Chef Umberto Menghi Invites You on a
Culinary Voyage on Ultra-Luxury Silversea Cruises
Join Chef Umberto Menghi on a fabulous 9-day
Mediterranean cruise aboard six-star
September 26 – October 5, 2011
He cooks, he makes wine, he runs a cooking school – and his ambition is boundless. A feast of a man, Vancouver
restaurateur, Umberto Menghi, is one of this country’s most celebrated chefs. He owns five popular restaurants in
Vancouver and in the ski resort of Whistler. He has written five best-selling cookbooks, including Umberto’s Kitchen
and Umberto’s Pasta Book and his first cooking show, “The Elegant Appetite”, made Umberto a familiar face across
Canada. In his series “A Taste for Life”, he explores the food, culture and landscape of Tuscany from the home
base of Villa Delia (named after his mother), the cooking school and hotel he established in the ancient village of
Ripoli in 1995. Umberto can also add olive grower and vintner to his list of vocations as Villa Delia is now producing
its own estate wines and olive oil. Guests will also have the option to stay three days with Umberto at a Tuscan Villa
including cooking classes.
For more information, please contact:
EXPEDIA CRUISESHIPCENTERS, North Vancouver
110 West Esplanade
North Vancouver, BC, V7M 1A2
9-Day Culinary Mediterranean Voyage
Lisbon to Civitavecchia (Rome)
from Vancouver and Toronto
Sep 26 2011 Mon Lisbon, Portugal 6:00 PM Sep 27 2011 Tue Portimao, Portugal 8:00 AM 7:00 PM Sep 28 2011 Wed Cadiz, Spain 8:00 AM 11:00 PM Sep 29 2011 Thu Day at Sea
Sep 30 2011 Fri Palma De Mallorca, Spain 9:00 AM 10:00 PM Oct 01 2011 Sat Porto Mahon, Spain 8:00 AM 6:00 PM Oct 02 2011 Sun Ajaccio, Corsica, France 12:00 PM 7:00 PM Oct 03 2011 Mon Livorno (Florence), Italy 8:00 AM 11:00 PM Oct 04 2011 Tue Portofino, Italy 8:00 AM 4:00 PM Oct 05 2011 Wed Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy 7:00 AM
Silver Cloud — All-Inclusive Indulgences. Signature Silversea Style.
•Intimate and elegant — only 296 guests
•Open seating dining in The Restaurant — no set time or table
•All ocean-view suites, most with private teak verandas
•Complimentary beverages throughout the ship — including fine wines, spirits and champagne
•Butler service for every suite, every guest
•Three alternative dining venues
•In-suite dining served course by course
•In-suite bar setup and refrigerator stocked with your preferences
•Crew-to-guest ratio of nearly one to one
•All onboard gratuities included
Fares listed are cruise only, in U.S. Dollars, per person, based on double occupancy, and include all savings. Port charges, government fee and taxes of $225 per person are additional. Fares/free air offers are subject to availability at the time of booking, and can change or be withdrawn without notice. Free Economy Class or Specially Priced Promotional Air is offered from select US and Canadian gateways for a limited time only. Silversea reserves the right to select the air carrier, routing and departure airport from each gateway city. Promotional Air Packages are available only to the first and second full-fare guests in a suite only, not to third and fourth guests. Other restrictions may apply. For Terms & Conditions, please contact Expedia CruiseShipCenters. BC Reg#25615/6. Ship’s Registry: Bahamas.
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Vista with picture window
CULINARY MEDITERRANEAN VOYAGE
WITH CELEBRITY CHEF UMBERTO MENGHI
Lisbon - Portimao - Cadiz - Palma De Mallorca - Porto Mahon - Ajaccio (Corsica) - Livorno
(Florence) - Portofino - Civitavecchia (Rome)
September 26 - October 5, 2011 aboard the luxurious Silver Cloud
Lisbon bears the mark of an incredible heritage with laid-back pride. Spread over a string of seven hills north of the Rio Tejo (Tagus River) estuary, the city presents an intriguing variety of faces to those who negotiate its switchback streets. In the oldest neighborhoods, stepped alleys are lined with pastel-color houses and crossed by laundry hung out to dry; here and there miradouros (vantage points) afford spectacular river or city views. In the grand 18th-century center, black-and-white mosaic cobblestone sidewalks border wide boulevards. Elétricos (trams) clank through the streets, and blue-and-white azulejos (painted and glazed ceramic tiles) adorn churches, restaurants, and fountains.
Located on the estuary of the Arade River, Portimao has made its living from fishing since pre-Romans times. Today a sprawling port and a major sardine-canning centre. The mild climate of the Algarve and many sunny days attract multinational tourists in all seasons, coming here to visit historical sites, playing golf, strolling along the river boulevard or exploring the many shopping opportunities. Stunning rock formations and warm seawaters make the beaches particularly alluring. The most beautiful on the entire coast is Praia da Rocha, its wide expanse of sand is framed by jagged sea cliffs and the walls of an old fort that once protected the mouth of the Arade River.
Gypsies, bulls, flamenco, horses—Andalusia is the Spain of story and song, the one Washington Irving romanticized in the 18th century. All the romantic images of Andalusia, and Spain in general, spring vividly to life in Seville. The
smaller cities of Cádiz—the Western world's oldest metropolis, founded by Phoenicians more than 3,000 years ago—and Jerez, with its sherry cellars and purebred horses, have much to explore as well.
