Uncover a world of authentic, mouth-watering food tours 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. It might be spoiling your tastebuds with flavour-filled curries in Sri Lanka, bottling your own wine in Spain, making soba noodles in a cooking class in Japan, or tucking into Buddhist fare on an overnight monastery stay in South Korea.
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 4.81 out of 5 based on 1293 reviews in the last year.
Sri Lanka Real Food Adventure, June 2018
Despite a few shortcomings for such a tried and tested trip (these mainly being related to orientation walks, or lack of them), this was a highly enjoyable tour. The undisputed highlights were the numerous visits to family houses to watch preparation of (and sometimes participate in) some really delicious dishes - national and local; sweet and savoury. As a bonus, we had numerous roadside stops for snacks and fantastic fruits. In short, to be recommended!
Review submitted 21 Jul 2018
Northern Spain Real Food Adventure, July 2018
GO ON THIS TRIP! There is literally no better guide on the planet than Alex, the activities are all wonderful and you will eat some amazing food while being immersed in Spainish culture. We were lucky in that our group meshed together really quickly, and Alex does an amazing job of being inclusive. Just be ready for the chickpea stew night...
Review submitted 20 Jul 2018
Sri Lanka Real Food Adventure, July 2018
A fun food based trip allowing excellent insight into the Sri Lankan culture and daily way of life. Even the walk to the top of Lion rock is very achievable; the ascent is taken in small bites interspersed with interesting history. The heat and humidity are offset by the breeze and air conditioned bus. But venturing into peoples homes and watching them cook, trying your hand at the recipes and sitting together eating, is just gold. (Recipes not included so you may want to take notes) Highly recommended!
Review submitted 19 Jul 2018
This tour was so much fun! The delight of experiencing cultures through food and wine is a beautiful way to spend your hard earned holiday. This is my eighth Intrepid tour, first in Europe, and highlights include the cooking class near Vigo, the Douro Valley wine tour, and a lovely farm stay. The hotel in Porto, while an amazing location, was loud at night on Fridays and Saturdays due to the close proximity of clubs. The food tour in Porto was wonderful as well as the local guide. Diogo was by far the best leader I've traveled with and one you should request. He believes in the Intrepid values of leaving only footprints and sharing his region that he loves. Diogo has the gift of showcasing the best of what Spain and Portugal have to offer, especially through food and wine, without putting the spotlight on himself. He makes the experience seem effortless and helped make our tour very special.
Review submitted 19 Jul 2018