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.
Get ready to be impressed – this is your gateway to the dazzling riches of Florence and Pisa.
- A living monument to the Renaissance, Florence might be famous for…
Time in port: 07:00 - 19:00
The city of art, Florence has so much to offer, from grand old Renaissance churches to timeworn Medieval streets. An escort will accompany you to Florence, where you’ll start your guided visit. The city’s historical centre is now a pedestrian zone and this is where your sightseeing begins. Clap eyes on the orange-roofed Duomo and weave your way through the pretty maze of streets to the Gothic Old Palace with its ornate courtyard. You’ll get to see Ponte Vecchio, too, the only bridge in Florence to survive the World War II bombings. After that, you’ll have some free time to explore, whether you want to visit the famous galleries or just tuck into a tasty lunch in the sun. Then it’s time to head for your second city of the day – Pisa. Once you get here, it's approximately a 15minute walk to the Miracle Square to see the famous Leaning Tower, one of the most recognised sites in the world.
Leaving Livorno behind, enjoy the gorgeous Tuscan countryside on your way to Pisa. Upon arrival you will be dropped off at the bus terminal and will walk to Miracle Square. Your walking tour will focus on this famous meeting point, otherwise known as Campo dei Miracoli, one of the most beautiful squares in the world. Visit the 13th-century cathedral, with its Tuscan-Romanesque facade and Muslim-inspired interior. See the Baptistery, built between 1153 and 1278, and, of course, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, where Galileo conducted his gravity experiments. Afterwards, enjoy some free time to shop for souvenirs before meeting with your escort and returning to Livorno.
The Leaning Tower of Pisa is the prima donna of Italy’s architecture. This tipsy-looking tower began tilting during construction and it’s demanded constant attention ever since. On this trip, you’ll get the chance to go inside the temperamental-looking tower. A flight of 296 stairs leads to the top. When you reach the summit, you’ll be standing close to the spot where Galileo conducted some of his experiments into gravity. These tests were ground-breaking in every sense of the word. The scientist dropped 2 different sized balls off the top of the tower back in the 16th century to prove that their size didn’t affect how fast they fell. Once you’ve scaled the tower, you’ll have some free time in the square that surrounds it. The Campo dei Miracoli is postcard pretty and edged by souvenir stands where vendors sell Leaning Tower themed everything – from statues to chess sets. You’ll take the scenic route back to the port when you’ve finished exploring.
Savona’s located on the shores of the Ligurian Sea, at the very top of Italy’s boot. Yachts and cruise liners bob in the narrow harbour, which juggles traditional architecture…Time in port: 07:00 - 19:00
This daytrip does the double, giving you the chance to explore two of Italy’s most famous seaside resorts under your own steam. Firstly, you’ll have around an hour and a half to get to know Santa Margherita – although the paintbox houses may have you thinking you’ve touched down in Cuba. Call in at the Castello di Santa Maria Ligure – a 16th-century fortress built to defend the town from pirate raids – and wander up the hill to the Chiesa di San Giacomo. This pretty whitewashed church is really camera-friendly. You’ll then catch the ferry over to iconic Portofino for a couple of hours’ exploring time. Window-shop as you roam the winding streets, and pause for a bite to eat at the harbour – it’s a must-do.
You take the reins on this half-day trip to landmark-packed Genoa, the capital of Italy’s Liguria region. It’s around an hour from the port, and you’ll have three hours of free time to get to know the city known as ‘La Superba’. Check out the Piazza de Ferrari with its impressive bronze fountain, and call in at the Cattedrale di San Lorenzo – AKA St Lawrence Cathedral – to snap some photos with its zebra-striped walls. You can grab a double helping of palaces, too – there’s the Palazzo Ducale and the Palazzo Reale. A bevy of coffee shops and gelaterias hide in the alleyways, so there are plenty of brunching opportunities. In fact, the city’s believed to be the birthplace of pesto – a sampler should be on your agenda.
