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Culinary Vacations

Discover Where to Turn Up the Heat on Vacation

Imagine arriving at a beautiful palazzo in Tuscany or a rustic, restored farm house in the heart of Napa Valley, but instead of enquiring for the chef’s special for dinner that night, you are the chef – for the week! Or, for a more hands-off experience in the kitchen (but very hands on at the table), you can take a vacation with the sole goal of getting your taste buds well acquainted with every morsel of amazing food your destination has to offer.

A culinary vacation can also be a great way for the budding chef in you to force yourself to finally hone the cooking skills and recipes you missed out on with Julia Child. The programs we profile here are kept quite small and intimate so as to allow for lots of one on one time with your chef and teachers. Most programs also make wine tasting and pairing a significant component of their curriculum. Viva Felice!

Casa Caponetti - Tuscany, Italy

Offers week-long classes in easy, Italian family cooking combined with sightseeing and adventurous forays into real, Italian culture.

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A Question of Taste- Seville, Spain

Food and wine tours based in Seville, Spain. Gastronomic breaks, one-day excursions, cooking lessons, wine tastings and tapas tours are just a few of the activities happening here!Search and compare cheap flights to Seville

Cook Italy - Bologna, Milan, Sicily, Italy

The longest established full time Bologna cooking school, since 1999 celebrating the richness and variety of Italian regional cuisines through hands-on cooking classes that are also about having a good time.

La Divina Cucina- Chianti and Florence, Italy

Divina Cucina was started in 1988 with a simple aim: to share Judy Witts Francini’s knowledge of Italian cuisine and culinary history with fellow food lovers in and around Florence. She has lived in Florence among food experts and foodies, exchanging ideas and recipes, and developed her own style, one that is easy-going and entertaining. That's the Divina Cucina style!

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Ecco La Cucina- Siena, Italy

Features a hands-on Italian cooking class held on the rural estate of Spannocchia south of Siena, focusing on Tuscan cuisine and wines.

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Epiculinary - Italy, Spain, France, Northern Ireland, Vietnam and Mexico

Whether you want to learn how to make tapas in Spain, bouillabaisse in France, hand-made pasta in Italy, or chile rellenos in Mexico, Epiculinary offers unique cooking vacations for all tastes and budgets.

Beverly Gruber’s Gourmet Traveller- Italy and France

Specializing in small, insider culinary tours to many regions throughout Italy, with occasional forays into France. Over 15 years ago Beverly fell in love with Italy and decided to share her passion for this wonderful country with others – thus was born Gourmet Traveller.

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Gourmet Retreats- Napa Valley, California

This is the perfect setting to combine a casual getaway with a fun and informative cooking class. Whether you are an experienced home cook or are just beginning to discover cooking, Gourmet Retreats culinary vacations at Casa Lana can help take your cooking to the next level.

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Chocolate Lovers Paradise Tours- Brussels, Bruges and Antwerp, BelgiumTaste gourmet chocolate and pralines from some of the world's most famous chocolate makers; have delicious chocolate desserts after the most sumptuous meals. For food lovers, Belgium is heaven. Belgium has more history, art, food, and architecture per square inch than many of its bigger, louder neighbours.

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Mexican Home Cooking- Tlaxcala, Mexico

Spend your morning in class preparing a sumptuous mid-day meal. Then enjoy the fruits of your labour. Relax a little afterwards or take a short siesta, and then it's off to do some exploring in colonial Mexico. In the evening return for cocktails and a gourmet dinner.

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To Grandmother's House We Go- Mexico, Italy and Turkey

Culinary and cultural tours to Oaxaca, Mexico, Sicily, Italy and Turkey, three of the world's outstanding culinary destinations. Our tours are not only about food but also the culture and history of which the food is an important component.

Toscana Saporita- Tuscany, Italy

Come and be inspired by our Italian cookery classes in the heart of the stunning Tuscan countryside. Our renowned chefs select only the best seasonal produce to teach all aspects of Italian cookery – from pasta making to wine tasting.

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Wine-Knows Travel, Inc.- California, Australia, France and Italy

Dedicated to arranging & leading exceptional food and wine related tours with a personal touch, these one-of-a-kind tours are designed to provide high value at a reasonable cost for wine and food experts and novices alike.

 
 
Melisse Hinkle
A New England native but explorer at heart, Melisse has lived in four U.S. cities, spent a summer in Hawaii, made her way through wine-producing regions in Australia and New Zealand, and traveled around Europe while studying abroad in London. She is the Content Manager for the U.S. and Canada at Cheapflights.