From across the aquamarine waves, their call can be heard for thousands of leagues. Ulysses surely wasn’t the first to hear their sound as he crossed the Adriatic, Aegean, and Tyrrhenian seas on his Odyssey, but he definitely was a notable visitor – Sicily’s Aeolian islands, home of the sirens. When speaking of Sicily, or the Aeolian Islands, it is also impossible to go without speaking ...

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From across the aquamarine waves, their call can be heard for thousands of leagues. Ulysses surely wasn’t the first to hear their sound as he crossed the Adriatic, Aegean, and Tyrrhenian seas on his Odyssey, but he definitely was a notable visitor – Sicily’s Aeolian islands, home of the sirens. When speaking of Sicily, or the Aeolian Islands, it is also impossible to go without speaking ...

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Retreat in time to another era and a place far away: the enchanted En River Valley. Time forgotten 17th C. villages with their fascinating architecture cling to the hillsides and numerous ruins and a castle mark the valley’s importance through the medieval period and Hapsburg Empire. Above the valley the peaks of the Silvretta, Lischana, and Bernina ranges soar. This trek follows the length of ...

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Note: Our hiking itinerary for 2018 is completely different than the one listed below. We’ll publish the new details soon. Please call or email us for more details. 

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Towers of vertical limestone tinged pink in the evening light loom above the rolling, green meadows and intriguing castles, ruins and onion-domed church steeples of the villages below in the enchanting Alto Adige region of Northern Italy. The Dolomites are one of the earth’s most dramatic ranges and a paradise for hikers who come to enjoy the startling, vertical topography as well as the ...

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Lose yourself in Appenzell, a unique corner of Switzerland where airy mountain trails, punctuated by steel cables and iron pegs to aid the hiker, lead you through a world of striking landforms, traditional Swiss hamlets, and well-appointed mountain houses that are never more than a day’s walk apart. Beginning in the quirky and colorful village of Appenzell, this 6-day point-to-point hiking tour ...

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Majestic snow-capped peaks; golden aspen leaves; rolling alpine meadows; tumbling waterfalls and charming Victorian hotels beckon you to explore the Maroon Bells, Elk Range and San Juan Mountains of Colorado, home of Ryder-Walker Alpine Adventures. From bubbling hot springs and historic hotels, to scenic hikes and colorful towns, the Rocky Mountains offer an authentic flavor of the American ...

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In Morocco, the Atlas Mountains rise against the burnt-orange sunset, violet rays radiating across the wide desert plateaus, bleached white beaches, and pastel medieval buildings. As you walk across the sand, through the busy markets bustling with wild sounds, colors, and smells, through small mountain hamlets seemingly carved into the peaks, you can feel the antiquity of the land beneath your feet. ...

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See fairtytale Germany spring to life before your eyes during this 8-day hiking tour through Germany’s Bavarian Tyrol. Beginning just outside of Munich, and hiking westward to Garmisch-Partenkirchen, you’ll experience the rugged mountains, sparkling lakes, and quiet villages that make this one of Germany’s most beloved regions. Hiking along high mountain footpaths, mellow farmroads, and sinuous ...

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Charming glimpses of the active Bernese pastoral culture, villages of Swiss perfection, and high mountain passes beneath ice blue glaciers all conspire to make a route that epitomizes Swiss trekking and justify the fame of the mountain scenery of the Jungfrau region. Our self-guided traverse through Switzerland’s most classic terrain, the Berner Oberland Traverse, is a fabulous introduction to ...

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Charming glimpses of the active Bernese pastoral culture, villages of Swiss perfection, and high mountain passes beneath ice blue glaciers all conspire to make a route that epitomizes Swiss trekking and justify the fame of the mountain scenery of the Jungfrau region. Our self-guided traverse through Switzerland’s most classic terrain, the Berner Oberland Trek, is a fabulous introduction to ...

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Let the sirens tempt you with captivating coastlines, sapphire waters and a laid-back Italian lifestyle that the locals call “tranquillo.” It is no coincidence that Homer chose Capri and the Amalfi Coast as the home for his fabled sirens in the epic taleThe Odyssey. Once you experience the enchanting life of southern Italy’s Sorrentine Peninsula, you’ll never want to return home ...

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Update* Due to Bhutan’s current hydropower project, the hiking route and camps along the Chomolhari Trek have unfortunately become compromised. At this time we are no longer offering this trek. Please inquire about our two other treks taking place in Asia: Annapurna and Nepal: The Forbidden Kingdon of Mustang, May 7 – 24, 2017 and India: Markha Valley Trek, April 23 – May 4, ...

