Private Luxury Food Tours

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Luxury Culinary Tours

Vietnam for Foodies
(11 Days)
Hanoi, Hue, Hoi An, Saigon

Food & Wine Tour of Italy
(11 Days)
Piedmont, Bologna & Emilia-Romagna, Tuscany & Florence

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

Food, Wine & Architecture of Spain Tour
(14 Days)
Barcelona, Madrid, Ribera del Duero, La Rioja, San Sebastian & Bilbao

Culinary Tour of Mexico
(10 Days)
Oaxaca, Puebla, Mexico City

Food & Wine Tour of Lebanon
(7 Days)
Beirut, Sidon, Tyre, Chouf Mountains, Baalbek, Byblos, Batroun

Culinary Tour of China
(13 Days)
Beijing & Great Wall, Xian, Hangzhou, Shanghai, Hong Kong

Food & Wine of Austria
(7 Days)
Vienna, the Wachau, Burgenland

Culinary Tour of Japan
(12 Days)
Tokyo, Kanazawa, Yamanaka Onsen, Kyoto

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

Thailand for Foodies
(7 Days)
Bangkok, Chiang Mai

Food & Wine of France & Switzerland
(12 Days)
Paris, Champagne, Burgundy, Beaujolais & Lyon, Lausanne

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

Food & Wine of Portugal
(9 Days)
Porto, Douro Valley, Lisbon & environs

Culinary Tour of Greece and Turkey
(10 Days)
Athens, Crete, Istanbul

Culinary Tour of Sicily
(8 Days)
Palermo & Monreale, Trapani, Marsala, Sciacca, Agrigento, Noto, Modica, Taormina, Mount Etna

Culture, Crafts & Cuisine of Ireland
(15 Days)
Dublin, Kilkenny, Cork, Kenmare, Killarney, Co. Clare (Dromoland Castle), Co. Mayo (Ashford Castle)

Food & Wine Tour: Bordeaux to Rioja
(9 Days)
Bordeaux, Biarritz, San Sebastian with La Rioja & Bilbao

Culinary Tour of Peru
(9 Days)
Lima, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cusco

Morocco for Foodies
(10 Days)
Fez, Marrakesh

Culinary Tour of Israel
(9 Days)
Jerusalem, Galilee, Tel Aviv

France for Foodies
(12 Days)
Paris, Beaujolais & Lyon, Avignon, Luberon Valley, Cote d’Azur

Singapore for Foodies
(4 Days)

Culinary Tour of India
(13 Days)
Delhi, Udaipur, Mumbai, Chennai

Culinary Tour of South Korea
(5 Days)
Seoul & Jeonju

Food & Wine Tour of Italy

(11 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Piedmont, Bologna & Emilia-Romagna, Tuscany & Florence

This tour focuses on the superb food and wine of northern Italy, uncovering how geography and history have influenced regional variation. Experience the best of the many local specialties through wine tastings, market visits, cooking and culinary touring.

Begin in Piedmont. The birthplace of the Slow Food movement, Piedmont is famous for fantastic cuisine and acclaimed red wines such as Dolcetto, Barbera and Barbaresco. During private touring with a local insider, enjoy in-depth access to the region’s top vineyards and restaurants. Go behind-the-scenes at renowned wineries and explore local towns and villages such as Alba, Barolo, La Morra and Castiglione Falletto. One day, also enjoy a private truffle hunting excursion in the forested hills. A highlight of your stay in Piedmont will be having the opportunity to try regional specialties such as vitello tonnato (veal with tuna sauce), agnolotti (a delicate, filled pasta) and gianduja (chocolate with hazelnuts).

Continue to Bologna, one of Italy’s great gastronomic centers. Tour the city’s cultural and culinary highlights, such as grand churches, interesting museums, the Jewish quarter, frescoed porticoes, outdoor markets and specialty food shops. One day, take a private culinary excursion to nearby Parma and Modena in Emilia-Romagna, perhaps the best-known gastronomic region in Italy, to visit producers of the region’s celebrated Parmesan cheese, prosciutto and balsamic vinegar.

Next, you will be transferred into the heart of Tuscany. Travel through olive groves and vineyards to explore celebrated hill towns such as PienzaMontalcino and Montepulciano. Walk medieval alleys and admire palazzi and ancient towers, and enjoy time to browse for olive oil, wine, baskets, cheeses, olive wood and ceramics. During free time at your beautiful hotel, additional activities can be arranged, such as a private tour and tasting at the winery, a Tuscan cooking class, guided nature walks, biking, hiking and more.

Next, transfer to Florence, the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance. En route, tour the cultural highlights of Siena and enjoy tastings of Tuscan wines at a top winery in the region. During private touring in Florence with your expert guide, explore Tuscan cuisine at the best local food markets and specialty food shops selling Italian terracotta cookware, serving dishes and other items. Also, enjoy skip-the-line access at world-renowned museums such as the Uffizi and Accademia, browse antiques and artisan workshops of the Oltrarno district or stroll through the beautiful Boboli Gardens. Perhaps also visit less-frequented but fascinating museums, such as the Convent of San Marco Museum, with its frescoes by Fra Angelico, local fashion museums (Gucci, Ferragamo and others) or the excellent Museo del Bargello, a prison in the 13th century and now home to sculpture by Michelangelo and Donatello. One day, enjoy a private, chef-led market tour and cooking class to learn to prepare regional specialties. Alternatively, opt for a half-day private excursion to top wine estates in the Bolgheri wine region, the home of Super Tuscans. During free time, enjoy leisurely meals, walks along the Arno River and shopping for Florentine gold jewelry, handmade paper, leather goods, antiques and housewares.

Itinerary Overview
Day 1 Arrive Piedmont

Private arrival transfer from Milan or Turin airport to Piedmont for 2 nights

Day 2 Piedmont

Full-day private tour with expert culinary guide, including private truffle hunting

Day 3 Piedmont - Bologna

Private transfer to Bologna for 2 nights. Afternoon private walking tour

Day 4 Bologna, Parma & Modena

Full-day private culinary excursion in the Emilia-Romagna region

Day 5 Bologna - Tuscany

Private transfer to resort for 3 nights

Day 6 Tuscany

Full-day private food and wine touring

Day 7 Tuscany

At leisure at resort

Day 8 Tuscany - Florence

Private transfer to hotel for 3 nights, with tour of Siena and wine tasting en route

Day 9 Florence

Half-day private walking tour, including markets and cultural highlights

Day 10 Florence & environs

Private cooking class or excursion to Bolgheri wine region

Day 11 Depart Italy
Private transfer to airport

Hotels
Piedmont: Relais San Maurizio
Bologna: Grand Hotel Majestic Bologna
Tuscany: Castiglion del Bosco
Florence: Four Seasons Florence or St. Regis Florence

Cost
$17,205 (based on four travelers/two rooms)
$24,550 (based on four travelers/two rooms)