Off the Beaten Path Travel

Many foodie travelers contact us because they want a culinary tour that is off the beaten path. But what is an off the beaten path food tour? 

Certainly, our culinary tours that are in a remote location or that are difficult to get to we consider “off the beaten path.” Sometimes examples of off the beaten path culinary tours are dramatic. If you have to ride a camel to get to your luxury camp in the Sahara, that is off the beaten path! Similarly, if you have to float down a river in Vietnam, or hike through the cloud forest of Peru, we would consider it an off the beaten path culinary tour. But even if you can arrive there in a car, there are plenty of remote destinations for our cooking vacations. 

Some countries are themselves off the beaten path. Most of our travelers look for a culinary vacation in Europe, so for our clientele, a destination not often-traveled by tourists can automatically be considered as off the beaten path. This includes most of our trips in Peru, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, and India, which we classify as off the beaten path. 

But we also count as off the beaten path any culinary vacations that are in a destination that is for some reason unusual. This might be in a popular country – Italy, for instance – but in a town or region that is almost unknown to most tourists. For example, an agriturismo in the countryside of Abruzzo, or a farm in Emilia-Romagna, would be considered off the beaten path. A small town in northern Lombardy, or anywhere in the little-known Friuli-Venezia-Giulia can be considered off the beaten path to our culinary travelers. Quite simply, if you are traveling to a country that is a popular destination but you are going someplace most tourists have never heard of, let alone thought to visit, then we would call it off the beaten path, including  Scotland, Greece, France, and Spain, which are themselves some of our most popular destinations. 


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Portugal
Tuna as made on a Portugal culinary tour in the Algarve. Authentic Algarve
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5 Nights Starting At $2,250

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Morocco
Moroccan tagines on a culinary tour of Morocco Luxury Morocco Culinary Tour
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9 or 12 Nights Starting At $4,440

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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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United Kingdom
A beautiful day at Castle Sween on your culinary vacation in Scotland Undiscovered Scotland
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7 Nights Starting At $2,550

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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
View of Abruzzo from a distance Authentic Abruzzo Cooking
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4 or 6 Nights Starting At $2,025

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Turkey
View of the sea from a street in Bodrum, home for your Turkish cooking vacation Cooking on Turkey's Aegean Coast
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6 Nights Starting At $2,450

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Peru
The ruins of Kuelap near Chachapoyas, Peru Culinary Journey into the Amazon
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6 Nights Starting At $2,500

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Italy
Vineyard in Umbria on a cooking vacation in Italy Gastronomy in an Italian Villa
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3 Nights Starting At $900

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Italy
Italian pasta with seafood on a cooking vacation in Sicily Baroque Sicily
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4 or 6 Nights Starting At $2,400

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Italy
Traveling on the UNESCO Bernina Express in the Swiss Alps during a culinary tour of Northern Italy Cooking in the Valtellina Valley
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Italy
Closeup of tarts served on an Italy culinary vacation Farm to Table in Emilia Romagna
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Italy
View of Rooftops from Carunchio, Abruzzo, seen during a culinary vacation in Italy Sapori d'Abruzzo
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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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France
Canal du Midi on a foodie tour in France Savor the Flavors of the Languedoc
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Croatia
Culinary Adventure on the Croatian Coast
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6 Nights Starting At $3,700

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Thailand
Taste of Thailand culinary tour in Bangkok and Chiang Mai Taste of Thailand
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4 Nights Starting At $1,300

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Vietnam & Cambodia
Delicious Asian dish during a cooking vacation in Southeast Asia Cruise on the Mekong River
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12 Nights Starting At $4,700

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Vietnam & Cambodia
Fisherman in Southeast Asia casting his net Cooking and Culture in Vietnam and Cambodia
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8 Nights Starting At $3,170

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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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Morocco
View of the market in Marrakech, visited on a culinary tour of Morocco Moroccan Flavors
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9 Nights Starting At $3,680

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Italy
Fish dish at the Villa Luppis on your cooking vacation in Italy Luxury and Gastronomy at Villa Luppis
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Italy
Bowl of minestrone soup made during a culinary tour in Italy In the Land of Prosecco
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Italy
Making gnocchi on a culinary tour to Italy Roman Countryside Discovery
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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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France
Poule au Pot on French culinary tour Cooking in Brittany
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6 Nights Starting At $2,190

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What to Expect on Our Off the Beaten Path Food Tour

Just because you’re traveling off the beaten path does not mean you’re roughing it or that you can’t expect the same level of care and quality as on our other cooking vacations. When you are traveling with The International Kitchen you can find a standard of excellence including:

  • Top-quality, clean accommodations
  • Talented and friendly professional guides and chefs
  • Delicious and authentic foods and wines
  • Safe and comfortable transportation
  • The protection of booking with a licensed and insured tour operator that has been organizing top-notch tours for twenty-five years.

Some of our favorite off the beaten path cooking vacations include:

Culinary Journey into the Amazon

Discover a part of the world truly untouched by mass tourism by traveling to northern Peru. See ancient ruins that rival Machu Picchu in the Amazon cloud forest, meet the friendly locals, and explore delicious Peruvian cuisine.

Cooking on Turkey’s Aegean Coast

Travel to a part of Turkey many people have never heard of, and enjoy the pristine coastlines, flavorful Mediterranean cuisine, and visit local farms and food cooperatives run by local Turkish women.

Undiscovered Scotland

Visit the Scotland of your fantasies in the Mid-Argyll while staying in a charming cottage and cooking with a local woman. Forage for herbs, collect mussels from the sea and explore the local sites.