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6th July, 2020

What to expect on a walking holiday

Walking holidays are an experience that’s unique to every person. While some may seek the thrill of adventure, such as a high-intensity trek up mountainous terrain, others will enjoy a stress-free stroll along a coastal path or a route to a small village. With a walking holiday, the possibilities are limitless.

Before setting off on a walking holiday, it's first important to understand your goals and the plans that you have in mind.

Choosing the right walking holiday

Choosing the right walking holiday can be tough if it’s your first time as you might not fully know what to expect.

Start by asking yourself what you are looking to get out of your walking holiday. Where you would like to go, and what you would like to see? How far do you want to walk each day, and at what level of intensity?

If you do find yourself with more questions than answers, then reach out to one of our travel experts - who will be more than happy to talk you through the options available and find a walking holiday that's right for you.

What should I expect on a walking holiday?

While some walking holidays consist of relaxing hikes, some are far more intense. The more relaxed walking holidays might be the way to go if you have a number of combined interests, such as history, nature or photography, as they are typically guided at a slower pace. These offer you the chance to take in the surrounding landscape, as well as capture that perfect picture!

You can typically expect up to five guided walks during your holiday, ranging from 5 - 15km per walk. Trip leaders and guides are really great to have and are often local to the region themselves. Guides will take you through the most scenic routes, explaining and identifying the exciting historical sites and landmarks.

Throughout your walking holiday, you will also be given the opportunity to walk within your own parties, or as individuals away from the guides. This is the perfect chance to experience the local culture and explore further, should you wish.

While other walking holidays may consist of much longer treks, travelling to several destinations and ultimately arriving at an end destination, all of our Saga walking holidays lead back to a base hotel at the end of each walk. Here you can rest up and enjoy some refreshing food and drink.

Our accommodation is graded using our own Q-rating, based on its choice of facilities, variety of food, and standard of rooms. QQQQQ represents the finest, whilst Q+ hotels have been chosen because they offer a little added extra – perhaps a great location or outstanding service. Each Q-rating is highlighted on each of our walking holidays.

Where should I go on a walking holiday?

If spectacular mountain scenery and breathtaking views excite you, then consider the Julian Alps of Slovenia. Or, if history and culture is your passion, then discover the stunning natural attractions of the Dolomites in northern Italy, or follow one of the most important Christian pilgrimage routes through Spain.

With carefully crafted itineraries that balance days of walking with days at leisure, and informative staff and guides, walking holidays are the perfect getaway if you love nothing more than exploring breathtaking, natural landscapes on foot.

Ultimately, the choice is yours! A good walking holiday should consist of relaxing accommodation, great food and drinks, as well an unbeatable location. Get in touch with our team today who can provide a detailed itinerary for our walking holidays.

The opinions expressed are those of the author and are not held by Saga unless specifically stated.

The material is for general information only and does not constitute investment, tax, legal, medical or other form of advice. You should not rely on this information to make (or refrain from making) any decisions. Always obtain independent, professional advice for your own particular situation.