Culinary culture: New gastronomic tours for 2019
Wines of Tuscany
Traditional and modern in spectacular surroundings
25–30 March 2019
Based in a 5-star former palazzo in Siena, this five-day tour explores a contrasting selection of modern Tuscan wines, all of which reflect the history and culture of this beautiful region. Renowned for its use of the indigenous Sangiovese, producing wines in Montalcino or Montepulciano of varying intensity and longevity, the importance of classic international grape varieties is also acknowledged, particularly in Bolgheri. Visits by special arrangement include Antinori, Poliziano and Ornellaia and are hosted by passionate producers. Master of Wine, Michelle Cherutti-Kowal leads tutored tastings and accompanies throughout
Prices from £2,930 per person (two sharing) includes return LHR flights, accommodation, travel by private coach, all tastings, most meals with drinks, the talks by the lecturer and all taxes and tips.
For further information, please call 020 8742 3355 or visit www.martinrandall.com/wines-of-tuscany
La cuisine du soleil, history and art in the South of France
9–16 April 2019
Provence is the France of our imagination, where the sun always shines, the food tastes more vivid, and the wine is rich and plentiful. On this eight-day tour discover the full range of its flavours – from Nice’s socca (chickpea batter, baked in a ferociously hot oven) to bouillabaisse in Cassis and the mighty red wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Market tastings mix with Michelin-starred meals, and in between there is time to consider the region’s powerful influence on modern art, and its impressive Roman sites. Led by Marc Millon, author of The Wine Roads of France and The Food Lover’s Companion to France.
Prices from £3,570 per person (two sharing) includes return LHR flights, accommodation, travel by private coach and boat, all tastings, most meals with drinks, the talks by the lecturer and all taxes and tips.
For further information, please call 020 8742 3355 or visit www.martinrandall.com/gastronomic-provence
Reims, Épernay, Côte des Blancs
23–27 April 2019
Champagne was not always famous for its fizz. For centuries, this was a region of unripe grapes and weedy wines, and it wasn’t until the 19th century that the méthode champenoise was perfected. From its initial planting by the Romans to the triumph of sparkling champagne, this five-day tour traces its roots and samples a selection of producers in Reims, Épernay and surrounding villages. Private tours are a notable feature, with tastings of both the famous and the unfamiliar – from Dom Pérignon to the premiers crus of Mailly. Led by historian, food and wine expert, Giles MacDonogh.
Prices from £2,190 per person (two sharing) includes return travel from London St Pancras by Eurostar, accommodation, travel by private coach, all tastings, most meals with drinks, the talks by the lecturer and all taxes and tips.
For further information, please call 020 8742 3355 or visit www.martinrandall.com/champagne
Nordic gastronomy from land to sea
14–21 June 2019
Linking Viking legacies with exciting New Nordic cuisine; journey from a coastline renowned for its fresh seafood to the veritable pantry of Sweden at the country’s southernmost tip. Sample chocolate tasting in the sleepy town of Österle, walk the Solaris vines to taste the distinctive Scandinavian grape and be introduced to Sweden’s famed kanelbullar (cinnamon bun). Other highlights include a boat excursion to the island of Ven, several Michelin-starred meals and a walk through the Scanian (of Skåne) countryside under the guidance of an expert forager. Led by Swedish native, Urban Laurin, lecturer and author of forthcoming publication Taste of Sweden.
Prices from £3,680 per person (two sharing) includes return flights (departing LHR, returning LGW), accommodation, travel by private coach and boat, all tastings, most meals with drinks, the talks by the lecturer and all taxes and tips.
For further information, please call 020 8742 3355 or visit www.martinrandall.com/gastronomic-sweden
For further information please contact Liz Brown or Lucy Stickling on 020 3948 9743.
Notes to editors:
Martin Randall Travel is the leading specialist in cultural tours, organising a unique series of all-inclusive music festivals and around 300 small-group tours every year in the UK, continental Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, India, China, Japan, the Americas and Australasia.
All aspects of our cultural tours have been carefully researched, tried and arranged by members of MRT staff, including the most authentic restaurants and comfortable hotels. There are no hidden extras. The price covers nearly everything, including wine with meals and all tips. We do not levy surcharges for fuel or for any other reason.
Martin Randall Travel has won numerous awards, most recently Best Holiday Company for Customer Service (2016), and Best Special Interest Holiday Company (2017) at the British Travel Awards.