10 Night Cruise sailing from Rome to Athens aboard Star Pride.
Indulge your sense of adventure and slake your thirst for local cuisines and cultures during this 10-day cruise between Athens and Rome. Sail a Santorini catamaran around the volcanic islands of Thirassia, Nea Kameni and steamy newcomer Palea Kameni before swimming in relaxing thermal spring waters. Discover the untouched, windswept and often-overlooked island of Milos, the place where the storied Venus de Milo, one of the most celebrated statues in classical art, remained hidden for centuries. Transit the narrow, steep-walled Corinth Canal that divides the Peloponnese from the Greek mainland, an engineering feat attempted in antiquity, but incomplete for 2,000 years. Snorkel or sunbathe along the uncrowded beaches and clear waters near tiny Fiskardo. Master the fine art of Maltese Mediterranean antipasti platters and other culinary delights under the guidance of a professional chef. This remarkable journey ends in Rome, among the broken ruins of the Coliseum and Forum, the cradle of representative government. Wander narrow side streets and browse boutique shops for handmade souvenirs, but save a moment to throw coins in Trevi Fountain and guarantee future visits to this wondrous city.
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In this enchanting city the past and present intersect in perfect harmony. Casually intermingled among ancient ruins and majestic cathedrals are the trappings of a modern metropolis: Skyscrapers,cafes, boutiques selling designer footwear. But of course what you seek first in the heart of Rome is its breathtaking history. A good place to begin is the Vatican, with its Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. Works by Bernini, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, and Raphael are just a few of those on display, any one of which is worth hours of contemplation. Then the ancient ruins—Colosseum, Forum, Circus Maximus. And of course the Trevi Fountain for the obligatory coins promising your return to the Eternal City.
Welcome to the island where real Romans go to vacation. Cars are scarce here and with only one main street and a casual, laid-back atmosphere that will have you relaxing in no time. There is little shopping available here and simplicity of this island adds to its charm. Check out the botanical garden or the blue grottoes. Take the bus around the entire island, find a beach to hang out at or sit with the locals and watch the fishing boats come and go.
UNESCO World Heritage Sites abound in Sorrento. Optional tours will take you to the archaeological areas of Pompeii and Torre Annunziata, or the 4th century B.C. city of Herculaneum. Perhaps your choice will be a boat ride to Positano, the legendary home of the Sirens. Perched on a terrace on the spectacular Amalfi Coast, Sorrento offers exceptional views of the Bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvius.
GIARDINI NAXOS, ITALY
Today you’ll discover one of Sicily’s jewels, the charming village of Giardini Naxos, nestled in one of the world’s most beautiful bays. An optional excursion to the popular hillside town of Taormina will be a highlight of your voyage — from the stunning setting of the iconic Greek Theater to the sparkling beaches along the Ionian Sea. Take a more adventurous tack and explore the UNESCO site of Mount Etna, Europe’s most active volcano.
Malta’s capital city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is among the world’s smallest, yet definitely most charming. Graced with the paintings of Caravaggio and kissed by beautiful shorelines, you’ll find photographic icons at almost every turn. Not to be missed is a visit to the stately Palazzo Parisio to glimpse the enchanting lifestyle of Malta’s nobility. Our stay here also allows the exquisite romance of an evening walk through the beautiful lanes of Mdina, Malta’s enigmatic “Silent City.”
FISKARDO, KEPHALONIA, GREECE
The picturesque harbor of Fiskardo retains the flavor of a by-gone time with its Venetian-styled houses painted in pleasing pastel colors, a harbor full of small boats and various-sized yachts all moored just a few feet from the restaurants and cafes circling the harbor. The seafood is particularly fresh here where they take great pride in their preparation of delicious Greek cuisine.
DELPHI, ITEA, GREECE
Before there were fortune cookies there was the oracle of Delphi, dating back to 1400 B.C. The oracle gave cryptic guidance to the leaders of the day and was so highly respected that Delphi, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, became known as the center of the world. An optional tour lets you go exploring, from the Temple of Apollo to the Delphi Archaeological Museum, which contains some of the finest works of art in Greece.
Milos, similar to Santorini, is a lovely destination for those who want to see Greece without the bustle of the more popular Greek Islands. Milos will give you beautiful beaches, impressive views, delicious food, the infamous white-washed buildings and friendly, kind people. This is the place to enjoy the beach – sparkling white sand contrasted with cobalt-blue waters, peaceful, relaxing and devoid of crowds.
As our ship approaches the spectacular cliffs rising from the deep azure sea, you’ll understand the magic of this area, where some say the ruins of Atlantis remain hidden. Visit the village of Oia and see the iconic Santorini blue domes or take a guided tour of Bronze Age excavations at the UNESCO site of Akrotiri. Toast the day with a crisp, cold glass of local Assyrtiko wine.
With 3,000 years of history, you can’t turn around in Athens without encountering the past. The Acropolis, a UNESCO site, the Plaka, and the Acropolis Museum are must-sees. But leave time if you can to climb Pnyx Hill for photos of the Parthenon at sunset, to buy your own set of Greek komboloi (worry beads), and to explore the metro stations that serve as mini-museums for the relics that are constantly being unearthed.
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