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Self-guided walking holidays in an unspoilt Europe

 

“Real” Europe.  What does it mean?  Self-guided walking holidays are the best way to discover the still-vibrant rural soul which infuses so many lesser-known areas of Europe, and to discover the beauty that arises from the harmony of man, history, culture and landscape. Our mission is to give you the freedom of discovery.

Our self-guided hiking tours cover most of southern and central Europe, including Italy, with its wealth of landscape, food and wine and culture.  Our walking vacations in Spain explore the north of the peninsula in great depth, while our self-guided France holidays concentrate on the mid and south-east of the country.

The rest of Europe is by no means forgotten though – with three tours in England, three in Greece and two in Croatia as well as many other countries.  Check out all the options by using the drop down list above.

You will normally stay in small, family run accommodation and will fortify the inner man as the locals do – with home grown foods and the best local wines. And we carry your luggage, so that you can concentrate on the serious job of enjoying your holiday. Each of our routes is designed by a local, and has a goal – somewhere great to arrive at – and we have routes for all walking abilities and tastes. We love to talk to you too, so contact our office for the best and most personal service you will get from any walking holiday company.

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Croatia – mountains and islands

Croatia – mountains and islands

Wednesday 17th April | Posted by On Foot Staff

Croatia is probably best known for its gorgeous Adriatic coastline, strung with little islands, fishing villages and rocky coves. The opposite ends of this coastline are the focus for our two self-guided walking holidays in this oddly-shaped country. [caption ...

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A Greek island idyll

A Greek island idyll

Tuesday 9th April | Posted by On Foot Staff

What do you see in your vision of the perfect Greek island? Crystal seas, white hilltop chapels, goats scampering over the rocks, a vine-covered taverna where you can linger over a glass of wine and watch the sunset? These are places to escape from the rush of everyday ...

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Tuscany – Leonardo da Vinci’s inspiration

Tuscany – Leonardo da Vinci’s inspiration

Tuesday 2nd April | Posted by On Foot Staff

This is the year to get to know Leonardo da Vinci, as the 500th anniversary of his death sparks special exhibitions and interest in the Tuscan-born genius worldwide. What better reason could there be to explore the land of his birth, and decide for yourself whether the ...

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On Foot Holidays - Amalfi Coast

By SuzieSolo on 4 April 2019

Experience of a lifetime

This was a "gift" to myself for my 60th birthday, with the end plan being to meet my son who was based in Austria for the winter. The Amalfi Coast wa...

This was a "gift" to myself for my 60th birthday, with the end plan being to meet my son who was based in Austria for the winter. The Amalfi Coast was a place I had always wanted to visit, and this seemed the ideal to see it up close. I had travelled on my own on short trips before and was determined that having no one to travel with was not going to stop me from a new adventure. I selected On Foot Holidays amongst the many many self guided walking companies as they seem most aligned with my expectations when travelling. It was the most wonderful experience. Though of course it was fantastic to see the Amalfi Coast, the concept of walking from town to town, hiking trails, really exploring the countryside and pushing the boundaries a little was the highlight of the trip for me. The detailed level of information provided was a surprise however once "on the ground" was grateful for it. The accommodation was perfect for my needs in all locations and it was good to know there was a contact person nearby if needed, which luckily I didn't. Where this was going to be a one off trip I am going to plan another in 12 months time. I loved travelling on my own, setting my own pace, and just doing what I wanted to do. Overall there was nothing I could fault and can't wait to do another route.

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On Foot Holidays were exceptional in their customer service and attention to detail. I travelled in March when many of the normal hotels were not open, and they were tireless in finding properties that suited me and my requests. The level of detail provided was certainly above and beyond what I expected and as I found was all extremely helpful, and often necessary. I will certainly be booking with them again.


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On Foot Holidays - Mallorca

By Geri on 9 March 2019

Highs and Lows of Beauty

The trip to Mallorca was unforgettable. We had not visited before but were captured by beauty from the moment we stepped off the plane - and for eve...

