Tour of Germany & Culinary Olympics

Your Hosts


Chef John & Eileen Gilbertson

 Dear Friends, 

We invite you to join us on a once-in-a-lifetime culinary journey through Germany, including the Black Forest, Lake Constance, and Bavaria, followed by attending the prestigious IKA International Culinary Olympics. Held once every four year, the February 2020 Olympics are being held in the charming city of Stuttgart, Germany. This is a world-renowned competition in which each qualifying national team brings on the highest caliber chefs from around their country to compete. We will get to see and taste some of the best dishes and flavors these top chefs have to offer as well as delight in local German cuisine and culture. For any food-lover, this is truly a unique chance to experience international food at its finest while taking in all the beauty Germany has to offer. 

We look forward to traveling with you!

-Chef John Gilbertson & Eileen Gilbertson 


Jenna Aukerman, ITMI Certified Tour Manager

Hello all!

I am so excited to organize and host this tour to Germany! We've worked hard to build a great trip not only highlighting the incredible experience of the IKA Culinary Olympics, but also getting to truly enjoy the sights and tastes around Stuttgart, Lake Constance, the Black Forest, and Bavaria. 

Seeing as we are traveling over Valentine's Day, we've also made sure this trip is a special treat to anyone celebrating on that special day: including tastings of champagne, schnapps, and a romantic 4-course dinner of course.  

I am beyond thrilled to offer this tour with Chef John & Eileen, and greatly look forward to traveling with you!  

If you have any questions or would like to book, please don't hesitate to email me at

- Jenna Aukerman

Photo credit: 605 Magazine

10-Day Tour of Germany & IKA Culinary Olympics


Culinary Highlights

  • Black Forest brandy, cake, and ham tastings
  • Bavarian cloister brewery tour
  • German cooking workshop 
  • Valentine's Day tastings of local schnapps, champagne, and romantic 4-course dinner
  • Two days for leisure, dining, and exhibits at IKA Culinary Olympics


Attraction Highlights

  • Black Forest
  • Lake Constance
  • Neuschwanstein Castle, AKA "Cinderella's Castle" 
  • Munich & Bavaria
  • Stuttgart, host of IKA Culinary Olympics 2020


Tour Highlights

  • Limited group size for intimate experience
  • Meet & Greet at Stuttgart Airport
  • Private Coach Transportation
  • Bilingual English-German speaking Tour Director
  • Private local guides 
  • 3-4 star hotel accommodations 

Download the Brochure

Download the full brochure for details! 

Germany Tour 2020 Brochure (pdf)


Land Tour Pricing

Pricing based on minimum of 12 registered guests. Please see all terms & Conditions in brochure.

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Germany & Culinary Olympics Tour 2020