15 Night Portugal & Spain Crossing Cruise on Explorer of the Seas from Miami, Florida Cartagena, Spain, Cortina Beach
The 15 Night Portugal & Spain Crossing Cruise from Miami, Florida visits Ponta Delgada, Azores; Málaga, Spain; Cartagena, Spain; Barcelona, Spain; Provence (Toulon), France; Ajaccio, Corsica; Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy. Explore our cruise itineraries and choose from a variety of rooms depending on your needs and budget. Start planning your next cruise vacation by selecting a destination and departure port.
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15 Night Portugal & Spain Crossing Cruise
Itinerary Overview
Explore Explorer of the Seas
Day 1 - Miami, Florida
Day 2 - 7 - Cruising
Day 8 - Ponta Delgada, Azores
Day 9 - 10 - Cruising
Day 11 - Málaga, Spain
Day 12 - Cartagena, Spain
Day 13 - Barcelona, Spain
Day 14 - Provence (Toulon), France
Day 15 - Ajaccio, Corsica
Day 16 - Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy
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Cartagena, Spain, Cortina Beach
Cortina Beach in Cartagena, Spain
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15 Night Portugal & Spain Crossing Cruise

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Leaving from
Miami, Florida
Onboard
Explorer of the Seas
Day Port
1
Miami, Florida
Departs at 4:00 PM
2 - 7
Cruising
Day at sea
8
Ponta Delgada, Azores
From 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
9 - 10
Cruising
Day at sea
11
Málaga, Spain
From 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
12
Cartagena, Spain
From 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
13
Barcelona, Spain
From 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
14
Provence (Toulon), France
From 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
15
Ajaccio, Corsica
From 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
16
Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy
Arrives at 5:00 AM
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Your ship Explorer of the Seas

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Explorer of the Seas
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Explorer of the Seas, Aerial
An aerial view of Explorer of the Seas
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Explorer of the Seas
This is not your average vacation. This is adventure in a bold new light — on the fleet-favorite Explorer of the Seas®. Soak up the sunshine and chill vibes at the adults-only Solarium. Indulge in authentic Tuscan cuisine at Giovanni’s Table. Then catch a jaw-dropping original production in the Main Theater, or dance the night away at Club Twenty. On this ship, there’s no wrong way to vacay.

ADVENTURE ON EVERY DECK

When you're not exploring unforgettable ports, you'll find plenty of thrills on deck. Scale the Rock Climbing Wall and try not to wipe out on the FlowRider® surf simulator. Or engage in a little friendly competition on the mini-golf course, before taking your adventure onto the ice skating rink.

FLAVORFUL FAVES

Say "Konnichiwa" to fresh-rolled sushi at Izumi, or "Buongiorno" to authentic Italian eats at Giovanni's Table. If it's prime meat you're craving, head to Chops Grille℠ for steakhouse offerings that are a cut above the rest. And for the ultimate sweet treat, order up a classic milkshake at Johnny Rockets®.

FLASHBACK FUN & DARING DANCE MOVES

Cap off each date night with an incredible show at the Main Theater, followed by a round of your favorite ice-cold brews, moonlight and island vibes poolside, and late-night dancing.

Day 1: Miami, Florida

Day 1
Miami
Florida
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Oleta River State Park Aerial, Miami, Florida
Oleta River State Park Aerial, Miami, Florida
Things to do in
Miami
Departs at 4:00 PM
Miami moves to a rhythm all its own— from the sun-drenched beaches to a diverse blend of cultures. Indulge in the glitzy chic of Miami Beach and explore Little Havana’s deep-rooted Cuban heritage. Unwind on Key Biscayne’s serene shorelines, pedal along Ocean Drive or paddle a kayak through Oleta River State Park’s winding mangrove channels. Head to Coconut Grove to take in the bohemian vibe. Tour the Vizcaya estate’s Renaissance-inspired gardens. Miami cruises give guests the opportunity to check out the Perez Art Museum’s contemporary collections. Whether it’s deep-sea fishing, Art Deco architecture, world-class cuisine or endless nightlife, adventure shines bright in The Magic City.
Art Deco Hotels Collins Avenue, Miami, Florida
Art Deco Hotels Collins Avenue, Miami, Florida

