Thursday, December 31, 2015

New Bhutan Dates





We have new dates for our Bhutan Chomolhari Trek Hiking Tour. The new dates are:
October 6-17, 2016.

Check out our video (above) of Bhutan's famous Tiger's Nest temple, day 2 of the hiking tour.

What is a typical day like?

5:00 am—Sunrise. 
6:00 am—Tea of Coffee provided by the cooks in each individual tent. 
6:30 am—Warm water available for washing. 
7:00 am—Breakfast, cooked by our friendly sherpas. 
7:30 am—Break camp. 
8:00 am—Begin trek stage. Visit must-see attractions like the Tiger's Nest, and hike to an elevation over 16,000 feet above sea level! 
12:00 pm—Lunch with awesome views. 
2:00-3:00 pm—Arrive in camp. 
3:00 pm—Afternoon tea. Relax. 
4:30 pm—Soup offered. 
7:00 pm—Dinner, followed by campfire stories and the awesome tranquility of a night spent in the Himalayan Mountains. 

You can read the full hiking tour itinerary by clicking here

Please contact us to put your name on the guest list for Bhutan 2016. 

Happy New Year!

Friday, December 11, 2015

RW Merchandise for Sale!



More great gifts! 

Our new microfleece jackets by Mammut with embroidered Ryder-Walker logo are oh-so-comfy. Our trip leaders wear these jackets everywhere! They're also the perfect 3-in-one jacket.
  • On the trail, they offer great mid layer insulation. (This is the layer above your hiking shirt, but below your rain jacket/shell.)
  • They're perfect as a stand-alone jacket for those days when the weather is a little chilly but you don't need something completely wind or waterproof.
  • These fleece jackets are really cozy when lounging around a mountain hut after a day on the trail.
Whether you're relaxing in front of the fire, or out on the trail, you'll love your Mammut microfleece!

Looking for a stocking stuffer? We also have Ryder-Walker baseball caps and hot/cold insulated to-go mugs too!

Yadkin Mens' Jacket

Color: Black
Sizes: S, M, L, XL, XXL
Price: $100
Includes Shipping and Handling

Yampa Women's Jacket

Color: Black
Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL
Price: $100
Includes Shipping and Handling

Ryder-Walker Adventure Cap

The light-weight Ryder-Walker adventure cap is ideal for hiking, walking, golf, running and most outdoor sports. The high-teck “Breeze” Lite performance fabric by Pacific Headwear keeps you dry and cool. Adjustable velcro back makes it virtually fit everyone.
Color: Graphite
Price: $20
Includes Shipping and Handling

Ryder-Walker Hot/Cold Insulated To-Go Mug

Our to-go mug with Café Cap is the perfect companion to keep your drink hot up to 6 hours, or iced for 24 hours. The 12oz, wide opening Klean Kanteen mug has a durable, double-wall construction, all-stainless interior that does not retain flavors and is super easy to clean.
Color: Black
Price: $30
Includes Shipping and Handling

We don't earn a penny! We're donating all the proceeds from the sale of these items to 350.org a grassroots movement devoted to the preservation of a livable planet. 

Please give us a call or send an email to place an order. 

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

For Sale: Limited Edition Paintings of Our Favorite Hikes in Europe



These would make awesome gifts!!! Ryder-Walker commissioned award-winning artist Wayne McKenzie to paint three of our favorite hikes in Europe, the Val Ferret (Tour du Mont Blanc), the Val Travenanzes (Italian Dolomites Trek), and the Val Bregaglia (Engadine Trek).

We’re selling the original paintings for $2500 each, and limited edition professional gallery wraps for $450 a piece including taxes, shipping and handling.

The gallery wraps are professionally photographed versions of the originals, printed on high-grade photo satin canvas, framed in a wrap style and protected with a UV fine-art satin finish. The finished art also comes with a hanging wire and is ready to be displayed. Note: We only have 10 wraps available for each painting. These won’t last forever!

The above painting is of the Val Bregaglia, day 7 of our Engadine Trek. The image is from a meadow just north of Soglio, Switzerland and features the mighty Sciora group of peaks along with the Piz Cengalo and the magnificent Piz Badile. Original painting with frame—$2500.


This painting shows the stunning Italian Val Ferret beneath the Brenva face of Mont Blanc, day 6 of our Tour du Mont Blanc. In our opinion, the Brenva is the most spectacular side of Mont Blanc. Original painting with frame—$2500.


