Very few activities are as healthy as walking. Walking gets the blood flowing and strengthens the heart. Walking tours are for those who want to experience adventure, culture, and immaculate sightseeing all over the world. During walking tours, people develop a sense of camaraderie with one another. Just imagine the fun to be had enjoying hours of walking with a group of people from all over the world. It is a nomadic experience during which the walking tourists forge lifelong friendships.
There are actually two types of walking tours - city walking tours and wildlife walking tours. The last ones are for nature lovers. Such tours follow trails well beyond the reaches of civilization, out where only the sounds of nature and good conversation among people with common interests can be heard. When the talking comes to a lull, the silence and serene settings offer great opportunity for introspection and soul searching.
From still lakes surrounded by green forestry to hilly pastures lined with exotic flowers to snow capped mountains, walking tours take nature lovers through the most pristine landscapes imaginable. Most walkers bring a camera and capture breathtaking images of untouched land and wildlife. These picturesque settings offer hardworking people an invaluable repose from the hustle and bustle of today's fast-paced work environment.
You may choose a guided walking tour or self-guided walking tour. Self guided walking holidays are ideal for people keen to walk independently, who like to stay in good quality accommodation, and prefer to have the organisation and research of their walks taken care of, but do not want the chore of repacking and moving on each day. There are two accommodation options for a self-guided walking tour:
· Half board (bed, breakfast and evening meal) in quality country house and small hotels which offer well appointed bedrooms with private bathroom, excellent food;
· Bed and breakfast accommodation in cosy family-run guest houses which offer comfortable rooms with private bathroom.
Such walking holidays are particularly suitable for couples, groups of friends and families, and prices are usually based on a minimum of two people in a party. You may find discounts for parties of three or more guests. Travel companies usually provide detailed information on how to reach the hotel or guest house at which you will be accommodated, route descriptions for each day's walk and guidebooks, and arrange a local transport provider to collect you from your hotel or guest house and transport you to the start of each walk. The same transport provider will collect you at the prearranged time and place at the end of each walk.
Among guided walking tours you may find the one that is best appropriate for your physical conditions. The destinations vary. For example, while walking in Europe, tourists pass through gorgeous natural scenery and participate in cultural activities. Tours of England take walkers to peaceful lakes. At night, tourists can view world class performing arts. To enter a magical land, vacationers should try Scotland, where ancient castles make visitors feel as if they had been whisked away to another world.
Iceland adventures bring hikers up close and personal with active volcanoes, glaciers, and natural spas. Travelers looking for a fun time should visit Ireland, where tour groups visit authentic Irish pubs to drink Guinness and listen to Irish folk music. For the finest in food and wine, travel from village to village in France or Italy.
City walking tours are for city lovers who cannot live without civilization. The best way to know the city is to walk its main thoroughfares, ramble down its side alleys, and immerse yourself in the day-to-day activities taking place on the streets. Plus, an added bonus, many cities have numerous hills and long streets that will make you more fit in the process. And here you will also find guided walking tour. They are especially good if you visit a city in another country or a big city. Besides, guiders always give tourists useful advice hot to survive in a strange city, what the best and cheapest pubs, restaurants, shops and malls are there in the city, places are better to avoid to stay on a safe side, and where to exchange the currency.
If you want to save money and be independent go on your own. For self-guided city walking tour you will need to buy a city map and a city guide and plan your main route beforehand. You will also find free city guides in cafes, restaurants and other public places when you arrive. While you are in the city your route may be changed, as you never know what attractive and interesting things wait for you there.
Choose the walking tour of your dream and go ahead!