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Walking Holidays

7 nights from £1250

Jonathan's Autumn Walks

You'll love this tour if you like:

  • Walking
  • Authentic destinations 
  • Delicious, local Cretan cuisine
  • History (our base is the historic  & very beautiful Venetian harbour town of Chania) 
  • Scenic, ‘untouched’ countryside

This holiday is based in the wonderful Venetian harbour town of Chania in Western Crete. This fantastic location provides the freedom to enjoy the town between walks as well as being well placed for access to a variety of walks in the wonderfully scenic and lush region of Western Crete. During the week we will follow a variety of footpaths that will offer an insight into the natural beauty and rich diversity of the Chania region. During our walks we will encounter traditional villages, mountain plateaus, ancient sites, historic monasteries, deserted beaches, narrow gorges, dramatic views and, at the same time, you will be introduced to a ‘timeless’ and authentic Crete by your guide, Jonathan Peat, who has been walking the Cretan hills for the last 20 or more years.


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2 nights from £595

Noble Palaces Of The Thames

Further to the success of our London End to End tour, Telegraph walks correspondent Sophie Campbell is leading a less strenuous walking tour of the picturesque West London section of the Thames, taking in some of its stunning historic palaces and grand houses, such as Hampton Court, Strawberry Hill, Marble Hill and Ham Houses with glorious riverside and parkland scenery at every turn. Based right on the river at the stylish Lensbury Hotel which boasts excellent facilities.


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6 nights from £965

Walking in Alsace

Tour Highlights: 

  • Picturesque fortified Alsatian wine villages
  • Wonderful range of Alsatian wines and beers
  • Superb scenery with vineyards, mountains and pine forests
  • Alsatian cuisine, culture and art
  • Ancient châteaux, castles and fortresses
  • Friendly multilingual representatives

Together with local resident and walking guide, Glenn Ford, we have put together a wonderful itinerary in one of France's most beautiful and historic regions. Glenn has been organising walking tours in the area for many years and the average age of his regular customers is 60+ so the walks are designed to be informative and entertaining rather than a strenuous challenge. 

Nestled on the borders of Switzerland and Germany and separated from the rest of France by the Vosges Mountains, Alsace is one of France’s best kept secrets. It is a world-renowned wine region and its famous “Route du Vin” (wine road) encompasses more than 100 wine producing villages between Strasbourg and Thann. As well as producing fantastic wines, Alsace is also France’s best beer brewing region and a centre of culinary excellence, so you know that your efforts will be well rewarded!

Our tours start in the midst of the Alsace vineyards near the superb city of Colmar, famed for its paintings and sculptures. Our tour will lead us through Grand Cru vineyards and flower decked wine villages with cobbled streets and half-timbered houses, straight from the pages of a Brothers Grimm’ fairy tale book. You will visit some of the most beautiful villages in France, such as Riquewihr, Turckheim and Eguisheim. You will also visit Glenn’s home village of Voegtlinshoffen, which he thinks produces the best white wines in France!  You will certainly have the opportunity to taste them and make up your own mind. The forests and hills of the Vosges Mountains of Alsace are celebrated for their unspoilt beauty and numerous castle ruins. We will learn about some of their myths and legends that surround these as we proceed on our leisurely way.

At the end of each full day we can relax and enjoy the excellent Alsatian wines and cuisine. Alsace is a wonderful place for gourmets as it offers more Michelin star restaurants than any other region of France! Great wines, too. Forget any preconceived ideas about rieslings being sweet and nasty (perhaps you recall Black Tower or Blue Nun), as Alsace produces an excellent range of sophisticated white wines and some great champagne styles too. Some of these wines are so good that they never get the chance to leave Alsace and, of course, we will do all we can to maintain this tradition by tasting one or two...(or three or four!)
 
A fascinating aspect of Alsace is its intriguing complex history. Since 1870 Alsace has changed nationality five times. We will learn how this has influenced everyday life in Alsace. Even today, Alsatian newspapers have a German edition and many of the older generation speak Alsatian.
 
