Day 1: Monte Carlo
The tiny Principality of Monaco has a fairy-tale palace, millionaire ambiance and movie star good looks. Monte Carlo surrounded by yachts bobbing in La Condamine harbour is the jewel in the crown. Sip a Monaco cocktail of grenadine, lemonade and while you soak up the sheer ambiance of the place. Visit the Prince’s Palace, the Oceanographic Museum or the ‘must see’ when in Monte Carlo the Grand Casino.- Embarkyour ship – Marina
Day 2: Livorno (Florence/Pisa)
The cradle of the Renaissance and home to the Uffizi Gallery which is only rivalled by the Louvre for its collection of Renaissance masterpieces. You can also make your way to the world famous tower of Pisa which took over 177 years to build and has been leaning since construction began in 1173.
Day 3: Civitavecchia (Rome)
Rome is often described as being the world’s biggest open air museum – The Vatican’s Sistine Chapel, St Peter’s Basilica, the Colosseum, and the Trevi Fountain where a tossed coin promises your return to the Eternal City. Take a walking tour of its many historical landmarks and enjoy the food, the culture, the ambience, and the surrounding scenery. There is no doubt you’ll learn the meaning of la dolce vita (the sweet life) when you visit Rome.
Day 4: Capri
The small but enchanting Island of Capri has a rich history in Greek mythology, the supposed Island of the sirens and a favored place for roman emperors. Do not miss the blue grotto which is a beautiful cave at the water’s edge and you will be amazed at the turquoise hues glimmering in the water and against the rocks.
Day 5: At Sea
Day 6: Heraklion
Because of its geographic position, Heraklion is an ideal starting point for visitors to explore the many sights of this beautiful Greek island. Visit the Venetian Walls, or perhaps visit the Fountain of Morosini close to the colourful fruit and vegetable market. The shops range from the chic boutiques, to herb shops and souvenirs stores. Alternatively, sit in a local café or taverna sipping either a coffee or the local fire water, Raki, and watch the world go by Greek-style.
Day 7: Santorini
Santorini (or Thira) is one of the Cyclades islands in the Aegean Sea. The island is described as the most scenically dramatic of all the Greek Islands – blessed with rugged landscapes, stunning caldera (volcanic crater), and an array of beautiful beaches – including Perissa, Kamari, and the famous Red Beach. Stroll among the white-washed churches and cliff top houses of Fira and Oia and purvey the spectacular vista below.
Day 8: Piraeus (Athens)
Athens is a world centre of archaeological research, and home to exciting historical sites such as the Acropolis and the Temple of Olympian Zeus, as well as world-class institutes such as the National Archaeological Museum. It also has a thriving nightlife as well as lively markets, luxurious Hammam baths, and stunning views of the city from the peak of Mount Lycabettus.
Day 9: At Sea
Day 10: Valletta
Described as “one of the most concentrated historic areas in the world” when granted World Heritage status, Valletta is a city full of history. The main streets are busy but the quiet back streets offer a glimpse into everyday life. Explore stunning cathedrals and palaces and take a walk around the impressive Grand Harbour.
Day 11: At Sea
Day 12: Palma (Mallorca)
Palma is Mallorca’s major port, and the summer holiday spot of choice for Spain’s royal family. Explore the lovely old quarter and step into the past in the historic churches, then get a taste of contemporary Palma in the city’s lively tapas bars. Visit the Arab Baths, the Moorish Palace and the Mallorca Museum, buy a string of Mallorca pearls or for outstanding views of the harbour take a ride on the wooden train to Soller.
Day 13: Barcelona
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Day 16: Tenerife
Tenerife is the largest and most popular of the Canary Islands, and home to Mount Teide, the tallest peak in Spain. Visitors can explore volcanic rock formations and tropical forest, beautiful beaches and dramatic landscape, with a diverse selection of nightlife on offer too.
Day 17: La Gomera
La Gomera is one of the smallest of the Canary Islands, and has a rugged unspoilt beauty. Walk the lush forest of the Garajonay National Park, explore the water tunnel through the mountain, or relax on the beach with a cool fruit juice. The island also offers diving and whale-watching excursions.
Day 18: At Sea
Day 19: Mindelo (Cape Verde)
Mindelo is uniquely situated on top of an underwater volcanic crater that’s now Mindelo Bay. The bay is surrounded by beautiful sandy beaches and the clear sparkling waters make this area a divers dream. Angelfish, moray eels, and nurse sharks are some of the more commonly seen species here. Mindelo centre is complete with cobblestone streets, candy-coloured colonial buildings and vibrant local markets.
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Day 23: Recife
This lively city is brimming with culture and is known for its amazing beaches. Visit the pristine white sands of Boa Viagem Beach and try the refreshing food and drink sold by the vendors. The city itself has many historic buildings, museums and churches to admire. Catch a production at one of the local theatres, or try one of the excellent restaurants.
Day 24: At Sea
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Day 26: Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro is the most visited city in the southern hemisphere and the second largest city in Brazil. It’s packed with iconic sights like Copacabana and Ipanema Beach, towering Mount Sugarloaf and the outstretched arms of Christ the Redeemer. After hosting the Rio 2016 Olympic Games the city is easier to explore than ever before and full of carnival flavour. Dance to samba or bossa nova in the city’s exciting bars, sample some deliciously spicy cuisine or just relax on one of the beaches – you’re on Rio time now!- Disembark your ship – Marina