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GOURMET EXPLORER TOURS JUST ANNOUNCED BY REGENT SEVEN SEAS

GOURMET EXPLORER TOURS JUST ANNOUNCED BY REGENT SEVEN SEAS

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The Gourmet Explorer Tours are offered exclusively aboard Seven Seas Explorer, and this allows you the unique opportunity  to experience the culinary culture of the world’s most tasty destinations.  Soak up the authentic flavors of a region learning new techniques in local cooking classes, and then sharpen your skills back on board at the Culinary Arts Kitchen.  Prices range from $79 to $799.  Here are a sampling of the tours:

Barcelona’s Food Markets & Michelin 2-Star Lunch – From Barcelona, Spain

Join your Culinary Arts Kitchen instructor for an insider’s tour of Barcelona’s chic food and wine scene.  Visit the Boqueria and Santa Caterina markets to familiarize yourself with the ingredients used by both Catelonian chefs in Barcelona’s nouvelle restaurants, as well as local chefs.  Sample and taste extra virgin olive oil.  Enjoy lunch at 2-star Michelin restaurant ABaC, and get an insiders look at the kitchen of famed Chef Jordi Cruz.

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Chef Market Tour:  Cannolis & Lunch With Wines – From Taormina (Sicily), Italy

Accompany your chef instructor from the Culinary Arts Kitchen to visit the renowned fish and produce market in Catania, and learn how to make delicious cannoli from a Sicilian pastry master, and finish the day with lunch and a cooking demonstration at a famed Taormina restaurant with slow food Chef Turi.  Enjoy wines from Etna’s award-winning Benanti winery to be paired during your lunch by the winemaker himself for an authentically Sicilian wine-and-food experience.

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Chef Market Tour:  Cannolis & Lunch – From Catania (Sicily), Italy

What better way to taste and savor the specialties of this magical city?  On this chef-guided tour you will start your day with the street food of Sicily, like a scrumptious arancini (fried rice ball), and then stroll through the classic open fish and produce market in Catania.  Enjoy lunch at a local wine repository with wines paired with each dish from different regions of Sicily.  Finish off your glorious gastronomical day by making delicious cannoli with a third-generation Sicilian pastry master.

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Chef Market Tour:  Pesto, Pasta & Lunch – From Portofino, Italy

You will accompany your chef from the Culinary Arts Kitchen, and enjoy a short boat ride along the coastline of Rapallo.  Once you arrive, you will be greeted by Guido, a local culinary expert for tastings of the famous Ligurian olive oil, and a stroll through the local farmers market.  Later, you will travel to Recco for an unforgettable pasta making class with a true master, followed by lunch of local specialties and wines.

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Chef Tour of Cadiz Market:  Tapas Lunch – From Seville (Cadiz), Spain

Accompany your chef from the Culinary Arts Kitchen for an enjoyable stroll through a traditional open-air fish and produce market in the Old Quarter.  This authentic market has the bounty of southern Spain’s land and sea and are meticulously displayed by the local vendors.  Enjoy a tapas lunch at historic El Chato along the seaside.  After lunch stroll around and learn why this charming port became the gateway to modern Mediterranean cuisine with the return of Christopher Columbus from the New World.

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Chef Tour & Moroccan Cooking Class – From Casablanca, Morocco

Join this food focused tour with your Culinary Arts Kitchen Chef, as well as a local guide for an extraordinary look at the Central Market of Casablanca, followed by a visit to the ancient city’s famous olive market.  Scavenge with the chef for preserved lemons, rose water, argan oil and possibly even a tagine to use later during your Moroccan cooking class.  Enjoy mastering classic Moroccan dishes during your 90-minute onboard cooking class, and enjoy a festive lunch with your class and chef instructor.

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Chef’s Favorites’ Roman Culinary Tour – From Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy

Today enjoy exploring Rome with the chef from the Culinary Arts Kitchen in a small group atmosphere.  Your first stop will be the Mercato Trionfale where you will be joined by a Roman chef for a tour of the market and some tastings along the way.  After a scenic drive through Rome, enjoy a cooking demonstration and lunch at the famed Camponeschi restaurant.  After lunch, enjoy a chef’s treasure hunt in the neighborhood for coffee and gelato.

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Cooking Lesson & Lunch At A Family Taverna – From Rhodes, Greece

Enjoy a lively yet relaxed morning with an authentic Greek family, and your chef Instructor from the Culinary Arts Kitchen at a traditional Greek restaurant, Hatzikelis, followed by a splendid luncheon in the heart of Old Town Rhodes.  Learn how the family shops for fish and produce, and help with some hands-on cooking.  Enjoy this magnificent luncheon of authentic Greek classics and local wines among the splendor and grace of this magnificent city.

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Cretan Cuisine & Wines With Farm To Table Lunch – From Aghios Nikolaos (Crete), Greece & Heraklion (Crete), Greece

Learn and taste the secrets behind what makes Crete a culinary mecca for chefs and health enthusiasts.  You will accompany your Culinary Arts Kitchen chef Instructor along with a knowledgeable local expert, and stroll the streets of Heraklion stopping for tastings of pastries, breads, coffee and olive oil – each hand selected by the chefs for an authentic Cretan experience.  Enjoy a memorable lunch at an all-Cretan restaurant with wines from the island.

