БЕЗПЛАТНИ БРЕГОВИ ЕКСКУРЗИИ 13.09.2018 - 20.09.2018

AMALFI/POSITANO

Discover chic Positano with its relaxed, sophisticated air and white Moorish-style houses clinging to steep slopes around a sparkling bay filled with colorful fishing boats. Then visit enchanting Amalfi and admire the 12th-century Capuchin monastery and see the beautiful 11th-century Cathedral and cloister before exploring on your own. Browse Positano’s boutiques for the town’s locally made casual cotton clothes or search for unique souvenirs in Amalfi. Enjoy delicious fresh seafood and pasta or tempting pastries and espresso in a spectacular seaside, mountainous setting.

SPECTACULAR AMALFI DRIVE & SORRENTO

Travel along the impossibly circuitous, magnificently scenic Amalfi Drive to the graceful city of Sorrento, which perches high on a cliff overlooking the sea.

After departing from the pier, you will settle in for a drive along one of Europe’s most awe-inspiring roads, the circuitous Amalfi Drive. The road is a joy to travel as it threads the high, rocky sea cliffs and passes through one pastel-hued village after another, all clinging precariously to the steep coastline. The views are so spectacular and the landscape so definitively Mediterranean that the Amalfi coast has been deemed a World Heritage Site.

Arriving in Sorrento nearly 2 hours later, you’ll find a city of Renaissance palazzi, Romanesque churches and charming pedestrian lanes. Your first stop will be to watch a demonstration of intarsia or wood inlay. The craft has long been associated with Sorrento, and the resulting mosaics of various exotic woods are intricate works of art that are used to adorn furniture, wall panels and music boxes on a smaller scale.

Then, following a brief orientation of Sorrento, you will enjoy free time to have lunch and further explore on your own. While you might prefer indoor activities such as browsing the museums and boutiques, be sure to leave time to pause and drink in the scenery. Perched on a cliff, the city is wonderfully vibrant and immensely appealing, especially when you’re sitting in a sidewalk café with a signature Limoncello in hand. What better way to toast Sorrento before returning to Amalfi?

Please note: This tour includes limited guided walking with most walking being at the guests’ discretion during free time. Participants may encounter cobblestone surfaces, steps and inclines. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and may not be suitable for those with mobility concerns who are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Guests who are prone to motion sickness should take the necessary precautions prior to commencement of the tour. Weather appropriate clothing (those who wish to enter religious sites will need to have shoulders and knees covered); sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. All times are approximate, dependent upon prevailing traffic conditions.

APPROX. DURATION: 6 1/2HOURS

TOUR CODE: AML-004

ACTIVITY LEVEL Light Activity /Walking


BEAUTIFUL POSITANO & AMALFI

Cruise to breathtaking Positano and explore at your leisure before returning to Amalfi for a tour of glorious St. Andrew Cathedral and enjoying more free time.

After departing from the pier in a boat, you will cruise west along the stunning Amalfi coast. Hailed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the rugged coast is physically beautiful, naturally diverse and emotionally moving all the way to Positano, where you will disembark.

Upon arrival, you’ll have approximately 90 minutes during which you might browse the smart boutiques for cotton clothing, linger over a glass of wine, or simply take in the spectacular views. Positano clings to the side of a steep cliff, so it’s extraordinarily photogenic and more vertical than it is horizontal.

Amazingly, Positano was little more than a humble fishing village until it became popular in the 1950s with writers such as John Steinbeck and after a new road was built linking it to Sorrento. Now, it’s an absolute must-see when on the Amalfi coast.

Amalfi is also wonderfully enchanting, as you will discover after cruising back to tour St. Andrew Cathedral. Built in the early 1200s alongside a still-standing 9th-century church, the cathedral is dramatically located atop a flight of 62 stairs. Be sure to note its medieval bronze doors, the first of their kind in Italy.

Afterwards, during your free time, you might wander about the sun-splashed piazzas or gaze out over the Mediterranean. The original city of Amalfi lies somewhere offshore, as it slid into the sea during the earthquake of 1343.

Please note: This tour includes approximately 45 minutes of guided easy to moderate walking plus any additional walking at the guests' discretion during free time. There will be cobblestone surfaces, steps and inclines to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and not considered suitable for those with walking difficulties. Guests who are prone to motion sickness should take the necessary precautions prior to commencement of the tour. Weather appropriate clothing (those who wish to enter religious sites will need to have shoulders and knees covered); sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; a bottle of water from the ship; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions. The Positano tour portion is non-guided. Local guides will give you a brief orientation on the way to Positano so that you may better enjoy your free time there. Large boats will transport guests to Positano; the boats will only depart when all guests are boarded. The order of sites visited may vary.

APPROX. DURATION: 4HOURS

TOUR CODE: AML-003

ACTIVITY LEVEL Light Activity /Walking Minimal Activity Required


SCENIC RAVELLO

Enjoy an enlightening tour of Ravello’s crown jewel, Villa Rufolo, and then free time to explore wherever you please in this beautiful medieval village.

After departing from the pier, you will drive inland toward Ravello, enjoying some of Italy’s most dramatic scenery as you ascend into the mountains. Upon arriving, you will first visit Villa Rufolo, a monumental complex of buildings that during its heyday in the 13th century was described as having “more rooms than there are days in the year.”

Instantly recognized for its iconic tower, the Moorish-influenced villa is absolutely stunning and its countless restorations have only added to its appeal and intrigue. Richard Wagner was so moved by the well area alone that it inspired him to compose the second act of his opera “Parsifal.” The villa’s Garden of the Soul is equally enchanting.

More spectacular sights await you below in the medieval village of Ravello which you are free to experience at your leisure. During your free time, you might visit the Romanesque cathedral on the main square, a reminder that Ravello was once an important bishopric. Built in 1087, the cathedral features a rare bronze door adorned with more than 50 panels decorated with figures in relief.

As you stroll Ravello’s cobblestone streets you can’t help but be impressed by the sheer beauty found in every direction. You would be in good company, as Ravello has inspired the likes of D.H. Lawrence, Gore Vidal, Virginia Woolf and artist M.C. Escher, who was heavily influenced by its Moorish decorations. after approximately 1 hour, you will re-join your coach and return to the pier in Amalfi.

Please note: This tour includes approximately 45 minutes of guided easy to moderate walking plus any additional walking at the guests' discretion during free time. There will be cobblestone surfaces and some steps to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and not considered suitable for those with walking difficulties. The drive to Ravello includes curves and hills which may cause discomfort to those who are prone to motion sickness. Weather appropriate clothing (those who wish to enter religious sites during free time will need to have shoulders and knees covered); sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; a bottle of water from the ship; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

APPROX. DURATION: 3 1/2HOURS

TOUR CODE: AML-001

ACTIVITY LEVEL Moderate Activity/Walking


THE EMERALD GROTTO

Cruise the awe-inspiring Amalfi coast and explore the interior of the Emerald Grotto, a seaside cavern filled with oddly shaped stalagmites and stalactites and gorgeous green water.

After departing from the pier in a boat, you will cruise west along the stunning Amalfi coast, a Mediterranean landscape so physically beautiful, naturally diverse and emotionally moving that it has been deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The perspective from the sea is even more magnificent than the perspective from land, as it affords you a full panoramic view.