Come and discover this fantastic region the best way possible – on foot.

 



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7 nights from £1599

Walking in Eastern Sicily

We have been operating tours to Sicily for many years and in 2015, for the first time, operated a walking tour on the amazing Aeolian Islands in the company of regional expert, Tullio Scurria. These were a great success and Tullio has put together a new itinerary in his home region of Nebrodi for 2016 that takes in an amazing variety of landscapes and sights – from volcanic Etna, wooded mountainsides and lava caves to lost villages, monasteries and much more. En-route picnics and trattoria lunches will keep you fortified and dinner is included each evening at your comfortable hotel, the Ristorante-Hotel Antica Filanda, ideally located for the walks.

Please note that walking boots are essential and clients should be in good health. Guided walks will be covering 4 to 15 kilometres a day with one free day.


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7 nights from £1299

Walking in the Aeolian Islands

We have been operating tours to the wonderful Aeolian Islands off the coast of Sicily for some 15 years now, and our tour manager and local expert there has been advocating a walking tour for many of these. In 2015, this became a reality and has been a great success over the past couple of years receiving some wonderful reviews from past walkers. 

This tour offers the perfect combination of walking and leisurely sightseeing. With walks on four days including exploration of Lipari, a walk up to the great crater on Vulcano and a stroll with time for swimming and lunch on the beautiful island of Panarea. Two further days are free for personal relaxation or exploration. 

Please note that walking boots are essential and clients should be in good health. Guided walks are rated easy to medium, covering 10 to 12 kilometres a day.


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Walking in the Cyclades

This enticing walking tour begins on the Cycladic island of Tinos and ends on the island of Syros, both of which remain quite unspoilt with a very Greek character. Tinos is pretty, extremely green and lush and famous both for its’ cathedral of the Panagia and decorated dovecots whilst Syros is an elegant and sophisticated island with an unusual architecture and a grand port.

Your guide is Jonathan Peat. Jonathan has been guiding walks in SW France, his adopted home for more than 20 years. His tours in Greece have proved enormously popular and our expanded range of tours in France and Greece have been tried and tested by him for many years – his philosophy remains the same wherever he guides: to introduce the visitor to the unspoilt, beautiful nature of a region, and its authentic culture.


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7 nights from £1350

Walking in the Val d'Aran

This twin centre tour combines a stay in the lush southern region of the Haute Garonne in France, characterised by pretty villages, rich forests and lush agricultural land, contrasting with the more rugged Spanish side of the border - into Catalonia - with verdant valleys, higher mountains, a more arid landscape and bountiful wildlife including wild boar.

Your guide will be Jonathan Peat. Jonathan has been guiding walks in SW France, his adopted home for more than 20 years. His tours in Greece have proved enormously popular and our expanded range of tours in France and Greece have been tried and tested by him for many years – his philosophy remains the same wherever he guides: to introduce the visitor to the unspoilt, beautiful nature of a region, and its authentic culture.

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7 nights from £1150

Walking in Western Crete

You'll love this tour if you like: 

  • Walking
  • The great outdoors
  • Nature
  • Scenery
  • Tradition and culture

Far from the crowds and purpose built resorts, the far west of the island gives you the opportunity to discover a more authentic Crete and its traditional culture. Our base will be at the provincial town of Kissamos, predominantly an agricultural working town, which offers a glimpse of local life mixed with a touch of tourism. It is situated in the middle of a bay that sits between the 'fingers' of two peninsulas, Gramvousa and Rodopos on the north coast. The itinerary includes 5 guided walks, graded easy to medium, covering a distance of 6 to 12 kilometres a day.

The walks will take you over mountain ridges, along secluded coastlines, amongst slopes covered in olive groves, through valleys bordered with chestnut trees and abandoned villages. There is one free day included in the itinerary and our local guide will be happy to suggest places to visit. If you are feeling energised you may like to use your free day to join a guided excursion to the 16km Samaria Gorge. All meals are included in the price of the holiday with the exception of the free day when lunch and dinner are not included. Breakfast is taken every morning at your hotel and dinner will be at a local restaurant every evening with the exception of one evening when dinner will be taken at a taverna in the atmospheric Venetian harbour town of Chania. Most lunches will be at village tavernas. Walking boots are essential and clients should be in good health. 

