Moone-Tsai & Grasing’s in the Med, Aug 2021 aboard Silversea - 10 Days

ITALY     SICILY     GREECE     MONTENEGRO     CROATIA

Overview

Join Larry & MaryAnn Tsai of Moone-Tsai Winery, Napa and Chef Kurt Grasing of Grasing’s Restaurant, Carmel, in the Med aboard Silversea’s newest ship Silver Moon!  From the Ionian seas of Syracuse and the Aeonian waters of Corfu, the tiny villages of Kotor and walled medieval opulence Dubrovnik, this voyage is bookended by Mediterranean giants Rome and Venice. These prove the perfect starting – and ending –points to discover some of the Mediterranean’s wine & culinary hot spots. An overnight in Sorrento is the ideal start to this 10-day voyage that dives deep into destinations so often seen only superficially. However you choose to fill your day understated luxury awaits on Silversea’s 596 guest Silver Moon where you will enjoy multiple restaurants, large suites, divine exclusive Moone-Tsai & Grasing’s  activities & more. Guests wishing to participate in all Moone-Tsai  and Grasing’s events must book through MillenniuM Travel. Anyone making their reservation elsewhere (including directly with Silversea) will not be included in all events with Moone-Tsai & Grasing’s Restaurant.

Cruise Highlights:

  • Enjoy receptions featuring Moone-Tsai wines and participate in multiple Moone-Tsai wine dinners hosted by Larry & MaryAnn Tsai, Co-Founders & Proprietors of Moone-Tsai and Chef Kurt Grasing of Grasing’s Restaurant.
  • Enjoy cooking demos & discussions with Chef Kurt Grasing of Grasing’s Restaurant.
  • Participate in multiple Moone-Tsai Wine Dinners lead by Larry & MaryAnn Tsai and Chef Kurt Grasing of Grasing’s Restaurant.
  • Savor an included Moone-Tsai & Grasing’s 6-course wine paired dinner in La Dame by Relais & Châteaux, sponsored by MillenniuM Travel.
  • Added shipboard credit for guests paying with unbranded American Express Platinum or Centurion cards


All-suite All-inclusive 10-Day Cruise Includes:

  • Exclusive Culinary & Wine activities hosted by Larry & Mary-Ann Tsai and Chef Kurt Grasing (MillenniuM Travel guest Exclusive).
  • Complimentary Beverages in-suite and throughout the ship – select wines, champagne, premium spirits, specialty coffees and soft drinks, plus your own tailored mini-bar
  • Onboard gratuities always included in your fare
  • 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
  • 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
  • Free WiFi throughout the ship (daily limit applies)

To make a reservation please contact us directly at 831.659.0151 or email us at Office@MmMmTravel.com. For additional information about this enchanting voyage, please fill out the form below and we will respond to your request within 1 business day via email. Please remember that our response to your query may accidentally be directed to your junk mail folder. We look forward to working with you!

Itinerary

Your Moone-Tsai Wines & Grasing’s Restaurant Cruise Itinerary
August 23 to September 2, 2021, 10 days aboard Silversea’s NEW Silver Moon

2021 DATE    PORT ARRIVE / DEPART
Aug 23, M ROME, CIVITAVECCHIA, ITALY  – Casual attire Embark 1pm / 7pm
10a Optional transfer from Rome Central hotel to visit to family farm and vineyard enroute to ship with wine-tasting, cooking demonstration, and slow-cooked farm-to-table lunch poolside (fee)*

715p Moone-Tsai & Grasing’s Welcome Reception & Wine Dinner in La Terrazza *   

Aug 24, Tu SORRENTO, Amalfi Coast, Isle of Capri, ITALY 8am / Overnight
Optional full day tour along the Amalfi Coast – boat-ride to Positano, with wine-paired lunch (fee)*
Aug 25, W SORRENTO, Amalfi Coast, isle of Capri, ITALY   – CAPTAINS FORMAL —- / 4pm
Optional full day trip to Pompeii or boat-ride to isle of Capri (fee)*