Sobe It

South Beach is a bright hot spot no matter what time of day. Soak up the sun along the shore and admire the Art Deco gems along lively Ocean Drive. Stroll busy Collins Avenue, sip mojitos in beach bars, dance in ultra-hip nightclubs, and enjoy the best people watching in the city.
Older Men Close Up Smoking Cuban Cigars, Miami, Florida
Older Men Close Up Smoking Cuban Cigars, Miami, Florida

Called Culture

Experience Miami’s Cuban traditions along Calle Ocho in Little Havana. Here you can wander streets filled with fiery salsa sounds and meet locals smoking cigars over a game of dominoes. From its colorfully painted rooster statues to its hand-rolled cigar shops and open-air fruit markets, this is as authentic as it gets.
Wynwood Mural, Miami, Florida
Wynwood Mural, Miami, Florida

Blank Canvas

Unleash your creative side with a jaunt through the Wynwood Art District during your Miami cruise. Every façade in this art-centric neighborhood comes decked out in vibrant life-size murals by globally recognized talents. And don’t miss Wynwood Walls, a collection of old warehouses adorned with abstract paintings, graffiti quotes and unique sculptures.
Ropa Vieja Plate, Miami, Florida
Ropa Vieja Plate, Miami, Florida

Local Cuisine

Miami is an international culinary powerhouse. Michelin-starred chefs fill many kitchens and Latin American flavors highlight many menus. You can’t miss the city’s signature Cuban food: Enjoy pastelitos (pastries) for breakfast, lunch on a famous frita (spicy burger), then savor ropa vieja (beef stew) for dinner. If seafood is your thing, crack into succulent stone crab claws, a true South Florida delicacy.
Bayside Marketplace Waterfront Mall, Miami, Florida
Bayside Marketplace Waterfront Mall, Miami, Florida

Shopping

Bayside Marketplace, across from the port, is a popular waterfront shopping spot for visitors. Locals love the quirky boutiques in Coconut Grove. Lincoln Road Mall spans 10 blocks of shops— and Miracle Mile is a long string of specialty stores. Cruise to Miami and head to Calle Ocho for hand-stitched guayabera shirts and hand-rolled Cuban cigars.

Day 2 - 7: Cruising

Day 2 - 7
Cruising
At Sea
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Girls Diving in the Pool
Girls Diving and Swimming in the Covered Pool
PLAY ANY WAY YOU LIKE
Young Girl Learning How to Ice Skate
Onboard Ice Skating Instructor Teaching

Ice Skating

Whether you’re a beginner or you’ve got moves like the Great One, you’ll have a great time every time at the ice skating rink.
Scuba Certification Padi Diving Underwater Around a School of Fish
Scuba Certification Padi Diving Underwater with a School of Fish

Scuba Certification

Gear up and get certified at sea during an underwater adventure lead by certified PADI® instructors.
Navigator of the Seas Adventure Ocean
Girl Playing with Dolls at Adventure Ocean

Adventure Ocean®

“Are we there yet?” is a thing of the past. We keep every kid entertained with games, events, age-appropriate activities and more in our award-winning youth program.
Spa Couples Massage
Couples Getting Massage at Vitality Spa

Spa & Fitness Center

A luxurious sanctuary offering signature treatments, medi-spa services, and a full-service salon to make you glow from the inside out. Browse our spa menu for pricing.

Day 8: Ponta Delgada, Azores

Day 8
Ponta Delgada
Azores
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Ponta Delgada, Azores, View of Seven Cities Lake
View of the Seven Cities Lake from a hill in Ponta Delgada, Azores
Things to do in
Ponta Delgada
From 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Nicknamed the Green Island, Ponta Delgada is full of lush natural wonders, 16th-century architecture and mini-expeditions. When you arrive at the Azorean capital, situated on the south coast of the island Sao Miguel, wander around the old town to snap photos of monuments that cover postcards, traditional Portuguese churches and old forts. Or embark on an afternoon on the water to catch sight of the whales and dolphins that gather in the sea.
Ponta Delgada, Azores, Atlantic striped dolphins
A pod of Atlantic striped dolphins

Spot Sea Life

Put your exploration skills to the test and spend the day on the water. The Azores is home to around 20 different species of dolphins and whales, making it the perfect place to spot a breach. Go into it with an open mind — when viewing animals in the wild, every trip is different.
Insider tip
If you're buying ceramic products, make sure they have the Arts and Crafts Seal of Guarantee so you know that they are authentic and locally made.
Ponta Delgada, Azores, Portas de Cidade
Portas de Cidade and the Saint Sebastian church clock tower in Ponta Delgada, Azores

