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Adventure Travel and the Foodie Culture

Tour Operator | Janeen Christoff | October 30, 2015

Adventure Travel and the Foodie Culture

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Food, meet adventure travel, adventure travel meet food. Oh, you already know each other? Great!

It will probably come as no surprise to adventure travelers and foodies that 71 percent of adventure travel itineraries have an experiential food focus. So said a new survey put out by the Adventure Travel Trade Association called the Taste of Adventure. The study also revealed that more than one-third of global tourism expenditures is spent on food and beverage products, and tourists are increasingly identifying local food and food experiences as their primary and secondary motivations for choosing specific destinations.

So, now that we all know that we like each other, let’s plan on spending some more time together. Here are some tours that combine some of the best of adventure travel with off-the-charts culinary experiences.

Tuscany Slow Food Cycling Tour: This tour, dedicated to the slow food movement, combines cycling and epicurean adventure in Tuscany. Lead by Ciclismo Classico, the six-day tour includes beautiful bike rides and a complete cultural immersion into the Tuscan way of life. 

Belgium Beer Bike Tour: For beer enthusiasts, Ciclismo Classico also takes you to some tasty brews with a tour that offers access to boutique breweries on a bike. 

Epicurean Adventure Across Georgia’s Wine Country: Explore Georgia on a culinary and cultural caravan that traverses a country entwined with grapevines, overflowing with wine and abounding in hospitality. In the company of local MIR hosts, discover the history and living traditions of this ancient country through its chefs, winemakers, artisans and musicians.

Taste of Uruguay: Get to know the cheese, wine and olive oil of Uruguay, which was introduced by families of immigrants that arrived to these lands more than 250 years ago, on a trip with Adventure Life. 

Patagonia Glamping Tour: Photography tours add another element into the foodie and adventure travel realm. Join renowned South American photographer and nature documentary filmmaker Ossian Lindholm in this Travel Vision Photo Journeys exclusively offered by Ciclismo Classico.

Peru Culinary Adventure: What better way is there to learn the culture of a country than meeting its people in the markets and tasting its specialties? Savor both the traditional and Novoandina dishes of Peruvian cuisine with Adventure Life. 

Chronicle of Russian Cuisine & Culture: This journey, led by a passionate local foodie, lets you eat your way through Russia’s greatest cities, Moscow and St. Petersburg, while taking care to touch on all the definitive cultural sites. And don’t forget the vodka bars.

Provence Beautiful Villages: Ride & Seek has introduced a tour that emphasizes food and local wines in Provence, France. Explore the wonderful correlation between fine wine-growing areas and world-class cycling. 

Taste of Thailand: Explore Bangkok and Chiang Mai on this culinary adventure in Thailand. Try your hand at cooking traditional Thai dishes and wander local markets to pick out fresh ingredients. Visit a local coffee project, a traditional Hmong mountain village and centuries-old temples on this seven-day tour with Adventure Life.

Wines of Mendoza Tour: If you are into wine, it’s hardly breaking news that Mendoza is the heart of the wine country in Argentina. Get to know the wines of the region on an adventure with Elegant Journeys

While these journeys combine a culinary aspect with adventure travel, Intrepid Travel offers adventures in culinary travel with its Real Food Adventures, Bite-Sized Breaks and Urban Appetisers trips. New Real Food Adventures in 2016 include Slovenia and Croatia and Montenegro and Macedonia. Each tour is 10 days long and features a variety of local cuisines, cooking classes, seasonal delicacies and more.


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