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13 Days Venice to Barcelona Mediterranean Wine Cruise

  • Venice - Palermo - Rome - Florence - Pisa - Tuscany - Koper - Dubrovnik - Kotor - Ionian Sea - Monte Carlo - Provence - Barcelona

Wine and Food Tours Europe

Join Food & Wine Trails for what will be an unforgettable adventure to some of Europes most famed and romantic cities. Along the way, you will enjoy exclusive gatherings, seminars, and a multi-course dinner paired with famed wines. You will have the opportunity to share new releases, preview upcoming vintages, and enjoy rare library selections from Aristas cellar. In additional to the access of their wines and team, you will be able to explore some of Europes most picturesque wine regions, along with not-to-be-missed excursions to several famed wineries for tours, tastings, and lunch.

Highlights

  • Onboard wine education program
  • Special tastings and winemaker's dinner
  • Gourmet culinary program created by master chef Jacques Ppin
  • Finest cuisine at sea served in a variety of distinctive open-seating restaurants
  • Unlimited soft drinks, cappuccino, espresso, and teas
  • 12 nights accommodation
  • 12 days with instruction
  • English
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Oceania Cruises magnificent Riviera is the most beautiful, elegant, and sophisticated ships to debut in the past 50 years. Designer touches are everywhere, from the magnificent Lalique Grand Staircase and stunning Owner's Suites furnished in Ralph Lauren Home, they are showcases of the finest residential design and furnishings. More than anything, Riviera personifies the Oceania Cruises experience.

Comfortably mid-size, Riviera retains the same warmth and charm of their acclaimed consorts Regatta, Insignia and Nautica. While the country club casual ambiance and level of personalized service remain the same, they offer even more choice and some enticing new amenities. As the first ships designed for lovers of fine dining and travel experiences, Riviera offers guests multiple dining venues, of which six are open-seating gourmet restaurants with no surcharge. La Reserve by Wine Spectator offers enlightening wine and food pairings.

The new Bon Apptit Culinary Center is the only hands-on cooking school at sea. Similarly, artists-in-residence teach fine arts in Artists Loft, a new enrichment center. For specialty coffees and snacks, there is Baristas Coffee Bar. Intimate lounges abound. Accommodations in every category are incredibly spacious, especially with regard to the lavish bathrooms.

Staterooms

Staterooms are of unrivaled elegance. Space is perhaps the ultimate luxury, and that is something all of accommodations provide in lavish excess. They are also defined by their elegance, which you can see in the tasteful furnishings of your stateroom and sense in the serene ambiance. This is a private world designed around your comfort, a bastion of quietude that naturally encourages relaxation.

Finely appointed, many staterooms feature an oversized marble and granite-clad bathroom with tub and separate shower. You will appreciate the refrigerated mini-bar, copious closet and drawer space and, of course, the revolutionary Prestige Tranquility Bed, a luxury guests consistently describe as heavenly.

Suites

The pinnacle of perfection. The avowed crme de la crme of accommodations, the lavish Owners and Vista Suites, luxurious Oceania Suites and astounding Penthouse Suites are studies in perfection. Their profound grandeur and spaciousness are truly astonishing, affirming their status at the very apex of opulence. Guests who desire only the best need not look further than these extravagant suites. Simply ring the Butler for privileged services that include garment pressing and serving your dinner in-suite, course by course. Pamper yourself with Bulgari toiletries. Relax on your private teak veranda. Revel in the fact that the Oceania Cruises suite experience has no peer.

Concierge Level veranda stateroom A1, A 2, A 3, A 4

Located in the most desired of locations, Category A Concierge Level Veranda Staterooms offer an unrivaled combination of luxury and value. A wealth of amenities and a host of exclusive privileges listed here elevate the experience to the sublime.

These beautifully decorated 282-square-foot staterooms reflect many of the luxurious amenities found in the penthouse suites, including a private veranda, plush seating area, refrigerated mini-bar and an oversized marble and granite clad bathroom with a full-size bathtub/shower and separate shower. Guests also enjoy access to the private concierge lounge featuring your own dedicated concierge, magazines, daily newspapers, complimentary beverages and snacks.

