2022 Summer Wine Cruise: Turkey & Greece

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Join us for another incredible edu-tasting vacation next 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 cruise includes airfare from select gateways, gratuities unlimited internet and your choice of generous amenities.  Some SFWS excursions 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 has undergone a multimillion-dollar transformation to create a virtually new ship that is both sleek and elegantly charming. Her decks are 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 features 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 30 | 6p depart

Jun 30 | 6p We kick off the cruise from Istanbul (Constantinople) with the Marmara wine region just east of it in Eastern Thrace. We leave the Sea of Marmara 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.

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.

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.

Chania - 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.

Santorini - Jul 5 | 8a - 11p

Then the star of the wine crown of the Aegean Islands, Santorini, were we find all styles of Assyrtiko whites plus international varieties and Vinsanto dessert wines.

Syros Island - Jul 6 | 8a - 9p

For our last Aegean Island we visit Syros and more indigenous grapes, Monemvasia and Mandilaria.

Athens - Jul 7 | 6a arrive

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 us might extend our trips to visit Northern Greece’s Macedonia region.

Past Cruises

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