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Piraeus to Civitavecchia Wine Voyage

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Champagne and SeaDream have always gone hand in hand! Join the SeaDream I on this breathtaking cruise, teaming up with one of the most prestigious champagnes in the world, Taittinger Comtes de Champagne, creating a voyage entirely devoted to the enticing effervescence. Onboard, experience an informal yet engaging tasting of Taittinger’s renowned champagnes. Dine with Taittinger as they host a very special degustation dinner. The ship's executive chef creates dishes that complement the excellence of the exclusive and rare vintages of Taittinger.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Athens (Piraeus), Greece | Embark
Day 2 : Hydra, Greece
Day 3 : Corinth Canal (Transit), Greece | Itea (Delphi), Greece
Day 4 : At Sea
Day 5 : Taormina (Etna) Sicily, Italy | Stromboli, Sicily - scenic navigation, Italy
Day 6 : Amalfi, Italy
Day 7 : Capri, Italy
Day 8 : Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy | Disembark

Highlights

  • Enjoy the Chef's signature dishes accompanied by Champagne Taittinger
  • Visit the internationally-recognized Benanti Winery
  • Discover the romantic Island of Love - Capri
  • Take an unforgettable donkey ride & walking tour across beautiful Hydra

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SeaDream I

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Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Roman ruins in Rome, Forum Enjoying an Anniversary dinner Hydra, Greece Adventures in Athens! Taormina, Italy

Day 1 Athens (Piraeus), Greece | Embark

Athens is the capital as well as the largest city in Greece. It is one of the world's oldest cities, with its recorded history spanning around 3,400 years. The heritage of the classical era is still evident in the city, represented by a number of ancient monuments and works of art, the most famous of all being the Parthenon. Athens is home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Acropolis of Athens and the medieval Daphni Monastery. Settle in to your cabin and attend a welcome dinner as the ship sets sail.
 
Optional Activities: 
 
Athens (Piraeus) – The Acropolis and the New Acropolis Museum: This Land Adventure is perfect for first time visitors to get to explore the city’s most important highlights: the famous Acropolis site and the most impressive New Museum. Athens is renowned as one of the greatest cities of the ancient world and the birthplace of western civilization. During your drive through the city, pass some of the most important sites of Athens such as Constitution Square, the Monument of the Unknown Soldier, the Temple of Zeus, the Royal Palace, and the Olympic Stadium. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, walk up the uneven footpath leading to the summit. Sights include the Propylaea, the Temple of Apteros Niki, the Erectheum, and the architectural triumph of the Parthenon. Following your visit to the Acropolis, walk to the New Acropolis Museum, an archaeological museum focused on the findings of the Acropolis. At the end of your visit, board your motorcoach for the drive back to Piraeus.
Duration: 5 hours
 
Athens (Piraeus) – Mountain Biking on Hymettus: Ride your mountain bike and follow the beautiful tracks on the slopes of Mount Hymettus while enjoying nature, fresh air, and panoramic views of Athens and its suburbs. Due to Greece being a mountainous country and offering ideal weather conditions, mountain biking has become particularly popular among Greek people. Experienced mountain bike cyclists guide you through beautiful tracks.
Duration: 3 hours
 
Athens (Piraeus) – The Flavors of Athens: Discover the secret places of Athens and get familiar with the typical Greek flavors while enjoying a relaxing and fun walk in its colorful streets. This Land Adventure offers you the chance to discover places in Athens which are known only by the locals and also get familiar with typical Greek flavors during a relaxing and fun walk. Beginning in the center of Athens, the first stop is one of the oldest, a traditional pastry shop where you can taste “loukoumades”, a traditional fried dough sweet with honey syrup and cinnamon. The next stop is at the town’s oldest bakery to taste its cruller, or wheel-shaped bread with sesame, a very common delicacy sold every morning by local outdoor vendors in all parts of Athens. Visit the Central open-air Market of Athens where one can find local products of very good quality. Now it’s time to taste the famous Greek liquor “Ouzo” at a traditional liquor store with the typical Greek snacks known as “mezedes”. Your adventure would not be complete without the chance to taste the most famous Greek snack “souvlaki” (gyros wrapped in pita bread) at the well-known area of Monastiraki Square. Full of flavors and images, return to the pier.
Duration: 3.5 hours
 
