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Sorrento, Italy



4.5 HRS

Moderate

walking

boating
Sorrento, Boat Tour to Positano
A private motorboat takes you along the coast to Positano, once a sleepy little fishing village and the secret haunt of painters and writers. Its charms are still evident. Square, white Moorish-style houses are set in luxurious gardens, and descend in steep steps down the mountainside to the bay. Offshore is Galli Island, the legendary home of Sirens. Positano is embroidered with narrow lanes and steps and dominated by the splendid dome covered in polychrome majolica at the Church of Santa Maria Assunta. Piazzettas and cafés are filled with people pausing during the 100-step climb that leads up the hillside. Enjoy time at leisure for shopping and for a satisfying drink at a café.  

Please note: This tour is not for guests with physical limitations as it involves a great deal of walking over uneven terrain. However, walking up the steps is optional and not required. Wear comfortable shoes, a sun hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen. 

price $169
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4 HRS

Easy

dining

wine

culture

concierge
Sorrento, Concierge Collection: Sorrento Gourmet
You will depart from the pier with your guide for this tour and board your private coach. After a 30-minute drive through the scenic countryside, you will reach Il Convento Farmhouse located in the heart of the land of the sirens, on the hills around Sorrento, overlooking the bay of Naples and Salerno.  Surrounded by lush vegetation, characterized by olive groves, vineyards and citrus groves, you will be introduced to the art of organically growing lemon and olive trees, and the production of limoncello, olive oil, as well as other typical products of this wonderful land.  You will spend an hour here, sample the award-winning limoncello and liqueurs, accompanied by a babá  (pastry) with time to shop their products, if you choose. Re-board your private coach for the 30-minute return to Sorrento. Your guide will take you on a pleasant stroll around the center of town.  And then, due to the very narrow way to reach your lunch destination, you will be transported by the private vehicles of the Ristorante Donna Sofia.  The relaxing and intimate environment of the restaurant is a tribute to actress Sophia Lauren.  Enjoy the ala carte lunch as you overlook the picturesque scenery of Mount Vesuvius in one of the best restaurants of Sorrento before returning to your waiting yacht.

Please note:  Wear comfortable walking shoes.


price $349
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9 HRS

Moderate

culture

unesco

sightseeing

concierge
Sorrento, Concierge Collection: The Jewels of the Amalfi Coast
Board a private vehicle for the drive to Positano. Its charms are still evident; square, white Moorish-style houses set in luxurious gardens, descend in steep steps from the mountainside to the bay. Positano is dominated by the splendid church of Santa Maria Assunta. Piazzettas and cafés are filled with people pausing during the 100-step climb that leads up the hillside. Enjoy time at leisure for shopping and a drink at a café. You will continue on to Amalfi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After a visit to the Cloister of Paradise, built between 1266 and 1268, you will enjoy a delightful typical lunch before proceeding to Ravello, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which stretches along the side of rocky cliffs overlooking the sea. You will marvel at the rocks rising out of the sea. Whitewashed villages dot the steep hillsides and cluster in the coves below. You will visit the Villa Rufolo, the 11th century Barisano da Trani, and a pulpit decorated with mosaic lions in the Cathedral. You will have free time to browse and shop before returning to Sorrento. 

Please note: This tour is not for guests with physical limitations as it involves a great deal of walking over uneven terrain. Wear comfortable shoes, a sun hat, sunglasses and sunscreen.

price $349
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8 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Sorrento, Full Day Private Car with Driver & Guide
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the most interesting sites in the comfort and privacy of your own car. With your private vehicle and the personalized attention of your driver and guide, you will have the flexibility  and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites of the city, or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own.

Please note: Capacity 1-2 guests. Private cars are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private car, driver and English-speaking Guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it's in the area and does not exceed the duration of 8 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests.

price $1149
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8 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Sorrento, Full Day Private Van with Driver & Guide
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the most interesting sites in the comfort and privacy of your own van. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites of the city, or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own.

Please note:  Capacity: 3 - 6 guests. Private vans are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private van, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the duration of 8 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests.


price $1259
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4 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Sorrento, Half Day Private Car with Driver & Guide
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the most interesting sites in the comfort and privacy of your own car. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites of the city, or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own.

Please note:  Capacity: 1-2 guests. Private cars are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private car, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the duration of 4 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests.


price $749
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4 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Sorrento, Half Day Private Van with Driver & Guide
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the most interesting sites in the comfort and privacy of your own van. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites of the city, or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own.

