Discover the beauty of Spain, France, Tunisia & Italian Coast as you cruise the waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Embarking in Barcelona, Spain's cultural heartbeat, you'll visit historically and culturally significant port cities in France, Tunisia and Italy, before returning back to Spain where it all began. Experience France’s largest city on the Mediterranean, Marseille, before sailing to Genoa in Northern Italy, known as la Superba ("the Superb one"), and inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Historic Naples will bring you within reach of ancient Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius. Sail to Sicily to visit Messina, dating back to the 8th century BC, and then continue to La Goulette, the port of Tunis, situated near the ruins of the glorious ancient city of Carthage. These coastal destinations offer magnificent art, scenery and wine, while draped in history from the height of the Roman Empire, and earlier. See the world quickly, while relaxing all the while.
Cruise Departure Dates:
(2014): Aug 1,8,15,22,29, Sep 5,12,19,26, Oct 3,10,17, Nov 7
(2015): Apr 24, May 1,8,15,22,29, Jun 5,12,19,26, Jul 3,10,17,24,31, Aug 7,14,21,28, Sep 4,11,18,25, Oct 2,9,16,23,30, Nov 6
Meet your driver for a private airport transfer in Barcelona.
Take a half day walking tour following the footsteps of the legendary Architect Gaudi, with your private English-speaking guide. Walk the Barcelona of the 1900's, in the neighbourhood of “El Ensanche", discovering the temple of "La Sagrada Familia", Gracia Avenue with the houses of Gaudí, and the Batlló House. Other sights to be visited are the Paseo de Gracia, and the facades of Casa Batlló and La Pedrera. (Tickets to Casa Batlló, Sagrada Familia and La Pedrera are included).
Port transfer to/from your city centre accommodation with private vehicle and driver.
Welcome aboard!Take some time to get settled in before attending the welcome dinner, where you can meet your fellow cruisemates.
Marseille is the second largest city in France, after Paris. Located on the southeast coast of France on the Mediterranean Sea, Marseille is France's largest commercial port and largest French city on the Mediterranean coast. It is listed as a major centre of art and history. The city has many museums and galleries and there are many ancient buildings and churches of historical interest. Most of the attractions of Marseille (including shopping areas) are located in the 1st, 2nd, 6th and 7th arrondissements.
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.
The Port of Naples has several ferry, hydrofoil and SWATH catamarans services open to the general public, most of which are to places within the Neapolitan province such as Capri, Ischia and Sorrento, or the Salernitan province, such as Salerno, Positano and Amalfi. Naples sprawls along the shores of the Bay of Naples between the sparkling waters of the Mediterranean and the towering Versuvius volcano. It is a chaotic and colourful city, its grittiness, noise and old grandeur makes it nothing short of compelling. Home of the pizza, there is no shortage of good restaurants providing their take on the classic Margerita, as well as an abundance of seafood dishes and great desserts. The historical centre is a labyrinth of narrow streets and piazzas, divided in two by a long narrow cobbled street full of craftsman, cafes and shops.
Messina is the third largest city on the island of Sicily, Italy and the capital of the province of Messina. The city, founded by Greek colonists in the 8th century BC, was almost entirely destroyed by an earthquake and associated tsunami on December 28, 1908, killing about 60,000 people and destroying most of the ancient architecture. The city was largely rebuilt in the following year, yet later incurred further damage from the massive Allied air bombardments of 1943. Later, the city gained a Gold Medal for Military Valour and one for Civil Valour in memory of the event and the subsequent effort of reconstruction.
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.
Today is a relaxing day spent at sea, en route to your final destination, Barcelona. 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.
After breakfast this morning, you'll be disembarking your ship back in Barcelona. Bid farewell to your fellow cruisemates as your voyage has come to conclusion.
The Balmes is a modern three-star hotel just step away from Barcelona’s Avinguda Diagonal in the city’s Eixample neighborhood. Minutes from Passeig de Gràcia, the hotel combines its central location with the tranquility of its pool and interior garden. An oasis in the heart of Barcelona’s shopping district with a sauna, spa and exclusive services. With comfortable rooms, one-of-a-kind dining, the hotel also features a collection of African art that showcases three-dimensional wooden African masks and sculptures from different sub-Saharan African countries.
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...
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