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Barcelona , Spain | Cannes , France | Rome (Civitavecchia) , Italy | Amalfi Coast (Salerno) , Italy | Sicily (Catania) , Italy | Zadar , Croatia | Venice , Italy

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DAY 1 - Departure Day

Barcelona, Spain

DEPARTS:
5:00 PM

OH MY GAUDI

Grab a steamy cortado in a sidewalk café and then take a morning walk along the Mediterranean shore. Take the plunge and swim with sharks at one of Europe’s largest aquariums. Comb ancient excavated relics at Barcelona City History Museum. Or peruse extraordinary art collections by Spanish talents at one of the city’s renowned museums.

Details from the Sagrada Familia famous church in Barcelona, Spain
The gothic Barcelona Cathedral at night, in Barcelona Spain
Barceloneta Beach at sunset, with a view of the W Hotel in Barcelona, Spain

Grab a steamy cortado in a sidewalk café and then take a morning walk along the Mediterranean shore. Take the plunge and swim with sharks at one of Europe’s largest aquariums. Comb ancient excavated relics at Barcelona City History Museum. Or peruse extraordinary art collections by Spanish talents at one of the city’s renowned museums.

Details from the Sagrada Familia famous church in Barcelona, Spain
The gothic Barcelona Cathedral at night, in Barcelona Spain
Barceloneta Beach at sunset, with a view of the W Hotel in Barcelona, Spain
Things To Do

in Barcelona

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.

Sunbathers at the Barceloneta Beach in Barcelona, Spain, with the W Hotel, also known as Hotel Vela or Sail Hotel, in the background

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.

Aerial view of Barcelona, Spain

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.

Traditional Spanish rice-based gourmet dish Paella, in Barcelona, Spain

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.

Piles of decorative ceramic plates in a souvenir shop in Barcelona, Spain

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 2 - TENDERED

Cannes, France

ARRIVES:
9:00 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 dime.

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 among the favorites. 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 colored produce. 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 specialty 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.

View of the Colosseum in Rome, Italy
The Trevi Fountain in Rome, Italy
The Vatican dome in Italy

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.

View of the Colosseum in Rome, Italy
The Trevi Fountain in Rome, Italy
The Vatican dome in Italy
Things To Do

in Rome (Civitavecchia)

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

INSIDER TIP

The train ride between Civitavecchia and Rome is approximately 80 minutes each way.

DAY 4 - DOCKED

Amalfi Coast (Salerno), Italy

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

GATEWAY TO THE AMALFI COAST

Begin your Amalfi Coast adventure by roaming the ancient streets of Pompeii. Then, take a brisk hike up ancient Mount Vesuvius. Later, stroll Salerno's waterside promenade, and stop in a cafe to sip on an expertly pulled espresso shot. Or take a drive along the coast to soak in the jaw-dropping vistas.

an aerial view of the coastal city of Salerno, Italy
Multicolored homes lining a cliff at an Amalfi Coast city
Ruins of buildings along a stone street in Pompeii, Italy

Begin your Amalfi Coast adventure by roaming the ancient streets of Pompeii. Then, take a brisk hike up ancient Mount Vesuvius. Later, stroll Salerno's waterside promenade, and stop in a cafe to sip on an expertly pulled espresso shot. Or take a drive along the coast to soak in the jaw-dropping vistas.

an aerial view of the coastal city of Salerno, Italy
Multicolored homes lining a cliff at an Amalfi Coast city
Ruins of buildings along a stone street in Pompeii, Italy
Things To Do

in Amalfi Coast (Salerno)

Various different ruins at Pompeii in Italy

Volcanic Vistas

Take a vigorous hike up Mount Vesuvius, which famously covered Pompeii in volcanic ash when it erupted in 79 AD. Thousands of years later, archaeologists excavated the city and found remains of detailed frescoes, city streets and buildings that were filled with artifacts — check these out the Antiquarium museum to see what life was like at the time of the eruption.

A scenic road with a tunnel through a mountain in the Amalfi Coast

Coastal Cruise

The Amalfi Coast is bursting with beautiful pastel towns like Amalfi, Positano and Sorrento. Take a drive along the winding cliffside, and stop along the way to take in the views of the waves crashing against the rocks below. Then, stop by Positano for a glass of wine and a panino of sliced tomato, pesto and locally made mozzarella di bufala.

view of a cathedral in Salerno, Italy

Stroll Through History

Get to know Salerno's roots onboard an Amalfi Coast cruise. The town's grand cathedral houses the Apostle Matthew's remains. Drop into a museum to learn about the city's history: During the 11th century, Salerno flourished as an epicenter for medical studies, which you can still see today at the museum of Scuola Medica Salernitana.

