At Classic Journeys, we believe that walking is simply the best way to see the world. When exploring a new place, walking ensures that you slow down enough to truly see what is around you. We like to say “When you’re on foot, the world can’t slide past you faster than you can absorb it.” That means you’ll have time—and proximity— to authentically immerse yourself in the local culture. Passing by on a ship or tour bus, you’ll miss the special moments (and people) who bring a destination to life. The best part? No special equipment or experience is necessary! Join us as we discover the best reasons to experience the world on foot at eye level.

#1 Walking Strengthens Your Heart Health

Travelers strolling in Cotswolds next to brick cottages

On a curated walking tour, you’ll not only visit captivating destinations but also do wonders for your heart health. Walking is more than just a simple stroll; it’s an invigorating exercise that strengthens your heart in the most enjoyable way possible. As you make your way along scenic trails and footpaths, your heart is pumping and improving blood circulation along the way. From the cobblestone streets of Barcelona to the coastal trails in Amalfi, you’ll be surprised how far you’ve journeyed at the end of your active days. Lace up your walking shoes and let the simple act of walking become your heart’s favorite workout.

#2 Walking Boosts Your Immune System

Woman walking up stairs in Croatia

Get your steps in while experiencing one of our most popular walking tours, where every stride contributes to a stronger and more resilient you! Beyond admiring the breathtaking landscapes and meeting the charming locals, walking during your vacation is your secret weapon for boosting your immune system while traveling. As you walk, your body releases those feel-good endorphins, reducing stress levels and creating a harmonious environment for your immune cells to thrive. The increased blood circulation helps distribute immune cells more efficiently throughout your body, enhancing their response capabilities when they are called into action. Plus, regular walking contributes to better sleep, another vital component for a robust immune system.

#3 Walking Promotes Weight Loss

Woman walking by the ocean shore in Cornwall

Counting steps is boring. Set out with us to move your body in an enjoyable (and less calculated) way, so that you don’t even realize you met your 10,000 paces. On tour, you’ll follow your expert local guide and spend part of each morning and afternoon with your feet on the ground, getting up close to the region’s culture and natural history. Your walks might include a village tour, a seaside stroll, or a local guide’s favorite path through a Moroccan oil grove, Bordeaux vineyard, or Bryce’s red rock canyon. Easygoing, scenic, and curated, our walks add up to lots of steps over time (and allow you to indulge in the local cuisine with a little less guilt). See how the Italians maintain their healthy figures despite all of those carbs when you embrace the evening passeggiata (traditional post-dinner stroll) which helps with digestion and maintaining a healthy weight…andiamo!

#4 Walking Can Improve Your Mental Health

Woman pausing during a walk for a scenic overlook

Picture this: with each step on a walking tour, you’re not just moving forward on the path to your destination, but you’re also taking strides toward a happier and more balanced state of mind. The gentle rhythm of walking has an incredible power to clear the mental cobwebs, letting the stress of daily life back home fade away. As you stroll through diverse landscapes and scenic wonders, the beauty around you becomes a natural mood enhancer. The rhythmic nature of walking also allows for mindful reflection, giving you the opportunity to sort through your thoughts, find clarity, and let anxiety fade away for a bit. Join us as we slow down, breathe in some fresh air, and enjoy the mental health benefits of walking.

#5 Walking Builds Community

Walk with Classic Journeys on our small group tours

Embarking on an award-winning walking journey with us is not just about traversing stunning landscapes – it’s an invitation to build connections and foster a sense of community. Our small group walking tours provide the perfect setting for genuine interactions, camaraderie, and shared experiences during your trip. The shared laughter and the exchange of stories (and photos!) create a unique sense of belonging. It’s not just about the places you visit; it’s about the people you meet and the friendships you forge along the way. From insightful stories with your expert local guide to visits with the friendly locals who’ll welcome you into their homes, you’ll build a global community, one step at a time.

Ready to explore the world on foot at eye level? Join Classic Journeys on one of our curated walking tours!

Stroll along Sicilian walking trails