Thank you so much for another fabulous holiday. You and Annabel looked after us so well. Wonderful food and wines, great walks and logistics that worked perfectly.
Catherine and Mark Jeffries (The Italian Lakes - September 2014)
Hi Jackie and Annabel,
Thank you for a lovely week. Carolyn and I arrived safely in Parma and are looking forward to our next adventure with you. Your knowledge of the localities we visited, the food and wine we tasted and your attention to detail was inspirational. Your kindness to me was much appreciated and I certainly enjoyed my time with you even though I was unable to participate in many of the challenging walks. Without this tour I would have not been able to experience the wonderful local culture and see the beautiful areas you showed us.
Carla Bergstrom (The Italian Lakes - September 2014)
We have been wanting to drop you a line, to try and put into words our memories of that week in Siena with Hedonistic Hiking. The amazing experience of the Palio was made even more incredible thanks to your meticulous planning and organization. This meant we were able to appreciate the significance of the build-up and excitement and finally when 'Our' horse won, well what a climax to a really lovely and unforgettable week.
Kay Johnson (Palio of Siena - August 2014)
We’ve been asked time and time again what was the highlight of our holiday (Paris, Scenic River Cruise, Pisa, Palio de Siena, Lucca, Como and Singapore). Of course, The Palio wins hands down. What a fantastic experience. Thank you Jackie for the meticulous planning. All the events leading up to the Palio, your amazing knowledge of its history, the tours, the cafes, the restaurants, the dinners, the winery, the cooking class, the picnics and yes, even the hikes, I couldn’t recommend this tour more.
Claire McLean (Palio of Siena - August 2014)
I really enjoyed the 9 days I spent with you, Isabelle and the rest of the group. As I had no idea what to expect and did not know anyone I had been a little apprehensive. But everyone was so friendly and welcoming I enjoyed every moment of the trip from meeting you all in Ljubljana to saying goodbye in Venice.
Gina Dark (Slovenia and Friuli - June 2014)
Thank you both for making our weekend of hiking and other activities such a success. Your attention to detail was exemplary and the assistance of your various helpers in the culinary and wine growing areas was most appropriate and of a very high standard. Your walk was certainly at the top end of any walking tours we have done over the years in a Victoria and Tasmania. Congratulations!
Carmel and Jeremy Frost (Highlights of Mount Buffalo National Park - March 2014)
We loved Mick! He gave us enough information to keep us interested but never went into too much detail. And Jackie we truly appreciated your efforts in sharing your local food and produce knowledge, and your talks at each of the meals.
Mary-Anne Pagliaro (Highlights of Mount Buffalo National Park - February 2014)
I appreciated how Jackie treated us all as individuals and was patient and supportive of our varying levels of walking and ability and Dina's food was DELICIOUS! I have the 2014 brochure and will show it to all my friends and family and sing your praises!
Diane Morris (Slovenia and Friuli - October 2013)
Diane was kind enough to write a rave review and send it to
The Sydney Morning Herald Travel Section. Click here for the article.
Thank you so much to you and Dina for making our Slovenia holiday so wonderful. They keep getting better.
Your attention to detail and knowledge are outstanding. It was a good mix of participants too especially with the wide range of backgrounds. Slovenia was impressive!
Kay and Jack de Bruijne (Slovenia and Friuli - October 2013)
Perfect walking trip, the third we have completed with Hedonistic Hiking, and the best to date. We will walk again with HH in Australia and we are definitely coming back to Italy. HH have mastered the art of mixing people from different cultures, ages and walking skills and making them integrate and enjoy eachother's company. Well done and thank you!
Rob and Alana Monaci (Parma, Tuscany & the Cinque Terre - September 2013)
Simply the Best! The reason I keep going back... Sheer professionalism, great attention to detail, wonderful walks, food, wine and of course Jackie. Reject the rest...Select the best... I have already booked for next year!
Larry Viner (Parma, Tuscany & the Cinque Terre - September 2013)
My sixth trip with Hedonistic Hiking and more to come! What a wonderful week spent in Siena with Jackie and 8 others. I really did feel that Jackie immersed me in Italian culture and the unique experience of the Palio and all that it offers for the week. Jackie also took us on walks in the Tuscan countryside, cooking lessons, wine tasting, superb picnic lunches and with a group whom 7 of us were all Hedonistic Hiking returnees! I think that says it all. Thanks again Jackie.
