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European Gourmet Guided Walking Tours

Hedonistic Holidays launches specialist trips across Italy and Slovenia

Written by . Published on February 17th 2014.


European Gourmet Guided Walking Tours

HEDONISTIC Hiking is launching its European range of gourmet guided walking tours for the UK market.
 
The family-run company was born from the Anglo-Australian founders' shared love of food, wine and the outdoors and their desire to bring them altogether in some of Europe's most scenic corners.

With nine itineraries throughout Italy and Slovenia, every small-group trip combines unspoilt landscapes and local gastronomic delicacies with boutique accommodation and seamless personal service.

The husband and wife team – Mick, a professionally trained Australian chef, and Jackie, an expert in Italian art and culture – have a policy of always escorting the tours themselves. As fluent Italian speakers and experienced expedition leaders, this ensures that their exacting standards are maintained and their expert local knowledge is shared.

Walking In The Italian MountainsWalking in the Italian mountains – all levels are catered for

Each all-inclusive hiking tour is rated in terms of its exertion level to ensure walkers select the right trip for their holiday style, while the fine dining experiences and locally-sourced picnic lunches ensure energy levels are generously topped up along the way. Support vehicles also accompany every trek.

Itineraries blend peaks in the Julian and Italian Alps and sections of the Via Francigena pilgrim trail with UNESCO World Heritage Sites, medieval villages and even the chance to watch Siena's famous Palio (main picture).

Epicurean highlights range from olive oil tasting in Tuscany and candlelit cooking classes of Abruzzese specialities to truffle hunting in Piedmont and visits to the annual porcini mushroom fair in Emilia-Romagna's Slow Food town of Borgotaro.

Gourmet DelightsExpec gourmet delights at every turn

Prices start from £2,025 for the 8-day Parma, Tuscany and the Cinque Terre trip, which starts in Parma on 12 September and ends in Pisa on 19 September 2014. Single supplement £145. The price includes 7 nights' accommodation in three different hotels, two historic conversions and one deluxe property with a private beach, all meals including wine, coffee, gourmet picnic lunches, snacks en route and dinners in local restaurants, transfers from Parma and to Pisa, luggage transportation, a support vehicle to enable travellers to walk as little or as much as they like, museum visits and tastings plus comprehensive pre-trip information.

For a full range of itineraries visit www.hedonistichiking.com or call Hedonistic Hiking on 01858 565 148.

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