Afternoon Cooking Demo with Chef Kurt Grasing while sailing away from Sorrento*
8p Evening Moone-Tsai & Grasing’s Group Dinner in Atlantide – Suit & tie *

Aug 26, Th SIRACUSA, SICILY, ITALY 8am / 10pm
Champagne Reception followed by Moone-Tsai & Grasing Gala 5-course Wine  Dinner in La Dame by Relais & Chateaux * Jacket suggested 
Aug 27, F CORFU, GREECE 6pm/ Overnight
11am: Moone-Tsai Wine Tasting paired to Chef Kurt Grasing’s cooking demo*
Aug 28, Sa CORFU, GREECE         —- / 6pm
730p Champagne Reception followed by Moone-Tsai & Grasing’s Gala 5-course Wine Dinner in La Dame by Relais & Chateaux * Jacket suggested
Aug 29, Su KOTOR, MONTENEGRO  Wakeup sail along Europe’s southernmost fjord 8am/10:30pm
Optional Walking tour followed by Dalmation wine-tasting at Port of Montenegro (fee)*

8p Evening Moone-Tsai & Grasing’s Group Dinner in Silver Note*

Aug 30, M DUBROVNIK, CROATIA

Optional Walking tour, cable ride, wine lunch at country chalet (fee)*

8am / 11pm
Sep 31, Tu SPLIT, CROATIA 8am / 9pm
8p Moone-Tsai & Grasing’s Farewell Reception & Wine Dinner in SALT Kitchen *   
Sept 1, W VENICE, ITALY 1pm / Overnight
8p Moone-Tsai & Grasing’s Farewell reception and Wine Dinner poolside  in Hot Rocks Grill *
Sept 2, Th VENICE, ITALY Disembark 8-10am

*  Itinerary, events, times & location subject to final confirmation once aboard ship. Invitations delivered the evening prior to all Moone-Tsai & Grasing’s exclusive events. Additional details on our optional exclusive excursions (fee applies) will be announced to the group at a later date as they are available.

To make a reservation please contact us directly at 831.659.0151 or email us at Office@MmMmTravel.com. For additional information about this enchanting voyage, please fill out the form below and we will respond to your request within 1 business day via email. Please remember that our response to your query may accidentally be directed to your junk mail folder. We look forward to working with you!

Cruise Pricing: Your Cruise-Only Fares are listed per person, based on double occupancy.  They include all beverages including select fine wines, champagne, premium spirits, bottled water, soft drinks and specialty coffees; gratuities for housekeeping, dining and bar staff; multiple dining venues including La Terrazza (All-Italian), SALT; Kaiseki (Japanese), The Grill, Atlantide, Spaccanapoli, La Dame, and Silver Note; entertainment nightly; Butler service; 24-hour room service, and more.   Shore Excursions are not included. Fares increase as the ship fills.

This is an all suite ship. All suites include  butler service, sitting area; queen-sized or twin beds; marbled bathroom; refrigerator and stocked bar; flat screen television; wardrobe; personal safe; direct-dial telephone; premium mattresses with choice of pillows; plush robes & slippers; choice of European bath amenities; vanity table, hair dryer; Writing desk, personalized stationery; unlimited WiFi. View the Silver Moon Deck Plan & Suite Descriptions here

Exclusive Offers:

  • Free Airfare: Book by September 30, 2020 and enjoy Free Round Trip Economy Airfare or Business Class Airfare from $699 each way from select US airports*
  • Early Booking Bonus: Book & pay in full by August 31, 2020 and save 10%!
  • Double Bonus: Reserve your voyage by August 31, 2020 with a $1,000 per suite deposit, and receive $1,000 shipboard credit once your booking is paid in full!
  • Single Fares: Solo travelers enjoy single supplements at only 25%!

Vista Suite – 334 ft² with ocean-view windows, Deck 4
Panorama – 334 ft² with ocean-view windows, Deck 9
Generous interior space with large windows. 

