Eastern Mediterranean Cruise

Italy, Greece, Turkey & Croatia aboard the Costa Serena

This itinerary is for a past tour program.
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Venice, Italy This dazzling cruise itinerary features among the most fascinating of ancient sites in Greece and Turkey, a visit to Dubrovnik, considered the most beautiful port along the Adriatic Riviera, and a bonus night in Venice, one of Europe's most loved cities. You'll enjoy all of this as you sail aboard Costa's newest luxury ship, the Serena, whose lavish spa, pools, restaurants, night clubs and other facilities could keep you entertained even without all the enticing ports of call. And best of all, we've negotiated very special pricing on multiple departures that make this an irresistable vacation value.

If you've been dreaming about cruising the gorgeous azure waters of the Mediterranean, don't miss this opportunity to enjoy cruising at its best. Even the upgraded superior outside and balcony (veranda) cabins are available at big reductions, so don't wait to book your spot. Last year, we sold out of every available cabin on this program, and this year, we've added many departures to enable our travelers a greater variety of travel dates and lots more space. Yet, with an itinerary so rich and prices so low, space is sure to sell out quickly, so be sure to book early to get the date - and the cabin - you want!.

Itinerary at a Glance

Eastern Mediterranean Cruise: Italy, Greece, Turkey & Croatia Cruise
Day Port of Call Arrive Depart
2 Venice, Italy
6 pm
3 Bari, Italy
11:30 am
2:30 pm
4 Katakolon/Olympia, Greece
8 am
1 pm
5 Izmir, Turkey
8 am
2:30 pm
6 Istanbul, Turkey
7:30 am
6:30 pm
7 At sea
8 Dubrovnik, Croatia
12 pm
5:30 pm
9 Venice
10 am

Detailed Itinerary

Eastern Mediterranean Serena Cruise tour itinerary Day 1: Depart USA. Your exciting Mediterranean journey begins this evening as you check in for your overnight jet flight bound for Venice.

Day 2: Venice, Italy. Early afternoon arrival in Venice, renowned city of canals. After customs formalities, you'll be escorted to your cruise ship, the Costa Serena, to begin your weeklong Mediterranean cruise. Breakfast & dinner provided.

Bari marina Day 3: Bari, Italy. Arrive in Bari on the Adriatic coast this morning. Bari is the second most important economic center of southern Italy and is well known as a port and University City. It is also known as the city of Saint Nicolas of Bari, the original Santa Claus. Explore on your own or take advantage of several shore excursions (one by bicycle) to visit some of Bari's famous sites including the Basilica of San Nicola, built during the period of Norman rule, the famous castle, ancient bastion of the Old, and the striking promenade which winds its way from the city gates to the port where you'll board the ship to continue sailing. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.

Artist's impression of Ancient Olympia Day 4: Katakolon & Olympia, Greece. This morning your ship arrives at Katakolon, a small port founded in the first half of the 19th century. Nearby is the legendary Olympia, one of the most important mythological sites in traditional Greece and the birthplace of the Olympic Games. Enjoy exploring on your own or take advantage of various optional tours that take you through the ruins of ancient Olympia, among other sites. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.

Seaside cafes of Izmir Day 5: Izmir, Turkey. This morning arrive at 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.

Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey Day 6: Istanbul, Turkey. Also known as Byzantium and Constantinople, Istanbul is the only city to span two continents, connecting Europe and Asia. Explore the incredible treasures of the Topkapi Palace, the magnificent Blue Mosque and the exotic Grand Bazaar where you'll find lots of treasures and enjoy sharpening your negotiating skills. Explore this fascinating city on your own or take advantage of various optional tours. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.

Costa Serena pool Day 7: At sea. All the fantastic facilities of the ship 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.

Dubrovnik, Croatia Day 8: Dubrovnik, Croatia. A charming port on the Dalmatian coast, set in front of a picturesque hillside, Dubrovnik is one of the most attractive destinations on the Adriatic Riviera. It has been extensively restored since suffering during the Balkan hostilities of the 1990s and is even more beautiful now than ever. A 1,000 year old protective wall adds to the sense of stepping back in time, and the views make this one of the most picturesque places in the world. Various optional excursions to the Medieval Old Town, including a walk around the ramparts, are available. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.

Grand Canal, Venice Day 9: Venice. 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. Breakfast provided.

Basilica San Marco, St.Mark's Square, Venice Day 10: Venice/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 Ship, the Costa Serena

Costa Serena See specifications, deck plans & photos of the ship.

The new Costa flagship is the ship of space and light. Its name symbolizes harmony and serenity. The Serena is one of the largest and longest ships in the fleet. The prestigious Samsara Spa spreads over two decks and is a haven of wellness and relaxation. The beautiful Samsara Suites have direct access to the Spa. Over 500 cabins have balconies. Choose from 13 bars and 5 restaurants. There are 4 swimming pools, two with retractable glass roofs. The decks are spacious and panoramic, and the stylish public areas are designed with your comfort and relaxation in mind.

The Costa Serena 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 Greece, click here.

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

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

Shop & Compare

Our tours may look similar to others you've seen, but we invite you to shop & compare. There are important differences that make Friendly Planet tours the best you can find.

No Compromise on Quality: Despite our extraordinary prices, there are no compromises on our Mediterranean Cruises.You'll sail aboard Italy's premier cruise line, Costa, aboard the new Serena. In Venice, you'll stay in a First Class, centrally located hotel that is noted for its amenities and service.

Included Features: Your arrival transfer from the airport to your cruise and your re-arrival transfer from the cruise to Venice are included in your tour price, not expensive extras as in other tours. These transfers alone save you more than $100 per person!

Credit Cards or Cash: You asked, and we listened! Whether you pay by check, money order or your favorite major credit card, your tour price on this tour is the same. No extra cost to charge your dream vacation.

Free Comprehensive Destination Guide: To help you prepare for your trip, you will receive a free, comprehensive Friendly Planet destination guide - a Friendly Planet exclusive - filled with plenty of helpful information about the destinations themselves (including history and other fascinating facts), weather, tipping, local customs, plus insider tips on shopping and other details.

Personal Service: Most important of all, the extra ingredient that makes our tours stand apart from others—the wonderful, personal attention you'll receive from our friendly staff in the USA— is completely free of charge. Compare our Mediterranean cruise programs to others, feature for feature. You'll see for yourself that ours are the very best value for money you'll find anywhere.

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