Luxury Culinary Tours

Food & Wine of Australia
(12 Days)
Melbourne, Yarra Valley, Mornington Peninsula, Barossa, Adelaide, McLaren Vale, Margaret River, Perth

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

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

Culinary Tour of France
(8 Days)
Paris, Avignon, Aix-en-Provence

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

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

Culture, Crafts & Cuisine of Ireland
(13 Days)
Dublin, Ballyfin, Ballymaloe, Killarney, Adare, Ashford Castle

Culinary Tour of Israel
(7 Days)
Jerusalem, Tel Aviv

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

Best of Piedmont
(5 Days)

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

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

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

Morocco for Foodies
(10 Days)
Fez, Marrakesh

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

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

Whisky Tour of Scotland
(12 Days)
Edinburgh, Oban & Islay, Isle of Skye, Ross (Glenmorangie House), Speyside & Aberdeenshire, Perthshire (Gleneagles)

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

Singapore for Foodies
(4 Days)

Food & Wine Tour of Slovenia
(7 Days)
Ljubljana with Lake Bled & the Julian Alps, Portoroz with Brda & Piran

Culinary Tour of South Korea
(6 Days)
Seoul, Busan

Food & Wine of Spain
(8 Days)
Madrid & Segovia, Ribera del Duero, San Sebastian with Rioja & Bilbao

Cultural & Culinary Tour of Taiwan
(8 Days)
Taipei, Tainan, Sun Moon Lake

Thailand for Foodies
(7 Days)
Bangkok, Chiang Mai

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

MULTI-COUNTRY TOURS

The Ultimate Wine Tour: Argentina & Chile
(12 Days)
Colchagua Valley, Santiago & Valparaiso, Mendoza, Buenos Aires

Food & Wine Tour of the Basque Country & Portugal
(14 days)
Bilbao, Biarritz, San Sebastian, Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Douro Valley, Porto, Lisbon

Foodie Tour of Belgium & the Netherlands
(9 Days)
Brussels with Bruges & Ghent, Amsterdam with Rotterdam, The Hague & Delft

Food, Design & Culture of Copenhagen & Sweden
(12 Days)
Stockholm, Kingdom of Crystal, Wanas, Malmo, Copenhagen

Food & Wine Tour of France & Switzerland
(11 Days)
Paris, Reims & Champagne, Burgundy, Lausanne with Lavaux & Emmental

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

Culinary Tour of Slovenia & Croatia
(12 Days)
Ljubljana & Lake Bled, Istria, Split, Dubrovnik

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

Food & Wine Tour of the Basque Country & Portugal

(14 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Biarritz & Bilbao, San Sebastian, Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Douro Valley, Porto, Lisbon

This private luxury tour offers an in-depth exploration of the unique culture, cutting-edge architecture, and acclaimed wine and gourmet cuisine of the French Basque Country, northern Spain and Portugal.

Begin in Bilbao, Spain, a city renowned for contemporary architecture. Enjoy a private tour of the Guggenheim Museum—a stunning building designed by Frank Gehry—and its art collection. Perhaps have lunch in its Michelin-starred restaurant. Then, see highlights of the Old Town, as well as additional architectural landmarks around the city by Calatrava, Foster and others. Continue to Biarritz, an elegant seaside resort town in southern France. During private touring, see the highlights of the Pays Basque. In Bayonne, the cultural capital of the region, see half-timber houses and the city walls, visit the cathedral, peruse markets, learn about local culture at the Basque Museum, and sample Bayonne's famous chocolate and smoked ham. Also stop in the traditional town of Saint-Jean-de-Luz, which has charming shops selling local linens, espadrilles and gourmet food products. Also enjoy free time to relax at the beautiful resort and explore the town's upscale boutiques, excellent restaurants and markets, and scenic coastal paths.

Continue to San Sebastian, an elegant seaside resort that's the gastronomic capital of the Basque Country and home of some of the finest cuisine in the world. With your private guide, tour the picturesque historic center and walk along beautiful seaside promenades. Enjoy a private tasting tour that features the city's best pintxos—the Basque version of tapas—and Txakoli, an effervescent white wine from the region. Also enjoy a private tour of a local market followed by a cooking lesson at a private gastronomic society.