Athens (Piraeus) – Amazing Aerial Views of Athens: Enjoy the amazing aerial views of Athens and its landmarks. Departing Piraeus port, pass by the Zea and Microlimano marinas, and after approximately 30 minutes of driving, arrive at Agios Kosmas helipad where you board a private helicopter. During the guided sightseeing tour, you have the opportunity to observe the Historical Center of Athens, the Acropolis, Lycabettus Hill, and the Kallimarmaro Old Marble Stadium. After the flight land again at Agios Kosmas helipad where the private vehicle waits for you to return to Piraeus.
Duration: 1.5 hours

Day 2 Hydra, Greece

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
There is one main town on Hydra, known simply as "Hydra port". It consists of a crescent-shaped harbor, around which is centered a strand of restaurants, shops, markets, and galleries that cater to tourists and locals (Hydriots). Steep stone streets lead up and outwards from the harbor area. The charm of Hydra town certainly lies in her rich history, beautiful port, and waterfront unspoiled by motorized vehicles. The island offers a rugged charm and some spectacular scenes, and makes the perfect place for some self-exploration.
 
Wine Voyage Activities:

Taittinger Champagne tasting

Optional Activities:
 
Hydra – Bisti Beach Transfer: From the port of Hydra, board a water taxi to Bisti Bay and Saint George Church. Bisti is a fantastic beach renowned for its turquoise waters and its unique natural scenery. Enjoy plenty of time to swim and relax before you board your water taxi again for the return trip to the port, where you can either explore the charming town or if you choose to, take the tender back to the yacht for lunch.
Duration: 3 hours
 
Hydra – Donkey Ride & Walking Tour of Hydra: The charm of Hydra town certainly lies in her rich history, beautiful port, and waterfront unspoiled by motorized vehicles, but the island itself offers a rugged charm and some spectacular scenes. The adventure begins as you mount a donkey to explore the island views. As your sure-footed steed carries you along the narrow winding streets, pause to look at the architecture of the ship owners’ homes that line your path. The first stop is to the Koundouriotis Mansion, one of the finest examples of the traditional 18th and 19th-century architecture of Hydra. Continue on your ride to reach a high vantage point and the Monastery of St. Constantine, with breathtaking views of the entire harbor area. Inside the Monastery, an interesting collection of frescoes awaits. Leave your donkeys and walk down the narrow streets while stopping to admire the picturesque little alleys and the impressive Hydra mansions, offering great photographic opportunities. Upon your return to the port, visit the Church of the Dormitian, which houses splendid icons, chandeliers, and other offerings from the wealthy seafarers of the island. After your exploration, have ample time to shop, have lunch on the waterfront, or return to the yacht for water sports.
Duration: 2.5 hours

Day 3 Corinth Canal (Transit), Greece | Itea (Delphi), Greece

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
So narrow! So dramatic! Expect the unexpected as your yacht transits the Corinth Canal. The canal was first completed in 1893, despite previous attempts from ancient times, the first plans being from 602BC. The Roman emporer Nero actually started construction in 67AD, making the first cut himself with a golden pick. The canal you transit is 6.3 kilometers (3.9 mi) in length. Before the canal, ships sailing between the Aegean and the Adriatic had to circumnavigate the Peloponnese Peninsula, adding about 185 nautical miles to their voyage.

Itea is a small town situated on the north coast of the Gulf of Corinth. The town has a nice beach along with some shops, cafes, and restaurants. It allows the closest access to the incredible site of Delphi which is within the top three archeological attractions in Greece and in 1987 was inscribed as a UNESCO Heritage Site.

Wine Voyage Activities:

Taittinger Champagne tasting

Optional Activities:
 
Itea (Delphi) – UNESCO Awarded Delphi: For sheer grandeur of natural beauty combined with ancient ruins, there are few spots that rival UNESCO listed Delphi. Your guides are waiting just for you to see you on your way to the Oracle; in antiquity Delphi was one of the world's most important religious centers. The Sanctuary of Apollo attracted a host of pilgrims who came to consult the Oracle. Even now an aura of mystery surrounds these sites, exposed on a rocky slope. An approximate 40-minute motor coach drive through the region offers a fast overview of the local flora before arriving at Delphi. Your guided visit highlights the ancient Sanctuary of Apollo, where Pythia the celebrated Oracle dwelt, the Temple of Apollo, the Sacred Way, the amphitheater, the best-preserved stadium of Greece, and the Castalia Spring, where in ancient days the pilgrims had to wash before they were allowed to consult the Oracle. In the Delphi Museum, see such treasures as the Omphalos, which marked the center of the world, and the magnificent bronze Charioteer, one of the finest pieces surviving from the 5th century BC. After the museum enjoy some free time to visit the village of Delphi.
Duration: 4.5 hours
 
