Transoceanic from Barcelona
Day 1 - Barcelona Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain with three million inhabitants, a dominating port in northern Mediterranean with one of the most renowned and important universities in the world. The city is a very rich commercial centre, where industrial operations crucial to the Spanish economy take place. In fact, Catalans have always considered their region unique compared with the other Spanish regions and we can find its roots in the power exercised by Barcelona for four hundred years at least on Spanish monarchy and on European commercial events.
Day 2 - Savona, Italy Above the port of Savona, the Priamar Fortress greets every departure and arrival of the Costa ships sailing in the Mediterranean. Genoa and its aquarium are nearby. The port of Savona, which you can explore during your cruise in Italy, is one of the prettiest of the Italian Riviera. The lovely climate, summers that are never to hot, mild winters and the exceptional beauty of the sea near the town makes Savona an excellent base to set out to explore Liguria. Savona is notable for the Priamar Fortress, which has dominated the town since the 16th century, and also for its historic centre where you can visit Savona Cathedral. A stop in Savona can also be an opportunity to visit the nearby city of Genoa and its narrow, picturesque streets, known as “caruggi”.
Day 3 - Marseilles, France A pleasant thing to do is simply sit down at one of the cafes overlooking the port of Marseilles and, sipping a Pastis, observe the landscape and the people who inhabit it. Also called the "Porpoise City ", Marseille is France’s sunniest town, charming with its gullies where you can swim, its history and culture and restaurants with cosmopolitan cuisine. You cannot leave without having first toured on the “Cours Julien”, the street for shopping. The port of Marseille is perhaps a typical tourist destination, but it deserves to be visited for the ferry that leaves from the Town Hall and the old church, which replaced a Templar building.
Day 4 - Tarragona, Spain Tarragona, port city of Spain, is located less than 100 km from Barcelona from the top of its walls, here you can admire one of the most important Gothic cathedrals in Catalonia and the immense amphitheatre, stage for gladiatorial combat in Roman times. During your Mediterranean cruise, you will visit the Port of Tarragona; a true gem, with Roman ruins that are the pride of its residents and historical traditions that are part of the local folklore. The Roman heritage is still part of the urban context in Tarragona. Here, you can watch the reenactments of the centurion parades and gladiatorial combat. During the stop in the port of Tarragona, proceed to the Praetorian Tower. On the first floor there is a model of the medieval town and its glory that was lost during a war that is still commemorated with solemn candles on the steps of the cathedral. If you have the time, watch the races of human pyramids that are organised in various districts of the city.
Day 5 - At sea
Day 6 - Lisbon, Portugal Lisbon is a city of decadent charm that we can discover among lifts and slopes and small restaurants where they serve salt cod in every variant. The capital of Portugal is a concentration of the Portuguese lifestyle. Upon arrival at the port of Lisbon, you’ll start your stay enjoying delicious local cuisine. You won’t have any difficulty finding a restaurant on the river bank where you can have a glass of Vinho Verde and taste some sweet rice treats. Whatever you’re looking for, from strong emotions to calm, the city can satisfy you. You can also bask on its beaches or visit the historic buildings of the city of seven hills. Then jump on the tram and head to the art galleries and museums of the second oldest capital in Europe.
Day 7 - At sea
Day 8 - La Coruna, Spain An extraordinarily rich architectural and cultural heritage and a strong tie to the sea: it is wonderful to admire the never-ending motion of the waves from the galerias, the traditional balconies in front of houses overlooking the ocean.
Day 9 - At sea
Day 10 - Le Havre During the stop in the port of Le Havre you can discover a maritime metropolis through modernist architecture and many fascinating museums. Le Havre is a port city in Normandy that was rebuilt after being destroyed during World War II. In 2005 its architectural masterpieces earned it inclusion on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Don’t forget to taste some of the local dishes.
Day 11 - At sea
Day 12 - Kristiansand Kristiansand literally means “Christian Beach”, named after the king who founded it in 1641. Today it is famous for its cathedral and its zoo. Kristiansand is a town situated on the west coast of Norway. Its climate is one of the most attractive in the country because of the distinct seasons. Here you can visit the typical Scandinavian cathedral, the “dømkirke”, then don’t miss a visit to the Kanonmuseum, named for the impressive cannon, from where you will enjoy a beautiful view over the city. Sports lovers can enjoy rafting. Take a boat trip from the port of Kristiansand to explore the surrounding islands.
Day 13 - Gothenburg The port of Gothenburg welcomes our Northern Europe Costa Cruise. Sweden has the strength of a mountain and the beauty of a flower. Take advantage of the stop in Gothenburg to discover a magnificent archipelago located south west of Sweden. Economic and industrial powerhouse of the country, Gothenburg is also one of the most interesting cultural centres in Scandinavia. After a visit to the magnificent museums and fishing villages with picturesque architecture, you can enjoy some local seafood specialties before you visit the paradisiacal islands of the archipelago and enjoying the beauty of the wild nature and the variety of fauna and flora.
Day 14 - Kiel (Germany) The port of Kiel in Germany is at the heart of the city. If you like lighthouses, the visit to the Bülk lighthouse will be a source of great satisfaction. Kiel is a city in Northern Germany, whose origins date back to the 13th century. Its story has been widely influenced by maritime activities and currently is one of the European capitals that holds nautical races. The port of Kiel is located right in the city centre and is the ideal starting point for a visit. Between visits to the old railroads and the unmissable WWII submarine, enjoy a stop at the Bülk lighthouse. You can also visit the botanical gardens and the numerous animal ranches out of town.
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