Please note:  Capacity: 3 - 6 guests. Private vans are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private van, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the duration of 4 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests.

price $849
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5.5 HRS

Moderate

culture

unesco

walking

sightseeing
Sorrento, Herculaneum
The city of Herculaneum, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was founded around the 4th century B.C., copying the geometric regularity of the layout of Naples. Its “decumani” (main streets) have an east-west orientation, while the “cardines” (narrower streets) run north-south. There is undeniably a “feeling” about Herculaneum, quite different from Pompeii, where you get the impression that its ancient population of 5,000 packed up and left only moments ago. Herculaneum was smaller than Pompeii but is better preserved simply because, while hot ashes consumed the wood of Pompeii’s buildings, Herculaneum was covered by hot mud which sealed and protected entire city blocks. This means that marble floors, mosaics, paintings and carbonized woods can still be admired today. You will discover the ancient luxurious properties and villas including the House of the Mosaic, the House of Deer, the Thermae (baths) and the House of Carbonized Furniture. After a guided tour, you will be driven back to meet the yacht in Sorrento.  

Please note: This tour involves considerable walking on uneven pathways. Bring a sun hat, as shade is limited. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. 

price $115
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5.5 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

walking

culture

unesco

sightseeing
Sorrento, Journey to Pompeii
From the pier, you’ll take a 1-3/4-hour ride by motor coach to the remarkable UNESCO Site ruins of Pompeii, perfectly preserved since the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 A.D. Learn about the excavation techniques and what the residents were doing at the time of the eruption, and you’ll gain an insight into the lives of the ancient Romans as you discover baths, theaters, temples, markets and the huge forum with the Arch of Nero. After your tour, you will be driven back to Sorrento to meet your Windstar yacht.

Please note: This tour involves considerable walking on uneven pathways. Bring a sun hat, as shade is limited. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Lunch is not included. 

price $119
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Olbia, Italy



5 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

refreshments

wine

sightseeing
Olbia, Beyond The Costa Smeralda
You will departure from the pier  for  a  1-hour drive  of the Costa Smeralda. You will drive through panoramic scenery, where one can admire nature without human intervention. The story of the Costa Smeralda  began back in March, 1962, when headed by Prince Karim Aga Khan, a small group of venture capitalists from various part of the world managed to acquire a large piece of land within the confines of the small city of Arzachena and founded the ‘Consortium of the Emerald Coast’.Everything was created from scratch on what was then, an untouched area of Sardinia. Porto Cervo has long been considered the gem of ‘The Coast’ and host to high-end international tourists. Today, it truly reigns as one of the best holiday locations in the Mediterranean.  From Porto Cervo, you’ll make your way to the fascinating Nuraghe La Prisgiona, which has come to be the symbol of the island and one the first evidences of advanced prehistoric construction techniques.  It has been estimated that over 7,000 nuraghi exist in Sardinia and their shape and strategic locations seem to support the most common belief that nuraghi were towers built for military and defensive purposes and likely date back to  1900-730 BC.  Continuing on, you’ll travel to the Surrau Caves  where local wines are cultivated and produced.  A visit here gives you the opportunity to tour the cellars and then enjoy a tasting of some excellent local red and white wines, accompanied by a typical Sardinian snack.  Afterwards, you’ll re-board your coach and travel back to the ship, en route passing through the village of San Pantaleo which is majestically framed by unique granite peaks and represents a typical Sardinian town.

Please note:  Wear comfortable walking shoes. This tour is wheelchair accessible.


price $119
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3.5 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing
Olbia, Introduction to Sardinia
You will depart from the pier aboard air-conditioned deluxe motor coaches, on a 15-minute drive through some lovely panoramic scenery  to the  nearby  archaeological  site where you will visit the Holy Well  of  Sa Testa ( or Pozzo Sacro) , located near the industrial port along the road leading from Olbia in Lido di Pittulongu and fully excavated in 1938, this monument is made of granite blocks and is divided into 4 parts. You will see a circular courtyard, an entrance hall, a staircase and a tholos room with a false dome. The well itself is accessible 17 steps down. The water here is reputed to have beneficial effects. You will reboard the coach and drive back  to Olbia to visit the main church, the Basilica of San Simplicio. You will have an hour of free time before heading back to the yacht.

