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Food

Calling all foodies! Imaginative Traveller’s real food adventures will take you into the gastronomic heart of some of the world’s greatest food cultures. Explore colourful markets and taste delicious street food, dine on home-cooked feasts with local families, and whip up your own culinary masterpieces during professionally-led cooking classes.

Our range of food tours will cater for any budget and appetite. Whether you hunger for a sushi masterclass in futuristic Tokyo or the distinct palette of Peruvian cuisine, we’ve got the holiday for you. If you have something specific in mind, we can also tailor make a food tour just for you.

Devour authentic regional dishes

These are trips designed to really get you under the skin of the world’s greatest cuisines. You’ll taste authentic local food, and you’ll meet the people who prepare it.

Learn from the professionals

Discover how to create incredible regional dishes during hands-on classes led by expert chefs – then dazzle your friends with your new-found cooking skills when you get home!

Vegan-friendly travel

Vegan food is experiencing its finest hour around the world right now - look out for our selection of vegan-specific food tours, which will have you chowing down on masala dosas in India or vegan pappardelle in Italy.

Expert Guides

Our expert and passionate local guides will show you around, give you lots of tips, and provide a true insight into the local way of life.

Safe & Hassle Free

Travelling to far-flung places across the globe can be daunting but we're on hand, before and during your trip, to ensure that your holiday with us is smooth and hassle free. For your peace of mind we are fully bonded with ATOL and ABTOT ensuring your deposit and trip payment are secure.

Responsible Travel

The world’s an amazing place and we want to do our bit to keep it that way. That’s why we choose to travel responsibly, giving back to the communities we visit and helping to create a sustainable world for our children. On some of our food tours we visit community restaurants that provide employment to local youngsters.

Our Food trips


TRIP CODE
IHPZM

GROUP TOUR from £1088 for 12 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- Witness the amazing Sri Lankan seafood on offer at the Negombo seafood market
- Spend time with welcoming locals keen to share the mysteries of Sri Lankan cuisine – learn Tamil, Sinhalese, and Bergher cooking in their homes
- Soak up the scenery while sipping a glass of the local arak – Sri Lanka’s signature local liquor

TAILOR
MADE

TAILOR MADE TOUR from £2175 for 12 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- Learn about Portugal’s history and heritage as you discover unknown chapels, a prison transformed into a restaurant and several convents decorated with magnificent tiles and frescos
- Originally founded by Julius Caesar and later fortified by the Moors, Évora boasts some fine historic monuments, including the Diana Temple which is widely regarded as the best preserved Roman structure on the Iberian Peninsula
- With its amazing 17th century walls, Elvas is known as “The Key of the Kingdom” and is still a town rarely visited by tourists

TRIP CODE
ITVZY

GROUP TOUR from £1114 for 12 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- Get the lowdown on north, central and southern Vietnamese cooking with some of the country's leading experts
- A street food tour of Hanoi takes you to the best spots in town to sample northern specialties like pho, bun cha and the golden-yellow xoi xeo (sticky rice with mung bean and fried onion)
- Get around the romantic riverside town of Hue in true local style – on the back of a motorcycle

TRIP CODE
IZKZM

GROUP TOUR from £1656 for 12 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- Discover why the Balkans are the next big thing in food – drink boza, rakija and wine, and taste pinjur, makalo, bieno cheese, ckembe corba and more in this adventurous foodie destination
- Learn how to make the regional specialty of pastries with local village women in Janche
- Meet a local beekeeper and get the buzz on honey in a bee master class

TRIP CODE
IZMZE

GROUP TOUR from £2016 for 12 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- Discover why the Balkans are the next big thing in food – explore the major foodie regions of Istria (prsut ham, olive oils, wine, truffles) and Dalmatia (sheep’s milk cheese, lamb, maraschino cherrys)
- Delve into the diverse world of food that lies beneath Slovenia’s fairytale landscape, and find out why this country has more than 20 distinct culinary regions
- Taste some of the newest players on the world wine scene – teran, refosk, Marastina, and Kurtelaška bijela (and try to pronounce them after a few glasses)

TRIP CODE
IEUZJC

GROUP TOUR from £3250 for 14 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- Feast on classic dishes in Israel’s legendary local eateries, from shakshouka to a beloved hummus institution in the Old City of Jerusalem
- In remarkable Petra, Jordan's 'Rose City', sit down with locals for a hearty serving of mansaf, delicious lamb with fermented, dried yoghurt sauce.
- Take a dip in the famously salty Dead Sea

TRIP CODE
IGGZMC

GROUP TOUR from £2070 for 14 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- It's delicious, diverse and hands-on. You’ll learn the secrets of ceviche, make your own pisco sour, learn a few Andean cooking tips with a foodie in Cusco and eat empanadas straight from the wood-fired ‘horno’
- Pay a visit to a cacao farm and get involved in the whole process from planting to the final product. Enjoy a farm-cooked dinner & stay overnight on the family's plantation.
- Indulge in an optional tour and tasting at one of the Sacred Valley's first craft breweries. Whet your whistle with a pint of the fruity local IPA, the citrus tinged American pale ale, the caramel malts of the Ayrampo Roja red ale or the hearty chocolate notes of the imperial porter.

TRIP CODE
IZMZIC

GROUP TOUR from £3330 for 15 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- Italy is a foodie's paradise, but as a visitor it can be hard to escape the tourist traps. Your local leaders will give you an insider's guide to this epicurean wonderland
- This trip takes in some of the titans of regional Italian cuisine – Rome (Lazio region), Tuscany, Emilia Romagna, Puglia and the Veneto
- Tasting the real balsamic vinegar in an attic acetaia is a revelation – it'll be hard to go back to the mass-produced version after this

TRIP CODE
IHHZM

GROUP TOUR from £1215 for 15 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- Get a real taste of some of India's most famous culinary traditions – Mughal, Rajasthani, and the Portuguese-tinged flavours of Goa – while feasting with locals in family-run restaurants, rural homes, or in temples
- Discover how food forms part of the daily ritual from cities to rural villages, and learn the secrets of regional cuisines in many local cooking classes
- Get in touch with an amazing array of street food on eye-opening and adventurous cuisine crawls

TRIP CODE
ITVZKC

GROUP TOUR from £2240 for 20 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- Get the lowdown on north, central and southern Vietnamese cooking with some of the country's leading experts
- A street food tour of Hanoi takes you to the best spots in town to sample northern specialties like pho, bun cha and the golden-yellow xoi xeo (sticky rice with mung bean and fried onion)
- Get around the romantic riverside town of Hue in true local style – on the back of a motorcycle
 
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