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The Best Foodie Holidays in Europe

Discover the delicious, authentic flavours Europe has to offer on one of these inspiring trips. If you’ve got an appetite for travel and food, book your place now with Culture Trip.
Nick Dauk
9 Dec 2021
For some, vacation is a time to relax and unwind – including loosening up our belts so we can gorge on Europe’s amazing food. This continent is a culinary delight for every palate; even picky-eaters can’t turn down fresh seafood from the Mediterranean, delicious wine from the hillside, and diverse delicacies sourced, prepared and presented in unique ways.
3 . Sicily for a different taste of Italy

If you think of Italy’s mainland as an all-you-can-eat buffet, then consider the island of Sicily an exclusive restaurant serving up a masterful multi-course tasting menu. Spaghetti with sea urchin; salty sardines; a crispy panino. Every delicious meal is only improved by a bubbly Aperol spritz. Capers, pistachios and sun-dried tomatoes will fill your plate and every pocket of your stomach. Explore the full range of Sicilian flavors during this 10-day Culture Trip tour of Sicily.

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4 . Amalfi Coast cruising where lemons & olives adorn every dish

It’s impossible to visit Southern Italy and not take part in an unofficial food tour. The scent of lemons and olive oil will follow you from the moment you reach Sorrento, spurring you to slip into shops to sample limoncellos and oil-soaked veggies. Just when you thought you were full, Puglia’s bread and handmade pasta will find more stomach space. And we haven’t even mentioned the seafood. You might as well join an official Southern Italy food tour that adds in a street food tour of Naples, like this Culture Trip one.

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5 . Learn ancient wine making & bread baking practices in Georgia

When it comes to culinary European tours, Georgia is ready to wine and dine you like no other country can. It’s a place where wine was first-known to be fermented and these ancient traditions are still practiced today. Between the vino, the ancient baking practices and fresh farmer’s markets featuring other handmade goodies, you’ll have a lot on your plate when you visit Georgia. Bring an apron on this Georgia foodie tour; you’ll need it for the traditional cooking masterclass.

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6 . Take a 'pintxos' tour around the Basque Country

Have a bite of the Basque Country on this four-day foodie Mini Trip in Spain. You’ll explore Bilbao and San Sebastian, sampling plenty of pintxos (a type of Basque tapas) along the way. Our Local Insider will take you on a tour of the best pintxos bars in Bilbao, before a day trip to San Sebastian. After taking the Monte Igueldo historic funicular railway up to the top for incredible views, we recommend the optional pintxos tour of this Michelin-starred city in the afternoon.

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7 . Sample the best of the Emilia-Romagna region

Emilia Romagna in Italy is a top destination for food lovers. Our four-day Mini Trip is perfect for sampling the best local delicacies this region has to offer – tour a Parmigiano Reggiano dairy, taste Parma’s cured ham, sip wine in Castel del Vetro and visit a traditional Balsamic Vinegar manufacturer in Modena. Spend the next day with our Local Insider on a gourmet walking tour of Bologna, with plenty of tastings included.

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Maja Proescholdt contributed additional reporting to this article.

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