A walking holiday is a great way to relax from the stresses of your day to day life and to stay fit while traveling. Do some research beforehand and choose trails that you will find challenging but not too difficult for your level of fitness. Here are 6 great destinations for a walking tour.
The Great Wall of China
Take a walking tour of the Great Wall of China. You can hike along the wall and see sections that have been fully restored, see ancient bricks that are stamped by the villages that built them hundreds of years ago, and climb the towers to see the panoramic views below. You can join tours or explore the wall on your own. There are some areas where you may need to hire personal guides to traverse the areas that you are not allowed on the wall due to military presence.
Fundy Trail, New Brunswick, Canada
You can go on a walking trail on the east coast of Canada with the Fundy Trail and the Fundy Footpath in New Brunswick. You will see beautiful beaches, waterfalls, flowing rivers and scenic spots along the trail. There are other trails that can me followed in the Fundy National Park with river crossings and rugged cliffs. You will be able to explore secluded beaches along the way. You can also traverse the 275 foot suspension bridge and kayak along the Fundy trail.
Austria is filled with vibrant alpine valleys, stunning mountain views and lush green meadows. You can go a self guided walking tour or join a guided tour. Take the Bavaria & The Leutasch Valley trail for stunning view of Mount Zugspitze. The Dachstein Alpine Circuit is another trail within which you will see lakes, glacial ice, limestone peaks and beautiful forests. Walk along the Salzburg Lakes with views of spectacular waterfalls and beautiful lakes. You can walk through the Lech River Trail and explore castles and mountains on your path. Once you’ve built up an appetite, be sure to try some of the delicious food Austria has to offer!
Nepal borders India and Tibet and it is known for its stunning view of the great Himalayan Mountain Ranges. Taking a tour of Nepal will allow you to see Hindu and Buddhist shrines and temples, and there are plenty of incredible trekking options. You can hike through the Chitwan National Park or you can opt for a trek to the Annapurna Mountain following trails that go through farmland terraces and villages.
Going on a holiday to Mexico is perfect if you’d like to combine the benefits of a walking holiday with the relaxation of a beach holiday. Mexico has several fabulous walking trails, ancient historic sites with an abundant wildlife and beautifully preserved architecture. Take a trip to Mexico City and you can explore the Great Aztec Temple, Metropolitan Cathedral and Palacio Nacional. Visit the Iztaccihuatl Mountain, about 60 km from the city, and you will find fabulous hiking trails. Explore the Yucatan peninsula and you can visit the flamingo sanctuary at Celestun, view Chichen Itza and walk through the Sian Ka’an jungle to see wildlife and Mayan ruins.
You can take the Rongai Route to Kilimanjaro which approaches from the north and is close to the Kenyan border. It is a moderately difficult route and is feasible for people with less backpacking experience. It takes a minimum of 6 to 7 days to complete this trail and you can hire porters, chefs, and guides to go with you. You can also try the Marangu Route, Machame route, Shira route, Lemosho route and the Umbwe route if you want to experience the climb differently.