While some may go on vacation to get away and relax by the pool, others may be looking for a little more adventure on their next trip. Hiking holidays are growing increasingly popular in recent years, spanning all corners of the globe and experience of all levels. Not only will you explore new places, but you’ll also get a great workout while doing so. Whether you’re looking for a leisurely stroll or a challenging trek, there’s a destination and route for nearly everyone! From the deserts of Jordan to the shores of the Amalfi Coast, here are some of our favorite hiking locales for your next adventure.
Journey Through Jordan
Take a journey through the Middle East with Butterfield & Robinson’s walking tour of Jordan. Rated at an “Enthusiast” level, hiking holidays like this one are perfect for you if you enjoy physical activity at least once a week and don’t mind working up a sweat! You’ll explore Petra and all its hidden wonders such as small canyons and beautiful sandstone while making your way to the Dead Sea and the sacred Mount Nebo. The hikes range from 5-10 miles on rocky trails of terrain. You’ll also encounter a few steeper inclines with breathtaking views awaiting you at the top! All hotel accommodations, meals, and transportation are included in your tour with Butterfield & Robinson. They also have a private tour available for more avid hikers should you wish to travel in a smaller group or even solo.
Walking the Amalfi Coast
Looking for a more leisurely stroll rather than an intense hike? Take a walk around the Amalfi Coast in Italy with Exodus Travels and discover the beauty of the coastline! With a gorgeous mountain backdrop surrounding these hiking locales, you’ll walk from the Agerola Plain to Positano and Ravello. You’ll also get to witness Pompeii and its remains beneath Mount Vesuvius. The terrain consists of uneven pathways with several steps, all at a low altitude. This walking tour takes place in small groups of 4-16 travelers, ages 16 and up. You’ll also receive seven nights in a local hotel with four days of guided walking and trekking, along with one full sightseeing day. You’ll even be able to sample the amazing local food and wine like real Italians!
Best of the West
If you’d prefer to stay stateside for your hiking holidays, there’s no better trek than a tour of the west! Book a trip with Grand American Adventure’s Best of the West and you’ll see some of the southwest’s most beautiful monuments and national parks. Starting in Bozeman, Montana, you’ll enjoy a guided tour through Yellowstone, Monument Valley, the Grand Canyon, Yosemite and more while ending your trip in San Francisco. Each tour includes a custom-built and air-conditioned private vehicle for traveling when you’re not on foot, with free wifi, and extra large windows for sightseeing. The group sizes are also on the smaller size with a maximum of 13 guests for ten nights of camping and four nights spent in a hotel.
Hike Mount Kilimanjaro
For those looking for a challenge and the adventure of a lifetime, G Adventure’s hike to Mount Kilimanjaro is the tour for you! Not only will you explore Tanzania and the island of Zanzibar, but you’ll also attempt to summit the highest freestanding mountain in the world with the help of your trusted guides. This 11-day tour is for ages 12 and up, consisting of groups with an average of 10 travelers. The journey begins in Moshi before making your way to the Mandara escarpment, Kilimanjaro Saddle and a night hike to the summit via Stella Point. You’ll even get to experience local spice plantations and relax on the beach at Jambiani. G Adventure’s tour includes a 5-day guided trek up Mount Kilimanjaro’s Marangu Route, all permits, transportation and local hotels and mountain huts.
So, which of these hiking locales will you try first? Perhaps you are looking for a luxurious end to your hiking holidays? Stop by one of these eco-luxury spa resorts around the world to relax and enjoy your post-adventures.