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Mediterranean Cruises


See More of the Mediterranean in Windstar Style


Surrounded by wonders like the magnificent Cinque Terre, the culturally transcendent Alhambra, and the Belém Tower monument, it is easy to fall in love with the Mediterranean. With unique cruise itineraries, Windstar brings you closer to this spectacular part of the world. Cruise the Guadalquivir River, the only navigable river in Spain spanning 408 miles, to Seville. Anchor in the heart of Old Town Dubrovnik as larger cruise ships pass by. Visit a local Mediterranean market with our Windstar Chef, enjoy local experiences in interesting locales such as Giardini Naxos, Portofino, and Mallorca and see a new port almost every day with never more than one sea day.

Barcelona to Rome - 7 Days

Follow in the footsteps of artists and writers, and the world’s fanciest yachts, too, as you immerse yourself in the glorious sunshine, spectacular sunsets, and altogether intoxicating views in the Italian Rivera and France’s Côte d’Azur. Your Yachtsman’s Harbors of the Rivieras cruise to Spain, Italy and France brings you to the famed cities of Rome and Barcelona as well as the world’s premier yachting playgrounds, including Monte Carlo. Embarking on your small ship cruise between Barcelona and Rome, you’ll explore delightful resort towns and small villages where Matisse, Picasso, Van Gogh and others found inspiration.
 
Admire the extravagant architecture of Antoni Gaudi in Barcelona. Stop and smell the flowers in Nice. Try your luck at the Grand Casino in glamourous Monte Carlo. In Rome, visit Michelangelo’s astonishing Sistine Chapel and the Roman Colosseum. Explore the haunts of Napoleon on Elba. Along the way, admire castles and ancient ruins, with access to many UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Expand your palate while sipping the product at famed vineyards.
 
The leisurely pace of your small ship cruise allows time too to swim and sail in the clear turquoise sea in secluded harbors, directly from your yacht’s aft Watersports Platform. Sink your toes in the sand of white-sand beaches, hike with picture-perfect coastal views. Peruse shops filled with European designer goods and local crafts, and take advantage of late-night stays to dine on some of the world’s most revered cuisine. During your blissful week, as you explore idyllic coastal scenes, you’ll quickly understand why the Rivieras are among the most treasured vacation destinations in the world.

Rome to Venice - 8 Days

From such timeless cities as Rome and Venice to tiny ports of unmatched beauty, the Classic Italy & Dalmatian Coast cruise explores Italy, Croatia, and Montenegro. Pose in front of the Roman Colosseum and see the ancient city of Pompeii, once buried under volcanic ash. Sail through sparkling water in the breathtaking Bay of Kotor and explore the famously picturesque towns of the Amalfi Coast. Wander the ancient cobblestone streets of the Sicilian town of Taormina and along the famous fortifications of the medieval city of Dubrovnik, which playwright George Bernard Shaw called “paradise on earth.”
 
Your cruise from Venice or Rome will explore some of the most beautiful coastline in the world, places of legends and heroes, inspiration for writers and poets – and in popular culture, some scenes used as filming locations for the popular HBO TV series “Game of Thrones.” On your Windstar Classic Italy & Dalmatian Coast cruise, the leisurely pace allows time to swim in crystal clear sea and discover hidden beaches; paddle a kayak or tour by Zodiac along untouched coastline; visit bucket list sights; and sip, dine, and otherwise discover local culture in three fascinating countries.

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Rome to Rome - 10 Days

Encircle the Isle of Sicily and discover sparkling resorts favored by emperors, towns frozen in time by legendary volcanoes, Maltese palaces where knights and Grand Masters once gathered … this itinerary has them all. Watch the stunning Amalfi Coast pass by from the deck of your intimate small ship and raise a glass of limoncello to another blissful day in the warm Mediterranean sunshine.

Barcelona to Lisbon - 8 Days

From the culture and cuisine of Lisbon to the incredible beaches of Portimao, in the southern region of the Algarve, you’ll visit two quintessential Portuguese ports before indulging in all that Spain has to offer. Experience Andalusia, a region which hugs the southern coast of Spain and embraces cultural influences from both sides of the Strait of Gibraltar; Europe, and Africa. On this cruise voyage you’ll find the UNESCO sites of Alhambra and Alcázar. Partake in a relaxing day, lounging on the stunning beaches of Mallorca and explore Barcelona as you take in the fascinating architecture of Antoni Gaudi. Sip a glass of sherry and explore golden beaches and anachronistic mountain villages, passionate flamenco, magnificent Moorish architecture, and mouthwatering tapas.

From the grandeur of ancient Rome to the Renaissance splendors of the Western Civilization’s greatest artists, few countries have influenced the modern world like Italy. This 11-day cruise tour visits both sides of the Italian peninsula with stops in romantic Venice, small ports along the scenic Dalmatian coast, and a delicious and captivating land tour of both Tuscany and Rome. Float along Venetian canals while listening to singing gondoliers. Soar to expansive Adriatic views as a tram sweeps you high above Dubrovnik’s ancient walls and rustic old town charms. Slurp rich Spaghetti alle Vongole, blended with fresh clams, rich shrimp or fried calamari at a table overlooking the Sorrento seashore. Walk around the towering white marble statue of Michelangelo’s David, a Renaissance masterpiece embraced by Florentines as a symbol in defense of civil liberties. Sniff and sip the red, black and sour cherry aromas and flavors characteristic of the best Chianti wines. Wander Roman piazzas, ancient gathering spaces for families and neighbors for over 2,000 years.

Delve into architectural and epicurean wonders on both sides of the Italian peninsula during this 10-day adventure that combines an Adriatic and Dalmatian Coast cruise with a Vatican tour, Colosseum visit, and foodie market tour in Rome. Listen to the Venetian clock tower bells of Torre dell’Orologio strike the hour as hundreds of pigeons scatter about St. Mark’s Square. Sip crisp and dry Verdicchio paired with octopus salad or garlic-flavored black risotto in delicious Dubrovnik. Drift past the blue domes of Our Lady of the Rocks, a sanctuary for Kotor’s local fishermen for nearly 2,000 years. Sample succulent baked cardoon stalks harvested from Sicilian thistles and dusted with melted aged Parmesan cheese near the precipitous slopes of Mount Etna in Giardini Naxos. Experience an exclusive tour deep into the storied shadows of the Colosseum, and the Sistine Chapel, and dine in a Rome restaurant featuring authentic Italian dishes.

Rome to Rome - 7 Days

Surrounded by glitterati on the glistening Wind Surf you fit right in; your insider’s experience at Monaco’s legendary Grand Prix, the jewel in the crown of this exceptional cruise. Visit some of the unique small ports — Portofino, Bastia, and Saint Raphael, and iconic cities like Rome and Monte Carlo — strolling famous promenades, shopping elite boutiques, and taking in world-renowned beaches. Then during your overnight in Monte Carlo, enjoy exclusive access to special Windstar private Grand Prix events and two days of world-class Formula One time trials and racing. It’s the ultimate expression of Windstar’s style, and open to only a very limited number of guests.

