Secrets of the Mediterranean
As its name suggests, this à la carte eatery specialises in the likes of marbled steaks and meaty lobster tails. You’ve also got other meat and fish options, as well as plenty to satisfy a vegetarian palate. You’ll pay a cover charge to eat dinner here.
Marella Discovery 2’s main eatery is a big, stylish venue, finished in the colours of the sand and the sea. Daytime meals here come with a side-order of sea views, thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows, and a grand double staircase leads up to a separate eatery.
You’ll find this trendy Italian restaurant on the second floor of the ship’s main dining room, 47°. It’s a laid-back place, where bookings aren’t necessary, and its designer look features a colour scheme inspired by the sunset.
From the tangle of timeworn streets to the sickle-shaped harbour dotted with rustic trattorias, it’s easy to see why Shakespeare chose Messina as the setting of his romantic…Time in port: 09:00 - 19:00
Enjoy a scenic drive to Europe’s largest active volcano, the famous Mount Etna. Upon arrival at the Crateri Silvestri, around 1,950 metres above sea level, you’ll see slopes that soar up to 3,296 metres and mountains covered with cones and craters. From the top of the Silvestri crater, enjoy great views over the Gulf of Catania. However, the real attraction here is the crater itself and the remnants of awe-inspiring lava streams. Etna’s known to have erupted regularly during antiquity. The black lava around the crater dates from recent eruptions, while the grey lava is much older. Don’t miss your chance to see one of the most impressive volcanoes in the world.
One of the prettiest towns in Italy, Taormina’s been a holiday resort since Roman times. And here’s your chance to get to know this characterful Medieval town, whose cliff-top setting alone is enough to win you over. Set off on a guided walking tour, passing places like the Gothic Corvaja Palace. Taormina’s star turn though is a Greek amphitheatre, known as 'Teatro Greco'. Work began on the place back in the 3rd-century BC and it owes much of its appearance to the Romans, the Greeks' successors in Sicily. Architecture aside, it’s the backdrop that’ll really take your breath away. Cue sparkling blue waters, jagged peaks and Mount Etna smoking in the distance. After you’ve had a good look around, there’s time for a little souvenir shopping or a stroll down Piazza del Duomo before heading back to your ship.
Set on the southern slopes of the Peloritan Mountains, Savoca was founded in the first half of the 12th-century. Your local guide will show you round this pretty little town and take you the Chiesa Madre and the Church of the Capucines. Afterwards, stop in front of the famous Bar Vitelli made famous by The Godfather film for a photo opportunity. Then walk through the ruins of the Medieval Castle, soaking up the Sicilian atmosphere. Your tour will continue to the gorgeous Medieval village of Forza D'Agro. Overlooking the Ionian Sea, it’s protected by a rock on which the 16th-century castle was built. Walk to the Church of Annunciation, where Michael Corleone's wedding was filmed in The Godfather II, then have some free time for photos before returning to your coach.
Salerno’s a humble city with a big claim to fame. It’s the eastern gateway to the Amalfi Coast – one of Italy’s most beautiful regions. But it’s not just a starting point,…Time in port: 07:00 - 16:00
This tour puts Italy’s world-famous Amalfi Coast on display during a trip to its crowning glory, Amalfi. From the port, you’ll hop on a boat for a journey to the town, which has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997. On the way, you’ll have the opportunity to take some pictures of the bright-green hills that line this part of Italy’s coast. And you’ll get to see the classical-looking waterfronts of the towns of Minori and Maiori file into frame, too. When you dock at Amalfi, your guide will lead you through the town’s cosy, cobbled streets to the cathedral, which has stood in the centre of town since the 10th century. Take a look at its striped, marble walls, then head inside for a walk around the well-kept gardens. Afterwards, time permitting, you’ll also have a chance to go for a wander on your own before getting the boat back to the port.
Today, you’ll be heading out on the open water to pay a visit to the isle of Capri. You’ll meet your guide and at the port in Salerno, then you’ll take a boat across the Bay of Naples to the glamorous island. After docking in the harbour in Marina Grande, you’ll head up to the town centre by taking a ride on the funicular – a steel cable car railway that climbs 456 feet up into the hills. When you arrive at the top, your guide will take you on a walking tour around the Gardens of Augustus. They date back to the early 20th century, when a German weapons manufacturer built his mansion on the island. You’ll hear about the history of Capri during a stroll along the flower-seamed pathways, before being let loose for some free time. You can browse the collection of high-end shops, which include brands like Versace and Prada. Then, head inside the all-white Chiesa di Santa Stefano Church – one of the oldest on the island. You’ll have time to stop off in one of the restaurants or cafés for a clifftop glass of wine, before heading down to the marina for the journey back to the port.