Deluxe ocean view stateroom C

These comfortable 242-square-foot staterooms with floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows feel even more spacious with the curtains drawn back and the ocean in full view. Features include a generous seating area, vanity desk, breakfast table, refrigerated mini-bar and a marble and granite-clad bathroom with bathtub/ shower and separate shower.

Inside stateroom F

Wonderful sanctuaries unto their own, these 174-square-foot staterooms boast beautiful designs and handsome furnishings that add to the serenity. Highlights include a spacious marble and granite-clad bathroom with a shower, as well as thoughtful touches such as a vanity desk, breakfast table and refrigerated mini-bar.

Oceania suite OC

Conceived by the famed New York designer Dakota Jackson, each of the twelve Oceania Suites sprawls over more than 1,000 square feet of luxury. Situated in an ideal location high atop midship, these suites feature a living room, dining room, fully equipped media room, large walk-in closet, expansive private veranda, indoor and outdoor whirlpool spas and a second bathroom for guests. Also included is exclusive card-only access to the private Executive Lounge.

Owner s suite OS

With rich furnishings from the Ralph Lauren Home Collection, each of the three Owners Suites measures more than 2,000 square feet and spans the entire beam of the ship, boasting a large living room, two walk-in closets, indoor and outdoor whirlpool spas, dramatic entry foyer, a second bathroom for guests and music room with piano. These suites also include exclusive card-only access to the private Executive Lounge.

Penthouse suite PH1, PH2, PH3

The elegant Penthouse Suites have an ingenious design, maximizing the generous 420 square feet of space and featuring a dining table, separate seating area, full-size bathtub/shower and separate shower, walk-in closet and private veranda. Enjoy exclusive card-only access to the private Executive Lounge and the services of a dedicated concierge.

Given their lavish interior design by Dakota Jackson and premier location overlooking the bow of the ship, the eight Vista Suites are in high demand. These 1,200- to 1,500-square-foot suites (size depends on deck location) include access to the exclusive Executive Lounge as well as every imaginable amenity, such as a large walk-in closet, a second bathroom for guests, indoor and outdoor whirlpool spas and your own private fitness room.

Veranda stateroom B1, B2, B3, B4

As their name implies, Veranda Staterooms feature a private veranda, the most requested luxury. Besides offering an abundance of space, each of these 282-square-foot staterooms includes a plush seating area, refrigerated mini-bar, spacious closet and a marble and granite-clad bathroom with bathtub/shower and separate shower.

Vista suite VS

Given their lavish interior design by Dakota Jackson and premier location overlooking the bow of the ship, the eight Vista Suites are in high demand. These 1,200- to 1,500-square-foot suites (size depends on deck location) include access to the exclusive Executive Lounge as well as every imaginable amenity, such as a large walk-in closet, a second bathroom for guests, indoor and outdoor whirlpool spas and your own private fitness room.

July 28 - Venice, Italy

  • At 19:00, you will have a welcome reception. Gather with your hosts and fellow group members for an open-bar cocktail hour with passed hors d'oeuvres.

July 29 - Venice, Italy

  • Guided walking tour of Venice.
  • At 23:00, you will depart from Venice and head to Slovenia.

July 30 - Koper, Slovenia

  • At 08:00, you will arrive in Koper.
  • Free time to explore the city.
  • At 17:00, you will depart to Croatia.

July 31 - Dubrovnik, Croatia

  • At 10:00, participate in a wine seminar and tasting. You will have the opportunity to taste Arista's new releases, preview upcoming vintages, and enjoy rare library selections from Aristas cellar.
  • At 12:00, you will arrive in Dubrovnik.
  • Take time to explore the city.
  • 23:00 Departure to Montenegro.

August 1 - Kotor, Montenegro

  • 08:00 Arrival in Kotor.
  • Take time to explore the city.
  • 19:00 Departure.

August 2 - Cruising the Ionian Sea

  • 14:00 Wine seminar and tasting. You will have the opportunity to taste Arista's new releases, preview upcoming vintages, and enjoy rare library selections from Aristas cellar.

August 3 - Palermo (Sicily), Italy

  • 08:00 Arrival in Palermo.
  • Take time to explore the city.
  • 17:00 Departure to Rome.
  • 18:30 Winemaker's dinner. A gourmet, multi-course, wine-paired meal will be served in either Toscana or Jacques specialty restaurant. Each course will be expertly paired with wines from Arista winery.

