Pioneer HolidaysIf 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!
Simon is a qualified mountain leader and has been leading for Ramblers Worldwide Holidays since 2002.
With his great passion for mountains, he is to be found in Europe each summer leading our hut to hut tours, and then in winter heading for the snow. His vast knowledge of wild flowers and geology, could take him to any continent the rest of the year.
Our Pioneer Holidays
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.
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.
From the Atlas Mountains to the southern oases on the edge of the Sahara.
NEW 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
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!
A land of lakes, mountains, canyons and history.
Macedonia is a stunningly beautiful place. The views across Lake Ohrid remain unsurpassed, the Matka Canyon as impressive as ever. The country's natural and cultural attractions make it an enticing destination for a walking holiday.
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.
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.
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.