Monday, November 26, 2007

A taste of Switzerland in Utah.


This picture would pass for almost any of our tour photos taken in Switzerland. Ironically, it's a corner of Adolph's, a delightful little Swiss restaurant in Park City, Utah. A few of us traveled during the Thanksgiving holiday and enjoyed the opportunity to taste authentic Swiss cuisine west of the Continental Divide. That's Mark, Kristi and Catherine enjoying an appetizer of bunderfleisch and raclette on the day after Thanksgiving. Chocolate fondue and pear schnapps provided a perfect cap to a memorable night.

Treat yourself to Adolph's in Park City for a truly authentic taste of Switzerland. www.adolphsrestaurant.com/

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Win a free round trip flight to London!

Britain just launched it's first high speed Eurostar rail line, which means that now the journey between London and Paris takes just two hours and 15 minutes at 186 mph. Holy! Hold onto your Guinness, or your Chardonnay, depending on your direction of travel. Even better, all of the trips are carbon neutral. Yes!!!

Rail Europe is hosting a little contest to celebrate the event. Visit getalittleparis.com and click on "Add a mashup to win."

What's a mashup? In this case it's a combination of recognizable icons from Britain and France. Or more specifically, London and Paris.

A few very easy examples:
The Eiffel Tower and the Tower of London.
A French mime and a British Palace Guard.
A croissant and pub chips.

Go to the getalittleparis website and choose two icons from the homepage. Then click on the little train in the middle and watch the show.

I'm thinking Guiness and Molière. Do you think Queen Elizabeth could have some fun at the Lapin Agile, a notable 19th century cabaret in Paris? Mona Lisa...hmmm. She lives in Paris now, do you think she counts?

I have some fun ideas, but I'm selfish and I want to win that prize.

Register your winning combination and you just might walk away with a round trip flight between Newark and London for two people, plus a bunch of other goodies. You can see a full description of the prize at the website. Good luck!

Don't forget that we can order rail passes for anyone heading over to Europe. Eurail passes, Swiss passes and multiple country passes are just a few of the many products that we offer. Do you have a group that's heading over for Christmas? What about a solo traveler on spring break? No problem. The many options can be confusing, so just give us a call and we'll help you choose the perfect travel option for your trip. You don't even have to go hiking, though we'd love it if you did.

Again, bonne chance! (Good luck!) or Cheers! Tally ho!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Big snows promise great skiing in the Alps!



Huge snows in Austria!

Check out the following quote from Resi Steigler, a U.S. Olympic skier from Jackson Hole, WY that took fourth place in the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup slalom in Reiteralm, Austria this past weekend.

"We had meters and meters and meters of snow. I've never seen so much snow," Stiegler said.

According to a U.S. Ski Team press release, more than two meters of snow dumped on the course. However, Stiegler said she was liberated because it meant she could free-ski through deep powder, a treat she hasn't enjoyed on the World Cup tour for perhaps two years.

We're super stoked at Ryder-Walker, because this news means another great season with our sister company, Alpenglow Ski Safaris. Alpenglow has some great Alpine ski trips on tap for this winter, and last weekend's storm in Austria promises enormous grins.

Check out the Alpenglow website:
alpenglowskisafaris.com

To read more about Resi Steigler and the World Cup tour:
Click here

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Sold Out: The Golden Pass Route

The Golden Pass Route, a new Ryder-Walker exclusive tour for this year, just sold out. This is the tour that climbs the high mountain passes between Gstaad and Chateaux d'Oex, Switzerland, before descending to Montreux and the vineyard laced shores of Lake Geneva.
Many of our other guided tours are filling quickly and our private and self-guided tour proposals continue to roll out the door every day. Please visit our website to find the perfect hiking tour for you and your family, and don't hesitate to contact us with further questions.