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Walking holidays

Mark and David's verdict:

Whatever your level of fitness and experience, a walking holiday is the perfect way to explore off the beaten track. Travel with a specialist who will provide well researched route maps, transport your luggage each day and book accommodation in delightful inns and hotels. Calories duly burned, enjoy epic dinners in charming village restaurants.

Recommended tour operator: Inntravel

Checking the routeCoastal walking in CataloniaA well deserved lunch

Inntravel says

Our selection of self-guided walking holidays spans the UK and most of Europe.

  • Europe's hidden gems
  • Expert planning
  • Independent tours

As leading specialists since 1987, Inntravel’s walking holidays are all about discovering the lesser-taken path and relishing a slow holiday at your own pace. We have put together a range of experiences for all abilities from gentle strolls and scenic rambles through to challenging hikes.

The most popular choice is hotel-to-hotel walking. We provide you with a detailed route guide and maps, there’s a comfortable and characterful hotel or inn waiting for you each evening and we transport your luggage for you each day. It’s a great way to really get under the skin of a particular region whilst working up an appetite for some delicious local cuisine.

Among our most popular destinations are the dramatic Amalfi Coast in Italy; La Gomera, the hidden gem of the Canary Islands (ideal for an autumn or winter holiday); the Palaces and Pathways of Sintra walk just west of Lisbon; and the fairy-tale scenery of the Black Forest in Germany.

We also offer walking holidays centred in one location, allowing you to set your own pace each day. As well as your accommodation in one of our hand-picked hotels, we include a hire car or travel pass and extensive maps and notes.

Our three- and four-night short breaks range from the Alps to Andalusia, Provence to the Peak District, with various grades of physical effort required.

Finally, if you prefer to walk in a small group of like-minded travellers and pick the brains of a local expert, we offer walking holidays with your own guide in Morocco, India and Nepal.

We must mention our Journeys in SlowMotion holidays, travelling by train, boat and/or car. They are all about getting under the skin of some of the world’s most special places. Whether it’s a day with a Berber family in the High Atlas mountains of Morocco or a visit to Sweden’s remote Weather Islands with a local boatman, these rewarding trips will leave you with a sense of discovery and understanding.

Click here for more about Inntravel’s choice of walking holidays in Europe.

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