September 29, 2022 – October 11, 2022

London to Barcelona with Jeff & Valerie Gargiulo of Gargiulo Vineyards

Iberian Dreams 12 Nights Departs September 29, 2022 Onboard the Luxurious Regent Seven Seas Splendor

Jeff and Valerie Gargiulo

With an incredible career in agriculture beginning with the family’s tomato business in 1974 until it was sold to Monsanto in 1992, Jeff Gargiulo has spent most of his adult life growing things and managing large agri-businesses.  After Monsanto purchased his family business in 1995, Jeff became the President of Monsanto’s produce businesses until he was lured away by Sunkist in 2001.  Five years as CEO of Sunkist led to Jeff’s retirement in 2006 and shortly after the beginning of Gargiulo Vineyards in Napa Valley.

Gargiulo Vineyards has grown to a 7000 case high end winery in the heart of Oakville.  Additionally,  Jeff is the current chairman and lead investor of Greenleafsf a San Francisco based food distribution company suppling 1000 restaurants, hotels, and corporate cafes with produce along with cheese, dairy, and specialty products.

Gargiulo Wines

All-Inclusive Luxury

Bonus Savings of up to $4000

Iberian Dreams with A Wine Making Legend

Join us for this fabulous luxury cruise onboard one of the most luxurious cruise ships in the world.  Our special guest hosts with be Jeff & Valerie Gargiulo, owners of Gargiulo Vineyards in Napa Valley.  Our ports-of-call are amazing … London, Saint-Malo, Bordeaux, Bilboa, La Coruna, Oporto, Lisbon, Tangier, Almeria, Valencia and Barcelona.  Twelve nights in all with a focus on the wines of Gargiulo Vineyards – Napa Valley.

Luxury, Luxury, Luxury

There is most likely not a more luxurious ship in the entire world … but don’t take our word for it … come have some fun and check it out for yourself!

All-Inclusive

When Regent Seven Seas Cruises says “all-inclusive” they mean it …

FREE Business Class Air* on All Intercontinental Flights

FREE Transfers Between Airport and Ship

FREE Unlimited Shore Excursions

FREE Unlimited Beverages Including Fine Wines and Premium Spirits

FREE Open Bars and Lounges Plus In-Suite Mini-Bar Replenished Daily

FREE Pre-Paid Gratuities

FREE Specialty Restaurants

FREE Unlimited WiFi

 

Wine Tastings & A Grand Wine Dinner

Your hosts, Jeff and Valerie Gargiulo will host at least two wine tastings and a fabulous wine dinner during the cruise.  We also may have some occasional musical surprises as well.

Trip Dates

September 29, 2022 – October 11, 2022

Pricing

Pricing from $12,499 per person/double occupancy 

Ship

Regent Seven Seas Splendor 


Itinerary

Day 1: London (Southampton)

Welcome Aboard – Get comfortable in your stateroom and then join the group for our sailaway cocktail party

Day 2: Saint-Malo, France

Explore this fascinating fortified town or discover the lovely medieval town of Dinan and its impressive clock tower and picturesque half-timbered houses. Drive along the rugged Brittany coast and savor the stunning view of mystical Mont St. Michel before wandering through its steep winding streets and the mazelike abbey passages.

Day 3: Cruising the Atlantic Ocean

Day 4: Bordeaux, France

Bordeaux is located near the European Atlantic coast, in the north of the Aquitaine region in France. The city is built on a bend of the river Garonne, with the city literally divided into two parts. The world’s wine capital, Bordeaux has about 60 appellations, 9,000 wine-producing châteaux, and 13,000 grape growers. With an annual production of over 700 million bottles, Bordeaux produces large quantities of everyday wine as well as the most expensive ones.

Day 5: Le Verdon, France

At the mouth of the Gironde Estuary is the port of Le Verdon—the gateway to Bordeaux, one of the premier wine regions in France. Fertile vineyards and low rising hills produce just the right ingredients for delectable wine offerings. The area boasts some of the finest bordeaux, cabernet sauvignon and merlot in the world. And even beyond the wine, the area has quite impressive museums, architecture, beaches and nightlife.

Day 6: Bilboa, Spain

Bilbao straddles the Bilbao or Nervión River some 15 miles from the Cantabrian Seacoast. An industrial city, the metropolitan area ranks among Spain’s most important commercial and financial centers. Proximity to the sea and early discovery of vast mineral deposits led to the development of the port. The modern city center is El Ensanche (literally “the expansion”). Possibly the newest source of great local pride is the remarkable Guggenheim Museum-Bilbao.

