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Walking holidays from specialist operators designed to support local people & minimise environmental impact. We have walking holidays for people of every walking ability, from introductory walking to high altitude trekking holidays. See our full walking holiday classification.

Spanish course & walking holiday, Picos de Europa, Spain
Spanish classes + stunning hikes in Picos de Europa, from €325 (7 days) ex flights
Inca trail & Amazon Rainforest holiday
Inca Trail, Machu Picchu & rainforest, from £2799 - £3099 (17 days) inc UK flights
Walking in Atlas Mountains, Morocco
A short walking trip in the superb Atlas Mountains, from £679 - £709 (8 days ) inc UK flights
Great Wall of China walking holiday
Trek along various contrasting sections of the wall, from £1499 - £1699 (10 days) inc UK flights
Lemosho Route Kilimanjaro Climb
Eight days of trekking on Africa's highest mountain, from £2599 - £3199 (12 days) inc UK flights
Catalonia self guided walking holidays
Self-guided walking holidays in Catalonia, from £378 - £674 (8 days) ex flights
Luxury trekking holiday in the Atlas Mountains
Trekking in Style in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco, from €888 (6 days) ex flights
Japan self guided walking holiday, Nakasendo Trail
Self-guided walking along Japan’s ancient Nakasendo trail, from £635 - £1790 (10 days) ex flights
Gran Canaria walking tours, Canary Islands
This unique volcanic island reveals unexpected variety, from £872 - £1025 (8 days) inc UK flights
Finland hiking holiday
A hut-to-hut hiking journey along Finland's Russian border, from €864 (8 days) ex flights
Mont Blanc self guided walking holidays
The classic of the Alps, from €665 (12 days) ex flights
National Parks hiking holiday in America
A superb hiking adventure through the USA's most famous national parks, from £1995 (15 days) ex flights
Trekking holiday in Madagascar
Explore the incredible diversity of Madagascar, from £2699 - £3349 (17 days) inc UK flights
Amalfi coast easy walking holiday, Italy
Easy walks from Amalfi: 4* sea-facing hotel; top restaurants, from £1101 (8 days) ex flights
Walking safari in South Africa
Walking safaris and game drives in South Africa, from £2340 - £2699 (17 days) inc UK flights
Self guided walking holiday in France
Idyllic walking in France with great food, wine and ambiance, from £706 - £782 (7 days) ex flights
Picos inn to inn walking holiday
Hike through beautiful mountains staying in rural inns, from £795 (8 days) ex flights
Kerala walking holiday in India
Walk through beautiful hills and tea plantations, from £1949 - £2349 (16 days) inc UK flights
Atacama and Patagonia hiking holiday
Atacama Desert, Chilean Lakes and Patagonia on foot, from £3785 (16 days) ex flights
Guyana trekking holiday
Trekking tour in pristine rainforest of Guyana and Roraima, from US $5092 (16 days) ex flights
Italian Riviera walking holiday, self guided
Ancient wooded trails of oak and chestnut forest, from £1459 - £1617 (11 days) inc UK flights
Patagonia trekking adventure holiday
Trek Fitzroy, Paine and visit Ushuaia, Patagonia Highlights, from US $2970 - US $3130 (15 days) ex flights
Self guided walking holiday in Andalucia, Spain
Self-guided and guided walking in Spanish Lake District, from €285 (6 days) ex flights
Trekking holiday in Southern Madagascar
Amazing trek through the mountains and valleys of Madagascar, from £2195 (14 days) ex flights

1432 reviews for walking holidays4 star overall rating

These full and frank independent walking holidays reviews are from travellers who have booked directly through responsibletravel.com. They are not edited by us or any of the companies we work with. Find the real story, from real travellers below.

