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 1287 reviews in the last year.
Peru Real Food Adventure, June 2018
Intrepid is the best! We were amazed at the quality of our tour with Intrepid. The entire trip was meticulously planned and paced, and each of the activities were interesting and fun. I really felt good that Intrepid is a green company and that our tourist dollars actually helped people as opposed to companies.
Review submitted 18 Jul 2018
Vietnam Real Food Adventure , April 2018
This trip was very well put together and the cooking lessons were great, even better that we got to eat what we cooked and a lot of what we didn't cook as well.
Review submitted 17 Jul 2018
Turkey Real Food Adventure , July 2018
Our guide Suleyman was excellent which goes a long way to a great trip, and we had a very compatible group. A nice mix of sightseeing and foodie things. Great itinerary, wonderful country, delicious food and friendly locals.
Review submitted 17 Jul 2018
Cambodia Real Food Adventure , July 2018
Amazing itinerary, wonderful group of travelers who got along easily, great local guide who was fun and organized (you are lucky if you get Ruas). We did everything on this itinerary plus some extras. Every day is filled with market or museum or temple visits, eating great Cambodian food, and seeing local landscapes. There's one day with a long bus ride to Battambang but in an air conditioned van this was comfortable, not too much driving around. Going to Banteay Chmar temple was a highlight of the trip for me - you feel like you are going off the beaten track as the only travelers to visit that day. This was my first Intrepid trip; they made everything so easy for me compared to traveling solo that I'll probably do it again. Highly recommend this trip if you enjoy Southeast Asian food and culture and want to see a lot of Cambodia in a short period of time.
Review submitted 17 Jul 2018