Even the biggest adventures start with a single step and there’s nothing quite like discovering a new destination on foot. Slow your pace and explore new destinations, whether it’s following ancient Japanese pilgrimage routes, climbing Sicilian volcanoes or trekking the mountains of Kyrgyzstan.
Walk Japan – Kumano Kodo Trail
To visit Japan is to encounter a fascinating blend of the ancient and modern. Hikers will discover the country’s history and explore its beautiful landscapes on a series of adventures on foot. Uncover a different side of Tokyo unseen by most visitors, walking urban trails before hiking a section of the Nakasendo Way, a highway once travelled by samurai, itinerant merchants and pilgrims. Discover the tranquil temples of Kyoto and Nara and spend four days hiking along the Kumano Kodo, an ancient pilgrimage trail connecting Buddhist shrines on the mountainous Kii Peninsula.
Prices for the 12-day Walk Japan – Kumano Kodo Trail start from £4,350pp including flights, internal transfers, 11-nights’ accommodation, breakfast and some meals plus an Explore leader.
Walking in Kyrgyzstan
The emerging destination of Kyrgyzstan is the perfect place to discover the Asian Steppe’s colourful history, filled with nomads, yurts, eagle hunters and tales of the Silk Road. Spend four days hiking through ochre gorges and sweeping mountain valleys and meet some of the most welcoming peoples of this planet. Stop off in Bishkek for a visit to a typical bazaar, meet eagle hunters among the surreal red mountains of Djety-Oguz Gorge and stay in a traditional yurt tent and dine with a local family from the Uighur minority.
Prices for the 9-day Walking in Kyrgyzstan trip start from £1,460pp including flights, internal transfers, 8-nights’ accommodation, breakfast and some meals plus an Explore leader.
Walking in Slovenia
Slovenia is fast becoming a popular destination for walking holidays, and with good reason. The Julian Alps and its lakes have all the charm of the Swiss Alps, but with the quietness and solitude only afforded by escaping the tourist trails. This superb walking holiday explores Triglav National Park, Slovenia’s only national park. Based at Lake Bohinj, walk around the spectacular glacial lake and discover unspoilt farming villages, stunning waterfalls and gorges. Take the cable car high into the Julian Alps to explore the hiking trails and enjoy incredible panoramic mountain views.
Prices for the 8-day Walking in Slovenia trip start from £1,165 including flights, internal transfers and 7-nights’ accommodation, breakfast, some dinners and an Explore leader.
Walking in Spain – Alicante Mountains
Autumn or early spring is the perfect time of year to hike in the dramatic limestone mountains of Spain’s Alicante region. Enjoy a variety of walks along ridge lines above olive and orange groves, through gorges and tranquil mountain meadows. Follow ancient trails, dating from the Islamic occupation of Southern Spain, to discover hilltop Moorish castles and prehistoric cave paintings. With over 300 days of sunshine a year, it’s the ideal place to extend the walking season beyond the summer.
The 8-day Walking in Spain – Alicante costs from £975pp including flights, internal transfers, 7-nights’ accommodation, breakfast and an Explore leader.
Walking in Sardinia
With its own distinct culture and history, Italy’s Sardinia is a beautiful and largely unspoilt island. The Walking in Sardinia trip explores the coastal trails, boulder-strewn gorges and limestone peaks, all dotted with picturesque villages and Bronze Age settlements. Enjoy the tranquillity of rural life and traditional rustic cuisine at a welcoming farm-stay before moving on to the stunning Gulf of Orosei coast to dine on freshly caught seafood and sample the region’s famed wine.
The 8-day Walking in Sardinia costs from £825pp including flights, internal transfers, 7-nights’ accommodation, breakfasts, some meals and an Explore leader.
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