Travel SOS: European walking tours

In our Travel SOS, Lee Mylne offers alternative walking tracks in Europe.

Taking a European walking tour

Jacqui loves walking but likes to tread the path less travelled by tourists so in this week’s Travel SOS, Lee Mylne offers alternative walking tracks in Europe.

Q. Jacqui
Everyone raves about the Camino de Santiago walk, but surely there are other, more picturesque walks in Europe that I can do? I love walking in nature, am fairly fit and have up to four weeks’ time. What other walking tours in Europe can you recommend?

A. With the summer walking season in Europe already underway, lacing up your boots and setting off sounds like a fabulous way to spend the best part of a month, Jacqui. Or perhaps you’re planning ahead for next year?

The Camino is certainly popular, and although I haven’t done it myself, I have friends who loved the experience. I wouldn’t discount it completely, as there are several different ways to do it – but I understand you might want to do something different.

sweden walking trail

An Australian walking company that you might consider is Wandering the World. Owners Jane Reed and Glenyce Johnson set it up about three years ago, and are going strong with their guided small group walking tours in Europe (and occasionally elsewhere). They will also tailor-make a self-guided walk for you too, if that’s what you prefer, using their many contacts in Europe. The longest self-guided tailored itinerary they have designed for a client so far is an 82-day walk from Le Puy in France to what the Romans believed was ‘the end of the world’ at Cape Finisterre in Spain.

lady taking photographs whilst on a self-guided walking tour of spain

You have a lot of time at your disposal, but most guided walks are shorter than a month, so maybe a bespoke itinerary is the way to go (and remember to leave some relaxing or other sightseeing time either end of your walk). You might even be able to plan two shorter walks in your month, rather than limiting yourself to one long one.

This September, Jane is escorting a group on the French Camino from Leon to Santiago de Compostela, while Glenyce is escorting two separate groups on the Portuguese Way from Porto to Santiago.

french walking tour

It also offers an 18-day Walking the Valleys of Turkey escorted trek in September (and next April), including a few days in Istanbul, a hike through the region of Cappadocia and the nearby valleys.

For next year, its tours include a three escorted walks in Sweden – the longest at 11 days (which can be adapted to a self-guided walk) – as well as an eight-day self-guided walk on Italy’s Amalfi Coast and two walks in Scotland, spending 11 days walking the West Highland Way (escorted) and the nine-day Great Glen Way.

walking tour of scotland  

For more detail on these walks – and some other ideas - take a look at www.wanderingtheworld.com.au

Do you have a travel question for Lee? If so, email your Travel SOS to newsletters@yourlifechoices.com.au

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    Keithb
    11th Jun 2016
    5:36am
    Have just done a 3 week walking tour of Croatia & Slovenia with International Park Tours. Day walks rather than a long distance trail. Interesting countries, great company and excellent guides. You can find them at parktours.com.au. Have also been to Turkey, Madagascar & Reunion with them.
    Aussie
    11th Jun 2016
    11:01am
    All in 3 weeks ??? How you do it ??? by quick Helicopter ??? :-) :-)
    Good own you mate that is the way to be in retirement enjoy your life to the full extend.

    Be careful to many jealous people in this forums :-) :-)
    Aussie
    11th Jun 2016
    10:58am
    We only have 6 weeks .... not enough for a big trip but we manage I guess
    Brett (no longer) in China
    12th Jun 2016
    5:13pm
    I'd be interested to hear about short walks. Going to Europe, but don't have long, and I have cancer, and very restricted. I can still walk, and get around, but have to be back at "base" each evening. So something picturesque, short, that someone has done would be of great interest.
    And yes, do have a few ideas, but always like to get someone else's perspective.
    Did some great day walks in the Lake District a few years ago, and a fabulous one in the Swiss alps before that. And a sensational walking tour of Prague.
    So interested in a wide range. Just like to accumulate ideas!
    Aussie
    12th Jun 2016
    6:55pm
    Mate do not let anything to distract your enjoyment keep up as long as you can maybe drive or get someone to drive for you
    Please be an inspiration for us and enjoy do not worry about cancer just live life as much as you can.
    I am now 73 and I am living my life like I never did before be my inspiration and have fun have a great french food and good coffee

    Profitez de ces moments où vous êtes dehors et environ
    Brett (no longer) in China
    12th Jun 2016
    8:05pm
    Je vais en effet! (Avec l'aide de Google translate)
    Brett (no longer) in China
    12th Jun 2016
    8:12pm
    And I'll see about keeping the travels posted. Maybe. Possibly. :-)


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