Moderate to Strenuous Walking Holidays
Suitable for active hikers with a good level of fitness looking for more demanding and challenging hikes. Moderate to strenuous itineraries involve extended steep ascents and descents along routes. May also include high mountain (alpine) terrain which is rugged and rough underfoot and some sections of scrambling.
Mostly moderate walks but may include longer strenuous trek son some days. The itinerary may include hut to hut walks on some days and require carrying your own belongings/backpack along route.
Moderate to strenuous grade holidays include on average 6-9 hours of walking per day (up to 30 km of walking).
This inn-to-inn Cotswold Round self-guided walking holiday will take you through the heart of the Cotswolds at a swift pace, enabling you to explore this fascinating (and England’s largest) Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in just 6 days. The circuit starts and finishes in Moreton-on-Marsh and takes in the most picturesque towns and villages of the Cotswolds.
Walk the oldest and one of the most beautiful hiking trails in Germany, traversing the entire Black Forest range north to south from Pforzheim to Basel in Switzerland. On this moderate to strenuous itinerary you will walk the complete trail in 12 walking stages.
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.
Austria’s Dachstein Alpine Circuit is a walker’s dream come true. This impressive alpine massif offers crystal-clear glacial lakes, lush pastures, green forests and rugged limestone peaks rising 3000m above sea level. Over six walking days, you’ll be rewarded with superb hiking with great accommodations nestled right in the heart of the mountains.
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.
The Picos de Europa is a region of dramatic limestone peaks and lush valleys, a real walker’s paradise. This epic self guided trek traverses all three massifs of the Picos, taking you on an unforgettable journey through jagged limestone mountains providing magnificent scenery and a rich variety of flora, fauna and wildlife.
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 Verdon Gorge is one of Europe’s deepest and most beautiful. Our demanding but rewarding itinerary takes in some truly dramatic scenery, the most spectacular parts being the famous GR4 route and the Blanc-Martel Trail. The programme will also let you immerse in the atmosphere of the authentic Provence.
Combine the first two stages of the French Way from St Jean Pied de Port in the French Pyrenees to Burgos. The first week is the most demanding stage of the Camino, but it is also one of the most rewarding ones. Then continue from Logroño through undulating vineyards and descend into the medieval city of Burgos.
Experience the unspoilt beauty of Ireland on The Kerry Way and the famous Ring of Kerry. This 12-day walking tour starts and finishes in Killarney and takes in the entire Kerry Way. The 210 km of The Kerry Way make it Ireland’s longest trail, offering a unique mix of mountains, lakes and coastal views.
On our Flower Island of Madeira walking holiday you will follow Madeira’s unique network of narrow irrigation channels known as levadas, and the ancient coastal footpaths in north-eastern parts of the island. Some of the walks are circular and you will be based in two charming hotels.
Take in the best sections of the Alpine Pass Route from Meiringen to Lenk. This is a challenging but a rewarding trek, offering views of the famous Bernese Oberland trio of the Jungfrau, Mönch and Eiger; the added comfort of daily luggage transfers and staying in comfortable hotels in private rooms on all nights makes it a perfect Alpine adventure.
Walk the Beara Way, a walking route located in Ireland’s south-west corner and one of the country’s best-kept secrets. This itinerary covers the complete Beara Way – it is a true immersion that walks you right to the tip of the peninsula and onto Dursey Island before meandering back along the north coast.
Walk the Beara Way, a walking route located in Ireland’s south-west corner and one of the country’s best-kept secrets. This 10-day itinerary from Glengarriff allows you time to explore the most southerly corner of the peninsula and Dursey Island.
The beautiful island of La Palma (known as La Isla Bonita – the Pretty Island), one of Spain’s Canary Islands, is a land of stunning calderas, deep gorges, laurel forests, dramatic cliffs and rugged coastline, all waiting to be discovered on foot using a first-class network of walking trails.
Considered one of the world’s most iconic trails, this is a demanding but non-technical trek which explores the best parts of the Alps between Arolla and Zermatt, filled with breathtaking Alpine scenery. You will spend the nights in comfortable private rooms and we will transfer your luggage between hotels on all walking days.
