Uncover a world of authentic, mouth-watering food tours & travel designed to suit any budget, appetite and time frame. By pairing the classic grassroots Intrepid travel style with a special food focus, our itineraries aim to really get you under the skin of the world's most exciting food cultures, be it chomping a trail through Thailand's food markets, whipping up Peruvian delicacies under the tutelage of passionate local cooks or touring Tuscan vineyards.
These are real-world experiences with a foodie twist: one part culture, one part adventure and three parts delicious. From bite-sized trips to gastronomic odysseys, we’ll get you munching, crunching, sipping and slurping just like the locals.
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Expect to eat the local way. We didn’t call these trips ‘food adventures’ for nothing. Forget Michelin stars and 20-course degustations – our local leaders will help you get behind the scenes of a local food culture, track down the freshest street food, discover the most authentic local restaurants and reveal the traditions and techniques that make these destinations so deliciously mouth-watering. From lining up with locals for fresh tortillas in a Mexican market to hopping between Logrono’s thriving tapas bars, they’ll show you local food from the perspective of those who eat it every day.
All of our food trips have been designed with one thing in mind – experiencing the best local food on the planet. But we all know that there’s much more to food than just eating it – so whether it’s browsing markets for fresh produce, sizzling up a storm in a cooking class or meeting a local street-food legend, we’ve stuffed your plate to the brim. And once you’ve devoured all the local food you can handle, we’ve made sure our Food Adventures are rolled up into a burrito with the lot so you won’t miss out on the iconic sights and authentic cultural experiences that are found on all our Intrepid trips.
Like all Intrepid itineraries, we’ve made sure our food trips provide free time between activities, allowing you to digest a destination either with your group or on your own. You might spend the morning exploring a buzzing local market with your guide and cooking a delicious local dish with your group before heading off on your own to wander the marbled halls of a museum or cycling through ancient alleys. We’ve also left plenty of mealtimes free of organised activities, which gives you the flexibility to ‘get your gourmet on’ at a fine dining restaurant or simply seek out your own ‘real food’ adventure. Needless to say, your leader will be there every step of the way with suggestions and recommendations.
Sometimes, the best way to eat like a local is to travel like one too. That could mean jumping on a boat to discover the flavours of the Mekong Delta, riding the Tokyo subway to a sake bar or rattling along in a rickshaw in pursuit of Agra’s finest chaats. We love to use local transport because it gives us a chance to experience everyday local life from a new perspective.
Whether you’re spending the night in an ancient fortress or in the home of a local family, most of our trips include a memorable overnight stay that is designed to make your trip extra memorable. When we do choose to use hotels, all of our accommodation options are in our Original style, which means a mix of 2-3 star establishments that are safe, clean and comfortable.
It goes without saying that by eating in local restaurants, buying things from street-side sellers and using local guides, our trips help support local economies. But that’s just the start of it. Many of our itineraries incorporate visits to community projects and we offer carbon offsetting on all of our food trips. Above all, we are committed to a style of travel that is culturally, environmentally and socially responsible.
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Our trips score an average of 4.8 out of 5 based on 264 reviews in the last year.
Real Food Adventure - Morocco, May 2017
I would advise other interested travellers that this tour is ideal for those wanting to experience the food and culture of Morocco at an "adventure" level, which is quite different from European or American escorted tours.
Review submitted 16 Jun 2017
Real Food Adventure - Morocco, April 2017
Intrepid tours are small and more enjoyable in the fact that you are not waiting around for large numbers of tourists to regroup and the buses are smaller. You get to socialize more with smaller groups and the guide can talk to you more without having to wait your turn or miss out. I wouldn't recommend a food tour to vegetarians as the markets can be a bit uncomfortable for them. A great all round tour and most enjoyable, especially the mountains and the wonderful Roman ruins we encountered.
Review submitted 15 Jun 2017
Real Food Adventure - Mexico, May 2017
this trip is great if you want to do minimal cooking and markets. you'll see a lot and have lots of free time to wander around taking photos, lounging in restaurants or shopping. If you want to linger in markets, try everything you see , search out seasonal delicacies and cook as much as possible this trip is not for you.
Review submitted 11 Jun 2017
Real Food Adventure - Vietnam , May 2017
This was my first group tour experience. It made navigating a new country and culture very easy and enjoyable.
Review submitted 06 Jun 2017