Postcard Perfect in Ponta

Step inside a postcard by posing for a selfie with Portas de Cidade. Built in the 18th century, the triple-arched black and white gateway is what comes to mind when people think of Ponta Delgada — it's even on the city's coat of arms. After you snap your photo, explore the rest of the city center from here by foot.
Insider tip
The weather is extremely unpredictable here: Pack an umbrella or poncho so that spontaneous rainstorms don't stop you from exploring.
Ponta Delgada, Azores, Mixed tapas
Mixed Portuguse tapas on wood table

Local Cuisine

In Ponte Delgada, you'll find plenty of pestiscos, or Portuguese tapas. They're a great way to dine on some delicious fresh foods without breaking the bank. Don't leave without trying the grilled octopus and fried mackerel — mouthwatering staples in the Azores. If you're up for a new experience, try lapas, a delicious local sea snail, typically served grilled with butter, garlic and red pepper sauce.
Ponta Delgada, Azores, Ceramic souvenirs
An assortment of ceramic souvenirs in Portugal

Shopping

Head to Galerias Portas do Mar for your pick of handmade crafts. Choose from clay dishes, vases, embroidery and lace products. Pick up some locally grown tea from Sao Miguel's Gorreana Tea Factory, or pop into the smaller shops around the city to purchase some delicious wine to sip at home.

Day 9 - 10: Cruising

Day 9 - 10
Cruising
At Sea
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Chops Grille Rosemary Steak Juicy
Chops Grille Rosemary Steak Juicy
LET THE FLAVOR FEST BEGIN
Chef's Table Appetizer
An appetizer at Chef's Table on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship

Chef's Table

Welcome to Chef’s Table, the most exclusive and elevated dining experience on our fleet. Join an intimate group of fellow foodies on a private epicurean journey led by the ship’s Chef de Cuisine. You’ll sit down to a white tablecloth dinner spotlighting five exquisite courses that range from scallop carpaccio with yuzu vinaigrette, to grilled filet mignon served with truffle potato puree — each expertly paired with the perfect wine to highlight every flavor on the menu.
Main Dining Room Sliced Steak Topped With Sea Salt
Two slices of steak topped with sea salt served with a side of vegetables at the Main Dining Room

Main Dining Room

In the Main Dining Room, you can experience flavors that take you from Jamaica to Jaipur, a rotating menu of delicious dishes always offering something unexpected. A multi-level restaurant that in the morning is the perfect spot to enjoy a hearty brunch paired with refreshing mimosas, at dinnertime transforms into a world class dining experience with a menu that invites you to taste your way around the world course by course.
Server Bringing Drinks to Table, Windjammer
Server Bringing Drinks to Table, Windjammer

Windjammer

The Windjammer is your go-to restaurant for tantalizing global flavors served complimentary. Like just-pressed paninis packed with all your favorite meats and cheeses. Flaky pastries fresh from the oven and omelets any way you like them. And hearty mains that run the gamut from crispy buttermilk fried chicken to Vietnamese braised Ho Chi Minh pork.
Room Service Breakfast
Room Service Bottle Glass in Bed

Room Service

Want to savor a meal in the comfort of your stateroom? Order delicious in-room dining any time — day or night. Tuck into breakfast in bed with a fresh omelet or a steaming stack of pancakes. Or enjoy an intimate date night in after a long day of adventure onboard and ashore. Room service makes it easy to treat your taste buds without having to set foot outside your door.

Day 11: Málaga, Spain

Day 11
Málaga
Spain
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Málaga, Spain, Marina
A marina in Malaga, Spain
Things to do in
Málaga
From 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
The hub of Spain's southern Costa del Sol, Málaga is the picture of paradise. Scale the hilltop to dramatic La Alcazaba, the sandy-colored Moorish fortress dating back to the 11th century that overlooks this ancient seaside city. Sun yourself on the idyllic beaches of Caleta and Malagueta, taking in views of the mountains across the bay. See the eccentric works of modernist master Pablo Picasso, the city's most famous native son, at the Picasso Museum. Cruise to Málaga and immerse yourself in baroque and renaissance architecture at Málaga Cathedral, with its elaborate arches and stone reliefs depicting the saints, or turn the clock back to the first century A.D. at the ruins of the Roman Theatre.
Málaga, Spain, Alcazaba fortress
View of the Alcazaba fortress in Malaga, Spain

