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Mediterranean Charms

  • Departure DateApr – Oct 2022
  • MSC Cruises MSC Seaside
  • 7 Nights Fly Cruise
  • Prices From £1,299 per person

Itinerary

  • Rome
  • Palermo
  • Cagliari
  • Palma de Majorca
  • Valencia
  • Marseille
  • Genoa, Italy
  • Rome

Appreciate the beauty of the Mediterranean on this fantastic cruise holiday on board the stunning MSC Seaside. Be transported in style through continuous picturesque surroundings and sun-kissed ports of call. Visit scintillating Sicily and be amazed by its dazzling landscapes, cultural treasures and bustling markets. Delight in the dreamy beaches of Sardinia and discover the art collection at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Mallorca. Explore the breath-taking City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia, the city’s modern crown jewel. Finally, while away the hours in Genoa by people watching in the gorgeous main square, Piazza de Ferrari.

Highlights

  • Gratuities Included 

What's Included?

  • Return flights from UK (call about regional departures)
  • 7 night cruise onboard MSC Seaside on a full board basis
  • Gratuities

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Departure DateInteriorOceanviewBalconySuite
Various£1,299£1,449£1,569-

Prices based on 24 Apr 2022 flying from London. Prices are subject to availability and may change out with our control. Flight supplements from regional airports will apply. For a live price for your chosen date, airport and hotels please call our Cruise Experts.

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Itinerary for Mediterranean Charms

Day 1 - Fly UK to Rome / Embark MSC Seaside in Rome

Discover the culture and colour of Civitavecchia, an MSC Mediterranean Cruises destination. This Italian gem is an enjoyable flight from many European and non-European cities. Celebrated for its 16th-century Michelangelo Fort, ancient Taurine Baths, and marble Vanvitelli fountain, the port is a convenient starting point for visiting Rome, Italy’s regal and romantic capital.

Day 2 - Palermo

The port of Palermo, a buzzing MSC Mediterranean Cruises destination, is the regional capital of the island of Sicily. This cosmopolitan city is known for its heavenly architecture, serious street food, and outrageously beautiful beaches.

Day 3 - Cagliari

From an MSC ship on the Mediterranean Sea, the view of Cagliari, Sardinia’s capital and main port, is striking. Crowned by its historic nucleus squeezed within a protective ring of Pisan fortifications, Cagliari’s setting is enhanced by the calm lagoons to the east and west of the city, a habitat for cranes, cormorants and flamingos. During your excursion to the centre of Cagliari, the promenades along Via Manno are the smartest you’ll see in Sardinia. These then drop down to the noisier Piazza Yenne and Largo Carlo Felice, around which most of the shops, restaurants, banks and hotels are located. At the bottom of Cagliari, the porticos of portside Via Roma shelter more shops and bars. Cagliari’s main attractions are the archaeological museum with its captivating collection of nuraghic statuettes, the city walls with their two Pisan towers looking down over the Mediterranean Sea and the port, and the cathedral – all within easy distance of each other. There are also a sprinkling of Roman remains, including an impressive amphitheatre, while nearby excursions include Nora, the most complete ancient site on Sardinia, and the islands of Sant’Antioco and San Pietro. Almost all the sightseeing you’ll want to do on your holiday in Cagliari is encompassed within the old Castello quarter, on the hill overlooking the port. The most evocative entry to this is from the monumental Bastione San Remy on Piazza Costituzione, whose nineteenth-century imperialist tone is tempered by the graffiti and weeds sprouting out of its walls. It’s worth the haul up the grandiose flight of steps inside for Cagliari’s best views over the port and the lagoons beyond.

