North & South India Real Food Adventure Spend over three weeks discovering the sights, sounds and flavours of India. From Delhi to Hyderabad and via the ethereal beauty of Rajasthan, experience the best street food in Delhi, the beautiful sight of the Taj Mahal in Agra, the delightful taste of Rajasthan’s traditional cuisine in Jaipur and Udaipur, the colours of India’s markets and bazaars and how to cook up delicious regional Indian dishes in a number of inspiring cooking classes. Relax on Goa’s beaches, see Jaipur’s breathtaking Palace of the Wind, explore the vibrant food scene of Mumbai and spend time in rural Rajasthan living it up in a 17th-century fort. Wander around a tea farm in Periyar, take to the water on a houseboat in the Kerala backwaters and enjoy cooking demonstrations in Madurai and Kochi. Finish in one of India's most iconic cities, Hyderabad, famed for its inimitable Biryani. You will relish every bit of this sensory trip through the heart of southern India. This unforgettable journey into the cultural and gastronomic heart of North & South India will satisfy every appetite.ActivitiesReal Food Adventure Welcome DinnerDelhi - Old Delhi walking & rickshaw tourDelhi - Street Food BreakfastDelhi - Jama MasjidDelhi - Lunch at a Sikh TempleAgra - Taj MahalAgra - Mughlai Cooking DemonstrationJaipur - Amber FortJaipur - traditional Kachori lunchJaipur - Rajasthani Cooking Class and DinnerBijaipur - Village tourCastle Bijaipur - Rajasthani Desert Cooking Demonstration and DinnerUdaipur - City PalaceUdaipur - Thali Cooking ClassMumbai - Chowpatty BeachMumbai - Chowpatti Beach Street Food CrawlGoa - Spice farm tour including lunchGoa - Goan Market Tour and Cooking ClassKochi - Cooking Class & dinnerKochi - Dutch PalaceKochi - Jewish SynagogueKerala Backwaters - Pole boat ridePeriyar - Spice plantation visitPeriyar - Guided nature walkKaraikudi - Village walkMadurai - Sri Meenakshi Temple guided tourMadurai - Sri Meenakshi TempleMadurai - Walking tourHyderabad - Orientation walkHyderabad - Street food crawlHyderabad - Golconda fortHighlightsGet a real taste of some of India's most famous culinary traditions – Mughal, Rajasthani, and the Portuguese-tinged flavours of Goa – while feasting with locals in family-run restaurants, rural homes, or in templesGet in touch with an amazing array of street food on eye-opening and adventurous cuisine crawlsTake in the splendor of the Taj Mahal in Agra, followed by a cooking demonstration and lunch in a local homeVisit a working spice farm to view the secret 'building blocks' of Indian cuisine at their sourceLearn to prepare your own authentic regional Indian dishes from expert home cooks and working chefsTaste the true heart of India through its food – explore the ingredients, flavours and tastes of the key southern Indian food regions of Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil NaduGet a truly local insight into Madurai’s street food scene guided by a passionate foodieLearn about Chettinad cuisine an impressive nineteenth century mansion – the Chettiars have a reputation of eating like kings!Discover the influence of Islam in Hyderabad and feast on one of India's most famous cuisines, especially the renowned Hyderabadi Biryani – arguably the best in the country.
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Morocco Real Food Adventure Clear your plate for flavour-filled Morocco, where Berber, Arabic and European influences mix to create an adventurous culinary cocktail. Follow the smell of food through mesmerising markets and master recipes taught by those that know them best. Grab street food from a souq and share traditional meals in local homes. Take a handful of bustling medinas, mix with a dash of sea and season with fresh local produce, all drizzled with warm Moroccan hospitality for an adventure that will linger long on the tongue and in the memory.ActivitiesCasablanca - Welcome DinnerMeknes - Guided Walking TourMoulay Idriss - Olive Press VisitMoulay Idriss - Cous cous demonstration and dinnerCasablanca - Street Food BreakfastFes - Medina Tasting Trail including Pastilla DemonstrationFes - Guided walking tourMarrakech - Cooking Class (Moroccan Salads)HighlightsDiscover the wide world of bread that forms an essential part of every Moroccan meal, hollowed out khobz filled with boiled eggs will be your new favourite breakfast!Get a real insight into Moroccan food with a home-cooked dinner in the Blue City, Chefchaouen. Prepared with seasonal ingredients – enjoy a dish that’s bursting with flavour and made with love.Soak up what could be the quintessential smell of Morocco as you watch ras el hanout, a rich and complex blend of delicious spices, being freshly ground in a Marrakech souk.Indulge in mechoui (slow roasted lamb), that’s deliciously falling-apart after being cooked in a pit beneath the floor – all while looking over market stalls in the incredible Djemma el Fna.Take a guided 'tasting trail' through Fes and enjoy a cooking demonstration – learn how to create one of the city's signature dishes, bastilla, a salty and sweet pastry parcel.
