TravelAge West: Culinary Travel Trends

February, 2017:

Writer Valerie Chen talks culinary travel trends in February’s TravelAge West. “Cuba is a hot spot in general, but guests are especially attracted to exploring through the lens of food,” said Tamar Lowell, CEO of Access Trips. “With us, they can get up close and personal in a way that other tour companies aren’t necessarily offering, despite using the term ‘people-to-people’ in their itineraries.”

TravelAge West: Why Access Trips Culinary Tours Should Be On Your Radar

December, 2016:

TravelAge West showcased Access Trips’ in-demand destinations, which we explore through the lens of food. “Limiting the size of our groups to no more than 12 clients allows our guests access to both planned and serendipitous experiences that simply don’t work for larger groups, such as visiting local families, cooking in small restaurants and home-based cooking schools and exploring off-the-beaten-trail villages.”

The Street: The Future of Travel to Cuba

December, 2016:

Access Trips CEO Tamar Lowell shared her thoughts with The Street – Philidelphia Inquirer Daily News about her time spent in Havana during Fidel Castro’s funeral, and what travel to Cuba looks like after our U.S. elections and the death of a longtime dictator.

Huffington Post: Trump, Castro and the Future of Travel to Cuba

December, 2016:

Access Trips CEO Tamar Lowell arrived in Cuba in the midst of serendipitous historic events in 2016. Read her thoughts about Fidel Castro’s death and funeral, the new U.S. president, and how Cubans and travelers are reacting to all this change.

Smarter Travel: 

November, 2016:

Smarter Travel’s Caroline Morse recently traveled with Access Trips to Cuba and has done a wonderful job of putting all the essentials into her series of articles. “Everything I’d Read About Cuba Was a Lie,” “What You Should Know Before You Travel to Cuba from the U.S.” and “People-to-People Cuba Tours,” offer future guests a practical look into the current status of travel to Cuba. Our pioneering culinary tour is an excellent way to legally visit Cuba while also tasting the culture through its cuisine.


National Geographic Traveler: 15 Food Tours Worth the Travel

June, 2016:

What an honor to once again be a featured trip in National Geographic Traveler. In the Taste of Summer issue, National Geographic’s 15 Food Tours Worth Traveling For features Access Trips’ Cuba Culinary Tour. We’ve pioneered culinary travel to Cuba and are thrilled to share this wonderful trip with guests from across the country.


Un-touring Havana: 5 Way to Soak It In

June, 2016:

Excitement about Cuba continues to grow. There’s the culture, the rum, the cigars, the incredible warmth of its people. And of course, there is this sense that Cuba has been a forbidden fruit for so long, and everyone wants a taste. Read more here from Access Trips CEO Tamar Lowell about the best ways to “un-tour” this travel gem.


National Geographic: How Tourism Will Change Cuba

April, 2016:

This is a fresh and honest outlook on Cuba in the wake of American travelers. CEO of Access Trips Tamar Lowell talks restaurants in Cuba for this National Geographic piece. Paladares, in particular, are in hot demand and this has opened the doors for lots of variation in food choices in Cuba


Dreaming in Cuba: Cuba Culinary Travel

April, 2016:

Journalist Betty Teller has created a series of posts from her recent culinary tour of Cuba. In part one she shares a recipes for “Moors and Christians” and encourages her readers to open their eyes to Cuba as it begins to transform. In part two, Teller describes her encounter with the classic Cuban car. In part three Teller further explores her adventure, including her adjustment to slightly less than perfect facilities.


Washington Life Magazine: Cuba

April, 2016:

Follow journalist John Arundel on his recent tour of Cuba. Arundel interviews Access Trips CEO Tamar Lowell as he seeks to define what Cuba is for travelers today.


The Huffington Post: Travel to Cuba

March, 2016:

What do the latest changes in Cuba mean for you?  Access Trips CEO Tamar Lowell educates readers on what the ever evolving world of travel to Cuba means for visitors. Newly opening doors for American tourists have brought the masses, but not without some hang-ups along the way.


The Toronto Star: Kasbah Omar 

March, 2016:

Kasbah Omar is the ultimate food and cultural destination in Morocco. Access Trips guests experience an intimate stay here while touring this beautiful country.  In addition, this NPR story  from 2012 highlights some of the sensual culinary delights found at Kasbah Omar and the ancient cooking practices that all hungry travelers should discover for themselves.