Laguna Torca farmstay accommodation in Chile
Memorable parts? Soledad and Charles were incredible hosts. The surroundings were beautiful, the house was incredibly comfortable, and we enjoyed the serene nature all around us. We also enjoyed visiting the llamas, who were quite hospitable! Tips? The location is off the beaten path, but well worth the effort if you are looking for a peaceful and relaxing place to visit. Local benefits? With the location in a small community, we definitely felt that we made a small contribution... (more)Sian Wayt Wingerup
From CLP70000 per villa per night (sleeps 4)
Holiday in Peru & Inca Trail
As each day passed it became my favourite day so far! The Inca Trail of course and the island home stay have to be my top two. The holiday was made all the more memorable because of the great group we were travelling with and of course our guide Dante. (more)Helen Leng
Sitting on top of WaynaPicchu looking at the cloud forest and mountains was the highlight. (more)Joanna Tupper
Walking the Inca Trail was the hardest thing I have ever done but the exhilaration and euphoria of the whole group as we walked through the Sun Gate is something money cannot buy and a memory that will last forever. (more)Christine Ingham
From £2905 - £3679 including UK flights
Atacama and Patagonia hiking holiday
Memorable parts? Trekking with the most amazing mountain backdrop for several days, in Torres del Paine, culminating in the climb up to Las Torres themselves; there just aren't the words to do this place justice. Tips? Do some walking beforehand, if you want to get the most from it. Also, don't forget a camera, or you will be truly sorry! Local benefits? Since we stayed, ate and drank locally, this should be a positive thing. Minimized environmental impacts is a bit tricky,... (more)Chris Senior
From £3785 excluding flights
Annapurna Sanctuary trek in Nepal
It really was the holiday of a lifetime. The 9 day trek round Annapurna Sanctuary has to be the highlight. This was made even more memorable by having the most amazing Sherpa guide and porter. (more)Gina Crowcroft
Fantastic and unforgettable experience! Thank you to the guide, our porter and the company who organised the tour! (more)Larissa Malycheva
Really enjoyed the whole trip, the operator was excellent and looked after me the whole time. Thank you. (more)Laura Hayes
From £840 excluding flights
Off the beaten track holiday in Vietnam
Excellent in all ways. Ms. Thanh Ha of the operator’s Saigon office provided detailed information and reminders, and she met us in Saigon to make sure everything was as we hoped. (more)Sandy Snyder
Eating and experiencing the beauty of Vietnam was the most memorable part...Brilliant. Wouldn't hesitate in doing it again and recommending to anyone wanting some happy healing holiday happenings. (more)Anita Lowe
From US $3008 excluding flights
Great Wall of China walking holiday
Five stars: Themost memorable parts were walking on the Great Wall, interacting with ordinary Chinese people in theTemple of Heaven Park and seeing Red & Giant Pandas. (more)Sally Payne
I LOVED every minute of my stay in China, and the tour was very efficiently run. Our tour guide, Jerry was really great. (more)Phyllis Ryan
Great organisation, exactly what I was looking for and far exceeded my expectations. (more)Lynne Oakerbee
From £1499 - £1699 including UK flights
Peru family adventure holiday
Memorable parts? We were hiking for few hours through beautiful Inca trail and at the end we had seen Machu Picchu in clouds and then in a full sun. Tips? Take good rain gear when you travel during wet season. We were there in December and weather was good, but sometimes we got surprises. Local benefits? I think we benefit local people. We visited places stayed in hotels, bought souvenirs. It seems, money we spend stayed there. I hope money collected in tickets will be... (more)Iwona Warszawska
From US $1671 excluding flights
Japan self guided walking holiday, Nakasendo Trail
It was all a very fine experience. Terrific organisation, didn't miss a beat anywhere; great choices of accommodation/food. The combination of physical, topographical and cultural stimulation provided by this sort of travel is very very hard to beat. There were several occasions where I was simply floaty with delight. A knockout. (more)David McRae
Excellent...in every way. The most memorable parts were... Seeing the old villages and towns along our walk - meeting so many friendly and helpful people in surroundings completely different from our own. And the food - different, flavorful, every meal exquisitely presented and excellent. (more)Gill Berry
From £635 - £1790 excluding flights
Borneo wildlife holiday with Mt. Kinabalu climb
Amazing. We were very fortunate with the wildlife we saw. The itinerary captured everything that we enjoy doing and so for us it was the perfect holiday! (more)Jo Gillett
Fantastic ! Although it did take me 4 days of R&R to recover from the 1st 10 days. Everybody agreed it was unique and a wonderful experience (more)val stapleton
From £3135 including UK flights
Spanish course & walking holiday, Picos de Europa, Spain
Had a great time. Everyone was very friendly, the teaching by Ana and Celine was brilliant and perfectly judged for my level of ability. The surrounding mountains are lovely and Jamie took us on some great walks in the afternoons. The food and drink in the local bars and restaurants was excellent. I came home with considerably greater confidence in Spanish. (more)Andrew Robinson
Excellent. The language school, walks, village and environment were better than I had dared to hope they would be. I hope I have a chance to return for a longer stay. (more)Cecilia Johnson
Loved it! I was made to feel right at home from the minute I met the crew; I made new friends, improved my Spanish and got to walk off the local cheese and cider in the spectacular Picos de Europa. I really didn't want to leave! (more)Carina Kane
From €325 excluding flights
