based: Co Londonderry, N Ireland, UK
Adventure Alternative is a responsible adventure travel company founded in 2001 by Everest mountaineer Gavin Bate. They offer a wide variety of climbs, treks and adventures, including iconic favourites like Kilimanjaro and Everest Base Camp. Their service is personalised and experienced, and they pride themselves on an exemplary track record.
| walk/trek/hike | trekking peaks | mountaineering | expeditions | walking/trekking safaris | ethical/eco tourism | tailor made | yoga | charity | Africa | Asia | Worldwide |
based: East Sussex, UK
Offering yoga retreats and holidays in the UK and overseas, AdventureYogi specialises in holidays that combine yoga with adventure activities like surfing, hiking, mountain biking, climbing, snowboarding and skiing; or in retreats to simply relax and restore. Stay somewhere special, feel energised by yoga, relaxed by massage and invigorated by delicious vitality foods.
| retreats | yoga | holistic/wellness/wellbeing | massage | detoxification | diving/snorkelling | surfing | walk/trek/hike | ski/snowboard | mountain biking | UK | Worldwide |
based: London, UK
Summer multi-activity holidays in the French Alps, for the walker options include guided Alpine walking and hiking, lift assisted walking in ski resorts areas, and high altitude and glacier walking.
| walk/trek/hike | France |
based: London, UK
Tailor-made holidays and honeymoons to the Far East and India. Asia Odyssey specialises in itineraries to South-East Asia including Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam.
| animals/safari | cookery | walk/trek/hike | diving/snorkelling | spas | historical tours | wedding/honeymoon | family | South-East Asia |
based: Alicante, Spain
Awaken Holidays offer a collection of specialist holidays from expert providers; holidays for improving wellbeing, relaxing the mind and exciting the soul. Highlighting the best of yoga retreats, fitness holidays, bootcamps, detox breaks and spa retreats; as well as showcasing a great selection of walking, cycling and activity holidays Worldwide.
| fitness | boot camps | yoga | pilates | cycle touring | walk/trek/hike | spas | weight loss | holistic/wellness/wellbeing | Worldwide | Western Europe |
based: London, UK
Guided and self-guided walking holidays in Bulgaria, based at a choice of two centres (Bankso or Borovets) that give access to two imposing ranges each with exccellent trekking routes, accessible summits, lift access, alluring lakes and magnificent limestone mountain landscapes. Guided walks are available locally and in Borovets are pre-bookable.
| walk/trek/hike | unguided walking | Bulgaria |
Bath & West Country Walks
based: Somerset, UK
Guided and self-guided walking holidays in South West England from April to October. Enjoy the Cotswolds, explore Exmoor, discover the Mendip hills and Bath. Visit Avebury, Bourton on the Water, or Stonehenge & Glastonbury. Also walking holidays in Austria in June and Cyprus in November. Hotel and inn accommodation with private facilities.
| walk/trek/hike | unguided walking | seniors/silver surfers | weekends/short breaks | England | Wales | Austria | Cyprus |
based: Alicante, Spain
Rejuvenating, yoga inspired wellbeing holidays and health retreats near the sea in sunny Spain. Featured in the 'Top 10 Yoga Retreats of the World 2012'. The holidays offer inspiring yoga, pilates, fitness, delicious ayurvedic inspired vegetarian meals, hikes, meditation, biking, educational health workshops and holistic therapies. Carefully selected small, beautiful hotels in special locations.
| yoga | pilates | meditation | fitness | retreats | detoxification | nutrition | vegetarian/vegan | holistic/wellness/wellbeing | walk/trek/hike | weight loss | Spain |
Bootlace Walking Holidays
based: Granada, Spain
Spectacular mountain walks with experienced guides following ancient waterways and caminos, once silk routes of the Moors and drovers' paths. Vegetarian/vegan friendly, all-inclusive, bespoke plus self-guided holidays. Also accompanied treks with local guides in Morocco and special activity holidays such as herbalism, photography, yoga and walking.
| walk/trek/hike | unguided walking | vegetarian/vegan | yoga | herb | photographic | Spain |
EUROPE: Guided hiking, Europe's contrasts
As a walking destination Europe offers great contrasts – from strenuous hikes up and around some of the highest Alpine peaks, to relaxing ambles along beautiful green valleys or rugged coastline. Our featured guided hiking holidays embrace both types of trip with well over 80 tours to choose from.
For mountain walking the backbone of the Alps stretches across eight European countries and is home the iconic Mont Blanc (Europe's highest peak at 4810 m). But there are other important ranges with great trekking possibilities – in particular the Pyrenees which span the French/Spanish border, and the Carpathian mts in eastern Europe, home to the Tatras and the Transylvanian Alps.
The more mellow contrasting trips focus on Europe's coastlines and islands generally offering a great variety of landscape and a very pleasant climate. Guided walking trips are offered along the Mediterranean coast and it's islands, and on the Canary Islands, the Azores and Madeira ...
HOTEL-TO-HOTEL: guided walking holidays
Hotel-to-hotel holidays are an option when you want to cover more ground, or get more variety on your guided walking trip. Local agents and your tour operator guides look after all the detail of these trips, providing any transport, moving on the luggage while still acting as your walking guides.
Guests will enjoy all the comforts and hospitality of local hotels, selected to give an authentic flavour of the local areas, and can walk the route with just a light day pack each day. Check for hotel-to-hotel in the trip descriptions.
Walking holidays for single people – trekking, walking and hiking trips for solo travellers – read our short article and recommendations here»