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Ready for a trip? Central Texans lead food tours abroad

Addie Broyles
abroyles@statesman.com

Making travel plans for this year? A handful of Central Texans have made it their business to make sure you eat (and drink and learn about culinary culture) very well while you’re on the road.

Danika Boyle’s tours through Petite Peche & Co. (petitepecheandco.com) take guests to Provence, France, and Florence, Italy, and though the March tour is full, you can still sign up for an early June trip ($4,500, not including airfare) to Provence.

The Georgetown-based Sojourner Tours (sojournertours.com) is focused exclusively on France, particularly eastern France, where one of the founders is from, and 2014 trips include a stop in Switzerland. Tours start at $3,530, not including airfare.

Through her company, CuisineXplorers (cuisinexplorers.com), Austin food writer Claudia Alarcón takes travelers to her hometown of Mexico City to explore both urban neighborhoods and small towns outside the capital city. Prices vary depending on the length of the trip, and you can send an email to claudia@cuisinexplorers.com to find out more.

If you’re sticking closer to home, you might consider Kathy Flocco-McMaster’s Alura Gourmet Tours (aluragourmettours.com), which offers tours of the Hill Country that start at $765. She also offers cooking getaways to Philadelphia and Rome.