Our Walking vacations in Europe

One of the things we love most about our Europe walking vacations is that many of our partners work with organisations that protect existing paths, and seek to reopen often long-forgotten routes. These trails were once walked by Roman troops, Greek shepherds and ancient pilgrims, and are soon to be discovered anew by small groups of avid hikers, or those who prefer the freedom of a self guided trek. Something else we love: from the Carpathians of Romania to the levadas of Madeira and Croatia’s Dalmatian coast, you’ll stay in locally owned accommodations in out-of-the-way areas whose hosts love to welcome hungry walkers.

Our top European walking vacations

Amalfi Coast walking vacation, Italy

From US $1679 to US $2399
8 days ex flights
Walk in lemon groves and hillside villages
Small group2021: 23 Dec, 30 Dec, 2022: 12 Feb, 19 Feb, 26 Feb, 5 Mar, 12 Mar, 19 Mar, 26 Mar, 9 Apr, 16 Apr, 30 Apr, 14 May, 21 May, 28 May, 4 Jun, 11 Jun, 18 Jun, 25 Jun, 2 Jul, 9 Jul, 16 Jul, 23 Jul, 30 Jul, 6 Aug, 13 Aug, 20 Aug, 27 Aug, 3 Sep, 10 Sep, 17 Sep, 24 Sep, 1 Oct, 8 Oct, 15 Oct, 22 Oct, 29 Oct, 5 Nov, 12 Nov, 19 Nov, 24 Dec, 31 Dec, 2023: 11 Feb, 18 Feb, 25 Feb, 4 Mar, 11 Mar, 18 Mar, 25 Mar, 1 Apr, 8 Apr ...

Small group walking vacation in Croatia

From US $1949 to US $2249
8 days ex flights
Idyllic walks through some of Europe's finest scenery
Small group2022: 7 May, 14 May, 21 May, 28 May, 11 Jun, 18 Jun, 2 Jul, 27 Aug, 3 Sep, 10 Sep, 17 Sep, 1 Oct

Picos inn to inn walking vacation in Spain

From £1300
8 days ex flights
Hike through beautiful mountains staying in rural inns

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Madeira walking vacation

From US $1140 to US $1210
8 days ex flights
Small group walking tour of Madeira
Small group2021: 20 Dec, 2022: 5 Mar, 19 Mar, 2 Apr, 16 Apr, 28 May, 18 Jun, 6 Aug, 3 Sep, 17 Sep, 1 Oct, 15 Oct, 29 Oct, 2023: 11 Feb, 4 Mar, 18 Mar, 1 Apr, 15 Apr, 13 May, 27 May, 17 Jun, 5 Aug, 2 Sep, 16 Sep, 30 Sep, 14 Oct, 28 Oct

Mont Blanc vacation, Tour du Mont Blanc

From US $2179 to US $2399
8 days ex flights
The best of the Tour du Mont Blanc
Small group2022: 14 May, 21 May, 28 May, 4 Jun, 11 Jun, 18 Jun, 25 Jun, 2 Jul, 9 Jul, 16 Jul, 23 Jul, 30 Jul, 6 Aug, 13 Aug, 20 Aug, 27 Aug, 3 Sep, 10 Sep, 17 Sep, 24 Sep, 1 Oct, 8 Oct, 2023: 20 May, 27 May, 3 Jun, 10 Jun, 17 Jun, 24 Jun, 1 Jul, 8 Jul, 15 Jul, 22 Jul, 29 Jul, 5 Aug, 12 Aug, 19 Aug, 26 Aug, 2 Sep, 9 Sep, 16 Sep, 23 Sep, 30 Sep, 7 Oct

Dubrovnik & islands hiking vacation, Croatia

From 670 to840
8 days ex flights
Walking vacation in Dubrovnik and islands in Croatia
Small group2022: 14 May, 28 May, 11 Jun, 25 Jun, 3 Sep, 17 Sep, 1 Oct

