Enjoy Dinner at a World-Class Chef’s Home in South Africa, Learn to Make Ceviche in Peru, and Learn to Pair Wines with a Sommelier in Mendoza
Jacada Travel (www.jacadatravel.com) is pleased to announce the latest addition to their portfolio, the Jacada Travel Gourmet Series Six once-in-a-lifetime guided food-focused adventures featuring exciting experiences such as cooking classes in South America’s culinary capital and a private dinner at home with a South African chef. Ideal for foodies and adventurous spirits alike, travelers will enjoy plate after plate of some of the best food in the world. And with summer’s line up of exciting festivals designed to bring forth the finest cuisine from respective regions, there’s no better time to indulge in a trip created to appeal to all of your senses.
Jacada’s travel designers, who have all spent an extensive amount of time actually experiencing these destinations firsthand, are able to customize all or parts of these dream trips to accommodate each individual traveler’s taste and pace. So whether you prefer the classic ceviche of Peru, haute cuisine of Cape Town, wine of Chile’s Central Valley or Mendoza, Argentina, there’s a trip that suits every palate.
1) SOUTH AFRICA for the foodies: 14 nights, $11.979:
Start at Bushmans Kloof, a wilderness reserve in the Western Cape Mountains chosen for not only its famous restaurant (Conde Nast Traveler¹s 2012 Gold List for best African hotels for food) but the magical setting of its outdoor Boma and diverse activities to hand. Next stop is the kitchen garden of South Africa, the Winelands. Bespeckled with boutique wineries, haute cuisine establishments and cooking lessons by the experts, this region and its gastronomic delights will inspire any foodie. Then it’s on to a spectacular sandveld safari in the Madikwe Reserve and enjoying the culinary prowess of Mateya Lodges.
Looking for a truly authentic fine dining experience? Add On “At Home with Chef Robertson.”
How about swapping the formality of South Africa’s restaurants for your own private dining table? Chef Bruce Robertson, author of the Gourmet Safari Guide, opens up his beautiful seaside Scarborough house to a few special guests for a set five-course lunch, celebrating “The Art of Table D’Hote” paired with award winning wines, and all in the comfortable, friendly and cultural setting of his own home.
Pair this trip with any of the summer festivals taking place in South Africa, and you¹re guaranteed to indulge in a culinary experience like no other:
· Cook Franschhoek (15-17 June) An intimate and interactive festival in the heart of South Africa’s sophisticated Winelands and gourmet capital, where you will get to join live demonstrations from the region’s most celebrated chefs and winemakers, and bring home the skills learned to savor forever.
· Franschhoek Bastille Festival (14- 15 July) This lively and vibrant annual festival held in the gourmet capital of South Africa, celebrates the area’s French Huguenot heritage with an emphasis on freedom, food and fine wine. The whole town comes alive and gets involved with open marquees where local, award-winning wine estates and the valley¹s most acclaimed chefs set up stalls for live cooking demonstrations, tasting samples and, of course, eating.
· Knysna Oyster Festival (6-15 July) One of South Africa’s most anticipated festivals, not only for its crustacean delicacies but a whole host of local activities to enjoy. From sporting events such as cycling, running and adventure races, you’ll also get to indulge in wine tasting evenings, watch the marathons, play some golf, and of course there’s the annual oyster-shucking and oyster-eating competitions.
2) CHILE: Diversity and Delicacy, 11 nights from $8,150
Chile’s assorted landscapes and terrain have cultivated regions that excel in unique culinary traits and treasures, not to mention its world-famous central wine valleys peppered with super-sophisticated and more traditional wineries. Jacada’s Chilean Gourmet Tours take the traveler from the Pacific coast¹s seafood delicacies in Cachuga, to nomadic glamping in the Atacama with Peruvian 5-star chef, Emilio Peschiera, joining the locals in the annual grape harvest, cooking lessons and wine pairing, making chocolate to blending your own wines, and reserving the top tables at Santiago’s haute cuisine establishments, this trip is the ideal way to savor the absolute finest in Chile.