Lisbon to Lisbon - 10 Days

Embark on a voyage that isn’t about following others to famous landmarks it’s about finding your own. Watch a Gomeran cup his hands and whistle a secret language only other Gomerans know. Hike the amazing aqueducts on Madeira. Taste wrinkly potatoes in Tenerife and fresh sardines in Portimao. Feel the breeze from the Sahara as you lie on a Canary Island beach, and shop the Kasbah for a brass lamp so you can thank the genie who brought you here.

Barcelona to Athens - 10 Days

Set an unforgettable course from busy Barcelona to the silent ruins and relics high above Athens. Savor spicy tapas plates and fruity sangrias at a Palma de Mallorca beachside café. Delve into Bronze-age catacombs and learn Menorca’s strategic importance for Roman and Carthaginian trade. Visit a local winemaker’s Sardinian farmhouse and learn about Vermentino, Cagnulari, and Cannonau grapes as you sip and sample blends and vintages. Wander among imposing Greek statues and monuments in the Neapolis Archaeological Park outside of Catania, Sicily. Lean against the towering arches of Valletta’s Upper Barrakka Gardens as you take in breathtaking views of a fortified harbor unclaimed by centuries of kings and conquerors. This extraordinary passage along many Mediterranean island stops concludes in Athens, the cradle of democracy and Western Civilization. Take in the viewpoints from the Acropolis ruins over the city skyline or share your photos and memories in a quiet garden café among family, friends and grilled gyros paired with cool tzatziki.

Barcelona to Rome - 7 Days

Hidden harbors. Legendary landmarks. Everything that makes the Mediterranean magical. This cruise voyage has it all. The colorful kaleidoscopes of Rome and Barcelona invite you to celebrate their high-spirited energy, while the seductive scent of oranges and olives that perfumes the enchanting islands of Elba, Corsica, Mallorca and Menorca entices you to explore their seductive secrets. From the wild green mountains of Mallorca to the striking white pebble beaches of Portoferraio – let us delight your senses and ignite your imagination.

Rome to Athens - 8 Days

Idyllic islands, charming cobbled villages, spectacular scenery, intriguing history. Capture the heart of the Mediterranean in a single cruise voyage. Each small harbor is especially suited for small cruise ship exploration. Enjoy the best of the region — from the ancient ruins of Sparta and Mystras to the pure indulgence of the Mediterranean lifestyle.

Lisbon to Barcelona - 10 Days

Dazzle your senses with Spanish treasure — golden Costa del Sol beaches, Picasso’s genius in Málaga, the Roman ruins of Cartagena and Tarragona. Sit at a café in Tangier’s medina sipping mint tea and watching old men play backgammon. Nestle up to the other exclusive yachts in Ibiza’s harbor with some 80 blissful beaches calling your name. Celebrate a dream come true.

 

Discover Italy and Greece at their best, when towns and beaches are less crowded and the weather is just right for strolling historic ruins and admiring Greece’s 5,000-plus wildflowers. Feast your eyes on the smooth bone-white columns of Athens’ Parthenon, and the honeycombed spires of Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia. Inhale the heady aroma of wild rosemary and thyme mingled with fresh-baked guttiau bread in Cagliari, and the citrus tang of kumquat liqueur in Corfu. In Messina, watch as the bell tower clock’s bronze characters come to life, announcing noon with a lion’s fierce roar and a rooster’s loud crow. Spot bright pink flamingos stilt-walking the white salt flats in Trapani. Enjoy the sweet sound of Argostoli’s street musicians playing kantades on mandolins. And discover the tranquility of Delphi, where oracles channeled the prophecies of Apollo to kings and commoners. On this voyage you’ll visit ports reserved for small ships like Itea, dock closer to key attractions than larger ships can in Trapani and Barcelona, and cross the Corinth Canal, too narrow for most modern ships but just wide enough for your small ship.

Venice to Athens - 9 Days

Greek temples, rugged coastal mountain ranges, and rustic, tile-roofed villages dotting the eastern Adriatic shoreline define this exceptional 9-day cruise with an overnight port stay in Kotor, Montenegro. Toast the benefits of Croatian microclimates during a wine tasting near rocky vineyards outside Zadar. Sail, swim and snorkel at a pristine archipelago near Hvar, or rise early to pick fresh, organic vegetables for your family-style Croatian breakfast in the village of Hora, near there. Master Montenegro cuisine under the guidance of a decorated restaurant chef in Kotor. Admire the royal ambiance of Achillion, the Greek mansion of a former Austrian empress on Corfu. And enjoy Greek music performances and take your mark on the hallowed grounds of Olympia, the birthplace of Greek and global athletic competitions.

Venice to Athens - 9 Days

The timeless grandeur of the Acropolis and the volcanic vistas from Santorini’s blue-domed villages are perfect preludes to this detailed 8-day exploration of Greece and the Adriatic. Wander the elegant gardens surrounding the white-pillared Achilleion Palace in Corfu, an expansive summer home built by the former empress of Austria prior to World War I. Admire Monopoli’s 4,500-year-old urns and ancient artifacts, then stroll along the formidable walls of Castle of Carlo V, a pentagon-shaped fortification built to counter an emerging age of cannons and sails. Wander the uncrowded streets of tiny Komiza, then board a small boat and experience the azure and emerald iridescent magic within the limestone walls of the Blue and Green Grottos. Sit, sip and listen as Zadar’s shoreline waves create a concert of random music along the waterfront. This memorable journey culminates among Venetian gondolas and glass-blowers, where you can stroll with the pigeons in the Piazza San Marco or browse one-of-a-kind artisan shops featuring intricate jewelry or ornamental handmade masks.

Barcelona to Lisbon - 12 Days

Discover little-known villages, breathtaking vistas and delicious regional cuisine during this 12-day cruise along Mediterranean and Atlantic coastlines with stops in Spain, Morocco, Portugal and three remarkable days amid the sunny Canary Islands. Dine on spicy and succulent lamb dishes simmered in earthenware tagines. Lose yourself in the labyrinth-like alleys and cluttered merchant displays of jewelry, colorful scarves and ornate pottery in the souks throughout Marrakesh near Casablanca. Ride perched high atop a camel amid the crimson-hued volcanic landscape outside Lanzarote in the Canary Islands. Ascend to Mount Teide’s arid and exposed summit in an enclosed cable car—the easiest way to scale Spain’s highest mountain peak—and enjoy ocean views in all directions. Sip black tea and dine on delicious cakes, pastries and finger foods beneath century-old white arches decorating Belmond Reid’s Palace, an elegant and iconic hotel perched on the edge of oceanside cliffs in Funchal, Madeira.

