked them to do (for agents and suppliers). (2) We will not be responsible for any injury, illness, death, loss (including loss possessions and loss of enjoyment), damage, expense, cost or other sum or claim of any description whatsoever which results from any of the following: the act(s) and/or omission(s) you or any member(s) of your party or the act(s) and/or omission(s) of a third party not connected with the provision of your trip and which were unforeseeable or unavoidable or ‘force majeure’ as defined in clause 13 above (3) Please note, we cannot accept responsibility for any services which do not form part of our contract. This includes, for example, any additional services or facilities which any supplier agrees to provide for you where the services or facilities are not advertised by us and we have not agreed to arrange them as part of our contract. Any optional excursions or activities booked during your

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holiday do not form part of our contract as these are all arranged for you directly by the suppliers concerned – please see clause 15: Optional Excursions and activities below. In addition, regardless of any wording used by us on our website, in any advertising material or elsewhere, we only promise to use reasonable skill and care as set out above and we do not have any greater or different liability to you. (4) The promises we make to you about the services we have agreed to provide or arrange as part of our contract – and the laws and regulations of the country in which your claim or complaint occurred – will be used as the basis for deciding whether the services in question had been properly provided. Please bear in mind that standards of, for example, safety, hygiene, and quality may vary throughout the destinations, services and transport your trip involves and may be lower than or different to those applicable in the UK. If the particular services which gave rise to the claim or complaint complied with the local laws and regulations applicable to those services at the time, the services will be treated as having been properly provided. This will be the case even if the services did not comply with the laws and regulations of the UK which would have applied had those services been provided in the UK. The exception to this is where the claim or complaint concerns the absence of a safety feature which might lead a reasonable holidaymaker to refuse to take the trip in question. (5) As set out in these conditions, we limit the maximum amount we may have to pay you for any claims you may make against us. We do not, however, limit or exclude our liability for death or personal injury caused by the negligence of ourselves or our employees (providing they were at the time acting within the course of their employment). Where we are found liable for loss of and/or damage to any luggage or personal possessions (including money), the maximum amount we will have to pay you is £500 per person affected unless a different limitation applies to your claim under clause 14(6) below. You must ensure you have appropriate travel insurance to protect your personal belongings. For all other claims which do not involve death or personal injury, if we are found liable to you on any basis, the maximum amount we will have to pay you is twice the price (excluding insurance premiums and amendment charges) paid by or on behalf of the person(s) affected in total unless a lower limitation applies to your claim under clause 14 (6) below. This maximum amount will only be payable where everything has gone wrong and you have not received any benefit at all from your trip. (6) Where any claim or part of a claim (including those involving death or personal injury) concerns or is based on any travel arrangements (including the process of getting on and/or off the transport concerned) provided by any air, sea, rail or road carrier, the maximum amount of compensation we will have to pay you will be limited. The most we will have to pay you for that claim or that part of a claim if we are found liable to you on any basis is the most the carrier concerned would have to pay under the international convention or regulation which applies to the travel arrangements in question were that claim made against it (for example, the Warsaw Convention 1929 as amended or unamended and the Montreal Convention 1999 for international travel by air and/or for airlines with an operating licence granted by an EU country, the EC Regulation on Air Carrier Liability No 889/2002 for national and international travel by air, the Athens Convention 1974 for international travel by sea and COTIF, the Convention on International Travel by Rail. Please note: where a carrier would not be obliged to make any payment to you under the applicable international convention or regulation in respect of a claim or part of a claim, we similarly are not obliged to make a payment to you for that claim or part of the claim. When making any payment, we are entitled to deduct any money which you have received or are entitled to receive from the carrier or hotelier for the complaint or claim in question. Copies of the applicable international conventions and regulations are available from us on request. (7) Please note, we cannot accept any liability for any damage, loss, expense or other sum(s) of any description (1) which on the basis of the information given to us by you concerning your booking prior to our accepting it, we could not have foreseen you would suffer or incur if we breached our contract with you or (2) which did not result from any breach of contract or other fault by ourselves or our employees or, where we are responsible for them, our suppliers. Additionally we cannot accept liability for any expenses or losses incurred by or relating to any business including self-employed loss of earnings. (8) You must provide ourselves and our insurers with all assistance we may reasonably require. You must also tell us and the supplier concerned about your claim or complaint as set out in clause 6. If you have a complaint. if asked to do so, you must transfer to us or our insurers any rights you have against the supplier or whoever else is responsible for your claim or complaint (if the person concerned is under 18, their parent or guardian must do so). You must also agree to cooperate fully with us and our insurers if we or our insurers want to enforce any rights which are transferred.