Upon arriving at the entrance to the Emerald Grotto, you will board a smaller vessel and proceed inside. Expect to be amazed by the bizarrely shaped stalagmites and stalactites and the water’s emerald sheen, which is caused by refracted sunlight through an underwater opening. Other light reflecting off the water’s surface casts a mysterious, almost supernatural glow on the walls of the cavern.

There is even an underwater nativity scene just below the water’s surface. The ceramic scene was made in nearby Vietri sul Mare and placed in the grotto in 1956.

The Emerald Grotto, also known as the Grotta di Smeraldo, was once dry, but earthquakes and shifting currents filled the interior with water long ago. Although the grotto was well known in the 19th century, it was somehow forgotten until local sailor Luigi Buonocore re-discovered it in 1932. It has been wildly popular ever since.

After touring the interior, you will cruise back to Amalfi, once again taking in the spectacular sights.

Please note: This tour includes limited walking; however, guests must be able to enter and exit the boats with limited assistance. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Guests who are prone to motion sickness should take the necessary precautions prior to commencement of the tour. Weather appropriate clothing (those who wish to enter religious sites will need to have shoulders and knees covered); sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions and entrance into the grotto is subject to sea conditions at the time. Should the grotto visit not be possible, it will be replaced with a visit to the Amalfi cathedral and crypts.

APPROX. DURATION: 2HOURS

TOUR CODE: AML-002

ACTIVITY LEVEL Moderate Activity/Walking

LIPARI

Lipari is the largest of the Aeolian Islands, along the north coast of Sicily. Lipari’s landscape is stunning with Mount Chirica dominating the horizon. Visit the ruins of several towers and other medieval structures at the Archaeological Park, which also has an expansive museum with a beautiful collection of urns, along with galleries comprising of pottery from the 4th and 5th century B.C, when the Greeks occupied the area. Among the pristine beaches of Lipari are Spiaggia Bianca (White Beach) to the north of Canneto and Acquacalda (Warm Water) with its majestic white mountain that lords over the beach.

Please be advised that due to a lack of tourist infrastructure in this destination, organized tours will not be available.

CAGLIARI (SARDINIA)

Savor this delightful old city spread over seven hills and its many attractions reflecting the influence of its numerous rulers. Climb to the citadel; visit the fabulous Archaeological Museum, Roman ruins and Pisan towers, early Byzantine churches, the Cathedral or the Botanic Gardens. Enjoy the nearby beach or discover the remains of Sardinia's ancient, enigmatic Nuraghe culture, their villages and huge burial caves.
 

HISTORICAL CAGLIARI

This outstanding walking and driving tour presents a historical insight into Cagliari and a look at its considerable natural beauty from several vantage points.

Your tour begins at the pier with a panoramic driving tour through Sardinia's historic capital of Cagliari. Although founded in the 7th century B.C. by the Phoenicians, Cagliari has been dominated by many cultures over the millennia and boasts well-preserved ruins attesting to the influence of the Romans, Pisans, Spanish and others. Upon arriving at the ancient hilltop citadel, known as the Castello, you will disembark your coach and begin the guided walking portion of this tour, as motor vehicles are prohibited in this historic district.

Entering near the white limestone, 13th century Tower of St. Pancras, you will walk to the National Archaeological Museum, which houses a vast collection of valuable artifacts. You may see Phoenician tombs, Punic jewelry, Nuragic bronzes and Roman statues, all of which provide an excellent insight into the history and development of Sardinia. Later, you will continue your walking tour through the citadel's narrow streets and alleyways, which are lined with historically significant buildings. You'll see a Cathedral that the Pisans built in the 13th century, the Archbishop's Palace, and the Governor's Palace, which was once the seat of government.

Rejoining your coach, you will drive to Monte Urpinu on the outskirts of Cagliari and enjoy sweeping views of the city and Poetto Beach before returning to the pier where your tour concludes.

Please note: This tour includes over 2-hours of moderate to strenuous walking and standing. There are some uneven surfaces and steps to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and not considered suitable for those with mobility concerns. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. The order of the sites viewed or visited may vary.

APPROX. DURATION: 4HOURS

TOUR CODE: CAG-001

ACTIVITY LEVEL Seated Tour


ANCIENT NORA

Visit Nora, the first town ever founded on Sardinia, and tour its beautifully preserved ruins, which showcase the remains of at least three different cultures.

It's an hour's drive southwest from the pier to the seaside village of Nora, which is thought to have been the first Nuraghic village founded in Sardinia. By the 8th century B.C., Nora had become a Phoenician colony and was subsequently conquered by the Carthaginians and Romans. The town thrived as an important trading port under Roman rule, but once the Roman Empire faltered, Nora was invaded by opportunistic vandals and pirates. The inhabitants eventually abandoned the village and moved to the safer interior of Sardinia. Over the centuries Nora was forgotten, and it wasn't until 1952 that excavations began. Walking through the ruins, you'll be amazed by what was unearthed.

At the site, you will find thermal bathes, a Carthaginian temple dedicated to the goddess Tanit, and Roman villas adorned with colorful mosaics. The most recent excavation is a fantastic Roman forum. Your guide will explain what life was like in ancient Nora and even hypothesize about the part of the village that is buried just offshore after sinking into the sea.

Leaving Nora behind, you'll return to Cagliari, and enjoy a brief stop for photos at the 11th century Church of Saint Ephisius, which is named for the town's patron saint. Afterwards, you'll transfer back to the pier where your tour concludes.

Please note: This tour includes approximately 75-minutes of moderate walking and standing. There are some uneven surfaces, steps and inclines to negotiate at the archaeological site. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and not considered suitable for those with mobility concerns. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. The order of the sites viewed or visited may vary.

APPROX. DURATION: 4HOURS

TOUR CODE: CAG-005

ACTIVITY LEVEL Light Activity /Walking


CAGLIARI & ST JOSEPH’S CONVENT

Drive along Cagliari's southeast coast to the rocky formation known the Devil's Saddle. The small harbor here shelters pleasure craft, and the beach stretches between the sea and the great salt works. The salt ponds take on an extraordinary scarlet color when water evaporation is at its peak, and in winter they attract a large number of migratory birds, especially the pink flamingo.

Your coach will continue to Poetto Beach, a stretch of very fine sand. Snap a few photos and then continue to Mount Urpino for a view of the entire area from Cagliari to Molentargius Pond. You will also stop at the striking Saint Joseph's Convent to sample traditional Sardinian snacks and wines.

The convent dates back to the 14th century and is of enormous historic and architectural interest. Its walls exemplify the use of ladiri, a Sardinian mud brick. Two noble Sardinian families, the Vittorini of Marsiglia and the Scolopi, have been patrons of the convent for centuries.

It is believed the Vittorini family built the two oldest rooms between 1100 and 1300 AD. Historians believe the Horses Room may once have been the Church of the Vineyard Madonna; others think it was the Byzantine Church of Saint Nicholas. The Scolopi family has owned the convent since 1870 and they go to great lengths to ensure authenticity in the ongoing use of many ancient items and traditions. After departing from the monastery, you'll enjoy a brief drive through the city center, stopping at the viewpoint just outside the Old Town.

Please note: While largely panoramic, this tour does include approximately 90-minutes of moderate walking and standing. There are some uneven surfaces and steps to negotiate. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned only to participate to the extent of their personal stamina and ability and may make arrangements with the guide to not participate in some or all of the walking portions of the tour. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. The order of the sites viewed or visited may vary.

