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March, 2013

Expanding Our Horizons

At Tour de Forks we design and deliver authentic culinary experiences. We call them uncommon epicurean adventures and it's all about discovering a destination through its cuisine. Don't miss our website's growing roster of "where we go" including expanded offerings in Italy, Spain and France as well as South Africa, Turkey and Australia. If you don't see the destination you are dreaming of, just ask. A villa in Italy or France? We've got that. Our curated selection of villas and sense-of-place hotels is truly special. We've been growing and this year, in partnership with Sur La Table, we've added California's wine country - Sonoma - to our packages in New York and New Orleans. Contact us if you are interested in cruising on special food & wine sailings or pre and post stays in ports like Venice, Barcelona and Istanbul. And if your organization is looking for a corporate retreat with team-building culinary activities, just let us know.

Explore the easy-to-book packages on our site. They can be extended, booked with upgraded hotel accommodations and additional activities. We can create a from-scratch customized experience for you or your group. Check out our sample tour itineraries for inspiration. We now manage flights, car rentals and travel insurance. Call us on 888 345 3005. We'd love to talk.

Bayonne ham

A New Destination for 2013: Pays Basque, France

Tucked between the beaches of the Atlantic and the Pyrenees, France's Basque region beckons gourmands with its spicy red peppers, ham and cheese, chocolate, cherries and cake. This uncommon epicurean adventure begins in the chocolate capital of France, Bayonne, the city that introduced chocolate to the rest of the country. Explore the fashionable beach towns of Biarritz and St-Jean-de-Luz, where you'll taste robust local wines and eat the macarons made especially for King Louis XIV's wedding. Wind your way through tranquil villages and lush pastures of the mountains. Savor and prepare some of the rich bounty of the Pays Basque: France's only spicy pepper, creamy sheep's milk cheese, smoked ham and cherry-filled custard cake. Take a peek.

Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao

Gay Travel in Spain

Spain's popularity with gay and lesbian travelers keeps growing. A gay-friendly destination, it was the first country in Europe to pass a marriage equality law. Feel the love!

From special events to permanent landmarks, Spain will wow you with its renowned art and architecture, celebrated cuisine and wine, sophisticated accommodations, and vibrant nightlife. Check out our Bilbao, St. Sebastian & La Rioja: a 7 day/6 night independent package or our Barcelona: a 4 day/3 night independent package.

Tour de Forks in Departures

Our culinary packages and customized trips are highly recommended by leading media outlets. We offer an insider's view of the best culinary destinations in the world. Last month, we were featured in a Departures article about Exotic Culinary Tours. Read this and more of our media accolades on our Press page.

For further information on these adventures and other destinations call us Toll Free on 888 345 3005 or email or

We look forward to helping you plan your uncommon epicurean adventure!