Here is the top of the Val Travenanzes, an absolutely wild and striking valley in the Italian Dolomites. Past guests will recognize this as the hike between the villages of Corvara and Cortina on our Italian Dolomites Trek. Original painting with frame—$2500.

Spotlight on Wayne McKenzie

Australian native Wayne McKenzie is a long-time friend to the Ryder-Walker family and an award winning plein air painter. His works are a visual journey into the landscapes he creates. His paintings hang in private collections throughout North America, Europe and Australasia. Along with his countless awards and Best of Shows in many national competitions, Wayne’s work has appeared in various publications in the United States including being honored as a feature artist in the hardcover book Best of Artists-Oil-Global edition by Kennedy Publishing. You can see more of Wayne's work at his website: http://www.waynemckenzieart.com/

Please contact our office to order one of these limited edition pieces.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Read Our 2016 Hiking Tour Catalog Online



It's a real pleasure to flip through our new 2016 digital hiking tour catalog. You can turn pages like a magazine, zoom in, print out a copy, and download a pdf version if you like.

You'll also find new trips, smart tips, feature stories and more inside.

New for this year's catalog:

Peter Walker talks about the founding of Ryder-Walker on page four and gives a definitive answer to the question asked by thousands of Ryder-Walker guests, "Where does the 'Ryder'in Ryder-Walker come from?"

We announce new hiking tours in Iceland, England, Switzerland, PatagoniaSpain, and the Rocky Mountains.

Ryder-Walker presents limited edition merchandise for sale on page 11, including sexy fleece jackets, form-fitting baseball caps and thermally intelligent beverage storage devices.

Also on page 11, we offer limited edition paintings (originals and prints) of our three favorite alpine scenes (the Val Ferret, Val Travenanzes and Val Bregaglia), commissioned by us and painted by award-winning artist Wayne McKenzie. These would make great Christmas gifts!

We also hear stories about Ryder-Walker guides Ken Fuhrer and Ace Kvale. Ken celebrates his 20th Anniversary with Ryder-Walker in 2016, and Ace is trying to raise $60,000 to support the reconstruction efforts going on in Nepal after the recent devastation there. Way to go guys!

There's a whole lot more inside.
http://ryderwalker.com/hiking-tour-catalog/ 

We hope you enjoy our new catalog. Please share with your friends and, as always, contact us to put your name on a tour.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Join Our NEW Hiking Tour in Eastern Switzerland



Did you know that we have a new hiking tour in Switzerland? Well, we do. It's called the Alpino Vino Wunderbar.

Wait? Didn't we offer this trip last year? And the year before?

Yes we did! The Alpino Vino Wunderbar is kind of like a hiking tour grab bag. Every bag is different. We change the itinerary each year in order to show you the most exciting (and often undiscovered) corners of the Alps. This year we're staying entirely in eastern Switzerland and visiting the regions of Appenzell, Klosters and the Engadine.

What you get:

Gaze across four different countries from atop the Hoher Kasten (5,876 feet). Five thousand feet may not seem very high, but consider this: You'll get 360 degree panoramic photos of Lake Constance, Germany; the Voralberger Alps in Austria; the rugged hill country of Liechtenstein; and the bucolic countryside of Appenzell, Switzerland. Whew!

You'll also have lunch at a traditional working farm, and you'll follow special hiking trails carved into  the twisted, tortured and malformed limestone. There are wildflowers too!

What else?

A private van will transfer the group to Klosters, a trendy ski resort with awesome hiking out the back door. Austria is just a stone's throw away, so virtually every hike offers rewarding views of Austria's glacier capped peaks. You'll also hike past quintessential cuckoo clock chalets on trails that have been in use for hundreds, (if not thousands) of years.


An exclusive treat.

Our guides will show you a secret hiking trail from Klosters to the Engadine. No other Ryder-Walker trip follows this route. You'll also hike beneath a peak called the Flüela-Wisshorn (10,121 feet) and you'll picnic at sparkling, high alpine lakes. One of the highlights of this tour is the walk into the Val Minger and the Val Plavna, rugged mountain valleys that stretch south from our hotel. There are some really beautiful mountains that surround these valleys including the Piz Lischana, Piz Minger, Piz Pisco and the Piz Plavna Dadaint (10,390 feet). The Piz Plavna Dadaint is basically 6,000 feet higher than our hotel in the Engadine Village of Scuol. The elevation change is striking!


