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Culinary Vacations for Lovers of Food and Wine

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How can I reach Gourmet Safari to book my culinary vacation?

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Our email box is always open – we’re listening. We’ll reply within 6 hours during regular business hours.
E-mail: jackie@gourmetsafari.com

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You can always mail a good old-fashioned letter to:
Gourmet Safari
2398 Queen Mary Street

Cavan, Ontario

L0A 1C0

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How is a Gourmet Safari Culinary Vacation different from what other companies are doing?
We offer a different product and experience – it offers more choice and it’s more flexible than other culinary tours. We feature ultimate cooking classes in charming villas, B&B’s, farmhouses, inns and hotels - an outstanding portfolio of culinary vacations. A relaxed and informal one-week or one-day immersion into the food, local life and culture, you’ll walk away with a knowledge of local cooking and lifestyle and a taste for adventure…from cooking lessons with talented local chefs, excursions to local towns and cities, including visits to open air markets, vineyards, artisans who specialize in food and wine and sightseeing to local food festivals and events. Unconventional travel – stay with the locals and get as close to the culture as possible by experiencing the local cuisine - it’s like being invited into a week of local life.

Who goes on Gourmet Safari Culinary Vacations?
Travellers who love great food and wine, are culturally curious wanting to experience immersion into local culture. Gourmet Safari will attract a variety of people, a cross-section of all ages generally aged 35-65 years (all young at heart)…people in their 30’s and 70’s go too… What is common a love for food, adventure and exploration!

Can I bring someone who isn't participating in the classes?
No problem. Travel partners not participating in the cooking classes are always welcome. Picking and choosing from a myriad of experiences and activities, we will fully customize your Gourmet Safari for you and your travelling companion. Just let us know what your travel partner’s interests are.

Where do we stay?
We hand-picked villas, farmhouses, B&B’s, inns & hotels located in the countryside, off the beaten track. They are generally located close to smaller towns (although sometimes they are situated right in the heart of a city) & all accommodations reflect the charm and culture of the country. Our choices are always clean, well maintained, and generally offer a continental breakfast and a luxurious setting as the backdrop for your rich gastronomic adventure.

Are the cooking classes suitable for beginners?
Yes. The cooking class programs are designed for all levels from beginner to advanced, no previous experience required. Each class is conducted at a relaxed, informal pace.

When should I book my Gourmet Safari?
Asap as many programs are quite small and limited in space. Most travellers book about 5-6 months in advance for international trips.

Are gift certificates available?
Yes. Gourmet Gift Certificates can be purchased in any denomination & can be applied to any Gourmet Safari culinary vacation. Contact us for details.

What types of culinary vacations do you offer?
Do you offer customized group programs?
Yes. If you have a group travelling for a special occasion, or no occasion at all – just for the sake of travel – contact us. We’d be more than happy to cater to groups of friends or family celebrating birthdays, wedding anniversaries, graduations and other special occasions or long standing friendships. It is your very own unique travel experience tailored to the specific needs and interests of your private group. Just tell us when, where and how you want to travel, and we'll bake a dream trip for you.

What should I bring?
Other than your travel documents, travel insurance, clothes & an appetite, Gourmet Safari will supply you with everything else you need including local information in our Safari Kit.