EXCLUSIVE YACHTING WINE VOYAGE
Champagne Taittinger & Trapiche Wineries
3-nights Rome followed by
SeaDream Yacht Cruises
Oct. 8-Oct 19 2019
Rome~Cinque Terre~Portofino~Monte Carlo~Cannes~Saint-Tropez~Cassis~Barcelona
WORLD RENOWNED WINERIES | UNIQUE WINE TASTINGS | EXCEPTIONAL CUISINE
Every single wine itinerary with Epicurean Wine Cruises & Tours is a unique and personalized wine & culinary experience, especially with our carefully crafted itineraries that immerse guests into the world of wine. With the expertise of our wine itinerary is the perfect opportunity to enhance your food & wine pairings knowledge. While cruising to the most beautiful ports in the Mediterranean and visiting world-renowned wineries, you’ll be able to come back home to friends and family with a whole new appreciation and love for wine.
Exclusive Wine Events
~ Champagne Tasting Taittinger ~
~ The Splendido’s Italian Cuisine ~ Shore Excursion ~
~ A taste of Tradition Winemaker’s Dinner Taittinger ~
~ Monte Carlo Wine Tasting Great Wines of Argentina ~
~ Saint-Tropez Visit to Chateau Minuty ~ Shore Excursion ~
~ Winemaker’s Dinner Great Wines of Argentina ~
~ 3-Course Wine & Food Pairing at Wine Cellar in Rome ~
~ Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel & St. Peters Basilica Tours ~
Champagne Taittinger ~ Reims France
E xperience one of the most prestigious champagnes of the world – Taittinger Comtes de Champagne – on a voyage entirely devoted to the enticing effervescence. The house of Taittinger origins back to 1734 when the original house was founded by Jacques Fourneaux, and from the very beginning the house was synonymous with excellence. Absorb the spirit of this enchanted house, and experience the Taittinger spirit, a family who lives and thinks Champagne.
Trapiche Vineyard ~ Mendoza ArgentinaE
xperience firsthand these vibrant and unique wines as your host, Ambassador for Great Wines of Argentina Liora Levi invites SeaDream guests on a complimentary wine tasting where the diversity of this beautiful wine country will be presented. The highlight is the stunning wines from a house founded in 1883, one of the oldest in Argentina. Trapiche is located in Mendoza, at the foothills of the Andes, and has been one of the pioneers of fine wine from Argentina, and is today the largest producer of Argentinian fine wine to the international market.
OCTOBER 8– DEPARTING THE US FOR ROME
OCTOBER 9 – ROME (DAY 1)
Private town car from the Rome airport to our luxurious hotel, the Baglioni-Regina Rome; an elegant 5- star hotel located in the city center of Rome. Dinner on own this evening.
OCTOBER 10 – ROME (DAY 2)
After a leisurely breakfast we will meet for a tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica this afternoon. Learn about the incredible art collections from an expert guide, we’ll finish up a museum visit with time
in the gorgeous Sistine Chapel and visit the enormous St Peter’s Basilica next door.
OCTOBER 11 – ROME 9 (DAY 3)
After breakfast we will have the day to explore Rome on our own. Possibly tour the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, shopping and of course Italian coffee and people watching. This evening we will enjoy an aperitivo in the historical cellar of a family-run restaurant in the heart of Rome followed by a 3-course Italian dinner with paired wines.
Breakfast and dinner
OCTOBER 12 – Today we board our ship the SEADREAM ll
Civitavecchia is a major port located in Rome, primarily utilized for maritime transportation of
goods, as well as a fishing port. The commune’s name means “ancient town” and is one of the
“Motorways of the Sea” in the Mediterranean, functioning as one of the main links between the
mainland of Italy and Sardinia.
OCTOBER 13 – Portovenere (Cinque Terre)
One word – Incredible! Cinque Terre, Portovenere and the three Island of Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto have been added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1997. They have been selected for being distinguished examples of the ways in which man has been able to modify and transform the environment without altering the beauty of the original natural landscape. Most of our valued guests will participate in the ever popular “Cinque Terre: Don’t go Home Without It” Land Adventure. Others may enjoy the guided village walk or go hiking on several trails leading down the coast. Most guests will make a purchase of the amazing local pesto and we are fairly certain our Executive Chef will do the same. Be prepared for an incredible dinner al fresco this evening!
