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Best of Provence

20 September 2022

Dear Sam,Just a note to let you know our trip was fabulous from start to finish. I had never heard of your company, it just came up on my FACEBOOK feed; thus I was a bit weary. My worries ended given your prompt and helpful responses to all of my emails. I knew immediately you were legit. Then my experience with Food and Wine became incredibly superior when I met your local tour guide. You are very fortunate to have her as the face of your company in Provence. I have have many different tour guides and she is by far the very best.I found her to be a person of great intelligence, extremely helpful and always happy and positive. She could not have been more accommodating and she always went “the extra mile” to make sure we saw the very best of Provence.I have already recommended your company to my many friends. I hope to be back with you soon. Wishing you all the very best.Thank you!

Jamie

Tuscany and Amalfi

22 July 2022

Turning 50 and traveling solo and abroad for the first time took some research and planning. My love for food and wine guided my search and I was blessed to come upon Food N Wine Vacations. I spent a couple of months prior to my 3-week long trip planning my vacation and with the help of Sam was able to come up with an itinerary of a lifetime! I joined two of her tours, Secrets of Tuscany & Dreaming Amalfi and in-between she guided me through different regions that I was able to explore on my own. Secrets of Tuscany – what a gem! From the moment we were greeted by the lovely Giada, given a tour of her Villa & welcomed as if it was our own home, to the tour guide Alessandro whom has so much history and knowledge of the region I couldn’t be more impressed, but I was! Not only did we visit all the places listed in the itinerary but we were treated to “special” off the beaten path locations where we embraced locals, ate amazing food and drank “homemade wines”! The cooking classes were fun and I definitely learned some new tricks that I’ve already tried back home. A perfect balance between free time and tour time. Dreaming Amalfi – My goal was to turn 50 on the Amalfi Coast and I’m so glad I decided to do so! The family run hotel that the group stayed at was exquisite and although a hotel, it didn’t seem it since the entire staff embraced you as if you were part of their family! The tours, the wineries, the cooking classes and the overall ambiance of this entire region and tour was top notch. Food N Wine did their job above and beyond any expectation I had. I don’t think I’ve ever been happier traveling alone as I was during this trip. Overall as a first time solo traveler I couldn’t have chosen a better company to tour with. Sam made sure I felt and was safe, had all my needs met and completed my “to-do’s on my wish list”! Thank you for making my trip of a lifetime the best. Food N Wine has set the bar high! I can’t wait to book my next trip with Sam again!

Roxanne Hernandez

Heart of Portugal

5 July 2022

I just recently came back from the “Heart of Portugal” private tour and it was incredible. Sam has curated a very unique experience. One isn’t being shuttled and herded with 50 others and only seeing the touristy side of Portugal. We spent time in Lisbon and Porto, which were both fantastic but we also spent time in charming smaller cities. Some of my favorite moments included visiting a goat farm, learning how to make bread from 80+ year old Portuguese women, cooking and drinking wine in Evora and staying in a convent that was converted into a hotel. All accommodations were top notch and the wine was divine. The trip was great mix of food, wine and culture. Our tour guide Luis (who quickly became a friend) was so knowledgeable and accommodating. The trip would not have been the same without him. This was my second trip through Food and Wine Vacations. The first was “Secrets of Tuscany” and this fall will be my third, “Bordeaux Classique.” I highly recommend you book your trip through Food and Wine. They are worth every penny.

Yasmin Rodriguez

A Terrific Experience

7 May 2022

Sam prepared for us, a group of ten, a beautifully balanced food & wine tour. Beginning with an orientation walking tour of Old Bordeaux, the local guide familiarized us with not only the general layout of the city but with its history. We were then assigned an internationally recognized sommelier as a guide to wineries in AOCs along the Left and Right Banks of the Garonne and the Gironde after an introductory tasting in Bordeaux. A renowned wine writer then took us on tastings in the Grave to complete our stay in Bordeaux in a lovely, well located hotel.Transferring to Avignon we were picked up by a well-informed, enthusiastic new guide, who, along with Sam, escorted us to lovely medieval hilltop villages and filled us in on local customs and culture and introduced us to the marvelous wines of Provence.The entire trip was well planned, the logistics were terrific, and the hotels were excellent - and the wines? Words fail. Can’t wait to go back.

Van Perdue

Tuscany

22 June 2022

We’ve been back home in Dallas a few days now and over the jet lag !! Sue and I were reflecting over dinner tonight our beautiful trip to Tuscany. We both agree it was the perfect week in our lives. We both had very high expectations but OMG we didn’t expect this level of hospitality and greatness. You and I spoke one evening personally and I expressed that I was unprepared for the emotion and excellence of this experience. To be honest you undersold the whole package. I was expecting excellence but in reality I was blown away by everything from the villa, Giada, the food, the personal attention to every guest and so on. I really don’t have words for my gratitude. I said, and I mean it, I would have paid double if II had known what we were going to experience. In closing , you are so special to us. And of course, Alessandro who was simply amazing and perfect for the tours. Again, Sue and I want to THANK YOU SO MUCH. ❤️❤️ We would love to take another trip next year with you for sure. We love you very much. Many thanks again. G are a group of friends, Who have been traveling with Sam for the past few years.We can't say enough about the experiences that we could not have found on our own.The pre tour assistance is really helpful.Go, Go, Go.

