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Intrepid Food Adventures
Since the launch of our Food Adventures last year, a whole new sub-breed of Intrepid traveller has been born, as more and more of you have embraced our authentic, food-centric itineraries.
So to keep up with your insatiable appetites for the most digestible destinations, we’ve expanded our range of Food Adventures to take in even more of the world’s tastiest hotspots.
What can you expect on an Intrepid food adventure?
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.
Food trips to Asia & The Indian Subcontinent
Asia & The Indian Subcontinent
Experience the complexity of Indian and Sri Lankan curries, discover a world of flavour in Cambodia, delight in the French-influeced dishes of Vietnam, uncover the fusion of cuisines that make Malaysia such an incredible food destination, explore China’s many different regional styles of food and enjoy a feast of elegant dishes in Japan.
Real Food Adventure Burma - featuring chef John Mcleay
Real Food Adventure - Vietnam
Travellers rating 4.9/5
Real Food Adventure - Thailand
Travellers rating 4.9/5
Food trips to Europe, Morocco & The Middle East
Europe & The Middle East
There is no more diverse place on the planet to delight your tastebuds than the complex tapestry of cultures within Europe and North Africa.
Experience the pasta, pizza and gelato of some of Italy’s finest artisan producers, tapas-hop through Northern Spain and Galicia, enjoy the best meze in Turkey and taste the tantalising tajines of Morocco.
Real Food Adventure - Morocco
Food trips to The Americas
Head to the mouth-watering Americas and experience a taste frenzy of tacos and tequila in Mexico, discover the gaucho delights of Argentina and learn how the locals slow-cook to enhance flavours or uncover the stand-out food scene of Peru as you find the perfect ceviche and try traditional Andean delicacies.
Real Food Adventure - Peru
Real Food Adventure - Mexico
Travellers rating 4.43/5
Meet our Intrepid Foodies
They are all remarkable chefs and food experts who have inspired us with their culinary flair, cookbooks, articles and television shows. They personify authentic culinary experiences, have a passion for travel and celebrate the world’s best food – just like our Food Adventures.
Our small group style of travel means you’ll stay under the radar, travel the local way, eat the local way and sleep the local way.
Small groups, big adventures.
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