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Taste: Here, There & Everywhere

The exciting culinary scenes of these destinations, ranging from amazing local produce to dynamic street food will offer foodies an experience they will savour. There's something for every taste, whether you seek extraordinary excursions in classic cities, a culinary and gastronomic introduction to a destination or a holiday that you'll be able to dine out on for years to come. So, scroll on for some 2023 inspiration. Where will you go? Wine tasting in Portugal, perhaps?  

Here, There & Everywhere

Tapas Trails, Spain

Spain is an extraordinary mix of kingdoms, language, customs and cuisine. Cities such as Bilbao and Barcelona might be renowned for their splendid architecture but they are also home to exceptional gastronomy. Travel through the country on its Tapas Trails to get a flavour of three different and contrasting regions – these are culinary cities worth the trip.

  • Let a local guide bring the streets of Bilbao and Barcelona to life
  • Venture into the Basque countryside to try the local cuisine
  • Sip some of Spain's finest red wines from the vineyards of Rioja
  • Stroll Calle del Laurel, famous for its irresistible tapas bars and try the delicious pintxo here
  • Travel to Sitges and toast your good taste with local cava

Wine Villages of Alsace, France

Alsace is where French and German cultures have intermingled through the centuries, leaving a stunning legacy. Stroll the rolling Alsatian countryside, dotted with chateaux, fairy-tale villages and vineyards, to discover the centuries-old traditions, rich gastronomy and world-class wines. You’ll explore some of the most beautiful villages in France, from Colmar and Kaysersberg to Riquewihr and Ribeauville, with plenty of opportunity to duck into a 'cave' or ‘degustation’ to seek out the perfect Pinot, Riesling or Gewurztraminer!

  • Ramble through traditional wine villages and ancient vineyards on easy walking trails
  • Soak up the blend of French and German influences with varied local cuisine including flammkuchen and baeckeoffe
  • Follow the Sentier Vinicole des Grands Cru between Riquewihr and Ribeauville
  • Visit a local winery to sample the vintages
  • Discover romantic castles, ruined keeps, churches and medieval villages full of brighty coloured, half-timbered buildings

Bologna La Grassa, Italy

Set in the heart of northern Italy, Bologna is the perfect base for foodies looking to immerse themselves in the region’s rich history, culture, and of course renowned produce. Towns here lay claim to lasagne and tortellini, Mortadella sausage, Parma ham, Parmesan cheese and balsamic vinegar. You’re not just here for the food though, as there is beautiful architecture, wonderful old quarters, Romanesque cathedrals and bustling market squares to uncover, while walks through the nearby Apennine hills are ideal for working up an appetite.

  • Follow simple trails through the dramatic Apennine hills
  • Discover the wonderfully preserved city of Bologna with a local guide
  • Let a local guide introduce you to the local cheeses and hams in Parma, with time to taste the produce
  • Explore Ravenna and uncover its superb Byzantine art
  • Enjoy the market town of Modena and sample varieties of balsamic vinegar, said to originate here

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Regua & the Rio Douro, Portugal

Located in the northern corner of Portugal, the UNESCO-listed Douro Valley, Portugal’s premier wine region, is a rich landscape full of history. Over an indulgent week of leaisurely walking and wine, follow the path of the river as it meanders through this enchanting countryside. Stroll through terraced vineyards and trace ancient footpaths across gently rolling meadows bursting with almond blossom. Add extra nights in the colourful city of Porto to round off your adventure!

  • Immerse yourself in Peso de Regua, heart of the port wine industry for centuries
  • Stroll across rolling countryside, through olive groves and vineyards, past famous wine estates
  • Sample a selection of delicious port wine at a fourth generation family-run winery
  • Ride the rails on one of Europe's most picturesque train journeys between Regua and Pocinho, on the banks of the Douro
  • Explore the traditional town of Lamego with its impressive cathedral and remarkable churches and historic chapels

Cretan Trails & Tavernas, Greek Islands

Best known for its Minoan palaces, Byzantine churches and Venetian ruins, Crete has a vibrant food and drink scene too. Follow coastal tracks and mule paths to explore Crete’s contrasting rugged shores and wild interior, climbing into the White Mountains to discover the deep gorges gouged through the rock. Quiet tavernas offer rest and respite as you refuel on local dishes, while traditional shops sell honey, wine and Cretan delicacies.

  • Walk in the foothills of the White Mountains through lush olive and scented citrus groves
  • Hike dramatic gorge walks including the spectacular Samaria Gorge
  • Dine in a traditional Greek tavernas every evening
  • Drop in on the local winery at Drapinias for a tour and taste of Cretan wine
  • Seek out kalitsounia in the beautiful village of Ravdouha and try these highly addictive little cheese pastries

Tuscany's Treasures, Italy

Tuscany is a feast for all your senses. Art, history and scenic landscapes compete for your attention, and that’s before you take into account the food… Ah, the food! Immerse yourself in the timeless landscapes on leisurely walks and gain a first-hand insight into Tuscan life with strolls through vineyards and olive groves, wine-tasting and a chance to cook a traditional Tuscan dinner.

  • Let a local guide navigate the streets, sights, shops and sweet-scented pastry shops of Sienna
  • Uncover the secret corners of Florence with a local guide
  • At a villa in the medieval hilltop village of Montecatini Alto enjoy olive oil and wine tastings
  • Dine in local restaurants throughout
  • Learn about local cuisine and cook your own Tuscan dinner at a traditional farm

Places that move you

(and you might not realise we travel to...)

This is Ramblers’ list of holidays that will get you doing what you love in 2023. We’ve sorted the list of trips in the UK, Europe and Worldwide by trip type – Walk, Journey, Connect, Taste or Experience – to help you find your next adventure. Where would you like to discover next?

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