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.
Explore the majestic Rila and Pirin mountains as you trek surrounded by Bulgaria’s most spectacular alpine scenery and reach the Balkans’ highest summits. The programme is based in two locations, the village of Govedartsi and the town of Bansko, where you will be able to relax in cosy guesthouses and family hotels, all offering private en-suite rooms.
The scenic Ciro Trail is a unique bicycle route opened in 2017 that runs through the Dinaric Alps between Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Dubrovnik in Croatia. The cycle track follows the route of an old Austro-Hungarian railway line. The trail is often described as an “open-air museum”.
The coastline of Apulia between Otranto and Gagliano del Capo offers superb walking opportunities. Enjoy ancient coastal trails, stunning views, crystal swimming spots, unknown villages and untouched nature. Finish your trip in glorious Lecce.
Piedmont’s remote and rugged high valley of Val Maira lies in the southern Italian Alps, near the French border. Val Maira is a beautiful place, now slowly being discovered as a walker’s paradise. You will walk through picturesque hamlets and villages and take in the high peaks, shaped by the retreating glaciers.
This itinerary will take you on a walking adventure in the Vercors Nature Park, the biggest in France. Along the way you will discover one of the most beautiful regions for hiking in France and a real hidden gem, taking in rugged ridges, deep gorges, lush valleys, limestone plateaus and traditional villages.
The Magna Via Francigena, the great road of the Frankish knights, follows the ancient route between Palermo and Agrigento, the two major harbours of the past, that was used for millennia by pilgrims and travellers. Walking the Magna Via is a unique experience, out of the common touristic routes.
The Peneda-Gerês National Park spans the Peneda, Soaja, Amerela and Gerês mountain ranges. Follow medieval paths offering magnificent views of the surrounding mountains. You will walk through woodland, meadows and pastures and if you are lucky you can spot wolves, golden eagles and the elusive Pyrenean desman.
Peaks of the Balkans is the first transnational long-distance hiking trail traversing the Western Balkans, taking you on an unforgettable 190-km circuit in the mountains of Albania, Kosovo and Montenegro through some of the finest scenery this corner of Europe has to offer.
Building upon our vast experience in developing walking itineraries in the Balkans, we are happy to offer an extended version of the Peaks of the Balkans route, guaranteeing a truly authentic experience in the mountains of Albania, Kosovo and Montenegro taking in some of the finest scenery this corner of Europe has to offer.
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.
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.
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.
Explore the beautiful provinces of Emilia Romagna and Tuscany on foot, following the steps of the ancient Romans along The Path of Gods (Via degli Dei) – a 135 km-long route connecting Bologna to Florence and traversing the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines. The path takes you off the beaten track and away from the big cities.
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, the mountains between Madrid and Segovia, are an unexpected hiker’s paradise, beautifully described by Ernest Hemingway in his famous novel For Whom the Bell Tolls. We 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 charming 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.