Vietnam for Foodies
Hanoi, Hue, Hoi An, Saigon
Food & Wine Tour of Italy
Piedmont, Bologna & Emilia-Romagna, Tuscany & Florence
Flavors of Southeast Asia
Singapore, Saigon, Hoi An, Hanoi, Chiang Mai, Bangkok
Food & Wine of Spain
Madrid & Segovia, Ribera del Duero, San Sebastian with Rioja & Bilbao
Culinary Tour of Mexico
Oaxaca, Puebla, Mexico City
Food & Wine Tour of Lebanon
Beirut, Sidon, Tyre, Chouf Mountains, Baalbek, Byblos, Batroun
Culinary Tour of China
Beijing & Great Wall, Xian, Hangzhou, Shanghai, Hong Kong
Food & Wine of Austria
Vienna & environs (the Wachau, Burgenland)
Culinary Tour of Japan
Tokyo, Kanazawa, Yamanaka Onsen, Kyoto
Food & Wine of Australia
Melbourne, Yarra Valley, Mornington Peninsula, Barossa, Adelaide, McLaren Vale, Margaret River, Perth
Thailand for Foodies
Bangkok, Chiang Mai
Food & Wine of France & Switzerland
Paris, Champagne, Burgundy, Beaujolais & Lyon, Lausanne & Gruyeres
Wine Tour of Hungary
Eger-Tokaj Wine Region, Budapest
Food & Wine of Portugal
Porto, Douro Valley, Lisbon & environs
Culinary Tour of Greece and Turkey
Athens, Crete, Istanbul
Culinary Tour of Sicily
Palermo & Monreale, Trapani, Marsala, Sciacca, Agrigento, Noto, Modica, Taormina, Mount Etna
Culture, Crafts & Cuisine of Ireland
Dublin, Ballyfin, Ballymaloe, Killarney, Adare, Ashford Castle
Culinary Tour of Peru
Lima, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cusco
Morocco for Foodies
Culinary Tour of Israel
Jerusalem, Tel Aviv
France for Foodies
Paris, Beaujolais & Lyon, Avignon, Luberon Valley, Cote d’Azur
Singapore for Foodies
Culinary Tour of India
Delhi, Udaipur, Mumbai, Chennai
Culinary Tour of South Korea
Seoul & Jeonju
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The Ultimate Wine Tour: Argentina & Chile
Colchagua Valley, Santiago & Valparaiso, Mendoza, Buenos Aires
Whisky Tour of Scotland
Edinburgh, Oban & Islay, Isle of Skye, Ross (Glenmorangie House), Speyside & Aberdeenshire, Perthshire (Gleneagles)
Food & Wine Tour of the Basque Country & Portugal
Bilbao, Biarritz, San Sebastian, Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Douro Valley, Porto, Lisbon
(12 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Tokyo, Kanazawa, Yamanaka Onsen, Kyoto
Experience Japan’s incredible food culture in an in-depth, hands-on way on this private culinary tour of Japan. The tour features culinary and cultural touring with your own guide and driver, private cooking classes, market tours and specialty culinary-related shopping, dining reservations and tasting opportunities, accommodation in Japan’s best luxury hotels and ryokan (traditional inns), private airport transfers, first-class travel by shinkansen (bullet train), luggage transfers and access to a wide range of unique activities.
Begin in dynamic Tokyo, Japan’s capital of style and one of the world’s most exciting culinary destinations. During touring with your private guide and driver, explore the Kappabashi kitchenware district, Tsukiji Fish Market, food markets and depachika (department store food halls), and other food specialty shops. Explore neighborhoods such as Ginza, Aoyama, Shibuya and Harajuku. Tour important historical sites and also experience Japanese pop culture. Upon request, Artisans of Leisure can arrange additional touring according to your interests, such as meetings with culinary and sake experts, a private tour with the “Tokyo Fixer,” watching sumo wrestlers practice at a sumo stable, and visiting crafts workshops. Artisans of Leisure can make reservations for you to dine at our favorite local restaurants and at internationally acclaimed restaurants (the Michelin Guide has awarded more stars in Tokyo than in any other city in the world).
Next, travel by first-class shinkansen to Kanazawa, a cultural gem. One of Japan’s wealthiest cities during the feudal era, Kanazawa is known for beautiful gardens, traditional architecture, acclaimed contemporary art and folk art museums, and fresh seafood from the nearby Sea of Japan. In addition to comprehensive private cultural touring, also enjoy an exclusive culinary and cooking experience at a traditional Japanese farm in the local countryside.
Continue to Yamanaka Onsen, a resort town known for hot springs, fine culinary and craft traditions, and scenic Kakusenkei Gorge. Stay at one of Japan’s finest luxury ryokan inns, enjoy exquisite kaiseki ryori (seasonal tasting menu) dinners, and relax in your private open-air bath. Learn to make soba (buckwheat noodles) during a private lesson. Also visit a local soy sauce maker and a confectioner. If desired, additional touring can also be arranged, such as visiting local workshops where artisans craft ceramics, washi paper and lacquered wood, and perhaps walk through the gorge. Also visit spectacular Nata-dera Temple, an ancient Buddhist complex of buildings perched on cliffs and tucked into caves.
Next, visit enchanting Kyoto, the heart of Japanese culture and tradition. Enjoy a private cooking lesson tailored to your culinary interests, explore Kyoto’s incredible food markets, and visit renowned shops selling handmade knives, lacquerware, ceramics, tofu, miso, noodles, tea, sweets, sake and more. Experience different types of cuisine, such as Kyo-ryori (traditional Kyoto-style cuisine), refined kaiseki ryori, authentic Japanese home cooking and vegetarian Buddhist temple cuisine. Enjoy an exclusive private tea ceremony. Visit important temples and shrines. Gain access to imperial villas and private gardens such as Katsura Rikyu and Saihoji (the Moss Temple). Stroll through a bamboo forest. Tour traditional geisha districts such as Gion. Upon request, Artisans of Leisure can also arrange a wide range of other unique activities in and around Kyoto, such as an exclusive private dinner accompanied by geisha and maiko entertainment, private Zen meditation in a local Buddhist temple, meetings with local craftspeople, ikebana (flower arranging) lessons, visiting a master swordsmith, meeting with ceramics experts, tea tastings and tea plantation visits, attending a sumo tournament, manga drawing lessons and a visit to a private machiya (traditional merchant house).
Return to Tokyo for last-minute shopping, dining and free time to enjoy the city.
We absolutely LOVED India in every way! The cookery lesson and lunch in Udaipur was great…the lunch was delicious, the house was lovely and they were so warm and welcoming.
~ R.L., Washington, D.C.
Japan was excellent—we all had a blast. Your attention to detail and your ability to be foodie-focused and find outstanding guides sets you apart.
~ R.S., St. Petersburg, FL
One of the highlights of the trip to Bali was the cooking class you arranged in Ubud. Our instructor was the owner of the restaurant and they were so accommodating to our tastes and created a menu just for us.
~ T.J., Norfolk, VA
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