The walks are organised by Stelios and Angela Milonakis, a local Greek/English couple, who began their walking company in 1999. 

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Walking the Timeless Trails of Epirus

The little known region of Epirus, situated on Greece's north-west mainland, is home to the traditional Zagoria Villages (Zagorohoria) and the Northern Pindos National Park. This region is spectacular and quite unlike any other part of Greece!  It is located, as the crow flies, almost directly opposite the Ionian island of Corfu. It is a remarkably timeless and traditional region with a wonderfully vibrant and impressive nature. The main focus of our tour is the Zagoria Villages, which consists of 46 traditional villages, some of which have been declared national historical monuments. The National Park is not just a nature reserve but also a cultural monument to the mountain villages and their traditional lifestyle. It is an area with an extraordinary natural beauty, a vast temperate ecosystem, a distinctive architecture and an ancient way of life that will captivate the imagination of any visitor.

The word Zagoria comes from the Slavic language and means "behind the mountains", Za meaning "behind" and gora "mountain". Visiting the region and experiencing its undulating and dramatic landscape that includes the second highest mountain in Greece, Mount Smolikas, and the imposing Mount Tymfi range, it is easy to understand why the region was given this name. The National Park covers an area of 2500 sq. km with the dramatic 10km Vikos Gorge slicing through the middle. Its status has ensured the rich flora and fauna of Epirus has been vitally protected. More than 1800 species can be found here, many of which are endemic and considered endangered. Wildlife in the park includes 60 species of mammals, the most famous being the European Brown Bear. 187 bird species, 30 species of reptiles, 14 kinds of amphibians and 17 species of fish are also known to inhabit the park. It is a delightful area and a region of Greece that is quite unique. Its spectacular countryside is perfect walking country with a wonderful anonymity, which means it remains undeveloped, little visited holding on to its unique style and its mountain traditions.

We combine our visit to Zagoria with one night in Corfu, which provides the opportunity to explore the historic and atmospheric capital of the island, Corfu town.


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7 nights from £1195

Walking the Trails of the Mysterious Far East of Crete

This is without doubt one of the most beautiful and unspoilt regions of Crete. Our walks will encounter a variety of terrains in an area which resembles a rocky desert sliced with mysterious gorges, dotted with oasis-like hidden villages, and edged with an exotic craggy coastline. A hidden ‘timeless’ simplistic Crete with a unique atmosphere; rich and rewarding for lovers of an untouched nature, geology, wildlife and history.

This tour is designed as two-centre to get the most out of this wonderful region.

Your Guide
Your guide is Jonathan Peat. Jonathan has been guiding walks in Greece for more than 20 years. He is of British/Greek descent and speaks both languages fluently. He spent many years living in Greece but has now settled in France with his French wife, Myriam but returns to Greece every year. His passion for the country is fully represented in his guiding when he aims to introduce the visitor to the islands unspoilt and beautiful nature and a very authentic side of Greek life.


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Wild Flowers of Mount Parnassus

This new tour explores the stunning region of Mount Parnassus, well-known for the infamous site of Delphi but also for its magnificent natural landscape! At 2457 metres, Mount Parnassus is spectacularly snow covered throughout the winter, enticing both winter sports enthusiasts and Greek weekenders but, as the snow melts and spring comes to the mountains, it equally welcomes a wonderful spring flora! Our base is Arachova, an attractive village built in the shadow of Parnassus, that enjoys stunning views across the scenically breath-taking 'Delphi Valley' all the way to the sea and the gulf of Corinth. Our days will be focussed around the Parnassus National Park but, depending on where the best flora can be found, we may also visit the region of Mount Oiti, another National park and known as the ‘mountain of flowers’ and Mount Giona, another spectacular region that is reputed to home to 60 endemic species.


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