The brand new Regent Seven Seas Explorer – Cruise from Venice to Rome

Be a part of history, as the most luxurious ship to sail the seven seas begins her life on the legendary Mediterranean Sea, calling on storied places like Koper, Taormina & Capri

Cruise departs Venice on Wed 3rd August 2016 – duration 10 nights

Destination Ports include; Koper, Zadar, Kotor, Bari, Corfu, Zakynthos, Taormina, Positano, Capri & Rome.

Excursions include; visit the whitewashed hillside town of Ostuni, walk in the footsteps of the Godfather films in Sicily and admire the beauty of Capri.

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Itinerary Venice to Rome

Regent Seven Seas Explorer

Launched in 2016 the Seven Seas Explorer is the most luxurious ship ever built. Exquisite details and expert craftmanship create true luxury quality that you can touch and sence. Exceeding your every expectation, because with every detail perfected, she has already set the new standard in the world’s most all-inclusive luxury experience.

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Explorer Venice to Rome

Suite Prices from £5,499 pp
for a Deluxe Veranda Suite – G2, based on 2 persons sharing, including return air fares.

FREE 1-Night Pre-Cruise Luxury Hotel Package in Concierge Suites and Higher.

FREE Unlimited Beverages Including Fine Wines and Premium Spirits

FREE Open Bars and Lounges Plus In-Suite Mini-Bar Replenished Daily

FREE Pre-Paid Gratuities

FREE Ground Transfers

FREE 24-Hour Room Service

NO Charge for Specialty Restaurants and much more.

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About the Ship, Cruise Highlights, Ports of Call & Excursions

Seven Seas Explorer is spaciously intimate, breathlessly elegant and perfectly staffed to offer Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ special brand of all-inclusive luxury. The summer of 2016 will herald not only the launch of the most luxurious ship to sail the seven seas, but also the moment when you can experience the new standard in elegance and sophistication. Journey to the world’s most beautiful places in spacious designer suites, indulge in a decadent treatment at the world renowned Canyon Ranch SpaClub, enjoy a musical performance in a plush lounge, and delight in extensive gourmet dining throughout the day and night.

Dine whenever, wherever and with whomever you choose in any of our open-seating restaurants. Simply request a table when the mood strikes and the Maître D’ will happily seat your party.

Using fresh local produce, dry-aged prime meats, fish and seafood sourced from international markets, delicious artisan cheeses and scrumptious baked goods crafted from the finest imported French flour, combined with all the skills and imagination of our celebrated chefs to put it all together — cruising has never tasted so good. Menus change daily in Compass Rose as a multitude of Continental-inspired dishes are offered during the course of your voyage. Indulge in a Sunday champagne and caviar brunch at La Veranda or at Compass Rose. Dine in elegant surroundings including the iconic Prime 7, the premier steakhouse at sea, and delight in mouth watering entrées paired with distinctive complimentary wines and spirits.

EXP-CompassRose-231x153Much thought was given to the design of Compass Rose, the flagship restaurant of our fleet. The dining room is outfitted with rich woods contrasted by light marble stones and mother of pearl shimmering brightly with an elegant color theme of light shades of blue, white, gold and silver. Compass Rose delights with a beautifully defined atmosphere and transitions from refreshing natural light during the day to a romantic ice blue lighting theme at night. This is the perfect setting for you to enjoy your breakfast, lunch and dinner, where the menu features an exceptional variety of Continental cuisine.

Serving breakfast and lunch, La Veranda is exceedingly popular any time of the day. Spacious and comfortably casual, La Veranda offers regional specialties that often reflect the cuisines of the countries called on, such as Grilled Lamb Chops with Spanish Sherry Sauce or pan-sautéed Mediterranean Sea Bass. Dishes are presented in a buffet style that displays the diversity of the menu. La Veranda also features an authentic pizzeria and a shaded, open-air veranda for dining al fresco.

EXP-LaVeranda-SetteMari-231x153Inspired by the views of the Italian Riviera, the ambiance is one of everyday glamour. Rich blues and whites, contrasted with terrazzo floors and teak wood accents, adorn the interior spaces and culminate in a stylish and spacious al fresco area, replete with comfortable cushioned seating and striped awnings that allow the breeze to flow through. In the evenings, La Veranda transforms into the warm and inviting Sette Mari at La Veranda, where tables are candlelit to match the star-filled skies. The menu also transforms into a tantalizing journey of alluring antipasto, perfect homemade pastas, enticing main courses and divine desserts hailing from all over Italy. Sette Mari at La Veranda is open for dinner only.

Voyager Pool GrillBeing open-air and just steps from the swimming pool on Deck 11, the Pool Grill welcomes casual diners. Its laid-back ambiance invites guests to come directly from lounging in the sun, or for a quick meal between shore excursions. While the atmosphere is deliciously informal, the menu and preparation reflects the same attention to detail as the finest of restaurants.

EXP-Prime7-231x153A true classic in every sense, the Prime 7 restaurant aboard Seven Seas Explorer personifies luxury at every turn. Handsomely decorated with ingenious uses of glass, metal and granite, you will feel as if you have arrived at an iconic members-only club. Enjoy a cocktail at the bar before being taken to your personal banquette. And after savoring a succulent filet mignon or a mouthwatering côte de boeuf, delight in a digestif and a lively conversation with fellow guests in the comfort of supple leather wing-back chairs.

All the traditional starters are here, including Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes, Oysters Rockefeller, and French Onion Soup Gratinée. Of course, beef is the undisputed star, as it is all USD A Prime and Dry-Aged at least 28 days to ensure the ultimate tenderness, juiciness and flavour. “Côte de Boeuf” Bone-in Rib Steak, Porterhouse Steak and succulent Filet Mignon only touch upon the selections. Mouth watering alternatives include Colorado Double-Cut Lamb Chops and Oven-Roasted Organic Free-Range Chicken. Prime 7 is open for dinner only and reservations are required.

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EXP-CoffeeConnection-231x153Visit The Café on Deck 5 mid-ship to enjoy complimentary coffee drinks prepared by our baristas, as well as delicious pastries, gourmet sandwiches and homemade cookies. Additionally, international newspapers and news magazines are made available. This venue to your destination to relax, meet other guests and enjoy coffee and snacks throughout the day.

Enjoy the elegance and sophistication of custom-crafted furnishings, exotic stones and polished woods, designer accessories, eclectic lighting and original artworks throughout. As well as the comforts of a spacious walk-in wardrobe, a grand marble and stone detailed washroom, and the fine details of having your mini-bar personalised with your favourite beverages.

A serene haven of repose. This marvelously appointed suite features an expansive private balcony adjacent to an intimate sitting area. Relax on your queen-size suite slumber bed and take in the ocean views or draw the curtains closed to watch the latest blockbuster on your interactive flat-screen television.

Your refrigerator is fully stocked and your wardrobe contains a plush Regent bathrobe and slippers for your use. And, of course, in your well-appointed bathroom you will find a shower filled with L’Occitane amenities.

Layout:
Intimate sitting area
1 marble and stone detailed bathroom
Private balcony
Built-in closet with safe

Dimensions:
Suite: 219 ft2 (20 m2)
Balcony: 88 ft2 (8 m2)

Highlights:

L’Occitane® Amenities
Queen-size Suite Slumber Beds® in each bedroom
Interactive flat-Screen television & direct-dial satellite phone
Vanity & Hair Dryer
Regent Bathrobes & Slippers
Personalized Mini-Bar Set-up

High-end designer furnishings, comfortable seating, lighting and wall coverings are part of this suite’s elegant decor that transports you to a modern summer house.

A spacious bathroom contains a shower and luxurious amenities from L’Occitane. After a day of exploration, slip into your Regent bathrobe and relax in your private sitting area with a best-selling novel from the library, while basking in the natural light coming in from your private balcony.

