Pilgrims walking the Camino in Spain |  <i>Sue Finn</i> Cycling along the quiet Portuguese roads on the way to Santiago |  <i>Pat Rochon</i> Mont Blanc region, Switzerland |  <i>David Smith</i> Treasures of the Baltic by Bike |  <i>Dennis Dawson</i> Walking the peaks and valleys of the Monte Rosa Alpine Walk in Italy

Trip Grading System

Choose The Right Grade For Your Active Holiday

We want your active holiday to be as pleasurable as possible, so it’s important to choose the right trip to suit your abilities and fitness levels. This is why we have our honest Trip Grading System so you can enjoy a comfortable, safe and rewarding holiday.

All of our 480+ walking, cycling and boat based active trips are graded from 1 to 5, beginning with Introductory all the way to Challenging. The grade is determined according to trip length, landscape, rest days and traveller feedback.

Also, there are detailed notes available online which outline trip-specific terrain, fitness preparation suggestions and provide extra information on self guided departures. 

If you have any questions regarding our trip grading, or your fitness, please contact us.

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An international group of ladies on a guided walking holiday above Golderli Visit spectacular alpine lakes on the Mont Blanc in Comfort trip The ascent above Gindelwald will prove to be very rewarding in terms of views

Walking Trips

Grade 1. Introductory Walking

Description: Walk 4 to 5 hours per day at a relaxed pace.
Level of fitness: Reasonable.

Grade 2. Introductory to Moderate Walking

Description: Introductory walking with several moderate stages.
Level of fitness: Good.

Grade 3. Moderate Walking

Description: Up to 6 hours per day at a steady pace. 
Level of Fitness: Very Good.

Grade 4. Moderate to Challenging Walking

Description: Up to 7 hours per day at a steady pace. 
Level of Fitness: Very Good to Excellent.

Grade 5. Challenging Walking

Description: Up to 9 hours per day, often in mountainous, alpine terrain. Pack carrying may be required.
Level of Fitness: Excellent.

Cycling through the Swiss countryside on the Alpine Passes Cycle Cycling in the Soca Valley |  <i>Tomo Jesenicnik</i> _DSC0370

Cycling Trips

Grade 1. Introductory Cycling

Description: Cycle 15 to 50km per day at a relaxed pace.
Level of fitness: Reasonable.

Grade 2. Introductory to Moderate Cycling

Description: Introductory cycling with several moderate stages.
Level of Fitness: Good.

Grade 3. Moderate Cycling

Description: Up to 65km per day at a steady pace.
Level of Fitness: Very Good.

Grade 4. Moderate to Challenging Cycling

Description: Up to 75km per day with some steep hills.
Level of Fitness: Very Good to Excellent.

Grade 5. Challenging Cycling

Description: Up to 90kms per day with some 1000m+ ascents in mountainous terrain.
Level of fitness: Excellent.