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“Our only adventure travel company since 1985!!! We come back because of the quality of the guides and the recognition that some people, like us, want to be challenged physically with big hikes, not to mention spectacular scenery. We also appreciate R-W’s continuing effort to explore new areas, so that the hiking and scenery never get stale. We also have found that, perhaps because of the rigor of the hiking, we always meet active hikers who are very compatible, and who, like us, enjoy ending the day at an excellent hotel with first-rate food and wine.”
Don WareMontenegro Trek
“We love R-W! After 14 trips (and nearly 30 yrs.) we feel connected to the company and its people, many of which I call my friends. R-W’s long history has amassed wonderful contacts that allow its clients to be in places (i.e., lodgings) that competing companies cannot offer. I ALWAYS have a good time on R-W trips.”
Biff JohnsonGuided Cotswolds Way
“The scenery and walking were amazing. We loved walking through three different countries. Every stop along the way was beautiful–whether a picnic or a stop at a refuge for cafe or lunch–it was more lovely than could be imagined. The trails surrounded by flowers and the views of the mountains were stunning. We loved meeting people on the trails and greeting them. It was a good challenge in terms of walking, and the views, the scenery were simply spectacular. All three guides were friendly and knowledgeable, gracious and kind. At every stopping point we learned about the history and culture of the area from Daniel. Daniel was funny, charming and informative. I found it hard to believe that Terese was doing the TMB for the first time as she knew every part of the trail and the trip. Terese was so nice and easy to talk with and super patient–we were a bit slow at times and Terese waited patiently several times on the way up. Branford was equally friendly and just wonderful to have on the hike. Daniel not only provided translations and explanations, he taught us how to ask for what we needed. It was wonderful to have some hiking options–one day we took a lower trail with Terese that was just stunning and avoided another hard climb. We had enough “alone-time” hiking as well as “group-time” hiking. It was wonderful to go at a slower pace and truly be able to soak in the scenery, identify the flowers and peaks. The guides, particularly Daniel were great about assessing our needs and wants for the hikes by providing useful information about options. Lucian had some knee discomfort on the descents and Daniel showed him that standing backwards on the trail for a bit could relieve that discomfort. At one point I landed both feet in a stream, jumped out quickly with wet boots, but happily not soaked through. Soon after came another water crossing, wider and faster than the first–Branford gave me a hand so I would not fall in a second time. Daniel, Terese and Branford were all wonderful.”
Ann Marie LipinskyTour du Mont Blac
“This was a spectacular trek, surely made extra special in the presence of two outstanding and fun-loving guides, Ken and Mike. I loved the opportunity to trek in three different countries and I was constantly in awe of the breathtaking scenery and the staggering views, particularly the last two days as we headed to Argentiere and Chamonix. It was so much fun to trek through snow on most days and I loved that the hikes were so varied, going from a larch forest to a high mountain pass in a short period of time. I, personally, love the group experience and it was terrific having young people in the group, as they added such great energy and were so much fun to be with. I so enjoyed conversations with them on the trails. I love the way in which Kenny, who’s so comfortable speaking three languages, so easily mingles with locals, wherever we were. It made the experience so much more culturally rewarding. I ended this trip on such a high that I promised myself that I would make sure that someday my children and grandchildren might also have this experience!”
Ann Fay LawtonTour du Mont Blanc
“Just wanted to let you know what a fabulous time we had on our hiking tour. From beginning to end, it could not have been better. The hotels were amazing as was the food every where we went. But best of all, as you said, Dave and Lyn are indeed extraordinary people. They were by far some of the best guides we have ever had! They made sure we were all happy and showed us some of the best views Italy has to offer. It was a sheer pleasure to get to spend our vacation with such personable, professional people. What a top notch team! Thank you again for providing us with such a wonderful experience! We can’t wait for our next trip!”
Pamela PricePrivate Italian Dolomites Trek
“We had such an amazing experience with your Appenzell Hut Hopping that thought the Italian Dolomites for 2016. Your company is the best! I think about a year ahead on these european trips.”
Carole ChancellorSelf Guided Appenzell Hut Hop
“Thanks so much for making our seventh Ryder-Walker trip one of our best. We liked the contrast between the Pays Basque and the Haute Pyrenees. The scenery up to, and down from, the hut was spectacular. Great hiking with you.”
Jim and Sarah SnyderPays Basque and Pyrenees Trek
“I wanted to thank you all but especially our wonderful guides for a spectacular and memorable vacation to the Engadine this summer. I cannot put in to words how much we truly enjoyed ourselves. Our wonderful guides who were entertaining, knowledgeable and great company. It is obvious that Ken has a long established relationship with the locals. We had a cohesive group of people, so much so, that as you know, we have all booked a trip together for next summer. The scenery was spectacular, the inns were impeccable and the food was first class. There is not a thing I would tell you to change. Thank you to Terese and Eileen who managed to answer all my question and provide personalized service. We look forward to yearly trips with Ryder Walker over the coming years. We will be skiing in Telluride over super bowl weekend and hope to come by and meet all of you. A big thank you.”
Susan and Brent Yoder Engadine Trek
“This trip is ridiculously awesome and will totally write you guys great reviews when we get home. I think I just had one of the best dinners in my life tonight. Thank you for organizing this trip. You guys rock!”
AndySelf Guided Tour du Mont Blanc
“What an wonderful trip! Organizing a trip through your group has spoiled me for the rest of my life….I can’t imagine going hiking overseas without your help now!”
Dr. David HomerSelf Guided Cotswolds Way and Rob Roy Way
“A big THANK YOU to Ryder-Walker! I don’t think that we could have found a better organized hiking trip to the Alps, Switzerland. Hiking the stunning mountains, following the provided trail map with a destination of our overnight Berggasthaus was simply incredible. Our trip involved 5 days/nights of hiking, eating, drinking and memories never forgotten. We would recommend (and do) this type of trip to anyone and look forward to booking a trip with you in the near future again.”
Russell and AngelinaSelf Guided Appenzell Hut Hop
“We have taken 3 guided tours with Ryder Walker and have used Ryder Walker for 2 self guided tours. We have found their guides to be specialists in the area. They know what makes a region unique and they know the personal touches that make a trip special. They offer a comprehensive package of materials. The relationships that Ryder Walker has established with the management of the hotels and country inns results in the highest level of hospitality to us.”
Sandra and Ted JosephSlovenia Triglav Circuit