When it comes to extravagant dining, this place is a real gem. Pick the likes of lamb rack from the à la carte menu, and enjoy attentive waiter service in contemporary surroundings. Just so you know, a cover charge applies and you’ll need to make a reservation.
Waiter service and bright and spacious surroundings make the Orion Restaurant a relaxing place for breakfast, lunch and multi-course dinners. It’s got an open-seating policy, so you’re free to dine where and when you like. Simply pick your spot and order the likes of just-the-way-you-want-them breakfast eggs or slow roast lamb from the evening menu.
Marella Dream's newest à la carte restaurant offers up pan-Asian cuisine with suitably themed interiors. Just so you know, a cover charge applies.
Sandwiched between Sardinia and the top of Italy’s boot, Propriano delivers a taste of the go-slow Mediterranean lifestyle. It’s a far cry from Corsica’s busiest coastal…Time in port: 08:00 - 17:00
This tour takes you to what is known as ‘the most Corsican of the Corsican towns’, which is none other than Sartene! Set high on the ridge, Sartene is a Medieval fortified town of narrow, cobbled streets and grey granite houses, perched magnificently in the mountains. Located near the coast, Sartene was therefore vulnerable to invaders and regularly attacked by pirates in the Middle Ages. Here your guide will show you around the main sights, such as: Piazza Porta and the Ste. Anne district and tell you about the town’s history and vendettas. After some free time for shopping you continue your journey passing by the famous Spina Cavallu Bridge. This elegant rare Pisan stone arch dates back to the 13th century and is beautifully situated with a backdrop of rippling vineyards and olive trees. Just so you know... There is approximatley 1 hours walking over uneven and steep ground.
A visit to Corsica’s most southern tip is on the cards on this tour. On the drive over, you’ll stop at Roccapina, where you can see the lion-shaped granite rock that looks over the Genoese tower – it’s an opportunity for some great photos. Once you arrive in Bonifacio, the mini train will take you past the ruins of three mills, and the Church of St Dominique. You’ll also be treated to panoramic views over the neighbouring island of Sardinia. You’ll continue on foot to the citadel – your guide will tell you all about the chapel of St John the Baptist, and the 14th-century Church of Saint Marie Majuere. The walking tour finishes up in the marketplace. From there, you can brave the 100 steps down to the marina. Or, hop back on the mini train and it will get you there. Next, you’ll be boarding a boat for a tour of the Bonifacio caves. From the sea, you’ll have views over the town, perched on top of 230-feet-high limestone cliffs. You’ll see Sdragonatto cave, meaning the little dragon – it’s shaped like Corsica. The tour wraps up with some free time – you can sit in a café, or do some shopping.
Explore the region of Propriano and its wonderful Gulf of Valinco from the comfort of your coach on this scenic tour that is especially designed for the less mobile. As you drive along the coast to the interior of the island, you will see traditional villages consisting of high granite houses set in superb landscapes while listening to your guide giving you interesting facts about the culture and local way of life. From Propriano to Petreto Bicchisano, the tour continues along the Taravo River, which is bordered by typical Corsican vegetation. You will then proceed to Casalabriva and on to the Col de la Celaccia from where you will get a glimpse of the stunning Gulf of Valinco before reaching Olmeto with its clusters of old houses built into the hillside, surrounded by a green expanse of woodland.
Piombino is the gateway to the Tuscan cities of Siena and Pisa. Hilly Siena is packed with Gothic architecture, Medieval monuments and hundreds of restaurants. Pisa,meanwhile,…Time in port: 07:00 - 19:00
If you want to see the fantastic sights of Pisa, but would prefer to sit back and relax while you take in the views, this tour is for you. You’ll get a ride on a trolley train, which will drop you right in the centre of the action at Campo dei Miracoli – Miracle Square. Here you’ll find the famous Leaning Tower, as well as the cathedral and the Baptistery. There’ll be plenty of time for you to capture pictures of these iconic sights, shop for souvenirs, and even grab a gelato before the train ride back to the coach.
