Hiking & Walking - Best Tours & Trips 2019

2,165 Hiking & Walking tours from 287 tour companies. 4,615 reviews. 4.7/5 avg rating.

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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Travel Style Travel Style Relaxed A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers.
Full on For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included.
Mixed You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included.

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Trip Type Trip Type Group 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 Tour 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 Ship 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 Guided 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.
Self Guided / Independent Tour 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 Ship 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.

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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Morocco Walking

Butterfield & Robinson
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
7 days
$ 1,142 / day
$ 7,995
From : $ 9,834
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Views of the High Atlas Mountains
  • Enjoy Hike along the Plateau du Kik
  • Explore the fragrant Valley of Roses
Visits:
Marrakech, Morocco
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California Wine Country Walking Tour

6 days
$ 366 / day
$ 2,198
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Enjoy daily wine tastings, including an indulgent sampling of Benziger Family Winery’s vintages paired with a tour of their vineyards.
  • Stay in the charming Gaige House, a boutique hotel in the heart of Sonoma, which boasts fireside public rooms, tranquil gardens, and easy access to wineries and hiking trails.
  • Savor a picnic basket of local specialties at Buena Vista Winery, the oldest vineyard in the entire region.
  • Explore Bothe-Napa Valley State Park, a beautiful landscape of oak and redwood chaparral laced by burbling creeks.
Visits:
California, Napa, United States
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Austrian Lakes Hike & Bike

UTracks
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
9 days
$ 144 / day
$ 1,295
From : $ 1,813
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
Highlights
  • Trek through stunning alpine scenery of the Salzkammergut region of Austria
  • Experience the exhilaration of cycling between picturesque lakeside towns
  • Take in the immense history of the area from pre historic times
  • Enjoying the warm family run hotels
Visits:
Hallstatt, Austria
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Patagonia Best Hikes - 12 days hiking trip to the ...

Moser Active
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
12 days
$ 266 / day
$ 3,190
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
Highlights
  • Hike the Classic Torres del Paine W-Trek
  • Famous Cerro Torre & Monte Fitz Roy Trek
  • Visit the huge Perito Moreno Glacier
  • Discover the Patagonian Pampa, Gauchos & Condors
  • Trekking in the French Valley - Torres del Paine National Park
Visits:
El Calafate, Los Glaciares National Park, Patagonia, Torres del Paine National Park, Argentina, Chile
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Walking and Hiking in South Iceland: The Drama of ...

Road Scholar
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
9 days
$ 511 / day
$ 4,599
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Learn about Iceland’s energy source at a geothermal power plant.
  • Explore Skaftafell National Park, which spans three glaciers on the southern edge of Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest icecap.
  • Soak in a naturally heated river in the colorful, volcanic Landmannalaugar region.
Visits:
Blue Lagoon, Gullfoss, Skaftafell National Park, Thingvellir National park, Iceland
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Camino - Pyrenees

UTracks
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
10 days
$ 149 / day
$ 1,490
From : $ 2,086
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
Highlights
  • Walk through stunning scenery, visiting mountain villages
  • Experience the history of the trail marked by crosses, statues and grain silos
  • Explore the old city of Pamplona
  • Enjoying the camaraderie of fellow hikers and pilgrims
  • View the historical highlights of Puente la Reina, Santa Marina Hermitage and the Monastery of Roncesvalles
Visits:
Pamplona, France, Spain
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Hiking in Patagonia - 16 Days

Say Hueque
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
16 days
$ 202 / day
$ 3,230
From : $ 4,361
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Experience Patagonia Hiking
  • Enjoy the Trekking in El Chalten
  • Visit Torres del Paine National Park
  • Explore Patagonia and get an opportunity to experience awsome Adventure
  • Discover Ushuaia
Visits:
El Calafate, Los Glaciares National Park, Patagonia, Punta Arenas, Tierra del Fuego National Park, Torres del Paine National Park, Ushuaia, Argentina
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Walking in Sardinia

Exodus Travels
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
8 days
$ 206 / day
$ 1,649
From : $ 2,226
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • One of the wildest islands in the Mediterranean
  • Stunning sandy beaches
  • Fascinating ancient Nuraghic monuments
  • Family-run hotel with excellent restaurant
Visits:
Italy
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Cinque Terre Magnifica Hiking Tour

