Day 1: Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain and the capital of Catalonia. It is located on the shores of the Mediterranean and enjoys a mild climate all year round.Barcelona is one of Europe’s largest and most successful ports and one of the world’s leading cities in art and architecture. From the modern cruise terminal at the docks you will need a taxi or tour to see the artistic beauty of this unique destination, credited to the talents of Joan Miro, Pablo Picasso, Antonio Gaudi, Jose Clara and others. Stroll the mosaic-paved Ramblas, the city's social hub, with open-air cafes, street entertainers and flower displays. See its unique Catalonian cultural heritage in the ancient Gothic Quarter, the surrealistic architecture of Antonio Gaudi and some outstanding museums. Sights of interest include the Columbus Monument, the Cathedral of Santa Eulalia (1298 to 1454), the Maritime Museum, Picasso Gallery, La Sagrada Familia (Gaudi's unfinished cathedral), Palau Guell (Gaudi mansion) and the Olympic stadiums.
Day 2: Cruising
Day at sea.
Day 3: Provence (Marseilles), France
Marseille is the second-largest city of France and forms the third-largest metropolitan area, (Paris and Lyon are larger). Located on the Mediterranean Sea, it is France's largest commercial port and the capital of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur région,
The Old Port or Vieux-Port is the main harbour and marina of the city. It is guarded by two massive forts (Fort St Nicolas and Fort Saint Jean) and is one the main places to eat in the city. Dozens of cafés line the waterfront. The Quai des Belges at the end of the harbour is the site of the daily fish market.
Things to See & Do
* Old Port area
* Phare de Sainte Marie, a lighthouse on the inlet to the Old Port
* The Centre Bourse and the adjacent rue St Ferreol district - the main shopping area
*Museums and historical buildings
* Abbey of Saint Victor
Day 4: Nice (Villefranche), France
Villefranche is a small beach resort and residential town in the Alpes-Maritimes département. Situated on the French Riviera, it is hidden among wooded slopes, above the crystalline waters of the Côte d'Azure. The town itself is delightful, with medieval chapels and an impressive hilltop fortress built by the Duke of Savoy in 1560. And, just up the coast are the luxuries of Nice, and the extravagance of Monte Carlo.
Villefrance also offers excellent cafes and restaurants, a coarse sandy beach much favoured over Nice's stony bay and the very nice old town, vieille ville. The Citadelle st Elme dates back to antiquity and the town offers easy access to the millionaires peninsula of St Jean Cap Ferat.
Things to See & Do
* Old Town
* Fort of Mont Alban - views
* Promenade des Marinieres
* Saint Michael's Church
* Restaurants and Cafes
Day 5: Santa Margherita, Italy
Santa Margherita Ligure is a delightful little sea-side city located in the heart of the Italian Riviera, in the Italian region of Liguria. It has a port, used for both tourist and fishing activities and there are wide ranges of hotels and restaurants. Bars, cafes, gelaterie and restaurants are spread along the seafront and there are also a few along the main quay. Things to See & Do
* Abbazia della Cervara
* Villa Durazzo complex
* Basilica of St. Margaret of Antiochia
* The Castle
Day 6: Florence /pisa (Livorno), Italy
Livorno is a port city on the Tyrrhenian Sea on the western edge of Tuscany, Italy. It is the capital of the Province of Livorno and the third-largest port on the western coast of Italy. Livorno is one of the most important ferry ports in Italy offering sailings to both Corsica and Sardinia and is also one of the countries major naval towns. Livorno itself is surrounded by beautiful sea and nature with a wonderful countryside including rich parks. Attractions in Livorno include the Natural History Museum and the Aquarium, the Villa Henderson, which combines antique finds with modern educational tours, and also has a Botanic Garden. The quarter known as Nuova Venezia (New Venice), built during the 17th century, still preserves some of its original features. Particularly interesting are the Medicean Fossi, a network of navigable canals connecting the warehouses and homes of merchants which, like those in Venice, had entrances at water level leading to rooms where goods were once stored. Piazza della Republica is still admired today for its unusual architecture. It is in fact a bridge covering a long stretch of navigable canal.
Day 7: Florence /pisa (Livorno), Italy
Day 8: Cruising
Day at sea.
Day 9: Naples (Capri), Italy
Naples sits within the Bay of Naples in south eastern Italy and is the capital of Campagnia. It has a rich history for art culture and food – so much so that the city is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. At one end of the Bay sits Vesuvius dominating the southern skyline of the city. The city has some of the most important museums in Italy including the National Archaeological Museum and the Museo di Capodimonte. The latter is also a very important art gallery featuring major works by some of Italy’s finest artists. There are also a host of churches with the most famous being the Cathedral of Naples. In the bay itself you can visit the islands of Capri, Ischia and Procida and of course the famous ruins at Pompeii and Herculaneum are a must to see.
Day 10: Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy
Rome is one of the most popular cities in the world and is a history lesson in itself. Key sites include the Vatican City, The Forum, the Colosseum and the ruins of the Circus Maximus. There are many museums and art galleries, with works by Raphael, Bottecelli, Pinturicchio and Belini and many more. The Vatican City has many spectacular buildings and churches to visit principle amongst which is the Sistine Chapel with its Michelangelo ceiling. It is the world's smallest independent sovereign state and also features St. Peter's Basilica was built over 1,500 years ago the Vatican Library hand the Vatican Garden.