Set sail from the southern shores of France through the Mediterranean Sea, visiting marvellous ports of call in Italy, Malta and Spain during the course of your voyage. Steeped in culture and history, and renowned for art and fine wines, you'll benefit from cruise travel's ability to explore several Mediterranean destinations in a relatively short period of time. Embarking in Marseille, France's largest city on the Mediterranean, you'll voyage to sunsoaked Palma de Mallorca, a renowned summer hotspot of the Spanish Balearics. Find yourself in Malta, visiting Valetta with its impressive seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You'll continue on to Sicily, where you'll visit Trapani, a city rich in history, and nearby to popular day trip spots Erice, Segesta and the Egadi Islands. Continue to Civitavecchia, the port of the magnificent city of Rome, centre of the most powerful empire of the ancient world. Sail to La Spezia, located between Genoa and Pisa, your last stop in Italy before coming full circle back to Marseille. You'll be sure to find that the Mediterranean has much to explore.
Cruise Departure Dates:
(2014): Jun 1,8,15,22,29, Jul 6,13,20,27, Aug 3,10,17,24,31, Sep 7
Enjoy a private airport transfer in Paris in a private vehicle with a professional driver. Please note drivers may or may not speak English as their sole responsibility is to transfer clients from one location to another. If you would like to have the presence of an English speaking Assistant or Guide for your transfer this can be pre-arranged upon request and would be subject to an additional supplement.
Napoleon (4*) is an elegant hotel, located just a short walk from the world famous Avenue des Champs Elysees and set in the heart of the Triangle d'Or, a stone’s throw from the Arc de Triomphe. With 102 rooms, each decorated with the finest materials, providing guests with the utmost comfort. Guests will be able to dine in a cozy and comfortable atmosphere, taking in the trendy and Parisian decor. Relax and enjoy magical surroundings and top-quality service, in this establishment designed solely with guests pleasure in mind.
Discover Versailles Palace, the symbol of France's grandeur during the reign of the Sun King, Louis XIV. Leave Paris by the western districts of the city and follow the Normandy motorway as far as Versailles in a luxury air conditioned coach. Your guide will take you straight in without standing in line and lead you through the most beautiful rooms including the Royal Apartments, the Hall of Mirrors and the Queen’s private Apartment. Then enjoy some free time to explore the palace gardens. This tour has a central pick up and drop off point in the centre of Paris and hotel pick up and/or drop off is not provided. Includes: entrance to Versailles Palace, authorisation fees for guided visits, a multilingual guide with individual earphones. Please note that shared tours can have up to approx. 50 people (depending on the number of people that have signed up for the tour on the particular day, and are carried out in a number of languages). Note: from April 2nd to October 29th, the entrance fees to the gardens are NOT INCLUDED: - On "MUSICAL FOUNTAIN DISPLAY" days ( Saturdays and Sundays, Tuesdays from May 21st to June 25th + May 8th + May 9th + August 15th)- On "MUSICAL GARDENS" days (Tuesdays from April 2nd to May 14th and from July 2nd to October 29th), on bank holidays.
Enjoy a guided walking tour of the Louvre. The tour will focus on 3 world-famous works: The “Venus de Milo”, “the Winged Victory” and “the Mona Lisa” by Leonardo De Vinci. You will then continue on to visit the main exhibition rooms. You may use your ticket the whole afternoon to visit on your own the other departments of the biggest museum in the world. Your ticket gives you access to all the temporary exhibitions (except Napoleon Hall) as well as the Eugène Delacroix museum on the same day. Tour includes hotel pick-up, entrance ticket to the Louvre, guide and best of all – no line ups! End of the tour at the Louvre Museum. Please note that shared tours can have up to approx. 50 people (depending on the number of people that have signed up for the tour on the particular day, and are carried out in a number of languages).
Meet your driver for a private airport transfer.
New Hotel Vieux Port (3*) in front the Vieux Port is ideally located next to the Marseille Chamber of Commerce, restaurants, bars and shopping streets. Near the hotel, guests will be able to visit the old district of Marseille Le Panier and its Vieille Charité museum, Saint Victor abbey, Notre de Dame de la Garde cathedral, or take a boat to go to the Frioules islands or to the Calanques. 1.5 km from the hotel are located on one way the Joliette district with its Docks and port, and on the other way the Congress centre Palais du Pharo. Each floor of Newhotel has a different theme and the rooms have a private bathroom and a flat-screen TV.
