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We are not teaching cooking classes at this time. Here is our upcoming trip schedule:

Italian Philadelphia ~ Sunday June 12

Price: $105.00

Date: June 12, 2016

In recent years Philadelphia has received countless accolades from magazines, newspapers and TV shows, calling it one of our country’s best food cities, and in our opinion all this attention is well earned! One of the longest and proudest culinary traditions in the City of Brotherly Love (and Sisterly Affection) is that of the Italian Americans. From the 18th century through the mid-20th, Philly - particularly South Philly - was a major settling place for Italian immigrants. They came to America in search of a better life and brought with them a better cuisine… today South Philadelphia is still a land of bakeries, pizza, tomato pie, pasta makers and more. Much of it is clustered around the Italian Market, America’s oldest continuously operating open air market… and a food lover’s wonderland, there’s nowhere else like it.

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But we’ll start this day in a different neighborhood, tony Rittenhouse Square, where longstanding Philly “culinary pioneers”  DiBruno Brothers have expanded their empire to include this marvelous Chestnut Street location. Featuring a 300-square foot cheese cave, extensive charcuterie selection and gourmet groceries from around the world, this store is heaven on earth for all food lovers. This morning you’ll enjoy a cheese tasting at DiBruno and then some free time to shop there or at the many shops clustered in this high-brow Philly neighborhood. Or maybe you’ll take part in the local ritual of a cup of coffee on a park bench in Rittenhouse Square as you watch the city’s best-dressed go by.

Then we’ll make our way to the Italian Market neighborhood where we’ll enjoy a memorable three-course lunch at Ralph’s Restaurant on South 9th St. Ralph’s is the winner of scores of “Best of Philly” awards and is also the oldest family-run Italian restaurant in the country. It’s about 100 years old now and still owned by the descendants of the immigrant who opened it here to feed other hungry, homesick Italians. Today the reputation of this legendary restaurant draws hungry diners from all over the tri-state area every day. After lunch enjoy some free time to shop in the Italian Market.

We’ll wrap up our day at the famous Termini Bakery where the delightful Vincent Termini Sr. will regale us with a tour of his family's 92 year old bakery, run today by his two sons, followed by an afternoon coffee and of course some sweet treats.

Departs from Quakertown & Plymouth Meeting, PA. This tour includes a muffin and juice on the way, cheese tasting at DiBruno Brothers, three course lunch at Ralph’s Restaurant, tour and afternoon coffee & treats at Termini Bakery, as well as a snack and wine on the return. You will receive a detailed email with trip information the week prior to the event. Don’t forget your cooler!

Available Spaces: 26

Discovering Iceland ~ June 17-24

Price: $3275.00

Date: June 17, 2016

Join us to explore a Nordic wonderland. Enjoy beautiful and fresh Icelandic cuisine, gushing waterfalls and erupting geysers, puffins and street art, horses and hot pools, and an otherworldly landscape.

Onward Travel invites you to explore Iceland this summer… Come discover a place where spectacular details simply surround you. Join other cuisine, culture and adventure lovers to experience the good life, Iceland style. We’ll visit working farms and roaring waterfalls, soak in steaming geothermal baths, spend a night at one of Europe’s most picturesque hotels, cruise for puffins and eat scallops straight from the sea, tour the most important architecture in the capital and more…

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You’ll also have the opportunity to go whitewater rafting, hike through volcanic rocks, go horseback riding, and take a cooking class. Onward has partnered with local Icelandic travel experts to ensure that Discovering Iceland is a tour of this magical country like no other.

Flavors of Tuscany ~ Oct. 25 - Nov. 2

Price: $3625.00

Date: October 25, 2016

This trip is full! Please inquire to join the waiting list or visit for more exciting culinary tours around the world!

Tuscany’s landscape says it all: medieval hilltop towns overlooking rolling countryside covered with grapevines and olive trees. The mountains, forests, cypress trees, wildflowers, and winding roads create the perfect backdrop for discovering one of the world’s most revered destinations for culinary tradition, craftsmanship, fine art, historical preservation, and winemaking.

We’ll visit Tuscany in autumn, when the olives and grapes are being picked and pressed to perfection. The locals are foraging for mushrooms, harvesting chestnuts, and swirling Brunello di Montalcino in their glasses. It’s the perfect time of year to savor some of Italy’s – that is to say the world’s – best wines and ingredient driven dishes such as bistecca alla fiorentina (chargrilled T-bone steak) and pici con ragù di cinghiale (hand-rolled pasta with wild-boar sauce).

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Join Onward Travel for a week of culinary and cultural discovery in Tuscany. We’ve planned an eight-night tour with a slow food, experience driven, behind-the-scenes inspired theme. Taste olive oil and local seasonal delicacies such as truffles and chestnuts, visit medieval towns and elegant Florence, luxuriate in a villa situated in the heart of Chianti wine country, stroll cobblestone streets with expert local guides, expand your culinary repertoire during several cooking classes, dine at some of the region’s best restaurants, and laugh into the night with new friends as part of Onward’s travel and food loving community.

Click here for the full itinerary!

Click here to see travelers' pictures from Onward Travel's trips to Tuscany last fall.

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