There are so many reasons why walking tours are helping to promote a more sustainable way of travelling. Not only are we getting in some more exercise on our trips, but we’re opening up our opportunities to explore more of the local culture while reducing our carbon footprints.
I recently read a post on National Geographic about the world’s top 10 walking tours of all time and figured I’d send some inspiration your way to start exploring the globe by foot. Out of the 42 countries I’ve explored to date, here are 5 of the coolest walking tours of all time.
Walking Tours of the World
1. Sarapiqui, Costa Rica
While there are numerous breathtaking hikes in Costa Rica, one of my favourites was a short 2 hour hike deep in the rainforest – in the middle of the night at the Selva Verde Lodge. With flashlights in hand and rubber boots on our feet, we ventured out to explore some of Costa Rica’s most incredible nocturnal wildlife. If you’re looking for something a little more relaxed, Travel & Tourism has listed their top 5 walking tours in Costa Rica too.
2. Foča, Bosnia I Herzegovina
I have to cheat here and name a couple. I spent a few weeks in 2015 exploring the wonders of Mostar, Sarajevo and Foča, Bosnia. While iHouseTravel in Mostar took us on the full Herzegovina Experience, the Death of Yugoslavia Tour was one that will forever stand out in my mind. If you’re looking for a beautiful walking tour in the middle of the nature, head to Foča, Bosnia along the River Tara and hike through the Sutjeska National Park to see some of the oldest trees in the world (300+ years).
3. Drakensberg, South Africa
After a solid month of exploring the east coast of South Africa with Hostelling International and Baz Bus, it was quite easy to pick out the best spot for hiking and walking – the Drakensberg Mountains. While I took my own 8 hour tour through the mountains, TripAdvisor has a list of the top rated tours in the area that you can check out!
4. Clare County, Ireland
One of my favourite short walking tours of Ireland was along the Cliffs of Moher. While I have already boasted in the glory of one of the best road trips I’ve ever taken across Ireland, there are also some phenomenal spots to explore by foot. If you have the chance also jump on the opportunity to join walking tours through the Ring of Kerry.
5. Mosel Valley, Germany
In one of my most recent explorations, I headed to the Mosel Valley to write about the Fairy Tale Route of Western Germany. On any of the walking tours through the valley, you’ll spot gorgeous medieval towns, hilly vineyards and beautiful castles. One of my favourite spots along the way was the Burg Eltz Castle – a must see!
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