The joy of relaxing on the beach with the sound of waves crashing against the shore is one of life’s greatest pleasures. For those of us who don’t live close to the ocean, there’s something about the annual seaside pilgrimage that captures summer in all its resplendent glory—days spent walking the rocky shores, perhaps pausing for a dip in clear, azure waters or simply wriggling your toes deep into the smooth sand. Evenings at the coast are sure to bring an array of fresh seafood and sparkling wine—and the gentle rush of waves to lull you to sleep. If a walk along the coast is what sends your spirit soaring, these Country Walkers vacations are for you!
Explore Mediterranean, Adriatic, and Balearic Shores
Italy: Pompeii, Capri & the Amalfi Coast Guided Tour: Wedged between the Gulf of Napoli and the Gulf of Salerno is the delightful Sorrento Peninsula—a haven for artisans, craftspeople, and connoisseurs of Mediterranean cuisine. As you stroll along the sun-drenched Amalfi coast, you’ll fall in love with the seaside atmosphere—including cafés offering fresh local seafood and home-grown lemons.
Italy: Matera, Otranto & the Puglia Coast Guided Tour: Explore the incredible azure coast of Puglia’s Adriatic shores from Matera to the dramatic “land’s end” in Santa Maria di Leuca—the heel of Italy’s boot. Along the way, you’ll discover Puglia’s ancient trulli dwellings, pass olives groves and wild orchids, and dive deep into local culture during visits to local vineyards and agritourismos.
Croatia: Brač, Korčula & Mljet National Park Guided Tour: There’s nothing like island hopping to satisfy the beach-lover’s soul. On Croatia’s cerulean shores you’ll wake each morning to stunning sea views. Explore the gorgeous island coastline and sandy beaches by day—at night, discover authentic Croatian culture during home-hosted meals with Country Walkers’ local friends.
Spain: Balearic Islands, Mallorca & Deià Guided Tour: The crystal-clear turquoise waters surrounding the island of Mallorca have been a favorite of beach-lovers since time immemorial. On this spectacular walking tour, you’ll explore the stunning shores of the Balearic Sea—as well as the lush, sub-tropical mountains of the island’s interior.
Italy: Genoa & the Cinque Terre Self-Guided Tour: If you love stunning coastal views, colorful cliffside villages, and delicious Italian cuisine—Genoa & the Cinque Terre are calling your name! This Self-Guided Walking Adventure gives you the flexibility to discover this sensational destination at your own pace—along with detailed route notes and audio navigation, and a local host available 24/7 if you need support.
The English Channel and the Atlantic’s Eastern Shores
France: Normandy & Brittany Guided Tour: History comes to life during this walking adventure along the English Channel. Explore the stunning island of Mont St. Michel with its 8th century Benedictine abbey—and stroll along Omaha Beach to the American Cemetery where you’ll learn about the D-day landings during a walk with a local guide. Sample delicious local oysters, sparkling calvados, and mouth-watering French cuisine along the way.
Portugal: Sintra & Rota Vicentina Self-Guided Tour: Rove Portugal’s spectacular seaside from the shores of the wild Atlantic coast to the pinnacle of Portuguese royal estates in this diverse Self-Guided Walking Adventure. With detailed route notes and audio navigation, you’ll explore at your own pace—visiting charming seaside villages, wind-swept dunes teeming with wildlife, and sunny beaches along the way.
Ireland: Cork, Killarney & Dingle Guided Tour: Discover Ireland’s enchanting Dingle Peninsula during a delightful stay on the shores of Dingle Bay. Stroll along Slea Head overlooking the remarkable Blasket islands where you’ll learn about traditional island life during a visit to the Blasket Center. Walk the Wild Atlantic Way to Ballydavid, then relax with a pint as you enjoy the views of its picturesque harbor.
The West Coast of the Atlantic Ocean
Maine: Portland, Camden & Acadia National Park Self-Guided Tour: As you drive your own car along the charming coastline of mid-coast Maine from Portland to Bar Harbor, this Self-Guided Walking Adventure gives you all the flexibility in the world to explore at your own pace. Detailed route notes introduce you to delightful beaches, secluded coves, and the best spots for a lobster dinner along the way.
Canada: Nova Scotia & Cape Breton Island Self-Guided Tour: The stunning views along the coast of Cape Breton Island are calling your name! On this flexible Self-Guided Walking Adventure, you drive your own car along the pristine coastline, stopping to explore quaint fishing villages, hike the island’s pristine shores, and experience the rollicking sound of Cape Breton fiddle music—all at your own pace. Detailed route notes and an available local host provide the perfect balance of flexibility and support for your adventure.