Culinary Vacations for Singles & Solo Travelers


Culinary vacations are a delicious way for singles and solo travelers to explore the world’s most interesting places through their mouthwatering cuisine. Our creative culinary itineraries offer cultural experiences that you cannot find on your own or through large tour groups. Our small groups (12 max!) appeal to solo travelers because they allow for meaningful connections and real relationships. A common interest in food is the ideal talking point for kicking off fascinating conversations and new friendships. We’ve been called “the tour for people who aren’t tour people.” Here’s why our group culinary tours attract so many enthusiastic solo travelers:


Why do solo travelers love Access Culinary Trips?

Travel with people who share your interests

Do you love food and have a passion for travel? So do the other people traveling with you! Our creative culinary itineraries offer a unique and intimate way to experience a place, insider access you can’t find on your own or through large tour groups. From the sizzling food stalls of Vietnam to a farm-to-table meal at a sustainable farm in Cuba, foodies will savor distinctive regional flavors, explore bustling historic markets, and have unparalleled opportunities to connect with local people. Cooking enthusiasts will learn to prepare traditional meals shoulder-to-shoulder with local chefs.

Whatever solo travel experience you are looking for, we have a tour for you. Maybe you would like to learn to cook traditional food in Morocco, take a street food tour and cook with celebrity chefs in Vietnam, learn to make daiquiris in Cuba, or eat ceviche and explore Machu Picchu in Peru. Whichever of our portfolio of culinary tours appeals to you, our dedicated chefs, knowledgeable local guides, and carefully designed itineraries will ensure a fun and memorable trip.

Flexible schedules and solo travel options

Small groups and a flexible schedule offer ample time for socializing, relaxing, and exploring on their own. On all of our tours, we offer private room upgrades for solo travelers who prefer more privacy. We also offer roommate pairing, when possible, for those looking to share a room. We understand that many people do not want to pay “extra” for being a single traveler and we work hard to keep our prices fair. In fact, most of our single supplements are under 25% of the tour price.

Special solo tours for women

We’ve seen a growing trend of women wanting to travel in small groups with other women. We now offer special tours for women to bustling Morocco, vibrant Peru, and stunning Tuscany. Our new guided culinary adventures offer a way for women to travel solo — yet not alone — safe and welcomed in an intimate community of new foodie friends. Our women travel groups are not only empowering for our guests, but also for the local women we meet along the way.

In Peru we connect with local women when we visit a women’s weaving cooperative. We also support a women-owned village enterprise when we join in a pachamanca in a remote village. In Morocco we visit a women’s argan oil cooperative. We are also fortunate to have a female city guide in Essaouira who will give you a great perspective of being a woman in Morocco. In Italy we cook with a female chef in her home in Cortona and we enjoy a Michelin-starred meal prepared for us by the acclaimed Silvia Baracchi.

Feel safe as you explore

Traveling solo doesn’t have to mean traveling completely alone. Our expert local guides are true professionals, and no other company matches them when it comes to building camaraderie among a group of travelers who share a sense of fun and adventure. Many of our repeat guests have commented on how safe, welcome, and cared for they feel with our guides. Our small groups—never more than 12 people—allow for easy connections and new friends to explore and share adventures with. You can feel safe venturing farther and exploring more without stress.

We are award-winning experts

Access Culinary Trips is the expert in guided culinary travel and hands-on cooking vacations. Guests give us a 95% approval rating. We have made “Travel + Leisure’s “Bucket List Tours” and National Geographic Traveler’s “15 Food Tours Worth the Travel” and was named “One of the Best Cuba Tour Operators” by Fodor’s Travel.

If you are interested in culinary vacations for solo travelers, please call 1-800-567-9400 or email for more information, and a list of tours that have guaranteed departures you can book into.


guaranteed Departures

These tours are perfect for solo travelers. They have met the minimum group size and are confirmed.

Cuba’s Culinary Allure - 8 days

December 1-8, 2019; Dec 29-Jan 5, 2020; February 16-23, 2020

Havana Weekend Getaway - 5 days

January 23-27, 2020; Feb 27-Mar 2, 2020

Tuscany Food Tour - 5 days

Mar 29-Apr 2, 2020

Croatia Culinary Tour - 8 days

April 19-26, 2020

Barcelona & Beyond Food Tour - 7 days

April 19-25, 2020

Japan: Behind the Noren Curtain - 9 days

May 15-23, 2020

Vietnam Culinary Tour - 9 days

December 22-30, 2019; Feb 23 - Mar 2, 2020; September 13-21, 2020

Morocco: Savory Spices & Souks - 9 days

March 14-22, 2020; Mar 28-Apr 5, 2020 (Women’s Tour)

Cuba Tour w/ Chef Pernot - 6 days

March 4-9, 2020