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With a late night in Porto Venere, marvel at the UNESCO World Heritage Site and National Park of Cinque Terre, an enchanting scene of steep slopes covered in vineyards and unique, manmade terraces that dip dramatically into the sea. Embark on a truffle hunting adventure in Tuscany from Livorno and discover the culinary delights of this prized ingredient alongside your expedition group. Explore the magical Cadaqués, an out-of-the-way coastal village, from Roses on your way to a family-run winery. As you and your fellow connoisseurs sample their traditional vintages together, you may discover another side of the culture with stories of the fabled Tramuntana wind. Sitting along the Tyrrhenian Sea, the cuisine of Porto Santo Stefano offers a bounty of fresh seafood with Italian tastes, which you can pair with a wine selection from the Argentario region as you engage in a lively conversation about your day's adventures.

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Jul 28 Barcelona, Spain Depart: 11:00 pm

Barcelona, Spain

The capital of Spain’s Catalonia region, Barcelona, lives up to its reputation as a center of grand architecture and inspiring art. Antoni Gaudi’s Park Guell displays architecture as art, making for a whimsical and colorful stroll through Barcelona. Stretching from La Rambla to Via Laietana you will find the Gothic Quarter, the city’s historic center with intricate medieval buildings and streets turned into modern bars, clubs, and restaurants. A short way up La Rambla you’ll come across La Boqueria, one of Europe’s largest and most famous food markets, filled with fruits, pastries, and many tasty samples of local fare.

Jul 29 Roses, Spain Arrive: 9:00 am Depart: 7:00 pm

Roses, Spain

Near the Spanish-French border of Spain’s rugged Costa Brava, you’ll find a fair and lovely landscape. Delight in exploring the historic center of Roses, dotted with chic shops and highlighted by modernist architecture. Roses is less than a half-hour drive to Cadaqués. This town attracted world-famous artists. Most notably, the Catalan town was where Surrealist artist Salvador Dalì spent his childhood here and later established his home in Port Lligat. The Dalí House Museum here is also worth a visit. For the ultimate view of Roses, its picturesque bay and its neighboring villages, take to the sky. From nearby Empuriabrava, you can skydive for an unforgettable thrill of a lifetime.

Jul 30 Sete (Montpellier), France Arrive: 7:00 am Depart: 6:00 pm

Sete (Montpellier), France

Sete lies at the foot of Mount St. Clair between the Gulf of Thau and the Mediterranean Sea. Hike to the summit to explore the Quartier Haute, once inhabited by Italian fishermen and now home mostly to artists who have opened their ateliers. There you can also peruse the Paul Valery Museum, displaying contemporary artists, including Maurice Sarthou, Albert Marquet, and Henry Matisse, as well as the church Notre-Dame-De-La-Salette, built on the site of an ancient fortress built by Louis XIII. A visit to Sete should include a jaunt to the beach-a heavenly strip of sandy coast that stretches for more than seven miles.

Jul 31 Saint-Tropez, France Arrive: 9:00 am Depart: 7:00 pm

Saint-Tropez, France

The jewel in the heart of the spectacular Côte d’Azur, Saint-Tropez was a sleepy seaside village with a rich maritime history that achieved celebrity beginning in the 1960s. Explore the hexagon shaped Citadelle that once served as the defender of the gulf. The castle contains a maritime museum, and the grounds provide breathtaking views of the Côte d’Azur. La Musée de l’Annonciade is a real treat for art lovers and located just beyond the Quai de l’Epi pier. This 16th-century chapel features a small but powerful collection of paintings by Derain, Signac, and other artists.

Aug 01 Porto Venere, (Cinque Terre), Italy Arrive: 9:00 am Depart: 11:00 pm

Porto Venere, (Cinque Terre), Italy

Referred to as Cinque Terre’s "sixth town," Portovenere overlooks the Gulf of La Spezia along the Ligurian coast, providing much of what its five counterparts do - seaside scenes, rustic cuisine and stunning coastlines - with a fraction of the crowds. Seek out hidden gems like Byron’s Grotto, a secluded cave named after the literary figure who frequented the area. Nearby lies the famous Cinque Terre, comprised of five small towns, hence its name. The region lies within the bounds of a national park and what’s considered the Italian Riviera, giving it a magical aura.

Aug 02 Livorno (Florence/Pisa), Italy Arrive: 7:00 am Depart: 10:00 pm

Livorno (Florence/Pisa), Italy

From the grandeur of the Leaning Tower of Pisa to the charming canals of La Venezia Nuova (New Venice), which date back to the Medici era, the Italian city of Florence contains much to explore. The port city of Livorno’s colorful building facades rises above the canal waters as a sight to behold. The long and storied history of Lucca call out to curious explorers seeking a mentally stimulating adventure. Cathedrals, art, culture, food, these iconic Italian cities have it all, and Livorno acts as the hub to make your way to each.

Aug 03 Porto Santo Stefano, Italy Arrive: 7:00 am Depart: 4:00 pm

Porto Santo Stefano, Italy

The charms of Tuscany call out to your explorer spirit from the picturesque seaside town of Porto Santo Stefano. Luxury yachts in the harbor, buzzing cafes, and locals and visitors alike strolling the promenade make the port’s waterfront a lovely scene. As you and your new friends take a leisurely walk along Piazza dei Rioni, lined with palm trees, stop for a refreshing lemon gelato in one of the cafes. Blue waters and white, sandy shores invite you to spend a day on one of Porto Santo Stefano’s beautiful beaches. Venture out with fellow explorers in search of hidden coves surrounded by sloping olive groves. Sitting along the Tyrrhenian Sea, the cuisine offers a bounty of fresh seafood with Italian tastes, such as spaghetti with sea urchins or seafood risotto. Pair your culinary adventures with a wine selection from the Argentario region as you engage in a lively conversation about your day’s adventures.

