STAR COLLECTOR: ANCIENT TO AVANT-GARDE MEDITERRANEAN

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Star Collector: Ancient to Avant-Garde Mediterranean

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Monemvasia, Greece

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3 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

walking

sightseeing
Monemvasia Castle
Monemvasia is unique among ruined medieval cities in that it is entirely built on a rock that appears to be barren when seen from the mainland. Your tour will commence with a walk through the narrow streets within the castle walls, so tiny that in many places only two people can walk side by side. You will see the ruins of houses and Byzantine churches — most in ruins with the fortunate exception of the Church of Christ Elkomenos. This cathedral dates back to the 13th century, but features alterations made during the Venetian occupation of Monemvasia. Four surviving ancient Byzantine icons are on display.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes, sunglasses, and sunscreen. Bring a hat. Guests must be physically fit. Minivans will operate as shuttles from the tender to the gate of the Old Town as larger coaches are not permitted on the road to the Old Town.  

price $119
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4.5 HRS

Moderate

refreshments

wine

walking

sightseeing
Monemvasia Castle & Liotrivi Olive Oil Factory
Monemvasia is unique among ruined medieval cities in that it is entirely built on a rock that appears to be barren when seen from the mainland. Your tour will commence with a walk through the narrow streets at the castle, where the streets are so tiny that in many places only two people can walk side by side. While strolling along these narrow lanes you will see ruined houses and Byzantine churches and Church of Christ Elkomenos. This cathedral dates back to the 13th century, but features alterations made during the Venetian occupation of Monemvasia. Then you will visit “Liotrivi”(Olive Oil Factory), a fully restored historic mansion that previously was the home of the family Ritsos, where the world-renowned poet lived during his childhood.  You will have a guided tour in the old olive mill and learn the traditional method of producing extra virgin olive oil.  You will walk to the vineyards and the olive groves. In a patio area, an experienced cook will knead and bake traditional bread in a wood-oven. The bread made, along with other local products, will be served to you in an appetizer buffet under the olive trees where you will have the opportunity to also taste the famous wines of Monemvasia.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes, sunglasses and sunscreen. Bring a hat. Guests must be physically fit. 


price $149
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8 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Monemvasia, 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 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 $1499
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8 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Monemvasia, 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 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 $1699
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4 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Monemvasia, 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 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 $1199
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4 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Monemvasia, 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 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 $1299
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Gythion, Greece



4.5 HRS

Moderate

outdoors

culture
Gythion, Dyros Caves
Leaving Gythion, your tour will cross the Mani Peninsula to Dyros to visit the spectacular caves of Vlyhada and Alepotrypa, first opened to the public in 1963. You will ride for almost a mile through “caverns measureless to man.” Aided by electricity, the splendors of nature are on show. You will see formations that look like, and are named after, great sites such as the Metropolitan Throne, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Chinese Palace. At the bottom of one of the lakes of Vlyhada, often considered the most beautiful cave in the world, many interesting things have been discovered, such as fossils of hippopotami. After your cave visit you will drive to nearby Areopolis for a short stroll through the town, before returning to Gythion.  

Please note:  Since the temperature in the caves is cooler you may want to bring a light jacket. 

price $129
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4 HRS

Easy

culture

sightseeing
Gythion, 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 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 $999
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4 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Gythion, 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 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 $1299
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4 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

culture

unesco
Gythion, Mystras Byzantine City
This tour by motorcoach will cross the plain of Laconia through its orange and olive groves, with the mighty Taygetus Mountain (7,897 ft.) in the background to arrive in Sparta, which today is a big, modern town. As the original Spartans cared little for buildings and lived a “Spartan” existence in barracks, their ancient architecture was simple and basic. Today, its scanty remains reflect little of Sparta’s ancient renown. Four miles west however, sits the medieval town of Mystras, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its churches and houses, monasteries and palaces lining the steep narrow streets. For 200 years, from the middle of the 13th century, this Byzantine town flourished. From the mid-15th century to the beginning of our century, the town was in constant decline, with the exception of a few years during which it was under Venetian control. However, the magnificence of the Byzantine architecture, remarkably preserved and sensitively restored, gives you the impression you are entering a whole different age.

Please note: The site is located on a very steep hill so flat rubber shoes are recommended. 

price $139
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5 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

refreshments

unesco

walking
Gythion, Sparta & Mystra w/Olive Oil Museum and Tasting
Before heading to the ruins of ancient Mystras, a UNESCO World Heritage Site you will stop at the roadside monument to the memory of Loenidas. You will have an in-depth guided tour of Mystras followed by time on your own to wander through the narrow streets of this medieval city.  Your next stop will be at the Olive Oil Museum of Sparta.  Unique in Greece, it is located in one of the main olive producing regions.  The museum houses a variety of olive oil presses and other equipment.  You will be served olive pate, olives, rusks, local cheese, cucumber and tomatoes along with tsipouro, ouzo, and mineral water before your return trip to Gythion.

Please note:  Mystras is not wheelchair accessible and steps are involved.  It is not possible to stay on the motor coach during that portion of the tour. 

price $149
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Messina (Taormina), Italy



5 HRS

Moderate
Messina, Classic Taormina
Taormina perches on a terrace overlooking the sea and epitomizes the legendary beauty of Sicily. A one-hour drive brings you to the outskirts of this picturesque site which was founded in the 3rd century B.C. Although almost completely renovated by the Romans, it now reflects a medieval character that is truly captivating. After arriving near Taormina’s center, your guide will accompany you on a walking tour along cobblestone streets to Palazzo Corvaja, a 15th century building whose arched windows and doorways reflect its strong Arabic influence. Next, you will stroll to the 3rd century Greco-Roman Theater, spectacularly situated overlooking Mount Etna and Naxos Bay. Renowned for its expansive size and unique acoustic qualities, it is still used for open-air concerts. After free time to stroll or shop along the famous Corso Umberto, you will rejoin the coach for the 60-minute journey back to the yacht.  

