Founded in 1984, Ryder/Walker Alpine Adventures specializes in inn-to-inn trips throughout the Alps of western Europe. Our groups are small, and our attention to your experience has gained us a loyal following. Newer tours reflect our quest to provide remote, unusual and challenging mountain experiences in addition to tours to more classic destinations. Many trips are designed to meet the wishes of our increasingly experienced and savvy travelers and of our repeat travelers, who make up half of our guest lists. In addition to our scheduled trips, we organize independent travel and private guided hiking adventures by arrangement. On every trip you will find that the utmost attention has been paid to providing a superb hiking route between charming inns and beautiful alpine villages. We transport your luggage on our guided trips so that you hike with only a backpack and enjoy the pleasures of going light, while your guide takes care of the details of travel, luggage handling and other logistics.
Our motto, Leave the Pedestrian Behind, conveys our desire to provide you with an an extraordinary adventure, and our guides, office staff, and founders, Karen and Peter Walker, work year round to refine our itineraries to offer the best in alpine hiking in the Alps combined with the most atmospheric accommodations, inspired regional cuisine, and expert leadership. Each day, you can expect that every member of our team has worked to ensure that the details of your alpine adventure have been taken care of, so you can relax, hike and enjoy the myriad pleasures of hiking in the Alps, from otherworldly views to the sublime enjoyment of settling down under a pristine, white down comforter in the crisp alpine air.