Day 1: NAPLES
After comfortably settling into your cabins, we’ll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail. Tonight we’ll enjoy dinner and an evening of activities on board and remain in port overnight.
Day 2: NAPLES
The morning will be dedicated to a visit of Pompeii. A reminder of the violent forces that lie deep inside Mount Vesuvius, Pompeii is Europe’s most compelling archaeological site and one of Italy’s most visited tourist attractions.
Visit to Herculaneum. Herculaneum's fate runs parallel to Pompeii. Destroyed by an earthquake in 62 AD, the subsequent eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD saw it submerged in a sea of mud that essentially fossilized the city. Discover the wealth of archaeological finds, from ancient advertisements and stylish mosaics, to carbonized furniture and inhabitants.
The afternoon will be dedicated to a visit of Naples. Italy's third-largest city is one of its oldest, most eccentric, and most delicious. We’ll discover the must-see sites such as Old Naples, the Royal Palace of Naples (outside), and the Cappella Sansevero (indoor), containing the masterpiece Veiled Christ, renowned world over for the remarkable tissue-like quality of the marble. We’ll return on board our ship and begin to cruise towards Milazzo. Tonight’s evening will have a Neapolitan theme. Our ship will cruise through the night.
Day 3: The Aeolian Islands - MILAZZO
The morning will be spent cruising through Aeolian Islands (1). Rising out of the cobalt-blue seas off Sicily's northeastern coast, the UNESCO-protected Aeolian Islands are a little piece of paradise. The chain of islands is named after the demigod of the winds, Aeolus. We’ll arrive in Milazzo in the early afternoon. Join us for an excursion to Tindari. Discover the Sanctuary of the Black Madonna built on a promontory overhanging the entire Gulf of Patti and its immense Tonnarai d’Oliveri lagune. This will be followed by a visit to the archaeological site with the Greek theatre, thermal baths and mosaics. Return trip. Tonight’s dinner will be followed by an evening of dancing on board. We’ll remain in port overnight.
Day 4: MESSINE (Sicily)
Day trip (lunch included) to Mount Etna and Taormina (2). Spend an unforgettable day combining a visit to these two exceptional sites. The largest active volcano in Europe. To the ancient Greeks, Mount Etna was the realm of Vulcan, god of fire, and the home of the one-eyed monster known as the Cyclops. The bleak lava wilderness around the summit of Etna is one of the most memorable landscapes you’ll ever see. We’ll then continue on to Taormina, idyllically perched on a rock high above the sea, Taormina incarnates the legendary beauty of Sicily. Its Greek-Roman theatre is not to be missed. Tonight’s evening will have a Sicilian theme.
Day 5: VIBO MARINA - Calabria
Excursion to Calabria. Calabria is at the toe of the boot, the extreme south of Italy - lapped by the splendid crystal-clear Ionian and Tyrrhenian Seas. Its warm climate, beautiful colors, rocky coasts, local food and the vestiges of its ancient origins make Calabria a unique place to be enjoyed in both winter and summer. We’ll begin our visit with Tropea, a seaside resort with impressive scenery. It has that lovely, timeless, faded feel characteristic of sleepy southern Italian seaside towns. We’ll enjoy a tasting of some local delicacies. We’ll then continue on to Capo Vaticano, known for its dramatic cliffs, breathtaking views, and crystal-clear waters. After dinner, entertainment will be provided by the crew. We’ll cruise towards Salerno throughout the night.
Day 6: SALERNO - The Amalfi Coast
We’ll spend the morning cruising along the Amalfi Coast (1). Designated by UNESCO as an outstanding example of a Mediterranean landscape, the Amalfi Coast combines great beauty and gripping drama: coastal mountains plunge into the sea among the deep crags, picturesque towns and lush forests. Excursion to visit the villages along the Amalfi Coast. We’ll discover Sorrento, and its extraordinary gardens and landscapes. Tonight will be our gala dinner and evening. Our boat will begin to cruise during the night.
Day 7: NAPLES - Capri - Anacapri - NAPLES
Full-day excursion to Capri and Anacapri (lunch included) (1). We’ll take an airboat to splendid Capri. On arrival, we’ll head to the village of Anacapri and visit the villa San Michele, built at the turn of the last century by Swedish physician and author Axel Munthe. Anacapri is located in the highest part of the island, and from the villas gardens you’ll have a fantastic view of the city of Capri, the Gulf of Naples and Mount Vesuvius. Anacapri is saturated with the colors, scents and light of the Mediterranean. In the afternoon, enjoy some free time on your own or visit the Gardens of Augustus, offering splendid views of the sea and fantastic photographic vistas. We’ll return to Naples by airboat. Tonight’s evening will have an evening folk show. We’ll remain in port overnight.
Day 8: NAPLES - Rome
Buffet breakfast on board. Departure by coach to Rome, a true open-air museum. Lunch in a restaurant. In the afternoon, you will discover with your local guide, the Ancient Rome: the Arch of Constantine, the Coliseum (outsides), biggest amphitheater in Rome, the Capitoline Hill and its stunning view over the Forums, which were the center of politic and commercial life in the Ancient Rome as well as the Piazza Venezia. Settling in the hotel. Dinner. Free evening.
Day 9: Rome
Buffet breakfast at the hotel. Departure for a guided tour of the Vatican. Discover its museums and treasures, like the Sistine Chapel and its magnificent fresco, Michelangelo masterpiece, St. Peter’s Square and its basilica, true symbol of Christendom. Lunch at the restaurant. Afternoon spent to a guided tour of the Baroque Rome: the Piazza Navona and its monumental architectural decoration, the Piazza Di Spagnia and its imposing 135-step staircase which lead to the church of the Santissima Trinità dei Monti, the Trevi Fountain where you can throw a coin while wishing coming back to Rome. Dinner. Free evening.
Day 10: Rome
Buffet breakfast at the hotel. End of our services.