Barcelona
  • Ideal Length:
    12 Days
  • Best Time To Go:
    April - May, August
  • Flight Time:
    LAX 10 Hours 50 Minutes , CHI 8 Hours 20 Minutes, NYC-All Airports 7 Hours 15 Minutes
  • AVERAGE COST PER PERSON (Single occupancy; Airfare not included):
    $3,449

Itinerary

Barcelona
Barcelona1 Day
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  • Take a unique cooking class in Barcelona’s famous La Boqueria Market.
  • Stroll the lively streets to sample the delicious food served at tapas bars.
  • Relax in one of the city’s serene areas such as Park Güell.
  • Go beyond the city limits to shop at luxury outlets and tour cava wineries.
Marseille, France
Marseille1 Day
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  • Let your taste buds be your guide on an exclusive culinary tour in Marseille.
  • Discover why this French city was named the European Capital of Culture.
Monte Carlo
Monte Carlo & Monaco1 Day
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  • Visit the world-renowned Casino de Monte-Carlo.
  • Enjoy a Monégasque and Mediterranean lunch at Castelroc.
  • Visit Le Rocher and Place du Palais to see how the rich lived.
Florence, Italy
Livorno, Florence & Pisa1 Day
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  • Take a sightseeing tour with a gourmet lunch in Florence.
  • Make a traditional panini in an exclusive cooking class.
  • Go shopping along Via Roma and Via Tornabuoni.
Civitavecchia, Italy
Rome & Civitavecchia1 Day
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  • Visit a seaside town known for its restaurants and vibrant nightlife.
  • Explore Rome’s attractions and markets such as Campo de’ Fiori.
Naples, Italy
Naples, Pompeii & Amalfi1 Day
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  • Taste a traditional Italian pie in a unique dining experience.
  • Visit world-class museums and attractions.
  • Explore picturesque Amalfi and Roman ruins in Pompeii.
Strait of Messina
Strait of Messina & Taormina1 Day
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  • Enjoy this waterway's natural beauty and wildlife.
  • Take a walking tour of a historic city in Italy.
Holland America Cruise Ship at Sea
Day at Sea1 Day
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  • Explore cultural and cooking traditions before your next destination.
  • Learn how to share your best video and photos in a unique workshop.
  • Rock out to live musicians who take you on a 50-year chart-topping journey.
Corfu, Greece
Kerkira1 Day
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  • Watch an olive oil-making tradition come to life at a family estate.
  • See how a local family produces wine made since the time of Homer’s Odyssey.
  • Explore an island that has a unique blend of three different cultures.
Dubrovnik, Croatia
Dubrovnik1 Day
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  • Take an immersive tour of Dubrovnik’s Old Town.
  • Embark on a culinary tour to sample innovative cocktails and dishes.
Kotor, Montenegro
  • Discover why this amazing town was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Explore Perast’s historic landmarks and its age-old cooking traditions.
Venice, Italy
Venice2 Days
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  • Taste the local cuisine and sample Veneto wines on a peaceful island.
  • Soak up the atmosphere in a traditional Venetian bacaro near the Grand Canal.
Barcelona Day 1
Marseille Day 2
Monte Carlo & Monaco Day 3
Livorno, Florence & Pisa Day 4
Rome & Civitavecchia Day 5
Naples, Pompeii & Amalfi Day 6
Strait of Messina & Taormina Day 7
Day at Sea Day 8
Kerkira Day 9
Dubrovnik Day 10
Kotor Day 11
Venice Day 12-13
Barcelona Day 1
Barcelona, Spain
On the northeast coast of Spain overlooking the Mediterranean, Barcelona is a vibrant port city, packed with centuries of iconic art and architecture – Gaudí and Picasso both called it home – and lined with sunny white-sand beaches.
La Boqueria
La Boqueria Market Cooking Experience
On a unique FOOD & WINE® shore excursion, guests participate in a hands-on culinary workshop at Casa Guinart, a charcutería with a tapas bar, known for its market-to-table cuisine. The chef will take you grocery shopping for fresh ingredients in the famed Barcelona food market. Afterwards, watch a marvelous culinary creation evolve from simple local produce.
