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Hiking & Walking - Best Tours & Trips 2019

Hiking and walking tours are great both for getting exercise and having time to survey and appreciate the local landscape. From Arizona to Ireland, New Zealand to Italy, hiking and walking tours are among the most popular organized adventure trips -- and you can find one to suit just about every level of ability and budget.

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Trip Type Trip Type Classic Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Small Group Guided Experiences Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ocean Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Private Tour Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Independent Package A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Vacation / Holiday Package Similar to a self guided tour, this usually involves a home base, such as a hotel or resort, with packaged activities and day tours as a part of the stay.
Large Ocean Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.

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Lodging Level Lodging Level Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

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Physical Level Physical Level Very Easy Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip.
Easy Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments.
Moderate Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment.
Strenuous All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included.
Extreme Very challenging all day hiking and backpacking carrying significant equipment.

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Top Hiking & Walking Experiences and Attractions

Top Hiking & Walking Experiences

Following the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru 

Hiking the wondrous and expansive Grand Canyon

Walking through the winding streets and colorful city houses of Cinque Terre in Italy and taking in amazing coastal views

Heading up Mount Toubkal in Morocco

Exploring the Atacama Desert

Trekking through Alice Springs in Central Australia, seeing Uluru and learning about the native culture

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Hiking & Walking Trip Reviews

4,569 Hiking & Walking Tour Reviews - Summary 99% Recommend

4.7 out of 5
Excellent 3,298
Great 1,061
Average 159
Disappointing 35
Terrible 16
Value
4.7
Guide
4.7
Activities
4.7
Lodging
4.7
Transportation
4.7
Meals
4.7

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BEST INCA TRAIL TREK!

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Best tour company hands down!!! We booked this tour not really knowing what to expect but what we received was amazing! This tour company has put time into thinking what will make an even better experience for their customers. I'm a very picky eater and I was always able to find something to fill my tummy up with, with all the meals. The soups were so delicious!!! I can't believe the amount of food and the variety of food they can bring along on this trip. The camp grounds were great! Our tents were great and comfy. I rented a sleeping bag from them and it was clean and perfect for the trek.

Our guide, porters, and chefs were friendly, professional, and did an amazing job. We can't forget Rox in the main office. If I ever return I will defiantly use them and will tell all my friends who are heading that way the same thing. I can't think of anything bad or negative to say about our experience with APT.

I could write a book on this tour company that's how much I enjoyed it. I know I kept thinking , I'm so glad we found them. We had our own private tour, most times we were the only group at the trails and campsites. I saw the second nights camp ground that the other groups take and I had anxiety looking at all the people and praying we weren't going to a place like that. The campgrounds were quaint, clean, and in areas that we could get a nice, quiet nights sleep. I would not hesitate booking them!!! cheers! p.s. they carry their own private toilet around for the whole trek, a bonus in my eyes.

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Operator Action Peru Treks

absolutely amazing

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 5.0

Our holiday was absolutely amazing….it is not often that a whole holiday goes by without any problems or delays. This was due to the fantastic organization of Eco Trilha and team. The guides (Christiane and Pedro) were amazing! They help us visit other cities in Portugal. Chris gave us more information about Coimbra, Aveiro, and Lisbon. Thanks again from all of us.

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Operator Eco Trilha

Tortuguero was amazing and worth

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Tortuguero was amazing and worth the long trip to get there.. We enjoyed the atmosphere at Mawamba Lodge.. The trips by small boat into the national park allowed us to see three kinds of monkeys and lots of reptiles and birds in their natural habitat. Dennis was a knowledgeable guide. Si Como No at Manuel Antonio was a wonderful hotel with excellent rooms, staff and food

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Operator Alexander + Roberts

Stunning views, good hikes and great hospitality

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

It was my first ever trip with Hiking the Balkans, so I had no expectations. I was pleasently surprised by the professionalism, the choice of accommodation, trails and restaurants on this trip.
The combination of hiking and visiting thermal spas and wineries was ideal for an active, yet relaxing holiday.
I am planning to explore the Balkans more and I would definitely go with Hiking the Balkans again, they have good local knowledge of all Balkan countries, great contacts and are very good at recommending the best spots off the beaten track.

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Operator Hiking the Balkans

Excelente!!

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Excelente atendimento recebido pela empresa.

