STARTS FROM 11 – 18 JUNE 2017
Commencing in Monte Carlo, an alluring tiny town offering a wonderful combination of history, beauty, entertainment and leisure. The wealthiest spot in Monaco, Monte Carlo is an enchanting place, known as the international capital of luxury and for its celebrity-sightings, casinos and nightlife. Yet the old world shines through in its art and architecture. Palaces, cathedrals and museums dot this small municipality in an old town full of rich history.
Next stop is Livorno, located in the centre of Tuscany, is the gateway to the glory of Renaissance Florence and Pisa. From the 13th to 16th centuries, this era of creative freedom encouraged the genius of Dante, Donatello, Michelangelo, Giotto, Botticelli, da Vinci, and Machiavelli to create some of the world’s most noted masterpieces. Go for an excursion to Pisa, and tour the city’s beautiful and historic Campo dei Miracoli.
Whether enjoying the street performers at the Spanish Steps and people-watching over a fine glass of wine in colorful Trastevere, or taking in the historical and architectural glory that is Rome, visitors are spoiled for choice in this truly Eternal City. St. Peter’s Basilica is a full-day outing, featuring the Sistine Chapel and panoramic city vistas for those willing to climb to the top of the dome.
Sorrento is surely one of the world’s most beautiful towns, built on a coast with breathtaking views and landscapes. The houses, people and the entire region are filled with a history and culture so deep that it can be traced back to the 11th century BC.
Located in southeastern France, today’s Marseille is a far cry from the sleepy villages it once inspired in Cézanne’s paintings. With more than a million people, the city remains the cosmopolitan and exuberant capital of southern Europe, with its picturesque Old Quarter, lively sidewalk cafes and shops, and Romanesque-Byzantine Notre Dame de la Garde Basilica, overlooking the steep cliffs and offering a bird’s eye view of the city’s colorful “quartiers” stretching down toward the sea.
One of Europe’s most visually stunning cities, Barcelona balances the medieval intimacy of its Gothic Quarter with the grace and distinction of the wide boulevards in the Moderniste Eixample. It was the home of architect Antoni Gaudí, whose Sagrada Familia Cathedral, Park Güell and Casa Milà are the most profound statements of Modernisme.
JUN 11 SUN: MONTE CARLO, MONACO
JUN 12 MON: FLORENCE/PISA (LIVORNO), ITALY
JUN 13 TUE: ROME (CIVITAVECCHIA), ITALY
JUN 14 WED: SORRENTO/CAPRI, ITALY
JUN 15 THU: CRUISING THE MEDITTERANEAN SEA
JUN 16 FRI: PROVENCE (MARSEILLE), FRANCE
JUN 17 SAT: SANARY SUR MER, FRANCE
JUN 18 SUN: BARCELONA, SPAIN
From AU$5,200 per person