Family Friendly Cooking Tours

Can you take a culinary tour with your kids? Absolutely!  Food tours and cooking vacations with The International Kitchen make great family vacations for a lot of reasons.

First, food brings families together. Is family mealtime a staple in your house? What could be better than experiencing a family meal together during an exploration of new cultures and cuisines on a cooking vacation in Italy, a food tour in Portugal, cooking classes in Mexico, to name but a few? We have found that some children are actually more adventurous eaters while on a culinary vacation, where they know they have to try different things. Plus, kids absorb a lot of their parents’ interest, so if you believe food is one of the most important parts of your cooking vacation, it might be important to your kids as well.

Of course, not every food tour we offer makes a perfect family vacation, but we’ll help you choose a culinary tour that’s right for your family. Some of our trips are better for younger children, some are better for families with children that are grown. Some of our cooking vacations and food and wine tours might not appropriate for children at all. If you’re thinking of traveling with your family on one of our fabulous culinary tours, give us a call and would be happy to make recommendations, whether this means a beach cooking vacation in Greece, a culinary tour of Barcelona, a family-friendly estate in Tuscany, or cooking in the French Alps.


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Portugal
The lighthouse on the edge of Europe on your culinary tour of Portugal with TIK Lisbon and the Algarve
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6 Nights Starting At $3,500

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Spain
A few of the Alhambra Palace at dawn Highlights of Andalusia
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7 Nights Starting At $3,380

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Peru
Typical hand-made boat on a culinary tour of Peru Colors and Flavors of Northern Peru
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5 Nights Starting At $1,580

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Italy
Making pasta on a cooking vacation in Tuscany Living the Real Tuscan Dream
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6 Nights Starting At $3,300

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Italy
Typical Italian products Cook in the Heart of Chianti
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4 or 6 Nights Starting At $2,250

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France
Lavender hanging at the market on a French culinary tour Cuisine and Culture of Provence
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6 Nights Starting At $3,250

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Spain
A view of a Spanish village visited during your culinary tour of Catalonia Catalonian Tastes and Treasures
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3 or 6 Nights Starting At $2,100

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Mexico
Delicious dishes on your cooking vacation in Mexico Cooking on the Riviera Maya
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4 or 7 Nights Starting At $1,497

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France
Fresh produce at market during your culinary vacation in Provence A Gastronomic Holiday in Aix-en-Provence
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5 Nights Starting At $2,450

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Italy
Closeup of tarts served on an Italy culinary vacation Farm to Table in Emilia Romagna
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3 Nights Starting At $1,050

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Greece
Zakynthos Island Adventure
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7 Nights Starting At $1,890

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Greece
Cooking and Traditions of Crete
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6 Nights Starting At $2,950

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France
Chicken and potatoes in Normandy, home for your culinary vacation in France Discover Normandy
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4 or 6 Nights Starting At $1,675

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India
Horizontal view of the Taj Mahal on an India tour Highlights of India Cooking Tour
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11 Nights Starting At $5,750

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France
France Cooking Vacations and Dining in Provence Bonjour Provence
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6 Nights Starting At $4,490

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Italy
Plate of risotto with truffles on a culinary tour to Italy Authentic Experience in Piedmont
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3 Nights Starting At $850

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Italy
Olives overlooking the sea on the Amalfi Coast Sorrento Cooking Adventure
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4 or 6 Nights Starting At $2,340

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Italy
Toasting with Mamma during your cooking vacation in Italy A Culinary Quest in Vasto
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6 Nights Starting At $1,815

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Greece
Lunch by the sea in Greece on a Greek culinary tour Greek Cooking Odyssey
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7 Nights Starting At $2,595

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France
French pastries on display during your culinary tour of France A Parisian Rendezvous
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4 Nights Starting At $1,340

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Portugal
Pana Castle in Sintra, as visited on a culinary tour of Portugal Treasures of Portugal
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7 Nights Starting At $2,400

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Italy
Chianti bottles during a cooking vacation in Tuscany Chianti Cooking: Tuscany Cooking Vacation
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4 Nights Starting At $1,800

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Italy
Pool at the Villa Romana hotel on the Amalfi Coast Villa Romana: Authentic Amalfi Cuisine
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4 or 6 Nights Starting At $2,000

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Family Getaways: Cooking Vacations and Food Tours

Sometimes when planning a family culinary tour for our travelers, we find that not everyone wants to learn to cook. Some members of your family might want to experience the food tours and tastings, but not the actual hands-on cooking classes, and that’s just fine. We offer many culinary family vacations that offer a discount for “non-cooking companions,” and we can always design custom tours for your family that include less – or even no – cooking. Personally, we encourage people to try the cooking lessons, even children, as we have found people enjoy it much more than they thought they would. But if some of your family does not want to cook, that’s not a problem, and we can even create a foodie tour for you and your family that doesn’t include any cooking at all.

Our trips are full of fun excursions and most include some free time for relaxing or exploring, which most of our families enjoy. Whether your family is interested in spending time together on a beach vacation, exploring old castles, staying on a local farm, relaxing by the pool, or fishing, biking, or hiking, we have plenty of activities to keep the whole family happy. And one last note on our family culinary vacations: they make great multi-generational trips as well. We’ve had families of grandparents, parents, and children travel together, and even extended family like aunts and uncles. A culinary vacation is also a great way to have a family reunion, and often we can plan a trip where you have exclusive use of a villa, small hotel, guest house, or B&B.

Check out some of our culinary family vacation packages below.

Cook in the Heart of Chianti

Stay at a Tuscan resort with a beautiful pool and garden, and cook with two vibrant young chefs during hands-on Tuscan cooking classes on this family-friendly Tuscany cooking vacation.

Barcelona Foodie Adventure

We believe Barcelona has something for everyone, and it is a great destination for a family-friendly Barcelona food tour complete with cooking classes, tapas tastings, and free time to explore.

Cuisine and Culture of Provence

This Provence cooking vacation is a  great option for the whole family, and you can take over a 5-bedroom B&B in the Provencal countryside, learn to cook and enjoy French dishes and explore sunny southern France.