26 August 2015

CRUISE NEWS: Gourmet shore excursions get tasty

Shopping with a Scenci chef in France.
Photo: Scenic
When it comes to shore excursions for the gourmet, river-cruise companies are dishing up enough variety to make Captain River's mouth water.
Guests on Scenic Tours can enjoy new ‘Scenic Sundowner’ moments providing evening cocktails in Europe’s most beautiful locations. The on-shore social soirees are held in places such as the vineyards of Austria’s Wachau Valley, a wine chateau in Saint-Émilion near Bordeaux, and a manor house in Normandy surrounded by orchards, where guests can sample cider and apple brandy.
Scenic Tours introduces a new ‘Shop with a Chef’ activity this year on European river cruises. Guests join the ship’s chef and a local culinary specialist on a guided tour of street markets in destinations such as Bordeaux, Paris, Belgrade or Vienna. Guests dine on the produce on board that evening.
The vineyards of Germany with APT.
Photo: APT
Among Uniworld’s foodie shore excursions for 2015 is a visit to a Brussels chocolate artisan and a tour of Doktorenhof Estate in Germany for a tasting of honey- and herb-flavoured vinegars. In Croatia, guests lunch on a local farm and learn how to make preserved vegetables and the speciality spread ajvar. Uniworld’s China program includes a dim sum lunch in Shanghai, a traditional dumpling and Tang Dynasty dinner in Xi’an, and traditional Peking duck in Beijing.
New ‘Insider Experiences’ for Travelmarvel bring passengers a traditional Bavarian Oktoberfest evening in Vilshofen in Germany, a lunch and wine-tasting at Nelahozeves Castle near Prague, and the chance to sample Black Forest cake while in the region on the Rhine. And among APT’s new signature experiences for 2015 is a gourmet dinner at L’Abbaye de Collonges (a Lyon restaurant owned by Michelin-starred chef Paul Bocuse), and a private tour of Grignan castle followed by a cocktail reception and tastings of regional produce.

Tauck’s shore excursions might include demonstrations of gourmet cooking and pastry-making in France and cheese-making in the Netherlands. The company also offers a culinary-themed walking tour in Paris and beer tasting in Antwerp. Bon appetit!


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