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Hong Kong Foodie Tasting Tours: Sham Shui Po Foodie Tour – Hong Kong

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Savor the Local Flavor

Follow us on a food trail to explore one of Hong Kong’s most fascinating neighborhoods — Sham Shui Po. This old Kowloon district houses a plethora of foodie hot spots, from decades-old eateries serving Hong Kong’s most beloved dishes, to specialty food stores with delicacies that give Cantonese food its subtle yet rich flavors, to a hidden heaven that lights up the eyes of professional and home chefs alike.

History, Architecture & Culture

Having escaped much of recent urban redevelopment, Sham Shui Po has retained much of its history, tradition and charm from Hong Kong’s yesteryears. Immerse in this neighborhood to experience a vibrant working-class community coming to life in the morning. In between tastings, stop by at iconic cultural remnants that offer a blast to the past and learn about the changes seen by this area.

Who Should Take This Foodie Tour

Our Sham Shui Po Foodie Tour is designed for those who want to go a bit further to explore Hong Kong’s culinary culture. If you are looking to try something different, join us on this food tour in Kowloon. Whether this is your first time to Hong Kong, a frequent visitor or even a local, this tour will show you Hong Kong with a different lens and provide lots of food not just for your belly, but for thought.

What’s Included: Selected food and drinks tastings at 6 locations

Duration: Approximately 3 hours 30 minutes

Capacity: Maximum 8 participants

When: Tuesday, Fridays and Saturdays at 9:15 am

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Sur la Table: New York City, a Taste of the Big Apple

We are pleased to offer unique culinary adventures to one of the world’s most exciting destinations. Join us for four days and three nights right in the heart of Manhattan’s food lovers’ paradise. Over the years, waves of immigrants have contributed to the diversity of New York, and the flavors of its unique neighborhoods can be found in the city’s amazing food.

Immerse yourself in the storied Lower East Side and the hip West Side. Sample smoked-salmon-topped bagels and indulge in a hot pastrami sandwich at iconic Katz’s Deli. You’ll learn to make Pugliese pasta and enjoy a special visit to Eataly—the fabulous new emporium devoted to the food and culinary traditions of Italy—plus much, much more.

The Carlton Hotel is a historic and elegant boutique hotel located in the heart of the food-centric Madison Square Park district and home to Michelin-starred Chef Laurent Manrique’s exciting new seafood brassiere, Millesime.

Itinerary Highlights:

  • Three nights’ luxury accommodations at the Carlton Hotel
  • Hands-on cooking class at I Trulli
  • Dinner at the elegant Degustation
  • Guided culinary walking tour of the Lower East Side
  • Visit to the Italian food emporium Eataly

There are two easy ways to book your trip. Make your deposit online and our trip concierge will call you as soon as possible to reserve the dates of your choice. (Don’t worry, there’s plenty of space.) Or, if you prefer, call our trip concierge directly at 866.392.3302 to take care of everything over the phone.

Choose from the following dates in 2012: May 18–21, June 22–25, September 7–10, October 19–22, November 16–19.

$1,540.00 per person, double occupancy. Single supplement: $558.00. Airfare not included. A non-refundable deposit of $210.00 is required to reserve your space.

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Artisans of Leisure: Food & Wine Tour of Switzerland

(7 Days – Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Zurich, Basel & the Alsace, Bern, Gruyeres, Lausanne & Lake GenevaThis private culinary tour of Switzerland features the best Swiss food and wine experiences, private touring of cultural highlights, and accommodation at the country’s finest luxury hotels. The tour also includes a private excursion along the Alsace Wine Route in neighboring France.Begin in Zurich, one of Europe’s most sophisticated cities, with two nights at the landmark Baur au Lac luxury hotel. During flexible private touring, see the highlights of the Old Town, sample culinary specialties from throughout Switzerland at upscale food shops, and tour museums and other cultural attractions according to your interests, such as the Kunsthaus, Landesmuseum (Swiss National Museum), gallery districts, and churches with stained glass windows designed by Marc Chagall and Sigmar Polke.

