Alps

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French Alps

The Alps, main mountain range of Europe, extending from France to Slovenia, including Austria, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Liechtenstein. Highest summit is Mont Blanc (4.810), on the frontier of France, Switzerland and Italy, home of the popular Tour du Mont Blanc.

The Alps are, contrary to what most people think, not the largest mountain range in Europe. The Carpathians actually are more extensive, but not as high.

Often, hikers from outside Europe ask where to go in the Alps, which trail is best. Obviously, this is something every individual has to decide upon herself. The range of hiking opportunities in the Alps is huge. Beautiful country walks are within reach of snow capped mountains where someone else is sweating on a rope to get over a glacier. There are plenty of long distance trails combining different areas, although most people stick to one area. Some like to stay in a hotel and make day walks. Others fancy a hut-tour.

Let's be clear on another point: the facilities in the Alps are among the best in the world. Some would argue they are over the top. Thousands of huts – and very good ones too – lots of ski lifts, well marked trails.

Okay, we from Traildino do have some advice. First, take into account the local culture of an area. Many Alpine regions have a long and rich history which is there to enjoy. The different countries sharing the Alps are all very different, and the regional differences are equally astonishing. This is really a part of the fun here: enjoying nature, enjoying people and hospitality. Second tip: famous is not best. You will probably think of flying to the Matterhorn or Mont Blanc or something equally famous. Needless to say: these area's are very busy and by no means the most impressive or beautiful. Pretty as they are, also the different national parks draw many visitors and hikers are packed in large huts when aiming at the high peaks. If that's what you want: fine. If you prefer a small hut where a local warden makes you the best dinner you've ever had and where you can have a chat with the other three guests while inhaling the sounds and fumes of the end of the day, than virtually every region in the Alps has its charms.

