Real Cost of Gourmet Cooking Classes

By Bloomberg Rankings - 2012-09-10T17:51:43Z

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Visit Portugal

Stay in Lisbon for a night, then head off to a small town in the Alentejo region, where you'll stay in a restored villa-style house built in 1834. Between lessons using such ingredients as local wildflowers, leeks, codfish and dogfish, which you'll gather from local markets, lounge by the pool and on sunny patios or go horseback riding. Every class begins with a wine tasting, and the trip includes winery visits and excursions to local castles and villages such as Evora, a Unesco World Heritage site.

$2,400: Seven nights, including all meals and five classes -- Portugal at the Refugio da Vila Cooking School