Ultra-luxury Silversea Cruises is rolling out several new shore excursions in the Mediterranean and Northern Europe this summer designed for those travelers who’s guided by a passion for fine food and wine.
Some of the new tours taking place:
Sunset Wine Tasting (Dubrovnik): In southern Dalmatia, the magic of a setting sun provides the perfect backdrop for a leisurely stroll and wine tasting set amid one of the region’s largest vineyards, owned by Dubrovnik Cellars winery. Participants will savour locally produced smoked ham, cheese, olives and bread as they sample fine wines and learn the history of the winery.
Castle to Culinary Delights (Bodrum): Travellers enjoy panoramic views of the Aegean Sea from atop the Castle of St John before heading to a popular seafood restaurant for a hands-on cooking experience. Participants learn the secrets of Mediterranean cuisine as the chef of the Denizce restaurant shares his techniques, special ingredients and family recipes.
Culinary Gothenburg: Gothenburg’s largest indoor market, Saluhallen, with its 40 stores and eateries, and Fiskekyrkan (the Fish Church), an indoor fish and seafood market, are showcased on a city tour that culminates with lunch at the elegant Sjömagasinet restaurant. Originally an 18th-century warehouse of the East India Company, this storied waterfront restaurant offers visitors the freshest fish and seafood delicacies cooked to perfection.
Odessa and its Cuisine: Travellers cap off a tour of Odessa’s historical and architectural monuments with a cooking class and lunch at one of Frantsuzsky Boulevard’s iconic 19th-century mansions. The Dacha restaurant, housed in a former summer residence of Odessa’s nobility, offers a class in Ukrainian cookery that lets participants join in the preparation of a sumptuous lunch that they will enjoy after class, accompanied by a glass of Ukrainian vodka, a local wine, tea or coffee.
Dinner at Classified Wine Château Haut-Bailly (Bordeaux): Sitting majestically overlooking a 30-hectare vineyard in the heart of the Graves and Pessac-Léognan region, Château Haut-Bailly, Grand Cru Classé, stands at the gates of the city of Bordeaux and offers an elegant and intimate setting for a wine tour, tasting and four-course gourmet dinner.
Chocolate Flavours of Dubrovnik: Designed for chocolate lovers, this walking tour of Dubrovnik’s Old Town, fabled for its cobbled streets and medieval architecture, culminates with a decadent chocolate tasting at the Dubravka restaurant. Participants will enjoy a rich palate of typical local sweets flavoured with a selection of dark and white chocolates, fruit, nuts and Mediterranean herbs.
Médoc & Château Cordeillan-Bages Lunch (Bordeaux): Following a scenic drive through one of France’s most famous wine-producing regions, travellers will learn the techniques of winemaking and sample two vintages at the Château Lynch-Bages winery. Afterwards, a three-course lunch is provided next door at Château Cordeillan-Bages, a Relais & Châteaux boutique hotel that has earned two Michelin stars for its cuisine.
Photo credit: Within the Wild Adventure Company/Jeff Schultz.
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