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Enchanting, or perhaps intoxicating, might be the best words to describe Italy’s Cinque Terre region hugging the Italian Riviera. Spoil yourself in this UNESCO World Heritage Site where the rocky coast and green hills meet the cobalt sea. Authentic Ligurian Coast cuisine and wine swoon you, friendly locals engage you, while incredibly unique hiking along a dramatic coastline complemented by a ...

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The Dolomites are among the most stunning mountains on earth. The soaring golden and gray hued limestone towers are a magnet for mountain lovers and photographers alike. In morning and evening alpenglow sets these spires ablaze in wildly colored pinks and purples. Contrast this with the brilliant green meadows from which these towers emanate and you find the elements that make for an unforgettable ...

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Rugged cliffs, crystalline bays, and tranquil coves with tucked-away fishing villages and beautiful beaches are just a few of the highlights of this nine-day inn-to-inn hiking tour along Spain’s Costa Brava on the Mediterranean Sea. Costa Brava literally means rugged, or ‘wild’, coast, but don’t let the name or the abrupt cliffs and cactus-lined trails frighten you. With medieval castles, ...

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Quintessential England is, perhaps, the best way to describe the Cotswolds of west-central England. Peaceful villages welcome travelers with warm stone cottages and intimate B&B’s. Winding country lanes, cobblestoned and lined with dry-stone walls, guide explorers through a tapestry of quiet tearooms and cozy pubs. Stately hedgerows divide a fanciful realm of rolling hillsides and mysterious ...

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Surrender to the magic of Croatia. With postcard-perfect villages, limestone summits rising from the sea, and 1,000 picturesque islands floating peacefully in the azure waters of the Adriatic, you’ll quickly discover why the locals refer to their homeland as “The Mediterranean the way it used to be.” Our 8-day hiking tour of Croatia begins in the tiny seaside village of Makarska, noted for its ...

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Welcome to Croatia! Azure, cobalt, indigo— our 8 day self guided Croatia hiking tour is a celebration of blue skies and pristine waters. The villages are immaculate and the bustle of the beaches and exceptional restaurants enchanting. The red tiled roofs coupled with the crystal clear sea is pure magic. Most travelers will want to begin their Croatian adventure by arriving in Split. Split enjoys a ...

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The Dingle Peninsula is the Ireland that we dream about on St. Patrick’s Day. Rugged coastlines and windswept hills give way to unspoiled villages and cozy B&Bs. Sheep graze contentedly while the sounds of Irish ditties spill from local pubs and into the surrounding countryside. The Dingle Way explores this ancient corner of Ireland during a 12-day tour. The trip begins in the heart of ...

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The soaring limestone spires of the Dolomites make a stunning backdrop for a number of quaint villages, expansive mountain meadows, or alps, and a highly developed trail system. The region is culturally diverse, and on this self-guided tour you will visit the German speaking Tyrolean villages in Val Gardena with their onion-domed chapels, Corvara in the Ladin speaking Alte Badia, and the busy alpine ...

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Towers of vertical limestone, tinged pink in the evening light, loom above the rolling green meadows and intriguing castles, ruins and onion-domed church steeples of the Alto Adige region in northern Italy. This may be the most beautiful mountain region on earth, regularly attracting photographers and mountain enthusiasts enamored of the incredible light and topography of the range. The Dolomites are ...

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Unlock the mysteries of the Brenta Dolomites, Italy’s westernmost extremity of rugged limestone peaks. Bordered by the Swiss Alps to the west and the Austrian Alps to the north, the Brenta mountains tower above celebrity-studded Lake Garda and its lesser known, but equally spectacular, Lago di Molveno. Similar to the rest of the Dolomites range that stretches across northeastern Italy, the ...

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Unlock the mysteries of the Brenta Dolomites, Italy’s westernmost extremity of rugged limestone peaks. Bordered by the Swiss Alps to the west and the Austrian Alps to the north, the Brenta mountains tower above celebrity-studded Lake Garda and its lesser known, but equally spectacular, Lago di Molveno. Similar to the rest of the Dolomites range that stretches across northeastern Italy, the Brenta ...

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Most feel this is the Alps ‘ most classic route. Charming glimpses of the active Bernese pastoral culture, villages of Swiss perfection, and high mountain passes beneath ice blue glaciers all conspire to make a route that epitomizes Swiss trekking and justify the fame of the mountain scenery of the Jungfrau region. A traverse through Switzerland ‘s most classic terrain, this traverse of ...

