Spies have long been a source of fascination, adventure, and culinary delight. The rich tapestry of flavours and aromas they bring to dishes can transport us to far-off lands with a single bite. It's no wonder that spices have inspired travellers and explorers for centuries, so, why not enjoy a spice-inspired adventure of your own?
Our sponsorship of ITV's 'Joanna Lumley's Spice Trail Adventure' is an ode to the enchanting destinations that have been shaped by spices. From India to Morocco, Vietnam to Japan, Egypt to Sri Lanka, and the vast continent of Africa, the culinary journey has been tantalising our taste buds and igniting our wanderlust from the small screen.
If you've been inspired too, here are some destinations we can explore together.
India: The Spice Bazaar of the World
India, the land of vibrant colours and flavours, is our first stop on the Spice Trail. Dive into the bustling markets of Delhi, where the aroma of cardamom, cumin, and cinnamon fills the air. Explore the majestic palaces of Rajasthan and savour aromatic curries that tell tales of centuries-old spice trade routes.
Morocco: A Blend of Traditions
Morocco beckons with its intriguing fusion of Arabian, Berber, and European influences. Traverse the labyrinthine streets of Marrakech's medina, where saffron, paprika, and Ras el Hanout are key ingredients in the local cuisine. Enjoy a traditional tagine amidst the backdrop of the Atlas Mountains.
Vietnam: The Pho-nomenal Journey
The flavours of Vietnam are a symphony of herbs, chili, and lemongrass. Cruise along the Mekong Delta, sample street food in Hanoi, and savour the exquisite taste of pho. Let the aromatic spices of this Southeast Asian gem captivate your senses.
Japan: Umami Unleashed
Japan's culinary prowess extends far beyond sushi and sashimi. Discover the world of umami through miso, wasabi, and the delicate art of kaiseki dining. Cherry blossoms, tea ceremonies, and a glimpse into Japanese culture await you.
Egypt: The Land of the Pharaohs and Flavours
Egypt's ancient history and spices are intertwined. Explore the mystique of the Pyramids and savour dishes infused with coriander, cumin, and fenugreek. A cruise along the Nile offers a unique perspective of this spice-rich nation.
Sri Lanka: Spices in Paradise
Known as the "Pearl of the Indian Ocean," Sri Lanka has a lush landscape where cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg thrive. Discover the island's natural beauty and indulge in a flavourful curry feast.
Africa: A Continent of Culinary Diversity
We couldn't write this blog without a mention of the vast and diverse continent of Africa. From the spicy stews of North Africa to the vibrant flavours of South Africa's Cape Malay cuisine, the African continent is a testament to the global impact of spices.
As you follow Joanna Lumley's Spice Trail, let it inspire your own spice-inspired journey. Explore exotic lands by train, witnessing breathtaking landscapes while enjoying delicious meals infused with local spices. Our carefully planned itineraries make sure you experience the very essence of each destination. So, pack your bags and join us as we experience the world's flavours by rail.