Escape to the Med

Cruise itinerary - Escape to the Med

What's included...

  • Gratuities - no need to tip!
  • Top class onboard activities/entertainment
  • 24 hour dining
  • Port taxes

Sailing Dates

06 May 14

20 May 14

17 Jun 14

01 Jul 14

29 Jul 14

12 Aug 14

09 Sep 14

23 Sep 14

21 Oct 14

Cities, sights and sensational scenery...

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Tuesday, Palma - MAJORCA 

  • 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.

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Wednesday, At Sea 

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Thursday, Trapani - SICILY  09:00 - 17:00

  • The Greeks, the Romans, the Saracens, the Normans – they all squabbled over the pretty hook-shaped harbour of Trapani. And no wonder. Packed with reminders of its long and colourful past, this place offers up great sights, waist-bustingly good seafood and bags of that irresistible Sicilian charm. It’s a west coast corner to fall head over heels for.

  • Discover the Medieval mountaintop city of Erice. This place is set 750 metres above sea level, so it offers up some eye-popping views. It’s also packed with historical sites like a 700-year-old church and the Castle of Venus. To get IMAX-quality views, take the cable car to the top.
  • Experience time travel with a wander through the old town, clustered around the long, straight Corso Vittorio Emanuele. See the grand Palazzo Cavaretta, where revolutionary Garibaldi cried ‘Rome or death!’ in 1860. And take a look at Saint Augustine church, a beautiful Romanesque-Gothic affair with a jaw-dropping rose window.
  • The food in these parts is out of this world. Try Trapani’s speciality, cous-cous, usually served with soup and a selection of fresh-from-the-net fish. Simply delicious.

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Friday, Naples - ITALY  08:00 - 18:00

  • Naples is Italy’s most red-blooded city. This is the place where the pizza is so good people don’t wait for their slices at restaurant tables, they order it to-go from street side windows. And it’s the city where the soundtrack is the beeping of moped horns. For all its joy de vive, you wouldn’t know Naples is actually one of the oldest continuously-inhabited cities in the world. The city centre is actually a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it’s dripping with ancient architecture, cathedrals and churches.

  • Visit the time-frozen cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum, whose citizens were stopped in their tracks by the famous eruptions of 79 AD.
  • Call in at the cliff-top town of Sorrento. Pull up a chair on the cobbles of Piazza Tasso and sip a cappuccino in the sun.
  • Teeter on the brink of Mount Vesuvius, the only active volcano you can climb in Europe.
  • Snake your way along the outrageously gorgeous Amalfi Coast and stop at the postcard-perfect fishing village of Positano or the working town of Amalfi.
  • Hit the sleek boutiques of the jet-set isle of Capri.
  • It’s true what the guide books say. Naples is chaotic. It’s got none of the romance of Venice. None of the style of Rome. But what it has got is bags of character. It’s an authentic slice of southern Italian life. Washing is strung out between buildings. A forest of skew-whiff TV aerials punctuates the skyline. And buzzing Vespas and honking Fiats weave manically through the streets. But it’s not all hustle and bustle. The city centre is packed with ornate palaces, churches and monasteries, including a 14th-century cathedral and a 13th-century fortress, the Castel Nuovo. Don’t miss the Museo Archeologico Nazionale, either – it’s one of the world’s most important archaeological museums and is literally stuffed-full of finds from nearby Pompeii and Herculaneum.

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Saturday, Civitavecchia (for Rome) - ITALY  07:00 - 19:00

  • 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.

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Sunday, Calvi* - CORSICA  07:00 - 17:00

  • 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.

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Monday, Mahon - MENORCA  12:00 - 19:00

  • Menorca is famous for its sandy shores and lazy pace. Get yourself out on deck as you glide into the second deepest natural harbour in the world. Not only are the views of the island’s walled capital, Mahon, gorgeous but you’ll see the unusual spectacle of traditional mussel farms in the waters below. Once ashore, head for the city’s biggest square, Place Esplanada, where cafés and restaurants find their home in 18th-century houses.

  • When you’re not sipping wine on the waterfront of Mahon, weave your way through gorgeous scenery to the fishing village of Fornells. It’s renowned for its lobster dishes and King Juan Carlos of Spain regularly pops over from his summer palace in Majorca.
  • Get a bird’s eye view of the island when you head up its highest peak, Monte Toro, the spiritual centre of the island.
  • Explore the island's country tracks, flowery meadows and oak forests on horseback. It's a great way to get off the beaten track and take in Majorca's standout scenery.
  • Head to Menorca's old capital, Ciutadella, where you'll find hidden plazas and centuries-old churches. There's a stylish waterfront these days, too.

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Tuesday, Palma - MAJORCA 

  • 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.

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