The Mediterranean is the perfect destination to satisfy every traveler, regardless of what you are looking for! Explore ancient civilizations, discover ruins, take in beautiful scenery, meet the locals, visit religious sites, study the architecture – you’ll be pressed to find enough time to take it all in! With ports in dozens of Mediterranean cities, from Naples which offers access to the ruined city of Pompeii, to Athens, Crete, and Kusadasi (just to name a few), your Royal Caribbean cruise offers the promise of an unforgettable journey into countries with fascinating storied pasts.

If you begin your cruise in Civitavecchia, the gateway to all the magnificence of the ancient city of Rome, make sure you spend a few days in Rome first. Whether it’s the Forum, the Sistine Chapel, the Pantheon or St. Peter’s Basilica that sparks your interest and intellect, Rome is home to a lifetime’s worth of historical, architectural and spiritual sites. Turkey invites you to Kusadasi, which provides access to Ephesus, a once powerful trading and religious city created by the Ionians in the 11th century B.C. and later expanded by the Romans. In Split, one of the Adriatic’s most amazing seaports and Croatia’s second-largest city, explore Diocletian’s Palace, one of the best-preserved Roman royal residences on the planet, which was built around 295 AD. The long sheltered beaches of Limassol, Cyprus give way to the foothills that are home to the grape vines used to make the area’s famous wines, which are celebrated each September during the Cyrpus Wine Festival.

In other words, whether you prefer the charming legacy of the Renaissance in Livorno, Italy, the cultural epicenter of Barcelona, the breathtaking landscape of Corfu, Greece, or the glamour of Cannes, you’ll find history at every turn, art and culture that will astound you, and of course some of the most delicious food you have ever tasted! Get ready for the trip of a lifetime!

Sample Itinerary: Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy; Messina (Sicily), Italy; Piraeus (Athens), Greece; Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey; Chania (Souda), Crete, Greece; Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy.

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Explore England’s secret jewels on this amazing self-driven seven-night tour! From Shakespeare’s birthplace to the refined elegance of Chatsworth House, the scenic beauty of the Yorkshire and the historic cities of Oxford and York, this itinerary will inspire and delight you! Best of all, you’ll experience the charm of Europe first-hand with accommodations in some of the United Kingdom’s most beautiful manor houses!

Welcome to London! After picking up your car, you will travel to Hendon for your first night in Hendon Hall Hotel. The first full day of your trip will take you via Oxford through the beautiful Cotswolds on to Stratford upon Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare, and where you can stroll down the streets in the famous university town of Oxford, which is just an hour away. You’ll stay at the Ettington Park Hotel before setting off north toward Nantwich the following day. The medieval Coventry Cathedral, Lichfield, and National Memorial Arboretum, should not be missed along the way! That evening you’ll get a good night’s rest at the Rookery Hotel & Spa. Continuing on your journey, the next day will take you further north via Chatsworth House to Wetherby. You’ll want to allow some time to stop at Haddon Hall, an Elizabethan manor house which is often used for period film locations, before resting overnight at Wood Hall Hotel. The following day’s route will take you through York, Scarborough and Whitby into Yorkshire, the largest of all English counties, and finally into Yarm, where you’ll stay at the Crathorne Hall Hotel for two nights. You will have more time the next day to explore the beautiful area of North Yorkshire and Yarm in northern England. You can also travel to Hexam, an historic, bustling town in the heart of the Tyne Valley, and later on to Alston, the highest town in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Your last stop on this amazing trek through the United Kingdom is Edinburgh, which you’ll reach via the coastal route. A visit at Alnwick Castle is highly recommended (did you know that this castle was featured in the first two Harry Potter films?), before retiring to the Norton House Hotel for your final night in Edinburgh.

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A trip to Italy’s Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance, and Cortona, one of Italy’s oldest towns, will leave you mesmerized, no matter how many times you visit. Soak up the romance, nostalgia, traditions, energy and flavors of Florence and the surrounding Tuscan region in Cortona with a chance to be at peace with the open road with your car rental, a sightseeing tour, two cooking classes, as well as a visit to a wine cellar. You’ve also got three awe-inspiring opportunities to taste the Italian countryside, from biking along the verdant green hills where you’ll catch gorgeous vistas of the vineyards and villas, to a sweet-as-can-be tiramisu tasting and demonstration, to a chance to explore the quintessential flavors of Italy – pizza and gelato!

