Treasures of the Mediterranean
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.
The Greeks, the Romans, the Saracens, the Normans – they all squabbled over the pretty hook-shaped harbour of Trapani. And no wonder. Packed with reminders of its long…Time in port: 08:00 - 17:00 | Tender to shore
To see the best of Sicily, you have to climb to great heights. And on this trip you'll do exactly that. After a coach drive to the cable station, you’ll take the cable car up to the top of a mountain. Take in the view out over the Trapani salt pans, the turquoise sea and all the way to the Egadi Islands - it's breathtaking. While you're up here, you'll explore the Medieval town that is Erice. Wander the winding cobbled streets. Visit the Mother Church that's stood here for over 700 years. And admire the Castle of Venus where the son of Athena, goddess of love, built a temple in his mother's honour. But save some sighs for the gorgeous Balio Gardens in all their rainbow bright glory. Last but not least you'll have time to enjoy the atmosphere in Erice’s dinky plaza, before you take the cable car back down to the ship.
Travel back in time to the days of Aristotle and Alexander the Great with a visit to Segesta. Tucked among Sicily's mountains in a cushiony-green valley, this abandoned city is a throwback to a time when Zeus and his mythical friends ruled the roost. And while it was founded by the Elimi - some of the island's native people - it was the Greeks that finished it off and made it the most important town in Western Sicily. Today, with its magnificent Doric temple taking pride of place in the centre of the valley, it's one of the best-preserved Greek archaeological sites in the world. Speaking of temples, this one's made of marble, supported by 36 Doric columns and it's stood in this spot since the 5th century BC - hard to believe it was constructed before the days of power drills and stone cutters. While you're here, you'll also pay a visit to the amphitheatre that curves around the slopes of Mount Barbarian. Built during the Hellenistic age and restored by the Romans, it's still used today. Every summer people crowd into its 20 tiers of seats to watch Greek tragedies played out in Italian. And even if you don't come here for the history, it's worth a visit for the views alone. Cue a widescreen panorama of mountains, rolling valleys and an ancient city left ruined by the tides of time.
On this 2-in-1 trip, you’ll get to enjoy a boat tour of one of the most scenic pockets of Sicily, before sampling the country’s famous wine. The first half of your itinerary involves a boat trip around the Stagnone Lagoon. The biggest and most important in Sicily, it’s a large expanse of crystal-clear water, that’s freckled with the islands of Isola Lunga, Mothia, Isola di Schola and Isola di Santa Maria. As you glide through the water, your guide will fill you in on the history of the isles, including Mothia, one of the most prosperous Phoenician colonies in days gone by. You’ll also get to see the vast salt pans and ancient windmills that dot the lagoon’s edges. Eventually, you’ll anchor at the port, before boarding a coach and driving through the countryside to the town of Marsala. Here, you’ll stop by a rustic winery to learn about the making of the town’s famous wine, and to taste some of the different varieties for yourself. Before you leave, you’ll have a chance to pick up a couple of bottles in the winery shop, too.
Despite being surrounded by groves of bitter lemons, Sorrento is one of Italy’s sweetest cities. Red-roofed buildings, balconied apartments and yawning piazzas characterise…Time in port: 07:00 - 17:00 | Tender to shore
From Sophia Loren to George Clooney, this slice of coast has been a magnet for the rich and glamorous for decades. On this trip you’ll snake your way along the winding clifftop roads from buzzing Sorrento to the film-star-favourite town of Amalfi. The road takes you up to dizzying heights, showcasing widescreen views of the coastline. Keep your camera to hand as we travel past the lemon groves and sorbet-painted villages that have been built up the steep cliff sides. We’ll have a stop for photos at one of the most impressive viewpoints along the way. Once we pull up in Amalfi, a guide will point out the town’s star attraction – the monochrome-striped cathedral. You’ll then have some free time to explore the town under your own steam – wander down to the marina, shop for locally made limoncello, or order a gelato from a beach-side café.
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!
In 79AD this remarkable aristocratic resort town was submerged under a torrent of mud and lava from the same eruption that destroyed Pompeii. Rediscovered by well-diggers in the 18th-century, excavation continues to this day - a delicate operation as much of the site is covered by modern buildings. Herculaneum is smaller than Pompeii, but its size and better preservation gives us a more immediate sense of the shape and ambience of a Roman town. While Pompeii was burned out with volcanic cinders, the mud swamping Herculaneum covered the houses in a protective crust, which kept upper storeys and even some of the woodwork and mosaics intact. Even a few of the gardens have been lovingly replanted.
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.
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: 09:00 - 17:00
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.
Fringed with a ribbon of sun-kissed sands, Palamos started life as a tiny fishing village. The legacy of fishing continues today with the day’s catch sold off to thehighest…Time in port: 10:00 - 18:00
Few cities have got the power to wow you like Barcelona. Since the end of the Spanish War, Barcelona has flourished into a cosmopolitan metropolis. On this extensive city tour, visit the city’s most recognised landmark – Gaudi’s unfinished Sagrada Familia, which looks like a giant sandcastle that’s been washed away by the tide. Afterwards, enjoy some free time, then carry on by coach through Montjuic Gardens, up to the lookout point of Miramar for great views of the city and harbour.
Been to Barcelona before? Like to take things at your own pace? Then why not join us on our transfer that lets you explore this majestic Catalan city under your own steam? Home to lots of famous monuments like Gaudi's incredible unfinished church, Sagarada Familia, this city brings you a new surprise at every turn. You could visit the world famous Nou Camp stadium, home of Barcelona FC. Get to know the real Barcelona in the Gothic Quarter. Or explore Ciutat Vella, the oldest part of the city. There's even a zoo, an aquarium and a cable car to entertain you. But remember, no trip to Barcelona is complete without a stroll down the most famous street in Europe, Las Ramblas. Watch as street entertainers make fun of the passers by. Have your portrait sketched by one of the talented artists. Or shop ‘til you drop in the chic boutiques. Don't miss this opportunity to explore one of the worlds most visited cities at your leisure.
Costa Brava’s famous for its great weather and top-notch resorts. On this relaxing tour, you’ll enjoy a panoramic tour of the pretty town of Lloret. Despite being a dynamic tourist town, it’s still managed to retain its customs, traditions and local character. You’ll also visit the Santa Clotilde Gardens - this magnificent garden offers breath-taking views over the sea. Take a walking tour with your guide before enjoying some free time here. After Lloret, make your way to Tossa de Mar in Catalonia. It’s a really pretty place, laced with cobbled streets and crowned with a magnificent old castle. The surrounding scenery’s impressive, too, with rugged mountains, emerald valleys and natural springs jostling for the attention of your camera lens. You’ll have some free time here to enjoy the sun or browse the shops.