This year, Butterfield & Robinson will have been crafting trips that take travellers deep into the gastronomic soul of some of the world’s most edible destinations for 50 years.
“At B&R, we’re big believers that you should slow down and savour every experience,” said Norman Howe, Butterfield & Robinson’s President & CEO. “On all of our trips, guests are immersed into the local culture and sampling the cuisine is intrinsically linked to the authentic experience of the destination.”
Butterfield & Robinson has now curated its top picks for epicurean experiences that will have foodies salivating.
Co-curated with the editors of US food and wine magazine ‘Saveur’, guests on this trip will enjoy the gastronomical adventure that is Basque country. Based in gorgeous San Sebastian, overlooking the Bay of Biscay, this beautiful town is framed with beaches, boasts a picturesque waterfront promenade and is a scenic setting for the six-day tour.
Take in the panoramic views from Mount Igeldo and marvel at the architecture in the old town; enjoy a tour and tasting at the D.O.C. Getariako Txakolina, the oldest winery in the region; head to a cider house where guests will enjoy a typical lunch, tour the cider house, learn about the process of cider-making and even bottle cider using an antique bottling machine; and visit the 500 year old Ordizia Market and explore the local varieties of cheese then enjoy traditional mountain cuisine in a local village restaurant.
For the ultimate bucket list foodie experience, have lunch at a family-owned Michelin star restaurant in the village of Hondarribia. After lunch participate in a hands-on cooking workshop in a txoko where guests get a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the heart of Basque culture. Basque Country Saveur Culinary Tour prices per person from AUD$8,695.
Sparkling wine enthusiasts can journey through the heartland of their favoured drop, biking the rolling hills of Prosecco from Marostica to Conegliano and on to timeless Venice – a route where the scenery rivals the flavours of the local fare. The trip begins in Bassano del Grappa where you will enjoy a lunch of fresh pasta and taste the local tipple in the main piazza.
Pedal past vineyards where prosecco is produced and explore the eastern side of the Prosecco hills towards Conegliano. Here you’ll get your hands dirty in the most delicious fashion with a hands-on cooking lesson preparing gnocchi. The five-day trip culminates in Venice, the famously renowned city of canals. Prosecco Biking Private Tour prices per person from AUD$8,680.
The narrow vineyard paths, secluded olive groves and limestone ridges provide the perfect setting for a six-day walking tour of Provence that promises a slower pace to savour the tastes of this culinary heaven: walk to the heart of the Lubéron and the village of Gordes and make your way through vineyards to the tiny village of St. Pantaléon or set off through vineyards and forest groves to the hilltop villages of Bonnieux and Lacoste, once home of the Marquis de Sade.
Experience a wine tasting led by Arnaud Bressy, an estate wine maker who will share his secrets about the wines of Provence. Take a break from the vineyards to follow in the footsteps of van Gogh, visiting the historic asylum where he spent his last days. Walk to the south part of the Alpilles via the Vallon de Courtézon, towards the village of Maussane and enjoy the endless choice of local bistros. Provence Walking Tour prices per person from AUD$6,945.
• All hotel accommodation
• Food & beverages as indicated
• Services of B&R guides and support vehicles
• All special events, private tours, guest experts and entrance fees as indicated
• Use of a bicycle and helmet
• Detailed maps, route suggestions and water bottle
• All transportation from rendezvous to drop-off
• All baggage transportation