Take in the beauty of the Mediterranean while enjoying a stunning ship with wonderful meals, enticing beverages, outstanding entertainment and relaxation! We'll visit Spain, France, Montenegro, Greece and Italy on our ports of call.
To request a full brochure when it is completed– call Lori 319-393-1359 or email: Lori@duagency.com
Optional extensions in Barcelona before the cruise and in Rome after the cruise is available, see below.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 19:DEPART USA
Depart the USA for our overnight flight to Spain.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20: BARCELONA
We arrive in Spain this morning with our day at leisure to prepare for our exciting upcoming cruise! The 1992 Summer Olympics revealed to the world what Europeans and seasoned travelers already knew - Barcelona is one of the world's greatest treasures. Vibrant and earthy, commercial and cultural, this city of two million residents is the capital of Spain's autonomous region of Catalonia.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21: BARCELONA—CRUISE BEGINS
You can enjoy a leisurely morning prior to transferring to the pier to board our ship and set sail in evening (B, D)
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22: TOULON/PROVENCE (LA SEYNE), FRANCE
Toulon has been the great bastion of the French navy since 1494. The city is the capital of the Var and provides an excellent gateway to the riches of Provence and the Cote d'Azur. To the north and west are medieval Provencal hilltop villages and superb vineyards. To the east lie the fabled coves and beaches of the Cote d'Azur, the setting for the legendary resort of St. Tropez. And everywhere there is the miraculous fusion of sky and sea that forms the essence of Southern France. Toulon's Upper Town bears a strong resemblance to Paris. (B,L,D)
MONDAY, OCTOBER 23: GEONOA, ITALY
Genoa is the capital of the Province of Genoa and of the region of Liguria. Many regard Genoa as having the largest historic city center in Europe as a result of having been, for centuries, a powerful commercial center seaport and city-state. It was the birthplace of Christopher Columbus. Genoa's harbor is a bustling swarm of activity, which makes it a great launching point for the sprawling metropolis of Milan. (B,L,D)
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 24: FLORENCE/PISA (LIVORNO), ITALY
Livorno is the gateway to glorious Tuscany. Visit Florence - the cradle of the Renaissance - home to the Duomo, the Uffizi and the Ponte Vecchio. Here the Medici fostered a city-state whose cultural legacy is as great as classical Athens. Giants like Dante, Da Vinci, Michelangelo and Galileo infused the West with a new creative spirit. Then there is Pisa, Florence's rival for political power. Pisa, a brash, commercial seafaring town rivaled the great maritime powers of Venice and Genoa. The city was a leader in art and architecture second only to Florence. (B,L,D)
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 25 & THURSDAY, OCTOBER 26: AT SEA
Two full days to relax at sea! Take time to explore all of the wonderful dining on board or partake in the many onboard activities. From cooking demonstrations to dance classes, trivia contests and more, you are sure to find something entertaining to do. For something physical, take an exercise class at the gym, practice your putt on the green, play some basketball or relax with a massage. Or just relax with a good book or watch a Movie under the Stars. (B,L,D)
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27: KOTOR, MONTENEGRO
Kotor lies at the head of Boka Bay. Bordered by towering limestone cliffs, the winding bay is actually Southern Europe's longest and most dramatic fjord. The port itself is a medieval gem: its narrow, asymmetrical streets are lined with ancient stone houses, old palaces, and churches dating from the 12th century. Kotor is also your gateway to the cultural and scenic wonders of Montenegro, from the old royal capital at Cetinje to the marshes and wildlife of Lake Skadar National Park. (B, L, D)
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28: CORFU, GREECE
The lush and verdant island of Corfu lies in the Ionian Sea, midway between Greece and Italy. The island has a long and colorful history. First colonized by the city-state of Corinth, Corfu has been ruled by the Romans, the Venetians, the French and the English. The island also offers some of the finest coastal scenery in the entire Mediterranean. Corfu's old town is a mixture of the medieval and the modern. (B,L,D)
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 29: AT SEA
The day is yours to enjoy! Customize your cruise experience with the myriad of dining, activity and entertainment options available. Take a class on dancing, cooking, ceramics, photography and more. Sit in on the Princess Book Club in the onboard library or an art appreciation lesson. Many options are available for you on this relaxing day. (B,L,D)
