A River Cruise through Burgundy and Provence
Sailing the deep blue waters of the Mediterranean, visiting its ancient ports and tasting the finest fruits of the surrounding farms and vineyards is the dream of many travelers. Join us as we sail from Lisbon to Rome aboard Riviera, a magnificently elegant vessel with 800 crew members serving just 1,250 guests. We’ve selected Riviera for its award-winning focus on food and cooking as a lens through which to view local history and culture. As we sail to some of the most beautiful ports in the region, you’ll experience a selection of the ship’s exclusive Culinary Discovery Tours that will connect you to the local food scene in the charming towns and villages where we’ll go ashore. The ship’s chef instructors at the Culinary Center will share their passion and appreciation for delicious cuisine during an exclusive cooking class. Over the course of your voyage, choose from dozens of option shore excursions. Optional excursions or individual travel at each port of call are not included in the expedition cost. Your expert will lead three culinary-focus tours, which are included in the expedition cost. These tours will be announced prior to departure.
Oct 16-28, 2020
Meet fellow Expeditions travelers at a private cocktail party hosted by L.A. Times food columnist Lucas Kwan Peterson.
Take a hands-on cooking class in the ship’s Culinary Center and learn to prepare a variety of local dishes.
Embark on dozens of optional shore excursions.
Visit the narrow streets of Casablanca; explore the Corsican countryside; or
revel in the monuments of ancient Rome (optional shore excursions are not
included in expedition cost)
Join three Culinary Discovery Tours hosted by
your L.A. Times journalist and destination specialists (to be announced,
included in expedition cost)
Arrive in Lisbon today and board the Riviera. Settle into your cabin before joining our journalist for a welcome cocktail party. Choose to dine tonight in one of the ship’s fine restaurants.
Over the course of your voyage, choose from dozens of optional shore excursions to explore some of the world’s most important historical, cultural and artistic gems. Or take a free shuttle to the city center to meander and explore on your own. Below you will find a sampling of the myriad activities that will be available to you. Optional excursions or individual travel at each port of call are not included in the expedition cost. You will have the opportunity to join Lucas Kwan Peterson on three Culinary Discovery Tours, which will be announced prior to departure (culinary discovery tours are included in the expedition cost).
Spend a fabulous day in Seville visiting the magnificent cathedral, climbing the famed Giralda Tower and strolling through the gorgeous Alcázar 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. Don't miss the charm of Cádiz with its gracious squares, bustling markets and flower-filled parks on the city bastions.
Stroll through the narrow streets of the old medina and visit the spice market. Admire the Hassan II Mosque, built beside the sea. Or journey inland to Rabat, a fascinating old city of casbahs, souks and Moroccan tradition.
Go to the top of the Rock and admire the view across the Mediterranean and up the peninsula into Spain. Feed peanuts to the famed Barbary apes and visit St. Michael’s Cave, a fascinating cavern once lived in by Neolithic peoples and visited by early Romans. See the quaint fishing village along the coast and enjoy the colorful town.
This walled city has always been a major naval port due to its natural harbor and strategic location. Enjoy a hilltop view from Concepción Castle, which served as a fortress for the Carthaginians, Romans and other peoples who once occupied the city. Visit the 1st-century B.C. Roman Theater, the remains of the 13th-century Cathedral of Santa Maria and the Naval Museum. For modernist architecture, see the City Hall, Gran Hotel and the Casino.
Explore this beautiful island beginning with the magnificent Seo Cathedral and Bellver Castle. See the windmills and impressive manor house in the verdant countryside. Discover the amazing natural wonders in the Drach Caves or visit the former Carthusian monastery in Valldemosa, where George Sand and Frédéric Chopin spent a winter.
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 Las Ramblas, Barcelona’s famed downtown promenade. Or visit beautiful Montserrat and its monastery in a breathtaking setting high in the mountains.
See the sights and enjoy the views of historic old Marseille and visit the charming fishing port of Cassis. Or venture into the celebrated Provençal countryside with its fields of lavender and sunflowers. Explore lovely Aix or stroll through Avignon and its Papal Palace and the hilltop village of Les Baux.
Stroll the narrow streets of Napoleon’s birthplace and see the cathedral where he was baptized, then visit the bustling, colorful market and browse the shops. Relax in shady Place Foch beside a bubbling fountain and a statue of Napoleon. Or discover the stunning, rugged Corsican countryside and its famous aromatic maquis shrubs and oak trees while you admire the superb views and the impressive Prunelli Gorges.
Enjoy a day on board to relax and pursue your own interests.
Immerse yourself in the glorious history of the ancient city of Palermo and its magnificent monuments, such as the imposing Norman cathedral and the majestic 9th-century Arab palace and its breathtaking Palatine Chapel. Admire the marvelous opera house and the artifacts in the archaeological museum.
Spend a day exploring the fabulous ruins of ancient Pompeii or Herculaneum with their stunning temples, frescoes and mosaics. Explore fascinating Naples and its famed museums, visit charming Sorrento or take a boat trip to the beautiful Isle of Capri.
Disembark from the ship this morning and transfer to the airport for your flights home.
Oceania Riviera® is an elegant vessel serving just 1,250 guests with over 800 staff members and has an impeccable level of personalized service and a “country club casual” ambience. The ship is designed with the ultimate epicurean and travel connoisseur in mind, offering guests multiple dining venues, of which six are open-seating gourmet restaurants. La Reserve by Wine Spectator offers enlightening seminars, tastings and gourmet food pairings. Riviera also features the Culinary Center, the only hands-on cooking school at sea, which features a range of cooking classes by master chefs. In the Artist Loft, talented artists-in-residence offer step-by-step instruction in everything from photography to painting to printmaking. Baristas, the signature coffee bar, serves up illy® espresso and coffee and fresh pastries made daily. Intimate spaces throughout the ship provide relaxing escapes. Spacious accommodations in every category showcase luxurious designer touches and lavish bathrooms.
All meals are included aboard the ship. Some optional excursions include lunch on shore, or you might wish to explore local restaurants on your own while in port.
are 200% the double occupancy price