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Walking Holidays in Europe

Let’s discover a new path together with one of our walking holidays in Europe. Take in some of the most scenic vistas this continent has to offer. Whether you're a serious walker, a Sunday morning rambler, or just love peace and quiet, we have a walking holiday to suit you.

Hiking Holidays Europe

We offer a variety of walking and hiking holidays in Europe, where you can reconnect with nature, explore the best national parks, and experience a new country by foot. Hike with a group of fellow outdoor enthusiasts and create new memories with likeminded travellers and adventurers.

Uncover the picturesque Croatian national parks, trek the famous Camino De Santiago pilgrimage in Spain, or walk the bends and trails of the Danube, our walking holidays have it all. If you’re looking for more active holidays, hike the Austrian Alps or embrace the stunning scenery of Slovenia along some incredible walking routes.

Our local expert guides will be with you all the way on your trip, providing unique insights and tips into your chosen walking destination. Take your next vacation one step further by coming on one of our guided walking holidays in Europe.

Grab your hiking boots and let’s get active! Discover some of the best landscapes in the world on our walking holidays in Europe from Ireland. Return flights, accommodation, ground transfers and tours with an expert local guide are all included.

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Why Book a TD active Europe Walking Holiday

Amazing Walking Destinations

Amazing Walking Destinations

There is no better way to experience a country in all its natural wonders than a walking holiday. The best way to experience a new country is to get up close and personal with its breathtaking natural scenery. On our walking holidays, we’ll travel off the beaten path to places tour buses can’t reach as we enjoy an adventure in search of once-in-a-lifetime views. We offer walking holidays to truly beautiful locations like the Julian Alps in Slovenia to the dramatic seaside cliffs of north-western Spain. From Alpine Lakes in Austria to the Transylvanian forests in Romania, we’ll experience so much more untouched natural beauty than on a standard holiday. We have a range of walking holidays suitable for all levels to destinations such as Spain, Croatia, Austria, Hungary and even Romania.

Expertly Organised Itineraries

Expertly Organised Itineraries

On our walking holidays, we choose the best routes and expertly craft our itineraries to get the most out of each day, while still leaving plenty of time to immerse ourselves in the places we visit. We also take care of your luggage while you walk, so you can focus on enjoying the journey. Whether it’s a week-long trek on the Camino de Santiago or an adventure through Croatia’s Mljet National Park, we plan every walking holiday down to the last detail.

Walk with a Guide

Walk with a Guide

Whether you’ve been on many walking holidays or you’re embarking on your first one, it makes the trek much easier when you have a trusted expert to show you the way. On all of our walking holidays, we’ll be accompanied by a local walking guide each day. Throughout our trip, our guide will be there to give context to the places we visit, provide tips and answer any questions. We hand select the most experienced, friendly guides so that you can focus on enjoying the adventure.

All Walking Levels Welcome

All Walking Levels Welcome

We offer a variety of walking holidays to suit all different skill levels and the majority of our walking holidays offer a choice of walking routes with varying pace and distance. Our grades, leisurely, moderate and challenging, are judged by the average distance, terrain and incline covered on each holiday. So whether you’re an experienced walker hiking through rough terrain with challenging routes or just want to experience a new kind of holiday walking at a leisurely pace, we have walking holidays for everyone.

What To Expect On A Walking Holiday In Europe

We offer a range of Europe walking holidays suitable for all levels to destinations like Spain, Austria, Hungary and Romania. Whether you are an experienced walker prepared for hours of adventurous hiking or prefer to take things at a moderate pace, we’ll take you to some of the most beautiful trails in Europe. From a thrilling hike to take in panoramic views atop the Austrian Alps to a moderate walk through Slovenia’s Bohinj Valley in search of crystal clear glacial lakes, our walking holidays have something for everyone. The majority of our walking holidays offer a choice of routes with varying pace and distance, with each graded as ‘leisurely’, ‘moderate’, or ‘challenging’ depending on the distance, terrain and incline covered. All of our walking holidays include return flights, hotel accommodation, all ground transfers and an expert, local guide, so you get the most out of every trip!  

