Foodie Destinations: Travel Supplement Sept 2023

If you’ve got an appetite for travel, you’ve almost definitely got an appetite for good food. A recent survey of 2,000 travellers revealed that more than half of us love going abroad to learn about international cooking. It makes sense: can a two-hour trawl around that municipal museum of ancient history really compare with a multi-course lunch, with wine, in some idyllic square by the cathedral or harbour? On holiday there’s nothing wrong with living to eat, so loosen your belt and digest our favourite foodie destinations…


A taste for travel Feed your wanderlust with our delicious destinations


No holiday is complete without some good food to soak up the scenery… ’ appetite?


PEAK ITALY In the Dolomites, cheese is always on the menu



ITALY FOR PIZZA AND PASTA The briefest Italian city break is an adventure

in eating: pizza margherita bubbling from the oven in the backstreets of Naples; bowls of cacio e pepe — the pasta/black pepper/pecorino classic of Rome — in a trattoria near the Trevi fountain; tagliatelle with saucy ragù in Bologna, a city nicknamed La Grassa (the fat one) as it’s so epicurean. Factor in a fortnight and you can dine out properly: road-trip the region of Puglia, aka the heel of Italy, known for its baked mussels stuffed with parsley and egg. And dig into the delicious cheeses of the Dolomites.

Welcome on-board this four-star yacht cruise and get ready to enjoy a week of unforgettable cruising on Croatia’s southern Dalmatian coast. Using our own chartered cruise yacht, the MS Captain Bota , this holiday is all about appreciating a slower pace of life, enjoying delicious food, as well as great facilities, luxurious comforts and excellent service. SPLIT, MLJET, DUBROVNIK, HVAR, MAKARSKA & KORCULA First person price from £1,999 , second person now from £999.50 * using voucher code RTHALF (offer expires 10 October 2023) — flying from seven airports. Eight days, departing May, June and September 2024 4 * PEARLS OF CROATIA YACHT CRUISE

If you’ve got an appetite for travel, you’ve almost definitely got an appetite for good food. A recent survey of 2,000 travellers revealed that more than half of us love going abroad to learn about international cooking. It makes sense: can a two-hour trawl around that municipal museum of ancient history really compare with a multi-course lunch, with wine, in some idyllic square by the cathedral or harbour? On holiday there’s nothing wrong with living to eat, so loosen your belt and digest our favourite foodie destinations… NICK REDMAN

ON THE WATERFRONT Table Mountain overlooks Cape Town

The MS Captain Bota has a maximum capacity of only 38 passengers, which gives a truly personal experience. Unwind on a sun lounger with a refreshing drink, or enjoy the hot tub, all surrounded by stunning views; this elegant yachts allows you to explore Croatia’s finest destinations in style. Your escorted holiday includes ◾ Seven nights on board the four-star MS Captain Bota , cruising the southern Dalmatian coast and its islands ◾ Sea view en-suite cabin accommodation ◾ Daily buffet breakfast, welcome dinner, six lunches and


SPAIN FOR PORK AND PAELLA Meaty, fishy, spicy and rice-y, Spanish food

IRELAND FOR OYSTERS AND ICE CREAM Anyone who’s had comforting Irish stew knows that the Emerald Isle is a gastronomic delight. Made today using lamb rather than mutton, it’s a bowl of goodness, with onions, potatoes and, sometimes, carrots and pearl barley tossed in. Not carnivorous? Treats of the west coast include excellent oysters and plump mussels — key sustenance when driving the Wild Atlantic Way. Vegetable pleasures include colcannon, a mash of spuds, cabbage and butter or cream, with spring onions for oomph. And a top tip for afters: ice cream in Dingle, County Kerry, the place that does it best. 2

Captain’s Dinner ◾ Free wi-fi on board ◾ Five tours and visits plus swim stops ◾ Guided tours of Dubrovnik, Split and Emperor Diocletian’s Palace, Hvar and Korcula ◾ Visit the fabulous islands of Hvar and Mljet ◾ Return flights to Split and luggage ◾ Return airport to ship transfers ◾ Port taxes and airport taxes ◾ Services of an experienced cruise manager To book or for more information visit or call 01352 756864 quoting RTHALF These holidays are operated by Mistral Holidays ABTA V0669 & ATOL protected 6900. Open Monday— Friday 10am-5pm. Subject to availability and full T&Cs apply. Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double lower deck cabin. Single cabin supplements apply and available upon request. Flight supplements apply from some airports and dates. * Discount offer applies to new bookings only and applies to the base holiday price and excludes any supplements or upgrades. Offer expires 10 October

is as diverse as its regions. You’re (s)quids in, whether devouring pintxos bar snacks while bar-crawling the Basque towns of the north, or hoovering up a massive paella by the Mediterranean in Valencia. Go off-piste and you’ll find Spain at its unmanicured best: land-locked Extremadura serves piggy treats and a delicious potaje de castañas

