Mediterranean Odyssey – Viking Oceans Cruise

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Mediterranean Odyssey – Viking Oceans Cruise

Journey through the ages

Set course for unforgettable exploration to some of the Mediterranean’s most historic ports: the fabled towns of Tuscany, ancient Rome and canal-laced Venice. Enjoy ample time to savor Barcelona’s easygoing spirit with an overnight stay. Discover the French Riviera’s seaside pleasures in Marseille and Monte Carlo. And visit Dubrovnik, a hidden medieval jewel. Along the way, gracious hosts and fine regional cuisine connect you to this remarkable region.

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Day 1: Barcelona, Spain

The vibrant city of Barcelona, with its lively culture and inviting outdoor spaces, preserves a rich history. Picturesque medieval lanes wind through the oldest part of the city, the Gothic Quarter, where remnants of the city’s Roman wall were uncovered. Its treasures include the neo-Gothic Barcelona Cathedral, the medieval Jewish district of El Call and the Romanesque Church of Santa Maria del Pi. In the evenings, diners relax in the Royal Plaza at restaurants along the elegant square’s perimeter.

The vibrant city of Barcelona, with its lively culture and inviting outdoor spaces, preserves a rich history. Picturesque medieval lanes wind through the oldest part of the city, the Gothic Quarter, where remnants of the city’s Roman wall were uncovered. Its treasures include the neo-Gothic Barcelona Cathedral, the medieval Jewish district of El Call and the Romanesque Church of Santa Maria del Pi. In the evenings, diners relax in the Royal Plaza at restaurants along the elegant square’s perimeter.

SHORE EXCURSIONS

ICONIC BARCELONA (INCLUDED)
DURATION: 4 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Sightseeing* Moderate*

SEE THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS BEAUTIFUL CITY
Discover Barcelona’s most iconic landmarks on a relaxing drive and a leisurely walk around this impressive city. You will pass the Columbus Monument and Port Vell, the seaside cultural and shopping complex. Admire the Arc de Triomf, a stately remnant from the 1888 World’s Fair. Take in the breathtaking Parc de la Ciutadella, once home to the garrison that protected the city. Next, you will alight from your motor coach and walk into the historic center, stopping to view the stunning neo-Gothic Barcelona Cathedral. The facade of this 14th-century marvel is adorned with many sculptures, including a wide range of animals and mythical gargoyles on its roof. After enjoying free time and an opportunity to take a short walk through the Gothic Quarter, you will return to the ship.
Modifications based on current health and safety protocols may be applied to this shore excursion.

GAUDÍ ARCHITECTURE & LA SAGRADA FAMÍLIA
DURATION: 5 HOURS
Sightseeing* UNESCO* Moderate*

EXPLORE THE BREATHTAKING ARCHITECTURE OF ANTONI GAUDÍ
Admire La Sagrada Família and more of creative architectural genius Antoni Gaudí’s surreal works. View some of his finest work at Park Güell. Covering almost 50 acres, the park was built between 1900 and 1914 and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984. La Sagrada Família is the centerpiece of your tour. You will approach it by foot and be rewarded with remarkable views of its towering, distinctive exterior. Construction began in 1882 and is scheduled for completion in 2026, the centenary of Gaudí’s death. Step inside to marvel at its breathtaking, fantastical sanctuary. Along the Passeig de Gràcia, pass the Casa Batlló, or House of Bones, and the hulking Casa Milà, two impressive Gaudí buildings featuring his characteristic curved facades and “scooped out” windows.

SCENIC SANTA MARIA DE MONTSERRAT ABBEY
DURATION: 5 HOURS 45 MINUTES
Sightseeing* Special Interest* Moderate*

EXPLORE THE COUNTRYSIDE AND THE ABBEY
Visit Catalonia’s most cherished place of pilgrimage with a local guide on this unforgettable excursion. After a drive through the magnificent Catalan countryside, you will board a train at Monistrol de Montserrat station and enjoy a short uphill journey into the Montserrat range, home of Santa Maria de Montserrat, a stunning Benedictine abbey perched more than 4,000 feet above the valley. The abbey has stood here, nestled among dome-like rock formations and craggy peaks, for centuries. During your visit, you will learn about the daily lives of the monks and the story of “La Moreneta,” the “Black Virgin” in the abbey’s basilica. You will also see an audiovisual presentation, “Montserrat Portes Endins” or “Montserrat Behind Closed Doors,” and enjoy a tasting of typical liquors before proceeding to visit the basilica and the chapel of the Virgin.

THE KITCHEN TABLE
DURATION: 2 HOURS
Culinary* Moderate*

JOIN OUR EXECUTIVE CHEF FOR A UNIQUE, MARKET-TO-TABLE EXPERIENCE
Immerse yourself in local culture and cuisine as our Executive Chef leads you on an interactive culinary adventure. In the morning, you will travel by mini-coach to the local market to handpick ingredients under the guidance of our Chef. Later this evening, you will dine on regional dishes prepared by our experienced culinary team, using produce from the market. As you and your fellow guests enjoy this delicious creation at The Kitchen Table, you will also observe the art of plating with each dish. From fresh market fare to cooking techniques and elegant presentation, experience firsthand how your ship’s world-class culinary staff brings distinct, local flavors from the market to your taste buds. It is an unforgettable, one-of-a-kind opportunity to shop, interact and dine with the masters.

THE GOTHIC QUARTER: BACK TO THE ORIGINS OF THE CITY
DURATION: 4 HOURS
Sightseeing* Special Interest* Demanding*

SEE WHERE BARCELONA BEGAN IN THIS ROMANTIC LIVING MUSEUM
Journey into the evocative heart of Barcelona, the Barri Gòtic, where the Romans founded a walled settlement. Today the Gothic Quarter is bounded by Las Ramblas, the lively boulevard famous for its kiosks and tapas bars. But we will focus on two of its most historic treasures, starting with the Romanesque Church of Santa Maria del Pi, set on a romantic plaza and crowned with a bell tower from which you can enjoy marvelous views of the surrounding barrio. Then walk the quarter’s narrow streets to the Museum of the History of Barcelona, or MUHBA, which is housed in a Gothic palace. Here you will see remarkable archaeological treasures from the Roman era to the modern age, with art and artifacts from the old Jewish district, Roman temples, Spanish Civil War industrial buildings and more. After this interesting visit, return to your ship.

BEST OF BARCELONA & OUR LADY OF MONTSERRAT
DURATION: 9 HOURS
Sightseeing* UNESCO* Shopping* Moderate*

DRAMATIC MOUNTAIN RETREAT AND GAUDÍ’S DELIGHTFUL FANTASY PARK
Enjoy a visit to Montserrat Abbey and the beloved Güell Park, one of Antoni Gaudí’s most whimsical creations. Departing the ship, enjoy a drive through the Catalan countryside through the mountains of Montserrat and its Benedictine abbey, perched 4,000 feet above the valley below. Your guide will explain the daily life of the monks and the story of “The Black Virgin,” the statue found in the abbey’s basilica. Afterward, drive back to Barcelona to Güell Park, designed by Gaudí between 1900 and 1914. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, its fluid sculptural forms and bold colors blend harmoniously with the park’s lush setting. After, you will have free time to enjoy lunch on your own in the historic center. En route back to our ship, we will take a relaxing drive around Montjüic mountain, site of several 1992 Summer Olympics events, and the National Museum of Art of Catalonia.

JEWELS OF MODERNISM
DURATION: 4 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Sightseeing* Special Interest* UNESCO* Privileged Access* Demanding*

EXPLORE BARCELONA’S COLORFUL ARCHITECTURE
See two impressive examples of the beautiful and interesting modernist buildings for which Barcelona is renowned. View the Palau de la Música Catalana, one of the world’s leading concert halls and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy its beautiful exteriors and take in its striking interiors. Privileged Access allows you to discover parts of the building not accessible to all. Drive along the elegant avenue Passeig de Gràcia, lined with architectural masterworks, exclusive shops and quality restaurants. Here, visit Casa Amatller, industrial chocolatier Antoni Amatller’s house renovated by artist Josep Puig i Cadafalch. Casa Amatller and neighboring Casa Lleó i Morera and Casa Batlló comprise the “Manzana de la Discordia” (Apple of Discord), so named because the three buildings show very contrasting styles. Enjoy a chocolate bar while your guide explains the intriguing facades before you.

THE ARTISTS OF BARCELONA
DURATION: 7 HOURS
Shopping* Sightseeing* Special Interest* Moderate*

ART AND ARCHITECTURE OF THE CITY’S GREATS: MIRÓ, PICASSO & GAUDÍ
Learn more about the lives and works of Barcelona’s three most famous artists. You will drive to the Joan Miró Foundation, created by famous Catalan painter and sculptor Joan Miró, for a visit to this modern building that houses some of his most interesting pieces. Then continue along the Passeig de Gràcia—this major avenue contains some of the city’s most celebrated buildings, including Casa Amatller, Casa Lleó i Morera, and Gaudí’s Casa Batlló and Casa Milà. Next, stop in El Born, a chic, artistic area within the Old Town. Enjoy free time to walk around, visit the beautiful Gothic Basílica de Santa Maria del Mar or have lunch on your own. Then take a guided tour of the famous Picasso Museum, located in the Palau Aguilar. Enjoy a one-hour guided visit to this museum, to which Picasso himself donated some of his work, before returning to your ship.

GAUDÍ’S HOUSES OF MODERNISM
DURATION: 5 HOURS
Privileged Access* UNESCO* Moderate*

BARCELONA’S FATHER OF ARCHITECTURE
Witness the evolution of Antoni Gaudí’s creative genius as you tour some of his distinctive works. Drive to Casa Vicens, the first project for which the famous architect was commissioned at just 30 years of age. The turreted private house was created for stock and currency broker Manuel Vicens i Montaner in 1885 and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the house and its uniquely designed facade on a Privileged Access® tour followed by a delicious morning snack provided by the Hoffman Culinary School, famed for its artisanal pastries. Continue your discovery of Gaudí as you gaze up at the facade of his masterpiece, La Sagrada Família. Complete your tour at the Passeig de Gràcia, where you will visit the Casa Batlló, or “House of Bones.” Step inside to admire Gaudí’s characteristic curved facades and “scooped-out” windows, then enjoy free time to explore.

LEISURELY WALK THROUGH BARCELONA
DURATION: 3 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Sightseeing* Active* Moderate*

MARVEL AT BARCELONA’S WORLD-RENOWNED ARCHITECTURE
Be captivated by the creativity of architectural genius Antoni Gaudí, and see some of Barcelona’s modern gems. Begin your tour by motor coach with a stop at the imposing La Sagrada Família, whose towers are still under construction today. Continue to the Passeig de Gràcia, where you will begin your walking tour. This avenue is one of Barcelona’s most exclusive and home to some of the city’s most celebrated architectural wonders from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Admire the characteristic curved facades and “scooped out” windows of Gaudí’s Casa Batlló, as well as modernist masterpieces Casa Lleó i Morera and Casa Amatller. Today, the avenue boasts many of Barcelona’s exclusive fashion boutiques and deluxe hotels. After your stroll, relax and sip on a chilled glass of cava before returning to your ship.

*Shore excursions vary by itinerary and are subject to change.

Marseille is rich in historic treasures, nestled between the Mediterranean and rocky hills of limestone. Two 17th-century fortresses dominate the charming Vieux Port, or Old Port, the natural harbor that hosts all manner of watercraft, from sleek elegant yachts to old style fishing vessels. Its picturesque quay is one of the world’s most romantic walks, lined with dozens of cafés and shops. Also worth exploring is the city center, graced by La Canebière boulevard. Linger in a café and sample the city’s signature bouillabaisse made from freshly caught fish.

SHORE EXCURSIONS

SCENIC MARSEILLE (INCLUDED)
DURATION: 3 HOURS
Sightseeing* Shopping* Easy*

CHIC CORNICHES, THE OLD PORT AND THE BUSTLING CITY
Relax on a panoramic drive through Marseille and soak up the atmosphere of this historic port city. Begin your tour by motor coach through the area known as the Vieux Port, or Old Port, where the Greeks landed in 600 BC. Continue along the Corniche du Président John Fitzgerald Kennedy, admiring lovely views of offshore islands and the shimmering Mediterranean coastline. From the comfort of your coach, take in the splendor of Notre Dame de la Garde, the most magnificent building of its kind in southern France. Built in the mid-1800s in Roman-Byzantine style, this basilica displays a statue of the Virgin Mary on the top of its bell tower. Back in downtown Marseille, you can enjoy some free time among the numerous lively cafés, restaurants and quaint streets of this famous bustling port. Feel the welcome of the Marseille locals, or Marseillaise, and leave with wonderful memories of this glorious city.

HISTORIC RELIGIOUS SITES OF MARSEILLE
DURATION: 4 HOURS
Sightseeing* Moderate*

STUNNING CHURCHES OF A EUROPEAN CAPITAL OF CULTURE
Explore the two most significant religious symbols of Marseille, honored as a European Capital of Culture in 2013. The Abbey of St. Victor, one of Marseille’s oldest churches, was completely restored to its former glory in the 1960s. In the abbey’s grounds, according to legend, the relics of the 14th-century Marseille martyr St. Victor are buried. The main church has sarcophagi, fine altars and stained glass windows, and a superb 4th-century stone carving of Victor himself astride a horse. Following your visit, reboard your coach and drive to the imposing Notre Dame de la Garde. Both a fortress and a sanctuary, the basilica is a neo-Byzantine construction studded with beautiful mosaics and murals, built on top of a Romanesque crypt. Located on a hill overlooking the Old Port and Frioul archipelago, this is the most visited site in Marseille and the site of a popular Assumption Day pilgrimage.

WINTER IN CASSIS & CALANQUES
DURATION: 5 HOURS
Shopping* Sightseeing* Easy*

STUNNING NATURAL BEAUTY OF THE MEDITERRANEAN COAST
Journey into a quintessential fishing village and marvel at the geological wonders of Calanques National Park. Join your local guide for a scenic drive to the lovely fishing village of Cassis, following the corniche and passing the Old Port of Marseille along the way. Enjoy a photo stop at the top of Cassis before your coach descends to the bay. At the harbor, you will board a small boat to cruise among the stunning Massif des Calanques, a wild and rugged terrain spanning 12 miles along the coast. This is one of France’s great areas of natural beauty. The steep-walled inlets and bays of this national park are the geological marvels of southern France. Caves once inhabited by Neolithic man lie beneath the surface of these towering rock formations. Back on dry land, enjoy free time in Cassis before returning to your ship.

DISCOVER AIX-EN-PROVENCE
DURATION: 4 HOURS
Shopping* Sightseeing* Moderate*

LEAFY AVENUES, HEALING WATERS AND A CENTURIES-OLD CATHEDRAL
Walk through the leafy avenues of this historic fortified town and admire its ancient fountains and architecture. Aix-en-Provence, Provence’s most elegant town, is just a 45-minute drive from port. Upon arrival, enjoy a guided walk passing through the Cours Mirabeau, a wide and lively avenue shaded by trees. It was built in the 17th century on the site of the medieval ramparts. Of interest here are the aristocratic facades of the old hotels, with their finely carved doorways and wrought-iron balconies. In the Cathedral of St. Sauveur, admire the architectural styles ranging from the 5th to the 17th centuries. Also visit Aix’s numerous fountains, the most famous of which was built over natural hot springs in 1734. Its water was appreciated by the Romans some 2,000 years ago for its healing properties. After your walking tour, enjoy free time to stroll around or to browse the shops before returning to Marseille.

AVIGNON & PALACE OF THE POPES
DURATION: 8 HOURS
Shopping* Sightseeing* UNESCO* Moderate*

A MEDIEVAL PALACE AND ARTISTIC CULTURE
Arrive in Avignon to a splendid view of the Palais des Papes (Palace of the Popes), set majestically on Dome Rock. This Provençal town served as the papal seat of the Roman Catholic Church from 1309 to 1377. Today, Avignon is a town of art and culture best known for its annual July arts festival and the famous Pont d’Avignon, the medieval bridge spanning the Rhône River. Inside the well-preserved fortified city walls, explore the immense Palais des Papes, one of the largest buildings of its time. Covering over two and a half acres in a maze of galleries, chambers, chapels and passages, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is a delight to behold. After your visit to the Palace of the Popes, you will enjoy a guided walking tour of the town followed by free time for lunch on your own and a stroll through Avignon’s beautiful streets.

IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF VAN GOGH
DURATION: 8 HOURS
Meal* Shopping* Sightseeing* Demanding*

WHEAT FIELDS AND VISTAS OF VAN GOGH’S PAINTINGS
Contemplate van Gogh’s artistry in the fields, monasteries, chapels and villages depicted in his paintings. After wandering through the town of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, you will be driven to the St. Paul de Mausole Monastery, a masterpiece of Provençal Romanesque art. From the top of the beautiful two-story square steeple, topped by a pyramidal roof, you can see the wheat field that Vincent van Gogh painted during his year of confinement. You will enjoy a delicious lunch in the amazing eagle’s-nest village of Les Baux-de-Provence. Built on a rocky spur in the Alpilles mountain range and offering great views of the countryside and vineyards, the village is full of Gothic and Renaissance houses. Your guide will take you on a stroll past the 12th-century Church of St. Vincent and the 17th-century Chapel of the White Penitents and along the narrow and winding streets lined with local craftsmen.

ARLES & CAMARGUE
DURATION: 8 HOURS
Shopping* Sightseeing* Meal* Moderate*

ROMAN ARLES AND A COUNTRYSIDE RANCH
Immerse yourself in glorious Roman history in Arles, one of the country’s centers of Gallo-Roman art. Once a provincial capital, Arles’s Roman and Romanesque monuments are now listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Visit the imposing amphitheater, Les Arènes d’Arles, and admire the graceful Romanesque Church of Saint-Trôphime, renowned for its glorious carvings. You will journey to a ranch in the heart of the French countryside and enjoy a delicious lunch. Then, tour the facility—which is home to 500 Camargue horses and bulls—discover its history and learn about a typical working day. Subject to weather conditions, you may have the opportunity to witness a grand show featuring these magnificent animals and their handlers, or a traditional folk performance, before returning to your ship.

HANDICRAFTS IN MARSEILLE
DURATION: 4 HOURS
Sightseeing* Working World* Moderate*

CRAFTED CLAY-FIRED FIGURINES AND THE NOTRE DAME DE LA GARDE BASILICA
Discover the art of santon figurine making at a handicraft workshop. You will visit an Aubagne studio and its museum, hosting more than 400 figures, depicted in captivating and picturesque scenes. Santons ("little saints") are small, hand-painted terra-cotta nativity scene figurines produced in the Provence region. A traditional Provençal crèche includes 55 individual figures representing various characters from Provençal village life—such as the scissors grinder, the fishwife, the blind man, and the chestnut seller. The first clay santons were created during the French Revolution, when churches were forcibly closed and their large nativity scenes prohibited. Afterward, return to Marseille to visit Notre Dame de la Garde. Both a fortress and a sanctuary, the basilica is a neo-Byzantine construction studded with beautiful mosaics and murals, built on top of a Romanesque crypt. Set on a hill overlooking the Old Port and Frioul archipelago, this is one of Marseille’s most loved sites.

LE CASTELLET & WINE TASTING
DURATION: 5 HOURS
Sightseeing* Snack* Working World* Moderate*

HILLTOP PROVENÇAL VILLAGES AND VINEYARD VISIT
Explore a historic 11th-century hilltop village and delight in the sumptuous wines of Bandol. Entering Le Castellet via two fortified gateways, you will enjoy a walking tour and free time among its small squares lined with beautiful old houses that have been carefully restored, quaint streets, artisans’ workshops and a 12th-century church. Wind your way up to Le Castellet’s most iconic feature, an 11th-century castle that sits majestically atop a hillside. The views from the castle and village are magnificent, with beautiful vistas of the Bandol vineyards. Descending into the plains beneath Le Castellet, your drive will bring you to Saint-Cyr-sur-Mer, a stunning seaside locale whose beach is surrounded by pine forests. Here, you will learn wine-making techniques and sample local Bandol wines and olive oil at the Domaine de Frégate winery—a wonderful end to an enriching day.

DINNER AT A MICHELIN STARRED RESTAURANT
DURATION: 4 HOURS
Meal* Easy*

EXQUISITE FRENCH CUISINE IN A ROMANTIC MEDITERRANEAN SETTING
Savor the exquisite taste of fine French cuisine in this unique Mediterranean dining experience. Begin your tour with a scenic drive along the coastal road to the Michelin starred restaurant L’Épuisette. Perched next to the small fishing port of Vallon des Auffes with its Corniche du Président John Fitzgerald Kennedy promenade, this is an ideal venue for a chic evening ashore. After a welcoming glass of champagne, delight in the flavors of delicious French cuisine. In a private room dedicated to your group, you will be served a visually beautiful and elegant five-course meal. The menus are designed by Chef Guillaume Sourrieu, who returned to his roots in Marseille after 15 years of touring top-class restaurants in France. The menus include freshly sourced fruits de mer and fish served on platters, dressed with sensational sauces and delicately decorated with seasonal flowers. A truly memorable gastronomic experience, overlooking the shimmering azure Mediterranean Sea.

PROVENÇAL PICNIC & AIX-EN-PROVENCE
DURATION: 8 HOURS
Meal* Privileged Access* Easy*

SAVOR EXQUISITE WINES AND VISIT CHARMING FRENCH TOWN
Soak up the idyllic Provençal countryside during a winery picnic and visit Aix-en-Provence. Embark on a scenic journey inland through the rolling French countryside to the foothills of Mt. Sainte-Victoire, the location of Château Gassier. Named after a nearby limestone mountain ridge, this bucolic winery is renowned for producing rosé wines and has been a certified organic vintner since 2016. Head into the heart of the vineyard, where you will be treated to a tasting of several vintages while enjoying a picnic lunch and beautiful views of Mt. Sainte-Victoire—made famous by the many paintings of Post-Impressionist painter Paul Cézanne. Afterward, you will travel to the charming town of Aix-en-Provence. Take a guided stroll along the lively Cours Mirabeau, a lively avenue built during the 17th century, and admire the elegant facades of old buildings. Then, enjoy free time to explore on your own, before returning to your ship.

SUMMER IN CASSIS & CALANQUES
DURATION: 6 HOURS
Shopping* Sightseeing* Moderate*

STUNNING NATURAL BEAUTY OF THE MEDITERRANEAN COAST
Journey into a quintessential fishing village and marvel at the geological wonders of Calanques National Park. Join your local guide for a scenic drive to the lovely fishing village of Cassis, passing Cap Canaille, France’s highest sea cliff, along the way. Your coach will drop you off at the top of Cassis, where you will board a mini-train to take you to the bay area. At the harbor, embark a small boat to cruise among the stunning Massif des Calanques, a wild and rugged terrain spanning 12 miles along the coast. This is one of France’s great areas of natural beauty. The steep-walled inlets and bays of this national park are the geological marvels of southern France. Caves once inhabited by Neolithic man lie beneath the surface of these towering rock formations. Back on dry land, enjoy free time in Cassis before returning to your ship.

*Shore excursions vary by itinerary and are subject to change.

The chic city of Monte Carlo in the petite kingdom of Monaco boasts some of the world’s most exclusive shopping and a beautiful old port. A fairy-tale aura has settled on this glittering city of the Grimaldi family, perhaps nowhere more elegantly than at the Prince’s Palace, where the late American actress-turned-princess Grace Kelly presided with Prince Rainier III. Monte Carlo’s medieval quarter perches on “The Rock,” an escarpment at the foot of the Maritime Alps, and offers spectacular views of the Mediterranean and the harbor lined with mega-yachts.

SHORE EXCURSIONS

WALKING TOUR OF MONACO (INCLUDED)
DURATION: 3 HOURS
Shopping* Sightseeing* Moderate*

THE BEAUTY OF MONACO
Set out on a walking tour through the heart of the medieval quarter of Monaco, known as The Rock. The Mediterranean will make a spectacular backdrop as you stroll to the foot of The Rock, then head uphill with your guide. In Monaco’s main square, the Place du Palais, see the Prince’s Palace of Monaco, home to the House of Grimaldi since 1297. Then pass St. Nicholas Cathedral. A young church by European standards, it was consecrated in 1875. This is the burial site of the royal family, including American actress-turned-princess Grace Kelly. Also admire the majestic Oceanographic Museum, soaring above the sea on a cliffside. Returning to the Place du Palais, depending on the time of your tour, you may have the opportunity to watch the daily changing of the guard outside the palace walls. Remain in town to shop or have lunch on your own before returning to your ship.

LEISURELY WALKING TOUR OF MONACO
DURATION: 3 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Sightseeing* Shopping* Moderate*

THE BEAUTY OF MONACO
Take a relaxed, easy walking tour through The Rock, the heart of the medieval quarter of Monaco. The Mediterranean will make a spectacular backdrop as you walk to the foot of The Rock, then make your way uphill with your guide. In Monaco’s main square, the Place du Palais, see the Prince’s Palace of Monaco, home to the House of Grimaldi, before passing St. Nicholas Cathedral. This is the burial site of the royal family, including American actress-turned-princess Grace Kelly. Admire the majestic Oceanographic Museum, soaring above the sea on a cliff side. Upon returning to the Place du Palais, depending on the time of day, you may be able to watch the daily changing of the guard outside the palace walls. Remain in town to shop or have lunch on your own before returning to your ship. Note: This tour will progress at a speed suited to those who may experience difficulty walking.

PRINCE'S PALACE OF MONACO
DURATION: 2 HOURS
Sightseeing* Privileged Access* Moderate*

THE GRACE OF THE GRIMALDIS
Enjoy an exclusive private tour of the Prince's Palace of Monaco on this special excursion. You will walk the short distance through Old Town to the palace, which began as a military stronghold. Today it is a sumptuous residence said to have been influenced by Fontainebleau. Take a stroll through the impressive courtyard to the chapel dedicated to St. Dévota, the patron saint of Monaco. In the Gallery of Hercules, admire the decor of mythical figures. After passing through the Mirror Gallery, inspired by the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles, continue to the spectacular State Apartments: the Red Room, the York Room and the Yellow Room, modeled after Louis XV’s bedchamber. Several richly decorated reception rooms lead to the Throne Room, where state business is conducted still today. You will end your visit in the Great Dining Room. On rare occasions the visit may be cancelled due to state business.

EXCLUSIVE VISIT TO VILLA ROTHSCHILD
DURATION: 4 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Sightseeing* Snack* Special Interest* Privileged Access* Moderate*

JEWEL OF THE FRENCH RIVIERA
Gain Privileged Access to one of the most prestigious villas along the French Riviera. From Monte Carlo, board your motor coach and enjoy a scenic drive along the charming peninsula, peppered with stunning properties. In Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, you will arrive at the grounds of the Villa and Gardens Ephrussi de Rothschild, where you will be greeted by our expert guide. Immerse yourself in the grandeur of the spectacular villa, which houses a priceless collection that the Baroness Béatrice Ephrussi de Rothschild assembled throughout her life. The decor is inspired by the great Renaissance residences of Venice and Florence, and the property is surrounded by seven gardens of different themes. View an exceptional collection of porcelain, furniture, carpets, tapestries and canvases. Sip a glass of champagne as you marvel at the wonderful views. Enjoy free time to stroll around the gardens before heading back to your ship.

WALKING TOUR OF NICE & MUSÉE MATISSE
DURATION: 8 HOURS
Meal* Special Interest* Sightseeing* Moderate*

IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF MATISSE
Take in the lovely ambience of Nice, capital of the French Riviera, which so inspired impressionist Henri Matisse. Join your local guide for a scenic drive along the coast, pausing for a photo stop along the way. Enjoy a walking tour of Old Town, passing through Cours Saleya, the flower market immortalized in Matisse’s Festival of Flowers. You will also see the impressive Opéra de Nice and the Cathédrale Sainte-Réparate de Nice. Drive up Cimiez Hill to the Musée Matisse, a 17th-century villa not far from the Hotel Regina where the artist lived. Browse his beautiful paintings, many of which depict daily life in Nice. You may also walk the short distance to the Franciscan Monastery of Cimiez, where Matisse is buried. Use your free time here to enjoy the immaculate Italianate gardens and views of Nice and Baie des Anges (Bay of Angels).

PERFUMES OF GRASSE & ST. PAUL
DURATION: 8 HOURS
Special Interest* Shopping* Sightseeing* Moderate*

THE SIGHTS AND SCENTS OF FRANCE
Venture deeper into France on this excursion to a perfumed land and see where a medieval hill town thrives. Enjoy a scenic drive into the wide-open countryside to the seductive town of Grasse. Spread out over the foothills of a limestone plateau, it overlooks the perfumed fields that have brought it fame and riches. Visit one of its perfumeries to see how rose, jasmine, lavender and thyme are distilled into their essence. You will also traverse the spectacular gorges of the River Loup to the fortified hill town of Saint-Paul de Vence. Walk past its exquisite medieval painted houses and their fine loggias and visit the Fondation Maeght, which houses a fantastic collection of modern and contemporary art. After an introduction, you may explore the various buildings and collections on your own, perhaps lingering over works by Bonnard, Braque, Calder, Giacometti and many more.

FRENCH RIVIERA BY HELICOPTER
DURATION: 1 HOUR
Easy*

FLIGHTSEEING FRANCE
Soar over Monaco and the French Riviera on this exhilarating and fascinating “flightseeing” excursion. You will transfer to the Monaco Heliport to meet your helicopter and your highly experienced pilot. During your 20 minutes in the air, you will get a true sense of how small Monte Carlo and Monaco are, nestled snugly between limestone cliffs and the sparkling Mediterranean. As you rise into the air and the glittering palatial buildings shrink into the landscape, you will follow the coast to the Bay of Garavan, lapping at the shores of Menton. Fly over the lush gardens of the medieval hill town of Èze and the wide blue bay of Villefranche-sur-Mer. See Cape Ferrat jutting out into the sea, dotted with spectacular villas. Beyond the hills, see the French countryside stretching toward Provence and the French Alps. Throughout your breathtaking flight, you will want to have your camera ready to capture it all.

NICE, ÈZE & MONTE CARLO
DURATION: 8 HOURS 15 MINUTES
Sightseeing* Shopping* Demanding*

A GRAND PANORAMA OF THE FRENCH RIVIERA
Immerse yourself in cultural gems and scenic splendor on this full-day excursion to the French Riviera. Join your guide for a drive to the “Pearl of the Côte d’Azur,” Nice. Here, you will admire the palm-lined Promenade des Anglais and explore the colorful flower and fruit market of Old Nice. Your scenic drive continues past spectacular views of Cap Ferrat and Beaulieu to the magnificent medieval hill town of Èze, perched on a seaside promontory. You will have time to stroll its charming stone streets before returning to Monte Carlo and “The Rock,” the city’s cliffside medieval quarter. After lunch on your own, stroll past the Oceanographic Museum, St. Nicholas Cathedral and Prince’s Palace. Then enjoy a drive along a portion of the Grand Prix Motor Race circuit to the famous Grand Casino, where you will have time to admire coastal views from its elegant terrace or try your luck inside.

THE KITCHEN TABLE
DURATION: 1 HOUR 30 MINUTES
Culinary* Moderate*

JOIN OUR EXECUTIVE CHEF FOR A UNIQUE, MARKET-TO-TABLE EXPERIENCE
Immerse yourself in local culture and cuisine as our Executive Chef leads you on an interactive culinary adventure. In the morning, you will travel by mini-coach to the local market to handpick ingredients under the guidance of our Chef. Later this evening, you will dine on regional dishes prepared by our experienced culinary team, using produce from the market. As you and your fellow guests enjoy this delicious creation at The Kitchen Table, you will also observe the art of plating with each dish. From fresh market fare to cooking techniques and elegant presentation, experience firsthand how your ship’s world-class culinary staff brings distinct, local flavors from the market to your taste buds. It is an unforgettable, one-of-a-kind opportunity to shop, interact and dine with the masters.

