Cultural Travel and Alternative
Tours in Europe
| Diverbo's "Pueblo
Ingles" — Discover Spain in an English Conversation
Pueblo Ingles has been described as an inspiring
cultural adventure, an enriching personal journey,
and a unique, human experience. Each week twenty Native
English speakers are sponsored to stay in a beautiful,
picturesque 4-star resort in Spain so they can converse
with Spanish professionals who want to improve their
English. Accommodation, food and wine are provided
in exchange for your conversation. It's a unique and
enjoyable experience and the best way to learn about
Spain if you don't speak the local lingo.
|| Cost: Free
Dates: Week-long programs January-November
Contact: Diverbo — More than
Pueblo Ingles (Anglo volunteer department), Calle
Orense 4, 7th floor, 28020 Madrid, Spain.
Tel. (+34) 913 913 400. Fax: (+34)
913 910 112
Europea di Firenze
International School of Liberal and Performing Arts
The Accademia Europea di Firenze is one of the main
Italian language, art, culture, and music schools
in Italy, situated in the heart of historic Florence;
founded in 2005 and located in a historical palace
built in the Renaissance period of the 1500s. Our
method allows students to learn and practice Italian
language through their subjects of greatest interest,
whether art, music, culture, or cuisine. We include
short courses, long courses, academic programs, and
bachelors degrees. We offer diverse cultural activities,
including cultural exchanges with Italian students,
a school soccer team, breakfasts with friends, walking
tours, field trips to cities famous for their art,
visits to museums and theaters, culinary courses with
Tuscan chefs, and much more! During their activities
students will practice Italian language in very spontaneous
and pleasurable situations.
Dates: Starts every Monday the year
round except on holidays.
Contact: Isabel Berger, Accademia
Europea di Firenze, Via Cavour,
37. 50129. Florence, Italy.
Tel.: 39 +055 211 599
Join us in the Burren, Ireland, for 5 days.
In a small group, never more than 12, and usually
smaller, begin to get to know one of the most extraordinary
rural places in Europe, renowned for its natural beauty.
Stay in the local community and see the landscape
through expert eyes. Walk, cycle, pass the time, listen
and learn, and enjoy life in a beautiful place. Find
out more about an aspect of culture or the environment
that really interests you, or take the opportunity
to learn something entirely new. You learn about the
traditional farming of the Burren and spend time with
an expert guide of your choice e.g. botanist, geologist,
archaeologist, angler, herbalist, caver or gardener.
The guides are all locals but with national reputations.
run very week from 18th May 2014 to 21st August 2014
(each quest begins on a Sunday evening and finishes
on a Friday evening).
Cost: €1150 inclusive but excludes
purchase of alcohol and travel to the west of Ireland.
Contact: Burren Journey, Riverstown
Cottage, Corofin, Clare, Ireland.
Tel.: 00 353 656837555
The Abruzzi Mountain
Art Workshop in Italy
Live and work in a rustic mountain village as
AMW continues its innovative fine arts program in drawing,
painting, collage, mask-making, digital photography, encaustic,
fresco and clay sculpture in stunning studios one hour from
Rome. May-Oct. Work at 12th century sites, abandonded abbeys
and in our WWF reserve. Independent studio space available.
Antonucci, 56 Ludlow Street New York, NY 10002 212
260 7603; email: firstname.lastname@example.org;
Walking and Painting Holidays in Andalucia
Andalucian Adventures offer guided and self-guided
walking, painting, yoga, cookery and photography holidays
in Spain and the UK. Choose from the grandeur of Spain's
Natural Parks to the quiet beauty of England's Cotswolds.
Their knowledgeable local leaders, experienced tutors and
unspoilt village hotels make for an unforgettable holiday
Immersion Vacations in Prague
artbreak™ is a unique, total arts immersion
experience for adults who love the arts. artbreak™ provides
intimate access to Prague’s artistic world via hands-on
morning workshops with local artists, afternoon gallery
visits and wine tasting, plus evenings at the opera, symphony,
ballet, plus Prague’s renowned jazz clubs. Our unparalleled
six-day vacations renew the heart, mind, and spirit – and
the wonders of Prague come included.
Contact: email@example.com, www.artbreak.org
Astra Excursions & Sojourns in Greece now offers four
programs, each designed to make every trip a unique, intimate,
personal odyssey. We offer co-ed & women-only trips
including a Village Sojourn.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.astragreece.com
Two Week Writing Workshop in Assisi, Italy
Immerse yourself in your writing, whether you
have a work-in-progress or are just starting to explore
the border between fiction and memoir. Exquisite accomodations,
breakfast and gourmet dinner, and daily workshop with award-winning
teachers Sarah Van Arsdale and Peter Bricklebank. $3750
for two weeks, August 9-22. In conjunction with Art Workshops
Contact: email@example.com, www.atlanticwritersworkshop.org
Adventure in Aegean Archaeology (with cruise).
