Rome & Area
Athens and Rome - two pillars of the ancient world - are bookends to a pair of luxurious voyages on the historic Mediterranean Sea.
Enjoy a magnificent blend of luxurious land and sea travel, as you sojourn across the Mediterranean in search of exquisite history and culture. Tour Athens with a knowledgeable private guide, before boarding your first luxurious cruise ship, setting sail into the Ionian and Adriatic Seas, exploring coastal cities of imperial Greece, and the Dalmatian Coast of Croatia, where the UNESCO World Heritage Old Town walls of Dubrovnik will steal your gaze. Come to a close in the romantic canalled city of Venice before making your way to the airport for a flight to vibrant Barcelona. Enjoy two days of discovery before stepping into the luxury of your second lavish cruise ship, sailing to the sunny shores of the Balearic Islands of Spain, followed by the French island of Corsica, birthplace of renowned military leader Napoleon Bonaparte. Sail to Portofino on the beautiful Italian Riviera, followed by an overnight stop in Livorno, gateway to Florence or the Tuscan countryside. Conclude your voyage in Civitavecchia, port town and gateway to the glorious city of Rome.
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An airport transfer with a private vehicle and driver is provided.
The Royal Olympic Palace (5*) in Athens features an impressive architecture and design, and is situated right in front of the Temple of Zeus, just a few steps from the Acropolis, the Plaka (Old Town) and the shopping district. The wonderful mirrored facade beautifully reflects the ancient ruins, while the elegant entrance, with its statues and paintings, offers guests a warm and hearty welcome. The hotel features functional banqueting rooms, as well as two bars and two restaurants, an outdoor swimming pool, fitness room, sauna and hairdresser. The Royal Olympic Hotel also provides complimentary Wi-Fi Internet connection throughout the property, a jewelery and souvenir shop.
Enjoy a private full day tour day of Athens with an expert guide. This tour gives you an opportunity to observe the striking contrasts that make Athens such a fascinating city. The guide will take you to see the city centre, Constitution Square, Parliament, the Memorial to the Unknown Soldier, and the National Library. On your way to the Acropolis you will see the Panathenaic Stadium, where the first Olympic Games of the modern era were held in 1896, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, and Hadrian's Arch. At the Acropolis you will visit the architectural masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens: the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion, and finally, the monument that 'puts order in the mind', the Parthenon. In the afternoon drive along the coastal road, past the wonderful beaches of Glyfada, Vouliagmenis, Varkiza, and Cape Sounion, where the white marble pillars of the Temple of Poseidon stand. On the way, you will have a splendid view of the Saronic Gulf and the little islands offshore. After visiting the Temple of Poseidon, you will have time to explore the rocky promontory of Sounion. Entrance fees to the Acropolis and the Temple of Poseidon are included.
Your evening will start with a panoramic tour of Athens. Then, proceed for dinner in Plaka, the old city, in a typical Greek tavern with folk music and dancers.
Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.
A port transfer with a private vehicle and driver is provided.
Welcome aboard!Take some time to get settled in to your stateroom, and to explore the length of the ship. You'll set sail mid afternoon.
Port charges are included in your itinerary pricing.
Seabourn Odyssey is the first in a new-class of ships for Seabourn that accommodates just 450 guests in 225 luxury suites. Although, at 32,000 GRT, Seabourn Odyssey is more than triple the size of Seabourn Pride, Seabourn Spirit and Seabourn Legend, she was the smallest new ship being built by any major cruise line, and her guest capacity is just twice that of the smaller sisters, creating the highest space-per-guest ratio in the industry. Seabourn Odyssey's 225 ocean-view suites are divided into 13 categories, with interior measurements from 295 to over 1,200 square feet. Ninety percent have private verandas, which add from 65 to over 350 square feet of additional private living space. Highlights in accommodations are the exceptional Wintergarden Suites, which have a private glassed-in Solarium with a soaking tub and a lunging bed. This suite also features a veranda that is bowed out, giving wonderful views long the side of the ship. The Signature Suites, located all the way forward on Deck 7, have over 900 square feet of inside space and a spectacular wrap-around veranda of 353 square feet. In addition to more larger suites, Seabourn Odyssey's additional size is utilized to create more open deck space, and a variety of public rooms and dining venues. Seabourn Odyssey, Seabourn Sojourn and Seabourn Quest are virtually identical.
