Now may be the perfect time to get out your favorite pair of walking or hiking shoes. According to a survey by The People and Nature Survey for England, walking trips are on the rise thanks to the number of people spending time outside which has increased from 49% in March 2021 to 61% in February 2022. As mass tourism destinations like Barcelona are introducing taxes, 2023 is the year to look toward the lesser known and remote destinations that encourage nature, history and cultural exploration on foot.
In order to assist travelers with itineraries for exciting and informative walking tours, travel tour companies such as TravelLocal have compiled numerous walking and hiking tours, along with other adventurous activities, designed to educate and inspire. With TravelLocal you can tailor and plan trips directly with hand-picked experts all over the world.
Adventure in the Pyrenees, Spain
For nature walks and adventure from canyoning to paragliding along with the grand opening of Canfranc Estacion, the transformation of an iconic railway station into a luxury hotel, the area is a haven for history and adventure seekers. TravelLocal’s new six-night itinerary “Adventure in the Pyrenees” features a stop at Canfranc. The itinerary starts from Aragon’s cultural mecca, Zaragoza, before going Canfranc and learning about the history the town and railway played in World War II, then onto the heart of the Pyrenees’ Tena Valley with hiking tours across the Ordesa National Park. It features paragliding and horseback riding in Benasque and canyoning in the Vero River in Alquézar, one of the wildest and most unspoiled parts of Spain. Rates start from $2,678 per person (based on two travelers) excluding flights.
Ten-Day Alternative Greek Island Hopping Tour, Milos and Sifnos, Greece
Island hoppers looking for authenticity and unbeatable nature are discovering Milos for its photogenic landscape featuring chalk-white rock formations at Sarakiniko beach. Its moon-like appearance and crystal blue waters, along with colorful fishing villages, are making the island one of the most photographed destinations. Its popularity is set to command new infrastructure and increased mainland connections in 2023. For the outdoor explorer looking for a truly authentic island experience, Sifnos is luring in travelers who are attracted to its endless marked hiking trails. Previously neglected and overgrown, the island’s ancient paths have been revitalized by Paths of Greece which strives to attract hikers and to generate a sustainable year-round source of income for local communities. The sleepy island surrounded by lush green valleys and hidden coves is also in the spotlight thanks to hotel arrivals including NOS Hotel & Villas. Rates start from $2,379 per person excluding flights.
Six Days Luxury in Argentine Patagonia, South America
This wild territory in the southern tip of South America has long been known as the global leader in adventure tourism, thanks to having the best long-distance trekking routes in the world and the most spectacular glaciers. Today it’s gaining awareness as a leader in sustainable, conservation-minded tourism. This growing reputation is largely due to a recently launched initiative that was decades in the making: the Route of Parks of Patagonia – a major project between private organizations and the governments of Chile and Argentina, that aims to restore the land’s (previously used for livestock) native flora and fauna and connecting the national parks to create a new ‘green lung’ South of America. As the destination increasingly becomes known for its thriving wildlife corridors, and rare viewing opportunities such as the Huemul deer, 2023 is the time to experience a new kind of walking safari in the heart of the Patagonian wilderness.
Fueled by a passion for authentic travel, Country Walkers is recognized as one of the leading providers of walking adventures worldwide. They specialize in tours throughout Africa, Middle East, Asia, South Pacific, North and South America along with a heavy emphasis on Europe.
Glacier National Park, Montana
Country Walker’s six-day guided tour offers a front-row perspective on Glacier National Park’s stunning wildlife, mountains and lakes. Naturalist guides explain the park’s impressive geological history during hikes to Avalanche Lake, the Highline Trail, Iceberg Lake, Grinnell Lake Overlook, Grinnell Glacier and Scenic Point. Ascend the peaks and cliffs of the Continental Divide on a vintage Red Bus tour with multiple options for wildlife and wildflower viewing. Enjoy lakeside picnic lunches and accommodations at historic lodges. Rates start at $3,998 per person, double occupancy, for departures in July, August and September 2023.
Minho and the Douro Valley, Portugal
Explore the third oldest controlled wine region on Country Walker’s week long guided tour through the Douro Valley. Meet friendly locals in Marialva, walk through history on the ancient Caminho de Santiago, enjoy a relaxing cruise down the Douro River aboard a private rabelo boat and explore tiny farming hamlets, Moorish villages, mountain valleys offering breathtaking views and Parque Nacional da Peneda-Gerês, Portugal’s only national park. Rates start at $3,795 per person, double occupancy (tour only) or $4,795 per person, double occupancy (flight and tour combo), with departures in April, May, September, October and November 2023.