Oceania Cruises offer the perfect city-break escapes, for those wanting to get off-the-beaten-track and break away from the ordinary
Their Go Local Tours showcase over 120 one-of-a-kind immersive experiences, that go beyond sightseeing in the most popular cities, and allow visitors to delve deeper into the unknown. Travellers will get to experience their own ‘Freaky-Friday’ and live like a local for a day. Whether shepherding around the Basque Country in France, taking to the seas with Italian seafarers, or simply discovering the secret to mama’s homemade paella; Oceania Cruises Go Local Tours are anything but boring.
Shepherd for a Day, Biarritz, France
For those wanting to break loose from their usual 9-5 work cycle in the hustle and bustle of a British city, visitors can escape to the Basque Country and live like a shepherd for a day. During the tour, travellers will accompany a local shepherd, during his daily routine of shepherding and cheese making, learning how to care for the indigenous Laxta sheep and discovering the process of milk and cheese making. Afterwards, visitors can enjoy a platter of the homemade products produced that day, including some hand-crafted Idiazabal cheese – a cheese that can only be found in the Basque Country region.
Fishing with the Natives, Portofino, Italy
All aboard on this Oceania Cruises ‘Fishing with the Natives’ tour in Portofino, where travellers will travel out to sea, just like their ancestors did, and haul in the days catch. Visitors will learn the art of catching snapper, bluefish tuna, dolphin fish and more, off the coast of the Ligurian Sea, and receive exclusive insights into the Captain and crew’s typical day. Afterwards, visitors will prepare a traditional meal, with the just-caught fish, and then take a refreshing dip in the sea off the coast of Portofino.
Recipes with 1,001 Stories, Cartagena, Spain
Travellers can discover the secret to mama’s homemade paella, on Oceania Cruises’ ‘Recipe with 1,001 Stories’ tour. Visitors will have the chance to tour a family-owned country estate, that has seen generations of the family pass through. The owner will tell countless heart-warming stories of those who have lived there and share recipes from a family cookbook. Afterwards, visitors can picnic in the countryside and enjoy authentic Murcian cuisine, with the family recipes in-hand for them to take home and enjoy.