Moor History

Ascend to the top of La Alcazaba, the medieval Moorish fortress that towers over the city. This palatial fortification was built by the Hammudid dynasty in the early 11th century and is the best-preserved Moorish castle in Spain. From here, you can wander down to the Roman Amphitheatre that sits beneath it, before you gaze up at the 16th-century cathedral that sits right in the city center.
Insider tip
The center of Málaga is relatively small and walkable, but don't take this for granted — three to five hours will pass quickly.
Málaga, Spain, Malagueta beach sign
The Malagueta beach sign in Malaga, Spain

Work on Your Tan

It just wouldn't be a trip to the Costa del Sol without a little coast and sun. Most tourists stick to the convenient La Malagueta Beach, but if you've got more than a couple hours in Málaga, you can take a taxi to less crowded but equally beautiful beaches to the east, like Playamar or Playa de Burriana.
Insider tip
If you don't speak Spanish, make sure to cache a Spanish dictionary in your smartphone's Translate app.
Málaga, Spain, Plaza de la Merced
Plaza de la Merced in Malaga, Spain

Paint With Picasso

The most obvious way to follow Málaga's Picasso trail is to visit the Picasso Museum, which has many pieces you won't find anywhere else. You can also visit the artist's birthplace, or take a "Ride With Picasso" bike tour that features Picasso-focused city sightseeing, including Plaza de Merced, where the formidable painter took his first steps as a child.
Málaga, Spain Gambas Pil Pil dish
Gambas Pil Pil shrimp dish in a bowl

Local Cuisine

Seafood is the focus of gastronomy in Málaga. Don't miss the city's signature dish of gambas al pil-pil, flash-fried fresh prawns with garlic, paprika and chilies. During your Málaga cruise, order a basket of pescado frito, an array of local white fish, clams and other seafood breaded and fried. Finish up with tarta malaguena, a cake made with almonds and raisins, and a glass of Málaga dessert wine.
Málaga, Spain, Ceramic Pottery
Ceramic pottery for sale in Spain

Shopping

Pop into a local wine shop to take a bottle of Málaga dessert wine back home with you. Málaga cruises provide access to an eclectic range of other souvenirs, like hand-painted Andalusian ceramics or handmade fans to help you beat the heat. You can also find some of Spain's best olive oil here — pick up some of this cloudy, spicy liquid gold from the Ataranzas Market.

Day 12: Cartagena, Spain

Day 12
Cartagena
Spain
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Cartagena, Spain, City Hall
City hall in Cartagena, Spain
Things to do in
Cartagena
From 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Cartagena greets you with its ancient Mediterranean port on Spain's southeastern coast. Originally governed by the Carthaginians and subsequently by the Romans, Arabs and Castilians, this pedestrian-friendly city is a history buff's dream port. Visit the 2,000-year-old Roman Theatre and the attached museum, where you'll find an ancient altar to Jupiter and a statue of Apollo. Then, check out the late 19th-century modernist architecture of Cartagena's historic center. Cruises to Cartagena, Spain allow you to stroll down blue-marble-tiled pedestrian-only Calle Mayor. Or take the 30-minute drive to the Batteria de Castillitos, a medieval-style fortress situated among the picturesque mountain landscape.
Cartagena, Spain Roman Theater
Couple Walking Through Spain's Roman Theater

Roman Holiday

Check out Cartagena's ancient Roman Theater — built in the first century A.D. and only uncovered in 1987, it's since been reconstructed. Duck into its museum, which passes beneath a palace and a church before it reaches the theater.
Insider tip
Spanish shops close for siesta between 2 and 5 p.m., and restaurants from about 4 p.m. until around 8 p.m.
Cartagena, Spain, Castle of Cartagena
The Castle of Cartagena in Cartagena, Spain

Castle on the Hill

The 18th-century castle called Concepcion Castle sits on a hill facing Cartagena. Walk uphill to visit the castle and its history center, or catch the lift at Calle Gisbert for amazing panoramic views en route.
Insider tip
Try Asiatico, a common Cartagena coffee drink with condensed milk, brandy, the Spanish liqueur Licor 43, cinnamon and lemon zest.
Cartagena, Spain Historic Buildings
Cartagena, Spain Historic Buildings Intricate Details