Are you sold yet? Check out the itinerary for more info. Then call or send us an email to reserve your spot. See you in Switzerland!

Photos by Ken Fuhrer

Thursday, October 15, 2015

From Montenegro With Love



From a guest:

Hi Ken,

I just had to send this.  Glamorous summer on the Adriatic!  We had an excellent time.  I hope the second week went well and they enjoyed it as much as we did.

Thanks for everything!

-Sue

Photo: Ryder-Walker head guide Ken Fuhrer in his element—leading our new Montenegro Trek. | By Sue Johnson

Monday, August 17, 2015

Celebrating with Ryder-Walker for 13 Lucky Years (Guest Blog)



Milestone Adventures

When there's a milestone for our family to celebrate, our first thought is always, "Let's go on a Ryder-Walker trek!" It started in 2002 when Ray surprised me by signing up for the Tour du Mont Blanc for my 50th birthday. After ten days with a curly haired kid named Kenny, we were hooked!

Three years later we treated our son Cam and his roommate Mike to the Dolomites Trek to celebrate their graduation from Dartmouth. Daniel, the strapping Swede, was the perfect guide for a couple of cocky 22-year-olds.


In 2009, we joined the extended Ryder-Walker family for the 25th Anniversary Jubiläum where we had the pleasure of meeting not only Peter Walker, but his son Branford and charming father, Charlie.


I turned 60 in 2012 and the only gift I wanted was to hike the Haute Route. Kenny and Staffan showed they had the right stuff to party with our merry international group, which included a number of friends we made on the trail with Ryder-Walker.


Our most recent celebration was Ray's 70th birthday-- nine perfect days in France and Italy on the Alpino Wunderbar Trek.  Cam, now 32, joined us with his wife Cary. Once again, Daniel showed the "kids" that he is the undisputed mountaineering king.


Who knows what our next celebration will be... perhaps my 65th birthday in 2017!  Thank you, Ryder-Walker for the memories of a lifetime.  Blythe Fortin, Boise, Idaho

Thank YOU, Ray and Blythe. Here's to another 13 lucky years!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Photos from Mont Blanc



Here's a group shot of our Alpino Vino Wunderbar guests on the flanks of Mont Blanc. Our group took the Panoramic Mont Blanc cable car, one of the highest cable car traverses in the world, from Chamonix France, to Courmayeur Italy. A foot of fresh snow from the night before added ambiance and helped to cool things down. Thankfully, temperatures have dropped back to normal following Europe's recent heat wave.


These two photos show the spectacular views from a balcony ridge walk above the Val Veny, just south of Courmayeur, Italy. Many people think, and we agree, that Courmayeur offers the most stunning views of Mont Blanc and it's surrounding peaks. 


Following Courmayeur, our guests will transfer to Cogne, Italy. They'll stay in a plush hotel, (you can see a photo here), and hike around the Gran Paradiso National Park, enjoying views of the Gran Paradiso itself (13,323 feet). The Gran Paradiso is the highest peak entirely in Italy.

Photos by Daniel Sundqvist

Monday, July 27, 2015

Cool Guest Photo!



David Bloom sent us this photo. He writes, "17+miles in the Alps today!"

Yes! Do you have hiking tour photos that you'd like to share? Please send them our way, or share them on our Facebook page. Happy summer!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Passing the Torch



Mountain guide by day, writer by night. This is Branford Walker, the next generation of mountain guides for Ryder-Walker Alpine Adventures. Following in his father's footsteps, Branford is sharing his well earned knowledge of the Alps with our guests. Branford just finished guiding our Tour du Mont Blanc, a ten day circumnavigation of Western Europe's highest peak.

Since the age of three, Branford has participated in the development of, or been on, almost every trip that Ryder-Walker has to offer. In some ways, he almost has more experience than our veteran guides!

Come over to the Alps, and hike with Branford. With record warm days in the alps, you're sure to have the best of times.

Photos by Daniel Sundqvist

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Picnic in the Val Roseg, Switzerland



Yesterday's hike included a spectacular picnic in the Val Roseg. Top notch mountain scenery, alp cheese and Bündnerfleisch. We were a lucky bunch watching climbers on the Biancograt, all while alpine doles were circling the friendly skies.

-Daniel Sundqvist
Engadine Trek 2015, Switzerland

Monday, July 13, 2015

Q&A: Can We Store Luggage at the Zurich Airport?



