sail the Adriatic with Windstar cruises|& the james beard foundation

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Countless surveys have shown that many people opt for a cruise vacation because of The Food. Imagine sailing on the James Beard Foundation’s official cruise line! Imagine a private wine dinner and a cooking class with a James Beard Foundation award-winning chef and touring European markets with her.

Couple on the deck Windstar Cruises
A couple on the deck Windstar Cruises

If this sounds like a dream trip, read on. We are going the extra (nautical) mile to offer you special rates, a fabulous itinerary, a beautiful ship, and all the extras mentioned above. Welcome to Windstar Cruises’ James Beard Foundation* 9-Night Cruise from Venice to Athens with ILX Travel.

Highlights of this James Beard Foundation Cruise will include:

  • Sailing with an award-winning chef
  • 2 cooking demonstrations on board
  • A chef-hosted dinner with wine pairing.
  • Shoreside market tour with the Chef
  • The chef – Jennifer Jasinski, winner of the James Beard Foundation’s Best Chef Southwest and owner of some of Denver’s top dining establishments, including Rioja, Bistro Vendôme, Ultreai, and Stoic & Genuine. Fans of Top Chef Masters will also recognize Jasinski from the show.
A Culinary James Beard Foundation Cruise dish017
A Culinary JBF Cruise dish

Itinerary Highlights

You will start your journey in Venice, where we suggest arriving a couple of days in advance. Of course, ILX Travel can arrange a magnificent pre-cruise sojourn for you.

From Venice, you sail to Croatia, where you spend three days in the ports of Zadar, Hvar, and Dubrovnik, respectively.

You will then travel to Kotor in Montenegro, where you will spend a whole day and overnight. Next, you will head into the Ionian Sea and the beautiful island of Corfu before reaching Greece’s beautiful Peloponnese peninsula and the ancient towns of Katakolon and Momnenvasia.

Your final port of call is Athens, the birthplace of civilization. We’ll gladly help you plan the perfect post-cruise stay in this fascinating city or one of the Cyclades islands.

Your beautiful vessel for this voyage is the Wind Surf, Windstar’s flagship sailing ship, with a maximum capacity of 342 guests. The Wind Surf has an array of staterooms and suites from which to choose.

As an ILX Travel guest, you will enjoy these extra amenities:

  • $100 shipboard credit per person.
  • Private cocktail party for ILX Travel’s guests.
  • Pick Your Perk Promotion from the following three:
    • Additional $100 shipboard credit per person ($200 if booked in suite)
    • Free 1-Night Hotel Stay pre- or post-cruise.
    • Complimentary All-in Package if booked in Suite.

We will be glad to help you make that difficult selection. Contact us via this link to secure your spot on this popular cruise while space is still available.

*The James Beard Foundation (founded 1986) is a New York City-based national non-profit organization named in honor of James Beard, a prolific food writer, teacher, and cookbook author known as the “Dean of American Cookery.” 

Contact us at 1-321-985-5178 or complete this form to discuss your vacation plans.