NICE ON YOUR OWN
DURATION: 4 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Shopping* Easy*

FIND YOUR OWN INSPIRATION IN THE CITY OF MATISSE
Uncover the charms of Nice, one of the French Riviera’s most romantic cities, at your leisure. Enjoy a drive along the panoramic Middle Corniche, arriving in this picturesque Mediterranean city in about 45 minutes. Your driver will deliver you to the seaside Promenade des Anglais, and meet you back here three hours hence. Stroll the promenade, a splendid palm-lined boulevard stretching three miles along the Baie des Anges, or Bay of Angels. Later, walk a few blocks from the bay into Vieux Nice, the Old Town. Its centerpiece is the charming Cours Saleya, the Riviera’s largest flower market immortalized in Matisse’s Festival of Flowers, open every day except Monday, when a flea market unfolds here; it also closes Sunday afternoon. You can also admire the impressive Opéra de Nice and the Cathédrale Sainte-Réparate de Nice with its lush baroque interior.

WALKING TOUR OF NICE & VILLA ROTHSCHILD
DURATION: 8 HOURS
Meal* Special Interest* Sightseeing* Moderate*

SEE PRICELESS ART AND AN INSPIRING FLOWER MARKET
Breathe in the lovely ambience of Nice, capital of the French Riviera, that inspired impressionist Henri Matisse. A variety of famous residents have found a home and inspiration here over the years. Join your local guide for a scenic coastal drive, pausing for a photo stop along the way. Enjoy a walking tour of the Old Town, passing through Cours Saleya, the flower market immortalized in Matisse’s Festival of Flowers. You will also see the impressive Opéra de Nice and the Cathédrale Sainte-Réparate de Nice. After having lunch in Nice, drive along the dramatic winding road to Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, home to some of the most sumptuous villas on the French Riviera. Arriving in this small enclave, visit Villa Rothschild, created to showcase Baroness Béatrice Ephrussi de Rothschild’s priceless art collection. After exploring the villa’s interior, take a stroll through its Spanish and Japanese gardens before returning to your ship.

GARDENS OF MONTE CARLO
DURATION: 4 HOURS
Sightseeing* Special Interest* Moderate*

FLOURISHING DISPLAYS OF FLORA AND FAUNA
Discover the lush green gardens that weave through the tiny Principality of Monaco. Sustainable development features high on the agenda of the current monarch, Prince Albert II, with protection of the local environment being among the most important political priorities. Meet your expert local guide and enjoy a tour of two spectacular green spaces. Visit the Exotic Garden of Monaco, home to a wide variety of plants that flourish in the open air surroundings. See many species of flowering cactus, and enjoy a wonderful panorama over The Rock. Head to the Monte Carlo district and enjoy a scenic drive. Stop at the Japanese Garden, set in an area of 23,000 square feet. Stroll through the grounds and admire the execution of Zen principles. Experience a sense of peace and tranquility in these beautiful surroundings, which combine stone, water and vegetation. Enjoy free time to explore before returning to your ship.

PANORAMIC CÔTE D’AZUR
DURATION: 3 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Sightseeing* Shopping* Easy*

SCENIC SIGHTS OF THE RIVIERA
Enjoy a drive along the Côte d’Azur and take in vistas of the Principality of Monaco. Squeezed into less than a square mile of territory, it is the world’s second smallest country, larger than only the Vatican. A magnet for high rollers and famous for its annual Grand Prix motor race, it has been a playground for the rich and famous since the early 20th century. Drive through Monte Carlo, home to the royal Grimaldi family, who have reigned here for over 700 years. Admire the super yachts in the harbor, drive through the famous Grand Prix hairpin turn and along the Middle Corniche, passing Èze village. Stop for a photo at Mt. Boron and enjoy panoramic views. At the Promenade des Anglais, take a gentle stroll along the oceanfront as you gaze across the Mediterranean. Continue along the Lower Corniche, stopping to admire the views at the Bay of Villefranche before rejoining your ship.

NICE BY FOOT & CHAGALL MUSEUM
DURATION: 8 HOURS
Meal* Sightseeing* Special Interest* UNESCO* Moderate*

“PEARL OF THE CÔTE D’AZUR” AND THE WORKS OF CHAGALL
Admire the lovely ambience of Nice, the capital of the French Riviera that has inspired artists for generations. Join your knowledgeable local guide for a scenic drive by motor coach along the coast, pausing for a photo stop along the way. Enjoy a walking tour of the Old Town, passing through Cours Saleya. You will also see the impressive Opéra de Nice and the Cathédrale Sainte-Réparate de Nice. After having a delightful lunch in Nice, drive up Cimiez Hill to the Marc Chagall National Museum, home to a collection of the painter’s works—especially those inspired by religion. After time to explore, take a short drive to the Franciscan Monastery of Cimiez Hill. Here, you will have an opportunity to stroll the immaculate Italianate gardens and admire the views of Nice and Baie des Anges (Bay of Angels). Your tour will conclude back at your ship.

*Shore excursions vary by itinerary and are subject to change.

Tuscany is known equally as the cradle of the Renaissance and a center of culinary delights and astounding wines. Throughout this emerald-green countryside dotted with cypress trees, endless delights unfold. Among them is Florence, a living museum of the Renaissance. Brunelleschi’s famous Duomo dominates the medieval cityscape—an architectural achievement. Another Tuscan treasure, the Square of Miracles, unfolds in Pisa. Here, a trinity of masterpieces—the Leaning Tower, Pisa Cathedral and Baptistery—comprise some of Europe’s finest art and architecture.

SHORE EXCURSIONS

FROM TUSCANY TO PISA (INCLUDED)
DURATION: 4 HOURS
Sightseeing* Moderate*

A TOUR OF ITALY’S SQUARE OF MIRACLES
See the famous Leaning Tower and its magnificent Square of Miracles on this included tour. You will join your guide for a scenic drive through Tuscany to Pisa. The origins of this ancient city are unclear, but the presence of an Etruscan necropolis points to a long history. Upon arrival, walk to the Piazza dei Miracoli, or the Square of Miracles, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Admire the Pisa Cathedral, its marble-clad Romanesque facade decorated with Byzantine-inspired mosaics. It is said that Galileo formulated his theory of pendulums here by observing an incense burner swinging from the ceiling. Also in the square, you will see the grand circular Baptistery, the Leaning Tower, which took 177 years to build, and the walled Camposanto Monumentale, said to be the most beautiful cemetery in the world. After your tour, you will return to your ship.

FLORENCE & THE LEANING TOWER OF PISA
DURATION: 10 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Sightseeing* UNESCO* Demanding*

A TOUR THROUGH FLORENCE AND PISA
Witness the splendors of the Renaissance in two of Tuscany’s most renowned cultural centers: Florence and Pisa. A scenic drive through the Tuscan countryside brings you to Florence, where you will enjoy an informative walking tour. From the city’s pedestrian zone, pass the magnificent Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, with its massive dome designed by Brunelleschi, the nearby Baptistery and the Giotto’s Bell Tower. At the Piazza della Signoria, admire the Palazzo Vecchio, the power center of the Florentine Republic. See the medieval Ponte Vecchio, the city’s only bridge to survive World War II, and the Basilica di Santa Croce, resting place of Michelangelo. Enjoy lunch before exploring more architectural wonders in Pisa. You will see the Square of Miracles and its famous Leaning Tower, Cathedral, Baptistery and the Camposanto Monumentale, called the world’s most beautiful cemetery.

FLORENCE & THE PITTI PALACE
DURATION: 9 HOURS 15 MINUTES
Sightseeing* UNESCO* Meal* Demanding*

HISTORIC AND ARTISTIC ITALY
Discover why Florence has been called a work of art as you explore the city and one of its beautiful museums. You will drive through the Tuscan countryside with your guide, then enjoy a walking tour from the pedestrian zone. You will see the city’s architectural brilliance everywhere: Pass the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore with Brunelleschi’s Dome, the Baptistery and Giotto’s Bell Tower. On the Piazza della Signoria, admire the Palazzo Vecchio, once the center of Florentine power. Pass the shops of the medieval Ponte Vecchio, the only bridge in the city to survive World War II. On the south bank of the Arno River, visit the Palazzo Pitti, the city’s largest art museum. Its collection comprises more than 500 mainly Renaissance works in the glorious Palatine Gallery. Afterward, you will return to Livorno and your awaiting ship.

ITALY’S ART & ARCHITECTURE
DURATION: 10 HOURS
Sightseeing* UNESCO* Meal* Shopping* Demanding*

TOUR FLORENCE AND THE ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS
Explore the Renaissance treasures of Florence, including Michelangelo’s famous David, on an enlightening excursion. You will drive through the Tuscan countryside with your guide, who will lead you past the city’s major sights on a walking tour. Marvel at the magnificent Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore with Brunelleschi’s Dome and the nearby Baptistery and Giotto’s Bell Tower. On the Piazza della Signoria, admire the Palazzo Vecchio, the former seat of Florentine might. You will also walk to the Arno River to see the medieval Ponte Vecchio, lined today with jewelry makers and other artisans. At the Accademia Gallery, one of the city’s most prestigious galleries, you will see some of Michelangelo’s flawless sculptures, including David, his most famous, and many other great Renaissance works of art. After your explorations, you will have free time to discover more of Florence on your own.

THE RENAISSANCE TREASURES OF FLORENCE
DURATION: 10 HOURS
Sightseeing* UNESCO* Meal* Demanding*

VISIT ONE OF THE CITY’S GREAT ART INSTITUTIONS
See Florence’s treasured works of art in its spectacular public architecture and at one of its renowned museums. During the Medici rule, Florence exploded into a Renaissance of art and culture and the legacy lives on every corner. Drive with your guide to the Uffizi Gallery. Here, gaze upon brilliant works by da Vinci, Botticelli, Michelangelo, Rembrandt and others. Then, take a walking tour of the city, passing the magnificent Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore with Brunelleschi’s Dome and the Baptistery, adjacent to the Giotto’s Bell Tower. Admire the mighty Palazzo Vecchio overlooking Piazza della Signoria and the sculptural masterworks in the Loggia dei Lanzi. You will also stroll to the medieval Ponte Vecchio spanning the Arno River. Pass the Accademia Gallery and learn about some of Michelangelo’s flawless sculptures, including his famous David, and many other great works of art.

SCENIC LUCCA & PISA
DURATION: 8 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Sightseeing* Shopping* Demanding*

STEP BACK IN TIME TO A PICTURESQUE PAST
Admire one of Tuscany’s best-preserved medieval cities and marvel at the architecture in Pisa’s Square of Miracles. A scenic drive through Tuscany with your guide takes you to Lucca. The walls surrounding this atmospheric city, built in stages from the 11th to the 17th centuries, remain completely intact; you will feel as though you have stepped back in time as you pass through its ramparts. On a walking tour, follow the medieval bastions and cobblestone streets past the Basilica di San Frediano and Roman amphitheater. View the charming interior and artwork in the Cattedrale di San Martino. You will have time to explore its quiet warrens on your own. Upon arrival in Pisa, walk from the coach park to the Square of Miracles. Here, you will visit the 13th-century Romanesque Cathedral and circular Baptistery. During free time, you can ponder the famous Leaning Tower and explore the Camposanto Monumentale, called the world’s most beautiful cemetery.

A DAY IN TUSCANY
DURATION: 8 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Sightseeing* UNESCO* Meal* Special Interest* Moderate*

TOUR HISTORIC AND BEAUTIFUL SAN GIMIGNANO
Indulge in two enchanting experiences: a stroll through the hill town of San Gimignano and lunch at a Tuscan farm. After a scenic drive through the countryside, arrive at the walls surrounding San Gimignano, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will marvel at the city’s medieval architecture, including its 14 towers. Some believe they were part of the fortifications, while others think they were built to demonstrate the wealth of dueling families. Walk with your guide past the elegant southern gate, or Porta San Giovanni. Stroll through the Piazza della Cisterna, with its herringbone pattern of bricks, and the Piazza del Duomo, home to impressive palaces. For lunch, travel to a local farm and dine among ancient olive groves and vineyards with spectacular views of San Gimignano. You can also visit the farm’s winery for a tasting.

TUSCANY WINE TASTING
DURATION: 5 HOURS
Special Interest* Snack* Local Life* Easy*

ENJOY LOCAL WINES IN THE COUNTRYSIDE
Join Italians for a wine tasting at the Torre a Cenaia estate, where wine is always served. This 15th-century estate is one of Tuscany’s hidden gems, 1,200 acres of rolling hills, vineyards, olive groves and ancient woodland once run by an aristocratic Florentine family. As you drive down a scenic cypress-lined avenue, thereby approaching the sprawling manor, you will enter a world of historic villas and the local, private family church. Upon arrival, you will learn from an estate guide the philosophy behind their wine production. At the winery, you can visit the cellars before starting your tasting. If you would like, you can purchase those you have tasted or arrange to have them shipped directly to your home. At the end of your tour, board your motor coach for the return journey to your ship.

FLORENCE ON YOUR OWN
DURATION: 9 HOURS
Shopping* UNESCO* Easy*

EXPLORE THIS ITALIAN JEWEL HOWEVER YOU’D LIKE
Follow your own interests on this independent excursion, whether visiting must-see treasures or lesser-known gems. Transfer to the city with your escort, who will provide advice on tailoring your time here to suit your desires. You will receive a map, as well as directions to places you’d like to visit, before being dropped off in the city’s pedestrian zone. From here, all of Florence will be at your feet. Marvel at the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore and ascend Brunelleschi’s Dome, which marked the beginning of the Renaissance. Browse the jewelry and artisan stalls along the Ponte Vecchio, the medieval bridge over the Arno River. Or just linger in a piazza with espresso or a glass of chianti. At an allotted time, you will meet your escort at a prearranged location for your return to your ship.

COOKING IN A TUSCAN CASTLE
DURATION: 7 HOURS
Privileged Access* Meal* Easy*

A PRIVATE LESSON IN ONE OF ITALY’S MOST BELOVED TRADITIONS
Experience pure Tuscany with a guided private tour of a castle and a cooking lesson in the castle’s modern kitchen. Journey through rolling countryside to the medieval Castello del Trebbio, perched atop a hill with spectacular views. Built by the Pazzi family, powerful Florentine nobles, the castle today is owned by the Bai Macario family of winemakers. Explore its rooms with your guide and visit the cellars where wine is aged in massive casks. Accompany your private chef to the kitchen, where you will learn to make pasta dough from local ingredients and sauce from local tomatoes, herbs and spices. Your lesson complete, retire to the dining room for delicious hors d’oeuvres and the pasta and sauces you helped prepare. Savor it all in this magnificent setting, accompanied by local wines and some delicious sweet Tuscan delicacies. Return to your ship through the rolling Tuscan countryside.

SCENIC BOAT RIDE & VILLA PUCCINI
DURATION: 4 HOURS
Sightseeing* Moderate*

INSPIRATION TO THE GREAT ITALIAN OPERAS
Visit the home of one of Italy’s greatest composers and view his mausoleum. La Bohème, Turandot and Tosca are among the most revered Italian operas. Their writer, Giacomo Puccini, remains among the most celebrated musical artists in the world. You will join your guide to experience the small community where many of these inspiring masterpieces were created: Torre del Lago, on the shores of Lake Massaciuccoli, and Villa Puccini, today preserved as a museum by the composer’s granddaughter. Upon arrival in Torre del Lago, enjoy a scenic cruise on the lake, protected by the World Wildlife Federation and by the Italian League for Bird Protection. As you cruise on the pristine waters, sip a glass of local wine as the mesmerizing melodies of the maestro’s operas float upon the water. Afterward, visit Villa Puccini, where personal artifacts, including his beautifully crafted piano, reveal the daily life of the genius.

