Who We Are

Who We Are

Who We Are, Country Walkers

You won't just see the world with Country Walkers, you'll be immersed in the places you travel. Whether it's an afternoon spent with a winemaker in France or Italy, a midnight kayak ride on an Icelandic lagoon, or sharing a traditional meal with a Berber family in Morocco, you'll travel off the beaten path and into local cultures, ancient landmarks, and natural wonders most tourists never experience.

Because every itinerary is handcrafted, we introduce you to our network of local partners and expert guides who assist us in carefully selecting the best routes, restaurants, accommodations, and exhilarating activities. Rest assured: with Country Walkers taking care of all the details, your next trip is sure to exceed your expectations.

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35 years experience

In 2013 our paths lead to adventure, with over 130 worldwide itineraries for Walking, Biking, Safari, Selects, & Small-Ship Cruises. Every trip is designed to offer the best of a locale; we walk, bike, and explore the lands only the locals know, eat the foods they eat, and encounter the sea and sky that embrace their homelands. As we continue to grow, our commitment to responsible tourism remains constant. Walking and biking, of course, are low-impact travel and environmentally sound. We continue our “best sustainability practices,” supporting local initiatives and programs.

Country Walkers is a proud member of the PEAK Adventure Travel Group Limited, the global leader in delivering outstanding adventure travel experiences.

It all began with a simple idea: explore the world actively, with passion and commitment on the "road less traveled." With this guiding principle, Country Walkers ended up changing the face of active travel. In 1979, we launched the company from an old barn in Vermont. Although we were small (and our office space rustic), our passion for the beautiful landscape of the surrounding Green Mountains became contagious. Soon we expanded our brand of travel from local to international destinations, discovering new and exotic lands around the world.

Our Team

Widely recognized for our commitment to unsurpassed guest service, we believe in and are dedicated to personalized attention. Whether working behind the scenes, standing at the trailhead or pedaling down a dirt road, assisting you with choosing an adventure, or reviewing specific tour details our experienced, professional staff is eager to ensure that your active vacation is rewarding, renewing, and quite simply unforgettable.

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guest reviews

Guided Tours

S. Foster, Maine: Acadia National Park, September 2011

Country Walkers is the only travel organization that I trust to make the right decisions for me. This makes the trips both relaxing & rejuvenating.

S. & D. Leibel, Croatia: Dalmatian Coast, June 2012

We have traveled with Country Walkers six times. Our trip to Croatia was one of the best. Our guides were well prepared, knowledgeable, caring, patient and great fun to be with. This trip far exceeded our expectations!

L. Lake, Czech Republic: Vienna to Prague, May 2012

Outstanding trip! The guides were amazing and balanced the history of the area with beautiful hikes. Everything was well organized and perfectly planned down to the last detail. This was my third trip and I plan on another trip next year.

J. Bartholdi, Italy: Piedmont, May 2012

This is my first trip in which I was "taken care of", and I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. I will be back for more. By not having to worry about logistics, I was free to focus on the experience.

B. Burkhart, Holland: Tulips, Windmills & Waterways, April 2012

It was a wonderful active trip with beautiful scenery. Your guides helped to make the experience more enjoyable with their knowledge and friendly personalities.

S. Farrand, France: Normandy & Brittany, April 2012

The tour itself was very well-designed. Marvelous mix of nature and history. Arnaud's depth of knowledge and love of Normandy made this a very rich experience. Plus, he is a very charming guy. He took very good care of us.

E. Starr, Costa Rica: Northern Cloudforest & Volcanoes, March 2012

This was our first guided tour. It exceeded all of our expectations. The guides were knowledgeable, enthusiastic, caring, and encouraging. Our traveling companions were interesting and enthusiastic. Thank you Country Walkers!!!

M. Crowley, Montana: Glacier National Park, September 2011

Country Walkers has always given me excellent value on all my trips (total is now 12). From the start of each experience (contacting your office) to walking with your excellent guides, I have always felt that I was well taken care of. 

Self Guided Tours

J. Zawojewski, France: Loire Valley, May 2012

This was great fun, combining the independence of self-guided bicycling along with the security of local operators just a phone call away.

C. Toevs, France: Provence, June 2012

The written materials and route descriptions managed one's expectations well. Lovely trip. Local contact was helpful.

H. & M Satterfield, Spain: Catalonia, September 2011

It was one of the most fabulous vacations we've ever taken. Even the rigorous nature of some of the walks made the time that much more memorable, and of course made arriving at the final destination that much more enjoyable!

A. Dobbs, England: Cotswolds, April 2012

Beautiful and Peaceful! I loved it! Lots of animals and cute little villages.

R. & J. Collins, Switzerland: Davos, June 2012

The information provided by Country Walkers was extremely well organized and provided the perfect amount of information to help us navigate train, bus and trail routes. The hotel staff were wonderful, helpful, friendly, etc.

R. Sharkey, Portugal: Madeira, April 2012

The verbiage for the self-guided walks was very detailed and easy to follow. Hiking trail selections gave us a wonderful flavor of the island. The staff in all of the hotels made us feel very welcome.

J. Shand, Italy: Amalfi Coast, May 2012

We had a wonderful time. The trip was well organized, and everyone at Country Walkers was helpful and pleasant. The hotels were very nice. The hiking and views were spectacular.

M. Vazquez, Italy: Sun-Drenched Umbria, May 2012

The self-guided walking tour was just what I wanted. I was able to really experience the Umbrian countryside and culture and do it at my own pace. Walking the trails was so peaceful, with beautiful vistas and wildflowers and lovely birdsong.  