APPROX. DURATION: 4HOURS

TOUR CODE: CAG-006

ACTIVITY LEVEL Light Activity /Walking Minimal Activity Required


HIGHLIGHTS OF CAGLIARI

For an all-encompassing overview of Cagliari, this tour serves perfectly as it stops at all the landmarks, from the surrounding beach to the medieval district downtown.

Commencing from the pier, it's a short drive to Poetto, the city's primary beach. The name Poetto is thought to derive from the Catalan word for "source," a reference to the area's many sources or reservoirs of water. One of those sources, a salt marsh nearby, attracts thousands of pink flamingoes, which you can observe in their natural habitat, along with purple gallinules, herons, snipes, coots and more than 175 other bird species. Continuing on, you'll be treated to panoramic views of the beach and surrounding area from atop Monte Urpinu, one of the more scenic lookout points on the way to the Sanctuary of Bonaria.

While the origins of the sanctuary date to 1324, there have been numerous reconstructions and additions, including an adjacent basilica built in the 18th century. Inside, there's a statue of the Virgin Mary that was found in a nearby pond in the 1300s. More Sardinian history awaits you in the ancient hilltop citadel known as the Castello, where you will begin the walking portion of your tour, as motor vehicles are prohibited. Entering the district near the white limestone, 13th century Tower of St. Pancras, you will spend more than an hour exploring the citadel's narrow streets and alleyways with your guide. Some of the sights you'll see are a Cathedral that the Pisans built in the 13th century, the Archbishop's Palace, and the Governor's Palace, which was once the seat of government.

At the conclusion of your walking tour, you'll meet your coach for the drive back to the pier.

Please note: While largely panoramic, this tour does include approximately 75-minutes of moderate walking and standing. There are some uneven surfaces and steps to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned only to participate to the extent of their personal stamina and ability and may make arrangements with the guide to not participate in some or all of the walking portion of the tour. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. The order of the sites viewed or visited may vary.

APPROX. DURATION: 4HOURS

TOUR CODE: CAG-002

ACTIVITY LEVEL Light Activity /Walking Minimal Activity Required


EPIC SARDINIA

Sardinia's compelling past comes alive on this tour of the island's most significant archaeological site, complemented by a look at some of Cagliari's historic landmarks.

Departing from the pier by coach, it's a picturesque drive of just over one-hour that takes you through the lovely countryside and across the fertile Campidano plain. As you pass through the village of Villamar, be sure to look for the colorful murals painted on many of the walls, an artistic tradition prevalent throughout Sardinia's rugged interior. Your destination is Barumini, a village that has gained fame for its nuraghic complex of Su Nuraxi, the most important archaeological site on the island. Nuraghes are tower-shaped, prehistoric stone structures dating back to 15th century B.C.

The complex, which is dominated by a central tower, is surrounded by defensive walls that enclose an extensive settlement. There are dwellings, places of worship and meeting places, where the Bronze Age inhabitants gathered 3,500 years ago. First excavated in 1950, Su Nuraxi has become a World Heritage Site for its imaginative use of materials and building techniques. Single families or clans are thought to have built the defensive structures, which were reinforced about 500 years later, when the Carthaginians began to invade Sardinia.

After exploring this revealing ancient site, you will drive back to Cagliari and tour its city center, which also features defensive walls around the Castello district. Before returning to the pier, a photo stop will be made at the Monte Urpinu where you will be treated to some magnificent views of the town and bay below.

Please note: This tour includes approximately 90-minutes of moderate to strenuous walking and standing. There are some uneven surfaces, steps and inclines to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and not considered suitable for those with mobility concerns. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. The order of the sites viewed or visited may vary.

APPROX. DURATION: 4HOURS

TOUR CODE: CAG-004

ACTIVITY LEVEL Moderate Activity/Walking

PALMA DE MALLORCA

Mallorca, also known as Majorca, is a wind-swept island with steep jagged cliffs and olive groves more than a thousand years old. Mallorca is an island of contrasts. To the south is a busy tourist area with hotels, bars, restaurants, shopping and dazzling night life. To the north are rocky valleys, sleepy villages shrouded in bougainvillea, and breathtaking views. Palma is dominated by the breathtaking Gothic Cathedral, located high above the waterfront on the site of a former mosque.

PALMA SCENIC DRIVE & LOCAL PEARL FACTORY

Take in the architectural highlights of Palma and visit a pearl factory to watch artisans create lustrous, perfectly formed Majorca pearls using a time-honored technique.

After departing from the pier, you will soon arrive at Bellver Castle, a spectacular Gothic landmark from the 14th century. Its round design is unusual among Spanish castles, and although seemingly impenetrable, the fortress never served a defensive purpose. It was used mainly as a prison. As you ramble about the hilltop castle taking photos, you will appreciate the origin of its name, which means “lovely view” in Catalan.

An introductory driving tour of Palma follows, during which you may spot the lovely Gran Hotel and the historical Theatre Principal, which was inaugurated in 1667 as the House of Comedies. In time, you will reach the village of Montuiri for a pearl factory tour.

Majorca pearls have been manufactured on the island since the 19th century and they are extraordinarily lustrous. The pearls are hand-made using a closely guarded technique developed more than a century ago. The pearls aren’t natural, so they tend to be perfectly uniform, a feature that’s especially noticeable in a long strand of pearls.

You will have time to shop for pearl jewelry before returning to Palma for more shopping or to explore gems such La Seu, the city’s Gothic cathedral. Its golden sandstone exterior with its flying buttresses is particularly fabulous as it was meant to demonstrate the might of Mallorca’s Christian conquerors, who built the cathedral.

Please note: There will be cobblestone surfaces and a few steps to negotiate during the photo stop and at the shop. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Timing may vary but, always visiting the same sites. On Sundays and during local Festivities shops in the city center may be closed.

APPROX. DURATION: 4HOURS

TOUR CODE: PMI-009

PANORAMIC VALLDEMOSA

A splendid landscape of mountains and plains filled with almond and olive trees greets you, en route to Valldemossa, a peaceful town which has served to inspire musicians, and painters. One of the first visitors to this area was the Archduke Luis Salvador of Austria. Apart from his visits to the region, he bought many acres of land along with their respective ranches. Some of these ranches are still preserved, as is the case with "S Estaca" ranch, which currently belongs to Michael Douglas, the famous American actor.

Your coach will leave you at the foot of the "Cartuja", a former Carthusian monastery perched 1,200 feet above the Musa Valley where you will have a visit of approximately one hour. Its construction has been dated to 1309 and was occupied by Cartujanos Priests. The church was later added during the 15th century. Two centuries later, during the winter of 1838-39, Aurora Dupin, who went by the renowned literary name of George Sand, and her lover, Frédéric Chopin, spent three months, hoping to conquer the composer's tuberculosis. Before leaving Valldemosa, you'll enjoy some free time and have the opportunity to visit a typical pearl shop where you will be able also to learn how the Majorca pearls are uniquely created.

En route back to Palma, you will make a photo stop at "Sa Foradada". The name is in reference to the rock wall along the coast with a large hole at the point, (Foradada meaning, "with a hole"). With its contrast between the mountains and the sea it's no wonder why it is named one of the most beautiful landscapes in Mallorca.

