Europe Wine Cruise: September

Out in the Vineyard: Come tour the old world with us on a fun-filled cruise. Visit Portugual, Spain, France, and Italy while meeting new friends. Don’t miss out on this Europe Wine Cruise.

We have partnered with Oceania Cruises to bring you a luxury 10 night itinerary. Lets seek out some of the oldest wine regions in Europe and experience its history .

Don’t miss the chance to stroll along Las Ramblas or explore the Roman culture. You will be pleased with this luxury trip.

Highlights

  • Explore the streets of Lisbon from Rossio Square to the main thoroughfare, the Avenida da Liberdade
  • Visit the monastery and the Maritime Museum, which houses miniature boats and original maps chronicling the history of navigation from the Middle Ages to today
  • Visit the town of Nerja and its famous cave, considered one of the most beautiful in Europe
  • Explore Palacio Almudaina, a former Arabic fortress and residence for Moorish Kings
  • Stroll around the Old Port, or Vieux Port as the locals say, which was once known as the gateway to the Mediterranean

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ITINERARY

Day 1: Lisbon, Portugal
Don’t miss the Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, or Jeronimo’s Monastery. Commissioned in 1501 after Vasco da Gama’s return from his voyage, this remarkable monastery is a beautiful and unique example of Manueline architecture. Explore the streets of Lisbon from Rossio Square to the main thoroughfare, the Avenida da Liberdade. Visit the monastery and the Maritime Museum, which houses miniature boats and original maps chronicling the history of navigation from the Middle Ages to today. Visit Sintra, considered one of the most beautiful palaces in Portugal. It was once the summer residence of Portuguese kings and aristocrats. Walk through the charming village of Fatima, where numerous sightings of the blessed Virgin Mary have been reported.

Day 2: Huelva, Spain

Days 3: Malaga, Spain
At the heart of town is the unusual Cathedral of Málaga, built over two centuries ago on the site of the former main mosque. It features 17th-century carved choir stalls, fine pictures and 103 individually carved saints. Explore the numerous museums of Málaga, as well as the Gibralfaro Castle. Visit the town of Nerja and its famous cave, considered one of the most beautiful in Europe. Inside the cave are impressive stalagmites and stalactites and the exceptional 105-foot-high central column in the Cataclysm Chamber. Behold the arabesque fantasy of Grenada’s Alhambra Palace – one of Spain’s greatest architectural accomplishments.

Days 4: Alicante, Spain
Old QuarterThe town’s Old Quarter features a labyrinth of winding streets. The character of old Spain is very much in evidence here. Church of Santa MariaThe façade of the 14th-century church is a swirl of Baroque decoration. The Castle of Santa BarbaraThis castle dominates Alicante from atop the 620-foot-high Benacantil Hill. From here, one can enjoy views of the city and the Mediterranean. The top can be reached by car or via an elevator.

Days 5: Palma de Mallorca, Spain
Poised on a sea wall above the marina, the city’s massive gothic cathedral is a breathtaking sight. Known locally as La Seo, it is home to the world’s largest rose window as well as an ornate wrought-iron canopy above the altar designed by Baldacchino. Explore Palacio Almudaina, a former Arabic fortress and residence for Moorish Kings. Visit Bellver Castle, a beautiful example of medieval military architecture. Go back in time at Pueblo Español, featuring architecture and crafts from different time periods and areas of Spain. Visit the Caves of Drach, which feature marvelous stalactite and stalagmite formations and a large underground lake where a daily light and sound show is staged.

Days 6: Barcelona, Spain
While you’re in Barcelona, don’t miss the Picasso Gallery. Several adjoining 15th-century palaces house a huge collection (over 2,000 pieces) of Picasso’s work. Stroll along Las Ramblas, a wonderfully vibrant part of the city where street vendors and performers vie for your attention. Explore the many churches and cathedrals of Barcelona and discover the city’s modernist architecture along Paseo de Gracia. Visit Antoni Gaudí’s unfinished Segrada Familia. With eight soaring spires and a spectacular main façade, this cathedral is a true architectural masterpiece.

Days 7: Marseilles, France
For the best view of the city, there’s only one place to go: Notre Dame de la Garde. Entirely covered in gold leaf, it towers over Marseille at an impressive 500 feet tall (154 meters.) Throughout the years, it has served as a lookout post, a military zone and a place of worship. Stroll around the Old Port, or Vieux Port as the locals say, which was once known as the gateway to the Mediterranean. Here you’ll find the popular theatre, Théâtre National de la Criée, as well as many cafés and restaurants lining the streets. See the amazing history of the city – 26 centuries worth – at Musée d’Histoire de Marseille. Walk through Cours Julien, a pedestrian square with a beautiful water garden and fountain, as well as trendy shops, cafés and theatres. Visit Le Prado south of the city where you’ll find Parc Borély, a magnificent city park with numerous ponds, a botanical garden and a greenhouse.