August 4 - Rome, Italy

  • 08:00 Arrival in Rome.
  • Take time to explore the city.
  • 20:00 Departure.

August 5 - Florence, Pisa, Tuscany, Italy

  • 08:00 Arrival in Livorno.
  • Take time to explore Livorno, which is also a gateway to Florence and Pisa.
  • 20:00 Departure to Monaco.

August 6 - Monte Carlo, Monaco

  • 08:00 Arrival in Monte Carlo.
  • Take time to explore the city.
  • 23:00 Departure to Marseille.

August 7 - Provence, France

  • 08:00 Arrival in Marseille.
  • Take time to explore the city.
  • 19:00 Departure to Barcelona.

August 8 - Barcelona, Spain

  • 08:00 Arrival in Barcelona.
  • Take time to explore the city.
  • Overnight in Barcelona.

August 9 - Barcelona, Spain

  • 08:00 Disembark as your cruise came to an end.

This cruise will take place along the Mediterranean Sea, visiting Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro, Monaco, France, and Spain.

Activities
  • Art classes
  • Cooking classes
  • Fitness center
  • Golf course
  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Indoor swimming pool
  • Massage
  • Sailing
  • Shopping
  • Spa
  • Steam room
  • Swimming
  • Table tennis
  • Wine tasting / tour
  • Yoga
General
  • Balcony
  • Bar
  • Cafe
  • Concierge desk
  • Dining area
  • Lounge
  • Mini bar
  • Poolside bar
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
Services
  • Beauty salon
  • Currency exchange
  • Free Wi-Fi / computer
  • Hair salon
  • Internet access
  • In-room dining
  • Laundry
  • Library
  • Medical assistance
  • Tour assistance

The cruise ship features a range of restaurants with various specifics you can choose to delight with.

Baristas

A ritual that dates back to 19th century England, afternoon tea is still a cherished tradition the world over. But few teatimes are as anticipated and inspired as Food & Wine Trails one, a celebratory daily event that irresistibly draws guests to horizons. As a classical string quartet plays softly in the background, their staff glides through the room presenting bountiful four-tiered pastry carts filled with freshly made finger sandwiches, colorful petits fours, richly textured scones with traditional clotted cream, and wonderfully sinful desserts. Of course, a tempting selection of teas is the essential centerpiece of this splendid afternoon pastime.

Jacques

Exquisitely decorated with heirloom antiques, pickled wood furnishings and art from Jacques Ppins personal collection, Rivieras Jacques was modeled after a Parisian bistro. Comfortable and eclectic, the ambiance is pure French, as is the cosmopolitan yet wonderfully embraceable cuisine.

Luscious aromas waft from the gleaming show rotisserie, where chicken, duck, pork, and veal roasts slowly turn. Each dish is a classic, ingeniously reinterpreted by master chef Ppin. This is coq au Vin beyond the imagination. Rotisserie-roasted chicken falls off the bone, bursting with flavor. His steak frites pairs the succulence of prime beef with the crisp sweetness of pommes de terre. Jacques is absolutely magnifique.

Polo Grill

Polo Grill embodies all the elements of a classic steakhouse, expressing them with timeless reverence. Mindful of tradition, the decor features crisp, white linen tablecloths, dark wood furnishings and supple, high-back, burgundy leather chairs. Each course stands as the very definition of a time-honored favorite, most notably the beef dishes, all of which are USDA Prime and dry-aged for 28 days to enhance tenderness and flavor. Succulent seafood dishes such as grilled mahi-mahi fillet and whole maine lobster gratine are also classics in their own right. The Caesar salad, too, is prepared according to tradition, tableside, and with gusto.

Red Ginger

With a nod to Feng Shui, Red Ginger on board Riviera radiates harmony and tranquility. The interior simply glows with ebony woods, a waterfall wall and striking, modern Asian artworks. To complement the stunning decor, Red Gingers chefs have created contemporary interpretations of Asian classics. Begin with a salad of spicy duck and watermelon with cashews, mint and Thai basil. Savor a Malaysian beef penaeng with coconut rice and paratha roti,or try Thai vegetable curry with sweet potatoes, eggplant, mushrooms, and basil in green curry sauce. In Red Ginger, the gustatory pleasures are as striking as the visual ones.