Barcelona to Bordeaux - 12 Days

Spain is sometimes referred to as “the Spains,” and for good reason. Each of its 17 autonomous regions is distinct – as you’ll discover as you cruise the entire Spanish Coast from one side of the Iberian Peninsula to the other. Cuisines, customs, even languages differ as you travel French-influenced Catalonia, Moorish Andalusia, Portuguese- and Celtic-inspired Galicia, and the indigenous Basque Country. All the more reason to appreciate long days in port and overnight stays. Compare the architectural extremes of Barcelona’s multi-spired Sagrada Familia with the graceful arches of Seville’s Alcazár Palace, the ship-inspired glass balconies of El Ferrol with Bilbao’s undulating titanium Guggenheim. Taste fresh oysters in the seafood paradise of Vigo, wafer-thin slivers of melt-in-your-mouth air-cured ham (jamon) in Málaga, and anything on the menu at San Sebastian’s many Michelin-starred restaurants. Treat your palate to a palette of fine wines from Galicia’s zesty whites to the Basque Country’s full-bodied Tempranillo to Andalusia’s famous sherries to Catalonia’s sparkling Cava … and a grand finale of French wines in Bordeaux. See the real Spain in towns like Vigo and Andalusia’s White Villages. Make the most of your time as Star Legend docks in the center of center of Old Towns while larger ships must dock at ports further away.

Venture to the epicenters of ancient Western Civilization during this pairing of guided Delphi and Meteroa tours and an extensive Greek Isles cruise. Explore the high halls of medieval Meteora monasteries perched on clifftops. Delve into tales of Titans, Olympians and early deities as you step between limestone blocks hewn by hand, etched by turmoil and strewn among the angular shadows of the Parthenon’s marble pillars. Raise your voice and test perfect acoustics in classical amphitheaters near the storied Temple of Delphi and the Epidaurus Theatre. Pull up a bar stool at a bustling estiatorio and sample grilled pita bread paired with a creamy spread of tangy taramasalata--a pureed blend of potato, lemon juice and briny local fish roe. Wander among the white-walled shops of Santorini and the stirring cloth sails of village windmills on Mykonos. Slip between broken walls in Ephesus, a former trading port along the picturesque Turkish Coast, plus appreciate the special dinner at Ephesus during our Destination Discovery Event and the small ship delightful ports of Ermoupoli, Monemvasia and Agios Nikolaos.

Delve into the ancient wonders of early Western Civilization on this 10-day journey featuring Meteora and Delphi and delve into the islands of Greece. Stroll the monument-lined Sacred Way toward the Grand Temple of Apollo in Delphi. Savor a moonlit Turkish dinner and romantic concert among the broken columns and weathered walls of Ephesus in Turkey during Windstar’s complimentary Destination Discovery Event. Imagine the sense of adventure among Medieval Turkish raiders as you stare skyward at distant monasteries topping foreboding cliffs and natural sandstone pillars throughout Meteora Valley. Sip tangy, bright citrus flavors of local Assyrtiko wine paired with freshly caught calamari while relaxing on a whitewashed patio high above Santorini’s steep volcanic slopes. Relax by the crystal clear waters of Acropolis, Mykonos and Santorini beaches. Gaze across the Baroque-styled parapets of Palamidi Castle at Nafplio’s red-tiled roofs and the azure Argolic Gulf. Scale the marble steps leading to the Acropolis high above the city of Athens and lose yourself amid the iconic Parthenon’s limestone blocks and marble columns.

Explore the aura of Greek, Roman, and Ottoman empires, three of the world’s greatest civilizations, as you immerse yourself  in the modern cultures of Greece and Turkey. On this 11-day sailing, round trip from Athens, you’ll visit two continents and revel in such must-see sights as the Acropolis in Athens, the high-walled Corinth Canal, the ancient Roman city of Ephesus and Istanbul’s magnificent Blue Mosque.
 
As you circumnavigate the Peloponnese Peninsula on your small ship cruise to Greece, you’ll have the opportunity to visit Olympia, where you might imagine the roar of the crowd at the site of the first Olympic Games some 3,000 years ago. You may visit the ancient town of Delphi with its mysterious oracle. And you’ll see breathtaking coastlines and watch in awe as your yacht sails through the narrow Corinth Canal, inaccessible to large ships and with sheer rock walls you can nearly reach out to touch.
 
The leisurely schedule of your cruise to Athens and Istanbul and late-night stays on Crete and in Bodrum, Turkey, allows time to immerse yourself in the local culture. You may explore Greek and Turkish cuisine, watch a passionate Whirling Dervish performance, and join locals in dancing in a Greek taverna. You might kick back on a beach or use your yacht’s Watersports Platform in the clear waters of the Aegean Sea. 

Complimentary Destination Discovery Event • Kusadasi: Evening in Ephesus

This 10-day cruise takes you to some of the world’s most sought-after destinations, following the civilizations of great empires and religions across thousands of years. Your Windstar Holy Lands yacht voyage brings access to Jerusalem, sacred city to more than one third of the world’s population, and Egypt’s jaw-dropping Pyramids of Giza. You will have opportunity to visit the Acropolis in Athens, the Roman catacombs in Alexandria, the renowned Minoan palace of Knossos on Crete, and a Neolithic site in Cyprus. An optional overland tour from Israel visits the famous, rose-hued ancient city of Petra.
 
Because you are on a small ship cruise, your experiences are intimate. You travel at a leisurely pace that affords time to explore, without big crowds, and to relax, lounging on a sandy beach while you review and talk about what you saw. With three full days in Israel, including an overnight in Haifa, you may visit Jerusalem’s Old City Western Wall (Wailing Wall), Dome of the Rock, and Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Travel, too, to Bethlehem or spend time reflecting at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial. You may tour the Dead Sea and Masada, to ponder how 1,000 members of the Jewish faith took their own lives rather than become slaves to the Romans. Or follow in the footsteps of Jesus at the Sea of Galilee and the Mount of Beatitudes (setting for the Sermon on the Mount).
 
In Egypt, a full-day tour from Port Said, at the northern end of the Suez Canal, allows time to marvel at the Pyramids of Giza and the giant Sphinx. A late-night visit in the city of Alexandria delivers sea views, beaches, opportunity to tour the fascinating underground Roman catacombs, and time, too, to stop by an ocean-view restaurant or otherwise immerse yourself in the local scene. On Cyprus, view UNESCO World Heritage Sites from the Neolithic, Greek, and Roman periods, as well as the rocky outcrop where the Greeks believed the love goddess Aphrodite rose from the sea. On Crete, some relics at the Minoan palace of Knossos date back 9,000 years.
 
