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Culinary Tours

Runway Travel knows that cuisine is a travel highlight and luxury culinary tours are a fabulous way to immerse yourself in a destination’s culture. Sharing a meal is universal and heightens the taste and smell senses. Regional culinary tours expose you to the ingredients and the local geography, climate, regional industries, and local wildlife. You don’t have to be a Foodie to learn the art and traditional techniques and the history passed down not through recipe cards, but through living experience.

Below are some of our hand-picked, carefully designed culinary tours from around the globe. Each destination includes exclusive experiences that best capture the unique food, wine and culinary traditions of each destination. We will customize an itinerary to suit your level of culinary interest and proficiency in any of our destinations around the world. Contact us to curate the perfect wine and dine experience!

Portugal

Make Craveiral Farmhouse part of your Portugal vacation! It is an authentic and sustainable retreat on the unspoiled Alentejo coast of Portugal. With 38 thoughtfully designed houses, two outdoor swimming pools, and a well-being area, Craveiral offers a serene escape. From farm-to-table cuisine to an educational farm with animals, Craveiral offers a genuine and conscious journey for family getaways, romantic escapes, or solo retreats. You’ll prepare a typical dish from the region where 70% of the ingredients used are from their farm and local producers source the remaining 30%. When you book through runway travel you will receive a 20-minute free massage.

When in Portugal you must do a port tasting! Watch this video of a gentleman at one of our favorite shops in Sintra providing tips. Also, port is served in smaller glasses allow you to appreciate the aroma and flavor concentration of the port. Port pairs exceptionally well with a variety of foods. Ruby ports often complement rich, dark chocolate desserts, while tawny ports pair nicely with nuts, dried fruits, and aged cheeses. Experiment with different pairings to find what you enjoy best. Contact us for additional details.

Ireland

Deep beneath the original Straffan House at The K Club, the wine cellar, built by the Barton family, remains a wonderfully atmospheric space to explore. Enjoy a tour with the resort’s brilliant sommelier matching outstanding wines with delicious food, either informally as a private wine cellar tour or as part of a full food and wine adventure, starting out in the cellar and finishing with a gastronomic tour de force in the Barton Restaurant. Contact us for additional details on this unique experience!
The Barton Wine & Cheese Tasting:
The Barton Selection – Four classic wines from The Barton family matched with four Irish Cheeses. Includes a masterclass in food & wine matching with The K Club Sommelier.

Bespoke Fine Wine Tasting:
A private tour and tasting of four fine wines from The K Club’s extensive cellar tailored to your palate and favourites, includes an online email consultation with the sommelier and priced accordingly. Hosted by The K Club’s Chief Sommelier and must be pre-booked in advance, subject to availability.

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Chile

Vik Chile offers an unparalleled luxury wine retreat experience, combining exceptional wines, avant-garde architecture, world-class cuisine, and immersive cultural and outdoor activities in the breathtaking surroundings of the Millahue Valley. Chilean cuisine at Vik awakens the senses with a culinary experience that delights every palate. Farm to table dining, interaction with our chefs and vineyard tours & tasting are top specialties. Vik Chile was awarded #3 on the 2023 World´s Best Vineyard´s top 50 list and #1 in Chile! The 4,400 hectare private park celebrates Vik Chile’s singular location and the resort features unprecedented architecture and design, art and décor, environmentally respectful practices, warm and attentive service and a broad array of activities for guests.

The Culinary Experience program offers a more in-depth exploration of Vik´s cuisine and community benefits not only include standard Virtuoso Amenities but the perk of a complimentary self-service picnic in the garden as well. Cooking and cocktail lessons, professional wine tasting and dining are among the activities guests. You will only get these perks booking through Runway Travel, so please Contact Us.

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Pacific Northwest

The Columbia and Snake rivers carve a scenic route through the Pacific Northwest, a region rich in American history, stunning geology, and exceptional food and wine. In 2024, Lindblad Expeditions and Food & Wine magazine are teaming up to deliver an immersive small-ship journey designed exclusively for discerning travelers—and palates. Join a top team of naturalists and a food and wine expert as you sail among spectacular backdrops and the wild bounty that thrives in this fertile corner of the country. Food & Wine magazine’s Executive Wine Editor Ray Isle has handpicked more than 40 local wines for guests to taste during the voyage.

You’ll find yourself on board the vessel National Geographic Sea Lion which accommodates just 62 guests in 31 outside cabins. Her inviting public spaces foster a sense of shipboard life where everyone is integral to the adventure, engendering a rewarding sense of community and esprit de corps. National Geographic writer Andrew Evans called National Geographic Sea Lion the “closest thing to Cousteau’s Calypso” he’s ever had the pleasure to be on. Contact us for itinerary details.

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Paris

As one of the oldest parts of Paris, there is a lot to discuss; you’ll hear stories dating back to the Middle Ages, and also learn about the evolution of French cuisine and how it grew along with Paris. The tour includes various tastings of both savory and sweet to delight your senses.

