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Mediterranean Explorer

Cruise Line: Thomson Cruises
Date: 31 October 2017
Duration: 12 nights
Ports of call: Palma | Barcelona | Cote d’Azur | Livorno | Ajaccio | Rome (Civitavecchia) | Naples | Messina | Malta (La Valletta) | Ibiza | Cartagena, Spain | Malaga
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1 Palma, Majorca
Beaches or bargains, the sea or sights. Palma has it all, together with enough sunshine and souvenirs to keep anyone happy.

If you like beaches, cafes or simply lazing around in the sunshine, you'll love Palma, together with the nearby resorts of Palma Nova and Magaluf. Before you relax, though, make sure you visit Palma City itself to see the Moorish palace, the designer stores and the quaint shops and cobbled streets of the old city, behind the Gothic Cathedral. And for souvenirs, make a bee-line for Inca, the largest street market on the island which opens every Thursday.
Tue 31 Oct 2017 Tue 31 Oct 2017 23:00
2 Barcelona, Spain
Its phenomenal reputation makes other cities positively green with envy, and bohemian Barcelona continues to top the popularity charts. So what makes it such a big hit? Well, where do we start?
Wed 01 Nov 2017 09:00 Wed 01 Nov 2017 17:00
3 Toulon (for Cote d'Azur)
Thu 02 Nov 2017 09:00 Thu 02 Nov 2017 17:00
4 Livorno, Italy
Think sights, sights and more sights. This is the perfect excuse to discover the real pleasures of Tuscany, and the real magic of Pisa.

Wander through the ancient cobbled streets of Florence amd enjoy a coffee or Italian ice cream while you soak in the atmosphere. Visit the Uffizi Galleries, one of the best art museums in the world, before taking in the famous Duomo cathedral, the Santo Spirito church and the magnificent bronze doors of the Basilica, aptly named 'the gates of heaven' by Michelangelo. And then wonder if the Leaning Tower, one of four impressive buildings in the Field of Miracles in Pisa, really is a hidden treasures and ambience of Pisa itself.
Fri 03 Nov 2017 Fri 03 Nov 2017
5 Ajaccio, Corsica
Sitting amidst a varied landscape of mountains and beaches, the birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte on the west coast of Corsica is a wonderful destination to explore.

The breathtaking sight when you sail into Ajaccio, with the crystal blue waters contrasting with the green of the beautiful countryside, is just the introduction to Ajaccio. Boasting Corsican architecture as well as a famous military leader, the town features a fascinating blend of French and Italian influences.
Sat 04 Nov 2017 Sat 04 Nov 2017
6 Civitavecchia, Rome, Italy
History doesn't come much better than the Eternal City. Neither does the opportunity to find exclusive designer shops. Discover the old and the new city in Rome.

Whatever you're looking for in Rome, you'll find it. For a touch of the past, try the magnificent 50,000 seater Colosseum, the Pantheon, the Forum Romanum and the Spanish Steps. That's not forgetting the Vatican itself, with St Peter's Cathedral and the unrivalled Vatican Museum. Or the Trevi Fountain where you can throw a coin in the water for good luck. But not all Roman roads are lined with antiquities. Some boast the exclusive shops of Fendi, Valentino and Gucci, while others are lined with bustling cafes from the fancy to the casually friendly.
Sun 05 Nov 2017 Sun 05 Nov 2017
7 Naples, Italy
This is the most spectacular natural setting in Italy. With its beautiful bay overlooked by Mount Vesuvius, a sunny climate and lots to see, Naples is unmissable.

A stroll through the narrow streets and hustle and bustle of the local markets that sell literally everything is an experience in itself in Naples. That's before you discover the memorable sights like the majolica-tiled cloister of the Church of Santa Chiara, the local craftsmen of San Gregorio Armeno who make the famous Neapolitan crèche figures, or the Galleria Umberto where designer shops sit amidst glorious architecture. Don't forget to take the chairlift up to Mount Vesuvius itself or the tour to Pompeii and the ancient ruins of Herculaneum. And why not take the short boat ride to the picturesque and exclusive island of Capri?
Mon 06 Nov 2017 Mon 06 Nov 2017
8 Messina, Sicily
Messina's pretty streets tumble down an emerald green hillside towards the translucent waters of the Mediterranean.
Tue 07 Nov 2017 Tue 07 Nov 2017
9 Valletta, Malta
As the ship cruises into Valletta, a breathtaking landscape of soaring steeples and church domes will rise up to greet you.

Surrounded by tiny villages and a countryside brimming with flowers, Valletta is Malta's quintessential capital. Wander the steep, narrow streets laden with sublime churches, or enjoy a freshly-ground coffee at one of the many pavement cafes, whilst admiring the colourful fishing boats as they sway gently in the alluring harbour. Nearby Mdina, the old capital of Malta, is an impressive walled city finely decorated with Medieval and Baroque architecture. Known as ‘the silent city' because cars are forbidden, horse-drawn carriages trotting through the streets and the gentle chatter of Mdina's inhabitants will be the only sounds to punctuate the peaceful atmosphere.
Wed 08 Nov 2017 Wed 08 Nov 2017
10 At Sea
Thu 09 Nov 2017 Thu 09 Nov 2017
11 Ibiza Town, Ibiza
Nestled on the island's eastern coast, Ibiza Town offers cobbled streets brimming with whitewashed Spanish architecture, sublime views and an impressive Old Town.

Ibiza is an island of contrasts. Warm, turquoise waters lap golden sands while inland the island is a rural patchwork of olive groves, almond trees, fig orchards and wooded hillsides. The capital, Ibiza Town, has retained its 1950's provincial charm and is home to a magnificent fortified old quarter, crowned by a glorious 13th century cathedral that can be seen for miles around.
Fri 10 Nov 2017 12:30 Fri 10 Nov 2017 18:00
12 Cartagena, Spain
Sheltered by a deep bay on Spain's Levant Coast, Cartagena fuses modernity with tradition and is the gateway to Murcia.

Founded in 223 BC by the Carthaginians, and later conquered by the Romans, Cartagena boasts a varied and colourful past. In the 18th Century it rose to pre-eminence as a major Spanish naval base - reminders of Cartagena's seafaring tradition can be seen down in the port where a prototype submarine adorns the quayside. A walk through the city reveals splendid architectural reminders of Cartagena's 'Golden Age', while the Castillo de la Concepcion, the city castle, offers stunning panoramic views over Cartagena. Not far from the city lies Murcia, the regional capital. Murcia's spectacular Baroque cathedral (pictured) is famed for two ornate side chapels: the Gothic Capilla de los Velez and the Renaissance Capilla del Junteron.
Sat 11 Nov 2017 Sat 11 Nov 2017
13 Malaga, Spain
Looking out across the Mediterranean, Malaga overflows with an assortment of architectural treasures and Spain's prized jewel, the Alhambra Palace, is within easy striking distance. Andalucia's second largest city, Malaga, is a bustling port on Spain's sunny Costa del Sol. Standing on a hillside overlooking the city is the 8th-century ‘Alcazaba', an impressive Moorish fortress. Malaga's cathedral is affectionately known as ‘La Manquita', meaning ‘the onearmed one' owing to its half-built tower, abandoned in the 1700s due to insufficient funds. During the Arab occupation of Spain, Malaga was the principle port of the Moorish kingdom of Granada. A short drive inland takes you to the heart of this wonderful city and its celebrated centrepiece, the breathtaking Alhambra Palace
Sun 12 Nov 2017 08:00 Sun 12 Nov 2017
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