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Holiday - Special Offers

Mediterranean Cities

From €1269pp including flights
Depart From
Fly from Dublin, Sail from Barcelona
Departure Date
26 Apr 2019 - 03 May 2019
Duration
7 Nights
Destination
Spain, France, Italy, Malta
Price
From €1269pp including flights
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Ports of call: Barcelona, Spain; Marseille, France; Genoa, Italy; Naples, Italy; Messina, Italy; Valletta, Malta; Barcelona, Spain

Fly from Dublin to Barcelona and board the MSC Bellissima for a seven night cruise on the Mediterranean, calling at the cities of Marseille, Genoa, Naples, Messina and Valetta.

Barcelona- Spain’s second city, and the self-confident capital and port of Catalunya- vibrates with life, and there’s certainly not another city in the country to touch it for sheer style, looks or energy. Discover its world-class art museums and its fashionable designer restaurants, bars, galleries and shops. And in Antoni Gaudí’s extraordinary church of the Sagrada Família and the world-famous boulevard that is the Ramblas, you have two sights that are high up on any sightseeing list.

Marseille is the most renowned and populated metropolitan area in the country after Paris and Lyon. The cafés around the Vieux Port, where glistening fish are sold straight off the boats on quai des Belges, are wonderful spots to observe the city’s street life. 

Particularly good in the afternoon is the north (Le Panier) side, where the terraces are sunnier and the views better. The best view of the Vieux Port is from the Palais du Pharo, on the headland beyond Fort St-Nicolas, or, for a wider angle, from Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde, the city’s Second Empire landmark atop the La Garde hill. To the north of the Vieux Port is the oldest part of Marseille, Le Panier, where, up until the last war, tiny streets, steep steps Mediterranean introduction and houses of every era formed a vieille ville typical of the Côte. 

Genoa is marvellously eclectic, vibrant and full of rough-edged style; it’s a great cruise excursion. Indeed “La Superba” (The Superb), as it was known at the height of its authority as a Mediterranean superpower, boasts more zest and intrigue than all the surrounding coastal resorts put together. 

During a holiday to Genoa you can explore its old town: a dense and fascinating warren of medieval alleyways home to large palazzi built in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries by Genoa’s wealthy mercantile families and now transformed into museums and art galleries. 

Naples is a large, sprawling Mediterranean port, with a centre that has many different focuses just waiting to be discovered. No trip to Naples is complete without visiting the area between Piazza Garibaldi and Via Toledo, roughly corresponding to the old Roman Neapolis (much of which is still unexcavated like in many other Italian cities). 

The old part of Naples – the centro storico – is formed by the main streets of Via dei Tribunali and Via San Biagio dei Librai (the latter also known as “Spaccanapoli” as it literally splits Naples in two), which still follow the path of the ancient Roman roads. This is much the liveliest and most teeming part of Naples, an open-air kasbah of hawking, yelling humanity that makes up in energy what it lacks in grace. But it’s the city’s most intriguing quarter, and a must-see on any cruise to Naples. 

Discover Messina’s most important monument, the Duomo, which epitomizes the city’s phoenix-like ability to re-create itself from the ashes of its last disaster. It’s the reconstruction of a twelfth-century cathedral erected by Roger II, one of a series of great Norman churches of Sicily that include the sumptuous cathedrals of Palermo and Cefalù. The Duomo’s detached campanile, or bell tower, claims to be the largest astronomical clock in the world, and puts on its best show at noon every day, when a bronze lion (Messina’s ancient emblem) unleashes a mighty roar over the city that can be quite alarming if you’re not expecting it!

Admire the port of Valetta, constructed in the second half of the 16th century by the Frenchman Jean de la Valette and moulded by the religious and military Order of Saint John of Jerusalem, from your cruise ship even before disembarking. The over 300 monuments rising in little more than half a square kilometre make this a place with one of the greatest density of historical attractions to visit during a cruise, not mentioning other attractions such as its beaches, seaside locales and restaurants. 

Cruise back to Barcelona where you'll board your homeward bound flight to Dublin.

Friday, 26 Apr 2019: Barcelona, Spain

Saturday, 27 Apr 2019: Marseille, France

Sunday, 28 Apr 2019: Genoa, Italy

Monday, 29 Apr 2019: Naples, Italy

Tuesday, 30 Apr 2019: Messina, Italy

Wednesday, 01 May 2019: Valletta, Malta

Thursday, 02 May 2019: At Sea

Friday, 03 May 2019: Barcelona, Spain

Price is per adult sharing and includes:

  • Return flights and charges from Dublin
  • 7 night cruise on board the MSC Bellissima, in a balcony cabin- upgrade to the MSC Bella Experience for the price of an interior cabin 

Please ask us about adding great value:

  • Travel insurance
Subject to availability. Terms & conditions apply.

For more information please call us on 021 427 7094 or 01 696 5135, email info@shandontravel.ie, request a call back using the red button or submit an enquiry through the form below.

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