Level 2 walking holidays

These holidays are suitable for anyone looking to walk 4-6 hours and confident with daily ascents/descents of up to 700m. You don't need specific hiking experience, however, good health and reasonable fitness are important. There may be some sections on uneven terrain where scrambling is required. On certain holidays, you do need a head for heights - in such cases; this is specified in the individual holiday details.

Amalfi to Sorrento Walk

Looking out at the view over the Amalfi Coast

From $2060 per person

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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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  • 8 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • All buffet breakfasts and 3 evening meals included
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Discover stunning historic sites en-route.
  • Lots of swimming opportunities.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Follow stunning coastal routes.
  • Delightful island holidays.

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Catalan Coastal Walk

Beach area at Roses, Catalunya

From $1500 per person

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Mainly coastal walking also taking in sweeping green valleys, pretty wine villages, hidden white hamlets and colourful fishing harbours. Highlights include artists' favourite, Cadaqués, and the spectacular bay at Roses, with C16 castle and ruined citadel.

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  • 8 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • All continental breakfast and 6 evening meals
  • Holidays with gastronomic meals.
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Destinations with bird watching opportunities.
  • Discover stunning historic sites en-route.
  • Lots of swimming opportunities.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Follow stunning coastal routes.

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Chianti Classic Walk

Hillside town and countryside

From $2075 per person

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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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  • 10 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Continental breakfast and 6 evening meals
  • Holidays with gastronomic meals.
  • Holidays with wine-tasting opportunities.
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Discover stunning historic sites en-route.
  • Lots of swimming opportunities.
  • Especailly good for solo travellers.
  • Perfect for couples.

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Classic Swiss Alps Walk

From $1300 per person

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Here, in the 'jewel in the crown' of classic Switzerland, you'll find many of the highest peaks - often over 4000m, the deepest valleys, the tallest waterfalls, the oldest glaciers and the most beautiful mountain lakes in the country.

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  • 7 nights, single centre
  • All meals including picnic lunches
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Destinations with bird watching opportunities.
  • Lots of swimming opportunities.
  • Great vegetarian meal options.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Explore the high peaks.

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Contrasts of Alsace and The Vosges Walk

Overlooking a pretty stream in Kaysersberg

From $1670 per person

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Incorporating both Alsace’s Route des Vins and the picturesque Vosges National Park, this 8-night walking holiday showcases the very best that the region has to offer. Your holiday starts in the heart of wine country and takes you west through ancient forest and into the Vosges Mountains, straddling the French and German border.

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  • 8 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Continental breakfasts and all evening meals
  • Holidays with gastronomic meals.
  • Holidays with wine-tasting opportunities.
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Discover stunning historic sites en-route.
  • Perfect for couples.

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Contrasts of Sardinia Walk

Cala Fuili Beach, Gulf of Orosei

From $2045 per person

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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.

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  • 7 nights, twin centre
  • All buffet breakfasts, 3 lunches and all evening meals
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Discover stunning historic sites en-route.
  • Lots of swimming opportunities.
  • Especailly good for solo travellers.
  • Follow stunning coastal routes.
  • Delightful island holidays.

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Contrasts of the Costa Vicentina Walk

Santa Clara lake

From $1890 per person

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With 300+ days of sunshine a year, it's little wonder that this holiday is such a winner with Headwater walkers! But it's not just the weather: Portugal's Alentejo offers wonderfully deserted beaches, tiny white villages, gently rolling hills and colourful fishing harbours - all untouched by tourism.

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  • 7 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • All continental breakfasts, 6 picnic lunches and 7 evening meals
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Destinations with bird watching opportunities.
  • Great vegetarian meal options.
  • Eco-friendly holidays.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Follow stunning coastal routes.
  • Beautiful lakes and rivers.

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Dordogne Gastronomic Walk

Canoeing on the Dordogne

From $2015 per person

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This gastronomic walk explores the limestone cliffs, wooded valleys and beautiful mediaeval villages that are so unique to France's Dordogne. World famous pre-historic sites and fine local wines add a further dimension to a stay here.

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  • 8 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Continental breakfast and all evening meals
  • Holidays with gastronomic meals.
  • Holidays with wine-tasting opportunities.
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Discover stunning historic sites en-route.
  • Lots of swimming opportunities.
  • Especailly good for solo travellers.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Beautiful lakes and rivers.

