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Culinary Tours

A Delicious Way to Explore the World

Culinary tours offer am exquisite blend of travel and gastronomy that will transport you to enchanting destinations with tantalizing flavors to experience at every turn. Envision indulging in a selection of the globe's most captivating epicurean destinations, each an exquisite haven brimming with a cornucopia of unforgettable gastronomic encounters.


Pasta in Tuscany Italy: Welcome to the land of la dolce vita, where culinary artistry intertwines with rich history and culture. From the iconic food tours of Rome to the vineyard-dotted landscapes of Tuscany, Italy beckons you with its aromatic espresso, creamy gelato, and heavenly pasta. Prepare to indulge in culinary delights that will transport your senses to new heights.


France: Ah, France—the epitome of culinary sophistication. Lose yourself in the bustling food markets of Paris or venture into the sun-kissed countryside of Provence for cooking classes that celebrate the art of French cuisine. Savor the delicate layers of a perfectly baked croissant, sip on velvety wines that dance on your palate, and immerse yourself in a gastronomic experience that is nothing short of extraordinary.


Spain: A country renowned for its vibrant culture and diverse culinary landscape, Spain invites you to discover the tapestry of flavors woven into its soul. Treat yourself to a delicious lunch on the Costa Del Sol, or come evening enjoy sampling tapas through the vibrant streets of Barcelona, where small plates burst with bold and captivating flavors. Alternatively, embrace the spirit of Valencia and partake in paella cooking classes, unraveling the secrets behind this Spanish masterpiece. Let Spain's gastronomic wonders bewitch your taste buds.


Greece: The birthplace of ancient civilizations and a land where tradition and simplicity converge to create culinary magic. Embark on food tours through the historic streets of Athens, where the aroma of sizzling souvlaki fills the air. Or, venture to the captivating island of Santorini, where cooking classes allow you to master the art of Mediterranean cuisine while gazing at breathtaking vistas. Let Greece's fresh ingredients and warm hospitality leave an indelible mark on your gastronomic journey.


Thailand: Prepare to be dazzled by Thailand's vibrant food scene—a tantalizing fusion of exotic flavors, aromatic spices, and bustling street food culture. Traverse the vibrant alleys of Bangkok, where street food vendors create culinary symphonies before your eyes. Or, journey to the cultural hub of Chiang Mai, where cooking classes reveal the intricacies of Thai cuisine. Let Thailand's culinary tapestry immerse you in a world of zesty curries, fragrant herbs, and mouthwatering delicacies.

As you contemplate the marvels that await in these culinary meccas, let your senses be ignited by the promise of unforgettableflavors, heartfelt encounters, and captivating stories. Envision yourself strolling through bustling markets, exchanging smiles with fellow food enthusiasts, and savoring each bite as a gateway to a new cultural realm.

Health Tips for Culinary Travelers:

Walk Whenever Possible: Immerse yourself in the culture and burn off some indulgences by exploring cities and sights on foot.

Portion Control: Share dishes with friends, enjoy smaller portions, and savor each bite instead of rushing through meals.

Stay Hydrated: Carry a reusable water bottle and refill it regularly, especially in hot climates like Spain and Greece.

Listen to Your Body: Don't be afraid to say no to extra courses or samples if you're feeling overwhelmed.

Be Mindful of What You Eat:

Research Common "Traveler's Tummy" Culprits: Familiarize yourself with potential foodborne illnesses in each country and choose reputable establishments.

Gradual Acclimatization: Start with milder dishes and spices, allowing your digestive system to adjust gradually.

Fruits & Veggies: Prioritize fresh produce whenever possible to ensure fiber and vital nutrients. Pack Probiotics: Consider packing probiotic supplements or yogurt to support gut health during your travels. Stay Active and Adapt:

Incorporate Local Activities: Opt for walking tours, bike rentals, or cooking classes that involve physical activity.

Pack Light, Walk More: Pack versatile clothing comfortable for walking and exploring, further encouraging physical activity.

Adjust Sleep Schedule: Gradually adjust to new time zones to minimize jet lag and its impact on digestion and energy levels.

Mindful Indulgence: Enjoy the culinary delights, but prioritize healthy choices like grilled proteins, fresh salads, and whole grains alongside treats.

Specific Country Tips:

Italy: Limit oily fried foods and heavy cream sauces. Opt for grilled fish, tomato-based pasta dishes, and drink bottled water, wash fruits and vegetables thoroughly, and choose well-cooked options. Opt for grilled or well-cooked chicken and avoid street food with questionable hygiene. Stick to pasteurized milk, cheese, and yogurt.

France: Choose lean cuts of meat and cheese, balance pastries with fresh fruits, and don't hesitate to ask about ingredients (e.g., dairy content) if unsure. Ensure thorough cooking of eggs, poultry, and meat and avoid raw egg dishes like mayonnaise. Choose well-cooked beef dishes and opt for pasteurized dairy products. Get vaccinated for Hepatitis A if you doctor approves, before travel and practice good hygiene.

Spain: Enjoy tapas in moderation, as they may contain high amounts of salt, focusing on vegetable-based options and seafood. Be mindful of portion sizes for paella and other rice dishes. Consume only well-cooked seafood from reputable sources. Practice frequent handwashing and be cautious of undercooked poultry dishes.

Greece: Opt for grilled options over fried dishes, enjoy fresh salads with olive oil dressing, and be cautious of street food with unknown hygiene practices. Ensure thorough cooking of meat and avoid unpasteurized cheese and milk.

Thailand: Choose street food vendors with good hygiene practices and cooked-to-order dishes. Drink bottled or boiled water and avoid undercooked meats or seafood. Hepatitis A vaccination is recommended before travel (if you doctor approves) and good hygiene practices are crucial. Use insect repellent, wear long sleeves and pants in the evenings, and sleep under mosquito nets.

Remember, these are just examples, and the specific risks can vary depending on the region and individual practices. Researching further based on your specific itinerary and consulting a healthcare professional for personalized advice is always recommended. By incorporating these tips, you can savor the culinary delights of each destination while prioritizing your health and well-being, making your culinary adventure truly unforgettable.

Safety Tips:

  • Travel Advisories Stay updated on current events, local regulations, and any travel advisories when traveling abroad. Visit the US Government State Department Travel Advisories web site to check on the status of your destination.
  • Enroll in the STEP Program: Travelers are also urged to enroll in the U.S. State Department's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and to make it easier to locate them in an emergency. The Department uses these security messages to convey information about terrorist threats, security incidents, planned demonstrations, natural disasters, etc. In an emergency, please contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or consulate or call the following numbers: 1 (888) 407-4747 (toll-free in the United States and Canada) or 1 (202) 501-4444 from other countries.


Photo by C. Anderson

Photo by C. Anderson

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