Layout:
Intimate sitting area
1 marble and stone detailed bathroom
Private balcony
Walk-in closet with safe

Dimensions:
Suite: 253 ft2 (23.5 m2)
Balcony: 55 – 88 ft2 (5 – 8 m2)

Highlights:
L’Occitane® Amenities
Queen-size Suite Slumber Beds® in each bedroom
Interactive flat-Screen television & direct-dial satellite phone
Vanity & Hair Dryer
Regent Bathrobes & Slippers
Personalized Mini-Bar Set-up

Awaken refreshed and re-energised after a restful sleep on our signature Suite Slumber Bed. Draw back the curtains to unveil the breathtaking landscape of the day’s port and then step out onto your private balcony for a closer look.

This is the way cruising was meant to be, exploring the world with every comfort imaginable. Savour room service in your spacious sitting area and select your outfit from the residential-like walk-in wardrobe. Be spoiled by a crew that is eager to grant your every wish.

Layout:
Intimate sitting area
1 marble and stone detailed bathroom
Private balcony
Walk-in closet with safe

Dimensions:
Suite: 332 ft2 (30.8 m2)
Balcony: 83 – 132 ft2 (7.7 – 12.2 m2)

Highlights:
L’Occitane® Amenities
Queen-size Suite Slumber Beds® in each bedroom
Interactive flat-Screen television & direct-dial satellite phone
Vanity & Hair Dryer
Regent Bathrobes & Slippers
Personalized Mini-Bar Set-up

As a guest in this suite you will enjoy all-inclusive amenities along with enhanced accommodations including an expansive private balcony with direct views of the horizon. A few of these emenities include a FREE pre-cruise luxury hotel package, priority online shore excursion reservations and up to 500 minutes of FREE internet. This is in addition to delighting in a spacious suite that features a private balcony, a generous sitting room and a heavenly Queen-size Suite Slumber Bed.

Layout:
Intimate sitting area
1 marble and stone detailed bathroom
Private balcony
Walk-in closet with safe

Dimensions:
Suite: 332 ft2 (30.8 m2)
Balcony: 83 – 132 ft2 (7.7 – 12.2 m2)

Highlights:
FREE 1-Night Pre-Cruise Luxury Hotel Package including:
– FREE Ground Transfers
– FREE Breakfast
– FREE Porterage
FREE WiFi throughout the ship on selected sailings*
Priority online shore excursions and dining reservations
L’Occitane® Amenities
Queen-size Suite Slumber Beds® in each bedroom
Interactive flat-Screen television & direct-dial satellite phone
Vanity & Hair Dryer
Regent Bathrobes & Slippers
Personalized Mini-Bar Set-up

When you choose this level of opulence, you will undoubtedly enjoy a distinctive element of luxurious personal service that is the hallmark of our six-star ships. Highly trained and profoundly committed to fulfilling to your wishes, your personal butler is eager to tend to your needs around the clock.

In addition, you will arrive to your suite relaxed and refreshed with the added bonus of FREE Business Class flights included in your European voyage fare.

Imagine entering your chic and modern suite and toasting with the world’s best Champagne aboard the most luxurious ship to grace the seven seas.

Layout:
Spacious Living Room with sitting area
1 marble and stone detailed bathroom
Private balcony
Walk-in closet with safe

Dimensions:
Suite: 450 ft2 (41.8 m2)
Balcony: 111 – 176 ft2 (10.3 – 16.3 m2)

Highlights:
FREE Roundtrip Business Class Air* for all intercontinental flights
FREE 1-Night Pre-Cruise Luxury Hotel Package including:
– FREE Ground Transfers
– FREE Breakfast
– FREE Porterage
FREE WiFi throughout the ship on selected sailings*
Priority online shore excursions and dining reservations
10% discount on premium wine and liquor purchases
5% discount on Regent Choice Shore Excursions, Hotel and Land Programs
Personal butler
Hermès® and L’Occitane® amenities
King-size Suite Slumber Bed® in each bedroom
Complimentary use of iPad®
iPhone® docking station
Interactive flat-Screen television & direct-dial satellite phone
Vanity & Hair Dryer
Regent Bathrobes & Slippers
Daily canapés delivered to your suite
Personalized bar replenished daily with your favorite beverages

Delight in a distict air of intimacy, enhanced by the soothing colours and rich textures of your suite. Marble and stone appointments accent the bath, featuring a tub and a shower.

Your butler surprises you daily with a delicious assortment of canapes, and a spacious sitting area provides room to stretch out and watch a movie, read a bestseller, send emails to your friends and family on your in-suite iPad or simply enjoy the ever-changing vistas that line the horizon’s edge from your private balcony.

Layout:
Spacious Living Room with sitting area
1 or 1 1/2 marble and stone detailed bathrooms
Private balcony
Walk-in closet with safe

Dimensions:
Suite: 577 – 655 ft2 (53.6 – 60.8 m2)
Balcony: 166 – 237 ft2 (15.4 – 222)

Highlights:
FREE Roundtrip Business Class Air* on European Voyages
FREE 1-Night Pre-Cruise Luxury Hotel Package including:
– FREE Ground Transfers
– FREE Breakfast
– FREE Porterage
FREE WiFi throughout the ship on selected sailings*
Priority online shore excursions and dining reservations
10% discount on premium wine and liquor purchases
5% discount on Regent Choice Shore Excursions, Hotel and Land Programs
Personal butler
Hermès® and L’Occitane® amenities
King-size Suite Slumber Bed® in each bedroom
Complimentary use of iPad®
iPhone® docking station
Interactive flat-Screen television & direct-dial satellite phone
Vanity & Hair Dryer
Regent Bathrobes & Slippers
Daily canapés delivered to your suite
Personalized bar replenished daily with your favorite beverages

This suite is more than your home away from home – it is modeled after the home of your dreams. Included with your suite is an amiable butler that serves you dinner, course-by-course, in your private dining room, and a meticulous steward that keeps your spacious and posh accommodations in immaculate condition.

Enjoy FREE internet to connect with your friends and family back home, or choose to disconnect from your daily routine while relaxing on your furnished, expansive private balcony with a glass of your favourite libation.

Layout:
Spacious Living Room with sitting area
2 marble and stone detailed bathrooms
Private balcony
Walk-in closet with safe

Dimensions:
Suite: 1,000 – 1,013 ft2 (93 – 94 m2)
Balcony: 277 – 336 ft2 (52.7 – 31.2 m2)

Highlights:
FREE Roundtrip Business Class Air* for all intercontinental flights
FREE 1-Night Pre-Cruise Luxury Hotel Package including:
– FREE Ground Transfers
– FREE Breakfast
– FREE Porterage
FREE Unlimited WiFi throughout the ship*
– One FREE WiFi package, from 30 minutes to FREE Unlimited depending on voyage selected
Priority online shore excursions and dining reservations
10% discount on premium wine and liquor purchases
5% discount on Regent Choice Shore Excursions, Hotel and Land Programs
Personal butler
Hermès® and L’Occitane® amenities
King-size Suite Slumber Bed® in each bedroom
Complimentary use of iPad®
iPhone® docking station
Interactive flat-Screen television & direct-dial satellite phone
Vanity & Hair Dryer
Regent Bathrobes & Slippers
Daily canapés delivered to your suite
Personalized bar replenished daily with your favorite beverages

A grand life – each morning, when you awake from a sound and peaceful sleep, you will feel a sense of joy knowing that you are surrounded by every comfort and luxury imaginable, as you are about to explore a new beautiful part of the world.

On cue, your butler will bring breakfast and your favourite newspaper, along with your freshly pressed clothes you plan on wearing to dinner later that evening. After breakfast, sett off on the adventure you’ve chosen from the extensive menu of FREE unlimited shore excursions, and delight in knowing that this suite awaits you upon your return.

