The excursion program for our cruise has also been finalized in the meantime.
Each booked guest can book 1-2 months before departure with his booking number on the nicko site the desired excursions.
We will inform the guests about the booking start by email.
Walking tour on the Napoleon Trail
A historical tour of the “Centro” of Portoferraio, the capital and largest city of Elba. Founded in 1584 by Grand Duke Cosimo I, the town was guarded in the Medici period by two massive fortresses, Forte Falcone to the west and Forte Stella to the east. Your walk begins at the foot of the Medici Fortress, where you will make your way to one of the main entrances to the fortifications, the “Porta a Terra”. Continue to the next stop, Napoleon’s residence Villa dei Mulini, where the famous French hero lived in exile for nine months. Visiting the emperor’s apartments, you can imagine him reading his favorite books in the library or reflecting on his conquests in the small garden. Continue your walk to Forte Stella, so called because of its star-shaped form, which offers a breathtaking view of the gulf of Portoferraio and the alleys of the city center. Then meander down to the pier and through the Medicean Sea Gate or Porta a Mare, enjoying the ambiance of the fashionable waterfront before returning on board.
Elba – panorama, villages and wine
From Portoferraio you will drive to the southern mountain village of Capoliveri. Capoliveri is absolutely charming and preserves in its architecture an almost medieval atmosphere, simple but at the same time graceful and elegant. The village is located in the southern part of the island, in the heart of the mining area of Elba, between the iron mines of Monte Calamita and Monte Ginevro: from the viewpoint of Capoliveri you can enjoy a splendid view of the gulfs of Lacona and di Campo, at the foot of a wild promontory covered with bushes, agaves and prickly pears. The coasts of Capoliveri are among the most beautiful of the island, with overhanging cliffs frequented by thousands of seagulls, characterizing small coves with crystal clear waters. Now it’s time for a delightful stroll through the winding old streets, followed by some free time for shopping and browsing in the village’s small stores and boutiques. Your next destination is the old 17th century winery “La Chiusa”. On the estate is an impressive mansion surrounded by olive trees and overlooking the sea: like every mansion on Elba, it is said to have once housed Napoleon during his exile. During the tour of the wine cellar you will see how the wine is treated and made. In the garden overlooking the sea, a delicious tasting of the winery’s “passiti”, made from aleatico and ansonica, the classic staples of the island, awaits you.
Culinary and cultural tour in Portoferraio
We start our tour with a walk along the Darsena Medicea, with its yachts and typical stores, and enter the city center through the sea gate of the Medicean Fortresses, built in 1548 by the Archduke of Florence, Cosimo de Medici, to defend and fortify the city of Portoferraio, once called Cosmopoli after its founder. On the way we admire the Palazzo Comunale (XVI c.), where Napoleon resided for a few days upon his arrival in 1814. We leave the main square of Portoferraio and go to Napoleon’s house “Villa I Mulini”, so called because on the grounds of the villa once stood windmills. Interior Visit – From Napoleon’s house we will walk along the narrow cobblestone path that leads to the upper level of the town and the next stop, the Teatro dei Vigilanti, built during Napoleon’s stay on the island. Here you will enjoy a private lyrical concert with the most famous songs from the theater’s most important operas.The last stop is a panoramic place overlooking Portoferraio, where we can enjoy a special wine tasting and local delicacies in a magical atmosphere.
The prison of Pianosa
The excursion begins with a drive to Marina di Campo, here we start with a short walk and some free time until we arrive at the boat dock. The boat will take us to the island of Pianosa, where we will have a guided tour. The island of Pianosa has always been known as the island of the exiles. Not so long ago, convicts and undesirable citizens served their sentences on Pianosa. After these impressions of past exciting times on the island of Pianosa, the boat will take you back to the pier at Marina die Campo and a short walk to the bus that will take you back to Portoferraio and your ship.
The best of Rome
Enjoy the lively and beautiful “Eternal City” while visiting some of its most famous sights: the famous Trevi Fountain, don’t miss flipping a coin here to secure your return, the imposing Pantheon where two kings and the great artists Raphael and Carracci are buried; the colorful Piazza Navona with the magnificent Fountain of the Four Rivers by Bernini and, of course, a visit to the Colosseum is not to be missed. During the tour there will be a lunch break where you can enjoy the local Italian cuisine in a typical restaurant of Rome.
