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Culinary Journeys at Their Finest: Luxury Vacations to Savor Around the World

by Cris Puscas

The go-to resource for choosing your dream culinary vacation. Find all you need to know about the top destinations and ways to elevate your cooking skills & knowledge.
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There’s a story behind every ingredient and dish. Crafted with love, cooking becomes an art.

Whether you are an aspiring foodie, a culinary expert, or well on your way to become a chef, a culinary journey is an excellent opportunity to connect with the people and culture at the destination.

If you are truly looking for an extraordinary culinary experience, be it a tailor-made tour, a completely private escapade, staying in the world’s most exclusive hotels, eating in the swankiest restaurants, or tasting the best wines, a luxury culinary vacation might be exactly what you need.

Read on and discover some outstanding culinary vacations to savor around the world.

Note: BookCulinaryVacations offers a flexible cancellation policy. Should you not be able to travel as scheduled, we’d be happy to help you alter your booking with the same organizer or a different organizer.

 

Europe

Luxury Culinary Vacation at in Tuscany

7 Day Luxury Culinary Vacation at a Family-Owned Hotel in Tuscany, Province of Arezzo

  • Location: Pergo, Tuscany, Italy
  • Price: From US$4,700 for 6 nights
  • Availability: March to November 2022
  • Language: English

Located on Italy’s west coast, Tuscany is one of the most popular regions to visit. From the Renaissance art in Florence to the excellent foods, fantastic wines, charming medieval cities, and the well-known rolling hills of Tuscany, there’s always something to do here.

During this luxury culinary vacation in Tuscany, you’ll stay at a family-owned boutique hotel, in the village of Pergo, home to a handful of medieval streets surrounded by the hills.

The highlights of the tour include 3 hands-on Tuscan cooking classes, a visit to Montepulciano and Pienza with wine tasting, a tour of Cortona, cheese tasting at Val d’Orcia after visiting the village, and a full day in Assisi.

You’ll learn how to cook pasta (pappardelle, gnocchi ravioli, pici pasta), pizza, appetizers (bruschetta), soups (bread soup), meats (Florentine beef), and deserts.

The package includes daily breakfast, 4 lunches, and 3 dinners, all with wine included.

The closest train station is Terontola-Cortona and the transfer is included in the price. If you fly internationally, you’ll likely land at one of Rome’s airports.

»Read more: Why You Should Go on a Culinary Vacation in Italy

Healthy Vegetarian Cooking Vacation in the French Alps

5 Day Healthy Vegetarian Cooking Vacation in the French Alps

  • Location: La Lechere, Savoie, France
  • Price: From US$1,884 for 4 nights
  • Availability: All Year Round
  • Language: English; the organizer also speaks French

This culinary vacation takes place in the Savoie (Savoy) department, in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France. The department is dominated by the Vanoise massif, the second most important one in the country, after Mont Blanc. Famed for the world-class ski resorts, it is home to the largest number of ski hills in France.

During this vacation, you’ll experience relaxing and hands-on learning, build your understanding and knowledge of local food styles, and learn how to confidently present what you cook.

The cooking classes will vary from month to month, as they are seasonally inspired. You’ll learn to cook organic, healthy vegetarian food, a fusion of French flavors, and culinary delights to tantalize your taste buds.

 

You’ll be staying at Chalet Savoie Faire, a cozy farmhouse that is a perfect place to rest and watch the world go by. This luxury mountain retreat offers a wealth of activities at your doorsteps, such as mountain biking, hiking, snowshoeing, or skiing. The main house provides accommodation for up to eight people.

You’ll be spending quite a lot of time in the kitchen (3 half-day cooking classes), but you’ll also go for a walk around the village, explore the local forest, visit the local market to purchase fresh produce and taste local cheeses, enjoy a picnic in a stunning mountain area, and relax at a thermal spring.

On day 4, you’ll enjoy a three-course vegetarian lunch at a local restaurant. This along with all other meals, snacks, and drinks (full board) are included in the price.

There are two airports close by Geneva Airport (GVA) and Lyon–Saint-Exupéry Airport (LYS). The airport transfer is available to/from both for an additional fee. You may also make your way to either Albertville or Moutiers train stations, in which case the transfer to/from the chalet is included in the price.

 

»Read more: Why You Should Go on a Culinary Vacation in France

 

 

Private Culinary Tour and Cultural Exploration of Greece

private culinary tour and cultural exploration in Greece

  • Location: Athens, the Peloponnese & Crete, Greece
  • Price: From US$11,531 for 11 nights
  • Availability: All Year Round
  • Language: English

 

The Peloponnese is a peninsula and region in Southern Greece, connected to the mainland by the Isthmus of Corinth. Steeped in myth and culture, this is where Hercules fought the Nemean Lion, and the Greek Gods walked the earth.

Boasting classical temples, Byzantine cities, a Venetian fortress, sandy beaches, azure waters, and scrumptious food, this region will make you fall in love with the mainland.