Learn Spanish & walk the Camino de Santiago, Spain
Memorable parts? The hiking was gorgeous Tips? Get to Panes early enough to walk around the town and have a lay of the land before starting the week. Local benefits? Yes. The local economy is able to support this kind of tourism. Overall rating? We greatly enjoyed this unique adventure in learning the language and experiencing a culture and having an action-oriented vacation. And we are in our 60's. (more)Margaret Johnson
From €355 excluding flights
Mongolia adventure trekking holiday & Naadam Festival
Memorable parts? The ENTIRE trip was outstanding and amazing... the expertise of the guide, the enthusiasm for the country, the love of the country was thrilling. The NAADAM festival (which was what enticed me to going on this trip was even MORE than I had imagined Tips? Let Jess (the tour operator) guide you as to what you are most interested in seeing/experiencing. She is just so knowledge I had her plan a trip for my grandson and myself that I felt would be a great introduction... (more)Eve Solomon
From £1994 excluding flights
Kumano Kodo trail self guided walking holiday, Japan
Memorable parts? All of it was good. The highlight might have been the first sight of the Golden Temple in Kyoto, or the first proper Japanese meal. Tips? As it is primarily a walking holiday through woods, I would recommend one takes good walking boots and a stick. Local benefits? Mainly staying staying in small, traditional hotels (ryokan) must be good. Overall rating? Excellent. All the arrangements worked perfectly. (more)John Brennan
From £550 - £1390 excluding flights
Morocco walking holiday with nomads
Memorable parts? The people in the group, including the guide and nomad family that we hiked with. Such good spirits. Tips? Bring a towel, wet wipes, books. There is time to savor the afternoons. Local benefits? Yes, I felt that our visit did help the nomad family and mule handlers. We learned about each theirs cultures and they sure benefited by having some income to supplement their goat herding. Overall rating? It was a wonderful mix of exotic city pleasures,... (more)Kathy House
From £795 excluding flights
Cyclades walking holiday, Greece
Memorable parts? Arriving at a sunny beach with a great blue sea after a walk across barren land. Tips? Sun cream is needed!The Django ice-cream parlour is great. Local benefits? Definitely impacted local people - every place we stayed or had food was owned and managed by local people. Overall rating? Very relaxing and enjoyable. People were very friendly and nice. Great food. (more)Liz Drye
From £528 - £574 excluding flights
Alentejo & Algarve self guided walking holiday, Portugal
Wonderful holiday! More Canadians (North Americans) should know about Portugal and it’s walking tours. (more)Jeffrey Fish
The self-guided walking tour of the Rota Vincentina was overall a great experience. We would gladly return to walk some of the other routes of Southwest Portugal...The trail was incredible. The coastal scenery was breathtaking and access to isolated beaches provided great natural experiences. (more)Barry Corbett
Seeing and feeling the beautiful energy from the ocean as spring broke over Portugal was the most memorable part of my holiday. My every need was considered and prepared for, and the scenery and fresh air was spectacular. (more)Kathy House
From €390 - €420 excluding flights
Sintra Natural Park accommodation in Portugal
It was wonderful. We had such a relaxing time, good food, good wine...Nothing was too much trouble for James and Aasta, they made us feel so welcome. (more)Jenni Malcolm
The location is perfect for sightseeing in Sintra, cliff walking, forest trails, beach visits, day trip to Lisbon or Cascais, good and reasonable eating options...the perfect cocktail of good accommodation , helpful hosts, location, scenic walking, sightseeing and food. (more)hina chandra
We had a relaxing holiday, James & Aasta made us very welcome and gave us lots of tips, advice and information on the local area. (more)David and Pauline Truelove
From €65 - €110 per room per night
Catalonia self guided walking holidays
We were sorry when it ended. Steve is a friendly, down to earth operator who gave excellent advice. The instructions were very easy to follow. This certainly rates as an outstanding holiday experience. (more)Pam Dowling
This holiday was very well organized, and it allowed me to explore towns and landscapes in Catalonia that I never would have discovered on my own...The most memorable part of this holiday was the little discoveries along the trail - secluded beaches, apple and olive orchards, vineyards, and old ruins. (more)James Gabbert
The scenery, it was spectacular, beautiful trails, not many tourists, unspoilt. Food and wine superb. People at guest accomodation were very friendly and helpful and Steve the operator was excellent. His organisation for the trip was perfect, everything went to plan, he was a good communicator and dealt with any problems we had. (more)jamie sharkey
From £378 - £674 excluding flights
Andalucia self guided walking holiday, Spain
The first sunny morning at Cortijo Fuerteventura was lovely, the garden beautiful and sitting out for breakfast delightful. The welcome from Terry and Gail was also great and the information provided by them and John about the local area invaluable. (more)Damaris Armstrong
Peaceful location, excellent or walking, Beautiful scenery, friendly and welcoming people, great wine..... (more)Debbie Bayntun=Lees
An excellent break...A splendid welcome from our hosts and the lovely inhabitants of the village. (more)Alison Buckingham
From £390 per accommodation
Langtang Valley trekking holiday, Nepal
Great Trip!!! The scenery on the trek was amazing. There is no place like the Himalaya. The Nepali people were extremely friendly. The guides were knowledgeable and wonderful to work with. (more)Brian Henning
A great trip and very good service. (more)Keith Panter
