More and more trips, including adventure tours, are adding special food events. Here are 5 that are sure to please.
Food is an essential part of any vacation. Some 71% of adventure travel itineraries have an experiential food focus, according to a recent survey of the Adventure Travel Trade Association. Many sightseeing tours now deliver a region’s highlights while also delving into the region’s soul by featuring the area’s food and drink. Bike through Belgium and pedal your way to pubs and breweries; enjoy the Andean scenery and its culture by sipping wines in Mendoza; discover the iconic settings of Moscow and St. Petersburg plus Russian cuisine; tour Peru’s treasures and sample its food; and get a taste of Thailand’s temples and its markets. These 5 trips not only deliver a destination’s sites but its flavors as well.
Pedal Belgium’s flatlands and rolling hills, pausing to tour breweries and sample some of the country’s 1,130 beers at local pubs, breweries, and ancient abbeys. Cycle an average of 41 miles daily on the Ciclismo Classico trip. Van support is available. 9 days/8 nights.
Argentina is the fifth largest wine producer in the world. This trip focuses on the Mendoza region, home to 80% of Argentina’s wine production. Along with fine wine, Mendoza, in the foothills of the Andes, delivers spectacular scenery. You lunch in vineyards, tour towns, and visit wineries. Frontiers Elegant Journeys.
Eat your way through Moscow and St. Petersburg as you take in the sites. Discover Russian cuisine that goes beyond borscht and blinis. Enjoy a tour and tasting at the Cristall Vodka Museum, browse food stores, sip tea at a tea house, take a cooking class taught by a noted St. Petersburg chef, and dine at a dacha. Mir Corporation. 10 days/9 nights.
Visit Lima, Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu while savoring the region’s traditional as well as Novoandina cuisine that presents traditional ingredients using modern techniques and food concepts. Browse local markets, participate in cooking classes, and dine in foodie restaurants as well as explore cities and the famous ruins. Adventure Life. 8 days/7 nights.
Explore Bangkok and Chiang Mai by visiting temples, palaces and mountain villages as well as restaurants and markets. Browse the large Mahachai fish market, learn Thai cooking techniques at a hands-on class at a cooking school, and shop for vegetables, meat and fish at a local market so that you can prepare your own meal. Adventure Life. 7 days/8 nights.