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We just show herein some samples of our walking tours: you may choose guided tours or simply self guided tours (min.size group : 6 Pax)! Please ask for detailed day by day itineraries and or for tailor-made tours.

General infos:

Besides the activity and the destination the most important thing about choosing your trip is making sure it suits your background and physical abilities. To help you select the right trip we inform you in each tour description, about the the following grades: Easy, Moderate and Challenging. We

emphasize that whatever the grade of the walk, it is important that before you start the trip you must be in good physical shape and both your feet and your footwear must be accustomed to walking the distances indicated in the tour outlines for the particular tour. The best way to ensure

this, is to go for a number of walks during the weeks immediately preceding your departure, wearing the boots that you will wear during the trip. Further hints on getting and staying fit are given in our Information leaflet which is sent to you with confirmation of booking. You will also need to ensure that you apply in good time for any requisite visas or vaccinations (nowadays few vaccinations are needed for Europe, but check anyway).

WALKING STAGE Easy: Gentle terrain, four to six hours walking per day without steep climbs or vertiginous mountains.

WALKING STAGE Moderate: Rolling uplands, five to six hours walking per day with some uphill climbs and the odd longer day.

WALKING STAGE Challenging: Real mountains like the Alps or the Pyrenees, six to eight hours walking with longer ascents and perhaps a scramble on a ridge and rough conditions underfoot on occasion. (No challenging tours are scheduled in Italy)

WHERE TO SLEEP

The accommodation will normally be arranged in double or twin-bedded rooms, with en-suite facilities when available, which is 95% of the time. However we get to some remote location where there is little or no choice of accommodation, and then facilities may be limited. For example, on our Italian tours being in larger towns such as Florence or Siena our preferred hotels are often located in the old part of town, away from the main tourist scene but close to local points of interest like small shops and markets.

MEALS

All breakfasts are included, together with other meals as specified in the tours plan. We like to include evening meals, but where these are not included there is always some restaurant nearby (often a choice of places) where you can obtain a good meal. When we include meals, these are from a fixed (‘table d’hote’) menu of two or three courses (apart from the farewell dinners which are special occasion meals). Drinks, tea, coffee (except for tea and coffee with breakfast) are not normally included. Vegetarians and ‘vegetarians plus fish’ can be catered for; please advise us about this requirement when booking. We may also be able to accommodate more restricted diets, but it is best to call us about these before booking. Packed or picnic lunches are not generally included on our self-guided tours (again with some exceptions –but many overnight stops are in small towns and villages where picnic materials can be bought from local shops before you start the day’s walk; alternatively a packed lunch can be ordered the evening before from your accommodation. There is often a café or restaurant en route where you can get a sit-down lunch

WHAT TO BRING

A daypack with lunch, water bottle, first-aid kit, waterproofs, camera. Your main baggage is transported each day from hotel to hotel. There’s no backpacking on any of our self-guided trips, although on certain trips you may be away from your main baggage for one or two nights (not more than two) in which case you may have to carry overnight things in your day pack. An equipment list is included in the ‘Pre-departure Infos’ which are sent to you.

STARTING / ENDING LOCATIONS OF THE TOUR

We explain in the Trip Plan and in more detail in the Route-book how to reach the starting point and return to the airport at the end of the tour by public transportation (train, bus and taxi). European train timetables are available on the Internet. Transfers between the airport and the starting and finishing points of the tour are not normally included in the tour price –with some exceptions or may be included UPON your REQUEST.

SELF GUIDED TOURS

If some client is travelling on his own – can he go on a self-guided tour? Yes, with some exceptions : the exceptions are generally more difficult or remote routes, where we consider it potentially unsafe to walk alone. This is made clear in each single tours road-book . For singles on self-guided tours a Single Supplement fee must be paid; this is to cover the extra cost of single rooms or occupancy of double or twin rooms, of baggage transfers for one rather than two customers, and of a set of route notes and maps for one rather than two people.

WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THE SELF GUIDED TOUR:

• Accommodation and meals as specified in the brochure and tour plan . Transfer of baggage are generally included (one piece of baggage per person, not more than 20kg) when you walk from one hotel to the next during a tour).

• Specially researched Route Notes. Walkers’ maps, usually with the highlighted walking route.

• A book or general guide book with information on the area of the tour. In a few cases we include a walkers’ guidebook as an ancillary to the Route Notes (roadbook).

