Hiking Tours in the Alps

The Alps are the soul of Ryder-Walker.

Ryder-Walker is the premier luxury trekking service specializing in providing the most accessible and high quality hiking itineraries throughout the Alps; the main mountain range that spans France, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Germany and Slovenia. At their heart, the Alps are some of the most magnificent mountains in the world. Early mountaineers, enchanted by their glaciated and mysterious summits, set climbing the Alps as their ultimate goal endeavoring to explore the enigmatic beauty of Europe’s premier mountain range. Defined by towering peaks as well as lush, comfortable, and culturally distinct valleys, the Alps represent the finest and most recognizable goals of alpine exploration.

Culturally the Alps are beyond charming. Around every corner, there is another farmstead, where farmers still practice historic farming techniques and cows frolic in the pastoral beauty of the alpine meadows. Here the food is rich and the beer flows freely, everything between fondue and weissbier graces the tables of these high altitude hotels and restaurants. The Alps offer access to the wonderful combination of epic adventures along mountainous trails and the promise of curling up under a down comforter after a decadent meal at night. Our hiking tours in the Alps connect the most recognizable villages and mountains in the region while also offering opportunities to explore and hike the Alps more forgotten valleys.

The ultimate hiking tour in the Alps is the Tour du Mont Blanc. Mont Blanc is the highest mountain in western Europe and the Tour du Mont Blanc, which circumnavigates the peak, is among the world’s most renowned hiking tours. The Tour du Mont Blanc takes you, the intrepid hiker, through three countries: France, Italy, and Switzerland. Originally the tour was envisioned as sister tour to the Hiker’s Haute Route, a high alpine hiking or skiing tour between the alpinist meccas of the Swiss town of Zermatt and the French town of Chamonix. The Tour du Mont Blanc is a well-established route that leads multitudes of hikers around some of the most awe-inspiring peaks in the world while still enjoying access to the comforts of the well-appointed tourist centers that have developed around this dramatic massif. If the rigor of circumnavigating the Mont Blanc feels excessive, we also offer Mont Blanc: The Softer Side.  This tour, instead, follows the banks of the Isere river connecting the bustling village of Bourg St. Maurice with the charming villages of the Val d’Isere, all while offering stunning vistas of the titular Mont Blanc.

The Hiker’s Haute Route, on the other hand, remains the more dramatic approach to exploring this mountain range. Defined still by the series of high mountain huts that were originally developed to connect a route through the precipitous mountains, the Hiker’s Haute Route is one of the premier hiking goals in the world. It connects multiple of the Alps most dramatic passes with both the metropolitan Rhone Valley and the more secret Swiss valleys such as the Aosta. Magnificently, this classic trail also skirts the flanks of the most massive and recognizable mountains in the region, Mont Blanc, the Grand Combin, and the Matterhorn. Ryder Walker’s modern day interpretation stays entirely in excellent inns in atmospheric mountain towns and hamlets as it winds its way to Zermatt.

The Engadine is the eastern region of the Swiss Alps bordering Italy and Austria. This region is among the most charming you will ever visit. Connected by the impeccable Swiss rail and bus systems, the hiking in the lower and upper Engadine regions is adaptable to all ambitions and abilities as well as being incredibly welcoming. Dotted with ancient villages and riddled with accessible and well-established trails, the Engadine is one of the most luxurious alpine regions in the world. The characteristic castles and Roman roads in this region provide a historic backdrop to the natural environment. Some highlights of the Engadine include the magic alpine lakes surrounding Sils Maria and the medieval village of Soglio, which retains its medieval street structure and is entirely inaccessible to the public outside of a single bus route and hiking trails. The options for this region are flexible and the Engadine Summit Series offers a more intrepid route through the Engadine valley, with multiple summits and hiking days that will satisfy both a thirst for rustic luxury and the challenge of ascending some of the rugged peaks and trails that skirt the high alpine Engadine.

