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One of the best parts of going away travelling is definitely the food and drink you get to experience, and if you just can’t decide where you’d like to go on holiday, a read of the mouth-watering experiences on offer in this post will certainly make these destinations sound all the more appetizing!
First off is Japan, where you can sample food completely different to the Western palette. Although sushi has now come to the UK, where better to try it than in its home country? In Tokyo you can go on a morning tour to the famous Tsukiji Fish Market, the largest shellfish and fish market in the world. As part of the tour you will also attend a sushi making class at a popular restaurant, giving you the opportunity to learn the craft of sushi making, and eating the results yourself.
Japan is of course also famous for its tea ceremonies, a fascinating ritual surrounding something we drink so casually ourselves, and you can experience one of these ceremonies for yourself during a varied day tour of Tokyo. This tour involves taking a boat ride down the river Sumida, visiting famous sites in the city, such as the Tokyo Tower, having a barbeque lunch and of course the tea ceremony itself in the gardens at Happo-en.
If you fancy visiting another city in Japan, you can visit Kyoto, where you can sample another drink that Japan is famous for, the alcoholic beverage called sake. You can take a guided tour through Nishiki Food Market, try your hand at Japanese cooking at a class where you’ll make miso soup, sushi and salad, and visit a sake brewery museum where you can take part in a tasting and learn about how the drink is produced.
Back to Europe now and another country famous for its food and drink lies just across the channel. Perhaps most famous for its wines, while in France you can visit the various regions where the different wines are produced, the most famous region of all of course being Champagne. Here you can take a tour of the cellars of G.H. Mumm Champagne House, where they house over 25 million bottles of wine. You will also be shown the various stages that wine goes through during production, and can visit the museum dedicated to the history of champagne.
If the calm of the French countryside has you yearning for something more exciting, then you can head on up to Paris for some more culinary delights. In the city of love you can of course eat all the baguettes, pastries, snails and frogs legs that you want, but you can also go on a number of interesting tours that will introduce you to the different foods that Paris also has on offer. You can go on a gourmet French food walking tour of Paris where you’ll visit a bakery, pastry shop, cheese shop, wine shop and many more, with free snacks included. And if you’ve a sweet tooth, this may be your idea of heaven – the Paris chocolate and pastry food tour, where you will can try all kinds of sweet treats as you visit chocolate shops, bakeries and pastry shops.
Speaking of chocolate, a country renowned for its chocolate is Switzerland, and its capital Zurich is home to the famous Lindt chocolate factory, which is over 260 years old. You can enjoy a combined tour of Zurich and a trip to the Lindt Chocolate Factory outlet in the nearby town of Kilchberg near Lake Zurich.