Delectable Destinations

Quebec, Canada

Delectable Destinations are experts in designing unique culinary and cultural tours. You are invited to savor travels​ with rich traditions on personally escorted luxury journeys.

Culinary Vacations 5

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15 days / 14 nights

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8 days / 7 nights

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8 Days Culinary Vacation in Andalusia, Spain

May 19-26, 2018 | October 6-13, 2018

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from US$5,500
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8 days / 7 nights

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from US$4,800
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8 days / 7 nights

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from US$5,200
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8 days / 7 nights

Instructors 3

Mamma Agata

Mamma Agata prepares meals with the love and respect that it commands. She has been cooking most of her life; since her teenage years in the nearby summer villa of a wealthy American woman, who had entertained many illustrious personalities in the 50's and 60's. They called her "Baby Agata" since she was so young but dedicated to her craft.

Gennaro

In the last 14 years, Gennaro has joined in the kitchen and cooks side-by-side with Mamma Agata every day. They both share a huge passion for cooking from a very young age and they both spent their years as young adults working in the culinary field. They share their passion for food and wine with their guests. Gennaro is not only a great cook but also a profesional certified sommelier and a member of AIS (International Sommelier Association),which is the official Italian organisation that recognizes highly acclaimed sommeliers throughout Italy.

David

Young, creative and effusively enthusiastic about food, Chef David gave up a career as a commercial pilot to peruse his culinary passions. David honed his cooking skills training in Maastricht, Netherlands, where he developed the gourmet flair to match his creative instincts. David then moved with his family to Andalusia, his father’s homeland, where he grows fresh organic produce and edible flowers for the use in his gourmet creations. With a deep knowledge of traditional Andalusian cuisine, David adds a modern twist to the many unique dishes he creates for his guests.

Testimonials 20

  • Anna and Pierre L Canada

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    Thank you, Carol, for our special trip to Puglia at the end of May 2017. It was exactly the authentic experience we were looking for. We loved staying at the gorgeous hotel in the picturesque old town of Monopoli, visiting unique ancient towns like Alberobello with its trulli and then making orecchiette at the masseria with 2 lovely passionate ladies, enjoying wineries, and tarralli. Oh yes!, we can’t forget the fantastic food made by the passionate chefs and our time with Mafalda and Oronzo singing Volare in the van! Grazie mille!

  • Diane B Connecticut, USA

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    “Wow what a trip! A friend and I went on the Delectable Destinations trip to Andalucia, Spain Fall 2016……and it was an amazing adventure of food, wine, culture, history and stunning scenery. And as promised, the villa estate where we stayed was spectacular. Carol and her team were the best! Their planning made every day varied, fun, interesting, informative, and perfectly paced. Clearly she loves what she does – and I loved being a part of it.”

  • Heather Boyd

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    The Tuscany landscape was absolutely breathtaking. I discovered the Italian culture through guided tours of local markets and hands on cooking classes. We learned simple methods to cook healthy and authentic food. I am no chef, but I have since replicated the meals with success and shared a taste of Italy with friends and family. The week included trips to a local winery, a cashmere farm, a goat/sheep cheese farm, rustic villages and several trips to Florence. Carol orchestrated everything without a second of time wasted. I had a magical week with a wonderful group of people and will cherish the memories for years to come.

  • Heather Boyd

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    Words cannot describe the perfection of my week with Delectable Destinations. The Tuscany landscape was absolutely breathtaking. I discovered the Italian culture through guided tours of local markets and hands on cooking classes. We learned simple methods to cook healthy and authentic food. I am no chef, but I have since replicated the meals with success and shared a taste of Italy with friends and family. The week included trips to a local winery, a cashmere farm, a goat/sheep cheese farm, rustic villages and several trips to Florence. Carol orchestrated everything without a second of time wasted. I had a magical week with a wonderful group of people and will cherish the memories for years to come.

