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Veneto, Italy - 6 nights
(Options: Day Cooking Classes, Customized Itineraries)
Available May to June/September to October - Sunday to Saturday
Travel to Northern Italy for an Italian cooking vacation where hands-on classes with a professional chef take place in an amazing villa in the Veneto. Groups are kept small as you learn exciting dishes based on regional Italian recipes. In addition to daily cooking instruction, you will have guided visits to an artisan cheese producer, the famous Rialto fish and produce market, and a wine estate where you will have a tutored wine tasting.
(Options: Day Cooking Classes, Longer Stays)
Bordeaux, France - 3 nights
Available year round (excluding August)
Savor the wines, foods and landscapes that define this southwestern corner of France between Bordeaux and St. Emilion. Your stay in the "Entre Deux Mers" AOC region is a unique way to get to know French people and to share their culinary passions. Your hosts are a French-American couple who invite you into their home, a comfortable renovated 18th century forge, and their nearby vineyard farm.
Crete, Greece - 6 nights
Available year round - Sunday to Saturday
This is a unique opportunity to experience first hand authentic Cretan regional cooking techniques and recipes that have been developed and handed down over generations. Your cooking vacation takes place in a fine stone-built country manor of 1750, which is classified as historical. It has been preserved for its traditional architectural structure, typical of the Cretan design stemming from prehistoric Minoan mansions. The cooking classes allow you to immerse yourself in the culture and lifestyle of Crete and learn to cook authentic Cretan dishes in an informal and friendly environment. All of the ingredients you will use are bought each morning from the local open market or direct from the fields so you will be working with fresh fruits and vegetables in season. You will learn the traditions and passion of the Cretan kitchen and, most importantly, will have a lot of fun!