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European Hiking Trips

Our Best Hiking Tours in Europe

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Walking the Amalfi Coast

Amalfi Coast
8 Days from USD 2,175
USD 1,964

Guided Group (Incl. Taxes)

Discover the highlights of Italy's Amalfi coast on foot.

Walking & Trekking
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Classic Dolomites – Premium Adventure

Premium Adventures

Hiking in Europe
8 Days from USD 3,000
USD 2,849

Guided Group (Incl. Taxes)

Superb walking in Italy's most spectacular mountain range

Walking & Trekking
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Walking The Amalfi Coast – Summer Edition

Amalfi, Italy
8 Days from USD 2,175
USD 1,964

Guided Group (Incl. Taxes)

Experience the summer highlights of Italy's Amalfi coast on foot

Walking & Trekking
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Mont Blanc Highlights

Hiking in Europe
8 Days from USD 2,775
USD 2,354

Guided Group (Incl. Taxes)

Walk the best of Mont Blanc Circuit in France and Italy

Walking & Trekking
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Tuscany Walks & Chianti Wines

Fabulous Chianti Tuscany
8 Days from USD 2,620
USD 2,363

Guided Group (Incl. Taxes)

Experience the magic of Italy in Tuscany

Walking & Trekking
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Walk The Prosecco Hills & Hidden Venice

Hiking in Europe
8 Days from USD 2,930
USD 1,955

Guided Group (Incl. Taxes)

Unveil one of the world's best wine regions in Italy.

Walking & Trekking
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Walking in Andalucia

Andalucia
8 Days from USD 2,100
USD 1,889

Guided Group (Incl. Taxes)

Romantic countryside, rugged hills and villages of Andalucia on foot

Walking & Trekking
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Walking the Picos de Europa

Walking the Picos de Europa
8 Days from USD 1,717
USD 1,570

Guided Group (Incl. Taxes)

Enjoy varied walks in beautiful Spanish mountains

Walking & Trekking

Walking the Island of Madeira

Hiking in Europe
8 Days from USD 1,800

Guided Group (Incl. Taxes)

Explore the verdant landscapes on one of Portugal’s most scenic islands

Walking & Trekking

Our Top 5 hiking destinations in Europe:

1. Italy: Italy captivates with its rich history, incredible art, and delicious culinary delights. From the ancient ruins of Rome to the romantic canals of Venice, Italy offers a diverse tapestry of culture, landscapes, and experiences, making it an ideal destination for hikers. Sip, eat, and stroll as you walk through the lush vineyards of Chianti and the Prosecco Hills. Explore medieval villages, take secluded mountain hikes, discover ancient volcanoes, and walk the iconic Path of the Gods. From the ruins of Pompeii to the historic cities of Rome, Florence, and Venice and from the wilds of Sardinia to the crystal blue waters of Capri, our Italy hiking tours immerse trekkers in the very best this magical country has to offer.

2. Portugal: Portugal, nestled on the Iberian Peninsula, enchants with its stunning coastline, historic charm, and vibrant cities. From the cobbled streets of Lisbon and the stunning castles of Sintra to the scenic UNESCO Douro Valley wine region, Portugal seamlessly blends old-world allure with contemporary energy. From the islands of the Azores and Madeira to the dramatic seascapes of the Algarve and the history of the Portuguese Camino, Portugal is a trekking paradise.

3. Greece: Greece, known for its ancient history, rich mythology, and warm hospitality, is a country adorned with sun-soaked islands, crystal-clear waters, and iconic archaeological sites. Explore the idyllic isles of Paros, Santorini, and Naxos, sampling delicious Greek cuisine along the way, or venture to the island of Evia to explore Roman ruins and quaint mountain villages. Discover sun-kissed bliss while hiking on Crete, Greece’s largest island, where you’ll find colorful villages, refreshing wines, and dazzling beaches. From coastal paths to picturesque islands, Greece offers unique treks with a Mediterranean twist.

4. Spain: Spain invites visitors to experience the lively rhythm of flamenco, explore historic cities and romantic countryside, and bask in the sun on its beautiful Mediterranean beaches. Meander cobbled streets and fall under Spain’s spell as you take in humming markets, plentiful orchards, and ripe vineyards. Experience the timeless white-washed villages and flowering paths of Andalucia, trek the exciting Pyrenees and Sierra Nevada Mountain ranges to find breathtaking views, explore the lush island of Mallorca, or hike in the footsteps of history along the Camino de Santiago route. There’s adventure around every bend on a Spain hiking tour.