Whether your interest is in the lost civilization of the
Minoans, the splendor of classical Athens, the political
turmoil of the Hellenistic period, the rise and rule of
Roman Empire, the early development of the Jesus movement
and the New Testament, or the stunning success of Byzantine
Christianity, this tour’s for you!
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.biblicalarchaeology.org
Food & WineTours in Provence! Why not Live the French
We host small groups in Provence, France. No French
required - we will take care of that. We provide a personal
chef and guide, a private maison with breathtaking views;
sight-see in places only the locals know, chauffeured cars
and attend private wine tastings. Trips are booking now
for April through September!
Contact: Anjafny@aol.com, www.blisstravels.com
Brings the splendors of Europe to life with independent,
educational, and escorted vacation packages.
Cooking programs in Italy and France for the experienced
and novice cook combiining dining, sightseeing, and shopping.
From the time of your arrival and throughout your stay you
will experience the true feeling of being a guest not a
tourist in an informal fun environment.
Cooking classes and gourmet tours in Bologna, Tuscany, Lucca,
Umbira, Venice and Sicily.
On your cooking course in France fresh seasonal
produce, united with good clear flavours, will shine with
very little fiddling. All the great chefs share the same
cooking philosophy: keep it simple!
Contact: email@example.com, www.cookinfrance.com
School: Private Italian cooking schools in Tuscany
CookinItaly is an Italian cooking school created
by food enthusiasts to meet the needs of people coming to
Italy to enjoy its kitchen and learning how to cook. Our
aim is to propose only nice locations and interesting programs,
with a particular attention to our clients' satisfaction.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.cookinitaly.org
Sanctuaries - Cultural and Culinary Seminars
Discover the secrets of Crete's wild nature, culture
and cuisine during botanic hikes in majestic mountains,
visits to historic sites, organic farms and villages off
the map. Journeys change with the seasons and include organic
olive oil production, beekeeping, winemaking, cheesemaking
and always eating well. Our all-local network of chefs,
sustainable organic farmers, botanists, archaeologists work
together to present an invaluable experience for our visiting
Contact: email@example.com, www.cookingincrete.com
Da Vinci Capers
A week-long cultural travel program led by a sculptress
and based upon a reading of Leonardo da Vinci's principles
of learning and creativity.
Cooking classes for all levels in the cultural center of
Siena at this fine language school.
Cooking classes in Florence with which begins with full
immersion into Tuscan life by shopping at the Central
At Ecotouring Tuscany, we approach our adventure
tours with great enthusiasm, within the frame of an environment-friendly
approach. With us you will enjoy numerous easy-going activity
options, selecting from a range of biking, walking and non-walking
choices not offered by other tour operators; food while
walking, wine and ecotourism. Tuscany and other regions
in north-central Italy, display individual aspects of Italian
culture and history, and these will be brought to life by
our friendly, expert local guides.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.ecotouringtuscany.com
Instructional Photography tours to Europe's most
Contact: FraPhoto@aol.com, www.europaphotogenica.com
The noted author offers cooking classes in Florence. "I
teach market-to-table sessions in my 18th century kitchen
in the center of Florence. Classes are limited to 6 participants,
held on Wednesdays and begin at 9:30 with an espresso and
an Italian coffee lesson. We adjourn to the nearby Santo
Spirito market, to visit the Innocenti family’s stand
and purchase their organic, just-picked produce and eggs.
Back in the kitchen everyone works together, pairing vegetables
with superior extra virgin olive oils, real (not supermarket)
balsamic vinegar, single wheat cultivar pasta. Each session
prepares 8-10 dishes. Appropriately fantastic wines are
served, during the class and at lunch, followed by fruit
distillates and grappa for the intrepid. Participants receive
a gift bag packed with special ingredients that we've worked
Ireland's Irish Fiddle and Culture School
Experience Ireland through its music and culture.
Enjoy excellent Irish fiddle tuition, afternoon sightseeing
tours to The Rock of Cashel, Kilkenny City, Lough Derg on
The River Shannon and many Traditional Irish music sessions
during your vacation. All meals are home cooked and prepared
using the finest local ingredients. You will stay in the
comfort of a real home. This promises to be an authentic
Irish Music, Culture and Cookery Appreciation.
Experience a wide variety of activities during
your visit. The holiday is specifically designed for guests
with no prior musical training, giving you the opportunity
to learn simple tunes on the tin whistle, afternoon outings
take in the scenic and cultural sights of the region. You
will enjoy Irish cookery demonstrations, outings to sporting
events, horse racing/hurling/greyhound racing. Irish language
classes can be arranged. All meals are home cooked and prepared
using the finest ingredients available locally. Accommodation
will be in the family home of your host. This promises to
be an authentic Irish holiday experience.