Discover the charm and elegance of the boutique Hotel Brunelleschi Florence, decorated to exude an intimate and romantic atmosphere. The presence of the city itself can be seen inside the boutique hotel rooms with paintings detailing the main monuments, as well as the glass bathroom doors coated with a special design taken from the Pazzi Chapel, designed by Brunelleschi. Cortona’s Hotel Il Falconiere (Relais & Chateaux) invites you to relax in a delightful combination of country elegance and the pleasures of inspiring food and interesting excursions to discover the Tuscan countryside. The frescoed walls, original antique furniture, four-poster beds and hand-loomed fabrics make this charming residence and chateau the perfect place for a traditional holiday, and ideal for those who love the countryside.

The cuisine of Cortona comes to life with your two included cooking classes, which celebrate traditional Tuscan cuisine, and are taught by either Silvia Baracchi, chef-owner of Relais Il Falconiere, or by one of the restaurant chefs. From delicious bread and pasta, to stress-free main courses, impressive starters and tempting desserts, you will learn to the secrets to cooking authentic Tuscan cuisine in focused, spirited classes in the residential-style kitchen. After your cooking classes, you will be served the food you’ve prepared for lunch or dinner in the charming dining room. You’ll love wine tasting at the Baracchi Wine Cellar, which has a marvelous view of the Valdichiana under the charming Tuscan sun. The cellar boasts an excellent collection of wine, grappa and extra virgin olive oil, all of which are tributes to the land and history of Cortona.

Choose one of three amazing options for exploring Cortona further. One of the best ways to enjoy Tuscany’s warmer months is via a fabulous day tour biking through the Chianti countryside near Florence. Enjoy a wonderful lunch at a famous Tuscan restaurant and savor a wine tasting at a stunning Renaissance villa. All the while, your great guide will share fascinating stories that will bring the past to life on this eco-friendly tour. You don’t have to be a biking expert, either, however you must feel comfortable riding a bike both in the historical center of Florence and on rolling country hills. After a few hours of working up an appetite on your bike, it’s time to enjoy lunch. If you choose the tantalizing tiramisu tasting, you’ll get to participate in the creation of three fantastic variations of this delicious and classic dessert, which can be made with coffee, coconut or chocolate creams, and mocha, espresso or American coffees. Each version produces exceptional flavors that you’ll want to taste again and again. Sip a cup of tea, coffee or cappuccino as you sample the fresh flavors of this incomparable dessert at the end of class; and don’t forget to take a copy of the recipe to bring home! Florence is the perfect place to indulge in fresh pizza and gelato – so delizioso! Let the professional pizza chef, called a pizzaiolo, guide you as you make a tender and flexible yeast dough that stretches until it’s almost paper-thin, and then impart the trick for a flavorful light tomato sauce. And after pizza it’s time for gelato! Learn about the basic raw ingredients, how to select the best products available according to specific principles, the development and application of natural colors, the heating and freezing techniques, and then comes the best part – tasting the flavors!

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Hyatt’s five-star luxury boutique hotel, Andaz Liverpool Street, warmly welcomes guests to discover the unrivaled city of London, the old and the new; to experience it authentically and intimately; to arrive a visitor and depart a local. Indulge in uncomplicated personalized service and inspiring experiences that redefine traditional hotel luxury at the Andaz, where the local neighborhood’s culture makes its way into the walls of its hotels. A stay at the Andaz puts you in the ideal location to explore London and its surrounding areas.

Located in the heart of the city and bordering vibrant East London, Andaz Liverpool Street hotel lends itself as the perfect location. An address adjacent to Liverpool Street station enables ease of access in and around London with the iconic Tower Bridge, Tower of London and St Paul’s Cathedral all within close walking distance. Whilst near this historic area of London, Andaz Liverpool Street hotel also provides a gateway between the City and East London’s buzzing Shoreditch restaurant, bar and nightlife scene. Just off the main tourist track, an array of art galleries, boutiques and markets await to be uncovered. For high street shopping, Oxford Street and Westfield Stratford City (Europe’s largest urban shopping centre) are each a 10 minute tube journey from the hotel.

Opened as the Great Eastern Hotel in 1884 and one of London’s original railway hotels, the Andaz is housed in a beautiful redbrick Victorian building designed by the architects of London’s famed Houses of Parliament. Once inside it transforms into a 21st-century masterpiece, a stunning blend of traditional and contemporary features throughout. The beautifully appointed guest rooms, seven fabulous restaurants and bars and 24-hour Health Club access cements its reputation as one of London’s most stylish hotels.