Located in the heart of Switzerland is the dramatic high alpine Berner Oberland. The Berner Oberland is the region of Swiss Alps that looms above the Swiss Capitol of Bern. Famous for its stunning tryptic of mountains, the Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau, the Berner Oberland is among the most recognizable alpine regions in the world. Characterized by isolated villages perched on the edge of massive cliffs, the Berner Oberland feels almost too beautiful to be true. This region is also famous for drawing the attention of extreme athletes with the valley of Lauterbrunnen serving as a hub for both base jumpers and the most visionary alpinists.

The Alps are the most significant mountains of Western Europe and are the inspiration of Ryder Walker’s birth as a founder of the Adventure Travel industry. There is nowhere quite like hiking in the Alps that combines both the majesty of massive glaciated peaks with some of the most comfortable and legendary accommodations. The Alps to have been the muse of many great poets and artists, such as Percy Shelley and Rambaud to name a couple. In history, climbing and hiking the Alps has been a near necessity for understanding the true beauty that the world has to offer and that sense still remains a drive for vacationers and hikers from around the world. Visiting this region is a life-changing experience.

Everything from meeting the farmers who have lived in these isolated valleys for their generation after generation to climbing above sparkling glaciers and walking through quintessential Alpine meadows of the region offers a meaningful experience of the deeply historic yet still wild region.

Switzerland

matterhorntrek

The highest mountains in Western Europe, the Pennine Alps, offer hikers an opportunity to explore a spectacular alpine world. This hike begins in Italy beneath the Matterhorn, one of the most iconic peaks in the world. The tour also partially circumnavigates the Monte Rosa, the highest mountain in Switzerland and the second highest peak in Western Europe. The Tour de...

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$4560*

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September 2-10, 2021

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Engadine Trek

This week-long inn-to-inn hiking tour covers the length of the Inn River Valley from near the Austrian border to that of Italy. Staying in the most charming villages and quaint inns, we pass from the gentler terrain of the lower Engadine with its quaint old villages, through the upper Engadine with its majestic, glaciated peaks and into the wild and...

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$4560*

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June-October

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July 15-22 & Sept 12-19

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Hikers above Sils Maria, Switzerland

The Highlights of Switzerland is designed to provide exceptional hiking with a broad range of physical challenge. This makes it perfect for families and parties with different interests and abilities. It is also designed to please those who prefer to unpack and stay unpacked for a few days at a time. We begin in Sils Maria, one of the loveliest...

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$4560*

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July 7-16, 2021

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Eiger Trail

The Bernese Oberland in central Switzerland is one of the most stunning mountain ranges on earth. High, glaciated peaks and vertical rock walls ascend thousands of feet above tumbling waterfalls, pristine valleys, and flower-filled meadows sporting the world’s happiest cows. Our nine-day hiking tour begins on the west side of the Berner Oberland in the fashionable resort village of Gstaad....

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$4560*

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Late June-Mid September

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August 14-22, 2021

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engadine summit

Feel the burn in your legs as our expert team of Bergführer take you mountain hopping across the undiscovered peaks of eastern Switzerland. Beginning in the picturesque village of Zuoz, we spend eight days summiting the many mid-height, un-glaciated mountain peaks that the Engadine region is famous for. Hike to the mountaintops by day, and bed down in the region’s...

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$4560*

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Late June-Mid September

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August 13-20, 2021

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Italy

Dolomiti di Brenta Self Guided hiking tour

Unlock the mysteries of the Brenta Dolomites, Italy's westernmost extremity of rugged limestone peaks. Bordered by the Swiss Alps to the west and the Austrian Alps to the north, the Brenta mountains tower above celebrity-studded Lake Garda and its lesser known, but equally spectacular, Lago di Molveno. Similar to the rest of the Dolomites range that stretches across northeastern Italy,...

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$4560*

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Late June, July, September

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August 18-25

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Vols-am-Schlern-Dolomites

Towers of vertical limestone, tinged pink in the evening light, loom above the rolling green meadows and intriguing castles, ruins and onion-domed church steeples of the Alto Adige region in northern Italy. This may be the most beautiful mountain region on earth; regularly attracting photographers and mountain enthusiasts enamored of the incredible light and topography of the range. The Dolomites...

