2017 Culinary Travel Guide and Destinations

Our new 2017 culinary travel guide is here! Read about the amazing epicurean destinations and experiences you can have with some of AAA’s esteemed travel partners. We hope these articles whet your appetite for a culinary adventure.

Food is an integral part of the travel experience. It brings people together, allowing them to connect, not just with each other, but with the local culture. Through the flavors of a destination’s food, you can discover its traditions, history, and way of life. Food—even in its simplest form—is at the heart of a community.

As you read through the culinary stories and experiences of this guide, we hope it inspires you to take your own epicurean journey. And when you do, AAA Travel will be here to help make the adventure a reality. Our knowledgeable travel experts offer unparalleled service and expertise, handling every detail of your vacation.

2017 Culinary Travel Guide

An Epicurean’s Dream Vacation

Nothing can turn any occasion into a celebration, spark a conversation, and elevate a meal from ordinary to elegant quite like wine, and when you travel with AmaWaterways, every day is a celebration. Drink up the splendor of idyllic Provence while sailing the Rhône River indulging in the perfect pairing of French wines and elegant cuisine.

Cooking in an Italian kitchen

First up: bruschetta—not a complicated dish, except that many people make it so, adding all sorts of fancy toppings that take away from its simplicity and deliciousness. My mom cut the bread, my dad chopped the tomatoes, I ripped up fresh basil, and my friend peeled a clove of garlic. Maria placed the bread on a baking sheet, slid it into the oven, and let it heat up until the inside of the bread was a little crusty.

Culinary Experiences with Princess

Awarded “Best Cruises for Food Lovers” by Food & Wine magazine, Princess Cruises® continues to raise the bar on the high seas with innovative “designed for fresh” cuisine inspired by some of the world’s most talented culinary masters.

Discovering Authentic Portuguese Cuisine

Behind every memorable trip is a memorable meal, and while Portuguese food is one of Europe’s lesser-known cuisines, it is also one of the hardest to leave behind at the end of a holiday. We take a look at the local regional ingredients that have influenced Portuguese cooking, and some of the truly unique dishes to try on a trip to Portugal.

Discovering Mayan Traditions Through Yucatán Food

Those who travel to the Mexican state of Yucatán unfailingly come back with tales of the region’s distinctive cuisine. This is a place where visitors can leave prior experience of Mexican food behind to experience the true authenticity of the nation’s fare, which in the Yucatán reflects its Mayan roots to this day. We take a look at this heritage-rich region by delving into the culture surrounding Yucatán food.

Savor the flavors of Fiji

For the ultimate tropical romance vacation, nothing compares to the islands of Fiji. Discover tranquil waters offering endless play, indulgent spa resorts, exciting activities, tempting cuisine, fascinating cultures, and romantic touches like flower petal decorations and candlelit dining.

French Culinary Creations

The French are passionate about their rich, flavorful, delicious, and surprisingly simple culinary creations. On an AAA Member Choice Vacations tour you will see for yourself how they pride themselves on crafting delicious flavors using fresh regional ingredients from their backyard or local farmer’s market.

Inside the Japanese Tea Houses of Kyoto

Across Japan, the reverence for the country’s traditional culture is clear, and having developed such distinct customs, this is often what’s most rewarding for visitors. Kyoto is at the heart of this cultural tradition with its abundance of atmospheric temples, enigmatic geisha and celebration of authentic performing arts.

Experience the Canadian Rockies by Rail

The Canadian Rockies are known to many as a must-do vacation thanks to the awe-inspiring vistas that showcase nature’s most beautiful aspects of sparkling lakes, snowy mountains, and local wildlife at every turn. With Canada celebrating its 150th anniversary and being named Lonely Planet’s top destination this year, 2017 is the perfect time to experience the vast, untouched beauty and humble culture that our northern neighbors are known for.