Frequently Asked Questions

The safety and security of our travelers and tour staff are of the utmost importance. We continue to monitor developments regarding COVID-19, using many information sources, including the U.S. Department of State, C.D.C., W.H.O., major media outlets and our in-country contacts. If you have questions or concerns about potential or upcoming Culinary Escapes, please contact us at 877-916-4924.

After you reserve your trip and pay your deposit, you will be sent detailed information about your itinerary and destination, insurance information, what to pack, an invoice, a Participant Information Form and other information needed to prepare for your trip. Your Guest Services Advisor will reach out when it’s time to book airfare after a minimum of 10 travelers are enrolled on your departure. Final trip details are sent roughly two to three weeks before departure.

Airfare to and from the starting and ending point of our Culinary Escapes is not included in the price in order to give you maximum flexibility in choosing your preferences for air travel. This way you can use frequent flier upgrades, depart from your airport of choice, or add pre- and post- trip extensions with no constraints. Please refrain from booking your airfare until your Guest Services Advisor reaches out to confirm your departure.

Yes, absolutely! If you wish to arrive early at the first hotel on the itinerary or stay on at the last hotel, our Guest Services Advisors will be happy to facilitate the reservation of extra nights. Additional nights will be added to your Zagat Travel invoice, and will be subject to the same Terms and Conditions of your main Culinary Escape.   

The Culinary Escapes are designed to give you special insight and understanding of the places visited. The talks and commentary by local guides and culinary talent are what make our itineraries special. This kind of curated experience cannot be obtained on your own. For this reason, these trips generally do not incorporate long periods of free time during the day, although night times and some meals will be at leisure. 

Culinary Escapes are guaranteed small group departures that range from 10-25 people max.

We currently have a flexible booking policy in place that allows you to cancel and receive a full refund up to 60 days prior to your scheduled departure. As always, you have the option to transfer your full deposit to a new departure. There is no refund for cancellations within 60 days of departure.

 

We highly recommend that you purchase trip insurance to protect your investment. Unexpected cancellations happen more than anyone imagines, and insurance is the best way to guard against losses. We recommend using our partner insurance provider, Travel Insurance Services, which offers three different policies for you to choose from.

Menus are typically preset to showcase the region, chef, or season. That being said, every effort will be made to accommodate special dietary requests. Please discuss your specific needs with us when signing up for a Culinary Escape.

Yes! Gratuities to local guides, restaurant staff, bell staff, and drivers are all included in the trip price. Tour managers never expect and will not accept tips. The only time tips are not included is during free time and meals on your own.   

We’ll send you a detailed packing list well before departure so you know what you’ll need. We provide the rest: comfortable accommodations, an engaging daily itinerary, expert trip management and access to people and places that will thrill and delight you. 

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