Barbara Bayliss (The Palio of Siena - August 2013)
I congratulate you and Mick for organising such a wonderful week among the Alps. You two run a very professional company, and I would recommend travelling with you. I hope that I will join you again sometime, before age catches up!
Kathryn Hammond (The Italian Alps - July 2013)
I had a super week yet again. It was a particular pleasure to have Mick as my guide - he is entertaining company and I was reminded of the depth of his knowledge of Italy and many other things, which he passes on in a very clear and digestible manner. You are a great team! See you next year - I'm already reading up about the Lakes!
Alastair Neill (The Italian Alps - July 2013)
You are an outstanding tour leader Jackie. Your calm, efficient, knowledgeable and friendly personality ensures that everyone enjoys the walks. Without a doubt you are the best tour leader I have ever had the pleasure of being away with. Keep up the good work!
Joy McKinstry (Jewels of Piedmont - June 2013)
Loved the two different types of accommodation - they were above and beyond expectation. It was so nice to come back each night to luxurious surroundings. And what a great find and asset Isabelle is. I had the pleasure of sitting next to her a couple of times during dinner and she is very down to earth with great warmth and intelligence.
Ian and Anne Smart (Jewels of Piedmont - June 2013)
A wonderful experience, fantastic company, walking, food & wine … definitely lived up to your name! I was also very pleased that single travellers were not allocated the inferior rooms in hotels. It seemed that everyone, couples & singles, were considered equally. Looking forward to seeing you again!
Marilyn Wiley (Slovenia & Friuli - June 2013)
Jackie and Annabel both perfect. The entire trip exceeded my expectations. A wonderful experience!
Jonica Grayling (Volterra and the Tuscan Maremma - May 2013)
Highly recommended for walkers who also enjoy good food and great companionship. Our hosts have a special gift for immersing the travelling group in the natural environment in a historical and cultural context, enriched with local produce...that sounds a bit too serious - we just had a great time! Best way to holiday!
Arnold Seglenieks (Great Ocean Walk - March 2013)
Indulged is an understatement and it was also great fun, thank you Jackie and Mick and all my fellow walkers!
Di Grimshaw (Great Ocean Walk - March 2013)
Thank you both for organising a wonderful weekend in the King Valley, we loved every minute. The dinner at Dal Zottos was amazing - the food, wines, company and lots of interesting conversation. Walking and lunch on Sunday was a super follow up and done in your excellent and relaxed style. Thank you for all your efforts to give us a memorable weekend.
Bruce and Ann Cutts (The Winemakers' Dinner - March 2013)
Thank you Jackie and Mick for a truly wonderful experience. It was fantastic to be surrounded by people with such love and passion for family, friends, wine and food.
Maggie and Steven Mackenzie (The Winemakers' Dinner - March 2013)
Moira & I commented on the way home what a great adventure we had over the 4 days - every one so different from the other. As usual Mick your long lunch was magnificent, well complemented by the great wine selection and the cooking class was an absolute delight. The hike & alfresco lunch was up to your usual high standards and the company a lot of fun. We always look forward to our Hedonistic adventures!
Rob and Moira Smith (Italian Food & Wine Weekend - February 2013)
Thank you very much for a most enjoyable, healthy and fun way of spending the day. I certainly learned a lot about the King Valley, the Dal Zotto wines and the great food that you provided. It was great to meet you and the Dal Zotto family and certainly I would highly recommend the Prosecco Tour to all my friends.
Sandy Crinnigan (King Valley Prosecco Road Walk - November 2012)
We’ve never done a holiday like this before and we had a ball. We’ll recommend it to anyone considering this sort of trip.
Warren and Deswyn Bird (The Jewels of Piedmont - October 2012)
Great all round – really hedonistic! Jackie, you made it a very special holiday – you’re so passionate about what you do - and Dina is a wonderful asset to the company – I’ll remember her smile for a long time!
