Yorkshire Times
Weekend Edition
Phil Hopkins
Group Travel Editor & Theatre Correspondent
1:00 AM 24th May 2024

Them Boots Are Made For Walkin’

May is Walking Month but, fear not, your legs will not seize up as soon as we enter June so, pull on those boots and have a look at what Explore Worldwide has on offer for those with a penchant for leg power!

The adventure travel group, which welcomes both friends and solo travellers – the latter account for 64% of the company’s bookings – says some of its most popular tours in 2023 were Amalfi Coast Walking, Simply Japan, Walking in Madeira and Turkey in Depth.

Have a taste of what’s on offer. Non of the tours listed include flights but they are deemed either two or three grades ie not too difficult!

Amalfi Coast Walking – Agriturismo
Immerse yourself in the enchanting charm of Italy's southwest with a journey along the breathtaking Amalfi Coast. Experience the allure of postcard-perfect seaside towns nestled amidst lush rural landscapes. Wander along ancient stone stairways, limestone cliff paths, and historic mule tracks that connect Campania's picturesque villages, unveiling Italian icons from Ravello to Positano and Capri.

After a day filled with exploration and discovery, indulge in the delights of organic wine and farm-to-table cuisine, savouring the flavours of the region in an idyllic setting that perfectly encapsulates the essence of Italian hospitality.
Key Highlights:
Walk of the Gods - one of the most stunning hikes in Italy, if not the world.

Authentic Italian hospitality - Experience a rustic way of life at an agriturismo, where you get a taste of family life and cooking. Visit Pompeii and Herculaneum - Discover the UNESCO World Heritage Sites on an optional day trip.
Walking Grade:
Rated 2/6 for difficulty, this trip blends leisurely and moderate walks, averaging 10km daily. Confidence in tackling higher graded walks is essential. Nestled 600 meters above the Amalfi coast, our farm stay promises enchanting vistas as you traverse ancient paths and stairways. Though challenging, with uneven surfaces and steep ascents, the journey unveils rugged beauty at every turn. Expect a tapestry of landscapes, from well-worn stone steps to picturesque mule trails, creating a truly breathtaking experience.
Average Price:
£1,170 - £2,000 per person for 8-day trip
14 meals included with price; accommodation is just 600 metres above the Amalfi coast – giving beautiful views for people to enjoy.

Walking in Madeira
Explore are releasing a thrilling journey to the Pearl of the Atlantic with a week-long walking tour in Madeira! This volcanic paradise is packed with stunning landscapes, including unique geological sites, and captivating coastlines. Traverse cliff tops to Ponta da Sao Lourenco, marvel at picturesque waterfalls, and immerse yourself in local life by sipping Madeiran wine in charming towns and villages.
Key Highlights:

Levada Paths - See Madeira's beauty at its best on several picturesque walks alongside the island's unique irrigation channels.
The Balcony Walk - Take in the spectacular mountain views along this famous path between the peaks of Arieiro and Ruivo.
Funchal - Explore the laid-back capital with its beautiful gardens, historic buildings, and colourful farmers' market.
Walking Grade:
This walking tour earns a solid 3/6 rating. Perfect for adventurous beginners and intermediates, it offers moderate challenges with occasional intense moments. While most trails are easy and flat, expect some inclines and a few tricky sections for those with vertigo. Overall, it promises stunning views and memorable experiences!
Average Price:
£890-£1,400 per person for 8-day trip
Breakfast included, 7 nights, amazing tour/hike option outside of general you can choose depending on fitness level. Private minibus for day-to-day travel for leisure and comfort.