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Walk in Western Europe with Explore this September

We recently chatted to Explore’s Managing Director, Ashley Toft about why September is such a great time of year to go walking in Western Europe. Here’s what he had to say:

“Many of us are tied to travelling in the school holidays, myself included. Not only do I have three teenage kids, but my wife is a teacher. So whilst September is not an option for my family, it is the best month of the year to travel, particularly for those who enjoy a walking holiday. At this time of year, most parts of Europe including France, Switzerland and Italy, enjoy cooler climes, making for more comfortable walking and less people on the trails.”

Explore’sFrench Pyrenees to Carcassonne is an eight day moderate graded walking trip set against the backdrop of the Pyrenees Mountain range. Hike to Pic de Tarbesou for magnificent 360 degree views, walk a section of the 17thcentury Canal du Midi and visit vineyards along the way. Visit historic châteaux, sample regional French cooking and the medieval city Carcassonne. This trip departs on 26 September 2015 and cost from £949 per person. This price includes return flights; seven nights’ hotel accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis; most meals; transport and the services of an Explore leader and driver.

The Tour Du Mont Blanctour is an 11 day spectacular trek through France, Switzerland and Italy. The challenging graded trek offers views over the dramatic peaks, encompassing the whole of the Mont Blanc Massif and ascending to an altitude of 2,537 metres. Sample the local cuisine in family-run guest houses and soak up the mountain scenery. This trip departs on the 2 September 2015 and costs from £1,555 per person. This price includes return flights; nine nights’ hotel and one night Auberge accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis; most meals; transport and the services of an Explore leader, driver and trek guide.

Ashley continued, “September is a much quieter month to travel and it is more affordable with cheaper prices helped by the strength of the pound against the Euro.

Following the Greek crisis and with the prospect of interest rate rising later in this year, exchange rates are at their most favourable since 2007, so euro spending money will go a lot further than a year ago for us Brits.

Now is the time to support the Greek people and whilst financially it may feel a little uncertain for visitors, there are some fantastic walking trails in Corfu, Crete, the Cyclades and Evia and you may even have the paths to yourself. Most elements of Explore trips are pre-paid and as long as you take euros in cash, you will be welcomed with open arms in the taverns and restaurants and prices will continue to be very affordable.”

The eight day Greek Cruise and Island Walkingoffers an easy to moderate graded walking trip around the quiet island of Evia. Experience traditional Greece sailing to beautiful bays and quiet fishing villages, walk in the hills above the fjord in Panagia and discover the olive groves in the Valley of Strya. There is also time to relax in the waters of the Aegean and sample traditional Greek food. This trip departs on 19 and 26 September 2015 and costs from £879 per person. This price includes return flights; six nights’ boat and one night hotel accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis; transport and the services of an Explore leader, driver and boat crew.

For more information, or to book visit www.explore.co.ukor call 01252 884 723.

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For more media information, interview requests or images, please contact:

Laura Dewar, PR Manager Laura.dewar@explore.co.uk, 01252 379501

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