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Europe Active UK is an active holiday company which specializes in cycling, walking (GR20), trail running and motorcycling holidays as well as car-tours.

Our main office is in Corsica, but we also have an office in many European countries, which means that we have knowledgeable staff on the ground who love setting up adventure-packed trips in Tuscany, Sardinia, Romania, and Hungary etc.

Our strong point: tailor-made tours. So, do not hesitate to contact us for more details! We’ll be more than happy to create you a completely original trip!

Featured trips & expertise

Following a good riding day...
Cycle from Bordeaux to Toulouse - 9 days

See the beautiful Canal de Garonne by bike, via a stunning route through several wine-growing regions - including the world famous St Emilion. Continue through southwest France (Aquitane and the Midi-Pyrenees) as you ride by vineyards, chateaux, and so much more.

Casale Marittimo village vineyards in Tuscany
Riding the Eroica Among Famous Vineyards in Tuscany - 7 Days

Get ready, cyclists: this one's for you! The Eroica is a world-renowned vintage bike race, held annually in the hilly, vineyard-dotted region of Chianti in Tuscany. Follow the route of this legendary race, experiencing the Strade Bianche (unpaved white roads) that take you through the heart of this magnificent countryside.

Sunset in Corsica's Balagne region
Cycle the Cape of Corsica to the Castagniccia - 8 Days

Perfect for active travelers who want a more off-the-beaten-track experience of Europe, this Corsican cycle trip winds along windswept coastlines and into the island's hilly interior. Experience rich culture and gastronomy while pedaling your way through the best that this charming French island has to offer.

Recent Trip Reviews for Europe Active

Walking in corsica, France - Jul 3 - Jul 6, 2019

Traveler: Laura E. - Local specialist: Claudia Meloni

While our trip to Corsica was fantastic and the 4-day walk we did amazing - the whole experience was let down by the poor communication of logistics once we were on the ground.

1. Most egregious was the omission of details about where we would be staying each night along the 4 day hike!!! We didn't even know the names of the accommodation (much less contact details) and had to ask the initial luggage porter where he was dropping our bags the first night. For the following nights we had to... read more

While our trip to Corsica was fantastic and the 4-day walk we did amazing - the whole experience was let down by the poor communication of logistics once we were on the ground.

1. Most egregious was the omission of details about where we would be staying each night along the 4 day hike!!! We didn't even know the names of the accommodation (much less contact details) and had to ask the initial luggage porter where he was dropping our bags the first night. For the following nights we had to ask our accommodation hosts each morning to phone around the next night's town to find out who was expecting us! Luckily one of our party spoke fluent french, or otherwise this could have been a complete disaster...

(On a bright note all of the accommodation was very good and clean. And the hosts were superb - helpful, friendly, welcoming).

2. The route and topographic maps supplied were very poor quality photocopies. They made navigating very difficult. I strongly suggest either including proper trekking maps in the price of the trip or charge a small surplus to do so!

3. The route description booklet could/should be improved with additional photographs & details - especially for key landmarks and tricky intersections. Also I'm not convinced the distance estimates were accurate... Our own GPS devices reported that each day was longer than stated. For example the first day was supposed to be 11-12km but was in fact +15km.

While none of these issues ended up ruining the trip, they certainly made it more challenging for no good reason. Fortunately the beautiful countryside, delicious food and wine, and wonderful people we met along the way are what we will remember from our time walking across Corsica!

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Claudia Meloni, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Laura,

First I would like to thank you for taking time to give us your feedback.
We are happy you enjoyed the walks and the accomodations.

About the communication we gave you our Emergency number to reach us quickly.
About the accomodation this is surprising we always give the hotel list. At least Lorraine had it ?
We take into account your feedback about the route and topographic map to improve it.

