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Palma de Mallorca, Spain

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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 $85
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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 $145
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3.5 HRS

Moderate
Palma de Mallorca, Tapas in Palma
This gastronomically delightful tour will introduce you to the local tapas culture – a phenomenon dating as far back as the 13th century that has been “adopted” from the mainland tavern tradition. Tapas is a Spanish word meaning “appetizers,” although the interpretation is not exact, as tapas are often combined to make a meal. Palma is a city open to the sea, filled with charming streets and the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Enjoy a brief orientation tour with a stop at Bellver Castle that dominates the city of Palma. Its circular ground plan (the only existing one in Europe) is a unique example of Gothic military architecture. Next, enjoy tapas at three of the best bars in Mallorca, each with a different ambiance and style of food. Don’t eat a large breakfast, as you will need room to enjoy these delicious taste treats. You will also sample a typical dessert before returning to the ship.

Please note: Although the tasting will vary seasonally, you can expect to enjoy beer, wine and typical tapas. Spanish law requires motor coach passengers to wear their seatbelts in vehicles that are so equipped.

price $125
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3.5 HRS

Moderate

culture

refreshments

sightseeing
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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Alghero, Italy



4 HRS

Moderately
easy

culture

walking

sightseeing
Alghero Discovery
Discover why Sardinia is famed not only for its scenic beauty, but also its history dating back more than 3,000 years. Your sightseeing will begin with a 30-minute drive along the road linking the Gulfs of Alghero and Porto Conte to arrive at the archaeological site of Nuraghe Palmavera, with its 2-story stone towers. The main tower dates back to 1100 B.C., and features an irregular, elliptical-shaped fascia. The second tower is connected to a central courtyard. A defensive fortification surrounds the whole complex with four towers marking the boundary of an ancient village. You will then head to the scenic viewpoint of Capo Caccia, an excellent vantage point of sea and shore, before heading back to Alghero. As the Aragonese landed here during the 14th century, their Catalan influence remains vibrantly alive in Alghero’s streets, shops, language, lifestyle, food, and traditions. Your 1¼-hour guided walk will pass ancient monuments, old fortifications, historic buildings,and beautiful churches before concluding at the tender pier.  

Please note: Comfortable walking shoes are suggested as there are cobblestone streets in Alghero.

price $99
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4.5 HRS

Moderately
easy

wine

walking

sightseeing
Alghero, A Taste of Sardinia
Your tour begins with a panoramic drive to Capo Caccia, a short distance from Alghero on the southern point of a huge limestone triangle that juts out into the sea. It is famous for the underground labyrinth of mysterious caves discovered in 1700. After a short stop to admire the impressive view, you will continue on to a local winemaker’s farmhouse for touring and wine tasting. Afterwards, enjoy a walking tour of Alghero to discover the town’s churches in their fascinating Catalan-Gothic architecture, the towers and wall which surround the old town and the Aragon palaces overlooking the main square. Alghero was one of the most important towns in the history of Sardinia: the Aragonese landed here in 1353 and the Catalan influence is still felt in its streets, shops, language, food, and traditions. At the end of your tour, return to your waiting Windstar yacht.

Please note: Wear comfortable shoes; portions of the walking tour in Alghero are over uneven cobblestones.Order of sites visited may be reversed. European law does not allow children under the age of 18 to consume alcoholic beverages.


price $119
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4.5 HRS

Moderately
easy

wine

sightseeing
Alghero, Bosa & Malvasia Tasting
Board your motor coach for the 75-minute drive to the charming town of Bosa, located at the mouth of the river Temo.  You will see the well-ordered streets, square, riverside promenade, and the Old Quarter. Bosa is the center of olive oil and wine production and is also famous for lace and filigrana jewelry and art. You will have free time to wander the streets of Bosa and possibly find a craft shop where these beautiful crafts are produced.  Rejoin your group for a Malvasia wine and cookies tasting.  Malvasia wine is produced in western Sardinia.  These grapes are used to produce white (and more rarely red) table wines, dessert and fortified wines. After your wine tasting, you will return to Alghero.          