Contact: email@example.com, www.fiddlersretreat.com
Fine Art Holidays
on the Greek Islands
Landscape painting, icon painting, raku pottery
and creative intuition courses set on the stunning islands
of Patmos and Paros in luxury accommodation. all materials
provided, all levels welcome.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.aegeanscapes.com
Cultural Walking Tours in Spain
Come take part in our small-group vacations that
have been carefully crafted to allow you to enjoy the stunning
beauty of the Spanish landscape, while also bringing alive
the soul and magic of these exciting people and their culture.
We can also put our years of experience to work and tailor
a private custom trip that takes care of your groups' every
Contact: email@example.com, www.frescotours.com
International French Language, French Cooking and French
We organize one month or three month programs
with intensive French lessons and cooking courses or French
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.gastronomicom.fr
A gourmet vacation while learning Prosecco wine production.
It is a B&B and vacation rental in the splendid wine
country near Venice Venetian which offers cooking classes,
wine tasting, and winnery tours.
Summer School in Ireland
Gaiety School of Acting Summer Program. Study
Irish Theater in Ireland, 1 month program (July). Practical
acting classes. Beckett, O'Casey, Friel, and Synge. Academic
and extensive social program. Ireland's premier drama school.
Founder Joe Dowling AD Guthrie Theater.
Irish Fiddle Holidays for Adults
Introductory courses for complete beginners as
well as intermediate courses for the more advanced. Individual
or group tuition. Kerry Fiddles specialise in fiddle virgins.
By the end of the week you’ll be playing your first
tune! Morning classes are a hoot, there’s no music
theory, no pressure and no rush. Afternoons are free to
explore the most beautiful part of Ireland.
Contact: email@example.com, www.kerryfiddles.com
Buissiere: Holistic Retreat Centre in Southwest France
Wellbeing retreats and holidays in the beautiful
Lot valley. Hatha yoga classes with a caring experienced
teacher, guided walks in spectacular countryside, massage
and other therapies. Members of Responsible Travel.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.yogafrance.com
Like Heaven Writing
Holiday - June 2006
Writing Workshop in Tuscany, Italy
At least 30 contact hours with a highly qualified
writing coach in the heavenly environment of Tuscany. Live
in a family villa; enjoy authentic Tuscan cuisine. Special
low introductory price.
Contact: email@example.com, www.nialamaharaj.com/Siena
M&M Art Travel
Art and Cultural tours to Russia
We offer the best Russian vacation packages that
money can buy. You will learn about Russian history, art,
architecture, ballet, music, fine dining, and can even attend
fascinating lectures given by professors from the Russian
Academy of Fine Arts!
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.mmarttravel.com
We'll take you with us, as part of our family.
Our mission is to teach our students the art of traditional
southern Italian cooking, specifically those dishes rooted
in our culture and way of life. In this way we not only
offer cooking classes, but a piece of our historical heritage.
Language classes are offered in conjunction with the cooking
Contact: email@example.com, www.mamicamilla.com/?hl=en
Music and Markets
Cultural tours in small groups which combine enjoyment
of the great musical tradition and festivals along with
the local markets in Prague, Provence, Amsterdam, Bordeaux
Cultural Association: Italian Language and Culture Homestays
Accommodation in your teacher's home in Tuscany
with daily Italian language tuition, all meals, private
rooms. Quality homes, qualified teachers. Individually-planned
tuition. Cultural Association of 20 host families. Cultural
excursions around Tuscany with your host as your driver
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.newitineraries.it
Holidays au Chateau de Lanquais in Dordogne, France
Come & paint in a renaissance chateau in the
Dordogne, Southwest of France. Warm welcome for all levels.
The program focuses mostly on plein -air, colour & light.
Learn to see in a way that helps your painting. Help in
developing your personal style. Experienced, qualified workshop
leader with established success in painting workshops. Equipped
atelier; possibility of renting a paint kit. Convivial banquets & french
cuisine. Friendly holiday atmosphere. " A truly beautiful
Contact: email@example.com, www.artists-atelier.com
Tours in Italy
Painting and drawing in the heart of Italy, join
Leanne for a unique tour of amazing places. An unforgettable
trip of fun, relaxation and learning. Art, culture, excellent
food and wines, and beautiful places to enjoy.