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The Bernese Oberland in central Switzerland is one of the most stunning mountain ranges on earth. High, glaciated peaks and vertical rock walls ascend thousands of feet above tumbling waterfalls, pristine valleys, and flower-filled meadows sporting the world’s happiest cows. Our nine-day hiking tour begins on the west side of the Berner Oberland in the fashionable resort village of Gstaad. Hiking ...

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The Engadine is one of Switzerland’s most enchanting and intriguing regions. Cute storybook villages, delicious food, welcoming inns, and hiking trails for every skill level entice the avid hiker. For those who enjoy a little magic, the medieval castles, ancient Roman settlements, and an official language called Romansh lend an air of mystery and wonder. We know that you’ll love this trip ...

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Everyone at Ryder/Walker feels that the Engadine is among the most beautiful places on the planet.  Combine the physical beauty of the mountains with the culture and color of the villages and you have an experience awaiting you that should not be missed.  We have been offering many varieties of trips throughout the Engadine and surrounding regions for decades. We thought it would be exciting to ...

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This self-guided inn-to-inn hiking tour covers the length of the Swiss Inn River Valley from near the Austrian border to that of Italy. Staying in the most charming villages and quaint inns, you will hike from the gentler terrain of the lower Engadine with its quaint old villages, through the upper Engadine with its majestic, glaciated peaks and into the wild and dramatic Val Bregaglia with the ...

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This week long inn-to-inn hiking tour covers the length of the Inn River Valley from near the Austrian border to that of Italy. Staying in the most charming villages and quaint inns, you will pass from the gentler terrain of the lower Engadine with its quaint old villages, through the upper Engadine with its majestic, glaciated peaks and into the wild and dramatic Val Bregaglia with the soaring ...

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The world famous Haute Route crosses the highest mountain range in Western Europe, the Pennine Alps, and links the Mont Blanc region in France with the rugged Canton Valais in southwestern Switzerland. Starting in the bustling alpine center of Chamonix, France, beneath the mighty massif of Europe’s highest summit, Mont Blanc (15,781 feet), the trail crosses eastward into Switzerland and finishes in ...

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This self-guided trek links the villages of the Mont Blanc region and the western Swiss Valais, crossing through the highest mountain range in western Europe, the Pennine Alps. You will hike through two distinct cultural regions, the French speaking and German speaking Alps. Starting in the bustling alpine center of Chamonix, France beneath the dramatic flanks of Europe’s highest summit, Mont ...

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Step into Patagonia, a land of vast steppe grasslands, rugged and beautiful coastlines, endless foothills, and forests of indigenous trees. Patagonia’s lakes and rivers sparkle with infinite hues of blue while the massive volcanoes and jagged granite peaks of the Andean cordillera (the longest continental mountain range in world) rise abruptly against the skyline. It is no secret that Patagonia ...

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Enchanting, or perhaps intoxicating, might be the best words to characterize the Julian Alps of Slovenia. Tom Longstaff, a renowned climber and president of the Alpine Club in London once wrote, “(The Julian Alps) have become for me, after forty years’ devotion to mountain scenery, the most desirable of all mountains…Triglav reigns over a dreamworld, sundered from time, full of unbelievable ...

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Moderate inn to inn hikes link the fabled villages of the Jungfrau region in this quick tour for those with other stops on their European itinerary. Starting in the the booming alpine center of Interlaken, this loop explores the Lauterbrunnen valley with its cascading waterfalls, and visits sleepy Murren, the busy alpine center of Grindelwald, beneath the impressive north face of the Eiger and the ...

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If Lake Como, Italy is best known for its lavish villas, authentic Italian cuisine and romantic lakeside views, then its best kept secret is the surrounding mountains and the myriad hiking trails that explore them. Glacially carved over 10,000 years ago, and forming the shape of an upside-down Y, Lake Como offers remote and beautiful day hikes, exquisite accommodations, and a sumptuous taste of ...

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Journey to the summit of the world, Ladakh, India-—the Himalaya’s last frontier. Unlike its neighbors, Ladakh has a long history of peace and prosperity. Its Monasteries, temples, villages and customs remain intact and await, and invite, our exploration. Ladakh rests on the western end of the Himalaya and is comprised of four mountain ranges, the Great Himalaya, Zanskar, Ladakh and the ...

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Highest mountains in Western Europe, the Pennine Alps offer hikers an opportunity to explore a spectacular alpine world. This itinerary starts and finishes beneath the Matterhorn, one of the most iconic peaks in the world. The tour also circumnavigates the Monte Rosa, the highest mountain in Switzerland and the second highest peak in Western Europe. The Tour Monte Rosa has become a much sought after ...

