Europe & Beyond - Memories & new Adventures
From Andalusia to Portugal
Always in favour of the Andalusia and Morocco combination on our Journey back in Time, it was a nice change returning for the first time after 13 years to Portugal. Obviously many of you must have liked this combination, as the first tour is fully booked. Due to popular demand, we have added a second tour, starting in Porto on the 20th April - limited spots available and if you are interested, please contact us.
Alhambra Palace, Granada
Douro River Cruise, Portugal
A year without Sicily
| Annie & I want to thank You & Helmut for a great walk. We really covered the "hotspots" of Sicily very well plus the walks were great. We were remarkably lucky with the weather as well. We thought the group was wonderful as well. Now we have to decide on walk No. 11!"
John & Annie, Adelaide, South Australia
|La Dolce Vita 15-day Walking tour in Sicily and the Aeolian Islands
|25 April | Palermo, Sicily, Italy
Cefalù, Northern Sicily
Capo d'Orlando, Messina
In May, I had the privilege of accompanying our first tour in Japan, an extraordinary journey led by our wonderful guide Pepijn. Diverting from the typical Walkabout experience, this journey was unique as we predominantly traversed the country by train. Pepijn introduced us to Japan's vibrant life, unravelling its modern and ancient traditions, exploring facets of religion, history, culture, art and cuisine.
October took me back to Japan and I can only join the chorus praising this autumnal spectacle - just stunning to see it again in this beautiful autumn light. Getting more familiar with our walks and daily life in Japan, we have fine-tuned this year's itinerary. We spend our first night in Tokyo and then make our way north to Nikko for two nights. We also have the opportunity to visit one of Japan's tea plantations on our way to Nara. Due to these changes, we have one extra night in Matsumoto and hopefully some more time to visit the city museum. Its main attraction is the collection of works from the world-famous Matsumoto-born artist Kusama Yayoi.
We are offering again 2 departures this year! While limited spots remain on our tour in May, the October tour is currently fully booked. Excitingly, our 2025 spring tour will embrace the cherry blossom season, commencing in late March. Exact dates will be shared once all hotel confirmations are secured.
|Kimi our Japanese guide was sensational. He was forever considerate, alert and looked out for our welfare, safety and enjoyment. A real treasure! Our group was always on time for our daily journeys and the energy was fun. Japan's countryside did not disappoint as it was magical with its autumn colours which only enhanced the adventure. Many thanks."
Marie from Willow Vale QLD, Australia
|The Spirit of Japan 18-day Walking Tour of discovery from Tokyo to Hiroshima
|10 May | Tokyo, Japan
|19 October | Tokyo, Japan
Shukubo Chion, Kyoto
Itsukushima Shrine, Miyajima
We are very happy to have Gilles still in the Walkabout team and as in most years, he took a small group to Corsica and Sardinia. Here dramatic mountains are never far away from the sea, which certainly makes for a dramatic landscape. While this tour is on hold for 2024, instead Gilles will guide our On the Celtic Way tour twice. The first tour on the 7th June is fully booked, however, there are two spots available for the second departure later in June.
| I'm very glad I took the chance to travel with a friend and do a trip a bit out of my usual comfort zone. I was one of the few 'non-repeaters' in the group of 14 - and the oldest - but it was a great group, and Gilles and Pascal looked after everyone beautifully. The accommodation was excellent; varied in character and location and never bland-international-hotel style. The food in our Cornwall hotels was tops; superior to the cuisine in Brittany (but, as the French friends we stayed with after the tour pointed out, Brittany has never been one of the gastronomic high spots of France, so no surprises there. And they're very good at galettes!). The coastal walks in both countries were magnificent, with the moors and the standing stones as counterpoints. We were lucky with the weather, too - only one wet day, really - and escaped the heat wave that's currently tormenting Europe. Salut to Gilles and Pascal - they did a wonderful job."
