Thursday 5 October, 2017
Today we depart Australia on our flight to Barcelona.
Friday 6 October, 2017
This morning we arrive in Barcelona and enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city. Capital of Catalonia, Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain. We will see the Gothic Quarter, where we will visit the historic cathedral and the medieval streets. The modernist Eixample district is known for the architecture of Antonio Gaudi. We will see examples of Gaudi’s architecture, including the famous Sagrada Familia church. We then transfer to our hotel.
Saturday 7 October, 2017
This morning we visit Barcelona’s central food and produce market, the famous La Boqueria. Located on La Rambla, the market offers a rich variety of fruit, vegetables, sausages, cheeses, meats and sweets. Lyndey will lead us around the market then she will take the group to a restaurant to enjoy the local cuisine.
Sunday 8 October, 2017
Today we travel out of the city into the Catalonian countryside. We will visit some food producers on our leisurely tour of the Barcelona hinterland.
Monday 9 October, 2017
This morning we visit the Santa Caterina Market. Built on the site of the former convent, the market is known for its brightly coloured roof which houses numerous food stalls and restaurants serving high-quality produce. Lyndey will lead us around the market. In the early afternoon we will be transferred to the docks to board Celebrity Constellation. Be up on deck as the ship slips her moorings at 5pm for the start of our fabulous Mediterranean cruise.
Tuesday 10 October, 2017
Today we arrive at the historic town of Alicante. We’ll enjoy a sightseeing tour including the Explanada de Espana and the Castle of Santa Barbara, which overlooks the city from Mount Benacantil. Our tour concludes in the Old Town at Mercado Central, where Lyndey will lead us around the two-storey market housed in a modernist-inspired building similar to a basilica.
Wednesday 11 October, 2017
A day at sea is the perfect opportunity to explore the fabulous facilities of this magnificent ship. Relax by the pool or in the day spa, take a class or listen to an informative talk. This afternoon Lyndey will give a presentation about the food of Spain.
Thursday 12 October, 2017
This morning we arrive at the Spanish port of Cadiz. We drive through the spectacular Andalusian countryside to Seville, the capital of Andalucia. Seville is famous for flamenco dancing, bullfighting and its myriad cafés and tapas bars. We have a sightseeing tour of the main sites, including the cathedral and the Alcazar, famous for its beautiful tiles. We will visit some local food producers and have time to look around Seville’s most historic district, the famous Santa Cruz Quarter. We return to the ship late afternoon.
Friday 13 October, 2017
This morning we arrive in the British enclave of Gibraltar. Ceded to Britain in 1713 and now claimed by Spain, the territory is known for its famous Rock and its important strategic location. We’ll enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city, including a ride on the cable car, which will take us up to the top of the Rock. From the top, we’ll be able to enjoy panoramic views of the city below, as well as the African coastline. The afternoon will be free for individual exploration.
Saturday 14 October, 2017
Today is a free day to relax and enjoy the facilities aboard Celebrity Constellation. In the afternoon, Lyndey will give a cooking demonstration of Mediterranean food.
Sunday 15 October, 2017
Today we arrive in Sete and travel by private coach to the nearby town of Montpellier. We’ll enjoy a food and producer-orientated sightseeing tour of the city. We then have an included lunch to celebrate this beautiful location.
Monday 16 October, 2017
This morning we travel by private coach to the nearby town of Aix-en- Provence. The old capital of Provence, Aix is a graceful city, known for its beautiful sandstone buildings. On our sightseeing tour we will see the Old Town with its striking 18th and 19th-century squares, many with beautiful fountains at their centre. We will enjoy an included lunch at a local restaurant.
Tuesday 17 October, 2017
This morning we arrive in Livorno, the bustling port for Tuscany. We will board our private coach and travel through the picturesque Tuscan countryside to the fascinating city of Florence, where we will have a guided tour of the famous San Lorenzo Market. We will see fresh produce and fascinating gourmet producers, as we explore the largest market in Tuscany. We then have an included lunch at a great restaurant in Florence.
Wednesday 18 October, 2017
The ship arrives in Ajaccio this morning, the birth place of Napoleon Bonaparte in 1769. This morning we will visit Square Cesar Campinchi. Lyndey will lead us around this market place and we will have an opportunity to explore the wide range of fresh fruits, vegetables, fish and local wines. We’ll enjoy an included lunch at a local restaurant and this afternoon we will visit the house owned by the Bonaparte family from 1682 until 1923. Here we will encounter history, including fascinating decorative items and paintings.
Thursday 19 October, 2017
This morning we arrive at the port of Civitavecchia and travel by coach to Rome. We will enjoy a sightseeing tour of the Eternal City and see the Colosseum, the Pantheon, the Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain, where group members can throw a coin and make a wish to return to Rome one day. In the afternoon we will check-in to our hotel.
Friday 20 October, 2017
This morning we visit one of the best markets in Rome. Besides being the most well-known, the Campo dei Fiori market is also one of the oldest markets in Rome. It has served the city since 1869. We will w ander through the stalls before heading to lunch at a local restaurant, knowing exactly what seasonal veggies to order. Lyndey will lead us around the market
Saturday 21 October, 2017
This morning we will travel north by coach to the medieval hill town of Orvieto. Vineyards, famous for their delicious white wines, surround the town. Orvieto’s impressive gothic cathedral, houses some of Luca Signorelli’s most beautiful frescoes. We have an included lunch at one of the best vineyards outside Orvieto.
Sunday 22 October, 2017
This morning we are transferred by coach to Rome airport for our flight to Australia.
Monday 23 October, 2017
Tour members arrive back in Australia. The tour concludes.