Alpine Exploratory's walking holidays give you well researched routes, clever itineraries and a choice of self-guided or guided options. This page gives the lowdown on what they involve. We enjoy hearing from enquirers with any questions, so please contact us any time at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Views from the Aiguille du Midi cable car above Chamonix
Self-guided or guided holidays
Our self-guided walking holidays are carefully organised trips that are ready to go. We book your accommodation and we send you routecards, maps and local information so that you can walk the routes as you wish. Breakfasts are usually included, plus on some holidays some dinners too. On many holidays we can transfer your bags between stops as an extra. Everything is planned in order to maximise your experience in the mountains.
Some holidays involve day walks from a valley base and include a selection of routecards to pick from each day. Other self-guided holidays follow a set trekking route and include just the routecards needed to complete the trek.
Our guided walking holidays give you the same as our self-guided holidays, except that instead of routecards and maps you have a leader to show the way. Your leader is there to guide you along the walks, to explain features of the local landscape, to ensure your safety and to solve any problems that arise. All of our leaders hold the International Mountain Leader award (IML). The IML is the standard qualification needed to lead walking and trekking groups in most Alpine countries.
As with the self-guided holidays, some of our guided holidays follow trekking routes, moving through the mountains each day and arriving at new accommodation each evening. Other guided holidays are based in one place and set out to explore the area on daywalks into the mountains and countryside.
Guided or self-guided? - how to choose between the two styles
|+||Your itinerary in detail including information on your accommodation|
|+||Accommodation in friendly places, whether hotels, mountain huts, B&Bs or guesthouses|
|+||Routecards - detailed, weatherproof and showing places to eat on the trail (self-guided holidays only)|
|+||Maps - the actual local maps, not printouts (self-guided holidays only)|
|+||An International Mountain Leader to show the way (guided holidays only)|
|+||Local information including local travel details, shops and practical advice|
|+||Local travel during the trip (guided holidays only)|
|+||An Emergency Card with local emergency contact details, for use in the event of an accident|
|+||A Language Card with useful phrases in the local language(s)|
What's not included?
|+||Travel to and from your start/end points|
|+||Food and drink other than that stated - breakfasts are usually included|
|+||Baggage transfer - available on many holidays as an extra|
|+||Local travel during the trip (self-guided holidays)|
|+||Any extra equipment needed|
|+||National Park entry fees, permits and taxes (where applicable)|
|+||Extra activities such as local attractions|
The holiday price is the only payment you make to Alpine Exploratory; during the holiday you pay your own local expenses such as meals that aren't included and any local transport needed. Please see each holiday page for the likely local expenses you will incur.