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The Best Cooking Tours and Vacations Around the World

Get a taste for local culture and dine on global cuisine – from sushi to momos – on these specially curated TRIPS by Culture Trip.
Nick Dauk
13 Dec 2021
There’s no better way to introduce yourself to the diverse cultures and flavors of our planet than with a deep dive into local cuisine. Is your passport hungry for more than just the typical city break? TRIPS by Culture Trip has you covered. Pack your appetite, as these are the best cooking tours and vacations around the world – from chocolate tasting in Ecuador to mastering the art of sushi making in Japan.
1 . Fill your soul and stomach in Sicily
You haven’t truly eaten your way through Italy until you’ve savoured the flavors of Sicily. Thankfully, this tour has got your back and stomach. Slow-paced wandering is the best way to fill your stomach, stopping for street food tours in Syracuse and full-on feasts with a cooking lesson in Palermo. Don’t just nibble on a slice of Sicily; get a taste of the whole island on this ten-day TRIPS by Culture Trip culinary tour.
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2 . Make your own cuppa in Sri Lanka
Your world cooking travel tour must include a stop in Sri Lanka. The village market in Kandy, full of local produce, is enough to inspire your next week’s worth of family dinners. Don’t just look; grab ahold of ingredients for a hands-on Sri Lankan cooking lesson that doubles as your lunch. Sprinkle in a visit to a spice garden, and a cuppa at a tea estate, and you’ve got yourself this twelve-day TRIPS by Culture Trip tour of Sri Lanka that’ll leave your stomach and soul satiated.
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3 . Amp up your sushi skills in Japan
What’s more impressive than coming back from a holiday in Japan with great photographs? Returning with the skills to make sushi. This two-week tour of the Land of the Rising Sun includes a sushi-making class in Tokyo. Sake shots and sumo sightings are also on the menu, as is a trip to Osaka and Hiroshima. Venture to East Asia for the best sushi you’ve ever tasted on this extensive TRIPS by Culture Trip Japan tour.
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4 . Chocolate is always a good idea in Ecuador
Cooking tours are the best way to kick off a vacation, as scrumptiously presented by this TRIPS by Culture Trip journey through Ecuador. Before trekking into the Amazon and Andes, you’ll attend an Ecuadorian cooking masterclass at the Altamira restaurant in Quito. Their chefs will show you step-by-step how to prepare traditional plates, then you’ll devour said plates. Save room for dessert: this early day in your eight-day tour has a chocolate-tasting session as its cherry on top.
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5 . Breaking bread with Tibetan refugees
It’s about time you’ve added “can cook momo dumplings” to your CV. Journey into the Nepalese Himalayas and visit a Tibetan refugee camp, where they’ll be more than happy to teach you how to make these steamy meat or veggie-filled dumplings. You’ll also have an opportunity to cook your own traditional lunch in the company of Seven Women Centre’s members in Kathmandu. Bring these new cuisines to your kitchen table and gorge on other activities on this travel and cooking TRIPS by Culture Trip tour of Nepal.
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