The trip to Mallorca was unforgettable. We had not visited before but were captured by beauty from the moment we stepped off the plane - and for every step afterward! The path was easily followed and with the help of GPS it was even better. It was harder than we anticipated because of the steep highs and also steep downhills but we felt good we could and did do it! All the while with great weather and beautiful scenery

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On Foot Holidays was always available to answer questions from the moment we signed up. They responded quickly and lived up to what they promised. We were very happy with them. The local contact even called us the day we arrived in Palma


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On Foot Holidays - Mallorca

By Maureen on 5 March 2019

All pitch perfect in the Serra Tramuntana

I have taken about a half dozen self guided hikes before, from Japan to Italy to Scotland to the Picos. I think the trip organized by On Foot was th...

I have taken about a half dozen self guided hikes before, from Japan to Italy to Scotland to the Picos. I think the trip organized by On Foot was the best of the lot. The vistas were grand, the trip notes very straightforward and precise, the hotels fabulous, and the trail options were comforting, especially given I was hiking alone (I could avoid the bare rock high road and instead take a similarly demanding but More legible low road. Great from start to finish, and affordable.

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Great communication.


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On Foot Holidays - Andalucia

By Mipi on 12 February 2019

New Years in Andalucia

On foot Holidays customized a shorter version of their Andalucia - While villages of the Ronda Mountains tours to three days and four nights over New ...

On foot Holidays customized a shorter version of their Andalucia - While villages of the Ronda Mountains tours to three days and four nights over New Years. We had superb weather and everything went very smoothly. It was challenging, but we were prepared for this. The scenery was absolutely over the top! An absolutely fabulous adventure.

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On foot Holidays not only customized the walk for us, but were also extremely helpful with logistics before and after our walk. They quickly and thoroughly responded to all my requests and followed up with additional information as it became available without my asking. Initially, I thought they had provided more information than I could digest or was needed prior to the trip, but every bit of it was useful and by the end it seemed appropriate. By the way, I tried to upload a few photos but was not able to.


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On Foot Holidays - Mallorca

By Debstakka on 7 February 2019

On foot in Mallorca

We had a wonderful 5 days walking in the Trumantana Mountains in Mallorca and staying in beautiful boutique hotels and guest houses. The hospitality w...

We had a wonderful 5 days walking in the Trumantana Mountains in Mallorca and staying in beautiful boutique hotels and guest houses. The hospitality was great, the scenery was stunning and the weather in January is perfect for walking with very few tourists.

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On Foot Holidays organise all the details with comprehensive walking notes, great hotels and luggage transfers. They select really lovely places to stay, always in the old part of town or quaint villages, with generous and hospitable hosts


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On Foot Holidays - Alpes Mmes

By Tanya J. on 29 December 2018

On Foot Holidays Alpes Maritimes Walk - An Unforgettable Experience!

Can't say enough great things about our experience walking the Alps Maritime trek - the views were stunning, the trails easy to navigate and well groo...

Can't say enough great things about our experience walking the Alps Maritime trek - the views were stunning, the trails easy to navigate and well groomed, and the lodging and food along the way fantastic (especially Les Iris which was a very cute B&B whose lovely host, Pina, cooked a fabulous dinner for us and went above and beyond coordinating with On Foot and sending my husband's wedding ring back to us after he lost it on the property).

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This was our first walk using a travel company and Debbie and Simon at On Foot Holidays were absolutely fantastic. They were very professional, friendly, responsive and also went above and beyond coordinating the return of my husband's wedding ring which he lost on the trip. The packet of maps and information was very well put together and we are looking forward to doing another walk with On Foot in 2019.


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On Foot Holidays - Andalucia

By Adam B. on 29 November 2018

Best family vacation ever on the 6-night Andalucia

Some of the most gorgeous scenery we've ever seen. Everything was perfect!

Some of the most gorgeous scenery we've ever seen. Everything was perfect!

