Treasures of Catalonia, Rousillon, Languedoc & Provence

Detailed Itinerary

Monday, May 13, 2013 - FLY FROM USA

Tuesday, May 14 - BARCELONA, Catalonia, Spain | EMBARK
Arrive in Barcelona, Catalonia’s magnificent capital, and transfer to embark Corinthian. Overnight aboard ship. (D)

Wednesday, May 15 - BARCELONA
The capital of Catalonia, Barcelona is rich in extraordinary works of art and architecture. Tour the narrow alleyways of the Barrio Gotico, the original site of the Carthaginian city, and the elaborate Templo de la Sagrada Familia, begun in the 19th century by architect Antoni Gaudí and still unfinished. Also visit the 14th-century cathedral, La Seu. (B, L, D)

Thursday, May 16 - TARRAGONA & POBLET
Built in an amphitheater formation facing the sea, Tarragona is a veritable museum-town, containing remains of practically all of the civilizations that crossed the Iberian Peninsula. Explore Tarragona’s Roman remains, among the best preserved in the Mediterranean, and visit the Archaeological Museum. Also enjoy time at leisure to explore the city’s treasures on your own. Continue with a drive to the Catalonian countryside to visit the Monastery of Poblet, one of the largest Cistercian monasteries, which overlooks the Prades Mountains. (B, L, D)

From Palamos, on Catalonia’s Costa Brava, explore some of the most important places of this region including Girona, an ancient city at the confluence of four rivers. Girona has prospered since the Roman period due to its location as a crossroads of commerce. Alternatively, drive along the coast to Empuries, founded by the Greeks around 600 b.c. Explore the remains of the Greco-Roman cities and, en route back to the ship, stop at the quaint medieval village of Pals. (B, L, D)

Saturday, May 18 - The ROUSILON REGION, France
Sail to the lovely bays of France’s Roussillon region, situated dramatically beneath the Pyrenees Mountains. From Port-Vendres, drive to Collioure, famed for the beauty of its setting and architecture, then continue on to Céret, whose charms attracted some of the most important artists of the 20th century, including Matisse, Picasso, Braque, Juan Gris, and others. Visit the excellent Musée d’Art Moderne, whose galleries exhibit works by the masters who took residence here. Outside Céret, stop at Arles-sur-Tech to visit the beautiful 9th-century Romanesque abbey, including the outstanding cloister. (B, L, D)

From Port-la-Nouvelle an excursion leads to Carcassonne, one of the best preserved medieval cities in Europe. Visit the Musée des Beaux Arts; the Port Narbonnaise, with sections from the reigns of both St. Louis and Phillip the Bold; the Castle; and St. Nazaire, rebuilt from the original Romanesque to the Gothic style after the victory of the Crusaders. Alternatively, explore Narbonne, an ancient city built on the banks of the Robine River that boasts landmark buildings and museums. (B, L, D)

Monday, May 20 - Sète, Provence | Nîmes | Sète
From the port of Sète on the coast of Languedoc, drive to the ancient city of Nîmes. A Roman town favored by Augustus, who embellished it with splendid buildings, Nîmes has beautifully preserved its monuments. Among them are the medieval quarter, built in 1096, the Roman amphitheater; and the Maison Carrée, a temple dating from about 12 b.c. that is known for its harmonious proportions. The Fine Arts Museum houses a large Roman mosaic. (B, L, D)

From the port of Marseille, founded by the Greeks, travel to Aix-en-Provence, the first Roman settlement in Gaul. Tour the Old City, down the leafy Cours Mirabeau, noting the perfect classical proportions of the Hotel de Ville en route to the Cathedral of St.-Sauveur, with its medieval art treasures. Also visit the studio of Paul Cézanne, which remains as it was at the time of the impressionist’s death in 1906, or the Musée Granet, containing works by Cézanne and others. (B, L, D)

Wednesday, May 22 - NICE, French Riviera
Visit delightful St.-Paul-de-Vence, a medieval village that became a favorite artists’ retreat in the 1920s. Largely rebuilt in 1537 by Francois I, the old fortified town reveals the ramparts that once defended it and affords a spectacular view of the mountains and sea. Visit the Maeght Foundation, whose modern building displays an acclaimed collection of 20th-century works by artists including Braque, Chagall, Miró, and Picasso. In the afternoon, visit Nice’s Chagall Museum and the quaint hill village of Eze. (B, L, D)

Thursday, May 23 - NICE | DISEMBARK | FLY TO USA
Disembark in Nice and transfer to the airport for return flights home. (B)

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