Terrace Cafe

Informal and carefree, the Terrace Cafe is wonderfully inviting any time of day. First thing in the morning, the room is infused with natural sunlight from the floor-to-ceiling windows, stimulating the appetite for the sumptuous breakfast selections. Come lunch on the expansive menu of international dishes changes entirely, beautifully complemented by flavorful roasted, rotisserie meats, and the magic of the pizzerias oven. Feel free to dine inside or alfresco at one of the shaded teak tables on the terrace. Evenings, the impeccably clad wait staff shines, and the cuisine takes on a local flair. The next day, an entirely different series of menus awaits the opportunity to delight you.

Toscana

In Italian, Toscana means Tuscan, and just as Tuscan cuisine evolved from rich family traditions, many of their recipes originated with the mothers and grandmothers of their own Italian culinary staff. Presented on elegant, custom-designed Versace china, masterfully prepared dishes exemplify the essence of Tuscany and celebrate Italys culinary passion. Perhaps the evening begins with the octopus carpaccio with champagne vinaigrette or the artichoke and parmesan cheese timbale with black truffle sauce. Classic dishes from other regions of northern Italy are featured as well, such as the minestrone alla Genovese, lasagne al forno alla Bolognese and Osso Buco alla Milanese.

Waves Grill

Sometimes, the ultimate luxury is casual dining, a style laid-back Waves Grill epitomizes. Located in a spacious, shaded area steps from the swimming pool, Waves Grill offers an extensive and mouth-watering luncheon menu. Watch the chefs grill gourmet burgers, tangy barbecue, and succulent seafood to order in the open galley, accompanying them with side dishes like garden-fresh salads and crispy, hand-cut truffle fries dusted with grated aged parmesan. Then, top it off with a decadent dessert such as a creamy homemade gelato, a made-to-order hot fudge sundae or a thick, hand-dipped milkshake.

Winemakers dinner sample menus

Toscana wine group menu degustation

Amuse Bouche: Involtini di Melanzane alla Ghiotta - sliced eggplant rolled and sauted with roasted minced veal stuffing and basil, baked in fresh tomato sauce

Appetizer - choice of: Code di Scampi avvolte nel Prosciutto Crudo di Parma - sauted jumbo shrimp tenderly wrapped in prosciutto di Parma ham and served with candied cherry tomato, or Carpaccio di Manzo - aged parmigiano reggiano, arugula, crowned with thinly sliced prime beef tenderloin, and drizzled with lemoninfused extra virgin olive oil

Appetizer - choice of: Code di Scampi avvolte nel Prosciutto Crudo di Parma - sauted jumbo shrimp tenderly wrapped in prosciutto di Parma ham and served with candied cherry tomato, or Carpaccio di Manzo - aged parmigiano reggiano, arugula, crowned with thinly sliced prime beef tenderloin, and drizzled with lemoninfused extra virgin olive oil

Salad: Insalatine di Campo con Formaggio di Capra, Pomodori e Olive Nere - baby spinach with crumbled Sardinian goat cheese, tomatoes and Kalamata olives in a delicate lemon oregano vinaigrette

Pasta - choice of: Ravioli con farcia di manzo saltati al sugo d arrosto - ravioli stuffed with slowly roasted beef and tossed in on rosemary and tomato flavored veal jus, or Risotto agli asparagi mantecato al provolone e tartufo - green asparagus risotto finished with provolone cheese and enhanced with black truffle

Entres - choice of: Filetto di manzo alla fiorentina con crosta al gorgonzola - filet Mignon in Gorgonzola crust, sauted garlic spinach, and grilled polenta and Brunello red wine sauce, or Filetto di branzino dorato con limoni di Sorrento e capperi - pan seared sea bass fillet topped with an emulsion of sorrento lemons, capers, and Chardonnay wine served with grilled baby vegetables and steamed new potatoes, sprinkled with fresh parsley and roasted garlicinfused extra virgin olive oil

Dessert: Toscana quintet, a delightful selection of traditional desserts, or Selection of biscotti

Jacques wine group menu degustation

Appetizer - choice of: Terrine de foie gras de canard la gele de coing - duck foie gras terrine with quince jelly and toasted brioche, or Homard et caviar, radis dhiver, mulsion au miel dacacia et vinaigre de xeres - steamed Maine lobster and caviar salad with daikon radish in an acacia honey and sherry glaze