Please note:  Buses are not permitted to enter the town of Taormina. Guests will get to the city center from the parking lot by lifts. Keep in mind that Taormina can be very crowded.
price $99
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4 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Messina, 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 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
Messina, 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 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 HRS

Strenuous

culture

walking

sightseeing
Messina, In the Steps of the Godfather
Leaving the pier by coach, you will begin with a brief drive through Messina for a 45-minute trip via the freeway and then motor along the coastal road bordered by villas, flowering gardens, and picturesque villages to reach Savoca. Its scenic beauty and historical-artistic heritage makes Savoca, one of the most attractive and unknown places of Taormina. In a private house in the village, "Bar Vitelli," houses a collection of local artisans' tools and photographs taken when Francis Ford Coppola shot scenes of "The Godfather II."  After a typical refreshment  begin a walking tour along the village's main street past two Churches of the 15th and 16th centuries, ( Santa Lucia and San Michele ) and to enjoy the view over the valley. Continue to Forza d'Agro, a 20-minute drive towards Taormina, a charming little village overlooking the Arab-Norman castle of Capo Sant'Alessio. In 1990, Al Pacino and Sophia Coppola arrived there to shoot scenes for the film, "The Godfather III." From the main square, a lane leads up to the circular steps, which ascend to the Gothic-Catalan portal in front of the Church of St. Agostino also known as “Triade.“  Before departing, see the Baroque Chiesa Madre. 

Please note:  Due to the amount of walking this tour is not recommended for people with walking difficulties. Guests must be able to walk approximately 1 mile over uneven terrain, gravel paths, inclines and 30-75 steps. Comfortable clothing and walking shoes are recommended. Please note that this tour has no interior visits.  


price $99
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Sorrento, Italy



4.5 HRS

Moderate

walking

boating

sightseeing

essentials
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 $179
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8 HRS

Easy

walking

sightseeing

unesco

concierge
Sorrento, Concierge Collection: Positano & Amalfi by Private Speed Boat
A private speedboat will take you along the coast to Positano, once a sleepy little fishing village and the secret of painters and writers. Its charm is still evident; little squares, white Moorish-style houses set in luxurious gardens, descent in steep steps down the mountainside to the bay. Offshore is Galli Island, legendary home of Sirens. Positano town is embroidered with narrow lanes and steps, and is dominated by the splendid dome of Santa Maria Assunta covered in polychrome majolica. Piazzetta and cafés are crowded by people relaxing after climbing the hundreds of steps up the hillside (not compulsory). Enjoy time at leisure for shopping and sit for a  drink at a café.  Continue your ride to Amalfi, one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Between 839 and around 1200, Amalfi was the capital of the Maritime Republic known as the Duchy of Amalfi, an important trading power in the Mediterranean directly competing with Pisa, Venice, and Genoa. After a visit to the Cloister of Paradise, built between 1266 and 1268, with its white columns and pointed arches that reflects a clear influence of the Arab domination, you will have some free time for shopping or exploring around. Ride back to Sorrento by private speedboat.

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 $3499
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4.5

Easy

walking

sightseeing

concierge
Sorrento, Concierge Collection: Positano by Private Speedboat
A private speedboat 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 $2999
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5.5 HRS

Easy

sightseeing

dining

walking

concierge
Sorrento, Concierge Collection: Sorrento Gourmet
Depart from the pier with your guide and board your private coach. After a 30-minute drive, you will reach the farmhouse located in the heart of the land of the sirens, on the hills surrounding 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 growing lemon and olive trees , and the production of limoncello  and olive oil, as well as other typical products of this wonderful land.  You will visit the farm, an ancient monastery dedicated to Saint Francis, its cloister and the beautiful frescoes. After the visit you will return to Sorrento, for a nice stroll in the town center accompanied by your guide. Enjoy lunch in one of the best restaurant of Sorrento before going back to the ship.

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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4 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

sightseeing

refreshments

essentials
Sorrento, Discovery & Tasting
You will meet your guide at the pier and board a shuttle bus for the 15-minute drive to the center of Sorrento. This small town is wonderfully located over steep white cliffs and offers a fantastic view over the Bay of Naples. Sorrento lies on a Tufa terrace and is enclosed by impressive rocks of the limestone mountains. For 2000 years visitors from all over the world have been attracted to Sorrento by breathtaking sunsets and the fragrances of orange and lemon gardens. Enjoy a guided visit of the old town, stroll along the colorful streets and admire the beautiful churches, the most famous the Cathedral, in Romanesque style dedicated to the Saints Giacomo and Filippo and built during the 15th  century. Stop in the Main Square, Piazza Tasso, which is the center of the Sorrentine life and  enjoy the wonderful panorama on the Gulf of Naples from the Gardens overlooking the port. Your shuttle bus will then take you to the farm house were you will experience the work of local modern farmers! Take your time to taste local fresh products such as Caprese salad, eggplants, bruschetta, local wine and limoncello. Return back by shuttle to your ship.

