Experience Mediterranean beauty and culture in Italy, Malta, France, Monaco, and Spain on this unforgettable ten-night journey. Embark in the cultural powerhouse of Rome—set sail for sunny Sorrento, where the nearby island of Capri and access to the ruins of Pompeii invite discovery. Then sail to see distinctive islands of the Mediterranean. On the island of Sicily, port in Messina and explore Mt. Etna, or travel to the classic Sicilian town of Taormina. And on the island of Malta, discover the rich legacy of the Knights of St. John in UNESCO-listed Valletta. Sail on to Florence to seek out Renaissance masterpieces, or discover the hilltop towns of the Tuscan countryside. Then cruise to the French Riviera for a glimpse of the good life. Spot the beautiful people at Saint-Tropez’s glittering beach clubs and see glamorous icons in Monte Carlo, like the Monte Carlo Casino and the Grand Corniche. And in Marseille, find the fashionable boutiques of the République quarter, or venture further afield to the famed lavender blooms of Provence. Before bidding adieu to Riviera in Barcelona, stop in Palamós for a beach day or take one more excursion, perhaps to the renowned Dali Museum.
Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy
Once the center of the world’s greatest empire and now the capital of modern Italy, Rome is a monumental city rich in antiquity and culture. Enhance your experience with an optional Go Next Tuscany or Rome Pre-Cruise Program.
Delight in the cobblestone streets, seaside promenades, and vibrant southern Italian culture of Sorrento. Travel to visit the nearby ruins of Pompeii or view the Roman ruins at Punta del Capo. Close by, Italy’s island Capri offers stunning panoramas, charming villages, and ancient villas.
Messina, Sicily, Italy
Located on the northeastern tip of Sicily is the bustling harbor town of Messina. The city’s beautiful main square, Piazza del Duomo, features the world’s largest astronomical clock. Nearby is Taormina, another popular Sicilian city, which boasts a prominent Greek amphitheater and spectacular views of Mt. Etna.
Founded by the Knights of St. John and deemed a UNESCO World Heritage site, Malta’s picturesque capital offers a grand collection of honey-colored limestone buildings and ancient fortfications. See the Caravaggio tour de force The Beheading of Saint John the Baptist inside St. John’s Co-Cathedral or explore the National Museum of Fine Arts.
Cruising the Mediterranean Sea
Florence/Pisa/Tuscany (Livorno), Italy
The masterpieces of the Renaissance await you in Florence. Pisa’s Field of Miracles and iconic Leaning Tower also beckon, as does the Tuscan countryside, renowned for its gently rolling hills, medieval hilltop villages, and worldclass wines.
Bask in the heart of the French Riviera, a favorite spot of Brigitte Bardot, and a place Matisse once called “France’s little nook of paradise.” Mingle with the rich and famous at the beach clubs that line the sand with restaurants, bars, plush sun beds, and colorful umbrellas.
Monte Carlo, Monaco
With an area of less than one square mile, this city-state packs excitement into its small space, including the glamorous Monte Carlo Casino and the Circuit de Monaco, the site of the famed Grand Prix.
Voyage to Marseille and see the beautiful Cathédrale de Marseille Notre Dame de Major as you cruise into port. Wander through the ancient Le Panier neighborhood or the République quarter with its historic Haussmannian buildings and stylish boutiques, or meander through the picturesque countryside of Provence.
Located on Spain’s rugged Costa Brava, or “Wild Coast,” Palamós is blessed with two of the top beaches on the coast: the attractive Cala S’Alguer, lined with old shermen’s huts, and the sprawling, undeveloped Platja de Castell. In town, narrow medieval streets lead to brightly painted buildings and restaurants famous for serving up jumbo-sized, locally caught prawns.
Disembark and extend your adventure with an optional Go Next Barcelona Post-Cruise Program.
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