Graham Smith

Portugal

28 June 2022

Clearly, every aspect of this tour was carefully selected to ensure an experience that is diverse, cultural, beautiful, fun, highly engaging, comfortable, and oriented to the best food and wine Portugal has to offer. This is easily one of the very best tours I've been on, and it created wonderful memories.

Neil

The 4th Trip with Food N' Wine Vacations

31 May 2022

Jon & I are in the little, cute bar in Hotel de Univers in Tours Loire & enjoying our cocktail reminiscing about our beautiful 3 weeks in France. Our last day is tomorrow & we don’t want to go home!Want to say thank you so much for all the work & expertise you put into our itinerary. We had a wonderful time. Seamless & carefree travel, good, clean hotels in the BEST locations, and always great itineraries with knowledgeable & friendly guides. I know what it takes to put together a solid itinerary… all the background work, phone calls, emails & customer service! So thank you so much! My 4th trip with you was excellent!! Where shall our 5th trip be?! 🤔Wanted to especially point out Sarissa & Christophe in Sarlat. THE most professional, passionate & ultimate service those two provide!!! Over & beyond excellence. Truly. Always early, exceptional explanations, always offering water, opening doors, lending helping hands, even helped us in train station when we all got so confused LOL twice no less 🤪& gave us a sweet parting gift of their walnut oil from their own trees!Thank you again for a memorable vacation in beautiful France!! 🇫🇷

Tami

Attention to details

3 May 2022

We are a group of friends, Who have been traveling with Sam for the past few years.We can't say enough about the experiences that we could not have found on our own.The pre tour assistance is really helpful.Go, Go, Go.

Marta

Secrets of Tuscany - Please keep it a secret!

3 March 2020

We had the most wonderful time in Tuscany. When we first arrived to the villa i thought that we have entered a movie set. if the walls could talk…. so much history. The family members put their heart and souls following the family tradition and take care of the villa. They make you feel sowelcomed. Breakfast is tempting with so many goodies and dinners are delicious. Cooking classes were amazing!

The itinerary is well planned and well balanced. You get to see a lot but in a very easy going way.

We are already looking forward for our next tour with Sam.

Sandra

Trip to the south of Spain

28 February 2020

We have traveled with a group of friends to Andalucia. We fell in love with the music, the people and the amazing city of seville. The food of course, how can we forget, so many different kinds of Tapas. So good! Only a local guide knows where to take you. There are specific places thatspecialize in certain dishes. This is only a small part of the tour. The itinerary was well planned. The cooking class was one of the highlights of the tour.

I’m so glad we found Food N’ Wine vacations. If you look for something different then travel with this company.

Sherry and Joe

Fun trips with Food N Wine!

9 February 2020

Congratulations on your new website.

We travel with Food N Wine every other year and it has been fabulous. They pay attention to details and really care about each participant. We love that the groups are small and that the itineraries are well planned and well balanced. We also love the fact that they alwayswilling to help with the trip planing. Thank you!

Sandra

Great service and advice from Sam!

6 February 2020

Sam was so very helpful on booking and giving us amazing tips on travel and staying within our budget. We are excited to be traveling to Slovinia for our 30th Anniversary in May. Without her help it wouldn’t have become a reality!

Vicki Carroll

Piedmont needs to be discovered

6 January 2020

After a successful wine tour in Tuscany with Sam we wanted to visit Piedmont. We love the idea of staying in one place and taking day trips. Piedmont does not get enough attention. it’s not as touristy as other parts of Italy, which makes you feel part of the daily life in northern Italy. Turinis a city but cozy and feels like a village. If you love red wines then Piedmont has good wines and beautiful views of hills and vineyards.

i highly recommend this tour!

Jay Perez

Greek Islands fantasy came true

4 January 2020

Greece was always on my bucket list. I’m not big on cruises and was looking for a unique experience. I am so glad that my friend suggested to contact Sam. Naxos is such a gem. I wish i could keep it a secret. Beautiful hidden alleys with small shops and everything is within walking distancewhich makes it great. The cooking class was spectacular. The villages we toured were non-touristy. The suites were clean and spacious.

I had a great time and great experience. Thank you so much!

Deidra schocken

Provence oh Provence

1 January 2020

We have traveled with Sam to Tuscany, which was wonderful, so we booked a tour to Provence. Second time around was as good.