Foodies won’t want to miss this wine and truffle-focussed trip, which village-hops through northern Italy’s Piedmont area – a wine region with plenty of gourmet credentials. You’ll start off with a 90-minute drive to a winery in Monforte d’Alba for a sampling session. The wines here are known for their velvety texture. You’ll then make the short journey to Barolo, for a guided walk through the picturesque village. It’s surrounded by sprawling vineyards, so there are plenty of photo opportunities. Afterwards, it’s time to make tracks for Alba. This terracotta-tipped town’s history stretches back to pre-Roman times, and it has the architecture to match. After a guided tour, you’ll have the chance to try the rare Tuber Magnatum Pico truffle.
Monaco, despite being the most densely populated country in the world, is just a fraction of the size of the Isle of Wight. You’ll find this pint-sized nation in a prime…Time in port: 08:00 - 18:00
On this tour, you can cover off the sights of both Monaco and Monte Carlo in one trip. After a short drive from the port to the centre of Monaco’s old town, your guide will take you on a walk around the cobblestone streets in the area. They’ll point out the grand façade of the Oceanographic Museum, the Saint Nicholas Cathedral and the Prince’s Palace along the way. You’ll then have some free time to explore, before getting back on the bus to travel to Monte Carlo. Then, it’s a 15-minute stroll up to Place du Casino – a square edged by the iconic Monte Carlo Casino, the luxurious Hotel de Paris and glass-fronted designer stores like Cartier and Piaget. Your guide will explain a little about the area, before giving you time to look around. Do a bit of window shopping, try your luck in the casino, or ogle the Ferraris and Lamborghinis parked outside, before walking to the bus for the drive back to the port.
When you think of the south of France, some of the big-hitter spots that come to mind are Nice, Monaco and Monte Carlo. On this tour, you can tick off all three in a day. To kick things off, you’ll get a coach from Monaco to Nice, ready for a walk around the old town. Your guide will be with you to point out the sights and, after, you’ll have some time to look around, or grab some lunch in one of the pretty squares. After, you’ll get back on the coach and head back to Monaco. Your time in the wealthy principality starts in the old town, where your guide will help you spot Saint Nicholas Cathedral, the Prince’s Palace and the Oceanographic Museum. You’ll have a bit of free time before going back to the coach, which you can use to look inside the cathedral, or sip a coffee in a street-side café. The final stop is at Monte Carlo’s Casino Square. Your guide will give you an overview of the area, before leaving you to explore. Walk the route of the Formula 1 race track, pose in front of the casino, or treat yourself to a cocktail at the luxurious Hotel de Paris, before getting the coach back to the port.
Today, you’ll get to see some of Nice’s standout sights during this snapshot city tour. You’ll kick things off with an hour’s journey from the port in Monaco to Nice, where you’ll hop on an eco-friendly electric trolley train. You’ll then set off for a guided drive to the city’s old quarter. On the way, you’ll travel down the Promenade de Anglais – a seven-kilometre-long road that runs along the city’s waterfront. When you arrive, you’ll have some free time to explore on your own. This 17th-century maze of cobbled streets and alleyways is filled with shops and open-air markets, which you can browse for souvenirs like bottles of red wine, ceramic bowls and olive oil sets. Architecture and history buffs can also stroll over to the Cathedrale Sainte Reparate. This Baroque national monument opened its doors in 1685, and you can snap some photos of its gold-gilded altar and artwork during your visit. When you’re done, you’ll take the trolley train back to the coach, which will be waiting to start the return journey to the port.
Fusing French Riviera glam with the feel of a traditional old town, Toulon is your gorgeous gateway to the Côte d’Azur.
