A DISCOVERY VACATION THROUGH FOOD & WINE
Let your tastebuds explore!
A vacation is not only what you see and do but what you experience. It is about fun, laughter, a sense of well-being and tantalizing your senses. There is a wealth of adventures to explore. I have been on numerous vacations and at first it was the standard vacation, sit on the beach, a bit of sightseeing and touring and back to the hotel for their gourmet food. After a while this became boring for me and I decided to jazz it up a bit, I decided to spend my vacations sampling the local foods, including the street foods and beverages, especially wine. I mean have you seen the food travel programs, they are my inspiration.
On a food and wine vacation it is more than just an eating and drinking experience, it elevates your five senses and travel experience to a luxurious high. A food and wine vacation gives you the opportunity to explore new destinations and sample the cuisines as a local rather than a tourist. You immerse yourself in a culinary adventure whether it is just sampling the cuisines, attending food and wine courses or cooking in a local kitchen under the watchful eye of a chef. This type of adventure makes a welcome change to your normal standard vacation itinerary, add a rail vacation in the mix and you will experience a vacation that would be memorable and last a lifetime. What I call a 'bucket-list' occurrence!
Spain has a diverse and traditional culture that is deep-rooted in history when it comes to its cuisine, especially foods and wine. Here is a sample itinerary of what you can enjoy on a food and wine vacation in Spain.
Madrid Arrival: Check in at your 4* hotel, located in the heart of Madrid’s historic centre. Enjoy a welcome drink with tapas while you meet your local culinary guide.
Madrid: Guided walking tour of Madrid Ibérico ham & pork meat themed lunch: featuring products from famous Ibérico pig paired with selected wines. Leisure time, Traditional Andalusian dinner followed by Flamenco show. Night in Madrid B, L, D
La Rioja & San Sebastian: Private bus transfer to La Rioja wine region. Visit to a family-run winery to enjoy a private Rioja wine tasting, followed by a traditional “Riojan” lunch in the winery. Continue to San Sebastian - check in at a 4* hotel. B, L
San Sebastian: Private Basque cooking class at a Gastronomic Society with lunch included. A perfect way to experience these traditional members-only cooking clubs, unique to the Basque Country. Leisure time. Guided walking tour of San Sebastian, followed by tasting of famous “Pintxos”, the Basque version of Tapas. Night in San Sebastian B, L, D
Guggenheim Bilbao & Barcelona: Private bus transfer to Bilbao Guided visit to the Guggenheim museum Brunch at the Guggenheim’s cafe. Continue to Bilbao airport - flight to Barcelona. Panoramic bus tour of Barcelona. Check in at your 4* hotel. Night in Barcelona B, L
Barcelona: Visit to the colorful Boqueria food market with our local chef, the perfect warm up for a private hands-on Mediterranean cooking class and lunch with a special focus on Olive oils. Leisure time. Night in Barcelona B, L
Cava excursion & Barcelona: Visit the beautiful coastal town of Sitges, and learn everything about Cava - the famous sparkling wine from Spain. Visit a winery where you will enjoy a private tutored Cava tasting and lunch. Return to Barcelona - leisure time. Farewell dinner in Barcelona. Night in Barcelona B, L, D
Tour ends in Barcelona after breakfast and hotel check out.
Price from $4253.00USD
A gourmet paradise and considered to be the benchmark of the culinary world, France boast its variety of cuisines. From street foods to fine dining, you can experience a taste of France on this food and wine journey.
Arrive at Avignon TGV train station. Transfer to your accommodation. Gather for a welcome drink and dinner.
Provence; cooking class: Visit the market at Isle-Sur-La Sorgue known for its antique finds. In the afternoon cook with and be entertained by a chef making it a memorable day.
Provence: Olive oil tasting French picnic and Dinner: Adventures on the hilltop village of Gordes, then on to Roussillon. Lunch then visit the picturesque village of Lacoste and visit the villa of the Marquise de Sade. Dinner at the villa or local restaurant.
Provence: Cooking class and wine tasting: Visit the market of Avignon with your chef where explanation of the local specialities will be explained. Enjoy a cooking class followed by lunch. After lunch explore at your own pace.
Provence: Saint Remy de Provence winery visit: Experience market day and the Provencal lifestyle. In the afternoon, visit an olive oil mill and onto a private winery famous for producing high quality good Rose wine. Dinner at a local restaurant.
Cassis, ancient fishing village: Enjoy a boat trip to Calanques, the Mediterranean version of the fjords. Explore at your own pace and have lunch. In the evening a farewell dinner to celebrate your magical culinary vacation.
Depart for home or extend your stay.
Prices from $5200.00USD
Southern Italy and Sicily
Each region in Italy has its own unique cooking styles and traditions. That is why it is one of the most diverse culinary destinations in the world. Immerse yourself in the warm and friendly culture of the Italians through food and wine.
Arrive in Sicily and meet fellow travellers at a welcome dinner.
Sightseeing tour of Catania including the world famous fish market. Explore a byzantine chapel for a spot of wine tasting.
Noto and Avola wine region: explore the Baroque city of Noto and Avola while sampling pastries along the way. Continue to the Avola wine region for some wine tasting. End the day with a Sicilian dinner.
Travel to Messina then board a ferry to Calabria for a cultural tour.
Guided tour of Tropea and Pizzo: Sample the local foods before continuing to Pizzo where you will sample handmade gelato.
Journey to Matera through the Calabrian countryside.
Sample the local cuisine of Matera on a sightseeing tour.
Another day of sampling local cuisine as you head to the Benevento region.
Tour of Benevento vineyard where you will enjoy a cooking class and dinner.
Visit the Taurasi wine region for a tour and another day of tasting.
Tour of a Mozzarella diary farm where you will taste some amazing cheese during lunch. Sightseeing at Paestum, ending the day with a farewell dinner.
Transfer to the airport for your return flight home.
Prices from- $5250.00USD