Welcome to Elifant Archaeo-Culinary Tours

Check out our October 2016 tours to Rome and etruria


In today’s world of confusing travel options, Elifant offers a niche for the seasoned traveler looking for a special trip that combines learning with great eating. Elizabeth Bartman and Maureen Fant, Elifant’s founders and principals, accompany every tour to ensure that each day includes expert commentary on the places we visit and delicious meals that are without equal on an organized excursion.

Elifant Archaeo-Culinary Tours are unique, intimate trips for a handful of experienced travelers who delight in learning about the ancient world while indulging in the culinary present. 

Whether we’re admiring an emperor’s seaside dining room, marveling at the warehouses in ancient ports, or examining ceramic cooking pots in little-known museums, our itineraries are built around ancient food, food supply, cooking, and eating. And our intellectually stimulating site visits are punctuated by fantastic local meals, tastings, and other food-related activities—always in a cultural context. 

And even if you’re on your umpteenth trip to Rome or Naples, we are absolutely sure you’ll see it in a new way with us. Elifant’s trips are exceptional experiences for the exceptional tourist. We promise in-depth, challenging cultural exploration. And tons of delicious fun. 

Read our FAQs for our approach, and about Elizabeth Bartman and Maureen Fant, Elifant’s founders.

“I wish that Elifant Tours went everywhere. I would never travel any other way again.”
—Patty H., Boston

 ‟... more like traveling with a few acquaintances than with an organized group ...”
—Sandra C., San Francisco

‟... it is a pleasure to be in a small group on a tour that is so well researched and thoughtfully planned and presented.”
—Annette M., Princeton

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