Our favourite self-guided walking holidays could see you exploring the Amalfi Coast or Cinque Terre in Italy, navigating coastal paths in Portugal, passing through deep gorges in rural Crete or climbing volcanic rocks in Gran Canaria – but why go self-guided? Find out more.
Maximum flexibility - Choose the best date for you and depart on any day of the week. Get up when you want, start your day early to catch the sunrise or enjoy a lie in – it’s your holiday after all! Walk at your own pace, stop for coffee and cake or to take a photo whenever you feel like it.
Choose your travel companions – Travel on your own, as a couple or with friends – you choose who you holiday with.
Local support – On a self-guided holiday you still have full support from our local crew. They transport your luggage while you walk and provide 24/7 emergency back-up in case you lose your way or need help.
Value for money – Take advantage of our negotiated accommodation rates and low-cost airlines. Pick off-peak days and dates to keep the costs down further. Walking and travelling under your own steam saves you the cost of a guide and driver.
Feel good factor – Navigating from point to point and completing a well-planned route, as well as the physical exertion of getting yourself to your destination under your own steam will give you a great sense of satisfaction.
Take a look at some frequently asked questions about self-guided holidays:
What will my accommodation be like?
Our hotels are hand-selected for their character, comfort, warm welcome and of course location. We use a wide range of 2 to 4 star accommodation types including family-run, locally owned, hotels, farmhouses, charming chateaux and guesthouses. Whilst trekking in the mountains we sometimes stay in refuges - 'rifugi' – typical mountain lodges where you can share your experiences of the trail with fellow walkers.
Are there walks for different fitness levels?
Many of our self-guided walking holidays are graded from Easy to Moderate and they are perfectly suited to first-timers and weekend walkers of moderate fitness. We also offer some Challenging grade trips with longer distances and more mountainous terrain. You can find route and terrain information along with the daily distance walked and walk approximate times on the tour notes.
I'm worried I might get lost!
We supply you with accurate and easy to follow route notes and maps, taking the worry of route finding or getting lost away from you. To ensure you get the most out of your stops as well as the walks, we will provide you with useful practical information as well as ideas on the best things to do locally.
What happens with my luggage?
On almost all nights your main luggage will be transferred from hotel to hotel while you relax and enjoy the trail. Very occasionally, you will need to take your luggage with you on local transport. Each day, you will just need to carry your essentials in a rucksack, and you’ll be reunited with all your belongings at the end of the day’s walk.
How do I get there?
We recommend the most suitable airports or train stations for each tour and recommended latest arrival/departure times to fit with the public transport options. We can provide private transfers and detailed information to assist you in reaching your destination by public transport; so you can decide the best travel option for your holiday according to budget and timings. Your tour notes will clearly explain how to get from the most suitable airports/train stations to the joining point and from end point to hotel.