SOUTH AFRICA FOR CURRIES AND CROCODILE It helps if you’re a meat-lover in the Rainbow Nation: it’s the basis of almost everything, from hearty curries to braais (akin to barbecues). And the edible big five include impala, ostrich, springbok and crocodile. In Cape Town, the scene is fashionable and international — coq au vin, steak frites, and on breezy Camps Bay sashimi and Greek salad. Fix yourself up with a stay in the Cape Winelands, less than an hour’s drive from the city. Here, multi-course chefs’ menus and rich estate wines are the order(s) of the day. 4

secas (chestnut soup), while the islands pile on calorific pleasures, be it papas arrugadas (wrinkly boiled potatoes) in Lanzarote or Majorca’s flaky, sugary ensaimada (right) for breakfast.

2023. Discount codes cannot be used in conjunction with any other discount codes, promotions or offers and can only be used with the holiday shown above. Prices shown are inclusive of current discounts and are subject to flight and accommodation availability. Prices are correct as of 22 August 2023 and are subject to change without notice and will be confirmed upon enquiry, see our website for latest pricing. For full terms and conditions please see our website.



CROATIA FOR FRESH FISH AND FINE WINES lime pie. Plump prawns in a Deep South jambalaya. Chicago (left) deep-dish pizza. And once that’s digested, there’s a banquet of global goodies, from Chinese dumplings in Manhattan to sushi in LA. One thing’s certain: you don’t visit the USA to lose weight. One of the best ways to dig in is on a factory tour — Ben & Jerry’s in Vermont, say, or a Tabasco hot sauce experience in Louisiana. Why not rev up for a widescreen road trip, east to west, and experience the full pan-American. 5 6 USA FOR CANDIES AND CHINESE San Francisco sourdough. Miami key Study Croatia on a map and you’ll understand why the food is so tasty and varied. There’s Italy to the west, Austria and Hungary to the north, and that long, crinkly coastline, abundant with fish and seafood. Istria, in the north of the country, is redolent with Italian flavours, from truffles to exquisite extra-virgin olive oils. And the Dalmatian coast is a full-on feast, where menus range from prsut (prosciutto) to baked octopus (left), tomatoey pasta and glittery sea bass. Pair with a refreshing Croatian white or rosé and relax.



Typical Tuscany

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A step well in Jaipur

DISCOVER CLASSIC TUSCANY INCLUDING FLORENCE AND PISA Enjoy the very best of Tuscany on our seven-night guided group holiday to Montecatini — from £819pp using code RT60 * ◼ Stay seven nights in Montecatini, a scenic town surrounded by natural thermal springs ◼ Visit the capital of the Renaissance on a day trip to Florence, including stops at the Duomo and Ponte Vecchio ◼ Learn about the incredible architecture and history of Lucca and Pisa on a guided day tour ◼ Discover at your own pace with plenty of leisure time and recommendations from your expert guide ◼ Explore the traditional Italian towns of Siena and San Gimignano on a full day guided excursion ◼ Holidays available from London, Edinburgh and Dublin in 2023 and 2024

INDIA — TIGERS & THE TAJ MAHAL 11 days from £1,539pp (was £,1709pp) Departures October 2023—December 2025

Fort, Jaipur’s Amber Fort and Palace of the Winds, Chand Baori ◼ Two safaris in Ranthambore ◼ A guided tour of Agra ◼ Dinner with a local family in Jaipur ◼ Stay at a cottage at the Vanaashrya Resort ◼ A rickshaw ride through Old Delhi, a camel cart ride and a cookery demonstration

and transfers with bottled water provided ◼ The services of an experienced tour manager ◼ Tipping is included for airport and hotel porters, restaurant and monument staff, naturalists and rickshaw drivers; at your discretion for your tour manager, driver and driver’s assistant ◼ Visits to Taj Mahal, New Delhi, the Red