  • Jodie Margolis-Freedman

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    It has been a few years since my dream trip with Carol at Delectable destinations to the magnificent Amalfi coast. With each post on Facebook and each video, I am taken back in time to a very special experience. Carol offers something truly special. From the moment I gave my deposit I knew I was in the hands of a well travelled, well connected expert. After speaking with Carol about the trip I was excited and had high expectations, without a doubt, she exceeded my expectations exponentially. All I can say is, dreams can come true and for all of you dreamers, without hesitation I recommend Delectable Destinations. Allow Carol to help you turn your dreams into reality and what you will have when you return are memories that will last a lifetime and be triggered by videos, pictures, Colors, aromas and bring you back as if you were there again.

  • Sue H. United States

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    Carol, my expectations for this trip ran high as you know I was celebrating my 50th with family and I just want to send a quick note to say thank you for exceeding them! I have been asked over and over again, “How was Italy?” and out of all the wonderful things I could have chosen to say about Amalfi and our vacation, I find myself saying “delicious” most often. Being a foodie, I was thinking of all the special, thoughtful, delectable, decadent, and mouthwatering lunches and dinners you organized to make the week so memorable for us. I loved meeting all the locals you have come to know and trust over the years, like Roberta at Villa San Cosma who made us feel like we were home, and Roberto, our wonderful driver who was so knowledgeable and entertaining (thinking of all those songs we sang on the way back from festivities). We had so many notable experiences like the lemon tour, lunch at the vineyard, dinner at Chef Vito’s when he made homemade pasta on that crazy machine (just because I asked about it), and not to be outdone, our cooking day at Mamma Agata’s. Lastly, set to a stunning Amalfi Coast backdrop, the meals that are too numerous to list made us feel treated like royalty and fed like them too. Thank you again for making our trip so easy, delicious, and memorable.

  • Randy Thompson United States

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    Ravello, Italy, is home to a variety of classical music and Carol took her cue from the maestros and orchestrated a classic experience. Her years of love for the area, combined with tireless research and “due diligence” on things to do, resulted in a perfect adventure. The breathtaking scenery and Mamma Agata’s cooking class on the first day were fabulous, but the special interfaces with winemakers and olive grove owners, plus dining at remarkable restaurants had us saying “It just gets better” each day. Carol is incredibly gracious and has the utmost concern for her guests’ well-being while in her care. Our driver, Roberto, was perfect as this our own “Mayor of Amalfi” carried us along the Amalfi coast. It could not have been better and we continue to bask in the afterglow of a glorious time. During this week there were more smiles than at a clown convention and we cannot stop talking about and recommending a Delectable Destinations to anyone who will listen. Thanks so much, Carol, for everything you do and everything you are. It was great to meet you and even greater sharing the time together.

  • Beth F. United States

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    Delectable Destinations has found another gem of a cultural and culinary experience in Andalusia, Spain. This was my second trip with Carol. Last year, I took the Amalfi Coast trip and I knew it would be wonderful, but Andalusia, Spain exceeded all of my expectations. The Cortijo El Carligto private Andalucian hideaway’s location is breathtaking and authentically Spanish. Daily panoramic excursions to nearby towns and vineyards highlighted the seacoast and beautiful vistas. But the food, oh my, the food was the star of the week. Our private chef for the week prepared the freshest, most delicious food I have ever tasted and Carol captured the beauty of it with her exceptional photography skills. Once again, Carol has partnered with the most talented, friendly, and caring people who love to share their part of the world with their guests. Thank you, Carol, David, Rosa, Alan, and Mark. It was an experience I will never forget!

  • Bev G. United States

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    Delectable Destinations took me on another amazing travel experience to Andalucia, Spain! After going last spring to Amalfi Coast with Carol, I had to go on another culinary and cultural tour with her. The magnificent villa, delectable Spanish cuisine, friendly people, and beautiful scenery were all spectacular! Carol finds the gems of the region. What a way to travel with personal attention given to every detail of the trip so I could relax and enjoy every moment. I truly felt I had the best taste of the region and left with wonderful memories. Thank you, Carol!

