This October, join your Comphopper’s hosts aboard MSC’s newest ship, the MSC Virtuosa. Spend 11 days and 10 nights of bliss sailing the Mediterranean coast from Genoa, Italy, with ports of call in Spain, Morocco, Portugal, and France.
Cruise Round Trip Genoa, Italy. October 28 – Nov. 7, 2021
Known for its central role in maritime trade over the centuries, it’s now hosting MSC Cruise Lines Mediterranean sailings. Before boarding your ship visit the Romanesque Cathedral of San Lorenzo, famous for its black and white-striped facade and interior frescoes. Follow the narrow streets to Piazza de Ferrari, an iconic bronze fountain site, and explore the Teatro Carlo Felice opera house.
Located in southeastern Spain’s Costa Blanca, Alicante’s old town (Barrio de la Santa Cruz) features narrow streets, colorful homes, and lively cafes. The medieval Castillo de Santa Barbara overlooks it with sweeping views of the Mediterranean Coast.
The Andalusian port of Malaga, located in Spain’s famed Costa del Sol region, is one of the world’s oldest cities. Spend a memorable day exploring Phoenician and Roman ruins, the works of Picasso, and the Alcazaba, a Moorish castle.
Leading inland from the port, Boulevard Hansali teems with tourist shops. Head for the old city, or medina, the original Arab section, with its maze of narrow streets flanked by whitewashed brick or stone houses. Outside the original rampart walls, see the town built by the French. Treat yourself to the sights, sounds, tastes, aroma, and romance of this exotic port.
Walk or take a tram in this hilly, coastal capital of Portugal filled with pastel-colored houses, decorative ceramic wall tiles, and narrow streets that climb up the mountain. Relax to traditional Fado music in a cafe beside the Tagus River after exploring the cathedral, shopping, or enjoying the views from St. George Castle.
No visit to Barcelona is complete without viewing the artistic creations of Gaudi, such as the Sagrada Familia church and the Art Nouveau architecture throughout the city. Many are UNESCO sites. Stroll through the old town (Barri Gotic) that dates back to medieval times or walk the famous La Rambla, a tree-lined pedestrian street.
At the heart of this southern port in France is the Vieux-Port, where fishmongers sell their catch along the boat-lined quay. Founded by the Greeks circa 600 B.C., this southern port of France is home to the Basilique Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde, a Romanesque-Byzantine church.
Sure, COVID is a consideration at this time. Still, by booking with carefree cancellation policies and understanding international travel requirements, you can be assured of a safe and healthy journey. State Department Travel Restrictions
Be Adventurous. Follow in the footsteps of Christopher Columbus. Sail round trip from Genoa, Italy, on the MSC Virtuosa. Let us assist you in arranging your cruise, flights, hotels, transfers, and shore excursions. Cruise deals and specials may be available. Prices vary depending on cabin selection, sailing date, departure city, and hotel selection.
Consider joining a pre-cruise tour of Rome before transferring to Genoa or spend time exploring Italy upon your return to port. Please message Comphoppers for details.