Active Travel Tours

Hiking, biking and kayaking adventures across the world

Hungry to walk, hike, trek, bike, raft and kayak your way across the world's greatest destinations? No sweat. (Well, maybe a little.) You don't have to be a decathlete to take an Active trip, just someone with a healthy love for getting active and the outdoors.

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Walk the Great Wall of China (ACGA)

Asia China

Centuries after its construction, China’s Great Wall remains one of humankind’s engineering marvels. At over 21,000km (13,048 mi) in length, the Wall is a trip in and of itself. You won’t tackle the whole thing on this ten-day trek, but you’ll return home with a deeper understanding of the life that goes on around and upon it. The Beijing-to-Beijing route will take you to small villages that have stood for centuries in the shadow of this massive tribute to human will and introduce you to the cuisine, culture and history that make this one of China’s most captivating attractions. The Wall’s been standing for centuries. Isn’t it about time you turned up?

Highlights: Explore Beijing's Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square, trek along the Great Wall, sleep on the Wall and in rural villages, enjoy a traditional tea ceremony and tai chi lessons

10 days
From $1299
Travel Style:
Active
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
4

Vietnam Hike, Bike & Kayak (AVHB)

Asia Vietnam

Perfect for the active adventurer, this trip will have you hiking, biking, and paddling through the best of Vietnam. Kayak through Halong Bay’s towering limestone karsts, trek the Mai Chau area, and cycle through small towns for an authentic taste of Vietnam. When you’re not pedalling or paddling, you'll visit the country's cultural highlights like the Cu Chi Tunnels and Emperor's Tomb, or overnight at a local family’s homestay. Whether by bike or on foot, this tour will keep you grounded in Vietnam's intriguing culture.

Highlights: Kayak through limestone karsts in Halong Bay, trek in the hills of Mai Chau, cycle through unspoiled countryside, enjoy the frenetic energy of Ho Chi Minh City, visit the tailors and beaches of Hoi An, wander the vibrant streets of Hanoi

10 days
From $1399
Travel Style:
Active
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
4

Trekking in Transylvania (EATC)

Europe Romania

Enter the world of legend and embrace the myth of Count Dracula as you trek through the rugged wilderness of Romania. Ancient border roads and shepherds’ trails will reward active adventurers willing to break a sweat with stunning mountain scenery populated with bears, wolves and lynx. You'll stay in simple guesthouses and travel in small groups with local guides for a truly authentic insight into this wild corner of Europe. From steep dramatic slopes to small one-school, one-pub villages, experience the beauty of the Carpathian Mountains.

Highlights: Visit Dracula's castle in Bran, hike the undiscovered Romanian countryside, marvel at magnificent Carpathian views, savour Romanian culture and history.

Promotions Available! 8 days
From $879
$1099
Travel Style:
Active
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
4

Trekking in the Dolomites (EIDT)

Europe Italy

Beloved by mountaineers and nature lovers alike, the Dolomites sit perched atop northern Italy like a rocky crown. This exhilarating trip through the mountains features day treks through some of Italy’s most unbelievable scenery, with plenty of visits to small villages along the way to soak up the unique local Ladin culture and cuisine. Nights are spent in mountain refuges, where your hosts will ply you with hearty home-cooked meals. Eat up; you won’t find tastier mountain-trekking food anywhere else.

Highlights: Enjoy magnificent hiking amongst towering peaks, pass by the highest peak in the Dolomites, revel in the chance to learn about local Ladin language and customs.

10 days
From $1599
Travel Style:
Active
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
5

The Inca Trail (SPIT)

South America Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, Peru

One of our most popular trips in the region for those looking to combine the cultural highlights of the Sacred Valley with the challenge of one of the world’s best known hikes. The four-day Inca Trail trek will reward you with a stunning combination of the region’s ruins, mountainscapes, and cloud forests. Because we run our own treks, we can ensure the fair treatment of our porters and the quality of food and equipment so that you’re free to enjoy the beauty of the region.

Highlights: Explore ruins in the Sacred Valley, learn about traditional ways of life and visit local markets, conquer the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

Promotions Available! 7 days
From $977
$1149
Travel Style:
Active
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
4

Scottish Highlands Adventure (EUSE)

Europe Scotland

Scotland may be known for its whisky but it’s also overflowing with glens, rivers, and lochs that are waiting for the adventurous. This energetic seven-day trip offers a combination of hillwalking, adrenaline-sport options, and local culture. Test your nerves rafting the River Tay's waters and settle them again sampling the local whisky. Admire the views around Ben Vrackie, Glen Shee, and the best of the Scottish Highlands. This is a great option for the typically independent traveller wanting to get further afield in the rolling hills.

