You’ll fly to Barcelona to embark the award-winning Silver Shadow, a ship that offers a wonderfully luxurious experience at sea, with spacious suites and your own personal butler while on board. Carrying 382 passengers, it is the perfect size to offer a traditional cruising experience with an intimate feel that makes every passenger feel truly treasured.
Infused with maritime spirit, Marseille is the second-largest city in France. Explore the bohemian Cours Julien lined with bars, music venues, galleries and markets; or visit the Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde. Occupying the highest point of Marseille, the basilica is the most visited building in Marseille.
St Tropez is the Côte d’Azur’s most unashamedly glamorous destination. Shop for beautiful beachwear on rue Gambetta and bring out your purchases for an afternoon on the sands. In the evening, take a taxi into the Provençal hills to enjoy fresh fish and deliciously pink rosé wines, returning to the ship with anticipation for the following day.
Livorno (Florence / Pisa)
Discover Florence, the capital of the Tuscany region, or head to Pisa to see the iconic Leaning Tower from the port of Livorno. Florence is an achingly romantic city of rivers, bridges and Renaissance art and architecture. Or you could explore Pisa’s charming Romanesque buildings, Gothic churches and Renaissance piazzas and its vibrant cafe and bar scene.
Immerse yourself in Rome’s ancient heart and explore the expanse of St Peter’s Square, before walking in the footsteps of Ancient Romans at the Forum. While it’s famed for historic treasures, Rome is a bustling metropolis of modern art and culture.
Boasting gorgeous views of smouldering Vesuvius and the gulf of Naples, Sorrento is glamourous, historic and gorgeous. Explore the web of streets around Piazza Tasso including the 15th century Duomo, sample some of the local dishes washed down with some limoncello or head away from the built up areas and follow one of the many hiking and walking trails, through prolific lemon and olive groves.
This pretty resort overlooking the Ionian Sea has grown from a sleepy fishing village to a popular destination. The old town has a wealth of designer boutiques while the harbour and beachfront lined with bars and pizzerias. Located on Sicily’s rocky east coast, this site is historically important as it was the first Greek colony on the island, called Naxos, and you can see remnants of the town at the archaeological park and museum.
Enjoy complimentary cocktails, live music and engaging conversation with new friends at The Bar, or gaze out at the vista from the Panorama Lounge, drink in hand - the perfect place to unwind, enjoy afternoon tea, listen to the pianist and watch the sun set.
Located on the heel of Italy’s boot, Brindisi is known as the Gateway to the East due to its importance as a port since Roman times. Walk along the seafront promenade, wander around the streets that have welcomed pilgrims, merchants and crusaders heading east for years or sample delicious fish and seafood dishes including urchins, oysters and swordfish.
Split blends ancient monuments, natural beauty and modern Dalmatian life with consummate ease. With its spectacular setting – think mountainous backdrop offset by the turquoise waters of the Adriatic – it’s no wonder that a Roman emperor chose to build his palace here. Today, Diocletian’s Palace is one of the finest and best preserved Roman monuments in the world.
Discover secret passageways, dramatic Gothic architecture and the famous Venetian cuisine; all of which contribute to the beauty and intrigue of this enchanting city. Defying both logic and architectural techniques, the city stands as beautiful as ever, an incredibly well-preserved network of waterways and grand palazzi. Take a trip on a gondola, an iconic experience and undisputed romantic symbol of this timeless city.
Venice – Disembark Ship – Transfer to Lake Garda
Today you’ll disembark Silver Shadow in Venice and be transferred to captivating Lake Garda. Italy’s largest lake glimmers as the main event while mountains rise majestically, colourful towns and villages are wedged among sprawling vineyards and olive groves, and salt-and-pepper beaches are scattered invitingly around the water’s edges.
Italy’s beautiful lakes are one of the country’s most scenic regions, where the Northern Alps tumble down into shimmering waters, dotted with silver-leafed olive trees and pretty villages. You’ll spend two nights in a hotel with time to explore the little towns on the lake. Every day brings a chocolate box of new discoveries: a church resplendent with Renaissance frescoes, a lush botanical garden, a cable car soaring high into the snow-capped mountains – there’s so much to discover.
Embark Venice Simplon-Orient-Express
Today you transfer to Verona to begin your journey home on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. As you glide through beautiful countryside, you will be served a three-course lunch in the luxurious dining car. After lunch, enjoy the scenic route as it floats past your window before delighting in a leisurely four-course dinner prepared by skilled French chefs. After your sumptuous dining, retire to your cabin to find it has been effortlessly transformed into a haven of rest.
London – Disembark
Wake to peaceful views and breakfast in your cabin before delighting in a delicious brunch as you sweep through northern France towards the Channel. Back on English soil, you’ll board the equally luxurious British Pullman for a traditional afternoon tea, accompanied by a glass of sparkling wine before arriving in London, your Mediterranean experience complete.
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