A warm welcome to all of the members of our Aroma Tours Newsletter in over 30 countries around the world.
Robbi and I trust that you have had a wonderful Festive Season and we wish you peace and prosperity in the year ahead.
We have enjoyed a much needed break with our dear friends and family and with hearts filled, and batteries recharged, we are now busy preparing for this year's Aroma Tours season, which is continuing to astound and delight us with almost all of our tours now down to the last few places!
We feel truly blessed to be able to share our passion for the places and experiences that we love with wonderful people from around the world and as we start to throttle back on the number of tours we are offering it becomes even more poignant for us.
Robbi and I hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you to share a delightful and delicious journey with us in 2018 and enjoy the wonderful people, places, fabulous cuisine, culture and experiences that we love to share with our guests from around the world.
Without doubt, the main reason that we have grown and flourished over the years, is the on-going support we have received from our past Aroma Travellers and we are thrilled to see that they continue to make up over 65% of our guests!
We would also like to give our heart-felt thanks to all of you who continue to support us with your kind words and referrals.
Robbi and I also greatly appreciate the wonderful words of thanks we have received over the years and have added a new compilation of Guest Comments to our site.
Being in Italy always makes you smile, with names like Ferrari, Amaroni, Balsamico, Parmigiano, Chianti, Saint Francis, Giotto, Enoteca, Sangiovese, Etruscans, Cinque Terre, Puccini, Como... evoking curiousity, reflection, passion, joyfulness, playfulness and deliciousness.
Reservations for our 2018 season are continuing to go wonderfully well with two more tours sold out and all of our remaining journeys now down to the last few places.
The current booking status for our 2018 season at the time of this newsletter is:-
|List of Tours for 2018|
|Flavours of Spain||21 - 28 May 2018||SOLD OUT|
|Spanish Gourmet Pilgrimage||28 May - 4 June 2018||5 vacancies|
|Treasures of Provence (ladies only special event)||15 - 22 June 2018||4 vacancies|
|Heart of Provence||25 June - 2 July 2018||4 vacancies|
|Essential Provence||2 - 9 July 2018||6 vacancies|
|Aromas of Provence||13 - 20 July 2018||4 vacancies|
|Flavours of France (invite only)||23 - 30 July 2018||SOLD OUT|
|Aromas of Tuscany||4 - 11 September 2018||7 vacancies|
|Flavours of Italy||11 - 18 September 2018||6 vacancies|
|Bali Women's Retreat||8 - 15 September 2018||SOLD OUT|
|Bali 30th Anniversary Retreat (invite only)||17 - 24 September 2018||SOLD OUT|
Join us for a wonderful gastronomic pilgrimage along the route of the famous Camino de Santiago in northern Spain, beginning with the foodie heaven of the Basque country which has one of the highest concentrations of Michelin starred restaurants in the world.
We then weave our way west through a succession of glorious vistas and cuisines until we reach the magnificent world heritage city of Santiago de Compostella in the seafood paradise of Galicia.
We will journey through spectacular countryside, staying in magnificent 5 star hotels, visit Templar castles, stunning cathedrals and venerable wine estates, enjoy guided walks through fascinating old quarters and picturesque seaside villages and experience a little walking on the pilgrims way of the Camino de Santiago de Compostela.
Click here for more photos of the Spanish Gourmet Pilgrimage
As is normally the case for this tour at this time of year we are now down to the last few places - time for some delicious Carpe Diem.
As well as couples and friends travelling together, we are regularly joined by solo travellers - mostly women, who appreciate being able to journey with liked minded people from around the world, without the need to do all the planning and take on the daunting task of touring by themselves.
Joining one of our small group tours is easy and we have already made all of the arrangements on your behalf to ensure that you have a delightful, stress-free holiday with the focus on having fun.
Having a ready-made group of friends to travel with, and us to take wonderful care of you is the way to go!
We have carefully crafted off-the-beaten-path itineraries that are the perfect balance of structure, experiences, details and free time to enjoy in your own way.
There have been a significant number of guests over the years who and have joined us multiple times, some of whom have become dear friends.
Robbi and I look forward to welcoming you to one of our delightful tours or retreats as we continue moving towards our retirement in the next few years.
Jim and Robbi