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Books

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2019
  • Tour des Monts d`Aubrac GRP/GR60/GR6
  • Tour des Monts d`Aubrac, FFRP topoguide Ref. No. 616, covering 259kms of hiking circuits in the Massif Central along the GR6, GR60 and GR65. Current edition of this title was published in May 2016.ABOUT THE FFRP (Fédération française de la randonnée pédestre) TOPOGUIDES: published in a handy A5 paperback format, the guides are the best... Read more
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2019
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2019
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2005
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2005
  • Wandelgids Through the Italian Alps GTA | Cicerone
  • This handy guidebook contains detailed route descriptions for the 47-day Grande Traversata Delle Alpi trek. The GTA is divided into 4 sections, each of 2 weeks in length, for those who prefer to trek in sections. In total it covers 663km with 44,000m of ascent/descent and is suitable for those of average fitness. Each day varies from 4 to 23km. Read more
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2019
  • Sentier vers Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle via Arles: Arles - Toulouse GR653
  • GR653: Chemins de St. Jacques from Arles to Toulouse, FFRP topo-guide Ref. No. 6533 in a new edition published in July 2019, with colour reproductions of IGN’s topographic mapping at 1:50,000. The guide covers the 465-km long Via Arletanensis route of the Way of St James in France from Arles across Montpellier and Cartres to Toulouse.From... Read more
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  • Worcester, The Malverns, Evesham & Tewkesbury OS Landranger Map 150 (paper)
  • The area around Worcester, Great Malvern, Evesham and Tewkesbury, including the Malvern Hills and part of the Cotswold Way / E2 European Long-distance Path, on a paper version of map No. 150 from the Ordnance Survey’s Landranger series at 1:50,000, with contoured and GPS compatible topographic mapping plus tourist information.MOBILE DOWNLOADS:... Read more
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  • Traunsee - Gmunden - Almtal - Höllengebirge - Traunstein F&B WK5503
  • Traunsee - Gmunden - Ebensee - Höllengebirge - Traunstein area of the Austrian Alps presented at 1:35,000 in a series of contoured and GPS compatible outdoor leisure map from Freytag & Berndt with hiking and cycling routes, mountain huts, campsites and youth hostels, local bus stops, plus other tourist information. Cartography is an enlargement... Read more
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  • Wandelgids The Slovene Mountain Trail | Cicerone
  • Guidebook to trekking the Slovene Mountain Trail or Transverzala, 550km across Slovenia. Beginning at Maribor near the Austrian border to Ankaran on the Adriatic coast, the route is described as a series of 3 to 6-day treks through the region of Pohorje and the limestone mountains of the Karavanke and Kamnik-Savinja and Julian Alps. Read more
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  • Reading & Windsor - Henley-on-Thames & Bracknell OS Landranger Map 175 (paper)
  • Reading – Windsor area, including a section of the Thames Path / E2 European Long-distance Path, on a paper version of map No. 175 from the Ordnance Survey’s Landranger series at 1:50,000, with contoured and GPS compatible topographic mapping plus tourist information.MOBILE DOWNLOADS: As well as the physical edition of the map, each Landranger... Read more
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  • Tour du Mont Blanc
  • The most iconic long-distance, circular trail in the Alps with customised itinerary planning for walkers, trekkers, fastpackers and trail runners Read more
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2018
  • Sentier St-Jacques - Le Puy-Figeac GR65 2018
  • Uitstekende routegids met gedetailleerde kaarten en een routebeschrijving. Fout lopen wordt op deze manier wel erg moeilijk. Met symbolen is weergegeven welke voorzieningen (openbaar vervoer / winkels / overnachtingen) er zijn langs of bij de route. De gids bevat een lijst met overnachtingsadressen inclusief telefoonnummers en soms aangevuld... Read more
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2018
  • Sentiers de St-Jacques via le Puy - Le Puy to Figeac GR65
  • Chemins de St-Jacques: Le Puy - Figeac, FFRP topoguide Ref. no. 651, covering a 252km section of the Way of St. James across the Massif Central from Le Puy-en-Velay to Figeac along the GR 65. Current edition of this title was published in August 2014.ABOUT THE FFRP (Fédération française de la randonnée pédestre) TOPOGUIDES: published in a handy... Read more
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2018
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2018
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2018
  • Wandelgids Walking in the Briançonnais | Cicerone
  • Guidebook of 40 walks around Briançon in France. Walks for all abilities ranging from 1½ to 7hrs. The book focuses on the stunning valleys of Clarée, Cerveyrette, Ayes, Durance and Guisane, and includes the magnificent Alpine landscapes around Vallouise and Montgenèvre. Read more
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2011
  • Rund um die Zugspitze Wanderfuhrer 2011
  • Handzame gids met een goede beschrijving van een groot aantal dagtochten in dit gebied. De gids is in spiraalbinding en elke pagina is op scheur- en watervast papier gedrukt. Daar is echt over nagedacht! Streckencharakteristik Länge, Höhenmeter und Etappen Die insgesamt 50 Touren dieses Buches decken eine große Bandbreite von kurzen... Read more
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  • Wandelgids Hikeline Rund um die Zugspitze | Esterbauer
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Maps

