About Us

Experience A Taste of Tuscany, Portugal and France

Taste of Europe Tours began in 2009 when we took our first group of women to France to cook with Jill Wilcox, of Jill’s Table in London, Ontario.

Since then hundreds of guests have joined us on more than thirty tours with Jill to explore the culture and cuisine of Occitanie, Provence and the Loire Valley in France, and Sicily and Tuscany in Italy. Over the next few years Northern Portugal and Northern Spain will be added to our scheduled tours.

We love Europe and in 2004 bought and renovated our own small house in the south of France. Renting the house to families and groups of friends has been a great way to share our passion for the area but renting a vacation home doesn’t work for everyone. The cooking tours were born when we noticed that some women couldn’t collect friends to visit the house with them and weren’t comfortable traveling alone. And it wasn’t difficult to find a group who wanted to travel with Jill.

The first tour with eight women was a great success and we quickly learned that smaller groups were best! These days our tours are like intimate house parties, usually a dozen of us altogether, and while most people don’t know each other at the beginning of the week, we share so many interests – food, wine, beauty, history, travel, Europe – that we’re friends by the end of the week. It wasn’t long before men were asking to come with us, and since 2014 many of our tours have been mixed.

Accommodation is always in a beautiful home typical of the area – a chateau or converted monastery in France, a villa in Tuscany, a castle in Portugal. Spacious, elegant bedrooms are very comfortable for two guests and each room has an en suite bath.

Transportation is in our own small bus with a driver. Breakfasts and dinners are at home and lunches are in our favourite restaurants. Every day we travel to markets, wineries, olive mills, ancient villages and historic sites. Jill shares her recipes, tips and thoughts while guiding us through the markets and shops, and her daily classes are highlights of every trip.

Please take a look at the tours available and let us know when you’ll be coming with us to experience your Taste of Europe.

2019 and 2020 Tours

 

A Taste of Portugal 2019

Women’s Tour:  May 11 — 18, 2019  SOLD OUT*
Mixed Tour:  May 18—25, 2019  SOLD OUT*

*Sorry, our 2019 Taste of Portugal tours are Sold Out. Inquire about 2020 here.

In the Spring of 2019, Jill Wilcox will take two small groups on a culinary tour of her favourite sights and dishes of Northern Portugal. Will you join us? Our home for the week will be our own 17th century castle just north of Porto. On our day trips we’ll explore the foods, wines, history, art and scenery that make the region so captivating. This will be your wonderfully personal introduction to a beautiful part of the world. Highlights include daily cooking lessons with Jill and local chefs; visits to markets in Barcelos and Porto; fine dining in Michelin-starred restaurants and local favourites; wine tasting in Gaia …and much more!
7 days, $5,850. per person*

(Photos)  (2019 info.)  (2019 Sold Out)  (2020 inquiries)


 

A Taste of France 2019

Women’s Tour: September 7 — 14, 2019
Mixed Tour:  September 14 — 21, 2019  SOLD OUT*

The loveliest part of France is waiting to be discovered. Jill Wilcox invites you to visit the Minervois wine region in the sunny south, nestled between the Pyrenees mountains and the Mediterranean Sea. It’s the country’s oldest wine producing region, charming and beautiful, rich in history and culture. There’s no better place to explore and enjoy French cuisine with no better guide than Jill.
7 days, $5,850. per person*

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A Taste of Tuscany

Inquire about our upcoming Taste of Tuscany Tours.

Join Jill Wilcox on her next visit to Tuscany, a region full of cultural riches and astonishing beauty. We’ll stay in a restored 17th century villa just outside Florence. Transportation will be in our own comfortable bus with driver. Lunches will be in fine restaurants and favourite local trattoria while dinners will be at home in our own elegant dining room or on the terrace overlooking the Chianti vineyards.
7 days, $5,850. per person*

(Previous Tours Photos)  (2018 information)  (Inquiries)


What’s Included?

*Other than your flight, absolutely everything is included to make this your next memorable holiday:

  • All accommodation and chauffeured transportation
  • All meals and wine and tips
  • All sightseeing and excursions
  • All cooking classes with Jill and local chefs

Space is limited. Please contact Nancy at 226 973 6082 or email her at: mail@tasteofeuropetours.com  with your questions or requests for details.


Tours and flights through BroadEscapes, a division of Ellison Travel & Tours registered with the Travel Industry Council of Ontario (TICO) No. 2392471
Main St., P.O. Box 1990 Exeter, Ont.  N0M 1S7  Tel 519-235-2000 or 1-800-265-7022

Contact Us

For detailed information on our exciting Taste of Europe Tours
Contact Nancy Evans

By Phone:  +1 (226) 973-6082

By Email:     mail@tasteofeuropetours.com