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We have the perfect recipe for your holiday!

 

At The Active Gourmet Travel, we design active holidays for people
who love good food, good wine, and discovering special places.

 

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Skite Book

The active gourmet travel has a trusty skite book of comments. Here are some of our favourites to whet your appetite for one of our adventures – you'll soon see why many people come back for more!

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Compliments on our guided tours:

Thank you so much for an awesome two weeks.

The food, the experiences, the company – fantastic.

The finds you have made and shared with us are – outstanding.

The places visited, passed through and stayed at – WOW!!

The food and wine – we have learnt so much…

We even rode our bikes, walked and swam. Overall, totally fantastic.

Thank you very much."

Grant and Lesley – Puglia Tour 2018

 

"A wonderful gastronomic adventure with no set parameters, up at the crack of nine-ish! Enjoyed the spontaneity and interesting company. Special people, special times."

Lorraine and John – Sicily Escorted Tour

 

Thank you for the unique experience – a dream fulfilled, my life is so much
richer having shared this time with you in the south of France
"

Janni – Hubert’s Tour of France

 

"To come on your cycling trips is such a pleasure it’s become a privilege. 
You organise and choose your destinations with such a 
good eye, that it is
full of interest as well as the pleasure of the cycle and various activities. 
Thank you for working so hard to make such a perfect break."

Alan – Puglia Tour 2018

 

[I] have had the opportunity never to be forgotten.  So many new places I
would never have visited. New friends, many laughs, beautiful meals.
Thank you.
"

Lesley – A Cooks’ Tour in Tuscany and Provence

 

"Loved every minute thank you.  Saw things, places would never have
been to normally. Wonderful accommodation at the villas and very
enjoyable social get-togethers.

Will be trying the recipes and I'm sure will impress friends. Happy memories."

Colleen – Vaucluse Tour

 

As usual you have outdone yourselves. The cooking classes have been spectacular, particularly Lecce. Our accommodation has been perfect. Looking forward to the rest of our journey."

Lorraine and John – Essential Puglia tour followed by an independent itinerary 2018

 

"To cycle through Brittany has been an experience of a lifetime. The weather has with small exceptions been superb – the countryside delightful and the cuisine, wine and companionship fantastic."

Sharyn – Brittany and Normandy Tour

 

We will always remember this trip with such fond memories of France. The food and wine were amazing and we love the laid back lifestyle. The bike riding had given me a passion to get out there and do it more with a new bike on the horizon. Thank you Gail."

Lynn and Ern – The Essential Loire Escorted Biking Tour

 

"Hi Gail, Bordeaux and around, what a great time we have had doing the cycle tours. Our hotel was also a highlight."

Judy – Bordeaux City and the Gironde.

 

Thanks again for a great three weeks. Looking back through the photos,
we saw so much, in great company, and there were no hiccups.
"

Chris & Kevin – Hubert’s Tour of France

 

"Thanks for a wonderful introduction to a Trapp Tour! Great company,
great food and superb organisation. Can we come again?"

Phil & Di – Southern Highlands of NSW golf tour

 

You really have something special here!! We have thoroughly enjoyed
every aspect of the sojourn through Provence – the food, accommodation,
wine and company – Many thanks."

Frank – Provence Escorted Tour

 

"From Nice to Barcelona we are now half way through our Gail Trapp
odyssey. The Provence/Vaucluse tour, a multitude of weather patterns
and when the plan was literally blown away a new adventure was
found by Gail. Many thanks for being able to adapt; my fitness has
improved!! Great memories, great food and wine."

Liz and Niall – Vaucluse Escorted Tour, Lot River canal boat, Barcelona and surrounds

 

Gail, you take us out of our world and give us the chance to enjoy the food, wine and culture of another. Fantastic again, looking forward to the next one."

Lorraine and John – Hubert’s Tour of France

 

"Had a wonderful time – thinking about sending an outline of the 'happenings' on our trip to Hollywood so they can make a movie. Thank you so much for such a great experience."

Sue – A Cook's Tour – Tuscany and Provence

 

What an Escapade! Chere Gail – merci bien! This has been a very special trip and I've enjoyed it immensely. Toujours Provence – looking forward to the next visit. Bises"

Collette – Vaucluse escorted tour

 

"The last couple of weeks in Italy were fantastic. All three places we stayed were terrific. All different and the weather was great."

Greg – bespoke Amalfi Coast Tour

 

This was my first cycle trip and hopefully not my last! Might have to get a bit fitter to keep up with the regulars! Train strikes, floods, lost purse – a very eventful trip and a good way to meet neighbours. See you next year!"