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


price $99
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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 $119
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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 $129
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Ponza, Italy



1.5 HRS

Easy

sightseeing

essentials
Ponza, Driving Tour by Small Group
Leave the pier by private island style van to enjoy a panoramic guided tour of the Island, the largest of the Italian Pontine Islands famed for its Grottoes. You will discover the highlights of the island and many sites that cannot be admired from the sea like the little Church of St. Mary where San Silverio was buried. See the beautiful Lucia Rosa Bay with its pebble beach and the Faraglioni. The name is linked to a rich and wealthy young girl, Lucia Rosa, who lost her life by jumping to her death, from an impossible love with a fisherman. During the tour you will have also time to relax and take pictures of the breathtaking view in Cala/Punta Incenso and Felci, that takes its name from the medicinal herbs that grow in that area and once used by hermits who settled there. Stop also in Chiaia di Luna that can be reached by a tunnel that leads to a provincial road, built by the Romans and used as a port-refuge known as "diva-luna."  In the Napoletan dialect "chiaia" means beach. The name Chiaia di Luna is suggested by the half moon shape of the beach and by the white rock that lies at its two extremities.

Please note: Wear comfortable shoes and clothing and bring your camera. 


price $179
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2.5 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

boating

essentials
Ponza, Highlights of Ponza by Boat
Leave the pier to explore Ponza by private boat.The first wonder that presents itself will be the Grotto (or cave) of Pontius Pilate, also called the “Murenaio Romano,” a very well-preserved Roman monument.  Proceed to the Arc of Topaz, the Cape and the Faraglioni of the Virgin, which take their names from an ancient effigy representing the Nativity of the Virgin, preserved in a church, then rebuilt and now is the chapel of the cemetery. Admire the small Cave of Ulysses, very well known for its amazing light effects during the night , the beach of the Parade, the Faraglioni of “Calzone Muto.” At the southern side of the island, the Stack Guard, takes its name from the overhanging mountain, whose summit is the highest of the island. At the top, on the tip of the promontory, is the lighthouse that casts its beams of light for about 30 miles. After the “Punta del Fieno” Hay, you will see Chiaia di Luna with its majestic cliffs of tuff white-yellow, which dominates the beach, the longest on the island. Discover the Cave of the mythological sorceress Circe who enchanted Ulysses.Continue to the Faraglioni di Capo Bosco, the famous natural swimming pools, and Cala Feola, the only sandy beach on the island entirely . See the rock called the “Turtle, “for its shape. You will also see the “Forte Papa” a 16th century building, commissioned by Pope Paul III, of the Farnese family, who owns the island. In the seabed  here is the U.S. military ship, Liberty, which due to a strong storm went crashing among the rocks in 1944. Proceed to Cala Cecata, the Coral Cave, Cala Fonte, Beyond Cala Ferns, from where you can see the neighboring island of Gavi . The circumnavigation continues on the east side of the island. From here, you will see the Grotta del Bue Marino , Cala Gaetano, Cala Aprea, the shingle beach of Arco Naturale or Spaccapolpi, and the impressive Arc cliff. Not far away , you can see the Rock Aniell'Antonio and Cala Inferno, and the wreck of a merchant ship, Mary Constance . From the sea , you will see part of a Roman aqueduct whose waters flowed in large tanks in the Port area. Next will be Cala del Core then before the beach of St. Mary, you can see the Blue Caves. Finally, you will enter Port Bourbon, a semicircular port, built on the original Roman setting , that follows the natural curve of the coast.

Please note: Wear comfortable shoes and clothing and bring your camera. The boat tour is conducted on a fisherman’s boat and the boat is very basic. There is a small toilet on board.


price $139
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4 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

outdoors

walking

wine

essentials
Ponza, Highlights of Ponza Walking Tour
Your walking tour of Ponza Island will start with a short island taxi drive from the pier to the walking path on the side of the Guardia Mountain.  Cross the Dragonara Area where a Roman Necropolis (3 or 4 B.C.) and a Roman aqueduct still lie underground (not visible). The drive will follow the Scotti area (named after one of the first families who settled there down under the bourbons, 300 years ago) and stop at the highest point of that area, under the feet of the Guardia Mountain (the highest mountain of the island with on its top a guardian tower of the Napoleonic wars) Continue on foot, following the old donkey path on the west side of the mountain which offers breathtaking views of the wild nature of this volcanic jewel. Admire the most beautiful bay of the island with its steep coast in piroclastic tufa rock, the Cap white with its formations that appear like little Towers and the flat and prosperous vegetation with lots of plants traditionally used by the islanders to cure small diseases.  You will proceed, away from the common tourist routes, to the ancient wine cellar dating back to 1700 with the typical local biancolella wines (red, white and pink). Have a break, enjoy wine and local products while admiring the private vineyard and other agriculture lands  before walking back to the harbor following the same 1-hour route.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes. The walking tour requires participants to be in good physical condition.


price $99
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2 HRS

Easy

sightseeing

wine

essentials
Ponza, Panoramic tour of Ponza by Bus
Leave the pier by private bus to enjoy a panoramic private guided tour of the island, the largest of the Italian Pontine Islands and famed for its Grottoes. You will discover the highlights of the island and many sites that cannot be admired from the sea like the little Church of St. Mary where San Silverio was buried and also became an Abbey under the order of Citeaux. See the beautiful Lucia Rosa Bay with its pebble beach and the Faraglioni. The name is linked to a rich and wealthy young girl , Lucia Rosa, who lost her life by jumping from heights, due to an impossible love with a fisherman. During the tour you will also have time to relax and take pictures of the breathtaking view in Cala/Punta Incenso and Felci, that takes its name from the medicinal herbs that grows in that area and  was once used by hermits who settled there. Stop in Chiaia di Luna. Enjoy a pleasant tasting of the typical “Pizzicato wines” (white and pink) in a local winery before driving back to the pier.