The villa is beautiful, the rooms are spacious, and Pascal is a great host.

Almost every evening we had dinner in a different restaurant. One evening we had the most entertaining cookingclass. I won’t tell. just go!

The markets in Provence are beautiful to walk around, or to shop. Our tour guide was fabulous. The quaint villages.

we loved everything about Provence

Mike and Lilian

Tuscany wine tour

1 January 2020

Where do i start? The villa is out of a movie. You have to see it to believe it.

It is such a great experience showing up every morning and not having to worry about anything. I loved that the group was small. We had so much fun. The attention to details made it atrip of a lifetime. Dinners at the villa, the cooking classes, the wineries, the pace, and the balance between everything.

Thank you Sam!

Donna

Back to my roots in Sicily

1 January 2020

My father’s family came from a small town in Sicily so it was a dream come true joining this tour. It was all i imagined and more. Marian is fabulous. She is very knowledgeable and thankfully, has a lot of patient. You have to have someone local in order to visit the places we visitedand doing all these activities. i don’t know how Sam does that, but she did a great job. The cooking class is fantastic, staying at the Olive farm is nice, we loved the visit to the flour mill. So cool.

Thank you for a memorable trip!

Andrea Di salvo

Bella Umbria

12 October 2019

My daughter and i signed up for this tour as an extension after the Secrets of Tuscany tour. I am so happy for we did that. Umbria is so beautiful, less crowded and touristy. The food was great. The hotel was beautiful. Our tour guide was amazing. She took us to her hometown, Orvieto toan underground private cave which was very interesting. The truffle hunting followed by lunch at the family farm was a memorable experience.

Thank you Sam for all your advice and help!

Mindy

Great time in Amalfi

12 October 2019

We had the absolute best time in the Amalfi. Salvatore is such a good driver, and a singer!

We loved the visit to the lemon farm and making pasta with the family. The visit to the small family vineyard was unforgettable. They food kept coming and coming..

The day of shopping with Salvatore and cookingat his house was the cherry on the top.

We highly recommend this tour.

Carrie

Burgundy was the highlight of our trip

11 October 2019

We are so happy that we decided to book this tour. It was the highlight of a honeymoon trip to France. The house is located up the hill overlooking vineyards. They have a beautiful underground cave with a jacuzzi where you can sit and sip. The tour guide was wonderful. We learned about the winesof the region while visiting small wineries. The whole approach is so personal. Sam suggested that we plan the trip around a Saturday in order to see the market in Beaune. This certainly added to the French country wine experience.

we highly recommend Food N wine and the Burgundy tour.

Sally H.

The best trip in the south of Spain

11 October 2019

The tour guides were awesome. seville is amazing. The hotel location was so central that Seville is literally at your door step. The cooking class was so much fun. We also loved the tapas bar hopping in the evening with David. Every day was exciting and interesting.

We have already booked again for next year.

Sheila M.

A true gem - go!

11 October 2019

This little country caught me by surprise. So beautiful. Picture perfect. We stayed at a central hotel few steps from the center which was great to walk around Ljubljana. I Would not change anything in the itinerary. It was so much more than i imagined.

Thank you so much.

Ann E.

Culinary paradise in Umbria

11 October 2019

Don’t know where to start: Amazing!!

I traveled with friends. A group of 8 women. Sam suggested going to Umbria and it was on point. Away from the crowds. What an amazing region. The scenery, the small towns, the family farm and the cooking class. We had the best time. The hotel is beautiful. Thetour guide was so wonderful and knowledgeable.

We are looking forward to the next trip.

Pam

Anniversary trip to Sicily

11 October 2019

When I imagined the tour to Sicily I thought well, looks like a great group tour, but it exceeded our expectations. We visited to places that we would have never find on our own. The visit to the flour mill was so special, the dinners at the olive farm,

The quaint hotel on the island. Sam puts her heart into the tours, and it shows: The quick response, the offer to help, the tour book.

Thank you for creating wonderful memories.

George

Adventure in Portugal

11 October 2019

We traveled with a group of friends. The tour guide was wonderful and so accommodating. The cooking class was a highlight. I never thought that I would like Port but after learning about port and tasting it – I like it.

Portugal is a very interesting country. So many unique places: The palace outside Lisbon, Obidos, the university of Coimbra, Porto, the Douro, the villages, the food.

This was an adventure. Thank you.

Frank and Moreen

Bordeaux Classique

11 October 2019

Our time in Bordeaux was precious. Francoise is truly an expert in all things wine, and I cannot think of a better way to discover Bordeaux with a true bordelaise. The wineries were superb, the lunches, the picnics, oh, the oysters were to die for. The accommodations are so cozy and chic at the sametime. We loved it.

Thank you, Sam. For putting this together. We love you too!

Sue R.

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