This cruise, to and from Athens, is an extraordinary journey to Bucket List places and some of the world’s most fascinating history.

Greek mythology, courageous rebellions against Rome, and the rediscovered wonders of Petra’s sandstone tombs, temples, and treasuries are a few of the hallmarks on this 8-day journey along the eastern Mediterranean harbors and coastlines of Greece, Cyprus and Israel. Savor sweet, almond flavors of amigdalota pastries in Mykonos, or catch a boat bound for the temples and amphitheater on Delos, the mythical birthplace of Apollo and Artemis. Wander the shadowy recesses of the Minoan palace of Knossos on Crete, lair of the mythic Minotaur, and peruse ancient sacred relics at the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion. Follow Jesus’s footsteps through Gethsemane to the former garden and olive grove where he was arrested, and visit the cave of the Nativity in Bethlehem. Ride a cable car to the imposing heights of Masada Fortress. Float in the warm, mineral rich waters of the Dead Sea. Stroll among Petra’s pink, sandstone columns and caves in the glowing morning light.

Rome to Cernobbio - 11 Days

Indulge in rustic Italian cuisine, Roman relics and Baroque masterworks on a 11-day odyssey that combines a picturesque overland exploration of Lake Como and Venice with an extensive cruise through the Adriatic and along Italy’s west coast. Delve into the depths of delectable Northeast Italian wine vintages and savor Amarone’s cherry and cinnamon nuances in a cool, underground Valpolicella winery. Overnight provides time to float past Venice’s romantic arched bridges and ancient alleyways on a gondola ride. Dip a kayak blade in the clear waters near old harbor walls outside Dubrovnik. Sample homemade cheeses and sausages in a family-run olive grove near Kotor. Wander between restored mosaics, broken columns and cracked pottery amid Pompeii’s storied ruins. Dine on authentic, handmade pizza while gentle coastal breezes waft through Sorrento’s aromatic citrus trees.

Combine a culturally immersive inland journey throughout Portugal with a scenic and insightful tracing of Spain’s iconic coastlines during this remarkable 12-day combination cruse and land tour. Inhale intermingled aromas of seafood and spicy bean soup on Porto’s glowing twilight streets as melancholic fado lyrics and guitarra strings reverberate across stone walls from a more modest skyline. Light a white candle amid prayerful pilgrims in the silence of Fátima’s most sacred sites. Peer into the spiraling, moss-lined columns of the Initiation Well near the misty and verdant Sintra Forest. Bask in the Douro Valley’s unique sunlit glow as you stand among the rocky contours of steep terraced vineyards and gnarled gray trunks of Tinta Cão vines. Master the art of tapas cooking under the direction of an Andalusian chef near Málaga. Sip sherries and wander among old barrels in Cadiz wine cellars. Kayak between scenic caletas, or quays, in Mallorca’s clear coastal waters.

Venetian tourists wander past the mosaic artistry of Saint Mark’s Basilica, footsteps and conversations punctuated by the pulsating flutter of ascending pigeons. Agile house martins dive and swoop between weathered city walls pockmarked by time or dissent, alighting on centuries-old griffins that once proclaimed fealty to the maritime Republic of Venice. Discover the Adriatic and Greece from new perspectives during this 8-day cruise that touches on storied landmarks and intimate, little-known ports on the Adriatic Sea and in Greece. Admire Zadar’s Medieval city walls and charming boutiques. Learn about the global success of Croatian organic vineyards as you sample varietal wines in a farming village. Take in Dubrovnik’s Old Town charms from the heights of a cable car. Savor local smoked hams, sausages and homemade cheeses on a Montenegro olive farm tour outside Kotor. Then transit the tapered, sheer-walled Corinth Canal, a time-saving dream of the rulers of antiquity for 2,000 years, but only reality in 1893. This Adriatic-to-Greece odyssey ends in Athens, among the shadows of the Parthenon, silent monuments to ancient athletic competitions and the savory aroma of souvlaki, seasoned and skewered grilled meats wrapped in pita bread and sold in countless cafés and sidewalk restaurants.

Lisbon to Barcelona - 10 Days

Discover unforgettable destinations overlooked by larger cruise lines during this 10-day Western Mediterranean cruise that visits historic landmarks and little-known spaces in Portugal, Spain, and Morocco. Wander warm sandy beaches near Portimao or board a small boat bound for caves and bronze- and umber-hued rock formations at the Alfanzina Grotto. Sip fino and oloroso sherries in a quiet cellar outside of Cádiz. Prepare traditional Moroccan flat bread for baking in a local oven during a Tangier cooking school lesson. Barter for handmade jewelry and handpainted ceramics in a crowded souk. Browse Pablo Picasso’s sculptures and obscure works and savor a Spanish sunset and evening tapas—best paired with spicy Grenacha and dark Tempranillo wines—during an overnight stay in Málaga. Unearth the ancient influences of Hispania Antiqua as you explore the Roman Theatre and Museum prior to observing the excavations and 2,000-year-old Punic relics at the Muralla Punica archaeological site.

Lisbon to Barcelona - 8 Days

Poised as if to kiss the continent of Africa, Andalusia hugs the southern coast of Spain and embraces cultural influences from both sides of the strait. This is the birthplace of Don Juan and Carmen, evening paseos by women in lace mantillas, cape-twirling matadors. In short, it is quintessential Spain. The beaches of the Costa del Sol are legendary. And behind lie equally magnificent mountain ranges sheltering picturesque “white villages.” Here you won’t find cookie-cutter castles, but amazing cultural amalgams like the Alhambra and Alcázar. On your elegant ship, you will cruise past larger ships right to the heart of old towns and to the steps of friendly bodegas.

Romantic serenades on Venetian canals, bright Croatian wines and ancient Greek columns are hallmarks throughout this exceptional 19-day cruise that visits Italy, Turkey, Greece, and the Eastern Aegean coastline. Wander in silence between the centuries-old white pillars of the Romanesque Cathedral of St. Anastasia, then sip bittersweet Croatian liqueur distilled from Zadar cherries and honey. Sail to the picturesque archipelago of the Pekleni Islands and swim and snorkel near Hvar. Skim the waves to the shimmering sunlit splendors inside the Blue Cave near Kotor, then sip Montenegro wines and enjoy local cuisine and evening entertainment during an overnight port stay. Dance sirtaki steps arm in arm and sample cool Tzatziki paired with spicy Greek meatballs in the small port of Katakolon, near Olympia—hallowed grounds of early Greek athletic competitions. Admire weathered columns, intact building facades and the terrace houses of Ephesus, a former thriving port city near Kusadasi, Turkey.