Layout:
Spacious Living Room with sitting area
2 marble and stone detailed bathrooms
Private balcony
Walk-in closet with safe

Dimensions:
Suite: 854 – 920 ft2 (79.3 – 85.5 m2)
Balcony: 732 – 916 ft2 (68 – 90.7 m2)

Highlights:
FREE Roundtrip Business Class Air* for all intercontinental flights
FREE 1-Night Pre-Cruise Luxury Hotel Package including:
– FREE Ground Transfers
– FREE Breakfast
– FREE Porterage
FREE Unlimited WiFi throughout the ship*
– One FREE WiFi package, from 30 minutes to FREE Unlimited depending on voyage selected
Priority online shore excursions and dining reservations
10% discount on premium wine and liquor purchases
5% discount on Regent Choice Shore Excursions, Hotel and Land Programs
Personal butler
Hermès® and L’Occitane® amenities
King-size Suite Slumber Bed® in each bedroom
Complimentary use of iPad®
iPhone® docking station
Interactive flat-Screen television & direct-dial satellite phone
Vanity & Hair Dryer
Regent Bathrobes & Slippers
Daily canapés delivered to your suite
Personalized bar replenished daily with your favorite beverages

With its chic Park Avenue style, replete with rosewood furniture and crystal chandeliers, this suite seduces with its modern sophistication and elegant design. Measuring more than 2,000 square feet, the Master Suite boasts a large living room, where you can comfortably host fellow guests for a wine and cheese tasting while a virtuoso pianist performs on the grand piano.

Delight in the ease of connecting with friends and family from your in-suite iPad with FREE internet. And if there is anything you may need beyond your generously included amenities, your personal butler is eager to please your every whim.

Layout:
Spacious Living Room with sitting area
2 marble and stone detailed bathrooms
Private balcony
Walk-in closet with safe

Dimensions:
Suite: 1,064 – 1,114 ft2 (98.8 – 103.5 m2)
Balcony: 831 – 994 ft2 (77.2 – 92.3 m2)

Highlights:
FREE Roundtrip Business Class Air* on European Voyages
FREE 1-Night Pre-Cruise Luxury Hotel Package including:
– FREE Ground Transfers
– FREE Breakfast
– FREE Porterage
FREE Unlimited WiFi throughout the ship*
– One FREE WiFi package, from 30 minutes to FREE Unlimited depending on voyage selected
Priority online shore excursions and dining reservations
10% discount on premium wine and liquor purchases
5% discount on Regent Choice Shore Excursions, Hotel and Land Programs
Personal butler
Hermès® and L’Occitane® amenities
King-size Suite Slumber Bed® in each bedroom
Complimentary use of iPad®
iPhone® docking station
Interactive flat-Screen television & direct-dial satellite phone
Vanity & Hair Dryer
Regent Bathrobes & Slippers
Daily canapés delivered to your suite
Personalized bar replenished daily with your favorite beverages

Lavish and luminous, the crown jewel of Seven Seas Explorer is the Regent Suite.

Located on the highest deck of the most luxurious vessel in the world, the suite offers an immaculate 270 degree view of the horizon, a private vista garden and a personal in-suite spa treatment area.

Palatial in every sense, the Regent Suite has been impeccably designed with an opulent colour scheme, sumptuous furnishings, masterful artworks and exclusive amenities.

You may choose to entertain friends in your elegant living room with its sweeping, uninterrupted views of the ocean or take a quiet stroll inside your personal serene oasis, the vista garden. Enjoy free unlimited spa services in your private treatment area that is outfitted to accommodate your every want from the Canyon Ranch SpaClub menu without ever having to leave the comforts of your suite. And when you do feel inclined to leave these opulent quarters, a private luxury car and driver await you in every port.

Layout:
Spacious Living Room with sitting area
Private Vista Garden
In-suite spa
2 1/2 marble and stone-detailed bathrooms
Wraparound balcony with two separate balconies
Walk-in closet with safe

Dimensions:
Suite: 2,917 ft2 (271 m2)
Balcony: 958 ft2 (89 m2)

Highlights:
Private car and driver in every port with a personalized guide*
FREE Unlimited In-Suite Spa Services*
FREE 1-Night Pre-Cruise Luxury Hotel Package including:
– FREE Ground Transfers
– FREE Breakfast
– FREE Porterage
FREE Unlimited laundry and pressing*
FREE Unlimited WiFi throughout the ship*
– One FREE WiFi package, from 30 minutes to FREE Unlimited depending on voyage selected
Priority online shore excursions and dining reservations
10% discount on premium wine and liquor purchases
5% discount on Regent Choice Shore Excursions, Hotel and Land Programs
Personal butler
Hermès® and L’Occitane® amenities
King-size Savoir Bed® in Master Bedroom
Complimentary use of iPad®
iPhone® docking station
Interactive flat-Screen television & direct-dial satellite phone
Vanity & Hair Dryer
Regent Bathrobes & Slippers
Daily canapés delivered to your suite
Personalized bar replenished daily with your favorite beverages

RSSC VeniceThis renowned “City of Canals” was built on an archipelago of more than 100 islands formed by about 150 canals. Ancient cobblestone streets lined with tiny ceramic and glass workshops and tempting cafes wind their way between fabulous palazzos and vast town squares along the banks of the canals. For shoppers, the city offers colorful markets; for those interested in architecture, the original Baroque classics, Basilica San Marco, the Rialto Bridge, the Doge’s Palace, and the Bridge of Sighs as viewed from a gondola or toured on foot, are breath-taking. And art lovers should make sure not to miss the Scuola Grande di San Rocco, home to Tintoretto’s finest works; or, for more modern tastes, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, showcasing masterpieces of 20th-century art currents and the avant-garde movements.

RSSC KoperWith its captivating marina and red tiled roofs set against the deep blue of a summer day on the Adriatic, lovely Koper charms with its inviting cafes and old Venetian mansions harking back to its glory days as a jewel of Venice’s overseas empire. Around quaint Titov Square view the Praetorian Palace built in the Venetian Gothic style. Further afield, excursions include the phenomenal Skocjan Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage site, or embark on a trip through the beautiful Slovenian countryside to the capital of Ljubljana followed by an unforgettable river cruise past picturesque historical buildings.

A Walking Tour of Koper

Moderate Activity/Walking
Duration: 2 1/2 hours

An ancient Mediterranean town, Koper lies on the northern coast of the Istrian peninsula, where the Adriatic Sea carves most deeply into the heart of Central Europe. Koper’s rich Venetian Renaissance tradition is very well preserved and its many beautiful squares and burgher buildings bear witness to its long history as an important city of the 1000-year republic. As the capital town of Istria, in Italian, Koper is called Capodistira and translates as the head of Istria. The town’s prosperity has long been founded on maritime trade and today, this pulse is supported by the port of Koper which was founded 50 years ago and has allowed for Koper to become an important maritime gateway for Slovenia and other central and eastern European countries.

This lovely city that faces the sea, enjoys a Mediterranean climate with mild winters and warm and dry summers. Visitors and residents alike are treated to pleasant seaside vistas while being embraced by soft breezes. On days when the sirocco wind blows, the sky can turn an amazing color of scarlet, only serving to add to the allure of this destination.

Joining your local guide at the pier, your walking tour begins by climbing the 100 stairs that lead to the upper level of the town. Your approximately 90-minute stroll through the picturesque town center includes visits to the museum, Pretorian Palace and the Cathedral of St. Mary’s Assumption.

Before heading back to the pier, a stop will be made at Carpaccio Square for a glass of local Slovenian wine and light cheese snack. Those who wish, may stay behind in the city and make their own way back to the ship.