Tapas
Taste for Tapas
After you see the sights, there are lively tapas bars around every corner where you can stop for a drink, a café amb llet (Catalan for espresso with steamed milk) or a snack, no matter the hour.
Catalan Culture and Sightseeing
Catalan Culture & Sights
Explore the Catalan capital’s tourist attractions and historic neighborhoods, Modernisme and world-renowned art museums, galleries and local craft shops – some of which are centuries old and stock traditional Catalan wares.
Park Guell, Barcelona, Spain
Enjoy Barcelona’s Serene Respites
Take a stroll through Gaudí’s mosaic-decorated Park Güell, saunter through the neoclassical maze at the Laberin d’Hora, and visit popular attractions for the perfect panoramic views of the city.
Beyond Barcelona
Day Trip Beyond Barcelona
Take a short trip from Barcelona by car or train, visit luxury outlets, cava wineries, a mountaintop abbey and the sandy beaches of the Mediterranean coast await.
Montenegro

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Marseille Day 2
Marseille, France
Marseille, in the south of France, has more spice, grit and edge than the Provencal towns that surround it. A trade city since the time of ancient Greece, the port seems to always to be on the brink of change, generating an energy that’s hard to find in the timeless and traditional countryside.
Bouillabase in Marseille, France
Tour Marseille’s Culinary Scene
Thanks to a multicultural population, the culinary scene (with seafood dishes and Michelin-starred restaurants galore) goes beyond the classic steak-frites at bistros and brasseries. A 19th-century cathedral presides over the city and the working-class Le Panier district, while Baroque edifices grace the commercial thoroughfare La Canebiere, once compared to the Champ-Élysées.
Marseille, France
Explore a Capital of Culture
In 2013, Marseille was named the European Capital of Culture, sprouting a crop of cultural venues, from striking museums to cutting-edge gallery spaces and thought-provoking concept shops that showcase local talent. Visit the refurbished waterfront for people and boat watching to sampling restaurants famous for bouillabaisse to grabbing a glass of rosé or pastis in one of the outdoor cafés.
Monte Carlo & Monaco Day 3
Monte Carlo
Summary: The tiny and wealthy principality of Monaco, ruled by Prince Albert II, is dominated by attractions in the resort quarter, Monte Carlo, with its casino, internationally acclaimed Opera House and the Triangle d’Or shopping area.
Casino de Monte Carlo
Visit the Famous Casino de Monte-Carlo
In the 1850s, trains put this sun-soaked destination within easy reach of affluent French and British travelers looking for an escape and relaxing things to do. Prince Charles III quickly understood what it would take to seduce tourists and created a Belle Epoque resort featuring the mythic Casino de Monte-Carlo – a must-see sight for any cruiser.
Prince
Lunch at Castelroc
On a FOOD & WINE® shore excursion, discover the history and charm of Monaco, perched above the Cote d’Azur. Take a walking tour of the Old Town passing the Oceanographic Museum, Saint Nicholas Cathedral, and the Prince’s Palace. After shopping in the chic boutiques, enjoy jaw-dropping sea views during lunch at Castelroc, a fourth-generation family restaurant that serves traditional Monégasque cuisine and inventive Mediterranean dishes.
Yachts in Monte Carlo
Peek at the Jet-Set Crowd
On this cruise, guests will have the opportunity to experience opulent sites in Monaco such as the Palace, (called Le Rocher by locals) as well as the toys of the international jet-set crowd such as super yachts that fill the port and ultra-luxury cars that dominate the road.
Livorno, Florence & Pisa Day 4
Florence, Italy
The Renaissance-era port city of Livorno, Italy, gateway to Pisa, Florence and the rest of the attractions of Tuscany, is characterized by its solid 16th-century Fortezza and the charming canal network known as Venezia Nuova, and Livorno is also famous for cacciucco, a spicy fish stew.
Duomo in Florence, Italy
La Ménagére & The Duomo
After a 90-minute motor-coach ride, embark on a private tour of Florence’s iconic landmarks, including the Duomo. Enjoy artfully-designed dishes such as handmade spaghetti with cuttlefish, zucchini, cream and mint at Le Ménagére, a FOOD & WINE® favorite spot. After a gourmet lunch, see famous landmarks such as Piazza della Signoria and Piazza Santa Croce, the final resting place of Machiavelli, Galileo and Michelangelo.
Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy
Ino Panini Workshop & The Uffizi Gallery
This excursion combines the finest art with the best local street food, including a FOOD & WINE® favorite, Ino, a friendly sandwich spot near the Uffizi Gallery. It doubles as a gastronomic shop with fine Italian food, local wines and craft beers. Learn how the make one of the tastiest paninis in town in an exclusive workshop, where selecting quality ingredients is extremely important. Sample your creations with a glass of Chianti, and then explore the renowned Uffizi Museum & Gallery, one of the oldest and most famous museums, rivaled only by the Louvre in its collection of Renaissance masterworks.
Sightseeing in Florence, Italy
Go Sightseeing in Florence
Visit Tuscany’s capital city to see artistic treasures and cultural sites from museums and cloisters to bridges and chapels.
Florence, Italy
Explore Culture Through Food and Drink
Take your palate on a culinary tour of Florence, including tripe stands, hole-in-the-wall wine bars, gourmet restaurants and plenty of down-to-earth family-run trattorias.
Shopping in Florence, Italy
Shopping Spree at Boutiques and Artisan Shops
Florence’s shopping scene offers the designer stores of Via Tornabuoni and Via Roma, but there are plenty of quirky, independent boutiques, too. Discover the city’s traditions of leatherwork, marbled paper, bookbinding and furniture restoration. Explore the artsy Oltrarno neighborhood for artisan workshops, great cafés, bars and restaurants – an authentically Florentine atmosphere.
Venice, Italy

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Rome & Civitavecchia Day 5
Civitavecchia, Italy
Rome is both a modern bustling city and an ancient open-air museum. You can walk in the footsteps of emperors, have coffee in Renaissance piazzas and see contemporary art all in one afternoon.
Civitavecchia Fort Michelangelo
Explore the Charming Civitavecchia
Begin your sightseeing tour in Rome at the nearby port of Civitavecchia, a seaside town with roots that stretch back to the Etruscan era. See Fort Michelangelo (both Bramante and Michelangelo had a hand in its design), and the lungomare, a lively stretch along the sea with beach clubs, bars and restaurants.
Rome Market
See the Eternal City’s Sights & Taste the Food
In Rome, you can fill your day with museums, churches, archaeological sites, traditional trattorias, artisan shops and, of course, gelato. Enjoy superstar attractions such as the Colosseum and the Vatican Museums. For food lovers, you can explore the markets in Campo de’ Fiori or the slightly farther flung Testaccio.
Civitavecchia Villa Borghese
Explore a Hip Neighborhood
Visit the hip neighborhood of Monti and its vibrant piazza scene and boutique shopping. And don’t miss checking out the Villa Borghese, a green oasis that offers spectacular views of Saint Peter’s Basilica and the masterpiece-filled Galleria Borghese.
Naples, Pompeii & Amalfi Day 6
Naples, Italy
Welcome to the third-largest city in Italy after Rome and Milan, and arguably the most colorful and seductive of them all. Naples sits perched behind the wide curve of its bay with brooding Mount Vesuvius and the deep blue sea as its natural backdrop.
pizza
An Eccentric Museum & Excellent Pizza
Guests on this Holland America Line cruise will take a scenic drive through Naples to visit shops with Nativity figurine handicrafts on Via San Gregoria Armeno and step inside the Sansevero Chapel Museum. Try traditional pies and more innovative creations at Palazzo Petrucci Pizzeria, affiliated with the Michelin-starred Palazzo Petrucci, a favorite of FOOD & WINE®. Enjoy dining alfresco on the restaurant’s roof terrace for an unforgettable dining experience.
Museum in Naples, Italy
Naples Sightseeing
This coastal city is home to world-class museums and attractions, suburb restaurants, eclectic shopping, a thriving contemporary art scene and an edgy, vibrant street life. Take an excursion to explore all this magnificent city has to offer.
