2018 Chris Carpenter Wine Cruise
Mt. Brave & La Jota Vineyards

Shore Tours

Food & Wine Trails' (F&WT) private shore tours differ significantly from the typical group tours sold on cruise ships. Our tours are designed specifically for food and wine lovers, focusing on the wine, culture, and cuisine of a region. We take our guests to unique venues, often not accessible to the public and therefore not crowded with tourists. Our guides have been hand selected for their expertise and knowledge of the region, and bring as much to the experience as the destination itself.

The size of our tours are kept relatively small to allow for a more intimate and authentic experience. As a result, shore tour participation cannot be guaranteed to all group members.

A brochure with tour descriptions and registration form will be sent by email and USPA to all confirmed group members 4 to 5 months prior to the cruise. Once released, we recommend acting quickly as they tend to sell out quickly. In the event one or all tour(s) become sold out, your F&WT Travel Consultant can offer you other options.

Please note that before tours are released, all descriptions and included elements are subject to change.

HIGHLIGHTS

Wine Program Highlights:
  • Personally hosted winemaker Chris Carpenter
  • Private events including a welcome reception, wine tastings & seminars, and winemaker’s dinner featuring host wines
  • Wine tasting and pairing with Claudine Pépin and Chris Carpenter
  • Private shore tour options in Almafii and Taormina  
  • Free pre-paid gratuities and $150 shipboard credit for early bookings
 
Cruise Highlights:
  • 10-day cruise aboard Oceania Cruises' intimate and newest ship, Sirena
  • Culinary Sojourn themed voyage with Sirena's godmother, Claudine Pépin
  • 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
  • Espicurean enrichment programs, including immersive Culinary Discovery tours in select ports
  • Specialty restaurants including the renowned Red Ginger, Tuscan Steak and Jacques Bistro
  • FREE Internet package PLUS your choice of 6 FREE shore excursions, FREE beverage package or $600 shipboard credit

ABOUT the EXPERT(s)



Christopher Carpenter
Winemaker

INCLUDES

  • Shipboard accommodations
  • Roundtrip air to Europe
  • 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 shore tours
    • Oceania Cruises shore tours
    • Travel insurance
    • All items of a personal nature



     

    REVIEWS

    " Taormina was our favorite port.  A lovely, hilly town with fantastic views.  The tour and lunch at Villagrande Estate was great, with another splendid view."

    R. & C. Valentine | Zionsville, IN

    AWARDS and RATINGS



    95 pts.
    Mt. Brave 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
    (Mount Veeder)

    95 pts.
    La Jota Vineyard 2013 Merlot
    (Howell Mountain)