Annie Hawkins, born and raised in a small village in Burgundy, is a passionate world traveler and one of our most enchanting Trip Leaders. After studying art history in Provence, Annie moved to California, where she led adventure tours in the American Southwest and realized that leading adventure trips was her vocation—nothing would keep her inside an office again! She has led exclusively for Wilderness Travel since 1995 and has led journeys for us in France, Spain, Sri Lanka, Morocco, Niger, Oman, and more! “As a Trip Leader, I see myself as the personal ambassador to a place. In France, I love introducing the products of the ‘terroir’ such as wine or cheese, or in southern Spain, taking the group to my home to share a paella with them. And in the Sahara, I have a passion for the wind-created landscape I call ‘the yellow circle’ and the ingenuity of the people who live in this place of extremes. I'm also fascinated by the friendships that people forge while traveling together day after day. I remember how six guests become lifetime friends after our trip in Niger—this warms my heart!” While scouting our trip in southern Spain in 1999, Annie bought a 300-year-old house in a village clinging on the flanks of the highest mountains in Spain. It took her three years to transform it into the home she calls La Casa del Milagro. She divides her time between Europe and San Francisco, where she lives with her husband.
This was our third trip with Annie, and what a treat to be with her in a trip she designed in France! Annie has such a gift in connecting with the group and with making a place come alive that she is a joy to travel with.
Excellent does not begin to describe Annie! Her knowledge of the history and culture of the areas is MAGNIFICENT! She is flexible and creative and curious. Wonderful judgment and interpersonal abilities.
How lucky we were! Annie loves the country, and knows it well. She provided an amazing mix of culture, nature, and history.
What can you say about Annie other than EXCELLENT!! She was definitely a large part of the fun of the trip. She showed great leadership, knowledge, patience, and enthusiasm...unwavering. She was great!!
We love traveling with Annie. She has so much passion for Spain and Morocco...it's contagious! She always makes sure everyone is comfortable and having a wonderful experience.
Annie is exceptional. Her knowledge and love of the Lot Valley and its people, food, wine, and history was excellent. She is a great, great leader.
Annie a superb leader with incredible attention to every detail of the trip, and very solicitous to everyone's needs.
Annie is simply one of our favorite WT leaders, a many-faceted gem.
I would actively seek to travel with Annie again. She is fun, caring, and amazing person!
Annie is personable, extremely capable, caring about the individual, and is respected as such. She is a charming leader, and it was easy to travel with her as our guide.
Annie is a treasure: passionate, expressive, caring, a great sense of humor, full of joie de vivre, a master at handling all the behind-the-scenes details seamlessly.
This was our second trip with Annie for good reason—she is fantastic. Very astute at reading the group dynamics and delivering a trip to meet all needs. The culture and history flow from her in a storytelling way. I look forward to many more trips with her at the helm.
Annie is the finest WT trip leader we have had, over our many trips. She felt more like a knowledgeable dear friend than the leader of a tour group.
Annie's passion for and knowledge of the Granada to Seville region made this a fantastic trip. I felt I came away with a greater understanding of the culture, much more information than I would ever have gotten on my own. The trip Annie designed was a delight, with a mixture of hiking and cultural experiences. In each of the villages we passed through, she knew the route, the history, and wonderful places to eat.
Annie was a breath of fresh air and has a subtle, fantastic sense of humor. Her coordination of picnics, meals, treats, etc. was outstanding. She has a unique talent to gauge each participant and address needs with compassion.
Annie's reputation as the best of the best is well deserved. One of the reasons we were treated so well, I believe, is every guide, driver, hotel and restaurant proprietor—man or woman—is totally in love with her. She is a treasure!
Annie is outstanding! What a special lady. You have a real gem here! Fantastic people and organizationl skills, great sense of humor. I didn't want the trip to end.
Annie was amazing and it would be hard to top her for knowledge and charm
Annie is fantastic, a very warm, engaging person with an exceptional knowledge of the area. And wow does she know restaurants!
Experienced, enthusiastic, highly knowledgeable about the Lot Valley, including the history and culture of the area. She constantly worked to enhance the experience for all of us.
Annie is an ACE. I don't think you could find a better guide.
Annie MADE the trip. Her enthusiasm, knowledge, and over the top attention to customer needs is unsurpassed.
Annie lives up to her fabulous reputation. She is charming, friendly, engaging, knowledgeable, completely in tune with everything going on, and totally devoted to all travelers having the best possible experience.
Annie's 'eating, drinking and exploring old France' trip was just as wonderful as we expected!
Annie Hawkins is the best—she is warm, engaging, caring, enhthusiastic, humorous, knowledgeable, and just a super person.
Annie was terrific. She adapted her itinerary to the group beautifully and managed to cater to all levels of fitness and interest. She did a great job.
We loved Annie. She is obviously a very experienced leader. She was always enthusiastic and knew the area very well.
Annie is a very resourceful leader, a professional who loves her job and shows it.
Annie Hawkins was one of the most attentive, sincere, and enjoyable guides we’ve ever had. She was spontaneous and up for any opportunity that presented itself.
Annie Hawkins is a treasure. She’s an amazing person and superb Trip Leader. I can’t wait to travel with her again.
Once again Annie proved her competence with graciousness and charm. You are so lucky to have her. We will travel with Annie again!
Annie is everything a guide should be and even more. She is your best ‘advertisement!"
Annie was incredibly excellent!
Annie is a great leader, a great person to be with. She was always able to convey a complete understanding of the place in its physical sense as well as its culture, which made it even more interesting.
Annie took my breath away. She could not have been more caring, fun, concerned. What a joy she is to everyone.
Annie was by far the best leader we’ve ever had, and we’ve had a lot of excellent leaders with Wilderness Travel
Annie was first rate. She charmed everyone, her knowledge of the area was superb, and she handled all the logistics and contributed to a very enjoyable trip.
Annie was such a superb guide. Her love of the places we visited was evident in her enthusiastic nightly briefings.
Annie Hawkins was terrific, outstanding in every way. She is so lovely and we had total confidence in her leadership. We hope to do another trip with her some day.
Annie Hawkins is a marvelous Trip Leader in every way. She is a delightful personality and charming company. She oversaw all the details and added her own special touches that made our adventure really superb.
Annie is better than excellent! She is professional, competent, and absolutely enchanting. We will plan another WT trip with her schedule in mind.
Annie was terrific! A key part of the wonderful memory I have of this trip.