Day 1: Wednesday 14 August, 2019 Departure
Depart Australia and fly with Emirates Airlines to Rome, Italy.
Day 2: Thursday 15 August, 2019 Rome, Italy
Flight arrives in Rome. Transfer by coach to our hotel in central Rome. Evening: Join John Howie for a stroll around the historic area close to our hotel. Overnight: Mercure Centro Colosseo.
Day 3: Friday 16 August, 2019 Rome
Morning: Sightseeing coach tour of Rome, with local guide. See the Colosseum (Rome’s ancient ampitheatre). Visit the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain and the Vatican City (including St Peter’s Basilica, if available). Afternoon: Free time. Evening: : Italian Commencement of Tour dinner. Adam Harvey, Camille & Stuie, and Andy Toombs will each do a song or two. (B,D).
Day 4: Saturday 17 August, 2019 Rome (Civitavecchia)
Morning: Free time. Around lunchtime travel to Civitavecchia (the port of Rome) to board Emerald Princess. Be on deck to watch as Emerald Princess departs Civitavecchia. Evening: Enjoy fabulous on-board dining. The main dining room offers mouth-watering meals, served in an elegant setting. After dinner, enjoy some of the ship’s outstanding live entertainment. (B)
Day 5: Sunday 18 August, 2019 Salerno, Italy
Morning: Arrive at Salerno, southern Italy. Sightseeing coach tour of the beautiful Amalfi Coast, with local guide. Visit the charming coastal towns of Positano and Sorrento. Free time to explore Sorrento. Afternoon: Travel by boat to the legendary Isle of Capri.
Day 6: Monday 19 August, 2019 At sea
Today will be an excellent opportunity for you to explore the ship’s fantastic facilities & many activities. Morning: Enjoy our 1st exclusive on-board concert, featuring Camille & Stuie. Evening: Enjoy our Welcome Aboard Drinks Party, where you will be formally introduced to Adam Harvey, Camille & Stuie, Andy Toombs, John Howie, and Gill Delaney. After dinner, enjoy more high quality Emerald Princess entertainment, including Broadway-style shows, comedy shows, etc.
Day 7: Tuesday 20 August, 2019 Kotor, Montenegro
Morning: Enjoy guided walking tour of Kotor, Montenegro. This charming medieval city is located on the banks of the picturesque fjord-like Bay of Kotor. Afternoon: Free time in Kotor. Evening: Back on the ship, enjoy our 1st Pre-Dinner Drinks session, including entertainment by one of our exclusive music cruise artists.
Day 8: Wednesday 21 August, 2019 Corfu, Greece
Morning: Visit the Greek island of Corfu. On our tour today, we visit Corfu Town, with its unique architecture influenced by Venetian, French & British occupation. Evening: Enjoy our 2nd on-board Pre-Dinner Drinks session, with entertainment by one of our exclusive artists.
Day 9: Thursday 22 August, 2019 Crete (Chania), Greece
Morning: Enjoy our 2nd exclusive on-board concert, featuring Adam Harvey. Mid-day: Our ship arrives in Chania, a beautiful port town on the north west coast of Crete. Afternoon: Travel by coach to Knossos…the largest Bronze Age archaeological site on Crete. Visit the remains of the Palace of Knossos (2nd century BC). Also, visit Crete’s largest city, Heraklion. Then return to Chania, where you will have free time to explore the town’s narrow alleyways and historic architecture.
Day 10: Friday 23 August, 2019 Mykonos, Greece
7am: Emerald Princess arrives in Mykonos, the most popular Greek island in the Aegean Sea. You have a free day (& evening) to explore the quaint alleyways of Mykonos town and other parts of the island, featuring beautiful white beaches and Mykonos’s much-photographed, iconic whiteand- blue buildings. John Howie will suggest meeting places, for lunch and afternoon drinks. Our ship departs Mykonos at 9pm.
Day 11: Saturday 24 August, 2019 Athens, Greece
Today we visit Athens. Athens is home to the Acropolis and the Parthenon (the ultimate in ancient Greek architectural perfection). Morning: Sightseeing coach tour of Athens, with local guide, including visit to the Acropolis and the Parthenon. Afternoon: Free time for you to explore Athens at your leisure. Late Afternoon: Enjoy our 1st on-shore Afternoon Drinks event, featuring entertainment by one of our exclusive artists.
