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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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How to use GPS tracks for your walk

How to use GPS tracks for your walk

Thursday 10th October | Posted by Heather Bamber

Increasing numbers of On Foot walkers are getting to grips with using GPS (global positioning system) for navigating their holiday. It's a very useful and simple digital tool for checking your position at moments of doubt, or if you've taken a wrong turn somewhere. And ...

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Chagford to Dartmouth on two legs and four

Chagford to Dartmouth on two legs and four

Thursday 12th September | Posted by On Foot Staff

Annabelle Ingram lives close to our walk in Devon, but decided it was about time to properly explore her home county on foot, with trusty dog Humbug at her side. Despite long days and some wet weather, it was a chance to revive memories and renew a love of the ...

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Not just walking – gardens and more in the Italian Lakes

Not just walking – gardens and more in the Italian Lakes

Wednesday 4th September | Posted by On Foot Staff

Yes, it's a walking holiday, of course it is. That's why you're here! For the mountains, meadows, footpaths and tremendous views. But a visit to the Italian lakes of Maggiore and Orta has lots more to offer to hikers and those who would like to have a more leisurely ...

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On Foot Holidays - Amalfi Coast

By Rutland girl on 18 October 2019

Magical week walking along beautiful Italian coast

Five days self-guided walking on mule tracks from Amalfi to Sorrento, staying in lovely B&B's and having the luxury of having our bags transported for...

Five days self-guided walking on mule tracks from Amalfi to Sorrento, staying in lovely B&B's and having the luxury of having our bags transported for us. There were a variety of walk options each day, ranging from steep-stepped climbs with breath-taking drops to gentler options or even rest days with bus transport to the next stop. We are proud to say we managed all the steep climbs and the rewards included a wonderful sense of achievement, amazing views, picturesque villages, watching the olive harvest, swimming in clear blue sea, wonderful flowers and wildlife - and of course the delicious local food. We were very well supported by On Foot. They sent us clear walking instructions and maps, phone numbers for our accommodation and a local rep, timetables for local buses, and inside information on the area we were visiting. They even helped us arrange an extra day sightseeing at the end; we chose Vesuvius and Pompeii, but Herculaneum, Naples and Capri are all nearby. I would thoroughly recommend the Amalfi coast if you enjoy walking - especially in spring or autumn. And I would definitely recommend On Foot to make the holiday as enjoyable and stress free as possible.

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Listened to our needs when we booked - flexible about dates and length of holiday. Knowledgeable about the area - paths, accommodation, food, local interest Each B&B booked was different but all of a high standard, in a good position, friendly and helpful Information given on paper and as a phone app in plenty of time - routes (including options for easier days if needed!), maps, bus timetables, essential phone numbers. Thoughtful extras in the info pack such as a waterproof map case and customer reviews of local restaurants. Local rep available for help Respond well when things go awry; we managed to make a significant route mistake one day but were able to rescue the situation easily by liaising with the local rep and an extra bus trip (an experience in itself!) Overall the staff come over as a friendly, reliable and helpful team with a good eye for detail


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On Foot - Basque Country

By The Prof on 18 October 2019

Everything perfect

Great walking in the Basque Country in ideal weather with meticulous walking notes and excellent accommodation

Great walking in the Basque Country in ideal weather with meticulous walking notes and excellent accommodation

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Professional Responsive Interactive All documentation spot on.


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On Foot Holidays - Lake Maggiore

By Jennifer on 18 October 2019

fantastic trip walking around Lake Maggiore

My husband and I spent six days hiking in the Lake Maggiore and Lake Orta region of northern Italy through On Foot Holidays. It was a terrific exper...

My husband and I spent six days hiking in the Lake Maggiore and Lake Orta region of northern Italy through On Foot Holidays. It was a terrific experience. The hikes were well-planned with beautiful views and a range of terrain and environments. The places we stayed ranged from a working farm (a wonderful experience with warm hosts and great food) to more traditional hotels which were wonderfully gracious and with their own personalities. One arranged for off-season kayaking on Lake Orta which was a highlight; another, on the top of Mottarone, had a nine table restaurant that is sought out by people both throughout the region including cities like Milan and Turin.

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I cannot endorse On Foot highly enough. In the planning process, they were wonderfully responsive, knowledgeable and flexible. The travel package itself provides incredibly detailed directions, wonderful choices for lodging, comprehensive information for all logistics, and anticipates every potential question. On Foot even gave us the train schedule to Milan for use after our trip was over (even though outside the scope of their trip). And what is particularly cool about On Foot is even when you are going to an area known for tourism, they find a way to keep you somewhat off the beaten track so you feel more genuinely and directly connected to your surroundings.


