Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more

Distant Journeys

5.0 | Excellent
  • 100% Recommend
Service Level
  • Standard
Type
  • Local Specialist
Headquarters
  • Camden, Maine
Trips
  • 7

Compare with Distant Journeys

 

Walking Connection

5.0 out of 5
3 Reviews

Trails Beyond

5.0 out of 5
12 Reviews

Explore!

4.6 out of 5
74 Reviews
 

3
Distant Journeys Reviews & Ratings 100% Recommend

5.0 out of 5
Excellent 3 Great 0 Average 0 Disappointing 0 Terrible 0
Value:
5.0 Guide:
5.0 Activities:
5.0 Lodging:
5.0 Transportation:
5.0 Meals:
5.0

Tour Reviews

K

Recommends

A fabulously run November 2018

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
A fabulously run tour company, offering top-notch cultural itineraries. We just returned from Vivaldi in Venice, where the program was excellent in every way.

S

Recommends

It was awesome! September 2016

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I just finished the guided Tour du Mont Blanc trip with 2 girlfriends, and it was awesome! Distant Journeys really knows how to package their TMB trek, an outstanding guide (Di), wonderful places to stay, great food, and the best sections of the trail for the most eye-popping scenery! I have previously done 2 self-guided hikes, the Italian Dolomites & the Swiss Walker's Haute Route in August, 2010, my first international, one solo, and everything was perfectly organized, including help with my travel plans. I've got a few more destination in my "bucket" list & would like to travel with DJ again!
Read more

D

Recommends

The trip absolutely wonderful November 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Distant Journeys organized an amazing 2-week trip for us around Mont Blanc, including multiple customizations. They made the preparation simple and easy, and they made the trip absolutely wonderful. I feel so lucky to have benefitted from their years of experience and relationships -- we had many experiences that were truly special because of them, and also avoided many of the common mistakes on the trail. Thank you thank you!!!
Read more
Visit Distant Journeys site >

From Distant Journeys

The foundation of Distant Journeys rests on our expertise in adventure-based outdoor leadership and our extensive background in developing and running international hiking experiences. For 29 years, we have specialized in guided hikes and self-guided hiking and walking trips along Europe’s classic long-distance routes and to areas of inspiring natural beauty.

When we first started Distant Journeys, we were two young Outward Bound instructors eager to share the unique and unlimited possibilities that hiking Europe offered. After spending countless windy, rainy nights on pulling boats, when the cook stove wouldn’t light and the tarp leaked and the anchor dragged, or days of hiking through the Maine mountains weighted down with tents, cook pans and food while shepherding bands of energetic adolescents, the experience of arriving at a mountain hut at the end of a day of hiking to be greeted by a cold drink, a hot meal and warm bed was eternally captivating.

In our nearly 20 years of experience working as Outward Bound instructors, we each worked with a wide range of populations: from youth at risk, to women’s groups, to standard groups consisting of teachers, West Point and Coast Guard cadets and corporate executives. We instructed, supported and led course components including sailing, hiking, canoeing, rock climbing, ropes courses and problem-solving initiatives. And we worked with these groups in challenging and, at times, stressful wilderness situations, while imparting the skills necessary for participants to conduct their own expeditions.

Since offering the Tour du Mont Blanc for the first time as a guided trip 29 years ago, we have expanded our trip offerings to include 15 trips in eight countries. We have chosen to keep our company small so that we can remain true to our touchstone of personal service, and so that we can continue to guide the routes we love and still have time to develop new trips to destinations that intrigue us.

Our Distant Journeys trips are by no means Outward Bound courses. However, what we’ve learned from Outward Bound and from all of our time out on the trails of Europe is that if we are willing to leave the routines of our everyday lives and step into a life that is more in tune with the rhythm of the natural world, even if it is only for a short time, we will feel more alive, more energized and more vital. And, if we are willing to travel in a way that is open to surprises and the unexpected, then every journey becomes a true adventure.

Our Approach

While it’s been nearly thirty years since we first hiked the Tour du Mont Blanc, the true beauty of hiking in Europe remains. You can still throw a change of clothes, your rain gear and lunch in a pack, step out the door and walk anywhere you want to go. You are never far from a signpost, a footpath or a welcoming place to quench your thirst, quell your hunger or rest your head. You are never far from the good, congenial company of fellow hikers. Nowhere else is it so possible to walk from village to village, inn to inn, or hut-to-hut and barely lay foot to asphalt or pedal to the metal.

In planning our trips, we generally are drawn to Europe’s classic routes that have intriguing histories or compelling constructs, like hiking from one coast of England to the other or from Mont Blanc to the Mediterranean. We work to maintain the integrity and continuity of a route by hiking as much of it as possible and using alternate transportation only as needed, while at the same time fitting the experience into a time frame that most of us can manage.

