(Highlights : Paris (France), Barcelona ( Spain), Rome (Italy), PISA ( Italy), Palma de Mallorca ( Balearic islands), TGV Ride, Cruise of the Mediterranean Sea.
Day 1 - Paris city tour Day 2 - Departure TGV to Marseille , Cruise leaving from Marseille in the evening, cruise through the Mediterranean sea Day 3 - Arriving to Barcelona,Spain. City tour of Barcelona, Dinner at the cruise. Day 4- Arriving Palma de Mallorca , Tour of Mallorca, Dinner at the cruise DAY 5 – Navigation , chilling and enjoying onboard overlooking the Mediterranea followed by Gala Dinner in the night* Day 6 – Arriving Rome, Italy . City tour of Rome. Day 7 – Arriving Pisa, Italy. City tour of Spezia and Pisa. DAY 8 – Arriving Savone, Italy. Transfer to NICE International Airport.
*Other Cruise itineraries available as per demand.
DAY 1 – PARIS VISIT – DAY TOUR
After breakfast in the hotel we start our Paris tour with the visit of the magnificient “Eiffel tower”, also called “Dame de Fer –Iron Lady” Eiffel is named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built the tower. Constructed in 1889 as the entrance to the 1889 World's Fair, it was initially criticized by some of France's leading artists and intellectuals for its design, but has become a global cultural icon of France and one of the most recognisable structures in the world. The tower is the tallest structure in Paris and the most-visited monument in the world: 6.98 million people ascended it in 2011. The tower is 324 metres (1,063 ft) tall, about the same height as an 81-storey building. After Eiffel Tower we drive to the center of Paris to visit the world famous Louvre Museum- a historic monument in Paris, France. Louvre is not only one of the world's largest museums but it is also the world's most visited museum, receiving more than 9.26 million visitors in 2014. The museum is housed in the Louvre Palace, originally built as a fortress in the late 12th century under Philip II. Remnants of the fortress are visible in the basement of the museum. Masterpieces like Mona Lisa" by Leonardo da Vinci, The Nike of Samothrace, Raft of the Medusa" by Théodore Géricault, Sleeping Hermaphroditos and many more will make you travel through the time!!!!
Visit Notre Dame Cathedral – 800 year old church housing more than 35 sculptures of Mother Merry. Lunch in the Marais area. Later while driving through the famous Pigalle area and Sacré Coeur we arrive at the Avenue de Champs élysée – most beautiful avenue of the world. Visit Arc de triomphe , Place de la Concorde, Place Vendome and Opera Garnier. Some free time for shopping at Champs-Elysées and visit at Galeries Lafayette. Dinner in a chic Parisian restaurant in the heart of “ City of Lights”. Or Dinner at seine river cruise – Most amazing way to see the “city of lights” and its beautiful monuments ( Conciergerie, Pont Neuf, Musée d’orsay, Illuminated Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame etc)
DAY 2 - DEPARTURE TO MARSEILLE IN SOUTH OF FRANCE
After breakfast we depart for Marseille by “TGV”, fastest train of France , 4 Hours journey from Paris- Marseille. CRUISE STARTS FROM MARSEILLE AT 18H
After breakfast on the cruise we leave for a day tour of Barcelona. Barcelona is the western Mediterranean city par excellence, one of the most important in the Mediterranean region. Its geographic location and the open character of its inhabitants are the reasons why the city is being culturally enriched all the time. It has an impressive architectural and monumental heritage, the most splendid exponents of which are Gothic and Modernist buildings.
The entire city makes visitors enjoy taking a walk around its streets.Beside its cultural and economic history, one of the main reasons of its success is the great transformation experienced in 1990’s opening the city to the sea as a result of being elected for the organization of 1992 Olympic Games, one of the most important events of Barcelona history.
Your tour will depart from the port, for a scenic panoramic drive, passing through the Barceloneta Quarter or Fisherman Area, the Columbus Monument and the bottom of the famous promenade of Las Ramblas , Via Laietana, to reach Cataluña square, considered the heart of the city. From here, you will continue the panoramic drive along Passeig de Gràcia, the best known boulevard in town. Guides will also point you out one of the masterpieces of Gaudi’s arquitecture: the Palau de la Musica,Manzana de la Discordia and Casa Batllo. Your first stop will be in Sagrada Familia, which is said to be an icon of Barcelona. This is the place where visitors come to admire one of the most extraordinary monuments of the world constructed by man. Great medieval cathedrals served as models for this neogothic church built in modernist style (Catalan version of Art Nouveau). The project and supervising of the works were realized by a genius architect Antoni Gaudì (at that time was only 30 years old), who was involved in the process until his death. From the outside, guides will offer you a deep explanation of all the details related to the Temple. Once finished you will proceed to Montjuich Hill which was claimed by the city on the occasion of the 1929 International Exposition, when the mountain was developed and trade fair halls and sports installations were constructed as well as the parks and gardens which are to be found all over the mountain. Today represents one of the most important recreational area in Barcelona. You will pass by the Olimpic Ring and make a brief stop at the Montjuic Hill to get a panoramic view of the city before returning to the ship. Breakfast on the cruise, Lunch in a restaurant in Barcelona, Dinner on the Cruise.