Please note: There are uneven and slippery surfaces at the archaeological site. Wear comfortable walking shoes and a sun hat.


price $69
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5.5 HRS

Strenuous

sightseeing
Olbia, The Enchanting Archipelago
You will depart from the pier in deluxe motor coaches for the 1-hour drive to Palau where a ferry will take you on a 15-minute ride to Maddalena Island.  The Maddalena Archipelago is a group of islands in the Straits of Bonifacio between Corsica and Sardinia, Italy. It consists of seven main islands and numerous other small islets.  The largest island is Isola Maddalena, on which sits the archipelago's largest town, La Maddalena. Lying adjacent to the famous tourist resort of the Costa Smeralda, Maddalena shares the same crystal clear waters and wind blown granite coastlines but also remains a haven for wildlife. It is a designated National Park, the Parco Nazionale Arcipelago di La Maddalena, a very popular tourist destination, especially among boaters. You will take a panoramic drive around the island and visit the town center. In the parish church there are two candelabras and a crucifix donated to the island’s community by Admiral Nelson. You will have some free time for shopping in Garibaldi Square, which contains some great shops, or maybe take a stroll along the lovely promenade. Reboard the ferry and sail back to Palau and then by coach drive back to Olbia.

Please note:  Shops are open from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in La Maddalena.  Wear comfortable walking shoes. This tour is not wheelchair accessible.


price $99
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4 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

sightseeing
Olbia, The Unique Costa Smeralda
Depart from the pier in your deluxe motor coach for  the 45-minute drive to Cala di Volpe and Porto Cervo, a drive through panoramic scenery, where you can admire nature at its finest. In March 1962, a small group of international financiers, headed by Prince Karim Aga Khan, founded the Emerald Coast Consortium with the aim of developing tourist sites in the area. The territory covers almost 50 miles of coastline, with white-sand beaches, golf clubs, private jet and helicopter services and exclusive hotels; it is the most expensive real estate location in all of Europe.  Porto Cervo was built from scratch and became the heart of the Emerald Coast.  In the city center you will enjoy the famous promenade. From the small square to the Sottopiazza is a collection of streets, windows, balconies built in the typical style of the Emerald Coast.  On your guided tour you will also visit the church, “Stella Maris” with its extraordinary view of Porto cervo Marina.  Then proceed to Baja Sardinia located at a large bay with crystal-clear water a  fine sandy beach  just 2.5 miles from Port Cerve. There will be free time for leisurely exploring before you reboard your motor coach and proceed to Baja Sardinia, located in a large bay with crystal clear water and a fine sandy beach just 2.5 miles from Porto Cervo. This renowned spot faces a panoramic view of the island of Caprera and the Maddalena archipelago. You will enjoy some free time before returning to Olbia
                
Please note:  The walkways are paved and this tour is wheelchair accessible.  It is recommended that you wear comfortable walking shoes. The visit to Stella Maris involves a half mile walk there and back with many stairs.


price $69
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Bastia, Corsica, France



3 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

refreshments

walking

sightseeing
Bastia, Bastia & Taste Of Corsica
Bastia was founded by the Genoese in 1380, when they were looking for a naturally sheltered port to replace the ancient Roman city of Mariana and Biguglia (which had been destroyed by the Corsicans in 1372). The Genoese needed a city and port which could ensure contact between their “homeland” and their “colony.” Even if this small port was swept by terrible  winds, it was protected by a rock, easily defensible, and upon which a dungeon (or bastiglia) was built- and hence the name of the town Bastua. You will be met by your tour guide for a walking visit of the old City and the citadel . During your city tour by foot you will enjoy a stop for a Corsican spuntinu and tasting of Corsican specialties.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring euros.


price $95
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4 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Bastia, Cap Corse
The beautiful peninsula of Cap Corse is a ribbon of sheer coast along a fault line, suspended at an altitude of 3,280 feet. Between two seas. The prelude to the beauties of Cap Corse will be found along the road called the Cliff Road which, starting you will journey on  from Bastia and it will a matchless view over the Tuscan Archipelago.  A 30-minute ride will take you to the small and colorful fishing port of Erbalunga  where you will have time to spend before re-boarding your motor coach for the 30-minute to Luri for another short stop.  Then on for a 60-minute drive to the marine of Pino and the sheer cliff of Nonza with its Genovese tower and a boundless grey beach — offering astonishing landscapes.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring euros.  This tour is not recommended for people with vertigo as the road is extremely windy with several hairpin turns.


