Six Seas Explorer
Set on the sun-drenched Costa del Sol, Malaga is a Moorish delight. During the Arab occupation of Spain, the city was the principal port of the Moorish kingdom of Granada.…Departs: 20:00
Explore postcard-pretty Mijas, with its whitewashed houses perched high above Fuengirola and Mijas Costa. This place offers up spectacular views of the coast and the mountains. And its web of cobbled streets overflows with geraniums, red tile roofs and archways. It goes without saying, the village has retained much of its charm and quaint traditions, one of the most unusual being the donkey-taxis! You’ll get plenty of time to wander around, browsing the craft shops and just enjoying all that lovely scenery.
Discover Malaga, capital city of the Costa del Sol and one of the most popular holiday destinations in Europe. It’s a city full of ancient streets, lovely villas, lush vegetation and last but not least – sunshine! You’ll start your tour with a visit to Gibralfaro, the castle that crowns the hill overlooking the city. A steep path of 150 steps connects the castle and Alcazaba, the famous 15th-century Moorish fort. From here, continue to La Manquita, a beautiful Renaisssance-style cathedral, which you’ll see from the outside. Then you’ll get some free time to browse the shops, go for a stroll and take some pictures before returning back to ship.
Marbella’s well known for its hot climate, beautiful landscape and friendly locals. On this trip, explore the best of this Spanish town. Wander its quaint narrow streets. See the colourful houses decked out with flower-festooned balconies. And browse the tempting craft shops. Have your cameras ready as you take a guided visit to the famous Naranjos Square, the City Hall and the Church of San Jacobo. Then take a drive to the millionaire’s playground that is Puerto Banus. Admire the luxury yachts and pull up a pew in one of the open-air restaurants and bars that cater for an exclusive clientele. Spend your free time, shopping for souvenirs and just strolling around this exclusive slice of Spain. If you’re lucky you might even spot a yacht belonging to the King of Saudi Arabia, a regular visitor here.
Tucked in a deep bay guarded by two cliff-top fortresses, this Spanish gem is steeped in history. In the 18th century it became a major Spanish naval base and reminders…Time in port: 12:00 - 20:00
Spend the morning admiring La Manga, a strip of white sandy beaches which, dividing two seas, creates the World’s largest swimming pool. Hence the name “Paradise between two seas”. Not a bad start for a day! While you take in this natural piece of art you’ll have time to stroll around the bars and shops before a short photo stop at the little fishing village of Cabo the Palos. Then it's off to Cartagena - being a port of cultures, it counts more than 2500 years of history. The best way to take it all in is to climb to the castle - or better take the scenic glass lift to the castle 47m high. From here you’ll enjoy the superb views of the port, the theatre and the bullring. After that you'll have some free time and your shopping can start from Calle Mayor, the very heart of the commercial centre. Enjoy!
See the famous La Manga Strip, one of the most unique places in Europe. Soak up superb views of the strip from the comfort of your coach and stop at the best viewpoint for pictures. To give you a taster of what to expect, La Manga is 21 kilometres long and 500 metres wide and translates as 'the sleeve’ in Spanish. This strip of land separates the Mediterranean Sea from the Mar Menor or ‘small sea’ - in fact, its Europe’s largest lagoon. You’ll then carry onto Cavanna beach area before taking in the highlights of Cartagena while your guide and driver do all the work. Pass by La Manga Club Complex, it’s been voted Europe’s top golf resort three times in the past four years. A final stop will be made at the Calle Mayor street for some more free time and even a local coffee called ‘Asiatic coffee’. Made from local liqueur "43", coffee, condensed milk and cinnamon, it’s a must. The Calle Mayor is the main high street, where there’s plenty of shopping opportunities before returning to the ship.
Do you consider yourself to be green fingered? Then you can’t miss a visit to the Botanical Garden of the beautiful town of Elche. Famous not only for its garden, the town is actually a UNESCO World Heritage site so expect spectacular surroundings, a wealth of monuments and bags of history. Plus it’s known as the national footwear capital of Spain! So obviously free time is included as well. Ever seen a palm tree in the shape of a seven-armed candelabra? Apart from being the biggest in Europe it’s just one of the 700 palm trees and over 500 other species of plants and flowers that awaits you at “Huerto del Cura” – Priest's Garden.