A perfect blend of antiquity and artistry, this 14-day cruise sails from the ancient ruins of Athens and makes a dozen port stops in Greece, Italy and France before disembarking among the contemporary architecture and gleaming, cosmopolitan wonders of Barcelona, Spain. Stroll the narrow streets inside the concealed medieval walls of Monemvasia, Greece and take an exhilarating tour of Corsica’s narrow winding coastal roads outside Calvi, France. From the Greek and Roman funerary steles - ancient marble reliefs depicting venerable people engaged in everyday life - to the vibrant and radiant impressionist paintings and dizzying mosaics of Antoni Gaudí’s Barcelona architecture, this is an ideal journey for passionate historians, art lovers and all seeking unforgettable cultural immersion.

The allure of the Adriatic beckons to both new and seasoned travelers for its unspoiled shorelines and panoramic vistas. While the views from Santorini’s turquoise-topped domes are among the most celebrated in the world, don’t linger long or you’ll miss sailing on a catamaran to the volcanic islands of Nea Kameni and Palea Kamini, or even hiking above the famous steaming, sulfurous volcanic vents. Graze on lightly toasted Monopoli bread topped with roasted peppers and tangy, tobacco-flavored sundried tomato paté, which pairs perfectly with Puglia’s full-bodied Salice Salentino DOC red wines. Soar skyward as a cable car carries you to the sweeping vistas high above the red, terracotta-topped buildings of Dubrovnik, Croatia. Discover the beauty and cultural heritage interwoven with Zadar’s ‘white gold’ Pag lace, then test your skills at lacemaking under the guidance of a skilled Croatian artisan. Walk along the Venetian-styled piazzas of Venice -- romantic settings for countless films -- or float along the narrow canals as you’re serenaded by a gondolier. Sample Montenegro organic olive oils at a family-run estate in the rural countryside outside the village of Tici. Your cruise eventually winds around and up the Italian western coastline to Rome, the former center of ancient Western Civilization. Wander between the arches and broken walls of the Colosseum, or walk among the dead in the narrow corridors in the Catacombs of Rome. Before considering airline connections or adventures on other continents, toss a coin from your right hand over your left shoulder into the Trevi Fountain, so that you’re guaranteed to revisit the charms of the Italian capital in your near future.

Indulge in a relaxing, 3-week transition from Caribbean tropical drinks and spicy grilled chicken to Old World tawny ports and cumin-infused Moroccan lamb shanks during this globetrotting cruise that combines a relaxing transatlantic crossing with lesser-traveled stops throughout Portugal, Morocco and Spain’s remote Canary Islands. Savor high seas coffee breaks and conversations with the Captain. Sample ports and favorite local Portuguese wines in storied wineries not far from Portimao Harbor in Southern Portugal. Spend an evening ashore during an overnight port stay in Funchal, where you can wander the cobbled streets of the Old Town, learn the importance of Madeira wines in the age of cannon and sail, and taste traditional teas, flakey scones, and sweet cakes at the storied Hotel Reids. Ride camels through the lunar-like landscape surrounding volcanic Fire Mountain near Lanzarote in the Canary Islands. Discover how argan oil is handcrafted and pressed by skilled Moroccan artisans, then lose yourself among the din and rich aromas in the open-air Berber market of Souk Al Had. After thousands of nautical miles this exceptional journey eventually concludes in Lisbon, where you’re surrounded by antique winery barrel barges, sidewalk cafés, and famed yellow trams waiting to take you to famed Alfama District haunts or uncrowded neighborhood vistas.

Embark on your personal Homeric odyssey as you sail from Athens, cradle of Western Civilization, and explore the islands and shorelines throughout Greece, Asia Minor, Croatia and Italy. Board a small Mykonos boat and explore the remote temples and amphitheater on uninhabited Delos, a sacred place where ancient Greeks honored the mythical birthplace of Apollo and Artemis. Discover authentic preparation techniques for fried Greek meatballs and tart, creamy tzatziki under the guidance of a Rhodes taverna chef. Walk in the steps of ancient kings as you inspect the living quarters, storerooms and archaeological exhibits throughout the Palace of Knossos near Agios Nikolaos. Catch a Zadar sailboat bound for a 5th century fishing port on the island of Ošljak and pristine archipelago stops in the Adriatic Sea. This delicious and delightful journey concludes among the canals and piazzas of Venice, where you can experience the classic and timeless romance of being serenaded by your gondolier along the Noale or Grand Canals that connect over 100 tiny islets throughout the Venetian city.

Complimentary Destination Discovery Event • Kusadasi: Evening in Ephesus

Athens to Venice - 16 Days

This voyage through Greece, Italy, and Croatia is simply bursting with engrossing history lessons, delizioso cuisine, natural beauty, and often-overlooked destinations. Begin in Athens, where the magnificent white Parthenon still stands tall after watching nearly 2,500 years of world events pass by. Explore the well-preserved Greek castle towns of Monemvasia, the Gibraltar of Greece, and Mystras, near Gythion. Both are less-visited gems, and Mystras is a magical ghost town of exquisite Byzantine architecture. Taste Istrian truffles and olive oil in the quaint little fishing town of Rovinj. Wander the medieval Old Towns of Kotor and Dubrovnik, limestone streets polished to a high shine by centuries of shuffling feet.  Visit the must-sees of Italy from Michelangelo’s mastery in Rome’s Sistine Chapel to the romance of Venice and eerie Pompeii, then veer off to laid-back Ponza, the secret island retreat where Italians go to escape the crowds. Find a quiet corner of Wind Surf to write home a stream of superlatives.

Transit the narrow Corinth Canal en route to Delphi to explore the Temple of Apollo and the Archaeological Museum. Corfu stuns visitors with its beautiful beaches and Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In Argostoli, stroll the promenade in search of caretta-caretta turtles and savor Kephalonian meat pie. From Messina, visit Sicily’s hillside town of Taormina to take in views of the iconic Greek Theater. In Trapani, marvel at the hardworking 17th century windmills and salt marshes that produce its signature colored salts. Discover the medieval walled Il Castello and Poetto Beach in Cagliari before setting sail for Spain. Upon arrival in Barcelona, behold Gaudí’s La Sagrada Familia Cathedral and savor tapas. A later stay in Málaga allows time to tour the famous Alhambra. Embark on Morocco’s city of Tangier, known for its unspoiled beaches and old walled city of Medina. A late night in Casablanca affords time to see Marrakech’s mosques, palaces and souk market. Cruise south to the Canary Islands to experience the small volcanic island of Lanzarote and follow the famous wine trail, wander Santa Cruz de Tenerife’s beautiful UNESCO beaches San Cristóbal de La Laguna and Teide National Park, and listen for the whistling locals of La Gomera who use their skills to communicate across the steep ravines and lush cloud forest of Garajonay National Park. Head north to Portugal for an overnight in Funchal, with time to taste Madeira wines and try poncha, a delightful rum and honey cocktail.

