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Guided Trips

Guided Hiking Tours, Hut-to-Hut Hikes, Inn to Inn Hikes – Distant Journeys

We offer two styles of walking trips and hiking vacations: hotel-based trips, and our more demanding hut-to-hut or inn-to-inn hiking trips.

Hut-to-Hut And Inn-to-Inn Hiking Trips

Our hut-to-hut and inn-to-inn hikes offer fit hikers a wonderful way to travel some of Europe’s most beautiful landscapes on foot. These trips are usually along classic long-distance routes. We travel by foot to a new location each night, staying in hotels, small inns or mountain lodges, also known as refuges or huts.

Hut-to-Hut Hiking Trips: Our “hut hikes” refer to trips whose itineraries include some nights in village gites, or in mountain huts, also referred to as refuges, rifugios, cabanes, and huttes. These hikes are more off the beaten path and can be entirely or partially in remote areas. Our “hut hikes” include the Haute Route, the Tour du Mont Blanc, the Dolomites Hut Hike, the Tour of the Vanoise, the Grand Traverse of the French Alps,  Slovenia’s Julian Alps to the Adriatic, and our Iceland treks.

Inn-to-Inn Hiking Trips: Our Inn-to-Inn hikes provide the same experience of traveling by foot to a new destination each day, ending the day at a comfortable, though at times simple, hotel. These trips are less remote in nature and include England Coast-to-Coast, the West Highland Way, Provence Inn-to-Inn, Tour of the Luberon, Tour Monte RosaAcross the Berner Oberland, and our Norway Inn-to-Inn.

Hotel-Based Hiking Trips

For those who like the idea of settling in and getting to know an area while doing day hikes, we offer hotel-based trips. On our hotel-based trips we visit one or two different areas, stay in very comfortable hotels and enjoy wonderful easy-to-moderate day hikes in the surrounding areas. At present, these trips include the Dordogne on Foot, Cross Country Skiing and Winter Walking in Austria trip and our Coastal Maine Hiking trip.

Why A Guided Trip?

We understand how precious vacation time is, and we also know that as much as we all look forward to it, traveling can be hard work, especially in a foreign country. Our guided trips take the stresses of traveling out and leave the adventure in.

We take care of all the arrangements, and make joining and leaving our trips as convenient as possible. Among other things, your guides will tell you how long, how far, how much up and down, where to buy your lunch and what’s for dinner. All you have to do is show up with you pack on and your boots laced, ready to hike.

Our guided trips also give families, couples, friends traveling together and single travelers, the opportunity to meet and get to know like-minded people in a more relaxed and congenial environment. One of the unique aspects of traveling on foot is the surprising and refreshing sense of camaraderie that is generated through shared experiences.

“You guys had this perfected years ago and the amazing thing is you’ve not lost that edge. Many companies rest on past success and lose sight of what it was that got them where they are. Not Distant Journeys.”

Terry Stich, Rochester NY

Any hiking trip in the mountains requires a certain amount of effort and proper fitness training will enhance your enjoyment. In the mountains, time and elevation gain or loss as opposed to distance, tend to be the determining factors when defining hiking grades or level of difficulty. We have done our best to grade our trips consistently, please contact us for further clarification. We are happy to offer names of past participants.