On Your Mark, Set Your Own Pace and Go: New Self-Guided Tours from Country Walkers

Country Walkers’ Self-Guided Walking Tours focus on inviting regions of Europe, offering immersion in local culture, natural beauty and attractions at a flexible pace.

Waterbury, VT, February 19, 2010 --(PR.com)-- Discover Europe at a stride that suits you, with pre-plotted routes, authentic local hospitality, and nary a worry about your luggage along the way

Discover the charms of Italy, England, Spain, and Switzerland at your own pace on New Self-Guided Walking Tours from Country Walkers. Newly launched, precisely planned and brimming with culture and local hospitality, the new tour series is perfect for independent-minded travelers who prefer to set their own tempo without missing a beat.

Country Walkers’ Self-Guided Walking Tours focus on inviting regions of Europe, offering immersion in local culture, natural beauty and attractions at a flexible pace. Make your way along clearly marked routes, proceeding hotel-to-hotel and table-to-table with resident representatives to assure both you and your luggage get where you’re going.

“The past year has revealed increased interest from our guests in travel with a personal point-of-view. While exploring the world oneself can be hit-or-miss, our new Self-Guided Tours meet independent-minded travelers halfway, with remarkable routes running off-the-beaten-track highlighted by pleasurable diversions, carefully vetted accommodations and attentive service,” said Timo Shaw, President of Country Walkers.

Travelers can depart nearly any day in prime walking season with flexible departure dates, and Country Walkers’ travel specialists are available to assist in choosing just-the-right destination to meet guests’ interests and abilities. Guests receive background details on their destination – including easy-to-follow route maps – before departure. On arrival, local representatives provide transfer to the route while overseeing transportation of luggage and standing on-call for 24-hour emergency service. Linger at local hotspots for as long as you like: Optional abbreviated routes enable a quick commutation for those too tuckered or absorbed in local delights for the whole route.

On the Self-Guided Italy: Villages of Piedmont (also a new destination for Country Walkers in 2010) itinerary, guests take their time for 9 days ambling along colorful vineyards in Barolo, tranquil forests, hilltop villages and historic castles. Accommodations include 3- and 4-star hotels and anagriturismo farmhouse – with continental breakfast and evening meals of authentic cuisine included to start and finish each day.

Flexible departure dates run throughout the summer and fall walking season, and each tour is also available as a fully guided trip. The complete lineup of Country Walkers Self-Guided Tours for 2010 includes:

· Spain: Catalonia: 7 days, 8-13 miles/day, $2,398, departures April 3-October 24
· Spain: Sierra de Gredos: 8 days, 6-12 miles/day, $3,248, departures March 28-Oct.24
· Spain: Mallorca: 8 days, 6-10 miles/day, $2,848, departures March 5-October 15
· Switzerland: Goms Valley: 8 days, 5-10 miles/day, $2,248, departures June 6-Sept. 19
· Switzerland: Davos: 8 days, 4-12 miles/day, $2,048, departures May 23-September 26
· England: The Cotswolds: 6 days, 5-8 miles/day, $1,348, departures May 2-October 31
· England Stratford to Oxford: 6 days, 3-9 miles/day, $1,648, departures May 2-Oct. 31
· Italy: Villages of Piedmont: 9 days, 5-9 miles/day,$3,048, departures May 5- October 14
· Italy: Umbria: 9 days, 9-10 miles/day,$2,448, departures May 3- October 14
· Italy: Ravello to Sorrento: 9 days, 6-9 miles/day,$2,848, departures April 4- October 17

For more information on Country Walkers’ new Self-Guided Tours, or to make reservations, please contact (800) 464-9255, or visit http://www.countrywalkers.com.

About Country Walkers
Country Walkers, based in Waterbury, Vermont (http://www.countrywalkers.com) was established in 1979 and is the world’s premier small group walking tour provider. Country Walkers offers well-crafted itineraries for Walking à la Carte, Classic Walking, Hiking and Private vacations. All trips highlight superb cuisine, outstanding tour guides, and authentic accommodations.

TUI Travel PLC is a collection of extraordinary travel companies. It operates from 17 major source markets, has 8 million customers and 72 brands. For more information visit tuitravelplc.com.

Country Walkers
Alexia Nestora