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Romantic charcuterie dinner on a panoramic terrace overlooking the ocean in Italy

Food and Wine

Food is something that allows you to get under the skin of a country – visit a market in Laos, eat at an Asado in Argentina or tuck in to neopolitan pizza in Naples to see what we mean.

This is a topic close to our hearts – or should that be stomachs? The office larder usually consists of delicious local foods bought back from faraway places – delicacies like baklava dripping in honey and bottles of Chilean Carmenere; whatever it is, it never lasts long.

Food is inextricably linked with culture and identity and so spending time to find the best and most authentic places to eat, is crucial to understanding a country. While Steppes can put together holidays that exclusively focus on food, you can be sure that we can give advice about the best places to eat on any of the holidays that we create for you.

Children doing traditional fireside cooking in the countryside, Thailand
Traditional cooking, Thailand

A Cook's Tour

Have a private cooking lesson in the paddy fields of South East Asia, sample some of the world’s finest olives oil in Andalucia or visit the high-altitude vineyards of Cafayate in Argentina. Smells and tastes create enduring memories, especially when experienced in the context of a holiday.

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Wine Safari, Cavas Wine Lodge, Mendoza, Argentina
Wine Safari, Cavas Wine Lodge, Mendoza, Argentina

Argentine Winelands

The province of Mendoza, situated at the foot of the glorious Andean Mountains, is the most prominent wine region in Argentina and the fifth most bountiful in the world. Once a dry and arid expanse of land, the vineyards that are located in this semi-arid desert rely on mountain rivers fed by melted Andean glaciers. The wines produced here are world-renowned, favoured for their unique flavour that is owed to high altitude and intense sunlight. We recommend the wine safari at Cavas Wine Lodge and the dining experiences at Casa de Uco.

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Sample Street Food

Spend an evening in Bangkok with a private guide for the chance to sample some of the countries tastiest street food.

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Food and Wine Festival

Take part in Uruguay’s summer food and wine festival, attended by celebrity chefs from across South America.

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Tel Aviv Food Markets

Visit Tel Aviv’s most famous foodie markets; Carmel, a classic Israeli market; the Levinsky, famous for its spices and teas; and Sarona, a modern take on the traditional market.

Relax in Wine Country

Taste the fine wines and gourmet cuisine of Napa and Sacramento.

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Horse Riding in the Wine Valleys

Travel through undulating landscapes and past bountiful vineyards on horseback, perhaps with a gourmet packed lunch and bottle of red in the saddlebag.

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Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Paul Bird

It wasn’t part of the script, career plans were quite different but after four global trips visiting such exciting destinations, travel became a passion that eventually led to me entering the industry. The more I have travelled the greater the desire has been to see and do more.

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Joe Parkes

As a child I read voraciously so the seed of travel was planted by none other than Enid Blyton. Family holidays ran the gamut from icy dips in the early summer seas of Cornwall, to camel rides in north Africa, from Times Square to Tenerife. A GAP year upon leaving school cemented the travel bug. After graduating University and before stumbling, happily, into a career in the travel industry I spent a couple of glorious years exploring southern and east Africa, large swathes of South-east Asia, India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.

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Clare Higginson

It was my passion for languages that first encouraged me to leave the UK behind and grab my rucksack. Since then, it’s been a mixture of intriguing cultures, jaw-dropping landscapes and the wonder of seeing animals in their natural habitat that sees me continuously extending my travel wish list. I also seek adventure; exploring the deep blue or hiking a peak often winning favour. Although it’s my time horse herding in Mongolia that I regularly want to relive.

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Beautiful springtime at vineyards, Mendoza, Argentina
A Gastronomic Mendoza Holiday
James Armitage
The Argentinians take their meat seriously; so too their wine. Given that Mendoza is the gastronomic and wine capital of the…

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