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Super responsive to every question we had, our accommodations were all excellent, the route and the directions were perfect. On Foot is a top notch organization with exceptional staff. We will be using them again soon for sure!


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On Foot Holidays - Portugal

By Eliza on 20 November 2018

A wonderful way to challenge yourself, experience history and relax!!

This self guided walk took us through part of the Peneda-Geres National Park in Portugal from Soajo to Santa Maria do Bouro. It was like living in ano...

This self guided walk took us through part of the Peneda-Geres National Park in Portugal from Soajo to Santa Maria do Bouro. It was like living in another time: ancient villages, the espigueros, women tending long horned cattle, paths built by the Romans with mileposts to help guide the way, all through an interesting variety of terrains from day to day. At the end of each day our luggage greeted us at a new, always interesting abode where we looked forward to the new restaurant for dinner and then to the more than adequate breakfasts which sent us on our way again!

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All our contact was via email as we live in different countries. This holiday, (and others with the same company), was exceptional in its walk organisation, provision of information, reliable accommodation, immediate feedback to queries and generally friendly, caring attitude. I highly recommend them.


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On Foot Holidays - Amalfi Coast

By Cathy on 17 November 2018

Amazing walks on the Amalfi Coast

We were a group of 8 friends who met in Amalfi to hike the coastal routes planned by On Foot Holidays. This was our fourth walk with On Foot, and it ...

We were a group of 8 friends who met in Amalfi to hike the coastal routes planned by On Foot Holidays. This was our fourth walk with On Foot, and it did not disappoint. The walking was a bit challenging due to the many ups and downs, but the scenery was spectacular every day (as was the weather), which distracted us from the many steps we took to reach our vistas. The accommodations were all spacious, clean and quiet, and fairly central to our routes.

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I am always in awe of how responsive On Foot Holidays is to our many concerns. No matter when I email them, they seem to answer within a few hours. The Walkers Packet which arrives several weeks before the journey begins has extensive route notes/maps, but additionally so much information on history, restaurants, accommodations. Included are always detailed train, bus, and ferry schedules for our transportation to, from, and during our walks. We have never had any issues on any of our walks, but I always feel that should an injury, accident or concern arise, On Foot would provide assistance in a timely manner. I feel that On Foot truly cares about the customer and his/her experience.


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On Foot Holidays - Dorset

By Ken In Moraga on 10 November 2018

Wonderful Walking Tour from Salisbury to Lyme Regis

Our walking tour took us through lovely countryside, interesting old villages and beautiful coastal areas. All of our lodgings were very good or excel...

Our walking tour took us through lovely countryside, interesting old villages and beautiful coastal areas. All of our lodgings were very good or excellent. The daily trail directions were not difficult at all to follow but having a cell phone with a compass app is or a compass is a must. Several times we took the shorter options which the directions offer. This is the third walking holiday we have done with On Foot and we heartily recommend them.

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Easy to work with, friendly and very responsive.


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On Foot Holidays - Greece/Vikos

By Wythall Wanderers on 9 November 2018

Stunning scenery in the Vikos Gorge

We thoroughly enjoyed our 8 day walking holiday. We had 2 nights and 1 full day in Corfu which gave us the opportunity to see the old town and fort b...

We thoroughly enjoyed our 8 day walking holiday. We had 2 nights and 1 full day in Corfu which gave us the opportunity to see the old town and fort before taking the ferry across to the mainland. On Foot provided us with excellent travel information, so we were able to get the ferry and bus with no problems and were then met by pre-arranged taxi to take us to the Zagori mountain region for our walk. On Foot booked all the accommodation for us, which was comfortable and we were warmly welcomed at each place. We enjoyed staying at small B+Bs in the mountains, which gave us a flavour of the real Greece. Our luggage was moved for us, so was safely awaiting our arrival at each of the B+Bs we stayed in. The walking descriptions provided made it easy to follow the route (we walked on our own), and we were able to enjoy the stunning scenery in the knowledge that all the details had been attended to, and all we had to do was relax and enjoy the walk.

