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Global Destinations

Global Gourmands has chosen what we believe are the best destinations for authentic culinary and oenological experiences as well as inspiring culture.  Each destination also offers natural charms and plenty to do with your free time.  Some are just now becoming leading destinations and they all surprise and delight with their culinary heritage, their people, and their landscapes.

Our journeys are inherently flexible in nature, and for independent travelers they are adapted to self-drive itineraries.  We can also custom-design tours or adapt an existing tour based on a destination, food or culinary tradition of your choice.

The South Island, New Zealand

Stretching across the two main islands and home to only 4.5 million people, New Zealand is a long way to travel, but it may be one of the most memorable journeys in your life.  Called “Land of the Long White Cloud” by its indigenous Maori people, this clean, green paradise is renowned internationally for its stunning scenery, fresh produce, award-winning wines and friendly, welcoming people.

Fresh, innovative and delicious, New Zealand’s incredible cuisine and world-class wines are not to be missed – whether it’s fine dining, casual outdoor meals, a wine tasting at a cellar door or an authentic Maori hangi meal.  For many, New Zealand’s wines are the main reason to visit, particularly the famed Marlborough region (included on our itinerary), which produces some of the world’s finest Sauvignon Blancs and Pinot Noirs.  Come visit this breathtaking destination on the bucket list of foodies and oenophiles alike.

Tour: New Zealand: Cuisine, Wine and Culture

Peru

Over 100 years ago Auguste Escoffier pronounced Peru to be the third-best cuisine in the world, behind France (of course) and China.  Today Peru is still leading the world in gastronomic creativity.  It inherited its innovation, mix and flavors from it’s history and its landscape, which spans the ocean, the mountains, the jungle and the Amazon River.  The fusion of culinary treasures from those regionss (not least of which is the potato which originated in the Peruvian Andes) has developed over a long process of cultural exchange between the Spanish, Incan, African, Italian, Chinese, Japanese etc., making Peru the birthplace of fusion food.  And in this culture of diversity and rich resources the accolades abound.  Three of its restaurants rank among the world’s 50 best, one of them (Central) was 4th. In 2014, it also received the World Travel Award as the World’s Leading Culinary Destination.  Peruvian food culture continues to evolve in the rediscovery of ancient and unique regional ingredients prepared in new ways.  Come discover Peru with us.

Tour:  Dining & Discovery in Peru

Mexico: A Journey for Women

Named the New York Times #1 destination of the year in 2016, Mexico City is on the upswing.  Whether it’s cuisine, art, architecture or history, there is much to see and do in this amazing capital city.  Our tour includes three days exploring before making the trip 170 miles northeast to San Miguel de Allende, which has an important food destination for quite a while.  The cobble-stoned colonial town that is both quaint and cosmopolitan at the same time, it’s also the perfect place to bring out your inner chef.

In San Miguel de Allende we will explore a food market with a chef,  includes luxury accommodation,  cooking classes and a range of dining experiences from authentic local cuisine to fine dining.  We will learn about the history of chocolate in Mexico from it’s origins as a bartering currency through to today’s fine chocolatiers. There’s also a visit to a local hacienda which operates as a tequila distillery as well.

Tour: Mexico – Flavors Old and New

 

Germany: Fine Summer Living

Named the New York Times #1 destination of the year, Mexico City is on the upswing.  Whether it’s cuisine, art, architecture or history, there is much to see and do in this amazing capital city.  Our tour includes three days exploring before making the trip 170 miles northeast to San Miguel de Allende, which has an important food destination for quite a while.  A cobblestoned colonial town that is both quaint and cosmopolitan at the same time, it’s also the perfect place to bring out your inner chef.

In San Miguel de Allende we will explore a food market with a chef,  includes luxury accommodation,  cooking classes and a range of dining experiences from authentic local cuisine to high-end fine dining restaurants. We will learn about the history of chocolate in Mexico from it’s origins as a bartering currency through to today’s fine chocolatiers. There’s also a visit to a local hacienda which operates as a tequila distillery as well.

Tour: Mexico – Flavors Old and New

Italy

As little as sixty years ago, your average European or American traveler did not appreciate Italian cooking as we do today.  It is hard to imagine now not loving the regional specialties and delicacies of Italy that change as you progress from the north to the south.

While many hurry through Tuscany on their way to Florence, few stop to sample the delights of the Tuscan countryside, and specifically the Chianti region.  The Chianti valley, and its main city of Siena, has always been considered the heart of old Tuscany and it is well-reknowned for its famous wines and rustic food.

Our tour is an intimate and delightful snapshot of Italian culture, people and cuisine.

Tour: Food and Wine in the Chianti Valley

Croatia

In Europe it is hard to find a country in which, in such a small area, so much diversity exists as in Croatia. Within its geographically curved shape are distinctions and peculiarities that distinguish the north-western region, belonging to Central Europe, from the southern, more Mediterranean area.

The historical turbulence, geographic and climatic features, diversity of culture, the varied characteristics of rural and urban localities, all contribute to the wealth of Croatia’s culinary diversity. It is undoubtedly one of the most interesting and richest in Europe, primarily because it unites the richness of Central European, Mediterranean and Eastern cuisine, but also because it is based on an extremely healthy food. Refined European gastronomy connoisseurs will recognize the influence on Croatian cuisine from former rulers of its regions, fromVienna to Istanbul and Venice, but also a precious legacy of people’s cuisine, developed in conjunction with the modest possibilities of individual regions.

Tour: Culinary Pearls of the Adriatic

France

Long before Julia Child wrote Mastering the Art of French Cooking, France was world-renowned for its cuisine. The culture of food and wine in France is unique and undeniable.  Every region in France has open markets of regional produce, fresh seafood, unique cheeses and wines and the French are justly proud of their fare.

With our French itineraries culture and food come together and blend the best of both worlds. In France you will taste some of the world’s best wines and cheeses while relaxing at country vineyard or hilltop village. Our culinary tours will not only include hands-on cooking courses, excursions to local towns and cultural sites but also offer opportunities to interact with those who are instrumental in producing the food they eat.  Other activities include learning about the origins of the baguette, sampling cheeses with an artisan producer, wine tasting on a barge or perhaps even making your own eclairs.

Tour: Wine and Gastronomy in Bordeaux & the Loire Valley