Highlights: Raft the River Tay, hike down glens and up bens, sample Scotland's finest export: whisky

7 days
From $1299
Travel Style:
Active
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
3

Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu (SPSK)

South America Peru

Salkantay has been dubbed the most spectacular peak in the Peruvian Andes. On this trip, you’ll trek in the shadows of this impressive mountain, interact with its inhabitants and explore its forgotten ruins. You’ll arrive at Santa Teresa – the backdoor of Machu Picchu – where you’ll catch the train to Aguas Calientes for an early-morning visit to Machu Picchu.

Highlights: Conquer the Salkantay Trek in the Andes, explore Inca ruins and Machu Picchu, trek through local communities and beautiful Andean scenery.

Promotions Available! 8 days
From $1079
$1349
Travel Style:
Active
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
5

Loire Valley Cycling (EFAA)

Europe France

Each summer, the Tour de France races across the country, giving a select group of very talented cyclists a chance to see the country from a blurry perspective. On this cycling tour of the Loire Valley, knowing the difference between a front derailleur and a rear dropout isn't necessary. Hop on one of our bikes and experience ornate châteaux, rustic markets, vineyards, and rural Gallic charm. Think of this as the perfect combination of slow food, fine wines, and remote country tracks – ideal for seeing the inspiring scenery.

Highlights: Cycle from one glorious château to the next, appreciate the lush Loire Valley scenery, visit local markets, taste wine in ancient vineyards, pedal through the "Garden of France".

8 days
From $1299
Travel Style:
Active
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
3

Lapland Active Adventure (EWLA)

Europe Sweden

Nothing prepares you for the icy wilderness of Sweden's far north. This incredible trip takes you right inside the Arctic Circle, to the snowy wilderness of Lapland. Slide across the ice in complete silence, listening to the sound of your team of dogs pulling your sled and enjoy the frozen beauty of the ICEHOTEL® . Sleeping out in a teepee in the snow and looking out for the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) are unforgettable experiences.

Highlights: Dog-sled through icy wilderness, see the Northern Lights in all their glory, sleep a night in the renowned ICEHOTEL®

6 days
From $3499
Travel Style:
Active
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
4

Ireland Hike, Bike & Raft (EQHB)

Europe Ireland

Ireland is well known for its rolling green hills – so why not get out there and bike them? On this active trip to the Emerald Isle, you’ll find plenty of adrenaline-filled activities that will get you into remote parts of the country and let you see this popular destination in a different way. Of course, there will still be plenty of chances for whiskey tasting and a pint at the pub as well. Get to know Ireland’s rugged side up close and personal.

Highlights: Sip the "Water of Life" at an Irish whiskey distillery, cycle around the rugged coastline of Slea Head, kayak through the clear waters of the lakes of Killarney, hike past picturesque villages and unspoilt countryside, drink a pint and listen to traditional music in a local pub.

7 days
From $1699
Travel Style:
Active
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
3

Independent Lares Trek (TSPILN)

South America Machu Picchu, Peru

Avoid the crowds on this independent adventure and head off the beaten track! The challenging Lares Trek is a great alternative to the Inca Trail, offering opportunities for insight into rural Andean life as the trail passes through very remote mountain communities, allowing hikers learn about the Inca’s fascinating culture. Sandwich it between charming colonial Cusco and magical Machu Picchu and you couldn't ask for a more complete Incan experience.

Highlights: Discovering the wonders of Cusco, interacting with the locals, conquering the Lares Trek to Machu Picchu.

7 days
From $1089
Travel Style:
Active
Trip Type:
Independent Travel
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
4

Independent Inca Discovery (TSPIDN)

South America Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, Peru

See the heart of Incan Peru: colonial Cusco, and the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Explore the museums, markets, restaurants and ruins of fascinating Cusco before strapping on your hiking boots to tackle the famous trail on this independent adventure. A rite of passage for many visitors to Peru, the Inca Trail is a challenging, 4-day trek from the Sacred Valley floor, up through the high Andes descending into cloud forest. Traverse high mountain passes and finishing at the magical 'Lost City' of Machu Picchu. Enjoy a guided tour of the site before heading back to Cusco by train. A once-in-a-lifetime adventure!