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$4560*

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Mid June - Mid September

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June 11-18 & Aug 25-Sept 1

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Village in the Heart of the Italian Dolomites.

The Pusteria Valley on the Italian/Austrian border is where the high Alps morph into the Dolomites. The northern flank of the valley is pastoral with undefined walls of limestone and gentler summits. The southern flank is where the Dolomites find their personality and skyrocket above you as compact and jagged summits of seemingly impossible verticality. The magnificence of this hiking itinerary...

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$4560*

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Mid June-Mid September

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September 3-10, 2021

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France

Aiguille Chardonnet and Verte

The world famous Haute Route crosses the highest mountain range in Western Europe, the Pennine Alps, and links the Mont Blanc region in France with the rugged canton of Valais in southwestern Switzerland. Starting in the bustling alpine center of Chamonix, France, beneath the mighty massif of Europe’s highest summit, Mont Blanc (15,781 feet), the trail crosses eastward into Switzerland...

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$4560*

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Late June-Mid September

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July 3-14, 2021

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Mont Blanc and the surrounding mountains. This photo was taken while hiking the Tour du Mont Blanc with Ryder-Walker Alpine Adventures.

Outside Magazine named Ryder-Walker's Tour du Mont Blanc trek one of the 25 Best Hikes in the World. Hike across the borders of France, Italy and Switzerland during our ten-day Tour du Mont Blanc. Taking advantage of some little-known variations to the standard route, we lead you from the mountain-chic cafés of Chamonix, to remote mountain hamlets en route to...

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$4560*

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Mid June-Mid September

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June 23-July 2, 2021

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Tarentaise

Mont Blanc is an icon; much more than a mountain. Huge enough and complex enough to always have something to offer cutting edge alpinists since the 1700s. And lucky for the rest of us it is so big and strategically placed on the French, Italian and Swiss borders that it is visible from the higher peaks of every Alpine country...

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$4560*

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July 18-25, 2021

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Germany | Austria

An onion-domed church in front of Germany's highest peak, the Zugspitze.

Fall in love with Germany and Austria during this 8-day village-to-village hiking tour through Bavaria and the Austrian Tyrol. Beginning in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, a town with Roman roots and more than 2,000 years of cultural heritage, we hike a counterclockwise Zugspitzeturm—a complete circumnavigation of Germany’s highest peak, the Zugspitze. Our adventure begins by hopping on a cog wheel train and alighting...

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$4560*

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June-September

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September 6-13, 2021

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Austria

Austria

Brilliant blue lakes, lush meadowlands, and hundreds of limestone peaks with cascading glaciers are the hallmarks of our eight-day hiking tour through the Salzkammergut region of Salzburg, Austria. While the history runs deep in the Salzkammergut, with evidence of human habitation going back 7,000 years, it is the blend of spectacular mountain scenery and impeccable Austrian inn keeping that makes...

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$4560*

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June-September

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September 14-21, 2021

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Switzerland

The Mer de Glace and Mont Blanc above Chamonix, France

This self-guided trek links the villages of the Mont Blanc region and the western Swiss Valais, crossing through the highest mountain range in western Europe, the Pennine Alps. You hike through two distinct cultural regions, the French speaking and German speaking Alps. Starting in the bustling alpine center of Chamonix, France beneath the dramatic flanks of Europe's highest summit, Mont...

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$4560*

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Late June-Mid September

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July 3-14, 2021

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Hiking the self-guided Tour du Mont Blanc with Ryder-Walker Alpine Adventures

Outside Magazine named Ryder-Walker's trek one of the 25 Best Hikes in the World. Mont Blanc (15,781 feet) rises more than 12,000 vertical feet above the famous resort village of Chamonix, France. The epitome of everything that is “alpine” in the Alps, Mont Blanc beckons hikers and climbers from around the globe with its snow-white glaciers, sheer cliff walls, and...