LUCCA ON YOUR OWN
DURATION: 4 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Shopping* Easy*

A MEDIEVAL ITALIAN GEM
Explore Lucca, a small medieval town steeped in history and culture. Sheltered by the remains of the fortress walls, Lucca offers breathtaking scenery in the heart of Tuscany. Begin your tour with a scenic drive. Upon arrival, your escort will lead you to the town center. Here, you will explore on your own the pedestrianized Renaissance wall walkways, palaces and pretty piazzas. Majestically rising to dominate the skyline in the main piazza is the stunning Duomo. Admire the oval-shaped amphitheater, built on foundations of an ancient Roman site and surrounded by some of Lucca’s finest examples of ancient architecture from the 4th century. The magnificent octagonal Baptistery of St. John stands in both the Piazza del Duomo and the Piazza San Giovanni. Wander the quaint streets, browse the shops and admire the picturesque surroundings before you meet up with your Viking Representative to head back to your ship.

FIAT 500 EXPERIENCE & FLORENCE ON YOUR OWN
DURATION: 9 HOURS
Shopping* Sightseeing* UNESCO* Easy*

CITY, COUNTRYSIDE AND TUSCAN HILLS
Discover Florence on your own and enjoy two hours touring the Tuscan hills with a local in an iconic Fiat 500. You will transfer to the city with your escort, who will provide advice on tailoring your time in the Tuscan capital and a map of key sights and points of interest. Next, you will meet your driver and head for the Tuscan hills in a vintage Fiat 500. Drive through the beautiful countryside of Impruneta and admire traces of its Etruscan past. You will also enjoy a stop at Michelangelo Square and a delicious gelato, as you soak up the views of Florence from a vantage point. Return to Florence and enjoy an afternoon to explore. Marvel at the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, ascend Brunelleschi’s Dome, or simply browse the jewelry and artisan stalls along the Ponte Vecchio, before returning to your ship.

LEONARDO DA VINCI’S MUSEUM & HISTORIC LUCCA
DURATION: 8 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Shopping* Sightseeing* Special Interest* Moderate*

A MASTER PAINTER’S WORKS AND A HISTORIC MEDIEVAL TOWN
Admire the Leonardo da Vinci Museum’s displays showcasing his works as a scholar, inventor and genius of his time. Leonardo Da Vinci completed a number of manuscripts, detailing notes and sketches on his studies of flight and civil engineering. You will visit the museum and witness reconstructions of some of da Vinci’s work. The displays bring to life da Vinci’s ideas, and there are several machines that highlight the extraordinary nature of this great mind from the Renaissance and its rebirth, over 500 years ago. Next, you continue to Lucca, a lively town surrounded by an old fortified wall. Your guide will accompany you to the historic town center, where you will then enjoy free time to stroll through the pedestrian area and discover the hidden treasures of this medieval jewel before returning to your ship.

WINE REGION OF CHIANTI
DURATION: 9 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Meal* Shopping* Sightseeing* Working World* Moderate*

HISTORIC CELLAR IN THE HEART OF THE TUSCAN COUNTRYSIDE
Marvel at picturesque Greve, with its beautiful archway buildings decorating the fringes of the village square. Depart your ship and enjoy a scenic journey through the lush green pastures of the Tuscan countryside, which resemble the picture postcard images of Tuscany. Arrive in Greve and enjoy a guided tour of the village, admiring the stunning archways and alleys, surrounded from above by stunning floral balcony displays. Enjoy free time to browse the boutique shops or simply find your shady spot and watch the world go by. Next, you will visit the 9th-century Vicchiomaggio Castle, now once again among the elite of Chianti estates thanks to its current owner, John Matta. Named winemaker of the year in 2002 and 2005, Vicchiomaggio is consistently recognized as one of Italy’s top producers. Enjoy a tour of the historic wine cellar and a sumptuous dinner at the castle before returning to your ship.

CARRARA MARBLE QUARRY & MINING TOWN
DURATION: 4 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Sightseeing* Special Interest* Working World* Moderate*

DRAMATIC VISTA AND UP-CLOSE VIEW
Visit the Carrara marble quarry, which has long been a favorite of some of the world’s most famous sculptors. Begin your tour with a scenic drive and admire the views of the Apuan Alps that sit majestically as a backdrop to the stunning coastline. Arrive at the quarry and embark on a 4x4 tour that gives you an up-close view of the mines, and travels to the top of the marble cliffs for a sweeping view of the quarry, the coast and the city below. Your guide will explain the history of the quarry and its marble, which was first quarried during Roman times and used to build famous landmarks such as the Pantheon and by renowned artists such as Michelangelo. Afterward, you will enjoy refreshments and a taste of the local specialty lardo,a cured meat with herbs and spices, before returning to your ship.

OVERLAND TO BEAUTIFUL TUSCANY
DURATION: 2 DAYS
Sightseeing* UNESCO* Working World* Meal* Easy*

HISTORY AND SIGHTS OF CENTRAL ITALY
Discover beautiful Tuscany, the birthplace of the Renaissance. Visit the town of Pisa, an ancient maritime republic, and explore the town’s historical and cultural heritage. See the world-famous Leaning Tower of Pisa and walk the cobblestone streets of this charming town. In enchanting Florence, stroll the streets of this city of the Renaissance—a historic center of high arts—and discover the main highlights of the stunning capital of Tuscany. Admire the Renaissance and Gothic styles of the Duomo and the Basilica of the Holy Cross, and learn about the medieval history of the Florentine Republic while you overlook its seat of power—the Palazzo Vecchio. During the second day, you will head deep into the idyllic Tuscan countryside and visit the beautiful mountaintop town of Volterra. Learn about local crafts before visiting a family farmhouse, where you will enjoy a wine tasting and delicious lunch celebrating Tuscan cuisine.

Day 1 - Florence, Italy
Embark on a short drive from Livorno to Pisa. Enjoy a self-guided walk through the cobblestone streets of the historic center of this lively town, one of the great maritime republics of medieval Italy. At Miracle Square, meet your guide and see the iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa, an engineering mistake turned world-famous attraction. Then, continue on to Florence—the city of the Renaissance. Take a guided tour of the city’s main attractions, including the imposing Duomo cathedral and the elegant Baptistery. Learn about the medieval history of Florence while you admire the Palazzo Vecchio and cross the ancient Ponte Vecchio. After checking in to your hotel, further explore this enchanting city at your leisure before enjoying a delicious dinner at a local restaurant. (D)

Day 2 - Livorno, Italy
After breakfast, drive through the idyllic Tuscan countryside to the spectacular walled mountaintop town of Volterra. Explore the town’s wealth of architectural gems that line its winding streets and its imposing tower houses. Later, visit a workshop and meet artisans who produce decorative sculptures and ornaments from the local mineral rock. Enjoy free time to stroll through the alleys and soak up the medieval atmosphere of Volterra at your leisure. Continue on to the Tenuta di Torciano farmhouse—a family estate and winery set deep in the Tuscan countryside. Enjoy a wine tasting before a delicious lunch of the region’s celebrated cuisine. After, board your coach for the return trip to Livorno and your awaiting ship. (B, L)
The following meals are included for all days as listed: B = Breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Dinner

*Shore excursions vary by itinerary and are subject to change.

For centuries, Rome ruled much of Europe, building a vast empire from the power of emperors. More than 2,500 years of history live in the city’s streets. Ancient structures recall those heady days when the cheers of 80,000 spectators roared from the Colosseum, citizens mingled in the Forum and senators asked the gods for guidance at the Pantheon. Along with the Vatican and St. Peter’s Basilica, this rich pocket of Italy is one of the world’s greatest repositories of history and civilization.

SHORE EXCURSIONS

SNAPSHOTS OF ROME (INCLUDED)
DURATION: 6 HOURS
Sightseeing* Easy*

ENJOY HISTORIC MONUMENTS AND GRAND ARCHITECTURE AT AN EASY PACE
Relax and take in the sights of Rome, admiring historic monuments and glorious architecture on a leisurely drive. Travel along some of the city’s most scenic routes. See ancient Roman sites, including the Aurelian Walls, Baths of Caracalla, Pyramid of Cestius, Colosseum and the Circus Maximus. Admire the Arch of Constantine, the best triumphal arch in the city, built in 315 AD to celebrate Constantine’s victory at the battle of the Milvian Bridge. Drive along the elegant Via Veneto, enjoying views of Villa Borghese Park. At Piazza della Repubblica, admire the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore and Fountain of the Naiads. Your panoramic drive will also pass through Vatican City, the spiritual and administrative center of the Roman Catholic Church. As you depart Rome, the great facade of iconic St. Peter’s Basilica will come into view.

SISTINE CHAPEL & VATICAN CITY
DURATION: 10 HOURS
Sightseeing* UNESCO* Meal* Demanding*

BEHOLD THE GRACE AND BEAUTY OF VATICAN CITY
View the transcendent wonders of Vatican City, with a local guide along to provide insight. You will meet your guide upon arrival in Rome and see the important monuments of ancient Rome on a panoramic tour—the Aurelian Walls, the Pyramid of Cestius, the Circus Maximus and the Colosseum. In Vatican City, the smallest sovereign state in the world, visit the world-renowned Vatican Museums. You can see its diverse collection ranging from Egyptian and Etruscan art to pieces by Raphael and Caravaggio. In the famed Sistine Chapel, marvel at the art-adorned walls and, of course, Michelangelo’s famous ceiling painting in which the hand of God gives life to Adam. Stop to view iconic St. Peter’s Basilica, the largest church in the world and one of the holiest sites in the Roman Catholic Church, and its eponymous square. After your tour, you will return to your ship.

PANORAMIC ROME & ST. PETER’S BASILICA
DURATION: 10 HOURS
Shopping* Sightseeing* UNESCO* Meal* Demanding*

SEE THE BEST OF ROME AND VISIT THE DOME OF ST. PETER’S BASILICA
Ascend the glorious dome of St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City for sweeping views of Rome. Meet your local guide upon arrival in the “Eternal City.” You will get a flavor of ancient Rome during a panoramic tour past the Aurelian Walls, the Pyramid of Cestius, Circus Maximus and the Colosseum. Follow Via Veneto to Vatican City and St. Peter’s Basilica, the grand church built on the site of the crucifixion of St. Peter. You can climb the 551 steps to the balcony of the massive dome, or take an elevator partway and climb 320 steps. Either option rewards you with a stunning 360-degree view of Rome. As guided visits to the dome are not permitted, your guide will wait for you below. You will have free time to further explore Vatican City on your own, then enjoy a delicious lunch before returning to your awaiting ship.

THE ETRUSCAN NECROPOLISES OF TARQUINIA
DURATION: 4 HOURS
Sightseeing* Special Interest* Moderate*

AN ETRUSCAN EXCURSION
Seek a deeper understanding of Italy’s history on this outing, ideal for lovers of archaeology. Journey with a local guide to the ancient city of Tarquinia, founded in 449 BC. This was the principal metropolis of the 12 cities of the Etruscan League that thrived here long before the rise of the Roman Empire. Explore the fascinating Etruscan Necropolises, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Dating from the 7th to the 2nd centuries BC, the numerous tombs, with their decorative frescoes, chronicle the development of Etruscan culture. Outside the city’s ancient quarters, visit the 15th-century Palazzo Vitelleschi, whose galleries and cloistered courtyard display an extensive collection recovered from the tombs, including fine examples of Etruscan sarcophagi. Its golden terra-cotta horses hint at the high degree of artistry that was prevalent in Etruscan society.

PICTURESQUE OSTIA
DURATION: 5 HOURS
Shopping* Sightseeing* Special Interest* Moderate*

A PORT OF ANTIQUITY AND DIVERSITY
Enter the onetime busiest port of the ancient world for a remarkable look at a city unearthed from time’s ravages. Journey to the coastal town of Ostia with your local guide. These bustling streets were once situated where the Tiber River spilled into the sea, making it the port of Rome. But silting deposited two miles of land between it and the coast. You will explore some of its religious buildings—dedicated to Roman, Oriental and Egyptian gods—and its theater, proof of the city’s cultural diversity. Admire the rich mosaics in the public baths and the grand buildings of the Ostia Forum, remarkably preserved pieces that point to Ostia’s wealth. You will also see fine examples of insulae, apartment buildings in which plebs, or the working class, lived. After your tour, you will have time to explore at your leisure.

ROME ON YOUR OWN
DURATION: 10 HOURS
Shopping* Easy*

EXPLORE THE “ETERNAL CITY,” HOWEVER YOU CHOOSE
Rediscover Rome on your own and uncover some of its hidden treasures. This independent excursion is designed for those who have previously visited the Italian capital and are comfortable with negotiating their way around the city. You will transfer to the city with your escort, who will provide advice on tailoring your time in the “Eternal City” to suit your desires. You will receive a map, as well as any relevant directions to places you would like to visit, before being dropped off close to Vatican City. From here, all of Rome will be at your feet or quickly accessible by metro, from the sprawling St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican to the ancient Roman Forum and Colosseum, and from the iconic Spanish Steps to the lush gardens of Villa Borghese. At an allotted time, you will meet your Viking Representative at a prearranged location for your return to your ship.

ROME & PRIVATE VISIT OF VATICAN CITY MUSEUMS
DURATION: 9 HOURS 30 MINUTES
After Dark* Meal* Sightseeing* UNESCO* Demanding*

A ROME PANORAMA AND AN AFTER-HOURS VIEWING OF MICHELANGELO'S MASTERPIECE
Combine the best of Rome with a unique opportunity to visit the Vatican Museum and the Sistine Chapel after hours. You will meet your local guide in the “Eternal City,” where you will view the great monuments of ancient Rome: the Aurelian Walls, the Pyramid of Cestius, Circus Maximus and the Colosseum. A drive along the elegant Via Veneto delivers you to Vatican City, the smallest sovereign state in the world. By the time we arrive, the usual crowds will have departed so you can enjoy a private visit to the world-renowned Vatican Museums. You will have the galleries to yourself to admire pieces from Raphael and Caravaggio. In the Sistine Chapel, marvel at magnificent religious art, most notably Michelangelo’s spectacular ceiling and the iconic Hand of God giving life to Adam. Return to your ship via the floodlit streets of Rome.

ANCIENT ROME
DURATION: 10 HOURS
Sightseeing* Shopping* Meal* Demanding*

SPEND A FULL DAY EXPLORING THIS HISTORIC CITY
Delve into ancient Rome in depth, witnessing the grandeur of its historic buildings, monuments and classical art. During a panoramic drive, admire the Aurelian Walls, Pyramid of Cestius, Baths of Caracalla and the Circus Maximus. Walk to the Colosseum, the most important amphitheater in the Roman world, and the Arch of Constantine, the biggest and best-preserved ancient arch. See the Roman Forum, walk amid the ruins of the Forums of Nerva, Caesar and Trajan and admire the imposing Palatine Hill. Visit the National Roman Museum, housing one of the world’s most important collections of classical art in a beautiful 19th-century neo-Renaissance palace filled with sculptures, frescoes and mosaics, coins and jewels. Visit the grandest of the Roman public baths. Enjoy free time to explore on your own before returning to your ship.

VATICAN MUSEUMS & PRIVATE VISIT TO VILLA FARNESINA
DURATION: 10 HOURS
After Dark* Sightseeing* Meal* Demanding*

SEE THE VATICAN’S WONDERS AND DISCOVER A JEWEL OF THE ITALIAN RENAISSANCE
Witness treasures of the Vatican Museums, marvel at the Sistine Chapel and take a private tour of Villa Farnesina. A coach will take you to the Vatican Museums, where you can see masterpieces from the collections of popes throughout the centuries and tour the iconic Sistine Chapel. Following a drive along the Tiber River, you will go behind the gates of Villa Farnesina, which was once a haven for Renaissance artists and architects. You will stroll the lush garden, then head inside the Villa and admire Rafael’s magnificent “Loggia of Cupid” and “Psyche” frescoes. Rafael received a papal permit to work in the Villa, which dates back to the 16th century. When your private tour is complete, you will take a panoramic drive to the restaurant where dinner will be served. After the meal, the coach will return you to your ship.

