From: September 26, 2020
To: October 3, 2020
The fall of 2020, Trond and Roald will have owned Cascina Desderi for 17 years – and their oldest wine from 2003 is a real vintage Barbera. To be invited by SeaDream Yacht Club to be one of their preferred wine producers on a wine voyage, is not only an honour – but a dream-come-true for the two vintners. The wine cellars of Cascina Desderi are bountiful, and the finest vintages will be part of the selection on board this Desderi & SeaDream Wine Voyage. Join us in September/October 2020, and taste the wines of Cascina Desderi matched with the finest ingredients and dishes created by the SeaDream chef d’cuisine.
An all-inclusive wine voyage:
The wines served onboard are of excellent quality – the pouring wines as well as the famous vintages with a surcharge. The SeaDream cruises are all inclusive, the delicious dishes are matched with the finest wines and Champagne. Wines, cocktails, long drinks, cognacs and liqueurs and of course Champagne are available during the day and evening and night from the Top-of-the-Yacht-bar.
Day 1, September 26th, Saturday: Nice – boarding + cruising to Villefranche-sur-Mer
Nice is the fifth most populous city in France and the second largest on the Mediterranean coast. The city’s famous seaside promenade, the Promenade des Anglais (‘the Walkway of the English’) owes its name to the earliest settlers to this seaside resort. This afternoon we board our yacht as we are welcomed with a glass of Champagne and are escorted to our stateroom.
We sail along the beautiful coastline the short distance to Villefranche-sur-Mer. Excellent wines are of course accompanied our delicious courses from the ship’s excellent cuisine.
Day 2, September 27th, Sunday: Villefranche-sur-Mer + cruising to Saint-Tropez
Breakfast is served al fresco on the upper deck this morning – with views of the quaint harbour and village. Villefranche-surMer has been a popular port of call in the French Riviera for cruise ships since the 1980’s. This former Russian Navy Base is a fishing port in the Alpes-Maritimes department of Cote d’Azur, near the French border of Italy, approximately 6 kilometers from Nice. Rich in history, this picturesque tax-free town is filled with colorful villas on hillsides, truly reminiscent of Italian architecture. Great for strolling and hiking, this amazing destination will provide a true feel of the Mediterranean lifestyle. The waters here offer an excellent opportunity to take advantage of the Watersports Marina, inclusive in your voyage fare. This evening we cross the bay of Saint-Tropez – while snacking on Russian caviar and Champagne.
Day 3, September 28th, Monday: Saint-Tropez + cruising to Portofino
Breakfast al fresco on the upper deck – while observing the rich and famous on the beach… Saint-Tropez located on the French Riviera quite simply may be the most famous resort town in Europe. It is a playground for the fashion models, athletes, movie stars, entertainers and other extremely wealthy summertime guests. Spend the day at leisure and be part of the jet-set… As we enter Italian waters, the chef and Trond and Roald of Cascina Desderi will start the process of matching the Desderi-wines with the dishes of SeaDreams excellent cuisine – created by the master chef. The wine maker’s dinner is being served as we sail towards Portofino.
Day 4, September 29th, Tuesday: Portofino + cruising to Cinque Terre, Portovenere
The picturesque fishing village of Portofino can be found along the Italian Riviera, and is one of the most popular resort getaways in all of Italy. Portofino has been a staple of tourism in Italy since the 19th century, officially replacing fishing as its chief industry in 1950. Portofino is twinned with Kinsale, Ireland, and Palma (de Mallorca), Spain. Roman philosopher and military commander Pliny the Elder declared that Portofino was founded by the Romans, and with the high concentration of dolphins found in the Tigullian Gulf, it was named the “Port of the Dolphin” – Portus Delphini. This evening a typical Italian dinner is prepared – with matching wines from Tuscany.
Day 5, September 30th, Wednesday: Cinque Terre, Portovenere + cruising to Portoferraio
One word – Incredible! Cinque Terre, Portovenere and the three Island of Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto have been added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1997. They have been selected for being distinguished examples of the ways in which man has been able to modify and transform the environment without altering the beauty of the original natural landscape. Most of our valued guests will participate in the ever popular “Cinque Terre: Don’t go Home Without It” Land Adventure. Others may enjoy the guided village walk or go hiking on several trails leading down the coast. Most guests will make a purchase of the amazing local pesto and we are fairly certain our Executive Chef will do the same. Be prepared for an incredible dinner al fresco this evening! Today the wine maker from Banfi will board the ship.
Day 6, October 1st, Thursday: Portoferraio + cruising to Porto Ercole
Portoferraio is a beautiful town in the province of Livorno, Tuscany, on the northern coast of Elba Island. SeaDream generally docks just steps away from the main street Via Garibaldi and offers a guided walk of this very historical town called “Walking the Napoleon Trail”. The first site is the Town Hall, proceeding northeast on Via Napoleone, the Misericordia church, in which a mass is said for Napoleon’s soul on May fifth every year. The highest point of the town is the Piazza Napoleone, from which there are beautiful views. To help make the most of your visit to the island, we have created the perfect land adventure for you – “Elba Vistas, Villages & Wine”. If neither sparks your interest, you can borrow one of the mountain bikes to explore the island – the recommended route would be to visit Porto Azzuro. This evening the SeaDream chef and Banfi will host a wine maker’s dinner.
Day 7, October 2nd, Friday: Porto Ercole + cruising to Civitavecchia/Rome
Porto Ercole meaning “Port Hercules”, is a town located in the municipality of Monte Argentario, in the Province of Grosseto, Tuscany. It is one the two major towns that form the township, along with Porto Santo Stefano located on the opposite side of this unique peninsula. There’s also a great golf course and a fantastic boutique hotel called Il Pelicano where guests can enjoy a nice atmosphere and lunch. As we are anchored, guests will also enjoy water sports from the marina platform (pending local conditions and approvals).
Day 8, October 3rd, Saturday: Civitavecchia/Rome
Civitavecchia is a major port located in Rome, primarily utilized for maritime transportation of goods, as well as a fishing port. The commune’s name means “ancient town” and is one of the “Motorways of the Sea” in the Mediterranean, functioning as one of the main links between the mainland of Italy and Sardinia. At the conclusion of the cruise, Rome can be reached by train, coach or limousine. For the Desderi Travel Club guests, a special post-tour to Rome will be offered. Please check Post Tour below.
Just as the Maharajas had their own trains in India, the”Tsar of Russia had his own train when he traversed his giant empire. After the Bolshevik revolution, the trains were taken over by the likes of Lenin and Stalin. The train’s name is still called the “Tsar’s Gold” and offers selected journeys between Beijing and Moscow in the spring and fall. Desderi Travel Club will block space for May 2020, as soon as the Tsar’s Gold will accept bookings. Two weeks where we visit Beijing, the Gobi desert, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, Ulan Uda, Lake Baikal, Irkutsk, across Siberia, Novosibirsk, Ekaterinburg, Kazan and Moscow. Hotel overnight in the capitals before and after, including sightseeing and full board. Click here for more information.More Details List of Tours
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