Embark on a custom-crafted culinary journey that engages every sense. Hear the sizzle of skewered steak hitting the grill at a buzzing night market in Old Hanoi, Vietnam. Take in the intense aroma of Mayan chocolate at a bean-to-bar producer still following ancient practices in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Feel the loamy earth between your fingers as you dig out a prized black truffle during a hunt deep in the Piedmontese forest. And of course, taste it all on an itinerary that unlocks the soul and spirit of your destination.
We’ll elevate your escape beyond the ordinary with culinary-themed experiences you won’t find with a click or two on Google. Think: a luxury stay at a working farm, behind-the-scenes tours of award-winning food producers, exclusive tastings at family-run vineyards not open to the public, and cooking lessons led by locals that reveal the secret to nailing a region’s most famous dish.
Get face-time with your favorite chefs (without having to book at their hot restaurant 7 months out). Sharpen your kitchen skills during delicious demos. Taste the trends before they hit the dining scene. And best of all, share the experience with curious culinary aficionados just like you.
From Napa to New Orleans, Aspen to Charleston, we design gastronomic getaways centered around the best food and wine festivals in the nation. Grab your tickets, and we’ll handle the rest—including flights, private transfers, and stays at chic properties that put you in the center of the action. We’ll make sure you enjoy a full-flavored escape with eye-opening tours, chef-led experiences, and hands-on cooking classes that allow you to explore your destination in more depth.
Refined river cruises are ideal for foodies seeking an effortless way to explore. Unpack just once and let your nimble ship sail you right to the most fascinating river-side cities and villages in the heart of Europe, Asia, and beyond. The focus of river cruising is truly destination immersion; each time you dock you may find yourself indulging in a private tour of a local cheese producer, being led down to the winery cellar for a guided tasting, or turning out egg-enriched pasta in a nonna’s kitchen.
Want to make sure every aspect of your river cruise experience feeds your foodie soul? We’ll pair you with a themed sailing that specifically spotlights the food and wine of a region—like the bracing wines of the Rhine Valley or the sun-baked flavors of Portugal or Spain. With most ships capped at 200 passengers or fewer, river cruising is perfect for a just-for-two escape or a group getaway, where no one gets lost in the crowd. And if you want to keep exploring, we can design a custom itinerary before or after your cruise complete with hotel stays and personalized excursions.
Indulge in equal parts relaxation and discovery on a luxury ocean cruise that sails you to some of the most stunning places on earth. Our cruising specialists will make sure to match you with cruise lines known for high-end dining and immersive culinary experiences. Dine al fresco on the deck as you sail across azure waters and past island archipelagos, pull up a chair at the chef’s table and watch knives whiz across the cutting board, or whip up your own perfectly tart cocktail during a mixology class featuring top-shelf liquors.
Want to immerse yourself even further in the destinations you encounter? Our team can book private, exclusive excursions so you can tailor your cruise to your particular passions. Trade in your sea legs, too, for a personalized trip extension that has you exploring on your own terms—with authentic experiences and hand-picked properties—before or after your cruise. From sleek, yacht-style ships that can dock in hidden gem ports, to mega cruisers that embody high-seas glamor, we’ll pair you with a luxurious sailing sure to steal your heart.
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