• Culinary Tours

    Our 2020/2021 Featured Specialty Tours
    Insatiable China and Flavors of Southeast Asia

  • Gold Experience

    Insatiable China

    A Culinary Adventure

    2020 Tour Dates (starting in Beijing)

    Apr 13, Apr 27, May 11, May 18, May 25, Jun 1, Jun 8, Jun 22, Jul 6, Aug 10, Sep 7, Sep 14, Sep 21, Sep 28, Oct 5, Oct 12, Oct 19, Oct 26, Nov 9​

     

    2021 Tour Dates (starting in Beijing) March 8

     

    Tour Cost from $5,399 p.p. double occ. including all Internal Airfares & Exclusive Foodie Events

    (refer to Special Deals for discounts & promotions)

    Beijing (3) - Xian (2) - Chengdu (2) - Shanghai (2)

    10 days/9 nights

    Limit 16 participants

    • Deluxe 5-Star accommodations, dbl occ.
      • Ritz-Carlton  - Beijing
      • Shangri-La - Xian
      • Ritz-Carlton - Chengdu
      • Portman Ritz-Carlton - Shanghai
    • Breakfast daily plus most other meals including exclusive culinary experiences in each city
    • Comprehensive sightseeing via private vehicle with English-speaking guides 
    • Cultural events, activities and performances including entrance fees & heritage permits
    • Fully escorted throughout China (Refer to Terms & Conditions)
    • All intra-China transportation (international flights not included)
    • All local taxes and service charges

    One of the greatest adventures of any journey is to experience the variety of cuisine and rich culinary history of each destination; in China, that history spans thousands of years!

     

    You are probably familiar with “lo mein” but have you ever had lo mein lobbed into your bowl, sliced from a block of noodle flour perched on top of a chef’s head? Gives new meaning to the expression “using your noodle.”

     

    From world-famous Peking duck to the spicy “hot pot” of Sichuan, you will meet the chefs who excel in these iconic specialties and learn how each sumptuous dish is prepared. You may be amazed to discover that many of the chef’s utensils haven’t changed since the dynastic period.

     

    You’ll tour local markets that give new meaning to the expression "rice paddy to table" and enjoy some exceptionally fine and unique dining in China.

    Special culinary experiences in each city

    • Traditional Mandarin banquet
    • Cooking class at a Beijing culinary school
    • Xian-style cooking demonstration
    • Shuyuanmen art walk & street food
    • Visit a traditional tea house
    • Mock duck hot pot
    • Vegetarian fusion lunch, Chinese-style
    • Visit an unusual spice market
    • Learn to make traditional Shanghai dumpling
    • Fine dining including dinner at a Michelin-starred restaurant

    Selection

    Tradition

    Exploration

    Need Air travel to join a tour? Call Us!

     

    Our experience and expertise in Far East travel can get you to and from your tour seamlessly - including transfers between airports and hotels - and help you avoid pitfalls when traveling across time zones and the International Dateline. As a preferred agent with most airlines, we often obtain special fares, especially in business class and group economy class, that we pass along to our tour participants. Call or email for information.

    Want more info? An Asia tour expert will get right back to you!

  • Escapade 5-Star

    Flavors of Southeast Asia

    Fiery chili crab and simmering curries, savory rice dishes and endless ribbons of noodles — the food of Southeast Asia is as dynamic, distinctive and vibrant as the region itself. At the cultural crossroads between the Indian subcontinent and Asia is a region long famous for delicious cultural traditions.

     

    Lauded by the celebrated food and travel personality Anthony Bourdain as “the best Vietnamese dish I had ever tasted,” the mouthwatering grilled honey chicken from Chef Anh Tuyet’s Hanoi restaurant will be something to text home about - something you’ll be taught to make in her home. In this vibrant capital city, elegant French Colonial architecture contrasts with the charming Cham temples of another age. Your Vietnam visit also features an overnight cruise on Ha Long Bay with its otherworldly limestone islets rising from the clear blue sea.

     

    This culinary Escapade to the foodie capitals of Southeast Asia also features tantalizing morsels of Nyonya cuisine developed by the Peranakan settlers in the Malacca Straits that includes Singapore and Malaysia.

     

    Your Singapore journey includes sampling world-famous chili crab and “long life noodles,” and sipping a Singapore Sling at the bar that invented the drink. You’ll also enjoy meals at not one but two Michelin-starred restaurants — Singapore-style. The tour includes the stunning sights of Oxley Rise and the Orchid Garden, and a bum bum boat ride on the Singapore River to glitzy Marina Bay.

     

    Penang offers a feast for all the senses: white sand beaches, elegant colonial architecture and a cornucopia of inspired flavors and delights, from grilled sate to any variety of gorengs (fried rice dishes), all delicious and mouth-watering. The entire island is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The heart of George Town is a short drive from your resort hotel and a relaxing swim at Batu Ferringhi Beach is at your doorstep.

     

    In Bangkok, cruise on “The River of Kings” to the immense Floating Market where fresh food is bought, sold and exchanged as had been done for centuries. In the area around the Temple of Dawn and on the other side of the river at Kaosarn Road, you can stroll through markets, explore artists complexes, take cooking classes and eat some of the finest curries in the world.

    2020 Departure dates (starting in Singapore) are Monthly from March 2020 through March 2021

    Tour cost from $6,199 p.p. double occupancy

    (refer to Special Deals for discounts & promotions)

    Singapore (2) - Penang (2) - Bangkok (2) – Hanoi (3)

    10 days / 9 nights

    Limited to 16 participants

    • Deluxe 5-Star accommodations, dbl occ.
      • The Fullerton - Singapore
      • Shangri-La Rasa Sayang - Penang
      • Shangri-La (Balcony Riverfront Room) - Bangkok
      • Intercontinental West Lake - Hanoi
    • Breakfast daily plus most other meals including exclusive culinary experiences in each city
    • Comprehensive sightseeing via private vehicle with English-speaking guides
    • Cultural events, activities and performances including entrance fees & heritage permits
    • Locally hosted throughout
    • All intra-Asia transportation (international flights not included)
    • Airport transfers, porterage, all local taxes & service charges

    Special Highlights ​

    • Sipping on a Singapore Sling in its hometown
    • Cruising the Chao Phrya River by longboat
    • Exploring Gardens by the Bay
    • Visiting the Temple of the Emerald Buddha
    • Strolling early morning seafood markets
    • A Siamese cooking class and dinner
    • Sampling unique dim sum, Malay-style
    • Shopping, cooking lesson & dining with the local host of "No Reservations - Vietnam"
    • Swim in the crystal-clear Adaman Sea

    Hanoi Street Food - Don't Miss!

    Pad Thai, anyone?

    Maybe time for golf?

    Need Air travel to join a tour? Call Us!

     

    Our experience and expertise in Far East travel can get you to and from your tour seamlessly and help you avoid pitfalls when traveling across time zones and the International Dateline. As a preferred agent with most airlines, we often obtain special fares, especially in business class and group economy class, that we pass along to our tour participants. Call or email for information.

     

    Want more info? An Asia tour expert will get right back to you!

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