Walking Holidays Europe

Walking holidays in Europe are a wonderful way to see some of the continent’s more remote and beautiful corners, and an ideal opportunity to enjoy life at a slower pace.

Our European consultants are on hand to tailor-make walking holidays in Europe to your exact specifications, whether you want a guide or to go solo; point to point multi-day linear walks or circular day walks, and whether the walking itself is the key criteria, or merely an excuse for a well-earned and hearty dinner come the end of the day. In addition, all Original Travel clients benefit from our exclusive range of additional services such as fast-track check-in and security at the airport, lounge access even if you're flying in economy, and access to our network of clued-up Concierges in your destination.

So, where to go on your European walking holiday? The continent is crisscrossed by wonderful and well-maintained walking trails, but there are certain destinations that hiking to a higher plain altogether. Chief among these is the Dolomite Mountain region of northern Italy, where the stunning alpine scenery is complemented by charming rifugios (mountain refuges) in which to stay, and fabulous hearty local cuisine. To up the ante further, weave some of the region's legendary via ferrate (literally: iron ways; actually: metal ladders and walkways) into the equation and you have a European walking holiday with a difference.

Our next recommendation would be to go walking in the Julian Alps, and particularly in Triglav National Park, in neighbouring Slovenia. The park is one of the prettiest Alpine settings in Europe, home to towering peaks, rivers, forests and lovely meadows filled with wildflowers in spring and summer.

And then there's Corsica, home to arguably the most famous walking route in Europe: the GR20, which traverses the length of this mountainous Mediterranean island, taking 15 days to complete. The good news is that the island is also home to a host of other spectacular and shorter walks, from circular one-day hikes to longer point-to-point walks across multiple days. Whichever you choose, you'll be walking through some of the most beautiful mountain and coastal landscapes in Europe.

Then there are the levadas (canals with adjoining trails) to traipse along on the island of Madeira; the trek through Vikos Gorge in Epirus in Greece, the Piatra Craiului National Park in Romania's Transylvania and many, many more European destinations waiting for your walking boots.

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Harriet and Kate L are our 'Walking Holidays Europe' experts and as seasoned travellers they have the inside track on the most memorable adventures.

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