Active Gourmet Holidays
based: Connecticut, USA
Culinary vacations in Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, Peru, Morocco and Greece that include three or four star accommodation, cooking lessons with local chefs, vineyard visits with wine tastings and wine education, visits to markets and local food producers, gourmet meals. Holidays can be paired with walking, hiking, biking, yoga, language lessons and more.
| cookery | gastronomic | wine | walk/trek/hike | cycle touring | yoga | Western Europe | Peru | Morocco | Greece |
Agriturismo Villa La Rogaia Featured Site
based: Umbria, Italy
Offering a wide range of creative classes including Argentine tango, painting, stone carving, Italian cooking and culinary travels in Tuscany and Umbria. Classes take place at Villa La Rogaia an outstanding wheelchair friendly country house in Umbria with pool. They serve delicious food with products from their organic farm.
| salsa | tango | cookery | wine | gastronomic | painting/drawing | sculpture/carving | Italian language | groups | seniors/silver surfers | for people with a disability | Italy |
based: London, UK
Tailor-made holidays and honeymoons to the Far East and India. Asia Odyssey specialises in itineraries to South-East Asia including Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam.
| animals/safari | cookery | walk/trek/hike | diving/snorkelling | spas | historical tours | wedding/honeymoon | family | South-East Asia |
French House Party Carcassonne
based: Languedoc-Roussillon, France
Cookery, arts or leisure holidays in high-class private property near Carcassonne with great French cuisine and wines. Recommended in "100 World's Best Vacations" book. Eight-bedroomed accommodation has pool, tennis and boules. Tutored courses include painting, books, creative writing, songwriting, movie-making and Gastro Academy with top French chefs.
| cookery | gastronomic | wine | groups | weekends/short breaks | songwriting | writing | film/video | team building | weddings/honeymoons | painting/drawing | France |
Let's Cook in Umbria Featured Site
based: Umbria, Italy
Authentic food and wine tours from a rural farmhouse surrounded by rolling hills, vineyards and olive trees in Umbria, central Italy. Take a cooking course with an Italian chef, offering an authentic cooking experience; or food and wine holidays that promise an unforgettable experience of real Italian food, wine, art and local culture.
| cookery | gastronomic | wine | Italy |
based: Occitanie–Languedoc, France
Get immersed in the French language and culture with a combination of tailor-made French courses and multi-activities. Choose the program that fits your professional and personal needs. While your French teacher accompanies you, taste French gastronomy, go hiking or horse-riding in the Mediterranean landscape, canoe on the lagoon, meet locals ...
| French language | tailor made | escorted tours | multi-activity | team building | cookery | wine | walk/trek/hike | horse/pony trekking | canoe/kayak| France |
Nick Nairn Cook School
based: Stirling, Scotland, UK
Cook with celebrity chef Nick Nairn at the Nick Nairn Cook School in the foothills of the Trossachs in Scotland. Offering 1 and 5 day classes with Nick Nairn himself or classes with John Webber, Alan Mathieson or Maxine Clark. Accommodation not included but with a list of personal recommendations available on the site.
| cookery | Scotland |
Red Letter Days Featured Site
Red Letter Day Gourmet Breaks: a range of gastronomic and cooking breaks in the UK. Weekends and short breaks of gourmet food, fine wine and relaxing accommodation. Also also luxury mid-week cookery school breaks for budding chefs.
| cookery | gastronomic | wine | UK |
Tell Tale Travel
based: London, UK & California, USA
Authentic holidays and soft adventure travel away from the tourist trail in Thailand, Sri Lanka and Brazil. Offering holidays with a difference, an insider experience courtesy of their unique network of local people. Offering mainly private tours for couples or families, plus a few small group departures specially designed for solo travellers.
| tailor made | family | native peoples | animals/safari | gastronomic | cookery | ethical/ecotourism | singles | Thailand | Sri Lanka | Brazil |
ITALY: authentic Italian cookery in Umbria
Based in a real farmhouse this is a 5-day cooking holiday in Umbria, in the heart of Italy. Hands-on cooking classes with an Italian chef who teaches Italian cooking the authentic Italian way! Time spent in the kitchen will be balanced with related excursions like a visit to Perugia's chocolate factory, local vineyard tours or a visit to a family-run oil mill; as well as excursions to medieval villages or the famous cities of Umbria.
Accommodation is provided in the farmhouse apartments, which also offers a swimming pool, furnished gardens and massages (on request).
FRANCE: Cooking course in the Loire Valley
Walnut Grove Cookery Course offers gourmet cuisine plus cooking classes from their base in the Loire Valley. Classes take place in professional kitchen located in a converted French barn.
The course will allow you to enjoy exceptional food and wine in great company, cook with top chefs, and relax in luxury accommodation. It allows for plentiful hands-on time in the kitchen, is suitable for all skill levels; and promises small class sizes (max: 5 guests to each professional chef).
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Travel-quest's cookery courses and cooking holidays category lists holidays, vacations, weekends, short breaks and residential multi-day courses where the main focus is on cookery and cooking. This includes baking, cake making, bread, range cookery (Aga cooking), sugar-craft and cake decoration, vegetarian and seafood cookery; and a range of cuisines including Italian, French, Thai, Spanish tapas, Greek, Mexican, Indian, Japanese etc.
Courses may take place in dedicated cookery schools or in holiday accommodation (such as hotels or guest houses) with suitable kitchens and where the overnight accommodation is on the premises. We list both private cookery tuition and group classes.
Look for well equipped kitchens, small class sizes, well qualified experienced chefs and tutors, cookery demonstrations and top quality local produce. Look for special courses too: be that cooking for men, children's classes, or cooking for gap year placements such as ski chalets or luxury yachts.