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Reasons to Go

Culinary Journeys: Must-Do Travel for Foodies, Wine Connoisseurs & Cocktail Lovers

Reasons to Go

Culinary Journeys: Must-Do Travel for Foodies, Wine Connoisseurs & Cocktail Lovers

Got a foodie travel bucket list? Dream of tasting your favorite wine or cocktail in the place it was created? Add these five experiences to a custom Tailor Made Journey like no other with A&K.

By Nina Kokotas Hahn, A&K Staff Writer | December 7, 2021

1 Asia Vietnam Pho

Vietnam for Farm to Fork to Pho

In Ho Chi Minh City, start with traditional pho and a food tour by cyclo bicycle taxi, then explore Vietnamese brews, sipping egg coffee by afternoon and taking a craft beer tour by night. In Hanoi, grab a seat on a low stool to slurp bun cha at a favorite establishment, just as former President Obama did with Anthony Bourdain in an episode of Parts Unknown. In Hue, join a local family for an incense offering at a temple before dinner together in their home.

2 Europe Italy Table Food

Rome to Parma for Italian Gastronomy

Ride a Vespa to Rome’s fashionable cafes and pizzerias, and then head north by train on a journey to sample rich Italian cuisine. In Florence, there’s lunch at an organic winery, cantuccini (almond cookies) making at a family-run bakery and a Tuscan meal you prepare with a chef. In Bologna and Parma, make tortellini, try local specialties — like Parmigiano Reggiano, balsamic, culatello salami and sparkling Lambrusco — and stay in a 14th-century castle with a Michelin-starred restaurant.

3 Americas Chile Mendoza Vineyard

Become a Tastemaker in Chile & Argentina

Chile and Argentina shine with eclectic cuisines, art and New World wines. In Santiago, feast on a home-cooked dinner in the home of a local chef and art enthusiast. In Valparaíso, join an expert painter to dive into the power of graffiti with a tour of the city’s street murals; in Buenos Aires, visit an artist’s workshop to paint your own. In the cool Casablanca Valley, where crisp Sauvignon Blanc rivals Pinot Noir, an enologist helps you create your own vintage, which you may submit to a jury for consideration.

4 Asia Korea Jagalchi Fish Market

A Hip Foodie Extravaganza in South Korea

Dive into Seoul’s hip street food, trying everything from tteokbokki (spicy rice cakes) and live octopus to fried Twinkies. Ramp up your senses at Busan’s massive, exotic and world-famous Jagalchi Fish Market. You can also join a chef for a Korean cooking primer, first at a local market to gather ingredients like fresh chilies and ginger, and then in the kitchen to prepare traditional bulgogi, kimchi, bibimbap and more.

5 Europe Scotland Whisky Tasting

Happy Hour Dreams Come True

Legendary cocktail experiences are woven into the fabric of some of our favorite places around the world and can be part of your A&K custom private travel experience. Three of our favorites include: following an expert from Edinburgh’s famed Whisky Society to the best distilleries in the Scottish Highlands; joining a local mixologist to craft your own caipirinha — an iconic Brazilian cocktail of sugar, lime and the national spirit, cachaça — in Brazil; and sampling stellar ports, whites and reds, which you cap off with a stay at a family-owned vineyard in Portugal’s riverine Douro Valley.

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