Travelers targeting fall, winter and early 2016 can consider these dreamy and, indeed, very accessible options.
Art of the Arts: Silversea’s Super Enrichment Cruise
Ultra-luxury Silversea Cruises be hosting Alexandre Renoir and two Relais & Châteaux chefs, Erik Arnecke and Fabio Pisani, aboard Silver Spirit’s November 2, 2015 Mediterranean cruise, a seven-day sailing from Rome to Barcelona. Contemporary impressionist painter Alexandre Renoir, great-grandson of French impressionist painter Pierre-August Renoir, will be on board to present lectures about his famous ancestor’s life and demonstrate his own artistic talents. The voyage features an overnight stay in Livorno, gateway to the artistic treasures of Florence, as well as calls in Monte Carlo, Marseille, Porto Mahon, and Palma de Mallorca. During the visit to Monte Carlo, Renoir will host an exclusive optional shore excursion to his estate at Cagnes-sur-Mer, where Pierre-August Renoir spent the last years of his life.
Also on board will be Erik Arnecke, chef of the Michelin-starred Philipp Soldan restaurant, located at Germany’s Die Sonne Frankenberg Hotel, a Relais & Châteaux member property, and Fabio Pisani, chef of the two Michelin-starred Il Luogo di Aimo e Nadia, a Relais & Châteaux restaurant in Milan, Italy. They will combine their extraordinary culinary talents to present a program of informative cooking demonstrations and grand gourmet dinners.
In addition, wine will be in focus through a collection of some of Italy’s finest vintages selected for Silversea guests by Comitato Grandi Cru d’Italia, an association of top Italian winemakers.
Dates: November 2, 2015
Rates: From $3,850 per person, based on double occupancy.
Silver Spirit Voyage 5533
Truffle Hunting in the Piedmont
Travel does not get more local than digging in the dirt along some of Italy’s most hallowed ground to find some of Mother Nature’s most valuable gifts to cooking.
Ciclismo Classico, a leading outfitter of cycling vacations around the globe, is offering a gastronomically focused Piedmont cycling tour this fall. Guests will stay in family-run 4-star hotels, dine at the best local restaurants, and pedal through the vineyards and villages of Piedmont. The historic food and wine regions of Gavi, Acqui Terme, Alba, and lower Monferrato will serve as the focal points of this seven-day tour that will include 165 miles of bicycling, exploring, sipping, soaking and tasting.
Dates: September 30 to October 6 and October 10-16, 2015.
Rates: Starting at $4,595
Heralding in the Harvest in Napa Valley
Escape to a private wine country estate for the grape harvest season with HammerSky Vineyards’ midweek special. The 100-year-old farmhouse sits on a 50-acre vineyard of scenic rolling hills. The estate has three guest rooms that can accommodate up to six people so that occupants have the entire house to themselves and full access to all areas of the property.
Rates: $325 per couple, per night, includes a picnic lunch for two and a bottle of HammerSky’s estate wine.
Four Seasons Maui: Calling all Couples this Fall
Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea is celebrating Couples Season through November by offering guests who book a stay at the resort the best rates of the year, no resort fee, special pricing in the restaurants as well as spa and boutique shop discounts, and many more complimentary activities and perks. Add to this: guests who book the resort’s popular “Experience More” package can receive a resort credit of up to $1000 that can be applied toward services at The Spa and at three highly acclaimed restaurants: Ferraro’s, DUO, and Spago.
Romancing the Wild at Sabi Sabi in South Africa
Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve is partnering with Federal Air for “door-to-door” service to Sabi Sabi’s Game Reserve’s prize-winning lodges. The new fly-in packages include flights and accommodation at any of the four luxury lodges of Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve, for easy in and easy out access to the vast wildlife of South Africa.
Two scheduled flights per day depart Tambo International Airport (ORTIA) in Johannesburg to Sabi Sabi, with the same number of daily returns. All Sabi Sabi passengers can enjoy comfortable departure lounge privileges before flying directly to Sabi Sabi’s private airport to be met by Lodge guides.
The fly-in packages include the flight and a three-night stay at any lodge of Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve, which includes a luxurious suite accommodation, morning and evening game drives with a highly trained ranger and Shangaan tracker, three daily gourmet meals, local beverages, morning coffee and afternoon tea with culinary delights, and cocktails offered while watching the sun set at a special viewpoint in the Bush.
Dates: The fly-in packages are valid from January 11, 2016, – December 19, 2016.
Rates: Starting from $2,141.
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