Discover Rome on your own
You will disembark your ship and travel by bus from Civitavecchia to Rome in about 1.5 hours. The ride to the Eternal City will take you past the Pyramid of Caius Cestius, the ruins of the Circus Maximus and the Palatine Hill.Your coach will reach the nearest authorized drop-off point at the Colosseum, where you will also be told the meeting point for the return trip. With a few tips from the escort, your exploration can begin on your own. You will have approximately 5 hours to explore Rome, visit the impressive archaeological sites, stroll through the elegant shopping streets, visit Vatican City or enjoy a typical Italian lunch at a local trattoria. Meet your tour guide at the assigned meeting point, re-board your coach and return to the dock in Civitavecchia.
Half day tour historical Viterbo
With over 2,000 years of history, the city of Viterbo has much to offer. Most of the historic architecture dates back to the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, when the city served as a residence and shelter for the popes. The old part of the city is still surrounded by thick stone walls that once protected the inhabitants from papal (or anti-papal, depending on the situation at the time) attacks. The only way to really get to know Viterbo is to walk through the narrow, cobblestone streets of the medieval town. Piazza del Plebiscito, located in front of the 15th century Town Hall, impresses the visitor with the good preservation of Viterbo’s ancient buildings. The courtyard and fountain in front of the Town Hall, as well as the 13th century Governor’s Palace, are popular meeting places for residents and visitors alike. In Via San Lorenzo is Piazza San Lorenzo, the site of Viterbo’s cathedral. Dating back to 1192, the cathedral is a mix of architectural styles, from its pagan foundations to its Renaissance facade and Gothic bell tower. Next door is the site of three papal elections, the 13th-century Palazzo Papale, which was built as a residence for the pope but also served as a hiding place when the pope was in exile. The most beautiful example of medieval architecture in Viterbo is the San Pellegrino neighborhood, which can be reached after a short walk from Piazza San Lorenzo. This quarter is a maze of narrow streets, arched passageways, towers, steep staircases and ornamental fountains. After this interesting tour, you will have some time for souvenirs/coffee before walking back to your coach for the return trip to Civitavecchia.
Discover medieval Tarquinia with the funicular train
Discover ancient Tarquinia, founded in the 7th century BC and known for its Etruscan tombs, for which it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1922.You will board your coach and drive about 30 minutes to Tarquinia, where you will transfer to a funicular. During the ride you will pass through the ancient city walls and pass the Town Hall, the Cathedral of Santa Margherita, the Church of Santa Maria Castello, the high medieval towers that characterize the image of Tarquinia and stop at a viewpoint where you will have a magnificent view of the valley of the river Marta. After the trolley ride, you will have some time to explore on your own before being transferred back to the ship by your coach. and bare shoulders are not considered acceptable attire in all churches.
Florence, cradle of endless traditions
At the time of the Renaissance, Florence, with a population of 60,000, was one of the largest cities in Europe and was considered rich and economically successful; the urban atmosphere was characterized by new ideas and the exchange of information, which gave rise to a new concept of craft culture. In addition to the great arts of painting and sculpture, craftsmen and tradesmen organized themselves into guilds and created a successful community. Enjoy a guided walk through the streets of Florence, breathe the historical atmosphere that is still felt everywhere, and reach an ancient Renaissance palace where you will discover the secrets and fascinating techniques of traditional Florentine perfumery, during a unique workshop, in a perfume tasting laboratory that will introduce you to the universe of perfume making.After lunch at a local restaurant, you will continue your exploration of the city before returning to your bus and returning to your ship.
The treasures of Pisa
Pisa, one of the greatest trading and naval powers in the Mediterranean in the 11th century, is home to numerous treasures. You will pass just before the port city of Livorno and reach the mighty city of Pisa in 45 minutes. Upon arrival, a short walk will take you to the Field of Miracles where you will see one of the most impressive sights in the world, the Campanile or Leaning Tower. Your guide will give you a detailed overview of the beauty and history of the beautiful cathedral, the round Baptistery and the iconic Leaning Tower. Learn more about the city’s glorious past before you have approximately 1 hour of free time to explore each of the magnificent buildings in the piazza on your own. During your free time, shop or stop at one of the many cafes. To help you find your way around, your guide will provide you with a map of Pisa. When the time is right, end the excursion with a walk to the parking lot before being transferred by bus back to Livorno and the ship.
