Do you crave the finest things in life? Do you admire and respect the commitment, the search for excellence of the artisan? Do you go off the well-trodden path to seek authentic cultural experiences? For you, the world is not a place to visit. It is a place to live in, to taste, to appreciate. You are open to new adventures. You cherish the opportunity of getting to know new people: they’re just friends you haven’t met yet. Go out into the world. Savour its pleasures – here are some of our suggestions – and bring their flavours back home with you.
With cosmopolitan cities and ancient villages, rolling vineyards and rugged mountains, Northern Spain is unforgettable. On Back-Roads Touring’s Highlights of Northern Spain adventure, you’ll admire Salvador Dalí’s home and museum; roll up your sleeves for a cooking class, nibble cheese at a family farm and taste wine at the unique Bodega Sommos. Gaze upon royal splendour at a magnificent palace and walk the old quarter of Laguardia, where you’ll visit distinguished La Rioja wineries. Seafood lovers can indulge their tastebuds before the tour reaches its finale at the world- famous Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao.
We love this paella recipe; great for feeding a hungry group in a hurry, it’s ready in only 30 mins and with its fresh and seasonal ingredients packs a punch in flavour.
On Intrepid Travel’s Thailand Real Food Adventure, you’ll experience the aromas and spices that make Thai food such a phenomenon. Experience the country’s amazing markets, filled with unpredictable tastes and found in rather unexpected places – like on a river or a railway track. Learn to make palm sugar and slurp noodles alongside the locals. Join a masterclass in Central Thai cuisine and enjoy home cooking with a family. You will also tour the must-see sights in an incredible journey through one of South-East Asia’s most seductive food cultures.
Evoke the flavours of Asia with these pork skewers marinated in a sweet, crunchy peanut satay sauce.
On UnCruise’s Rivers of Wine culinary adventure, savour the USA’s Pacific Northwest wine regions, enjoy chef demonstrations and learn about American wines from an onboard sommelier. Cruising the Columbia and Snake Rivers is a food and wine-lover’s dream – enjoy fresh seafood, farm-raised produce, craft beer and boutique wines; plus artisan kombucha, olive oil, chocolate and charcuterie. This vegetarian pizza is perfect for relaxed weekend family fare.
What says Christmas better than gingerbread and mulled wine? A trip with Trafalgar immerses you in Germany’s centuries-old traditions, so you can celebrate the season with warming foods and drinks and handmade artworks that you’ll yearn to take home for your family’s celebrations. Lose yourself in Dresden’s 250 stalls, marvel at the giant Christmas tree in Berlin’s main shopping boulevard or snack on gingerbread in Nuremberg. Join the Christmas chaos of glittering ornaments, wooden dolls and nutcrackers, mustard-soused sausages and the sounds of holiday tunes while supping hot spiced glühwein.
Impress your family and friends with this Spiced Rum, Caramel & Ginger Layer Cake.
Puglia is famous for its historic cities, quaint fishing villages and exquisite cuisine. On Back-Roads Touring’s Secrets of Puglia itinerary, you’ll delve into the area’s many splendours. See how mozzarella and burrata are made; and drop into a rustic vineyard and a bakery in the medieval streets of a hilltop town. You’ll learn authentic cookery techniques in a country farmhouse, visit an underground olive mill and sample the excellent street food. Embrace all things Italian with this delicious summer gelato recipe.
Celebrate thousands of years of food artistry by diving into one of the world’s most elegant cuisines. On Intrepid Travel’s Japan Real Food Adventure, you’ll watch yakitori sizzling in a Tokyo backstreet, eat fresh sashimi and learn to make soba noodles. In Kyoto, glimpse a geisha drifting through the alleyways and enjoy a home-cooked dinner. Stay in a ryokan and take part in the 800-year-old tradition of vegetarian shojin ryori with Buddhist monks in Koya-san, and snack on street food in the culinary capital of Osaka.
Step outside the box and try this Japanese Prawn Okonomiyaki recipe.
With YOU all the way: Your holiday doesn’t start when you leave the country, it starts when you walk through our doors. We strive to create unforgettable holiday experiences, planning every last detail so you’re taken care of every step of the way! If you’re ready to discover the tastes of Europe contact YOU Travel. Air New Zealand offers connections from your nearest Air New Zealand serviced domestic airport to Italy, Germany, Bangkok and Oregon with partner airlines, and non-stop flights to Japan. For more information visit youtravel.co.nz