MONDAY, OCTOBER 30: SICILY (MESSINA), ITALY
Messina has played a major role in European history since its founding as a Greek colony in the 8th century B.C. During the Roman Empire, the city was a major port and commercial center, during the Middle Ages, Messina was the major port of departure for Crusaders. History has also left its scars: a massive earthquake leveled much of the city in 1908 and the World War II campaign for Sicily devastated Messina. Yet Messina emerged from that devastation with some of its historic treasures intact, including the 12th-century Annunziata dei Catalani Church. Messina is also your gateway to the rugged beauty of southeast Sicily, from the seaside resort of Taormina to Mt. Etna. Between the fall of Rome and the 1861 unification of Italy, the Arabs, the Normans, the Germans, the Spanish and the French ruled Sicily. (B,L,D)
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 31: NAPLES, ITALY (FOR CAPRI & POMPEII)
Italy's third-largest city, Naples is a bustling metropolis famed for it stately buildings, crowded streets, pizza - and notoriously bad traffic. However, this beautiful city is rich in centuries-old culture and customs. Naples is also your gateway to the Isle of Capri, the fabled Amalfi Coast and the ruins of Pompeii, buried in ash by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 A.D. Naples boasts an ideal location, with both the ruins of Roman cities and the stunning Amalfi Coast in easy reach. (B,L,D)
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 1: ROME (CIVITAVECCHIA), ITALY
Your gateway to the Eternal City, Civitavecchia has served as Rome's seaport since the 13th century. The port has a long and venerable history. Rome has been a magnet luring the world's greatest artists, architects, and philosophers since the days of the Caesars. Yet the Eternal City eternally beckons. The ancient capital of the Western World and the center of Christianity for nearly 2,000 years. (B)
This morning we will disembark the ship. You can opt to finish your Mediterranean vacation and transfer to the airport for your return flight home, or you can stay and “roam in Rome” for a couple of days—details below.
OPTIONAL BARCELONA EXTENSION (October 18-20) One extra night accommodation, Barcelona sightseeing, Airport transfers.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 18: DEPART USA
Depart the USA for our overnight flight to Spain.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 19 & FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20: ARRIVE IN SPAIN
We arrive in Spain on Thursday. We will be met at the hotel and start our half-day exploring of Barcelona. On Friday we will have a guided day tour of Barcelona to see famous sites, not-to-be-missed. Details of our included tours on Thursday and Friday will be explained as soon as they are completed and available. Our evenings are at leisure.
Itinerary continues as listed on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21.
OPTIONAL ROME EXTENSION (November 1-3) Two nights accommodations, Rome sightseeing, Airport transfers.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 1: ROME
After we disembark the ship, we will be met by our guide to begin our touring. Today we visit the ruins of the Forum, Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, Pantheon, Piazza Navona - just to name a few of the wonderful sites we will see. We will have a relaxing evening to do some exploring on your own or find a local restaurant to enjoy a leisurely dinner like the Romans do!
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2: ROME
Today we will visit world famous sites when we go to Vatican City, officially the Vatican City State, is an independent city-state and enclave located within Rome. We will wander the Vatican Museums, be in awe of St Peter’s Cathedral, and see the splendors of the Sistine Chapel.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3: RETURN TO USA
Today we transfer to the hotel for our return flight home.
SPECIAL INCLUSION ON CRUISE:
FREE Premium Drink Package
FREE Shipboard Gratuities for Crew
- Escorted by TL/DU’s Lori Nietert
- 1-night Barcelona hotel accommodation & luggage handling
- 11-night cruise accommodations and luggage handling
- Government and hotel taxes
- Airport & pier transfers
- Luxury air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
- Complimentary WiFi on motorcoach and in most hotels
- Sightseeing and admissions as per the itinerary
- 33 meals: 12 breakfasts (B), 10 lunches (L) and 11 dinners (D)
- Airline baggage fees
- Optional port excursions
- Taxes, Fees & Port Charges of $415
- Tips to guides
- Travel Insurance