Days 8: Monte Carlo, Monaco
Monaco-Ville comprises the old town and holds the seat of Monaco’s government. Narrow streets lead to the Prince’s Palace dominating the rocky peninsula. Other attractions include the 19th-century cathedral, the Parliament building and the Oceanographic Museum operated under the auspices of the Jacques Cousteau Society. Most of the sites in Monaco-Ville and Monte Carlo have to be seen on foot. Open year round, the Exotic Garden and the Observatory Cave offers amazing plants in a magnificient setting. An Eden for a variety of “succulent” plants landscaped onto a rock face, the garden offers a splendid panoramic view of the Principality of Monaco, as well as of the French and Italian Rivieras. At the elegant, baroque Monte-Carlo Casino try your luck in the elegant European Rooms – slots in the Salle Blanche, roulette and trente et quarante in the Salle Europe, chemin de fer and banques à deux tableaux and pai gow poker in the Salon Privés (high rollers only). Craps and blackjack, if that’s your passion, the American Room. Fort Antoine Theater is a marvelous outdoor theater with a capacity of some 350 spectators in tiered seating built in a semi-circle. In this enchanting setting, high quality performances are given during the summer season. Inaugurated in 1910 by its founder, Prince Albert I, the Oceanographic Museum & Aquarium is a monumental architectural masterpiece with a grandiose façade rising sheer above the sea to a height of 279 feet. Visitors can enjoy the spectacular delights of the world-famous aquarium with its extraordinary show of marine flora and fauna. The magnificient Fontvieille Park covers an area of nearly 4 hectares and contains a multitude of green plants and shrubs from all over the world, planted around a charming little fresh-water pond inhabited by ducks and swans Situated on the Rue Basse the Wax Museum of the Princes of Monaco depicts historical episodes in the Grimaldi dynasty from the late XIII century to the present day. The wax figures are life-size, and many of them wear authentic period costumes.

Days 9: Portofino, Italy
Stroll around the harbor, stopping to explore the high-end boutiques and eateries as you go. After that, head away from the water and uphill for about 10 minutes. Taking a well-marked path from just behind the harbor, you’ll get to Chiesa di San Giorgio. Built on the site of a sanctuary Roman soldiers dedicated to the Persian god Mithras, this picturesque church offers breathtaking views of the village on one side and the rocky cliffs and the sea on the other.

Days 10: Livorno (Florence, Pisa), Italy
When you’re in the area, you’ll definitely want to explore Florence, one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Start by visiting the church of Santa Croce, known as Italy’s Westminster Abbey because of the Italian monarchy buried there. View the 14th-century interior and marvel at one of the finest examples of Florentine Gothic decoration. Stop at the Piazza del Duomo in Florence, where the cathedral, bell tower and baptistery share the same square. Then stop in the Piazza della Signoria, the city’s largest square, and gaze upon a copy of Michelangelo’s David and the Loggia dei Lanzi. Shop for souvenirs at the famed Ponte Vecchio in Florence. Explore the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, home to works by Giotto, Botticelli, Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael and Rubens. Visit the Field of Miracles in Pisa, and discover one of the world’s most amazing sights – the Campanile, or Leaning Tower. Learn the fascinating details about this famous bell tower, such as how it leans a bit more every year and has now reached over 14 feet out of perpendicular. Take a scenic drive through the Tuscan countryside, enjoying its soft, rounded hills, the medieval architecture of its villages and the silver green of the olive trees mingling with the dark-green of the cypress trees. Stop in a local winery to sample some of its delicious product.

Days 11: Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy
Experience the history of Rome as you wander around the Colosseum and Roman Forum. Explore the amazing history and culture of Rome. Stop at the Ara Pacis, or Altar of Peace, a Roman sacrificial altar enclosed in a screen of Parian marble. Visit the Vatican Museum, where you can walk through the many rooms that house the largest art collection in the world. Travel through magnificent St. Peter’s Basilica, the largest church in the world. View the Sistine Chapel, a masterpiece of Renaissance art, the ceiling of which was painted by Michelangelo. Toss a coin in the famous Trevi Fountain – a way to ensure that you’ll always return to Rome.

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DATE

September 14 – 24 , 2018

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SHIP

Riviera

Stunning Riviera was designed to be distinctive and special in so many ways. Featuring the magnificent Lalique Grand Staircase, stunning Owner’s Suites furnished in Ralph Lauren Home, and designer touches throughout the entire ship, Riviera showcases rich residential design and furnishings. Riviera’s refined ambiance truly embodies the unparalleled Oceania Cruises experience.

