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Civitavecchia (Rome) Roundtrip

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Explore the sunny jewels of the Mediterranean on this stunning 11-day Italy to Italy small ship cruise. Begin in Civitavecchia and sail for Portofino, Sanary-sur-Mer, Cavalaire-sur-Mer, Saint-Tropez, Frejus, Portovenere, and more stunning ports. As you sail, keep your eyes on the gorgeous landscape and watch the horizon for the presence of marine mammals and seabirds. Disembark daily to explore magnificent ancient cities and lively colorful markets, and take advantage of the ship's bicycles to explore the area on your own.
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Highlights
  • Discover the ancient heart of Rome
  • Enjoy the picturesque fishing village of Portofino
  • Explore the hilltop village of Sanary-sur-Mer
  • Visit the award winning rose wineries at Saint-Tropez
Trip Type:
  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy | Embark

Civitavecchia is a major port located in Rome, primarily utilized for maritime transportation of goods, as well as a fishing port. The commune’s name means “ancient town” and is one of the “Motorways of the Sea” in the Mediterranean, functioning as one of the main links between the mainland of Italy and Sardinia. The ancient name of the port was “Centumcellae,” first mentioned in a letter written by Pliny the Younger in 107 A.D., although scholars debate on whether the name was about the number of rooms of the Trajan Villa or the number of natural creeks on the coast. Civitavecchia is a part of the Lazio Territory, an area which was confirmed to have social groups since pre-historic times, and the modern town was built over a pre-existing settlement of the Etruscan people in 107-108 B.C.E. (who debated to have founded Rome). At the beginning of the 2nd century, the harbor and town of Centumcellae were simultaneously developed by Emperor Trajan in the territory of Aquae Tauri. As the town became more popular for ships traveling westbound, the Thermal Baths were constructed on the hill of Ficoncella. Centumcellae flourished in the Imperial Age, and by 538 A.D., it had become a Byzantine stronghold. In 728 A.D., it became a member of the Papal States. The Saracens raided Centumcellae many times in the 9th century, prompting Pope Leo VII to have a newer and more secure settlement built by 854. The town, then known as Civita Vetula, was under the rule of several lords, and the Popes temporarily lost control during the French Rule in 1798-1815. In 1870 it entered the Kingdom of Italy. Civitavecchia was severely damaged during WWII, destroying many of the ancient monuments including Forte Michelangelo, which would be rebuilt in the 1950s. Popular points of interest include the Forte Michelangelo, Terme Taurine, and Cattedrale di San Francesco. There is a wealth of Roman and Vatican architecture and tourists are encouraged to visit many of the museums and take the cultural tours available in this important seaport.

Day 2: Portofino, Italy

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The picturesque fishing village of Portofino can be found along the Italian Riviera and is one of the most popular resort getaways in all of Italy. Portofino has been a staple of tourism in Italy since the 19th century, officially replacing fishing as its chief industry in 1950. Portofino is twinned with Kinsale, Ireland, and Palma (de Mallorca), Spain. Roman philosopher and military commander Pliny the Elder declared that Portofino was founded by the Romans, and with the high concentration of dolphins found in the Tigullian Gulf, it was named the “Port of the Dolphin” - Portus Delphini. Portofino was primarily a member of the Republic of Genoa in the early days, and never provided more than a resting area for the merchant navy due to its naturally cramped harbor. The Republic of Florence purchased Portofino in 1409 from French King Charles VI, yet returned when the Florentines were ousted. Portofino became a part of the Kingdom of Sardinia in 1815, and during Risorgimento, it became a member of the Kingdom of Italy in 1861. Aristocratic visitors from Northern Europe began visiting the town in the 19th century, leading to eventual vacation homes and celebrities appearing in Portofino. Portofino is a naturally beautiful port with colorful, iconic architecture that was even replicated as a hotel resort at the Universal Orlando Resort in Orlando. The Tokyo Disney Resort in Japan also created a seaside town based on Portofino. Tourists like to visit the museum Castello Brown, which provides a great view of the town, as well as the churches of St. Martin, Oratorio di Nostra Signora Assunta, and St. George - the latter containing some relics of saints. When visiting Portofino, be sure to take a guided dive to the Portofino Marine Park, as well as take a glimpse at the recently restored famous underwater statue, the Christ of the Abyss.

