Arrive Lisbon, Portugal
Arrive in Lisbon, where you are met and transferred to your hotel in the city center. Tonight, join your Resident Tour Director and fellow guests for a briefing followed by a welcome dinner.
Lisbon | Private Dinner with Fado Performance
Begin your city tour with a visit to the National Coach Museum, to see ceremonial and promenade vehicles from the 17th to 19th centuries. Proceed to the Jeronimos Monastery to admire its Manueline-style architecture, and then tour the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum. Tonight, dine privately as you experience the magic of Portugal’s ancient Fado tradition.
Sintra | Romantic Castles by the Sea
Travel just outside Lisbon today to Sintra, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its stunning 19th-century monuments. Tour the National Palace of Portugal, the best-preserved medieval royal residence in the country, and then proceed to the Pena Palace, decorated with vivid colors and stone carvings that convey an operatic range of emotions. Return to Lisbon for an afternoon and evening at leisure.
Barcelona, Spain | A City Rich in History
Board your private charter aircraft this morning and fly across the Iberian Peninsula to sunny Barcelona. Take in the views from the hill of Montjuïc, and then ride the cable car to the port and enjoy lunch beside the sea. Afterward, join your local guide for a walking tour of winding cobblestone streets in the Gothic Quarter and the Palau de la Música Catalana, an architectural triumph of Art Nouveau. Enjoy your evening at leisure.
Barcelona | Gaudi’s Magnificent Wonder
Today, view the Barcelona Pavilion, and then discover the Sagrada Família, a spectacular basilica designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí that features an incomparably detailed vaulted ceiling. Enjoy time for lunch at leisure in the Central Market, also known as La Boqueria. Pass your afternoon at leisure, free to explore this vibrant city on your own. Tonight, gather for a flavorful tapas experience and flamenco performance.
Figueres | Birthplace of Salvador Dalí
Travel overland to Figueres, where you tour the Salvador Dalí Theater-Museum, designed by Dalí himself and considered the world’s largest surrealist object. Continue to ancient Girona, a city that boasts Romanesque towers, medieval stone ramparts and a cathedral with the widest Gothic nave in the world. Explore the charming old Jewish Quarter, which dates to the ninth century. Visit the medieval Arab baths before returning to Barcelona.
Monaco | Life on the Cote d’Azur
This morning, your privately chartered aircraft whisks you to Nice, where you visit St. Paul de Vence, a village perched high above the sea, where Marc Chagall once lived. Walk its narrow streets, enjoy lunch as you soak in the views and play a friendly game of petanque with the locals. Proceed to Monte Carlo in Monaco, arriving at your hotel, located just steps from the storied casino. Tonight, enjoy exclusive private entry to the Prince’s Palace, followed by dinner.
Monaco | Charms of the French Riviera
Enjoy a scenic drive with breathtaking views en route to the delightful villages of Eze and Beaulieu-sur-Mer. Next, explore the marvelous gardens of the Rothschild’s Villa Ephrussi, before returning to Monaco for time at leisure.
Naples, Italy/Sorrento | A Glimpse Into History
Fly by private charter aircraft to Naples. On arrival, visit the historic city center for lunch at a traditional Neopolitan pizzeria. Afterward, tour the National Archaeological Museum to view many of the treasures excavated from Pompeii and Herculaneum. Later, travel to the coastal town of Sorrento and settle into your hotel.
Amalfi Coast | A Lesson in the Local Cuisine
Indulge in the many splendors of the Amalfi Coast, starting with a seaside drive. Proceed to the hilltop town of Ravello, where you take part in a cooking class, and then enjoy the local dishes you’ve helped create for lunch. Later, descend to Amalfi itself and return to Sorrento by boat on a cruise along the scenic coast.
Pompeii/Dubrovnik, Croatia | Across the Adriatic
Journey to historic Pompeii for a tour of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, where the daily life of ancient Italy was frozen in time by ash and debris from an eruption of nearby Mount Vesuvius in AD 79. Then, fly to Dubrovnik by privately chartered aircraft, where you ride a cable car up Mount Srd for a Scenic Sundowner with stunning views over the sea. Return to Dubrovnik for dinner.
Dubrovnik | Silk Weavers Visit
Stroll in Dubrovnik with your local guide to see the Franciscan monastery, Dubrovnik Cathedral and the Rector’s Palace, a masterpiece of secular architecture. Later, watch silk weavers at work in Konavle, before enjoying the rest of your day at leisure.
Dubrovnik | Private Yacht to the Elafiti Islands
Cruise by private yacht on a leisurely day-long excursion to the Elafiti Islands, exploring idyllic villages nestled among forested hills. Tonight, gather for a farewell dinner.
After breakfast, transfer to the airport to board your departing flight.
First group event: welcome briefing is at 5:30p.m. on Day 1
Last group event: farewell dinner at 7:00 p.m. on Day 13