Intrepid Travel has launched a new range of walking tours in Europe with a focus on the continent’s most classic routes.
The Great Walks of Europe collection includes six treks delivered in a sustainable and accessible way, and led by highly qualified and vaccinated local leaders. The walking tours offer adventures for many fitness levels and include a mix of center-based itineraries, which provide the possibility for a traveler to skip some walks if they wish, and point-to-point hikes, which require participants to complete particular routes to get to the next destination.
Each trip will include stays at small, family-run hotels and other accommodations, with minimal transport used, making them a sustainable option and supporting the local communities that have been affected by the pandemic.
“Fresh air, iconic routes, remote locations and a guarantee of vaccinated trip leaders and fellow travel companions make these new walking tours a safe and desirable option for North American travelers looking to explore Europe,” said Matt Berna, managing director, North America, Intrepid Travel, in a press release statement.
The Great Walks of Europe collection tours depart from April 2022 onwards, and the prices of each trip shown below reflect the current 15 percent off sale running in North America, which ends Sept. 20.
Walk the Camino de Santiago (Spain) is a 7-day tour from $1,254 per person. Participants will journey along the final stretch of Spain’s Camino de Santiago, walking through traditional countryside, Roman ruins and more, while sampling unique Galician specialties like polbo a feira octopus in Melide and learning how to make the traditional Queimada drink.
Hike the Rota Vicentina (Portugal) is an 8-day tour from $1,794 per person. Portugal’s Rota Vicentina is also known as the Fisherman’s Trail, and is a coastal path that passes through the Alentejo and Algarve regions. Travelers will enjoy a seafood lunch in the village of Zambujeira do Mar with ingredients from the local fish market, spend a day at leisure in Aljezur, and hike to Cabo de Sao Vicente, mainland Europe’s southwestern most point.
Hiking in the Dolomites (Italy) is an 8-day tour from $1,739 per person. On this tour travelers will be based in the Italian town of Dobbiaco, spending each day exploring the Dolomite region. Participants will hike the Three Peaks of Lavaredo loop, a full day walk which is widely regarded as the most scenic hike in the Dolomites; and see the Earth Pyramids of Platten, naturally formed earth towers which are the tallest and most perfectly shaped earth pyramids in Europe.
Hike the Lycia Way (Turkey) is an 8-day tour from $927 per person. Travelers will hike along Turkey’s Turquoise Coast and the rocky tracks of the Lycian Way – a trail used in ancient Greek and Roman times. The itinerary will explore ancient Lycian tombs in Fethiye, and visit Oludeniz’s Blue Lagoon, Turkey’s longest sand beach at Patara, and the coastal town of Kas.
Mont Blanc Highlights (France) is an 8-day tour from $2,091 per person. Travelers will hike through the Alps each day with an International Mountain Leader guiding the way before returning to their base in Chamonix.
Hike the Tour du Mont Blanc (France, Italy, Switzerland) is an 8-day tour from $2,652 per person. Travelers follow a circuit route from Chamonix in France, passing through Switzerland and Italy. Participants will embark on several included hikes and cable car rides around the slopes along the way.
As of Sept. 2021, all travelers and tour leaders with Intrepid Travel must be vaccinated, and every Intrepid trip operates under Safe Travel protocols developed and endorsed by the World Travel & Tourism Council.
Travelers can also book with confidence with Intrepid’s Flexible bookings policy.
For more information visit intrepidtravel.com/theme/walking.