Palma De Mallorca, Spain
More than five times the size of its fellow Balearic islands, Mallorca is shaped roughly like a saddle. The Sierra de Tramuntana, a dramatic mountain range soaring to nearly 5,000 feet, runs the length of its northwest coast, and a ridge of hills borders the southeast shores; between the two lies a great, flat plain that in early spring becomes a sea of almond blossoms. The beaches are beautiful, but save time for the charms of the northwest and the interior: caves, bird sanctuaries, monasteries and medieval cities, local museums, outdoor cafés, and village markets.
Ajaccio (Corsica), France
Corsica's gifts of artistic and archaeological treasures, crystalline waters, granite peaks, and pine forests add up to one of France's most unspoiled sanctuaries. Mountain people born and bred, true Corsicans are highland spirits, at home in the all-sustaining chestnut forest, the Laricio pines, or the dense under-growth of the maquis, a variety of wild and aromatic plants that gave Corsica one of its sobriquets, "the perfumed isle." Its strategic location made Corsica a prize hotly contested by a succession of Mediterranean powers. Their vestiges remain in impressive citadels, churches, bridges, and medieval watchtowers.
Livorno (Florence), Italy
One of the most popular cruise ports of call in the western Mediterranean as it is the gate-way to some of Italy's finest attractions, the cities of Florence and Pisa, not to mention the
delightful landscapes of Tuscany. Florence, the city of the lily, gave birth to the Renaissance and changed the way we see the world. For centuries it has captured the imagination of travelers, who have come seeking rooms with views and phenomenal art. Pisa is famous for one of the world's most quirky historical attractions: its leaning tower, but this structure is one part of a triumvirate that offers one of the most dramatic architectural vista's in the country.
Like the family jewels that bedeck its habitual visitors, the Italian Riviera is glamorous, but in an old-fashioned way. The rustic and elegant, the provincial and chic, the cosmopolitan and the small-town are blended together here in a sun-drenched pastiche that defines the Italian side of the Riviera. Inspiring poets and artists for centuries, Portofino is one of the most photographed villages along the Ligurian coast, with a decidedly romantic and affluent aura, Once an ancient Roman colony and taken by the Republic of Genoa in 1229, it has also been ruled by the French, English, Spanish, and Austrians, as well as by marauding bands of 16th-century pirates.
Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy
Rome is a heady blend of artistic and architectural masterpieces, classical ruins, and extravagant baroque churches and piazzas. The city's 2,700-year history is on display wherever you look; the ancient rubs shoulders with the medieval, the modern runs into the Renaissance, and the result is a bustling open-air museum. Julius Caesar and Nero, the Vandals and the Popes, Raphael and Caravaggio, Napoléon and Mussolini are among the countless luminaries who have left a mark on the city. Today Rome's formidable legacy is kept alive by its people, their history knit into the fabric of their everyday lives.
Savor Delectable Cuisine and Explore the Wonders of the World
Aboard All-Inclusive Silversea Cruises.
All suites feature: Butler service, champagne upon arrival, fresh fruit and flowers, refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your
pref-erences, Italian marble bathroom featuring a full-sized bath, European bath amenities, down duvet, fine bed linens, a choice
of pillow types, plush robe and slippers, walk-in wardrobe with personal safe, writing desk with personalized stationary, vanity
table with hair dryer, binoculars, umbrella, daily news summary, WiFi Internet access (fee applies), Flat screen television with DVD,
daily suite service with nightly turndown.
Before or after travelling on an ultra-luxury Silversea cruise, you can further explore Lisbon and Portugal while staying at a local hotel or resort or stay three days with Umberto at a Tuscan Villa including cooking classes.
Tuscany Cooking School
Join Chef Umberto Menghi for three delightful days in Tuscany. Enjoy his hands on approach to Tuscany cooking. His cooking class will offer you an escape to a time past where the richness of good food, wine and life are savoured.
Visit where Umberto grew up, and taste the food that inspired him to be the chef he is today. There is plenty to see and do in Tuscany. In addition to experiencing sumptuous cuisine and delicious wines, you can enjoy the scenic countryside by biking, walking or hiking. Surround yourself with rolling hills, picturesque vistas, fragrant olive groves, gardens, vineyards and pine forests. For the art aficionado, Tuscany boasts the greatest repository of art in beautiful Florence. Get up-close and personal with the magnificent artwork of Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, and Botticelli. From famous paintings to architectural masterpieces, Florence is one of the best preserved Renaissance cities in the world. Also just as fascinating, is a visit to the city of Siena, famous for its medieval cityscape, architectural marvels, abundance of churches, and small museums. And of course, one must explore Pisa, home of the legendary Leaning Tower located in the Piazza dei Miracoli, one of Italy’s treasured squares. Joining the Leaning Tower are three other great religious edifices: the Duomo, the Baptistry and the Composanto.
The more you see of Tuscany, the more you will become enlightened.
Popular attractions in Tuscany:
•The city of Pisa - renowned for its Leaning Tower
•The Italian Riviera
•The magnificent city of Florence
•The city of Siena
Tuscany Cooking School
Travellers wanting to immerse themselves in the tastes and life of the Italian countryside will want to participate in a Tuscany Cooking School. Chef Umberto Menghi invites both amateurs and food aficionados to join him in the kitchen where students have an opportunity to learn the secrets of Tuscan cuisine including “cucina povera” (local food), pastas and Tuscan bread making from an authentic Tuscan!
3-night post-cruise Tuscany Package: