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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.

We know that you have different walking needs and abilities and we have walks from 4 to 14 nights and of different grades to suit everybody.  We can even give you a tester day with our local contact to get you used to the concept of self-guiding.  And of course we carry your heavy luggage, so all you need to carry is a light day-pack.

Above all however we see ourselves as enablers.  Our team of head office staff, local contacts and indispensible hosts is committed to allowing you to find the very best that rural Europe can offer.  Once you have done one walk you will come back for more.  To make this possible we cover thirteen countries (to date):

Italy, Spain, France, England, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Croatia, Bulgaria, Greece, Turkey and Portugal.  Check them all out here.

A new coastal walk from On Foot Holidays

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A new coastal walk from On Foot Holidays

Monday 11th December | Posted by Simon Scutt

New for 2018 is a spectacular walk along the Camino dos Faros (Lighthouse Way) in Galicia, northwest Spain - the last unspoilt coast of Europe. Grand cliffs, sweeping sandy beaches and lonely capes characterise this coastline, along with iconic lighthouses from a time when the fierce tides and dangerous shoals were rightly respected by mariners. Fishing is still an important activity here, as witnessed in the thriving little ports with their ...

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On Foot Holidays - Greece/Vikos

By Jo on 11 December 2017

It's the only way to see a country in it's rude form

Walking from village to village over 7 days allows you to understand so much about a country. Let alone the people. The history is evident and you can...

Walking from village to village over 7 days allows you to understand so much about a country. Let alone the people. The history is evident and you can feel it. Walking through the deepest gorge in the world gives you perspective on life and how small we are in the greater scheme of things. I walked this by myself so there is a great sense of accomplishment i got from this. It was so remote and peaceful at times isolating but the people in the villages made me feel welcome and i felt like i was leaving home every time i started a new hike. But couldn't have done it without the guided routes and information supplied by on foot.

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So informative, gave me EVERYTHING i needed to make sure i didn't get lost. A contact person in every village, from Maps, to written directions, even GPS paths. They were insistent i studied all the information before i arrived. Which was so helpful. Especially walking this route by myself I felt safe knowing i had all the information i needed to explore this very untouched part of Greece.


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On Foot Holidays - Umbria

By GEE on 4 December 2017

Fantastically scenic Umbrian medium level walk

We had only passed through this region of Italy previously and so we were very rewarded on our self-guided walk with spectacular scenery daily, good t...

We had only passed through this region of Italy previously and so we were very rewarded on our self-guided walk with spectacular scenery daily, good to excellent accommodation & food, really helpful and friendly hosts each night plus amazing weather! It only rained a few drops one evening going to dinner. Our walk overlapped into the Lazio region and and we knew to expect both it and Umbria to be very scenic but we were blown away by the beauty especially after the climb to our accommodation in Labro. The view from there was stunning.

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Given that I am in Australia and our Tour Operator is in England, all communications are by email. I have corresponded with a number of On Foot staff as we have now done 3 walks with them and are planning another two for 2018. Whenever I send them an email I find, without fail, that I have answer from one of the staff the next day. They are extremely professional with a friendly manner and nothing is ever a problem and, whenever possible, they go that extra mile with specific information that may assist in planning and executing walks.


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On Foot Holidays - Tuscany

By Roy on 27 November 2017

Southern Tuscany Walk

We walked from Sienna to Motepulciano on foot with our luggage being transported each day. The arrangement is for self guided walking and the maps an...

We walked from Sienna to Motepulciano on foot with our luggage being transported each day. The arrangement is for self guided walking and the maps and route guidance was excellent and we had the bonus of glorious sunny weather in late October. We stayed in hotels and B&Bs booked in advance and usually in delightful medieval towns and small settlements and ate out using suggestions from the On foot guide. The accommodation was in small family run hotels with breakfast provided and we thoroughly enjoyed this aspect of our trip and the warm welcome we got at our various residences. The bonus of this walk was the historical dimension to the trip and we explored ancient towns and churches and experienced a taste of Catholic Italy which is so different from our own secular society. The landscape was delightful rolling countryside with woods and arable farming and the very picturesque fortified hill towns we visited/stayed in. It was easy walking with the huge advantage of late autumn sunshine in abundance to prepare us for the return to grey England.

