Holland America Line is expanding its long-running partnership with Food & Wine with a new collection of culinary-themed EXC Tours (shore excursions). The new excursions will explore food, wine and culture in gastronomic destinations worldwide.
In a written statement announcing the new excursions Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line, said that the new excursions would range from cooking with restaurant chefs to visiting hidden local hot spots, with the aim of combining food and culture with fun and unique experiences.
Twenty-three new shore excursions are now available for booking on select 2018 cruises to the Mediterranean and Northern Europe. Food & Wine EXC Tours on Mediterranean cruises are offered in Dubrovnik, Croatia; Kerkira, Nisos Kerkira (Corfu), and Thira (Santorini), Greece; Livorno (Florence), Naples and Venice, Italy; Monte Carlo, Monaco; Kotor, Montenegro; and Cádiz (Seville), Barcelona and Málaga (Granada), Spain.
Guests on Northern Europe cruises will find Food & Wine EXC Tours in Copenhagen, Denmark; Tallinn, Estonia; Helsinki, Finland; Kiel (Hamburg), Germany; Reykjavik, Iceland; Bergen, Norway; St. Petersburg, Russia; and Stockholm, Sweden.
Guests have the opportunity to take hands-on cooking classes, go on culinary walking tours, visit wineries, sample street food, explore local hideaways and more. Noteworthy Food & Wine EXC Tours include “La Boqueria Market Cooking Experience” in Barcelona that includes a hands-on culinary workshop led by chef Txema Aroca; “Ino & the Uffizi Gallery” in Livorno, combining art with local street food; Copenhagen’s “Smorrebrod: The Art of Sandwich Making,” where participants learn everything, including how to bake bread and create authentic toppings; “Nordic Food Walk” in Stockholm that explores the old Haymarket — now the Hötorgshallen Food Market; and a hands-on cooking class in the kitchen of the renowned Selene restaurant in Santorini.
Over the next year, Food & Wine EXC Tours will be available in an expanding array of destinations, including additional European ports, Alaska, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Canada/New England, Caribbean, Mexico, South America and more.