OCTOBER 14 – Portofino
The picturesque fishing village of Portofino can be found along the Italian Riviera and is one of the most popular resort getaways in all of Italy. Portofino has been a staple of tourism in Italy since the 19th century, officially replacing fishing as its chief industry in 1950.. Roman philosopher and military commander Pliny the Elder declared that Portofino was founded by the Romans, and with the high concentration of dolphins found in the Tigullian Gulf, it was named the “Port of the Dolphin” – Portus Delphini. Portofino is naturally beautiful port with colorful, iconic architecture that was even replicated as a hotel resort at the Universal Orlando Resort in Orlando. The Tokyo Disney Resort in Japan also created a seaside town based on Portofino. Tourists like to visit the museum Castello Brown, which provides a great view of the town, as well as the churches of St. Martin, Oratorio di Nostra Signora Assunta, and St. George – the recently restored famous underwater statue, the Christ of the Abyss.
OCTOBER 15 – Monte Carlo
The Principality of Monaco is an independent sovereign state composed of four quarters Fontvieille (the newest), Monaco-Ville (the oldest), La Condamine, and Monte Carlo. Monte Carlo is widely known for its casino as well as the Monaco Grand Prix. Monte Carlo is one of Europe’s leading tourist destinations as it simply has so much to offer. Some of the sights include the Cathédrale Paroisse, Eglise Sainte Dévôte, Jardin Exotique et Grottes de l’Observatoire, Monaco Top Cars Collection, Musée Océanographique and of course the Palace. SeaDream calls to Monte Carlo for embarkation and on certain voyages as a port of call typically docking along the new pier.
OCOTBER 16 – CANNES
Cannes is a well-known destination in the French Riviera that is home to many international festivals celebrating the arts, including Midem, Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, and the global film festival founded in 1946, the Cannes Film Festival. Originally a small fishing port heavily tied to the Lerins Islands, Cannes is most characterized by luxury, fame, and hosting conferences. When sailing to Cannes, be sure to visit La Croisette and stroll along the white sandy beaches on this mile-long promenade where the very essence of this town thrives. SeaDream typically anchors so we can offer water sports to our valued guests. You may occasionally see the yacht docked alongside when we are chartered from the festival.
OCTOBER 17 – SAINT – TROPEZ
Saint-Tropez located on the French Riviera quite simply may be the most famous resort town in Europe. It is a playground for the fashion models, athletes, movie stars, entertainers and other extremely wealthy summertime guests. There’s much to offer in this resort town, shopping, nightlife (Byblos hotel’s Les Caves du Roy nightclub) exceptional beach clubs such as Le Club 55 and Nikki Beach at Pampelonne. Nearby you can explore some of the hill towns and visit the award winning rose wineries. You can also visit neighboring Grimaud and Port Grimaud or just a little further out golf at a few highly rated courses. SeaDream anchors just off the break wall and tenders directly to the pier downtown.
OCTOBER 18 – CASSIS
Cassis is a small port situated east of Marseille in the administrative department of the Bouches-du-Rhone in the Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur region in southern France. It is a very popular tourist destination and is famous for its steep cliffs (falaises) and the sheltered limestone inlets called calanques. The wines of Cassis are white and rose, and not to be confused with creme de cassis, a specialty of Burgundy which takes its name from blackcurrants (cassis), not the village here. SeaDream anchors in the bay and offer a land adventure to the impressive Aix en Provence. Other options are taking a local boat to the calanques, hiking along the coast, visiting some of the local vineyards, water sports, mountain biking or simply relaxing in a Balinese bed on the yacht.
OCTOBER 19 – BARCELONA
Barcelona, a Unesco Awarded City, is the second largest in Spain. It was the 12th-most-visited city in the world, and 4th most visited in Europe after London, Paris, and Rome. Especially remarkable is the work of architect Antoni Gaudi, which can be seen throughout the city. His best-known work is the immense but still unfinished church of the Sagrada Familia, which has been under construction since 1882 and is still financed by private donations. SeaDream almost always docks downtown at the World Trade Center and is steps away from the famous boulevard of La Rambla. Epicurean Wine Cruises & Tours has several land adventure options for you, or we transport you to the airport for your flight home.
Baglioni Hotel Rome
EXPERIENCE THE MAGICAL ”DOLCE VITA”
All roads lead to Rome. To this day, the Eternal City impresses visitors with its monumental architecture and its rich history. Immerse yourself in remnants of ancient times, marvel at some of the most significant works of art ever produced or indulge in the flair of pizza, pasta and amore.
