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Luxury Culinary tours

Vietnam for Foodies
(11 days)
Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hue, Hoi An, Saigon


Gourmet Northern Italy
(10 days)
Piedmont, Emilia-Romagna, Tuscany


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


Culinary & Art Tour of Spain
(11 days)
Madrid, San Sebastian, Rioja, Bilbao, Barcelona


Culinary Tour of Mexico
(15 Days)
Merida, Mexico City, Puebla, Oaxaca, San Miguel de Allende


Culinary Tour of China
(13 days)
Beijing, Xian, Hangzhou, Shanghai, Hong Kong


Food & Wine of Austria
(8 days)
Vienna, Wachau, Burgenland, Styria


Culinary Tour of Japan
(7 days)
Tokyo, Kyoto


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


Thailand for Foodies
(9 days)
Bangkok, Chiang Mai


India for Foodies—a Culinary Tour
(12 Days)
Delhi, Jaipur, Udaipur, Mumbai


Food & Wine Tour of Switzerland
(7 Days)
Zurich, Basel & Alsace, Bern, Gruyeres, Lausanne & Lake Geneva


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


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


Food & Wine of Portugal
(8 Days)
Porto, Douro Valley, Lisbon, Sintra, Alentejo & Evora


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


Culinary Tour of Sicily
(8 Days)
Palermo & Monreale, Sciacca, Agrigento, Taormina, Syracuse, Mount Etna


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


Bordeaux to Basque Country
(9 days)
Bordeaux, San Sebastian, Rioja wine country


Culinary Tour of Greece & Turkey

(10 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Athens, Crete, Istanbul

On this private culinary tour of Greece and Turkey, savor the flavors of the renowned cuisines of the region, tour local food markets, enjoy cooking classes, and dine at the best local restaurants. Also, enjoy in-depth private cultural touring of Athens and Istanbul—two of the most ancient and culturally rich cities in the world—and get to know Crete, an island steeped in culinary and mythological traditions.

Begin in Athens, Greece. During flexible cultural touring with your private guide, visit the iconic Acropolis, the spectacular Acropolis Museum, and the ancient Agora, where Socrates and Plato once strolled. One morning, explore the lively Athens food markets to learn about local ingredients and see stalls overflowing with the freshest produce and seafood. Then, enjoy a cooking class in a small, upscale restaurant with a Greek chef who creates some of the finest modern Greek cuisine in the city. The next morning, learn to make traditional Greek pies, including rolling the dough and filling it with ingredients such as spinach, feta, meat and herbs. In the afternoon, take a scenic excursion to Cape Sounion to see the Temple of Poseidon and watch the sun set into the Aegean Sea.

Continue to Crete, the largest of the Greek Islands and home of one of the world’s oldest and, some say, healthiest cuisines. Cretan recipes take advantage of local ingredients such as flavorful olives and olive oil, tender artichokes, fresh herbs, and seasonal fruit such as oranges, figs and grapes. During private touring, stroll through the beautiful old town of Chania (Hania). Learn about the town’s eclectic history, reflected in its Venetian-built harbor, Turkish mosque and Jewish synagogue. Explore the surrounding region, including Arkadi Monastery and Rethymnon, a scenic port. One day, visit a bucolic organic farm to enjoy a cooking class focused on Cretan cuisine. Venture into the farm’s vineyards, fruit orchards, olive groves and herb gardens to see firsthand where the fresh ingredients are grown and harvested.

Time permitting, tour the fascinating Palace of Knossos—built during the height of Crete’s ancient Minoan civilization—en route to the airport for your flight toTurkey.

During in-depth cultural touring in Istanbul, visit the highlights of this extraordinary city, such as the Ayasofya (Hagia Sophia), Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace (including its beautiful tiled Harem), and an ancient underground cistern. Time permitting, also visit the Grand Bazaar to browse for locally produced handicrafts such as carpets, jewelry, textiles and ceramics. One morning, enjoy a private tour of Istanbul’s vibrant Spice Bazaar to see stalls displaying neat piles of spices, herbs and fruit, and learn how these ingredients are used to create classic Turkish dishes. Later, enjoy a private cooking class with an expert in Turkish cuisine, followed by a lunch of your creations. In the afternoon, visit different neighborhoods to see Istanbul’s best street-side food stalls and small local restaurants.

Itinerary Overview
Day 1 Arrive Athens
Private transfer to hotel for 3 nights. Private afternoon city tour
Day 2 Athens
Morning market tour and cooking class
Day 3 Athens
Morning market tour and cooking class. Afternoon sunset visit to Temple of Poseidon
Day 4 Athens – Crete
Private transfer to airport for flight to Chania, Crete. Private transfer to resort for 3 nights
Day 5 Crete
Private half-daytour of Chania
Day 6 Crete

Private tour of Rethymnon and villages. Afternoon cooking class

Day 7 Crete – Istanbul
Private tour of Palace of Knossos if time permits en route to airport for flight to Istanbul. Private transfer to hotel for 3 nights
Day 8 Istanbul
Full-day private city tour
Day 9 Istanbul

Morning private market tour and cooking class. Afternoon private food-focused city tour

Day 10 Depart Istanbul
Private airport transfer

Hotels
Athens:

Hotel Grande Bretagne

Chania, Crete: Minoa Palace Resort
Istanbul:

Four Seasons Hotel at the Bosphorus

Cost
$15,320 Per person (double occupancy)
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