For ten years, Ed & Helen Maurer have organized and led unique hiking adventures along Europe’s long distance trails. Now we make these trips available to a wider public, and we add more destinations. While the hikes in Europe are exclusively operated by Sunrise Travel, those to other destinations are organized by reliable foreign tour companies. Regardless of the destination, these small hiking and trekking group adventures are led by certified leaders known to and vetted by us.Following the Camino in France
June 8 - 29, 2021: $3,895*
Due to the popularity of this unique long-distance hiking experience, we are repeating the pilgrimage along the Via Podiensis. Anybody thinking of walking to Santiago de Compostela ought to consider starting the journey in Le Puy. The first written account of the walk from Le Puy en Velay to Santiago is from the 10th century, more than a thousand years ago!
We invite you to walk with us along the first part of this historic route through some of France's most remote and picturesque regions, where hidden architectural, historical and culinary treasures abound. The trail leads steadily southwest and generally from higher to lower elevations, and from springtime on the high plains into summer in the verdant valleys of the Midi. On a typical day, we hit the trail right after breakfast, stop for lunch, and continue walking in the afternoon—all along taking pictures, meeting other walkers, and visiting sites of cultural, historic or touristic importance. Most nights we stay at small hotels and guesthouses in rooms with private bathrooms, although there are a few occasions where our accommodations will be more basic, i.e. with facilities down the hall. Leaders: Ed & Helen Maurer
Cost per person: Lyon - Le-Puy-en-Velay - Figeac, 16 days - $3,270*; Lyon - Le-Puy-en-Velay - Cahors - Toulouse, 21 days - $3,895*. Price includes accommodation in twin-bedded rooms*, mostly with private facilities, breakfast and dinner daily, a beverage with dinner, transportation as needed along the way according to the itinerary, private local guides as per itinerary, transport of one bag from Le-Puy-en-Velay to Figeac/Cahors, 2 experienced leaders, tips, taxes and service charges. Not included: air transportation from/to the United States, lunches, cancellation and medical insurance, optional excursions, and personal expenses. Group limited to 14 participants. * Tour cost calculated for 2020, costs for 2021 will be forthcoming in November, 2020. Details
Hike along the Libyan Sea in Crete
May 15 - 26, 2022: $2,750*
A few years ago, we fell in love with Crete, especially its wild western part. Steep cliffs rise above lonely beaches with crystal clear water, whitewashed churches and small villages dot the arid hillsides where the scent of pungent plants perfumes the air. This trip offers a chance to spend time in historic Chania, visit the Minoan Palace in Heraklion where the Minotaur once roamed, and, best of all, hike part of the E4 long distance trail along Europe’s southernmost coast facing the Libyan Sea. This is not for the faint of heart as some of the hikes are on exposed, steep trails, and we would rate some of the hiking as strenous. Leaders: Ed & Helen Maurer
Cost per person: $2,750 including all accommodation in twin-bedded rooms in hotels and pensions, breakfast and dinner daily, all transfers in Greece, luggage transfers from day 7 - 11, 2 leaders, taxes and service charges. Air transportation to and from Greece is not included. Group limited to 14 participants. * Tour cost calculated for 2021, costs for 2021 will be forthcoming in November, 2021. DetailsSwiss Base Camp
June 16 - 26, 2023 - $3,500*
3 days in cosmopolitan Basel with hiking into France and Germany followed by 7 days at the foot of the iconic Jungfrau range. The daily itineraries will be tailored to the participants preferences. Leaders: Ed & Helen Maurer
Cost per person: $3,500* including an active hiking program, guided city walks, scenic train rides (first class), a lake cruise, luggage handling, breakfast and 4-course dinner daily with a beverage, 2 leaders. 9 nights accommodation in 3 star hotels, sharing twin/bath. Single supplement available. Details* Tour cost calculated in 2020, costs for 2022 will be forthcoming in November, 2020.
Tour de Suisse
June 26 - July 10, 2023: $5,000*
Highlights: Lake of Geneva - Castle of Chillon - Aletsch Glacier - Zermatt - Matterhorn - Glacier Express - Pontresina - St. Moritz - Glacier Hike - Swiss National Park. Leaders: Ed & Helen Maurer
Cost per person: $5,000* including 9 days of hiking, locally guided city walks, scenic train rides, lake cruise, wine tastings, spa visit, luggage handling, breakfast and dinner daily, 2 leaders. 14 nights accommodation in 3 and 4 star hotels, sharing twin bath. Single supplement available.. Details* Tour cost calculated in 2020, costs for 2022 will be forthcoming in November, 2020.