9 Food Trips that are So Tasty
Few things alert the senses more than food, and that same rule applies to travel. Whether it’s the piquant taste of Sri Lankan curries, the nostril-friendly wafts of Vietnamese street food or the volcano-swollen lemons of Sicily’s orchards, a destination’s cuisine is often the route to its soul. Food tours centre on that very notion, serving up plates laden with culture, history and taste. So, let’s hope your belly is as big as your eyes, as these nine gourmet getaways will have your mouth watering.
From seafood to street eats
Embark on a Vietnam Food Adventure with Exodus and dine on delights that span north to south. Chow down on squid and lobster among the karsts of Halong Bay, then devour tasty street food in the charming port town of Hoi An. Pedal herb gardens in the Mekong Delta – Vietnam’s rice bowl – learning to cook regional specialties, and end in the bustling food markets of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon).
Discover the Spice Island
Fill up on the Teardrop Isle’s storied cuisine in the company of TV chef Peter Kuruvita on World Expeditions’ My Sri Lanka trip. Sniff out the aromas of Colombo’s Pettah Market, the spice gardens of Matale and the tea plantations of the highlands, then put yourself in the hands of locals as you learn the art of making kottu roti and egg hoppers. Sandwich with glimpses of rock topped fortress Sigiriya, Anuradhapura’s stupas and the wild Ude Walawe NP.
Explore a patchwork of dishes
Embrace the many sides of Gourmet China with Bamboo Travel and tick o some icons, from Peking duck and Great Wall wandering in Beijing to Sichuanese hotpot and panda-watching in Chengdu. Finish in Xi’an, learning to make Shaanxistyle (thick and homey) noodles before checking out its famed Terracotta Warriors.
Have an Arctic feast
Join Discover the World on an Ice hotel Culinary Adventure, sampling treats from the tundra. Have your fill of cloudberries reindeer and gravadlax salmon, served on slabs of ice at the ICE HOTEL, then head into the frozen wild to forage for herbs and plants, finishing with a snowmobile safari.
A classic cuisine anew
Wander orchards, wineries and sun soaked farms on A Gastronomic Tour of Sicily with Peter Sommer Travels. The Etna-powered volcanic soils produce the staples of Sicilian cooking: olive oil, wine, ricotta and Modican chocolate. Taste the lot as you explore vineyards and farms nestled in this idyllic isle’s scenic hills.
Wind the wine trail
Savour rural Croatia on Exsus Travel’s Trues, Vines & Island Hideaways tour. Wine guru Ivica Matosevic goes through the grape-to-bottle process in Bale’s vineyards, with true hunting and peka (charcoal) cooking on the side. Walk it o in the wilds of Velebit and Paklenica NPs.
Snack in South America
Get to know the hippest food on the Latin block with Cox & Kings’ Peru: A Culinary Adventure tour. Start at Lima’s busy food markets, and then head to the Sacred Valley for a cookery lesson and a trip to Machu Picchu, before finishing sweetly (and sourly) with chocolate and pisco tasting.
Walk (and eat) the Camino trail
Become a gastro pilgrim on UTracks’ Food Lover’s Spanish Camino tour. Gorge on pintxos (Basque tapas) in the dining clubs of Bilbao, lechazo castellano (roast lamb) in Burgos and pulpo a feira (Galician octopus) at Lugo, before toasting the trailwith a glass of rioja or mug of orujo (liqueur co ee) as you stroll into Santiago.
Macedonia, Kosovo & Montenegro
Bite into the Balkans
Devour the Balkans onIntrepid’s Real Food Adventure trip. Start in Macedonia, picnicking on the banks of Treska River, before perfecting pastries in the village ofJanche and trying out beekeeping inDihovo. Then hop the border for a Kosovan barbecue in Prizren and the olive mills and smokehouses of Montenegro.