Sunshine, scenic drama and a sparkling sea are what draw visitors to Italy’s Amalfi Coast. By following ancient trails through citrus groves, our walking holiday offers a different, quieter perspective of this popular region.
Sicily may be well known, but its Madonie Mountains are not. You feel a real sense of getting away from it all – not to mention a great sense of satisfaction – as you journey on foot from the mountains to the sea.
The emphasis of this Spanish holiday, a popular choice among first-time customers, is squarely on laid-back discovery, with plenty of time to relax by the sea or in the high-quality hotels, and to linger over meals of fresh seafood.
Promising a quintessentially Alpine experience, this popular holiday combines three 4-star hotels which are consistently praised for their hospitality, cuisine and facilities, with moderate walking amid glorious mountain scenery.
Touring holiday by rail
The cities in question are Seville, Córdoba and Granada, so there’s no shortage of cultural treasures on this touring holiday by rail. We provide notes for self-guided walking tours of each city’s main and lesser-known sights.
Grades 1-2 & 2
The boutique Villa Edera & La Torretta boasts the best of both worlds: easy access to the famous Cinque Terre villages and some beautiful walks, but away from the bustle. The pool and top-notch cuisine are the icing on the cake.
This highly praised holiday explores the River Douro, from Porto at its mouth, to the wild-feeling, vine-clad slopes further east. There’s a lot to like: beautiful walks, sweeping views, charming small hotels and, of course, the port wines.
Grades 1, 1-2 & 2
Based at Hotel Wiesenhof, a family-run 4-star superior hotel with an excellent restaurant, state-of-the-art spa and large, stylish swimming pool, this holiday offers a choice of walking routes by the lake and in the mountains above.
Grades 2 & 3
Deep within the Arctic Circle, the Lofoten Islands promise rewarding walking and breath-taking views, enhanced in early summer by the surreal light of the Midnight Sun. With a hire car included, you can walk and explore as the mood takes you.
Grades 2-3 & 3
The prospect of high-mountain scenery combined with comfortable and friendly hotels, is what draws people to the Bernese Oberland. Highlights include idyllic Lake Oeschinensee and the panoramic Bunderchrinde Pass.
What’s not to like about this holiday? The walking – through dramatic ravines and along scenic ridges – is rewarding, the hospitality is warm and genuine, you are likely to spot vultures and other wildlife, while the temperatures make it ideal for autumn and winter.
Touring holiday by rail & boat
The reason to go to Norway is the awe-inspiring scenery, and this touring holiday by train and boat delivers in spades: it starts in the dramatic Lofoten Islands, travels down the coast to Bergen, then takes in fjords and mountains to finish in Oslo.
This itinerary encapsulates all the elements that you’d wish for in a walking holiday: varied walking; cultural interest in the form of crumbling castles and pretty villages; delicious cuisine at the family-run hotels; and excellent local wines.
La Gomera is one of the lesser-known islands in the archipelago, but possibly the best of the Canary Islands for walkers. It’s an island of real contrasts, be it lush green ravines and black-sand beaches, towering peaks and ancient forests of laurisilva.