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Walking SMALL GROUP AND SELF-GUIDED ADVENTURES

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Why Explore? We’ve been taking small groups on adventure holidays for almost 40 years. Our authentic travel experiences immerse you in the sights and culture of each extraordinary destination, and we work with local tour leaders who are uniquely placed to add spontaneous moments to every trip.

98%

of travellers would book with Explore again.* *According to independently veriďŹ ed reviews. As of 16/09/2019.

Once-in-a-lifetime. Every day.

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 Hand-picked accommodation Carefully selected accommodation which balances comfort with location. This means you’ll generally stay in three-star accommodation with en suite facilities, and you’ll only sleep in a tent if it’s the best way to see the stars.

 Walking grade to suit you We have a walking holiday to suit everybody, no matter your level of fitness. From idyllic coastal paths to epic mountain treks, we grade our trips from ‘Easy’ through to ‘Challenging to Tough’ to help you choose the right one. You’ll find the walking grade listed in the ‘at a glance’ box on each page.

Welcome

Our average group tour size is just 12, which is perfect for meeting new people and getting to the heart of our destinations. Group sizes are determined by each trip.

 Loyalty scheme We like to reward our customers. As a way of recognising your loyalty, we offer 5% discount on your fifth to ninth holidays with us, and 10% on your tenth and all subsequent trips. You can use this discount on all small group trips with Explore, and can combine it with many of our other discounts and promotions. We also have ways to save if you are travelling in a group or want to recommend a friend. So once you’ve caught the travel bug, we make it a little easier to keep coming back for more.

 Responsible travel We believe travel should change us, not the world. We aim to always be welcomed back, for communities and cultures to benefit and wildlife to flourish. Of course we also know that travel impacts the environment we care about, so we partner with charities such as Cool Earth to reduce this. See page 4 for more.

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Europe

12

Middle East and Africa

68

Asia and the Pacific

82

The Americas

102

Self-Guided

114

General information

134

More from Explore

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It’s all about the experience. Expertly created itineraries will take you off the beaten track to fully experience the culture of each destination. We work with local tour leaders who are uniquely placed to add richness and spontaneous moments to every trip. They’re on hand to take the hassle out of your travel, keep you safe and help create lifelong memories that stand the test of time.

 Small group sizes

Welcome

 Expert itineraries and local tour leaders

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Charities and partners “Responsible In Everything We Do” is one of our core values here at Explore. This includes supporting charities and projects in the destinations that we visit. Discover the partners we financially support below. On top of these, we sponsor many which our customers can visit or support whilst on our trips.

Cool Earth

Send a Cow

There’s no escaping it – air travel isn’t very green. But after a lot of research on a complicated subject, we’re proud to continue to support a leading deforestation charity Cool Earth.

Send a Cow is our long-term charity partner and we’re thrilled to be working with them.

Protecting rainforest is one of the most effective actions to tackle climate breakdown. Cool Earth work with indigenous communities empowering them to conserve their forest; keeping CO2 locked in.

Set up back in 1988, Send a Cow gives African farming families the hope and the means to create a sustainable future from their land. Importantly, Send a Cow also works to tackle barriers to social development, such as gender inequality, to help those most marginalised to thrive.

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SEPILOK | BORNEO

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Toilet Twinning

A group of 16 people, on a two-week tour will throw away between 800-1000 plastic bottles! Water-to-Go’s refillable filter bottles kill over 99.9% of all microbiological contaminants in water, including viruses, bacteria, chemicals and heavy metals. Suitable for any non-salt water source. No more need for single-use bottles? Genius.

Toilet Twinning are a UK based charity with one commendable goal – to flush away poverty! This fantastic charity is raising funds to enable people living in poor communities to have clean water, a decent toilet, and to learn about hygiene – a vital combination that prevents the spread of disease, reduces the number of deaths among children, and brings hope for the future.

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What to expect from a walking holiday Nothing gets you closer to a country than walking through it. Walking is the most natural way to travel, opening up possibilities for chance meetings and unplanned once-in-a-lifetime moments. We’ve got trips to suit walkers of all levels and interests, from leisurely strolls with mesmerising vistas, to challenging treks that leave you with a real sense of achievement. As with all our trips, every group is different but the ‘average’ group consists of roughly half couples and half solo travellers - all sharing a passion for exploring the world on foot. You’ll always have someone to keep you company along the route, but you don’t always have to walk together. Wherever possible your Explore leader will allow everyone to walk at their own pace, regrouping regularly along the route.

How fit do I need to be? It depends on the trip you choose. All our walking holidays are given a grade from ‘Easy’ through to ‘Challenging to Tough’, and the grade definition should give an indication of how much preparation you’ll need to do. On our online trip pages you’ll find a chart showing the daily walk distances and timings and information on the route including the terrain and ascents and descents. Generally, no specific training is needed but, to get the most out of your holiday, you might feel most comfortable if you’ve got out walking a few times in the lead-up to your trip. For more information on walking grades, see page 10.

What about the logistics? On nearly all our walking trips your main luggage will be transported for you, so you’re free to walk with a light rucksack of just the essentials. We recommend you carry water, snacks, a camera, a small first aid kit and any extra clothing or sun protection you might need. On more remote or challenging treks additional guides are there to assist the leader and provide support to the group – some have fully qualified Mountain Leaders while others have support crew to set up camp and prepare meals. Our expert teams are there to ensure you can focus on enjoying your trip.

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What is a Self-Guided walking trip? You can set your own pace on a Self-Guided walking holiday in Europe. We’ll send you detailed route notes with maps to follow and transfer your luggage between night stops. You choose the date, your travel companions, and even your start time and rest stops along the way. This is our most flexible way to travel. You’ll find more information about our Self-Guided trips on page 114.

Will I need to walk every day? On a typical small-group walking trip we select the very best walks in a country or region, include any must-see sights along the way and build in some free time to explore by yourself or simply relax. You’ll be transported from one destination to the next. Some of our most popular European trips are Centre-Based. This relaxed style of holiday involves staying in one place and getting to know the area in more depth. It’s very flexible and you can choose to do as many or few of the planned walks as you like. At the other end of the spectrum, we have Point-toPoint trips where almost the entire journey is covered on foot and you’ll need to take part in all the walks. See which trips are Centre-Based or Point-to-Point in the ‘at a glance’ box on each trip page.

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New walking trips for 2020 We’re passionate about walking, and we’re always on the lookout for exciting new places to walk and once-in-a-lifetime experiences to capture. This year we have seven brand new group walking trips and three new Self-Guided walking holidays joining our collection of adventures.

NEW TRIP

SPAIN

Walking in Mallorca Explore Mallorca’s spectacular coast and unspoilt Sierra de Tramuntana mountain range, from the pretty village of Esporles to the fishing port of Cala Ratjada. Walk along dramatic coastal pathways, follow historic trails and wander through olive groves to hidden beaches.

explore.co.uk/MAL

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NEW TRIP

MOROCCO

Walking in Morocco – Atlas to Atlantic

Explore the wild landscapes of northern Tuscany’s hidden gem - the Garfagnana Valley. Stay on a family-run farm with fantastic mountain views. Discover Lucca, one of Tuscany’s most beautiful Renaissance cities.

This new easy graded walking holiday includes hikes in the Atlas Mountains and on Morocco’s windswept Atlantic Coast. Discover vibrant Marrakech with its bustling souks, visit traditional Berber villages and stay in a traditional riad in the pretty walled city of Essaouira.

explore.co.uk/WTY

explore.co.uk/MAA

ITALY

Walking Trails of Hidden Tuscany

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NEW TRIP

NEW TRIP

DOMINICA

Caribbean Island Walking Dominica Often named the ‘Nature Island’, Dominica is perfect for exploring on foot. Hike to one of the world’s largest hot springs at Boiling Lake, swim under a waterfall in the heart of the rainforest and eat Creole food at a beachside restaurant.

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AZERBAIJAN

Azerbaijan Caucasus Walking The little-known country of Azerbaijan is right on the easternmost fringes of Europe. With a mix of easy and moderate walks, explore its culturally diverse villages and the breath-taking scenery of the Caucasus Mountains.

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TURKEY

NEW TRIP

Walking Turkey’s Turquoise Coast Based in the picturesque harbour town of Kas, explore the forests, hills and spectacular coastline of Lycia on this easy to moderate graded trip. Along the way discover ancient sites and enjoy a traditional home-cooked lunch with a local family.

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New Self-Guided Trips

NEW TRIP

We’ve added two great new coastal walking destinations to our range of Self-Guided holidays. Discover Turkey’s gorgeous southern Mediterranean Coast, where the Lycian Way trail connects ancient sites and traditional villages, and the wild Galician coast of Spain where you can dine each evening on freshly caught seafood.

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BHUTAN AND NEPAL

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Walking in Bhutan Explore the amazing sights and unique culture of Bhutan on this easy to moderate grade walking holiday. Interact with locals whilst walking through unspoilt villages, hike to the iconic Taktsang ‘Tiger’s Nest’ Monastery and take in the stunning scenery of the Phobjika Valley.

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Choosing Your Walking Holiday Our walks and treks are all graded by difficulty taking into consideration the daily distances covered, the terrain, ascents and descents, climate and altitude. The Trip Notes on our website contain detailed information about what to expect to help you choose a trip which suits your fitness and experience level.

2

1

5

4

3

6

EASY

EASY TO MODERATE

MODERATE

MODERATE TO CHALLENGING

CHALLENGING

CHALLENGING TO TOUGH

Good paths, low altitude and undemanding terrain. Ideal for those in good health who can walk three to five hours a day with plenty of non-walking time in the itinerary. Previous walking experience is not necessary.

Expect a mix of easy and moderate walks on fairly good paths at low altitude, with some demanding ascents and descents to spice it up just a little.

With generally good paths at low altitude (mainly below 2,500m), this is best for fit and active people who can walk three to seven hours a day with some demanding ascents and descents.

Combining moderate walks with some challenging hikes and demanding treks on difficult terrain or at higher altitudes, this is perfect for fit walkers who want to challenge themselves.

Trekking days are generally between six to eight hours, with some long, steep ascents and descents, sometimes at high altitude and on difficult terrain. A good fitness level and previous trekking experience is recommended.

Difficult terrain often at high altitudes and long trekking days (sometimes over nine hours). Requires a high level of fitness and you should be a confident, experienced trekker.

COUNTRIES

TRIP NAME

TRIP CODE POINT-TOPOINT

CENTREBASED

DAYS

PAGE

EASY Cambodia

Cambodian Trails - Angkor and Beyond

TWC

12

98

Cuba

Cuba Highlights on Foot

SCU

8

107

Estonia - Latvia - Lithuania

Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania on Foot

ELL

8

46

Indonesia

On Foot in Java and Bali

WJB

14

99

Italy

A Taste of Italy - Walking in Emilia Romagna

TOER

8

37

Italy

A Taste of Italy - Walking in Puglia

TOP

8

43

Morocco

 NEW Walking in Morocco - Atlas to Atlantic

MAA

8

76

New Zealand

Walking in New Zealand

WZN

19

101

Portugal

 BEST SELLER Walking in Portugal - Eastern Algarve

Spain - Portugal

Walks and Wine Tasting in Spain and Portugal

MWW

Armenia

On Foot in Armenia

WAM

9

66

Azerbaijan

 NEW Azerbaijan Caucasus Walking

WAZ

9

67

WIA

8

17

12

21

EASY TO MODERATE

Croatia

Walks and Coastal Towns of Croatia

Greece

Greek Cruise and Island Walking

GCW RVT

India

Rajasthan Village Trails

Italy

Lake Como Walking

Italy

Southern Tuscany Walking and Wine

Italy

 BEST SELLER Amalfi Coast Walking

Italy

Sicilian Trails

CO

LC

 

LTY

8

53

8

56

14

86

8

35

8

39

NAW

8

41

SIT

8

44

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COUNTRIES

TRIP NAME

TRIP CODE POINT-TOPOINT

CENTREBASED

DAYS

PAGE

EASY TO MODERATE CONTINUED Montenegro - Croatia

Walking Montenegro and the Croatian Islands

WCM

8

54

Nepal - Bhutan

 NEW Walking in Bhutan

WBHU

11

92

North Cyprus

 BEST SELLER On Foot in Northern Cyprus

8

60

Portugal (Azores)

 BEST SELLER Azores Island Hopping

Portugal

 BEST SELLER Remote Coastal Trails of Portugal

POR

Portugal

Walking in Portugal - Sintra and Arrabida

WISA

Twin-Centre

8

20

Slovenia

Walking in Slovenia

WSO

8

49

LNC

AZ

14

15

8

19

Spain (Canary Islands)

Canary Islands Walking - Lanzarote

LZT

8

24

Spain (Mallorca)

 NEW Walking in Mallorca

MAL

Twin-Centre

8

27

Turkey

 NEW Walking Turkey’s Turquoise Coast

WTC

Vietnam

On Foot in Vietnam

WVN

8

61

14

97

MODERATE Albania

Walking Albania

ALW

Andorra

Walking in the Andorran Pyrenees

PAW

8

51

8

32 104

Canada

Walking in the Canadian Rockies

WRK

13

China

 BEST SELLER Walk the Great Wall

WG

10

95

Costa Rica - Nicaragua

Hiking in Costa Rica and Nicaragua

NCR

15

106 108

Dominica

 NEW Caribbean Island Walking - Dominica

Georgia

 BEST SELLER Hiking in the Caucasus

Greece

Walking in Crete

Greece

Greek Islands Walking - Andros and Tinos

Greece

Walking the Corfu Trail (South)

WD

9

WGEO

8

65

CR

8

55

WAT CF

India

On Foot in Kerala

WIK

Italy

Walking Lake Garda and the Prosecco Hills

LGP

Twin-Centre 

Italy

Hiking in the Dolomites

DW

Italy

 NEW Walking Trails of Hidden Tuscany

WTY

Italy

Walking in Sardinia

SAR

Japan

Walk Japan - Kumano Kodo Trail

WJP

Jordan

 BEST SELLER Spice Trails of Jordan

Kyrgyzstan

Walking in Kyrgyzstan

Twin-Centre

8

57

8

58

11

85

8

36

8

34

8

38

8

42

12

96

TP

8

71

WKYZ

9

93

Madagascar

Madagascar Wilderness Trek

MF

15

80

Nepal

Walking the Annapurna Foothills

RT

13

87

Nepal

Annapurna Luxury Lodge Trek

LAN

12

91

Poland

 BEST SELLER Hiking in the Polish Carpathians

WPS

8

47

Portugal (Madeira)

 BEST SELLER Levada Trails of Madeira

TM

8

16

South Africa

Walking and Wildlife in South Africa

WSA

9

81

Spain

Camino de Santiago

Spain

Walking in Spain - Alicante Mountains

CDS

WWA

11

30

8

28

Spain

Trekking in Spain - Picos de Europa

PC

8

31

Spain

Walking in Spain - White Villages of Andalucia

SJ

8

29 23

Spain (Canary Islands)

Canary Islands Walking - La Gomera and Tenerife

OC

Twin-Centre

8

Spain (Canary Islands)

 BEST SELLER Canary Islands Walking - Gran Canaria

LOC

Twin-Centre

8

25

Spain (Canary Islands)

Canary Islands Walking - La Palma

LPM

8

26

WSL

Sri Lanka

On Foot in Sri Lanka

Turkey

Hiking Turkey’s Lycian Way

USA

Walking the Western US National Parks

LW

WUS

15

84

8

63

10

105

14

109

MODERATE TO CHALLENGING Argentina - Chile

Trek Patagonia - Fitz Roy and Torres del Paine

Greece

Walking the Corfu Trail (North)

FA

Italy

Sicilian Volcano Hike with Luca Cosma

SV

Morocco

 BEST SELLER Toubkal Climb

MJ

8

75

Peru

 BEST SELLER Inca Trail Trek

PQ

9

111

TPF 

8

59

8

45

Peru

Heights of Peru and Machu Picchu

PM

14

112

Peru

Peru In Depth and the Inca Trail

PE

19

113

Romania

Walking Romania - Transylvanian Alps Trek

TTA

8

50

CHALLENGING Ethiopia

Trekking Ethiopia’s Simien Mountains

ES

13

77

France - Switzerland - Italy

Tour du Mont Blanc

MBT

11

33

Morocco

Toubkal Long Weekend

ATA

5

72

Nepal

Annapurna Circuit

AN

20

90

Nepal CHALLENGING TO TOUGH

 BEST SELLER Annapurna Sanctuary

AS

15

89

Morocco

Winter Toubkal Trek

JT

8

73

Tanzania

 BEST SELLER Kilimanjaro - Lemosho Trek

KC

10

79

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Albania

51

Andorra

32

Armenia

66

Azerbaijan

67

Croatia

53–54

Estonia

46

France

33

Georgia

65

Greece

55–59

Italy

33–45

Latvia

46

Lithuania

46

Montenegro

54

North Cyprus

60

Poland

47

Portugal

15–21

Romania

50

Spain

21–31

Slovenia

49

Switzerland

33

Turkey

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Contents

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 Levada Trails of Madeira

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 Amalfi Coast Walking

41

 On Foot in Northern Cyprus

60

 Hiking Turkey’s Lycian Way

63

New Trips

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 Walking in Mallorca

27

 Walking Trails of Hidden Tuscany

38

 Walking Turkey’s Turquoise Coast

61

 Azerbaijan Caucasus Walking

67

Europe

Best Sellers

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EUROPE

Azores Island Hopping

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TRIP CODE - AZ | PORTUGAL

Discover the best of five unspoilt Azores islands: Sao Miguel, Terceira, Sao Jorge, Pico and Faial. This gentle walking holiday explores the beautiful and varied landscapes, including crater lakes, extinct volcanoes, vineyards, thermal springs and craggy coastlines. OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Sete Cidades | Crater walk with stunning views of the twin blue and green lakes Whale watching | Opportunity to take a boat trip alongside whales and dolphins Faja dos Cubres | Follow a hydrangea lined path down to this unique lagoon

PRICES FROM

£1899pp

DAILY DISTANCES

£1550pp

Day 2

with flights (14 days) trip only (14 days)

8km

2.5hrs

DAY 1:

Join trip in Ponta Delgada on Sao Miguel Island.

Day 4

4.5km

2.5hrs

Day 5

7.5km

2.5hrs

DAY 2:

Walk around Sete Citades colourful crater lakes.

Day 6

12.7km

3.5hrs

DAY 3:

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

DAY 4:

Free day to explore more of the island on and off shore. Optional whale watching.

DAY 5:

Fly to Terceira Island. Visit the old town of Angra do Heroismo. Option to visit Algar do Carvao caves.

DAY 6:

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

DAY 7:

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

DAY 8:

Walk down Caldeira de Cima Gorge and follow the coastline to Faja dos Cubres.

DAY 9:

Free day to explore the island. Optional walk along the fajas on the south coast.

Day 3

AT A GLANCE WALKING GRADE: Easy to Moderate

Day 7

ACCOMMODATION: 11 nights comfortable hotel 2 nights premium hotel Optional single rooms from £485 MEALS: Breakfast: 13 | Lunch: 1

Day 8

12km

4hrs

Day 9

17km

6hrs

Day 10

5km

2hrs

Day 11

6.5km

2hrs

Day 12

8km

7hrs

Day 13

5.5km

2.5hrs

Optional Walks

CUSTOMER RATING: Independently verified reviews, up to 30/06/2019.

ATLANTIC OCEAN

Quatro Ribeiras

Biscoitos Caves

Caldeira 1043m FAIAL Optional Walk

HORTA

VELAS

SAO JORGE

AZORES

MADALENA PICO

Pico Alto 2350m Optional walk

ITINERARY

Lajes Optional whale watching

(Portugal)

PRAIA DA VITORIA

DAY 10: Ferry to Pico Island. Stay in the small fishing port of Madalena.

Angra

TERCEIRA SAO MIGUEL

30 km

Sete Cidades Crater lakes

PONTA DELGADA

Furnas Lake

DAY 11: Walk along the south coast to Lajes. Optional whale and dolphin watching trip. DAY 12: Free morning, option to climb Pico Volcano (2,350m). Ferry to Faial Island. DAY 13: Free day to explore the island. DAY 14: Trip ends in Horta, Faial Island.

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EUROPE

Levada Trails of Madeira

3

TRIP CODE - TM | PORTUGAL (MADEIRA)

Following Madeira’s unique network of levadas and ancient footpaths, this trip discovers the many different sides to this beautiful volcanic island. Walk through laurel forest, along cliff tops to the Ponta de São Lourenço and past alluring waterfalls. OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Levada paths | Variety of picturesque walks along irrigation channels Spectacular mountain views | Walking the path between the peaks of Arieiro and Ruivo Funchal | Absorb the delights of the laid-back capital

PRICES FROM

£955pp

with flights (8 days)

ITINERARY

£765pp

trip only (8 days)

AT A GLANCE WALKING GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights comfortable hotel Optional single rooms from £190 MEALS: Breakfast: 7

CUSTOMER RATING: Independently verified reviews, up to 30/06/2019.

DAY 1:

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

DAY 2:

Explore the spectacular volcanic cliff paths along Sao Lourenco Peninsula.

DAY 3:

Walk through UNESCO-protected forest along a levada to Caldeira Verde waterfall. Descend to Ilha. Overnight at Porto Moniz on the north coast.

DAY 4:

Follow Levada do Alecrim from Rabaçal to Risco Waterfall.

DAY 5:

Enjoy stunning coastal views on a walk along Calheta Levada and descend on historic path to Pauldo Mar.

DAY 6:

Orientation tour of Funchal. Opportunity to go whale and dolphin spotting, wine tasting or relax and explore the old town further.

DAY 7:

Walk from Pico Arieiro via part of the Balcony Walk to the summit of Pico Ruivo (1,862m).

DAY 8:

Trip ends in Funchal.

DAILY DISTANCES Day 2

8km

0.5km

3hrs/20min

Day 3

12.5km

5hrs

Day 4

12km

5hrs

Day 5

10km

4.5hrs

11km

5.5hrs

Day 6 Day 7

MADEIRA Optional Walks PORTO MONIZ Faja da Ovelha

(Portugal)

SANTANA

Baia d’Abra

MADEIRA Ilha

Machico (Portugal) PORTO MONIZQueimadas PAUL Achada do DO Rabaçal Baia Teixeira Faja da SANTANA MAR d’Abra 1542m Ovelha Ariero Sao Ilha Pico Ruivo Prazeres 1818m Lourenço 1862m Machico Boca PAUL Queimadas Peninsula Achada do Corrida DO Rabaçal Teixeira Airport MARATLANTIC 1542m Ariero Sao FUNCHAL Pico Ruivo Prazeres 1818m OCEAN Lourenço

Boca Corrida

ATLANTIC OCEAN

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1862m

Peninsula

Airport

FUNCHAL

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EUROPE

Walking in Portugal - Eastern Algarve

1

TRIP CODE - WIA | PORTUGAL

Based in the historic town of Tavira, this holiday combines scenic coastal and inland walking. The relaxed walks take you through picturesque villages and fishing communities, past orchards, into the rolling Barrocal Hills and along unspoilt sandbank islands. OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Tavira | Enjoy time in this ancient town, exploring the colourful cobbled streets Portuguese food and drink | Savour the local Cataplana dish Rio Formosa Estuarine National Park | Walk along protected coastal and bird habitats

PRICES FROM

£885pp

with flights (8 days)

ITINERARY

£725pp

trip only (8 days)

DAY 1:

Join trip in Tavira.

DAY 2:

Boat trip introducing the scenery and lifestyle of the Algarve, Tavira and the surrounding waterways. Walk along the beaches of Ria Formosa National Park.

DAY 3:

Drive to Azinhal. Walk along the Guadiana river to Odeleite. Visit to Villa Real de Santo Antonio.

DAY 4:

Walk from Tavira, following the River Sequa through orchards to Pego de Inferno waterfall.

DAY 5:

Free day. Relax on the beach or option to walk the Via Algarviana trail through the Barrocal Hills.

DAY 6:

Drive to the Barrocal Hills north of Tavira for a half-day walk and picnic lunch.

DAY 7:

Take the train to Olhao and ferry to the sand bar island of Culatra. Walk to Farol, the southernmost lighthouse in Portugal.

DAY 8:

Trip ends at Tavira.

AT A GLANCE WALKING GRADE: Easy ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights premium hotel Optional single rooms from £190

DAILY DISTANCES

MEALS:

Day 2

9km

Day 3

13km

4.5hrs

Day 4

11km

3.5hrs

Day 5

14km

4.5hrs

CUSTOMER RATING:

Day 6

12km

3.5hrs

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Day 7

5km

1.5hrs

Breakfast: 7

Centre-Based

3hrs

Optional Walks

Odeleite

Azinhal

PORTUGAL

SPAIN Barrocal Hills

Pego de Inferno waterfall

TAVIRA

Vila Real de Santo Antonio

Boat trip Santa Luzia

Olhao Faro Culatra Island Farol Island

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Remote Coastal Trails of Portugal

2

TRIP CODE - POR | PORTUGAL

Based in the small town of Sagres, this walking holiday explores an unspoilt corner of Portugal. Follow beautiful coastal paths to discover impressive cliff tops and quiet sandy beaches, sampling the delicious local seafood and crisp wines in the evening. OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Cabo Sao Vicente | Walk the long distance Rota Vicentina path Ponta de Piedade | Dramatic rocky coastline, rock arch and turquoise seas Aljezur | Explore the old village with spectacular views from its Moorish castle ruins

PRICES FROM

£1045pp

with flights (8 days)

ITINERARY

£875pp

trip only (8 days)

AT A GLANCE WALKING GRADE: Easy to Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights comfortable hotel Optional single rooms from £140 MEALS: Breakfast: 7

Centre-Based CUSTOMER RATING: Independently verified reviews, up to 30/06/2019.

DAILY DISTANCES Day 2

13km

4hrs

Day 3

13km

4hrs

Day 4

14km

4.5hrs

Day 5

9km

3.5hrs

Day 6

16km

4.5hrs

Day 7

11km

3hrs

Optional Walks

Praia Castelejo Cabo de Sao Vicente

SAGRES

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Join trip in Sagres, a small historic coastal town in southwest Portugal.

DAY 2:

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

DAY 3:

Explore the old village and remains of the castle at Aljezur. Walk to the stunning Arrifana beach.

DAY 4:

Follow the last section of Rota Vicentina to Cabo de Sao Vicente, Europe’s most southwesterly point.

DAY 5:

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

DAY 6:

Coastal walk from Burgau to Lagos via the interesting rock formations at Ponta da Piedade.

DAY 7:

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

DAY 8:

Trip ends in Sagres.

Aljezur

Praia da Arrifana

Carrapateira

DAY 1:

Bordeira

PORTUGAL Vila do Bispo

Praia da Ingrina

To/From Faro Airport Lagos

Burgau

Farol da Ponta da Piedade

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Walking in Portugal - Sintra and Arrabida

2

TRIP CODE - WISA | PORTUGAL

On this two-centre trip, explore the contrasting green hills and UNESCO heritage landmarks of Sintra and the rugged coastline of Arrabida Natural Park, Portugal’s hidden gem. Discover ornate palaces, follow towering cliff paths and wander the cobbled streets of Lisbon. OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Sintra Hills | Discover beautifully manicured gardens concealed within the lush forests Arrabida | Stunning coastal scenery and the wild headland of Cabo Espichel Portuguese food and drink | Custard tarts, fresh seafood and ruby wine

PRICES FROM

£1020pp

with flights (8 days)

ITINERARY

£799pp

trip only (8 days)

AT A GLANCE WALKING GRADE: Easy to Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights comfortable hotel Optional single rooms from £270 MEALS: Breakfast: 7

Twin-Centre CUSTOMER RATING: Independently verified reviews, up to 30/06/2019.

DAILY DISTANCES Day 2

7.5km

3hrs

Day 3

11km

4hrs

Day 4 Day 5

10.5km

Day 6

12km

Day 7

14km

COLARES

Sintra Castles

Azoia

Capuchos Convent

COLARES Azoia

Join trip in Colares, in the foothills of the Sintra Mountains.

DAY 2:

Explore the forested hills of the Sierra de Sintra. Optional visits to the palaces.

DAY 3:

Drive to Capuchos Convent, a fascinating 16th Century monastery engulfed by nature. Walk through mystic Mediterranean woodlands.

DAY 4:

Orientation tour of Lisbon. Drive to Sesimbra on the edge of Arrabida Natural Park.

DAY 5:

Short drive out of Sesimbra. Walk along the coast to the lighthouse at Cabo Espichel.

DAY 6:

Free day. Opportunity to re-visit Lisbon or take a boat trip to Troia Peninsula, to explore its extensive beaches with some easy walks.

DAY 7:

Hike from the hotel into the hills of the Serra da Arrabida for fabulous views across the Atlantic.

DAY 8:

Trip ends in Sesimbra.

4hrs

PORTUGAL

2hrs 5hrs

Optional Walks

DAY 1:

PORTUGAL Lisbon Walking tour

Sintra Castles

Capuchos Convent

ATLANTIC OCEAN

Lisbon Walking tour

Troia Peninsula

Walks in Serra da Arrabida Cabo Espichel ATLANTIC OCEAN

Troia Peninsula

SESIMBRA

Walks in Serra da Arrabida Cabo Espichel

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Walks & Wine Tasting in Spain and Portugal

1

TRIP CODE - MWW | SPAIN, PORTUGAL

Ideal for those looking for wine, culture and countryside walks. Journey from Madrid to Porto through the Ribera del Duero region of Spain and the Douro winelands of Portugal. Sample regional vintages, explore national parks and stay in medieval towns. OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Segovia | Impressive aqueduct and walk in nearby Guadarrama National Park Duero Valley | Train ride snaking through the beautiful scenery of northern Portugal Porto | UNESCO World Heritage riverside city famous for its port wine

PRICES FROM

£1830pp

ITINERARY

£1625pp

with flights (12 days) trip only (12 days) AT A GLANCE WALKING GRADE: Easy ACCOMMODATION: 10 nights comfortable hotel 1 night premium hotel Optional single rooms from £420 Day 3

10km

3hrs

Breakfast: 11

Day 4

12km

3hrs

Day 7

11km

3hrs

Day 8

15km

4.5hrs

Day 9

4km

1.5hrs

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Day 6

PORTUGAL

PORTO

El Toro Wine Tasting

Miranda do Douro Vila Real Visit Mateus Palace (optional) Fornillos

PORTUGAL

Peso da Régua

LAMEGO

Historic Village

PEÑAFIEL

Zamora

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

DAY 3:

Walk into Guadarrama National Park. Explore the UNESCO Heritage City of Segovia.

DAY 4:

Walk along the gorge to Sepulveda. Drive to Penafiel in the heart of Ribera del Duero wine region.

DAY 5:

Explore the medieval town of Penafiel. Wine tasting at Bodegas Protos, an innovative winery.

DAY 6:

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

DAY 7:

Walk in Arribes del Duero Natural Park. Wine tasting in local granite cave bodega.

DAY 8:

Walk through woodland to Fornillos, visit a local cheese maker. Drive to Miranda do Douro for a walk around the historic centre.

DAY 9:

Travel across Portugal, taking the local train along Douro Valley. Explore historic Lamego village.

Medieval Town Wine Tasting

Toro FERMOSELLE El Wine Tasting

Wine Tasting LAMEGO Peso da Miranda do Douro Régua Arribes del Duero Vila RealVillage Historic Zamora Natural Park Visit Mateus Palace (optional) Fornillos

Wine Tasting

DAY 2:

Day 5

CUSTOMER RATING:

PORTO

Join trip in Madrid, Spain’s captivating capital city.

DAILY DISTANCES

MEALS:

Wine Tasting

DAY 1:

FERMOSELLE

Wine Tasting Arribes del Duero Natural Park

SPAIN

Sepulveda Duraton River Natural Park

PEÑAFIEL

Medieval Town

Wine Tasting SEGOVIA

UNESCO Sepulveda World Heritage Duraton City River Natural Park Guadarrama National Park

SPAIN

SEGOVIA

UNESCO World Heritage CityMADRID Walking Tour Guadarrama National Park

MADRID

Walking Tour

DAY 10: Drive to Vila Real, optional visit to Mateus Palace. Explore Porto on foot, including port tasting. DAY 11: Free day to explore the sites and bodegas of riverside Porto. DAY 12: Trip ends in Porto.

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Canary Islands Walking - La Gomera & Tenerife

3

TRIP CODE - OC | SPAIN (CANARY ISLANDS)

This twin-island walking trip in the Canaries explores lesser-known La Gomera and Tenerife’s volcano, Mount Teide. Walk through varied and dramatic scenery including beautiful steep-sided valleys, quiet villages, black sand beaches and verdant cloud forests. OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Garajonay National Park | Explore La Gomera’s lush landscape of dense laurel forest Mount Teide | Admire this iconic cone volcano Agulo | Ascend to this charming town perched on a jagged cliff with undisrupted views

PRICES FROM

£1230pp

with flights (8 days)

ITINERARY

£999pp

trip only (8 days)

DAY 1:

Join trip at Tenerife South Airport. Drive to the port of Los Cristianos and take the ferry to the verdant island of La Gomera.