Thank you !
Claudia

Walking in corsica, France - Jul 3 - Jul 6, 2019

Traveler: lorraine S. - Local specialist: Claudia Meloni

We trekked from Corte to Evisa over 4 days in July so the weather this year was hot- often in the mid 30's. It was usually a moderate walk with some hard areas so the beautiful cold swimming holes found in the streams were a very welcome site a couple of times a day and made all the difference to our hike. Without them the weather would have been far to hot to enjoy.
The distances covered were good for each day- although they were futher than indicated and so oftern excluding stop imte took... read more

We trekked from Corte to Evisa over 4 days in July so the weather this year was hot- often in the mid 30's. It was usually a moderate walk with some hard areas so the beautiful cold swimming holes found in the streams were a very welcome site a couple of times a day and made all the difference to our hike. Without them the weather would have been far to hot to enjoy.
The distances covered were good for each day- although they were futher than indicated and so oftern excluding stop imte took longer to cover. The beeer at the end of each day at the hotels went down well and fast!
Each hotel had its own charm and we very much enjoyed them.

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Claudia Meloni, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Lorraine,

Thank you for taking time to give us such a good review.
I am happy to see that you enjoyed your trip.
Maybe see you next time for your next trip !

Best regard,
Claudia

Don

The very best walks on corsica: 7 days, France - Jun 6 - Jun 12, 2019

Traveler: Don T. - Local specialist: Claudia Meloni

Overall a good trip. We had 2 drivers. One was English speaking - Emanuel. We enjoyed his knowledge and sense of humour. The other was Patrick whose English was less extensive. So we couldn't chat much to him unfortunately so we couldn't learn as much from him during our long drives.
Both drivers were nice people and very punctual and helpful.
We missed the train ride due to incorrect timetable information provided ( traveling on a public holiday) and that was a shame. However that hiccup... read more

Overall a good trip. We had 2 drivers. One was English speaking - Emanuel. We enjoyed his knowledge and sense of humour. The other was Patrick whose English was less extensive. So we couldn't chat much to him unfortunately so we couldn't learn as much from him during our long drives.
Both drivers were nice people and very punctual and helpful.
We missed the train ride due to incorrect timetable information provided ( traveling on a public holiday) and that was a shame. However that hiccup was quickly overcome and Emanuel drove us where we needed to be. We were very relieved about that.
Given the small cost of the boat trip we think that fare could have been included in the package with a voucher ( like the train voucher)
The Colonna hotel was fantastic. But it's a long way out of the centre. There was no shuttle and no taxi which is an issue. We suggest you lobby them for a shuttle service in the evenings early in the tourist season so guests can dine in the town centre. Or maybe the hotel could offer the use of some e-bikes?
The Calvi Hotel while adequate did not compare to the standards of the other two. We wonder whether a better 4 star hotel exists in town? For example there was no wifi operating for our entire stay
These are small details. Overall we enjoyed our trip and loved Corsica!

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Claudia Meloni, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Don,

Thank you very much for your nice review. We are very happy to learn that you enjoyed your Corsican walking Tour. We take into account your comments to improve our upcoming trips.

Maybe see you soon for your next trip !
Best regards,
Claudia

Cycle from bordeaux to toulouse - 9 days, France - May 1 - May 9, 2019

Traveler: Chirag M. - Local specialist: Claudia Meloni

We were not aware that we are creating permanent memories while having super fun.

Kimkim has organize perfect holidays and have selected our stay at the place where no indian has visited so far . It was our first time as a cycling tour and first time hosting any Indians .

Tour map was so precise that we have stopped viewing our google maps .

We can’t thank enough for the relaxing holidays .

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Claudia Meloni, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Chirag,

Thank you very much for your kind review. It was very pleasant talking with you and Ashish when planing your holiday. Our partners and I were very happy to welcome you.

