Western Mediterranean Cruise from Barcelona to Rome
Western Mediterranean Cruise from Barcelona to Rome (16 days)
Visit romantic cities and fascinating ports on this 16-day Western Mediterranean Cruise Tour from Barcelona to Rome.
After flying from your Maritime airport you will arrive in beautiful Barcelona, Spain. You will have free time upon arrival to rest or explore from your centrally located hotel. You will also enjoy activities such as a flamenco show, a guided tour of the city, and visits to jaw-dropping historic and artistic buildings. We then board the Royal Caribbean's Jewel of the Seas for a 10-day cruise featuring 8 incredible ports including Valencia, & Palma de Mallorca, Spain; Sete, Marseille, & Villefranche, France; Ajaccio, Corsica; and Florence/Pisa, & Naples, Italy. These ports all provide relaxing scenic options or exciting historical sites to explore.
The tour is capped off with a 2-night stay in Rome where you will have a chance to explore this incredible city before returning home.
• Flights from select Maritime cities (PEI, NS, or NB) to Barcelona and return from Rome
• Airport and cruise terminal transfers at destination
• 2 nights of accommodation pre-cruise in Barcelona including breakfast
• Morning tour of Barcelona with a local guide
• 2 group dinners in Barcelona including a Flamenco show
• 10-day Western Mediterranean Cruise aboard the Royal Caribbean Jewel of the Seas
• Prepaid services charges for staff of Jewel of the Seas
• All meals and entertainment onboard the cruise (excluding specialty restaurants)
• 2 nights accommodation post-cruise in Rome including breakfast
• Tour of Classical Rome with a local guide
• Tour of St. Peter’s Basilica with a local guide
• 1 group dinner in Rome
• Baggage handling
• All taxes and fees
• Services of a professional Tour Director
Tuesday, October 20th - Day 1: Depart Maritimes to Barcelona
Depart from select Maritime airports (Charlottetown, Fredericton, Moncton or Halifax) on your overnight flight to Barcelona. Try and get some sleep before your morning arrival in Barcelona. A light meal and breakfast will be served on board the flight.
Wednesday, October 21st - Day 2: Arrive in Barcelona (Lunch, Dinner)
Arrive at Barcelona-El Prat Airport and gather our luggage. Meet our local guide for a transfer to our hotel. We will have a light lunch on arrival at the hotel. This afternoon you are free to explore or relax at the hotel. Visit the Park Güell and get a jump on your Gaudi history or join a hop-on/hop-off tour to get a feel for the city. La Rambla, a popular pedestrian street, is an excellent place to wander, shop, and experience Spain. Try your best to stay up and busy to get adjusted to the time zone. This evening, join the group for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.
Thursday, October 22nd - Day 3: Tour Barcelona (Breakfast, Dinner)
Enjoy a complimentary breakfast and meet with your Tour Director. This morning is free to explore. This afternoon we will meet our private guide for a classic Barcelona tour. During the tour we will visit Plaça Catalunya, Via Laietana, the Cathedral and its cloister (outside), the Gothic Quarter, Plaça Sant Jaume (The administrative heart of the city with the Town Hall), Passeig de Gracia, to see Gaudi´s famous buildings Casa Batllo and Casa Mila. We will also visit the Sagrada Família (inside), the jewel in the crown of Gaudí’s works. This temple is a synthesis of his overall conception of architecture. Following the tour we will visit the Spanish Village, an openair museum of replica Spanish buildings, squares and streets. Here you will have free time to view its craft workshops, gardens, cafes and other points of interest. We will then enjoy dinner at a classic flamenco restaurant (Tablao de Carmen) in Barcelona. Situated in Barcelona’s Spanish Village, this famous ‘tablao’ (flamenco venue) showcases pure Andalucian flamenco by top artists. Experience a dazzling 1-hour show preceded by a special 3-course dinner and their famous sangria. Return to the hotel following dinner.
Friday, October 23rd - Day 4: Board Jewel of the Seas (Breakfast, On Board Meal)
Enjoy a complimentary breakfast and meet your Tour Director. This morning we transfer to Barcelona – Marine Station Cruise Terminal to board the Royal Caribbean Jewel of the Seas. The ship sails at 5:00 pm so be sure to check out the views from the top deck during sail away and then enjoy a group dinner in one of the main dining rooms.
