(Central Mediterranean Cruise)
Set sail from Piraeus, port city to the glorious ancient city of Athens, and embark on a mesmerizing 10-night voyage through the central Mediterranean. Sail to Kusadasi, gateway to ancient Ephesus, followed by the two Greek port cities of Chios and Santorini- world renowned for its caldera and sunsets. Five consecutive landfalls in Italy will offer an impressive scope of this historic peninsula, including Sicily and the Lipari Islands, as well as Livorno, port city to Florence and Pisa. End your voyage in jet-set Monte Carlo on the French Riviera.
Cruise Departure Dates (2014):
May 23, Jun 22, Jul 22, Aug 21, Sep 20
An airport transfer with a private vehicle and driver is provided.
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 a private port transfer in Athens with private vehicle and driver.
Welcome aboard!Take some time to get settled in to your stateroom and to explore the length of the ship. You'll set sail at 4:00PM this afternoon.
Port charges are included in your itinerary pricing.
The Port of Kusadasi is situated right in the downtown area of Kusadasi, a resort town on Turkey's Aegean coast. The town caters to tourists, arriving by land, and as the port for cruise ship passengers heading to Ephesus. Old houses near the seafront, some of them converted to bars and cafes, are the remnants of old Kusadasi, which has become a modern-European looking town.
Depart the Kusadasi port with your private driver and guide, passing through lush countryside en route to the site thought to have been host to the Virgin Mary in her final years of life, the House of Virgin Mary. From there, a short drive will bring you to Ephesus, the most important ancient ruins in Turkey. Upon arrival, enter the Open Air Archaeological Museum where you will see the Odean, Fountain of Trajan, the temple of Hadrian, and the steam baths of Scholastika. The impressive Library of Celsius, adorned with columns and statues is yet another key remnant of the Greek, and later Roman, past that can be seen. One of the largest theatres of the ancient world, the Grand Theatre, remains at the site of Ephesus, with a capacity of 24,000 seats. Explore these ancient marvels, an invaluable link to antiquity. Follow your tour with a brief carpet presentation before returning to the ship.
The port of Chios is located on an island of the same name, the fifth largest of the Greek islands, situated in the Aegean Sea. The island is separated from Turkey by the Chios Strait. Tourist attractions include its medieval villages, and the 11th century monastery of “Nea Moni”, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is located on Chios.
Santorini is a Greek island located in the southern Aegean Sea. Santorini is essentially what remains after an enormous volcanic explosion that destroyed the earliest settlements on what was formerly a single island, and created the current geological caldera. Sunsets at Oia, a municipality on the island, are said to be the best in the world, where the characteristically Greek white-washed buildings create an enchanting atmosphere.
Enjoy a relaxing day at sea, taking advantage of your ship's onboard facilities, or simply immersing yourself in a book. The day is yours.
Catania is a city and port located on the east coast of the island of Sicily. The city has had a long and eventful history, having been founded in the 8th century BC. In the 14th century and the Renaissance, Catania was one of Italy's most important and flourishing cultural, artistic and political centres, including having witnessed the opening in 1434 of the first university in Sicily. Today, Catania is one of the main economic, touristic and educational centres in the island, being an important hub of the technological industry, thus gaining the nickname of the "European Silicon Valley".
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.
Porto Venere is a town and port located on the Ligurian coast of Italy in the province of La Spezia. It comprises the three villages of Fezzano, Le Grazie and Porto Venere, and the three islands of Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto. In 1997 Porto Venere and the villages of Cinque Terre were designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The 12th century Doria Castle and Gothic church of St. Peter are of the city's main sights.
This morning you'll disembark from your ship, and bid farewell to your fellow cruisemates.
Athens Gate Hotel (4*) is located in the historic district of Athens, opposite the Temple of Olympian Zeus and the Gate which was constructed by the Athenians to welcome the Roman emperor Adrianos (Hadrian). Very easy to access, it is located 500 meters from the Acropolis and 100 meters from the New Acropolis Museum. Constitution (Syntagma) Square, and the commercial center of Athens are only 500 meters away. The entrance to the Plaka is just a couple of blocks away. The view of the city from the hotel's Roof Garden is possibly the best in all of Athens. It was fully renovated in 2007. The style is modern and simple, as befits the area. The hotel has 7 floors, a roof garden bar and a la carte restaurant, a lobby bar-cafeteria and a cozy area with fireplace in the lobby.
Like her sisters, Seabourn Sojourn enchants her guests with an array of public areas scaled to encourage a relaxed sociability. One of the most unusual features of Seabourn Sojourn and her sisters is Seabourn Square, an ingenious "living room" that replaces the traditional cruise ship lobby with a welcoming lounge filled with easy chairs, sofas and cocktail tables. An enclave in its center houses knowledgeable concierges discreetly seated at individual desks, ready to handle all sorts of business or give advice and information. The ship's shops are conveniently located just off the Square and it has its own open terrace aft. The Spa at Seabourn is the largest on any ultra-luxury ship, 11,400 square feet encompassing indoor and outdoor space over two decks. A variety of open terraces are scattered over seven decks, offering places to gather with a few friends or spend an isolated hour with a book. Seabourn Sojourn offers six whirlpools and two swimming pools, including the Pool Patio, with a pair of large whirlpool spas and a "beach" style pool, a casual Patio Grill and the Patio Bar. On the sun deck above sits Seabour's popular open-air Sky Bar. High atop Deck 11 is a Sun Terrace with 36 tiered double sun beds. Just aft of that is The Retreat, with shuffleboard courts and a nine-hole putting green. The panoramic Observation Bar on Deck 10 offers 270? forward views over the sea. The Club is a lively spot for dancing before and after dinner, while the larger Grand Salon is used for dancing as well as lectures, production vocal shows, cabaret performances and classical recitals.
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