Cooking & food holidays and tours, 2014 and 2015

Cooking holidays and cookery courses from the UK to India. Learn traditional skills and recipes using local and organic ingredients. All our carefully selected cooking experiences are provided by operators comitted to supporting local people and the environment.
Umbria cooking holiday, Italy
Learn traditional italian cooking in a beautiful farmhouse, from €1100 - €1300 (6 days) ex flights
India small group holiday, a food adventure
2 week discovery of the sights, sounds & flavours of India., from £1016 - £1495 (14 days) ex flights
Provence cooking & walking holiday
Admire the South of France with local insight, from €405 - €730 (3 days) ex flights
South Indian food tour, Kerala
Food & culture of Kerala, from £1473 (16 days) ex flights
Small group cooking holiday in Thailand
4 areas of Thailand. No Single Supplement., from £2225 (15 days) inc UK flights
Gulet cruise in Turkey, gastronomy cruise
Rated One of ‘The World’s Tastiest Cruises’ The Sunday Times, from £2125 (8 days) ex flights
Andalucia walking & local cuisine holiday
Walking and gastronomy in tranquil and rural Andalucia, from £1088 (8 days) ex flights
Vietnam small group holiday, a food adventure
Exotic 2 week culinary and cultural tour of Vietnam., from £1016 - £1345 (12 days) ex flights
Turkey small group holiday, a food adventure
Exotic 2 week culinary and cultural tour of Turkey., from £1495 - £1540 (13 days) ex flights
Italian food tours
Flavours of northern Italy on this special food-lovers journey, from £1740 - £2030 (10 days) ex flights
Cambodia small group tour, a food adventure
Discover Cambodia's unique, ancient and exotic food culture, from £580 - £650 (8 days) ex flights
Tuscany cooking holiday, Italy
A varied and fun farmhouse cookery course in rural Tuscany, from €1290 (8 days) ex flights
Vietnam cuisine tour
Vietnam's highlights & sights with a culinary twist., from £1495 - £2085 (12 days) ex flights
Dordogne luxury cookery holiday in France
French cuisine in a French chateau in the Dordogne!, from €1980 (8 days) ex flights
North Thailand group holiday, a food adventure
Experience the freshness, tanginess and spiciness of Thailand, from £370 - £475 (5 days) ex flights
Crete cooking holiday in Greece
Live a truly divine farm-to-fork experience!, from €1100 - €1300 (8 days) ex flights
South Africa food & wine tour
An epicurean expedition to sample local Cape specialities, from R45500 (8 days) ex flights
Italian cookery day courses, Italy
Discover our hands-on "Cooking Together" in the Italian Alps, from €75 - €100 per course (2 - 4 hours)
China small group holiday, a food adventure
Search out some of the city’s best street food & more!, from £1525 - £1615 (10 days) ex flights
Malaysia small group tour, a food adventure
Explore Malaysia's diverse flavours and gastronomic delights, from £1095 - £1195 (10 days) ex flights
Peloponnese wine tour, Greece
Experience the Roads of Wine in Peloponnese, from €992 (7 days) ex flights
Pyrenees luxury walking and gastronomy holiday
A unique experience in the French/Spanish Basque country, from €2080 (8 days) ex flights
Slovenia food and wine tour
Savour Slovenia's wine/culinary traditions the Slow Food way, from €1650 (6 days) ex flights
Tokyo group holiday, a food adventure
Dive into Tokyo city’s incredible food scene, from £2249 - £2645 (12 days) ex flights
Slovenia slow food holiday
Get the slow food and wine experience in Slovenia and Istria, from €2100 (8 days) ex flights
Sicily cooking and culture holiday, Italy
A Gastronomic Tour of Sicily, from £2495 (8 days) ex flights
Bolivia tailor made gourmet tour
Gourmet tours to Bolivia, from £3000 (8 days) ex flights
South Africa gourmet tour
Savour the culinary flavours & wines of the Cape and Karoo, from R44500 (8 days) ex flights
Bolivia and Peru gourmet tour holiday
Gourmet tours to Bolivia and Peru, from £3000 - £7000 (13 days) ex flights
Cooking courses in the French Alps
Gastronomic hands-on discoveries with passionate artisans., from €54 - €98 per course (2 - 4 hours)