Suite Category Fares with Air
& 10% Savings 
Cruise Only with
10% Savings  (no air)
VISTA SUITE $5,700 $4,800
PANORAMA SUITE $6,780 $5,880

Classic Veranda – 387 ft² with Veranda, Decks 5,6
Superior Veranda – 387 ft² with Veranda, Decks 7, 8, 9
Deluxe Veranda – 387 ft² with Veranda, Midship Decks 6,7,8
A Silversea signature, the Veranda Suite is spacious and welcoming. Floor-to-ceiling glass doors open onto a furnished private teak veranda along the suite. Some accommodate three guests.

Suite Category Fares with Air
& 10% Savings 
Cruise Only with
10% Savings  (no air)
CLASSIC VERANDA SUITE $7,230 $6,330
SUPERIOR VERANDA SUITE $7,500 $6,600
DELUXE VERANDA SUITE $7,770 $6,870

Silver Suite – 786 ft² with Veranda, Deck 9,10,11
Step onto your terrace and bask in the calm feeling of the ocean breeze. Dissolve into the comfort of your king size bed in a separate bedroom. The upper deck location gives the most spectacular sea views. Available as 1 & 2 bedrooms.

Suite Category Fares with Air
& 10% Savings 
Cruise Only with 10% Savings (no air)
SILVER 1-Bedroom $11,820 $10,920

Royal Suite – 1130 ft² with Veranda, Forward Deck 7
The Royal Suite is commanding and majestic, boasting s a lavish living area perfect for entertaining, plush interior furnishings and sweeping seascapes from the terrace. 

Suite Category Fares with Air
& 10% Savings 
Cruise Only with 10% Savings (no air)
ROYAL 1-Bedroom Waitlist Waitlist

 

Grand Suite – 1475 ft² with Veranda, Forward Deck 8,9
Indulge in the epitome of ultra-luxury cruising. Ample interior and exterior space makes this the perfect choice for serious travellers. With the biggest verandas on board, enjoy entertaining new friends or simply sharing intimate meals while contemplating spectacular sunsets. Available as 1 & 2 bedrooms.

Suite Category Fares with Air
& 10% Savings 
Cruise Only with 10% Savings (no air)
GRAND 1-Bedroom Waitlist Waitlist

Owner’s Suite – 1281 ft² with Veranda, Deck 9
Prestigious, classic and sophisticated, this stylish apartment suite offers the ultimate in finest accommodation on board. Set aside for those who seek a superlative level of comfort and service, the Owner’s Suite has it all. The adjoining bedroom, with its en-suite bathroom, offers its own spectacular sea views. Available as 1 & 2 bedrooms.

Suite Category Fares with Air
& 10% Savings 
Cruise Only with 10% Savings (no air)
OWNER’S  1-Bedroom Waitlist Waitlist

To make a reservation please contact us directly at 831.659.0151 or email us at Office@MmMmTravel.com. For additional information about this enchanting voyage, please fill out the form below and we will respond to your request within 1 business day via email. Please remember that our response to your query may accidentally be directed to your junk mail folder. We look forward to working with you!

Terms & Conditions
*MillenniuM Travel Fares are per person based on double occupancy in US dollars. Solo traveler fares and triple rates available upon request. Fares will increase as the ship fills. Fares above include a $300 per person add-collect over Silversea’s promotional cruise fares to help offset the wine, shipping, and other expenses for our private wine events. Fares shown do not guarantee availability. A 25% deposit secures you the best available pricing and suite locations. Silversea’s 10% early payment savings is offered through August 31, 2020. Fares will increase as the ship fills. 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 a 5-course wine-paired dinner in La Dame by Relais & Chateaux. Minimum number of guests required for Moone-Tsai and Grasing’s Restaurant to host. Free transfers available only for guests utilizing Silversea air offer. Economy Class Air is provided on domestic US/Canada flights and intra-European flights from select US and Canadian gateways. Offer applies to new bookings made by July 31, 2020. Promotional air offer is valid only for guests from the United States and Canada. In the event economy class air is unavailable (determined at Silversea’s sole discretion), a non-use Air credit in the amount of $900 per person may be applied to your booking. Silversea reserves the right to select the air carrier, routing and departure airport from each gateway city. Airline baggage fees are not included. Deviations to air travel dates are accepted at a charge of $150 per request plus all additional air costs. Due to flight schedules, some voyages may require an overnight hotel stay pre or post-cruise. This will be available for booking at an additional charge. Silversea offers a $1,000 reduced deposit per suite, plus receive $1,000 to spend onboard once your booking is paid in full. Offer ends August 31, 2020. Please call for more information. Other conditions may apply, see Silversea’s Terms & Conditions for more details. CST# 1005871-40. Silversea ship’s registry: Bahamas. Please call MillenniuM Travel for more details.

