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A trip for every budget: exciting holidays for less than 995 Euros

08 Feb 2024

Great holidays don't have to break the bank - and our slow travel experiences are designed to fit every budget. You might dream of investing in the adventure of a lifetime - embarking on epic journeys like the Tour de Mont Blanc or traversing the entire Via Francigena in Italy. However, if you're in search of an affordable walking trip that won't empty your wallet, rest assured that your options aren't limited, nor do you have to miss out on Italy's renowned dolce vita.

These five trips, all starting from under 995 Euros, promise to be memorable experiences. From the glamorous shores of Lake Como to the iconic landscapes of Tuscany, from the soaring peaks of the Dolomites to the shimmering shores of Sardinia, we're here to show that you can indeed enjoy a fantastic walking holiday and still have budget left over for more adventures - or perhaps a few extra days of relaxation and exploration!

Lake Como: 
Let’s start with the glamorous Lake Como. This enchanting area, known for its splendid villas with lush gardens, sophisticated towns, and boats gliding across the shimmering lake, might seem exclusive, but our trip between the lake and mountains is warmly inviting. You'll stay in the picturesque Menaggio, a stone's throw away by ferry from Bellagio and a brief bus ride from the walking trails of the Montagne Lariane, the mountains embracing Italy's most famous lake. Traverse paths along the lake to Switzerland on Via Claudia Augusta, discover the nature and quaint villages mirrored in the lake's surface, and relish the breathtaking views of Lake Como's bifurcated shores from the mountain trails. And why not add a few extra days to wander through Como's historical lanes, explore Bellagio's narrow streets and staircases, or visit one of the tropical gardens nestled within the villas?

Starting from 498 Euros. 

Aeolian Islands and Etna: 
Our adventure takes us further to Sicily: this trip unveils the islands around the island – the Aeolian Archipelago, celebrated for its volcanic allure and the spectacle of the sciara di fuoco, the lava flowing from Stromboli Volcano. Lipari serves as your hub to discover the neighboring islands, like the tranquil Salina or Volcano, named after the deity said to forge Olympus' arms in its fiery depths. The journey continues to Taormina – the setting for the popular TV series “White Lotus” – and to Mount Etna, revered by Sicilians as a mother figure, which you can explore through a guided hike across its lunar landscapes.

Starting from 665 Euros. 

Under the Tuscan Sun: 
Imagine a trip that encapsulates the most iconic destinations Tuscany offers – the landscapes you envision at the mere mention of Tuscan beauty, the ones you've dreamed of while watching movies like "Under the Tuscan Sun." Exploring this realm of rolling hills, cypresses, and hilltop hamlets might seem pricey, but it’s surprisingly affordable. Our journey along Via Lauretana Augusta leads you from Siena's vibrant contrade, competing in the renowned Palio, to the thermal pools of Asciano, and finally to Cortona, the setting of "Under the Tuscan Sun." Along the way, you'll traverse a countryside bathed in the golden Tuscan light, a sight of unparalleled beauty.

Starting from 858 Euros. 

Sardinia is widely recognized as a haven for luxury travel, synonymous with exclusive beach resorts and the glamorous lifestyle of Costa Smeralda. However, there's a less-discussed, wilder side to the island that we're eager to showcase, offering two captivating options. 
The first option takes you to the island's Eastern region, exploring its mountains and gorges while unraveling the intriguing story of the Nuragic populations that once called this place home. This journey begins with a thrilling ascent to Mount Tiscali, culminating in a Nuragic village perched atop the mountain, continues through the mesmerizing Gorropu gorge, and concludes along the Gulf of Orosei, celebrated for its pristine white beaches.

Starting from 929 Euros

The second option ventures to the Green Coast in the South-Western part of the island, delving into Sardinia's mining heritage. With a history of mineral extraction dating back 8,000 years, this area offers a unique blend of abandoned mine sites and natural beauty, sparking the curiosity of first-time visitors with a palpable sense of untold stories. You'll also explore the Ligurian enclave of Carloforte, renowned for its exquisite tuna, and the island of Sant’Antioco, with its ancient watchtowers and lagoons frequented by flamingoes.

Starting from 769 Euros  

Heart of the Dolomites 
If you've been mesmerized by the stunning images of Italian mountains, chances are you've set your sights on the UNESCO World Heritage Dolomites – a spectacle of boundless meadows and azure skies, captivating views, and welcoming mountain huts and lodges. While we offer several options for exploring the Dolomites and other mountainous regions – which you can view here – here's our top pick: a hut-to-hut walking trip amidst the enchanting landscape around the bustling skiing hub of Canazei. This option is ideal for those seeking an authentic hut-to-hut walking adventure. Just be sure to book as early as possible – the huts are cozy, and their limited beds are in high demand!

Starting from 939 Euros. 


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