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The gates that once marked the Iron Curtain are now permanently open

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Danube Cycleway - Cycling Through History

Choose to enjoy the Danube Cycleway and not only will you experience some incredible scenery and fairly easy cycling on this 2987km route but you will journey through some momentous historical landmarks. Mike Wells explains more...

Karavanke

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Where in the world is the Karavanke?

One of the many joys of working here at Cicerone​ is being surrounded by amazing photos and guidebooks of great places to go for a walk. With new projects always ongoing to unspoilt, beautiful and relatively unknown mountains regions, there's just one problem...where in the world are they?

Travel updates

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Coronavirus restrictions: travel update information

The situation regarding travel is continuously developing and changing. Here are the most reliable and up-to-date sources of information that are available to help you plan ahead. Remember that there may be restrictions for both entering AND returning from different countries, and additional documentation may be needed.

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Whinge along with me

Kev Reynolds is famous among walkers and trekkers as one of the most prolific guidebook writers of all time (maybe). As a 'vulnerable' person he is limited to walking around his small garden and he's gone completely stir-crazy. Here he expresses his frustrations through poetry so please, whinge along with him!

Trekking in the Himalayan foothills

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The joy of walking

Kev Reynolds has been reflecting on why he fell in love with walking many, many years ago and, despite only being allowed to walk circuits of his miniature garden, he is still daydreaming of walking holidays.

Shorter Walks in the Dolomites

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Shorter Walks in the Dolomites

50 varied day walks in the mountains

£13.46

Guidebook to day walks in the Italian Dolomites. The 50 graded walks range from short leisurely strolls to full-day high mountain expeditions, each designed to fit into a single day. The Dolomites are an ideal walking destination from June to September, and can easily be reached from Verona, Treviso, Venice and Innsbruck airports.

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Hidden Gem - Trekking in the Silvretta and Rätikon Alps

Our Hidden Gem of the Month is Trekking in the Silvretta and Rätikon Alps, chosen by Lesley. It's a beautiful area which deserves to be more well-known. However, for the people that do know the area, the Silvretta and Rätikon Alps is a hidden gem.

A Walk in the Clouds

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A Walk in the Clouds

75 short stories of adventures among the mountains of the world

£7.77

This book is a moving collection of 75 autobiographical short stories from prolific outdoors writer Kev Reynolds, an insight into a lifetime of mountain travel and adventure. These tales are spread across the Moroccan Atlas, Pyrenees, European Alps, Himalaya amongst other destinations, and will leave you by turns amused, reflective and inspired.

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Bart Jordans

Bart Jordans has been guiding and exploring treks and trekking peaks in the Himalaya, Karakoram, Hindu Kush, European Alps and on Kilimanjaro since 1984. Originally from the Netherlands, he lived in Bhutan for over four years and in Vietnam for two. He caught the bug for mountain activities early in life on annual family visits to the Alps. Bart is now a freelance trekking guide for several well-known companies. When not in the mountains he works in the outdoor gear business and writes articles on the mountains of Bhutan, for which he is a noted expert.

Trekking in the Dolomites

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Trekking in the Dolomites

Alta Via 1 and Alta Via 2 with Alta Via 3 - 6 in outline

£15.26

Trekking guidebook for walking Alta Via routes 1 and 2 across the Italian Dolomites. The 120km AV1 is described over 11 day stages and is ideal for beginners to Alpine long-distance walking, whereas the AV2 covers 160km in 13 days and is more strenuous and technical. The more demanding AV3-6 routes are described in outline.

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Ski-touring in the Adamello-Ortler

The European Alps form a natural border. Whichever way you turn military history, both ancient and modern, casts a shadow across the landscape. As a former army officer now working full time as a Mountain Guide in the Alps, Tania Noakes’ fascination with it has deepened.

The Danube by numbers

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The Danube by numbers

The Danube is a remarkably long river and following it from source to the sea makes for a largely easy cycle ride on, usually, very well maintained and signed paths. The history of the areas passed through are fascinating and diverse. Here, we take a quick look at the Danube by numbers and what you might expect if you followed the Danube Cycleway.

The Rhine Cycle Route with a Cicerone Guide

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The Rhine Cycle Route: from source to sea

The Rhine Cycle Route, passing through six countries, is a delightful journey and one that continues to inspire Mike Wells, author of the Cicerone Press guidebook. In this blog post, Mike Wells explains a little about the route and the river itself.

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Via Ferrata in the Italian Dolomites

Climbing a via ferrata in the Italian Dolomites in the Cortina d'Ampezzo region, close to the Tre Cime (Drei Zinnen). Dan Aspel, a freelance journalist and Mountain Leader, is convinced that – for sheer mountain delight – nothing beats a short break climbing the ‘iron ways’ of Italy’s coral mountains.

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Snowshoeing in the Engadine

For those who wish to enjoy the serenity of winter mountain landscapes away from the bustle of the main downhill skiing centres, the Engadine in south-east Switzerland is nirvana.

The blue skies and sunshine that accompanied us out of London sadly abandoned us once we reached the Kent Coast. Here, we had a week of paddling into gale force winds and poor visibility.

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Kayaking across the Continent

In April 2018, Anna Blackwell and Kate Culverwell set out to tandem kayak from London to the Black Sea in Romania, a distance of over 4000km through 11 countries and five capital cities across Europe. The expedition, which took five months, saw the two girls overcome storms, illness, broken kit and busy industrial rivers to have the time of their lives.

On Top Of The  Tux  Alps

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Trekking from Munich to Venice: Der Traumpfad

Der Traumpfad is a must-do trek for German walkers looking for an epic trans-alpine adventure between Munich and Venice, combining challenging terrain, spectacular scenery and culture. Now, thanks to a new guide by John Hayes it’s accessible to everyone.

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My first Cicerone guides

Good advice has always been central to Cicerone's guidebooks and, as they celebrate 50 years as a leading light in the outdoor world, nothing has changed, says Andy Hodges

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Cycling in the Yorkshire Dales: Five years on

It is five years since Cycling in the Yorkshire Dales was first published. Its author, Harry Dowdell, considers what changes have taken place in the Dales and the world of cycling in that time.

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Valley deep, mountain high: A journey towards the International Mountain Leader Award

For those wishing to trek the world's mountains, the highest standard of leadership is the International Mountain Leader Award, which a number of Cicerone writers hold. Andy Hodges, author of Mountain Adventures in the Maurienne, has been working towards it since 2011, and in March 2018 it was time for his final summer assessment. For those wishing to travel independently, Cicerone guidebooks...