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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 trul