Bon voyage: Sail the Mediterranean in style

Access an exclusive offer on a Seabourn sojourn through Italy and the French Riviera.

The Mediterranean is at the top of every traveller’s must-see list, and for good reason. Each destination — from Amalfi’s colourful cliffside to the glamorous seaside town of St Tropez — is like stepping into a heavenly postcard immersed in history, culture, and (most importantly) great food. And the best way to experience it all is by sea.

Introducing Seabourn Cruises’ 20-night voyage through Italy and the French Rivieras. Spanning five countries, the immersive itinerary reads like a dream, taking guests from charming hilltop villages to canal-laced towns. Below, we’ve curated a list of the top shore excursions on this Mediterranean journey.

1. Walking tour in St. Tropez, France

Positioned on the coastline of the French Riviera, the petite port of St. Tropez is one of the most glamorous resort towns in Europe. Fishing boats and luxury yachts share the harbour, whilst beautiful pink and yellow cafes, restaurants, galleries, and boutiques line the streets. On a shore excursion, opt to explore the dazzling seafront promenade with a walking tour through the city.

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The impressive view from The Palace in Silema over Valetta.

2. High-speed joy ride in Valetta, Malta

Steeped in history, Valetta is the enchanting capital city of the UNESCO archipelago Malta. And the best way to explore Valetta’s seaside surrounds is via powerboat. A short distance from the Seabourn ship, board a powerboat for a high-speed ride to the unspoiled islands of Gozo (also known as Calypso, the moniker referenced in Homer’s Odyssey) and Comino. Before returning to the boat, dive into the crystal-clear sea for an unforgettable swim or snorkel.

3. Discover Pompeii ruins in Italy

Located in the Campania region, the Amalfi coast is brimming with lively towns, charming villages, and historical sites. From Amalfi, enjoy a scenic coastal drive to the foot of Mount Vesuvius, the infamous volcano that erupted in 79 A.D. and engulfed the thriving Roman towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Explore the ancient archaeological sites on a guided tour.

The sun setting over the harbour in Monaco.

4. Drive the coastline in Monte Carlo, Monaco

Illustrious for its yacht-filled harbour, Formula One racetrack and world-famous Café de Paris Casino, Monte Carlo is synonymous with glitz and glam. Nestled along the French Riviera, the tiny enclave is the perfect place to people watch. Or, on a shore excursion, embark on a scenic drive through Nice, Beaulieu and Eze-sur-Mer to discover the best that the French Riviera has to offer.

5. Paella and wine tasting in Valencia, Spain

Savour the taste of three unique paellas—Spain’s most popular dish—paired with local wine at a Valencian restaurant. But first, watch a cooking demonstration to take home tips on how to prepare paella in traditional Valencia style (hint: the rice is cooked on a wood fire using orange wood). A food-centric excursion gives you the knowledge (and recipes) to reimagine your Mediterranean experiences on home soil.

Relax in the solarium on board the Seabourn Sojourn.

Seabourn Sojourn

With 229 ocean-facing suites aboard the Seabourn Sojourn, each day of the journey offers a luxurious haven. There’s delicious, complimentary dining in all the restaurants, and your bar tab is taken care of with complimentary beverages. Your days at sea can be spent relaxing poolside, in the dedicated mindful living program or the enrichment program. Relax in a range of bars and spend your evenings with world class entertainment and dancing.

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