Iran Real Food Adventure Iran’s charm begins with its stunning environment – snow-capped mountains, rolling deserts, ancient cities and crowded bazaars all add to an unforgettable tapestry of a culture less experienced. However the heart of this charm truly lies in the palate – within the odorous spices, succulent meats and mouth-watering stews created through thousands of years of perfected techniques. Saffron, cheeses, crispy rice and succulent meats all contribute to full flavoured meals capable of taking anyone to another place. It’ll happen to you too. Once you dine on tah chin, fesenjan or any of the other dishes on this Real Food Adventure, it’ll only take a hint of saffron to throw your thoughts back into the depths of that bazaar – that unforgettable moment where the taste of Persia first hit your tongue. Before booking on this trip we recommend that you read the ‘Safety’ section in the trip notes regarding special safety considerations for Iran trips.ActivitiesTehran - Welcome dinner with local familyTehran - City walking tourTehran - Tah-Chin Morgh, Cooking ClassTehran - Persian Medicine WorkshopEsfahan - Biryani Cooking Class (Dinner)Esfahan - Iman Mosque entrance and guided tourEsfahan - Ali Qapu PalaceEsfahan - Sheik Lotfallah MosqueEsfahan - Gaz Tasting and Bazaar VisitYazd - Aqda Traditional House LunchYazd - Guided walking tourYazd - Gheimeh Yazdi, Cooking Class (Dinner)Yazd - Amir Chakhmaq Complex & SquareYazd - Water MuseumYazd - Food Focused City Orientation TourYazd - Traditional Sweet Shop & Bakery TourShiraz - City walking tourShiraz - Traditional Beverage DemonstrationShiraz - Karimkhan CitadelShiraz - Vakil BazaarShiraz - Pars MuseumPersepolis - Entrance and Guided tourPersepolis - Naqsh-e Rustam NecropolisHighlightsCook culinary favourites in Iranian family homes – from the sumptuous spiced meat and rice of biryani to sharp and tangy fesenjan stews, you’ll be tasting exotic yet oh so delightful dishes every day.Sample regional delicacies at some of the finest sweet stores in Iran during a visit to Yazd, snacking on crunchy almond qottab or chewy soft baqlava as you experience local life passing you by.You haven’t had real kabab until you’ve tried Iran’s version. Discover the regional variations of the national dish, including kabab koobideh (the original) and kabab barg (barbecued fillets of meat).Learn the secrets of ancient Persian ‘medicine’ at a local home, where food and drink were, and still are, pivotal to overall health and wellness, and the prevention of ailments.Discover the dazzling colours of Golestan Palace in Tehran, Yazd’s old mud brick city, and the ancient city of Persepolis in between your eating escapades.
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India Vegan Food Adventure The sights in India’s famous Golden Triangle are one thing, but golden doesn’t even begin to describe the richness of epicurean experiences in Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. Join this special vegan-themed India food adventure and see why this corner of the subcontinent is one of the greatest places in the world for vegan travellers. With the input of not only the locals but also six knowledgeable vegan influencers from Canada, UK and Australia – who joined us on the road on a pilot trip to help us fine-tune this brand new adventure – this itinerary ventures far beyond the masala dosas and veggie samosas of the high street cafes. It’s a chance to discover a side of Indian cooking you never knew existed, and with vegan cuisine in its finest hour across the globe, now is the time to experience it.ActivitiesDelhi - Old Delhi walking & rickshaw tourDelhi - Jama MasjidDelhi - Sheeshganj Gurudwara (Sikh Temple)Delhi - Home-Cooked Delhi Urban AdventureJaipur - Walking & market tourJaipur - Amber FortAgra - Agra FortAgra - Taj MahalHighlightsDiscover not only the iconic sights of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur – from Amber Fort to the Taj Mahal – but also taste the best and most authentic local vegan cuisine the Golden Triangle has to offerFor vegan travellers, it doesn’t get much better than India. Think soft, warm pearl millet roti bread; samosas bursting with soft spiced potato; curries of fragrant turmeric, cardamom and clove; and fresh salads of sangri beans and ker berries.With the expertise and enthusiasm of six vegan influencers, and our usual insider knowledge thanks to the locals, this trip is the perfect combination of classic and contemporaryTour historic Old Delhi by rickshaw and