Enjoy a 4 hour private city tour of Marseille in the company of a private vehicle and driver, and discover the old port created by the Greeks in the 6th century BC. Start the tour by visiting the Notre Dame de la Garde, a 19th century basilica that will offer you an exceptional view of the phocean city, the Frioul islands and the If Castle. Passing by the Cité Radieuse (Classified Historic Monument) of Le Corbusier, you'll be taken to the traditional fishermen villages of Callelongue and Goudes. Returning by the coastal road, you will pass by Vallon des Auffes, where typical little fish boats and cabins jostle side by side. Then, you'll reach the Abbey of Saint Victor (11st century) which guards the entry of the Old Port. Take in the hustle and bustle as you are driven down the Canebière, Marseille's historic High street located in the old quarter of town, and take in the Longchamp Palace and its majestic fountain as you drive by.
Welcome aboard!Take some time to get settled in before attending the welcome dinner, where you can meet your fellow cruisemates.
The MSC Lirica offers cozy comfort in a traditional yet elegant setting. Like beautiful lyrics set to music, the MSC Lirica cruise ship is perfectly in tune with the sea. The timeless Italian design and ambiance features gleaming marble, plush fabrics and fine artwork. If you are looking for a more casual resort ambience, decorated in an opulent yet relaxed style, the delightful MSC Lirica cruise liner is your ideal choice. Cruising is one of the best ways to see the sights and sounds of the world. MSC Lirica is an ideal choice for families and first-time cruise passengers thanks to its smaller size and welcoming atmosphere.
Palma de Mallorca is the major city and port on the island of Majorca and capital city of the autonomous community of the Balearic Islands in Spain. It is situated on the south coast of the island on the Bay of Palma.The city is dominated by its wonderful Gothic cathedral, La Seu, and most of the main sights are located within the area bounded by the old city walls, especially to the north and east of the cathedral. Both the cathedral La Seu and the Palau de l'Almudaina (Royal Palace) are on the harbor and worth a visit, as are the nearby ancient Moorish baths (Banys Arabs).
Full Day spent relaxingly at Sea.
Valletta is a port city and the capital of Malta. The city contains buildings from the 16th century onwards, built during the rule of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem, also known as Knights Hospitaller. Valletta is essentially Baroque in character, with elements of Mannerist, Neo-Classical and Modern architecture in selected areas, though World War II left major scars on the city. The City of Valletta was officially recognised as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1980.
Trapani is a city and port located on ther west coast of Sicily. Carthage seized control of the city in 260 BC, subsequently making it an important naval base, but ceded it to Rome in 241 BC following the Battle of the Aegates in the First Punic War. Much of the old city of Trapani dates from the later medieval or early modern periods; there are no existing remains of the ancient city. Trapani has a long history of cultural events including the longest running Easter festival in the world which has run continuously since Good Friday of 1612.
The Port of Civitavecchia on the Tyrrhenian Sea, it is located 80 kilometers west-north-west of Rome, across the Mignone river. The harbor is formed by two moles and a breakwater, on which latter is a lighthouse. Civitavecchia means "ancient town", and it is today a major cruise and ferry port, the main starting point for sea connection from central Italy to Sardinia, Sicily, Tunis and Barcelona.
La Spezia is a port city on the Ligurian Sea, located between Genoa and Pisa. It is still a heavily naval town, although its proximity to such beautiful tourist destinations as the Cinque Terre, and its mild climate have given it more appeal to holidaymakers. The town spreads across the inside of the Golfo dei Poeti, the Gulf of Poets. The town also has lovely views inland, towards the Apuan Alps.
After breakfast this morning, you'll be disembarking your ship back in Marseille. Bid farewell to your fellow cruisemates as your voyage has come to conclusion.
Meet your driver for a private train station transfer.
Enjoy a direct train ride from Marseille to Nice. Approximate travel time is 2 hours and a half.
Train station transfer with private vehicle and English speaking Driver.
Splendid Hotel & Spa (4*) is a boutique hotel ideally located in the heart of Nice city and only 7 km from the airport. The hotel boasts 85 harmony rooms, 28 deluxe rooms and 15 suites which are an invitation to relaxation. Tastefully decorated in Mediterranean style which will remind you of the Côte of Azur, most rooms feature a balcony and some have a balneo bathtub. All of them have large openings allowing spaces to be flooded with daylight. The "Chez Hugo " Restaurant offers Mediterranean cuisine and panoramic views of the city and the sea. On the eight floor is a spectacular heated swimming pool with impressive views, a sunny terrace and Jacuzzi.
Drive along the coast road with its medieval villages, marinas and panoramic viewpoints. Continue through the medieval town of Monaco and set down at Palace and free time to stroll. Then tour the Grand Prix circuit. Stop in Monte-Carlo. Free time for dinner (not included) and enjoy the ambience in Casino Square and maybe try your luck on the tables or slot machines. Admission to Grand Casino 10€ not included –min. Age 18. Passport is required. Free entrance to other casinos. Includes: pick up/drop off at the hotel, English speaking driver guide.
Airport transfer with private vehicle and English speaking driver. (A supplement for transfer between 8pm and 7am may be charged).
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