Walking trough the Dolomites
Duomo Amalfi
Monte Amiata
Lagazuoi Lake - Dolomites
5 nights/6 days or 8 nights/9 days

Bed and breakfast in mainly 3* hotels and or guesthouses. Evening meals are included on 2 nights of the 6 day tour and 3 nights on the 9 day tour. Triple rooms available.

umbria is the landlocked heart of Italy, less well known but reminiscent of Tuscany. The Umbrian countryside is wonderfully spacious with a pleasing mix of farmland, woodland and rolling hills . The famous city of Assisi just oozes with history and charm, as do the smaller medieval towns on our tour, some dating back to Etruscan times. On top of that the fine wines, olive oil, local cheeses, truffles and ham make you enjouy a real taste of rural Italy.

Assisi, with the Basilica of St Francis, Roman temple and plenty more besides is a fitting start to our route. We cross the slopes of Monte Subasio that rise above Assisi, pass through Holm oak forest and olive groves to the town of Spello, which still retains its Romanesque walls surrounding the medieval centre. From Spello, there is time for a day trip to Spoleto including a circular walk. More Roman remains are seen at Bavegna on the way to Montefalco, another ancient walled town set among vineyards and olive groves. Our route then crosses the woods and pastures of the Monti Martani hills, before descending to the river Tevere ‘the young Tiber’ that flows through Umbria on its way to Rome

The 6 day tour ends at Todi, a delightful small town with walls dating from Etruscan, Roman and medieval times. From Todi it is another 3 days leisurely walk to Orvieto passing the ancient village of Montecchio, from where panoramic views extend to Monte Fiascone and Monte Amiata. The 9 day tour ends in Orvieto, originally an Etruscan settlement crowning a precipitous hilltop. A network of medieval streets surrounds the renaissance cathedral. The surrounding slopes are largely given over to vineyards, source of the famous dry white Orvieto Classico.

Assisi Basilica of St.Francis
Orvieto view sunset
Monte Amiata
In this place, the mountains quite literally tumble to the sea. A land of ‘everlasting Spring’, golden light, charming villages and monasteries, watch towers, isolated farmsteads, with flower-strewn coastal paths threading them all together.

After arriving in Amalfi, the first walk takes the group to “Valle dei Mulini’, the valley of the watermills, and on up to the little village of Pontone and the medieval Torre dello Zirro. The return stretch back to Amalfi is very scenic with spectacular viewpoints. Including a visit to beautiful Ravello. Next walk is into the Valle delle Ferriere, one of southern Italy’s most beautiful nature reserves, passing beneath the towering cliffs close to some little waterfalls. From Poggerola a beautiful medieval mule-track curves down to Amalfi, amidst lemon groves and maquis.

The tour continues along a paved mule-track dating back towards the 9th century, to the imposing monastery of Santa Rosa. The route descends to the coast and the spectacular inlet at Furore. From here we walk along to the church of Sant’Elia into the Valley of Praia and then to the coastal town of Praiano. Next we follow the famous ‘Sentiero degli Dei’ (Footpath of the Gods), with views of Capri before descending to Positano, one of the most charming villages of the coast.

Finally by local bus the group backs up to Montepertuso where it starts a circular walk of the Positano valley following ancient footpaths through the forest with marvellous viewpoints. The itinerary climbs towards Santa Maria al Castello, between the Amalfi and the Sorrentine side of the peninsula - overlooking both the Gulf of Salerno and the Gulf of Naples. The walk then descends via a forest station to Positano.

We may also offer an 11 days tour during which we stay in Sorrento which has good access to some extraordinary walks, and is also a convenient place for an excursion to the beautiful Isle of Capri.

Pogerola
Amalfi coast
Amalfi Porto
Accommodation - 7 nights/8 days - The first 3 nights of our tour is spent in the ancient capital Amalfi. Our 3* hotel is not far from the center so you are within walking distance of the main monuments. Nights 4 and 5 are spent in a beautiful small town called Praiano. The 3* hotel is situated steeply over the sea and has an excellent restaurant that offers panoramic views over a large stretch of the Amalfi Coast. Nights 6 and 7 of the tour are spent in the lively village of Positano, with its characteristic houses clinging to the edge of the mountain. Here, our 4* Best Western hotel is always a popular choice with clients.

10 nights/11 days - As above with 3 nights in a 3* hotel in Sorrento.

Accommodation and Meals - On bed and breakfast basis on both the 8 and 11 day tour. We use 3* & 4* hotels in/near to village centres. All rooms have ensuite facilities. You will be free to organize your dinner from the wide choice of restaurants in town.

