As a result of years of meticulous research and walking in different parts of Europe, we have identified these hidden gems which offer some idyllic off-the-beaten-track walking experiences, right at your doorstep.
Rila and Pirin are often referred to as the Bulgarian Alps for a reason. This itinerary will take you through the most beautiful areas of the two national parks. Explore these majestic mountains as you trek through some of the Balkans’ most spectacular alpine scenery and highest summits, past impressive peaks and sparkling glacial lakes.
The Via Dinarica is a mega trail that extends from Albania to Slovenia and traverses the largest karst field on Earth. One of the most challenging but also most rewarding stretches of the Via Dinarica follows the Šar mountain range in North Macedonia. This programme is suitable for the intrepid walker and includes the best hiking Macedonia has to offer.
The lands of North Macedonia are characterised by pristine lakes, vast scenic mountain ranges and numerous historic sites. Nested at the heart of the Balkan peninsula, the country boasts a great variety of landscapes offering a perfect playground for all kinds of adventure lovers seeking authentic experiences.
The English Way was traditionally the preferred route for pilgrims coming from the British Isles and Ireland on their way to Santiago de Compostela. It is a fantastic alternative walk away from the crowds of the Camino Frances, and the first couple of days are rewarded with stunning coastal scenery.
With its amazing landscapes, remarkable architecture and rich, turbulent history, North Macedonia is one of Europe’s most underrated – and most captivating – travel destinations. And the best way to experience both the natural and cultural riches of the country is definitely by bike.
Join us on one of the best treks in China offering an off-the-beaten-track and truly incredible experience. Mount Gongga, also known as Minya Konka, is the highest mountain in Sichuan province, Western China. The tour is privately guided and you will be accompanied by an experienced English-speaking local guide.
This trip will take you through the Roya valley from the mountains to the sea, weaving from one balcony path to the next, amongst pine forests and olive groves. Your route will take you away from the crowds on forgotten paths leading to some of the most beautiful perched villages on the Côte d’Azur.
The Aravis massif is a hidden gem, rising between the Rhône Valley to the West and the Mont Blanc range to the East. The range is footed by old farming villages, famous among the locals for their artisanal cheese production. The tour ends with a beautiful arrival at Lake Annecy, one of the most spectacular panoramas in the Alps.
This centre-based walking holiday will bring you to an undiscovered part of Slovenia, taking in the beautiful valley of the turquoise Soča (Isonzo) river. Enjoy breath-taking scenery, vast karst landscapes and views to the stunning peaks of the Julian Alps and Triglav Nature Park.
On this easy to moderate walking tour you will discover selected sections of the Lycian Way. You will walk through mountainous landscapes and dense forests, where the oriental strawberry tree grows, explore the ruins of Lycian ancient cities and discover the rock tombs of Myra.
Armenia is a landlocked country almost entirely occupied by mountains, and it is a paradise for hikers and outdoor lovers. On this privately guided walking holiday we will take you off the beaten track to the beautiful Zangezur Mountains – a mountain range that defines the border between Armenia’s southern province of Syunik and Azerbaijan’s Nakhichevan Autonomous Republic.
This is the privately guided version of our Transcaucasian Trail itinerary in Tusheti, Georgia. The trail is becoming a world-class, long-distance hiking path, following the Greater and Lesser Caucasus Mountains and connecting roughly two dozen national parks and protected areas in the region.
We are exited to invite you on a trip to the less travelled paths of Andros & Tinos. On Andros you will find an impressive network of scenic and beautifully stone-paved hiking paths as well as pristine sandy beaches and fertile green valleys. On Tinos you will explore the impressive high fortress of Exoburgo and the dovecotes scattered all around the island.
Our Slovakian Alps: High Tatras self guided walking holiday lets you explore Slovakia’s highest mountain range, which is also the first Slovak national park established in 1949. There are numerous valleys, glacial lakes called pleso, and mountain peaks; accommodation is in comfortable hand-picked 3 and 4-star hotels.
Enjoy a unique circular itinerary in the Alps where the borders of Austria, Italy and Slovenia meet. Start from Villach in Austria, then follow the ridges of the Carnic Alps in Italy, cross the stunning Julian Alps and take in the landscapes of Triglav National Park in Slovenia, then reach Kranjska Gora and finish back in Villach.
