Arrive in Rome and transfer to Civitavecchia where you board the Corinthian.
Arrive in Cagliari, Sardinia's capital. Drive to the village of Barumini to visit Su Nuraxi, Sardinia's most important and impressive nuraghic complex. After enjoying lunch on board the ship, spend some time exploring the city on your own. Or, take an optional excursion to Nora, whose ancient remains date from the Carthaginian and Roman periods.
Take a morning excursion to Selinunte, Sicily's most westerly ancient Greek colony. A highland overlooking the sea provides a tranquil setting for the expansive ruins of what was once among the island's most impressive cities. Enjoy the afternoon on your own and explore Marsala, or drive to Motyam, an ancient city which was founded in the 8th century B.C. Visit the museum, then drive to Erice, a mountainous town.
Use the morning to explore the Palace of the Grand Masters and the National Museum of Archaeology. Later, take a short drive to the remarkable Tarxien Temples and on to Hagan Qim, which stands atop a hill and overlooks the sea.
In the morning, drive to Taormina and visit the magnificent Greek theater before spending the afternoon at your leisure.
Palermo, one of Europe's greatest cities in the 12th century, has inherited a rich and tremendous legacy. Take a morning tour and visit the Archaeological museum, La Martorana church, and the glorious Cappella Palatine, one of Italy's finest works of art. In the afternoon, drive to the medieval town of Monreale to visit its famed Norman Cathedral and elegant Cloister. Return to Palermo in the evening and enjoy the city as the sun sets.
From Salerno, choose between two excursions. Travel to Pompeii, the Roman city which was destroyed and preserved by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79. And later visit Ravello, a medieval hillside town which offers stellar views of the area. Alternatively, visit Paestum, an ancient city which was founded by the Greeks around 600 B.C. and later taken over by the Romans.
Disembark in Civitavecchia and transfer to Rome for your independent onward journeys.