taste the delectable vegan food found in the backstreets. Snack on vegetable samosas and savour the legendary fresh-baked, shallow-fried paratha flatbread of the Chandni Chowk precinctFor lunch in Agra, visit the courageous people at Sheroes Hangout, a beautiful café and important social enterprise that employs and supports female acid attack victimsEnjoy a stay in one of Rajasthan’s finest heritage hotels, Castle Kanota. These opulent grounds are the perfect place in which to escape the hustle and bustle of the city – and enjoy a sumptuous Rajasthani vegan feast while you’re at itTry your hand at authentic vegan cuisine in cooking classes with local experts – in locations as novel as a grand old Indian haveli
India Real Food Adventure Spend two fabulous weeks discovering the sights, sounds and flavours of India. From Delhi to Goa via the ethereal beauty of Rajasthan and to the bustling metropolis of Mumbai, experience the very best street food in Delhi, the beautiful sight of the Taj Mahal in Agra and the delightful taste of Rajasthan’s traditional cuisine in Jaipur and Udaipur. Relax on Goa’s beaches, see Jaipur’s breathtaking Palace of the Wind, explore the vibrant street food scene of Mumbai and spend time in rural Rajasthan living it up in a 17th-century fort. With a taste of India’s vibrant markets and the chance to cook up a storm yourself, this unforgettable journey will take you to the cultural and gastronomic heart of India.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 ClassHighlightsGet a true taste of some of India's finest culinary traditions – Mughal, Rajasthani, and the Portuguese-tinged flavours of Goa – while feasting in local restaurants, rural homes and heritage buildings.Some of India’s best food is found at a street side stall. Get in touch with an amazing array of authentic food on eye-opening and adventurous cuisine crawls around Delhi, Udaipur and Mumbai.Bask in the ivory glow of the iconic Taj Mahal in Agra, followed by a Mughlai cooking demonstration and lunch in a local home with your small group.Take a day to visit local farming communities in Rajasthan’s Mewar region, visiting working vegetable and spice farms to learning about these coveted building blocks of Indian cuisine.See the rich tapestry of India’s culture and history on display, passing by the Hindu and Jain influences in Udaipur, chai wallahs in local markets, and staying at a heritage property in Bijaipur.
Greece Real Food Adventure Uncover a world of ancient treasures and authentic food on this indulgent adventure through 4000 years of culinary culture. From the pistachio farms and fish markets of the Saronic Islands to the olive groves and rugged coastline of the Peloponnese region, meet passionate cooks and local producers as you explore the diverse flavours and faces of Greece. Beginning in the historic hub of Athens, cycle through the charming island of Aegina, cook up a storm in a local kitchen in Poros, relax on the beaches of Kardamyli and marvel at the legacy of ancient Greece at the Theatre of Epidaurus and Mycenae's Treasury of Atreus. With a hearty serving of breathtaking sites and mouth-watering bites, savour iconic Greek flavours from ouzo to olive oil on a real food adventure that’s sure to spoil your senses. ActivitiesAthens - Welcome DinnerAegina - Bike TourAegina - Pistachio Farm VisitPoros - Cooking ClassHydra - Day TripEpidaurus - Guided TourMycenae - Treasury of AtreusNafplio - Ouzo Distillery Visit and TastingKalamata market visit with olive tastingMani Peninsula - Regional Producers Day TripHighlightsStrap on your helmet and take a charming bike ride through the island of Aegina. Stop by a pistachio farm to enjoy a tasting and seek out some speciality pistachio sweets.Cook up a storm with a local cook in Poros – an island renowned for its lamb and olive groves. Learn to prepare some classic regional dishes, then feast on your creations over dinner.Sip ouzo at a family-owned distillery for a taste of this iconic Greek aperitif. Recipes are often closely guarded secrets, and this family have been producing theirs for more than a hundred years.Get to the source of Kalamata olive production on a tour of the rugged Mani region. Meet some of the passionate food producers as you visit olive groves and a traditional olive mill, before enjoying a tasting.Unwind in the beautiful seaside town of Kardamyli, a stunning village set against a beautiful backdrop of the open ocean, cypress trees, wild olive groves, and distant snow-capped mountains.