  • Jackie A. and Ellie C. United States

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    Kudos to Carol for putting together a fantastic culinary experience in Spain! From the comfortable accommodations in a beautiful hilltop villa to the superb itinerary to the outstanding food and wine, our stay in Andalusia was a home run. Each day was a new adventure: a winery, an artisanal olive oil press, an elegant restaurant, a beachside luncheon, the Alhambra, and more. Our daily excursions involved a harrowing trip along a narrow and winding mountain road, but we learned to have faith in our driver, David. However, David’s driving skills were nothing compared to his expertise in the kitchen. He created amazing dishes that reflected the local cuisine while introducing personal flourishes that elevated each meal to new heights. The wine flowed throughout, adding to the amiable atmosphere. Carol, ever attentive to each person’s needs, made sure that everything was fine-tuned to perfection. This was our first trip with Carol, but probably not our last.

  • Karen W. United States

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    Negotiating the smorgasbord of Indian color, tastes, sites, and culture with Carol was a blast. The small and perfect size of our group made it possible to not only see the usual things one must see in India but also get off the typical tourist track to wonderful local experiences. Carol has a knack for knowing what people want when they travel and for finding a good balance of comfort and experience. The food events on this trip were so much fun, like walking tours and cooking classes in the most unexpected of places. Once again Carol has hit it out of the park. Namaste!

  • Jeanette L. United States

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    Looking for a travel experience that offers both luxury accommodations and extraordinary experiences every day? Then, pack your walking shoes and join Carol Ketelson for the trip of a lifetime to India! All of your senses will come alive as you explore the Golden Triangle: Delhi, Jaipur, and Agra. Take in the fragrances of the spice market in Old Delhi, the unsurpassed beauty of the Taj Mahal, and the flavors of every area you visit. Come ready to be awestruck by Maharaja’s palace in Rajasthan and the anticipation of seeing the elusive tiger in Ranthambore. And, everywhere you go, you will find beautiful, bright, and vibrant color. If you long to expand your world view, incredible India will provide the way with its culture, history, and food.

  • Rachel Reuben

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    Mere English words cannot describe the Amalfi Coast experience I had with you and Delectable Destinations! I wish I had command of the expressive and dramatic Italian language to say how I felt about that week in Ravello. Bellissimo! The villa we stayed in was elegant, beautiful, and pristine. The staff was amazing and I felt like they treated us like family from day one. Every vantage point from the villa was breathtaking from the first night with the full moon glistening over the sea, to the early morning sunrises. Each day you brought us on a new adventure that was personal, local, off-the-beaten-path, and delicious! The most common thing I heard from my fellow travelers was “this just keeps getting better and better!” and I agree. Each experience was a gem in and of itself and are all now memories of a lifetime for me. It is clear you have forged amazing relationships with many people in Italy. Thank you for arranging this beyond my expectations trip. It was indeed a trip of a lifetime and I look forward to exploring another area with you soon. I already know it is going to be amazing.

  • Elisa B. United States

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    All it took was one conversation with Carol to know without a doubt that I was about to embark on something special. From the moment I saw our driver, Roberto, holding my name up on a sign at Naples airport, everything was taken care of. It was the perfect way to travel by myself to Europe for the first time. The beauty of Ravello, where we stayed in a beautiful villa on the Amalfi Coast, cannot be summed up in a few sentences. The experiences Carol carefully and seamlessly plans cannot be summed up in a few sentences either. All I can tell you is that if you want a first class experience in one of the most beautiful places on earth, Delectable Destinations is the way to go. You will be in the hands of an amazing individual whose passion in life is to share her favorite places in the world with you, who knows the ins and outs of each destination she organizes to offer you unique experiences you could never possibly put together on your own. If you truly want to experience the culture and beauty of one of Carol’s destinations to be constantly amazed, give her a call. You will not be disappointed

  • Sherri A. United States

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    Delectable Destinations combines the love of food, family, and travel. A wonderful adventure among the beautiful Amalfi Coast of Italy. Food and travel spectacular beyond your dreams. Most interesting is the warmth of the family owned businesses that welcomed us into their homes and places of business. They made you feel that you had known them for years. Cooking side by side with chefs from five-star restaurants using ingredients from their land. Carol, thank you for cultivating such wonderful relationships with these establishments and providing a dream vacation. Whether you are a foodie or someone that just loves traveling, do not miss the opportunity to be a part of one of the many Delectable Destinations adventures. Count me in for a future destination!

