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Taking a Walking Holiday in Europe

January 8th, 2013 · No Comments · International Destination Information

For Those Who Prefer a Slower, More Relaxed Holiday Abroad

Walking Tour of the French Countryside

If you’ve fallen in love with the French countryside, and bid your romantic farewells to the city of Paris, opting instead for a quiet, peaceful holiday abroad, away from all the glitz and lights of the city, then perhaps a walking tour is just the kind of getaway you’re looking for.

Not all vacationers want to have the hustle and bustle of a big city experience, complete as it is with long lines in and out of museums, problematic transportation experiences on the subway, in taxi cabs, or on bikes, and over-priced meals in restaurants that ultimately, you could probably take or leave. And what about the rest of the country in question? Surely, Paris is to be counted among the finest cities in the world — but France is so much bigger than just the city. And falling in love with the European countryside is something very easy to do.

Walking Holidays Show Off a Country’s Best Kept Secrets

There are many reputable agencies out there to help you plan your perfect getaway, and while countries like France and Italy tend to rank high among popular destinations, Headwater walking holidays also offer packages that will have you on a walking tour of Africa, the Middle East, the Caribbean, or Latin America — seemingly, the choices are endless.

Walking Tour of Italian CountrysidePicture yourself in the countryside, taking in vantages like nothing you’ve ever seen before — sure, there are hills, valleys, mountains, gorges and more — but not like these. While something of the terrain may generally look familiar if you’ve ever been out in the American countryside, the specifics of woodland areas and leafy paths through the European countryside are something historical in nature and beauty.

And if you’re not so keen on taking to the walking tour trails on your own, don’t worry — for those of you who appreciate a guided tour, complete with all the historical back story, those are just as easy to find. With a guide on board your tour, you’ll be sure to catch every bit of natural wonder, including a few hidden secrets in your destination’s countryside.

And don’t confuse a walking tour with an excuse to exercise your way across another foreign country. Instead, the beauty of a walking tour is that you are able to take your vacation at your own pace. Stop to take in a beautiful vista, open up your picnic basket and a bottle of wine, and stay in the perfect spot of unspoiled natural beauty for as long as you like, before moving on or heading back.

Further, many walking tours will relieve you of your gear, with representatives there to ensure your bags get transported from location to location, so that you won’t have to haul a hundred pounds on your back. If you don’t find much pleasure in foreign cities, and you want the independence of a trip abroad, then a walking holiday may be just the perfect thing for you. And don’t worry about leaving the kids behind, either, as many walking holidays are perfect for a trip with the kids.

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