The New Within the Old

For all its ancient allure, Cartagena also has Modernist architecture, which you can see along the Calle Mayor area. One example is the home of Cervantes, designed by a local Cartagena architect. Check out the Casino, the Gran Hotel and the railway station for more examples of this exuberantly gaudy style with your Spain Cruise.
Insider tip
Don't confuse Cartagena, Spain, and Cartagena, Colombia, while planning your trip!
Spain Cartagena Paella Local Cuisine
Chef Making Traditional Spanish Paella

Local Cuisine

In Cartagena, you'll find authentic Mediterranean dishes featuring fresh-caught seafood, like lightly tempura-battered fried squid. Red prawns from the Mar Menor lagoon and fig bread are local delicacies. Explore off the main tourist streets and hit a tapas bar for tasty fare such as Serrano ham, toasted Cartagena almonds and cracked local olives.
Spain Cartagena Local Artisan Ceramics
Spain Cartagena Local Artisan Ceramics Shopping

Shopping

The clean, pedestrians-only shopping street Calle Mayor is an easy walk from the port and has the high-street stores of England and Spain. An El Corte Ingles department store and restaurants are housed in gorgeous buildings. Look for ceramics and leather goods in interesting boutiques and shops when you cruise to Cartagena, Spain.

Day 13: Barcelona, Spain

Day 13
Barcelona
Spain
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Spain Barcelona La Sagrada Couple
La Sagrada Couple Walking
Things to do in
Barcelona
From 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
It’s easy to see why Barcelona is the most-visited city in Spain. As the capital of the country’s Catalonia region, this cityscape’s cultural mosaic pieces together a 2,000-year-old hodgepodge of sun-drenched beaches, cutting edge architecture, and a world-renowned dining and drinking scene. Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí left his modernist handprint all over the city, while medieval treasures linger in historic Gothic Quarter squares. Get lost in the whimsical gardens of Park Güell or savor a chef-led Catalan cooking class. Browse art collections dedicated to Picasso and Miro— or ride a cable car to the top of Montjuïc Hill, relishing citywide views along the way.
Spain Barcelona La Sagrada Familia Interior
La Sagrada Familia Interior Colorful

SKY HIGH DELIGHTS

Get an up-close glimpse of La Sagrada Família, a cathedral masterwork designed by celebrated Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí. Marvel at its sky-piercing spires and then step inside to admire intricate mosaics, Montjuïc stone pillars and the Nativity façade. You can even climb to the tippy-top of the spires for panoramic city views.
Insider tip
Lunch and dinner are typically eaten later in Spain than in other European countries.
Spain Barcelona Barceloneta Beach
Barceloneta Beach at Sunset

SEAS THE DAY

With seven beaches spanning more than two miles of Mediterranean coastline, Barcelona’s harborfront is known for some of the world’s best sun-seeking and on-the-sea adventures. Lounge along the shore, kayak deep blue waters— or charter a fishing trip for the chance to reel in tuna, swordfish or Mediterranean spearfish.
Insider tip
Catalans greet friends and strangers alike with a kiss on both cheeks.
Barcelona, Spain La Rambla Shops
Street view of La Rambla in Barcelona, Spain, with shops lining the street

IN THE MIX

Take a stroll along La Rambla’s pedestrian boulevard to experience the city’s pure essence. Souvenir shops, street artists, flower stalls, sidewalk cafes and Catalan folk sardana dancers set a lively scene. Its marvelous centerpiece, La Catedral, dates from the 1200s— and its tower delivers sweeping views of medieval Barcelona.
Spain Barcelona Sparkling Cava Wine
Couple Enjoying the Local Sparkling Cava Wine

LOCAL CUISINE

Barcelona has mastered the art of eating. Many restaurants serve up creative nueva cocina española, while waterfront spots dish out seafood paella and multi-course lunch menus include a glass of sparkling cava wine. For a taste of Catalan cooking, try pa amb tomàquet (tomato-topped bread). Or nibble on Spanish tapas (bite-sized appetizers) around the bar like a local, with house-made vermouth in hand.
Spain Barcelona Local Fresh Market Shopping
Couple Strolling Through the Fresh Local Market

SHOPPING

You could spend hours checking out the markets of Barcelona for high-quality leatherwear, jewelry, old books and unique housewares. Passeig de Gràcia and Barcelona Shopping Line are two popular retail promenades— and the Gothic Quarter is home to dozens of family-owned shops that sell textiles, stationery, decorative ceramic tiles and earthenware kitchenware.