St. Maarten to Barcelona - 25 Days

Ideal for anyone seeking equal portions of relaxing time at sea and port visits, this 28-day transatlantic crossing features a combination of leisurely, uninterrupted sea crossing time balanced with the best ports in the Western Mediterranean. Board in Nassau, then spend time crossing the Atlantic and enjoying the romance of sailing as you make your way to your ultimate destination. Sip port wines in Lisbon, Portugal, browse wares in the bustling Grand Souk in Tangier, Morocco, and wander the medieval cobbled streets of Tarragona, Spain.

Barcelona to Rome - 17 Days

Indulge in unhurried pleasures among steep coastal cliffs, tiny vineyards and romantic villages throughout the Rivieras and Western Italy during this 17-day, autumn cruise. During the fall winemakers are racking fresh wine into barrels, and new olive oils are sampled for the first time. Stroll uncrowded avenues and discover fresh, distinctly nutty porcini mushrooms served fresh on pastas and sautéed into tapas at sidewalk cafés, browse open markets and inhale the fall aromas from ripe apples, plump grapes and early season citrus. Test your luck in a Monte Carlo casino, hike the desolate Crateri Silvestri on the southeast slope of Sicily’s Mount Etna, and learn about Malta’s noble heritage inside the precipitous medieval walls of 4,000-year-old Mdina — The Silent City.

Roam between the broken monoliths and columns in the Roman Forum, Western Civilization’s former epicenter. Gaze across Catania’s umber-hued, terracotta-tiled skyline to the steaming summit of Mount Etna as you sample authentic Sicilian dishes like densely textured handmade pasta topped with aromatic variations like sundried tomatoes, golden-brown dried grapes, fresh basil and minced garlic. This exquisite cruise around Italy’s Apennine Peninsula is abundant in opportunities to explore the lesser-known landmarks and narrow ancient streets of sleepy villages throughout the central Mediterranean. Sip citrus-sweet limoncello from frosty glasses while locals haggle over the proximities of their bocce balls on nearby gravel courts. Land at the tiny port of Lipari in the Aeolian Islands north of Sicily, and explore a Norman Castle built in medieval times, or master the art of Sicilian-style pizzas as you combine local ingredients into your own culinary creation. Step inside the cool and shady Romanesque splendor of Kotor Cathedral in Montenegro, or venture to the nearby pedestrian-only village of Perast and sample sweets recreated from Baroque-era recipes. Capture the Old World ambiance of Split’s Diocletian Palace in the right light during a hands-on photo tour with an award-winning international photojournalist. Your delightful journey concludes in Venice among romantic gondolas and exquisite Italian architecture, where you can reflect on your cruise memories as you float canals or search for last-minute souvenirs small, family-owned artisan shops featuring handcrafted glassware and ornamental metalwork.

Experience the best Western Mediterranean ports in detail during this 15-day cruise through Monaco, France, Spain, Gibraltar, and Portugal. Stroll among opulent casinos, high-end boutiques, and historic Formula One landmarks in Monte Carlo. Sip wormwood-based absinthe in the French village of Antibes outside of Cannes. Or meander among the dusky walls and long shadows in Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter, taking in the aromas, sights and sounds of the Catalonian heart of Spain.

Rich with evocative history, unique culture and distinct cuisine, today’s Iberian Peninsula is the result of a complex confluence of civilizations. Contrast this extraordinary region with the rest of Southern Europe during this 18-day cruise spanning nearly the length of the Mediterranean Sea. Admire Moorish architectural influences in the walled port of Cadiz as you compare bready and clear regional ‘fino’ sherries with sweet, ‘cream’ sherries. Soar skyward in a gondola to the scenic vista atop Gibraltar summit. Gaze up at the towering walls of the Alcazaba of Almería, a formidable Moorish fortress overlooking the tiny Andalucian port. Peruse the works of Gaudí, Dalí, and Picasso throughout Barcelona’s museums, galleries and exhibitions. Pair authentic Italian cuisine with lip-puckering Limoncello adjacent to a bustling piazza or quiet, cobblestoned Amalfi side street. Witness the power of geologic instability as you travel inland to explore Catania’s Castello Ursino, a Medieval-era castle initially built on Sicily’s coastline 800 years ago. Float across the mirrored surface of an underground lake in the Caves of Diros far below Gythion, Greece. This exceptional journey concludes in Athens among the shadows of the towering Acropolis, where you can raise a glass of anise-scented ouzo among the company of family and friends.

Few Mediterranean cruises offer the unique combination of romance and racing like this Star Collector adventure from the 2021 Monaco Grand Prix in Monte Carlo to the canals of Venice. Along the way you’ll explore the art, architecture, and cultural customs and cuisines throughout Italy, Croatia, Montenegro, and France. Taste local wines paired with homemade cheese in an intimate Croatian family wine cellar outside of Rovinj. Kayak together on Kotor Bay in Montenegro. Glide inside the glowing azure chambers of the fabled Blue Grotto near Giardini Naxos. Sip sweet limoncello liqueur together at a sidewalk café in Sorrento. Witness Saturday qualifying for the 2021 Monaco Grand Prix prior to an exclusive tour of the storied pits. After evening festivities and an overnight stay in Monte Carlo, you’ll enjoy sweeping views of the track on race day, along with a gift package that includes ear plugs, high-definition binoculars and seat cushion.

Lisbon to Athens - 28 Days

The scope of this month-long odyssey is astounding, putting you within reach of at least 16 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, 2 tentative sites, and 2 Biosphere Reserves, not to mention a myriad of other unforgettable cultural experiences. Watch architecture evolve from the imposing Parthenon to the graceful arches of the Alhambra to Gaudí’s spikey Modernist Sagrada Familia. Listen to the impeccable acoustics of a 3rd century Greek theater and lively flamenco music punctuated by pulsing footwork. Graze on tapas, mezzes, and antipasto while life ebbs and swirls around you. Swim in the sulfur green thermal waters of Santorini, watch magenta bougainvillea pour over honey-colored stone walls in Mallorca, and befriend the Barbary monkeys who rule the Rock. As an added bonus, your voyage includes an exclusive Windstar Destination Discovery Event: dining in front of the Celsus Library in ancient Ephesus as live musicians serenade you under the stars. Simply unforgettable

Revel in two dozen unforgettable days venturing from Greece’s golden shores to small ports, remote villages and legendary landmarks throughout Italy, Spain, Morocco and Portugal. Float among fossils, towering natural spires and stunning colorful walls deep inside the scenic caverns of Vlyhada and Alepotrypa near Gythion, Greece. Take the wheel of a vintage Fiat 500 on Sicilian streets near Messina and visit Savoca, a small, unspoiled village rich in cinematic memories for fans of The Godfather. Capitalize on your overnight stay in Málaga by adding on an overnight inland excursion exploring Grenada’s wineries, vineyards and monasteries before cooking up an exceptional Spanish dinner in Alhambra—then lose yourself in the aromas of Italy’s wines, cappuccinos, pastas, and limoncellos.