Judy from Exeter, England
|On the Celtic way 14-day Walking tour in England and France from Corwall to Brittany through to Devon, Belle Ile and Normandy
|25 June | Exeter, England
Sassolungo Dolomites, Italy
The Cathar Country, France
We can't wait to return to the Amalfi Coast on our Epicurean walk in Italy, beginning 8th June in Sorrento and concluding on the 23rd June in Florence.
From here we continue with our Gems of the Riviera, showcasing the beautiful Ligurian Coast, Cinque Terre and the Côte d'Azur. Join us on this fantastic walk with new highlights: a new trail in the Cinque Terre, Imperia, walking from Menton to Monaco. After much contemplation, we felt it was also time to change the title - so no more Walk to the Stars!.
|We really enjoyed this tour. It offered a delightful balance between walking and sightseeing. The walks with coastal views were a real highlight for us. We had some exceptional meals in very special locations, many with a view of the Mediterranean. We appreciated the high-end accommodation at Sestri Levante, with sufficient time to explore the region. We loved the opportunity to settle into a relaxed Mediterranean lifestyle, and staying in the middle of St Tropez in a cute hotel was a special opportunity."
Ellen from Brisbane, Australia
|Gems of the Riviera 14-day Walking tour through Italian & French Riviera.
|25 June | Florence, Italy
Meta Mountain range, Abruzzo, Italy
Sorrentino Peninsula, Italy
Unfortunately, our Mediterranean Odyssey journey is still on hold due to regulations, making it impossible to cross from Turkey into Greece on a commercial gullet and we can't see any green light in the near future.
In addition to our tour through Cappadocia and Eastern Turkey in May, starting in Kayseri, we have reintroduced one of our favourite journeys - Discover Asia Minor in Western Turkey, starting in Istanbul and ending in Antalya. Two captivating programs starting in May and September, led by our knowledgeable and popular guide Fatih.
|At long last I stepped inside the pages of my ancient history books to explore sites created and/or conquered by the Hittites, ancient Greeks, Persians, Romans and Ottomans. Glorious walks, some by the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas and through the unique Cappadocian landscape kept us well away from the hordes on board tourist buses and offered a variety of panoramic and scenic views. From cooking lessons in a village kitchen to sharing morning tea with our guide's family we sampled local hospitality as well as outstanding restaurants, simple local fare and different types of accommodation. A terrific itinerary delivered by guide Fatih and driver Umit for our little tour group of three. It was everything I had hoped for."
Helen from Adelaide SA, Australia
|Treasures of Cappadocia 17-day Walking tour in Cappadocia, South Eastern Turkey and the Black sea
|18 May | Kayseri, Turkey
|Discover Asia Minor 17-day Walking tour in Turkey from Istanbul to Antalya
|15 September | Istanbul, Turkey
Butterfly Valley, Turkey
|A truly fantastic experience. Clearly much research had gone into selecting the various walks, accommodation and restaurants. The two vehicles were perfect for carrying the relatively small group (15) and Graeme & Pascal were there to help in every way possible. My wife and I appreciated the fact that the tour saw no pressure on those unable to complete all the walking. I suffered from blisters and yet wasn't made to feel excluded even though I missed some of the walking. The gastronomic experiences, notably in Ainhoa, were outstanding and the pre-dinner gatherings for drinks really bonded a group of likeminded "adventurers". The Pilgrim's Way has my strongest endorsement. It was a truly wonderful and unique experience."
Peter from Perth WA, Australia
|The Pilgrim's Way 14-day Walking tour in France and Spain across Pays-Basque, Ainhoa and Santiago de Compostela
|02 May | Biarritz, France
|Discover the Pyrenees 14-day Walking tour in France and Spain, from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic
|10 July | Montpellier, France
Llanos de La Larri, Spain
Aigüestortes Estany de St Maurici
|I particularly loved the olive farm, the Potager and Vineyard, lunch at Alain Ducasse, the lavender fields, and both restaurants in Forcalquier, Salagon, the goat farm and cooking with Joyce. Thank you for making Provence all that I've read about and more!.