Wondering when best to go?
Join the Harvest and Drink Your Vintage: From March through May, Jacada offers a unique opportunity to clients to participate in the vendimia or harvesting at vineyards in Chile’s Central Valley. Participants will be provided with the tools for their day’s work including an apron, clippers and collection basket, before taking the horse-drawn (or tractor-drawn) carriage out into the designated work area. This is a true hands-on experience, making for an unforgettable and highly original experience, and best of all we will send a bottle of that very vintage to your clients the moment it goes on sale.
ARGENTINA: Vineyards Restaurants and Culture, 8 nights from $3,742 per person
Argentina is an essential destination for any wine-lover with a wide selection of boutique wineries and vineyards in beautiful locations around the country. For those with more complex palates, Jacada offers tours through some of the most unique varieties of wine and food through Argentina. Tour the wineries of Mendoza, Cafayete, Salta, and Southern Patagonia, accompanied by a sommelier who will provide the deepest insight into what makes each wine so special. Dig into a hot meal of some of the world’s best meat from Argentina in Buenos Aires, and tour the very finest restaurants that exist in the country.
Choose either of the below itineraries for an experience you won¹t forget, or have a Jacada travel designer fuse your favorite elements from both for the gourmand tour of a lifetime:
3) Buenos Aires and Mendoza:
4) Northwest Argentina Buenos Aires, Salta, Jujuy, Chalchaqui Valley and Cafayete:
5) PERU: A Taste of Peru, 9 nights days from $3,267
The capital of Peru, Lima, is often referred to as the ³Culinary Capital of South America² and has bloomed as the home to some of the world¹s most innovative chefs and haute cuisine restaurants such as Astrid y Gaston (one of the World¹s 50 Best Restaurants), unique for their cutting-edge, cross-culture gastronomy. Jacada¹s Culinary Tour of Peru takes the traveler from cooking lessons with a traditional Cusqueño chef in the comfort of the chef¹s home, to learning the secrets of the country¹s most famous chefs in their award-winning restaurant kitchens, to simply sitting back and enjoying signature dishes at the best restaurants along the journey, while taking in the stunning sights of this incredible country and its diverse terrain.
6) Eat Your Way Through Latin America: Argentina, Chile, Peru and Brazil, 14 nights from $6334 per person
Beneath its physical beauty, South America is a feast for the senses and a gastronome’s paradise to be discovered. From its capital cities, crammed with sophisticated restaurants manned by award-winning chefs, to its countryside retreats and New World wine valleys laden with traditional bodegas to modernist wineries serving gourmet cuisine to accompany rich vintages, this is one continent to arrive hungry and leave happy. This dream itinerary for the food connoisseurs and those who just want to indulge in the very best flavors of Latin America, aims to satisfy the most discerning of gourmand travellers. From the established brasseries of Buenos Aires and bodegas of Mendoza, to the vineyards of Chile, and the stellar tables of world-famous chefs in Latin America’s gastronomic capital, Lima, this trip is jam packed with the world¹s best cuisine, before concluding in a city that always leaves its visitors wanting more: Rio de Janeiro.
All trips include internal transfers, hotel stays, excursions, and private guide; international airfare not included.
All trips can be completely customized to fit any traveler’s desires and needs, for more information on Jacada Travel or any of their additional itineraries to Latin America and Africa, please visit: www.JacadaTravel.com.
About Jacada Travel:
Jacada Travel is the go-to expert in personalized private-guided luxury travel to Latin America and Africa. Founded in 2008 by Alex Malcolm, Jacada Travel offers unique and inspired itineraries for travelers seeking a truly personal travel experience with discreet, attentive service from start to finish. Jacada¹s expert travel designers can offer clients a one-of-a-kind insider’s guide to South America and Africa from quaint vineyard hotel stays in Mendoza, Amazon tribe encounters in Peru, and archeologist guided private tours of the Mkgadikgadi Pans in Botswana, to secluded beachfront villa stays on the private islands of Mozambique, Jacada helps travelers make the most of their time away.