Civilizations rise and fall, and you’re a witness to it all on this voyage from Athens to Rome. More than a dozen[KSO1]  UNESCO sites transcribe cool stone into stories of days gone by. Walk the ruins of ancient Epidaurus where ill people once slept so the gods could tell them how to regain their health. In Rhodes, explore the Temple of Athena in Lindos, gnarled olive trees, and their branches of peace, supposedly created by the goddess herself. And find surprising discoveries even among well-known ruins, like the nearly hidden Peribleptos monastery in Mystras, built into the rock and seeming to emerge from it, its turret-shaped façade holding a treasure trove of 14th-century frescoes. When you’re not delving into the past, get closer to local culture in smaller and less-visited harbors like Patmos, Ermoupoli, Monemvasia, Gythion and colorful Ponza. Revel in the beauty of Santorini, Mykonos, and Sorrento. Marvel at the emotional magnetism of Athens’ Acropolis and the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel. And dine in the moonlight in front of the Celsus Library in ancient Ephesus—a complimentary Windstar Destination Discovery Event designed exclusively for you.

Barcelona to Athens - 20 Days

Discover magic moments unique to extended port stays during this 20-day cruise tracing the sundrenched coastlines and reclusive ports throughout Spain, Italy, Malta, Greece and Turkey. Wander along the long the curved walls of circular Bellver Castle outside Palma de Mallorca, or dine on tapas made from toasted bread topped with salty hams, capers, anchovies and more. Board a private Amalfi boat bound for the Moorish port of Positano, a remote haven for artists, artisans and discerning shoppers seeking one-of-a-kind stylish apparel and accessories. Wind your way through narrow, alabaster passages intertwining the outskirts of Mykonos before stopping for refreshing Greek beers at a late-night waterfront café. Step among broken statues in the former ancient port of Ephesus and dine by moonlight by the towering columns of the Celsus Library. Delve into the legendary labyrinth of the mythological Minotaur below the Minoan Palace of Knossos. Follow the aroma of fresh breads and local wines throughout the flagstone arterials of the tiny medieval village of Monemvasia. This remarkable extended odyssey ends in Athens, where you can revisit the Parthenon at the top of the Acropolis or seek out savory gyros, dolmades and keftethes among the dozens of eateries and cafés throughout the thriving capital.

Complimentary Destination Discovery Event • Kusadasi: Evening in Ephesus

Venice to Barcelona - 15 Days

Discover the culture, history and cuisine on both sides of the Italian peninsula during this 15-day cruise of the Adriatic, Ionian, Ligurian and Tyrrhenian seas. This back-to-back cruise is ideal for optimizing shore excursion time in Italy, Croatia, Montenegro, Monaco, France, and Spain. Stroll through Roman ruins in Rovinj, Croatia, sample olives and smoked hams at a centuries-old family farm in Montenegro, or savor an unforgettably romantic evening dinner at Château Eza in Èze 1,400 feet above the beaches of the French Riviera.

Lisbon to Athens - 18 Days

Start your journey in Lisbon, Portugal—from the hilltop heights of the turn-of-the-century funicular to the depths of its soul-stirring fado music. Shop and snack along the colorful quay in Portimao or visit the ancient Moorish capital of Silves before heading to Cádiz where an overnight allows for a visit to national parks and sweet sherry tasting. Arrive in Casablanca’s whitewashed alleyways and make a memorable trip to Marrakech before strolling the beautiful beaches of Tangier, gateway to Africa. On an overnight in Málaga, visit Museo Picasso or venture into the Andalusian countryside to sip some of the world’s best wine in the village of Mijas. The walled town of Cartagena offers windsurfing, snorkeling and sailing for an active day ashore. Next, visit the Catalan metropolis of Barcelona—home to Gaudí’s La Sagrada Familia Cathedral. In Cagliari, Italy, discover the medieval walled Il Castello and Poetto Beach. On to Sardinia, explore the rich underwater world or relax on a white-sand beach. Sip the famous wines of Marsala in Trapani, and take in spectacular views from the medieval hill town of Erice, which only rivals Taormina’s views of the iconic Greek Theater set against sparkling waters of the Ionian Sea. In Greece, stroll Argostoli’s promenade in search of caretta-caretta turtles and savor Kephalonian meat pie. Corfu stuns visitors with its beautiful beaches and small villages while Delphi harkens back to 1400 B.C. when its oracle ruled the world. Transit the small ship only Corinth Canal for the grand finale in Athens—home to the Acropolis, the Plaka, and the Parthenon.

Combine a memorable exploration of scenic Atlantic and western Mediterranean coastlines prior to crossing the Atlantic Ocean to Miami during this 27-day cruise featuring stops in Spain, Morocco, Portugal and the Canary Islands. Delve into Pablo Picasso’s paintings, sketches and ceramic works during a Málaga walking tour. Shop for Moroccan ingredients in an open market prior to a delicious Tangier cooking class. Wander the maze-like passages in the old city of Rabat in the Moroccan capital. Trace the Lanzarote wine route and discover the flavorsome facts of fast-draining volcanic soils as you taste wines made from local Malvasia and Lístan black grapes. Ride a cable car to the 11,660-foot summit of Mount Teide, the highest point in all of Spain’s territories. Sip Poncha, a sweet regional blend of Madeiran rum and honey, during an overnight port stay in Funchal, Portugal. Make your way across a transparent skywalk nearly 2,000 feet above the Atlantic at Cabo Girao, Europe’s highest coastal cliff.

With just five at-sea days to catch your breath, you’ll want to pace yourself on this 44-day voyage through Greece, Spain, Italy, and Croatia. Alternate days of wonder surrounded by Moorish masterpieces like the Alhambra with restful days on stunning Mallorcan beaches; a busy day exploring Athens’ Acropolis ruins with the postcard perfection of Mykonos, where whitewash and windmills soothe the eye and the soul. Dine under the stars in front of the Celsus Library in ancient Ephesus, an exclusive and complimentary Destination Discovery Event just for Windstar guests. Walk Dubrovnik’s medieval city walls, where Game of Thrones was filmed, with centuries of history within, and the intoxicating blue Adriatic without. There are unsung beaches to discover, winding Old Town alleyways to explore, cozy tavernas serving mezes and ouzo, and small ports so authentic and unobtrusive that few cruisers ever find them. Don’t forget to be on deck as Wind Surf approaches Venice, Santorini, Dubrovnik, Valletta, Mahón and Corfu, in particular. They’re some of the most beautiful sea approaches in the Mediterranean.

