Europe Odyssey 2017

Sam, Dawn and Bill went cruising the Mediterranean Sea with some great wine club friends, wonderful food, wine and fabulous on-shore experiences every day.

Commencing in Athens Greece on Friday, September 1, 2017 we sailed to Italy visiting Sorrento, Capri, Rome, Florence, Pisa and Tuscany. Then a short cruise to France where we visited Monte Carlo, Monaco, Provence / Marseille and overnight to our final destination of Barcelona, Spain on Friday, September 8, 2017.

Designed with the ultimate epicurean and travel connoisseur in mind, Riviera offers guests multiple dining venues, of which six are open-seating gourmet restaurants. Here is connoisseur Tony preparing to board.

Day 1 - Athens (Piraeus), Greece ~ Friday, September 1, 2017 We climbed up to the magnificent Acropolis and stood in awe of the Parthenon, the view over Athens stretched out below us.

Journey to Cape Sounion and the temple of Poseidon overlooking the sea, or visit ancient Corinth and the narrow Corinth Canal cut through miles of solid rock. Welcome Reception Horizons Bar On-board: 7pm - 8pm

Day 2 - At Sea, International Waters ~ Saturday, September 2, 2017 Seminar & Tasting: Toscana

  • Rhone Wines with Sam Williamson: 10:00am - 12:00pm
  • Bordeaux Wines with Bill Williamson: 2pm – 4pm

Day 3 - Sorrento/Capri, Italy ~ Sunday, September 3, 2017 Beautiful Capri, with its stunning panoramas, villages, charming piazzas and the Villa San Michele, makes a nice diversion. Visit the ruins at Pompeii, take a cooking lesson in Sorrento or travel to the frenetic city of Naples and learn to make pizzas as the Neapolitans do.

  • Williamson Wines Cocktail Party: Horizon's Bar 6:00 ‐ 7:00pm
  • Epicurean Dinner: Jacques 7:00pm

Day 4 - Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy ~ Monday, September 4, 2017 Travel to Rome and revel in the magnificent monuments, from the ancient Roman Forum and Coliseum to the splendor of St. Peter's Basilica with Michelangelo's Pietà and his breathtaking frescoes in the Sistine Chapel. Or enjoy a drive through the lush farmlands of the Roman countryside to lovely medieval Castelgandolfo. Day 5 - Florence/Pisa/Tuscany (Livorno), Italy ~ Tuesday, September 5, 2017 Shore Tour of Ornellaia & the Super Tuscans of Italy. Spend a glorious day in the Tuscan countryside visiting one of the areas finest wineries, tasting wine and then enjoying a sumptuous lunch at the winery.

Day 6 - Monte Carlo, Monaco ~ Wednesday, September 6, 2017 Drive along the famous Grand Corniche with its stunning views of Monaco and the Old City; then stroll through this marvelous quarter and its pink Grimaldi Palace. And don't forget the Casino. Explore the wonderful old villages along the Côte d'Azur from Nice to medieval Eze or Cannes, Grasse and lovely St. Paul de Vence - each one a jewel to be savored.

Day 7 - Provence (Marseille), France ~ Thursday, September 7, 2017 Shore Tour to Chateauneuf-du-Pape. See the sights and enjoy the views of historic old Marseille and visit the charming fishing port of Cassis. Or venture into the celebrated Provençal countryside with its fields of lavender and sunflowers. Explore lovely Aix or stroll through Avignon and its Papal Palace and the hilltop village of Les Baux.

Day 8 - Barcelona, Spain ~ Friday, September 8, 2017 Visit the magnificent Gothic cathedral and the amazing La Sagrada Familia, Antoni Gaudí's unfinished masterpiece. Enjoy the lovely Montjuic Gardens, Gaudí's other fabulous structures, the charming squares of the old Gothic Quarter and the Ramblas, Barcelona's famed downtown promenade. Or visit beautiful Montserrat and its monastery in a breathtaking setting high in the mountains.