19 December 2018, 06:30

TV chef Omar Allibhoy reveals secrets of top-class tapas on Saga Sapphire

TV chef Omar Allibhoy reveals secrets of top-class tapas on Saga Sapphire: Flavours of the Iberian Peninsula 1
  • Visit a wine lodge in Oporto
  • Taste sherry at a bodega in Jerez
  • Learn how to make the perfect paella

TV chef Omar Allibhoy is set to share secrets of how to create delicious Spanish dishes during Saga Sapphire’s Flavours of the Iberian Peninsula cruise in spring 2019.

Allibhoy, the founder of the Tapas Revolution bars and restaurants, is known as ‘the Antonio Banderas of cooking’ and guests can learn how to make tasty tapas and perfect paella during the no-fly sailing from Southampton.

From Malaga, there’s a visit to an Andalusian farmhouse with the option to help prepare paella for lunch, while from Cadiz, lovers of sherry can visit a bodega in Jerez, as well as witnessing a traditional equestrian performance,  and a chance to explore one of Europe’s largest wine cellars and enjoying a wine-tasting.

The first port of call is Leixoes, in Portugal, which features a tour to a lodge in Oporto where the city’s fortified wine is blended as well as a chance to see the 20,000 azulejos tiles in the São Bento railway station.

In Gibraltar a sightseeing tour to the Rock, before high tea at the art deco Rock Hotel, is on the itinerary while a taste of Andalusian culture is found in the bodegas of Motril, with an excursion to the magnificent Alhambra Palace in Granada.

Saga Sapphire also calls in to the Spanish enclave of Melilla, bordering Morocco, and Cartagena, home of the Spanish Navy, with the options of a walking tour to important Roman archaeological sites or a cruise around the historic harbour.

For details visit saga.co.uk/ocean-cruises or call 0800 50 50 30.

14 nights from £2,629 per person departing Southampton on March 28, 2019, returning to Dover on April 11, 2019. Price includes UK travel package to Southampton and from Dover, all meals and entertainment, all-inclusive drinks
(a choice of table wines at lunch and dinner, house-branded spirits and soft drinks, afternoon tea, 24-hour room service, welcome cocktail party and unlimited tea and coffee in selected venues), free wifi, all on-board gratuities, porterage, free shuttle bus to nearest town centre (whenever possible and when the ship is berthed more than 500 yards away), optional travel insurance and additional cancellation rights, or a discount if passenger has own insurance.

All excursions mentioned are optional, at an additional cost, and are subject to availability and change. Some of the highlights detailed may only be seen on optional excursions or by exploring independently.

Price based on two people sharing an Inside Guarantee cabin where guests receive their cabin number shortly before sailing (or at embarkation) and not at the time of booking. Your cabin may be located anywhere on the ship and twin cabins may have two single beds or one double bed. Further terms and conditions apply. Please call for further details. Fare was correct at the time of going to print and is subject to availability and change.


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Alex Brazier


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