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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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The Kitchens and Traditions of Zakynthos Island

(Options: Customized Itineraries, Shorter or Longer Stays)
Zakynthos, Greece - 7 nights
Available March to November 

The magical Greek island of Zakynthos awaits your arrival. Zakynthos, located in the Ionian Sea, is known for its pristine crystal beaches. Picture clear turquoise waters and beautiful landscapes, meet warm people and taste simple and delectable cuisine - and you have found Zakynthos! This will be a unique and unforgettable experience as your hosts are a local family who live on the premises and they will introduce you to all that is authentic on this small island. You will mingle with the wonderful local islanders and after your stay you will become family. The itinerary provides plenty of time to swim and to be on the water - afterall, this IS the home to the famous loggerhead turtles and perhaps you will be lucky enough to swim in turquoise waters with one beside you!  

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Tasty Liguria and Parma

Liguria/Parma, Italy - 7 nights
Available April to October 

Attention Foodies! If you are looking for a tasty Italian tour to discover some of the country's most treasured foods then this tour could very well be the one for you. Discover the Cinque Terre and enjoy a pesto making class in the place from where pesto originated - Genoa! You will also participate in a hands-on cooking class in Parma and you will discover the gastronomic delights of this delicious city through tastings in the food capital of Italy!

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Authentic Tuscan Cooking

Tuscany, Italy - 6 nights 
Available March to November - Saturday to Friday

This culinary program is perfect for those who are lovers of all that is Tuscan – the charming medieval towns, the centuries old traditions, the people and their culture, the art and of course, the great food and wine!! You will enjoy hands-on cooking courses learning the art of Tuscan cuisine from our wonderful English speaking professional Italian chefs in an original kitchen of a 14th century villa. We also offer vegetarian, vegan, celiac and organic cooking vacations so please inquire. 

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