Discover Florence on your own
You will leave the port of Livorno and enjoy a 90-minute drive through the Tuscan countryside, seeing the valleys with vineyards that have made this area famous. You’ll reach the Arno River and walk with your tour guide to Santa Croce Square, an area near the shopping district, where you’ll have about 5 hours of free time to explore the historic sights, have lunch or shop in some of Italy’s best stores, or photograph the Ponte Vecchio, which spans the Arno River. After your free time, meet your escort at the appointed time and meeting point and return to your coach to return to the ship.
Tuscan wine tasting in a famous family villa.
Hop in your vehicle and head to the Varramista Winery for a wine tasting. Varramista Winery is a place from a bygone era where intellectuals, artists and important businessmen were always welcomed and hosted. The history of the villa dates back to the 15th century and in the following centuries it was always owned by important personalities, until in the 1950s it was bought by the Agnelli family (owners of the Fiat car company and Vespa), who made it their country residence. The villa is built in late Renaissance style and has a perfect Italian garden. Today the estate is also famous for wine production: mainly Sangiovese and Syrah grapes are grown here. After a relaxing exploration of the Italian garden, villa and wine cellars, follow your guide to the wine tasting where your senses will be recharged with local flavors before it’s time to return to the real world, Livorno and your ship.
Grasse – world capital of perfume
Today we take you to the world capital of perfume. You will leave Villefranche and head north inland to Grasse, the birthplace of the French perfume industry (Chanel, Dior…), where you will visit a perfume factory.The city is considered the world capital of perfume. You will learn how flowers and water are boiled and the essence is condensed in one of the oldest distillation processes in the world. Afterwards, you will have some free time to stroll around Grasse. You can visit Notre Dame du Puy Cathedral dating back to the 11th century. Inside are three masterpieces by Rubens and one by Jean-Honoré Fragonard, a French painter born in the city. Afterwards, we will take you back to the ship.
Monaco Old Rock
Your excursion begins in Villefranche with a drive to Monaco. Your bus parks in Fontvieille where you board a city bus. You’ll disembark at Monaco Rock, where you’ll join a guided walking tour past the Oceanographic Museum, the Cathedral, and the exterior of the Prince’s Palace. After shopping, you’ll catch the city bus that will take you back to the starting point and return to Villefranche.
Nice & Cannes
From Villefranche you take the Corniche to the “pearl” of the Côte d’Azur: Nice. Upon arrival, you will take an electric train for about 50 minutes to the castle. The small train will take you up to the castle hill, where you will make a 10-minute stop to enjoy the magnificent panoramic view of the entire Baie des Anges.You will then walk to the old town of Nice to stroll along Cours Saleya with its flower market. You will have time at leisure before departing for Cannes. You will then drive to Cannes. World famous for its film festivals, glamorous actors’ gatherings, conventions, international fireworks, nightlife and fashion shows in luxury boutiques alternating with first-class palace hotels on the Croisette boulevard, Cannes is one of the most visited places on the Cote d’Azur. Take the opportunity to discover the hidden side of this resort. You will be enchanted. Start with a short walk uphill to the older part of the former fishing village. Here stands a square dungeon from the XII. Century near a fortified church. From here you will have a beautiful panoramic view. You will also have free time for shopping.
Eze & Nice
From Villefranche you take the Corniche to the “pearl” of the Côte d’Azur: Nice. Upon arrival, you will take an electric train for about 50 minutes to the castle. The small train will take you up to the castle hill, where you will make a 10-minute stop to enjoy the magnificent panoramic view of the entire Baie des Anges. You will then walk to the old town of Nice to stroll along Cours Saleya with its flower market. You will have time at leisure before departing for Cannes. You will then drive to Cannes. World famous for its film festivals, glamorous actors’ gatherings, conventions, international fireworks, nightlife and fashion shows in luxury boutiques alternating with first-class palace hotels on the Croisette boulevard, Cannes is one of the most visited places on the Cote d’Azur. Take the opportunity to discover the hidden side of this resort. You will be enchanted. Start with a short walk uphill to the older part of the former fishing village. Here stands a square dungeon from the XII. Century near a fortified church. From here you will have a beautiful panoramic view. You will also have free time for shopping.
