Bring your insatiable appetite on this 10-day tour of South Korea, a culinary experience of cinematic proportions. Act one sees you scouring the tunnels of the DMZ and the streets of Seoul in search of karaoke bars and food stalls. Act two includes dining in hanoks (a traditional Korean house) with culinary masterclass montages. The finale is a showdown of soju and bibimbap, with only cutlery and a napkin. It’s like Squid Game – and by that, we mean seeing how much squid you can eat in the largest seafood market in the country.
Stretchy pants will be your favourite travel companion on this culinary getaway to Southern Italy. A single street-food tour of Naples will fill your belly with sfogliatelle (shell-shaped pastries), pizza and aubergine parmigiana – testing the elasticity of your waistband. Let’s hope your tummy isn’t as full as the itinerary to come; Puglian olive oil tasting, limoncello sipping in Positano and artisan bread baking in Matera will pack your schedule and your stomach.
Don’t get too hung up on the “rugged” part of this nine-day Jordanian tour. Sure, you’ll be hiking through canyons and sleeping under the stars, but the foodie in you will also have a refined culinary experience. Between the street-food tours in Amman, full of falafel and hummus, and the cooking lessons with a local Bedouin family where bread, coffee and goat meat are on the menu, each day’s excursion will give you a new reason to salivate.
Culinary experiences don’t get more authentic than the ancient bread-making and winemaking traditions in Georgia. So pack your spittoon and join a small group on a gastronomic journey into Georgia’s past. The Kakheti region is known as the Cradle of Wine, and you’ll have ample opportunity to imbibe. Alas, man cannot live on bread and wine alone, so journeying to the farmers’ market in Tbilisi and picnicking in Lagodekhi National Park is a must.
If you have an appetite for culinary adventure travel, you’d be wise to pencil Vietnam on the menu. Days and nights spent in Hoi An will expose you to diverse architecture and cuisine influenced by a colourful mix of countries. Cycling through the rice fields of rural Mai Chau will whip up a hunger for bottomless bowls of pho, which are conveniently waiting for you on the savoury streets of Hue.