Ryder-Walker’s Best Guided and Self-Guided Walking Tours
Everyone at Ryder-Walker is eagerly awaiting our next chance to travel the world and return to the wandering trails that have inspired us throughout the years. As we dream about the hikes we will return to, we want to share what we believe to be the best walking tours in the world. Walking tours are hikes which we consider to be less strenuous or committing than full-on treks, while still maintaining the rhythm of hiking in between charming villages and mountain-town destinations. So, let’s look forward together to lacing up our hiking shoes and hitting the highest quality trails in the world on our favorite walking tours.
Self-Guided Walking Tours
A Self-Guided walking tour is a perfect chance to get away from the day to day and spend some time either with friends, family, or on your own in the mountains, at your own pace, and without worrying about getting in over your head. Our favorite Self-Guided walking tours include:
Austria Alpine Mozart Lakes Walk
The Austria Alpine Mozart Lakes Walk is the perfect walking tour, designed around a pace of life that is never strenuous, the hike wanders through the most charming lakeside villages in Austria, including Mozart’s hometown of St. Gilgen and the award-winning historic village of Hallstatt. Focused on excellent food and accommodation, this mountain walk ends every day on the shores of a beautiful Alpine lake.
The rolling hills and lavender fields of Provence are calling. The relaxed pace of life in Provence is the perfect setting for a relaxing walking tour. Hiking through clustered woodlands, pastoral farmland, and castle dominated villages will give you a window into the rural lifestyle of the cultural gem of southeastern France.
Rob Roy Way
The Rob Roy Way is a historic route that follows the life of the infamous outlaw Rob Roy Macgregor – a cattle wrangler, clan loyalist, and robin hood adjacent figure. Today the Rob Roy Way wanders through the stunning lochs of the Great Trossachs National Park and into the windswept moors of the Scottish Highlands. Whether you are bonding with flocks of sheep or enjoying a cup of post-walk tea, the heart of the Scottish Highlands is sure to speak to you.
The Cotswolds Way is considered one of the treasures of England. Any English hiker will get a dreamy look in their eye when you mention the Cotswolds, and there is a great reason for it! This classic walk takes you into the most charming heart of the English countryside. Complete with thatched roofs, abandoned castles, and the ancient Roman city of Bath, the Cotswolds are equally historic and charming.
The Dingle Way is a lesser-known but highly worthy hiking trail in Western Ireland. When we first visited this remote corner of Ireland we were amazed by how happy the Dingle Locals were to see hikers traveling through their towns – because they knew they had something special! The Irish coastline strikes a jagged profile against the Atlantic, which blows in thick coats of morning mist. The mythology and mystery of rural Ireland are tangible in Dingle, whether you are enjoying a pint in the pub, or walking atop a seaside cliff!
The Italian Cinque Terre is one of the most immediately striking regions on earth. Looking out over the Tyrrhenian Sea the Cinque Terre is bound by cobalt blue water, with steep seaside cliffs dotted by colorfully painted historic buildings and villas. The Cinque Terre is the most romantic possible walking tour, complete with fresh Italian seafood, dramatic walking trails, and villages such as Monterosso, which barely cling to the steep Tyrrhenian cliffsides.
Where the Cotswolds represent the perfect pastoral scene, the county of Cornwall represents England at its most dramatic and rugged. This county at the southwestern extreme of England shows the full power and glory of the Celtic Sea – with a barren English landscape to compliment it. Walking along the silent Cornish beaches, through impressive seaside cliff bands, and between remote villages will express the full spirit and history of this remote English peninsula to you.
Guided Walking Tours
If you prefer to hike with a group of new friends to the relative responsibility of a Private-Guided tour, we also have a collection of more accessible Guided walking tours that we consider to be not only some of our most relaxing offerings but also some of the most arresting locations you can visit on earth.
Isola di Capri
The Isle of Capri is perhaps the most beautiful place on earth. Known as the Jewel of Tyrrhenian, this stunning island is dotted with Roman ruins and Villas and famous for its bohemian villages, where the most fashion-conscious Italians come to walk the Capri Promenade. Beyond all of this fanfare, however, is a remarkable and enchanting network of trails that meander through the dramatic landscape of the cliff-bound island.
The Southwestern Scenic Coastal Trek explores the eclectic countryside of Southwestern Portugal. Originally a historic fisherman’s route this magical hike explores hillside vineyards, white sand beaches, and some of the most soulful and lively cities in Western Europe. Equal parts luxurious and dramatic Portugal is truly the forgotten gem of European travel.
Sedona, Arches, and Canyonlands
The desert Southwest of the United States is the home of Ryder-Walker and the landscape which has inspired us to explore the remote corners of the earth. Sedona is a classic desert town, which is amusingly famous for its alien sightings, as well as its exceptional hiking of course. Arches National Park on the other hand represents the heart of desert hiking, with stunning hikes through the most iconic desert structures which range from relaxing to absolutely rigorous. Finally, the Canyonlands is the forgotten gem of Utah, impossibly remote and arid, this desert region features stunning oasis-canyons which follow the tributaries of the Colorado River.