DAY 2:

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

DAY 3:

Ascend Alto de Garajonay (1,484m). Hike through the cloud forest of Garajonay National Park.

DAY 4:

Walk to Chejelipes via La Laja village. Views to Los Roques. Free afternoon in San Sebastian.

DAY 5:

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

DAY 6:

Ferry back to Tenerife and drive to El Medano on the south coast. Free afternoon in this laid back beach-front town.

DAY 7:

Drive to El Teide for a scenic walk at the foot of the volcano to Roques de Capricho.

DAY 8:

Trip ends in El Medano.

AT A GLANCE WALKING GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights comfortable hotel Optional single rooms from £185

DAILY DISTANCES

MEALS: Breakfast: 7

Twin-Centre CUSTOMER RATING: Independently verified reviews, up to 30/06/2019.

Day 2

15km

4.5hrs

Day 3

15km

4.5hrs

Day 4

12km

3.5hrs

Day 5

11km

5hrs

11km

3.5hrs

Day 6 Day 7

ATLANTIC OCEAN TENERIFE

WESTERN CANARY ISLANDS Roque Cano

Agulo

Playa Caleta

Pico de Teide 3,718m

Mount Guajara 2,726m

El Teide National Park Vilaflor

Vallehermosa

Hermigua Alto de SAN SEBASTIAN Garajonay 1,484m El Cedro La Laja Collada Chejelipes de Peraza

Roques de Capricho

Los Cristianos

EL MEDANO Tenerife South Airport

LA GOMERA

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Canary Islands Walking - Lanzarote

2

TRIP CODE - LZT | SPAIN (CANARY ISLANDS)

Discover the unique landscape of Lanzarote and enjoy some winter sun, based in Costa Teguise. The island offers scenic walking along rugged coastlines and beaches, through whitewashed villages and lunar landscapes with dramatic volcanic scenery. OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Timanfaya National Park | Discover this spectacular volcanic landscape on foot Famara Cliffs | Marvel at these towering cliffs that define the north coast Idyllic coves | Explore small bays, coves and natural black sand beaches

PRICES FROM

£1065pp

with flights (8 days)

ITINERARY

£899pp

trip only (8 days)

AT A GLANCE WALKING GRADE: Easy to Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights comfortable hotel Optional single rooms from £290

DAILY DISTANCES

MEALS:

Day 2

10km

Breakfast: 7

Day 3

14km

5hrs

Day 4

10km

4.5hrs

Day 5

17km

6hrs

Day 6

12km

4.5hrs

Day 7

15km

5.5hrs

Centre-Based CUSTOMER RATING: Independently verified reviews, up to 30/06/2019.

DAY 1:

Join trip in Costa Teguise on the east coast of Lanzarote.

DAY 2:

Drive south to Femes. Walk through the lunar landscape of the Ajaches hills to Playa Quemada.

DAY 3:

Follow the path along the top of the Famara Cliffs to the Mirador del Rio viewpoint which is built into the lava rock.

DAY 4:

Walk through the dramatic volcanic scenery of Timanfaya National Park to the unique vineyards in La Geria.

DAY 5:

Free day. Opportunity to take a day trip to nearby La Graciosa Island and visit Jardín de Cactus.

DAY 6:

Walk along the impressive Famara Cliffs and down to the golden sands of Famara Beach. Optional visit to Jardín de Cactus. Return via Lanzarote’s old capital, Teguise.

DAY 7:

Follow trails on the east coast to Arrieta. Explore this typical Canarian fishing community.

DAY 8:

Trip ends at hotel in Costa Teguise.

4hrs

Optional Walks

La Graciosa Mirador del Rio

ATLANTIC OCEAN

LANZAROTE (SPAIN)

Maguez Haria

Arrieta

Playa de Famara Mancha Blanca

Timanfaya NP La Geria

Teguise

COSTA TEGUISE Arrecife

Femes

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Canary Islands Walking - Gran Canaria

3

TRIP CODE - LOC | SPAIN (CANARY ISLANDS)

The volcanic Gran Canaria offers far more than the beaches it is best known for. Staying in Aguimes and remote Aldea, discover dramatic landscapes, steep gorges, high peaks and semi-tropical valleys, exploring the Isla on foot. OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Roque Nublo | A distinctive rock formation and Gran Canaria’s famous landmark Canarian cuisine and sangria | Dine alfresco in picturesque villages ’Caminos Reales’ | Follow historic trails into the mountainous interior

PRICES FROM

£1020pp

with flights (8 days)

ITINERARY

£825pp

DAY 1:

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

DAY 2:

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

DAY 3:

Walk through Tejeda Valley with views to Roque Nublo. Explore Acusa. Drive to La Aldea, our base in the west of the island.

DAY 4:

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

DAY 5:

Free day. Optional walk through Inagua Forest to Pico Castellet or relax on a nearby beach.

DAY 6:

Walk from the island’s highest point, Pico de las Nieves, to the spectacular Roque Nublo. Drive back to Aguimes.

Optional Walks

DAY 7:

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

ATLANTIC OCEAN

DAY 8:

Trip ends in Aguimes.

trip only (8 days)

AT A GLANCE WALKING GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights comfortable hotel Optional single rooms from £175 MEALS: Breakfast: 7

Twin-Centre CUSTOMER RATING: Independently verified reviews, up to 30/06/2019.

DAILY DISTANCES Day 2

12km

4hrs

Day 3

10km

3hrs

Day 4

14km

4.5hrs

Day 5

13km

5.5hrs

Day 6

8km

3hrs

Day 7

17km

6hrs

Optional walk

LA ALDEA DE SAN NICOLAS

Degollada de Aldea Veneguera

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

AGUIMES Airport

Temisas

GRAN CANARIA (SPAIN)

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Canary Islands Walking - La Palma

3

TRIP CODE - LPM | SPAIN (CANARY ISLANDS)

Get off the beaten track on the verdant Canary Island of La Palma, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. The warm year-round climate and dramatic volcanic scenery makes La Palma a great winter walking destination. OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Caldera de Taburiente | Explore this distinctive crater-like ridge Impressive coastline | Discover the wild, rocky shores and black sand beaches Laurisilva cloud forest | Walk in the laurel forest unique to this region

PRICES FROM

£970pp

with flights (8 days)

ITINERARY

£799pp

trip only (8 days)

AT A GLANCE

DAY 1:

Trip starts in Los Llanos on the western side of the island, the base for the week.

DAY 2:

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

DAY 3:

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

DAY 4:

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

DAY 5:

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

DAY 6:

Discover Laurisilva cloud forest, exploring Los Tilos area in the island’s northeast.

DAY 7:

Hike to Bejenado peak (1,857m) for views across the impressive crater-like Caldera de Taburiente.

DAY 8:

Trip ends in Los Llanos.

WALKING GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights comfortable hotel Optional single rooms from £175

DAILY DISTANCES

MEALS: Breakfast: 12 | Lunch: 2 | Dinner: 1

Centre-Based CUSTOMER RATING: Independently verified reviews, up to 30/06/2019.

Day 2

9km

4hrs

Day 3

9km

4hrs

Day 4

14km

5hrs

Day 5

5km

1.5hrs

Day 6

10km

4.5hrs

Day 7

9km

4hrs

Optional Walks

Charco Azul

Los Tilos Caldera de Taburiente La Cumbrecita Los Brecitos

Barranco de Las Angustias

LOS LLANOS Tazacorte Beach

El Paso

LA PALMA

Santa Cruz de la Palma San Pedro Pico Bejenado 1875m Airport

Las Deseada 1949m San Antonio & Teneguia Volcanoes

Los Canarios Fuencaliente

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Walking in Mallorca

2

TRIP CODE - MAL | SPAIN (MALLORCA)

Explore Mallorca’s spectacular coast and unspoilt Sierra de Tramuntana mountain range from the pretty village of Esporles to the fishing port of Cala Ratjada. Walk along dramatic coastal pathways following historic trails and through olive groves to hidden beaches. OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Esporles | Stay in this authentic old village in the Sierra Tramuntana Valldemossa | Explore the cobbled streets decorated with flowers Parc Natural de Llevant | Discover this beautiful protected peninsula

PRICES FROM

£999pp

with flights (8 days)

ITINERARY

£840pp

trip only (8 days)

AT A GLANCE WALKING GRADE: Easy to Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights comfortable hotel Optional single rooms from £170

DAILY DISTANCES

MEALS: Breakfast: 7

Day 2

7km

3hrs

Day 3

11km

3.5hrs

Twin-Centre

Day 4 12.5km

4.5hrs

Day 5

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

Valldemossa Banyalbufar

PollencaDay 6 Lluc

Day 7

9km

3hrs

13km

4hrs

MALLORCA

Pollenca

DAY 2:

Hike along the Postman’s Trail from coastal Banyalbufar to Esporles.

DAY 3:

Explore the Tramuntana Mountains, walking the Archduke’s Trail from Valldemossa.

DAY 4:

Free day with the opportunity to visit Soller or La Palma by tram.

DAY 5:

Walk from Lluc to Pollenca before driving to the fishing port of Cala Ratjada in Mallorca’s northeast.

DAY 6:

Hike through groves of olive, almond, fig and carob in the protected Parc Natural de Llevant.

DAY 7:

Coastal walk along a rocky trail to four beaches.

CALA RATJADA

DAY 8:

Trip ends in Cala Ratjada.

(SPAIN)

Cala Mitjana

Lluc Parc Natural de Llevant

Soller Bay of(optional Valldemossa Palma day trip) Banyalbufar

ESPORLES

Join trip in the pretty mountain village of Esporles.

Parc Natural de Llevant

Soller (optional day trip)

ESPORLES MEDITERRANEAN SEAPalma

Cala Mitjana

DAY 1:

MALLORCA

CALA RATJADA

(SPAIN)

Palma

Bay of Palma

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Walking in Spain - Alicante Mountains

3

TRIP CODE - WWA | SPAIN

Based in the heart of the Alicante Mountains, this walking holiday explores the quiet mountain trails of a surprisingly little-visited inland area. Enjoy a variety of walks along ridge lines above olive and orange groves, through canyons and tranquil meadows. OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Off-season Spain | With over 300 days of sunshine a year, ideal for a sunny escape Quiet trails | Follow in the footsteps of the Moors to discover hilltop castles Malla de Llop | One of the most spectacular ridge walks in the area

PRICES FROM

£985pp

with flights (8 days)

ITINERARY

£799pp

trip only (8 days)

AT A GLANCE

DAY 1:

Join trip at Alicante Airport and drive to Castell de Castelles, the base for the week.

DAY 2:

Circular walk to Moorish castle ruins and along the ridges of the Sierra de Serella.

DAY 3:

Walk through almond and olive orchards to the dramatic Malafi canyon. See prehistoric paintings.

DAY 4:

Drive to Fleix. Walk into Barranc de I’Infern (Hell’s Canyon) taking the ancient steps cut into the hillside.

DAY 5:

Free day. Opportunity to head to the coast or take a half-day walk with a local lunch of arroz al horno.

DAY 6:

Walk across the Contador Pass and around Carrascal Peak with views across the Sierra Aitana.

DAY 7:

Ascend to the Malla de Llop summit with views to the coast.

DAY 8:

Drive to Alicante Airport where the trip ends.

WALKING GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights comfortable hotel Optional single rooms from £250

DAILY DISTANCES

MEALS: Day 2

15km

6hrs

Day 3

17km

6hrs

Day 4

12.5km

6hrs

Day 5

10km

4hrs

CUSTOMER RATING:

Day 6

12km

4.5hrs

Independently verified reviews, up to 30/06/2019.

Day 7

13km

4.5hrs

Breakfast: 7

Centre-Based

Optional Walks

Barranc de l'Infern Fleix

Tollos

Alicante

CASTELL DE CASTELLES Walks in the Sierra de Serella

Aixorta Peak 1,218m

SPAIN Carrascal Peak 995m

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

To/from Alicante airport

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Walking in Spain - White Villages of Andalucia

3

TRIP CODE - SJ | SPAIN

Explore the picture-postcard landscape of Andalucia from the attractive village of Canillas de Albaida, staying in a 16th century converted convent. Walk along ancient trails linking Moorish villages, vineyards, olive groves and limestone peaks. OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Caminito del Rey | Walk this spectacular pathway through El Chorro Gorge Competa | Whitewashed mountain village famous for its locally made wine Cerro Verde | Panoramic views from the 1,346m summit

PRICES FROM

£785pp

ITINERARY

£625pp

with flights (8 days)

trip only (8 days)

AT A GLANCE

DAY 1:

Join trip at Malaga Airport. Drive to Canillas de Albaida on the edge of the Sierra de Tejeda National Park.

DAY 2:

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

DAY 3:

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

DAY 4:

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

DAY 5:

Free day. Opportunity to visit Granada, the coast or the caves of Nerja.

DAY 6:

Ascend on mule tracks to the summit of Cerro Verde (1,346m), keeping watch for eagle and peregrine falcon.

DAY 7:

Take the spectacular Caminito del Rey walkway through the narrow El Chorro Gorge.

DAY 8:

Trip ends at Malaga Airport.

WALKING GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights comfortable hotel Optional single rooms from £130

DAILY DISTANCES

MEALS: Breakfast: 7 | Lunch: 1

Centre-Based

Day 2

11km

5.5hrs

Day 3

14km

5.5hrs

Day 4

8km

4/2hrs

6km

Day 5

CUSTOMER RATING: Independently verified reviews, up to 30/06/2019.

Day 6

12km

5.5hrs

Day 7

8km

3.5hrs

Optional Walks

Ascent of Cerro Lucero 1,346m Walks in the Parque Natural Sierras De Tejeda, Almijara Y Alhama Pa rk bo un da ry

SPAIN Fabrica de la Luz

Cerro Lucero 1779m (optional extension)

Cerro Verde 1346m

Rio Cajul

a

Salares Moorish village

SIERRA ALMIJARA

Fogarate 724m

CANILLAS DE ALBAIDA

Puerto Collado

SPAIN

Competa

rro

From/to Malaga airport

To

To/From Caminito del Rey

x

Old Silk Road

Sayalonga

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Camino de Santiago

3

TRIP CODE - CDS | SPAIN

Follow in the footsteps of countless pilgrims, walking the legendary Camino Frances (French Way) from Leon to Santiago de Compostela. Walk through beautiful scenery and historic towns along the best parts of the route to claim a pilgrim’s certificate. OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Cruz de Ferro | The famous Iron Cross at the highest point of the Camino O Cebreiro | Charming mountain village with cobbled streets and valley views Santiago De Compostela | Mix with other pilgrims in this lively historic town

PRICES FROM

£1499pp

ITINERARY

£1299pp

with flights (11 days) trip only (11 days) AT A GLANCE WALKING GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 11 nights comfortable hotel Optional single rooms from £260 MEALS:

DAY 1:

Join trip in Madrid. Drive to the historic city of Leon.

DAY 2:

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

DAY 3:

Following scallop shell waymarkings, climb to Iron Cross (1,482m), the highest point of the trail.

DAY 4:

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

DAY 5:

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

DAY 6:

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

DAY 7:

Continue through rural Galicia. Cross the medieval bridge to Melide, famed for its delicious seafood.

DAY 8:

Cross the River Iso to Arzua, where the Camino Frances is joined by another camino, the Primitivo.

DAY 9:

Continue to El Amenal. Get your first view of Santiago Cathedral from Monte Gozo. Walk into the city and claim your pilgrim certificate.

Breakfast: 10

DAILY DISTANCES

Point-to-Point CUSTOMER RATING: Independently verified reviews, up to 30/06/2019.

SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

Cape Finisterre Optional excursion

Day 2

16km

4hrs

Day 3

19km

5hrs

Day 4

9km

Day 5

22km

5.5hrs

Day 6

22km

6hrs

Day 7

22.5km

6hrs

Day 8

27.5km

7.5hrs

Day 9

17.5km

5hrs

3hrs

EL AMENAL

CASTANEDA

SPAIN

PORTOMARIN PALAS DE REI

ATLANTIC OCEAN

Samos Monastery

SARRIA

O Cebreiro

Ruitelan

VILLAFRANCA DEL BIERZO Iron Cross

Molinaseca Foncebadon

ASTORGA Cathedral

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LEON From Madrid Hospital de Orbigo

DAY 10: Guided tour of cathedral. Free time to explore the city’s magnificent architecture. DAY 11: Trip ends in Santiago de Compostela.

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Trekking in Spain - Picos de Europa

3

TRIP CODE - PC | SPAIN

A week-long trekking holiday into the beautiful high mountain scenery of the Picos de Europa National Park. Explore the area in depth with walks in the unspoilt and wild landscapes of the western, central and eastern massifs. OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Sotres | Stay in JuanJo and Sonia’s small hotel sampling their hearty homemade food Garganta de Cares | Walk along cliff-cut pathways through this spectacular gorge Aliva Valley | Take the exhilarating Fuente Dé cable car to enjoy stunning views

PRICES FROM

£1025pp

with flights (8 days)

ITINERARY

£875pp

trip only (8 days)

AT A GLANCE

DAY 1:

Join trip at Bilbao Airport. Drive to the tranquil mountain town of Sotres.

DAY 2:

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

DAY 3:

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

DAY 4:

Hike through beech forest to the hamlet of Tresviso. Drive to the pretty medieval town of Potes.

DAY 5:

Take the spectacular Fuente Dé cable car up to 1,980m and walk down into the Aliva Valley.

DAY 6:

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

DAY 7:

Ascend Transmacondiu Col (1,850m). Picnic lunch on the Andara Vegas pastures.

DAY 8:

Trip ends at Bilbao Airport.

WALKING GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights comfortable hotel Optional single rooms from £125

DAILY DISTANCES

MEALS: Breakfast: 7 | Lunch: 6 | Dinner: 6

Centre-Based CUSTOMER RATING: Independently verified reviews, up to 30/06/2019.

Day 2

17km

7hrs

Day 3

16km

6.5hrs

Day 4

10km

5hrs

Day 5

18km

5hrs

Day 6

24km

6hrs

Day 7

12km

4.5hrs

BAY OF BISCAY From/To Bilbao Airport

SOTRES

SPAIN Arenas de Cabrales Portudera

Poncebos Cares Gorge walk

Castilla 2596m

Cain Collado de Pandebano

SOTRES 1045m

Naranja de Bulnes 2519m Cerrado 2648m

Fuente Dé Cable car

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Tresviso

El Teju Refugio Andara 1700m Morra de Transmacondiu Col 1850m Lechuga 2444m

POTES Santo Toribio de Liebana Monastery

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Walking in the Andorran Pyrenees

3

TRIP CODE - PAW | ANDORRA

Hidden deep in the Pyrenees, the little-known mountains of Andorra offer superb summer walking. Based in the alpine village of Soldeu, enjoy beautiful walks through protected valleys, meadows and glacial landscapes. OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Sorteny Nature Reserve | A botanical haven with over 700 species of flora The Andorran Valleys | Explore the scenic majesty of the Vall de Riu and Incles Madriu-Perafita-Claror | Explore the untouched wilderness of this glacial valley

£990pp

with flights (8 days)

ITINERARY

£799pp

trip only (8 days)

AT A GLANCE

DAY 1:

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

DAY 2:

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

DAY 3:

Walk through Sorteny Valley, home to a diversity of alpine flowers, to Estanyó Lake (2,390m).

DAY 4:

Free day. Opportunity to visit Andorra’s capital, Andorra la Vella, or explore more of the local area.

DAY 5:

Pass through beautiful forests walking along the Incles Valley to Cabana Sorda Lake.

DAY 6:

Drive to Sant Miquel d’Engolasters. Walk in the UNESCO-protected valley of Madriu-Perafita-Claror.

DAY 7:

Free day. Opportunity to go whitewater rafting down the Noguera River from Llavorsi in Spain or visit a local spa.

DAY 8:

Trip ends at Barcelona Airport.

WALKING GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights comfortable hotel Optional single rooms from £115 MEALS:

DAILY DISTANCES

Breakfast: 7

Centre-Based

Day 2

11km

5hrs

Day 3

10km

5hrs

Day 4

CUSTOMER RATING:

Day 5

14km

5hrs

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Day 6

12km

4.5hrs

Sorteny Valley walk

FRANCE

Lake Estanyo 2390m

Estanyó Lake 2912m

Incles Valley walk Ransol

Riu Valley walk Ordino

Andorra la Vella Optional visit

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Gr

Va

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Perafita Valley

Siscaro Lake

SOLDEU

Canillo

ANDORRA Sant Miquel d’Engolasters Fontverd Refuge Madriu Valley From/To Barcelona

ANDORRA TURISME

PRICES FROM

SPAIN

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Tour du Mont Blanc

5

TRIP CODE - MBT | FRANCE, SWITZERLAND, ITALY

With breathtaking views of dramatic Alpine peaks, the Tour du Mont Blanc is one of Europe’s most spectacular treks. Hike 148 kilometres through France, Switzerland and Italy, across five major passes, staying in comfortable hotels and a traditional auberge along the way. OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Completing the Tour du Mont Blanc | A great personal achievement Courmayeur | Relax, enjoy the views and people-watch from pavement cafes Food and wine | Sample great local cuisine at family-run hotels and guest houses

PRICES FROM

£2099pp

ITINERARY

£1950pp

with flights (11 days) trip only (11 days) AT A GLANCE

DAY 1:

Join trip in Les Houches in the Chamonix Valley.

DAY 2:

Cable car to 1,900m. Trek across alpine meadows to Lac Blanc (2,352m) and descend to Argentiere.

DAY 3:

Trek to Col de Balme (2,191m). Surrounded by glaciers, descend to La Forclaz in Switzerland.

DAY 4:

Hike through meadows and forest along the ‘Bovine Route’ to the lake at Champex (1,486m).

DAY 5:

Follow a gentle trail along the Val Ferret to La Fouly (1,600m).

DAY 6:

Pass over the Grand Col Ferret (2,537m) into Italy and on to La Palud near Courmayeur.

DAY 7:

Enjoy a relaxing rest day in Courmayeur or take the Helbronner cable car to see Mont Blanc.

DAY 8:

Trek along a wide glacial valley to Col de la Seigne (2,516m). Descend to Les Chapieux (1,549m).

DAY 9:

Climb above Les Chapieux among alpine flowers and marmots. Descend to Les Contamines (1,167m).

WALKING GRADE: Challenging ACCOMMODATION: 1 night simple auberge 8 nights comfortable hotel 1 night simple hotel MEALS: Breakfast: 10 | Lunch: 8 | Dinner: 6

Point-to-Point

DAILY DISTANCES Day 2

10km

6.5hrs

Day 3

16.5km

5.5hrs

Day 4

13.5km

5hrs

Day 5

19km

5.5hrs

Day 6

27km

9hrs

Day 7 Day 8

22.5km

7hrs

CUSTOMER RATING:

Day 9

19.5km

6.5hrs

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Day 10

20km

SWITZERLAND

7hrs

COL DU FORCLAZ CHAMPEX

SWITZERLAND

FRANCE

Col de Le Buet Balme 3099m COL DU FORCLAZ 2191m

Lac Blanc 2352m Le Buet 3099m

FRANCE From/To Geneva From/To Geneva

CHAMPEX ARGENTIERE

Col de Balme LA FOULY 2191m

ARGENTIERE Grand Col Ferret Chamonix LAMidi FOULY 2537m Aiguille du 3842m Grand Aiguille Col Ferret Chamonix Mt Blanc Noire 2537m Aiguille du Midi 4807m 3842m LA PALUD LES

LES Lac Blanc 2352m HOUCHES LES HOUCHES Col du Tricot 2120m

CONTAMINES Aiguille Val Veny Mt Blanc Noire Col du 4807m Col du Tricot LES Bonnehomme 2120m Col de 2329mCONTAMINES la Seigne Val Veny 2516m Col du Bonnehomme Col de 2329m LES CHAPIEUX la Seigne 1549m 2516m

ITALY LA PALUD ITALY

DAY 10: Enjoy a final day of walking along the west face of the Mont Blanc Massif back to Les Houches. DAY 11: Trip ends in Les Houches.

LES CHAPIEUX 1549m

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Hiking in the Dolomites

3

TRIP CODE - DW | ITALY

Enjoy scenic treks through alpine meadows and pine forests as you explore the beautiful rock towers and limestone cliffs of the Dolomites, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stay in a family-run hotel with an indoor pool in the small town of Dobbiaco. OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Tre Cime | Trek with amazing views of these three iconic limestone peaks Food and drink | Sample the region’s traditional Austrian-influenced cuisine Cortina, Leinz and Bolzano | Free day to explore further afield in the South Tyrol

PRICES FROM

£1425pp

with flights (8 days)

ITINERARY

£1199pp trip only (8 days)

AT A GLANCE

DAY 1:

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

DAY 2:

Walk through fields and forest to the emerald waters of Lake Braies (1,494m).

DAY 3:

Trek through alpine meadows and forest to the remote Putzalm mountain hut (1,743m).

DAY 4:

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

DAY 5:

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

DAY 6:

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

DAY 7:

Trek from Pratopiazza to Strudelkopf summit (2,307m).

DAY 8:

Drive to Venice Airport where the trip ends.

WALKING GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights comfortable hotel Optional single rooms from £310 MEALS:

DAILY DISTANCES

Breakfast: 7 | Lunch: 5 | Dinner: 4

Centre-Based CUSTOMER RATING:

Putzalm mountain hut

nza

14km

5hrs

Day 3

11km

6hrs

Day 4

15km

6hrs

Day 5

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Rie

Day 2

Day 6

13km

7hrs

Day 7

11km

6hrs

DOBBIACO

AUSTRIA

1200m

San Vito Lake Braies 1494m

Ferrara

Villabassa Serla 2378m

Bagni di Braies Vecchia

Croda Del Becco 2810m

Cimitero Di Guerra Pratopiazza 1991m Croda Rossa 3146m

Strudelkopf 2307m

From/To Venice Airport

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1900m Elmo 2434m

ITALY THE DOLOMITES

Punta Del Tre Scarperi 3149m

DOBBIACO Venice

ITALY

Moso 1337m

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

Refuge Auronzo

Tre Cime Di Lavaredo 2999m

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Lake Como Walking

2

TRIP CODE - LC | ITALY

A relaxed walking holiday based in the charming lakeside town of Gravedona. Enjoy easy walks on village footpaths, in the mountains around the lake and along its shore. Stay in a family-run hotel with a swimming pool spectacularly located right at the water’s edge. OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Bellagio | Catch a ferry to this picturesque town known as the ‘Pearl of Lake Como’ Historic villas | Visit magnificent Villa Carlotta and take a boat tour of lakeside villas Food and drink | Enjoy Italian cuisine by the lake in Gravedona’s restaurants and bars

PRICES FROM

£1260pp

with flights (8 days)

ITINERARY

£1099pp trip only (8 days)

AT A GLANCE WALKING GRADE: Easy to Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights comfortable hotel Optional single rooms from £325

12km

6hrs

Day 3

7km

4hrs

MEALS:

Day 4

9.5km

4hrs

Breakfast: 7 | Lunch: 4

Day 5 Day 6

12km

6hrs

Day 7

10km

5hrs

CUSTOMER RATING: Independently verified reviews, up to 30/06/2019.

ALPS

GRAVEDONA Milan

Livo

ITALY

ACCOMMODATION

SWITZERLAND Lake Lugano

Rezzonico 13th Century castle

ALPS

Menaggio Villa Carlotta Griante

Ascend through fields and forests to the pretty hilltop village of Livo.

DAY 3:

Gentle walk to Sorico through pretty villages, chestnut groves, forests and meadows.

DAY 4:

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

DAY 5:

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

DAY 6:

Hike to Monti di Nava with views across the lake to Bellagio.

DAY 7:

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

DAY 8:

Drive to Milan Airport where the trip ends.

ITALY

Lake Como

ALPS

Bellagio Villas and gardens

Civenna

From/To Milan

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DAY 2:

Dongo

It’s the perfect place to relax and enjoy the inspiring lake and mountain views or take advantage of the panoramic solar heated swimming pool.

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Sorico

GRAVEDONA

Fabulous Lake Views Family-run Hotel Regina is right on the shore of Lake Como and just a ten-minute scenic walk from the restaurants and shops of Gravedona.

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

DAILY DISTANCES Day 2

Centre-Based

DAY 1:

Como Museum and shops

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Walking Lake Garda and the Prosecco Hills

3

TRIP CODE - LGP | ITALY

A walking holiday to two of the Veneto’s most gorgeous locations - Lake Garda and the rolling Prosecco Hills. Enjoy a bird’s-eye view of Garda’s blue waters hiking Monte Baldo, ramble through the vineyards of Prosecco Country and taste the famous bubbles. OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Venice and Verona | Discover historic Verona and magnificent Venice Food and drink | Sample delicious local wines, grappa and other regional produce Lake Ledro | Hike along the Old Ponale Road path to this small gem of a lake

PRICES FROM

£1225pp

with flights (8 days)

ITINERARY

£1035pp trip only (8 days)

AT A GLANCE

DAY 1:

Join trip at Verona Airport. Afternoon walk at the northern end of Lake Garda.

DAY 2:

Cable car to Monte Baldo (1,800m) and hike on the mountain. Explore lovely Malcesine in the afternoon.

DAY 3:

Scenic walk via Riva del Garda along the Old Ponale Road Path to Lake Ledro.

DAY 4:

Explore historic Verona. Drive to Bassano del Grappa with soave wine tasting en route.

DAY 5:

Hike from Bassano del Grappa along the historic Tobacco High Route with great views of the Brenta River Valley.

DAY 6:

Opportunity to visit the magnificent city of Venice by train from our base at Bassano del Grappa.

DAY 7:

Walk through the vineyards around Valdobbiadene and enjoy a prosecco tasting.

DAY 8:

Drive to Verona Airport where the trip ends.

WALKING GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights comfortable hotel Optional single rooms from £270 MEALS: Breakfast: 7

Twin-Centre CUSTOMER RATING: Independently verified reviews, up to 30/06/2019.

DAILY DISTANCES Day 1

8km

2.5hrs

Day 2

11km

4.5hrs

Day 3

16km

4.5hrs

Day 4

6km

Day 5

12km

Day 6

7km

Day 7

12km

4.5hrs

5.5hrs

Optional Walks

Verona

Valdobbiadene Prosecco tasting Lake Ledro

Riva del Garda

ITALY

NAGBOTORBOLE BASSANO DEL GRAPPA

Malcesine Monte Baldo Cable car

LAKE GARDA

Verona

Soave Wine tasting

ITALY VENICE

Optional trip by train

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A Taste of Italy - Walking in Emilia Romagna

1

TRIP CODE - TOER | ITALY

A relaxed walking holiday with a foodie focus. Discover the outstanding produce and cuisine of Emilia Romagna and learn the secrets of how parma ham, parmesan cheese, balsamic vinegar and lambrusco wines are made. OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Local specialities | Visit producers and sample delicious local cheeses, meats and wines Relaxed rambles | From the Apennine foothills to the Po River Delta Architectural treasures | Explore the cities of Bologna, Modena and Ravenna

PRICES FROM

£1250pp

with flights (8 days)

ITINERARY

£1099pp trip only (8 days)

DAY 1:

Join trip at Bologna Airport before driving to Reggio Emilia and exploring the city on an orientation walk.

DAY 2:

Visit a cheese producer and Lambrusco vineyard. Enjoy a walk through the vineyards and a picnic alfresco.

DAY 3:

Countryside ramble from Torrechiara Castle with picnic lunch of local produce. Visit the city of Parma in the afternoon.

DAY 4:

Enjoy a tasting at a balsamic vinegar producer and spend time in Modena before driving to Bologna.

DAY 5:

Morning walk along the famous Portico di San Luca to a viewpoint overlooking Bologna. Explore the city in the afternoon.

DAY 6:

Walk from picturesque Brisighella where there’s an option to taste olive oils. Drive to Ravenna with time to visit its famous mosaics.

DAY 7:

Visit the canals of Comacchio (known as ‘Little Venice’) and ramble along the peaceful trails of the Po River Delta.

DAY 8:

Drive to Bologna Airport where the trip ends.

AT A GLANCE WALKING GRADE: Easy ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights comfortable hotel Optional single rooms from £275 MEALS:

DAILY DISTANCES

Breakfast: 7 | Lunch: 2

CUSTOMER RATING:

Day 2

9km

3hrs

Day 3

9km

3.5hrs

Day 4

Independently verified reviews, up to 30/06/2019.

