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Tarragona , Spain | Cannes , France | Rome (Civitavecchia) , Italy | Naples/Capri , Italy | Sicily (Catania) , Italy | Split , Croatia | Venice , Italy

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DAY 1 - Departure Day

Tarragona, Spain

DEPARTS:
5:00 PM

COME ALIVE IN TARRAGONA

It's only 15 minutes by taxi from Reus Airport to the Port of Tarragona, so make a beeline for Tarragona's Part Antic ('Old Town'), which extends just north of where your cruise will depart. Get excited to set sail with a wander through the UNESCO World Heritage site of Tarraco or peruse the Rambla Nova shopping street for colourful crafts to decorate your onboard stateroom.

Spain Tarragona Miravet Mediterranean Town
Spain Tarragona Aerial Cathedral Saint Mary
Spain Tarragona Old Stone Aqueduct Arches

It's only 15 minutes by taxi from Reus Airport to the Port of Tarragona, so make a beeline for Tarragona's Part Antic ('Old Town'), which extends just north of where your cruise will depart. Get excited to set sail with a wander through the UNESCO World Heritage site of Tarraco or peruse the Rambla Nova shopping street for colourful crafts to decorate your onboard stateroom.

Spain Tarragona Miravet Mediterranean Town
Spain Tarragona Aerial Cathedral Saint Mary
Spain Tarragona Old Stone Aqueduct Arches
Things To Do

in Tarragona

Spain Tarragona Ancient Roman Panoramic View

Brush Up on Catalan History

Tarragona's Part Antic old town is like a living history textbook. After surveying Roman ruins (and timeless ocean views) atop the walls of UNESCO World Heritage site Taracco, visit the many individual chapels that make up Tarragona Cathedral, where Spain's Moorish conquerors also prayed.

Spain Tarragona Salou Beach Cala Penya

Nothing Comes Close to the Golden Coast

Is looking out at the ocean not enough for you? Dip your toes into the golden sands of Costa Dorada. El Miracle beach is the liveliest and closest to the city centre, while the beautifully isolated Cala Fonda, just several miles north, evokes the Balearic islands that sit far off Tarragona's shores.

Spain Tarragona Bollards Old Street Artistic Colorful

Art for the Afternoon

Whether you want a quick break from Tarragona's famous heat or are craving some culture, Tarragona's world-class art museums will hit the spot. Museu d'Art Modern de Tarragona spotlights Catalan artists like Antoni Gaudi and Joan Miro inside a series of 18th-century houses.

Spain Tarragona Paella Close Up of Local Cuisine

Local Cuisine

Fresh seafood is Tarragona's claim to fame. Dine near the port for classic Catalan paella (mussels and other shellfish stir-fried with fragrant saffron rice) or stop along Plaça de la Font for a carafe of sangria to wash down local takes on tapas such as grilled shrimp glazed with rich, nutty Romesco sauce.

Spain Tarragona Ceramics Spanish Porcelain Jugs

Shopping

Whether you're looking for postcards and fridge magnets or locally made crafts, the Rambla Nova shopping street is the place to be. Galeria Tarraco sells artisanal crafts and textiles, including Catalan pottery and lace cushions made using techniques from the mid-19th century.

INSIDER TIP

Tarragona locals are friendly and welcoming to tourists but can't always speak great English. A bit of Spanish (or Catalan), some patience and a smile will go a long way.

DAY 2 - TENDERED

Cannes, France

ARRIVES:
10:00 AM
DEPARTS:
6:00 PM
GLAMOROUS GATEWAY

TO THE COTE D' AZUR

Get a taste of the glamorous life in Cannes, France's premier seaside resort town. Wander through the old town, and see if you can spot a celebrity walking on the cobbled streets. Or dive into the history of the area: Visit the Gothic-style Eglise Notre-Dame d'Esperance, and check out the collections of 19th-century art at the Musee de la Castre, housed inside a medieval tower.

Aerial view of Cannes, France
Homes lining stone outdoor stairs
Boats docked at a harbor in Cannes, France

Get a taste of the glamorous life in Cannes, France's premier seaside resort town. Wander through the old town, and see if you can spot a celebrity walking on the cobbled streets. Or dive into the history of the area: Visit the Gothic-style Eglise Notre-Dame d'Esperance, and check out the collections of 19th-century art at the Musee de la Castre, housed inside a medieval tower.

