GREAT EUROPE GOURMET ES­CAPES

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Destination Europe - SU­SAN KUROSAWA

Stage night: Guests of the Four Sea­sons Ho­tel Gre­sham Palace in Bu­dapest now have an op­por­tu­nity to sam­ple a pri­vate din­ner on the stage of the Hun­gar­ian State Opera House, one of the most noted neo-re­nais­sance build­ings in Europe. The meals are cre­ated by ho­tel ex­ec­u­tive chef Leonardo Di Cle­mente and served to mu­si­cal ac­com­pa­ni­ment. More: rfp.bu­dapest@foursea­sons.com. The gain in Spain: The five-star Man­darin Ori­en­tal in Barcelona has un­veiled two out­door venues: the court­yard Mi­mosa Gar­den; and Ter­rat, lo­cated on the ho­tel’s rooftop and with sweep­ing city views and a menu that blends Ja­panese and Peru­vian influences, in­clud­ing white fish ce­viche with lime and co­rian­der and an ex­ten­sive list­ing of sushi. More: man­dar­inori­en­tal.com/barcelona. Fine food afloat: Lux­ury wind­jam­mer cruiser Sea Cloud II will sail for 10 nights from Dublin to Bil­bao from Au­gust 20 to 30 next year (with ho­tel and tour­ing add-on pack­ages avail­able in both cities); ports in­clude Le Palais on Belle-Ile off the coast of Brit­tany. Fares cover all meals, in­clud­ing four­course din­ners (five cour­ses on ‘‘gala’’ nights) and se­lected bev­er­ages. More: 1300 583 572; sea­cloud.com. Ital­ian idyll: Book with APT by Novem­ber 30 for a 2014 Bella Italia 11-day cruise from Rome to Venice aboard the small mo­tor yacht Va­ri­ety Voy­ager and pay $6495 a per­son, twin­share, sav­ing $1000 a cou­ple. The cruises take in the Li­pari Is­lands and Si­cily, with vis­its to Sor­rento and Capri. Gourmet meals, se­lected drinks, port charges and tips are in­cluded. More: 1300 278 278; ap­tour­ing.com.au. Roam in Rome: US ex­pat Kenny Dunn runs Eat­ing Italy Food Tours in Rome; he says he cre­ated the con­cept ‘‘to take peo­ple away from the crowds to in­dulge in the city’s best culi­nary trea­sures at places that lo­cals still cher­ish’’. New this year is the Twi­light Traste­vere Food Tour to show­case this his­toric neigh­bour­hood. More: eatin­gi­taly­food­tours.com.

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