11 tasty foodie trips to tantalise your tastebuds

Food and drink make for some of our top travel memories. Explore the world, one cuisine at a time, with these delicious foodie-themed journeys, including Italy, Thailand and Peru

1: Tuck into stupendous Sicilian suppers

Sicilian cannoli with orange  (Dreamstime)

Sicilian cannoli with orange (Dreamstime)

From fresh pasta and sweet pastry desserts to zingy gelato and locally caught fish, Sicilian food is guaranteed to delight and leave you wanting more, especially when you stay at two charming Agriturismo properties, the Agriturismo Il Granaio near Modica (eastern Sicily) and La Foresteria near Menfi (western Sicily), both with excellent kitchens serving local, seasonal and home-cooked menus.

This trip also provides the opportunity to visit Modica, where rich dark chocolate is produced following ancient Aztec recipes, as well as archaeological sites, including Agrigento and Selinunte and the UNESCO World Heritage site of Piazza Armerina.

Wine tasting and cooking classes are on offer too, making this trip the perfect introduction to the history, people and gastronomy of the largest island in the Mediterranean.

Trip: Delicious Sicily Fly Drive Holiday

Who: Sunvil Discovery

When: Departures throughout the year

How long: 7 nights

How much: £989 (inc. flights)

2: Learn the secrets of Thai cooking

Eating Thai food (Dreamstime)

Eating Thai food (Dreamstime)

Welcome to your own private tour of Thailand’s delicious and diverse cuisine. From sprawling markets, steaming street stands and huge food courts through to fine restaurants and simple beach cafes, you’ll sample and learn about the different regional dishes that form the basis of Thai cooking.

You’ll start in bustling Bangkok, with an extensive walking tour of the city and its famous street food stalls and markets. Next stop is Chang Mai, where you’ll dine at the Huan Soontaree Vechanont, renowned for its authentic northern food, culture and hospitality. You’ll also take part in a famous cooking class focusing on classic northern cuisine.

Finally, you’ll hit the beach at Koh Lanta in the south-west, where you’ll be introduced to Southern Thailand’s distinct cuisine, heavily influenced by the Muslim population that live in the area. Here, you’ll attend the Lanta Thai Cookery School, where you’ll learn to balance fresh ingredients and cook some Thai classics. You will also get your own recipe book, so you can replicate the dishes you’ve sampled when you get home.

Trip: Thai Food Lovers

Who: Experience Travel

When: Departures throughout the year

How long: Flexible

How much: From £1,014 (exc. flights)

3: Explore gourmet New Zealand

Seafood NZ-style (Dreamstime)

Seafood NZ-style (Dreamstime)

Experience New Zealand’s world-renowned food and drink scene on this mouth-watering self-drive holiday. Enjoy local delicacies, such as the crayfish in Kaikoura, and savour exquisite dishes made with seasonal fruit and vegetables grown in your hotel’s own gardens, all with fine regional vintages to wash it down.

Dine in some of the country’s top restaurants and visit the lovely vineyards in the premier wine regions of Hawke’s Bay and Marlborough.

Along the way, discover the other beauties of New Zealand, enjoying memorable landscapes, beaches and coves, and staying in beautiful and unique places, from boutique island retreats to sprawling farms and luxury treehouses.

Trip: New Zealand’s Gourmet Highlights: Luxury Food And Wine Tour

Who: Exsus Travel

When: Departures throughout the year

How long: 13 nights

How much: From £3,375 (exc. flights)

4: Have a real food adventure in Peru

Typical Peruvian highland food (Dreamstime)

Typical Peruvian highland food (Dreamstime)

Peruvian food and topography go hand in hand. Using what Pachamama (Mother Earth) gave them, the Peruvians have developed a cuisine that combines local and international flavours.

The coast provides an abundance of fresh seafood, the Andean highland supplies a variety of potatoes, and the Amazon rainforest delivers delicious seasonal fruits. It is little wonder that Peru is one of the world’s renowned foodie hotspots.

On this tour, you’ll learn to prepare ceviche in a cooking class held at a Lima fish market, sample traditional Andean delicacies in the Sacred Valley, and see how the famed Pisco Sour is made at a local bodega. You’ll journey to the ancient site of Machu Picchu too, and tuck into a traditional pachamanca feast.

Trip: Peru Real Food Adventure

Who: Intrepid

When: Regular departures throughout the year

How long: 10 days

How much: From £1,715 (exc. flights)

5: All aboard a gastronomic gulet tour in Turkey

Turkish gullet anchored in an isolated bay (Dreamstime)

Turkish gullet anchored in an isolated bay (Dreamstime)

Sample some of the freshest and best Turkish cuisine on a traditional wooden sailing boat as you explore the Turkish coast by gullet. As well as enjoying feasts served up by the onboard cook, you will also drop in on small traditional restaurants, helping to conjure up regional delicacies that you’ll eat with local Turkish people.

Your guide, Sedar, is a trained archaeologist with a passion for both the region’s cuisine and its history. Together, you’ll explore some of the most impressive ancient sites along the coast, including Kaunos, Knidos and Lydae. Expect a culinary and cultural adventure through one of the least developed and beautiful areas in Turkey.

Trip: A Gastronomic Gulet Tour In Turkey

Who: Peter Sommer Travels

When: Jun

How long: 8 days

How much: £2,395 (exc. flights)

6: Go on a Vietnamese culinary adventure

Goi cuon, a typical Vietnamese street food (Dreamstime)

Goi cuon, a typical Vietnamese street food (Dreamstime)

Vietnam is a foodie paradise. On this tour, you’ll discover the endless variety on offer across northern, central and southern cuisines. You’ll enjoy meals at highly regarded restaurants, get one-on-one instruction in cooking schools in Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, Hue and Hanoi, and take in the country’s must-see cultural highlights.

Your culinary adventure begins in Ho Chi Minh City, where you’ll buy fresh ingredients from Ben Thanh Market before heading to the Mai Home cooking class for a hands-on cooking lesson.

Next, you’ll cruise the Mekong on a traditional teak boat, helping to prepare and then eat ­a sumptuous three-course lunch of Mekong specialties. You’ll learn to cook cao lau at the Red Bridge Cooking School in Hoi An, feast on an authentic Hue dinner beside the Perfume River, and then head to Hanoi, sampling street food and learning to prepare northern specialties at the Hanoi Cooking Centre.

Trip: Gourmet Vietnam

Who: Buffalo Tours

When: Departures throughout the year

How long: 11 days

How much: From £1,092 (exc. flights)

7: Discover gastronomic Galacia

A selection of tapas (Dreamstime)

A selection of tapas (Dreamstime)

Having added Michelin star restaurants and world class wineries to its cosy taverns and atmospheric tapas bars, the cuisine of Spain’s northwest is starting to get the attention it deserves. With vineyard-speckled hills that hide pretty medieval towns to a dramatic coastline that’s dotted with welcoming fishing villages, it’s the foodie destination you’ve been looking for.

You’ll explore it all with the use of a private driver and the services of a regional gastronomic expert. Throughout your trip, they’ll be able to guide you between local markets, coastal seafood restaurants, backstreet tapas bars, cooking courses and winery tastings, while making sure you catch all of the region’s heritage highlights, including its Celtic hill forts and grand Romanesque cathedrals.

There’s also plenty of room to tailor activities to your tastes, whether it’s making a reservation at a Michelin-starred restaurant or enjoying an island hike with a beach picnic.

Trip: Gastronomy of Galacia

Who: Wexas Travel

When: Departures throughout the year

How long: 8 days

How much: £2,935 (inc. flights)

8: Undertake your own South Australian food and wine odyssey

Sunset over a South Australian vineyard (Dreamstime)

Sunset over a South Australian vineyard (Dreamstime)

Prepare to set your palate alight with some of the finest flavours Down Under. This private, all-meals-included tour of Australia offers a hands-on, immersive experience for the food and wine fanatic.

You’ll be accompanied by a specialist guide, who will take you from Adelaide to some of the finest South Australian wine regions, where you’ll be introduced to gourmet food producers and treated to delicious wine tastings everywhere you go.

South Australia’s first class food and wine is waiting for you.

Trip: South Australia Culinary Adventure

Who: Exsus Travels

When: Departures throughout the year

How long: 13 nights

How much: From £11,700 (inc. flights)

9: Your very own Balkan food adventure in Macedonia and Montenegro

Tavce Gravce, a traditional Macedonian dish (Dreamstime)

Tavce Gravce, a traditional Macedonian dish (Dreamstime)

No one leaves this Balkan food adventure hungry. Picnic on the lush banks of the Treska River, stroll through national parks and soak up picturesque scenes of waterfalls, church-filled villages and some of the region’s most spiritual sites. This trip guarantees total immersion in the culinary delights of Macedonia and Montenegro.

It’s a foodie trip like no other. Sip a traditional fermented drink (boza) for breakfast, master the art of the perfect pastry with the village women of Janche, sample homemade rakija (fruit brandy) in Ohrid, and dine on a home-grown meal in the private garden of a Dihovo family. The incredible hospitality of the people you meet will stay with you, as will the foodie memories.

Trip: The Balkans Real Food Adventure

Who: Intrepid

When: Departures May-Sep

How long: 12 days

How much: From £1,715 (exc. flights)

10: Indulge your tastebuds in Tuscany

Tuscan soup (Dreamstime)

Tuscan soup (Dreamstime)

Tuscany is the jewel in the impressive crown of Italian cuisine, combining the simple elegance of traditional, rural Italian cookery with its famous and more refined exports of truffles and wine.

On this gourmet weekend holiday, you’ll get to sample some of the region’s very finest produce, indulging your palate in the beautiful setting of the rolling Tuscan countryside.

If you’re keen to treat your taste buds even further, you can combine this trip with an Italian cookery holiday in Florence and Puglia that includes the chance to take part in a traditional truffle hunt.

Trip: Luxury Foodie Weekend: Wine And Truffles In Tuscany

Who: Exsus Travel

When: Departures throughout the year

How long: 3 nights

How much: £995 (inc. flights)

11: Go on a Swedish West Coast seafood safari

Swedish gravlax (Dreamstime)

Swedish gravlax (Dreamstime)

Sweden’s West Coast is a seafood lovers delight, with fresh, innovative dishes uses produce that is literally just off the boat.  After two nights in Gothenburg, where Michelin Stars adorn the walls of six of the restaurants in the city’s delightful canal-lined centre, you’ll head to Fjällbacka, a charming fishing village and the setting for Camilla Lackberg’s famous crime novels.

Using its brightly coloured houses as your base for two nights, you’ll drive up the coast to Grebbestad, where you’ll join an oyster safari. Boarding a beautiful blonde-timber fishing vessel, you’ll cruise through the austere, cragged beauty of the archipelago as you learn how the oysters are drawn up from the bed before having a go at shucking them yourself. Your tastings will be paired with seaweed crackers, elderflower juice and dark oyster-flavoured stout.

14 of the world’s most mouth-watering foodie trips

From Sri Lankan curries to Vietnamese street food, a country’s cuisine is often the route to its soul. Here are 14 incredible gourmet getaways guaranteed to get your tastebuds tingling

1. Vietnam – From seafood to street eats


Scenic landscape beside the water in Vietnam (Exodus)

Embark on a Vietnam Food Adventure with Exodus, and dine on delights that span north to south.

Chow down on squid and lobster among the karsts of Halong Bay, then devour tasty street food in the charming port town of Hoi An.

Pedal herb gardens in the Mekong Delta – Vietnam’s rice bowl – learning to cook regional specialities, ending in the bustling food markets of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon).

Who: Exodus

When: Selected dates Oct-Nov 2017; Jan-Mar & Nov 2018

How long:
12 days

How much:
From £1,899 (incl flights)

2. Sri Lanka – Discover the Spice Island


Local crab dish in Galle, Sri Lanka (World Expeditions)

Fill up on the Teardrop Isle’s storied cuisine in the company of TV chef Peter Kuruvita on World Expeditions’ My Sri Lanka trip.

Seek out the aromas of Colombo’s Pettah Market, the spice gardens of Matale and the tea plantations of the Highlands, then put yourself in the hands of locals as you learn the art of making kottu roti and egg hoppers. Dine in-between glimpses of rock-topped fortress Sigiriya, Anuradhapura’s stupas and the wild Ude Walawe NP.

Who: World Expeditions

When: 5 Oct 2018

How long: 14 days How much: From £4,650 (excl flights)

3: China – Explore a patchwork of dishes


Terracotta Warriors (Dreamstime)

Embrace the many sides of Gourmet China with Bamboo Travel and tick off some icons, from Peking duck and Great Wall wandering in Beijing to Sichuanese hotpot and panda-watching in Chengdu.

Finish in Xi’an, learning to make Shaanxi- style (thick and homey) noodles before checking out its famed Terracotta Warriors.

Who: Bamboo Travel

When: Year round

How long: 12 nights How much: From £3,595 (incl flights)

4: Sweden – Have an Arctic feast


Wilderness dinner at Ice Hotel (Ragnar Th. Sigurdsson – Discover the World)

Join Discover the World on an Icehotel Culinary Adventure, sampling treats from the tundra.

Have your fill of cloudberries reindeer and gravadlax salmon, served on slabs of ice at the ICEHOTEL, then head into the frozen wild to forage for herbs and plants, finishing with a snowmobile safari.

Who: Discover the World

When: Dec 2017-Mar 2018

How long:
3 nights How much: From £1,340 (incl flights)

5: Italy – A classic cuisine anew


Ragusa Ibla, Italy (Peter Sommer Travels)

Wander orchards, wineries and sun-soaked farms on A Gastronomic Tour of Sicily with Peter Sommer Travels.

The Etna-powered volcanic soils produce the staples of Sicilian cooking: olive oil, wine, ricotta and Modican chocolate. Taste the lot as you explore vineyards and farms nestled in this idyllic isle’s scenic hills.

Who: Peter Sommer Travels

When: 23 Sep 2017 How long: 8 days

How much: From £3,375 (excl flights)

6: Croatia – Wind the wine trail

Kneževi Vinogradi, Croatia (Exsus Travel) 

Savour rural Croatia on Exsus Travel’s Truffles, Vines and Island Hideaways tour.

Wine guru Ivica Matosevic goes through the grape-to-bottle process in Bale’s vineyards, with truffle hunting and peka (charcoal) cooking on the side.

Walk it off in the wilds of Velebit and Paklenica NPs.

Who: Exsus Travel

When: Year round How long: 7 nights

How much: From £2,050 (incl flights)

7: Peru – Snack in South America


Locals carrying bags of food in Peru (Cox & Kings)

Get to know the hippest food on the Latin block with Cox & Kings’ Peru: A Culinary Adventure tour.

Start at Lima’s busy food markets, then head to the Sacred Valley for a cookery lesson and a trip to Machu Picchu, before finishing sweetly (and sourly) with chocolate and pisco tasting.

Who: Cox & Kings

When: Year round How long: 7 nights

How much: From £3,195 (incl flights)

8: Spain – Walk (and eat) the Camino trail


Traditional Spanish fish supper (UTracks)

Become a gastro pilgrim on UTracks’ Food Lover’s Spanish Camino tour.

Gorge on pintxos (Basque tapas) in the dining clubs of Bilbao, lechazo castellano (roast lamb) in Burgos and pulpo a feira (Galician octopus) at Lugo, before toasting the trail with a glass of rioja or mug of orujo (liqueur coffee) as you stroll into Santiago.

Who: UTracks

When: 9 Sep 2017 How long: 15 days

How much:
From £3,690 (excl flights)

9: Macedonia, Kosovo & Montenegro – Bite into the Balkans


The Church of St. John at Kaneo, Ohrid (Joanna Yee – Intrepid)

Devour the Balkans on Intrepid’s Real Food Adventure trip.

Start in Macedonia, picnicking on the banks of Treska River, before perfecting pastries in the village of Janche and trying out beekeeping in Dihovo.

Then hop the border for a Kosovan barbecue in Prizren and the olive mills and smokehouses of Montenegro.

Who: Intrepid

When: Jun-Sep 2017; May-Sep 2018

How long:
10 days

How much:
From £1,166 (excl flights)

10. Japan – From sake to soba noodles


Soba noodles (Dreamstime)

Split your time between two tasty cities on Jacada Travel’s Luxury Gournet Tour of Japan.

In Tokyo, learn the art of making soba noodles, experience a classic tea ceremony and sip the craft beers of Harajuku district before taking the train to Kyoto. Here, condiment cooking lessons, the teahouses of the geisha district of Gion and Nishiki will paint a wider picture of Japanese cuisine, before a quick pitstop to sample the delicacies of Osaka’s street food.

Who: Jacada Travel

When: Year round

How long: 7 days

How much: From £7,078 (excl flights)

11. Thailand – Follow the Lemongrass Trail


Som tam (Dreamstime)

Pack your chef’s hat and take The Lemongrass Trail with Tell Tale Travel to Thailand.

Begin in Bangkok by cooking up your own curry paste, then pack your apron for Thailand’s central plains, hand-picking market fruits for a dessert cooking lesson.

Learn the secrets behind sticky rice and som tam (papaya salad) in north-eastern Isan and make the catch of the day yours on the Andaman coast.

Who: Tell Tale Travel

When: Year round

How long: 16 days

How much: From £1,950 (incl flights)

12. Georgia – Gorge on Georgian gastronomy


Caucasus mountains, Georgia (Dreamstime)

Experience culinary delights from city to countryside on Travel Local’s Georgia’s Foodie Highlights tour.

Join locals in capital Tbilisi and make Georgian favourite khachapuri (cheese-filled bread), before exploring the vineyards of the Kakheti region.

Wind through the Caucasus mountains to Georgia’s rural villages, where cooking lessons reveal the art behind churchkhela (sweets) in Velistsikhe and cheese in Chardhaki, before finishing by craving more of Kazbegi’s homemade jams and herbal teas.

Who: Travel Local

When: Year round

How long: 7 days

How much: From £760 (excl flights)

13. Indonesia – Taste a trio of islands


Bakso soup (Dreamstime)

Embark on an island-hopping gourmet adventure with Fleewinter’s Enjoying Indonesian Food Culture tour.

Pedal the villages near Borobodur to build up an appetite for Yogyakarta’s street food, including sateh kambing (barbecued goat) and bakpia (sweet pastry).

Try bakso soup under the stars at Bali’s night markets and join a cooking school in Ubud’s rice fields, before hiking and eating Sasak-style among Lombok’s lush paddies.

Who: Fleewinter

When: Year round

How long: 10 nights

How much: From £1,385 (excl flights)

 

14. Mexico – Combine temples with treats


Monte Alban, Mexico (Dreamstime)

On Trip Feast’s Flavours of Mexico trip you’ll be biting straight into the heart of the country’s capital of gastronomy.

Delve into the culinary wonders of Oaxaca through the knowledge of the region’s top chefs, wising up on the craft behind molé sauce and Caldo de Piedra (fish soup).

Nibble on the mountain recipes of the Sierra Mixteca and spy Mexico’s other marvels: archeological sites, including Monte Alban and Mitla.

All you can eat! 15 irresistible foodie adventures

Taste your way around the world on these immersive food holidays – with cooking classes, wine tastings, incredible street food, and some of the finest local flavours you’ll ever encounter…

Often the way to a traveller’s heart is through their stomach. Whether it’s the steaming street food of Vietnam or the sizzling steak of Argentina, thrilling local dishes invariably bring a country to life. Today, tour operators are becoming experts in whipping up tasty itineraries, and these are some of the best on the menu.

1: Travel by chocolate in Colombia

Colombian chocolate farm (Wild Frontiers)

Colombian chocolate farm (Wild Frontiers)

On Wild Frontiers’ From Coca to Cacao – A Colombia Chocolate Tour, you’ll unravel an industry entwined in Latin America’s history. Visit Santa Marta, Bogotá, Cartagena and beyond in the company of chocolatier Amelia Rope, tracing the journey of cacao from field to factory, restaurant and market stall, all the while admiring Colombia’s colonial charm, its famed salt cathedral, and sampling plenty more local delicacies along the way.