Aerial view of Cannes, France
Homes lining stone outdoor stairs
Boats docked at a harbor in Cannes, France
Things To Do

in Cannes

A sentinel tower at Saint Marguerite island

Island Excursion

A 15-minute ferry ride over the deep blue Mediterranean will get you to Ile Sainte-Marguerite, one of the Lerin Islands. Head here for a more tranquil setting than Cannes. Walk through the island's aromatic forest of eucalyptus trees, and check out the 17th-century fortress prison Fort Royal.

A pier at a beach in Cannes, France

Soak Up the Sun

The luxury and natural beauty of the Cote d'Azur are right at your fingertips in Cannes. Relax on one of the white sand beaches. Stick around until sunset to watch as the sky glows orange over the coastline.

View of the sea and the coast of France

Hike the Hills

More than 100 acres of lush forest borders Cannes. From here, you'll get some of the best views of the sea. Jump onboard a French Riviera cruise and remember to pack a picnic and hike through the public woodland without spending a penny.

A chef serving paella at a local market in Cannes, France

Local Cuisine

Cannes has plenty of high-end restaurants serving freshly caught seafood – sea bass, prawns and oysters are amongst the favourites. Head to Le Suquet for more casual takes on ocean fare. Stop by the Marche Forville, the local market. Sample meats, fresh fish and brightly coloured fruit and vegetables. Try the French Riveria staple socca, a chickpea pancake.

A Rue Meynadier street sign in Cannes, France

Shopping

Head to Rue Meynadier and pop into the 18th-century homes that have been turned into boutiques. If you're looking for higher-end designs, wander down Rue d'Antibes for the ultimate experience of lecher les vitrines – window-shopping. You'll find designer fashions, art galleries and speciality shops.

INSIDER TIP

If celebrity sightings are your thing, plan your visit around the Cannes Film Festival in mid-May.

DAY 3 - DOCKED

Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy

ARRIVES:
7:00 AM
DEPARTS:
7:00 PM

ADVENTURE SET IN STONE

Experience 'la dolce vita' in The Eternal City – recalling the glory days of Ancient Rome and twirling forks full of pasta in a trattoria. Stand in awe of paintings by Italian masters at Villa Borghese. Soak up Trastevere’s backstreet charms. Discover Vatican City’s spiritual legacy. Or ride past centuries-old basilicas in a three-wheeled Ape Calessino.

Experience 'la dolce vita' in The Eternal City – recalling the glory days of Ancient Rome and twirling forks full of pasta in a trattoria. Stand in awe of paintings by Italian masters at Villa Borghese. Soak up Trastevere’s backstreet charms. Discover Vatican City’s spiritual legacy. Or ride past centuries-old basilicas in a three-wheeled Ape Calessino.

Things To Do

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.

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 artisanal stalls. Be sure to toss a coin in the Trevi Fountain for good measure.

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.

DAY 4 - DOCKED

Naples/Capri, Italy

ARRIVES:
7:00 AM
DEPARTS:
6:30 PM
ERUPTING

WITH HISTORY

The third-largest Italian city and one of the oldest in Europe, Naples combines deep history and modern verve. Check out the extravagant Royal Palace of Naples, the former home of the royal family, with its beautiful tapestries and frescoes. People-watch from a streetside cafe in the Sanita district with a glass of wine and slice of classic margherita pizza. Then, head to Herculaneum to see the ruins left in Vesuvius wake after its historic eruption in 79 AD.

An aerial view of Capri
San Francesco di Paola church in Naples, Italy
Mount Vesuvius towering over the ruins of Pompeii in Naples

The third-largest Italian city and one of the oldest in Europe, Naples combines deep history and modern verve. Check out the extravagant Royal Palace of Naples, the former home of the royal family, with its beautiful tapestries and frescoes. People-watch from a streetside cafe in the Sanita district with a glass of wine and slice of classic margherita pizza. Then, head to Herculaneum to see the ruins left in Vesuvius wake after its historic eruption in 79 AD.

An aerial view of Capri
San Francesco di Paola church in Naples, Italy
Mount Vesuvius towering over the ruins of Pompeii in Naples
Things To Do

in Naples/Capri

The Catacombs of San Gennaro in Italy

Go Underground

Interested in getting up close and personal with Naples' past residents? Head underground to visit the Catacombs of San Gennaro. These historic burial places are the oldest in the city and the largest in all of Southern Italy. Spend some time wandering around the different rooms to see how the rooms where the wealthy and poor were buried.