Next, transfer by private vehicle to La Rioja, one of the world's most renowned wine regions. Drive through vineyards, enjoy wine tastings at some of Spain's top bodegas (wineries), and see outstanding winery buildings designed by celebrated contemporary architects such as Santiago Calatrava and Zaha Hadid. Also visit Laguardia, a beautiful medieval walled village with wine caves under its cobblestone streets and impressive views of the nearby hills. Continue by private vehicle to the Ribera del Duero wine region for a stay at a luxurious and historic wine estate. During a private tour, explore the estate's beautiful grounds and excellent winery. Also, visit other wineries and villages in the area, and enjoy the hotel's beautiful interiors, renowned restaurants and extensive leisure facilities.

Next, explore the beautiful Douro Valley, a hilly wine region along the Douro River in Portugal. Stay at a luxurious resort among terraced vineyards. During private touring, enjoy wine tasting at the best local wine estates, reservations at renowned local restaurants, and take an exclusive private river cruise.

Continue to Porto, the capital of Port wine and a city with a fascinating mix of architectural styles, including Roman, medieval, Baroque and contemporary. Stay in a luxurious hotel on a hillside overlooking wine cellars and the Douro River. During private touring, explore the historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See highlights such as the Palacio da Bolsa (Stock Exchange), the Se do Porto (Porto Cathedral) and the Livraria Lello, a historic bookstore with ornate woodwork. Browse specialty shops selling porcelain and Portuguese design products, and perhaps opt to visit additional places such as the Serralves Museum, the Casa da Musica, attractions with beautiful Portuguese tiles, or the riverside neighborhood of Ribeira. Artisans of Leisure will also arrange a private tour and Port tasting at one of the city's most renowned cellars.

Next, you will be privately transferred to Lisbon. En route, stop at favorite locations, such as picturesque villages with buildings covered in colorful tiles, important religious sites, historic towns or fascinating UNESCO World Heritage sites. Experience Lisbon as an insider during private touring with an expert local guide. Tour the historic Alfama district, the sophisticated Bairro Alto and Lapa districts and the riverside Belem district. See St. George's Castle, Mosteiro dos Jeronimos monastery, Belem Tower and other impressive monuments of Moorish and Manueline architecture. Browse select shops offering Portuguese specialties such as azulejo tiles, embroidered linens, Indo-Portuguese furniture, gold jewelry, Portuguese design products and antiques. Sample local food specialties such as pasteis de nata custard tarts. Also tour museums according to your interests, including options such as the National Tile Museum or the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum. Other touring options include vibrant food markets, a tour of a historic tile factory, visits to beautiful gardens, stops at scenic viewpoints overlooking the city, and a private appointment to visit the Ricardo do Spirito Santo Silva Foundation, which is dedicated to the preservation and reproduction of traditional Portuguese design and decorative art. One evening, enjoy a memorable fado music performance at a local club.

One day, enjoy a private excursion to Sintra, an aristocratic town of fairy-tale palaces and gardens among forested hills. During private touring in this UNESCO World Heritage Site, visit highlights including the romantic National Palace of Pena, the spectacular National Palace of Sintra and the narrow streets in the historic center of the town, including the former Jewish quarter. If desired, also visit the upscale seaside town of Cascais.

This tour can easily be extended to include other parts of France, Spain or Portugal, such as Bordeaux, Madrid, Barcelona, or the Alentejo region.

