Views of Freney Pillar on the Tour du Mont Blanc |  <i>Sarah Hunt</i> Experience the tulips during Spring when they are in bloom |  <i>Richard Tulloch</i> Cycling past vineyards in the Alsace region of France Hiking along the Alpine Pass Route |  <i>Andrew Bain</i> Electric bikes are available on most Cycle & Sail trips in Greece and Croatia Walking along the Camino in Galicia |  <i>@timcharody</i> Cycling through rural landscapes on Saaremaa Island, Estonia |  <i>Gesine Cheung</i> Barge departing Venice on our Veneto by Bike and Boat trip

About Us

The story of how UTracks became a leading Active Europe specialist

What is Active Travel?

Step beyond the days of passive sightseeing: endless hours sitting on a coach, shouldering crowds to take photos of well worn tourist sites, being fed meals fit for tourists. 

Active travel instead lets you become completely immersed in your trip.

Walk village back roads and stumble upon authentic farmers' markets. Cycle through crisp alpine landscapes and soak up the scenery in the fresh air. Encounter locals who are genuinely happy to welcome you to their region. Feel unbridled satisfaction when you reach your destination and create more valued memories as you celebrate the journey. And, after a day of lively activity, the food and wine is so much tastier - trust us.

The Growing Desire for Active Travel

In 2006, World Expeditions launched its 'Active Europe' programme, which included 21 self guided and small group holidays. The self guided trips in particular were a hit with travellers and the range was rapidly expanded to cater for demand. The next year, the UTracks brand was born to fill a much needed gap as the specialist Active European holiday division of the World Expedition Travel Group

UTracks Today

UTracks now boasts over 450 trips, a number that continues to grow as travellers discover and fall in love with our unique way of exploring Europe. We offer walking and cycling holidays in almost 50 countries across Europe, including cycle and sail trips in Croatia and Greece, Camino de Santiago trips in Spain, France, and Portugal, cycling and walking holidays along the 'Italian Camino' (the Francigena Way), walking holidays in Mont Blanc and the Alps, Food Lover's trips, an extensive UK program, and the largest range of bike and barge holidays on the continent. 

Watch our Active Travel Video

At UTracks, it's all about 'U' and the tracks you want to explore, be it alpine walking in Mont Blanc in the Alps, cycling along the Danube river on a bike & boat trip, or trekking the famous Camino de Santiago pilgrim route. With over 400 guided and self-guided trip options, our travel consultants can help you plan the holiday of your dreams today. Find out more at utracks.com

Thinking about a walk along Spain's famous Camino? Discover why others do it, what it's really like on the trail and why you should consider travelling with UTracks. This short film covers the popular Sarria to Santiago section. Learn more at http://www.UTracks.com Learn why our Bike & Boat trips in Croatia are one of our most popular active European trips - and how an e-bike could make it possible for those a little nervous about their fitness. Want to walk around Mont Blanc? It's been described by many as one of the world's most scenic hikes - rivalling the Himalaya, Patagonia and Peru's Inca Trail. Watch to see why. A self guided cycling holiday is one of the best ways to experience the real essence of France. Join us on this episode with Tim Charody as he explores the chateaux's of the Loire Valley and the world famous wines of Burgundy.

Key milestones

  • Cycling in Provence, France |  <i>Ewen Bell</i>
  • UTracks first brochure cover
  • Explore the Cyclades Islands on our Greek Island Bike & Sail trip
  • Andreas Holland, Food Lover's Spanish Camino escort, walking with group in Galicia Spain |  <i>Andreas Holland</i>
  • sherpa logo
  • Decorative signage along the Camino |  <i>@timcharody</i>
  • Electric bikes differ from country to country, but they all make cycling easier
  • UTracks 2018 Brochure Cover
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<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/SHX.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon'> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Sherpa Expeditions</div>
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<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/TAS.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon'> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Tasmanian Expeditions</div>
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UTracks are the active European holiday specialists. Whether you prefer cycling or walking, 2-star or 4-star, small groups or self guided, land, river or sea – UTracks can help you to explore Europe exactly the way you want.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/WYA.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon'> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>World Youth Adventures</div>
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<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/YOM.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon'> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Yomads</div>
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