If you’re craving some fresh air after the last few months, why not take on a hiking challenge? But if you’ve already conquered Hadrian’s Wall and you’re ready to explore somewhere further afield, a hiking tour in Europe could be ideal.
This is a truly epic way to take in the different countries across the continent. But, with so many options available in what might be unfamiliar territory, it can be tricky to know where to begin. So, to help you plan your trip, here’s a look at some of the top spots for those who love to wander.
Tour de Mont Blanc, France
If you have your heart set on walking the Alps, trekking the Tour de Mont Blanc is the perfect way to do it. Here, you will take in France, Switzerland, and Italy as you walk by some of the highest mountains in the region.
Designed with the adventurous hiker in mind, this is a route that spans 170km and includes over 10,000 of ascent and descent across an 11-day hike, making it suitable for the more experienced trekker.
Coastal walking, Côte d’Azur, France
For something a little more sedate, there are the walking holidays in the French Riviera. This is a low altitude trek that includes five days of walking along coastal paths and mountain trails. Here, you will explore gardens and mountain villages while getting to tour this beautiful corner of the country.
Westweg Trail, Germany
For a trek straight out of a fairytale, head to Germany. This trail takes you through the dramatic Black Forest range from north to south and ending up just over the border in Basel, Switzerland. The trek itself is 285km long and takes in some inclines, so it’s more suited to an experienced hiker. However, if you’re able to indulge in this 14-day trek, you’ll be able to enjoy some breathtaking scenery as you go.
Mount Triglav, Slovenia
You know a route is good when the locals insist on joining the hike. Slovenians and visitors alike climb this mountain, making their way to the 2,854m summit. There are two routes to the top and both are challenging, making this another hike that’s suited to the more experienced hiker. It takes just two days to complete and the view from the top is worth the climb.
Norwegian Fjords, Norway
For a mixture of walks designed to suit all types of trekker, Norway’s fjords are the perfect choice. There are routes for everyone. If you’re after a challenge, take on Trolltunga, Himakana, or Preikestolen, or there are gentler routes available. Whichever you choose, each offers something spectacular. From glaciers and snow-covered mountains to natural parks and forests, there is captivating scenery wherever you turn.
These treks can be anything from a couple of hours long to full overnight adventures, so it’s worth doing some research to find out which is best for you and your group.
Tour de Monte Rosa, Italy
This is an epic trek around an awesome 4,634m mountain. It’s not for the fainthearted as there are ascents and descents over rock and ice, making it suited to hikers who know how to navigate this type of terrain.
If it sounds like something you could take on, you’re in for a treat. Packed with exquisite valleys and forests, this is a stunning place to explore. It can take anywhere between eight and 11 days, but it is worth every moment.
Are you ready to put your walking boots on? Where will you explore first?
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