Monemvasia is located on a small island off the east coast of the Peloponnese, linked to the mainland by a short causeway. The town walls and many Byzantine churches remain from the medieval period, and the city is backed by a large plateau some 330 feet above sea level, the site of a powerful medieval fortress.
Katakolo (or Katakolon) is a seaside town and port in western Ilia, Greece. The town centre is on a headland overlooking the Ionian Sea and separating the Kyparissian Gulf from the rest of the Ionian. The port is a frequent stop for cruise ships on tours of the Ionian and Mediterranean seas, offering an opportunity for passengers to visit the site of Ancient Olympia.
Parga lies on the Ionian coast between the cities of Preveza and Igoumenitsa. It is a resort town known for its scenic beauty, including its beaches and a castle which overlooks the town.
The Port of Dubrovnik is a mainstay on Eastern Mediterranean cruise itineraries. Relaxed, historic and picturesque, Dubrovnik is a great city to explore by foot and sees over 600,000 cruise passengers each year. This medieval walled city boasts some exciting and ancient attractions, such as the Stradrun, a marble-paved pedestrian stretch of the old city, the Franciscan Monastery, Onofrio's Fountain, Sponza Palace and the Dominican Monastery. Cruise ships dock at Gruz Harbour in a suburb of Dubrovnik, while smaller ships are usually permitted to dock in the Old Harbour, which is located in the heart of the old city.
This morning meet your guide and driver at the port for a private full day exploration of Dubrovnik region. Your first destination is the ancient Mediterranean town of Cavtat. Your guide will take you for a stroll through this picturesque little town. Your walk will take you to the top of the hill, where you will discover the extraordinary Mausoleum of Račić Family, a work of Ivan Meštrović, the most prominent Croatian sculptor. In the afternoon your guide and driver will take you back to your ship. Your guide and driver will take you back to Dubrovnik for a private walking tour of one of the most beautiful stone-built cities in the world. While strolling with your guide down Stradun, the main street, you will stop to visit the Franciscan monastery of the “Order of Friars Minors” that preserves one of the three oldest pharmacies in Europe. You will continue down to the Rector’s Palace, the magnificent structure of the dukes of Dubrovnik, and the Cathedral of the Virgin Mary with a treasury containing the originals by Tiziano and Rafaelo and many other valuable relicts.
Hvar is a city and port on the Croatian island of Hvar, located off the Dalmatian coast in the Adriatic Sea, lying between the islands of Brac, Vis and Korcula. An independent commune within the Venetian Empire during the 13th-18th centuries, it was an important naval base with a strong fortress above, encircling town walls and protected port. Cultural life thrived as prosperity grew, and Hvar is the site of one of the oldest surviving theatres in Europe, opened in 1612. The seven-century old walls still survive, as do many of the noble houses and public buildings from 15th-17th centuries.
This morning, your ship arrives to Venice where you'll disembark and bid farewell to your fellow cruisemates.
Meet your driver for a private transfer with vehicle from the port of Venice to Marco Polo Airport.
Meet your driver for a private airport transfer in Barcelona.
Neri Hotel, located in the heart of Barcelona's Gothic quarter, combines echoes of history with a sophisticated and contemporary style. Boutique Hotel with 22 exclusive rooms and a gastronomic restaurant offering a treat for the five senses.
Meet your private driver and guide this morning at the hotel for a full day tour of the lively Mediterranean city of Barcelona. Head to the city's most renowned landmark, Gaudi's Sagrada Familia- a monumental piece of architecture still under construction over 100 years after building commenced. Stop for some photographs before continuing to Paseo de Gracia in the Gothic Quarter, an area with many fantastic modernist buildings. Walk through the medieval streets to the Gothic Cathedral, completed in 1450, for a visit of its interior. Return to your car for a drive along Paralel Avenue and Espanya Square, before heading to the top of Montjuic Hill, site of the 1992 Olympic Stadium. Circle the Columbus Monument and drive past the maritime facade of Barcelona, before heading to the renowned Picasso Museum for a guided tour. Here you can see one of the most extensive collections of famed 20th century Spanish artist. Afterward, enjoy a return to your hotel.