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15. Optional excursions and activities

We and our Explore Leaders may provide you with information (before departure and/or when you are on holiday) about optional activities and excursions which do not form part of your pre-booked holiday arrangements and which are available in the area you are visiting. We have no involvement in any such activities or excursions which are not run, supervised or controlled in any way by us. They are provided by local operators or other providers who are entirely independent of us and they may or may not have their own public liability insurance. They may require a waiver form to be signed. Optional excursions and activities do not form any part of your contract with us even where we suggest particular operators / providers and / or assist you in booking such activities or excursions in any way. Where an Explore Leader collects payment for or otherwise assists in booking any such activity or excursion for you, we and the Explore Leader act solely as booking agent for the local operator / provider of the activity or excursion with whom you will have a contract. The local operator / provider’s terms and conditions will apply. We cannot accept any liability on any basis in relation to such activities or excursions and the acceptance of liability contained in clause 14(1) of our booking conditions will not apply to them. We do not, however, exclude liability for the negligence of ourselves or our employees resulting in your death or personal injury. We do not guarantee that any optional activity or excursion mentioned in our brochure, on our website or elsewhere will be available to book during your holiday and / or will operate as advertised as these services do not form part of our contract and are not under our control. They may not be available for various reasons. Any prices given in advance are indicative only. We will not be liable if you cannot, for whatever reason, book any such activity or excursion or if the activity or excursion does not operate as advertised.

16. Flights/Transport/Delays

The timings of air, sea, road or rail departures are estimates only. Subject to clause 11 “If we change your trip”, we cannot accept any liability for any change, cancellation or delay in your transportation from or to the UK or during your trip whether any change, cancellation or delay is caused by adverse weather conditions, rescheduling by a transport supplier, airline or airport authority, action by air traffic controllers, mechanical breakdown, industrial action or any other event or circumstance outside our control. Where long flight delays result in lost trip time, no refunds are given by hotels or suppliers. Similarly, except where the Denied Boarding Regulations apply, airlines do not offer compensation for flight delays. It is in recognition of the above that our travel insurance policy offers compensation for flight delays over 12 hours (not applicable to flights within a trip itinerary). However, at their discretion your carrier will endeavour to reduce the inconvenience of any delay by providing meals and accommodation, as appropriate for the time of day or night (dependent on local availability), if you are delayed for more than 12 hours. If you incur payments for any services in the event of a delay, we will not accept responsibility for payment unless we have given our prior consent. If your flight is cancelled or delayed, your flight ticket is downgraded or boarding is denied by your airline, depending on the circumstance, the airline may be required to pay you compensation, refund the cost of your flight and/or provide you with accommodation and/or refreshments under the EC Regulations No 261/2004 – the Denied Boarding Regulations 2004 where applicable you must pursue the airline directly for the compensation or other payments due to you. All sums you receive or are entitled to receive from the airline concerned by virtue of these Regulations represent the full amount of your entitlement to compensation or any other payment arising from such cancellation, delay, downgrading or denied boarding. This includes any disappointment, distress, inconvenience or effect on any other arrangements. The fact a delay may entitle you to cancel your flight does not automatically entitle you to cancel any other arrangements even where those arrangements have been made in conjunction with your flight. We have no liability to make any payment to you in relation to the Denied Boarding Regulations or in respect of any flight cancellation or delay, downgrading of any flight ticket or denial of any boarding as the full amount of your entitlement to any compensation or other payment (as dealt with above) is covered by the airline’s obligations under the Denied Boarding Regulations. If for any reason, we make any payment to you or a third party which the airline is responsible for in accordance with the Denied Boarding Regulations, you must, when requested, assign to us the rights you have or had to claim the payment in question from the airline. If your airline does not comply with these rules, you should complain to the CAA at caa. co.uk.

contract between the Company and the client comes into existence as soon as full payment has been received by us or our authorised travel agent.

18. Brochure / Website / Advertising material accuracy

The information contained in our brochure, on our website and in our other advertising material is believed correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of printing or publication. However, errors may occasionally occur and information may subsequently change. You must therefore ensure you check all details of your chosen trip (including the price) with us or your travel agent at the time of booking. Issue date: September 2016. Explore Worldwide Ltd. Registered Office: Nelson House, 55 Victoria Road, Farnborough, Hampshire, GU14 7PA, UK. VAT No. 358 7552 13.