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The planning and guidance notes for the trip were excellent and hence it was easy to find our way to our destination each day. We really enjoyed the choice of hotels the company identified and felt very comfortable and well looked after throughout our holiday. The transport of our luggage was executed faultlessly and the additional guidance offered with respect to our transport and to eating out was equally informative and helpful. Further, the background briefing notes with regard to historical and geographical aspects of the places visited was very helpful. i should add, the personal contact with the office staff has always been prompt and very helpful and much appreciated.


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On Foot Holidays - Alpes Mmes

By AS on 26 November 2017

Wonderful scenery, fascinating villages

Walking the Alpes- Maritimes was an amazing experience. We loved the scenery-the steep mountains with the panoramic views from the top and the seaside...

Walking the Alpes- Maritimes was an amazing experience. We loved the scenery-the steep mountains with the panoramic views from the top and the seaside walk from Cap Martin to Menton. The villages were delightful, so full of history and we loved walking the cobbled laneways exploring them. We especially loved La Brigue and the perched village of St Agnes. The track notes were excellent- we didn't get lost once. The background information on the flora and fauna made the walk even more interesting. The hotels were excellent and the food in every town was great

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OnFoot Holidays provided a comprehensive "Walkers' Pack" which made the holiday so much easier. Timetables and transport instructions on getting to start and from finish were provided, as were maps, track notes and background information.Any questions were promptly answered.


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On Foot Holidays - Amalfi Coast

By SueH on 15 November 2017

Awesome walk way about the tourist melee

We travelled to the Amalfi Coast at the end of October 2017. We had perfect walking temperatures and sunny days. The walking is challenging due to t...

We travelled to the Amalfi Coast at the end of October 2017. We had perfect walking temperatures and sunny days. The walking is challenging due to the medieval stepped paths that rise up and up behind the Amalfi villages and then spread into quite wild, steep and rocky terrain. At the end of each day, we descended into the coastal tourist villages for dinner and a good night's sleep. Overall, a demanding and exhilarating hike.

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We have travelled with OnFoot holiday three times now and find their personalised service and interest excellent. If any issue arises they have local associates who are ready to fix things. They provide excellent notes and the logistics of moving luggage and hotel bookings is always efficient. They also choose interesting hotels/farms with welcoming hosts. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend their service.


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On Foot Holidays - Liguria

By ELA on 13 November 2017

Walking holiday in the Ligurian Hills in Italy

We walked an old salt route down the Ligurian Hills to the sea at Camogli. We walked approx 20 km a day - our luggage was taken ahead and we stayed i...

We walked an old salt route down the Ligurian Hills to the sea at Camogli. We walked approx 20 km a day - our luggage was taken ahead and we stayed in quite simple hotels en route. Almost the entire walk was off the road and through stunning scenery.

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They gave us lots of information and good advise, both before the holiday and via information sheets that we took with us.


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On Foot Holidays - Amalfi Coast

By snbvt on 10 November 2017

Lovely walk from Amalfi to Sorrento and on to Capri

Our On Foot Holiday walking tour was superb. The walks were beautiful, breathtaking actually. The maps and directions were thorough and complete. I lo...

Our On Foot Holiday walking tour was superb. The walks were beautiful, breathtaking actually. The maps and directions were thorough and complete. I loved how each day's direction packet showed elevation climbs and walking times, points of interest, and suggestions on where to purchase a picnic lunch at the beginning of the day or restaurants to stop at for lunch. I appreciated the alternate route to avoid a section of the walk that would bother someone with a fear of heights. The hotels were great. Several had pools which was a great way to relax after a long day of walking. The breakfasts were wonderful. I was always impressed that our luggage was always in our room at the next hotel. We added on a night in Capri and On Foot Holidays provided transportation information and maps and walking directions for several walks in Capri, which were delightful. We're looking forward to our next On Foot walking holiday in Europe. The hard part will be deciding which one to choose.

