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Holiday - Special Offers

Mediterranean Cruise - Family Special Offer!

From €699pp (based on 2 adults & 2 children)
Depart From
Cruise only - Sail from Venice
Departure Date
14 Jun 2019 - 21 Jun 2019
Duration
7 Nights
Destination
Italy, Greece, Croatia
Price
From €699pp (based on 2 adults & 2 children)
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Ports of Call: Venice, Italy - Bari, Italy - Santorini, Greece - Chani, Greece - Cefalonia/Argostoli, Greece - Split, Croatia - Venice, Italy

Start your cruise in Venice and enjoy walking in Piazza San Marco: the only piazza in Venice, all other squares being campi or campielli. Its parades, festivities and markets have always drawn visitors, the biggest attraction once being the trade fair known as the Fiera della Sensa, which kept the Piazza buzzing for the fortnight following the Ascension Day ceremony of the Marriage of Venice to the Sea; nowadays the Piazza is the focal point of the Carnevale shenanigans.  

Visit the monuments that draw the largest cruise crowds: the Basilica di San Marco – the mausoleum of the city’s patron saint – and the Palazzo Ducale – the home of the doge and all the governing councils.

Bari, an entrancing jumble of streets that are possibly the most mind-bending place to walk around on your Mediterranean cruise.

Situated at the far end of Corso Cavour, its labyrinth of seemingly endless passages, weaving through courtyards and under arches, were originally designed to spare the inhabitants from the wind and throw invaders into a state of confusion. Here, life is lived very much outdoors, and on summer evenings it’s full of people sitting outside their kitchen doors. 

In Santorini, gaunt, sheer cliffs loom hundreds of metres above the deep blue sea, nothing grows or grazes to soften the awesome view. The only colours are the reddish-brown, black and grey pumice layers on the cliff face of this, the largest island in the mini-archipelago. 

Experience Firá (also known as Hóra) which clings precariously to the edge of the enormous caldera. Although Firá’s restaurants are primarily aimed at the tourist market, the food can be very good. Using a spectacular two-hour footpath along the lip of the caldera you reach the village of Imerovígli and further to the north Firostefáni, both of which have equally stunning views. 

Argostóli, Kefaloniá’s capital, a large and thriving town – virtually a city – with a marvellous position on the bay within a bay.

The town you’ll see during your holiday in Greece was totally rebuilt after the 1953 earthquake, but has an enjoyable atmosphere that remains defiantly Greek, especially during the evening vólta around Platía Valianou – the nerve centre of town – and along the pedestrianized Lithóstroto, the main shopping street which runs parallel to the seafront. 

Twenty kilometres from Argostólilies a very impressive stalagmite-bedecked chamber, known as Dhrogaráti. The cave, which reaches a depth of 60m and was discovered over 300 years ago, is occasionally used for concerts thanks to its marvellous acoustics. 

Thirty kilometres north of Argostóli towards Ayía Efimía, Melissáni is partly submerged in brackish water, which, amazingly, emerges from an underground fault extending the whole way underneath the island to a point near Argostóli. At that point, known as Katavóthres, the sea gushes endlessly into a subterranean channel – the fact that the water ends up in the cave having been shown with fluorescent tracer dye. 

The beautiful textures and shades created by the light pouring through the collapsed roof of the cave make the short boat excursion into it a must. Four kilometres by paved road below the main north–south artery, stunningly photogenic Mýrtos is regarded by many as the most dramatic beach in the Ionian islands – a splendid strip of pure-white sand and pebbles.

With its seafront cafés and ancient alleyways, shouting stallholders and travellers on the move, bustling, exuberant Split is one of Croatia’s and the Mediterranean’s most compelling cities. 

It has a unique historical heritage too, having grown out of the palace built here by the Roman Emperor Diocletian in 295AD. The palace remains Split’s central ingredient, having been gradually transformed into a warren of houses, tenements, churches and chapels by the various peoples who came to live here after Diocletian’s successors had departed. 

Running along the palace’s southern facade, into which shops, cafés and a warren of tiny flats have been built, the Riva is where a large part of the city’s population congregates day and night to meet friends, catch up on gossip or idle away an hour or two in a café.
 

Cruise Itinerary

Friday, 14 Jun 2019 - Venice, Italy

Saturday, 15 Jun 2019 - Bari, Italy

Sunday, 16 Jun 2019 - At Sea

Monday, 17 Jun 2019 - Santorini, Greece

Tuesday, 18 Jun 2019 - Chania, Greece

Wednesday, 19 Jun 2019 - Cefalonia/Argostoli, Greece

Thursday, 20 Jun 2019 - Split, Croatia

Friday, 21 Jun 2019 - Venice, Italy

Price is based on 2 adults & 2 children sharing and includes:

  • 7 Night cruise on MSC Lirica in an interior cabin
  • Drinks included

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  • Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Cabin upgrades
Subject to availability. Terms & conditions apply.

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