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DAOU Vineyards & Winery; July 3-15, 2017

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You are invited to join Georges & Daniel Daou, proprietors of DAOU Vineyards & Winery to visit the pearls of southern Europe aboard the newest Silversea ship, Silver Muse. Enjoy unhurried island-hopping in Greece, visit one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and relax in idyllic Cesme. Sail into Athens and delve into a wealth of architectural history. 
Only guests booked through MmMmTravel will have access to all DAOU Vineyards & Winery events including our optional exclusive shore excursions and Venice pre cruise program.

BONUS OFFER: Book by March 31 and receive a $125 per person savings.

Highlights

Cruise Highlights:

  • Enjoy receptions hosted by DAOU Vineyards & Winery proprietors Georges & Daniel Daou.
  • Participate in multiple dinners with DAOU Vineyards & Winery proprietors Georges & Daniel Daou.
  • Guests of MmMmTravel will savor a complimentary 6-course wine paired dinner in La Dame by Relais & Châteaux.
  • Guests of DAOU Vineyards & Winery will be invited on optional shore excursions in Venice, Hvar, Kotor, Kusadasi and Mykonos (fee).
  • Guests of DAOU Vineyards & Winery will be invited on an optional Pre-cruise program (fee) in Venice.
  • Silversea past guests receive a 5% Venetian Society Savings.
  • Added shipboard credit for guests paying with unbranded American Express Platinum or Centurion cards


All-suite 12-day Cruise Includes:

  • Spacious suites – most with private verandas
  • Personalized service – nearly one crew member for every guest
  • Butler service in every suite – all guests are pampered equally
  • Open-seating dining options – dine when and with whomever you please
  • Diversity of dining venues – casual, romantic, regional delicacies, and gourmet cuisine inspired by Relais & Châteaux
  • Beverages in-suite and throughout the ship – select wines, premium spirits, specialty coffees and soft drinks, plus your own tailored mini-bar
  • In-suite dining and 24-hour room service – always complimentary, always available
  • Sophisticated entertainment from live music to production shows
  • Enrichment lecturers, acclaimed chefs and destination consultants
  • Complimentary transportation into town in most ports
  • Gratuities always included in your fare
  • Free WiFi throughout the ship (daily limit applies)

 

Itinerary

2017 Date Port Arrive Depart
July 1-3 Optional: Pre-Cruise Venice hotel package* 
Jul 03, M Venice, Italy : DAOU Welcome Reception Embark Overnight
Jul 04,Tu Venice, Italy: Happy 4th of July!   11PM
Optional: Exclusive 4th of July boat ride in Venice to Murano & Burano* 
DAOU  Dinner*
Jul 05, W Ravenna, Italy 7AM 6PM
Jul 06, Th Hvar, Croatia 8AM 9PM
Optional: Exclusive Beach Excursion & Private Boat* 
Jul 07, F Kotor, Montenegro 8AM 4PM
Optional: Exclusive Wine Seminar Ashore*
DAOU Champagne Reception followed by 6-course
dinner in MaDame by Relais & Châteaux (half group)*
Jul 08, Sa Corfu, Greece 8AM 7PM
Jul 09, Su  Katakolon (Olympia), Greece 8AM 2PM
DAOU Wine Tasting  paired to Silversea’s Chef’s Cooking Demo*
DAOU Champagne Reception followed by 6-course
dinner in MaDame by Relais & Châteaux (half group)*
Jul 10, M Santorini, Greece 8AM 7PM
Jul 11, Tu Rhodes, Greece 8AM 10PM
Jul 12, W Kusadasi, Turkey 8AM 11PM
Optional: Exclusive tour of the ancient city of Ephesus, UNESCO site*
Jul 13, Th Cesme, Turkey 8AM 11PM
Jul 14, F Mykonos, Greece 8AM 10PM
Optional: Exclusive beach party at Nammos Beach*
DAOU Farewell Reception & Dinner*
Jul 15, Sa Piraeus (Athens), Greece Disembark AM

*Events, times, locations subject to final confirmation once aboard ship.  Optional shore excursions and the Pre Cruise Program are not included in cruise fares. However, all other events are complimentary to you as a guest of DAOU Vineyards and Winery & MmMmTravel.  Finalized Guest Itinerary will be mailed with cruise documents. 

