Jan 10

The Advantages to Booking Your Trip Early

The Advantages to Booking Early for Your Ryder-Walker Adventure

You might not be thinking about hiking under the Matterhorn or booking a luxurious hotel in the center of Zermatt right now as the winter chill begins to settle over the Northern Hemisphere. Nevertheless, we’re here to remind you of the practical reasons why booking early will ensure you have the best vacation possible!


The first and most important reason to book early is to secure your room in our quaint Alpine Inns, Hotels and Huts. Many of the villages we travel to in the summer are incredibly small – four or five buildings tucked in a sleepy valley. In our decades of experience in the Alps we have researched virtually every hotel that the region has to offer. We’ve witnessed the transformation of some into outstanding resorts and kept a close eye on instances where a shift in management has impacted a hotel’s overall quality. As a result, we are confident that when you book with us we can ensure you have accommodations at the finest available properties in the Alps.

Premier hotels in certain remote locations surpass local competitors, leading to a high demand for these rooms which means they sell out quickly!

Certain choices, such as hotels on the popular Tour du Mont Blanc trek, are limited to only a couple of options for high-quality stays along a route that sees hundreds of visitors daily and even fewer options for the tiniest hamlets and huts. For this reason we are only offering pre booked tour dates for the Self-Guided Tour du Mont Blanc in 2024 along with two choices of dates for the guided trek.

With many of our treks, if you book early, you may be able to stay in properties with Michelin rated chefs, expansive spas, and mountain views, rather than settling for a less desirable option. It’s worth it! As a company, we pride ourselves on our knowledge of local accommodations as well as our personal relationships with the hoteliers that run them. Our goal is for you to experience a stay in these beautiful establishments and meet the charming and talented hosts who helped us fall in love with the Alps in the first place!

Extra Adventure

Let’s imagine you have decided to spend a week this summer hiking with us on the island of Capri. While our trip around the island is sure to be a life-changing experience, there is more to Capri than the stunning hikes, which take you along dramatic cliff sides and through Mediterranean lemon groves. We advise you plan a couple of days at the bookends of your trip to enjoy the local culture and attractions, and if you book early, we can help tailor the rest of your vacation to fit your interests.

If you are a history buff, we suggest you visit some of the many remote villas on Capri – such as the Villa Jovis, a Roman palace built and occupied by the Roman Emperor Tyberius. Are you an avowed spelunker? We can help you coordinate a side expedition to the Azure Grotto, a stunning underwater cave system only accessible by a selection of boat tours that have access to the natural wonder.

As a company, Ryder-Walker strives to establish the best possible relationships with local tour companies and guides. Booking early helps us to set you up with companies we consider to be first-rate in their industry.

Happy group of hikers with hiking poles posing for a photo in Montenegro

Better Transportation

Securing your travel plans well in advance is a savvy move, especially when it comes to transportation. Booking your travel early not only secures the best rates for air travel, trains, and ferries but also affords you the advantage of choosing the optimal flight routes and preferred seats on the airplane. Planning ahead allows you to tailor your journey to your preferences, ensuring a more comfortable and personalized travel experience.

Coordinate with Friends & Family

Finally, it’s always important to consider the people you are traveling with. Whether booking alongside friends or family, everybody brings a different perspective, skill set, and range of interests. We coordinate with everyone individually to make sure they have the best hiking vacation possible.

Logistical problems occasionally do come up when managing a large group of people, and it shouldn’t be your job to get everyone’s ducks in a row. Allow us to make sure everybody’s travel anxiety is assuaged, bags are packed, and that they are as excited to hit the trail as you are.

We keep in contact with everyone booked on a Ryder-Walker vacation and have an exceptional and talented staff able to answer questions as well as address individual concerns and requests! Remember, nothing is more romantic or relaxing than a vacation that is executed flawlessly and flows from one exceptional event to the next. Our entire business is based on offering a stress-free experience where we do the planning from start to finish and you just show up, kick back, lace up your hiking boots, and enjoy the mountains.


Discover your ideal adventure today and celebrate the extraordinary experiences awaiting you in one of the 25+ countries and five continents that have established Ryder-Walker as the renowned Global Trekking Specialist!  Find your perfect adventure today.

Find you perfect trek image with hiker in the mountains


About the author: Branford Walker
Since the age of three, Branford has either participated in the development of, or been on almost every trip Ryder-Walker has to offer. He has worked as a guide for the last four years and is currently living in New York.
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