Keren – The Essential Loire Escorted Cycle Tour

 

"We've really enjoyed the interaction with all the French people during wine tasting or cooking that has helped with speaking French. Everyone was lovely! Lots of super experiences and French immersion."

Ian and Carol – Hubert’s Tour of France

 

Praise for our independent itineraries:

To us, the itinerary is perfect. It provides lots of useful information and enough for us to decide if that is what we would like to do and see." 

Jeff & Vicki – independent itinerary through Spain and France

 

"Well Girl, you’ve come up trumps again, fantastic for our last few
days. Thanks for all your hard work and info it’s made for a
wonderful holiday."

Lorraine (again) – customised tour of Amalfi Coast, Tuscany, and
Costa Brava.

 

The service was efficient, the (large) itinerary well organised, and a
lot of thought (and of course specific knowledge) had gone into tailoring
it to our needs/interests.

Having access to excellent and reasonably priced accommodation
was invaluable, and not something we would have been able to
organise ourselves."

Greg & Fleur – independent itinerary through Italy and France

 

"The attention to detail [in the itinerary], the research and the
totally charming way it is discussed and presented is a winning
combination."

Lizzie – independent itinerary through Sicily and to Venice

 

Thanks for all your help, it was great to have everything arranged in advance and makes for a stress-free holiday."

Kathy – bespoke tour in France

 

"[The itinerary] creates stress free travel plus it has all the information that would be challenging to find yourself."

Julie & Al – independent tour of Italy, France and Spain

 

As always, very thorough and useful. It saves so much time trying to work out what to do and see and how to get there and instructions for local transport makes the holiday stress free.

Having the daily suggestions also means that if the itinerary has to be altered due to unforseen circumstances (e.g. weather) you always have something to revert back to and look what can be substituted from other days.

Pre-payment of travel, shows and accommodation just saves so much time and potential frustration. 

The length and extent of the itinerary and use of maps is great - love the background information re food, wine and history of the areas to be visited."

Jeff & Vicki – Independent tour of the Alsace Region in France

 

"The food was superb and the fine weather just made the whole thing perfect. We were sorry to leave."

Dion – Andalucian Villa hire

 

New Zealand

The initial conversations with Gail allowed her to plan a bespoke trip that gave us a lasting memory of such a beautiful country and to find places off the beaten track that we would have probably missed.

The suggestions were informative and really allowed us to experience so much. In terms of your advice on NZ it allowed us to really gain an insight into the people and culture of the country."

Neil & Tracey – Independent itinerary of New Zealand and Australia

 

"We will leave this beautiful country with great memories and good
times shared with family thanks to you, thank you."

Jean-Pierre – Independent family itinerary of New Zealand

 

Destination honeymoon

Thank you for organising an amazing honeymoon for us. We have seen
and done so many things in such a short time and have enjoyed every
minute. The expectation bar has now been raised for us from the
fantastic standard and range of accommodation we've stayed in.
The itinerary was superbly detailed, we just had the right amount of
 time in each place with lots of good suggestions of things to do.
What a way to start our married life! Thank you so much."

Lucy & Mike

 

Comments on our independent cycling itineraries:

"We loved feeling that we were a bit off the beaten track, an
itinerary just for us." 

Sally & Patrick – independent cycling tour through Vaucluse

 

We could not have possibly been able to arrange the whole trip or got to the places we went to and the great accommodation. It took a great deal of detailed work and stress off us. Just a great service.

[The itinerary was] great, very comprehensive. We couldn’t do all the suggestions of course but it was a great guide. The hints about what to expect, how to manage trains and detailed directions were great and mostly very helpful. The notes for Paris were good and helped us enjoy it."

Gary & Mary – independent itinerary cycling through France

 

Compliments from our suppliers:

"They (Geoff and Rose) spoke so highly of you and your services."

Philip Simpson – Crom Castle, Northern Ireland

 

Puglia Tour 2018

Hubert's Tour of France 2017

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Hubert's Tour of France 2017

Loire Tour

Enjoying the view of Mt Ventoux

Shopping in Pernes-les-Fontaines

A long lunch in Tuscany

Lunch at Lake Maggiore

Keen on a personalised tour?

 

We will design an itinerary for you, tailormade to suit your needs, interests and time frame. You decide when and how long you wish to tour for, who with and on what mode of transport.

 

Or we can help you select the most suitable tour from our extensive portfolio of the very best of worldwide activity holidays.