Continue to Basel, a cultural and culinary crossroads on the Rhine River. Tour the highlights of the Old Town and sample Basel specialties such as laeckerli. One day, cross the Rhine into France for a private excursion on the beautiful Alsace Wine Route (Route du Vin). Drive through vineyards, see hilltop castles, stop at local wineries to sample Alsatian varietals such as Riesling and Gewurztraminer, see the cultural treasures of Colmar, and visit well-preserved villages filled with half-timbered buildings. If desired, stop for lunch at one of the many Michelin-starred restaurants in the region, which is renowned for gastronomy.

Next, transfer to Lausanne. En route, visit Bern, the beautiful capital of Switzerland, for a private tour of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Town.

Spend two nights in Lausanne—Switzerland’s gourmet paradise—at the elegant Beau-Rivage Palace, a luxurious resort hotel set in lush parkland on the shore of Lake Geneva. During private touring, visit the Lavaux wine region, a UNESCO World Heritage Site of 800-year-old terraced vineyards that skirt the edge of Lake Geneva and offer dramatic views of the Alps. Meet winemakers at local wineries, sample Chasselas and other delicious local varietals in Lavaux cellars, and perhaps enjoy a gourmet meal at one of the finest restaurants in Switzerland. Also, tour Chateau de Chillon, a well-preserved castle on a small island in the lake that offers evocative insights into the daily life of medieval aristocracy. Alternatively, take a private excursion to the atmospheric hill town of Gruyeres to visit a local cheese maker to learn about and taste the region’s renowned Gruyere cheese, and perhaps visit the nearby factory of one of Switzerland’s premier chocolate makers.

This tour can be extended to include additional wine and culinary destinations in France or Germany.

Itinerary Overview
Day 1 Arrive ZurichPrivate transfer to hotel for 2 nights
Day 2 ZurichFull-day private cultural and culinary tour
Day 3 Zurich – BaselPrivate transfer to hotel for 2 nights. Afternoon private city tour
Day 4 Basel & the AlsacePrivate excursion on Alsace Wine Route
Day 5 Basel – Bern – LausannePrivate transfer to hotel for 2 nights with private cultural touring en route
Day 6 Lausanne & vicinityFull-day flexible private cultural and culinary tour. Options include Gruyeres, Lavaux and Chateau de Chillon
Day 7 Depart Lausanne – GenevaPrivate airport transfer
Hotels
Zurich: Baur au Lac or Dolder Grand
Basel: Les Trois Rois
Lausanne: Beau-Rivage Palace
Cost
$12,325 Per person (double occupancy)

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Michelin Food & Travel Experiences – Côte d’Azur

Is the French Riviera really as pretty as the postcards claim? Matisse, Picasso, Renoir and other great masters certainly thought so. But our favorite Côte d’Azur masterpieces don’t hang on gallery walls. Nice is home to some of the world’s most celebrated culinary artists, and the bounty of Michelin-starred restaurants here ensures that every meal is a priceless work of art. (Well, almost priceless.) And of course there’s more; the glamour of Monaco pairs perfectly with relaxed Antibes. Considered by some the best of the best, St. Tropez is really two towns in one depending on when you visit. Busy seems an inadequate description of the summer season; and tranquil, rather fitting for autumn and winter.

Chefs & Artisans

In order to best appreciate the cuisine of the Côte d’Azur — bread in infinite varieties, the famed 1980 bouillabaisse charter, the amazing possibilities of courgettes—we must look to our guest chefs.

In Mougins, just north of Cannes, sits Mas Candille where Chef Serge Gouloumes, after taking you on a visit to the local market in Cannes, will prepare for you a most exquisite lunch.

Further north in Grasse, Chef Jacques Chibois will display his incredible culinary imagination by combining gastronomy with the native horticulture. Prepare to be amazed!

Later still in Marseilles, the three-star Le Petit Nice will expose you to the delectable seafood menu of Chef Gérald Passédat, whose food is as beautiful to look at as it is to taste.

Hotels

After cooking and tasting the bounty of the Côte d’Azur, you will spend your nights at a selection of hotels that more than match the culinary wonders you have sampled during the day. We start with Le Mas de Pierre, less than 30 minutes from the coast with a modern take on classic Provençal design.

Eden Roc is loaded with history and cachet. The service is exemplary and the grounds are simply breathtaking.

The Grand Hotel du Cap in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat is a legend around these parts, consistently setting the bar for southern France luxury.