While the prominent historical sites are all within walking distance of the hotel, if you fancy seeing a different side to the city, the Andaz’s location on the fringes of creative and vibrant East London opens a door to a world of hidden gems including graffiti art, up and coming designer boutiques and museums and art galleries. If you are looking to ramble through markets, Columbia Road Flower Market, Old Spitalfields Market and Leadenhall Markets are all on the doorstep. For drinking and eating, you could not be in a better location, with East London’s Brick Lane, Shoreditch and Hoxton areas nearby.

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Stroll through the renowned Louvre Museum, one of the world’s largest, and the most visited, museums; then make your way to the Musee d’Orsay to view the impressive collection of impressionist and post-impressionist art. The Pompidou Center was launched as a cultural institution, and you’ll get to explore the modern art it houses. Paris is one of the most amazing art history destinations in the world, and you’ll have five days to explore it by visiting three of the best museums, each an attraction on its own!

The Louvre is the perfect place to take a closer look at formative works from the world’s Egyptian, Greek, Etruscan and Roman civilizations, and to see first-hand magnificent masterpieces, including the one and only Mona Lisa. What was once a palace during the medieval period is now the Louvre, which houses 35,000 works of art in eight departments in a space that spans more than 645,000 square feet.

Set in the former Gare d’Orsay, an impressive Beaux-Arts railway station that dates back to the late 1800s, the Musee d’Orsay is best known for its extensive collection of impressionist and post-impressionist masterpieces, known as the largest in the world, by painters including Monet, Manet, Degas, Renoir, Cezanne, Seurat, Sisley, van Gogh and Gaugin. No trip to the Musee d’Orsay is complete without a visit to van Gogh’s breathtaking Starry Night Over the Rhone.

In 1969, French President Georges Pompidou launched the idea of creating a cultural institution in Paris dedicated to modern art. From Matisse to Chagall, Picasso and Dali, the Pompidou Center hosts a fascinating modern art collect right in the heart of the city! The Centre Georges Pompidou, also known as the Pompidou Centre, houses the Bibliotheque publique d’information, a vast public library, the Musee National d’Art Moderne, which is the largest museum for modern art in Europe, and IRCAM, a center for music and acoustic research. Among the exhibitions that have graced the Pompidou Center are collections by Picasso, Miro, Andy Warhol, and Dali.

While Paris’ museums can mesmerize for days, the rest of the City of Light offers culture and beauty at every turn. Your five-day Metro and Bus Passes grant you unlimited access to Paris, its inner suburbs, La Defense, and Saint-Denis Basilique, so that you can explore the wonderful capital of France inside and out! After days of walking all over the city, you can relax at the Hotel Littre, where you’ll have all the calm, privacy and services you need at your fingertips. The Hotel Littre welcomes you into its charming atmosphere, set in the middle of Paris.

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Explore two of Europe’s most dazzling cities on this exceptional culinary and history tour. From the height of the Eiffel Tower, to the depths of the Colosseum underground, you’ll tour some of the most famous attractions and significant landmarks, bringing the ancient French and Roman cultures into a modern reality. With a professional chef-led culinary experience in both cities, you’ll also get to feast your way through these amazing regions!

The hotel Le Littre will host you in the City of Light, and puts you on the Paris Left Bank, between Saint Germain des Pres and Montparnasse, the new areas for fashion designers and luxury shops. Stroll up and down the famous Champs Elysees and pose in front the Arc de Triomphe, which impressively stands above the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, solemnly commemorating the dead of the two world wars. See all of Paris from the top of the Eiffel Tower – and skip the line as you make your way to the top!

Bring your appetite to Paris for your French market cooking class, a wonderful four-hour experience that begins with a stroll through the market with your guide and chef, where you’ll learn about the seasonal vegetables, meats, poultry, and cheeses that you’ll be cooking with later. This culinary experience differs from others in that the menu is not established until the small class shops – everyone will decide as a group what to buy and what to cook! And of course the best part of all cooking classes is the privilege of feasting on the fruits of your labor at the end!

