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Luxury Culinary Tours

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thailand for Foodies
(7 Days)
Bangkok, Chiang Mai

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
(9 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, Noto, Modica, Taormina, Mount Etna

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

Food & Wine Tour: Bordeaux to Rioja
(9 Days)
Bordeaux, San Sebastian, Rioja wine country

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

Morocco for Foodies
(10 Days)
Fez, Meknes, Rabat, Marrakesh, Essaouira, High Atlas Mountains

Culinary Tour of Israel
(9 Days)
Jerusalem, Nazareth, Galilee, Acre, Tel Aviv

France for Foodies
(12 Days)
Paris, Beaujolais & Lyon, Avignon, Luberon Valley, Cote d’Azur

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, fresh fish, wild greens, and seasonal fruit such as oranges, figs and grapes. One day, enjoy a cooking class focused on Cretan cuisine. Another day, enjoy flexible culinary and cultural touring in local villages.

Continue to Turkey. During in-depth cultural touring in Istanbul, visit the highlights of this extraordinary city, such as the Aya Sofya (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 Turkish cooking class followed by a lunch of your creations. In the afternoon, enjoy a private "foodies" tour of Istanbul and visit different neighborhoods to experience Istanbul’s best street-side food stalls, specialty food shops, 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 city touring or sunset visit to Temple of Poseidon
Day 4 Athens – Crete
Private transfer to airport for flight to Crete. Private transfer to Elounda for 3 nights
Day 5 Crete

Morning private cooking class and lunch

Day 6 Crete

Half-day private cultural and culinary excursion to local villages

Day 7 Crete – Istanbul
Private transfer to airport for flight to Istanbul. Private arrival 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 culinary tour of the city

Day 10 Depart Istanbul
Private airport transfer


Hotel Grande Bretagne

Crete: Blue Palace Resort & Spa

Four Seasons Hotel at the Bosphorus or Four Seasons Sultanahmet

$14,760 Per person (double occupancy)