Walking Luxury Tours
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 just a check-list. 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 you want to step outside of your life and engage with people of other cultures. 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 lavender lingering on your clothes even after you return home from Provence. Join us to encounter rainforest tribespeople you never would have met and cottage gardens you never would have seen. 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 or traveled on your own.
So, what is a walking tour?
We’re glad you asked! 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 an oasis, vineyard, or red rock canyon. Because your group averages just 8-10 guests, your footprint is small. And since your Classic Journeys guide knows all the locals, you can take your time and blend in with the world around you.
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.
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Central & South America
Lap up Latin America’s incredible culture from Patagonia to Panama, and Cuba to Colombia. Featuring must-see’s like Machu Picchu, Easter Island, and the Galapagos.
The National Parks like never before. Cities and countryside in a whole new light. Spend your days with natives, naturalists, fishermen, artisans and local guides, and your nights in America’s most heavenly hotels.
Walk on black-sand beaches, emerald lava fields and electric-blue glaciers. Lunch with the local police chief, and meet a shark fisherman. Last but not least: the northern lights.
Italian culture at its most deliciously colorful. The coastal charm of Amalfi. Tuscany’s rustic vineyards. The history of Venice, Florence and Rome. Fairytale Puglia. The Grandeur of the Italian lakes. The sun-kissed isle of Sicily. And the coast and countryside of Sardinia.
Ride camels across the desert. Barter with traders in the maze-like Medinas of Fes and Marrakech. Dine under desert stars with Berber tribes. Meet snake charmers. Explore magical gardens.
Experience the culture and cuisine of Thailand. Or if one country isn’t enough, tour Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. Witness the ancient wonders of Japan. See India’s iconic Taj Mahal, and the pink city of Jaipur.
Frequently Asked Questions
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
What are the best walking tours in the world?
What are the best wildlife walking tours?
- Galápagos & Machu Picchu
- Yellowstone & Grand Tetons
- Chile: Lake District & Patagonia
- South Africa
- Hawaii Big Island
- India with Ranthanbore extension
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.