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Access Trips: Wine Country Culinary Tour – Sonoma, California

Join us on a culinary journey to Sonoma, in the heart of California’s Wine Country, with handcrafted wines and delectable meals sourced from small local farms. Nestled in a lush valley with trellised vineyards climbing the surrounding hills, and bound by a central plaza and a historic Spanish mission, Sonoma is arguably one of the most beautiful towns in California.

Step far off the tourist path for an intimate cooking and wine adventure with Sonoma’s finest local chefs and vintners, as you learn to cook with locally-sourced seasonal ingredients. Our Sonoma culinary tour includes cooking classes taught by expert chefs, dinners at the best restaurants in town, wine tasting at one of the oldest family wineries in California, and a hike with spectacular views of the valley. During your free time you’ll relax at Sonoma’s premier boutique inn and spa.

Thanks to an abundance of organic and fresh local produce, our chefs are able create scrumptious menus that change seasonally to reflect the best of what Sonoma has to offer. On our Sonoma culinary tour you’ll learn how to create delicious meals that showcase the best of California cuisine. Our chefs will not only show you how to prepare a meal that compliments the season, but will also give you tips on how to get creative with the recipe at home. Once the cooking classes are over, we’ll all sit down and enjoy the fruits of our labor, along with a delicious glass of local wine.

DAY 1: Arrive & Relax
Pick up from Bay Area airport and transfer to our luxurious hotel & spa in downtown Sonoma. Dinner at Harvest Moon Café.

DAY 2: Tour Sonoma & Taste Its Delicacies
Morning walking tour of historic Sonoma. Afternoon wine tour and cheese tastings. Stay at luxurious hotel & spa.

DAY 3: Cooking Class & Hike
Morning cooking class and lunch. Afternoon hike followed by a visit to the local Farmer’s Market in season. Stay at luxurious hotel & spa.

DAY4: Cooking Class & Farm Tour
Late morning cooking class and tour of organic gardens, olive groves, and vineyards. Afternoon hike and chocolate tasting. Farewell dinner. Stay at luxurious hotel & spa.

DAY 5: Departure
After breakfast transfer to airport for flight home.

Dates: April-October

Prices: From $2590

Skill level: Beg – Int

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Jody Eddy: Culinary Tour of Iceland

We are excited to announce our inaugural culinary adventure in Iceland, August 16th-23rd, 2013. Its extraordinary people, landscape and cuisine never cease to amaze and inspire and I am thrilled to invite you to explore the unique beauty of Iceland with me.

No other culinary tour of this nation offers the unique gastronomic adventures of Iceland Culinary Tours. Hosted by myself and Icelandic chef Kjartan Gislason, each day is designed to ignite your senses, fuel your dreams, and inspire your sense of adventure.

Between dips in geothermal pools, afternoons of Icelandic horseback riding, and sailing tours to remote northern islands, you will be introduced to many of the traditional food producers Jody is profiling in the cookbook she is co-writing with chef Gunnar Karl Gislason of Dill in Reykjavik.

These visits will provide one-of-a-kind opportunities to learn about the fascinating culinary history of Iceland from the people who are sometimes single-handedly preserving their nation’s gastronomic traditions. Jaw-dropping vistas of thunderous waterfalls, snow-capped mountains, and smokey geysers will exalt our imaginations as unforgettable meals with some of Iceland’s most celebrated chefs sate our appetites.

We invite you to join us on this unforgettable Arctic culinary adventure!

TOTAL COST: $3900*

* This price is for a double room. We will be happy to match you with a roommate should you be a solo traveler. Should you prefer a single room, a supplemental fee of $350 applies.

The trip will include a total of 12 guests

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A Taste of Spain: The Ultimate Foodie Tour of Spain

Experience what’s cooking in Spain! Join us for a culinary tour through Madrid, La Rioja, the Basque Country and Catalonia.

  • Savor the great food which Spain is famous for: from Tapas and Paella to Basque Gastronomic Societies and avant-garde cuisine
  • Immerse yourself in the vibrant culinary and cultural scene of Madrid, San Sebastian and Barcelona – with accommodation at 4* centrally located hotels
  • Visit the colourful Boqueria food market with our local expert chef, and join him in a hands-on Mediterranean cooking class
  • Enjoy a second – truly unique – cooking class, this time at a famous  members-only Gastronomic Society in San Sebastian
  • Taste and learn about extraordinary Rioja wines and Spanish Olive oils through private visits to traditional producers
  • Discover the fascinating world of Ibérico ham and Sherry wines on a special meal themed around these extraordinary products
  • Experience the diverse cultures, landscapes and foods of Spain by the hand of our local culinary guide