Day 3: Sanary-sur-Mer, France

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Sanary-sur-Mer is a Provencal village located in the Var department in the Provences-Alpes-Côtes d'Azur region of France. Most visitors fall in love with the town shortly after they arrive. The harbor has several traditional wooden boats called “points” that are used by the fisherman daily. They sell their catch each morning on the harbor front. Market day is always a special treat so plan accordingly. The nearby village of Bandol has some of the oldest vineyards in France. It’s an easy bike ride down the coast from Sanary-sur-Mer. Other options include a land adventure to the nearby town of Castellet a typical hilltop village where you can explore and have a nice wine tasting. Golf at De La Fregate as well as water sports is also an option here.

Day 4-5: Cavalaire-sur-Mer, France | Saint-Tropez, France

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  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Sail to Cavalaire-sur-Mer, France in the morning and enjoy the relaxing views.

Saint-Tropez located on the French Riviera quite simply may be the most famous resort town in Europe. It is a playground for fashion models, athletes, movie stars, entertainers, and other extremely wealthy summertime guests. There’s much to offer in this resort town, shopping, nightlife (Byblos hotel’s Les Caves du Roy nightclub) exceptional beach clubs such as Le Club 55 and Nikki Beach at Pampelonne. Nearby you can explore some of the hill towns and visit the award-winning rose wineries. You can also visit neighboring Grimaud and Port Grimaud or just a little further out golf at a few highly rated courses. SeaDream anchors just off the break wall and tenders directly to the pier downtown.

Day 6: Frejus, France

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Sail to Frejus, France in the morning.

Day 7: Villefranche-sur-Mer, France

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Villefranche-sur-Mer has been a popular port of call in the French Riviera for cruise ships since the 1980s. This former Russian Navy Base is a fishing port in the Alpes-Maritimes department of Cote d’Azur, near the French border of Italy, approximately 6 kilometers from Nice. Rich in history, this picturesque tax-free town is filled with colorful villas on hillsides, truly reminiscent of Italian architecture. Great for strolling and hiking, this amazing destination will provide a true feel of the Mediterranean lifestyle, and many wealthy individuals have decided to retire here. The citadel that overlooks the seaside town, Citadella Saint-Elme, has three museums that are free to enter. The historic monument hosts movie nights, concerts, and a wide variety of other local events, and also serves as the town’s City Hall, which was inaugurated in March of 1981. The Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild is also a nearby tourist attraction filled with antique furniture and art, with nine beautiful gardens surrounding the historical place. Dubbed as a part of the “Notable Gardens of France”, there is a rose, stone, Florentine, Spanish, French formal, exotic, Japanese, Provençal, and a garden de Sèvres. Every year, The Painters’ Day and Opera Azuriales events are held here as well. Many tourists enjoy snorkeling in the clear, sapphire sea. The beach is jellyfish-free, and cobblestone covers the area, so it is advised to keep this in mind when choosing footwear for the day. Villefranche-sur-Mer is a port SeaDream visit on some voyages that also travel to Monte Carlo, Nice, and Saint-Tropez, and is truly an excellent opportunity to take advantage of the Watersports Marina, inclusive in your voyage fare.

Day 8: Portovenere (Cinque Terre), Italy

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
One word – Incredible! Cinque Terre, Portovenere, and the three Island of Palmaria, Tino, and Tinetto have been added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1997. They have been selected for being distinguished examples of the ways in which man has been able to modify and transform the environment without altering the beauty of the original natural landscape. Most of our valued guests will participate in the ever-popular “Cinque Terre: Don’t go Home Without It” Land Adventure. Others may enjoy the guided village walk or go hiking on several trails leading down the coast. Most guests will make a purchase of the amazing local pesto and we are fairly certain our Executive Chef will do the same. Be prepared for an incredible dinner al fresco this evening!

