For thousands of years, the Mediterranean Sea has inspired countless explorers and travel aficionados.
Way back, the sea was used mostly for commerce and trade, but with its beautiful port cities and natural attractions, it undoubtedly would have captured the imagination of our ancient ancestors too.
Even then, long before the advent of the modern ocean liner, the waters stretching from the Iberian Peninsula in the west, to Turkey, Egypt and Palestine in the east, would have elicited many a travel dream.
Today, we only need to recount the list of exotic destinations on this vast waterway. Places like Valencia and Barcelona, with their Arab and Moroccan influences, Monte Carlo, Rome and Naples, and Athens, Venice and Dubrovnik, all are places that wonderfully capture the diverse cultural essence of the Mediterranean.
Enjoy the ornate architecture and beautiful fountains and squares in Barcelona before continuing on to Toulon in the South of France, and nearby Monte Carlo. A stop at Livorno, Italy allows for a day-trip visit to Pisa, as well as Florence, where Michelangelo’s David and many other famous works of art stand.
The trip through time continues with a visit to Rome, where ancient ruins are as much a part of the city’s landscape as any modern addition.
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As the gateway to the beautiful Amalfi coast, a visit to Naples is a must on any Mediterranean cruise. Explore the summit of Mount Vesuvius, from Pompeii lore, or admire the many Greek and Roman examples of architecture and other city landmarks.
Just over midway through this fascinating cruise, a full day of rest and relaxation on board as the Viking ship makes its way to the Ionian Sea, towards the romantic island of Corfu, in Greece. The picture-perfect Greek islands offer some of the most beautiful settings anywhere.
The gorgeous walled city of Dubrovnik is next, where an entire day can be spent enjoying the city and countryside. So too, the city of Split, in Croatia comes alive through its Gothic architecture and slow walks along the Dalmatian Coast.
Perhaps the most iconic destination of them all, Venice, marks the end of the journey, with an overnight stop at the famous port. Enjoy a gondola ride on the grand canal, tour St. Mark’s Square and indulge in the delicious Italian cuisine.
Mediterranean Odyssey itinerary
Day 1 & 2 – Barcelona, Spain
Adorned with Gaudí’s surreal architecture, Barcelona is alive with color and whimsy. Discover its vibrant Catalonian culture.
Day 3 – Toulon, Fran
Visit the colourful Provençal market and fountains squares of Toulon.
4 – Monte Carlo, Monaco
Experience chic Monte Carlo from the Prince’s Palace to the renowned Casino and waterfront.
Day 5 – Livorno, Italy
Follow Tuscany’s rolling hills to Florence, a living museum of Renaissance treasures.
Day 6 – Rome, Italy
More than 2,500 years of history live in the storied streets of Rome.
Day 7 – Naples, Italy
Naples has long been a major centre of Italian culture and was the seat of a powerful independent kingdom for 500 years.
Day 8 – Cruise the Ionian Sea
Gateway to the Adriatic, the Ionian Sea offers picturesque and historic shores.
Day 9 – Corfu, Greece
Explore Corfu’s Venetian-styled Old Town and the island’s breathtaking coasts.
Day 10 – Dubrovnik, Croatia
Dubrovnik’s stunning Old Town is filled with medieval streets.
Day 11 – Splît, Croatia
The old quarter of Splît is simply stunning.
Day 12 & 13 – Venice, Italy
Explore Venice’s rich tapestry of graceful piazzas, tranquil canals and artful footbridges.
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DEPARTURE DATES: Apr, May, Oct, Nov 2018
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