When:

  • September 30th to October 7th, 2012
  • May 12th to May 19th, 2013
  • September 29th to October 6th, 2013

Group size: 10 to 16 persons

What’s included:

  • Expert English-speaking local culinary guides throughout the itinerary
  • Deluxe private bus for all transfers and excursions
  • Domestic airfare Bilbao-Barcelona in Economy class
  • 7 nights’ accommodation in double room, at selected 4* hotels
  • Buffet breakfast daily
  • Welcome drink with tapas
  • 6 lunches as per the itinerary – 2 of them following private cooking classes –  all accompanied with fine Spanish wines
  • 3 dinners as per the itinerary, all accompanied with fine Spanish wines
  • Private culinary/cultural visits and activities as per the itinerary
  • Entry fees as per the itinerary
  • Gourmet Gift
  • All local taxes

Pricing:

  • 2.630 Euros per person
  • Single supplement: 425 Euros
  • International airfare not included

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The International Kitchen: Moroccan Flavors Tour – Morocco

About the location: Many food experts say that Morocco has the best cuisine in Africa, perhaps even in the top five of the world. From the narrow streets in the ancient medinas to the Berber villages down south, Morocco is a mysterious and alluring destination and should definitely be on your “must visit” list. While experiencing this diverse and yet culturally rich country, your senses will be stimulated; while learning, cooking, and tasting the flavorful tagines, salads and patisseries of Morocco.

About the lessons: This tour includes four cooking classes, each totally different in their styles; from cooking in a traditional dar (house), to cooking over the charcoal in the Berber village. Your classes will be taught by a number of different chefs, each with vast experience in Moroccan cuisine. Each of our teachers speaks fluent English and French, and their establishments are licensed by the government. After spending the days exploring Morocco, you will return to your accommodations (hotels or riads) for the evening.

Riads are beautifully restored houses, usually with a garden inside, that offer the perfect blend of luxury, comfort, and tradition. Where riads are not available, we have chosen high quality four and five star hotels. Seeing the country through the eyes of a Moroccan will open the doors into some of the secrets of the culture. Your driver/guide will accompany you for the entire tour and will escort you throughout the country and make your holiday memorable.

What’s included:

  • Nine nights accommodations (riads and four-star hotels)
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Daily dinner (beverages not included) and breakfast
  • Three lunches (beverages not included)
  • Transportation as per itinerary
  • English speaking driver/guide
  • Professional tour guide in historical cities
  • Four hands-on cooking lessons
  • Excursions and entrance fees as per itinerary (excluding Hassan II Mosque)
  • Portage

2012 Prices
US$3655 per person based on double occupancy for 2-3 people
US$3045 per person for 4+ people
US$650 single supplement

Please add 10% for Christmas and New Years departure.

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Access Trips: Thai Culinary Tour – Thailand

Come with us to Thailand to experience an exotic gem, a country where the architecture and artistry are matched only by the friendliness of the people; where every flavor is more pleasing than the last; and where Buddhism binds the culture seamlessly. On our Thai culinary tour, we’ll head from bustling Bangkok to our relaxing riverside resort in Thaton, and finally, end up at the charming northern city of Chiang Mai. You’ll learn to cook incredible Thai food, explore the fascinating Thai culture, and enjoy the outdoors, including a trek through the jungle on an elephant! And at the end of each day you will relax in sumptuous boutique hotels.

Thai food is an exceptional combination of exotic sweet, tangy and peppery spices, fresh ingredients, and stunning presentation, and most who try it are hooked for life. Traditional Thai cooking is taught at home. Every mother is a “teacher” and family recipes are passed down from one generation to the next. Meals are always shared family affairs and are an important part of Thai cultural heritage. Therefore, our Bangkok and Chiang Mai cooking schools are set in home-style learning environments, with open-air, Thai-style kitchens, surrounded by aromatic herb gardens, orchards and rice paddies. Our instructors will pass down their family recipes, as they teach us about ingredient selection, combining spices into curry pastes, and preparation of full meals of Thai cuisine. And of course, at the end of our lesson, we will enjoy the incredible feast we have prepared.

DAY 1: Arrive & Relax
Pick up from Bangkok Airport and transfer to our hotel. Stay in 5-star riverfront hotel.

DAY 2: Sightseeing in Bangkok
Visit Wat Po for monks morning chant. Tuk-tuk ride to Grand Palace & Wat Phra Kaew. Welcome lunch followed by flower market tour. Evening visit to Chinatown & private dinner cooked by renowned Chinese-Thai chef. Stay in 5-star riverfront hotel.

