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 1396 reviews in the last year.
Sri Lanka Real Food Adventure, September 2018
Intrepid are very knowledgeable and really have a great variety of tours. There are 3 levels of comfort so have a think on what you want based on these. Remember to always read the trip notes in particular concerning tipping the guide and drivers etc. Tip Kitties are very useful and I have used these on each tour.
Review submitted 25 Sep 2018
Italy Real Food Adventure, September 2018
As stated above really clear that this trip contains a lot of walking.
Review submitted 24 Sep 2018
Italy Real Food Adventure, August 2018
I absolutely loved every moment of our Tour ! Our Leader was fantastic, knowledgeable and great fun ! I would not hesitate in recommending Intrepid Tours they look after every little thing all you need to do is how up with your suitcase and be ready for a good time
Review submitted 24 Sep 2018
Jordan Real Food Adventure, September 2018
I learnt so much and had so many memorable experiences on the Jordan Real Food Adventure. Camping (read: glamping) in the desert and feasting Bedouin-style in Wadi Rum was a highlight. I also loved having so many opportunities to connect with local people and ways of life over food. I loved sharing a dinner of mansaf with the most charismatic local family, and learning how to cook maqluba in the gorgeous, historic house in Amman. The trip combines the best of old Jordan and new. The history of the region feels so present with trips to Petra and other ancient sites, while learning about the local food and sharing meals gives so much insight into the daily rhythms of modern Jordanian life.
Review submitted 24 Sep 2018