Mediterranean Cruise Holiday - Spain, Northern Italy & the French Riviera 2nd May - Cruise Itinerary - Stein Travel

Thomson Dream  - Highlights Of The Mediterranean

 

Itinerary overview  
Day 1: Palma     23:00
Day 2: Ship At Sea   -  
Day 3: Calvi 07:00 - 17:00
Day 4: Rome 07:00 - 19:00
Day 5: Livorno 07:00 - 19:00
Day 6: St Raphael 07:00 - 17:00
Day 7: Barcelona 10:00 - 18:00
Day 8: Palma 06:00 -
Highlights Of The Mediterranean

 

 
Highlights Of The Mediterranean
 
 

 

 

 

 

Itinerary Map

mediterranean cruise 2nd may 2015 itinerary map

 

 

 

Day 1

Palma

Palma. Think leafy boulevards that echo with the stilettos of stylish shoppers. Tiny tapas bars tucked down narrow sidestreets. Architectural gold hidden in the historic quarter. With its trademark cathedral dominating the skyline, cosmopolitan Palma never fails to impress. 

• Spend some time exploring the city, clicking snaps of the 14th-century Bellver Castle, browsing the boutiques and tasting tapas in the authentic bars that barnacle the backstreets. 
• Board the Tren de Soller and trace your way through Majorca’s interior. This vintage electric train has been running since the Twenties, and it’ll take you past olive groves and dinky villages

 

Day 2

Ship at Sea

 

Day 3

Calvi

There’s no better way to arrive in Calvi than by cruise ship. As you pull into the iconic harbour, you’ll be greeted by its towering citadel. Beneath the soaring peaks of the Monte Cinto, this 15th-century outpost keeps watch over the whole town. Look beyond it, and you’ll discover a stylish holiday playground that’s a magnet for the yacht-owning super-rich. Cue designer boutiques, trendy seafood restaurants, and a four-mile stretch of glistening white sand. 


• Calvi’s citadel is just as impressive on the inside as it is on the outside. Step through its walls to discover narrow cobbled passages, 13th-century houses and the famous Saint Jean-Baptiste Cathedral. 
• Nose around the former home of Calvi’s number one celebrity, Christopher Columbus. The building was almost completely destroyed by Nelson’s troops back in 1794, but the ruins are well worth checking out. Among them you’ll find a statue of the great explorer. 
• Make the tough climb – or take the easy option and drive – to the hilltop Notre Dame de la Serra. Then sit back and relax in the chapel, while you listen to the violinist and admire the views.

 

Day 4

Rome

Few cities on earth have the power to bowl you over quite like Rome. Discover a city packed with historical wonder, artistic splendour and culinary temptation at every turn. Not to mention enough designer shops to keep you browsing for a year. 


• Relive the days of the gladiators at the eye-popping Colosseum. Big enough to hold 50,000 bloodthirsty spectators, it’s stood the test of time and remains Rome’s most famous landmark. 
• All pillars and triumphal arches, the Roman Forum is another ancient showstopper. Wander among its ruins – it’s like leafing through the pages of a living history book. 
• Head for the Vatican City, the heart of the Catholic Church. Feast your eyes on treasures like St Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel, where Michelangelo’s ceiling masterpiece awaits you. 
• Stroll down Rome’s most exclusive shopping street, the über-chic Via Condotti. Here you can hit the shops, taking in big name boutiques like Fendi, Valentino and Gucci. Stop for a caffeine fix at Caffe Greco, a Victoriana-fest of a coffee house. 
• Follow the Da Vinci trail across the city, calling in at the Baroque beauty that is Piazza Navona and the citadel-fortress of Castel Sant’Angelo. 
• Drop it down a gear with a bike ride around Rome’s most famous park, the Villa Borghese. Dotted with follies and fountains, its paths and avenues weave between great oaks and umbrella pines. 
• Sit yourself down on the Spanish Steps and take five. It’s the ideal spot to write a postcard home or simply people-watch in the sunshine. 
• And, of course, toss a wish-coated coin in the Trevi Fountain to ensure your return to the Eternal City.

 

Day 5

Livorno

Get ready to be impressed – this is your gateway to the dazzling riches of Florence and Pisa. 