Sheena Spittles (Slovenia and Friuli - 2012)
Jackie’s potted history lessons were exceptional; she has put a lot of preparation into all aspects of the different areas we visited. The story times were a fantastic touch. Dina was great too. We loved her enthusiasm for the beautiful food and great wine. Loved every minute of our holiday and would certainly travel with you again, because we like to get off the beaten track and see more than just the tourist hot spots. All in all a truly memorable trip.
John and Sue O'Brien (Slovenia and Friuli - 2012)
I have done a number of different tours. This was as good as sea kayaking in Fiji and I didn’t think that could be beaten. I hope to join you again.
Chris Tippett (A Tuscan Harvest - September 2012)
Jackie and Annabel
Thanks for a fantastic week of walking, eating and drinking. The whole week was extremely well planned, organised and managed. Definitely 10 /10 plus! Thanks for a very memorable holiday.
Debra Weston and Robert Hardie (A Tuscan Harvest - September 2012)
In my opinion the two trips were excellent in all respects – and huge fun. They were extremely well planned, organised and led. I spent over 20 years as a business consultant helping large and small clients perform better but I didn’t come across many small businesses as well run as yours. All the hotels, meals and wine were first class – some special indeed – which tells me that we, on the receiving end, have benefited from your insightful and extensive research. Bravo Zulu!
Gordon Ramsay (Medieval Umbria and Parma Tuscany & Cinque Terre - September 2012)
Can’t speak highly enough of Jackie’s leadership of the group. Definitely a gold medal in every category! Already looking at next year’s tours! Will certainly book again and recommend you to friends.
Ruth Campbell (Palio of Siena - August 2012)
There was a great balance of hiking, food, cooking lesson, siesta time and I was even able to fit in some retail therapy! I thought your choice of restaurants were excellent, and the hotels were fabulous. The tour was five star. I have to say the quality of hotels you chose blew me away. I'm pretty fussy about where I stay and all the hotels met my standards. Your knowledge of the area is exceptional; the wine, the history and also it was great to have someone to translate for us. I've learnt much more Italian over those 5 days than I ever have! I would certainly recommend Hedonistic Hiking to all my friends and wouldn't hesitate to do something again with you when the occasion arises.
Linda Ulyatt (Private Piedmont Group - July 2012)
We have enjoyed the walk and your company very much! It was certainly one of the best walks, if not THE best. We are hoping to join you in your walk in Slovenia in October 2013!
Michiko and Shoichiro Hatsuoka (The Italian Alps - June 2012)
Jackie is outstanding in every way, a great credit to her profession!
Walter and Mary Hannah (Jewels of Piedmont - June 2012)
We were very happy with Jackie’s flexibility and can-do attitude to accommodate individual group member’s requirements, and to take advantage of local events at the last minute - like the cherry festival! And Dina - organising and then lugging gourmet meals up mountains - we were very appreciative! Wonderful choice of restaurants too.
Phil and Cathy Browne (Slovenia and Friuli Tour - June 2012)
Jackie was a great tour leader, friendly, helpful and approachable. She has an obvious love of the area and a great ability to explain the history and local culture; she was also a whiz at coming up with excellent alternatives when the weather was not being co-operative. Her lunch-time story reading was an unexpected delight!
Ray and Cheryl Dinneen, Newcastle (Northern Italian Culinary Tour - April 2012)
We loved the trip, had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed everyone's company plus the wining, dining (especially Annabel's lunches) and of course the hiking. We will be in touch again soon!
Malcolm and Sandra Woolford, Sydney (Northern Italian Culinary Tour - April 2012)
Just wanted to let you know that both Ian and I thoroughly enjoyed the Prosecco Road Walk.
Yet again (as in Italy) our expectations were far exceeded with the organization of the day, the people you work with (Dal Zotto’s), your culinary skills, attention to small details & the perfect sunny day you arranged were all exemplary.
Anne & Ian Smart, Queensland (Prosecco Road Walk - 17 March 2012)
I think I speak for most of our group when I say that a great time was had by all. As you may have guessed, none of us is spectacularly fit so there was a bit of concern as to whether some of us would make it, but the walk was gentle enough to suit everybody.