HIGHLIGHTS OF ROME & THE COLOSSEUM
DURATION: 10 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Sightseeing* UNESCO* Meal* Demanding*

ANCIENT ROME AND ITS SPECTACULAR ARENA
Step inside Rome’s magnificent centerpiece, the massive Colosseum, and take in the city’s highlights. Upon arrival in Rome, enjoy a panoramic drive past the city’s important ancient sites. See the Aurelian Walls, Pyramid of Cestius and Circus Maximus. Stop to visit inside the Colosseum, the most important amphitheater in the Roman world. This impressive arena could hold 80,000 spectators and hosted gladiator contests and imperial ceremonies. Later, enjoy a walking tour past the famous sites of the Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain. You will also have an opportunity to view the exterior of the well-preserved Pantheon, then take a stroll through the picturesque square of Piazza Navona. After lunch, continue your panoramic tour past Castel Sant’Angelo, with the picture-perfect St. Peter’s Basilica as a backdrop, before returning to your ship.

TREASURES OF ROME ALONG THE TIBER RIVER
DURATION: 10 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Sightseeing* UNESCO* Shopping* Demanding*

SEE A SIDE OF ROME YOU NEVER KNEW
Uncover the best of Rome’s charming hidden gems. Begin at the Aventino, or Aventine Hill, an oasis whose Savello Park includes an orange grove with beautiful views and the Basilica di Santa Sabina. At Piazza dei Cavalieri di Malta, peek through the Priory door’s bronze keyhole for a perfectly framed view of St. Peter’s Basilica. Walk down the Aventino to the Basilica di Santa Maria in Cosmedin, home to a medieval carving: the Bocca della Verità, or “Mouth of Truth.” Legend says that if you place your hand in its mouth and tell a lie, the jaws will snap shut. On Tiber Island, stop at the Basilica of St. Bartholomew before crossing to the colorful Trastevere neighborhood. Find an inviting trattoria in which to enjoy lunch in this culinary mecca before reconvening at the pre-medieval Basilica di Santa Maria in Trastevere, one of Rome’s oldest churches. Enjoy free time before returning to your ship.

*Shore excursions vary by itinerary and are subject to change.

Naples boasts a long history in a stunning seaside setting and is known mostly for its pizza. The city has long been a major center of Italian culture and was the seat of a powerful independent kingdom for 500 years. So great was its sway that it lured the region’s finest architects and artists. In the grand Piazza del Plebiscito, the grand and sweeping public square, the San Francesco di Paola Church flaunts a colonnaded facade reminiscent of the Pantheon in Rome, and the Royal Palace overlooks Neapolitans with statues of all the kings of Naples peering out from alcoves.

SHORE EXCURSIONS

SCENIC NAPLES (INCLUDED)
DURATION: 2 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Sightseeing* UNESCO* Easy*

ENJOY THIS SOJOURN THROUGH NAPLES
Discover the highlights of Naples, a major center of Italian culture, during a scenic drive. Naples was the location of a powerful independent kingdom for 500 years, luring the region’s finest architects and artists, yet its history stretches back thousands of years. See evidence of its rich past, from Greek and Roman monuments to Renaissance splendors. Embark on a coastal drive to Mergellina, a residential area that has long offered Neapolitans a respite from city life. Admire the many beautiful villas and enjoy photo stops that offer stunning views of the gulf and the city. Return to the city center for a drive by Piazza del Plebiscito, perhaps the grandest public square in the city, with the former Royal Palace of Naples overlooking the bustling square. You will also see the imposing medieval fortresses of Egg Castle and New Castle, before returning to your ship.

PIZZA & PIAZZAS
DURATION: 4 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Special Interest* Snack* Sightseeing* Shopping* Moderate*

ENJOY THE SIGHTS AND TASTES OF HISTORIC ITALY
Take in city highlights, then see firsthand how Naples’s famous pie is made on an excursion ideal for pizza lovers. Join a guide for a panoramic drive that leads up to Posillipo Hill. Here, admire beautiful views of the city and sweeping Bay of Naples. You will pass Castel Nuovo (New Castle), completed in 1282 and known locally as Maschio Angioino. In Piazza del Plebiscito, the city’s grandest public square, you will see the former Royal Palace of Naples. Stop in the historic center for lunch at an authentic pizza house. The world’s first pizzeria opened in Naples in 1830 and you will watch a master pizzaiolo (pizza maker) demonstrate his skill as he prepares the dough, sauce and toppings and slides it all into a traditional oven. After a mouthwatering taste of authentic Napoli cuisine, return to your ship.

POMPEII: CITY OF BEAUTY & RUIN
DURATION: 4 HOURS
Sightseeing* UNESCO* Demanding*

A PICTURE OF ANCIENT LIFE FROZEN IN TIME
Stroll the streets, explore the residences and squares, and glimpse life in this city frozen in time. In 79 AD when Mt. Vesuvius erupted, Pompeii was buried under 20 feet of ash. Excavation has revealed with astounding precision exactly what life was like on that day. During your guided tour of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, you will walk ancient cobblestone warrens past baths, temples, an amphitheater and the forum—public buildings once teeming with life. Peer into the mansions of the wealthy and the more modest homes of the working class. See remarkable plaster casts of victims, anchored to the moment of catastrophe: a mother protecting her child, a dog tied to its chain. As you explore, your guide will describe a typical day in Pompeii. Learn about its catastrophic destruction, centuries-long disappearance under stone and ash and rediscovery during the 17th century.

ANCIENT HERCULANEUM
DURATION: 3 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Shopping* Sightseeing* UNESCO* Demanding*

EXPLORE A PERFECTLY PRESERVED ANCIENT CITY
Discover the “other Pompeii,” often overlooked for its more famous neighbor but equally fascinating. Situated close to Mt. Vesuvius, the upper-class seafront town of Herculaneum was also destroyed by the great eruption of 79 AD, but not by fire and ash. Rather, flowing hot mud engulfed the town, poured into its buildings and preserved them from total destruction. The town remained buried for 1,600 years. As you explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site in its stunning setting between mountains and ocean, you will admire mosaics and frescoes that have retained their rich colors and details; and buildings and bathhouses that are remarkably intact with complete roofs, beds and doors. Step back in time during a walking tour of this incredible site with your guide, who will share stories of daily life here. Then enjoy free time on your own before returning to your ship.

VESUVIUS 4X4 JOURNEY
DURATION: 4 HOURS
Active* Natural World* Demanding*

DRIVE AND HIKE TO THE SUMMIT OF ITALY’S MOST FAMOUS VOLCANO
Ascend to the crater rim of Mt. Vesuvius in a 4x4 vehicle and by foot on this active and thrilling excursion. Transfer by coach to the foothills of the mighty mountain and the small village of Boscotrecase. Here, you will climb into a specially adapted 4x4 minibus with your skilled and knowledgeable driver, and enter the national park that surrounds this still-active volcano. Climbing through the pine-forested slopes, you will reach a height of 3,444 feet above sea level. Continue on foot on well-marked paths for another 20 minutes to meet a local alpine guide at the summit. Join an invigorating walk along parts of the caldera, learning about past eruptions and present dangers along the way. Afterward, walk back to your minibus and retrace your route down the slopes. Air temperatures at the summit can be considerably low. The tour will not operate in adverse weather conditions.

THE VISTAS & VILLAGES OF THE AMALFI COAST
DURATION: 8 HOURS
Meal* Shopping* Sightseeing* Easy*

EXPERIENCE AMALFI DRIVE AND THE TOWN OF SORRENTO
Drive along one of the world’s most magnificent coasts, enjoying stops at two spectacular seaside villages. Join your guide and trace the length of the Sorrento Peninsula to the charming town of Sorrento. You will have free time to explore here on your own, with some advice from your guide if you would like. Perhaps you will browse the shops whose shelves overflow with locally crafted wood carvings and bottles of local limoncello, a digestivo drink. The world-famous Amalfi Drive, built into dramatic seaside cliffs, will take your breath away. In peak season, the road can be quite busy and slow-going, but that only gives you more time to savor the stunning views across the Bay of Naples. Stop in Amalfi to explore its narrow streets by foot and gaze down on its little harbor. The colorful village seems to cling to the cliffs climbing from the Tyrrhenian Sea.

SORRENTO & POMPEII
DURATION: 7 HOURS
Sightseeing* UNESCO* Meal* Demanding*

TWO VIEWS OF ITALY
Contrast life in two different cities at two different times in history on this eye-opening excursion. Join your guide for a drive to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Pompeii, where you can explore a city that was frozen in time when Mt. Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD. You will stroll its cobblestone streets past the mansions of the wealthy and the modest homes of the working class and stop to see great public buildings that once bustled with crowds. As you explore, your knowledgeable guide will describe a typical day in Pompeii and the eruption that led to its demise. Afterward, you will drive along the winding road that hugs the sides of the rocky cliffs and enjoy stunning views of the Italian Riviera. Stop in Sorrento, where you will enjoy a delicious lunch and a guided walk through the narrow streets and wide-open square at the city’s heart, before returning to your ship.

POMPEII & PIZZA
DURATION: 6 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Meal* Shopping* UNESCO* Sightseeing* Demanding*

EXPERIENCE AUTHENTIC ITALIAN PIZZA AND WITNESS HISTORIC POMPEII
Enjoy a panoramic drive of Naples and lunch at an authentic pizza house, then discover Pompeii. The world’s first pizzeria opened in Naples in 1830. Watch a master pizzaiolo (pizza maker) skillfully prepare the dough, sauce and toppings and slide the pizza into a traditional oven. After a mouthwatering taste of authentic Napoli cuisine followed by limoncello (the famous lemon liqueur) as a digestif, continue to Pompeii with your guide. At the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Pompeii, you can explore a city frozen in time by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 AD. You will stroll its cobblestone streets past the mansions of the wealthy and the modest homes of the working class, stopping to see great public buildings that once bustled with crowds. Back in Naples, enjoy free time to visit the many charming shops and cafés before returning to your ship.

NAPLES, ABOVE & BELOW: A WALKING TOUR
DURATION: 4 HOURS
Shopping* Sightseeing* Snack* Special Interest* UNESCO* Demanding*

EXPLORE NAPLES, FROM SOARING CASTLES TO SUBTERRANEAN TUNNELS
Join a walking tour illuminating Naples’s heights and depths, from a 13th-century castle to subterranean tunnels. Leaving the port on foot, see the rugged medieval Castel Nuovo (New Castle). Continuing to the Piazza del Plebiscito, enjoy free time in Naples’s grandest public square, perhaps admiring statues and architecture, shopping, or people-watching. Next, venture underground via a palace escape route excavated by Ferdinand II of Bourbon. Descending around 100 feet into the soft volcanic rock underlying Naples, the cavernous Bourbon Tunnel interconnects with the extensive 17th-century Carmignano Aqueduct system. During World War II, this subterranean network was expanded to include bomb shelters. Emerging, visit the Santa Lucia area to see the Castel dell’Ovo (Castle of the Egg) and enjoy stunning seaside views. You will dine on classic Margherita pizza before returning to your ship. Please note that the order of visits may vary.

THE KITCHEN TABLE
DURATION: 1 HOUR 30 MINUTES
Culinary* Moderate*

JOIN OUR EXECUTIVE CHEF FOR A UNIQUE, MARKET-TO-TABLE EXPERIENCE
Immerse yourself in local culture and cuisine as our Executive Chef leads you on an interactive culinary adventure. In the morning, you will travel by mini-coach to the local market to handpick ingredients under the guidance of our Chef. Later this evening, you will dine on regional dishes prepared by our experienced culinary team, using produce from the market. As you and your fellow guests enjoy this delicious creation at The Kitchen Table, you will also observe the art of plating with each dish. From fresh market fare to cooking techniques and elegant presentation, experience firsthand how your ship’s world-class culinary staff brings distinct, local flavors from the market to your taste buds. It is an unforgettable, one-of-a-kind opportunity to shop, interact and dine with the masters.

ROYAL PALACE OF CASERTA
DURATION: 4 HOURS
UNESCO* Moderate*

VISIT THE GRAND RESIDENCE AND GARDENS OF THE BOURBON KINGS
Indulge in the opulence of the Bourbon kings during a visit to the Royal Palace of Caserta. Built at the behest of Charles III, Duke of Bourbon, during the mid-18th century, the palace’s grand baroque and neoclassical stylings were designed to display the power and wealth of the Bourbon monarchy. Its grandeur is immediately evident as you approach its impressive five-story facade. Once inside, marvel at the marbled Grand Staircase and enjoy a tour of the palace’s lavish salons and richly decorated reception rooms. Stop to admire the stunning frescoes that adorn the walls and ceilings, and the many elegant tapestries, carpets, furniture and chandeliers placed throughout. Head out back to the garden, where you will have free time to independently explore its broad lawns featuring vast avenues and terraces dotted with statues. See the stunning cascading waterfall, or stroll through the sublime beauty of the English Garden. Afterward, you will return to your ship.

NEAPOLITAN HIKE
DURATION: 3 HOURS
Active* Sightseeing* Demanding*

WALK THE IDYLLIC HILLTOP DISTRICT OF VOMERO
Escape the hustle and bustle of lower Naples for the peace and tranquility of the Vomero District. Located in the upper section of the city, this hilltop district was created around 1800 and is prized for its green spaces and scenic views of Naples and the sea. Take a motor coach to the hill, then begin your guided walk to San Martino, the district’s highest point. Upon arrival, you will stop for photos at the imposing 16th-century sandstone facade of the Castel Sant’Elmo and explore the Certosa di San Martino, a former monastery that is now a museum housing numerous Spanish and Bourbon artifacts. Admire panoramic views of the city before descending down the steep stone steps of the Pedamentina di San Martino, the oldest pedestrian route in Naples. Board your coach for a short ride to the city center, then enjoy a famous Neapolitan espresso before returning to your ship.

ITALIAN RIVIERA BY LAND & SEA
DURATION: 8 HOURS
Sightseeing* Special Interest* Moderate*

VISIT THE SCENIC TOWN OF SORRENTO AND VILLAGE OF AMALFI
Explore picturesque Sorrento and Amalfi during a motor coach and boat excursion along the famous Italian Riviera. Drive to Sorrento, overlooking the Gulf of Naples and once a favorite resort for wealthy Romans due to its sun-drenched climate. Observe a wood carving demonstration, then enjoy free time to stroll the town’s narrow streets. See the sights, or browse the many antique shops that specialize in ceramics, lacework and woodcrafts. Later, board a motorboat in Salerno for a trip across the Gulf of Salerno to the quaint village of Amalfi. Surrounded by steep cliffs, this UNESCO World Heritage Site was once a maritime trading power. Take a guided tour of its historic center with your guide; along the way, stop to admire the facade of the Cathedral of St. Andrew, a beautiful mix of Italian Gothic- and Arabesque-style architectural elements. Spend free time exploring Amalfi before cruising back to Salerno and returning to your ship.

SORRENTO & LIMONCELLO
DURATION: 5 HOURS 45 MINUTES
Sightseeing* Special Interest* Moderate*

SWEEPING VIEWS OF THE GULF OF NAPLES AND A POPULAR LEMON LIQUEUR
Discover charming Sorrento and indulge in the zesty taste of limoncello during a journey along the Gulf of Naples. Embark on a scenic drive by motor coach along the stunning Gulf of Naples coastline. Along the way, stop at a limoncello factory for a demonstration and tasting of this popular lemon liqueur. Continue on the narrow, winding road that hugs the sides of the rocky cliffs and enjoy stunning views of the Italian Riviera. Disembark in Sorrento, overlooking the gulf and once a favorite resort for wealthy Romans due to its sun-drenched Mediterranean climate. Observe a wood carving demonstration, then take a guided stroll along the town’s narrow streets and alleyways. See the sights and enjoy a cup of coffee or espresso at a charming café. Afterward, you will board your coach and return to your ship.

