Optional tours are available from most ports for an additional charge.
Day Civitavecchia (Rome), ItalyDeparts 05:00 PM Originally built by Emperor Trajan who had a villa here, Civitavecchia has flourished as a major port for Rome since the 13th century. Today it is an important ferry terminal and for many travelers the gateway to the Eternal City, Rome. The Renaissance fortifications that surround the harbor area were begun by Bramante and completed by Michelangelo in 1535.
Day Amalfi, ItalyArrives 08:00 AM Departs 05:00 PM "The Amalfi coast has been called the greatest meeting of land and sea on earth. Situated in the Campania region between Sorrento and Salerno, Amalfi is one of the main towns, the other being Positano, on the world famous Amalfi Drive - known as the most romantic drive in Italy. The road is gouged from the side of rocky cliffs plunging into the sea. Erosion has contorted the rocks into mythological shapes and hollowed out fairy grottoes where the air is turquoise and the water an icy blue. During the Middle Ages, Amalfi was an independent maritime state with a population of 50,000. The ship compass was invented here in 1302.
Approximately 10 miles away from Amalfi is the village of Ravello. An enchanting village with wonderful views and quiet lanes, Ravello boasts romantic gardens that showcase medieval ruins, and afford magnificent views of the entire Bay of Salerno."
Day Trapani, ItalyArrives 08:00 AM Departs 06:00 PM "Trapani, an ancient port city on the far western end of Sicily, is closer to Tunisas the crow fliesthan it is to Taormina. Separated from North Africa by the Strait of Sicily, the city has been ruled by the Carthaginians, Romans, Arabs, Normans and the Kingdom of Naples, and sits on a narrow spit of crescent-shaped land (the name Trapani is derived from the Greek word for sickle) surrounded by a busy port and harbor, numerous salt pans and beaches. From the fishing port, daily catches of octopus, cuttlefish, shrimp and sardines are sold at a morning market. This area of Sicily is known for the mattanza, the ritual funneling of bluefin tuna into smaller and smaller nets and then killing them. The practice has been banned and largely disappeared due to drastic overfishing, but still survives in the nearby Aegadian Islands.
Because the city was heavily bombed in World War II, many of its buildings and apartment blocks are modern, but the old town has been restored to Baroque grandeur. The fortified walls of the Bastione Imperiale protected the city along its seafront, and visitors can climb to the top for an excellent view of the town spreading back toward the castle hill town of Erice.
Day Cagliari, Sardinia, ItalyArrives 08:00 AM Departs 06:00 PM "According to Greek mythology, ""Caralis"" was founded by Aristeus, son of Apollo, though historians date it to the 8th century B.C.E., when the Phoenicians established a trading port here. Sardinia's capital was later fought over by Carthaginians, Romans, Pisans, Spanish and Piedmonteseall of whom shaped its development.
Most sights are in Castello, the old town that climbs the hill behind Saint Remy's rampart. It's a rough grid of narrow streets and small squares with breathtaking views of sea, city and mountains. And while the old stones of Castello reflect millennia of history, Cagliari also has natural riches, with white beaches and flamingo-dotted blue lagoons nearby.
Sardinia has one UNESCO-listed site: a megalithic nuraghe complex 60 kilometers north of Cagliari (though some would argue that the towns Roman amphitheater and Tuvixeddu necropolis could also be candidates for UNESCO recognition). Whether you are a history buff or drawn more to culinary or natural wonders, youll find much to delight in this lively, fascinating city."
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Day Ile-Rousse, Corsica, FranceArrives 08:00 AM Departs 05:00 PM Located on the northwest coast of Corsica, L'Ile-Rousse was originally founded in the 18th century to compete with the Genoese-controlled port of Calvi. Snaking islets of red porphyry rock in the bay give it its name. Stroll the main square, shaded by plane trees and enormous 120-year old date palms, and quiet except for the click of petanque balls and the soft exclamations of the players. Or venture inland to the rugged maquis backcountry, refuge of the fictional Corsican Brothers.
Day Antibes, FranceArrives 08:00 AM Departs 11:00 PM Regally situated between Nice and Cannes on the Cote dAzur, Antibes has been a prestigious address for millennia. On a coast renowned for its ravishing vistas, none is more striking than the Cap dAntibes thrusting into the sea from the Provencal hills. The castle-like Chateau Grimaldi now houses one of the most extensive single collections of art by Pablo Picasso, who lived there for six months in 1946 and left a trove of works for the city. The opulent villas of seaside Juan-les-Pins and the botanical gardens at Villa Thuret are justly famed, and the crown is perhaps the Grand Hotel du Cap Eden Roc, one of the worlds most celebrated hostelries.
Day Sanary-sur-Mer, FranceArrives 08:00 AM Departs 05:00 PM Frances sunniest city, located on the French Riviera, was originally a small fishing village and still is adorned by a large collection of traditional wooden fishing boats. This is the home of a group of local artisan fisherman who sell their catch daily on the pier and where Jacques Cousteau had a residence, the Villa Baobab.
Day Rosas (Roses), SpainArrives 08:00 AM Departs 06:00 PM "Roses is an essentially Mediterranean town with a notable tourist and seafaring tradition. Located in a unique natural environment in the northern area of the Costa Brava, it is less than 30 km from the French border, 65 km from Girona and 160 km from Barcelona. The Airport at Girona is just 1 hour drive from the resort.
Roses origins date back to the eighth century BC with the arrival of the Greeks. Roses is a modern town, which is culturally active and with proud traditions. The town has prospered since the middle of the 20th century, and boasts excellent shopping, restaurants, bars, beaches, nightlife and sporting facilities."
Day Alcudia, Mallorca, SpainArrives 08:00 AM Departs 06:00 PM AlcÃºdia is a venerable walled city near the northeast coast of Mallorca, about five minutes' drive from the coastal resort community of Port d' AlcÃºdia. The latter is a popular family beach destination, with long strands of golden sand and warm, clear waters. AlcÃºdia itself has a long history, from the prehistoric inhabitants who built rock tombs at La Cova de S'Hort del Rectoria and under the more recent Roman Theater, through Greek and Phoenician occupants, to a heyday under the Roman empire as Pollentia in the last century B.C. The crenellated city walls were built in a period of Spanish rule in the 14th Century, marked by the massive Xara Gate. Much of the town's Roman and Ottoman architecture has been restored, drawing new tourism to the town and supporting numerous thriving cafes, restaurants, galleries and shops. The Ca'n Torro Library is a notable 14th Century building, and the Roman theater is open to the public as well. The Sa Bassa Blanca museum displays art from the 16th through the 20th century.
Day Barcelona, SpainArrives 07:00 AM On the northeast coast of Spain, overlooking the Mediterranean, Barcelona is a vibrant port city, packed with centuries of iconic art and architectureGaudí and Picasso both called it homeand lined with sunny white-sand beaches. Explore the Catalan capital's tourist attractions and historic neighborhoods, Modernisme and world-renowned art museums, galleries and local crafts shopssome of which are centuries old and stock traditional Catalan wares. After you see the sights, there are lively tapas bars around every corner where you can stop for a drink, a café amb llet (Catalan for espresso with steamed milk) or a snack, no matter the hour. Green spaces for picnics, long walks and respite from the hustle and bustle are scattered throughout Barcelona's attractions: There's Gaudí's mosaic-decorated park, a neoclassical maze at the Laberint d'Horta, as well as plenty of high places (mountains, monuments and edifices) where sightseeing visitors can take in the view. A short trip from Barcelona by car or train, luxury outlets, cava wineries, a mountaintop abbey and the sandy beaches of the Mediterranean coast await.