Destinations Unlocked:Let our travel expert Stefano help you find your perfect Culture trip
Looking for an expert's perspective?Uncover my top 3 recommended places from each continent on the map.
1. GuatemalaAn express adventure for those with limited time off. Prepare yourself incredible experiences. You will hike a volcano, visit mayan temples and witness a ceremony and take in beautiful colonial Antigua.
2. BelizeA quick trip not too far away for those seeking a relaxing mini break. You will have plenty of free time to relax but also some awesome activities to experience the rainforest and the caribbean sea.
3. MexicoAn exciting mini trip exploring the lesser known colonial towns of central Mexico. This is hte perfect trip for someone with limited time off and still wants to turn on explorer mode and do something different.
1. EcuadorA remarkable 8 days adventure through the Andes and the Amazon rainforest. The best choice for adventure seekers wishing to visit the 2 most iconic areas of South America, in only 1 week and no flights.
2. PeruAn alternative itinerary to classic Peru, from Cusco to Arequipa. This itinerary is great combination of highlights Cusco and Machu Picchu with the lesser known Arequipa and Colca Canyon.
1. ItalyThe ultimate Italian experience from the vibrant streets of Naples to the breathtaking sceneries of the Amalfi Coast followed by Matera and down to Puglia with its golden beaches, intense flavours and fascinating destinations.
2. ScotlandEmbark on this great adventure starting from London all the way to Scotland with a true Scottish experience made of breathtaking sceneries, whisky tasting and ..lots of fun! Ideal for train lovers and explorers.
3. PortugalA wonderful train journey around Portugal, from the romantic city of Porto to the Douro Valley, to the beautiful Aveiro all the way to Lisbon and Sintra. The perfect trip to train, culinary and culture lovers.
1. South KoreaDiscover incredible temples, mountains and modern cities on this 10 day adventure. This trip is perfect for those seeking immersion in the cuisine, culture and natural wonders of South Korea.
2. ThailandFrom Bankgok to Angkor Wat to Ho Chi Minh City and everything in between - adventure through the heart of South-East Asia. Taste the delights, see history brought to life and unwind on a Mekong River cruise.
3. Sri LankaA fantastic adventure that showcases Sri Lanka's fantastic landscapes, wildlife and flavours. With 3 epic rail journeys, 3 UNESCO heritage sites and time to relax, this trip has loads to offer at a great price
1. MoroccoAn epic journey across Morocco: from Casablanca to Marrakech, through the blue city of Chefchaouen to the wonders of the desert and deep to the High Atlas Mountains - this trip has it all! Ideal for true explorers!
2. EgyptFrom Cairo to Aswan, this trip brings the land of the pharaohs to life. You'll visit the Pyramids, Valley of the Kings and Luxor Temple and cruise down the Nile in style. This is the perfect way to explore Egypt.
Got a hankering for hand-tossed pizza and a hoppy craft beer? Serving slices 20 inches long and cold bottles of Lagunitas Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale, Lazy Moon has your name written all over it. Students can’t get enough of the aged dough and homemade sauces, so settle in and watch a soccer match or take a pie to-go – while onlookers stifle giggles – to see if you can fit that 30-inch box into your tiny rental car.
East End Market – the neighborhood food hall in the Audubon Park Garden District – may have cookies the size of your fist and artisan cheese from provinces you’ve never heard of. But it’s Domu’s house-made ramen noodles that’ll bring you to this foodie hub for dinner. Inhale the peppery scent of a spicy curry bowl or go brothless with buttery uni mazemen – creamy coated noodles with sea urchin and crunchy seaweed. It’s known to most that at Domu, you dig in deep.
With so much attention focused on East End Market, Kadence hides in plain sight one block away. Reservations-only with zero signage, this small black building hosts a mere 10 guests for its signature multi-course sushi tasting menu. Sashimi, nigiri and fishy chirashi join the season’s freshest ingredients, including imported wasabi plants – no faux horseradish mix in sight. Order in sufficient sake to drink your fill and you’ve got an unforgettable, utterly exclusive experience.
Knife and Spoon
Welcome to the most recent endeavor from Anthony Bourdain-approved chef, John Tesar – Knife and Spoon – setting a very high bar for fine dining in Orlando. Best known for the king-crab scampi in parsley and garlic froth, bucatini pasta swimming in squid ink, and a regal 32-ounce dry-aged Akaushi bone-in ribeye, this place is truly spectacular. Add a dazzling, daring cocktail list – try the swooningly good seared-citrus Old Fashioned – and you’ll discover why Knife and Spoon is a cut above the competition in Orlando’s fine-dining address book.
Another delicious destination that the uninitiated can all too easily bypass, Se7en Bites serves up nostalgic southern staples that sell out fast. Breakfast and lunch are served here, with both menus available all day. So, even if you rise very late with severe hunger pangs you can still order from their biscuit menu – we recommend the 7th Trimester variety, smothered in mac-n-cheese. And for lunch? The chicken pot pie, bulging with healthy vegetables, sates the keenest appetite. Full disclosure: these mammoth plates require more than seven bites.
Named after the great strait that cleaves Istanbul into east and west, this marvelous restaurant concept – with locations in Winter Park, Winter Garden and Lake Nona – cuts no corners with its Anatolian cuisine. All meats are fresh –and halal – and most ingredients are imported directly from Turkey to give you a true taste of a diverse country that’s like no other. Whether you’re lunching or dining, you can request exquisitely crafted starter dips – think hummus and baba ganoush – with succulent mains. Perhaps hand-carved-lamb shish kebab, or sizzling good karides güveç – the national-classic shrimp casserole. Leave a little room for some divine chocolate hazelnut baklava.
Colorado Fondue Company
Less than a 10-minute drive out of Orlando, the city of Casselberry isn’t far enough to merit a mountainous landscape. But the rustic Colorado Fondue Company’s mission is to get your taste buds on an alpine trail. Yes, the clue’s in the name, referring to that classic calorific ski-resort shared dinner. Here they deliver course after course of fresh vegetables and thick cuts of meat. Drop your chicken, steak and shrimp onto a scalding rock, cook it how you like it, dip it into the cauldron of molten cheese and pop it into your mouth. You could be in St Moritz – minus the snow.
The Ravenous Pig
The self-avowed porkers of Winter Park are always name-dropping this gastropub, currently upping its already-impressive small-batch craft beer game. You might book the restaurant – made brilliant by the dedication of husband-and-wife duo, James and Julie Petrakis. Get your hands – and chops – around a burger or fried chicken sandwich, or take a fork to goat cheese tortellini. Far be it from us to advise you against a liquid lunch, but the beer garden is a fine spot for lagers, ciders and IPAs.
Pom Pom’s Teahouse and Sandwiches
Don’t expect mild and dainty finger sandwiches at Pom Pom’s. Owner Pom Moongauklang, from Thailand, rolls out east-meets-west gourmet sandwiches. We’re talking irresistible and original fillings such as turkey, stuffing, gouda and ginger-cranberry chutney – that’s Mama Ling Ling’s Thanksgiving sandwich. Or there’s the Asian BBQ Pulled Pork with scallions and Asian slaw. Classics like hot pastrami on rye won’t disappoint either – and everyone should try the Spicy Elvis, featuring banana, bacon, strawberry jelly and cayenne peanut butter: yes, it’s amazing.
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