 

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Europe Walking Holidays To Suit All Levels

We offer a variety of walking holidays to suit all different skill levels and the majority of our walking holidays offer a choice of walking routes with varying pace and distance. So whether you’re an experienced walker hiking through rough terrain with challenging routes or just want to try out a new kind of holiday walking at your leisure, have a look at our walking levels to choose what’s right for you.

Leisurely

Leisurely

Our leisurely walks have an average distance between 3km and 10km on relatively flat terrain. If you’re a leisurely walker, we recommend our Transylvania walking holiday or our Footsteps of the Camino de Santiago holiday.

Moderate

Moderate

Our moderate walks have an average distance between 6km and 16km with daily ascent likely to be between 200m and 700m. If you’re looking for a holiday with moderately paced walking routes, our walking holidays in Ireland or the Danube bend are a great option for you.

Challenging

Challenging

Our challenging walks have an average distance between 11km and 28km with daily ascents likely to be between 500m and 1570m. If you’re up for a challenge, we recommend our Slovenia walking holiday or suggest you join us for the last 100km of the Camino de Santiago.

Europe Walking Holiday FAQs

How fit do I need to be for a TD active walking holiday?

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The walks throughout should be within the capabilities of anyone in normal good health, who is reasonably fit and is able to climb uphill. It’s your responsibility for assessing your own suitability and capability to fully participate in our walking holidays. Certain activities may be inaccessible to you if your mobility is limited in any way. Please ensure that you have understood the level of fitness and ability required for your chosen holiday.

What should I pack for my guided walking holiday?

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No matter what the destination, the weather can always be unpredictable, so prepare for all elements. The best advice for clothing is to wear layers, so pack some long and short sleeved tops as well as long and short trousers. Modern high-tech fabrics for shirts and walking trousers are windproof but also very quick drying, so if you get caught in a shower, or rinse them through at night, they will be dry by morning. Cotton clothing is not recommended, as it will retain sweat and cause friction burns. Hiking pants with convertible zips are ideal if the temperature changes suddenly! It is also advisable to bring a fleece or other warm clothing as temperatures can be cool during early morning starts. A light windbreaker or a waterproof jacket is also highly recommended.

We would also recommend the following items:

 

  • A strong pair of walking boots with good ankle support.
  • Double layered socks, as these prevent blisters.
  • Walking poles, these should be in your checked in with your baggage
  • Sunscreen
  • A broad brimmed hat to shade your face from hot sun is very important
  • Small first aid kit

What should I take on a hiking trip?

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We recommend a lightweight backpack, with capacity of approximately 10-25 litres, to hold your water bottle, extra layers of clothing, a camera, sunscreen and insect repellent and any other personal items you might like to take with you on each walking day. It is also a good idea to take some snacks with you in your back pack such as trail mix or an energy bar.

How should I prepare for my walking holiday?

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We strongly suggest you exercise by taking regular treks and undertaking some uphill training in order to get accustomed to the maximum hiking distance on your walking holiday. We also recommend that you undertake some background research about the walking destinations you will be visiting and the type of climate and local conditions you can expect, so as to get the most out of your holiday.

Will someone be transporting our luggage?

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Yes, your luggage will be transported on the coach between accommodation whilst you’re hiking. All you need to take is a backpack.

Do we still walk in bad weather?

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Rain or shine we will embark on our hike! However, the routes may be altered by the local walking guide if any unexpected or extreme weather conditions are encountered. These decisions are always made with the best intention for the group’s wellbeing.

What is the accommodation like on a walking holiday?

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We like to include authentic accommodation on all our tours in order to really experience the local culture and get to the heart of a destination. Our holidays generally stay in locally owned boutique hotels, 3 star hotels, home stays or guesthouses. We occasionally offer 4 star hotels but never a chain hotel or a 5 star luxury hotel.

Can I share a twin room to save on cost if I am travelling by myself?

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Yes, we offer two ways to travel, either with your own private room or with our Solo Twin Share rooms, which pair you with a roommate of the same gender.

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