You’ll feel like you’ve switched continents when you dine at this restaurant. Oriental-style lanterns and paintings are paired with a pan-Asian menu of curries, noodles and sushi. You’ll pay a cover charge to eat here.
The main waiter service restaurant is a good-looking place, with a gold-and-grey colour scheme and floor-to-ceiling windows.
This place does what it says on the tin, specialising in all things meat and seafood. The menu stars various cuts of steak and you can watch the chef cook yours on the open grill. The interiors are inspired by the meaty menu, as well, with chopping board artwork and leather booth seating. A cover charge applies for dining here.
As your ship cruises into Valletta, a magical skyline of soaring steeples and bulbous church domes rises to greet you. This is Malta's quintessential capital, a captivating…Time in port: 08:00 - 16:00
This driving tour takes in some of Malta’s most famous sights – everything from bomb-proof buildings to natural wonders are on the agenda. First up, you’ll set off on the coach and head for the historic city of Vittoriosa, where you’ll get to see the Church of St Lawrence, which is home to the observation tower used by Grand Master La Vallette during the siege of 1565. From here, it’s on to Marsaxlokk, Malta’s largest fishing village, where you’ll have some time to explore before getting back on the coach. Next up, you’ll drive through some tiny villages before reaching the Blue Grotto – a cluster of picturesque sea caverns on the south coast. Then, you’ll pass through the town of Girgenti, home of the Prime Minister’s summer residence, before making tracks for the Dingli Cliffs – Malta’s highest point. From here, you’ll drive through Rabat, and around the edges of Mdina, Malta’s old capital city. Lastly, there’s a stop in the town of Mosta, which is famous for its church, which was hit by a shell bomb in World War II. The bomb went through the property but, miraculously, didn’t explode.
Your tour kicks off just a short coach ride from the capital with a visit to the ‘Malta Experience’ - a spectacular show bringing to life more than 7,000 years of history, followed by a visit to the Barrakka Gardens, Valletta’s most beautiful garden with a breath-taking view of the Grand Harbour and the old towns of Senglea and Vittoriosa. Afterwards, you will have the opportunity to walk the main attractions of Valletta like the exterior of the Grandmaster’s Palace, the House of Parliament and the outside of Castille Palace. You then make your way to Mdina, the ancient capital city, for a wander around the bastions and ramparts. You’ll also get the chance to go inside the beautiful St Paul’s Cathedral. Next comes Rabat, a town just outside Mdina, famous for its crafts and local trades. Here, you’ll make one last stop at the ‘Tales of the Silent City’, where you’ll get some free time to shop for take-home trinkets, before re-boarding the ship.
Set off on a cruise round Valletta’s two natural harbours. This is the ultimate chill-out experience, so just sit back with a drink and watch as you float past Malta’s capital. You’ll drift by historical forts, battlements and creeks that can only be seen from the sea. Back on dry land, you’ll have some free time for retail therapy in Sliema. You can dip in and out of boutiques selling shoes, jewellery and bastketware. Simply sit beneath a parasol and sip a cup of coffee at one of the charming cafeterias dotting the seafront or just enjoy a local ice-cream on the Sliema promenade.
Sicily’s capital is an exotic blend of Middle Eastern architecture, Baroque buildings and colourful marketplaces you’ll love to explore.
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This trip starts right in the heart of the Sicilian capital, Palermo, with a visit to the ancient cathedral. The huge, ornate building dates back to the 12th-century, and you’ll have time to snap a picture or two of the Norman, Gothic and Moorish architecture before the next stop. From here, your guide will lead you to Quattro Canti, one of the city’s prettiest and most famous squares, before you hop back on the coach for a trip to the mountain village of Monreale. Here, you’ll get to tour one of Sicily’s most popular attractions – the Cathedral of Monreale. Like its counterpart in Palermo, the first stones were also laid in the 12th-century, but this place comes with an even bigger reputation – as a national monument of Italy. Once you’ve finished your tour, there’s a slice of time to explore the winding streets and admire the views of the Conca d’Oro valley.
