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Christmas in Santa Fe Culinary Holiday

Capture the Season in Stunning Santa Fe, New Mexico!

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$1,798 USD *
(For One Person, Double Occupancy)
* Plus taxes. Tours sold on an availability basis.
4 days | 3 nights

Flavors of the Season
in the Cultural Heart of New Mexico

Special Holiday Themed Tour
Give yourself (or someone you love) the unique gift of a Santa Fe holiday getaway. During this magical time, you can walk through the historic plaza with its candlelit luminaria and seemingly endless twinkling lights, and shop along the tree-lined streets adorned with shops stuffed to the ceilings with fabulous gift ideas. Native American culture permeates every fiber of this town, from the incredible cuisine and enchanting art to the mesmerizing landscapes. You will enjoy luxury accommodations just a few blocks from the Plaza, the heart of the historic district. A melting pot of Native American, Spanish, Mexican and European cultures is responsible for the City’s distinctive architecture and cuisine…with an ambience so unique that it earned the nickname, “The City Different.” Santa Fe is truly a food lover's paradise. This special holiday edition of our very popular Santa Fe Culinary Getaway is entirely focused on this very festive season. Come and enjoy its unique culture, its fabulous food and its magical landscapes. The memories are yours to keep for a lifetime!

Christmas in Santa Fe Culinary Holiday

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Please note: Tour inclusions can change depending upon seasonality and weather conditions.
3 Nights Luxury Accommodations
Valet Parking Included
Chef’s Holiday Tasting Dinner
Guided Holiday Shopping Tour with Lunch
Winter Flavors Wine Pairing Dinner Tour
Hands-On Holiday Cooking Class
Chef Signed Cookbook
While our tours are designed as soft adventure experiences, walking, climbing stairs, and in rare cases mild hiking may be required. If you have mobility issues, you should speak with one of our culinary travel specialists to determine if this tour is appropriate for your situation.
For Two weeks Only! November 30th - December 3rd, 2023 and December 7th - 10th, 2023. Also available between December 5th - 8th, 2024 and December 12th - 15th, 2024.
Please note: Actual itineraries are subject to change due to seasonality.
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Day 1
Arrival and Check-In Travel is all about having real, memorable experiences. It's about going on vacations that inspire you long after they're over. Here at the Inn and Spa at Loretto, a boutique hotel located in the heart of downtown, you're immersed in the real Santa Fe, free to experience Southwest culture as it was meant to be. Welcome to the Inn and Spa at Loretto. Valet parking is included in your package, so your vehicle will be in good hands during your stay in this very walkable city.
Hands-On Holiday Recipe Cooking Class with Dinner You'll not only master the flavors of the real Southwest during this unique, hands-on cooking class, but this special holiday version will provide you with a working knowledge of seasonal recipes that you can reproduce for friends and family back home. Chefs will create a special menu just for our guests during this very festive time of year. Make sure to bring a healthy appetite, since you'll be enjoy a bountiful dinner at the conclusion of your instruction.
Day 2
Guided Holiday Shopping Tour with Lunch There is no better time for a guided shopping tour than during the holidays. Some of Santa Fe's finest shops have been handpicked for this special holiday addition. Peppered with an ample dose of history and folklore, this unique tour ends with lunch at one of Santa Fe's outstanding restaurants.
Winter Flavors Wine Pairing Dinner Walking Tour You'll join other revelers as you walk along the historic district of downtown Santa Fe enjoying the sparkling holiday lights around every turn. Multiple restaurants will be visited during this enchanting 2.5 hour tour where you'll enjoy appetizers in a popular dining establishment, main courses in one of Santa Fe's most romantic restaurants, and dessert in yet another local favorite. Along the way, your guide will share seasonal stories related to Santa Fe, one of the most historically rich cities in the United States. A Christmas Carol with a Southwestern twist!
Day 3
Chef's Tasting Holiday Dinner at Sazón Fernando Olea, co-owner and Chef of Sazón – named 2022 James Beard Best Chef (Southwest) – has created a mouth-watering array of dishes that speak to both the festive season as well as culturally rich traditions enjoyed in this region during the holidays. When paired with notable New Mexico wines, this evening's dining experience will definitely put you in the mood for celebration.
Personally Signed Glossy Cookbook! After your class, you will receive a signed copy of the Chef's cookbook. Chef Johnny Vee has taught cooking for over 20 years and enjoys a second career in food writing as a regular columnist for The Santa Fean magazine. His cookbook is filled to the brim with unique and delicious recipes. Fresh ingredients, local foods and products, Native American, Mexican and Spanish flavors…and the blessed green chile…are the hallmarks for Santa Fe-style cooking.