An assortment of fresh fruit at a stand in the Amalfi Coast

Local Cuisine

Salerno's cuisine is defined by fresh seafood, often caught earlier that day. Spaghetti alle vongole — topped with clams, tomatoes and herbs — is a must-try. Pick up a Neopolitan-style pizza, made with San Marzano tomatoes and fresh mozzarella di bufala. Finish your meal with a limoncello made from the massive lemons that grow in the region.

Assorted ceramic goods for sale at a shop in the Amalfi Coast

Shopping

Head down to Via dei Mercanti to pick up souvenirs, wine, fresh cheese, handmade items, ceramics, leather goods and more. If you want to spend the whole day shopping, hop in a taxi and head to the pastel-hued Cilento Outlet Village nearby.

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 center: Don't miss the spectacular spires and interior of Catania Cathedral, rebuilt after an earthquake in 1693. When you're tuckered 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 center: Don't miss the spectacular spires and interior of Catania Cathedral, rebuilt after an earthquake in 1693. When you're tuckered 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 Theater, 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 theater 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 center 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 neighborhood with your Sicily cruise. Head there to pick up a coffa bag — a colorful straw handbag unique to the area — or a vase, decorative bowl or piece of jewelry 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 FAVORITES

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 40 feet above deck. Included in your fare, no reservation required.

DAY 7 - DOCKED

Zadar, Croatia

ARRIVES:
8:00 AM
DEPARTS:
7:00 PM

FAR FROM FAMILIAR

Zadar is one of Croatia’s best-kept secrets. See its timeworn history among old city walls and Venetian gates. Walk along the waterfront Riva promenade or plunge into turquoise waters off Ugljan Island. Mingle over coffee in People’s Square, bicycle around Old Town, or check out museum exhibits teeming with artifacts. Here, you’ll adventure away from the crowds and discover off-the-radar wonders.

Aerial view of Zadar harbor in Croatia
The Church of St. Donatus in Zadar, Croatia
The Zadar, Croatia skyline

Zadar is one of Croatia’s best-kept secrets. See its timeworn history among old city walls and Venetian gates. Walk along the waterfront Riva promenade or plunge into turquoise waters off Ugljan Island. Mingle over coffee in People’s Square, bicycle around Old Town, or check out museum exhibits teeming with artifacts. Here, you’ll adventure away from the crowds and discover off-the-radar wonders.

Aerial view of Zadar harbor in Croatia
The Church of St. Donatus in Zadar, Croatia
The Zadar, Croatia skyline
Things To Do

in Zadar

Ancient Roman landmarks in Zadar, Croatia

REMNANTS OF AN EMPIRE

Walk around the largest Roman Forum on the Adriatic Sea’s eastern shore. Trace Zadar’s ancient history dating back to the first Roman Emperor Augustus, viewing Roman towers, an old aqueduct, temples and colonnades in the area that’s remained the hub of city life since the 1st century BC.

The famous Sea Organ in Zadar, Croatia

SEASIDE SYMPHONY

Be awed by the world’s only Sea Organ, as you listen to the waves create whistling melodies through a series of underwater pipes and perforated stone stairs. Nearby you can also enjoy the illuminated glass tiles of architect Nikola Bašić’s ‘Greeting to the Sun’ monument, glowing from its solar-sensitive properties.

Aerial view of the Plitvice Lakes in Croatia

HIT THE HINTERLAND

Head away from the coast to explore Croatia’s national parks and outdoor adventures. Go rock climbing in Paklenica National Park and splash around Plitvice Lakes’ watering holes and cascading waterfalls. Discover caverns in Krka National Park— or dive deep into the effervescent waters of Kornati National Park.

Cuttlefish risotto on a plate

Local Cuisine

Whether you dine amid the old city walls or along the picturesque harbor, seafood is served fresh from the Adriatic— salt-baked fish and brodetto (fish casserole) are popular local dishes. Try signatures like crni rižot (cuttlefish ink risotto) or pršut (Dalmatian smoked ham). Zadar is also known for its earthy truffles, fig cake, Croatian white wine and sweet Maraschino cherry liqueur.

Table cloths and knit goods at a street market in Croatia

Shopping

Zadar is home to one of Dalmatia’s largest city markets. Here you’ll find farmers selling salty Pag cheese, olive oil, Croatian wine and fruit brandy— plus local craftspeople hawk homemade lace tablecloths. A handful of boutiques sell Croatian fashions, while Galerija Morsky is widely known for its artwork.

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 an elevator to the top of the 320-foot-tall 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 motorized Vaporetto waterbus around neighboring 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 bring 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 shop artisan studios. Pick up authentic Venetian pearl jewelry, 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, jewelry and housewares.

INSIDER TIP

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

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