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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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Let the train take the strain!

Let the train take the strain!

Tuesday 10th July | Posted by Simon Scutt

You don't need to be a train enthusiast to enjoy a short railway journey in a beautiful location! Several of our self-guided walking holidays include a chance to take a ride on one of Europe's heritage or scenic railways. The UK is rightly proud of its steam ...

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Journalist James Stewart tries our new walk along Galicia’s Lighthouse Way

Journalist James Stewart tries our new walk along Galicia’s Lighthouse Way

Thursday 28th June | Posted by Simon Scutt

"I can’t recall the last time I felt such simple satisfaction. Such quiet joy, actually. They could sell this as therapy." James Stewart reflects in The Guardian newspaper on his recent walk along the Lighthouse Way with On Foot. Read the complete article here.

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There’s still time for a (flexible) summer escape with On Foot Holidays

There’s still time for a (flexible) summer escape with On Foot Holidays

Thursday 21st June | Posted by Simon Scutt

If you don't yet have anything planned, and are reasonably flexible with your dates, it's not too late to take advantage of the European summer with an On Foot self-guided walking holiday.  Get away from the crowds with one of our mountain or coastal walks, where ...

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On Foot Holidays - Priorat

By Pippa on 12 July 2018

Great fun

We walked, and walked away from civilization and were challenged and delighted with our adventure.

We walked, and walked away from civilization and were challenged and delighted with our adventure.

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Responded quickly and efficiently making great suggestions and giving invaluable advice


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On Foot Holidays - Slovenia

By Slinglow on 11 July 2018

This was the fourth walking holiday my wife Judith and I have taken with On Foot and thay have all been marvellous.

We walked from near Ljubljana, Slovenia's capital, to Trieste in Italy over a period of 5 days, through changing scenery and wildflower meadows, takin...

We walked from near Ljubljana, Slovenia's capital, to Trieste in Italy over a period of 5 days, through changing scenery and wildflower meadows, taking in Predjama Castle, a gourmet dinner one evening, wine tasting one day en-route and one day visiting the Skocjan caves (all pre-arranged by On Foot). On Foot arrange a mix of hotels, B&Bs and farms to stay at, some providing dinners with their own home produced food and wine. We carry daypacks during the walks and On Foot arrange for our main luggage to be taken to the next place. We have never been disappointed (except for some iffy weather, which not even On Foot can control!) We are now thinking which of all the tempting routes available we should select for our fifth holiday with them.

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On Foot meticulously research each of their European holiday destinations; the walk itself, the local reps and the places you stay at. Really professional firm and nice people too. New routes are being added to their list of choices.


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On Foot Holidays - Slovenia

By Kiwis in Europe on 10 July 2018

Slovenia - Karast country

wonderful walking, eating, experiencing Slovenia and Trieste. All connections were made, and accommodation was excellent.

wonderful walking, eating, experiencing Slovenia and Trieste. All connections were made, and accommodation was excellent.

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great responsiveness to our needs


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On Foot Holidays - Lake Maggiore

By Susan and Pete from Portland on 9 July 2018

Northern Italian Lakes Walking Holiday

Walking holiday around and between two Northern Italian lakes from the old grand tour circuit. Beautiful scenery, comfortable hotels, and a great two-...

Walking holiday around and between two Northern Italian lakes from the old grand tour circuit. Beautiful scenery, comfortable hotels, and a great two-night stop on top of a hill with an incredible restaurant/guest house. The track feels well-worn (no sense of being remote or away from other tourists), but for good reason - it was a lovely walk, and the lakeside towns are long-time tourist areas.

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Everything went perfectly smoothly. All travel advice and route notes were excellent; everything as specified. We were treated well at all of our destinations, which speaks well of the tour organizer.


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On Foot - Camino de Santiago

By Camino Companions on 9 July 2018

A well-prepared walking pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in northern Spain.

A group of eight mature ladies walked 142 km to Santiago over six days. We stayed in a variety of local hotels or farmhouses, all with ensuite rooms,...

A group of eight mature ladies walked 142 km to Santiago over six days. We stayed in a variety of local hotels or farmhouses, all with ensuite rooms, within a short distance from the well-marked Camino to Santiago route. The additional information and local maps provided by the tour operator were clear and well used. Our hosts were all obliging, friendly and offered us different menus for breakfast and dinner. Unfortunately we used the facilities to dry clothing at the end of some days but one was helpful and mended a walking pole for us too.

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On Foot Holidays of Salisbury provided a friendly, professional and thoroughly-researched package for us and our needs. They were very happy for us to visit the office and discuss any concerns that we had; emails and phone calls were answered quickly and efficiently. The walking packs they provide are comprehensive and clear, giving detailed background information, guidance notes and the mobile number for the English-speaking local contact, who responded when needed.


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On Foot Holidays - Yorkshire

By Terry on 28 June 2018

A five day walk in the Yorkshire Dales

We walked an unguided five day walk organised by On Foot Holidays. A steep and rugged climb up to a hilltop called Simon's Seat on the first day gav...

