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Epicurean Travel: what's your favorite Flavor?

When asked what they are looking for when traveling to a foreign country, people often reply, "to have an authentic experience," "meet the locals," or "see what an area is really like." They also say they are looking forward to tasting the food and/or wine of the region. Many of a foreign country's best known-attributes come from its food, and cuisine often plays a large part in helping travelers decide where to explore.

Are you also a connoisseur? You too can embark upon a travel program that focuses on the notable food and wine of a region, while meeting the chefs, vintners, and bakers who make it special.

Join a small group of like-minded travelers and spend a relaxing week discovering one of the best food regions in the world. Stay in historic, family-owned boutique hotels, and venture into the local kitchens and wine cellars with experts at hand. Enjoy leisurely tours and tastings of the region's wineries, cheese factories, bakeries, restaurants and shops, and learn how local farming, fishing, and cooking techniques have shaped the area and its people. Meet the families whose legacies and visions have kept traditions of local flavor alive for hundreds of years. And if you like, cook alongside chefs to master techniques and dishes you can bring home to enjoy for years. What a truly delicious experience!

Orbridge offers four deluxe programs that journey through well-known gastronomic regions in style and comfort. Each small travel group (between 12-22 guests) is led by a first-rate local travel director who will accompany you through charming towns and villages, introducing you to the delightful people and cuisine that signify each area. Daily tours and activities are carefully selected to ensure travelers enjoy an intimate and personalized experience into both the historical and modern aspects of the region, and of course, enjoy incredible food and wine.

Flavors of Northern Italy
Spend seven nights at Borgo San Donino, a beautifully restored farmhouse on the grounds of the Selva Capuzza winery. Meet winemaker Luca Formentini and learn how his family has been making wines—and fabulous food, for years. Tour other local wineries, a cheese factory, a balsamic vinegar distillery, and learn to make tortellini and tiramisu with an Italian chef. That and much more awaits you, and your taste buds.

Flavors of Sicily
Spend a week in the luxury and elegance of a private villa, Don Arcangelo all"Olmo—and venture out to explore markets, kitchens, and wineries that have shaped the true flavors of Sicily. Explore Greek ruins, visit Mount Etna, and stroll through the charming seaside towns whose inhabitants and cuisine are a unique testament to their history and culture. Includes a pre-tour option in Taormina and a post-option in Palermo.

Flavors of Catalonia
Costa Brava—the hidden gem of Spain's east coast—has much to offer, from tapas and cava, to stunning Greco-Roman ruins, and the Salvador Dali museum. Indulge in wine tastings and cooking classes, all while staying in a remarkably-restored 17th-century farmhouse that is now a charming boutique hotel.

Flavors of Chianti
Spend seven nights in the exclusive Castello La Leccia in Castellina featuring exceptional views of the lush, rolling landscape. Meander through Tuscany’s colorful cities, cypress-studded hilltop towns, classic cucinas, and idyllic vineyards during this small-group journey. Explore the Italian countryside that provides endless inspiration for artists, chefs, and vintners alike.