OCEANIA CRUISES TO OFFER CULINARY DISCOVERY TOURS AND CULINARY LAND TOURS
Not only does Oceania have Culinary Discovery Tours with absolutely spectacular food, but Oceania is one of the first cruise lines to also add in Culinary Creations Land Tours in Rome, Barcelona, London, Buenos Aires, Athens, Provence and Tuscany beginning in the spring of 2016. These tours will take place before, during and after cruises.
The culinary tour of Provence will start in Monte Carlo by coach into the countryside for a three-night stay at Chateau de Berne. As a guest you will assist in preparing a traditional Provencal lunch at the Chateau using fresh, seasonal and local ingredients from the chef’s vegetable and herb gardens. After sampling wine and local delicacies between tours of
traditional villages, you will visit Le Thoronet and Cotignac, and learn about the local olive oil production, as well as the regional specialties in Moulin de Pascaline. Guests will also gain insight into the distinct wines of Provence during a tasting of a private wine cellar.
The land tour will be offered in connection with cruises on Nautica, Marina, Riviera and Sirena (the newest ship to be built). The price for the Culinary Creations Land Tours start at $1,399 per person based on double occupancy.
There will also be excursions while cruising aptly named Culinary Discovery Tours, and the maximum size of a group is from 12 to 25 people, depending on the tour.
Culinary Discovery Tours:
In Barcelona the chef will take guests to explore La Boqueria, one of Europe’s biggest and most famous farmers market, and afterwards you will escorted through the Gothic Quarter to the much smaller Santa Caterina market which is a favorite location for local and visiting chefs alike. Other stops include a tapas restaurant for small-plate food and wine, and a quaint pastry shop.
In Marseille the tour focuses on the cuisine of Provence, with the highlight being a visit to the commune of Lourmarin, where Michelin-starred Chef Reine Sammut operates a well known cooking school, restaurant and boutique hotel. There will be a cooking demonstration by Sammut, and then guests will be treated to a menu of her authentic Provencal dishes.
In the Sicilian city of Catania, guests will learn how to make their own cannoli, and then have lunch at a restaurant, where they will be served by slow-food Chef Turi Siligato.
On the Iraklion tour guests will help prepared stuffed grape leaves, and cheese pies. You will also learn about Greek olive oil, and enjoy a Cretan-style meal which will be accompanied by a sampling of local wines.
Oceania’s five midsize ships call in more than 330 ports around the world, and it appears that about 1 in 10 of the shore excursions are culinary tours. The cost of the tours range from $169 to $419.
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