• A living monument to the Renaissance, Florence might be famous for its art galleries, but the entire city is like one gigantic piece of artwork. Beautiful buildings, picturesque piazzas and stunning sculptures are everywhere you look. Marvel at Michelangelo’s David in the Accademia. Clap eyes on Botticelli’s Birth of Venus in the Uffizi Gallery. Then head for the Ponte Vecchio bridge to browse the glittering jewellery shops that find a home here. 
• Pisa’s another Tuscan treasure. Make a beeline for the Campo dei Miracoli, an exquisite square which harbours the city’s cathedral and, of course, the famous Leaning Tower. Quite how it manages to stay standing will baffle you for days afterwards. If you fancy a spot of shopping, head for the Borgo Stretto. It’s a paradise for jewellery, leather, clothes, homeware and pottery. 
• Explore the scenic Tuscan countryside, passing Medieval hill towns that look as if they’ve been caught in a time warp. It’s the perfect place to enjoy a little wine tasting in the sun. 
• Take a trip to the villa of composer Giacomo Puccini, set on the banks of picture-postcard Lake Massaciuccoli 
• Cruise along the royal canals of Livorno. Have your cameras ready as you sail through colourful 'New Venice', a labyrinth of canals, waterways and bridges.

Day 6

Get ready to be impressed – this is your gateway to the dazzling riches of Florence and Pisa. 

• A living monument to the Renaissance, Florence might be famous for its art galleries, but the entire city is like one gigantic piece of artwork. Beautiful buildings, picturesque piazzas and stunning sculptures are everywhere you look. Marvel at Michelangelo’s David in the Accademia. Clap eyes on Botticelli’s Birth of Venus in the Uffizi Gallery. Then head for the Ponte Vecchio bridge to browse the glittering jewellery shops that find a home here. 
• Pisa’s another Tuscan treasure. Make a beeline for the Campo dei Miracoli, an exquisite square which harbours the city’s cathedral and, of course, the famous Leaning Tower. Quite how it manages to stay standing will baffle you for days afterwards. If you fancy a spot of shopping, head for the Borgo Stretto. It’s a paradise for jewellery, leather, clothes, homeware and pottery. 
• Explore the scenic Tuscan countryside, passing Medieval hill towns that look as if they’ve been caught in a time warp. It’s the perfect place to enjoy a little wine tasting in the sun. 
• Take a trip to the villa of composer Giacomo Puccini, set on the banks of picture-postcard Lake Massaciuccoli 
• Cruise along the royal canals of Livorno. Have your cameras ready as you sail through colourful 'New Venice', a labyrinth of canals, waterways and bridges.

Day 7

Barcelona

Barcelona is up there with the most famous cities in the world, and for good reason. Sandwiched between the Mediterranean Sea and the Serra de Collserola hills, this Spanish titan promises cutting-edge architecture, trend-setting fashion and art that breaks the mould. It’s a place where boutique-lined boulevards and intimate espresso bars give way to authentic tapas joints and narrow cobbled streets.

• Stroll down the iconic promenade of Las Ramblas, stopping for coffee at a pavement café or pausing to throw a couple of euros in the street entertainers’ upturned hats. 
• Wander down the winding streets of the Gothic quarter, taking your pick of traditional tapas bars. Among them is Els Quatre Gats, Picasso’s old hangout. 
• Call in at the world-famous Nou Camp, home of Barcelona Football Club since 1957.

 

Day 8

Palma

Palma. Think leafy boulevards that echo with the stilettos of stylish shoppers. Tiny tapas bars tucked down narrow sidestreets. Architectural gold hidden in the historic quarter. With its trademark cathedral dominating the skyline, cosmopolitan Palma never fails to impress. 

• Spend some time exploring the city, clicking snaps of the 14th-century Bellver Castle, browsing the boutiques and tasting tapas in the authentic bars that barnacle the backstreets. 
• Board the Tren de Soller and trace your way through Majorca’s interior. This vintage electric train has been running since the Twenties, and it’ll take you past olive groves and dinky villages.

 


Cruise around Spain, Northern Italy and the French Riveria aboard the Thomson Dream

 

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