We walked an unguided five day walk organised by On Foot Holidays. A steep and rugged climb up to a hilltop called Simon's Seat on the first day gave wonderful views of the landscape to follow.The walks then took us through a variety of landscapes; high moorland and low, lush vales often walking beside rivers and through fields of wild flowers and sheep. The highlight was climbing above Malham Tarn and then descending to Malham Cove on day four. Each night was spent in a carefully selected village on the route, staying in small but charming inns and hotels offering a variety of delicious food. We were blessed with glorious weather all week which added to the enjoyment of the walking and the views.

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The team at On Foot Holidays went out of their way to assist with arranging transport at each end of the walk. Their walking guide notes and maps were clear and easy to understand, such that we never felt in danger of becoming lost. On Foot's local back-up team were also keen to assist with phoned advice and recommendations the evening before we set off. The team were always friendly, the luggage arrangements smooth and the pre-booked accommodation always welcoming. We have completed 3 previous unguided walks with this Operator and continue to enjoy every part of the experience, from the planning to the actual walking.


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On Foot Holidays - Priorat

By Ishbel on 27 June 2018

A challenging but immensely satisfying walk in El Priorat, Catalonia.

We did a 10 day self guided walked from Montblanc to Porrera. This is a little visited area of Spain and we were almost alone on the trails in spectac...

We did a 10 day self guided walked from Montblanc to Porrera. This is a little visited area of Spain and we were almost alone on the trails in spectacular scenery. While more challenging that I expected, the weather was good, the wild flowers in bloom, and it was a wonderful holiday. We spent an extra day at the end to do some wine tasting at the excellent Cal Pla Cellar.

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This is my second On Foot holiday and again I was very impressed by the level of support they gave us. Their selection of accommodation is also very good. I will certainly use them again.


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On Foot Holidays - Andalucia

By Jazzy-B on 26 June 2018

Tough but very rewarding (and spectacular) hiking!

We loved our off the grid Andalucian hiking holiday. Really couldn't fault it. The organisation was top-knotch and the accommodation was better than...

We loved our off the grid Andalucian hiking holiday. Really couldn't fault it. The organisation was top-knotch and the accommodation was better than we'd expected. The scenery was gorgeous and we pretty much never saw another soul for the entire 8 days - exactly what we'd hoped for, and would definitely sign on for another one!

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On Foot were great from start to finish. Efficient, good communication, friendly and helpful.


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On Foot Holidays - Bohemia

By Happy walker from Bath on 25 June 2018

Wonderful walking in the Czech Republic

On Foot holidays provided a wonderful self guided walking itinerary in Northern Bohemia - through a geologically spectacular area known as the Česke R...

On Foot holidays provided a wonderful self guided walking itinerary in Northern Bohemia - through a geologically spectacular area known as the Česke Raj (“Czech Paradise”). The walks were varied from easy to strenuous but all perfectly described. Accommodation was comfortable with Hrubá Skála castle a thrilling place to stay. There was plenty of back up information and advice before and during the walking. On Foot has very fine customer service and attention to detail.

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The above comments hopefully say it all


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On Foot - Lighthouse Way

By mature hiker on 25 June 2018

gorgeous scenery

We three woman, ages ranging from 53 to 78, hiked the 4 days of the Lighthouse Tour in Galacia. the Scenery was amazing, the hikes were relatively ea...

We three woman, ages ranging from 53 to 78, hiked the 4 days of the Lighthouse Tour in Galacia. the Scenery was amazing, the hikes were relatively easy. The accommodations were wonderful

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They were very supportive. They stayed in touch with us by cell phone through out the 4 days ensuring that we arrived at our destinations safely.


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On Foot Holidays - Portugal

By Hannah on 20 June 2018

Challenging and rewarding trip to stunning Northern Portugal

My husband and I did a short hiking trip through Northern Portugal with On Foot Holidays. The preparation was very well done, and the landscape was un...

My husband and I did a short hiking trip through Northern Portugal with On Foot Holidays. The preparation was very well done, and the landscape was unmatched! We had a lovely time, and when we ran into travel hiccups On Foot's local contact was incredibly helpful.

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My husband and I did a short hiking trip through Northern Portugal with On Foot Holidays. The preparation was very well done, and the landscape was unmatched! We had a lovely time, and when we ran into travel hiccups On Foot's local contact was incredibly helpful.


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On Foot Holidays - Liguria

By HelenGW on 18 June 2018

Exhilarating walking holiday on top of the world in the Ligurian hills in Italy

A self guided walking holiday into unspoilt Northern Italy. This really is rural with few towns and villages along the route and each day spent blissf...

A self guided walking holiday into unspoilt Northern Italy. This really is rural with few towns and villages along the route and each day spent blissfully walking along high ridges with spectacular views. It ends at the sea in a delightful seaside town - carefully chosen as an unspoilt gem of a place where you can relax and swim. Wonderful food and drink all along the way.

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On Foot Holidays have proved themselves over and over again and I can always trust that the holiday they offer is up to their very high standards of preparation and attention to detail. They manage to take you right into the heart of local hospitality without sacrificing quality of accommodation, off the beaten track without getting lost, fabulous food without putting on a pound and away from it all without any worries. I can't wait to do the next one.


