With foodie shows like Masterchef and the Great British Bake Off more popular than ever, it seems we’ve truly become a nation of food lovers and as a recent TripAdvisor survey shows, this food obsession is also creeping into our travel plans.
A survey of over 3,500 British travellers1 showed that nearly half (45%) have been on or are planning to go on a gastronomic getaway.
For those food lovers out there, TripAdvisor has uncovered ten of the best rated food and drink tours in the world2, based on the opinions of fellow food loving travellers, along with highly rated hotels nearby for under £150 per night. Travel plus food – what’s not to love? Nom nom nom!
Private Lisbon Tour with Premium Port Wine and Tapas Tasting – bookable on TripAdvisor from £79 per person
A four hour private wine and tapas tour of Lisbon with an expert guide. Try artisanal Portuguese cheeses, amazing chorizo, gourmet Iberian pork sausages, the unique Pata Negra ham, premium extra virgin olive oil, hand-made jams and traditional bread. All paired with five amazing Port wines, including a memorable Vintage.
Highly rated hotel: Monte Belvedere by Shiadu, bookable on TripAdvisor for £823
Lip Smacking Foodie Tours - Las Vegas, United States - Las Vegas Strip Afternoon Food Tour – bookable on TripAdvisor from £89 per person
A two and a half hour casual food walking tour of the Las Vegas Strip with an in-the-know guide. Visit four of Vegas' acclaimed restaurants to sample up to twelve notable dishes by award-winning chefs. You’ll also experience VIP service with skip-the-line, no-reservation-needed seating.
Highly rated hotel: The Carriage House, bookable on TripAdvisor for £85
Eating London Food Tours - London, United Kingdom - London East End Food Tour – bookable on TripAdvisor from £65 per person
A three and a half hour food tour of London’s East End, exploring Spitalfields and Shoreditch with a friendly guide and discovering where the locals eat. Wolf down a bacon sandwich at the award-winning St John Bread and Wine restaurant, discover the legendary salt-beef bagels of Beigel Bake and sample artisan British cheese. Traditional fish and chips at Poppies are also included, as are curry samples on Brick Lane.
Highly rated hotel: The Park City Grand Plaza Kensington Hotel bookable on TripAdvisor for £137
Downtown Puerto Vallarta Food Tour – bookable on TripAdvisor from £37 per person
A three and a half hour walking and eating tour of Puerto Vallarta offering a local’s view into Mexican culture through its delicious and intricate cuisine. Stop at ten different spots, sampling everything from Vallarta’s best mole enchiladas, traditional ceviche tostadas, a tortilla factory, fresh coconut, tacos from an authentic taco stand, traditional drinks, savory soups, regional candies and more.
Highly rated hotel: Hotel Porto Allegro, bookable on TripAdvisor for £41
Tsukiji Fish Market Tour with Sushi Making Experience – bookable on TripAdvisor from £86 per person
During this tour, you’ll learn how to make sushi from a professional sushi master. Before this you’ll explore the world's biggest and most famous fish market, Tsukiji Fish Market, and learn about choosing the freshest fish.
Highly rated hotel: Hotel Mystays Asakusa-bashi, bookable on TripAdvisor for £74
Yarra Valley Food and Wine Day Trip from Melbourne Including Lunch at Yering Station – bookable on TripAdvisor from £106 per person
Take a full-day wine and food tour of the Yarra Valley, tasting wine at Coldstream Hills Winery, Medhurst Vineyard, Yering Station, De Bortoli Winery and Domaine Chandon. On the tour you’ll also enjoy fresh local food at an à la carte lunch at Yering Station’s winery restaurant.
Highly rated hotel: Yarra Glen Grand Hotel, bookable on TripAdvisor for £91
Downtown Santa Barbara Food Tour – bookable on TripAdvisor from £71 per person
A three and a half hour gourmet walking tour of Santa Barbara visiting up to eight local restaurants at a leisurely pace, tasting a variety of dishes and cuisines from French Macarons to delicious Pizza and more, all the while taking in the history and culture of Santa Barbara.
Highly rated hotel: Days Inn - Santa Barbara, bookable on TripAdvisor for £113
Small-Group Santorini Wine Tasting and Vineyard Tour – bookable on TripAdvisor from £69 per person
Sip your way around Santorini on a four and half hour island wine tour, visiting three traditional wineries, led by a wine-expert guide. You’ll walk around a volcanic vineyard and discover the unique wine culture of Santorini. Sample up to 12 different wines alongside local delicacies.
Highly rated hotel: Margarita Hotel, bookable on TripAdvisor for £38
Chocolate Ecstasy Tours - London, United Kingdom - Mayfair Chocolate Ecstasy Tour – bookable on TripAdvisor from £40 per person
Start this tour with a sumptuous hot chocolate, followed by a wander through Mayfair and Soho sampling the history of London through chocolate. Taste the Queen's and Roald Dahl's favourites, a more unusual creation from Europe's most-awarded chocolatier and more.
Highly rated hotel: Premier Inn London Southwark (Tate Modern) Hotel, bookable on TripAdvisor for £131
Small-Group Pintxos and Wine Tour in San Sebastián – bookable on TripAdvisor from £89 per person
Wine and dine like a local on this three hour ‘pintxos’ (Basque tapas) tour. Head to San Sebastián’s Old Town, Parte Vieja and with an expert guide you will visit six pintxos bars. From classic traditional to nouveau, you’ll taste an array of pintxos, paired with a refreshing glass of cider or local wine in each venue. Numbers are limited to 10 on this small-group tour, ensuring an intimate dining experience.
Highly rated hotel: Hotel Record, bookable on TripAdvisor for £62
1 Survey of 3,659 adult UK travellers carried out between 1 October 2015 - 7 October 2015.
210 of the best rated bookable tours in the food and drink category on TripAdvisor. Best rated tours were determined based on review ratings, volume and recency
3 Highly rated hotels were selected based on average review ratings and volume, within 2 miles of each tour (where available) and for an average nightly rate of less than £150
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