Eat Like the Locals
Share our appetite for native food traditions and fine dining.
Street food to haute gastronomy, you'll love it all. At Classic Journeys, you'll find food is a foolproof way into the hearts, homes, and history of the places you visit, and you'll experience it with every meal. All breakfasts and many lunches are included. We treat you to many dinners, as well, often with complimentary wine. Thanks to the insider connections of your local guides and the small size of our groups, you can get you into the kind of terrific local cafes where the neighbors eat. In many restaurants, chefs prepare special meals for you. And so what if the menus aren’t in English? Your guide will translate, point you to favorite dishes, and pass on your compliments to the chef.
Satisfy your taste for variety. On many trips, your guides arrange picnics so that you can—picture this!—stretch out under an olive tree on the crest of a hill overlooking the sea to feast on both the view and the cuisine. One of our favorite activities is shopping in a village market to pick up bread, cheese and maybe some sausage, fruit, and pastries to create a lunch. Dinners might be in the kind of a neighborhood restaurant where they write the day’s menu on a chalkboard. And then we’ll switch it up to treat you to a lavish meal with one of the region’s top chefs.
Do you have special dietary needs? No problem. When you make your reservation with Classic Journeys, we’ll ask you to let us know if you have particular dietary needs or preferences. And you can count on us to relay that info to your guide and to the dining establishments on your itinerary.
You’ll learn about the growing and creation of food, too. Depending on the destination you choose, you’re likely to find yourself sharing time with cheesemakers, fishermen, olive growers, vintners, truffle hunters and other artisanal food experts. Many trips include cooking instructions so that you can find yourself making pizza in a private home on the Amalfi Coast, shopping for and stirring up a lunch in India, perfecting your spring roll technique in Vietnam, or making crepes in a small French restaurant near the D-Day beaches. If you’re interested in an adventure dedicated to food, be sure to check out our Culinary trips.