A warm welcome to all of the members of our Aroma Tours Newsletter in over 30 countries around the world.
Robbi and I are enjoying some well deserved quiet time at home, and feel truly blessed that we were able to share our passion for the fabulous places and experiences that we love, with delightful people from around the world once again.
Our cottage garden is a riot of colour and we are surrounded by flocks of parrots and other birds busily feeding and nesting, as well as regular visits from our local kangaroo mob - which with the new generation of joeys has grown to more than twenty.
As we move into summer, and those of you in north hunker down for winter, we all begin to look forward to the festive season and catching up with family and friends.
We are greatly looking forward to next year's Aroma Tours which are now almost sold out, and we are absolutely thrilled to see that our 2025 season is already off to a flying start!
As always, it is our returning guests and their friends who are leading this fabulous response.
We have compiled a few photos of our adventures this year so that you can enjoy some of the lovely places and experiences that we shared with our guests.
Next year's Aroma Tours are almost sold out, however there are still a few places available and we invite you to "seize the day" and join us for one of our delightful journeys in Spain or Provence in 2024.
|List of Tours for 2024|
|Flavours of Spain||13 - 20 May 2024||1 vacancy|
|Spanish Gourmet Pilgrimage||20 - 27 May 2024||2 vacancies|
|Flavours of France||3 - 10 June 2024|
|Heart of Provence||17 - 24 June 2024|
|Essential Provence||24 June - 1 July 2024||2 vacancies|
Treasures of Provence
(ladies only special event)
|5 - 12 July 2024|
|Aromas of Tuscany||3 - 10 September 2024|
|Flavours of Italy||10 - 17 September 2024|
|Bali Women's Retreat||7 - 14 September 2024|
|Bali Women's Retreat (private event)||16 - 23 September 2024|
|Italy VIP Tour (invite only)||14 Sepetmber - 1 October 2024||12 vacancies|
We thrilled to announce that we have now officially opened our 2025 tour season and are already receiving strong enquiries and healthy early bookings.
|List of Tours for 2025|
|Flavours of Spain||12 - 19 May 2025||10 vacancies|
|Spanish Gourmet Pilgrimage||19 - 26 May 2025||13 vacancies|
|Flavours of France||9 - 16 June 2025||11 vacancies|
|Heart of Provence||23 - 30 June 2025||10 vacancies|
|Essential Provence||30 June - 7 July 2025||12 vacancies|
Treasures of Provence
(ladies only special event)
|11 - 18 July 2025||12 vacancies|
|Aromas of Tuscany||9 - 16 September 2025||10 vacancies|
|Flavours of Italy||16 - 23 September 2025||11 vacancies|
years ago during our Essential Provence
we had the pleasure of witnessing the ancient ritual of Le Feu de St. Jean - The
Fire of St. John.
This colourful celebration dates back to pagan times and is always held on the eve of the summer solstice; representing the victory of light over darkness on the shortest night of the year. All manner of healing and benefits are associated with the fire, such as curing of disease, enhancing fertility and protection from adversity.
On a perfect balmy summer's eve as we strolled through a lovely small village, we were treated to the spectacle of a colourful procession of villagers dressed in traditional Provencale costume parading through the narrow streets to the sounds of flutes and drums.
At the center of the procession was a horse-drawn wagon laiden with fruits of the harvest and as it passed we were offered garlands of rosemary, lavender, corn, fruit, wheat, brush-wood and other offerings for "Le Feu".
The parade's destination was the village's central square where a large bon-fire awaited us. The main festivities began shortly afterwards, with the mayor, resplendent in his tri-coloured sash, addressing us at some length on the ripening of the season and the bountiful harvest soon to come.
He was flanked by dancers and musicians who enthusiastically performed for us and one of the most memorable songs we heard that night, told the story of two young lovers whose eyes met for the first time gazing across the Fire of St John; to this day it is one of our favourite songs.
Once it was fully
dark, the festivities began in earnest as the bonfire was carefully lit and we all began to circle slowly
three times around
"Le Feu", whilst throwing flowers, herbs, and garlands into the
flames with the words - "May all my ill-luck depart and be burnt up with
We were all enchanted by these heart-felt traditions and took a moment to gave thanks, reflect on the year gone by and then bless the year to come, as we joined the whole village in celebration.
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 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.
We have collected many lovely comments from our guests over the years but this one from Shannon and Scott Peck from the USA is one of our favourites.
"Our two Aroma Tours of Provence were beyond our wildest imagination in every way!
From the moment the tour began we found ourselves smiling and relaxing under the wonderful care of Robbi and Jim, who were both entertaining as well as super organized down to every detail. We didn't have a single worry the entire time!
Our job was to enjoy ourselves! That was rule #1! Their selection of places to see and things to do were superb! Every day we found ourselves almost overwhelmed by the beauty surrounding us, the exquisite meals, the history and inspiration.
We returned home feeling the most enriched we have every felt. I kept using the phrase, "blissed out!" throughout the tours. We miss Provence and its wonderful people!
We can never thank Robbi and Jim enough for the trip of our life time! And we deeply appreciate their constant care-taking and empathy towards our happiness, every day! It worked! You two are geniuses at this!" You did it all with great heart!
We look forward to another tour in the near future! Please don't retire just yet!" Thanks a billion for all the laughter, fun, and great times learning and experiencing the most wonderful place on earth!"
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.
Robbi and I look forward to welcoming you to one of our delightful Aroma Tours in 2023 or 2024.
Jim and Robbi