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Epicurean Connoisseur Cruise

From €4,139pp cruise-only
Depart From
Cruise from Dublin
Departure Date
08 Oct 2020 - 18 Oct 2020
Duration
10 Days
Destination
France, Spain & Portugal
Price
From €4,139pp cruise-only
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Ports of call: Dublin, Ireland; Bordeaux (Le Verdon), France; Bilbao, Spain; La Coruña, Spain; Oporto, Portugal; Lisbon, Portugal; Seville (Cadiz), Spain; Barcelona, Spain

Board the Oceania Nautica in Dublin for this ten-day cruise to Barcelona that's ideal for food lovers.

Prepare your palate for some amazing flavors, like fresh Médoc oysters with a squeeze of lemon in Bordeaux; Galician beef, juicy and lightly charred in La Coruña; or a serranito – a pork loin sandwich with Serrano ham and green pepper – in Seville.

EnjoyLe Verdon's visual feast of wonderful ornate buildings, broad avenues, marvelous squares and the Cathedral of St. André, where Eleanor of Aquitaine married Louis VII. Stroll through Old Bordeaux. Then visit the area's fabulous vineyards and magnificent châteaux and delight in tasting their superb wines.

Bilbao is a charming city both modern and dynamic while at the same time, with its 700 years of history, it is quite traditional as well. Enjoy a walk around the Old Quarter, the most popular area of the city.

Here you will see the Teatro Arriaga; el Arenal, the old stevedoring port and today one of the favorite promenades of the citizens of Bilbao; the San Nicholas Church; and the Cathedral of Santiago along with its cloister, Plaza Nueva. No visit to Bilbao would be complete without a visit to the architecturally stunning Guggenheim Museum, which is in and of itself a work of art.

See La Coruña's famed Tower of Hercules, the still working 2nd century Roman lighthouse, and wander through this historic town of fine churches, old palaces, cobbled streets and unique fishermen's houses. Or spend the day in beautiful Santiago de Compostela, an important pilgrimage site renowned for its magnificent cathedral and superb architectural and cultural heritage.

Explore picturesque, historic Oporto and the Vila Nova de Gaia quarter, home of its famed port wine industry. Or discover Portugal's scenic countryside and visit Guimaraes with its impressive medieval castle and beautiful Braga with its Bom Jesus Shrine and superb cathedral.

In Lisbon, visit the ornate Belem Tower and Jeronimos Monastery and stroll the narrow, winding streets of the charming Alfama district. Enjoy marvelous old Sintra, a royal country retreat, and Cascais, a beautiful seaside resort. Explore medieval Obidos or make a pilgrimage to Fatima, where the Virgin Mary appeared repeatedly to three shepherd children in 1917.

Spend a fabulous day in Seville visiting the magnificent cathedral, climbing the famed Giralda Tower and strolling through the gorgeous Alcazar and its gardens. See the ceramic-encrusted Plaza de España and stroll through the alleys of Barrio de Santa Cruz. Or explore the Andalusian wine country and Jerez, the home of sherry.

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.

The new, redesigned Nautica arrives Summer 2020. In a dramatic re-inspiration process, Nautica will become a completely redesigned ship without peer.

Every surface of every suite and stateroom will be entirely new, while in the public spaces, a refreshed color palette of soft sea and sky tones will surround a tasteful renewal of fabrics, furnishings and lighting fixtures that exquisitely encompasses the inimitable style and comfort of Oceania Cruises.

From the bejeweled new chandeliers in the gracious Grand Dining Room to the beckoning Reception Hall, Nautica will celebrate a rejuvenation so sweeping, you will find it positively unimaginable to resist her welcoming embrace.

Experience the warm and convivial atmosphere unique to Oceania Cruises: elegance without pretense. Feel wonderfully at home as you meet fellow shipmates, explore the ship and prepare for the fascinating ports of call you will soon discover. Meet friends for cocktails at Martinis and share adventures you enjoyed ashore. Join an afternoon bridge game, or perhaps simply relax by yourself in one of the many private retreats reserved just for you.

The stimulating variety of entertainment options on board our ships continually ensures your interests are piqued. Enjoy an engaging guest lecture by a historian, naturalist or former ambassador eager to share insider knowledge. Relax at a musical performance, perhaps featuring a live pianist, a classical string quartet, a dynamic vocalist or a spectacular headliner. Later, try your luck at the elegant Monte Carlo-style casino or go dancing at Horizons.

Oct 8 2020: Dublin, Ireland

Oct 9 2020: Cruising the Celtic Sea & Bay of Biscay

Oct 10 2020: Bordeaux (Le Verdon), France

Oct 10 2020: Bordeaux, France

Oct 11 2020: Bordeaux, France

Oct 12 2020: Bilbao, Spain

Oct 13 2020: La Coruña, Spain

Oct 14 2020: Oporto, Portugal

Oct 15 2020: Lisbon, Portugal

Oct 16 2020: Seville (Cadiz), Spain

Oct 17 2020: Cruising the Mediterranean Sea

Oct 18 2020: Barcelona, Spain

Veranda Stateroom

Custom-crafted furnishings, exotic stone finishes, supple upholstered headboards and chic lighting are just a few of the enhancements within these 216-square-foot staterooms that also boast our most popular luxury – a private teak veranda for watching the ever-changing panoramas. Conveniences within each stateroom include a vanity desk, refrigerated mini-bar, breakfast table and spacious seating area.

