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European splendour

European splendour

There are few nations better known for their treasured artworks, awe-inspiring architecture and love of la dolce vita than Italy, France and Spain. Seven Seas Splendor offers the chance to enjoy these countries in unparalleled luxury.

European splendour

Pinch yourself: you’re not dreaming. You’ve marvelled at the glory of St Peter’s, the grandeur of Florence’s Duomo and the eccentricity of Gaudí’s Sagrada Família cathedrals.

You’ve gazed awestruck at Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel. Puzzled how Pisa’s tower still leans and hasn’t fallen … yet. Wandered the beaches of Palma de Mallorca, ambled the hillsides and villages of the Cinque Terre, and rambled along La Rambla in Barcelona. Sensational history. Sensual art. Authentic food and wine in centuries-old vineyards and markets. All these and much more are at the heart of a cruise from Rome to Barcelona that is only magnified by the experience aboard Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ ultra-luxurious new ship Seven Seas Splendor, launched in February 2020.

Its sister ship, the Seven Seas Explorer®, is described as “the most luxurious ship ever built”. Yet the Seven Seas Splendor raises the bar even higher – luxury perfected. Some 750 guests will be pampered in the ultimate in maritime luxury.

Every luxury is included with Regent Seven Seas Cruises. You’ll enjoy free unlimited specialty dining, beverages including fine wines and premium spirits, WiFi and more. They’re also the only cruise line to offer free unlimited shore excursions in every port.

Enjoy exquisite fine dining onboard – including classic French fare at Chartreuse, unmatched Italian specialties at Sette Mari at La Veranda or bask in the sumptuousness of the Compass Rose, the largest specialty restaurant on the seas.

Take in its Broadway and Vegas-style shows before enjoying a wine or cocktail on deck. Peruse the multimillion-dollar art collection … or learn how to create your own culinary masterpiece during hands-on cooking demonstrations by master chefs.

Feel the cares of the world float away with exclusive treatments at Serene Spa & Wellness. You’ll be so pampered you’ll want to stay on board forever.

LA BELLA ROMA

Your journey will take you to some of the Mediterranean’s most stunning ports. From Livorno in Tuscany to Ajaccio, Monte Carlo, Toulon, Valencia and Barcelona, each port is an unforgettable combination of thousands of years of romance, history and adventure.

Yet all roads – and not a few boat journeys – lead to Rome, one of the world’s most enchanting cities. You’ll be torn between what is more fascinating: the architectural glories of Italy’s historic capital, its people or its food. Enjoy the people-watching and street performers at the Spanish Steps before a coffee or vino at one of Rome’s famed cafés and restaurants. Tread in the footsteps of ancient Roman gladiators at the Colosseum and the Circus Maximus. Prepare to have your breath taken away as you admire the awe-inspiring art of the Sistine Chapel and the panoramic vistas from its dome.

Your tour of beauty continues at Livorno, the gateway to the province of Tuscany and the Renaissance glories of Florence and Pisa. This tiny region gave life and spirit to the genius of Dante, Donatello, Michelangelo, Giotto, Botticelli and da Vinci. Elegant Florence is a museum to their inspirations, while proud Siena captures the heart of medieval Italy.

Meanwhile, the enviable, relaxed lifestyle of Tuscany is famous the world over. Go on … treat yourself.

The birthplace of Napoleon is next on the itinerary as we visit Ajaccio, on the French island of Corsica. Naturally, the legacy of the little general dominates the harbourside city, surrounded by mountains, with palm-fringed squares. Yet your historical journey will quickly turn gastronomic as you sample Ajaccio’s warm hospitality. Soon you’ll be chilling out at cafés, sipping local wines, tasting artisan cheeses and enjoying azimuno, the tasty fish soup. Napoleon would approve.

Your next stop, La Spezia, was the seaside playground that inspired poets from Dante to Byron. Stroll through the five stunning, pastel-coloured villages of the Cinque Terre clinging to cliffs along the coast. Then treat yourself to a taste of its legendary gelato.

FRENCH SOPHISTICATION

It’s only an overnight voyage to Monaco. This playground of the rich, fashionable and famous has long captured the world’s imagination. And you’ll soon discover why: its superyacht marina, Grand Prix track and casino are just a few of its many attractions. Have fun discovering all the others for yourself.

The waterside delights continue as we visit Toulon, home to one of France’s most beautiful harbours. Promenade down pavements lined with chic boutiques, aromatic cafés and trendy brasseries. Don’t forget to visit Toulon’s Old Quarter: with its winding streets, jewel-bright fishermen’s cottages and lively markets, it is a sight to behold.

Next stop is Palma on the island of Mallorca. This 13th- century city is a treasure of Moorish, Roman and Spanish history, blended into a contemporary gem of galleries, restaurants, craft studios and bars.

Like its delicious orange namesake, Valencia is a stand-out just waiting to be savoured. Prepare to be dazzled by its thriving cultural, eating and nightlife scenes, as well as beaches just waiting for eager toes to try.

Last, but not least … Barcelona, one of the most visited cities in the world. From its soaring 14th- century cathedrals, whimsical creations by Gaudí like the Park Güell – as well as its unbeatable food and limitless sunshine – it will linger long in the memory.

You may never want to leave. But there’s always next time.

Ready to discover Europe’s natural beauty and fascinating history? Your local YOU Travel agent can help you choose the perfect Regent Seven Seas itinerary.

If you’re interested in cruising from Rome to Barcelona we can offer a saving of up to 20% off this itinerary departing 3 November 2020 with fares from $NZ8984, based on Deluxe Veranda Suite (category G2). Offer is valid until 31 March 2020.

Once you’ve booked your cruise, we’ll help you find the best flights and accommodation to match. We’re with YOU all the way. For more information visit youtravel.co.nz

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