7 days
$ 571 / day
$ 3,995
From : $ 4,914
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Portofino, with its tall colored houses and exclusive small harbor
  • Parco Naturale Regionale di Portofino: Villas and Flowers
  • Abbey of San Fruttuoso
  • Oil, pesto, and many other Ligurian delicacies
  • Panoramic wine tasting
  • The mild weather of the Ligurian Riviera, which is perfect for hiking
  • Private boat ride with snorkeling stops
  • Two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Cinque Terre and Portovenere
Visits:
Italy
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Douro Valley Hike

13 days
$ 178 / day
$ 2,320
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Visiting the UNESCO world heritage town of Porto and the historic holy city of Santiago de Compostela.
  • Walking some of the most scenic parts of a world-famous long distance footpath.
  • Meandering through ancient villages fixed in time.
  • Visit the Douro Valley wine region – a wine lover’s paradise, including a visit to a Port Wine farm.
  • A guided walk along the best sections of the Portuguese Way from Porto and to walk into Santiago de Compostela.
  • Small Group. Tour groups are limited to 12 passengers.
  • Luggage transfers. Luggage will be transported between hotels. Each pilgrim is limited to one large bag and a small carry-on bag.
  • Pilgrims Passport.
Visits:
Douro Valley, Porto, Santiago de Compostela, Portugal, Spain
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Dolomites Guided Walk

UTracks
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
7 days
$ 194 / day
$ 1,359
From : $ 1,903
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
Highlights
  • Trek through stunning alpine scenery high in the Dolomites
  • Enjoying the variety of scenery from valley lakes and rivers to the stark beauty of the dolomite spires
  • Experience the WWI history of the mountains
  • Sharing your walking day with a group of like minded travellers
Visits:
Dolomites, Italy
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The Simien Mountains Trek

Exodus Travels
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
15 days
$ 285 / day
$ 4,279
From : $ 5,777
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Castles of Gondar
  • Trekking through dramatic scenery
  • Endemic flora & fauna
  • Remote mountain communities
  • Led by an experienced Ethiopian guide and a UK trekking leader
Visits:
Gondar, Ethiopia
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Morocco Camel Trek and Hiking Adventure

National Geographic Expeditions
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
14 days
$ 421 / day
$ 5,895
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Ride a camel to a tented camp in the Sahara and watch the sun rise over wind-sculpted sand dunes.
  • Hike to traditional mountain villages and learn about Berber culture while sipping mint tea.
  • Explore the Roman ruins of Volubilis and the ancient adobe village of Aït Ben Haddou, both UNESCO World Heritage sites.
  • Discover the stunning architecture and enchanting medinas of Morocco’s imperial cities.
Visits:
Atlas Mountains, Casablanca, Fez, Marrakech, Meknès, Rabat, Morocco
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Sailing & Hiking in the Cyclades 8 days

8 days
$ 139 / day
$ 1,112
From : $ 1,344
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Visit to Kea. Fertile and green, Kea is hikers’s paradise
  • Hike around Loutra in Kythnos, where you will discover hidden centuries-old castles
  • Explore the western part of Syros hiking
  • Visit to Serifos island, an integral part of Greek mythology
  • Visit to island of Kythnos from where you can admire this unique natural phenomenon
  • Opportunity to enjoy being on the water at the Lavrio while taking in the dreamlike experiences
Visits:
Athens, Greece
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Rocky Mountain Thunder Lake Backpacking

3 days
$ 265 / day
$ 795
From : $ 1,073
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Experience hike past Lion Lakes and Snowbank Lake all the way to the Continental Divide
  • Enjoy the summer splendor of backpacking in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado
  • Experience “the backbone of the continent,” skirting alpine lakes and hiking across the jaw-droopingly beautiful Martian landscape
Visits:
United States
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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

4,615 Hiking & Walking Tour Reviews - Summary 99% Recommend

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Excellent 3,337
Great 1,069
Average 157
Disappointing 35
Terrible 17
Value
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Activities
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Lodging
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Transportation
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Meals
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Best Place on the Amazon!!

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

The Heliconia Lodge was the best place to stay and explore the Amazon River! We were able to see pink dolphins, visit the native community, Yagus, go on night walks through the jungle, and piranha fishing! All of our guides were very kind, helpful, and funny! They made our experience excellent. They regularly met us in the dining hall for dinner where they would play their instruments and sing. The food that was served was some of the best food that I have had! The catfish is caught daily I believe, and it was the best catfish I have had. Highly recommend the Heliconia Lodge when you are deciding where to stay on the Amazon River.

