Cultural Travel and
Alternative Tours in Europe
Diverbo's "Pueblo Ingles" — Discover Spain in an English Conversation Holiday
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 / Low-cost
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
Accademia Europea di Firenze
Italian Language, Music and Arts in Florence
The Accademia Europea di Firenze is an Italian language, music, arts, culinary and culture school in Florence, Italy—right between the Duomo and the Piazza della Repubblica. Our method allows students to learn and practice the Italian language through subjects which they have an interest towards, whether it's Art, Music, Culture or culinary. We offer daily activities like walking tours of the city with the teacher, visits to nearby cities, museums, operas, cooking classes, films, exhibits, lectures about arts and music, etc. In those activities the students will be able to practice the Italian language in spontaneous and pleasurable situations.
Dates: Starts every Monday the year round except on holidays
Contact: Isabel Berger, Accademia Europea di Firenze.Tel.: 055 211599.
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.
||Dates: Quests 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.
Contact: Patricia Antonucci, 56 Ludlow Street New York, NY 10002 212 260 7603; email: email@example.com; website: www.artworkshopitaly.com.
Flamenco tour in Seville, Spain
2 weeks of training and cultural events related to the Flamenco way of life.
Wine Appreciation Workshops
We organize various wine appreciation workshops in Montpellier, the South of France: initiation to wine through tasting, The wines of Languedoc-Roussillon, Voyage through the wines of France.
Occitan Singing Workshops in Montpellier, France
Sing traditional occitan songs while exploring the art of polyphonic singing. Choral and vocal work for all levels.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.aliore.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 experience.
artbreak™ Arts 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
Atlantic Writers Workshop
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 International.
Contact: email@example.com, www.atlanticwritersworkshop.org
Biblical Archaeology Society
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 Paradox?
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, siteseeing 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
Cookinitaly Cooking 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
Crete's Culinary 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 friends.
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 Market.
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
Europa Photogenica Photo tours
Instructional Photography tours to Europe's most beautiful regions.
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 with."
Fiddlers Retreat, 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 experience.
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 desire!
Contact: email@example.com, www.frescotours.com
International French Language, French Cooking and French Wine Study
We organize one month or three month programs with intensive French lessons and cooking courses or French wine courses.
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.
Irish Theater 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
La 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 classes.
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 and Orvieto.
New Itineraries 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 and guide.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.newitineraries.it
Painting 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 place."
Contact: email@example.com, www.artists-atelier.com
Painting 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
Santa Reparata International School of Art
Semester and Summer Art Courses in Florence, Italy
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.
Stages Intensifs 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 AATF.
Summer 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.
Contact: Jean 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 of Tuscany.
Toscana Mia Cooking Program
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.
Tuscany Cooking Class
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.
Contact: Tel. 813.835.8348. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: www.vagabondgourmet.com
Western 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.