A warm welcome to all of the members of our Aroma Tours Newsletter in over 30 countries around the world.
Robbi and I are excited to be finalizing the details for the beginning of another wonderful season of Aroma Tours adventures this May in the beautiful Spanish spring with our Flavours of Spain Tour and Spanish Gourmet Pilgrimage and it always delights us to begin the mental journey that leads up to our actual departure.
After 23 wonderful years, as contemplate throttling back on the number of tours we will be offering, Robbi and I feel truly blessed to once again be sharing our passion for the fabulous places and experiences that we love, with delightful people from around the world.
This year is all set to be another fabulous tour season with almost all of our tours now down to the last few places! As always, it is our returning guests and their friends who are leading this fabulous response.
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 once again thrilled to see that they will be making up over 60% 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.
We have well over one hundred thousand photos in our archives and it is always a delight for us to spend a little time reminiscing about the wonderful times we have shared with our Aroma Tours guests.
With that in mind we have gathered up a few photos of our recent adventures so that you can share pictorially in some of the lovely moments that we enjoyed with our Aroma Travellers during our journeys together.
We invite you to join us to explore some of these wonderful places, people and experiences with us and take your own "selfie" memories.
During our Heart of Provence Tour as we sat in yet another beautiful restaurant enjoying a long, leisurely lunch, our dear friend and driver that year Bill Bachman, came up with the amusing idea of "Survivor Provence".
We all decided that if Provence was to be the "ordeal" to be endured, especially with such fine company, we were all ready to sign up!
As our discussion continued Frank one of our guests from Rockville USA who was writing and producing a musical back in the states decided that "Survivor Provence" had to be presented as a musical.
As fate would have it, that year in Provence was blessed with many musical moments for us to enjoy from the "Fete de la Musique", to wonderful jazz performances in the ruins of an old chateau, a big band concert in a beautiful winery, choral ensembles, blues and gypsy swing bands and a colourful traditional Provencale parade with dancers and folk music.
At the end of our tour Frank wrote a lovely impromptu piece to the tune of Bob Hope's famous signature song "Thanks for the Memories" - thank you indeed!
Bookings for our 2017 season are continuing wonderfully well with almost all of our tours now down to the last few places and several soon to be fully booked.
Robbi and I hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you and we invite you to get in touch with us shortly for further information or if you would like to secure your place.
The current booking status at the time of this newsletter is:-
|2017 Tour Season|
|Flavours of Spain||22 - 29 May 2017||fully booked|
|Spanish Gourmet Pilgrimage||29 May - 5 June 2017||2 vacancies|
|Heart of Provence||12 - 19 June 2017||3 vacancies|
|Essential Provence||19 - 26 June 2017||2 vacancies|
|Aromas of Provence||30 June - 7 July 2017||2 vacancies|
|Provence Aromatherapy Retreat||7 - 14 July 2017||3 vacancies|
|Aromas of Tuscany||5 - 12 September 2017||2 vacancies|
|Flavours of Italy||12 - 19 September 2017||2 vacancies|
|Bali Women's Retreat||2 - 9 September 2017||4 vacancies|
|Bali Women's Retreat||11 - 18 September 2017||2 vacancies|
In addition to our delightful gastronomic and cultural tours, we have for over 20 years been offering our fascinating special interest Provence Aromatherapy Retreat which has been attended by guests from over 30 different countries.
This year the retreat will be focusing on skin care and wellbeing with our world renowned trainers, Dr Bo Hengden, Megan Larsen ( Sodashi ) and Robbi Zeck ND, all set in a tiny hilltop village amongst the blooming lavender fields of Provence.
As always, our attendees will gain a great deal of knowledge from our wonderful trainers and local experts and will be empowered to make their own wonderful natural skin care and well being products for personal or professional use. We will also enjoy the beauty and culture of Provence, experience essential oil production from field to bottle, as well as sharing with other aromatherapists from around the world
Aroma Tours Photo Fest continues with a beautiful collection of photos taken
by our dear friend and 9th time repeat Aroma Traveller Susan Troxell from
New York City USA.
Susan has joined us for both of our Italian tours and was a prolific shutterbug throughout. As a result of the more than 700 photos that she has kindly shared with us, I thought it fitting that we should chronicle our Aroma Tours Italy adventures through Susan's lens.
Susan's endless enthusiasm, sense of fun and kind heartedness have always been very welcome on tour and her stunning photos give you a sense of the lovely places and experiences we share during our Aromas of Tuscany Tour
We are greatly looking forward to sharing the beauty and bounty of autumn in Tuscany with our Aroma Travellers this September during our Aromas of Tuscany Tour.
As well as glorious countryside and nourishment for the eyes, life in Tuscany takes on a different pace with long lunches in beautiful hilltop villages, fabulous coffee, delicious wines, truffles, parmegiano cheese, porchini mushrooms, prosciutto, fresh pasta..... ( so many wonderful tastes ), laughter and the fine Italian art of "dolce fa niente" - sweet doing nothing!
Our journey is also about absorbing the richness and passion of Italian life and savouring its cultural heritage evident in the art, architecture, pageantry, festivals, fashion, design, craftsmanship and unique approach to living.
We are all destined to be transformed by the magic of this wonderful place - feeling more Italian moment by moment, speaking more enthusiastically, smiling broadly and even display a bit of emphatic hand waving!
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