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Mont Blanc is an icon, much more than a mountain. Huge enough and complex enough to always have something to offer cutting edge alpinists since the 1700’s. And lucky for the rest of us it is so big and strategically placed on the French, Italian and Swiss border that it is visible from the higher peaks of every Alpine country in Western Europe, Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland and France. ...

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Montenegro, the “Black Mountain.” The very name evokes a sense of mystery and intrigue in a far-away place. Tucked neatly into the Adriatic Coast, this fascinating gem has it all—sapphire colored lagoons; rugged mountain peaks; an extraordinary coastline; fjords and deep canyons; breath-taking flora, abundant wildlife and elegant seaside villages with architecture reminding visitors of Venice. ...

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Swiss perfection is embodied in the world famous Jungfrau region, the very heart of the Swiss Alps, and hiking beneath the dramatic glaciated peaks of the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau lures mountain enthusiasts from around the world. Picture postcard views surround you in every direction, and the fabulous system of lifts, cable cars and funiculars makes hiking in this lofty region accessible for families ...

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Immerse yourself in an ancient corner of France known as the Pays Basque and the Pyrenees. Desended from Western Europe’s first inhabitants, the Basque people will enchant you with delicious food, colorful villages, and a mysterious dialect that is uniquely their own. Rugged, deep, and rivaling the Alps in grandeur and terrain, the Pyreneen mountain ranges will beguile you with their wild, ...

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Experience souleu e terraire, ‘the soul of the terrain’, as you walk amongst vineyards, historic villages and the famous lavender fields that characterise the Vaucluse region of Provence, France . You will enjoy a great combination of countryside walking through farms, vineyards, and orchards while rambling along herb-scented hillsides toward golden-hued villages. Provence’s landscape ...

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There is no place on earth like the desert canyonlands of Southeast Utah. Petrified sand, sculpted by the forces of weather and time, provides the medium that gives life to whimsical rock formations, precipitous cliffs, natural stone arches and serpentine canyons. People from all over the world travel to this unique place to witness the play of light on naturally formed rock sculptures with names like ...

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Walk in the footsteps of one of Scotland’s most brilliant outdoorsmen, legendary outlaws, and greatest heroes – Rob Roy McGregor. Through green meadows, along the coasts of sapphire lochs and across the feet of snow-capped Munros (peaks over 3,000 feet), you will walk as he did during this nine day hiking tour through a beautiful region of the Scottish Highlands called the Trossachs. Your trek is ...

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Walk in the footsteps of one of Scotland’s most legendary outdoorsmen and greatest heros – Rob Roy McGregor. Through green meadows, along the coasts of sapphire lochs and across the feet of wind-swept Munros (peaks over 3,000 feet), you will walk as he did during this nine day hiking tour through a beautiful region of the Scottish Highlands called the Trossachs. Who was Rob Roy? Rob Roy MacGregor ...

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Our Arches & Canyonlands hiking tour begins in Sedona, Arizona, a town with an established reputation for exquisite dining, inspired art galleries and a plethora of outdoor activities. By day, you’ll explore an enchanting desert landscape, hiking one of the many backcountry trails that spiderweb throughout the region. By night, you’ll relax your sun-tanned body, with wine in hand, at ...

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This Going Easy Slovenia hiking tour is a gentler version of our 8 day Slovenia Triglav Circuit and features three nights in the village of Ukanc and two nights each in the villages of Bled and Kranjska Gora. The hiking schedule is more relaxed with extra time for sightseeing and general enjoyment of Slovenia’s infinite treasures. You’ll also have luggage access during every night of the ...

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This self- guided trek links the Swiss villages of the hiker’s haute route and allows simpler logistics, a shorter hiking time and a grand finish along a high level route into Saas Fee. You will cross the Valais by a number of high passes and connect a number of small villages with their blackened timber houses and slate roofs while enjoying outstanding views of the Pennine alps, including the ...

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Welcome to the Cotswolds, an area of southwestern England which is famous for its gently sloping green hills and ancient, picture-postcard towns and villages. The term originates from Cod, meaning thirteenth century Anglo Saxon land owner and Wold, meaning area of high land – hence Cod-Wold, or Cotswolds. It is the largest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in the country, and its ...

