A glamorous retreat for artists, nobility, and gourmands, choose your small-ship cruise along the Italian and French rivieras en route from Rome to Barcelona. Along the Côte d’Azur, visit historic Marseilles, Nice’s Old Town, and chic Monaco. See the cliff-side villages of Italy’s Cinque Terre, the Renaissance treasures of Florence, or the Tuscan cities of Pisa and Lucca, and Corsica’s Bonifacio.
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.
Rome Pre-Cruise Option
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 Nice, France/Monte Carlo, Monaco
7 Marseilles, France, for Aix-en-Provence
8 Sete for Carcassonne
9 Barcelona, Spain/Disembark ship/Return to the U.S.
Barcelona Post-Cruise Option
Eternal Rome Pre-Cruise Option
Capital of the Roman Empire and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the “Eternal City” of Rome showcases its spectacular landmarks from centuries as a nucleus of power, culture and religion. Tour incredible St. Peter’s Basilica and the opulent Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel, featuring Michelangelo’s famous ceiling frescoes. Visit the historic Roman Forum, the iconic Colosseum and the fifth‑century Church of St. Peter in Chains, which houses Michelangelo’s famed sculpture of Moses. Enjoy two nights in the deluxe Westin Excelsior Rome, ideally located within walking distance of the grand Via Veneto.
Barcelona and Beyond Post-Cruise Option
Experience the heart of Barcelona, the lively capital city of Catalonia, once an ancient Roman trading port. See the Barri Gòtic (Gothic Quarter), the city’s old-world center, with its Roman walls and labyrinthine streets. Tour architect Antoni Gaudí’s extraordinary UNESCO World Heritage-designated Basílica de la Sagrada Família. On a full-day excursion, discover Gaudí’s most hidden treasure, the Crypt of Colonia Güell, and visit spectacular Montserrat and its Benedictine monastery, founded in 1025. Spend two nights in the Five‑Star Majestic Hotel & Spa.