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as one of the World’s Best Tour Specialists, Wildland Adventures is celebrating its 30th Anniversary. Established in 1986, Wildland Adventures’ ‘Wild Style’ philosophy is based on an ethic of sincerity, compassion and understanding, to enhance rather than exploit the people and places where they travel. The company offers more than 150 unique itineraries on 6 continents in 37 countries.
Kurt Kutay, Founding CEO/President, and Anne Kutay, Vice-President (pictured), are continuously refining and evolving their Wild Style of travel, so it is no surprise that they found a very special way to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the company. On a May 21, 2016 departure, they will host Walks, Wine and Culinary Adventures in Northern Spain, experiencing with guests the full terroir of Basque and Castile culture from food and wines, to Guernica and the Guggenheim. This special tour also launches the company’s new “Travel Style” of offerings dubbed Culinary and Wine Adventures.
“There’s no better way to celebrate 30 years of ‘Going Wild’ around the world than sitting down to the table with guests on a Wildland Adventure, to be served by local specialty chefs while toasting with glasses full of regional wines poured by local winemakers,” says Kurt.
The Spain immersion covers 13 days and begins and ends in Bilbao. Joining the trip are wine experts David and Ruth Arista of Arista Wine Cellars and Xabi Extxarri, a Spanish guide whose passion for culture, literature and the arts emanate from his Basque homeland.
Guests travel among the remote mountains and along the coastline of Basque and historic Castile, hiking through the vines of the region, as well as along the Camino de Santiago, through National parks and castle-fringed farmlands. Dining includes haute restaurants and local wine bars where Spanish pintxos (snacks) are served. Private tastings in the vineyards and bodegas of Spain’s top winemakers, conversations with farmers, cheese makers, authors and celebrity chefs, as well as the best sommelier of La Rioja.
Other 30th Anniversary additions to Wildland’s Culinary and Wine Adventure category include Argentina, South Africa and Turkey.
In Argentina, Wine, Cultures & Canyonlands: Mendoza and the Northwest is a 14-day immersion in culture, history and nature, all with a gastronomic embrace. The trip begins in Mendoza and ends in Tucuman.
Turquoise Coast Odyssey is a 13-day journey through Turkey on which guests sample a new dish every day, from the street foods of Istanbul, to a cooking lesson at a women’s coop restaurant in Cappadocia, to family recipes prepared on board a gulet cruising along the Mediterranean coast.
A trip that was launched in 2015, Cape Town to Kruger Safari eight-day program is a wines and wildlife safari in South Africa featuring wines grown from vines on Earth’s oldest soils and wildlife encounters in prime game habitats. Guests enjoy an eight-course, wine-paired African surprise dinner in the Cape winelands of Stellenbosch and Franschoek before going on safari in Greater Kruger National Park and after exploring Cape Town and Robben Island, the political prison of Nelson Mandela.
With all this and so much more on offer, we expect the ‘Wild Style’ will be going strong for another 30 years.