Please note: Wear comfortable shoes and clothing and bring your camera.


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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 $149
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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 Windstar Cruises hotel.

Please note: There are 3-4 steps to enter and exit the coach and a few steps in St. Paul’s Basilica. If you are not staying at the Windstar hotel you will be dropped of at the Piazza Repubblica where many taxis are available to take you to your independent hotel.


price $149
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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
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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 $199
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6 HRS

Strenuous

culture

sightseeing
Rome, Vatican City Tour with Transfer
You will depart from the ship 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 at your Windstar Cruises hotel or the airport. If you are not staying at the Windstar hotel you will be dropped of after the tour at the Piaza Repubblica, centrally located with many taxis available to take you to your independent hotel. 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 $199
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Portoferraio, Italy



3 HRS

Strenuous

biking

sightseeing
Portoferraio, Bike to the North Coast of Elba Island
Nature Lovers, don’t miss this unique opportunity to discover the beauties of Elba on our Bike Tour! The tour will start with a scenic bicycle ride on a paved road from Portoferraio to Enfola on the North coast of the island; the views are breathtaking and the vegetation is particularly luxuriant. Upon arrival, you will have some free time to relax at a picturesque café, or on the beach. Then, you will bicycle back to Portoferraio where you will tour around the historical center of the town

Please note: The tour does not require any particular physical training, but suits active people. You will cover 7.5 miles by bike (approximately 90 minutes, up to 197 feet above sea level). 


price $149
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4 HRS

Easy

wine

culture

sightseeing
Portoferraio, Countryside Drive & Wine Tasting
Combine a visit to the enchanting village of Porto Azzuro with wine tasting at a vineyard once frequented by Emperor Napoleon. After leaving the busy capital of Portoferraio, your 30-minute drive will feature magnificent views of Lacona and Laconella Bays as well as Golfo Stella as you pass rocky beaches and high cliffs. Ahead lies Porto Azzuro, which boasts an ancient medieval fortress and picturesque fisherman’s harbor. You will have free time to browse among its many tempting shops. Back aboard the coach you will continue to the Azienda Agricola La Chiusa estate, whose vineyard directly overlooks Portoferraio. This estate hosted Napoleon Bonaparte on two separate occasions. As the vineyard prides itself on quality over quantity, its vines are always pruned very short. During your 60-minute stay there will be an explanation of wine production at the farmhouse before you will have the opportunity to sample the extra virgin olive oil and taste the wine. After enjoying time at leisure you will take the 30-minute return drive to your yacht at Portoferraio.    

Please note: The Azienda Agricola La Chiuse is not wheelchair accessible. 

price $119
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3.5 HRS

Moderate

culture

walking

sightseeing
Portoferraio, Port Azzurro and Napoleon Summer House
Emperor Napoleon was exiled on the island of Elba for 300 days beginning in May 1814. Take a look at that fascinating bygone era on this tour that will include one of his two island residences. You will visit his country residence (Villa San Martino). Visiting the Villa San Martino country home you will see the Room of the Doves, whose ceiling is adorned with a painting depicting two doves linked by a knotted ribbon that tightens as they fly further away. By way of contrast, the Egyptian Room has a circular ceiling painting featuring a ring of Zodiac signs.  You will stop at the picturesque Port Azzuro, one of the most pleasant seaside areas you’ll ever see.  You will have free time in Port Azzuro perhaps enjoying an espresso, a gelato or strolling the pedestrian paths or the harbor.  

Please note: At Villa San Martino there is an uphill walk of 900 feet along a smooth surface to reach this villa. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. As temperatures can be high, guests are advised to bring along a hat and bottled water. Layered clothing is suggested due to unpredictable rainstorms.



price $99
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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 $99
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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 $99
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3.5 HRS

Moderately
easy

sightseeing

wine

essentials
Bastia, Patrimonio & Island Wine Tasting
Your journey from Bastia will lead inland to Oletta – a small village terraced up the hillside, and from where there is a lovely view of Saint Florent and over  the countryside of olive groves, vineyards, and pastures – small squares of property delimited by dry stone walls. Then the road climbs up to the San Stefano Pass, through chestnut and olive groves, and from there is a spectacular panorama down to the east coast and the Biguglia “étang” (pool) and in the other direction, across the Agriates Desert and the sea at Saint Florent.  You will climba sinuous, narrow road, up to the Teghime Pass, where at an altitude of 1,759 feet ( 536M), the views are completely different in each direction. To the West: over extensive vineyards right to the gulf of Saint Florent. To the South: across mountains and valleys towards the chestnut forests of the Castagniccia. The East: past Bastia and the sea leading to Italy. Finally North: the mountainous backbone of the Cap Corse. The road turns and twists its way down to Patrimonio, offering picturesque views background. Patrimonio village is dominated by its church and high steeple (built in 1749). Of course, it would be impossible to be in the finest wine producing region of the island, without having a wine-tasting session!

