Shore Excursions

NEW for 2017, we have exclusively partnered with Celebrity Cruises to create five wine related shore excursions. Curated by our very own resident wine experts, Joe Fattorini and Amelia Singer, the personalised vineyard experiences will give you a food and wine experience you’ll talk about for years to come. See below for more information on the shore excursions available.

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Visit to the Award-Winning Argyros Estate, Santorini, Greece

Immerse yourself in Greek wine making traditions on this visit to the award-winning Argyros Estate, ranked among the top 100 wineries in the world. Wine is one of Greece’s most important cultural, culinary, and agricultural products. In ancient times, the Greeks pioneered viticultural techniques which spread throughout Europe. Wine figures heavily in ancient Greek myth, cultural celebrations, and in the local economy. On this discovery, you’ll travel to the celebrated Argyros Estate, an award-winning winery, which has twice been named among the top 100 wineries in the world. Enjoy a short scenic drive across the Greek countryside, arriving at the breathtaking Argyros Estate. The estate combines ancient time-honored wine making traditions with the latest in modern wine making technology to produce one of Santorini’s most celebrated wines. You’ll meet Mr. Argyros, who is the winery’s 4th generation owner. Learn about wine making techniques and how this winery honors ancient traditions while using modern methods to result in breathtaking vintages. Stroll the 150-year old vineyard and see the new vineyard where the latest wine-making technology is implemented. Visit the distillery and learn about the wine making process from grape harvest and selection to aging and bottling. Then, you’ll sample five of the estate’s superior-quality wines, including the unique opportunity to taste the estate’s 20-year-old rare collection Vinsanto. Discover incredible pairings, sampling carpaccio bass, mackerel, veal scallop, cheese and ham, Santorini tomato paste, and olives. After your exclusive tasting, journey to the cliff-top town of Fira, where you’ll browse the village, and enjoy a scenic complimentary cable car ride down the side of the caldera.

Highlights:
• Enjoy a scenic drive through Greece’s charming countryside.
• Visit a winery ranked among the top 100 wineries in the world in 2005 and 2006.
• Meet Mr. Argyros, the winery’s 4th generation owner and enjoy an exclusive tour through the 150-year-old vineyard and distillery.
• Sample five distinct wines, including a taste of the 20-year-old rare Vinsanto.
• Indulge in incredible wine pairings with carpaccio bass, mackerel, veal scallop, cheese and ham, Santorini tomato paste, and olives.

Important Notes:
• Guests must be at least 21 years of age to be served alcoholic beverages.
• Guests must be able to walk approximately 1.8 miles over uneven surfaces, tile, and flat surfaces, and negotiate approximately 2-3 steps to enter and exit the coach.
• Tour sequence may vary.

Winery Tour with Tasting at Chateau de Cremat & Discovery of Old Nice

Uncover the flavours of the French Riviera on this guided visit to the Château de Crémat domain and cellar, followed by a sumptuous lunch at Le Grand Balcon in Old Nice. The Château de Crémat vineyard heralds back to the 3rd century B.C., when Roman garrisons settled in the region. The vineyard is one of the oldest in France.

The Bellet appellation describes the red, white, and rosé wines originating from Provence. While the area is known for its fine rosé, Château de Crémat produces red and white wine as well. You’ll enjoy a comprehensive tasting and pairing of Bellet wines, while appreciating the intense aromas and flavours of these unique vintages. Then, journey to Old Nice where you’ll indulge in a delightful sample menu and pairing of Bellet wines at Le Grand Balcon.

Le Grand Balcon’s chef matches fresh seasonal ingredients with French and Asian techniques to produce a sensory culinary experience. After lunch, take a guided stroll through the heart of Old Nice, admiring local landmarks and exploring the winding cobblestone streets. Marvel at charming storefronts and narrow roads. Finally, you’ll have free time to browse Nice’s shops and boutiques on your own or discover some of Old Nice’s hidden treasures.

