Mouth-watering foodie trips that explore delicious cuisines

One of the most authentic ways to experience a destination is through its food. Local dishes and delicacies can reveal so much about a place, giving an insight into its history and traditions. Whether you are a connoisseur who's sampled plenty of gourmet dishes, or you're an enthusiastic foodie who loves to try new things, you'll be tantalised by our handpicked selection of culinary-focused trips.

Cruise Venice & the Veneto and meet James Martin

This tour of Venice's beautiful canals is a great way to explore the variety of the islands and sample local delicacies as you explore. Between your scheduled visits - which include private visits to the Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica - there will be time to savour authentic Veneto specialities (not included) such as cicchetti - traditional Venetian small plates - saor, a type of sweet-and-sour marinade originally used by Venetian sailors to preserve fish, and of course delicious sparkling prosecco from Valdobbiadene.

A highlight of this exclusive cruise is a gala dinner cooked and designed by celebrated chef James Martin. There will also be a talk and Q&A hosted by James, where he'll share insights into his life and career as a celebrated chef.

Try local wines and beers in Slovenia

Slovenia is fast gaining popularity as a foodie destination, with a strong beer- and wine-producing tradition and delicious specialities like olive oil and truffles.

This five-night tour takes you to gorgeous Ljubljana, the beautiful Triglav National Park, famous Lake Bled and the majestic Triglav National Park. You'll visit Kamnik, the centre of Slovenia's craft beer production, the Vipava Valley, where you'll taste some local wines and Istria, where you'll go on a truffle-hunting expedition. Slovenia has a number of Michelin-starred restaurants - such as Strelec Restaurant in Ljubljana and Hiša Franko in the Soča Valley - which you might wish to dine at during your trip (not included).

Sample the culinary delights of Bologna & Modena

Italy's gastronomic capital is a treat for food-lovers. The wider Emilia-Romagna region is known for its rich and varied culinary treasures, especially the capital Bologna, home of ragù sauce (known outside Italy as bolognese), tortellini pasta and mortadella sausage. On a guided tour of the city you'll learn about its history through gastronomy and sample some renowned dishes for yourself.

Also on the itinerary is Modena, famous for its balsamic vinegar, where you will do a vinegar tasting and take a cooking class with a local host. You'll also visit Parma ham and Parmesan producers, and of course get to sample these mouthwatering products as well.

Cruise through the Douro wine region

Sample delectable port wines on this unforgettable cruise through the Douro Valley, a sun-kissed region of Portugal that is the world's oldest demarcated wine region.

A number of food and wine tastings are part of your itinerary, allowing you to sample delicious authentic cuisine and discover the country's winemaking traditions. You'll visit Quinta da Avessada, where you'll enjoy traditional Portuguese food, wine, and entertainment, and Quinta da Roeda, for a port wine tasting. You'll also stop at Régua, a city central to the region's port production, and Pinhão, surrounded by vineyards and wine-producing quintas.

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Taste your way through the Douro Valley

If a cruise perhaps isn't your thing, why not join this escorted land tour through the Douro Valley and Porto? Your eight-day itinerary begins in the city famed for its port, where you'll have the opportunity to taste the fortified wine.

Other foodie experiences throughout this tour include visits to a traditional bakery with a demonstration and tasting, a sparkling wine cellar with small plates in Lamego, no fewer than five wine tastings and even lunch at a local Quinta with a talk from the owner.

Take a foodie tour of Puglia

Visit olive farms, bakeries and vineyards, enjoy delicious tastings, and take a pasta-making class on this immersive culinary tour of the Puglia region in southern Italy.

Puglia is known for its delicious fresh produce that thrives in the region's warm and sunny climate. Sample regional specialities as you tour this beautiful region, including olive oil produced near Ostuni, bread baked in Altamura and orecchiette pasta produced in Bari, which you'll also learn how to make from a local signora. A highlight of the trip is a cookery masterclass at a local masseria, where you'll learn to prepare authentic Italian dishes before feasting on your creations at a traditional dinner.

Cruise through Bordeaux & the Médoc with Monica Galetti

Savour delicious vintages and excellent cuisine on this cruise through France's famous wine-growing regions. You'll take a scenic drive along the Médoc wine route, with a wine tasting at a beautiful wine estate which includes sampling some fresh oysters, a regional delicacy.

Other stops on this cruise are Cadillac, famous for its dessert wines - you'll enjoy a glass of Sauternes dessert wine after a tour of Château Royal de Cazeneuve - and Saint-Émilion, where you'll do a wine tasting in the atmospheric cellars of a Grand Cru estate. Also included is a visit to Libourne farmers' market in the company of celebrated chef Monica Galetti, who will host a cooking demonstration back at the ship, the SS Bon Voyage.

Cruise the Venetian Lagoon with Angela Hartnett

A destination rich in gastronomy as well as history, Venice is an ideal destination for foodies. On this exclusive cruise you'll meet Michelin-starred chef Angela Hartnett, who'll join the cruise for three days. Angela will join you on a trip to the Rialto Market, as well as host a cooking demonstration and Q&A back on board your ship.

You'll also visit key sights including St Mark's Basilica and the Doge's palace, both of which you will have private access to. Discover the islands of Burano and Murano; when you're finished exploring, you could treat yourself to a pit-stop in local cafe or bacaro for some delicious cicchetti (small plates) and a glass of local Custoza or Amarone della Valpolicella wine (not included).

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Culture & Gastronomy of Sicily

Sicily may be the Mediterranean's largest island, but you'll get to explore it all on this eight-day tour - where culture, archaeology and gastronomy combine.

Visit a traditional 'Agritourism', a rural house serving farm-to-table produce for a delicious light lunch during your journey from the small town of Piazza Armerina to Taormina. You'll also have free time in Taormina and Ortigia Old Town - perfect opportunities to feast upon freshly-caught seafood in a trattoria, or discover local street food delicacies.