Exclusively for Windstar Guests • Kusadasi: Evening in Ephesus

Start your pilgrimage in the ancient city of Athens with nearly 3,000 years of history that include the still-standing Acropolis and the Parthenon. Travel to Cyprus to see the Limassol Castle, Archaeological Museum, and award-winning Folk Art Museum. In Israel, overnight in Haifa and see Elijah’s Cave, or take an overland journey to Petra and the Dead Sea. Next, explore one of the most ancient cities in the world: Ashdod. Visit the Korin Maman Museum, climb 500 feet to Giv’at Yonah, or travel overland to experience Jerusalem. In Egypt’s Port Said, take a caliche (2-person horse carriage) through town to see the beautiful colonial architecture, or opt for a full day journey to the Pyramids of Giza. In Alexandria, founded by Alexander the Great, visit Pompey’s Pillar and the catacombs of Kom el-Shoqafa. On Crete, take in Morosini Fountain and visit Knossos Palace, the Minoan-era castle in Heraklion. Transit the narrow Corinth Canal on the way to Delphi to explore the Temple of Apollo and the Archaeological Museum. Corfu stuns visitors with its beautiful beaches and historic Old Town. In Argostoli, savor Kephalonian meat pies and stroll the promenade in search of caretta-caretta turtles. From Messina, visit Sicily’s hillside town of Taormina to take in views of the iconic Greek Theater. Discover the medieval walled Il Castello and Poetto Beach in Cagliari before setting sail for Spain.

Venice to Lisbon - 23 Days

Oohs and ahhs over the sublime scenery alternate with oohs and ahhs over magnificent manmade creations on this voyage along the Dalmatian Coast, Ligurian Riviera, Côte d’Azur, and Costa del Sol. This is a stretch where Blue Flag beaches have to jostle for elbow space and castles, palaces and cathedrals take every form known to man – and then some. This is where the imaginations of Cezanne, Monet, Matisse, Picasso, Dali, and Gaudí were ignited. Here is where great romances blossomed: Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor in Portofino, Princess Grace and Prince Rainier in Monte Carlo, Romeo and Juliet near Venice. Sail through waters where the legendary sirens are said to live, watch fearless castellers climb human pyramids, play a game of picign with gregarious Croatians. Our small ships take you to smaller and less-visited ports like Sanary-sur-Mer and Portoferraio, and get you closer to town than the big ships can get in places like Dubrovnik, Venice, Barcelona, and Málaga. What you do with the extra time is entirely up to you.

Lisbon to Rome - 17 Days

Sip red wines and savor tapas, pastas, rich cheeses and aged hams throughout Portugal, Morocco, Spain, France and Italy. You’ll spend 15 memorable days exploring tiny rustic villages, historic fortified ports and contemporary architecture in Tangier, Ibiza, Barcelona, Palma, Mahon, Portoferraio, Rome and more. Kayak along the stunning coastline of Mallorca and bike from Portoferraio to Enfola, Elba in Italy.

Indulge in the diverse Old World flavors of the Italian coastline and Sicily prior to partaking in the modern-day pageantry of Monaco’s Formula 1 racing during this delightfully decadent 17-day exploration of Italy and France. Take flight on a helicopter tour above smoldering Mount Etna. Sample uniquely textured dark chocolate bars handcrafted in Modica, a sweet treat blended with nuts, peppers, and vanilla that goes perfectly with smoky espresso. Study skilled Lipari chefs crafting Sicilian pizzas, then roll your own fresh dough for a memorable lunch paired with local red wines and sweet Aeolian cookies. Bicycle past Portoferraio’s weathered walls and rustic stone streets to Enfola’s rural roadways before stopping for delicious refreshments and a kayak tour of the Elba’s northern coastline. Wander between stacked tires and state-of-the-art race computing technology as you tour Monaco’s F1 Grand Prix pits on qualifying day, then party through the night prior to watching the complete race the following afternoon!

Trace the most prosperous ancient world sea routes between Rome and Athens during this 17-day exploration of Italy, Croatia, Montenegro and Greece. Stroll beneath shady olive trees and between rustling vineyard rows prior to sampling tart and potent limoncello inside a rustic farmhouse above Sorrento. Glide across shimmering electric-blue reflections inside the famed Blue Grotto sea cave near Giardini Naxos. Serve up an authentic 3-course Montenegro meal under the guidance of a Kotor chef, then explore venerable Old Town towers and walls in twilight shadows during an overnight stay. Sip handcrafted Croatian wines in a vineyard outside Dubrovnik or soar skyward on a cable car ride to coastal views high above Old Town’s crenelated medieval walls. Ride above waves on a swift hydrofoil bound from Corfu, Greece to Sarande, Albania and delve into Greco-Roman artifacts and Butrint ruins. Watch well-worn Monemvasia watermills grind grain prior to kneading your fresh flour and baking it into hearty, Greek-style bread.

Rome to Barcelona - 9 Days

Delve into architectural and epicurean wonders on both sides of the Italian peninsula during this 10-day adventure that combines an Adriatic and Dalmatian Coast cruise with a Vatican tour, Colosseum visit, and foodie market tour in Rome. Listen to the Venetian clock tower bells of Torre dell’Orologio strike the hour as hundreds of pigeons scatter about St. Mark’s Square. Sip crisp and dry Verdicchio paired with octopus salad or garlic-flavored black risotto in delicious Dubrovnik. Drift past the blue domes of Our Lady of the Rocks, a sanctuary for Kotor’s local fishermen for nearly 2,000 years. Sample succulent baked cardoon stalks harvested from Sicilian thistles and dusted with melted aged Parmesan cheese near the precipitous slopes of Mount Etna in Giardini Naxos. Experience an exclusive tour deep into the storied shadows of the Colosseum, and the Sistine Chapel, and dine in a Rome restaurant featuring authentic Italian dishes.

Barcelona to Rome - 9 Days

Listen closely and you’ll hear echoes of Europe’s past, from debates and discourse surrounding the broken columns and marble blocks in the Roman Forum, to the reverberating roar of smoking engines in 1920s roadsters winding up city streets to Monte Carlo’s Casino Square. Indulge your senses and engage your sense of wonder during this 9-day journey that combines a multi-day inland exploration to Rome with a scenic cruise along the steep and majestic Italian and French Rivieras. Tour the Sistine Chapel and discover the Colosseum, Rome’s most recognizable landmark. Savor fresh handmade pasta dishes and rich Chianti wines amidst the warm ambiance and sincere hospitality of a neighborhood Italian restaurant. Your cruise features unforgettable opportunities to experience the scenic Portoferraio Biosphere Reserve and explore the historic vineyards of Elba. Watch beachcombers from white-linen sidewalk cafés or sunbathe on romantic sandy beaches in Cannes. Inhale seafood aromas and herbal fragrances in a Barcelonan open market

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