CULINARY TOUR OPERATORS

ACE CULTURAL TOURS

Started in 1958 by former Reuters foreign correspondent Philip Barnes as a centre for lifelong learning, today Ace Cultural Tours offer over 1,000 different tours, courses and cruises, from nature tours to river cruises, covering destinations across the world. Options… Read More

ALLEGRO HOLIDAYS

Operating since 1986, Allegro Holidays offer completely customisable tours for special interests such as archaeology, classical music and religion. Prime packages include a religious journey through northern Mesopotamia (where the Silk Road meets the Garden of Eden), trips through Ancient… Read More

ANDANTE TRAVELS

Operated by archaeologists, Andante Travels runs an impressive range of inspiring historical tours around Britain, Europe and beyond. Their tours were named ‘Trips of a Lifetime’ by National Geographic Traveller five years in a row, and in 2013 they were… Read More

ARBLASTER & CLARKE WINE TOURS

Specialising in international escorted wine holidays, Arblaster & Clarke bring together over 20 years of professional travel and wine experience. The guides cover many Masters of Wine, wine consultants and writers, leading clients across the wine regions of Europe, Australia,… Read More

ARTISANS OF LEISURE

The private tours arranged by this New York-based, globally focussed company enable clients to experience seasonal highlights such as summer flowers in England and cherry blossoms in Japan, or to visit iconic gardens such as Katsura Rikyu in Kyoto and… Read More

AUSTRALIAN WINE TOUR COMPANY

Since beginning its wine tours in 1998, the Australian Wine Tour Company has become the go-to organisation for wine tourists in the region and beyond, claims founder Matt Noble. Tours to the famous Yarra Valley ‘cater to everyone’s needs, from… Read More

CICERONI TRAVEL

An art history graduate of Trinity College, Dublin, Tom Duncan founded Ciceroni Travel in 1998. ‘I was the only person doing art history lectures on Ireland for the National Art Collection Fund [now called the Art Fund], and people began… Read More

COX & KINGS

Founded in 1758 by Richard Cox, regimental agent to the Foot Guards infantry, Cox & Kings may be the world’s oldest travel agent. Operating cultural tours all over the world, from Romania to Sri Lanka to Peru, and arranging tailor-made… Read More

FINE ART TRAVEL

For 30 years Fine Art Travel has specialised in niche, high-end European tours for sophisticated art aficionados. Regular lecturers include classicist and historian Robin Lane Fox and historian John Julius Norwich. They specialise in taking an elite, mixed crowd of… Read More

GRAPE ESCAPES

Set up by wine buffs Mark and Claire Hallett in 2004, Grape Escapes has carved out a name for itself thanks to premium tours around Europe’s top wine regions. Based in France, the company offers trips through Champagne, Bordeaux and… Read More

HAYLLAR MUSIC TOURS

Via founder Elizabeth Hayllar – who had an international career touring with the world’s greatest orchestras and artists, before setting up on her own – Hayllar Music Tours provide fine tours to classical music festivals and venues around the world…. Read More

INTREPID TRAVEL

‘Small groups, big adventures’ is the motto at Intrepid Travel, and their food tours certainly don’t hold back, covering almost every culinary experience across more than 100 countries. Whether you want to snack on cactus in Oaxaca, prepare ceviche in… Read More

KIRKER

Managing director Ted Wake says his clients know the importance of handing their holiday over to an expert consultant, especially if they want to ‘avoid the madding crowd’ by seeking out private experiences. Kirker offers breaks for those interested in… Read More

KUDU TRAVEL

A specialist cultural walking-tour company enabling clients to reconnect with the natural environment and improve their health, Kudu Travel also arranges special events, from music festivals to bird-watching and wildflower walks. The carefully researched trips stray from the well-trodden path,… Read More

LINGUA MUSICA

Musician and educator Roma Randles founded Lingua Musica in 1988, as a result of her lifelong passion for music and travel. Lingua Musica journeys to grand European music festivals such as Salzburg, as well as lesserknown festivals in Duszniki-Zdrój, Poland…. Read More

MARTIN RANDALL TRAVEL

Offering small-group art and cultural trips and music festival excursions across the globe, Martin Randall Travel offers 300 tours and events, each of which promises to be ‘original and imaginative, and deeply rooted in knowledge of the destination and subject… Read More

PETER SOMMER TRAVELS

A practical archaeologist, Peter Sommer was bored of being stuck studying in the library. So, in 1994, he walked 2,000 miles across Turkey, following in the footsteps of Alexander the Great from Troy to the site of the Battle of… Read More

TRAVEL FOR THE ARTS

Catering to an audience of opera, ballet and classical music buffs, TFA provide unparalleled care and expertise. ‘Our loyal clients come to us again and again,’ says CEO Richard Savage, a professional classical singer who has been at TFA for… Read More

TRIP FEAST

Arranging tailor-made private and small-group tours ‘with a culinary twist’, Trip Feast’s clients are looking to sample street food, cook and dine with locals in their homes, shop in markets for ingredients and learn authentic recipes from experts around the… Read More

WINE TOURISM SPAIN

An online portal helping travellers discover Spain’s wine culture, Wine Tourism Spain showcases the best guided and self-guided wine tours, short culinary breaks, walking tours and road trips through the Basque Country, as well as specialised honeymoons and mini-moon holidays…. Read More

WORLDWIDE WINE TOURS

‘A purveyor of winery locations… where adventurous travellers come to learn about the best wine travel options’, Washington State-based Worldwide Wine Tours is a compendium of facts and tips for those looking to embark on any imaginable wine-related trip or… Read More