Useful information about Walking holidays
Starting an individual tour for the first time is always an exciting issue, which needs some initial preparations and information background. We hope the FAQs below will help you make it better and do this type of traveling more frequent in the future:
What is included in the tour price?
At the bottom of each tour’s webpage you will see what is included in this particular tour in general. More details about that (if any) can be found in the trip dossier, which you will be able to find at the bottom of each tour’s webpage. Normally only the ground-only services are included – accommodation in double rooms with en-suite facilities, different mealplan (bed & breakfast or halfboard in most cases), luggage transfers and/or short transfers in connection with the tour, detailed roadbook and map in English. Pick up/drop off at the airport is not always included but for some tours these can be ordered extra (public transportation and entrance fees for lifts, caves etc. are not likely to be included in the ground price).
What sorts of accommodation do we use?
In order to ensure the best experience for our clients we always try to arrange overnights in family-run hotels and guesthouses with en-suite facilities where travelers could easily experience the local way of life at first hand. This approach is inseparable part of the philosophy of the self-guided walks, which main delivery is the ultimate and direct experience among tourists, nature and local people without the interference of any mediators (guides).
How difficult the tours are?
Although all trips are suitable for good walkers with no special skills (e.g. no rock climbing or ice-walking experience is needed) we have done our best to divide the tours in categories, which will help you choose the best difficulty for your physical condition. Some trips have the same grade throughout the itinerary, some have 1-2 more strenuous days around the half or the second part of the tour, some are more demanding. We strongly advise you read our classification before you make your choice. Fore more information please go to Difficulty Grades menu.
What is the purpose of the trip dossiers?
The aim of the trip dossier is to provide you with more information about specific tour that is too long to be presented on the main webpage. Although it is done with the best intention to keep you as informed as possible about the tour, slight deviations may occur in the details and we would be very grateful should you find such and report them back to us. A downloadable .PDF file containing the trip dossier is available at the bottom of each tour’s web page.
How do I make a reservation?
If you have made your decision you are most welcome to visit our Contact page. This is where you will be able to also read our Booking Conditions.
What is the average group size?
Although these tours are run anytime within the best period some of them have minimum group size of 2 pax, while some are also possible for individuals. It is unlikely that you will meet other parties following the same route in the same time, it is still possible, but still you are not forced to walk with them. However at dinner time sharing experiences amongst participants can be rather interesting.
What sort of equipment should I bring along?
When booking a self-guided tour we accept that you have some experience of walking without a guide following maps and tourist signs. This also includes at least basic background of what you might need going somewhere. In any case we have put a chapter “Equipment” in the trip dossier of each tour and we have put special remarks if some parts of the equipment are really specific and necessary to be taken.
What is a roadbook?
The roadbook you will be given prior departure (or received on spot in the first accommodation on your route) is the most important staff of your travel documents. You will read inside notes about your tour which will help you stay on the right path all the time. Remarks of specific parts of the route are also available (e.g. where to expect water fountains or alcoves good for picnic or where you will be able to buy some refreshments etc.). Please take some time and study the roadbook in advance as for some of the days you might be able to choose between two options and you have to decide which of them you will choose depending on your physical condition and the weather forecast and advise your provider in time in case changes of the transfers should be made accordingly.
How can I get to the starting point?
Initial information on hoe to get there is available in the trip dossier of each trip. You can check the links there for the schedule of the public transport you will have to use in order to reach the first hotel (in case pick up from the airport is not included in the package price or not ordered extra). We are happy to advise you on the best way to get to your hotel providing more information about the transportation connections, flight opportunities or even booking the flight for you.
How does a typical day look like?
Normally in the evening of the previous day you read the roadbook for the next day and decide when to start. Please do inform yourself about the weather forecast in advance so that you can change your plans in order to avoid showers or storms. In some mountain trips weather information is available at the reception. Otherwise you can try asking your hosts about that. Now that you are aware of what is expecting you, you can arrange your day as per your wishes, leaving more time on places of interest of you. The breakfast unless strictly fixed in the roadbook is usually available after 7.30.
What should I read before I go there?
We do encourage our guest to read more about the destination they are going to before getting there. Please note that the roadbook and the trip dossier will give you only information that is essential for the walking trip itself but not about the history of certain places or the local habits and holidays etc. The guide books of “Lonely Planet” or “Rough Guide” referring to your destination are may be the best choice for you although for some rural regions it would be best to find something on the Internet.