This summer and fall, you can savor the Mediterranean — literally — on any of 12 new culinary-themed Crystal Adventures shore excursions during a luxury cruise. In total, three dozen Crystal Adventures in 2015 highlight the local flavors and signature cuisines of Spain, France, Italy, Turkey, Malta, Portugal and Greece. The excursions include hands-on cooking instruction, wine tasting and pairing, and exploring local marketplaces for the freshest ingredients in some of the world’s most famous foodie-friendly locales.
Mediterranean excursions set to make your mouth water this year include:
Meander through the Tuscan countryside to a small village in the Chianti region. There, you’ll dine on an extravagant wine-pairing meal at Verrazzano Castle. (from Florence in June, August, October and November)
Browse a Turkish marketplace to select fresh ingredients, and then use those ingredients to create a feast of traditional Turkish delicacies with hands-on instruction at a local family farm. (from Kuşadasi in September and October)
Craft, bottle and label your own wine in Spain’s renowned Vera de Estenas wine region, under the tutelage of an expert winemaker and oenologist. (from Valencia in June and November)
Those tours and nine other brand new experiences join a cornucopia of current favorites, including wine tasting and dining on world-famous Ston oysters in Dubrovnik (from Dubrovnik in June, September and October); and hands-on cooking instruction from the head chef of Faggera Restaurant in the charming village of Megalochori, Greece (from Santorini in September and October).
On board, you can further satisfy your inner connoisseur via a culinary program that includes a bevy of globally inspired delicacies — from Nobu Matsuhisa’s Silk Road and The Sushi Bar and regional Italian comfort food in Prego to internationally themed selections in the Lido Café.
“Book Now” fares offer additional savings through June 30.
Featured image: a Chianti vineyard in Tuscany (Photo courtesy of Samsot-Dreamstime)