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Activity holidays in Italy

Italy is a country that offers so much, with charming scenery, cities rich in history and a seductive way of life that will leave you wanting more.

Few countries are as diverse as Italy - a country of mountains, sparkling coastlines, ancient history and sumptuous cuisine. Whether you're strolling through the great art cities of Tuscany and Umbria, or admiring the rolling hills and ancient forests of Venetia with their amazing array of beautiful wild flowers, or enjoying the dramatic coastlines of the Island of Sicily you can really get 'under the skin' of Italy on a Headwater holiday.

For more experienced walkers we've high-level walking in northern Italy, with the dramatic backdrop of the towering Dolomites and the Alps, and for cyclists there's lots to explore - from gentle pedalling along coastal trails, to scenic cycling past the world-famous Barolo, Barbaresco and Moscato vineyards in Piedmont .

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The Amalfi Coast Walk

The Amalfi Coast Walk

The Amalfi Coast is renowned for its sensational scenery - the mountains drop into crystal blue seas and the towns cling vertiginously to limestone cliffs. You'll visit stunning Pompeii and stay in elegant Ravello where 'must see' sights include Moorish Vila Rufolo and its semi-tropical gardens.

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JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday typeGuided walking
  • Duration7 nights, twin centre
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From £1248

  • 37 Reviews
  • All continental breakfasts and evening meals
  • Led by experienced local guide
Tuscany and The Cinque Terre Walk

Tuscany and The Cinque Terre Walk

Tuscany is packed with cultural and historic interest, hidden art treasures and more antiquarian sites than anywhere else on earth. Explore the great art cities of Florence and Siena, and stroll the stunning Cinque Terre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site favoured by artists and poets.

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JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday typeGuided walking
  • Duration10 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From £1579

  • 34 Reviews
  • All continental breakfast and 3 evening meals
  • Led by experienced local guide
Heart of Veneto  Cycling

Heart of Veneto Cycling

This single centre cycling holiday is a perfect choice for people wanting a genuine grass-roots Italian experience. You'll stay on a family-run farm, in the heart of the Venetian countryside, with private pool and vineyards. Venice, Verona and Padua are all possible day trips.

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JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday typeSelf-guided cycling
  • Duration7 nights, single centre
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From £859

  • 55 Reviews
  • All continental breakfasts and evening meals included
  • High quality bikes provided
  • GPS route navigation provided
Walks in Puglia and Matera

Walks in Puglia and Matera

This guided walking holiday explores the fascinating region of Puglia taking in the UNESCO towns of Matera and Alberobello and the 'white city' of Ostuni. Walk over rolling hills, through ancient olive groves and past vineyards overlooking the coast.

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JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday typeGuided walking
  • Duration7 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From £899

  • 16 Reviews
  • All buffet breakfasts and 1 evening meal
  • Led by experienced local guide
Walking in the Venetian Hills

Walking in the Venetian Hills

The wonderfully unspoilt Venetian countryside is only an hour or so from the great city of Venice, but couldn't be more different! Here is a landscape of rolling hills, shady forests, vineyards and fields ablaze with colourful flowers.

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JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday typeSelf-guided walking
  • Duration8 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From £919

  • 34 Reviews
  • All continental breakfast and evening meals
  • Route notes and maps provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
Secrets of Sicily Walking

Secrets of Sicily Walking

This triple centre holiday explores the unspoilt north western tip of Sicily and the nearby Egadi islands. It's a relatively undiscovered region where highlights include pristine sandy beaches, coral-lined grottoes, ancient hill villages and marvellously preserved nature reserves.

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JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday typeSelf-guided walking
  • Duration7 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From £938

  • 48 Reviews
  • All continental breakfasts and 3 evening meals
  • Route notes and maps provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
Walks in The Italian Dolomites

Walks in The Italian Dolomites

The Italian Dolomites are a Mecca for high level walkers and this holiday combines superbly varied walking by day with luxury 4-star comfort at night - a highly sought mix! Excellent bird spotting, stunning flowers and unrivalled Alpine views.

