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Hedonistic Hiking

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Trip Planning, Italy, Walking Tours

Fully inclusive, high quality small group guided walking holidays in Italy.

Location: Tuscany, Piedmont, Emilia Romagna, Italian Alps, Slovenia and Friuli, Abruzzo, The Italian Lakes, and Southern Italy

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Special Offer

See our new Tour Dates for 2015!

Prices for 2015 will remain the same for 2016


 

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 in the areas through which you are walking.

Holidays in 2015

 

Lucca, Volterra and the Island of Elba - Hiking through Tuscan history

13 - 21 May 2015

This classic Tuscan tour starts in the artistic gem of Lucca - a beautifully preserved city encircled by its Renaissance walls lying just south of the stunning marble mountains of Carrara. We visit Volterra, a timeless hilltop town with Etruscan and Roman history and hike to San Gimignano with its unmistakable skyline of medieval towers. On our way to the beautiful island of Elba we stop in Bolgheri - now one of the most exciting and innovative wine regions in all of Italy. We finish on Elba, hiking to its highest point and exploring its capital city and the villa which was home to its most famous exile - Napoleaon Bonaparte.

Cost: €2,825 (fully-inclusive)   Single supplement €275

 

The Italian Lakes - Lakes, Gardens and Majestic Mountains  

27 May - 3 June 2015

2 - 9 Sept 2015

This tour 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: €2,895 (fully-inclusive)   Single supplement €275

 

The Wilds of Abruzzo - Stunning Peaks and Silent Valleys

27 June - 5 July 2015

22 - 30 Sept 2015

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: €2,825 (fully-inclusive)   Single supplement €250

 

Slovenia and Friuli - Lakes and Mountains, Waterfalls and Wine

6 - 14 June 2015

11 - 19 October 2015

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: €2,825 (fully-inclusive)    Single supplement €200

 

The Jewels of Piedmont - A Celebration of Slow Food

17 - 24 June 2015

21 - 28 October 2015

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: €2,695 (fully-inclusive)    Single supplement €200

 

The Best of the Italian Alps - Hiking in the Shadow of Europe's Highest Mountains

8 - 16 July 2015

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.  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: €2,825 (fully-inclusive)   Single supplement €275

 

The Palio of Siena - Italy's Greatest Spectacle

12 - 18 August 2015

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: €2,625 (fully-inclusive)  Single supplement €275

 

Parma, Tuscany and the Cinque Terre - Prosciutto and Parmesan, Pilgrims and Poets

11 - 18 September 2015

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 with a private beach on the Gulf of Poets in Lerici and visit Portovenere or 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: €2,625 (fully-inclusive)  Single supplement €200

 

A Tuscan Harvest - Chianti, Castles and Tuscan Cooking

1 - 8 October 2015

A relaxed hiking holiday staying in two luxurious hotels, the first converted from a papal villa, 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: €2,795 (fully-inclusive)     Single supplement €295

 

Southern Italy - Basilicata: The land where time stood still

10 - 18 October 2015

This brand new tour for 2015 explores the undiscovered region of Basilicata in the instep of the foot of Italy. Much of the region is completely untouched by the modern world and time seemingly stands still. We start in the pretty town of Maratea on the west coast before heading inland to the pristine Pollino National Park. Here we stay in a mountain refuge at 1350m for three nights, surrounded by magnificent scenery and nothing but the sights and sounds of the natural world. The final stop of the tour is the unique Unesco World Heritage city of Matera. We stay in an Albergo Diffuso, or “scattered hotel”, with rooms carefully converted from the town's original cave dwellings, each with individual features and wonderful views. Our final walk explores the compelling history of this matchless city and the surrounding countryside.

Cost: €2,795 (fully-inclusive)     Single supplement €275


All our holidays are available for private groups.  Contact us for pricing and availability but we recommend that you book early.

Contact Information

Company: Hedonistic Hiking

Name: Hedonistic Hiking

Street: PO Box 200

City: Porepunkah

State/Province: VIC

Country: Australia

Zip/Postal Code: 3740

Phone: +61 3 5755 2307

Fax: +61 3 8625 0038

Website: www.hedonistichiking.com

E-mail: Click here to send an e-mail inquiry


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