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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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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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“Experiencing Slovenia as only walking allows” – Dot Whittington explores on foot

“Experiencing Slovenia as only walking allows” – Dot Whittington explores on foot

Wednesday 21st August | Posted by On Foot Staff

Snow-capped mountains rise from a sea of green to stand guard of honour as the plane touches down in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, where a walk through the woodland awaits. While the experience-hungry hordes have been flocking to Croatia, its little northern ...

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On Foot Holidays - Dorset

By Kate D on 20 September 2019

The Thomas Hardy Way walking holiday with On Foot Holidays

8 days of fairly long walks with options for shortening the length. One rest day. Great little country pubs as overnight stays.

8 days of fairly long walks with options for shortening the length. One rest day. Great little country pubs as overnight stays.

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Organised, prompt communicators, helpful and friendly, thorough with information beforehand and to take with you, good suggestions to make your holiday more enjoyable, staff had personal experience with our route.


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On Foot - Lighthouse Way

By SMS on 16 September 2019

Beautiful walk, empty beaches, cozy B&B, best seafood

A fantastic walk/trip! Stunning views with no crowd, one empty beache after another, cozy B&B/hotels, best seafood of my life.

A fantastic walk/trip! Stunning views with no crowd, one empty beache after another, cozy B&B/hotels, best seafood of my life.

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We walked the Camino de Faro organized by On Foot Holiday. Our trip was well planned and thoughtful organized by OnFoot, we had very good local support and cozy accommodations. We met many warm & kind local B&B hosts. OnFoot also provided us with a detailed packet included information of cultural, history and local wildlife/flora & fauna, so informative.


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On Foot Holidays - Amalfi Coast

By Rusty Bird on 16 September 2019

Walking the Amalfi coast

12 days of pure bliss.

12 days of pure bliss.

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Excellent information, very well presented. Everything we needed and they answered all our queries. They went the extra mile to make sure all our needs were met.


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On Foot Holidays - Greece/Vikos

By Webbie on 11 September 2019

Spectacularly stunning scenery and welcome in Zagoria

We travelled via Corfu to Zagoria in Northern Greece so that we could visit the Vikos Gorge. I had first seen this stunning area on a television progr...

We travelled via Corfu to Zagoria in Northern Greece so that we could visit the Vikos Gorge. I had first seen this stunning area on a television programme and then found a lonely planet account of a walk there. The account was exactly what we wanted to do and luckily the small print told us that it was organised through ‘On foot holidays.’ We were pleased to find that ‘on foot’ still ran a trip that covered the majority of what we wanted. ‘On foot’ were brilliant with the planning and we soon found ourselves staying in Kapesovo in a fantastic guest house where we treated so pleasantly whilst also being able to sample amazing cooking. We did a circuit walk from Kapesovo to take a look down into the breathtaking Vikos Gorge-we did wonder how we would ever climb in or out of this dramatic place. We left Kapesovo and walked the ‘on foot’ route to Monodendri seeing our first of many wandering tortoise. Again the walk was amazing and the route was easy to follow. There was more stunningly spectacular scenery to absorb along the way as well isolated small churches and shrines to appreciate. The night spent in Monodendri was enjoyable and gave us our first visit to a beautiful monastery. The next day gave us our descent into the gorge and it was not as difficult as one would have imagined. Our walk here was everything we had hoped for and more-it was a truly memorable experience. However it was in the gorge that we had our first thunderstorm but nothing could dampen our spirits and it was fairly short lived. We had hoped to see a brown bear but only managed to see evidence that they were not too far away! The climb out of the gorge was also a lot less of a challenge than we’d thought. Our stay now was in Papingo and what a wonderful place this was to stay and we were so glad that we’d booked an extra night here. We abandoned our walk to Dragon Lake as advised by our hotel owner due to the intense heat and lack of shade. Instead we followed an ‘on foot’ alternative shorter walk that didn’t disappoint. Then a further day here was spent walking along the banks of the Voidomatis River. This brought the part of our holiday organised by ‘on foot’ to an end. We travelled on to Meteora.