 

Pricing

BONUS OFFER: Book by March 31 and receive a $125 per person savings.

Silversea past guests receive a 5% Venetian Society Savings! MmMmTravel fares are per person based on double occupancy. Solo and triple guest rates available on request.

Suite Category Double
Occupancy
Owner’s Waitlist
Grand Waitlist
Royal Waitlist
Silver Waitlist
Deluxe Veranda Waitlist
Superior Veranda Waitlist
Classic Veranda $12,250
Vista Picture Window Suite $10,615


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MmMmTravel Fares are per person based on double occupancy in US dollars.  Solo traveler fares and triple rates available upon request. Fares will increase as ship fills.  A 25% deposit secures you the best available pricing and suite locations. Deposit is fully refundable, minus a $200 per suite administrative fee, if cancelled more than 121 days prior to sailing. To receive American Express Amenities, guests must use an unbranded American Express Platinum or Centurion card for final payment. A reservation through MmMmTravel ensures invitations to private receptions and dinners, including 6-course wine-paired dinner in MaDame by Relais & Chateaux , and access to our exclusive optional shore excursions and pre-cruise program. Please call for more information.

Explore Silver Muse by visiting by visiting www.silvermuse.info. Luxury cruise guests can now explore Silver Muse, Silversea Cruises’ newest ship, which proudly embodies the tagline “Simply Divine?.” The new dedicated website currently provides access to detailed suite renderings and the latest information on the ship destined to be the highest expression of Silversea excellence when she sets sail in spring 2017. Visitors to the site are greeted by an interactive discovery of Silver Muse with a ground-breaking 360-degree virtual tour, which provides a variety of viewing options, including day and night renderings of the ship at sea. The site showcases Silver Muse’s elegant, all-veranda suite accommodations with artist’s renderings of contemporary interior furnishings dressed in warm earth tones of cream, saffron, green, and sienna. By simply clicking on the interactive ship diagram, a range of gracefully appointed suites, all featuring a furnished private veranda, is available to explore.

 

Ports

Venice, ItalyVenice is a city unlike any other. No matter how often you’ve seen it in photos and films, the real thing is more dreamlike than you could imagine. With canals where streets should be, water shimmers everywhere. The fabulous palaces and churches reflect centuries of history in what was a wealthy trading center between Europe and the Orient. Getting lost in the narrow alleyways is a quintessential part of exploring Venice, but at some point you’ll almost surely end up in Piazza San Marco, where tourists and locals congregate for a coffee or an aperitif.

Ravenna, ItalyA small, quiet, well-heeled city, Ravenna has brick palaces, cobblestone streets, magnificent monuments, and spectacular Byzantine mosaics. The high point in civic history occurred in the 5th century, when Pope Honorious moved his court here from Rome. Gothic kings Odoacer and Theodoric ruled the city until it was conquered by the Byzantines in AD 540. Ravenna later fell under the sway of Venice, and then, inevitably, the Papal States. Because Ravenna spent much of its past looking to the East, its greatest art treasures show that influence. Churches and tombs with the most unassuming exteriors contain within them walls covered with sumptuous mosaics.

The Croatian island of Hvar bills itself as the “sunniest island in the Adriatic.” Not only does it have the figures to back up this claim—an annual average of 2,724 hours of sunshine—but it also makes visitors a sporting proposition, offering them a money-back guarantee if there are seven consecutive days of snow (snow has been known to fall here; the last time being February 2012).

Kotor, MontenegroBacked by imposing mountains, tiny Kotor lies hidden from the open sea, tucked into the deepest channel of the Bokor Kotorska (Kotor Bay), which is Europe’s most southerly fjord. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kotor’s medieval Stari Grad (Old Town) is enclosed within well-preserved defensive walls built between the 9th and 18th centuries and is presided over by a proud hilltop fortress. Within the walls, a labyrinth of winding cobbled streets leads through a series of splendid paved piazzas, rimmed by centuries-old stone buildings, many of which now house trendy cafés and chic boutiques at ground level.

