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Cycling in California

A 10-day self-guided Californian cycling trip is an absolute "must" for gourmets, wine buffs and lovers of the finer things in life!

On arrival in San Francisco transfer to Yountville: from here follow a leisurely linear route through classic Californian wine country - including the world-famous Napa, Alexander and Dry Creek Valleys - with tasting opportunities at every turn.

This holiday departs on selected Sundays from 7 April 2013 to 17 November 2013 with prices from £3,298 per person, including return BA flights, local transfers, bike hire and luggage transfer between high quality hotels throughout, or if preferred small, family-run B&B's. http://www.headwater.com/holidays/cycling/usa/C09CF.htm

Vines & Villages Cycling in Franche Comte

A 10-day cycling loop exploring the "golden triangle" of chef Raymond Blanc's home region of Franche Comte, a totally unspoiled and undiscovered region of France. Starting, and ending in the historic university city of Besancon, the cycling follows a gastronomic route through Salin-les-Bains, Arbois and Poligny - the respective capitals of salt, wine and cheese. Prices from £1,247 (tour only)/ £1,499 (inc return flights) includes 10 nights half-board hotel accommodation, local transfers and bike hire, all maps and route notes, transport of luggage between hotels and 24/7 support of local Headwater rep. http://www.headwater.com/holidays/cycling/france/C10JU.htm

Luxury learning holiday for lobster lovers

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Located in St. Andrews by-the-Sea, New Brunswick, the luxurious five star Kingsbrae Arms has launched a four-day/three-night culinary seafood package designed for those passionate about food and sustainability. Enjoy personal cooking demonstrations; receive first-hand tips on smoking, marinating and grilling seafood to perfection; visit the largest live lobster pound in the world and a salmon hatchery for an exclusive view of where responsibly-farmed salmon begins; and relax with ocean-front lunches and barbecues under the stars. Optional additional activities include sea kayaking and golf.

The course starts from $1,299 (approx. £812) per person when staying in a standard room, excluding airfare. For more information visit www.kingsbrae.com

Solos Holidays offer a wide range of holidays, among them several tours that combine the food and culture of various destinations. For example:

A Taste of Piceno, Italy, 5 nights, 30 May 2013, £1069 – included in this tour to the delightful medieval town of Piceno are opportunities to visit a local winery, an olive oil mill plus cookery demonstration, and the chance to see how the egg pasta Maccheroncini di Campofilone is made.

Gourmet Thailand, 7 nights, 5 March 2013, £2868 – included in this extensive holiday is a guided tour of local restaurants in the Bangkok district, cookery lessons at the renowned Blue Elephant and Amita cookery schools, a visit to an oyster and mussel farm and a visit to a vineyard on elephant back. www.solosholidays.co.uk

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