Arrive in Rome and transfer to Civitavecchia to embark the Corinthian.
Arrive on the island of Trapani and drive up the 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, which was built in 420 BC. The temple is among the best preserved ancient Greek sites.
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, spend 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.
Located at the head of Sardinia’s spacious Asinara Bay, Porto Torres, known in antiquity as Turris Libysonis, was one of the island’s most important cities that prospered from its trade with mainland Italy. Abandoned around 1000, it was revived during the later medieval period. Excavations of the ancient city have revealed the remains of temples, baths, streets, and exquisite frescoes and mosaics. Explore the ancient city and also visit the museum, which houses many of the artifacts from the excavations, and the Basilica of San Gavino, the largest Pisan Romanesque church in Sardinia, built in the 11th century.
From Palamos, on Catalonia’s Costa Brava, drive along the coast to Empuries, founded by the Greeks around 600 B.C. Explore the remains of the Greco-Roman cities and, en route back to the ship, stop at the quaint medieval village of Pals.
Sunny Tarragona is a veritable museum-town, containing remains of practically all of the civilizations that crossed the Iberian Peninsula. Explore its Roman remains, including the seaside-facing amphitheater, and visit the Archaeological Museum, which includes part of the Roman city walls, frescoes, sculpture, and pottery. Drive to the Catalonian countryside to visit the Monastery of Poblet. Beautifully located at the feet of the Prades Mountains, this impressive Cistercian abbey is one of the largest in Spain and features a 12th-century church at its center.
Enjoy Corinthian’s amenities and onboard lectures while cruising to Malaga.
Granada exemplifies the best of Moorish art, architecture, and culture. Tour the Alhambra, a network of lavishly decorated palaces and irrigated gardens begun in the 13th century by the caliphs of the Nasrid dynasty. After the Christian reconquest, the Alhambra’s mosque was replaced with a church and additional structures were built. The complex is an architectural marvel of lacy arches, filigreed ceilings, slender columns, intricate stucco work, and romantic courtyards adorned with lovely fountains. Also stroll through the splendid Generalife Gardens, adjacent to the Alhambra, a soothing landscape of pathways, patios, pools, fountains, trees, and flowers of every imaginable hue.
From Huelva, travel to Seville, one of Europe’s most important and affluent maritime cities. Visit the Alcazar, with its charming Murillo Gardens, and the Gothic Cathedral. Also, you may explore the remains of ancient Italica, once the third largest city in the Roman world, or spend time at leisure in Seville.
Enjoy the morning at sea before arriving in Lisbon. Stroll through the Alfama, the city’s oldest district consisting of snaking alleyways, steep cobblestoned streets, and lively tavernas. See the Museu de Artes Decorativas, set in a lovely 17th-century palacio; the Miradouro de Santa Luzia, which offers a splendid view of the tiled roofs of the Alfama; and the 18th-century church of Santa Luzia Visit St. George’s Castle, built in 1147 by King Afonso Henriques as a residence for the Portuguese kings. After the 1755 earthquake, the ramparts remained in ruins until 1938, when a complete renovation began. Next, choose between a visit to Jeronimos Monastery, the culmination of Manueline architecture, or the Gulbenkian Museum, housing one of the finest collections of art in Europe, before returning to the ship.
In the morning, disembark in Lisbon, Portugal, and transfer to the airport for your independent return flights.