Day 9: Portoferraio, Elba, Italy

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Portoferraio is a beautiful town in the province of Livorno, Tuscany, on the northern coast of Elba Island. SeaDream generally docks just steps away from the main street Via Garibaldi and offers a guided walk of this very historical town called “Walking the Napoleon Trail”. The first site is the Town Hall, proceeding northeast on Via Napoleone, the Misericordia church, in which a mass is said for Napoleon’s soul on May fifth every year. The highest point of the town is the Piazza Napoleone, from which there are beautiful views. To the west rises Forte Falcone (79m/261ft), to the east, above the lighthouse, Forte Stella (48m/158ft), both originally built in 1548 and later completed by Napoleon. On the seaward side of the square is the simple Villa dei Molini. This is believed to be Napoleon’s official residence, which contains his library. The island offers so much more than just the main city; there’s some incredible wine and several other towns to explore. To help make the most of your visit to the island, we have created the perfect land adventure for you – “Elba Vistas, Villages & Wine”. If neither sparks your interest, you can borrow one of the mountain bikes to explore the island – the recommended route would be to visit Porto Azzuro.

Day 10: Porto Ercole, Italy

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Porto Ercole meaning “Port Hercules”, is a town located in the municipality of Monte Argentario, in the Province of Grosseto, Tuscany. It is one of the two major towns that form the township, along with Porto Santo Stefano located on the opposite side of this unique peninsula. It’s a very picturesque marina with sidewalk boutiques, cafes, and restaurants. This is a great start for the Land Adventure traveling to Montalcino for the tasting of fantastic Brunello in one of the most famous Italian wine regions. Other options include hiking to the few castellos (castles) located on top of the three hills surrounding the port. As well as an adventurous bike ride to Porto Santo Stefano or for the really energetic to the convent on top of the mountain. There’s also a great golf course and a fantastic boutique hotel called Il Pelicano where guests can enjoy a nice atmosphere and lunch. As we are anchored, guests will also enjoy water sports from the marina platform (Pending local conditions and approvals).

Day 11: Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Sail back to Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy and disembark after breakfast.

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Porthole ocean view staterooms with a choice of 2 twin beds or 1 queen bed. Cabin size: 195 sq.ft./18.12 sq. meters.
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Yacht Club Deck 3 Stateroom
Picture window ocean view staterooms with a choice of 2 twin beds or 1 queen bed. Cabin size: 195 sq.ft./18.12 sq. meters.
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Yacht Club Deck 4 Stateroom
Picture window ocean view staterooms with a choice of 2 twin beds or 1 queen bed. Cabin size: 195 sq.ft./18.12 sq. meters
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Commodore Suite Deck 2
Comfortably appointed ocean view suite with a choice of two twin beds or a queen size bed. Cabin size: 390 sq. ft. / 36.23 sq. meters.
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Commodore Suite Deck 3
Comfortably appointed ocean view suite with a choice of two twin beds or a queen size bed. Cabin size: 390 sq. ft. / 36.23 sq. meters.
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Suite with partitioned living and dining areas with ½ guest bath and closet. Separate and private en-suite master bedroom with permanent queen bed. Cabin size: 375 sq. ft. / 34.8 sq. meters.
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Premium suite includes a separate master bedroom suite with a permanent queen size bed. Cabin size: 447 sq. ft. / 41.53 sq. meters.

Notes

Please note: Optional Activities are NOT included in this cruise-only rate. Contact us for details.

- All guests are required to have a valid passport while onboard. 

Rates Include:
  • Accommodations
  • All gourmet meals
  • Wine with lunch and dinner
  • Open bar with selected premium brands
  • Gratuities
  • Use of water toys
  • Mountain bikes
  • Golf simulator
  • DVDs and more
Rates Exclude:
  • Optional land adventures. Contact us for pricing
  • Air and ground travel arrangements
  • Spa treatments
  • Certain select premium liquor and wine cellar selections
  • Individual caviar requests
  • Communication costs
  • Use of satellite telephone
  • Internet access
  • Boutique purchases
  • Medical services
  • Casino play
  • Laundry
  • Government, Port, Document Issuance, Handling & Service fees

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