Special Offer!Book before March 7, 2014 to receive $1,000 off on this cruise!Overview
Cruise with us for seven nights from Rome to Barcelona aboard the exclusively chartered, Five-Star M.V. Tere Moana
, relaunched in 2013 after a multimillion-dollar refurbishment and featuring only 45 deluxe Staterooms. Travel to the sun-drenched landscapes and lush mountainous backdrops of the French and Italian rivieras and islands, a glamorous playground for the elite and favorite retreat for artists and gourmands. This unique, comprehensive itinerary immerses you in the region’s dynamic history, inimitable art and culture and stunning scenery, and features up to five World Heritage sites, including Carcassone’s medieval fortifications. Explore Corsica’s fortified town of Bonifacio and Sardinia’s dazzling Costa Smeralda. Admire the Renaissance treasures of Florence and visit the postcard cliffside villages of Italy’s Cinque Terre. Along the enchanting Côte d’Azur, enjoy specially arranged excursions to alluring Monaco, the epitome of Riviera chic, to visit Monte Carlo’s world-famous Casino Square colorful; spectacular Cannes, the unofficial capital of the French Riviera; and Nice, to tour the renowned Musée Marc-Chagall. Rome Pre-Cruise and Barcelona Post-Cruise Options also available at an additional cost.Check out our slide show for a photo journey of this cruise!
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September 19-20 — U.S., Civitavecchia, Italy
Depart the U.S. On arrival, embark the five-star M.V. TERE MOANA
. Sail tonight. (L,R,D)September 21 — Bonifacio, Corsica, France, Porto Cervo, Costa Smeralda, Sardinia
Dock in the ancient town of Bonifacio, overlooking the sparkling harbor from sheer white limestone cliffs at the southern tip of the island of Corsica. This beautiful port’s fundamentally French character bears a strong Italian imprint, manifest in the islanders’ French-Italian dialect. Transfer by small train for the excursion featuring a walk through the medieval Old Town
. Stroll the Rue des Deux-Empereurs, where Charles V and Napoleon once lodged, and see the Gothic Church of St-Dominique
and the famous Grain de Sable limestone formation
Sardinia’s Costa Smeralda (“Emerald Coast”) features remote seaside villages, glamorous villas, a rugged landscape rising from exquisite white sand beaches, and azure waters plied by sleek luxury yachts. This afternoon, anchor near Porto Cervo
, a haven for celebrities. The tour takes you to the well-preserved granite Nuraghe Albucciu, one of the Bronze-Age fortresses unique to Sardinia
. (B,L,D)September 22 — Livorno, Italy, for Florence or Pisa and Lucca
Enjoy the rolling Tuscan landscape of vineyards and cypresses en route to Florence (a World Heritage site)
, birthplace of the Renaissance. This iconic site is a treasure trove of unparalleled achievements in art, architecture and literature. Admire Brunelleschi’s soaring dome; Ghiberti’s moving “Doors of Paradise,” depicting scenes from the Old Testament in cast bronze; and Michelangelo’s David, considered one of his crowning achievements.
Alternatively, visit the beautifully preserved medieval cities of Lucca and Pisa, just a short, scenic drive from Livorno. Lucca’s intact Renaissance city walls are now a promenade for pedestrians, and its elaborate 11th-century Cattedrale di San Martino
is still an important symbol of the city. Pisa’s famous Piazza dei Miracoli
showcases the legendary Leaning Tower, the impressive 11th-century Duomo and the largest baptistery in Italy
. (B,D)September 23 — Porto Venere for Cinque Terre, Portofino
From Porto Venere’s small harbor, board a private boat cruise and dock in the villages of the Cinque Terre
. This World Heritage Site
is a series of five fishing villages with lovely pastel homes clinging to remote cliffs that jut into the Ligurian Sea. Discover the spectacular nuances of the towns of Riomaggiore, Manarola and Vernazza
, linked by a walking path that offers marvelous views of the charming coves, hidden beaches and terraced vineyards that produce the famous dessert wine Sciacchetrà.
is the perfect village for a leisurely afternoon on the Italian Riviera. Visit the 17th-century San Giorgio Church
, home to the relics of this dragon-slaying saint; stroll the pedestrian-only streets; or sip a cappuccino in an outdoor café. (B,L,D)September 24 — Monte Carlo, Monaco
The principality of Monaco’s dazzling historic district, Monte Carlo, offers an intoxicating mixture of princely sights and Casino Royale
intrigue and is famous for its Grand Casino
. On the excursion, admire the legendary belle-époque architecture and enjoy a walking tour on the Rock of Monaco
. See the changing of the guards at the Prince’s Palace, home of Europe’s longest-reigning dynasty, and the neo-Romanesque Cathedral of St. Nicholas
, where Princess Grace is interred. (B,L,D)September 25 — Nice, France, CannesOne of the oldest human settlements in the world with archeological sites dating to the Lower Paleolithic period, Nice remains rich in its traditions and centuries‑old culture
. This capital of the Côte d’Azur is bursting with the colors that inspired Chagall and Matisse: the azure waters of the Mediterranean, terra cotta roofs, ocher and yellow houses, emerald green gardens, budding flower markets and marbled tile squares of Baroque and French theaters. On the excursion, visit the Musée Marc-Chagall
, home to the largest collection of the artist’s works, including the 17-canvas Biblical Message, and stroll the outdoor flower market. Reboard the ship for lunch and cruise to Cannes.
Settled as a fishing village by monks, Cannes today is the quintessence of dazzling Riviera allure and host of the international film festival. Join the shore excursion following the picturesque, palm-lined La Croisette promenade to the medieval lanes
, churches and castle of Le Suquet, followed by a visit to nearby Vallauris, where Pablo Picasso discovered his passion for ceramics. See the bay of Golfe-Juan, where Napoleon Bonaparte landed after his escape from exile and began his 100-day reign that ended at Waterloo.
Join the Captain for a Farewell Reception this evening. (B,L,D)September 26 — Carcassonne
Settled on the frontier between France and Spain along ancient trade routes linking the Atlantic with the Mediterranean and Iberian Peninsula, the medieval core of Carcassonne, a World Heritage Site
, has been occupied since the sixth century B.C., fortified by the Romans, conquered by the Visigoths in the fifth century, overrun by Persians in the seventh century, and repelled centuries of invading Franks and hoards of Barbarians, who each left their indelible influence on the extraordinary architectural and artistic heritage of the city. Walk the cobblestone streets, admire the drawbridges and watchtowers and enjoy the joyous ringing of bells that evoke the gothic and medieval past.
After lunch on your own, visit the Romanesque Abbey of Fontfroide. (B,R,D)September 27 — Barcelona, Spain, U.S.
Disembark and continue on the Barcelona Post-Cruise Option, or depart for the U.S. (B)
Pre- and Post-Cruise Options and Optional Excursions are available at additional cost. Details will be included with your reservation confirmation.
All program features are contingent upon final brochure pricing.