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Walking Luxury Tours

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The World’s Best Walking Tours.

Meet the locals, on foot, at eye level.

If you’re like us, you think of travel as more than “going places.” When you strike out, it’s because you crave experience and discovery, not just monuments and museums. You want to understand what’s behind the touristic façade that most people never penetrate. You travel, because, for at least a few days every year, you want to step outside of your life. That’s why Classic Journeys handcrafts the world’s best walking tours—to immerse you into the history and culture of the places you visit.

Local culture is just two feet away.

Walking is one of the best ways to immerse yourself in a local culture. When you’re on foot, the world can’t slide past you faster than you can absorb it. You’ll have time—and proximity—to smell the apricot blossoms or feel the rumble of a glacier through the soles of your shoes. On our walks, you encounter rainforest tribespeople you never would have met and cottage gardens you never would have seen. You experience the tempo of a Mediterranean village in the hour before sunset in a way you never would have noticed if you breezed through in a vehicle.

So, what is a walking tour?

We’re glad you asked! Spend part of each morning and/or afternoon with your feet on the ground getting up close to the region’s culture and natural history. That usually adds up to two or more daily walks from which to choose. On tour, our incredibly well-connected local guides will describe the walks before they occur. In regions where more strenuous hikes are possible, they may be offered as options and alternatives. Whenever possible, our vehicles are nearby in case you have a change of heart. The outings might include a village tour, a seaside stroll or a local guide’s favorite path through an oasis, vineyard, or red rock canyon. Because we average just 10 guests in each group, our footprint is small.  We can take our time and blend in with the world around us.

Forbes magazine “Luxury Walking Favorites”

If all of this sounds like a great way to explore, you’re in good company. Forbes magazine loves this way of traveling, too, and has called our Tuscany & the Cinque Terre and Morocco tours their “Luxury Walking Favorites”. Join us to see for yourself why the best walking tours in Europe, the U.S., South America, Asia and Africa all have one thing in common; the guests who choose to travel with Classic Journeys.

Frequently Asked Questions

Got questions? Answers to all your questions, except that one.

Culture + Walking Tours

What are walking tours?

Walking tours are vacations where travelers explore their destination on foot, whether a city, village, national park or rural landscape.

How are walking tours conducted?

Our walking tours are led by a local guide, who knows the area you’re visiting inside out. They’ll arrange your walks for the perfect timing so that you can enjoy the surroundings, and avoid the crowds. While you’re walking, our guides always have fascinating information and stories to share.

What makes a good walking tour?

A local guide! With local insight, you’ll be able to tread the routes less traveled, that most visitors haven’t heard of. And for more popular ‘must do’ walks, your guide will know the right time and direction to take avoid crowds and make the most of the surroundings. If for whatever reason the initial route isn’t available, they already have a plan B, even C, ready, so that you can still enjoy your vacation.

How much walking do your walking tours include?

Don’t worry, “walking tour” doesn’t mean you’ll hike, trek or hoof it from inn to inn. Only that you’ll spend part of each morning and/or afternoon with your feet on the ground getting up close to the region’s culture and natural history. That usually adds up to two or more optional daily walks.

Are meals included in the walking tours?

Yes, we’ve tested every hotel for the quality of their catering, planned gourmet pop-up picnics, arranged lunches with locals, and reserved tables in the region’s finest restaurants.

How difficult are the walks on Classic Journeys walking tours?

Our expert local guides will describe walks before they occur; in regions where more strenuous walks are possible, they’ll be offered as alternatives. Often, our vehicle is nearby in case you have a change of heart.

What do Classic Journeys walks include?

The outings might include a village tour, a seaside stroll, or a local guide’s favorite path through an oasis, vineyard, or red rock canyon. Because we average just 10 guests in each group, our footprint is small. We can take our time and blend in with the world around us.

Are your walking tours suitable for solo travelers?

Traveling solo? Walk this way! Nearly a third of our guests are solo travelers who want the thrill of exploration minus the what-ifs of going it all alone. You’ll enjoy the camaraderie of your full-time guide and like-minded travelers. And to make your solo sojourn practical, we offer the lowest single supplements you’re likely to find.

What should I bring on my walking tour?

Your packing list will depend on where you’re traveling, but generally it is worth packing:

  • Walking shoes or boots
  • Comfortable socks
  • Comfortable pants or shorts
  • A camera

What accommodation do walking tours include?

On our luxury walking tours, you’ll be staying in the very best hotels, villas and lodges each destination has to offer. We’ve hand-picked the finest places to stay, so that after each day of culture and walking, you can relax in complete comfort.

What’s included in a Classic Journeys walking tour?

  • Luxury accommodation, with our signature invisible check in
  • Transport around your destination
  • A knowledgeable local guide
  • Entry to attractions, national parks, etc
  • Food and drink

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What are the best walking tours for children and teenagers?

Our family tours include world class walks with engaging local guides who communicate with children and teens on their level. Youngsters can enjoy other activities too, like bike rides, rafting and zip lining.

What are the best walking tours for seniors?

Classic Journeys culture and walking tours are perfect for seniors. Whatever your age, and wherever you are in the world, you can explore on walks that are as smooth or strenuous as you want them to be. Enjoy the company of your local guide and fellow travelers, as well as wonderful immersion in the culture and landscape of your destination.