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Roman Italy and Sardinia

Spirit of Discovery departing Southampton

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Discover unrivalled beauty and an intriguing past

Cruise past the Amalfi Coast to reach the ancient Roman port town of Salerno.

Follow in the wake of the Roman Empire on this voyage to a series of captivating cities and historical towns across Italy and Sardinia. Call on the scarcely cruised to Porto Torres, a small Sardinian port on the Bay of Asinara. From here you can visit the city of Sassari with its spectacular Piazza d’Italia and palace, or head to the historic coastal town of Alghero to explore its cobbled streets and cafe-lined piazzas. Continue sailing through the Bonifacio Straits to reach Piombino in Tuscany, a new port of call for Saga Cruises. It offers an ideal chance to visit one of Italy’s most instantly recognisable landmarks, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, or to venture a little further up to medieval Lucca, birthplace of Puccini.

A highlight of your cruise will be exploring the ‘Eternal City’ of Rome from Civitavecchia. The capital of Italy is a treasure trove of art and architecture that deserves to be explored time and again, while first-time visitors can join a tailor-made tour to see its star attractions, including the Colosseum and Spanish Steps. Your days ashore will be complemented on board with insightful lectures about the Roman Empire. Plus, savour the tactile experience of dining on dishes that our Roman predecessors would have enjoyed during a special banquet, as well as the chance to dress down at a toga party! You’ll also call at two Spanish ports, Malaga and Ferrol, as well as the British outpost of Gibraltar.

Explore the legacy of ancient Rome on board

  • Toga party and Roman banquet
  • Lectures on the Roman Empire
  • Lectures from former journalist and television news reporter, Sam Hall
  • Cooking demonstrations from VIP chef Theo Randall

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Southampton, England

Southampton, England

Embark Spirit of Discovery. Depart 1700.

At sea

Spend the day at sea.

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Spend the day at sea.

At sea

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Malaga, Spain

Malaga, Spain

Arrive 0800. Depart 1200.

Set on the balmy Costa del Sol, Malaga has basked in the Spanish sun since the 8th century BC when the Phoenicians founded it. It flourished under the Moors and a palatial fortress, The Alcazaba, still guards the city from this time. You can delve further into Malaga’s Roman past on a walking tour visiting the first century AD theatre which was unearthed in 1951 right in the city centre.

At sea

Spend the day at sea.

Porto Torres, Spain

Porto Torres, Sardinia

Arrive 0800. Depart 1700.

Legend has it this Sardinian city was founded by Julius Caesar and there are enough ancient remains to suggest that this town flourished under the Roman Empire. Explore on foot to truly get a feel for the city and be sure to visit the Basilica di San Gavino, one of Sardinia’s best Romanesque churches. Afterwards, Spirit of Discovery will cruise through Bonifacio Straights en route to the Italian mainland.

Piombino, Italy

Piombino (for Pisa), Italy

Arrive 0800. Depart 1700.

Join Spirit of Discovery on a visit to Piombino, a first for Saga Cruises. Set where the Ligurian Sea and Tyrrhenian Sea meet, this small Italian town looks towards Elba Island, part of the Tuscan archipelago – head to Piazza Bovio for the best views on a clear day. Alternatively, from here you may choose to join an excursion to see that most famous of askew landmarks, The Leaning Tower of Pisa. The historic Tuscan city of Pisa lies on a plain near the estuary of the River Arno and was originally a wealthy port with a mighty naval fleet before the land was eventually reclaimed from the sea. Pisa is famous for the Campo dei Miracoli or Field of Miracles where its Leaning Tower precariously stands.

Rome, Italy

Civitavecchia (for Rome), Italy

Arrive 0900. Depart 1700.

Spirit of Discovery will moor just 50 miles from Rome, so don't miss the chance to join a sightseeing tour today. From the Colosseum to the Sistine Chapel, Rome's glories are endless – no wonder it's called the Eternal City! There are so many ways to spend a day here – perhaps take a transfer and explore independently, or join a guided tour of the best sights such as St Peter's Basilica, the Forum and the Colosseum. You could also enter Vatican City to see the renowned Vatican Museums and the awe-inspiring Sistine Chapel.

Salerno, Italy

Salerno, Italy

Arrive 0800. Depart 1700.

Admire Salerno’s setting at the end of the Almalfi Coast as you cruise into this bustling port. It was the landing site for Allied forces during World War II but has since been extensively restored. Explore the medieval quarter at its heart and admire the Norman church, visit the Byzantine castle, which watches over the town, or take a stroll along the bustling palm-lined promenade. If you're looking for adventure, you can head up the slopes of Mount Vesuvius and peer into the crater, or visit the outstanding archaeological site of Pompeii which was encased in volcanic ash from this stratovolcano when it erupted in AD 79. Today you can walk through the streets and imagine how they would once have looked.