Pompeii, Italy
Explore Beyond Naples: Pompeii
Visit the Roman ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum, both victims of Mount Vesuvius’ devastating 79 C.E. eruption, located south of Naples. The delightful town of Sorrento and the magnificent scenery of the Amalfi Coast are within reach, and the dolce vita glamour of Capri – and healing thermal waters of Ischia – are a short hydrofoil hop from the mainland.
Strait of Messina & Taormina Day 7
Strait of Messina
Cruise through the Strait of Messina, the narrow waterway between Sicily and Calabria, where its narrowest point – less than two miles – creates a natural bottleneck and a distinct sheltered marine ecosystem. After safe passage, embark on a tour of Taormina, perched 669-feet above the Ionian Sea.
Wildlife near Strait of Messina
Embrace the Strait’s Natural Beauty and Wildlife
The Strait of Messina is a sheltered marine ecosystem and a significant migration point for numerous species of birds, including a large number of raptors and storks, making this one of the most popular bird-watching locations in Europe. Whales also swim along the length of the strait, adding to the area’s remarkable biodiversity. Passengers will have unique opportunities to spot wildlife in the shadow of Mount Etna.
Arena in Toarmina, Italy
Walking Tour of Taormina
This Italian town has a compact historic center that’s best explored on foot. Visit the ancient Greek Theater before shopping and people-watching along the Corso Umberto. Take a cable car to reach the beach at Lido Mazzaró – one of the most picturesque and popular on the island. Taormina is also the ideal jumping-off point for wine-tasting tours on Mt. Etna’s slopes, or a visit to the nearby city of Catania.
Pisa, Italy

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Day at Sea Day 8
Holland America Cruise Ship at Sea
You’re now more than halfway through your journey on the picturesque Mediterranean Sea. Spend the day remembering your trip, relaxing and/or taking advantage of all the onboard activities and entertainment.
HAL EXC Explorations
Explorations Central™ (EXC®)
This is Holland America’s exclusive destination programming designed to deepen your understanding of the places you visit. While on board, EXC Port to Table uses food as the gateway to understand a culture. Delve into each region’s cultural traditions via onboard cooking demonstrations, and food and wine tastings. Other immersive experiences for passengers include EXC Talks, EXC Culture, EXC Photography, EXC Nature and much more!
Digital workshop
Capturing Your Mediterranean Voyage
Take a workshop to learn how to edit, display and share your vacation videos and photographs. Allow your friends and family who couldn’t come along to experience your trip with you!
Billboard Onboard
Billboard Onboard
Passengers who love music will enjoy catching a show or two that feature live musicians who rock the crowd with 50 years of chart-topping hits.
Kerkira Day 9
Corfu, Greece
Welcome to the pearl of the Ionian Sea! Corfu attracted royalty from across Europe in the 19th century, and since then, attracts modern celebrities from all over the world. The island reflects Greek culture, but the food shows a clear nod to nearby Italy, and Corfu also reflects a time when the British ruled the island.
Olive Oil Lunch
Governor Olive Oil Tour
Home to some of the world’s oldest olive trees, Corfu allows foodies the opportunity to visit the Dafnis family estate, where the family has produced award-winning Governor olive oils you have seen featured in FOOD & WINE®. Visit a 15th-century oil press to learn about Governor’s special production techniques. Enjoy an olive oil tasting paired with local delicacies such as cheese, tomatoes and bread from a nearby village.
Corfu Vineyard
Ambelonas Corfu Winery
Journey to the Corfiot countryside where wine enthusiasts will see how wine at one of the island’s most beautiful wine estates has been made since the time of Homer’s Odyssey. Get an overview of how the Karounou family grows and produces a range of products on this property, including wine and olive oil. Enjoy a cooking demonstration, 5-course lunch and leave with a cookbook from the owner filled with recipes you can make from home.
Corfu Tour
Immersive Tour of Corfu
Because this island is a blend of Greek, Italian and British cultures, it makes sense to spend some time learning the history of this beautiful island. Although parts of the island have been overdeveloped, it is still regarded as the most beautiful Greek island with its white-sand beaches, verdant mountains and traditional old villages. Find out why this island inspired famous writers, including Shakespeare, Edward Lear and Gerald Durrell.
