Treasures of the Mediterranean
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Palma Cathedral, Palma, Majorca
On this Western Mediterranean cruise, you’ll discover the region’s hidden gems, from secluded beaches to tucked-away tapas bars. You’ll also get a chance to visit the cultural hot spots of Rome and Pompeii.
If you want an adults-only holiday which mixes lazy beach days with city sightseeing trips, then Treasures of the Mediterranean is the cruise for you.
* The order of the itinerary may differ depending on your chosen departure date and airport.
Day 1 - Palma, Majorca
The first stop on your Treasures of the Mediterranean itinerary is Majorca’s cosmopolitan capital, Palma. The cruise port is only 12km from the airport (transfers are included in the cruise price), and as you leave at 10pm, there’s plenty of time to explore.
The old town is just a 10-minute bus ride (or 30-minute walk) from the port. You’ll find bakeries, restaurants and boutiques hidden down winding alleyways. The town’s top attractions are Bellver Castle and Fundació Pilar i Joan Miró, the home of the famous surrealist painter.
Day 2 - At Sea
Spend your first day relaxing onboard Marella Explorer 2 as you glide across the Mediterranean. Enjoy a cocktail at The Veranda, an outdoor lounge lined with Balinese daybeds and cocoon chairs. Indulge in a treatment at Champneys Spa or sunbathe by the pool.
Marella Explorer 2 boasts nine impressive restaurants. Treat yourself to an upmarket meal at The Dining Club or enjoy a tapas meal at The Mediterranean. Later, you can catch a live band at British pub Squid and Anchor or party at the Indigo Club.
Day 3 - Olbia, Sardinia
Time in port: 08:00 – 17:00
On the third day, you’ll disembark at Olbia. Beyond its industrial outskirts, it has a charming historical centre with parks, museums and plenty of authentic Italian restaurants.
Most people, though, choose to explore Olbia’s sun-kissed surroundings. A popular shore excursion is a coach transfer to La Cinta. Spend most of your day on this dreamy beach, relaxing on warm sands and swimming in turquoise waters.
If you’re feeling more active, you can take a bike trip through the idyllic Sardinian countryside. You’ll stop to explore secluded beaches and traditional villages.
Day 4 - Naples (for Pompeii and Capri), Italy
Time in port: 08:00 – 18:00
Today you’ll be spoilt for choice with three places to explore: Naples, Pompeii and Capri. Fast-paced Naples is renowned for its pizza, so make sure you grab a slice. But it’s also a UNESCO-heritage site renowned for its ancient architecture.
If you want a taste of the high life, you can take a 40-minute hydrofoil trip to the elegant island of Capri. You’ll have a guided tour of the town, a popular holiday spot for the rich and famous.
Culture buffs can take a trip to Pompeii, only half-an-hour from port. Visit a city frozen in time, buried in volcanic ash almost 2,000 years ago.
Day 5 - Civitavecchia (for Rome), Italy
Time in port: 07:00 – 19:00
Next stop on your Treasures of the Mediterranean itinerary is Civitavecchia. From this busy port, you can easily join for an excursion to Rome. Italy’s capital is a 90-minute coach ride away, but with 12 hours in port, there’s plenty of time to explore.
Experience Rome independently or on a walking tour. There’s also a guided coach tour, which is ideal if you have mobility issues. For a taste of ancient Italy, make sure you visit the vast Colosseum and the marble-lined Venice Square.
Day 6 - Ajaccio, Corsica
Time in port: 08:00 – 15:00
You’ll be leaving port at 3pm, but that’s enough time to explore the town of Ajaccio, with its picturesque marina and pastel-coloured houses.
Or you can head out into the Corsican countryside. Take a scenic coach tour through the maquis – a carpet of aromatic wild herbs and flowers – sheer granite mountains, and crumbling monasteries. Choose between visiting a Corsican vineyard, a scenic ravine or a factory making essential oils.
Day 7 - Palamós, Spain
Time in port: 09:00 – 17:00
The final stop on your Treasures of the Mediterranean cruise is the fishing village of Palamós. If you want to take it easy, a 15-minute taxi ride from the port will get you to Platja de Castell, one of the region’s most beautiful unspoilt beaches.
Or you might fancy an excursion to Barcelona, 90 minutes away. If you have mobility issues, maybe join a guided coach tour of the city; if not, you might prefer to explore independently. Stroll down Las Ramblas, an avenue known for its street entertainers. Visit Park Güell, designed by famous modernist architect Gaudí.
Day 8 - Palma, Majorca
After a week exploring the Western Mediterranean, you’ll return to Palma, with plenty of memories to keep you going until your next holiday.