Ideally proportioned, Riviera still embraces the same warmth and charm of renowned Regatta, Insignia, Nautica and Sirena. While the impeccable level of personalized service and the country club casual ambiance remain the same, Rivieraoffers even more choices, as well as generous new amenities. Designed with the ultimate epicurean and travel connoisseur in mind, Riviera offers guests multiple dining venues, of which six are open-seating gourmet restaurants with no surcharge. La Reserve by offers enlightening seminars, tastings, and gourmet food pairings. Riviera also features The Culinary Center, the only hands-on cooking school at sea which features a range of cooking classes by master chefs. In the Artist Loft, talented artists-in-residence offer step-by-step instruction in everything from photography to painting to printmaking. Baristas, their signature coffee bar, serves up illy® espresso and coffee and fresh pastries made daily. Intimate spaces throughout the ship provide relaxing escapes. Spacious accommodations in every category showcase luxurious designer touches and lavish bathrooms.

Notably, the onboard experience continues to exude that comfortable familiarity guests have come to cherish. They have retained everything guests appreciate about their ships and continue to aim even higher. They look forward to welcoming you aboard.

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PORTS OF CALL

Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon is a city of great character and endearing charisma. Located in a hilly region at the mouth of the Tagus, the city retains an old world flair with cobbled alleyways in Alfama, the old town. Competing with the elegant avenues of Alto where sorrowful “fado” music fills the evening air is the Chiado, Lisbons affluent shopping district.

Huelva, Spain

Malaga, Spain

A perfect setting of charm, this alluring port is located on Spains Costa del Sol amidst a profusion of exotic wildflowers in perpetual bloom. View the famous natural wood carvings of artist Pedro de Mena at the Malaga Cathedral.

Alicante, Spain

The bustling resort of Alicante serves not only as the port for Madrid, but is also one of the loveliest vacation spots along Spain’s sunny Costa Blanca. The latter is primarily due to the pleasant climate. Various civilizations have flourished along these shores. Early records indicate that the city dates back to a Carthaginian settlement established in 325 BC. These settlers were followed by the Romans, who equally found the area inviting. Then the Moors ruled this region for five centuries and named the city Al-Akant. Today’s name probably stems from this origin. The city’s occupation by Roman and Moorish forces accounts for a notable and varied heritage. In fact, much of this cultural impact is still apparent today in numerous buildings, names and the cuisine.

Palma de Mallorca, Spain

The largest of the Baleares Islands off Spains Mediterranean coast, Mallorca is a popular European resort. Enjoy the cosmopolitan charms of the city of Palma or use it as a base to explore Mallorcas Roman ruins, picturesque villages, beaches and spectacular caves.

Barcelona, Spain

Founded by Romans in the first century BC, Barcelona is the vibrant capital of Catalonian Spain. Many of the worlds finest treasures can be seen in Barcelonas museums and monuments. Romanesque and Gothic frescoes and treasures can be enjoyed at the Catalan Art Museum. Among the most treasured sites is Gaudis masterpiece, The Sagrada Familia.

Marseilles France

Founded nearly 26 centuries ago, Marseilles is the oldest city in France, a mosaic of old and new with a dozen villages and eight islands, each offering a world of enchanting discoveries. At nearby Avignon, visit the magmificient Palace of the Popes and the hilltop Basilica Notre Dame de la Garde. Explore ruins of 13th century Palais Longchamps and colorful “Old Harbour” where you can browse open-air markets.

Monte Carlo, Monaco

The jewel of the French Riviera a fitting destination and one sure to please. You’ll be dazzled by Monte Carlos elaborate casinos, the famous wine cellars of the Hotel de Paris and the Ephrussi-de-Rothschild Museum with its XV and XIX century treasures. An exciting stop at one of the worlds most enticing and alluring playgrounds.

Portofino, Italy

Portofino is a living, breathing picture-postcard of the Italian coast. One of the most beautiful places on earth, it features colorful houses and shops along a picturesque waterfront, with lush green hills rising above. You can rub elbows with Europe’s elite while strolling the streets, or sit beside them as you enjoy the priceless view and a glass of wine.

Livorno (Florence, Pisa), Italy

The birthplace of the artist Modigliani, this is Tuscanys principal port, just a short jaunt from the artistic treasures of Florence. As you wander the streets and piazzas of this famous city you will encounter countless treasrues of Renaissance art and architecture.

Civitavecchia (Rome) Italy

For centuries the ancient port of Civitavecchia has served as the gateway to magnificent Rome. Its a city so immersed in history, you’ll find yourself drifiting back to a distant time. Home of Michelangelos Sistine Chapel, Rome flourishes today as she did in her Golden Age. Experience Rome, a city of colossal ruins, majestic cathedrals and a golden past, worthy of many return visits.

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