Go Exploring this National Walking Month


May is National Walking Month so dust off your walking books and book a trip with adventure travel specialists, Explore. From bog walking in Estonia to hiking an active volcano in Sicily, Explore has a walking trip to suit everyone.

Go bog-walking in Estonia   

Viru Bog, Lahemaa National Park

Strap on a pair of specially-adapted bog shoes and take a walk on the wild side across some of Estonia’s mossy bog land in Lahemaa National Park. Amble along the vast sand dunes in the Curonian Spit National Park, Lithuania, and discover the Baltic capitals, Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius on foot. The eight-day ‘Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania on Foot’ trip costs from £1,160pp departing 1-8 September. Price includes flights, internal transfers, seven nights’ accommodation, breakfast and an Explore leader. Other departure dates between May-September are available.

Swap the Swiss Alps for Slovenia’s Julian Alps

The Julian Alps (see main photo) have all the charm of the Swiss Alps, but with the quietness and solitude only afforded by escaping the tourist trails. Take the cable car high into the Julian Alps to explore the hiking trails and enjoy incredible panoramic mountain views. Explore Triglav National Park; walk around Lake Bohinj, Slovenia’s largest glacial lake, and discover unspoilt villages, stunning waterfalls and gorges.  The eight-day ‘Walking in Slovenia’ trip costs from £1,199pp departing 22-29 September. Price includes flights, internal transfers and seven nights’ accommodation, breakfast, three dinners and an Explore leader. Other departure dates between May-October are available.

Sicilian Volcano Hike with volcanologist, Luca Cosma

Mount Etna

Trek to the summit of three active volcanoes with specialist volcanology guide, Luca Cosma. Explore the barren yet beautiful moonscapes at the crater zone of Europe’s highest active volcano, Mount Etna (3330m). Hike past solidified lava flows and explore inside the Grotta dei Lamponi lava tube. Observe volcanic pyrotechnics and erupting lava in action after dark on the top of the Stromboli volcano. The eight-day trip costs from £1,475pp departing 5-12 October. Price includes flights, internal transfers, accommodation with breakfast and some additional meals, and an Explore Leader. Other departure dates in May are available.

For more information, contact: 01252 884 709 / www.explore.co.uk

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Mark Bibby Jackson

Mark Bibby Jackson

Before setting up Travel Begins at 40, Mark was the publisher of AsiaLIFE Cambodia and a freelance travel writer. When he is not packing and unpacking his travelling bag, Mark writes novels, including To Cook A Spider and Peppered Justice. He loves walking, eating, tasting beer, isolation and arthouse movies, as well as talking to strangers on planes, buses and trains whenever possible. Most at home when not at home.

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