DAY 1 | Oct. 1. Depart for Greece
DAY 2 | Oct. 2. Athens (Piraeus), Greece
Embark on your luxury cruise aboard Riviera in legendary Athens, one of the world’s oldest cities and the cradle of Western Civilization.
DAY 3 | Oct. 3. Santorini, Greece
Famed for its spectacular sunsets, the island’s distinctive crescent shape is the result of an enormous volcanic eruption thousands of years ago. Behold a panorama of indigo-domed churches and chalk-colored homes clinging to stony cliffs along the caldera, black sand beaches dotted with pebbles beside deep, azure waters, and breathtaking rock formations climbing from the volcanic floor—here is the epitome of Grecian beauty.
DAY 4 | Oct. 4. Ephesus / Kusadasi, Turkey
The port of Kusadasi, until recently a fishing and farming village, is today a resort town offering lovely beaches and plenty of shops. Nearby is the legendary ruined city of Ephesus, a veritable museum of Greek and Roman history with impeccably preserved relics from its ancient past. Here you’ll find the Library of Celsus, the incredible Terraced Houses, and the remains of the Temple of Artemis—one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
DAY 5 | Oct. 5. Cruising the Mediterranean Sea
DAY 6 | Oct. 6.Taormina (Sicily), Italy
On the picturesque Italian island of Sicily, the town of Taormina has been adored for centuries. Built on a cliff overlooking the sea, Taormina offers unrivaled panoramas of the Ionian Sea and Mount Etna, Europe’s tallest active volcano. In town, medieval structures fascinate and quaint cafes tempt visitors. Outside of town, Sicily—the largest island in the Mediterranean—abounds with natural and architectural beauty.
DAY 7 | Oct. 7. Amalfi / Positano, Italy
Situated on the lovely Amalfi coast is the enchanting town of Amalfi, filled with ancient wonders like the 12th-century Capuchin monastery and the beautiful 11th-century cathedral and cloister. Nearby, clinging to steep slopes above a sparkling bay, Positano charms all who visit with its Moorish-style houses and colorful fishing boats.
DAY 8 | Oct. 8. Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy
Once the center of the world’s greatest empire and now the capital of modern Italy, Rome offers remnants of its glorious past wherever you look. From the ancient Roman Forum and Colosseum to the splendor of St. Peter’s Basilica and Michelangelo’s breathtaking frescoes in the Sistine Chapel, it is a legendary city rich in antiquity and culture.
DAY 9 | Oct. 9. Florence / Pisa / Tuscany (Livorno), Italy
The architectural and artistic masterpieces of the Renaissance—Brunelleschi’s Duomo, the Baptistery, Michelangelo’s David, the Ponte Vecchio and the Uffizi Gallery—await you in Florence, a masterpiece in itself. Pisa’s superb Field of Miracles and iconic Leaning Tower also beckon, as does the captivating Tuscan countryside, renowned for its gently rolling hills, medieval hilltop villages and superb wine.
DAY 10 | Oct. 10. Monte Carlo, Monaco
Nestled between the South of France and Italy, sparkling Monte Carlo features the famous Grand Corniche and the 12th-century Grimaldi Palace. With an area of less than one square mile, this city-state packs plenty of excitement and attractions into its small space, including the glamorous Monte Carlo Casino and the Circuit de Monaco, site of the famed Grand Prix.
DAY 11 | Oct. 11. Provence (Marseille), France
Entrancing Provence has inspired and enchanted for centuries. From the historic port city of Marseille to the scenic countryside dotted with medieval towns and quaint villages perched on rocky hilltops, Provençal France fulfills even the grandest expectations.
DAY 12 | Oct. 12. Barcelona, Spain
Disembark and bid farewell to Riviera.