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On Foot did an excellent job providing maps and directions for walking. They were accessible by email prior to our trip, always replying promptly with a helpful response. There was never a problem with our hotel reservations and our luggage was always waiting in our next hotel. I will definitely book another trip with On Foot Holidays.


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On Foot - Northern Provence

By Nan on 3 November 2017

Northern Provence with Onfoot Holidays

We walked/hiked from Venasque in Northern Provence to Vaison la Romaine. Two days we did loop hikes out of venasque and Gigondas. these were on steep...

We walked/hiked from Venasque in Northern Provence to Vaison la Romaine. Two days we did loop hikes out of venasque and Gigondas. these were on steeper, more challenging terrain. there is also an option to climb Mt. Ventoux. the scenery, paths and towns were lovely.

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we used Onfoot Holidays out of the UK. we had used them previously for a hike on the Rheinstieg. they have excellent routes which are generally easily followed from their directions, though we have found a GPS helpful at times. Their office answers questions quickly. Inns have generally been top rate. good booklet on history and geology of area, restaurant suggestions, sightseeing, etc. Very flexible with route planning in terms of days, difficulty, etc.


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On Foot Holidays - Bohemia

By grizgrl on 30 October 2017

Care-free hiking

Beautiful surroundings, pleasant locals, great trail signage, lots of exercise followed by great food and a good sleep each night.

Beautiful surroundings, pleasant locals, great trail signage, lots of exercise followed by great food and a good sleep each night.

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Fast response on email, very reasonable prices, super-smooth arrangements, everything done as promised, local backup person was competent and very helpful.


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On Foot Holidays - Mallorca

By PK Harrogate on 28 October 2017

Self Guided walking in Mallorca

We had an enjoyable week walking in the Tramuntana Mountains. There were interesting places to visit and the hotels selected provided comfortable acco...

We had an enjoyable week walking in the Tramuntana Mountains. There were interesting places to visit and the hotels selected provided comfortable accommodation. The weather was warm and sunny in the main and we found some good restaurants.

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This was our fifth holiday with this company and we found it to be up to their usual high standard. The holiday was well organised and they always ring us before we set off, to make sure all is well. They provided very comprehensive route notes and maps for the walking routes. The information package provided background knowledge on the places we visited and recommended restaurants.


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On Foot Holidays - Amalfi Coast

By Sarah and Sue on 26 October 2017

Excellent - extremely well arranged holiday

We walked Amalfi to Sorrento with On Foot Holidays and had 6 great days of walking following the very accurate On Foot route guide and maps. The views...

We walked Amalfi to Sorrento with On Foot Holidays and had 6 great days of walking following the very accurate On Foot route guide and maps. The views were spectacular almost the whole way along the route, the terrain was varied with lots of steps, well trodden laid paths and some mountain walking on uneven ground however the climbs were very well rewarded as was the cold beer at the end of the walk after the down hill sections into the towns! We would highly recommend this walking to any keen walker, the Path of the Gods was fantastic and busy but other routes just as good and very quiet. Hotels were very good and clean,breakfast excellent. Good choice of restaurants for meals often recommended by On Foot in their 'Blue' book of recommendations.

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We walked Amalfi to Sorrento with On Foot Holidays, this was our first holiday with them after a recommendation from a colleague, On Foot arranged all our hotels, daily routes and generally gave us all other information that we needed to enjoy our holiday. The daily route information and maps were spot on and we never got at all lost. The hotels could not be faulted, very clean and breakfast had an ample selection to suit almost anyone. The 'Blue' book of information provided was packed with information and although we did not need it it was great to know we had local contact if we needed any further help. We had a great holiday and were very impressed with On Foot from when we first enquired to booking then before the holiday they answered any questions very promptly and gave good accurate information. I would highly recommend booking with them.


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On Foot Holidays - Alpes Mmes

By Periwinkle on 26 October 2017

Beautiful walking in the sunshine with amazing views.

One week in October 17 walking the Alpes Maritimes. Weather was fantastic, sun every day but not too hot for walking. Routes were challenging but wort...

One week in October 17 walking the Alpes Maritimes. Weather was fantastic, sun every day but not too hot for walking. Routes were challenging but worth it for the views. Walking to a different village every day with your luggage being transported was luxury. The accomodation was charming with very friendly hosts.

