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Walking Holidays: A Month By Month Guide

Whatever time of year you want to get away, we have plenty of small group walking tours to choose from in some of the world’s most beautiful destinations. Here is our guide for where to go walking, when.
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January - Volcano Hikes, Canary Islands

With year-round sunshine and mild, yet pleasant temperatures throughout winter, the Canary Islands of La Gomera and Tenerife are an ideal destination for a January walking holiday. Trek through the mysterious laurisilva cloud forests and walk around the moonscape plateau of the perfectly formed cone volcano, El Teide, for far-reaching views of mighty canyons and jagged rock formations.
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February - Kilimanjaro Trek, Tanzania

February is a great time to climb Kilimanjaro. Expect fine, sunny days and typically dry conditions for this once-in-a-lifetime trek. Don your walking boots and join your local guide to hike across vast savannah plains and verdant forests before taking on icy caldera trails. Feel your heart skip a beat as you ascend over the final brow of this iconic mountain and absorb the breathtaking panoramas from Africa’s highest peak. At this time of year, you may even be able to see the curvature of the Earth on the horizon!
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March - Alicante Mountain Walks, Spain

With the arrival of spring, the lush valleys of the Alicante Mountains are cloaked with a sea of blush-pink flowers as the almond groves burst into blossom. Book an Alicante walking holiday for the beginning of March to catch a glimpse of this magnificent sight and feel the warmth of the sun on your back as you trek under bright blue skies through towering canyons and grassy meadows.
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April - Lycian Way Hike, Turkey

Head to Turkey for an unforgettable walking holiday along the Lycian Way. From glistening turquoise waters and golden sand beaches to ancient villages and age-old relics, this spectacular trail has plenty to offer. Head here in April to see the pretty coastal paths lined with colourful wildflowers and incredible views of verdant valleys against a backdrop of snow-dusted mountain peaks. After a busy day's hiking, take a dip in the calm waters of Patara Beach and sip sundowners in the beautiful port of Kas.
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May - Inca Trail, Peru

Take advantage of bright, dry days on an Inca Trail trek in May. Temperatures can drop at night, but the climate is generally mild, and the majestic terraces of Machu Picchu will be glowing green with a dusting of springtime flowers. Join your expert local guide for a four-day trek alongside fast-flowing rivers, through the dewy cloud forest and over towering mountain valleys in search of the ancient lost temples.
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June - Whale Watching, Azores

For the best chance of spotting whales, head to the Azores in June. From giant sperm whale and the short-nosed pilot whale to the Atlantic spotted dolphin, over 25 species of whale and dolphin cruise these temperate waters. In between whale watching excursions, explore the magnificent landscapes of the Azores Islands on foot. Peer into the vast crater lakes of Sete Cidades, circumnavigate extinct volcanoes and follow hydrangea-lined paths to the pristine waters of Fajã dos Cubres lagoon.
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July - Hiking in the Caucasus, Georgia

July is the perfect time to trek in the green valleys of the Caucasus. The temperature is pleasantly mild and ideal for walking. You'll likely see wildflowers on the ground, yet the highest peaks are snowcapped year-round. Hike along the valley path that follows the course of the Enereti River to its source, the glacier at the foot of Mount Shkhara, Georgia's highest mountain. 
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August - Transylvanian Alps Tour, Romania

Escape the stifling summer heat of Romania’s urban cities with a hiking holiday in the fresh Transylvanian Alps in August. Temperatures can reach a pleasant 21 degrees during the day, ideal for long walks through pine forests and flowered meadows. Ascend to the lofty peak of Omu, uncover the pearly white limestone ridge of Piatra Craiului and scramble up rocky paths to be rewarded with far-reaching panoramic views of the vast jagged peaks, before hunkering down in a mountain hut overnight.
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September – Walking in Crete

Extend your summer with a walking trip through gorges and along coastal trails in Crete. With plenty of sunshine and comfortable, warm temperatures, September is a great time to explore the quaint seaside towns once the summer crowds have departed. 
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October - Annapurna Trek, Nepal

Challenge yourself with a nine-day hike to the vast natural amphitheatre of Nepal’s Annapurna Sanctuary in October. Dry days and clear skies will provide spectacular views over the snow-tipped peaks of these majestic mountains, and lush green terraced fields will glow brightly on the hillsides. You may also experience the vibrant celebrations of the Dashain Festival at this time of year, when colourful kites fly from the rooftops, and the chimes of spiritual melodies drift through the valleys.
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November - Kumano Kodo Trail, Japan

As Japan's summer comes to a close and the temperatures begin to fall, a kaleidoscope of red and orange autumn leaves bursts into colour in the rural mountains of Japan. Hike along the ancient trails of Kumano Kodo to discover the great Buddhist shrines of Hongu Taisha, Nachi Taisha, and Hayatama Taisha. And join in with the age-old Japanese tradition of momijigari to uncover the most vibrant scarlet-coloured Japanese maple leaves during this sensational season of transformation.
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December - Christmas in Madeira

For a Christmas break with a difference, head to Madeira to explore its mossy levadas, ancient footpaths and clifftop passes by foot. Navigate your way through dark tunnels and dare to step onto the famous Balcony Walk cut into the cliff. Uncover magnificent waterfalls tumbling down the hillsides and take a refreshing dip in the plunge pools below. You can also join in with Madeira’s Christmas festivities. Browse Funchal’s all-night Christmas market and listen to carols while sipping on traditional poncha, an sweet alcoholic tipple made from sugar cane and lemons.
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