After founding a pioneering adventure travel outfit in the 70s, Christine Gee has turned to her love of literature as inspiration for a new company, Readers & Writers Tours. Teaming up with former Australian Himalayan Expeditions partner Goronwy Price, she has created a tempting portfolio of journeys “to the source of the stories”. The 2016 program kicks off in January in India with a Jaipur Literature Festival & Palaces tour led by Gee. Other groups will visit China’s Bookworm Literature Festival in March and Britain’s Hay-on-Wye Festival in May. There will be a tour to France recalling the literary legacy of The Western Front, and US-born author Carl Robinson, who left Vietnam the day before Saigon fell, will lead The Quiet American Tour. “We will be immersing ourselves in the stories we cherish and celebrating our love of books and literary festivals, while allowing enough time along the way to relax,” says Gee, who hatched the idea for the company while running writing courses at the National Library of Australia with her late husband Bryce Courtenay, who remains her “inspiration”. More: readersandwriterstours.com.