Food & Wine®

Experience our New Culinary-themed EXC Tours™ with Food & Wine®
The long-time partnership between Holland America Line and FOOD & WINE® has delivered immersive culinary experiences for our guests for more than a dozen years. Now, this partnership has evolved into an exciting, engaging and ever-expanding selection of culinary-themed EXC Tours™ that explore food, wine and culture in some of the world's most renowned gastronomic hot spots.

Now available on select 2018 Europe sailings, these immersive FOOD & WINE® excursions are coming to an ever-expanding array of destinations. Download a PDF of our current culinary-themed excursions or read below for a tasty sampling of our Northern Europe and Mediterranean offers.

Northern Europe: Grand Culinary Traditions & Experimental Cuisines
Imagine touring a distillery in Reykjavik and raising a glass of handcrafted spirits with the owner. Experiencing cutting-edge “neo-Fjordic” cuisine in Bergen. Or learning to make smørrebrød (classic open-faced sandwiches) in Copenhagen! View Northern Europe excursions.

The Mediterranean: Wine, Sunshine & Farm-fresh Inspiration
You can shop with a renowned Barcelona chef and create an extraordinary meal together. Discover the secret to making perfect pizza crust in Naples, where it was born. Or explore a family-owned Santorini vineyard and sample their delicious wines. View Mediterranean excursions.


BERGEN: Lysverket
Explore “neo-Fjordic” cuisine in an unforgettable meal. Founded by pioneering Norwegian chef Christopher Haatuft (formerly of Per Se), Lysverket features cutting-edge preparations of foraged ingredients.

COPENHAGEN: Smørrebrød – The Art of Sandwich Making
Discover the art of smørrebrød. Learn to make Danish rye bread and a variety of seasonal, traditional toppings. Dine on your creations while exploring the concept of hygge, or coziness.

HAMBURG: Medieval Lübeck & its Famous Marzipan
Enjoy a two-hour guided tour of Lübeck’s historic Old Town, sample the amazing marzipan section of the Café Niederegger Store and savor an authentic German lunch.

HELSINKI: Highlights & Finnish Food Tasting
Experience bustling Helsinki and then dine in one of the city’s greatest gems, Restaurant Savotta, with its 21st-century take on Finland’s traditional fished and foraged cuisine.

REYKJAVIK: 64° Reykjavík Distillery
Take a scenic drive through Hafnarfjörður to the 64° Reykjavík Distillery, where you’ll meet the owner, Snorri Jonsson, and enjoy a special tour with a tasting of his handcrafted spirits.

ST. PETERSBURG: Through the Eyes of the Russian People
Ride the Metro like a local, visit a bustling local market, tour the Russian Vodka Room and enjoy a tasting paired with traditional canapés.

STOCKHOLM: Nordic Food Walk
Follow your guide through the old haymarket—now the Hötorgshallen Food Market—to sample traditional and cutting-edge Nordic and world cuisine. Whatever you crave, you’ll find right here.

TALINN: The Best of Talinn
Explore picturesque sightseeing tour of Tallinn from Toompea Hill to Palace Square before heading to restaurant Kaks Kokka for a truly creative lunch, expertly prepared by innovative chefs Martin Meikas and Ranno Paukson.


BARCELONA: La Boqueria Market Cooking Experience
Shop La Boqueria with renowned Spanish chef Alberto Esteban Morales, take a hands-on culinary workshop using the ingredients you bought and enjoy an extraordinary meal.

CADIZ: Ultimate Taste of Cadiz
Travel to the sherry capital of the world, Jerez de la Frontera, with its graceful Moorish architecture. Visit a local cellar to taste the region’s famous sherry wines and tapas.

CORFU: Governor Olive Oil
Visit the Dafnis family estate, where award-winning Governor olive oils have been produced for generations. Enjoy olive oils paired with local cheeses, tomatoes, bread and wines.

CORFU: Ambelonas Corfu Winery
Walk this beautiful vineyard and herb plantation with one of the owners. See an ancient olive press, enjoy a traditional Corfiot cooking demonstration and dine al fresco.

DUBROVNIK: Azur Evening
Take a guided tour of Dubrovnik’s Old Town and savor a “Croasian” dinner, melding Croatian, Mediterranean and Pan-Asian flavors, as your chef shares the meal’s inspirations.

LIVORNO (FLORENCE): Florence’s Ino & the Uffizi Gallery
Explore La Ménagère, a charming 120-year-old housewares store, accessories boutique, dining room and vine-covered concept café, where you’ll savor a delectable lunch.

MALAGA (GRANADA): Granada & Albaycin
After savoring Granada’s Spanish Baroque architecture, dine on local dishes such as pomegranate salad with fried garlic, oxtail croquettes and Iberian pork at Mirador de Morayma.

KOTOR: Kotor Bay & Stari Mlini
After a scenic boat ride across Kotor Bay, you’ll reach the village of Ljuta, where, you’ll enjoy a seafood lunch at Stari Mlini, one of Montenegro’s finest restaurants.

MONTE CARLO: Castelroc
Explore Monte Carlo’s Old Town, as you make your way to Castelroc, a local favorite. Dine in this family-owned restaurant, specializing in traditional Monégasque cuisine.

NAPLES: An Eccentric Museum & Excellent Pizza
After exploring the quirky San Severo Chapel Museum, learn to make a sublime pizza with perfect dough in Palazzo Petrucci Pizzeria. Enjoy your savory creation on their roof terrace.

THIRA (SANTORINI): Domaine Sigalas
Experience Domaine Sigalas, a family-owned vineyard, with an enthusiastic following among wine enthusiasts. Savor the extraordinary results when grapes are paired with the perfect terroir and winemaker’s artistry.

THIRA (SANTORINI): A Hands-on Cooking Class at Selene
Travel to the whitewashed village of Pyrgos for a hands-on cooking class at Selene. Learn such traditional dishes as dorodo (fish) with kakavia broth and dine on your creations.

VENICE: The Venissa Experience
The Venissa wine resort, on the island of Mazzorbo, boasts a vineyard, botanic garden and an ancient bell tower. Dine on locally sourced fish, vegetables and wines at Osteria Contemporanea.

VENICE: The Bacaro Tradition of Venice
Cruise Venice’s Grand Canal and cross the famed Rialto Bridge to Vineria all’Amarone, a traditional Venetian bacaro, where you’ll sample five wines and chiccheti, finger foods.

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