Who: Wild Frontiers (020 8741 7390)

When: 25 August 2018

How long: 14 days

How much: From £4,295 (excl flights)

2: A bite-sized weekend in Lisbon, Portugal

Pastel de nata (Riviera Travel)

Pastel de nata (Riviera Travel)

Join Riviera Travel on its Lisbon Taste Break and munch your way around the steep Portuguese capital’s intricately tiled buildings, cathedrals and palaces. Make a beeline for the Ribeira Nova market, where you can snack on octopus salad, grilled sardines and clams. Then, after a day spent climbing Lisbon’s many hills, treat yourself to one of Portugal’s famous pastéis de nata (custard tarts) – or two…

Who: Riviera Travel (01283 245359)

When: 21 June, 19 July, 16 August and 6 September 2018

How long: 4 days

How much: From £525 (incl flights)

3: Savour pho-nomenal cuisine in Vietnam

Fresh fish is served in Vietnam (Bamboo Travel)

Fresh fish is served in Vietnam (Bamboo Travel)

Taste the Flavours of Vietnam with Bamboo Travel. Dine on pho (noodle soup) and banh mi (stuffed baguettes) as you zoom through the aromatic food stalls of capital Hanoi on the back of a Vespa, then savour the sweet and spicy notes that flavour the imperial dishes of the ancient Nguyen dynasty in Hue. Finish amid the towering karsts of Halong Bay and the paddy fields of Vietnam’s ‘rice bowl’, the Mekong Delta, soaking up local delicacies.

Who: Bamboo Travel (020 7720 9285)

When: November–May

How long: 13 days

How much: From £2,725 (incl flights)

4: Gorge on Georgia

A selection of cheeses in Georgia (Shutterstock)

A selection of cheeses in Georgia (Shutterstock)

Eat like a local on Regent Holidays’ Cheese & Wine Tour of Georgia. Soak up the vineyards of the Kakheti region and the ancient stone-cut presses of Uplistsikhe, then dine on Imereti cheese in a Kutaisi guesthouse before tasting the fruits of a local family’s wine cellar in Koreti, as you devour the rustic delights of Georgia. Gaumarjos!

Who: Regent Holidays (020 7666 1250)

When: Year round

How long: 10 days

How much: From £2,345 (incl flights)

5: Feast on Berber dishes in Morocco

Explore Morocco's food markets (Fleewinter)

Explore Morocco’s food markets (Fleewinter)

Nibble on Morocco’s best bits on Fleewinter’s Moroccan Gastronomy Tour. Accompany a chef on a shopping trip in the souks of Essaouira and Marrakech, plus a classic Berber lunch, local hospitality and pastry-making classes, before riding a camel along the coast for a picnic and learning how to bake Moroccan bread high up in the Atlas Mountains. Delicious.

Who: Fleewinter (020 7112 0019)

When: Year round

How long: 8 days

How much: From £750 (excl flights)

6: Eat your way around Italy

Italian cheese market (Great Rail Journeys)

Italian cheese market (Great Rail Journeys)

Enjoy a greatest hits journey through Europe’s favourite cuisine on Great Rail Journeys’ Gastronomic Italy 2018 trip. Sip wine while soaking up Florence’s architectural wonders, master pasta in Bologna and finish up in Parma, exploring the stories behind its top foodie trio – Parma ham, parmesan cheese and wine.

Who: Great Rail Journeys (01904 521936)

When: 8 September 2018

How long: 10 days

How much: From £2,615 (incl rail travel)

7: Experience the flavours of Oaxaca, Mexico

Taste local cuisine in Oaxaca (Shutterstock)

Taste local cuisine in Oaxaca (Shutterstock)

Visit one of Mexico’s tastiest corners with Travel The Unknown and discover the Flavours of Mexico. Whip up a classic mole sauce with a chef, taste your way through food markets, and cook up dishes with locals using ingredients like cacti and agave flowers. Throw in day trips to valley-nesting Santiago Apoala and the Monte Albán ruins to enrich your stay.

Who: Travel The Unknown (020 7183 6371)

When: 6 October 2018, 9 February and 5 October 2019

How long: 9 days

How much: From £1,565 (excl flights)

8: Sushi and sake in Japan

Sample traditional Japanese dishes (World Expeditions)

Sample traditional Japanese dishes (World Expeditions)

Head to a land where food is art on World Expeditions’ Food Lover’s Japan tour. Sculpt sushi dishes in the skyscrapers of Tokyo, be treated to a tea ceremony by Kyoto’s geiko (hostesses), and work it off on the UNESCO-listed Kumano Kodo trail before holing up with a chef in a mountain minshuku (B&B) to hone your palate.