Question:  We're taking a Ryder-Walker hiking tour in Switzerland, but we're flying to another European destination (France) following our hike. We'll have a few bags that we won't need during our hiking tour. Can we just leave them at the Zurich airport?

Answer: Yes! The Swiss have you covered.

You'll find the supervised left luggage counter next to the Service Center in car park 2 (level 1). You can store suitcases, hand baggage, clothing and bulky items for a maximum of 3 months. The counter is open daily from 6:00 am to 10:30 pm.

Click here for the Zurich Airport baggage page with details, prices and more info. Stash your bags and go!

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Great Times on the Tour du Mont Blanc!



RW guides Daniel Sundqvist and Branford Walker just checked in from the Alps. They write,
"Great weather and times on the Tour du Mont Blanc!"

Top left: The Grand Col Ferret, the border between Switzerland and Italy.
Top right: Daniel enjoying record heat in the Alps.
Bottom left: Alpine wildflowers in full bloom.
Bottom right: Crossing paths with an Italian cycling (road) race.

Images by Daniel Sundqvist

Friday, June 26, 2015

Hiking and Climbing in the Italian Dolomites




Daniel Sundqvist sent these photos from a private Dolomites hike that he's guiding in Italy. One of our guests wanted to celebrate her 50th birthday in style, so she, her husband, and two friends asked us to put together a private hiking and climbing tour in the Italian Dolomites that incorporates a Via Ferrata. What's a Via Ferrata? Click here for a definition and description of a Via Ferrata that we explored with guests last year. As Daniel likes to say, "Via Ferrata is fun!"



Where will they go next? Where will YOU go next?

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Short on Time? Hike Three Different Countries in Under a Week!



Did you know that we have a shortened version of our popular self guided Tour du Mont Blanc? Well we do! It's called the Tour du Mont Blanc Vitesse. Vitesse means "speed" in French, and you'll feel speedy as you walk through Italy, Switzerland and France in 5 hiking days.

Technically, the Tour du Mont Blanc Vitesse is a 7-day tour, but the first and last days are travel days. On day one, you'll touch down in Geneva, Switzerland and transfer by private taxi (arranged by us) to Courmayeur, Italy. You'll stay in one of our favorite hotels located just steps from the cobbled streets of Courmayeur's historic old town. On day seven, you'll wake up to the fresh alpine air of Chamonix, France, have breakfast in your comfortable hotel and depart. In a pinch, you could actually jet out immediately following your hike on day six, though we don't recommend it. Chamonix is a really special place. It's considered the birth place of Alpinism, and the perfect base for viewing Mont Blanc (15,781 feet/4,810 meters), Western Europe's highest peak.

What's the hiking like? We can't forget about Switzerland! On day three you'll hike from Italy to Switzerland across the Grand Col Ferret (8,330 feet), passing cute little Swiss Chalets and working alpine dairy farms along the way. You'll also spend the evening in a very traditional Swiss Chalet, with delicious food and awesome mountain views. Click here for the full itinerary, then shoot us an email to organize your own Tour du Mont Blanc Vitesse.

Photo: One of the many glaciers on the Tour du Mont Blanc |  By Terese Broderick

Monday, June 22, 2015

Hike With Us In Patagonia!



Back in March we unveiled a set of photos with the tag line "Where are we going next?"

Now it's official. We're going to Patagonia in 2016! More specifically, we developed a nine-day hiking itinerary that explores the Lake District of Argentina.

At A Glance


You'll visit the most delightful towns and villages of Argentina including, San Carlos de Bariloche, El Boson, Llao Llao and San Martin de los Andes.


The hiking trails offer something special for everyone. Two days offer hiking above tree line with optional summit hikes and 360 degree panoramic views of the surrounding lakes and the Andes Mountains. Two hikes stop at mountain huts serving lunch and home cooked specialties in gorgeous settings. One hike follows an incredibly scenic river gorge called Cajon del Azul, the Blue Canyon, filled with the clearest turquoise pools you've ever seen. Another day offers a boat ride across across Lago Nahuel Huapi, the largest lake in the region, followed by a casual walk through Los Arrayanes National Park, famous for its protected cinnamon colored Arrayan trees. Throw in some optional summit hikes, sprinkle with peninsulas straight from Neverland, add a shot of picnic on-the-beach, and we guarantee you won't want to leave!