Itea (Delphi) – The UNESCO Site of Lucas Monastery & Arachova Village: St. Lucas is a historic walled monastery and has been awarded UNESCO World Heritage listing. Enjoy a wonderful walk around the picturesque streets of Arahova village. Board your deluxe a/c motor coach at Itea port and after passing by Delphi & Arachova villages, arrive at the St. Lucas monastery. This incredible site is an historic walled monastery and one of the most important monuments of Middle Byzantine architecture and art. Following your visit to the monastery proceed to Arachova, a traditional mountain village of 3,000 inhabitants with its quaint houses built up on the north slopes of Mount Parnassos and at an altitude from 2,700 to 3,600 feet. Today Arachova, the 'jewel' of Parnassos, remains vital because it keeps its traditions alive and the residents remain simple and hospitable. From the first moment feel a different wind blowing up here, and understand why the locals work so hard to upkeep the natural beauty of the area! Browse through its narrows streets with the numerous souvenir and local products shops before your return to the yacht.
Duration: 4 hours

Day 4 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy this day offshore, relaxing as your yacht cruises to Sicily.

​Wine Voyage Activities:

Winemaker’s Dinner with Taittinger Champagne

Day 5 Taormina (Etna) Sicily, Italy | Stromboli, Sicily - scenic navigation, Italy

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The ship anchors in the bay of Giardini Naxos and offers fantastic views of the recently awarded UNESCO Natural Site of Mt. Etna (2013) as well as Taormina perched on the cliffside. Shuttle bus service has been arranged to transport guests from Giardini Naxos to the entrance gate of Taormina town.

Wine Voyage Activities:

Taormina - Enjoy a visit to the Benanti Winery: The Benanti family estate was founded in the late 1800s, but it was Dr. Giuseppe Benanti who put the estate on track to making internationally recognized wines. Today, he works alongside his sons, twin brothers Salvino and Antonio Benanti. At the foot of Mt. Etna, they make wonderful wines from traditional Sicilian grape varieties such as Nerello Mascalese, Carricante, and Nerello Cappuccino. Elegance, structure, and charm define both the wine and the men running this gem of an estate. They guide you on this vineyard visit, which concludes with a tasting of their top wines, accompanied by local cheeses, salami, and fresh baked bread.

Optional Activities:

Taormina (Etna) Sicily – Ascent of Mt. Etna: Depart from the port for a dramatic drive via air-conditioned motor coach to the slopes of Europe's largest active volcano. Winding your way through small villages, lemon groves, orchards, vineyards, chestnut, and pinewoods, you gradually encounter the hardened lava fields scattered with volcanic cones. Enjoy the view from the Silvestri Craters located at an altitude of 6200 feet and surrounded by hardened lava flow. You're sure to appreciate this eerie, unique scenery as you travel to the next level by cable car. Finally, board 4x4 vans for the drive to the base of the crater, where alpine guides join you for the twenty-minute walk up as close as possible to the crater's edge. Then it's back down, winding through the fields and villages for a return to Taormina.
Duration: 5-6 hours

Taormina (Etna) Sicily – Land of the Godfather: Your adventure begins with a brief drive through the small town of Naxos, founded by Greek colonizers in the 8th century BC and nowadays a lovely summer resort with hotels and tourist facilities. Driving along the coastal road, reach Santa Teresa, the largest coastal town between Messina and Taormina. From there, a picturesque road runs inland to Savoca, a village in a saddle between two hills. Its scenic beauty and historical-artistic heritage makes Savoca one of the most attractive places in the environs of Taormina. At the entrance of the village there is the "Bar Vitelli", which has a collection of local artisans' tools and photographs taken when Francis Ford Coppola shot some scenes of "The Godfather". Your first visit is made to the Cappuccini Church, whose crypt houses the so-called catacombs with 37 mummified bodies in wooden boxes of friars and noble people who lived there in the 18th and 19th centuries. After a short stop at "Bar Vitelli", start a slow walking tour along the village's main street which climbs up the hill, with several Churches from the 15th and 16th centuries (Chiesa Madre, Santa Lucia, San Michele), ruins of a Norman castle, and a magnificent view of the Sicilian coastline, Strait of Messina, Italian mainland, and villages perched on the surroundings hills. Afterwards proceed to Forza d'Agro (a 30-minute drive), a charming little village overlooking the Arab-Norman castle of Capo Sant'Alessio and the coastline towards Messina. In 1990, Al Pacino and Sophia Coppola came here when they shot some scenes of the film "The Godfather III". From the main square, a lane leads up to the close Gothic-Catalan portal in front of the Church of S. Agostino (known as "Triade"), with a pleasant 15th-century facade. Before driving back to the pier, you also have an opportunity to see the Baroque Mother Church.
Duration: 4.5 hours