Meet your private driver and guide for a half day tour of the Catalunya countryside en route to Montserrat. Driving through the centre of Barcelona, you'll head north through villages and beautiful countryside to the sacred Montserrat mountain range. Upon arrival, you'll be guided through the Monastery, as well as a Renaissance Basilica from the 16th century. Here you can view the Black Madonna, the Patron Saint of Catalunya. The Monastery, perched on a protruding piece of rock, is one of Spain's most significant pilgrimage destinations. Entrance fee included.
Depart from Barcelona with a private driver to Sant Sadurní dÁnoia, in the heart of Penedes wine region to visit the Codorniu Winery with five centuries of history, where you'll get to tour the cellars which were declared a Monument of Historical Artistic Merit. Codorníu offers the possibility of enjoying an exclusive visit to the winery and a sampling of Codorníu cavas (sparkling wine champagne type). This private visit will be conducted and commented by a member of the Codorníu, who will present the basic concepts of elaborating and sampling cava. All this within the exceptional environment of the Codorníu winery, which will make an original and exclusive experience for people with a special interest in learning more about cava. During the tour of the winery and cellars, visitors will have the opportunity to appreciate the splendid buildings designed by the modernist architect Puig i Cadalfalch, enjoy the beautiful gardens and learn the elaboration process of cava. The visit will finish with a commented sampling to appreciate the different characteristics of each type. After the visit you will drive back to Barcelona. Included: Codornui winery private guided visit, 4 cava tastings and appetizers.
Welcome aboard.Take some time to get settled in to your stateroom, and to explore the length of the ship. You'll set sail in the early evening.
Second in the Silversea fleet, Silver Wind is a shining example of intimate, elegant cruising. As spacious as a grand hotel, as gracious as a best friends’ home, the lifestyle on board Silver Wind is one of fewer guests, more space and features Silversea’s renowned personalised service. Recent Silver Wind ship refurbishments include upgraded interiors and enticing enhancements that include a new ocean-view spa, new Observation Lounge, and eight new suites. With several dining and bar facilities, an onboard casino and show lounge, shopping boutiques, a beauty salon and spa, and a pool deck, you'll never have a moment where you are not fully relaxed, indulged, or entertained.
Ibiza is an island in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of the city of Valencia in Spain. It is the third largest of the Balearic Islands, an autonomous community of Spain. The island is well known for its summer club parties which attract large numbers of tourists. Though Ibiza is also home to the legendary port in Ibiza Town, a popular stop for many tourists and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A notable example includes "God's Finger" in the Benirràs Bay as well as some of the more traditional Ibizan cultural sites.
Minorca, also spelt Menorca, is considered the gem of the Balearic Islands. Mahon, its most important port, is also its capital. Journey to the top of Monte Toro, the highest mountain on the island, and savor a most spectacular view-occasionally as far as Majorca. Explore Binibeca, a fishing village rich in vacation homes and villas built in the old Catalan style. Or escape to the lighthouse at Favoritz and enjoy a secluded beach.
Alghero appeals to those looking for something a little bit different in their holiday destination. After all, this is an Italian town where the road signs are in Catalan and where the locals craft coral into jewellery despite the fact that none exists in the Sardinian sea. There are superb beaches here, each lapped by azure sea water rated as some of the cleanest in the world. Another drawcard is the inimitable island cuisine; dishes such as Catalan lobster and the spicy pecorino cheeses garner rave reviews from the increasing number of visitors.
Calvi is a commune located on the northwest coast of the island of Corsica, in the Haute-Corse department of France. According to legend, Christopher Columbus supposedly came from Calvi, which at the time was part of the Genoese Empire. During the war with Revolutionary France, British forces under Admiral Nelson and Lieutenant-General Charles Stuart captured the city in the Siege of Calvi. It was during the bombardment of Calvi that Nelson sustained the injury that cost him his eye.
Portofino is a small Italian fishing village, located in the province of Genoa on the Italian Riviera. The town crowded around its small harbour is considered to be among the most beautiful Mediterranean ports. A few minutes up the coast is Paraggi Beach, which is closely associated with the village.