We also understand the value of lingering. Some places are so welcoming and offer so much that it is worth settling in a bit, spending time doing day hikes and coming back to the same accommodation each evening.

Whether planning a long-distance route or a hotel-based trip, the key for us has always been simplicity and balance. Our aim is to travel well, but without excess, to travel in ways that are environmentally respectful and that are in tune with local traditions and customs. Traveling in the traditional European style of staying in small inns, hotels and mountain huts, carrying our own packs, and using local transportation, lifts and trams brings us closer to the heart of a place. Keeping our groups small minimizes our impact on our surroundings, and assures for flexibility and a higher level of personal attention.

Our trips are about the rewards of physical endeavour and the benefits of connecting with other people and other cultures in real ways. Above all they are an expression of our abiding respect for our natural world, for its beauty, its power and the gifts it holds for those who are willing to travel its contours slowly and simply.

11 days
Group Tour
Value - 3 star
Physical :
From: $ 4,295

Highlights

  • Explore Vigdalen valley, our hike takes us first past the mountain farm of Vigdalstøl
  • Enjoy the tour, Feigumfossen is one of the highest waterfalls in Norway with a vertical drop of 218 meters.
  • Visit Urnes Stave Church, Norway’s oldest stave church
  • Experience hike up Molden Mountain
  • Visit Nigardsbreen and Bergsetbreen, two glacial arms of continental Europe’s largest glacier
  • Drive to Jostedalen valley to Lake Nigardsvatnet
More
10 days
Group Tour
Value - 3 star
Physical :
From: $ 3,295

Highlights

  • Visit Cortina d’Ampezzo is a classic Dolomites village
  • Enjoy the hike up through the Alpe di Lagazuoi to the Rifugio Lagazuoi (gaining 2,530′) through this vast limestone plateau.
  • Explore col Negro di Coldai, which looks over at the towering west face of Monte Civetta
  • Drive to Ra Stua, this pleasant hike offers our first views of the Tofane, the Croda Rossa and the Croda del Becco.
More
8 days
Group Tour
Premium - 4 star
Physical :
From: $ 2,795

Highlights

  • Fascinating drive to Col de la Vanoise (8,255)from Pralognan-la-Vanoise along the ancient trading route
  • Opportunity to see Mont Blanc on a clear day.
  • Drive to refuge de l’Orgere we pass through hayfields in the valley de l’Orgere, so-called as oats were once grown in this sheltered valley
  • Explore this 8-day trip takes us on a circular route through the heart of the Vanoise National Park, a wonderfully remote
More
 

See All Distant Journeys Trips >

What is Stride?
Stride is the top reviews site for experiential travel and tour packages.

Now you can search tens of thousands of trips from more than 1,000 operators and expert trip planners. Most travel agencies and websites only show options from large companies that pay big commissions. We show you all the options we can gather. We want you to have all the information to find your perfect trip, no matter who it’s with. About us.

Use Stride to:
Search thousands
Search thousands of itineraries and match your style and budget.
Compare local
Compare local experts with global tour operators side by side.
Read reviews
Read reviews by travelers and experts.
Read reviews
Save money as a Stride member (its free), with exclusive deals & rebates.
We are on a mission...

...to help more people travel further, travel more, and travel better. Learn more.

Got it
×
×
Sign in to Save Trips
Welcome back! We're so happy to see you. ? Forgot Password?
Don't have an account? Join
  • Bookmark trips you like
  • Share with your travel companions
  • Track price changes
  • Access private discounts on trips you save
×
Sign in to see your results

TripFinder is a member-only feature. Don’t worry, it’s free!

With a membership you:

  • Save up to $700 per person!*
  • Access private deals and offers
  • See personalized trip recommendations
  • Save favorite trips
*See Member Savings Program details
×
Activate your free Stride membership

Just use the email address and password provided in the email we sent.

? Forgot Password?

With your free membership you:

  • Save up to $700 per person!*
  • Access private deals and offers
  • See personalized trip recommendations
  • Save favorite trips
*See Member Savings Program details
×
To Follow, sign in or sign up (it's free) ? Forgot Password?
Don't have an account? Join
member benefits
First name is required!
Last name is required!
First name is not valid!
Last name is not valid!
This is not an email address!
Email address is required!
This email is already registered!
Please enter valid email address
Password is required!
Enter a valid password!
Please enter 6 or more characters!
Please enter 32 or less characters!
Passwords are not the same!
Terms and Conditions are required!
Email or Password is wrong!
Please select the captcha checkbox!
Please select the valid captcha!
Something went wrong! Try again later!
Find the 3 best trips for you.
Take a short quiz to recieve your top matches.