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Fully inclusive, high quality small group guided walking holidays in Italy.
Location: Tuscany, Cinque Terre, Umbria, Piedmont, Emilia Romagna, Italian Alps, Slovenia and Friuli, Abruzzo, The Italian Lakes
See our new Tour Dates for 2014!
Check out all our tours for 2014, including our brand new Italian Lakes walk. Bookings made for 2014 before 31 Oct 2013 are guaranteed the 2013 price!
Specialists in small group guided gourmet walking holidays in Italy, Hedonistic Hiking is owner-operated and provides exceptional personal service from start to finish. Meticulously researched itineraries taking you off the beaten track with enjoyably challenging guided hikes. Two guides on all tours, with a support vehicle to allow you to walk as much or as little as you desire. Boutique accommodation, outstanding food and fine wines matched to every meal. Eco-certified company with a strong commitment to sustainability meaning that your holiday directly contributes to the local economy and supports small businesses.
Holidays in 2014
The Italian Lakes - Lakes, Gardens and Majestic Mountains - NEW TOUR FOR 2014
11-18 June 2014
3 - 10 Sept 2014
This brand new tour for 2014 explores three of the lakes of northern Italy: Lake Como, Lake Maggiore and the lesser-known Lake Orta. All three lakes have a magnificent backdrop of the snow-capped peaks of the Italian Alps. We stay in three hotels, two of which have are located right on the lake and have their own private jetty. The tour passes through Switzerland and we visit, and hike near, the Swiss city of Locarno on the north western shore of Lake Maggiore. In addition to our vehicles we use boats, cable cars and funiculars to transport us to different areas for walking.
The tour starts in Milan city centre – with a guided visit to Leonardo da Vinci’s famous painting of the Last Supper - and finishes at Milan Malpensa airport.
Cost: €2695 (fully-inclusive) Single supplement €275
The Wilds of Abruzzo - Stunning Peaks and Silent Valleys
21-29 May 2014
30 Sept - 8 Oct 2014
Abruzzo is the only region in Italy which can boast three National Parks and our brand new tour for 2013 explores all three. Lying to the east of Rome, Abruzzo is a remote and unspoilt region. Beautiful villages perch on the hilltops and are surrounded by the majestic peaks of the Apennine mountains. The parks abound with wild flowers and are home to chamois, deer, wolves and the Marsican bear. The local people are justly proud of this magnificent region and offer a warm welcome to all who visit.
Cost: €2595 (fully-inclusive) Single supplement €180
Slovenia and Friuli - Lakes and Mountains, Waterfalls and Wine
1-9 June 2014
19-27 Oct 2014
This is a 9 day hiking holiday in Slovenia, often referred to as "The Sunny Side of the Alps", and north east Italy. Stay beside beautiful Lake Bohinj and hike in the Julian Alps. Visit Kobarid on the pretty Soca river, which was a town of great importance in World War 1 and immortalised by Ernest Hemingway in his novel "A Farewell to Arms". Today Kobarid is regarded as the culinary capital of Slovenia and boasts many fine restaurants. Cross the mountains into Italy on foot to explore Friuli and walk in the vineyards of Collio. Visit the Unesco World Heritage sites of Cividale and Aquileia.
Cost: €2675 (fully-inclusive) Single supplement €180
The Jewels of Piedmont - A Celebration of Slow Food
10-17 Oct 2014
Explore the land of Slow Food and experience a lesser-known region of Italy. A slower-paced holiday with time to savour the outstanding gastronomic delights of the area - Barolo and Barbaresco wines, the White truffle of Alba, porcini mushrooms, artisan cheeses and much more. The October departure includes a guided truffle hunt with a local trifolao and his faithful dog. Stunning walks: carpets of Alpine flowers in June when we hike high in the mountains past pristine lakes, other trails take us through vineyards, medieval villages, visiting abbeys and castles to learn of the region's heritage. Beautiful accommodation in two family run hotels.