Liz from Nungurner Victoria, Australia
|Flavours of Provence 7-day Walking tour in Provence, France to Relax, Walk, Learn, Talk, Enjoy and Cook!
|13 July | Aix-en-Provence, France
|A Rejuvenating Retreat in Provence 7-day Walking tour in Provence, France - Relax and Unwind - Body, Mind, Spirit & Soul
|05 July | Aix-en-Provence, France
Picnic at the Citadel Forcalquier
Meditation in lavender field
|I had a really great time on this trip and positively LOVED Iceland. The landscape was truely amazing and the guiding was the best i have experienced. I loved the variety in the walks and the pace. My group was friendly and supportive and fun... the accommodation was just gorgeous and overall it was a really good trip. Having local guides made the trip unique and the leadership by Gabriela and Ragna was consistently present and switched on."
Julie from Sydney NSW, Australia
|Iceland Explorer 14-day Walking tour in Iceland
|27 July | Reykjavik, Iceland
|"Fabulous scenery, great walks, lovely hotels and meals. Each lake had a different feel about it, and each walk was different too. Thank you Gabriela and Catherine for guiding and driving us through this beautiful part of the world. (It's clear a lot of thought (and experience) has gone into planning this trip - the hotels, the restaurants, the walks, the route taken and the days off exploring the local area all contributed to an excellent trip)."
Anne from Perth WA, Australia
|The Italian Lakes 14-day Tour in Italy walking around Lago Maggiore, Lago di Como & Lago di Garda
|26 September | Luzern, Switzerland
Village of Soglio, Bregaglia Valley
|"We have joined a number of Walkabout Gourmet Adventures over the years and once again we thoroughly enjoyed the Croatia/Slovenia experience. it is a beautiful part of the world and certainly not one to be missed in a lifetime. Travelling with like minded people in a relatively small group with two wonderful guides as in Gabriela and Helmut, you simply cannot go wrong. Every day was an adventure in so many ways, whether it was experiencing the walking trails getting close to nature or as we call it 'earthing' , the history, the culture, the local cuisine or simply enjoying getting to know the other guests in the group. We would highly recommend WGA to anyone seeking a small group adventure where you can simply 'go with the flow' and enjoy each day where there is an element of surprise each day!"
Stuart & Davina from Brisbane QLD, Australia
|Explore Croatia & Slovenia 14-day Walking tour in Croatia and Slovenia
|11 October | Dubrovnik, Croatia
Mljet Island, Croatia
Voje Valley, Slovenia
|My cousin and I had an absolutely wonderful time touring South India. We loved the adventure walks and really enjoyed the cooking classes - they were a highlight. Accommodation was first class and the Aleppy houseboat trip was fantastic. Such a brilliant way to see life in Kerala up close and personal. We were so lucky to enjoy the company of the other tour guests - such a great bunch of people and so much fun...."
Victoria from Sydney, NSW, Australia
|Flavours of South India 12-day A Journey to the Soul - Walking, Cooking, Tasting, Meditation and Yoga in Kerala
|15 November | Cochin, Kerala, India
Shine our local guide
Cooking with Nimi Munnar
Fishing platforms in Cochin
|Mallacoota & Croajingolong ›› February 17
6-day in Mallacoota and Croajingolong National Parks, Victoria
|Sydney Coastal Gems ›› March 7
9-day in Palm Beach, Ku-Ring-Gai, Brisbane Water & Bouddi NPs, NSW
|Best of the West ›› April 29
13-day in Albany, Bibbulmun Track, Cape to Cape, Margaret River, WA
|Flinders Island ›› May 27
7-day - Jewels of Bass Strait Islands, Tasmania
|Lamington NP ›› June 23
5-day in the rainforest of Lamington National Park, Queensland
|A most enjoyable trip! Lovely accommodation and food; spectacular views from our room. Our leader, Graeme, was very experienced and well informed about the Lamington region. He had a gentle manner that allowed him to engage easily with all members of the group, providing support and guidance when required to ensure that all went smoothly."
Cheryl from Melbourne, Australia
Mt Stzelecki, Flinders Island