I thought I’d let you know about the Umbria trip. It was fabulous. The Agriturismo Camiano Piccolo is comfortable & has enough charm & age to make it a good, old fashioned stay. The family who run it are wonderful, very warm & gracious & helpful. They speak English which makes it easier if you have no Italian. It is 10 minutes walk into Montefalco which is a picturesque hill town, a bit quiet in winter but it would be more lively in warmer months. I had 2 cooking classes at the agriturismo with Giuseppe, who is the chef & one of the owning family. He pretty much runs it. I had another class at a boutique villa hotel in Montefalco, which was also great. They stuck very much to traditional Umbrian food which is flavourful & rustic, but also has lots of truffles. The surrounding towns we visited were quite interesting: Perugia was very mediaeval, Spoleto was charming, Bavagna cute & Norcia interesting (being in the worst earthquake zone). The food at the agriturismo never stopped; 4 courses every night + a jug of wine. The winery visits were good, a mixture of big & small, & when I asked to go to a particular one this was no problem. The 2 guides I had, Cristina & Marco were marvellous; very knowledgeable about the area – its history, food & wine – & with excellent English. It was wonderful being in a group of one, the service excellent. Loved the ceramics in Deruta & bought a few things! Upon reflection, the only criticism I would have is that when you are taken to a town, they could include visits to a couple of the major attractions. I was certainly shown where everything was & important landmarks, but perhaps that could be something that would be nice. The truffle hunt was great & the people who ran that were very interesting; event though my Italian is limited we had a great conversation around the lunch table. All in all, it really is not to be missed!
It is hard to believe we have been home for almost a week, but it really does take a while to sort things out and get back into some sort of routine again.
Thank you for organising such a perfect trip for us.
The highly personalised arrangements, good hotels etc matched perfectly with the fascinating people, countryside food, and history.
The most indulgent part was the speed boat from the Victoria Hotel at Chau Doc to Phnom Penh. Just Pat and I were in this timber-lined launch with a driver, relieving driver and a man to serve us refreshments along the way. When we walked down the jetty at the hotel in Chau Doc there were a lot of people waiting to get on bigger boats and we were headed in this direction when we were called to this smaller boat and off we went!!
The cars, guides (all excellent),drivers and personal service also was something we could easily get used to! The Trails of IndoChina team could not be faulted.
The horrors of the many wars, the resilience of the people over generations and their capacity to get on with life is a lesson for us all.
One thing that is a bit of a worry is all of the foreign investment/aid from China, Japan, and lots of other countries that surely must have some dangerous strings attached.
Examples were the new road from Saigon to Cambodia (Chinese funding), and the new subway rail system in Saigon (Japanese funding).
Thanks again for looking after us.
Regards, Peter and Pat.
We were blown away by the depth of your knowledge, willingness to research our requests and patience with our never ending questions. Your outstanding client service and high standards ensured we had the most amazing holiday.
As foodies, we have never found a travel agent who really understood what we wanted until now. Karen shares our passion for a great food experience when we travel. Her knowledge and willingness to create our perfect holiday was second to none. Thank you.
Our market tour & private cooking class in Paris was faultless and excellent. We would highly recommend this.
My husband wanted a wine tour around Burgundy and in my research I found Food and Wine Travel on line. I noticed it was an Australian company and . . . that put my mind at ease. The tour was terrific and Karen’s help was invaluable.
The restaurants and hotels … were not the usual ones booked by most travel agents. We must thank you organizing this great holiday/tour for us. You were able to arrange our unusual requests when other agents were unable or unwilling.
Thank you Karen and Food and Wine Travel for helping prepare our European summer trip to Italy. We were blown away by the depth of your knowledge, willingness to research our further requests and patience with our never ending questions. Before and during our holiday we felt totally supported in our holiday experience and your outstanding client service and high standards ensured we had the most amazing holiday. All your accommodation recommendations were fantastic and we loved every minute of our stay. We look forward to being able to book our next Food and Wine travel experience very soon.
Thank you, Karen for your mighty efforts in making our recent trip to the US of A so stress-free. I know we left you with a big job to organize the whole thing. There were a lot of movements and they all went perfectly. I note the research you must have done to organize suitable accommodation,. When we got to the various Hotels in New York, Philladelphia, Washington and Los Angeles I was amazed that they would have been the exact quality and price I would have organized myself. We were impressed with the fine details of plane transfers, train timings and we appreciated the advice and hints we were given regarding Passports, finances, and places to visit, etc. The bus tour you suggested was a beauty.
Your organization was just exactly as we have found it in the past – perfect.
Once again, thankyou, and we will be certainly calling on you next time we are heading off, which hopefully won’t be far off.
Thanks for everything, it was a great holiday and I will certainly be happy to recommend your services.