7 Eco-Friendly culinary adventures with biking, hiking, and yoga

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What better way to take an Eco-Friendly vacation than to go on one that lets you enjoy the culinary delights of a region by pedaling or hiking along its back roads. Or you may want to take a horse back ride or learn yoga while you experience the scenery and continue to preserve it. With these types of trips you can have invigorating sensory and physical experiences as you work up an appetite for the next delicious meal.

 Memorable Eco-Friendly active culinary excursions




1) Piedmont, Italy

This a biking trip that offers robust wines (Barolo, Barbaresco) and singular gastronomy, gourmet’s paradise—a typical meal consists of at least six courses, accented with some of the world’s finest truffles. As you cycle along quiet but hilly country roads you enjoy visits to red-roofed villages, such as Alba, and the five towns of Barolo.


2) The Golden Triangle, Thailand

Cycle and sample the cuisine of northern Thailand, with its liberal use of spices, curries, and noodles prepared with fresh local ingredients, on a tour that starts in Chiang Mai and visits hill-tribe communities en route to the ancient Burmese kingdom of Chiang Saen. Pedal past jungle valleys and boat-dotted rivers, eating in local restaurants, and taking in markets and an optional cooking class. backroadsThailand


3) Sonoma and Napa Valley, California

This trip offers a perfect cycling experience through vine-covered hills, redwood groves, and sprawling farmlands. Follow Sonoma’s back roads in the Dry Creek, Alexander, and Knights Valleys, then stop to taste the wines and the best of California’s farm-to-table cuisine. Continue on to Napa Valley’s winery-lined Silverado Trail and stay in St. Helena where you savor a meal of locally raised lamb, cheeses, and seafood. duvinetoursSonoma


4) Portugal

Here’s a trip that lets you experience gastronomy, cycling, exploration, and discovery of the charming landscapes of Alentego. A landscape with immense cork and olive tree meadows and the rows of traditional whitewashed houses. Your cycling day includes stops at a vineyard to taste the Alentejo world-renowned nectar and visit the wine cellars.



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5) Peru

Peru_-_Cusco_123_-_Inti_Raymi_solstice_festival_(7625308620)On this Peruvian cooking and trekking you can experience and learn how to cook the most important dishes of a culture that has more than 1000 years of legacy. While you learn how to mix techniques ingredients from many parts of the world, you also discover one of the New World’s Seven Wonders of the World: Machu Picchu. This millenary culture with its majestic geography and friendly people provides one of the trendiest cuisines in the world. You can immerse yourself in this grandeur with such activities as: walking through the same path once used by the Incas; riding on horseback around Inca streets of Cusco; and taking an adventure bike ride along the Sacred Valley of the Incas. ActiveGourmetHolidayPeru




6) Provence France

This trip is for the active person who loves food and treasures good wine. You will stay in a beautiful guesthouse in the heart of Provence while you discover, hike, and cook with a great cuisine chef. You will learn to prepare authentic and delicious Provencal cuisine, along with getting to know the Luberon area through a guided tour. You will also learn about olive oil, truffles, and wine – just some of the many delicacies of this region. ActiveGourmetHolidayProvence






7) Tuscany

tuscan hillsDo you want a trip that offers breathtaking views of the Tuscan hillside, a tranquil environment where you relax and reconnect with nature and yourself? This may be the trip for you. You stay a traditional Tuscan property with beautifully decorated rooms. Your stay includes yoga, hiking and cooking classes. You have cooking classes with a professional chef, daily morning yoga classes, wine tours, and guided hike with picnic lunches. ActiveGourmetHolidayTuscany

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Judy Kundert

Judy Kundert, a recipient of the Marquis Who’s Who Excellence in Authorship award, loves storytelling, from folk and fairy tales to classics for elementary school children. She authors award-winning middle-grade novels designed to inspire and intrigue children. After she left her career as a United Airlines stewardess, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Loyola University, Chicago and a Master of Arts from DePaul University, Chicago. Most recently, she completed a master’s Certificate in Public Relations and Marketing from the University of Denver. For fun, she likes reading (usually three or four books at a time), watching movies from the oldies to the current films, traveling, biking, and hiking in vast Colorado outdoors with her husband. Learn more at www.judykundert.com.You can find me at the foot of the Colorado Rocky Mountains hiking, biking

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