“Outstanding Trip! The guides were amazing and balanced the history of the area with beautiful hikes. This was my third trip and I plan on another trip next year.”
— L. Lake, Czech Republic: Vienna to Prague, May 2014
“Both of our guides were very knowledgeable. Alessandro has a special love for art, architecture and especially the city of Assisi, which he shared with us. Manuela enriched the tour with her love of plants and the natural environment.”
— L. & J. Milman,
Italy: Tuscany & Umbria, 2015
For more than 36 years, Country Walkers has been a leader in active travel, and responsible tourism is integral to our core values. Our tours reflect a dedication to following the best travel practices. In all ways we strive to preserve indigenous cultures, support local economies, conserve wildlife, and protect the environment.
We’re committed to a healthier planet, and to giving back to the destination we explore. When you travel with us, you’ll contribute to a sustainable world too.
We stay in locally owned and operated hotels whenever possible and seek out environmentally and socially responsible accommodations—properties which create sustainable business through their efforts. For example, we are 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.
Our tours highlight fresh, organically grown foods at locally owned, authentic restaurants. Whether it’s lobster in Maine, fresh-caught salmon on the Olympic Peninsula, or an authentic Italian farm lunch, you’ll savor fresh meals that promote traditional cuisine and culture. We are ardent supporters of the Slow Food movement—an initiative designed to preserve culinary traditions and support biodiversity. You’ll taste what makes this movement so special when we visit its headquarters and dine at the acclaimed Osteria Del Boccondivino on our Italy: Piedmont Guided Walking Adventure.
Country Walkers is committed to facilitating authentic cultural experiences for our guests. We forge relationships and partnerships with knowledgeable local individuals and organizations worldwide. By hiring expert guides who live in the region where they lead trips, we both benefit the local economy and open 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 area of expertise with our guests. They help Country Walkers set the pace in adventure travel.
Through our Guide Internship Program, we offer all veteran guides the opportunity to travel to the United States, work in our home office, and learn more about the travel industry—we even cover their airfare and offer local lodgings. In addition, our Guide Trip Program allows all guides who have worked for us for at least four years (or 16 departures) to travel as a guest on any of our trips free of charge.