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Culinary excursion in Croatia and Sarajevo

Highlights

Learn to cook polenta-and-cheese with a native family in Lukomir, the highest village in Sarajevo. At a farm near Capljina, Bosnia, view the relics of the Austro-Hungarian empire. End the journey with a three-day sail on the Dalmatian Coast aboard a trabakul (ancient merchant ship).

Details

800/462-2848; backroads.com; 7-day trips from $3,998, double; July–September.

The Trip

History and heritage in Peru

Highlights

Visit the home of a Peruvian family in the weaving community of Huilloc, in the northern Ollantaytambo region. Villagers here still speak the centuries-old native language, and grow maize and potatoes on terraced plots 12,000 feet above sea level.

Details

7-day trips from $4,198, double; April, May, July, September.

The Trip

Food and art quest in Provence

Highlights

With art scholar Marie-Charlotte Bouton as your guide, tour St.-Paul-de-Mausole, the hospital where Van Gogh painted 140 works. At the Château de Montfaucon, vintner-owner Rodolphe de Pins shares secrets from the property’s wine caves.

Details

7-day trips from $4,298, double; May, June, September.

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