O'Brien Estate

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 escorted by Bart & Barb O’Brien
  • Private events including a Welcome Reception, wine tastings, and winemaker’s dinner featuring the wines of O’Brien Estate
  • Optional 2-night pre-cruise hotel program in Copenhagen
  • Access to private group shore tours in Stockholm and Oslo
  • Free pre-paid gratuities and $150 shipboard credit for early bookings
Cruise Highlights:
  • 12-Day Baltic cruise on luxurious ship, Marina
  • 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, Toscana, Jacques, Polo Grill, and the only Wine Spectator sponsored restaurant at sea, La Reserve
  • FREE Internet package PLUS your choice of 8 FREE shore excursions, FREE beverage package or $800 shipboard credit

  


ABOUT the EXPERT(s)



Bart & Barb O'Brien
 

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 pre-cruise program and shore tours 
  • All items of a personal nature

REVIEWS

"I have had reservations about 'cruising' but they have been abated by this first experience….Bart & Barb O'Brien were gracious, generous, amazing hosts." 

B. Wilkinson (Philadelphia, PA)

AWARDS and RATINGS




95 Pts.
2013 Reserve Chardonnay
Napa Valley 

93 Pts.
2014 Reserve Cabernet Franc
Napa Valley

 







94 Pts.
2012 Unrestrained Reserve
Napa Valley