Food & Wine Trails
2020 Sommelier's Insider Series Wine Cruise

Overview



2020 Sommelier's Insider Series Wine Cruise
    Featuring World Renowned Wine Regions of France & Spain



May 25 - June 4, 2020 | 10-Days
Round-trip London
Aboard Oceania Cruises' Marina
Including 2 days in Bordeaux, France

Fares From $4,299 per person
Includes Round-trip Airfare!

 


 Food & Wine Trails guests receive choice of
One Complimentary Bespoke Shore Tour
Choice of Normandy or Brittany - curated by Food & Wine Trails

PLUS

OLife added benefits:

If booked by July 31, 2019
$100 per stateroom shipboard credit, FREE pre-paid gratuities, FREE Unlimited Internet package
and your choice per stateroom of:

Six (6) FREE Shore Excursions
~
FREE Beverage Package
~
$600 Additional Shipboard Credit  

It is our great pleasure to announce Food & Wine Trails' first Sommelier's Insider Series Wine Cruise

Careful thought and planning has been put into this extraordinary program by the F&WT team, from the selection of the cruise itinerary, to the expert host, to the wine experiences onboard and ashore. 

Our inaugural Sommelier's Insider Series Wine Cruise kicks off in May of 2020 from London for 10 glorious days exploring the Atlantic Coast of France, visiting world renowned wine regions including Basque Country, Rioja, Bordeaux and more!  This region is much more laid-back that the Med (but with almost as much sunshine), and is the perfect destination to slow the pace down, appreciate back-to-nature landscapes and the vine-striped hills showcasing the best of French wines. 

When it came time to select an onboard group host and wine expert, the choice was clear - fan-favorite, sommelier and French wine expert, Kelly McAuliffe.  As the only American Sommelier in France, Kelly is, in our opinion, the best wine educator available.  Many of you have already had the pleasure of Kelly's expert guidance, charming larger-than-life personality and of course his great story-telling during our private tours ashore.  For those who have not yet had the pleasure of meeting Kelly, you are in for a very special treat.  Kelly consistently receives rave reviews from our past guests and is often praised as the highlight of our exclusive land programs.  Now you have the opportunity to enjoy his company not only on land, but also at sea for the entire cruise.

We have taken a great cruise and sent it over-the-top, not only with the addition of Kelly as your onboard host, but we've also added onboard wine programs like never seen before plus five new optional shore tours curated exclusively for this extraordinary cruise as a way to honor our valued past guests and at the same time invite new guests to discover what sets Food & Wine Trails apart from other wine travel programs.  Of all the options out there for wine-themed travel, this is the one not to miss and here are a few reasons why...

  • Best-of-the-best, onboard host and French Sommelier, Kelly McAuliffe
  • Food & Wine Trails NEW "Exploring England's Sparkling Wines" optional 2-night pre-cruise Southern England land program
  • Five NEW bespoke wine-themed optional shore tours curated exclusively for this cruise
  • One complimentary bespoke wine-themed shore tour (Choice of Normandy or Brittany) for for all Food & Wine Trails guests
  • New onboard private events including "50 Shades of Rosé" Welcome Reception; "Rockin Rhône" Wine Seminar; and "Hidden Treasures of France" Farewell Reception
  • "Valley of the Kings" wine-paired dinner
  • $100 Shipboard Credit per stateroom and pre-paid ship gratuities



 


HIGHLIGHTS

Wine Program Highlights:
  • Personally escorted by Kelly McAuliffe, Sommelier and French Wine Expert
  • Optional F&WT 2-night night Southern England pre-cruise land program
  • Private wine-themed events including a welcome reception, seminar & tasting,winemaker’s dinner and farewell reception
  • Choice of complimentary Food & Wine Trails' shore tour (Normandy or Brittany) for all guests
  • Five NEW Food & Wine Trails optional wine-themed shore tours in select port cities 
  • Free pre-paid gratuities and $100 shipboard credit per stateroom for early bookings
 
Cruise Highlights:
  • 10-day cruise on Oceania Cruises' 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
  • 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

ABOUT the EXPERT(s)


Kelly McAuliffe
Sommelier & French Wine Expert

INCLUDES

  • Shipboard accommodations
  • Roundtrip airfare
  • All meals & entertainment on ship
  • FREE unlimited soft drinks, cappuccino, espresso, and teas
  • Onboard Wine Education Program
  • One complimentary F&WT curated shore tour for all guests (choice of Normandy or Brittany)
  • DOESN'T INCLUDE

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

    REVIEWS

    Kelly is outstanding -- knowledgeable and a delight to be around/fun personality!  Made everyone in the group feel included too.

    L. Callies (Lino Lakes, MN)