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$4560*

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Mid June-Mid September

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June 23-July 2, 2021

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Aiguille Chardonnet and Verte

For those who want to hike the Tour du Mont Blanc, but have a limited amount of time, we offer the Tour du Mont Blanc Vitesse. Vitesse means "speed" in French, and this shortened TMB itinerary covers the greatest highlights of our standard itinerary in five hiking days instead of eight. Our abbreviated TMB begins in Courmayeur, Italy, hikes around...

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$4560*

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Mid June-Mid September

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engadine trek

Retreat in time to another era and a place far away: the enchanted En River Valley. Time forgotten 16th century villages, with their fascinating architecture, cling to the hillsides, and numerous ruins and a castle mark the valley’s importance through the medieval period and Hapsburg Empire. Above the valley the peaks of the Silvretta, Lischana, and Bernina ranges soar. This...

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$4560*

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June-October

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Self Guided Appenzell

Lose yourself in Appenzell, a unique corner of Switzerland where airy mountain trails, punctuated by steel cables and iron pegs to aid the hiker, lead you through a world of striking landforms, traditional Swiss hamlets, and well-appointed mountain houses that are never more than a day’s walk apart. Beginning in the quirky and colorful village of Appenzell, this 6-day point-to-point...

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$4560*

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Late June – October

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Group hiking on the Self-guided Switzerland's Jungfrau Loop

While crossing the mighty Berner Oberland range you traverse high ridges, follow valleys, and climb to a number of high, remote passes. The Berner Oberland Traverse offers glaciers, iconic mountains, and quintessential Swiss scenery. Views of the world famous trio of Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau make for an unforgettable adventure in the Swiss Alps. Our self-guided traverse through Switzerland's most...

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$4560*

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Late June – Mid September

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Obersteinberg in Switzerland's famed Berner Oberland

Charming glimpses of the active Bernese pastoral culture, villages of Swiss perfection, and high mountain passes beneath ice-blue glaciers all conspire to make a route that epitomizes Swiss trekking and justify the fame of the mountain scenery of this region. Our self-guided hike through Switzerland’s most classic terrain, the Berner Oberland Trek, is a fabulous introduction to hiking the Alps...

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$4560*

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Late June-Mid September

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Eiger Trail

Classic scenery is the hallmark of the Eiger Trail trek that begins in Gstaad and ends in the heart of the beautiful Bernese Oberland, where the famous trio, the Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau, dominates not only the landscape, but also the imagination of the traveler. Most feel this is the Alps’ most classic route. Charming glimpses of the active Bernese...

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$4560*

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Late June-Mid September

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August 14-22, 2021

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engadine summit

Feel the burn in your legs as you mountain hop across the undiscovered peaks of eastern Switzerland. Beginning in the picturesque village of Zuoz, you spend eight days summiting the many mid-height, un-glaciated mountain peaks that the Engadine region is famous for. Hike to the mountaintops by day, and bed down in the region’s quintessentially Swiss inns by night. Spend...

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$4560*

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Late June-Mid September

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August 13-20, 2021

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Hiking the Sciora

Retreat in time to another era and a place far away: the enchanted En River Valley. Time forgotten 17th century villages, with their fascinating architecture, cling to the hillsides, and numerous ruins and a castle mark the valley’s importance through the medieval period and Hapsburg Empire. Above the valley the peaks of the Silvretta, Lischana, and Bernina ranges soar. This...

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$4560*

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June-October

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July 15-22, 2021 & Sept 12-19, 2021

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Group hiking on the Self-guided Switzerland's Jungfrau Loop

Moderate inn-to-inn hikes link the fabled villages of the Jungfrau region in this quick tour for those with other stops on their European itinerary. Starting in the the booming alpine center of Interlaken, this loop explores the Lauterbrunnen Valley, with its cascading waterfalls; and visits sleepy Mürren; the busy alpine center of Grindelwald, beneath the impressive north face of the Eiger;...

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$4560*

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Mid June-Mid September

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Self Guided Swiss Haute Route

This self-guided trek links the Swiss villages of the Hiker's Haute Route, but with simpler logistics, a shorter hiking time, and a grand finish along a high level route into Saas Fee. You will cross the Valais by a number of high passes between small villages with blackened timber houses and slate roofs while enjoying outstanding views of the Pennine...

