Who We Are

We help busy food and wine lovers experience authentic life in Italy through exquisite cooking and wine tours in seven Italian regions. Local people welcome you into their homes, wine cellars, farms, restaurant kitchens so enjoy truly unique, rich, insider experiences.

Cooking School Tours In Italy with Mama Margaret started in 1995 as a licensed tour operator in Vancouver. In April 2014 Mama Margaret joined Land of the Gods, a tour operator in Vancouver, that has specialized in Mediterranean travel for 10 years. Their parent company, Omega Travel International, in Vancouver has been in business for 40 years. Margaret will be their Italy travel specialist and continue to focus on cooking and wine holidays.

Thanks to Margaret’s 19 years’ experience and connections, through food and wine you make heart to heart connections with Italian people and often leave as friends. We create our itineraries so you feel, taste, touch, smell real Italy and feel part of local people’s lives.

Mama Margaret has been traveling to Italy for 40 years and lived there three years. In Italy in 1993 on her first cooking tour, she shared cooking, food and wine with a Tuscan family, felt part of their life and connected with them as friends.  Ever since, she’s been helping food and wine lovers to enjoy the same truly Italian, “wow” experiences.

We offer set Italian cooking and wine tour itineraries in Piedmont, the Veneto, Emilia-Romagna, Tuscany, Sorrento/Amalfi Coast, Puglia and Sicily.

Land of the Gods Benefits For You

We custom design Italian cooking and wine tours and whole Italy itineraries so you experience what you’ve always dreamed of in Italy.

With years of experience, we offer you high levels of confidence and comfort, knowing we are here to take care of even the smallest details.

We only sell places and accommodations one of our staff members has seen so you feel assured you’re getting first-hand, expert advice for a high quality vacation of a life time.

We save you valuable time, money and stress in planning and organizing your Italy vacation.

We use carefully selected local operators, guides and accommodations well versed in North American travelers’ expectations but also immerse you in the charm and local life of Italy.

Our deep roots with the highest quality partners in each destination ensure you will receive unparalleled support if unforeseen events occur.

Margaret Cowan
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