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Operator Heliconia

Fantastic Lhasa /Shigatse/ Everest Base Camp Private Tour

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

Our family of 4, with children aged 12 and 16, had limited time to visit Tibet, so we decided on a private tour. Catherine in Great Tibet Tour was very easy to work and we finalized an itinerary that included many of the highlights we wanted to experience.

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Operator Great Tibet Tour

They gave us truly memorable days i

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

Best tour operator ever! Mohammad and his team were so nice to us, considerate, flexible and always welcoming. They gave us truly memorable days in Jordan! Every day of our journey was planned to perfection and carefully adapted to our needs and wishes.
Thanks to the entire team and huge thanks to our driver Saleh!

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Operator Why Jordan Tours

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

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.

Why take a hiking tour with a guide?

There are many benefits to taking a hiking tour with a guide, the most obvious being safety. Tour guides and companies are well trained in the routes, natural habitat, and first-aid to make your trip enjoyable and safe.

Another perk to having a tour guide is the ease of navigation and less frequented hidden gem routes and nature spots. Tour guides are experts in the region and can give you historic and cultural information along with directions to the best and safest routes.

Guides can explain alternative routes for various physical levels and can recommend different trails depending on your scenic and adventure preferences. 

Popular hiking tour destinations around the world

Stride lists itineraries along some of the most popular hiking trails and destinations in the world. With over 2,000 hiking and walking tours offered, the options are endless. If any of these top hiking destinations are on your bucket list, you are in luck! Stride has a hiking and walking tour ready for your next adventure:

1. Inca Trail - The famous Inca Trail is located in Peru and leads to the mighty Machu Picchu. There are over 150 trips listed on Stride that explore the Inca Trail. There are tours that hike the trail in its entirety, which takes about 4 days, but there are also many options that hike part of the trail at varying physical levels.

2. Appalachian Trail - This scenic trail is located in the eastern United States and is over About 2,200 miles (3,500 km) long. Visited by over 2 million hikers each year, this popular destination stretches from Georgia all the way up to Maine. Some of the most frequented segments of the Appalachian Trail included in tours listed on Stride are the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee and North Carolina and the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.

3. Kilimanjaro hike - Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa. Stride lists over 100 hiking trip options that tour many of Kilimanjaro’s most popular trail routes. The oldest, most well established is the Marangu route. You can find over 40 tour options that hike along the Marangu route, with the average tour lasting one week. Other routes listed on Stride are the popular Machame, the beautiful Lemosho, and the less demanding Rongai.

4. Trolltunga - A spectacular rock formation located in Hordaland county in Norway, Trolltunga is a very popular Scandinavian hiking destination. This mountain is shaped like a hanging cliff, hovering over Lake Ringedalsvatnet. Stride offers 6 hiking and walking tours that explore this spectacular Norwegian rock formation.

5. Mount Everest - Mount Everest is earth's highest mountain above sea level, located on the Nepal/China border in the Mahalangur Himal sub-range of the Himalayas. Towering at 8,848 m (29,029 ft), this mountain is rarely climbed in entirety. Though hiking Mount Everest can be very dangerous, Stride offers 90 tours that hike and trek the Everest Base Camp and surrounding areas of Tibet, Nepal, and Bhutan.

6. Grand Canyon - This U.S. national park is located in the state of Arizona and is visited by over 5 million travelers each year. With hundreds of trails to choose from, the most popular are the extensive rim-to-rim, the Bright Angel Trail, the Rainbow Rim Trail, and the Hermit Trail. With views of a lifetime, Grand Canyon tours are guaranteed to impress. Hike to the bottom of the Grand Canyon to a campsite, or hike around the outer rim. The options are endless!

7. Yosemite - Yosemite National Park is located in California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains. With breathtaking views of rolling meadows and towering mountains, there is a Yosemite hike or walk for every traveler listed on Stride.

The most popular hiking trails in Yosemite are the Upper Yosemite Falls, Clouds Rest, Nevada Falls, and of course, the iconic Half Dome. This 14-16 mile round trip hike is intense and suited for in-shape avid hikers. It requires ascent by cables for a portion of the steep hike, which are only up in the summer months. It is recommended to plan your trips in advance, as Half Dome is in high demand and requires a permit for entry.

Tips for hiking in high altitude

Walking and hiking in high altitude regions causes a shortness of breath, which is exacerbated by the difficulty of the trail, elevation, and personal physical ability. This is something to research and adequately prepare for prior to any hiking trip.

