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The best new hiking, walking and trekking trips for 2018

At Adventure Coordinators we love a good hike - be it a day hike around the Italian countryside or a hike on an extended trail in Nepal, we love it all! With so many tour operators and so many different trips, look to the experts at Adventure Coordinators for unbiased advice.

Here is our selection of the best new hiking, walking and trekking trips for 2018.

Ireland: Wild Atlantic Way

8 days from $3,225

Rated moderate 3 out of 10

The Burren and Connemara face each other across Galway Bay, with the glorious Aran Islands strategically placed in between. It is hard to imagine two more contrasting landscapes. ‘Burren’ is derived from the Irish word boireann meaning ‘place of stone’, and the name could not be more apt. There is no part of Ireland where rock so obviously dominates the landscape as it does in the Northwest corner of County Clare. By contrast - Connemara is an imposing landscape of lakes, moorland and rugged mountains. This trip is not to be missed if you love wildflowers. The flora of the Burren region accommodates 75% of all Ireland's wildflowers. This region is world famous for its botany. Email for more information

United Kingdom: Coast to coast guided explorer

17 days from $3,090

Rated challenging 5 out of 10

This is the quintessential English hill walking and long-distance trail experience. Traverse three national parks, a variety of interesting landscapes, old towns and of course classic English public houses. Starting at St Bees we head east, with the wind, into the Lake District to pass by some of its most famous lakes and cross some important passes. Then it is on to the Yorkshire Dales and over the mystical Nine Standards Rig, before following the beautiful River Swale for a couple of days into the old market town of Richmond, then on to the North Sea Coast and Robin Hood's Bay. Along the way you will be amazed at the variety of the dry stone walls, the charming little villages and the warm welcome from the locally run inns, B&Bs and guesthouses. Email for more information

Iceland: Laugavegur trail to Skógar 7 days from $4590 Rated moderate, 5 out of 10 The best known of all treks in Iceland, the Laugavegur Trail, offers all the colours of the rainbow over the course of the hike. Beginning in the geothermal valley of Landmannalaugar in the southern highlands the route heads south past small gorges to the Þórsmörk valley. Arriving at the foot of Eyjafjallajökull volcano which last errupted in 2010 and whose crater is completely covered by an icecap, marks one of the many highlights of the trip. The trail then crosses the third biggest geothermal zone in the world where steaming hot springs are dotted through the landscape, over the yellow rhyolite mountains, through black deserts, past great canyons and into the green valley of Thórsmörk. The walk takes you through the magical landscapes of Goðalönd – the abode of the Gods where a multitude of flowers and grasses cover the cliffs and glaciers, volcanoes and lava streams occupy the view. Email for more information

Portugal: Best of the Portuguese way 10 days from $3,460 Rated introductory to moderate, 4 out of 10 For many pilgrims, the Portuguese Way is more spiritually connected to the Camino than any other way. The Camino is all about the apostle St James, and Portugal, it is said, is where he was known to have first preached. It is also believed that his final journey to Santiago was via Portugal when his bones were brought back from Jerusalem following his beheading. The Portuguese Way, which is second only to the Camino Francés in popularity with modern day walkers and pilgrims, extends from the capital, Lisbon, across the border to Santiago, and this guided walk takes in the most popular, beautiful and intriguing sections between these two classic European cities. You'll visit the must see Portuguese cities of Coimbra and Porto, enjoying guided walks and wine tastings as you go, before crossing into Spain where you will walk a section of the Way and visit a manor house near Pontevedra before arriving in the famed cathedral city of Santiago de Compostela. Email for more information

Italy: Western Sicily guided walk

8 days from $2,990

Rated introductory to moderate, 4 out of 10

On the southern borders of Europe, just a few kilometres from Tunisia, western Sicily offers a eclectic mix of culture, history and some exceptional landscapes. On this guided walk you will discover the archaeological sites of Segesta and Selinunte, where temples, theatres and an acropolis are evidence of Sicily's ancient historical legacy. Walks along the Zingaro and Monte Pispisa Nature Reserves show the typical vegetation of the Mediterranean countryside in a wild and extremely beautiful environment of coves, caves and impressive rock walls. Visit the wild island of Levanzo and explore the narrow streets of Trapani, sample local produce in the markets and discover Palermo's art treasures. Your guide will unlock the secrets and history of the region, making this trip truly unforgettable. Email for more information