  • Ultra Tranquility Bed, an Oceania Cruises Exclusive
  • Private teak veranda
  • Twice daily maid service
  • Complimentary 24-hour room service
  • Signature Belgian chocolates with nightly turndown service
  • Plush cotton towels
  • Thick cotton robes and slippers
  • Bulgari amenities
  • Handheld hair dryer
  • Wireless Internet access and cellular service
  • Writing desk and stationary
  • Flat-screen television with live satellite news and programming
  • DVD player with extensive 24-hour room service menu
  • Security safe

Penthouse Suite

Our collection of 322-square-foot Penthouse Suites is designed with splendid décor and exquisite furnishings in serene shades of the sea and sun. Spacious enough for private in-suite dining the living area features a refrigerated mini-bar and vanity desk, and the granite-clad bathroom is large enough for an indulgent full-size bathtub/shower. Relax on the beautifully furnished private teak veranda.

Penthouse Suite Privileges in addition to Suite & Stateroom Amenities:

  • Free laundry service – up to 3 bags per stateroom*
  • Priority 11 am ship embarkation with priority luggage delivery
  • 24-hour Butler service
  • Priority online specialty restaurant reservations
  • Unlimited access to Canyon Ranch® private Spa Terrace
  • iPad® upon request
  • Variety of Bulgari amenities
  • Cashmere lap blankets
  • Complimentary shoe shine service
  • Complimentary pressing of garments upon embarkation*

*certain limitations apply

The Grand Dining Room

The Grand Dining Room is a study in stateliness, a tribute to the spirit of Europe’s marquee 5-star hotel restaurants that inspired its dignified yet convivial ambiance. Handsomely decorated in rich woods, designer tapestry fabrics and oversized armchairs, the expansive dining area exudes classic splendor. Tables are beautifully set with bone china, sparkling Riedel crystal, gleaming silver, and fine cotton linens.

The Bistro

Inspired by the family recipes of our Executive Culinary Director, Jacques Pépin, The Bistro invites you to enjoy quintessential French dishes as well as lunchtime favorites and regional specialties during lunch in The Grand Dining Room.

Polo Grill

Polo Grill embodies all the elements of a classic steakhouse, expressing them with timeless reverence. Mindful of tradition, the decor features crisp, white linen tablecloths, dark wood furnishings and supple, high-back, burgundy leather chairs. 

Toscana

In Italian, Toscana means Tuscan, and just as Tuscan cuisine evolved from rich family traditions, many of our recipes originated with the mothers and grandmothers of our own Italian culinary staff. Presented on elegant, custom-designed Versace china, masterfully prepared dishes exemplify the essence of Tuscany and celebrate Italy’s culinary passion.

Terrace Café

Informal and carefree, the Terrace Café is wonderfully inviting any time of day--feel free to dine inside or alfresco at one of the shaded teak tables on the terrace. First thing in the morning, enjoy sumptuous breakfast selections. Come lunch, the expansive menu of international-inspired dishes changes entirely, beautifully complemented by flavorful roasted and rotisserie meats and the magic of the pizzeria’s oven.

Waves Grill

Sometimes, the ultimate luxury is casual dining on all-American favorites, a style laid-back Waves Grill epitomizes. Located in a spacious, shaded area steps from the swimming pool, Waves Grill offers an extensive and mouthwatering luncheon menu.

Afternoon Tea

Teatime is a celebratory daily event that irresistibly draws guests to Horizons at four o’clock sharp. As a classical string quartet plays softly in the background, our staff glides through the room presenting bountiful fourtiered pastry carts filled with freshly made finger sandwiches, colorful petits fours, richly textured scones with clotted cream and wonderfully sinful desserts.

Baristas

This delightful coffee bar offers java lovers complimentary illy® espressos, cappuccinos and lattes prepared by our master baristas, as well as the delicious pastries, finger sandwiches and homemade biscotti that draw so many to Baristas throughout the day.

Room Service

After a day of enriching shore excursions ashore or various activities onboard, you may dine in the privacy of your suite or stateroom. An extensive Room Service menu is available around the clock. Enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner on your private veranda, as you take in spectacular seascapes.

Complimentary room service is available 24 hours a day.

Price is per adult based on 2 sharing and includes:

  • 10 day cruise on board the Oceania Nautica, in a Verandah Stateroom

Please ask us about adding great value:

  • Return flight from Barcelona to Ireland
  • Upgrade your suite to the Penthouse from €5,429pp
  • Travel insurance
Subject to availability. Terms & conditions apply. 

For more information please call us on 021 493 5806 or 0818 300 205, email cruise@shandontravel.ie, request a call back using the red button or submit an enquiry through the form below.

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