Are you looking for an experience that excites your taste buds as well as your sense of adventure? Our tours of Europe and Asia are peppered with culinary encounters that allow you to see, feel and savour the true atmosphere of your surroundings.


The Back-Roads philosophy is just as much about discovery as it is about destination. This is an ethos that extends to our culinary tours, which are designed to enable you to connect with entire culinary processes, from soil to serving and from grape to glass. Our expert Tour Leaders, who are all food connoisseurs themselves, will invite you to unlock the secrets of your destination through its local cuisine, from the docks of Cornwall to the buzzing streets of Bangkok.


When it comes to unforgettable experiences, educational opportunities and delicious dinners, we think that our tours offer something for everyone, whatever your taste.

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Bringing Together Passionate People


Our tours unite fervent foodies. One of the things that guests love about our culinary trips is the chance to meet fellow gastronomists with a similar appetite for culture and cuisine. Like all of our holidays, a small, intimate group size – generally no more than 18 people – ensures that you get to know your fellow travellers as friends.


We believe that experiences are better when they’re shared. Sharing a table and a menu – whether at a sumptuous three-course Scottish banquet in the Highlands or in the lush surrounds of the Tha Om Garden House in Vietnam – allows you to make memories and relationships that we hope will last for years to come.


Slow Down the Back-Roads Way


We are firm believers in the Slow Food concept: that everyone should be able to access and enjoy food that is good for them, good for those who grow it, and good for the planet. Our tours allow you to soak up the passion of local producers and chefs who are proud and willing to share their traditional expertise with you.


A number of our holidays involve trips to local farms and producers where you can taste for yourself the heart and soul that goes into producing regional delicacies. When you visit the serene vineyards of Azienda Castel di Salve, you will see that their passion for nurturing local Salento grape varieties infuses their delicious wine. A trip to a crustacean farm in Oualidia, a pearl in the oyster of Morocco, will open your eyes to the importance of the seafood trade in this charming coastal community. Putting a local face to a regional delicacy is part of the unique charm of the culinary experiences we offer.


Learning from the Masters


When you join us on one of our culinary tours you can expect not just a tasting experience but a gastronomic education. We are lucky enough to have found a collection of top chefs in countries all over Europe and Asia who are happy to impart culinary expertise that has been handed down through generations of authentic family cooking. Learn the careful craft of perfect Italian pasta and bread from a local Tuscan chef, and visit one of Siem Reap's best-known cooking schools for a lesson in wonderfully exotic cuisine From Chianti to Khmer, the cookery workshops on our holidays offer unique experiences for the keen culinarian.


Drinking in the Sights


All Back-Roads Tours are conducted at a comfortable, leisurely pace that allows you to soak up the atmosphere around you. ‘Fast’ is not our style, in terms of food and transport. We love winding, cobbled streets and rustic routes that lead to restaurants which ooze back-road charm.


We handpick our hotels to make sure that they encapsulate the character of the place you’re exploring. On our culinary tours, the delightful accommodation – whether a Tuscan villa, Scottish castle or Tonkinese-style garden resort – will provide a perfect place from which to taste the treats of the area. Sometimes the two combine in an unforgettable experience; on our Highlights of Britain holiday you will stay at the Three Ways House Hotel in the Cotswolds - home of the world-famous Pudding Club. After a feast of delicious desserts you get the luxury of rolling straight into bed without any fuss.


A Gateway to Culture


It is our belief that cuisine is the gateway to culture: food can be an experience that helps you to understand more about the history and atmosphere of the country you are visiting. We offer a number of culinary experiences on our tours which allow you to see and taste delicacies with cultural significance.


For example, mint tea is a welcome refreshment in the hot souks of Morocco, but the only way to understand its importance in Moroccan culture is to take part in a traditional tea ceremony. We offer this experience in an Immam House on our Majestic Morocco tour. From one tea culture to another, we give the opportunity to visit the ancient estate of Tregothnan, the only tea-growing site in Britain, on our Corners of Cornwall holiday.


The Pudding Club - England

The Pudding Club was founded at the Three Ways House Hotel in 1985 to prevent the demise of the great British Pudding, at a time when restaurants s …More»

Rick Stein's Seafood - England

Rick Stein is famous enough to need no introduction. The UK-born chef has won scores of prestigious awards over the years and h …More»

Whisky Distilleries - Scotland

  Discover the secrets behind Scotland’s famous whisky with unique behind-the-scenes tours of some of the country’s fascinatin …More»

The Victorian Kitchen - Wales

  Enjoy a traditional afternoon tea at Cefn Park, where the owners of this country estate will tell us the fascinating story of how they u …More»

Bodnant Cookery School - Wales

Discover fresh skills in the Bodnant Cookery School with personal guidance from leading Welsh culinary experts. During this culinary experience we& …More»

Vineyard Lunch - France

  France is renowned for some of the best food and wine anywhere in the world. Discover why as we enjoy an unbeatable culinary experi …More»

Wine Tasting - France

  Explore the delights of Burgundy, one of the most famous and influential wine growing regions in the world. Accompanied by our local win …More»

Cooking Class - France

  Enjoy a tour of Chateau de la Bourdaisière’s gardens including its dahlia garden and tomato conservatory, which houses no l …More»

Calvados Tasting - France

  In a typically Augeron setting, visit a small-scale family cellar, which has produced cider and calvados since 1865. For generation …More»

Cheese Tasting - France

The cheese dairy E. Graindorge is an independent family firm located in the heart of the Pays d’Auge. It was created in 1910 by Eugène …More»

Sherry Tasting with Picasso - Spain

The renowned sherry region of Jerez de la Frontera is home to Bodegas Tradicion, a tiny winery which uses only traditional methods&n …More»

Tapas Cooking Class - Spain

  During your stay in Southern Spain, enjoy authentic Spanish tapas and learn more about this age-old Iberian tradition. The word tapas is …More»

Slow Food Cheese Tasting - Italy

The Slow Food movement strives to reconnect people with where their food comes from and how it is produced so that traditional and&n …More»

Cooking Class - Italy

  Roll up your sleeves and don your apron because, this lunchtime, you are the chef! Against the backdrop of the dramatic Tuscan Hills, me …More»

Cooking Class & Traditional Lunch - Italy

Learn the art of traditional Campania cooking at Tenuta Seliano – the farm-inn of Baronessa Cecilia Bellelli Bartta. Usin …More»

Bibich Winery - Croatia

  Bibich Winery is located in the hills of Skradin, east of the idyllic port city of Šibenik along Croatia’s island speckled …More»

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