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Join us on this fantastic celebration of the cultural riches and natural beauty of the Western Mediterranean as we set sail aboard the Costa Concordia, one of the largest ships to sail for Italy's premier luxury cruise line.
Our journey is an exotic living mosaic, where every port recalls another magnificent era of castles and fortresses, steaming volcanoes, ancient cultures, exotic art, and architectural treasures and grandeur. We'll visit fascinating ports of call in Spain, France, Italy and Tunisia while enjoying the lavish Italian lifestyle aboard our cruise ship.
If you're dreaming of a luxury cruise vacation without compromise, this is one opportunity you can't afford to miss. But hurry and reserve your space before our magnificent Mediterranean dream vacation sells out.
|Western Mediterranean Cruise: Spain, Italy, France & Tunisia|
|Day||Port of Call||Arrive||Depart|
|2||Barcelona, Spain||--||6 pm|
|3||Marseilles, France||8 am||6 pm|
|4||Savona, Italy||8 am||5 pm|
|5||Naples, Italy||1 pm||7 pm|
|6||Palermo, Sicily||8 am||6 pm|
|7||Tunis, Tunisia||7 am||1:30 pm|
|8||Palma de Mallorca||--||1 am|
Day 2: Barcelona. Early afternoon arrival in Barcelona. After customs formalities, you'll be escorted to Port de Barcelona to board your ship. Costa Concordia Breakfast & dinner provided.
Day 3: Marseilles.This morning, arrive in Marseilles whose history dates back to 600 B.C. when it was founded by the ancient Greeks. Since then, it has grown to become the second largest city in France and the country's largest commercial port. Enjoy the splendor of Marseilles by visiting its must-see sites including the Old Port, the Basilica of Notre Dame de la Garde Phare de Sainte Marie lighthouse, the Centre Bourse, and the adjacent rue St Ferreol district (the main shopping district in central Marseilles. We also recommend a ride along the Kennedy Corniche, a coastal road with excellent views across the Bay of Marseilles. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.
Day 4: Savona (Genoa). With origins dating back to the middle of the Bronze Age, Savona's ancient structures and winding streets are just minutes from the birthplace of Christopher Columbus and is an area rich in culture. Explore on your own, or join an optional shore excursion to Genoa, Liguria's capital and ancient Maritime Republic. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.
Day 5: Naples. This afternoon, arrive in the capital city and UNESCO World Heritage site of Campania, Naples. Join an optional tour of Naples itself or try an excursion which will take you to Pompeii, Capri or Sorrento. If not, visit sites such as the Maschio Angioino, the San Carlo Theatre, Piazza del Plebiscito, the Royal Palace and the Church of San Francesco da Paola independently. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.
Day 6: Palermo. This morning you'll arrive at the Sicilian port city of Palermo, once regarded as Europe's grandest, most beautiful city. Explore the city's fascinating treasures on an optional excursion that includes the Four Corners of Palermo, where each 17th century Spanish Baroque facade is adorned with a statue, the Fontana Pretoria, often called the Fountain of Shame because of its nude Florentine figures, and the famous Norman Cathedral and Capuchin catacombs, among other sites. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.
Day 7: Tunis. Morning arrival in Tunis, Tunisia, where whitewashed, blue-shuttered buildings hide a treasure trove of Ottoman art. On an optional shore excursion, inspect illuminated manuscripts from the Koran, follow the twisting lanes and alleys of the old Inner City, and marvel at the ornate Palace of Dar Ben Abdallah and the magnificent Mosque, whose 184 columns were "recycled" from the rocky ruins of Carthage. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.
Day 8: Palma de Mallorca. This afternoon arrive at the sun-splashed port of Palma de Mallorca, Spain, in the Balearic Islands. For millennia, many travelers have found their private paradise in this lovely vacation island off Spain's coast. Wander on your own or join an optional shore excursion including a visit to Palma's Grand Cathedral, harbor and lovely Old Town. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.
Day 9: Barcelona. Arrive in Barcelona this morning, capital of Cataluña and Spain's second largest city. After breakfast, disembark from your cruise, transfer to your hotel and enjoy a full day to explore Spain's most exciting, flamboyant and sophisticated city, home to the 1992 Olympics. Walk the beautiful shaded Las Ramblas boulevard, which the Spanish poet Federico García Lorca once referred to as "the only street in the world which I wish would never end."
See the famous palm tree-lined Plaça Real square, hub of Barcelona nightlife. Take time to explore the Barrio Gotico (old quarter), a 14th century maze of tiny houses, stately palaces and intriguing shops. Visit one of the many cafés where Catalan voices accompany dancers swaying to the Sardana or the impassioned foot-stamping Flamenco.
Marvel at one of the greatest architectural achievements of the 20th century, Antoni Gaudí's lavishly extravagant Cathedral of Sagrada Família. This magnificent architectural creation began in 1882 and still under construction today. Ascend its towers, adorned with giant colorful fruit and constructed of such a thin lattice of stone that they seem to defy gravity, for some of the best views of the city. Breakfast provided.
Day 10: Barcelona/USA. Your memorable Mediterranean journey ends as you transfer independently to the airport for your return flight to the USA. Arrive in the USA later today. Or, continue your stay in Barcelona by adding a late return and extra nights to your package. Breakfast provided.
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This is the ship for fitness and relaxation. Completely innovative, this floating resort becomes an additional destination on your cruise. What makes it so special? To start with there is a fitness area on two decks, covering a total of almost 2,000 m², with a swimming pool at its center. There are four additional swimming pools, two with retractable glass roofs. Choose from 13 bars, including the Bar Sport. Over 500 cabins have balconies. The decks are spacious and panoramic. It is the largest and longest ship in the fleet.
Each of her thirteen decks combine the elegance of European style with American comforts. The Concordia offers guests a stunning array of facilities including 13 bars, 4 restaurants, a theater extending over three decks, a casino, disco, and ballroom. Discover hospitality at its best and toast to a well-deserved vacation with a glass of vino or campari. Savor the quality of Italian culinary classics served in elegant restaurants or meet new friends in stylish lounges.
The Private Veranda Staterooms are approximately 210 sq. ft. and include two lower beds that convert into a queen-sized bed, a private veranda, private bathroom with shower, direct-dial telephone service, minibar, TV, safe, and a hairdryer.
Treat yourself to a sauna, Turkish bath or shiatsu massage in the luxurious spa facilities. Reinvigorate yourself in the ultra-modern and well-appointed fitness center, strech your legs on the track or tennis/basketball court, relax in one of the three swimming pools, or take part in one of the many fitness classes: aerobics, stretching, body-dancing, step, and more.
The Costa Concordia is registered in Italy.
Cabins: Friendly Planet prices are based on category I2 (inside cabins), category E2 (outside cabins) and category B2 (veranda cabins). Other categories and/or decks are available on request, subject to availability and additional charges.
Gratuities: Tipping is a personal matter, and your own judgment is the best guide. However, for your convenience, Costa will automatically debit your onboard account a modest service charge of 6 euros per person per day. Should you wish to change this amount, you can contact the Guest Relations Desk on board.
Transfers: Transfers for this tour are provided on a group basis only. For land-only passengers or for passengers deviating in any way from the group program, transfers are not provided. Individual, private transfers can be arranged at a supplement in price. Taxis and other forms of transportation are also available and may cost less than private transfers. If you wish to arrange private transfers, please request this service at the time of reservation.
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