Itinerary

Day 1

Moone-Tsai Wines and Grasing’s Restaurant

MaryAnn Tsai, Co-Founder & Owner

Growing up in a spirited Italian family in Boston, Massachusetts, MaryAnn spent summers helping her grandmother tend a verdant garden featuring rows of vegetables, herbs, and an especially precious vineyard. From the last of these, the family celebrated the rite of winemaking; a tradition that young MaryAnn did not fully appreciate until years later.

During her college years, MaryAnn found herself again ensconced in vineyards; this time in a study-abroad program at the University of Angers, France. Located in the glorious Loire Valley, the idyllic town of Angers epitomized French country living and was the perfect place to spark a willing palate for simple, but well-crafted wines and inspired cuisine. It was here that MaryAnn caught “the bug” that would fuel her interest in wines, and ultimately inspire her move to Napa Valley, her graduation from Harvard Business School, and the launch of a wonderful career in the wine industry.

Hired by Mike Moone to join Beringer Wine Estates in 1989, MaryAnn realized a long-standing dream to live and work in the legendary Napa Valley. During this time, and over the next 20+ years, she was involved with producing notable wines and brands, three of which earned the distinction of being named as “Wine Spectator’s #1-rated Wine in the World”. With the creation of Moone-Tsai wines in 2006, MaryAnn and Larry have set their sights on earning a fourth #1 rating…under the Moone-Tsai banner. Alongside their shared pursuit of this grand-vins endeavor, MaryAnn and Larry are especially proud to raise their two daughters in the fabled Napa Valley wine country that they are pleased to call home.

Larry Tsai, Co-Founder & Owner

As a first generation Chinese-American boy growing up in the lively North Shore neighborhoods of New York’s Long Island, Larry held a peculiar fascination for the “yin-yang” that one might confer upon the daily experience. Indeed, in an environment where conventions frequently compelled forced choices (Yankees v. Mets; Ginger v. Maryann; dim sum vs. lox & bagels; etc.), he often instead strayed to permutations of the many possibilities lying therein, and beyond.

While this fascination might have led him to distraction, he was able to synthesize this into a world view that would prepare him for the many opportunities that awaited him in college, and later, in his professional and personal life. After earning degrees at Princeton and the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Larry embarked on a variegated career that enabled him to indulge his intertwining interests in wine, food, and the arts.

By way of his experiences across Fortune 500 companies, and atop emerging gourmet/food/lifestyle enterprises and Napa Valley non-profits; Larry has combined his management skills with a calling to create and deliver extraordinary wines and experiences that support the Moone-Tsai credo.

Since taking the winery’s helm in 2010, Larry has moved Moone-Tsai from its single-cabernet-infancy to the brand’s current annual production of seven acclaimed wines across 3,000 cases, with distribution in selected U.S. markets and abroad. Along the way, he has found that the simple pleasure of connecting with people who enjoy well-crafted wines is nothing less than divine. Teaching and tasting with the newly impassioned to the more studied and discerning; from Baton Rouge to Bali, Seoul to Sun Valley, Jackson Hole to Jakarta, and Manhattan to Mumbai; he is reminded of the axiom that posits how adept that Napa Valley wines can be in bringing together people over good times and fine conversation.