Accommodations


You'll spend two nights in a modern lakeside 4-star hotel within walking distance of downtown Bariloche. Two nights in a family run 3-star hosteria out in the country near Bolson. This is a traditional family type of accommodation where a family member usually prepares the meals. Two nights in a classic, grand 4-star hotel perched up on a hill overlooking the Llao Llao peninsula and the surrounding lakes. Two nights in a smaller 3-star Hosteria or 4-star Hotel, both within walking distance to the lovely small downtown of San Martin de los Andes.

Breakfast and dinner are included daily. Luggage access is available on all nights of the tour. Private transport will deliver us to trailheads, villages and hotels during the course of this trip.


More Details

Click here for dates, prices, and to read the Patagonia hiking itinerary in full detail. See you in South America!

Photos by Dave Gruss. 

Monday, June 15, 2015

Greetings from Sicily!



Check out these photos from our Sicily hiking tour which ran May 30th to June 7th. Do you see the volcanic eruptions at the bottom of each photo montage? Those aren't stock tourism photos. They're real photos from the trail. Our group hiked to an active volcano during their trip. It's not dangerous, but it's very scenic (something that everyone should do at least once in their lives). You can check out the itinerary here. Thanks to RW guide Daniel Sundqvist for shooting these photos.

What's it like to be a Ryder-Walker guide? It's a pretty exciting life, and you can be a part of it! Follow Daniel on Instagram and live vicariously through him as he travels around the world in search of new adventures. His next stop is Italy and a private Italian Dolomites Trek



Wednesday, June 03, 2015

What makes the holes in Swiss Cheese? | It's the bucket, stupid!



This is where Swiss cheese gets its bubbles, but there's a debate brewing on HOW those bubbles form. According a recent report, it's the bucket, or rather, what falls into the bucket when farmers milk Old Bessie, that determines the holes.

Scientists have long held that certain bacteria in young cheese release carbon dioxide to form the ubiquitous holes that people, (and mice), around the world love so well. A recent report, however, published by The Guardian and Agroscope, a state centre for agricultural research, said the phenomenon – "which marks famous Swiss cheeses such as emmental and appenzell – was caused by tiny bits of hay present in the milk and not bacteria as previously thought."

Whoa.

The piece goes on to say that "the mystery holes became smaller or disappeared when milk used for cheesemaking was extracted using modern methods." As it turns out, “It’s the disappearance of the traditional bucket used during milking that caused the difference."

You can read the whole article here.

What do you think? We have so many questions, like, what about the huge holes? Are those formed by huge pieces of hay? Does the hay swirl around like an excited electron, thus forming holes of different sizes. What about bacteria on the old buckets? Could that be the culprit, or the farmer's hands? Maybe something falls from the cow and into the milk that we'd rather not know about. Ahem.

We have unanswered questions, but this is certainly a great conversation starter for the next fondue party!

Please leave your comments below.

Photo: Swiss cheese ages (and gets its bubbles) at the Emmentaler Schaukaeserei "Show Dairy" in Affoltern im Emmental, Switzerland. | By Chris Pranskatis

Monday, May 18, 2015

Here's a nice story about our Arches & Canyonlands Tour!



Renowned travel/lifestyle and food blogger Marla Meridith published a nice piece about our Arches & Canyonlands hiking tour on her website, familyfreshcooking.com. Please check out her story, and be sure to give her a thumbs up if you love it!

We think that Marla did a nice job capturing the southwest flavor of our favorite hiking tour in the U.S. Thank you Marla!

Would you like to get on the guest list for next year's tour? Please give us a shout.

Above Photo: By Ken Fuhrer

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Open Saturday & Sunday—Now Through September



The hiking season is here! For your pleasure, the Ryder-Walker office is now open 7 days a week from 9:00 AM to 5:00 pm (Mountain Standard Time). These hours are in effect from May 1 until September 30, 2015.

Give us a call, or send us an email to register for a hiking tour, ask questions about your trip, or inquire about a future tour.

"Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana."

-Groucho Marx

Photo: Swiss Wildflowers | Engadine Trek, Switzerland
Babsi Glanznig

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Follow the Arches & Canyonlands Hiking Tour!




Need a desert escape? Check out these photos from popular lifestyle and travel blogger Marla Meridith. Marla is currently hiking our Arches & Canyonlands tour with Ken Fuhrer and documenting her adventures along the way. You can follow Marla all week on Instagram, and don't forget to visit her website: familyfreshcooking.com

Thank you Marla, for sharing your Ryder-Walker experience with the rest of the world!

