Enjoy a gourmet experience in Venice or cruise Bordeaux on these expert-led foodie trips

One of the best ways to experience a new destination is by learning more about its culinary heritage, and tasting plenty of local dishes as you travel. Discovering a region's food and drink is also a great way to up your own cooking game - picking up new tips and discovering new ingredients. From the diverse wines of south-west France to the tasty produce to be found in Venetian markets, we love savouring the delectable flavours of each new country and county we visit.

One way to make a culinary journey even more special is to travel with the company of an expert. From knowledgeable chefs to wine connoisseurs, exploring with an expert guide means you'll learn plenty about a location's food and drink scene, and pick up some tips on how to recreate the best dishes at home.

If you'd like a holiday where you can sample delicious food and wine, and learn more about cooking as you go, we've rounded up a selection of expert-led foodie breaks for you here. Bon appétit!

Cruise the Islands of Venice with James Martin

Travellers will become intimately acquainted with the glorious Venetian Lagoon aboard the elegant river ship, the S.S. La Venezia. Renowned celebrity chef, James Martin, will join you for one of the days, hosting a private Q&A session about his life and career and give a talk as well as curating and cooking a special gala dinner for guests on board. You'll also see the highlights and hidden gems of the Veneto region, including exclusive access to St Mark's Basilica, Doge's Palace and the church on Torcello.


Bordeaux and the Medoc vineyards with Monica Galetti

Gastronomical delights, historic vineyards and beautiful chateaux await on this eight-day cruise from Blaye to Bourge, discovering the best of the Bordeaux region. Guests will be joined for part of the cruise by chef and Masterchef: The Professionals judge Monica Galetti, who'll accompany you to the farmer's market in Libourne, before hosting a live cooking demonstration in the evening as well as a Q&A. Raise a glass to your trip with a wine tasting in the Médoc region and also enjoy a Saint-Émilion walking tour with wine tasting.


Vineyard in Bordeaux with a chateau in the background
Cruise the Venetian Lagoon with Angela Hartnett

Explore Venice's highlights and hidden gems on a luxury cruise around its islands and lagoons - in the company of top chef Angela Hartnett. Enjoy exclusive access to St Mark's Basilica, the church on Torcello and the Doge's Palace, with other excursions along the way. Back on board your luxurious ship, Angela will offer guests a cooking demonstration, as well as host a talk about her life and career, opening the floor to questions. She'll also join you on a visit to the Rialto Market.


Man riding a gondola down one of Venice's canals