Intrepid Travel has created a new range of walking tours focusing on some of the most sought-after routes in Europe, as it responds to the growing demand for this type of tour.
The operator’s “Great Walks of Europe” collection includes six iconic treks delivered in a sustainable and accessible way, each led by highly qualified and vaccinated local leaders.
During the past year and a half, Intrepid has increased its portfolio of active trips, recognizing that they are some of the lowest carbon-output trip styles, while also being in high-demand as travellers seek outdoor adventures following months of indoor quarantining.
From May to July 2021 alone, visits to Intrepid’s walking & trekking landing page have doubled, while bookings on the company’s walking tours by North American travellers were up 43% this summer compared to earlier in the year.
The Great Walks of Europe collection offers adventures for many fitness levels. The range includes a mix of centre-based itineraries, which provide the possibility for a traveller to skip some walks if they wish, and point-to-point hikes, which require participants to complete particular routes to get to the next destination.
Appealing to environmentally and socially conscious travellers, each trip includes stays at small, family-run hotels and authentic style accommodations with minimal transport used, making them a more sustainable option while supporting local communities that have been affected by the pandemic.
The Great Walks of Europe collection, with trips departing from April 2022 onwards, includes:
- Walk the Camino de Santiago (Spain) – 7 days from $1,445 per person
- Hike the Rota Vicentina (Portugal) – 8 days from $2,074 per person
- Hiking in the Dolomites (Italy) – 8 days from $2,011 per person
- Hike the Lycia Way (Turkey) – 8 days from $1,280 per person
- Mont Blanc Highlights (France) – 8 days from $2,419 per person
- Hike the Tour du Mont Blanc (France, Italy, Switzerland) – 8 days from $3,065 per person
As of September 2021, all travellers and tour leaders with Intrepid Travel must be vaccinated, and every Intrepid trip operates under Safe Travel protocols developed and endorsed by the World Travel & Tourism Council.
Travellers can also book with confidence with Intrepid’s Flexible bookings policy.
Matt Berna, managing director of North America for Intrepid Travel, pointed out that: “Fresh air, iconic routes, remote locations and a guarantee of vaccinated trip leaders and fellow travel companions make these new walking tours a safe and desirable option for North American travellers looking to explore Europe.”
Walk on over to www.intrepidtravel.com/theme/walking for more.
Photos courtesy of Intrepid Travel.