Day 4
Check-Out and Departure Time flies when you’re having so much fun, but alas…it is time to check out and depart this delicious, culinary oasis. Remember, you can always extend your stay based on availability. Should you desire an extension, please let your culinary travel specialist know prior to check-in. May your future travels come from sweet dreams, and create tasty memories!
Inn and Spa at Loretto
Travel is all about having real, memorable experiences. It’s about going on vacations that inspire you long after they’re over. Here at the Inn and Spa at Loretto, a boutique hotel located in the heart of downtown, you’re immersed in the real Santa Fe, free to experience Southwest culture as it was meant to be. You’ll find it in the vast, open landscapes. You’ll find it in the vibrant downtown Plaza. And you’ll find it in our distinctive guestrooms, luxury suites, event space, spa and restaurants. Welcome to the Inn and Spa at Loretto. Enjoy your authentic New Mexico experience.
Santa Fe, New Mexico
What Currency is being quoted?
The Currency Code is listed directly after the published amount. If it states USD, then the quoted price is in United States Dollars. If it states CAD, then the quoted price is in Canadian Dollars. If it states EUR, then the quoted price is in European Union Dollars…etc. However, please note that all charges are processed in USD, and Epitourean’s Merchant Bank automatically calculates the currency conversion on the day of the charge.
What does Double Occupancy mean?
Two persons traveling together, and staying in the same room. Tour prices are normally quoted as “per person, double occupancy” in case two people are traveling together and staying in the same room, but paying separately. The cost of the lodging is also shared by two people, thereby reducing costs. This could be a married couple, two friends or relatives.
What is a Single Supplement?
Whenever a person travels alone, the cost of their lodging cannot be shared by another person. When tour products are priced, they are normally stated as “per person, double occupancy.” Whenever a guest occupies a room as a solo, the whole cost of the lodging must be incurred by that one individual. Tour companies accommodate this by charging a Single Supplement. Epitourean does its best to keep the single supplement as low as possible, but it is a real cost that tour companies must absorb, and must pass along to the single traveler.
If I am a Solo Traveler, will I be paired with another person?
Epitourean never pairs a solo traveler with another person without a special request. If you book Single Occupancy, you will have a room entirely to yourself. However, should you wish to be paired with another solo traveler to save on the single supplement, you may make this request. We cannot guarantee that we can accommodate such requests, since it would take another solo traveling on the same tour for the same dates. But if requested, we will certainly try.
Are flights included in the tour price?
No. Flights are never included in the price of our land-only tours. Epitourean does not provide air, rail or sea travel, unless expressly noted in the itinerary.
May I give a culinary tour as a gift?
Yes. Epitourean has a special program designed specifically for this purpose. Our Gift Packages come with features such as special messages to the recipient, gift box option, gift link (without pricing), and floating dates (should you not know when the gift recipient wants to travel). Contact a Culinary Travel Specialist at 800-390-3292 or to receive additional information about this unique offering.
May we request separate beds if sharing a room?
Yes. In most cases, Epitourean can accommodate a request for two beds to be placed in one room. Just make sure to make this request in the comments section of the reservation process.
Does each guestroom have a private bathroom?
Yes. Epitourean partners with the best lodging options in each destination, and private (en suite) bathrooms are a requirement. However, you should inquire as to the configuration of bathrooms should you have a special need. For example, some tours include accommodations in medieval villages, where either a shower or bath(but maybe not both) are present.
Can your tours accommodate my dietary restrictions?
In almost all cases, Epitourean can accommodate dietary choices and restrictions. But we do request that you ask a Culinary Travel Specialist prior to making your reservation so that we can assess your individual situation.
If I am unable to use a portion of the tour, can I get a partial refund?
Unfortunately, due to vendor and supplier contracts, we are unable to provide partial refunds for unused portions of any tour or tour component.
Are Transfers included in the Itinerary?