Please note: The order of sites visited might vary.


price $149
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Calvi, France



2.5 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

walking

sightseeing

essentials
Calvi, A Visit To Calvi
Calvi is an attractive town in an idyllic location between the sea and the mountains. As you explore, you will learn about Calvi's history, from its origins as a humble fishing village to a mighty Genoese stronghold, and now its current status as a picturesque vacation getaway. With your guide, begin your walking tour as you head to the entrance of the citadel perched on a rocky hill overlooking the port. You will cross the drawbridge and stop to enjoy a breathtaking vista of the red rooftops and the crystal-clear sea. Continue to the Place d'Armes and then to the St. Jean Baptiste Cathedral set at the highest point of the promontory. The cathedral, founded in the 13th  century, was partially destroyed during the Turkish siege in 1553 and rebuilt in the shape of the Greek cross. Your walk will take you to the home of Calvi's most famous son, Christopher Columbus, born in Calvi on October 12, 1451. After viewing the exterior of this fabled building, you will pass the 13th century Caserne Sampiero, formerly the Governor's palace and now a military building. Make your way to the Oratoire St. Antoine to admire its Italian frescoes, then stroll along the city's ramparts and wander through the Ville Basse. This bustling section of the town sits at a foot of the ramparts, and the Landry Quay features a lovely marina and a café-lined promenade.

Please note:  Wear comfortable walking shoes.


price $139
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4.45 HRS

Easy

refreshments

sightseeing
Calvi, Corsica Old Village & Specialities
This pleasant excursion will take you along winding roads and through picturesque villages. You will discover the hinterland of the Balagne region. In the past, the Haute-Balagne was the most fertile region of Corsica, famous for its prolific production of honey, fruit and wine. Today a stark brightness characterizes the fire-ravaged landscapes of the interior. Acres of gnarled olive trees and wavy vestiges of dry-stone walls intermittently break up the pattern of pale orange rock. The Haute-Balagna coast still boasts many unspoiled places that you will explore as you travel along the coastal road to Lumio. This terraced village overlooking the gulf has an exceptional Romanesque church and is surrounded by excellent vineyards. From here, the road snakes leisurely through the interior to typical Corsican villages. Enjoy lovely views along the way, including those from Col de Salvi and Cateri village with its flower-bedecked balconies. At San Antonino, you will stop for a visit. You will pass the interesting Church of Aregno with its multi-colored walls and unique sculptures and stop in Ile Rousse where free time is allowed for browsing in this charming village before you return to Calvi. On the way to Ile Rousse you will enjoy a tasting of Corsican specialties,

Please note: This tour is not recommended for people who experience vertigo as  the  road is extremely winding.


price $159
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3.45 HRS

Easy

sightseeing

wine

essentials
Calvi, Wines of Corsica
You will leave Calvi harbor in an air-conditioned coach driving slowly through town and sightseeing the old town of Calvi. Then you will be crossing the River Figarella, going deeper into the Corsican countryside on the road to the village of Calenzana with its 1700 inhabitants. Set amidst olive trees and located at the foothills of the Montegrossu, Calenzana is a trekkers’ paradise in the summer, and is a lively village all year around due to its long-standing agricultural tradition. In addition, wine making and cheese making are very important in this region. You will discover the village’s 17th century Baroque church with its three chapels and its winding old streets. At Domaine Orsini, you will experience the best of Corsican hospitality. In one of the most beautiful Corsican wine cellars you will get to taste some of the most delicious wines made in Corsica.  You will tour the winery. The wines bear the prestigious label “Appelation d’Origine Controlée-Calvi” (AOC-Calvi). The vinification process takes the best of tradition and the best of what modern winemaking has to offer. After harvesting, the grapes are left together with their skin for the maceration process as it was done in the old days so that the grape juice keeps all of its aroma and bouquet. But the quality has been tremendously improved with the use of stainless steel barrels in the winemaking process but aging, on the other hand, is done in oak barrels, like in ancient times.  A bottle of Orsini wine will be offered to each guest.

Please note: Bring euros. This tour is not recommended for those with vertigo and the roads are very windy.


price $169
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Mahon, Spain



4 HRS

Strenuous

outdoors

unesco

refreshments

walking

sightseeing
Mahon, Ancient Sites - A UNESCO Partner Tour
This tour will offer the opportunity to visit several archaeological sites of the Talayotic culture of Menorca, a candidate to be declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2021. In addition, Menorca has already been declared a Biosphere Reserve back in 1993 by UNESCO. The chosen archaeological sites are set in very well preserved rural and natural environments, currently managed as farms. The first visit will be in the prehistoric village of Cornia Nou, located near Mahón city. Different talayots –like towers- and temples were built on a little hill. You will have the opportunity to see several monuments ranging from the Bronze Age to the Romanization of the island. You will make a stop in a local cafeteria to have a snack. Then, visit the site of Rafal Rubí (Alaior), an emblematic bronze age funerary monument, unique of the island of Menorca. You will see the funerary chambers and the funerary rites will be explained by an archaeologist. Visit the taula temple enclosure of Trepucó (Mahón). Here you can see the talayot, like a big tower built with large cyclopean stones, and behind it, you will admire a large taula and a beautiful sanctuary surrounded by a 18th century defensive wall, made by the Spanish army when Saint Philips Castle was besieged by the Spanish troops in the year 1782, when the island was under British goverment. The prehistoric wall that is surrounding the village was remodeled and improved, following canons of the influence Carthaginian fortification. Also, a magnificent talayot –a big prehistoric tower- can be seen at this site which stands out as having one of the most spectacular taula sanctuary enclosures.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring your camera.




price $165
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3 HRS

Moderate

concierge

refreshments

wine
Mahon, Concierge Collection : Tour & Tastings at Sant Patrici Farm
This tour will offer a quick but deep visit to one of the most enjoyable locations in the island of Menorca, a small paradise on its own. On the way to Sant Patrici, you will be able to enjoy a 30-minute scenic journey along the main road of the island that links the beautiful city of Mahon, the present-day capital and business center on the island, with Ciudadella, the old capital famous for its beautiful houses, and grandiose traditional architecture. Sant Patrici, a charming little town famous both for its beautiful views and the locally produced cheese (a strong tasting variety, mahonés that delights people from all over the world).  You will have a chance to taste their products as a part of the excursion which will include a guided tour of their farm: vineyard, cheese factory, winery and museum, tasting of their wines (5 types: 1 white, 1 pink and 3 red), tasting of their traditional cheeses (semi, cured and artisan), of their gourmet cheeses (6 different types) and their cheeses in oil (4 different types). 