At sea

Spend the day at sea.

At sea

Spend the day at sea.

Gibraltar

Gibraltar

Arrive 0800. Depart 1200.

Despite being bathed in Mediterranean sunshine, Gibraltar has a distinctly British character. Take advantage of the duty-free shopping, visit the fascinating military museum or discover the famed 1,400-foot-high Rock, home to the mischievous Barbary apes, by cable car.

At sea

Spend the day at sea.

Ferrol, Spain

Ferrol (for Santiago de Compostela), Spain

Arrive 0800. Depart 1700.

Ferrol sits on the Atlantic coast of northwestern Spain. It has been a shipbuilding centre for centuries and is the birthplace of General Franco. The city centre is modelled on Lisbon and has six parallel streets with squares on either side where you can find some of the best shops and restaurants. From here you can visit Santiago de Compostela, a UNESCO World Heritage City where the pilgrimage route, the Way of St James, concludes. Visit the magnificent cathedral said to contain the apostle’s relics and enjoy the exploring the cobbled streets of this golden city of sandstone, which is beautiful come rain or shine.

At sea

Spend the day at sea.

Southampton, England

Southampton, England

Arrive 0800. Disembark Spirit of Discovery after breakfast.

Joining you on board...

Craft workshops with Julie Peasgood and her team

Television personality, actress and travel writer Julie Peasgood will be on board with a team of expert crafters, offering a variety of exciting workshops from stained glass decorations and hand-bound notepads to teacup dioramas and Kumihimo braided jewellery.

Julie Peasgood


Enjoy on-board lectures from Sam Hall
Sam will lecture about pirates, Italy, Spain and war reporting. 

A little bit about Sam…

Sam Hall is a former journalist and television news reporter, author and filmmaker. He was Chief Scandinavian Correspondent for Reuters News Agency, an on-screen reporter for Britain’s prestigious News at Ten and has won several international awards for television documentaries about Norway and the Arctic.

Sam Hall

Cooking demonstrations from Theo Randall
Celebrity chef Theo specialises in Italian cuisine.

A little bit about Theo…

Theo Randall opened his first multi award-winning restaurant, Theo Randall at The InterContinental, in 2006. The restaurant was awarded Best Italian Restaurant of The Year in the London Restaurant Awards, the highest ranked Italian on The Sunday Times Food List 2013, and his ‘Cappelletti di Vitello’ won Best restaurant dish in the 2014 Tatler Restaurant Awards. In 2010 Theo published his first book, Pasta, with Ebury Press; and in 2015, My Simple Italian: 100 inspired recipes from one of Britain’s best Italian chefs was also published by Ebury Press. In 2016 Theo launched his casual dining concept Theo’s Simple Italian in London. His first venture in Asia, Theo Mio, opened at The Intercontinental Bangkok in 2015, followed by Theo Mistral at The Intercontinental Hong Kong in 2018.

Theo has appeared in many television programmes including Saturday Kitchen, Beat the Chef, Something for the Weekend, Made in Italy: Top ten classic dishes, Sunday Brunch, Weekend Kitchen, Lorraine and Countryfile.

Theo Randall

Explore Ashore

Plan your excursions and time ashore with our expert concierge team on board. Here's some inspiration for this cruise...

Peer inside Mount Vesuvius

Few archaeological sites inspire such a mix of emotions as ancient Pompeii. Experience it firsthand as you explore cobblestone streets and study remains frozen in time from when Mount Vesuvius smothered the town in ash in AD 79. You’ll also have the chance to walk up to the rim of the volcano’s crater to take a look inside!

The volcanic island of Ischia

Take a trip from Salerno by hydrofoil to the tiny island of Ischia in the attractive Bay of Naples. The island is known for its thermal spas, pristine gardens and imposing Aragonese Castle. Take a tour of the island by bus, stopping for photo and shopping opportunities, before visiting the beautiful gardens of Castiglione. There are eight thermal pools and two saunas within the grounds, so don’t forget to bring your bathing suit and cap!

Head off the beaten track in Tarquinia

Our Explore Ashore team can arrange for you to visit the ancient Etruscan town of Tarquinia from Civitavecchia. Must-see sights include the UNESCO-listed necropolis, which offers an unrivalled insight into this prehistoric culture, and the atmospheric old town overlooked by imposing watchtowers.

Please note

All excursions mentioned are optional, at an additional cost, and are subject to availability and change. Some of the highlights detailed may only be seen on optional excursions or by exploring independently.


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