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Top Trip Memories
  • Attending a private wine tasting in Marlborough, New Zealand and getting a sense of how the unique terroir lends to their crisp and delicious Sauvignon Blanc.
  • Chocolate tasting in France
  • Touring a biodynamic farm and winery in Dry Creek, California
  • Being introduced to a multitude of new spices in Morocco
  • Making pasta and pizza in Italy from scratch with the help of Italian cooks!
  • A dairy farm tour which culminated in a delicious cheese tasting in Marin County, California.
  • Sampling the tasty dishes of Bangkok and learning how to make them at a Thai cooking class.
  • Touring the vineyards and bodegas of Mendoza, Argentina, on a bike (rather shakily!).
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Tour Tips
  • Due to the structured nature of tastings, private or public, it’s important to be on time. Some tours will pack a lot of scheduled stops into one day.
  • One of the best parts about guided food, wine, and brewery tours is you don’t have to worry about driving! However be aware that many wineries and breweries WILL NOT let you taste if you’re too inebriated and you may end up ruining the fun for everyone. So pace yourself!
  • Be open to trying different types of foods. That’s part of why you’re here! Encourage others on your tour to try new things and be open to discovering new tastes yourself.
  • Wineries are usually fairly chilly in temperature, so dress accordingly. Also, if you have a tour and tasting planned, you will most likely be walking on multiple surfaces including dirt and hard concrete. Ladies, might be a good idea to leave the stilettos at home!
  • Check with the tour operator if you have dietary restrictions. While most will try to accomodate, it's important to give them enought time to arrange alternate meals.
  • Cooking classes are a wonderful way to learn about local cuisine, as well as how to recreate your favorite dishes at home. Don't worry if you're not much of a chef, as many offer step-by-step guidance and help.
  • Even if you can't tell your Malbec from your Merlot, wine tastings can be a really fun group experience.
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Culinary & Wine Tasting Travel Reviews & Ratings
4.6 out of 5

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4.6 Transportation
4.6 Meals
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Tour Reviews

Sicily Food Tour

Sicily Food Adventure

4.0 May 2017 Exodus Travels Recommend: Yes A wonderful introduction to this enormous island, combining the must-see sites (Etna etc.) with wine, cheese, chocolate, gelato and other tastings. A lot of movement with 6 different hotels.
The stunning church at Monreale. Our local guide in Palermo/Monreale, Marina, was exceptional, so knowledgeable and so much fun. And the visits to the markets.

Very kind and well meaning but inexperienced and her English not good enough for such a tour. (At one point there was almost a mutiny, which was averted when a Spanish-speaking Norwegian group member intervened and conversed with her in Spanish which she was more comfortable with than English.) This was my fourth Exodus tour in Italy and I'd have to say the guide was definitely the low point/biggest disappointment of the trip.

It would be nice if Exodus could include the room taxes, after paying so much for a tour it does seem very "cheap" that we must pay a Euro or two at every hotel. Some dinner suggestions at each stop as we were sometimes "dumped" in a hotel either on the edge of town or not visibly close to any restaurants. Also a farewell dinner inclusion would be nice.

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Amalfi

Highlights of the Amalfi Coast

5.0 April 2017 Exodus Travels Recommend: Yes A good trip all round.The welcome at the Naples air port was just wonderful, it set the right atmosphere for the whole holiday,very important.The week was well managed, and exceeded my expectations through out.Hotel Due Torri,in Bomerano,was excellent, Albert Callewaert superb, what more can i say. Well done,will most certainly use Exodus again.
Walking Around Vesuvius.

First class man,Albert was the best.

Avoid BA.

Keep it coming,loved the holiday.

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Puglia: Discover the heel of Italy

Puglia: Discover the Heel of Italy

5.0 April 2017 Exodus Travels Recommend: Yes We would definitely recommend this holiday; the choice of hotels was superb. There was such a wide variety of things to see and the area is very beautiful.
Spending time in Matera was a real highlight and also travelling on the local train to Lecce through the olive groves.

Marinella was an exceptional guide; nothing was too much trouble and she was very knowledgable about the area and interesting to listen to. We appreciated the effort she made to find good local places for the group to eat together in the evening, and accompanying us, which made a lot of difference to our holiday.

Some of the pavements were polished cobbles so a shoe with a good grip is essential. There were quite a lot of hills and steps to negotiate.

There were no early morning starts so in that sense it was leisurely, but we were on our feet most of the day so in our view we would classify this holiday as leisurely/moderate.

