Central Holidays now offers 17 culinary travel programs throughout Italy, France and Spain, including Flavors of Spain, Charming Villages of France, France’s Fine Wines & Cuisine, Spain’s Gourmet Kitchens and Cooking Classes in Umbria.
Here are some of Central Holidays’ 2010 Culinary & Gastronomy programs in Europe:
* Tuscany Cooking Experience: From $871 for four-night stay in Pistoia near Florence, this package includes wine tastings, a shopping tour of Florence and a four-night villa stay just outside the historic town of Pistoia with a hands-on cooking class followed by a three-course meal.
* Spain's Gourmet Kitchens: From $5,233 for three nights in Madrid and three nights in Barcelona, this package features cooking lessons at the homes of some of the most celebrated local chefs in Seville and Barcelona. This food and wine vacation also includes a tapas tasting tour in Seville and Cava Wine tour in the Penedèas wine region as well as sightseeing in each city.
* Cooking Classes in France: From $1,912 for three nights in Paris, three nights in Avignon, and two nights in Nice, this program includes a full-day cooking class in Avignon, plus special wine tasting excursions and a Seine River cruise. Additional cooking classes can be added to this itinerary with options available at the Ritz in Paris as well as in St. Remy de Provence and Venasque.
* Sorrento Cooking Program: From $649 for four nights in Sorrento, this package includes two expert-led cooking classes focusing on Italian cuisine and a four-night stay on the Amalfi Coast.