WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN CRUISES
From the Roman Colosseum to the Sistine Chapel, Western Mediterranean cruises deliver history, art, cuisine, and culture like nowhere else.
Our Western Mediterranean cruise itineraries are some of our most diverse. They provide the opportunity to explore everything from famous ruins like the Roman Forum and Colosseum, iconic art such as Michelangelo's David and the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel, vineyards in the lush Tuscan countryside, the natural beauty of Cinque Terre, and amazing architecture, stunning cathedrals, and imposing castles.
With its breathtaking architecture, fantastic cuisine, and unbeatable climate, cosmopolitan Barcelona really is the city that has everything. Join us on a Western Mediterranean cruise as we visit Gaudí´s one-of-a-kind masterpiece, La Sagrada Familia, still under construction after more than 135 years. Afterward, we'll wander through the medieval labyrinth of the walled old quarter and down Barcelona's renowned promenade, Las Ramblas. Along the way, you'll marvel at the glittering facades of the jewels of Catalan art nouveau and modernism architecture. After you've worked up an appetite, stop for a lunch of Spanish specialties at Casa Guinart in the world-famous Boqueria market.
The gothic capital of Catalan, Barcelona's architectural wonders such as Gaudi's Casa Batllo and La Pedrera are a unique sight to behold. Framed by the Catalan countryside, Barcelona offers a wide array of culinary delights and regional wines that rival the gastronomy of Europe's best known cuisines. From the tree-lined Las Ramblas, see where the old world meets the new at Placa de Catalunya.See Details
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Experience the best of Rome on an Western Mediterranean cruise excursion that begins with an exclusive tour of the ancient Colosseum. Enjoy a private visit to the underground area and discover this rarely-seen part of the Colosseum where man-eating lions were kept and where brave gladiators awaited the moment when they’d fight for their lives in front of over 50,000 cheering Romans. Stroll the grounds of the Colosseum, one of the most famous stadiums in the world. After your journey through the Colosseum, you’ll visit St. Peter’s Basilica, a church so large, it took more than a century to build. Then, travel to the Trevi Fountain, and visit the Spanish Steps, one of Rome’s most recognized landmarks.
While in Italy, get up close and personal with pasta. Idyllic Tuscany — stone arches framing spectacular hillside and Mediterranean views, fine palaces and ancient architecture, endless rows of towering cypress trees, vineyards stretching as far as the eye can see — will envelop and enchant you on the drive to the picturesque village of Lari. There, receive a warm welcome to Pastificio Famiglia Martelli, where eight employees, all family members, produce a true artisanal product in the shadow of a 12th-century castle. Martelli manufactures 300 tons of pasta per year, an amount that industrial companies make in just five hours. Because of the way it's formulated — with a 70% -30% blend of Tuscan and Canadian wheat— and processed, Martelli pasta is said to retain its flavor and absorb sauce better than any other. Then, it's off on another scenic drive through Italian wine country to Torre a Cenaia, an authentic farmhouse. Admire the vineyards, in all their splendor, during a carriage ride through the estate. After an entertaining culinary demonstration, savor a delicious lunch of Tuscan pasta, complemented by wine selections. Vin santo, a local dessert wine, and Cantuccini biscuits provide a sweet finish to a glorious day.
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