Highlights:
• Journey to the Château de Crémat winery, a vineyard which dates back to the 3rd century B.C.
• Visit the winery’s cellar and admire the architecture of a mock Gothic folly castle.
• Experience the unique aromas and intense flavours of the French Riviera’s Bellet wines, sampling the red, rosé, and white.
• Savor a seasonal lunch and wine pairing at Le Grand Balcon in Old Nice.
• Enjoy a guided stroll through Old Nice, followed by free time to explore or relax at a local café.

Important Notes:
• This tour has limited capacity, so advance ticket purchase is recommended.
• This tour is strenuous.
• Tour is not available on weekends or bank holidays.
• Guests must be able to walk over cobblestone surfaces and various inclines.
• Pregnant women and guests with back/neck problems should not select this tour.
• Guests with concerns should consult their personal physician.
• Guests in wheelchairs and others with limited mobility should not select this tour.
• Guests must be of legal age to consume alcohol. The legal drinking age is 18 years of age. Younger guests will be offered a soft drink.

Pallavicini Winery: Where History, Family and Landscape are Intertwined

Step back in time on this culinary and cultural journey into the heart of the Lazio wine region, where you’ll discover the estate of the Pallavicini, one of Italy’s oldest noble families. The Pallavicini family dates its history back to Roman times and the family tree is deeply intertwined with the history of Italy itself. The tradition of producing wine in the Lazio wine region goes back to the ancient Romans.

Meet your sommelier guide who will introduce you to the passionate Maria Camilla Pallavicini, who is dedicated to preserving Roman grape varieties and ancient Latium wine-making traditions. The Frascati grape variety is local to the Lazio wine region and was known as the “Golden Wine” to the ancient Romans.

You’ll tour the largest privately-owned vineyard dedicated to producing and preserving the Frascati grape. Stroll the breathtaking vineyards, enjoying magnificent views of the Italian landscape. See the iconic Pasolina hill with its medieval tower and terraced vineyards. Learn about time-honored wine making traditions as you explore this unique vineyard and estate.

Then, you’ll relax and unwind at the Osteria della Colonna where you’ll savor a spectacular lunch. The Osteria boasts a special history of its own, as it was featured in 18th and 19th century Grand Tour guides as a place to relax and refresh. The Grand Tour was a traditional journey through Europe involving a standard itinerary through Italy and France that traced the origins of Western art and culture.

At the Osteria della Colonna, you’ll indulge in a guided tasting and pairing of select wines from the Lazio region matched with bruschetta, olive oil, pasta, grilled vegetables, and dessert. Discover for yourself the “Golden Wine” of the Romans as you explore this uniquely Roman wine region.

Highlights:

  • Travel to the Lazio wine district, one of Italy’s most ancient wine regions.
  • Accompany your sommelier at the Pallavicini Winery and meet the passionate staff working for Maria Camilla Pallavicini, committed to preserving ancient wine traditions.
  • Learn about the Frascati grape variety, known as the “Golden Wine” to the Romans.
  • Enjoy a scenic tour of the winery, admiring the Italian vineyards, medieval tower, and breathtaking landscape.
  • Delight in a guided wine tasting and pairing at Osteria della Colonna.

Important Notes:

  • Guests must be of legal age to consume alcohol.
  • Guests in wheelchairs and others with limited mobility should not select this tour.
  • Guests must be able to negotiate approximately 5 steps to enter and exit the transportation.
  • Guests must be able to walk approximately 0.5 mile over uneven surfaces at the estate and negotiate several steps.
  • Guests requiring special assistance must be accompanied by an able-bodied companion.

Journey to Torres Estate and Discover the Legacy of a Great Family

Honor Spain’s rich tradition of wine-making on this journey to Barcelona’s wine country where you’ll visit one of Spain’s most celebrated wine cellars, Bodegas Torres. Bodegas Torres prides itself on crafting wines using time-honoured traditions and the highest standards of quality.

The Torres winery is committed to the preservation of the vineyard and the region’s wine-making environmental conditions through a conscious effort and investment in its reduction of greenhouse emissions. The family-owned company has been linked with Spain’s wine-making culture for more than three centuries. Immerse yourself in the fascinating world of Spanish wine-making on a tour of the vineyards and winery.

