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Relics and Retreats: Western Mediterranean

Trip Highlights

Begin your journey in Barcelona, a melting pot of Roman, Greek, Moorish, and Catalan influences. Spend a day at sea aboard the luxurious Riviera before stopping at Valletta, a UNESCO World Heritage site brimming with history, culture, and old-world beauty. Next, travel to Argostoli and discover the old town square and Koutavos Lagoon. In Kotor, wander the narrow streets and take in the Venetian architecture and twelfth-century St. Tryphon Cathedral. Dubrovnik, the next stop, is an ancient walled city on the Dalmatian coast that retains its centuries-long allure. Stroll its pedestrian-only Old Town or stop into a snug café. Spend two days in Venice, the timeless city of piazzas and trattorias. Enjoy its world-class cuisine and charming old shops. Cruise to Corfu and relax along the idyllic coastline before sailing to Messina to see the Piazza del Duomo, which features the world’s largest astronomical clock and the Messina Cathedral. Your trip will conclude in Rome, but before that, wander the cobblestone streets in Sorrento or travel to visit the haunting ruins of Pompeii.

Itinerary

Day 1 – DEPART FOR SPAIN

Day 2 – BARCELONA, SPAIN

Discover the sun-kissed city of Barcelona, the capital of Spain and a center of thriving culture and fine cuisine. Barcelona is a melting pot of Roman, Greek, Moorish, and Catalan influences. Admire the city’s jubilant energy from La Rambla boulevard to Gaudí’s imaginative architecture. Enhance your experience with an optional Go Next Barcelona Pre-Cruise Program.

Day 3 – AT SEA

Day 4 – VALLETTA, MALTA

Valletta brims with history, culture, and old-world beauty. Founded by the Knights of St. John and deemed a UNESCO World Heritage site, Malta’s picturesque capital offers a grand collection of honey-colored limestone buildings and ancient fortifications. See the Caravaggio tour de force The Beheading of Saint John the Baptist inside St. John’s Co-Cathedral or explore the National Museum of Fine Arts.

Day 5 – ARGOSTOLI, GREECE

Argostoli features a charming old town square and palm-lined waterfront promenade. Discover Koutavos Lagoon, a nature reserve and feeding ground for loggerhead turtles, where sits the magnificent ruins of St. George Castle.

Day 6 – KOTOR, MONTENEGRO

Beneath the limestone cliffs of Mount Lovćen lies the secluded coastal city of Kotor. Settled during Roman times, this walled medieval city, a UNESCO World Heritage site, showcases narrow streets, Venetian architecture, and the twelfth-century St. Tryphon Cathedral.

Day 7 – DUBROVNIK, CROATIA

Known as the “Pearl of the Adriatic,” Dubrovnik is an ancient walled city on the Dalmatian Coast that retains its centuries-long allure. Its pedestrian-only Old Town has historic churches and ancient sculptures as well as chic shops, attractive gardens, and snug cafés.

Day 8–9 – VENICE, ITALY

Take in the glory of Venetian architecture, marble palaces, and flower-strewn canals in this timeless city of piazzas, trattorias, and charming old shops. Enjoy world-class cuisine—inspired by its garden islands and lagoon aquaculture— expressing this city’s historic ties to the ancient spice route.

Day 10 – AT SEA

Day 11 – CORFU, GREECE

Relax along the idyllic coastline of Corfu with its topaz waters and unique coastal landscapes. Progress inland and uncover the city’s layered history through its ancient ruins, eighteenth-century palaces, and a European colonial-style old town.

Day 12 – MESSINA, ITALY

Located on the northeastern tip of Sicily is the bustling harbor town of Messina. The city is architecturally modern and instills old-world beauty in its main square, Piazza del Duomo, which features the world’s largest astronomical clock and the Messina Cathedral. Nearby is Taormina, another popular Sicilian city which features a prominent Greek amphitheater and spectacular views of Mount Etna.

Day 13 – SORRENTO/CAPRI, ITALY

Delight in the cobblestone streets, seaside promenades, and vibrant southern Italian culture of Sorrento. Visit the haunting and legendary ruins of Pompeii and view the Roman ruins at Punta del Capo. Close by, Italy’s island Capri offers stunning panoramas, charming villages, and ancient villas.

Day 14 – ROME (CIVITAVECCHIA), ITALY

Disembark and enhance your experience with an optional Go Next Rome Post-Cruise Program.

 

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Your Journey

Relics and Retreats: Western Mediterranean

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  • Sept. 7–20, 2020
(14 days)
Starting price: $4,499
including air; singles please ask
Deposit per person: $950
Europe
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Type: Cruise

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