Saturday, October 24th - Day 5: Valencia, Spain (7 am to 7 pm) (On Board Meal)
Spain's third largest city, Valencia offers a little bit of everything, from historic sites and bustling city squares to placid beaches. Soak up the sun at Malvarrosa Beach along the urban seafront, or head to El Saler for a more remote beach experience surrounded by white-sand dunes and pine trees. Get your culture fix at Gothic Valencia Cathedral, and see the 15th century renaissance paintings housed in its interior. Head to Plaza de la Reina in the city's old town and do some people-watching over a fresh glass of horchata, a classic Valencia beverage made from almond milk with cinnamon and spices, or take a picnic lunch of fresh pears and local cheese to the quiet Turia Gardens.
Sunday, October 25th - Day 6: Palma, Majorca, Spain (7 am to 5 pm) (On Board Meal)
The Spanish island of Mallorca offers towering mountains and dramatic cliffs rising over clear, blue water — but its hidden gem is Palma de Mallorca, the island's capital and largest city, where you'll find quaint historic streets, Gothic castles and gastronomic delights. Here you can check out a one-of-a-kind Palma Cathedral: the 14th century Gothic spires of exterior contrast the modernist interior designed by in the early 1900s by Gaudi. See the circular courtyard and Arab-inspired arches of Castell de Bellver, and take in the fresh scent of the miles of pine forest that surround it. Or rent bikes and pedal east to Palma Beach, where you can soak in the sun on the white sands and clear waves.
Monday, October 26th - Day 7: Sete, France (10 am to 7 pm) (On Board Meal)
Think France's Mediterranean coast is all about fancy yachts and glamorous movie stars? The port town of Sete will make you think again. Understated and unpretentious, Sete sits along the coast of France's laidback Occitanie region. No matter how long your stop in Sete lasts, a stroll through this humble harbor will feel like hitting the most satisfying reset button with your Sete cruise. Once you've taken in Sete's charming port and canal-filled Old Town, hike to the view point at Mont St.-Clair, or sit down at the shore for a lunch of oysters harvested from nearby Thau Lagoon.
Tuesday, October 27th - Day 8: Provence (Marseilles), France (7 am to 7 pm) (On Board Meal)
France's oldest city, Marseille blends ancient charm with Provencal beauty. In the morning, head to the fish market Quai des Belges, where trade has been going on for more than 2,600 years — stroll along the promenades and 18th century warehouses, and grab a cafe au lait and a melon tarte from one of the cafes on the ground floor. Check out the Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde: built in the 19th century in a neo-Byzantine style, its golden statue of the Virgin and Child dominates the Marseille skyline. Then, take in the modern architecture and Mediterranean cultural artifacts at the MuCEM art museum, or see the craggy limestone cliffs of Calanques National Park, a half-hour drive outside the city.
Wednesday, October 28th - Day 9: Nice (Villefranche), France (7 am to 7 pm) (On Board Meal)
Although originally called "Nakaia," France's Nice is as delightful as its name suggests to English speakers. Take a bus or taxi into Nice's Old City to explore its historyspanning architecture and pristine French Riviera beaches with your Nice cruise. Or stick closer to Villefranche-surMer, where your ship will dock, and take a day-trip to the mountaintop town of Eze. No matter how you spend your time in the de facto hub of France's Cote d'Azur, you'll enjoy the added benefit of being close to Italy, which means delectable pizza, fragrant espresso and the sounds of a second Romance language.
Thursday, October 29th - Day 10: Ajaccio, Corsica (7 am to 7 pm) (On Board Meal)
Located just south of France on the island of Corsica, Ajaccio is rich in history and astonishing views, all set in the sun-drenched Mediterranean climate. Napoleon is Corsica's most recognizable historical personality — when you're strolling through town, make sure to visit the Maison Bonaparte, Napoleon's family home and a historical museum. Stop in the beautiful Baroque-style Notre Dame Cathedral, where Napoleon was baptized. Here, you'll also find important artwork by Tintoretto and Delacroix. Hop on Le Petit Train, or "the little train," for a tour of town. For a taste of nature, head out to the Calanques de Piana, a range of dramatic red-rock cliffs.
Friday, October 30th - Day 11: Florence/Pisa (Livorno), Italy (7 am to 7 pm) (On Board Meal)
One of Italy's oldest port cities, Livorno is a small but historically rich city. Check out the red- hued Fortezza Nuova, a 16th century fortress, and the surrounding area known as Nuova Venezia ("New Venice"), and take a minisailboat ride through its charming canals. Use the city as your jumping-off point to the beauty of Tuscany: take the 30-minute drive to Pisa and snap a quintessential picture with the city's famous leaning tower. Or head to Florence — about an hour from Livorno by car or train — where you can see the unmistakable Duomo ("dome") and the Byzantine-style frescoes of Saint John's Baptistery.
