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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 sub-alpine south-east, including Provence.

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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Villa Pizzini brings the flavours of Piedmont to London

Villa Pizzini brings the flavours of Piedmont to London

Wednesday 7th November | Posted by Simon Scutt

High on the slopes of Mottarone in the Italian lakes region is the charming Villa Pizzini, where hosts Sabina Villaraggia and Ivan Fiorilla create classic Piedmontese cuisine for our walkers. This is a highlight of the Lake Maggiore route for many On Foot walkers, who ...

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Piedmont named as Lonely Planet’s Top Region to Visit in 2019

Piedmont named as Lonely Planet’s Top Region to Visit in 2019

Monday 29th October | Posted by Simon Scutt

Great to see the Piedmont region of Italy named by Lonely Planet as their Top Region to Visit in 2019. We agree - it's beautiful! Maybe this will be the year for you to explore Lake Orta and Lake Maggiore with On Foot Holidays.

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A quick guide to walk grading

A quick guide to walk grading

Tuesday 28th August | Posted by Simon Scutt

Here at On Foot Holidays we aim to make the best of unspoilt Europe accessible to walkers of all abilities, and we grade our self-guided holidays so you can make the best choice to suit you. You may want a really physical challenge, or a more gentle holiday with ...

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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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On Foot Holidays - Devon

By JR on 18 October 2018

A walk through beauty

The Tale of two rivers walk is a lovely combination of dramatic moorland and sleepy river valleys. We had beautiful weather and the service was from ...

The Tale of two rivers walk is a lovely combination of dramatic moorland and sleepy river valleys. We had beautiful weather and the service was from OnFoot was attentive but not intrusive.

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They responded very quickly to any questions and provided very friendly and efficient service.


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On Foot Holidays - Yorkshire

By Rachel on 16 October 2018

A lovely walking holiday

A group of friends spent 4 days walking in Yorkshire enjoying good weather, lovely scenery, a varied landscape, and even salmon leaping. We had great...

A group of friends spent 4 days walking in Yorkshire enjoying good weather, lovely scenery, a varied landscape, and even salmon leaping. We had great food and good accommodation. We had a unique experience with our needs very well met.

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They were excellent. When booking, they listened to our particular requirements, responded in a quick, friendly and positive way, thinking of good solutions for those joining us late or leaving early and they did all the extra work. The accommodation met our specific needs and we were provided with detailed walk instructions for every day as well as maps. We were well supported every day, with texts and calls to make sure we had all that we needed to make the most of our holiday. And they went the extra mile, for example, we were reunited with some clothing left behind before we had even missed it.


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On Foot Holidays - Umbria

By Gasman on 14 October 2018

Excellent walking holiday

This was a walking tour of Unbria and we had an excellent time which was aided by the very good accommodation and organisation

This was a walking tour of Unbria and we had an excellent time which was aided by the very good accommodation and organisation

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Very well organised tour with excellent communication throughout. The printed information, itinerary and maps were of the highest order and made things very easy. Highly recommend.


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On Foot Holidays - Slovenia

By Almberger on 11 October 2018

Wonderful walk in Slovenian Karst region

Me and my wife, both 70+, have enjoyed the OnFootHolidays walks for quite a few years already. This year's walk in Slovenia was not one of the more c...

Me and my wife, both 70+, have enjoyed the OnFootHolidays walks for quite a few years already. This year's walk in Slovenia was not one of the more challenging, but gave us much to remember - beatiful countryside, wonderful people, excellent food and wine.

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We think that the concept that OnFoot offers, walking with daypacks only etc, is superior and suites us very fine. They have plenty of alternatives for walks in many countries in Europe. The support they include for our walks is superior, so logistics have been flawless. Also they have always been so helpful and friendly. In short it is both fun and practical to use OnFoot. They have never disappointed us!


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On Foot Holidays - Tuscany

By Tynedalebear on 11 October 2018

A perfect delight

We walked through the hill; towns of Tuscany with On Foot. We had a well balanced mix of terrain and towns, and a delightful range of accommodation.

We walked through the hill; towns of Tuscany with On Foot. We had a well balanced mix of terrain and towns, and a delightful range of accommodation.

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The support and openness of the tour company was outstanding. The helped us not only "within" the holiday but also in getting to and from it


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On Foot - Lighthouse Way

By Papa on 3 October 2018

Unique walk along the Galician Coast of Death - the Lighthouse Way.

Six of us had an excellent walking holiday in September, organised by On Foot Holidays. We spent 7 nights on a linear walk along the Lighthouse Way in...

Six of us had an excellent walking holiday in September, organised by On Foot Holidays. We spent 7 nights on a linear walk along the Lighthouse Way in Galicia, Northern Spain. It was a unique walk through magnificent coastal scenery. Some of the walking was quite challenging, but it was always very exhilarating to walk along the cliffs and across wonderful sandy beaches. The little towns/villages where we overnighted all had their own character.

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On Foot Holidays' organisation was impeccable. They provided very comprehensive Walkers’ Packs, detailed instructions and good maps, as well as helpful hints about which beaches were safe. The accommodation was excellent and we had the daily support through On Foot Holidays of a Spanish contact who knew the walk and gave us daily weather reports and other useful information - a service we have never before encountered with a walking tour provider.


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On Foot Holidays - Lake Maggiore

By OJS LDN on 3 October 2018

Magic walking around the Italian Lakes

Short walking holiday a deux. Easy logistics, amazing hotel and food, stunning scenery. Robust but doable walking.

Short walking holiday a deux. Easy logistics, amazing hotel and food, stunning scenery. Robust but doable walking.

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Flexible as our needs changed, great recommendations on food, directions and guides totally on point. All we had to do was walk, chat and decompress.


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On Foot Holidays - Tuscany

By MrWalker on 2 October 2018

Tuscany hilltop towns

Challenging but rewarding walk from Buonconvento to Montepulciano via trails and cross country..

Challenging but rewarding walk from Buonconvento to Montepulciano via trails and cross country..

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On Foot Holidays is outstanding in every aspect....firstclass customer service with extremely prompt replies to any and every question. Very good walking notes and maps and interesting supplementary material outlining the history and dining opportunities in the area. 10/10.


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On Foot Holidays - Liguria

By Sprouty on 1 October 2018

Varied walk with Fantastic views. Great sense of achievement when we got to the coast at the end.

Two days walking through vineyards, followed by four days crossing the Apennines with a spectacular descent to the Ligurian coast on the last day. Exc...

Two days walking through vineyards, followed by four days crossing the Apennines with a spectacular descent to the Ligurian coast on the last day. Excellent food in small local hotels each night. Luxurious spa hotel at the end to recover in.

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Self guided walk with on foot holidays. Excellent walk notes and GPS tracks. Local contact in case of any problems. Helpful options to shorten some of the longer days by taking a taxi. Fantastic and varied food along the way.

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