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On Foot Holidays - Liguria

By G James on 17 October 2019

On top of the world

We loved the space and walking high mountains and enjoying spectacular views. We were often alone and able to appreciate the open vistas that surround...

We loved the space and walking high mountains and enjoying spectacular views. We were often alone and able to appreciate the open vistas that surrounded us. Iconic villages sheltered us at night and of course we ate the local food and loved the variety of flavours and the the delicious wines.

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i like the direct contact we have with On Foot and knowing that there is always back up for us. i feel that they have the finger on the pulse of our walk and how we are managing.


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On Foot Holidays - Tuscany

By Wendy on 17 October 2019

On Foot Southern Tuscany's wine and hilltop towns

We picnicked in olive groves, sampled grapes from ripe vines, watched the sunset in the Campo at Siena and from the terrace at Pieve a Salti, gazing o...

We picnicked in olive groves, sampled grapes from ripe vines, watched the sunset in the Campo at Siena and from the terrace at Pieve a Salti, gazing over classical Tuscan skyline, ate wild boar and truffles, drank Brunello di Montalcino and Montepulciano Nobile, stayed in historic buildings, appreciated wonderful Italian art, relished the warm welcome of our hosts, got blisters on a long walk due to slippy pebbles underfoot and felt elated to reach the beautiful medieval towns at the end of our walks.

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From the first phone enquiry, all the On Foot staff were enthusiastic, friendly, had a sense of humour and listened to small queries to reassure us completely. Those of our group who used GPS were talked through it. The information packs were excellent with historical information and very useful recommendations. The walking notes were perfect and plainly compiled by someone who knew the route intimately and who had a sense of fun!


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On Foot Holidays - Alpes Mmes

By Jenn on 16 October 2019

A beautiful adventure in the Alpes-Maritimes

Perfect weather, lovely accommodations, fantastic food for a 5 day adventure from La Brigue to Menton. Easy to follow route descriptions and directio...

Perfect weather, lovely accommodations, fantastic food for a 5 day adventure from La Brigue to Menton. Easy to follow route descriptions and directions and challenging, but very manageable walks each day.

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On Foot was just so very responsive from the moment we started discussing with them what route we should take through the planning stages as we asked questions, to being very available to help sort out missing luggage from the airline while we hiked on to the next stop. I can't say enough about how much they care that their clients have the best possible adventure. Now that I have seen how well planned these vacations are, and how reliable their accommodations and dining are in terms of cleanliness and value I would not hesitate to book another trip through them. It just takes the guess work out of everything, and I feel like I would never worry about whether a hotel was clean, safe to stay at with my children, etc.


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On Foot - Lighthouse Way

By Canucks on 16 October 2019

Totally Rewarding

Ocean views, challenging climbs/descents, wonderful people , restorative meals.

Ocean views, challenging climbs/descents, wonderful people , restorative meals.

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Knowledgeable, responsive,


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On Foot Holidays - Liguria

By DA on 16 October 2019

Walking in the Ligurian Hills

Our week of walking in the Ligurian Hills was fabulous and at times challenging. We walked at the end of the season which was perfect for us. We saw...

Our week of walking in the Ligurian Hills was fabulous and at times challenging. We walked at the end of the season which was perfect for us. We saw few other people on the extensive trail systems with the exception of mushroom hunters. Long walking days were rewarded with delicious food and wine.

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On Foot did an excellent job of organizing the walk as well as providing detailed trail notes and maps.


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On Foot Holidays - Tuscany

By Heather & Tod on 16 October 2019

Beautiful hike through Tuscany.

Our holiday was fantastic from start to finish. We had lovely weather, stayed in friendly hotels with wonderful views, and ate great food. Our hikes w...

Our holiday was fantastic from start to finish. We had lovely weather, stayed in friendly hotels with wonderful views, and ate great food. Our hikes were gorgeous and peaceful - a nice counterpoint to the bustling hilltop towns.

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On Foot Holidays provides true concierge level service. Their website is fantastic and the information they provide helps you choose the hike that is right for you. But beyond that, their personal customer service surpassed our expectations. Not only were they helpful with the booking, they provided us with the all the info and maps and directions we needed to have a successful holiday. Their hotel partners were as friendly as they were. We can't wait for our next On Foot Holiday!