5. Croatia: Croatia, the ‘land of a thousand islands’, captivates with its stunning coastline, historic cities, and variety of islands offering incredibly diverse landscapes. Explore the historic UNESCO city of Dubrovnik, known as the Pearl of the Adriatic, on foot, before trekking Croatia’s stunning mountains and unbelievable islands. Croatia’s hikes include forests and mountains, coastal views of the crystal-clear sea, and gorgeous waterfalls. It’s an idyllic hiking destination that shouldn’t be missed!

Great varied walk, good group. Miguel-the guide-was the best ever. Weather was good too

Jennifer Nash Walking in Andalucia

This holiday was both challenging and exhilarating. The scenery was spectacular and the weather perfect for walking in February. We had clear and careful guidance from our guide before and during the walks which probably helped the group to gain most from the experience (different goals for members of the group) Our guide, Jose, loved his local area and was able to add a lot of information and was very supportive of all.

Ann Cockburn Sierra de Aitana Trek

What are the most famous hiking trails in Europe?

Europe boasts many famous hiking trails that draw trekkers from around the world. The Tour du Mont Blanc, encircling Western Europe’s highest peak, offers breathtaking alpine landscapes. The Camino de Santiago, a network of pilgrim routes converging in Spain, weaves through historic towns and diverse terrains. Italy’s Cinque Terre trails traverse colorful seaside villages, while the Path of the Gods treats hikers to dramatic Amalfi Coast panoramas. Each hiking trail offers its own challenges and rewards, making them all celebrated destinations for trekking enthusiasts.

Is hiking in Europe difficult?

European trails range in difficulty, accommodating both novice and seasoned trekkers. As you select the Exodus tour that is the best fit for you, pay attention to the activity level rating. These ratings range from leisurely to tough and take into account the length of the trek, trail conditions, level of support, altitude, and more. Many of our destinations offer different activity levels, so that no matter your experience or fitness level, there is a trip that is perfect for you. By selecting the tour that aligns with your fitness level, you’ll ensure that your hiking vacation is just the right amount of a challenge, and isn’t too difficult to manage.

FAQs on Hiking Tours in Europe

How to hike in Europe for beginners?

If you’re new to hiking and trekking and looking to explore Europe’s many trails, a guided tour is the perfect option. At Exodus, we are experts in small group active tours, offering the best hiking tours in Europe as we guide hikers of all experience levels on trips that are the perfect blend of trekking, cultural moments, and sightseeing. You’ll explore the very best a region has to offer without having to do any of the planning, research, or handle any of the logistics yourself, and you can feel safe knowing that you’ll have the support of your skilled guide on the trail. It’s the best way to hike in Europe as a beginner, and a great way to meet like-minded fellow travelers.

When is the best time to hike in Europe?

Europe’s climate varies by region, and so does the best time of year to hike. Generally though, late spring (May to June) and early fall (September to October) offer milder weather, fewer crowds, and vibrant landscapes. Summer can be ideal for higher-altitude trails, but popular routes may be busier. Winter is suitable for certain destinations, like southern Europe, where temperatures are usually warmer.

For more information on your specific destination, check the trip notes for information on the region’s climate as well as details on special departures designed to line up with local festivals or events.

Which country is best to hike in Europe?

The best country for hiking in Europe depends on personal preferences and the type of experience you seek. Switzerland is renowned for its breathtaking alpine trails, offering majestic mountain views, while Italy, with diverse landscapes like the Dolomites and Amalfi Coast, provides a mix of challenging hikes and cultural exploration. Spain’s Camino de Santiago offers a unique pilgrimage experience, while the fjords of Norway offer rugged beauty. Each country has its charm, boasting iconic trails that cater to different interests and levels of expertise, making Europe a versatile destination for hiking enthusiasts. As one of the best tour companies for Europe, Exodus offers incredible small group hiking trips to all the most sought after destinations.

How to prepare for my hiking tour in Europe?

Once you’ve selected your destination and booked your tour, it’s time to prepare for your hiking adventure. Review your specific tour’s trip notes for lots of details about essential equipment, joining instructions, and even information on the typical weather in the region. You’ll also find information on the activity level, which you can use to guide your fitness preparations. It’s helpful to begin a regular exercise routine leading up to your trip, focusing on cardiovascular fitness and strengthening key muscle groups like your legs and core. Check out our walking & trekking fitness guide for more advice on how to prepare physically for your trip.

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