Silver Travel Advisor Partner - Hedonistic Hiking
At Hedonistic Hiking, we specialise in small group escorted hiking holidays – with more than a little gastronomic indulgence! Our main destination is Italy, but several tours cross over into neighbouring France, Austria and Slovenia.
Our tours are as much about gourmet food and fine wines as the hiking! Lunch on most days is a delicious al fresco picnic, rustled up with fresh regional ingredients, while restaurant dinners showcase the best local cuisine and wine. Our guests learn about the local food and wine by walking through the landscape, past vineyards, orchards and fishing ports but also by spending time with cheesemakers, truffle hunters and wine-makers. You can get a flavour of the gastronomic element of each tour from our sample menus.
Hikes are clearly graded (1-5), ranging from a gentle stroll through Tuscan and Piedmontese vineyards to a slightly more strenuous tour of three of the Italian Lakes. For 2020, we have new tours to the islands of Sardinia and Corsica, in addition to a wonderful Etruscan Trails tour which includes a unique wine blending experience.
For the more energetic, we have a selection of challenging level 5 tours, including the flower-filled Italian Alps and the spectacular Mountains of Piedmont tour which takes our hikers through larch and beech woods, past abandoned stone hamlets and across alpine meadows and streams. We provide detailed information on the distances, ascents and descents for each hike and are very happy to discuss further if you have queries.
Tours also incorporate cultural visits. On our tour to Northern Tuscany and Ravenna, we visit castles and churches and have a private guided tour of the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Ravenna.
Our holidays are fully-inclusive of accommodation in hand-picked, locally-owned hotels, all meals, excursions, transfers and any additional activities.
Hedonistic Hiking was established in 2007 by husband and wife team, Jackie and Mick Parsons, who still lead every tour. Guests come mainly from the UK, US and Australia, with tours generally comprising a mix of couples, friends and solo travellers (small supplement applied to holidays booked for solo travellers).
- Read about Italy’s Abruzzo Region
- Read about Hedonistic Hiking in Piedmont
- Read about Hedonistic Hiking’s Wilds of Abruzzo tour.