Imagine a voyage that brings you Italy the way it was meant to be experienced: savored slowly like a multi-course feast in nonna’s trattoria where time seems to stop and every morsel carries with it the sensuous beauty of the local culture, history, art – and timeless way of life. Imagine beginning with the magnificence of Venice and sailing south to explore the green emeralds of Le Marche and Umbria before reaching Puglia, the sun-drenched heel of Italy known for its crowd-free dramatic scenery, olive oil and burrata. You’d sail around to siesta-loving Calabria, soaking up the pure Italian charm and a candid look at la dolce vita, before reaching soulful Sicily, the unforgettable Amalfi Coast, and the famed Italian Riviera.

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One Country, One Voyage
With our immersive country-intensive voyages in Italy and Spain, you are invited to explore the Mediterranean in an entirely new way. These carefully crafted journeys are perfect for seasoned travel connoisseurs who are seeking an in-depth, focused itinerary filled with enriching experiences. After visiting a certain region or destination on another cruise, you might be yearning for a more intensive exploration and the chance to connect with the local life more deeply. Spending more time in one country on these voyages enables you to do just that – strike off the beaten path and experience the local culture in entirely new, meaningful and memorable ways.

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In-Depth For a True Sense of Place
When you have 10 days in Italy and only Italy, you can see the best of Sicily and Venice, but you will also have time to wander among the medieval beauty of lesser-known Orvieto and perhaps strike up a conversation with some local artisans. Other boutique ports such as castle-dotted Crotone and beach-blessed Elba are also easily within reach, painting a more colorful and holistic portrait of Italy.

 

shutterstock_603917135During a voyage sailing along the sunny eastern coast of Spain, you’ll have time to visit the UNESCO-protected Alcázar in Seville and dine on seaside paella in Valencia, but there will be plenty of opportunities to delve more deeply into the nuances and local secrets that make the Spanish lifestyle so charming. Explore unspoiled hideaways like the whitewashed village of Ronda, Cabo de Gata-Nijar, a stunning and vast nature reserve near Almeria and the UNESCO-protected oasis of date palms in enchanting Elche.

In 2019, enjoy a different, deeper kind of travel on one of these country-intensive voyages. Whichever you choose, you’ll experience travel discoveries and genuine encounters that truly capture the spirit of the destination.

Inspiring Italy | Venice to Monte Carlo

10 days aboard Sirena | August 6, 2019 and September 2, 2019

Spanish Silhouettes | Barcelona to Barcelona

10 days aboard RivieraJune 6, 2019

Wines & Artistry | Barcelona to London

10 days aboard Nautica | June 23, 2020

Fjords of Norway | Oslo to London

12 days aboard Marina | July 16, 2020

Italy & The Ionian | Venice to Monte Carlo

10 days aboard Riviera | August 12, 2020

 

 

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