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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

 

Private Wine and Food Luxury Tour in Puglia

private puglia wine and food luxury tour in italy

  • Location: Leece, Puglia, Italy
  • Price: From US$5,368 for 6 nights
  • Availability: Until December 2021
  • Language: English; the organizer also speaks Italian

 

Known for its whitewashed houses, endless Mediterranean beaches, and centuries-old farmland, Apulia is a Southern Italian region waiting to be discovered.

Between the cosmopolitan Bari, cultural Lecce, and splendid Alberobello, you’ll discover stunning architecture, delicious foods, and welcoming people at every step.

During this luxury tour, you’ll taste the flavors of Apulia. Your taste buds will be delighted by the excellent wine and delicious local products.

You’ll be staying in various five-star hotels with wonderful views and incredible amenities.

The highlights include a wine tour of the castle’s cellars in Lecce, followed by a tasting, a wine and food experience in a prestigious winery in Maduria, visiting a famous local cellar known for the production of the sweet wine Moscato di Trani, a cheese tasting in a masseria followed by a tour of Salento, a cooking class in a local masseria in Alberobello, and more.

You’ll also get a chance to taste the Bari focaccia and the typical Apulian bread.

During this luxury culinary tour in Apulia, you’ll enjoy guided visits of Lecce, Otranto, Gallipoli, Alberobello, Ostuni, and Matera, as well as a subterranean tour in Castellana Grotte.

The package also includes breakfast at every hotel you’ll stay along the way, transfer to/from Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci airport (FCO) or Bari’s Karol Wojtyła Airport (BRI), trip planning, and support during the trip.

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

 

Luxury Gourmet Cooking Holiday in South-West France

luxury gourmet cooking holidays in south-west france

  • Location: Monflanquin, Lot-et-Garonne, France
  • Price: From US$2,529 for 4 nights
  • Availability: Until October 2021
  • Language: English; the organizer also speaks French

 

Lot-et-Garonne is a department in southwestern France, a rural region known for its agricultural production. Here, you’ll be delighted to see orchards, vines, fields, and crops of strawberries, melons, and asparagus.

The castles and numerous outdoor activities complete the picture of a lovely French region.

On this luxury cooking holiday, you’ll learn to cook and serve good food in a fun, relaxed, and informal setting. Gain confidence in the kitchen, learn new cooking skills, decorative ideas, and nutritional advice.

Intrigue your senses with a healthy take on traditional recipes, using lighter options and appetizing new flavors.

Your accommodation is the fully renovated and modernized original farm cottage, featuring two bedrooms, an open plan living room, and a dining area. The main kitchen is located in a different building.

In true French style, you’ll start the day with fresh croissants and bread. You may enjoy breakfast on the private upper terrace.

You’ll be spending most of the time in the kitchen. Lunch is always light, served on the terrace. You’ll also partake in wine tasting, shopping at the local markets, as well as visiting a local winery and cheesemaker.

All meals – as well as drinks – are included in the package. The food caters to every nutritional need but make sure to let the organizer know in advance your preference.

»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$12,077 for 11 nights
  • Availability: Until November 2021
  • 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$1,104 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$9,791 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

 

Unique Culinary Gems of Dalmatia

unique culinary gems in dalmatia croatia

  • Location: Split & Dubrovnik, Croatia
  • Price: From US$10,241 for 7 nights
  • Availability: Until October 2021
  • Language: English

 

A narrow belt on the east shore of the Adriatic Sea, Dalmatia is one of the historical regions of Croatia.

Split and Dubrovnik are the region’s most famous destinations.

Split is the gateway into the nearby islands of Hvar, Brac, and Vis, but also an outstanding gastronomical destination. On the other hand, Dubrovnik is the high-end of the country’s tourist industry, with a celebrated Old Town and pristine beaches.

On this luxury tour, you’ll visit a lot of places and enjoy a lot of activities. Get a chance to explore Split, Hvar, and Dubrovnik, take two different cooking classes, enjoy private wine tasting at local wineries, and eat oysters directly from the sea.

You’ll be staying in centrally located boutique hotels in Split and Dubrovnik. Daily breakfast will be served at each accommodation.