Ibiza’s capital is the antidote to wild resorts like San Antonio and Playa D’en Bossa. Its old quarter has earned a place on the UNESCO World Heritage list, and it’shaloed…Time in port: 09:00 - 18:00
Discover a variety of Ibizan landscapes as you drive from the port into the countryside. On your first stop learn the art of pottery you’ll get to watch a demonstration from one of the craftsmen before having the chance to do some souvenir shopping, too. You’ll get a chance to visit Puig de Misa, a hilltop church which was originally built as a fort. Next up is the treasures of Ibiza - Santa Eulalia, a favourite haunt of painters, enjoy a leisurely stroll along the new promenade, lined with open-air cafes, restaurants and art galleries. From here, the tour takes you across fertile farmland, over hills, along cliffs and finally down to an unexpected placid sea. Just to let you know... you’ll get 1.5 hrs free time in Santa Eulalia. Don’t forget to bring your beach wear to enjoy the lovely beach of Santa Eulalia during your free time.
You’ll experience the best of the White Isle on this day out. It starts with a visit to the Salinas salt flats where, millennia ago, locals made a living trading what was known as ‘white gold’. The town of San Jose is up next. It’s a typically Ibizan settlement of whitewashed buildings and cobbled streets. You’ll enjoy a quick walking tour, and you’ll have some time to wander around on your own, too. Afterwards, it’s on to the famous resort of San Antonio, where you’ll be free to roam the palm-lined promenade that skirts the harbour. Swapping town for countryside, you’ll drive to San Miguel and Portinatx later on, and there’ll also be a photo stop in the bohemian village of San Carlos. The last pit stop is in Santa Eulalia. Remember to bring your camera, because you’re in for cinematic views of the island from the hilltop church of Puig de Missa.
This ticket gets you entry to Ibiza’s biggest waterpark. You’ll take a scenic drive to Aguamar, in the island’s popular resort of Playa d’en Bossa. You’ll find something for everyone at this place. If you want to swim or sunbathe, there’s a huge arc-shaped pool in the centre, with smaller paddling pools around it and a line-up of sunbeds around its edge. When you want to up the ante, the collection of slides includes an eight-lane racer, a kamikaze-style drop slide, and The Black Hole, which requires you to double up in two-person dinghies. There’s an on-site café, too, so you can refuel once you’ve worked up an appetite.
Menorca’s capital, Mahon, lies on the east coast of the island. It’s freckled with elegant 18th-century mansions, which sit alongside quaint churches and a Gothic cathedral.…Time in port: 08:00 - 16:00
All palm-lined streets, sandstone buildings and hidden plazas, Menorca’s old capital is one of the prettiest towns in the Med. It’s got plenty of history to its name, too, having been ruled by the Byzantines, the French and the Brits over the years. This half-day tour will show you all the old treasures, as well as introducing you to the town’s modern face. Topping the list of sights is Ciutadella’s 14th-century cathedral, and impressive Gothic number that was originally a mosque. Also on the agenda are a trio of neoclassic palaces and the town’s fortress-like town hall. Later, you’ll head down to the marina, where a huddle of canopied restaurants and open-air bars await. Stop for a bite to eat or simply stroll along the waterfront. Then you’ll have a bit of free time to explore the town on your own. Browse the little boutiques or nosy round the squares before heading back to the ship.
If you don’t really feel like you’ve been to a place unless you’ve ticked off all the must-see sights, then this is the tour for you. It’s packed with the best bits of Menorca, and we’ll cover it all in around six hours. We’ll start off at one of the most unusual spots on the island, the Favaritx Lighthouse. It’s set in an area surrounded by dark slate rocks, so it’s got a dramatic lunar-like feel. Then it’s time to head along the coast to the quiet beach resort of Arenal d’en Castell, whose standout feature is a pretty horseshoe bay. After that, it’s on to the old fishing village of Fornells - a favourite haunt of the King of Spain. This place is dotted with whitewashed houses and a church that dates back to the 17th century. Next up is the island’s spiritual centre - the sanctuary of the Mother of God of Toro, which stands at the top of Monte Toro – Menorca’s highest peak. We’ll stop for about half an hour before heading on to Cala Galdana – the ‘Queen of Bays’. It’s a gorgeous cove and a great photo spot. Then it’s time for lunch at Binisues restaurant, which is in an 18th-century manor house.
This tour brings you all Menorca’s main sights. Leaving the harbour of Mahon behind, you’ll drive to Fornells - a pretty north coast fishing village loved by the Spanish Royal Family. You’ll have some time to enjoy a leisurely drink and a walk through the village. Then it’s on to Monte Toro, the highest peak in Menorca and the spiritual centre of the island. If it’s a clear day you’ll be able to see over to the big sister island - Majorca. Your final stop is Binibeca, on the south coast, a fun recreation of a typical Moorish village - have your cameras ready for this one.