The crater of Mount Vesuvius

Historic Hike

A quick bus ride will bring you to Mount Vesuvius National Park at the foot of the historic volcano. While there are a number of nature walks around the volcano, the real highlight is Monte Somma, the oldest, inactive crater. Hike up to the top with your camera in hand, take a peek at the steam coming out and snap some photos of the Bay of Naples.

The interior of the Gesu Nuovo in Italy

Church Bells Ring

Naples' churches are a great way to tour its architectural treasures, and most of them are concentrated in the old town centre. Check out San Domenico Maggiore, with its impressive gold-gilded ceiling and interior. Inside Sansevero Chapel, you'll find a number of impressive Baroque statues and classical art. And don't miss the beautiful frescoes and peaceful vibe of Gesu Nuovo Church during your Capri cruise.

A margherita pizza in Naples, Italy

Local Cuisine

Neopolitan-style pizza is Naples culinary gem. Grab a seat at L'Antica Pizzeria da Michele, which has been serving up pizza since 1870, and order a slice of simple, classic margherita, topped with fresh basil, tomato sauce and local mozzarella di fiore. Cruise to Naples and head to Friggitoria Vomero for the town's best arancini – gooey, fried spheres of rice and cheese – or panzarotti, a mini-calzone stuffed with mozzarella, tomato and other ingredients like spinach or ham.

Traditional pots at a shop in Italy

Shopping

Head to Via Toledo, the longest shopping street in Naples, which offers small boutiques and a huge department store. Continue down the road to Galleria Umberto I, a beautiful shopping gallery for some high-end souvenirs such as silk scarves and leather shoes to take back home.

INSIDER TIP

You won't be able to visit the Catacombs of San Gennaro without a guided tour, so be sure to book yours well in advanced.

DAY 5 - DOCKED

Sicily (Catania), Italy

ARRIVES:
8:30 AM
DEPARTS:
4:30 PM
GET DOWN

IN LAVA TOWN

Catania's warm embrace invites you to relax and immerse yourself in its splendid Mediterranean climate. Take time to enjoy the diverse architecture – see Catania's ancient roots in the Roman Amphitheatre and the Odeon, built mainly from black lava. Explore more recent history in the Baroque structures of the city centre: Don't miss the spectacular spires and interior of Catania Cathedral, rebuilt after an earthquake in 1693. When you're worn out from sightseeing, head to one of the idyllic piazzas to take in the lively city's exuberance.

View of Catania in Sicily, Italy
The Cathedral of Santa Agatha in Catania, Italy
A vineyard at Mt. Etna in Sicily, Italy

Catania's warm embrace invites you to relax and immerse yourself in its splendid Mediterranean climate. Take time to enjoy the diverse architecture – see Catania's ancient roots in the Roman Amphitheatre and the Odeon, built mainly from black lava. Explore more recent history in the Baroque structures of the city centre: Don't miss the spectacular spires and interior of Catania Cathedral, rebuilt after an earthquake in 1693. When you're worn out from sightseeing, head to one of the idyllic piazzas to take in the lively city's exuberance.

View of Catania in Sicily, Italy
The Cathedral of Santa Agatha in Catania, Italy
A vineyard at Mt. Etna in Sicily, Italy
Things To Do

in Sicily (Catania)

View of the Bellini Theater Square in Sicily (Catania), Italy

Pasta Andante

Music lovers will enjoy visiting the Bellini Theatre, named after composer Vincenzo Bellini and inaugurated in 1890 with a performance of his masterpiece 'Norma'. Fun fact: The most famous dish in Catania, pasta alla norma, is named for this number.

A group climbing Mt. Etna in Sicily

Adventure of Great Magmatude

Hike through the lush landscape and cloudy mist as you visit the craters and lava pit stops on Mt Etna. A local tour can guide you through the history of the eruptions. The vineyards planted in the volcanic soil of this area give life to unique, ethereal wines.

A fish market in Catania, Sicily, Italy

Fun for a Market Price

The vivacious fish market is a street theatre of everyday life in Sicily today. The amusing banter among the customers and vendors is well worth the early morning stroll to the Pescheria. Cruises to Sicily allow you to enjoy local delicacies that include sea urchin and bottarga, a salt-cured tuna roe.

