Eastern Mediterranean Cruise

Italy, Sicily, Greece & Turkey aboard the Costa Romantica

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Oia village on Santorini island Join us on this fantastic celebration of the cultural riches and natural beauty of the Eastern Mediterranean as we set sail aboard the Costa Romantica, one of the most comfortable and elegant ships in the fleet of Italy's premier luxury cruise line.

Our journey is an exotic living mosaic, where every port recalls another magnificent era of castles and fortresses, steaming volcanoes, ancient cultures, exotic art, and architectural treasures and grandeur. We'll visit fascinating ports of call in Italy, Greece, Turkey and Sicily, while enjoying the lavish Italian lifestyle aboard our cruise ship.

If you're dreaming of a luxury cruise vacation without compromise, this is one opportunity you can't afford to miss. But hurry and reserve your space before our magnificent Mediterranean dream vacation is all sold out.

Itinerary at a Glance

Eastern Mediterranean Cruise: Italy, Greece, Sicily & Turkey
Day Port of Call Arrive Depart
2 Civitavecchia, Italy -- 5 pm
3 Catania, Sicily 1 pm 7 pm
4 At sea -- --
5 Izmir, Turkey 9 am 7 pm
6 Santorini, Greece 7 am 1 pm
6 Mykonos, Greece 6 pm 11 pm
7 Piraeus/Athens, Greece 8 am 1 pm
8 At sea -- --
9 Civitavecchia, Italy 9 am --

Detailed Itinerary

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

Day 2: Arrive in Rome. Early afternoon arrival in Rome, vibrant capital of Italy. After customs formalities, you'll be escorted to Civitavecchia to board the Costa Romantica and begin your weeklong Mediterranean cruise. Costa Romantica Breakfast & dinner provided.

Catania Harbor Day 3: Catania. Early in the afternoon arrive into Catania. Located at the base of the active volcano Mount Etna, Catania was founded by the Greeks and then taken over by the Romans. Explore independently or select from optional tours to Taormina (the most popular Sicilian beach resort), a Jeep tour of Mount Etna or or historic Catania, whose highlights include Saint Agatha's Cathedral, the Ursino Castle, Biscari Palace or the Roman Ampitheatre Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.

Romantica Pool
Day 4: At sea. All the fantastic facilities of the Romantica are available to you as you spend a day at sea. Stroll the ample decks, enjoy the sun, swim, and take advantage of the many leisure activities aboard your luxury ship. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.

A seaside cafe in Izmir Day 5: Izmir. This morning arrive at Izmir, Turkey's second 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.

Friendly Planet travelers in Santorini Day 6: Santorini/Mykonos. This striking 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 independently or enjoy an optional tour of Santorini that takes you up along the rocky Caldera (volcanic crater). Be sure to sample some of the island's famous wines, served with delicious cheese.

Mykonos In the early afternoon, board your ship for a brief cruise to Mykonos where chic crowds flock to the island's trendy restaurants, discos, and clubs each night and where you can sit seaside, sipping ouzo and watching the sunset while listening to traditional Greek music. Before heading back to the ship, enjoy a stroll through Mykonos town with its labyrinth of winding alleyways and whitewashed buildings, basket-laden donkeys, cascading geraniums and upscale shops and cafes. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.

The Parthenon in Athens Day 7: Piraeus/Athens. 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 which visit the Acropolis, the Plaka, Corinth and the Canal, and Cape Sounion. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.

Spa Day 8: At sea. Enjoy a day at leisure as you cruise. We recommend a day at the spa. The Romantica houses a first class spa that offers beauty treatments, therapies and personalized instruction. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.

Ruins of the Roman Forum on Palatine Hill Day 9: Arrive in 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. Breakfast provided.

Trevi Fountain, Rome Day 10: Rome/USA. Your memorable Mediterranean journey ends as you say arrivederci Roma to the Eternal City and transfer independently to the airport for your return flight to the USA. Arrive in the USA later today. Or, continue your stay in Rome by adding a late return and extra nights to your package. Breakfast provided.

About Your Cruise Ship, the Costa Romantica

The Costa Romantica
The Costa Romantica
The Costa Romantica cruise ship epitomizes Italian design, contemporary comforts, and luxury cruising. Marble accents, sleek furnishings, and modern Italian artwork create an atmosphere that is vibrant, chic, and restful. The Romantica's well-appointed staterooms, sweeping public areas, and array of leisure facilities make it one of the most comfortable and elegant ships in the upscale Costa fleet.

Inside stateroom Paneled in light cherry wood, the Romantica's 678 staterooms are fairly spacious and have ample storage. All cabins feature pastel hues in an elegant minimalist style and include a personal safe, TV, refrigerator, private bathroom with shower and hairdryer, and small sitting area with a table and two chairs. Outside cabins and suites are also available.

The Costa Romantica is registered in Italy.

Destination FAQs

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