Rugged peaks, emerald countryside, twinkling blue waters – Corsica’s been plucked from the prettiest postcard. Rising up from one of the most beautiful gulfs in the world…Time in port: 10:00 - 18:00
Go off the beaten track and discover all Corsica’s best bits. The island’s scenery is nothing short of sensational. Think herby-green maquis, vineyards and sheer granite cliff faces - it’s about as far as you can get from the cosmopolitan buzz of the beach resorts. Your tour takes you on a drive through the mountains to Cricheto Pass. Here you’ll board a little wheel train to get to grips with Corsica’s back country and learn all about herbs like sage, juniper and myrtle that make up the maquis. After your little train ride, make a beeline for the Prunelli Gorge, a sinuous ravine carved through the mountain by a small river. And nearby you'll find the gorgeous Lake Tolla, well worth a picture before you head back to the ship. After your photostop you’ll be treated to a small local snack.
This trip is about as laid-back as it gets, with the focus falling very much on tradition. You’ll head through the outskirts of town, delving deep into the fragrant Corsican countryside. The first place you’ll come to is a winery where you’ll get chance to try the fruity local tipples. You can purchase a bottle or two of your favourites, then head off to a factory specialising in essential oils. If you thought the countryside smelled sweet, wait until you get to this place. The air is thick with the scent of natural oils and remedies, which you’ll see being made from local herbs and flowers. Moving on, you’ll stop off at a family-run nougat factory. Indulge your sweet tooth with a few chunks of this French fancy. You’ll get to see a step-by-step demonstration of how it’s made, too. Plus, if you’ve developed a taste for it, there’s time to buy the ones you like best before heading back to the ship.
When beauty was handed out, it appears Corsica was at the front of the queue. For centuries, the island has drawn people based on its looks alone – and on this trip you’ll get to witness it for yourself. Leaving the port behind, you’ll venture into the spectacular Corsican countryside. The first thing you’ll probably notice is that a lot of the island’s covered in maquis. It’s a thick carpet of sweet-smelling flowers that’s earned Corsica the title ‘the scented isle’. Your first stop is Prunelli’s River Gorge, where red granite cliffs plunge dramatically into the river. Then you’ll carry on to the view point above the artificial lake of Tolla - the views will have you reaching for your camera. There’s time to take photos before you head back to the ship, passing through traditional hill villages on the way.
The roll call of residents here includes none other than Napoleon Bonaparte. The exiled French leader escaped after 9 months, but once you clock the forested mountains,…Time in port: 08:00 - 18:00 | Tender to shore
You’ll wave Portoferraio goodbye as we head off for a panoramic tour of this beautiful Mediterranean isle, making short stops to admire the beautiful bays of Biodola and Procchio. Our first main stop is at the charming old fishing town of Marina di Campo. You’ll have time to explore its pretty port, painted houses and Pisan tower, which was once used as a watch point. From here, we’ll drive along the south coast road, with another short stop to take photos of the bays of Lacona, Laconella and Golfo Stella. We’ll then take you to Porto Azzurro where you’ll have free time to wander the port town, which is dominated by an ancient Spanish fortress. It’s also home to a pretty fisherman’s harbour and numerous shops selling minerals and crystals.
This tour teams up a visit to the pretty village of Porto Azzurro with wine tasting at a vineyard that was frequented by Napolean. You’ll leave Portoferraio – Elba’s capital – behind and enjoy a scenic drive, with breathtaking views over the bays of Lacona, Laconella and Golfo Stella along the way. Your first stop is Porto Azzurro, the island’s second port where, after a brief introduction from your guide, you’ll have free time to explore its shops, medieval fortress and picturesque harbour at your own pace. It’s then time for the second half of your excursion at the countryside winery of La Chiusa – a beautiful vineyard overlooking the Med. You’ll take a tour of the estate’s cellar to learn how the wine is produced. The cellar, country house, walls and mini chapel here all date back to the 1700’s and Napoleon visited the winery on two occasions. Before we head back to base, you’ll sample the wine in gardens looking out over the sea and also enjoy a sample of snacks like bruschetta and local cheese.