price $149
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3 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

walking

sightseeing
Bastia, Corsican Tales And Legends
Bastia was founded by the Genoese in 1380, when they were looking for a naturally sheltered port to replace the ancient Roman city of Mariana and Biguglia (which had been destroyed by the Corsicans in 1372).  They needed a city and port which could assure the contact between their “Homeland” and their “colony”. Even if this small port was swept by terrible winds, it was protected by a rock,  easily defensible, and upon which a dungeon (or bastiglia) was built- and hence the name of the town Bastia. The numerous religious buildings dotted all over the island bear witness to the profound religious fervor of its inhabitants and their attachment to the Catholic faith. Despite this, the collective consciousness remains steeped in many pagan traditions,with relics of ancient beliefs. The mystical spirit of Corsica finds its true expression during the great Christian festivals, however the barrier between the natural and supernatural world is extremely permeable and Corsica is teeming with visionaries, faith healers, and mediums. This walking tour will take you to some purportedly haunted sites, and give you an overview of the superstitions and local legends which still hold sway.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring Euros. You will have about 30 minutes to shop on your own.


price $89
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5 HRS

Easy

walking

sightseeing
Bastia, Corte
In the heart of the island, half way between Ajaccio and Bastia stands Corte, raised slightly above the floor of the valley by its position on a hill. On the eastern slope, the quarters of the old town rise in steps up to the ramparts of the Citadel which, perched on a rock outcrop, towers over the confluence of three rivers. Being the only inland military stronghold in Corsica, Corte established itself as the strategic crossroads, controlling all of the inland areas of the island.  You will board a little train which will bring you up to the city of Corté.  Your tour will  begin at the end of Cours Paoli in Place du Duc de Padoue and the statue of Jean Thomas Arrighi de Casanova .  Just above here is the Place Poilu where Napoleon's parents once lived. To the left you will see the Palais National, the administrative building that’s ground floor was for a long time used as a prison. With the re-establishment and inauguration of a new university in Corte in 1981, the Palais National became a Centre for Corsican Studies and now houses that institution's library.  You will climb steps which follow the walls of the citadel, and reach a viewing point with a magnificent view of Corte and its environs. The rocky outcrop of the citadel can clearly be seen, as can the Eagle's Nest built in 1419 by the viceroy of Corsica. Today the citadel houses the Musée de la Corse and the Fonds Regional d'Art Contemporain. You will have time to take a stroll by yourself for souvenir shopping,

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring euros.


price $149
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3.5 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Bastia, Nebbiu And Saint Florent
Another Genoese-founded town, Saint-Florent has become a sophisticated resort town featuring a Romanesque church and a fortress. A marina holds impressive yachts and fishing boats.. The town is very close to the wine region of Patrimonio which produces Corsica's finest wines. Not far from town are two historic monuments built by the Genoese to protect the area: Torra di Mortella and Torra di Fornali. You will have a 45-minute drive to this lovely place to spend a relaxing day strolling narrow streets, eating Corsican snacks and shopping.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes.


price $129
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Portofino, Italy



7 HRS

Strenuous

unesco

sightseeing

boating
Portofino, Cinque Terra by Boat Tour
Cinque Terre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site is also a National Park and Protected Marine Area.  Clinging to the Ligurian cliffs on the west coast of Italy are five castles at nearly the same distance from one another - Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. Today you will see two of these sites as the ancient mariners had - from the sea. Depart from the pier heading to Cinque Terre, or five lands, and marvel as you approach the beautiful coast with villages suspended above the sea, almost defying gravity. Pass the scenic Tigullio Gulf and Poet's Gulf, with terraced vineyards alive with the aroma of olive trees blended with the fresh ocean breeze. Arrive at the village of Vernazza, where you will disembark the vessel and begin a guided walking tour of this 1st century village. Notice the richness of its architecture, which evinces a wealthier standard of living than that of other villages. Following your tour, you will have free time to browse the local shops or enjoy a cafe. Reboard your boat and proceed to the next stop, the most westerly village and Cinque Terre's beach town, Monterosso. The town is divided into two distinct parts, San Cristoforo Hill, and the old maritime village protected by a rock spur. After your guide points out the highlights of Monterosso, you will have some free time to explore on your own, enjoy the beach and purchase your lunch. Meet the guide after free time and anjoy a relaxing panoramic cruise back to Santa Margherita.