Livorno is a port city on the Tyrrhenian Sea on the western edge of Tuscany, Italy. Today, it reveals its history through the structure of its neighbourhoods, crossed by canals and surrounded by fortified town walls. The Venice district of Livorno retains much of its original town planning and architectural features such as the bridges and narrow lanes, the noblemen's houses and a dense network of canals.
Another day in Livorno allows for extended exploration out into Tuscany, or many of the renowned cities nearby like Florence or Pisa.
Bonifacio is a commune and port at the southern tip of the island of Corsica, France. It is located directly on the Mediterranean Sea, separated from Sardinia by the Strait of Bonifacio. The city of Bonifacio is split into two sections. The vieille ville (old town), or la Haute Ville (the Upper city), on the site of a citadel, is located on the promontory overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. The citadel was built in the 9th century with the foundation of the city. The city and its fortifications also extend for some distance along the cliff-tops, which are at about 70m in elevation. The cliffs have been undercut by the ocean so that the buildings, which have been placed on the very lip of the precipice, appear to overhang it.
This morning, you'll disembark from your ship and bid farwell to your most recent cruisemates.
You'll be picked up and transferred to Rome by a private vehicle and English-speaking driver.
This afternoon, a privately driven vehicle with guide will meet you at your hotel for a unique and unforgettable day exploring the ancient wonders of Baroque Rome. Admire the art and attention to details used when building the longest and widest staircase in all of Europe, “Piazza di Spagna” or the Spanish Steps. Visit Rome’s largest and most elegantly designed Baroque fountain, “Fontana di Trevi” or Trevi Fountain, followed by a visit to the best-preserved ancient monument in the world, the imperialized and façade faced Pantheon. A trip to Navona Square revitalizes the Gladiatorial spirit as this location was utilized by the ancient Romans as a Stadium for athletic competitions and entertainment based battles to the death. During your free time in the city keep a keen-eye out for some of the many other Baroque inspired monuments including various obelisks and fountains. A return transfer to your hotel is provided upon completion of your tour.
Hotel Artemide (4*) is a 19th-century property overlooking Rome’s central Via Nazionale, 500 metres from the Exhibition Palace and one kilometre from the Trevi fountain. Reception rooms at the Artemide Hotel retain original Art Nouveau features and the restaurant terrace boasts views of Rome’s city centre. Air-conditioned guestrooms feature minimalist or Art Deco-style decor with marble bathrooms and soundproof windows together with Internet access. Under new Roman law, hotels charge a small amount per traveller per day as a “tourist tax”, which needs to be paid locally through your hotel in Rome. Amounts may vary, but currently the cost is 2EUR per person for 2* & 3* hotels and 3EUR for 4* & 5* hotels. The charges will be added to your bill upon check out and are non-negotiable.
Hop aboard your privately driven vehicle, accompanied by an experienced local guide, outside your hotel for a 4 hour cultural journey through the center of Christianity, the Vatican. You're sure to be fascinated by the impressive collection of art and sculpture at the Vatican Museum and surely awe-struck by Michelangelo's surreal masterpiece which illuminates the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. His conception and execution of both the "Creation of the World" and "Last Judgment" are to this day hailed as one of the world's greatest achievements in art. Marvel at the Baroque and Renaissance inspired magnificence that is St. Peter's Basilica; featuring some 800 plus pillars, 44 altars and numerous heavenly created sculptures and paintings. Constructed over 100 years, St. Peter's Basilica is by far the largest and most renowned Catholic Church in the World. Whilst touring this holy hollows, speaking at a high tone is not permitted, so for this reason you will provided with a radio headset which your guide will whisper descriptions and information regarding this epic monument of Christianity. Upon completion of the tour, a return transfer to your hotel is provided. Entrance fee to Vatican included.
Enjoy a private airport transfer in Rome (Fiumicino/Ciampino) with a private vehicle and driver. Please note drivers may or may not speak English as their sole responsibility is to transfer clients from one location to another. If you would like to have the presence of an English speaking Assistant or Guide for your transfer this can be pre-arranged upon request and would be subject to an additional supplement.
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