Walking holidays and tours, 2014 and 2015

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.
Catalonia tours, walking and wine tasting in Spain
Walk one of the most thrilling wine regions in Spain., from £835 (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
Canadian Rockies walking holiday
Experience breath-taking scenery in the Canadian Rockies, from £1199 - £1319 (11 days) ex flights
Climb Mount Cotopaxi, Ecuador
Mountaineering in Ecuador, climb Cotopaxi, from £682 (6 days) ex flights
Catalonia self guided walking holidays
Self-guided walking holidays in Catalonia, from £378 - £674 (8 days) ex flights
Atacama and Patagonia hiking holiday
Explore Chile on foot Atacama Patagonia Walking Holiday, from £3785 (16 days) ex flights
Italian Riviera walking holiday, self guided
Ancient wooded trails of oak and chestnut forest, from £1509 - £1687 (11 days) inc UK flights
Guyana trekking holiday
Trekking tour in pristine rainforest of Guyana and Roraima, from £3203 (16 days) ex flights
Patagonia trekking adventure holiday
Trek Fitzroy, Paine and visit Ushuaia, Patagonia Highlights, from £1868 - £1968 (15 days) ex flights
New England and Canadian east coast tours
Rugged, unspoiled and off the tourist trail, from £1969 - £2149 (13 days) ex flights
French Alps self guided walking holiday
Chalet based, self guided walking holiday in the French Alps, from £385 (8 days) ex flights
Trekking holiday in Madagascar
Explore the incredible diversity of Madagascar, from £2699 - £3299 (17 days) inc UK flights
Bergamo circular walking tour in Italy
Begamo; start hiking at about 5 km distance from the airport, from €625 - €710 (8 days) ex flights
Spanish course & walking holiday, Picos de Europa, Spain
Spanish classes + stunning hikes in Picos de Europa, from €720 (7 days) ex flights
Self guided walking holiday in France
Idyllic walking in France with great food, wine and ambiance, from £681 - £755 (7 days) ex flights
Andalucia self guided walking holiday, Spain
Walking in foothills covered with Olive and Almond groves, from £340 (7 days) per accommodation
Trekking holiday in Southern Madagascar
Amazing trek through the mountains and valleys of Madagascar, from £2195 (14 days) ex flights
Walking safari in South Africa
Walking safaris and game drives in South Africa, from £2430 - £2599 (17 days) inc UK flights
Kumano Kodo walking holiday, Japan
Village to village walking in the sacred Kii Peninsula, from £2025 (9 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
Japan self guided walking holiday, Nakasendo Trail
Self-guided walking along Japan’s ancient Nakasendo trail, from £585 - £1650 (10 days) ex flights
Finland hiking holiday
A hut-to-hut hiking journey along Finland's Russian border, from €864 (8 days) ex flights
Great Wall of China walking holiday
Trek along various contrasting sections of the wall, from £1599 - £1649 (10 days) inc UK flights
Amalfi Coast walking holiday, Italy
Walk in lemon groves and hillside villages, from £999 - £1199 (8 days) inc UK flights
Mount Toubkal climb in Morocco
Pass through remote villages and terraced fields, from £669 - £779 (8 days) inc UK flights
Inca trail & Amazon Rainforest holiday
Inca Trail, Machu Picchu & rainforest, from £2520 - £3099 (17 days) inc UK flights
Photography holiday in Picos de Europa, Spain
Photography in N. Spain's stunning mountains & Costa Verde, from £1185 (8 days) ex flights
Camino de Santiago self guided walking in Spain
Individually designed walks along the Camino de Santiago, from £445 - £850 (7 days) ex flights
Carpathian Mountains holiday, conservation & culture
Wolves, bears and sightseeing, from £1099 - £1129 (8 days) inc UK flights
Activity holiday in Nepal
Soft adventure with trained professionals in Nepal, from £1250 (18 days) ex flights

1460 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.

