The sea’s the limit on this captivating eight-day, seven-night charter cruise, where the scenic shores of the Mediterranean and Adriatic will lure you with an array of extraordinary experiences designed to delight your senses and please your palate.
Together, two couples will join hosts Shahpar & Darioush Khaledi for an unforgettable jaunt along the coastlines of Sicily, Southern Italy and Croatia, celebrating a shared appreciation of everything culinary along the way.
Your adventure begins in when you arrive, via Business Class flight, in Rome. Following this brief stop in the Eternal City, you’ll join your hosts aboard the Crystal Esprit, an all-inclusive, 31-cabin charter yacht created to showcase the world and its wonders in the most remarkable ways. This private cruise boasts a whole host of amenities, including butler service for each Suite and imaginative Michelin-worthy cuisine.
Sorrento awaits you next on this journey, after which you’ll voyage along the Sicilian coast and across the Adriatic Sea to Dubrovnik. Bespoke excursions complement your crossing, as you explore the historical Sicilian cities of Taormina and Siracusa.
Private, guided experiences are the hallmark of this journey, including a winery excursion to Planeta Winery’s La Baronia estate, which was begun with the idea of restoring the production of Mamertino, one of Sicily’s oldest wines and a favorite of Julius Caesar. A scenic stroll through the Aeolian Island of Lipari is also on your itinerary, as well as a guided turn through the charming villages of Puglia, an archeologically rich region that’s also home to 40 percent of Italy’s olive oil production.
At each port of call, you’ll enjoy wine dinners, market visits, cooking classes and more, in addition to spectacular secluded beaches and nature preserves.
Shahpar & Darioush have also set aside special keepsakes for you: each couple will take home a Double Magnum of 2015 Darius II Cabernet Sauvignon. The crown jewel of the Darioush Estate, Darius II a wine of precision, power and grace, reflecting a skillful blending of the estate’s finest vineyard lots. Showcasing its prevailing mountainside character, the 2015 vintage hails from Sage Vineyard, high atop Mount Veeder and is further enhanced by the inherent plushness of Pritchard Hill, and the oldest vines of the Darioush estate, south of Stag’s Leap.
Two couples, one coastal cruise, and Darioush – are you ready to set sail?
Trip dates are confirmed for Sunday, June 9–Sunday, June 16, 2019. Business Class Airfare from New York, New York to Rome, Italy and return from Dubrovnik, Croatia is included, as well as ground transfers to and from the airport for embarkation and debarkation. Airfare is to be booked by Friday, March 1, 2019. Cruise includes all onboard meals, all shore tours and events, the welcome and farewell cocktail parties, Darioush tastings, a winemaker dinner, shipboard gratuities and butler service.
Shahpar & Darioush Khaledi of Darioush