Explore beautiful Budapest and the hidden secrets of the Bakony Mountains. Bakony is a mountainous region, located just 30 km north of Lake Balaton. It is an isolated area of a magical beauty, with densely forested ridges, small lakes and numerous medieval fortresses and monasteries.
Undiscovered national parks, hidden valleys, ancient castles, walled towns, timeless villages, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, wonderful culture and sweeping views of the Ionian Sea – Albania’s charming south has it all. This walking holiday offers that rare opportunity to step back in time and hike along footpaths off the beaten track.
This self guided walking holiday in Serbia will bring you to the impressive Djerdap Gorge where the Danube River flows surrounded by steep ridges. You will hike along the crest offering breathtaking views over the meandering Danube, make an optional boat tour on the Danube and visit some great natural attractions and historical monuments in the area.
While quite popular among locals, located just 65 km from Vienna, the Vienna Alps are still a hidden gem for foreigners. You will follow a well developed network of hiking paths which cross these easily accessible mountains of magical beauty. Overnights are spent in quality 3+ and 4-star hotels, some of them with spa facilities.
Situated on the southern slopes of the central Caucasus Mountains and surrounded by 3,000–5,000 meter peaks, Svaneti is the highest inhabited area in the Caucasus and our Mestia and the Trails of Svaneti tour provides some of the best walking opportunities in Europe. Svaneti is also known for its cultural and architectural treasures and friendly people.
Sierra de Guadarrama mountains are an unexpected hiker’s paradise; it is a real surprise to most walkers to find such a beautiful alpine scenery so close to a big city like Madrid. This walking holiday in Spain will take you to high peaks offering amazing views, to historical and cultural sites like the Monastery of Escorial and the Royal Palace of La Granja, finishing in beautiful Segovia.
Ribeira Sacra is one of the hidden gems of Spain. The gorges of Sil and Miño provide dramatic scenery, with high cliffs comparable to the Norwegian fjords, but enjoying the privileged Spanish climate. Add to this the welcoming Galician people and their picturesque villages, the chestnut forests and the terraced vineyards, and you have a walking holiday that you will not forget.
The Via Dinarica is a mega trail that extends from Albania to Slovenia and traverses the largest karst field on earth. During this walking holiday, you will circle the great Buško Lake, ascend into Blidinje Nature Park and reach the town of Jablanica over Čvrsnica Mountain. The trip ends in the city of Mostar, famous for its Old Bridge – a jewel of oriental architecture.
The Transcaucasian Trail is becoming a world-class, long-distance hiking trail, following the Greater and Lesser Caucasus Mountains and connecting several national parks in the region. The walks are first-class and the views are always spectacular in Tusheti, where the landscape is dominated by snow-capped mountains and wide valleys dotted with ancient villages and medieval defensive towers.
The Judaean Mountains is a mountain range in Israel, where Jerusalem and several other biblical cities are located. The trip follows the Judean Hills route to Jerusalem while discovering natural scenery and ancient sites and offers first-hand encounters with the diverse and friendly local communities.
The Giant Mountains offer great hiking opportunities in the heart of Old Europe, beautiful alpine meadows, bare ridges, picturesque waterfalls and fairy-tale villages. And maybe you will have a chance to meet the mischievous but friendly guardian goblin Krkonos (Rubezahl) himself! Your holiday will end in Prague with plenty of time to take in this beautiful city.
The Harz Witches Trail will take you to the Harz Mountains, a magical region located in the heart of Lower Saxony. Along the way, you will reach the highest peak in the area – the Brocken (1141 m). During the walks, quaint medieval towns with timbered houses will make a fascinating contrast to the mystic forests of the Harz mountains.
This itinerary runs through villages and towns located in picturesque valleys and dales. Most of the route follows the Dunajec – a beautiful mountain river. You will get the opportunity to visit two National Parks and three UNESCO world heritage sites, including the great Kraków. You will walk on forested trails and optionally summit some of the highest peaks in the area.
In the south-west of Turkey, along the Aegean coast, the Carian Trail leads through a fascinating coastal landscape. On our Carian Trail self guided walking holiday, you will experience a constant interplay of land and sea, thousand-metre-high cliffs and secluded bays inviting you for a swim, combined with the ruins of the ancient Carian civilization.
The Summits and Lakes of North Montenegro walking holiday features two of the most beautiful untouched natural environments in Europe, including the exquisite natural wonder of Biogradska Gora, a UNESCO Biosphere reserve, one of the last three primeval rainforests in Europe, and Durmitor National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site.