A type of travel that is gaining rapid popularity is the guided walking tour. Small groups with local guides allow for an intimate tourist experience. Generally, the usual tourist traps are avoided and you get a real view of the country.
Often local guides will arrange for a dinner with a local family in town to give you a genuine taste of the local cuisine. Make sure your passport is ready to go (along with your most comfortable shoes) and talk to us if you need to renew your passport or require a travel visa for entry to any of the countries mentioned in this list.
A beautiful walking tour that will take you through ancient temples, small villages nestled between enormous Himalayan peaks, and rice paddies and farms worked the way they have been for thousands of years.
2. New Zealand
Known for its beaches, forests, and beautiful valleys, New Zealand is a nature lover’s dream tour. Due to the country’s geographical isolation, it has developed uniquely in its evolution with a singular ecosystem. Visit untamed frontier towns and quaint villages, all in one tour!
The Dalmatian Coast is quietly becoming a must-see destination for lovers of medieval architecture, olive groves, and beautiful, rolling green hills. Island-hopping is the standard mode of tourism through this country by the sea.
4. Czech Republic
This country has walking tours that are set in villages that look like they came straight out of a fairytale. World-class breweries, charming cobblestone streets in cities like Telč, the catacombs of Tábor, and the crooked medieval lanes of Český Krumlov where you’ll see brightly painted row-houses. Prague has intriguing gothic streets to explore, and of course, sample the street food of handmade dumplings.
Known as the Land of Fire and Ice, Iceland offers beautiful landscapes, black sand beaches, waterfalls, lava fields and their famous hot springs. Steeped in Viking traditions, you’ll find fjords with Minke whales and seals along with picturesque villages to explore. In the city of Reykjavík enjoy all the comforts of home and explore Europe’s largest migratory bird sanctuary at beautiful Lake Mývatn. One must-see is found in Þingvellir National Park, where you can stand at the meeting place of Iceland’s 1,000-year-old parliament.
Machu Picchu is a destination on the bucket list of many travelers, when you visit, make it a walking tour and really get a feel for the area. The vibrant culture of the area is filled with buzzing marketplaces, beautiful, high rising Andean peaks, and explore the ruins of the lost cities. Other great walking tour destinations in Peru include the Urubamba River Valley or the baroque architecture found in Cusco.
7. Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia
Foodies will enjoy a walking tour of Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. Walking tours often include a walking tour of the Night Market where all types of delicacies can be sampled. Cambodia walking tours often include the Khmer ruins which are overrun and half hidden by huge silk-cotton trees in the jungles. In Laos, you’ll see country villages and quiet pagodas while walking lush trails.
Those are just seven popular destinations to book a walking tour. Forget the tourist traps and crowded venues, see a country as it was meant to be seen with a local guiding the way.