Please note:  Wear comfortable walking shoes as the ground is uneven in some places and bring your camera.


price $329
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4.5 HRS

Strenuous

hiking

outdoors

unesco

beach
Mahon, Hiking in Menorca
Hiking is perhaps the perfect way to discover the beauty of the island of Menorca—a  UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. With an intensely interesting history carved into the landscape throughout the ages, Menorca offers virtually endless possibilities for trekking and the characteristics of the landscape are so varied that every walker will find a route practically made to measure. The north coast offers some of the most stunning hiking trails on the island. You’ll take the route that connects Cala Pregonda with Cap de Cavalleria, heading first in the direction of Fornells and meeting the trailhead at the Caballería beaches. Your first stop will be at Cala Mica, where a narrow beach offers the first chance to enjoy the crystalline waters of Menorca. From there your walk continues to Binimel-là Beach. Here, fine and coarse sands are deposited together by the winter tramontana winds, but in summer the sea is very calm and the water clear and fresh. Another 90 minutes of walking brings you to Cala Pregonda’s coastal scenery of rocky outcroppings and picture postcard crescent of golden sand. There’s time to relax here and enjoy a swim before you return to the ship in Mahon.

Please note: Bring your camera, your swim suit and towel and wear comfortable shoes. 


price $65
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6.5 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

outdoors

beach
Mahon, Off Roading Menorca
This is an off road adventure on 4x4 jeeps following interior and hidden paths You will be accompanied by a knowledgeable guide who  will explain each site are visiting. You will see  the old quarry of Mares of Santa Ponça. The “mares" is the stone with which the majority of the houses of Menorca, the historical palaces and the churches of Ciutadella, Mahon Alaior and Ferreries are built out of.  You will travel through Sa Roca’s Wood, a beautiful big woods from where it’s possible to enjoy an amazing view. You will see Santa Teresa’s private farm, a  typical Menorca farm where you will stop and have a snack of typical local products (cheese, ham, wine, fruit and vegetables) and have a rest. Then you will head to Cavalleria’s Lighthouse situated at the very north point of the island.The view is amazing and it’s possible, as well to visit a little cave from where the view is even more interesting and spectacular. Next stop will be the red sands of  Cavalleria’s Beach. You will spend a hour here to have a relaxing and refreshing moment before going back to the hotel.

Please note: This is an adventure tour and the itinerary is mostly off-road. A good amount of bends, hairpin curves, off-road trails are planned in the route, and  for this reason it’s not suitable for pregnant women as well as  guests with reduced mobility or back issues. Bring  and ID card, sun protection, sunglasses, a towel, a swimsuit and a hat. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Do not bring valuable personal items of wear a lot of jewelry. The minimum age to participate on this tour is 8 years and guests under 18 years must be accompanied by at least one parent. There are 8 guests max per jeep. Jeeps will have a driver and guests do not drive the vehicles.


price $349
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4.5 HRS

Moderate

refreshments

walking

sightseeing
Mahon, Taste of Menorca
This tour offers a quick visit to the most enjoyable locations in the island of Menorca, a small paradise on its own. On the way to Fornells, you will be able to enjoy a scenic journey along the main road of the island that links the beautiful city of Mahon with Ciudadella, famous for its beautiful houses, and grandiose traditional architecture. The Port of Mahon is the biggest natural port in the world (only after Pearl Harborr) and the most secure natural port of the Balearic Islands. Fornells, situated at the mouth of a long bay, is a charming fishing village where the natural beauty of this bay is underlined by the sober architecture of the white houses with green window shutters. Upon arrival in Fornells, you will have some free time for photo taking before heading to Monte Toro, the highest mountain of the island (1,171 feet) where you will admire both magnificent sights of the island and will also have the chance to visit the small chapel dedicated to the "Monte Toro” Virgin. Leaving Monte Toro, you will continue to Sant Patrici, a charming little town famous both for its beautiful views and the locally produced cheese (a strong tasting variety, mahonés, that delights people from all over the world). You will have a chance to taste the products. You will visit the Museum of Menorca dating from 1889. The actual building  is a Franciscan Convent from the 15th  century with a beautiful courtyard. The museum gives an overview of Menorca’s interesting history. Time permitting you will be offered the possibility of tasting another great local product - free of charge -, the alcoholic drink known as Gin Xoriguer, the Mahon brewed,version of the “conventional” Gin. This is often tasted with lemonade in a cocktail known as “pomade” and is very commonly drunk by locals.  The possibility of a guided walk around town will also be available upon arrival, or you can return to the ship comfortably in a coach.

