MSC Cruise – Spain, Italy and France Mini Cruise

From Barcelona to Barcelona

Fares from € 329 per guest

Cruise Ship: MSC ORCHESTRA

Cruise Itinerary: Spain, Italy, France

Departure Port: Barcelona, Spain

Duration: 4 Days, 3 Nights

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MSC ORCHESTRA – Every element combined to perfection

Combining spacious, elegant interiors with the variety for which our Musica Class is renowned, MSC Orchestra promises your dream cruise. Because life aboard can be just what you want it to be. If relaxation is your goal, there is ample deck space to unwind in the sun on board MSC Orchestra. Alternatively, why not pay a visit to the heavenly MSC Aurea Spa with pampering Turkish baths, saunas and a whole range of soothing massages. Active types can amuse themselves in the Sports Centre with state-of-the art gym, 5 swimming pools and even a jogging track that allows you to take in the fresh sea air and stunning ocean views.

Day 1: Barcelona, Spain

Thursday, 13 Sep 2018 – Departure: 13.00

Barcelona – Spain’s second city, and the self-confident capital and port of Catalunya – vibrates with life, and there’s certainly not another city in the country to touch it for sheer style, looks or energy. A cruise excursion to Barcelona city centre will take you to discover its world-class art museums and its fashionable designer restaurants, bars, galleries and shops. And in Antoni Gaudí’s extraordinary church of the Sagrada Família and the world-famous boulevard that is the Ramblas, you have two sights that are high up on any Mediterranean cruise sightseeing list.

Day 2: Genoa, Italy

Friday, 14 Sep 2018 – Arrival: 9.00 – Departure: 17.00

Genoa is marvellously eclectic, vibrant and full of rough-edged style; it’s a great cruise excursion. Indeed “La Superba” (The Superb), as it was known at the height of its authority as a Mediterranean superpower, boasts more zest and intrigue than all the surrounding coastal resorts put together. During a holiday to Genoa you can explore its old town: a dense and fascinating warren of medieval alleyways home to large palazzi built in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries by Genoa’s wealthy mercantile families and now transformed into museums and art galleries.

Day 3: Marseille, France

Saturday, 15 Sep 2018 – Arrival: 8.00 – Departure: 18.00

When cruising southern France, you have to know that Marseille is the most renowned and populated metropolitan area in the country after Paris and Lyon. When you alight from your MSC cruise ship, the cafés around the Vieux Port, where glistening fish are sold straight off the boats on quai des Belges, are wonderful spots to observe the city’s street life. Particularly good in the afternoon is the north (Le Panier) side, where the terraces are sunnier and the views better. The best view of the Vieux Port is from the Palais du Pharo, on the headland beyond Fort St-Nicolas, or, for a wider angle, from Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde, the city’s Second Empire landmark atop the La Garde hill.

Day 4: Barcelona, Spain

Sunday, 16 Sep 2018 – Arrival: 07.00

A holiday in Barcelona can start with the Ramblas, and then dive straight into the medieval nucleus of the city, the Barri Gòtic. But there are plenty of other central old-town neighbourhoods to explore too, from La Ribera – home to the celebrated Museu Picasso – to funky El Raval, where cool bars, restaurants and boutiques have mushroomed in the wake of the striking contemporary art museum, MACBA. Even if you think you know these heavily touristed neighbourhoods well, there’s always something else to discover during an MSC excursion – tapas bars hidden down alleys little changed for a century or two, designer boutiques in renovated old-town quarters, bargain lunches in workers’ taverns, unmarked gourmet restaurants, craft outlets and workshops, fin-de-siècle cafés, restored medieval palaces and neighbourhood markets.

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