Calling all culinary connoisseurs: how can you infuse your love of all things delicious into your next vacation? The best meals engage all your senses—the appetizing look of a dish, the intoxicating aroma, and, of course, the taste.
A vacation fit for a gastronome should do the same, with excursions and experiences that prove to be a feast for your senses. Think beyond the standard cooking classes and explore the culinary traditions that make your destination one of a kind.
At Premiere Luxury Travel, we help our clients experience the best of a destination through its food, wine, spirits, and culture—because we firmly believe that you can’t truly get the most out of traveling until you’ve savored the authentic cuisine and culinary traditions that make a place distinct.
South Africa boasts so much more than interesting wildlife and beautiful beaches—the food and wine scene is vibrant and inviting. We recommend:
Dine beneath the stars at your safari lodge’s boma, a traditional outdoor enclosure lit by nothing more than lanterns, a roaring fire, and the moon above—spit-roasted meats and free-flowing robust wines from the renowned Cape Winelands region are sure to satiate you!
End an exhilarating day tracking the Big Five during your safari game drive with a “sundowner;” your guide will pick a prime spot to stop the Jeep and enjoy the sunset while whipping up a cocktail (or three)!
Set out on a lively Cape Town food tour to taste the city’s most delicious eats, like boerewors cooked on a brai (that is, spiced sausage cooked on a grill), ostrich jerky, a Gatsby sandwich stuffed with fried fish and French fries, or a cup of joe from Truth Coffee, voted the world’s best coffee shop!
With more than 200 Michelin-starred restaurants, Spain is an undisputed culinary mecca. Here’s how we’d help you explore:
Learn the secrets to cooking up a fragrant seafood paella in your private Barcelona cooking class, then dig into your meal as you drink in a view of the glittering Balearic Sea—afterwards, walk off your lunch with a stroll through the colorful, boisterous La Boquería market in the city center
Experience the culinary collusion of avant garde and tradition in Basque country, as you tour the largest indoor food market in Europe and snack on delicious pinxtos in Bilbao bars
Visit a centuries-old oil mill in sunny Andalusia and taste the difference between just-pressed olive oil, with it’s surprisingly zesty, piquant flavor, and poor grocery store imitations (that you’ll never go back to!)
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La Bella Italia is renowned the world over for its cuisine, and Tuscany may be the country’s most beloved culinary region. Here’s what’s in store:
Embark on a truffle hunt through the oak-laden countryside, a truffle-sniffing dog leading the way with your guide—after you dig up your bounty, enjoy it shaved over freshly made pasta with a sprinkle of parmesan
Dig into Florence’s signature dish—the Florentine steak—at a restaurant that’s been serving diners since the Renaissance (with a menu largely unchanged!)
Pack a picnic lunch of prosciutto and lots of spreads and lay your blanket in between the rows of a rural vineyard; after lunch, meet the vintner in the cellar for a special private tasting
You don’t have to travel half way around the world to discover an intoxicating culinary culture. Embrace boutique vineyards and farm-to-table dining in chic Napa Valley:
Sail high above the verdant vineyards and watch the day break over the valley during a hot air balloon ride—when you land back on earth, indulge in the champagne picnic brunch that awaits you
Taste and compare several award-winning vintages that hail from a boutique winery that’s been in the same family for decades—you’ll discover small-batch wines right at the source, crafted with care to preserve the unique terroir of the region
Sample a new spin on comfort food composed of farm-fresh ingredients (including a life-changing buffalo mozzarella appetizer) at the Brasswood, a long-time local Valley favorite—and enjoy perfect wine pairings from Brasswood’s very own winery
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Working with Shannon was amazing! After a brief conversation of my trip goals, she presented me with an incredible itinerary. I love the detailed thought and preparations invested in my trip, the excitement she had for me, and her personal experiences shared. I look forward to the next trip Shannon can plan for me! This was a 5 star experience (5/5)!
Shannon is amazing to work with. I am a very experienced traveler and very picky and Shannon was patient with me and sorted out all the things I asked of her. She has access to many things I was not even aware of. Amazing!
She’s the best! Our trip to Spain was masterfully planned with different ages and abilities all taken care of.
She helped a very busy mom plan a last minute surprise trip for all things Disney for 2 weeks from now! We are industrious travelers and Disney was next level. Give her a call— she is a miracle worker.
My husband and I were celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary and wanted to experience Napa Valley and Sonoma, California. We reached out to Shannon and she created our trip from her vast knowledge of wine country. Everything was laid out on a perfect daily agenda with just the right amount of time for each tasting and culinary delight. Our trip was a total delight all due to Shannon’s amazing attention to detail! We look forward to her planning our next adventure!
If you’d love to taste your way through a destination, then take this 60-second quiz and we’ll tell you what kind of culinary traveler you are—and where your next culinary adventure should take you:
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