In some cases, altitude sickness can ensue, creating symptoms of severe headache and/or nausea. If this is the case, retreat to lower elevation, as the only way to relieve altitude sickness is to descend immediately. Some tips in advance of and during high altitude hikes are as follows:

  1. Train for your hike in advance: If you have close access to high altitude locations, it is recommended to take practice hikes or walks to acclimate your body to moving in those high altitude levels.

  2. Run, bike, and swim: These activities can be practiced prior to a high altitude hike to build up your cardiovascular endurance. This will help condition your body for a high altitude hike.

  3. Climb stairs: This helps build up your leg muscles and lungs to prepare for high altitude activity.

  4. Hydrate: Bring adequate water and food for your high altitude hike. Hydration is always key in any hike, especially those in high altitude!

  5. Take breaks: If you are becoming short of breath, pull to the side and soak in some of the beautiful nature and scenic views as you catch your breath.

  6. Know your limits and take it slow: It is not a race to the top! Enjoy the hike, take it all in, and hike at an appropriate pace for the altitude level.

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.

Top hiking trails in…

Offering over 2,000 trips from 270+ tour companies, hiking and walking tours are among the most popular listed on Stride. With the wide rage of tour styes, locations, intensity levels, and regions to choose from, every traveler seeking a hiking tour will find their best fit on Stride. The countries with the top hiking trail locations are as follows:

  1. United States - With 58 national parks stretching from the east to the west, The U.S. is a prime hiking spot for travelers. Some of the most famous hiking trails include: Half Dome in Yosemite, Angel’s landing in Zion National Park, Devil’s Garden Trail in Arches National Park, and Root Glacier Trail in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park.

  2. Peru - The world’s longest mountain range, the Andes, runs through Peru. The most famous hike in the Andes is Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail that leads up to the summit. Although Machu Picchu may be the most famous hiking trail in Peru, there are several other top hiking destinations such as the Santa Cruz trek in Peru’s Huascarán National Park in the Cordillera Blanca mountain range and the colorful Rainbow Mountain.

  3. Norway - From the lush fjords to the jagged mountain peaks, Norway has some of the most spectacular hiking trails in the world. Some of the most popular hikes are Pulpit Rock, Kjeragbolten, Trolltunga, and Besseggen Ridge.

  4. Nepal- Most famously known by hikers for the iconic Mount Everest, Nepal is a popular location for hiking and trekking excursions. Top hiking trails in Nepal include Everest Base Camp, Great Himalaya Trail, and the Annapurna Circuit Trek.

  5. Chile - Chile is home to some of the most beautiful and unique hiking locations in the world. With the Aconcagua mountain range, the Torres del Paine National Park of the Patagonia region, and the Andes, Chile is rich in nature, outdoor adventure, and hiking trails.  

  6. New Zealand - Known as an outdoor lover’s paradise, New Zealand has an extensive collection of hiking trails, arguably the best in the world. You can find breathtaking hikes on both South and North islands. On the South Island, popular hiking trails include Routeburn Track and Milford Track. On the North Island, top trails include Whanganui Journey, The Tongariro Crossing, and Mount Maunganui Summit.

  7. Canada - Canada’s vast terrain contains some of the most gorgeous trails in the world. From the west to east coast, some of the most popular hiking regions include Whistler Mountain, Banff National Park, Jasper National Park, and Lake Louise.

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Best Time of Year to Plan a Hiking Tour

The best time of year to plan a hiking or walking tour depends greatly on the region, weather, and your preference. The tour companies on Stride offer  hiking and walking tours year-round, with many that specialize in winter hiking excursions. For instance, many national parks in the U.S. offer classic winter hiking routes, including The Grand Canyon, Joshua Tree, Yosemite National Park, and Yellowstone National Park, where you can snowshoe through a winter wonderland during the colder seasons.

In Morocco, you can experience the invigorating Mt Toubkal Winter Climb. You can also enjoy a Canadian Rockies Winter Adventure with action-packed outdoor itineraries guaranteed to impress. Don’t forget the enchanting winters in Scandinavia! If you’re lucky you will get a glimpse of the wondrous Northern Lights on your hiking trip.

Hiking and walking tours might be most common in the summer months, but those in areas that have hotter summers are perfect destinations for fall and spring travel (and will be less crowded in the off season). Again, the national parks and canyons in the U.S. are popular locations, especially Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park. Iceland is another top destination for fall and winter hikes.