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On Foot Holidays - Tuscany

By AnneR on 16 October 2019

Walking Tour of Tuscany

This was a four day walking holiday - the first we had done. It was the most relaxed and stress-free holiday we have had in a long time. On Foot pro...

This was a four day walking holiday - the first we had done. It was the most relaxed and stress-free holiday we have had in a long time. On Foot provided us all the materials well in advance, gave excellent advice in real time and this allowed us to enjoy our time exploring Tuscany and the fabulous wine and cheeses.

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On Foot Holidays was very responsive from our first inquiry and provided us a customized itinerary that allowed us to incorporate this walking trip into another trip to visit family. They delivered the materials to us quickly and provided a local contact to make sure all went well. Though not needed - it was reassuring to know that if we ran into difficulties we had someone to call. I would happily book another trip with them again!


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On Foot Holidays - Dorset

By Kewarra on 16 October 2019

Walking in Galicia and Dorset - up to the usual high standard.

These are the 10th and 11th walks I have done with my wife through Walks on Foot based in Salisbury. Both were up to the usual high standard and we wi...

These are the 10th and 11th walks I have done with my wife through Walks on Foot based in Salisbury. Both were up to the usual high standard and we will almost certainly do more walks in the next few years. Even with somewhat inclement weather the walks were enjoyable - reflecting good facilities, great routes and useful information.

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As above, we have now completed eleven walks with this operator and this year took the opportunity to visit their operational office in Salisbury. Their materials have consistently been high standard and support also. We have had only one major delay due to airline issues in the past (a decade ago in Turkey, not the fault of WoF) and WoF promptly rerouted to accommodate. We are particularly


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On Foot Holidays - Liguria

By Renee Lambert on 15 October 2019

Incredible walking (and dining!) experience through the Ligurian Hills region of Italy

I did a 6 day solo self-guided walk through the Ligurian Hills region of Italy. It was mid-September, and the weather was perfect. The days were long ...

I did a 6 day solo self-guided walk through the Ligurian Hills region of Italy. It was mid-September, and the weather was perfect. The days were long and luxurious (and sometimes a bit strenuous), and I often had the forests and mountains completely to myself - just me, and the cows and the incredible views. And every evening I was greeted by lovely hosts, offering delicious foods and regional wines. A truly unforgettable trip!

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On Foot Holidays answered all my questions promptly and professionally while I was planning the holiday. They communicated in a timely manner, and were very personable in their communications - I felt they were focused on ensuring I would have a fantastic experience. They also have done an excellent job curating the Ligurian Hills walk - each accommodation has its own particular charm and the walk itself is breathtaking. The provided GPS maps and printed instructions that were accurate and easy to follow. And they checked on me a couple times during the walk, to ensure all was going ok.


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On Foot Holidays - Slovenia

By Michael and Kate on 14 October 2019

A memorable walk in Slovenia

We had a perfect week's holiday, flying to Ljubljana and walking for 5 days before ending with a couple of days in Trieste. We were lucky with the wea...

We had a perfect week's holiday, flying to Ljubljana and walking for 5 days before ending with a couple of days in Trieste. We were lucky with the weather. The walk took us through hills and valleys, meadows and vineyards, woods and unspoilt small villages. Our luggage was carried for us each day from place to place and we stayed the nights in charming b&bs or tourist farms. We ate and drank well and had a final interesting and enjoyable two days in Trieste.

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This is the seventh walking holiday we have done with OnFoot. They are the best operators with whom I have ever dealt. Their staff are uniformly helpful, friendly, efficient and well-informed about their walks. Nothing is too much trouble. The information with which they provide you is excellent, and all the arrangements on the holiday work smoothly. The places you stay are comfortable and attractive and the people very pleasant.


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On Foot Holidays - Devon

By Janet on 13 October 2019

Delightful Devon

My Husband and I walked in Devon for 4 days. We are not experienced hikers but keen walkers. The route was varied, interesting and challenging enough ...

My Husband and I walked in Devon for 4 days. We are not experienced hikers but keen walkers. The route was varied, interesting and challenging enough so we felt we deserved the terrific hospitality at the end of each day. All the accommodation was comfortable and quirky- places we would never have found on our own. The path directions were correct at all times- we only used the paper version. The weather was amazing.

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On Foot Holidays came up with the goods again. My Daughter and I walked Tuscany in 2016 with this wonderful company. They were very efficient in every aspect down to a lovely taxi driver who met our train and took us to our starting village. Very friendly.


