European Spring 2016
Dear Walkabout Walkers and Friends,
Let's celebrate 30 years!
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Walkabout's Launch 1986
First Walkabout Tour in 1986
First press cut in 1987!
First European Tour in 1988
WGA bus in Tasmania 1992
Former WGA Guide Birgitta!
Walkabout picnic near Dinner Plain
These evenings are always a great place for reunions and getting to know new guests and this year we had an excellent attendance at all venues!
Almost melting moments in India
|Flavours of South India | Next departure: Feb 21, 2017 [12 days]|
Public Ironing Station, Kerala
Elephants, Thekkady, Kerala
Tea plantation Munnar, Kerala
Houseboat in Kerala
Flower shop at Munnar market
While Gabriela was in India, Graeme joined the annual reunion of our Mornington Peninsula group, which is always such a special occasion. Catching up with our first ever guests on a Walkabout Tour and their friends plus other guests who they met on our tours over the years, is such a happy gathering! Without any doubt, the most rewarding part of our work during the last 30 years has been meeting so many special and wonderful people. Margaret McArthur and her late husband Ken came on the first Walkabout tour in September 1986 and she has written a little story about our humble beginnings.
When it all began…
In 1986 our close friends Jeanie and Alan Todd had been inspired by Graeme and Gabriela of Walkabout Adventure Tours - which they were initiating at a tourism expo in Melbourne and suggested my husband Ken and I join them on a weekend to Fraser National Park..."
READ MORE - Margaret & Ken (Dec) McArthur WGA Guests from 1986 - 2010
Mornington Peninsula 2016
Victoria High Country 1997
Intriguing Spain and Morocco
Gabriela and Gilles have just left to begin the European Season with the Follow the Moorish Trail from Valencia through Andalusia and Morocco!
This tour offers a wonderful insight into charming Andalusia in Spain and has a distinctly Moorish flavour.
Our walking tracks take us through these intriguing, old-fashioned villages and constantly changing scenery. The views are truly unbelievable - from often snow-capped mountains to the glistening Mediterranean.
Morocco’s sensuous beauty is legendary, from imperial cities with labyrinthine souks to the awesome grandeur of the Sahara.
Our journey takes us through Fez, a walled city suspended in a medieval dream, the Atlas Mountains and the Sahara Desert, ending in Marrakech.
|Follow the Moorish Trail | Next dep. April 3 2017 [12 days]|
Sahara Desert, Morocco
Rose Valley Dades, Morocco
In May we return to Sicily and the Aeolian Islands for another dose of Dolce Vita! Milo, our Sicilian guide will once again show you the best places of his homeland.
We discover Sicily on walks through the splendid Riserva dello Zingaro, pristine coastal land backed by steep mountains. The interior of the Madonie Mountains reveals Sicily’s deeply rustic culture - tiny mountain villages, farms, shepherds and freshly-made cheeses.
The Aeolian Islands offer excellent walking with some splendid vantage points over the other islands. They are named after Aeolus, the Greek god who kept the winds he controlled shut tight in one of the islands' many caves...
The 2,600 year-old heart of Siracusa, Ortygia, is set on an island. We walk the narrow streets; explore doric temples and the fabulous Greek, Roman and Christian ruins.
The majestic volcano Mount Etna, which dominates a large part of eastern Sicily, is the highest active volcano in Europe. Our walk takes us above 2000m and together with a local guide we discover this fascinating mountain.
Pantalica Gorge is Sicily's greatest necropolis. Along the path through the gorge we discover some of the 5,000 Neolithic tombs, hewn into the canyon walls.
In Piazza Armerina we visit the vast and sprawling complex of the Villa Casale, once a roman hunting lodge dating back to 286 and 305 Ad. The mosaics are virtually intact and the most breathtaking ones are those of the Roman-African period.