Naxos and the small Cyclades walking vacation, Greece

From £592 to £914
10 days ex flights
Walk and discover Naxos and the unspoilt Small Cyclades
Small group2022: 30 Apr, 7 May, 14 May, 21 May, 28 May, 4 Jun

Canary Islands walking vacation

From US $1460 to US $1730
8 days ex flights
Visit Teide volcano and walk through the Garajonay Forest
Small group2021: 23 Dec, 2022: 5 Feb, 19 Mar, 5 Nov, 12 Nov, 19 Nov, 22 Dec, 2023: 14 Jan, 4 Feb, 18 Mar, 4 Nov, 11 Nov, 18 Nov, 21 Dec

Las Alpujarras hiking vacation, Spain

From 1295
8 days ex flights
Guided walking vacation, Andalucia, with writer Chris Stewart
Small group2022: 23 Apr, 21 May, 17 Sep, 15 Oct

Map & highlights

Our top walking vacations in Europe are all about variety. From Spain, with the iconic Camino de Santiago, or mixing walking with language lessons in the Picos de Europa, to trekking between ancient ruins, and island-hopping as part of a small group in Greece. There are routes along the beautiful Riviera or through the Alps in France, and through rugged, remote landscapes in little-visited Albania. In Italy you might explore volcanoes in Sicily, or snowshoe through the Dolomites. And Croatia offers many sublime guided and self-guided options: Dubrovnik and the islands, walking and wine-tasting, and dipping into magnificent national parks.

1. Albania

Albania is a corner of Europe that’s been overlooked, but walkers should beat a path to this still emerging country, to explore its spectacular scenery and brilliant hiking trails. Small group trips take on the impressive hikes running through the rugged Albanian Alps in the north of the country, while a tailor made vacation can take you walking in even more remote regions, such as Dibër, Mat and Çermenika.

2. Croatia

Walk the glorious coast of Croatia, island hop its archipelagic highlights or head inland to its secret wonders. There are eight national parks here, protecting the 16 emerald green lakes of Plitvice, the canyons of Paklenica and the waterfalls and karst formations of Krka. You can just walk the coast too, of course, hopping the islands such as Mjet NP and hiking around them. And always pack your swimmers.
France – Alps

3. France – Alps

The Tour de Mont Blanc, which circumnavigates rather than conquers the massif magnifique, is a superb option for a walking vacation. For quieter Alpine paradise, the Ecrins NP is a French secret they like to keep to themselves, also fab for winter snowshoeing. For warmer climes, head south to the Alpes-Maritimes’ Mercantour NP, hike for days from inn to inn, with a donkey to carry your bags. Eeh-aw. Eeh-aw. Eeh-aw.

4. Greece

For Hellenic hiking, discover deserted trails on secret islands like Syros, Sifnos, Tinos or Ulysses' rugged home Lefkada. Or Santorini’s volcanic virtuosity, as you hit the hills away from tourist crowds. Everywhere you walk in Greece, scented olive groves and sensational sandy coves cross your path. As does culture, such as on a trek to Mt Olympus, home of the ancient gods. It all still feels like you have died and gone to heaven.
Italy – Amalfi Coast

5. Italy – Amalfi Coast

If jetset Amalfi isn’t your thing but you still crave its coastal candy, walking it is the way to go. Within 20 minutes of affluent Amalfi is a world of subsistence farmers, lemon groves, waterfalls and idyllic towns nestled neatly into isolated coves. Follow ancient mule paths and trails through Valle delle Ferriere NP, Naples, Pompeii, Ravello, Capri and Positano. Amalfi may be grand, but it has ancient culture and natural chic.
Spain – Andalucía

6. Spain – Andalucía

Walk through Moorish history and culture in the Spanish heartland, where walking vacations take you to Arab-influenced cities of Seville, Cordoba, Cadiz and Huelva. The Sierra Nevada, Europe's highest mountain range after the Alps, makes for stunning summer hiking, but also perfect during the winter, when the foothills are still mild and where gorges, glacial lakes and green valleys are always moor-ish.
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