Day 4 - Palma de Majorca

The port city of Palma, an MSC Mediterranean Cruises destination, lies on the south coast of Mallorca. Founded in 124 B.C., Palma is celebrated for its medieval streets, jaw-dropping architecture, and ancient fortified walls. See buildings such as the Cathedral of Santa Maria which features designs by Gaudí and one of the world’s largest stained-glass windows, or the Gothic Bellver castle with its circular centre and eye-catching towers. MSC Cruises excursions offer plenty of exciting things to see including: • The Cathedral of La Seu • Sóller and Vintage Train Ride • Dragon’s Caves Explore the wonders of Palma de Mallorca on an unforgettable MSC Cruises excursion. Ride a bike or go on foot to see landmark sights across the city. Take in Palma’s most remarkable building: the 14th-century La Seu. Positioned atop the former citadel, this Gothic cathedral was constructed almost 400 years ago. Spanish traditions are kept alive at Balearic Coliseum in Plaza de Toros, a historical arena that still hosts bullfights. Or take a trip to La Almudaina, the glorious summer residence of the Spanish Royal Family. Visit superb Sóller on an MSC Cruises excursion, a coastal town with a backdrop of mountains. The town houses awe-inspiring architecture such as the Banco de Sóller, designed by Juan Rubió, a pupil of Gaudí. Next, catch a ride on the early-20th-century Ferrocarril de Sóller electric train where you’ll take picture-postcard photos of the spectacular scenery. Journey through magical hills, glimpsing orange groves and viaducts, before entering the tunnels the Serra de Tramuntana mountains. If you love dramatic landscapes, don’t miss an MSC Cruises excursion to the Dragon Caves, Mallorca’s mysterious underground world. Forged from years of coastal erosion, this geological system boasts a number of highlights including four great chambers, the Baths of Diana, stalactites and stalagmites, and the impressive Lake Martel. Immerse yourself in this magnificent spectacle and listen to an amazing concert staged on small boats. Back aboveground, finish your cruise with a visit to the glimmering Pearl Factory, a real treat for jewellery lovers!

Day 5 - Valencia

Formerly a Roman settlement, Valencia is a charismatic port city on the coast of Spain, and an MSC Mediterranean Cruises destination. Its marriage of modern and ancient architecture is a sight to behold – from the futuristic stylings of the City of Arts and Sciences to the 13th-centry Valencia Cathedral. Walk around its avenues and squares and soak up the city’s spellbinding energy. For restful pursuits, take in the beauty of its protected natural wonders including Albufera National Park.

Day 6 - Marseille

On the spectacular coastline of the French Riviera lies Marseille, an MSC Mediterranean Cruises destination. This atmospheric port city is known for its unique mix of grit and glamour, seen in its labyrinth of streets and historical architecture. Only a few miles from Marseille’s charismatic cafes and bustling Vieux Port, stunning cities are to be found. Visit Aix-en-Provence, birthplace of Cézanne, or take in the ancient beauty of Avignon.

Day 7 - Genoa, Italy

Genoa is marvellously eclectic, vibrant and full of rough-edged style; it’s a great cruise excursion. Indeed “La Superba” (The Superb), as it was known at the height of its authority as a Mediterranean superpower, boasts more zest and intrigue than all the surrounding coastal resorts put together. During a holiday to Genoa you can explore its old town: a dense and fascinating warren of medieval alleyways home to large palazzi built in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries by Genoa’s wealthy mercantile families and now transformed into museums and art galleries. You should seek out the Cattedrale di San Lorenzo, the Palazzo Ducale, and the Renaissance palaces of Via Garibaldi which contain the cream of Genoa’s art collections, as well as furniture and decor from the grandest days of the city’s past, when its ships sailed to all corners of the Mediterranean Sea. The Acquario di Genova is the city’s pride and joy, parked like a giant ocean liner on the waterfront, with seventy tanks housing sea creatures from all the world’s major habitats, including the world’s biggest reconstruction of a Caribbean coral reef. It’s a great aquarium by any standards, the second largest in Europe by capacity, and boasts a fashionably ecology-conscious slant and excellent background information in Italian and English. Just 35 km south of Genoa, there’s no denying the appeal of Portofino, tucked into a protected inlet surrounded by lush cypress- and olive-clad slopes. It’s an A-list resort that has been attracting high-flying bankers, celebs and their hangers-on for years, as evidenced by the flotillas of giant yachts usually anchored just outside. It’s a tiny place that is attractive yet somehow off-putting at the same time, with a quota of fancy shops, bars and restaurants for a place twice its size.

Rome, disembark & transfer to airport

Discover the culture and colour of Civitavecchia, an MSC Mediterranean Cruises destination. This Italian gem is an enjoyable flight from many European and non-European cities. Celebrated for its 16th-century Michelangelo Fort, ancient Taurine Baths, and marble Vanvitelli fountain, the port is a convenient starting point for visiting Rome, Italy’s regal and romantic capital.

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Superb service from start to finish very friendly knowledgable staff who made the experience of booking very easy . They go above and beyond to help you with all of your needs. I highly recommend CruiseKings and use them every time I cruise

Ms Stewart / November 2021

Excellent service and always competent staff. Able to pull packages together at very competitive prices.

Mr Kay / November 2021

Have contacted CK twice. On both calls l experienced excellent, polite, etc, etc service I cannot praise your two employees highly enough..

Ms Bancroft / November 2021

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