Salad: Coeur de laitue lchalote et Roquefort - heart of Boston lettuce with shallots and Roquefort blue cheese

Hot appetizer - choice of: Maine lobster cassolette with bisque sabayon, Vegetable salpicon, or Souffl au fromage de chvre Monte Carlo - Molten goat cheese souffl with heirloom tomato sauce

Entrees - choice of: Carr de veau marin la tapenade - Tapenade and garlic-marinated roasted veal rack, or Coquille saint-jacques aux morilles et pommes de terre fondants - sauted scallops over fondant potatoes and morel sauce

Dessert - choice of: Tarte aux pommes la frangipane - Jacques favorite apple tart, Crme brle la lavande - lavender crme brle, or Madeleine

Art classes

For budding artists, there is Rivieras Artist Loft enrichment center, where talented artists-in-residence offer step-by-step instruction. Under their watchful eye, you may paint with oils or watercolors, perfect your needlepoint skills or create amazing arts and crafts. The courses change continually, and with the masters guidance, your talents will quickly blossom.

Cooking classes

For those enthusiasts seeking enlightenment beyond that found in a library or a lecture, Riviera offers the only custom designed and truly hands-on cooking school at sea. At the Bon Apptit Culinary Center, you will learn and prepare with your own hands a variety of exquisite dishes at your own fully equipped workstation in a state-of-the-art teaching kitchen.

Master chefs from around the world offer guidance and inspiration to fine-tune your techniques, but you will actually prepare the dishes yourself. Its the ultimate way to learn and truly absorbevery step of each recipe, especially since at select ports you may accompany the chef instructors while shopping for fresh ingredients ashore at local markets.

Dubrovnik, Croatia

George Bernard Shaw was enchanted by this beautiful city: for him, it was paradise. Millions of people also take home happy memories from this "jewel of the Adriatic". Dubrovnik has a remarkable history. An independent, merchant republic for 700 years, it traded with Turkey and India in the East and had trade representatives in Africa. It even had diplomatic relations with the English court in the middle ages. Its status was such that powerful and rich Venice was envious of this Croatian-Slav city.

The old town was completed in the 13th century and remains virtually unchanged to the present day. Tall ramparts surround it and there are only two entrances to the old town, which lead to the Stradun, the city's promenade. One of the greatest pleasures for many visitors is to have a drink in one of the nearby cafes and watch the world go by, whilst they themselves are being watched by the city patron, St. Blaise, or Sveti Vlaho as the locals call him. In 1991/2, the Serbs shelled the city causing considerable damage, but thanks to local efforts and international aid, the old town has been restored to its former beauty.

Entertainment options onboard

The immense variety of entertainment options onboard ensures that your interest will be constantly piqued. Enjoy an often famous guest lecturer, who might be a historian, naturalist or former ambassador eager to share insider knowledge. Musical performances are equally enriching and, depending on the voyage, may include a live pianist, classical string quartet, dynamic vocalists and spectacular headliners. Later you may wish to try your luck in the elegant Monte Carlo-style casino.

Florence, Pisa, Tuscany, Italy

Livorno is Italys second largest port after Genoa. It also serves as a gateway to the Tuscany region and the great cultural centers of Florence, Lucca, Pisa and Siena. Tuscany delights visitors with its picturesque small towns and classic landscapes. The gently rounded hills, accented by clumps of slender cypresses, have been immortalized in numerous paintings. Lush vineyards are the source of the famous dry, dark-red Chianti wines. From this part of Italy, the national language evolved with Dante and other great Tuscan writers of his period. Even more important is the impact this area had on the culture of the rest of Italy and Europe, adding immense wealth to the architectural and artistic heritage.

The Italian Renaissance, with its most active center in Florence, lasted from the 1400s to the 1700s. Its greatest support came from the all-powerful Medici family who commissioned Italys most talented painters, sculptors and architects to create some of the most outstanding works of art. Names such as Michelangelo, Machiavelli, Giotto, Vasari, Botticelli, da Vinci and Donatello come to mind, all of whom worked and lived in Florence at some time in their lives.

