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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Thank you to our fabulous guides who, as well as being great cooks, the soul of patience and knowledgable about everything the trail made sure we had lots of laughs and had a great time. Lots of breathtaking scenery and a wonderful week.
Jenny Firman – Larapinta trail tour
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
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
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
I have just finished the Larapinta walk. Oh it was such a wonderful experience, with such a super team to look after us, everything was exceptional with no stone left unturned. One of the best experiences of my long life!!
Gail Bett – Larapinta trail
We had a marvellous time in Andalucia and cannot speak too highly of Rosa and Riccardo – they were unfailingly courteous, helpful and professional at all times and made it the memorable trip it was. Loved Spain. Thank you so much for a really well designed trip.
Mary and John – Colours of Andalucia
Walking the Camino has been a long-term ambition and this version allowed me to enjoy the guilty pleasures of good food, good guiding and good accommodation while assuaging my guilt by walking about 200 km from St-Jean Pied de Port to Santiago di Compostela.
Gordon Whyte – Camino de Santiago
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
Jennifer Wilkinson and Chris Manfield are the consummate organisers. Everything is taken care of, all Epicurious travellers have to do is enjoy themselves. It is a privilege to be taken to private homes for fascinating cookery classes and to see how Jennifer and Chris are respected. I have had the time of my life on previous Epicurious trips but this time I had so much fun!! Chris Fraser, Sydney
I want to thank you and Sean for the most wonderful holiday. It really was splendid. You probably don’t realise the extent to which we appreciated your wonderful hospitality: magnificent, personally prepared, regional food; guided walks with superb picnics; blissful accommodation at the start and end of days, in peaceful, scenic accommodation with the most glorious linen and bathrooms.
Jenny Keddy – Great Ocean Walk
We were highly satisfied with the trip. We learnt something about the country, enjoyed the walks and striking scenery. Walking at altitude could be demanding but was exhilarating. The accommodation was better than expected and the food – whilst simple was of good quality – plenty of vegetables! We appreciated learning about the Bhutanese way of life. It was safe and happy.
Lynn Bain – The Sacred Kingdom of Bhutan
In September we did the Mystical Umbria walk. We had done other walks in Italy but this was by far the most memorable and the standard beats others hands down. Our experience included some beautiful walks, some of which were quite daunting; excellent regional food and wine including visits to local enotecas and a cooking class by a maestro; insights into the culture and history of some of Italy’s most significant landmarks; and accommodation of a very high standard. Most importantly, our guide was very professional and excellent company and her fluency in Italian as well as English paved our way at all times. Congratulations Epicurious Travel, this is an adventure par excellence and not to be missed!
Verdune Biles and Bernie Brown – Mystical Umbria
We had a fantastic time through out the entire trip. Everything went perfectly to schedule with no fuss.
The cities we visited were so varied and interesting with the combination of heritage hotels and a splurge of a few very special ones, all made this one of the best holidays my husband and I will always remember (along with all the beautiful photos we were able to capture).
The guides and tour company were excellent and could do more than enough to make our holiday just that much more perfect.
I would recommend anyone to travel with Epicurious Travel and would definitely travel with them to another destination.
Karen Johns – Majestic Rajasthan Spiritual Varanasi
My friends and I have travelled in Australia, Europe and India with Epicurious Travel, over the past six or seven years. We have very much enjoyed the different experiences we have had either walking or touring. We have been so well looked after I cannot recommend highly enough a trip with Epicurious Travel. A must for the bucket list.
Louise Urquhart – Kerala Cultural and Culinary
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
Simply the best holiday I have ever had! Superbly organised. Relaxed, informative and well balanced. The amount of walks involved (not TOO strenuous!) enabled me to indulge without guilt in the food/wine aspects of the trip. The accommodation was delightful and shopping opportunities plentiful – cannot recommend this trip highly enough.
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.