An experience of endeavour and hard slog but a life achievement . The achievement of getting to above 4000mtres on foot and the View of Mt Langtang was the best part of the holiday. (more)James Ramshaw
From £935 excluding flights
Tailor made walking & sightseeing tours in Cuba
Very interesting and enjoyable trip, well organised so that everything ran smoothly. The guide was very good. The best part was meeting Cuban people, who were very friendly and keen to practise their English (more)Janet Galloway
The variety of the programme - the buzz of Havana - the Cuban people that we met - the guide that accompanied us all week could not be faulted - he made every effort to make sure we maximised our time in his country. The local guides we met were very knowledgeable, warm and open. (more)Christine Giles
We had a great time in Cuba, seeing a wide range of places in Havana old-town, the Mountains and tobacco farms in the north and a few Caribbean beaches along the way. (more)John Eykelenboom
From £1260 excluding flights
National Parks hiking holiday in America
Memorable parts? There were numerous memorable moments during the whole two week holiday due to the ever changing landscape covered by the trip.We covered nearly 2000 miles in the comfortable people carrier and the views,scenery and walks we superb and not too taxing.The first view of the Grand Canyon was of course stunning but for me the mountain views in Yosemite were breathtakingly beautiful ,the walk along the Panorama trail back to Curry village was awe inspiringly spectacular and the... (more)John Baines
From £1995 excluding flights
Lemosho Route Kilimanjaro Climb
Excellent experience but very tough. (more)Mair James
The most memorable and exciting part of the holiday was of course the ascent of Kilimanjaro on summit day. It was exhilarating arriving at the peak after all the lead up to it and the views were fantastic. (more)Jane Walker
Getting to the summit of Kilimanjaro with all my friends - old and new was most memorable...Do it! And take the Lemosho route - it is the best one. 10/10. (more)Annika Ratcliffe
From £2599 - £3199 including UK flights
Nepal trek with Chitwan National Park safari
Excellent...The whole experience was so full of adventure and different sights and experiences from beginning to end. (more)Mandy Bryan
Chitwan NP... an encounter with a rhino while on a walk. Pretty amazing watching one of these animals come out of the bush, and your there with your guide and helper, each with nothing more than sticks, looking at these large endangered species... won't forget that! (more)David Whetham
It was wonderful to walk through out the lovely villages meeting people and also the beauty of the countryside and experiencing breath taking views of the mountains. Trekking was the ideal way to experience all of this. My guide was perfect and a sensitive host and along with our porter I felt like a little family at the end. (more)Mrs. Cucuil Stedmann
From US $849 excluding flights
Everest base camp trekking tour
Seeing and interacting with the people who live in the Everest/Himalaya region was the most memorable part. (more)Craig Lutwyler
The most memorable and exciting part of this holiday was finishing the two challenges; Everest Base Camp & Kala Pattar. (more)Dipak Shah
From £1125 - £1126 excluding flights
Amalfi Coast walking holiday, Italy
Met/exceeded expectations....Hiking in the hail storms with high winds. Views of the Amalfi Coast. Visiting Pompeii and Hurculaneum. (more)Terry Manon
A very enjoyable and well organized trip...The scenery along the amalfi coast was amazing. (more)Layla Makkawi
Excellent....The amazing view of the Sorrento Penisula when we arrived at the top of Monte Tre Calli and the fantastic scenery walking along the Amalfi coast. The walk of the Gods ending up in Positano was a fabulous walk and something I have always wanted to do - it definitely met my expectations:-) (more)Deborah Stone
From £999 - £1199 including UK flights
Sicily walking holiday
The trip was well thought out, with a variety of walks and other activities all of which were interesting. The Guide was excellent and very knowledgeable. (more)sheila Knight
Being on stomboli while the volcano rumbled and spat - being so close to lava fountains was the most memorable part. (more)Fiona Paterson
Walks interesting, varied and demanding enough without imposing too much strain for those who like walking/scrambling holidays. (more)Sydney Fremantle
From £1199 - £1269 including UK flights
Pilgrims Way self guided walking tour, England
Very very good. Derek was very knowledgeable and helpful. Lunches were delicious. (more)Isabel Clare
Walking through Godmersham Park in the footsteps of Jane Austin was the single most memorable aspect. (more)Deborah Rice
Our holiday on the North Downs Trail in late spring was breathtaking. (more)Carol R Mehler
From £559 excluding flights
Sabah holiday, land beneath the wind
The most memorable part of the holiday was scrambling to the top of Kinabalu mountain and trying to get a photo taken at the top with over 100 other people. (more)Ron Price
Climbing Mt Kinabalu. Staying in the jungle. Seeing local, unique wildlife were the most memorable parts of the holiday (more)Penny Earle
Excellent!! Amazing experience...Orangutans, Turtles, Mt Kinabalu...Go with an open mind. Take it all in... there's so much to see! (more)Heidi Hosgood
From £1335 - £1570 excluding flights
Walking holiday in Alicante
The most memorable part of the holiday was really being able to immerse ourselves in what felt like real Spain amongst the most charming of people who spoke no English but understood the meaning of hospitality. (more)Penny Whitford
A lovely week, the walking was great, the views fantastic and it was very relaxing. (more)Gabrielle Lorenz
The most memorable part of the holiday was enjoying a well deserved glass of wine after a lovely days walk in the sunshine, whilst admiring an unspoilt view of the mountains around Confrides. (more)Jude Nash
From £425 excluding flights

