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 4.8 out of 5 based on 1007 reviews in the last year.
Sri Lanka Real Food Adventure, January 2018
Intrepid are a great way to visit a country, and have real experiences with local people and places and tour leaders who are so knowledgable and passionate about there countries.
Review submitted 22 Jan 2018
Vietnam Real Food Adventure , January 2018
My Vietnam Food tour was amazing. Not only did I experience Vietnam from North to South culturally, I also ate (and learned to prepare - it is easy with the great cooking schools) the most amazing food. A shout out to our lovely guide Tham Ta - she really looked after us. PS do pack warm for the north! When it is cold there it is really cold.
Review submitted 22 Jan 2018
India Real Food Adventure, January 2018
We have found each of our Intrepid travel experiences positive and exciting. For us, it is adventure travel without the worry of issues which are difficult to manage when we have limited time to see and do as much as we want. We enjoy being part of a relatively small tour group of different ages and backgrounds and the right mix of organised sightseeing and activities along with some free time to explore things that may or may not be of interest to others in the group. We have found Intrepid travel to suit us, giving us that small amount of extra confidence to travel in developing world and non English speaking countries with ease.
Review submitted 22 Jan 2018
Real Food Adventure - India , December 2017
This trip through Northern India was a real treat! The food was amazing from street food, to cooking demonstrations to High Tea at the Taj in Mumbai. The trip was a food sensation! Spices everywhere you went! The local people we met along the way made this trip an incredible adventure. Book it, you definitely won't regret it and you will leave with a lifetime of memories. This was my second trip to India with Intrepid for a month and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It won't be my last trip there with Intrepid!
Review submitted 21 Jan 2018