In May 1814, Napoleon was exiled to this tiny isle for 300 days and this tour traces the history of this famous figurehead with a visit to one of his two island residences, both of which are now museums. Depending on the day you go, you’ll either visit his town residence, Villa dei Mulini or his countryside residence, Villa San Martino. At his town house, in Portoferraio city centre, you’ll see his study, reception hall, bedroom and library. And if you head to the countryside residence, his Room of the Doves, Egyptian Room and beautiful manicured gardens are on the agenda. Just so you know there’s an uphill walk to reach both sites. Afterwards, we’ll take you to Porto Azzurro, where you’ll have time to explore this port town’s medieval fortress, fishing harbour and shops.
Few cities on earth have the power to bowl you over quite like Rome. Discover a city packed with historical wonder, artistic splendour and culinary temptation at every…Time in port: 07:00 - 19:00
Similar to the Rome Express, this tour gives you the chance to visit all the major sites in Rome, this time you'll travel there in the comfort of a fully air-conditioned coach. On arrival to the Eternal City you’ll see famous sites like the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, Venice Square and of course, the ultimate symbol of Rome - the mighty Colosseum. After some free time to enjoy lunch, you’ll carry on to the Vatican City to see the famous St. Peter’s Square. Created by Bernini, it’s considered to be one of the most beautiful squares in the world. You’ll also find here the famous Basilica where St. Peter was buried. Renaissance masters such as Michelangelo, Raphael and Bernini worked on its design to create an unparalleled masterpiece. This is an ideal trip for first timers to Rome.
Been to Rome and know your way around? Good with a map? Then take advantage of this coach transfer into the centre of Rome and explore the city at your own pace. A local escort will accompany you into Rome to a drop-off point in the heart of the city. On the way, they’ll give you a map and point out all the ‘must sees’. They’ll also tell you the meeting point and time for your return journey. With around seven hours free time, it’s ideal for anyone who wants to explore independently.
This is a very special tour that gives you chance to visit Rome on the Express to Rome. It’s a fast, private and luxury train, which is a new and exclusive way to discover the Eternal City. Shuttle coaches will be waiting to transport you across to the monument side of the city for the start of your guided walking tour that will take in famous sites like the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, the Pantheon, Navona Square and of course, the ultimate symbol of Rome - the mighty Colosseum. After a stop for lunch at a typical Italian restaurant, you’ll carry on to the Vatican City to see the famous St. Peter’s Square. Created by Bernini, it’s considered to be one of the most beautiful squares in the world. You’ll also find here the famous Basilica where St. Peter was buried. Renaissance masters such as Michelangelo, Raphael and Bernini worked on its design to create an unparalleled masterpiece. After some free time here you’ll reach the station, where your exclusive train will take you back to Civitavecchia.
Naples is Italy’s most red-blooded city. This is the place where the pizza is so good people don’t wait for their slices at restaurant tables, they order it to-go from…Time in port: 08:00 - 18:00
Explore the historical city of Pompeii, one of the most important archaeological sites in the world. This fascinating tour’s the perfect introduction to this ancient city, situated at the foot of Mount Vesuvius. It was destroyed in 79AD, following the famous volcanic eruption that smothered it in 6 to 7 metres of pumice and ash. You’ll walk with your guide around the remains of this impressive - and doomed – city to get a feel for what life was like in Roman times before the city’s destruction. A fascinating tour that is not to be missed!
A real history fest, this one ticks off two of Italy’s most impressive sights. First up is Pompeii, the city that was frozen in time, stopped in action and covered in ash when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79AD. And today, the remains of temples, villas and streets look more or less as they did 2,000 years ago. You’ll even get to see the people who were turned to stone trying to flee the city. From here, it’s on to Mount Vesuvius itself. The mighty fire mountain is up alongside Krakatoa in the notoriety stakes. And it’s the only active volcano on Europe’s mainland. You’ll get off the coach at the 1000m mark, and through national park to its summit. The leg work is well worth it – as you can imagine, the views from the here are phenomenal.
Sorrento is such a beautiful summer resort, even the Italians can’t resist its charms. On arrival at this chic town, you’ll get some free time to browse around and enjoy lunch on your own. Then you’ll travel to one of the most important and famous archaeological sites in the world - Pompeii. Some 2000 years ago when Mount Vesuvius erupted, the city was covered by a layer of ash measuring 6 to 7 metres deep. Excavations only began in the 18th-century, making a tremendous impact all over Europe. This tour’s a great opportunity for you to discover two great cities in one day.
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: 08:00 - 18:00
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.