Holland America Line is building on its collection of culinary-themed FOOD & WINE EXC Tours (shore excursions) with the addition of 20 new tours throughout Asia, Australia, New Zealand and Canada & New England.
Developed in partnership with FOOD & WINE magazine, Holland America debuted 23 excursions earlier this year on select cruises in the Mediterranean and Northern Europe that explore a destination’s food, wine and culture. During these tours, guests take hands-on cooking classes with top restaurant chefs, go on culinary walking tours, visit wineries, sample street food, explore local hideaways and more.
New Tours in Asia, Australia and New Zealand
Guests on cruises in Asia, Australia and New Zealand can chose from 14 new FOOD & WINE EXC Tours throughout the region. The shore excursions are offered in Bangkok, Thailand; Shanghai, China; Singapore; Taipei, Taiwan; Yokohama, Japan; Hobart, Tasmania; Melbourne and Sydney, Australia; and Napier and Dunedin, New Zealand. Among the options include the opportunity to visit numerous markets in Asia, wineries in New Zealand and Tasmania, and popular restaurants in Australia.
Noteworthy FOOD & WINE EXC Tours include the Courageous Kitchen Cooking Class. The Bangkok tour starts with an in-depth exploration of a local market followed by a hands-on cooking class in home-style Thai cooking with Chef Dwight Turner, owner of Courageous Kitchen. A portion of proceeds from the tour go toward helping to feed locals and train youth in need.
In Sydney, the Beautiful Bennelong & the Opera House tour combines two of the city’s culinary and cultural highlights in one night. Guests begin the tour exploring the Opera House and then step next door to dine at Bennelong, one of Sydney’s top restaurants.
Canada & New England Tours Feature Local Favorites
Six new FOOD & WINE EXC Tours in Canada & New England highlight the area’s gastronomic favorites including lobster, poutine, clam chowder and maple-infused treats. The ports of Bar Harbor and Portland, Maine; Halifax, Nova Scotia; Boston, Massachusetts; and Québec City, Québec, all feature FOOD & WINE EXC Tours.
Wine enthusiasts can enjoy the Bays of Fundy, Grand Pre & Winery tour in Halifax, where guests take a scenic drive to the Bay of Fundy and visit the Grand National Historic Site, a 17th-century French settlement. Then it’s on to the Annapolis Valley for a wine tasting at the Lightfoot & Wolfville Vineyards.
Over the next year, Holland America will continue to expand its FOOD & WINE EXC Tours to an array of destinations, including the Caribbean, Mexico, Panama Canal, South America, Hawaii, and more.
For more information, visit www.hollandamerica.com.