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We have now booked 8 holidays with On Foot, and have our 9th one booked already for next year! That must surely tell you how much we value the support, attention to detail, and personal touches provided by On Foot. They will go above and beyond - this time helping with a request to provide a surprise birthday treat for a birthday which fell during the holiday. Having exchanged many e-mails and phone calls over the years, we decided to visit the On Foot office this year - it felt like meeting friends. We would not hesitate to recommend On Foot to anyone who likes walking in unspoiled countryside.


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On Foot Holidays - Amalfi Coast

By Artie on 8 November 2018

Walking along the Amalfi coast

A week's walking holiday where accommodation was found along the route, walks were prepared for us, and our luggage was transported to each overnight ...

A week's walking holiday where accommodation was found along the route, walks were prepared for us, and our luggage was transported to each overnight stay. The walks were superb with wonderful views, suitable and well set out, the accommodation was excellent, lively resorts and the weather was so good in October that we swam in the Med most days.

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We have used 'On Foot' for the last 6 or 7 years. They provide the type of holiday we enjoy. They give friendly and personal help and advice when we initially contact them about a particular holiday, at least one of the staff will have walked the routes and stayed in the accommodation they offer. They organise any extras we require, like taxis transport to and from the airport, and have local personnel in the area that we can contact if we have any problems when we are abroad. They provide a personal service and we always feel we are in safe hands!


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On Foot Holidays - Amalfi Coast

By Ken on 6 November 2018

Exhausting but exhilarating; makes you good to be alive

Walking the Amalfi coast with luggage sent on ahead . Fantastic views ; spectacular scenery and a great reward for all those climbs!

Walking the Amalfi coast with luggage sent on ahead . Fantastic views ; spectacular scenery and a great reward for all those climbs!

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On Foot Holidays. Very professional and thorough. Nothing ever too much trouble. Would definitely book with them again.


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On Foot - Lighthouse Way

By Walkabout on 2 November 2018

Lighthouse walk

10day walk along the dramatic Galicia coast. On Foot are brilliant at what they do, well organised, supportive and show great personal interest. Our a...

10day walk along the dramatic Galicia coast. On Foot are brilliant at what they do, well organised, supportive and show great personal interest. Our accomadtion, hosts, walking routes and local support Aznar were unforgettable...The walk itself is unique, we started late in season...12th October the weather was exceptional! The accommodation and routes were quiet, suited us just fine. The sea food delicious and vino blanco a specialty of Galicia. Good to have some Spanish phrases at hand.

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Brilliant! Well organised, sipportive, and show great personal interest


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On Foot - Northern Provence

By Ian on 29 October 2018

Another enjoyable On Foot experience

Independent walking holiday in northern Provence, staying at a range of hotels, each with its own distinct character but all welcoming and comfortable...

Independent walking holiday in northern Provence, staying at a range of hotels, each with its own distinct character but all welcoming and comfortable and all located in or close to villages which more than demanded exploration.

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The quality of support information was first class. In addition, On Foot were patient and helpful with making a number of tweaks that we'd hoped might be possible from the standard itinerary for this holiday: these greatly enhanced our enjoyment of the holiday.


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On Foot Holidays - Catalonia

By VickyW on 27 October 2018

Beautiful Walking in the hills of Catalonia

Fantastic walks, well off the beaten path. We barely saw another person during our hikes. The scenery was amazing and although the weather was cloudy ...

Fantastic walks, well off the beaten path. We barely saw another person during our hikes. The scenery was amazing and although the weather was cloudy and sometimes rainy we still thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

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Our first On Foot Holiday and was everything we hoped for and more. Very helpful Home Office Staff, always prompt and helpful with replies to my e-mails. The walkers pack was very useful in preparing for our trip. All the details of our routes, transfers and meals were expertly organized and there were no issues during our holiday. Our accommodations were comfortable and the various hosts we met we all very friendly. The routes themselves were amazing!