Georgia: Trekking in Georgia 8 days from $1400 Rated moderate, 5 out of 10 Trek in a fascinating, off-beat region, virtually untouched by tourism. Lying among the craggy snow-capped peaks and deep gorges of Georgia's Greater Caucasus Mountains, Svaneti is a region with its own unique history and culture. Stay with the proud Svantian people in remote villages with their distinctive \i koshki\i0 - medieval defensive stone towers. Hike through thick forests to the base of Mount Ushgali, the Chalaadi Glacier and beautiful waterfalls. Email for more information

Canada & USA: Walking in the Yukon & Alaska 14 days from $4,745 Rated moderate, 3 out of 10 Traverse the untouched Yukon Territory on this two-leader, dedicated walking tour which explores some of the most scenic and untouched natural areas on planet Earth. Canada's northernmost province is a vast territory within the Arctic Circle and the Arctic Ocean. Homeland of American Indians and Inuit, Yukon is North America's largest remaining wild land. It is also where the unexpected occurs. Kluane Park is one of unceasing beauty with its pine tree forests, wide glacial valleys, tundra setting and its glacier-peaked mountain range, home to a population of wolves, Grizzly Bear, salmon and eagles. With spectacular skies and the midnight sun extending summer days, this bucket list essential is the ultimate experience for wildlife, walking and photography enthusiasts. Email for more information

USA: Great Alaska Adventure 11 days from $5171 Rated introductory, 5 out of 10 Alaska’s greatest asset may actually be its diversity and the state’s superlatives simply defy the imagination. Alaska is home to Prince William Sound – a diverse maritime complex of tidewater glaciers and deep fjords, Wrangell-St. Elias – America’s largest National Park and home to 9 of the 16 highest peaks on the continent, Denali – the highest peak in North America at 20,320’, and to countless treasures that fill the pages of coffee table books around the world. Our popular itinerary will allow you to sample the wonders of Alaska by hiking, kayaking, rafting, cruising and flying through its vast wilderness all while enjoying the hospitality and character of rustic, yet comfortable lodging. Email for more information

Canada: Walking in Newfoundland 6 days from $2,690 Rated easy to moderate, 3 out of 10 Newfoundland, an island on the edge of wilderness, jutting into the North Atlantic - famed for its coastal scenery, icebergs, sea stacks, prolific birdlife and whales. Known as 'the Rock\ to the locals, we explore the East Coast Trail on foot, linking isolated communities who still speak with an Irish accent. Stay in two bases, St John's - perched on a fjord and famous for its old fashioned bars, and Trinity where depending on the season we take a zodiac to see icebergs or whales. Pack your walking boots and head to Canada's best kept secret. Email for more information

Peru: Choquequirao tp Machu Picchu Express 6 days from $1,099 Rated challenging, 7 out of 10 This shorter trek is perfect if you’re looking for an adventure that’s as challenging as it is rewarding. Explore the ruins of Choquequirao, the lost city that’s even more remote than nearby Machu Picchu, but you'll see that too. Because of its difficult-to-reach location, the site sees relatively few visitors. This means you'll get to experience Incan history in near-solitude, surrounded by nothing but ancient architecture and spanning forests. Spectacular views of the Andes are all along the trek to Choquequirao, a journey filled with lush wilderness, breathtaking vistas, and a visit to Machu Picchu. Email for more information

Argentina: Fitz Roy & Cerro Torre Backcountry Trek 7 days from $2,303 Rated challenging, 7 out of 10 This unique trek offers the chance to delve deep into the Los Glaciares National Park in Argentinean Patagonia experiencing classic landscapes with steep granite spires towering over vast glaciers, cerulean lakes, rivers and forests. You’ll carry a full pack and the benefits of this self sufficiency will become quickly evident. With the day hikers retreating back to El Chalten we savour the serenity of our base camps at Mount Fitz Roy & Cerro Torre being treated to incredible sunrises with the play of light on these formidable peaks. This is definitely a much wilder experience to your average trek with forays on to high ridge lines, high line river crossings, expansive views, glaciated mountains and moraine traverses in the backcountry of Patagonia. Email for more information

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