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.

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. ­

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

Italy food tour

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.

6. Find Your Zen in Southern India

Spices in 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