57 reviews for Cooking & food holidays4 star overall rating

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Umbria cooking holiday, Italy
The location is stunning, Marina and Gianluca make you feel welcome, and they work exceedingly hard to ensure that you have an enjoyable stay. We came to learn cookery, but Marina ensures you know about so much more. I can't wait to try some of the recipes we have been taught. (more)Joanne Wilkins
It was amazing. One of the best holidays I have ever had (& I am old...so have had a few!) I can honestly not praise this trip enough. It was FABULOUS. (more)Hilary Brett
The overall experience was memorable. The location is great and Marina and Jeancarlo are excellent hosts, they make you feel at home since the begining. When you realize you are relaxed, feeling energetic and sleeping like a baby after an excellent meal with nice wine and company. (more)Sylvia Azem
From €1100 - €1300 excluding flights
India small group holiday, a food adventure
Most memorable was undoubtedly visiting the Taj Mahal, although the journey on the overnight train was a close, but completely contrasting, second. (more)Sarah Memery
Excellent! I would do it again in a heartbeat...Tasting street food of India, feeling reassured that our leader had assessed the risks of hygiene at that particular outlet. The food was always delicious and unforgettable (more)mary souster
From £1016 - £1495 excluding flights
Small group cooking holiday in Thailand
I loved the Central Plains homestay, after Bangkok it was amazingly beautiful and peaceful. All the cooking schools were so beautiful and peaceful, and the food was amazing! (more)Suzanne Smith
The most memorable part of the holiday was definitely the cooking ... and all the eating. Swimming in the Andaman sea was also a real highlight. (more)Shelley Kennedy
The cooking and the eating were the most memorable! Fabulous. (more)Stacey Cooper
From £2225 including UK flights
Sintra Natural Park retreats & walks in Portugal
Really enjoyed staying at the guesthouse. Hospitality was amazing. James was there with good information regarding where to find plants and books and help plan days out. (more)Lynne Samuel
The most memorable parts were the lovely countryside (red-tiled roofs, etc.), the beautiful historic towns to visit (Lisbon, Sintra, Coimbra, Obidos...) and the marvellous breakfasts (really brunches) cooked up by Aasta. I also appreciated the many nice little touches (not expected in a B&B) - a bathrobe, fresh fruit and little chocolates in the room every day... (more)Joanne Deller
The whole holiday was memorable, the place itself was beautiful overlooking the sea and surrounding countryside... We met some lovely people at the accommodation and recommend it for a bed and breakfast holiday in a lovely region of Portugal. (more)Jane Freemantle
From €490 - €1000 excluding flights
Provence cooking & walking holiday
It was simply the best holiday I have been on in years very special (more)Joanne Hackett
We enjoyed the idea of doing everything locally with local people and contributing to the local economy. Above all, we felt really well taken care of with much attention to detail. (more)Tammy Railton
Difficult to pinpoint just one element of the holiday. As a lover of the outdoors, I enjoyed the guided walk and picnic into the local Baou hills but then I also enjoyed the relaxed, fun and informative guided walk of the old town of Nice. (more)Louise Harris
From €405 - €730 excluding flights
Wild food cookery weekend in Scotland
Exceeded my expectations by far! An amazing holiday for anyone with an interest in history, archaeology, food and agriculture. (more)Alexandra Young
The most memorable and exciting part of the holiday was drinking nettle beer as the sun went down on the Saturday night. We'd had a busy day digging, foraging and cooking, so seeing it all come together at the end of the day with a crackling fire and that beautiful view of the valley below was truly memorable. (more)Heather Pollington
From £150 - £170 excluding flights
Nilgiri hills eco homestay accommodation in Tamil Nadu, India
Excellent! Of course being in India for the first time was one of the most exciting parts of the holiday. However the lasting impression of the kindness and hospitality of the Kumar family (more)Lynda Newman
A resounding A+++ in absolutely every respect....The totally exceptional kindness and perfect customer service of the Home Stay Family who organised everything seamlessly, who arranged little extra treats, who were a fund of information and totally dedicated to our every need. We had never experienced anything of this total dedication in all our sixty years. (more)Julia and Stuart Walkley
Staying at this homestay was like staying with our own family - and we could not have wished for anything better!...Absolutely excellent - I can honestly say that this has to be one of the best holidays I have ever been on - and I am already thinking about booking to go back! I don't think I can wait too long - I miss it already! (more)Liz Murphy
From £100 per couple per night
Kerala accommodation, India
One of my most memorable experiences was our frequent walks to the local river where we swam and talked with local people, many washing themselves and their clothes in the idyllic setting of the river. (more)Felicity Fincham
The most memorable parts were enjoying cooking lessons with a bat flying over head. Scrubbing baby elephants clean with a coconut shell. Eating the most amazing food in a cosy family atmosphere. (more)Jo Osborn
The most memorable part of my holiday would have to be spending the morning in the river with 6 beautiful elephants - just washing them and watching them - it was amazing. (more)Joy Skipper
From Rupee13500 per double room per night
Scottish Highlands luxury self catering accommodation
SUPERB, didn't want to come home...The house was memorably comfortable and well equipped especially in the kitchen, it was such a pleasure to have sharp knives, mixers, salad spinners and an aga. (more)Carrie Hawksworth
The setting of the cottage itself and views from the hot tub were most memorable. We were in Rose, the smaller cottage, and the views were beautiful...The whole family, including boys of 10 and 5, loved it. Being on a croft with the animals made it extra special. (more)Susanna Dermody
We had a brilliant time and it was everything we had hoped for. The accommodation deserves its 5 stars and is a very relaxing place. We prefer self catering as it provides the flexibility required with the baby, but appreciated the option to have homemade food prepared for us. (more)Paul Bradshaw
From £450 - £2200 per cottage per week (sleeps 2-16)
Cooking holiday in Italy
The setting is magical, with the beautiful farmhouse set in the middle of the family’s land and olive groves. The cookery lessons were great - informal tuition with Anna, a local lady and amazing cook. You cannot beat making ravioli for lunch using local ingredients. (more)Kirsty Dennett
The most memorable part of our holiday was the passionate debate while preparing delicious food. (more)Christine Ward
The food was outstanding, every dish memorable. Claudio and Assuntina were fabulous hosts, and Anna, our cooking teacher, highly instructive and entertaining. And the location isn't bad either! (more)Stacey Flor
From €1200 excluding flights
Long weekend cooking in Italy
The most memorable parts were: the people, being welcomed by a family (and the incredible 'mater familias' Assuntina), the scenery, the view from my room, the cooking, the food. (more)Marga Peters
The location is idyllic and the views and house are wonderful. The most memorable part was learning to make fresh pasta and being inspired to continue at home, and relaxing in the grounds. (more)Lindsey Evans
The beauty of the place, the warm of the house or maybe most of all the wonderful people we met there. I was looking forward the cooking lessons but we have found much more than that. (more)Anca Stanese
From €400 excluding flights

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5 stars
I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
4 stars
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
3 stars
Very enjoyable
2 stars
It was OK
1 star
A bit disappointing really
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