Getting off the tourist path!

Val Veny streamGetting off the tourist path…..tired of vacationing at all the popular tourist spots?  My experience is that most tourists flock to the same places.  There’s so much more out there! Deepen your experience, adventure where others don’t, travel in small groups, mix with the culture!  Be adventurous!


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Eat & hike your heart out!

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Hiking European Style!

The European Alps offer the hiker a respite where they can enjoy a meal, their local beers & wines, wonderful coffee or tea. Enjoy a lively conversation, practice a new language, make new friends. Rest well in the mountain hotels and continue exploring!IMG_2008 2008 Switzerland

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SWITZERLAND: Land of the Giants photo journey 7-8 pm Wed. Sept. 30 in Bend, Oregon

Join us for a magical photo-journey hour exploring Switzerland: Land of the Giants! 


Wednesday September 30 from 7-8pm @ The Wine Shop & Beer Tasting Bar                                             55 NW Minnesota, Bend, Oregon

come early and enjoy a glass of Beer or Wine!

  ~ A Photo-journey of the Berner Oberland featuring the Eiger, Monch & Jungfrau ~
Presented by Hilloah Rohr, European Cultural & Hiking Guide and Photographer.  
Free to the public!  21 and over 
For more information: or email
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Tour Switzerland: Land of the Giants ~ August 2016

Switzerland: Land of the Giants


Tour Dates: August 15 -25. 2016
11 day tour
Price: $3,495*

Switzerland at it’s best!  Spend your days wandering in the gaze of the Eiger, Jungfrau and Monch (the ogre, young girl and the monk).  Pretty impressive company!

Based at a cozy view Hotel in Lauterbrunnen, we take full advantage of the Swiss cog trains and gondolas to explore new vistas daily.  Some nights are spent up high in comfortable mountain lodging.  Always enjoy your private room at the end of the day (double occupancy, single available at an increased fee).

Speaking of high, we visit the top of the world!  Only the Swiss would think to dig out a cog train line that carves up inside the Eiger, ending at 13,000’ on the Jungfrau.  Once on top, we walk on the glacier and discover the ice carved caves and artwork at the Jungfraujoch.

There’s never a dull moment as we visit the roar of Trummelbach Falls, cheese making in the mountains (with wine of course), Piz Gloria the rotating restaurant on the top of the Schilthorn where we visit James Bond World, hike the UNESCO Eiger Trail next to the north face of the Eiger, explore the amazing waterfalls of the Lauterbrunnen valley.  That’s just for starters.


The Details:

  • mostly hotel based hiking with some point A to B hiking
  • suitable for intermediate level and above hikers
  • all lodging included
  • all land transportation included
  • breakfast & dinners
  • access from Bern, Zurich or Geneva airports
  • tour starts and ends in Lauterbrunnen
  • tour restricted to an 8 person maximum
  • Price is $3,495 for 5-8 people


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Switzerland Tour 2016


 June 25 – July 5, 2015

Hill above col du fromage1 copyVisit this sunny corner of France right along the Italian Border and enjoy spring at it’s finest.  Friendly hiking trails and vistas filled with wildflowers, lakes, wildlife and untouched historic villages adorn this beautifully preserved regional park.  Immersed in French culture, you’ll know you’re pleasantly off the “tourist path”!  Discover ancient salt traders tunnels, the path where Hannibal took the elephants over the Alps, Napoleon’s routes, Fort du Queyras.  End each day in a charming hotel/pension withyour own comfortable room and French cuisine!  Voila!

$2,995 includes
private room (double occupancy)

breakfast & dinner
ground transportation during tour
peace of mind 

Join us for the journey of a lifetime!

  • Small groups
    – 6 person limit
  • Close to nature
  • Exquisite lodging
  • Regional cuisine
  • Culturally rich
  • Affordable
  • A real vacation
  • Custom tours * ask us!

The Journey is the Destination ~ For Complete Information Inquire Within”


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Custom & Self Guided Tours ~ Your time, your way!

