Oceania announce new culinary tours
Oceania Cruises is expanding its epicurean exploration with a collection of land tours aptly called "Culinary Creations Land Tours". Starting in spring 2016, the new Culinary Creations Land Tours will be offered on board Nautica, Marina, Riviera and Sirena in the following ports:-
- Provence (Monte Carlo)
- Tuscany (Rome/Civitavecchia)
- Buenos Aires
Exclusive to Oceania Cruises, the Culinary Creations Land Tours provide guests with an opportunity to interact with local culinary experts by exploring local food markets, cooking schools, restaurants and attractions. Ideal for guests in search of a more immersive exploration of the world’s most fascinating culinary destinations, the Culinary Creations Land Tours range from two to three nights and are available as pre-, post- or mid-cruise options.
Highlights from the new Culinary Creations tours include:
Provence (Monte Carlo)
Guests will discover the culinary treasures of Provence as they travel into the countryside for a three-night stay at the Château de Berne. Each guest will help prepare a traditional Provençal lunch at the château 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, guests will discover the historic charms of Le Thoronet and Cotignac, and learn about local olive oil production and regional specialties in Moulin de Pascaline. In addition, guests will gain insight into the distinct wines of Provence during a tasting and tour of a private wine cellar.
Toasting in Tuscany (Rome/Civitavecchia)
Throughout a three-night stay in Tuscany, guests will experience the boundless charms of the region and discover the secrets to preparing authentic Tuscan cuisine by participating in a hands-on cooking class at Villa Pandolfini, the magnificent estate dating back to the 1200s.
On a half-day walking tour of Florence, guests will visit legendary attractions such as Michelangelo’s David at Galleria dell’Accademia and Ponte Vecchio. During an independent visit to the Square of Miracles in Pisa, guests can savour the architectural masterpieces of the city’s Golden Age, including the iconic Leaning Tower, the Duomo, the Baptistery and the Camposanto.
Guests will experience the history, culture and gastronomy of Greece during a two-night stay in Athens, where they will visit an open-air Greek market and sample locally made cheese and olives. Following a visit to the market, guests will learn how to prepare traditional Greek dishes alongside a top Greek chef and attend wine and ouzo tastings. With an entrance ticket to the Acropolis included, guests can embark on a self-guided tour before enjoying a guided visit to the new Acropolis Museum. In addition, guests will be treated to a food and wine pairing lunch at revered Varoulko, home to Greece’s top-awarded Michelin star chef.
Brigade of London
During a three-night stay in London, guests will explore English cuisine through historical food markets, gourmet shops, traditional lunches and a hands-on cooking class. While at Borough Market, London’s most renowned food market, guests will sample cheeses, fruit, pies, beers and other local treats. Guests will enjoy Prosecco and canapés before taking part in a Master Class at Brigade Cook School, where they will prepare a three-course lunch featuring seasonal and classic British dishes. In addition, guests will sample delights from one of the oldest wine and spirits shops in St. James, a storied aristocratic quarter.
Oceania Cruises offers the finest cuisine at sea, elegant accommodations and exceptional personalised service, all for an extraordinary value. Known for its unique and destination-rich itineraries that appeal to the seasoned traveller, Oceania Cruises calls on more than 330 ports across Europe, Australia, New Zealand, South Pacific, Asia, Africa and the Americas