Menorca, Salerno & Islands of Italy

9-Days | Malta • Menorca • Corsica • Elba • Sardinia • Salerno • Sicily • Malta

Fares From £1,275

Single Supplement 15%

Menorca, Salerno & Islands of Italy Cruise Summary

Sailing from the Maltese capital of Valletta, take a sight-seeing tour of Menorca in the Balearic Islands, featuring an exclusive wine and cheese tasting event. Or enjoy a guided hike through the diverse natural habitats of the S’Albufera des Grau Natural Park. Alternatively, climb the peninsula of La Mola, where the 19th-century stone fortress is one of the most important historic landmarks in the archipelagos.

On the island of Corsica, visit the reputed birthplace of Christopher Columbus, in the fishing town of Calvi, where the view is dominated by an imposing citadel at the mouth of the bay. Then cruise to Elba for a stroll in the footsteps of Napoleon Bonaparte, during a tour of the capital, Portoferraio, before enjoying a taste of some locally made wine.

Lively Olbia combines Sardinian flair with fabulous beaches and chic boutiques. Take a panoramic trip along the Costa Smeralda, where the water is like the Caribbean. Then spend some time in the pretty resort of Porto Cervo, or the archipelago La Maddalena, for some of the most beautiful beaches in Sardinia.

On the Amalfi Coast, sail among the fashionable yachts and glitterati, to arrive at the beautifully situated port city of Salerno, southeast of Naples, which has a fine cathedral, a centuries-old castle and a museum of medieval coins and ceramics.

A highlight of any cruise to the Campania region is of course the most famous historic site in the world, the archaeological park of Pompeii, destroyed during the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD. Alternatively, a tour of Naples is also available, as is one of the most beautiful drives in Europe, a trip along the stunning Amalfi Coast to the splendid Church of Santa Maria Assunta in Positano, as well as the magnificent town of Ravello, perched high above the Bay of Salerno and a vision of antique towers, graceful arches and flowering gardens.

In Sicily, discover the beautiful city of Messina on a guided walking tour, or visit enchanting Taormina to learn more about this glamourous hilltop town, where highlights include the 3rd-century BC Graeco-Roman Theatre, for magical views of Mount Etna.

Cinema fans may also like to take a scenic drive into the mountains, for the remote villages of Savoca and Forza d’Agrò, used to create the eponymous seat of the Corleone family in the epic Godfather saga.

MENORCA SALERNO AND ISLANDS OF ITLAY

CRUISE HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Balearic Island of Menorca

  • The legacy of Columbus and Bonaparte on Corsica and Elba

  • Costa Smeralda and the beautiful Amalfi Coast

  • The extraordinarily well-preserved Roman town of Pompeii

Day-by-Day Itinerary

 

Day 1 – Valletta, Malta

Departure time: 19:00
The capital of Malta, which has been a UESCO World Heritage Site since 1980, offers numerous sights: the Grand Master’s Palace, St. John’s Co-Cathedral, Fort St. Elmo and many other impressive buildings adorn the city. The smallest capital in Europe was founded by the Grand Master of the Order of Malta, who also gave it its name: Jean de la Vallette.

Embarkation 15:00 – 17:00

 

 

 
 
 
 

Day 2 – At Sea

A chance to enjoy everything that Vasco da Gama has to offer.

 

 
 

Day 3 – Mahon, Menorca, Spain

Berthing time: 12:00 Departure time: 19:00
The Castell de Sant Felip towers high above the picturesque port town on Menorca. Stroll through the picturesque town of Mahón with its romantic harbour and enchanting parks and enjoy the wonderful views!
 
 
 

Day 4 – Calvi, Corsica

Berthing time: 12:00 Departure time: 20:00
The small fishing town of Calvi in ​​the northwest of the island fascinates with its cozy old town. On a small headland lies the mighty citadel, which, in addition to a cathedral, also houses a bishop’s palace and the supposed birthplace of Christopher Columbus.
 

 

 

 

 
 

Day 5 – Portoferraio, Elba, Italy – Tender Port

Berthing time: 08:00 Departure time: 18:00
In Portoferraio, admire the mighty city walls, the imposing fortress city “Cosmopoll” and the ancient heritage from the iron mining era. In the north of the enchanting town on the island of Elba, a picturesque natural bay behind a gigantic rocky outcrop invites you to swim!
 

 

 

 

 
 

Day 6 – Olbia, Sardinia

Berthing time: 08:00 Departure time: 18:00
Narrow streets wind between the colourful facades of the picturesque houses in Olbia! Look forward to azure waters, beautiful beaches and Italian flair in the magical port city in the north-east of Sardinia.

 

 

 

 

Day 7 – Salerno, Italy

Berthing time: 11:00 Departure time: 21:00
Due to its proximity to Naples, Salerno offers excursions to the southern metropolis, as well as to Pompeii and Vesuvius. The beautiful Amalfi Coast also beckons as a destination with illustrious names such as Ravello and Positano. But you shouldn’t forget Salerno itself – the magnificent old town (Centro storico), the Castello Arechi fortress or the beautiful Lungomare di Trieste waterfront promenade will also delight you.

 

 
 
 
 

Day 8 – Messina, Sicily

Berthing time: 09:00 Departure time: 21:00
Messina, beautifully situated on the strait of the same name, is often referred to as the “Gateway to Sicily”. Mainland Italy is only 3 kilometres away in places. A wild architectural mix awaits you in Messina. The city was devastated by earthquakes several times, but was always rebuilt. The heart of the city is the Cathedral Square with the beautiful Orion Fountain, the Cathedral of Maria Santissima Assunta and the bell tower. Or you can walk to the Tempio Votivo di Cristo Re and enjoy the wonderful view from the church terrace. In the surrounding area, the volcano Etna and Taormina are popular excursion destinations. Cinephiles can visit well-known filming locations from the film series “The Godfather” in Forza d’Agrò and Savoca.

 

 
 
 
 

Day 9 – Valletta, Malta

Berthing time: 07:00

Disembarkation by 09:00

 

 
 
 

Shore excursions are available at a supplement and can be pre-booked, approximately 30 days prior to departure, or booked onboard.

Fares From £1,275

Single Supplement 15%

 

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a cabin and are correct at the time of going to print, but may be subject to change. Cruise only options and single supplements are available on request. Tailor-made transfers can be booked at a supplement. Please call our Reservations Team for up to date pricing and availability.

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WHAT’S INCLUDED

    • Return economy flights from London
    • All meals on board
    • Gratuities
    • Bathrobes
    • Coffee machine
    • Refillable premium drinks bottle
    • Nightly onboard entertainment
    • Guest speaker programme
    • Baggage handling and port fees
    • Full ATOL financial protection
    • Transfers abroad

    Additional Charges

    • Drinks package
    • Wi-Fi
    • Shore excursions
    • Club/Premium Class Flight Upgrades (prices on request)
    • Regional flight supplements

Call our Reservations Team on

01223 568907

or email

sales@lightbluetravel.co.uk

 

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