Special Interest Journeys - Part 1
Furthering a passion for a particular subject through travel – and along the way meeting others who share that special interest – has to be one of the best ways to experience the world. Sometimes we crave a getaway that allows us to relax, and at other times we want a journey filled with adventure. But travelling to sharpen our skills is understandably high on the agenda for many seasoned travellers, and let’s face it, the best of the best in whatever area holds your interest, might only be found abroad.
So to satiate those yearning for an adventure into a realm they are passionate about, Adventure World has launched a series of Special Interest Journeys, where a top expert in their specialised field accompanies travellers to educate and inspire them while on the road. These journeys are about the uncovering of places, people and knowledge that can’t be found elsewhere. The twelve journeys have been created with extreme care – to reflect the passion that the lucky people who embark on them have for their favourite subjects. And the experts who have signed up to be a part of the journeys are as colourful and inspiring as the itineraries themselves.
Much-revered journalist, media personality, author and eco- and edible-gardener Indira Naidoo is the expert on this special journey for lovers of all things gardening and green. From mini-gardens in London’s potholes (who would have thought it?) to cool green spaces on awe-inspiring rooftops, to hidden patches of Eden in Amsterdam, and creative community projects in the heart of Berlin, this journey is a treat for the senses and one that will excite those with a passion for sustainable living. Wrapping up with Guerilla Gardening in Vienna and peppered with learning activities, gardening shows, mini courses and guidance from some of the most innovative gardeners in the world, the 14-day Eco Gardening journey is one that green thumbs of all levels will relish in. And with plenty of fresh produce to be consumed along the way in fine dining establishments, cafes, restaurants and of course, gardens, travellers can bring together dining, travelling, culture and environmentalism in a once in a lifetime trip.
Lovers of art and antiques can’t go past this one, because not only do they have passionate antique dealer Jolyon Warwick James along with them for the ride, this special journey takes travellers to the heart of art and antiques in Paris, London and Brussels. Jolyon started out by collecting old doorknobs and hinges in abandoned terrace houses in Sydney’s Paddington, selling them at nearby markets. Since then, over the last 40 years he has created an enviable career as an antique dealer, and as he loves to discover the human histories in antiques (especially silver) he knows how to sniff out a wonderful story. From a private viewing of a Berlin Auctionata, to the exploration of famous antiques markets in London and Brussels, to going behind the scenes at the Drouot in Paris and spending two unforgettable days at the world famous TEFAF Maastricht (Europe’s finest Antique and Art Fair) this journey will bring the worlds of yesteryear to life in glorious detail, further igniting a traveller’s passion for all things art and antique.
Literature & Culture
Highly respected journalist Jennifer Byrne is the ambassador for this journey that will take travellers to the heart of some of the top literary sites in the world. From exploring Venice’s literary hubs, to visiting successful Parisian publishers and attending the Hay Festival in Wales (held in Hay-on-Wye, town of books) this educative and inspiring journey will have travellers going to bookclub gatherings, joining literary workshops, meeting up-and-coming authors and indulging in live poetry readings. Guests can also delve back in time and learn about Dickens, Keats and Shakespeare, learning about and seeing the places and times in which they created their greatest works. And if that’s not enough inspirational history for an avid bookworm, a visit to the Sherlock Holmes museum is on the itinerary, along with a visit to the lodging home where Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson lived and worked. A diary from this special journey could wind up on a bestseller list.
Paddock to Plate
Bringing a culture thousands of years old to life through food, wine, cultural and historical exploration, this extraordinary journey through Peru from paddock to plate combines a wealth of culture, produce and wine knowledge in an itinerary sure to have foodies salivating their way through a country that is as rich in history and heritage as it is in intriguing culture and fine produce. Australia’s favourite Peruvian chef, Jorge Chacon is along for the ride, which will make its way through organic farms and into the Amazon Jungle. From cigar rolling, to the art of chocolate, cooking demonstrations, corn beer and wine making, to wildlife viewing and learning about the local seafood and marine life, the inspiration and produce knowledge gained on this trip is sure to make itself known at future dinner parties and events.
Rediscover the Renaissance in Tuscany
What better way to discover the great masterpieces of Renaissance Art than in Italy itself, under the tutelage of revered BBC art critic and presenter Andrew Graham-Dixon. From the great churches of Florence to the towns of Arezzo, Pienza and Orvieto, travellers will learn about the artists and architects who lived in these intriguing pockets of Europe, shaping history with their ideas, passion and dedication to their extraordinary talents. Some of the itinerary is also dedicated to lesser-known works of art that have escaped mainstream knowledge, offering guests the opportunity to pay respects to Giorgio Vasari – the man who invented the term "Renaissance". He also wrote a classic book about the lives of these famous artists, ranking them in order of brilliance. Included is a visit to his home in the town of Arezzo, and the chance to experience the great cycles of frescoes on the theme of The True Cross, by Piero della Francesca, in the same town. Astounding.
Snapshots of Cuba: A Smartphone Journey
Since President Obama announced the return of diplomatic relations with Cuba in December, and the easing of travel and trade restrictions in January, Cuba is set to change drastically, meaning more people than ever are keen to experience the country before it becomes over-commercialised and potentially loses some of the rustic charm that it is globally famous for. Presently, Cuba is the wonderfully colourful place that it has always been, with enchanting vistas that make for extraordinary photographs and art in general. So what better special journey for creatives to go on, than one aimed at improving artistic skills, through the use of something most people always have on them – a smartphone. Photographer Benjamin Lowy is a photojournalist best known for his work as a conflict photographer in war zones and is a vocal proponent of mobile photography, so he is the expert guiding this Cuban experience that takes in Havana, Trinidad, the island paradise of Cayo Jutias, the mountains, sea, and of course – the people, their homes and their way of life.
To book one of our Special Interest Journeys, contact our groups department on AU: 1300 369 751 | NZ: 0800 238 368
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