DAY 3: Cooking Class
Long-tail boat ride to our cooking school. Tour the gardens, then move to open-air kitchen for a full morning of cooking. Afternoon visit to Jim Thompson’s House. Stay in luxurious 5-star riverfront hotel.

DAY 4: Transfer to Ban Tha Ton
Morning free. Afternoon flight to Chiang Rai, then drive to Ban Tha Ton. Stay in relaxing boutique riverside resort.

DAY 5: Golden Triangle
Drive two hours to Mae Sai, a border outpost with Myanmar. After lunch, drive 45 minutes to the Golden Triangle. Visit the Hall of Opium museum. Return to boutique riverside resort and relax before dinner.

DAY 6: Elephant Camp & Cooking Class
Morning drive to elephant camp and ride elephants through the jungle. Lunch at the camp. Drive to Chiang Mai and check into hotel. Late afternoon cooking class. Stay in stunning 4-star boutique hotel.

DAY 7: Chiang Mai Sightseeing
Rickshaw ride to visit dry goods market. Drive to Doi Suthep mountain and climb 309 steps to Wat Phrathat. Return to Chiang Mai for lunch at a local specialty restaurant. Afternoon free to relax, or optional visit to local handcraft factories. Stay in stunning 4-star boutique hotel.

DAY 8: Cooking Class
Half-day cooking class. Afternoon free for a Thai massage or last minute shopping. Stay in stunning 4-star boutique hotel.

DAY 9: Thai Culinary Tour Ends
Sadly, our tour is over today. Transfer to the airport for your flight home or stay a few extra days in Thailand.

Duration: 9 days

Dates: Year-round

Prices: From US $3490

Skill level: Beg – Int

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Sur la Table: New York City, a Taste of the Big Apple

We are pleased to offer unique culinary adventures to one of the world’s most exciting destinations. Join us for four days and three nights right in the heart of Manhattan’s food lovers’ paradise. Over the years, waves of immigrants have contributed to the diversity of New York, and the flavors of its unique neighborhoods can be found in the city’s amazing food.

Immerse yourself in the storied Lower East Side and the hip West Side. Sample smoked-salmon-topped bagels and indulge in a hot pastrami sandwich at iconic Katz’s Deli. You’ll learn to make Pugliese pasta and enjoy a special visit to Eataly—the fabulous new emporium devoted to the food and culinary traditions of Italy—plus much, much more.

The Carlton Hotel is a historic and elegant boutique hotel located in the heart of the food-centric Madison Square Park district and home to Michelin-starred Chef Laurent Manrique’s exciting new seafood brassiere, Millesime.

Itinerary Highlights:

  • Three nights’ luxury accommodations at the Carlton Hotel
  • Hands-on cooking class at I Trulli
  • Dinner at the elegant Degustation
  • Guided culinary walking tour of the Lower East Side
  • Visit to the Italian food emporium Eataly

There are two easy ways to book your trip. Make your deposit online and our trip concierge will call you as soon as possible to reserve the dates of your choice. (Don’t worry, there’s plenty of space.) Or, if you prefer, call our trip concierge directly at 866.392.3302 to take care of everything over the phone.

Choose from the following dates in 2012: May 18–21, June 22–25, September 7–10, October 19–22, November 16–19.

$1,540.00 per person, double occupancy. Single supplement: $558.00. Airfare not included. A non-refundable deposit of $210.00 is required to reserve your space.

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Sur la Table: Tasting New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orleans’ French Quarter features food, music and a Southern joie de vivre that is unlike anywhere else in the world. On this trip, you’ll visit landmark restaurants with storied pasts and legendary eateries that have contributed to the foundation of a contemporary Creole movement.

Our 4-day/3-night package includes deluxe accommodations at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in the heart of the French Quarter, a culinary walking tour, a southern-style cooking lesson, special New Orleans dining experiences and guided market and museum visits. There’s also a lot of flexibility to explore and discover this amazing city on your own.

