with Christine Manfield
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
Food and wine in Tasmania's south eastwith Luke Burgess
Luke Burgess share his local knowledge, private connections and love of south east Tasmania on this unique journey revealing the food, wine and culinary stars of this stunning region.
Activity Level: Easy +
Images courtesy of Luke Burgess
Exploring the food and wine of North East Victoria with Michael Ryan
Join Michael Ryan and Jennifer Wilkinson on a trip through North East Victoria introducing you to the finest food, wine, spirits and fascinating personalities of this beautiful region.
Activity Level: Easy
Food and wine
Epicurious has responded to the challenge of the pandemic and delivered a great tour of NE Victoria which I highly recommend. Good food, good company and excellent wine and scenery — could it be any better?
Exploring the food and wine of North East Victoria with Michael Ryan – Linda White November 2020
The trip exceeded my expectation – one of the best walking experiences and I have done a lot of walking around the world. The weather was almost perfect with only one rainy day and our guides, Alberto and Paloma, have gone to great length to make our trip enjoyable. Nothing was too much trouble for them. I especially like the use of What’s Ap that they created to communicate and share photos.
Camino de Santiago, Christine Loh April 2019
This was our second trip to India with Epicurious Travel but our first with a group. We were a little apprehensive having never travelled like this before however we found out quickly that we were with like-minded travellers and friends.
The Himalayan Odyssey was a fantastic tour to explore the north of India. From the “wow” moments of the Golden Temple to sunrise over Kangchenjunga and the majestic Himalayas we experienced many emotions. India effortlessly gets under your skin and leaves you wanting more.
The tour arrangements were fantastic and Jennifer was great fun. Jennifer and the Epicurious team made our tour seamless and comfortable. It was great to share our experience with new friends. We are small group tour converts.
Himalayan Odyssey, Katrina and Andrew Wannan March 2019
Epicurious along with our guides Alberto and Paloma exceeded our expectations. The itinerary whilst challenging in some parts were just that. Each day we completed felt like we had really worked toward our own victory and helped build the great comaraderie we had with our other 10 fellow walk mates. Alberto and Paloma were very caring and mindful of everyone’s needs. They worked well with each other and were entertaining with the banter that went back and forth. The accommodation was sensational and it was a comfort to know that our little bus was there if we needed it.
Camino de Santiago, Genni Farmer April 2019
My visit to India with Epicurious Travel’s Himalayan Odyssey exceeded every expectation, every day. Jennifer’s understanding of India, combined with the specialist knowledge of local guides, provided the background to two of the most enthralling weeks of my life. The itinerary covered everything from gritty street life to privileged luxury, opening up a view of India that I cannot imagine finding any other way. Incredibly beautiful scenery, wonderful food, the opportunity to meet local residents in their homes and workplaces and a truly congenial group of like-minded people to share it with made this trip a one-off that I will never forget. Bravo Epicurious… your’e all class!
Himalayan Odyssey , Jennifer Gilchrist March 2019
The trip was excellent, accommodation was exceptional as were the meals. The guides were wonderful, very helpful, very informative and generally concerned for the welfare and comfort of the group. The walking and walks at this time of the year (spring ) was beautiful. Generally a great tour!
Camino de Santiago, Teresa Fair April 2019
What could one say – it was just perfect. i was celebrating a milestone birthday and a bucket list and i wanted to experience the spiritual, cultural and historical nature of a part of the Camino. Every box was ticked to the limit and along with the above, the other “pilgrims”, the local cuisines, wines, and accommodation were first rate. The outstanding attention to detail of both guides, Alberto and Palomina was unforgettable.
Camino de Santiago, Margaret Smith April 2019
Experienced, friendly, fabulous guides. Luxurious campsite. Fabulous food.
Could not recommend highly enough.
Larapinta Trail, Loretta Toohey May 2019
I just wanted to send a quick thank you for the fabulous Larapinta trip last week. It exceeded all our expectations, the guides, the daily hikes, the facilities and of course the food were phenomenal.
I will definitely recommend Epicurious Travel (I have already been looking at your India trips).
Larapinta Trail, Trish Marshall May 2019
A wonderful excursion into the spectacular West MacDonnell Ranges. Every detail is attended to, you are lead by experienced guides, have a comfortable base camp and wonderful food to get you through each day’s walking.
Larapinta Trail, Mark Emery May 2019
I am writing to say thanks to your team on the Larapinta trail. Jose, Kyle & Amy were exceptional. Trish and I had a wonderful week and are very grateful to each of them for their kindness and thoughtfulness, wonderful cooking and hard work. It was such a perfect way to celebrate our birthdays and to spend time in such an ancient and glorious place.
Please pass on our gratitude and I’m sure you realise they are a credit to your business.
Larapinta Trail, Danielle Nevin May 2019
Our guides José and Kyle were fantastic, along with the newby Amy, their attention to detail was outstanding and all with a sense of humour (a rare gift). Our accom was great, sleeping under the stars in a warm swag was a new experience and I loved it.
The food was wonderful, hot breakfasts on a cold morning and lunches on the trail were fresh and filling (along with the flies!) sumptuous dinners around the fire with a wide array of wines that suited perfectly.
All in all I can not recommend this highly enough. We look forward to planning our next tour with Epicurious.
Larapinta Trail, Didi and John Gilder May 2019
This trip was all that I had hoped for. The attention to detail and the organisation meant that I could relax and really enjoy all that India had to offer. The food, the colours and the culture were vibrant and fascinating and the people are welcoming. I also really enjoyed learning and understanding better the history and influences of different rulers and religions. There is so much to remember and I do so with great fondness.
Indian Odyssey – Jane Orton March 2018
I travelled with Seven other girls and we had an absolute ball.Had lots of laughs on the walks and around the fire at night. The tour guides we fabulous they were very informed with questions we asked and the boys were fabulous with our meals. The tents and bedding was very comfortable and it was a treat to sleep out in a swag under the stars if you liked the stars were amazing.I would rate my trip 9 out of 10.
Larapinta trail, Jenny Michelmore May 2019
If you want to grow to love Japanese culture and cuisine you can do no better than travel with Michael and Jennifer. Eclectic group with lots of laughs. The hotels, Michelin starred restaurants and local restaurants chosen with care and the most wonderful locations selected to stay outside Tokyo and Kyoto. All our questions about food and places handled with a freshness that suggested they had never been asked before!
Culinary Japan with Michael Ryan, Glenn and Hazel Rees May 2019
Our experience of the Epicurious Camino trip was first class. The guides, Alberto and Paloma were a credit to themselves and the company with their professionalism and dedication.
Camino de Santiago, Gerard Smith April 2019
We had a wonderful time on our tour of India’s seductive south. We stayed at lovely boutique hotels. Our drivers and guides looked after us. We loved the variety of attractions including big cities, amazing temples, colonial heritage, the mountain environment, the backwaters and so much more. We loved visiting locals for the cooking classes
India’s Seductive South, Philip Manidis November 2018
My Camino trip with Epicurious was overwhelmingly good and far exceeded my expectations. Immersion in the local culture, including food and wine as well as the educational and contextual information provided by the guides was second to none. The opportunity to visit important and interesting places off the track added to the trip. The accommodation was superb and the trip represented value for money.
Camino de Santiago, Meredith Peters April 2019
Jennifer knows India so well, you feel in very good hands throughout. Best trip to India, great diversity, great group, fantastic scenery and food, really good pace, most enjoyable!!!
Himalayan Odyssey, Cary and Rob Gillespie March 2019
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