Port Descriptions

Sail the beautiful Mediterranean Sea and visit lands rich with history
—while enjoying 14 nights aboard the all-inclusive Crystal Symphony.

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 yacht-filled harbor is lined with pastel-colored houses, high-end boutiques, and lush green hills. Travel to nearby Santa Margherita, shop along the waterfront, or visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Cinque Terre.


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

Once a small fishing port on the Cote d’Azur, Cannes is now a glamorous resort town lined with designer shops and sunny beaches. Explore the Old Town, see where the famous Cannes Film Festival takes place, 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

Often called the “White Island” due to its abundance of whitewashed houses, Ibiza is a popular destination for its nightlife, however, travelers can also find a wealth of history and natural beauty on this Mediterranean gem. The old town of Dalt Vila, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is home to a medieval fortress and the Castell de Eivissa.


Seminars-at-Sea

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

Once a major trading port and the hometown of artist Picasso, Màlaga has an eclectic mix of sites influenced by the Phoenicians, the Moors, and the Spanish. In town, explore the Picasso Museum and Alcazaba, an 11th-century Moorish fortress, or travel to Alhambra, an ancient palace in nearby Granada.


Gibraltar, UK

Day Twelve | Monday, July 4

In British-influenced Gibraltar, take a cable car up the Rock of Gibraltar where you can take in the coastal views of Africa, just twelve miles away, and see Gibraltar’s most famous residents—the wild Barbary Apes. Inside the Rock is a massive network of tunnels constructed by the British in WWII.


Casablanca, Morocco

Day Thirteen | Tuesday, July 5

The vibrant metropolis of Casablanca is home to the impressive Hassan II Mosque, the largest religious monument in the world after Mecca. Explore the city’s Moorish architecture, travel to nearby Rabat to visit the Royal Palace and Old Town, or take a full-day excursion to Marrakech known for its ancient artistry and lively souqs.


Portimão, Portugal

Day Fourteen | Wednesday, July 6

Portimão is a colorful port with a bustling waterfront, charming city, and easy access to pristine beaches. See the spectacular rock formations along the coast or travel to the ancient city and castle of Silves, once the Arab capital of the Algarve.


Lisbon, Portugal

Day Fifteen | Thursday, July 7

Disembark the Crystal Symphony for your return flight home.


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