The package also includes a kayaking tour outside Dubrovnik city walls, a private motorboat day tour to Elaphiti Archipelago, and a visit one of the well-preserved summer houses on Sipan Island.

Book your flight into Split Airport (SPU); the airport transfer is included. Also, ferry tickets to/from Hvar Island and private transfer Split-Dubrovnik are part of the package.

 

Africa

 

Food & Cultural Tour in Morocco

food and cultural tour in morocco

  • Location: Marrakech, Essaouira, Fes, and more, Morocco
  • Price: From US$3,899 for 11 nights
  • Availability: Until December 2021
  • Language: English

Located along the shores of the North Atlantic and the Mediterranean Sea, Morocco is a colorful country, steeped in history.

This luxury Morocco food & cultural tour offers a 12-day adventure that will take you through some of the most breathtaking spots in the country. Sample traditional Moroccan cuisine, learn about its culture, and camp in the Sahara Desert.

During this vacation, you’ll be staying in various quality accommodations, that combine traditional style architecture and genuine Berber hospitality with modern amenities. Most often, you’ll stay in riads that provide a guest room with an en-suite bathroom. Daily breakfast at the accommodation is included.

You’ll be taking part in cooking classes and demonstrations, enjoy market tours with various tastings (including wine), take a horse-drawn carriage ride around Marrakech, and even ride a camel through the desert!

Kindly book your flight to either Casablanca’s Mohammed V International Airport (CMN) or Marrakesh Menara Airport (RAK). The transfer is included in the package.

 

 

The Americas & the Caribbean

 

Wine Vacation in Washington and Oregon

wine discovery in washington and oregon

  • Location: Washington & Oregon, USA
  • Price: From US$3,899 for 6 nights
  • Availability: All Year Round
  • Language: English

 

Both Washington and Oregon are part of the Pacific Northwest of the USA, a region bounded by the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Rocky Mountains to the east.

The main cities in the area are Seattle (Washington State) and Portland (Oregon), both offering a wealth of things to do.

This tour – suited for expert and novice wine and culinary lovers – introduces you to the world-class wines of Washington and Oregon.

You’ll be spending the nights at deluxe hotel accommodations, in central locations, with facilities such as a pool, gym, and on-site restaurants.

This luxury tour features 6 wine flight tastings, two receptions with wine and appetizers, visits to wineries, tour cities, and more. Throughout the stay, breakfast is always included in the package, as well as some lunches, and one dinner.

In some cities, you’ll have enough free time to either explore on your own or choose optional excursions.

Kindly book your flight to Seattle–Tacoma International Airport (SEA). The transfer is not included in the price, but you may ask the organizer about pick-up options.

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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 August 2021
  • 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

 

Culture & Culinary Tour in India

culture and culinary tour in india

  • Location: Delhi, Udaipur, Jaipur, Agra & Varanasi, India
  • Price: From US$4,990 for 15 nights
  • Availability: All Year Round
  • Language: English; the organizer also speaks Hindi

 

North India is a loosely defined region in the northern part of the country, dominated by the Indus-Gangetic Plain and the Himalayas.

Feast your eyes on the famous Taj Mahal, Udaipur, and other world heritage sites. Savor delicious Indian food, take culinary classes, and enjoy local entertainment.

Throughout the tour, you’ll be staying in various luxury hotels.

The emphasis of this culture and culinary tour in India is on Indian cuisine made from local produce, traditional for each destination visited.

The package includes daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner, cooking sessions and demonstrations, complimentary water during the long drives, airfare for the flight sectors (Delhi to Udaipur, Khajuraho to Varanasi, and Lucknow to Delhi in economy class), train tickets for the Jhansi to Agra sector (in executive class), a sunset boat ride on the Ganges River, and an elephant safari with dinner, folk dances, and local entertainment.

You’ll get a chance to explore the city of Nawab and Lucknow, Udaipur, the winding streets of Chandni Chowk Bazaar, and tour the Taj Mahal.

Kindly book your flight into Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL). The transfer is included in the package.

»Read more: Indian Spices You Need to Add to Your Spice Rack

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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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