Join Sharon O’Connor for a luxurious Regent Seven Seas Cruise® from Venice to Barcelona! May 3—13, 2016
We will have a glorious opportunity to discover Venice, Dubrovnik, Corfu, Taormina Sicily, Amalfi/Positano, Rome, Florence/Pisa, Provence/Marseille, and Barcelona!
Voted “Best Cruise Line Small Ship” and ”Best Luxury Cruise Line,” our Regent Seven Seas Voyager ship has gourmet open-seating restaurants, fabulous entertainment every evening, the Canyon Ranch SpaClub®, sports activities, and free unlimited shore excursion in every port of call. We’re going to have a journey that we’ll keep with us forever!
May 3 Venice
Renowned as the “City of Canals,” Venice was built on an archipelago of more than 100 islands formed by about 150 canals. Ancient cobblestone streets lined with tiny ceramic and glass workshops and tempting cafes wind their way between fabulous palazzos and vast town squares along the banks of the canals.
For shoppers, the city offers colorful markets; for those interested in architecture, the original Baroque classics, Basilica San Marco, the Rialto Bridge, the Doge’s Palace, and the Bridge of Sighs as viewed from a gondola or toured on foot, are breathtaking. Art lovers should make sure to see the Scuola Grande di San Rocco, home to Tintoretto’s finest works; or, for more modern tastes, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, showcasing masterpieces of 20th-century art and avant-garde movements.
May 4 Dubrovnik, Croatia
Known as the “Pearl of the Adriatic,” Dubrovnik was founded in the 7th century by a group of refugees from Epidaurum (today’s Cavtat). It is known worldwide for its unique marble-paved squares, tall houses, steep-cobbled streets and fountains. The city walls, once used as protection against its enemies, now keep motorists at bay in this picturesque town. UNESCO named the Old City a World Heritage Site, and Dubrovnik’s beautiful historic sites have been restored to their former glory.
May 5 Corfu, Greece
Legendary Corfu is a lush and romantic island that was written about by Homer in his famous Odyssey. The island’s history is full of battles, indicative of Corfu’s turbulent position that lasted until modern times when it was united with modern Greece in 1864. Corfu offers the fascinating combination of historic and cosmopolitan Greece. In addition to a countryside filled with wildflowers and Adriatic-style villages, Corfu has splendid coastal scenery and some excellent secluded beaches.
May 6 Taormina (Sicily)
Naxos is the gateway to Sicily’s strategically significant northeastern region. From this port city, it is a short transfer to Taormina, nestled 820 feet above the sea and overlooking imposing Mount Etna. In the early 20th century, Taormina became a colony for expatriate artists and writers, including D H Lawrence. Highlights of any tour of the city include the remarkably preserved Roman-style Greek Theater, where its amazing acoustics are still appreciated in performances today; the splendid 15th century Palazzo Corvaia; and the Odeon, a small Imperial Age theater set amidst colorful public gardens.
May 7 Amalfi/Positano, Italy
We’ll discover chic Positano with its relaxed, sophisticated air and white Moorish-style houses clinging to steep slopes around a sparkling bay filled with colorful fishing boats. Then we visit enchanting Amalfi and admire the 12th-century Capuchin monastery and see the beautiful 11th-century Cathedral and cloister before exploring on our own. Browse Positano’s boutiques for the town’s locally made casual cotton clothes or search for unique souvenirs in Amalfi. Enjoy delicious fresh seafood and pasta or tempting pastries and an espresso in a spectacular seaside setting.
May 8 Rome
Whether it’s the street performers at the Spanish Steps, 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, highlighted by the Sistine Chapel and panoramic city vistas for those willing to climb to the top of the dome. Other landmarks not to miss include the renowned Trevi Fountain, the Coliseum, and Aventine Hill, which provides a grand view of the imposing remains of the Imperial Palaces and the Circus Maximus of Ben Hur fame.
May 9 Florence/Pisa
Livorno, located in the center of Tuscany, is gateway to the glory of Renaissance Florence and Pisa. During the 13th to 16th centuries, 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. Elegant Florence offers the Galleria dell'Accademia, with its iconic masterpiece, Michelangelo’s David. The Uffizi is home to the most renowned art gallery in Italy, with works by the titan’s of Renaissance art. Join us for an excursion to Pisa, and tour the city's beautiful Campo dei Miracoli. Nearby Siena captures the spirit of Medieval Italy, and Lucca offers a chance to bicycle through the fragrant Tuscan countryside.
May 10 Cannes, France
Explore glamorous, ultra-fashionable Cannes, with its majestic hotels, millionaires, movie stars, and mega-yachts in a gem-like setting along the sparkling Mediterranean. Stroll along the Royal Palm tree lined Boulevard de la Croisette where world-renowned designers cater to the rich and famous. Look for haute couture and antiques. Enjoy a cocktail in one of the grand hotels. Take lunch in a fashionable café on the boulevard. Visit the gardens and parks along the boulevard, or hike up the hill to Le Suquet, the medieval old town. Enjoy a coffee at an outdoor café with expansive and exquisite views of the harbor.
May 11 Provence (Marseille)
Located in southeastern France, today’s Marseille is a far cry from the sleepy village that once inspired in Cézanne’s paintings. With more than a million people, the city remains the cosmopolitan and exuberant capital of southern Europe. It is known for a picturesque Old Quarter, lively sidewalk cafes and shops, and the Romanesque-Byzantine Notre Dame de la Garde Basilica, overlooking the steep cliffs and offering a view of the city’s colorful “quartiers” stretching down toward the sea.
May 12 Palamos, Spain
Experience Costa Brava and understand why Salvador Dalí and others have long been inspired by its beaches and coves. Spend a day in the warm sand of La Fosca, learn about the history of this fishing village in Museu de la Pesca, or simply take in the Mediterranean air while walking down the promenade. Just an hour north of the city, you can visit the extraordinary Dalí Theatre-Museum in Figueres. The museum holds works done from his adolescence to the last years of his life.
May 13 Barcelona, Spain
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. View splendid works at the Picasso Museum and the Miro Foundation, enjoy some delicious tapas, and discover Barcelona’s passionate ambiance at a flamenco show.
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