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National Museum, Placa De Espanya, Barcelona

Iconic Cities of the Western Mediterranean

8-day cruise from £2,540 pp incl. flights

Summary

Short description

Showcase city treasures and rural beauty in all-inclusive luxury, from Barcelona to Tuscany

Highlights

  • Between Spanish flavour and Italian indulgence, dip through four countries
  • Make stops at some of Europe’s great cities
  • Take in the rural charm of Tuscany and Provence
  • Bring each port of call to life with included shore excursions
  • Enjoy all-inclusive fine dining throughout

In Brief

  • 2 Nights Barcelona
  • 1 Night Marseille
  • 1 Night St. Tropez
  • 1 Night Monte Carlo
  • 2 Nights Livorno (Pisa/Florence/Tuscany)

About

Recommended for:
Ocean cruise

From Spain’s Gaudí treasures and the romance of the French Riviera to Italy’s icons and the glitz of Monaco, this luxury cruise showcases the western Mediterranean at its very best. Along the way, you’ll indulge with all-inclusive gourmet dining along with complimentary shore excursions and transfers throughout. Between Barcelona’s Gothic beauty and the UNESCO-listed treasures of Rome, you’ll take in Marseille’s towering fortresses, Tuscany’s medieval grandeur, and the extravagance of St. Tropez and Monte Carlo. And, expert guides bring it all to life.

Day by day itinerary

Day 1
UK/Barcelona

Begin your trip with complimentary airport lounge access before your flight out to Barcelona. On arrival, you’ll be met by an included transfer, bringing you to your state-of-the-art ship. Settling in to enjoy the verandah, luxury linens and complimentary soft-drinks-and-snacks minibar of your steward-served stateroom, you’ll be treated to the first of your all-inclusive dining. Choose from the likes of poolside grills, afternoon tea delight, chef’s-table innovations and open-kitchen Italian classics. It’s all washed down with complimentary beverages; the wine pairings are particularly good. You’ll also have a superb range of facilities, from the lectures, performances and films of the theatre to the superb spa, infinity pool and fitness centre.

Stay: Viking Star

Meals: L D

Day 2
Barcelona

While you’ll have had time to explore under your own steam yesterday, today you’ll be treated to the first of your complimentary shore excursions. You’ll take in Barcelona’s myriad highlights on a leisurely drive and walking tour, beginning with the 60-metre-high Columbus Monument before moving on to the likes of the giant Arc de Triompf, the fountain-dappled Parc de la Ciutadella and the Gothic old town. Here, everything from stunning cathedrals to pavement cafés line cobbled streets and pretty squares. In between, you’ll also have the opportunity to take in Gaudí’s architectural whimsies, pair a flamenco performance with a tapas tasting, or head out into the Catalan countryside for a pilgrimage to Montserrat Abbey.

Stay: Viking Star

Meals: B L D

Day 3
Marseille, France

Hopping into France, your first stop is Marseille. As the country’s oldest city, it’s rich in timeless treasure, its tree-shaded boulevards dotted with historic churches and its historic port watched over by a pair of 17th-century fortresses. The Notre Dame de la Garde is a particular highlight for its Roman-Byzantine flourishes that back to the mid-1800s. It’s scenery you’ll take in on your included guided drive. Alternatively, there’s the chance to taste wines in hilltop villages, picnic in the Provençal countryside or take in Avignon’s medieval charm and majestic Palace of the Popes. 

Stay: Viking Star

Meals: B L D

Day 4
St. Tropez

You’ll be welcomed to glamorous St. Tropez by a glittering harbour, lined with old-word facades and extravagant yachts. And, you’ll take in all its historic charms on a guided walk after dipping out to Port Grimaud. A seaside village of extraordinary beauty, it’s often referred to as the ‘Venice of Provence’ for its maze of water channels and island setting. Throughout, it’s beautified by colourful fishermen’s houses linked by pretty bridges and gardens. There’s also everything from coastal hikes and culinary tours to vineyard visits along the French Riviera. The glitz of palatial Cannes is also just a short hop away.

Stay: Viking Star

Meals: B L D

Day 5
Monte Carlo

Today, you’ll arrive into Monte Carlo – the millionaire’s playground. Your walking tour here will bring you right into medieval Monaco, taking in princely palaces, grand residences and historic squares lined with cathedrals. The Oceanographic Museum is especially impressive, built right on the cliff-front and rising in dramatic tiers. As you’ll leave the port later this evening, there’s also the opportunity to play a hand at that great gambling mecca – the Casino de Monte-Carlo. There are also plenty of excursions to choose from, bringing you along the French Riviera for garden-lined villas, medieval hill towns famed for their perfumeries and Nice’s old-world opulence.

Stay: Viking Star  

Meals: B L D

Days 6-7
Livorno, Italy (Florence/Pisa/Tuscany)

Your penultimate stop is Livorno – gateway to Tuscany. Your included tour here will see you through the region’s rolling hills to Pisa’s icons. After taking in the marble-clad Baptistery, the Byzantine mosaics of its great cathedral and, yes, that tower, there’s also chance to wander the city’s historic streets, marvelling at the fading beauty of its merchants’ houses. With a second day, you’ll also have the chance to take in Florence’s Renaissance treasures, taste your way through a selection of Tuscan vineyards or explore the region’s medieval hill towns. Lucca’s terracotta tumble and San Gimignano’s spindling towers are particular favourites. 

Stay: Viking Star

Meals: B L D

Day 8
Civitavecchia (Rome)/UK

After a last breakfast, disembark for your included transfer to the airport and flight home. However, we recommend lingering a little longer to take in the historic wonders of the Italian capital. There’s everything from Roman archaeological treasures to the Vatican’s jewels and idyllic squares lined with Baroque flourishes. Contact your Wexas specialist to find out more.

Meals: B

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Pricing

Any element of this cruise can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

Prices

8-day cruise on board Viking Star (Viking Ocean Cruises) from £2,540 incl. flights

Departure: 2 June 2018

Veranda (V1): £2,540
Deluxe Veranda (DV5): £2,790

Includes:

  • Complimentary UK airport lounge access
  • Return flights between the UK and Barcelona and Rome
  • Transfers to and from the airport
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi (subject to certain usage policies)
  • Complimentary enriching shore excursions in each port of call, led by knowledgeable local guides
  • Complimentary wine, beer & soft drinks with on board dinner and lunch service
  • Complimentary 24-hour speciality coffees & teas
  • Specialty restaurants without extra charge
  • Complimentary self-service laundry facilities on multiple decks
  • All port charges & government taxes included
  • Complimentary 24-hour room service

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