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS AND INCLUSIONS ◼ Eight nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast accommodation in a series of four- and five- star hotels, plus one night on the aircraft ◼ 22 meals including eight breakfasts, six lunches and eight dinners ◼ Return flights to Delhi ◼ Comfortable, air-conditioned coach travel ELVIS PRESLEY’S MEMPHIS, NEW ORLEANS & NASHVILLE Nine days from £2,249pp Departures Nov 2023—Dec 2025 Journey through America’s musical heartland, from the birthplace of jazz and the cradle of rock ’n’ roll to the undisputed capital of country music. TOUR HIGHLIGHTS & INCLUSIONS ◼ Seven nights’ room-only accommodation at a series of good-quality hotels in Montgomery (1 night), New Orleans (2), Memphis (2) and Nashville (2), plus one night on the aircraft ◼ Return flights to Atlanta ◼ Comfortable, air-conditioned coach travel and transfers throughout ◼ Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced tour manager ◼ Visits to Elvis’s home town of Tupelo, Beale Street, Nashville and New Orleans’ French quarter ◼ Stay at The Guest House at Graceland and in Montgomery, the resting place of Hank Williams ◼ Journey through sleepy Alabama

Luxor temple

CANADA’S MAPLE LEAF TRAIL Ten days from £2,399pp Departures May 2024—Oct 2025

JAIPUR NIGHTS Experience the tastes of Rajasthan

Catch your breath on a visit to Niagara Falls, and marvel at some of Canada’s eastern cities and the stunning surrounding countryside. TOUR HIGHLIGHTS AND INCLUSIONS ◼ Eight nights’ room-only accommodation at a series of good-quality hotels in Niagara Falls (2 nights), Toronto (2), Ottawa (1), Québec City (2) and Montréal (1), plus one night on the aircraft ◼ Return flights to Canada ◼ Comfortable, air-conditioned coach travel throughout ◼ Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced tour manager ◼ Visits to Niagara Falls, Toronto and the CN Tower, Victorian Ottawa, Lake Ontario, Québec City on the banks of the St Lawrence River and Montréal


To book or find out more, call 0117 205 0337 quoting Radio Times or visit ◼ Discover Egyptian antiquities and bustling bazaars on a full-day guided tour of Cairo ◼ Sail down the Nile with seven nights on board the 4* MS Radamis II ◼ Take a step back in time on guided tours to the Pyramids, Great Sphinx, Luxor and the Valley of the Kings ◼ Immerse yourself in Nubian culture on a trip to a traditional village on Sehel Island ◼ Soak up the sun in the resort town of Hurghada, located on the Red Sea ◼ Holidays available from London, Edinburgh and Dublin in 2023 and 2024 EGYPT — NILE RIVER CRUISE INCLUDING HURGHADA AND CAIRO Embark on this unique 12-night holiday that combines cosmopolitan Cairo and the vibrant resort of Hurghada with an unforgettable seven-night Nile cruise — from £2,049pp using code RT100 *

Memphis at night


Niagara Falls

Thought you knew Indian food? It’s so much more varied than the fare your high-street tandoori serves. Chicken tikka? Absent on the sub-continent. Instead loosen your waistband for delicious dosas (lentil and rice crêpes), idli (steamed lentil cakes) and moreish pizza-pancake-like uttapams. That’s all in the vegetarian-friendly south. Travel west to the Arabian Sea shores for Goa, where Portuguese influence means vindaloo and juicy prawn curries. If there’s time to head further north — to Delhi or the palaces of Rajasthan — the food is meaty, curried and hot, although vegetarians certainly won’t go hungry.

To book or request a brochure, call 0330 341 1117 quoting RTA, or visit

* Offer valid for all new bookings made by 18 September 2023 for any 2023 or 2024 departures. Travel Department T&Cs apply for all bookings. Per person prices are based on two sharing. Single room supplements apply. For full T&Cs, visit our website or call us. Prices, taxes, flight times and availability all subject to change.

T&Cs: * 10% discount applies to specific holidays and tours only. This Wildlife & Safari offer applies to new bookings only booked between 1 and 29 September 2023 inclusive. The offer does not apply to holidays with late availability pricing and excludes Ocean Cruise, River Cruise, André Rieu events, Lapland and Wimbledon. Offer cannot be combined or used in conjunction with any other discount, promotion or concession. The discount applies to your final holiday price (excluding holiday insurance) at the time of booking. Offer is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time. All other holidays and tours will have a 5% discount applied. Single supplement applies. Holidays are operated by Newmarket Holidays Ltd. ABTA V7812. Protected by the Civil Aviation Authority ATOL 2325. Prices correct at the time of print. For full terms and conditions, visit



RadioTimes 16–22 September 2023





IRISH FAVOURITES Ireland is one of the most enchanting holiday destinations in the world. On these two captivating breaks we blend the country’s panoramic landscapes with its historic towns and lively cities. Choose your Irish favourite to explore in 2024.