Day 12: Sunday 25 August, 2019 Santorini, Greece
Today we visit the most spectacular of all the Greek islands, Santorini. The villages of Santorini feature typical Greek whitewashed houses that cascade down the cliffs overlooking the deep blue sea. Enjoy a free day to explore this magnificent port.
Day 13: Monday 26 August, 2019 At sea
Morning: Our 3rd exclusive on-board concert, featuring Andy Toombs. Afternoon: Enjoy the wonderful facilities of our ship. During the afternoon we will have an exclusive Music Industry Forum (question & answer session). Your chance to ask Adam Harvey, Camille & Stuie and Andy Toombs about their careers and the music industry. Evening: Enjoy our 3rd Pre-Dinner Drinks session, with entertainment by one of our exclusive artists.
Day 14: Tuesday 27 August, 2019 Kotor, Montenegro
Today, once again we sail up the picturesque Bay of Kotor and visit the town of Kotor. Kotor was founded by the Romans in 168 BC and conquered by the Venetians in the 15th century. The town is surrounded by impressive city walls. Evening: Enjoy our 4th on-board Pre-Dinner Drinks session, with entertainment by one of our artists.
Day 15: Wednesday 28 August, 2019 Sicily (Messina), Italy
Morning: Our 4th exclusive on-board concert, featuring Camille & Stuie. Afternoon: Enjoy a sightseeing coach tour of Sicily, with local guide. See the splendour of Mt Etna, Europe’s highest active volcano. Then visit Taormina’s Greek Theatre (3rd century BC). Built into the hillside, the theatre has excellent acoustics and spectacular views of the sea and Mt Etna. Our tour will also include the city of Messina.
Day 16: Thursday 29 August, 2019 Naples, Italy
This morning we arrive into the Bay of Naples. Enjoy a coach tour of Pompeii and Naples, with local guide. Ancient Pompeii, destroyed in AD 79 by an eruption of Mt Vesuvius, lay buried under rock and ash until the 18th century. When excavations began in 1748, a city frozen in time was revealed. We will take a tour of the ruins. Afternoon: Visit the historic city of Naples, including free time.
Day 17: Friday 30 August, 2019 At sea
Enjoy a relaxing day at sea. Morning: Our 5th exclusive on-board concert, featuring Adam Harvey. Afternoon: Get together with our music cruise performers for a fun-filled Music Quiz. Great prizes for the winning teams! Evening: Enjoy our 5th & final Pre-Dinner Drinks session, featuring all our music cruise artists.
Day 18: Saturday 31 August, 2019 Barcelona, Spain
Arrive in Barcelona, where we disembark. Barcelona is a major tourist destination, with a rich cultural heritage. Enjoy sightseeing coach tour of Barcelona, with local guide, including the Gothic Quarter (see historic Barcelona Cathedral). Visit the L’Eixample district, home to most of Barcelona’s famous Modernista architecture, some of the most striking examples by architect Antoni Gaudi. Visit Gaudi’s amazing La Sagrada Familia, the most talked about unfinished building in the world! Also, see Gaudi’s highly unusual Casa Mila, an apartment building with a wave-like facade. Visit Montjuic, a hill that provides commanding views of the city and harbour. Afternoon: Join John Howie for a stroll along La Rambla. This popular pedestrian boulevard usually features colourful street performers. Late Afternoon: Enjoy our 2nd on-shore Afternoon Drinks event, including entertainment by one of our artists. Evening: Attend Tablao de Carmen, outstanding dinner and show, featuring live Flamenco music & dancing. Overnight: Hotel Colon, Barcelona. (D).
Day 19: Sunday 1 September, 2019 Barcelona
You have a free day, to explore Barcelona at your leisure. You may like to visit the Picasso Museum or Park Guell, a famous park designed by Gaudi (both optional). Evening: Transfer by coach to Barcelona airport for return flight to Australia (B)
Day 20: Monday 2 September, 2019 In flight
Day 21: Tuesday 3 September, 2019 Australia
We arrive in Australia this morning and tour arrangements conclude.