Personal Departures

B. & C. Gallaher, Italy: Italian Lakes, June 2012

Perfect family vacation.  The hikes and walks were varied and scenic, the attractions interesting, the food delectable, the guides perfect in every way.

M. & J. Lundy, Croatia, May 2010

With the help of expert guides, Country Walkers offers "up close and personal" experiences in a country--with its people, its natural beauty, its culture, and in places no tourists on their own would find! What a way to go! 

J. & R. Reeves, Italy: Italian Lakes, May 2010

It was one of the best vacations we've ever taken and our guides were the absolute best that helped to make this vacation so much fun!

S. Patent, Peru: Machu Picchu & the Sacred Valley, August 2010

I knew we would have a great time in Peru, but I had no idea what an incredible experience Country Walkers would present us with. Our guide taught us about every aspect of Peruvian Culture and showed us so much of the beautiful country in just 1 week - his knowledge and enthusiasm is unmatched. An all around amazing experience! 

J. Kowalski, Utah: Bryce & Zion Canyons, June 2012

I simplified planning a multigenerational family vacation. It provided the granparents an opportunity to see their grandchildren discover nature and experience many activites for the first time.

Solo Travel

S. Green, Montana: Glacier, August 2010

Country Walkers is a great asset for a single traveler like me. I appreciate the added value of the guides' expertise and the arrangements for transportation, lodging, and food made by Country Walkers.

E. Hogan, Colorado & Utah, May 2012

Country Walkers offers a great way for a solo traveler to meet friendly people and enoy a hassle free getaway.

A. Dominguez, Costa Rica: Southern Rainforest & Coast, March 2012

They were better than I expected... terrific, and I appreciate greatly that Country Walkers not only picks fine hotels, but the best rooms available, and I always seem to get one of the best ! As a solo traveler I love you for that.

R. Drum, Vermont Fall Foliage: Stowe to Goshen, October 2011

I travel alone and, as usual, these trips accommodate my wants, and I always meet really nice people. 

J. Zawojewski, France: Loire Valley, May 2012

This was the best vacation I have ever had. The trails were beautiful and scenic, the guide was friendly and incredibly informative, and the group was a lot of fun. I had some trepidation about traveling alone, but I found everyone to be extremely welcoming. I would strongly recommend this trip to any active, physically fit adult.

Guides

K. Wilkens, Costa Rica: North Cloudforest & Volcanoes, February 2012

Our knowledgeable and enthusiastic guides made the Costa Rica trip one of our best vacations ever.

L. Wright, Costa Rica: Southern Rainforest & Coast, January 2012

All three trips we have taken with Country Walkers have had outstanding guides. I doubt there is any tour company who can touch you in this category. Well done!

C. & G. Boyd, Greece: Delphi, Meteora & Aegean Coast, June 2012

The trip exceeded our expectations in every way but by far the most important thing was our guide, Ruth Hackney.  She was terrific-smart, knowledgable, flexible, good at managing a group and genuinely caring.

M. Hennessey, Turkey: The Lycian Way, May 2012

Our guide was absolutely outstanding. Yunus is enthusiastic about Turkey, very knowledgeable about its history and current situation, willing to go out of his way to assure a great trip for the participants and well organized.

D. Rosenfeld & S. Woo, Wales: The Llyn Peninsula, May 2012

Our local guides who live and work in the community and made the Welsh culture, community, economy and history come alive were integral to making the trip so good.

K. Burke, Italy: Tuscany & Umbria, May 2012

Guides were exceptional - very attentive to the preferences and abilities of the extremely varied group.  Perfect mixture of walking, sightseeing and dining.

L. & R. Rainer, Italy: Amalfi Coast, May 2012

Alessandra and Constantino were so exceptional that it is hard to put into words.  They were knowledgeable, informative, and each had a wonderful sense of humor.  They were helpful in every way possible.  Truly fine people, warm and caring.

K. Edgerton, Argentina: Mendoza & Patagonia, February 2012

The way Country Walkers handled the forced change in our itinerary was far superior to anything I have ever experienced in my 20 years of adventure travel. To know that Country Walkers will do everything in their power and walk the extra mile for their clients to make things right and even better, as in our case, that is the company to travel with.

Accommodations & Cuisine

C. Armstrong, Costa Rica: Southern Rainforest & Coast, March 2012

We loved all our accommodations. Each place was different but comfortable.

R. Hinton, Switzerland: Goms Valley, August 2012

Liked the vegetarian options at Hubertus; Castle was very accommodating if we wanted to substitute for something on the menu.

P. Beyer, France: Provence, June 2012

Absolutely the best guides, spectacular scenery, top   Notch accommodations and food - especially the wonderful lunches the guides prepared for us. Worth every penny.

R. Ott, Wales: Llyn Peninsula, June 2012

Hotel was a beautiful place to stay and the food was delicious -staff very accommodating.

A. & M. Adrover, Ireland: Connemara & Galway Bay, May 2012

The Quay house was the absolute best.  The owners were courteous and knew all our names and took care of us as though we had all been their only customers.  The different rooms with unique everything was also so clever!

A. Dominquez, Costa Rica: Northern Cloudforest & Volcanoes, March 2012

They were better than I expected... terrific, and I appreciate greatly that Country Walkers not only picks fine hotels, but the best rooms available, and I always seem to get one of the best ! As a solo traveler I love you for that.