Top walking holidays trips on the Camino de Santiago and beyond in 2017 Posted -22 Jul 2016
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This is the classic final section of the French Way to Santiago de Compostela which meets the criteria to receive the Compostela. The French Way or Camino Frances is the most traditional of all the pilgrimages to Santiago de Compostela, dating from the Codex Calixtinus or 12th century. The French Way 8/8 starts in Sarria and it is well marked with "Scallop shells" to Santiago throughout the hilly landscapes with historic buildings, churches along the way in Galicia, Spain. Check out our Camino walking package for French Way 8/8 here.
Surf and turf combines history with some of the best sandy beaches in the world. It is the road less travelled but had some notable visitors including Christopher Columbus after his return from America (Baiona). It's perfect for those with a sense of adventure after walking the French Way or Classic Portuguese Way. The walk is gentle and flat mainly following cobble stone, tarmac or wooden paths. This route has a higher standard of accommodation as you pass through Porto, Biona, Oia and Vigo before you merge for the last 4 days with classic Portuguese Way. Get ready for sand, sea and spectacular scenery. Check out our Camino walking package for Camino Portuguese Coastal Route here.
Mont Blanc is one of Europe's most popular long distance hikes. It is suitable for all hill walkers as it is not technical. This trip is a great way to approach mountaineering. This iconic walking trail through the Alps passes through three countries offering three diverse experiences: the Italian slopes with their large rock faces; the Swiss slopes with their soft valleys; and the French glacial slopes. Each of these valleys showcases unforgettable views and each has its own individual character. Check out our walking holiday package for Tour Mont Blanc here.
Situated on the west coast of Italy by the Mediterranean sea, Tuscany is steeped in natural beauty, history and culture. Rows of slender cypress trees rise and fall amongst the green brown contours of the Tuscan hills. Here you will discover peace and calm. Walking trails in Tuscany are graded "easy" as there are no technical difficulties. Check out our walking holiday package for Tuscany here.
Cinque Terre encompasses five beautiful coastal medieval villages: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. The coastline, the villages, and the surrounding hillsides are all part of a national park of the same name. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Get ready for some spectacular sea views, freshest local cuisine and the best pesto in Italy! Check out our walking holiday package for Cinque Terre here.
The way crosses all of Italy from North to South passing through some of the most beautiful areas of the country such as the Alps, tuscany, the countryside of Lazio and Rome. The Route was written down by the 10th century archbishop of Canterbury, Sigeric the Serious, when he returned to Canterbury after being ordained Cardinal by the Pope. Together with the Way of Saint James and the pilgrimage to Jerusalem, the via Francigena is one of the most important pilgrimage routes. Check out our Camino walking package for Via Francigena here.
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Follow the Camino organises walking and cycling holidays in Europe for adventure seekers from all over the world. Since 2006, we’ve offered a great range of manageable walks and cycles for all age groups, in particular on the famous Camino de Santiago. We were the first ever tour operator to operate the Camino de Santiago by creating manageable sections along the main routes to Santiago de Compostela. We are often copied but never equalled!
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