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On foot holidays were excellent in every way and totally enabled us to successfully visit and enjoy this walk and the whole area. The communication and paperwork, maps etc before we left was good and gave us confidence. What really shone for us was the places that they had booked for us to stay en route-these guest houses and hotels felt real and authentic. The welcome we received at each was so generous and the levels of comfort and accommodation were exceptional. Our bags were transported for us and were always awaiting us at the next stop. The maps and route descriptors were clear and concise. However we felt that the temperatures we were walking in ( high 30’s ) needed longer expected walking times.


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On Foot Holidays - Catalonia

By Mae on 10 September 2019

A walk that you can't miss

It is fantastic ! Overall, it is a self-guided walk that I was given sufficient information to walk through all the ways to Pyrenean foothills. Beside...

It is fantastic ! Overall, it is a self-guided walk that I was given sufficient information to walk through all the ways to Pyrenean foothills. Besides, with the Motion X-GPS, I won't feel disoriented even though there is no one around for guidance. The people are friendlier mainly because the route we had chosen is less touristy and , hence, less crowded and had better services.

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They are prompt in action and always give timely advice. Thank you.


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On Foot Holidays - Alpes Mmes

By The Coombies on 8 September 2019

In the footsteps of pilgrims

We are a family of six who enjoy hiking and relished the opportunity to walk through a national border and down to the Med. We had several days of exp...

We are a family of six who enjoy hiking and relished the opportunity to walk through a national border and down to the Med. We had several days of exploring, chatting and laughing without the distractions of mobile phones and the evening accommodation and food was comfortable and delicious. We discovered we walked part of the Camino - only 2,840 Kms to Santiago!

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On Foot couldn't have done a better job from the pre-trip package of information, the excellent on-line map, the precision description of the walks and the quality of the accommodation. Everyone we dealt with were friendly, efficient and a pleasure to deal with.


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On Foot Holidays - Slovenia

By Mother and Daughter holiday trip on 7 September 2019

Great way to see the countryside

We enjoyed seeing the Karst landscape and all its variations on foot. The scenery changes from rolling hills, vineyards, small villages, meadows, lim...

We enjoyed seeing the Karst landscape and all its variations on foot. The scenery changes from rolling hills, vineyards, small villages, meadows, limestone flats and mountain tops made the walk each day visually wonderful together with just the right amount of physical challenge for both a 30 year old and 60 year old walking together. The accommodation choices and their hosts and food were also a highlight of the trip. The tour also allowed for visits to castles, churches, caves and Lippizaner horses if you wanted so allowed for variety and covered both my daughter's interests (wildlife, hiking) and mine (castles, churches).

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The staff could not have been more helpful. They were quick in their responses to any questions and even whilst on the tour dealt with a query I had very efficiently. The walker's pack was incredibly useful and the information provided relevant. We also thought the tour was very good value for money and the ability to extend the holiday either end of the tour with their help was much appreciated.


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On Foot Holidays - Andros

By Awesome Andros on 2 September 2019

A hiker's perfection on Andros

My husband and I had a week on the island of Andros in July. Our first hiking holiday in Greece. Travelling from Athens airport on the coach to the ...

My husband and I had a week on the island of Andros in July. Our first hiking holiday in Greece. Travelling from Athens airport on the coach to the ferry, taxi from the ferry to our accommodation was seamless. Andros is a wonderful location for lovers of walking. It is a beautiful island with a cooling sea breeze, well marked tracks and interesting views across the island or towards the sea. Handy to take a swimming costume as some of the walks include a beach. The accommodation was very comfortable, delicious breakfasts (the omelette was outstanding), friendly staff. Much recommended.

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On Foot Holidays have organised our walking holidays now three times and each time we have had a perfect holiday. From the initial contact to the return home, all has been faultless. The descriptions of the walks and accommodation have been accurate, any changes to transport times have been communicated immediately. As all the walks have been experienced by many of the staff, it is possible to go into detail confirming all the information. The staff are EXTREMELY friendly and effortlessly professional. I have recommended On Foot Holidays on many occasions.


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On Foot Holidays - Devon

By Jim on 25 August 2019

Wonderful Walking holiday in Devon

We arranged a seven night tour of the Tale of Two Rivers walk with On Foot Holidays in August. Very good communication from On Foot prior to the walk,...

