Top 10 cooking and food vacations


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Cooking and food vacations peel away the layers of a country’s culture, so that you can release its true flavours. Learn how to make focaccia in Umbria using recipes handed down through generations. Use spices in Sri Lanka that have been freshly picked from a plantation dating back centuries. And soak up the sun while learning about ceviche and cerveza in Mexico. Here are our top ten treats on the menu.

1. Spain


The Basque country, Spanish Pyrenees and Andalucia are astounding foodie destinations, with not only fine local ingredients and Michelin star restaurants, but also a wonderful sense of community and regional tradition around gastronomy. The Spanish pair their food with fun, too, and vacations here combine food with yoga, walking or cultural visits.

Our top selling trip: Cooking and walking vacation in the Spanish Pyrenees
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2. India


There is a north south divide when it comes to cooking and food vacations in India. In the North you have Mughal traditions still found around Delhi and tantalising Rajput ones in Rajasthan. Head south to Goa and Kerala for more tropical and colonial influences. It’s all about spicing up your life.

Our top selling trip: India small group vacation, a food adventure.
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3. Umbria, Italy


Don’t let Umbria be overshadowed by Tuscany, because these Etruscan landscapes and small hilltop towns are a feast of fine ingredients. From olive oil to organic honey, cured meat to a bevy of beans. And fine wines of course, Orvieto being one of the top towns to visit on a gastronomic vacation.

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4. Sri Lanka


Sri Lanka is all about ancient traditions, and food is no exception. From the fish markets of Negombo to the chena cultivation techniques around Dambulla, the spice-growing region of Matale to the tea plantations of the Highlands, indigenous ingredients and culinary culture make for the perfect foodie experience here.

Our top selling trip: Sri Lanka small group tour, a food adventure
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5. Thailand


Although Thai curries are almost as common as fish and chips in the UK now, nothing beats learning about their spices, traditions, local produce and inimitable recipes than at the lemongrass roots. There is so much to choose from here, you can easily spend two weeks on a foodie adventure in Thailand.

Our top selling trip: Cooking vacation in Thailand
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6. Mexico


This is a country that has received UNESCO World Heritage status for its food alone, which means it’s hard to know where to start. A food vacation sorts out your ceviche and cerveza, mole and mescal, with a lot of tacos and tamales in between.

Our top selling trip: Mexico small group vacation, a food adventure
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7. Vietnam


Imagine traveling from Hanoi to Hoi Chi Minh City with food as your main point of interest. Historians move over; here come the hedonists. With regional cuisine variations, experience the likes of bun rieu broth in the north, hot chillies in the centre and the tropical flavours of the south.

Our top selling trip: Vietnam small group vacation, a food adventure
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8. Tuscany, Italy


There is no better way to slow down in Tuscany than by going on a cooking vacation, learning the simple joys of making ravioli, pizza or bread, going truffle hunting in season or maybe combining walking with wine tasting. Get to know your pecorinos and prosciuttos, Chiantis and Carmignanos in style.

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9. Cambodia


Run amok, carouse with Khmer cuisine and feast on fruits of every flavour on a food or cooking vacation in Cambodia. There is no better way to immerse yourself in the country’s culture, traditions, etiquette and colonial influences. Cambodia is a country where you will always feel replete.

Our top selling trip: Cambodia small group tour, a food adventure
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10. Japan


Among all the superlatives that travelers use about Japan, sublime food comes out top. With so much to choose from, going on an expert food tour makes all the difference. Try yakitori in Tokyo’s famous Shinjuku area, sake in Takayama, seafood in Kanazawa and top tofu or tea in Kyoto.

Our top selling trip: Japan group vacation, a food adventure
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Written by Catherine Mack
India small group vacation, a food adventure

India small group vacation, a food adventure

2 week discovery of the sights, sounds & flavours of India.

From US $2285 15 Days ex flights
Mexico small group vacation, a food adventure

Mexico small group vacation, a food adventure

Get an authentic taste of Mexico on this 8 day tour

From US $1772 9 Days ex flights
Umbria cooking vacation, Italy

Umbria cooking vacation, Italy

Learn traditional italian cooking in a beautiful farmhouse

From 1340 7 Days ex flights
Vietnam small group vacation, a food adventure

Vietnam small group vacation, a food adventure

Exotic 2 week culinary and cultural tour of Vietnam.

From US $1564 12 Days ex flights
Sri Lanka small group tour, a food adventure

Sri Lanka small group tour, a food adventure

A delicious adventure through this provocative country.

From US $1700 12 Days ex flights
Cooking and walking vacation, Spanish Pyrenees

Cooking and walking vacation, Spanish Pyrenees

A gastronomical experience in the Spanish Pyrenees

From 1295 8 Days ex flights
Cooking vacation in Thailand

Cooking vacation in Thailand

Learn to cook Thai food & insider experiences with locals

From US $1840 16 Days ex flights
Helsinki city break, winter sports & gastronomy

Helsinki city break, winter sports & gastronomy

Helsinki with an overnight tour in the countryside tailomade

From 634 3 Days ex flights
French Riviera vacation, walking, culture & cooking option

French Riviera vacation, walking, culture & cooking option

Experience real French culture and get off the beaten track

From 510 4 Days ex flights
Photo credits: [Page banner: Brooke Lark] [Topbox - Sri Lanka spices: Lisa Joanes] [Umbria: Michela Simoncini] [Mexico: Lou Stejskal] [Cambodia: Jakub Kadlec]
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