Inntravel continues to seek out the lesser-taken path with a bumper collection of new self-guided walking holidays for 2016. Introduced this spring are two new adventures in Germany, a route through Italy’s remote Monti Sibillini National Park and a gastronomic discovery of the beautiful borderland of Alsace, among others.
Combining relaxed activity and unspoiled landscapes, Inntravel’s Walking & More 2016 programme offers almost 100 tempting trails across Europe, from the snow-capped Alps to the island-peppered coastlines of Croatia, and from Spain’s sleepy sierras to the heather-clad moors and historic market towns of England.
Breaks are for individuals rather than groups and meticulous self-guided route notes and maps ensure flexible and hassle-free walking. Hand-picked hotels and guesthouses and luggage transfers complete the picture.
NEW WALKING & MORE
A Walk in the Black Forest: Famous for its much-maligned chocolate gateau, few realise Germany’s Black Forest is a gastronomic heaven – it’s also synonymous with hiking. Explore this fairytale woodland wonderland, oozing Hansel and Gretel charm, on this new foodie hotel-to-hotel walk. Here, it is possible to see the wood for the trees though – thelandscape frequently opens up to reveal gorgeous views and routes have been crafted to maximise these. Plus expect cosy wooden inns, rolling pasture, soaring peaks (ascend the slopes of Feldberg, the Black Forest’s highest peak) and riverside walks (stroll along the Löffeltal through the remarkable Ravenna Gorge). Don’t miss a visit to the attractive pocket-sized city of Freiburg. Price:from £745 inc. 6 nights’ half board and 2 picnics.
The Harz Mountains: Walk from west to east across the undulating uplands of the Harz National Park, a walker’s paradise, and summit brooding Brocken, northern Germany’s mystical peak. The forests, lakes, rock formations and caves here are said to be inhabited by goblins and witches, but guests are more likely to spot signs of red deer, wild boar, or even a lynx as they walk between the colourful mining towns of Clausthal-Zellerfield and Wernigerode. Walk beside ancient water channels; join the Witches’ Trail; take a circuit through the border village of Sorge (home to an open-air museum remembering the Iron Curtain era); and catch a ride on the Brockenbahn steam train for a fascinating introduction to the spiritual heart of Germany. Price: from £745 inc.7 nights’ B&B, 3 dinners, 4 picnics and steam train ride.
Sibillini Apennines & the Piano Grande: Follow a loop through Italy’s wild and remote Monti Sibillini National Park taking in the breathtakingly beautiful scenery and villages of Piano Grande, to experience unknown Umbria. With soaring limestone peaks, vast grassy uplands and forested trails, this little-visited Park offers a wonderful sense of isolation. The Piano Grande, a spectacular natural amphitheatre crowned by the dreamy village of Castelluccio, however, is the undoubted highlight – visit in early summer to witness its magnificent wildflower display. This trip is bookended by delightful Norcia, a foodie heaven. Price: from £798 inc. 7 nights’ B&B, 5 dinners and 2 picnics.
Castles, Vines & Forests of Alsace: Expect a fusion of Franco-German culture, pretty villages, rolling vineyards, crumbling castles and celebrated cuisine on this new trail in the borderland of Alsace. Sample world class wines on La Route des Vins while meandering along the walking trails between Turckheim (home to one of the most celebrated Grand Crus of all), Kaysersberg and Bergheim. From here guests walk to pretty St Hippolyte, famous for its pinot noir (red) wines, a rarity for Alsace. This corner of France delivers charm by the bucket load and guests are given a genuine warm welcome.
Price: from £728 inc. 7 nights’ B&B, 4 dinners and 2 picnics.
From the Eiger to the Matterhorn: This challenging route between Switzerland’s iconic Eiger and Matterhorn peaks offers, arguably, some of the best walking in the entire Alps. Over 14 nights, cover an exhilarating 150kms criss-crossing high mountain passes rising up to 3,000 metres and dipping into the wine country of the Rhone Valley. Classic routes and little-used trails reveal traditional mountain villages, deep valleys, alpine meadows and panoramic vistas. Price: from £1,940 inc.14 nights’ half board and 3 picnics.
An Ionian Odyssey: Explore the Greek islands of Cephalonia and Ithaca on mainly gentle walking routes which combine historic sites and coastal scenery. Discover ancient ruins with a palpable sense of history, from Homeric legends to Venetian fortifications, as well as picturesque fishing villages and white-sand beaches, set against a lush backdrop. Highlights include alluring Foki Bay, the ancient city of Sami, Raven’s Crag and a cobbled trail to the ruins of Homer’s School. Price: from £695 inc. 7 nights’ B&B, 1 dinner and airport transfers.
All prices are per person based on two sharing and include route maps and notes, and luggage transfers between hotels where appropriate. Flights are extra.