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2018 Travel Trends: Walking Tours in and out of Town

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We know that many of our clients are revving up and ready to hit the road this year. Stay active and keep on adventurin’, that’s what we always say.

One of the coolest experiences you can have on a trip is a walking tour – it’s simple, doesn’t take too much time and effort, keeps your blood pumping, makes you feel energetic, and is a fantastic way to tour the city or countryside the way the locals do every day. Plus, you often get to see a side of the destination that many tourists don’t.

Here are some of our favorite walking tour companies – call Willamette Intl Travel to book yours today. 503-224-0180 or email inquiry@wittravel.com.


Walking in Venice: luxury tours focusing on history, art and photography with art aficionados to the Accademia, or the Ca’Rezzonico, or the Ca’Pesaro and Fortuny Museum. Discover Renaissance Venice at the height of its power.

Spanish Trails: our in-country supplier for tours of Barcelona, Madrid and the Catalonian Coast. They offer small group walking tours in the city, wine tours in La Rioja region, or succulent food-tasting tours.


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Context Travel: Small group tours and private tours in many cities around the world, from Edinburgh, Budapest and Istanbul to Philadelphia, Shanghai and Rio de Janeiro. Spend the day with a local historian or scholar who will enchant you with their in-depth knowledge.

Chocolatine: How can we forget lovely France. Chocolatine provides a wealth of fun private walking tours (including those hard-to-find tickets to exclusive Parisian events!) all around Paris, Provence, Normandy and throughout.


Adrienne & Renato: Adrienne & Renato are a husband-wife team, she from Portland and he from Naples. With their team of local guides they can arrange everything from private Pompeii tours to dinners in the Tuscan countryside. Their services include close, personal attention illuminated by a background in art history and mythology.

Art Tours by Amy / Mountain Hiking Holidays: It seems every time we check in with these folks, Amy and John Osaki have something new and exciting up their sleeves. Amy organizes the art tours in Europe and Asia, and John heads the mountain hiking trips all across the globe. Look for the next trip to explore the heritage of Japan, November 2018.

Marissa: Marissa is a one-of-a-kind one-woman operation in Buenos Aires. She’s organized tailor-made tours in and around the city for more than a decade — we highly recommend her if you’re in town!

“When you spend a day with Marisa in the fabulous city of Buenos Aires, you become Argentinian!!” ~~ John @ Wittravel

Sherpa Expeditions: Looking for a multiday challenge? these folks curated self-guided walking and cycling trips throughout the United Kingdom and Europe. They supply you with the itineraries, some of the gear, and hand-picked B&Bs and inns to give you that small-town feel!


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Solo Adventurers: Hit the Road with Backroads Active Travel

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Interested in Solo Travel?

Backroads is offering some great opportunities for solo adventurers!

Backroads Active Travel is a small adventure company that organizes walking, biking and multisport trips in all over the world. Join a small group of like-minded travelers and expert guides. Their mission is to truly immerse the traveler, exploring hidden corners usually inaccessible by car or tour bus. Explore Europe and beyond via the great outdoors. Clear your mind and challenge your senses.

Backroads offer almost 100 departures exclusively for solo travelers to 30+ destinations. Their experts accommodate solos by pairing them up with roommates or providing private rooms. PLUS If you’re one of the first five to sign up on a trip, you can save up to 50%!

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Some Sample Trips:

Discover the Hawaiian islands in a unique Multipart Adventure Tour on the Big Island, from Kilauea to the Kohala Coast. Hike to dramatic waterfalls, go snorkeling and sea kayaking, and bike around the volcanic landscape of Kilauea Iki crater.

Explore the Amalfi Coast by foot or boat, and wander around the colorful seaside towns and timeless villages with terraces.

  • Hiking the Cinque Terre & Tuscany
  • Biking from Parma to Verona Bike Tour
  • Hiking in the New Zealand mountains
  • Myanmar Bike Tour
  • Dalmatian Coast to Montenegro Multipart Adventure
  • Biking in the Dolomites
  • French Pyrenees & Spain’s Rioja Region
  • Hike the Canadian Rockies
  • California Wine Country Bike Tour

Stay in Touch with Solo Trips by joining our Solo Adventurers Email Blast today. Throughout the year, Wittravel receives notice from various travel partners offering special rates tailored just for you. Email frontdesk@wittravel.com to sign up today. We only send marketing information via email if you have signed up, and we never give away our client list.

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