Day 5

7.5km

Day 6

7km

2.5hrs

3hrs

Day 7

7km

2hrs

ITALY ITALY

Parma Visit old town

EMILIA ROMAGNA

Parma Lambrusco Visit old towntasting

REGGIO EMILIA

Lambrusco tasting

REGGIO EMILIA

Torrechiara Castle Torrechiara Castle

Parmesan cheese making Vineyard walking Parmesan cheese making Vineyard walking

ADRIATIC SEA

Modena Walking tour of UNESCO EMILIA ROMAGNA listed historic centre Modena Walking tour of UNESCO listed historic centre Balsamic vinegar producer Balsamic vinegar producer

Comacchio ‘Little Venice’ Comacchio ‘Little Venice’

BOLOGNA

RAVENNA

Sanctuary of San Luca Portico di San Luca BOLOGNA walk

RAVENNA Brisighella

Sanctuary of San Luca Portico di San Luca walk

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ADRIATIC SEA

village walk Brisighella village walk

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Walking Trails of Hidden Tuscany

3

TRIP CODE - WTY | ITALY

Discover the beautiful and inspiring landscapes of northern Tuscany’s hidden gem - the Garfagnana Valley. Stay on a family-run farm with fantastic mountain views. Enjoy traditional Italian hospitality and home-cooked local cuisine. OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Cinque Terre | Opportunity to walk the World Heritage landscapes of the Tuscan Riviera Varied walking | Hike trails in the Apennine Mountains, Apuane Alps and Hills of Lucca Lucca | Discover one of Tuscany’s most beautiful walled cities

PRICES FROM

£1199pp

with flights (8 days)

ITINERARY

£999pp

trip only (8 days)

AT A GLANCE

DAY 1:

Join trip in Pisa. If you arrive in time, be sure to pay a visit to the city’s famous Leaning Tower.

DAY 2:

Walk among the villas and hills close to Lucca with a picnic lunch and wine tasting. Drive to our agriturismo in the Garfagnana Valley.

DAY 3:

Hike in the Orecchiella Natural Park in the Apennine Mountains.

DAY 4:

Trek in the Apuane Alps from the lovely glacial valley of Orto di Donna.

DAY 5:

A free day with option to visit the Cinque Terre National Park by train and hike along the coast.

DAY 6:

Climb Monte Prado, Tuscany’s highest peak at 2,054m.

DAY 7:

Drive to the walled Rennaisance city of Lucca where the day is left free with options to walk or cycle around the city walls.

DAY 8:

Trip ends in Lucca.

WALKING GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 5 nights comfortable agriturismo 2 nights comfortable hotel

DAILY DISTANCES

Optional single rooms from £250

MEALS: Breakfast: 7 | Lunch: 4 | Dinner: 4

3.5hrs

Day 2

9km

Day 3

12km

6hrs

Day 4

12km

4.5hrs

Day 5

7km

4hrs

Day 6

15km

6hrs

Optional Walks

ITALY

Vernazza Corniglia

AGRITURISMO Orto di Donna Walk

Monte Prado Hike (2054m) Orecchiella NP Corfino Castelnuovo Di Garfagnana

CINQUE TERRE COAST

ACCOMMODATION Family-run agriturismo LUCCA

PISA

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Hills of Lucca walk

This trip spends 5 nights at an agriturismo (accommodation on a working farm) at the northern end of the Garfagnana Valley. Its beautifully restored stone buildings house wellappointed bedrooms with attached bathrooms. There’s a small swimming pool and terrace with fantastic views of the surrounding mountains.

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Southern Tuscany Walking and Wine

2

TRIP CODE - LTY | ITALY

A walking holiday that takes in the iconic landscapes of southern Tuscany: rolling hills, avenues of cypress trees and medieval hilltop towns. Ramble through the vineyards of Chianti, along ancient pilgrimage trails and explore the captivating cities of Siena and Florence. OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Wine tastings | Sample some of Italy’s finest wines from chianti to brunello Hilltop towns | Discover San Gimignano, Pienza, Montepulciano and Montalcino Local cuisine | Enjoy the fresh produce and delicious flavours of Tuscany

PRICES FROM

£1199pp

with flights (8 days)

ITINERARY

£999pp

trip only (8 days)

AT A GLANCE WALKING GRADE: Easy to Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 3 nights comfortable hotel 4 nights comfortable guesthouse

DAILY DISTANCES

Optional single rooms from £260

MEALS:

Day 2

7km

Breakfast: 7 | Lunch: 2

Day 3

10km

3.5hrs

Day 5

12m

4.5hrs

Day 6

12km

Independently verified reviews, up to 30/06/2019.

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

DAY 2:

Hike in the Chianti Hills. Chance to enjoy a tasting of the superb chianti classico wine.

DAY 3:

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

DAY 4:

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

DAY 5:

Ramble across rolling hills and along cypress-lined avenues to the hilltop town of Montepulciano.

DAY 6:

Walk from lovely San Quirico d’Orcia to hilltop Montalcino for superb views of the Val d’Orcia.

DAY 7:

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

DAY 8:

Trip ends today in Florence.

4hrs

Day 4

CUSTOMER RATING:

DAY 1:

5hrs

FLORENCE Pisa

ITALY

Walking tour

San Gimignano Wine tasting

Radda in Chianti

CASTELLINA IN CHIANTI Wine tasting

TUSCANY

Siena

San Quirico d’Orcia Montalcino Hilltop town

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PIENZA

Montepulciano wine cellars

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Amalfi Coast Walking

2

TRIP CODE - NAW | ITALY

A relaxed walking holiday along spectacular Amalfi Coast trails from clifftop hikes to woodland walks. There’s time to discover Amalfi, Positano and the island of Capri. Stay on a peaceful farm overlooking the Mediterranean and enjoy tasty home-cooked meals. OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Coastal trails | Five walks including the spectacular ‘Walk of the Gods’ Food and drink | Chance to make your own pizza and sample homemade organic wine Optional trips | Visit Pompeii and climb Mount Vesuvius

PRICES FROM

£1165pp

with flights (8 days)

ITINERARY

£999pp

trip only (8 days)

AT A GLANCE WALKING GRADE: Easy to Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights comfortable agriturismo Optional single rooms from £250

DAY 1:

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

DAY 2:

Hike along a ridge above the Agerola Plateau, enjoy views of Vesuvius and the Amalfi Coast.

DAY 3:

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

DAY 4:

Take a ferry to enchanting Capri, walk to a viewpoint and explore the town’s narrow streets.

DAY 5:

Walk through the Ferriere Natural Park passing waterfalls, rivers and unusual plantlife.

DAY 6:

A free day, with the chance to visit the ancient site of Pompeii and climb Mount Vesuvius.

DAY 7:

Hike along the ‘Walk of the Gods’, to the colourful cliffside village of Positano.

DAY 8:

Trip ends at Naples Airport.

MEALS: Breakfast: 7 | Lunch: 3 | Dinner: 5

Centre-Based CUSTOMER RATING: Independently verified reviews, up to 30/06/2019.

DAILY DISTANCES Day 2

11km

6hrs

Day 3

6km

2.5hrs

Day 4

10km

4hrs

Day 5

13km

6hrs

11km

5hrs

Day 6 Day 7

ITALY

Naples Airport

From Naples airport Optional visit to Vesuvius & Pompeii Amalfi Coast

‘Walk of the Gods’ Gulf of Naples Positano

SORRENTO PENINSULA

Capri

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TYRRHENIAN SEA

ITALY

Ferriere Valley National Reserve Pogerola

AGEROLA PLATEAU Bomerano

SAN LAZZARO

Amalfi

ACCOMMODATION Family-run agriturismo Luna d’Agerola is an intimate farm-stay run by three generations of the Acampora family. Located on the cliffs above the Amalfi Coast, it has beautiful en suite rooms with sea views from either a balcony, terrace or window. There’s a lovely terrace where you can relax after a day out on the trail.

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Walking in Sardinia

3

TRIP CODE - SAR | ITALY

Rugged mountains, deep boulder-strewn gorges and idyllic coastal trails are the locations for scenic and exciting hikes on this Sardinian walking holiday. Explore the natural beauty of this wild and unspoilt island staying at both a welcoming farmstay and on the stunning east coast. OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Supramonte Mountains | Climb the summits of a wild and windswept mountain range Nuragic ruins | Hike to Tiscali and explore the legacy of Sardinia’s ancient past Gorropu Gorge | Exciting trek through this geological wonder

PRICES FROM

£1265pp

with flights (8 days)

ITINERARY

£1075pp trip only (8 days)

DAY 1:

Join trip at Olbia Airport and drive to our family-run agriturismo in a stunning setting close by Lake Cedrino.

DAY 2:

Hike the Supramonte peaks of Corrasi and Punta Sos Nidos for far-reaching views.

DAY 3:

Trek to summits of Mounts Fumai and Novo San Giovanni (1,316m).

DAY 4:

Hike to the site of the nuragic village of Tiscali which dates back to the Bronze Age.

DAY 5:

Drive to the seaside town of Cala Gonone with free time to explore or relax on the beach.

DAY 6:

Boat ride to Cala Sisine then walk along the Selvaggio Blu coastal trail to Cala Luna. Take a boat back to Cala Gonone.

DAY 7:

Descend over 800 metres through the awe-inspiring Gorropu Gorge.

DAY 8:

Drive to Olbia Airport where the trip ends.

AT A GLANCE WALKING GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 4 nights comfortable agriturismo

DAILY DISTANCES

3 nights comfortable hotel

Day 2

14km

6hrs

Optional single rooms from £225

Day 3

11.5km

5hrs

MEALS:

Day 4

9.5km

4hrs

Breakfast: 7 | Lunch: 3 | Dinner: 4

Day 5 Day 6

9.5km

4.5hrs

Day 7

10.5km

Twin-Centre CUSTOMER RATING: Independently verified reviews, up to 30/06/2019.

5hrs

Olbia

Olbia

Dorgali

SARDINIA

AGRITURISMO

Tiscali Bronze Age village

Monte Corrasi 1463m

Gorropu Novo San Gorge Giovanni

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Cala Sisine

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A Taste of Italy - Walking in Puglia

1

TRIP CODE - TOP | ITALY

Puglia should be on the radar of all Italophiles. This holiday combines superb cuisine and wines with easy rambles through rolling landscapes. Explore Matera’s ancient sassi quarter and gorge, the conical trulli houses of Alberobello and seaside town of Monopoli. OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Local specialties | Visits to bakers, butchers and producers of cheese, olive oil and wine Tastings | Sample delicious local cheeses, wines and regional dishes Cooking | Try your hand at making the local orecchiette - ‘little ear’ pasta

PRICES FROM

£1465pp

with flights (8 days)

ITINERARY

£1199pp trip only (8 days)

AT A GLANCE

DAY 1:

Join trip in Altamura. Enjoy an evening feast introducing Puglian regional dishes.

DAY 2:

Visit a bakery to see traditional Puglian bread being made. Chance to visit nearby Gravina’s underground caverns.

DAY 3:

Pasta making lesson. Walk from the Pulo di Altamura sink hole to the fascinating Lamalunga Archeological Museum.

DAY 4:

Visit Castel del Monte and hike to an organic farm for lunch. Drive to Matera where we stay in the troglodyte quarter (the Sassi).

DAY 5:

Hike in the impressive Matera Gorge and explore the winding alleyways of the Sassi.

DAY 6:

Visit an organic cheesemaker, an olive oil mill and the famous butchers’ shops of Cisternino. Drive to the seaside town of Monopoli.

DAY 7:

Visit the trulli of Alberobello, option to visit wine museum and enjoy a wine tasting.

DAY 8:

The trip ends in Monopoli.

WALKING GRADE: Easy ACCOMMODATION: 4 nights comfortable hotel 3 nights comfortable guesthouse Optional single rooms from £185

MEALS: Breakfast: 7 | Lunch: 2 | Dinner: 1

CUSTOMER RATING: Independently verified reviews, up to 30/06/2019.

DAILY DISTANCES Day 3

8km

2hrs

Day 4

8km

3hrs

Day 5

3.5km

2hrs

Day 6

3km

1hr

Farmhouse lunch 13th century castle Pulo di Altamura

Bari Airport

ALTAMURA

ADRIATIC SEA

Local bakery visit, pasta making

Cisternino Walking tour Olive oil tasting

MONOPOLI Alta Murgia National Park

ITALY

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Alberobello Trulli town, Caseificio, cheese tasting, wine tasting

MATERA

Troglodyte Town Gorge walk

Locorotondo

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Sicilian Trails

2

TRIP CODE - SIT | ITALY

Enjoy a week of walking among the diverse landscapes of eastern Sicily, based in a charming family-run hotel close to the beach in Giardini Naxos. Hikes include the lava-strewn landscapes of Mount Etna and the Nebrodi Mountains National Park, one of Sicily’s wildest places. OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Aeolian Islands | Catch a ferry to the island of Vulcano and climb to the crater rim Taormina and Syracusa | Time to explore their streets and ancient sites Pantalica Gorge | Easy walking in a limestone gorge by an ancient necropolis

PRICES FROM

£1350pp

with flights (8 days)

ITINERARY

£1099pp trip only (8 days)

AT A GLANCE WALKING GRADE: Easy to Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights comfortable hotel Optional single rooms from £185 MEALS: Breakfast: 7 | Lunch: 1

Centre-Based

DAILY DISTANCES Day 2

10km

4hrs

Day 3

7km

Day 4

13km

3.5hrs

Day 6

8km

3.5hrs

Day 7

9.5km

DAY 1:

Join trip at our hotel close to the beach in Giardini Naxos.

DAY 2:

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

DAY 3:

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

DAY 4:

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

DAY 5:

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

DAY 6:

Hike alongside the Anapo River and rockhewn tombs of the scenic Pantalica Gorge. Visit Syracusa.

DAY 7:

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

DAY 8:

The trip ends in Giardini Naxos.

3hrs

Day 5

4hrs

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Vulcano Crater hike Milazzo

ACCOMMODATION

Seaside hotel Hotel Villa Linda is a small and friendly family-run hotel situated in the peaceful Recanati area of Giardini Naxos, just a couple of minutes walk from Recanati Beach. The well-appointed en suite bedrooms are air-conditioned and include a flat-screen satellite TV, hairdryer and safe. Giardini Naxos is an ideal location for striking out to explore the excellent and varied walking on offer in eastern Sicily.

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Nebrodi Mountains Walk in the Lake District

Castelmola Monte Venere Taormina

GIARDINI NAXOS 3323m Mt Etna Ionian Sea

SICILY

Catania

Pantalica Gorge Hike

Syracusa Ancient Greek City

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Sicilian Volcano Hike with Luca Cosma

4

TRIP CODE - SV | ITALY

Exciting trekking to the summit of three active volcanoes in the company of specialist volcanology guide Luca Cosma. Explore the crater-rim zone of Mount Etna (3,330m), travel by hydrofoil to the picturesque Aeolian Islands and hike to the top of Vulcano Island. OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Stromboli | Chance to see volcanic activity by both day and night Taormina | Visit the famous Greek Theatre with views of a distant Mount Etna Food and drink | Refuel with tasty Sicilian cuisine and wines

PRICES FROM

£1570pp

with flights (8 days)

ITINERARY

£1299pp trip only (8 days)

AT A GLANCE WALKING GRADE: Moderate to Challenging ACCOMMODATION: 4 nights comfortable hotel 3 nights simple guesthouse Optional single rooms from £230 MEALS: Breakfast: 7 | Lunch: 2 | Dinner: 3

CUSTOMER RATING: Independently verified reviews, up to 30/06/2019.

DAILY DISTANCES Day 2

9kmDAILY

DISTANCES

Day 3 Day 2 Day 4 Day 3 Day 5 Day 4 Day 6 Day 5 Day 7 Day 6

13km 9km 8km 13km 4km 8km 7km 4km 3km 7km

6hrs 5hrs 6.5hrs 6hrs 2hrs 6.5hrs 3hrs 2hrs 45mins 3hrs

Day 7

3km

45mins

STROMBOLI 926m

AEOLIAN ISLANDS

OUR EXPERT GUIDE Luca Cosma is a specialist volcanology guide and will be our trek leader for the week. Born on the Aeolian island of Stromboli, Luca has been leading Explore walking groups in Sicily for over 20 years and is proud and passionate about his homeland. He’ll share both his scientific knowledge and stories of growing up in the shadow of a volcano.

Panarea Island hike

LIPARI

Hike to crater rim

Join trip at our family-run rifugio on the slopes of Mount Etna.

DAY 2:

Take a cable car and 4WD before trekking to Etna summit (3,330m). Tour the top craters.

DAY 3:

Trek among the lava flows on Etna’s northern slopes and hike through a lava tube.

DAY 4:

Hydrofoil to Stromboli. Hike to the crater summit. Observe volcanic activity after dark.

DAY 5:

Hydrofoil to Panarea Island. Hike to prehistoric village before another hydrofoil to Lipari.

DAY 6:

Trek to the summit of Gran Cratere (400m) on Vulcano Island.

DAY 7:

Hydrofoil to the mainland. Visit Taormina for a chance to see its splendid Greek Theatre.

DAY 8:

The trip ends in Giardini Naxos.

5hrs

Optional Walks Optional Walks

DAY 1:

Hike to crater for the sunset

TYRRHENIAN SEA

Vulcano Island 500m Milazzo Taormina

ITALY

GIARDINI NAXOS

PIANO PROVENZANA Hike to lava cave and lava flows

Mt Etna 3300m

IONIAN SEA Cable car to 2450m 4WD to 2900m Hike to top craters

Catania

SICILY

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Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania on Foot

1

TRIP CODE - ELL | ESTONIA, LATVIA , LITHUANIA

This walking trip visits three Baltic States: Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Discover their cultural heritage and explore their national parks. Walk along the Curonian Spit, search for ruins of medieval fortresses hidden in forests and walk across bogs. OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Capital cities | Guided tours of Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius ‘Old Towns’ on foot Curonian Spit National Park | Walk the spectacular vast sand dunes Bog walking | Wear specialist bog shoes and learn about the unique ecosystem

PRICES FROM

£1220pp

with flights (8 days)

ITINERARY

£975pp

trip only (8 days)

AT A GLANCE

DAY 1:

Join trip in Tallinn, Estonia’s capital and major port.

DAY 2:

Walking tour of Tallinn’s Old Town. Walk the Beaver Trail in Lahemaa National Park. Learn to bog walk and stay in the national park.

DAY 3:

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

DAY 4:

Walk through Gauja National Park to the 13th century Turaida Castle. Take a cable car to enjoy views over the forest. Overnight in Riga.

DAY 5:

Explore the wetlands of Kemeri National Park. Cross the border to Lithuania. Take the ferry to Nida.

DAY 6:

Walk along the unique sand dunes and explore the pine forests of the Curonian Spit, a 98km long sand dune and UNESCO World Heritage Site.

DAY 7:

Travel to Trakai. Visit the island castle on Lake Galvie. Continue on to Vilnius, taking a walking tour of the Old Town.

DAY 8:

Trip ends in Vilnius.

WALKING GRADE: Easy ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights comfortable hotel Optional single rooms from £265 MEALS: Breakfast: 7

CUSTOMER RATING: Independently verified reviews, up to 30/06/2019.

DAILY DISTANCES Day 2

10km

5hrs

Day 3

5km

2hrs

Day 4

8km

3.5hrs

Day 5

4km

1.5hrs

Day 6

11km

3.5hrs

Day 7

4km

2hrs

Gulf of Finland

BALTIC SEA

TALLINN

LAHEMAA NP Altja

ESTONIA

SAAREMAA Turaida Castle

Sigulda Kemeri National Park

CURONIAN SPIT NP

Klaipeda

Nida

Gauja National Park River Gauja

RIGA

CESIS

LATVIA

Hill of Crosses

LITHUANIA

KALININGRAD (RUSSIA)

Trakai Castle

RUSSIA

BELARUS

VILNIUS

POLAND

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Hiking in the Polish Carpathians

3

TRIP CODE - WPS | POLAND

This Poland walking holiday visits both the Tatra Mountain range in the south and the outer Carpathian Mountains in Babia Gora National Park. Explore the dramatic peaks and valleys, turquoise lakes and highlander folk culture of this stunning country. OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Krakow | Home to Europe’s largest medieval market square, explore on foot Tatra Mountains | Hike in the stunning Valley of the Five Polish Lakes UNESCO Dunajec Gorge | Walk the Pieniny Way, a spectacular cliff-cut path

PRICES FROM

£960pp

with flights (8 days)

ITINERARY

£750pp

trip only (8 days)

AT A GLANCE

DAY 1:

Join trip in the medieval city of Krakow.

DAY 2:

Walking tour of Krakow. Head to Zawoja in the UNESCO-listed Babia Gora National Park. Optional afternoon walk.

DAY 3:

Trek through spruce and pine forests to the summit of Babia Gora ‘witches’ mountain’ (1,725m).

DAY 4:

Drive to Zverovka in Slovakia, trek though pretty villages and valleys of the Tatra Mountains, crossing back into Poland. Travel onto to Zakopane.

DAY 5:

Walk to Wielki Staw a natural glacial lake. Option to continue to Kozi Wierch (2,291m) with a mountain guide.

DAY 6:

Drive to UNESCO-listed Dunajec Gorge. Hike the Pieniny Way through the gorge. Option to travel the route by traditional wooden raft.

DAY 7:

Walk to Trzy Korony – the Three Crowns (982m), with stunning views of Dunajec Gorge. Drive to Krakow.

DAY 8:

Trip ends in Krakow.

WALKING GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights comfortable hotel Optional single rooms from £220 MEALS: Breakfast: 7

CUSTOMER RATING: Independently verified reviews, up to 30/06/2019.

DAILY DISTANCES Day 2

2km

1hr

Day 3

14km

Day 4

15km

Day 5

18km

Day 6

14km

3.5hrs

Day 7

15km

5.5hrs

6.5hrs 7.5hrs 4km

6/3hrs

Optional Walks

From

KRAKOW

(Guided walking tour)

ZAWOJA

Return to

KRAKOW

Babia Gora 1,725m

POLAND

SZCZAWNICA Kroscienko Three Crowns viewpoint

Zverovka

Bobrovecka Pass

ZAKOPANE Palenica Bialczanska

SLOVAKIA

Wielki Straw Lake Kozi Wierch 2,291m

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Walking in Slovenia

2

TRIP CODE - WSO | SLOVENIA

On this centre-based walking holiday explore the dramatic peaks, valleys and lakes of stunning Slovenia. Uncover Triglav National Park’s natural and cultural wonders, with walks to beautiful waterfalls, natural gorges and traditional farming villages. OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Julian Alps | Take the cable car to Mount Vogel for high walks with panoramic vistas Lake Bohinj | Slovenia’s largest glacial lake, a delightful base in an unspoilt setting Savica Waterfall | A spectacular waterfall, hidden amidst the Komarca Gorge

PRICES FROM

£1285pp

with flights (8 days)

ITINERARY

£1065pp trip only (8 days)

AT A GLANCE WALKING GRADE: Easy to Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights comfortable hotel Optional single rooms from £295 MEALS: Breakfast: 7 | Dinner: 3

Centre-Based CUSTOMER RATING:

DAILY DISTANCES Day 2

15km

Day 3

9km

5.5hrs

Day 4

12km

4-5hrs

Day 5

11.5km

5hrs

Day 6

10km

4hrs

Day 7

16.5km

Day 8

7km

Independently verified reviews, up to 30/06/2019.

5hrs

Mostnica Gorge

3hrs

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DAY 2:

Walk around Lake Bohinj up to the Savica Waterfall. Option to take a boat trip back across the lake.

DAY 3:

Take a chairlift up to 1,660m. Hike to Rodica Peak with spectacular views across the Julian Alps.

DAY 4:

Free day. Opportunity to visit Lake Bled and walk to Vintgar Gorge or rent a kayak and explore Lake Bohinj.

DAY 5:

Local bus to Brod. Walk in the Bohinj Valley through meadows to small farming villages.

DAY 6:

Take cable car to 1,535m. Walk along the mountain trail to the Vogel Ridge, for coastal views.

DAY 7:

Walk in the Voje Valley to Mostniski Waterfall and through the spectacular Mostnica Gorge.

DAY 8:

Free day. Optional walk to Bohinjska Bistrica. Drive to Ljubljana Airport where the trip ends.

Optional Walks

Lake Bled (Optional visit)

Srednja Vas

Kosijev dom na Vogarju hut 1054m (optional walk) Mt. Vogel 1922m

Join trip at Ljubljana Airport and drive to Lake Bohinj in Triglav National Park.

7.5hrs

AUSTRIA Mt. Triglav 2864m

DAY 1:

BOHINJ

LJUBLJANA

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Walking Romania - Transylvanian Alps Trek

4

TRIP CODE - TTA | ROMANIA

Experience warm hospitality and discover the unspoilt beautiful countryside of Romania on this walking holiday. Travel into the Transylvanian Alps, staying in a local guesthouse in Moeicu with walks through pine forests and flowered meadows to mountain huts. OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Piatra Craiului Mountains | One of the most spectacular ridge walks in Europe Bucharest | Explore Romania’s capital on foot Southern Carpathians | Walk in the Bucegi mountains to Omu peak (2,505m)

PRICES FROM

£999pp

with flights (8 days)

ITINERARY

£799pp

trip only (8 days)

AT A GLANCE

DAY 1:

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

DAY 2:

Take cable car into the Transylvanian Alps, home to brown bear, wolf and boar. Explore the Bucegi Plateau and walk to Omu mountain hut.

DAY 3:

Descend to Moieciu village in the beautiful Bran Valley welcomed with hot delicious food, and locally brewed alcohol. Views to the Piatra Craiului Mountains.

DAY 4:

Opportunity to visit Bran Castle. Walk in the Piatra Craiului Mountains past wildflowers to Curmatura Hut.

DAY 5:

Circular walk to Piatra Craiului’s spectacular limestone ridge with stunning views over the surrounding countryside.

DAY 6:

Walk through the beautiful Zarnesti Gorge to the guesthouse in Moieciu.

DAY 7:

Drive to Bucharest, Romania’s capital. Guided city tour, see Ceausescu’s Palace.

DAY 8:

Trip ends in Bucharest.

WALKING GRADE: Moderate to Challenging ACCOMMODATION: 2 nights comfortable guesthouse 2 nights comfortable hotel 3 nights simple hut Optional single rooms from £120

MEALS: Breakfast: 7 | Lunch: 5 | Dinner: 5

CUSTOMER RATING: Independently verified reviews, up to 30/06/2019.

DAILY DISTANCES Day 2

13km

Day 3

20km

3km

6hrs

Day 4

18km

5hrs

Day 5

7.5km

4hrs

Day 6

18km

4km

4/1.5hrs

5/2.5hrs

Optional Walks

CURMATURA HUT 1458m

La Om 2238m

Zarnesti Gorge

MOIECIU

Bran Castle Omu

2505m PIATRA CRAIULUI MOUNTAINS OMU HUT

ROMANIA

BUCEGI MOUNTAINS Furnica 2183m

RUSSIA MOLDOVA

ROMANIA SINAIA

Cable car

SINAIA Drive from/to

BUCHAREST

BUCHAREST BULGARIA

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Walking Albania

3

TRIP CODE - ALW | ALBANIA

Explore the beauty of northern Albania, trekking in the little visited Albanian Alps, through the spectacular scenic Valbona and Theth national parks. Encounter a traditional way of life in remote villages, learning about the country’s folklore. OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Koman Lake | Boat ride across glassy waters beneath dramatic mountain gorges Traditional villages | Tasty lunch prepared by a local family in Theth Alpine walking | Wildflower meadows, lush valleys and craggy passes

PRICES FROM

£965pp

with flights (8 days)

ITINERARY

£699pp

trip only (8 days)

DAY 1:

Join trip at Tirana Airport. Drive to Shkodra and explore the historic city on foot, founded in the 4th century B.C.

DAY 2:

Boat ride across the beautiful Koman Lake. Riverside walk then drive through the alpine landscapes of Northern Albania to Valbona.

DAY 3:

Walk on the elevated pastures of Gjarpri I Dragobi in Valbona National Park with spectacular views of the Dragobia Gorge.

DAY 4:

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

DAY 5:

Drive to Rrogram and hike over the Valbona Pass to Theth. Spectacular views across Albania’s Accursed Mountains.

DAY 6:

Explore Theth on foot. Visit the blood feud lock-in tower, walk along ancient terraces and past crystal clear natural pools. Barbecue lunch in Nderlysa.

DAY 7:

Hike on Thore pass to Edith Durham Memorial. Drive to the cosmopolitan capital, Tirana and explore on foot.

DAY 8:

Trip ends in Tirana.

AT A GLANCE WALKING GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 2 nights simple guesthouse 5 nights comfortable hotel Optional single rooms from £115

MEALS: Breakfast: 7 | Lunch: 4 | Dinner: 5

CUSTOMER RATING: Independently verified reviews, up to 30/06/2019.

DAILY DISTANCES Day 2

6km

3hrs

Day 3

11km

5hrs

Day 4

7km

5hrs

Day 5

9km

Day 6

7km

Day 7

6km

7hrs 4/2hrs

6km

3hrs

Optional Walks

Hike the Valbona Pass Hike in Theth NP

VALBONA

THETH

RO EG EN Boge NT O M Hike towards Thore Pass ko

dr

aL

River walk

Koplik

ak

e

SHKODRA

ADRIATIC SEA

Koman Ferry trip on lake

ALBANIA

NORTH MACEDONIA

Sh

Hike Rrethi I Jubanit Hike Gjarpri I Dragobi

TIRANA

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Walks and Coastal Towns of Croatia

2

TRIP CODE - CO | CROATIA

This walking holiday explores Croatia’s national parks; the jagged peaks of Dalmatia, plunging gorges in Paklenica and spectacular waterfalls in Plitvice. Stay in the capital Zagreb and coastal Spilt, wander the maze of cobbled streets past ancient sites. OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Plitvice National Park | UNESCO World Heritage Site with breathtaking aquamarine lakes Paklenica National Park | Spectacular coastal and mountain walking Trogir | One of the oldest cities in Croatia, discover its diverse architecture

PRICES FROM

£1199pp

with flights (8 days)

£950pp

trip only (8 days)

AT A GLANCE WALKING GRADE: Easy to Moderate

DAILY DISTANCES

ITINERARY

Day 3

14km

5hrs

Day 4

16km

5.5hrs

Day 5

10km

Day 6

18km

5/2hrs

8km

DAY 1:

Join trip in the capital Zagreb.

DAY 2:

Walking tour of Zagreb. Drive to the beautiful Plitvice National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

DAY 3:

Enjoy walking around breathtaking lakes and waterfalls in Plitvice. Experience the rich variety of flora in this region.

DAY 4:

Drive to Zavizan and walk the Premuziceva Trail, a hiker’s highlight accessing the most hidden and beautiful parts of Velebit.

DAY 5:

Explore Paklenica National Park on foot with a stunning coastal walk. Option to extend the walk into the foothills of the Velabit Mountains.

DAY 6:

A full-day hike in the dramatic Paklenica Gorge. Lunch at a traditional mountain hut.

DAY 7:

Visit Trogir, one of the oldest cities in Croatia. Drive to Split, discover the Roman Palace concealed within its modern streets.

DAY 8:

Trip ends in Split.

7hrs

Optional Walks

ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights comfortable hotel Optional single rooms from £175

ZAGREB City tour

MEALS: Breakfast: 7

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CROATIA PLITVICE NATIONAL PARK Lakes and waterfalls walk

Zavizan Premuziceva Trail

BOSNIA HERZEGOVINA

VELIKA PLANA Gorge walk

PAKLENICA NATIONAL PARK Coastal walk

Trogir

SPLIT

City tour

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Walking Montenegro & the Croatian Islands

2

TRIP CODE - WCM | MONTENEGRO, CROATIA

This walking holiday journeys from the Bay of Kotor in Montenegro to the idyllic islands of Croatia, following some of the most beautiful coastal, mountain and village trails of the southern Balkans. OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Kotor | Explore the imposing ramparts with stunning views over the bay Croatian Islands | Walk to lakes on Mljet and follow the coastline around Korcula Dubrovnik | Enter this spectacular UNESCO designated medieval walled town on foot

PRICES FROM

£1180pp

with flights (8 days)

ITINERARY

£999pp

trip only (8 days)

AT A GLANCE

DAY 1:

Join trip at Dubrovnik Airport and drive to Dobrota in Montenegro.

DAY 2:

Walking tour of Kotor including the city’s ramparts. Afternoon optional boat trip to Lady of the Rock.

DAY 3:

Hike from Kotor town to the top of Vrmac Mountain for stunning views of the city and bay. Descend to the beach at Markov Rt.

DAY 4:

Circular walk from Herceg Novi through traditional villages to a viewpoint over Kotor Bay. Drive to Dubrovnik and enter through the ancient walls on foot.

DAY 5:

Guided walking tour of the walled city of Dubrovnik. Take a boat to the forested island of Mljet.

DAY 6:

Circular hike around Malo and Veliko Jezero lakes. Boat to Korcula Island, famed for its vineyards.

DAY 7:

Coastal walk from Lumbarda to Korcula Old Town with views of the archipelago. Ferry to Orebic and drive to Cavtat.

DAY 8:

Trip ends in Cavtat.