 

Headshot (Current)Chef Kurt Grasing, Proprietor of Grasing’s Restaurant

Growing up in the Willamette Valley in Oregon, Kurt’s love of food began from an early age. While other children may have hosted lemonade stands on the corner of their neighborhood, Kurt saved up to buy raspberry bushes, so he could harvest the berries to sell to neighbors. He began to experiment with culinary techniques by cooking apples from the family apple trees, testing out different cooking methods (four to be exact) to study the results. Kurt has always gravitated to great tasting food, with his love for food and entrepreneurial mind Kurt set out on what would be a career that has spanned almost four decades.

Kurt has had the opportunity to work in some of the finest restaurants in the world. His apprenticeship began at the Clift Hotel in San Francisco. After his apprenticeship he refined his craft at Narsai’s in Berkeley, first as a saucier and then as chef. Kurt then had the chance to move to the east coast to work at the Pierre Hotel in New York as the Executive Sous Chef. In the years that followed he was at the three-star La Gavroche in London and Four Seasons in Boston. He returned to the west coast in 1986 to open 231 Ellsworth in San Mateo, which was soon considered one of the top restaurants in California during his time. One highlight of Kurt’s career was to do a cooking show with Julia Child, an icon in American cooking history and early role model for him.  She was an inspiration to millions and helped shape Kurt’s lifelong love of food.  It was a once in a lifetime experience and one he will always treasure.

In March of 1998 Kurt opened the door to his namesake restaurant: Grasing’s in Carmel. A Carmel classic for over two decades, Grasing’s restaurant has provided Kurt the opportunity to allow his love for food and entrepreneurial mind continue to develop. Grasing’s has expanded over the years to include additional dining space and the popular bar/lounge space. Kurt has also extended his love for food to include jet catering for private planes coming in and out of Monterey and now you may see Kurt around town in the Grasing’s van as he adds additional catering services available to the Monterey Peninsula!

MillenniuM Travel can help you with more than just your cruise. We are here to assist you with all of your vacation plans including pre & post cruise hotels, transfers, tours and more to ensure you truly experience a “Taste of Life”.  You can search through our luxury partnered hotel options using the links below.  If you need any assistance or have any questions regarding your pre and post cruise travel plans, please don’t hesitate to contact us at (831) 659-0151 or Office@MmMmTravel.com

 

To make a reservation please contact us directly at 831.659.0151 or email us at Office@MmMmTravel.com. For additional information about this enchanting voyage, please fill out the form below and we will respond to your request within 1 business day via email. Please remember that our response to your query may accidentally be directed to your junk mail folder. We look forward to working with you!

Presenting Silver MOON
Built by cruise lovers, for cruise lovers, Silver Moon will be the epitome of 21st century luxury travel. Building on the phenomenal success of Silver Muse, Silver Moon – to be delivered August 2020 – will mirror her sister ship and will establish a new era of Silversea. At 40,700 gross tons and with a capacity to accommodate 596 passengers on board, Silver Moon will maintain the small-ship intimacy and spacious all-suite accommodation which are the hallmarks of the Silversea experience. Silver Moon will also feature the all-new Sea And Land Taste (.S.A.L.T.) programme – an immersive culinary concept that will enable guests to travel deeper through a range of destination based gastronomic experiences. Get ready – a new moon is coming.
Headquartered in Monte Carlo, Silversea’s small luxury ships are designed for those who delight in the thrill of discovery while indulging mind and body in the most lavish surroundings imaginable. All accommodations are spacious, ocean-view suites and most  include butler service and private verandas. Silversea voyages and cruise expeditions sail to over 800 destinations on all seven continents, more than any other cruise line. Our intimate, ultra-luxury ships can sail up narrow waterways into the heart of a city, or tie up right at the pier while others must anchor off shore.   Enjoy the convenience, ease and comfort of an  all-inclusive cruise fare that includes almost all of your discretionary onboard expenses.

shipIntimate Boutique Ships: Our 9 small luxury ships can show you the world in a far more personal, meaningful way. They can glide into small, secluded harbors or transport you on an expedition to some of the most remote regions of the globe.  In the evening. return to gracious hospitality reflecting our Italian heritage and cherish the relaxed, friendly camaraderie  among guests in the lounges and open bars where faces quickly become familiar and conversation strikes a common chord.

