About

About Us

We're Ralph and Olga.

Ralph and Olga have been a ‘travel team’ for over 10 years, managing and guiding European groups about Australia, running Outbike’s epic cycle tours, Bandicoot’s mini-coaches – and My Europe Base, offering self-contained apartment stays on Germany’s Mosel River.

Previously Ralph founded Wayward Bus Touring Company with the first regular tours linking Melbourne and Adelaide via the Great Ocean Road.  Wayward grew to cover a lot of Australia and was popular with independent travellers and a favourite recommendation of Lonely Planet.  Wayward was a 4-time winner of the SA Tourism Awards, winning the Australian Tourism Award for Major Tour and Transport in 1997 ahead of AAT-Kings Tours, Ansett Airlines and other state finalists.  In 2006 Ralph became a part-owner and director of Adventure Tours Australia into which Wayward Bus merged.

Ralph's travel flame was sparked by a boyhood flying ‘waitlist’ on Qantas V-Jets in the 1960s – around the world twice and holidays to NZ, Fiji and Tahiti.  Back then London to Sydney on Qantas’ Fiesta Route via the Caribbean, Mexico and Tahiti took seven hops!  In the 1980s Ralph journeyed extensively in Australia, NZ, SE Asia, China, USSR, Europe, UK and North America - including 18 months of cycle-touring.

Olga has travelled widely too, in Europe, UK, Middle East, Russia, Central Asia and Australia.

Our interests we like to combine with travel include cruising, hiking, cycling, chess, museums, art and history.

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Arcadia...

You may know of P&O ships, music festivals and a vibrant little street in Noosa named Arcadia?

With roots in Ancient Greek mythology, Arcadia is a province in the centre of Greece’s Peloponnese peninsula, lying south of Corinth, east of Olympia, north of Sparta and bordering the Aegean Sea.  Rich in history and landscapes but overlooked by mass tourism, Arcadia is the home of the mythical god Pan and in classical literature and art represents an unspoilt ideal of natural and pastoral beauty.

Dream of Arcadia by Thomas Cole 1843 (Google Photo Project)