Europe Travel: Amazing Food & Fitness Fusion Vacations To Book Right Now

Imagine waking up in a local home on the Amalfi coast of Italy and your first site of the day being the breathtaking view of sea through a window of the local home you’re lodging in. After preparing for the day you head out and have a day filled with hiking through scenery that reminds of the things you see in guidebooks. Then later return you to your cozy accommodation — a 16th-century monastery-turned-farm — to prepare a fresh, organic meal with the help of the host family.

That’s just one of the many adventures you could partake in. The following food and fusion Europe tours are some of the continent’s best that will take you out of your comfort zone and immerse you in local culture, all while keeping your belly full with fresh ingredients and pushing your physical limits.

Amalfi Coast at dusk. Photo courtesy of Eric Hossinger.

Amalfi Coast at dusk. Photo courtesy of Eric Hossinger.

1) Hiking & Local Living (Amalfi Coast Tour, Italy)

Epicure & Culture has paired up with G Adventures to offer a transformative travel tour that begins and ends in Naples, Italy. During the tour you’ll be immersed in Amalfi Coast culture while traveling like a local. From a guided tour of Pompeii to creating home-cooked meals using local and organic produce with your host to living amongst vineyards, lemon trees and olive groves — not to mention stops in Amalfi, Ravello, Positano, Valle delle Ferriere, and Mount Tre Calli — this trip delivers an off-the-beaten path experience. Other perks include staying in a 16th century former monastery agriturismo homestay surrounded by breathtaking scenery and hiking the infamous “Walk of the Gods” trail. Of course, if you’re looking to add a bit more to your holiday there is the option of boating to the island of Capri, kayaking the Mediterranean Sea or, for the more luxury orientated, an indulgent spa day. The dates for this 8-day trip are September 26th-October 3rd, 2015. It’s recommended to book now, as spots for this tour are filling up fast.

For more information, click here. To ask questions or book, email Jessica Festa at editorial (at) epicureandculture (dot) com, subject “Amalfi Coast Tour.”

Hot springs yoga. Photo courtesy of YogaScapes.

Hot springs yoga. Photo courtesy of YogaScapes.

2) Yoga & Meditation (Iceland)

Slow down and get in touch with your inner yogi with a 9-day adventure with YogaScapes in Iceland. During this trip yoga, meditation and fresh, local cuisine are a daily occurrence. Every three days you’ll journey to a new part of the country with activities like hiking to hot springs in Hvergardi, exploration in Reykjavik and enjoying the natural beauty of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. With a goal of connecting you to nature and bringing together a small group of like minded people this will leave you feeling rejuvenated and possibly in love with Iceland. Biking, spa treatments, whale watching, deep sea fishing, cave tours, snorkeling/diving are also optional. The next trip is from August 31st- September 8th, 2014. Pricing ranges from $2495 to $3495.

For more information, click here.

Photo courtesy of Duvine.

Photo courtesy of Duvine.

3) Wine & Cycling (France)

Enjoy a combination of wine, cycling and traditional French dining with Sommelier On Wheels. Catering to wine enthusiasts the bike tour focuses on the infamous pinot noir and chardonnay wines of the Burgundy region. Award-winning sommelier, Eric Railsback, and partner, Chef West Richards, accompany you on your ride through the picturesque Grand Cru and Premier Cru Vineyards. Throughout the tour you’ll learn from expert oenophiles about production and speak with local harvest workers. Indulge during gourmet picnics in medieval towns, explore 13th-century castle remnants and help Chef Weston Richards select fresh ingredients for a specially prepared meal — paired with the finest wine of course! This 6 day/ 5-night getaway is priced at $6395.

For more information, click here.

Hiking the trails of the Swiss Alps. Photo courtesy of Whole Journeys.

Hiking the trails of the Swiss Alps. Photo courtesy of Whole Journeys.

4) Cheese, Wine, & Hiking (Switzerland)

In the Italian speaking state of Ticino located in the south of Switzerland this tour mixes Swiss and Mediterranean cultures for a scenic adventure. Hike the trails of the Swiss Alps while winding your way through fields littered with wildflowers, lakes, waterfalls, and century old villages. Shop local markets, meet with local cheese makers (you’ll sample their artisanal Cristallina and Piora cheeses — yum!) and sip the famous Meride Merlot in a local winery. This custom departure trip is for 8 days at $4,895 per person.

For more information, click here.

MTS Greece

Photo courtesy of Mountain Travel Sobek.

5) Hiking & Kayaking (Greece)

Start your holiday touring ancient Athens, then prepare to slow down to an island life pace. Spend 10 days exploring the Cyclades Islands by boat, catching rays on secluded beaches, taking guided tours of ancient ruins, sampling wines and local delicacies, and taking part in relaxed outdoor activities. The tour includes two days of kayaking pristine waters, two days of hiking, five days on foot and the option to spend a day horseback riding on the beach at Fokos. The best time to partake in this getaway to Greece is between May and October. Pricing for a single supplement and domestic airfare is $1,100. For a group of 8-16 members the cost is $5,595.

For more information, click here.

Photo courtesy of New You Boot Camp.

Photo courtesy of New You Boot Camp.

6) Luxury Boot Camp (Spain)

Looking to make a lifestyle change? Get motivated to become the healthiest version of you in the Cadiz countryside of Spain. During the 8-day military style boot camp you can expect to meet your personal fitness goals with the assistance of world-class personal trainers as well as partake in cooking classes to learn healthy Spanish recipes and enjoy a new way of eating. There is also time to de-stress with hikes through the Andalucian countryside and therapeutic massage. People from all fitness levels are encouraged to join, as programs are tailored specifically to each individual’s needs. There are bookings available from August 24th, 2014 through the end of the year with prices starting at $1,025 (£785) per person.

For more information, click here.

What’s your favorite food and fitness fusion experience in Europe? Are there any above that you’d love to book? Please share in the comments below.

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  1. Wine and cycling are only among the things you can do in France! If you take a tour in Europe, you’ll have a lot of things that you can do there!

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