SORRENTO & MOZZARELLA
DURATION: 6 HOURS
Sightseeing* Shopping* Snack* Moderate*

SCENIC ITALIAN RIVIERA AND OLD-FASHIONED FARM
Admire the beauty and culture of the Italian Riviera during a journey to Sorrento and an old-fashioned farm. Embark on a scenic drive by motor coach along the stunning Gulf of Naples coastline. Travel its narrow, winding roads that hug the sides of the rocky cliffs to Sorrento, once a favorite resort for wealthy Romans due to its sun-drenched climate. Observe a wood carving demonstration, then enjoy free time to stroll the town’s narrow streets. See the sights, or browse the many antique shops that specialize in ceramics, lacework and woodcrafts. En route to your ship, you will stop at a farm in the Sorrentine hills. This agricultural estate still produces oranges, lemons, olives and wine with equipment and techniques dating back to the late 18th century. Enjoy a light snack of bruschetta and mozzarella paired with a glass of wine or water, and observe a demonstration on how to prepare mozzarella cheese.

NAPLES HIGHLIGHTS
DURATION: 2 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Sightseeing* Shopping* Easy*

SCENIC VIEWS AND CULTURAL LANDMARKS
See the highlights of picturesque and historic Naples on a panoramic drive through the city. Board your motor coach and drive along the coast through Posillipo. This charming residential area is full of luxurious villas and boasts stunning views of Mt. Vesuvius across the bay. On your way into the historic city center, see the Castel dell’Ovo—a massive seaside castle and the oldest fortification in Naples. Stop in Piazza del Plebiscito, the city’s largest square. View the Basilica of San Francesco di Paola, built in a neoclassical style and reminiscent of Athens’s Parthenon. At the opposite end of the square sits the Royal Palace, its Italian baroque facade decorated with statues of former kings of the Kingdom of Naples. View the nearby San Carlo opera house and the Galleria Umberto I, a popular shopping center. After your tour, you will have time to explore at your leisure before returning to your ship.

*Shore excursions vary by itinerary and are subject to change.

Sail the gateway to the Adriatic, marked by the sole of Italy’s boot and the western coasts of Albania and Greece. As you sail, explore our well-curated library, tucked in a private alcove of The Living Room, and select from a broad range of titles. Read a book by the Main Pool, a calming oasis in any weather with its retractable roof, allowing for year-round swimming.

Corfu has a rich history shaped by conquerors and by royalty seeking tranquility. Corfu’s Old Town and Fortress—fashioned by the once powerful Venetian Republic—comprise a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its narrow warrens lead to one of Europe’s largest public squares and a lovely promenade once exclusively reserved for the local aristocracy. Everywhere, magnificent coastal views unfold and scenic byways lead to history-rich enclaves, from the archaeological site of Paleopolis and the stunning Vlacherna Monastery to a former Greek royal villa.

SHORE EXCURSIONS

PANORAMIC CORFU & OLD TOWN WALKING TOUR (INCLUDED)
DURATION: 3 HOURS
Shopping* Sightseeing* UNESCO* Moderate*

ENJOY A TOUR OF CORFU’S MAIN SITES
Take in highlights of Corfu on a relaxing drive and a short walking tour of Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With a local guide, you will drive to Kanoni, a wonderful vantage point for photos of tiny Pontikonisi Island, or Mouse Island, and the Vlacherna Monastery. Pass the archaeological site of Paleopolis and the gates of the late Georgian Mon Repos Villa, once a residence of the Greek Royal Family and the birthplace of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Past Garitsa Bay, you will reach Corfu’s Old Town. Enjoy a guided stroll down the famous Esplanade, one of Europe’s largest public squares; elegant Liston promenade, once reserved for aristocracy; the Old Fortress; Durrell Gardens; and the Palace of St. Michael and St. George, former residence of the British High Commissioner.

PALEOKASTRITSA MONASTERY & CORFU
DURATION: 4 HOURS
Shopping* Sightseeing* UNESCO* Moderate*

THE PIOUS MONKS OF PALEOKASTRITSA
Witness Corfu’s natural, historic and spiritual wonders on one comprehensive excursion. Join your guide for a panoramic drive, passing stunning island scenery. From Paleokastritsa—a seaside resort famed for its fine beaches, olive groves and crystal clear waters—you can see the Kolovri Rock offshore, said to be Odysseus’s boat, turned to stone by Poseidon. You will drive to the end of a scenic promontory to visit the 13th-century Monastery of the Virgin Mary. In charming Kanoni, pause to view tiny Pontikonisi Island, or Mouse Island, and the Vlacherna Monastery. In the Old Town of Corfu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, see the Esplanade, one of Europe’s largest public squares, and the elegant Liston promenade, once reserved for the aristocracy. Stop at the 16th-century St. Spyridon Church, built to house relics of St. Spyridon, a 4th-century bishop. You can enjoy some free time here before returning to your ship.

CORFU BY MOUNTAIN BIKE
DURATION: 4 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Active* Demanding*

VILLAGE TO VILLAGE UP CLOSE ON TWO WHEELS
Explore Corfu’s spectacular natural landscapes and inviting villages by bicycle on this invigorating tour. A private motor coach takes you to Dassia, where you choose your bicycle and receive an instructional briefing from a local guide before embarking on a 9-mile-long (15-km) bike ride. Begin with a short, easy climb to the village of Káto Korakiána. Rest here at a traditional coffee shop and continue on to Áno Korakiána, one of the most colorful villages in Corfu. The foothills of Pantokrator, Corfu’s tallest peak, offer stunning views of the island’s wide plains. Follow a paved narrow alley to the picturesque village of Saint Marcos, an old Venetian settlement of carefully restored stone houses and a Byzantine chapel. Pause here at a local tavern to enjoy a snack before coasting downhill to meet the scenic seaside road that leads back to Dassia. Upon arrival, return to your ship.

CORFU BY 4X4 VEHICLE
DURATION: 4 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Sightseeing* Snack* Easy*

DISCOVER GREEK ISLAND VILLAGES ALONG ROADS LESS TRAVELED
Drive a 4x4 vehicle to small villages, vistas of green mountain slopes, olive groves and the sparkling Ionian Sea. After a short transfer by motor coach, you will meet your guide and hop in the driver’s seat of a manual-shift 4x4 vehicle that accommodates you and three of your guests. Follow the main coastal road before heading inland to Káto Korakiána and Áno Korakiána, the island’s oldest villages that still cherish a traditional way of life. Take the narrow Mt. Pantokrator road and its 27 hairpin turns to the picturesque village of Sokraki. At Troumbetta and Kratsalo, the island’s highest point, you can marvel at sweeping landscapes stretching out toward the sea. Sample local products such as olives, olive oil, honey and herbs at the village of Makrades, and pause in Lakones at a charming café with magnificent views of Paleokastritsa’s azure bays. Return to your ship via Corfu’s main road.

PALEOKASTRITSA COASTAL VIEWS BY BOAT & OLD CORFU
DURATION: 4 HOURS
Sightseeing* Natural World*UNESCO* Moderate*

BREATHTAKING SEASIDE GROTTOES AND A UNESCO OLD TOWN
Visit one of Corfu’s astonishing natural wonders and explore its rich past on this enriching excursion. At Paleokastritsa, considered the “Capri of Greece,” rocky promontories are cloaked in pine and cypress and sandy bays are lapped by turquoise waters. You will trace this scenic coast by local boat and see some of its magical grottoes, including the caves known as Nafsika, St. Nicolas and the Blue Eye. Discover the island’s historic side in the Old Town of Corfu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its old quarter is a delightful patchwork of narrow lanes and beautiful Venetian and British neoclassical mansions. You will pass the Town Hall and the Old Fortress and visit the elaborately decorated Church of St. Spyridon, where the island’s patron saint is entombed. Next, proceed to the lively Esplanade Square, the largest square in Greece, where there will be time to explore before returning to your ship.

CORFU’S NATURAL & HISTORIC RICHES
DURATION: 7 HOURS
Meal* Shopping* Sightseeing* UNESCO* Moderate*

SPELLBINDING BEAUTY, AGE-OLD VILLAGES AND FASCINATING HISTORY
Admire sweeping vistas of Corfu’s enchanting beauty, and see traditional villages and historic quarter up close. Paleokastritsa, with its multiple clear-blue bays, is one of Corfu’s most beautiful spots; stop here to visit the Monastery of the Virgin and its small museum. You will have a bird’s-eye view of scenic Paleokastritsa from the village of Lakones, situated in the nearby hills. Ascending Mt. Pantokrator, more of the island stretches out below you. Along our route, there will be time to explore several Corfiot villages, from traditional Nissaki and Acharavi—where you will enjoy a delicious Greek lunch—to the coastal resorts of Barbati, Ipsos, Dassia, Gouvia and Kontokali. In the Old Town of Corfu, you can take in the island’s rich history as you pass the Town Hall, the Old Fortress, the Church of St. Spyridon and Esplanade Square.

TRADITIONAL FLAVORS & MODERN CUISINE OF CORFU
DURATION: 4 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Meal* Shopping* Sightseeing* Local Life* Moderate*

GREEK COOKING LESSON AT A PRIVATE VILLA
Enjoy a private tour that combines an overview of the island’s Old Town and a fun and engaging cooking lesson. A local guide leads you on a walking tour through the historic center of the Old Town of Corfu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Follow the narrow, winding cobblestone streets to the 19th-century mansion Casa Parlante, today a unique museum recreating the life of nobility, before enjoying some free time. At beautiful Kommeno Bay, one of the most upscale suburbs on the island, you will visit the luxurious Villa of the Roses, named for the numerous varieties of rosebushes that adorn its lush garden. A local professional chef greets you in the spacious kitchen, where you will learn age-old traditions that live on in many island homes. Once the dishes are complete, you will savor the results with a drink and other local specialties on the villa’s stunning garden terrace.

SCENIC CORFU AND THEOTOKY ESTATE & WINERY
DURATION: 3 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Sightseeing* Snack* Easy*

RAISE A GLASS TO CORFU’S DRAMATIC PANORAMAS
View Corfu’s stunning vistas and sample one of its most beloved products at a local winery. Enjoy a scenic drive with your guide into the unspoiled Ropa Valley, a richly textured canvas of pine trees, olive groves and vineyards. Stop at the Theotoky Estate to learn about one of Greece’s premier wine labels. Thirty acres of vines thrive here, and during your visit you will see how Theotoky wine is produced, tour the wine press and stroll about the farm. The wine is produced using traditional techniques of fermentation and saturation in oak barrels, a process which creates natural stability and superb quality and taste. Next, continue to Paleokastritsa, a picturesque resort of fine beaches, wooded hills and crystal clear sheltered bays. Stop at the traditional village of Lakones, high in the mountains, to glimpse daily life and admire stunning panoramas before returning to your ship.

*Shore excursions vary by itinerary and are subject to change.

Dubrovnik is a historic jewel, with its spectacular Adriatic setting, 12th-century medieval streets and incredibly preserved structures. So stunning is its Old Town, the playwright George Bernard Shaw famously called it “paradise on Earth.” It is all spectacularly surrounded by a towering medieval wall. Inside, the ancient city’s Stradun is lined with authentic stone houses. The peaceful 14th-century Franciscan Monastery and Apothecary, housing the world’s oldest working pharmacy and fine collection of Renaissance paintings, provide insight into the ages.

SHORE EXCURSIONS

DUBROVNIK WALKING TOUR (INCLUDED)
DURATION: 3 HOURS
Sightseeing* UNESCO* Moderate*

A TOUR THROUGH PARADISE ON EARTH
See Dubrovnik, one of the world’s most beautifully preserved medieval cities, on this rewarding walking excursion. George Bernard Shaw famously called it “paradise on earth,” and you will see why during a visit to the Old Town district. Meet your guide and transfer by motor coach to the heart of the city; witness its beauty up close as you enter the cobblestoned Old Town on foot through the historic Pile Gate. Follow the Stradun—the marbled main pedestrian way that gleams from centuries of footsteps—to the Dominican Monastery, where you can view a fine collection of Renaissance paintings. You will also pass the Sponza Palace, the Church of St. Blaise and the 15th-century Onofrio’s Fountain. After your tour, enjoy free time to explore more on your own before returning to your awaiting ship.

DUBROVNIK BY CABLE CAR
DURATION: 4 HOURS
Shopping* Sightseeing* UNESCO* Moderate*

SOAR HIGH ABOVE THIS MAGNIFICENT CITY
Get a bird’s-eye view of spectacular Dubrovnik and the stunning Adriatic Sea via cable car, then explore up close. With your local guide, you will drive to the cable car station on the edge of Dubrovnik. In just under four minutes, soar to more than 1,300 feet and the summit station on Srd Hill. From this mesmerizing viewpoint, your guide will point out the landmarks of Dubrovnik and the surrounding area. Get a closer look when you walk through Old Town’s Plo?e Gate, one of the heavily fortified entries inside the formidable walls. From here, enjoy a walking tour over cobblestone streets with your guide. Stroll the marbled pedestrian street, the Stradun, and pass Sponza Palace, the Church of St. Blaise and the 15th-century Onofrio’s Fountain. You will have free time before returning to your ship.

DUBROVNIK BY LAND & SEA
DURATION: 3 HOURS
Sightseeing* UNESCO* Moderate*

EXPLORE THE FAMED DUBROVNIK RIVIERA
Explore Dubrovnik’s stunning setting as you approach from the water and disembark for an enriching walking tour. You and your guide will board a small boat and approach Old Town via the Lapad peninsula’s coast, which ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau described as among the cleanest and best preserved waters in the world. Stony beaches and a beautiful coast lead to Dubrovnik’s formidable walls. These fortifications have stood for centuries, defending the city from attack by sea and withstanding the constant battering of waves. Passing the ramparts, you will make landfall in the Old Harbor, a once-bustling hub of trade and commerce and still an active pier for the day’s daily seafood catch. Disembark to explore Dubrovnik’s medieval streets by foot. You will pass Sponza Palace, the Church of St. Blaise and the 15th-century Onofrio’s Fountain. After your tour, return to your ship.

DALMATIAN COAST WINE & FOOD TASTING
DURATION: 7 HOURS
Meal* sightseeing* Special Interest* Easy*

A CULINARY ADVENTURE ALONG THE DALMATIAN COAST
Enjoy the bounty of Croatia’s stunning Dalmatian Coast—freshly made foods, wonderful wines and spectacular seafood. You can sample them all on this excursion with a focus on rich culinary traditions. Join your guide for a drive to the small village of Orašac. Here, you can witness the operation of a horse-driven olive oil mill. Enjoy a tasting of the different oils alongside locally made cheese, smoked ham and wine. In the village of Ponikve, sample red and white varietals in local wine cellars. For the freshest seafood you will ever taste, stop in the town of Ston. Its medieval wall—known to some as the “European Wall of China”—once stretched three miles across the peninsula. Nowadays, Ston is Croatia’s oyster capital. You will cruise to the oyster and mussel beds and enjoy an incredible seafood lunch onboard, before returning to your ship.

MOSTAR & THE OLD BRIDGE
DURATION: 11 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Meal* Shopping* Sightseeing* UNESCO* Moderate*

DISCOVER THE HISTORIC CROSSROADS OF BOSNIA
Journey to Mostar, a symbol of harmony and unity in a region once torn by conflict. Enjoy a scenic drive with a local guide into neighboring Bosnia-Herzegovina. Along the way, stop in Po?itelj, a well-preserved hillside medieval village that escaped major damage during the conflict of the 1990s. In Mostar, where Muslim, Christian and Jewish faiths have long coexisted in peace, you will marvel at the Stari Most, or Old Bridge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This dramatic, arched span over the Neretva River was destroyed during fighting in 1993 and has been completely rebuilt in its original Islamic style. Your guide will lead you through Mostar’s network of cobblestone streets, passing the Old Bazaar, Turkish Public Baths and ancient mosques and churches. You will also visit The Turkish House (Biš?evi?a ?ošak), a stunning example of Turk architecture. You can explore on your own before returning to Dubrovnik.

