Epicurean Golf Touring
Tapas at the turn? Absolutely in Andalusia, home to the culinary pride of Spain and the Costa del Sol, a 62 mile stretch of the Mediterranean with trendy beaches, posh marinas, luxury resorts and, more than 60 golf courses!
Call it providence or simple good fortune, but a great many of the game’s finest golf courses are found in the same destinations where you will also enjoy the world’s finest food and wine. Our new portfolio of Epicurean Golf Tours is expertly designed for you to experience the best of both in Scotland, Spain, France, Italy, Portugal, New Zealand and Australia.
In Portugal, cruise the River Douro and visit the famous port wineries Dao and Bairrada for lunch then a cooking class with wine pairing; play Oitavos Dunes and outstanding new Praia d’el Rey while you tour historic Lisbon; finish in the Algarve at Monte do Casal hotel, play Nicklaus’ new Monte Rei and join the hotel chef to the fish market at Olhão where you’ll purchase the ingredients he will show you how to prepare for your lunch.
In New Zealand, on our eight night / 4 round “North Island ~ Golf, Grapes & Grandeur” tour, you’ll visit five wineries in the Waimauku region followed by a seven course “degustation” meal at The Hunting Lodge; fish for the world’s most prized trout in Lake Taupo which your skipper will prepare for lunch onboard your luxury launch; spend a half day traveling the Western Plains Wine Route in Hawke’s Bay; help the master chef at The Masters Lodge prepare your meal for the evening, and, play four rounds of golf highlighted by arguably the most astounding course on the planet at Cape Kidnappers.
An epicurean golf tour to Scotland will treat you to the most famous course in the world at the Old Course, St Andrews. Your travel menu will also include classic dining -- at The Seafood Restaurant, St Monans, winner of Scotland’s Speciality Restaurant of the Year 2008, plus the country’s only two Michelin star restaurant, Andrew Fairlie at Gleneagles. A full day at Scotland’s foremost cooking school owned by celebrity chef Nick Nairn is included along with a tasting visit after golf to Arbroath Smokies, home to the 100 year old secrets of smoked haddock.
Villa d’Este on Italy’s Lake Como is your home for seven nights with five rounds plus five cooking and wine classes plus a day trip to Switzerland. Our epicurean golf tour to Tuscany embraces Florence for seven nights from the Grand Hotel Villa Medici in the city center. Learn the secrets of Renaissance cuisine; visit the famed vineyards of Montalcino and the Chianti regions; restore your appétit with three rounds of play.
The golf and epicurean options in France, which is home to much of the highest quality play on the mainland, are predictably rich. In Provence, join us on board the18-guest river barge Le Phénicien as she cruises through Provence between Avignon and Aigues-Mortes on the Rhône River and the Rhône-Sete canal. You’ll tour and taste one of Chateauneuf-du-Pape’s best cellars in Villeneuve les Avignon. Gourmet meals will be prepared onboard using fresh local ingredients accompanied by a wide variety of local wines and Champagne. If Burgundy, Beaujolais and Michelin Star restaurants are more to your liking, consider our “Golf, Wine & Cheese” tour including a visit to Lyon, the gourmet capital of France; a tasting at Chateau de Meursault and Caves Patriarches; a tour of the Hameau du vin George Duboeuf Wine Museum; plus the famous cheese making town of Epoisses and the Fromagerie Gaugry dairy.