On this culinary and cultural tour, you’ll gain a rare insight into the gastronomical traditions of Greece, far off the beaten path.

Take a foray into the history, mythology, and gastronomic wealth of Greece with travel experts, historians, professional chefs, and village elders guiding you along the way.

You’ll be staying in four-star hotels, unique traditional guesthouses, and boutique hotels in stunning places across the peninsula and on the island of Crete.

During this luxury culinary tour in Greece, discover the sweet aromas of fir tree honey of Arcadia, the use of “petimezi” in Nemea, the rich cheeses of Crete, the infamous Kalamata olives, and Greece’s most beloved spirits in Italianate Nafplio.

You’ll enjoy an Athens for foodies walking tour, visit a vinegar vineyard and taste vinegar, take a private winery tour, discover how cheese is made and taste various cheeses, try local honey, and more.

The package also includes a guided tour of the archaeological sites of the Acropolis, Acropolis Museum, Ancient Corinth, Ancient Olympia, Ancient Messini, the castle town of Mystras, Knossos Palace, and the romantic city of Nafplio.

The Greek cuisine is often vegetarian and vegan, therefore this tour is particularly accessible for those with special dietary requirements. Kindly let the organizer know in advance of any specific requirements you have.

Kindly book your flight to Athens International Airport (ATH). The transfer is available for an additional fee.

»Read more: Why You Should Go on a Culinary Vacation in Greece

 

Cooking and Wine Tasting Holiday in Douro Valley

2 day cooking and wine tasting holiday in douro valley, portugal

  • Location: Peso da Régua, Douro Valley, Portugal
  • Price: From US$954 for 1 night
  • Availability: All Year Round
  • Language: English; the organizer also speaks French & Portuguese

 

Listed as a World Heritage Site, the Douro Valley is where the wines with the same name are produced . It also happens to be the oldest demarcated wine region in the world.

Following the route of the Douro River, you can admire breathtaking landscapes, visit vineyards, villages, and cities.

In Peso da Régua, where this luxury culinary vacation takes place, you may also visit the Douro Museum, which will provide a different perspective on the valley and the wines produced here.

If you want to take advantage of a weekend away, this culinary experience will take you through a meaningful journey to explore Portugal’s local and national cuisine and fine wines.

 

For accommodation, you may choose among two properties.

Quinta do Vallado Wine Hotel is a refurbished manor house that dates back to 1733. It offers 13 rooms. About 100km from the wine hotel, Casa de Rio is a new property with only 6 suites, located between the vineyards and the river. The rooms and suites in both properties are equipped with AC, TV, and Wi-Fi. If you don’t fancy spending time at the pool, you may choose to take bicycle rides or engage in other activities.

The package includes a cooking class in which you’ll cook a starter, a fish main course, a meat main course, one dessert, served with Vallado wines, a wine tasting session, and a visit to a local vineyard. A buffet breakfast is also included, and you’ll enjoy fruit and wine in your room. Your stay also includes a one-hour spa session.

In addition, you may opt for more wine tasting sessions, for example, to try the legendary Porto wine.

Please book your flight to Porto’s Francisco de Sá Carneiro Airport (OPO). The airport transfer is available for an additional fee.

 

Private Culinary Vacation in Ribera del Duero

5-star hotel and private culinary vacation in spain

  • Location: Ribera del Duero, Spain
  • Price: From US$9,349 for 3 nights
  • Availability: All Year Round
  • Language: English

 

Located in Spain’s northern plateau, Ribera Del Duero is a Spanish protected designation of origin (PDO), one of the wine regions of Castile and León. It is also one of the wine regions along the Duero River.

The most famous vineyards surround Peñafiel and Roa de Duero, although the region is centered around the town of Aranda de Duero.

During this private culinary vacation in Spain, take a delicious journey to discover the famous wine region and its traditional dishes. It’s a tailor-made holiday which offers flexibility, allowing you to go sightseeing and on road trips when you choose to.

You’ll be staying at the hotel Castilla Termal Monastery of Valbuena, home to the first spa with 5-star status in Castile and León. The suite is spacious and elegant, with exclusive decoration, a private sauna, and more. It’s ideal for a romantic stay or an intimate celebration.

The highlights of the tour include visiting two of the most exclusive wineries in Ribera del Duero, authentic local experiences, a vineyard tour, wine tasting, a picnic with local products, as well as a dinner at a Michelin-star restaurant.

The package also includes daily breakfast, all transportation from the airport pickup to drop-off, English speaking guide, translator services, and all taxes.

Kindly book your flight to Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport (MAD).

»Read more: A Guide to Southern Spain & Its Delectable Traditional Dishes

 

Africa

 

Fabulous Culinary Holiday in Marrakech

6 Day Fabulous Culinary Holiday in Marrakech

  • Location: Marrakech, Morocco
  • Price: From US$2,196 for 5 nights
  • Availability: All Year Round (except July & August)
  • Language: English

The third-largest city in Morocco, Marrakech is located at the foothills of the Atlas Mountains. It’s also just a few hours away from the Sahara Dessert. Its location and contrasting landscape add to its popularity as one of the most visited places in the country.

