Cruise the sparkling turquoise waters and evocative coastlines of the Italian, French, and Spanish Rivieras and explore the dynamic history, art, and culture of the region.

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 Place Massena, Nice  Bonifacio, Corsica  Cathedral Santa Maria del Fior, Duomo, in Florence, Italy  Michelangelo's <i>David</i>, centerpiece of the Accademia. Credit: John Kellerman/Alamy  The legendary tower of Pisa  The village of Portofino on the Italian Riviera  The seaside town of Vernazza, one of the Cinqueterre villages  The Rock of Monte Carlo with the Prince's Palace   Town Hall Square, Aix-en-Provence  The medieval fortifications of Carcassonne  The port of Barcelona

Cruising the Rivieras of Italy, France, and Spain

From Barcelona to Rome Aboard the Le Jacques Cartier

9 days from $5,995

Cruise the sparkling turquoise waters and evocative coastlines of the Italian, French, and Spanish Rivieras and explore the dynamic history, art, and culture of the region.

or Call 855-330-1542

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With Smithsonian, we can be confident not only of an excellent trip, but of a wonderful group of fellow travelers to share it with.

- Anna P.


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Activity Level 3:  Moderate / Active

Expectations: Ocean-going cruise that pulls into a pier for embarkation and shore excursions, requires the use of tenders at one port. Excursions will be at a moderately active pace during mornings or afternoons and some days will require early morning departures (8:00 or 8:30 a.m.). Daily activities of two to three hours each day. Some standing and walking for periods of time (up to one and a half hours) during outdoor activities and tours, city tours, and museum visits. Walking two to three miles will be over sometimes difficult terrain, such as cobblestones in towns. The longest coach transfer is approximately 90 minutes in duration, however, most range from 30-45 minutes.  

Appropriate for: Travelers who are physically fit, lead active lives, are comfortable participating in long days of activities, and expect some physical exertion. 

With Smithsonian, we can be confident not only of an excellent trip, but of a wonderful group of fellow travelers to share it with.

- Anna P.


Day 1 & 2 – Depart the U.S. for Barcelona, Spain

Depart the U.S. for lively Barcelona, with Europe’s greatest concentration of Gothic architecture and the works of Dalí, Gaudí, and Picasso. Embark Le Jacques Cartier from the port city of Barcelona to begin your “Grand Tour” through scenery awash with pastel-hued villas, Mediterranean sunsets, and sparkling coastlines. Enjoy the Captain’s Welcome Reception on board the evening of Day 2. (R,D)

Day 3 — Sète, France for Carcassonne

The former frontier between France and Spain occupied since the sixth century B.C., Carcassone is the largest walled city in Europe. It was fortified by the Romans, conquered by Visigoths, captured by Persians, invaded by Franks and overrun by Barbarians, each culture influencing the city’s architectural and artistic heritage. The medieval core of Carcassonne, La Cité, a World Heritage Site characterized by cobblestone streets and the Romanesque-Gothic style Basilica of Saints Nazarius and Celsus. Explore the medieval Château Comtal, the archaeological museum and the Musée des Beaux-Arts’ collection ranging from the 16th to 20th centuries. Continue to the nearby Corbières Mountains to tour the hallowed 12th century Cistercian Abbaye de Fontfroide. (B,D)

Day 4 —Marseille for Aix-en-Provence

Romantic, medieval Aix en Provence captures the élan of France’s sun-drenched Provence. Stroll through the Mazarin district and Old Aix and along the famous Cours Mirabeau, a grand boulevard lined with canopied plane trees and elegant 17th- and 18th-century townhouses. Visit the Cathedral St. Sauveur, a French national monument, where Romanesque, Gothic and neo-Gothic architectural styles ranging from the fifth to 17th centuries stand adjacent on the site of the first century Roman Forum of Aix.

This afternoon, return to Marseille where nearly three millennia of maritime heritage thrive in this natural port. Drive along the Corniche Kennedy, a boulevard dedicated to the late U.S. president, and the historic high street, Canèbiere, built by Louis XIV in 1666. See the city’s Old Town, the majestic 19th-century Cathédrale de la Major and the Vieux Port (Old Port), often considered Marseille’s birthplace, and visit the neo-Byzantine Notre Dame de la Garde with extraordinary city views from its grounds. (B,L,D)

Day 5 — Nice, France / Rock of Monaco

Nice’s origins date back to the Lower Paleolithic period and the city remains one of the oldest human settlements in the world. Known as the “capital of the Côte d’Azur,” today Nice reverberates with the colors, traditions and culture that inspired Chagall and Matisse. Enjoy a walking tour of Nice’s Old Town and panoramic views from the hill of Cimiez. Admire the historic Rock of Monaco, the epitome of Riviera chic, from the Exotic Garden and the celebrated belle époque architecture of Monaco, the former home of beloved Princess Grace. Visit the neo-Romanesque St. Nicholas Cathedral, where the Princess and Prince Ranier III are interred. (B,L,D)

Day 6 — Porto Venere for Cinque Terre / Portofino

Cruise by private boat to two of Cinque Terre’s picturesque villages. This World Heritage Site is a series of five colorful fishing villages that cling to remote cliffs overlooking the Ligurian Sea—discover the vivid nuances of Riomaggiore and Vernazza, linked by footpaths with views of the secluded coves and terraced vineyards renowned for producing the sweet dessert wine, Sciacchetrà.

This evening, dock in Portofino, the perfect village for a leisurely evening on the Italian Riviera. You may choose to visit the 17th century San Giorgio Church, with the relics of the legendary dragon-slaying saint; stroll the pedestrian-only lanes, or sip a cappuccino on a café terrace. (B,L,D)

Day 7 — Livorno, Italy, for Florence or Pisa and Lucca

Arrive in Livorno, and choose between two quintessentially Italian excursions:

En route to Florence, Firenze to locals, savor Tuscany’s cypress tree-lined landscape and vineyards. The birthplace of the Renaissance, this treasured World Heritage site is home to great masters, unparalleled art, architecture, and literature. Admire Michelangelo’s David, Brunelleschi’s iconic dome on the Duomo and Ghiberti’s bronze cast Doors of Paradise created for the Baptistery of San Giovanni, depicting scenes from the Old Testament.

Or, enjoy a scenic drive to the consummate medieval Tuscan university city of Pisa and town of Lucca. See Pisa’s Piazza dei Miracoli, a World Heritage site, and the legendary leaning tower where Galileo is said to have conducted some of his first gravity experiments. Visit the 11th century Duomo and the largest baptistery in Italy, which originated the unique Pisan Romanesque style. Walk along Lucca’s intact Renaissance city walls, now a pedestrian promenade, and see its 11th-century Cattedrale di San Martino, a symbol of the city. (B,D)

Day 8 — Bonifacio, Corsica, France

Homer’s Odyssey portrays the mythic giants who hurled boulders from the sheer white limestone cliffs of Bonifacio, sinking 11 Greek ships. Today, the island’s delightful French character embraces strong Italian influence, manifested in the locals’ engaging French Italian dialect. Transfer by a small train to the medieval citadel and Old Town. Stroll the Rue des Deux Empereurs, where Charles V and Napoleon once lodged, and see the Gothic Church of St Dominique overlooking the striking Grain de Sable limestone formation. Join your traveling companions this evening for the Captain’s Farewell Reception. (B,L,R,D)

Day 9 — U.S./ Civitavecchia/Rome, Italy

Disembark and continue on the Rome Post-Cruise Option, or depart for the U.S. (B)

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)