You are welcome to visit us again anytime you want !
Best regards,
Claudia

Yael

The very best walks on corsica: 7 days, France - Oct 4 - Oct 13, 2018

Traveler: Yael Z. - Local specialist: Claudia Meloni

The trip was very well-planned according to our requests. Lodging was good to very good. The people who picked up our luggage for transfers were always extremely punctual and reliable. Our only issue had both a good and bad side. Arriving the first week in October meant that there were no crowds, less traffic, and it was easy to get into restaurants. The bad news was that many things were already closed for the season and were unavailable. One glaring example was that when we went to... read more

The trip was very well-planned according to our requests. Lodging was good to very good. The people who picked up our luggage for transfers were always extremely punctual and reliable. Our only issue had both a good and bad side. Arriving the first week in October meant that there were no crowds, less traffic, and it was easy to get into restaurants. The bad news was that many things were already closed for the season and were unavailable. One glaring example was that when we went to use our voucher for a boat transfer in St. Florent the water taxi had closed for the season. With great persistence and very little French we were able to arrange for a private boat to take us. Although we made sure that everything went as planned, I think it's important for others planning a trip at that time to know that it is definitely post-season and they should know in advance that many places will be closed. Also - I felt that some of the hikes were much more rigorous than described. In English there is a difference between a path (very well-groomed and generally flat) and a trail (well-marked but rougher terrain). The "paths" in St. Florent (along the coast) and Corté (in the mountains) were very rugged trails that, for me (65-yr. old woman) required walking sticks and a knee brace that I didn't bring. All in all, Corsica is a beautiful place and we thank Kim Kim for making our wonderful trip possible!

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Claudia Meloni, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Yael,

First I would like to thank you for this very good review that you gave us. I am glad you enjoyed your trip in Corsica and it was a real pleasure talking with you and organizing your trip.
About the period which was the end of the season and about the hikes more challenging than explained, I take your comments into account. So that I will better explain those points to the future travelers.
We will improve our agency thanks to your review, so thanks again and also thank you for being such nice travelers !

Best Regards,
Claudia
Europe Active team

Trip to italy, Italy - Sep 25 - Sep 27, 2018

Traveler: FELIX L. - Local specialist: Claudia Meloni

Had an amazing time on our short, self-guided bike trip through Tuscany. The area is beautiful, especially the stretch from the outskirts of Florence to Radda in Chianti. Lots of wineries with consistently good wine. Everything was well coordinated in terms of bike delivery, luggage transport, and hotel booking. Had some initial difficulty with the bikes and with navigation but everything went smoothly afterwards.

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Claudia Meloni, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Felix,

Thank you very much for taking time to give us such a nice review. I am very happy you enjoyed your stay ! You were a very kind traveler. Maybe see you next time for your next trip !

Best,
Claudia

Corsica cycling trip, France - Sep 14 - Sep 23, 2018

Traveler: Hans B. - Local specialist: Anthony Laplagne

Heidi and I truly enjoyed Corsica, the Corsican people, the cycling and the beaches! Anthony and his company did a fine job planning the trip and moving our gear along for us. They were very attentive and seemed to think of everything. We would do this trip all over again!

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Anthony Laplagne, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thanks Hans,
It was a pleasure having you here.
I wish Heidi and yourself all the best for the end of the year holidays and I hope to see you soon in Corsica.
Cheers,
Anthony

Corsica walk , France - Jun 7 - Jun 15, 2018

Traveler: martha k. - Local specialist: Anthony Laplagne

Hi we began from Corte, Hotel was in great location but rude staff on reception. Walk next day was excellent. Directions usually clear. Very friendly lady in Calacuccia with fresh roses in room. Tough to carry cases without a lift. Lovely walk to Castell Verghiu and great views from room. Very good meal. Another great walk though some of our party didn’t make the waterfall. The bridge isn’t there which should be more explicit in directions. Night in Evisa. The walk to Ota was beautiful and... read more