Please note: This tour inlcudes approximate 90-minutes of easy to moderate walking which includes cobblestone surfaces. There will be a few steps to negotiate. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach, and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned only to participate to the extent of their personal stamina and ability and may make arrangements with the guide to not participate in some of the walking portions of the tour. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. The order of the sites viewed or visited may vary.

APPROX. DURATION: 4HOURS

TOUR CODE: PMI-004

ACTIVITY LEVEL Light Activity /Walking Minimal Activity Required

BODEGA RAMANYA

Geared toward wine lovers, this tour gives you the opportunity to sample some of Palma's finest wines along with an introduction to Palma City.

Boarding your coach at the pier, you'll commence on a panoramic drive through Palma to view the capital's main monuments, with a photo stop in front of the impressive Cathedral.

Some 30 minutes drive from Palma, Bodegas Ramanya is located at the center of the island. This family run Bodega produces several variety of wines, all under the geographical indication "Benissalem Mallorca". The Bodega also has a collection of more than 2000 pieces of old tools that are visible during the visit, some are dated from the 17th century, and will allow you to understand how farming was back in the old days.

The soft Mediterranean breeze creates a unique microclimate in the Tramuntana Mountains that has an effect on the French grape varieties and explains the high quality of the Mallorcan wines. After the Bodega visit, you'll have the chance to see the different procedures used during the winemaking, followed by a wine tasting and typical Mallorcan snack.

All too soon, relax on the coach for your drive back to the pier.

Please note: This tour includes approximately 2 hours of moderate walking/standing plus any additional walking during the photo stop in front of the Cathedral. There will be cobblestone surfaces and a few steps to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. The tour is not suitable for children and guests must be at least 21 years of age to participate in the wine tasting.

APPROX. DURATION: 4HOURS

TOUR CODE: PMI-00

THE CAVES OF DRACH, AN UNDERGROUND WORLD

A leisurely drive through the countryside, dotted with windmills and farms, brings you to the Caves of Drach, a spectacular underground attraction.

The caves contain countless strangely shaped stalactites and stalagmites, reflecting in the clear pools. It's a beautifully eerie sight, as is Martell Lake, one of the world's largest subterranean lakes, which shimmers provocatively in the manmade lights from above.

After emerging from the caves, you will witness another phenomenon: highly prized Mallorca pearls being made in a factory. These faux pearls, made from natural marine products, are nearly indistinguishable from the real thing. Afterwards, you'll travel back to the pier where your tour concludes.

Please note: This tour inlcudes approximate 2 hours of moderate walking and you may encounter some slippery surfaces. There will be a few steps to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, non-slip, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. The caves can be humid and cold so it is suggested that you also bring a jacket with you.

APPROX. DURATION: 5HOURS

TOUR CODE: PMI-003

ACTIVITY LEVEL Moderate Activity/Walking


PALMA CITY HIGHLIGHTS

Although Mallorca's capital of Palma has been a popular, modern resort city since the 1960s, it still retains a certain historic charm. You will begin with an exterior visit at its landmark Gothic cathedral, known as 'La Seu," which contains four naves and an enormous rose window, which casts a beautiful light into the church. Another highlight is the wrought-iron canopy over the main altar, which was designed by famed Spanish architect Antonio Gaudì.

Next, it's a short walking tour to the city center where you will have the chance to visit a typical pearl shop and learn how they are uniquely created. Afterwards, have some free time for shopping or browsing about. Then, rejoining your coach, you'll drive to Bellver Castle, which was constructed in the early 1300s, during the reign of Jaime I of Mallorca. It is the only circular Gothic castle in Europe with a double gallery of arches inside the central patio. You will also see the lovely San Marcos Chapel and the five halls that comprise the Palma History Museum before returning to the pier.

Please note: This tour inlcudes approximate 2 1/2 hours of easy to moderate walking, plus any addtional walking at the guests' discretion during free time. The walking does include cobblestone surfaces and there are approximately 40 steps in the walls, to reach the Cathedral from the bus drop off. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Shoulders must be covered when entering the cathedral. Only exterior visits of the cathedral are possible on Sunday calls.

APPROX. DURATION: 4 1/2HOURS

TOUR CODE: PMI-001

ACTIVITY LEVEL Moderate Activity/Walking


TASTE OF THE PAST

This tour delves into Mallorca's intriguing history, beginning at the Bellver Castle, which was constructed in the early 1300s, during the reign of Jaime I of Mallorca. It is the only circular Gothic castle in Europe with a double gallery of arches inside the central patio. The castle also affords some marvelous views of Palma.

From here, you will drive to Montuiri Village and have the chance to visit a typical pearl factory where you will see how the Majorca pearls are uniquely created. From here it's on to an area of the island called Pla de Sant Jordi, or Saint Jordi's Plain, where windmills still dot the landscape. It is in this region that Mallorca's rich agricultural customs live on at Els Calderers, an 18th century manor house, which the owners have graciously opened to the public in an effort to share the traditions of Mallorca.

Stroll at your leisure through the impressive Great Hall, Hunting Room, kitchen, and into the wine cellar, where you may sample some locally produced vintages. "Mi casa es su casa" has never rung so true.

After your visit, you'll rejoin your coach and travel back to the pier.

Please note: This tour inlcudes approximate 2 hours of moderate walking which includes cobblestone and uneven surfaces. There will be a few steps to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

APPROX. DURATION: 5HOURS

TOUR CODE: PMI-002

ACTIVITY LEVEL Moderate Activity/Walking


SOLLER VINTAGE TRAIN RIDE

Experience some of Mallorca's dramatic scenery on this tour that travels to nearby Soller and includes a vintage train ride.

From the pier in Palma, it's a one-hour drive to Soller, a peaceful and picturesque town nestled in the foot of the mountains. Its location in the lush Sierra de Tramutana Valley, makes it a popular spot for people to enjoy beautiful scenery and refreshingly cool mountain air. Soller has long been a popular summer retreat for writers and artists who are attracted by its tranquil setting, favorable light, and the laid-back way of life. Upon arrival, you'll have a guided tour of the town center and then some free time to explore on your own or do some shopping.

Next, you'll enjoy a ride of around fifty minutes on the famous Palma-Soller train, an old fashioned electric train that has preserved its traditional character for the past eighty years. Your memorable ride travels through lovely countryside, making its way through orange and olive groves, almond and locust-bean trees, lush villages and pine-covered mountains. Afterwards, you'll rejoin your coach and transfer back to the cruise ship pier.

Please note: This tour includes approximately 1-hour of moderate walking that at times is over cobblestone surfaces and there is a slight uphill walk from the coach to the center of Soller. Additionally, there are 28 steps leading up to/from the train platform. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests, and may not be suitable for those with mobility concerns who are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. While there are toilet facilities available at the train station in Soller, there are none on the train. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. The tour may be operated in reverse.

APPROX. DURATION: 4HOURS

TOUR CODE: PMI-006

ACTIVITY LEVEL Moderate Activity/Walking







BARCELONA

One of Europe’s most visually stunning cities, Barcelona balances the medieval intimacy of its Gothic Quarter with the grace and distinction of the wide boulevards in the Moderniste Eixample. It was the home of architect Antoni Gaudí, whose Sagrada Familia Cathedral, Park Güell and Casa Milà are the most profound statements of Modernisme. View the splendid works at the Picasso Museum and the Miro Foundation, or discover Barcelona’s passionate ambiance at a flamenco show.

