Courtesy of La Petraia

Four new culinary trips are aiming to fine-tune your palate this fall.

Jennifer Flowers
August 12, 2009

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, locavoreauthor Michael Pollan kicked off a series of cooking classes and lectures. This fall, chef JamieKennedy 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 ofthe world’s top baklava makers).

Brazil & Beyond

The Details: Amazon Thanksgiving Adventure Crystal Symphony CrystalCruises; 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-salmonmousse.

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 disheswith Taj Hotels chefs.

The Petraia Sessions

Spend five nights at a 900-year-old agriturismo in Chianti where, in July 2009, locavore author Michael Pollan kicked off a series of cooking classes and lectures. In fall 2009, chef Jamie Kennedy teaches you to prepare Tuscan specialties.

Anissa’s Travels

Lebanese-born Helou just opened a London-based cooking school, but she still accompanies small groups to cities such as Tangier, Morocco, to visit local markets and artisanal shops, and lead classes in Middle Eastern and North African cuisine.

Amazon Thanksgiving Adventure

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.

Agni Tour

Embark on a 10-day culinary tour of India, offered by Our Personal Guest, that centers around agni, or fire. Created by Indian food expert Camellia Panjabi, this tour introduces guests to fire-roasted and spice-enhanced dishes as well as spice plantations and markets. Cooking sessions with Taj Hotels chefs, a private harbor cruise, and a Kathakali dance performance are also part of this trip. Since 1989, luxury and cultural experiences have been the focus of Our Personal Guest, which is headquartered on East 76th Street on New York’s Upper East Side.

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