Soak in Rome’s unique style with a stay at the Baglioni Hotel Regina. A meeting place beloved of the international jet-set, the Baglioni Hotel in Rome has a magnificent selection of rooms in an original Italian Art Deco style. Enjoy exceptional views of famous historic monuments like the Colosseum or the Sistine Chapel from our elegantly furnished suites and experience the genuine feeling of “Dolce Vita” unmatched by any other 5-star hotels in Rome.
ROME 3 ~ DAYS
Epicurean Wine Cruises & Tours exclusive 3-day Rome includes accommodations at the Baglioni- Regina 5-star luxury hotel with breakfast daily.
October 9- Transfers from the Rome airport to our luxury hotel the Baglioni Regina
October 10-See the highlights of Vatican City, tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica. Join a knowledgeable guide for a visit to the incomparable Vatican Museums—home to one of the most extensive and impressive art collections in the world. Peruse the Gallery of Tapestries, admire the incredible sculptures with the Museo Pio Clementino and take in the incomparable frescos of the Sistine Chapel. Afterward embark on a guided tour of St Peter’s Basilica, a work of art in itself.
October 11 – When in Rome, we’ll enjoy a luxurious Italian dinner at a family-run restaurant near the Pantheon. Hosted by a culinary connoisseur, this 2.5-hour experience includes three courses of local specialties, from pasta to a meat dish to dessert. Each course is accompanied by a glass of regional wine, and the evening starts with a classic Italian aperitivo in the private cellar, where you’ll enjoy a glass of prosecco served with cured meat and cheeses.
Breakfast and Dinner.
October 12 – We’ll transfer to Citavecchia to meet our ship after breakfast
Wine Events at Sea
Oct 13 Portovenere Champagne tasting Taittinger
Oct 14 Portofino The Splendido’s Italian Cuisine – A taste of tradition Winemaker’s Dinner Taittinger
Oct 16 Monte Carlo Wine tasting Great Wines of Argentina
Oct 17 Saint-Tropez Visit to Chateau Minuty, Winemaker’s Dinner Great Wines of Argentina
Visit to Chateau Minuty. The vineyards of Château de Minuty breathe the Mediterranean air and translate it to the most Provencal of rosé wines. The iconic shape of their rosé wine bottle is instantly recognizable by anyone who has spent time on the yachts around St. Tropez. The brothers Francois and Jean-Etienne Matton are the third generation to run this classic estate which is internationally recognized as a top producer of rosé wine in the pale, dry, fresh and herbal style that the region is famous for. During this Land Adventure, we meet the men behind the curvaceous bottle and taste their range from the estate Minuty OR to the popular M de Minuty. In the shade of the cypresses, we visit the vineyards and get a hands-on feeling for what makes the top rosé wines of Provence so elegant and delicious.
The Splendido’s Italian Cuisine – A taste of tradition. Experience the cuisine of the world-famous and uber-exclusive Splendido Hotel with a small group of your fellow SeaDreamers. This magnificent landmark overlooks the picturesque harbor of Italy’s most renowned resort enclave. Favored by the wealthy and famous, the hotel is known for its superb Italian cuisine and for her unequaled ambiance. SeaDream has arranged for the Maitre d’hôtel to meet with you and explain the many uses and varieties of olive oil. You will have an opportunity to taste regional varieties of oil and learn how each is used in the preparation of delicious Italian dishes. Afterwards, enjoy a delicious luncheon of Italian specialties prepared with olive oil as well as wine, dessert and coffee before returning to the harbor to enjoy the rest of your day. This Yachting Land Adventure will be etched in your memory for years to come.
A nominal fee for each event is payable to SeaDream.
Our SeaDream voyage includes bar drinks and selected wines. Wine packages by-the-glass during Winemaker’s dinner and Wine Land Adventures are offered for an additional cost. During our wine cruise, Champagne Taittinger ~ Reims, France and Trapiche Vineyards ~ Argentina. will be present, to host the scheduled wine tastings and the winemaker’s dinners. At minimum, SeaDream Wine Voyages feature:
2 complimentary wine tastings per voyage
2 Winemakers Dinner / food and wine pairing dinner per voyage
2 Wine related Yachting Land Adventures* per voyage in addition to our regular selection
*Yachting Land Adventures are optional at an additional cost charged to your onboard account
Wineries & Vineyards
Immerse yourself in wonderful flavors while visiting famous wineries as well as several less familiar, but equally notable vineyards. With a SeaDream wine tasting cruise, you can expand or even begin your knowledge through the intricate world of wine. Days are filled with wine tastings and guided tours to the origins of some of the finest wine in the world. Learn and experience the history of the vintage wineries and taste a selected range of their portfolio. Visiting these historic destinations makes it a great experience for non-wine drinkers as well!
