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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Sally used to analyse clay in a lab in Stowmarket. Now she lives in St Lucia and strolls down to the beach every morning for a swim. Sally loves the islands incredibly varied terrain and the easy going people. Her relaxed style of leadership reflects this, and she has the happy knack of tailoring the walks to suit all abilities. When we can tempt her over here, she leads in Italy and Greece.

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: 05 Oct 14      For: 12 nights       From: Gatwick
Types:    Pioneer Travel by Rail     Grades: E/Sightseeing
Price from: £1,620
 
 
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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.
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
Next Dept: 14 Oct 14      For: 14 nights       From: Gatwick
Types:    New Holiday Pioneer     Grades: D/Sightseeing
Price from: £1,095
 
 
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The Route of the Orient Express
A classic route through six capitals of Europe.
NEW The Orient Express is the best known train in the world. We will follow the original route of the first train which ran in 1883 through France, Germany, Austria, Hungary and Romania and then take the route introduced in 1889 through Bulgaria to Istanbul and the Orient.
Next Dept: 09 Sep 14      For: 14 nights       From: Heathrow
Types:    New Holiday Pioneer Travel by Rail     Grades: Sightseeing
Price from: £1,985
 
 
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Poland - The Undiscovered Country
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: 06 Sep 14      For: 14 nights       From: Heathrow
Types:    Pioneer     Grades: D/Sightseeing
Price from: £1,699
 
 
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Exploring the Republic of Macedonia
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.
Next Dept: 28 Sep 14      For: 9 nights       From: Gatwick
Types:    Pioneer     Grades: D/Sightseeing
Price from: £1,155
 
 
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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: 10 Oct 14      For: 12 nights       From: Heathrow
Types:    Festive Walking Pioneer     Grades: D/D+/Sightseeing
Price from: £2,125
 
 
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Beautiful New York State
A scenic journey (mostly by train) from Southern Ontario to New York City: Niagara Falls, stunning gorges, great views
and perhaps a little shopping to finish.

This holiday takes in the Canadian region of Ontario before continuing by rail across the border into the beautiful New York State region for some fantastic walking and sightseeing. Where possible on this trip our travel will be by train, evoking a feel of times past and enabling us to view the fast changing local scenery in comfort.
Next Dept: 13 Sep 14      For: 14 nights       From: Heathrow
Types:    Pioneer Travel by Rail     Grades: D/Sightseeing
Price from: £2,699
 
 
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