The eco-aware Wayfarers , is one of the “Best Outfitters on Earth” according to National Geographic Adventure.

Under the Tuscan Sun and A Year in Provence are two of many novels that have captivated us with images of sunny days, lovely local wines, charming cafes, flower-filled villages and ambles along gentle country paths.  So if your boots were made for walkin’, consider this:

The Wayfarers marks its 25th season with 83 diverse walks through 15 countries, ten of which are set in Italy and France. In France this summer: the Dordogne, Provence, the Loire Valley and in Italy: Cinque Terre, the Riviera, Lakes Como Maggiore & Lugano, Sicily, Tuscany and on. These 5-12 day programs feature daily walks of three to five hours following carefully crafted itineraries with overnights in authentic historic townhouses, castles, mansions, monasteries and farmhouses.

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The Wayfarers’ edge: exclusive entrées into private homes and gardens, graceful accommodations, outstanding cuisine, and meetings with local residents in Europe, South Africa, Slovenia, New Zealand and California. Their women-focused travel will offer “Girlfriend Getaways” and “Mother/Daughter” walks too.  

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