Who: World Expeditions (0800 0744 135)

When: 8 and 22 October 2018

How long: 13 days

How much: From £3,950 (excl flights)

9: Taste the ancient flavours of Peru

Aguaje fruit (Journey Latin America)

Aguaje fruit (Journey Latin America)

Combine iconic travel destinations with local flavours on Journey Latin America’s A Taste of Peru trip. Fill up on history as you explore Machu Picchu, the ancient Inca capital Cusco and the Sacred Valley, then sample the famed fusion food of Lima – as well as pisco (brandy) tastings, a real ranch barbecue, and a trip to a chocolate museum.

Who: Journey Latin America (020 3131 7959)

When: Year round

How long: 12 days

How much: From £3,150 (excl flights)

10: Sink your teeth into Sicily

Aubergine and cheese stacks (Exodus Travels)

Aubergine and cheese stacks (Exodus Travels)

Exodus Travel’s Sicily Food Adventure tour proves that the way to Italy’s treasures is through your stomach. Have your fill of Italian cuisine: the street food of Palermo, the wine regions of Marsala, and today’s catch in the fishing village of Sciacca. Walk it off with a stroll among fine architecture, from the elaborate Villa Romana del Casale to the baroque facades of Ragusa.

Who: Exodus Travels (020 8003 9165)

When: Selected dates June and September-November 2018; April 2019

How long: 8 days

How much: From £1,449 (incl flights)

11: Have supper with the Sami in Sweden

Have dinner with a Sami host (Off The Map Travel)

Have dinner with a Sami host (Off The Map Travel)

Delve into indigenous cooking on Off The Map Travel’s Sami Culture & Seasonal Suppers trip. Head to snowy Lulea in the heart of Lapland, staying in Sami-style accommodation and delving into cooking classes using local produce to create age-old dishes. Bake gahkku (bread) over an open fire and embrace treetop dining with a three-course Lappish feast 10m up in the pines.

Who: Off The Map Travel (0800 566 8901)

When: May-September

How long: 3 nights

How much: From £2,500 (excl flights)

12: Bite into the Balkans in Macedonia

Sample Balkan cuisine (KE Adventure)

Sample Balkan cuisine (KE Adventure)

Soak up one of Europe’s secret foodie spots on KE Adventure’s Tastes and Trails of Macedonia tour. Hike the gorges, waterfalls and mountains of Mavrovo and Galicica national parks. Now you’ve built up an appetite, enjoy a lakeside lunch with Mavrovo dishes such as pies and kachamak (cornmeal and potato), sip rakija (brandy) with a local family, and finish in the lively restaurant scene of Skopje.

Who: KE Adventure (01768 773966)

When: 19 August and 9 September 2018; 2 June, 18 August and 8 September 2019

How long: 8 days

How much: From £755 (excl flights)

13: Michelin-starred meals in Thailand

Shop at street markets for local produce (Audley)

Shop at street markets for local produce (Audley)

On Audley’s Culinary Tour of Thailand you’ll munch on Michelin-starred meals in Bangkok and paddle Amphawa’s floating food market. Taste khao soi noodles as you wander the temples of Chiang Mai, and eat with the tribes of Chiang Rai before relaxing on Phuket’s beautiful beaches.

Who: Audley (01993 838115)

When: Year round

How long: 16 days

How much: From £4,100 (incl flights)

14: Taste the Sierra Nevada, Spain

Lunch with a view (Jonathon Lord)

Lunch with a view (Jonathon Lord)

Join Walks Worldwide on its Walks and Wine in Sierra Nevada break, hiking and eating your way across southern Spain’s mountain range. Visit an oil mill in Huerta village, taste the produce of a family-owned winery near the village of Ugijar, explore the mighty Alhambra Palace, and sample serrano ham among the forested slopes of Poqueira Gorge.

Who: Walks Worldwide (01962 302085)

When: 1 September 2018

How long: 7 days

How much: From £1,399 (excl flights)

15: From market to plate in India

Southern Indian cuisine (Dreamstime)

Southern Indian cuisine (Dreamstime)

Get a tropical introduction to Indian food on a Cooking Course in Goa with On The Go Tours. Learn how to cook northern, southern and Goan cuisine, sniff up a spice garden, wake up to breakfast in the Goan capital of Panjim – before chilling on Goa’s gorgeous beaches.