During this culinary vacation, you’ll stay at the House of Fusion Marrakech. It’s a place where you’ll slumber in opulence, dine on the terrace, and have breakfast in the courtyard.

The program will take you far off the tourist trail. You’ll get a chance to witness olive farming in a tiny outlet, scoop the salt from the pans, and shop in a traders’ market in the High Atlas. A hammam experience and massage are included in the package, as well.

You’ll also enjoy 10 cooking classes, a tasting dinner menu in Palmeraie, a gourmet picnic day in High Atlas, and visit the Baddii Palace.

During this vacation, you’ll be served daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner. There will also be a welcome feast that includes Moroccan wines.

The closest airport is Marrakesh Menara Airport (RAK) and the transfer is included in the price.

 

 

The Americas & the Caribbean

 

 

Cooking Class in Texas Hill, Texas

3 Day Cooking Class in Texas Hill, Texas

  • Location: Texas, USA
  • Price: From US$653 for 2 nights
  • Availability: All Year Round
  • Language: English

If you are passionate about cooking or want to learn but have never found the time, why not consider joining this cooking school in Texas? Using fresh ingredients, mostly from the on-site herb garden and local farmers, you’ll learn to create authentic dishes from cuisines around the world.

Should you happen to want to learn to cook dishes from a particular cuisine, make sure to check the 2022 schedule ahead of time. For example, in January and June the focus is on Italian Cuisine, whereas in March, you can learn all about the Mediterranean cuisine. There are plenty of other options to choose from.

 

You’ll stay at the luxurious Texas Hill Country lodging. Each guest room & suite is individually designed giving it a unique character.

During this vacation, you’ll join cooking demonstrations and get hands-on experience in the kitchen (5 cooking labs). You’ll prepare breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

The package includes all main meals, water, coffee, tea, and soda.

 

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Culinary Delicacies, Chocolate, and Adventure in Merida

mexican culinary delicacies, chocolate and more in Merida, Yucatan

  • Location: Merida, Yucatan, Mexico
  • Price: From US$1,500 for 4 nights
  • Availability: Until January 2022
  • Language: English; the organizer also speaks Spanish

 

Founded by the Spanish Conquistadors in the 1540s, Merida is a city of contrasts. The rich cultural life, colonial ambiance, and tropical climate make it a favorite among travelers.

On this gastronomic adventure in Mexico, discover Merida’s duality, a city where the cosmopolite destination meets traditions and history.

The capital of Yucatan state and the gateway into the Mayan culture, Merida is also home to a traditional cuisine featuring an incredible variety of flavors, aromas, and colors.

During this trip, you’ll stay at Gran Real Yucatan, in Merida’s downtown. The hotel features a year-round outdoor pool and sun terrace, as well as an on-site restaurant.

This culinary adventure’s highlights include a walking street food tour, trying the local foods at cantinas, a visit to the Chocolate Museum, exploring Uxmal archeological site, a refreshing dip at the cenote Kankirixche in Abalá, and more.

You’ll also enjoy daily breakfast at the hotel and two lunches (on days 2 and 4).

Kindly book your flight to Manuel Crescencio Rejón International Airport (MID). The transfer is included.

»Read more: 7 of the Most Mouthwatering Tacos in Mexico You Simply Can't Miss Out On

 

Asia & Oceania

10 Day Vietnam Food Tour and Cooking Holidays

10 Day Vietnam Food Tour and Cooking Holidays

  • Location: Da Nang, Halong Bay, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Hoi An, Hue, Mekon
  • Price: From US$3,644 for 9 nights
  • Availability: All year round
  • Language: English

Learn about the charming capital of Hanoi, incredible Halong Bay, historic Ho Chi Minh, and more. Sample the finest Vietnamese cuisine, take part in culinary lessons, and learn about the local cuisine.

During this 10 day tour, you have a choice to stay in mid-range or luxury hotels, all rooms featuring deluxe or luxury amenities.

The package includes a chef’s cooking demonstration, 2 hands-on Vietnamese cooking classes, purchasing ingredients at Dong Ba central market in Hue, a day trip to the watery world of My Tho in the Mekong Delta, a day trip in Hanoi, a Halong Bay cruise with lunch on board, an internal flight (Hanoi to Hue), all private transfers and transportation, sightseeing tickets, English-speaking guide, Vietnam visa on arrival, and more.

Make sure to book your flight to Noi Bai International Airport (HAN) as the transfer is also included in the price.

 

Featured image photo credit: Italy Luxury Travel


Do you want to get the most of your vacation, taste scrumptious dishes, and discover superb destinations without burning holes in your pocket? Be sure to check out our budget culinary vacations from all over the world that are guaranteed to make your mouth water!

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