Uncover a world of authentic, mouth-watering food tours designed to suit any budget, appetite and time frame. By pairing the classic grassroots Intrepid travel style with a special food focus, our itineraries aim to really get you under the skin of the world's most exciting food cultures. It might be spoiling your tastebuds with flavour-filled curries in Sri Lanka, bottling your own wine in Spain, making soba noodles in a cooking class in Japan, or tucking into Buddhist fare on an overnight monastery stay in South Korea.
These are real-world experiences with a foodie twist: one part culture, one part adventure and three parts delicious. From bite-sized trips to gastronomic odysseys, we’ll get you munching, crunching, sipping and slurping just like the locals.
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Expect to eat the local way. We didn’t call these trips ‘food adventures’ for nothing. Forget Michelin stars and 20-course degustations – our local leaders will help you get behind the scenes of a local food culture, track down the freshest street food, discover the most authentic local restaurants and reveal the traditions and techniques that make these destinations so deliciously mouth-watering. From lining up with locals for fresh tortillas in a Mexican market to hopping between Logrono’s thriving tapas bars, they’ll show you local food from the perspective of those who eat it every day.
All of our food trips have been designed with one thing in mind – experiencing the best local food on the planet. But we all know that there’s much more to food than just eating it – so whether it’s browsing markets for fresh produce, sizzling up a storm in a cooking class or meeting a local street-food legend, we’ve stuffed your plate to the brim. And once you’ve devoured all the local food you can handle, we’ve made sure our Food Adventures are rolled up into a burrito with the lot so you won’t miss out on the iconic sights and authentic cultural experiences that are found on all our Intrepid trips.
Like all Intrepid itineraries, we’ve made sure our food trips provide free time between activities, allowing you to digest a destination either with your group or on your own. You might spend the morning exploring a buzzing local market with your guide and cooking a delicious local dish with your group before heading off on your own to wander the marbled halls of a museum or cycling through ancient alleys. We’ve also left plenty of mealtimes free of organised activities, which gives you the flexibility to ‘get your gourmet on’ at a fine dining restaurant or simply seek out your own ‘real food’ adventure. Needless to say, your leader will be there every step of the way with suggestions and recommendations.
Sometimes, the best way to eat like a local is to travel like one too. That could mean jumping on a boat to discover the flavours of the Mekong Delta, riding the Tokyo subway to a sake bar or rattling along in a rickshaw in pursuit of Agra’s finest chaats. We love to use local transport because it gives us a chance to experience everyday local life from a new perspective.
Whether you’re spending the night in an ancient fortress or in the home of a local family, most of our trips include a memorable overnight stay that is designed to make your trip extra memorable. When we do choose to use hotels, all of our accommodation options are in our Original style, which means a mix of 2-3 star establishments that are safe, clean and comfortable.
It goes without saying that by eating in local restaurants, buying things from street-side sellers and using local guides, our trips help support local economies. But that’s just the start of it. Many of our itineraries incorporate visits to community projects and we offer carbon offsetting on all of our food trips. Above all, we are committed to a style of travel that is culturally, environmentally and socially responsible.
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Our trips score an average of 4.81 out of 5 based on 1336 reviews in the last year.
Slovenia & Croatia Real Food Adventure, July 2018
Time to try food tourism, and the Balkan Real Food Adventure from Slovenia to Macedonia is a good place to start!!
Review submitted 21 Aug 2018
Greece Real Food Adventure , June 2018
This was an amazing trip. I didn’t want it to end. We had the best guide that you could ask for. She definitely went above and beyond in every aspect o the trip. I have never had a guide who managed to be as helpful and cater to absolutely everyone’s needs and wants. She made the trip an absolutely amazing experience.
Review submitted 20 Aug 2018
Sri Lanka Real Food Adventure, August 2018
Obviously food was the main reason I booked onto this trip, and there was definitely plenty of it! The home visits for lunch or dinner were the highlights of the tour, and getting to watch and sometimes join in the preparation of the food cooked by local families was amazing. Going into their home, and learning about their traditions and culture was such a treat. The trip was none stop, and we were always on the move which meant we got so much done. Included activities were plentiful, including a visit to Lions Rock (Sigiriya) and Kandy’s Dalada Maligawa (Temple of the Tooth). This trip gives you a great overview of Sri Lanka, and perfect for people who love food! Of course I have to give a special mention to our tour leader Irosha, who was just fabulous. Her knowledge of Sri Lanka was so vast and it was so great for her to share it with us. Her enthusiasm for the country was inspiring and she made the trip extra special!
Review submitted 20 Aug 2018
Portugal Real Food Adventure, featuring Galicia, August 2018
Fantastic way to experience the local food and culture, a true holiday with all the details taken care of for us. Great way to travel
Review submitted 19 Aug 2018