What Sets Us Apart

What Sets Us Apart

What Sets Country Walkers Apart, Worldwide Destinations

Get Immersed. At Country Walkers, we want you to experience the best the world has to offer, whether that means midnight kayak rides through Icelandic lagoons or games of khuru with Bhutanese villagers. That’s why our intrepid staff travels the world to handcraft unique and creative experiences to immerse you in a destination. It’s also why we’re so committed to keeping your experience worry free—guaranteeing all Country Walkers departure dates no matter the group size and maintaining itineraries free of hidden costs. Add to that our commitment to unparalleled customer service and individualized care—before, during, and after your trip—and you’ve got a recipe for unforgettable adventures.

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Expect the Exceptional

Celtic music lessons in Dingle, Ireland. Sunrise viewed from a luxury junk in Vietnam’s Halong Bay. Real asada barbecue with a legendary winemaker in Mendoza, Argentina. Slickrock trails through the pine-scented box canyons of Utah’s Zion National Park. A Country Walkers adventure is more than a simple vacation—it’s a total way of experiencing the world. We’re different, and we’re proud of it.

Country Walkers is all about you. Our staff plans each itinerary meticulously—updating them often, so you’re getting the best of a region, not the best of five years ago. But that’s not all that sets us apart. Here are just a few of the ways you can expect to be wowed on a Country Walkers trip:

  • Unparalleled Customer Service. In every interaction with you, we’ll strive to dazzle you with our friendly, professional, and knowledgeable staff. Because we’re all passionate travelers ourselves—from our trip managers on down to our web team—we understand what your concerns are before you even voice them and get what goes into an unforgettable trip. We’re always happy to chat if you’d like help finding the perfect trip or simply want to ask a quick question. Looking for a more unbiased perspective? We’re happy to provide references from past guests upon request. Ask Us >>
  • Peace of Mind. At Country Walkers, we handle every trip detail so you can just relax. Since we’ve experienced each itinerary, know every hotel, and dined in all the restaurants, you can be confident there’ll be no surprises. We guarantee our departures so you don’t have to worry about last-minute disappointment. And since we offer a comprehensive, competitive trip price up front, you’ll never have to deal with hidden costs along the way. Search our Trips >>
  • Individualized Attention. From the moment you arrive to the moment you depart on your trip, Country Walkers takes care of you. We offer 24/7 support on our Self-Guided Walking trips as well as our Safaris. Our Guided Adventures boast a 1:7 guide-to-guest ratio, with two guides leading each group of eight or more guests. Our average group size ranges from 10-14, with a maximum of 18 guests. What does this mean? You get more one-on-one time with our expert guides, whose local knowledge, attention to detail, and infectious passion for their homeland make destinations come alive. Meet the Team >>
  • Amazing Guest Benefits. We know our many repeat guests don’t need any coaxing to keep them coming back, but we offer it anyway. After just one trip with us, we’ll enroll you in our Encore Loyalty Program, which entitles you to immediate discounts on all future trips. Interested in recommending us to a friend? We’ll extend a $100 credit for you to use on future travel with us as a “Thank You” if they book a trip. Learn More >>

Responsible Travel

Country Walkers is committed to facilitating authentic cultural experiences for our guests. We forge relationships and work in partnerships with people and organizations worldwide. We always hire expert and professional native guides as our traveling companions. The importance of hiring guides who live in the region is twofold: it benefits the local economy and it opens doors to authentic personal interactions with the community, be it an impromptu visit with potato farmers in Peru or a walk in the woods with an expert Italian truffle hunter. In addition to guide certification and people skills, we emphasize the importance of supplementary education. Our guides are often anthropologists, cartographers, naturalists, or historians and passionately share their land and cultures with our guests. They help Country Walkers set the pace in adventure travel.

Sustainable Tourism

 

We stay in locally-owned and operated hotels whenever possible and seek out environmentally and socially responsible accommodations which create sustainable business through their efforts.

In Zion, Utah we stay at the Desert Pearl Inn, which was built with historic railroad trestles cut a century ago from old-growth redwood and Douglas fir. By using reclaimed materials, the inn was able to help conserve woodland resources.

We are also proud to support Costa Rica’s Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge, one of six hotels awarded the coveted “Five Leaves” Certification of Sustainable Tourism by the Costa Rica Tourism Institute. The lodge’s design, waste streams, and energy are all superbly-designed and implemented to leave a tiny environmental footprint.

Slow Food Movement

 

Our tours highlight fresh, organically grown foods at locally-owned, authentic restaurants that promote traditional cuisine and culture. Whether its lobster in Maine, fresh-caught salmon on the Olympic Peninsula, or a lamb and couscous tagine in Morocco, be ready to savor the fresh taste of local harvest. We are ardent supporters of the Slow Food movement—an initiative designed to preserve culinary traditions and support biodiversity. To taste what we mean, visit the movement’s headquarters and dine with us at the acclaimed Osteria Del Boccondivino in Piedmont, Italy.

Philanthropy

 

Our commitment to the communities and environments in which we travel aims to preserve individual regions’ timeless traditions, cultural heritage, and fragile habitats. This focus translates directly to our guests’ experience and plays a major role in stirring emotions and forging strong connections between travelers and the regions and people they visit.

Our style of travel has led to the creation of a number of giving back efforts around the world. Here are is one strong example of sustainable and culturally sensitive philanthropy programs with which we are directly involved.

Sustainable Efforts

Accolades & Awards


In the news

It’s exciting to read about Country Walkers trips in the news and magazines. After all…exploring the world is a great experience to share!

Enjoy a sampling of our latest coverage:

Luxury Travel Magazine, July 2014

Eco-Conscious Luxury Tour Operators

Men's Journal, May 2014

Epic New Trip: Africa's Desert Safari

Vacationidea.com, April 2014

Incredible Scottish Walking Vacation with Country Walkers

Elizabeth St., March 2014

Family Adventure vacations to get the adrenaline pumping

Boston.com, February 2014

Festivals and events to help beat the winter blues

NorthJersey.com, February 2014

Travel deals, England

Smartertravel.com, January 2014

10 Best New Adventures, Spain: Camino de Santiago

Newsday, October 2013

Travel deals, from a Scotland whisky tour to Costa Rica

UltraTravel, August 2013

Cambodia Three Ways

Travel + Leisure, May 2013

20 Easy Weekend Getaways

National Geographic Traveler, April 2013

50 Tours of a Lifetime

The New York Times, April 2013

On Trails Less Trodden

New York Magazine, April 2013

Zambia by Foot

Men's Journal Magazine, March 2013

Walk the wilds of Zambia

The Washington Times, March 2013

Travel to Ireland this St. Patrick's Day

Destination Weddings & Honeymoons, Feb 2013

Tricks of the Trade: Travel Intel

Self Magazine, Nov 2012

Fit Body: Trek in Amazeballs Alaska

NBCNEWS.COM. October, 2012

Get Out: 5 Leaf-Peeping Adventures

Gayapolis.com. July, 2012.

Gay Travel: Adventure Travel is Good for Your Health

San Antonio Magazine. May 2011.

On Your Toes

Boston.com. Dec 2010.

New England Travel Gift Ideas

Travel + Leisure. Nov 2010.

Trips of a Lifetime

Continental Magazine. March 2010.

Escape to Lake Country

More Magazine. Nov 2010.

12 Destinations to Explore on Foot