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 £3339 - £3639 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
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
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 £585 - £1650 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 £1599 - £1649 including UK flights
Portugal walking & culture holiday, Medieval Encounter
Wonderful. Refreshing. Peaceful. (more)Adele Torrance
Every bit of it was hugely enjoyable. I highly recommend this holiday to anyone who wishes to have an authentic experience of life in a very beautiful part of rural Portugal. (more)victoria mann
I would run out of superlatives, this was truly excellent from start to finish. (more)Jeff Todd
From €599 - €679 excluding flights
Learn Spanish & walk the Camino de Santiago, Spain
I loved everything about this trip. Excellent teacher, varied and interesting lessons, lovely peaceful rural village, stunning scenery, great excursions, good fun, good introduction to culture and gastronomy of Spain. (more)Helen Kearney
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 €720 excluding flights
Elaphite Islands & Dubrovnik walking tours in Croatia
Just about perfect - exactly the relaxing, 'off the beaten track' break we'd hoped for. (more)Catherine Smith
Amazing...Great guides, very helpful. Great scenery and great food (more)Gay Elliott-Eastwood
We would definitely be keen to visit the islands again with responsible travel. Everything was well organised, involved the local people and the weather was lovely-apart from 2 days of storms which no one could plan for. (more)Eunice Gray
From €680 excluding flights
Amalfi Coast walking holiday, Italy
Very good. We has a great time and came back fitter than we were! (more)janet fung
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
From £999 - £1199 including UK flights
Andalucia self guided walking holiday, Spain
The entire experience was delightful, and it would be too difficult to pick out any one aspect. We had a terrific time. (more)lin pattullo
Great holiday, great weather, our hosts Gale and Terry were fantastic and made us very welcome. (more)Bronwyn Petrie
Excellent. Incomparably superior to the normal Mediterranean / Canaries packages. (more)Tom Cripps
From £340 per accommodation
Patagonia trekking adventure holiday
Memorable parts? Torres del Paine, Fitzroy Massif, Perito Glacier Best Accommodation - Pudu Lodge Best Camp - Camp Los Torres Best Meal - Estacia Lad Hijas Best Guide - Muti in Fitzroy Massif Tips? Bring a roll of toilet paper, walking sticks should be an essential part. Local benefits? Enjoyed the local hiking guides that were hired. Overall rating? Overall, was pleased with our decision to do this part of our travels as a tour. Appreciated all the bookings, transfers,... (more)Terry Brannigan
From £1868 - £1968 excluding flights
Photography holiday in Picos de Europa, Spain
Great time. Interesting locations. I got a lot of hands on time with the knowledgeable instructors. I ended up looking at certain things I'd never considered before, and have taken that knowledge home with me as I take photos here. (more)Shane Woods
Very good, I learned a lot. The small group size was perfect for a photography holiday and despite being very full in terms of activities was also very relaxing. Food very large portions and good range of choice. (more)d smith
The mountainous landscape of the Picos de Europa was stunning...lots of photographic help and advice was available for anyone who wished to take it and each participant was treated as an individual at their own level of expertise. (more)Maureen Fidkin
From £1185 excluding flights
Self guided walking holiday in Andalucia, Spain
Amazing walks in the Natural Park, and the friendly welcome from Ilaria and Derek. The Barranco de Osa walk was spectacular. We went in March and it was perfect for walking. (more)Carole Paish
Brilliant. A wonderful place to get away to. Marvellous scenery, good walking country, a nice place to stay, welcoming hosts, good food, etc.. (more)Rebecca Torry
Mountain walks and mountain biking was the most memorable part of the holiday (more)Simon Duncan
From €285 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
Yorkshire self catering accommodation sleeping 4, England
Fantastic. Lovely cottage, very well stocked and furnished. Very friendly and helpful owner. The cottage is spacious and in bad weather you can sit and gaze into the garden and listen to the birds. (more)Helena Poldervaart
We were intrigued to stay in a house made of straw bales and to see how recycling/ reuse can be put into practice and good effect.- we were not disappointed! We found the photo albums showing the building of the house really interesting. (more)C Sharkey
From £396 per cottage per week (sleeps 4-5)
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
Knoydart bunkhouse accommodation, Scotland
Memorable parts? climbing LadhAR BHEINN Tips? COME PREPARED FOR ANY KIND OF WEATHER Local benefits? Yes Overall rating? A wonderful experience (more)May Diver