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visit the magical Alps of France, Italy, Switzerland
and cities of the region 

It’s all your choice:

when you travel  –  where you go  –  what type of lodging – difficulty of trails  –  travel itinerary –  cities and connections



  • itinerary design
  • arrival and departures
  • reservations
  • maps & guides
  • logistics

Let me help you to custom design your precious time in a manner that directly fits your time and needs. Once designed, I provide you with needed books, maps and materials, I make your reservations for you, provide you with a suggested packing list and other helpful travel information. You design the package, I do the work. You’re ready to go!

Possible routes include:

  • Dolomite Dayhikes Tour
  • Tour du Mont Blanc
  • Tour de La Vanoise
  • Tour du Queyras
  • Tour of the Jungfrau
  • Le Gorge du Verdon
  • Magic of Monte Bianco
  • Chamonix Valley Dayhikes
  • Mysterious Venice
  • Belluno Italy

 email us at for more information.

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“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.” —John Muir
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Time to let go of all we don’t wish to have present in our lives and invite in that which we wish to fill our lives with.

This is a great time to set out intentions (verses resolutions).

“Be courageous. It’s one of the only places left uncrowded.”


Attention energizes, Intention transforms
Intent is desire without attachment
Intent is for the future, attention is in the present
The future is created in the present
Accept the present as is, do not struggle
The present is awareness
The past is recollection, memory
The future is anticipation
Be free from the burden of the past and the present becomes fertile for the creation of the future

“You are what your deepest desire is.
As is your desire, so is your intention.
As is your intention, so is your will.
As is your will, so is your deed.
As is your deed, so is your destiny.” The Upanishadsprayer flags

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Nice through Provence via Le Train des Pignes June 21-25, 2015

Meet in Nice and ride the Train du Pignes through Provence June 21-25, 2015 followed by the Parc du Queyras Wildflower Hiking Tour!

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The journey begins exploring old town Nice where we base at a comfortable, authentic pension/bed & breakfast. Early morning walks up the coline above town offer the opportunity to wander the town cemetery and take in the breathtaking views of the deep blue Mediterranean below. The Matisse Museum,  walks along the malecon and explorations of all the wonderful nuances in-between make for a fun filled three days.  Join us anytime between June 21-23.

On June 24 we venture north as we wind through the backroads of Provence by the historic Train des Pignes.   We arrive for lunch at the medieval town of Entreveaux where the old citadel awaits us.  From there we ride the train on through Provence to Digne-Les-Bains.

 On June 25 we drive north through scenic backroads to the Parc du Queyras where our 11 day hiking & cultural adventure begins!  Cost: each participant pays for their own food, lodging and transport.  The rest is provided as a curtesy to participants of the Wildflower Hiking Tour.


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Interview from the mountains of the Berner Oberland, Switzerland PT 1

As many of you know, I love travel, culture, hiking and of course photography.  This past summer I returned to the beautiful Berner Oberland in the heart of Switzerland, home of the renowned Eigar, Jungfrau and Monch.  One of the bergs I hiked to and spent the night at was the very scenic Obersteinberg.  It was there that I met Vicki, a 57 year old American woman from Pennsylvania who is a cheese maker with her husband. The following is the first part of an interview accompanied by photos.  Enjoy!

1.  I believe you said you’d been into cheese making for 20 years.  What were your biggest influences for entering this unusual career, especially a half world away?

VICKI:     I’ve been ON THE ALP for 21 years. My husband makes the cheese; I only give it a salt-water bath every 3 days (for the first 3 months). I ended up here because I just had this sudden idea that I wanted to work with cows. I was always drawn to Switzerland and the mountains, even as a small child.


2.  Your days are long and full of physical labor.  What are your favorite parts and your least favorite parts?

VICKI:      I like really all the jobs, even cleaning the stall. What I don’t like is when my age and/or health problems get in the way of my work—or when there’s stress that too much has to happen in too little time. And I’m always worrying about the animals. I have this old lady sickness that they’re really my friends, and I just want them to have it nice. Which I of course don’t really understand so well at the same time, what’s “good” for a cow. 



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