Aug 04 Sorrento (Pompeii), Italy Arrive: 7:00 am Depart: 7:00 pm

Sorrento (Pompeii), Italy

Perched atop soaring cliffs, Sorrento is a coastal town in southwestern Italy, facing the Bay of Naples on the Sorrentine Peninsula. A lovely stroll through the historic center will take you to the Basilica di Sant’Antonio, dedicated to the town’s patron saint. Sorrento is the gateway to the remarkable ruins of Pompeii, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There, time seems frozen, as you observe the eerie plaster casts of numerous victims who are caught in their final moment of life. Herculaneum, also destroyed by the same eruption, is the smaller sister to Pompeii and offers a closer look at ancient Roman life.

Aug 05 Lipari Island (Sicily), Italy Arrive: 11:00 am Depart: 7:00 pm

Lipari Island (Sicily), Italy

Off the coast of Sicily you find the volcanic Aeolian Islands, the largest of which is Lipari. But not to worry, as the island’s last eruption took place over 1,000 years ago and the only signs of volcanic activity today are fumaroles and thermal springs. From a place in ancient Greek mythology to UNESCO World Heritage status, the Aeolian Islands and Lipari hold a rich and intriguing history. Seek the ultimate views with an invigorating hike through Monte Rosa. Archaeological excavations within the citadel tell a story dating as far back as the Neolithic era.

Aug 06 At Sea

At Sea

Spend the day on the high seas pampering yourself at the spa or enjoying some time on deck. Mingle with your fellow explorers and swap stories of your exploits, making plans for new ones together once you get to shore

Aug 07 Chania/Souda, Crete, Greece Arrive: 8:00 am Depart: 6:00 pm

Chania/Souda, Crete, Greece

Chania exudes a rich culture, coming from every corner, crack, and cranny found throughout the city. In the summer, the municipal government hosts a series of music and theater performances. The best spots to catch one of these iconic shows is in Public Garden, the theatre at Eastern Trench, or Park of Peace and Friendship. Not far from Chania lies the small town of Souda, Crete’s second-largest port. On a verdant island nearby you find the Fortress of Souda, one of the strongest castles built in Crete by the Venetians, as well as the archaeological site of ancient Aptera.
Aug 08 Hydra, Greece Arrive: 7:00 am Depart: 1:00 pm

Hydra, Greece

One of the most sophisticated of the Greek Isles, Hydra, lies in the Argo Saronic Gulf. This island is a popular getaway for celebrities and the elite, making it an exceptional destination for the explorer that wants cultural immersions. Various historical sites and landmarks like the bastions surrounding the port, the Merchant Marine Academy and Monastery of Agia Efpraxia tell the island’s story throughout the years. The three main villages - Hydra Town, Vlichos and Kaminia - each hold a different facet of Greek life. Hydra also offers a surplus of beaches to bask in the sun on the sandy shores.

Aug 08 Piraeus (Athens), Greece Arrive: 6:00 pm OVERNIGHT

Piraeus (Athens), Greece

Athens is still as iconic as ever. Winding pathways from ancient times transformed into modern-day roads and streets lead you to the monumental gateway of the Acropolis and other archaeological sites. It is a land soaked in history and mythology, but not stuck in the past.

As you wend through back alleys, passing the street art and getting serenaded by street musicians, you are never lost. You are simply taking a journey to an unknown destination. You may find yourself at the likes of the Church of Agioi at the southeast corner of the Holy Apostles Ancient Agora, a less-crowded historical site away from the flocks of tourists.

Try your hand at haggling with local vendors at the Plaka or Monastiraki flea market. There are so many handmade wares and trinkets to peruse and purchase. Keep an eye out for the more risqué souvenirs if you want a good laugh.

Aside from venturing through the cradle of Western Civilization, you can explore the port of Piraeus. It is the biggest port in Greece and one of the most important ports of the Mediterranean. Centuries of history have transformed this seaside town from a wartime fortress to a major shipping and transportation center.
Aug 09 Piraeus (Athens), Greece Arrive: 8:00 am

Piraeus (Athens), Greece

Athens is still as iconic as ever. Winding pathways from ancient times transformed into modern-day roads and streets lead you to the monumental gateway of the Acropolis and other archaeological sites. It is a land soaked in history and mythology, but not stuck in the past.

As you wend through back alleys, passing the street art and getting serenaded by street musicians, you are never lost. You are simply taking a journey to an unknown destination. You may find yourself at the likes of the Church of Agioi at the southeast corner of the Holy Apostles Ancient Agora, a less-crowded historical site away from the flocks of tourists.

Try your hand at haggling with local vendors at the Plaka or Monastiraki flea market. There are so many handmade wares and trinkets to peruse and purchase. Keep an eye out for the more risqué souvenirs if you want a good laugh.

Aside from venturing through the cradle of Western Civilization, you can explore the port of Piraeus. It is the biggest port in Greece and one of the most important ports of the Mediterranean. Centuries of history have transformed this seaside town from a wartime fortress to a major shipping and transportation center.

Barcelona To Athens

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