Arrive in Lisbon and embark Corinthian. Settle in to your cabin and familiarize yourself with the ship and her crew.
Sail along the coast of Spain, enjoying the ship’s amenities and lectures by our accompanying guest lecturers, including Yale Professor of Piano, Boris Berman.
Granada exemplifies the best of Moorish art, architecture, and culture. Tour the Alhambra, a striking 13-th century palace begun by the caliphs of the Nasrid dynasty and an architectural marvel of lacy arches, filigreed ceilings, slender columns, and romantic courtyards adorned with lovely fountains. Also stroll through the splendid Generlife Gardens, adjacent to the Alhambra, once the retreat of the caliphs.
A morning tour of the town includes the imposing Castillo de Santa Barbara and the Cathedral of San Nicolas. In the afternoon, drive to Elche (Elx), fames for its exotic palm forest, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, followed by a visit to the Huerta del Cura garden.
Explore Valencis' 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 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. Enjoy a musical performance at a historical venue.
In the morning take a walking tour of this quaint, well-preserved walled town, with time to explore on your own before an early afternoon departure. Enjoy the remainder of the day at sea to relax or attend a presentation by one of the ship's guest lecturers.
From Oristano, explore Sinis, a beautiful strip of beaches and wetlands dotted with Neolithic villages and nuraghi, peculiar Bronze Age towers found only in Sardinia. Visit the peninsula's most important archeological site, the city of Tharros, founded by the Phoenicians around the 8th century BC. Among its remains are the well-preserved thermal baths, with adjoining dressing rooms, saunas, and hot and cold water pools. In the afternoon, enjoy Oristano's lively Piazza Roma, whose Tower of St. Christopher dates back to the 13th century. Explore the town's museum, housed in a 19th-century palazzo, and the Pisan-style Basilica of Santa Giusta.
Arrive in Cagliari, Sardinia's capital, built on a hill facing the sea. Disembark and drive to the village of Barumini to visit Su Nuraxi, Sardinia's most important and impressive nuraghic complex and a UNESCO Heritage of Humanity site. After lunch aboard the ship, spend some time at leisure to explore Cagliari on your own, or take an excursion to Nora, whose ancient remains date from the Carthaginian and Roman periods.
Drive up winding roads to the medieval town of Erice. The town was known for its temple to the fertility goddess, Astarte. Look around the 12th-century Venus Castle and continue to Segesta for a visit to its magnificent Doric temple, built in 420 BC and among the best-preserved ancient Greek sites. This evening enjoy a performance aboard ship.
This morning explore the fabled city of Pompeii, destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79 and frozen in time. In the afternoon visit the National Archeological Museum of Naples. A splendid Baroque palace is the setting for a private musical performance this evening.
Arrive in port at Civitavecchia. Disembark the Corinthian and transfer to the airport to continue your travels homeward.