Active & Cultural Tours
in Southern Europe

This Is Our Story

Manu and Claire have been friends and colleagues for over 20 years, guiding active tours in Europe and exploring as much of Italy as they can. Now they’ve joined forces to launch a new tour agency and are excited for new adventures!

WILD SAGE

What Makes Us Special

LOCAL EXPERT GUIDES

Our experienced guides are enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and love what they do.

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HANDPICKED ADVENTURES

We research all of our tours thoroughly to assure you get the best out of every holiday.

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EXCITING DESTINATIONS

From the big names to the coolest destinations you’ve never heard of, we’ve got it all!

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Life is short. Take that trip.

TRAVEL WITH US

Discover Our Tours

Walking & Hiking

We can design tours for almost any walking level (depending on the terrain, of course!), and have tours that go from easy outings to the challenging Alpine hiking of the Dolomites mountains The activity level on our scheduled tours is clearly defined so you know…

Cycling & E-Biking

Some of our guides are also cyclists, and they’d be happy to show you around on two wheels. We can usually find road bikes for rent in most destinations, or try an e-bike, which allows all of the fun with a fraction of the effort (though don’t be fooled…

“Light Active” Tours

You don’t have to go on a “hike” to get your steps in, and sometimes a full day out in a city or exploring an archaeological site can be just as “active” as an organized walk. We’re also aware that we’re not as young as we once were, so we’re happy to offer tours that are…

What Our Customers Say

  • Cuba: Music, Culture & Cuisine

    5 out of 5

    This Cuba tour was overflowing with music, art, dance, culture, and connecting with the Cuban people. And, of course, amazing, authentic food and Havana Club Rum. It didn't feel like a tour, but like a visit with family and friends. Claire and Manu put together a mix of experiences we won't soon forget and partnered with local guides to enhance our knowledge and understanding of the island and its culture. Both Claire and Manu are adept at "feeling out" the guests on the tour and make suggestions and adaptations that are like icing on top of the already incredible itinerary. This beautiful island came to life for us, and we are so lucky to be able to travel to Cuba now. Wild Sage provided us with a bucket-list experience, one that we won't forget, but might repeat!
  • Sardinia: Hiking through History

    5 out of 5

    This is a great trip. We visited archeological sites of the Nuragic people, a sacred well, a burial tomb, including a tour of one of their villages. The guide explained what is currently known about the ancient civilization which was fascinating and frustrating because there is still so much about them that is unknown. We visited museums which have Nuragic bronzes and stone giants. We hiked through the countryside with panoramic views of coastlines, valleys, and mountains and sightings of a range of wildlife including the last wild horse herd in Europe. Six hundred horses in family groups of 30-40. There were so many wonderful things about this trip: the city guide who spoke a few lines of the native Sardinian language for us and answered all my questions about the language, the guide at the vineyard who was enthusiastic about his job, the park guide who showed us the wild horses, the beautiful beaches where we relaxed and all the Sardinians we met. The food, wine, and hikes were amazing. A huge grazie mille to Manu and Wild Sage for putting this trip together to this wonderful island.
  • Tuscany Classic Walk

    5 out of 5

    While our time with Manu and Claire was part of a private departure, our travel included Florence, San Gimignano, Siena and Pienza. Traveling with Manu and Claire is, for us, traveling with trusted friends. This is our highest possible praise. Manu and Claire tend to all the details, provide the transportation, speak your language and Italian (along with other languages), share their knowledge of the places, the people, the food and the wine, expose you to new experiences, and accommodate your interests. They do all of this with efficiency and a smile. With guides like these, you are free to enjoy each moment and truly relax. The Wild Sage itineraries work perfectly for us. They include exercise, sightseeing, unique experiences, and time for relaxation and reflection. We found that every day included something memorable and special. Often these elements were part of Manu and Claire’s plan. At times they were unexpected and magical. Manu and Claire also worked with us to shape the travel itinerary we wanted for a private departure. With their help we were able to have exactly the trip we were hoping for, enhanced by their scouting, knowledge, and suggestions. We could ask for nothing more. We are already daydreaming about and planning our next adventure with Manu and Claire.
  • Athens & the Greek Islands

    5 out of 5

    Such a wonderful trip! We have been traveling with Claire for years and she never disappoints. Highlights of this tour included the archeological site at Akrotiri and a fabulous kayaking day on Santorini. And Naxos is the perfect Greek Island -- uncrowded, scenic, and with beautiful beaches and historic sites!
  • Puglia: The Spectacular South

    5 out of 5

    We enjoyed a fun filled week full of varied scenic walks and historical insights from our guides and locals. Outstanding local accommodations made us feel welcome and relaxed. Traditional dishes, local wines and a plethora of choices of excellent fresh dishes made for some tough choices on what to enjoy each night.