Food is one of the most amazing ways to understand and experience a new culture. It is often the lens through which we try to understand the world, how we relate to particular cultures and how we remember certain experiences.
The best way to fully experience a new city or country through their food is to get first-hand, local insights. One way to do this is to join a food tour, this can range from a full-on package tour covering a full area or just a day tour walking through the streets of the city. It’s up to you how much you want to delve into the food scene of your next destination. There’s also so much more than food tours in Europe, expand your surroundings and head out across the globe.
We’ve pulled together a list of the best multi-day food tours around the world, focusing on the main ‘foodie’ destinations.
Whether you eat to live, or live to eat, there’s no doubt that these food tours around the world will get your taste buds salivating.
Best Multi-Day Food Tours Around the World
Food Tours in Asia
Real Food Adventure – India
Join this 15-day food tour from Delhi to Goa, passing through Rajasthan, Jaipur, and Udaipur. From delicious street food, Indian specialities, food markets, and cooking classes, you’ll be kept busy on this Indian food tour. Indian cuisine is possibly one of the most diverse and in-depth cuisines around the world, with the traditional cuisines varying so much from North to South.
Real Food Adventure – Japan
You’ll do more than learn how to use your chopsticks on this 12-day food tour through Japan. Taste the freshest sizzling yakitori, sashimi, soba noodles and endless other traditional dishes. You’ll learn about the traditional culture of geishas, dining, daily life, religion and home-cooking. Japan will get all of your senses going.
Bite-size Break Hanoi
A quick three days in Hanoi will be just enough time to explore the best of Vietnamese cuisine. Explore the city’s street food scene and lively beer halls. Learn about the secrets to traditional northern Vietnamese dishes with families who have generations of experience. You’ll leave Hanoi with enough local knowledge and know-how of traditional Vietnamese food and culture.
Real Food Adventure – Indochina
If you’re looking for a more in-depth South East-Asian food tour, then the 21-day Indochina Real Food Adventure is for you. You’ll munch your way through the mouth-watering South East-Asian cuisine from Hanoi Vietnam to Siem Reap Cambodia. You’ll really know all there is to know about this tasty cuisine and interesting culture after this tour!
The tour also includes tours of the Angkor Wat Temple complex, homestays in the Mekong and an overnight cruise around Halong Bay.
Food Tours in Europe
Munch: Florence, Barcelona and the South of France
Contiki has put together the ultimate foodie tour covering Florence, Barcelona and the South of France. It’s an eight-day tour and includes cooking classes, pasta making, Tuscan dinners, market tours and wine making lessons.
Naples Pizza Adventure
If you’re a pizza fanatic, then a visit to Naples (the birthplace of pizza) should most definitely be on your bucket list. Spend five days obsessing about pizza – eating, cooking, learning about the history of the town, and did we mention eating? Yep, it’s basically a five-day pizza binge fest. In the beautiful, picture-perfect Naples.
From Venice: Prosecco Five-Day Tour
This five-day Prosecco tour starts with a pick-up in Venice to take you to your hotel, Hotel Villa Marcello Marinelli where you’ll spend the next few days. The tour includes a visit to a dairy farm, trattoria, Prosecco winery, gelato-making lessons and many strolls around this beautiful village. You’ll be in Italian foodie heaven, with of course an endless supply of Prosecco.
Discover the Pintxos Tour in San Sebastián
Pintxos, a style of eating similar to tapas, rules Northern Spain. Discover all there is to know about this ‘mini’ cuisine on this three-day tour in San Sebastián. As part of your tour you will receive a Road Book and a Complete Dossier which contains detailed information about must-see attractions in the region. The tour includes eight Pinxtos and four drinks per person in any of the establishments listed.
Speyside Whisky Trail: 3-Day Small Group Tour from Edinburgh
Okay, this isn’t technically a food tour…but you can appreciate a good whisky, right? If you love the golden nectar, then a Scottish whisky trail is right up your alley. This three-day tour is kept small and starts off in Edinburgh and heads up north through the beautiful Highlands. The tour includes visits to four of Scotland’s single malt whisky distilleries.
Food Tours in North America
Munch: America’s deep south
Ready to munch your way through some of America’s tastiest southern grub? Contiki has put together a 12-day food journey taking you through the likes of Austin, Nashville, and New Orleans. Expect food truck experiences, Texas BBC, soul food, whisky tasting and cooking lessons.
Spend 12 days hopping around Mexico, sipping on Tequila and eating everything from ceviche to tacos. Start your Mexican food journey in Puerto Vallarta, followed by Tequila, Guadalajara, Guanajuato, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico City, Merida, Chichen Itza, and Cancun.
Real Food Adventure – Mexico
The nine-day Real Food Adventure Mexico starts and ends in Mexico City. You’ll visit markets, walk the popular street-food streets, explore beaches, and go on a Mexico City taco crawl. It’ll be just over a week of delightful culinary experiences and flavoursome food. Not to mention tequila, margarita’s and partying until the sun comes up.
Food Tours in South America
Real Food Adventure – Peru
Nine days of discovering the Peruvian food culture and how the cuisine has developed from a combination of local and international flavours. The geography of the country influences the cuisine: fish from the coastal region, potatoes from the Andean highland and seasonal fruits from the Amazon rainforest. Peru is quickly developing into the next big foodie hotspot. Make sure you get ahead of the crowd!
Bite-size Break Buenos Aires
This is just a quick three-day tour of Buenos Aires, enough to breath in the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of this Argentinean city. The tour includes a visit to a lively La Boca neighbourhood in a community kitchen where you’ll learn to whip up Argentinian specialities like empanada. You’ll also sip Malbec with a connoisseur and learn to drink fernet like a local on a night-time tour of the trendy Palermo.
Bite-size Break Antigua
Experience Guatemala’s Antigua in this quick three-day tour. Start off with a hands-on cooking class in a popular restaurant, followed by a visit to a coffee plantation. Enjoy a restful lunch with a farming family and taste their home-grown brew. You’ll also get to explore the local food and vegetable markets and enjoy tasty meals with the locals.
Food Tours in Africa
Real Food Adventure – Morocco
No visit to Morocco is complete without indulging in the exotic flavours of the local cuisine along with a shopping spree in one the many souks. This 10-day Real Food Adventure tour includes just the above, starting in Casablanca and making your way through to Marrakech. The sights, sounds, and smells can be overwhelming, but are so worth it!
Best of the Garden Route
The Garden Route is one of South Africa’s prettiest areas, full of fun activities, beautiful sights, lovely people, and delicious food (and not to forget the wine!). This 14-day Best of the Garden Route tour starts and ends in Cape Town (a foodie haven in itself) and includes visit to game farms (including Addo Elephant Park), museums, mountain ranges, and vineyards. You won’t just be eating your way through the Western Cape but participating in activities like kayaking, biking and fishing.
Wellington Winelands Cycling Tour
With the majestic Groot Drakenstein Mountains as your backdrop, cycle through the towns of Franschhoek, Paarl, and Stellenbosch, while you explore the Cape’s historic wine route.
Travel tip shared by Bridget Langer for Travel Dudes