DAY 4 – ARRIVING PALMA DE MALLORCA 8 AM. DEPARTURE CRUISE 18H
After Breakfast on the cruise we leave for a city tour of Palma . Palma de Mallorca is the capital city on the Balearic Islands in Spain. Your tour starts with a drive along the Maritime Promenade reaching the Bellver Castle, one of the most important examples of Gothic civil architecture in Mallorca. Not far from the centre of the city, the castle of the “beautiful views” watches over the port. It was built by Jaume II at the beginning of the 14th century. It was conceived as a defensive redoubt and royal residence. But it became most famous ( or infamous ) as a prison, from the Middle Ages until the Civil War. Among many others, the enlightenment encyclopaedist Gaspar Melchor de Jovellanos was a prisoner here for six years. Only four months after Jovellanos got out. the young French Physicist François Arago had his adventure in the castle.Next stop will be near the Cathedral which presides the city and frames the silhouette of the city. Constructed between the 13th and the 14th century it is one of the finest pure Gothic examples of the continent. Next to it stands the Almudaina Palace, a monument which was converted from an Arab fortress into the residence of the Kings of Mallorca. Guides will point out the most important aspects of this monument from the outside.Next, you will be driven to the Bull Ring ( 1929 ) that is a late work. Even so, it is within the modernist current. specifically its historicist tendency inspired by elements characteristic of the baroque. The building is perfectly worked out. with four main boxes oriented to the cardinal points. Finished this stop, you will be driven to the ship. Lunch in a restaurant at Mallorca and Dinner at the cruise.
DAY 5 – CHILLING ON THE CRUISE OVERLOOKING THE MEDDITERANEAN SEA FOLLOWED GALA DINNER IN NIGHT .
After breakfast on the Cruise We will depart from the port of Civitavecchia by bus and drive along the highway towards Rome, where our guide will be waiting for us. We will begin a beautiful panoramic bus tour admiring the thermal baths of Caracalla and Circo Massimo. After leaving the bus we will begin on foot towards the Trevi Fountain(famous for the practice of dropping some coins, from behind shoulders: one to come back to Rome, one to express a wish),before continuing towards Venice Square where we will be able to admire Il Vittoriano, the Column and Il Foro diTraiano along with the Senatorial Building. We will then continue towards the ruins of the Roman Forum (externally) before heading up to the Coliseum (external visit), the great amphitheater symbol of the eternity of the Roman civilization that could hold up to 80.000 spectators. In this area we will be able to admire the imposing Arch of Constantine, the last of the triumphal monuments of the classical age, erected in 315 in celebration of the victory of Constantine over Massenzio which took place close to the Milvio Bridge. After lunch, we will go to the Basilica of St. Peter (Vatican City, external visit) which sits on the grave of the Saint himself who died in the II century. In front of the Basilica we will be able to take a photo stop along the splendid colonnade of the Bernini that surrounds the obelisk depicting 150 horses and 47 capstone, devoted and erected in memory of the emperor of 1586. Lunch in a restaurant at Rome and Dinner at the cruise.
DAY 7 – ARRIVAL PISA ITALY 8.30 – 20H30.
The gulf of La Spezia, without a doubt one of the most beautiful bays in the world, contains some extraordinarily beautiful sights, from the Gulf of Poets to the Cinque Terre: Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore, five villages that look out over the sea, with breathtaking walking trails and panoramas. This splendid area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
After around an hour and a half coach journey, you will be able to marvel at your first view of the amazing Tower, from a distance. You will then walk for approximately fifteen minutes to reach its Square, entering the Pisan Romanesque-style Cathedral ,and visit inside the Baptistery. The highlight of your tour will be your special inside visit of the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Due to its inclination and beauty, it is considered to be the most famous tower in the world. Breakfast at the cruise, lunch in a restaurant at Pisa and Dinner at the cruise.
DAY 8 – ARRIVAL SAVONE, ITALY – 7:00 Hrs – Transfer to NICE international airport (1H30 of Travel).