Eastern Mediterranean Cruise

Italy, Greece, Turkey, Cyprus & Egypt aboard the Costa Concordia

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Join us aboard the lavish Costa Concordia cruise ship for an Eastern Mediterranean cruise like no other. We'll cover a dazzling array of ports-of-call, including some of the most popular destinations in Italy, Greece and Turkey, such as Rome, Savona, Athens, Rhodes, Olympia, and Izmir. In addition to these fabulous cities, this cruise also takes you to some of the Eastern Med's most beautiful, but harder-to-reach locations, including the stunning island nation of Cyprus and the ancient city of Alexandria, Egypt. You'll have ample time in each port-of-call to bask in the Mediterranean sun, sip ouzo at local tavernas, explore the rich history and archeological sites, and enjoy all of the Concordia's luxurious onboard amenities.

Despite all of these fascinating ports-of-call, you won't pay a fortune to enjoy your Mediterranean dream cruise vacation. We've negotiated special prices on select departures, including discounts on the superior outside and deluxe balcony (veranda) cabins. But don't wait to reserve your space. With these prices including airfare, fuel surcharges, most transfers, all meals aboard the cruise and a bonus night in Rome, space won't last long!


Itinerary at a Glance

Eastern Mediterranean Cruise: Italy, Greece, Turkey, Cyprus & Egypt
Day Port of Call Arrive Depart
2 Civitavecchia/Rome, Italy 7 pm
3 Savona/Genoa 8 am 6 pm
4 At sea -- --
5 Katakolon & Olympia, Greece Noon 6 pm
6 Piraeus/Athens, Greece 8 am 7 pm
7 Izmir, Turkey 8 am 6 pm
8 Rhodes, Greece 8 am 5 pm
9 Limassol, Cyprus 8 am 2 pm
10 Alexandria, Egypt 8 am 10 pm
11 At sea -- --
12 At sea -- --
13 Civitavecchia/Rome 8 am

Detailed Itinerary

Costa Concordia Cruise: Italy, Greece, Turkey, Cyprus & Egypt tour itinerary Day 1: Depart USA. Your exciting Eastern Mediterranean journey begins this evening as you check-in for your overnight jet flight bound for Rome.

Day 2: Arrive Rome, Italy. Arrive in Rome, vibrant capital of Italy. After customs formalities, you'll be escorted to Civitavecchia to board the Costa Concordia for your exciting Mediterranean cruise. Dinner provided.

Savona port Day 3: Savona/Genoa. With origins dating back to the middle of the Bronze Age, Savona is an area rich in culture. Its ancient structures and winding streets are just minutes from the birthplace of Christopher Columbus. Explore on your own, or join an optional shore excursion to Genoa, Liguria's capital and ancient Maritime Republic. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.

Costa Concordia indoor pool Day 4: At sea. All the fantastic facilities of the ship are available to you as you spend a leisurely day at sea. Stroll the ample decks, enjoy an invigorating dip in the pool, and take advantage of the many leisure activities aboard your luxury ship. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.

Artist's impression of Ancient Olympia Day 5: Katakolon & Olympia, Greece. Your ship docks this morning at Katakolon, a small port founded in the first half of the 19th century. Nearby is legendary Olympia, one of the most important mythological sites in traditional Greece and the birthplace of the Olympic Games. Enjoy the attractions on your own or take advantage of various optional tours that take you through the ruins of ancient Olympia and other sites. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.

The Parthenon in Athens Day 6: Piraeus/Athens, Greece. Arrive into Piraeus, the port of Athens, early this morning. Athens, the birthplace of western civilization, is a modern city of six million inhabitants and was host to the 2004 Olympic Games. Choose from a number of optional tours that visit the Acropolis, the Plaka, Corinth and the Canal, and Cape Sounion. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.

A seaside cafe in Izmir Day 7: Izmir, Turkey. This morning, explore Izmir, Turkey's second largest city, thanks to its busy port and intense industrial activity. Located within a beautiful bay and surrounded by lovely hills, the town has evolved into a modern metropolis from which some of Turkey's most important ancient treasures are easily explored, including Ephesus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.

Port of Rhodes Day 8: Rhodes, Greece. Today you'll visit Rhodes, the beautiful "Island of Roses." In the heart of the island's biggest city, also named Rhodes, is the largest inhabited medieval town in Europe, a fascinating web of Byzantine, Turkish and Latin ruins. Its mighty fortifications provide the finest surviving examples of defensive architecture of the time.

