Next year, why not make up for lost time and start planning that trip of a lifetime. There’s no better time like the present to start ticking off your bucket-list adventures, and we’ve recommended a couple of incredible walking and trekking adventures that we think would be great to do in 2022.
Scale Epic Mountains and Feel on Top of the World
If you’re all about the challenge, you’re going to want to aim high in 2022. And these two hiking holidays will not only push you to your limits, but they’ll also reward you with the greatest sense of achievement and, not to mention, the most spectacular scenery.
Our Highlights of Mont Blanc trip takes you on an unforgettable tour of the highest mountain in the Alps and Western Europe. Walking the most stunning routes of the circuit of Mont Blanc, you’ll experience thrilling highs as you explore the extraordinary scenery of France, Italy and Switzerland. And it doesn’t get much better than returning each evening to an Alpine chalet complete with a steaming hot Jacuzzi.
The Highlights of Mont Blanc tour is the perfect warm-up trip for taking on Africa’s big one – Mount Kilimanjaro. Climbing Kilimanjaro via the Lemosho Route requires a huge amount of mental and physical determination. But that’s what bucket-list adventures are all about, once-in-a-lifetime experiences and accomplishments. Imagine reaching the summit of the tallest, freestanding mountain in the world in 2022. Taking the lesser-frequented route, you’ll walk along the caldera of Shira Volcano, below Kibo’s icefields and across the Shira Plateau. Needless to say, you’re going to witness some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world.
Delve into the History of Spain and Italy to Discover Past Civilisations
Follow in the footsteps of ancient pilgrims along the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, one of the oldest pilgrim routes in the world. This iconic journey through northern Spain leads you to the shrine of the apostle St James and introduces you to Romanesque cathedrals, medieval monasteries, and the Galician capital en route. As you walk along this 130km route, you’ll be rewarded with some of Spain’s most picturesque scenery, as well as a certificate of accomplishment on completion.
Continuing with the history theme, the Walking in Puglia and Matera trip takes you back in time to ancient rock churches, the white hilltop town of Ostuni, and trulli villages that look like they’ve jumped straight out of an Italian fairytale. This tour is a wonderful melting pot of Italian culture, history and leisurely walking. As well as visiting the UNESCO towns of Alberobello and Matera, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to sample the local food and wine.
Go Wild in the Mountains for Close Encounters of the Animal Kind
Looming above the medieval towns and rustic villages of Transylvania, the Carpathian Mountains are home to wolves, lynx and brown bears. As you go on foot in search of these fabulous wild beasts, you’ll uncover the intriguing history and geography of Central Romania. Our Carpathian Walking and Bears trip gives you some of the best opportunities to witness brown bears in their natural habitat as you explore plunging canyons and virgin forests. Because a trip to Transylvania wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Bran Castle, infamously known as the home of Count Dracula, this is also included on the trip.
There are even more thrills for wildlife lovers with our South Africa walking and wildlife trip in South Africa, a perfect adventure to complement Carpathian Walking and Bears. During this hike of dense forests, plains and the Drakensberg Mountains, you’ll track South Africa’s most respected wildlife such as elephants, giraffes, lions, white rhinos, brown bears, tropical-like birds, and many more. A trip to Eswatini (Swaziland), St Lucia and the Battlefields, Royal Natal National Park, and a game drive through Kruger National Park are also included in this action-packed itinerary.
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