Walk just enough to exercise your imagination.
To us, walking means that the world can't slide past you faster than you can absorb it. It means breathing air scented with wild thyme, sea mist and sun-warmed grapes. On our walking trips, you encounter people you'd never meet otherwise…wildflowers you'd never have noticed…chapels whose cool quietness you'd never have entered. In our book, walking is the best way to immerse yourself in the cultural and natural history of a place.
Plan on 3 to 4 hours of walking a day.
On a typical Classic Journey, this is usually divided among two or more separate optional walks; whenever possible our minivan is nearby in case you have a change of heart. The walks might include a village tour, a seaside stroll, or a local guide's favorite path through an oasis, vineyard or red rock canyon. Walks like these are easier on the body than hours in museums and on paved city streets. And if time in fresh air is good for the appetite too, then the next day's walk is a pleasant way to atone for spare calories.
We don't hike, trek or walk from inn to inn.
At Classic Journeys, we don't rate walks according to difficulty because virtually all are easy-going. (On tour, your local guide will describe walks before they occur; in regions where more strenuous walks are possible they may be offered as options.) The only gear you need is a water bottle, comfortable walking shoes or boots and perhaps a daypack if you like to carry a camera or a jacket. Each trip is different due to the paths available, the terrain and the local walking traditions. So please give us a call to ask about the itinerary that interests you.