For many years I have hiked once a year with friends in Germany or elsewhere in Europe, usually on trails we have not previously followed.
This year we opted for the Pyrenees, the mountains on the border between France and Spain.
However, it proved difficult to plan the tour. By chance I then received an e-mail in which a hiking guide offered to organise and lead hiking tours in the Pyrenees!
Naturally, this mail was very helpful for our plans, so I got in touch with its author. A short time later, Alvaro de Andres visited me in our office in Dillenburg. Alvaro studied and completed his doctorate in Stuttgart, speaks excellent German, and lives in a quiet side valley of the Pyrenees, which to date has been mostly spared from mass tourism.
The plan worked out by Alvaro appealed to us, and we departed for the Valle de Hecho at the end of July. It was a wonderful week of hiking!
Our guide, who was completely familiar with the country and its people, had found a small, cosy mountain hotel for us. Imanol, the hotelier, brews his own beer, and his wife Luzia is in charge of the kitchen. Only local meals are served.
Our group really enjoyed it, and so I decided to include this hiking trip in our catalogue. The tour is described in more detail on page 109 and online here. If you have any further questions, you are welcome to call me or send an e-mail.
At first glance, the title image of our 2017 catalogue has little to do with hiking.
It shows an atmospheric sunset at the Curonian Lagoon, in the background the dunes of the Curonian Spit.
The photo was taken while we were sitting with a group of hikers in front of our hotel in Sturmu, thoroughly fascinated by this romantic evening atmosphere.
Out hiking tour provides a good opportunity to get to know the Memel Territory, with its eventful history and the unique landscape of the Curonian Spit, consisting of water, sand and forest and dominated by imposing dunes.
Hiking guide Dirk Bohlmann has lived in Klaipeda, formerly known as Memel, for many years, and is very familiar with the country and its people. With his knowledge and his friendly manner, he contributes to making this hiking tour a memorable experience.
The tour is described in detail in the catalogue on page 95. If you are interested, you can find out more there, or click on Tours in Europe, then Europe guided, and then Memel Territory, or simply call us. We would be delighted to explain the various options for arriving by air or by ferry.