Holiday - Special Offers
European Explorer Cruise
Balcony Cabin from €1964pp
- Depart From
- Sail from Southampton
- Departure Date
- 27 Oct 2020 - 07 Nov 2020
- 10 Nights
- Spain, Gibraltar, Portugal, Italy
- From €1192pp
Ports of call: London (Southampton), England | Oporto, Portugal | Gibraltar | Mallorca (Palma), Spain | Sicily (Messina), Italy | Naples, Italy (for Capri & Pompeii) | Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy
Sail from Southampton onboard the Island Princess for a ten-night cruise to Rome calling to Spain, Portugal, Gibraltar and Italy.
The south of England boasts a dramatic coastline that encloses some of the most beautiful countryside in Britain. The landscape of hills and heaths, downs and forests, valleys and dales, is without rival.
Southampton serves as your gateway to the countryside - and to a wide variety of historic sites, national landmarks and charming. And of course, London is a two-hour drive by modern highway.
The United Kingdom's premier passenger ship port, Southampton was home for many years to the great transatlantic liners of yesteryear.
A cosmopolitan city, Porto has been recognized internationally as a destination to discover and it is a preferred choice for many tourists and travelers. Within Porto’s historical centre, classified as World Heritage by UNESCO, some attractions include Avenida dos Aliados, the Cathedral and Ribeira.
In Gibraltar, the Rock crouches over the sea like an ancient stone beast, looking Sphinx-like to Africa. Beneath the white cliffs of this natural fortress grows a profusion of palm, pine, and cypress.
No fewer than 600 varieties of flowers thrive here, some not found anywhere else on Earth. Gibraltar's stunning setting is matched by its history - five countries have battled for 13 centuries to control the passage between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean.
Palma is the capital city of the island of Mallorca, which is one of Spain's Balearic Islands. The city is tucked into the protected Bay of Palma, creating an impressive view from the Mediterranean Sea with its imposing Gothic Cathedral towering above the old town and remnants of medieval walls that testify to its ancient history.
Mallorca has a varied history, from the Roman occupation in the 2nd century to Moorish control from the 9th to the 13th century. Later reconquered by the Spanish kings, it rose to wealth and power due to its strategic position along the seagoing trade routes between Africa and Europe.
Messina has played a major role in European history since its founding as a Greek colony in the 8th century B.C. During the Roman Empire, the city was a major port and commercial center, during the Middle Ages, Messina was the major port of departure for Crusaders. History has also left its scars: a massive earthquake leveled much of the city in 1908 and the World War II campaign for Sicily devastated Messina.
Yet Messina emerged from that devastation with some of its historic treasures intact, including the 12th-century Annunziata dei Catalani Church. Messina is also your gateway to the rugged beauty of southeast Sicily, from the seaside resort of Taormina to Mt. Etna.
Italy's third-largest city, Naples is a bustling metropolis famed for it stately buildings, crowded streets, pizza - and notoriously bad traffic. However, this beautiful city is rich in centuries-old culture and customs.
Naples is also your gateway to the Isle of Capri, the fabled Amalfi Coast and the ruins of Pompeii, buried in ash by the cataclysmic eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 A.D.
Naples boasts an ideal location, with both the ruins of Roman cities and the stunning Amalfi Coast in easy reach.
Your gateway to the Eternal City, Civitavecchia has served as Rome's seaport since the 13th century. The port has a long and venerable history. The emperor Trajan built a pleasure villa near the modern city, while Bernini and Michelangelo designed the harbor fortifications.
Yet the Eternal City eternally beckons. The ancient capital of the Western World and the center of Christianity for nearly 2,000 years, Rome provides an inexhaustible feast. Visit the ruins of the Forum, view the splendors of the Sistine Chapel, or climb the Spanish Steps, once the heart of Rome's Bohemian Quarter.
Day 1: Southampton, UK
Day 2: At Sea
Day 3: Oporto, Portugal
Day 4: At Sea
Day 5: Gibraltar
Day 6: At Sea
Day 7: Palma de Mallorca, Spain
Day 8: At Sea
Day 9: Sicily (Messina), Italy
Day 10: Naples (Capri and Pompeii), Italy
Day 11: Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy
Price is based on 2 adults sharing and includes:
- Overseas transfers
- 7 night cruise on board the Island Princess, in an inside cabin
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