Take a journey through the beautiful green landscape of southern Tuscany, and you’ll reach the Medieval city of Siena – it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site. When you arrive, you’ll get a walking tour through the historical centre. Your guide will lead the way and talk you through the history of the sights you pass, including the Piazza del Duomo, and the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, which is one of the most important and most beautiful Gothic buildings in Italy. You’ll also see the museum of Santa Maria della Scala – it was once an ancient hospital that cared for orphans and pilgrims. Next on the agenda is the world-famous Piazza del Campo, which plays host to a number of impressive buildings and has been the centre of the city since the 12th century. Stroll past the Palazzo Pubblico, the Torre del Mangia tower and the square’s beautiful monumental fountain, the Fonte Gaia. You’ll then have some free time to explore Siena, do some shopping and tuck into some Tuscan food – the Italians never skip lunch!
Leave the port of Piombino behind and take in the views of the iconic Tuscan countryside on your drive to Pisa. When you get there, you’ll be escorted to the Miracle Square, where you’ll meet your walking tour guide. This square is also known as the Campo dei Miracoli, and it’s arguably one of the most beautiful squares in the world. It’s home to an impressive 13th-century cathedral, with a Tuscan-Romanesque façade and Muslim-inspired interior. You can also visit the Baptistery – it’s the largest of its kind in Italy. And last but not least, the Leaning Tower of Pisa. This iconic tower is often referenced as one of the wonders of the world, and it’s where Galileo is said to have conducted his gravity experiments. After you’ve had your fun staging pictures that look like you’re holding the tower in place, you’ll have some free time to explore Pisa, before heading back to Piombino.
Anchoring up in Santa Margherita means you’re just 20 minutes’ drive to Portofino – the jewel in the Italian Riviera’s crown. And it’s a sparkly one. This place is so…Time in port: 07:00 - 17:00 | Tender to shore
Two of this region’s prettiest coastal towns are on the agenda today. You’ll start things off with a ferry ride over to Portofino, a multi-coloured hamlet that’s a popular holiday spot with celebrities and artists. When you disembark at the marina, your guide will point out some of the must-see sights. Then you’re free to go where you want. A good place to start’s the hilltop Castello Brown, a castle-turned-museum that was built in the 15th century. From up here you can see out over the entire town. Down near the marina, meanwhile, you can wander around high-end shops selling brands like Gucci. And go for a plate of traditionally made focaccia bread in one of the cafés. Afterwards, you’ll hop back on the boat and return to Santa Margherita. Again, you’ll have some free time to see and do what you want. The stand-out attraction here’s the ancient fortress. It was built in 1550 to protect the town from pirates. These days its observation tower serves up some of the best views around.
On this tour, you’ll head to the town of Rapallo for a wander around its top attractions. Your guide will take you on a drive down the coast and into the town centre. From here, you’ll hop on Rapallo’s cable car and head into the hills to see the Sanctuary of Montallegro, a giant church dedicated to Rapallo’s patron saint. Keep your eyes peeled on the way up – the views 600 feet above the colourful waterfront are hard to beat. The sanctuary at here for over 500 years, and you can take pictures of its golden interior. When you’re done, you’ll pop back down to the town centre, where you’ll have free time to explore at your own pace. There are a few historical sights you can stroll to. The 16th-century Castello di Rapallo used to protect the town from pirate attacks. And the Roman-era Church of St Gervasius dates back to 1118. Alternatively, you can shop for handmade pottery and Genoan pesto at the market.
Known as La Superba - the superb one - Genoa lives up to its name. A jumble of narrow alleys, the city centre is best explored on foot. Admire the intricately painted façade of St George’s Palace, or dream of discovering new lands at Christopher Columbus’ house. And try not to get soaked by the huge fountain in Piazza de Ferrari. All this is just the tip of the iceberg, though, as we’ll also stop off at the humbug-striped San Lorenzo Cathedral and take a drive up Carignano Hill. Looking down over Genoa, the views from here are superb. Factor in around half an hour of free time to explore on your own and you’ve got a real sightseeing pick and mix.
Wide canals and a lively working harbour lend Sete the nickname ‘the Venice of Languedoc’. The town circles the hill of Mont St-Clare, which offers panoramic views over…Time in port: 10:00 - 19:00
Step back in time with a guided tour of this well-preserved medieval city. It begins with a scenic drive to Carcassonne, home to one of the best-preserved citadels of its time. There are plenty of historical sights to point your camera at here, including a double row of ramparts, 52 time-worn towers and an old bascule bridge. Your guide will steer you through the cobbled streets until you reach the city’s showpiece – the 12th-century Count’s Castle. At more than 30 metres high, it’s absolutely huge, and offers up unspoiled views over the whole city. Once you’re inside, things to see include the castle’s western and southern wings, and a pretty courtyard. When you’ve finished looking around, there’ll be a stop for lunch, before you make your way back to the coach.
