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.


Discover India’s Golden Triangle and Cruise the Ganges with Atul Kochhar

Experience all that India has to offer on this luxury Ganges river cruise. You'll explore the famous Golden Triangle discovering the captivating cities of Delhi, Jaipur and Agra, before you head to Kolkata to board the Ganges Voyager II for a seven-night river cruise. You'll explore Hindu temples in Kalna, the authentic artisan village of Matiari, and of course visit the famous Taj Mahal at sundown and sunset. Joining you on the trip is Michelin-starred chef Atul Kochhar, who'll give a talk and Q&A about his career and join you on an excursion to Kalna Market to buy ingredients for a live cooking demonstration, sharing his passion for Indian cooking.