Stroll the vineyards, admiring the magnificent Spanish countryside. Gain an appreciation for Bodegas Torres’s rich commitment to Spain’s wine culture, from its research on Spanish grape varieties to its innovation in eco-conscious wine making. Learn about the careful cultivation of the grape.

Visit the barrel room where the flagship wines are aged and learn about the careful attention placed in the wine-aging process. Discover the thought and craft that goes into each bottle, from the design of the label to the marketing of the wine itself. Then, indulge in a pairing of Torres wine and tapas.

Savor a selection of cheeses, salted almonds, olives, chips, and crackers paired with Torres vintages. Spanish cuisine is known for its incredible hams. Enjoy wine paired with diverse ham preparations including Quiche Lorraine with ham, ciabatta with salty ham, homemade croquettes, Spanish omelet, and dates. You’ll sample vegetarian croissants and flatbread with aubergine and anchovy. For dessert, try a chocolate pastry with pumpkin jam or custard, and a pineapple and kiwi Carpaccio. Immerse yourself in Spain’s wine culture, while sampling the vintages and Spanish cuisine.

Highlights:

  • Journey into Barcelona’s stunning wine country.
  • Uncover the history of Spanish wine-making on this journey to Bodegas Torres, a wine company with a three-century history.
  • Stroll the magnificent vineyards and admire the breathtaking Spanish landscape.
  • Learn about the cultivation of the grapes, the wine-aging process in the cellars, and the craft of the perfect label.
  • Enjoy a delightful pairing of Torres wine and delicious tapas.

Important Notes:

  • Guests must be older than 18 years of age to participate.
  • Menu might slightly change depending on season products.
  • Guests in wheelchairs and others with limited mobility should not select this tour.
  • Guests must be of legal age to consume alcohol.

Wine Tasting at Villa Nittardi – Where Wine Meets Art for an Unforgettable Experience

Enjoy an intimate visit to Villa Nittardi, a historic winery with a deep connection to Italian art, having once been owned by Michelangelo Buonarroti’s family. Enjoy a scenic journey into the heart of the Tuscan countryside, immersing yourself in the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of Tuscany.

Your visit to Villa Nittardi begins with a guided stroll through the garden and villa. Learn about the region and the winery’s fascinating history, while also discovering the viticulture and the cultivation of the vineyard. While painting the Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo asked his nephew to deliver him wine from the vineyard, and, every year, the winery honours the tradition of sending its first bottles of Nectar Dei to the pope.

Discover the grape variety of Chianti Classico and the robust Sangiovese grape. Then, you’ll enjoy Villa Nittardi’s warm hospitality in the historic main house, sitting down to savour a typical Tuscan lunch featuring seasonal flavours paired with Nittardi wine. Sip an aperitif, and sample Nittardi wine, coffee, and grappa made on the estate. During lunch, you’ll enjoy an exclusive tasting of Nittardi’s stunning vintages, including our chosen bottle for the Italian Wine Showcase, as seen in Series 1 of The Wine Show.

After lunch, you’ll discover the prized art collection and sculpture garden at Villa Nittardi. The art collection is a tribute to Michelangelo Buonarroti’s family and to the winery’s artistic and cultural heritage. Since 1981, Villa Nittardi has commissioned international artists to create labels for its special wine, and the tissue-paper wrapping for Casanuova di Nittardi is a Chianti Classico sought by collectors worldwide. Visit the estate’s small gallery where you can see the original artwork used for over 20 labels including pieces by Hundertwasser and Yoko Ono.

Highlights:

  • Visit a winery that was once owned by the family of the Renaissance master, Michelangelo Buonarroti.
  • Embark on a sensory journey into the Tuscan countryside, where you’ll discover the culture, flavors, and history of this region.
  • Stroll the winery’s garden and villa, and learn about the Chianti Classico variety.
  • Savor a typical Tuscan lunch of specially-chosen seasonal ingredients paired with Nittardi wine, coffee, and grappa made on the estate.
  • Feast your eyes on the stunning artwork and sculptures commissioned by the Nittardi winery, including original pieces for the labels.

Important Notes:

  • Guests must be older than 18 years of age to participate.
  • Guests in wheelchairs and others with limited mobility should not select this tour.
  • Guests must be of legal age to consume alcohol.