an exquisite journey across northern India
ACTIVE journeys, AUTHENTIC experiences,
FABULOUS food & wine and a touch of LUXURY
Since 2004, when EPIcURIOUS travel operated its first walking tour on the Larapinta trail, we have gradually evolved from offering luxury walking holidays in Australia and Italy to today, when we create experiential tours in Spain, Italy, Chile, Ecuador, Peru, Bhutan, India, Sri Lanka, Japan, Vietnam and Cambodia. The essence of our tours is still a focus on culinary, cultural and active travel and we only craft itineraries in the destinations we know well and have experienced.
We offer a number of small group journeys with a maximum of 12 guests as well as crafting unique journeys for private travel.
Our defining characteristic as a small boutique touring company is to create a travel experience that is enriching, memorable and designed to reveal the true spirit of a destination. Our distinctive journeys explore local cuisine, culture and landscapes, providing travel experiences that are immersive, inspiring and deeply rewarding.
Jennifer Wilkinson ~ Owner/Director
A Culinary Journey to Japanwith Michael Ryan
This exciting and luscious small group journey led by chef Michael Ryan, takes you through a fascinating culinary and cultural discovery of Japan with time spent in the vibrant cities.
Activity Level: Easy +
Chile in stylePatagonia & beyond
Explore this land of striking contrasts, defined by its extraordinary natural beauty from the wilds of Patagonia, to the spectacular lakes district and the lunar landscape of the Atacama desert.
Activity Level: Moderate
The Larapinta tour by Epicurious travel was exceptional value for money. The country is stunningly beautiful and the walks well organised and manageable (I am 70!). The young tour guides were very knowledgeable about the geology, history, Aboriginal stories and beliefs, the flora and fauna and bird life. I loved the campsite and having delicious meals around the fire at night before heading off to a comfy bed in my tent. The three guides were one of the highlights of our tour.
Fiona Stanley – Larapinta trail
The tour was so well researched by Jennifer that it flowed seamlessly from one fabulous artisan or group of artisans to another. It was enormously stimulating and remarkably varied. The local guides, particularly, Gotham in Gujarat, were very knowledgeable and always helpful. The choice of hotels was excellent as was the appreciation of local cuisine from the simple but tasty offerings in the villages and the street food to the interesting restaurants.
Jan Marie Muscio – Textiles and Traditions in India November 2016
From the people, culture, food, wonderful history and architecture of Andalucia’s Moorish past to the natural beauty of its walks in smaller villages and sierras this is a stunning trip. Having travelled with a Epicurious before, we had high expectations, but these were exceeded. Quite simply a must do trip if you enjoy fine food, great accomodation and walking in areas without tour buses and crowds.
Robert Gillam – Colours of Andalucia October 2016
This tour was exceptional in all ways. Graphic, intensely colourful, deeply moving, and full of wonder. Jennifer’s powerful research base and palpable love of the textiles of India was matched by her choice of guides (particularly Gotham in Gujarat, our Ganesha), the valuing of the ‘symbolic capital’ of the artefacts produced in all their diversity and locations, along with the valuing of the contribution of communities and ‘leaders’ in the remaking of and extending ancient textile traditions. As well as this, the attention given to our accommodation, the choice of drivers and helpers for our journeys, the opportunities provided to share local foods with those individuals and communities with whom we spent time along with many engaging conversations and all sorts of other recommendations. Nothing seemed too much trouble and each aspect would be difficult to match.
Kerry Thomas – Textiles and Traditions in India November 2016
We thought it was fantastically well organised, the hotels were almost uniformly well chosen and good, the guides excellent and our driver wonderful. Would definitely use Epicurious for our next trip.
Jenny Carlyon – India’s Seductive South October 2016
A signature of journeys with Epicurious Travel is that expectations are always exceeded. The Tassie tour started with MONA and continued to provide highlight after highlight. Christine introduced us to a passionate community of food producers, chefs and winemakers – the future for Tasmanian culinary enterprise is truly exciting. I can’t thank you enough for an eye opening discovery of hidden Tasmania!
Janet Ruby – Tasting Tassie with Christine Manfield
It has been the most amazing 18 days and although we were travelling in luxury and didn’t have to worry about any little details, we both feel as though we were totally immersed in India – not an experience we will forget for a very long while.
We’ve just been sitting here going through the photos – some amazing memories of places and people.
Jenny and Mark McInerney – India’s Seductive South
Thank you Epicurious! We loved our Larapinta adventure – one of our best holidays ever. The landscapes, the walks and the food and wine were all awesome. Our three guides were also informative, excellent cooks and great fun.
Melinda Hunt – Larapinta 2016
Sleeping in a swag, feeling snug and warm despite the subzero temperature, and watching the stars as you drift off to sleep – the perfect end to yet another perfect day. The warm porridge and cup of tea was needed to get out of the warm bed in the morning, but the spectacular scenery seen while walking made it all worthwhile. Very knowledgable, professional , friendly and fun guides, with wonderful food made the whole trip an absolute treasure to be remembered for many years.
Anna Yates Larapinta trail June 2017
It was the most wonderful experience, the attention to detail from EPIcURIOUS travel was fantastic.I loved every moment and can’t recommend highly enough. Thank you EPIcURIOUS!
Georgie Fidge Larapinta trail May 2017
Michael Ryan is an excellent host and provided his guests with insight into Japanese customs and culture as well as enabling us to enjoy outstanding restaurant experiences which would not otherwise have been available to us. His gentle, insightful comments and willingness to share his deep knowledge of Japanese cuisine were much appreciated and it was clear that he is held in very high esteem by the top Japanese chefs who welcomed us warmly. Tour Leader Jennifer ably managed all logistics and was charming company in addition to having chosen outstanding accommodation. This was a really special tour experience.
Jane Garvey – A Culinary Journey to Japan with Michael Ryan May 2017
What an incredible trip, we were so privileged to spot the two Bengal Tigers! The remoteness of the gorgeous Taj Safari Lodges was such a pleasant surprise and the food and service everywhere we went was just perfect, thank you for a trip of a lifetime.
The Larapinta Trail was absolutely brilliant and everything we experienced along the way was made more enjoyable by the friendly and capable staff. Couldn’t recommend the trip more highly.
Rosalind James Larapinta trail May 2017
We thoroughly enjoyed our “glamping” trip with Epicurious. All aspects of the trip were well organized and made as comfortable in hostle surroundings as could be. The parts of the West MacDonnell Ranges that we were taken through were spectacular. Thanks for a great experience
Simon White Larapinta trail May 2017
Despite having lived in Japan for 2 years, the trip was a fantastic cultural experience that exceeded my expectations. Michael Ryan was a warm and engaging host, he was very generous in sharing his deep knowledge of and passion for Japan. We were privileged to meet his network of local food and sake experts, who showcased the best of modern and traditional Japan. Overall, the trip was great value!
Stephen Jones – A culinary journey to Japan with Michael Ryan
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