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Culinary Tours

Experience delectable wines and tantalising local delicacies with Great Rail Journeys' fantastic selection of culinary escorted tours.

Culinary Experience Tours

Combining all the fantastic excursions and wonderful accommodation options of a usual Great Rail tour with food and wine and an insight into some of the world's most revered culinary regions, our selection of gastronomic holidays is sure to get your taste buds tingling. From the tangy cheeses of France to Spain's vibrant tapas bars, our selection of culinary holidays feature a wide range of captivating excursions that will appeal to both budding foodies and gastronomic experts alike. Why not pick up a few tips for your own kitchen along the way?

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Gastronomic Piedmont

Tantalise your taste buds and awaken your senses to the delightful scenery and revered gastronomy of the Italian Piedmont region. We take in the delights of attractive Cuneo, marvel at the delicacies and verdant vistas of the Langhe region, and experience all the class and architectural aplomb of tremendous Turin.

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Discover the tastes and tribulations of wine production in the Italian Piedmont region, via the vineyards of Barolo and the markets of charming Cuneo. Our Gastronomic Piedmont tour takes in some of the world's most revered wines as we taste our way through the region, stopping off to explore the traditional Italian villages and verdant scenery on route. Stroll through the bustling market of pretty Cuneo and stop for moreish coffee and cake at the world-famous Café Arione, a one-time favourite of Ernest Hemingway.

Or perhaps explore Italy's famous cuisine in full on our Gastronomic Italy tour, taking in the cultural hot beds of Florence, Parma and Bologna as we experience the awe-inspiring Tuscan countryside. Dine in some of the most atmospheric restaurants in these iconic cities and experience fresh Italian cuisine at its very finest. Learn from the best in the business on a traditional cookery class and then have the chance to try your own creations paired with some delicious local wines.

The splashes of colour and bursts of flavour that accompany tapas can be discovered on our Gastronomic Spain holiday. Explore the popular markets and the tastes of fresh seafood as we make our way through the Catalan and Basque regions of Eastern Spain. Wander the markets of Las Ramblas in stunning Barcelona, pass through La Rioja, the heart of Spanish wine-country and explore the rustic farmhouses and traditional vineyards of this famed area. Enjoy authentic Spanish cuisine at its very best as we eat our way around the region, including a Michelin starred restaurant on route to the captivating coastal city of San Sebastián, heralded as one of the finest gastronomic cities in Europe. This fishing port boasts a wealth of seafood restaurants and typical Basque pintxo bars, which you'll also have a chance to prepare yourself.

Or maybe follow the route of the Seine from Paris to Burgundy on one of our fantastic river cruises, as we pass charming towns and traditional French Chateau's. As our river cruise arrives into the captivating region of Burgundy, where you'll have the chance to taste some of the tantalising wines that have earned this region its world-renowned reputation.

Discover all these and more with Great Rail Journeys' wonderful selection of gastronomic holiday tours.

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