Day 14: Provence, France

Day 14
Provence
Toulon, France
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Provence (Toulon), France, Liberty Square
Liberty Square in Toulon, France,
Things to do in
Provence
From 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Situated on the French Riviera, Toulon is more about small-town charm and natural beauty than glitz and glamor. As you pull into the city's huge natural harbor, you'll see towering Mont Faron — after you dock, take the 6-minute cable car ride to the summit, where you'll be greeted to sweeping views of the Mediterranean and the city below. Cruise to Provence to stroll down the Cours Lafayette and take in the smells of oregano, thyme and freshly baked pastries from the local street vendors. Then, explore the city's naval heritage — it's been the French Navy's base for over 500 years — at the Musee de la Marine, or take a boat tour of the Rade de Toulon, the city's military harbor.
Provence (Toulon), France, Panoramic view
Panoramic view of Toulon, France

Such Great Heights

Mont Faron offers incredible views combined with deep history. Take the cable car to the top and explore the various forts and towers before trekking through the nature. There's also a zoo located at the summit. If you decide to drive up, just know that the road is one of the most challenging stages of the Tour Mediterranean cycling race.
Insider tip
Boule, the French version of bocce, is extremely popular here — join a game in one of the many courts found in Toulon.
Provence (Toulon), France, Fort Faron
Exterior walls on Fort Faron in France

Military Might

Musee Memorial du Debarquement, at the top of Mont Faron, commemorates the Allied invasion of the Provence coast. This military museum is filled with maps, models, photography, uniforms, equipment and anything else to do with military might. You can buy a combined ticket with the cable car.
Insider tip
Keep an eye out for great public art, including the Card Gamer's sculpture in Raimu Square.
Provence (Toulon), France, Harbor
The Toulon harbor in France

Cliffs and Coastline

Beyond the harbor, you'll find a wonderful series of coastal walking paths that take you from east to west in style. The Sentier des Couaniers was laid in the early 19th century to assist customs officials in catching smugglers. Follow the trails into hidden coves and onto natural terraces and cliffs overlooking the sea.
Provence (Toulon), France, Ham and cheese crouton
Soft cheese with ham on a crouton

Local Cuisine

Toulon's street markets are the best place to discover the local delicacies. Cours Lafayette is a lengthy pedestrian street that stretches right down to the harbor and is open every day except Monday — pick up ingredients for a simple picnic lunch of fresh figs, local olives and fromage de chevre (goat cheese). During your cruise to Provence, snack on socca, the Provencal wood-fired chickpea pancake with olive oil and sea salt, with a glass of crisp white wine.
Provence (Toulon), France, Dried lavender
Dried lavender hanging in Provence, France

Shopping

For a small city, Toulon has some great shopping opportunities. There's a large mall, but for more unique shopping, try the Old Town and Rue Jean-Jaures — keep an eye out for local herbes de provence and dried lavender for your home. If vintage is your thing, head to Noush, a treasure trove of carefully selected fashions, such as silk scarves and leather purses, shoes and belts.

Day 15: Ajaccio, Corsica

Day 15
Ajaccio
Corsica
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A Coastal Citadel and Beach, Ajaccio, Corsica
A Coastal Citadel and Beach, Ajaccio, Corsica
Things to do in
Ajaccio
From 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Located just south of France on the island of Corsica, Ajaccio is rich in history and astonishing views, all set in the sun-drenched Mediterranean climate. Napoleon is Corsica's most recognizable historical personality — when you're strolling through town, make sure to visit the Maison Bonaparte Napoleon's family home and a historical museum. Stop in the beautiful Baroque-style Notre Dame Cathedral, where Napoleon was baptized. Here, you'll also find important artwork by Tintoretto and Delacroix. Cruise to Corsica and hop on Le Petit Train, or "the little train," for a tour of town. For a taste of nature, head out to the Calanques de Piana, a range of dramatic red-rock cliffs.
Napoleon Bonaparte Statue, Ajaccio, Corsica
Napoleon Bonaparte Statue, Ajaccio, Corsica