Contact: Leanne@portray.it, www.portray.it
Peter Sommer Travels
Archaeological Tours and Cruises in Turkey, Greece and Italy
Specialists in small group tours that explore
the rich and extraordinary heritage of Turkey, Greece and
Italy. Our trips focus on particular regions, sailing in
gulets along sections of the turquoise coast, or between
islands, or on key characters from history such as Alexander
the Great. Several trips are personally led by Peter Sommer,
an archaeologist and film-maker, who has worked on many
acclaimed BBC/PBS/CNN series, including In the Footsteps
of Alexander the Great and Tales from the Green Valley.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.petersommer.com
Painting Holidays in Burgundy, France
Painting holidays and workshops offerered all
year round in beautiful country setting in Burgundy France.
Small groups of four ensure individual attention from artist
and tutor Colin Winn. Working from an 18th century character
house or out on plein air excursions. All forms of media
tuition offered to all levels of ability. Two comfortable
double rooms with private modern bathroms. Relaxing and
stress free environment.
Spring International Painting Workshop
May 12th to May 21st 2007. 10 day painting workshop
exploring beautiful locations in Burgundy France. Fun tuition
from artist's studio and out on location. Pick up from Dijon,
3 star hotel and all transport and tuition included. Alternative
agenda for any non painting partner. Maximum 14 people.
See website for details.
Contact: email@example.com, www.pictureburgundy.com
International School of Art
Semester and Summer Art Courses in Florence,
Santa Reparata offers accredited semester and
summer courses in studio art and art history. The school
is located in the historical center of Florence, and provides
housing in nearby apartments. The faculty is made up of
Italian and American artists andd scholars and all teaching
is in English.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.santareparata.org
7-Day sailing adventures in the Croatian Islands
suitable for independent travelers.
Contact: email@example.com, www.sail-croatia.com
Master Italian Cooking
An exclusive 10-week program for professional
chefs located in Jesi. The courses are designed for chefs
working outside Italy who wish to widen and improve their
knowledge of Italian cuisine. In particular we are addressing
cooks who have completed their training and have worked
alongside established chefs for some time. Our aim is to
provide a wide-ranging frame of reference with plenty of
in-depth detail that will enable cooks to interpret Italian
cuisine to the highest standards throughout the world.
de Langue et de Culture
Two-week professional workshops for teachers of
French every Jul/Aug in France. Homestays available: theme
courses, cultural excursions. Starting city is Lyon; 2nd
city also involved. French only spoken. Courses taught by
university professors and official French tour guides. Three
graduate credits SUNY/Oswego. Approved by eastern MA chapter
School in Archaeology
Introduces participants to the theory and practice
of archaeology in general and to Mediterranean and Maltese
archaeology in particular. Two-week course is followed by
4 weeks of excavation and finds processing experience. Participants
may register for a range of 2- to 6- week options.
Killick, International Office, Foundation for International
Studies, Old Univ. Bldg., St. Paul St., Valletta VLT
07, Malta; 011-356-234121/2, fax 011-356-230538; firstname.lastname@example.org
Taste A Place:
Unique Culinary Vacations in Tuscany
Website contains information on Italian food,
wine, olive oil, festivals plus great Tuscan recipes.
Contact: email@example.com, www.tasteaplace.com
Tenuta di Capezzana
Sample Program: A five day program exploring the foods and
wines of Tuscany. Faith Heller Willinger, Director of
the Capezzana Wine & Culinary Center, has designed
a program to meet the needs of the food professional
as well as those interested in exploring wines and foods
Toscana Mia Cooking
Toscana Mia offers a variety of programs about
Italian cooking, wine, food and language in Florence and
Chianti region, Tuscany's countryside, with an Italian family
to experience real Italian life.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.welcometuscany.com
Tuscan Women Cook
A cooking school run by American expatriates. Learn to cook
Tuscan style from the source -- the local women using
recipes and techniques passed down over the generations,
cooking with what they find fresh each day at the market
and in the garden.
Gastronomical Adventure in Tuscany, Italy
Tuscany Cooking Class offers beginning and advanced
cooking classes in Tuscany and wine tours in Chianti, Tuscany.
Contact: email@example.com, www.tuscany-cooking-class.com
Culinary Tours Dordogne
The Dordogne is an ideal setting for creating
culinary magic through fresh market experiences, local chef
introductions and lessons, savory feasts and chateau living
that hearken memories of Richard the Lionhearted and Eleanor
of Aquitaine. The seven day adventure includes lodging in
a 500-year-old priory, hands on cooking lessons with local
chefs, gourmet meals, castle tours, wine tasting, and more.
Fun is always on the menu at Vagabond Gourmet.
813.835.8348. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Crete Photo Workshops.
Discover Chania town and unspoiled Crete with Tony Stone
images travel photographer Steve Outram. See all the facets
this fascinating area has to offer from ancient ruined sites,
to a carpet weaver at his family loom.