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Eyes on the Skies: Bird-watching in Rota Vicentina, Portugal

For those with a strong interest in the colorful intricacies and whirling-dervish flight patterns of avian wildlife, Portugal will hold a particularly strong appeal—especially the Rota Vicentina, a popular spot in our Lisbon & Undiscovered Alentejo Self-Guided Walking tour. Let's delve into what makes Rota...

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Iceland in Springtime

How to Have More Adventure in Your Life This Spring

Country Walkers tours are unforgettable adventure travel experiences that immerse you in the sights, sounds and cuisines of exciting destinations around the globe. These trips expand your mind, as well as your understanding of the world and your place in it. But you don't have...

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Fall Adventure in Quebec

4 Reasons Why Our Tour Consultant Sheri Duff Loves Quebec

Quebec is a place steeped in history and culture, enchanting all who visit it - including Country Walkers Guest Services Representative Sheri Duff. [caption id="attachment_13563" align="alignnone" width="468"] Quebec: Quebec City & the Saguenay Fjord[/caption] Sheri joined a Country Walkers guided walking tour of Quebec in...

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Portugese grapes in the fall

3 Amazing Facts About Portugal

"The air of Portugal has a natural happiness in it," said H.G. Wells, and that's certainly true. Nestled along the western edge of the Iberian Peninsula, Portugal benefits from being neighbors with the ocean, its seafood, sun-soaked beaches, and fertile wine valleys unparalleled. [caption id="attachment_13558"...

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The Best Vintages to Taste in the World’s Top Wine Regions

What’s in a grape? Surprising depths. Fine wine isn’t just an indulgent pleasure-—it’s a delicious passport to the true character of a destination. Dive into a glass of red and you’ll soon be discovering the history, culture, cuisine, and traditions of a region—from its wine-harvesting...

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Asia & South Pacific

Surprising Discoveries in Southeast Asian Markets

If you’re looking for recommendations for things to do and places to see in Southeast Asia, most people will probably point you towards the sprawling ruins of Angkor Wat, the towering karsts of Halong Bay, the bustle of cities like Hanoi and Siem Reap, or...

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Washington Olympic Peninsula

The Four Unforgettable Landscapes of Olympic National Park

When Franklin D. Roosevelt created Olympic National Park in 1938, he achieved an ecological coup: four parks in one. The architect of the New Deal, who knew a bargain when he saw one, was enchanted by the region’s diverse landscapes—from cathedral groves of sitka spruces...

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Meditative walking leads to inner tranquility and simplicity. The Japanese zen garden–designed to imitate the essence of nature–is the perfect embodiment of a Country Walkers adventure to Japan.

Why Every Traveler Should Read Haiku

Our new Guided Walking trip, Japan: Kyoto, Nara & the Kumano Kodo, (as well as our recent Six-Word Travel Memoir Contest) has gotten me thinking about one of my favorite exports from Japan—haiku. Though often taught as a simple counting game (say it with me:...

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Camino de Santiago

Congratulations on an Incredible Six-Word Travel Memoir Contest!

Thanks to everyone for entering our Six-Word Travel Memoir Contest. We were overwhelmed by the response: more than 630 entries from past guests and new friends from all over the world. Equally impressive was the range and inventiveness of submissions. If there was ever evidence...

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A Cavalcade of Six-Word Travel Memoirs

Announcing the First Monthly Winner of Our Six-Word Travel Memoir Contest We launched our Six Word Travel Memoir Contest last month as part of the kickoff to our 35th Anniversary Celebration, and, at the outset, we weren’t sure what kind of response to expect. We...

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