Cap Estel was originally built as a private home and distinguishes itself from other properties with its 18 individually designed and decorated suites and rooms. You might not want to leave.

In Saint-Tropez allow us to suggest Villa Marie, the perfect property for guests in search of a little romance, Mediterranean-style.

In Monaco, we couldn’t decide. The Monte Carlo Beach Hotel features waterfront views and is close to the action at Casino Square, but remains removed from the fuss. The Hermitage is relaxation incarnate in the form of a classic Belle Époque property.

Sample Itineraries

The Riviera Quiet Antibes has a remarkably storied past. Learn about its rise, fall and rebirth before moving north in the hilltop village of Grasse. Discover how to cook with the many local flowers used for centuries in perfume, trust us, it works. With its red-tiled houses and beautiful harbour it’s easy to see the allure of oftentimes bustling St. Tropez. Arrive and depart Nice or Marseilles.
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Monaco & The Riviera Monaco, the second-smallest country in the world and host to the second-largest monarchy, the Principality has attracted the jet set for years. Lucky for us it also boasts delicious delicacies and an impressive list of restaurants.
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Michelin Food & Travel Experiences – Provence

Mellow Mediterranean breezes; beauteous landscapes bathed in an otherworldly light; a surfeit of soups, strawberries and seafood… Provence is probably about as close to heaven as you can get without actually shuffling off this mortal coil. Our adventures down south will bring you into close contact with the fruits of both land and sea and introduce you to a kind of laidback luxury unlike anywhere else on Earth. Pastis, pétanque, and paradise.

Chefs & Artisans

The kitchen of La Mirande is a gourmands’ dream workshop. You will be given the chance to try your hand at cooking before you dine, but amid the excitement, don’t forget to inquire about the cellar!

Rendezvous with Chef Laurent in his glass-walled kitchen at La Bastide de Marie for a private morning cooking class.

Nestled in Les Baux de Provence, Chef Michel Hulin is in his laboratory: taking his inspiration from the surrounding environment and his restaurant’s organic garden.

Closer to the Mediterranean in the Camargue, we will pay a visit to Jacques Bon’s family home-turned-luxury hotel. A cattle rancher by trade, Jacques will introduce you to the Camargue by horseback.

Stretching from northern Montélimar to Marseilles in the south, one can cover some serious ground in Provence zigzagging through the stretches of the Drôme and the Vaucluse. Testing local wines and cheeses, visiting the endless local markets or seeking out the prized black truffle, travelling to Provence offers seemingly endless beautiful market towns and culinary delights. Perched villages, cherry and olive orchards and endless blankets of lavender, this is Provence at its finest. Let us guide you through Avignon at the centre of it all, east through the Vaucluse to Ménerbes, into the Luberon, or would you prefer to explore the Camargue via St. Rémy and Les Baux, landing finally in lovely Aix-en-Provence? The beauty of choice.

Hotels

In Avignon, La Mirande sits directly across from the former papal palace. Over 700 years old, this property is a quiet haven from the bustle of busy Avignon.

La Bastide de Marie in Ménerbes, is a fully-restored stone home set amongst the vineyards, each room offering a stunning view of the grounds.

The beautifully appointed and remarkably peaceful hotels L’Oustaù de Baumanière and La Cabro d’Or stand in Les-Baux-de-Provence.

At the centre of Arles is L’Hôtel Particulier, a hotel with a decidedly uncommon charm. Every room here is special and features a view of the wondrous walled-in courtyard.

Finally, Villa Gallici in Aix-en-Provence rounds out our Provençal menu. This 18th-century villa and former private home is the perfect place for R&R.

Sample Itineraries

Orange and the Luberon Travel north to Orange to explore the region’s Roman roots, before moving southeast in Luberon. Make your home in Ménerbes, just 12km east of Cavaillon in the Vaucluse, nestled between the hillsides to the south and the sprawling vineyards to the north. Arrive and depart from Avignon.
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Camargue Noted for its white horses, black bulls and pink flamingos, the Camargue has another surprise to offer: cowboys (or as they’re known in this neck of the woods, gardians). Why not catch up with Avignon and Les Baux, while you’re in the neighborhood. Arrive and depart from Avignon.
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