Staff Favorites

Most of the culinary travelers who call us, ask the same question: what is your favorite cooking vacation? At The International Kitchen, we have spent years checking out the best cooking vacations, food tours, and wine tours in Europe and beyond, and we’ve each got our favorites.

This is your chance to take the culinary tours and check out the destinations that we have so enjoyed over the years. What qualities does a cooking vacation need to have to be considered a staff favorite and recommended vacation spot?

First, to be considered a favorite, a cooking vacation needs to be in a place we enjoy traveling. That might not be very specific, as we pretty much enjoy traveling everywhere on our cooking vacations, but to be a staff favorite it has to be in a place we would go back to again and again and again. For some of us that might be Sicily, with its fascinating and varied history, its richly delicious Mediterranean cuisine, and its sunny coastlines. For others, it might be Croatia, with its deep seas, peka-baked dishes, and cultural diversity. And for others, it might be the Loire Valley with its chateaux, kingly palaces, and fruity wines.

Another factor that goes into choosing our favorite cooking vacations is the food itself. If you love fresh mozzarella cheese and limoncello, you’re always going to want to visit the Amalfi Coast. If you like duck and foie gras, your favorite cooking vacations will be in the Southwest of France. If if you want tamales and mole, you’re going to head to Mexico for a Mexican food tour.

Sometimes we choose a favorite culinary vacation because we love the wine tours in that destination. Whether we are talking about Piedmont, Bordeaux, or Mendoza, there is a lot to recommend each destination, but the reason we keep going back on wine tours to these places is because we absolutely love the wines!

But some of our favorite cooking vacations aren’t because it’s our favorite food or wine. Sometimes it’s because of the chefs and guides who are there to give our travelers the very best culinary tours possible. We know that if Paolo or Augusto or Francesca are taking care of us, we – and our clients – are going to have the best possible culinary vacation and be welcomed like family.


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Spain
A view of the olive groves at sunrise during our Spain food tours in Andalusia.

Flavors of Andalusia

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5 Nights Starting At $2,395

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Italy
The famous Amalfi Coast as see on an Amalfi Coast food tour with TIK.

Splendid Sorrento

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6 Nights Starting At $2,990

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Portugal
A view of Lisbon on a Lisbon food tour.

Lisbon Food Tour

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3 Nights Starting At $1,495

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Italy
Temple of Concordia visited on you Sicily cooking vacation

Sicily Cooking Vacation: Best of the West

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6 Nights Starting At $3,670

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Spain
Night view of beautiful Barcelona, home for your fabulous culinary vacation in Spain

Barcelona Foodie Adventure

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3 or 5 Nights Starting At $817

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Italy
A view of the Mediterranean during an Amalfi Coast cooking vacation

Culinary Experience on the Amalfi Coast

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6 Nights Starting At $3,675

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Spaghetti with mussels and clams as prepared on a cooking vacation on the Amalfi Coast

A Culinary Adventure in Puglia

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6 Nights Starting At $3,690

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Italy
Delicious seafood dish on an Italian culinary tour

Mediterranean Cooking Experience

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4 or 6 Nights Starting At $2,550

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Sunset over the vineyards of Chianti during our wine tours Tuscany Italy.

Antinori's Noble Tuscany

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4 or 6 Nights Starting At $2,800

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Italy
Typical Italian products

Cook in the Heart of Chianti

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4 or 6 Nights Starting At $2,290

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Delicious antipasti on a Tuscany cooking vacation

Classic Tuscan Table at Villa Casagrande

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4 or 6 Nights Starting At $2,475

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Italy
View of Bellagio on a culinary vacation in Italy

Beautiful Bellagio on Lake Como

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5 Nights Starting At $4,190

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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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Italy
Piedmont landscape on an Italy culinary tour

Bountiful Piedmont

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5 Nights Starting At $3,300

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Chef preparing handmade pasta on a culinary vacation in Italy

Foodie Tour on the Via Emilia: Parma and Bologna

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4 or 7 Nights Starting At $2,875

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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 $2,750

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Peru
The ruins of Kuelap near Chachapoyas, Peru

Culinary Journey into the Amazonas Region

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6 Nights Starting At $2,850

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Italy
Parmigiano wheels on a farm to table cooking vacation

Flavors Of The Real Italian Countryside

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3 Nights Starting At $1,590

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Vietnam & Cambodia
Pho Bo Vietnamese soup on a Southeast Asia culinary tour.

Cooking and Culture in Vietnam and Cambodia

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8 Nights Starting At $3,170

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Italy
A view of La Rocca fortress in Spoleto on your culinary tour of Italy

Secrets of Spoleto and Umbrian Cooking

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6 Nights Starting At $3,300

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Some of the delicious, typical products of Umbria, discovered during our cooking vacations in Umbria.

A Food Lover's Paradise in Norcia

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4 or 6 Nights Starting At $2,850

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View of Tuscan olive trees on a cooking vacation in Italy

Tuscan Splendor

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4 or 6 Nights Starting At $2,750

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Stone wall and tree on a culinary tour in the countryside of Italy

La Cucina Romana in the Sabine Hills

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6 Nights Starting At $3,500

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