See Napoleon's Roots

Discover the birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte, the Napoleon Museum, built on the site of home where he was born. You'll come away with insight into the childhood of one of the most pivotal political figures of the 19th century.
Insider tip
Take the charming Little Train to explore Ajaccio and the surrounding area. You'll get guided historic tour in the old town and a visit to view the stunning Iles Sanguinaires.
Colorful Homes on a Street,  Ajaccio, Corsica
Colorful Homes on a Street, Ajaccio, Corsica

Old-Town Charm

Head to Place Foch to enjoy the vibrant and colorful atmosphere of the old town. Take in the laid-back approach to life at one of the picturesque cafes as you people watch and savor one of the local wines from Ajaccio.
Insider tip
Stroll over to visit the Citadelle. Although off-limits to the public, you can continue walking and enjoy the views from the lovely promenade along the beach.
Ajaccio, Corsica Coastal View From Cliff
Coastal view in Corsica from cliff

Naturally Adventurous

Looking for outdoor exploration? Check out the Calanques de Piana, a series of red-rock cliffs overlooking the pristine ocean. Cruise to Corsica and drive out to Scandola Nature reserve for views of stunning rock formations, caves and wildlife, including eagles.
A Bowl of Boar Stew, Ajaccio, Corsica
A Bowl of Boar Stew, Ajaccio, Corsica

Local Cuisine

Corsica is an epicurean's dream — a unique microcosm that offers the best ingredients from both land and sea. Try the signature civet de sanglier, a hearty stew made with wild boar. Don't miss langostine with sun-ripened vegetables, and enjoy flavorful cheese from the mountains along with the specialty cured meats. Wash it all down with a glass of Corsican red wine.
Craft Jewelry, Ajaccio, Corsica
Craft Jewelry, Ajaccio, Corsica

Shopping

Corsica is home to one of the largest coral shops in the world, La Maison du Corail, which offers a splendid selection of jewelry. The island also produces local honey as well as olive oil and jams; pick some up at the small shops in the old town. Artisan workshops offer handcrafted items in leather and glass. You can also find boutique shops offering designer brands, and the rope bags typical of Corsica.

Day 16: Rome, Italy

Day 16
Rome
Civitavecchia, Italy
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Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy Roman Forum
The Roman Forum in Rome, Italy
Things to do in
Rome
Arrives at 5:00 AM
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.
Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy Pantheon
The Pantheon in Rome, Italy

ANCIENT AND AMAZING

Walk through the heart of Ancient Rome. Start at the Colosseum, an enormous arena where gladiators once battled. Then meander around the Roman Forum’s timeworn ruins, past crumbling temples and basilicas. See where emperors lived on Palatine Hill— and enjoy an up-close view of the 2,000-year-old, well-preserved Pantheon church.
Insider tip
Conservative attire (no tank tops or shorts) is required when visiting Rome’s religious sites.
Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy Piazza Navona
A fountain in Piazza Navona in Italy

ADVENTURE SQUARED

Roam around Rome’s piazzas, as each offers a unique perspective. Dine al fresco in Piazza Navona and climb The Spanish Steps in Piazza di Spagna. Wander cobbled alleys in bustling Trastevere and browse Campo de’ Fiori’s artisan stalls. Be sure to toss a coin in the Trevi Fountain for good measure.
Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy, Statues
Statues in the Vatican Museum

SACRED SPACES

Explore the Vatican Museums’ extraordinary collection of tapestries and classical statues. Step inside the Sistine Chapel and be awed by Michelangelo’s ceiling frescoes. Then enter St. Peter’s Basilica, one of the world’s largest churches, to stand under its enormous sky-piercing dome.
Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy, Pizza and pasta
Pizza, pasta, and antipasta on a table in Rome

LOCAL CUISINE

Romans live to eat, whether it’s family-style or in a sidewalk café. For an authentic taste of Cucina Romana, try carciofi alla Romana (braised artichokes) or spaghetti alla carbonara. Enjoy panino (stuffed sandwiches) or thin-crusted Roman pizza. Satisfy your sweet tooth with a scoop of gelato. Then finish the night with a glass of white wine from the surrounding Lazio region.
Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy, Colosseum Vatican Models
Minitature models of the Colosseum and Vatican

SHOPPING

Street stalls throughout the city are your best bet for souvenirs. Via Condotti offers a string of couture Italian designers. Browse artist studios along Via Margutta, or the indie artisan retailers of the Monti neighborhood. Porta Portese is the city’s largest flea market— and La Rinascente, the first department store.

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