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Operator Inka Rainbow

Breathtaking experience

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Breathtaking experience, the hike down was beautiful and also challenging but the
amazing waterfalls are the biggest rewards! Mooney Falls descent was very challenging
for my husband who's scared of heights, but he's so happy he made it! Casey took us on
the great hike to Beavers Falls and the lush vegetation was just very surprising to find
that in the middle of the canyon.

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Operator Arizona Outback Adventures

Hiking & Walking Tours and Travel Guide

Hiking & Walking Attractions & Landmarks Guide

A hiking tour is one of the most rewarding ways to see a country, both in the physical accomplishment and the fabulous views. Hiking brings you close to the earth, as you wind through natural habitats, feeling the weather and smelling the air. And many options now exist to satisfy even the most cautious traveler.

Choosing a Route

It's important to make sure you look at the tour's activity level before picking the trip. If you're already physically fit and are looking for a challenge, feel free to go for a trip with a "hard" physical level! While no hike is going to be 100% comfortable (this isn't sailing through the British Virgin Islands on a luxurious cruise ship!) it is possible to find less intense outings. And not all hikes are up and down. For example, Mt. Cook in New Zealand is a mainly flat hike, though long. A good option for those worried about elevation or wanting to avoid a strenuous hike. If that still sounds like little too much, consider starting out with a walking tour, or having a look at the easy hiking/walking trips that we at Stride have conveniently marked.

What to Pack

The most important thing to have before you start packing is a sturdy backpack that you have tested out before the trip. Walk around with it at home and make sure it sits properly on your shoulders and back. Next, make sure you have a mix of long and short sleeve shirts, as well as shorts and pants. Depending on how long your trip is, a few of each should be enough. You don't want too heavy of a pack that weighs you down. Sunscreen and a collapsible water bottle will be something you can use everyday as well.

How to Dress

The most important things to consider when dressing are the activity level, the weather where you're going, and the time of year you're going there. The hike might start off early in the morning when it's cold, but dress in layers so you can easily peel them off as the day goes on and you warm up. A good waterproof coat will be essential as well. It can easily fold up in your backpack, but will save you from soaking through your clothes should a downpour happen.

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Things to Know Before You Go

Safety on Walking Tours

If you choose to embark on a hiking or walking trip, no matter what part of the world, we highly recommend a guided tour. While going on a hiking tour is one of the best ways to get up close and personal with a country and its natural sights, it is also one of the riskiest ways of traveling. Walking tours often take travelers into isolated places where it may be hard to find help, and easier to get lost. By going on a guided hiking tour, it is guaranteed that you will be with an expert who knows the area well, and you will never be alone in case of an emergency. 

Preparation is also a big part of being safe on a hiking tour. If you are planning on visiting Nepal, for example, you should prepare with the right kinds of clothing, be realistic about the kind of endurance that may be required, and read up on the possibility of altitude sickness. 

Hiking Tours in South America

Most hiking and walking tours in South America emphasize its unique natural scenery. Patagonia, the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, and the Amazon rainforest are the most popular destinations offered.

Patagonia

Patagonia is a region comprised of Argentina and Chile. It is known for its beautiful natural scenery in the form of mountain ranges, glaciers, lakes and forests. In Argentina, Patagonia hiking tours note that Tierra del Fuego National Park and Los Glaciares National Park are a top attraction. While in Chile, most tours make sure to include Torres del Paine National Park. Most hiking tours through Patagonia involve lots of camping, exercise, and other outdoor excursions.

Peru & The Inca Trail

The Inca Trail is the trail taken in order to reach numerous ancient, archaeological sites in Peru. The most popular of which is Machu Picchu. The trail itself displays a beautiful array of natural scenery from cloud forests to mountain ranges. The journey to the top, although challenging, is proven to be well worth it with its stunning views of ancient ruins surrounded by lush greenery.
Because of its growing popularity among travelers worldwide, planning ahead is a must. The Peruvian government limits the amount of travelers on the trail each day, so make sure you book a tour to Machu Picchu far in advance.

The Amazon

Hiking tours of the Amazon Rainforest are most common in Brazil, which houses about 60% of this jungle. The Amazon is the largest and most biologically diverse tropical rainforest in the world. Because of its sheer size, taking a guided tour is always highly recommended. Guided tours provide insightful knowledge about this truly unique jungle and its inhabitants. They are also very aware of the terrain and always make sure to take the proper safety precautions.


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