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JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday typeSelf-guided walking
  • Duration7 nights, single centre
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From £949

  • 76 Reviews
  • All buffet breakfasts and evening meals included
  • Route notes and maps provided
Connoisseurs' Tuscany Walk

Connoisseurs' Tuscany Walk

A perfect choice for foodies looking for gentle exercise by day and high quality, gourmet accommodation by night! This holiday is based in the unspoilt countryside of the Maremma, with walks possible both inland and on the nearby coast.

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JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday typeSelf-guided walking
  • Duration7 nights, single centre
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From £977

  • 43 Reviews
  • All continental breakfasts and evening meals
  • Route notes and maps provided
Footsteps of St. Francis Walk

Footsteps of St. Francis Walk

This 8-night holiday combines relaxed walking through olive groves, sunflower fields and vineyards with time in gorgeous historic towns and sun-drenched villages. Highlights include Etruscan Perugia, picture-postcard Spello, ancient Assisi and the wild Subasio Natural Park.

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JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday typeSelf-guided walking
  • Duration8 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From £1099

  • 41 Reviews
  • All continental breakfasts and 6 evening meals
  • Route notes and maps provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
Venetian Villas and Vineyards Cycling

Venetian Villas and Vineyards Cycling

Wonderfully easy hotel-to-hotel cycling route exploring the pretty villages, villas and castles of the Venetian countryside. Lots of historic interest and great regional cooking! A day trip to Venice is a 'must' with Padua and Vicenza also within reach.

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JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday typeSelf-guided cycling
  • Duration8 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From £1109

  • 34 Reviews
  • All continental breakfasts and evening meals included
  • High quality bikes provided
  • GPS route navigation provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
Secrets of Sicily Cycling

Secrets of Sicily Cycling

This 7-night cycling route explores Sicily's unspoilt western coast, a sun-drenched landscape of golden bays, azure waters, swaying vines and tiny farming hamlets unchanged over the years. Lots of historic interest too: mediaeval Erice, ancient Segesta and sea-facing Marsala.

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JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday typeSelf-guided cycling
  • Duration7 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From £1139

  • 15 Reviews
  • All continental breakfasts and 6 evening meals included
  • High quality bikes provided
  • Route notes and maps provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
Contrasts of Puglia Cycling

Contrasts of Puglia Cycling

Firmly tucked away in the South, Puglia is a sun-soaked region of deserted white sand beaches, unspoilt villages and gently rolling hills backing the clear emerald seas of the Adriatic. Highlights include UNESCO Alberobello and whitewashed Ostuni.

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JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday typeSelf-guided cycling
  • Duration7 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From £1169

  • 75 Reviews
  • All continental breakfasts and 3 evening meals included
  • High quality bikes provided
  • GPS route navigation provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
Aspects of Assisi Cycling

Aspects of Assisi Cycling

This 8-night holiday combines gentle pedalling through olive groves, sunflower fields and vineyards with time in gorgeous historic towns and sun-drenched villages. Highlights include mediaeval Bevagna, Etruscan Perugia, picture-postcard Spello and ancient Assisi.

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JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday typeSelf-guided cycling
  • Duration8 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From £1169

  • 41 Reviews
  • All breakfasts and 6 evening meals included
  • High quality bikes provided
  • GPS route navigation provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
Volterra to San Gimignano Walk

Volterra to San Gimignano Walk

This 8-night walking holiday combines fabulously unspoilt Chianti countryside with the chance to visit the world-famous cities of Florence and Siena. You'll stay in a mix of friendly, family-run hotels, enjoy superb meals and relax by panoramic pools - views extend as far as Corsica on a clear day!