Cost: €2525 (fully-inclusive) Single supplement €195
The Best of the Italian Alps - Hiking in the Shadow of Europe's Highest Mountains
1-9 July 2014
Experience the Italian Alps in their very best season. As the snow melts stunning flower-filled alpine meadows emerge. Enjoy fabulous hiking surrounded by spectacular views of the Gran Paradiso, Monte Rosa and Mont Blanc mountain ranges. New for 2014: Stay three nights in exquisite Courmayeur and take a cable car to the "rooftop of Europe" at 3335 m for unbeatable views of Mont Blanc PLUS hike a section of the Tour of Mont Blanc. Visit ancient castles and follow the routes of the Roman armies, medieval pilgrims and Napoleon Bonaparte. See alpine fauna in their natural habitat and enjoy the fabulous hospitality and delicious cuisine of the smallest region of Italy.
Cost: €2725 (fully-inclusive) Single supplement €275
The Palio of Siena - Italy's Greatest Spectacle
12 -18 August 2014
The Palio horse race in Siena is one of the most spectacular festivals in Italy. It takes place twice a year, on 2nd July and 16th August. It is, however, much more than one race on the one day. It is the apex of months of preparation and the Palio itself is a four day event. To watch it on TV, or read about it in the paper, or even to stand in the square and witness the race itself, is only scratching the surface of a fabulous tradition. This exclusive tour brings you the "Quattro giorni del Palio" and immerses you in the rituals and fokelore of the festival.
Cost: €2595 (fully-inclusive) Single supplement €240
Tuscany and Umbria - Across the Apennines
7-14 May 2014
Start the tour with a leisurely lunch and olive oil tasting at an organic farm near the charming village of Anghiari. Cross from Tuscany to Umbria on foot and hike in the Apennine mountains with spectacular views of both regions. Follow evocative pilgrim trails to remote churches and walk on pretty woodland paths. Stay in a beautifully restored abbey and finish the holiday with three nights in the heart of the lovely medieval Umbrian town of Gubbio. Extend the tour to visit Assisi and witness Gubbio's annual candle festival on May 15th.
Cost: €2445 (fully-inclusive) Single supplement €175
Parma, Tuscany and the Cinque Terre - Prosciutto and Parmesan, Pilgrims and Poets
12-19 September 2014
Visit Parma – an architectural and culinary jewel in the gastronomic heartland of Emilia Romagna. Step back in time hiking ancient routes of the medieval pilgrims and travellers in the fascinating Lunigiana region in northern Tuscany. Explore the historic Via Francigena trail along ancient pilgrim paths. Visit a parmesan cheese producer for a private tour and tasting. Discover remote castles hidden in the Tuscan hills. End your trip at a luxury hotel on the coast and visit the stunning villages of the Cinque Terre by boat. Opportunity to extend in the Cinque Terre for a few days of relaxation or self-guided walking.
Cost: €2445 (fully-inclusive) Single supplement €175
A Tuscan Harvest - Chianti, Castles and Tuscan Cooking
21-28 September 2014
A relaxed hiking holiday staying in two luxurious hotels, the first converted from a medieval hamlet, the second a former palace in the centre of a Tuscan village. Guided hikes take you off the beaten track to discover Tuscan gardens, castles and wine estates. We open the door to the heart and soul of our home region. Meet local wine makers, farmers and chefs. Visit the World Heritage city of Siena and enjoy a private guided tour. Have fun making fresh pasta with a celebrated local chef in the sixteenth century kitchen of a private country villa.
Cost: €2495 (fully-inclusive) Single supplement €210
Company: Hedonistic Hiking
Name: Hedonistic Hiking
Street: PO Box 200
Zip/Postal Code: 3740
Phone: +61 3 5755 2307
Fax: +61 3 8625 0038
Website: www.hedonistichiking.comE-mail: Click here to send an e-mail inquiry
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