WALKING GRADE: Easy to Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 1 night simple guesthouse

DAILY DISTANCES

6 nights comfortable hotel Optional single rooms from £240

Day 2

4km

MEALS:

Day 3

15km

Breakfast: 6

Day 4

4km

2.5hrs 5hrs 2.5hrs

Day 5

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Day 6

10km

4hrs

Day 7

7km

3hrs

BRAC

HVAR

CROATIA Orebic Korcula Town

KORCULA

LUMBARDA POMENA

BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

MIJET DUBROVNIK

Optional city tour

MONTENEGRO

CAVTAT

Herceg Novi

DOBROTA

Walking tour of Kotor City Ramparts Hike Vrmac Mountain

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Walking in Crete

3

TRIP CODE - CR | GREECE

This island walking holiday on Crete provides the best that the region has to offer. Discover isolated beaches, secluded coves and impressive canyons walking in the White Mountains and through the Samaria and Zaros Gorges. OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Samaria Gorge | A rewarding hike through Europe’s longest gorge Cretan hospitality | Welcoming villages and delicious fresh seafood Loutro | Boat trip along the coast to stay in this traffic free traditional village

PRICES FROM

£999pp

ITINERARY

£790pp

with flights (8 days)

trip only (8 days)

AT A GLANCE

DAY 1:

Join trip in the pretty harbour city of Chania.

DAY 2:

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

DAY 3:

Hike through the breathtaking Samaria Gorge to the coast at Agia Roumeli.

DAY 4:

Follow the coastline to Loutro, stop to see the old chapel at Ayios Pavlos. Option to take the ferry instead.

DAY 5:

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

DAY 6:

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

DAY 7:

Hike through the spectacular ravines of Zaros Gorge and explore the scenic Idi Mountains.

DAY 8:

Trip ends at Heraklion Airport.

WALKING GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 4 nights comfortable hotel 3 nights simple hotel Optional single rooms from £135

MEALS: Breakfast: 7

DAILY DISTANCES Day 2

2km

1.5hrs

Day 3

15km

6.5hrs

Day 4

15km

5-6hrs

Day 5

12km

5hrs

Day 6

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Day 7

5.5km

4.5hrs

Optional Walks

AEGEAN SEA CHANIA Mt Gingilos

AGIA ROUMELI

OMALOS

CRETE

Heraklion

Samaria Gorge

Preveli Monastery Chora Sfakion

LOUTRO

LIBYAN SEA

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Zaros Gorge

ZAROS

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Greek Cruise and Island Walking

2

TRIP CODE - GCW | GREECE

Explore Evia on this walking and cruise trip joining Captain Thanos on board his traditional Greek sailing boat. Cruise to beautiful bays and small harbours, with walks to hillside villages, through olive groves and to ancient sites. OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Panagia | Walk in the hills above this beautiful fjord Swim and snorkel | From the boat in the warm, azure waters of the Aegean Traditional Greek food | Delicious regional cuisine on-board and at waterside tavernas

PRICES FROM

£1245pp

with flights (8 days)

ITINERARY

£899pp

trip only (8 days)

DAY 1:

Join trip at Athens Airport. Ferry to Evia and transfer to Karystos to board the family-owned traditional wooden motorised caique - MV Isidoros II. Welcomed by captain Thanos.

DAY 2:

Cruise to Panagia via the Petali Islands – the exclusive island haven of the rich and famous.

DAY 3:

Morning walk to Agios Dimitrios via the village of Zarakes and Argyro. Walk back along the coast and sail to Eretria.

DAY 4:

Cruise to Nea Styra. Visit a local archaeological site and museum. Climb to the acropolis on Castelli Hill.

DAY 5:

Visit the Dragon House. Walk through olive groves in the Styra Valley. Sunset sail to Marmari.

DAY 6:

Drive to Kampos and descend on peaceful farm trails to Marmari. Sail to Karystos.

DAY 7:

Walk country lanes and paths to Gourna and Castello Rosso Fort. Visit Montofoli Vineyard.

DAY 8:

Take a ferry to Rafina and drive to Athens Airport where the trip ends.

AT A GLANCE WALKING GRADE: Easy to Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 6 nights simple boat 1 night comfortable hotel Optional single rooms from £595

DAILY DISTANCES

MEALS: Breakfast: 7 | Lunch: 6

Day 3

10km

4hrs

Day 4

5km

3hrs

Day 5

10km

4hrs

CUSTOMER RATING:

Day 6

10km

4hrs

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Day 7

10km

5hrs

Centre-Based

EVIA ISLAND ERETRIA

Ancient city-state

AEGEAN SEA

PANAGIA STYRA

GREECE

NEA STYRA

PETALI

MARMARI KARYSTOS

Old Venetian castle

Athens Rafina

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Greek Islands Walking - Andros and Tinos

3

TRIP CODE - WAT | GREECE

This walking holiday takes you to the little-known islands of Andros and Tinos. Follow ancient pathways to discover a traditional, quieter side to Greece. Walk through green valleys to idyllic beaches on Andros and to decorated dovecotes characteristic of Tinos. OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Island hopping | Discover the Cycladic islands of Andros and Tinos on foot Chora | Andros’ capital, a beautiful coastal town with lively squares Greek food | Taste fresh seafood in waterside tavernas and typical sweet pastries

PRICES FROM

£1099pp

with flights (8 days)

ITINERARY

£850pp

trip only (8 days)

AT A GLANCE WALKING GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights comfortable hotel Optional single rooms from £210

DAILY DISTANCES

MEALS: Breakfast: 7

CUSTOMER RATING: Independently verified reviews, up to 30/06/2019.

13.5km

Day 3

10km

4hrs

Day 4

8.5km

4hrs

Day 5

16km

Day 6

8km

GREECE

ANDROS Apikia

Day 2

AEGEAN SEA

Join trip at Athens Airport. Drive to Rafina and take the ferry to Andros.

DAY 2:

Walk through olive groves to Mesaria, with views over the island.

DAY 3:

Public bus to Kochilou. Hike on ancient paths back to Chora with coastal views.

DAY 4:

Morning walk to Apikia descending via old mule tracks through the valley. Ferry to Tinos.

DAY 5:

Drive to Falatados. Walk around the remarkable Exoburgo rock fortress to Ktikados, descend to Tinos town.

DAY 6:

Circular hike from Ormos Panormos Beach. Admire the marble reliefs in the white village of Pyrgos.

DAY 7:

Free morning in Tinos before taking the ferry to Piraeus. Drive to hotel in Athens.

DAY 8:

Trip ends in Athens.

4.5hrs

7hrs 2.5hrs

ATHENS Piraeus Port

CHORA

DAY 1:

Rafina Port

To Rafina Port Kochilou Panachrantos Monastery

Ormos Panormos

TINOS Exobourgo

To Piraeus Port

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Walking the Corfu Trail (South)

3

TRIP CODE - CF | GREECE

This walking holiday explores southern Corfu, one of the most beautiful Greek islands. Visit sleepy villages framed by vineyards, walk along beaches and through shady olive groves, enjoying home-cooked food at local tavernas. OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Corfu Town | Explore the winding backstreets of the UNESCO-listed Old Town Ancient landscape | Follow mule tracks to hilltop villages and isolated monasteries Agii Deka | Climb the island’s second highest peak for spectacular Mediterranean views

PRICES FROM

£899pp

with flights (8 days)

ITINERARY

£699pp

trip only (8 days)

DAY 1:

Join trip in Kerkyra (Corfu Town).

DAY 2:

Drive to Kavos, the start of the Corfu Trail. Walk via Arkoudillas Monastery to Spartera. Stay in coastal Asprokavos.

DAY 3:

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

DAY 4:

Follow the coastline, walking on golden sands and through cedar tree forests to Lake Korrision and on to Paramonas.

DAY 5:

Hike through the villages of Ano and Kato Pavliana, crossing the Messongi River Valley to Pelekas via Komianata.

DAY 6:

Drive to Stavros, follow path skirting the Agii Deka Mountain. Climb to the abandoned monastery of Myrtiotissa.

DAY 7:

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

DAY 8:

Trip ends at Liapades Beach.

AT A GLANCE WALKING GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 2 nights comfortable hotel 4 nights simple hotel 1 night simple pension Optional single rooms from £195

DAILY DISTANCES

MEALS:

Day 2

12km

3.5hrs

Breakfast: 7 | Dinner: 2

Day 3

23km

7hrs

Day 4

20km

6hrs

Day 5

17km

6hrs

Day 6

17km

6.5hrs

Day 7

23km

7hrs

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CORFU CORFU (GREECE) (GREECE) (GREECE)

LIAPADES LIAPADES BEACH BEACH

ALBANIA ALBANIA

Pantokrator Pantokrator 906m 906m

Myrtiotissa Myrtiotissa Monastery Monastery

PELEKAS PELEKAS

PARAMONAS PARAMONAS

KERKYRA KERKYRA Corfu Town Corfu Town

Agii Deka Agii Deka 576m 576m

Corfu Corfu Channel Channel

GREECE GREECE

Komianata Komianata

CAPE CAPE LEFKIMMI LEFKIMMI

MEDITERRANEAN MEDITERRANEAN SANTA SANTA SEA BARBARA SEA BARBARA

Arkoudillas Arkoudillas Monastery Monastery

Kavos Kavos

ASPROKAVOS ASPROKAVOS

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Walking the Corfu Trail (North)

4

TRIP CODE - FA | GREECE

Take in the highlights of northern Corfu, walking the renowned Corfu Trail. Walk across the island to the coastal town of Kalami and cross the Karst Plateau, passing by remote monasteries and hillside villages to the summit of Pantokrator Mountain. OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Karstic highlands | Admire the views across the sea to Albania Variety of landscapes | Olive groves, valleys, golden beaches and dramatic cliff paths Home-cooked food | Enjoy freshly prepared meals in local tavernas

PRICES FROM

£990pp

with flights (8 days)

ITINERARY

£780pp

trip only (8 days)

DAY 1:

Join trip in Liapades Beach.

DAY 2:

Ascend to Lakones and Bella Vista for a view over the Mediterranean. Walk across olive groves to Krini and down a cliff footpath to Agios Georgiou.

DAY 3:

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

DAY 4:

Walk along the valley to Spartillas, drive to the pretty village of Kalami, with a panoramic backdrop of mountainous Albania.

DAY 5:

Hike mountain trails on the Karst Plateau under the summit of Pantokrator Mountain. Descend to Agios Spyridon.

DAY 6:

Free day. Relax by the beach or take an optional walk to deserted village of Mengoulas.

DAY 7:

Orientation tour of Kerykra (Corfu Town) on foot, optional boat trip to Mouse Island or tour of the Kanoni Peninsula.

DAY 8:

Trip ends in Corfu Town.

AT A GLANCE WALKING GRADE: Moderate to Challenging ACCOMMODATION: 4 nights comfortable hotel

DAILY DISTANCES

3 nights simple hotel

Day 2

13.5km

Optional single rooms from £230

Day 3

14km

4.5hrs

MEALS:

Day 4

14km

4.5hrs

Breakfast: 7 | Dinner: 2

Day 5

21km

3km 7.5/1hrs

Day 6

15.5km

Point-to-Point

4/1hrs

2km

5hrs

Optional Walks

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Cape Agia Aikaterini Agios RODA Athanasios Monastery Pantokrator 906m Rekini

AGIOS GEORGIOU

a

Rop

LIAPADES BEACH

CORFU (GREECE)

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

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KALAMI

Agros

Angelokastro

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Agios Spyridon

ALBANIA

KERKYRA Corfu Town

Agii Deka 576m

Corfu Channel

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On Foot in Northern Cyprus

2

TRIP CODE - LNC | NORTH CYPRUS

Explore one of the most unspoilt regions of the Mediterranean on this walking trip through North Cyprus’ beautiful Besparmak Mountains. Follow quiet, flower-rich mountain trails and discover imposing ruined castles, with stunning cobalt sea backdrops. OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Bellapais | Explore the famous 12th century Crusader abbey Mediterranean food | Enjoy the fresh flavours of mezes at local restaurants Buffavento | Spectacular views from this less visited castle

PRICES FROM

£785pp

with flights (8 days)

ITINERARY

£599pp

trip only (8 days)

DAY 1:

Join trip in Bellapais, near Kyrenia.

DAY 2:

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

DAY 3:

Walk through the Besparmak Mountains to the ruins of Bellapais Abbey. Opportunity to explore Kyrenia town.

DAY 4:

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

DAY 5:

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

DAY 6:

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

DAY 7:

Ascend to Buffavento Castle with spectacular views of the island. Walk through the Besparmak Mountain range past ‘The Five Fingered Mountain’.

DAY 8:

Trip ends in Bellapais.

AT A GLANCE WALKING GRADE: Easy to Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights comfortable hotel Optional single rooms from £130 MEALS: Breakfast: 7 | Lunch: 5

DAILY DISTANCES

Centre-Based

7.5km

2hrs

Day 3

12.5km

4hrs

CUSTOMER RATING:

Day 4

10km

4hrs

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Day 5 Day 6

13.5km

4hrs

Day 7

13km

4hrs

MORFU BAY

Day 2

Guzelyurt

Kaplica Beach

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

Gecitkoy

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

954m

Panayia Plataniotissa

Olympus 740m

Kantara Castle

Incirli Cave

BESPARMAK MOUNTAIN RANGE

CYPRUS

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Airport

CYPRUS (NORTH)

Salamis Optional visit Famagusta Optional visit

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Walking Turkey’s Turquoise Coast

2

TRIP CODE - WTC | TURKEY

Based in the beautiful harbour town of Kas, this walking holiday takes you along the Turquoise Coast exploring the forests, hills, coastline and history of the area. Pass ancient Lycian tombs cut into the cliffs with views of Patara’s pristine golden sands and Meis Island. OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Taurus Mountains | Rustic lunch with a local family with views of Mount Akdag Lycian Way | Walk to sparkling coves and quiet villages surrounded by olive groves Xanthos | Exploration of this compact ancient UNESCO Site

PRICES FROM

£699pp

with flights (8 days)

ITINERARY

£450pp

trip only (8 days)

DAY 1:

Join trip in the seaside town of Kas.

DAY 2:

Explore Kas on foot including its Hellenistic theatre. Hike to Limanagzi Beach with option to return by boat.

DAY 3:

Walk along a section of Lycian Way from a Roman aqueduct. Visit the ancient site of Xanthos.

DAY 4:

Free day with option to visit a nearby Greek Island or the sunken city of Kekova.

DAY 5:

Walk through inland villages with Mediterranean views.

DAY 6:

Mountain hike with great views of Mount Akdag (3,048m). Enjoy lunch in a village house.

DAY 7:

Walk to the Roman Port of Andriake via two beaches.

DAY 8:

Trip ends in Kas.

AT A GLANCE WALKING GRADE: Easy to Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights comfortable hotel Optional single rooms from £145 MEALS: Breakfast: 7 | Lunch: 7

Centre-Based

DAILY DISTANCES Day 2

6.5km

Day 3

5km

4km 1km

3.5/2hrs 2.5/0.5hrs

Day 4 Day 5

8km

Day 6

3km

Day 7

5km

3.5hrs 1.5/1.5hrs

3km

2.5hrs

Optional Walks

From/To Dalaman Airport

Mt Akdag 3048m Akdag Kuruova pass Mountain hike Sutlegen (Lunch with local family) Xanthos

TURKEY

Saribelen Aqueduct

Gökçeoren

KAS

Kapakli

Hellenistic theatre

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

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Andriake Limanagzi Beach Kekova Optional boat trip Optional trip Sunken ruins to Meis and hike (Greek Island)

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Hiking Turkey’s Lycian Way

3

TRIP CODE - LW | TURKEY

This trip follows Turkey’s spectacular Lycian Way, walking along scenic coastal trails between little-visited ancient ruins and time-forgotten villages. Experience traditional hospitality and home-cooked meals staying in rural village guesthouses. OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Butterfly Valley | Stay in a village house overlooking the lush canyon and pristine beach Patara | Explore Roman ruins and the stunning golden sand beach Turquoise Coast | Take a boat trip over sunken ruins and swim in secluded bays

PRICES FROM

£699pp

with flights (8 days)

ITINERARY

£450pp

trip only (8 days)

AT A GLANCE

DAY 1:

Join trip in Kayakoy, site of the deserted Greek village.

DAY 2:

Hike through forests and remote villages to Faralya. Stay in a village guesthouse overlooking Butterfly Valley with views to Oludeniz Beach.

DAY 3:

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

DAY 4:

Walk to the ancient city of Sidyma. Join the locals for a glass of tea.

DAY 5:

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

DAY 6:

Follow the trail through the Taurus Foothills to Mount Felen ridge. Overnight in Kas.

DAY 7:

Trek to the ancient port of Aperlae. Explore the sunken city of Kekova by boat with BBQ lunch and visit Simena’s medieval castle.

DAY 8:

Trip ends at Dalaman Airport.

WALKING GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 1 night simple guesthouse 5 nights comfortable hotel 1 night simple village house Optional single rooms from £130 MEALS: Breakfast: 7 | Lunch: 3 | Dinner: 3

Point-to-Point CUSTOMER RATING: Independently verified reviews, up to 30/06/2019.

DAILY DISTANCES Day 2

13km

5hrs

Day 3

18km

7hrs

Day 4

12km

5hrs

Day 5

8km

Day 6

16km

6hrs

Day 7

10km

3hrs

3.5hrs

From/To Dalaman Airport Fethiye

KAYAKOY Oludeniz

GEY

Baba Dagi

TURKEY

FARALYA Butterfly Valley

Patara Beach

PATARA

Patara ruins

Sidyma Kalkan

Aqueduct

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

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Felen

Simena hilltop castle

KAS Aperlae Ancient port

Kekova Island Sunken city

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Hiking in the Caucasus

3

TRIP CODE - WGEO | GEORGIA

Trek in Georgia’s Svaneti, a region with a unique history and culture lying among the craggy snow-capped peaks and deep gorges of the Greater Caucasus Mountains. Stay in remote villages with distinctive medieval defensive stone towers. OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Caucasus hikes | Trek to the foot of Mount Ushba, Mount Guro and the Shkhara Glacier Monastery and grottoes | Visit Gelati Monastery and the dramatic Prometheus Caves Food and drink | Enjoy hearty home-cooked local dishes and Georgian wines

PRICES FROM

£1199pp

with flights (8 days)

ITINERARY

£925pp

trip only (8 days)

AT A GLANCE

DAY 1:

Join trip in Kutaisi, Georgia’s third largest city, which lies on the banks of the Rioni River.

DAY 2:

Visit Kutaisi’s lively market and the UNESCO-listed Gelati Monastery before driving to the village of Becho in the Greater Caucasus Mountains.

DAY 3:

Hike through forest to the waterfall at the base of Mount Ushba. Option to trek to the top of the falls. Drive to Mestia.

DAY 4:

Drive to Mulakhi and trek back to Mestia with superb views. Visit the excellent Mestia Museum to learn more about Svan culture.

DAY 5:

Drive to the dramatically sited village of Ushguli. Climb Mount Guro for incredible views.

DAY 6:

Hike to the glacier at the base of Mount Shkhara with fantastic views of this snow-covered peak (5,068m).

DAY 7:

Return to Kutaisi via the Dadiani Palace in Zugdidi and spectacular Prometheus Cave.

DAY 8:

Visit the magnificent Bagrati Cathedral before the trip ends in Kutaisi this morning.

WALKING GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 4 nights simple guesthouse 3 nights simple hotel

DAILY DISTANCES

Optional single rooms from £165

MEALS:

Day 3

11km

6hrs

Breakfast: 7 | Lunch: 4 | Dinner: 6

Day 4

14km

6hrs

Day 5

10km

6hrs

Day 6

18km

6hrs

CUSTOMER RATING: Independently verified reviews, up to 30/06/2019.

MESTIA

Mt Ushba

Mulakhi

BECHO USHGULI

Zugdidi

Mt Shkhara Mt Guro

GEORGIA Tskaltubo Grottoes

KUTAISI

Gelati Monastery

TURKEY

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On Foot in Armenia

2

TRIP CODE - WAM | ARMENIA

A walking trip exploring Armenia’s spectacular mountain scenery, unspoilt villages and medieval monasteries. From the twisted rock formations of Garni Gorge to high-altitude Lake Sevan, this beautiful country won’t fail to impress. OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Yerevan | Cosmopolitan capital city with views of snow-capped Mount Ararat Walks with history | Smbataberd fortress, medieval monasteries and Silk Route caravanserai ‘Wings of Tatev’ | Ride on one of the world’s longest cable cars from Halidzor to Tatev

PRICES FROM

£1375pp

with flights (9 days)

ITINERARY

£999pp

trip only (9 days)

AT A GLANCE WALKING GRADE: Easy to Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 8 nights comfortable hotel Optional single rooms from £215

DAILY DISTANCES

MEALS:

Day 3

10km

4hrs

Breakfast: 8 | Lunch: 5 | Dinner: 6

Day 4

7km

2hrs

Day 5

13km

Day 6

7km

Day 7

1.5km

Day 8

3km

CUSTOMER RATING: Independently verified reviews, up to 30/06/2019.

5.5hrs 2km

1hrs

Mount Artanish

Neghuts Monastery

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Guided tour of Yerevan including the Genocide Memorial complex and Matenadaran Library.

DAY 3:

Trek through villages on Teghenis Mountain. Drive to Lake Sevan and visit the monastery.

DAY 4:

Climb Mount Artanish before travelling on an Old Silk Route to the ancient Selim Caravanserai.

DAY 5:

Hike to Smbataberd Fortress and on to Tsakhats Kar Monastery before driving to Goris.

DAY 6:

Cable car ride to Tatev Monastery and trek along the Serpentine Road to Devil’s Bridge.

DAY 7:

Walk to Karahunge Standing Stones. Explore Noravank and Khor Virap monasteries.

DAY 8:

Trek through the stunning Garni Gorge to the Garni Temple. Visit Geghard Monastery.

DAY 9:

Trip ends today in Yerevan.

AZERBAIJAN

LAKE SEVAN

Mt Ararat 5137

DAY 2:

1.5hrs

ARMENIA

TURKEY

Join trip in the Armenian capital Yerevan.

2.5/1hrs

Optional Walks GEORGIA

YEREVAN

DAY 1:

Garni and Geghard Khor Virap Monastery Noravank Monastery

Lake Sevan Selim Caravanserai The Silk Road

HERMON

GORIS Halidzor Tatev Monastery

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EUROPE

Azerbaijan Caucasus Walking

2

TRIP CODE - WAZ | AZERBAIJAN

A walking holiday that discovers the wild landscapes, history and contemporary culture of little-known Azerbaijan. On the easternmost fringes of Europe, flanked by the Caucasus Mountains and Caspian Sea, it’s a fascinating place to visit. OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Xinaliq | Azerbaijan’s highest inhabited village, spectacularly sited at 2,350m Caucasus hikes | Enjoy nature and observe rural life up close Baku | Cosmopolitan capital with a rich architectural heritage

PRICES FROM

£1650pp

with flights (9 days)

ITINERARY

£999pp

trip only (9 days)

AT A GLANCE

DAY 1:

Join trip in Baku, Azerbaijan’s cosmopolitan capital on the shores of the Caspian Sea.

DAY 2:

Walking tour in Baku’s Old City before driving to the mountain village of Lahic, famous for its coppersmiths.

DAY 3:

Enjoy a walk around Lahic before travelling along the southern flanks of the Caucasus to Sheki where we explore the Khan’s Palace and city sights on foot.

DAY 4:

Hike through Kish via its ancient Church to the ruined fortress of Gelersen Goresen.

DAY 5:

Walk from Lekit to the ruins of Yeddi Kilsa Monastery and follow a bubbling river to Mamirli Waterfall.

DAY 6:

Drive through mountain and desert landscapes to Quba region in northern Azerbaijan.

DAY 7:

Spectacular drive through Cloudcatcher Canyon to Xinaliq (2,350m), Azerbaijan’s highest permanently inhabited village. Enjoy lunch with a local family before hiking to Qala Xudat.

DAY 8:

Hike in the Shahdag National Park to the Atesgah natural gas flame. Return to Baku.

DAY 9:

Trips ends in Baku.

WALKING GRADE: Easy to Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 5 nights comfortable hotel 3 nights simple hotel

DAILY DISTANCES

Optional single rooms from £295

Day 3

4km

MEALS:

Day 4

7km

Breakfast: 8 | Lunch: 1 | Dinner: 3

Day 5

6.5km

1.5hrs 3hrs 2.5hrs

Day 6 Day 7

9km

3hrs

Day 8

9km

3hrs

RUSSIA Lekit Ilisu valley

Quba

Kish

Qala Xudat

SHEKI

Khan’s Palace

CA

CASPIAN SEA

QIRIZDENE

Xinaliq

UC

AS

US

LAHIC

(Coppersmiths village)

Shamakha Mosque

AZERBAIJAN

BAKU

Walking tour

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Ethiopia

77

Jordan

71

Madagascar

80

Morocco

72–76

South Africa

81

Tanzania

79

Best Sellers  Spice Trails of Jordan

71

 Toubkal Climb

75

 Kilimanjaro - Lemosho Trek

79

New Trips  Walking in Morocco - Atlas to Atlantic

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Middle East and Africa

Contents

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Spice Trails of Jordan

3

TRIP CODE - TP | JORDAN

Explore some of the world’s most magnificent historic and natural sites on foot. Retrace the steps of the ancient Nabateans along old spice trails, trek across wild plateaus to the rock-carved city of Petra and into the breathtaking canyons of Wadi Rum. OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Wadi Rum | Walks through the majestic desert scenery staying in a Bedouin camp Petra | Two days to explore this spectacular ‘Rose Red City’, entering via the Monastery Dead Sea | Float in the saline waters at the lowest point on Earth

PRICES FROM

£1590pp

with flights (8 days)

ITINERARY

£999pp

trip only (8 days)

AT A GLANCE

DAY 1:

Join trip in Jordan’s capital, Amman.

DAY 2:

Drive along the Desert Highway to Wadi Rum. Walk through desert landscape to the campsite.

DAY 3:

Hike among the sandy gorges and canyons of Wadi Rum, following in the footsteps of the early Nabatean traders.

DAY 4:

Optional camel ride through sandstone canyons. Travel to Petra and explore the Treasury on foot.

DAY 5:

Trek along ancient spice trails to enter via the Monastery, one of Petra’s greatest monuments.

DAY 6:

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

DAY 7:

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

DAY 8:

Trip ends in Amman.

WALKING GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 4 nights simple camping

DAILY DISTANCES

3 nights comfortable hotel

Day 2

6.5km

Optional single rooms from £85

Day 3

17km

MEALS:

Day 4

13km

Breakfast: 7 | Lunch: 4 | Dinner: 4

Day 5

18km

Day 6

3km

CUSTOMER RATING:

2hrs 7hrs 5/2hrs

9km*

7hrs 45mins

*Optional camel trek

Independently verified reviews, up to 30/06/2019. Jerash Roman city

SYRIA

AMMAN Dead Sea Float/relax Dead Sea

Mt Nebo

MADABA St George’s Church

Little Petra Petra Rock-carved city

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JORDAN

WADI SHAMASSAT Private camp

Private Desert Camp Walks and optional camel ride

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MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA

Toubkal Long Weekend

5

TRIP CODE - ATA | MOROCCO

One for the weekend explorer, spend two-and-a-half days in Morocco’s Atlas Mountains trekking to the summit of North Africa’s highest peak, Jebel Toubkal (4,167m). Enjoy panoramic views and discover the exotic backstreets of Marrakech on foot. OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

The Atlas Mountains | A challenging trek among the spectacular valleys Berber culture | Freshly prepared Moroccan meals and traditional Berber hospitality Marrakech | Time to explore Morocco’s captivating ‘Red City’

PRICES FROM

£625pp

with flights (5 days)

ITINERARY

£399pp

trip only (5 days)

DAY 1:

Trip starts in Marrakech.

DAY 2:

Drive into the High Atlas mountains. From Imlil (1,740m) trek along the Mizane Valley and up to Toubkal campsite (3,206m).

DAY 3:

Early morning sunrise Jebel Toubkal summit climb with stunning Atlas views. Trek down the valley to Aremd (1,900m) and stay in a village house.

DAY 4:

Short walk to Imlil and return to Marrakech. Explore the historic sites and souks of the ‘Red City’.

DAY 5:

Trip ends in Marrakech.

AT A GLANCE WALKING GRADE: Challenging ACCOMMODATION: 1 night simple camping 2 nights comfortable hotel 1 night simple village house Optional single rooms from £55

DAILY DISTANCES

MEALS: Breakfast: 4 | Lunch: 2 | Dinner: 2

Point-to-Point

Day 2

11km

5hrs

Day 3

17km

10.5hrs

Day 4

45mins

1.5km

CUSTOMER RATING: Independently verified reviews, up to 30/06/2019. From/To

MOROCCO

MARRAKECH Optional city tour

MARRAKECH HIGH ATLAS RANGE Jebel Toubkal ALGERIA

Imlil 1740m

AREMD 1900m

Sidi Chamharouch

HIGH ATLAS RANGE TOUBKAL CAMP 3200m

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MOROCCO Jebel Toubkal 4167m

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MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA

Winter Toubkal Trek

6

TRIP CODE - JT | MOROCCO

This winter trekking trip in Morocco takes you among the snow-capped peaks and stunning landscape of the Atlas Mountains to the summit of Jebel Toubkal. On a clear day enjoy views across the Atlas range and towards the Sahara Desert. OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Jebel Toubkal | Ascend to the summit of the highest peak in North Africa (4,167m) Berber villages | Discover remote villages and meet the hospitable local people Marrakech | Explore the souks and medina of this lively ancient city

PRICES FROM

£899pp

with flights (8 days)

ITINERARY

£699pp

trip only (8 days)

AT A GLANCE WALKING GRADE: Challenging to Tough ACCOMMODATION: 2 nights comfortable hotel 3 nights simple mountain refuge 2 nights simple village house Optional single rooms from £50

DAILY DISTANCES Day 2

1.5km

1hr

Day 3

9.5km

5hrs

Day 4

4.5km

6hrs 8hrs

Day 5

6km

MEALS:

Day 6

13.5km

Breakfast: 7 | Lunch: 5 | Dinner: 5

Day 7

1.5km

Point-to-Point CUSTOMER RATING: Independently verified reviews, up to 30/06/2019.

7hrs

DAY 1:

Trip starts in Morroco’s most famous city, Marrakech.

DAY 2:

Drive into the Toubkal Massif to Imlil (1,740m). Walk to Aremd (1,900m). Sleep in village house.

DAY 3:

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

DAY 4:

Climb to summit of Jebel Toubkal (4,165m). Stunning views over the High Atlas winter landscapes.

DAY 5:

Trek Tizi-n-Ougane path to summit of Jebel Ouanoukrim (4,086m). Views to Anti Atlas and Sahara.

DAY 6:

Cross Tizi Ouanoums Pass. Visit viewpoint looking across Lake Ifni. Descend to Aremd village.

DAY 7:

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

DAY 8:

Trip ends in Marrakech.

45mins

Optional Walks

From/To

MOROCCO

MARRAKECH Optional city tour

MARRAKECH HIGH ATLAS RANGE

Imlil

Miz

ane

Jebel Toubkal

ALGERIA

MOROCCO

AREMD

Sidi Chamharouch

HIGH ATLAS RANGE NELTNER REFUGE

3207m

Jebel Toubkal 4167m

Tizi Ouanoums (3650m) Ouanoukrim 4089m Lake Ifni

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Toubkal Climb

4

TRIP CODE - MJ | MOROCCO

This week long trekking trip in Morocco culminates in the ascent of North Africa’s highest peak, Jebel Toubkal (4,167m). Trek through the valley of Imlil, past Berber villages and over beautiful passes surrounded by panoramic views of the High Atlas Mountains. OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

The Atlas Mountains | Get away from it all trekking through the untouched landscape Berber villages | Stay in village houses, learning about the culture of the friendly people Marrakech | Immerse yourself in the atmosphere of Djemma el-Fna Square

PRICES FROM

£775pp

with flights (8 days)

ITINERARY

£550pp

trip only (8 days)

AT A GLANCE WALKING GRADE: Moderate to Challenging ACCOMMODATION: 2 nights comfortable hotel

DAILY DISTANCES Day 2

8.5km

6hrs

2 nights simple mountain refuge 3 nights simple village house

Day 3

7km

5hrs

Day 4

9.5km

5hrs

Optional single rooms from £50

Day 5

4.5km

6hrs

MEALS:

Day 6

7km

Day 7

1.5km

Breakfast: 7 | Lunch: 5 | Dinner: 5

Point-to-Point

DAY 1:

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

DAY 2:

Walk from the Berber village of Aguersioual (1,600m) through the Azaden Valley to Tizi Oussem (1,850m).

DAY 3:

Ascend steadily to Tizi Mzik Pass (2,489m) then descend to the mountain village of Aremd (1,900m).

DAY 4:

Walk through the High Atlas past the holy site Sidi Chamharouch to the base of Toubkal at Neltner (3,207m).