Possibility of arranging extra nights in Sorrento/Naples and take the short train journey through to Pompei

Vallo Diano An ideal Italian walking tour for the slightly more adventurous walker. Cilento is an undiscovered Italian wilderness where you can really enjoy the sensation of having the whole place to yourself. It is a large area National Park boasting some of the few remaining wolves in Europe and 1800 species of plants. From the tiny village of Felitto, the itinerary descends into a gorge full of ancient caves and ruined watermills.

The next day the groups takes a support van or a bus to Laurino and follows the canyon below the village to arrive at a small medieval bridge which leads to the little church of Sant’Elena.

A short walk to the quiet little village of Piaggine leads into a valley, adorned with maquis, olive groves and orchards to reach the small town of Sacco and its cathedral before continuing up finally to Roscigno Vecchio.

From Roscigno the itinerary climbs up Monte Pruno, a beautiful viewpoint, then on to Sant’Angelo a Fasanella, one of the most interesting little towns in the area.

The route then reaches one of the most picturesque sites in the National Park, the Risorgenza dell’Auso, where the river Auso resurfaces after running underground. A short transfer brings the group to the high plain of the Alburni mountains, a wild calcareous mountain chain with many caves, huge beech forests and rocky outcrops. This is an area where wolves still wander and with a large variety of bird life. This is a moderate tour and most of the walks are on good paths, although sometimes overgrown sections cannot be avoided .

The tour can be extended to visit Paestum, Pompei, Salerno, Naples or the coast, ask for detailed day by day programs.

This trip can also be linked with the Amalfi Coast to create a longer holiday.

Monte Pruno
Roscigno Vecchio Church
Accommodation - 8 nights/9 days - Dinner, bed and breakfast throughout using agriturismo (farmhouse with guestrooms) on most nights except in Valle dell’Angelo where we use a village hotel. All accommodation is ensuite. Possibility to spend extra nights in Naples and take the short train journey through to Pompei .
Enjoy some of the finest coastal walking in Europe on this most beautiful section of the Italian Riviera. The five villages of the ‘Chinquay Terray’, Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore have been praised by artists and poets for centuries. They have celebrated the tiny aquamarine inlets that serve as fishing harbours, and the ancient terraces rising steeply out of the coastal crags in words and pictures.

In this itinerary there are gentle coastal strolls and strenuous hikes alike, into the surrounding hills through the precarious cliffside vineyards and scented pine forests. You can visit the churches, viewpoints, seasides and beaches of the neighbouring towns, returning to our centre in Monterosso al Mare via the efficient local rail service that links the towns of the Cinque Terre with the beach resort of Levanto and train hub at La Spezia. From here there is convenient access to Pisa and its airport. From April through to September there is also a ferry service between the towns.

The tour is recommended for spring and autumn departures, where the crowds have cleared and the temperatures are nice for walking. (a National Parks card has to be bought locally it acts as a pass on the trains along the Cinque Terre).

Vernazza
St Peter 's Church in Portovenere
Accommodation - 5 nights/6 days – - Bed and breakfast five nights in a 3* hotel or agriturismo or religious retreats The dinners here offer a taste of the local ‘cucina’ and regional flavours often prevail, including delicious seafood platters. Perhaps washed down with a Cinque Terre Domain wine which is made with sun dried grapes and thus has a higher sugar contenti .
Famed for gigantic peaks, the Dolomites certainly provide some of the most beautiful mountain scenery in the Alps. The walking on this tour combines forested valleys, alpine meadows and mountain villages with their spectacular world of vertical rock towering above. There are few mountain groups more spectacular than the Dolomites, but walking in the area does not have to be at all technical. Along the tour there are plenty of good footpaths across the valleys.

The tour starts in Dobbiaco, in the midst of the Dolomites in the Ampezzo valley surrounded by impressive mountains. A Van ride, gets the group to the start of the walk up into the three vertical sided finger-like towers of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo mountain group. From Cortina you take a high level route traversing the mountain sides to the Forc Lagazuoi pass before descending to the village of Sare. A day of forests and grassy ridges follows, to reach Col Alti for panoramic views of the Tofana and Sella mountains before descending to the pretty villages of Corvara and Colfosco. Two nights here OR AT YOUR CHOICE, a rest day or a walk above the village. Further steps: walking from Passo Gardena , the route ascends into a narrow canyon, rocky underfoot and quite steep in parts but rewarded with marvellous panoramic views that include the Tyrolean range and the Marmolada glacier. The descent is to Campitello for 2 nights and a circular walk to end the trip

7 nights/8 days - Accommodation and Meals - Bed and breakfast on 3 nights, bed, breakfast and evening meal on 4 nights