With foodie shows like Masterchef and the Great British Bake Off more popular than ever, it seems we’ve truly become a nation of food lovers and as a recent TripAdvisor survey shows, this food obsession is also creeping into our travel plans.
A survey of over 3,500 British travellers1 showed that nearly half (45%) have been on or are planning to go on a gastronomic getaway.
For those food lovers out there, TripAdvisor has uncovered ten of the best rated food and drink tours in the world2, based on the opinions of fellow food loving travellers, along with highly rated hotels nearby for under £150 per night. Travel plus food – what’s not to love? Nom nom nom!
Your Friend in Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal
A four hour private wine and tapas tour of Lisbon with an expert guide. Try artisanal Portuguese cheeses, amazing chorizo, gourmet Iberian pork sausages, the unique Pata Negra ham, premium extra virgin olive oil, hand-made jams and traditional bread. All paired with five amazing Port wines, including a memorable Vintage.
Lip Smacking Foodie Tours – Las Vegas, United States
A two and a half hour casual food walking tour of the Las Vegas Strip with an in-the-know guide. Visit four of Vegas’ acclaimed restaurants to sample up to twelve notable dishes by award-winning chefs. You’ll also experience VIP service with skip-the-line, no-reservation-needed seating.
Vallarta Food Tours – Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
A three and a half hour walking and eating tour of Puerto Vallarta offering a local’s view into Mexican culture through its delicious and intricate cuisine. Stop at ten different spots, sampling everything from Vallarta’s best mole enchiladas, traditional ceviche tostadas, a tortilla factory, fresh coconut, tacos from an authentic taco stand, traditional drinks, savory soups, regional candies and more.
Eating London Food Tours – London, United Kingdom
A three and a half hour food tour of London’s East End, exploring Spitalfields and Shoreditch with a friendly guide and discovering where the locals eat. Wolf down a bacon sandwich at the award-winning St John Bread and Wine restaurant, discover the legendary salt-beef bagels of Beigel Bake and sample artisan British cheese. Traditional fish and chips at Poppies are also included, as are curry samples on Brick Lane.
San Sebastian Food – San Sebastian – Donostia, Spain
Wine and dine like a local on this three hour ‘pintxos’ (Basque tapas) tour. Head to San Sebastián’s Old Town, Parte Vieja and with an expert guide you will visit six pintxos bars. From classic traditional to nouveau, you’ll taste an array of pintxos, paired with a refreshing glass of cider or local wine in each venue. Numbers are limited to 10 on this small-group tour, ensuring an intimate dining experience.
Tokyo FooDrink Tour – Chuo, Japan
During this tour, you’ll learn how to make sushi from a professional sushi master. Before this you’ll explore the world’s biggest and most famous fish market, Tsukiji Fish Market, and learn about choosing the freshest fish.
Santorini Wine Adventure Tours – Fira, Greece
Sip your way around Santorini on a four and half hour island wine tour, visiting three traditional wineries, led by a wine-expert guide. You’ll walk around a volcanic vineyard and discover the unique wine culture of Santorini. Sample up to 12 different wines alongside local delicacies.
Vinetrekker – Day Tours – Melbourne, Australia
Take a full-day wine and food tour of the Yarra Valley, tasting wine at Coldstream Hills Winery, Medhurst Vineyard, Yering Station, De Bortoli Winery and Domaine Chandon. On the tour you’ll also enjoy fresh local food at an à la carte lunch at Yering Station’s winery restaurant.
Taste Santa Barbara Food Tours – Santa Barbara, United States
A three and a half hour gourmet walking tour of Santa Barbara visiting up to eight local restaurants at a leisurely pace, tasting a variety of dishes and cuisines from French Macarons to delicious Pizza and more, all the while taking in the history and culture of Santa Barbara.
Chocolate Ecstasy Tours – London, United Kingdom
Start this tour with a sumptuous hot chocolate, followed by a wander through Mayfair and Soho sampling the history of London through chocolate. Taste the Queen’s and Roald Dahl’s favourites, a more unusual creation from Europe’s most-awarded chocolatier and more.