Untrodden Europe: 10 hiking and walking trips in forgotten corners of Europe

Europe is a well-travelled continent. And while hiking will get you away from the crowds, there are certain areas that get busier than others. Here are ten hiking and walking trips in forgotten corners of Europe



Greece

Evia - Hidden Greece

8 days from CA$1899

Physical Rating: Leisurely / Moderate

Exploring the undiscovered Greek island of Evia on foot you will find an authentic vibe, original tavernas, historical treasures and hidden beaches.





Romania

Transylvanian walks and wildlife

8 days from CA$1999

Physical Rating: Leisurely / Moderate

Transylvania is one of Romania's least disturbed regions, an area of ancient Saxon villages, medieval towns and castles and abundant wildlife. On this trip you will discover all of these on walks through the mountains, forests, canyons and farmland.




Slovenia

Hiking in Slovenia

8 days days from CA$1999

Physical Rating: Moderate

Tiny Alpine Slovenia offers great scenery amidst which you will find incredible walks and hikes. Pretty landscapes dotted with small churches and quaint villages share the country with amazing mountainscapes. Hike to waterfalls in the Martuljek Gorge, indulge in an abundance of alpine fauna and flora in the Karavanke Mountains, visit Lake Bled, walk the shores of Lake Bohinj and hike the stunning Pokljuka Plateau.




Italy

Walking Puglia, the heel of Italy

8 days from CA$1999

Physical Rating: Leisurely / Moderate

Deep in southern Italy, in the "heel of the boot", lie the unique regions of Puglia and Basilicata. It is an area of limestone ridges, fertile valleys, vineyards, ancient olive groves and pretty towns. We explore the rock-cut dwellings in UNESCO-protected Matera, the dry-stone houses of Alberobello and the dramatic coastline, while enjoying the great regional cuisine and wines.




Italy

Trails of the Italian Alps

7 days from CA$1659

Physical Rating: Moderate / Challenging

High up in the Alps' Aosta Valley, against the border with France, Gran Paradiso, Italy's oldest national park, feels like a true wilderness. Encounters with ibex and chamois are common on your trek and the views of Mont Blanc and as far over as Matterhorn are simply stupendous. Glacial lakes, valleys carpeted in wildflowers and snow-covered mountains set the back-drop for a week of fantastic hiking. Nights are spent in atmospheric mountain refuges, adding to the alpine experience.



Italy

Explore the Prosecco Hills on foot

8 days from CA$2199

Physical Rating: Leisurely / Moderate

In northern Italy, between Venice and the Dolomites lies an undiscovered area famous for its production of Prosecco. Using an elegant hotel as our base, we explore the villages and vineyards of this picturesque region, while enjoying the wonderful cuisine and bubbles.



France, Switzerland:

Haute Route of the Alps

15 days from CA$3895

Physical Rating: Challenging

The Haute Route passes beneath 10 or the 12 highest mountains in the Alps, from Mont Blanc near Chamonix in France to Matterhorn near Zermatt in Switzerland. Spectacular mountain views, stunning valleys and pretty glacial lakes are all around on this fantastic trek.


France

Walking the French Riviera

8 days from CA$2379

Physical Rating: Leisurely / Moderate

It is the furthest east you can go on the Côte d’Azur, but the pretty seaside town of Menton will not disappoint. It is one of the most attractive towns on the French Riviera, what with its shady streets, pastel-coloured mansions and excellent restaurants. With the town as your base you will explore the villages, gardens, coastal paths, mountain trails and fantastic viewpoints of this picturesque corner of France.




Portugal

Douro Valley on foot

8 days from CA$2679

Physical Rating: Leisurely

Discover the famous Basto and Douro regions of Portugal on foot. Leisurely walks, sampling the great wine and food along with engaging cultural visits make for a great relaxing holiday.



England

Coast to Coast Trail

15 days from CA$3190

Physical Rating: Challenging

Crossing England west to east near its narrowest point, the just over 300 kilometre Coast to Coast Path is one of the world's classic treks. It leads through the dramatic scenery of three distinct national parks: Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors.

From St. Bees on the Irish Sea to Robin Hood's Bay on the North Sea you will walk through a variety of landscapes featuring dry stone walls, endless moors, steep hills and mountains and some very charming villages each with their own pub. Stupendous views are the order of the day on this classic English trek.


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