Please note:  Wear comfortable walking shoes as the ground is uneven in some places.


price $125
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Palma de Mallorca, Spain



4 HRS

Strenuous

culture

sightseeing
Palma de Mallorca, City Sights
Palma is the capital of the Balearic Islands and lies on the southeastern coast of Palma de Mallorca Island. A wealth of architectural highlights awaits you. Board your coach and travel to your first stop at the circle-shaped 14th century Bellver Castle, one of the world’s very few rounded castles and the only one of its type in Europe. Built in military-influenced Gothic style, it lies atop a hill affording expansive panoramic views over the city and surrounding countryside.  You will travel on to the handsome 13th century La Seu Cathedral, which presides over the city and is one of Europe’s finest examples of pure ecclesiastic Gothic architecture. After exploring the Cathedral’s interior you will view the exterior of the adjacent Almudaina Palace. This austere palace was originally an Arab fortress and later the palace of Majorcan kings. Before returning to the yacht you will stop to see the unique style and architectural engineering of the city’s famous bullring.

Please note: Comfortable shoes with rubber soles are recommended. There are approximately 100 steps from the coach parking area to the La Seu Cathedral. Spanish law requires that motor coach guest’s wear their seat belts at all times while in vehicles that are so equipped. On Sundays and holidays the Cathedral is not open to visitors. The history of the Cathedral will be given outside. When visiting the Cathedral, knees and shoulders must be covered. Bellver Castle is closed on Mondays and the visit will be from the outside only.


price $89
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4 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Palma de Mallorca, Half Day Private CAR
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 Palma, 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
Palma de Mallorca, Half Day Private VAN
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 Palma, 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 $739
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4 HRS

Moderately
easy

walking

sightseeing
Palma de Mallorca, Soller Train Ride
One of the best ways to experience some of Mallorca's dramatic scenery is this train ride across the island that allows you to see the rugged interior. From the port, a short motor coach ride will take you to the train station. You will board the old fashioned electric train for Soller. Learn all about this old fashioned electric train that has preserved its traditional character for almost 100 years. You will be passing almond and locust-bean trees, groves of olive trees and the lush and pine covered mountains.  Arrive in Soller and take a walking tour around this charming village with free time before returning to your ship.

Please note: Train ride will be one way and could be either going to Soller or coming back,  depending on train schedules. The other way will be by motor coach.  You should always take your ID and  bring a camera and cash for shopping, sun protection and sunglasses.


price $149
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3.5 HRS

Moderate

culture

refreshments

sightseeing

essentials
Palma de Mallorca, Valldemossa Village & Chopin with Tasting
A short motor coach drive past olive trees and local vegetation brings you to the quaint 14th century village of Valldemossa, located at the foot of the Northern Mountain Range. Its former royal residence, La Cartuja, is the first stop on your tour. The residence became a Carthusian monastery in the Middle Ages and your guide will show you the chapel, a pharmacy, and the monks’ library. Valldemossa’s shining moment was in 1838, when George Sand and Frederic Chopin came to live at the monastery. Their stay here is well documented and a collection of their furniture remains. George Sand later wrote a book about their time here, entitled “A Winter in Majorca.” During free time, you will have the perfect opportunity to taste the typical sweets from Valldemosa called Coca de Patata, an individual sweet cake made with potatoes. The drive back to the ship will give you the opportunity to view the impressive cliffs to the north.

Please note: Comfortable shoes with rubber soles are recommended. Spanish law requires motor coach passengers to wear their seatbelts in vehicles that are so equipped. Please, note that this tour is not available on Sunday.


price $89
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Barcelona, Spain



3.25 HRS

Moderate

culture

unesco

sightseeing
Barcelona Highlights Tour & Transfer to Airport
Setting out from the port by coach, you will find it easy to relax and enjoy this driving tour of Spain’s most fascinating city, Barcelona, a lovely Mediterranean stronghold of architectural interest. Your guide will point out all the highlights as the coach drives up Via Laietana en route to the Cathedral de la Santa Creu I Santa Eulalia. A guided tour within the 13th century cathedral, will give you the opportunity to admire the hall church interior, suitably impressive with a raised altar and the beautiful Chapel of Santa Lucía.  You will drive along one of Barcelona’s most famous streets, the Passeig de Gracia, lined with different Modernist buildings, many of which were designed by architect Antoni Gaudí. Watch for Casa Batlló, an iconic Barcelona landmark and Casa Mila. You will drive by one of Gaudí’s masterpieces – the Sagrada Familia (Holy Family) Church. This is a site not to be missed. Though construction was started in 1882 it is still unfinished. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is the most-visited building in Barcelona, and immediately identifies the city around the world. From here you’ll head up to the El Mirador Alcalde garden with the most exceptional views of Barcelona and its impressive harbor.

Please note: This tour will end at the airport. This tour is available only to guests whose flights leave at 3:00 p.m. or later. An inside visit to the Sagrada Familia is not included.  The Cathedral is closed to tours on Sundays and holidays - on these days commentary will take place by the guide outside and guests will be given free time. On rare occasions, guests may still be permitted to enter on their own but this is not guaranteed. Shoulders and knees must be covered to enter the Cathedral. Headsets are used for inside visits to the Cathedral to enhance the guest experience. 

price $99
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3.25 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

unesco

essentials
Barcelona Highlights Tour & Transfer to Windstar Hotel
Setting out from the port by coach, you will find it easy to relax and enjoy this driving tour of Spain’s most fascinating city, Barcelona, a lovely Mediterranean stronghold of architectural interest. Your guide will point out all the highlights as the coach drives up Via Laietana en route to the Cathedral de la Santa Creu I Santa Eulalia. A guided tour within the 13th century cathedral, will give you the opportunity to admire the hall church interior, suitably impressive with a raised altar and the beautiful Chapel of Santa Lucía.  You will drive along one of Barcelona’s most famous streets, the Passeig de Gracia, lined with different Modernist buildings, many of which were designed by architect Antoni Gaudí. Watch for Casa Batlló, an iconic Barcelona landmark and Casa Mila. You will drive by one of Gaudí’s masterpieces – the Sagrada Familia (Holy Family) Church. This is a site not to be missed. Though construction was started in 1882 it is still unfinished. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is the most-visited building in Barcelona, and immediately identifies the city around the world. From here you’ll head up to the El Mirador Alcalde garden with the most exceptional views of Barcelona and its impressive harbor.