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5 stars
I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
4 stars
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
3 stars
Very enjoyable
2 stars
It was OK
1 star
A bit disappointing really

Walking holiday classifications

We organise our walking holidays by difficulty & the number of hours you walk each day to help you find the right walking holiday for your level of fitness.

Introductory walking
You do not need previous experience for these trips, but you do need to be in reasonably good health. If you enjoy walking, and will be able to walk for 4-5 hours per day then these trips will be for you. Although these trips are not at higher altitudes, and will have time for rest, remember that the walks will not be flat and that you'll enjoy them even more if you've built up a little stamina!
Moderate walking
If you have walked in the hills at home and are reasonably fit you will enjoy these trips, which will typically involve 5-8 hours walking per day. These trips might involve a day or two of harder and steeper walking, but generally walking conditions will be good.
Strenuous walking
Fitness is important for these trips, and you'll need to improve your stamina before you depart. You should expect to walk in mountainous terrain, usually at significantly higher altitudes than at home, for between 6 to 8 hours per day. You will either have trekked before, or be confident of your fitness.
Very challenging trekking
We recommend previous experience of trekking. You will need to be fit, have very good stamina, and be confident that you can to trek for many days without a break. You will be able to cope with difficult underfoot terrain such as scree, snow or difficult paths on steep mountainsides. Extremes of altitude and weather may also be encountered and walking days can be from 6 to 9 hours.
High altitude trekking
If you want to get away from it all and up into some of the highest and most spectacular mountain ranges in the world then here are some awesome treks for you! As you will be at altitude you will need to be in good health, and have good stamina and fitness for those uphill days. You should expect some long days, cold temperatures, high altitudes, and some tough terrain in simply spectacular scenery.
Climbing
A choice of climbing holidays from specialist operators. For these trips we recommend previous climbing experience, preferably at altitude or the confidence to learn as you go. You will need to be fit, have very good stamina, and be confident that you can climb in demanding conditions.
Wilderness trekking
We've selected these treks for you based on their remoteness and beauty. If you prefer to enjoy the solitude of the mountains away from too many other people then these treks are for you. You'll need a reasonable level of fitness and you will enjoy walking, but these trips are more about enjoying the surroundings than searching out really tough treks.
Walking safari
There is no better way of really experiencing wildife and wildlife habitats than getting out on foot to see and track game. Your safety will be paramount and you will be accompanied by expert guides. It might involve anything from a 3-4 hour walk from camp, to a mobile safari over several days moving from camp to camp. You'll will simply need to be able to walk for 3-4 hours.
Self guided walking
If you prefer to avoid groups and guides, or want create your own group, then a self guided walk is for you. No previous experience is needed.
Charity treks
Charity treks are ideal for people who don’t only want to travel responsibly, but also want to give that little bit extra and help contribute towards a favourite charity. All of our charity treks are either run by charities, or contribute a significant proportion of the cost of the holiday to a good cause.
Summer walking
Want to enjoy the fields, meadows and mountains in the summer sunshine? No previous experience required, just an enjoyment of walking and the outdoors.
Winter walking
Are you looking to get away during the winter months to enjoy an invigorating winter walk? No previous experience required, just an enjoyment of walking and the outdoors.


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