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JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday typeSelf-guided walking
  • Duration8 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From £1179

  • 40 Reviews
  • All continental breakfasts and six evening meals
  • Route notes and maps provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
Undiscovered Tuscany Walk

Undiscovered Tuscany Walk

Tucked away in the most northern corner of Tuscany are the beautiful wooded hills of the Alto Mugello where our walking takes place. Staying in a pretty mountain village, in a tiny 8-room hotel, you'll really get a grass-roots insight into life in the Italian mountains - it's like staying with old friends!

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JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday typeSelf-guided walking
  • Duration7 nights, single centre
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From £1199

  • 24 Reviews
  • All buffet breakfast, 6 picnic lunches and all evening meals
  • Route notes and maps provided
Contrasts of Sardinia Walk

Contrasts of Sardinia Walk

Beyond the sandy beaches and millionaires' yachts, Sardinia offers a land of shepherds' huts, traditional villages and tranquil valleys aching to be explored. On this twin centre holiday, you'll spend 3 nights inland before heading to the coast where you'll enjoy deserted white beaches and colourful fishing ports.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday typeGuided walking
  • Duration7 nights, twin centre
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From £1238

  • 39 Reviews
  • All buffet breakfasts, 3 lunches and all evening meals
  • Led by experienced local guide
Secrets of San Gimignano Cycling

Secrets of San Gimignano Cycling

This 8-night cycling holiday combines fabulously unspoilt Chianti countryside with the chance to visit the world-famous cities of Florence and Siena. You'll stay in high quality hotels, enjoy superb meals and relax by panoramic pools - views extend as far as Corsica on a clear day!

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday typeSelf-guided cycling
  • Duration8 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From £1299

  • 35 Reviews
  • All continental breakfasts and 6 evening meals included
  • High quality bikes provided
  • Route notes and maps provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
Mediaeval Umbrian Cycling

Mediaeval Umbrian Cycling

This 10-night holiday combines gentle pedalling through olive groves, sunflower fields and vineyards with time in gorgeous historic towns and sun-drenched villages with 4 nights spent in Spoleto with its fantastic architecture and opportunities to visit Rome and Norcia, famed for its cured meats.

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JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday typeSelf-guided cycling
  • Duration10 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From £1309

  • 13 Reviews
  • Continental breakfast and 6 evening meals
  • High quality bikes provided
  • GPS route navigation provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
Amalfi to Sorrento Walk

Amalfi to Sorrento Walk

There are few places in Italy as stunning as the Amalfi Coast with its emerald seas, plunging gorges and pastel villages linked by ancient walking paths. This linear walk follows the coast from elegant Amalfi to chic Sorrento, taking in en route vertical Positano and (optional) the beautiful island of Capri.

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JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday typeSelf-guided walking
  • Duration8 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From £1329

  • 57 Reviews
  • All buffet breakfasts and 3 evening meals included
  • Route notes and maps provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
Chianti Classic Walk

Chianti Classic Walk

A 10-night walking holiday that explores the fabulously unspoilt Chianti countryside, with the chance to visit the world-famous cities of Florence and Siena too! Stay in friendly, family-run hotels, including a beautifully restored C12 abbey, and enjoy superb meals.

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JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday typeSelf-guided walking
  • Duration10 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From £1339

  • 23 Reviews
  • Continental breakfast and 6 evening meals
  • Route notes and maps provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
Islands of Sicily Walk

Islands of Sicily Walk

Undoubtedly one of the most spectacular, varied and unique walks in our portfolio, taking in the beautiful Aeolian Islands as well as the immense and impressive Mount Etna - the largest active volcano in Europe!

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JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday typeSelf-guided walking
  • Duration9 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From £1349

  • 33 Reviews
  • All continental breakfasts
  • Route notes and maps provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
Italian Alps to Lake Garda Cycling

Italian Alps to Lake Garda Cycling

Soak up the natural beauty of northern Italy's timeless mountain scenery in the provinces of South Tyrol and Trentino, as you ride from the alpine pass at Resia to the shores of Lake Garda. The cycling is mostly along riverside cycle paths, through orchards and vineyards, with a backdrop of lakes and mountains, and you'll discover the historic cities of Merano, Bolzano and Trento along the way.

