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O.A.T. Adventures Opening in September 2021

Posted on 8/17/2021 12:00:00 AM in The Buzz

The town of Ronda and the Andalusia countryside of Southern Spain are some scenic highlights of our #1 adventure departing in September.

As we slowly but surely resume our travels, we’ve been working closely with our network of 36 worldwide offices to determine where and when our adventures can operate. Based on their expert guidance, these are the O.A.T. adventures we will be opening in September of this year.

While we will be resuming operations on all of these adventures in 2021, we understand many travelers are planning further ahead. We have opened 2023 departures of many O.A.T. adventures—and you can reserve any adventure with confidence with our Risk-Free Booking Policy through 12/31/21.

1. Back Roads of Iberia: Spanish Paradores & Portuguese Pousadas —16-day O.A.T. Small Group Adventure (Average group size: 13)

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Solea: The Flamenco of Seville

Get lost in the hypnotic beats of a local Spanish man’s passion-filled flamenco music.

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First departure date in 2021: September 1

We’ll chart our own course for discovery in Spain and Portugal during O.A.T.-exclusive stays for eight nights in intimate Portuguese pousadas and Spanish paradores, restored historic inns that evoke the glory of an earlier era. We’ll also dine with a family in their home and discover the secrets of Portuguese cuisine during a cooking lesson; explore the village of Sintra, including a visit to the fairytale Sintra National Palace; and learn about life on a family-owned olive oil mill during our A Day in the Life near Úbeda.

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2. Northern Greece, Albania & Macedonia: Ancient Lands of Alexander the Great —18-day O.A.T. Small Group Adventure (Average group size: 13)

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Smart Travels with Rudy Maxa: Athens and the Peloponnese

Get to know Athens and discover the legendary locales beyond its borders with Emmy Award winner Rudy Maxa.

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First departure date in 2021: September 1

Journey into the past to explore legendary lands once traversed by the Macedonian king Alexander the Great. Visit ancient Thessaloniki, witness the soaring clifftop monasteries of Meteora, and explore the ancient stone bridges and traditional villages of Zagoria. Cross into undiscovered Albania to explore the Ottoman-era town of Gjirokaster, and Tirana, whose Communist-era trappings are fading into memory. Step into the homes of locals, where culture comes to life in intimate discussions. And, discover the Republic of Macedonia, a small Balkan nation rich in Greek, Roman, and Ottoman history

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3. Tuscany & Umbria: Rustic Beauty in the Italian Heartland —15-day O.A.T. Small Group Adventure (Average group size: 13)

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Smart Travels with Rudy Maxa: Hill Towns of Tuscany and Umbria

Uncover ancient rivalries and the scrumptious specialties of Tuscany and Umbria with Emmy Award winner Rudy Maxa.

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First departure date in 2021: September 1

From the grape-laden vines of Chianti to the thick olive groves blanketing the hills of Spoleto, Italy’s Tuscany and Umbria regions are ripe for discovery. Wander through fields of wildflowers to explore an abandoned abbey. Stand atop the walls of an ancient city, and gaze upon the marble churches and tree-lined piazzas below. Travel along the narrow lanes of small towns, marvel at medieval hilltop fortresses, and stroll between proud stands of cypress trees.

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4. Italy’s Western Coast & Islands: A Voyage from Rome to Valletta —17-day O.A.T. Small Ship Adventure (Average group size: 22)

10 nights aboard the privately-owned 50-passenger M/V Artemis or M/V Athena

Our most popular independent film:

 
Smart Travels with Rudy Maxa: Naples & the Amalfi Coast

Discover southern Italy’s exuberant culture and the stunning beauty of the Amalfi Coast with Emmy Award winner Rudy Maxa.

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First departure date in 2021: September 8

Savor la dolce vita (the sweet life) along the Italian peninsula and its neighboring islands on an incredible journey of discovery aboard our 50-passenger small ship. Marvel at the treasures on display in the “Eternal City” of Rome, and then revel in one of the most romantic gardens—home to ruins and roses—in Ninfa. Then cruise along the sparkling Tyrrhenian Sea from the Italian mainland to tiny lemon- and cypress-tree dotted islands, where fishing vessels and sailboats tuck into cozy harbors and ports.

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5. Ancient Egypt & the Nile River —16-day O.A.T. Small Ship Adventure (Average group size: 22)

7 nights aboard the privately-chartered 75-passenger Nefertiti

Our most popular independent film:

 
Egypt After the Revolution

Hear from Egyptian revolutionaries and academics about how life has changed since the 2011 uprising, and find out if they consider it a success.

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First departure date in 2021: September 9

When you journey to Egypt and ply the legendary waters of the Nile, you’ll experience a land of superlatives. In Giza, stand in the 4,500-year-old shadow of the only Wonder of the Ancient World that still remains. A stone's throw away, in the necropolis of Sakkara, witness the oldest pyramid on Earth stair-stepping up from the sand as a testament to the ingenuity of the 27th century BC. At the heart of this Small Ship Adventure is a seven-night cruise along the mighty Nile. You'll set sail aboard to witness Egypt's wonders just as Agatha Christie and Antony and Cleopatra did.

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6. Jewels of Bohemia: Czech Republic, Slovakia & Hungary —15-day O.A.T. Small Group Adventure (Average group size: 13)

Our most popular independent film:

 
Smart Travels with Rudy Maxa: Prague and Budapest

Join Emmy Award winner Rudy Maxa to discover the Old World splendor of Prague and Budapest.

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First departure date in 2021: September 16

Journey with O.A.T. into Eastern Europe’s Bohemian heartland. In the Czech Republic, a region noted for its hearty Bohemian beers, witness the spires of Prague, the medieval splendor of Cesky Krumlov, and traditional ways of life in the Renaissance village of Slavonice. In Slovakia, discover the youthful optimism of Bratislava, the forested country’s historic capital. Then, enjoy an audience with the “Queen of the Danube,” and immerse yourself in the grandeur of Budapest, the lovely Hungarian capital infused with the vibrancy of a fiery paprika.

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7. Irish Adventure: Dublin, Belfast & the Northwest Counties —16-day O.A.T. Small Group Adventure (Average group size: 13)

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Dublin

Dance your way through a day in Dublin, the Emerald Isle’s lively capital city.

First departure date in 2021: September 16

Whether it’s the stunning Cliffs of Moher rising from the Atlantic or the cozy pubs lining cobbled city streets, the rich history and natural splendor witnessed across Ireland is sure to captivate you. The country holds a controversial history that often goes undiscovered, and we'll uncover the good, the bad, and the ugly of Ireland's heritage though conversations with those who've endured these tough times.

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8. Iberian Voyage: Lisbon to Barcelona —15-day O.A.T. Small Ship Adventure (Average group size: 22)

10 nights aboard the privately-owned 89-passenger M/V Clio or 98-passenger M/V Corinthian

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Earth Diaries - Parc Güell

Discover a different side of Barcelona during a tour of Parc Güell's vibrant mosaic wonderland.

First departure date in 2021: September 20

Ply the waters of the Atlantic Ocean as your ship navigates Iberia's welcoming coast. This trip is book-ended by stays in two iconic cities: Barcelona, where you'll soak in the surreal skyline and the city's lively ambiance while making cultural connections with friendly residents, and Lisbon, including its colorful medieval neighborhoods. Along the way, you'll also uncover relics of the region's eclectic cultural heritage in Cartagena ... enjoy a taste of North African tradition in Tangier ... behold the legendary Rock of Gibraltar, and savor a traditional meal with a local family.

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