Koper, Slovenia

Carved grey Istrian limestone, eight squares situated at the outer edge of the town covered with a carpet of white stone, eleven other squares, remnants of an ancient city wall, narrow intertwining streets leading to the main square, boasting the largest cathedral in Slovenia; all this narrates the story of the past and of the present moment. Step by step the facades of the buildings and their interiors reveal the millennial history of Koper, once Lustinopolis, Capris, evoke the era of the Venetian Republic, the golden age of the Gothic and Renaissance, up to the present moment. Slovene Istria or the avrinski hills is Koper's winegrowing region.

This region is always mystical with its Mediterranean climate, plant life, and outstanding wines: the red Refok, the golden Malvazija, and the aromatic Rumeni Mukat. Excellent olive oil is produced here, and from here the first cherries and early vegetables are sent to markets further inland. Here, the Slavic and Roman cultures met, and Venetian splendor placed its stamp on three coastal towns. The Wine Road includes wine cellars, osmice, tourist farms, wine shops, local gostilnas. The Wine Road is divided into sections that lead to interesting places: from Socerb to Hrastovlje, from Kubed to Gradine, from kofije to Debeli Rti, from Dekani via Marezige and Truke to Koper, so don't leave without a map.

Kotor, Montenegro

Located along one of Montenegro's most beautiful bays is Kotor, a city of traders and famous sailors, with many stories to tell. The Old City of Kotor is a well-preserved urbanization typical of the Middle Ages, built between the 12th and 14th century. Medieval architecture and numerous monuments of cultural heritage have made Kotor an UNESCO listed World Natural and Historical Heritage Site".

Through the entire city the buildings are crisscrossed with narrow streets and squares. At one of them there is the Cathedral of Sveti Tripun, a monument of Roman culture and one of the most recognizable symbols of the city. The Church of Sveti Luka (13th century), Church Sveta Ana (12th century) Church Sveta Marija (13th century), Church Gospe od Zdravlja (15th century), the Princes Palace (17th century) and the Napoleon Theatre (19th century) are all treasures that are part of the rich heritage of Kotor.

Marseilles (Provence), France

Marseille is a vibrant, cosmopolitan port and the most populated city in the country after Paris. The craggy, mountainous hinterland of the Provence provides Marseille with a spectacular backdrop. It is the country's most important seaport and the largest one in the Mediterranean. The city is divided into 16 arrondissements fanning out from the Old Port. The large industrial port area virtually rubs shoulders with the intimate, picturesque old harbor, the Vieux Port. Packed with fishing boats and pleasure crafts, this is the heart of Marseille. Two fortresses guard the entrance to the harbor.

Several vantage points offer spectacular views, including the striking Basilica Notre Dame de la Garde. This prominent landmark, overlooking the city, is crowned by a monumental gilded statue of the Virgin Mary. Marseille boasts numerous fine museums that are well worth a visit. Relaxing at one of the many outside cafes or strolling through the Old Port area allows you to enjoy the unpretentious charm of this city

Monte Carlo, Monaco

The independent principality of Monaco is famous as the playground of the Cte dAzur. With nice beaches, elegant hotels and a vibrant nightlife, this tiny domain is a favorite haunt of the jet set. In the possession of the Grimaldi family for more than 700 years, a treaty with France guarantees Monacos independence as long as the principality is governed by the Grimaldis.

The fashionable enclave numbers only about 32,000 inhabitants and is smaller than New Yorks Central Park, but it boasts some of the most expensive real estate in the world. In addition to its luxury hotels and beautiful beaches, Monaco is noted for its mild climate and magnificent scenery. Once an exclusive wintering stop for Europes aristocracy, today there are more than five million visitors annually. Of the principalitys four sections. La Condamine, Fontvieille, Monaco-Ville and Monte Carlo, the latter two rank highest on every visitors must-see list.

Ornellaia and the Super Tuscans of Italy Arista shore tour

On August 5, you are invited to spend a day under the Tuscan sun to visit one of the few wineries in the world that can boast a perfect 100 rating from Wine Spectator! Considered to be rebels of the wine world, the super Tuscans of Italy came into vogue in the late 1980s as a handful of reds from the region gained international attention. These wines, sold as vini da tavola or table wines because of their use of international varietals, principally Cabernet Sauvignon, made them ineligible for official wine categories.