The Marais, a celebrated neighborhood in the heart of Paris, has as many architectural treasures as it does excellent addresses for food! On this delightful three-hour stroll you’ll discover history, architecture, local stories…and of course, food! With a selection of tastings at some of Paris’ most chic and reputed boutiques, you’ll be able to sample macarons, pastries, chocolates, and more. View Paris Culinary trip details.

Slovenia

Immerse yourself in the unique stories that simmer in the Slovenian gastronomic pot. Discover the secret of fullness of flavors, learn about the close connection between people and nature in food production and about their dedication to tradition, then indulge in the boldness and innovation of top Slovenian chefs. This 6 nights/7 days culinary trip will take you to the Slovenian Riviera, to the Brda wine region, to the capital Ljubljana and many gorgeous destinations in between. You will dine at several Michelin Plate restaurants that are set in castles, estates, and beautiful restaurants that are unique, such as Kempinski Sophia, which is designed as a tribute to the Sophia Loren. The Slovenian Culinary Tour immerses you in its beautiful landscapes, lakes and dramatic scenery.

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Culinary Tour Tutka Bay, Alaska

Tutka Bay Lodge offers exemplary food and an in-depth culinary program. With five highly-trained chefs and access to Alaska’s flavor-filled natural food sources, Tutka Bay provides plentiful opportunities for beginner foodies to experienced professionals. Customize a full-day itinerary that includes opportunities like foraging for wildflowers and herbs, visiting a local oyster farm, or exploring the bountiful farms in the nearby town of Homer. Enjoy a meal at the Dixon’s La Baleine Cafe on the Homer Spit or take a personalized cooking class with a lodge chef at Danish Daughter Farm or the lodge. Become immersed in Alaska cuisine and learn how best to prepare locally sourced,flavor-filled meals. Tutka Bay Lodge brochure for your reading pleasure.

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On a hot summer day, how does a private lesson in making gelato sound? If you’re more adventurous, take a helicopter tour over Mt. Etna which is followed by a luxury wine tasting. For a real hands-on experience, enjoy a Sorrento fishing boat excursion and enjoy the Gulf of Naples views! Learn the secrets of the old fishing tradition while tasting your catch cooked especially for you by a local chef. We offer an array of Italian culinary trip options.

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Croatia Nibs & Sips

Croatia was a playground for many emperors and cultures. Amongst historic towns, picturesque fishermen hamlets and cerulean sea, lies also a little-known gourmet paradise. The Peljesac Peninsula is Croatia’s most famous wine-growing region and is also famous for succulent oysters, known as the aphrodisiac since the Roman times.

Magical Istria is the famous truffle region and every foodie’s dream. Idyllic interior of rolling hills is dotted with mediaeval towns and hilltop villages, endless vineyards and olive groves, colorful orchards and local farms. Croatian wines are still quite undiscovered however Croatian olive oils are tops in the world. (Olive Oil from the island of Solta was the best olive oil at international competitions in New York, Tokyo and Duban from 2017 – 2020) Ready to go truffle hunting? View Nibs & Sips Itinerary.

Celebrity Cruises have brought the table top to life in a fantastic fusion of entertainment and dining. The world-renown artists of Skullmapping, presented by TableMation™ have reached a true pinnacle of their custom 3D table animation art form. This dining experience is beautifully choreographed with an elegant menu created by their Michelin Star Chef. Le Petit Chef is simply one of the most unique dining events in the world which will magically transport you on an awe-inspiring journey around the world. Four mini-chefs from Italy, Spain, France and Japan whimsically whip-up delicious specialty dishes from their home land, creating theater on your plate while bringing your whole table to life! Available on Millennium Series and Solstice Series. Contact Runway Travel for sailing details.

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Stush In the Bush

The Virtuoso Round Hill Hotels and Villas offer a “Stush in the Bush” experience. This is an amazing, authentic farm-to-fork dining experience which has been voted one of Jamaica’s top culinary experiences for the last five years. Round Hill arranges round trip car service and lunch reservations, which can be combined with a morning stop at the famous Dunns River Falls which is in Ocho Rios, near the lush hillsides where this organic farm is located. The experience includes a walking tour of ZionItes, a 15-acre certified organic farm in the cool, slow moving hills of St. Ann. Take in the sweeping views of Jamaica’s north coast, and the beauty of the hills simultaneously.  Then sit down to a lovingly prepared meal that highlights the local, weaves simple flavors into joy on a plate, and brings you back to what real food tastes like. Read more about the Stush in the Bush experience.

Our Munich Gourmet Tour

There is no better way to experience Munich than on foot! This carefully curated, four-hour walking tour is a perfect blend of culture, history and of course, local delicacies! Your Munich expert will meet you at your hotel lobby. The first stop is Viktaulienmarkt, a Munich tradition dating back to 1807 where merchants today still showcase their wares from sausages to baked goods. Your sweet craving will addressed at the local chocolatier. The hand-made pralines are what they’re famous for. No Munich tour is complete without a trip to a local brewery! Enjoy ‘Weisswurst’, the traditional veal sausage. You’re more than welcome to also visit the Beer and Oktoberfest Museum and a private visit to an ancient mill. Read more about the Munich Food Tour in greater detail.

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