Meet Ward Luthi


Welcome to Walking The World!

I’m Ward Luthi and  honored that you’ve taken time out of your busy life to wander these pages.

I started Walking The World in 1987. Why? Because I found I did best when I was outside, actively exploring this magical planet we live on. I felt better, I slept better. I smiled more. Wandering through areas of unbelievable beauty, sampling the world’s finest food and drink, and experiencing new cultures, was what I was made to do.

There’s a T-shirt that says “Hiking is Life…all the rest is details.” That pretty much sums up what I feel.

So, to help others share in the magical experiences I myself was having, I founded Walking The World in the fall of 1987. I can’t imagine a better way to spend my days than walking the world with each and every one of you.

We were the first in the U.S. to offer active outdoor programs for those 50 years of age and better. Our goal is to offer the best in worldwide walking tours and hiking vacations. Experienced local guides, personalized itineraries, outstanding accommodations, world class food and drink, and local culture combine for amazing and unforgettable adventures.

Our commitment to traveling safely and responsibly remains as strong as ever.


Ward Luthi