Exploring exotic destinations and discovering new cultures are transformative experiences that travellers cherish their entire lives, and sharing these unforgettable experiences with fellow guests fosters strong relationships.

During excursions ashore with Oceania Cruises, guests delve deeply into the history, cuisine and natural wonders of each destination. Our expert team of Destination Specialists curates imaginative destination experiences in each of our ports. Our shore excursions are designed for seasoned travellers seeking a slice of the local culture.

Whether you love active outdoor adventures, explorations that delve into the region’s fascinating history or experiences that offer a taste of the local cuisine and cultural traditions, our immersive explorations will introduce you to the best of each destination we visit. From our Executive Collection and small group tours to speciality tours, we have excursions to fit every passion and travel style.

Culinary Discovery Tour: Chef's Gastronomy Tour & Tapas Lunch

Join your Culinary Center chef and a local Catalan culinary expert on a full-day tour specially designed for food and wine lovers who desire a chef’s look at gastronomic Barcelona. A walk through Boqueria Market, an iconic market whose roots date to the 13th century, offers insight into a range of local and exotic specialities.

A lovely walking tour through the Gothic Quarter leads to the bustling Santa Caterina market, where locals and chefs alike shop. Enjoy a classic tapas lunch at Tapeo restaurant and close the memorable culinary experience with a stop at the delectable Bubó pastry shop.

Oceania Exclusive Tour: Mekong River Delta

This full-day tour journeys beyond the emerging skylines of Saigon and introduces Vietnam’s traditional life: farmers working in lush rice fields, children herding water buffaloes and fishermen casting their nets. Travel by coach to the provincial town of My Tho to marvel at the 150-year-old Vinh Trang Pagoda, with its interesting combination of Asian and European architecture.

Board a boat to begin your trip down one of the greatest rivers in the world. You will pass fruit orchards, stilt houses, fish and shrimp farms, small canals and all manner of boats. Pause at Thoi Son Island, with its tile-roofed houses and fruit trees, for a lunch of local delicacies, before enjoying a sampan ride.

Go Local Tour: Matryoshka Painting Master Class

On this half-day tour in St. Petersburg, you’ll learn to paint your own version of Matryoshka nesting dolls in a hands-on class. The wooden dolls have been popular since 1900, when they won the bronze medal in the World Exposition in Paris. A set of these iconic Russian souvenirs typically contains seven identical dolls of decreasing size, nesting inside another.

The dolls are said to represent motherhood and family. An art expert will offer guidance as you paint your own set of dolls in the hands-on class. Feel free to paint your dolls to look traditional or take a more creative approach. Afterwards, enjoy a traditional Russian tea party with ice cream at a downtown café.

Culinary Discovery Tour: A Chef-Insider's Food & Wine Feast

On this half-day tour from the Bay of Island port in New Zealand, you will join our Culinary Center Chef for an inspired lunch and wine tasting at Ake Ake winery in the heart of Kerikeri. You’ll spend some time learning about winemaking techniques and the vineyard’s unique ‘terroir’ that produces award-winning wines year after year. Enjoy a wine tasting before making your way to the winery’s restaurant to meet the chef and learn about locally grown foods and dishes.

The menu will depend on what’s fresh that day, but you might expect regional dishes prepared with seafood, such as Pan-Roasted Snapper with Capsicum Coulis, and candied orange tartlets and crème fraiche with Mandarin syrup for dessert.