(Travel + Leisure) -- If you're planning the trip of a lifetime, why not plan one that incorporates some of the best food you will ever dine on?
Here are four suggestions for vacations that emphasize culinary delights.
Dalmatian Coast, Croatia
The Trip: A Taste of Croatia, $3,990 per person for 12 days (June-September); rowadventures.com.
The Tour: While sailing Croatia's coast, sample peppery Plavac Mali wines on the Peljesac Peninsula, harvest mussels on the banks of Mali Ston, and forage for wild capers on Vis Island.
What We Love: An evening at the cavernous stone wine cellar of Vlade Mihanovi, a vintner who's happy to share the secrets of his homemade grappa.
The Trip: Spanish Cucina Nueva Break, $868 per person for five days; akvillas.com.
The Tour: An eight-person villa with a private chef is your base for outings to shop for prawns, cuttlefish, and baby squid at Málaga's historic food market and attend a tasting of Málaga Dulce, the region's sweet fortified wine.
What We Love: Villa chef David Palacios's six-course dinner. Expect innovative dishes such as pan-fried quail with sweet-potato cream, fresh beans, and crispy sage.
The Trip: Tasting Chile, $4,200 per person for four days; frontiersej.com.
The Tour: Top chefs -- including Luca Gozzani, formerly of the Michelin-starred Enoteca Pinchiorri -- prepare regionally inspired dishes as you sail the Moraleda Channel on the 28-person Atmosphere.
What We Love: A helicopter trip from the Atmosphere to the shores of Lake Trebol, just southeast of Chiloé Island, for a picnic of spit-roasted lamb accompanied by citrusy pisco sours.
The Trip: Burgundy: A Cook's Tour, $3,177 per person for six days; thecooksatelier.com.
The Tour: With chef and Slow Food devotee Marjorie Taylor, travelers visit a 16th-century farmhouse turned biodynamic farm, learn charcuterie recipes with an artisan butcher, and shop for gougères, a local pastry made with Gruyère.
What We Love: A stop at the vineyard of the renowned grand cru Romanée-Conti and the Château du Clos Vougeot, where wine was first made by Cistercian monks in the 12th century.
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