Special Selection Hotels
All with outstanding views, locations or facilities in some of the world’s greatest walking regions, our special selection hotels are picked for their unrivalled service and ability to offer a genuine traveller’s experience.

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John has been a compulsive traveller and walks leader since high school. Having completed the Three Peaks challenge of ascending Ben Nevis, Scafell and Snowdon within 24 hours he's also clearly got an adventurous streak. These days he leads mainly in Greece and Turkey with the odd trip to other destinations which have attracted his attention.

Our Special Selection Hotels

La Palma
A week exploring ‘La Isla Bonita’.
A week's guided Canary Islands walking holiday based in La Palma. This green and beautiful island is further out into the Atlantic than Tenerife and Gomera but the wild, volcanic theme of the Canaries continues on this mountainous island. There are not just mountains and volcanoes here though; we have an impressively varied walking programme on this small island
Next Dept: 10 Oct 14      For: 7 nights       From: Gatwick, Manchester
Types:    Special Selection Hotels     Grades: D+
Price from: £775
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Coast & Countryside of Minorca
Discover a Balearic biosphere; nature, archeology and comfortable island life walking in Minorca
An invigorating week of walking and sightseeing, with ambles amongst gentle undulating hills, walks along deserted beaches and hikes through a spectacular gorge; we could even walk down from Monte Toro, the highest point on the island.
Next Dept: 25 Apr 14      For: 7 nights       From: Gatwick
Types:    Flowers Special Selection Hotels     Grades: D/Sightseeing
Price from: £710
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Hidden Halkidiki
A week walking on Greece’s picturesque peninsula of Sithonia.
NEW Greece’s verdant peninsula of Sithonia, in Halkidiki, appeals to nature lovers and visitors seeking a quieter holiday. Pine and oak forests, olive groves, fruit trees and vineyards give way to golden beaches, azure seas, picturesque harbours and fishing hamlets. In between you’ll find traditional villages, characteristic stone architecture, and tranquil churches.
Next Dept: 17 May 14      For: 7 nights       From: Gatwick
Types:    New Holiday Special Selection Hotels     Grades: D
Price from: £690
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Islands in the Southern Mediterranean
Easy walking in Southeast Sicily, Malta & Gozo
NEW  Follow in the footsteps of BBC4’s Inspector Montalbano to Sicily plus explore Malta & Gozo; These islands central position in the Mediterranean has made them the hub of history as Romans, Normans, Arabs, Spanish and other great powers have all left their mark.
Next Dept: 20 Feb 15      For: 14 nights       From: Heathrow
Types:    New Holiday Special Selection Hotels     Grades: D/E/Sightseeing
Price from: £1,070
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A Roman Holiday
A week in the Eternal City.
Rome - a perfect city in which to enjoy the pleasures of sightseeing and walking in Italy. The city oozes history and charm and much of the historic centre is pedestrianised. Rome is a surprisingly easy city to navigate on foot. From our centrally located hotel most parts are within easy reach and we will make use of public transport to reach further afield.
Next Dept: 24 May 14      For: 7 nights       From: Heathrow
Types:    Historical Walks Special Selection Hotels     Grades: D/Sightseeing
Price from: £1,010
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Aeolian Islands Explorer
Discover the unspoilt delights of these unique islands.
The Aeolian Islands, named after the Greek God Aeolus, are located just off the north coast of Sicily. This volcanic archipelago is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a rich history and is steeped in myth (Homer even mentions them in the Odyssey) - a simply magical place to spend time.
Next Dept: 24 Apr 14      For: 9 nights       From: Gatwick
Types:    Special Selection Hotels     Grades: D
Price from: £985
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The Upper Inn Valley
Wonderful hiking in Austria from our 4 star spa hotel in Ladis, Austria
One and two week guided walking holidays in Austria’s Upper Inn Valley. Ladis rests on the western slopes of the Upper Inn Valley, at a height of nearly 1200m, on what the locals call the ‘sunshine terrace’. We can use chairlifts and cable cars to get up to the Komperdell ridge and walk by the Weisssee glacier; or try a tougher walk such as the Furgler.
Next Dept: 12 Jul 14      For: 7 nights       From: Multiple
Types:    2 Leaders Special Selection Hotels     Grades: C/D+
Price from: £935
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Morocco's Atlantic Coast
Walking from two coastal towns - Agadir and Essaouira
NEW Morocco’s Atlantic coastline, with its mile upon mile of sandy beaches; dotted with small villages and historic towns and with its temperate climate, is a stark contrast to the Atlas; you can be sure this holiday will offer a wonderfully different Moroccan experience.
Next Dept: 27 Sep 14      For: 7 nights       From: Gatwick
Types:    New Holiday Special Selection Hotels     Grades: D/Sightseeing
Price from: £940
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