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Our private guided tour on the Bernese Oberland Traverse was nothing short of spectacular. My husband and two teenage daughters (17 and 15) took a 6 day private trip with Abby, our guide. We were absolutely enamored with the stunning alps, mountains and glaciers. Abby is smart, professional, flexible, and responsive to her guests’ needs. We couldn’t have asked for a better tour. We wholeheartedly recommend it, and look forward to our return!

Abby Strauss-Malcolm

Tour Designer + Guide

Abby Strauss-Malcolm believes in dynamic balance — stretching comfort zones — life as an experience of change and growth. She’s always willing to get out there to experience things for herself, and she’s ready with an outstretched hand and quick laugh to encourage anyone who wants to join her.

Abby’s approach to leading a fulfilling life: “Time spent sharing incredible places with a group, moving through the landscape on foot, enjoying good conversation and food, and inspiring people to reach their goals and attain new heights.”

After years of travel, being ready to root, Abby now calls Gloucester, Massachusetts home. She works in our office heading up sales, designing tours, scheduling guides and helping create seamless logistical flow for our private guided, guided and self-guided tours.

Being able to guide professionally has given her the opportunity to explore widely from Israel and Jordan, to Mexico, Canada, Alaska, Thailand, India, Vietnam, Singapore, Burma, and much of Europe.

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