Carolyn Malcoun

Exploring the culture and culinary tradition of another place is often adventure enough on its own. But imagine how much sweeter the taste of a nourishing meal after biking across the Italian country-side or hiking through wine country. These edible explorations combine activity with feasting, so you can have your cake and work it off too.

1. Bike & Feast Across Central Italy

Drink Super Tuscans, hunt for truffles and cycle through olive groves with Seamus Mullen on a Chef on Wheels trip. Starts at $5995 for 8 days.

Related: How Chef Seamus Mullen Went from Overweight and Sick to Healthy and Fit Eating Delicious Food

2. Walk Your Way Through California Wine Country

Enjoy cooking classes and olive oil tastings while walking through Sonoma and Napa counties. Starts at $3,198 per person for 5 days.

3. Ramble Through Japan

Hike among fruit trees and rice paddies, experience a tea ceremony and go to a sake brewery. Starts at $9,895 per person for 8 days. ­

Related: Healthy Japanese Recipes to Make at Home

4. Bike Through the Great Smoky Mountains

Explore the landscape by bike, then enjoy Blackberry Farm's amenities-hike, horseback ride, fly fish and dine at the farm's James Beard Award-winning restaurant. Starts at $5,999 per person for 6 days.

5. Explore Piedmont and Parma

Wander through Barolo vineyards, go on a truffle hunt, taste Parma ham at the source and visit a Parmigiano-Reggiano dairy. Starts at $2,095 per person for 8 days.

Related: Our Best Italian Recipes to Make at Home

6. Find Your Zen in Southern India

Take cooking classes, tour coffee, tea and spice plantations and Zen out in yoga classes in the state of Kerala on a private tour. Starts at $2,380 per person for 8 days.

March/April 2017