Please note: This tour includes approximately 2 hours of moderate walking – at times on uneven ground. There are also a considerable number of steps (approximately 160) to be negotiated and it is not considered suitable for guests who utilize a wheelchair or those with mobility concerns.

Postojna Cave & Predjama Castle

Light Activity /Walking Regent Choice
Duration: 7 1/4 hours

This amazing tour takes you to the Postojna Cave system, the largest known cave system in Slovenia. What sets the Postojna cave apart from others in the world is its diversity of shapes, stalactite and stalagmite formations, expansive cave areas and water characteristics. Especially noteworthy is the cave’s easy accessibility to visitors. Considered a horizontal cave, the greatest majority of the cave is able to be viewed from well-tended pathways. After an awesome 90-minute visit at this spectacular cave, you will re-join your coach for the short drive to Predjama Castle.

Perched high atop a cliff and only accessible from one side, this stunning castle truly commands the surrounding countryside. A magnificent edifice literally built into the enormous exposed mouth of a vast underground cave system, Predjama Castle is one of the most unique and picturesque castles to be found anywhere and has often been referred to as a masterpiece of medieval ingenuity, courage, cunning and defiance. While today’s castle clearly dates from the Renaissance era and the date of its construction is shown by the coat-of-arms of its owners, the Kobenzl family, as 1583, the castle does conceal an older heart. This interior cave castle was an impregnable refuge and historical sources have shown the castle dates back to the 13th century and perhaps even earlier. Enjoy a photo stop and brief interior visit at this renowned residence of famous knights and noblemen that was at times also notorious for being the hide-out of medieval bandits.

Following your time at the Castle, you’ll return to the pier where your tour concludes.

Please note: This tour includes approximately 2 hours 30 minutes of walking – at times on uneven ground. There are also a considerable number of steps (approximately 130) to be negotiated and it is not considered suitable for guests who utilize a wheelchair or those with mobility concerns. The temperature inside Postojna Cave averages 44 degrees Fahrenheit. The humidity is 90%. Casual lightweight clothing, a light jacket and comfortable walking shoes are suggested.

RSSC ZadarFound on the northern Dalmatian coast of Croatia, Zadar is rich with thousands of years of history. Ruled at various times by the Romans, Ostrogoths, and Byzantium, the city became a center of commerce and naval power rivaling that of Venice. Today, Zadar’s history, culture, and architecture draw visitors from around the world, as does Plitvice National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Charming Split & Diocletian Palace

Light Activity /Walking
Duration: 7 3/4 hours

Tour Split, the second-largest city in Croatia, focusing on the extraordinary palace complex that Roman Emperor Diocletian built at the turn of the 4th century.

After departing from the pier, you will settle in for a relaxing drive south to Split, one of the most exuberant cities in Croatia. Although originally colonized by Greeks, this beautiful coastal area wasn’t developed until Roman Emperor Diocletian built a magnificent palace here in the early 4th century. It’s considered the most historically valuable Roman architecture on the eastern coast of the Adriatic and has been deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

You will discover just how special it is by exploring several different areas of the palace complex, which includes more than 200 buildings, many of them constructed with lustrous white limestone from the nearby island of Brac. The palace is like a city within a city because it contains all sorts of residences, restaurants, museums, cathedrals and ancient Roman relics.

You might begin in the cellar, which in Diocletian’s day was used to store food and wine. The cellar also opened to the sea at that time, allowing noble guests to arrive by ship. Other highlights within the complex include the Cathedral of St. Domnius, which was originally built to be Diocletian’s mausoleum, and the Temple of Jupiter, which became a baptistery.

Following the tour, you will have free time to explore Split further and then linger over a traditional Croatian lunch before returning to the pier in Zadar.

Please note: This tour includes approximately 90-minute of moderate walking, plus any additional walking at the guests’ discretion during free time. There will be some uneven surfaces and steps to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and may not be considered suitable for those with mobility concerns.

Sibenik & Dalmatian Village

Light Activity /Walking
Duration: 6 1/2 hours

Admire the architectural treasures in Sibernik, a village dating back to the 11th century, and then visit a large family-owned farm that is so all-encompassing that it resembles a village.

After departing from the pier, you will settle in for a picturesque drive south to Sibenik, an immensely historical and cultural city at the mouth of the Krka River. Being blessed with one of the finest naturally protected harbors on the Adriatic Sea, Sibenik developed sooner than most Croatian cities and many of its early architectural gems still stand.

Walking through the Old Town, you will view landmarks such as the Church of St. Francis, whose 13th-century cloisters remain intact, the Renaissance-style Town Hall, and the seemingly impenetrable Duke’s Palace, part of Sibenik’s 13th-century defensive system.

Despite the splendor of these signature attractions, the Cathedral of St. James is considered Sibenik’s crown jewel. Deemed a World Heritage Site for skillfully combining architectural influences from Dalmatia, Northern Italy and Tuscany, the cathedral was consecrated in 1555.

Following free time in Sibenik, you will drive inland to a family-owned farm that produces some of Croatia’s finest agricultural products, particularly ham. While touring the farm, you will learn how the pigs and poultry are raised, the olives grown, and the family’s distinctive wine is produced. You will then have the chance to sample some of these traditional Croatian foods before returning to the pier.

Please note: This tour includes approximately 90-minutes of moderate walking/standing, plus any additional walking at the guests’ discretion during free time. There will be some uneven surfaces and steps to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and may not be considered suitable for those with mobility concerns who are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability.

RSSC KotorKotor is a coastal town in Montenegro, located in a most secluded part of the Gulf of Kotor. The old port, surrounded by an impressive city wall built by the House of Nemanjicc, is very well preserved and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Numerous other attractions include the Cathedral of Saint Tryphon in the old town (built in 1166), and ancient walls which stretch directly above the city. Nightlife also attracts tourists to Kotor with pubs, taverns, cafes, and nightclubs.

Town of Kotor & Bay of Kotor Heritage

Light Activity /Walking
Duration: 4 hours

A lovely ride by motor coach takes you to seaside Perast, which was once under Venetian control for nearly 400 years. The serene, medieval town’s architecture reflects its rich maritime history and proud past, especially the ornate Church of Sveti Nikola, which was built between the 15th and 17th centuries. After some free time to explore further, it’s on to Gospa Islet, which you’ll reach by boat. According to legend, seamen created this small man-made island by dropping a rock into Kotor Bay after each successful voyage. The church here is fittingly called Our Lady of the Rocks, and dozens of baroque paintings by a local 17th century artist adorn its walls. After sailing back to shore, you’ll return to Kotor for a fascinating, guided walking tour that starts in the medieval Old Town, which is crisscrossed with narrow streets and squares. After visiting Kotor’s Cathedral of St. Triphon, a beautiful Romanesque basilica, you’re free to shop and enjoy the enchanting setting.

Please note: This tour consists of considerable walking with steps to negotiate at some of the sites and may not be considered suitable for wheelchair guests, those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

Highlights of Montenegro

Light Activity /Walking
Duration: 5 hours

This tour follows a route that inspired Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw to proclaim, “I have heard that the road to Cetinje via Kotor is one of the most beautiful in the world, and that is the reason I have come.” You, too, will be mesmerized by the road’s natural beauty, as you pass majestic mountains on one side and a stunningly beautiful bay on the other. In Cetinje, once the center of Montenegrin rule, you will visit The Museum of King Nikola, followed by a scenic ride along the Budva Riviera, a resort area renowned for its beaches. Once in Kotor, you’ll soon see why the town was deemed a World Heritage Site. The old section of Kotor is well preserved and surrounded by a protective wall built in the Middle Ages. The city boasts many other architecturally important structures, including the Cathedral of Sveti Tripun and the Prince’s Palace.

Please note: Amount of walking (approx. 2 hour 30 minutes). This tour is not considered suitable for guests who utilize a wheelchair. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina.

