Active Gourmet Holidays
Active Gourmet Holidays

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Do you offer one day cooking classes?

Yes - most of our cooking programs offer one day classes. Please contact us for more details.

What is the cancellation policy?

Each program has its own cancellation policy. Please inquire about specific programs. Travel insurance is very affordable and is highly recommended.

What should I pack?

For hiking/biking/walking: Appropriate sportswear, cycling wear, hiking shoes, sneakers, light jacket, etc. Inquire about cycling - most operators provide helmets, water bottles, etc. For cooking classes: Classes are casual (jeans, pants, shorts, comfortable shirts - avoid long sleeves) For excursions: In case you end up in a nice restaurant at the end of the day, you might want to dress up a bit more than casual (no jeans or shorts).

I have found that in Tuscany, Provence and the smaller villages of Portugal and Spain, casual dress is widely accepted. I would suggest casual slacks, skirts, comfortable dresses, capris, and "nice" jeans; as opposed to shorts, Levis and dressy slacks. People tend to really dress up in Rome, Madrid, Paris and the bigger cities.

Are the day to day itineraries described on each page inscribed in stone, or are the operators flexible if we want to do something else?

The operators have specially designed each tour to include the best of the region, whether it be visits to chateaux, food producers, local markets, museums, cooking lessons, etc. Remember, the operators want you to have an experience of a lifetime so will always listen to each request, but any changes would have to come down to a "group vote". Also, you are never required to partake in anything - you may enjoy more leisurely time if you so choose.

What if my traveling partner doesn't want to learn to cook but still wants to participate in the other activities?

Most programs offer a reduced price for those not interested in the cooking aspect of the trip. Inquire about specific programs.

Are the cooking classes taught in English?

Yes. All of our cooking classes are taught in English.

What do I need to do to reserve a space in one of your vacations?

Either call us at 1.203.732.0771 or send an email through the website. We will check availability for the program and dates in which you are interested. If it is available, you can submit the reservation form along with your deposit to secure your space.



“This was the experience of a lifetime.  It was more than a culinary excursion, it was an unforgettable life experience from learning new cuisine to finding serenity in olive country.  I was introduced to a wonderful world of Spanish cuisine and the down-to-earth lifestyle that defines Andalusia.  I cannot wait to go back!” - Opal H., Northport, Alabama

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