Date: July 28 - August 9, 2016
Cruise Destination: Venice to Barcelona
With two overnight stays and several departures later in the evening, you’ll have plenty of time to experience the many wonders on this amazing itinerary. You’ll be dazzled by the stunning palaces that line the Grand Canal in Venice, often called the “street” with the finest houses in the world. Stroll the avenues of Dubrovnik and visit the Dominican Monastery, housing a fine collection of Renaissance paintings, gold and silver. Discover the magic of Palermo’s intriguing past as you tour the macabre Catacombs of the Capuchins. There you will see countless mummies dressed in finery and arranged according to social status. Walk through Rome’s Jewish Quarter and down the Via Portico d’Ottavia for lovely examples of ancient, medieval and Renaissance architecture, before concluding your voyage amidst the modern masterpieces of Gaudí in Barcelona.
Day 1-2: Venice, Italy
Savor the majestic beauty of this amazing city as you glide along its canals and under its bridges, opulent palazzi and elegant churches lining the route. Discover Venice's secret quarters down narrow alleys opening into spacious campos. Admire the Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica. Visit lovely Burano and the glass factories on Murano. Or enjoy the scenic countryside with its stunning Palladian villas.
Day 3: Koper, Slovenia
Originally built on an island surrounded by swampland that was later drained, Koper was known as "Goat's Island" when it was under Venetian rule. Today the once fortified Old Town of Venetian-influenced Koper has retained much of its grand architecture from the 15th to 18th centuries. The Praetor's Palace, a blend of Gothic and Renaissance styles, proudly rises above the gray limestone main square. Nearby the Postojna Caves are the most popular underground attraction in Europe, and the Predjama Castle was carved out of a limestone cliff.
Day 4: Dubrovnik, Croatia
Enjoy a walk through this famous walled medieval city and its exquisite Venetian monuments. See the Franciscan monastery and explore the Rector's palace and the cathedral. Or explore the countryside with a visit to lovely Cavtat, an enchanting seaside resort that began life as a Greek and then Roman colony. Then visit a local family in a Konavle Valley village and enjoy their hospitality over a traditional welcome of brandy and figs with a serenade by local musicians.
Day 5: Kotor, Montenegro
Day 6: Cruising the Ionian Sea
At Sea International Waters
Day 7: Palermo (Sicily), Italy
Day 8: Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy
Day 9: Florence/Pisa/Tuscany (Livorno), Italy
Day 10: Monte Carlo, Monaco
Day 11: Provence (Marseille), France
Day 12-13: Barcelona, Spain