Hi we began from Corte, Hotel was in great location but rude staff on reception. Walk next day was excellent. Directions usually clear. Very friendly lady in Calacuccia with fresh roses in room. Tough to carry cases without a lift. Lovely walk to Castell Verghiu and great views from room. Very good meal. Another great walk though some of our party didn’t make the waterfall. The bridge isn’t there which should be more explicit in directions. Night in Evisa. The walk to Ota was beautiful and we had one of our best meals at Chez Felix. We walked down the road to Porto. Shame about overgrown path - could that be cleared? Hotel was great with stunning pool in eucalyptus forest. We took a boat trip after a tip from fellow walker - perhaps you should suggest that in the notes or even get a discount? Corse Adrenaline was good company in small boat. We didn’t find anywhere good to eat. Recommendations would have been helpful. The walk to Piana was tough in heavy rain. Les Roches Rouges was stunning with a very kind Patronne Mady. It is a way from the beach so a hire car might have been handy. We did another walk by ourselves to Capu Rossu. We ate at wonderful Italian called Le Hospiton about 6km away and then the hotel restaurant which was great. Overall we would have enjoyed more background detail in the directions eg date of the Genoese bridges, more on wildlife, possible diversions eg Ruines of Dispensa, restaurant tips. But this was a great trip.

Lorraine

Self-guided walking tour of provence, France - May 5 - May 16, 2018

Traveler: Lorraine L. - Local specialist: Anthony Laplagne

Anthony and then Aurelia were very responsive and prompt. I was very happy that they always responded quickly and completely to my questions. I felt it was a very personal and professional interaction. So Thank you!

Also, all of the arrangements for hotel check-in, restaurants, luggage transfer, and taxi transport were absolutely perfect. Everything went exactly to plan. Wherever we went we were immediately greeted as "WalkInn" and welcomed with smiles. It was wonderful to see... read more

Anthony and then Aurelia were very responsive and prompt. I was very happy that they always responded quickly and completely to my questions. I felt it was a very personal and professional interaction. So Thank you!

Also, all of the arrangements for hotel check-in, restaurants, luggage transfer, and taxi transport were absolutely perfect. Everything went exactly to plan. Wherever we went we were immediately greeted as "WalkInn" and welcomed with smiles. It was wonderful to see everything so well arranged.

We are also very grateful for the very, very prompt assistance that was provided when we misplaced our walking road book early in the walk. We believe that it was left at the Glanum site where someone quickly picked it up. One note here--we do not understand why we were initially given only one road book for the two of us. If we had had a second book, there would have been no problem! When we received the replacement, we were then given two booklets. Also, since we were not given the road book until we were leaving Avignon, we did not have access to any of those recommendations.

Our walks were really spectacular--both in Les Alpilles and the Luberon. Directions were good except for two things:
(1) the directions for Walk 1—Eastern Valleys and crests—should advise walkers that they might visit the Glanum ruins after they visit the Saint Paul de Mausole. Currently the option only lists the monastery. The walk then takes you away from the ruins. We had to circle back to the ruins after the walk when it would have made much more sense to see them before the rest of the walk.
(2) The only time the directions totally failed us was Walk 3—to l’Abbaye de Sénanque. We learned that other walkers with the same directions had problems with this, having to backtrack several times. The problem occurs when there is a reference to: “only 50m farther you reach the 2nd yellow hiking post with the same name: Abbaye de Sénanque. Here turn left and up a stone road La Pouraque.” There should be a direction that says to ignore the 1st yellow hiking post to the left in the parking lot and continue walking past the Eglise Abbataiale, Communauté, Hotellerie. We (and others) were very confused by the 1st yellow hiking post—since it was not referenced at all. We ended up taking an alternate path and walking up the paved road to reconnect with the directions at THE PASS. But we lost a lot of time trying to figure this out. And we learned that other walkers (on Country Walkers self-guided) had very similar experiences. So the directions should be fixed.

My sister and I fell in love with all of the locations where we stayed. The hotel in Avignon was very well situated and beautiful. Our hosts in St. Remy--Pierre and Armell--were particularly helpful and supportive. Breakfast there was the best. The most beautiful lodging was Le Mas de la Beaume in Gordes--absolutely spectacular! Wendy is a very caring and attentive hostess and the bedroom and in-suite bath are perfect. The hotel in Lourmarin is amusing with its modern, purple room and pictures of bathing beauties. They had by far the best linens and towels and, again, helpful staff. The Saint Cristophe in Aix gave us a great location and comfort. We did not like the hotel in Marsaille but it was a great location with very nice staff. The New Hotel's ground floor exterior appears to be burned out or something. Breakfast was sufficient but perfunctory. The reception area is just functional. Our room had someone else's clothes hanging in the bathroom and there were trash items on the floor that never got cleaned out while we were there.