Data Protection Privacy Statement Your privacy is important to us. We will only use the information that we collect about you lawfully, in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998 and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003 (“data protection laws”). You confirm that you will only enter information about yourself and those in your party and that such information is true. For the purposes of the Data Protection Act 1998, we, Explore Worldwide Limited are a data controller. In order to process your booking, brochure and Trip Note requests, provide your trip and to help us provide you with a more personal service, we need to collect certain personal details from you. These details will include, where applicable, the names and contact details of party members, credit/ debit card or other payment details and special requirements such as those relating to any disability or medical condition which may affect the chosen trip arrangements and any dietary restrictions which may disclose your religious beliefs. If we need any other personal details, we will tell you before we obtain them from you. We need to pass on your personal details to the companies and organisations who need to know them so that your trip can be provided (for example your airline, hotel, other supplier, credit/debit card company or bank). Such companies and organisations may be outside the European Union, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein if your trip is to take place or involves suppliers outside these countries. We would also like to store and use your personal details for future marketing and trip review purposes (for example, sending you a brochure or details of new features, trips or special offers which we think may be of interest to you, including by email). All details you give us in connection with your booking (including those relating to any disability or medical condition or your religious beliefs) will be kept by us but we will use only names and contact details for marketing purposes (unless you have indicated that you do not wish us to do so). We may also send you promotional information about selected third parties’ products and services that may be of interest to you. Occasionally we hire other companies to provide services on our behalf, for example providing holiday reviews and mailing information to our customers. We only provide those companies with the personal details relating to our clients which they require in order to deliver the service. They are prohibited from using that information for any other purpose. We will ensure that anyone to whom we pass your details for this reason agrees to treat it with the same level of protection we are obliged to provide. If you do not want us to do any or all of these things, please let us know as soon as possible. Except where expressly permitted by the Data Protection Act, we will only deal with the personal details you give us as set out above unless you agree otherwise. We have appropriate security measures in place to protect this information. You are generally entitled to ask us (by letter or e-mail) what details of yours are being held or processed, for what purpose and to whom they may be or have been disclosed. We promise to respond to your request within 40 days of receiving your written request and fee. In certain limited circumstances we are entitled to refuse your request. If you believe that any of your personal details which we are processing are inaccurate or incorrect, please contact us immediately. Please note telephone calls may be recorded for training and monitoring purposes. From time-to-time, our staff, customers and suppliers may take photographs and video footage of trips in progress, including pictures of our customers. These pictures may be used in future marketing materials and stored physically and digitally. If you do not wish for your family to be filmed or for your pictures to be taken or used in this manner, please advise your Explore Leader and/or the photographer at the start of your trip. As our privacy statement may change due to developments in the law, we would encourage you to re-read our privacy statement at explore.co.uk/privacy-policy from time to time so that you are aware of any changes in how we gather and use personal information.

17. Late bookings

We emphasise the importance of making a booking at the earliest opportunity, because of the small group nature of our trips. For bookings received within 6 weeks of your trip start date (or at an earlier stage for certain trips), the

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Book early Our Walking and Trekking Adventure trips fill up quickly, so to guarantee your choice of trip and departure date it is best to book as early as possible.

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Most airlines now require your full first name, middle name (if you have one) and surname. These must be provided exactly as they appear on your passport, otherwise boarding may be denied. Some governments require you to provide personal information from your passport, before travel. We will advise you if this is required.

To secure a booking we require a non-refundable deposit of 10% of the trip price. Occasionally, a higher deposit is required but you will be advised about this at the time of booking. A higher deposit will be required if any travel partners require additional payment at the time of booking (or before the date at which the full balance becomes due). If your travel starts within 60 days of booking, full payment will be required at the time of booking. Occasionally, full payment for a particular service (such as your flights) may be required at the time of booking.

Booking conditions

Final Payment

When you book, you will be asked if you have read and understood the Booking Conditions and FAQ’s (p.132-138) – please note that you are legally bound to do so. Although many people decide not to read the small print, you will find that a great deal of useful information is included within it. We really appreciate you taking the time to do this.

Fitness and Ability

You must be sufficiently fit and healthy to be able to take part in all included elements of the trip.

Visas

Please leave adequate time to obtain all visas and make sure you have enough space in your passport for stamps.

Travel Insurance

A final invoice will be sent to you nine weeks before departure. This must be paid no later than eight weeks before departure.

Cheque, Debit and Credit Cards

You can pay the deposit and final invoice by cheque, credit or debit card. We accept Visa and Mastercard for which a credit card fee of 1.52% is payable (£1.52 per £100) for all payments paid to Explore by credit card. We reserve the right to change this charge if the card issuer or merchant provider’s charges to us vary. We will advise you if this happens before taking any payment by credit card. This fee does not apply if payment is made by debit card.

Data Protection Legislation

Explore Worldwide Ltd is registered on the UK Data Protection Register in the UK. For our full data protection and privacy statement please see page 138.

Is mandatory for all customers on all Explore trips. Please see page 134 or visit explore.co.uk/insurance

Pre-existing Medical Conditions Must be declared to your insurers.

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