Enjoy the sun-drenched landscapes and lush, mountainous backdrops of the French and Italian Riviera’s and islands, a glamorous retreat for artists, writers, nobility and gourmands.
Gail Cornell is an architectural historian and graduate of Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. She has been a frequent speaker on international study tours for 20 years. Her research and lectures on the history of Western architecture have taken her to Italy, Turkey, Greece, France, Spain, Portugal and North Africa numerous times. She is an Adjunct Faculty member of New York University and Hunter College and a Lecturer at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Gail also volunteers her time as an architectural historian at New York City’s historic City Hall and Tweed Courthouse. She is a member of the American Institute of Architects and the Society of Architectural Historians.
1 Depart the U.S.
2 Rome, Italy/Civitavecchia/Embark m.s. Le Lyrial
3 Bonifacio, Corsica, France
4 Livorno, Italy, for Florence or Pisa and Lucca
5 Porto Venere for Cinque Terre/Portofino
6 Monte Carlo, Monaco/St. Tropez
7 Marseilles, France, for Aix-en-Provence
8 Sete for Carcassonne
9 Barcelona, Spain/Disembark ship/Return to the U.S.
Cruise itinerary subject to change
Eternal Rome – Pre-Cruise Option
Capital of the Roman Empire and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the “Eternal City” of Rome showcases its spectacular ancient landmarks from centuries as a nucleus of power, culture and religion. Visit the iconic Colosseum, the historic Roman Forum and the Church of St. Peter in Chains, which houses Michelangelo’s famed sculpture of Moses. Enjoy a tour of incredible St. Peter’s Basilica and walk through the opulent Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel, featuring Michelangelo’s famous, awe-inspiring ceiling frescoes. Accommodations are for two nights in the deluxe WESTIN EXCELSIOR ROME, ideally located within walking distance of the grand Via Veneto, one of the most elegant streets in all of Rome.
Barcelona and Beyond – Post-Cruise Option
Experience the heart of Barcelona, the lively capital city of Catalonia and once an ancient Roman trading port. Tour architect Antoni Gaudí’s extraordinary UNESCO World Heritage-designated Basílica de la Sagrada Família. See the original Old Town; the exciting Barri Gòtic (Gothic Quarter) with its Roman walls; the Passeig de Gràcia, Barcelona’s famous main thoroughfare; and Montjuic (Jewish Mountain), host of the 1929 International Exhibition and the 1992 Olympic Games. Visit spectacular Montserrat and its historic Benedictine monastery, founded in 1025. En route, stop in the Penedés wine region and visit the largest wine cellars in the world. Accommodations for two nights are in the Five-Star MAJESTIC HOTEL & SPA.