Please note:  The operation of this tour is weather / sea conditions related.  it may happen that only  the stop in Monterosso can be made and Vernazza will be a photo stop. Order of sites may change order to avoid congestion. Wear comfortable walking shoes.



price $189
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6 HRS

Strenuous

snorkeling

dining

walking

boating
Portofino, Concierge Collection: Camogli Highlights & Punta Chiappa
Your guide will be pleased to meet you on the pier to start your tour by private car or minivan heading to the charming village of San Rocco by a panoramic road. San Rocco is a small hamlet, settled on the top of Portofino’s National Natural Park ( Site of Community Importance) , and is the starting point of a lovely path. The walk follows the coast line and stops in front of the little church of San Nicolò Capodimonte for a short visit. Proceed then to Punta Chiappa, a rocky formation jutting out into the sea, which is also a very interesting area due to a breathtaking landscapeand this site can be reached only by path or boat, no roads, no vehicles! All around there is  the coastline of Liguria, ahead Corsica, and behind on land there is the Batteria di Punta Chiappa hidden in the mountains. You will arrive at Stella Maris Resort and have the choice to swim (please note: no beaches and no sand, only rocks and water shoes recommended) or snorkel (no guide or equipment included, guest should take mask and fins on their own) or just relax on the terrace of Stella Maris Resort. You will then be welcomed with an aperitif on the terrace accompanied  by local specialties, and enjoy lunch including a starter and special homemade pasta with Camogli pesto sauce. After lunch, you will sail to  Camogli by boat to enjoy a guided walking tour among the highlights of this lovely fishing village. 

Please note: Very comfortable walking shoes, swimsuit and towel, sunscreen/hat/sunglasses and water shoes are recommended. If you wish to snorkel you will need to bring your own snorkeling equipment.


price $299
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3 HRS

Moderate

dining

wine

culture

walking

concierge
Portofino, Concierge Collection: Splendido Olive Oil & Lunch
Walk with your guide to the main square of Portofino, and then board the Splendido minivan shuttle for the drive to the Splendido Hotel where you will be served prosecco on arrival. Experience the cuisine of this world-famous hotel—a magnificent landmark that overlooks the picturesque harbor of this tiny resort enclave. Favored by the rich and famous, the hotel is known for its superb Italian cuisine. Windstar has arranged for the maître d’hotel to meet with you privately and explain the many uses and varieties of olive oil. Each guest will have a chance to try the different kinds of olive oil presented (2 or 3 types) during the explanation, and learn how each is used in the preparation of delicious Italian dishes. Bruschetta will be served at the table, then a lunch of traditional trofie with pesto sauce and olive oil sorbet. White wine and mineral water will be offered, and coffee is served before you return to the harbor on a the relaxing 15- to 20-minute walk down to Portofino.

Please note:  The walk from the pier to the square is cobblestone. There are a few steps at the hotel and the restaurant is at the same level as the entrance to the hotel.  Wear comfortable walking shoes.

price $179
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8 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Portofino, Full Day Private CAR + Guide
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the most interesting sites in the comfort and privacy of your own car. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites of Portofino, or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own. 

Please note:  Capacity: 1-2 guests. Private cars are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private car, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the duration of 8 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests. 


price $1099
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8 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Portofino, Full Day Private VAN + Guide
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the most interesting sites in the comfort and privacy of your own van. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites of Portofino, or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own.

Please note:  Capacity: 3 - 6 guests. Private vans are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private van, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the duration of 8 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests. 


price $1199
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4 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Portofino, Half Day Private CAR + Guide
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the most interesting sites in the comfort and privacy of your own car. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites of Portofino, or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own.

Please note:  Capacity: 1-2 guests. Private cars are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private car, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the duration of 4 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests. 


price $699
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4 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Portofino, Half Day Private VAN + Guide
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the most interesting sites in the comfort and privacy of your own van. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites of Portofino or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own.

Please note:  Capacity: 3 - 6 guests. Private vans are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private van, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the duration of 4 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests. 


price $799
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3.5 HRS

Strenuous

hiking

outdoors

refreshments

sightseeing
Portofino, Hiking to Santa Margherita
Start your walk from the pier with your guide, viewing the elegant shops and boutiques that surround the charming piazzetta along the way.  You will walk by the church to the hiking path. The itinerary of the hike can vary depending on your guide, on the weather and path conditions and on the fellow guests in your group. The first half of the tour is mostly an uphill walk if your tour goes towards Cappelletta, San Sebastiano and Olmi, to reach Molini. You will pass elegant villas nestled among rich tropical vegetation and olive trees. If your tour starts heading towards Paraggi, you will walk along the coastline and then hike up towards Acquaviva and Molini, where an old olive oil mill has been restored, now housing a little museum, a café, and toilets. The path leads the way through the Mediterranean flora, vineyards and olive groves. Vegetation hugs the medieval dwellings and the cliffs drop off to the crystal-clear sea, making this one of the most fascinating locations of the Riviera. Continue walking on to Santa Anna and Nozarego and finally you will arrive at the main promenade of Santa Margherita Ligure. Santa Margherita’s colors, the arrangement of its characteristic houses, its rich villas and great hotels have painted around its bay something similar to a magical reflection. Pause for refreshment at a café and then you will return to Portofino by minivan, or you may choose to remain in Santa Margherita to stroll around on your own and go back to Portofino by taxi, public ferry or public bus. 

