A European holiday is an experience that needs to be ticked off everyone’s bucket list. But, a foodie adventure through some of its most tantalising regions is truly something to savor.
There’s no denying it, Europe is one of those travel destinations that truly has it all. From the impressive imperial palaces of Russia and the otherworldly scenery of the sun-drenched Croatian coastlines, the magnificent icy glaciers in Iceland and the beautiful Italian Lakes, not forgetting the sultry coasts of Spain, Portugal and Morocco. Europe has wondrously diverse destinations and cultures just waiting to be explored.
For those wanting to discover Europe’s culture through its food and drink, Peregrine – with its premium small group tours to over 80 destinations – has just the thing for you, with a new Foodie tour hitting the Peregrine Food collection range in 2019.
Get a true taste of Italy
Forget Venice and Rome, and discover some of northern Italy’s best cuisine on Peregrine Adventures new food tour from Turin to Bologna. Italy is a foodie’s paradise, but as a visitor, it can be hard to escape the tourist traps. Peregrine’s local leaders will give travellers an insider’s guide to this epicurean wonderland in an intimate small group of 12.
The Piedmont region is one of the most beautiful parts of Italy, gifted with picturesque hills topped with centuries-old castles, and stunning towns. It also produces some of the best wine grapes in the country and rare white truffles. Get to know some locals on a truffle hunt and cooking class. A local known as ‘the truffle man’, will take you on a hunt for this culinary treasure. As one might expect with such a rare and expensive ingredient, truffles are buried underground and can be difficult to find. Learn the local tricks for knowing where to dig, then return to a winery for a cooking class in the cellar. The matriarch of the family will teach you how to prepare a typical Piedmont menu, including appetiser, first course, main course and dessert.
If you thought its pastel-hued buildings and breathtaking coastline was the only thing the Cinque Terre had going for it, you’re going to be pleasantly surprised by its cuisine. On top of freshly caught anchovies and fish, make sure to try freshly baked focaccia and pesto – regional specialties.
In Levanto enjoy a hands-on demonstration on how to make the original Ligurian pesto from scratch from Peregrine’s long-time friend, Luigina, and her daughters – of course, you’ll have to eat the pesto you produced yourself minutes before, as it is best eaten fresh.
Tasting the real balsamic vinegar in an attic of a former farmhouse is a revelation – it takes at least 20 years to produce this culinary masterpiece, which is made according to centuries-old methods. It’ll be hard to go back to the mass-produced version after this. There is just so much to taste and enjoy in this part of Italy’s countryside.
Italy Food Explorer – 9 Days, From $5,950 // NZD $6,760.
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