Three is the magic number on this tour, as you tick off a trio of Palermo’s biggest hitters. After meeting your guide at the port, you’ll drive into the centre of the city to see the Palatine Chapel. You’ll see gold-emblazoned columns and 12th-century mosaics inside, before making tracks for the grand Palazzao dei Normanni. There’s a regal feel to the palace, and your guide will tell you about its royal connections to the ancient Kings of Sicily. Before you head back to the port, there’s time to stroll around the corner to Palermo Cathedral – one of the city’s most iconic landmarks. You won’t have time to head inside, but the arches and domes make for stunning pictures from the flagstone courtyard.
You’ll be right in the thick of things on this trip, as you explore Sicily’s biggest city on foot. Starting at Palermo’s pretty pier, you’ll soon see the jumbled architectural influences as you weave a path through the city – a style described by locals as an Arabic-Norman mix. There are even tell-tale signs of Irish rule here, with the famous Quattro Canti crossroads designed to represent the four provinces of Ireland. As you get closer to the city centre, the colossal orange-hued Palermo Cathedral comes into view, and just around the corner is the Palazzo dei Normanni – filled with gold pillars and colourful mosaics. There’s no strict itinerary to stick to on this trip, so you’ve got carte blanche to do what you wan,t at your own pace.
Sardinia’s capital has managed to strike just the right balance between old and new. On the one hand the city is dotted with history – the Phoenicians, Carthaginiansand…Time in port: 08:00 - 17:00
A cultural melting pot, Cagliari is the capital of Sardinia. It’s a real class act, buzzing with cosmopolitan charm yet retaining a great old-fashioned feel. Your tour will start with a drive to the ancient part of Cagliari and its jaw-dropping coastline. Make a short stop at the tranquil sanctuary of Bonaria. Built in the early 14th-century by the Aragons, it’s got a great little museum crammed with votive offerings. From here, make your way to the historical centre. Sights to cross off your list here include the 17th-century cathedral, known for its ornate Baroque interior, as well as two grand-looking Pisa Towers and the magnificent bastions. This part of the town is known as ‘Castello’, a once impregnable fortress, which offers up great views over Cagliari. You’ll then get some free time to browse the shops or simply enjoy a relaxing stroll. Then, on the way back to the ship, you’ll drive through the more modern part of Cagliari - the Marina district, packed full of Liberty-style villas.
Come and judge for yourself the beauty of Sardinia on this relaxing coach trip. After meeting your guide, you’ll drive along the main streets of the town to the peaceful Basilica of Bonaria, dedicated to the guardian of the sailors. From here, it’s off to soak up some great views of the gulf of Cagliari, before making a beeline for the beach of Poetto, one of the best sandy swathes in the Mediterranean. It stretches between the sea and the famous salt pools which attract a large number of birds during winter, especially flamingos. From Poetto, head along the coastal road to Villasimius. One of the main new tourist resorts on Sardinia’s southeast coast, its piece de resistance is a swanky new yachting port. This is a really relaxing way to see the beauty of Sardinia.
Accompanied by a guide, take a drive along the beautiful south-western coast as far as Nora. You’ll actually be following the same route that thousands of pilgrims walk every year as they follow the cart of the Christian Martyr Saint Efisio. After passing St. Gilla's lagoon, where, if you’re lucky, you’ll see bright pink flamingos, you’ll stop in Nora. Founded by the Phoenicians, this port town was later occupied by Carthaginians and Romans before being abandoned in the Middle Ages. Today you can still see the remains of a Carthaginian warehouse, plus a collection of Roman buildings that are almost completely intact. See the Roman baths with splendid mosaics and a theatre dating from the height of the Empire. Surprisingly some buildings can also be seen under the water. Last but not least, see part of the little church built on the place where Sardinia’s patron saint was martyred. Here, every year, during early May, one of the island’s most colourful religious celebration takes place. Once you’ve got your fill of history and culture, a visit to the pretty little village of Pula is next on the list. This laid back town has cobbled streets lined with bars, small boutiques and souvenir shops. The perfect place to relax before returning back to the port.
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: 09:00 - 18:00
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 - 17:00
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.