A bowl of pasta alla norma with eggplant and tomato

Local Cuisine

Catania is a culinary adventure. Head to a street vendor in the city centre and pick up a slice of sfincione, the Sicilian pizza topped with anchovies, onions and cheese. Don't miss Catania's pasta alla norma, named for the composer Vincenzo Bellini's masterpiece, with eggplant, ricotta salata, basil and oregano. In the mood for seafood? Try sarde a beccafico, fried sardines stuffed with currants, with a glass of zibbibo, the local white wine.

A volcanic stone bracelet

Shopping

Don't leave without bringing home a bottle or two of the complex, otherworldly wines produced from Catania's volcanic soil. Small shops offer up local wines made from grapes cultivated in the rich lavic turf of Mt Etna. You'll find much of the best shopping in the Pigno neighbourhood with your Sicily cruise. Head there to pick up a coffa bag – a colourful straw handbag unique to the area – or a vase, decorative bowl or piece of jewellery made from volcanic stone.

INSIDER TIP

Find a local guide to take you on a tour of the breathtaking Etna countryside. Visit family wineries and farmhouses and discover the best local food and wines produced on lava territory.

DAY 6 - AT SEA

CRUISING

CAN'T-MISS FAVOURITES

Family Playing Mini Golf on Liberty of the Seas
Girl Climbing the Rock Wall while Parents Watch

Family Playing Mini Golf on Liberty of the Seas
Girl Climbing the Rock Wall while Parents Watch

Things to Do

Family Playing Mini Golf on Liberty of the Seas
Mini Golf

ON PAR FOR ADVENTURE

Hit the links on the high seas! Refine your mini-golf game on a green that overlooks a sea of blue. Included in your fare, no reservation required.

Man Climbing Down the Rock Wall
Rock Climbing Wall

A BOLDER BOULDER

Rise to the occasion and take on the signature Rock Climbing Wall. From beginners to speed climbers, everyone can enjoy an unparalleled view from 12 metres (40 feet) above deck. Included in your fare, no reservation required.

DAY 7 - DOCKED

Split, Croatia

ARRIVES:
8:00 AM
DEPARTS:
5:00 PM
A SPLIT BETWEEN

HISTORIC AND MODERN

Split's town centre is compact, so you can see its main sights in a morning. This includes Diocletian's Palace, the large and ancient fortress that constitutes approximately half of Split's Old Town; and Riva, its infamous seaside promenade lined with cafes and restaurants. In the afternoon, relax at one of Split's beaches or do a half-day cruise to picturesque Brac Island.

Beautiful old stone street in Split, Croatia
Beautiful high view of Split bay area through a stone window in Split, Croatia
Colorful boats on the harbor of Split, Croatia

Split's town centre is compact, so you can see its main sights in a morning. This includes Diocletian's Palace, the large and ancient fortress that constitutes approximately half of Split's Old Town; and Riva, its infamous seaside promenade lined with cafes and restaurants. In the afternoon, relax at one of Split's beaches or do a half-day cruise to picturesque Brac Island.

Beautiful old stone street in Split, Croatia
Beautiful high view of Split bay area through a stone window in Split, Croatia
Colorful boats on the harbor of Split, Croatia
Things To Do

in Split

Croatia Diocletian Palace Tour Close Up

Discover Diocletian's Palace

One of the world's most dominant Roman ruins, Diocletian's Palace (and its nearby cathedral) was constructed over 10 years in the mid-4th century. There are 220 buildings within its boundaries, which include homes, bars, hotels and cafes. The palace's cellar was used in season four of Game of Thrones, as Daenerys' Throne Room.

Bacvice Beach Tourist Enjoying a Sunny Day

Aim for the Adriatic

Split is home to both sandy and pebbly beaches, which have calm turquoise waters. Radisson Blu Resort manages Trstenik Beach, which has umbrellas and sun lounges. Bacvice is the most popular and central beach option. About a 20-minute walk from Split is Kastelet Beach and its beachfront bars, too.

Colorful scenery of the mediterranean town of Hvar, near Split, Croatia

Island Hop

Although Split is beautiful, make the most of your time on the Croatian coast and visit one of its neighbours. Island spot on your breezy catamaran ride from Split to Hvar, which only takes one hour. On the island, bike along the Stari Grad Plain and visit Stari Grad and its historic buildings, including Tvrdalj Castle. Meanwhile, Brac Island is only 50 minutes from Split and is home to beautiful beaches, such as Punta Rata and Zlatni Rat.

