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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 | walking/trekking/hiking | cycle touring | yoga | Western Europe | Peru | Morocco | Greece |
Barcelona Inside & Out
based: Barcelona, Spain
Original, bespoke holidays, honeymoons and adventures in Catalonia, Barcelona and other handpicked areas. All holidays are tailor-made and offer unique adventures that bring together authentic local experiences with the very best of these vibrant and beautiful parts of Spain.
| tailor made | sightseeing | wine (appreciation/tasting/tours) | gastronomic | family | wedding/honeymoon | Spain |
based: Tyne & Wear, UK
website: DFDS Seaways – Special Offers
If time is tight but you still fancy a break away on the ocean waves then DFDS Seaways have a host of mini cruises on offer. Also combined short cruise/hotel breaks to Europe; themed mini cruises which include visits such as the bulbfields and Keukenhof Gardens, Legoland or the Artis Zoo in Amsterdam, or which include attractions such as onboard entertainment or gastronomic events; festive trips to the Christmas markets; combined cruise/drive trips; and family mini cruises.
| short/mini cruises | theme cruises | bulb fields | Christmas shopping/Christmas markets | family/child friendly | self drive | theme park | gastronomic | Holland | Denmark | Germany | Belgium | Norway | Sweden | France |
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 |
based: Umbria, Italy
Everyone from young to senior will enjoy La Serena's luxurious, comfortable accommodation. Hosts, Steph and Derek, have a real commitment to fulfilling guests holiday needs. They specialise in walking and driving tours, local food and wine excursions, outings to local festivals as well as several special interest holidays: dressmaking, Italian baking, etc.
| dressmaking/tailoring | cookery | gastronomic | olive picking/harvest | walk/trek/hike | yoga | chocolate | team building/management training | for people with a disability | seniors/silver surfers | Christmas/New Year | Italy |
based: London, UK
Boutique travel designer offering luxury bespoke holidays and tailored travel in Central and South America. Destinations include: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru and Uruguay.
| tailor made | sightseeing | animals/safari | ocean cruises | gastronomic
| family | wedding/honeymoon | walk/trek/hike | Central America | South America |
Peter Sommer Travels
based: Monmouthshire, Wales, UK
Award-winning specialist in expert-led small-group cultural and archaeological tours in Croatia, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Turkey and the UK. Also escorted and themed gulet cruises, food tours, family tours, walking holidays and land tours like: Exploring Crete, Exploring the Peloponnese, Exploring Rome and Exploring Sicily. They also organise bespoke land tours and private gulet charters.
| archaeological tours | historical tours | gastronomic | theme cruises | groups | walk/trek/hike | family | Turkey | Greece | Italy | UK | Europe |
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 | singles | ethical/ecotourism | Thailand | Sri Lanka | Brazil |
based: California, USA
Cook and eat with Pamela Sheldon Johns in Tuscany, Piemonte, and
| cookery | gastronomic | Italy|
Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons
based: Oxfordshire, UK
Hotel, restaurant and cookery school of Raymond Blanc, Chef Patron
of Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons.
| cookery | gastronomic | UK |