Pioneer Holidays
If you are looking for a more adventurous holiday, well off the tourist track, but not necessarily high grade walking, a Pioneer holiday may be for you. These holidays are usually longer holidays and often (but not always!) long haul, exploring lesser-known destinations. Local conditions and facilities may be basic; events may require modifications to itineraries at short notice and there may be more travelling, possibly on poor roads - but the experience is well worth it!  

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Karen Groenewald leads mainly in Italy and in South Africa where she's both a national registered guide and also a field guide. Fluent in several languages and a commited traveller, Karen’s specialities are wild flowers, birds and mammals.

Our Pioneer Holidays


The Moorish Trail
A journey from Marrakech to Madrid.
A chance to walk Spain in the footsteps of generations past. Follow the trail the 8th century Moors crossed from Africa to the Iberian Peninsula by train and foot. Travelling from Marrakech to Madrid we follow the tradition and influence of the Moors from the hustle and bustle of Marrakech to the beautiful hill top town of Ronda, and then on to the modern city of Madrid.
Next Dept: 22 Dec 14      For: 12 nights       From: Gatwick
Types:    Pioneer Travel by Rail     Grades: E/Sightseeing
Price from: £1,595
 
 
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Exploring Western Morocco
Walking in the western wild desert.
This walking holiday in Morocco starts with a full day’s sightseeing in the fascinating walled city of Marrakech with its beckoning backdrop of the High Atlas Mountains. A short journey south takes us to the Ourika Valley in the foothills. This region of remote villages offers beautiful scenery and superb views.
Next Dept: 30 Oct 14      For: 14 nights       From: Gatwick
Types:    Pioneer     Grades: D/D+
Price from: £1,035
 
 
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Trails of the Berbers
From the Atlas Mountains to the southern oases on the edge of the Sahara.
Our two week Southern Morocco adventure starts in Marrakech where the minaret of the Koutoubia Mosque set against the snowy peaks of the High Atlas is one of travel’s great images. The souks by day and the Djemaa el Fna square by night create an unforgettable start to our trip. Heading south we cross the High Atlas descending into the Valley of a Thousand Kasbahs
Next Dept: 20 Dec 14      For: 14 nights       From: Gatwick
Types:    New Holiday Pioneer     Grades: D/Sightseeing
Price from: £1,095
 
 
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Poland - Simply Charming
A fascinating insight into the best of Polish walking heritage, landscape and culture
Poland is a fascinating place, the mountains are beautiful and unspoilt and the cities are prosperous and welcoming. We explore Warsaw, the capital, Krakow one of the finest cities in Europe and Zakopane at the foot of the Tatra Mountains for some beautiful hiking!
Next Dept: 08 Aug 15      For: 14 nights       From: Heathrow
Types:    Pioneer     Grades: D/Sightseeing
Price from: £1,699
 
 
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Jewels of Jordan
Hiking the spectacular landscapes of a forgotten country.
Enjoy the spectacular landscapes of a forgotten country on our guided hiking and sightseeing holiday to Jordan, a hospitable and historic land of many surprises and home to the most spectacular sights including the lost city of Petra and the beauty of Wadi Rum; this is a majestic and captivating country.
Next Dept: 24 Oct 14      For: 12 nights       From: Heathrow
Types:    Festive Walking Pioneer     Grades: D/D+/Sightseeing
Price from: £1,985
 
 
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Ecuador & the Galápagos Islands
A journey to the Avenue of the Volcanoes, Spanish Colonial cities and exceptional wildlife reserve.
The combination of Ecuador’s dramatic history and scenic variety make it a colourful, exhilarating place to explore. A journey to the Avenue of the Volcanoes combined with a three-day cruise around and a two-night stay on the Galápagos Islands, our holiday offers the best of this diverse country.
Next Dept: 26 Oct 14      For: 14 nights       From: Heathrow
Types:    Great Journeys Pioneer Rich in Wildlife     Grades: D/Sightseeing
Price from: £4,150
 
 
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Natural Costa Rica
Exploring the rainforests, volcanoes and wildlife reserves of a wonderful diverse country.
Spanning its Caribbean and Pacific coasts, the mountains of Costa Rica divide the country into a variety of distinct climatic zones with a sheer scenic beauty that makes walking Costa Rica particularly enjoyable. This density of wildlife and biodiversity is seen in few other places in the world. The forests are alive with interesting and at times brilliantly coloured creatures.
Next Dept: 15 Nov 14      For: 14 nights       From: Heathrow
Types:    Festive Walking Great Journeys Pioneer Rich in Wildlife     Grades: D/Sightseeing
Price from: £2,550
 
 
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Falkland Islands and Chile
Unsurpassed walking and wildlife in one of the world’s and most remote places
NEW  The Falkland Islands are one of the world's last great unspoilt places. They are a naturalist's dream, unsurpassed for watching seabirds and mammals. Our walking will take us to deserted beaches (except for the penguins) and over open moorland. From the hills and particularly the inter island flights we can enjoy fantastic views; this is a land of big skies and wide horizons.
Next Dept: 05 Feb 15      For: 12 nights       From: Heathrow
Types:    Great Journeys New Holiday Pioneer Rich in Wildlife     Grades: D
Price from: £4,195
 
 
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