The food was beautiful – our son Michael was particularly taken with the pig!
It all seemed to work seamlessly and the combination of you two and the Dal Zottos seems to be a winner. Many thanks for an enjoyable weekend.
Maureen Kennedy (Prosecco Road Walk - March 2012)
We thoroughly enjoyed our three days with you in the High Country. We loved our stay at the Retreat and our ‘romantic’ dinner at The Green Shed. Our day of walking and the excellent picnic on the rocks was the highlight, but we also enjoyed the evening out at Ringer Reef with lovely wines and Mick’s perfect steak. We will be looking at the 2012 brochure with interest!
Pam and Bob Hudgell - UK (Feast in February - Feb 2012)
Wayne, Anna, Michael and myself would like to thank you for a fabulous day on Saturday 21st January. Great walk, fantastic food and company. We were made to feel very much at home. A wonderful weekend in a beautiful part of Victoria!! We hope that we might be able to do another one of your weekends at some stage.
Judy Jordan (Prosecco Road Walk - Jan 2012)
Our bushwalk into the Mount Buffalo ranges was a refreshing experience and it certainly created an awareness of the beautiful bushwalking tracks that are available for seasoned walkers. However, most will not be lucky enough to enjoy the pleasure of your delightfully prepared lunch, especially Mick’s pork, and the lovely salads prepared from local produce. Amazing when you consider this is done in the midst of the Australian bush. Then our visit to the Ringer Reef Winery for our outdoor dinner was an excellent way of finishing off the weekend. In conclusion, I know we will come back for another venture with Hedonistic Hiking, maybe Slovenia?!
Arthur Koo & Karlene Tomlin (Mount Buffalo and Ringer Reef Walk - Jan 2012)
Don and I had a FABULOUS TIME! We would love to do another hike with you and Mick either here or overseas. Cheers!
Lynne McKie (Mount Buffalo and Ringer Reef Walk - Jan 2012)
The itinerary covered a very interesting mix of terrain, landscape and structures and I felt that I had experienced a taste of what the area had to offer. Being able to look at fauna handbook on the spot was good and added to my enjoyment.
Glynnis Lapham (Alpine Walking Weekend - Dec 2011/Jan 2012)
Excellent walks, great durations and a great concept to allow people to shorten the day if someone is tired. Mick is our man, professional and caring and he accomodates the walk to suit the team. He is patient, knowledgeable and a great tour guide.
Jackie is a great organiser, cook and presenter.
Overall 10/10 and that is why this is the second trip with Hedonistic Hiking we have done this year. We love what you provide and believe it is excellent value and very enjoyable.
Rob & Alana Monaci (Great Ocean Walk - Nov 2011)
If walking is your bent, then organise a Hedonistic Hiking event, the food is great and the service innate, plenty to do with Mick, Jackie and the crew…….
Seriously though, this is the go if you love adventure and like to get away, book that Hedonistic Hiking trip today….
Thanks again for a great weekend!
Melissa Lazarus, Australia (Great Ocean Walk - Nov 2011)
We found few stones were left unturned to make sure we never had to think about anything for the whole time we were with you, and every need was taken care of. All I had to think about was the fun we were all having. I know in any business there is room for improvement - but I think you have pretty much nailed this one! Your passion for this country shines through ...
Robin Strang, Townsville, Australia (A Week in Tuscany - Oct 2011)
"The itinerary and walking was wonderful and the preparation of lunches phenomenal. Compared to other walking vacations taken, this one had the most value for money and was managed flawlessly.
Mary Jane Roberts, Chicago (Parma, Tuscany and the Cinque Terre - Sept 2011)
"I have done a number of walking trips in Italy over the past few years and, without a doubt, Hedonistic Hiking was the best value for $ and just great fun to be part of.
Barbara Bayliss (Tuscany and Umbria - Sept 2011)
"Thank you for a great weekend full of wonderful experiences. Your planning, experience, care and attention to detail was wonderful. Obviously you are both in the right job! I thoroughly enjoyed the weekend and have come home rejuvenated and full of enthusiasm for walking and creating great meals. You are both tremendous hosts, guides and cooks, as well as being very good company."