The Chicago Tribune: Cuba

February 29, 2016:

Getting an Early Taste of Authentic Food and Drink in Cuba is the headline for this Chicago Tribune feature of Access Trips’ signature culinary tour of Cuba. This not-to-miss article gives readers a sultry taste of havana and beyond.


The Chicago Tribune: Peru Culinary

February, 2016:

Access Trips is featured in this Chicago Tribune travel round-up for our Peru culinary tour.  This will be a top tour in 2016, so make sure to read up on all the exciting culinary possibilities.


Fodors: Cuba 2016

December, 2015:

We’re honored that Fodors has named Access Trips one of the top Cuba tour operators in its 2016 Cuba Travel Guide.


SF Weekly: Bucket List Gift Idea – Cuba

December, 2015:

SF Weekly writer Brad Japhe highlighted Access Trips on their Christmas bucket list 2015.


360 West: Cuba On The Cusp

November, 2015:

360 West tours Cuba with Access Trips and digs deep into the the changes in store the island nation in its feature article, Cuba on the Cusp.


Boston Herald: Explore the Flavors of Vietnam

February 19, 2015:

The Boston Herald features our new Vietnam Culinary Tour in their article, “Explore the Flavors of Vietnam.”


Travel Age West: Escorted Tours

February, 2015:

TravelAge West featured Access Trips as one of their five recommended guided tours worldwide. Our Peru tour is a foodie’s delight that guides visitors from Lima to the highlands, tasting all that Peru has to offer.


LA Times: Vietnam Culinary Tour

January 5, 2015:

The LA Times covers our brand new culinary tour to Vietnam in their article, “Vietnam: Culinary tour links travelers with food, culture.”




April 17, 2014

Our 5th National Geographic award! Our Mexico Bike & Surf Adventure was selected by National Geographic Traveler as one of their 50 Tours of a Lifetime.

“This dual adventure takes you biking up and down historic trails in the Sierra Madre and to surf lessons in the fishing village of Sayulita, home to breaks for the novice, pros, and everyone in between.”



NAT GEO: Food Fridays – Morocco

January 4, 2013

Blogger Lisa T.E. Sonne shares her thoughts on our Moroccan culinary tour, including our charming guide Yosef. Join her as she explores the tasty delights of Morocco.



April 17, 2013

Our 4th National Geographic award! Our Morocco Desert Surf Safari was selected by National Geographic Traveler as one of their 50 Tours of a Lifetime.

“Few know that Morocco is home to some of the world’s sweetest and most reliable surf breaks. This trip is part surf camp, part cultural odyssey. Spend three days riding waves at a locals-mostly beach near Agadir—beginners welcome—then trek through Berber villages in the High Atlas Mountains and wander the souks and ruins of Marrakech.”


NPR:Melding Tastes Of The Past And Present

November, 2012:

In addition, this NPR story  from 2012 highlights some of the sensual culinary delights found at Kasbah Omar and the ancient cooking practices that all hungry travelers should discover for themselves.



October 24, 2012

Travel + Leisure features our new Nepal Himalayan Mountain Biking trip in a round-up of Extraordinary Bike Trips.

“Access Trips (; 11 nights from $2,790) is offering a mountain-biking adventure through Nepal in May 2013. Amid 20,000-foot-high peaks, you’ll explore unspoiled villages, terraced farms, and Buddhist temples.”



July 9, 2012

Journey from Marrakech to the Atlantic and the High Atlas mountains as you surf, hike and explore the best of Morocco. Read all about our Morocco Surf & Culture tour in the LA Times.



Apri 22, 2012

We’re thrilled that our New Zealand: Multisport Adventure Tour was selected by National Geographic Traveler as one of their 50 Tours of a Lifetime.

“With a niche in ‘exotic learning adventures,’ the outfitter’s typical trips help travelers develop a single skill—from ethnic cooking to surfing—in a foreign locale. But the wonderland that is New Zealand holds too much potential to focus on just one activity, so this dynamic tour lets participants develop mountain-biking, glacier-hiking, white-water-rafting, sea-kayaking, and even wine-tasting chops—all while traversing the country’s South Island.”




March 28, 2010

We are pleased to announce that our Sri Lanka Surfing and Mountainbiking Tour has been named the Best New Trip of 2010 by the National Geographic Adventure Magazine!



November 1, 2007

We’re thrilled to announce that our El Salvador: Surfing, Wakeboarding & Mountain Biking adventure has been named by National Geographic Adventure as one of the Best New Trips of 2008. Check out the feature online at National Geographic Adventure.