Itinerary Highlights:

  • Three nights’ deluxe accommodations at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in the heart of the French Quarter
  • Guided tour of the Crescent City Farmers Market with Poppy Tooker, culinary icon and author of the Crescent City Farmers Market Cookbook
  • Special afternoon at the New Orleans Cooking School Experience’s unique venue and a lesson with Poppy Tooker
  • Guided tour of the Southern Food and Beverage Museum, recently named as one of the top five food museums in the world by SAVEUR magazine
  • French Quarter culinary walking tour
  • Fabulous food, including beignets and café au lait at the world-famous Café du Monde
  • Dinner at the award-winning restaurant Cochon

Dates: October 8–11, 2012, November 5–8, 2012, December 3–6, 2012, January 21–24, 2013

There are two easy ways to book your trip. Make your deposit online and our trip concierge will call you as soon as possible to reserve the dates of your choice. (Don’t worry, there’s plenty of space.) Or, if you prefer, call our trip concierge directly at 866.392.3302 to take care of everything over the phone.

$1,250.00 per person, double occupancy. Single supplement: $250.00. Airfare not included. A non-refundable deposit of $250.00 is required to reserve your space.

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Sur La Table: An Insider’s Taste of Paris, France

Sur La Table’s 40th-Anniversary Paris Adventure! We’ve cooked up a foodie’s dream trip to Paris with the help of insiders David Lebovitz and Mort Rosenblum. Our guests will be treated to private demos and tastings in some of Paris’ most renowned food destinations, and our guides have arranged a once-in-a-lifetime culinary adventure that lives up to our reputation for being the food and cookware authority.

We’ll visit the legendary store that was the inspiration for Sur La Table, Dehillerin, and then dine at some of the most famous restaurants in the world, including Le Petite Chaise, Paris’ oldest. You’ll enjoy luxury accommodations at the 4-star boutique Hotel Bourgogne-Montana, savor the city of light with our guided tours, and master new cooking skills in a hands-on class with chefs from La Cuisine Cooking School of Paris.

October 15–20, 2012 6 days, 5 nights

or

October 22–27, 2012 6 days, 5 nights

Itinerary Highlights:

  • Five nights’ luxury accommodations in Paris at the 4-star Hotel Bourgogne-Montana
  • Three dinners: La Petite Chaise, the oldest restaurant in Paris; a specially designed dinner menu at Christian Constant’s Le Violon d’Ingres; and an 8-course tasting menu with wine at Verjus
  • Guided tour through the legendary cookware shop Dehillerin
  • Spend the day with author and former Chez Panisse pastry chef David Lebovitz
  • Late-morning espresso at the famous literary haunt Café de Flore
  • Hands-on cooking class with chefs from La Cuisine Cooking School of Paris
  • Meet Mort Rosenblum, the James Beard-award-winning author, for a private chocolate tasting at La Maison du Chocolat

You have two easy ways to book your trip. Make your deposit online and our trip concierge will call you. Or, if you prefer, call our trip concierge directly at 866.392.3302 to take care of everything over the phone.

$4,450.00 per person, double occupancy. Airfare not included. A nonrefundable deposit of $425.00 is required to reserve your space.

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TripFeast: Taste of South India

Once fought over by colonial powers for its exotic spices, South India still plays a vital role in today`s Spice Route. Blessed by two stunning coastlines, you will travel from east to west, from the Indian Ocean to the Arabian Sea. Along the way, our expert chefs will have you serving up spicy Chettinad seafood and vegetarian dishes enjoyed in Tamil Nadu, and delicious dosas and idlis, South India`s signature food. With a visit to spice and pepper plantations, ancient temples and forts, and cooking lessons on the banks of Kerala`s shimmering backwaters and in the lawns of our idyllic homestays, this will be a culinary experience like no other!

Highlights
• Journey along the Spice Route
• Savour spicy Chettinad dishes
• Shop for local fruit & vegetables
• Dine with Indian families
• Stay in luxurious heritage homes
• Cook on Kerala`s backwaters
• Visit spice plantations of Thekkady
• Walking tour & cruise in Cochin

Duration: 14 days

Price: £1,695

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TripFeast: Delicacies of North India

Few countries offer as much diversity in food as India. Cook in the foothills of the Himalayas and in majestic forts, dine with families in their homes, go shopping for fruit and vegetables in local markets, and wipe your plate clean in authentic Indian restaurants. In between the cooking and eating, you will weave your way through India`s rich cultural tapestry, taking in colonial cities, stunning mountain scenery, and ancient forts and temples. Savour a whole range of cuisines on the way – from Kashmiri and Rajasthani delicacies to mouth-watering Awadhi and Bengali dishes.

Highlights
• Feast on authentic Indian cuisine
• Shop for local fruit & vegetables
• Cook in stunning locations
• Dine with Indian families
• Enjoy an elephant-back safari
• Visit the home of the Dalai Lama
• Marvel at the Golden Temple
• Walking tours of Delhi and Kolkata

Duration: 15 days

Price: £1,995

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