Italy, France, & Spain
Cruise Aboard the Jewel of the Seas
9 Days | April 25 - May 3, 2020
Starting At $1855.00
In the Mediterranean, you can explore a wide array of diverse islands and European cities, such as the ancient art of Rome or the stunning architecture of Spain The best way to get to know these towns is with your taste buds: Experience classic Neapolitan pizza in Naples, tour your way through the salty, shareable tapas of Spain or sample the herb-, olive oil- and vegetable-heavy fare of Southern France.
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Day 1 – Arrive Barcelona
Arrive Barcelona and transfer to your hotel for your overnight stay. The rest of the day is on your own to explore the city.
Day 2 – Tour Barcelona/Board the Jewel of the Seas
This morning after breakfast, enjoy a sightseeing tour of Barcelona. Some of the sights may include: the famous Gaudi houses, Olympic Village, Olympic Port, the beach and Fisherman’s Quarter, and Plaza de Colon. Drive to Mont Juic to ride the cable car before heading to the Spanish Village. Next, begin a walking tour to the Gothic Cathedral, City Hall, and Plaza de Catalunya. At the conclusion of your tour, your motorcaoch will drop you off at the Port of Barcelona to board the Jewel of the Seas. The ship sets sail at 5:00 p.m.
Day 3 – Nice (Villefranche), France
Although originally called “Nakaia,” France’s Nice is as delightful as its name suggests to English speakers. Take a bus or taxi into Nice’s Old City to explore its history-spanning architecture and pristine French Riviera beaches, or stick closer to Villefranche-sur-Mer, where your ship will dock, and take a day-trip to the mountaintop town of Eze. No matter how you spend your time in the de facto hub of France’s Cote d’Azur, you’ll enjoy the added benefit of being close to Italy, which means delectable pizza, fragrant espresso and the sounds of a second Romance language.
Day 4 – Portofino, Italy
The Italian Riviera’s fishing village of Portofino has more to offer than the rows of brightly colored houses that made it famous — this coastal town is also a destination for nature lovers eager to explore. Cruise to Portofino and hike through the Regional Park: Its lushly forested coastal paths look down dramatic cliffsides to the Mediterranean below. Or head to Portofino Marine Reserve, where you can kayak on the crystal-clear waters, taking in views of the quaint village as you paddle by under the weathered cliffs. Then, people-watch in one of Portofino’s quaint piazzas, or head to nearby Cervara Abbey, an ancient monastery turned into a terraced garden.
Day 5 – Florence/Pisa(Laspezia), Italy
The northern Italian port city of La Spezia, on the border of Liguria and Tuscany, offers an ideal gateway to two of the country’s most famous cities: Pisa and Florence. Just one hour by car or train will bring you to Pisa, where you can check out the white-stone arches of the city’s famous leaning tower and its sister-structure, the Pisa Cathedral. Or spend your day in Florence, about two hours away by train: Climb to the top of the famous Duomo (“dome”), the nickname for the Italian Gothic Santa Maria del Fiore cathedral, for stunning 360-degree views of the city. Cruise to Florence to stroll through the San Lorenzo market with an espresso in hand and take in the smells of local spices and truffles as you people-watch.
Day 6 – Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy
With 28 centuries of celebrated history, Rome holds the edge when it comes to unrivaled adventures. The city that sparked the world’s largest empire is very much alive today with a jumble of ancient ruins, world-renowned art and vivacious street culture. Here you can live la dolce vita, recalling the glory days of Ancient Rome and twirling forks full of pasta in a trattoria. Ride past centuries-old basilicas in a three-wheeled Ape Calessino, or stand in awe of paintings by Italian masters at Villa Borghese. Whether it’s Vatican City’s spiritual allure, Trastevere’s backstreet charms, or the Colosseum’s embattled legacy— The Eternal City endures with endless adventures.
Day 7 – Naples, Italy
With a skyline defined by towering Mount Vesuvius, Naples is a bustling Italian city brimming with beauty. Experience its rich neoclassical architecture at sites like Gesu Nuovo Church, with its lavish interior adorned with detailed frescoes, statues and gold inlay. Go even deeper into history at the San Gennaro catacombs, where Naples’ first bishops were buried in the second century A.D. Walk along the Miglio Sacro (“Holy Mile”) and people-watch your way through the cafes and shops of the Sanita district with a zuccherato (sweetened espresso) in hand. Jump onboard a Naples cruise and take the short bus ride to the base of Mount Vesuvius — it’s an easy 20- to 30-minute hike will take you to the summit — and tour the ruins of Pompeii afterward.
Day 8 – Day at Sea
Today is a full day spent at sea.
Day 9 – Barcelona, Spain
This morning arrive back into Barcelona and disembark the ship. Transfer back to the airport for your flight back to the US.