Taormina (Etna) Sicily – Lava Views by Quad Bike: Discover a side of Mount Etna not typically encountered by visitors to Europe's largest active volcano during this fun and exciting quad bike adventure. Depart from the pier by coach and start your drive passing first by the small town of Naxos and then continuing through the motorway and the local road that follows the slopes of Mount Etna. Upon arrival at the meeting point in the Ragabo pine forest, get your quad bike and equipment delivered to start the excursion. Discover Mount Etna, driving off-road through the Ragabo pine forest. During your drive you have the opportunity to visit an old lava cave and the remains of the past eruptions in 1923 and 2002 (last big one). Cross the lava mule-tracks surrounded by chestnut and oak woods. Also visit the oldest pine of Mount Etna called the “Zappinazzu”. Finally reach Piano Provenzana to see the remains of old lava flows. Upon completion of the tour, return back to the starting point to leave your quad bike and reboard the coach, returning to the pier.
Duration: 5 hours

Day 6 Amalfi, Italy

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Amalfi is a picturesque town in the province of Salerno, in the Campania region of Italy. With its incredible views, it is the main town that makes up the very famous and UNESCO awarded Amalfi coast (Costiera Amalfitana). Amalfi sports some impressive medieval architecture, including its Cathedral of Sant'Andrea (St. Andrew), the church tower, and the convent of the Cappuccini, founded by the Amalfitan Cardinal Pietro Capuano. They richly represent the artistic movement prevailing in Southern Italy.

Wine Voyage Activities:

Chef’s walk, Amalfi and Visit to Sorrentino Winery. Wine tasting with Louis Jadot

Optional Activities:

Amalfi – Fascinating Pompeii, with a “Whisper”: This land adventure is the opportunity to enhance your visit to the incredible site of Pompeii. A local guide speaks to you directly through the use of an audio headset, referred to as a "whisper". It allows you to listen to the wonderful detailed commentary of your excellent guides without straining to hear over other visitors and noises. From the ship quay in Amalfi, travel along the panoramic coastline and peninsula roads to the remarkably well-preserved ruins of Pompeii. Originally settled by indigenous people before the 8th century BC, and later ruled by Etruscans, Greeks, and Samnites, Pompeii became a thriving commercial center under Roman rule. It was a city full of shops, markets, and town houses, with paved streets, wide sidewalks, a stadium, two theaters, temples, and baths. Then, shortly after noon on August 24 in 79 AD, live cinder and ash from Mount Vesuvius covered the entire city. The community of 30,000 people was effectively embalmed. The material thrown out by the volcano was lighter than lava and enabled the city to be covered, with architectural detail, furnishings, household articles, and even foodstuffs and artwork preserved intact. Walk through the streets rutted by chariot tracks, past the ancient forum, the homes of the wealthy, and the shops of the common man. Caught in the moment of death, view body casts of the eruption's victims seemingly come alive in their struggle for breath, their desire to protect loved ones and their doomed attempts to escape. Those who visit Pompeii cannot help but be amazed and moved by this remarkable ruin and the story it tells of a city captured at the height of its power and the moment of its death.
Duration: 5 hours

Amalfi – Scenic Ravello: Enjoy a panoramic drive climbing up from the harbor in Amalfi to Ravello, one of the most famous and popular locations on the UNESCO awarded Amalfi coast. Ravello has long attracted writers, artists and celebrities, among them Greta Garbo, Gore Vidal (current resident), Richard Wagner, and D.H. Lawrence, who was inspired to write Lady Chatterley's Lover here. The winding route along the famed Amalfi Drive brings you to Ravello's main square, where you set eyes on the Duomo whose linear Romanesque facade is graced with a valuable bronze door made in 1179 by Barissano da Trani. To the right stands the 13th-century bell tower. Visit Villa Rufolo, a spectacular complex formed by the main palazzo and built in the second half of the 13th century, and various buildings in Arabian-Sicilian style on a wide terrace facing the gulf. Having entered the smaller 14th-century tower, continue along a small avenue flanked by cypresses and reach the Moorish courtyard, decorated with friezes and arabesques. Passing the knight's room, the picturesque belvedere opens up, a luxurious garden with pines, cypresses, and exotic plants. After exploring the villa, enjoy some free time to browse and shop among the friendly inhabitants of Ravello before returning to the pier in Amalfi.
Duration: 4 hours

