based: Occitanie–Languedoc, France
Get immersed in the French language and culture with a combination of tailor-made French courses and multi-activities. Choose the program that fits your professional and personal needs. While your French teacher accompanies you, taste French gastronomy, go hiking or horse-riding in the Mediterranean landscape, canoe on the lagoon, meet locals ...
| French language | tailor made | escorted tours | multi-activity | team building | cookery | wine | walk/trek/hike | horse/pony trekking | canoe/kayak | France |
Peter Sommer Travels
based: Monmouthshire, Wales, UK
Award-winning specialist in expert-led small-group cultural and archaeological tours in Croatia, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Turkey and the UK. Also escorted and themed gulet cruises, food tours, family tours, walking holidays and land tours like: Exploring Crete, Exploring the Peloponnese, Exploring Rome and Exploring Sicily. They also organise bespoke land tours and private gulet charters.
| archaeological tours | historical tours | gastronomic | theme cruises | groups | walk/trek/hike | family | Turkey | Greece | Italy | UK | Europe |
Picos Rock & Snow
based: Cantabria, Spain
Guided walking, trekking, scrambling, snowshoeing and ski touring holidays in the unspoilt Picos de Europa mountains of Northern Spain, with the Picos experts.
| climbing/scrambling | walk/trek/hike | ski mountaineering/touring | snowshoeing | off-piste skiing| Spain |
Saga Featured Site
based: Kent, UK
Escorted tours and guided walking trips created for mature travellers (50+). Includes UK and European walking holidays with carefully crafted itineraries that balance walking with relaxation.
| senior/silver surfers | singles | walk/trek/hike | UK | Europe |
South America Odyssey
based: London, UK
Tailor-made holidays and honeymoons to the South and Central America. South America Odyssey specialises in itineraries to Latin America including Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, and Costa Rica.
| tailor-made | animals/safari | walk/trek/hike | trekking peaks | diving/snorkelling | horse/pony trekking | sailing (large boat/sail ship) | wedding/honeymoon | family | South America |
based: Buckinghamshire, UK
Fully customizable, tailor made, activity and adventure holidays in the mountains and great outdoors. Offering a wide range of trips for all seasons and a range of activity levels; trips for families, couples, friends groups, businesses, clubs or schools. From walking to wildlife and cycling to skiing and winter sports.
| tailor-made | multi-activity | walk/trek/hike | cycle touring | animals/safari | mountaineering | running/athletics | ski mountaineering/touring | cross-country skiing | ice climbing | snowshoeing | Europe |
Voyagers Travel Company
based: Quito, Ecuador
A collective of inbound travel operators in several countries worldwide, who've joined to form a central reservations office for direct holiday and tour bookings. Voyagers Travel offers hotel bookings, train tickets, guide services, concierge services and complete vacations.
| walking/trekking/hiking | archaeological tours | river cruises | bird watching | festivals/carnivals | native peoples | Worldwide |
Walking Holiday Ireland
based: Co Louth, Ireland
Walking and hiking holidays in Ireland; self-guided trips with baggage transfer and guided walking tours to destinations which include: the Cooley Peninsula, the Mourne Mountains, Wicklow Way, Giant Causeway, Glens of Antrim, Kerry and Dingle. Also short and day-long landscape and wildlife photography courses in Ireland.
| walk/trek/hike | unguided walking | photographic | Ireland |
based: Conwy, Wales, UK
Outdoor weekends and holidays in North Wales, walking, hiking and map reading; enjoy walking the hills with an experienced guide, learn about Celtic history, plants and wildlife, or try your hand at map reading and navigation.
| walk/trek/hike | navigation/orienteering | historical | botanical | weekends/short breaks | groups | Wales |
Adventures in Good Company
based: Maryland, USA
Women's adventure travel and active trips, including canoeing, hiking, kayaking and multisport.
| women | walk/trek/hike | sea kayaking/canoeing | Worldwide |
based: Cuczo, Peru
Holidays and escorted tours around Peru and South America including Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Ecuador, Galapagos Islands ...
| walk/trek/hike | historical tours | animals/safari | mountaineering | South America | Central America |
Walking holidays for single people – trekking, walking and hiking trips for solo travellers – read our short article and recommendations here»
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 ...
OLDER TRAVELLERS: guided walking holidays
Introducing a range of walking holidays in the UK and across Europe, created specifically for older travellers. The aim is to offer generally moderate relaxed walks, mellow trips that may also include (depending on destination): time for relaxation, opportunities for additional excursions, related talks, language classes, live entertainment, drinks/wine, discount cards. Some trips offer more strenuous walks which include ascents and descents, full details are shown on each itinerary.
These tours use comfortable local hotels and are led by experienced walking guides. Most offer day walking from a fixed base.