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$4560*

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Late June-Mid September

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Self Guided Winter Engadine Trek

Winter. This is the magical time when Switzerland wears her finest clothes. Snowflakes quietly descend upon tranquil storybook villages, the mountain air carries an aroma of hot spiced wine, and jingle bells ring as horse-drawn sleighs carry excited travelers to their cozy mountain homes. This is the season for roasted chestnuts, fireside dinners, and bubbling fondue. Each alpine region celebrates...

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$4560*

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January-March

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Bietschhorn mountain in the Swiss Alps.

Quiet valleys with time forgotten chalets, ancient forests, tiny villages and expansive views of the snowy giants of the Swiss Valais penetrate the steep slopes of the Bernese uplands north of the Rhone. These sunny valleys, little known to American tourists, offer some of the most spectacular and undiscovered hiking in the Swiss Alps and reveal to the hiker all...

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$4560*

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July-Mid September

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Italy

Dolomites Hike

Towers of vertical limestone tinged pink in the evening light loom above the rolling, green meadows and intriguing castles, ruins, and onion-domed church steeples of the villages in the enchanting Alto Adige (Südtirol) region of Northern Italy. The Dolomites are one of the earth’s most dramatic ranges, and a paradise for hikers who come to enjoy the startling, vertical topography...

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$4560*

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June-September

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Village in the Heart of the Italian Dolomites.

The Pusteria Valley on the Italian/Austrian border is where the high Alps morph into the Dolomites. The northern flank of the valley is pastoral, with undefined walls of limestone and gentler summits. The southern flank is where the Dolomites find their personality as jagged summits skyrocket above. Ryder-Walker’s Via Ladinia begins in the calming town of San Candido. The magnificence...

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$4560*

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Mid June-Mid September

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September 3-10, 2021

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Dolomiti di Brenta Self Guided hiking tour

Unlock the mysteries of the Brenta Dolomites, Italy’s westernmost extremity of rugged limestone peaks. Bordered by the Swiss Alps to the west and the Austrian Alps to the north, the Brenta mountains tower above celebrity-studded Lake Garda and its lesser known, but equally spectacular, Lago di Molveno. Similar to the rest of the Dolomites range that stretches across northeastern Italy,...

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$4560*

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Late June, July, Sept.

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Aug 18-Aug 25, 2021

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France

Slovenia

Slovenia - Mountain Land

Enchanting, or perhaps intoxicating, might be the best words to characterize the Julian Alps of Slovenia. Tom Longstaff, a renowned climber and president of the Alpine Club in London once wrote, “(The Julian Alps) have become for me, after forty years’ devotion to mountain scenery, the most desirable of all mountains…Triglav reigns over a dreamworld, sundered from time, full of...

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$4560*

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Mid June-Mid September

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Germany | Austria

High Peaks of Bavaria

Your journey begins in the charming town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Garmisch, located on the west side of town and Partenkirchen on the east side, evolved as separate towns, and still maintain somewhat separate identities, in spite of the modern hyphenated name. This is often overlooked by visitors, but the locals will point out subtleties, such as the color of the stitching...

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$4560*

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June-Mid Oct

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Sept 6-13, 2021

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Austria

Hallstatt Austria

This is an exploration of the Lake District found around Salzburg, one of Europe’s most amazing cities. The Dachstein is the northernmost high limestone range in the Alps. It is characterized by beautiful verdant valleys, brilliant blue lakes, and towering peaks with cascading glaciers. These attributes earned it recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The villages have been inhabited,...

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$4560*

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June-September

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September 14-21, 2021

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“In a word, everything went smoothly. The trails were great, and the views were fantastic. The hotels were all wonderful, and the meals were exceptional. All the baggage transfers went off without a hitch. Your trail descriptions and maps were great – we had no trouble finding trailheads or staying on course. And best of all, the weather cooperated nicely – we had 6 straight days of beautiful sunshine. The Engadine valley is truly one of the most picturesque places on earth. A hearty “thank you” to you and the whole crew at Ryder Walker for a great job organizing this fantastic trip.”
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