Please note: This tour will end  at  your Windstar hotel. This tour is available only to guests staying overnight in Barcelona. An inside visit to the Sagrada Familia is not included.   The Cathedral is closed to tours on Sundays and holidays- on these days commentary will take place by the guide outside and guests will be given free time. On rare occasions, guests may still be permitted to enter on their own but this is not guaranteed. Shoulders and knees must be covered to enter the Cathedral. Headsets are used for inside visits to the Cathedral to enhance the guest experience.


price $99
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4 HRS

Strenuous

culture

walking

sightseeing
Barcelona Montserrat with Transfer to Airport
Your tour departs from the port for the 1-hour drive to reach Montserrat, a peculiar rocky mountain range which is the site of the monastery where people come to worship “La Moreneta,” the black Madonna who is the patron-virgin of Catalonia.  The Benedictine Monastery of Montserrat was founded in the 11th century and is located in a natural park 37 miles west of Barcelona. Besides visiting the Benedictine Abbey Monastery, you will admire also the Patron of Catalonia, Saint Mary of Montserrat that is worshiped at the shrine in the Monastery. The Benedictine community, now numbering some 80 monks, has served the shrine for almost 1,000 years. They are dedicated to a life of prayer, to working and to welcoming pilgrims, making the site a place for dialogue, prayer and culture. In addition to the monks, the escolans also live in Montserrat. They form the oldest boys choir in Europe ( and might be available during the visit). You will be given a tour of the monastery, and have some free time before taking the coach to the airport.

Please note:  Comfortable shoes, water, a light jacket and a hat are recommended. There are downhill and uneven paths, plus cobblestones to walk over. There may be long lines to view the Black Virgin up close.  This excursion may operate in reverse. Access to the Basilica might be denied if mass is taking place. Shoulders and knees must be covered to enter monastery.  This tour will end at the airport and is available only to guests whose flights leave at 3:00 p.m. or later.


price $119
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4 HRS

Strenuous

walking

sightseeing

essentials
Barcelona Montserrat with Transfer to Windstar Hotel
Your tour departs from the port for the 1-hour drive to reach Montserrat, a peculiar rocky mountain range which is the site of the monastery where people come to worship “La Moreneta,” the black Madonna who is the patron-virgin of Catalonia.  The Benedictine Monastery of Montserrat was founded in the 11th century and is located in a natural park 37 miles west of Barcelona. Besides visiting the Benedictine Abbey Monastery, you will admire also the Patron of Catalonia, Saint Mary of Montserrat that is worshiped at the shrine in the Monastery. The Benedictine community, now numbering some 80 monks, has served the shrine for almost 1,000 years. They are dedicated to a life of prayer, to working and to welcoming pilgrims, making the site a place for dialogue, prayer and culture. In addition to the monks, the escolans also live in Montserrat. They form the oldest boys choir in Europe ( and might be available during the visit).  You will be given a tour of the monastery, and have some free time before taking the coach back to the Windstar hotel.

Please note:  Comfortable shoes, water, a light jacket and a hat are recommended. There are downhill and uneven paths, plus cobblestones to walk over. There may be long lines to view the Black Virgin up close.  This excursion may operate in reverse. Access to the Basilica might be denied if mass is taking place. Shoulders and knees must be covered to enter monastery.  This tour will end  at your Windstar hote and is available only to guests staying overnight in Barcelona. 


price $119
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8 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Barcelona, Full Day Private CAR
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 8 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests. 


price $1299
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8 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Barcelona, Full Day Private VAN
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 $1499
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4 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Barcelona, Half Day Private CAR
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 $699
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4 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Barcelona, Half Day Private VAN
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 $799
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4 HRS

Strenuous
Barcelona, Magnificent Monserrat
Your tour departs from the port for the 1-hour drive to reach Montserrat, a peculiar rocky mountain range which is the site of the monastery where people come to worship “La Moreneta,” the black Madonna who is the patron-virgin of Catalonia.  The Benedictine Monastery of Montserrat was founded in the 11th century and is located in a natural park 37 miles west of Barcelona. Besides visiting the Benedictine Abbey Monastery, you will admire also the Patron of Catalonia, Saint Mary of Montserrat that is worshiped at the shrine in the Monastery. The Benedictine community, now numbering some 80 monks, has served the shrine for almost 1,000 years. They are dedicated to a life of prayer, to working and to welcoming pilgrims, making the site a place for dialogue, prayer and culture. In addition to the monks, the escolans also live in Montserrat. They form the oldest boys choir in Europe ( and might be available during the visit).  You will be given a tour of the monastery, and have some free time.

Please note:  Comfortable shoes, water, a light jacket and a hat are recommended. There are downhill and uneven paths, plus cobblestones to walk over. There may be long lines to view the Black Virgin up close.  This excursion may operate in reverse. Access to the Basilica might be denied if mass is taking place. Shoulders and knees must be covered to enter monastery.  

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price $175
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