Food & Wine of Spain
Madrid, Ribera del Duero, San Sebastian with Rioja & Bilbao, Barcelona
Food & Wine Tour of Italy
Piedmont, Bologna & Emilia-Romagna, Tuscany & Florence
Culinary Tour of France
Paris, Avignon, Aix-en-Provence
Wine Tour of Hungary
Tokaj Wine Region, Budapest
Food & Wine of Australia
Melbourne, Yarra Valley, Mornington Peninsula, Barossa, Adelaide, McLaren Vale, Margaret River, Perth
Food & Wine of Austria
Vienna, the Wachau, Burgenland
Culinary Tour of China
Beijing & Great Wall, Xian, Hangzhou, Shanghai, Hong Kong
Culinary Tour of India
Delhi, Udaipur, Mumbai, Chennai
Culture, Crafts & Cuisine of Ireland
Dublin, Ballyfin, Ballymaloe, Killarney, Adare, Ashford Castle
Culinary Tour of Israel
Jerusalem, Tel Aviv
Best of Piedmont
Culinary Tour of Japan
Tokyo, Kanazawa, Yamanaka Onsen, Kyoto & Osaka, Tokyo
Food & Wine Tour of Lebanon
Beirut, Sidon, Tyre, Chouf Mountains, Baalbek, Byblos, Batroun
Culinary Tour of Mexico
Oaxaca, Puebla, Mexico City
Morocco for Foodies
Culinary Tour of Peru
Lima, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cusco
Food & Wine of Portugal
Porto, Douro Valley, Lisbon & environs
Whisky Tour of Scotland
Edinburgh, Oban & Islay, Isle of Skye, Ross (Glenmorangie House), Speyside & Aberdeenshire, Perthshire (Gleneagles)
Culinary Tour of Sicily
Palermo with Monreale, Trapani & Marsala, Sciacca & Agrigento, Noto & Modica, Taormina & Mount Etna
Singapore for Foodies
Food & Wine Tour of Slovenia
Ljubljana with Lake Bled & the Julian Alps, Portoroz with Brda & Piran
Culinary Tour of South Korea
Cultural & Culinary Tour of Taiwan
Taipei, Tainan, Sun Moon Lake
Thailand for Foodies
Bangkok, Chiang Mai
Vietnam for Foodies
Hanoi, Hue, Hoi An, Saigon
The Ultimate Wine Tour: Argentina & Chile
Colchagua Valley, Santiago & Valparaiso, Mendoza, Buenos Aires
Food & Wine Tour of the Basque Country & Portugal
Bilbao, Biarritz, San Sebastian, Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Douro Valley, Porto, Lisbon
Foodie Tour of Belgium & the Netherlands
Brussels with Bruges & Ghent, Amsterdam with Rotterdam, The Hague & Delft
Food, Culture & Romance in Singapore & Indonesia
Singapore, Nusa Dua or Jimbaran Bay, Ubud, Sumba Island
Food, Design & Culture of Copenhagen & Sweden
Stockholm, Kingdom of Crystal, Wanas, Malmo, Copenhagen
Food & Wine Tour of France & Switzerland
Paris, Reims & Champagne, Burgundy, Lausanne with Lavaux & Emmental
Culinary Tour of Greece & Turkey
Athens, Crete, Istanbul
Culinary Tour of Slovenia & Croatia
Ljubljana & Lake Bled, Istria, Split, Dubrovnik
Flavors of Southeast Asia
Singapore, Saigon, Hoi An, Hanoi, Chiang Mai, Bangkok
(16 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Singapore, Saigon, Hoi An, Hanoi, Chiang Mai, Bangkok
Every lover of Asian cuisine, from "foodie" to chef, will appreciate this journey into the spice markets and frying pans of Southeast Asia, tailored, of course, to your tastes and expertise. Flavors of Southeast Asia features each region's main cultural attractions as well as food-focused touring, shopping for distinctive local goods and artisanal food products, a variety of dining experiences, and cooking classes, if desired. Accommodation is at some of the world's most extraordinary luxury hotels, all of which emphasize the local aesthetic and cuisine.
Start in Singapore, where Chinese, Malaysian, Indian and Middle Eastern influences simmer in the same cultural melting pot. During touring, walk through the various ethnic quarters to see how each of these cultures contributes to the fabric of the city. Explore "wet" markets (where fresh meat, produce and live fish are sold), "dry" markets (spices, preserved foods, herbal medicine and other dry ingredients) and housewares markets (baskets and cooking utensils). In Little India, Chinatown and the Malay district, stop in some of the shophouses to sample local sweets and snacks. Visit the most interesting Chinese and Hindu temples, and learn about Peranakan (Straights Chinese) heritage through museums, shops and tastings. Also explore amazing contemporary structures such as the SkyPark observation deck at the Marina Bay Sands complex, and Gardens by the Bay, a wonderland of theme gardens, waterways, conservatories and "supertrees." There will be ample free time to enjoy the legendary Raffles Hotel Singapore, one of the world's most luxurious resort hotels.