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On Foot Holidays - Lake Maggiore

By JS on 12 June 2018

Wonderful walk near Lake maggiore

We did the new On Foot walk from Lake Maggiore to Lake Orta in northern Italy. Walking 4 to 5 hours a day it was a combination of fairly easy climbs, ...

We did the new On Foot walk from Lake Maggiore to Lake Orta in northern Italy. Walking 4 to 5 hours a day it was a combination of fairly easy climbs, largely in forest, with wonderful views and good accommodation. With a leisurely pace there was time to enjoy the surroundings and there are many other things to do in the area. While not as long or difficult as other On Foot walks we have done we really enjoyed the area and the environment.

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On Foot is an exceptionally well organised company with interesting itineraries, good accommodation and excellent walking notes. They offer a personalised service with good communication and support. We have done 6 of their walks and plan to do more


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On Foot Holidays - Portugal

By Uluru18 on 12 June 2018

A walk on the wild side

We walked in the remote Gerres National Park with OnFoot Holidays. The scenery is diverse and beautiful..from lush valleys,Roman roads to steep granit...

We walked in the remote Gerres National Park with OnFoot Holidays. The scenery is diverse and beautiful..from lush valleys,Roman roads to steep granite hillsides We saw one other walker in 6 days of walking

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This is our second trip with OnFoot. Already planning a 3rd next year. We found them efficient,friendly and informed. Logistics all worked well


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On Foot Holidays - Tuscany

By Beg on 11 June 2018

Tuscany, Renaissance hilltop towns and wine

We walked this route recently, with a few suggested modifications. It was our first such trip. The service before and during our trip was excellent. ...

We walked this route recently, with a few suggested modifications. It was our first such trip. The service before and during our trip was excellent. We had a few errors in our plans caught by staff and got useful information about connecting before and after the purchased trip. The route is beautiful and a little challenging in some places but we were prepared by On Foot for the challenges encountered.

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On Foot did everything they said they would, and more. They made some excellent suggestions during our planning phase, and their printed materials had good suggestions enroute. We’re thinking about where we want to go next. When we had phone problems in Italy, they adapted to our needs and helped us move without glitches.


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On Foot Holidays - Andalucia

By Happy travelers on 7 June 2018

Tranquil

Lovely peaceful walks with beautiful scenery & wildlife Very well detailed guided routes

Lovely peaceful walks with beautiful scenery & wildlife Very well detailed guided routes

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Always helpful & polite, helped us with every aspect of the trip


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On Foot Holidays - Liguria

By Ally on 7 June 2018

A wonderful walking holiday in a quiet corner of Italy

On Foot delivered yet another fabulous, immaculately planned holiday, this time in the Ligurian hills. The walking, the route guidance, the accomodati...

On Foot delivered yet another fabulous, immaculately planned holiday, this time in the Ligurian hills. The walking, the route guidance, the accomodation and the food were all fantastic.

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Extremely friendly, very well-organised and highly knowledgeable. Our third trip with them; they manage to maintain consistently high standards in all regards.


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On Foot Holidays - Lake Maggiore

By Cannondale on 5 June 2018

Very enjoyable

Walking in the Italian lakes. Lovely route and very good organisation.

Walking in the Italian lakes. Lovely route and very good organisation.

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Very efficient


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On Foot Holidays - Bohemia

By LesleyF on 2 June 2018

Great service and a fascinating holiday in Bohemia

We love On Foot because they help us find beautiful parts of Europe to walk which we simply couldn't find on our own. The walk in Bohemia was no exce...

We love On Foot because they help us find beautiful parts of Europe to walk which we simply couldn't find on our own. The walk in Bohemia was no exception. The walking routes were great, and the landscape fascinating and unlike anywhere we have seen before. We walked through forests of huge pine trees, through canyons of rock stacks and visited (and stayed in) castles. All in all, we stayed in some memorable places and had a really great week.

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We know we can trust On Foot to find us a holiday that will suit what we want to do, and out walking level. The information provided - about the walking, the hotels, and the travel - is all spot on, and the office team couldn't be more helpful. They are always happy to adjust and tailor where that's possible. Mainly we use On Foot because we know we will see a beautiful and interesting part of the world which we couldn't find ourselves, the service will be professional and friendly and the whole holiday will be good value for money. We can't ask for more!


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On Foot - Basque Country

By MataHari on 27 May 2018

Brilliant Basque hike

My husband and I did the Basque Ridgeways self-guided hike in May. The weather was variable, but everything else was consistently good to excellent! B...

My husband and I did the Basque Ridgeways self-guided hike in May. The weather was variable, but everything else was consistently good to excellent! Beautiful scenery, lovely wild flowers, great birds including griffon vultures and white storks, the latter with young in the nest. We met no other hikers until the last day, as we approached Bilbao. Our hosts were all very welcoming and friendly, and we had a great time.

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On Foot Holidays are very professional but also very friendly. The organisation of the holiday was impeccable and we were specially impressed by the quality of the hike directions and maps, and the helpfulness of the local contact. The accommodation mostly exceeded our expectations, as did the food. We particularly appreciated a text from the local contact advising us which wine to try...

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