Fresh fish, succulent seafood, grouse, venison… for dining out, north of the border has all the best orders. Some classics are centuries old — namely haggis, served with mashed swede (neeps) and potatoes (tatties). But if the idea of minced sheep heart, liver and lung meat doesn’t appeal, there’s plenty more in store: haddock-rich cullen skink soup, potato scones and cranachan, made with oats, raspberries, thick cream and whisky. And don’t get us started on Scottish cheese — or, rather, do. Isle of Mull cheddar and crumbly crowdie are delicious.


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Hungarian Parliament building, Budapest


GRAND TOUR OF IRELAND Seven nights from just £999pp

Includes ◼ Seven nights at selected hotels in Ireland (JG3 rating) with dinner and breakfast ◼ Excursions to Belfast, Titanic Belfast, Giant’s Causeway, Derry~Londonderry, Sligo, Galway, Limerick, Ring of Kerry, Killarney and Dublin ◼ Guided city tours of Belfast, Galway, Limerick and Dublin with our tour manager ◼ Guided walking tour of Derry~Londonderry with our tour manager ◼ Flight to Belfast and return from Dublin


ISLAND LIFE Find gourmet treats on Mull

Fanad lighthouse, Donegal

Experience two of Europe’s most fascinating — and different — rivers in style

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THE BLUE DANUBE — VIENNA, BUDAPEST & SALZBURG Seven nights from £1,599pp

Riviera Travel’s award-winning river cruises include everything you need for an exceptional experience. Cruise Europe’s most beautiful waterways aboard the finest ships, featuring superb dining on board and spacious suites and cabins — many with a French balcony for unrivalled views. Choose from 22 fascinating river cruises that take you to the iconic highlights as well as lesser-known gems in destinations such as Cologne, Trier, Koblenz, Heidelberg, Strasbourg, Basel, Lucerne, the Douro Valley, Vienna, Budapest, Amsterdam, Avignon, Arles, Bruges, Paris or Rouen. Fully escorted price includes ◼ Spacious suites or cabins with river views ◼ Return flights from a choice of regional airports or standard class reserved seat on Eurostar from London St Pancras (supplements may apply) ◼ Return rail connections on selected dates and cruises from over 50 regional stations (supplements may apply) ◼ Exceptional cuisine with full board throughout ◼ Extensive and fully inclusive touring programmes ◼ The services of our experienced cruise director and concierge ◼ Option to add three nights to your holiday with a hand-picked hotel stay with one of our expertly chosen city stays ◼ Departures available exclusively for solo travellers


Departures September 2023—October 2024 Your cruise includes ◼ Seven nights on board ◼ Seven guided tours including Esztergom basilica, Bratislava, Dürnstein, Melk Abbey, Linz or Salzburg, Vienna and Budapest ◼ Classical quartet recital and Hungarian folklore show on board ◼ Option to add three nights in Vienna at Austria Trend Savoyen Vienna from £535pp (2023 departures only) Personalise Your Holiday (optional) ◼ Visit the Spanish Riding School in Vienna from €15pp THE DOURO, PORTO & SALAMANCA Seven nights from £1,699pp Departures September 2023—October 2024 Your cruise includes ◼ Seven nights on board ◼ Four visits including Mateus Palace Gardens, Castelo Rodrigo, Lamego and a quinta with wine tasting ◼ Guided tour, lunch and flamenco show in historic Salamanca ◼ Dinner at Quinta da Pacheca with a selection of their wines ◼ Traditional folk music show ◼ Guided tour of Porto and visit to a port wine cellar ◼ Option to add three nights in Porto at the centrally located Pestana Vintage Porto from £595pp (2023 departures only)

Includes ◼ Two nights at a selected hotel in the Dublin area (JG3 rating) with dinner and breakfast ◼ Three nights at the Central Hotel or Abbey Hotel, Donegal (JG3 rating) with dinner and breakfast ◼ Excursions to Glencolmcille Folk Village, Slieve League Cliffs, Killybegs, Glenveagh Castle and National Park and Dublin ◼ Cruise on Donegal Bay ◼ An optional city tour of Dublin by a local guide (£16pp) ◼ Return flights to Dublin Both holidays also include ◼ A tour manager in Ireland ◼ Airport taxes and luggage allowance (one piece of checked-in hold luggage per person) ◼ Airport transfers in Ireland ◼ Flights from Birmingham, Bristol, London, LeedsBradford, Manchester and Newcastle For more details please call or visit or call 03332 342 496 quoting code JGEB24 DONEGAL, SLIEVE LEAGUE AND WILD ATLANTIC WAY (BY AIR) Five nights from just £799pp




Hats off to the French: they single-handedly invented restaurant culture in the late 18th century (in Paris, where few citizens had access to domestic kitchens).