Nero, a seafood risotto, specialty dining dish with shrimp and scallops smothered in ink from squid, on a restaurant in Split, Croatia

Local Cuisine

Split's cuisine is a mix of Croatian and Italian specialities. Located in Diocletian Palace's western gate, Poseidon Restaurant serves fresh seafood such as octopus, fish and oysters, and black cuttlefish risotto, a traditional Croatian dish that's made with cuttlefish ink. Along the Riva visit Brasserie on 7, with its delicious platters of prawns, clams and tuna, as well as charcuterie and cheese.

Hearts of Croatia Local Tradition

Shopping

A traditional Croatian souvenir is a licitar heart – a unique way to show someone you loved them in the 16th century. They're bright red and edible, but most people use them today as Christmas decorations. To remember your cruise to Split, Croatia, visit Break Time for unique nautical-themed bracelets.

INSIDER TIP

With Split's Mediterranean climate, always remember your sunscreen year-round.

DAY 8 - Arrival Day

Venice, Italy

ARRIVES:
6:45 AM

ACQUOLINA ADVENTURE

Venice’s serene waterscape overflows with adventure. Nibble on cicchetti in a buzzing bacaro bar, then walk it off with a jaunt through verdant Giardini Pubblici. Head to the Peggy Guggenheim Collection to check out some of Italy’s most renowned modern artwork. Grab a bottle of bubbly prosecco for sipping on a classic gondola ride. And top off the day with a seafood-centric meal in a canal-side ristorante.

A gondola near the Rialto Bridge in Venice
A narrow canal in Venice, Italy
Piazza San Marco in Venice, Italy

Venice’s serene waterscape overflows with adventure. Nibble on cicchetti in a buzzing bacaro bar, then walk it off with a jaunt through verdant Giardini Pubblici. Head to the Peggy Guggenheim Collection to check out some of Italy’s most renowned modern artwork. Grab a bottle of bubbly prosecco for sipping on a classic gondola ride. And top off the day with a seafood-centric meal in a canal-side ristorante.

A gondola near the Rialto Bridge in Venice
A narrow canal in Venice, Italy
Piazza San Marco in Venice, Italy
Things To Do

in Venice

The San Marco basilica in Venice, Italy

IN GOOD CAMPANILE

Discover the heart of Venice in Piazza San Marco, home to outdoor cafés and flocks of hungry pigeons. Enter San Marco Basilica to admire its Byzantine architecture and golden mosaics. Then take a lift to the top of the 100-metre Campanile bell tower for rewarding views of Venice.

A group riding in a gondola in Venice, Italy

PADDLE THROUGH THE AGES

A boat cruise is a must-do when visiting the City of Canals. Relax in a gondola, as you’re rowed along the Grand Canal and under the stone-arch Rialto Bridge. Paddle your own kayak through the Venetian lagoon. Or take the motorised Vaporetto waterbus around neighbouring islands.

Glass art in Murano, Italy

SEE HOW IT’S MADE

Travel to the offshore island of Murano to go behind the scenes in a historical glass-blowing factory. Watch local artisans create one-of-a-kind glassworks, using techniques dating from the 13th century. You can even take home your own masterpiece from one of the island’s glass showrooms.

Tables set up at a waterfront café in Venice, Italy

LOCAL CUISINE

Fresh-off-the-boat seafood from the surrounding lagoon highlights many Venetian menus. Try fritto misto (lightly fried seafood) or risotto frutti di mare (fruit of the sea). Afternoon cicchetti (small plates) come in the form of meatballs and bruschetta, while baicoli (thin oval cookies) and fregolotta (almond cake) satisfy dessert lovers. Enjoy a bellini in Harry’s Bar, birthplace of the Italian cocktail.

Assorted gondlorier's hat souvenirs

SHOPPING

A string of souvenir kiosks borders the Grand Canal, but roam the backstreets to browse in artisan studios. Pick up authentic Venetian pearl jewellery, marbled paper travel journals and long-nosed carnival masks. Burano is known for its handmade lace products, while hand-blown Murano glass comes in the form of vases, jewellery and housewares.

INSIDER TIP

Keep an eye out for menus dotted with asterisks, noting their seafood is frozen, not fresh.

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