SAIL WITH VIKRAM VIJ
Cruise in style with Celebrity Chef Vikram Vij aboard luxurious, all veranda suite Seven Seas Explorer® (only 750 guests) roundtrip from Istanbul for 12 fantastic nights, Oct. 19-31, 2022
An Indian-born Canadian chef, cookbook author, and television personality, Vikram Vij grew up in Amritsar, Delhi and Bombay, India. He studied Hotel Management in Salzburg, Austria, where he also received his chef’s training and became a certified sommelier.
In 1994 at the age of 30, he opened a fine-dining restaurant, Vij’s, in Vancouver. By 2003, Mark Bittman of The New York Times was praising Vij’s Restaurant as “easily among the finest Indian restaurants in the world”.
By 2014, Vij had opened the casual-style Rangoli, Vij’s Railway Express, a mobile food truck serving top quality Indian curries for weekday lunch and at private catering events, and My Shanti.
His restaurants have received many accolades. Vij’s was one of the twenty featured restaurants at the James Beard Annual Gala Awards 1998, in New York City. Vij’s was listed in the top five Vancouver restaurants in Gourmet magazine’s annual restaurant awards, as well as receiving Chef of the Year from Vancouver Magazine in 2015. My Shanti was listed as number one in the Globe and Mail’s Top 10 New Vancouver Restaurants of 2014 and one of the Vancouver Sun’s Best New Restaurants for 2014. My Shanti also won Vancouver Magazine’s Best Indian Restaurant in 2016.
Vij’s has been featured in a variety of North American television broadcasts and publications, including Food Network Canada, Top Chef Canada, Dragon’s Den, CNN, The Globe and Mail, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Travel + Leisure, Food & Wine, Bon Appétit,
Sunset Magazine, and Art Culinaire. Vij’s Rangoli was a subject of Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations.
Vij has published 2 award-winning cookbooks and is an ongoing contributor to The Globe and Mail.
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• FREE Business Class Air*
• FREE Transfers Between Airport and Ship
• FREE Unlimited Shore Excursions
• FREE Unlimited Beverages including Fine Wines and Premium Spirits
• FREE Open Bars and Lounges PLUS In-Suite Mini-Bar Replenished Daily
• FREE Pre-Paid Gratuities
• FREE Specialty Restaurants
• FREE Unlimited WiFi
• FREE Valet Laundry
Once serving as the capital of the Ottoman and Byzantine Empires, Istanbul today offers impressive architecture, historic sites, dining, shopping, nightlife and exotic atmosphere. Spend time in the Old City to explore renowned places, like the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace.
MYTILINI (LESBOS), GREECE
Officially named Lesbos, more often called Mytilini after its principal city, the island is the third largest in Greece, famed
for its olive oil. Its undulating hills are said to support 11 million olive trees, which glisten silver in the sunlight, while the higher peaks are swathed in deep pine forests. It was the birthplace
of leading figures in the intellectual world, such as Sappho, the world’s greatest lyrical poetess; Pittacus, one of the Seven Sages of antiquity; the poet Alcaeus and many, many others.
Piraeus is the gateway to the ancient city of Athens, known as the “Cradle of Western Civilization” because of its immense impact on cultural and political achievements throughout the world. Due mainly to tourism and the 2004 Olympics, Greece has redeveloped many sites in Athens. A historian’s delight, Athens is home to such magnificent wonders as: the Acropolis, the Parthenon, the atmospheric winding streets of the Plaka, Temple of Olympian Zeus and Temple of Athena Nike, and the Archaeological Museum with the world’s finest collection of ancient artifacts.
JERUSALEM (HAIFA), ISRAEL
Visit the land of miracles - Galilee, the Jordan River, the Mount of the Beautitudes and Tabgha, or venture to Nazareth, home of the young Jesus. See the largest hanging gardens in the world at the Bahai Gardens of Haifa. The Panorama Center
in Central Carmel offers some of the country’s best women’s clothing stores. For antiques and crafts, head to the boutiques on Massada Street. South of Haifa, the artists’ village of Ein Hod offers hand-blown glass, pottery, silver, gold, and crafts. From French to Continental to Middle Eastern cuisine, dining choices abound. Fresh fish and grilled lamb dishes are the highlight. The best dessert is homemade kanafeh, a traditional ancient dish of baked sweet cheese, pistachio and honey.
JERUSALEM (ASHDOD), ISRAEL
A remarkable destination in and of itself and a UNESCO World Heritage town, Tel Aviv has ancient roots and modern skyscrapers, with diverse offerings from shopping for local crafts at the Nachlat Binyamin Pedestrian Mall to admiring the original Bauhaus architecture along Rothschild Boulevard, sa- voring the local cuisine at cafes to delving into history at one of the countless museums. Tel Aviv is also a starting point for day trips to iconic historical sites as Jerusalem’s Old City, Bethlehem, Massada and Jaffa, one of the oldest cities in the world.
Limassol is the jumping off point to explore the ancient riches of Cyprus. View ruins, vast groves of lemons, oranges and olives, majestic mountains and scenery, and stunning beaches. Visit Lemesos Castle, where Richard-the-Lionheart married Berengaria of Navarre, and its fascinating museum. Or stroll through ancient Curium and admire its stunning mosaics, theater, basilica and panoramic views over the sea. Venture inland to Nicosia and its wonders, the Cathedral of St. John, the Venetian fortifications, a restored old town and mosque and the Museum. Take home some lovely lace, copper items, jewelry and pottery. Enjoy a selection of appetizers so extensive it can be a hearty meal as well as fresh seafood accompanied by a delicious glass of wine.
Alanya rose to prominence during the Middle Ages under
the Seljuks, a tribe from central Asia that built the fortress and protective wall that still dominate the city. Several other buildings from that time also remain, including the octagonal Red Tower and the Seljuk Shipyard. Thousands of archaeological pieces in the Alanya Museum attest to the city’s importance through the ages. But history only touches on Alanya’s considerable allure. The city sits on a lovely gulf, backed by the pine-forested Taurus Mountains on Turkey’s beautiful Mediterranean coasty.
Renowned as the site of the former Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, Rhodes was home
to the Knights of St. John from the 12th to 16th centuries. Their famous Palace of the Grand Masters remains a “must-see,” as are many of the inns occupied by the Crusaders and the replica of the old church. For a more in-depth look at the city, visitors can take in the Archeological where the Acropolis of Rhodes and the ancient stadium offer perfect photo opportunities.
EPHESUS (KUSADASI), TURKEY
Europe’s classical metropolis, Ephesus, was one of the largest cities in all of the Roman Empire, boasting one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Temple of Artemis. Explore the ruins of its massive Theater, the Temple of Hadrian and the magnificent Celsus Library.
The tiny island of Bozcaada floats peacefully off the western coast of Turkey in the Dardanelles Strait that connects the Marmara to the Aegean. This charming port boasts untouched bays with a rich marine life, delightful local culture, significant historical heritage, and world-class wine.
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