Nice Wine & Cheese
From Villefranche, your coach will drive the short distance along the Middle Corniche with its magnificent views before reaching the medieval village of Eze, perched on a craggy peak overlooking the Mediterranean. It is a picturesque village seemingly clinging to the cliff face. Since the town is closed to traffic, you will have time to stroll through the narrow stone streets. Afterwards, you will continue on the middle corniche to Nice. The panorama stretches from the top of Cap d’Ail to Estérel, and you’ll have a good view of Beaulieu, Cap Ferrat, Villefranche, Nice and Cap d’Antibes. On Mont Boron, you will stop again for a nice view of Nice before taking a panoramic city tour of Nice upon arrival. Finally, visit the old town of Nice, where tall houses decorated with flowers or linens keep out the harsh sunlight and keep the streets cool. Enjoy your stroll along Cours Saleya, the elegant boulevard of Old Nice, with its famous flower market held here in picturesque neighborhoods. At a typical bistro amidst the labyrinth of Old Nice, you will taste a selection of 3 cheeses and 3 wines from the same area before re-boarding your bus to return to the ship.
Ile Rousee market and tasting.
Head to Ile Rousse and take a stroll with your local through the picturesque old town. Stroll through the famous covered market of Ile Rousse and sample some finger foods. Your guide will explain how different and unique are the Corsican production and the products you have tasted so far. Visit the Pascal Paoli square and have some refreshments. The life of the small town takes place around this square, named after one of the founding fathers of Corsica. Less known than Napoleon, but still just as important in Corsican history.
The ancient villages of Corsica
Corsica’s main attraction is its countryside, and this excursion will take you from one picturesque village to another on winding roads. You will discover the hinterland of the Balagne region. You will travel along a scenic road that will take you from one village to another, overlooking some of the most fertile areas of the island. Calenzana and its Piazza Communa, a pleasant tree-lined square dominated by the strongly Baroque Eglise St. Blaise, founded in 1691; Zilia and its now increasingly famous water bottling plant; Cassano-Montemaio and Lunghignano, popular with film producers for their beautiful squares and impressive granite houses…. Enjoy the splendid views on the way to the Salvi Pass. Stop at Spuntino to enjoy a refreshing drink with local specialties. The excursion then reaches Sant Antoninu, said to be the oldest village on the island. With its balconies decorated with flowers, San Antonino is a beautiful old village with granite houses, orchards and cobbled narrow streets. Finally, you will pass the interesting church of Aregno with its colorful walls and unique sculptures before heading towards the sea, passing Ile Rousse and Lumio before arriving back in Calvi.
The delightful wines of Corsica
Leaving the port of Calvi, you will drive slowly through the city and first visit the old town of Calvi. Then you cross the Figarella River and drive deeper into the Corsican countryside on the road to the village of Calenzana with its 1700 inhabitants. Set amidst olive trees on the foothills of Montegrossu, Calenzana is a paradise for hikers in the summer and a lively village all year round due to its long agricultural tradition. In addition to traditional agricultural production, wine and cheese making are the main activities in this region. A visit to the village will allow you to discover the 17th century baroque church with its three chapels and the winding old streets. At Domaine Orsini you will experience the best Corsican hospitality. In one of the most beautiful wine cellars of Corsica, you will be able to taste some of the most delicious wines of Corsica. You will visit the winery. The wines carry the prestigious “Appelation d’Origine Controlée-Calvi” (AOC-Calvi) label. The winemaking process combines the best of tradition and the best that modern winemaking has to offer. After the grape harvest, the grapes are crushed with the skins, as in the past, so that the grape juice retains all its aroma and bouquet. However, the quality has improved tremendously with the use of stainless steel vats in the winemaking process, as these conditions can be constantly monitored throughout the process. The aging, on the other hand, takes place in oak barrels, as in ancient times. Respect for both modern and ancient methods has resulted in exceptional wine quality. For example, the 2004 vintage red wine won the coveted gold medal at the French Salon Agricole. Of course you can taste this excellent wine. Via the mountain road you will return to Calvi.
Hiking in Corsica
From Calvi, you can take an easy 4-hour hike that will give you a magnificent view over the bay of Calvi from the famous statue of Notre Dame de la Serra and from the top of Capu di a veta (703 m). The highest mountain above Calvi. You will pass through the typical Corsican scrub and Vivariu Creek. The way back will be the same way.