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On Foot Holidays - Amalfi Coast

By Wes on 12 October 2019

Unsurpassed Vistas and Wonderful Food

Our preference has always being for active outdoor vacations, and our hike from Amalfi to Sorrento did not disappoint. We know that we've had a great ...

Our preference has always being for active outdoor vacations, and our hike from Amalfi to Sorrento did not disappoint. We know that we've had a great day when we have to retire in good time because we're physically tired, after a strenuous day on the trail and a fine meal a great restaurant. I don't think there is anything about this trip that I would want to have done differently

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This trip was extremely well organized karma is benefited greatly from strong research and advance preparation by OnFoot vacations. During the trip itself, on foot vacations was completely inconspicuous as intended, that there was never any sense of abandonment or being left "high and dry", since each day unfolded as intended. We did not need any assistance, but we never felt that assistance would be unavailable if need it. We have already referred on foot vacations to others with whom we would like to keep strong relations!


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On Foot Holidays - Andros

By Lyn on 11 October 2019

Well chosen island, walks and accommodation - plus excellent organisation

Very enjoyable - away from it all walking with great accommodation

Very enjoyable - away from it all walking with great accommodation

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On Foot - Lighthouse Way

By Avid Walker on 11 October 2019

Brilliant

This was an amazing experience walking along Galician Atlantic coastline from Laxe to Finisterre, Spain. From easy flat to scaling huge sand dunes, o...

This was an amazing experience walking along Galician Atlantic coastline from Laxe to Finisterre, Spain. From easy flat to scaling huge sand dunes, over boulders, grassy slopes, tracks along headlands, all the while following Green Arrows & Dots! Amazing plethora of Birdlife (Sept), staying small villages. Not to mention beautiful blue skies, crashing ocean even Misty/rainy day, all added to beauty of nature and our environment. We Loved every minute this walk.

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This is my 3rd Walk with On Foot Holidays UK, they are very professional, attend to any queries I had promptly, besides being lovely to deal with. All in all a 5 Star Company.


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On Foot Holidays - Amalfi Coast

By Fiona on 9 October 2019

Satisfying, exhilarating and just a lot of fun

We walked the Amalfi coast from Amalfi to Sorrento. Days were spent climbing into the hills away from the throng of tourists below. Spectacular views,...

We walked the Amalfi coast from Amalfi to Sorrento. Days were spent climbing into the hills away from the throng of tourists below. Spectacular views, some good challenges and at the end of the day comfortable beds and great views. The walking during the day meant we could enjoy wonderful Italian food every night without remorse. We not only had a holiday but felt a real sense of accomplishment and that we did things differently to most tourists on the Amalfi Coast.

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Extremely organised- provided excellent information, walking notes, travel timetables in a timely fashion prior to the trip. We felt safe, like we had a back up if there was a problem- in fact we often helped out other lost walkers with our maps and instructions throughout the week.


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On Foot - Lighthouse Way

By ruthmackay on 9 October 2019

Fabulous self-guided walking holiday in Galicia

Four old friends walked the Lighthouse Way for seven days - challenging but beautiful trails along the coast of Galicia, wonderful hospitality, specta...

Four old friends walked the Lighthouse Way for seven days - challenging but beautiful trails along the coast of Galicia, wonderful hospitality, spectacular food and much camaraderie!

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On Foot Holidays provided a wonderful and very personalized service. Extremely responsive. Very detailed and helpful route maps and walking information. Most importantly, their on-the-ground partners (accommodation, transfers etc) were not only exceptionally authentic but also spoke very highly of On Foot as one of the best (if not THE best) companies that they work with. We will definitely be using On Foot for future self-guided walking holidays!


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On Foot - Basque Pyrenees

By jules on 8 October 2019

walking in the basque-pyranees- such a joy!

on foot holidays provided an itinerary that met all our needs- we felt very supported though the booking process, and especially in country with a loc...

on foot holidays provided an itinerary that met all our needs- we felt very supported though the booking process, and especially in country with a local contact that gave us all the reassurance we needed that this was going to be fabulous. The routes chosen were excellent, with a great variety of terrain from mountain to sea, but with so much more, the accommodation was varied -full of local charm, history and we were made so welcome everywhere. Highlights included, wildlife, spectacular trails, food, vistas, and friendliness of all we met.

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On Foot Holidays provided an easy to navigate web site with wide range of self guided walking holidays, they supported us through-out or holiday- indeed prior to its start, in helping us with choosing range of routs/ accommodation, transfer advice, and information that only added to our enjoyment of the whole region.

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