DAY 5:

Early morning Jebel Toubkal (4,167m) summit trek. Views over the High Atlas Mountains. Descend back to refuge.

DAY 6:

In the morning option to climb Ouanoukrim (4,089m) or Ouanoums (3,650m). Walk back to Aremd for the final night in the mountains.

DAY 7:

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

DAY 8:

Trip ends in Marrakech.

4/3/6.5hrs

6.5/8.5km

45mins

Optional Walks From/To

CUSTOMER RATING:

MARRAKECH Optional city tour

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Aguersioual Tizi n‘Oudite 2200m Id Aissa

TIZI OUSSEM

1850m

Imlil

AREMD

Tizi Mzik Pass 2489m Sidi Chamharouch

HIGH ATLAS RANGE NELTNER REFUGE

MOROCCO

3207m

Jebel Toubkal 4167m Tizi Ouanoums 3650m (optional summit) Ouanoukrim to 4089m (optional summit) Lake Ifni

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MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA

Walking in Morocco - Atlas to Atlantic

1

TRIP CODE - MAA | MOROCCO

This walking trip takes you among the foothills of the majestic High Atlas Mountains to the windswept Atlantic Coast. Explore the beaches and valleys, dotted with fruit orchards and tiny villages. Discover ancient Marrakech and the lively craft markets of Essaouira. OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Riad | Spend four nights in traditional accommodation The Berber People | Discover their homeland taking lunch with a family Essaouira | Relax in this laid back town sampling fresh fish

PRICES FROM

£799pp

with flights (8 days)

ITINERARY

£580pp

trip only (8 days)

DAY 1:

Join trip in Marrakech.

DAY 2:

Hike in the Atlas Mountains through Berber villages around Ouirgane and have lunch with a local family.

DAY 3:

Walk to 12th century Tinmel Mosque before driving over Tizi ‘n’ Test Pass to Ouled Berhil on the Souss Plain.

DAY 4:

Hike in the Afensou Valley and enjoy lunch in a village house.

DAY 5:

Drive out of the Atlas to Essaouira, hiking along Atlantic Coast beaches between Sidi Mbarek and Sidi Kaouki en route.

DAY 6:

Walking tour in Essaouira with free time to explore this charming walled Kasbah with its many craft shops.

DAY 7:

Return to Marrakech and discover the city’s souks and Djemaa el-Fna Square on a walking tour.

DAY 8:

Trip ends in Marrakech.

AT A GLANCE WALKING GRADE: Easy ACCOMMODATION: 4 nights comfortable riad 3 nights comfortable hotel Optional single rooms from £145

MEALS:

DAILY DISTANCES

Breakfast: 7 | Lunch: 2

3hrs

Day 2

8km

Day 3

1.5km

Day 4

4km

2hrs

Day 5

12km

3hrs

1.5hrs

MOROCCO

ESSAOUIRA

MARRAKECH Guided walking tour

Sidi Kaouki

Jebel Aoulime 3555m Tea at Berber House (during walk) Agadir

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OUIRGANE Tinmel Mosque Tizi ‘n’ Test Pass

OULED BERHIL

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MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA

Trekking Ethiopia’s Simien Mountains

5

TRIP CODE - ES | ETHIOPIA

Trek in one of Africa’s most stunning wildernesses, the Simien Mountains of northern Ethiopia. Discover this isolated region, admiring the spectacular scenery of rocky plateaus, dramatic peaks and deep gorges, keeping an eye out for gelada baboons. OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Lalibela | Explore the remarkable rock cut churches Gondar | Discover the well preserved 17th century castles Ras Dashen | Climb to Ethiopia’s highest peak at 4,543 metres

PRICES FROM

£2545pp

ITINERARY

£1999pp

with flights (15 days) trip only (13 days) AT A GLANCE

DAY 1:

Join trip in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital city. Orientation tour visiting the Ethnographical Museum.

DAY 2:

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

DAY 3:

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

DAY 4:

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

DAY 5:

Optional hike to viewpoint at summit of Imet Gogo (3,926m) with views across the Simien range.

DAY 6:

Trek to Chenek camp (3,650m) via Inatye, escarpment and Jinbar River.

DAY 7:

Views across Mesheha River and Ras Dashen peak. Descend to Ambikwa village (3,200m).

DAY 8:

Climb to the summit of Ethiopia’s highest mountain, Ras Dashen (4,543m).

DAY 9:

Re-cross Mesheha River and trek through local settlements to Arkwasiye (3,150m).

WALKING GRADE: Challenging

DAILY DISTANCES

ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights simple camping 5 nights comfortable hotel Optional single rooms from £175 MEALS: Breakfast: 12 | Lunch: 8 | Dinner: 7

Point-to-Point CUSTOMER RATING:

Day 3

5.5km

Day 4

12km

6hrs

Day 5

10km

4hrs

Day 6

13km

8hrs

Day 7

17km

11hrs

Day 8

21km

Day 9

15km

6hrs

Day 10

4km

2hrs

Independently verified reviews, up to 30/06/2019.

2.5hrs

12

12hrs

Optional Walks

Ras Dashen Debark

GONDAR LALIBELA

Adi Arkay

Rock Stone Churches

To GONDAR

ETHIOPIA

Ess

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Simien Mountains

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Imet Gogo 3926m Optional hike

GEECH ADDIS ABABA

Geech Abyss Falls

CHENEK Inatye 4070m

ez leg Be Debark

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Viewpoint Chiro Leba

Bwahit 4430m

AMBIKWA SIMIEN MOUNTAINS Mesheha

SANKABER

From GONDAR

ARKWASIYE National Park

Ras Dashen 4543m

DAY 10: Walk to the road. Drive to Gondar passing by Chenek (3,620m). DAYS 11–12:

Fly to Lalibela. Visit the famous rock-hewn churches on foot and by mule.

DAY 13: Fly to Addis Ababa where the trip ends.

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MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA

Kilimanjaro - Lemosho Trek

6

TRIP CODE - KC | TANZANIA

Challenge yourself on this iconic trek to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro (5,895m), the highest mountain in Africa. Following the less-used and scenic Lemosho Route, pass through varied climatic regions, admiring changing plant and animal life. OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

7-day ascent | Climb slowly and acclimatise to maximise your chance of summit success Wild camps | Enjoy wild camping in magnificent, scenic locations Trek crew | Climb with some of the best and most experienced guides on the mountain

PRICES FROM

£3050pp

£2499pp

with flights (12 days) trip only (10 days) AT A GLANCE WALKING GRADE: Challenging to Tough ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights simple camping 2 nights comfortable lodge Optional single rooms from £100

DAILY DISTANCES

ITINERARY

Day 2

7km

3.5hrs

Day 3

8.5km

4.5hrs

Day 4

8km

Day 5

10km

7.5hrs

Day 6

6km

4.5hrs

Day 7

6km

4.5hrs

Day 8

19.5km

Day 9

12km

14hrs

Breakfast: 9 | Lunch: 8 | Dinner: 9

Point-to-Point CUSTOMER RATING: Lemosho Glades 2100m

SHIRA ONE

3500m

Relax after your trek with four days on the exotic island of Zanzibar spending time at the beach and in fascinating Stone Town.

DAY 3:

Hike across wild heath to the camp at Shira One (3,500m) enjoying views of Mount Meru.

DAY 4:

Trek below the ice fields of Kibo to our campsite at Shira Two (3,900m).

DAY 5:

Cross volcanic landscapes to the Lava Tower before the descent to Barranco Valley (3,960m).

DAY 6:

Climb the Barranco Wall before reaching our camp in the Karanga Valley (4,035m).

DAY 7:

Hike across a barren lunar landscape to our camp at Barafu (4,640m).

DAY 8:

Trek to the summit at Uhuru Peak (5,895m) before the long descent to Millenium Camp (3,790m).

DAY 9:

Return to verdant forest where the trek ends at Mweka Gate (1,630m) before driving back to Moshi.

2780m

SHIRA TWO

BARRANCO

Uhuru Peak 5895m

3960m

4035m

TANZANIA Mweka Gate 1630m

Safari Extension Spend three days on safari in some of Tanzania’s finest national parks - Tarangire, Lake Manyara and the stunning Ngorongoro Crater.

BIG TREE CAMP

KILIMANJARO KARANGA NP

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Ascend on a trail through beautiful rainforest from Lemosho Glades to Big Tree Camp (2,780m).

KENYA

3900m

Zanzibar Extension

DAY 2:

5.5hrs

MEALS:

EXTEND YOUR TRIP

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

4.5/2hrs

3.5km

Optional Walks

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DAY 1:

BARAFU 4640m

MILLENIUM CAMP

3790m

MOSHI

DAY 10: Opportunity to take an optional game drive in the morning before the trip ends in Moshi.

Kilimanjaro Airport

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Madagascar Wilderness Trek

3

TRIP CODE - MF | MADAGASCAR

Verdant rainforests and dramatic landscapes are the setting for this holiday in Madagascar. Get off the beaten track, trekking through lush tropical vegetation, granite hills, highland meadows and surreal sandstone landscapes. OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Wildlife | See Madagascar’s unique wildlife from lemur to chameleon Remote villages | Interact with the friendly and hospitable local people Imarivolanitra (2,658m) | Ascend Madagascar’s highest climbable peak

PRICES FROM

£2725pp

£1899pp

with flights (17 days) trip only (15 days)

DAILY DISTANCES

ITINERARY

Day 3

10km

6hrs

Day 4

12km

5hrs

Day 6

5km

2hrs

Day 7

12km

4hrs

Day 8

15km

7hrs

Day 9

5km

2hrs

Day 10

8km

4hrs

Day 11

4km

2hrs

Day 12

2km

2hrs

6km

3hrs

Day 5

AT A GLANCE WALKING GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 4 nights simple camping 8 nights comfortable hotel 2 nights simple hotel Optional single rooms from £255 MEALS: Breakfast: 14 | Lunch: 8 | Dinner: 8

Day 13 Day 14

Optional Walks

CUSTOMER RATING:

DAY 1:

Join trip in Antananarivo, capital of Madagascar.

DAY 2:

Drive south via Antsirabe to Ranomafana National Park. Set up camp, keep an eye out for lemur and bird.

DAYS 3–4:

Rainforest trek. Searching for wildlife, particularly the endangered golden bamboo lemur. Soak in thermal baths at Ranomafana.

DAY 5:

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

DAYS 6–7:

Continue to Andringitra National Park. Trek between forest campsites in one of Madagascar’s most biodiverse areas.

DAY 8:

Hike to the summit of Imarivolanitra (2,658m), Madagascar’s highest climbable peak.

DAYS 9–10:

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

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ANTANANARIVO

MADAGASCAR Antsirabe

DAY 11: Hike out of the park. Travel to Toliara via Zombitse National Park, a dry forest. Continue to Ifaty.

RANOMAFANA NP Lemurs

Fianarantsoa

AMBALAVAO ANDRINGITRA NP ISALO NP

Wildlife, Natural swimming pools

IFATY Toliara

Zombitse NP

Anja Reserve Ring-tailed lemurs

Imarivolanitra 2658m

DAY 12: Spend the day on Ifaty Beach. Opportunities to go bird-watching or snorkelling. DAYS 13–14:

Fly back to Antananarivo. Walk through typical highland landscapes of rice paddies and villages.

DAY 15: Trip ends in Antananarivo.

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MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA

Walking and Wildlife in South Africa

3

TRIP CODE - WSA | SOUTH AFRICA

This walking holiday in South Africa showcases the diverse landscapes and wildlife of the KwaZulu-Natal region with mountain hikes, bushland walks and wetland boat rides. Hike to a mountain cave, experience a walking game safari and follow coastal trails. OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Drakensberg Mountains | Walk in this beautiful region, a UNESCO World Heritage Site Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Reserve | Search for the Big Five on a walking safari Saint Lucia | Explore the iSimangaliso Wetlands and see hippo roaming the streets

PRICES FROM

£1999pp

ITINERARY

£1399pp

with flights (11 days) trip only (9 days) AT A GLANCE

DAY 1:

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

DAY 2:

Lagoon and beach walk. Drive to the Drakensberg Mountains. Explore the area, walk to Bush Buck Ridge.

DAY 3:

Walk through the mountains to Echo Cave and Bishops Inkaba.

DAY 4:

Full day walking in the Drakensberg Mountains, views of the spectacular Amphitheater.

DAY 5:

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

DAY 6:

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

DAY 7:

Early morning game drive. Free afternoon in St Lucia. Spot hippo and crocodile in the local river.

DAY 8:

Boat ride and walk through iSimangaliso Wetlands. Optional afternoon visit to Cape Vidal.

DAY 9:

Drive to Mtunzini. Follow dune and forest coastal trails. Continue to King Shaka International Airport where the trip ends.

WALKING GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 1 night comfortable guesthouse 3 nights comfortable hotel 2 nights simple lodge 2 nights comfortable lodge Optional single rooms from £200 MEALS: Breakfast: 8 | Lunch: 3 | Dinner: 5

CUSTOMER RATING:

DAILY DISTANCES Day 2

5km

Day 3

12km

10km 3/2.5hrs

2/2hrs

Day 4

17km

6.5hrs

5km

Day 5 Day 6

7km

2hrs

Day 8

10km

3hrs

Day 9

5km

Day 7

1hr

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Optional Walks

SOUTH AFRICA

Blood River battle sites

SUNGUBALA Walks in Drakensberg Mountains

Drakensberg National Park

Cape Vidal

HLUHLUWEIMFOLOZI PARK

Big 5 Game Reserve Game drives & walking safari

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King Shaka International Airport

Durban

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ST LUCIA

Optional hippo & crocodile cruise Mtunzini Dune & forest walk

H OT

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iSimangaliso Wetland Park

UMHLANGA

Lagoon walk

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Contents Bhutan

92

Cambodia

98

China

95 85–86

Indonesia

99

Japan

96

Kyrgyzstan

93

Nepal New Zealand

87–92 101

Sri Lanka

84

Vietnam

97

Best Sellers  Annapurna Sanctuary

89

 Walk the Great Wall

95

New Trips  Walking in Bhutan

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Asia and the Pacific

India

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ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

On Foot in Sri Lanka

3

TRIP CODE - WSL | SRI LANKA

Discover both Sri Lanka’s past and its contemporary culture. Hike through the jungle to ancient sites, join throngs of pilgrims on an ascent of sacred Adam’s Peak and search for elephant on safari. Experience these special places in a different way to the less active visitor. OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Sigiriya | Hike jungle trails and ascend iconic Lion Rock Diverse landscapes | Walk among tea plantations, rainforest and beaches Colombo | Discover the capital’s colonial heritage on a walking tour

PRICES FROM

£2399pp

£1699pp

with flights (16 days) trip only (15 days) AT A GLANCE WALKING GRADE: Moderate

Maldive Dhoni Cruise

DAY 1:

Why not extend your trip with a relaxing cruise among the idyllic coral atolls of the Maldives.

Join trip in Negombo on the shores of the Indian Ocean.

DAY 2:

Explore the Dambulla cave temples and search for elephant in Minneriya National Park.

DAY 3:

Hike to Sigiriya and climb Lion Rock for jungle views. Explore ancient Polonnaruwa on foot.

DAY 4:

Trek in the Knuckles mountain range and stay in a former planter’s bungalow.

DAY 5:

Morning hike in the Knuckles before driving to Kandy in the centre of the island.

DAY 6:

Scenic trekking on a trail in the hills above Kandy.

DAY 7:

Train journey to Hatton from where we walk through the tea plantations.

DAY 8:

Ascend the sacred mountain of Adam’s Peak, joining throngs of pilgrims during the season.

DAY 9:

Trek in the Horton Plains National Park to Misty Mountain Lodge.

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ACCOMMODATION 1 night simple camping 2 nights simple guesthouse 8 nights comfortable hotel 1 night simple hotel 2 nights simple lodge Optional single rooms from £385 MEALS: Breakfast: 14 | Lunch: 5 | Dinner: 6

CUSTOMER RATING: Independently verified reviews, up to 30/06/2019.

ITINERARY

EXTEND YOUR TRIP

DAILY DISTANCES Day 3

10km

6hrs

Day 4

16km

5.5hrs

Day 5

6km

Day 6

18km

Day 7

10km

4hrs

Day 8

8km

8hrs

Day 9

6km

Day 10

14km

4.5hrs

Day 11

10km

3hrs

Day 12

8km

3hrs

2hrs 5.5hrs

2hrs

SRI LANKA SRI Minneriya SIGIRIYA Jeep Safari in Walk to Lion’sLANKA Rock search of elephants Dambulla VisitSIGIRIYA cave temples Walk to Lion’s Rock

Minneriya Polonnaruwa JeepExplore Safari inancient site on foot search of elephants

DAY 10:

Hike through plantations and villages.

Dambulla Visit cave temples

Walk in Knuckles Ranges Polonnaruwa Explore ancient site on foot KANDY Walk in hills Walk in Knuckleswalk Ranges Tea plantation

DAY 11:

Walk through paddy fields before driving to the Sinharaja Forest Reserve.

DAYS 12–13:

Rainforest hike. Drive to the south coast for a free day at the beach.

DAY 14:

Train to Colombo where we discover the city’s heritage on a walking tour.

DAY 15:

Trip ends in Colombo.

NEGOMBO

Walking tour

COLOMBO NEGOMBO DALHOUSIE

KANDY

Adam’s tour Peak Walking ascent COLOMBO

2243m

Adam’s Peak ascent

2243m

DALHOUSIE

UNAWATUNA Relaxing beach

UNAWATUNA Relaxing beach

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BELIHULOYA Walk in hills Tented camp Tea plantation walk

OHIYA HortonBELIHULOYA Plains National Park Tented camp

SINHARAJA OHIYA Forest Reserve

Hortonwalk Plains National Park rainforest

SINHARAJA Forest Reserve rainforest walk

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ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

On Foot in Kerala

3

TRIP CODE - WIK | INDIA

A walking holiday taking in the diversity of tropical Kerala in India’s far south. Trek among the forests and grasslands of the mountainous Western Ghats, walk in search of wildlife in Periyar National Park and meet the locals rambling through tranquil backwaters’ villages. OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Meesapulimala | Enjoy the views from one of South India’s highest peaks (2,635m) Backwaters cruise | Spend the night aboard a converted rice barge Kochi | Explore colonial architecture and city sights on a walking tour

PRICES FROM

£1725pp

ITINERARY

£999pp

with flights (12 days) trip only (11 days) AT A GLANCE WALKING GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 1 night simple boat 3 nights simple camping 6 nights comfortable hotel Optional single rooms from £290 MEALS:

DAY DAY 1: 1:

Join trip in Kochi on Kerala’s dilbvle;kmv Malabar Coast.

DAY 2: DAY 2:

Walking tour around the streets ofcds the old Portuguese fort before driving to Munnar.

DAY 3: DAY 3:

Walk through tea, cardamom and coffee plantations in the Seven Malai Hills.

DAY DAY 4: 4:

Trek through tea plantations to our camp at Silent Valley (2,000m).

DAY 5: DAY 5:

Climb through shola forests and across grassland to Meesapulimala Peak (2,635m).

DAY 6: DAY 6:

Descend through a rhododendron forest to our camp at Top Station (1,900m).

DAYS DAY 7: 7–8:

Walk in Periyar National Park – with luck, elephant, otter and wild boar may be seen.

DAY DAY 8: 9:

Travel around the waterways and quiet lagoons of Kerala’s backwaters on a houseboat.

Breakfast: 10 | Lunch: 5 | Dinner: 4

DAILY DISTANCES CUSTOMER RATING: Independently verified reviews, up to 30/06/2019.

Day 3

11km

4.5hrs

Day 4

12km

4.5hrs

Day 5

8km

6hrs

Day 6

16km

7hrs

Day 7 Day 8

3km

2.5hrs

3km

2.5hrs

Day 9 Day 10

INDIAN OCEAN

INDIA

KOCHI

Fort Kochi walking tour

ALLEPPEY

Backwaters cruise Stay on houseboat

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MUNNAR Meesapulimala Hill station Peak (2635m) Tea plantations 4-day Western West Chennamkary Ghats trek Village walk Lake Vembanad

DAY 9: DAY 10: Follow village footpaths and explore the backwater communities. DAY 10: DAY 11: Trip ends in Kochi. DAY 11:

THEKKADY

Lake Periyar Periyar NP Forest trek Optional boat trip

DAY 12:

KERALA

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ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

Rajasthan Village Trails

2

TRIP CODE - RVT | INDIA

Discover Rajasthan’s rich culture on this walking holiday through its historic cities, remote villages, hills and deserts. Visit majestic forts, opulent palaces and exquisitely carved temples. Immerse yourself in its vibrant street life and encounter rural life. OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Aravalli Hills | Trek through the forests of the Kumbhalgarh Sanctuary Udaipur | Relax in this historic city on the shores of Lake Pichola Agra and Jaipur | Spectacular monuments to the might of the Mughals and Rajputs

PRICES FROM

£2099pp

£1445pp

with flights (15 days) trip only (14 days) AT A GLANCE WALKING GRADE: Easy to Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 13 nights comfortable hotel Optional single rooms from £395 MEALS: Breakfast: 14 | Lunch: 1

ITINERARY ITINERARY

DAILY DISTANCES Day 3

4km

2.5hrs

Day 4

4km

2hrs

Day 5

12km

Day 6

3km

2.5hrs

Day 7

7km

3.5hrs

Day 9

6.5km

3.5hrs

Day 10

5km

Day 11

14km

5.5hrs

Day 12

12km

4.5hrs

Day 13

3km

1.5hrs

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DELHI

JAIPUR

Fatehpur Sikri

Amber Fort Village Walks

PUSHKAR

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Ranakpur Jain temples

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RAJASTHAN

Arabian Sea

ARAVALLI HILLS

AGRA

Heritage walk Taj Mahal

KARAULI

KUMBHALGARH

Trek in Sanctuary

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GREAT INDIAN DESERT

GHANERAO

Join trip in Delhi. Visit New Delhi dilbvle;kmv and enjoy a walk and a chai with the locals in Lodhi Gardens.

2: DAY 2:

cds Old Delhi’s winding streets Explore and bustling bazaars by cycle rickshaw before driving to Agra.

4hrs

Day 8

INDIA

DAY DAY 1: 1:

DELHI

INDIA

INDIAN OCEAN

DAY 3: DAY 3: DAY 4: DAY 4: DAY 5:

Explore the Taj Mahal at sunrise. Visit Agra Fort and take a guided heritage walk around Old Agra. Visit the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri. Continue to Karauli, visit the palace and witness the evening arti ceremony.

DAY 5: DAY 6:

Walk through the countryside to Mamchari Lake with a chance to spot crocodile and birdlife.

DAYS DAY 6–7: 7:

Discover Jaipur’s vibrant temples and historic havelis. Visit Amber Fort and trek to Meena villages.

DAYS DAY 8: 8–9:

Hike up to Pushkar’s Savitri Temple for awesome views and explore the markets and lakeside Brahma Temple.

9: Chance to visit the incredible fort at DAY 10: Kumbhalgarh for far reaching views. DAY 11: Descend through the forest of DAY 10: Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary to Ghanerao village. DAY 12: 11: Forest hike to the white marble Jain temples at Ranakpur. Continue to Udaipur by Lake Pichola. DAY 12: DAY 13: Morning heritage walk in Udaipur. Fly to Delhi. DAY 14: Trip ends in Delhi.

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ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

Walking the Annapurna Foothills

3

TRIP CODE - RT | NEPAL

A superb introduction to the pleasures of Himalayan teahouse trekking. Enjoy a gentle four-day trek in the quieter foothills of the Himalaya among traditional villages and beautifully terraced fields with spectacular views of the Annapurna range. OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Kathmandu | Explore the temples and bazaars of Nepal’s capital Chitwan National Park | Spot a wide variety of animal species and the rare one-horned rhino Rafting | Chance to experience whitewater rafting on the Trisuli River

PRICES FROM

£1899pp

ITINERARY

£1299pp

with flights (14 days) trip only (13 days) AT A GLANCE

DAY 1:

Join trip in the bustling Nepalese capital, Kathmandu.

DAY 2:

Take a walking tour of Durbar Square and the city’s bazaars. Visit Pashupatinath and Boudhanath Stupa.

DAY 3:

Drive to Kurintar. Option to try whitewater rafting on the Trisuli River.

DAY 4:

Drive via Pokhara; start trek from Kande to Badauri.

DAY 5:

Walk through forest to the high point of the trek (2,600m). Descend to Panchase Bhanjyang.

DAY 6:

Hike through villages, enjoying dramatic Annapurna views including the ‘Fishtail’, Machhapuchhre.

DAY 7:

Hike to Pokhara via Peace Pagoda and Queen’s Forest.

DAY 8:

Relax in Pokhara. Visit a Tibetan village or take a boat trip on Phewa Lake.

DAY 9:

Enjoy jungle walks in Chitwan National Park. Jeep safari in search of one-horned rhino.

DAY 10:

Float along the Rapti River in a dugout canoe. Go birdwatching or enjoy a village walk.

DAYS 11–12:

Return to Kathmandu for further sightseeing and shopping.

DAY 13:

Trip ends back in Kathmandu.

WALKING GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights comfortable hotel 2 nights comfortable lodge 3 nights simple teahouse Optional single rooms from £265 MEALS: Breakfast: 12 | Lunch: 6 | Dinner: 5

Point-to-Point CUSTOMER RATING: Independently verified reviews, up to 30/06/2019.

DAILY DISTANCES Day 4

5km

2hrs

Day 5

9km

6hrs

Day 6

14km

6hrs

Day 7

10km

4hrs

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NEPAL

Madi

Seti

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HIMALAYA Mar

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Trisuli

Kali Gandaki

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ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

Annapurna Sanctuary

5

TRIP CODE - AS | NEPAL

A challenging nine-day trek to the vast natural amphitheatre of the Annapurna Sanctuary. Leaving the terraced fields and forests of the foothills behind, arrive at Annapurna Base Camp to find yourself surrounded by the snow-capped peaks of some of the world’s highest mountains. OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Teahouses | Enjoy Nepali hospitality in cosy mountain lodges Pokhara | Post trek relaxation by the lakeside Kathmandu | Wander Durbar Square and explore some of the capital’s many temples

PRICES FROM

£1899pp

ITINERARY

£1299pp

with flights (16 days) trip only (15 days) AT A GLANCE WALKING GRADE: Challenging ACCOMMODATION: 6 nights comfortable hotel

DAILY DISTANCES

8 nights simple teahouse

Day 4

2km

Optional single rooms from £160

Day 5

12km

6hrs

MEALS:

Day 6

10km

7hrs

Breakfast: 14 | Lunch: 9 | Dinner: 8

Day 7

5km

3.5hrs

Day 8

5km

3.5hrs

Day 9

5km

3.5hrs

Day 10

12km

6hrs

Day 11

12km

6hrs

Day 12

6km

4hrs

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GHANDRUK

CHHOMRONG JHINNU DANDA

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Join trip in the fascinating Nepalese capital, Kathmandu.

DAY 2:

Discover the city’s bustling bazaars and fascinating temples on foot.

DAY 3:

Drive to the peaceful lakeside town of Pokhara and prepare for the trek.

DAY 4:

Trek along stone pathways, through forests and terraces to the village of Ghandruk.

DAY 5:

Cross the Kimrong Khola by bridge before ascending then descending, to Chhomrong, the final settlement before the Sanctuary.

DAY 6:

A steep climb to the ridge at Sinuwa for fine views of Machhapuchhre, the ‘Fishtail’ Mountain.

DAY 7:

Trek through Bamboo to Hinku Cave and on to Deurali.

DAY 8:

Enter the Sanctuary ‘gates’ between Machhapuchhre and Huinchuli and trek to Base Camp (3,720m).

DAY 9:

Hike to the Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m) for views of the glacier.

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Annapurna I Annapurna III 8091m 7855m Gangapurna 7454m Annapurna II Fang 7937m 7647m Annapurna MACHHAPUCHHRE 7273m Sanctuary Base Camp Annapurna Machhapuchhre South 6993m DEURALI Annapurna IV 7525m BAMBOO DOVAN

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DAY 1:

NEPAL

Nayapul Kande

Lake Phewa Tal

POKHARA

To/from

KATHMANDU

DAY 10: Descend through forests of bamboo to the village of Bamboo. DAY 11: Descend through rhododendron forests full of birds to Jhinnu Danda. DAYS 12–13:

Continue walking to Simai where the trek ends. Drive to Pokhara for some post-trek relaxation.

DAY 14: Drive back to Kathmandu where the time is left free to explore or shop in the bazaars. DAY 15: Trip ends in Kathmandu.

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ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

Annapurna Circuit

5

TRIP CODE - AN | NEPAL

One of Nepal’s classic treks, this route makes a full circuit of the Annapurna range over 16 days. Trek through rhododendron forests, across mountain foothills, over rocky landscapes and snow-covered passes. Stay in cosy familyrun tea house lodges along the way. OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Thorong La | Challenging 5,416m pass offering stunning views across the Himalaya Poon Hill | Climb Poon Hill for sunrise views of the Annapurnas and Dhaulagiri Pokhara | Post trek relaxation in a peaceful lakeside town

PRICES FROM

£2540pp

£1699pp

with flights (21 days) trip only (20 days) AT A GLANCE WALKING GRADE: Challenging ACCOMMODATION: 4 nights comfortable hotel 15 nights simple teahouse Optional single rooms from £140

DAILY DISTANCES

ITINERARY

Day 3

4.5km

3hrs

Day 4

14km

7hrs

Day 5

15km

7hrs

Day 6

17km

7hrs

Day 7

14km

6hrs

Day 8

14km

6hrs

Day 9

4km

1.5hrs

Day 10

10km

4hrs

Day 11

7km

4hrs

Join trip in the Nepalese capital, Kathmandu.

DAY 2:

After a trek briefing we enjoy a walking tour of the old city.

DAYS 3–6:

From Besisahar, trek north with spectacular views of Manaslu, Annapurna II and Annapurna IV.

DAYS 7–9:

Follow an easy riverside trail and then climb via Pisang to Manang where we acclimatise.

Day 12

15km

MEALS:

Day 13

8km

4hrs

Breakfast: 19 | Lunch: 16 | Dinner: 15

Day 14

DAYS 10–11:

Trek through the foothills to Thorong Phedi at the base of the climb to the Thorong La.

Day 15

9km

6hrs

DAY 12:

Day 16

8km

4hrs

Day 17

18km

7hrs

Make a challenging ascent of the Thorong La (5,416m) and leave prayer flags at the summit.

Day 18

4km

2hrs

DAY 13:

Visit the temple at Muktinath before trekking on to Kagbeni, entrance to the Mustang region.

DAY 14:

Drive by local jeeps from Kagbeni to Tatopani.

DAYS 15–16:

Trek through the small villages of Ghasa and Kalopani to Ghorepani.

DAY 17:

Ascend Poon Hill at sunrise for panoramic views of the Annapurnas.

DAY 18:

Descend to meet the road at Nayapul and drive to Pokhara.

DAY 19:

Drive to Kathmandu where time is left free to enjoy sightseeing and shopping.

DAY 20:

Trip ends in Kathmandu.

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8-10hrs

DAY 1:

Optional Walks

NEPAL

TIBET

M Kh odo ola

MUKTINATH Thorong La Pass KAGBENI 5416m THORONG PHEDI YAK KHARKA Annapurna I MANANG 8091m PISANG Annapurna II CHAME TATOPANI 7937m DHARAPANI SHIKHA Machhapuchhre JAGAT 6993m GHOREPANI Poon Hill BHULEBULE Nayapul POKHARA Besisahar HILE/RAMGHAI Lake Phewa Tal

To Kathmandu Seti Khola

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ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

Annapurna Luxury Lodge Trek

3

TRIP CODE - LAN | NEPAL

Trek through Nepal’s magnificent Annapurna staying in relative luxury. Ker and Downey lodges offer comfortable beds and ensuite bathrooms with hot running water. Enjoy complimentary happy hour drinks and share the day’s adventures around the fireplace. OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Kathmandu | Explore the fascinating temples and bazaars of this ancient city Pokhara | Relax by its lake with far reaching views of the snow-capped peaks Chitwan | Spot one-horned rhino and other wildlife

PRICES FROM

£2930pp

ITINERARY

£2099pp

with flights (13 days) trip only (12 days) AT A GLANCE WALKING GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 3 nights premium hotel 2 nights comfortable hotel 4 nights comfortable lodge 2 nights premium lodge Optional single rooms from £645 MEALS: Breakfast: 11 | Lunch: 6 | Dinner: 6

DAY 1:

Join trip in Kathmandu.

DAY 2:

Guided walking tour of the old town and bazaar of Kathmandu.

DAY 3:

Drive to Pokhara, prepare for the trek and enjoy the tranquil lakeside setting.

DAY 4:

Drive to Lumle then trek through the lush Annapurna lowlands to Sanctuary Lodge.

DAY 5:

Trek through small villages, rice fields and forests to Himalaya Lodge at Ghandruk.

