Stairway to Heaven

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Holidays are meant to lift the soul, but the tacky realities of package travel all too often keep one earthbound. Geneva-based hiking company A Different View transports its customers closer to heaven with its tours through the high-altitude areas around Geneva, and the neighboring Haute-Savoie region of France, pictured. "We customize our hikes and meals to suit guests' wishes, and focus on local points of interest: plant and animal life, as well as culinary delights," says owner Trish Thalman. Her business partner, local Pierre Zuppiroli, guides hikers up mountain paths, through hidden valleys and down winding country roads, tailoring the...

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