This tour’s one for history lovers and culture vultures. You’ll take a trip out to two of Campania’s star attractions – the ancient city of Pompeii and the famous coastal town of Amalfi. When you arrive, you’ll set off around the streets with your guide for a two-hour tour. The streets are the same as they were back in 79AD, and signs of life are still on display. Mansions are filled with works of art, which you’ll be able to explore as you make your way to the city’s central square, the Forum. You can wander around what’s left of the the ancient temples, and see the perfectly preserved pottery collection in the old market. When you’re done at Pompeii, you’ll hop back on the coach and travel down the coast to Amalfi. You’ll have an half and a half to see the sights here. You can go for lunch in one of the waterfront cafés, take a look around its collection of high-end shops, wander around the 1,000-year-old cathedral, or opt to head out on the water for a boat tour. When you’re done, you’ll make the return journey back to the port.
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: 09:00 - 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.
Porto Torres is anchored on the northern shores of Sardinia, and the town’s got a history book to rival Italy’s longest-standing settlements. You’ll see the caramel-coloured…Time in port: 09:00 - 16:00
This trip to Alghero’s a great choice if walking’s not your game, with your 40-minute tour around the historical centre taking place on board a trolley train. On the way, you’ll pass through the cobbled streets and catch sight of the traditional Catalan architecture, as your guide highlights the must-sees. Afterwards, you’ll have an hour of free time to grab a spot of brunch, explore the city or watch the world go by from a seafront coffee shop. On the journey back to port, you can take in the views from the headland of Capo Caccia on a scenic coastal drive.
Sardinia’s history and culture’s far too varied to be seen in one day, but this trip gives you a real taste of the Mediterranean’s second-largest island. For starters, you’ll take the panoramic coastal road to the charming town of Bosa, where there’ll be two hours of free time to explore. Spot the pretty coloured houses clustered into the hillside, and snap the Medieval Malaspina Castle. The town square’s a prime spot for lunching, and sampling the local tipple – Malvasia wine. Afterwards, you’ll head inland to discover the history of the Nuraghe Sant’Antine. There are over 7,000 mysterious nuraghes – AKA stone houses – on the island, with some dating back to the 12th century BC.
There's talcum powder-like sands and shallow turquoise waters on the agenda. Sardinia’s northwestern tip – and the area of Stintino in particular – is known for its first-rate beaches. You’ll head to La Pelosa Beach for around three hours of sun, sea and sand. Dip your toes in the water and watch as the colourful fish swim between your feet. And if you feel like venturing out further, you can grab a snorkel. This area’s part of the Asinara National Park, a protected marine preserve since 2002. The views are second to none – you’ve got the islands of Piana and Asinara in sight from the sands. Plus, the beach has sunbeds for hire and a handful of seafront restaurants and bars.
The Greeks first set up a colony in Roses in 776 BC, no doubt tempted by the area’s lagoon-like waters. Nowadays, Roses is still drawing attention for its shimmeringshoreline.…Time in port: 08:00 - 17:00 | Tender to shore
This guided excursion is designed to take you back in time, as we explore one of the most historically rich cities in Spain. From Roses we’ll journey south to Girona. We’ll begin in the area of El Call, the Jewish Quarter, where the labyrinth of narrow streets and courtyards are remarkably well-preserved. From there, we’ll move on to the Medieval walls of the city and see the remains of the Torre Gironella. This tower is the tallest point of the city wall and, according to Greek mythology, was built by a giant. We’ll also pass by the Catalonian Romanesque Monastery of Sant Pere de Galligants, which was declared a national monument in 1931. The tour will wrap up at the Arab Baths, which in actual fact aren’t Arab at all. They were built by Christians in a Romanesque style, and their Arab influences reflect a period in Spanish history where rule switched from Roman to North African and back again. You’ll then have some free time to explore the city under your own steam.
You’ll be able to tick off plenty of culture on this tour. We’ll leave Roses and take a scenic drive inland to Figueres, before making our way to the Dali Theatre-Museum. It’s an architectural one-of-a-kind design by the artist himself – you have to see it to believe it. The museum is bright red and topped with egg-shaped boulders – the pièce de résistance is a giant glass globe built into the roof. Inside, you’ll have the chance to trick your mind with the optical illusion of Sala Mae West, and marvel at the vast portrait of Abraham Lincoln, as well as lots of Dali’s other masterpieces. We’ll also visit the crypt where the artist is buried. Afterwards, you’ll have some free time to discover the town of Figueres and browse the shops.
For a genuine snapshot of regional Spain, this tour is ideal. This panoramic tour by coach gives you the chance to see as much as possible of the beautiful scenery that Banyoles has to offer. In this city of 15,000 residents the highlight is the vast lake in its centre. It’s the largest in Catalonia, has hosted a number of rowing events including the 1992 Olympics, and is still a popular training location. Afterwards we’ll travel down the road to Besalu, where you’ll have the opportunity to see one of the most well-preserved Medieval towns in Catalonia. We’ll also visit the Monastery of Saint Peter, a Benedictine monastery with very distinctive carvings. Finally, we’ll encounter the town’s key landmark, the Viejo Bridge. Originally built to help defend Besalu, the bridge’s two towers cast an imposing shadow. You’ll then have some free time to explore on your own, before we head back to Roses.