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Crete, Greece - 6 nights
Cretan cuisine is amongst the healthiest diet in the world. Through this six night cooking vacation you will hone your skills in the kitchen through hands on cooking lessons, learning seafood, casserole, meat, veggie dishes and more. Stay in a 150 year old lovingly restored Cretan stonehouse which is surrounded by breathtaking views, an unspoiled landscape of rolling hills, olive groves and vineyard valleys, located only 15 minutes from Heraklion City and 20 minutes from the airport.
The Legacy of Al Andalus
(Options: Customized Tours, Tapas Tours, Day Cooking Lessons and Excursions)
The Legacy of Al Andalus will enable you to discover and explore the abundant history and culture of three of the most enchanting cities in the region, Seville, Granada and Córdoba - especially in its exceptional food and wine. In Andalusia, life is lived to the fullest and eating and drinking are taken very seriously. This seven night culinary holiday offers you unrivalled gastronomy, incredible wines, food and cultural visits. Enjoy a tapas tour, take cooking lessons in an authentic Spanish farmhouse with an incredible chef, learn about ham production and taste sherries and wines - this is the tour for the serious foodie.
Tastes of Tuscany
Tuscany, Italy - 7 nights
Learn to cook in a spectacular, recently restored villa set in the hillsides close to Arezzo. There is a truffle estate surrounding the villa, making it famous in the area and wonderful for seeing how truffles are found and of course how to prepare these in many wonderful dishes.
THE FLAVOURS OF TUSCANY
"Dear Jo-Ann - We just had the most amazing week. It was everything we could have hoped for and more. We are already planning a "make your own pasta party" at our house to introduce friends to the very unique flavours we tried and made! Jo-Ann, the others who came through Active Gourmet - Ed, Cathy and Kelly were all very complimentary about the service they had received from you, as were we. I was hugely impressed with your immediate attention to every detail and I will certainly recommend friends to your website if they are considering similar trips to ours." - Joneen and Ray S., Auckland, New Zealand