Current trips and itineraries
As ever our travels this spring and autumn are taking us to some of the most beautiful and historic areas of Europe.
Piemonte and the Langhe
the Kingdom of Savoy
In 1388 the County of Savoy fought its way to the coast at Nice and so established a maritime port for the first time. The Duchy that was to follow added this magnificent part of Europe to the Holy Roman Empire. Later this came to form the nucleus of modern Italy, with Turin as its capital.
To the South of Turin lies the idyllic wine and truffle producing region of the Langhe. Here small fortified villages, decorated with fine castles and villas that were once homes to members of Italy’s most important aristocracy of the nineteenth century, dominate the steep sided vineyards bearing some of the world’s most famous names: Barolo and Barbaresco.
Our walk leads us through some of these delightful towns across deep valleys to castle-topped hills and down long ridges with fine views over superbly manicured vineyards. We stay in charming and historic inns and find the unparalleled cuisine of this most Epicurean of Italian regions.
May - Piemonte
May marks the start of a new trip for Duende Travel which includes three of Europe's finest walking areas in an exploration of the region that gave modern Italy her identity.
June - Scotland
In June we are returning to the UK to walk in Scotland. This historical route begins in the capital of Scotland, Edinburgh and continues with a trip to Stirling, one of the most important towns in the history of the country.
Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela
Few journeys are more stimulating than the Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela.
October - Provence
We finish in October in southern France in Provence where our trips will visit Avignon, Arles and Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. A series of linked walks take us to the landscapes of Cézanne on the Montagne Sainte-Victoire and of Van Gogh around the towns of Arles and Saint-Rémy.
In the early thirteenth century Simon de Montfort rode through the towns and villages of southwestern France at the behest of the Pope and carved a kingdom for himself out of the grandiose scenery of the Languedoc.