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Country Walkers

4.2 | Great
  • 83% Recommend
Service Level
  • Luxury
Type
  • Global Operator
Established
  • 1979
Headquarters
  • Waterbury, Vermont, United States
Trips
  • 6

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Country Walkers Reviews & Ratings 83% Recommend

4.2 out of 5
Excellent 3 Great 1 Average 2 Disappointing 0 Terrible 0
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4.3

Tour Reviews

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Does Not Recommend

Excellent local guides,TERRIBLE customer service April 2018

3.0
  • Value 3.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0
I’ve travelled with CW three times. This last trip is my last. You know how you can tell how good a business is when a crisis occurs? Such was the case on my last trip. Mega hurricane in Florida caused all flights to cancelled in Miami—just the place where many of our tour group had to fly through. Not only were the staff not ahead of the game (American airlines alerted us that flights were being cancelled, and that we needed to rebook ASAP, but CW REFUSED to take responsibility). After spending the night trying to handle things on our own (which we couldn’t do because CW booked our flights), finally, the next morning someone with authority finally said they would handle it—after an employee verbally stated several times (and in writing) that they WEREN’T responsible?! Over the next few days I tried in vain to reach anyone at the office that would acknowledge what occurred was really poor. I did get to hear how this employee was “a really good longtime employee.” No apology; but an offer of $500 was made “make me happy.” Wow—my whole point was missed. We were ignored, then patronized, how utterly frustrating.

Grrr! This experience was so bad that it’s taken me several months to write this review. Frankly, I kept thinking CW wasn’t worth it he time it would take me to write it. But, on the off-chance anyone reads these reviews, I actually felt responsible to warn anyone considering a booking with CW. DON’T.
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AU

Recommends

We loved our CW trip to Peru! June 2016

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
We loved our CW trip to Peru! We had wonderful guides who were helpful, knowledgeable, and fun to be with. We especially liked the special cultural immersion opportunities created by CW such as the weaving demonstration, family visits and home-cooked meals, corn beer and coin toss recreation stop, etc. This made the trip much more meaningful and gave us more of a flavor of Peru than hiking and sight seeing alone. Everything was top notch and we knew we were in good hands for the week. Thank you for an extraordinary experience.
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AU

Recommends

Phone interactions are exceptional June 2016

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Phone interactions are exceptional. Employees are well informed about travel in general and your tours in particular-they speak with authority and from personal experience with your offerings. They call back promptly with answers and even help with the occasional related but not tour specific problem. The materials sent are helpful. I especially like the suggested reading materials. Have enjoyed all of our trips and have recommended CW in the past and will continue to do so
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AU

Recommends

CW is a great company June 2016

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
CW is a great company. I have been on two adventures with CW and both have exceeded my expectations. I only have two slightly negative things: 1. the levels of difficulty are not really accurate. For instance, both trips I took were rated easy to moderate and both were easy to challenging. This was a topic of conversation among my fellow hikers and they all agreed. One hiker said that he heard that CW rates them as easier than they are as they wouldn't get the participation they need if they rated them more realistically. 2. I would prefer to stop along the way more than is programmed. I understand that the itinerary drives the distance but there are so many things I didn't get to see as my head was down while walking instead of being able to look up and take it all in.
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AU

Recommends

not 5 star June 2016

4.0
  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0
While the CW team was good, it was not 5 star as the client team relationship was limited with no follow up. Other travel companies use a more connected approach. I don't see me using CW again.

AU

Recommends

worst thing that you have done was merge with VBT June 2016

3.0
  • Value 3.0
  • Guide 3.0
  • Activities 3.0
  • Lodging 3.0
  • Transportation 3.0
  • Meals 3.0
I think the worst thing that Country Walkers has done was merge with VBT. I don't get a real person when I call, I get agents that have no idea about what country walkers is or should be. It has turned into a numbers game and your guests are the losers. The damnation of a once good company.
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Launched in 1979, and based in Vermont, Country Walkers is committed to providing authentic local experiences through guided and self-guided walking tours.

What Makes Them Stand Out?

With 35 years in the business, Country Walkers is a leading tour operator, known for in depth itineraries which are constantly updated to provide the most authentic local experience. Their staff are extremely knowledgeable, having been on the trips themselves, and have a deep connection with the people and places you will visit. Average group size ranges from 10-14 people, with an emphasis on personal attention from guides. 

Who Travels With Them?

Those seeking an immersive travel experience, where contact with the locals and participating in local customs is a highlight, will greatly enjoy traveling with Country Walkers. In particular solo travelers seeking self guided tours have found them to be extremely helpful. Trips are offered in a range of prices, through extreme budget options will be tougher to find.

Where Do They Operate?

Country Walkers operates tours all over the world, in Africa, Europe, Latin America, North America, Asia and the South Pacific. Accommodations are provided in locally owned and operated establishments wherever possible.

How Does it Work?

They emphasise an immersive experience, and focus on not rushing from place to place. Itineraries can be heavily customized to suit your specific interests and you can choose between a group tour, private tour, or go solo. Trips are generally a combination of adventure, walking tours, and luxury, allowing you to truly have a fully encompassing experience. 

Why Travel With Them?

Country Walkers demonstrates a commitment to giving back to local communities, appreciation of every individual's travel style, and focus on slow travel where you will learn from experts in the field. Group sizes are small so if you’re seeking to get to know your travel companions well, explore local customs and cultures, and have a range of interests, you will enjoy a trip with Country Walkers.

