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!


What Makes Us Special


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

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

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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.


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

  • Sicily Coast-to-Coast

    5 out of 5

    My wife and I took a 10 day trip to Sicily in March 2023 with Claire Duiker from Wild Sage as our guide. This was our first time in Sicily and the tour had a perfect combination of seeing much of what the large island has to offer and time to relax and enjoy our group. The itinerary combined time in the amazing coastal cities of Palermo and Siracusa and in the middle of the island near Agrigento and Vittoria. Claire organized everything very well, from hotel selections, restaurant choices, and visits to sites. With her deep knowledge of European history, she provided historical context covering the many layers of Sicily’s past as we moved around and visited sites but gave us space to explore things ourselves too. And she was extremely flexible – if our group wanted to alter the schedule some or stay a little longer (or shorter) somewhere, she was always responsive to impromptu changes. I don’t like to move from hotel to hotel so much when I’m travelling so our itinerary was great in that regard: 2 or 3 nights in each location gave us a chance to unwind and enjoy the location without always worrying about packing and getting out the next morning. Claire is fluent in Italian and English, and it probably isn’t always easy to be working around the clock, including dinners out with your “customers”, but she is fun to be with socially and made it seem easy. I enthusiastically recommend Wild Sage and Claire as a guide for this trip or others. If Sicily, make your trip as long as you can- there’s a lot to see. JAM, California, U.S.
  • Athens & the Greek Islands

    5 out of 5

    We just completed this amazing trip with Claire and her local tour expert in Greece and the Islands. We LOVE putting ourselves in Claire's hands because we know (having enjoyed an amazing tour in Italy with her years ago) that she scouts all the best untouristed hotels and restaurants for amazing beach locations with easy access to towns and the most amazing culinary experiences (indulging us in a dessert specialty and bakery treat every so often). Her hiking, kayaking, and sailing excursions are nothing short of spectacular fun. Claire's hunt for historical and scenic adventure (not to mention her professionalism and ongoing friendship) is what is going to set the Wild Sage experience above other travel companies. I can't wait to schedule our next trip--THANK YOU!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.