CROATIAN DELIGHT: WINE TASTING
DURATION: 4 HOURS 15 MINUTES
Snack* Special Interest* Moderate*

SAMPLING CLEAN, CRISP VINTAGES IN A STUNNING SETTING
Sample some of the best of Croatia’s remarkable wines on a winery tour and tasting in the beautiful Konavle Valley. Leaving Dubrovnik, you will join your local guide and follow some of the country’s most spectacular coastal roads into the Župa Dubrova?ka, a scenic valley of charming villages and resorts. On this relaxing excursion, you will visit the Niko Karaman winery in the village of Pridvorje. A young winemaker, Niko gained notoriety in 2009 when his Malvasia 2007 white wine won first place among 63 international winemakers at a gathering of Vinistra, the Association of Winegrowers and Winemakers of Istria. You can stroll through his vineyards, learn about the Malvasia grape and its importance to Dubrovnik and taste his excellent wine, including his dessert wine Prošek. Continue to Komaji and meet Andro Crvik, wine producer and head of the Crvik family vineyards. Sample a handpicked selection of fine wines before returning to your ship.

FLAVORS & TRADITIONS OF OLD CROATIA
DURATION: 7 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Meal* Shopping* Sightseeing* UNESCO* Local Life* Moderate*

HISTORIC MILL VILLAGES AND LUNCH IN THE HOME OF A LOCAL FAMILY
Immerse yourself in the true heart of Croatia, gaining an intimate view of rural traditions and village life. Explore the Old Town of Dubrovnik on a walking tour, with time to browse handicraft market stalls and admire the fine Renaissance paintings at the Dominican Monastery. A scenic drive leads you to the village of Orašac. Here, stop to explore an ancient house, witness its horse-driven olive oil mills and taste homemade cheese, smoked ham and wine. In the hamlet of Ljuta, see how flour is still produced using the old water-powered stone mill at Mlinica Dvori. Enjoy lunch with the Novakovic family in their ?ilipi village home. They have lived here for generations, producing grape brandy, olive oil and wine from old family recipes. Sample their homemade wine and enjoy typical Dalmatian music performed by a group of local musicians. Return to your ship after lunch.

THE KITCHEN TABLE
DURATION: 2 HOURS
Culinary* Moderate*

JOIN OUR EXECUTIVE CHEF FOR A UNIQUE, MARKET-TO-TABLE EXPERIENCE
Immerse yourself in local culture and cuisine as our Executive Chef leads you on an interactive culinary adventure. In the morning, you will travel by mini-coach to the local market to handpick ingredients under the guidance of our Chef. Later this evening, you will dine on regional dishes prepared by our experienced culinary team, using produce from the market. As you and your fellow guests enjoy this delicious creation at The Kitchen Table, you will also observe the art of plating with each dish. From fresh market fare to cooking techniques and elegant presentation, experience firsthand how your ship’s world-class culinary staff brings distinct, local flavors from the market to your taste buds. It is an unforgettable, one-of-a-kind opportunity to shop, interact and dine with the masters.

QUAINT TOWNS OF DUBROVNIK’S RIVIERA
DURATION: 4 HOURS
Sightseeing* Easy*

CHARMING VILLAGES AND HISTORIC WATER MILL
Enjoy a relaxing stroll in charming Cavtat, then visit the village of Ljuta with a stop to view its water mill. With your guide, ride by motor coach to one of the most beautiful towns in the Dubrovnik area, Cavtat, originally a Greek settlement called Epidaurus; around 228 BC, it became a Roman colony. Stroll along the palm-lined promenade of this quaint little town set on Župa Bay, enclosed by two peninsulas and known for its historic buildings and lush vegetation. Continue by coach to Ljuta and witness the workings of a historic water mill. Observe the traditional process of flour production while learning about the river’s importance to the town’s residents and Dubrovnik’s economy for centuries. It is now a protected cultural site. After a light snack, you will return to your ship.

DUBROVNIK’S FORTIFICATION: A CITY WALL WALK
DURATION: 2 HOURS 45 MINUTES
Sightseeing* UNESCO* Demanding*

TAKE IN THE VIEWS FROM DUBROVNIK’S ANCIENT CITY WALLS
View Dubrovnik from a unique vantage point, strolling atop 1½ miles of medieval stone walls encircling the city. With your experienced guide, ride by motor coach to Stari Grad, Dubrovnik’s Old Town. Encircled by intact, monumental stone ramparts, this historic area has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Parts of the walls date from the 13th century. Ascending the stairway at Pile Gate—where Dubrovnik’s famous main street, the Stradun, begins—you soon reach the top of the walls, where your guide will lead you on a walking tour. You will see the gorgeous Min?eta Tower, St. John Fortress and Fort Bokar, and take in breathtaking views. After you descend back to the Stradun, return to your awaiting ship.

A RENAISSANCE GARDEN & VIEWS
DURATION: 4 HOURS
Sightseeing* Moderate*

SEE ROMANTIC DUBROVNIK’S RIVIERA, SPECTACULAR VISTAS AND A MAGNIFICENT ARBORETUM
Admire Dubrovnik's sweeping scenic views, and enjoy visits to Rector’s Palace of Slano and a beautiful arboretum. A panoramic motor coach ride along the breathtaking Dubrovnik Riviera offers wonderful scenery and views of the crystal clear Adriatic Sea and islands. Capture the beauty of Majkovi Village during a brief photo stop before continuing to the Trsteno Arboretum, the renaissance-era home of the Gozze family. Cultivated from the 15th century to the present, it is among the finest examples of Dubrovnik summer residence garden architecture. Continue to the Rector’s Palace of Slano, once the seat of the Rector of Primorje. Step inside to view the restored chambers and public halls, and take a stroll through its picturesque courtyard. After your tour, return to your awaiting ship.

DINNER AT A LOCAL VILLAGE ESTATE
DURATION: 4 HOURS
After Dark* Meal* Local Life* Easy*

ENJOY A HOME-COOKED MEAL AT A TRADITIONAL COUNTRY FARMHOUSE
Indulge your senses with the picturesque beauty, romance and flavors of the Dubrovnik countryside. Enjoy a scenic 30-minute journey to ?ilipi and the Novakovi? Family Village Estate, in green, fertile Konavle Valley in an old block of stone houses. The oldest part is several centuries old. The authentic interior of the family’s traditional home illustrates rural life. For generations, they have worked the land here, producing grape brandy, olive oil and wine in the same way as their ancestors. Explore the garden and view the family’s large collection of implements and wine barrels. Your gracious host and chef, Mr. Niko Novakovi?, will introduce and present local specialties cooked just for you. The food is mainly homegrown. Enjoy it with a glass of good wine, from the family’s own vineyards. In this relaxing country ambience, your kind hosts will make you feel at home. Please note that the order of visits may vary.

*Shore excursions vary by itinerary and are subject to change.

Built around the Roman Palace of Emperor Diocletian, Split is one of Croatia’s oldest cities. Its promenade commands majestic views over a bay and the Adriatic Sea. Despite evidence of Split’s origins in the 6th century BC, the city is traditionally considered over 1,700 years old—counting from the construction of the palace. Its well-preserved remains have been seamlessly assimilated into the modern city. An Ethnographic Museum is found at the palace’s heart and shops line the passageways of its ancient basement. Diocletian’s ancient mausoleum is now a stunning cathedral.

SHORE EXCURSIONS

SPLIT WALKING TOUR (INCLUDED)
DURATION: 2 HOURS
Sightseeing* UNESCO* Moderate*

SEE THE BEST OF THIS CHARMING CITY
Walk through Split’s 17 centuries of architecture on this included walking tour. Because we are berthed close to the historic city center, you will stroll with your guide to the old quarter. Split is one of the oldest towns on the Adriatic, built around the 4th-century palace erected for Roman Emperor Diocletian as a retirement haven. What is left of his sprawling home has been seamlessly incorporated into modern Split. Explore the city center around the palace and make your way along its charming cobblestone streets, passing beautiful pre-Romanesque churches and Gothic chapels. In the palace complex, you will descend into the well-preserved cellars. Stop to admire the stunning bell tower at the Cathedral of St. Domnius, the patron saint of Split. At the end of the tour, you will return to your awaiting ship.

ANCIENT SALONA & MEDIEVAL TROGIR
DURATION: 3 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Sightseeing* UNESCO* Moderate*

DISCOVER DALMATIA'S CHURCHES AND TEMPLATES
Explore two magnificent historic cities, one ancient and one medieval. Drive with your guide into the peaceful countryside of Solin and the ancient site of Salona. Once home to more than 40,000 people, Salona has revealed to archaeologists the astonishing remains of temples, amphitheaters, early Christian churches, burial grounds and baths. Tour the site with your guide and learn about daily life in times of antiquity. You will also visit the charming 2,300-year-old town of Trogir, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the best-preserved Romanesque-Gothic complex in Central Europe. Built on a small Adriatic island connected to the mainland by a bridge, its streets are densely packed with spectacular stone houses, palaces, churches and monasteries that span the ages. Stroll the narrow lanes and passages that crisscross the town and visit the spectacular 13th-century Cathedral of St. Lawrence. After your tour, return to your awaiting ship.

CETINA RIVER CRUISE & SPLIT WALKING TOUR
DURATION: 4 HOURS
Sightseeing* UNESCO* Snack* Demanding*

EXPLORE THE UNSPOILED CROATIAN COUNTRYSIDE
Enjoy a scenic sail down the Cetina River and explore Split's nature, culture and history. Drive with your guide into the lush countryside and the small town of Omis on the banks of the Cetina River. On a 45-minute cruise, witness the natural beauty of Croatia as you drift through picturesque canyons. Your journey ends at the Radmanove Mlinice restaurant, where you may sample local delicacies. Back in Split, delve into the historic quarter on a walking tour. The city center is built around Diocletian’s Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that spawned 17 centuries of construction. Follow narrow cobblestone streets past breathtaking pre-Romanesque churches and Gothic chapels, and visit the palace and descend into its well-preserved cellars. Admire the Romanesque Cathedral of St. Domnius, patron saint of Split, before returning to your ship.

THE KRKA WATERFALLS & TOWN OF SKRADIN
DURATION: 6 HOURS
Sightseeing* Natural World* UNESCO* Meal* Moderate*

THE WONDERS OF MAN AND NATURE
Travel through Croatia’s beautiful countryside to Krka National Park and its sleepy gateway town of Skradin. The park covers almost 27,000 acres and is known for its cascading waterfalls and crystalline waters. Drive with your guide to Skradin and see why Microsoft founder Bill Gates has named this as his favorite vacation spot during a brief walking tour. Continue your drive, following the Krka River; your destination is the astonishing Skradinski Buk waterfalls. These 17 cataracts are considered to be among the most beautiful calcium-carbonate waterfalls in Europe, tumbling a total of 150 feet along a 1,312-foot stretch of the river. At their widest point, they span 328 feet across. Enjoy spectacular views of the foamy cascades and their crystal clear pools from a viewing platform. While at the park, you will also view a restored water mill before returning to your ship.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE SPLIT RIVIERA
DURATION: 4 HOURS 15 MINUTES
Sightseeing* UNESCO* Snack* Moderate*

VISIT TROGIR AND TOUR THE TOWN OF SPLIT
Step into the past during this excursion to two cities that grace the lovely Split Riviera. Join your guide for a drive to the charming coastal town of Trogir, a UNESCO World Heritage Site perched on an island. Trogir is linked to the mainland by a bridge and densely packed with spectacular stone houses, palaces, churches and monasteries. Stroll its narrow lanes and stop at the spectacular 13th-century Cathedral of St. Lawrence. For a taste of rural Croatia, stop at the Pantan Old Mill for refreshments and local products such as smoked ham, cheese and olives. In Split, explore a city center built around the Roman Emperor Diocletian’s Palace. Your walking tour passes pre-Romanesque churches and Gothic chapels. See the well-preserved cellars of the palace and marvel at the Cathedral of St. Domnius, the patron saint of Split. Afterward, return to your ship.

CHARMING TROGIR & VILLAGE HERITAGE
DURATION: 6 HOURS
Meal* Shopping* Sightseeing* UNESCO* Local Life* Moderate*

EXPLORE DESTINATIONS AROUND SPLIT
Explore the town of Trogir, a veritable open air museum and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Set within medieval walls on a tiny island, Trogir is linked by bridges to both the mainland and the far island of Ciovo. Arrive by coach, then stroll across the bridge with your guide to discover the narrow cobblestone passageways winding between medieval buildings and Renaissance palaces. See the Town Loggia, the Town Hall, Cipiko Palace and the Cathedral of St. Lawrence, a 13th-century building considered to be one of the finest examples of sacral architecture in Croatia. Enjoy some free time to explore, then continue on to picturesque Burni to discover the local traditions of a typical village. Your hosts, dressed in national costumes, will welcome you with local songs and Dalmatian music. You will also have the opportunity to visit village homes and enjoy a delicious lunch in this unique locale.

KRKA NATIONAL PARK WALK
DURATION: 5 HOURS
Natural World* Moderate*

HIKE INTO THE MAGNIFICENT SKRADINSKI BUK WATERFALLS
Journey through the picturesque Croatian countryside to Krka National Park, where you will take an invigorating walk. This park covers almost 27,000 acres, and its highlights are the magnificent waterfalls and crystal clear pools that tumble through the wilderness. After a scenic drive with your guide, enjoy a walking tour over a well-worn but uneven path through the park to the Skradinski Buk falls. These 17 cataracts—stretching 1,312 feet along the river and falling some 150 feet from their highest to their lowest point—are considered among the most beautiful calcium-carbonate tiered pools in Europe. At their widest spot, they span 328 feet across the river. Upon arrival at the viewing platform, you may linger a while, enjoying the vista and the soothing rush of the water. During your visit, you can also visit a small ethnological exhibition and a restored water mill.

FLAVORS OF THE DALMATIAN COAST
DURATION: 3 HOURS 15 MINUTES
Sightseeing* Local Life* Moderate*

SAMPLE A LIVING HISTORY FROM RURAL LIFE TO AN EMPEROR’S PALACE
Immerse yourself in the culture and history of Old Dalmatia on this excursion. At the Stella Croatica Ethno Village, an open air museum of rural living, stroll the olive grove and Aroma Park, fragrant with herbs. Learn about daily life in a historic house furnished with original handmade pieces; in the kitchen, witness the traditional methods of making bread and pressing olive oil, see how products are prepared from original recipes and sample such sweets as sugared almonds, fig cake and limuncini. Contrasting everyday life with imperial splendor, tour Diocletian’s Palace in Split. With its many rooms and coastal views, the sprawling complex was built as a retirement haven for an aging Roman emperor. You will also see the city’s beautiful Romanesque churches and Gothic chapels on a walking tour. After your visit, return to your ship.

THE PILGRIMAGE SITE OF ME?UGORJE
DURATION: 8 HOURS
Sightseeing* Special Interest* Meal* Moderate*

ONE OF EUROPE’S MOST POWERFUL RELIGIOUS SITES
Follow in the footsteps of countless devout people of many faiths as you journey to a sacred place of pilgrimage. Since 1981, six parishioners in Me?ugorje have regularly seen the Virgin Mary on Crnica Hill. St. James Church stands in the spot of the original apparition, and the visions continue to this day. Millions have come here to hear daily recitations of her messages from the visionaries, seeking strength, guidance and rejuvenation from her words. After a two-hour drive with your guide, you will arrive on this holy ground and view the exterior altar, the three powerful statues of Our Blessed Lady, St. Leopold and the Risen Savior and the confessionals. After, you will have time to explore on your own. Return to your ship after lunch in a local restaurant. Please note that border crossings between Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina require you to carry your original passport.

KRKA NATIONAL PARK & DUBRAVA FALCONRY CENTER
DURATION: 7 HOURS
Meal* Special Interest* Natural World* Moderate*

SEE TRAVERTINE WATERFALLS AND EXPLORE FALCONRY TRADITIONS
Explore falcon conservation efforts, view the waterfalls of Krka National Park and enjoy lunch in historic Skadin. Your first stop, the Dubrava Falconry Center, provides protection and rehabilitation to endangered birds of prey in an on-site bird hospital. The center’s activities include education about the birds and their protection. As a visitor, you may have the rare opportunity to let a falcon fly to your hand. Next, continue to Krka National Park. Just before the river meets the sea, the Skradinski Buk waterfalls form a spectacular multilevel cascade over travertine cliffs. Pause above the falls for an excellent view. Following your guided walking tour, use your free time to explore on your own. Then, continue to Skradin, one of Croatia’s oldest towns, where you will enjoy a delicious lunch before returning to your ship.

