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From Moors to Rome

FROM $16,895

From the vibrant history of Morocco, through the Mediterranean shores of Spain and France and onwards to Rome explore some of the most intriguing and historic locations.

  • OPERATES 17 APR 2018
  • DEPARTS Casablanca


DAY 1 Arrive Casablanca

Fly into Casablanca and transfer to your hotel. Tonight enjoy a Welcome Dinner. Sofitel Casablanca(D)
Stay:aboard the MS Island Sky

DAY 2 Rabat, Marrakesh

After breakfast visit the imperial Moroccan city of Rabat and see Moorish architecture at the impressive King’s Palace. Continue to the Great Mosque and Hassan Tower, which has stood unfinished overlooking the city for eight centuries. Visit Kasbah des Oudayas, and enjoy lunch before heading to Marrakesh.(BL)
Stay:Sofitel Marrakesh

DAY 3 Marrakesh

Start today with a visit to Majorelle Gardens, then continue to Koutoubia Mosque to see its 12th-century Minaret, before enjoying a typical Moroccan lunch. This afternoon explore Marrakesh’s many museums and visit the lively Jemaa El Fna Square. Experience this vibrant city by night as you ride in a horse-drawn carriage.(BLD)
Stay:Sofitel Marrakesh

DAY 4 Marrakesh, Casablanca, Embark Ship

Drive back to Casablanca after lunch and discover the city’s main sites including the Hassan II Mosque. Later embark your ship.(BLD)
Stay:MS Island Sky

DAY 5 Gibraltar

After sailing overnight from Africa to Europe, make landfall in Gibraltar and choose between a panoramic coach tour featuring an English afternoon tea, or a tour of ‘the rock’ and important historic military sites.(BLD)
Stay:MS Island Sky

DAY 6 Motril, Granada

Travel to Granada, located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains. See the world renowned 9th-century palace and fortress complex, Alhambra. After a tapas lunch, explore the palace of the Generalife.(BLD)
Stay:MS Island Sky

DAY 7 Cartagena

Explore Cartagena with your Expedition Team and visit the Roman Theatre Museum. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.(BLD)
Stay:MS Island Sky

DAY 8 Valencia

Explore Albufera Natural Park by canoe, then learn to cook the classic Valencian dish, paella. Alternatively go bird-watching through the park, which is known for its richness in bird diversity.(BLD)
Stay:MS Island Sky

DAY 9 Port de Soller

Anchor off Soller, from where you will choose your activity. Perhaps take a vintage tram ride to Palma, or embark on a hike to the Mirador de ses Barques.(BLD)
Stay:MS Island Sky

DAY 10 Mahon

Choose from a guided snorkelling excursion in Fornells Bay, alternatively, enjoy a tour of Monte Toro and the stunning whitewashed buildings of Binibeca.(BLD)
Stay:MS Island Sky

DAY 11 Alghero

Travel to Neptune’s Grotto by private boat. From here, explore the fascinating grotto with a tour of the caves that date back to prehistoric times, or join an excursion to Bosa at the mouth of the River Temo.(BLD)
Stay:MS Island Sky

DAY 12 Bonifacio

This morning, arrive at the fashionable French island of Corsica. Enjoy a guided tour of the fascinating Old Town in Bonifacio, where picturesque medieval houses are perched on limestone cliffs.(BLD)
Stay:MS Island Sky

DAY 13 Elba

Elba is best known as the island of exile for Napoleon Bonaparte and today you will visit his island home. Afterwards choose between enjoying a private wine tasting at a family winery or taking a panoramic tour.(BLD)
Stay:MS Island Sky

DAY 14 Rome

Choose between a tour to see the iconic monuments of Rome including Caracalla Baths, Circus Maximum, the Coliseum and Imperial Forum, or set your own pace on a self guided walking tour.(BLD)
Stay:MS Island Sky

DAY 15 Naples, Disembark ship

Disembark in Naples. Cruise only guests (NOBIMN12) transfer to the airport while remaining guests enjoy a farm visit to Galatea for a lesson in pizza making, followed by a Prosecco tasting. Later travel to Sorrento.(BLD)
Stay: Hilton Sorrento

DAY 16 Sorrento, Amalfi Coast

Enjoy a drive along the Amalfi Coast stopping in Positano then either enjoy coastal views from the highest vantage point or explore downtown. Continue along the stunning coast to see the mosaic façade of St Andrew’s Cathedral in Amalfi.(BLD)
Stay: Hilton Sorrento

DAY 17 Pompeii, Depart Rome

This morning after breakfast visit Pompeii to explore the ruins before transferring to Rome airport for your departure.(B)

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