Day 7 Capri, Italy

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Capri may very well be the most popular island on the planet. It is a beautiful Italian island in the Tyrrhenian Sea just off the Sorrentine Peninsula, on the south side of the Bay of Naples. Capri town is the island's main population center. The island has two harbors, Marina Piccola and Marina Grande (the main port of the island). The separate village of Anacapri is located high on the hills to the west. From there visitors can continue up to the highest point of Mt. Solero. Besides some simply amazing shopping boutiques, the island has so much to offer including the ever popular Grotta Azzura, Villa Jovis, Giardini di Augusto, Certosa di San Giacomo, Villa San Michele di Axel Munthe, and the uniquely shaped Faraglioni Rocks. There’s also some great hikes available on the island; check with the activities team on board for more information.

Wine Voyage Activities:

Food & Wine Paring dinner with signature dishes from a visiting Chef, accompanied by Champagne Taittinger and Maison Louis Jadot

Optional Activities:
 
Capri – Blue Grotto Junket: Touristy, kitschy and fun! For those that "must-see" this well-known and visited grotto, SeaDream has made some special arrangements for you. A local motorboat pulls alongside the SeaDream gangway to transfer you, with a guide, to the famous Grotta Azzurra. Zip along the northern coast of the island before arriving at the grotto entrance, where SeaDream guests get priority over the usual tourist crowds. Transfer to one of the small rowboats that enter the grotto and the most extraordinary turquoise water. The luminescent glow of the cave walls reflecting in the seawater is quite a sight. Transfer back to Marina Grande on Capri, where you are free to explore the island on your own.
Duration: 1.5 hours

Capri – Discovering The Island of Love: This land adventure has it all! In love or not, sign up early for this annual favorite! Begin your discovery of "The Island of Love" by stepping from the yacht into a motor launch to explore the island's dramatic eastern coastline. See the famous Faraglioni Rocks, cruise into a coral cave, and explore the rugged vistas of Capri's tiny coves. As you step back ashore, head next to the high village of Anacapri in high style via your waiting convertible touring car (specifically made for the island of Capri – it’s a Caprisian Convertible!). Once in Anacapri, board a chairlift that takes you skimming over vineyards to the top of Mt. Solaro and its magnificent vistas. After some free time to wander in Anacapri, hop back in your car to wind down to Capri town, where you may explore the lush Cesar August Gardens with your guide before either returning to the yacht, or wandering through the shops and restaurants on your own. This is an excellent overview of one of the most visited islands in the world – enjoy every second of it!
Duration: 4 hours

Day 8 Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy | Disembark

One of the largest and busiest ports in the Mediterranean, Civitavecchia is the gateway to Rome. Rome has been recognized as one of the most-visited cities in the world. Its incredible history spans over 2,500 years, and its historic center is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Monuments and museums such as the Vatican Museum and the Colosseum are amongst the world's 50 most-visited destinations.  Disembark after breakfast. Transfer to the airport for your continued independent journeys.

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Please Note: Fares are capacity controlled and may change without notice. All fares are posted in USD and are based off of double occupancy. Single and triple rates are available upon request.

Cruise fares do not include Governmental, Port, Document Issuance, Handling and Service fees. Please see pricing for additional fees.

Please note: Optional Activities are NOT included in this cruise-only rate. Contact us for details.

- All guests are required to have a valid passport while onboard.
 

- All on board wine tastings are complimentary.

Rates Include:
  • Accommodations
  • All gourmet meals
  • Wine with lunch and dinner
  • Open bar with selected premium brands
  • Gratuities
  • Use of water toys
  • Mountain bikes
  • Golf simulator
  • DVDs and more
  • Winemaker’s exclusive Dinner
Rates Exclude:
  • Optional Land Adventures. Contact us for pricing.
  • Air and ground travel arrangements
  • Spa treatments
  • Certain select premium liquor and wine cellar selections
  • Individual caviar requests
  • Communication costs
  • Use of satellite telephone
  • Internet access
  • Boutique purchases
  • Medical services
  • Casino play
  • Laundry
  • Government, Port, Document Issuance, Handling & Service fees
  • Wine-by-the-glass package
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