RSSC BariPerched on the Adriatic Sea, the Italian city of Bari has long served as an important port city for both ancient and modern Italy. Today, its rich past attracts visitors from around the world. The Basilica of Saint Nicholas, built in 1087, holds the remains of its namesake beneath the altar, while the Petruzzelli Theatre is one of the grandest opera houses in the country.

Bari, the City of St. Nicholas

Light Activity /Walking
Duration: 3 1/2 hours

Walk through Old Town, admiring landmark architecture that includes a castle and two churches that respectively hold the holy remains of Saint Nicolas and Saint Sabin.

After departing from the pier, you will enjoy a brief drive through downtown Bari, an area that has been associated with Saint Nicolas since the 11th century when his remains were moved there. Upon arriving in Old Town, you will begin a walking tour of its landmarks, the most dominant being the Norman-Swabian castle that is now a symbol of Bari.

A spectacular example of medieval construction, the four-sided castle features a stone bridge over a dry moat, rampart walls and several stone towers. In more recent times, the castle has been used as a prison, army barracks and headquarters of the Department of Environmental and Historical Buildings.

Continuing through Old Town’s warren of narrow streets, you may see woman hand-making orecchiette (meaning “little ears”) pasta on tabletops outside their homes. The uniquely shaped pasta is the favorite throughout the Puglia region at the heel of Italy’s boot.

Before long, you will reach the Cathedral of San Sabino, which according to legend shelters the saint’s relics. It is a masterpiece of Apulian Romanesque design, as is Bari’s more famous Saint Nicolas Basilica, where the remains of Saint Nicolas lie.

After visiting both churches, you will walk along Bari’s ancient defensive walls by the sea and then return to the pier or remain in Piazza Massari to browse on your own.

Please note: This tour includes nearly 3-hours of guided moderate walking. There will be some uneven surfaces to negotiate. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability.

Castellana Caves, Volare White Cliffs & Polignano a Mare

Light Activity /Walking
Duration: 4 1/2 hours

Behold the natural wonders underground in the labyrinthine Castellana Caves and then enjoy free time in the seaside village of Polignano a Mare.

After departing from the pier, you will drive inland toward the Itria Valley, where you will visit the limestone Castellana Caves. Although the caves were created millions of years ago when an ancient sea retreated, they weren’t discovered until 1938. It was a spectacular find.

The Castellana Caves are the longest network of caves in Italy, and as you walk through them, you will behold extraordinary natural sights such as the massive main chamber, which is illuminated by sunlight. Many of the stalactites and stalagmites have been named to reflect their familiar shapes, which include an owl, a slab of bacon and even the Madonna.

Still it’s the White Cave that captures the imagination. Its uniformly white alabaster walls are said to shine brighter than any other cave walls in the world. Almost every inch of the cave is gleaming white, some of it covered with sparkling crystals.

Then you will head back to the coast for free time in Polignano a Mare. Perched atop white cliffs at the edge of the sea, the town couldn’t be more scenic. While strolling through the narrow streets of Old Town, you will see architecture that reflects Arab, Byzantine, Spanish and Norman designs. You may also spot an ancient archway for a gate that was once the only way into the city. Afterwards, you will return to the pier.

Please note: This tour includes approximately 1-hour of guided moderate walking plus any additional walking at the guests’ discretion during free time in Polignano. There will be some uneven surfaces to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability.

White Ostuni & Olive Oil Tasting

Light Activity /Walking
Duration: 5 1/2 hours

Tour hillside Ostuni, beautiful city that is almost entirely whitewashed, and then stop at a nearby farmhouse to sample the distinct olive oil that has been made here for centuries.

After departing from the pier, you will drive inland to Ostuni, a lovely city that blankets three hills. It’s known as the White City because most of the buildings are whitewashed and radiate in the sunlight. The whitewash makes Ostuni look somewhat Greek. In fact, the name is derived from the Greek word “astynéon,” meaning “new city,” as Ostuni was built over a 1st-century settlement.

The atmosphere is simply delightful. As you walk through the narrow streets and alleyways, it’s easy to become enthralled by the gorgeous setting. Ostuni’s 15th-century cathedral is one of the architectural highlights. Now a national monument, the cathedral boasts a magnificent rose window, a feature characteristic of Romanesque-Gothic structures.

Following the walking tour of Ostuni, you will drive through the surrounding groves of olive trees to a fortified farmhouse known as Masseria Brancati. The olive trees here are hundreds of years old and have been producing extraordinary oil the entire time. While here, you may see an underground olive mill dating to the Roman era, the original living quarters from the 11th century, and a museum with a fascinating collection of farm tools.

After sampling the masseria’s signature olive oil with fresh-baked bread and a local snack known as friselline, you will drive back to the pier.

Please note: This tour includes approximately 90-minutes of guided moderate walking. There are some uneven surfaces to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and may not be suitable for those with mobility concerns who are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability.

RSSC CorfuLegendary Corfu is a lush and romantic island, written about by Homer in his famous Odyssey. The island’s history is full of battles, indicative of Corfu’s turbulent position that lasted until modern times with unification with modern Greece in 1864. Corfu offers a combination of cosmopolitan and time-honored Greece. As well as a flower-strewn countryside and Adriatic-style villages, Corfu has splendid coastal scenery and some excellent secluded beaches.

Achilleion Palace, Perama and Corfu Town

Light Activity /Walking
Duration: 3 1/2 hours

Departing from the port, your coach follows the road leading out of town. Soon you are in the lush Corfiot countryside. Kerkyra is the most verdant of all the Greek Islands and this becomes at once apparent as you are driven through orange, lemon, cypress and olive groves interspersed with vineyards and fields carpeted with beautiful wild flowers, like a garden in paradise which has been decorated by the Gods themselves.

Approximately 20 minutes later you reach the old traditional village of Gastouri and enter the Achilleion Palace, built by the Empress Elisabeth “Sissy” of Austria in 1891, and later owned by Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany. You visit the rooms in the palace, as well as its beautiful gardens offering a spectacular view over the Ionian Sea. The gardens, full of exotic trees and flowers which the empress brought with her from her trips around the world, are adorned with classical statues, as she was very fond of ancient Greek history and mythology. The main Terrace of the Muses, decorated with statues of the Nine Greek Muses and the imposing figures of Achilles Victorious and Achilles Dying, are some of the most interesting.

Leaving Achilleion Palace, your coach takes you to Corfu Town passing by the coastal resort of Perama, from where you will enjoy some excellent views of the Convent of Vlacherna and picturesque Mouse Island. Seize this photo-stop opportunity to test your camera skills on this view – the most photographed location on the island.

Once in the Old Quarter of Corfu, the coaches drop you off in front of the 14th-century Old Venetian Fortress, (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), opposite the central Esplanade Square. While your coach waits for your return, your guide takes you on a beautiful walking tour of the historic center of the Old Town. Walking around in the maze of narrow winding cobbled streets known as kandounia, you visit some of the most elegant quarters of this Venetian-built town, which competes with Naples, Florence and Venice in terms of beauty, style, character and charm.

Walking along the old cricket grounds you will see the Royal Palace of St. George & St. Michael, an imposing building built entirely of yellow Maltese stone by the first British Commissioner of the island. View the spectacular arcades of the Liston Piazza, a down-sized replica of the Rue de Rivoli of Paris, built by the French in the 19th century before heading into the heart of the old town. You visit the 300-year-old Church of Saint Spiridon with its priceless collection of icons and gifts offered to the patron saint of the island, explore the old flea-market, pass by the old Town Hall and then find yourself in the busy shopping district, where you will have some free time for shopping.

Following your tour in town, it is time to board your coach for your return to the ship.