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Dramatic Vistas of the Tarn

Hotel de la Muse et du Rozier

From $1485 per person

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This single centre holiday provides some of the finest walking in France including hiking the Tarn and Jonte Gorges, Aven Armand and in the Cevennes National Park - where you'll find 4000+ flowers including 80 different orchids.

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  • 7 nights, single centre
  • All buffet breakfasts and 6 evening meals
  • Holidays with gastronomic meals.
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Destinations with bird watching opportunities.
  • Discover stunning historic sites en-route.
  • Lots of swimming opportunities.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Beautiful lakes and rivers.

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Fjords of Norway Guided Walking

The view from Skagefla fjord farm in the Geirangerfjord

From $3250 per person

Western Norway’s Sunnmøre region is internationally recognised for its astounding natural beauty and this eight-night guided walking holiday will take you to some of the true highlights. Surrounded by the Sunnmøre Alps (with peaks rising 1700m straight up from the water) this is a place where towering rock formations, thundering waterfalls, endless shimmering fjords and glacial valleys will show you a side of nature which can rarely be glimpsed elsewhere.

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  • 8 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Buffet breakfasts, all lunches and all evening meals
  • Holidays with gastronomic meals.
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Especailly good for solo travellers.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Explore the high peaks.
  • Beautiful lakes and rivers.

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Following St James' Way

Man walking over bridge in Galicia, Spain

From $2340 per person

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This 12 night holiday is one of Europe's classic walks following one of the most ancient pilgrimage routes in the world! There's a real sense of camaraderie and achievement as you chat to fellow walkers from all parts of the globe. Enjoy time in Leon and Santiago too!

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  • 12 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Buffet breakfast and 8 evening meals.
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Destinations with bird watching opportunities.
  • Discover stunning historic sites en-route.
  • Perfect for couples.

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Gastronomic Barolo Walk

close up of vines with village on hill in background

From $2170 per person

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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.

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  • 8 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • All continental breakfast and gastronomic evening meals
  • Holidays with gastronomic meals.
  • Holidays with wine-tasting opportunities.
  • Great vegetarian meal options.
  • Perfect for couples.

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Heart of the Pyrenees Walk

landscape with a mountain river in the French Pyrenees

From $1515 per person

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With both moderate and challenging walking options on offer each day, this superb high level mountain hike takes in dramatic gorges, beautiful lakes and traditional mountain villages unchanged over the years. Friendly, 3* hotels throughout.

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  • 7 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • All continental breakfasts and evening meals
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Destinations with bird watching opportunities.
  • Lots of swimming opportunities.
  • Great vegetarian meal options.
  • Especailly good for solo travellers.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Explore the high peaks.

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Hidden Valleys of Córdoba Walk

Canillas de Albaida in Spain

From $1380 per person

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This is the 'real' Spain - a region of tiny white villages nestled in the mountains and surrounded by dramatic hills and National Park. As well as stunning walks - gorges, peaks, valleys, views - you'll enjoy wonderful Spanish hospitality. Option to visit Cordoba and Granada too.

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  • 7 nights, single centre
  • All buffet breakfast, 6 picnic lunches and all evening meals with wine
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Destinations with bird watching opportunities.
  • Discover stunning historic sites en-route.
  • Great vegetarian meal options.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Explore the high peaks.

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Highlights of Montenegro Walk

Harbour in Perast, Bay of Kotor.

From $1935 per person

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Experience the best bits of an unspoilt European gem where mountains rise dramatically from warm coastal waters, a UNESCO listed national park reveals the worlds second deepest canyon and waterside Venetian towns await discovery.

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  • 7 nights, twin centre
  • All buffet breakfasts, 4 lunches and 6 evening meals
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Discover stunning historic sites en-route.
  • Lots of swimming opportunities.
  • Especailly good for solo travellers.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Follow stunning coastal routes.
  • Explore the high peaks.
  • Beautiful lakes and rivers.

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Highlights of Tenerife Walk

Views over Tenerife

From $1255 per person

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Most visitors know Tenerife for its south coast tourist resorts, but head inland and you have an incredible variety of landscapes to explore: plunging valleys, protected forest and tiny white villages where locals welcome walkers with open arms!

