For Immediate Release

Private Culinary Tours for Foodies

New tours offer access to the world’s top culinary experiences

New York, NY, July 12, 2011 – A private cooking class in the farmhouse kitchen of a renowned cookbook writer in Sicily, an early morning tour of a busy food market in Bali with a local chef, private wine tasting in the chateaux of Burgundy and Bordeaux, sake tasting in Tokyo with a world renowned expert, dining with a family of royal chefs in India, private cooking classes at Istanbul’s premier culinary academy—these are just a few of the unique activities featured in the private culinary tours offered by luxury tour operator Artisans of Leisure for 2011–2012.

The leading provider of high-end cultural tours, Artisans of Leisure offers a series of culinary tours that are customized to each traveler’s level of interest and proficiency in the kitchen, whether they are casual cooks, professional chefs, or adventurous foodies.

“Culinary-focused travel offers a fascinating way to learn about how cuisine relates to a culture’s history, traditions, lifestyle, and beliefs about health,” says Ashley Isaacs Ganz, founder and CEO of Artisans of Leisure. “Our tours offer access to some of the world’s most enriching and authentic culinary experiences.”

Artisans of Leisure offers 16 culinary tours for 2011–2012, including new tours in India, Switzerland, France, Sicily, Portugal, Hungary and Southeast Asia. The company can also customize culinary tours, upon request. Activities can be adapted to accommodate travelers with food allergies, gluten-free diets, vegetarian or kosher requirements and other special dietary needs.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cooking Tour of China (11 days – Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong)

Culinary Tour of Japan (8 days – Tokyo, Kyoto, Hakone)

Thailand for Foodies (9 days – Bangkok, Chiang Mai)

India for Foodies (12 Days – Delhi, Jaipur, Udaipur, Mumbai)

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

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

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

Art & Culinary Tour of Sicily (13 Days – Palermo, Marsala, Sciacca, Ragusa, Syracuse, Taormina)

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

In addition to these culinary tours, Artisans of Leisure can incorporate culinary activities into any of their cultural tours worldwide.

All Artisans of Leisure tours feature private, highly personalized touring and accommodation at the most acclaimed hotels and resorts in the world. Artisans of Leisure tours are private and depart daily.

For additional information and details about Artisans of Leisure tours, please call (800) 214-8144 or +1 (212) 243-3239.

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