Welcome to Hedonistic Hiking. All-inclusive guided gourmet walking holidays in Italy and Australia. Experienced tour leaders Mick and Jackie Parsons are an Anglo-Australian couple who divide their time between Victoria, Australia and Tuscany, Italy. Hedonistic Hiking offers small group (max 16) guided gourmet hiking tours in south-east Australia and in Tuscany, Piedmont, the Italian Alps, Slovenia, Abruzzo, Southern Italy and the Italian Lakes. All tours include unsurpassed personal service, boutique accommodation, exceptional food and wine and are genuinely all-inclusive. We have more information on how we grade the level of hiking on each of our tours.
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.
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