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Experience Spain’s Trendiest Culinary Destination – From Palamos, Spain

This area boasts more Michelin Chefs than anywhere else in the world.  Join a small group of “foodies” for an intimate behind-the-scenes look at this magical region of Spain.  Join your Culinary Arts Kitchen and a local culinary guide for a visit to an artisanal olive oil producer for a tour and tasting.  Travel to the magical stone-walled village of Madremanya for a cooking demonstration and luncheon by Chef Vincenc, recently voted amongst the top 5 Catalan chefs.  Taste four Catalan wines with your seven-course tasting menu.

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French Wine Tasting & Elegant La Chevre D’OR Dinner – From Monte Carlo, Monaco

For a memorable evening on the Cote d’Azur, join a small group of wine and food enthusiasts for a private wine tasting and dinner at the Relais & Chateaux property La Chevre d’Or hosted by your chef from the Culinary Kitchen, and enjoy three French wines at Cave Bianchi in Nice followed by a multi-course tasting menu and pared wines in a private dining room atop Eze.  Enjoy the ride back to Monte Carlo with a majestic view with the casino and harbor lights above.

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Madeiran Culinary Immersion & Hilltop Lunch – From Funchal (Madeira), Portugal

You will begin your chef-led tour at the Old Blandy Wine Lodge for a guided tour and wine tasting.  Then travel out to the Mercado dos Lavradores for an eye-popping array of fruits and the prehistoric-looking black scabbard fish.  Enjoy a scenic bus ride through the hills of Madeira to Adega da Quinta for authentic Madeiran dishes such as griddle bread and espetado (beef shish kabobs).  Enjoy the wine, food and camaraderie of an intimate culinary experience on this magnificent island.

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Market, Master Chef, Provencal Lunch & Wines – From Sanary-Sur-Mer, France

Tour the charming seaside market in Sanary, meet your host, renowned Master Chef Rene Berard, at his private home and tour his impressive gardens with blooming rose and grape trellises.  This Master Chef’s gardens are abundant with multiple varieties of lettuce, herbs, fruit trees and vegetables.  Enjoy lunch at Le Bistrot de Jef, as well as a Provencal cooking demonstration with Chef Berard.  The wines and menu are selected to showcase the very best of seasonable Provence, allowing you to experience a truly unforgetable day.

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Market-to-Table Chef Tour & Cooking Class – From Corfu, Greece

Shop like a local on this culinary tour complete with a cooking class on board.  Receive a shopping assignment from your chef and gather produce, cheeses and specialties at the local market with your classmates.  Stroll through this enchanting city as you continue to shop for extra virgin olive oil and other delicacies.  Enjoy a light lunch at a famed local tavern, and afterwards return to Seven Seas Explorer for the cooking class on Corfu cuisine using the bounty of your scavenging efforts.

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Memorable Culinary Day at Famed Don Alfonso – From Sorrento, Italy

If your ideal day in Italy is a truly authentic experience – atop Sorrento with unparalleled hospitality and food, then this is the tour for you.  Make cheese at the artisanal fromagerie from cows milked that morning, watch a culinary demonstration by a master chef, and then be wined and dined surrounded by luxury, family history and the famed gardens of the Relais & Chateau property, the stunning Don Alfonso.

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Michelin-3-Star Restaurant & Winery – From Saint-Tropez, France

Join your chef instructor and a small group (no more than 12) for a gourmand experience at the famed La Croix winery.  Sample three grapes of Provence surrounded by meticulously landscaped grounds and stunning iron sculptures.  Then enjoy dinner at La Vague d’Or, the 3-Michelin star restaurant in the heart of chic Saint-Tropez.  Savor the tasting menu with wines for a most memorable evening among fellow food and wine enthusiasts.

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Michelin Chef Reine Sammut & Aix Market – From Provence (Marseille), France

This is a chef-centered tour designed for the food and wine enthusiast.  Travel to Aix-en Provence for shopping in the colorful market where your chef  will point out unique and seasonal products as locals do their daily shopping.  Then on to the cooking school at Reine Sammut, one of the few Michelin star female chefs in France.  Enjoy a cooking demonstration followed by lunch before returning to the ship for a 30-minute wrap up and tasting.

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Paella Immersion – Market-to-Kitchen Master Class – From Valencia, Spain

Join your chef instructor from the Culinary Arts Kitchen for a tour of the fabulously restored Central Market, and then dine on authentic Valencian paella at La Pepica, one of the city’s most famous paella venues.  Later, you will witness a chef demonstration of the art of paella with ingredients purchased earlier at the market, as well as learn the Spanish art of Sangria.

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Slovenia’s Trending Culinary Scene – From Koper, Slovenia

Learn why Slovenia is trending as a culinary destination during this food and wine immersion.  Visit the Fonda, a world renowned biologist for a boat tour of her branzino fields.  Travel to panoramic Hisa Torkia restaurant for presentations and tastings of Slovenia’s finest olive oils and salts.  Enjoy lunch around the foods of Slovenia complete with wines paired to showcase the growing viniculture industry here.

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Tuscan Food & Wine At a Private Villa – From Livorno, Italy

Whether this is your first trip to Tuscany or your tenth,  enjoy a day in the countryside and a truly authentic food and wine experience.  Visit the Mercato Centrale with your chef and local guide.  Travel to Villa Dianella for a cooking demonstration and sumptuous  luncheon with wines from the villa.  Learn about the olive oil and winemaking traditions that date back to when the Medici family used the villa as their country home in hunting season.

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