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  • Chamonix / Massif du Mont Blanc 2017
  • De wandelkaart die de perfectie benadert! Werkelijk alle topografische details zijn er op te vinden; van hoogtelijnen tot aan bruggetjes en allerlei wandelpaden. Daarnaast hebben de makers een flinke dosis toeristische informatie op de kaart verwerkt: campings, gites d étape; restaurants en ingetekende doorgaande wandelpaden, de grandes... Read more
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  • Chamonix-Mont-Blanc - Massif du Mont-Blanc IGN 3630OT
  • Map No. 3630OT, Chamonix - Massif du Mont Blanc area of the French Alps, single-sided version on paper in the TOP25 edition of IGN’s excellent, detailed topographic survey of France at 1:25,000, with an overprint highlighting hiking paths, long-distance GR routes, campsites and other tourist information, plus a GPS compatible UTM grid. The map... Read more
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  • Wienviertel East - March - Thayatal - Mistelbach F&B WK014
  • Wienviertel East - March - Thayatal – Mistelbach area of north-eastern Austria presented at 1:50,000 in a series of contoured and GPS compatible outdoor leisure map from Freytag & Berndt with hiking and cycling routes, mountain huts, campsites and youth hostels, local bus stops, plus other tourist information.To see the list of currently... Read more
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  • Saint-Gervais-les-Bains - Massif du Mont Blanc IGN 3531ET
  • Topographic survey of France at 1:25,000 in IGN`s excellent TOP25 / Série Bleue series. All the maps are GPS compatible, with a 1km UTM grid plus latitude and longitude lines at 5’ intervals. Contours are at 5m intervals except for mountainous areas where the maps have contours at 10m intervals, vividly enhanced by hill shading and graphics for... Read more
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  • Apt - PNR du Luberon IGN 3242OT
  • Topographic survey of France at 1:25,000 in IGN`s excellent TOP25 / Série Bleue series. All the maps are GPS compatible, with a 1km UTM grid plus latitude and longitude lines at 5’ intervals. Contours are at 5m intervals except for mountainous areas where the maps have contours at 10m intervals, vividly enhanced by hill shading and graphics for... Read more
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  • Sisteron - Laragne-Monteglin - Montagne de Chabre IGN 3339OT
  • Topographic survey of France at 1:25,000 in IGN`s excellent TOP25 / Série Bleue series. All the maps are GPS compatible, with a 1km UTM grid plus latitude and longitude lines at 5’ intervals. Contours are at 5m intervals except for mountainous areas where the maps have contours at 10m intervals, vividly enhanced by hill shading and graphics for... Read more
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  • Haute Esteron / Prealpes de Grasse / PNR Verdon 2018
  • Topographic survey of France at 1:25,000 in IGN`s excellent TOP25 / Série Bleue series. All the maps are GPS compatible, with a 1km UTM grid plus latitude and longitude lines at 5’ intervals. Contours are at 5m intervals except for mountainous areas where the maps have contours at 10m intervals, vividly enhanced by hill shading and graphics for... Read more
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  • Haut-Esteron - Prealpes de Grasse - PNR du Verdon IGN 3542ET
  • Topographic survey of France at 1:25,000 in IGN`s excellent TOP25 / Série Bleue series. All the maps are GPS compatible, with a 1km UTM grid plus latitude and longitude lines at 5’ intervals. Contours are at 5m intervals except for mountainous areas where the maps have contours at 10m intervals, vividly enhanced by hill shading and graphics for... Read more
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  • Grossvenediger - Oberpinzgau Hiking + Leisure Map 1:50 000
  • Grossvenediger - Oberpinzgau area of the Austrian Alps presented at 1:50,000 in a series of contoured and GPS compatible outdoor leisure map from Freytag & Berndt with hiking and cycling routes, mountain huts, campsites and youth hostels, local bus stops, plus other tourist information.To see the list of currently available titles in this... Read more
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  • Grossvenediger - Oberpinzgau F&B WK121
  • Grossvenediger - Oberpinzgau area of the Austrian Alps presented at 1:50,000 in a series of contoured and GPS compatible outdoor leisure map from Freytag & Berndt with hiking and cycling routes, mountain huts, campsites and youth hostels, local bus stops, plus other tourist information.To see the list of currently available titles in this... Read more