 

LEISURELY BARCELONA

This highly relaxing tour presents the best of Barcelona, primarily from the comfort of a motor coach.

Departing from pier, your immersion into Barcelona's history will be immediate with a pass by the Columbus Monument and the Old Port, while on your way to the Arc de Triomf and the Ciutadella Park; both part of the legacy from the 1888 World Exhibition and, the latter, once the garrison that protected the city. Next, you will make your way to Barcelona's Olympic port, where you will be afforded a few minutes at your own leisure, to really enjoy this window into the Mediterranean and the always seducing atmosphere of this beautifully renovated port, known for its picturesque promenade of restaurants and sleek yachts.

Heading back into town, your coach will proceed through Marina avenue towards Diagonal until reaching the world-famous boulevard of Passeig the Gràcia. This tribute to modernism is home to Barcelona's most famed buildings, among those Antoní Gaudi's Casa Mila and Casa Batllo. Continue on through the city's oldest path, Via Laietana, and enjoy a drive through Plaça Espanya, the Fair and Congress Palace, and María Cristina Avenue en route to Montjuic Hill.

Before returning to the pier, you will enjoy a photo stop from a scenic Montjuic's mirador which offers some of the best views over the city.

Please note: This tour is primarily panoramic in nature with limited optional walking at the stops. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned only to participate to the extent of their personal stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. The tour sequence may vary.

APPROX. DURATION: 3HOURS

TOUR CODE: BCN-013

ACTIVITY LEVEL Light Activity /Walking Minimal Activity Required


BARCELONA HIGHLIGHTS AND BOUTIQUE SHOPPING

See some of Barcelona’s most iconic, high-profile attractions, many of them designed by famed architect Antoni Gaudí, after which you may browse the city’s fashionable boutiques.

After departing from the pier, you will enjoy an enlightening drive through the city, much of the way along the grand boulevard Passeig de Gracia. Here, you will find two early 20th-century masterpieces designed by the revered architect Antoni Gaudí—the imaginative Casa Batlló and Casa Milà, also known as La Pedrera because its façade resembles an open quarry.

After a short walk, you will reach Gaudí’s extraordinary La Sagrada Familia, or the Church of the Sacred Family, which after more than 130 years is still under construction. Every detail is photo worthy, from the stained-glass windows to the flamboyant spires that make La Sagrada Familia worthy of its UNESCO World Heritage Site designation.

Then, following free time in Orquidea Pearls to shop for jewelry made with Majorca pearls, you will continue to the popular Born Quarter, whose origins date to the 12th century. One of its highlights is the Santa Maria del Mar Church, a splendid example of Catalan-Gothic architecture. The tall interior columns influenced Gaudí’s design of La Sagrada Familia. The blackened areas in the vault were from fire damage in 1936 during the Spanish Civil War.

The next hour or so will be spent touring more fascinating attractions in the Born Quarter or shopping on your own. It will be your choice. Afterwards, you will return to the pier.

Please note: This tour includes approximately 3.5 hours of walking. The tour is not available to guests who utilize a wheelchair as there are uneven and cobblestone streets. Due to parking restrictions there is a 15 minute walk to and from Sagrada Familia. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Casual, weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable, flat walking shoes are suggested. At each stop, after a short orientation tour, guests will have the option to follow the guide through a walking tour or enjoy some free time to discover the shops. We recommend wearing comfortable shoes. On Sundays shops in the city center may be closed.

APPROX. DURATION: 5HOURS

TOUR CODE: BCN-018


BARCELONAS ICONIC LANDMARKS

Spend a full day exploring Barcelona’s icons, including architectural treasures designed by architect Antoni Gaudí, the Gothic Quarter and the nearby Spanish village.

After departing from the pier, you will enjoy a picturesque drive through the city before reaching Gaudi’s masterpiece La Sagrada Familia, the Church of the Sacred Family. Construction on this extraordinary sanctuary began more than 130 years ago, and today the church is still years from completion. Yet every detail is photo worthy from the stained glass windows to the flamboyant spires to the sculpted figures that make La Sagrada Familia worthy of its UNESCO World Heritage Site designation. It is important to note that due to parking restrictions in the area, it is necessary to walk several blocks from the parking area to the church.

Your tour continues with a panoramic drive along the grand boulevard Passeig de Gracia where you will see Gaudi’s imaginative Casa Batllo, also a World Heritage Site. Typical of Gaudi, straight lines were avoided wherever possible, the colors are fanciful and the design stunningly original.

As a counterpoint to this modernistic design, you will enjoy a guided walk through the Gothic Quarter, where the ancient Romans laid out many of the winding atmospheric streets. The highlight here is La Seu, a cathedral dating from the 14th century. Don’t miss its cloisters, which have been called “the loveliest oasis in Barcelona,” or the alabaster sarcophagus of Santa Eulalia.

Then following a traditional Catalan lunch, you will see a different sort of architecture at the Spanish Village, a collection of buildings that replicate various styles from all over Spain. After free time here, you will return to the pier via Montjuic, a broad hill that offers panoramic views of Barcelona.

Please note: This tour includes approximately 2-hours of moderate walking/standing, plus any additional walking at the guests' discretion during free time and photo stops. There will be cobblestone and uneven surfaces to negotiate along with some steps. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and not considered suitable for those with mobility concerns. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Conservative attire is required to enter the religious venues.

APPROX. DURATION: 7 1/2HOURS

TOUR CODE: BCN-016

ACTIVITY LEVEL Moderate Activity/Walking


WINE TOUR TO JEAN LEON

This specialized wine tour will take you to the region of Penedés and to the town of Sant Sadurní d'Anoia.

There you will visit the wine cellars of Jean Leon, owned by Torres Wine Cellars. This is a cellar which specifically appeals to Americans visiting the region, since the founder was a Spanish-American gentleman. He first became famous in Hollywood as his story, portrayed at the cellar, explains. You will learn the story of this famous Spanish emigrant who, with his extraordinary and unbreakable willpower, made it through a relentless string of adventures until he saw his dreams become reality.

At Jean Leon you will be greeted by a wine specialist and shown through the cellar. First, there will be a video presentation, which explains Jean Leon's life as well as the foundation of his wine producing company. Then, you will then proceed to the Cellar Museum and you will end with a guided, walking tour of the winery, including explanations of the different wine-making techniques used.

After the visit to the cellar, enjoy a privileged tasting of three wines produced in this cellar (Chardonnay, Merlot '00, and Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva '97), accompanied by some snacks. You will be amazed by the most spectacular views of the Penedés region from the cellar's tasting room. The visitor center is located in a prime spot at the heart of the Penedés region, perched on top of a hill so the views over the numerous vineyards and small villages in the district make the view of the landscape unique and special.

At the conclusion of the tour, your return to Barcelona includes a 1-hour long panoramic city drive that passes through the main city arteries and affords you some spectacular views of the harbour and the Olympic Stadium from the Park of Montjuïc.

