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4 Delicious Culinary Trips

The entrance to La Petraia, an agriturismo in Chianti, Italy.

Photo: Courtesy of La Petraia

Italy

The Details: The Petraia Sessions Trufflepig Travel Inc.; October 19–24; doubles from $5,574 per person, double.

Why We Love It: Spend five nights at a 900-year-old agriturismo in Chianti where, in July, locavore author Michael Pollan kicked off a series of cooking classes and lectures. This fall, chef Jamie Kennedy teaches you to prepare Tuscan specialties.

Syria

The Details: Culinary Delights in Damascus & Aleppo Anissa’s Travels; September 25–October 3; from $3,350 per person, double.

Why We Love It: Eastern Mediterranean food writer Anissa Helou leads a small group to Damascus and Aleppo to visit the best markets and artisanal shops, including the kitchen of Pistache d’Alep (one of the world’s top baklava makers).

Brazil & Beyond

The Details: Amazon Thanksgiving Adventure Crystal Symphony Crystal Cruises; November 22–December 5; from $3,615 per person, double.

Why We Love It: Between stops in the Brazilian Amazon and the Caribbean islands, you’ll watch cooking demonstrations, taste wine, and learn to whip up pastry swans filled with smoked-salmon mousse.

India

The Details: Agni Tour Our Personal Guest; 10-day trips available starting in October; from $9,950 per person, double.

Why We Love It: Indian food expert Camellia Panjabi takes you to southern India, stopping in Chennai, Madurai, and Cochin. You’ll visit spice bazaars, markets, and shrimp farms, then make local dishes with Taj Hotels chefs.

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