You’ll feel like you’re in another era on this tour, as you visit a place that has stood unchanged for centuries. Firstly, after a coach ride from the pier, you’ll arrive in the town of Montpellier. This place shot to fame back in the Middle Ages for being the site of the first school of medicine, which later became a prestigious university. These days, winding medieval streets, old stone houses and 17th-century mansions set the scene – and you’ll get a guided tour of the best bits. The 19th-century façade of a theatre, a grand medieval fountain, and a statue of Louis the 14th are all on the agenda. Plus, you’ll get to see the ‘Arch of Triumph’ in Peyrou Royal Square. After your guided tour, you’ll have some free time to explore under your own steam, before making your way back to the coach.
This one begins with a drive around the Thau Lagoon, which stretches along the coast for 15 kilometres. It’s a hotspot for shellfish, and you’ll stop in the village of Bouzigues next for a talk about the breeding of oysters and mussels here. There’ll be time for some photos, too, so you can get some snaps of the harbour and the old houses that line the waterfront. From here, it’s on to the town of Marseillan, home of the Noilly Prat cellars. You’ll be given the lowdown on how this classic French vermouth is made, before moving on to see the nearby canal du Midi, which runs from Toulouse. Next on the agenda is Mount St Clair. When you reach the top, you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views over the town of the same name. Before you leave, you’ll tick off the town’s Notre Dame de la Salette, too. Your final stop is in Sete’s city centre, where you’ll be given a tour of the old port, the yachting harbour, and the canals.
You get a real mix of laid-back beach life and ancient history in Tarragona. The Catalonian city clusters along the coastline and lines up a handful of sandy beaches,…Time in port: 09:00 - 19:00
Football fans will get a real kick out of this tour around the world-famous football stadium, Nou Camp. Since 1957, Nou Camp has played host to Barcelona FC, arguably the best team in Spain. As you walk around the stadium, you’ll get an insight into the club’s history and prestige, which becomes oh so evident in the trophy room. Pretend you’re a football player as you take the journey from the changing room, through the tunnel, out onto the pitch, and into the press room. You’ll then get to see the outside of La Masia, the football academy where many famous players – including Cesc Fàbregas and Lionel Messi – started their careers. You can head into the museum and discover more about the history of the club and its best goals by wandering around the exhibition and its sculptures. After you’ve become an expert on Barcelona FC, the coach will take you back to the port. Be sure to look out for sights like the Montjuïc Mountain, the Olympic Ring, the Olympic stadium and the Spanish Village as you drive by. You’ll also get the chance to see Barcelona from above when you stop off at the Mirador viewpoint – so don’t forget your camera.
If you prefer to explore solo, then why not take our transfer to Barcelona from Tarragona? You’ll be dropped off in the majestic Catalan city and, from there, you can follow your own itinerary. Barcelona plays host to lots of famous monuments – including Gaudi’s incredible Sagrada Familia – so you’ll be spoilt for choice. You could visit the world famous Nou Camp stadium, the home of Barcelona FC, or get to know the real Barcelona in the Gothic Quarter. If you have time, explore Cituat Vella – the oldest part of the city. There you’ll find Carrer Montcada. This street has the largest collection of Gothic houses in the city, and one of them is the popular Picasso Museum. There’s also a zoo, an aquarium, and a cable car that’ll take you up to Montjuïc Mountain. Whatever you do, make sure you take a stroll down the most famous street in Europe, Las Ramblas. As you walk along you can watch street entertainers and have your portrait sketched by one of the talented artists. There’s also the option for a bit of retail therapy, as you can dip in and out of the chic boutiques dotted along the road.
Adrenaline junkies assemble – here’s your chance for a day at one of Europe’s most iconic theme parks, PortAventura. It combines big rollercoasters with family-friendly shows, and is split into themed zones. Work your way around Polynesia, Imperial China, Aztec Mexico, the Wild West, and the Mediterranean. Dragon Khan is the star attraction – this white-knuckle attraction races around a track of eight loops at speeds of up to 110 kilometres an hour. There are rides especially for the kids, too, including playgrounds and mini-coasters. If you’re not one for rides, take a boat or train journey around the park, or catch one of the professional shows. There’s lots of choice, from Wild West Can Can girls, to back-flipping Chinese acrobats, so you’ll be sure to find something you fancy.