Culinary Trips and Cruises

Fabulous guided wine, cuisine, and culture tours

…offered by an extraordinary tour leader who’s been crafting and leading custom tours for over 35 years.

Prices below include a $150 early-bird discount until August 18, 2017. Call soon!

Harvest time in New Zealand, March 17-26, 2017

10 days, $4500 per person based on double occupancy; $800 single supplement  new-zealand-wine-tour-375x400

3 nights Auckland
3 nights Napier – Hawkes Bay
1 night Wellington
3 nights Blenheim – Marlborough
19 meals
City tours
We’ll visit some top producers of New Zealand’s famous sauvignon blanc and superb pinot noir as we explore its cuisine and culture.

Harvest time in Australia, March 27-April 4, 2017

9 days, $4300 per person based on double occupancy; $1100 single supplementaustralia-wine-tour-375x325

2 nights Sydney
2 nights Hunter Valley
4 nights Adelaide
VIP winery visits: Barossa, McLare, Hunter Valley, more
City tours
Australia offers an astounding range of grapes and wine styles. We’ll spend our time in the primary wine producing region in the southwest.

Italy’s Adriatic Riviera: wine, cuisine, and culture, July 11-17, 2017

7 days, $3200 per person based on double occupancy; $500 single supplementMarche-Urbino-Header-800-330-375x330

3 nights Cervia in Momagna
3 nights Pesaro in Le Marche
12 meals
VIP visits
Guided city tours
Highlights include Ravenna with 8 UNESCO World Heritage sites, Urbino, a cradle of the Renaissance, and Pesaro, the birthplace of composer Gioacchino Rossini, a meal in a Michelin-starred restaurant in Le Marche, and the Polenta Festival in magnificent Corinaldo.

Burgundy: wine, cuisine, and culture, October 7-13, 2017

7 days, $3500 per person based on double occupancy; $360 single supplementburgundy-france-375x325

1 night Lyon
5 nights Beaune
12 meals
VIP visits
We’ll visit Burgundy from top to bottom, from Dijon to Macon. VIP visits to famous vineyards including a nostalgic walk from Clos de Vougeot to Vosne-Romanee and the famous Romanee-Conti that can cost $10,000 a bottle!

Champagne and Southern England, October 18-24, 2017

7 days, $3600 per person based on double occupancy; $612 single supplement

3 nights in Reimschampagne-france-wine-tour-375x325
3 nights in Sussex
12 meals
Train from France to England
VIP visits
Besides producing a great wine which pairs well with meals, the Champagne area is a wonderful place to visit, especially the maze of historic subterranean limestone caves where the wine is aged. After exploring the region and its wines, we’ll head to southern England, which also produces world-class sparkling wines. We’ll then have a blind tasting of the two regions so you can choose your favorites.

Some past trips & cruises

from Grab Your Bag Travel and our travel partners

celebrity topchef europe Celebrity Top Chef Cruises

Calling all foodies!   Sail with 3 Top Chef “chef’testants on a special Celebrity Cruises “signature” Top Chef Cruise. It’s not too late!

Do you love watching TV cooking programs, and specifically Top Chef?  Here’s a chance to meet and schmooze with some of the TV personalities you may have come to know.  Celebrity has teamed up with Bravo and their Emmy-award-winning show, Top Chef, to bring you face-to-face with chef’testants in several special Top Chef  “signature” cruises.

  • Meet the show’s chef’testants  (see more about them below)
  • Sample their creations
  • Attend chef demonstrations, private cooking classes, special dinners (with menus they’ve created)
  • Participate in Quickfire Challenges
  • Enjoy dishes prepared from their recipes in the Main Restaurant during Top Chef Night

In addition to the signature cruises, most cruises for 2015 and 2016 will include at least two of the above Top Chef  inspired activities, at additional cost.  They include:

  • Quickfire Challenge game show, in which guests compete against each other in a series of challenges, including cooking a full entrée alongside one of our chefs to test your culinary skills and thrill your inner cheftestant.
  • Top Chef Night, in which you indulge in a full menu of delicious appetizers, soups, salads, entrees and desserts that the judges raved about on the Top Chef TV show.

Contact us for details.


grapes-smA Taste of Piedmont

October 12-19, 2013 We are excited to be partnering with WineNot Boutique and Tour de Forks to offer a 7-night custom wine tour to the finest wine region in Italy: Piedmont. Along with its superb wines, Piedmont is the birthplace of the Slow Food Movement. It is famous for its white truffles, creamy cheeses, and rich chocolates. It also boasts picturesque hill towns, elegant cities and stunning mountain vistas. We’ll visit opulent baroque cafes in Turin, shop at bustling produce markets, hunt for truffles in Alba, meet wine makers, and cook up some regional specialties with a local chef.

wine glassesLuxury Wine Cruise with “The Baron of Wine”

I am delighted to be able to offer this very special wine cruise/education/royal fantasy experience in partnership with Dancing Moon Travel. French Baron Yves de Boisredon will host two cruises for a small group of guests who would like to be wined and dined with his family and friends in their chateaux and wine estates in Europe and the Pacific.  This is a unique experience that you will find no where else.

  • A 14-night European cruise to France, Portugal, and Spain, September 12-26, 2013, aboard the Regent Seven Seas Voyager
  • A 16-night Australia-New Zealand cruise, February 9 – 27, 2014, aboard the Seabourn Odyssey