Pack Your Appetite: Private Culinary Tours for Foodies


New tours offer access to the world’s top culinary experiences

A private cooking class in the farmhouse kitchen of a renowned cookbook writer in Sicily, an early morning tour of a busy food market in Bali with a local chef, private wine tasting in the chateaux of Burgundy and Bordeaux, sake tasting in Tokyo with a world renowned expert, dining with a family of royal chefs in India, private cooking classes at Istanbul’s premier culinary academy—these are just a few of the unique activities featured in the private culinary tours offered by luxury tour operator Artisans of Leisure for 2011-2012.

The leading provider of high-end cultural tours, Artisans of Leisure offers a series of culinary tours that are customized to each traveler’s level of interest and proficiency in the kitchen, whether they are casual cooks, professional chefs or adventurous foodies.

“Culinary-focused travel offers a fascinating way to learn about how cuisine relates to a culture’s history, traditions, lifestyle and beliefs about health,” said Ashley Isaacs Ganz, founder and CEO of Artisans of Leisure. “Our tours offer access to some of the world’s most enriching and authentic culinary experiences.”

Artisans of Leisure offers 16 culinary tours for 2011-2012, including new tours in India, Switzerland, France, Sicily, Portugal, Hungary and Southeast Asia. The company can also customize culinary tours, upon request. Activities can be adapted to accommodate travelers with food allergies, gluten-free diets, vegetarian or kosher requirements, and other special dietary needs.

 

Food & Wine of Portugal (8 Days - Douro Valley, Porto, Lisbon, Sintra, Alentejo & Evora)

  • Highlights: wine tasting in the Douro Valley and Alentejo, cultural touring in Lisbon and Sintra, tasting port wine in Porto, a meal at the home of a renowned wine family, a private cooking class, olive oil tasting, riding in a private traditional rabelo (wooden boat for transporting wine). Read more…

 

Flavors of Southeast Asia  (16 days - Singapore, Saigon, Hoi An, Hanoi, Chiang Mai, Bangkok)

  • Highlights: visiting hawker stalls and markets in Singapore, touring a historic spice garden in Singapore, cooking classes in each country, in-depth cultural touring, a street food tasting tour of Hanoi’s Old Quarter, lunch at a Buddhist pagoda in Hanoi, visiting markets in Bangkok and Chiang Mai, elephant ride in Thailand. Read more… 

 

Food & Wine Tour of Switzerland (7 Days - Zurich, Basel & Alsace, Bern, Gruyeres, Lausanne & Lake Geneva)

  • Highlights: wine tasting in the beautiful Lavaux, visiting a cheese maker in Gruyeres, touring Bern’s Old Town, visiting a chocolate factory, a day trip along the Alsace Wine Route, visiting food shops specializing in regional Slow Food products. Read more… 

 

Food & Wine of Austria (8 Days - Vienna, Wachau, Burgenland, Styria)

  • Highlights: visiting a local heuriger (wine tavern), visiting the Naschmarkt and specialty stores, an excursion to the Wachau wine region and Styrian Wine Country, visits to artisanal food producers, reservations at top restaurants, visits to renowned Viennese cafes. Read more… 

 

Wine Tour of Hungary (6 Days - Eger-Tokaj Wine Region, Budapest)

  • Highlights: sampling local wines such as aszu and Egri Bikaver in local cellars in a UNESCO World Heritage Site, touring the top cultural attractions in Budapest with a private guide, visiting local food markets. Read more… 

 

Vietnam for Foodies (11 days - Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hue, Hoi An, Saigon)

  • Highlights: vegetarian lunch with nuns at an ancient Buddhist pagoda, cooking class at a local village, tours of fish and produce markets, foodie tour of Hanoi’s Old Quarter. Read more… 

 

Food & Wine of France & Switzerland (10 Days - Paris, Champagne, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Lyon, Lausanne & Lake Geneva)

  • Highlights: insider tasting tour and culinary shopping tour of Paris, visiting top cellars and chateaux in world-renowned wine regions, staying in a spectacular castle in Beaujolais, visiting a cheese maker in Gruyeres, touring a chocolate factory in Switzerland, dining in top restaurants, visiting local food markets. Read more… 