 

polishedPolished to Perfection: Silversea is passionate about service and profoundly committed to maintaining the highest standards. Service is richly personalized, genuine and caring, every wish, every need is discretely anticipated. With the experienced, highly trained personnel of a top luxury cruise line and a staff to guest ratio of nearly one to one, service excellence is guaranteed aboard Silversea ships.

 

flavorGlobal Flavors for Worldly Travelers: Renowned for culinary excellence Silversea’s luxury cruises offer a choice of open-seating dining options throughout the fleet, as well as several specialty venues aboard all non-expedition ships.   Silver Spirit has six restaurants to choose from; rather remarkable for a ship hosting only 540 guests.  Changing daily menus present a wide range of offerings including Continental, vegetarian and healthy selections, as well as regional specialties unique to the destination.

 

sanctuaryYour Suite is Your Sanctuary: Silversea offers one of the highest space-per-guest ratios of any luxury cruise accommodations. All of our suites feature ocean views, and many, a private teak veranda. That’s why every Silversea suite is indulgently spacious, and beautifully furnished. Freshen up in your Italian marble bathroom with a choice of luxury amenities to suit your personal taste.

To make a reservation please contact us directly at 831.659.0151 or email us at Office@MmMmTravel.com. For additional information about this enchanting voyage, please fill out the form below and we will respond to your request within 1 business day via email. Please remember that our response to your query may accidentally be directed to your junk mail folder. We look forward to working with you!

To make a reservation please contact us directly at 831.659.0151 or email us at Office@MmMmTravel.com. For additional information about this enchanting voyage, please fill out the form below and we will respond to your request within 1 business day via email. Please remember that our response to your query may accidentally be directed to your junk mail folder. We look forward to working with you!

These optional excursions are available to enhance your Silversea cruise experience with Larry & Mary Ann Tsai of Moone Tsai and Chef Kurt & Christine Grasing of Grasing’s Restaurant. They are exclusive to our group, and are not available through Silversea. For pricing, please contact us directly by emailing Office@MmMmTravel.com. Advance reservation and prepayment is required. RSVP by May 22, 2021. After May 22, a $20 per person late RSVP fee applies. To RSVP for these Exclusive Excursions, please click here.

August 23 from Rome to Civitavecchia: 10:30a-3:30pm
Countryside Slow Food Wine Lunch & Cooking Demo on Michael’s family Vineyard & Farm
Pricing: TBD

Between Rome and boarding our ship in Civitavecchia, Michael Mastrocola’s family welcomes us to their countryside estate. We’ll pick you up at your central Rome hotel around 10:30am for a 40 minute drive to the farm. An espresso awakens your mind, a walk invigorates your body, the beauty of the countryside livens your soul. Step up to prepare homemade gnocchi and fettuccine, sample wines in the cellar’s ancient cantina casks, walk the vineyard, pick vegetables from the garden, toss your pizza into the wood-burning oven, take a dip in the pool and watch a veritable farm-to-table feast be prepared and served with estate grown white, red and sparkling wines. Lunch is set in the gardens poolside, around the long table hosted & served by our family from Rome. Our afternoon in the country concludes with a short drive to Civitavecchia to board our ship by approximately 3:30pm for check-in. Ship sails at 7pm.

 

August 24 from Sorrento to Ravello, Amalfi & Positano: 8:45a-5:45pm
A Taste of Amalfi Coast – Positano & Ravello Boat Ride & Wine Lunch
Pricing: TBD

Full-day begins with a drive through Sorrento and a dramatic view of Mt. Vesuvius heading to the stunning Amalfi Coast – the most spectacular coastline in the world. We will visit the medieval hilltop walled village of Ravello where the Italian glitterati retreat; then to Amalfi for a 4-course gourmet wine lunch served at a spectacular seaside restaurant overlooking the Mediterranean. Next we board our boat (weather permitting) for a whales eye view from the sea to the picturesque village of Positano, Italy’s most vertical town. Positano spills down from the corniche like a waterfall of pink, cream and yellow villa’s. Free time to sun on the beach, swim in the sea, or shop the boutiques & art galleries before our drive back to Sorrento. Ship overnights in port.