We enjoy delicious Sicilian dinners, which consist of a mixture of different traditions. Elements from Greek, Roman and Arab cuisines are still used.
|La Dolce Vita | Next dep. May 21 2016 [15 days]|
Fruit Market Siracusa Sicily
Cefalu Sicily Italy
Picnic in Zingaro Sicily
Relax and Unwind in Provence
Starting our days on our recent Flavours of India tour with Yoga and Meditation has proven to be the perfect start for the day! In July (4–10th) we still have some places left on "Relax and Unwind"... a more spiritual journey through Provence.
Many of our activities are relating to the senses, especially taste and smell. In the walls of a converted 13th century convent is the UESS, the European University of Scents and Flavours where we learn the basis of a perfume composition and create our own customized and unique perfume.
At the end of the workshop we can take home our own "flacon" of self-made perfume. At the Prieuré de Salagon we visit the ethno-botanical and medieval gardens followed by a tour of L'Occitane to learn how they harvest and distil its organic ingredients from the area.
Under the gentle guidance of Nastassja Clarke, we attempt to gain an inner elevation through the practice of yoga and meditation. It will prove to be a perfect option to rejuvenate your soul, mind and body.
Everyone deserves a little quality 'me time' and holistic therapies are an ideal way to relax and unwind.
Expect an array of fragrant vegetarian dishes during the short cooking seminars with professional chefs, Gabriela from Walkabout and Virginie from Les Petites Tables, specialising in fresh local organic produce.
Our walks take us into the gentle hills of Provence with siestas in a field of wild thyme and through small hilltop towns.
|Relax & Unwind in Provence | Next dep. Jul. 4 2016 [7 days]|
Siesta in the Contadour
Dinner under the stars, Forcalquier
Hilltop village, Provence
|Iceland Explorer | Next dep. July 27 2016 [14 days]|
We still have availability on our Eastern Circuit Walk, which will commence in September – a perfect time to experience the autumn colours in the mountains.
Unlike most of our Walking Holidays, which concentrate on the countryside, the Eastern Circuit actually spends some time in 2 of the great cities of Eastern Europe namely Prague and Krakow. Two nights in each of these cities is enough time to give you a good overview of the history and charm of these cultural gems and don't think that you won't do enough walking – both these cities are made for walking!
The majority of our the tour however is spent in the majestic Tatra Mountains – our walks take us through both the Polish and the Slovakian Tatra's, which is rich and alive with wildlife – marmots, chamois, eagles and even bears!
Don't miss the opportunity to experience a combination of history and culture with the breathtaking beauty of one of the truly great National Parks of Eastern Europe.
|Eastern Circuit | Next dep. September 9 2016 [14 days]|
Tatra Mountains Poland
Meet the locals!
While Graeme was busy with all the video evenings earlier in February, Gabriela was overseeing work on our new studio in Forcalquier, which is attached to a roof top terrace.
In Autumn it will be ready for rental!
The other three apartments also had a bit of a "facelift" with new painting, a new stove in apartment no. 1 (Eleonore), outside lighting on the terrace of apartment no. 2 (Sancie) and in apartment 4 (Marguerite) the television has finally moved into the lounge room.
Another big job was to repaint the stairway between Apt Nr 1 and 2 and it looks all fresh and new in this pretty light colour.
Three external walls of the house have been rendered and a new fountain in the garden invites for a relaxing siesta in the courtyard.
Just a few kilometres from Forcalquier is now a marvellous 9-hole golf course and golf enthusiasts are always very welcome to stay with us.
|Rental Apartments | Forcalquier, Provence, France|
Upcoming Food & Wine Festivals
There are plenty of events in Australia from Food & Fine Wine Festivals to Gastronomy Expos throughout the year. These Events bring together Australian and world-renowned winemakers, chefs and industry insiders to entertain, educate and inspire, you may also visit farm gates and cellar doors, meet with local producers, attend degustation dinners, taste regional products or even attend cooking classes!
We have put a list of local and overseas gourmet events together, here is what's coming near you:
See all Gourmet events for 2016
We look forward to seeing you on a walk with us soon and thanks again for being a part of our Journey during the last 30 years.
Our very best wishes,
Gabriela, Graeme and the WGA team