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It's easy to eat well when you travel to France or Italy. But finding real insider places to dine--the ones only locals know about--can be a challenge. Unless, of course, you're on a Purple Truffle custom-designed European adventure.

This bespoke travel service puts together dream vacations for food enthusiasts (at fees that vary greatly based on specific dates and destinations), taking care of every little detail, from access to private vineyards to must-order dishes at local bistros.

The brains behind the operation is Bonnie Brayham, a life-long jet-setter who left the corporate world in 2008 to share her extensive travel knowledge with a savvy clientele. Indeed, it's her covetable connections in Italy and France that make these trips unlike anything you'd conceive on your own.

Instead of pre-planned tours, Bonnie crafts truly unique itineraries for each client, taking into account individual tastes and preferences. Want to go truffle gathering in Tuscany? Vineyard-touring in Burgundy? You got it. Either way, you'll be treated like a VIP by Purple Truffle's handpicked local guides, even at a tiny village hotel or seaside trattoria.

Sure, your trip might be on the caloric side, but last we checked, French châteaux still weren't outfitted with elevators.

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