Take in ancient wonders in Amalfi, the complex multicultural contrasts of Palermo, and historical landmarks in Valletta; see a mix of historic and modern-day attractions in Ibiza, medieval villages in Castellón, and striking architecture in Barcelona; and view picturesque landscapes in Provence and pristine beaches in Saint-Tropez.
DEPART FOR ITALY
JUNE 8: ROME (CIVITAVECCHIA), ITALY
Embark on your luxury cruise aboard Sirena in Civitavecchia, the
port for legendary Rome, Italy’s crown jewel, filled with history and
JUNE 9: AMALFI/POSITANO, ITALY
Situated on the picture-perfect Amalfi Coast is the enchanting town of
Amalfi, filled with ancient wonders like the twelfth-century Capuchin
monastery and the beautiful eleventh-century cathedral and cloister.
Nearby, built into the steep slopes above a sparkling bay, Positano
charms all who visit with its colorful fishing boats and
JUNE 10: PALERMO, SICILY, ITALY
Founded on the cohesive blend of multiple cultures, Palermo offers a
dramatic architectural feast. With its unique balance of Arabian and
Norman heritage, visitors discover a colorful fascinating fusion of East
and West, from the impressive Norman cathedrals to the enchanting
Arabian palace Palatine Chapel.
JUNE 11: VALLETTA, MALTA
Brimming with history, culture, beauty and old-world charm, Valletta is
a small but concentrated capital. Founded by the Knights of St. John
and deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Malta’s picturesque
capital—considered one of the most concentrated historic areas in the
world—offers a grand collection of honey-colored limestone buildings
and ancient fortifications. This city is packed with experiences and
sites not to be missed.
JUNE 12: CRUISING THE MEDITERRANEAN SEA
JUNE 13: IBIZA, SPAIN
Linger on this sun-soaked island, a playground for bohemians in the
1960s. Today, Ibiza—nicknamed the “White Island”—is a holiday
hotspot with whitewashed houses, a beach-blessed coastline, bars,
restaurants, and chic shops.
JUNE 14: CASTELLÓN, SPAIN
Follow Spain’s Orange Blossom Coast to Castellón, a province speckled
with charming medieval villages. Take in the aroma of orange groves
dotting the coastal region, also known as Costa Azahar, and relax on the
sands of Pinar Beach, or take a romantic stroll in the Ribalta Park.
JUNE 15: BARCELONA (TARRAGONA), SPAIN
Discover the harmonious balance of Barcelona, harbored on the
Mediterranean, where modern sophistication lives harmoniously
with historic tradition and striking modern architecture mingles
with medieval structures.
JUNE 16: PROVENCE (MARSEILLE), FRANCE
Dotted with quaint villages perched on rocky hilltops, cradled by the
Mediterranean Sea, and spectacular mountains, Provence has inspired
and enchanted for centuries with its ancient and captivating
JUNE 17: SAINT-TROPEZ, FRANCE
Travel to Saint-Tropez, with its pristine beaches on the French Riviera,
and view the impressive yachts moored in the harbor. Nestled on the
coast, this quaint fishing town has been mesmerizing travelers since the
filming of and God Created Woman—starring Brigitte Bardot.
JUNE 18: MONTE CARLO, MONACO
Disembark and bid farewell to Sirena.
Meet Your Trip Host
Ken and Penny Fischer
Ken Fischer is the President Emeritus of UMS, the organization at the University of Michigan (U-M) that brings the finest dance, theater, and music from around the world to Ann Arbor. In 2015 Fischer accepted the National Medal of Arts, the highest arts award given by the U.S. government, on behalf of UMS from President Obama at the White House. Fischer is currently writing a book on his arts career and is teaching Arts Leadership at U-M’s School of Music, Theatre & Dance. Fischer, who has degrees from The College of Wooster and U-M, worked in higher education and management consulting in Washington, DC before UMS. He is married to professional flutist Penny Fischer who has degrees from Iowa, Michigan, and Maryland. Their son Matt, who is married with two sons, is Vice President of Apple and oversees the App Store.
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