Corfu, GreeceCorfu town today is a vivid tapestry of cultures—a sophisticated weave, where charm, history, and natural beauty blend. Located about midway along the island’s east coast, this spectacularly lively capital is the cultural heart of Corfu and has a remarkable historic center that UNESCO designated as a World Heritage Site in 2007. All ships and planes dock or land near Corfu town, which occupies a small peninsula jutting into the Ionian Sea. Whether arriving by ferry from the mainland of Greece or Italy, from another island, or directly by plane, catch your breath by first relaxing with a coffee or a gelato in Corfu town’s shaded Liston arcade, then stroll the pedestrians-only quarter.

Katakolon (Olympia), GreeceKatakolon could not seem less of a cruise port if it tried. A tiny enclave clinging to the western Peloponnese coast, it’s a sleepy place except when ships dock. But it’s a popular cruise destination because of its proximity to Olympia. Ancient Olympia was one of the most important cities in classical Greece. The Sanctuary of Zeus was the city’s raison d’être, and attracted pilgrims from around the eastern Mediterranean, and later the city played host to Olympic Games, the original athletic games that were the inspiration for today’s modern sporting pan-planetary meet.

Santorini, GreeceUndoubtedly the most extraordinary island in the Aegean, crescent-shape Santorini remains a mandatory stop on the Cycladic tourist route—even if it’s necessary to enjoy the sensational sunsets from Ia, the fascinating excavations, and the dazzling white towns with a million other travelers. Called Kállisti (the “Loveliest”) when first settled, the island has now reverted to its subsequent name of Thira, after the 9th-century-BC Dorian colonizer Thiras. The place is better known, however, these days as Santorini, a name derived from its patroness, St. Irene of Thessaloniki, the Byzantine empress who restored icons to Orthodoxy and died in 802.

Rhodes, GreeceEarly travelers described Rhodes as a town of two parts: a castle or high town (Collachium) and a lower city. Today Rhodes town—sometimes referred to as Ródos town—is still a city of two parts: the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site that incorporates the high town and lower city, and the modern metropolis, or New Town, spreading away from the walls that encircle the Old Town. The narrow streets of the Old Town are for the most part closed to cars and are lined with Orthodox and Catholic churches, Turkish houses (some of which follow the ancient orthogonal plan), and medieval public buildings with exterior staircases and facades elegantly constructed of well-cut limestone from Lindos.

Kusadasi, TurkeyA cultural hub since its earliest beginnings, Kusadasi is one of Turkey’s most popular holiday resort towns. Here, sightseers discover a gateway to the historical landmarks of nearby ancient Ephesus, which once stood as the capital of Roman Asia Minor. Visitors can comb the excavated city’s Greco-Roman and Christian ruins, including the Library of Celsus and the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, or pay a visit to St. Mary’s House, where the mother of Jesus lived out her final days.

Mykonos, GreeceAlthough the fishing boats still go out in good weather, Mykonos largely makes its living from tourism these days. The summer crowds have turned one of the poorest islands in Greece into one of the richest. Old Mykonians complain that their young, who have inherited stores where their grandfathers once sold eggs or wine, get so much rent that they have lost ambition, and in summer sit around pool bars at night with their friends, and hang out in Athens in winter when island life is less scintillating. Put firmly on the map by Jackie O in the 1960s, Mykonos town—called Hora by the locals—remains the Saint-Tropez of the Greek islands.

Piraeus (Athens), GreeceIt’s no wonder that all roads lead to the fascinating and maddening metropolis of Athens. Lift your eyes 200 feet above the city to the Parthenon, its honey-color marble columns rising from a massive limestone base, and you behold architectural perfection that has not been surpassed in 2,500 years. But, today, this shrine of classical form dominates a 21st-century boomtown. To experience Athens—Athína in Greek—fully is to understand the essence of Greece: ancient monuments surviving in a sea of cement, startling beauty amid the squalor, tradition juxtaposed with modernity. Locals depend on humor and flexibility to deal with the chaos; you should do the same.

 

Georges Daou

Georges J. Daou – Proprietor

With a head for business and a heart full of passion for life, Georges Daou oversees the marketing and branding of DAOU Vineyards, keeping his sharp eyes on the direction of the winery and the steady growth of the family’s beloved vineyards. As children, Georges and his brother day-dreamed of a bucolic American ideal, replete with roaming cattle, ripening grapes and a thriving family culture.