Mexico Real Food Adventure Get an authentic taste of Mexico on this journey through some of the country’s most famous culinary regions. Meander through Oaxaca’s aromatic markets; take to the streets of Puebla to sample some the city’s local specialties; indulge in fresh seafood on the beach; and take to the streets of Mexico City on a taco crawl to experience a delightful culinary heritage that goes back thousands of years. If you’re after cultural richness, authentic experiences and flavoursome food that’s tinged with fiesta, then this Real Food Adventure is for you.ActivitiesMexico City - Leader-led Taco CrawlMexico City - Centro Historico food tour and lunchPuebla - City food tourOaxaca - Mercado Tlacolula visit with Barbocoa TastingOaxaca - Mezcaleria visitOaxaca - Mitla Ruins (Entrance)Boating ExpeditionHuatulco - Cooking ClassHighlightsThis trip takes you to the source of some of the nation's most iconic foods, from delicious tacos to spicy mole and beyondIn Oaxaca you'll enter the heart of pre-Hispanic cuisine; taste chiles, chocolate, mezcal and the surprisingly delicious chapulines (grasshoppers)It may not be edible, but a Lucha Libre (theatrical 'freestyle wrestling') match in Puebla is an entertaining and memorable cultural experienceTake a guided ‘taco crawl’ through Mexico City’s bustling marketsA Pacific Ocean boating expedition followed by a coastal cuisine masterclass on one of Mexico's stunning beaches is the perfect way to wrap up your culinary adventure
Jordan, Israel & the Palestinian Territories Real Food Adventure Discover the rich history and richer flavours of Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian Territories on this 14-day Real Food Adventure. Here, the sweeping deserts of Wadi Rum offer themselves to roast Bedouin feasts underground, the Dead Sea grants its salt as a world-class garnish and the region’s climate has allowed olives to thrive for over 6000 years. Savour shakshuka in Tel Aviv, learn the tricks of tahini from the Samaritans of Nablus, break bread with Druze folk in Buq’ata and sample mouth-watering knafeh in Amman. In between these delicious diversions, float on the Dead Sea, see the holy sights of Jerusalem and explore rock-hewn Petra. Brimming with charismatic culture and lively dishes, this is an epicurean odyssey to remember.ActivitiesTel Aviv - Welcome DinnerHaifa - Baha'i GardensZichron Ya'acov - Winery visitAkko - Old Town Walk, including Templar TunnelsGolan Heights - Druze Cooking Demonstration and Home-cooked MealNazareth - Visit to Church of Annuniciation & Mary's WellBait Al-Karama - cooking classNablus - Samaritan & Tahini Factory visitJericho - Maqlubeh DinnerJerusalem - Guided tour of Old CityNegev Desert - Desert Producers TourBattir - Guided Village WalkBethlehem - Church of the Nativity & Shepherds' FieldHighlightsFeast on classic dishes in Israel’s legendary local eateries, from shakshouka to a beloved hummus institution in the Old City of Jerusalem.Sit down with locals for a hearty serving of mansaf – delicious lamb with fermented and dried yoghurt sauce – in Jordan's remarkable ‘Rose City' of Petra.Learn some age-old kitchen secrets cooking up a storm with Druze villagers in Golan Heights and Palestinian slow-food experts in Nablus.Uncover secret traditions and flavours with a Jordanian shepherd over breakfast. Drink fire-warmed sheep’s milk, then scoop bread into a pot of rich Galayah Bandoora.Savour the smells and tastes of a freshly prepared Bedouin zarb – slow roasted vegetables and juicy spiced meats cooked to perfection in an underground barbecue.
Jordan Real Food Adventure Jordan has a way of hiding more than ancient tombs and forgotten landscapes. For centuries, this jewel of the Levant has been a magnet for swaying influences and cultures – granting new flavours as these outsiders come and go. Phenomenally, the land itself helps its inhabitants cook and prepare meals: the sweeping deserts of Wadi Rum offer themselves to roast Bedouin feasts underground, the Dead Sea grants its salt as a world-class garnish and the country’s climate has allowed olives to grow and thrive for over 6000 years. Jordan and food work synonymously through a relationship that borders on near myth – but this relationship is something that must be experienced first-hand to be truly understood.ActivitiesHighlightsUncover secret traditions and flavours with a Jordanian shepherd over breakfast. Drink fire-warmed sheep’s milk, then scoop bread into a pot of rich Galayet Bandora.Take in the majesty and mystery of the treasury in Petra, often referred to as the Eighth Wonder of the World. You never forget your first glimpse of this unforgettable place.Savour the smells and tastes of a freshly prepared Bedouin zarb – slow roasted vegetables and juicy spiced meats cooked to perfection in an underground barbecue.Visit remarkable Petra, Jordan's 'Rose City, and sit down with locals for a hearty serving of mansaf, delicious lamb with fermented, dried yoghurt sauceMeet Bedouin locals, learn about their ways, and sleep under the stars in a desert camp in the far-out destination of Wadi Rum.