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JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday typeSelf-guided cycling
  • Duration9 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From £1369

  • 12 Reviews
  • All buffet breakfasts and 3 evening meals included
  • High quality bikes provided
  • Route notes and maps provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
Exploring the Cinque Terre on foot

Exploring the Cinque Terre on foot

Italy's beautiful Ligurian Coast is both chic and stunning! On this 9-night holiday, you'll visit exclusive Portofino, stay in charming Portovenere and explore the world-famous Cinque Terre, a UNESCO world heritage site, honoured by artists for centuries.

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JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday typeSelf-guided walking
  • Duration9 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From £1399

  • 28 Reviews
  • All buffet breakfast and 4 evening meals
  • Route notes and maps provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
Cycling in Emilia Romagna

Cycling in Emilia Romagna

One of the flattest cycling routes in our programme, this is a great holiday for older couples or first timers. Highlights include gorgeous Comacchio, historic Ravenna, the university town of Bologna, with its leaning towers, and the splendid Renaissance city of Ferrara.

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JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday typeSelf-guided cycling
  • Duration8 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From £1429

  • 46 Reviews
  • All Continental breakfast and 6 evening meals included
  • High quality bikes provided
  • Route notes and maps provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
Gastronomic Barolo Walk

Gastronomic Barolo Walk

Superb hotels, world-famous wines and exceptional cuisine are just some of the reasons to choose this 8-night walking holiday! The route takes you through softly rolling hills, sun-drenched hamlets and via the pretty wine towns of Barbaresco and Barolo.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday typeSelf-guided walking
  • Duration8 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From £1459

  • 46 Reviews
  • All continental breakfast and gastronomic evening meals
  • Route notes and maps provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
Classic Chianti Cycling

Classic Chianti Cycling

This 10-night cycling tour combines fabulously unspoilt Chianti countryside with the chance to visit the world-famous cities of Florence and Siena. You'll stay in high quality hotels, enjoy superb meals and relax by panoramic pools with views that extend as far as Corsica on a clear day!

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday typeSelf-guided cycling
  • Duration10 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From £1579

  • 21 Reviews
  • All buffet breakfasts and 6 evening meals included
  • High quality bikes provided
  • Route notes and maps provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
Heel of Italy Cycling

Heel of Italy Cycling

Firmly tucked away in the South, Puglia is a sun-soaked region of deserted white sand beaches, unspoilt villages and gently rolling hills backing the clear emerald seas of the Adriatic. Highlights include UNESCO Alberobello, whitewashed Ostuni and beautiful Baroque Lecce.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday typeSelf-guided cycling
  • Duration10 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From £1629
  • All continental breakfasts and 3 evening meals included
  • High quality bikes provided
  • GPS route navigation provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
Gastronomic Barolo Cycling

Gastronomic Barolo Cycling

Superb hotels, world-famous wines and exceptional cuisine are just some of the reasons to choose this 8-night cycling holiday! The cycling takes you through softly rolling hills, sun-drenched hamlets and via the pretty wine towns of Barbaresco and Barolo.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday typeSelf-guided cycling
  • Duration8 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From £1679

  • 46 Reviews
  • All buffet breakfasts and gastronomic evening meals included
  • High quality bikes provided
  • Route notes and maps provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
A Taste of Sicily Cycling

A Taste of Sicily Cycling

This ten-night, self-guided cycling holiday provides a wonderful introduction to Sicily’s south east, a part of the island renowned for its beautiful, unspoilt coastline, spectacular Baroque architecture and sumptuous regional cuisine.

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JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday typeSelf-guided cycling
  • Duration10 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From £1799

  • 5 Reviews
  • All continental breakfasts and 6 evening meals
  • High quality bikes provided
  • Route notes and maps provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels