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  Genoa Cruise Excursion 1: Milan 
  Genoa Cruise Excursion 2:
Milan On Your Own

  Genoa Cruise Excursion 3: Sights of Genoa
  Genoa Cruise Excursion 4:
Tigullio Gulf & Portofino

                                                          Cruise Excursion Milan                                                                       
Duration: Approximately 11 hours

An early morning departure from the pier takes you on the 2-hour journey to Milan, the financial and commercial hub of Italy.
Upon arrival in Milan you will be met by your local guide and begin the tour of this city at the famous La Scala theatre - Europe's most important opera house. Built between 1776 and 1778, it was here that works by Donizetti, Rossini, Bellini and Verdi were first acclaimed and where Arturo Toscanini conducted and was artistic director for many years. The neo-classic building, damaged extensively during the World War II, was reopened in 1946. Visit the adjacent museum housing a rich collection of manuscripts, costumes and other memorabilia from the theatre's history. Passing through Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, you will arrive at Piazza Duomo. The Milan's most magnificent monument is the Duomo (Cathedral). The massive marble Duomo is one of the largest churches in the world, with its 135 spires and more than 2,200 sculptures decorating the exterior. It is a beautiful example of gothic architecture. The Madonnina, a gleaming gilt statue on the highest spire, is a Milan landmark. A typical Italian lunch will be served in a leading restaurant. After lunch, you will proceed to Sforza Castle. Built in the mid-15th century by the Sforzas, lords of Milan, this imposing fortress was damaged repeatedly in sieges before restoration began in the 19th century. Further damaged during World War II, it has been repaired and today houses a museum complex which includes the Museum of Ancient Art. One of its reassures is the unfinished Rondanini Pietà, the last work of Michelangelo. You will then reach San Babila area, where famous fashion boutiques are located. Enjoy some free time before reboarding your coach for the 2-hour drive back to Genoa and the ship.

Note: Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Tour order may vary to avoid congestion.

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                                          Cruise Excursion Milan On Your Own                                                         
Duration: Approximately 10 - 11 hours

Upon arrival in Genoa, your coach, accompanied by an English-speaking escort, will depart for the 2-hour journey to Milan. You will be dropped off at a central location and will have approximately 4 hours to explore and, of course, shop at your leisure. The drop off/pick up points will be provided by the Cruise Excursion department on board. You are asked to make note of this information and are advised to re-board your motor-coach no later than 15 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time from Milan. There will be only one departure from Milan. All activities, including dining will be at your discretion.

Note: Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

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                                                Cruise Excursion  Sights of Genoa                                                            
Duration: Approximately 3 hours

Behind the sprawling port of Genoa lies one of the country's most interesting cities. The evidence of past wealth and power is still visible in its many monuments, great churches, countless palaces, lavish courtyards, and rich art treasures. Departing the pier proceed through Via Gramsci to the old eastern gateway, Porta Soprana, with its 9th century wall. Here you will proceed to tour the old city on foot. Beginning at Porta Soprana, the same as it was when Christopher Columbus passed through it on his way to the sea, walk to the house of Genoa's most famous citizen. The house was rebuilt during the 18th century on the ruins of a formed building owned by the navigator's father. Continue to the Piazza San Lorenzo where you will come to the magnificent black slate and white marbles façade of the San Lorenzo Cathedral. For many centuries it was the scene of the principal acts of both church and state. Entering the Cathedral you will be impressed by the size of the interior and the richness of its design. Renaissance frescoes depict moments in the life of St. Lawrence, to who the cathedral is dedicated. Following your visit, pass the church of San Mateo en route to De Ferrari square and the recently restored Ducal Palace. Built in 1590 on 11th century foundations, this palace was the seat of Genoa's maritime republic. An extensive 17-year restoration was completed for the 1992 celebration of the 500th Anniversary of Columbus' discovery of America. It has been restored to its former glory. Reboard your coach and continue through Via Fieschi to the International Exhibition Palace. Proceed to Via XX Settembre Genoa's main thoroughfare commemorating the liberation of the city by Italian troops on September 20, 1870. You will enjoy some free time before returning to the ship.

Note: There is a considerable amount of walking on this tour. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Order of tour may be reversed.

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                                                  Cruise Excursion  Tigullio Gulf & Portofino                                           
Duration: Approximately 9 hours

Depart from the Maritime Station and journey along the panoramic coast with spectacular views passing the beautiful fishing villages of Bogliasco and Recco up to the resort town of Rapallo. This ancient city is one of Europe's most renowned resorts. From here, embark your motor launch for the 20 minute ride to Portofino. Known as "the Pearl of the Riviera", this tiny spot is famous for its unspoiled charm and romantic land and seascapes. High above the village is the imposing Castle San Giorgio. Enjoy a spectacular panoramic view of the island and surroundings from this fortress, built in 1557. Its little church dedicated to St. George is reputed to contain the relics of the Saint. You will have time to explore the narrow streets, shops and cafes around the main square. Reboard your motor launch for the return to Rapallo, where a delightful lunch will be served. Following, you will have time to explore this city's 15th and 16th century monuments or perhaps shop for some exquisite lace, before returning to Genoa and the ship.

Note: Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

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