Please note: Wear a hat and comfortable walking/hiking shoes. Bring a bottle of water. 


price $99
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3.5 HRS

Moderate

refreshments

wine

walking

boating
Portofino, San Fruttuoso & Camogli by Private Boat
Here’s a tempting opportunity to visit charming and remote Italian coastal fishing villages that are not easily accessible other than by boat. After a 20-minute cruise, your first stop will be in the little bay of San Fruttuoso Village, the ancient residence of the Doria family. Its splendid natural surroundings are enhanced by the architectural beauty of its church and 10th century abbey. The imposing cliffs encircling the inlet, a small beach and lush Mediterranean vegetation, combined with the almost unreal absence of vehicles, creates a truly unique and enjoyable ambiance. Pause to savor the enchanting views as your boat remains in the bay for 10 minutes. Heading further up the coast you will reach Camogli, a typical small fishing village that was formerly the site of bustling shipyards that helped build one of the world’s greatest merchant fleets. Camogli’s original medieval setting was centered around a local parish church constructed on an island that was once completely detached from the mainland. Today, it is connected to the mainland by a square surrounded by colorful buildings including one of the Italian coast’s most beautiful Baroque churches. During your 1½-hour stay, there will be time for a guided tour followed by free time. Back aboard your private boat, tasty focaccia bread and local wine will be served during the 45-minute return cruise to Portofino.      

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes and comfortable clothes. Don't forget sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses! This tour is a more unique visit to some of the more charming and remote fishing villages in the area and offers a cultural excursion difficult to do on your own. This tour will operate or not depending on sea conditions. 

price $115
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Livorno, Italy



9 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Livorno, Florence On Your Own
This transfer is intended for those who would like to explore Florence on their own. You will take a 1 ½ -hour motor coach ride from the ship to the city center and be dropped off at a central location where your escort will advise you of the pick-up time for your return journey. You will have approximately 5 hours to shop and explore the sites of Florence on your own.

Please note: Guide service, taxi transfers, entrance fees and lunch are not included in the transfer price. It will be your responsibility to be at the drop-off point at the given return time. On Sundays, most shops are closed with the exception of some souvenir shops. On Mondays, most museums are closed. The tour may involve uneven surfaces and climbing staircases. 


price $119
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5 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

culture

walking

sightseeing
Livorno, Lucca & Pisa
You will depart from the pier for the 1-hour drive to  Lucca . Lucca was colonized by Romans in the 2nd century B.C. and it has retained the plan of a Roman military camp, with the two principal streets perpendicular to one another. During the Middle ages a complicated system of narrow alleys and oddly-shaped squares was added to the original network. Your local guide will introduce the highlights of the town,  and then you will be free to enjoy some time at your own pace. You will visit  the beautiful Cathedral of San Martino, which houses the Volto Santo (Holy Visage) a miraculous Crucifix, Piazza Anfiteatro (the Roman Amphitheater) which today is a circle of touristy shops where the street’s  level  is 9feet above the original arena floor, and Via Fillungo, the main pedestrian street. After your free time you will re-join the group and your driver will take you to Pisa. Your tour leader will take you to the most important square, Piazza dei Miracoli. Scattered across a golf-course-green lawn are four large white buildings that make up Pisa’s religious center: the Cathedral, its bell tower (the Leaning Tower), Baptistery and Camposanto Cemetery. The four buildings share similar building materials, comparable decoration, and a tendency toward circular designs, giving the Campo a pleasant visual unity.  Don’t miss the chance to take a picture “propping up” the Leaning Tower or to enjoy an Italian gelato in a local café. After 1 hour at your leisure meet the tour leader again and drive back to the ship.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes and comfortable casual clothing.


price $119
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5 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous
Livorno, Lucca, The Fortress City
You will departure from the pier by coach for the 1.5-hour drive to  Lucca.  You will visit  the beautiful Cathedral of San Martino, which houses the Volto Santo ( Holy visage ) a miraculous Crucifix . Then continue to Piazza Anfiteatro ( the Roman Amphitheater ) which today is a circle of touristy shops whose street level  is 9 feet above the original arena floor.  The only bits of surviving Roman stonework are a few arches on the northwest exterior. You will visit Via Filungo , the main pedestrian street. Along the way you will get a taste of Lucca’s rich past, including several elegant , century –old storefronts.   From here you walk towards Torre Guinigi crowned with trees which rise above the great façade with Gothic windows.. Then you will see   the outside of the Church of San Michele and San Frediano. After the guided visit you will have 1 hour of free time. Meet again in Piazzale Verdi to leave Lucca and return to  Livorno .

