Walking Across Europe is superb so get on your walking boots to see the region at its very best and really get away from it all.
Tour agencies take great care in selecting your accommodation. They have inspected every hotel, inn, guesthouse or B&B they book to ensure you receive a warm welcome and clean, comfortable accommodation. Besides, they provide town plans or sketch maps showing your accommodation, together with detailed instructions on how to find your accommodation so you don’t end up wandering around a strange village or town looking for your hotel or inn at the end of a walking day. Finally, you won’t need to carry your entire luggage from one accommodation to another. Tour agencies will make sure about that and they will be ready to help you in any situation.
First of all, you should be in good health and with a reasonable level of fitness. If you chose a long distance walking holidays, you should practise and prepare for that in advance. In the weeks leading up to your holiday the most pleasurable way to ensure this is to go for a few walks. Make sure that your footwear is comfortable. If you bought new boots for your walking holiday, worn them on several walks beforehand – nothing spoils a walking holiday more than sore feet!
Walking trails across Europe are generally well marked. In addition if you are going on a walking holiday with the travel agency, it will provide you with 1:25,000 map sections and detailed route description for each of your walking days that should make navigation straightforward. You may find it helpful to carry a compass or GPS system to assist you in navigation.
No, if you would like to walk only a few days that would be no problem. Just inform travel agency which section you would like to do and they’ll advise you on how to get there etc.
Accommodating special dietary requirements is rarely a problem, if you inform agency in advance. Please let them know and they will pass details on to the relevant accommodation providers.
Where evening meals are included in prices, or where evening meals are available at the accommodation, vegetarian options are generally available as standard on the menu.
If you have to cancel your holiday you must notify tour agency immediately in writing by recorded delivery letter. After receiving your letter, they will apply a scale of cancellation charges. Each tour agency has its own cancelation policy, so find out about it before booking a walking tour.
At any time you can phone up to check how many people are booked onto the holiday. Maximum numbers are often shown on the specific holiday page of each tour agency. There might be holidays with between 2 and 16 people.
First of all, they should fit you well. Therefore, they should be with the low heel, flexible sole, lightweight and made from breathable fabric. To learn more about good walking boots, visit equipment section.
One mile is equal to 5280 feet. Most people say it takes about 2000 steps for every mile. Of course everyone’s stride is different. An average stride is usually somewhere between 2 and 3 feet in length. So on average it takes between 1760 and 2640 steps to complete one mile.
If you wish to measure your stride, mark a distance of 50 feet. Now walk this distance and count your steps. Divide 50 by the number of steps and that is your stride length. Now, divide 5280 by your stride length to find your “average steps per mile”.
As for any holiday, we strongly recommend that you take out insurance for the duration of your trip to cover cancellation, injury, death, loss or damage to personal belongings and liability to third parties. All overseas visitors must have insurance to cover accident and repatriation.
You are welcome to bring your dog on all of our self-guided walking holidays in the UK. Tour agencies will book dog-friendly accommodation and give you notes about taking your dog on a walking holiday. Then simply follow your route cards, maps and local information to complete your holiday as you see fit.
Unfortunately we don’t recommend taking your dog overseas to Alpine walking holidays – while in some cases there are no restrictions on dogs on the ground, the difficulties and stresses of taking dogs abroad make it unworkable. If you are already on the continent, of course, then that’s a different matter!
Keep in mind that not all walks are suitable for dogs due to the amount of stiles, and certain times of the year may not be recommended because of calving, the presence of seal pups and ground nesting birds. There will be extra expenses at the accommodation (a cleaning charge), at the transportation (a dog bag), etc. So, think twice before taking your best friend on a walking holiday with you.
No vaccinations are currently compulsory for any European country. We recommend that walkers should bring a basic first aid kit to deal with cuts, blisters, headaches and so on. Also, it is essential to bring adequate sun protection – sun cream, a hat and sunglasses.
On nearly all our treks your luggage is transported for you from one overnight stop to the next (by vehicle, porter, mule, even camel) so all you need to carry is what you need during the day.
You’ll need to check the trip notes for each trip individually to see what specific equipment is recommended. The equipment list will vary according to the likely weather conditions, the trekking terrain and whether you’re camping or not.
This is very much a personal preference. Some people swear by them, especially on treks with long ascents and descents, others find they get in the way and prefer to manage without.
Your tour leader will carry a comprehensive first aid kit. This is intended for emergencies only, so you’ll need a small personal kit of your own to deal with any cuts, scrapes or blisters you may pick up along the way.
On some camping based treks you will have a camp crew who set up the tents for you and also take care of the cooking and clearing up. However on some trips this isn’t practical and you should be prepared to put up and take down your own tent.
You can find walking equipment and clothing for walkers and trekkers at Berghaus. Other places include Millets or Blacks, both famous for their hiking and walking equipment. Visit our shop and get equipment or clothing online for your adventurous walking holiday .
On a hotel based trip this is no problem, but what if you’re in a remote or mountainous area? Every trek is different so please check the relevant trip notes for details.
Several thin layers are more effective than just one or two thick layers. A windproof outer layer is essential to combat wind-chill. Choose a thermal base-layer, and fabrics that wick sweat away from your skin to avoid getting wet and cold.