Hosted Wine Cruise on Oceania Riviera and stay at
Casali de Bibbiano Winery Estate
April 29- May 13, 2020
Immerse yourself in luxury and pure pleasure. Join your host from Casali di Bibbiano aboard luxury Oceania Cruises Riviera where we will journey through exotic ports of call in the Mediterranean, concluding with an exciting four day stay at the singular Casali di Bibbiano in Tuscany! The Riviera is one of the most luxurious ships sailing the beautiful waters of the Mediterranean, where guests are pampered with impeccable service and gourmet food in sumptuous surroundings. Oceania Cruises is renowned for their exquisite culinary dining and Wine Spectator Awarded Wines. Exclusive for their guests, our host has planned engaging and educational wine and food-centric events aboard, and ashore, to please the novice and the expert oenophile and foodies among us . . . wine dinner, wine tasting and more. This is a unique opportunity to be part of something truly special, and has not been done before! Casali will be bringing their award-winning wines aboard for these exclusive events planned just for you! From a Welcome Get Together, to a Wine Paired Dinner curated by the ship's chef, to a wine tasting, and personal tour ashore, this is a trip not to be missed; and that's just the cruise portion of this adventure! Our adventure continues with a fantastic four-day stay at Casali de Bibbiano; an 85-acre country estate and winery that has been lovingly restored and modernized by owner Alberto Guadagnini, and is one of Italy's most exclusive destinations, well known for their award-winning Super Tuscan wines, regional cuisine, and warm Italian hospitality. During our stay, we will visit a number of fascinating and cultural sights in magnificent Tuscany with experienced guides in addition to visiting some of the area's top restaurants and wineries; all friends of Alberto. This is a unique opportunity to be the honored guests of Casali di Bibbiano and see Tuscany through the eyes of your Italian hosts.
April 29- May 9, 2020
Oceania Riviera is considered mid-sized with 800 crew members welcoming approximately 1,250 guests. Expect warm and personalized service in a country club casual setting. The Riviera underwent refurbishment in 2015 with designer touches throughout the entire ship, highlighting elegant design, furnishings and many new choices and amenities. Riviera offers guests multiple dining venues, of which six are open-seating gourmet restaurants with no surcharge. La Reserve by Wine Spectator offers educational and fun seminars, tastings, and gourmet food pairings. Riviera also features The Culinary Center, the only hands-on cooking school at sea which features a range of cooking classes by master chefs. In the Artist Loft, talented artists-in-residence offer step-by-step instruction in everything from photography to painting to printmaking. Baristas, a signature coffee bar, serves up illy® espresso and coffee with fresh pastries made daily. Intimate spaces throughout the ship provide relaxing escapes, to include a state-of-the art spa where one may be pampered and/or get a serious gym workout. Spacious accommodations in every category showcase refined and comfortable touches embodying the Oceania experience with the well-traveled adventurer solely in mind.
There’s plenty to enjoy without even leaving the ship. But this itinerary offers a variety of beautiful and exciting ports to explore.
Wednesday, April 29 — Barcelona, Spain — Welcome get together
Thursday, April 30 — Palamos, Spain
Friday, May 1 — Marseille, France
Saturday, May 2 — Monte Carlo, Monaco
Sunday, May 3 — St. Tropez, France Winemaker dinner
Monday, May 4 — Florence / Pisa (Livorno), Italy
Tuesday, May 5 — At Sea — Wine tasting with your host
Wednesday, May 6 — Valletta, Malta
Thursday, May 7 — Messina, Sicily, Italy — Exclusive winery excursion
Friday, May 8 — Sorrento, Italy
Saturday, May 9 — Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy — Transfer from ship to Villa for 4 nights
Your cruise is hosted by the family of the Casali de Bibbiano Winery Estate. You will be among a privileged few to be invited to exclusive cocktail parties, a paired food and wine dinner, wine tastings, and a special excursion from Messina.
After the cruise you will be whisked away for your stay at the incomparable Casali de Bibbiano with your host. There you will be wined and dined and escorted to wineries and charming towns throughout the Tuscan countryside. Your stay includes meals, wine and a cooking class.
The Casali is spread over 85-acres in the locality of Bibbiano, within the Municipality of Buonconvento and is about 14 miles from the historic and beautiful city of Siena. The property has been lovingly restored with much thought to preserving its original characteristics. The stone facades, brick vaults, terracotta tiled floors and the wood-beamed ceilings are all typical to the region of Siena.
With guest's comfort in mind, the Casali has 13 double rooms with private bathrooms and an independent cottage. Luxuriate in the lovely decor that is Tuscany itself and make yourself at home. Our host has planned several exciting visits which allow for total immersion into the local culture. Wine, gourmet meals, historic sights, etc. For free time at the Casali, take advantage of the walkable woods surrounding the property or enjoy the well-equipped gym, sauna, tennis and basketball courts, soccer field, ping pong table and swimming pool with Jacuzzi. In the main hall of the Casali, there is billiards, games and music. Relax and enjoy your villa for 4 nights before a private transfer to the airport.
Saturday, May 9 Private coach to Casali di Bibbiano. Cooking class with Chef Max
Sunday, May 10 Private guided tour of San Gimignano. Guicciardini Strozzi Winery tour and tasting. Lunch in Siena followed by a tour
Monday, May 11 Two winery tours, a tour of Montepulciano with lunch, and stop in Pienza
Tuesday, May 12 Capanna Cencioni Family Farm Vineyards. Visit to Montalcino with lunch in town center. Podere Le Ripi.
May 13 Transfer to Rome airport
Call Diane Ross at Kingsbridge Travel 877 284-5690 to reserve your spot, or for a more complete itinerary.
Diane is happy to arrange additional pre and post travel plans. She can also advise on Oceania’s excursions or plan private ones just for you. Travel protection insurance is additional and highly recommended.
Prices start at $7450 per person double occupancy for an ocean view stateroom
Balconies and suites are also available. Suites go quickly so please call right away if you’re interested.
International economy air is included in the price. Premium economy and business class upgrades are available.
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