Christopher Creek & Fritz Underground Winery
2018 Mediterranean Cruise

Ports of Call

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.

Today’s Rome, with its splendid churches, ancient monuments and palaces, spacious parks, tree-lined boulevards, fountains, outdoor cafés and elegant shops, is one of the world’s 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 city’s political and commercial center. In later times, Rome’s squares were enhanced with such imposing structures as the Vittorio Emanuele Monument, the monumental Trevi fountain and Bernini’s Fountain of the Four Rivers. 




Portofino, Italy





In a tiny cove, out of sight and almost inaccessible, is hidden an ancient fishing village, that has become an internationally renowned symbol. Until the 19th century, Portofino was a fishing village, the bay was a well-known safe haven for ships, and the promontory served as an outpost for coastal sightings. At the end of the 19th century, all over Europe, the middle classes and aristocracy began to choose this beautiful place to build their summer residences, attracting the likes of Humphrey Bogart, Sophia Loren, Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor and Princess Grace.  Now, since the 1950s, Portofino has welcomed big Hollywood names, great artists, and entrepreneurs, making it famous all over the world. 






Olbia/Porto Cervo (Sardinia), Italy


Porto Cervo is an Italian seaside resort in northern Sardinia , nestling in a beautiful and perfectly sheltered harbour.  The Marina is one of the Mediterranean's best equipped and most welcoming ports. Tourists will enjoy trendy attractions, restaurants, boutiques and viewing the many luxury yachts.  Some of the most beautiful beaches in the world exist here and its often the playground of the rich and famous. If time allows, you may want to consider a private car and driver and head to the lovely town of Olbia and visit its 11th century cathedral with Roman artifacts and Punic burials.  


Bandol, France


For more than a century, this charming seaside resort has been a retreat for artists and writers, attracting the likes of Aldous Huxley, Thomas Mann and Katherine Mansfield.  Visitors are enchanted by Bandol's sandy beaches, rocky coves and pleasant Mediterranean climate.  Stroll along the delightful seafront promenade, try your luck in the casino, or venture into the countryside and sample some of the region's famous rosés.


Toulon, France
Lying on a natural harbor on the French Riviera, Toulon is France's principal naval base, and the waterfront is always full of life.  Designed around stately fountains and small squares, the Old city is tucked between the harbor and boulevard de Strasbourg, and its Cathedrale Saint-Marie-Majeure is noteworthy for its Romanesque architecture.  The city is also rich in history, much of it on display in the marine museum and the Museum of Toulon, celebrated for its Provencal paintings.  For the ultimate view of Toulon, ride the cable car to Mount Faron.
 



Saint-Tropez, France

Set on the blue waters of the Golfe de Saint-Tropez, this modern version of a medieval town is most popular for the line of luxury yachts in her harbor and the facing line of terrace cafés, divided by a parade of strolling tourists and slowly cruising sports cars. Night life 
is very lively and often one can see helicopters bringing elegant guests to private parties, in one of the many luxurious villas in the bay. "People watching" is a favorite sport in Saint-Tropez in the summer. Visitors like to sit in the outdoor cafés, hoping either to be seen or to see someone else.








Monte Carlo, Monaco

The independent principality of Monaco is famous as the playground of the Côte d’Azur. 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 Monaco’s 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 York’s 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 Europe’s aristocracy, today there are more than five million visitors annually. Of the principality’s four sections - La Condamine, Fontvieille, Monaco-Ville and Monte Carlo, the latter two rank highest on every visitor’s must-see list.

 





 

HIGHLIGHTS

Wine Program Highlights:
  • Personally hosted by Dominic Foppoli of Christopher Creek Winery and Clayton Fritz of Fritz Underground Winery
  • Private events including a welcome reception, casual wine hour,  winemaker’s dinner featuring host wines and farewell toast
  • Optional wine-themed Food & Wine Trails' shore tour in Saint-Tropez
  • Free pre-paid gratuities and $100 shipboard credit for early bookings
 
Cruise Highlights:
  • 7-Day cruise on Oceania Cruises' luxurious ship, Riviera
  • Finest Cuisine At Sea, served in a variety of distinctive open-seating restaurants, all at no additional charge
  • Gourmet cuisine curated by world-renowned Master Chef Jacques Pépin
  • Epicurean enrichment programs, including immersive Culinary Discovery tours in select ports
  • Specialty restaurants including the renowned Red Ginger, Toscana, Jacques, Polo Grill, and the only Wine Spectator sponsored restaurant at sea, La Reserve
  • FREE Internet package PLUS your choice of 4 FREE shore excursions, FREE beverage package or $400 shipboard credit per stateroom

ABOUT the EXPERT(s)


Dominic Foppoli
Christopher Creek Winery


Clayton Fritz
Fritz Underground Winery

INCLUDES

  • Shipboard accommodations
  • Roundtrip air to Europe
  • Ocean transportation
  • All meals & entertainment on ship
  • FREE unlimited soft drinks, cappuccino, espresso, and teas
  • Onboard Wine Education Program

DOESN'T INCLUDE

  • Airport transfers
  • Optional Food & Wine Trails pre-cruise & shore tours
  • Travel insurance
  • All items of a personal nature

REVIEWS

Food & Wine Trails did an outstanding job with all aspects of the cruise.  We were extremely impressed and hope to have an opportunity to travel with F&WT again.

L. & D. Fahl (Leesburg, VG)