Itinerary Overview
Day 1 Arrive Bilbao, Spain – Biarritz, France

Private tour of Bilbao and Guggenheim Museum on arrival. Private transfer to Biarritz for 2 nights

Day 2 Biarritz & environs

Half-day private excursion to Bayonne or Pays Basque countryside

Day 3 Biarritz – San Sebastian, Spain

Private transfer to San Sebastian for 2 nights, with touring en route. Evening private pintxos tasting tour of Old Town

Day 4 San Sebastian

Morning private market visit and cooking class at a gastronomic society

Day 5 San Sebastian – Rioja wine region

Private transfer to Rioja for 1 night, with private winery tours and tastings en route

Day 6 Rioja wine region – Ribera del Duero

Private transfer to Ribera del Duero for 2 nights, with winery touring en route

Day 7 Ribera del Duero

Private tour of the estate and winery

Day 8 Ribera del Duero – Douro Valley, Portugal
Private transfer to resort for 1 night. Afternoon private winery tour and private cruise on Douro River
Day 9 Douro Valley – Porto

Private transfer to hotel for 2 nights. Afternoon private city tour

Day 10 Porto

Full-day private city tour, including private Port cellar tour and tasting

Day 11 Porto – Lisbon

Private transfer to hotel for 3 nights, with flexible touring en route

Day 12 Lisbon

Full-day private city tour

Day 13 Lisbon & Sintra

Full-day private excursion

Day 14 Depart Lisbon
Private airport transfer

Hotels
Biarritz: Hotel du Palais
San Sebastian: Hotel Maria Cristina
La Rioja: Hotel Marques de Riscal
Ribera del Duero: Abadia Retuerta LeDomaine
Douro Valley: Six Senses Douro Valley
Porto: The Yeatman
Lisbon: Bairro Alto Hotel, Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon or Verride Palacio Santa Catarina

Cost
$23,975  Per person (double occupancy)

Luxury Culinary Tours

Food & Wine of Australia
(12 Days)
Melbourne, Yarra Valley, Mornington Peninsula, Barossa, Adelaide, McLaren Vale, Margaret River, Perth

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

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

Culinary Tour of France
(8 Days)
Paris, Avignon, Aix-en-Provence

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

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

Culture, Crafts & Cuisine of Ireland
(13 Days)
Dublin, Ballyfin, Ballymaloe, Killarney, Adare, Ashford Castle

Culinary Tour of Israel
(7 Days)
Jerusalem, Tel Aviv

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

Best of Piedmont
(5 Days)

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

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

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

Morocco for Foodies
(10 Days)
Fez, Marrakesh

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

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

Whisky Tour of Scotland
(12 Days)
Edinburgh, Oban & Islay, Isle of Skye, Ross (Glenmorangie House), Speyside & Aberdeenshire, Perthshire (Gleneagles)

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

Singapore for Foodies
(4 Days)

Food & Wine Tour of Slovenia
(7 Days)
Ljubljana with Lake Bled & the Julian Alps, Portoroz with Brda & Piran

Culinary Tour of South Korea
(6 Days)
Seoul, Busan

Food & Wine of Spain
(8 Days)
Madrid & Segovia, Ribera del Duero, San Sebastian with Rioja & Bilbao

Cultural & Culinary Tour of Taiwan
(8 Days)
Taipei, Tainan, Sun Moon Lake

Thailand for Foodies
(7 Days)
Bangkok, Chiang Mai

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

MULTI-COUNTRY TOURS

The Ultimate Wine Tour: Argentina & Chile
(12 Days)
Colchagua Valley, Santiago & Valparaiso, Mendoza, Buenos Aires

Food & Wine Tour of the Basque Country & Portugal
(14 days)
Bilbao, Biarritz, San Sebastian, Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Douro Valley, Porto, Lisbon

Foodie Tour of Belgium & the Netherlands
(9 Days)
Brussels with Bruges & Ghent, Amsterdam with Rotterdam, The Hague & Delft

Food, Design & Culture of Copenhagen & Sweden
(12 Days)
Stockholm, Kingdom of Crystal, Wanas, Malmo, Copenhagen

Food & Wine Tour of France & Switzerland
(11 Days)
Paris, Reims & Champagne, Burgundy, Lausanne with Lavaux & Emmental

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

Culinary Tour of Slovenia & Croatia
(12 Days)
Ljubljana & Lake Bled, Istria, Split, Dubrovnik

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

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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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