What can beat a banh mi made fresh on the streets of Hanoi? Only a steaming hot bowl of pho that’s served while you enjoy a cold Vietnamese beer in the capital. There’s no doubt that Vietnam is the destination for foodies and on the 12-day Vietnam Adventure: a Journey of Urban and Rural Discovery tour you’ll meet like-minded travellers and share many bowls of noodle soup. This epic journey through northern Vietnam begins in Hanoi – before swiftly moving into the villages and rice paddies of the countryside for home-cooked meals with local families. You’ll explore Lan Ha Bay by boat, take an overnight train to the former Imperial City of Hue and you’ll eat endless good food every mile of the way.
You’ll find some of the best food vacations in Sicily – where you can live la dolce vita in the summer sun as you indulge your cravings for southern Italian cuisine. The 10-day La Dolce Vita: the Best of Sicily journey begins with cocktails and a Sicilian cooking class in Palermo before you head into the Madonie Mountains for cool climes, fresh produce and beautiful hikes. You’ll spend a few days island-hopping around the nearby Aeolian Islands – but you’ll be back in Sicily soon enough for an expedition to Mount Etna. This adventure ends with a culinary tour of Syracuse, where you’ll you gorge on pistachios, almonds, capers and tomatoes in the local markets.
The holy city of Jerusalem is well-known for its ancient, historic sites and religious monuments, but did you know there’s a fascinating foodie scene to delve into? The seven-day Holy Land: See Jerusalem Through the Eyes of Locals tour unites travellers with different faiths, cultures and people as you share craft beers and home-cooked meals with Arabs, Christians and Jewish locals in the city. You’ll also visit Mount Zion, the Nativity Church in Bethlehem and take a cruise on the Dead Sea. This tour ends in Tel Aviv – where you’ll explore the local foodie-focused markets by bicycle.
New Orleans is home to good music, good cocktails and even better food, making this southern city one of the best places for culinary tours in the US. The four-day All That Jazz: a Music and Food-Filled Tour of New Orleans adventure starts with an evening of jazz, swing and freshly caught seafood on a traditional steamboat cruise along the Mississippi. The next day, you’re on a musical tour of the French Quarter – before cocktail-making sessions commence at the New Orleans Drinks Lab in the evening. On day three, you’re kayaking in the Louisiana bayous and you’ll be served a Cajun crawfish boil before heading out on Bourbon Street for a night out in New Orleans. Day four is time for goodbyes – and perhaps, one last cocktail.
Looking for a comfort food tour? Look no further than the 12-day Japan Rising: From Neon Lights to Rural Delights adventure from Osaka to Tokyo, taking in the culinary delights of cities and the countryside as you traverse the best destinations in Japan. Start with ramen and sake in Osaka, learn how to make okonomiyaki pancakes in Hiroshima and explore the wonders of the Nishiki food market in Kyoto. When you finally arrive among the neon lights of Tokyo on this Culture Trip group tour, make sure you’ve saved room for hand-rolled sushi as you’ll be taking classes from some of the best sushi experts that Japan has to offer.