Japan Real Food Adventure Ignite your tastebuds on a culinary journey through Japan’s most delicious hotspots. To the glittering skyscrapers of Tokyo and the lush alps of Takayama, slurp on soba and sample some sake as you work your way through the contrasting flavours of the land of the rising sun. This 12-day epicurean adventure takes you from the traditional monastic cuisine of Koya-san to the tantalising takoyaki stalls that line Osaka’s vibrant streets. Master the art of sushi making in an intimate cooking class, savour the flavour of sizzling yakitori in Tokyo's hidden backstreet izakaya, spot geisha with your local leader in Kyoto’s Gion district and eat all of the freshest seafood and sumo-sized feasts you can handle. From temples to tempura, shrines to sashimi – embark on a tour that has all the best Japanese ingredients.ActivitiesWelcome Dinner at a local restaurantTokyo - Asakusa guided walk & Sensoji TempleTokyo - Tsukiji Outer Market & Sushi TastingTokyo - Art of Sushi-making classTakayama - Hida Folk VillageHida-Furukawa - Sake Brewery visitTakayama - Morning Market visitKanazawa - Orientation WalkKanazawa - Kenroku-en GardenKanazawa – Chaya gai district walking tour (Day 5 or Day 6)Kanazawa - Omicho MarketOsaka - Dotombori TourOsaka – Tour of Kuromon Market and Doguyasuji ArcadeOsaka – Depachika visitOsaka – Noodle or takoyaki experienceKoya-san - Okuno-in Mausoleum walkKyoto - Gion District walkKyoto - Nishiki Market walkKyoto - Orientation WalkKyoto - Obanzai cooking classKyoto - Kyoto-style Final Night DinnerKyoto - Private Tea Ceremony experienceHighlightsIt’s true – Japanese people take incredible pride in their cuisine. Explore a country where food is taken seriously, all the way from the station tonkatsu restaurant to a high-end sushi establishment.Travel by Shinkansen to the Japanese Alps and taste succulent wagyu beef in the 17th-century Edo period town of Takayama – the definition of a melt-in-your-mouth moment.Snack on awesome and adventurous street food in the unofficial culinary capital of Osaka and master the skill behind making the famous takoyaki (octopus and pickled ginger in batter).Discover the traditions, culture and history behind tea in Kyoto during a private ceremony with a long-time practitioner of this art with your small group.Venture into mountainous Koya-san, spending the night in a monastery and discovering shojin ryori – a traditional vegetarian Buddhist meal with over 800 years of history.
Italy Vegan Food Adventure It’s remarkable that Italy, where tradition runs so strong and deep, is where some of the world’s most progressive, innovative and exquisite vegan food experiences can be had. Join Intrepid’s very first vegan-themed trip in Europe, from Venice to Rome, and discover why Italy positively excels at vegan food. It’s more than just the olive oil and bread, more than just the funghi and pappardelle and espresso and gelato – it’s the dedicated producers at all levels of hospitality that have taken up the movement with gusto and zero compromise, from the backstreets of Venice to the rolling hills of Tuscany. Come and see how Italians do it better, especially when they are bucking the trends and rewriting the rules.ActivitiesVenice Orientation WalkVenice - Local Market VisitModena - Acetaia VisitBologna - Orientation WalkBologna - Vegan Cooking Class & Market VisitAgriturismo - Wine Tour and TastingSan Gimignano - Orientation Walk and Town TourSan Gimignano - Wine MuseumRome - Orientation WalkHighlightsKick things off in style with a welcome dinner in Venice’s first vegan restaurant, La Tecia Vegana. This tucked-away gem combines old-school, white-tablecloth Italian dining with a superbly innovative vegan menuGet hands-on in the famous foodie town of Bologna. Partake in a vegan cooking class with an experienced local cook, hitting the local market beforehand to source fresh local ingredientsDiscover UNESCO World Heritage-listed San Gimignano, a gorgeous town in the hills of Tuscany. This ‘medieval Manhattan’ is a pretty good backdrop for a wine museum tour and a sample of the world’s best gelatoTwo nights in a unique all-vegan villa in the hills of Tuscany is a getaway to remember. Think solid oak furniture made locally by hand; exquisitely crafted interiors of chalk, clay, hemp and linen; panoramic views of the rolling countryside and an organic farm-to-table vegan feastRome is the perfect place to finish – it’s a big town, but a veritable smorgasbord of vegan delights if you know where to find them (and we do). After a farewell dinner in a beloved local restaurant with 30 years under its belt, this legendary city is yours to explore
Italians are the masters of creating simple dishes that sing with flavour. Regional, seasonal and as fresh as possible, Italy’s cuisine is hearty, satisfying and made with heart. Inspired by the kitchens of the nonna, Italy’s food is authentic and surprising – pizza and pasta are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the diverse array of unforgettable food you’ll find on this adventure that travels from Venice to Rome via San Gimignano and Bologna.
