Foodie Tours

Delicious destinations: 7 of the best escorted tours for foodies

Food is an integral part of the travel experience, whether it’s the thrill of sampling new flavours in exotic lands or the simple pleasures of dining out in a different restaurant each night. The increasing desire for authentic and memorable culinary experiences is one of the most exciting trends in travel right now, with a mouth-watering menu of food-focused tours to choose from.

On a foodie tour you can meet the locals at a sizzling street food market, learn some new recipes at a cookery class and sample the finest fresh produce at artisan farms and vineyards. Eating is also a very sociable activity, so it’s a great way to get to know the other travellers on your tour. In this article we’ve picked out some of the best food-themed tours, featuring everything from hearty local cooking to the finest of fine dining...

Best for learning to cook like a local: G Adventures

If you thought touring holidays were all about shuttling around in a coach ticking off the sights then think again! G Adventures are one of the most innovative tour operators in the business, and their ‘Local Living’ tours give you the opportunity to slow down, home in on a single destination and take a deep dive into the local culture. Their 6-night Southern Dalmatia tour has a particular focus on food, featuring a traditional Croatian cooking class and a wine and olive oil tasting tour. Instead of staying in a typical tourist town you’ll be hosted at a farm in the Croatian countryside, with plenty of opportunities for scenic bike rides, trips to the coast and picnics in sun-dappled vineyards.

 

Best for sizzle and spice: Explore!

Adventure specialists Explore! offer a number of special ‘Tastes of’ itineraries, including a fantastic food-based fortnight in Mexico. Learn how to make tamales with a local family in Zinacantan, snack on tacos in Mexico City, sample zingy ceviche on the Yucatán coast and explore the enticing street food markets of Oaxaca and San Cristóbal. Eating your way around Mexico is a great way to learn about the country’s diverse regions and traditions, and you’ll meet an unforgettable array of local characters who are passionate about their food.

 

Best for walking off your lunch: Headwater


Headwater specialise in self-guided walking tours, and they have a great selection of trips combining beautiful scenery and invigorating hikes with the very best local gastronomy. France is an obvious choice, with itineraries linking up the châteaux of the Loire Valley or the vineyards of Burgundy. The rolling hills of Tuscany are another great option, with tours focusing on locally sourced ‘km 0’ food, sampling the finest regional produce and learning how to cook the Tuscan way. And if bubbles are your thing then how about a week-long walk among the ‘Prosecco Hills’, exploring quaint medieval villages and quaffing Italy’s finest sparkling wines.

 

Best for single travellers: Solos Holidays

Solos are the undisputed experts when it comes to holidays for single travellers, with a loyal community of regulars who share a desire to discover new destinations and experiences. Eating and drinking together is a great way to bond with new friends, and Solos offer several food-themed options. Their 7-night ‘Trails & Truffles’ tour is a perfect example, showcasing the beautiful region of Umbria. You’ll visit hilltop medieval towns, enjoy an Italian cookery class and go hunting for truffles in the woods with a local expert, with the opportunity to taste what you find afterwards!

 

Best for markets and street food: Contiki


Contiki cater to the 18-to-35 market with a varied repertoire of experience-focused tours, and food is a key component, encapsulated in their ‘Munch’ philosophy. All Contiki trip managers have a little black book containing their pick of the best local eateries, and all itineraries are designed to incorporate authentic foodie experiences. If you love Asian cuisine then the 12-day ‘Munch Asia’ trip is a must, featuring a street food tour of Bangkok by tuk tuk, a Thai cookery class in Phuket and an after-dark tour of Penang’s buzzing hawker market.

 

Best for Michelin-starred dining: Luxury Gold

If you enjoy the finer things in life then fear not, there is a foodie tour for you too! High-end operator Luxury Gold create unique tour itineraries that combine the best of everything: beautiful boutique accommodation, exclusive VIP experiences and some of the world’s most prestigious restaurants. Many itineraries include lunch or dinner at a Michelin-starred establishment such as Dublin’s sublime French restaurant L’Ecrivain, or Jean Jacques Noguier’s La Ferme de l’Hospital, housed in a charming 17th century farmhouse outside Geneva.

 

Best for vegans: Intrepid

The vegan movement continues to grow around the world, with new converts attracted by the health and environmental benefits of a plant-based diet. Yet travelling can be difficult for vegans, and most holiday companies have been slow to respond to the clamour for meat-free menus. One notable exception is group travel specialist Intrepid, who have expanded their popular ‘Real Food Adventures’ range to include a selection of special vegan tours. Options include a vegan-friendly tour of India’s Golden Triangle, combining the wonders of Jaipur and the Taj Mahal with flavoursome vegan rotis, salads and samosas.

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7 Nights

Amalfi Coast Walking

A relaxed walking holiday exploring the spectacular Amalfi Coast.

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Starts:Naples Airport
Ends:Naples Airport
Group Size:4- 16
Difficulty:Easy to Moderate
Operator:Explore!

