For travelers planning exotic food tours, the promise of insider experiences is always enticing. Yet, it’s easy for tour companies to include such jargon in their promotional material without actually substantiating those claims with the insider access they promise. So how do you, the traveler, ensure that your travel experience includes those special, authentic encounters that you seek?
Determine Whose Culinary Tours Are Right For You
First and foremost, find a well-respected tour operator with a proven track record of providing the types of culinary tours you seek. Each travel company is different, from their destination knowledge to the activities they offer on the itinerary. While trip itineraries are generally available online, travelers seriously considering a given trip might want to speak with someone at the tour company directly. Our staff is thrilled to speak with interested travelers and share our insider knowledge.
Culinary Vacations Strengthened by Local Connections
At Access Trips we spend countless hours researching, visiting and scouting the best insider experiences to differentiate each trip and create lasting travel memories for our guests. Given that we specialize in tours to exotic culinary destinations, our strong relationships with our local guides and chefs add tremendous value to our itineraries.
For instance, in putting together our newly launched Cuba Culinary Tour, we partnered with a fabulous, bilingual guide to plan the itinerary. The guide, who will lead each of our upcoming Cuba trips, introduced us to the beauty of Cuba through his eyes – particularly at this pivotal moment in history. His story and his accounts of Cuban culture and life influenced the way we chose to craft our trip, helping us bring to light the optimism of the Cuban people.
Insider Experiences Distinguish Culinary Travel Companies
The few other travel companies currently offering culinary tours of Cuba have their cooking classes in government run cooking schools. We are doing it differently on our people-to-people educational exchange tour. Our first cooking class is held in one of Havana’s oldest and most revered private restaurants, or paladares, and our second is in a private home. Our cooking classes allow travelers to interact with local chefs and families, as they develop authentic relationships and gain an in-depth understanding for what life is like for the Cuban people.
Our insider approach begins from the moment we start developing a new itinerary, and results in experiences that travelers often cannot access on their own. Some of the insider culinary and cultural highlights from our new Cuba vacation include transportation in 1957 Chevys, trips to organic farms and local markets, cooking classes and meals at Cuba’s finest paladares, a salsa lesson in the home of a local dancer, and even a daiquiri making course with the 39-year veteran mixologist from El Floridita, where Hemingway enjoyed his daiquiris.