Top hiking locations in Asia during the fall and spring seasons include Bhutan, China, Japan, and Indonesia. South and Central America also have frequented hiking and walking tours during these seasons to help stay cool from the summer heat! Costa Rica, Peru, Ecuador, and Nicaragua are among the most popular destinations.

If you are looking for hiking and walking tours during summer travel, there will be an abundance of options listed on Stride. Most locations that offer hiking during other parts of the year, also offer hiking tours during the summer season. Just make sure to prepare with adequate breathable clothing, sunblock gear, and plenty of water, especially in locations that are traditionally very hot in the summer.

Hiking tour packing list suggestions

What to pack for a hiking trip can depend on the time of year you are traveling, but overall, your packing list will look quite similar regardless of season. Some important must-pack items are as follows:

1. Hiking backpack - This is an important item to have to carry things you may need along your hiking tours (water bottles, sunscreen, layers, etc.). You could also have it double as a carry on depending on the length of your trip! 

TIP: Be sure to break in your backpack well before the trip. Don’t buy a shiny new one and leave the next day. The material will chafe and get uncomfortable very quickly. Give your pack and your back and shoulders plenty of time to get used to one another first!

2. Weather-appropriate clothing - Jacket, hat, gloves, rain shell, and thermal underwear. Depending on the season, your clothing items may vary. Jackets and layers are always recommended, however. It can still get quite cold during the dawn or dusk times in regions where hiking is popular, especially in the desert and national parks!

3. Sturdy Hiking boots or shoes - Depending on the physical level and terrain of your hiking or walking trip, you may need hiking boots and even poles or other hiking gear. Always check with your tour guide and/or company prior to any hiking trips to confirm what type of equipment might be needed. And similarly with the backpack: always break in your shoes! This will avoid blisters and rubbing - your feet will thank you.

4. Plenty of food - Always carry snacks! (You backpack will come in handy for this). Depending on the length of your hiking tour, you may need more or less sustenance.

5. Plenty of water - This is very important! Always pack ample drinking water on hiking and walking tours (better to have too much than too little). The general rule for adults is 2 cups (about 1/2 liter) of water for every 1 hour of hiking.

6. Sun Protection - Sunglasses, sunscreen, and a hat. Even if the sun is not out, there is still a chance of sun exposure and sunburn, so keep yourself safe and comfortable by protecting your skin on hikes!

7. Illumination - Flashlight, lanterns, and headlamp. Depending on the region and time of year, lights might be helpful to bring on your hiking tour. Check with your tour guide and company to see what they recommend.

8. Navigation - Map, compass, and GPS system. Although most tour guides will be equipped with these items, it is always a safe idea to have them for your own personal use as well. If you ever partake in a self-guided hiking tour, these will definitely come in handy to ensure a safe and fun hiking trip.

9. First-aid kit - In case of any injury that might occur on the hiking trail, it is always smart and safe to have a first-aid kit on hand. Again, tour guides most often have these tools, so check with them to confirm prior to your walking or hiking tour.

What are the fitness expectations for hiking tours?

One of the significant benefits of choosing a hiking or walking tour on Stride is that you can find an option for any physical level, whether you are an avid and advanced hiker, or you prefer more casual, leisurely walking tours. Hiking and walking tours range from very easy to extreme on Stride. The majority of hiking tours listed (1,000+) are moderate.

Easy hikes consist of low elevation, low intensity, and shorter distances. Extreme hikes typically consist of higher incline, longer durations, and more vigorous routes and terrain. If you are interested in hiking and walking as only part of your holiday, you can find both easy and difficult physical level options that are paired with other excursions, however, it is the more extreme physical levels that are primarily focused on hiking and trekking alone.

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Hiking vs. Trekking: What’s the difference?

When distinguishing between hiking and trekking, the biggest difference between the two terms is the intent and rigor. Hiking can range from easy to strenuous, but the primary intent is leisure, most prominently on man-made and marked trails.

Trekking, on the other hand, is seen as more intense, off-the-beaten-path type of hiking. Here trails are often less frequented, routes are more challenging, and travelers are more experienced, pushing their physical and mental capacity along with their endurance.

Trekking tours are more often focused primarily on the routes, many being paired with camping and multiple-day hikes and excursions. Make sure to clarify with your tour guide and company whether your trip is a trekking or hiking tour, to make sure you are adequately prepared!

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. 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 also helps with safety. 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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