Now, he wakes up most days simply amazed to discover that he’s living that dream. A warm, philosophical and very social man, he is an avid golfer, cyclist, and polo player. This love of both people and the great outdoors feeds his irrepressible joie de vivre. Georges’ attention to excellent terroir, great climate and the fine art of winemaking results in a unique experience not just for visitors to DAOU, but for wine connoisseurs around the world and, in fact, anyone who opens a bottle of DAOU wine. He looks forward to welcoming you to the top of DAOU Mountain, an inspiring place where life seems to stand still, and great times await. Visit the winery and taste it for yourself.

“Love is the most powerful emotion in Life and we hope to enhance it when you visit us at DAOU Mountain. In the end, our story and message is in the bottle” – Georges Daou

 

Daniel Daou

Daniel J. Daou – Winemaker & Proprietor

You could say that all of Daniel Daou’s aspirations for his ideal vineyard and winemaking experience have been reached.  The confluence of geography, climate, viticulture, and opportunity has allowed him to become the winemaker he always wanted to be. Winemaking is far more than just a job for Daniel. It’s a highly contagious passion, particularly for Cabernet Sauvignon, that is reflected in his wines. Although his prime motivation is passion, his background as an engineer informs his every decision as a winemaker. Daniel goes to extraordinary lengths, such as employing methods only used in producing first-growth Bordeaux, to ensure that his wines are balanced with nonintrusive tannins to provide structure for the full bodied fruit while the wine matures, first in the barrel and later in the bottle. In the vineyard, he walks a fine line by letting the grapes struggle, yet never crossing over to the point where the vines would shut down.

Often, friends and fans of his wines describe Daniel as a man both charismatic and passionate, yet always ready to listen to others. He is seen as a committed member of the community whose drive and resources will take Paso Robles to a whole new level. For Daniel, putting his cherished family name on the bottle means everything. What’s inside the bottle must warrant that privilege, so every day he thinks about how to ensure the level of excellence he expects from his wines.

“It’s rare to have all the elements needed to achieve perfect balance and ripeness in a terroir. We found all these elements on our mountain and work hard to capture that magic from vineyard to bottle” – Daniel J. Daou

 

Silversea

About Silversea Cruises

Presenting Silver Muse
Silversea Cruises is happy to present our new flagship, Silver Muse, to be delivered in the spring of 2017. The new ultra-luxury ship is being built by Fincantieri and at 40,700 grt accommodates 596 guests, representing an exciting evolution of Silver Spirit that will redefine ultra-luxury ocean travel, enhancing the small-ship intimacy and spacious all-suite accommodations that are the hallmarks of the Silversea experience.The addition of Silver Muse will expand Silversea’s fleet to nine ships, and will once again significantly raise the bar in the ultra-luxury cruise market with a wealth of enhancements to the onboard experience, while satisfying the uncompromising requirements for comfort, service, and quality of the world’s most discerning travellers.
EXPLORE SILVER MUSE ON OUR GROUND-BREAKING DEDICATED WEBSITE: Luxury cruise guests can now explore Silver Muse, Silversea Cruises’ newest ship, which proudly embodies the tagline “Simply Divine?,” by visiting www.silvermuse.info. The new dedicated website currently provides access to detailed suite renderings and the latest information on the ship destined to be the highest expression of Silversea excellence when she sets sail in spring 2017. Visitors to the site are greeted by an interactive discovery of Silver Muse with a ground-breaking 360-degree virtual tour, which provides a variety of viewing options, including day and night renderings of the ship at sea. The site showcases Silver Muse’selegant, all-veranda suite accommodations with artist’s renderings of contemporary interior furnishings dressed in warm earth tones of cream, saffron, green, and sienna. By simply clicking on the interactive ship diagram, a range of gracefully appointed suites, all featuring a furnished private veranda, is available to explore.

KEY FACTS

  • Crew: 411
  • Officers: European
  • Guests: 596
  • Tonnage: 40,700
  • Length: 698 Feet/212.8 Meters
  • Width: 86 Feet/27 Metres
  • Speed: 19.8 Knots
  • Passenger Decks: 8
  • Built: 2017
  • Registry: Bahamas

 
 

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