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We have been with On Foot before and they never fail to disappoint - the area, the walks and the places to stay. Route instructions very detailed and accurate. We met a couple walking with Another Company who were very disappointed with the route they had been given, with rather a lot on the road. This is the fourth holiday with On Foot and they are always reliable.


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On Foot Holidays - Amalfi Coast

By Rambling Jan on 24 October 2017

Ancient paths and spectacular views

Walking from Atrani, through Amalfi and along the coast to Sorrento was an exhilarating if sometimes challenging experience. Villages are built into a...

Walking from Atrani, through Amalfi and along the coast to Sorrento was an exhilarating if sometimes challenging experience. Villages are built into almost sheer cliffs and the engineers of old constructed steps - hundreds of them - to ease the way up and down what would have been impossible inclines. Our first couple of days was spent exploring the local villages before setting off westwards along the coast. Having by now built up some leg muscle, what steps we had to climb were much less of a trial and we were able to fully appreciate the breath-takingly deep ravines, dramatic cliffs, olive groves, high places and delightful villages through which we passed. The distance walked in a day did not exceed 10 miles and on occasion we were able to reduce this, and avoid some climbs, by taking a bus part way. Our luggage was forwarded to our hotels so we needed to carry only day packs. A couple of days tacked on at the end of the holiday meant we could explore Sorrento itself, visit Herculaneum and Vesuvius, and take a ferry across to Capri. We went at the beginning of October so the temperature was a comfortable 23 degrees.

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Staff at On Foot Holidays have walked the routes they offer, and our Walkers Packs contained all the maps, comprehensive directions and all the information needed to ensure we had a good experience. They also provided .gpx files which could be imported into a smartphone satnav app, which was a useful additional backup. The routes and accommodation seem to be very well researched. All emails and queries were dealt with promptly and efficiently, and new information passed on to us in good time. A very friendly company to deal with.


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On Foot - Naxos and Amorgos

By Ms C C 17 on 20 October 2017

Walking holiday on Greece islands

We spent 4 days in Naxos and 3 days in Amorgos on self guided walks provided by On Foot Holidays. We stayed in lovely hotels that were accessible to ...

We spent 4 days in Naxos and 3 days in Amorgos on self guided walks provided by On Foot Holidays. We stayed in lovely hotels that were accessible to restaurants, stores, etc. The walks took us to beautiful places and we were able to have a good feel for the country, culture, people. WE took ferries from one island to the next, which were really a nice way to see the larger island geography. And the weather was excellent !

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They are terrific! They worked with me to get the best itinerary. They are very flexible and responsive. They provide very accurate directions and maps. They are very thorough and think through every detail, which makes everything work out perfectly. The hotels they select are very lovely- small, accessible and the hotel managers are very attentive and accommodating. They have good partners with Taxis and give a lot of information about taxis, buses, etc. The transfers are seamless.


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On Foot Holidays - Amalfi Coast

By Ishbel on 20 October 2017

Spectacular ridge walks on Amalfi Coast

We walked from Amalfi to Sorrento over 8 days and it was exactly what we hoped for. While the climb up in the morning at the start of each walk was a ...

We walked from Amalfi to Sorrento over 8 days and it was exactly what we hoped for. While the climb up in the morning at the start of each walk was a challenge, we had been provided with bus information and we often took advantage of this. But the ridge walks were amazingly beautiful and we rarely met other walkers. Overall, a great experience and one that I would certainly recommend.

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We were very pleased with the service that ONFOOT provided in terms of the hotels chosen, luggage transfers as well as the detailed route maps and guides. It was a great trip and we'd use this company again.


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On Foot Holidays - Liguria

By John Guy on 19 October 2017

Amazing views, autumn colours and attention to detail

We walked the historic Via del Sale from south of Milan to the coast at Camogli. Each day was well planned, the hotels and food hit the spot and we ar...

