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17 Days | 16 Nights
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. Minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding, and rewarding, programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Experience a panorama of the finest towns, palaces and gardens in the Mediterranean, from exquisite Etruscan frescoes and the marble brilliance of Romanesque Pisa to the elegant French Riviera and ornate Moorish Alhambra. Discover landscapes around the western Mediterranean that inspired artists, gardeners, travelers and rulers, and gain special insights into these treasures with expert lectures along the way.


• Marvel at the villa built by Baroness Ephrussi de Rothschild, including the extravagant themed gardens and the baroness’ priceless collection of art, furniture and porcelain.
• Explore Portugal’s capital, Lisbon, a city made wealthy and beautiful during the Age of Discovery.
• Consider the Moorish conquest of the Hispania amid the palaces, citadels, towers and courtyards of the Alhambra, the most exquisite example of Berber Islamic architecture in all of Iberia.

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Walking up to one mile, mostly paved surfaces, some uneven terrain. Some optional excursions may require more walking.

Itinerary Summary

Arrival Rome (Italy), 1 night; embark Minerva, 14 nights (ports of call include: Porto Vecchio (France), Livorno (Italy), Nice (France), Cartagena (Spain), Malaga, Tangier (Morocco), Lisbon (Portugal), Oporto); disembark Portsmouth (England), coach to London, departure.

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15 nights of accommodations
44 meals: 15 breakfasts, 14 lunches, 15 dinners
6 Expert-led lectures
10 Field trips


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