5 delectable foodie holidays with celebrity chefs

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5 delectable holidays with celebrity chefs James Martin

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 and the fragrant spices which bring Indian curries alive, we love savouring the unique flavours of each country we visit.


And what better way to celebrate the diversity of the world's cuisines than by booking a wonderful holiday for gourmands?

From exploring the pretty markets along the Danube and meeting Matt Tebbutt, to learning how to cook tasty Italian dishes with James Martin, there’s plenty for foodies to experience

Seeing an expert chef work their magic up close is like watching an athlete who is at the top of their game. There's the opportunity to do just that on Good Housekeeping's exclusive foodie cruises, including Bordeaux with Raymond Blanc and Tom Kerridge, or further afield on a Ganges voyage with Indian chef Atul Kochhar.

Don’t miss your chance to get your taste buds tingling all over the world with these delectable holidays with celebrity foodie guests.

A taste of Venice with James Martin

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 of 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.

walking through the beautiful streets of venice and its canals
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Culinary guru and former Saturday Kitchen presenter James Martin will join Good Housekeeping on a very special eight-day, all-inclusive voyage in October and April. James will give a fascinating talk about his career, answer your questions in a Q&A session and craft and cook a mouthwatering gala dinner one evening on board your luxury Uniworld ship.


The food and wine of Bordeaux with Raymond Blanc

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. 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.

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Michelin-starred French chef Raymond Blanc is passionate about the food of his home country, and will join Good Housekeeping for a very special Bordeaux cruise in October. Raymond will give a cooking demonstration and hold a Q&A session, and join a trip to the lively farmers' market in Libourne, where you can experience the wonderful sights and scents of the fresh produce sold here.


Delicious Indian flavours along the Ganges with Atul Kochhar

For a food-focused holiday that will take you further afield, try a long-haul adventure to India. Famed for its delicious and diverse cuisine, you can combine a food-themed holiday with trips to some of the country's impressive monuments, like the iconic Taj Mahal and the incredible Jantar Mantar in Jaipur, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

taj mahal, one is the most beautiful world heritage site in the world and in 7 wonder of the world

Indian chef Atul Kochhar, who has two Michelin stars earned at London restaurants Tamarind and Benares, joins us for a memorable Ganges cruise in November.

You'll first explore India's Golden Triangle of Delhi, Jaipur, and Agra, before boarding a luxury river ship and sailing the country's most sacred river. Atul will give a talk and Q&A about his career and join you on a visit to Kalna Market, after which he'll host a cooking demonstration on board your ship.


Christmas treats along the Danube with Matt Tebbutt

For us, the Christmas season goes hand in hand with good food. This is the time to savour hearty dishes, warming mulled wine, and mouthwatering sweet treats. And where better to do that than on a cruise to some of Europe's prettiest Christmas markets?

From Vienna's delicious sachertorte, to piping hot goulash in Budapest, the cities along the banks of the Danube have all sorts of wonderful local delicacies to enjoy.

christmas market on rathausplatz in vienna with merry christmas script in german
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With Good Housekeeping's Danube cruise in December, you'll not only get to taste these traditional treats at festive markets, but you'll also be joined by one of the UK's best-loved chefs, Matt Tebbutt. Matt will prepare an exceptional gala dinner on board one night and you'll get the chance to ask him your questions during a special Q&A session.


Flavours of Bordeaux and the Médoc with Tom Kerridge

Another opportunity to taste the best of Bordeaux and the Médoc comes with Good Housekeeping's exclusive cruise with Tom Kerridge. You'll visit some of the breathtaking rural scenery and cultural treasures of Bordeaux, Fort Médoc, Cadillac, Blaye, and Libourne, wandering through archaeological sites, historic landmarks and magnificent vineyards where you'll sample fine French wines.

beautiful cityscape view on saint emilion village in bordeaux region during the sunset in france
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Michelin-starred chef Tom joins you on your luxury river ship for part of the cruise, hosting a cooking demonstration and answering your questions in a Q&A session.

You can also look forward to a visit to Libourne's lively farmers' market, perhaps picking up some delicious local ingredients while you're there, taking home a souvenir from an unforgettable French foodie adventure.


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