Italy & Islands
Italy is a European centre of culture, charm and charisma. Your Italian holiday could be spent sightseeing through the streets of Rome, snowshoeing in the Alps or hiking around Lake Como.

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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 Italy Holidays


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: 27 Sep 14      For: 7 nights       From: Heathrow
Types:    Historical Walks Special Selection Hotels     Grades: D/Sightseeing
Price from: £1,010
 
 
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Francavilla in Sicily
Walking in a rustic and historical part of Sicily.
Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean, is richly diverse, steeped in history with many sights and experiences not to be missed. Francavilla is a typical small Sicilian town just ten miles inland from the coastal resort of Taormina. The ruins of the ancient castle overlooks the inhabitants and the old winding streets evoke images of its medieval past.
Next Dept: 13 Sep 14      For: 7 nights       From: Gatwick
Types:    2 Leaders Festive Walking     Grades: C/D+
Price from: £729
 
 
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Apulia & The Trulli
The mysterious architecture of Italy’s heel.
Alberobello is in the heel of Italy’s boot in Apulia offering easy walking, a hospitable hotel, unusual landscapes, a laid-back atmosphere, mysterious architecture and a bit of quirky lifestyle. It’s the fascinating capital of the Trulli region where the curious cylindrical buildings with limestone conical roofs dominate our centre.
Next Dept: 13 Sep 14      For: 7 nights       From: Gatwick
Types:        Grades: D/Sightseeing
Price from: £775
 
 
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Riviera Cinque Terre
Five lands, great walks.
Well known names but lesser known walking, the Cinque Terre and the Ligurian coast offer some superb coastal views and various grades of walking. Portofino, a resort for the beautiful people, is close by and adds an extra dimension. After all the walking our beach front hotel is a great place to enjoy a quick dip before dinner.
Next Dept: 10 Sep 14      For: 7 nights       From: Gatwick
Types:    2 Leaders     Grades: D/D+
Price from: £850
 
 
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The Treasures of Sicily
Sicily’s historical wonderland – Selinunte, Agrigento, Syracuse and Palermo.
Many civilisations, including the Carthaginians, Greeks and Romans were all major contributors to the culture, landscape and architecture of Sicily - the Mediterranean’s largest island. We explore the archaeological delights of the island from four centres, Selinunte, Agrigento, Syracuse and Palermo. 
Next Dept: 08 Sep 14      For: 11 nights       From: Heathrow
Types:    Festive Walking     Grades: E/Sightseeing
Price from: £1,315
 
 
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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: 12 Sep 14      For: 9 nights       From: Gatwick
Types:    Special Selection Hotels     Grades: D
Price from: £985
 
 
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Hiking in the Gran Paradiso
Italian Mountain Heaven
The Gran Paradiso is a fantastic, little known, and as yet quite unspoiled Italian national park. Tucked away in the north west of the country it has, for the most part, good quality tracks at very high levels.
Next Dept: 02 Jul 15      For: 10 nights       From: TBA
Types:    Hutting     Grades: C+
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Across the Alps
A trek from Bavaria’s Allgäu to Italy’s South Tirol
Our route from southern Bavaria through Austria and Switzerland into Italy has become our most popular hutting holiday! It’s a great trans-alpine journey, with 3000m peaks, high passes and gorges.
Next Dept: 16 Jul 15      For: 14 nights       From: TBA
Types:    Hutting     Grades: C/C+
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