Set sail from the southern shores of France through the Mediterranean Sea, visiting marvellous ports of call in Italy, Tunisia 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 Barcelona, the cultural centre of Spain, glowing with magnificent Gaudi architecture. Find yourself in North Africa, visiting La Goulette, the port of Tunis, situated near the ruins of the glorious ancient city of Carthage. You'll continue on to Sicily, where you'll visit Palermo, a city rich in history, culture, art and food, and renowned for it's ideal Mediterranean climate. Continue to Civitavecchia, the port of the magnificent city of Rome, centre of the most powerful empire of the ancient world. Sail to Genoa in Northern Italy, known as la Superba ("the Superb one"), and inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, before coming full circle back to Marseille. You'll be sure to find that the Mediterranean has much to explore.
Available Cruise Departure Dates:
(2013): Feb 3,10,17,24, Mar 3,10,17,24,31, Apr 7,14,21,28, May 5,12,19,26, Jun 2,9,16,23,30, Jul 7,14,21,28, Aug 4,11,18,25, Sep 1,8,15,22,29, Oct 6,13,20,27, Nov 3,17,24, Dec 1,8,15,22,29
(2014): Jan 5,12,19,26
Enjoy a private airport transfer in Paris in a private vehicle with a professional driver.
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 in 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, ideally located next to the Marseille Chamber of Commerce, restaurants, bars and shopping streets. Near the hotel the traveller 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.
MSC Splendida, a premium cruise liner where the best of cutting-edge technology and exceptional comfort are splendidly combined. MSC Cruises has laid out a 5-star service for demanding guests in the MSC Yacht Club, an exclusive area complete with 72 spacious suites and 24-hour butler service. In the Top Sail Lounge complete with Skydome, guests can delight their palate under a dome of sparkling stars. For their well-being, guests may partake in the MSC AUREA Spa. Here, the magic of Balinese massage meets holistic water treatments, a legacy of Roman times. Saunas, Turkish bath, solarium, relaxation room, Thalassotherapy, massage room, whirlpool - guests can enjoy all the facilities in a relaxing, luxurious surroundings. Entertainment on board the luxury MSC Splendida ship leaves guests spoilt for choice: 4 swimming pools, an exercise room, squash court, the chance to simulate the thrill of Formula 1, and more...
The Port of Barcelona has a 2000-year history and a great contemporary commercial importance. The Port is divided into three zones: Port Vell (the Old Port), the commercial port and the logistics port (Barcelona Free Port). The Port Vell houses the Maremagnum (a commercial mall), a multiplex cinema, the IMAX Port Vell and Europe's largest aquarium, containing 8,000 fish and 11 sharks contained in 22 basins filled with 6 million litres of sea water. The Maremagnum, due to being situated a designated tourist zone, is the only commercial mall in the city that can open on Sundays and public holidays.
Today is a relaxing day spent at sea, en route to your next destination, La Goulette. There are plenty of entertainment options aboard your ship, or for pure relaxation, grab a drink and settle in with a book. This is the carefree beauty of cruise travel.
La Goulette is the port of Tunis, the capital of Tunisia. The town's Kasbah fortress was built in 1535 by Charles I of Spain but was later captured by the Ottoman Turks in 1574. The ancient ruins of Carthage lay near the town of La Goulette.
Few places in the world can match Palermo's alluring mystique. Sicily's largest city is flanked by rocky peaks and straddles an azure sea along the rim of the Conca d'Oro and the Gulf of Palermo. At street level, the Sicilian capital is a busy and exciting metropolis that reflects 3,000 years of history as the Mediterranean's most important cultural crossroads. Its urban fabric is rich with baroque palaces from the Bourbon reign, mosaics, museums and colorful outdoor fish markets. Unlike any other, the city straddles past and present and north and south.
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.
The Port of Genoa is an Italian seaport on the Mediterranean Sea. Genoa's bustling old streets running down to the port retain a gritty character all but lost in most modern cities. It's easy to wander around the back streets of the old town and not come across another tourist for hours. The streets are brimming with beautiful Renaissance architecture, ornate churches vying for attention with luxurious palaces housing some magnificent works of art, including many Old Masters. Many of these palaces line a single street, via Garibaldi, which was the home of the Genoese nobility in the 16th century and has preserved its graceful buildings in beautiful condition.
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 18Passport 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).
Citizens of other countries may require a visa. Please ask your Sales Advisor. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the Embassy of France for the most up to date visa information.
HEALTHHealth insurance is recommended. Medical facilities are good quality. We recommend that you see a health-care provider who specializes in Travel Medicine. The doctor or health-care provider will determine what vaccinations and medication you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities. For more information on travel requirements, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website: http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/france.aspx COUNTRY INFOCapital: Paris. Government: Republic since 1792. Language: French is the official language. Many people speak at least some English. Religion: Approximately 83% Roman Catholic; Protestant 2%; Muslim 5% Time: GMT + 1 (GMT + 2 from last Sunday in March to last Sunday in October). Electricity: 220 volts AC, 50Hz. Two-pin plugs are widely used. Telephone: Country code +33. Mobile Telephone: Roaming agreements exist with most international mobile phone companies. Coverage is excellent. Internet: Public access is available at Internet cafes in most cities.
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