Please note: This tour is limited in participation and involves approximately 90 minutes of moderate walking/standing over most flat surfaces. There will be some steps to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with walking difficulties are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

APPROX. DURATION: 5HOURS

TOUR CODE: BCN-006

ACTIVITY LEVEL Moderate Activity/Walking


GAUDI'S BARCELONA W/COLONIAL GUELL

Spanish architect Antonio Gaudí left his mark on Barcelona with unrivaled passion and imagination, as you'll see on this tour to three of his most renowned masterpieces.

You will have the opportunity to discover one of the most important hidden jewels of modernist architecture, Gaudi's Colonial Güell, the location of your first stop. An industrial village built to provide accommodation for factory workers. Gaudi was in charge of the building of the church and even though the church remained unfinished, the crypt is a culminating point of Gaudi's works. This construction includes for the first time practically all of his architectural innovations.

Leaving Colonial Guell, you will make your way to La Sagrada Familia (Church of the Holy Family). It has become an icon of the city, its spindle-shaped towers dominating the skyline. Started in 1882, it remains unfinished and quite controversial, as construction continues sporadically. Gaudí worked on the project himself for more than 40 years and his genius is apparent throughout (outside visit). Sagrada Familia has being a consecrated Temple, since October 2010.

You will then proceed for a visit to another famous Gaudí monument, Casa Batlló. The present Casa Batlló is a result of a total refurbishment of an old previous conventional house built in 1877. Gaudí was commissioned by the owner Josep Batlló i Casanovas to totally renew the old building. On that basis, Gaudí produced this astonishing house, one of the most fancy and “special” of Barcelona.

Following your visit, you will re-board your coach for the return drive to the pier.

Please note: This tour involves approximately 30-minutes of walking, which includes uneven terrain. Due to new parking restrictions for coaches, please be advised that there will be a 15-minute walk from the parking area to the Sagrada Familia and vice-versa (30-min in total). This tour is not considered suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilize a wheelchair. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

APPROX. DURATION: 5HOURS

TOUR CODE: BCN-015

ACTIVITY LEVEL Moderate Activity/Walking


GOTHIC AND MEDIEVAL BARCELONA

Barcelona's Gothic and Medieval history is yours to discover during a picturesque orientation tour of the city.

Depart the pier for the drive through the center of Barcelona. From here, you will continue on to Plaça Sant Jaume, site of the Town Hall and Generalitat buildings, then on to Plaça del Rei, site of the History Museum of the City.

Next, you will leave the Gothic Quarter for a guided panoramic tour of the city's sites, including Montjuïc, Plaça de Espanya, Gran Via, Rambla Catalunya, and Passeig de Gràcia. En route, a photo stop will be made at Sagrada Familia.

Afterward, you will have the opportunity to visit Montjuïc Mountain, another important area of the city where many of the Barcelona's Olympic sites are located. Upon arrival, you will visit a wonderful museum located inside the National Palace of Catalonia. This museum specializes in Gothic and Romanic art, but also features Panteocrats and Gothic pieces found in Old Barcelona, as well as temporary exhibitions on display. Following your visit, you will re-board your coach for the return drive to the pier.

Please note: Guests are encouraged to wear comfortable walking shoes for this tour, which involves 3 hours of moderate walking over flat, inclined and uneven surfaces, extended periods of standing and more than 30 steps to climb at the entrance of the Barcelona Cathedral. This tour is not considered suitable for guests with limited mobility or guests who utilize a wheelchair. Shoulders and knees must be covered if you wish to enter the Cathedral. The Cathedral is closed to guided groups on Sundays; Bank Holidays 9:00AM-2:00PM and 5:00PM-7:45PM; normal weekdays 1:00PM-5:00PM; and when mass service is taking place. Should this occur during your visit, guides will give an explanation outside and guests will enter on an individual basis to view the interior quietly and reverently. Due to new parking restrictions for coaches, please be advised that there will be a 15-minute walk from the parking area to the Sagrada Familia and vice-versa (30-min in total).

APPROX. DURATION: 5HOURS

TOUR CODE: BCN-002

ACTIVITY LEVEL Moderate Activity/Walking


BODEGAS TORRES WINE TOUR

Some of the world's finest wines are born in the vineyards of Spain. During this excursion you will visit a local winery and experience how a family wine is produced and bottled.

Boarding your coach at the pier, you'll start your day with a panoramic tour of Barcelona, and before proceeding to Torres Winery, you will enjoy spectacular views of the harbour and the Olympic Stadium from the Park of Montjuïc. A scenic drive of just over 1-hour brings you to the village of Vilafranca del Penedès, which has a reputation for producing wonderful wines, and the Bodegas Torres Wine Estate.

This well-respected winery was founded in 1870 by Jaime Torres and at this time, is the family winery that has the most extensive vineyards in the area. The winery has remained in the family for generations and is currently managed by the fourth generation of the Torres family. Along with the winery you will visit today, the Torres family also owns several other wineries in Spain, one in Chile and one in California.

Upon arrival, you will be treated to a tour of the cellars and observe how this family wine is produced and bottled - from planting vineyards to winemaking, from the ageing of the wine in the cellars, to the design and marketing of the Torres products. A video presentation helps bring the history of the winery to life and afterwards, you will board a small train which will take you on a relaxing tour through the winery.

Before returning to Barcelona, you will be treated to a tasting of 4 different Torres wines, accompanied by light snacks.

Please note: This tour includes approximately 90 minutes of easy to moderate walking/standing, but participants must be able to make their own way on and off the train. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Participants must be at least 18 years of age to take part in the wine tasting.

APPROX. DURATION: 5HOURS

TOUR CODE: BCN-008

ACTIVITY LEVEL Moderate Activity/Walking

PROVENCE (MARSEILLE)

Located in southeastern France, today’s Marseille is a far cry from the sleepy villages it once inspired in Cézanne’s paintings. With more than a million people, the city remains the cosmopolitan and exuberant capital of southern Europe, with its picturesque Old Quarter, lively sidewalk cafes and shops, and Romanesque-Byzantine Notre Dame de la Garde Basilica, overlooking the steep cliffs and offering a bird’s eye view of the city’s colorful “quartiers” stretching down toward the sea.

DISCOVER ST. REMY DE PROVENCE

Discover the classic village of St.-Remy-de-Provence, the birthplace of Nostradamus and the magical setting for some of Vincent Van Gogh's most famous paintings.

Your tour commences with a drive inland toward the northern slopes of the Alpilles, a range of arid limestone mountains where the village of St. Remy nestles at the foot.

Reaching St. Remy, you'll set-off on a forty-five minute guided walking tour down its winding cobbled streets that are shaded by centuries-old plane trees. Along your route, you'll find charming squares graced with sparkling fountains and an atmosphere that is quite simply, radiant. It was here in 1889 and 1890 that Vincent Van Gogh completed more than 150 paintings and sketches while being treated at a psychiatric hospital. The subject matters of many of those works of art, which include "Irises," can still be seen in the surrounding countryside, a landscape of wheat fields, olive groves and cypresses.

St. Remy is also associated with French astrologer and enigmatic forecaster Nostradamus, who was born here in 1503. His house still stands on Rue Hoche. Saint-Martin church, the largest building in town, is another architectural icon, especially its 14th-century bell tower. The acoustics inside the church are extraordinary, as is its restored organ, which boasts nearly 500 tubes.

After your guided walk, you'll be afforded ample free time to shop for antiques, browse the outdoor markets, or linger over a glass of wine while savoring Provence's remarkable cuisine. Afterwards, you'll rejoin your guide and coach at the appointed time and location and drive back to the pier in Marseilles.

