Fantastic Western Med with Sicily, Sardinia & Mallorca

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This 7-night cruise on board 4* MSC Fantasia takes you to some of the most beautiful and interesting cities and islands of the Mediterranean including Valencia, Palma de Mallorca and Sardinia.

Boarding in Civitavecchia, near Rome, you’ll go island hopping to Palermo, Cagliari and Palma de Mallorca. The next stops are the beautiful cities of Valencia, Marseilles and Genoa before you return to Civitavecchia.

Weekly departures from May to October.

Inclusions

  • Direct flight from Dublin to Rome
  • Airport transfer to the port in Civitavecchia
  • 7 nights accommodation aboard 4 star MSC Fantasia based on 2 sharing
  • Fine dining on a full board basis
  • Varied day & evening entertainment onboard
  • Onboard gratuities included
  • Transfer from Civitavecchia port to Rome for an afternoon to explore Rome at leisure
  • Transfer from Rome to the airport
  • Flight from Rome to Dublin
  • Check-in bag per person
  • Taxes included

Itinerary

Day 1 Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy

Following your flight to Rome, you will be transferred to the port in Civitavecchia where you will board the beautiful MSC Fantasia, your home for the next 7 nights as you cruise the Mediterranean.

Day 2 Palermo, Sicily, Italy

A holiday to Italy is the perfect chance to visit the regional capital of Sicily. A lively, bustling, noisy port, Palermo yet holds an unrivalled display of Norman art and architecture and Baroque churches, combined with a warren of medieval streets and markets.

With Sicily’s greatest concentration of sights, and the biggest historic centre in Italy bar Rome, Palermo is a complex, multilayered port that can easily feel overwhelming if you try to do or see too much in one Mediterranean cruise visit.

The best thing to do here is just to wander as the fancy takes you, sifting through Palermo’s jumbled layers of crumbling architecture, along deserted back alleys, then suddenly emerging in the midst of an ebullient street market.

Day 3 Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy

From an cruise ship on the Mediterranean Sea, the view of Cagliari, Sardinia’s capital and main port, is striking. Crowned by its historic nucleus squeezed within a protective ring of Pisan fortifications, Cagliari’s setting is enhanced by the calm lagoons to the east and west of the city, a habitat for cranes, cormorants and flamingos. During your excursion to the centre of Cagliari, the promenades along Via Manno are the smartest you’ll see in Sardinia. These then drop down to the noisier Piazza Yenne and Largo Carlo Felice, around which most of the shops, restaurants, banks and hotels are located. At the bottom of Cagliari, the porticos of portside Via Roma shelter more shops and bars. Cagliari’s main attractions are the archaeological museum with its captivating collection of nuraghic statuettes, the city walls with their two Pisan towers looking down over the Mediterranean Sea and the port, and the cathedral – all within easy distance of each other. There are also a sprinkling of Roman remains, including an impressive amphitheatre, while nearby excursions include Nora, the most complete ancient site on Sardinia, and the islands of Sant’Antioco and San Pietro.

Day 4 Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Palma is a stunner. Rising in honey-coloured stone from the broad waters of the Badia de Palma, this enduring city dates back to the 13th-century Christian reconquest of the island, and to the Moors, Romans and Talayotic people before that. A richly studded diadem of historical sites, Palma also shelters a seemingly endless array of galleries, restaurants, craft studios and bars – it’s without doubt Mallorca’s greatest treasure. Wander in any direction from the awe-inspiring Gothic Catedral at its geographic and historical heart and you’ll find bent medieval streets lined with aristocratic townhouses, looming baroque churches, teeming public squares, vibrant bohemian neighbourhoods and markets overflowing with all the bounty of the island. You could spend weeks in this city alone, and still uncover fresh joys every day.

Day 5 Valencia, Spain

Spain’s third-largest city is a magnificent place, content for Madrid and Barcelona to grab the headlines while it gets on with being a wonderfully liveable city with thriving cultural, eating and nightlife scenes. Never afraid to innovate, Valencia diverted its flood-prone river to the outskirts and converted the former riverbed into a glorious green ribbon of park winding right through the city. On it are the strikingly futuristic buildings of the Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, designed by local boy Santiago Calatrava. Other brilliant contemporary buildings grace the city, which also has a fistful of fabulous Modernista buildings, great museums, a long stretch of beach and a large, characterful old quarter. Valencia, surrounded by its Huerta, a fertile zone of market gardens, is famous as the home of rice dishes such as paella, but its buzzy dining scene offers plenty more besides; it’s a superb spot for eating.

Day 6 Marseilles, France

Whether it is basking in the Mediterranean sunshine or being cooled by the famous Mistral wind France’s second largest city and the capital of the Provence- Côte d’Azur region, is always a fascinating place to visit and a wonderful place for a leisurely lunch.

As France’s most important port, Marseille boasts connections with Africa, Italy and Spain. The strong mistral wind blows away all traces of pollution and provides a clarity of air so pure that many famous artists have been attracted to the city: Cézanne; Braque; Derain; Dufy and Marquet.

Day 7 Genoa, Italy

During a holiday to Genoa you can explore its old town: a dense and fascinating warren of medieval alleyways home to large palazzi built in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries by Genoa’s wealthy mercantile families and now transformed into museums and art galleries. You should seek out the Cattedrale di San Lorenzo, the Palazzo Ducale, and the Renaissance palaces of Via Garibaldi which contain the cream of Genoa’s art collections, as well as furniture and decor from the grandest days of the city’s past, when its ships sailed to all corners of the Mediterranean Sea.

The Acquario di Genova is the city’s pride and joy, parked like a giant ocean liner on the waterfront, with seventy tanks housing sea creatures from all the world’s major habitats, including the world’s biggest reconstruction of a Caribbean coral reef. It’s a great aquarium by any standards, the second largest in Europe by capacity, and boasts a fashionably ecology-conscious slant and excellent background information in Italian and English.

Day 8 Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy

As you cruise into Civitavecchia harbour your cruise comes to an end. Disembarkation will be after breakfast and you will be transferred to the airport in Rome for your flight back to Dublin.

Accommodation

MSC Fantasia

MSC Fantasia is a masterpiece of Italian style: a perfect mix of advanced technology, elegance and exclusive services. Guests can walk on Swarovski crystal stairs. A transparent ceiling allows passengers to experience all the magic of sailing as they gaze at the starlit skies. At the heart of MSC Fantasia you will find a real stone piazza complete with espresso bar serving freshly-baked pastries and authentic gelato – the perfect place to recharge the batteries before exploring the chic boutiques and duty-free shops nearby.

With 27,000 m2 of public space, including the luxury MSC Aurea SPA, 5 restaurants, 4 swimming pools, 12 hydro-massage pools, coffee bars, shops, a children’s area, a Formula 1 simulator and an interactive 4-D cinema, you can truly rediscover yourself as you relax into your holiday.

The MSC Aurea Spa offers ultra-modern treatments such as therapeutic mud packs, perfumed vapours, aesthetic massages and much more. MSC Fantasia takes luxury cruising to spectacular new heights – where all your holiday cruise fantasies come true.

Extra Information

Booking Remarks

  • Inclusive of taxes and service charges as indicated
  • Non-refundable or transferable booking deposit of €250 per person (full payment due at 16 weeks from departure)
  • Optional Insurance available (call for details)
  • Prices are correct at time of going to press, flight & fuel supplements may apply depending on availability of negotiated airfares.

  Cost per person: €1,339pp
  Number of nights: 7

24 May 2020 Inside €1469 - on request
24 May 2020 Oceanview €1609 - on request
24 May 2020 Balcony €1739 - on request
28 Jun 2020 Inside €1469
28 Jun 2020 Oceanview €1699
28 Jun 2020 Balcony €1829
27 Sep 2020 Inside €1339
27 Sep 2020 Oceanview €1469
27 Sep 2020 Balcony €1599

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