The included dinners were all very special. Number 9 in Lourmarin was also a lot of fun. Our hostess at the Outsider in Gordes went out of her way to make us feel welcome when we arrived completely soaked from walking in a surprise thunderstorm. The rosé she recommended was the best we had in the two weeks.

Gordes, Les Baux, Lacoste are all so lovely. In Lourmarin we walked back to our hotel at night under the most beautiful cobalt blue night sky. We really loved St. Remy, especially on market day.

Self-guided walking tour of provence, France - May 5 - May 16, 2018

Traveler: Denise P. - Local specialist: Anthony Laplagne

My sister planned this trip through kimkim. We enjoyed a fabulous walking trip of Provence, taking in the great wildflowers, the landscapes, the dining and friendly Provencal people. Our hosts at the various hotels were superb. Heather at Hôtel Cloître St Louis in Avignon was very helpful with tips and reserved a table for us at L'Epicerie where the staff was excellent and the food top notch. The hotel is beautiful and amenities spot on. At Hôtel Sous les Figuiers in St Remy-de-Provence,... read more

My sister planned this trip through kimkim. We enjoyed a fabulous walking trip of Provence, taking in the great wildflowers, the landscapes, the dining and friendly Provencal people. Our hosts at the various hotels were superb. Heather at Hôtel Cloître St Louis in Avignon was very helpful with tips and reserved a table for us at L'Epicerie where the staff was excellent and the food top notch. The hotel is beautiful and amenities spot on. At Hôtel Sous les Figuiers in St Remy-de-Provence, Pierre and Armelle went above and beyond to assist us. What a lovely setting to start our exploration of the area. Wendy at Le Mas de la Beaume was also very attentive and helpful. Hôtel Bastide de Lourmarin did not have an elevator which presented a bit of a problem with our heavy luggage but one of the staff (I did not get her name) jumped to our aid and brought luggage up and down for us. For our additional stays at Saint Christophe Hotel in Aix-en-Provence, we again found very helpful staff and comfortable room.
We were a bit disappointed with the New Hotel Vieux Port in Marseilles. The staff was helpful, the room was comfortable but it seems that management has allowed the property to deteriorate a bit into shabbiness. However, it was close to the spots we wanted to visit and we enjoyed our stay in this exciting city.
We did have an issue with the walking directions near the Sénanque Abbey. We had to improvise and we heard from other walkers with similar directions that the instructions are confusing. My sister will probably tell you more about this.
I also think that it would have helped if each walker was presented with the walking guide at the beginning of the tour or, even better, if the instructions had been sent to us prior to the trip.

Corsica tour, France - Apr 21 - Apr 28, 2018

Traveler: Lynn G. - Local specialist: Anthony Laplagne

We were very pleased with our trip to Corsica. Anthony planned the itinerary, including hotels, trains and route notes for walks in the areas we were staying. Aurelia completed the bookings for the trip. We loved Corsica and felt that we got a good overview of the island. Our information included recommended walks with route notes. We loved hiking in the different areas. The weather was perfect everyday. I highly recommend the train through the mountains. And end of April was the ideal... read more

We were very pleased with our trip to Corsica. Anthony planned the itinerary, including hotels, trains and route notes for walks in the areas we were staying. Aurelia completed the bookings for the trip. We loved Corsica and felt that we got a good overview of the island. Our information included recommended walks with route notes. We loved hiking in the different areas. The weather was perfect everyday. I highly recommend the train through the mountains. And end of April was the ideal time to visit with very few tourists compared to summer and blue skies, wild flowers, scenic views everywhere and helpful hosts at the hotels. Thankyou KIMKIM for helping us have a wonderful trip.