Please note: This tour includes approximately 1-hour of moderate walking over uneven cobblestone surfaces, plus any additional walking at the guests' discretion during free time. There will be some steps to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and not considered suitable for those with mobility concerns. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

APPROX. DURATION: 5HOURS

TOUR CODE: MRS-016

ACTIVITY LEVEL Moderate Activity/Walking


QUINTESSENTIAL AVIGNON

Explore the marquee attractions in the UNESCO World Heritage village of Avignon, whose fortified ramparts once enclosed the seat of the papacy.

Depart from the pier and enjoy a leisurely drive inland toward Avignon, passing through some of the most exhilarating scenery and historical villages in Provence. This is the very landscape that has moved artists the likes of Cézanne and Van Gogh for centuries, and it's still inspirational, especially the enchanted area around Avignon. A classic walled city, it was the seat of the papacy in the 14th century, and seven popes reigned from Avignon.

Upon arrival, you will enjoy a one hour guided walking tour through the Old Town, during which your guide will delight you with stories of Avignon's celebrated past. Highlights include the view of the Pope’s Palace, which is one the largest Gothic buildings in Europe, and the remains of Saint Benezet's Bridge, a series of stone arches that once spanned a bend in the Rhone River. These two landmarks are so impressive that they were both deemed World Heritage Sites.

Following your guided introduction to Avignon, you'll have approximately one hour of free time to further explore on your own. You may wish to stroll the cobbled streets, dine at a brasserie, shop for local lavender products, or simply absorb Avignon's youthful, artistic energy. There are also several museums worth noting such as the Lapidary Museum, whose exceptional collection of sculptures is housed in a 17th-century Jesuit church. At the designated time and location, you will rejoin your group and board your coach for the drive back to the pier, taking in the sights of Provence along the way.

Please note: This tour includes approximately 1-hour of moderate walking over uneven cobblestone surfaces, plus any additional walking at the guests' discretion during free time. There will be some steps to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

APPROX. DURATION: 5HOURS

TOUR CODE: MRS-015

ACTIVITY LEVEL Moderate Activity/Walking


AIX-EN-PROVENCE

A lovely drive into the Provençal countryside brings you to the charming old town of Aix-en-Provence. Here, your walking tour begins on the grand Cours Mirabeau, a wide avenue built on the site of the city's medieval ramparts and shaded by leafy 200-year-old trees. The avenue is one of the city's most beautiful, so be sure to notice the elegant facades of its private mansions, especially their wrought-iron balconies and finely carved doorways.

You will then explore the old Mazarin District, founded by Archbishop Michel Mazarin in 1646, and later home to many writers and artists such as Paul Cézanne. The district is also noted for its meticulously kept walled gardens. Later, discover beautiful St. Sauveur Cathedral with its many contrasting architectural styles, a legacy of countless additions and renovations performed between the 5th and 18th centuries. Most notable are the remnants of a Roman-era wall that were used in a later wall, and the 15th century Gothic portal.

Following your guided walking tour, you'll have just over an hour of free time to explore on your own before it's time to rejoin your coach and travel back to the pier in Marseille.

Please note: This tour consists of approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes of moderate walking over mostly flat or cobblestoned surfaces, plus any additional walking at the guests' discretion during free time. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned only to participate to the extent of their personal stamina and ability and may make arrangements with the guide to not participate in some or all of the guided walking portion of the tour. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

APPROX. DURATION: 4HOURS

TOUR CODE: MRS-003

ACTIVITY LEVEL Moderate Activity/Walking


MARSEILLES CITY HIGHLIGHTS

Marseille offers so many intriguing diversions that there is little reason to venture farther. Driving through the colorful Old Port, where the city's Greek founders landed in 600 B.C., you will be mesmerized by the classically French sidewalk cafés, thriving markets, and picturesque fishing boats bobbing in the harbor.

As you travel along the coast, the landscape changes, and the views become dominated by the impressive cliffs of the Marseille massif and the scenic islands lying just offshore. Perched on La Garde Hill, high above the city, stands Notre Dame de la Garde Basilica, which upon visiting you'll learn was built on a site that has been a defensive observation post since prehistoric times. The architecture of the Romanesque-Byzantine style basilica boasts magnificent domes, multi-colored stone, and golden mosaics. After a drive through the shopping district, you will stop for photos at the Palais Longchamp, a fantastic 19th-Century complex of stately museums, elegant fountains, and an expansive Zoological Garden. The entrance to Longchamp Park is guarded by four stone lions, and provides an unforgettable setting for a photo. Afterwards, you will drive to the old port where you will be afforded approximately 1-hour of free time to explore on your own before transferring back to the ship.

Please note: This tour includes just under 90-minutes of moderate walking, plus any additional walking at the guests' discretion during free time. There are approximately 120 steps to negotiate to reach the Basilica. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned only to participate to the extent of their personal stamina and ability and may make arrangements with the guide to not participate in some of the guided walking portions of the tour. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. When entering the Cathedral, it is requested that you wear conservative clothing with knees and shoulders needing to be covered. Flash photography & video cameras are not permitted in the Cathedral.

APPROX. DURATION: 4HOURS

TOUR CODE: MRS-001

ACTIVITY LEVEL Moderate Activity/Walking Minimal Activity Required

 

MARSEILLES HIGHLIGHTS & CASSIS

During the drive through Marseille's Old Quarter, your knowledgeable guide will share many fascinating details about the city's ancient history, including the influence of the Greeks who first settled here around 600 BC.

Past the old port, which is the site of the original settlement, looms the landmark church Notre Dame de la Garde Basilica, built in the Romanesque-Byzantine style. Then, it's on to Cassis via the beautiful Gineste Road that hugs the pristine coastline. A small resort town nestled at the base of a medieval castle, Cassis is highly regarded as one of the world's most romantic destinations. The irresistible aromas of fresh Provence herbs fill the air urging you to explore this charming fishing village. You'll have time to stroll the many squares and streets, taking in the gorgeous, white cliffs of Calanques and the deep-blue sea.

Please note: Cobbled stones streets, comfortable flat walking shoes recommended.This tour does not include a visit to Notre Dame de la Garde Basilica.

APPROX. DURATION: 5HOURS

TOUR CODE: MRS-002

ACTIVITY LEVEL Moderate Activity/Walking


CHARMING CASTELLET

A drive through the ravishing Provence region is a wonderful prelude to your arrival in Le Castellet, a traditional Provencal village perched on wooded hills overlooking fertile vineyards. This remarkable stronghold of a city, formerly owned by the Lords of Les Baux, boasts well-preserved ramparts, a carefully restored church and a castle dating back to the 11th century. Inside the castle, which must be entered through two fortified gates, enjoy an informative walking tour and see how the imposing building has been converted into the town hall.

Continuing on, you will next visit Le Castellet for some free time. Known for its fine arts and crafts, including painting, pottery, and exquisite metal tableware, this charming town is a wonderful place to do some shopping before it's time to return to the ship.

