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Welcome! If you crave the extraordinary, Active Gourmet Holidays is the perfect place to discover your next adventure. Search our site for divine active or culinary vacations (or a combination of both!), then CONTACT US and let the professionals do the legwork. We offer over 75 splendid culinary vacations from which to choose. You can be assured that the experts will make the best recommendations as to which gourmet cooking tours will best fit your needs! Active Gourmet Holidays has been in business since 2002 and is a proud member of the Better Business Bureau Online Reliability Program, IACP, Slow Food and ICTA.  Give us a call and find out why we have an A+ Rating with the BBB!

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Apulian Cooking & Hiking

(Option: Customized Itineraries)
Apulia (Puglia), Italy -  6 nights
Available year round (excluding July and August)

Discover the amazing region of Apulia (Puglia), or what the Italians call "Little California". Enjoy a six night culinary and active escape to the "heel of the boot", a region rich in amazing fruits and vegetables, abundant extra virgin olive oil, fantastic wines and so much more. You will experience guided walks in Ostuni, Bari, Polignano a Mare, Matera and Alberobello, three cooking lessons with a local chef, accommodations in a stunning Masseria (farmhouse), wine and olive oil tastings, and a total immersion into the incredible local delicacies of Apulia!

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Porto and Douro Foodie and Wine Adventure

(Option: Customized Itineraries)
Porto and Douro Valley, Portugal - 5 nights
Available year round 

Your foodie and wine adventure in Portugal is a wonderful mix of sightseeing, cooking classes, guided tours and wine tastings. During your stay you will enjoy luxury accommodations in two locations. This itinerary offers the true foodie an experience like no other. You  will be taken on an enchanting boat ride on the scenic Douro River which is a wonderful way to discover this beautiful Valley. 

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Unforgettable Crete

(Option: Customized Itineraries)
Crete, Greece - 6 nights
Available April to October


Embark on a unique private tour of Crete that will take you on a journey of flavors and culture. Crete is a unique island that offers different people, cultures, and experiences that will leave a lasting impression on your mind and soul. During this tour, you will visit three of Crete's famous towns - Heraklio, Rethymno, and Agios Nikolaos. For centuries, Crete has been known for its local cuisine, unparalleled products, beautiful sites, and hospitable people. Crete is a haven of rare natural beauty, Mediterranean culture, and history. In his book "Reference to Greco," the great Cretan writer Nikos Kazantzakis wrote, "Whoever touches this island feels a mysterious power through their veins and into the soul." This tour is perfect for anyone looking for a unique experience in Crete. Crete is famous for its products and its culture. 


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