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On Foot Holidays - Catalonia

By VickyW on 27 October 2018

Beautiful Walking in the hills of Catalonia

Fantastic walks, well off the beaten path. We barely saw another person during our hikes. The scenery was amazing and although the weather was cloudy ...

Fantastic walks, well off the beaten path. We barely saw another person during our hikes. The scenery was amazing and although the weather was cloudy and sometimes rainy we still thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

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Our first On Foot Holiday and was everything we hoped for and more. Very helpful Home Office Staff, always prompt and helpful with replies to my e-mails. The walkers pack was very useful in preparing for our trip. All the details of our routes, transfers and meals were expertly organized and there were no issues during our holiday. Our accommodations were comfortable and the various hosts we met we all very friendly. The routes themselves were amazing!


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On Foot Holidays - Portugal

By Cherrie on 25 October 2018

Untouched Portugal

Our 3-day hike through northern Portugal brought a sense of awe and wonder like no other. The countryside was amazing, the people warm and friendly. ...

Our 3-day hike through northern Portugal brought a sense of awe and wonder like no other. The countryside was amazing, the people warm and friendly. The weather was perfect (early October) for spending the day outside.

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On Foot Holidays answered all our questions immediately and completely as we prepared for our trip. And we didn't have that many questions because their up-front communication was so good. Every detail of our trip was attended to - we did not have to worry about a thing. The accommodations were lovely. Each place gave us a unique insight into the villages we visited. On Foot is a 5-star organization.


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On Foot Holidays - Portugal

By Peter on 25 October 2018

We could not have hoped for a better introduction to self-guided walking

We did an On Foot self-guided walking holiday in Northern Portugal. The walk took us along a Roman road through the Parque Nacional da Peneda-Geres, ...

We did an On Foot self-guided walking holiday in Northern Portugal. The walk took us along a Roman road through the Parque Nacional da Peneda-Geres, in the north east corner of Portugal . We did the shorter version of the walk which was over three days (four nights) starting in Brufe and ending at Santa Maria do Bouro. There was a huge variety of scenery which included long vistas down to colourful valleys with mountain peaks in the distance, boulders the size of houses, mountain streams and wooded glades. Accommodation included a converted stone cottage with a traditional Portuguese bread oven inside, a village albergia (basic hotel stop over), a quinta (small chateau), and the superbly comfortable Pousada at Santa Maria do Bouro which had been built from the ruins of a 13th century monastery. Walking was relatively easy with cumulative climbs each day of around 400 metres and daily distances ranging from 11km to 21km. We were extremely lucky with the weather which was 25 degrees or above every day; we were told that this was much hotter than usual for late October in northern Portugal. Overall, we could not have hoped for a better introduction to self-guided walking.

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On Foot gave us a very personal service from the beginning. After our initial inquiry it took them 2 to 3 days to confirm that the accommodation would be available for the dates we wanted to go. We were sent a very informative pack which included ways of getting to and from the airport at the beginning and end of the walk, our itinerary, detailed notes and maps for each day's walking, a description of the area we would be walking in, and name and phone number of a local contact if we needed any help when we were away. We were also sent a link to the GPS system that On Foot use with maps for our three days walking pre-loaded on the system. Whenever we contacted On Foot, we got through to a person who knew all about our booking and we were phoned by On Foot the day before we travelled to check that there was nothing we were uncertain about. There were no hitches at all on the holiday - all owners of accommodation expected us, pre-booked taxis met us, luggage transfers worked seamlessly and route maps took us where we needed to go - and we had the comfort of knowing there was a local contact even though in practice we did not need to contact him.


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On Foot Holidays - Devon

By From SF on 24 October 2018

Fabulous Devonshire Walking Holiday

Perfectly organized and a marvelous experience...no detail was overlooked...thank you for the experience of a lifetime!

Perfectly organized and a marvelous experience...no detail was overlooked...thank you for the experience of a lifetime!

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Fabulously attentive and organized!

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