International Trips

One of the most enriching benefits Eola Hills offers our community of wine aficionados is the chance to explore the world. Our annual all-inclusive international tours are coordinated in-house by our founder and avid traveler, Tom Huggins. Friends of the winery travel in luxury, tour historic sites, sample local cuisine, and learn about exotic wine producing regions. We hope you will join our group of adventurous travelers on one of our next expeditions!

 

 

Upcoming European Trips | 2020 + 2021

 

2020 | Southern Italy & Sicily Sailing Cruise

May 23-30, 2020  |  Only A Few Spots Left!

Visit Rome, Amalfi, Sorrento, Ponza, Pompeii, Lipari and Taormina aboard the sailing yacht the Royal Clipper. Pre-Trips starting as early as May 14th and Post-Trips ending as late as June 8th! Only a few spots left!

 

The Cost
  • Limited availability. Contact Tom Huggins for specific costs and options.

 

The Itinerary

 

Pre-Trip Option #1 | Hosted by Eola Hills Founder Tom Huggins 

 

  • 9-Night Option | May 14-23, 2020 | $2,795 ppdo (per-person, double occupancy)
    • Fly into Turin or Milan on May 13th or 14th
    • May 14th: Evening Reception at host hotel Castello di Sinio in the Piedmont village of Sinio
    • May 15th: Barberesco Winery Tour and Tasting
    • May 16th: Barolo Winery Tour and Tasting, Castle Tour
    • May 17th: Depart for Monterosso, Cinque Terre where we will meet the 6-Night travelers
  • 6-Night Option | May 17-23, 2020 | $1,995 ppdo
    • Fly into Pisa or Florence on May 16th or 17th
    • May 18th: Cinque Terra Winery and optional hike or train to Vernazza
    • May 19th: Depart Cinque Terre for Florence where we will meet the 4-Night Travelers, along with Steve’s Group of Pre-Trip Option #2. Bus to Pienza in Tuscany with a lunch stop in San Gimignano. 
  • 4-Night Option | May 19-23, 2020 | $1,595 ppdo
    • Fly into Florence on May 18th or 19th
    • May 20th: Day Trip to beautiful Siena followed by “Cutting the Cheese” with Eola Hills Winemaker Steve in Pienza (home to Pecorino).
    • May 21st: Depart Pienza for a visit to the beautiful hilltop town of Montepulciano, with a wine tasting and light lunch at Talosa Winery, followed by a visit to Cortona, the site where “Under The Tuscan Sun” was filmed.
    • May 22nd: Chianti Winery Tour and Tasting or a visit to Assisi
    • May 23rd: Depart Cortona for Civitavecchia and our Cruise aboard the Royal Clipper with a lunch stop at the hilltop fortress of Orvieto.
Pre-Trip Option #2 | Hosted by Eola Hills Winemaker Steve Anderson

 

  • 9-Night Option | May 14-23, 2020 | $2,795 ppdo
    • Fly into Venice on May 14th. Steve will meet you at the Venice Airport and lead you via water taxi to the hotel for a rooftop reception. For those arriving by train, the hotel is walkable and just across the Grand Canal from the station.
    • May 15th: Walking Tour of Venice
    • May 16th: Free day to explore Venice. Optional Murano Glass Tour on the island of Murano.
    • May 17th: Depart Venice by Train for Florence
  • 6-Night Option | May 17-23, 2020 | $1,995 ppdo
    • Fly into Florence May 17th
    • May 18th: Walking Tour of Florence
    • May 19th: Depart Florence by bus with lunch in San Gimignano en route to Pienza. From this point until the end of the Cruise, Steve’s and Tom’s groups will be together.
  • 4-Night Option | May 19-23, 2020 | $1,595 ppdo
    • Fly into Florence May 18th or 19th. Bus departs Train station for Rome on May 19th at 11am
    • May 20th: Day Trip to beautiful Siena followed by “Cutting the Cheese” with Eola Hills Winemaker Steve in Pienza (home to Pecorino).
    • May 21st: Depart Pienza for a visit to the beautiful hilltop town of Montepulciano, with a wine tasting and light lunch at Talosa Winery, followed by a visit to Cortona, the site where “Under The Tuscan Sun” was filmed.
    • May 22nd: Chianti Winery Tour and Tasting or a visit to Assisi
    • May 23rd: Depart Cortona for Civitavecchia and our Cruise aboard the Royal Clipper with a lunch stop at the hilltop fortress of Orvieto.
Royal Clipper Cruise | May 23-30, 2020 | Limited Availability, Rates Vary