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From Country Walkers

Awards from the likes of Travel + Leisure, National Geographic Traveler, and Outside are gratifying, but it’s our thousands of repeat guests that really make us proud. Ask any of them and they’ll tell you why we’re different: Wine tastes better when you drink it with the vintner. Tagines taste better when you prepare them with a top Moroccan chef. Landscapes are more beautiful when you share them with friendly locals. And exotic lands are more stunning when they begin to feel like home.

Our 35 years of experience, meticulously researched itineraries, hyper-local, virtuoso guides, and worldwide network of colleagues ensure that your next Country Walkers trip will bring you into a destination’s beating heart—and leave it lingering in yours for years to come.

At Country Walkers, our well-traveled staff works hard to handcraft unique and creative experiences that immerse you in a destination. We’re also committed to keeping your experience worry free—guaranteeing all Country Walkers departure dates no matter the group size and maintaining itineraries free of hidden costs. Add to that our commitment to customer service and individualized care—before, during, and after your trip—and you’ve got a recipe for unforgettable adventures.

No one shows you the world better than Country Walkers. We've been leading the way in active travel for 34 years!

At Country Walkers, we want you to experience the best the world has to offer, whether that means midnight kayak rides through Icelandic lagoons or games of khuru with Bhutanese villagers. That’s why our intrepid staff travels the world to handcraft unique and creative experiences to immerse you in a destination. It’s also why we’re so committed to keeping your experience worry free—guaranteeing all Country Walkers departure dates no matter the group size and maintaining itineraries free of hidden costs. Add to that our commitment to unparalleled customer service and individualized care—before, during, and after your trip—and you’ve got a recipe for unforgettable adventures.

At Country Walkers, we love sharing the world with travelers like you. That’s why we’re so committed to creating exceptional guest experiences, day in and day out. From the first moment when you call (you’ll be greeted by a real person, not a push-button directory!) through your final, joyful recap of your adventure’s highlights, we’ll be there for you. We’re dedicated to helping create a travel experience that exceeds your expectations.

Group Departures: If you’re looking to experience the best of a place without worrying about managing logistics or wrangling maps, then our guided Group Departures are the perfect choice for you. In the care of our “best in the business” local guides, you’ll be perfectly positioned to experience the best of a place—with an intimate group of travel companions to share in the adventure. Since our trips boast a 1:7 guide-to-guest ratio, with two guides leading each group of eight or more, you’ll have plenty of one-on-one time with guides and fellow guests alike, perfect opportunities to learn about the local lore, history, and culture that make destinations come alive. And you never have to worry about what’s included: we handle virtually every breakfast, lunch, and dinner (except where clearly noted), along with all gratuities, portages, and snacks on the trail. We even include beer and wine. Cheers!

Private Departures: Looking for a private trip? Our Private departures are the way to go. We’re happy to turn any of our Guided Walking trips and most Safaris into a unique travel experience just for you and your handpicked travel companions. A great way to celebrate special occasions, mark birthdays, enjoy a romantic getaway, or simply savor the pleasure of traveling at your own pace, Private departures are a breeze to book: simply pick a destination, departure date, and companions—we’ll do the rest. Also, we think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by how advantageously priced Private departures can be!

Solo Travel: Guests love traveling solo with us. Along with the comfort and camaraderie they enjoy on our Guided Walking trips, Safaris, and Small Boat cruises, we offer a number of incentives to make sure our single travelers never feel like they’re on their own.

Custom Departures: If you’re hoping travel with a group—be it a reunion of friends, office retreat, travel-focused club, or something else entirely—you’ve come to the right place. We happily accommodate all sizes of groups (got a unique situation—just ask us!) on virtually any of our itineraries.

Each of our Group departures feature:

--24/7 assistance

--A handcrafted daily itinerary with ample time to relax

--A comprehensive suite of essentials and extras that covers every last detail

--The expert care of best-in-the-business guides

--Special bonus experiences—like hot air balloon rides—to make your trip extra memorable

Awards:

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Trips & Specials

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7 days
Self-guided / Independent Tour
Value - 3 star
Physical :
From: $ 5,998

Highlights

  • In Velika Planina—a massive mountainside pastureland favored by shepherds for centuries—stop by a local herder’s pine-shingle hut to sample cheeses made from her flock’s milk.
  • Board a traditional pletna boat, and glide across beautiful Lake Bled to the iconic island at its heart, where a 10th-century church is rumored to contain a steeple bell that grants wishes.
  • Walk the otherworldly landscape of Secôvlje Salina Nature Park, home to some of the last traditional salt flats in the Mediterranean region, where workers still use centuries-old techniques to harvest the mineral.
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7 days
Self-guided / Independent Tour
Value - 3 star
Physical :
From: $ 2,248

Highlights

  • Stroll through a bucolic landscape of plowed fields, pastureland, forests, and grassy paths straight out of a fairytale.
  • Stay in quaint country inns and converted manors brimming with English charm and surrounded by beautiful gardens.
  • Connect with locals and soak up the ambiance in historic pubs.
  • Visit the beautifully preserved Sudeley Castle and gardens, where King Henry VIII’s sixth wife, Queen Katherine Parr, is buried.
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