Explore staff don't just work in the office - we get ourselves out on Explore holidays too! We're a company of travellers and like to try new experiences so our walking and trekking holidays appeal to not just the seasoned trekkers amongst us, but also those looking for something a bit different.
Below are the thoughts of a few members of the Explore team who have tried an Explore walking holiday recently.
Hiking in the Dolomites – Helen Thomsett
"This was my first trip with Explore and it was fantastic! The Dolomites offer challenging but achievable walks with endless gorgeous scenery - a must for any keen walker. Lake Braies and Lake Dobbacio are absolutely gorgeous; the perfect place to stop for a paddle and rest the legs! Dobbacio is a great location with great links by train and bus to the pretty town of Lienz in Austria, Bolzano to see the 5000-year-old ice man and Cortina a thriving little town, one of Italy's premier ski resorts."
Walks and Coastal Towns of Croatia – Rohan Prakesh
"The highlight was walking in Plitvice Lakes National Park surrounded by waterfalls and crystal clear water. Trekking in the Paklenica Mountains was great fun and the views were truly spectacular. For anyone who is not sure how fit they are, this is the tour for them as it’s a beginner level Explore walking tour. The never ending mountain range formed from solid limestone gives you the best opportunity to do some walking and hiking which can practically be done by anyone who has the slightest interest in outdoor activity and is reasonably fit."
Tuscany Chianti Classico – Denise McAvinia
"Great tour, great mix of cultural and activity. Walks were not hard and the days in cities were leisurely. I think this is a fantastic week's break, very relaxing yet you feel like you’ve 'earned' your ice cream as you’ve been walking as well as eating! We had fantastic weather which I do think really helped along the way. All in all though, this trip really is well thought out, well organised, well led and the whole group (especially me!) really enjoyed it. The relaxed pace made for a rejuvenating holiday."
Amalfi Coast Walking – Andrew Paterson
"Every walk was fantastic and Pompeii was fascinating (as was Ercalano) but for me the main highlight was the walk through Ferrier National Park. The variety of scenery we passed through was a surprise and, whilst I hate talking in cliches, every time we turned a corner we were amazed by the sights we saw. The walk itself was so much fun as we had to clamber down rocky paths,cross streams and negotiate some tricky terrain. We stopped for lunch by a waterfall where everyone took the opportunity to have a little paddle and then fill up their bottles with fresh, tasty spring water. Perfect."
Alpine Lakes of Slovenia – Mel Budd
"What a beautiful country! We started in the wonderfully relaxed capital city enhanced by the unexpected wine festival along the river. Then onwards to the stunning Lake Bohinj, where we enjoyed walking, white water rafting, cycling and the most amazing views of the lake and Triglav National Park from the top of Mount Vogel. Next was the Venetian town of Piran on the Adriatic coast, time for relaxing, swimming and enjoying the most amazing seafood. I'd say to everyone: go now before everyone finds out about this hidden gem."
Heights of Machu Picchu - Carl Burrows
"Whilst Machu Picchu is undoubtedly the highlight of the tour for most people, our entire group agree that the four days trekking prior to arriving at the Sun Gate at Machu Picchu was very much a key highlight of the trip. Not only did we see some amazing scenery and Inca sites along the way, we also found the group ‘gelled’ during this period, especially when the going got tough for a few of the group. Some actually commented the trek was a life-changing experience for them."
Mini Annapurna Circuit - Michelle Laverick
"This was an amazing walking tour. There were only eight of us and I loved every minute of it. You get to see such diverse scenery and meet some fantastic people along the way. From walking along the best bits of the Annapurna Circuit to going over the Thorong La Pass at 5416m, I would recommend this tour to anyone who loves walking in the mountains. It was not as strenuous as I thought it would be; there was only one strenuous day on the whole walk – which was going over the Thorong La Pass - so it's an achievable trek for a lot of people"
On Foot in Northern Cyprus - Mel Budd
"This is the perfect tour to see Northern Cyprus and would be a great introduction to walking tours for those who've never tried one before. Magnificent castles with spectacular views, spring flowers, pine forests and quiet villages. Great central hotel in Kyrenia which was walking distance to the harbour for the local restaurants and bars once the walking had finished each day."
Lycian Way - Jo Rolls
"This was an amazing tour in a beautiful country. Great walking in glorious sunshine followed, generally, by a cold beer – what more could you ask for? We never saw any other walkers, only when we were coming into villages or towns (and they tended to be more locals than tourists) so felt like the trails were our own. For history lovers the ruins at Patara are really interesting plus the beach is not bad either. Great walking, great accommodation, great food, great value for money, great trip - go out and do it!"
Walking the Turquoise Coast - Kristen Laas
"This was my first trip with Explore, my first walking trip and my first trip to Turkey. On every level, the entire trip exceeded my expectations. The walks were varied - each one was different from the last. The scenery was stunning and completely different to what I thought Turkey would be like. What I loved most was the combination of the walks and the historical ruins. For me it was like walking through history at times - you could almost feel like a Roman soldier marching down the coast thousands of years ago. I would recommend this tour to anyone who wants to experience some varied walks through a spectacular part of the world with some visits to historic ruins. I can’t wait to go back!"