If you really want to understand the culture of a country, one of the best things you can do is taste its food and drink. From the creamiest feta sprinkled on a traditional Greek salad to the full-bodied clarets of south-west France to the fragrant spices which bring Indian curries alive, we love savouring the unique flavours of each country we visit.
So what better way to celebrate travel resuming (see the latest government advice on going abroad here) than by booking a wonderful holiday for gourmands - or anyone who simply loves to eat and drink?
Seing an expert chef work their magic up close is like watching an athlete who’s at the top of their game. And you’ll have the opportunity to do just that with these cooking icons.
Don’t miss your chance to get your taste buds tingling all over the world with our exclusive holidays with celebrity foodie guests.
1. A taste of Venice with Prue Leith
The Veneto region is forever associated with romance, yet it’s also the home of classic Italian dishes such as risotto and tiramisu. It incorporates Venice, the enchanting city on water, where gondolas replace cars and the canals are lined by elegant Renaissance palaces, as well as the surrounding islands of Burano, Mazzorbo and Torcello, plus the charming port of Chioggia.
Culinary guru and Good Housekeeping cover star Prue Leith loves this UNESCO World Heritage Site and enjoys shopping at the famous Rialto food markets. Bologna, the iconic culinary capital of northern Italy, is also nearby.
Join Prue on an eight-day, all-inclusive voyage, exclusively for Good Housekeeping readers, which includes a visit to Venice and the Rialto food market with The Great British Bake Off judge, as well as cooking demonstrations, talks and a gala dinner with her on-board this October.
2. The gourmet side of Norfolk with Delia Smith
Norfolk is one of the loveliest regions of the UK to discover, with its relaxing railways, royal connections and pretty villages - not forgetting the breathtaking Norfolk Broads. It's also an excellent place for foodies.
During an autumn escape, you'll love riding on the Bure Valley Railway, experiencing a paddle steamer on the Broads and taking a tour of Blickling Hall. It's also home to Delia's Restaurant and Bar, the dining spot from cooking legend Delia Smith.
Join Good Housekeeping on a five-day tour of Norfolk in October, where you'll be hosted by Delia for a full day at her Food and Wine Workshop, enjoy a cooking demonstration with chef Alex Mackay and get to see the wonders of Norfolk.
3. The setting of Chocolat in France with Joanne Harris
One of our favourite foodie novels is the 1999 Whitbread Book Awards book of the year Chocolat by Joanne Harris MBE. Set in the unspoilt countryside of south-west France, it was inspired by a chocolaterie in the historic little town of Nérac (called Lansquenet-sous-Tannes in the book).
The book was given the Hollywood treatment and made into an Oscar-nominated film starring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp. It’s a region of rural France which is also famed for its food including the delicious wine and cheese found in the 'Pink City' of Toulouse.
Good Housekeeping has an exclusive seven-day holiday in rural France next July, including the Lot Valley, Tarn and the Haute-Garonne, with the author of Chocolat, Joanne Harris.
4. The ultimate Italian cooking break with Cher Loh
Think cooking school abroad and you probably imagine Italy, where terrific wine and pasta awaits. That's why Good Housekeeping's exclusive cooking holiday takes you to the hills of Tuscany where you can sample the best of the region, while learning to cook with our very own Good Housekeeping Institute head tutor Cher Loh.
Whether you're travelling solo or looking to learn new culinary skills with a partner or friend, this delightful escape will give you a taste of la dolce vita. Cher has worked in some of London's most prestigious restaurants, including Nobu, and alongside amazing chefs, such as the late Antonio Carluccio.
Join Good Housekeeping on a four-day cooking break in Tuscany, where you'll enjoy a masterclass with Cher Loh and local tutors, as well as a foodie tour of Florence, wine tasting at a local winery and a stay at a private Tuscan villa this September.
5. The food and wine of Bordeaux with James Martin
The magnificent Médoc region of France, on the left bank of the Gironde estuary, north of Bordeaux, is as well known for its cuisine as its stunning scenery and beautiful châteaux.
One of our best-loved chefs James Martin, started his career there as a trainee in the Michelin-starred Hostellerie de Plaisance in Saint-Émilion and has been going back to this beautiful part of France ever since. A top way to experience the region is on a river cruise with visits to the region’s verdant vineyards, bustling farmers’ markets and UNESCO World Heritage sites, such as the Blaye Citadel and Bordeaux all included.
Good Housekeeping has an exclusive seven-night voyage with James Martin this October, including a talk about his life and how to cook French classics, plus oyster tasting and a special dinner designed and prepared by James. Wine expert Susy Atkins will also join you for wine-tastings of first-growth clarets, as well as other wines in Libourne and Saint-Emilion.
6. The Norwegian fjords with the Hairy Bikers
You can combine the dramatic scenery of Norway’s coastline with meeting charming TV chefs Si and Dave, aka the Hairy Bikers, on a wonderful cruise to the fjords. As they themselves say: "The first time we discovered Norway was when we filmed Bakeation in 2012, when we cooked on a ship going down one of the fjords. We always promised we'd go back, and now we are. The food and the people are amazing and the fjords are ridiculously beautiful!"
This incredible voyage begins and ends in Amsterdam, where you'll board Holland America Line's Nieuw Statendam, which has 12 excellent restaurants on-board, to sail up Norway’s magical coastline stopping at Eidfjord, Hardangerfjord, the spectacular 2,600-feet-high cliffs and waterfalls of Geirangerfjord and Alesund, the city of seven islands famous for its art nouveau design.
Join the Hairy Bikers on the seven-night cruise as they take part in an on-board cooking demonstration and host a cocktail party, as well as give an exclusive talk. You’ll also receive a copy of the Hairy Bikers' British Classics cookbook on the June 2022 cruise.
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