The Best Trips for Sampling Amazing Mediterranean Food

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Gethin Morgan

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Forget the sun-soaked islands, charming fishing villages and picture-perfect beaches, if you ask us the defining quality of the Mediterranean is without doubt its incredible food culture, characterised by fresh ingredients and ancient recipes. Here’s how to experience the tastiest bites of the Med with Culture Trip.

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Greek Island Odyssey

Feta, gyros, souvlaki… Greek cuisine has an abundant array of fresh, flavourful delicacies. Dinner at a local taverna in Athens and a sunset meal in glorious Santorini stand out as foodie highlights of our eight-day island-hopping extravaganza, but your inner-chef will be giddy as soon as you’ll reach the island of Naxos. That’s where we’ll head inland to the rural village of Kaloxylos, found among rolling hills, olive groves and oak trees. After a stroll around the area you’ll be treated to a masterclass in traditional Greek cooking within a local family home. You’ll be taught using recipes that have been passed down for generations and, while dishes will vary by season, you can expect to get handy with local ingredients like Naxian potatoes, sweet tomatoes and arseniko cheese. Yes, don’t worry, you’ll be able to gobble down your creations as soon as you’re done.

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Trip highlights and details

STARTS AT

Athens, Greece

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Athens, Greece

DURATION

9

GROUP SIZE

18

PHYSICAL RATING

Light

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STYLE

Discovery

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Close up of sfogliatelle in Italy

Seductive Southern Italy

Who doesn’t love Italian food? This 10-day tour along the most glorious towns and cities of Italy’s east and west coasts will naturally feature plenty of gelato stops, pasta dinners and shots of limoncello. We’ll start in the home of pizza itself, the ancient city of Naples, where you’ll be treated to an incredible street food tour of the city. As well as gobbling down the best slice of your life, expect to fall in love with aubergine parmigiana, as well as a range of incredible pastries, most notably sfogliatelle, a multi-layered puff pastry delight filled with sweet ricotta and dusted with a generous serving of icing sugar. Other tastebud-tantalising experiences will include an olive oil tasting at a world class Puglian farm, and an incredible farewell dinner in Lecce.

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STARTS AT

Naples, Italy

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ENDS AT

Lecce, Italy

DURATION

10

GROUP SIZE

14

PHYSICAL RATING

Easy

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STYLE

Discovery

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Lunch In Istanbul, Turkey

Majestic Turkey

The eastern corner of the Med is a fascinating foodie destination. Turkey shares a lot of common ground with Greek cuisine, but is also full of Middle Eastern influences, resulting in a mouthwatering blend of culinary styles and key ingredients. You won’t get tired of Turkish breakfast on our 12-day epic, which usually feature plenty of cheese, bread and strong coffee. Istanbul, our starting point, is clearly the country’s greatest food city. Keen cooks will go crazy for the city’s spice market, while those with a sweet tooth won’t resist a plate of baklava and Turkish delight in the Grand Bazaar, washed down with a traditional Turkish tea. Our time in this continent-crossing city will also feature an incredible food tour of Kadıköy, a neighbourhood on the Asian side, which should include lahmacun, kaymak and more baklava, obviously.

From US$2487

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Trip highlights and details

STARTS AT

Istanbul, Turkey

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ENDS AT

Antalya, Turkey

DURATION

12

GROUP SIZE

18

PHYSICAL RATING

Moderate

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STYLE

Discovery

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