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes, casual clothes and bring your camera and local currency.

[{ culture, walking, sightseeing }}

price $89
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4 HRS

Moderate

refreshments

wine

walking

sightseeing
Livorno, Tuscany Countryside & Wine Tasting
You will board your deluxe coach for a 45-minute drive  through the Tuscany countryside, which is bathed by a translucent, amber light. The low surrounding hills are clad with olive groves, vineyards and cypresses which appear to have been landscaped to please the human eye. On arrival you will take a tour of the wine cellars at Tenuta Del Buonamico where the wine process will be explained and you will enjoy tasting the wine accompanied by some local deli treats followed by some free time.  Return to your coach for  Montecarlo, through the wine road of the hills. You will see paths of rural tradition, villas of incomparable decaying beauty, hills rimmed by olives and 100-year-old vineyards. On arrival at Montecarlo (Tuscany) you will have 30 minutes of free time to explorer. This small village has got a well-preserved historical city center surrounded by the beautiful ramparts with a height of 535 feet.   You will then rejoin the coach to return to Livorno.

Please note:  Wear comfortable walking shoes.

price $99
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Rome, Italy



4 HRS

Easy

culture

walking

sightseeing
Rome Orientation Tour w/ Transfer to Airport
This tour is perfect for those who would like to visit Rome but do not feel like walking the cobblestone streets. You will meet the local guide at disembarkation  and board a coach for Rome to start the tour with  Via Veneto, which became popular in the 1960s as the heart of the “Dolce Vita” of Fellini’s Cinema, Castel Sant’ Angelo and St. Peter’s Basilica and Square, the monumental square surrounded by four sets of 284 columns on 88 pillars. It is the masterwork of Bernini and welcomes pilgrims  to the largest temple in Christianity. The dome was designed by Michelangelo.  Your tour will continue to the Ostiense Gate,right next to the amazing Pyramid of Caio Cestio, built in 12 B.C., and the Baths of Caracalla, the second largest spa in ancient Rome.  Then you will head to the Circus Maximus, which could welcome 320,000 spectators who watched chariot races there. Pass by the Colosseum, constructed in only 8 years, where over 70,000 spectators could take a seat and leave the building in only a few minutes through its 80 entries. Your tour also includes The dome of the basilica was designed by Michelangelo. Your drive will continue to St. Paul’s Basilica Outside the Walls, where you will have free time to explore on your own. The coach will wait for you in the vicinity to return you to the airport.

Please note: There are 3-4 steps to enter and exit the coach and a few steps in St. Paul’s Basilica.

price $129
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4 HRS

Easy

culture

sightseeing
Rome Orientation Tour w/ Transfer to Hotel
This tour is perfect for those who would like to visit Rome but do not feel like walking the cobblestone streets. You will meet the local guide at disembarkation  and board a coach for Rome to start the tour with  Via Veneto, which became popular in the 1960s as the heart of the “Dolce Vita” of Fellini’s Cinema, Castel Sant’ Angelo and St. Peter’s Basilica and Square, the monumental square surrounded by four sets of 284 columns on 88 pillars. It is the masterwork of Bernini and welcomes pilgrims  to the largest temple in Christianity. The dome was designed by Michelangelo.  Your tour will continue to the Ostiense Gate,right next to the amazing Pyramid of Caio Cestio, built in 12 B.C., and the Baths of Caracalla, the second largest spa in ancient Rome.  Then you will head to the Circus Maximus, which could welcome 320,000 spectators who watched chariot races there. Pass by the Colosseum, constructed in only 8 years, where over 70,000 spectators could take a seat and leave the building in only a few minutes through its 80 entries. Your tour also includes The dome of the basilica was designed by Michelangelo. Your drive will continue to St. Paul’s Basilica Outside the Walls, where you will have free time to explore on your own. The coach will wait for you in the vicinity to return you to the hotel.

