Bucket List Mediterranean
VISTAS AND VINO
With later departure times, stay in town and savor more incredible Mediterranean moments. Spend extra time living the Marseillaise life. Follow a day of cycling through Málaga with a cool glass of Tinto de Verano. Watch the sunset while perched at the top of the Rock of Gibraltar.
To deliver on the full, luxe-adventure experience, we’re pleased to offer a complimentary land excursion in every port, as well as optional ones you may want to purchase.
BUCKET LIST MEDITERRANEAN
Sept 25, 2021 / 7 Nights
Starting FROM $4,599 per person
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Sep 25 Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy Depart: 6:00PM
Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy
Civitavecchia acts as the main terminal for all cruises heading into Rome. From there a shuttle bus takes travelers to the Service Center of Largo della Pace where they can embark on their adventures through the Eternal City.
Rome lies at the heart of the Italian peninsula along the Tiber River, just 15 miles inland from the Tyrrhenian Sea. It maintains its position in the world as a powerful influence in religion, politics, and art, as it is well known as the site for intellectual and artistic achievements past.
From the iconic Roman Coliseum aboveground to the mysterious catacombs of the Capuchin Crypt below ground, the capital of Italy beckons the adventurous to discover its many secrets and stories. The ancient structures’ architecture alone is enough to captivate even the most veteran traveler.
With so many ruins and historic sites to marvel at, it’s easy to get lost in the country’s past and wonder at how it connects to the present and future. But the city holds a certain cosmopolitan feel as well. Countless rooftop bars make Rome a prime location for an evening sunset with new friends as you raise a glass of wine to adventure.
Make a stop at the Trevi Fountain to toss a coin and make a wish. Do as the Romans do. Whether you make your way through back alleys in search of the quintessential gelato shop or get lost in the Ostiense neighborhood for a look at colorful street art, a day spent in Rome is a treasure hunt.ly
Sep 26 Florence, Pisa, Lucca (Livorno), Italy Arrive: 7:00AM Depart: 6:00PM
Florence, Pisa, Lucca (Livorno), 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.
Sep 27 Marseille, France Arrive: 11:30AM Depart: 6:30PM
Along the Mediterranean coast near the mouth of the Rhone lies the lively port city of Marseille in southern France. Its crowning jewel, Notre-Dame de la Gard Basilica, reaches high into the sky alerting visitors they have arrived. Once considered a dangerous and less savory city, Marseilles has grown into a cultural haven that combines the gritty with the grand.
Marseilles invites you to grab your sunglasses and a bicycle and seek local color in the streets. Pedal to Vieux Port, the city’s natural harbor, and take in the arts scene, shops, and a traditional Marseillaise lunch. You cannot pass up on the city’s classic bouillabaisse, a local favorite soup made with five different kinds of fish.
The vibrant Marche de la Joliette offers an abundance of authentic local wares and produce to give you the full French experience. Flowers and decorative plants grown locally add a delightful touch to the marketplace. From fresh fish to eggplants to clothing and accessories, the market surrounds you with the scents, sounds, and sights that make up life along the southern coast of France.
Le Panier neighborhood, the oldest district in Marseilles, offers the perfect way to get lost in the genuine culture of the city. Old alleys with stone stairs lead the way to colorful urban art along the building walls. Known as the arts’ district, Le Panier gives a grittier view of Marseille that the truly adventurous will appreciate.
Sep 28 Barcelona, Spain Arrive: 9:00AM Depart: 7:00PM
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.
Sep 29 Valencia, Spain Arrive: 8:30AM Depart: 2:00PM
An exploration of Spain’s third-largest city, Valencia, will leave you in wide-eyed wonder. Its architecture, culture, and flavors amid sun and blue skies brings you pure energy and anticipation. This port city along the country’s southeastern coast lies along the point where the Mediterranean Sea and Turia River meet, making for a pleasant climate all year round.
Valencia holds the same charms of historical structures as more frequently visited cities in Spain, but with less crowds. A climb to the top of the 207-step bell tower of the 13th century Valencia Cathedral rewards you with a breathtaking view of the city that extends all the way to the countryside and the sparkling sea. Intricate carvings in neoclassical style adorn the path along the way.
Over in the City of Arts and Sciences, an expanse of 350,000 square meters of the old Turia riverbed, the many institutions invite you to come and play. The contemporary opera house shines with translucent mosaic tiles that combine past and present sensibilities to create a structure that feels more like it belongs in the future.
You will not want to miss out on Malvarrosa Beach, where fine golden sand against a backdrop of palm trees along the Paseo Maritimo promenade awaits you. Here, you can find a local restaurant serving up a traditional Valencia-style paella, a dish that entices the taste buds with its rich and savory flavors. Or just stroll along the path and feel the seaside breeze blow through your hair.
Sep 30 Granada (Motril), Spain Arrive: 12:00PM Depart: 1:00PM
Granada (Motril), Spain
While Motril is often a gateway to the iconic city of Granada and Alhambra Palace, this small Spanish town in the Andalusia region holds a charm all its own. Known as the lungs of the city, the Pueblos de América Park contains lush scenery with an abundance of picturesque shrubs, palms and a variety of tree species. In the town center of Motril you will find the Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Head. Surrounded by tropical palm trees and impeccable garden space. In Granada, discover more cultural history at the Albayzín – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – the city’s historical Arab quarter.
Sep 30 Malaga, Spain Arrive: 6:00PM Depart: 11:59PM
The Spanish city of Málaga along the Mediterranean’s Costa del Sol combines the simple, cosmopolitan feel with the quiet sleepiness of local fishing villages. A dive into the past starts with the ruins of the Roman amphitheater, its ancient stones creating the path that leads to Alcazaba Castle. When the sun goes down, the party starts at Plaza de la Constitucion. Energy thrums through the city streets as the residents come out for the night. Make your way to Granada to visit the famous Alhambra Palace, an outstanding example of Moorish architecture that attracts travelers from all around the world.
Oct 01 Gibraltar, UK Arrive: 7:00AM Depart: 11:00AM
Perched on the tip of the Iberian Peninsula between Europe and Africa lies the famous Rock of Gibraltar. The Mediterranean Steps, once a military path, now act as a pedestrian walkway for visitors that seek a challenging adventure that leads to rewarding panoramas. Atop the promontory the 300 Barbary macaques, Europe’s only wild-monkey population, greet you and await their feeding.
Down in the Neolithic limestone caves of Gibraltar, where Europe’s Neanderthal ancestors once lived, stalactites and stalagmites tell the story of thousands of years of history. Among this system lies St. Michael’s Cave, where the residents of Gibraltar turned the natural formations into an event auditorium where the staging’s lights cast an ethereal glow against the rocks for a truly magnificent show.
Oct 02 Lisbon, Portugal Arrive: 8:00AM
Portugal’s capital Lisbon comes alive with a rich history seen in every nook and cranny of the city. From the resting place of famous explorer Vasco de Gama at Jeronimos Monastery to the impressive turrets of São Jorge Castle dating all the way back to second century B.C.E., Lisbon offers a deep dive into the past to satiate the most curious travelers.
While Western Europe’s oldest city boasts an array of Baroque and Neoclassical architecture, that does not mean it has remained stuck in the past. On the contrary, the colorful culture and vibrant life that runs throughout the city’s restaurants, shops, and rooftop bars make it buzz with infectious energy. Taking a tuk tuk through its hard-to-reach passages allows you to experience Lisbon as the locals do.
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