Please note:  The road to Bosa is a winding one.  Wear comfortable walking shoes.  This tour is not wheelchair accessible. European law does not allow children under the age of 18 to consume alcoholic beverages.


price $119
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6.5 HRS

Easy

walking

culture

dining

concierge
Alghero, Concierge Collection: Shepard Experience
Discover the Iberian charm of Alghero and taste the famous pecorino cheese. The little city of ancient Alghero today conserves the look of a typical coastal town - unplanned, with narrow and twisting streets. The old town barely covers 1/10 of today’s city, but is a delight to explore on foot. Setting off from Plaza Sulis, you’ll discover Alghero’s ancient Catalan origins as your guide takes you on a fascinating walking tour of the town.  You will have some free time to explore the town at leisure before reboarding the coach to head to the Agriturismo. Travelling inland and crossing through the countryside you will reach the Agriturismo, where a local shepherd will demonstrate how pecorino cheese is produced. Sardinian cheesemaking has evolved over the centuries and has been an integral part of Sardinian life for the past 5,000 years. The island makes 80% of Italy’s famous pecorino romano, one of the oldest cheeses around. After the cheese demonstration, you will have the opportunity to enjoy a local lunch with a Sardinia menu.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes, a sun hat and sunscreen.


price $399
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4 HRS

Easy

culture

sightseeing
Alghero, 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 $899
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4 HRS

Easy

culture

sightseeing
Alghero, 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 $999
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Porto-Vecchio, France



4 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing
Porto Vecchio, Bonifaccio Little Train & Boat
Bonifacio is completely isolated from the rest of the island, a vast and arid limestone plateau.The cliffs of Bonifacio are inextricably linked with the town's identity. From the Saint-Roch chapel to the Pertusato semaphore, follow the path overhanging the 213-foot (65 m) high cliffs - which form part of the international Bouches de Bonifacio marine park - and enjoy the remarkable view of the town and the Bonifacio Straits. You will take a boat trip and discover the grottoes that pepper the cliff face (including the Sdragonato sea grotto) and the famous King of Aragon staircase, carved into the cliff face, a monument to the King who, together with his soldiers, almost captured the town. Especially for you, a mini train on wheels will be available to show you around the city. The little train which will take you on a visit to the citadel and the old Genoese town. You will travel  to the marine cemetery, located on top of the cliffs with an impressive view over the straits of Bonifacio across to Sardinia (only  7 miles (12 km) away), and on into the heart of the old town. You will continue your tour on foot through the typical narrow streets to discover, around each corner, churches, monuments and curiosities dating back to the 16th century.  Return to the train station and walk back to the ship along the marina or continue to explore the town on your own and walk back to the ship.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring euros.


price $129
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3.5 HRS

Moderate

outdoors

culture

sightseeing
Porto Vecchio, Bonifaccio Scenic Sights & Little Train
Capture the essential sights of the medieval city of Bonifacio on foot and aboard a mini train. Whether approached from east or west, Bonifacio appears as “Land’s End,” through its isolation from Corsica’s vast, arid limestone plateau. Your sightseeing of the Citadel and Old Genoese town is aboard a little train on wheels. It will first take you to the marine cemetery located high atop cliffs, affording impressive views over the Straits of Bonifacio to Sardinia, which lies approximately 7 miles away. Once in the heart of the old town, your exploration continues with a guided walk, through typical narrow streets. You will see wonderful sites around each corner with historic churches, monuments and curiosities dating back to the 16th century. After returning to the station on the little train, you will return by coach to Porto Vecchio.  

Please note: The little train is not wheelchair accessible. 

price $119
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4 HRS

Moderate

culture

walking

sightseeing
Porto Vecchio, Coastal Drive & Sartene
Come face-to-face with Corsica’s resplendent scenic highlights on this overview traveling by comfortable motor coach.  You will take a 1¾-hour drive along the scenic west coast , with several stops en route including the great landmark – the Roccapina Lion. This mass of rose-colored granite has been weathered through time into the shape of a recumbent lion. You will then head toward Sartene, which has been dubbed the most “Corsican of Corsican towns.” It lies cradled on a promontory with impressive houses nestled into the rocks. Due to its coastal location, it was vulnerable to foreign invaders and its colorful history includes pirate attacks, battles against the Genoese occupiers in the Middle Ages and several vendettas in Corsican history. Following a guided walking tour of Sartene, you will have free time to browse before returning to the coach for the 1¾-hour drive back to Porto Vecchio.   

Please note: This tour involves traveling along winding roads. 

price $119
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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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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 hotel.