These "super" Tuscan reds were outside the official premium wine designations and superior in quality. Today, the super Tuscans form an impressive legion of top-quality and often pricey wines. One producer included in this elite club is Tenuta dellOrnellaia. As special wine cruise guests, you will start the days journey into the land of the super Tuscans with a short stop on the way to Ornellaia to wet your palate with some of the offerings of this areas claim to fame. You will be personally led through an introductory tasting of wines from three of the local Tuscan DOC areas.

Your next stop brings you to the famous super Tuscan wine estate Tenuta dellOrnellaia where you will discover for yourself what compels the wine industrys top publications to include their wines in the Top Wines of the Year lists over and over, year after year. You begin your tour with a walk through Ornellaias famed Bellaria Vineyard before proceeding to their winery.

Since 1981, when Tenuta dellOrnellaia was established, this beautiful and unspoiled area has become synonymous with winemaking of the first order and has seen the birth of great labels such as Ornellaia, Le Serre Nuove dellOrnellaia, Masseto, and Le Volte. Ornellaias philosophy on winemaking is quality without compromise, and you are invited to experience this integrity first hand during a tasting of several of their varietals before enjoying a Tuscan four-course wine-paired luncheon.

One last stop, before your ride back to the ship, where you will have the opportunity to walk off your meal and shop for a bottle or two of the super Tuscan wines in the spectacular old town of Bolgheri, or the golden Oasis of the Maremma, as it has been described. Here, everything has kept its original aspect and you feel the sensation that time has stopped for the moment.

Palermo (Sicily), Italy

Drenched in sunshine all year round, in a natural harbor, nestled comfortably into the coastline of the Conca d'Oro ("Golden Valley" or "horn of plenty") surrounded in verdant scenery and cocooned in mountains culminating in the peak of Mount Pellegrino (the Pilgrim Mountain) lies the stupendous city of Palermo. It was once completely cultivated into citrus groves, and plantations, but with urban growth and development, many sadly have disappeared. Notwithstanding, Palermo is renowned for its marvelous lemons and oranges.

A cultural feast, Palermo is a fascinating combination of East and West, Arab and Norman that is quite unlike any other European city on the Mediterranean. A simple stroll can serve to illustrate Palermo's rich heritage. The Quattro Canti is the great square at the heart of the city. A short walk past its 17th-century palazzos and fountains brings the traveler to the Palazzo dei Normanni. Begun by Arab emirs in the 9th century, the Palazzo was finished by the island's Norman conquerors.

The Palazzo's stone arches and buttresses stand in stark contrast to its Palatine Chapel. There elaborate tile work and mosaics lend mute testimonies to the Islamic and Byzantine influences that a lso shaped Palermo's culture. The city abounds in such colorful sights, from the neo-classical Teatro Massimo, one of the largest opera houses in Europe, to the catacombs beneath the Capuchin convent, where thousands of mummified bodies lie in eternal rest.

Parker's Passion for Chateauneuf du Pape Arista Shore Tour

On August 7, you can enjoy a tour of Chteauneuf-du-Pape. Less than 60 miles from Marseille, Chteauneuf-du-Pape is your destination for the day and your guide is an American-born and French-trained superstar sommelier. His goal is to educate you and your palate on what makes Chteauneuf-du-Pape such a classic wine region. The first stop is the highly respected, award-winning winery, Domaine de la Janasse. With wines consistently rated in the 90s by Wine Advocate and Wine Spectator, Janasse, has become synonymous with excellence in the wine world.

Next, just east of the village of Chteauneuf-du-Pape is an award-winning estate that was once a hunting lodge. Today, Les Clos du Caillou produces some of the regions top rated wines. In 2001, the estates young proprietor, Jean-Denis Vacheron, was tragically killed. After his death, his young widow, their winemaker, and renowned oenologist Phillippe Cambrie, dedicated themselves to continue her late husbands vision of creating distinctive wines of world-class quality.

Parker and wine critics around the world took notice and have been scoring their wines in the high 90s ever since. Lunch will be served at nearby chef-owned restaurant, La Table de Sorgues. The menu, made with fresh ingredients and full of flavorful foods, is paired with a selection of regional wines. If time allows, you will make a short stop in the village of Chteauneuf-du-Pape for shopping.