China Real Food Adventure Visit enigmatic China, where culture, history and cuisine all combine to create a truly mesmerising travel experience. Taste the peppery treats of Sichuan in Chengdu, then enjoy a visit to a small tea-farming village to discover the secrets of this most famous of Chinese beverages. Stay in a monastery in the lofty heights of Emei Shan, and travel to Xi’an to be struck by the magnificent Terracotta Warriors and to learn the art of noodle-making. Explore Beijing’s ancient hutongs to search out some of the city’s best street food, discovering Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. Wander along the Great Wall of China, then board a train to Shanghai, one of the world’s most vibrant cities.ActivitiesChengdu - Market Visit and Sichuan Cooking ClassChengdu - Giant Panda Breeding Research BaseEmeishan - Tea Farm VisitXi'an - Muslim Quarter walking tourXi'an - Terracotta WarriorsXi'an - Noodle-making demonstrationBeijing - Forbidden CityBeijing - Tiananmen SquareBeijing - Hutong TourBeijing - Traditional Tea CeremonyBeijing - Mutianyu Great WallShanghai - Walking tourShanghai - Dumpling cooking classHighlightsEmbrace the tastes of four of China's most important food regions – from the imperial cuisine of Beijing, to the Muslim-influenced food of Xi'an, the spicy Sichuan flavours of Chengdu and the international melting pot of Shanghai.Nothing beats the flavour of Peking Duck in the city where this iconic dish was born, so treat yourself to a feast with your group in Beijing.Savour the spicy flavours of Sichuan, like the fiery, tingling, tongue-numbing sensation of the famous Sichuan Pepper at Chengu’s spice market.Get a hands-on experience with everyone’s favourite Chinese specialties – dumplings – as you learn to make them in Shanghai, China's unofficial dumpling capital.Hand pick a variety of fresh seafood from a famous local fish market and have several regional dishes prepared on the spot for tasting.
Chile & Argentina Real Food Adventure From the spicy centre of Santiago to the colourful Argentinian capital of Buenos Aires via breathtaking Patagonia, let your tastebuds be taken on a whirlwind adventure of a variety of South American offerings, with plenty of urban, historic and natural wonders along the way. In Santiago, turn your city tour into an ‘earthquake’ of bizarre flavour combinations. In Valparaiso, a graffiti exploration will develop into a fresh seafood lunch, and in Buenos Aires, let the locals show you the delights of Asado. Enjoy these classic dishes but even more in Patagonia where the cuisine reflects unique regional variations and European influences. Mushrooms, lamb, trout and craft beer are all standouts to try in the South where you can experience outstandingly fresh food and unforgettable views. Add a pinch of Chilean food markets, a splash of wine tasting in the Casablanca Valley and a dash of ‘Once’ in Puerto Varas, and you’ve got a seriously tasty Chilean and Argentinian experience!ActivitiesSantiago - Welcome DinnerSantiago – Taste of Santiago Markets tourSantiago - 'Terremoto' tastingCasablanca region - Vineyard visit & wine tastingValparaiso - Craft Brewery visit & lunchValparaiso - City & Street Art WalkPuerto Varas - Guided city tourPuerto Varas - 'Once' lunchPuerto Varas - Hands-on 'Curanto' cooking class & 'Quincho' lunchBariloche - 'Circuito Chico' TourBuenos Aires - Orientation walkBuenos Aires - Cafe TortoniBuenos Aires - Asado ExperienceHighlightsDrive through the fruitful countryside of the Casablanca Valley and stop by a renowned Chilean winery for a tour and tasting.Decipher the hidden messages in the vibrant murals in Valparaiso’s street art sceneDiscover the traditional family meal of a 'curanto' – a meat and seafood smorgasbord – in Puerto Varas, learning the ropes from a local chef in their own homeTraverse the short but spectacular Bariloche circuit, stopping by stunning lookouts, viewing shimmering glacial lakes framed by the snow-capped Andes. If you're feeling intrepid take an optional trek in the wilds of Patagonia!Be treated to an Asado experience in Buenos Aires with your small group – it’ll be one of the best barbecue experiences you’ll ever have!