View over Lindos bay, town and the acropolis, Rhodes

Lindos, with its whitewashed houses clustered beneath a soaring castle-capped acropolis, is Rhodes' most picturesque village and most important Doric settlement because of its natural harbor and vantage point built 125 meters above sea level. Wander about on your own or take advantage of optional shore excursions. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.

Day 9: Limassol, Cyprus. Today, enjoy a unique opportunity to experience a taste of both Turkey and Greece as you visit the stunning island nation of Cyprus. Located at the junction of Europe, Asia and Africa, Cyprus is rich in culture, history and tradition. Yet, despite these varying influences, Cyprus retains its own unique and charming character.

Carnival in Limassol, Cyprus Prepare for a warm reception by locals, as Cyprus is well-known for its welcoming spirit of philoxenia, or friendship toward guests. During your visit, explore Limassol's numerous archeological sites, sunny Mediterranean beaches, charming villages, ancient ruins and distinctive local cultures. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.

Sphinx by Pompey's Pillar, Alexandria Day 10: Alexandria, Egypt. Arrive this morning in Alexandria, Egypt's second largest city and ancient capital. Its history as the cradle of ancient Egyptian civilization makes it an ideal starting point for exploring the wonders of Egyptian art, architecture and culture, while its seaside location gives it a laid-back, Mediterranean ambience.

Alexandria harbor, Egypt Soak up atmosphere along Corniche promenade, which offers easy access to the city's major attractions, including the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, a recreation of the world's most famous ancient library. Spend the day exploring Alexandria or join optional shore excursions to Cairo and the Pyramids at Giza. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.

Day 11: At sea. Rest and relax onboard after yesterday's long day of touring. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.

Day 12: At sea. Enjoy a final day at sea en route to Rome. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.

Trevi Fountain, Rome Day 13: Rome. Arrive in Rome this morning. After breakfast, disembark from your cruise and enjoy a full day to explore Rome, the Eternal City. You'll find a treasure trove of ancient ruins, art, music and architecture, religious passion, all juxtaposed against the frenetic pace and cutting edge modern fashion of an ultra-modern European city. Your hotel is ideally located within short distance of many major attractions, as well as the best shopping and dining. Breakfast provided.

Colosseum, Rome Day 14: Rome/USA. Your Mediterranean journey ends as you say "arrivederci Italia" and transfer independently to the airport for your return flight to the USA. Arrive in the USA later today. Or, continue your stay in Italy by adding a late return and extra nights to your package. Breakfast provided.


About Your Cruise Ship, the Costa Concordia

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Costa Concordia This is the ship for fitness and relaxation. Completely innovative, this floating resort becomes an additional destination on your cruise. What makes it so special? To start with there is a fitness area on two decks, covering a total of almost 2,000 m², with a swimming pool at its center. There are four additional swimming pools, two with retractable glass roofs. Choose from 13 bars, including the Bar Sport. Over 500 cabins have balconies. The decks are spacious and panoramic. It is the largest and longest ship in the fleet.

Each of her thirteen decks combine the elegance of European style with American comforts. The Concordia offers guests a stunning array of facilities including 13 bars, 4 restaurants, a theater extending over three decks, a casino, disco, and ballroom. Discover hospitality at its best and toast to a well-deserved vacation with a glass of vino or campari. Savor the quality of Italian culinary classics served in elegant restaurants or meet new friends in stylish lounges.

Massage Treat yourself to a sauna, Turkish bath or shiatsu massage in the luxurious spa facilities. Reinvigorate yourself in the ultra-modern and well-appointed fitness center, strech your legs on the track or tennis/basketball court, relax in one of the three swimming pools, or take part in one of the many fitness classes: aerobics, stretching, body-dancing, step, and more.

Costa Concordia Veranda The Private Veranda Staterooms are approximately 210 sq. ft. and include two lower beds that convert into a queen-sized bed, a private veranda, private bathroom with shower, direct-dial telephone service, minibar, TV, safe, and a hairdryer.

The Costa Concordia is registered in Italy.


Destination FAQs

For quick answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Italy, click here.

For quick answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Turkey, click here.

For quick answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Greece, click here.

For quick answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Egypt, click here.

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