2022 Summer Wine Cruise: Turkey & Greece

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TJoin us for another incredible edu-tasting vacation this summer as our annual wine cruise returns aboard Oceania's smallest ship, the newly refurbished Nautica. We'll be exploring the Greek Isles and the two most exciting destinations of Turkey with our intimate group of 30 guests. Santorini, blue seas, ancient architecture, and walking through history will be the highlight. We'll discover lots of interesting wine that we'll never find back in the US!

A Long History

Greek vineyards are among the world’s oldest and have produced wines for thousands of years. Vineyards are found on diverse terrain, from sea level to over 3,200 ft. Viticultural zones dot the entire country, including all of the breathtaking islands. Bridging eastern Europe and western Asia, Turkey is one of the world’s oldest wine countries, producing for over 7,000 years.  Let's explore and taste this incredible history together!

Activities & Options

Master Sommelier David Glancy will lead our intimate, private group through local, regional edu-tastings, epicurean pairing dinners, and on-shore excursions!   This trip has a nice balance of scheduled group activities and free time to choose your own adventure.  Read the itinerary below for details!👇

Fees include cruise, airfare from select gateways, gratuities unlimited internet and your choice of generous amenities.  Some SFWS excursions may require an additional fee.

To keep our experiences intimate and allow access into smaller wineries, we limit this private group trip to only 30 guests. 

To guarantee a cabin, make sure to place your refundable deposit today.  Learn more here.   Need a roommate? Contact us

About the Nautica by Oceania Cruises

The acclaimed Nautica is currently undergoing a multimillion-dollar transformation to create a virtually new ship that is both sleek and elegantly charming. We will be one of the first groups to use it!  Her decks will be resplendent in the finest teak, custom stone and tile work, and her lounges, suites and staterooms boast luxurious, neo-classical furnishings. Nautica offers every luxury you may expect on board one of Oceania's stylish ships. She'll feature four unique, open-seating restaurants, a world-class fitness centre and spa, eight lounges and bars, a casino and 342 lavish suites and luxurious staterooms, nearly 70% of which feature private verandas. With just 684 guests to pamper, their 400 professionally trained European staff ensure you will wait for nothing.

Our Itinerary

Istanbul - Jun 29 & 30 

Pre-Cruise | Before joining the group, cruisers might consider touring the Marmara wine region just east of Istanbul in Eastern Thrace. 
Jun 29 | We all meet up in Istanbul for a rooftop Turkish wine tasting & dinner to kick off the trip. Enjoy 10 wines & a hearty meal led by Turkish-American sommelier Güldal “GiGi” Lindberg. Our travel partner, Adam Martindale will help you find a place for the night.
Istanbul - Jun 30 | 6p departure
We board the boat, settle in, and enjoy a celebratory cocktail reception as we set sail from the Sea of Marmara into the Mediterranean to tour the Aegean Islands.

Lesbos - Jul 1 | 10a - 7p

Our first stop is the Island of Lesbos, whose wines were mentioned by Homer in 7,000 BC. In addition to their famous spirit, Ouzo, the local grape Chidiriotiko is important.  Who will find the the most interesting wine of the day on shore?  Join us as we leave port for our always fun, Bring Your Own Bottle Dinner on board.

Kusadasi - Jul 2 | 8a - 6p

Next we sail to Kusadasi on the Eastern Aegean Coast of Turkey, facing the Greek Island of Samos. This region of Turkey is responsible for more than half the country’s wine production with Muscat (dry to sweet) and many international grapes.  Enjoy the day to yourself touring the ruins of Ephesus or whatever interests you most. Back on board in the evening Master Sommelier David Glancy will lead a Wines of Mainland Greece tasting.

Rhodes - Jul 3 | 8a - 6p

Then we’re off to Rhodes, the southernmost of the Aegean Islands of Greece. Here we find still and sparkling wines from the Athiri grape. Oceania has many fun & educational adventures to choose from & the evening is free for whatever onboard mischief we might find.

Chania (Crete) - Jul 4 | 9a - 7p

The following day we arrive in Chania, the westernmost region of the Island of Crete. Here we find more indigenous grapes like Romeiko and Assyrtiko. Our group will have a private tour, tasting, & lunch of indigenous wines & Rhone varietals.

Santorini - Jul 5 | 8a - 11p

The star of the wine crown of the Aegean Islands is Santorini, where we'll find all styles of Assyrtiko whites plus international varieties and Vinsanto dessert wines.  Here, after taking the tram to Fira, & a then bus, Artemis Karamolegos Winnery will roll out the red carpet and welcome our group for a VIP Tour, Tasting and Private Lunch experience! Then we’ll visit the oldest winery in the entire Aegeans, Venetsano. The bus will return us to the top of the tram for several hours on your own to enjoy the spectacular sunset.

Syros Island - Jul 6 | 8a - 9p

For our last Aegean Island, we visit Syros and discover more indigenous grapes, Monemvasia and Mandilaria.  Spend the day exploring as you like, but make sure to save room for dinner. Master Sommelier David Glancy will lead us through a 5-course pairing dinner featuring the wines of Vourvoukeli Estate.

Athens - Jul 7 | 6a arrival

We end our island hopping at Piraeus, a suburb of Athens, and the Attika region, home of a large percentage of Greece’s infamous Retsina. From here the thirstiest of you might extend your trips to visit the wine regions of Nemea, Naoussa, Slopes of Meliton, or Macedonia.

Past Cruises

Check out this fun video and see how much fun we've had ...  We can't wait to create new memories together!