- Follow the sound of popping corks and clinking…
Time in port: 09:00 - 18:00
Once a sleepy fishing village, St Tropez was catapulted onto the world map in the 1950’s by legends like Brigitte Bardot and Sacha Distel. They turned it into the French Riviera’s chic capital and these days it’s home to the crème de la crème in film and fashion. There are far more luxury yachts than fishing boats moored at the beautiful harbour. After an hour-and-a-half drive from the port, enjoy a guided walk from the waterfront through the old streets. Take a look at the pink and yellow houses, which have been converted into fashionable cafes and pastry shops. You’ll see Place des Lices, too, where lots of celebs play petanque in the summer. Then you’ll get around two hours’ free time for a little retail therapy or a laid-back lunch. Later on, make a brief visit to charming Port Grimaud, also known as the Little Venice of France. This unique resort looks like a traditional Mediterranean fishing village but in actual fact it’s a modern complex of luxury villas and houses linked by a network of canals, neat little bridges and narrow alleys.
“He who has seen Paris and not Cassis has seen nothing.” Even if this saying by French poet Frederic Mistral seems exaggerated, it still reflects the interest of this little seaside resort at the foot of the Cape Canaille cliff. A former Roman trading post, Cassis is every bit the charmer with its café-lined quays, jagged little coves and sun-blushed beaches. Your coach will drop you off at the top of Cassis, where you'll board a mini-train to take you to the bay area. When you get to this friendly little town, enjoy a short introduction from your guide, then spend some free time getting to know the place, shopping in the boutiques or relaxing in the cafes. Later on, taking the mini train back to the top of Cassis, you’ll re-board the coaches for the drive back to Toulon. If the weather allows it, we'll even to drive to Gineste Hills, a stunning view point, famous in these areas - Make sure you pack your camera for this one.
With its pretty pink and white houses, Sanary Sur Mer gives you a real flavour of Provence. Stroll along the 11th-century harbour, where local boules players share a joke and fishermen sell off their catch at the daily market. The nearby town of Bandol is a real treat, too, with its elegant palm-lined promenade packed with cafés and boutiques. It’s a great place to get your hands on fantastic local produce. Keep an eye out for the wine that comes from the vineyards backing this oh-so-sophisticated resort.
Barcelona is up there with the most famous cities in the world, and for good reason. Sandwiched between the Mediterranean Sea and the Serra de Collserola hills, thisSpanish…Time in port: 09:00 - 18:00
Barcelona is an amazing city with so much to see and do, but where do you start? How do you get around? Let us take the hassle out of your day on the Barcelona Explorer. We’ll take you to the three big hotspots and give you plenty of free time to explore for yourself or with your guide. Stroll around Ciutadella park. A charming green oasis, full of sculptures. You'll also find the “Castle of the three Dragons” - built for the Universal Exhibition in 1888. It looks a little like a medieval castle, but now a days hosts archives for the Museum of Natural Sciences. Next stop - Sagrada Familia, a Basilica like no other. Still unfinished it’s the number one attraction in the city. And no trip to Barcelona would be complete without a bit of shopping, so it’s on to Cataluyna Square the heart of the city at the top of Las Ramblas to shop to your heart’s content.
See the world famous football stadium, Camp Nou, home of Barcelona FC since 1957. Discover the club’s history and prestige with a visit to the magnificent trophy room. You’ll start with a drive by the Masia – the football school where many famous players started their careers. Then it's time for a tour of the Stadium. See the visitors changing rooms, the tunnel to the pitch, its dugouts, as well as the TV studio and the press room. Then head inside to the museum and discover the history of the club. There’s also an exhibition and a collection of sculptures. Afterwards, you’ll head back to the port, passing Montjuic mountain and taking in fantastic views of the Olympic Ring, the Olympic Stadium and an outside view of the Spanish Village. There will be a short stop at the Mirador viewpoint for a great photo opportunity of the city.
Few cities of the world can boast such architectural richness and culture as the electrifying metropolis of Barcelona. This extensive tour of the city takes in many of the major highlights, including the Old Quarter and the city’s most eccentric landmark - Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia. Work on this church began in 1882 and still continues today. If you’re a first time visitor to Barcelona, don’t miss the chance to see it. Another ‘must see’ attraction you’ll visit is The Spanish Village, where you can see many examples of Spanish architecture. Enjoy the arts and crafts shops and spend some time shopping before taking a drive through Montjuic Gardens.