Please note: Walking consists of cobblestones and inclines. This tour is not considered suitable for guests who utilize a wheelchair or guests with mobility concerns. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

APPROX. DURATION: 4HOURS

TOUR CODE: MRS-006

ACTIVITY LEVEL Moderate Activity/Walking


AVIGNON, THE POPE'S PALACE & LES BAUX

Upon reaching Avignon, set on a scenic bend of the Rhône River, you will have a good grasp of the area's fascinating history, delivered in detail by your guide. While a marvelous city of art and culture, Avignon is most famous for being home to seven popes of the 14th century, who chose to reside here rather than in Rome. The incredible Palace of the Popes was constructed primarily during the papacies of Benedict XII and Clement VI and was one of the largest buildings of its time. You'll visit this fascinating fortress-cum-residence, which consists of sumptuously decorated chambers, chapels, and passages. Afterward, your guide will lead you on a walking tour through the enchanting old town, and then you'll drive into the Alpilles Range to the amazing hilltop village of Les Baux. It sits atop a rocky mountain spur like an eagle's nest, perched 800 feet above the valley floor.

Please note: This tour includes approximately 3 hours 30 minutes of extensive walking, at times over uneven surfaces and up hillsides. There are also steps to negotiate. This tour is not considered suitable for guests who utilize a wheelchair or guests with mobility concerns. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

APPROX. DURATION: 8HOURS

TOUR CODE: MRS-004

ACTIVITY LEVEL Most Active or Strenuous


THE CLASSIC VILLAGES OF ST. REMY & ARLES

Trace the footsteps of Vincent Van Gogh in St. Remy and Arles, where he spent the last years of his life, and then explore the charming towns in more depth on your own.

From the pier, it's a scenic drive inland toward the Alpilles, a range of arid limestone mountains where the village of St. Remy nestles at the foot. Upon arrival, you'll set-off on a seventy-five minute guided walking tour down its winding cobbled streets that are shaded by centuries-old plane trees. You will also find charming squares graced with sparkling fountains and an atmosphere that is quite simply, radiant. It was here in 1889 and 1890 that Vincent Van Gogh completed more than 150 paintings and sketches while being treated at the Saint Paul psychiatric hospital. A visit here offers a view of the room where Van Gogh convalesced and the perspective from his room's window that set the stage for many of his works. The subject matters of some of those works, including "Irises," can still be seen in the surrounding countryside, a landscape of wheat fields, olive groves and cypresses. Following your guided tour, you'll have ninety-minutes of free time to have lunch on your own and further explore this delightful village.

Rejoining your group, you'll next travel to nearby Arles, another town synonymous with Van Gogh who lived here prior to St. Remy. Many of the subjects he painted can easily be found by following the plaques on the Van Gogh Trail. Some of the highlights you'll see during your one-hour guided walking tour are the St. Trophime cathedral, a World Heritage Site known for its ornate 12th-century portal depicting the Last Judgment; the Town Hall, rebuilt in 1673 with its obelisk from Arles' Roman circus; Forum Square; and the ancient Roman Amphitheater. Afterwards, enjoy an hour of free time to stroll about on your own before re-boarding your coach for the return trip to Marseille.

Please note: This tour includes approximately 2-hours of moderate to strenuous walking, plus any additional walking at the guests' discretion during free time. There are uneven cobblestone surfaces, steps and inclines to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and not considered suitable for those with mobility concerns. Guests should be in reasonably good physical condition. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

APPROX. DURATION: 8HOURS

TOUR CODE: MRS-018


AIX EN PROVENCE & MARSEILLES

A lovely drive into the Provençal countryside brings you to the charming old town of Aix-en-Provence. Here, your walking tour begins on the grand Cours Mirabeau, a wide avenue built on the site of the city's medieval ramparts and shaded by leafy 200-year-old trees. The avenue is one of the city's most beautiful, so be sure to notice the elegant facades of its private mansions, especially their wrought-iron balconies and finely carved doorways. Explore the old Mazarin District, founded by Archbishop Michel Mazarin in 1646, and later home to many writers and artists such as Paul Cézanne. The district is also noted for its meticulously kept walled gardens. Discover beautiful St. Sauveur Cathedral with its many contrasting architectural styles, a legacy of countless additions and renovations performed between the 5th and 18th centuries. Most notable are the remnants of a Roman-era wall that were used in a later wall, and the 15th century Gothic portal. Before leaving to Marseille you will have free time to further explore on your own.

Arriving in Marseille, you will drive through the colorful Old Port, where the city's Greek founders landed in 600 B.C.. During your panoramic tour of the city, you will be mesmerized by the classically French sidewalk cafés, thriving markets, and picturesque fishing boats bobbing in the harbor.

Continuing along the coast, the landscape changes, and the views become dominated by the scenic islands lying just offshore. Perched on La Garde Hill, high above the city, stands Notre Dame de la Garde Basilica, which upon visiting you'll learn was built on a site that has been a defensive observation post since prehistoric times. The architecture of the Romanesque-Byzantine style basilica boasts magnificent domes, multi-colored stone, and golden mosaics. After a drive through the shopping district, you will pass he Palais Longchamp, a fantastic 19th-Century complex of stately museums, elegant fountains, and an expansive Zoological Garden.

Please note: This tour consists of approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes of moderate walking over mostly flat or cobblestoned surfaces. Flash photography & video cameras are not permitted in the Cathedral. There are approximately 120 steps to reach the Basilica. Suitable attire is required to enter the cathedral.

APPROX. DURATION: 8HOURS 

TOUR CODE: MRS-008



Free Unlimited Shore Excursions are for full fare guests only, capacity controlled and subject to availability. Requested excursions may not be available at time of booking. Supplement will apply on Regent Choice excursions (indicated by the above) and excludes Private Arrangements and all Adventures Ashore programs. Concierge benefits do not apply to Executive Collection private cars or other private arrangements. In order to ensure quality guides and sufficient transportation, we must provide the tour operator with passenger counts at least 36 hours in advance. Therefore no refunds will be given within 36 hours of tour departure for cancellations or no-shows. Please pay special attention to scheduling and tour lengths when booking your shore excursions. In many cases, it is not possible to participate in more than one tour per day in a given port. Tour Departure times are subject to change so please reference your actual tour ticket for the correct departure time. Tours operate rain or shine. Minor children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a an adult parent or guardian on all shore excursions. Tours require minimum participation levels to operate so please sign up as early as possible. Tours may be cancelled if minimum participation levels are not met. Prices, Itineraries and General Information shore excursion prices are subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases or currency fluctuations. Please consult the Destination Services Desk onboard for information. During local or national holidays, access to certain facilities (such as museums or archaeological sites) may be limited or denied. In such instances, adjustments will be made to minimize inconvenience to guests. Some tours have limited availability. Tours are generally available for reserving 180 days prior to the beginning of a cruise. Please sign up early to avoid disappointment. Regent Seven Seas Cruises reserves the right to require guests to complete a liability waiver for select shore excursions. For more information, please visit the Destination Services Desk onboard.


Информацията за безпатните брегови екскурзии е индикативна и подлежи на промяна по всяко време, преди реалното добавяне на конкретни турове в потвърдена чрез плащане резервация за круиз. Обичайно круизната компания приема резервации на брегови екскурзии, свързани с вече потвърдени резервации за круиз, от 6 месеца преди датата на отплаване до изчерпване на свободните места. Препоръчва се възможно по-ранна резервация на безплатни брегови екскурзии с оглед на това клиентите да имат по-голям избор от възможни варианти на турове в отделните пристанища.