Jennifer Weale, (Gastronomic Adventure April 2011)
"Jackie is a wonderful guide, and her organisational skills, attention to detail, knowledge, professionalism and friendliness made it the best organised holiday we have ever been on.
The whole thing was great from start to finish, and it really was all inclusive. The food and wines were wonderful. Everything was made better by her extensive knowledge of the region and its history.
We can't recommend HH enough."
David and Aileen, Sydney (Parma, Tuscany and Cinque Terre - Sept 2008)
"It was for me a memorable week, and your professionalism, enthusiasm, attention to detail, and organisational skills are brilliant.
Cinnamon, was delightful, charming, and knowledgeable, the food and wine was great, and apart from that big hill which made us cry, the walks were superb.
I look forward to walking with you again, and wish you and Mick every success in the future."
Larry, London (Parma, Tuscany and Cinque Terre - Sept 2008)
Heather Adams, UK (Parma, Tuscany and Cinque Terre – September 2010)
"Detailed, careful planning and close attention to quality are a given on Hedonistic trips. Other companies no doubt provide a similar level of service. What separates Jackie and Mick from much of the competition is how they are able to react when the unexpected and totally unpredictable occurs. That they can still deliver the promised trip without any loss of content or quality is the mark of a great company and a tribute to the resources they can call on should the need arise.
This part of Tuscany may not be the most obvious place to visit, but that is all the more reason to go now before the crowds discover it. The walking is varied and beautiful, the food and people delightful and the towns of Sansepolcro and Gubbio totally unspoilt and steeped in history. If you go in September and happen to see the Palio della Balestri in Sansepolcro you will witness an event the likes of which you are unlikely to see anywhere else."
Chris Bell, Tuscany and Umbria September 2010
Tour Leader - Jackie
"Jackie you are a star, obviously perfectly suited to the work you have chosen. You make everyone comfortable, whatever the level. You share interesting historical and literary “tidbits”. You work very hard, long days, physically challenging, and never show any sign of strain. Your smile communicates joy and enthusiasm all day long."
Tour Leader - Cinzia
"Another top-quality resource. Such a range of expertise, so willingly and enthusiastically shared. And a “people” person, and wonderfully well organized. Again, a hard-working woman who doesn’t let it show."
Connie Cushman, New York. A Week in Tuscany - May 2009
Anne Smart, Brisbane. Week in Tuscany, September 2010
"A fantastic trip. All I have to do is convince some of my friends to join me on my next Hedonistic hiking trip."
Will McAfee. Wagga Wagga. Volterra and the Maremma, May 2010
"I enjoyed the mixture of walking and sightseeing – the balance between the two was about right for me. I was sorry not to have longer in San Gimignano, but it an excuse to go back. I was delighted with Massa Maritima which I had never heard of before, and it was good to have time to have a good exploration of the place.
Much of the overall enjoyment of the trip is Jackie’s friendliness, and she is a fount of local information. The holiday is very well researched, down to the readings at lunchtime."
Fiona Knox, Volterra and Maremma, May 2010
Moira and Rob Smith, Jewels of Piedmont October 2010
"We so enjoyed all the different special things we saw each day. In addition to the lovely walks. We were treated to the "insider's" experience, more so than the "visitor's" experience. Jackie you are a star, your smile communicates joy and enthusiasm all day long"
D.Charton. September 2009
“Jackie is a wonderful guide, and her organisational skills, attention to detail, knowledge, professionalism and friendliness made it the best organised holiday we have ever been on. We can't recommend Hedonistic Hiking highly enough."
D.B, Sydney. September 2008
“It was for me a memorable week, and your professionalism, enthusiasm, attention to detail and organisational skills are brilliant”
L.V. London. September 2008
"It was truly a celebration of Slow Food, the best I've ever tasted. The tour flowed beautifully which was a good indication of the effort and detail that had gone into its preparation".
A.B October 2008
"Mick and Jackie made us feel totally pampered and very special. This trip far surpassed our expectations which were quite high to start with. I would enthusiastically recommend Hedonistic Hiking to anyone who wants a first-rate active vaction."
T.S. Davis, CA