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In person, the Greek Islands are even more lovely, picturesque and romantic than portrayed in the movies. You'll find whitewashed houses peering over steep cliffs which drop straight down into a breathtaking azure sea. Our Greek Isles and Croatia cruise visits among the most gorgeous of these incredible islands, including Mykonos, Santorini and Corfu. The lovely Italian port of Bari and the Medieval gem Dubrovnik are also part of this exciting cruise itinerary. A bonus night in Venice completes your Mediterranean vacation.
Despite all the glamour, excitement, food and fun, you won't pay a fortune to enjoy your Mediterranean dream cruise vacation. We've negotiated special prices on two departures just for you, including discounts on the superior outside and deluxe balcony (veranda) cabins. But don't wait too long. With unbelievable prices including airfare, fuel surcharges, most transfers, all meals aboard the cruise and a bonus night in Venice, space won't last long.
|Eastern Mediterranean Cruise|
|Day||Port of Call||Arrive||Depart|
|6||Piraeus (Athens), Greece||7:30am||
|7||Olympia & Katakolon, Greece||7am||
Day 2: Venice, Italy. After arriving in Venice, you'll be escorted to the port, where you'll board the MSC Musica for your weeklong cruise. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.
Day 4: Corfu, Greece. Disembark this morning on the Greek Island of Corfu, the northernmost and second largest Ionian island after Cephalonia. Its abundant natural beauty and striking combination of the cosmopolitan and the traditional gives the island a unique ambience. Exciting optional excursions offer visits to Achilles' Palace or relaxing beach and boat tours. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.
Day 5: Santorini & Mykonos, Greece. Arrive early this morning at Santorini. This stunning island, with breathtaking panoramas and rugged landscapes, is actually a volcanic crater slightly immersed in the sea. The island is famous for its whitewashed houses, narrow streets, open-air cafes and glittering boutiques which cling to steep cliffs, accessible by foot, cable car or mule.
Explore the island on your own or choose from several optional shore excursions that take you to some of Santorini's most picturesque sites. Among other sites, visit the Museum in Fira town and a typical winery, where you'll have the opportunity to enjoy three of the island's most famous wines, served with delicious cheese.
Day 6: Athens, Greece. Arrive early this morning at Piraeus, the port of Athens. Athens, capital of Greece and the country's largest city, is dominated by the flat-topped hill of the Acropolis site of the Parthenon, one of the most famous classical monuments in the world.
The center of modern Athens, most notably the chic area of Kolonaki, has many designer boutiques, excellent restaurants and a plethora of classical and modern sites including Constitution Square, the Panathenian Stadium (site of the first modern Olympic Games in 1896), the Presidential Palace, the Roman Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Parthenon with its many monuments atop the Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.
Day 7: Olympia & Katakolon, Greece. Disembark this morning at the small port town of Katakolon. We recommend a visit to nearby Olympia, where you'll wonder at the ruins of the awesome Temple of Zeus and explore the birthplace of the Olympic Games. These games were the most important international event in the Hellenic world from 776 B.C. to 393 A.D. and continue today, with the lighting of the Olympic flame that is carried by runners throughout the world. Visit the Sanctuary of the Olympian Zeus and the Archeological Museum on your own or join an optional excursion. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.
Day 8: Dubrovnik, Croatia. Early this morning, arrive in Dubrovnik, one of Europe's best preserved walled cities founded in the 7th century and now declared a World Heritage Site. Thick age-old walls surround the ancient port town. The winding cobblestone streets are filled with old red-tiled roof houses and distinctive medieval age buildings. This afternoon is at leisure to discover the treasures of the historic old town at your own pace or join an exciting optional shore excursion. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.
Day 9: Venice, Italy. Arrive in Venice this morning. After breakfast, disembark from your cruise and enjoy a full day to explore this gorgeous city of canals on your own. You'll find a treasure trove of ancient ruins, art, music and architecture and more in the most romantic city you'll ever visit, with the cafes of St. Mark's Square, palazzo-lined canals where gondolas glide happily along, the Bridge of Sighs and so much more. Your hotel is ideally located, within short distance of many major attractions, as well as the best shopping and dining. Breakfast provided.
Day 10: Venice/USA. Your memorable Mediterranean journey ends as you say arrivederci Italia and transfer 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.
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The MSC Musica is registered in Italy.
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