Saturday, October 31st - Day 12: Full Day at Sea (On Board Meal)
Recently revitalized and loaded with onboard attractions, Jewel of the Seas® offers countless ways to spend your days between ports, or after a thrilling day onshore. Catch a dive-in movie on the poolside screen. Scale the Rock Climbing Wall. Go all-in at Casino Royale℠. Savor dryaged steaks at Chops Grille℠ and embark on a varietal adventure at Vintages.
Sunday, November 1st - Day 13: Naples (Capri), Italy (7 am to 6 pm) (On Board Meal)
With a skyline defined by towering Mount Vesuvis, Naples is a bustling Italian city brimming with beauty. Experience its rich neoclassical architecture at sites like Gesu Nuovo Church, with its lavish interior adorned with detailed frescoes, statues and gold inlay. Go even deeper into history at the San Gennaro catacombs, where Naples' first bishops were buried in the second century AD. Walk along the Miglio Sacro ("Holy Mile") and people-watch your way through the cafés and shops of the Sanita district with a zuccherato (sweetened espresso) in hand. Jump onboard a Naples cruise and take the short bus ride to the base of Mount Vesuvius — it's an easy 20- to 30- minute hike will take you to the summit — and tour the ruins of Pompeii afterward.
Monday, November 2nd - Day 14: Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy (Breakfast, Dinner)
Welcome to Rome, the Eternal City! We will arrive at approximately 6:00 am and board our private motorcoach transfer once we gather our luggage. We will meet a Local Guide for a tour of Classical Rome. Our first stop will be the famed Colosseum and the Forum. Enter into the Colosseum and be amazed by this monument that is the symbol of Rome in the world. The Amphitheater created to entertain ancient Roman citizens with bloody shows of gladiators, animals and cruel games, is now one of the most fascinating landmarks of the city. After the Colosseum we will walk to the Trevi Fountain. Walking around the most elegant shopping streets in Rome, we reach Piazza della Rotonda, where you will find the best-preserved monument of antiquity, the Pantheon, dating back to the 2nd Century AD. We will pass the ancient column of Marcus Aurelius whose reliefs tell the episodes of the famous battle set in the movie "Gladiator". We then reach Piazza Navona, the most Baroque of the Roman squares, a masterpiece by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, with the fountain of the Four Rivers. The tour will end at approximately 1:00 pm. We will check in to the hotel and have free time to explore. Tonight, join the group for an included welcome dinner at Terme Del Colosseo.
Tuesday, November 3rd - Day 15: Rome, Italy (Breakfast)
Enjoy a complimentary breakfast at the hotel. This morning we will be joined by a Local Guide for a tour of St. Peter’s Basilica. Among the world-famous artworks are Michelangelo’s Pietà and Last Judgment. Following the tour, the remainder of the day is at your leisure to explore Rome.
Wednesday, November 4th - Day 16: Return Home (Breakfast)
Enjoy a complimentary breakfast at the hotel. This morning meet our private transfer to take us to the Leonardo da Vinci International Airport. Depart on our transatlantic flight for Toronto or Montreal. Once we clear customs in Toronto or Montreal we will find our departure gates for our return flights to select Maritime cities. Say goodbye to your Tour Director and your newfound friends from your Western Mediterranean Cruise Tour.
|Day 1||Overnight flight to Barcelona||Select Canadian cities to Barcelona, Spain|
|Day 2 & 3||Ayre Hotel Caspe or similar||Barcelona, Spain|
|Day 4 - 13||Jewel of the Seas||Overnight at sea|
|Day 14 & 15||Hotel Universo or similar||Florence, Italy|
Full Package (with flights):
|Inside Cabin||Oceanview Cabin||Balcony Cabin|
|$5949 per person||$6249 per person||$7289 per person|
Prices are per person based on double occupancy. Please contact us for other pricing options.
Prices are in Canadian Dollars and include air to select Maritime cities. Should you wish to depart from or return to an area outside of the Maritimes please contact us for a quote. Flights are subject to change at the discretion of the airline and may require adjustments to the itinerary. Any additional overnights due to an unexpected airline schedule changes will be at an additional cost.
Final prices subject to change based on the confirmed cost of flights.
Land Only Price:
|Inside Cabin||Oceanview Cabin||Balcony Cabin|
|$4549 per person||$4849 per person||$5889 per person|
Prices are per person based on double occupancy.
Prices are in Canadian Dollars and do not include airfare or transfer to and from the airport at the destination. This is a great option if you would like to purchase your flight using loyalty points (Air Miles, Aeroplan, etc.).
Prices include all taxes and fees, prices do not include optional travel and medical protection.
Deposit of $1000 per person due at time of booking. Second deposit of $1500 per person due May 29, 2020. Final Payment due June 29, 2020.
Prices to increase May 29, 2020. Secure your booking by deposit before this date to avoid increase.