Highlights: Discovering Incan history in Cusco, climbing the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

7 days
From $1089
Travel Style:
Active
Trip Type:
Independent Travel
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
4

Inca Discovery Plus (PIM)

South America Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, Peru

Like our ‘Inca Discovery’ tour but with a flight back to Lima, this trip offers a fascinating combination of the region’s archaeological and cultural treasures. Retrace the steps of the Inca on a four-day trek along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. One of the world’s best-known hikes, it will reward those willing to break a sweat with stunning views of ruins and cloud forests. We run our own treks, which ensures fair treatment of our porters and quality equipment. Our expert CEOs will make certain the first glimpse of Machu Picchu from the Sun Gate will burn itself into your memory.

Highlights: Sample seafood in Lima, marvel at the Sacred Valley, conquer the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

9 days
From $1599
Travel Style:
Active
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
4

Inca Discovery—Lares (PIL)

South America Machu Picchu, Peru

Perfect for those looking to experience the region’s archaeological and cultural treasures in a short amount of time. Along with a visit to the cloud forest citadel of Machu Picchu, this trip will reward you with an intriguing combination of mountainscapes and a 3-day Lares trek—a less-travelled but equally rewarding and challenging alternative to the classic Inca Trail. Because we run our own treks, we can ensure the fair treatment of our support staff and the quality of food and equipment so that you’re free to enjoy a glimpse into the rural communities of the highlands around Cusco.

Highlights: Conquer the Lares Trek to Machu Picchu, Marvel at Sacred Valley scenery, interact with local communities, sample seafood in Lima.

8 days
From $1399
Travel Style:
Active
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
4

Inca Discovery (PID)

South America Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, Peru

Perfect for those looking to experience the region’s archaeological and cultural treasures in a short amount of time, this adventure includes a four-day trek along the Inca Trail. This is one of the world’s best-known hikes and will reward those willing to break a sweat with a stunning combination of mountainscapes, cloud forests, and jungles. We run our own treks, which ensures the fair treatment of our porters and quality equipment. Our knowledgeable CEOs will work hard to make certain the first glimpse of Machu Picchu will burn itself into your memory.

Highlights: Sample seafood in Lima, explore ruins and haggle at local markets in the Sacred Valley, conquer the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, learn ancient traditions at the Planeterra-supported Women's Weaving Co-op

Promotions Available! 8 days
From $1147
$1349
Travel Style:
Active
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
4

Hiking in the Balkans (ECHA)

Europe Montenegro, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina

At the crossroads between East and West, the Balkan Peninsula is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. From the coastal city of Dubrovnik up into the mountains of Montenegro and the highest peak in Bosnia, cross the Balkans on two feet. Surrounded by medieval and modern history among the lakes and canyons, this is the ideal setting for some of the best trekking that the Balkans has to offer.

Highlights: Hike amongst the fjords and mountains of undiscovered Montenegro, explore the lakes and summits of Durmitor National Park, trek the slopes of Bjelašnica – home to the 1984 Winter Olympics, discover where Eastern delicacies meet Western traditions in Sarajevo

Promotions Available! 8 days
From $1709
$1899
Travel Style:
Active
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
4

Cycling in Tuscany (EITC)

Europe Italy

What better way to experience the beauty of Tuscany than from the seat of a bike? A mixture of on- and off-road biking awaits on a ride through some of the most gorgeous, yet challenging countryside you’ll find anywhere. You'll explore beautiful hill towns, stunning lakes, and have the option to soak in thermal hot springs. After a hard day's ride, what could be better than enjoying the delicious meals your host Stefano will prepare for you each evening, from his locally grown produce. When you are not riding, take the chance to wander the property's vineyard, relax by the pool, or visit the pigs!. There's no better way to work up an appetite.

Highlights: Cycle through Tuscan countryside and stone-walled hill towns, visit quaint Pienza and medieval Montepulciano, learn traditional recipes and eat delicious Tuscan cuisine.

Promotions Available! 7 days
From $1119
$1399
Travel Style:
Active
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
4

Cycle Croatia (ECCA)

Europe Croatia

The jagged and dramatic Dalmatian Coast is dotted with over a thousand islands, which form an impressive backdrop to a week cycling around this delightful country. Follow coastal paths, climb over green hillsides and explore the remote corners of some of the islands following the coast. Along the way, sample delicious local wines and swim in the crystal clear waters of the Adriatic. Participants should be experienced cyclists prepared for some challenging cycling.

Highlights: Cycle in between the beaches and over the hills of Hvar, explore the green hillsides of Korcula on two wheels, marvel at the great wall of Croatia in Ston, sample delicious local wines in the Konavle Valley

8 days
From $2099
Travel Style:
Active
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
3

Croatia Active Adventure (ECTA)

Europe Croatia

Dotted with unspoiled islands, secluded beaches, and miles of coastal paths, the Dalmatian Coast remains one of Eastern Europe’s most beautiful destinations. Ideal for travellers looking to try a variety of things in an out-of-the-way place, this idyllic slice of Croatia along the surprisingly balmy Adriatic is practically bursting with outdoorsy potential. Hike and bike the ruggedly beautiful rocky coastlines, paddle a sea kayak to an uninhabited island, or just laze about on the beach and let the time pass. The choice is yours, and the choices are infinite.

