May 29 - June 8, 2019  |  Venice to Rome


Every guest aboard Elizabeth Spencer’s Inaugural 2018 wine cruise had a wonderful time.  So much so, that they decided to rebook a 2019 cruise on the spot!

We are pleased to announce Elizabeth Spencer Winery’s 2nd annual wine cruise departing May 29, 2019 from Venice to Rome.  Elizabeth and Spencer will once again be your gracious hosts aboard Oceania Cruises’ intimate and lovely SIRENA.

Explore ancient ruins, frolick in clear blue seas, taste wine on the slopes of a volcano, and embrace the romance of some of the most amazing destinations on Earth.

VENICE

Italy

DUBROVNIK

Croatia

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

At Sea

MYKONOS

Greece

SANTORINI

Greece

GYTHION

Greece

CORFU

Greece

TAORMINA (SICILY)

Italy

SORRENTO/CAPRI

Italy

ROME

Italy

  • Sail May 29 - June 8, 2019 from Venice to Rome.
  • Stateroom fares starting at $3874, including roundtrip airfare
  • Exclusive optional shore tours in Santorini and Taormina
  • Hosted wine seminars & tastings
  • Winemakers dinner with Elizabeth and Spencer
  • LOTS of Elizabeth Spencer wine

Additional Info & Reservations

Exclusive Pre-Cruise Verona Program & Shore Tours

Wines From the Land of Romeo & Juliet

2-Night Pre-Cruise Package

Day 1 |Independent Arrival In Venice or Verona

May 27, 2019

Food & Wine Trails has created a two-night pre-cruise Verona package that begins with a private car and driver from either the Venice International or Verona Municipal Airports to the beautiful Valpolicella wine region, known for producing Amarone, one of Italy’s biggest and most prestigious red wines and Prosecco, the country’s charming answer to Champagne.
Medieval Verona is situated 50 miles north of Venice along the banks of the Adige River.  Just outside of town, set in the vineyards, you’ll spend two nights at a fabulously restored 15th-Century Venetian villa owned by the famed Byblos fashion label. You’ll enjoy sommelier-led wine tours to two of the region’s top Amarone producers with a special wine-paired lunch at a local trattoria.
One of the most well-known tales of tragedy and romance is William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet. The story has touched so many hearts over the centuries that even today people come to Verona from all over the world to leave notes for Juliet, to see her balcony and to experience this beautifully intact medieval city.

Day 2 |Discovering Valpolicella

May 28, 2019

Enjoy breakfast served in the hotel’s restaurant before meeting your guide and departing for a full day in Valpolicella.
Depart the hotel for a 30 minute drive to the Santa Sofia Estate. Established in 1811, the Santa Sofia winery has its headquarters and cellars in the noble, though unfinished, villa designed by Andrea Palladio in the 16th century. Villa Santa Sofia, formerly known as Villa Sarego, was included as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1996 along with other villas built by the architect Andrea Palladio.
Arrive for your guided tour of their historic cellars and a formal tasting of six of their wines served with a selection of local cheeses and salamis. After the tasting, you will have the opportunity to purchase wines. Depart the estate and drive into Verona for a 3-hour, wine-paired luncheon at Trattoria Al Caprini Restaurant. The menu will consist of local specialties with a selection of hard-to-find, local Valpolicellas and Amarones.
After lunch, you return to the hotel and are free to either return to Verona and explore on your own, or just indulge yourself with a treatment at the hotel’s spa. Dinner this evening is on your own.

Day 3 |Valpolicella & Transfer to the Ship

May 29, 2019

Check-out of your room and then enjoy breakfast in the hotel’s restaurant. Meet your guide in the lobby with your luggage and board the motorcoach.
Depart the Byblos Hotel and drive approximately one hour to Corte Sant’Alda for a tour of their vineyard and cellars. Award-winning owner and inspirational viticulturist Marinella Camerani will present her philosophy of living with the land and her choice to conduct bio-dynamic agriculture. Enjoy a tasting of seven of the estate’s wines along with a generous sampling of locally produced cheeses and salamis. Before leaving the estate you will have the chance to make purchases.
Depart the winery for the two-hour drive from Valpolicella to the port in Venice, where you will board the ship in the late afternoon.

