In this half yearly review, we're reflecting on what have been the best walking and cycling trips to take in Europe...so far. With international travel finally back on the menu in 2022, see what active holidays are trending, which tours are getting rave reviews, and discover some of Europe's hidden gems.
Alsace by Bike
"We loved the Alsace bike trip! We had e bikes and loved them. They seemed brand new. Each town was cuter than the next. The pathways were all along the farm lands and vineyards. A few of the guys downloaded the routes to their phones, so we never got lost. The hotels were fair in the middle. The first and the last hotels were great." L. Finkelstein-Domsky.
Full Spanish Camino
"UTracks organised the full Camino Frances walk for us. The holiday was excellent and an unforgettable experience. The booking process was smooth and efficient. Thanks." R. Brown.
Portuguese Way Cycle - Coast and Camino
"With my friend and cycling partner we cycled the Camino de Santiago from Porto along the coast. It was a fantastic experience for body and soul!!!" R. Almagor.
Offa's Dyke walk in Wales
"This was one of my best walking holidays. The walk is so varied - a lovely mix of farmland, woodland, wildflowers, remote moorland and ridges, river valleys, historic castles and isolated villages and small towns, with the iconic Offa's Dyke to be followed on some days. Wonderful and different walking on every day! The accommodation was mostly excellent; comfortable, with a friendly welcome throughout and great breakfasts. Lots of good places to eat each evening. The organisation and support was superb. Their maps, detailed route notes and local information helped to make the whole trip both more interesting and stress-free. Thank you so much for an amazing holiday!" P. Carne.
Best Reviewed Trips
Walking in Puglia
"This trip was well organised in a beautiful part of the world. Due to extreme heat, we altered the timing of our walks and transfers every day, and it was never a problem with the partner company in Italy. The accommodation was fantastic and the 2 dinners provided were excellent. A wonderful experience." P. McMahon.
"Absolutely amazing self guided trip! Met and rode with some wonderful cyclists from around the world. Everything was very well organised, hotels lovely, food great and my bike was perfect! Would definitely do it again." D. Ray.
Walking in the Picos de Europa
"A great trip with absolutely wonderful scenery and walking. Accommodation in both Arenas & Sotres was excellent with very friendly staff. The included food was of high quality and there were other excellent options on other nights. The night spent in the mountain hut was a great experience and the operators on the ground were quite flexible in rearranging transfers where necessary. All in all highly recommended." C. Sorensen.
Highlights of the Dordogne by Bike
"This trip was extraordinary! The Dordogne was absolutely beautiful, and anyone who is interested in history will love it. Prehistoric sites are abundant here. We'd readily do this trip again!" H. Parker.
Best 'Under the Radar' Trips
Via Francigena: Lucca to Siena
"I recommend this very well organized trip. The instructions were on point and the luggage transfers from one hotel to another for 5 consecutive days was seamless. Spending time in nature was fun and relaxing mentally, although challenging during peak heat times. Arriving in a new town each evening was enough time to relax and enjoy it. Hotel managers were helpful and attended to our needs." M. Bayeh.
Sweden Island Hopping Walk
:It was a wonderful trip from start to finish. The accommodations exceeded expectations. The routes to hike and the corresponding maps and directions were clear and well laid out. Great support from the team. I highly recommend the Sweden Island hopping walk." N. Kimmel.
The Dales Way - England
"We loved the Dales Way. Wonderful riverside walks, views and villages to enjoy. Accommodation was a great mix of hotels, B&B and inns.The spacing of 14-16 miles worked perfectly as did the transportation of luggage. Would thoroughly recommend the Dales Way for a week of walking." M. Eeckelaers.
Cycle Bolzano to Verona
"The trip was so lovely and we did not have one problem. The riding was easy and views were spectacular. Enough of an adventure without being too extreme." S. Price.
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