Explore the grandeur of the Mediterranean on this remarkable cruise. Before departing Barcelona, tour Antoni Gaudi’s masterpiece, La Sagrada Familia, with its soaring spires, organic shapes, twisted iron sculptures, coloured tiles and gorgeous stained glass. In Granada, explore of The Alhambra; the palace and fortress complex is one of the finest examples of Moorish architecture in Spain. While in Naples, make your way to the ruins of Pompeii, so well preserved you can see colourful frescoes and mosaic floors. Arriving in Rome, take in the wonders of Eternal City, from the Coliseum, where gladiators battled, to Michelangelo’s masterpiece on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.
Travel Best Bets Package Includes
- Round trip airfare from Vancouver to Barcelona and Rome to Vancouver
- 10 night cruise aboard Norwegian Spirit
- 1 night hotel stay at the Tryp Barcelona Apolo (or similar)
- Transfers from airport to hotel and pier to airport
April 2 – 15, 2018
|Inside||Outside||Balcony||Taxes & Fees|
|Victoria, Kelowna from $300 more|
Please call to inquire for flights from other departure cities.
Please note, no transfers are included from hotel to pier. Taxi ride is approximately 15 minutes to pier.
|Date||Port of Call||Arrive||Depart|
|April 4||Barcelona, Spain||-||6:00pm|
|April 5||Palma, Majorca, Spain||8:00am||6:00pm|
|April 6||Valencia, Spain||8:00pm||6:00pm|
|April 7||Cartagena, Spain||8:00am||5:00pm|
|April 8||Granada (Malaga), Spain||7:00am||6:00pm|
|April 9||Gibraltar, United Kingdom||8:00am||5:00pm|
|April 10||At Sea||-||-|
|April 11||Cagliari, Sardinia||9:00am||3:00pm|
|April 12||Valleta, Malta||10:00am||6:00pm|
|April 13||Messina (Sicily), Italy||8:00am||6:00pm|
|April 14||Naples, Italy||7:00am||7:00pm|
|April 15||Rome, Italy||6:00am||-|
The capital of Catalonia, and one of its provinces, Barcelona, is a place of palpable history, where you can lose yourself strolling down the medieval streets of the Barri Gotic. It’s a city designed to delight the senses: visit other-worldly Modernista churches like Gaudi’s La Sagrada Familia, or treat yourself at a street side cafe to Patatas Bravas or a Passion Fruit Mojito.
Palma, Majorca, Spain
On the one hand, this city, founded by the Romans some 2,100 years ago, is replete with (literally) wall-to-wall history and architectural splendour. You can journey back in time and wander the mazes of alleyways and cobblestone paths that surround the Gothic cathedral. On the other hand, Palma is bustling with life, showcasing the island’s best restaurants, shops, nightlife and a vibrant art scene.
Old world charm meets modern architectural wonders in this eclectic city that is steeped in art and culture. Wander through bustling Gothic plazas and explore the awe-inspiring City of Arts and Sciences, a museum and cinema complex designed by world famous architect Santiago Calatrava. Whether you choose to shop, sightsee, or people-watch, Spain’s third largest city offers visitors a truly authentic European experience.
Along the Mediterranean coast of Spain lies a seaport that traces its history back to the Roman Empire. Today manicured promenades lined with palm trees lead you to ancient ruins surviving marvelously between modern-day buildings. This is an urban explorer’s paradise. But whether you choose to marvel at archaeological discoveries at the museum of the Roman Theatre or stroll the picturesque Paseo Alfonso XII, you will eventually get hungry. At which point, you’ll have delicious options in every direction of this historic port.
Granada (Malaga), Spain
The strategic position to the Mediterranean Sea has always made Malaga an attractive zone for foreign invasions. From Malaga, a trip to Granada showcases an intriguing blend of Arab and European cultures. Be sure to visit The Alhambra, one of the finest examples of Moorish art in Spain.
Gibraltar, United Kingdom
Go to Gibraltar to discover just how impressive rock can be. From the top of the Rock (over 400 metres up), you can admire the view across the Mediterranean and up the peninsula into Spain. Explore St. Michael’s Cave, a fascinating cavern once lived in by Neolithic peoples and visited by early Romans. Browse through shops filled with embroidered linens from Madeira or go see to the famed Barbary Apes. Then head to a local pub to grab some traditional fish and chips. If you really want to do as the locals do, order a beer (or two) with your meal.
Cagliari, the capital of Sardinia, provides the perfect blend of modern life and medieval mystery. Check out the thousands of mysterious nuraghi (stone dwellings) found on the island. See Mercato di San Benedetto, and photograph the amazing museum citadel.
Although somewhat scarred by World War II, Valletta prides itself on its magnificent Baroque palaces, piazzas, gardens and churches. The Magisterial Palace, built between 1571 and 1574, now houses the Maltese Parliament and offices of the President of Malta.
Messina (Sicily), Italy
The third largest city on the island of Sicily, Messina welcomes cruise ship visitors with its lovely harbour, extraordinary architecture (much of which miraculously survived a horrendous earthquake and tidal wave in 1908) and wonderful food. Stroll through Messina’s Piazza Cairoli taking in magnificent fountains and cathedrals, or sip Marsala wine at a sidewalk cafe.
Cruise to Naples, located on Italy’s stunning Amalfi coast, a city rich in history. A tour around Naples’ grand piazzas, cathedrals and castles in the old centre will take you back centuries. Pompeii is not too far either, a dashing city which boasts diverse cultural offerings and charming streets.
Endless adventures await in Rome. With two and a half thousand years of history, art and culture, it is no wonder Rome is one of the most visited cities on the planet. Gaze at the masterpieces of the Vatican or walk into the past with visits to ancient relics, historic monuments and legendary museums. Or people-watch while sipping on an espresso in a quaint cafe.
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