Mediterranean Classics – Athens to Monte Carlo with Oceania Cruises

Oceania is a small-ship Premium Boutique Cruise Line with destination-oriented itineraries, often travelling to smaller ports that megaships cannot reach. Noted throughout the industry for their gourmet cuisine, you will find a variety of onboard dining venues with no surcharges. The price includes your cruise, airfare from Ottawa (other cities are available), transfers, free wifi onboard and all taxes. PLUS you get to choose one of three options for free – EITHER- shore excursions; OR a shipboard credit; OR their House Select beverage package. Oceania’s focus on service ensures that you will be cared for and cared about while you cruise.

This cruise sails on Oceania Marina (1250 guests).

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

Depart Ottawa on your flight(s) to Athens. Dinner and a light breakfast are served onboard. (D)

Flights are booked by Oceania – schedule available approximately 75 days prior to sailing.

Day 2

Athens, Greece (boarding time 1 pm)

In Athens, you will be met at the arrivals gate by your Oceania representative and transferred to the ship. There will be no Travac representative escorting you, but Oceania will ensure that your transfer and boarding goes smoothly.  Climb up the magnificent Acropolis and stand in awe of the Parthenon, the beautiful temples and the view over Athens stretched out before you. See city highlights including the new and old Olympic stadiums. Journey to Cape Sounion and the temple of Poseidon overlooking the sea or visit ancient Corinth and the narrow Corinth Canal cut through miles of solid rock. (D)

Day 3

Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey (8 am – 5 pm)

Meander through the ruins of ancient Ephesus and marvel at the famed Library of Celsus, the huge amphitheater, the marble roads with their chariot marks, the amazing mosaic sidewalks and the superb, rarely opened Terrace Houses. Or journey to three monumental cities of antiquity – Priene, Miletus and Didyma – renowned for their majestic temples and impressive, beautifully preserved stadiums. (B, L, D)

Day 4

Chanis (Crete), Greece (7 am – 3 pm)

Chania wears its past on its sleeve. Spend the day in museums, from those uncovering the ancient history buried beneath the rocky soil to those celebrating Greece’s magnificent maritime history and the region’s unique folklore. Visit the ruins of the city-state of Aptera, a powerhouse in Minoan and Hellenistic times and eventually a Roman stronghold. (B, L, D)

 

Day 5

Corfu, Greece (10 am – 7 pm)

Immerse yourself in this island of glorious scenery and beaches, serene monasteries, beautiful palaces, traditional mountain towns and Corfu’s lovely old Venetian quarter. Or visit the ornate Achilleion Palace, built by Empress Sissi of Austria and filled with dramatic sculptures of the Greek hero Achilles. (B, L, D)

Day 6

Dubrovnik, Croatia (8 am – 4 pm)

Enjoy a walk through this famous walled medieval city and its exquisite Venetian monuments. See the Franciscan monastery and explore the Rector’s palace and the cathedral. Or explore the countryside with a visit to lovely Cavtat, an enchanting seaside resort that began life as a Greek and then Roman colony. Then visit a local family in a Konavle Valley village and enjoy their hospitality over a traditional welcome of brandy and figs with a serenade by local musicians. (B, L, D)

Day 7

Venice, Italy (arrive 12 pm)

Savor the majestic beauty of this amazing city as you glide along its canals and under its bridges, opulent palazzi and elegant churches lining the route. Discover Venice’s secret quarters down narrow alleys opening into spacious campos. Admire the Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica. Visit lovely Burano and the glass factories on Murano. Or enjoy the scenic countryside with its stunning Palladian villas. You will overnight in Venice, so enjoy the nightlife in this historic city. (B, L, D)

Day 8

Venice, Italy (depart at 5 pm)

(B, L, D)

Day 9

Cruising the Adriatic Sea

Day 10

Catania, Italy (8 am – 6 pm)

Destroyed by an earthquake in the 17th century, Catania has been beautifully restored and offers ancient churches, castles and amphitheaters, lush gardens and lovely palazzos to explore. Tour the 13th century Ursino Castle, which was situated along the coast until earthquakes and volcanic eruptions transformed the landscape. Drive inland through picturesque villages and explore Villa Romana del Casale, a 4th century villa and UNESCO World Heritage Site containing a complex collection of Roman mosaics considered one of the finest in the Roman world. (B, L, D)

Day 11

Salerno, Italy (7 am – 6 pm)