 

  • May 23rd: Board the Clipper late afternoon. Dinner aboard this evening as ship departs. 
  • May 24th: First stop at the island of Ponza. Afternoon departure for Sorrento.
  • May 25th: Arrive in Sorrento. Tour of the famous archeological site of Pompeii, destroyed in 79AD by the eruption of nearby Mount Vesuvius. Free time in the afternoon to explore Sorrento before the Clipper departs for the evening Cruise to the other side of the Amalfi Coast. 
  • May 26th: Time to explore Amalfi before departure for Sicily. Option to do a half-day tour of the Island of Capri. 
  • May 27th: Arrive in Taormina, Sicily, one of the most picturesque towns in all the world. Included here is a tour of the ancient, but beautifully preserved Greek Amphitheatre. 
  • May 28th: Sail to Lipari on the Aeolian Islands, named for the Greek God of Wine, it is also where the word “Eola” comes from. All day exploration of these volcanically formed islands.
  • May 29th: Spend the day enjoying life at sea on our luxury Clipper as we sail overnight to Civitavecchia arriving early the next morning.
  • May 30th: After a hearty breakfast, depart the Clipper by 10AM. Busses will be awaiting to take those going to Rome for a few days, as well as those pressing on for the “Post-Trip” to Vietri Sul Mar and Apulia.

*For those forgoing the pre or post trip, we have a hotel reserved in Rome for up to four-days before and 4-days after our cruise. Contact Tom Huggins for details on space availability. 

 

Post-Trip | 3-Night or 9-Night Option | $1,395 – $2,995

 

  • May 30th: Bus from Civitavecchia to the 5-Star Hotel Raito on the Amalfi Coast
  • May 31st-June 1st: Half of the group will do a Tour & Tasting Lunch at Le Vigne di Raito and the other half will be free to explore Vietri Sul Mar or nearby Salerno, or take an optional day trip to the Isle of Capri. The following day, groups will switch places.
  • June 2ndThe 3-Night Post-Trippers will take a bus back to Rome for flights home.
  • June 2nd-8th: The 9-Night Post Trippers will press on to Apulia in 2 busses. One with Steve, the other with Tom. En route, both will stop for a wine tasting in the charming Cantine Crocco. Afterwards, we will proceed to a couple of beautiful winery estate hotels in Apulia, Masseria Amastuola and Vinilia Wine Estate. Steve will be at one for 3 nights, Tom at the other. Groups will then switch and experience itineraries specific to each location.

 

 

2021 | Rhône River Cruise & Provence

May 1-6, 2021 |  Reserve A Spot

*Dates do not include Pre/Post Trips

 

Join Eola Travels for our 16th Annual European Tour. Founder Tom Huggins has placed a hold on the 102-passenger MS Camargue for a 6-Day Cruise on the Rhône River featuring stops in Avignon, Lyon, Arles and Châteauneuf de Pape in the beautiful Provence wine country of Southern France.

The dates of this 2021 Eola Travels Cruise will be May 1-6 and will begin and end in Lyon, France. Tentative plans are in the works for a Pre-Trip in Burgundy or the Alps, while Post-Trip plans include a land tour of Sicily.

The Cost
  • Reserve your spot on the Camargue with a $250 per person deposit
  • Refundable if cancelled by May 1, 2020
  • Rates vary, starting at $1,995 pp.
  • All meals included – drinks included with meals and at the bar.

Contact Tom Huggins to book an appointment or phone call to discuss details on Eola Travels Trips and how to reserve your spot today!

 

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