Riviera Delights & Taste of Italy - a cruise & land journey

17 Days
Barcelona to Venice
From (CAD)
$ 16,385
Dates & Pricing

2024 Barcelona > Venice

Gems of the Mediterranean Under the Tuscan sun

Hop on and off beautiful islands, discover small ports and stunning coastlines, and uncover hidden secrets on this exceptional itinerary. The country with the largest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the world, home to the world’s favourite foods, and a land of warm, passionate people. Italy is the ideal holiday destination. From Venice’s winding romantic canals to the jaw-dropping murals on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, the country is one magnificent moment after another.
Discover the extraordinary gems of the French and Italian Riviera’s, one of the world’s great coastal destinations, home to gorgeous beaches, luxury hotels, coastal trails, magnificent landscapes and offshore islands. Explore world-famous Monte Carlo, Europe’s centre of elegance, glamour and opulent wealth set alongside the quaint villages and cobblestone streets of fishing villages through Portofino and Porto Santo Stefano. Home to ancient ruins, the world greatest art scene, legendary cities and never ending beaches – the Mediterranean is a visual and sensual feast that is a highlight for travellers from around the world. From being serenaded by gondoliers during your tranquil ride through the Venetian canals, to pretending to support the Leaning Tower of Pisa in your holiday pictures, there is a lot you can check off your ‘things to do in Italy’ list. Besides covering the popular attractions like the Trevi Fountain and Michelangelo’s David, you will also have the chance to explore Italy’s quaint 11th century countryside, dine at a Tuscan farmhouse and bask in the picturesque coastline of Cinque Terre. The popular and hidden wonders of Italy await you on this unforgettable 9-day itinerary.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
OMI4
Duration:
17 days
Departure City:
Barcelona
Return City:
Venice

17 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Barcelona, Spain

    Flying into Barcelona, you will be immersed in a city of fabled architecture and rich culture, before being transferred to Scenic Eclipse to commence your Mediterranean cruise.  

    Please book your flight to arrive into Barcelona prior to 02:00 PM.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Collioure, France

    Bedecked with small beaches, castles by the sea, and pink-domed bell towers, it is little wonder that this town is favourite of artists. Known as the pearl of the Vermillion coast, Collioure has azure waters lapping pebbled beaches and pastel houses surrounding sun dappled squares. Walk through the town and lose yourself on the streets lines with cafes and gelato shops. With a mix of French and Spanish influences, Collioure is famed for its wine and anchovies.
    Today choose one of our Scenic Freechoice activities or join a more active Scenic Discovery excursion.

    Freechoice

    Discover Perpignan with your guide and enjoy the mixture of historical Gothic Art and colourful Art Deco, or enjoy a cooking class learning some regional specialties. Choose to visit the Le Musée d'Art Moderne, one of the best art museums in Europe, or join a walking tour of Collioure.

    Discovery

    Join a local guide hiking along coast, before ending at a local winery for a tasting, or kayak along the rocky coast.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Saint-Tropez

    Famous for its blue seas, stunning beaches, rich connection with a cool local art scene and Tarte Tropézienne, the French Riviera's favourite dessert, Saint-Tropez is a holidaymaker’s paradise. Bridget Bardot transformed the thriving fishing village into the international jet set of the 1950 and 1960s. Stroll along the cobblestone streets of the old fishing quarter of La Ponche and revel in the abstract architecture and sunlit landscapes used in cinematography.
    Today choose one of our Scenic Freechoice activities or join a more active Scenic Discovery excursion.

    Freechoice

    Join a walking tour of Saint-Tropez, the most celebrated city on the French Riviera, or drive to the unique marina village Port Grimaud, known as the ‘Venice of Provence’. Enjoy a panoramic scenic drive along the coastal road and take in the stunning views of rugged shores, sandy beaches and lush vegetation, or visit Gassin and a family run winery for a tasting of the local wines.

    Discovery

    Join an experienced guide for a coastal hike around Cap Camarat.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Monte Carlo, Monaco

    Luxurious high-rise hotels, super yachts and beautiful people at every turn, Monte Carlo attracts high-rollers and prodigious wealth.  From the old town of Monaco, to the Place du Casino designed by the famous architect Charles Garnier there is much on offer. Discover the history of the Grimaldis, forever transformed by Hollywood star Grace Kelly’s marriage to Prince Rainier III. As the second smallest country in the world, Monaco makes up for its lack in size with its elegance, glamour and opulence.

    Today choose one of our Scenic Freechoice activities or join a more active Scenic Discovery excursion.

    Freechoice

    Explore the old city of Monaco and Monte Carlo, or visit the medieval village of Eze. If you’re a fan of Formula One, take the opportunity to follow your guide and walk the track, visiting the famous Rascasse Chicane and the Top Car museum.

    Discovery

    Hike to Monaco Rock through the Old City.

    There is plenty of free time this afternoon to wander the elegant streets at your leisure.

    Enrich

    Savour an exclusive classical concert from The Harpsody Orchestra, performed in one of the historic halls of the Oceanographic Museum.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Antibes

    An ancient town with an iconic skyline, Antibes has stolen the hearts of many. The stunning old town of narrow cobbled streets calling out for you to explore. Learn the fascinating history and see why Antibes was the focus of many Pablo Picasso works.

    Today choose one of our Scenic Freechoice activities or join a more active Scenic Discovery excursion.

    Freechoice

    Discover the scenic beauty of the French Riviera during a picturesque walking tour of the Medieval village of Antibes, or be immersed in the glitz and glamour of Cannes with your guide, escaping to the quiet town of Grasse, the world capital of perfume. Alternatively, discover historic Saint Paul de Vence and Nice, the capital of the Cote d'Azur.

