Friday, May 29, 2009

Switzerland Tourism Honors One of Our Own

Switzerland Tourism recently honored Ryder-Walker’s own Chris Pranskatis with the Goldflower Award 2009. The Goldflower recognizes “Chris P.” for his “long lasting and ongoing passion for Switzerland, his outstanding support in promoting tourism to Switzerland, and his extraordinary achievements as a successful tour operator in the North American market.”

Switzerland Tourism awards the Goldflower every two years during their industry trade show, the Switzerland Travel Mart. This year’s travel mart took place in the lakeside city of Lucerne.

Recipients of the award also receive a new Bucherer watch, (for maintaining Swiss punctuality of course), and they enjoy the honor of wearing the coveted goldflower lapel pin. The Goldflower Award is the highest honor that Switzerland Tourism bestows its partners from the North American Market.

Congrats Chris P!

This is just one more reason to hike with Ryder-Walker, a true Switzerland specialist.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

I want it all!


I love mountains, but I also love water. Luckily I can have it all in Switzerland!

Photo: Taken last week by Chris P. while heading across the Waldstattersee, (Lake Lucerne).

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Making a comeback?

I have an old book titled The Alps, by Otto Siegner. It's filled with wonderful old photos like this one of the Tre Cime di Laveredo, also known as the Drei Zinnen in German, meaning three peaks. These three impressive peaks stand proudly in a much larger mountain range known as the Sexten Dolomites of Northeastern Italy.

These peaks originally formed part of the border between Italy and Austria, but now they lie on the border between the Italian provinces of Bolzano-Bozen and Belluno. Today they form part of the linguistic boundary between the German and Italian speaking regions of this awesome mountain range, the Dolomites.

It just so happens that hikers on our Cortina and Lakes of the Dolomites Adventure get to spend a night in a comfortable alpine hut, (hiking access only), directly beneath these towering peaks. Even better, we're offering a special $300 discount per person for guests that register for this tour before May 25th, 2009. Click here to read more about our Spring Special.

It's too bad that our guests don't dress like this anymore, (although a few have come close). Nickers ARE making a comeback though, and I can only hope that argyle socks aren't too far behind.

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Breathless


It was above those cliffs in the distance, many years ago, that one of our guests turned to me and said, "It's not the number of steps in life that matter, but rather the number of steps that leave us breathless."