After a short flight, make your way to the second half of your trip – the one and only, Eternal City! Discover all the romance and wonders for which Rome is known during your stay at the four-star Fortyseven Hotel, which puts you right in the heart of the city, near the charming, medieval neighborhood of Trastevere, where you can explore the hidden corners of Rome. This hotel also gives you convenient access to some of the most famous Roman landmarks, including the Forum, Piazza Venezia, the Domus Aurea, as well as the seventh-century church of San Giorgio al Velabro, and several archaeological sites such as the Teatro Marcello. But of all Rome’s sites, you won’t want to miss the Colosseum, and your small group tour of ancient Rome includes an underground visit to this famous landmark! The ancient Roman games come to life, and you can almost hear the echoes of ancient Rome cheer as you walk through the same tunnels where lions and tigers once roared from their cages, and where gladiators sharpened their swords.

Chef Andrea Consoli will instruct you step by step through your five-hour Italian cooking class in the quaint neighborhood of Trastevere. Under the chef’s guidance and expertise, you’ll prepare a four-course meal of antipasto, homemade pasta, a succulent second course, all to be completed with a decadent dessert, all with organic ingredients.

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Whatever your age or interest, each month in Paris has its unique attractions and pleasures: cutting-edge fashion, food, and fun offered against a backdrop of 3,000 years worth of history! Tour the magnificent landmarks and sites of this beautiful city, and then cruise along the River Seine. Savor the culinary delights of French cuisine as you learn the techniques behind preparing your favorite food, and dine at the famous restaurant at the Eiffel Tower.

The hotel Le Littre is peacefully located on the Paris Left Bank, between Saint Germain des Pres and Montparnasse, the new areas for fashion designers and luxury shops. Stroll up and down the famous Champs Elysees and pose in front the Arc de Triomphe, which impressively stands above the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, solemnly commemorating the dead of the two world wars.

Surround yourself in everything delicious that Paris has to offer! For cooks from around the world, L’Atelier Des Sens and La Cuisine Paris are the schools for learning the secrets of French cuisine. Both schools offer hands-on cooking classes in professional kitchens, led by skilled chefs who will impart their lessons on the artful French technique. From learning how to make macarons, croissants, and the quintessential French baguette, you’ll take home the best souvenir of all: French culinary savoir-faire!

Lunch at 58 Tour Eiffel is sure to be a memorable experience! The large windows of this restaurant, located on the first floor of the Eiffel Tower, offer breathtaking views of the Trocadero, as well as up-close views of the tower itself. Savor delicious traditional French cuisine while enjoying quintessential Paris!

Your Seine River cruise is an exceptional and relaxing way to explore the city of romance. It will take you along the cherished river along Paris’ most treasured landmarks, including the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, and Notre Dame, and under numerous bridges, including Pont-Neuf, the oldest, built in 1607.

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Get ready for an illuminating experience in the City of Lights! Paris will mesmerize you with its beauty, history and cuisine, and you’ll have the opportunity to experience all three. From the top of the Eiffel Tower, to the calm waters of the Seine for a champagne sipping cruise, and down to the market where you’ll prepare for your chef-led cooking class, this is sure to be a decadent and delicious Parisian experience from beginning to end!

Stay in grand comfort at the Paris’ Hotel Le Littre, which puts you on the Left Bank, between Saint Germain des Pres and Montparnasse, the new areas for fashion designers and luxury shops. Stroll up and down the famous Champs Elysees and pose in front the Arc de Triomphe, which impressively stands above the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, solemnly commemorating the dead of the two world wars. You’ll pass more of Paris’ famous landmarks and structures as you make your way down the Seine on a champagne sipping cruise, replete with tastings of a Brut, a Demi Sec and a Rose champagne and a wine and cheese lunch. This is truly the most indulgent way to taste Paris! Of all Paris’ sights, one landmark you absolutely cannot miss is the Eiffel Tower, the tallest structure in all of Paris. You’ll see all of the City of Lights from the top, and with your skip the line pass, you won’t have to waste any time ascending all 1,063 feet!

Bring your appetite to Paris for your French market cooking class, a wonderful four-hour experience that begins with a stroll through the market with your guide and chef, where you’ll learn about the seasonal vegetables, meats, poultry, and cheeses that you’ll be cooking with later. This culinary experience differs from others in that the menu is not established until the small class shops – everyone will decide as a group what to buy and what to cook! And of course the best part of all cooking classes is the privilege of feasting on the fruits of your labor at the end!