*Shore excursions vary by itinerary and are subject to change.

Chioggia is a charming fishing community steeped in its age-old seafaring traditions. It is also the gateway to Venice, famed for its wondrous patchwork of graceful piazzas, tranquil canals, artful footbridges and Gothic splendor. All things Venetian begin in St. Mark’s Square, where its elegant campanile, or bell tower, rings over the rooftops, and the Byzantine-Gothic St. Mark’s Basilica seems to preside over all. Beyond St. Mark’s and away from the crowds, Venice is a hushed and intriguing city to explore on foot, with medieval echoes marking every step.

SHORE EXCURSIONS

SCENIC CHIOGGIA BY FOOT (INCLUDED)
DURATION: 1 HOUR
Sightseeing* Moderate*

THE STREETS AND CANALS OF “LITTLE VENICE”
Explore lively Chioggia, set at the southern end of the Venetian Lagoon, during a brief walking excursion. One of Italy’s largest fishing communities and known as “Little Venice,” Chioggia exudes Italian charm, from its intriguing layout to its elegant palaces and colorful houses overlooking the canals. Transfer by boat to the Ponte di Vigo, where you will begin your tour admiring the views overlooking the lagoon. Set out with your guide through the narrow, cobblestone calli (“streets”) and learn about Chioggia’s history. See the 14th-century church of Saint Domenico and the fishing boats that line the nearby canal; the Gothic-style Palazzo Grassi, the Goldoni Palace and the St. Andrew Tower Clock—the second-oldest clock in the world. Cap your journey at the impressive Chioggia Cathedral, the most sacred building in the village, before returning to your ship at your leisure.

AT A GLANCE: ST. MARK’S SQUARE (INCLUDED)
DURATION: 1 HOUR 30 MINUTES
Sightseeing* UNESCO* Shopping* Moderate*

A SCENIC TRANSFER TO VENICE’S RENOWNED PIAZZA
View this fabled city from the Venice Lagoon’s languid, stunning waters and explore legendary St. Mark’s Square. You will explore La Serenissima (the Most Serene) starting with a leisurely cruise, passing magnificent waterside palazzos and piazzas and peering down the lapping, narrow canals that weave their way into the city’s medieval corridors. Disembark at the landing pontoon next to Palazzo Cornoldi, meet your guide and take a short walk to beautiful St. Mark’s Square, crossing the four elegant bridges that link the waterfront. After a short orientation tour, enjoy free time to visit the splendid Gothic-Byzantine St. Mark’s Basilica and its grand Campanile bell tower and admire the Doge’s Palace and other nearby attractions. Enjoy a gelato here, sip an espresso or just soak in the medieval ambience. Return to your ship at leisure via a complimentary shuttle boat from the landing pontoon next to Palazzo Cornoldi.

VENETIAN ISLANDS, MURANO & BURANO
DURATION: 5 HOURS
Shopping* Sightseeing* UNESCO* Moderate*

EXPLORE THE CHARMING ISLANDS OF VENICE
Discover two of Venice’s most beautiful outlying islands and linger in one of Europe’s most beautiful squares. With a local guide, you will cruise along the Giudecca Canal, passing St. Mark’s Square and the Doge’s Palace. Dock at the island of Murano, nicknamed “Island of the Flames”; all of Venice’s glassmaking was moved here in 1291 to reduce the risk of fires in the city. You will visit one of the leading glass manufacturers and witness a master craftsman at work. On Burano, a charming island lined with brightly colored houses, learn about Venice’s lace-making industry and stroll along quaint cobblestone streets. You will have time to shop for handicrafts or visit a café before returning to your ship.

HIDDEN VENICE ON FOOT
DURATION: 3 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Sightseeing* UNESCO* Shopping* Demanding*

A LEISURELY STROLL THROUGH A VENICE UNSEEN
Explore Venice by foot and you will uncover treasures that are invisible to those who explore only by boat. This walking tour takes you through the narrow streets and passageways of the Venice that many never see. You will transfer via boat to Cornoldi Pier to meet your local guide. Pass through the impressive Porta Magna, the imposing entrance to the Venetian Arsenal. This medieval shipyard constructed the Republic’s naval ships. At the San Giorgio dei Greci church, built in 1548, admire the lovely campanile. You will also pass the birthplace of one of Venice?s famous sons, explorer Marco Polo. Cross the famed Rialto Bridge, the oldest in the city, to the thriving market, a commercial hub of Venice for centuries. Enjoy some free time here to browse the market and surrounding shops and cafés. You will return to your ship with your guide.

UNRAVELING ST. MARK’S SQUARE & DOGE’S PALACE
DURATION: 4 HOURS
Sightseeing* UNESCO* Shopping* Moderate*

AN EXPLORATION OF VENICE
Stroll past the famous Doge?s Palace and to beautiful St. Mark?s Basilica on this walking tour of Venice. After a panoramic boat ride, disembark near the famed St. Mark?s Square and step into the splendor of Venice. With your guide, you will view the Doge?s Palace, once the seat of government for the Venetian Republic and Courts of Justice. The present palace was built in the 14th century in the Venetian Gothic style. In the heart of St. Mark?s Square, admire the Campanile, the cathedral?s bell tower that famously collapsed in 1902. An exact replica was built 10 years later. You will also visit the grand interior of St. Mark?s Basilica, a beautiful cathedral built in the shape of a Greek cross. The basilica houses the bones of St. Mark, smuggled out of Alexandria by Venetian merchants in 828. Enjoy free time to explore the square on your own.

THE ISLAND & THE ABBEY
DURATION: 4 HOURS
Sightseeing* UNESCO* Shopping* Moderate*

THE ISLAND OF MURANO AND THE MONASTERY ON SAN GIORGIO MAGGIORE
Visit Venice’s glassmaking center and a centuries-old monastery on two of the most beautiful Venice Lagoon islands. With your local guide, cruise along the Giudecca Canal, passing St. Mark’s Square and the Doge’s Palace. On the island of Murano, learn about the glassmaking trade that was moved here in 1291 to reduce the risk of fires in the city. At one of the leading glass manufacturers, you can witness a master craftsman at work. You will also visit the island of San Giorgio Maggiore, home of a breathtaking monastery. The 16th-century church is home to The Last Supper and The Gathering of the Manna, two masterworks by the painter Tintoretto. Enjoy a tour from your knowledgeable local guide before returning to your ship.

SECRETS OF DOGE’S PALACE
DURATION: 5 HOURS
Shopping* Sightseeing* UNESCO* Privileged Access* Moderate*

HIDDEN PASSAGES IN THE HOUSE OF THE VENETIAN DOGE
Enter the secret passageways of Venice’s Doge’s Palace, the halls, rooms and chambers hidden from the public eye. With your local guide, you will slip away from the crowds through a small door into the lowest levels of the palace. Here, stone cells held prisoners of the Venetian Republic behind thick doors and wrought-iron locks. Ascend to the upper floors via narrow, steep stairways to the sparse offices of the staff who performed the delicate work of building and maintaining a republic. Heading farther upward still, you will see the cells reserved for political prisoners and spies, including its most famous captive, Casanova, who was arrested for seduction in 1753. Return to the palace’s public spaces to tour the luxurious staterooms and the breathtaking Great Council Room. You will have time to explore St. Mark’s Square before returning to your ship.

PEGGY GUGGENHEIM COLLECTION: EXTENSION TO INCLUDED TOUR
DURATION: 2 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Sightseeing* Special Interest* Moderate*

20TH-CENTURY ART OF A RENOWNED COLLECTOR
Extend your included At a Glance: St. Mark’s Square tour, exploring Venice’s renowned Peggy Guggenheim Collection. From the landing pontoon next to Palazzo Cornoldi, close to the included tour’s end point, walk with your guide to the unfinished Palazzo Venier dei Leoni on the Grand Canal. Here, within Peggy Guggenheim’s former home, is Italy’s most important repository of 20th-century European and American art. Browse the American heiress’s personal collection, featuring masterpieces from the Hannelore B. and Rudolph B. Schulhof Collection, and stroll the Nasher Sculpture Garden. After time to explore, a private water taxi returns you to your ship. Note that if you do not participate in the included tour, you must meet your guide at the boat shuttle arrival/drop-off point at the landing pontoon next to Palazzo Cornoldi, close to St. Mark’s Square. If you do participate in the included tour, we kindly ask that you reserve an early departure time.

REZZONICO PALACE: EXTENSION TO INCLUDED TOUR
DURATION: 2 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Sightseeing* Special Interest* Moderate*

STUNNING 18TH-CENTURY ART IN AN ELEGANT PALAZZO
Extend your included At a Glance: St. Mark’s Square tour, viewing one of Venice’s most spectacular art collections. At the landing pontoon next to Palazzo Cornoldi, close to the included tour’s end point, board a private water taxi to the stunning Rezzonico Palace on the Grand Canal. This magnificent palazzo, home to the Museum of 18th-Century Venice, was designed by brilliant baroque architect Baldassare Longhena. Admire lush paintings, sculptures and frescoes of Tiepolo, Rosalba Carriera, Longhi and others, amid priceless adornments and furnishings. A private water taxi returns you to your ship. Note that if you do not participate in the included tour, you must meet your guide at the boat shuttle arrival/drop-off point at the landing pontoon next to Palazzo Cornoldi, close to St. Mark’s Square. If you do participate in the included tour, we kindly ask that you reserve an early departure time.

VISIT TO A VENETIAN CARNIVAL WORKSHOP
DURATION: 3 HOURS
Sightseeing* Working World* Moderate*

THE SECRETS BEHIND VENICE’S RENOWNED MASKS
Witness the work and craftsmanship behind one of the world’s most festive annual parties: the Carnival of Venice. It is believed that the Venetian carnival began in the 12th century to celebrate a victory over the Roman Empire. Today, it is celebrated in the days leading up to Lent. Elaborate masks have long been a signature of the extravagant costumes worn by revelers. You will see how they are made during a mask workshop. Board a water taxi and wind your way through quiet canals to one of the oldest districts of the city, Dorsoduro. Upon arrival, enjoy a fascinating presentation about the Venetian carnival and its richly adorned masks. Then observe the intricate and time-honored techniques of production and decoration during a demonstration by a skilled artisan. After time to browse the shop, perhaps finding the perfect mask for yourself, return to your ship by water taxi.

EXPLORING HISTORIC PADUA
DURATION: 5 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Sightseeing* Shopping* Moderate*

BREATHTAKING RENAISSANCE TREASURES
See one of the most important cultural and architectural centers in Italy’s north on a fascinating tour of Padua. This scenic city straddles the Bacchiglione River. Under Venetian rule, 16th-century Padua experienced the Renaissance; public buildings, soaring churches and arcaded streets were built. Upon arrival, walk with your guide to the extraordinary Basilica of St. Anthony, a giant edifice of Romanesque, Byzantine and Gothic styles. Inside, view its stunning artistic masterpieces. Continue your walk in the historic center and marvel at the city’s grand squares, from the elliptical Prato della Valle, one of the largest piazzas in Europe, to the Piazza della Frutta, where you will stroll past the enormous arcaded Palazzo della Ragione. See the Astronomical Clock and the magnificent Loggia della Gran Guardia in the Piazza dei Signori. Enjoy free time before returning to your ship, perhaps taking a leisurely coffee break in the famous neoclassical Pedrocchi café.

MURANO, BURANO & VENISSA VINEYARD
DURATION: 5 HOURS
Snack* Moderate*

“ISLAND OF FLAMES” AND DORONA DI VENEZIA VINTAGE
Witness a master glassmaker create beautiful objects and sample a unique vintage at a local vineyard. Take a guided cruise along the Giudecca Canal, passing St. Mark’s Square and the Doge’s Palace. Dock at the island of Murano, nicknamed “Island of the Flames”; all of Venice’s glassmaking was moved here in 1291 to reduce the risk of fire in the city. Visit one of the leading glass manufacturers and watch a master craftsman at work. On Burano, a charming island lined with brightly colored houses, enjoy free time to stroll along the quaint cobblestone streets and shop for handicrafts before crossing the bridge to neighboring Mazzorbo. Visit one of the island’s esteemed vineyards, where the Dorona di Venezia grape has been cultivated for centuries. Sample this renowned white wine, which recalls the salinity of the lagoon and its perfumes, then explore at your leisure before returning to your ship.

A TASTE OF CHIOGGIA
DURATION: 2 HOURS 45 MINUTES
Sightseeing* Snack* Moderate*

STROLL AND SAMPLE FAVORITE LOCAL CICCHETTI
Immerse yourself in Venetian tradition as you sample delicious local fare. Transfer by boat to the city center, disembarking in Piazzetta Vigo, where you will begin your tour admiring the views overlooking the lagoon. Set out on foot with your guide through the narrow, cobblestone calli (“streets”) of Riva Vena and view important sites while learning the history of this charming fishing village. Stroll past the bàcari, traditional bars where locals enjoy their time after the end of their working day. Here, you will stop to sample the famous Venetian cicchetti, small snacks or side dishes prepared using fresh local ingredients. Discover the secrets behind these local favorites, then continue your stroll, stopping for more cicchetti along the way. Afterward, enjoy free time to explore Chioggia at your leisure, then return to your awaiting ship.

CHIOGGIA: THE LAND OF FISHERMEN
DURATION: 2 HOURS 45 MINUTES
Special Interest* Snack* Moderate*

VILLAGE’S CONNECTION TO THE SEA AND FISH MARKET VISIT
Discover Chioggia’s rich fishing heritage during an informative walk and visit to the local fish market. Transfer from the pier by boat, enjoying scenic views of the Venetian Lagoon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Upon arrival in the city center, set off on foot with your knowledgeable guide. As you stroll through the narrow, cobblestone calli (“streets”), learn about Chioggia’s age-old connection to fishing. The village is one of Italy’s largest fishing ports and an important supplier to international markets. Browse the stalls of the local fish market, where you will see typical catches and learn more about traditional fishing methods. You will also visit the churches of San Domenico and San Giacomo, discovering their ties to the fishing community. Cap your tour with a typical Italian breakfast and enjoy free time to explore at your leisure, before returning to your ship.

*Shore excursions vary by itinerary and are subject to change.

The Venetian Republic ruled Adriatic waves for a millennium. During the 8th century as the Roman Empire began to decline, many Europeans fled to Venice and its neighboring towns, including Chioggia. Merchants put their skills to use, and the city-state was soon thriving. The Venetian Lagoon’s canal banks feature buildings influenced by Byzantine and Islamic architecture, reflecting Venice’s powerful trading network. The first vaporetto traversed the Grand Canal in 1881; alongside the gondolas, these iconic Venetian water buses are at the heart of Venice’s transport network. After breakfast, disembark your ship and journey home.

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MORE FEATURES, SERVICES AND EXCURSIONS INCLUDED:

  • One complimentary shore excursion in every port of call
  • Free Wi-Fi (connection speed may vary)
  • Beer, wine & soft drinks with onboard lunch & dinner
  • 24-hour specialty coffees, teas & bottled water
  • Port taxes & fees
  • Ground transfers with Viking Air purchase
  • Visits to UNESCO Sites
  • Enrichment lectures & Destination Performances
  • Access to The Nordic Spa & state-of-the-art fitness center
  • Self-service launderettes
  • Alternative restaurant dining at no extra charge
  • 24-hour room service

ALL STATEROOMS INCLUDE:

  • King-size Viking Explorer Bed with luxury linen
  • 42″ flat-screen LCD TV with intuitive remote & complimentary Movies On Demand
  • Large private bathroom with spacious glass-enclosed shower, heated floor, anti-fog mirror & hair dryer
  • Premium Freyja toiletries
  • Direct-dial satellite phone and cell service
  • Security safe
  • 110/220 volt outlets
  • Ample USB ports

Expired on Wednesday July 31st, 2024

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