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  • 7 nights, twin centre
  • All buffet breakfasts and 3 evening meals included
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Lots of swimming opportunities.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Follow stunning coastal routes.
  • Delightful island holidays.

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Marvels of Madeira Walk

Ocean view from the Levada Ribeira Frio-Portela foreground hydrangea flowers. Madeira island, Portugal.

From $1610 per person

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Perfect for year-round walking, the floating garden of Madeira is a paradise of tropical flowers, exotic birds and trees, romantic gorges and emerald seas. Luxury 4 and 5 star hotels throughout provide exquisite local cuisine with possibility of sampling the island's famous full-bodied wine.

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  • 7 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • All continental breakfasts, 2 picnics and all evening meals
  • Holidays with wine-tasting opportunities.
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Destinations with bird watching opportunities.
  • Lots of swimming opportunities.
  • Great vegetarian meal options.
  • Delightful island holidays.

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Secrets of Sicily Walking

A view of Mount Etna during the day

From $1565 per person

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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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  • 7 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • All continental breakfasts and 3 evening meals
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Destinations with bird watching opportunities.
  • Discover stunning historic sites en-route.
  • Lots of swimming opportunities.
  • Great vegetarian meal options.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Follow stunning coastal routes.
  • Delightful island holidays.

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Secrets of Tenerife Walk

Solo traveller

From $2260 per person

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A naturalist's paradise, the climate in Tenerife is so perfect for wild flowers, butterflies and birdlife that our walks are an explosive celebration of colour: at sea level, swaying banana palms contrast with yellow cacti, while inland hibiscus and geraniums adorn traditional white villages.

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  • 7 nights, single centre
  • All buffet breakfasts, 5 lunches and all evening meals (including wine) included
  • Holidays with gastronomic meals.
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Destinations with bird watching opportunities.
  • Lots of swimming opportunities.
  • Great vegetarian meal options.
  • Especailly good for solo travellers.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Follow stunning coastal routes.
  • Explore the high peaks.
  • Delightful island holidays.

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Slovenian Alps Walking Adventure

Waterfront and distant mountain range.

From $1780 per person

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Here, in the beautiful Triglav National Park, you'll find half-timbered villages with mushroom-domed churches that still celebrate a calendar of mediaeval festivals; and, in the meadows, where the sun bleaches the grassy hayracks, you'll hear the constant tinkling of cowbells.

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  • 8 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • All continental breakfasts and 6 evening meals.
  • Holidays with wine-tasting opportunities.
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Discover stunning historic sites en-route.
  • Great vegetarian meal options.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Explore the high peaks.
  • Beautiful lakes and rivers.

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The Amalfi Coast Walk

Walkers on clifftop path

From $2060 per person

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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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  • 7 nights, twin centre
  • All continental breakfasts and evening meals
  • Discover stunning historic sites en-route.
  • Lots of swimming opportunities.
  • Especailly good for solo travellers.
  • Follow stunning coastal routes.
  • Delightful island holidays.

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Transylvania and the Carpathian Mountains

Peles Castle

From $1875 per person

This wonderful seven-night guided holiday explores the mountainous region of Transylvania, leaving the stories behind to uncover a beautiful country with a rich and fascinating history; full of mediaeval castles, high peaks, incredible wildlife, and -of course- warm hospitality.

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  • 7 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Buffet breakfasts, 3 picnics, 3 lunches and all evening meals
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Destinations with bird watching opportunities.
  • Discover stunning historic sites en-route.
  • Especailly good for solo travellers.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Explore the high peaks.

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Undiscovered French Riviera Walk

Views over the French Riviera

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Discover the hidden secrets of the French Riviera, plus some of the familiar sights too, on this guided walking week based at a charming 3-star hotel just a stone's throw from the beach. Picturesque walks, beautiful views and visits to the Riviera's magnificent Caps.

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  • 7 nights, single centre
  • All continental breakfasts included
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Discover stunning historic sites en-route.
  • Lots of swimming opportunities.
  • Especailly good for solo travellers.
  • Follow stunning coastal routes.

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Vistas of Valencia Walk

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The deserted mountains behind Valencia form a varied region where traditional villages, perched on sharp ridges and valley sides, are a world away from the popular Mediterranean coastal resorts just 20 minutes distant. Superb flowers, birds and butterflies, and a fabulous day out in the city of Valencia!