We arranged a seven night tour of the Tale of Two Rivers walk with On Foot Holidays in August. Very good communication from On Foot prior to the walk, and the walking directions as well as the other information in the Walker’s pack were very detailed and helpful. The walk itself was splendid; gorgeous scenery of south Devon, from the wooded Teign valley to the more stark hills of Dartmoor and the rolling hills and pastures of the South Hams. We all thoroughly enjoyed the walks, which were fairly tough but not strenuous. Accommodation was also good, with cozy rooms and hearty pub fare for dinner each night. Overall a wonderful experience.

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On Foot Holidays was very communicative up to the Hike and provided clear and concise directions, and were also helpful in arranging dinner reservations and other logistical necessities.


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On Foot Holidays - Dolomites

By Pam & George on 16 August 2019

So wonderful, we are already planning next year's trek!

We can only describe the scenery in the Dolomites as other-worldly. The towns are picturesque, the accommodations were better than anticipated, and t...

We can only describe the scenery in the Dolomites as other-worldly. The towns are picturesque, the accommodations were better than anticipated, and the people were most friendly. Out of a 16 day vacation in Italy, our 6 days in the Dolomites were the highlight by far. OnFoot planned a wonderful trek for us and were so prompt and thorough with information and communication. We are already planning next year's hiking adventure!

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Every person we dealt with was friendly, professional, kind, knowledgeable. Being in California (9 hour time difference), it was always fun to wake up to an email from OnFoot. We felt treated as if we were their only client. We recommend OnFoot without reservation.


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On Foot Holidays - Dolomites

By Charlie on 8 August 2019

Fabulous self guided walking holiday

seven days of self guided hiking with accomodation and luggage transfers pre-arranged

seven days of self guided hiking with accomodation and luggage transfers pre-arranged

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On Foot are an excellent company, this is the fourth time I have travelled with them. Always found them to be well organised, great communicators and with impeccable, proactive customer service.


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On Foot - Northern Provence

By Ausssie walker on 5 August 2019

Excellent adventure

It was a 3 day walk in Provence

It was a 3 day walk in Provence

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Onfootholidays was professional, prompt and very efficient in all communication and the overall arranging of the self guided walk . Highly recommended


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On Foot Holidays - Dorset

By Mags on 3 August 2019

Beautiful English Countryside

We did a walking holiday in Dorset. It was called In the Footsteps of Thomas Hardy. We were blessed with beautiful weather. It was a wonderful experie...

We did a walking holiday in Dorset. It was called In the Footsteps of Thomas Hardy. We were blessed with beautiful weather. It was a wonderful experience walking through fields of barley and wheat, through farms with sheep and cows. We crossed styles and went through gates. Because of pre existing right of way since medieval times, we were free to wander through private fields and farms. The little English villages like Cerne Abbas and Evershot were delightful.

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A friend of mine told me about On Foot holidays, she had a very good experience with them in 2017, so we booked with them. They were fantastic from the word GO. We found them to be very helpful and friendly. They sent us a package before we left home with excellent notes and maps etc.


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On Foot Holidays - Chamonix

By HSM on 2 August 2019

Hiking the French Alps Near Chamonix

Everything about our holiday was first rate. The accommodations were outstanding, the variety of hikes were ideal and the communication from the opera...

Everything about our holiday was first rate. The accommodations were outstanding, the variety of hikes were ideal and the communication from the operator was also outstanding.

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On Foot Holidays were always quick to respond to my many inquiries and the hikes were tailored to exactly what I was looking for.


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On Foot Holidays - Liguria

By clast49 on 30 July 2019

An exciting walk to the sea

It was my 70th birthday treat to walk from Varzi to Camogli along the Ligurian Apennines. We were a party of 4 with ages ranging from 2 in their 30s t...

It was my 70th birthday treat to walk from Varzi to Camogli along the Ligurian Apennines. We were a party of 4 with ages ranging from 2 in their 30s to my wife and I in our 60s. It was a perfect way for me to celebrate my birthday and to spend time with my family. The walk was self guided and offered sufficient challenge for people considering themselves to be reasonably fit. We moved on each day so that we had 5 different hotels

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We went with OnFoot Holidays who made all the arrangements, booking our hotels and arranging transfer of luggage from hotel to hotel. That meant that we only needed to carry a day pack with water and a picnic. OnFoot gave guidance on the suitability of the walk and also, as this was a self guided walk, a GPS route and maps as well as physical maps and extensive written instructions. They dealt with all our queries promptly. When we arrived at the last hotel on my actual birthday, there was a bottle of Prosecco which was greatly appreciated.


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On Foot Holidays - Slovenia

By Canadian Walkers on 28 July 2019

On Foot Holidays - Slovenia

Our group of four hikers (age 65 - 16) enjoyed our 6 day hike through Slovenia, ending in Trieste, Italy. The track led us through open pastures, fore...

Our group of four hikers (age 65 - 16) enjoyed our 6 day hike through Slovenia, ending in Trieste, Italy. The track led us through open pastures, forested areas, along hillsides, past vineyards and through small villages. Accommodation arranged was different each night and well chosen. The special meal in Goce was memorable along with the tour of the 750 year old wine cellar. The tracks and instructions provided kept us from getting lost. Fantastic scenery. Being towards the end of July, the weather did get quite hot 26 - 30+ C, but we averaged 5 hours each day with breaks. Slovenia is a very clean country.

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The organization of the trip was superb, with all questions answered and accommodations made for the sole vegan member of our group. We all enjoyed the trek so much, we are thinking towards doing another with On Foot next year.


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On Foot Holidays - Devon

By ash on 28 July 2019

Four tales of two rivers in Devon

From Australia, we arranged a six day Dartmoor hiking trip with On Foot Holidays. The communications beforehand were clear and responses were prompt. ...

From Australia, we arranged a six day Dartmoor hiking trip with On Foot Holidays. The communications beforehand were clear and responses were prompt. The walking instructions and maps were detailed and accurate, the accomodation and baggage handling excellent, including provision for a vegan and the weather (not guaranteed by On Foot Holidays) was ideal. On the last day of our walk, one of the team slipped and broke her wrist. Returning to the accomodation, the innkeeper spent half a day ferrying us to various hospitals, On Foot was prompt in their response and support and whilst not an ideal end to the hike, it allowed us to feel confident in taking on a more challenging walk in the future.

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From a range of self guided UK walking tours, we chose On Foot Holidays for their prompt, straightfoward and friendly responses to our initial questions, reasonable pricing in addition to the location and flexibility, timing and accomodation. Details for emergency support were clear and thorough and the walks themselves were terrific, providing a mix of moors and valley walks, local hamlets and villages with aspects of Devon country life that only the locals would be familiar with.


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On Foot Holidays - Slovenia

By Aussie walker on 26 July 2019

Fabulous walking holiday in Slovenia

We spent a week walking in beautiful Slovenia. The route organised by On Foot Holidays offers something different each day with walks through forests...

We spent a week walking in beautiful Slovenia. The route organised by On Foot Holidays offers something different each day with walks through forests and vineyards. Walking through small villages and talking to those we met was a highlight. Much of the walk was shaded which was a welcome relief in the hot weather in June. The organisation of the walk was spot on and the accommodation and food were superb. We enjoyed a great meal at Goce- highly recommend this. Most days we walked for about 5 hours and started as early as was possible. The experience was very memorable and I highly recommend On Foot Holidays.

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On Foot Holidays were wonderful. Prior to our holiday they answered all queries promptly and were always willing to make changes that we requested. The organisation of our holiday was superb. Walking instructions/ directions were accurate and the accommodation they chose was comfortable, clean and varied. I have no hesitation in recommending On Foot Holidays.


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On Foot Holidays - Greece/Vikos

By Gail on 23 July 2019

Trekking in Pindos Mountains, Greece

This was a self-guided walking holiday in the Pindos Mountain region including Vikos Gorge and Dragon Lake

This was a self-guided walking holiday in the Pindos Mountain region including Vikos Gorge and Dragon Lake

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Excellent communication at all times. Notes and maps were detailed and easy to follow. All the accommodation was carefully chosen and it was clear that the operators held On Foot Holidays in high regard. Everything went smoothly.


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On Foot Holidays - Dolomites

By LeslieL on 18 July 2019

spectacular hiking in the Dolomites

great combination of hut and hotel with wonderful hosts at each lodging site. The itinerary was perfect and the bookings were all in place and waiting...

great combination of hut and hotel with wonderful hosts at each lodging site. The itinerary was perfect and the bookings were all in place and waiting for us.

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well prepared and helpful. responsive to questions and concerns

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