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Experiences Walking and Trekking Walking in Europe

Walking and trekking holidays in Europe

Europe’s diverse landscape has some of the best walks in the world and Explore have many walking holidays in Europe for walkers of all interests and abilities to choose from. Explore can take you to both classic walking trails and off-beat destinations and can get you far off the tourist trail. Countries such as Albania, Montenegro and Georgia all have fantastic scenery and a warm welcome for adventurous trekkers.

Travelling to Europe gives you the flexibility to be away for a long weekend or multiple weeks and on a walking or trekking holiday with Explore you can enjoy the best that Europe’s culture, cuisine and landscapes have to offer, which are all just a short flight away. Discover the types of European walking and trekking tours available below...

Mountain trekking in Europe

Mountain lovers have plenty to enjoy in Europe. A trekking holiday with Explore can take you to the magnificent snow-capped Alps, the less visited Carpathian Mountains in Eastern Europe, or the Pyrenees which lay on the borders between France, Spain and Andorra.

Coastal walking in Europe

Europe’s extensive coastline offers walkers the welcome distractions of the sea and glorious beaches, often a great spot for a picnic or post-walk relaxation. With Explore you can walk along the scenic coastlines of Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece and Turkey stopping to enjoy fresh seafood and magnificent views.

Island to explore in Europe

The islands in the Atlantic and Mediterranean with their pleasant winter climates are a popular walking destination. Discover their incredible diversity on foot with Explore combing walks with wildlife watching, dramatic landscapes and peaceful villages.

Food and drink in Europe

Europe provides some of the best flavours from around the world, with a huge variety in cuisine there’s something to suit every palate. Explore’s ‘Tastes of’ trips in Italy take you around renowned food regions to try local delicacies, or try a ‘Walking and Wine’ trip combining beautiful walks with wine tasting, cooking classes and tasting menus.

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Europe is home to some of the world’s best known treks. People come from all over the world to enjoy completing the challenge of the Tour du Mont Blanc alpine circuit and Corsica’s GR20 is reputedly Europe’s toughest trek. Other treks have a historical perspective such as Northern Spain’s Camino de Santiago which follows a legendary medieval pilgrimage route or the ancient Greek sites visited along Turkey’s Lycian Way.

While many of Europe’s treks offer the chance to walk point to point, an increasingly popular option is to stay in a single place and strike out on day walks. Centre-based walking holidays often offer the chance to mix in a little sightseeing or other activities on your days off. So you can visit Pompeii when walking on the Amalfi coast or spend a day enjoying adrenalin-fuelled whitewater rafting and paragliding in the Alps. Centre- based walking holidays in Europe generally stay in small family-run hotels and guesthouses which offer the opportunity to sample the lifestyle and cuisine of the country and great value for money.

Trekking is a great way to discover more off-beat destinations and can get you far off the tourist trail. Countries such as Albania, Montenegro and Georgia all have fantastic scenery and a warm welcome for adventurous trekkers.

Wherever you choose to go, Europe’s diverse landscapes offer an incredible variety of routes for trekkers of all interests and abilities to choose from; you could spend a lifetime exploring on foot here and never run out of options.

A self-guided walking holiday in Europe gives you the flexibility and freedom to explore the European countries we visit at your own pace. When traveling in Europe, the detailed route notes and maps supplied by Explore will help you navigate well researched routes and make the most of your time hiking, whilst the logistics of your main luggage being transferred from hotel to hotel are taken care of.

Travelling on a self-guided holiday allows you to get together with family and friends pick your ideal date of travel, knowing all of the logistics are in place. Having maps and route notes to guide you each day means you can focus on enjoying the scenery and deciding where to break your walk for a picnic!

Explore staff have been busy testing out the self-guided walks. Our Worldwide Programme Manager, Hannah Methven tried out the Self-guided Portugal Short Break while Anna Sheldon, Explore's Office Manager took her youngest daughter on a Self-guided adventure in Italy.

Europe is home to some of the world’s best known treks and iconic routes. An Explore Point to Point walking holiday follows a defined route from one overnight stop to the next. You can enjoy the challenge of completing the Tour du Mont Blanc alpine circuit, the 220km-long Corfu Trail or trek between mountain huts in the Transylvanian Alps; one of the most spectacular ridge walks in Europe. For a more historically significant point to point walk you can follow a legendary medieval pilgrimage route walking Northern Spain’s Camino de Santiago or visit ancient Greek sites along Turkey’s Lycian Way.

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