This pre-cruise land program is available to book for all confirmed group members. For complete description and pricing contact Food & Wine Trails.

"The new Greek wines promise adventure. Not merely the pleasure of discovery, but the affirmation that even jaded palates can find something new." Eric Asimov, Wine Writer, NY Times

Until recent years, the most common references to Greek wine were historical and mythological: gift to mankind from Dionysus, Greek god of wine…product of the world’s first cultivated vineyards…the first wines labeled according to place of origin…the first to be prized and traded internationally. Today, discussions and writings on the wines of Greece are far more likely to focus on the present. Wine enthusiasts, experts and journalists are spreading the word of an industry renaissance that is bringing Greek wines of exceptional character, quality and consistency to the marketplace.

In Greek mythology, the city of Athens was considered the most powerful and glorious town in all of Ancient Greece, and history taught us that no other city has contributed more to the civilization of mankind. Athens is the birthplace of Socrates, Plato, democracy and the Olympic Games. It offers visitors the opportunity to see several of the world's most significant archaeological sites, structures, and museums, and now has a dynamic food scene ranging from indigenous to fine gourmet dining.

Highlights for this pre-cruise program in Athens include two nights’ accommodation in a suite at a 5-star hotel and a welcome dinner paired with wines from several of Greece’s best producing regions. You will also enjoy a full day excursion across the famed Corinth Canal to the Nemea wine region with a tour and tasting at a premium winery, an Athens city tour including some of it’s important attractions, and transportation to the ship on embarkation day.