Yes, luxury and hiking can belong in the same sentence-if you're talking about luxury hiking tours. Not everyone likes to go it alone in the wilderness, and this is one way to play follow the leader and step out onto a beaten path that may seem less inviting without knowledgeable companionship.
In the United States and Canada
You could argue that there's no place more beautiful than Canada and quite a few people would agree with you. One look at the scenery on this page will make you want to start your hike right away. You get to work with guides here, too, and they'll educate you on the history, the culture, and the plants and wildlife in the area.
On this particular luxury hiking tour, you'll start in Alberta, hike along the Rockies, and check out Lake Louise. After that, strap on your boots for an adventure that takes you to Yoho National Park and Takakkaw Falls. See the website for dates. Pricing runs about $1895 per person for a five day trip.
In the United States, Arizona is a hot spot for hiking. It's not all just the Grand Canyon, though that is one of the natural masterpieces Mother Nature has created in the area. You can combine a trip where you check out the swanky restaurants, bars, and hotels, then travel north to the Grand Canyon area to hike and maybe even camp if you're up to it.
Other great spots to stop off at in the United States include:
Europe and Beyond
Learn about Greece's history and culture while enjoying a phenomenal view during a fourteen day hike. Start out in Athens, a place in itself to visit if you ever get the chance but don't have the full two weeks this trip allows. Explore on foot while you educate your mind.
How does New Zealand sound for an exotic hiking trip? This trip is a nine day long adventure that costs about $3795 per person and takes you from Christchurch to Queenstown. You won't be roughing it during the nights in between the days on your feet. You get eight nights in fine hotels. Now that's luxury.
The scenery is magnificent and the culture is rich. There are valleys of wildflowers and mountain forests to trek through. You'll have a chance to take in the local artisanship and buy crafts at stores along the extent of your trip. If you've never been kayaking, this trip is your chance to experience that, as well.
Plan for It
Again, you have to plan ahead of course. Some trips will require airfare and you don't want to wait until the last minute to schedule that! Some sites to check out to help you in your planning: