Sorrento & Western Mediterranean Cruise

  • 11 Days

  • Mediterranean

With beautiful coastal villages and interesting, sun-baked cities to explore, this enticingly laidback voyage takes in the delights of Genoa, Palma, Barcelona and Sorrento. Marvel at Gaudi's towering Sagrada Familia in Barcelona and stroll the beautiful Vieux Port.

Your journey starts here

Highlights

VIP private home pick-up service
Flights
Transfers
Accommodation
Selected meals
All inclusive drinks on cruise
All airport and port taxes
VIP private home pick-up
  • Overview

  • Day 1

  • Day 2

  • Day 3

  • Day 4

  • Day 5

  • Day 6

  • Day 7

  • Day 8

  • Day 9

  • Day 10

  • Day 11

of 11 days

Your detailed itinerary

Cruise departing on 24th October 2017

Meals included: 10 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 10 dinners

Overview

With beautiful coastal villages and interesting, sun-baked cities to explore, this enticingly laidback voyage takes in the delights of Genoa, Palma, Barcelona and Sorrento. Marvel at Gaudi's towering Sagrada Familia in Barcelona and discover the sights of beautiful Marseille.

At a glance

  • Messina Take an excursion to see Mount Etna, Europe's largest active volcano.
  • Valletta Walk to the Upper Barracca Gardens for beautiful harbour views and visit St John's Co-Cathedral to view a Caravaggio masterpiece.
  • Barcelona A stylish and laidback east coast Spanish city, home to Gaudi's towering Sagrada Familia.
  • Marseille Wander the famous Canebière which stretches eastward from the Old Port (Vieux Port) to the Réformés quarter.
  • Genoa Explore the winding lanes – ‘caruggi’ – of the atmospheric old town.
  • Sorrento Two free days to explore the historic alleys and cafe-lined squares of this charming coastal town.

Day 1

UK - Naples - Sorrento

Travel to Naples where you will be met and transferred to the Hotel Michelangelo in Sorrento for a three night stay.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 2

Sorrento

Perched high above the Bay of Naples, Sorrento is famed for its breathtaking views and enchanting atmosphere. Enjoy your time at leisure in this beautiful resort.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

Sorrento

Another day at leisure in beautiful Sorrento.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4

Sorrento - Naples to embark

Today, transfer to Naples to embark the MSC Armonia for your seven night cruise.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

Genoa

The vibrant Italian city of Genoa circles a fine harbour and once rivalled Venice as a maritime power. The birthplace of Christopher Columbus, its captivating old town is threaded with 'caruggi' - steep medieval lanes dotted with rich churches.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

Marseille

The southern French city of Marseille has been a major Mediterranean harbour for more than 2,500 years. Leading off the harbour is the city's most famous street, La Canebiere, a broad bustling boulevard, shaded by rows of plane trees.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7

Mahon

Menorca is the second largest of Spain's Balearic Islands and Mahon, its charismatic capital, sits on the east coast in one of Europe's spectacular natural harbours, which was used by the British in the 18th century as a base for their naval fleet. Stroll around its charming town centre to visit traditional shops, restaurants and the outdoor market, or perhaps view the delightful Santa Maria Church and picturesque, hilly Old Quarter. Alternatively, join an optional island tour for the ancient, honey-toned capital of Ciutadella and the whitewashed fishing village of Fornells, amongst other sights, or simply enjoy one of the island's many sandy beaches - sunbathing and swimming in the island's turquoise waters.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8

Cagliari

Cagliari, the largest island in Sardinia, has a wealth of places to explore. The castello or castle district is the oldest and highest part of the city, an ideal place to wander around at leisure. Perhaps visit the Castello district housing the striking Romanesque Cathedral of Santa Maria and museum, the Archbishop's Palace and San Pancrazio Towers. The Marina district, near the port, is a bustle of arcaded streets with cafes and shops and a great place to sit and watch the world go by.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 9

Valletta

Ruled by the medieval Knights of St John for 270 years, sun-drenched Malta has an intensely warm-hearted culture. The honey-stoned capital, Valletta, fringes a spectacular Grand Harbour and bursts with stepped alleyways, bustling cafés and rich monuments. Today there's free time to admire its gems, perhaps wandering its Upper Barracca Gardens or marvelling at the sumptuous St John's Co-Cathedral, which houses Caravaggio's masterpiece, 'The Beheading of St John the Baptist'. Also see the Grand Master's Palace, home to Malta's government for four centuries.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 10

Messina

An 8th century Greek colony, Messina is your gateway for some of Sicily's greatest sights. Perhaps take optional excursion to the beautiful clifftop seaside resort of Taormina, which boasts a stunning Greco-Roman theatre or head for Mount Etna, Europe's largest active volcano.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 11

Naples - UK

After breakfast, disembark the MSC Armonia and transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hotels

  • Sorrento: Hotel Michelangelo

Notes

Your ship

MSC Armonia

A resort ship that accommodates over 1,700 passengers. Guests can dine on fine, authentic Italian-style dishes, and relax with a variety of entertainment options aimed towards both adults and children. The ship provides a glamorous, eye-catching interior, featuring fine woodworks, marble floors, and acres of vibrant fabrics.

Amenities
  • Smoking
  • Adults only
  • Childrens facilities
  • Nursery
Ship facts
  • Style: Resort
  • Class: Lirica
  • Size: Medium
  • Number of crew: 721
  • Number of cabins: 976
  • Number of wheelchair cabins: 5
  • Capacity: 2679 passengers
  • Main language on board: en
  • Currency on board: EUR
  • Number of decks: 9
  • Gross tonnage: 65542
  • Length (m): 275
  • Width (m): 29
  • Speed in knots: 20
  • Launch year: 2004
  • Refit year: 2014
Available cabins on this cruise
Ocean View Cabin

Features a porthole and a double bed, which can be converted into two singles. Also includes; air conditioning, bathroom with shower, hairdryer, towels, shampoo & shower gel, TV, telephone, mini-bar, safe deposit box.

Details

  • 139.93 square feet
  • This cabin is available as part of the Bella and Fantastica experiences
  • Sleeps 2

Inside Cabin

Features a double bed, which can be converted into two singles. Also includes: air conditioning, spacious wardrobe, bathroom with shower, hairdryer, towels, shampoo & shower gel, TV, telephone, mini-bar, safe deposit box.

Details

  • 139.93 square feet
  • This cabin is available as part of the Bella and Fantastica experiences
  • Sleeps 2

Accessible Cabin

Features single beds. Also includes: air conditioning, bathroom with shower, TV, telephone, mini-bar, safe deposit box. There is a fold-down seat in the shower. The seat is 48cm from the floor. The toilet has support rails fitted.

Details

  • Cabin - 226.04 square feet
  • Bathroom - 26.91 square feet
  • Cabin door width - 88cm
  • Bathroom door width - 88cm
  • Fold-down shower seat - 48cm from floor
  • Toilet with support rails
  • This cabin is available as part of the Bella and Fantastica experiences
  • Sleeps 2

Suite

Features a double bed, which can be converted in to two singles. Also includes: air conditioning, spacious wardrobe, bathroom with bathtub, TV, telephone, cable internet connection (for a fee), mini-bar, safe deposit box.

Details

  • 290.63 square feet
  • This cabin is only available as part of the Aurea experience
  • Sleeps 2

Family Cabin

Features a bedroom with separate living area with up to four berths. Double bed can be converted in to two singles. Also includes: air conditioning, bathroom with shower, TV, telephone, mini-bar, safe deposit box.

Details

  • 236.81 square feet
  • This cabin is only available as part of the Fantastica experience
  • Sleeps 2-4

Balcony Cabin

Features a double bed, which can be converted in to two singles. Also includes: air conditioning, bathroom with shower, hairdryer, shampoo & shower gel,TV, telephone, cable internet connection (for a fee), mini-bar, safe deposit box.

Details

  • 161.46-172.22 square feet
  • This cabin is available as part of the Bella, Fantastica and Aurea experiences
  • Sleeps 2

Life onboard

Fine woodwork, marble floors and acres of vibrant fabrics compliment the dramatic sea views onboard.

Latest customer reviews

22/05/2017

Whilst the cruise itself was enjoyable some of the ports were below my expectations. Naples and Messina died not live up to what I expected I found them to be dirty and was constantly harassed by vendors selling their cheap wares.

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