Hiking In High Style

There's no better way to explore a place than on foot. But forget the trail mix and sleeping bags; walking tours are increasingly going upscale, adding amenities from goat-cheese tastings to bath butlers. The Wayfarers' Pathways of the Impressionists is a seven-day journey through the French Provençal landscape. The easy-to-moderate daily walks through hilltop olive groves incorporate side trips like a visit to an herb farm and a cooking lesson with a two-star Michelin chef (from $3,850; thewayfarers.com).

Bothfeet's new Great Ocean Walk, southwest of Melbourne, covers 56 miles of remote Australian coastline in six days. But a personal masseuse visits hikers' rooms to ease the pain. And the trip concludes with a spectacular helicopter ride retracing the journey (from $2,295; bothfeet.com.au).

On the Heritage Tours Private Travel personalized vineyard and tea tour in northern Portugal, visitors stroll through a 17th-century wine village for port tastings en route to a tea ceremony along the Spanish border. Notable stops include a morning walk with wild horses in the Peneda-Gerês National Park (from $7,850 per person; htprivatetravel.com).

Some luxury walking tours last just a few hours. In Paris, the new Champs-Elysées hotel Fouquet's Barrière has teamed up with the tour operator Context Paris, which offers 20 walking seminars on themes such as cuisine, archeology and architecture. A bath-and-spa butler awaits your return at the hotel (www .fouquets-barriere.com), giving "happy trails" a whole new meaning.

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