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  • Radstädter Tauern - Katschberg - Lungau F&B WK202
  • Radstädter Tauern - Katschberg - Lungau area of the Austrian Alps presented at 1:50,000 in a series of contoured and GPS compatible outdoor leisure map from Freytag & Berndt with hiking and cycling routes, mountain huts, campsites and youth hostels, local bus stops, plus other tourist information.To see the list of currently available titles in... Read more
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  • Ischgl - Serfaus 2017
  • Ischgl - Serfaus - Paznautal - Landeck area of the Tyrol at 1:35,000 on a GPS compatible, double-sided map from Kümmerly+Frey printed on sturdy, waterproof and tear-resistant synthetic paper; contoured, with hiking, cycling and ski routes, accommodation facilities, locations for other recreational activities, etc.Maps in the K+F recreational... Read more
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  • Ischgl - Serfaus - Paznautal - Landeck K+F Outdoor Map 4
  • Ischgl - Serfaus - Paznautal - Landeck area of the Tyrol at 1:35,000 on a GPS compatible, double-sided map from Kümmerly+Frey printed on sturdy, waterproof and tear-resistant synthetic paper; contoured, with hiking, cycling and ski routes, accommodation facilities, locations for other recreational activities, etc.Maps in the K+F recreational... Read more
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  • Hochschwab - Veitschalpe - Eisenerz - Bruck an der Mur F&B WK041
  • Hochschwab - Veitschalpe - Eisenerz - Bruck an der Mur area of eastern Austria presented at 1:50,000 in a series of contoured and GPS compatible outdoor leisure map from Freytag & Berndt with hiking and cycling routes, mountain huts, campsites and youth hostels, local bus stops, plus other tourist information.To see the list of currently... Read more
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  • Grossvenediger 2013
  • Grossvenediger - Hohe Tauern NP - Matrei - Felber - Tauern - Oberpinzgau area of the Tyrol at 1:35,000 on a GPS compatible, double-sided map from Kümmerly+Frey printed on sturdy, waterproof and tear-resistant synthetic paper; contoured, with hiking, cycling and ski routes, accommodation facilities, locations for other recreational activities,... Read more
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  • Haut-Jura / Alpes du Nord 2018
  • Pyrénées Ouest map from the IGN at 1:200,000, with excellent presentation of the terrain through contours and vivid relief shading, plenty of names of topographic features, long-distance GR hiking routes, places of interest, etc. The map is designed to provide convenient coverage of the western and central part of the Pyrenees, extending across... Read more
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  • High Jura - Northern Alps IGN Top200 202
  • Pyrénées Ouest map from the IGN at 1:200,000, with excellent presentation of the terrain through contours and vivid relief shading, plenty of names of topographic features, long-distance GR hiking routes, places of interest, etc. The map is designed to provide convenient coverage of the western and central part of the Pyrenees, extending across... Read more
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  • Bad Gastein 16 Hohe Tauern NP 2014
  • Bad Gastein area of the Tyrol at 1:35,000 on a GPS compatible, double-sided map from Kümmerly+Frey printed on sturdy, waterproof and tear-resistant synthetic paper; contoured, with hiking, cycling and ski routes, accommodation facilities, locations for other recreational activities, etc.Maps in the K+F recreational series covering the Austrian... Read more
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  • Bad Gastein K+F Outdoor Map 16
  • Bad Gastein area of the Tyrol at 1:35,000 on a GPS compatible, double-sided map from Kümmerly+Frey printed on sturdy, waterproof and tear-resistant synthetic paper; contoured, with hiking, cycling and ski routes, accommodation facilities, locations for other recreational activities, etc.Maps in the K+F recreational series covering the Austrian... Read more
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  • Kufstein - Kaisergebirge - Kitzbühel F&B WK301
  • Kufstein - Kaisergebirge - Kitzbühel - Wörgl - St Johann in Tirol area of the Austrian Alps presented at 1:50,000 in a series of contoured and GPS compatible outdoor leisure map from Freytag & Berndt with hiking and cycling routes, mountain huts, campsites and youth hostels, local bus stops, plus other tourist information. To see the list of... Read more
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Walking holidays