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A wonderful hectic tour

Northern India Food Adventure - Premium

5.0 March 2017 Exodus Travels Recommend: Yes In February the weather in Northern India is just right for a British tourist! This tour packed in numerous cultural and historical sights along with an (optional) visit to a school for children with disabilities, visits to Hindu temples during services and a stroll through a small town. The Bollywood movie (Rangoon) was so enjoyable that we stayed to the end.
The Tah Mahal was glorious. As February mornings in the region are chilly and misty, we visited in the afternoon. I hadn't expected it to be such an emotional experience.
The Karauli City Palace was astonishing too - I won't forget standing on the roof surveying the palace, town and region.

Unni was very knowledgeable, keen to share his knowledge (and opinions) and was mindful of our safety.

If you want to go shopping, you need to seize any opportunities. The trip notes mention handicraft shopping in Agra and Jaipur but there was virtually no time at all!

I was surprised that no unfamiliar vegetables (like you see piled up outside Indian stores in the UK) were featured in any of the cooking classes or restaurant meals - but it was clear from driving past market stalls that they weren't in season. The ubiquitous red carrots were great!

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Vietnam Food Adventure

Vietnam Food Adventure

5.0 March 2017 Exodus Travels Recommend: Yes This was my first time visiting Vietnam (visited March 2017) and based on my first experience I would definately visit again. I can honestly say the whole group of people were lovely. My group consists of two couples and seven solo travellers. One member of the group joined us from New Zealand.
The first day of my trip was truly inspirational in that it was a great way to start my holiday on a food tour of Hanoi the group walked around Hanoi tasting and experiencing different foods, most of which we had never tried before, the food was simply delicious. The boat stay in Halong Bay was amazing

Phuong our group leader - what a lovely man. So knowledgable about his country & very patient, the amount of times I enquired about cooking utensils and where I could purchase things was never too much trouble, he was like a family member.

Food adventure tours are simply great for solo travellers. You meet so many lovely people (food in general brings people together - this is the common bond for taking a food adventure vacation). Vietnam is a lovely country to visit.

Please Exodus more food adventure holidays.

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Culinary & Wine Tasting Trips & Tour Advice

Culinary tours -- learning about the foods of other cultures and the fun of shopping for, cooking, and tasting them, too -- are bringing foodies and people who just like to eat to gastronomic destinations around the globe. Wine tasting tours are especially popular in much of EuropeChile, and South Africa.

Exploring New Tastes

A culinary tour is a fabulous way to discover a country. Food is such an integral part of culture, from all sorts of fascinating aspects including economics, politics, trade, and family dynamics just to name a few. A culinary tour will introduce you to many different flavors, spices, flavor combinations, and cooking styles. It’s important to be open to all tastes, and even if you don’t think you’ll enjoy a particular dish, try it anyway!

Finding the Right Culinary Tour

Consider where you want to go and what sort of culinary experience you are looking for. Regional cuisine? Local restaurants? Do you have dietary restrictions? Italy might not be the best choice for the gluten-free, but consider Argentina, Morocco, or Thailand instead. Vegetarians might try a garden focused tour. From organic to biodynamic, the world of farm to table is a vegetarians dream.

Thailand in particular is well known as a foodie destination, with some of the best street food in the entire world. If street food makes you wary, Thailand is a place to give it a shot. While western standards of food safety are less prevelant, there's less chance you'll get sick if you take a tour. The best Thailand tours will spend a good amount of time exploring the cuisine of the country.

Europe has grown by leaps and bounds in culinary tourism, with up and coming destinations beginning to shine next to their more famous counterparts in Italy, Spain, and Greece just to name a few.

Consider Switzerland - land of chocolate and cheese! Switzerland trips almsot always include a food component. Somehow the pristine Alpine beauty becomes that much more beautiful when paired with delicious treats.  

Eastern Europe certainly didn't used to be known for it's incredible cuisine - the region had somewhat more serious things going on during the time when Western Europe experienced the first major travel boom of recent years. But today, this region is thriving and the cuisine has elevated from the common peasant dishes feature meat and potatoes (though those are still good too!) 

Consider the Czech Republic for some truly tasty treats and of course the beer! 

Proper Wine Tasting Etiquette

The world of wine tasting has become much more popular among a wider demographic over the past several years. Unfortunately this also means there are some who still treat the activity as a bar experience rather than what it actually is. Exercising proper wine tasting etiquette is important for not only enhancing your experience, but the experience of those around you.

First, it is not taboo to not finish a taste if you don’t want to. There should always be spit buckets provided for this purpose, and it is not offensive to use them. Pour out what you don’t want to finish and have your glass ready for the next pour.

Second, the tasting bar is NOT a bar in the traditional sense. It is an opportunity to taste wines, discuss wines, discover new varietals, and enjoy your group’s company. Will you get slightly buzzed? Most likely, and that’s ok. But it is not an environment in which this is the goal. And plus, you can visit more wineries and experience more if you pace yourself!

Your tasting room attendant is a wealth of information! They love answering questions and talking about wine, but also are the perfect people to ask for recommendations on restaurants or other activities nearby.

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