Rome, Italy

Sprawled across seven legendary hills, romantic and beautiful Rome was one of the great centers of the ancient world. Although its beginning is shrouded in legend and its development is full of intrigue and struggle, Rome has always been and remains the Eternal City. Its greatest splendor was experienced during the 1st and 2nd centuries when art flourished, monumental works of architecture were erected, and the mighty Roman legions swept outward, conquering much of the known world. Todays Rome, with its splendid churches, ancient monuments and palaces, spacious parks, tree-lined boulevards, fountains, outdoor cafes and elegant shops, is one of the worlds most attractive and exciting cities.

Among the most famous monuments is the Coliseum. As you walk its cool, dark passageways, imagine the voices that once filled the arena as 50,000 spectators watched combat between muscled gladiators and ferocious animals. Stop to see the remains of the Forum, once the citys political and commercial center. In later times, Romes squares were enhanced with such imposing structures as the Vittorio Emanuele Monument, the monumental Trevi fountain and Berninis Fountain of the Four Rivers, to name just a few.

Venice, Italy

Lord Byron called Venice (Venezia) "a fairy city of the heart." La Serenissima, "the most serene," is an improbable cityscape of stone palaces that seem to float on water, a place where cats nap in oriental marble windowsills set in colorful plaster walls. Candy-stripe pylons stand sentry outside the tiny stone docks of palazzi whose front steps descend into the gently lapping waters of the canals that lace the city.

A whimsical stroll through the city can lead one to a hidden world of ornately decorated piazzas and shops. As you explore colorful marketplaces and busy town squares, marvel at a priceless legacy of Baroque architecture. Admire the richness of St. Mark's Basilica and the lavishness of the Palazzo Ducale. Getting lost in Venice can be a truly delightful experience. The place of dreams, this romantic city will live long in your memory.

Wine Crossroads of Slovenia Arista shore tour

On July 30, you can participate in Wine Crossroads tour. Nestled within the crossroads of the Alps and the Mediterranean, Slovenia is home to some of the most exciting wines in central Europe. With less square miles than New Jersey and fewer people than the city of Houston, Slovenia has a rich wine history that reaches back over two millennia. Communism stopped its culture of winemaking, but today, there is no former communist country thats come as far as Slovenia in rediscovering and redeveloping a vibrant wine culture. It is one of the most exciting stories in wine today.

Sharing a sub-alpine border with Friuli, Italy, home to some of the worlds best white and to a lesser degree, red wines, the vines and winemaking style of Slovenia is often intermingled with its neighbor. The first stop is at Stoka Winery. The familys farm is located about 45 minutes from Koper in the village of Krajina Vas. Here, you will taste three of their regional wines served with a light snack. Another 45-minute drive will bring the group to Brda, and Primorskas most celebrated winery, Movia. You will tour the estate and taste a selection of their current vintages before sitting down for a four-course wine-paired luncheon.

From Movia, you will head back towards Koper, stopping first in the town of Piran, one of the most photogenic cities in the Mediterranean. You will begin with a guided walking tour through the charming narrow streets around the main square. After the tour, you have the choice of returning to the ship via motor coach or remaining in Piran and continuing your exploration of the winding Gothic alleyways, cute shops, and tempting outdoor bars and restaurants. If you stay, Kopers pier is about 15 miles from Piran and you would need to hire a taxi to return to the ship before it departs late that evening.

The onboard Canyon ranch spa club offers signature treatments, nutrition and lifestyle consultations, wellness presentations, Canyon stone massages, and Thai massage. At the spa you can find a Kinesis exercise wall, a private spa terrace featuring thalassotherapy pool or whirlpool tubs, a relaxation room, heated ceramic loungers, sauna, a steam room, a state-of-the-art fitness center and fitness track, and a beauty salon. You may also attend to yoga, Pilates, indoor cycling, aerobics, private and group fitness classes, as well as having personal training sessions.

  • 12 nights shipboard accommodation
  • A privatetothegroup, educational wine program
  • A winemaker's dinner in one of the ships specialty restaurants
  • All meals onboard
  • Free unlimited soft drinks, cappuccino, espresso, and teas
  • Onboard entertainment and creature comforts of a deluxe cruise
  • Private parties, tastings, and seminars
  • Wine served at exclusive group events
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • All items of a personal nature
  • Optional shore tours

Arrival by airplane

The nearest airport to the location is Aeroporto Marco Polo Di Venezia (VCE).