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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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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Ponza, Italy



1.5 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
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
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
Ponza, Highlights of Ponza Walking Tour
Your walking tour of Ponza Island will start with a short taxi drive from the pier to the walking path on the side of the Guardia Mountain.  You will see the Dragonara Area where the Roman Necropolis (3 or 4 B.C.) is located.  Your private tour guide will show you the many archaeological ruins visible everywhere, including Egyptian, Greek, and Phoenician Necropoli ruins in the middle of the island. There are also Etruscan ruins on parts of the island jumbled  in with the Roman ruins. You will proceed , away from the common tourist routes, passing by private vineyards and other agriculture lands leading to the ancient wine cellar dating back to 1700 where the typical local biancolella wines (red, white and pink ) will be served before walking back to the harbor.

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
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.


price $149
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Sorrento, Italy



4.5 HRS

Moderate

walking

boating

sightseeing
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
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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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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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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8 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Gythion, 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 $1099
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8 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Gythion, 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

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 $1499
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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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Monemvasia, Greece



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 $115
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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
No longer available online. Please contact Vacation Planning at 1-800-258-7245 to inquire about waitlisted space.


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

Athens, Greece



5 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

culture

unesco

sightseeing
Athens, Acropolis & New Museum Tour & Transfer to Airport
The ancient remains of Athens constitute one of the brightest jewels of the Mediterranean. The Ancient City and the Acropolis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, have been kept fairly intact. You will see perhaps the most famous temple of the Ancient City, the Parthenon. Walking up a winding path towards the Acropolis, you will pass through the Propylaea, which is the entrance to the Acropolis and see the Erechtheum Temple, built between 421-405 B.C. and famous for its exquisite attention to detail. You will also see the Porch of the Caryatids, (or Porch of the Maidens), in the distance. Reinforced by man, the natural fortress of the Acropolis stands 230 feet above the city. You cannot help but be impressed by the wide-sweeping view below. The intent of the new Acropolis Museum is to house every artifact found on the archaeological site.  You will see the unsurpassed quality of the masterpieces of ancient Athens, including the entire sculpted decoration of the Parthenon as it was on the building. You will see many architectural phases and thousands of finds that provide valuable insight into the everyday activities of ancient Greece.

Please note:  There is no shopping stop organized but guests can explore the shops at the Acropolis. The path up to the Acropolis is winding and may be challenging for those with mobility issues.



price $119
No longer available online. Please contact Vacation Planning at 1-800-258-7245 to inquire about waitlisted space.


4 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

culture

unesco

sightseeing
Athens, Acropolis & New Museum Tour & Transfer to Hotel
The ancient remains of Athens constitute one of the brightest jewels of the Mediterranean. The Ancient City and the Acropolis have been kept fairly intact. You will see perhaps the most famous temple of the Ancient City, the Parthenon. Walking up a winding path towards the Acropolis, you will pass through the Propylaea, which is the entrance to the Acropolis and see the Erechtheum Temple, built between 421-405 B.C. and famous for its exquisite attention to detail. You will also see the Porch of the Caryatids, (or Porch of the Maidens), in the distance. Reinforced by man, the natural fortress of the Acropolis stands 230 feet above the city. You cannot help but be impressed by the wide-sweeping view below. The intent of the new Acropolis Museum is to house every artifact found on the archaeological site.  You will see the unsurpassed quality of the masterpieces of ancient Athens, including the entire sculpted decoration of the Parthenon as it was on the building. You will see many architectural phases and thousands of finds that provide valuable insight into the everyday activities of ancient Greece.

Please note:  There is no shopping stop organized but guests can explore the shops at the Acropolis. The path up to the Acropolis is winding and may be challenging for those with mobility issues.


price $119
No longer available online. Please contact Vacation Planning at 1-800-258-7245 to inquire about waitlisted space.


8 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Athens, 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 $899
No longer available online. Please contact Vacation Planning at 1-800-258-7245 to inquire about waitlisted space.


8 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Athens, 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 $999
No longer available online. Please contact Vacation Planning at 1-800-258-7245 to inquire about waitlisted space.


4 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Athens, 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 $549
No longer available online. Please contact Vacation Planning at 1-800-258-7245 to inquire about waitlisted space.


4 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Athens, 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 $649
No longer available online. Please contact Vacation Planning at 1-800-258-7245 to inquire about waitlisted space.

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