Cruise Updates & Optional Shore Tours
Buenos dias amigos de viaje! Hola, Ciao, Yasou & Merhaba! Good day travel friends! We have been busy working on some of the details for the upcoming Oceania Cruise from Barcelona to Athens next year and we're very excited to share this adventure with you!
Here is what we can tell you so far! We will be offering a Spanish Food, Wine & Architecture Optional Pre Cruise Program, which has two packages for your consideration. We will have the final details available by the end of September - be sure to keep an eye on your email for the booking details!
The pre-cruise package and optional Food & Wine Trails Shore Tours are not yet available for purchase.
On the ship:
As you are planning your dinner reservations, we did want you to be aware of some of our group specific events. Please be aware that these are subject to time changes:
*Sunday, June 7 - Welcome Reception, 6pm – 7pm
*Monday, June 8 - Winery Social, 6pm – 7pm
*Thursday, June 11 - Wine Seminar TBD, 3pm – 5pm
*Saturday, June 13 - Winery Social, 6pm – 7pm
*Monday, June 15 - Winemaker Dinner, 6:30pm
*Thursday – June 18 - Farewell Reception, 6pm – 7pm
One of the most exciting things about our port destinations are the amazing shore tours!
Oceania Shore Tours:
Oceania Riviera has released the majority of their offered tours for you to peruse here. Please note, the times and cost have not been released and you will be able to make your reservation for these approximately 120 days from our sail date - typically around the first of the year.
Optional Food & Wine Trails Exclusive Shore Tours:
We have partnered with Food & Wine Trails to offer you 3 additional shore tours that are exclusive to our group. Details are still being ironed out; and we hope to have the complete information to you by the end of September. In the interim, here is a sneak peak!
*Wednesday, June 10 - Roman History & the Vineyards of Vesuvius Optional Shore Tour
You will have the opportunity to experience - and even taste - the monumental effects Mount Vesuvius had on both the past and the present. You will visit ancient ruins of a Roman home that, like the neighboring town of Pompeii, was covered in volcanic ash and preserved in time. You will also visit Sorrentino Vesuvio, a family-run winery that sits at the foot of the mountain and taste wines made with grapes grown in the now volcanic soil. Featuring a vineyard tour, tasting and a multi-course lunch of local specialties served with a selection of their highly rated wines, this is a day you will never forget!
*Friday, June 12 - Amazing Wines & Views of Santorini Optional Shore Tour
Begin by enjoying a short but picturesque visit to Oia. Revel in the beautiful cobblestone streets lined with charming whitewashed houses, delve into the porous volcanic rock overlooking the deep blue caldera. Next, travel the short distance to Domaine Sigalas. Sample a variety of stunning wines on the patio with a spectacular view of the Aegean Sea. Enjoy a wine paired lunch, created and inspired by their in-house chef and based on Santorini's local produce and fresh fish. The courses are harmoniously accompanied by specially selected wines of Domaine Sigalas. Delight in a bit of free time in the capital city, Fira. Stroll along winding lanes or relax over a coffee while gazing down upon the Caldera Bay cast in afternoon hues. Return to the ship at your leisure, via a cable car down to the pier.
*Tuesday, June 16 - Istanbul Unplugged - A Wonder of Street Markets, History, Wine & Food Optional Shore Tour
Explore the sights and sounds of Istanbul with us! We will begin at Taksim Square, the most know modern city center of Istanbul, for a guided walking tour down Istiklal Street. This famous street gives us an opportunity to experience the unique energy and spirit the vibrant city. We will make a stop at the Resat Balik, Istanbul's famous fish market and the Pera Palace Hotel, originally built in 1892 for the purpose of hosting the passengers of the Orient Express. Part hotel, part museum it holds the title of 'the oldest European hotel of Turkey.' Our walk will lead us to Firuze Restaurant. Beginning on their rooftop Monkey Bar, we will start with a host guided wine tasting featuring some of the highest tiered Turkish wines. This sleek, wood decked terrace is the perfect location to watch the sun setting over the Golden Horn. Following our wine tasting, we will enjoy a coursed dinner at Firuze featuring a traditional Turkish cuisine with a modern approach. After dinner, you will be free to explore Istanbul further, night cap upstairs on the rooftop or be shuttled back to the ship.
We're working out the details and we'll be sure to keep you updated when we have more news to share! Until then......adiós te veo pronto! (goodbye, see you soon!)
All the above events and shore tour winery visits and stops are subject to change