Malaga, Spain / EmbarkArrive in Malaga and embark Corinthian.
At Sea / ValenciaSail along the coast of Spain, enjoying the ship’s amenities and lectures by our accompanying guest lecturers. Enjoy a musical performance in Valencia with local musicians at a historical venue.
Valencia, SpainExplore Valencia's Old Town, visiting the 13th-century Cathedral, with paintings by Goya, and view the Generalitat Palace. Also visit La Lonja de la Seda, a masterpiece of late Gothic architecture. Built between 1482 and 1533, this group of buildings was originally used for trading in silk. The grandiose Sala de Contratacion, in particular, illustrates the power and wealth of a major Mediterranean mercantile city in the 15th and 16th centuries. In the afternoon visit the remarkable City of Arts and Sciences, a cultural complex designed by native architect Santiago Calatrava.
Mahon, MenorcaYour tour of Mahon, the island of Menorca's main port, reveals an unusual hybrid architectural styles comprised of classical Georgian sash-windowed town houses and traditional Spanish homes lining its narrow streets and bustling waterfront. After visiting Mahon's Museum of Menorca, continue to the site of Torralba d’en Salord, which contains the island’s largest and best-preserved prehistoric settlements.
Alghero, SardiniaTour Alghero, the region’s major fishing port. Known as “Barcelonetta” because of its predominantly Catalan flavor, Alghero is graced with picturesque cobblestoned streets and flamboyantly decorated churches in its historic core. Also visit the nearby Anghelu Ruiu Necropolis—a pre-Nuraghic cave complex with more than 30 hypogea (underground temples or tombs)—and the Nuraghe Palmavera before returning to Alghero. Enjoy a musical program aboard ship.
Bonifacio, CorsicaCall in Bonifacio, built on spectacular high cliffs on Corsica’s south coast. Stroll through the striking town, with its winding medieval lanes and brightly colored houses adorned with imaginative family crests. Admire the fine Gothic architecture and dramatic scenery from the limestone cliffs, facing the sea.
At SeaRelax aboard your luxurious vessel and enjoy the numerous on board amenities.
Valletta, MaltaIn the morning explore the Palace of the Grand Masters, St. John’s Co-Cathedral and the National Museum of Archaeology. Then it’s a short drive to the remarkable Tarxien Temples, which date back to 2800 B.C. and onto Hagar Qim, an even older temple that stands atop a hill on the southern edge of the island overlooking the sea. Enjoy a private musical performance at a historical venue with local musicians.
Syracuse, SicilyColonized by the Greeks in the 8th century B.C., Syracuse became one of the most powerful and prestigious cities of the ancient world, rousing the hostility of Athens. Discover the 15,000-seat Greek theater, among the most impressive to survive from antiquity, and the elliptical Roman amphitheater. After a visit to the Archaeological Museum, walk the winding lanes of Syracuse’s Old Town and explore the remains of the Temple of Apollo, the Fountain of Aretusa, and the Cathedral, which incorporates the remains of the famed Temple of Athena.
Otranto / LecceBuilt around an attractive bay, Otranto was the embarkation port of the Crusades and a leading trading center. Enjoy the 11th-century cathedral, known for its floor mosaic depicting biblical and other scenes, and the Byzantine church of San Pietro, whose interior is covered with frescoes. Alternatively visit the proudly Baroque town of Lecce and tour the Piazza del Duomo and Cathedral, Basilica of Santa Croce, and the Amphitheater in Piazza Oronzo.
Igoumenitsa, GreeceCall at Igoumenitsa and travel to Dodoni, the oldest oracular site in Greece, perhaps dating to 1000 B.C. Beautifully situated in a valley below Mt. Tomaros, the site includes a superb theater, built during the reign of King Pyrrhus (3rd century B.C.). With walls 65 feet high and a seating capacity of 20,000, it was the second largest theater in Greece, and was later used by the Romans for gladiatorial events.
Kotor, MontenegroMagnificently set amid Europe’s southernmost fjord, Kotor was well regarded for its masons and icon artists. On a walking tour through this car-free UNESCO World Heritage site, visit the 12th-century Cathedral of St. Tryphon as well as the Cathedral Square and the Lapidarium. Enjoy a wonderful, private musical performance by local musicians aboard ship.
Dubrovnik, CroatiaFor hundreds of years, Dubrovnik (the “Pearl of the Adriatic”) was an independent city-state set in competition with Venice for Constantinople’s trade routes. Visit the Franciscan Monastery, Dominican Monastery, and the Baroque Cathedral, containing works by Titian and Andrea del Sarto. Also view the wonderful courtyard of the Rector’s Palace.
Dubrovnik / DisembarkDisembark and transfer to airport for return flights.