7 Night Cruise sailing from Rome to Barcelona onboard Wind Surf.
Roll the dice, tap slot buttons or draw a hand in baccarat in Monte Carlo’s Casino Square. Stand unhurried or distracted before the white marble perfection of Michelangelo’s David in Florence. Linger among Salvador Dali’s most memorable and flamboyant works during an extended stay in the picturesque coastal Spanish town of Palamos. This weeklong autumn cruise explores Europe’s most popular Mediterranean destinations in November, long after most tourists return to work and school, leaving you and the locals with extra time and space to enjoy uncrowded galleries, museums, restaurants, and waterfront promenades. Wander the Papal Palace grounds and stand in silence beneath the Sistine Chapel’s sweeping ceiling paintings. Shop at leisure among market stalls along the Cours Saleya in Old Town Nice. Sample small-run wines from local family vineyards and shop for one-of-a-kind handcrafted souvenirs among the winding cobbled streets and high walls of St. Paul De Vence. Sit among fountains with your coffee in the unhurried Parisian ambiance of Toulon’s Place de la Liberte. If you love Europe and the Riviera without the summertime crowds, this cruise is the ideal way to bask in the time-honored continental charms of Europe’s sunniest coastlines.
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In this enchanting city the past and present intersect in perfect harmony. Casually intermingled among ancient ruins and majestic cathedrals are the trappings of a modern metropolis: Skyscrapers,cafes, boutiques selling designer footwear. But of course what you seek first in the heart of Rome is its breathtaking history. A good place to begin is the Vatican, with its Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. Works by Bernini, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, and Raphael are just a few of those on display, any one of which is worth hours of contemplation. Then the ancient ruins—Colosseum, Forum, Circus Maximus. And of course the Trevi Fountain for the obligatory coins promising your return to the Eternal City.
Monte Carlo, Monaco
Glide into port in one of Europe’s most exclusive harbors. Mingle with other privileged yachtsmen or step ashore and start walking. The glittering Grand Casino, legendary for its exotic setting on screen and off, is a must see, as is the royal family’s palace and the tomb of Philadelphia-born Princess Grace in the Cathedral.
With its flower-lined streets, flourishing markets, and interesting museums (the Musée Chagall and Musée Matisse are highlights), Nice is a charming introduction to the spirit of the Riviera. Pull up a chaise bleu on the wide sunny Promenade des Anglais and watch the world sail by. Or stop for bouillabaisse, a specialty of the area, in a local restaurant.
Palamos is famous for the locally caught prawns found in the beautiful bay it sits beside, also known for the excellent swimming, surfing, snorkeling and windsurfing there. Here is the place to try fresh local Catalan cuisine. Two great highlights near Palamos are the Dali Museum, located in his home town of Figueres, and the UNESCO city of Girona, with its medieval architecture, walled Old Quarter and the Roman remains of Forca Vella Fortress.
The old meets the new in this sunny Catalan metropolis, where narrow alleyways contrast with grand boulevards, trendy cuisine meets homemade tapas, and everywhere you’re greeted by the warm, welcoming smiles of the fashionable locals. Don’t miss UNESCO sites like the mind-boggling architecture of Antoni Gaudí or La Sagrada Familia Cathedral, with its eight decorative spires soaring hundreds of feet into the sky.
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