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  • Dolomites Alta Via 1 Complete (Extended)
  • Self-guided trek, including a rest day in Cortina, walking the full Alta Via 1 through the Italian Dolomites. A well-paced two-week tour along the iconic Italian ‘High Route 1’ through the best of the Dolomiti mountains, with a mid-walk rest day to recharge and explore the region’s ‘hiking capital’ - Cortina. Follow the full Alta Via 1 from... Read more
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  • Via Francigena: Stage 6: San Miniato to San Quirico
  • Self guided walking tour following the Via Francigena through central Tuscany. Explore the central belt of iconic Tuscan landscapes and a distinctive trio of medieval towns; Siena, San Gimignano and Monteriggioni. This stage of the Via Francigena takes you from the charming village of San Miniato to San Quirico situated on the northern edge of... Read more
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  • Grindelwald Trail Self Guided Walking Holiday
  • A self-guided walking holiday in the foothills of the Swiss Alps. Experience the rich, green alpine scenery of the Bernese Oberland on this fantastic walking holiday through the foothills of the Swiss Alps. The mighty peaks of the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau surround you as you meander along forest tracks past mountain villages rich in local... Read more
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  • Complete Tour du Mont Blanc Trek in Comfort Self Guided Walking Holiday
  • Self guided trek staying in hotels following the Tour du Mont Blanc through France, Italy and Switzerland. Walk the complete Tour du Mont Blanc self guided through France, Italy and Switzerland, staying in comfortable accommodation each night. It’s the perfect Alpine trek for those who prefer their trekking in comfort. The Tour du Mont Blanc is... Read more
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  • Via Francigena: Stage 7: San Quirico-Montefiascone
  • Self guided walking tour following the Via Francigena through Tuscany and Lazio. Following in the footsteps of pilgrims from the Middle Ages this section of the Via Francigena begins in the heart of the Tuscan countryside and finishes in the medieval town of Montefiascone. Encounter small hamlets and villages atop conical hills and set within... Read more
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  • Dolomites Alta Via 1 Classic
  • Self-guided trek, walking 8 days on the Alta Via 1 through the Italian Dolomites. Our Classic Alta Via 1 tour covers the majority of this flag-ship trek over 8 walking days. Hike from beautiful Lake Braies through the east Italian Alps to finish just before Passo Duran, where the trail turns wilder and more remote. This version of the Alta Via... Read more
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  • Walker's Haute Route - Chamonix to Arolla
  • Trek the Western Section of the Walker's Haute Route from Chamonix to Arolla. Walk the western section of the Walker’s Haute Route from Chamonix to Arolla. Wonderful views of the Mont Blanc Massif and classic Alpine Walking. The Walker’s Haute Route is an iconic high level walk that links the famous towns of Chamonix and Zermatt. This... Read more
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  • Dolomites Alta Via 1 Highlights
  • Self-guided short break, staying in both Cortina and the mountains, trekking 3 days on the Alta Via 1. Escape on a short break to the High Dolomites and enjoy three fantastic days of great trail walking at around 1500-2500m, surrounded by the very best alpine scenery that the region has to offer. Combine a stay in chic Cortina with nights in... Read more
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  • Dolomites Alta Via 1 North
  • Self-guided walking tour along the classic long-distance trail Alta Via 1. Trek the most popular northern half of the ‘High Route 1’, covering around 70km over one week on good trails that are well way-marked, passing glowing peaks, shady forests and rolling pastures. The full north-south trail begins in the Italian Sudtirol and ends some 140km... Read more
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  • Full Italian Via Francigena Route: Bourg St Pierre-Rome
  • Self-guided walking tour completing the full Italian stage of the Via Francigena from Bourg St Pierre to Rome. Pilgrims have been undertaking to walk the full Via Francigena from Canterbury to Rome since the 8th Century, and it is one of Europe's great pilgrimages. During your journey along this ancient pilgrimage route you will start at the... Read more
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  • Dolomites Alta Via 1 South
  • Self-guided walk in the Dolomites, following the quieter southern section of the Alta Via 1. The Alta Via 1 long distance trail winds its way through the heart of the Italian Dolomites. This tour covers around 90km of the wilder and quieter southern section of the AV1, spread over 6 days, walking approx. 15km daily. We follow good alpine paths;... Read more
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  • Complete Tour du Mont Blanc in Huts Self Guided Walking Holiday
  • Self guided walk following the Classic Tour du Mont Blanc through France, Italy and Switzerland. Walk the complete Tour du Mont Blanc, through France, Italy and Switzerland staying in mountain huts and hotels. For the serious walker with a sense of aesthetic there really is no other option for the Tour du Mont Blanc. Although not for everyone,... Read more
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  • Via Francigena: Final Stage - Montefiascone to Rome
  • Self-guided walking tour following the final stage of the Via Francigena through Umbria and Lazio. The final stage of the Via Francigena takes you from the hill top town of Montefiascone to Rome, the eternal city. During your journey along this ancient pilgrimage route you will follow trails through the classic Italian landscapes of... Read more
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  • Ultimate Swiss Alps
  • A self-guided walking tour through the best of the Swiss Alps. Immerse yourself in the magnificent Alps on this two week Grand Tour of Switzerland. Experience traditional, tranquil villages as well as vibrant towns such as Grindelwald and Zermatt, all perfect bases for classic local walks. Make use of the world-renowned Swiss train system to... Read more
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  • The Glacier Express Rail and Hike
  • Ride the world Glacier Express panoramic journey through the Swiss alps and explore the Engadine and Zermatt on foot. Cross the Swiss Alps on the famous Glacier Express, a direct train from St Moritz to Zermatt; considered one of the most stunning rail journeys of the world. Get closer to the typical wooden chalets and sounds of Alpine cow... Read more
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  • Joost Callens² 2015-10-26 11:35:48
  • GR routes ook in Algarve Portugal ??
  • Okt 2015 waren we in Algarve We zagen nieuwe wegwijzers in Algarve en Alentejo met GR15 op. Maar geen enkel toerismebureau of gespecialiseerde boekhandel wist iets v gids hierover of detailkaartjes enz. Iemand ??
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