Day 7: La Coruna, Spain

La Coruna is a busy port on the Atlantic Ocean that provides a distribution point for agricultural goods from the region. It was the arrival of democracy in Spain after the death of Francisco Franco that caused a major growth in the city. The city is the site of the Roman Tower of Hercules, a lighthouse that has been in continuous operation for nearly 2,000 years. The city is also well-known for its characteristic glazed window balconies, called galerías.

Day 8: Oporto, Portugal

Explore picturesque, historic Oporto and the Vila Nova de Gaia quarter, home of its signature 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. Look for gold and silver filigree jewelry, lovely azulejos tiles, porcelain, leather goods, needlepoint carpets and Madeiran lace and embroidery. Try a northern specialty – caldo verde, a soup of potatoes, shredded cabbage and smoked sausage, or appetizers including sheep’s cheese, olives and smoked ham. Fish and pork top most menus, accompanied by port wine.

Day 9: Lisbon, Portugal

Legend states that Ulysses founded Lisbon, calling it Olisipo. Others claim that the name is Phoenician, but all agree it’s one of Europe’s most fascinating destinations. On All Saints’ Day in 1755 a devastating earthquake destroyed much of the city. The Baixa (Lower City) was rebuilt on neo-classical lines that still form the heart of the city. The elegant ‘City of Explorers’overlooks the River Tagus, and offers a number of distinctive neighborhoods to discover. Tour the Alfama, where the winding streets still retain much of their Moorish atmosphere. Stroll to Bairro Alto and hear the melodious sounds of Portugal’s Fado music. Nearby excursions transport you to the lavish 18th-century palace of Queluz and Sintra’s Royal Palace.

Day 10: Tangier, Moroco

Explore the Mendoubia Gardens which contain a fascinating banyan tree that is more than 800 years old. The Caves of Hercules are 9 miles west of Tangier in the Cap Spartel area; it is a place of great beauty and archeological significance.

Day 11: Almeria, Spain

It is thought that John Lennon penned the lyrics of “Strawberry Fields Forever” while in Almería. The southeastern Spanish city is also the location where the award-winning, “Lawrence of Arabia,” was filmed. However, the city’s greatest claim to fame is The Alcazaba, a massive fort that dominates the landscape and offers amazing views. The cathedral and the Almeria Museum also compete for your attention. Whether you travel east to the quiet Cabo de Gata-Nijar coast or to the west toward the Roquetas de Mar, Almeria delivers an unforgettable experience.

Day 12: Valencia, Spain

Valencia was established by the Greeks and later occupied by the Carthaginians, Romans, Visigoths and Arabs. A 15th century artistic movement here gave the world spectacular paintings, sculptures, and jewels. Today a “City of Arts and Sciences,” Valencia offers visitors remarkable samples of modern architecture, alongside such notable classics as the 13th century Cathedral and Chapel of the Holy Chalice. Built on the site of a mosque which was originally a Roman temple the Chapel contains the chalice which legend says was used by Christ at the Last Supper. For a more historic view, take in the Quart Towers, a former gate of the medieval wall, built in 1444; and Serranos Towers, a former prison surrounded by a moat and built around 1391.

Day 13: Barcelona, Spain

Disembark the ship and enjoy one of Europe’s most visually stunning cities, Barcelona balances the medieval intimacy of its Gothic Quarter with the grace and distinction of the wide boulevards in the Moderniste Eixample. It was the home of architect Antoni Gaudí, whose Sagrada Familia Cathedral, Park Güell and Casa Milà are the most profound statements of Modernisme. View the splendid works at the Picasso Museum and the Miro Foundation, or discover Barcelona’s passionate ambiance at a flamenco show.

Trip Highlights

Private wine tastings with Jeff and Valerie Gargiulo

Private wine dinner with Jeff & Valerie Gargiulo

Off the ship wine tours (where possible)

$400 shipboard credit per stateroom

ALL FARES INCLUDE: 2-FOR-1 All-Inclusive Fares, FREE Business Class Air* on All Intercontinental Flights with FREE Transfers Between Airport and Ship, FREE Unlimited Shore Excursions, FREE Unlimited Beverages Including Fine Wines and Premium Spirits, FREE Open Bars and Lounges Plus In-Suite Mini-Bar Replenished Daily, FREE Pre-Paid Gratuities, FREE Specialty Restaurants, FREE Unlimited WiFi

CONCIERGE SUITES AND HIGHER INCLUDE: FREE 1-Night Pre-Cruise Hotel Package and more

PENTHOUSE SUITES AND HIGHER INCLUDE: FREE Personal Butler and more

*See Terms & Conditions for full details.

Let’s begin your next adventure!

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