Silversea Cruises is offering several new shore excursions in the Mediterranean and Northern Europe this summer designed for travelers with a passion for fine food and wine. Some of the new tours taking place include:
Sunset Wine Tasting (Dubrovnik): A wine tasting in southern Dalmatia in one of the region's largest vineyards, owned by Dubrovnik Cellars winery. Participants will savor locally produced smoked ham, cheese, olives and bread as they sample fine wines and learn the history of the winery.
Castle to Culinary Delights (Bodrum): Travelers enjoy views of the Aegean Sea from atop the Castle of St. John before heading to a seafood restaurant for a hands-on cooking experience. Participants learn the secrets of Mediterranean cuisine as the chef of the Denizce restaurant shares his techniques, special ingredients and family recipes.
Culinary Gothenburg: Gothenburg's largest indoor market, Saluhallen, with its 40 stores and eateries, and Fiskekyrkan (the Fish Church), an indoor fish and seafood market, are showcased on a city tour that includes lunch at the Sjömagasinet restaurant.
Odessa and its Cuisine: Travelers cap off a tour of Odessa's historical and architectural monuments with a cooking class and lunch at one of Frantsuzsky Boulevard's 19th-century mansions. The Dacha restaurant offers a class in Ukrainian cookery that lets participants join in the preparation of a lunch, accompanied by a glass of Ukrainian vodka, a local wine, tea or coffee.
Dinner at Classified Wine Château Haut-Bailly (Bordeaux): Overlooking a 30-hectare vineyard in the heart of the Graves and Pessac-Léognan region, Château Haut-Bailly, Grand Cru Classé, stands at the gates of the city of Bordeaux and offers a setting for a wine tour, tasting and four-course gourmet dinner.
Chocolate Flavors of Dubrovnik: Designed for chocolate lovers, this walking tour of Dubrovnik's Old Town culminates with a chocolate tasting at the Dubravka restaurant. Participants will enjoy a palate of local sweets flavored with a selection of dark and white chocolates, fruit, nuts and Mediterranean herbs.
Médoc & Château Cordeillan-Bages Lunch (Bordeaux): Following a drive through one of France's wine-producing regions, travelers will learn the techniques of winemaking and sample two vintages at the Château Lynch-Bages winery. Afterwards, a three-course lunch is provided next door at Château Cordeillan-Bages.
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