Tours for Experiencing Local Customs
Veteran outfitter Backroads is launching new trips for travelers seeking to experience local customs.
Culinary excursion in Croatia and Sarajevo
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).
800/462-2848; backroads.com; 7-day trips from $3,998, double; July–September.
History and heritage in Peru
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.
7-day trips from $4,198, double; April, May, July, September.
Food and art quest in Provence
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.
7-day trips from $4,298, double; May, June, September.