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Self-Guided holidays

A self-guided holiday is a liberating experience. Our expert team have designed trips to give you the very best cycling or walking experience. You are your own guide, so you can explore at your own leisure. Indulge in local cuisine, chat to locals and stop for a rest when it suits you.

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About our Self-Guided trips

Looking for a hassle-free active holiday? If you'd prefer to travel without a group, our Self-Guided trips are the most flexible way to travel. Choose from our selection of Self-Guided walking and cycling trips in Europe and select the grade to suit your ability, then we'll sort all of the logistics.

We design our itineraries to give you the best walking or cycling experience within the region, including some excellent views. We take care of the hotels, transfers and transport of your luggage while you walk or cycle between accommodation. If you're cycling, we'll also arrange the bike hire.

Once you're on your trip you'll be navigating yourself so we supply detailed route notes, maps and digital (GPX) files to make it easy. You decide when to start, the pace to travel at, and when you stop, giving you a stress-free holiday experience.

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Why take a Self-Guided trip with Explore?

There's a reason why 96% of customers say they would book with us again.
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Unforgettable experiences

From big wows to hidden gems, our tours leave you feeling that you've really explored.

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Expert local guides

Chosen for great knowledge of their country, and a passion to make your trip extraordinary.

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Small groups & private trips

Group tours average just 12 people & various private trip options are available too.

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We do the right thing

How we operate sets us apart; our flexible booking policy, loyalty scheme & sustainable approach.

Frequently-asked questions about our Self-Guided holidays

How does a self-guided holiday work? 
Our Self-Guided trips are curated with the same care as our group trips, but you won't travel with a group or tour leader. Instead, we'll provide you with detailed maps and GPX files when available so that you can navigate yourself. We'll also sort out the hotels, transfers and luggage transportation, taking all the planning and stress out of your holiday.

We offer two types of Self-Guided holiday; walking trips and cycling trips. Choose which type of active break you want, where you want to go and the grade to suit your ability and we'll arrange the rest. 

How difficult are Explore Self-Guided tours?

All our Self-Guided trips are given a grade indicating its difficulty. If you're an occasional walker or cyclist looking for a relaxed walking or cycling holiday, go for an Easy or Moderate grade. Or if you're looking to challenge yourself, try one of our more challenging trips. 

Discover more about our walking grades and cycling grades

How can I prepare for a self-guided holiday?

Check out our blogs to find out how to prepare for your trip, including what to pack and how to train. The advice is the same whether you're taking a small group or a Self-Guided trip. 

How to prepare for your first walking trip

How to prepare for your first cycling trip

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