Dubrovnik Day 10
Dubrovnik, Croatia
On the southern end of Croatia’s Adriatic Coast, Dubrovnik – once a renowned seafaring, shipbuilding and trading center – is now an enchanting tourist destination. It seduces sightseeing visitors with its polished limestone streets, theatrical architecture, charming cafés, welcoming restaurants and distinctive shops along scenic side streets.
Revelin Fortress, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Enjoy Dubrovnik’s Historic Heart
Wander around Dubrovnik’s Old Town to see how people live in the historic quarter. You may catch the sound of a piano from the High School of Music and Arts, or hear the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra rehearsing in the Revelin Fortress, or encounter school kids on a break. Here, life unrolls as you walk through this unforgettable part of the city.
Dubrovnik drawbridge
Azur Evening
As part of a partnership with FOOD & WINE®, Holland America Line offers this shore excursion that provides passengers with a late afternoon tour of landmarks such as Onofriou’s Fountain, Old Town’s iconic drawbridge, Sponza Palace and more! Quench your thirst at the new Bar by Azur to sample innovative creations. And your final destination is Azur – a cozy bistro tucked into the walls of Old Town. Before a personal visit from the chef, indulge in ‘Croasian cuisine’, a mix of Croatian, Mediterranean, pan-Asian and international flavors.
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Kotor Day 11
Kotor, Montenegro
Cruising into the Bay of Kotor, you’ll be wowed by the dramatic beauty of this coastal Montenegrin town. Dreamy seafront villages are set to a backdrop of mountains plummeting in the Adriatic Sea, while the stone labyrinth of the Old Town is filled with medieval architecture and historic monuments – as well as the narrowest street in the world.
Venetian Fort, Kotor, Montenegro
Explore a Unique UNESCO World Heritage Site
Kotor only became part of Montenegro after World War II, and as such has a very different history than the rest of the country. Kotor escaped Ottoman rule and developed as an important Venetian trading post, before being conquered by the Austro-European Empire, France and Russia. Today, the city pays tribute to this dynamic history with Venetian gates, Napoleon’s theater and Austrian prisons all waiting to be discovered – a reason it was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Perast, Kotor, Montenegro
Kotor Bay & Star Mlini
Take a boat ride across the Kotor Bay to explore Perast. On this small island, take a private tour to visit scared monuments and landmarks, including the Gospa od Skrpjela Baroque church, filled with 68 magnificent paintings created by famous 17th-century artist Tripo Kokolja. Take a break and enjoy a cocktail at a seaside café. Hop on the boat for a scenic ride to Stari Mlini for a delicious Mediterranean lunch using the day’s fresh catch and prepared with 300-year-old cooking techniques. This is a unique excursion and partnership between Holland America Line and FOOD & WINE®.
Venice Day 12-13
Venice, Italy
Built on stilts, Venice is a floating labyrinth of reflections, with mirror and glass sights everywhere, from glorious Venetian architecture echoed in the canal waters to the marble palaces that shimmer in the sky. This popular travel destination will openly reveal its charms even to those who are only here for a few hours, an afternoon or a magical evening.
Mazzorbo Island, Italy
The Venissa Experience
Spend a half day on the peaceful island of Mazzorbo, once a vacation spot for Venetian nobility. Explore the Venissa resort, which includes a pretty vineyard and botanic gardens. Enjoy an aperitif while you take in the natural beauty of the estate, which also includes a Michelin-star restaurant and a less formal restaurant called Osteria Contemporanea, serving fantastic cuisine inspired by local ingredients and paired with wines from the Veneto region. Don’t miss a chance to try the estate’s famous golden Dorona wine.
Scala Contarini del Bovolo, Venice, Italy
The Bacaro Tradition of Venice
Take a private boat tour – a FOOD & WINE® shore excursion – of Venice’s Grand Canal to visit some of the city’s architectural wonders and unforgettable gourmet food. Enjoy a short walk to see landmarks such as Scala Contarini del Bovolo and the Rialto Bridge. For visit Narazaria (a Venetian bacaro) for a self-guided wine-tasting experience that includes a flight of 5 pours of the Amarone di Valpolicella wine with freshly-made chiccheti – Venetian finger foods – offering a taste of the local cuisine.
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