Italian Odyssey Real Food Adventure Italians are the masters of creating simple dishes that sing with flavour. Regional, seasonal and as fresh as possible, Italy’s cuisine is simple, satisfying and made with heart. On this food odyssey, you get the best of the northern and southern Italian cuisine. Dine on a converted fishing platform on the Adriatic Sea, take in the sights of the cave city of Matera while learning to cook with the locals, sample olive oil and homemade wine at a small, family-run farm just outside of Rome and munch mozzarella cheese, sip limoncello and learn to prepare the world's best pizza in the place where it was born. Indulge in the diverse array of unforgettable food you’ll find on this adventure that travels from Venice to Naples.ActivitiesVenice - Welcome AperitivoVenice - Cicchetti Tour & TastingVenice - Venetian Breakfast and Market TourBologna - Pasta Making Class including DinnerModena - Acetaia VisitModena - Trattoria LunchAgriturismo - Olive Oil tastingAgriturismo - Wine Tour and TastingSan Gimignano - Orientation Walk and Town TourSan Gimignano - Gelateria visitSan Gimignano - Wine MuseumRome - Farm tour and cooking classBari - Leader-led orientation walkRutigliano - Mozzarella TastingRutigliano - Olive Oil and Wine TastingRutigliano - Pasta masterclassMatera - Guided Walking TourMatera - Ipogeo Underground Cistern visitMatera - Amaro Liqueur TastingNaples - Leader-led orientation walkNaples - Street food crawlNaples - Pizza making demonstrationHighlightsItaly is an epicurean paradise, but as a visitor it can be hard to escape the tourist traps. Your group leaders will give you an insider's guide and all the local knowledge.Tasting the real balsamic vinegar in an attic acetaia is a revelation – it'll be hard to go back to the mass-produced version after this!Make lunch with a family that lives just outside of Rome, sampling homemade wine and olive oil before sitting down for a farmhouse-style feast.In Bari, join a local expert for a masterclass where you will learn to make Apulian focaccia and the famous orecchiette (pasta shaped like ‘little ears’).Lose yourself in the ancient cave-city of Matera, which sits dramatically on the edge of the Gravina gorge.
Israel & the Palestinian Territories Real Food Adventure Not only is Israel and the Palestinian Territories steeped in religious history and longstanding cultures, it has a food and wine scene to rival any other. Embark on an epicurean odyssey, spending nine days exploring the sights and sounds of this country, with a focus on memorable and local culinary experiences. Feast on sabiach in Tel Aviv, savour the many snackable items at Machane Yehuda market in Jerusalem, sample some of the finest wines in Zichron Yaakov, learn age-old food secrets at a traditional Druze village, and understand what it’s like to live as a Palestinian woman at a local village cooking demonstration. Indulging on daily sights and feasting on the history and culture surrounding you, both your hunger for the best food and your mind for the most authentic experiences will be filled. ActivitiesTel Aviv - Welcome DinnerHaifa - Baha'i GardensZichron Ya'acov - Winery visitAkko - Old Town Walk, including Templar TunnelsGolan Heights - Druze Cooking Demonstration and Home-cooked MealNazareth - Visit to Church of Annuniciation & Mary's WellBait Al-Karama - cooking classNablus - Samaritan & Tahini Factory visitJericho - Maqlubeh DinnerJerusalem - Guided tour of Old CityNegev Desert - Desert Producers TourBattir - Guided Village WalkBethlehem - Church of the Nativity & Shepherds' FieldHighlightsFeast on classic dishes in Israel’s legendary local eateries, from a hearty shakshuka and fresh sabiach to an institution in Jerusalem’s Old Town acclaimed for its silky hummus.In between snacks, don’t miss any of the sights and sounds of this diverse country. Take a dip in the famously salty Dead Sea, discover the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, and explore the Negev Desert.Pay a visit to Zichron Yaakov and stop in at one of Israel's finest wineries. Enjoy a wine tasting and perhaps make some purchases to complement a picnic brunch in the nearby Rothschild Gardens.Learn some age-old kitchen secrets while cooking up a storm with Druze villagers, and discover the country’s ‘Slow Food’ network at an insightful cooking class with Palestinian women.Embark on a full-day guided tour of Jerusalem, visiting the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, passing pilgrims at the Western Wall and tasting regional favourites at the Machane Yehuda market.