Friday, May 01, 2015

The View From Spain



This photo of the Pyrenees comes from our longtime guests, Aubrey and Diane Whitear. Aubrey and Diane hiked our Pays Basque and French Pyrenees tour last summer and returned to the Pyrenees this spring to explore the Spanish side of the range. They shot this photo near the village of Santa Pau. 

Where have you hiked this year? Please send us your photos or share them on our Facebook page. 

Thank you Aubrey and Diane, for sending us this shot!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Happy Earth Day!



Corona Arch | Moab, Utah
Arches & Canyonlands 

Photo: by Chris Pranskatis

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Video: The Allure of Ticino!




Have you registered for our new self-guided Ticino hiking tour? If the answer is yes, then check out this new video from Ticino Tourism and get in the mood.

If the answer is no, then watch the vid anyway, and get the divine guidance you've been looking for. The scenery is good. Enjoy it!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Sneak Peek! Where are we going next?




RW guide Dave Gruss recently returned from researching our newest guided hiking tour, and he sent us these photos. Can you guess where we're going?

Here's a hint. You'll find water and inspiring vantage points. (Check out the guy playing his guitar!)




The mountains are BIG. 




Adventure components abound.






There's culture. (What's a Ryder-Walker hiking tour without miscellaneous sheep?)




Of course the hiking is great, and the views go on forever.




Have you figured it out yet? Sign up for our E-Newsletter, keep checking this blog, and connect with us on social media (to the right of this page). You'll be the first to know when we unveil our newest Ryder-Walker hiking tour!

Monday, March 23, 2015

City Break: Stay In Bern, Travel Free



Bern is a really fun city to explore after your Swiss hiking tour. From trendy eateries and cafes, to world class shopping and art, there’s a little bit of something for everyone. It’s also a perfectly preserved medieval city, making it a photographer and history buff’s dream. The perfectly preserved Old Town is a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site.

If you stay overnight in Bern, then you’ll travel for free with the Bern Ticket on Bern’s extensive public transportation system. The Bern ticket covers your entire stay and includes the famous Gurten funicular, the funicular Marzilibahn and the elevator to the Cathedral Platform. The Cathedral Platform is a viewing platform on the Berner Münster, a Gothic cathedral in the center of town dating to 1421. The Münster is Switzerland's tallest cathedral. The viewing platform offers 365-degree views of the city and the peaks of the Berner Oberland on a clear day.

Click here for more info on the Bern Ticket, and a list of more fun things to do in Bern.

Image by Chris Pranskatis

Friday, March 20, 2015

Spring has Sprung! Flower Covered Meadows and Mountain Ooh-La-La



What better way to celebrate spring than with this picture of dandelions blanketing a rolling green meadow in the Italian Dolomites! This meadow is called the Alpe di Siusi, or Seiser Alm in the local German language. It's actually the largest high elevation meadow in Europe, making it the largest "alp" in the Alps. The mountain in the background is called the Sciliar, or Schlern in German.

Ken Fuhrer shot this image during a private Italian Dolomites Trek last June. If you like flower-covered meadows, then you'll love the Italian Dolomites!

Happy Spring!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Morning On The Irish Coast



Th' Anam Tho' Dhia! but there it is —
The dawn on the hills of Ireland!
God's angels lifting the night's black veil,
From the fair, sweet face of my sireland!
O, Ireland, isn't grand you look—
Like a bride in her rich adornin'!
With all the pent-up love of my heart,
I bid you the top o' the mornin'!

Excerpt from "Morning on the Irish Coast" ("The Exiles Return") by John Locke (1847-1899).

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!

Image: Dingle Way Hiking Tour, Ireland
By Karen Walker

Monday, March 16, 2015

Hike Montenegro-New Spaces Available



This is your chance! We've had a couple of spaces become available on our popular Montenegro hiking tour. This tour was previously sold out. Here is the current availability.

September 15-22, 2015—Two Spaces Available
September 16-23, 2015—Sold Out
September 23-30, 2015—Two Spaces Available (1 double room)

We love this trip, and we know you'll love it too! Click here to see the full Montenegro itinerary.

Please send us an email to join one of these trips. Or call:
In the U.S. 888.586.8365
International +1 970.728.6481

See you in Montenegro!

Image by Ken Fuhrer