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Pack Your Hiking Boots: 5 Guided Walking Holidays to Book in 2018

On an escorted walking holiday, every day you will have our guide to make sure your holiday runs smoothly. As he or she leads the way and looks after all arrangements, all you need to do is take in the impressive scenery, enjoy the fresh local produce and put one foot in front of the other. 
Enjoy the benefits of our experienced guides whose passions are to bring to life the flora, fauna and history of the region you explore. Immerse in local life of Switzerland, England, and Italy and join the company of kindred spirits on a guided small group trip. Our group sizes generally vary from 6 to 14 people. 
We choose below five of the best guided trips in Europe and the UK to book in 2018.

 

 

Perfect Introduction to Swiss Mountain Walking

Guided walking holidays in Bernese Oberland, Sherpa Expeditions

 

Bernese Oberland and Reichenbach Falls 

The iconic Matterhorn, famous for its four steep faces rising above the surrounding glaciers, was not climbed until 1865 when British climber Edward Whymper summited the peak. Since then, the walking scene has developed extensively, while the landscape fortunately is still as stunning as it was back then. This guided walk is a perfect introduction to trekking in the Swiss Alps as there are different trails we can take each day. Together with the group, our leader decides which routes we’ll follow to take in vistas of flower-strewn alpine meadows and vast glaciers that tumble from some of the highest peaks in the country (many over 4,000m!). Travel to the Swiss Alps’ two most postcard perfect regions: the peaks of the Eiger, Monch & Jungfrau overlook the valley towns of Grindelwald and Lauterbrunnen, while the quintessential mountain-lover’s town of Zermatt lies just below the towering Matterhorn. 

Guided departure in August (now fully booked)

Self guided departures daily between 23 June - 22 September
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a UK Classic

Guided walking holidays on Wainwright's Coast to Coast, Sherpa Expeditions

 

Coast to Coast Guided Walks

Described by Alfred Wainwright as “one of the world’s great walks” and widely considered nowadays as the most classic of all UK long distance trails, there are different ways to walk the 192 miles (309km) Coast to Coast trail. 
For 2018, the longest version of the walk (18 days) is sold out and now also the 17-day version is sold out for 2018. For those walkers with less time in their hands, you can still choose from selected departure dates for the 15-day version of the Coast to Coast walk. 

Guided departures for the 15-day trip are still available in June (now fully booked), July, August & September (limited)

Options for self guided departures range between 15-18 days and are daily between 16 May - 29 September
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A Quiet Alpine Classic

Guided walking holidays around Wildstrubel, Sherpa Expeditions

 

Wildstrubel Circuit Guided walk

As the name implies, this is a circular tour of the Wildstrubel mountain range. We take in both the German-speaking Bernese Oberland and a small part of the French speaking Valais. Starting from the municipality of Kandersteg that lies west from the Jungfrau massif, our guide will take you over a series of mountain passes. In a series of linear walks, we will pass the villages of Leukerbad, Crans, Lenk and Adelboden, before we together finish our circuit back in Kandersteg. This route is known as a quieter Alpine classic and includes two stages of the famous Alpine Pass Route. We grade this as a moderate to challenging walk.  

Guided departure in July

Self guided departures daily between 14 July - 22 September
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Mountain Thrills in Italy

Guided walking holidays in Italy's Dolomites, Sherpa Expeditions

 

Guided Walking in the Dolomites

They may not be exceptionally high but the gigantic limestone peaks of Italy’s ‘pale mountains’ (or Dolomites) provide some of the most dramatic mountain scenery in the Alps. Join our guide as you walk the region that is dotted with flowering fields, green forests, idyllic mountain lakes, and vast high plateaus and natural parks. Thousands of trails wind their way between the characteristic jagged mountains, while high in the cliffs are tunnels and bunkers from WWI, when the mountains were the setting of fierce fighting.

Guided departure in September

Self guided departures daily between 15 June - 15 July & 15  August - 23 September
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Alps Beyond Tour du Mont Blanc

Guided walking holidays on Alpine Pass Route, Sherpa Expeditions

 

The Alpine Pass Route

The complete Alpine Pass Route extends from the Liechtenstein border to Lake Geneva in Switzerland; however, our two-week itinerary focuses on the central – and most spectacular – section. This is a programme for experienced walkers with much daily uphill and downhill hiking. Most of the passes are only open to walkers and are above 2,000m, the highest point of the trip is at Hohturli with 2,778m. One of our guides will lead you along an almost unbroken succession of magnificent rock and ice peaks, including the classic triptych of Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau. Plus, you will have three free days for optional walks or taking in other attractions of this splendid part of Switzerland.

Guided departures in late July & early September (now fully booked)

Self guided departures daily between 9 July - 15 September
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For more information and bookings please contact our team of travel experts in the London office by phone or email and it will be a pleasure to assist you more.  


 

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