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  • 7 nights, single centre
  • All continental breakfasts, 6 lunches and all evening meals with wine.
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Destinations with bird watching opportunities.
  • Discover stunning historic sites en-route.
  • Great vegetarian meal options.
  • Especailly good for solo travellers.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Follow stunning coastal routes.

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Volterra to San Gimignano Walk

Historic architecture

From $1825 per person

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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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  • 8 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • All continental breakfasts and six evening meals
  • Holidays with gastronomic meals.
  • Holidays with wine-tasting opportunities.
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Discover stunning historic sites en-route.
  • Lots of swimming opportunities.
  • Perfect for couples.

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Walking in Bavaria

Famous Neuschwanstein Castle with scenic mountain landscape near Füssen, Bavaria, Germany

From $1345 per person

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Surrounded by the pinky-gold summits of the Bavarian Alps, walkers in Oberammergau will come across beautiful frescoed houses, rustic farming villages and tiny onion-domed churches. Boasting a wealth of well signed paths, and easy to follow trails, it's a Mecca for walking enthusiasts.

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  • 7 nights, single centre
  • Buffet breakfast and all evening meals
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Discover stunning historic sites en-route.
  • Lots of swimming opportunities.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Explore the high peaks.
  • Beautiful lakes and rivers.

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Walking in the Leutasch Valley

Image of lake surounded by mountain range and greenary.

From $1115 per person

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In the beautifully unspoilt Leutasch Valley, immaculately maintained walking trails lead through traditional Tyrolean villages, past pretty frescoed houses and onion-domed churches, and on to welcoming wayside restaurants with panoramic sun-trap terraces for lunch.

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  • 7 nights, single centre
  • All buffet breakfasts, 5 picnic lunches and all evening meals
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Destinations with bird watching opportunities.
  • Lots of swimming opportunities.
  • Explore the high peaks.

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Walking in the Sierra de Gredos

Colin on La Abantera walk

From $1592 per person

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The Sierra de Gredos is little known, yet it offers some of the finest walking in Spain - from gentle strolls through flower-filled meadows to high level hikes amid mountainous peaks, waterfalls and lagoons. Excellent hotel serving superb regional cuisine.

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  • 7 nights, single centre
  • All gourmet breakfast, 5 a la carte picnic lunches and all evening meals
  • Holidays with gastronomic meals.
  • Holidays with wine-tasting opportunities.
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Destinations with bird watching opportunities.
  • Discover stunning historic sites en-route.
  • Great vegetarian meal options.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Explore the high peaks.
  • Beautiful lakes and rivers.

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Complimentary fruit basket and a small bottle of Cava

Walking on Gran Canaria

Nature and landscape of the Canary Islands - Mountains of Gran Canaria

From $1270 per person

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Less than 100 miles off the northwest coast of Africa, in the centre of the Canaries Atlantic Archipelago, the volcanic island of Gran Canaria – roughly the same size as Greater London – is often referred to as “a continent in miniature” with its extraordinarily varied landscapes ranging from lush green forests and valleys in the north, to the towering mountainous interior, to the desert-like dunes and beautiful white beaches of its southern shores.

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  • 7 nights, twin centre
  • All buffet breakfasts and evening meals included
  • Holidays with gastronomic meals.
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Discover stunning historic sites en-route.
  • Great vegetarian meal options.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Follow stunning coastal routes.
  • Explore the high peaks.
  • Delightful island holidays.

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Walking the Camino de Santiago

Church building Galicia, Spain.

From $2170 per person

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This is one of Europe's classic walks following one of the most ancient pilgrimage routes in the world! There's a real sense of camaraderie and achievement as you chat to fellow walkers from all parts of the globe.

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  • 10 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • All buffet breakfast and 8 evening meals
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Destinations with bird watching opportunities.
  • Discover stunning historic sites en-route.
  • Great vegetarian meal options.
  • Perfect for couples.

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Walks in The Italian Dolomites

From $1410 per person

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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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  • 7 nights, single centre
  • All buffet breakfasts and evening meals included
  • Holidays with gastronomic meals.
  • Holidays with wine-tasting opportunities.
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Destinations with bird watching opportunities.
  • Lots of swimming opportunities.
  • Great vegetarian meal options.
  • Especailly good for solo travellers.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Explore the high peaks.
  • Beautiful lakes and rivers.

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