Amazing Wines & Views of Santorini

REGISTRATION COMING SOON

Historic Taormina & the Wines of Mt. Etna

REGISTRATION COMING SOON

Port |Santorini, Greece

June 3, 2019 | 8 am - 6 pm

Taste the amazing wines of two of Santorini’s best, internationally recognized wineries! The first, Domaine Sigalas is the first Greek winery ever to be included in Wine Spectator’s annual list of “Top 100 Wines.” The second, Boutari Winery, whose founder Yiannis Boutaris’arrival on the island in 1989 is credited with bringing the “birth of modern winemaking” to Santorini.

Santorini’s vineyards were shaped the same way the island’s awe-inspiring topography was – by a giant volcanic eruption about 3,600 years ago. The eruption blanketed the island with light pumice gravel, sand, and black lava stone – which eventually helped the grapes prove resistant to the phylloxera epidemic that wiped out most of Europe’s vineyards in the late 19th century. As a result, most of the vineyards covering this stunning island are of their original rootstock and more than 100 years old.

Begin by enjoying a guided walking tour of Oia, the most famous village on Santorini. Revel in its beauty while meandering down cobblestone streets lined with charming whitewashed houses delved into the porous volcanic rock overlooking the deep blue caldera.   Next, travel a short distance to Domaine Sigalas. Sample a variety of stunning wines within their intimate tasting room or on the patio with a spectacular view of the Aegean Sea. Next, visit another top Santorini winery, Boutari Winery, named “Winery of the Year” by Wine & Spirits for the 7th consecutive year.  Led by the winery’s manager, tour the unique low lying and sparsely planted vineyards and beautiful winery, taste their delicious wines as well as partake in a delicious Greek lunch offered by the winery’s gracious hosts.

Delight in a bit of free time in the capital city, Fira, our final stop. Stroll along winding lanes or relax over a coffee while gazing down upon the Caldera Bay cast in afternoon hues. Return to the ship via a three-minute cable car ride down to the pier.

Port |Taormina, Italy

June 6, 2019 | 9 am - 7 pm

Perched near the northeastern tip of Sicily between mountain cliffs and the Ionian Sea is the island’s most famous seaside resort, Taormina. Looking out to the edge of town, you can see the columns of an ancient Greek theater that is still used for summer concerts. Turn and look inland, there looming in the distance is the snowcapped volcano Mount Etna exhaling a plume of white steam. Etna is a region of extremes: vineyards planted on 45‐degree‐slopes, rocky soil that ought to be impossible to farm, unpredictable weather and of course, that volcano. But despite the odds and according to such publications as Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast and FOOD & WINE, Etna is one of Italy’s hottest wine regions.

From the pier, board your motor coach for a short drive along the coastline to Taormina. Considered to be one of Sicily’s most beautiful spots, your guide will lead you on a walking tour while illustrating the highlights of this medieval enclave featuring the exterior of the beautiful Cathedral, the Palazzo Corvaia and the Odeon. After a visit of the Greek Theatre, your guided tour will end with a stroll through Corso Umberto (the shopping area) where you will have some time on your own. At the predetermined time, meet the group back at the motor coach to continue your tour with the ascent up the slopes of the volcano Etna.

Upon arrival at the cellar doors of Villagrande Estate, a member of the Nicolosi family will welcome you to their estate with a glass of wine. The Nicolosi family has been making wine on the slopes of Mt. Etna for ten generations. You will be also treated to a short demonstration of traditional Sicilian folk music. Afterwards, enjoy a four-course Sicilian lunch paired with four of their finest wines. You can walk off your meal during a tour of the estate grounds and underground wine cellar before boarding the motorcoach for the drive back to the ship.

About the Ship

Elegant sister ship to charming Regatta, Insignia and Nautica, Oceania Cruises’ newest addition, Sirena embodies the most treasured elements of their celebrated fleet and features a few highlights all her own. Her decks are resplendent in the finest teak, custom stone, and tile work, and her lounges, suites, and staterooms boast luxurious, neo-classical furnishings. Sirena offers every luxury you may expect on board one of their mid-sized ships.

Food & Wine Trails Epicurean Toursis our exclusive partner for theElizabeth Spencer Winery Greece & Italy Wine Cruise.

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