Top 10 Walking and Trekking Holidays
Turkey’s Turquoise Coast offers an alluring combination of beautiful scenery and ancient sites all readily accessible with some fine coastal and inland walking on the many trails in the area, including sections of the famed Lycian Way. Highlights include the ruined city of Arycanda, the chance to paddle over the sunken city of Kekova, and some fantastic coastal views along the way. The base for the great region is the charming port town of Kas, offering a good selection of restaurants and a lively harbour area. There are also other great activities available in the area such as SCUBA diving, paragliding or take a relaxing cruise aboard a traditional Gulet boat.
The Camino de Santiago de Compostela across northern Spain is one of the world’s oldest pilgrimage routes. For more than 1000 years pilgrims have made their way to Santiago and in 1987 it was declared the first European Culture Route. Also known as ‘The Way of St James’, it originated from the discovery of the tomb of the Apostle James in the 9th Century.
The way is marked by the symbol of the scallop shell, typically found on the Galician shores, and the grooves in the shell that join together are said to represent the many different ways pilgrims traveled from to reach Compostela. A great tradition of the route is to obtain the ‘compostela’, a certificate of accomplishment given to pilgrims on completing at least 100 km of the route.
Daywalks and sightseeing on the magnificent Sorrentino Peninsula. The Amalfi Coast is one of the most dramatic and beautiful coastlines in Europe. Mountains rise steeply out of the Mediterranean far below and picturesque towns nestle neatly in isolated coves. While walking the Amalfi Coast we follow mule tracks and old paths through hillside villages, lemon groves and beautiful deep gorges, we descend from our rural base on the Agerola Plain to the towns with their narrow streets, whitewashed buildings and fascinating churches, monasteries and cathedrals. Away from the trails there is plenty of time to partake in the traditional Amalfi pastimes of sampling incredible food and wine, as well as enjoying the Mediterranean climate.
This walking holiday in Italy would not be complete without seeing the incredible Roman remains beneath the volcanic cone of Vesuvius.
7) Tanzania (Kilimanjaro-Rongai Route)
Trek Africa’s highest mountain on the quiet and less demanding Rongai Route This route approaches Kilimanjaro from the north and retains a sense of untouched wilderness lost on the crowded Marangu and Machame trails. The ‘easiest’ of all the Kilimanjaro trekking routes, it has a relatively gentle gradient and short daily stages as it winds its way from the starting point just south of the Kenya-Tanzania border. It passes through farmland, forest, and Alpine moorland on its way to the beautiful summit cone. There are magnificent views throughout, with possibilities for wildlife viewing, and an extra day to aid acclimatisation as the trail climbs beneath the towering spires of Mawenzi. The final ascent is arduous and made in darkness, but the reward is a spectacular dawn view of the glaciers and ice cliffs of the summit, and across the East African plains far below.
Your Irish sojourn begins in picturesque Dingle, where seafaring traditions pervade a vibrantly painted townscape, artisan shops, and tempting eateries. Short walks lead to wild beaches along rocky shores, and green hills that rise over dramatic North Atlantic seas. Early-Christian sites like the 8th-century Gallarus Oratory sweep you back in time, while places like Killarney National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, display natural wonders including Ireland’s last red deer, its highest peaks, and Ross Castle. Pub-hop with new friends as you consider the Irish trails over which you’ve rambled.
Iceland is one of those rare places on Earth that feels more science-fiction than fact, even when you’re actually there. Gushing geysers, bubbling hot springs, mammoth volcanoes and acres of polar ice lend this laidback island nation a palpably otherworldly allure. Your adventures here will bring you into close contact with all of it- hiking glaciers, scaling volcanic craters and learning the colourful lore from expert guides. There’s no spacesuit required for this out-of-this-world experience; just healthy legs and a wide-open heart.
4) Argentina and Chile (Fitzroy and Paine National parks)
Discovering Chile’s deserts, lakes, volcanoes and glaciers on foot! Chile offers a fantastic range of environments for trekkers, from the arid Atacama Desert in the north to the glacial landscape of the Torres del Paine National Park in the south. Through a series of day walks on volcanic slopes, through ancient forests, past glistening salt-lakes and alongside remote, cactus-lined canyons, options are endless. In Patagonia, where icy waters flow from dramatic mountain scenery, see impressive glaciers and hike in the shadow of the world’s second largest ice field.
The most famous trek in the Americas, this Inca Trail trek offers a unique and unrivalled combination of history and spectacular scenery. Winding its way from the powerful Urubamba River, across mountain passes and through cloud forests, the ancient Inca road passes several ruined fortresses before reaching the fabulous lost city of Machu Picchu.
2) France (Mont Blanc)
Majestic Mont Blanc towers 4,810m above sea level and its peak was first reached nearly 225 years ago. Arguably the highest mountain in Europe (some argue Mt. Elbrus in Russia), it is undeniably photogenic and represents one of the most enjoyable Alpine mountain trekking options. Nestled between Italy, France and Switzerland there are numerous routes up, and around, the mountain suited to different levels of trekkers. For those moderate trekkers, the “Circuit of Mont Blanc” is one of the finest walking routes in the Alps.
1) Napal (Everest Region)
Follow the footsteps of Hilary and Tensing Norgay to Everest Base Camp. The Everest region is located in the northeast of Nepal. For those experienced active enthusiasts, this challenging will take you through the middle hills of Solu to the higher altitudes of Khumbu, the base of Sagarmatha, or Mt. Everest, the world’s highest peak. A true life changing opportunity to observe and participate in the daily life of the legendary Sherpa people. The prime attraction – the 8,848 m peak of Mt. Everest – lies in Sagarmatha National Park, which is also home to two other eight thousanders – Lhotse and Cho Oyu – besides several other prominent peaks above 6,000 m.