Arrivals & Departures Local flavours on the menu with new foodie walking tours

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World Expedition's new itineraries for food lovers in Japan, Vietnam, Peru and beyond include visits to wineries, cooking classes, market tours and more. 

Wine tasting at a vineyard in Morocco, shopping for ingredients at a Peruvian market, learning to cook Cape Malay cuisine in South Africa and sampling the tastes of Sri Lanka with celebrity chef Peter Kuravita are just some of the experiences on offer as part of World Expeditions' new collection of tours for food lovers.

The new trips from the adventure travel specialist allow travellers to combine foodie experiences such as visits to wineries, dairies and orchards, city tours, dining experiences, cooking classes and visits to fresh produce markets with walking.

Incorporating three to four-star accommodation, the Food Lovers itineraries are available in Japan, Vietnam, South Africa, Peru and Morocco. 

The 12-day Food Lover's Vietnam tour, for example, includes three hands-on cooking classes with local experts, the streets and markets of Ho Chi Minh City and the chance to learn about the cultural significance of Vietnamese cuisine along with visits to Hanoi's Old Quarter, Halong Bay, Hoi An and more. Departing on September 8, 2018, it costs $2690 per person.

The 14-day My Sri Lanka with Peter Kuravita itinerary includes the chance to cook curry over an open fire and prepare local delicacies with village elders in Kandi, along with stays in boutique hotels, exploring the ruins at Anuradhapura, visits to Kandy and Galle, the chance to see elephants on a jeep safari at Uda Walawe National Park and high tea at The Grand Hotel in Nuwara Eliya.

Upcoming 2018 departures are on February 19 and October 5, and cost $7490 per person.

World Expeditions' European active adventure brand UTracks also offers a variety of food tours, including a Food Lover's Spanish Camino itinerary incorporating the classic pilgrimage route. Departing on Bilbao on May 19 and September 8, it costs $5490 per person.

In Europe, UTracks also has Food Lovers tours of Italy's Francigena Way, the Spanish region of Catalonia and the French Way of St James, the latter accompanied by Australian author Mary Moody. 

(At top: At a market in Vietnam. Picture: Richard I'Anson)

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