Experience the sublime atmosphere of the towns and villages that punctuate the Amalfi Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage site for its quintessentially Mediterranean scenery. Stroll along Salerno’s elegant lungomare, a shoreside promenade with far-reaching views of the sea and the mountains beyond. From Amalfi’s quaint Piazza Duomo, walk up ancient steps to the stunning Cathedral of Saint Andrew, while in kaleidoscopic Positano, take postcard-worthy photos of houses precariously perched on the shoreside cliffs. Behold the splendid Renaissance palazzi of Sorrento, float above the emerald green waters of a fabled sea cave and take in extraordinary panoramas of the ruggedly beautiful coastline from hilltop Ravello. (B, L, D)

Day 12

Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy (6 am – 9 pm)

Travel to Rome and revel in the magnificent monuments, from the ancient Roman Forum and Coliseum to the splendor of St. Peter’s Basilica with Michelangelo’s Pietà and his breathtaking frescoes in the Sistine Chapel. Or enjoy a drive through the lush farmlands of the Roman countryside to lovely medieval Castelgandolfo. (B, L, D)

 

Day 13

Florence/Pisa/Tuscany (Livorno), Italy (8 am – 11 pm)

Spend a glorious day amidst the fabled architecture of this Renaissance city. See the Duomo with Brunelleschi’s dome, the famous baptistry, Michelangelo’s magnificent David, the bridge over the Arno and the astonishing Uffizi Gallery. Visit Pisa’s superb Campo dei Miracoli and its beautiful cathedral and famed campanile. Or enjoy the Tuscan countryside, Siena and San Gimignano, renowned for its medieval towers. Shopping: Find leather goods, lingerie, gold jewelry, Florentine mosaic, lace, marbled paper items, antiques and fine art. Dining: Savor the prosciutto, pecorino cheese and infinite variety of breads, cakes and salamis. (B, L, D)

Day 14

Genoa, Italy (8 am – 6pm)

Discover the history and beautiful architecture of this ancient seaport in the lovely pink stone Palazzo Tursi, where letters of Christopher Columbus and Paganini’s famed Guarnieri violin are on display. Visit the magnificent Palazzo Bianco and stroll past old master paintings. Or explore the gemlike villages of the Cinque Terre, clinging to the coastal cliffs, and Portofino, the picturesque and elegant resort. (B, L, D)

Day 15

Ajaccio (Corsica), France (7 am – 3 pm)

Stroll through the narrow streets of Napoleon’s birthplace, visit the bustling, colorful market, browse in the shops and see the cathedral where he was baptized. Relax in shady Place Foch beside a bubbling fountain and Napoleon’s statue. Or discover the stunning, rugged Corsican countryside and its famous aromatic maquis shrubs and oak trees. Admire the superb views and the impressive Prunelli Gorges. (B, L, D)

Day 16

Palma de Mallorca, Spain (12 am – 9 pm)

Explore this beautiful island beginning with the magnificent Seo Cathedral and Bellver Castle. See the windmills and impressive manor house in the verdant countryside. Discover the amazing natural wonders in the Drach Caves. And for romance, visit the former Carthusian monastery in Valldemosa, where George Sand and Chopin spent a winter. (B, L, D)

 

Day 17

Valencia, Spain (8 am – 6 pm)

The City of Arts and Sciences is an impressive collection of attractions, including an opera house and performing arts center, IMAX cinema, planetarium, science museum and oceanographic park. Visit the Gothic city of Requena, featuring perfectly preserved 100-year-old wine cellars. In Lladró’s City of Porcelain museum, explore the production facilities, or nearby visit the National Ceramics Museum, located in the former palace of nobility. (B, L, D)

Day 18

Barcelona, Spain (8 am – 6 pm)

Visit the magnificent Gothic cathedral and the amazing La Sagrada Familia, Antoni Gaudí’s unfinished masterpiece. Enjoy the lovely Montjuic Gardens, Gaudí’s other fabulous structures, the charming squares of the old Gothic Quarter and the Ramblas, Barcelona’s famed downtown promenade. Or visit beautiful Montserrat and its monastery in a breathtaking setting high in the mountains. (B, L, D)

 

Day 19

Toulon, France (8 am – 6 pm)

Lying on a natural harbor on the French Riviera, Toulon is France’s principal naval base, and the waterfront is always full of life. Designed around stately fountains and small squares, the Old City is tucked between the harbor and boulevard de Strasbourg, and its Cathédrale Saint-Marie-Majeure is noteworthy for its Romanesque architecture. The city is also rich in history, much of it on display in the marine museum and the Museum of Toulon, celebrated for its Provençal paintings. For the ultimate view of Toulon, ride the cable car to Mount Faron. (B, L, D)

Day 20

Monte Carlo, Monaco

After breakfast, Oceania will transfer you from the ship to the airport for your flights home. (B)

Itinerary subject to change.

 

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