Cambodia Real Food Adventure Cambodia has a unique and ancient food culture all its own, and unlike Thai and Vietnamese it's probably fairly difficult to find a bowl of it in your local neighbourhod. Using pepper rather than chilli to add spice, Cambodian cuisine is laden with fresh herbs, spices, rice, freshwater fish and condiments. And while there are influences from French and Thai styles, Cambodian food has a distinct style and flavour that's best experienced while seated at a local beer hall or family home. While travelling from Phnom Penh through to Siem Reap, discover the sights, sounds and flavours of Kampot, Battambang, Banteay Chhmar and Angkor Wat, and marvel at a cuisine, culture and population so special that you will very quickly be won over for life.ActivitiesPhnom Penh - Welcome DinnerPhnom Penh - Cyclo Food and City TourPhnom Penh - Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (S21)Phnom Penh - The Killing Fields of Choeung EkKampot - Orientation walk with local tipplesKampot - Phnom ChhnorkKampot - Food tour and lunchKampot - pepper plantation visit & salt field tourPhnom Penh - Khmer Cooking Class and Market TourBattambang - Rural Food and Cycle TourBanteay Chhmar - Temple VisitSiem Reap - Angkor Silk FarmBanteay Chhmar - Village Market Tour and Cooking DemonstrationSiem Reap - Street Food TourSiem Reap - One day Angkor PassHighlightsGo market to table during an immersive cooking class with a local chef in Phnom PenhGet an insight into Cambodian cuisine with a visit to famous pepper plantations outside of Kampot, and taste the best pepper in the worldA homestay in the village of Banteay Chhmar puts you right in the heart of rural life in CambodiaEat for a cause with dinner at a Phnom Penh restaurant that not only serves delicious modern Cambodian cooking, but helps the local youth tooLearn about local crab and have it cooked up fresh while you look out across the Gulf of Thailand at the Kep Crab market
Armenia & Georgia Real Food Adventure Discover the punchy, herbaceous flavours of Armenia and Georgia on this food adventure. Sitting on the cusp of the Middle East and Eastern Europe, these two countries bring a knowledge, pride and tradition to their cuisine that stretches back centuries. Begin the journey in Yerevan, contrasting traditional Armenian barbecue, grilled trout and tolma with the many spicy aromas of the local market – and of course a drop or two of fine Armenian brandy. Continue the adventure in Georgia, where the charming facades of Tbilisi and the snow-dusted peaks of the Caucasus are the backdrop for culinary adventures, both hands-on and leisurely. Enjoy Adjarian-style khachapuri (cheese pie), hearty chaqafuli (beef or lamb in plumb sauce), mtsvadi (meat skewers in marinated in spices and pomegranate), churchkhela (nutty Georgian candy), khinkali (Georgian dumplings) – all washed down with a delicious array of Georgia’s famous local wines. ActivitiesYerevan - Welcome DinnerYerevan - MarketYerevan - City TourArmenia - Geghard Monastery - UNESCO World Heritage siteGarni - Lunch in a Local HomeYerevan - Day Trip (Zvartnots & Etchmiadzin)Echmiadzin - Armenian Cooking ClassYerevan - The Armenian Alphabet MonumentAparan - Gntunik Bakery VisitAkhtala - Akhtala Village VisitTbilisi - City tourTbilisi - Market VisitGremi - Architectural Complex (Closed Mondays)Gavazi - Visit Local Family & Lunch (Georgian BBQ)Kvareli - Kindzmarauli Winery VisitGavazi - Winery Cellar Tour & Tasting (Traditional Kvevri)Gavazi - Traditional Churchkhela DemonstrationMtskheta - Svetitskhoveli CathedralAnanuri - Architectural ComplexStepantsminda - Gergeti Trinity Church HikeStepantsminda - Khinkali Cooking Class (Georgian Dumplings)Tbilisi - Khachapuri Cooking ClassTbilisi - Georgian Farewell DinnerHighlightsPrepare your own tolma (vine-wrapped rice and mince), feast on succulent khorovats (Armenian pork barbecue) and visit a distillery to taste legendary Armenian brandy at the source.Stay overnight in a local guesthouse in Gudauri, sitting down to a traditional meal with the family who run it.Familiarise yourself with the local life in Telavi and make 'mtsvadi' (grilled pork skewers) then indulge in 'churchkhela', a delicious Georgian sweet!Discover the World Heritage-listed church and cathedral in Mtskheta, Georgia’s spiritual heart since Christianity was established in 301.Finish your food adventure in Tbilisi, Georgia’s capital, awash with culture, colour and beautiful architecture. A bonus at the end of your city tour is a 'chaqafuli' (beef or lamb in a fresh plum sauce) feast with a local family.