We walked the historic Via del Sale from south of Milan to the coast at Camogli. Each day was well planned, the hotels and food hit the spot and we arrived feeling fit, happy and relaxed. The trip structure means you end in a nice place with a chance to relax, or in our case, do a day trip and big lunch day in Portofino. What's not to like?

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OnFoot Holidays gives a very personal service and is well liked and respected by the hotels and people it has on the ground in Italy. The walk notes were great and the attention to detail made for a relaxing trip with everything working like clockwork.


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On Foot - Camino de Santiago

By LissyW on 17 October 2017

Met every expectation and beyond and we want to do it all over again!

Our holiday was to walk the 334km Camino Primitivo to Santiago de Compostela over 13 days. The route was fabulous and the views to die for. We were ...

Our holiday was to walk the 334km Camino Primitivo to Santiago de Compostela over 13 days. The route was fabulous and the views to die for. We were blessed with sunny weather, considering we were in North Spain in mountains in September/October. We saw the real Spain and met some fantastic people along the way. It was a walk you could spend lots of time by yourself along the way or tag along with people as and when. The food was delicious too!

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We booked the Camino Primitivo walking holiday and from starting the 'holiday research' stage through to finishing our holiday, On Foot have been amazing. I can honestly say they're the best company I've booked with. The accommodation they found was fabulous, they were always quick to respond to queries and requests for information and you felt fully supported whilst on holiday through their local representative. Nothing was too much trouble for them and you can tell they have a real passion for the holidays they offer.


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On Foot Holidays - Priorat

By Foxbrock on 17 October 2017

Very enjoyable made possible by the excellent On-Foot attention to detail.

On Foot offer a complete service for walkers who don't wish to carry a large rucksack between accommodation on a one way walking trajectory. We have c...

On Foot offer a complete service for walkers who don't wish to carry a large rucksack between accommodation on a one way walking trajectory. We have consistently found, having now had three On-Foot holidays, that they provide an excellent service including detailed pre-holiday information to prepare yourself for the walking and a complete guidance package for when on the walk. Also they vet and arrange for the accommodation en-route. It is difficult to find fault with their service which includes an excellent team working out of their Salisbury office who respond very quickly to any questions that you may have. I believe that we well travelled walkers, who have hiked all over the globe in numerous countries, so we understand the needs of hikers in foreign locations. As we have become older On-Foot save us the many hours of preparation for such foreign hiking excursions and above all arrange for our kit to be transported between accommodations, something very helpful at our age.

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An excellent organisation with very responsive individuals within their team. Organising foreign hiking holidays can be quite time consuming and On-Foot offer a very good alternative to doing iy yourself. It is however key that the company is highly responsive at the time when you are making the decision for a trip and between then and actually going on the holiday. On both counts On-Foot score highly. The On Foot team appear to be very well trained, are personable and react very well to any small issues that you may raise.


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On Foot Holidays - Bohemia

By Max on 16 October 2017

A great holiday experience and will book with On Foot again in the future

What a real treat the Bohemian Paradise was. Yet another great holiday from the On Foot team. The walks were fabulous; the organisation and walking di...

What a real treat the Bohemian Paradise was. Yet another great holiday from the On Foot team. The walks were fabulous; the organisation and walking directions were excellent, as usual. The accommodation of a good standard and the walks themselves were well paced and had amazing and unique scenery. The overall experience was a really positive one that we wouldn’t mind repeating if there weren’t so many other walks to explore.

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We have booked with On Foot previously on a number of occassions (this one was our second this year!). We have found them to be a very professional outfit that care about their customers and deliver an excellent service.


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On Foot Holidays - Lake Maggiore

By pippa on 11 October 2017

Lakes Maggiore and Orta, Italy

Excellent organisation for transport of luggage to allow all day freedom to walk. All accommodation of good standard and advice on interesting divers...

Excellent organisation for transport of luggage to allow all day freedom to walk. All accommodation of good standard and advice on interesting diversions on the walks much appreciated. Route maps invaluable for self-guided tour - we made no mistakes on the routes. We had good weather throughout which made this a delightful experience. Telephone contact from the Italian representative on our arrival at the first hotel was reassuring in case of problems although none occurred.

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Excellent service both initially in the UK and in Italy.

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