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Cycling in Georgia

A cycling adventure in the Caucasus - a beautiful land steeped in history that straddles two continents.

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Starts:Tbilisi
Ends:Tbilisi
Group Size:4- 16
Difficulty:Moderate
Operator:Explore!

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Backroads Of Kerala

On this cycling tour of southern India we travel into Kerala's rural backwaters.

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Starts:Kovalam
Ends:Kochi
Group Size:4- 16
Difficulty:Easy
Operator:Explore!

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Bangkok to Saigon by Bike

Join us for a cycle tour that explores the classic highlights of South East Asia in an active way.

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Starts:Bangkok
Ends:Ho Chi Minh City
Group Size:4- 16
Difficulty:Moderate
Operator:Explore!

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Golden Road To Samarkand

Join us on the ancient Silk Road as we travel through this remote Central Asian landscape in Uzbekistan.

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Starts:Tashkent
Ends:Tashkent
Group Size:4- 18
Difficulty:Full On
Operator:Explore!

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Turkey in Depth

This all-encompassing trip takes-in Istanbul, impressive ancient sites, the unusual terraces of Pamukkale, and visits the World War I battlefields of Gallipoli.

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Starts:Istanbul
Ends:Istanbul
Group Size:4- 18
Difficulty:Full On
Operator:Explore!

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12 Nights

Cycle Vietnam and Cambodia

Join us on this classic cycle journey through the cities and rural landscapes of Vietnam and Cambodia.

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Starts:Ho Chi Minh City
Ends:Siem Reap
Group Size:4- 16
Difficulty:Easy
Operator:Explore!

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Cambodia Highlights

This short twin-centre adventure focusses on the iconic highlights of Cambodia.

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Starts:Phnom Penh
Ends:Siem Reap
Group Size:4- 18
Difficulty:Moderate
Operator:Explore!

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Grand Tour of Romania, Serbia and Bulgaria

In two-weeks experience the highlights of Romania, Serbia and Bulgaria.

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Starts:Bucharest
Ends:Bucharest
Group Size:4- 16
Difficulty:FullOn
Operator:Explore!

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Former Yugoslavia Rail Adventure

On this sixteen-day adventure we will discover Europe's newest countries and travel by rail through some of the Balkan's most inspiring scenery.

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Starts:Ljubljana
Ends:Pristina
Group Size:4- 18
Difficulty:Full On
Operator:Explore!

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A Taste of Puglia

Discover the superb cuisine and wines of Puglia and enjoy easy walks with wide panoramas of gently rolling landscapes.

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Starts:Altamura
Ends:Monopoli
Group Size:4- 16
Difficulty:Easy
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13 Nights

Adventures In Patagonia

On this trip through Argentina and Chile, we walk among the glacial lakes and mountain ranges of Torres del Paine National Park, discover the captivating city of Buenos Aires and admire views of the awe-inspiring Perito Moreno Glacier.

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Starts:Buenos Aires
Ends:Buenos Aires
Group Size:4- 18
Difficulty:Moderate
Operator:Explore!

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15 Nights

Beyond The Mekong

This exciting journey uncovers northern Thailand before taking us deep into South East Asia's less visited countries of Laos and Cambodia.

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Starts:Bangkok
Ends:Bangkok
Group Size:4- 16
Difficulty:Moderate
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7 Nights

Walking in Slovenia

On this centre based walking holiday explore the dramatic peaks, valleys and lakes of stunning Slovenia.

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Starts:Ljubljana Airport
Ends:Ljubljana Airport
Group Size:4- 16
Difficulty:Easy to Moderate
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12 Nights

Contrasts Of Colombia

Colombia is currently one of South America’s most exciting destinations, with a rich cultural heritage, many areas of outstanding natural beauty and a notoriously friendly and welcoming population.

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Starts:Bogota
Ends:Cartagena
Group Size:4- 16
Difficulty:Moderate
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Baltic Capital Cities

This trip is the perfect introduction for first time visitors to the Baltic state capitals.

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Starts:Vilnius
Ends:Tallinn
Group Size:4- 18
Difficulty:Full On
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8 Nights

Discover Georgia

This short trip into the Caucasus region of Eurasia discovers one of the fascinating former states of the USSR.

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Starts:Tbilisi
Ends:Tbilisi
Group Size:4- 18
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14 Nights

Vietnam: Roadtrip Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City — Plus

Discover the hidden charm of Hue on a local cyclo (rickshaw) ride.

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Starts:Hanoi
Ends:Ho Chi Minh City
Group Size:10- 12
Difficulty:2 - Light
Operator:G Adventures

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20 Nights

China On A Shoestring

Witness China's highlights as we travel across this vast country with locals on public transport.

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Starts:Beijing
Ends:Shanghai
Group Size:4- 14
Difficulty:Full On
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7 Nights

Walking in Portugal - Eastern Algarve

Based in the historic town of Tavira, this walking trip combines scenic coastal and inland walking.

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Starts:Tavira
Ends:Tavira
Group Size:4- 16
Difficulty:Easy
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