To celebrate the return of travel, we have asked five of our experts to share their holiday recommendations with you.
Whether you’re looking to get away now or book ahead for 2022, we’re ready to help you find your perfect break. Our collection spans both the UK and Europe, and features several brand-new trips, including in western Sicily and along the Portuguese Camino to Santiago de Compostela...
Paul Rickard, routefinder
Wonders of Western Sicily
"It’s the sense of discovery and exhilaration that I love most about the new Inntravel walking holiday in western Sicily: the paths are sometimes little-trodden and the scenery changes constantly – from medieval hill-top town to far-flung islands to a lush nature reserve with an enticing coastline for the ending. The almost-constant sea views are spectacular and overall, there is a fascinating atmosphere as you explore, closer to North Africa than the Italian mainland, with Arabic influences throughout. It’s both an interest and action-packed holiday, which includes the special treat of a stay on the Egadi Island of Marettimo, where the pace of life is extremely relaxing."
Paul Rickard: From his home on the shores of Lake Garda, Paul has helped to put together many Italian walking holidays for Inntravel. His work on our new western Sicily adventure began several years ago, so he's particularly pleased that it's now available for all to enjoy!
Jack Montgomery, travel writer & photographer
Camino de Santiago, the Old Way
"We've dipped in and out of the Camino de Santiago in both Portugal and Spain, but Inntravel's The Old Way was a very different Camino experience. Starting spectacularly with two picturesque towns, facing off against each other on either side of the River Minho, we wound north through Galicia, notching up a list of highlights as we went – crossing the Roman bridge at Arcade; tucking into tapas of tiny scallops in Pontevedra's historic quarter; having noses mugged by the aroma of freshly fried fish at Combarro; and descending from the San Amaro monastery to follow a series of old watermills alongside an exuberant stream. A new 'walking' experience for us was an enthralling cruise upriver following the original Camino which is marked by stone crosses rising from small islands – the old way. Arriving into Santiago de Compostela felt like being handed the hiker's equivalent of the Holy Grail."
Jack Montgomery: Together with his wife, Andy, Jack is at his happiest when hiking and dining off the beaten track. He documents his adventures on his own website, Buzz Trips, and has recently published Camel Spit & Cork Trees, a travelogue which tells the story of his Slow Travel experiences in Portugal.
Stuart Sommers, routefinder
Villages & Valleys of Provence
"Over the past fifteen years I’ve embarked on many note-writing expeditions for Inntravel, both by bicycle and on foot. The Villages & Valleys of Provence cycling tour is dear to my heart, and not just because I live at its doorstep. Few regions in France pack as much beauty, gastronomy, history and diversity into such a small stretch of land. Vineyards, lavender fields and olive groves give way to cherry orchards and truffle oak plantations; stunning medieval villages are perched high above the plains, rising in concentric circles to Renaissance castles and Romanesque churches; golden-grey stone walls line tiny country roads, and lead to the bright ochre sands of Roussillon, where homes and landscapes are painted in every hue from pale yellow to deep red. And Inntravel’s itinerary explores the heart of it all."
Stuart Sommers: An avid walker, cyclist and local of Provence, Stuart has been instrumental in helping us to create many of our self-guided holidays in southern France. He often shares his experiences on the Slow Lane section of our website, where you will find his 'Insider Guide to Provence'.
Peter Williamson, Inntravel wordsmith
Heart of the Yorkshire Dales
"I have experienced almost all of Inntravel’s UK holidays – I’ve beach-walked in Northumberland; climbed the Eildon Hills in the Scottish Borders; and seen kingfishers on the Thames – but the Yorkshire Dales holds a special place in my heart and has done ever since I first went there on family holidays as a child. The names of the hills, rivers and villages roll off the tongue like old friends and whenever I visit, it’s a joy to find myself in the middle of some traditional town, watching the world go by while I lace up my boots ready to set out on a walk. Inntravel’s Heart of the Yorkshire Dales holiday visits some of my very favourite Dales’ haunts: the raging torrents of Aysgarth Falls; austere Castle Bolton; and the flower-filled meadows of the Ure Valley. Yes, the Dales is a magical place."
Peter Williamson: Passionate about walking, writing and photography, Peter has been a fixture of the Inntravel team since the mid 2000s. In the intervening years, he has walked and photographed many of our routes, and has particularly enjoyed rediscovering the UK's many beautiful landscapes this last year.
Gill Locking, Inntraveller
A Trail of Three Cities
"The amazing Alhambra in Granada, the awe-inspiring Alcázar palace and cathedral in Seville, and Córdoba’s magnificent Mezquita were undoubtedly the grand highlights of our rail journey through Andalucia. But we found endless pleasure, too, using Inntravel’s walking notes to escape the crowds and wander along narrow winding streets, quiet cobbled lanes and flower-filled courtyards before pausing to rest in shady plazas where the scent of orange blossom hung in the air. Our characterful hotels were all centrally located, within easy walking distance of the main architectural wonders of each city – not to mention an all-too-tempting array of tapas bars and restaurants. Travelling by rail meant we could really relax and enjoy our journeys, with Inntravel having done the hard work of organising all our tickets. The sights, sounds and scent of Andalucia will stay in our memories forever."
Gill Locking: Gill and her husband, Andrew, are regular Inntravellers, having explored with us from the Swiss Alps to Arctic Norway. Andrew is also a wonderful photographer, and his images often feature in our brochures and on our website, as well as on his own site: andrewswalks.co.uk.