Northern Italy is famed for its delicious pasta, pizza and wine, and on this 10-day trip, you’ll not only get to taste those culinary delights, but also discover how to make them. Savour classic Roman cuisine at Ristorante al 34, an excellent, family-run trattoria in the capital, and sip fine wines on a vineyard tour in the village of San Gimignano, on a day excursion from Florence. You’ll also cook a rustic Tuscan lunch in a pasta-and-tiramisu-making class, before rounding off your northern Italian adventure with a street food tour and farewell dinner at elegant restaurant, 10 Corso Como, in Milan.
On this nine-day northern Portugal adventure, you’ll discover two of the country’s most important winemaking regions – the Douro Valley and Alentejo. In the former, you’ll float past vineyards and olive groves on a rabelo boat, and stay in a traditional quinta (country estate) overnight, while in the latter, you’ll enjoy a wine-tasting session and hearty lunch at one of the finest vineyards in the region. No trip to Portugal would be complete without tucking into pastéis de belém (traditional custard tarts), which you’ll have the chance to do in Lisbon, where they’re a speciality, and in Porto, on a food and walking tour.
Sicily has a proud culinary heritage with a distinct character. Panelle (chickpea fritters), arancine (breaded and stuffed rice balls) and caponata (aubergine stew) are among the island’s specialities. As part of this 10-day adventure, you’ll prepare an authentic Sicilian meal, guided by a local chef in Palermo, and experience the multisensory extravaganza of a traditional Sicilian food market in Syracuse. Don’t miss out on a scoop or two of gelato in the hilltop town of Noto, regarded as one of the best ice cream destinations in the world.
Georgia might not immediately come to mind when you think of the world’s prime wine destinations, but it’s actually where the first known wine was produced in 6000BCE, when grape juice was buried in barrels and fermented over winter. On this nine-day adventure, you’ll watch a master craftsman demonstrate the Georgian winemaking process, and join a local family for home-baked bread and churchkhela – a traditional, sausage-shaped sweet made from nuts and thickened grape juice. The national dish, khachapuri (bread stuffed with cheese and baked with an egg) is also a must-try.
Jordan is perhaps best known for the ancient city of Petra and the Dead Sea, but it’s also a haven for food and wine lovers. This nine-day trip takes you into the heart of the capital, Amman, on a street food tour in which you’ll be able to tuck into piping hot falafel, silky hummus and fresh flatbreads, plus plenty more. Enjoy a half-day tour of Jordan’s oldest winery, Haddad, followed by a Levantine lunch surrounded by vineyards. In the Bedouin village of Umm Sayhoun, meanwhile, you’ll be welcomed into a family home to whip up a traditional Jordanian feast.