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MARTIN RANDALL TRAVEL LTD
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By a region’s literature and architecture you understand its history; by its art and music you understand its self-image. It is by its food, though, that you understand its true, unchanging character. The most communal of the arts, gastronomy is both visual and physical, scholarly and emotional. And to visit these farms, vineyards and (of course) restaurants in the company of an expert is an even greater delight for the intellectual palate. All our small-group tours are led by expert lecturers, chosen for their companionability and communication skills as well as their scholarship.
- Long, lazy lunches including two in restaurants with 3 Michelin stars.
- Excellent wines of La Rioja-Alavesa.
- Architecture by Gehry, Calatrava, Moneo, and varied landscapes of coast, plain and mountain.
7–14 Sep 2015
24–31 Oct 2016
- One of the most celebrated gastronomic regions in Italy, centre of the ‘Slow Food’ revolution.
- Wine and food production studied at source, including visits to Alba, white truffle capital of the world, and a number of Barolo wineries.
- Superb restaurants, from simple trattorias to the Michelin starred.
- Colourful Palermo street markets, authentic salt flats near Trapani, historic cellars in Marsala.
- Learn about making wine, olive oil and artisan foods from the craftsmen and women who carry on these age-old traditions.
- Spectrum of culinary experiences from street food in Palermo to dinner in a palazzo. Emphasis on authentic tradition rather than haute cuisine.
19–25 Oct 2015
- Surveys the history and distinctive culture of the region through its cuisine: Jewish, Muslim, Christian.
- Three nights in Fort Cochin, the spice trade centre of the Arabian Sea.
- From tea and spice plantations to lush backwaters, a leisurely paced tour amid varied scenery.
7–17 Nov 2015
- Journey south from Las Pedroñeras in La Mancha in a sweeping curve through Andalucía: Ubeda, Baeza, Córdoba, Seville, Jerez, Cádiz, Aracena.
- Surveys the history of the region with its cuisine: Roman, Jewish, Moorish, Christian; from the simplest cooking to the elaborate and contemporary.
- Some of Spain’s greatest monuments are here including the mosque at Córdoba and Seville Cathedral, but also good museums, small towns and spectacular countryside.
22–29 Apr 2016