From £17 per person per night
Cotswolds bed and breakfast near Chipping Norton, England
This was our second visit to The Cotswolds (last over 4 years ago) and we were charmed anew. Too often our holiday experience has been such we're ready to return home after a few days, but on this occasion a week passed quickly, happily, relatively comfortably. (more)Elisabeth Marciniw
It was an excellent location. Very quiet B/B. Very friendly hosts and good breakfasts. Room well equiped with everything we needed. (more)Anne Grant
From £75 - £92 per room per night (sleeps 2)
Cairngorms B & B accommodation, Scotland
It was a 100% success...We have never been anywhere that was more environmentally friendly. (more)Keith Pinion
Brillant!...The Scotish scenery and the castles. The b&b was the very good, we really enjoyed staying there. (more)Michael Hinton
Excellent...Extremely welcoming host, all facilities excellent & so refreshing to see eco policies put into practice so thoroughly (more)Geraldine Moon
From £42.50 - £47.50 per person per night incl breakfast
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 £1595 excluding flights
Rural guesthouse in Malaga, Spain
We had a lovely family suite which was spacious and well equipped. The pool is also lovely - quite large and pristine... (more)Julie Mills
The blend of marvellous scenery, a fabulous place to stay and relax, and the hospitality of our hosts (including great food and great local advice on walking, parking points, activities etc). (more)Russell Chant
Exploring hills and geological areas near the property was the most memorable...Relaxing. Hosts very attentive and informative. Peaceful location. (more)Diana Loffler
From €73 - €83 per double room per night
Jersey self guided walking tours, The Channel Islands
Memorable parts? It is hard to pin point one part - the whole holiday was great. Local benefits? Yes. Overall rating? Extremely good. (more)Christine Ermuth
From £549 - £1059 excluding flights
Guernsey self guided walking tours, The Channel Islands
The most memorable part of the holiday was visiting the smaller islands of Sark and Herm. Not only was the scenery fabulous but the weather was kind! (more)Stuart Harris
The day trip to Herm, the beaches were beautiful and the weather was great for an easy walk round the island. (more)Gabrielle Lorenz
From £644 - £945 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 £510 - £1280 excluding flights
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
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
Snowdonia self catering accommodation, Wales
...had a truly transformational effect on our twin boys. A stunningly beautiful location and very comfortable cottage...our best ever family holiday. (more)Philip Burston
The most memorable part of the holiday was the absolutely stunning view from the cottage, watching the mountains changing as mist drifted over them and then the light and shadows constantly changed as the mountains were revealed and highlighted. (more)Gabrielle Lorenz
Memorable: view from cottage. Exciting: Visit to Zipworld...We had very good weather and thoroughly enjoyed our holiday (more)Alex Nash
From £325 - £425 per cottage per week (sleeps 5)
Borneo luxury holidays, tailor made
Magical...Fantastic - comment from my husband "I normally am ready to come back to work, but this time i absolutely hated it!" (more)Deborah Flint
Fantastic - the wildlife was amazing; watching elephants bathing in the river, snorkelling with turtles, scuba diving with sharks (small ones thankfully!), and the odd orangtan and probocis monkey! The people were extremely friendly and proud of their country. (more)Anna Davies
Making it to the top of Mount Kinabalu, spotting four wild orangutans and a huge croc on a Kinabatangan river cruise and Lankayan Island were the best. (more)Sue Cheung
From £3150 including UK 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 £1322 - £1325 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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Walking holidays by their very nature are low impact and allow you to experience the area at a pace not afforded by other types of holiday. Whether you're exploring the hills of Andalucia or on a walking safari in Kenya a walking holiday allows you to take the time to engage with local people and to fully appreciate the beauty of your surroundings. The important thing when choosing your walking holiday is to ensure that you travel with a responsible tour operator. On responsibletravel.com we offer hundreds of walking holidays all around the world. We work closely with the tour operators to ensure that they have developed responsible travel policies that ensure that local people receive maximum benefit from tourist revenues and that there is minimal environmental impact. Find our more about walking holidays, take a look at this walking article.
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