Please note: There are 3-4 steps to enter and exit the coach and a few steps in St. Paul’s Basilica.


price $129
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8 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Rome, Full Day Private Auto with Driverguide
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, and English-speaking driver/guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the most interesting sites in the comfort and privacy of your own car. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver /guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites of the city, or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own.

Please note:  Capacity: 1-2 guests. Private cars are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private car, and English-speaking driver/guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the Rome area and does not exceed the duration of 4 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests. 


price $1599
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8 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Rome, Full Day Private VAN with Driverguide
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, and English-speaking driver/guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the most interesting sites in the comfort and privacy of your own van. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver/ guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites of the city, or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own.

Please note:  Capacity: 3 - 6 guests. Private vans are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private van, and English-speaking driver/guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the Rome area and does not exceed the duration of 8 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests.  


price $1699
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4 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Rome, Half Day Private CAR with Driverguide
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, and English-speaking driver/guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the most interesting sites in the comfort and privacy of your own car. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver /guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites of the city, or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own.

Please note:  Capacity: 1-2 guests. Private cars are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private car, and English-speaking driver/guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the Rome area and does not exceed the duration of 4 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests. 

price $1199
No longer available online. Please contact Vacation Planning at 1-800-258-7245 to inquire about waitlisted space.


4 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Rome, Half Day Private VAN with Driverguide
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, and English-speaking driver/guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the most interesting sites in the comfort and privacy of your own van. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver/ guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites of the city, or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own.

Please note:  Capacity: 3 - 6 guests. Private vans are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private van, and English-speaking driver/guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the Rome area and does not exceed the duration of 4 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests. 


price $1299
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6 HRS

Strenuous

culture

sightseeing
Rome, Pre-Cruise Vatican City Tour with Transfer to Yacht
You will depart from the Ambasciatori Hotel on an interesting tour to discover the beauty of the enchanting Vatican City and the worldwide famous Vatican Museums. Within the small, independent state of the Vatican City there is an exceptional collection of artwork from every era. Accompanied by your English speaking Guide, collect your audioguide and visit the Vatican Museums and the impressive Michelangelo’s  masterpieces housed in the Sistine Chapel. Walk to the splendid and awe-inspiring  St. Peter’s Basilica,  the largest church in the world. Before returning  to your coach you will also pass across the magnificent St. Peter’s Square on your way to your waiting yacht..  

Please note: This tour will occur the day of embarkation and terminate at the pier so it is suggested you bring a snack with you.  There is a strict dress code at the Museum and the Basilica. Women can wear trousers, capri pants and skirts and dresses are permitted, however they cannot be shorter than knee length and shoulders must be covered.  In very hot weather a shawl or large scarf/Pashmina can be draped around the shoulders for visiting the sites.  Bare shoulders, shorts, and short skirts are not permitted.  Men can wear long pants and at least short sleeves. No shorts, t-shirts without sleeves or baseball caps inside the churches. Large bags, backpacks and metal or pointed items are not allowed. The order of sites visited may be adjusted anytime and without prior notice for security reasons. The Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica may close without prior notice. Should this happen we will provide free time instead.


price $179
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6 HRS

Strenuous

culture

sightseeing
Rome, Vatican City Tour with Transfer
You will depart from the yacht on an interesting tour to discover the beauty of the enchanting Vatican City and the worldwide famous Vatican Museums. Within the small, independent state of the Vatican City there is an exceptional collection of artwork from every era. Accompanied by your English speaking Guide, collect your audioguide and visit the Vatican Museums and the impressive Michelangelo’s  masterpieces housed in the Sistine Chapel. Walk to the splendid and awe-inspiring  St. Peter’s Basilica,  the largest church in the world. Before returning  to your coach you will also pass across the magnificent St. Peter’s Square.  

Please note: This tour will terminate either at your hotel or the airport.  There is a strict dress code at the Museum and the Basilica. Women can wear trousers, capri pants and skirts and dresses are permitted, however they cannot be shorter than knee length and shoulders must be covered.  In very hot weather a shawl or large scarf/Pashmina can be draped around the shoulders for visiting the sites.  Bare shoulders, shorts, and short skirts are not permitted.  Men can wear long pants and at least short sleeves. No shorts, t-shirts without sleeves or baseball caps inside the churches. Large bags, backpacks and metal or pointed items are not allowed.  The order of sites visited may be adjusted anytime and without prior notice for security reasons. The Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica may close without prior notice. Should this happen we will provide free time instead.


price $179
No longer available online. Please contact Vacation Planning at 1-800-258-7245 to inquire about waitlisted space.

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