Grand Western Mediterranean Cruise
From €1573pp including flights
- Depart From
- Fly from Dublin, Sail from Barcelona
- Departure Date
- 21 Sep 2019 - 02 Oct 2019
- 11 Days
- Spain, France, Italy, Malta, Montenegro, Greece & Italy
- From €1573pp including flights
Ports of call: Barcelona, Spain | Toulon/Provence (La Seyne), France | Florence/Pisa (Livorno), Italy | Valletta, Malta | Kotor, Montenegro | Corfu, Greece | Sicily (Messina), Italy | Naples, Italy (for Capri & Pompeii) | Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy
Fly from Dublin to Barcelona and board the Emerald Princess for an eleven day cruise to Spain, France, Italy, Malta, Montenegro, Greece & Italy.
Barcelona is one of the world's greatest treasures. Vibrant and earthy, commercial and cultural, this city of two million residents is the capital of Spain's autonomous region of Catalonia. Stroll along the wide, tree-lined promenades of Las Ramblas and marvel at the spires of Gaudi's Basilica La Sagrada Familia.
Toulon has been the great bastion of the French navy since 1494, when Charles VIII chose its superb harbor as the site for a naval shipyard. The city is also the capital of the Var and provides an excellent gateway to the riches of Provence and the Cote d'Azur. To the north and west are medieval Provencal hilltop villages and superb vineyards.
Livorno is the gateway to glorious Tuscany. Visit Florence - the cradle of the Renaissance - home to the Duomo, the Uffizi and the Ponte Vecchio. Here the Medici fostered a city-state whose cultural legacy is as great as classical Athens. Giants like Dante, Da Vinci, Michelangelo and Galileo infused the West with a new creative spirit. Then there is Pisa, Florence's rival for political power. Pisa, a brash, commercial seafaring town rivaled the great maritime powers of Venice and Genoa. The city was a leader in art and architecture second only to Florence.
Malta is the largest in a group of seven islands that occupy a strategic position between Europe and Africa. The island's history is long and turbulent. Everyone from the Normans to the Nazis have vied for control of this small, honey-colored rock. Founded in 1566, Valletta's bustling streets are lined with superb Baroque buildings and churches.
Kotor lies at the head of Boka Bay. Bordered by towering limestone cliffs, the winding bay is actually Southern Europe's longest and most dramatic fjord. The port itself is a medieval gem: its narrow, asymmetrical streets are lined with ancient stone houses, old palaces, and churches dating from the 12th century. Kotor is also your gateway to the cultural and scenic wonders of Montenegro, from the old royal capital at Cetinje to the marshes and wildlife of Lake Skadar National Park.
The lush and verdant island of Corfu lies in the Ionian Sea, midway between Greece and Italy. The island has a long and colorful history. First colonized by the city-state of Corinth, Corfu has been ruled by the Romans, the Venetians, the French and the English. Corfu Town boasts fortresses bearing the insignia of the Venetian Republic, an esplanade lavishly planted by the French during the Napoleonic Wars, and an English cricket pitch. The island also offers some of the finest coastal scenery in the entire Mediterranean.
Messina has played a major role in European history since its founding as a Greek colony in the 8th century B.C. History has also left its scars: a massive earthquake leveled much of the city in 1908 and the World War II campaign for Sicily devastated Messina. Yet Messina emerged from that devastation with some of its historic treasures intact, including the 12th-century Annunziata dei Catalani Church. Messina is also your gateway to the rugged beauty of southeast Sicily, from the seaside resort of Taormina to Mt. Etna.
Italy's third-largest city, Naples is a bustling metropolis famed for it stately buildings, crowded streets, pizza - and notoriously bad traffic. However, this beautiful city is rich in centuries-old culture and customs. Naples is also your gateway to the Isle of Capri, the fabled Amalfi Coast and the ruins of Pompeii, buried in ash by the cataclysmic eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 A.D.
Your gateway to the Eternal City, Civitavecchia has served as Rome's seaport since the 13th century. The port has a long and venerable history. The emperor Trajan built a pleasure villa near the modern city, while Bernini and Michelangelo designed the harbor fortifications.
Yet the Eternal City eternally beckons. The ancient capital of the Western World and the center of Christianity for nearly 2,000 years, Rome provides an inexhaustible feast. Visit the ruins of the Forum, view the splendors of the Sistine Chapel, or climb the Spanish Steps, once the heart of Rome's Bohemian Quarter. In Rome you'll board your homeward flight to Dublin.
Sat, Sep 21st: Barcelona, Spain
Sun, Sep 22nd: Toulon/Provence (La Seyne), France
Mon, Sep 23rd: Florence/Pisa (Livorno), Italy
Tue, Sep 24th: At Sea
Wed, Sep 25th: Valletta, Malta
Thu, Sep 26th: At Sea
Fri, Sep 27th: Kotor, Montenegro
Sat, Sep 28th: Corfu, Greece
Sun, Sep 29th: At Sea
Mon, Sep 30th: Sicily (Messina), Italy
Tue, Oct 1st: Naples, Italy (for Capri & Pompeii)
Wed, Oct 2nd: Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy
Price is per adult sharing and includes:
- Return flights and charges from Dublin
- Overseas transfers
- 11 day cruise on board the Emerald Princess, in an inside cabin
Please ask us about adding great value:
- Travel insurance
- Upgrade to a balcony cabin from €2446
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