Welcome! If you crave the extraordinary, Active Gourmet Holidays is the perfect place to discover your next adventure. Search our site for divine active or culinary vacations (or a combination of both!), then contact us and let the professionals do the legwork. We offer over 100 splendid cooking school vacations so you can be assured that the experts will make the best recommendations as to which gourmet cooking tours will best fit your needs! Active Gourmet Holidays has been in business since 2002 and is a proud member of the Better Business Bureau Online Reliability Program, ASTA, IACP, Slow Food and ICTA. Give us a call and find out why we have an A+ Rating with the BBB!
Cook Like a Tuscan
(Options: Day Cooking Class, Spa, Wine Tours)
Stay in a gorgeous 17th Century Relais & Chateaux property located in the quiet countryside of Tuscany, just over one mile from the beautiful walled Etruscan town of Cortona which has been written about in the very popular Frances Mayes books. Enjoy an unforgettable cooking vacation with hands-on cooking classes taught by the chef/owner or one of the restaurant chefs. Immerse yourself in the breathtaking panoramas of this famed area of Italy. This promises to be an incredible experience. Also, new for 2016 please inquire about our new and special cooking program featuring cooking classes in each of the restaurants at this gorgeous hotel.
The Essence of Greece
(Option: Custom Itineraries)
This week long culinary tour of Greece features fabulous food and excellent wines, colorful open-air markets bursting with gorgeous local products and four unique hands-on cooking classes that explore the healthiest and most delicious food in the world in one of the world's most captivating destinations. Nothing can bring you closer to the essence of Greece than this fantastic hands-on cooking vacation. This culinary tour takes you way beyond the usual tourist experience to get to know the real Greece – tasting, smelling, seeing, touching and learning how to create delicious, authentic Greek dishes yourself.
Truffles, Wine & Cooking in Le MarcheLe Marche, Italy - 7 nights
Available March to June, September to November - Saturday to Saturday
Discover the secret of Italy. When you visit Le Marche you will inevitably be struck by the wonderful bucolic landscape, the rich cultural heritage, the historic architecture and the quality of the local produce. But we would like to help you get under Le Marche’s skin, meeting local artisans and experiencing the true rural life. Stay in a beautiful country home in a quiet setting, go on a truffle hunt, take cooking classes and get to know this region like a local.
A TASTE OF PERU FOR FOODIES
"Thank you so much for organising what turned out to be the holiday of a lifetime. Everything was first class from the luxury accommodation and transportation to our fantastic tour guides and spectacular excursions. While we went without a true understanding of Peruvian cuisine, we were blown away by the variety and quality of the produce and techniques used in the restaurants selected for us. We are already looking on the website for our next destination!" - Brenda A. and Lynne A., Glasgow, Scotland