Private and Custom Guided Tours

Want to get away and already have your own group assembled? Whether as a family seeking a shared adventure, team building for work colleagues, or friends who love to travel, we are happy to customize any of our tours to fit personal interests, hiking abilities, and time frames.

All our current, and past itineraries, are now available as private guided departures. Yes, this includes everywhere from Alaska to Greece... France to New Zealand... New Mexico to England.

Private Guided Tours are great options for families, friends, work team retreats, reunions – your choice. Perhaps you and your siblings have always dreamed of a safari trip in Africa, but aren't sure where to begin, or whom to trust... Or your friend group dreams of visiting Greece, but is unsure of safety measures and inter-island transport, and seeks knowledgeable historic tours without being taken advantage of.

In the days ahead as we emerge from work-at-home, business colleagues would benefit from rejoining and recommitting to mutual goals and camaraderie - a destination hiking tour, with options for break out session, guest speakers, and customized team-building exercises, all great options for Custom Guided Tours.

Choose one of our standard itineraries, and if available, book the scheduled departure.

Alternatively, choose your own date with our standard itinerary, or let us craft a customized itinerary especially for you and your group.

Collectively we have over 100 years of experience designing, managing, and guiding tours in a wealth of locations around this Big Round World of ours.

We would love to help manifest your bucket-list trip, dream tour, or unique getaway with your special group.

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Some ideas to inspire you...

The Cotswolds, England

Carrying the designation “Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty”, the Cotswolds are memorable for their quintessentially English scenery of green rolling hills and meadows encompassing thatched and stone-slated villages. In the Middle Ages the Cotswold Lion, a breed of sheep, supported a prosperous wool trade with the continent resulting in significant local wealth much of it used to build large “wool churches” and stately homes still in evidence today, using the honey-colored Cotswold stone supplied by the underlying bedrock of Jurassic limestone.

Explore the World Heritage City of Bath, the historic towns of Burford and nearby Blenheim Palace, Chipping Campden and Broadway both connected to the Arts and Crafts movement, the iconic hamlet of Bibury with much loved Arlington Row and the picturesque villages of Stanton and Snowshill.

Ancient Castles of the Loire Valley, France

Discover the unique scenery of the magnificent Loire Valley in the center of France and visit the world-famous royal residences of Chambord, Chenonceau, Blois, Amboise and Villandry. With their turrets and flamboyant renaissance architecture often reflected in the waters of the rivers, the spectacular castles and their intricate gardens provide some of the most beautiful classic images of France. Once the favorite hunting grounds of royalty, the Loire Valley is a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its cultural landscapes.

The Dolomites, Italy

The Dolomites of northern Italy are among the most dramatic mountains on Earth. Stunning pale peaks rise abruptly from rolling green meadows. Their geologic composition includes both dolomitic limestone and volcanic formations, and the inhabitants ae equally mixed: Italian, Tyrolean, and Ladin influences all co-exist here. Villages dot the steep, narrow valleys. The area has been inhabited since the first humans came to Europe. Control of the region has variously fallen to Celts, Rhaetians, Romans, Tyrol, Austria, and today, Italy.

Nowhere else can you find such craggy peaks so easily accessible, with many trail reached by cable car. Nowhere else such stark, white mountains contrasting with such lush, green meadows.

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France: The Way of St. James from Le-Puy-en-Velay to Figeac

This hike most closely follows the ancient pilgrimage route in France toward Santiago de Compostela. Bishop Godescalc of Le-Puy was one of the first known persons to travel to the grave of St. James in the 10th Century. The route crosses some of France’s least inhabited areas and it leads from the hills of the temperate Massif Central to the valley of the river Lot already belonging to the warm south of France. Some of France’s most charming villages and notable Romanesque churches are built highlights along the way, and all along the walk leads through dark forests and across vast meadows.

During this 15-day trip participants walk between 10 - 15 mi. on most days. Best times of the year for this trip: June and September.

Germany: The Romantic Rhine

The itinerary of this hike follows the Rhine downstream from Wiesbaden to Koblenz at the confluence with the Moselle. Along the way, the group enjoys lodging at a former princely hunting lodge, old inns, and a former schoolhouse. Many of the river’s slopes are covered with vineyards, and tastings at wineries and châteaux are an integral part of the trip. The trail along the right bank of the Rhine is well marked leading from old world villages to medieval castles and through forests, often offering stunning views of the Rhine busy with barges and pleasure boats. An upstream cruise concludes the trip.

During this 15-day trip participants walk between 5 - 11 mi. on most days. Best times of the year for this trip: May, June, September and October

Switzerland: The Jungfrau Trail

The Jungfrau mountains, its glaciers and valleys have been a magnet for poets and travelers for over 200 years. No wonder since the scenery is gorgeous and impressive while the trails are well marked and maintained. Accommodation is provided at hotels ranging from historic alpine inns and hotels of modest to superior quality. One night is spent at a remote mountain inn without electricity and rooms without private facilities.

This 9-day trip is for hikers in good condition since daily elevation gains and drops often exceed 3,000’ and the highest trail reaches an altitude of almost 12,000’. Best times of the year for this trip: June and September.

Greece: Along the south coast of Crete

The heart of this program is its wild south coast where steep cliffs rise above lonely beaches with crystal clear water, where whitewashed churches and small villages dot the arid hillsides, and where the scent of pungent plants perfume the air. This trip offers a chance to visit the Minoan Palace in Heraklion where the Minotaur once roamed, spend time in historic Chania, and, best of all, hike part of the E4 long distance trail along Europe’s southernmost coast facing the Libyan Sea. This is not for the faint of heart as some of the hikes are on exposed, steep trails, and we would rate some of them as strenuous.

During this 15-day trip participants walk between 5 - 15 mi. on most days. Best times of the year for this trip: May, September and October.