  • Denise R. United States

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    Carol at Delectable Destinations has created a first class tour and culinary experience. Amalfi Coast is picturesque and soaking in all the beauty went well beyond the dark of night. Everyone we came in contact with was friendly and very professional. Villa San Cosma is beautiful! The unique tours she has assembled, I could not do. As a travel professional myself, I highly recommend Delectable Destinations

  • Don F. United States

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    The wonderful stroke of good luck that led me to your website when I searched online for Amalfi Coast vacations continues to amaze me. A culinary tour was not even on my radar, but when I read your description of what turned out to be the best vacation I have ever had, I became really excited. Near the end of our week together you asked what was the high point for each of us. For me, it was definitely Mamma Agata’s Cooking School and the immense privilege of getting to meet Mamma Agata, Chiara, and Gennaro. But of course there were many more highlights, outstanding meals and amazing sights. We could not have put together a more fun and friendly group if we had done it ourselves. And as Nancy, Warren, and I remarked more than once during and after the tour, your organizational skills, ability to anticipate and attend to the smallest details, not to mention shifting gears smoothly and quickly on those rare occasions when a change of plans was required are greatly appreciated. It was a pleasure to travel with someone who does not regard the experience as business, but as an opportunity to share incredible beauty and wonderful people with the lucky few who sign up for one of your tours. Thanks, Carol, for giving us a rich and varied experienced that none of us will ever forget! We look forward to traveling with you again soon.

  • Jodie M. Canada

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    I have recently returned from my dream vacation on the Amalfi Coast. Cooking and travelling are two of my passions. Carol combines the best of both worlds in her culinary trips. From the moment I walked out of the airport and was greeted by Roberto, our driver, I knew this was not going to be an ordinary trip. On our way to the villa, we saw many sights, stopping for pictures along the magnificent Amalfi Coast. We arrived at Villa San Cosma in Ravello where we were greeted by Carol and Margherita. We had time to freshen up and unpack and then enjoy our welcome dinner. The meal was wonderful and the view from the villa was breathtaking. Meeting the group I would be sharing my dream with was exciting. We began our week as strangers but quickly became great friends. My most memorable part of the trip was our cooking day at Mamma Agata's where, together with Chiara, they awakened all of our senses and gave us many helpful culinary tips. The week included great adventures from mozzarella-making to olive oil-tasting to our final wine and cheese soirée hosted by master sommelier Gennaro. Carol brilliantly choreographed a well-balanced week of laughter, lifelong friendships, intoxicating aromas, spectacular scenery, delectable meals, and pure elegance. Thank you Carol.

  • Hilda G. United States

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    I still dream of the trip my daughter and I took with Delectable Destinations to the Amalfi Coast it could not have been more wonderful! Carol knows the area like the back of her hand, takes you to magical places tourists usually do not get to see, and has the best people taking care of you, from Margherita who runs the villa with loving hands and attention to every detail; to our driver, Roberto, who guided us on narrow, winding roads with great skill and an abiding sense of humor; to the warm and welcoming Agata family who runs the cooking school, cooks a dazzling array of dishes for you, and shares family recipes handed down through generations. Each and every day was not only an amazing culinary experience but a feast for the eyes. The beauty of the Amalfi Coast is breathtaking and Carol shares her love of the area in a very special and personal way with her small group. Traveling with Carol is like traveling with a friend whose greatest pleasure is for everyone to have a beautiful experience and that we did.

  • Holly G., United States

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    Delectable Destinations gets it all right! Carol plans every little detail in exactly the way you would want to experience the Amalfi Coast at its best. The villa we stayed in was gorgeous and cozy and the staff who ran it accommodated our every need. The driver Carol arranged to take us everywhere was extremely knowledgable and kept all of us safe on the crazy winding roads of the coast. Every day’s itinerary was perfectly planned, with just the right amount of activities and down time. As well, Carol brought us to hidden special places that tourists visiting the area on their own would likely never find on their own. And each meal was better than the next! I would recommend Delectable Destinations to anyone who wants to have a unique and delicious experience on the Amalfi Coast.

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