Please note: Guests are encouraged to wear comfortable walking shoes for this tour which involves moderate walking and approximately 80 steps in total to climb at Achilleion Palace.

Explore Corfu By 4×4

Most Active or Strenuous
Duration: 4 1/2 hours

This 4-wheel drive vehicle tour allows you to explore some of the most traditional and typical old villages on the island, not often visited by the tourists, as well as some of the most beautiful parts of the Corfiot countryside. This adventure explores the northwestern parts of the mountainous terrain of Mount Pantokrator, known as the Land of the Gods because of the natural beauty of the area and the breathtaking views over the plains of the island below. Starting from the port, you drive up the main coastal road leading to the north of the island, passing by the resorts of Kontokali, Gouvia and Dassia.

Once in Dassia, you will take a small road shaded by olive trees which passes through Kato (Lower) Korakiana and leads to the village of Ano (Upper) Korakiana. Crossing through the village of Ano Korakiana, one of the oldest, largest and most beautiful Corfiot villages, you take the narrow winding road with the 27 zigzag turns leading up the slopes of Pantokrator Mountain and into the picturesque village of Sokraki, one of the oldest on the island, resting on the top of the mountain, hidden amidst the pine and the olive trees. Once in Sokraki, your guide will take you for a walk around the narrow winding street of the village. You will enjoy a heartening meze (light snack) and a refreshing glass of local wine or a soft drink at the local coffee shop situated at the village square.

Having gathered up your strength, take a fantastic drive along a mountain ridge to the village of Troumbetta, resting on the main pass to the northern part of the island. From there, your drive will lead you to the northwestern shores of the island amidst dense forests of fern, pine and cypress trees and the usual ageless olive groves. You will then arrive to the village of Lakones, perched high on the north-western slopes of Pantokrator Mountain. From here you can enjoy some breathtaking panoramic views of Paleokastritsa, the area known as the Capri of Greece before driving through the valley of Ropa back to your ship.

Please note: The tour is led by professional guides and has a lead driver. Guests wishing to drive themselves need to carry a valid driving license. Drivers are available at an extra cost. Guests must be at least 21 years of age and have a valid driver’s license in their possession. Each 4-wheel drive vehicle carries a driver and three passengers and has a manual transmission.

RSSC ZakynthosThis green gem in the Ionian Sea, frequently called the the Florence of Greece, has a long history shared with many nations, having been occupied by Italy (specifically the Venetians) and later by Turkey. While many visitors choose to stroll the beaches or take a relaxing day cruise, those looking for a glimpse into history should make their way to The New Museum at Solomou Square, with artwork in the Byzantine and post- Byzantine style; or the Museum Solomos & Kalvos, resting place of the native poets, featuring their works and portraits, on St. Markus Square.

Highlights of Zakynthos

Light Activity /Walking
Duration: 4 1/4 hours

Zakynthos Town, historically known as The Venice of the South, is the island’s modern capital and was nearly completely destroyed by an earthquake and fire on August 9, 1953. Afterwards, the town was rebuilt, taking care to preserve its original Venetian and Byzantine style wherever possible.

Tendering ashore, your coach awaits to transport you to Bohali Village, which is located below the Venetian fortress and offers incredible views of Zakynthos town and the surrounding areas for as far as the eye can see. This charming enclave enchants visitors with its quiet lanes, quaint houses with flowered courtyards and elagant tavernas. Enjoy a photo stop here before traveling on.

Your next stop is at the The Church of St. Mavra, located in the village of Maherado, was built during the 14th century and is considered one of the most important and famous churches of the island. The church houses a remarkable collection of fine icons and frescoes painted by famous Greek artists.

Continuing on, you will make your way to Kampi, where the deepest point in the Mediterranean lies just off the dramatic cliffs found here. During your visit, you will be treated to some Greek Mezedes and a traditional folkloric show before it’s time to return to the pier.

Please note: This tour consists of approximately 1-hour of moderate walking and is not available to wheelchair guests. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability.

Panoramic Zakynthos

Light Activity /Walking Minimal Activity Required
Duration: 4 hours

Zakynthos is the third largest of the Ionian Islands and is famous for its wonderful sandy beaches and surrounding crystalline blue waters. The terrain on the island itself is varied; with fertile plains found in the southeastern part and the western section being more mountainous and boasting dramatic steep cliffs along the coastline. The island is also well-known as a habitat for the endangered Caretta-Caretta Logerhead turtles.

Zakynthos Town, historically known as The Venice of the South, is the island’s modern capital and was nearly completely destroyed by an earthquake and fire on August 9, 1953. Afterwards, the town was rebuilt, taking care to preserve its original Venetian and Byzantine style wherever possible.

Arriving ashore, you will board your coach and make the short drive to the main square where you will commence a guided walking tour that passing by Solomos Square, named after the poet who wrote the National Anthem of Greece. Your walking tour will also take you past Zakynthos’ important buildings, such as the Byzantine Museum, the Church of Saint Nicholas and the Cultural Center of Zakynthos along with strolling along the major shopping street.

Re-boarding your coach, you will continue to Bohali village, which is located below the Venetian fortress and offers incredible views of Zakynthos town and the surrounding areas for as far as the eye can see. After a brief photo stop, it’s on to the Monastery of Anafonitria, dedicated to the Virgin Mary, it is the oldest monastery on the island (14th century) and is where St. Dionysios, Patron saint of Zakynthos served as abbot for the majority of his life until his death in 1624. St. Dionysios (St. Dennis) was well-known for his healing powers and compassion and was declared a saint in 1703. During recent renovations, some wonderful 15th century frescos were uncovered. Following your visit at the Monastery, you will head to your final stop, Volimes.

Volimes is a traditional mountain village that is famous for products such as handicrafts, rugs, embroideries, china, honey and pure olive oil, all displayed along the roadside. Free time will be afforded for browsing before returning back to pier.

Please note: This tour consists of approximately 1 hour of moderate walking and is not available to wheelchair guests. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned only to participate to the extent of their personal stamina and ability and may make arrangements with the guide to not participate in some of the walking portions of the tour. Comfortable, flat-heeled, closed-toe walking shoes, a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen are recommended. Shoulders and knees must be covered while visiting the Monastery.

RSSC TaorminaNaxos is gateway to the island of Sicily’s strategically significant northeastern region. From this port city, it is a short transfer to Taormina, resting 820 feet above the sea and overlooking imposing Mount Etna. In the early 20th century, Taormina became a colony for expatriate artists and writers, including D H Lawrence. Highlights of any tour of this city would include the remarkably preserved Roman-style Greek Theater, whose acoustics are still appreciated in performances today; the splendid 15th century Palazzo Corvaia; and the Odeon, a small Imperial Age theater set amidst colorful public gardens.

Hidden Sicily – in the Footsteps of the Godfather

Moderate Activity/Walking
Duration: 4 1/2 hours

Experience Sicily’s unparalleled beauty as featured in The Godfather film series during this scenic tour of Naxos, Savoca and Taormina.

Depart the pier for the brief drive through the small town of Naxos, founded by Greek colonizers in the 8th century BC. While driving along the coastal road, you will pass by villas, flowering gardens and picturesque villages en route to Santa Teresa, the largest coastal town between Messina and Taormina. From here, a picturesque road will take you inland to scenic Savoca, a village nestled between two hills. In a private house at the entrance of the village is the Bar Vitelli, which features a collection of local artisans’ tools and photographs taken when Francis Ford Coppola was in this area filming some scenes for The Godfather II.

Upon arrival, you will visit the Cappuccini Church, whose crypt houses 37 mummified bodies (standing in niches and fully-dressed) of 18th and 19th-century friars and nobles. There are about 30 steps to descend and ascend to reach the catacombs. After visiting Bar Vitelli, you will begin a slow walking tour along the village’s main street, then continue up the hill. Along the way, you will pass by several 15th- and 16th-century churches and the remains of a Norman Castle, and take in magnificent views of the valley.

