Have you ever watched an episode of Diners, Drive-ins and Dives and wished you were sitting in that red Camaro riding along with Guy Fieri, nibbling and chatting your way down the road? Or perhaps you’ve watched a PBS special and fantasized about exploring a wilderness region with the host. Well perk up…. there’s a new trend in travel tours. We’ve found a number of wonderful tours that are hosted by, or inspired by some of today’s most popular television programs.
Burt Wolf of the popular “Travels & Traditions” television series that examines history, architecture, culture and cuisine throughout the world, has joined forces with Perillo Tours to offer an 8 day journey through Italy. Departing the U.S. on September 1, 2012, Burt will be serving as your entertaining private guide as you visit Rome, Assisi, Florence and Siena, with an optional extension to Venice. All along the way you’ll be treated to exclusive private and after-hours cultural experiences, tastings, vineyard tours, and visits to famed historic sites. Cost for this exceptional once-in-a-lifetime journey is $3,850 per person double, for deluxe accommodations and touring. Visit Perillo Tours for more info.
Richard Bangs, adventurer extraordinaire, known for his Emmy-Award winning PBS show “Adventures with Purpose” has teamed with Costa Rica Expeditions to offer nine-day tours of Costa Rica that bring travelers on a “Quest For Pura Vida” – the pure life. These tours roughly follow Bangs’ route, navigating the Tortuguero National Park and Monteerde Cloud Forest as well as the Arenal Volcano. There will be two exclusive “Limited Edition” expeditions (4/14-22/12 and 4/6-14/13) that will be co-led by Richard Bangs and Michael Kaye along with master guide Carlos Gomez. These quests will reach the remote Corcovado National Park that was explored by Bangs for PBS. “Questers” are encouraged to self-select their participation – they should be; “fascinated by the prospect of the quest, looking for immersive experiences, passionate about topics like ecology, and drawn to the experience of relating to others.” You can find more information at QuestForPuraVida.com. Quests are priced from $2,700 per person double.
The Food Network is partnering with Trafalgar tours to bring fans of their popular cooking shows highly customized culinary tours. Tours are offered in Italy, France, Northern California, and at sea in the Caribbean and Mediterranean. These tours are crafted by Food Network to include ‘By-Invitation-Only’ specialty experiences and hands-on cooking classes. Travelers visit markets, wineries and meet local chefs, all to guarantee an immersion into local flavors. So get ready to stop at those famous diners in Northern California, and visits some of Giada’s favorite spots in Italy all done with a Food Network flair. Find more information at FoodNewtorkTravel.com
Coppola Resorts (of Francis Ford Coppola fame) have created a memorable visit to Belize with the “Alexandra Cousteau Discovery Experience”. This adventure invites guest to journey through Belize recreating the recent trip undertaken by National Geographic Emerging Explorer, Alexandra Cousteau. Cousteau visited Belize while working on a documentary “Expedition Blue Planet: Belize”. Guests will enjoy stays at both the Blancaneaux Lodge (dramatic rainforest lodge) and beach-side at the luxurious Turtle Inn. The adventure includes excursions to Maya sites, exploration of the Rio Frio Cave and Rio on Pools, Birding in the rainforest and Ridge Forest Reserve, a river float to the Caves Branch River and snorkeling at Silk Cayes and Belize Barrier Reef. More details for this don’t miss experience can be found at CoppolaResorts.com.