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Foodie Adventures in Europe
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Food, food as far as you can see: par for the course in Europe whether it is pizza, pasta, tapas, ice cream, sachertorte or bratwurst, the possibilities to eat your way around the continent are endless. We can arrange for you to taste the local delicacies in each region that you visit but for some of our top offerings then the best way to visit can be in a group.
If however you prefer to take things a bit more conservatively then why not indulge in our foodie excursions throughout Europe. Here are a few to whet your appetite:
San Sebastian Pintxos HuntingStay at Hotel Maria Cristina >
Pintxos (the Basque name for tapas) abound in San Sebastian's famed Parte Vieja but knowing where to find the best ones is an art. While it's hard to have a bad meal in town, knowing exactly where to go for the best, freshest and most exciting pintxos takes inside knowledge. Your local guide will show you what a night on the town San Sebastian-style is all about! Diving right into the culinary heart of the city you'll experience a night of eating and drinking unlike any other. From fresh prawns and wild-caught squid to succulent veal and pork tenderloin, the pintxo hunt changes nightly and always features a mix of bites from classical traditional haunts to chic nouveau Basque bars. Come thirsty too as each pintxo is paired with the perfect cider and beer or local white and red wines.
Lisbon's culinary sceneStay at the Barrio Alto >
Savour the tastes of Lisbon's culinary scene with a visit to the Mercado da Ribeira, Lisbon's main market since 1892, on a tour of the city's culinary hotspots. Don't miss Trincas, where you can enjoy a cocktail on the terrace overlooking the garden of Dom Luis Square, or Manteigaria Silva, the place to discover Portugal's finest cheeses and smoked hams. Moving on to the stand of the classic Monte Mar, a superb fish restaurant, sample a selection of petiscos;a variety of small portions of traditional Portuguese food. Afterwards it's time to try some exquisite dishes at Casa De Pasto before continuing up the hill to the beautiful Opera House, to enjoy a desert created by the chef José Avillez. To complete your evening in true Portuguese style, stop off at the Solar do Vinho do Porto for a digestive glass of Port wine.
Be a winemaker for the day in TuscanyStay at the Hotel Castello di Casole >
Whilst in Tuscany learn about the wine making process and of course enjoy a glass or two. Why not indulge in more than just a simple tasting and winery visit and learn to be a wine maker for the day. Create your own signature blend and then have the bottles shipped back home, using the 25 day maturing period to create your own personal label, which you can use to create incredibly personal gifts (not to mention unique souvenirs). Stay and enjoy a delicious lunch in the old villa, one of our favourites in Tuscany.
Paris gourmet food walking tourStay at the Hotel Pont Royal >
Immerse your senses in the best gastronomic delights that Paris has to offer during a three-hour walking tour. Meet up with our local food expert and discover some of the finest food suppliers in the city. There are a number of different speciality shops you could visit, and we can tailor your experience according to your interests. For example you might visit a world-renowned boulangerie where you can meet the baker and learn about the French art of bread baking; or you may have a glimpse at the life of a dedicated chocolatier who trained with the very best. Wherever you go, see, smell and taste why French cuisine is widely regarded as the best in the world.
Norse Picnic Thórsmörk, Southern Iceland
Stay at Ranga Lodge >
Berlin gastro tourStay at the Kempinski Adlon >
Delight your senses on a gastro tour of Berlin. Begin with the bustling Turkish market in Kreuzberg on the banks of the canal or the Marheineke Halle, an organic covered market selling fresh flowers, meat and seasonal produce, as well as typical Berlin snacks. Continue to the Bonbon Macherei, a traditional sweet making shop, in the Heckmann Höfe –one of the hidden courtyards in the Mitte district. No visit would be complete without a trip to the famous 'KaDeWe', a prestigious department store in West Berlin that was opened in 1907. Its mouth-watering food court boasts a selection of culinary delights to rival Harrods in London. During your tour, sample delicious local specialities, such as a traditional Berlin currywurst, Berliner Weiße (a cloudy beer dating back to the 16th century) and special pastries from KaDeWe.
Hotel Castello di Casole
Hotel Adlon Kempinski
Hotel Pont Royal
Hotel Maria Cristina
Bairro Alto Hotel
Connections - Italy: South to North
Nights: 13 | from £5,225
Cruise to the island paradise of Capri, explore Roman greats like Vatican City, take a culinary lesson from a Florentine chef, discover the stunning Cinque Terre and try carnival mask making in Venice.
Highlights of Russia
Nights: 5 | from £1,495
Go inside the mysterious Kremlin and the State Armoury, a treasure trove replete with Tsar’s carriages and fabulous Fabergé eggs.
Luxury Small Group Journey - Sicily: From the Mountains to the Sea
Nights: 9 | from £4,375
Set out on a comprehensive journey that spans this storied island and includes a ride up Mount Etna in a cable car, wine tasting in Marsala, ancient archaeological sites and a traditional puppet maker.
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