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Escape to the stunning scenery and paramount beauty of Italy’s beloved Amalfi Coast and the eternal charm of Rome! Whether you’ve been to Italy before or this is your first time, you’ll fall in love with the wide spectrum of wonders this country has to offer, from ancient ruins to gorgeous relics, a captivating culture, breathtaking sites, and a passion for Catholicism. Soak up as much as you can on three tours, one of the outdoor museum of Pompeii, preserved under several meters of ash from volcanic eruption; another of the enchanting coastline of Capri; as well as a quintessential tour of the Vatican in Rome.

Begin your Italian journey with a stay at the four-star Hotel Palazzo Murat in Positano, a historical palace in the heart of the city. You won’t want to forget to bring your camera to capture memories of Positano, the most photogenic city along the Italian coast. Prepare to fall in love with the colorful, steep streets with houses stacked high, fashionable boutiques, the charm of crumbling stucco, and the special atmosphere that makes Positano positively perfect. The ash-covered Roman ruins of Pompeii will take your breath away on a private half-day tour. Your English-speaking guide will lead you through the winding streets of this industrious city, which today serves as an excavation site, and which lays covered in 4-6 meters of ash after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD.

You’ll then continue on to Capri, where you’ll stay at the four-star hotel La Palma. Located in the most vibrant area of the island, this convivial boutique hotel is the perfect choice for those who appreciate authenticity and high quality hospitality. Built in 1822, this is the oldest hotel on the island of Capri, and it offers a warm welcome after days spent touring the fabled beauty of this Mediterranean oasis set on the Tyrrhenian Sea. An English-speaking guide will lead you on a private boat tour of the island, which is the ideal way to explore all of the island’s private beaches and caves. And no Capri boat tour would be complete without an exploration of the brilliant emerald and azure waters of the Grotta Azzurra (the Blue Grotto)!

After a ferry ride to Naples, private transfers will take you to the last leg of your trip – the one and only, Eternal City! Spend the last two days discovering all the romance and wonders for which the Eternal City is known during your stay at the four-star Fortyseven Hotel. You’ll be right in the heart of the city, near the charming, medieval neighborhood of Trastevere, where you can explore the hidden corners of Rome. This hotel also gives you convenient access to some of the most famous Roman landmarks, including the Forum, Piazza Venezia, the Domus Aurea, as well as the seventh-century church of San Giorgio al Velabro, and several archaeological sites such as the Teatro Marcello. Explore the awe-inspiring beauty of antiquity, culture and religion on a half-day small group tour to the Vatican, one of the most significantly historic sites in all the world!

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There are several reasons every visitor to Prague falls captive to its legendary beauty – from the winding cobblestone streets and the hilltop castle, you’ll find Gothic, baroque, art nouveau and cubist architecture around the city, in addition to hidden courtyards, old-fashioned pubs and quirky sculptures on every corner. Just as the Vltava River bends sharply to the East, you’ll want to make your way East to Prague for an unforgettable trip to this amazing city. Two privately-guided tours will enhance your travels with first-hand knowledge about the history of Prague and it’s ancient neighbor to the South, Cesky Krumlov.

Housed in the Gothic and Renaissance architecture, Prague’s millennium-long history shines at the Savic Hotel, where some parts of the original ceiling date back to 1319! The wooden beams and original paintings will transport you back to the 14th century in one of the few hotels in Prague that can boast such antiquity. Without compromising its heritage, the hotel has been renovated to also feature modern amenities for your convenience and comfort. Spend some time relaxing in the quaint courtyard at the center of the hotel before following the cobblestone alleys surrounding this ideally-located hotel to the city’s most popular landmarks, including the famous Charles Bridge, the historic district, and Old Town Square.

Make the most of your travels with a half-day private Grand City Tour! Your English-speaking driver and guide will take you to the most interesting historical sites around Prague, including City Hall, Wenceslas Square, and the National Museum. You’ll also visit Charles Square before enjoying a ride alongside and across the river Vltava to Prague Castle. After a short walk, return to Old town square in the city center where you can admire the Tyn Church, St.Nicholas Church and the Astronomical Clock in the Old Town Hall.

Head a few hours south to the South Bohemian region of Cesky Krumlov to visit this beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site! Your English-speaking driver will guide you for the day around this medieval town, past many of the 300 well-preserved local historical houses, and into Cesky Krumlov Castle, which dates all the way back to 1240!

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