 

 

August 25 from Sorrento – 2 Excursions to Choose From!

1 of 2: Isle of Capri by Private Boat: 8:45am-3:00pm; Pricing: TBD
Take the 8:30am tender into Sorrento to begin our small boat ride to the enchanting isle of Capri. Capri’s coastline is punctuated with hidden caves, secluded beaches and island vistas that are incredibly varied with breathtaking landscapes that never fail to astound. Our excursion includes a professional local captain and his private boat for 10 guests. From Piano di Sorrento, jet along the Sorrentine Coast to the ancient fishermen village of “Marina Grande”, the ruins of a roman villa near “Bagni della Regina Giovanna”, the natural waterfall in the deep blue Mediterranean Sea. 

We will circumnavigate Capri, stopping to visit the Marvelous Grotto, the White Grotto, the Green Grotto, the Natural Arch, the Villa Curzio Malaparte, the Faraglioni rocks and the Lighthouse of Punta Carena. There will be stops for swimming and snorkeling, and snacks and drinks on board. Once ashore, you have ample free time for lunch (on own) and to.explore Capri’ chic boutiques with the help of an audio guide. We recommend you hire one of Capri’s unique ‘cabriolet cabbies’ for a drive up to AnaCapri, and to Capri’s center mid-island. In the afternoon head back to the port to depart from Capri to Sorrento with happy hour and limoncello tasting. Sea conditions permitting. Return to the port and tender back to.the ship. 

Bathing suit recommended.  Ship sails at 4pm. Minimum and maximum of 10 guests per boat.

 

2 of 2: Pompeii’s Oplontis Villa, Cooking Class & Wine Lunch: 9:00am-3:00pm; Pricing: TBD
Take the 8:45am tender into Sorrento. Pompeii and Oplontis were both destroyed in the mighty blasts of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 AD. Today we will visit this other archaeological site near the town of Torre Annunziata, to view the elaborate ruins and frescoes called Oplontis, the villa of Poppea, the mistress of Roman Emperor Nero. The villa was not totally destroyed as in Pompeii, but buried by a light ash that actually preserved rather than destroyed some of the frescoes.  After a short visit we are off to spend the afternoon at a local family’s vineyard. We don our aprons for a hands on cooking lesson to make homemade “gnocchi” pasta from potatoes. Afterwards we walk the vineyards while lunch is prepared; before we sit to savor a slow food, home grown, farm-to-table lunch, accompanied by the pairing of five wine varieties from their Sorrentine Estate; today is all about what this region is all about. In the afternoon we head back to Sorrento. Ship sails at 4pm.

 

August 30,  from Dubrovnik, Croatia: 10:00am-3:00pm
Walking tour – Cable ride – Croatian Fireside Lunch with Wine & Beer
Pricing: TBD

Take the 9:45am tender to meet our English-speaking guide for a 1-hour walking tour of historic medieval Old Town Dubrovnik. Afterwards our private minivans will whisk us away for a scenic coastal drive to our favorite Croatian countryside firehouse restaurant in a remote forested area. An authentic Croatian lunch of local specialties is served outdoors with charcuterie of local meats and cheese, vegetable salad, and the infamous roasted meats with the most flavorful potatoes you will ever savor, all cooked in the oak wood coals “under the dome” with fresh baked bread and dessert. Regional wine, beer and brandy will also be served. 

After a photo-op, we ‘skip-the-line’ for a spectacular cable car tram ride from the top of Mt Srd mountain ridge for a breathtaking view of the craggy Dalmatian Coast, walled villas and numerous islands in the crystal clear Adriatic Sea as we float our way back to the Old City of Dubrovnik. From here a short walk brings us back to the walled entrance where you may return to the ship on your own, or continue shopping Old Town, choose to walk the perimeter wall; or join Michael who will take you to the hidden seaside bar on the rocks overlooking the sea ( we recommend wearing a bathing). Tender back to the ship from Dubrovnik on your own every 30 minutes. Ship sails at 11pm.