GREAT EUROPE GOURMET ESCAPES
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.