DAY 6:

Descend to walk alongside the Modi River and cross a suspension bridge to reach La Bee Lodge at Landruk.

DAY 7:

Trek through Gurung villages and farmland to Gurung Lodge at Majgaun.

DAY 8:

Descend through woodlands to Lumle. Drive to Pokhara for post-trek relaxation by the lake.

DAY 9:

Drive to Chitwan. Search for one-horned rhino on a 4WD safari and hike in the national park.

DAY 10:

Float along the Rapti River in a dugout canoe. Go birdwatching or enjoy a village walk.

DAY 11:

Return to Kathmandu where your time is left free to explore.

DAY 12:

Trip ends in Kathmandu.

DAILY DISTANCES Day 4

7km

3.5hrs

Day 5

10km

5.5hrs

Day 6

6km

4hrs

Day 7

6km

4hrs

Day 8

2km

1.5hrs

Point-to-Point TIBET

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Annapurna II Annapurna I 7937m 8091m Machhapuchhre 6993m

GHANDRUK

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Seti

Madi

POKHARA

Mar

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ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

Walking in Bhutan

2

TRIP CODE - WBHU | NEPAL, BHUTAN

Explore the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan on a variety of hikes that take us through peaceful villages encountering rural life. Visit some the country’s most spectacular dzongs and monasteries including the fabled Taktsang ‘Tiger’s Nest’ – perched high up on a cliff face. OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Phobjika | Beautiful valley where black cranes come to nest Festivals | Departures planned to coincide with colourful monastic festivals Everest views | Unrivalled Himalaya views on the Kathmandu to Paro flight

PRICES FROM

£3999pp

ITINERARY

£3199pp

DAY 1:

Trip starts in the Nepali capital Kathmandu.

DAY 2:

WALKING GRADE: Easy to Moderate

Fly to Paro in Bhutan; visit the national museum and walk to Zuri Dzong.

DAY 3:

ACCOMMODATION: 10 nights comfortable hotel Optional single rooms from £335

Drive across the Dochu La Pass (3,100m). Hike along the Divine Madman’s Trail to Chimi Lhakhang temple.

DAY 4:

Visit Punakha Dzong and observe rural life on a walk through the fields to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Stupa.

DAY 5:

Hike from Longtey into the stunning glacial valley of Phobjika.

DAY 6:

Walks in the Phobjika Valley and visit the Black Crane Centre.

DAY 7:

Walks along the Lawala Ridgeline and from the village of Samtengang. Continue to Wangdi.

DAY 8:

Hike from the Dochu La Pass to Lungchuzekha Monastery en route to Thimpu, Bhutan’s laidback capital.

DAY 9:

Return to Paro and trek through the forest to the spectacular Taktsang ‘Tiger’s Nest’ Monastery.

DAY 10:

Fly to Kathmandu and explore the Old City on foot.

DAY 11:

Trip ends in Kathmandu.

with flights (12 days) trip only (11 days) AT A GLANCE

MEALS: Breakfast: 10 | Lunch: 8 | Dinner: 8

DAILY DISTANCES

Divine Madman’s trail

Day 2

3km

Day 3

7.5km

4hrs

Day 4

3km

2hrs

Day 5

6km

3.5hrs

Day 6

7km

Day 7

4.5km

3.5hrs 5.5hrs

Dzong Valley walks

13km

Optional Walks WANGDI

Dochu La Pass 3050m Divine PUNAKHA Madman’s Dzong Valley walks trail

BHUTAN

PARO

2.5/2hrs

Day 9

THIMPHU

Kyichu Lhakhang

3hrs 5km

Day 8 3.5km PUNAKHA

Traditional crafts

Taktsang ‘Tigers Nest’ Monastery

2hrs

PHOBJIKA Valley hikes Crane Centre

Traditional crafts

From/To Taktsang KATHMANDU ‘Tigers Nest’ Monastery

THIMPHU

Dochu La Pass 3050m

Kyichu Lhakhang

PARO

WANGDI

BHUTAN

PHOBJIKA Valley hikes Crane Centre

From/To

KATHMANDU

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Walking in Kyrgyzstan

3

TRIP CODE - WKYZ | KYRGYZSTAN

Discover the unspoilt wilderness and semi-nomadic culture of Kyrgyzstan. Hike through the gorges of the Tien Shan Mountains, meet eagle hunters among the surreal red mountains of Djety-Oguz Gorge and experience a night in a traditional yurt tent. OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Osh Bazaar | Mingle among the locals at this lively market in Bishkek, the Kyrgyz capital Ala Archa Gorge | Hike through dramatic landscapes to a waterfall Altyn-Arashan Valley | Walk in the shadow of the snow-capped Palatka Peak

PRICES FROM

£1440pp

with flights (9 days)

ITINERARY

£899pp

trip only (9 days)

AT A GLANCE WALKING GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 6 nights simple guesthouse 1 night simple homestay 1 night simple yurt Optional single rooms from £145

DAY 1:

Join trip in Bishkek, the relaxed Kyrgyz capital.

DAY 2:

Discover the city on foot and by bus and visit the lively Osh Bazaar for a taste of local life.

DAY 3:

Visit the Ala Archa National Park and trek to a waterfall in the beautiful Ala Archa Gorge.

DAY 4:

Drive to our homestay in the Chon-Kemin Valley via the Burana Tower. Afternoon walk in the valley.

DAY 5:

Journey around the shores of Lake Issyk Kul to Karakol and take a walking tour in the afternoon.

DAY 6:

Hike in the stunning Altyn-Arashan Gorge with the chance to take a dip in the thermal springs afterwards.

DAY 7:

Walk among the surreal red rocks of Djety-Oguz Gorge and meet the eagle hunters. Overnight in a yurt by the shores of Lake Issyk Kul.

DAY 8:

Visit a workshop where shirdaks (traditional Kyrgyz rugs) are made before returning to Bishkek.

DAY 9:

Trip ends in Bishkek.

MEALS: Breakfast: 8 | Dinner: 3

DAILY DISTANCES Day 3

6km

4.5hrs

Day 4

5km

4.5hrs

Day 5 KAZAKHSTAN

BISHKEK

Burana Tower

Day 6

15km

6hrs

Ata DayCholton 7 8km

3hrs

Petroglyphs

KARAKOL

CHON-KEMIN

Altyn Arashan Gorge

Lake Issyk Kul KAZAKHSTAN

Ala Archa Gorge

BISHKEK

Burana Tower

Kochkor Rug workshop

Cholton Ata Petroglyphs

TOSOR

Yurt camp

CHON-KEMIN

KYRGYZSTAN Lake Issyk Kul

Djety-Oguz Gorge Visit eagle hunters

KARAKOL

Altyn Arashan Gorge

Ala Archa Gorge

TOSOR

Yurt camp Kochkor Rug workshop

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Djety-Oguz Gorge Visit eagle hunters

KYRGYZSTAN

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Walk the Great Wall

3

TRIP CODE - WG | CHINA

A walking trip exploring some of the most interesting and spectacular sections of China’s iconic Great Wall. Starting at the Dragon’s Head, where the Wall meets the sea, our hikes conclude among the beautiful rolling hills near Jinshanling. OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Beijing | Visit Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City Panjiakou | Boat trip to see where the Wall has been submerged under water Eastern Qing Tombs | Visit the stunning Imperial Tomb Complex of the Qing Dynasty

PRICES FROM

£1865pp

ITINERARY

£1275pp

with flights (11 days) trip only (10 days) AT A GLANCE WALKING GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 2 nights comfortable guesthouse 6 nights comfortable hotel 1 night simple hotel Optional single rooms from £200 MEALS:

DAY 1:

Join trip in Beijing, China’s immense and vibrant capital.

DAY 2:

Discover the imperial palaces of the Forbidden City and visit Tiananmen Square on a city tour.

DAY 3:

Drive to the coast and walk at the Old Dragon’s Head where the Great Wall meets the sea.

DAY 4:

Trek along the Great Wall to the Jiaoshan Pass where it heads into the mountains.

DAY 5:

Take a boat to see where the Wall plunges into the Panjiakou Reservoir. Hike to Luowenyu.

DAY 6:

Explore the Eastern Qing Tombs before hiking a quiet section of the Wall to Huangyaguan.

DAY 7:

Hike along the Wall to Jinshanling past 16 beacon towers.

DAY 8:

Walk from Jinshanling towards Simatai, considered the most beautiful section of the Wall.

DAY 9:

Return to Beijing with the chance to visit the Summer Palace or the Temple of Heaven.

DAY 10:

Trip ends in Beijing.

Breakfast: 9

DAILY DISTANCES

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COMBINE YOUR TRIP

China Highlights Combine walking on the Wall with our China Highlights trip for the must-see sights of China and Hong Kong.

Day 3

4km

500m

Day 4

4.5km

2.5hrs

Day 5

8.5km

5.5hrs

Day 6

3.5km

2.5hrs

Day 7

10km

5hrs

Day 8

6km

5hrs

Optional Walks

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JINSHANLING Gubeikou

EXTEND YOUR TRIP

Xian Extension Catch an overnight train from Beijing to Xian and visit this fascinating city and the magnificent Terracotta Warriors.

2.5hrs

PANJIAKOU

Simatai

HUANGYAGUAN BEIJING

Great Wall crossing water Boat trip

Luowenyu Zunhua

EASTERN QING TOMBS

Forbidden City

Jiaoshan

SHANHAIGUAN

Old Dragon’s Head Great Wall meets the sea

CHINA

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Walk Japan - Kumano Kodo Trail

3

TRIP CODE - WJP | JAPAN

Encounter Japan’s fascinating blend of ancient and modern influences on a walking holiday that explores both its cities and beautiful landscapes. The trip culminates with four days walking along the Kumano Kodo, an ancient pilgrimage trail on the mountainous Kii Peninsula. OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Nakasendo Way | Hike between post towns on this historic highway Kyoto | Explore the temples and tea houses of Japan’s historic capital Traditional ryokan | Sleep on a futon and take a hot spring bath

PRICES FROM

£4280pp

ITINERARY

£3699pp

with flights (13 days) trip only (12 days) AT A GLANCE

DAY 1:

Join trip in Tokyo and get to know your fellow travellers over a welcome meal.

DAY 2:

Walking tour of Tokyo including neighbourhoods most visitors never see.

DAY 3:

Journey on the shinkansen bullet train to Matsumoto to visit the impressive 16th century castle.

DAY 4:

Travel to the post town of Magome and hike along the Nakasendo Way to Nagiso.

DAY 5:

Walks in Kyoto including visits to Buddhist temples and the historic quarters of the city.

DAY 6:

Train to Nara. Walk around the major sights and see deer that roam freely in the city’s parks.

DAY 7:

Commence the hike along the Kumano Kodo through ancient forest from ridge-top Takahara.

DAY 8:

Throughout today’s walk enjoy sweeping views of the surrounding countryside.

DAY 9:

Continue walking on the Kumano Kodo and end the day with a traditional hot spring bath.

DAY 10:

Boat trip along Kumano River to Hatayama Taisha Shrine. Train to Kii-Katsuura.

DAY 11:

Hike to the great shrine of Kumano Nachi Taisha; afternoon train to Osaka.

DAY 12:

Trip ends in Osaka.

WALKING GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights comfortable hotel 1 night simple hotel 2 nights simple ryokan 1 night comfortable ryokan Optional single rooms from £150

DAILY DISTANCES Day 2

4hrs

8km

Day 3 4.5hrs

Day 4

21km

MEALS:

Day 5

12km

7hrs

Breakfast: 11 | Lunch: 3 | Dinner: 5

Day 6

11km

6.5hrs

Day 7

5km

2.5hrs

CUSTOMER RATING:

Day 8

10km

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Day 9

6hrs

7km

3.5hrs

3km

1hr

Day 10 Day 11

MATSUMOTO

JAPAN

KYOTO

Philosophers’ Path walk Temples

OSAKA

TOKYO

Nakatsugawa

Nara

Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage trail

TAKAHARA CHIKATSUYU

Visit castle

Walking tour

Hike on Nakasendo Way from Magome

KII-KATSUURA KAWAYU ONSEN

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On Foot in Vietnam

2

TRIP CODE - WVN | VIETNAM

Enjoy city walking tours in Hanoi, Hue and Ho Chi Minh City, and rural rambles between tribal villages and to ancient jungle temples. Unique accommodation includes a beautiful stilt house eco-lodge and a family-run guesthouse in the sleepy Mekong Delta. OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Halong Bay | Cruise among breathtaking limestone landscapes aboard a junk Hoi An | Discover this charming ancient merchant’s town Culinary delights | Enjoy Vietnam’s amazing street food

PRICES FROM

£1999pp

£1430pp

with flights (16 days) trip only (14 days) AT A GLANCE WALKING GRADE: Easy to Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 1 night simple homestay 2 nights simple hotel 7 nights comfortable hotel 1 night simple overnight train 2 nights simple stilt house lodge Optional single rooms from £180 MEALS: Breakfast: 12 | Lunch: 2 | Dinner: 3

DAILY DISTANCES

ITINERARY

Day 1

4km

1.5hrs

Day 2

8km

2.5hrs

Day 3

9km

Day 4

5.5km

Day 5

7km

4hrs

Day 7

7km

3.5hrs

Day 8

7km

3hrs

Day 10

7km

4.5hrs

Day 11

4km

1.5hrs

Day 12

8.5km

Day 13

5km

5hrs 2.5hrs

Day 6

Day 9

Join trip in Hanoi and explore the Old Quarter on foot.

DAY 2:

Drive to Pu Luong Nature Reserve. Walk to our lodge where we stay in a stilt house.

DAYS 3–4:

Hikes among the minority tribe villages of Pu Luong.

DAYS 5–6:

Hanoi walking tour. Junk cruise through the islands and peaks of Halong Bay.

DAY 7:

Arriving in Hue by train, discover the Imperial City’s streets and buildings on a walking tour.

DAY 8:

Hike through villages, observing rural life and enjoy a cruise on the Perfume River.

DAY 9:

Drive to Hoi An, a laidback village of traditional wooden houses and Chinese architecture.

DAY 10:

Hike along jungle trails to the atmospheric site of My Son with its ancient Cham temples.

DAY 11:

Travel by plane, bus and boat to Binh Hoa Phuoc Island in the peaceful Mekong Delta.

DAY 12:

Walk among the paddies and villages of the Mekong Delta.

DAY 13:

Absorb the sights, sounds and smells of Old Saigon on foot and visit the War Remnants Museum.

DAY 14:

Discover the myriad tunnels and chambers at Cu Chi. Trip ends in Ho Chi Minh City.

3hrs

CHINA

4hrs CHINA BAY HALONG

PU LUONG

Nature Reserve

Junk cruise

HALONG BAY HANOI

PU LUONG

Nature Reserve

Walking Junk tour cruise

HANOI

Walking tour

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DAY 1:

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HUE

LAOS

Village walks River cruise

LAOS

Village Da walks Nang River cruise

HUE

THAILAND

HOI AN

Walk to My Da SonNang temples

HOI AN

THAILAND

Walk to My Son temples

VIETNAM CAMBODIA

VIETNAM

CAMBODIA Cu Chi Tunnels

BINH HOA PHUOC ISLANDCu Chi

Walks in Mekong DeltaTunnels

BINH HOA PHUOC ISLAND

Walks in Mekong Delta

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MEKONG DELTA

MEKONG DELTA

HO CHI MINH CITY

Walking tour

HO CHI MINH CITY

Walking tour

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Cambodian Trails - Angkor and Beyond

1

TRIP CODE - TWC | CAMBODIA

Exploring on foot allows you to escape the crowds and see Cambodia in a different light. At the iconic site of Angkor, walk from temple to temple on jungle footpaths known to few. In the far eastern province of Mondulkiri, hike to waterfalls and tribal villages. OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Elephant Valley Project | Walk with a herd of ‘retired’ elephant and support this unique project Phnom Penh | Explore the capital on foot and uncover the dark history of the Khmer Rouge Irrawaddy dolphins | River cruise to spot endangered freshwater dolphin

PRICES FROM

£1935pp

£1299pp

ITINERARY

EXTEND YOUR TRIP

Phu Quoc Beach Extension

with flights (14 days) trip only (12 days)

Relax on the beautiful beaches of Vietnam’s Phu Quoc Island.

AT A GLANCE

Join trip in Phnom Penh.

DAY 2:

Visit the Royal Palace and National Museum. Walking tour including the riverfront area.

DAY 3:

Visit Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and the Killing Fields. Afternoon free with option to visit Silk Island.

DAY 4:

Drive to the forested hills and tribal villages of Mondulkiri where we stay in a beautiful rural setting.

DAY 5:

In Mondulkiri we go ‘walking with the herd’ at the Elephant Valley Project.

DAY 6:

Hike in the forest in search of great hornbill and douc monkey.

DAY 7:

Drive to Kratie. Take a boat on the Mekong in search of the rare Irrawaddy dolphin.

DAY 8:

Walk or cycle through villages on Koh Trong Island. Drive to Siem Reap.

DAY 9:

Hike through the jungle to Kbal Spean, the River of 1,000 Lingas.

DAY 10:

Hike along jungle trails from Ta Prohm to Angkor Thom, stopping to explore both temples.

DAY 11:

Sunrise at Angkor Wat. Explore this vast temple on foot.

DAY 12:

Trip ends in Siem Reap.

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WALKING GRADE: Easy

DAILY DISTANCES

ACCOMMODATION: 8 nights comfortable hotel

Day 2

3km

1.5hrs

3 nights simple lodge Optional single rooms from £220

Day 3

MEALS:

Day 5

7km

5.5hrs

Breakfast: 11

Day 6

11km

4.5hrs

Day 8

6km

2.5hrs

Day 9

4km

Day 10

10km

Day 4

Day 7

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SIEM REAP

DAY 1:

3hrs 5.5hrs

Kbal Spean River Linga Phnom Kulen NP

Explore Angkor Temple Complex on foot Lake Tonle Sap

KRATIE

Irrawaddy dolphins by boat

CAMBODIA

Elephant Valley Project - walking with the herd

MONDULKIRI Forest walk Waterfalls Minority villages

SEN MONOROM Wat Nokor VIETNAM

PHNOM PENH

Royal Palace, Walking tour, Killing Fields, Mekong cruise

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On Foot in Java and Bali

1

TRIP CODE - WJB | INDONESIA

Explore Java and Bali’s landscapes and their rich cultural history while enjoying easy walks among tropical forests, farmlands, plantations and rural villages. Climb a volcano at sunrise and see spectacular sulphur-coloured lakes from the top of a plateau. OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Borobudur temple | Visit this fabulous UNESCO World Heritage Site Mount Bromo | Hike through the Sand Sea to the smoking cone of an active volcano Ubud | Relax and unwind in this beautiful town known for its crafts and dance

PRICES FROM

£2199pp

ITINERARY

£1430pp

with flights (16 days) trip only (14 days) AT A GLANCE

DAY 1:

Join trip in Yogyakarta. Free to explore the city.

DAY 2:

Explore Old Yogyakarta by rickshaw and walk through the lively Kali Code residential district.

DAY 3:

Hike through countryside near Candirejo. Visit the amazing UNESCO-listed Borobudur temples.

DAYS 4–5:

Hike among the craters and lakes of the Dieng Plateau’s volcanic lunar landscapes.

WALKING GRADE: Easy ACCOMMODATION: 11 nights comfortable hotel 2 nights simple hotel

DAILY DISTANCES

Optional single rooms from £390 Day 2

7km

3hrs

Day 3

4km

2.5hrs

Day 4

5km

2.5hrs

CUSTOMER RATING:

Day 5

6km

3hrs

DAY 6:

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Day 6

See the countryside travelling by train from Yogyakarta to Malang.

7km

2hrs

DAY 7:

Take a 4WD safari around Mount Bromo before hiking across the ‘Sand Sea’ to the volcanic cone.

DAY 8:

Option to see the sun rise over Bromo before flying to Bali.

DAY 9:

Free day to explore Ubud, Bali’s cultural capital.

DAY 10:

Hike through mountain villages with views of the ocean and Lake Batur.

DAY 11:

Botanical walk: pick, smell and taste wild herbs, learn about their culinary and medicinal uses.

DAY 12:

Forest walk to Munduk. Drive to the beach resort of Sanur.

DAY 13:

Free day at the beach.

DAY 14:

Trip ends at the beach in Sanur.

MEALS: Breakfast: 13 | Lunch: 4

Day 7 Day 8 Day 9 Day 10

7km

3hrs

Day 11

4km

2.5hrs

Day 12

6km

3.5hrs

INDONESIA DIENG PLATEAU WONOSOBO Borobudur MAGELANG Buddhist Temple Complex

Surabaya

JAVA

Village walks

MALANG

YOGYAKARTA

Explore by bicycle rickshaws City walk

CEMORO LAWANG

Mount Bromo ‘Sand sea’ hike Sunrise walk

INDIAN OCEAN

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BALI MUNDUK UBUD Denpasar

Muntigunung

SANUR BEACH

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Walking in New Zealand

1

TRIP CODE - WZN | NEW ZEALAND

New Zealand is all about the great outdoors, exploring on foot brings you the best of this compact yet varied country. The North Island combines awesome natural beauty with a rich Maori heritage and the South Island is blessed with dramatic scenery. OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Milford Sound | Boat trip along the tranquil fjord beneath towering mountains Mount Cook | Discover the soaring landscapes of the Southern Alps Tongariro Crossing | A fantastic hike through spectacular volcanic and alpine scenery

PRICES FROM

£5965pp

ITINERARY

£4799pp

with flights (22 days) trip only (19 days) AT A GLANCE WALKING GRADE: Easy ACCOMMODATION: 17 nights comfortable hotel

COROMANDEL PENINSULA

1 night simple hotel Optional single rooms from £1055

AUCKLAND

DAY 1:

Join trip in Auckland, North Island’s largest city.

DAY 2:

Travel to Rotorua.

DAYS 3–4:

Walk in the volcanic landscapes of Tongariro National Park. Opportunity to hike the famous Tongariro Crossing.

DAYS 5–7:

Wellington city tour. Ferry to South Island, through Marlborough Sounds. Walk the Queen Charlotte coastal track.

DAY 8:

Explore Abel Tasman National Park on foot and by boat. Walk to Bark Bay.

DAY 9:

See fur seals at Tauranga Bay. Walk the Pororari River Track.

DAY 10:

Discover the famous receding glaciers: Fox Glacier and Franz Josef Glacier.

DAYS 11–12:

Explore the beautiful landscape around Wanaka on a choice of optional walks.

DAYS 13–14:

Visit Arrowtown Chinese settlement, continue to Queensland. Walk part of the Kepler Track at Te Anau.

DAY 15:

Walk along Routeburn Track to Key Summit. Cruise through the spectacular glacial valley of Milford Sound.

DAYS 16–17:

Walks in the shadow of Mount Cook, New Zealand’s highest peak.

DAYS 18–19:

Free time in Akaroa. Trip ends in Christchurch.

MEALS: Breakfast: 18 | Lunch: 1 | Dinner: 1

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DAILY DISTANCES Day 2

5.5km

Day 3

2km

Day 4

19.4km

1.5hrs NELSON 1hrs

11km

Day 8

5.5km

Day 9

7km

3.5hrs

WELLINGTON

Ferry crossing

PICTON

Abel Tasman -ঞom-Ѵ-uh

2hrs

7.5km

1hr 3.5hrs

Tauranga Bay Seal Colony

SOUTH ISLAND

2hrs CHRISTCHURCH

Day 10 3km Day 11

SOUTH PACIFIC OCEAN

NEW ZEALAND

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Day 14 9.5km

5hrs

Day 15 9km

3hrs

Day 16

FOX GLACIER

Milford Sound Cruise 160 km

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WANAKA QUEENSTOWN

TE ANAU

3km

1.5hrs

NELSON PICTON

GREYMOUTH

TWIZEL

Day 13

Motuara Island Bird Sanctuary

Franz Josef Glacier

Day 12

Day 17

NORTH ISLAND

8hrs Pancake Rocks

Day 6 Day 7

NEW ZEALAND

Motuara Island Bird Sanctuary

GREYMOUTH

Day 5

Waimangu Volcanic Valley

ROTORUA Tasman Sea TONGARIRO NATIONAL PARK

CHRISTCHURCH AKAROA SOUTH ISLAND

Optional Walks

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109

Canada

104

Chile

109

Costa Rica

106

Cuba

107

Dominica

108

Nicaragua

106

Peru

111–113

USA

105

Best Sellers  Inca Trail Trek

111

New Trips  Caribbean Island Walking - Dominica

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Walking in the Canadian Rockies

3

TRIP CODE - WRK | CANADA

Enjoy hiking in the awe-inspiring Rocky Mountains through some of the most beautiful landscapes on earth. Visit spectacular national parks to discover unspoilt wilderness and views of jagged mountain peaks, glaciers and waterfalls. OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Jasper National Park | Trekking on the Edith Cavell and Bald Hill trails Banff National Park | Enjoy picturesque trails in Canada’s oldest national park Kootenay National Park | Trek the scenic Stanley Glacier Trail

PRICES FROM

£2999pp

£2250pp

with flights (14 days) trip only (13 days) AT A GLANCE WALKING GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 8 nights simple camping 2 nights simple hostel 2 nights comfortable hotel Optional single rooms from £315 MEALS: Breakfast: 10 | Lunch: 11 | Dinner: 8

DAILY DISTANCES

ITINERARY

Day 2

12km

4hrs

Day 3

15km

5.5hrs

Day 4

13km

6.5hrs

Day 5

9km

Day 6

16km

DAY 1:

Join trip in Calgary.

DAY 2:

Drive to Banff National Park and hike Kananaskis Lookout Trail to the viewpoint with stunning vistas across the park.

DAYS 3–4:

Hike the beautiful Burstall Pass and Edith and Cory Trails.

DAYS 5–6:

Drive to Kootenay National Park for two days walking. Hike the Stanley Glacier trail.

DAY 7:

Drive to Golden for optional activities. Continue to Lake Louise and hike around this iconic lake.

DAY 8:

Drive to Yoho National Park. Hike the Iceline Trail and visit the spectacular Takkakaw Falls.

DAY 9:

Drive the Icefield Parkway up to Columbia Icefield; hike on Wilcox Pass.

DAYS 10–11:

Two days exploring Jasper National Park, hike the Bald Hill and Edith Cavell trails.

DAY 12:

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

DAY 13:

Trip ends in Calgary.

3hrs 6.5hrs

Day 7 Day 8

13km

Day 9

8km

Day 10

10.5km

Day 11

6km

3hrs

Day 12

5.5km

2hrs

3km

6.5/3hrs 3hrs 4.5hrs

Optional Walks

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CALGARY

CANADA

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Walking the Western US National Parks

3

TRIP CODE - WUS | USA

This walking trip takes you to America’s stunning natural wonders. Marvel at the magnificent Grand Canyon, feel on top of the world at Angel’s Landing in Zion, hike amid the surreal hoodoos in Bryce and watch the sun set through Delicate Arch. OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

National Parks | Explore five beautiful National Parks, each spectacular in their own right Grand Canyon | Be awe struck standing on the rim of the Grand Canyon Las Vegas and Route 66 | Drive along this historic highway

PRICES FROM

£2445pp

ITINERARY

£1499pp

with flights (11 days) trip only (10 days)

DAY 1:

Trip starts in Las Vegas. Free time to walk along the famous strip taking in the sights of this energetic city.

DAY 2:

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

DAY 3:

Full day of hiking in the Grand Canyon, with a variety of trails to choose from.

DAY 4:

Drive to Zion National Park via Page and Horseshoe Bend. Hike the Watchmans Trail.

DAY 5:

Full day hiking in Zion, walks include the spectacular Angel’s Landing trail or the beautiful Narrows Slot Canyon.

DAY 6:

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

DAY 7:

Sunrise at Bryce Canyon. Travel to Moab and hike the Devils Garden trail.

DAY 8:

Hike the Fisher Towers area and to Delicate Arch in Arches National Park at sunset.

DAY 9:

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

DAY 10:

Trip ends in Salt Lake City.

AT A GLANCE WALKING GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 6 nights simple camping 3 nights comfortable hotel Optional single rooms from £300 MEALS: Breakfast: 6 | Lunch: 4 | Dinner: 4

CUSTOMER RATING: Independently verified reviews, up to 30/06/2019.

DAILY DISTANCES DAILY DISTANCES Day 2 Day 2 Day 3 Day 3 Day 4 Day 4 Day 5 Day 5 Day 6 Day 6 Day 7 Day 7 Day 8 Day 8 Day 9 Day 9

4.5km 4.5km 3-20km 3-20km 3.5km 3.5km 9km 9km 6-15km 6-15km 7.5km 7.5km 12km 12km 4.5km 4.5km

1hr 1hr 2-8hrs 2-8hrs 2hrs 2hrs 4.5/2.5hrs 4.5/2.5hrs 2.5-8hrs 2.5-8hrs 3hrs 3hrs 6hrs 6hrs 2.5hrs 2.5hrs

4km 4km

Optional Walks Optional Walks

SALT LAKE CITY NEVADA

Arches National Park

UTAH

MOAB

ZION NATIONAL PARK SPRINGDALE LAS VEGAS

Page

Historic Route 66

Canyonlands National Park

BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK GRAND CANYON

ARIZONA

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Hiking in Costa Rica and Nicaragua

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TRIP CODE - NCR | COSTA RICA, NICARAGUA

This walking holiday in Central America journeys through the contrasting countries of Costa Rica and Nicaragua. Hike up volcanoes, discover remote waterfalls and explore the tropical forests, seeing the diverse wildlife living in the tree tops. OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Isla Ometepe | Explore this island rising out of Lake Nicaragua Arenal Volcano | Hike in the tropical forest around this striking volcano Leon and Granada | Beautiful colonial cities

PRICES FROM

£2799pp

£1899pp

with flights (16 days) trip only (15 days) AT A GLANCE WALKING GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 9 nights comfortable hotel 3 nights premium hotel 2 nights comfortable lodge Optional single rooms from £485 MEALS: Breakfast: 14

DAILY DISTANCES

ITINERARY

Day 2

1.5km

1hr

Day 3

6.5km

3hrs

Day 4

5km

Day 5

7.5km

2-3hrs 5hrs

Day 6 4km

Day 7

6km

4/2.5hrs

Day 8

1.5km

Day 9

8km

4hrs

12km

7hrs

Day 12 Day 13 7km

4hrs

Optional Walks

CUSTOMER RATING: Independently verified reviews, up to 30/06/2019.

NICARAGUA LEON

El Hoyo Volcano 1088m Managua

Mombacho Volcano 1344m

RINCON DE LA VIEJA

GRANADA

Walk through the tropical forest of Braulio Carrillo National Park.

DAY 3:

Follow trails through primary rainforest at La Selva. Opportunity to whitewater raft.

DAYS 4–5:

Drive to Arenal. Listen out for howler monkey. Hike through the rainforest to Burrito Waterfall.

DAY 6:

Drive around Arenal Lake to Rincon de la Vieja.

DAY 7:

Hike through Rincon de la Vieja Volcano National Park.

DAYS 8–9:

Cross into Nicaragua. Ferry to Ometepe Island. Hike to San Ramon waterfall and explore the cloud forests.

DAY 10:

Drive to Leon. Explore the UNESCO-listed colonial old town.

DAY 11:

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

DAY 12:

Travel to Granada, tour of this attractive colonial city.

DAY 13:

Explore the cloud forest of Mombacho Volcano.

DAYS 14–15:

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

ISLA OMETEPE

Maderas Volcano 1394m

LA FORTUNA

Arenal Volcano 1670m

Cerro Chato 1140m

SAN JOSE

PUERTO VIEJO DE SARAPIQUÍ OTS La Selva Braulio Carrillo National Park

COSTA RICA

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DAY 2:

Concepcion Volcano 1610m

1916m

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1hr

Day 10 Day 11

DAY 1:

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Cuba Highlights on Foot

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TRIP CODE - SCU | CUBA

On this walking trip in western Cuba experience the wonderful local hospitality whilst appreciating the natural landscapes, walking in tropical forests and beautiful valleys. Discover the glamorous past of Old Havana and enjoy Cuban music in Trinidad. OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Casas particulares | Stay with local families for a unique insight into this colourful country Topes de Collantes | Hike through forests rich in flora and fauna Vinales Valley | Walk among tobacco fields through the striking limestone landscape

PRICES FROM

£1799pp

with flights (9 days)

ITINERARY

£1025pp trip only (8 days)

AT A GLANCE

DAY 1:

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

DAY 2:

Walk in Las Terrazas Nature Reserve. Opportunity to swim in natural pools. Travel to Vinales.

DAY 3:

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

DAY 4:

Drive via the Bay of Pigs to the colonial seaport of Cienfuegos.

DAY 5:

Morning walk in El Cubano Reserve. Walking tour of Trinidad and cocktail class.

DAY 6:

Hike in the tropical forest of Topes de Collantes to Hacienda Codina. Optional salsa lesson.

DAY 7:

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

DAY 8:

Trip ends in Havana.

WALKING GRADE: Easy ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights simple casas particulares Optional single rooms from £230

DAILY DISTANCES

MEALS: Breakfast: 7 | Lunch: 1

Independently verified reviews, up to 30/06/2019.

VINALES

Walks among mogotes tobacco farms

6km

2hrs

Day 3

7km

3hrs

Day 5

4km

1.5hrs

Day 6

12km

Day 4

CUSTOMER RATING:

GULF OF MEXICO

Day 2

4hrs

HAVANA Old Havana Las Terrazas Natural swimming pools

CUBA Santa Clara Che Guavara mausoleum

Bay of Pigs

CIENFUEGOS

Topes de Collantes Walk in nature reserve

TRINIDAD

Colonial architechture

CARIBBEAN SEA

EXTEND YOUR TRIP Beach Extension Spend three days relaxing on the golden sands of Playa Jibocoa, in an all-inclusive hotel. Go snorkelling or sea-kayaking off the Caribbean Coast. explore.co.uk/SCUB

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Caribbean Island Walking - Dominica

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TRIP CODE - WD | DOMINICA

Often named the ‘Nature Island’, Dominica’s dramatic interior of forestcovered mountains, spectacular waterfalls and bubbling hot springs is perfect for exploring on foot. The lush scenery and wild nature make this a Caribbean holiday with a difference. OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Boiling Lake | Hike to one of the world’s largest hot springs, a showcase of nature’s might Middleham Falls | Take a dip under this cascade in the heart of the rainforest Syndicate | Hike on this nature trail, home to the endemic Sisserou parrot

PRICES FROM

£2799pp

ITINERARY

£1999pp

with flights (10 days) trip only (9 days)

DAY 1:

Join trip in Roseau.

DAY 2:

Loop walk in the hills around colourful Soufriere village. Optional snorkelling.

DAY 3:

Hike through cloud forest at Freshwater Lake and walk to Middleham Falls for a swim.

DAY 4:

Full day hike to the Boiling Lake, through the Valley of Desolation. Optional evening soak in nearby hot springs.

DAY 5:

Visit the Emerald Pool and Spanny Falls, in Morne Trois Pitons National Park.

DAY 6:

Walk through dry forest, including on the Syndicate Nature Trail, home to the endemic Sisserou parrot.

DAY 7:

Walk from Penville to Capuchin, with coastal views out to neighbouring islands.

DAY 8:

Explore the historic Fort Shirley and Cabrits National Park on foot.

DAY 9:

Trip ends in Picard.

AT A GLANCE WALKING GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 6 nights comfortable hotel

DAILY DISTANCES

2 nights comfortable guesthouse Optional single rooms from £495

Day 2

5km

2hrs

Day 3

10km

4hrs

MEALS:

Day 4

13km

7hrs

Breakfast: 8 | Lunch: 1

Day 5 Day 6

13km

6hrs

Day 7

7km

4hrs

Day 8

3km

1.5hrs

Capuchin

Penville Coastal Path

Cabrits National Park Fort Shirley

Melville-Hall airport

PICARD Syndicate Dry forest Colihaut

DOMINICA Spanny Falls

MERO

Middleham Falls

Emerald Pool

WOTTON WAVEN Hot springs

Freshwater Lake Cloud forest trail

ROSEAU

Island capital

Soufriere

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Boiling Lake The valley of Desolation Galion loop hike

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Trek Patagonia - Fitz Roy & Torres del Paine

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TRIP CODE - TPF | ARGENTINA, CHILE

On this trekking holiday in Patagonia explore the spectacular mountain areas of Fitz Roy and Torres del Paine. Trek through the heart of Los Glaciares National Park to the magnificent Fitz Roy Massif, and hike the ‘W Trek’ from Lago Grey to the iconic Paine Towers. OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

’W’ Trek | Complete the most famous hiking route in Patagonia Perito Moreno Glacier | Discover this towering ice wall Mount Fitz Roy | View the striking Fitz Roy skyline from Laguna de los Tres

PRICES FROM

£4499pp

£3750pp

with flights (16 days) trip only (14 days) AT A GLANCE

DAILY DISTANCES Day 1

4km

4hrs

Day 2 Day 3

10km

Day 4

18km

7hrs

4km

2hrs

Day 6 Day 7

ACCOMMODATION: 5 nights simple camping 8 nights comfortable hotel Optional single rooms from £470 MEALS: Breakfast: 12 | Lunch: 6 | Dinner: 5

Day 8

6km

Day 9

21km

Day 10

17km

Day 11

19km

7hrs

Day 12

Independently verified reviews, up to 30/06/2019.

15km

6hrs

4km

2hrs

Guided walking tour

SANTIAGO

Guided walking tour

DOMES REFUGIO GREY FRANCES DOMES REFUGIO Lago GREY Grey

SANTIAGO

REFUGIO CHILENO Los Torres

From/To

REFUGIO El Calafate CHILENO

Lago Nordenskjola

TORRESLago DEL PAINE Grey NP

Lago Nordenskjola Lago Pehoe

TORRES DEL PAINE NP

Lago Pehoe

TORRES DEL PAINE NATIONAL PARK TORRES DEL PAINE NATIONAL PARK

From/To El Calafate

To Puerto Natales To Puerto Natales

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PACIFIC PACIFIC OCEAN OCEAN

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Los Torres FRANCES base camp

Fly to El Calafate. Continue by bus to El Chalten, a small border town close to Mount Fitz Roy.

DAY 3:

Hike from El Pilar to Laguna de los Tres. Camp among the stunning mountain scenery.

DAY 4:

Follow the Madre e Hija Trail to Laguna Torre, and back to El Chalten. Views to the Torres Massif and glaciers.

DAYS 5–6:

Drive to El Calafate. Visit to the impressive Perito Moreno Glacier.

DAYS 7–8:

Journey south to Puerto Natales. Continue to Torres del Paine National Park. Walk to Grey Glacier viewpoint.

DAYS 9–10:

Continue on ‘W Trek’ to Frances Domes Refuge. Trek up ‘French Valley’ surrounded by high peaks.

DAYS 11–12:

Hike to Los Torres viewpoint via Chileno Refuge for stunning views to the Paine Towers. Drive back to Puerto Natales.

DAY 13:

Drive to Punta Arenas and fly to Santiago, Chile’s dynamic capital.

DAY 14:

Morning walking tour of the city. Trip ends in Santiago.

8hrs 4km

7/2hrs

Optional Walks

ARGENTINA

Los Torres

DAY 2:

4/1hrs

2km

ARGENTINA

CHILE

Join trip in the lively city of Buenos Aires. Optional afternoon walking tour of the city.

Day 13 Day 14

CUSTOMER RATING:

DAY 1:

6/3hrs

6km

Day 5

WALKING GRADE: Moderate to Challenging

Los Torres CHILEbase camp

ITINERARY

ARGENTINA

BUENOS AIRES BUENOS AIRES

ARGENTINA CHILE Mt Fitz Roy CHILE 3359m

POINCENOT Mt Fitz Roy CAMP 3359m EL CHALTEN POINCENOT Perito EL CALAFATE CAMP Moreno EL CHALTEN PUERTO Glacier Perito EL CALAFATE NATALES TORRES DEL PAINE Moreno PUERTOARENAS Glacier PARK NATIONAL PUNTO NATALES TORRES DEL PAINE NATIONAL PARK PUNTO ARENAS

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Inca Trail Trek

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TRIP CODE - PQ | PERU

Walk along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Take in the spectacular views following rivers through the dramatic Andes Mountains, trekking past impressive Inca ruins and through diverse cloud forests. OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Classic Inca Trail | Fully supported four-day trek camping away from the crowds Machu Picchu | Get your first glimpse arriving at the Sun Gate on foot Cusco | Wander the cobbled streets of the ancient Inca capital

PRICES FROM

£1799pp

ITINERARY

£1099pp

with flights (11 days) trip only (9 days) AT A GLANCE

DAY 1:

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

DAY 2:

Explore the fascinating city of Cusco on foot. Visit Qoricancha, the most important temple of the Inca Empire.

DAY 3:

Option to trek to Moray, stand up paddle board on Piuray Lagoon or take a brewery tour.

DAY 4:

Drive via Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley to the start of the Inca Trail. Walk to first campsite – Llaqtapata (2,625m), opposite Inca ruins.

DAY 5:

Follow the Inca trail along the river to Wayllabamba, and Llulluchapampa (3,800m). Views to snowy peaks of the Veronica Mountain range.

DAY 6:

Cross Dead Woman’s Pass (4,200m). Walk through cloud forest and ruins to Phuyupatamarca (3,579m).

DAY 7:

Visit Winay-Wayna ruins. Descend to ‘Lost City’ of Machu Picchu from the Sun Gate (2,438m).

DAY 8:

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

DAY 9:

Trip ends in Cusco.

WALKING GRADE: Moderate to Challenging ACCOMMODATION: 3 nights simple camping 5 nights comfortable hotel Optional single rooms from £170

MEALS: Breakfast: 8 | Lunch: 4 | Dinner: 3

Point-to-Point CUSTOMER RATING:

DAILY DISTANCES Day 4

6km

Day 5

10km

2.5hrs 6hrs

Day 6

15km

8hrs

Day 7

14km

Day 8

1/1.5km

6hrs 2/3hrs

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Optional Walks

Veronica 5750m

AGUAS CALIENTES

Machu Picchu

To Ollantaytambo/ Puray Lake Cusco

Inti Punku Winay-Wayna

PHUYUPATAMARCA

Inca Tunnel Sayaqmarka Warmiwanusca Pass 4200m

Salkantay 6271m Wamantay 5917m

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Piscacucho 82km

Runkuraqay Pass 3950m

LLULLUCHAPAMPA

LLAQTAPATA Wayllabamba

Paucarkancha Ocobamba 5126m

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Heights of Peru and Machu Picchu

4

TRIP CODE - PM | PERU

Discover the diversity of Peru on this fascinating journey through the country. Explore the floating reed islands of Lake Titicaca, travel through the Andes Mountains to Cusco and head into the Sacred Valley to trek the spectacular Inca Trail. OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Lake Titicaca | The highest navigable lake in the world, home to the Uros people The Inca Trail | Follow in the footsteps of the Incas to Machu Picchu Rainbow Mountain | Spectacular Palccoyo trek into a multi-coloured landscape

PRICES FROM

£2799pp

ITINERARY

£1899pp

with flights (15 days) trip only (14 days) AT A GLANCE WALKING GRADE: Moderate to Challenging ACCOMMODATION: 3 nights simple camping 9 nights comfortable hotel Optional single rooms from £270

MEALS: Breakfast: 12 | Lunch: 4 | Dinner: 3

Point-to-Point

DAILY DISTANCES Day 4

Day 6

CUSTOMER RATING: Independently verified reviews, up to 30/06/2019.

Day 11

DAY 3:

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

DAY 4:

Boat trip on Lake Titicaca, visiting the Uros reed islands and Taquile Island.

DAYS 5–6:

Travel through the Andes to Cusco. Explore this historic Colonial city.

DAY 7:

Trek into the Vilcanota Mountain Range to Palccoyo viewpoint, a quieter alternative to the Rainbow mountain trek.

DAY 8:

Drive to Ollantayambo in the Sacred Valley. Picnic by Puray Lake and optional Stand Up Paddleboarding.

DAYS 9–11:

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

DAY 12:

Arrive to Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate.

DAY 13:

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

DAY 14:

Trip ends in Cusco.

6hrs

15km

8hrs

Day 12 14km

6hrs

Day 13

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

2.5hrs

6km

Day 10 10km

DAY 2:

4hrs

10km

Day 8 Day 9

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

1hr

5km

Day 5

Day 7

DAY 1:

2/3hrs

1/1.5km

Optional Walks

LIMA MACHU PICCHU

CUSCO 3400m Old Inca capital

Inca Trail 4-day trek Palccoyo Trek

PERU PACIFIC OCEAN

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Taquile Island

Juliaca

Lake

PUNO Titicaca

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Peru In Depth and the Inca Trail

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TRIP CODE - PE | PERU

Combine Peru’s stunning highlights with trekking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Journey to the mysterious Nazca Lines, the ‘White City’ of Arequipa, see the impressive Colca Canyon and spend a night on Taquile Island before reaching the former Inca capital of Cusco. OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Colca Canyon | See giant condors fly above one of the world’s deepest canyons Lake Titicaca | Spend the night in a village guesthouse Machu Picchu | Discover one of the New Seven Wonders of the World

PRICES FROM

£3245pp

ITINERARY

£2375pp

with flights (21 days) trip only (19 days) AT A GLANCE WALKING GRADE: Moderate to Challenging ACCOMMODATION: 3 nights simple camping 1 night comfortable guesthouse 12 nights comfortable hotel 1 night simple hotel 1 night simple village house Optional single rooms from £330 MEALS: Breakfast: 18 | Lunch: 4 | Dinner: 4

Point-to-Point

DAILY DISTANCES Day 6

8km

3hrs

Day 7

8km

4hrs

1km

1hr

Day 10 5km

2.5hrs

Day 8 Day 9

Day 11 Day 12 Day 13

6km

Day 14

10km

6hrs

Day 15 15km

8hrs

2.5hrs

Day 16 14km

CUSTOMER RATING:

Day 17

6hrs

1/1.5km

2/3hrs

Independently verified reviews, up to 30/06/2019.

Optional Walks

EXTEND YOUR TRIP Amazon Extension All our trips to Peru can be paired with a three night extension to the Amazon jungle. Stay in an Eco lodge, taking guided boat trips and hikes through the jungle spotting wildlife. explore.co.uk/AMZ

LIMA OLLANTAYTAMBO PARACAS Sea lions Nazca lines

PACIFIC OCEAN

MACHU PICCHU

Optional rafting

Inca Trail 4-day trek

CUSCO 3400m Old Inca capital

TAQUILE ISLAND

PERU

NAZCA COLCA CANYON

Island walks Juliaca Lake

PUNO Titicaca

El Misti 5842m

AREQUIPA

BOLIVIA

DAY 1:

Join trip in Lima, Peru’s capital.

DAY 2:

Drive south via Pachacamac to Paracas.

DAY 3:

Optional boat trip to Islas Ballestas. Discover the Nazca lines from the viewing platforms.

DAY 4:

Continue along the coast. Ascend through the mountains to the ‘white city’ of Arequipa.

DAY 5:

Explore the colonial centre of Arequipa including the fascinating Santa Catalina Convent.

DAYS 6–7:

Walk along the Colca Canyon above the meandering Rio Colca.

DAY 8:

Watch Andean Condors sore out of the canyon. Drive to Puno.

DAYS 9–10:

Take a boat ride across Lake Titicaca. Spend a night on Taquile Island with a local family.

DAY 11: Visit Sillustani ruins. Travel though the Andes to Ollantaytambo. DAY 12: Free day. Opportunity to go whitewater rafting on the Urubrama River in the Sacred Valley. DAYS 13–17:

Trek the famous Inca Trail through the Andes and cloud forest to Machu Picchu. Return to Cusco.

DAY 18: Explore the historic city of Cusco, capital of the Incas. DAY 19: Trip ends in Cusco.

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Austria

126

France

125–126

Greece

131–132

Italy

126–130

Portugal

118–120

Spain

121–125

Switzerland

126

Turkey

133

Best Sellers  Self-Guided Coastal Trails of Portugal

119

 Self-Guided Walking in Madeira

120

 Self-Guided Gran Canaria

122

 Self-Guided Amalfi Coast Trails

129

 Self-Guided Walking in South-West Crete 131  Self-Guided Andros Trail

132

New Trips

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 Self-Guided Galicia - The Lighthouse Way

124

 Self-Guided Lycian Way West

133

 Self-Guided Lycian Way East

133

Self-Guided

Contents

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Four reasons to go Self-Guided Self-Guided walking trips are a great way to see your destination under your own steam. We’ve planned the routes to include the must-sees, as well as off-the-beatentrack sights. Choose to start your holiday on any day and even extend your trip. You are your own guide, so you can explore at your own leisure. Indulge in local cuisine, chat to locals and stop for a swim or rest when it suits you.

Self-guided trips, by grade For more information on walking grades, see page 10. COUNTRIES

TRIP NAME

TRIP CODE POINT-TO-POINT

DAYS

PAGE

Easy to Moderate France

Self-Guided Walking in Provence

WSPR

Greece (Cyclades Islands)

Self-Guided Naxos and Santorini

WSNS

Italy

 BEST SELLER Self-Guided Amalfi Coast Trails

WSAC

8

129

Italy

Self-Guided Tuscan Trails - Florence to Siena

WSTC

8

128

5

127

Italy

Self-Guided Walking the Cinque Terre and Ligurian Riviera

Portugal

Self-Guided Portugal Walking Short Break

WSSPO

Spain

Self-Guided Andalucia Walking

WSRG

WSCT

7

125

8

132

5

119

8

123

Spain (Canary Islands)

Self-Guided Tenerife and La Gomera

WSTG

8

123

Spain (Balearic Islands)

Self-Guided Mallorca Trails

WSML

7

121

Moderate Italy

Self-Guided Walk Piedmont - Barolo to Barbaresco

WSBB

8

127

Italy

Self-Guided Portofino and the Cinque Terre

WSCTL

8

127

Italy (Sicily)

Self-Guided Walk Sicily and the Aeolian Islands

WSSI

8

130

Italy

Self-Guided Coastal Walking in Puglia

WSPU

8

130

Italy (Sardinia)

Self-Guided Walking in Sardinia

WSSD

8

128

Greece (Crete)

 BEST SELLER Self-Guided Walking in South-West Crete

WSCR

8

131

Greece (Cyclades Islands)

 BEST SELLER Self-Guided Andros Trail

WSGA

9

132

Portugal

 BEST SELLER Self-Guided Coastal Trails of Portugal

WSPO

9

119 120

Portugal

Self-Guided Walking in Sintra, Portugal

WSPS

8

Portugal (Madeira)

 BEST SELLER Self-Guided Walking in Madeira

WSMP

8

120

Portugal (Azores)

Self-Guided Azores - Sao Miguel Island

WSAZ

8

118

8

118

Portugal (Azores)

Self-Guided Azores - Faial and Pico Islands

WSAF

Spain

Self-Guided Camino de Santiago

WSCS

Spain

Self-Guided Picos de Europa to Coast

WSPI

Spain

 NEW Self-Guided Galicia - The Lighthouse Way

WSCF

Spain (Canary Islands)

 BEST SELLER Self-Guided Gran Canaria

WSGC

Turkey

 NEW Self-Guided Lycian Way West

WSLW

Turkey

 NEW Self-Guided Lycian Way East

WSLE

Austria

Self-Guided Walking the Salzkammergut Lakes

WSAS

Spain (Canary Islands)

Self-Guided La Palma

WSLP

Self-Guided Tour du Mont Blanc

WSMB

9

125

8

124

8

124

8

122

8

133

8

133

Moderate to Challenging 8

126

8

121

8

126

Challenging to Tough France - Italy - Switzerland

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Hassle-free travel We’ve made the arrangements so that you don’t have to. From conveniently located airports to route maps and public transport timetables, we take care of the logistics transporting your luggage from hotel to hotel, so all that’s left for you to do is enjoy your trip.

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A good night’s sleep

Finding your way

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Hotels are hand-selected for their character, comfort and warm welcome. We use a wide range of accommodation from simple mountain huts to four-star hotels. If you want a higher standard of hotel look out for our trips with Premium grade accommodation.

We provide detailed, easy-to-read route notes, maps and GPX route files when these are available. We’ll highlight everything from ‘must-see’ sights along the way, to challenges and route extensions.

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Sense of achievement Finding your own way from place to place, even with the help of maps, is an impressive feat. Discovering new places under your own steam is a rewarding experience, knowing that you’re making the most of your holiday, your way.

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SELF-GUIDED

Self-Guided Azores - Sao Miguel Island

3

TRIP CODE - WSAZ | PORTUGAL (AZORES) PRICES FROM

£645pp* trip only

8

day trip

AT A GLANCE

HIGHLIGHTS

Sao Miguel | Discover one of the most fascinating islands of the Azores archipelago Sete Cidades | Crater walk to Boca do Inferno for stunning lake views

WALKING GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION

Furnas Valley | Thermal springs, natural ovens and bubbling mud pools

1 night simple homestay 11 nights comfortable hotel 1 night simple overnight train MEALS: Breakfast: 7

LUGGAGE TRANSFER:

Included between each hotel

CUSTOMER RATING: Independently verified reviews, up to 30/06/2019.

explore.co.uk/WSAZ

Self-Guided Azores - Faial and Pico Islands

3

TRIP CODE - WSAF | PORTUGAL (AZORES) PRICES FROM

£770pp* trip only

day trip

AT A GLANCE WALKING GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION 7 nights comfortable hotel MEALS:

8

HIGHLIGHTS

Pico Island | Charming fishing ports and Portugal’s highest volcano Faial Island | The Blue Island (Ilha Azul) with lovely coastal towns such as Horta Vineyards and wine | Walk among Pico’s historic grape vines and sample local wines

Breakfast: 7 | Lunch: 3

LUGGAGE TRANSFER:

Included between each hotel

*Prices per person based on two people sharing. Single room and solo traveller prices on request.

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SELF-GUIDED

Self-Guided Coastal Trails of Portugal

3

TRIP CODE - WSPO | PORTUGAL

On this Self-Guided holiday walk the Rota Vicentina, a well-marked trail along cliff tops, amongst dunes and beside dramatic rocky shorelines to Cabo Sao Vicente, the southwesternmost point of Portugal and continental Europe. OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Get off the beaten track | Walk in this little-known part of the western Algarve Sudoeste Alentejano e Costa Vicentina | Hike between villages through this natural park Relaxed pace | Enjoy the lifestyle, food and wine of the region

PRICES FROM

£540pp* trip only

ITINERARY

9

day trip

AT A GLANCE WALKING GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION 5 nights comfortable hotel 3 nights simple hotel MEALS: Breakfast: 8 LUGGAGE TRANSFER:

Included between each hotel

Point-to-Point CUSTOMER RATING: Independently verified reviews, up to 30/06/2019.

DAILY DISTANCES 9km

Day 2

12km

5/7hrs

Day 3

20km

Day 4

17.5km

Day 5

12km

4hrs

Day 6

24km

7hrs

Day 7

19km

6hrs

Day 8

14km

4hrs

This five-day trip covers the highlights of the Rota Vincentina. explore.co.uk/WSSPO

DAY 2:

Walk along the famous Vicentina footpath from Cavaleiro to Zambujeira do Mar.

DAY 3:

Hike along the stunning Atlantic Coast’s rolling dunes and rocky cliff paths to Odeceixe.

DAY 4:

Choice of walking routes to Aljezur where you can explore the old village and Moorish castle.

DAY 5:

Taxi to the fishing village of Arrifana. Tide depending, you will walk along sandy beaches to Carrapateira.

Optional Walks

DAY 6:

Choice of walks through sand dunes to reach the picturesque beach at Carrapateira or follow paths inland.

DAY 7:

Walk from the hotel to historic Vila do Bispo, where you will spend the next two nights.

DAY 8:

Hike to the far southwest point of Portugal, Cabo de Sao Vicente, with sweeping views of the ocean.

DAY 9:

Trip ends in Vila do Bispo.

5/1hrs

Almograve

Cavaleiro

ZAMBUJEIRA DO MAR

Portugal Walking Short Break

Trip starts in the coastal village of Zambjeira do Mar.

5.5hrs 2.5km

Cabo Sardao Lighthouse Almograve

HAVE YOU CONSIDERED?

DAY 1:

Cabo Sardao Lighthouse Azenha do Mar

Cavaleiro

ZAMBUJEIRA DO MAR

ODECEIXE

Praia de Amoreira Azenha do Mar Arrifana

ODECEIXE ALJEZUR

Praia de Amoreira Arrifana CARRAPATEIRA

ALJEZUR

VILA DO BISPO CARRAPATEIRA Cabo de Sao Vicente

VILA DO BISPO Cabo de Sao Vicente

*Prices per person based on two people sharing. Single room and solo traveller prices on request.

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SELF-GUIDED

Self-Guided Walking in Sintra, Portugal

3

TRIP CODE - WSPS | PORTUGAL PRICES FROM

£499pp* trip only

8

HIGHLIGHTS

Castle of the Moors and Pena Palace | UNESCO heritage landmarks in the Sintra Hills

day trip

AT A GLANCE

Woodland tracks | Afternoon walks on forest trails with coastal views

WALKING GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION:

Cabo da Roca | The westernmost point of the European continent

7 nights comfortable hotel MEALS: Breakfast: 7

LUGGAGE TRANSFER:

Included between each hotel

CUSTOMER RATING: Independently verified reviews, up to 30/06/2019.

explore.co.uk/WSPS

Self-Guided Walking in Madeira

3

TRIP CODE - WSMP | PORTUGAL (MADEIRA) PRICES FROM

£775pp* trip only

8

day trip

HIGHLIGHTS

Pearl of the Atlantic | Explore Maderia’s most picturesque trails

WALKING GRADE: Moderate

Beautiful landscapes | Lush gardens, terraces and small valleys shaded by chestnut trees

ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights comfortable hotel

East Madeira | Walks at Porto da Cruz, Levada do Furado and Ribeiro Frio

AT A GLANCE

MEALS: Breakfast: 7 | Dinner: 6

LUGGAGE TRANSFER:

Included between each hotel

CUSTOMER RATING: Independently verified reviews, up to 30/06/2019.

*Prices per person based on two people sharing. Single room and solo traveller prices on request.

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SELF-GUIDED

Self-Guided Mallorca Trails

2

TRIP CODE - WSML | SPAIN (BALEARIC ISLANDS) PRICES FROM

£745pp* trip only

7

HIGHLIGHTS

Tramuntana Mountains | Explore the beautiful north-west coast of Mallorca

day trip

AT A GLANCE

Varied walks | Charming villages, along coastal cliffs and through orchards

WALKING GRADE: Easy to Moderate ACCOMMODATION:

Port de Soller | Relax on pretty beaches by this picturesque village

6 nights comfortable hotel MEALS: Breakfast: 6

LUGGAGE TRANSFER:

Included between each hotel

CUSTOMER RATING: Independently verified reviews, up to 30/06/2019.

explore.co.uk/WSML

Self-Guided La Palma

4

TRIP CODE - WSLP | SPAIN (CANARY ISLANDS) PRICES FROM

£770pp* trip only

8

day trip

AT A GLANCE

HIGHLIGHTS

Trekkers’ paradise | Well-marked trails through tranquil and varied landscapes

WALKING GRADE: Moderate to Challenging

Caldera de Taburiente | Dramatic landscapes in this National Park’s immense crater

ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights comfortable hotel

Winter walking | Mild winters, warm spring and autumn are ideal for hiking

MEALS: Breakfast: 4

LUGGAGE TRANSFER:

Included between each hotel

CUSTOMER RATING: Independently verified reviews, up to 30/06/2019.

*Prices per person based on two people sharing. Single room and solo traveller prices on request.

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Self-Guided Gran Canaria

3

TRIP CODE - WSGC | SPAIN (CANARY ISLANDS)

Discover great walking trails on this SelfGuided walking holiday to Gran Canaria. This journey takes you from the east to the west of the island through dramatic and varied volcanic landscapes, often on the classic paths, the ‘Caminos Reales’. OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Ascend Gran Canaria’s highest peak | Pico de las Nieves Volcanic scenery | Caldera, ravines and mountain ridges Historic trails | Follow ‘Camino Reales’ and ancient paths between hillside villages

PRICES FROM

£750pp* trip only

ITINERARY

8

day trip

AT A GLANCE

DAY 1:

Join trip at Gran Canaria Airport. Taxi to Aguimes.

DAY 2:

Discover the natural beauty of the Guayadeque gorge. Walk among the towering cliffs of the gorge, the largest ravine in the Canary Islands.

DAY 3:

Climb to the summit of Gran Canaria's highest peak, Pico de las Nieves. At 1,949 metres, the views from the summit are incredible.

DAY 4:

Walk over the Altavista ridge. Hike at the edge of the Tamadaba Natural Park on a huge extinct crater; on a clear day there are sweeping views all the way to Tenerife. Afternoon exploring Artenara.

DAY 5:

Traverse the steep terrain around Roque Nublo, a rocky outcrop teetering on the edge of a plateau. Descend through a peaceful pine forest to Tejeda.

DAY 6:

Ridge walk then descend through fields and small farmsteads to Fagagesto. Taxi to Agaete.

DAY 7:

Taxi to San Pedro then walk along the Camino Real above the Agaete Valley.

DAY 8:

Trip ends at Gran Canaria Airport.

WALKING GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 4 nights premium hotel 3 nights comfortable hotel MEALS:

DAILY DISTANCES

Breakfast: 7 | Dinner: 1

LUGGAGE TRANSFER:

Included between each hotel

CUSTOMER RATING: Independently verified reviews, up to 30/06/2019.

Day 2

11.5km

Day 3

11km

Day 4

9km

Day 5

12km

Day 6

14km

Day 7

8km

4.5hrs 8km

4/3hrs

5km

3/1.5hrs 8km

5.5/2hrs 7hrs

7km

4.5/2hrs

Optional Walks

ATLANTIC OCEAN PUERTO DE LAS NIEVES San Pedro

TEJEDA

Pico de las Nieves 1949m

Fagagesto Altavista Ridge

Roque Nublo 1813m Caldera de los Marteles

GRAN CANARIA

AGUIMES Airport

Guayadeque Gorge

(SPAIN)

*Prices per person based on two people sharing. Single room and solo traveller prices on request.

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SELF-GUIDED

Self-Guided Tenerife and La Gomera

2

TRIP CODE - WSTG | SPAIN (CANARY ISLANDS) PRICES FROM

£830pp* trip only

8

HIGHLIGHTS

El Teide | Hike Tenerife’s iconic volcano and explore the ‘Paisaje Lunar’

day trip

AT A GLANCE

Garajonay National Park | Experience La Gomera’s cloud forest

WALKING GRADE: Easy to Moderate ACCOMMODATION:

Warm climate | Pleasant yearround temperatures

4 nights comfortable hotel 3 nights premium hotel MEALS: Breakfast: 7 | Dinner: 3

LUGGAGE TRANSFER:

Included between each hotel

CUSTOMER RATING: Independently verified reviews, up to 30/06/2019.

explore.co.uk/WSTG

Self-Guided Andalucia Walking

2

TRIP CODE - WSRG | SPAIN PRICES FROM

£1220pp* trip only

8

day trip

AT A GLANCE WALKING GRADE: Easy to Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 4 nights comfortable hotel 3 nights premium hotel

HIGHLIGHTS

Andalucia | Walk in the mountainous Sierra de Grazalema Ronda | Discover this Moorish town built on the sides of a deep gorge Pueblos Blancos | Stay among the Andalucian white villages

MEALS: Breakfast: 7

LUGGAGE TRANSFER:

Included between each hotel

CUSTOMER RATING: Independently verified reviews, up to 30/06/2019.

*Prices per person based on two people sharing. Single room and solo traveller prices on request.

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Self-Guided Picos de Europa to Coast

3

TRIP CODE - WSPI | SPAIN PRICES FROM

£599pp* trip only

8

day trip

AT A GLANCE

HIGHLIGHTS

Picos Mountains | Hike among magnificent gorges and limestone peaks Cares Gorge | Walk the spectacular Ruta del Cares along a 12 kilometre gorge

WALKING GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION:

Bay of Biscay | Relax on quiet beaches and try tasty local Cabrales cheese

4 nights premium hotel 3 nights comfortable hotel MEALS: Breakfast: 7 | Dinner: 2

LUGGAGE TRANSFER:

Included between each hotel

CUSTOMER RATING: Independently verified reviews, up to 30/06/2019.

explore.co.uk/WSPI

Self-Guided Galicia - The Lighthouse Way

3

TRIP CODE - WSCF | SPAIN PRICES FROM

£620pp* trip only

day trip

AT A GLANCE WALKING GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights comfortable hotel MEALS:

8

HIGHLIGHTS

Wild coastline | Walk along deserted beaches and cliffs above isolated lighthouses Small fishing villages | Stay in small, welcoming hotels along the coast of Galicia Local cuisine | Try the Galician cuisine, especially the fresh catch of the day

Breakfast: 7 | Dinner: 2

LUGGAGE TRANSFER:

Included between each hotel

Point-to-Point

*Prices per person based on two people sharing. Single room and solo traveller prices on request.

