About our tours

All of our trips include accommodation with breakfast, comprehensive information packs, detailed walking notes and maps, and of course 24/7 emergency support whilst you are on your trip.

Luggage transportation is provided on most tours, with the exception of self-drive tours or tours based in one location.

Evening meals are generally not included, other than in remote areas with no restaurants. This gives you the flexibility to eat where you want rather than being restricted to the hotel restaurant.

There may be other services included on certain tours, in which case they will be listed under the ‘details’ tab on the tour page.

We have a variety of self-guided walking holidays, with routes to suit all levels of fitness – from gentle coastal strolls to strenuous mountain hikes. Our grading system is designed to give you an idea of how strenuous each tour is and to help you choose the holiday that is right for you.

In general, Grade 1 holidays involve short distances on easy paths while, grade 5 holidays involve longer days with plenty of ascents and descents each day.

Naturally, the grading of individual holidays is subjective and within each holiday you will occasionally find some days slightly more challenging or easier than others. Also, because all of our tours are self-guided, you can go at exactly the pace that suits you. the grade descriptions below are intended as a general guideline so please read the tour itinerary carefully to make sure that you are choosing the right tour for you. If in doubt, please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions you might have.

  1. Easy
    generally short walking days on well-kept paths with few ascents/descents, but perhaps the occasional longer day
  2. Easy to Moderate
    slightly longer walking days with some ascents/descents, on well-kept, sometimes stony paths
  3. Moderate
    moderate walking on varied terrain, with some long days and regular ascents/descents. Some days will be more challenging than others
  4. Moderate to Challenging
    longer days, including some strenuous walking on more rugged terrain with significant ascents/descents on most days
  5. Challenging
    very strenuous walks, featuring long days with significant ascents/descents on challenging terrain. A good level of fitness and experience is required

 

A “self-guided” tour essentially means that you don’t have a guide with you. We will provide you with all the information you need to successfully follow your route. Apart from the basic walking directions, our notes include information on sights and places of interest along the way, as well as restaurants, cafés and any short detours that might be worth taking (to a viewing point, for example).

In case of emergencies, you will also have telephone support from our office and our local agents.

As well as providing excellent value, we believe that self-guided tours promote independent discovery and allow you to enjoy your own unique experience, while going at a pace to suit yourself.

Booking

First you should submit a booking request through the tour page of your desired tour. Once you have entered all your details and clicked ‘submit’ we will receive your booking enquiry and we will then contact all accommodation providers to check availability on the dates you’ve chosen. If any is fully booked we’ll contact you to discuss alternatives.

 

Once we have confirmed availability on your chosen dates, we will send you an invoice and your travel contract by e-mail, with details on how to make your first payment.

The minimum booking time required is 3 weeks in advance of your tour start date. However, as the accommodation options are limited, it is advisable to book 6 weeks or more in advance. We suggest you book as soon as you decide on your dates. Each trip has busy seasons, and due to remote locations, accommodations can get full.

Preparation

No. None of our trips involve any technical climbs so no climbing equipment is required. Walking poles may be useful on some routes but for all we would recommend comfortable clothes and walking boots.

This depends on the specific tour, although a basic fitness level is required as you will be walking a minimum of 3-4 hours each day. Our tours are graded from easy to challenging, so this should give you an idea of the fitness level needed for each tour. Remember that luggage transportation is included where necessary so even on tough ascents you only have the weight of your day pack to carry. Also, all our tours are self-guided, which means that you can walk at a pace that suits yourself.

Yes, it is a condition of booking with us that you arrange adequate travel insurance to cover you for any eventuality during your trip, for example medical expenses or loss of personal items. It is your responsibility to make sure that your insurance provider covers you for any activities you will be taking part in on your trip.

Transport & Accommodation

Yes. The price of the tour does not include flights and we do not provide a flight booking service. We would always ask that you wait until you receive your final confirmation email before booking flights.

All of our trips come with luggage transfer included, apart from self-drive tours or tours based in one hotel. You will drop overnight bags (one per person) by an allotted time each morning in a designated area in your hotel or B&B. Typically, bags should be left at the reception or store room by 09:00 hrs. We will provide you with name tags, which you should attach to your bags so that the driver can identify them. You are then free to walk unencumbered, with only your day pack of essentials.

Your baggage will be transferred to your next night’s accommodation, and will be waiting for you at reception when you arrive. Each information pack will advise you of any weight limits or restrictions you should be aware of.

Because we are providing self-guided trips, this enables us to book small authentic local accommodation that large group tours would not be able to use. These are typically small hotels, inns and B&B’s. All of our accommodations are chosen for their comfort, quality of service and standards of cleanliness and safety. Most of our tours are comfort rated 3 (the category we call “comfortable”). You can expect to stay in en-suite, air-conditioned rooms in good quality, comfortable family run hotels. In more remote areas, such as the high Alps, some nights may be in more basic accommodation.

Yes. It is no problem extend your trip by adding one or more extra nights before or after the trip. We can arrange this for you. When completing the booking form, type this in the ‘Comments’ field. Let us know how many additional nights you want and on which dates.