 

Cooking Tour of China (11 days - Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong)

  • Highlights: private cooking classes in Beijing and Shanghai, tours of local markets and food shops, visiting the Great Wall, eating at select teahouses and noted specialty and dim sum restaurants. Read more… 

 

Culinary Tour of Japan (8 days - Tokyo, Kyoto, Hakone)

  • Highlights: learning to prepare typical Japanese dishes during a private cooking class, dining at a Zen temple, staying at a luxurious hot springs resort, dining on refined kaiseki ryori cuisine, personalized cultural touring, and shopping for specialty cookware, knives, lacquerware and ceramics. Read more… 

 

Thailand for Foodies (9 days - Bangkok, Chiang Mai)

  • Highlights: cooking classes at leading Thai culinary schools, dining in a private home, chef-led food market tours, staying in top hotels and resorts, touring of cultural highlights in each location. Read more… 

 

India for Foodies (12 Days - Delhi, Jaipur, Udaipur, Mumbai)

  • Highlights: cooking class and lunch at home of royal chefs, touring local food markets, staying in extraordinary palace-style hotels, private cooking classes in Rajasthan and Mumbai, riding an elephant, visiting local temples and bazaars, reservations at India’s best restaurants. Read more… 

 

Food & Wine of Australia (9 days - Melbourne, Yarra Valley, Adelaide, Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Sydney)

  • Highlights: wine tasting in Australia’s top wine regions, trying Aboriginal bushtucker cuisine, visiting Sydney’s specialty markets, dining in renowned restaurants. Read more… 

 

Culinary Tour of Mexico (15 Days - Merida, Mexico City, Puebla, Oaxaca, San Miguel de Allende)

  • Highlights: learning to make mole in Puebla, visiting a mezcal distillery in Oaxaca, touring local food markets, a cooking class in the Yucatan, shopping for pottery and other local crafts, a tasting tour of Mexico City. Read more… 

 

Gourmet Northern Italy (10 days - Piedmont, Emilia-Romagna, Tuscany)

  • Highlights: truffle hunting (in season), a private cooking class among vineyards, touring food shops in Emilia-Romagna, rustic meals at renowned restaurants in Bologna and Parma, visiting producers of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and Prosciutto di Parma ham, a balsamic vinegar tasting in Modena, a private cooking class in Tuscany, touring markets and housewares shops with experts. Read more… 

 

Art & Culinary Tour of Sicily (13 Days - Palermo, Marsala, Sciacca, Ragusa, Syracuse, Taormina)

  • Highlights: a private cooking class with a renowned cookbook author, touring Roman ruins, private market tours, sampling Sicilian pastries, visiting olive oil producers and artisanal chocolate makers, wine tasting at noted vineyards, reservations at restaurants specializing in authentic local cuisine. Read more… 

 

Culinary & Art Tour of Spain (11 days - Madrid, San Sebastian, La Rioja, Bilbao, Barcelona)

  • Highlights: a private pintxos tour, a Basque cooking class at a private gastronomic society, touring the Guggenheim Bilbao, a Catalan cooking class, wine tasting in La Rioja, market visits, touring modern art and architecture in Barcelona. Read more… 

 

In addition to these culinary tours, Artisans of Leisure can incorporate culinary activities into any of their cultural tours worldwide.

All Artisans of Leisure tours feature private, highly personalized touring and accommodation at the most acclaimed hotels and resorts in the world. Artisans of Leisure tours are private and depart daily.

 

Artisans of Leisure is a luxury tour operator specializing in private, customized tours in more than 45 countries throughout Asia, Europe, South America, Africa, the Middle East and the South Pacific. For additional information and details about Artisans of Leisure tours, please call 800-214-8144 or 1-212-243-3239, or visit the company’s website www.artisansofleisure.com or blog: www.artisansofleisuretraveler.com.


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Ellen Barone has been creating words and images for travel and tourism since 1998. She co-founded and publishes the group travel blog YourLifeIsATrip.com and is currently at work on her first book "I Could Live Here".