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.
The Basque coast is green, wild and steep, with old forests, stunning cliffs, beautiful beaches and estuaries. Enjoy this self guided walking holiday along the Basque coast from the rural tranquillity of the fishermen’s villages to the lively city of Bilbao. Take in the nature, culture and gastronomy of the Basque Country.
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.
Our Vikos Gorge and the Stone Bridges of Zagori walking holiday in Greece allows you to immerse yourself in one of Greece’s greatest natural environments with spectacular views of Vikos Gorge, the worlds deepest Canyon and also experience the enchanting 18th century stone villages and bridges of Zagori. Retreat every evening in elegant hand picked stone mansions in the villages along route.
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.
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 Elbe Sandstone Mountains are one of the most beautiful regions in Germany, located just a few miles from Dresden. In 2006 the 115-kilometre long Painter’s Path (Malerweg) had been inaugurated. This is a moderate to strenuous trek, appropriate for experienced hikers, which takes in the entire Malerweg Trail in just 8 days.
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.
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.
This is the 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. 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.
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.
Take a walk through the narrow corridors of “rock cities”, exciting rock labyrinths, and splendid viewpoints. Explore castles, ancient ruins, waterfalls, and stunning rock phenomena. Visit Trosky Castle – the symbol of the Bohemian Paradise. Finish your Bohemian Paradise holiday in Prague with plenty of time to get to know the City of a Hundred Spires.
This trip starts near Balea Lake, a picturesque glacial lake at just over 2,000 m. For a spectacular view of the Fagaras, you will hike to one of the highest peaks in Romania. For a glimpse into medieval Transylvania and its towns with narrow, winding streets, you take a stroll around the medieval towns of Sibiu and Brasov.
This walking holiday will take you through the highlights of Ukrainian Carpathians, including three mountain ranges – Gorgany Nature Reserve, Svydovets range and Chornohora range. Ukraine’s Carpathians are among the least explored mountains in Europe and offer spectacular views, traditional villages, and the friendliness of the Hutsul people.
Explore charming Budapest, the Pearl of the Danube, and the hidden gem of the Western Carpathians. Mountainous and forested, Bükk National Park offers miles of well-maintained hiking trails, impressive limestone mountains and caves, historic castles, quiet villages and friendly people.
Our Trails of the Apuseni Mountains walking holiday will let you explore a world of deep forests and silky meadows, impressive gorges and canyons, majestic waterfalls and fascinating caves in the lesser known parts of the Carpathian Range.
Walk through the impressive Vikos Gorge, the deepest canyon in the world. Reach the alpine zone up to the beautiful Dragon Lake and enjoy the spectacular views, then descend the famous cobbled path of Scala Vradetou, built in the 18th century. Retreat every evening in elegant hand-picked stone mansions in the traditional villages along the route.