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Feel the burn in your legs as our expert team of bergfuhrers takes you mountain hopping across the undiscovered peaks of eastern Switzerland. Beginning in the picturesque village of Zuoz, you’ll spend eight days summiting the many mid-height, un-glaciated mountain peaks that the Engadine region is famous for. Hike to the mountaintops by day, and bed down in the region’s quintessentially Swiss inns ...

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Mustang, an isolated kingdom in Nepal, forbidden to outsiders for centuries, faces a crossroads. The recent completion of a motorable road along the historic caravan route threatens to change this remarkable area, for good and bad, but also forever. Now is your chance to step back in time and follow the ancient caravan route through summer nomad camps and isolated villages to the last intact walled ...

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Brilliant blue lakes, lush meadowlands, and hundreds of limestone peaks with cascading glaciers are the hallmarks of our eight-day hiking tour through the Salzkammergut region of Salzburg, Austria. While the history runs deep in the Salzkammergut, with evidence of human habitation going back 7,000 years, it is the blend of spectacular mountain scenery and impeccable Austrian inn keeping that makes the ...

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This is an exploration of the Lake District found around Salzburg, one of Europe’s most amazing cities. The Dachstein is the northernmost high limestone range in the Alps. It is characterized by beautiful verdant valleys, brilliant blue lakes, and towering peaks with cascading glaciers. These attributes earned it recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The villages have been inhabited in some ...

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Escape from the crowds as you as you explore the Lofoten archipelago, a rugged island chain lying 122 miles north of the Arctic Circle. Bathed by the light of the midnight sun, and rising out of the Norwegian Sea like a fortress wall, the 4,000-foot granite peaks of Lofoten will mesmerize you with their craggy summits, lovely jade meadows, and unforgettable views of Norway’s sparkling ...

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Immense glaciers and endless fjords, unspoiled wilderness areas waiting to be explored, clean icy seas where whales surface, volcanic cliffs with one of the biggest bird colonies in the northern hemisphere, geysers, active volcanoes and ancient fishing villages – Iceland’s cinematic beauty is simply overwhelming. Beginning in Iceland’s progressive capital, Reykjavik, our trip leaders will whisk ...

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A sweet, laid back Italian way of life blends with the beauty of the Swiss Alps in the sun-drenched Italian speaking part of Switzerland known as Ticino. With 2,500 average hours of sunlight per year, you’re sure to find blue skies and sparkling waters during this 8-day Ticino Swiss Lakes District hiking tour. One of the great charms of the Ticino is the region’s culture, a mix of Italian ...

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For those who want to hike the Tour du Mont Blanc, but have a limted amount of time, we offer the Tour du Mont Blanc Vitesse. Vitesse means “speed” in French, and this shortened TMB itinerary covers the greatest highlights of our standard itinerary in five hiking days instead of eight. Our abbreviated TMB begins in Courmayeur, Italy, hikes around the east side of Mont Blanc, and finishes ...

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Mont Blanc and the surrounding mountains. This photo was taken while hiking the Tour du Mont Blanc with Ryder-Walker Alpine Adventures.

Hike across the borders of France, Italy and Switzerland during our ten-day Tour du Mont Blanc. Taking advantage of some little-known variations to the standard route, we’ll lead you from the mountain-chic cafés of Chamonix, to remote mountain hamlets en route to Courmayeur, Italy. Our gracious host will welcome you to her cozy chalet in Champex, Switzerland, tempting you with locally grown food ...

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Mont Blanc (15,781 feet) rises more than 12,000 vertical feet above the famous resort village of Chamonix, France. The epitome of everything that is “alpine” in the Alps, Mont Blanc beckons hikers and climbers from around the globe with its snow-white glaciers, sheer cliff walls and chalet-studded valleys. To relax at a chic café in downtown Chamonix, gazing skyward at the glistening ramparts of ...

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Enchanting, or perhaps intoxicating, might be the best words to characterize the Julian Alps of Slovenia. Tom Longstaff, a renowned climber and president of the Alpine Club in London once wrote, “(The Julian Alps) have become for me, after forty years’ devotion to mountain scenery, the most desirable of all mountains…Triglav reigns over a dreamworld, sundered from time, full of unbelievable ...

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Winter. This is the magical time when Switzerland wears her finest clothes. Snowflakes quietly descend upon tranquil storybook villages, the mountain air carries an aroma of hot-spiced wine, and jingle bells ring as horse drawn sleighs carry excited travelers to their cozy mountain homes. This is the season for roasted chestnuts, fireside dinners and bubbling fondue. Each alpine region celebrates ...

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*All prices are per person based on double occupancy and subject to change