Next, you will proceed for a brief drive toward Taormina, and a visit to Forza d’Agro. This charming little village overlooks the Arab-Norman castle of Capo Sant’Alessio, and the coastline towards Messina and the strait. In 1990, Al Pacino and Sophia Coppola came here to film some scenes for The Godfather III. From the main square, a lane leads up to circular steps that ascend to the Gothic-Catalan portal in front of the Church of St. Agostino, or Triade, which features a pleasant 15th-century facade.

After a visit to the Baroque-styled Chiesa Madre, you will re-board your coach for the return drive to the pier.

Please note: This tour involves extensive walking over uneven surfaces.

Taormina and Lunch in a Private Villa

Moderate Activity/Walking
Duration: 7 hours

Discover spectacular palaces, scenic vistas and historic sites high above the magnificent Bay of Naxos during this visit to Taormina.

Depart the pier for the brief drive through the small town of Naxos, founded by Greek colonizers in the 8th century BC. Now one of the major tourist centers in Sicily, Naxos offers many fine hotels and facilities. Guests will drive along the coastal road to Taormina, one of the Mediterranean’s most complete Medieval towns. Perched on the side of a hill overlooking the sea, Taormina exudes a delightful character and offers wonderful photo opportunities. Its original buildings in the picturesque town center remain unchanged, and many have retained their characteristic window boxes overflowing with brightly colored flowers.

Upon arrival in Taormina, you’ll begin your walking tour with a brief outside visit to the 15th-century Palazzo Corvaia, a famous palace built in the architectural style of the period, and adorned with classic double windows. Next, our tour will continue on for a visit to the impressive theater built by the Greeks in the 3rd century BC. This remarkable theater retains its excellent acoustics, and is still used for performances during the summer months. Before leaving town, free time will be made to browse Corso Umberto, the main street lined with shops and cafés. Just off this pedestrian avenue, you’ll find many lanes and viuzze, where you can shop for local handicrafts.

Depart Corso Umberto for the short drive to Castello degli Schiavi, a private villa exclusively for you to enjoy a typical Sicilian lunch. Built as a countryside residence for the Prince of Palagnia and Fiumefreddo, Castello degli Schiavi was subsequently restored during the 1750s. The villa features a large courtyard surrounded by a privately-owned house and small chapel dating from 1544. The wine cellars are the foundation of the original building dating back to the year 600 AD. The villa was used as the home of Don Masino Corleone in the movie The Godfather, and appeared on the cover of Life magazine in 1970. Upon arrival at Castello degli Schiavi, your hosts will greet you in the garden, and you’ll enjoy cocktails and lunch while musicians play. Guests will be able to tour the inside of this lovely home, which is decorated in traditional Sicilian style, with family portraits hanging on the walls and plenty of antique furniture.

Following your visit to Castello degli Schiavi, guests will rejoin the coach for the return drive to the ship.

Please note: Extensive walking is required in Taormina, including uphill climbs, steps, and uneven terrain.

RSSC SorrentoSorrento is surely one of the world’s most beautiful towns, built on a coast with breathtaking views and landscapes. Yet it is far from a frivolous vacation destination. The houses, people and the entire region are filled with a history and culture so deep that it can be traced back to the 11th century BC. Overlooking the bay of Naples, the town is the key point on the Sorrentine Peninsula and is one of the most popular destinations of the entire Campania region. Make sure to plan a day trip to Capri, one of the most celebrated Italian islands, noted for its natural beauty.

Capri and Lunch At the Quisisana

Moderate Activity/Walking
Duration: 7 1/2 hours

Ever since ancient Roman times, the fabled resort area of Capri has earned a legendary reputation as “the Island of Love”. Although immortalized in poetry, paintings, songs and movies, the inimitable Capri must be seen up close to be appreciated.

As you come ashore in Sorrento harbor, your guide will take you on a 20-minute journey to Capri by jetfoil. Upon arrival at Marina Grande, the main port of Capri, private taxis will take you to the higher village of Anacapri. There, you can ride a chair lift up the 1,884-foot Mount Solaro for a wonderful, 360° panoramic view. You’ll see the Gulf of Naples, Vesuvius, the Gulf of Salerno, Anacapri Plain, the Sorrentinian Peninsula, Ischia Island and Capri. You’ll then proceed to Capri village, where a wonderful Italian lunch will be served at the famous Deluxe Hotel Quisisana. After lunch, you’ll have free time for shopping or browsing. At the end of your visit, take the famous funicular from La Piazzetta, the main square of Capri, to the pier landing area. Upon arrival, you’ll be taken back to Sorrento by jetfoil.

Please note: A visit to the Blue Grotto is not included in this tour as there are often long waits, and it is subject to weather conditions. Capri is very popular. Therefore, expect crowded streets, traffic delays and lines at the funicular. This tour is not recommended for those with walking difficulties.

Scenic Riviera and Taste of Sorrento

Light Activity /Walking
Duration: 3 1/2 hours

You’ll leave Sorrento for a drive along part of the beautiful coastline and pass the village of Santa Agata. The narrow road winds along the side of rocky seaside cliffs and offers breathtaking views of the Italian Riviera. You’ll marvel at the rocks rising from the sea and see small boats in sheltered sandy coves that look like brightly colored toys from above. Sorrento’s cliff-side setting affords fabulous views across the Bay of Naples, and more breathtaking sights lie ahead, as you proceed along a scenic coastline, dotted with olive groves and fragrant lemon and orange trees.

On the drive back to Sorrento, you will stop at a local farm in the Sorrentine Hills to see a fabulous view of the Gulf of Naples. This agricultural farm produces oranges, lemons, olives and wine, with equipment and methods dating back to the end of the 18th century. You’ll enjoy a light snack of bruschetta and mozzarella, accompanied by a glass of wine or water. Before returning to Sorrento, a stop will be made in town at the Ianuzzi Store for those wishing to leave the tour to shop or explore independently. Later on, you can catch the local shuttle back to the pier at your leisure.

Please note: Mini-buses will be used to transfer guests from the pier to the motor coach parking lot and vice versa. There will be approximately 10 minutes of moderate walking at La Sorgente Farm.

Food & Wine Trails – Wines & Ancient Villas of Vesuvius

Moderate Activity/Walking
Duration: 8 1/2 hours

On August 24, AD 79 in the Italian region of Campania, the earth began to shake and Mount Vesuvius erupted, altering life and land forever. Today you will experience, and even taste, the monumental effects the volcano has on the past and the present. You will visit ancient ruins of a Roman home that, like the neighboring town of Pompeii, was covered in volcanic ash and preserved in time. You will also visit a family-run winery that sits at the foot of the mountain and taste wines made with grapes grown in the now volcanic soil.

You will first have a guided tour of the Villas of Ancient Stabiae, described in a Smithsonian article as “the largest concentration of well-preserved elite seafront Roman villas in the entire Mediterranean world.” Believed to be summer homes of the Roman elite, each villa boasts more than 110,000 square feet of space, with multiple dining rooms that overlook the sea, private heated baths, decorated gardens and huge colonnaded courtyards. Only recently dug out, you can still see the existence of an ancient water heating system, mosaic floors and structure walls decorated with beautiful frescoes.

From Stabiae, you will drive up to the southern face of Vesuvius to the winery and home of the Sorrentino family. The Sorrentino’s have been making wine on this land for more than a century, and are said to produce the finest example of Lacryma Christi wine. You will immediately feel like one of the family as they greet you at the door with open arms. A member of the family will walk you through the vineyards and describe in detail the effects the volcanic soil has on growing grapes, as well as the other fruits and vegetables planted here on their land. Back in the family kitchen, the women of the family will prepare a multi-coursed lunch of local specialties and traditional dishes that will be served with a selection of their highly rated wines.