Highlights: Enjoy a guided sea-kayaking excursion around Dubrovnik's city walls, cycle in the Konavle Valley, hike along Dalmatian cliffs, visit the island of Kolocep, wander in Dubrovnik's old town.

7 days
From $1499
Travel Style:
Active
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
3

Costa Rica Volcanoes & Surf (CRVS)

Central America Costa Rica

Mountain bike along Lake Arenal with breathtaking volcanic views and catch a wave on this action-packed 9-day tour of Costa Rica. Get your adrenaline pumping with optional extreme sports like whitewater rafting, rappelling and ziplining through the lush jungle canopy. Learn to surf the famous Pacific breaks at Playa Santa Teresa and enjoy plenty of time to relax on tropical beaches. Throw in the opportunity to see incredible rainforest wildlife and you've got a unique adventure you'll be talking about for years.

Highlights: Surf the waves at one of the best breaks in the country, catch views of Arenal Volcano from a lakeside mountain bike ride, search for the elusive quetzal bird in the cloud forest, watch the sunset over the Pacific.

9 days
From $1349
Travel Style:
Active
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
3
10 days
From $1299

Walk the Great Wall of China (ACGA)

10 days
From $1399

Vietnam Hike, Bike & Kayak (AVHB)

Promotions Available! 8 days
From $879
$1099

Trekking in Transylvania (EATC)

10 days
From $1599

Trekking in the Dolomites (EIDT)

Promotions Available! 7 days
From $977
$1149

The Inca Trail (SPIT)

7 days
From $1299

Scottish Highlands Adventure (EUSE)

8 days
From $1299

Loire Valley Cycling (EFAA)

6 days
From $3499

Lapland Active Adventure (EWLA)

7 days
From $1699

Ireland Hike, Bike & Raft (EQHB)

7 days
From $1089

Independent Lares Trek (TSPILN)

7 days
From $1089

Independent Inca Discovery (TSPIDN)

9 days
From $1599

Inca Discovery Plus (PIM)

8 days
From $1399

Inca Discovery—Lares (PIL)

Promotions Available! 8 days
From $1147
$1349

Inca Discovery (PID)

Promotions Available! 8 days
From $1709
$1899

Hiking in the Balkans (ECHA)

Promotions Available! 7 days
From $1119
$1399

Cycling in Tuscany (EITC)

8 days
From $2099

Cycle Croatia (ECCA)

7 days
From $1499

Croatia Active Adventure (ECTA)

9 days
From $1349

Costa Rica Volcanoes & Surf (CRVS)

Trip Length Style Service Level Starting Price
Walk the Great Wall of China (ACGA) 10 days Active Standard
From $1299
Vietnam Hike, Bike & Kayak (AVHB) 10 days Active Standard
From $1399
Trekking in Transylvania (EATC) 8 days Active Basic
From $879
$1099
Trekking in the Dolomites (EIDT) 10 days Active Basic
From $1599
The Inca Trail (SPIT) 7 days Active Standard
From $977
$1149
Scottish Highlands Adventure (EUSE) 7 days Active Standard
From $1299
Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu (SPSK) 8 days Active Standard
From $1079
$1349
Loire Valley Cycling (EFAA) 8 days Active Standard
From $1299
Lapland Active Adventure (EWLA) 6 days Active Basic
From $3499
Ireland Hike, Bike & Raft (EQHB) 7 days Active Standard
From $1699
Independent Lares Trek (TSPILN) 7 days Active Standard
From $1089
Independent Inca Discovery (TSPIDN) 7 days Active Standard
From $1089
Inca Discovery Plus (PIM) 9 days Active Standard
From $1599
Inca Discovery—Lares (PIL) 8 days Active Standard
From $1399
Inca Discovery (PID) 8 days Active Standard
From $1147
$1349
Hiking in the Balkans (ECHA) 8 days Active Standard
From $1709
$1899
Cycling in Tuscany (EITC) 7 days Active Standard
From $1119
$1399
Cycle Croatia (ECCA) 8 days Active Basic
From $2099
Croatia Active Adventure (ECTA) 7 days Active Basic
From $1499
Costa Rica Volcanoes & Surf (CRVS) 9 days Active Standard
From $1349