A 48-hour stay in the capital is still the definitive getaway, fuelled on soupe à

l’oignon , steak tartare and carafes of red at gingham-clad tables. A shout out, too, for pizza-like pissaladière (left) in Nice; crêpes oozing bananas and chocolate in the fishing villages of Brittany; and giddy times sampling the cellars of the Champagne region. Bon appétit! NR

Final price will depend on tour date and selected airport where applicable. T&Cs apply. Errors and omissions excepted. Prices per person based on two people sharing. * Early bird discount — book by 10 October 2023. Packaged break is subject to tour operator Just Go! Holidays terms and conditions and financially protected by Bonded Coach Holidays (BCH) and the Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust Limited (ABTOT), a Government approved consumer protection scheme. Single supplements and standard phone charges apply.


To book or request a brochure, call 01283 742 399 quoting RTA, or visit


Prices are per person, based on two sharing a cabin. Single cabins subject to availability at the relevant supplement. Additional entrance costs may apply. All holidays subject to availability. Images used in conjunction with Riviera Travel. Operated by and subject to the booking conditions of Riviera Tours Ltd, ABTA V4744, ATOL 3430, IATA 9127440. Riviera Travel, New Manor, 328 Wetmore Road, Burton-on-Trent DE14 1SP. Prices correct at time of print. See website for full details. Departures available exclusively for solo travellers on selected tours. * Unlimited quantity of drinks at lunch and from 6pm to midnight while on board our 2024 European river cruises (selected drinks available).



RadioTimes 16–22 September 2023


ALL-INCLUSIVE EGYPT AND NILE CRUISE Five-star all-inclusive Egypt stay plus a seven-night full-board Nile cruise. 14 nights from just £799pp

Take this unique opportunity to spend 14 nights exploring and relaxing in fascinating Egypt. Your holiday will start with a three- night stay in Hurghada, staying at the five-star Jasmine Palace Resort on an all-inclusive basis. You will then travel down to Luxor to board the MS Radamis II for a seven-night Nile cruise on a full-board basis. You will then travel back to Hurghada to relax for a further four nights at the Jasmine Palace Resort, again on an all-inclusive basis. WHAT’S INCLUDED ◼ Return flights from selected UK airports ◼ All in-resort transfers ◼ All-inclusive stay at the 5 star Jasmine Palace Resort, Hurghada ◼ Seven nights full-board cruise on the MS Radamis II ◼ Departures December 2023—January 2024

Quinta da Bela Vista, Madeira

Vidamar Resort, Madeira

Nominated for Europe's and World's Leading Boutique Hotel for 2022, and overlooking the stunning Funchal Bay, the Quinta da Bela Vista is an award- winning hotel with all the attention to detail you’d expect from a five-star property. From the carefully manicured grounds to the classically styled rooms, guests can look forward to an outstanding holiday from start to finish. For recreation you’ll find a heated outdoor pool with sundeck, a tennis court and a wellness centre with gym, sauna and whirlpool bath. BOUTIQUE HOTEL STAY IN MADEIRA Seven nights from £649pp

With its exclusive location, a large sea platform and direct ocean access, the five-star Vidamar Madeira Resort offers a relaxing stay on the beautiful island of Madeira. Guests who stay here can enjoy delicious meals from any of the hotel’s five restaurants (including a la carte) as part of the hotel’s innovative dine-around concept. Other facilities include three salt-water infinity pools (for adults, plus an additional one for children), a dynamic fitness centre, the modern and oceanfront Thalasso Sea Spa, a piano bar and a snooker lounge. WHAT’S INCLUDED ◼ Seven nights at the Vidamar Madeira Resort on a half-board basis ◼ Return flights from selected UK airports ◼ Stay in a garden/side sea view room with a balcony ◼ Departures November 2023—February 2024 LUXURY SEAFRONT STAY IN MADEIRA Seven nights from £699pp

WHAT’S INCLUDED ◼ Seven nights at the Quinta da Bela Vista on a half-board basis

◼ Return flights from selected UK airports ◼ Stay in a twin/double garden view room ◼ Departures November 2023—February 2024

To book, call 0207 030 3407 , quoting Radio Times, or visit

Prices based on two adults sharing a room. Subject to availability. Prices correct at time of print. Travel insurance not included. Operated by Inspired Luxury Escapes, ATOL 3634, ABTA no V917X


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