Monte Carlo, Monaco

Days One–Two | Thursday, June 23–Friday, June 24

Overnight on the Côte d’Azur in Monte Carlo, capital of Monaco, the world’s second-smallest country. Stroll along the yacht-lined harbor, and visit the Casino de Monte Carlo, the Prince’s Palace, and Saint Nicholas Cathedral, where Grace Kelly is buried.

Portofino, Italy

Day Three | Saturday, June 25

Located on the Italian Riviera, Portofino’s harbor is lined with pastel-colored houses, high-end boutiques, and lush green hills. Visit nearby Santa Margherita or travel to Cinque Terre, a string of five fishing villages perched high on cliffs overlooking the sea.

Florence/Pisa (Livorno), Italy

Day Four Sunday, June 26

See Michelangelo’s David, the art collections of the Uffizi Gallery—including Botticelli’s Birth of Venus, and Brunelleschi’s masterpiece, the Duomo. The Basilica of Santa Croce holds the tombs of Michelangelo, Galileo, and Machiavelli.

Cannes, France

Day Five | Monday, June 27

Formerly a small fishing port on the Cote d’Azur, Cannes is now a popular resort town filled with designer shops and home of the annual Cannes Film Festival. Explore the Old Town or visit the medieval village of Saint-Paul-de-Vence.

Le Lavandou, France

Day Six | Tuesday, June 28

Le Lavandou on the French Riviera is known for its beautiful beaches and crystal clear waters. The nearby Domaine du Rayol, or Mediterranean Gardens, is one of the loveliest spots on the Var coast.

Barcelona, Spain

Days Seven–Eight | Wednesday, June 29–Thursday, June 30

Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia, has served as one of Spain’s primary centers of trade since at least the 13th century. Its spectacular architecture includes the Barcelona Cathedral, Gaudi’s La Sagrada Familia, and Montaner’s Casa Fuster.

Ibiza, Spain

Day Nine | Friday, July 1

Also known as “White Island” due to the abundance of whitewashed houses, Ibiza features a wealth of history and natural beauty. The old town of Dalt Vila is home to a medieval fortress and the Castell de Eivissa.


Day Ten | Saturday, July 2

Enjoy Hillsdale College seminars-at-sea, as well as the luxurious amenities of the Crystal Symphony.

Málaga, Spain

Day Eleven | Sunday, July 3

Màlaga’s historical sites reflect Phoenician, Moorish, and Spanish influences, and include the Malaga Cathedral and the Alcazaba, an 11th-century fortress. Travel to nearby Granada and visit the Alhambra.

Gibraltar, UK

Day Twelve | Monday, July 4

Ride a cable car to the top of the Rock of Gibraltar and enjoy the view of the Rif Mountains of North Africa. Also see Gibraltar’s most famous residents—the Barbary Apes. Venture inside the Rock and explore the World War II tunnels.

Casablanca, Morocco

Day Thirteen | Tuesday, July 5

Discover Casablanca’s Moorish architecture and see the Hassan II Mosque. Travel to nearby Rabat to visit the Royal Palace and Old Town, or join a daylong excursion to Marrakech.

Portimão, Portugal

Day Fourteen | Wednesday, July 6

Portimão features a bustling waterfront and pristine beaches. Be sure to see the spectacular rock formations along the coast, or travel to Silves, formerly the Arab capital of the Algarve, and visit the Moorish Silves Castle and the Gothic Silves Cathedral.

Lisbon, Portugal

Day Fifteen | Thursday, July 7

Disembark the Crystal Symphony for your return flight home.