Greetings from Robbi and Jim

A warm welcome to all of the members of our Aroma Tours Newsletter in over 30 countries around the world.

Aroma Tours in Provence with Robbi Zeck and Jim Llewellyn

Robbi is now back home after a fabulous time in Bali with our Bali Women's Retreats and we are both enjoying time to reminisce about the the many delightful places and experiences that we have shared with our guests during this year's travels.

After 25 wonderful years, as we continue to throttle back on the number of tours that we are hosting, Robbi and I feel truly blessed to be sharing our passion for the fabulous places and experiences that we love, with delightful people from around the world and to see that demand for next year's season is the strongest that we have ever seen!

Aroma Travellers Our Thanks

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 almost 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.

Italy in Autumn - Bellissimo!

Italy in autumn is a magnificent kaleidoscope of colourful landscapes, beautiful hilltop villages, ripe grape vines, celebration and joy for life.

During our Aromas of Tuscany and Flavours of Italy tours we absorb the passion of the Italian lifestyle and savour the delightful flavours of the land's bounty, along with the rich cultural heritage evident in the art, architecture, historical sites, festivals, fashion, design, craftsmanship and unique approach to living.

Those of us who journey here are all destined to be transformed by the magic of Italy - feeling more joyful by the moment, speaking more enthusiastically, smiling broadly and even indulging in a bit of emphatic arm waving!

Our Current Booking Status

Robbi and I are thrilled to see the outstanding beginning for our 2019 season ( our best ever result for this time of year ), with 4 tours already sold out and the remainder down to the last few vacancies.

  • There is still time for you to join us next year but it is fair to say that you will need to get in touch with us soon to secure your place.

The current booking status for our 2019 season at the time of this newsletter is:-

Current List of Tours for 2019
Flavours of Spain 20 - 27 May 2019 SOLD OUT
Spanish Gourmet Pilgrimage 27 May - 3 June 2019 SOLD OUT
Flavours of France (invite only) 10 - 17 June 2019 SOLD OUT
Heart of Provence 24 June - 1 July 2019 4 vacancies
Essential Provence 1 - 8 July 2019 4 vacancies
Treasures of Provence
(ladies only special event)
12 - 19 July 2019 1 vacancy
Aromas of Tuscany 3 - 10 September 2019 5 vacancies
Flavours of Italy 10 - 17 September 2019 6 vacancies
Bali Women's Retreat 7 - 14 September 2019 SOLD OUT
Bali Women's Retreat 16 - 23 September 2019 2 vacancies
  • For detailed information about any of our tours please visit our tour information page and if you would like to join us please visit our make a reservation page.
  • If you would like us to hold your place(s) for a few days so that you have time to comfortably make your other arrangements please let us know at jim@aroma-tours.com
  • It is our pleasure to assist you with any questions you may have and we invite you to get in touch with us at jim@aroma-tours.com

Please note

  • Our up-to-the-minute booking status is available via our calendar page
  • If the tour you would like to attend becomes fully booked, please let us know if you would like us to add you to the waiting list for that tour in case a place becomes available due to a cancellation.

Our Home in Provence

Of all the wonderful regions that Robbi and I visit, Provence has a special place in our hearts.

It is where our Aroma Tours began over two and a half decades ago and where we first fell in love with another land.

"To be in Provence is to be in a joyful dream full of beauty and delight." ~ Jean Moreau

Robbi Zeck in a beautiful lavender field in Provence

Returning to our second home in Provence is always a delight and it is our passion to share the many wonders and hidden gems of this beautiful region with our guests during our Heart of Provence, Essential Provence and Treasures of Provence tours.

Please join us in this beautiful land and it will be our great pleasure to share the wonderful places, people and experiences that we love with you.

More Photos of our 2018 Adventures (repeat)

We have compiled a few more photos of our adventures in 2018 so that you can enjoy some of the lovely places and experiences that we have shared with our guests this year.

Provence Reflections

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!"

Travelling Solo in a Group

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!

  • There is no extra charge for solo travellers who are willing to share a room with another same gender guest from our group.

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.

  • Mona Smith, pictured at the beginning of this snippet, holds the record for the most tours attended by a solo traveller - she has journeyed with us 10 times and this year will be her 11th!
  • Susan Troxell from NYC is a close second and has joined us 9 times with a 10th coming next year.

Our Invitation

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.

Glorious lavender flowers in Provence France

  • For detailed information about any of our tours please visit our tour information page and if you would like to join us please visit our make a reservation page.
  • As always if you have any questions or if you would like us to assist you personally with advice about your travel arrangements or with any other details please contact us at info@aroma-tours.com

Warmest regards,

Jim and Robbi


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