Next, travel to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam's most dynamic city. One day, enjoy an evening street food tasting tour in different districts around Saigon. Also enjoy in-depth cultural touring. Visit interesting neighborhoods like Cholon (Saigon's Chinatown) and explore busy markets and temples. Learn about the city's history while touring French colonial-era landmarks, as well as the mid-century Reunification Palace and the War Remnants Museum. If desired, browse the boutiques of Vietnamese designers and renowned art galleries and museums. Along the way, enjoy opportunities to stop for a refreshing Vietnamese iced coffee, or snack on a typical Vietnamese banh mi (baguette sandwich).
Continue to Hoi An, an atmospheric port town and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stay at a luxury beachfront resort, and experience the best of this centuries-old town during private touring. Visit the vibrant morning market, where stalls are piled high with fresh fish and produce. Explore the colorful backstreets, and tour well-preserved historic homes, temples, the Japanese Covered Bridge and other interesting attractions. Perhaps visit a local tailor for custom-made silk clothing, a Hoi An specialty, and enjoy a boat ride on the river. Also visit the nearby Museum of Cham Sculpture, as well as the Marble Mountains, which contain Buddhist cave temples. One day, visit a farming community famous for vegetables and enjoy a private cooking class focusing on regional specialties such as fresh spring rolls or cao lau noodles. Upon request, we can arrange additional activities in and near Hoi An, such as visits to local villages, an excursion to the Cham ruins in My Son, biking through the countryside, or a silk lantern-making lesson at a Confucian temple. There will also be time to relax and enjoy your resort's beautiful architecture, spa and beach.
Fly to Hanoi, Vietnam's fascinating capital and intellectual center. One day, meet a culinary expert to tour one of Hanoi's excellent markets and sample local street food specialties like bun cha (barbecued pork with noodles) and pho cuon (fresh herb and beef rolls). Also enjoy private cultural touring of city highlights such as the Temple of Literature, One Pillar Pagoda, the House on Stilts, and Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum. Take an in-depth tour of Hanoi's incredible Old Quarter, where each street was historically dedicated to a specific trade or material, such as bamboo, silk and lacquer. While touring the narrow streets, learn about the history of the Old Quarter and its traditional architecture, and see how it has transformed into a fashionable district with cafes, art galleries and boutiques featuring the finest Vietnamese design and style. Explore Hoan Kiem Lake and leafy backstreets lined with beautiful French colonial-era buildings, many of which are now upscale restaurants.
Next, spend several days in rural Chiang Mai, in northern Thailand. Stay at one of Asia's most luxurious and atmospheric resorts, surrounded by mountains and lush fields of terraced rice paddies. Enjoy a private cooking class with a master chef and learn the nuances of northern Thai cuisine through dishes like larb muang moo (spicy ground pork salad); khao soi (coconut milk-based curry noodle soup); and som tum (green papaya salad). During private touring, visit a revered mountaintop temple and see monks collecting their morning alms. Also browse craft districts specializing in celadon ceramics, silver, teak furniture, paper umbrellas, and beautiful silk weavings. Alternatively, take an excursion to an elephant sanctuary. In the evening, explore the bustling night market and its many street food stalls. Other optional activities can be arranged, upon request, such as golfing, hiking, shopping excursions, family activities, in-depth Buddhist experiences, and more.
Conclude with comprehensive touring in Bangkok. Visit the most important temples to learn about Buddhist practices and influences on daily life. Hear monks chanting at a morning ceremony and visit palaces and noted museums. Explore colorful markets selling textiles, flowers, Buddhist items and crafts as well as unique floating markets selling fresh produce and snacks. One night, take a private tour to experience some of Bangkok's best street food. Another night, perhaps enjoy contemporary cuisine at a top restaurant in the city. There will also be time to enjoy one of the world's leading spas, swim and shop for exquisite Asian art.
We absolutely LOVED India in every way! The cookery lesson and lunch in Udaipur was great…the lunch was delicious, the house was lovely and they were so warm and welcoming.
~ R.L., Washington, D.C.
Japan was excellent—we all had a blast. Your attention to detail and your ability to be foodie-focused and find outstanding guides sets you apart.
~ R.S., St. Petersburg, FL
One of the highlights of the trip to Bali was the cooking class you arranged in Ubud. Our instructor was the owner of the restaurant and they were so accommodating to our tastes and created a menu just for us.
~ T.J., Norfolk, VA
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