Who We Are

We invite travel enthusiasts on an epicurean journey into the heart and soul of the people, the culture, the cuisine and the breathtaking landscapes of intriguing lands.

About Us

For over 15 years, Delectable Destinations has guided small groups of travelers on experiences that redefine exploration. Driven by a profound appreciation for the finer things in life, we meticulously curate journeys that capture the true essence of each destination. Every Delectable Destinations trip includes a comprehensive itinerary combining travel and sight-seeing with delightful dining, beautiful accommodations and inspirational leisure time enhanced by spectacular views.

We like to believe we have perfected the recipe for an exceptional trip: small groups; an attentive host; and culinary adventures off the beaten path. Our global network includes local cooks, internationally-renowned chefs, experienced drivers and personable vineyard owners.

Every journey we design is an opportunity to craft cherished memories, which is why we go beyond mere itineraries. Our unwavering dedication to making each trip a once-in-a-lifetime experience is rooted in the belief that the heart of travel lies in the connections, experiences, and stories that linger long after you’ve returned home.

Carol Ketelson of Delectable Destinations with a group at the Taj Mahal in Agra India Carol Ketelson Delectable Destinations Culinary Tours

Our Story

How Delectable Destinations came to be

The dream destination bucket list — everyone has one. Yet, amidst the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it can be challenging to set dates, book vacation time and plan to embark on that dream trip. At Delectable Destinations, we understand this. That’s why our founder, Carol, took it upon herself to turn dreams into reality.
In 2000, Carol embarked on her dream journey to Italy, a destination she had long yearned to experience. She landed in Ravello, a small, charming cliffside town on the Amalfi Coast, and immediately felt at home.
The following years gave Carol new adventures that only deepened her wonder. She visited the romantic canals of Venice, the winding countryside of Tuscany and the architectural splendors of Rome. Her growing love for southern Italy also led her to discover the magic of Puglia, the scenic terrace views of the Mediterranean Sea, and more of the magnificent cliffs of the Amalfi Coast.
Each trip reinforced Carol’s love for the unsurpassed beauty of the region and her passion for blending culture with cuisine. Determined to share Italy’s beauty with others, Carol began organizing culinary and cultural trips for friends and family, ensuring the itineraries inspired the senses.

Over the years, Carol has traveled far and wide beyond Italy and it is these particular trips that have sparked new passions within her. Countries such as Spain, France, and India regularly graced her list of destinations. Carol has a unique perspective on native culture, local cuisine and the intimate leisure opportunities that each region has to offer that one simply cannot obtain through books and travel reviews.

In 2008, Delectable Destinations became a reality, the culmination of Carol’s mission to make dreams come true for travel enthusiasts. Those seeking the perfect blend of culture and cuisine in foreign lands were, and still are, treated to first-class travel itineraries designed to include the sights, sounds, and tastes experienced in the charming kitchens of local cooks and renowned chefs alike.


The faces behind Delectable Destinations

Carol Ketelson

Founder & Travel Curator

Carol Ketelson is the founder of Delectable Destinations, an experienced travel planner and a specialist in European culture and culinary arts. She curates journeys for small groups of avid travelers, blending rich local flavors and cultural immersion to capture the essence of each region. For over 15 years, Carol has shared exceptional experiences with her guests in destinations that include the Amalfi Coast, Tuscany, Puglia, Sicily, Spain, Portugal, France, Ireland, Bhutan, and India.

Liz Schaffer

Trip Designer & Tour Leader

Liz Schaffer is the founder and editor of Lodestars Anthology, a magazine-meets-journal that, since 2014, has explored a single country for every issue. While preparing the India magazine, Liz and Carol first crossed paths. She joined Delectable Destinations on a wondrous, whirlwind tour through Rajasthan and fell in love with the region. She returned to experience Magical Puglia in 2022 and is thrilled to join the Delectable Destinations team, savoring all the beauty, food and wonder that comes with travel. Splitting her time between Sydney and London, Liz is also a freelance writer and photographer specializing in travel, food and the arts.

Shannon Greisman

Content Creator

Shannon Greisman is an avid traveler and content creator. She has always been drawn to adventure and loves immersing herself in new environments. Shannon has a Bachelor of Arts in International Development Studies from McGill University. Branding and messaging are her bread and butter, and she works closely with Carol on all things content here at Delectable Destinations. Making connections, eating, cooking, and reading all top Shannon’s list of hobbies and in her ideal world, no two days look the same.