Chose this itinerary for the ports. Highlights were Eze/Monaco having lunch at Chateau Eza, Portofino lunch at Taverna del Marinaio, and trip after cruise to Bergun Switzerland staying at the Kurhaus Bergun. It is part of Swiss Historic Hotels
First day after immediately landing in Rome we took a private tour with Rome- Limousine Tours and Alessandro. He was very reliable and very knowledgeable about his Rome. He is a licensed tour guide and his wealth of knowledge was apparent. We also took a stop for the best espresso ever. Ask him about that. He picked us up from airport and was waiting inside. We then spent 3 or so hours touring Rome. He was very careful where he parked keeping in mind our suitcases. He either parked in a location he knew someone or parked by police stands.
Second day we took our own trip to Isle of Capri. If we were to do again I would immediately get on boat for Blue Grotto and buy those tickets down the port front to the right past the main square landing area. I would also buy tickets for ferry departure to go to Capri before that day. We had to wait in long lines for both things. Highlight of Capri taking funicular up to main Capri and going thru beautiful gardens up top for spectacular views and pictures. Along way we stopped at awesome place for limon ice cream-Cafe Morgano.
Third Day- cruise day
Fourth Day- Mallorca
Formula One Tours- driving hillsides of west side of Island. Taxi cost approx $25. Beautiful scenery. Standard shift on all cars.
Fifth Day- Barcelona
Montserrat- beautiful church and the Black Madonna. Try to get to area early. We did trip by our own accessing train station by taxi from port. Had an easy time. Was very beautiful. Long lines though to see Black Madonna. Headed back to Barcelona to eat at the beach- Xiringuito Escriba for the best Sangria and Paella down on the beach.
Sixth day - Sea Day
Seventh day- Monaco
Lunch at Chateau Eza. Need to make reservations early before departure but you will be in for best views ever. And really fantastic gourmet food. Also stopped at the Casino and played a few slot games all while looking at the beautiful expensive cars parked outside.
Seventh Day- Portofino
Visited churches, castles, lighthouse El Faro and had great limoncello. Ate at the best restaurant ever- Taverna Del Marinaio. Ask for Paolo and tell him Shari from Texas sent you. We had the absolute best vino and pasta along with fresh octopus that was divine and lemon and olive oil fresh fish. Trust me on this one! I know I wrinkled my nose also but it was excellent- the octopus.
Eighth Day- Cinque Terre
Found a link on how to do this area in one day. Started in furtherest town away- Monterosso and visited beach. Then went to Vernazza and loved scenery. We left cruise night early because we were headed to spend three nights in Switzerland. We spent night in Manarola at DePaulin Hotel. Rooms are air conditioned. Loved our host who greeted us with Limoncello. We had a wonderful dinner at Trattoria de Billy for test another awesome meal with most spectacular sunset ever!
Spent the final days at St Moritz, Bergun and Zürich Switzerland.
Embarkation and disembarkation went very smoothly.
Absolutely loved our trip!!! Enjoyed celebrating our 30th anniversary together!! Feel free to message me for more details if needed.
Cabin was beautiful. Different way of using “balcony” by clicking button for window up or down vs stepping outside and sitting on veranda. This wasn't a good vs bad thing. It was just different. We ordered room service almost every morning and had breakfast by window prior to leaving ship each morning.
We were in a concierge class room but really didn’t see that it helped us anymore than being in a regular veranda room. We did receive a welcome bottle of champagne and supposedly had priority access to dining. But just rotated thru the four regular dining rooms and they made room for us each time. Loved Winston our cabin steward.