How tough are they?
We have categorised our walking vacations on Responsible Travel just to make your search a little easier. On most walking vacations, a basic level of fitness is required but there are many different options available.
If you are just stepping out for the first time, you will want an introductory walking vacation, such as in the Poitou-Charentes region, Dordogne or Loire Valley. If you have pushed yourself up a few hills of a Sunday, then a moderate walking vacation will push you just a bit more, with 5-8 hours walking per day, and some days stretching those calves more than others, but leaving you a bit of rest in between, so you can take in the sights. Such as taking on a section of the Tour de Mont Blanc, or being guided along the gorgeous gorges of the Parc Naturel Regional du Verdon in Provence. Or the Pyrenees, where you can choose between ascents of 300-3,000 metres.
If you are a well-seasoned walker then our strenuous walking vacations, such as trekking on the Pyrenean Haute Route will appeal, or of course, or winter walking and snowshoeing through the Alps. Also in the Alps, we have a number of summer alpine hut to hut treks which will take you up to heights of 3,000m, scrambling on scree and climbing to impressive plateaus and ridges. Even tougher, and falling into our very challenging trekking vacations or climbing vacations (ie. when you start to add in all the gadgets, such as ropes, crampons and ice picks) category, are the ascent of Mont Blanc, and also climbing the famous Dome des Ecrins or Barre des Ecrins, also in the Alps.