Exclusive wine tastings are followed by the Winemaker’s Dinners, where our Executive Chef’s degustation menu is complimented with top cuvees from our visiting Winemakers. A different selection of wines will be offered for the Winemaker’s Dinners. An evening unique to our Wine Voyages is all about an unforgettable culinary experience that is incomparable to other wine tasting cruises. Taste only the best and most unforgettable reds, whites and champagne.
IT’S YACHTING, NOT CRUISING, ENJOY THE DIFFERENCE
Explore the SeaDream Difference. Casual and personalized luxury unlike any other cruise vacation. This is your Yacht. This is your SeaDream.
The Yachting Experience
The expression “yachting” is not only a statement about size; it describes a lifestyle aboard the intimate vessels. Chic and stylish, SeaDream’s 56-stateroom twin yachts are favored for their elegant informality, personal award-winning service provided by a crew of 95, inclusive open bar and gratuities, ocean view accommodations, luxury Thai-Certified spa and world-class cuisine. With only 112 guests at a time, a SeaDream voyage feels like a personal getaway with that special someone, a group of friends and family or for that solo traveler looking for much needed “me-time”. Be pampered & relaxed, or active & adventurous while traveling to some of the most intimate ports and destinations with our Mediterranean and Caribbean voyages.
Discover the “It’s Yachting, Not Cruising” secret that travel experts, our loyal past guests and other cruise enthusiasts are raving about. It’s uniquely exceptional and a must do for those in search of a hidden, refined style of cruising. Enjoy an inclusive experience with premium select spirits, 5-star dining, gratuities and more on SeaDream and enjoy all that yachting has to offer, onboard and shoreside.
TAITTINGER CHAMPAGNE ~ REIMS, FRANCE
The commitment to a name
The Taittinger family has managed the Champagne House for nearly a century. Its aim has always been the pursuit of excellence. “Having our family name on a bottle places demands and responsibilities on every minute. The name on the bottle conveys both the skills and knowledge of the past and a commitment to the future”. Pierre Emmanuel Taittinger has embodied this commitment for 40 years, and today he shares it with his son, Clovis and his daughter, Vitalie who both work beside him in the day to day running of the Champagne House. Together, they create a very close-knit and complementary family trio.
Experience one of the most prestigious champagnes of the world – Taittinger Comtes de Champagne – on a voyage entirely devoted to the enticing effervescence.
The house of Taittinger origins back to 1734 when the original house was founded by Jacques Fourneaux, and from the very beginning the house was synonymous with excellence. When Pierre Taittinger first discovered the Champagne region, he was a young liaison officer during the First World War – he fell in love with the house Château de La Marquetterie.
Thanks to his passion for wine and gastronomy he returned several years later and invested all his energy into the development of what would become one of the most renown houses from the Champagne. The unique cuvee Comtes de Champagne is a rare gem. Since its first cuvee in 1952, 30 vintages have seen the light of day. Among these, several have become legendary and today can only be tasted through words…or by listening to those who have tasted them.
Absorb the spirit of this enchanted house, and experience the Taittinger spirit, a family who lives and thinks Champagne. Sip the invigorating bubbles of Taittinger and become one of those who get to indulge in the legendary cuvee Comtes de Champagne as the family hosts a complimentary Champagne tasting. Following the tasting comes the Winemaker’s Dinner, where carefully created dishes will match the exquisite champagnes.
TRAPICHE WINERY ~ ARGENTINA
Experience firsthand these vibrant and unique wines as your host, Ambassador for Great Wines of Argentina Liora Levi invites SeaDream guests on a complimentary wine tasting where the diversity of this beautiful wine country will be presented.
The highlight is the stunning wines from a house founded in 1883, one of the oldest in Argentina. Trapiche is located in Mendoza, at the foothills of the Andes, and has been one of the pioneers of fine wine from Argentina, and is today the largest producer of Argentinian fine wine to the international market.
Trapiche is dedicated to creating the best Malbec wines in the world, and they have succeeded with The Single Vineyard Malbec Series. As a tribute to the growers passion and dedication, the winery selects the finest fruit from three growers and vineyards and bottles the very limited production exclusively. The result is rich, incredibly massive, terroir-driven wines. They show a bold and powerful fruit that expresses the passion, history and the grower’s personal touch.
The precision and the elegance of the wines will be beautifully paired with a decadent menu from SeaDream’s Executive Chef, an evening known as the Winemaker’s Dinner.