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SELF-GUIDED

Self-Guided Camino de Santiago

3

TRIP CODE - WSCS | SPAIN PRICES FROM

£655pp* trip only

9

HIGHLIGHTS

Santiago de Compostela | Hike the iconic pilgrimage route and claim your certificate

day trip

AT A GLANCE

Galician hills | Follow the scallop shell markers along the Camino Frances

WALKING GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION:

Lavacolla | Traditional pilgrims’ washing place before arriving at Santiago

5 nights comfortable hotel 3 nights premium hotel MEALS: Breakfast: 8 | Dinner: 3

LUGGAGE TRANSFER:

Included between each hotel

Point-to-Point CUSTOMER RATING: Independently verified reviews, up to 30/06/2019.

explore.co.uk/WSCS

Self-Guided Walking in Provence

2

TRIP CODE - WSPR | FRANCE PRICES FROM

£1175pp* trip only

7

day trip

AT A GLANCE WALKING GRADE: Easy to Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 6 nights comfortable hotel

HIGHLIGHTS

Provence | Walks through fields of lavender, pretty villages and along craggy gorges Fontaine-de-Vaucluse | Attractive village built around a spring Gordes | Historic hill-top village with spectacular views

MEALS: Breakfast: 6 | Dinner: 3

LUGGAGE TRANSFER:

Included between each hotel

Point-to-Point CUSTOMER RATING: Independently verified reviews, up to 30/06/2019.

*Prices per person based on two people sharing. Single room and solo traveller prices on request.

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SELF-GUIDED

Self-Guided Tour du Mont Blanc

6

TRIP CODE - WSMB | FRANCE, ITALY, SWITZERLAND PRICES FROM

£1255pp* trip only

8

HIGHLIGHTS

France, Italy and Switzerland | Hike through three countries in one iconic trek

day trip

AT A GLANCE

Mont Blanc | Spellbinding views of Europe’s highest mountain, over snow-capped peaks

WALKING GRADE: Challenging to Tough ACCOMMODATION:

Accommodation | Stay in warm and cosy family-run mountain huts and small hotels

5 nights comfortable hotel 2 nights comfortable hostel MEALS: Breakfast: 7 | Dinner: 5

LUGGAGE TRANSFER:

Included between each hotel

Point-to-Point CUSTOMER RATING: Independently verified reviews, up to 30/06/2019.

explore.co.uk/WSMB

Self-Guided Salzkammergut Lakes

4

TRIP CODE - WSAS | AUSTRIA PRICES FROM

£925pp* trip only

8

day trip

AT A GLANCE

HIGHLIGHTS

Austria’s picturesque Lake District | Walk in magnificent lake and mountain scenery

WALKING GRADE: Moderate to Challenging

Schwarzensee and Attersee | Hike among Alpine pastures from lake to lake

ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights comfortable hotel

Unterach and Bad Goisern | Beautiful Austrian villages and market towns

MEALS: Breakfast: 7 | Dinner: 7

LUGGAGE TRANSFER:

Included between each hotel

Point-to-Point CUSTOMER RATING: Independently verified reviews, up to 30/06/2019.

*Prices per person based on two people sharing. Single room and solo traveller prices on request.

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SELF-GUIDED

Self-Guided Piedmont - Barolo to Barbaresco

3

TRIP CODE - WSBB | ITALY PRICES FROM

£780pp* trip only

8

day trip

AT A GLANCE

HIGHLIGHTS

Italy’s Piedmont | A paradise for connoisseurs of mouth-watering food and fabulous wines Varied walks | Hike along rolling hills dotted with small picturesque villages and vineyards

WALKING GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION:

Small rural villages | Stay in welcoming and charming familyrun hotels

4 nights comfortable hotel 1 night comfortable agriturismo 2 nights premium hotel MEALS: Breakfast: 7

LUGGAGE TRANSFER:

Included between each hotel

CUSTOMER RATING: Independently verified reviews, up to 30/06/2019.

explore.co.uk/WSBB

Self-Guided Portofino and the Cinque Terre

3

TRIP CODE - WSCTL | ITALY PRICES FROM

£775pp* trip only

8

day trip

AT A GLANCE WALKING GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 6 nights comfortable hotel 1 night simple hotel

HIGHLIGHTS

Cinque Terre villages | Explore colourful fishing villages of the Cinque Terre Ligurian Riviera | Hike along craggy cliffs that plunge into an azure sea Mediterranean vineyards | Walk among olive groves, dense pine and chestnut forests

MEALS: Breakfast: 7 LUGGAGE TRANSFER:

Included between each hotel

CUSTOMER RATING: Independently verified reviews, up to 30/06/2019.

HAVE YOU CONSIDERED? Walking the Cinque Terre and Ligurian Riviera A shorter five-day trip. explore.co.uk/WSCT

*Prices per person based on two people sharing. Single room and solo traveller prices on request.

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Self-Guided Tuscan Trails - Florence to Siena

2

TRIP CODE - WSTC | ITALY PRICES FROM

£825pp* trip only

8

HIGHLIGHTS

Chianti country | Walk from Renaissance Florence to Medieval Siena

day trip

AT A GLANCE

Picturesque landscapes | Traverse forests of oak, beech and chestnut

WALKING GRADE: Easy to Moderate ACCOMMODATION:

Food and wine | Taste the great wines and cuisine of Tuscany

7 nights comfortable hotel MEALS: Breakfast: 7

LUGGAGE TRANSFER:

Included between each hotel

*

CUSTOMER RATING: Independently verified reviews, up to 30/06/2019.

explore.co.uk/WSTC

Self-Guided Walking in Sardinia

3

TRIP CODE - WSSD | ITALY (SARDINIA) PRICES FROM

£825pp* trip only

8

day trip

AT A GLANCE

HIGHLIGHTS

Costa Verde | Little-known part of Sardinia immersed in wild nature

WALKING GRADE: Moderate

Beautiful beaches | Perfect for a dive in the Sardinian crystal clear water

ACCOMMODATION: 5 nights comfortable hotel 2 nights comfortable guesthouse

Dunes and wildflowers | Varied walks past abandoned mines and ancient watchtowers

MEALS: Breakfast: 8 | Dinner: 2

LUGGAGE TRANSFER:

Included between each hotel

CUSTOMER RATING: Independently verified reviews, up to 30/06/2019.

*Prices per person based on two people sharing. Single room and solo traveller prices on request.

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SELF-GUIDED

Self-Guided Amalfi Coast Trails

2

TRIP CODE - WSAC | ITALY

Visit the panoramic Amalfi Coast and the magnificent Bay of Naples on this SelfGuided walking holiday. Spend the day walking on the beautiful island of Capri, then hike along the scenic coastal Path of the Gods to Positano. OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Sorrento Peninsula | Hike the clifftops and coves for stunning coastal views Traditional villages | Explore pastel-hued villages tumbling down cliffs into an azure sea Mouthwatering seafood | Enjoy fresh seafood and other local delicacies

PRICES FROM

£799pp*

ITINERARY

8

trip only

day trip

AT A GLANCE WALKING GRADE: Easy to Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights comfortable hotel

DAY 1:

Join trip in Sorrento. Take a walk through the historic and characterful streets of Sorrento.

DAY 2:

Catch the Ferry to Capri and explore on foot. Choice of two walks on Capri.

DAY 3:

Walk to Marina del Cantone with spectacular views of Capri, Mount Vesuvius and the Gulf of Naples and Amalfi coast.

DAY 4:

Circular walk to the Bay of Leranto with views of the Amalfi Coast. Swim in the Tyrrhenian Sea at a picturesque cove.

DAY 5:

Walk in the countryside along old country lanes and footpaths to Colli San Pietro. Bus to Amalfi, your base for the last three nights.

DAY 6:

Trek the famous high cliff ‘Walk of the Gods’ to Positano.

DAY 7:

Circular walk from Amalfi. Spend the afternoon exploring this stunning harbour town.

DAY 8:

Trip ends in Amalfi.

DAILY DISTANCES

MEALS: Breakfast: 7

CUSTOMER RATING: Independently verified reviews, up to 30/06/2019.

Day 2

6.5km

Day 3

10km

6km

2/2hrs

Day 4

8.5km

2.5hrs

Day 5

9.5km

3hrs

Day 6

12.5km

4hrs

Day 7

14.5km

4hrs

3hrs

Optional Walks

ITALY

Valle delle Ferriere Ravello

Gulf of Naples ‘Walk of the Gods’

SORRENTO

SORRENTO PENINSULA

Bomerano

AMALFI

Positano Colli san Pietro Saint Agata sui Due Golfi

MARINA DEL CANTONE CAPRI

ITALY

Naples

Amalfi Coast

TYRRHENIAN SEA Anacapri

*Prices per person based on two people sharing. Single room and solo traveller prices on request.

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SELF-GUIDED

Self-Guided Sicily and the Aeolian Islands

3

TRIP CODE - WSSI | ITALY (SICILY) PRICES FROM

£540pp* trip only

8

day trip

AT A GLANCE

HIGHLIGHTS

Mount Etna | Hike the lavastrewn slopes of Europe’s largest volcano, 3,323 metres Lipari | Enjoy bustling nightlife and see the ancient Roman remains

WALKING GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION:

Coastline | Wonderful beaches and picturesque Mediterranean fishing villages

7 nights comfortable hotel MEALS: Breakfast: 7

LUGGAGE TRANSFER:

Included between each hotel

CUSTOMER RATING: Independently verified reviews, up to 30/06/2019.

explore.co.uk/WSSI

Self-Guided Coastal Walking in Puglia

3

TRIP CODE - WSPU | ITALY PRICES FROM

£720pp* trip only

8

day trip

AT A GLANCE

HIGHLIGHTS

Hike Puglia | Discover the natural and cultural highlights of the heel of Italy

WALKING GRADE: Moderate

Rich history | A land forged centuries ago by Greeks, Romans, Ottomans and Spanish

ACCOMMODATION: 6 nights comfortable hotel 1 night premium hotel

Jagged coastline | Beautiful sandy beaches and turquoise seas

MEALS: Breakfast: 7 | Dinner: 2

LUGGAGE TRANSFER:

Included between each hotel

CUSTOMER RATING: Independently verified reviews, up to 30/06/2019.

*Prices per person based on two people sharing. Single room and solo traveller prices on request.

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SELF-GUIDED

Self-Guided Walking in South-West Crete

3

TRIP CODE - WSCR | GREECE (CRETE)

Explore south-west Crete on this SelfGuided walking holiday that takes in an impressive coastline, the beautiful White Mountains and the famous Samaria Gorge. Hike at your own pace and enjoy the changing scenery of natural beaches, fir forests, mountains and gorges. OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Omalos | Beautifully situated village, surrounded by the White Mountains Samaria Gorge | Hike along Europe’s longest gorge Loutro | Relax in this car-free village by the sea

PRICES FROM

£520pp* trip only

ITINERARY

8

day trip

AT A GLANCE

DAY 1:

Join trip in the small seaside town of Paleochora.

DAY 2:

Take a ferry to the enchanting Elafonissos Lagoon, walk along the coast to Kyros Beach then taxi back to Paleochora.

DAY 3:

Walk to the small seaside resort of Sougia via the ancient port of Lissos along a stunning coastal path.

DAY 4:

Hike the impressive Irini Gorge and Figou Gorge. Transfer to tonight’s accommodation on the Omalos Plateau.

DAY 5:

Trek Europe’s longest and most famous gorge – the Samaria Gorge. Overnight in the seaside village of Agia Roumeli.

DAY 6:

Coastal walk to beautiful, car-free Loutro, where you spend the last two nights of your holiday.

DAY 7:

Today’s circular route takes you on a spectacular path down into the Aradhena Gorge and all the way to the coast.

DAY 8:

Trip ends in Loutro.

WALKING GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 5 nights comfortable hotel

DAILY DISTANCES

1 night simple hotel 1 night simple guesthouse

Day 2

10km

4hrs

MEALS:

Day 3

15km

5hrs

Breakfast: 7

Day 4

12km

Day 5

16.3km

Day 6

14.7km

Day 7

8.7km

CUSTOMER RATING: Independently verified reviews, up to 30/06/2019.

9km

6/2hrs 5.5hrs 5,5hrs

7km

4/3hrs

Optional Walks

CRETE OMALOS Xyloskala

Irini Gorge Elafonissos

SOUGIA PALEOCHORA

CRETE

AGIA ROUMELI

Agios Pavlos

LOUTRO

Chora Sfakion

OMALOS

LIBYAN SEA Irini Gorge Elafonissos

SOUGIA PALEOCHORA

Aradhena Gorge Anapolis

AGIA ROUMELI

Xyloskala Aradhena Gorge Anapolis Agios Pavlos

LOUTRO

Chora Sfakion

LIBYAN SEA

*Prices per person based on two people sharing. Single room and solo traveller prices on request.

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SELF-GUIDED

Self-Guided Andros Trail

3

TRIP CODE - WSGA | GREECE (CYCLADES ISLANDS) PRICES FROM

£565pp* trip only

9

HIGHLIGHTS

Andros Route | Trek from South to North on the island’s recently restored historic trails

day trip

AT A GLANCE

Andros Chora | Charming town mansions, cafes and stone walkways

WALKING GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION:

Sandy beaches | Relax on the beach or swim in the turquoise Aegean Sea

8 nights comfortable hotel MEALS: Breakfast: 8

LUGGAGE TRANSFER:

Included between each hotel

*

CUSTOMER RATING: Independently verified reviews, up to 30/06/2019.

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Self-Guided Naxos and Santorini

2

TRIP CODE - WSNS | GREECE (CYCLADES ISLANDS) PRICES FROM

£590pp* trip only

8

day trip

AT A GLANCE

HIGHLIGHTS

Santorini | Volcanic island known for whitewashed houses and black beaches

WALKING GRADE: Easy to Moderate

Naxos | Panoramic views from Mount Zas (Mount Zeus), the highest peak in the Cyclades

ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights comfortable hotel

Ancient paths | Follow historic routes across picturesque islands

MEALS: Breakfast: 7

LUGGAGE TRANSFER:

Included between each hotel

CUSTOMER RATING: Independently verified reviews, up to 30/06/2019.

*Prices per person based on two people sharing. Single room and solo traveller prices on request.

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SELF-GUIDED

Self-Guided Lycian Way West

3

TRIP CODE - WSLW | TURKEY PRICES FROM

£455pp* trip only

8

HIGHLIGHTS

Turquoise Coast | Hike scenic coastal trails between ancient ruins and villages

day trip

AT A GLANCE

Butterfly Valley | Spend the night perched on the edge of this fjord-like valley

WALKING GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION:

Patara | Explore Roman ruins and the stunning golden sand beach

5 nights comfortable hotel 1 night simple lodge MEALS: Breakfast: 7 | Lunch: 3 | Dinner: 4

LUGGAGE TRANSFER:

Included between each hotel

Point-to-Point

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Self-Guided Lycian Way East

3

TRIP CODE - WSLE | TURKEY PRICES FROM

£579pp* trip only

day trip

AT A GLANCE WALKING GRADE: Moderate ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights comfortable hotel

8

HIGHLIGHTS

Traditional hospitality | Enjoy home-cooked meals staying in rural village guesthouses Çirali | Pristine beach and eternal flames of the ‘Chimera’ Simena | Car-free village with Genoese castle perched above

MEALS: Breakfast: 7 | Dinner: 1

LUGGAGE TRANSFER:

Included between each hotel

Point-to-Point

*Prices per person based on two people sharing. Single room and solo traveller prices on request.

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Contents About our Walking Trips

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Passport and Visa Requirements

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Privacy Policy

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Travel Insurance

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General information

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About our Explore Walking trips Please carefully read through the following information about booking an Explore Walking trip. When you book (whether by phone, travel agent or online), you will be asked to confirm that you have read and understood these pages, as well as our Trip Notes and Booking Conditions (www.explore.co.uk/booking-conditions). The combination of travel services offered to you is a package within the meaning of the Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations. Therefore, you will benefit from all EU rights applying to packages. Explore will be fully responsible for the proper performance of the package as a whole. Additionally, as required by law, Explore has protection in place to refund your payments and, where transport is included in the package, to ensure your repatriation in the event that it becomes/they become insolvent. More information on your key rights under the Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018 can be found here www.explore.co.uk/travel-regulations.

Travelling on an Explore walking trip

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 façade, whilst still including the betterknown sights. We understand that you should have the flexibility to do your own thing and therefore build in free time for you to either take part in optional excursions or to explore independently – an important part of any trip. 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 travel.

Guaranteed departures

We guarantee that the advertised triponly itinerary will not be cancelled or significantly changed once the first booking is confirmed unless we are forced to do so by a “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.

Itineraries

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.

Group size

The size of the group on walking trips range from between 6 to 16 people; the average group size is usually 12 people, depending on the type of trip, the transport and accommodation used and activities included. Whilst every group make up is different, we occasionally have groups that are smaller than six or seven people.

Age limits

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 Self-Guided holidays 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: www.explore.co.uk.

The minimum age on most group trips featured in this brochure is 14. Our minimum age limit for trips overnighting at high altitude (4,000m +) is 16 years old. Please refer to individual Trip Notes and our website for further information where applicable. A parent or guardian must book for and accompany anyone under the age of 18. Fitness and stamina are more important than age and we often find that some of our older travellers are the fittest in the group. Whilst we do not 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 the fitness and ability to participate in the trips they have chosen to book. Should you be 80 or older at the time of travel, we will discuss the itinerary with you before booking you on the trip and may ask you additional questions about your health and fitness.

NO SURCHARGE PRICE GUARANTEE

Fitness and trip participation

 Local crew: as well as drivers and local

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 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 strenuous trips, we may require you to provide proof of medical fitness before travelling. On some of our trips, there will be waterbased activities, boat excursions or swimming opportunities. For your own personal safety and enjoyment, an ability to swim is therefore strongly recommended. Several trips reach elevations of 2,500 metres or more. We allow time for acclimatisation and usually the body acclimatises well to spending extended periods of time above this altitude. It is difficult to predict who is at risk from altitude sickness but if you have a heart or respiratory problem we advise you not to risk extended travel or trekking at high altitudes.

Once we have confirmed your booking we guarantee the price of your confirmed services won’t change: we will not pass on surcharges of any kind. Unlike most other tour operators we will not pass on unexpected additional costs like fuel surcharges and tax increases.

What is included?   Transport, meals and accommodation:

all details are outlined in the individual Trip Notes.

  Explore Leader: the services of an Explore

Leader are included on nearly all group trips. In most cases they will accompany you for the full duration of the trip. On some group trips a local representative may be provided instead (this will be outlined in the individual Trip Notes). 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.

INCLUDED TRANSFERS

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 starts and departs on the day the trip ends. Where trips join and end at the designated overseas airport or train station, 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 or train station for the joining time and book flights departing after the given ending time. Please refer to your trip notes or joining information for further details and visit www.explore.co.uk/transfers. You are responsible for telling us your flight details and keeping us updated with any changes.

Meal plan

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.

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Explore Leaders (not applicable to 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. Explore Leaders are carefully selected and have undergone thorough training in the UK and/or overseas which is generally regarded as being amongst 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 number of group 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.

What’s not included?

The price of the trip does not include: visa fees, vaccination charges, passport costs, international departure taxes, insurance premiums, excess baggage charges, optional trips 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 land only basis we do not include flights or trains from the UK or departure taxes. For Self-Guided trips we do not include the services of an Explore Leader.

Accommodation and rooming arrangements

Wherever possible, we try to include accommodation which best reflects the local area in which we are travelling. For example, this could be a Berber village house in Morocco, a Bedouin camp in Jordan’s Wadi Rum or a safari lodge in Botswana. 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). In exceptional circumstances, we may use simple hotels with more basic amenities. Several trips include camping. We provide all the necessary equipment (for example twoperson tents), but you are likely to need your own sleeping mats and sleeping bags. You will not have to cook, but on some trips you may be asked to help with the camp chores. 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.

Accommodation grades All our accommodation is carefully chosen for location and character. Countries have varying standards and on some holidays a range of grades are used. Simple These are often small, family run establishments or campsites which provide a no-frills experience with adequate amenities and service standards. Sleeping arrangements are simple, sometimes with en suite facilities. Comfortable Our comfortable, 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 and heating or air-conditioning. Premium Our premium accommodation is handpicked for its character, location or local importance. These properties have excellent facilities and a higher level of comfort and service.

Single room

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. On rare occasions mixed sex rooms may be necessary. If applicable, this will be stated in the relevant Trip Notes. However, on many trips we offer the opportunity to pay a supplement to prebook 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. Please note that due to the nature of the accommodation we use, the single room supplement will guarantee you sole occupancy of the room, however single rooms may differ in configuration and may be smaller than a standard twin/double room.

Preparing for your holiday

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. The very nature of adventure holidays means your most enjoyable moments are likely to come from the unexpected. You need to be sure you are happy to swap luxury for experience when joining an Explore trip. If you are someone who prefers things to go as planned and enjoys some pampering along the way, then maybe think twice about an adventure holiday. 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.

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 from your holiday.

Foreign Office travel advice

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) Travel Advice Unit – www.gov.uk/ foreign-travel-advice – provides detailed information about your destination. 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: www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/emailsignup. We monitor FCO travel warnings and advice based on them, may cancel trips before departure, or re-route or make other changes to trips operating in or throughout the country concerned. Any decision we take about whether to operate or cancel a trip or make other changes will always be 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.

Travel Insurance and pre-existing medical conditions

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. 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 your travel insurer’s medical screening helpline when you purchase your insurance policy. 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 the 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 if you do not fully insure your pre-existing medical condition. Please also tell us about any pre-existing medical conditions at the time of booking.

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EHIC (European Health Insurance Card)

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 online at www.ehic.org.uk. An EHIC is not, however, a substitute for appropriate travel insurance. If the UK leaves the EU without a deal on October 31 2019, your access to healthcare when visiting an EU country is likely to change. If you are planning to visit on or after October 31 2019, you should continue to buy travel insurance so you can get the healthcare treatment you need, just as you would if visiting a non-EU country. If you are using an EHIC issued by the UK, this will still be valid until October 31 2019.

Seating on flights and trains

Although it is possible to request specific seats from the majority of airlines and train operators, it’s important to note that the carrier may ask you for an additional fee to pre-book your seats in advance. To ensure your request is fulfilled we recommend that you contact the airline/train operators directly via their website and use their ‘manage my booking’ facility. Although this facility will be available for the majority of flights and train bookings, there are some airlines that don’t enable this option. If you find you’re not able to access your booking directly through the airline/train website, then please contact Explore with your seating request and we’ll submit it on your behalf. It’s important to note that we are unable to guarantee your seating requests and that failure to grant your request will not be a breach of contract on our part. Sometimes seats are booked as part of a block booking (allocation) – the relevant airline/ train will automatically allocate your seating. For these journeys you’ll be unable to check in online and so we recommend arriving and checking in at the airport/train station as early as possible so that you have a better chance of selecting alternative seats should the need arise. If you require specific seats because of a disability/reduced mobility/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.

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.

Changes to flight information

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 non-flexible, 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.

EU 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 https://ec.europa. eu/transport/modes/air/safety/air-ban/ search_en. 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 or cancel 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.

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.

Lost luggage

In the rare event that your luggage is either misplaced or damaged during a flight, a PIR (Property Irregularity Report) will need to be filed with the airline before you leave the airport to allow an insurance claim to be processed at a later date.

Land only packages

Our land only packages start and finish at the designated overseas joining and ending point. Land only packages do not include any connecting flights to or from the joining or ending point. If you are planning to book a land only package on one of our trips, then we strongly recommend that you only purchase

flights/train/bus tickets that are totally flexible and refundable. This is because by their very nature, adventure holiday itineraries can change and it’s important that you’re able to amend your connecting travel arrangements should the need arise. In the event of a trip being cancelled, it is important that you are able to get a refund if you no longer wish to use the associated flight, bus or train. We regret that we cannot accept liability for any connecting travel arrangements that you make (including any cancellation or amendment charges) in the event of any change to, or cancellation of, our trip; or for any other reason that makes you unable to use your booked travel arrangements.

Consumer peace of mind

Explore are the proud to be the first tour operator to be approved by Trading Standards. 2595 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. The Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust Limited Member 5207 (ABTOT) provides financial protection under The Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018 for Explore Worldwide Ltd, and in the event of their insolvency, protection is provided for the following: non-flight packages. You can access The Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018 here: https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ ukdsi/2018/9780111168479/contents. ABTOT cover provides for a refund in the event you have not yet travelled or repatriation if you are abroad. Please note that bookings made outside the EU are only protected by ABTOT when purchased directly with Explore Worldwide Ltd. In the unlikely event that you require assistance whilst abroad due to our financial failure, please call ABTOT on 020 7065 5311 (during office hours Mon – Fri) or alternatively call their 24/7 helpline on 01702 811397 and advise you are a customer of an ABTOT protected travel company.

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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.

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

All 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.

Passport and Visa Requirements British and Irish passport holder information

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. Please 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.

Visas

Many countries require a visa to be obtained before travel or on arrival. A summary of requirements for British passport holders can be found on the individual Trip Notes but please note that visa and passport information is subject to change at any time. If required, visas can be obtained through a Visa Service or the relevant Embassy or Consular Office.

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 some countries if your passport bears stamps or visas (valid or expired) from certain countries. Please bear this in mind when booking/travelling to these destinations as it can negatively affect your future travel plans. Further information can be found on our Trip Notes where applicable.

Travcour

We have partnered with Travcour; 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. Please call 020 8543 1846 for more information or visit www.travcour.com.

Vaccinations

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct vaccinations required for all countries

that you will visit on your trip. Explore Trip Notes detail the recommended vaccinations for each trip but you must consult with your doctor or a travel health clinic to ensure you have the most up to date advice. 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. Further information can be found at www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk. For country-specific advice http://nathnac.net is an excellent source of information on health risks.

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.

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. Explore Worldwide Ltd. Registered Office: Nelson House, 55 Victoria Road, Farnborough, Hampshire, GU14 7PA, UK. VAT No. 358 7552 13.

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Your Privacy Explore takes your privacy extremely seriously. We are committed to doing everything we can to protect any personal information provided to us when you enquire about or book a holiday or another travel service with us, when you visit our website, or when you engage with us by other means. This equally applies if someone else makes arrangements on your behalf. For full details of what, why and how we collect and use your personal information, how we protect it and how you can contact us, see our online Privacy Centre at www.explore.co.uk/privacy-policy or call us on 01252 379438 so that we can send the details to you. If you handle the arrangements for other travellers, please ensure they are aware of the information contained within our Privacy Centre and they consent to you acting on their behalf in your dealings with us. To enable us to make holiday arrangements for you, we may ask you to provide information such as: • your name, gender, date of birth, contact details; • your preferred rooming arrangements and other special requests (including special categories of personal data such as dietary requirements, which may disclose health matters or your religious or philosophical beliefs, and information about any disability or medical condition which may affect the chosen holiday arrangements); • the name and telephone number of an emergency contact person (whom we will only contact in urgent circumstances while you are away); • your passport and travel insurance details; • details of your payment card or your bank account (this information is processed using a third party payment services provider and is not stored by us). When you call us or correspond with us about your booking, we may record the call for training and quality control purposes and/or keep information on why you contacted us, and the advice we gave you. On your return from holiday we email or post a satisfaction questionnaire to you. This gives us specific feedback on any issue you may have experienced, and statistical data we can amalgamate in order to monitor the quality of our holidays.

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We will need to share your data with third party service providers, used in the delivery of your purchased holiday arrangements, some of which may be based outside the EEA. These providers include accommodation, restaurants and transport providers; local ground partners and agents, where we use them; equipment hire operators, including our walking partners and guides, tutors and local attractions where booked on your behalf. We keep the information related to your booking for a period which enables us to handle or respond to any complaints or queries and to fulfil our obligations to our third party suppliers who provided your holiday arrangements. The information may also be retained so that we can continue to improve your experience with us while you engage with and purchase from us. By law we have to keep basic information about our customers for legal and tax purposes for up to 7 years after they cease being customers.

and, those who do not are happy to let us know so we can ensure no more are sent. If you ask us to stop sending marketing information, you may continue to receive communications for up to 4 weeks after your requested change while our systems are fully updated. Images From time-to-time, our staff, customers and suppliers may take photographs and video footage of trips in progress, including photos and video footage of our customers. You will be invited to sign a model release form to consent to this. These images may be used in future marketing materials and stored physically and digitally. If you do not wish 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.

If you fail to provide personal information Should you fail to provide data required either by law, or necessary to provide your chosen travel arrangements, we will not be able to provide the services you have booked or are attempting to book. This may result in Explore being unable to process your booking and be forced to cancel the booking. In this case, we will treat this as a ‘cancellation by you’ in accordance with the relevant Booking Terms & Conditions and notify you accordingly.

Website use In order for us to provide you with the optimum service, we use ‘Cookies’ on our website. Cookies are small text files sent to your computer when you access our site. Cookies used on our site are anonymous and contain no personal information, but do identify your computer so that you can navigate our site more easily and our website can remember your preferences. For more information about what cookies we use and how to manage them please refer to our Cookie Policy at www.explore. co.uk/privacy/cookies.

Marketing communications We may use your information to provide you with brochures, newsletters and other communications if you have provided your prior consent or we are permitted under an identified and assessed legitimate interest.

Contact us It is important that the personal data we hold about you is accurate and current. Please keep us informed if any of the details you provide to us should change during the course of your relationship with us.

We sell our holidays directly to customers and so sending out brochures and other marketing communications by post from time-to-time is very important to the way we do business. We use data we have collected from bookings, brochure requests and other forms of engagement to decide what marketing information our customers may like to receive, and we have identified this as in our legitimate interest.

If you need further assistance, would like to make a comment or update your marketing preferences, you can contact us:

We do provide an opportunity to opt-out of this direct marketing during the booking or enquiry process and in subsequent communications, or you may contact us at any time to do so. We have found over the years that the majority of people welcome these communications

• By telephone on 01252 379438 • By email: Dataprivacy@explore.co.uk • By mail to Data Privacy Manager, Explore, Nelson House, 55 Victoria Road, Farnborough, Hampshire, GU154 7PA, UK, You also have the right to make a complaint at any time to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). You can contact them on 0303 123 1113 or go online to www.ico.org.uk/concerns.

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Travel Insurance is an important part of any booking with Explore

Adequate travel insurance, which covers all activities included as part of your holiday, is essential when travelling with Explore. Our chosen travel insurance provider, Campbell Irvine, has been arranging travel insurance for a range of activities to some of the most adventurous locations around the world for over 40 years.

To arrange cover or to obtain a quotation, please contact Campbell Irvine Direct.

explore.co.uk/insurance 01702 427236 info@campbellirvine.com

Explore Worldwide Ltd is an Introducer Appointed Representative of Campbell Irvine Ltd. who is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. This can be checked on the FCA’s register by visiting the FCA’s website at www.fca.org.uk or by contacting them on 0800 111 6787.

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One last thing before you go... We don’t just offer Walking Adventures If you visit our website, you can see our complete offering. There, you can choose from over 500 trips to more than 120 countries; from discovery and wildlife adventures, to cycling tours, family trips and polar holidays. From exploring the ‘Rose Red City’ of Petra in Jordan to cycling through Vietnam, we’ve got hundreds of unforgettable experiences in extraordinary destinations all over the world. Here’s a sample of tried and tested favourites (and one new gem) from explore.co.uk; popular with newcomers and loyal customers alike, each with lots of departure date choice. They’re an excellent place to start looking for your next adventure when you’re ready to look beyond a walking trip…

INDIA | CYCLING

Cycle Kerala Pedal along beautiful coastlines, through tea plantations and tropical forests on this easy-graded cycling trip in Southern India.

explore.co.uk/CKB

JORDAN | DISCOVERY

Jordan Discovery Discover the rugged beauty, delicious food and rich heritage of Jordan. Explore the ‘Rose Red City’ of Petra, sleep out under the stars in Wadi Rum and float in the salty waters of the Dead Sea.

explore.co.uk/JD

MOROCCO | DISCOVERY

Highlights of Morocco Explore the vibrant souks of Marrakech, walk across the golden sand dunes of Erg Chebbi and take in the beautiful scenery of the Atlas Mountains.

explore.co.uk/MMR

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NEW TRIP

SOUTH AFRICA | WILDLIFE

South Africa’s Garden Route See African penguin colonies at Stony Point Nature Reserve and go in search of elephant, lion and leopard in Addo Elephant National Park.

explore.co.uk/SGR ICELAND | DISCOVERY

Iceland Yurt Adventure Set on a working horse farm in the heart of the Golden Circle, our new yurts are perfectly located to discover Iceland’s highlights including thundering waterfalls, Geysir and Vik Beach.

explore.co.uk/IHY

COSTA RICA | WILDLIFE

Explore Costa Rica Cruise through jungle waterways, fly through the tree tops on a zip wire and hike on Arenal Volcano. Listen for howler monkey, spot brightly coloured toucan and go in search of the resplendent quetzal. With wildlife, adventure and beautiful beaches to boot, this two-week trip won’t disappoint.

explore.co.uk/CC

VIETNAM | CYCLING

Cycle Saigon to Hanoi Explore the highlights of Vietnam on two wheels on this epic ride through the mountains, expansive coastlines and lush hill country.

explore.co.uk/CVIE

TURKEY | FAMILY ADVENTURES

Turkey Coastal Active Adventure Canoe from Xanthos to the beach at Patara, kayak over the sunken ruins of Kekova and enjoy local Turkish cuisine in harbour-side tavernas.

explore.co.uk/FLL

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