    Discovery

    Enjoy a coastal hiking tour of Cap d’Antibes.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Porto Venere, Italy

    Dubbed the “sixth” Cinque Terre town, Porto Venere is a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site that has extraordinary rocky coastlines, narrows streets winding through a medieval town, and sweeping Mediterranean views. Porto Venere is a hidden gem that is less frequented, allowing you the space to relax and experience the town for all that it is. Previously used as a Roman naval station, there is a lot of history for you to explore along this jagged coastline. Popular poets and writers such as Byron, Shelley and Lawrence are known to have fallen in love with the picturesque harbour.
    Today choose one of our Scenic Freechoice activities or join a more active Scenic Discovery excursion.

    Freechoice

    Take a walking tour to discover the port of Porto Venere or explore one of the Cinque Terre villages. Alternatively, enjoy exploring Pisa and the famous Leaning Tower.

    Discovery

    Hike on Palmaria island.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Porto Santo Stefano

    Dominated by the Spanish fortress, this town has an impressive seafaring tradition, being a stop along the Mediterranean for centuries. From a port that was often a target for pirates in the Middle Ages, to a town that suffered extensive bombings in World War II, the elegant seaside promenade has been rebuilt into a dream destination where you can experience glamour, while strolling through the picturesque alleyways, gelato in hand. Bustling with energy and colour, the stunning sandy beaches and lush countryside will captivate you.
    Today choose one of our Scenic Freechoice activities or join a more active Scenic Discovery excursion.

    Freechoice

    Explore the Botanical Dry Garden, a garden that welcomes 1,500 Mediterranean species that need little or no rain in order to survive, or discover the sculptures at the impressive Tarot Garden before visiting the medieval village Capalbio. Choose to visit the Vulci archaeological site or taste some local food in the Marema region.

    Discovery

    Enjoy a bike tour in the Feniglia Nature Reserve.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Bonifacio, France

    Perched high on white limestone cliffs, Bonifacio is an ancient fortress town with a maze of streets and romantic alleyways to meander. Take a stroll around its ancient citadels, colourful medieval houses, and chapels with faded pastel plasterwork, surrounded by cornflower-blue waters. You will also find are caves to inspect, cliff faces to admire, and clear waters dotted with shipwrecks to explore.
    Today choose one of our Scenic Freechoice activities or join a more active Scenic Discovery excursion.

    Freechoice

    Discover Sartène, the archetypal Corsican village or explore the highlights of Bonifacio. Choose to board a local tender towards Lavezzi Island or learn about the heritage of Corsica and their olive oil history.

    Discovery

    Hike along the limestone cliffs to the headland of Capo Pertusato.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy

    Welcome to Rome where your Italian adventure begins with a two-night stay at the Splendide Royal Roma, your Special Stay hotel. On your walking tour of the historic centre your expert local guide will show you the iconic landmarks including the Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Rome

    Begin by exploring the world’s smallest state, the Vatican City, where you will marvel at the Vatican Museum, the breathtaking Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica, which leads to the magnificent St. Peter’s Square. From there, you will continue to the Forum and the historic Colosseum.

    Enrich

    This evening enjoy a private dinner hosted by a culinary connoisseur accompanied by a wine pairing.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Rome > Florence

    Today drive past tranquil Lake Trasimeno to Siena and enjoy a guided tour through this delightful medieval city.

    Enrich

    Visit a Tuscan farmhouse and discover local wine and oil production techniques. Later, enjoy a tasty rustic lunch featuring the region’s wine
    and produce.

    Continue to San Gimignano for a tour of the city, before heading to Florence for a two-night stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  12. Day 12 - Florence

    Delight in a walking tour of this art lover’s paradise, including a visit to the Academy of Fine Arts to admire Michelangelo’s David.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  13. Day 13 - Florence > Rapallo

    Travel to Pisa to enjoy a guided tour and see its famous tower. Then continue on to Portofino, a gorgeous fishing village, where you will enjoy a scenic cruise, before arriving in Rapallo for a two-night Special Stay at the Excelsior Palace Rapallo.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - Rapallo

    The rugged coastline known as the Cinque Terre is a World Heritage-listed Site that comprises the five villages of Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. They’re accessible only via walking paths, train or boat, which lends itself to the already considerable charm of these unique 11th century villages. Bask in a full day exploring this picturesque coastline.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  15. Day 15 - Rapallo > Venice

    Your first stop today is Modena, where you will visit a producer of traditional balsamic vinegar, including a tasting and a light lunch. Continue to Venice – a truly magical, unique city. A world of wonder awaits with a two-night Special Stay at Hilton Molino Stucky. Your haven of luxury in this busy city offers the perfect place to relax before your next discovery.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  16. Day 16 - Venice

    Enjoy a gondola ride under ancient bridges and among magnificent canals. Marvel at the colourful Grand Canal, glide under the Rialto Bridge and explore the winding canals past ancient mansions and public buildings.

    Freechoice

    Explore the picturesque Dorsoduro district, ending in a private guided visit of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, one of the most renowned masterpieces of modern art in the world. Alternatively, discover Venice’s lesser-known gems on a walking tour. Appreciate the wealth and power that pervaded this maritime city in times past, see the spectacular Doge’s Palace and visit the majestic Basilica of San Marco. Stroll through the stalls of fresh produce at the Rialto Market.

    Raise your glass with your Tour Director and toast the end of a wonderful journey.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  17. Day 17 - Venice

    Bid a fond farewell to Venice.

    The itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons. As such Scenic cannot guarantee the tour will operate unaltered from the itinerary stated above. Please refer to our terms and conditions for further information.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

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