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Culinary Delights of Andalusia
(Options: Customized Itineraries, Longer stays)
Come join us for cooking classes with a talented chef in a small hilltop Moorish village overlooking a romantic turquoise-colored lake which lies in Parque Natural de las Sierras Subbéticas in the southern part of Córdoba province. It is an incredibly beautiful region and yet it is still relatively unexplored.
The Flavours of Rome
Rome, Italy - 4 nights
Spend four nights in the Eternal City! While here you will learn to cook like a native Italian in the center of ancient Rome. You will stay in a luxury 4 star hotel (or 3 star hotel if you prefer) and have a guided walking tour, two hands-on cooking classes at the chef's elegant private home and a personalized tour of the most famous ancient gastronomic markets in Rome.
Crete, Greece - 6 nights
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 trip takes place in a beautiful wonderfully tranquil location in the mountain of Asteroussia about 40 miles south of Heraklion city. 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!
HOMESTYLE TUSCAN COOKING
Hi Jo-Ann - We wanted to let you know that we had an AMAZING time at the cooking school. My mother and I could not have had a better time. Paola and Simonetta were such wonderful hosts and teachers. We were treated like family. The house and property were beautiful. The hands-on cooking classes were so much fun...we learned so many great recipes that I cannot wait to test on my friends back home. I will definitely be recommending this experience to all of my friends and colleagues. Thank you so much for all of your help in setting up this once-in-a-lifetime dream vacation. It is something neither one of us will ever forget!
Best, Erin S. and Flor V.,