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International Mountain Leaders

Diane McGuinness, International Mountain Leader. RAW Travel is proud that only fully-qualified International Mountain Leaders lead all our guided Tour du Mont Blanc, Dolomites and Swiss trips. They have many years of experience hiking in the European Alps, and they love sharing their experience and knowledge with you. What this means: Safety when things get…

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Camino Frances Stage 4 – Leon to O Cebriero

Adrian Mayer | Destination Expert   Are you strapped for time and looking for one section of the Camino to walk? If you want to experience some of the most picturesque and iconic scenery and towns, then look no further than Camino Frances Stage 4 — Leon to O Cebreiro. Beginning in Leon, the third…

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Which stage of the Camino

Which stage of the Camino should I walk?

Adrian Mayer| Destination Expert Are you asking yourself which stage of the Camino you should walk? Read on for a breakdown of five sections to help you decide. The Camino Frances is approximately 800km long, with variations depending on your source of information. With a handful of recommended rest days, this would take the average…

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Food on the Mont Blanc trail

Leanne Troy Alps Destination Expert It is not just the amazing views and the fabulous physical challenge that can be enjoyed when you complete your Mont Blanc trek, there are delicious things to eat along the way too. The meals at your accommodation are simple yet nourishing offerings, but there are also some yummy delights to…

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Delicious and unique gastronomy in Slovenia

Inga Hoeltz, European Alps Destination Expert Slovenia is not only an attractive destination for its breathtaking landscapes, nature, and friendly people, it’s also one of the leading European countries when it comes to gastronomy. Slovenia offers plenty of opportunities to experience both traditional and modern cuisine of the highest quality. Perfect prosciutto Treat yourself to…

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Exploring the narrow backstreets of Nakatsugawa

Nicola Hughes, RAW Travel Info Hub Coordinator After a few days soaking up the sights of Kyoto prior to my Nakasendo Way walk, I decided to head off early to Nakatsugawa, the walk’s starting point. I arrived in the morning with my walking shoes on, ready to explore. About Nakatsugawa Nakatsugawa, the 45th postal town…

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Hiking Japan with dietary requirements

Zoe Rees, Destination Specialist The Japanese are very traditional around food and food etiquette, and while Japanese food is incredibly tasty and “clean”, many accommodation options (minshuku and ryokans) don’t cater for (or understand) western dietary requirements. If you have specific dietary requirements, and plan to hike the Kumano Kodo or Nakasendo Way, it pays…

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A hiker’s guide to food in Japan

Zoe Rees, Destination Specialist Read how the etiquette surrounding food and dining in Japan is particularly strong, even on the trails. Anyone who has hiked in Japan will tell you that a significant part of the experience is the food – and it will definitely play a big role in your Kumano Kodo or Nakasendo…

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Why the Mont Blanc trail is a scenic joy

Leanne Troy, Destination Specialist Mont Blanc is not just the largest mountain in Western Europe but it is also considered the birthplace of modern mountaineering. It is an amazing place to visit to see and feel like you are up in the clouds with views unrivalled by anywhere else in the world. Here are my…

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