Regent Seven Seas Cruises is proud to partner with FOOD & WINE TRAILS, America’s foremost culinary travel company, in the offering of this tour. F&WT tours are always kept intimate and visit sites not typically offered by mainstream travel suppliers. Their tours are always led by a knowledgeable, English-speaking sommelier, wine or food expert, cooking instructor or chef, who enjoys introducing visitors to some of the best and most authentic food and wine of their region.

Please note: This tour includes approximately 2-hours of moderate to easy walking; however, there is some uneven terrain and steps to negotiate. Due to excavations taking place, guests should use caution and remain with the group at all times. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Comfortable, weather appropriate clothing and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. While there are public restroom facilities at Villa Arianna, there are none at Villa San Marco. Given it is a set meal that is served on this excursion, guests with any dietary restrictions should advise the Destination Services Desk once on board the ship.

RSSC AmalfiDiscover chic Positano with its relaxed, sophisticated air and white Moorish-style houses clinging to steep slopes around a sparkling bay filled with colorful fishing boats. Then visit enchanting Amalfi and admire the 12th-century Capuchin monastery and see the beautiful 11th-century Cathedral and cloister before exploring on your own. Browse Positano’s boutiques for the town’s locally made casual cotton clothes or search for unique souvenirs in Amalfi. Enjoy delicious fresh seafood and pasta or tempting pastries and espresso in a spectacular seaside, mountainous setting.

Amalfi At a Glance

Light Activity /Walking
Duration: 6 hours

Indulge your senses with the spectacular beauty and flavors of Italy during a memorable ride along Amalfi drive and a short visit to Amalfi.

A shuttle bus will transfer you from the pier to your awaiting coach. After boarding, you will then commence an unforgettable ride along the renowned Amalfi Drive. This narrow road winds alongside the rocky cliffs overlooking the sea and offers breathtaking vistas of the Italian Riviera with each twist and turn. A photo stop will be made so that you can take in the panoramic view and enjoy the marvelous Mediterranean breezes.

Your drive then continues on to Amalfi, located at the mouth of a deep bay. Upon arrival, your guide will tell you about the impressive duomo, the Cathedral of St. Andrew, which will be visited from the outside. The building is a curious combination of Moorish and early Gothic architecture. During your time in Amalfi, you will also be afforded some free time for a stroll along Amalfi’s impressive marina, or you may wish to take this opportunity to browse among the colorful shops and cafés surrounding this charming village.

On the return journey to Sorrento, you will revisit the beauty of the Amalfi Drive. Once back in Sorrento, you have the choice of following your guide on a brief, but interesting orientation tour of the city, or returning directly to the ship.

Please note: This tour includes approximately 1-hour of moderate walking, plus any additional walking at the guests’ discretion during free time. Those wishing to visit the inside of St. Andrew’s Cathedral during free time should be advised that there are 35 steep steps to negotiate. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sun caps; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Guests entering St. Andrew’s must wear conservative attire and have their shoulders, arms and legs covered.

Positano and Lunch At Ristorante Quattro Passi

Light Activity /Walking
Duration: 7 1/2 hours

Indulge your senses with Positano’s spectacular topography, photo opportunities and cuisine during a visit to this resort city, and lunch at the Michelin-rated ristorante, Quattro Passi.

Depart the pier for the scenic drive from Sorrento to Positano along the renowned Amalfi Drive. Formerly a forgotten fishing village, Positano has become a retreat for the wealthy and is now a popular resort area. Upon arrival, you will be able to browse the boutiques along its narrow, undulating streets. As the narrow road winds alongside rocky cliffs overlooking the sea, you will take in breathtaking vistas of the beautiful coastline, rocks and small boats dotting the sandy coves.

Next, a stop for lunch with wine will be made at the well-known, Ristorante Quattro Passi. The restaurant offers spectacular views from its beautiful garden terraces high above the sea. The restaurant boasts an excellent wine cellar, dug out of the tufa rock and well stocked with the finest Italian and International labels. The owners have a special blend of warmth and hospitality, are ready to welcome you and make you feel immediately at home. After lunch, you will re-board your mini-coach for the return drive to Sorrento. Upon arriving back in Sorrento, you may browse the shops (time permitting) or return to the ship.

Please note: Mini-buses will be used to transfer guests from the pier to the motor coach parking lot and vice versa. This Regent Choice tour has limited availability. Flexibility is required, as traffic conditions may affect the duration of stops. The restaurant requires casual, but elegant attire. Bermuda-style shorts, jeans and sleeveless shirts are acceptable. Small mini-coaches are utilized for this tour, which is suited to guests that prefer less walking. However, guests in wheelchairs will require personal assistance to get around in Positano. This tour is not recommended for guests who are prone to motion sickness as the Amalfi Drive is a winding, cliff-side road.

Food & Wine Trails – Amalfi’s Artisans & Vintner From Tramonti

Light Activity /Walking
Duration: 6 1/2 hours

Regent Seven Seas Cruises is proud to partner with Food & Wine Trails, America’s foremost culinary travel company, in the offering of this tour. Food & Wine Trails tours are always kept intimate and visit sites not typically offered by mainstream travel suppliers. Their tours are always led by a knowledgeable, English-speaking sommelier, wine or food expert, cooking instructor or chef, who enjoys introducing visitors to some of the best and most authentic food and wine of their region.

Known for having one of the world’s most spectacular coastal roads, Amalfi is a favorite with foodies, who come to taste locally grown lemons and to sample artisan-made mozzarella cheese. Today, you’ll discover how this region of Italy is a wealth of artisan farmers and budding vintners.

Sit back and enjoy the views during the drive down the coast to the town of Minori, where you will visit an ancient Roman villa from the 1st century A.D. Like the neighboring town of Pompeii, the villa was damaged by Mt. Vesuvius and partially covered in ash, but it was still inhabited till the 8th century AD. Now clear of the ash, the buildings display a splendid example of ancient Roman family life. Discovered in 1932, you can still see the existence of an ancient water heating system, structure walls, and floors decorated with beautiful mosaics. After a guided tour, you’ll take a short walk to visit an artisan limoncello producer. Here you will see a demonstration of how they still make this lemon liqueur by hand, and then taste the delicious results.

Then, you’ll take a short drive inland to the village of Tramonti. You’ll meet one of the region’s budding vintners and visit a small, family-run winery. Walking through his vineyards, he’ll describe how he makes his wines from grapes grown on heritage vines, some of which are more than 100 years old. After, you will be the family’s guest for lunch at their “osteria” (a traditional restaurant) located just across the road. Family members will prepare dishes from authentic Tramonti recipes made with locally grown products and served with two different varietals of wines.

If at the end of the day there is enough time before last tender, you will have some free time in the town of Amalfi to stroll through the streets or shop for artisan-made items to remember the day.

Please note: This tour includes approximately 2-hours of easy to moderate walking; however, there some steps and uneven surfaces to negotiate at the Villa. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and is not considered suitable for those with mobility concerns. Comfortable, weather-appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested. Given it is a set meal that is served on this excursion, guests with any dietary restrictions should advise the Destination Services Desk once on board the ship.

RSSC RomeWhether enjoying the street performers at the Spanish Steps and people-watching over a fine glass of wine in colorful Trastevere, or taking in the historical and architectural glory that is Rome, visitors are spoiled for choice in this truly Eternal City. St. Peter’s Basilica is a full-day outing, featuring the Sistine Chapel and panoramic city vistas for those willing to climb to the top of the dome. Other landmarks not to miss include the renowned Trevi Fountain, the Coliseum, and Aventine Hill, which provides you with a grand view of the imposing remains of the Imperial Palaces and the Circus Maximus, of Ben Hur fame.

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