Round-trip transfers from the airport or train station are normally included in our international tours. Transfers to the destination (for both international and domestic tours) are not included in the tour price. Please see the Sample Itinerary. If it mentions that transfers are included, then yes, transfers are included at no additional cost.
What meals and excursions are included in the tour?
The Sample Itinerary should be your reference. If the meal or excursion is described in the Sample Itinerary, then it is included at no additional charge. For those days where it expressly notes Free time, then any optional activities you elect to participate in might have an additional cost. In addition, if the itinerary states "evening on your own," it would imply that you have the opportunity to visit a restaurant of your own choosing, and at your own expense. If you have any question about inclusions, please submit an inquiry by clicking on the blue "Ask Us a Question" button under the price section.
Is it possible to book pre or post tours or stays through Edible Destinations?
Yes, we often do have optional 2 and 3 night excursions that are priced separately from the tour. We can also assist with pre and post night stays in a hotel if you choose to come in early before the tour starts, or stay on after a tour ends. The price of those hotel stays are not included in the price of the tour, but we would be happy to provide a quote. Simply ask your Culinary Travel Specialist, or submit an inquiry by clicking on the blue "Ask Us a Question" button.
Are Guide or Host Gratuities included in the price of the tour?
Since tipping guidelines and customs vary widely between countries, we do not include gratuities in the price of the tour. Your Culinary Travel Specialist can provide you with recommendations. But the general rule is to tip modestly when you are pleased with a guide’s services, either at the end of the tour, or at the conclusion of a specialty day excursion where you will only be with that guide (or chef) on that day.
Should we plan on any personal expenses during the tour?
All lodging, meals, transfers, classes and excursions mentioned in the Sample Itinerary and Vacation Highlights are included in the price of the tour. However, we highly recommend taking local currency for purchasing personal items, souvenirs, tipping, etc. You can either get the local currency at an airport exchange service, ATM or from your local bank prior to travel. However, you should note that many hosted destinations do not accept credit cards for personal purchases.
Do you recommend Travel Protection?
We recommend that you purchase a travel protection plan to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected. Travel protection plans can include coverage for Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay and more. For more information on the available plans or to enroll, click on the link below or contact Travelex Insurance Services at 800-228-9792 and reference location number 06-0248. The product descriptions provided here are only brief summaries and may be changed without notice. The full coverage terms and details, including limitations and exclusions, are contained in the insurance policy. Travelex CA Agency License #0D10209. All products listed are underwritten by, Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Company (formerly known as Stonewall Insurance Company), 1314 Douglas Street, Suite 1400, Omaha, NE 68102. 11.17 E7N
I wanted to give you some feedback from the weekend in Santa Fe. First of all, we had a simply marvelous time! Everything went smoothly and without any hiccups! We had a larger group, and the arrangements were well done. Shaz was simply the best, she continually looked out for us making everyone’s weekend soooo enjoyable. Having the cooking school the first night was so important. With a larger group it would be hard to get to know anyone, but with everyone sharing in kitchen duties and making food, it really helped everyone start to chat and relax. The progressive dinner and tour was truly a delight and a good pace. The restaurants were prepared, and the timing was good, so no delays or rushing in the evening. The final evening’s dinner at Saźon was simply marvelous. We live in Orange County California and this restaurant would rival any here for quality of food, service was extraordinary. For this dinner we were broken into groups of 10 which is a good size to enjoy, talk, and be served like a small group. The hotel was also a good location and was a nice, full-service hotel for us to use a home base.
Karen and Ron - December 2022
We thoroughly enjoyed the Edible Destinations Christmas in Santa Fe culinary holiday from Dec. 8-11 with Shaz as our hostess. Her love and knowledge of New Mexico was apparent. She was an excellent guide!! The entire itinerary was great from our experience of making tamales at the Santa Fe School of Cooking to our delicious meals at various restaurants. The dinner at Sazon was amazing, from meeting Chef Fernando to the excellent service and the delicious dinner. Our stay at the Inn and Spa at Loretto was perfect for our visit. Looking forward to a new and different experience with Epitourean.
Cindy and David - December 2022
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