La Gomera, the greenest of the Canary Islands is a real hiker’s paradise. Steep cliffs along the coastline give way to volcanic peaks, deep gorges and lush green valleys. From Garajonay Peak through the tropical rainforest of National Park Garajonay to the rugged coast, you will be rewarded with spectacular views.
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.
The Southern Upland Way is Scotland’s only official coast to coast long distance footpath. It runs 212 miles (340 km) from Portpatrick on the south west coast to Cockburnspath on the eastern seaboard. Still undiscovered by many outside of the UK, it will take you through a variety of scenery and give you a tremendous sense of achievement on completion.
Walk the second stage of the Camino del Norte from vibrant Bilbao, renowned for its art, architecture and cuisine, to the historic city of Santander in Cantabria. You will walk along the beautiful coastline of northern Spain, along world-class beaches, stunning rias (fjords) and wetlands full of birdlife.
The Northern Way offers a truly authentic pilgrim experience as it goes along the green northern coast of Spain from San Sebastián in the Basque Country, through Cantabria and the Asturias and reaches Ribadeo in Galicia. From Ribadeo, the route heads inland, taking pilgrims across rural Galicia to Santiago de Compostela.
Since the Corfu Trail was established in 2001, thousands of walkers have hiked one of Greece’s best kept secrets. Being 200 kilometres long, our Corfu Trail Complete walking route leads into a landscape untouched by the mass tourism, delving through the central countryside which visitors rarely discover and explore.
The Lycian Way Trail from Fethiye to Antalya is considered as one of the most beautiful hiking trails in the world. This short break is a condensed version of our Lycian Way East 7-night walking holiday, combining some of its walks into a more challenging, 5-night itinerary.
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.
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 south-west part of Crete has a unique landscape of scenic gorges and a coast full of secluded beaches and deep blue waters. Explore the gorges of West Crete, including the famous Samaria Gorge and the impressive Aradhena Gorge.
Take this epic 15-day trek and discover the amazing nature of Crete walking from the north to south coast, then take in all the stunning gorges of the south-west. This tour will take you via the Lefka Ora (White Mountains), through the gorges of Sfakia, Anydri, Irini, Aradhena and the famous Samaria Gorge to the seashore.
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) was inaugurated. This is a moderate to strenuous trek, appropriate for experienced hikers, which takes in the entire Malerweg Trail in just 8 days.
The amazing Alpe-Adria Trail runs from Carinthia in the Austrian Alps to the Adriatic Sea at a total length of 750 km. This walking holiday covers the first – and most picturesque – stages of the trail, from its start at the foot of Grossglockner, the highest summit of the Austrian Alps, by the largest glacier in the Eastern Alps, Pasterz, through the high-alpine landscapes of the Hohe Tauern National park, to the cosy village of Mallnitz.
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.
Take Julian Alps and Mount Triglav, one of the more spectacular treks in Europe across the stunning Julian Alps and summit Mount Triglav, the highest in Slovenia, privately guided by a licensed mountain guide. The jagged limestone peaks offer some of Europe’s best scenery and walking.
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 privately guided demanding but rewarding trek in Morocco takes in the challenges of summitting Mount Toubkal, North Africa’s highest peak (4167m) and Rass Ouanoukrim, the second-highest one at 4089m. Experience varied and picturesque scenery, dramatic passes, non-technical peaks and the warm welcome of the Berber people.
Our Mount Toubkal and Sahara Desert Trek walking and discovery holiday in Morocco combines the challenge of summitting Mount Toubkal, North Africa’s highest peak (4,167 m), with some light trekking in the High Atlas Mountains and camel riding in the Sahara Desert. This is a privately guided holiday, you will be accompanied by your personal guide, a cook and a muleteer.
Our High Atlas and Mount Toubkal walking holiday in Morocco combines the challenge of summitting Mount Toubkal, North Africa’s highest peak (4,167 m), with some moderate hiking in the High Atlas Mountains and experiencing the vibes of the exotic Marrakech. You will reach Mt Toubkal using a route starting from Oukaimeden.