Mykonos. is a picture-perfect Greek island town filled with whitewashed steps and cube houses with blue doors. Narrow marble clad streets, mazes of quirky shops famed for their gold jewellery, easily accessible trips to admire the historic white windmills on the hillside. This is an ideal port to tour on foot.
Day 4: Athens
Athens is one of the world’s centres of archaeological research, and home to famous historical sites such as the Acropolis and the Temple of Olympian Zeus, as well as the National Archaeological Museum. It also has a thriving nightlife as well as lively markets, luxurious Hammam baths, and stunning views of the city from the peak of Mount Lycabettus.
Day 5: Rhodes
Rhodes. The beautiful old town centre of Rhodes is listed as a World Heritage Site, and the medieval streets will whisk you back to an era long gone. Rhodes was once home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Colossus of Rhodes, and there are many ruins left to explore in remote beautiful locations.
Day 6: Santorini
Santorini is one of the Cyclades islands in the azure blue Aegean Sea. The island is described as the most scenically dramatic of all the Greek Islands – blessed with rugged landscapes, volcanic craters and an abundance of beautiful beaches – including Perissa, Kamari, and the famous Red Beach. Stroll among the white-washed churches and clifftop houses of Fira and Oia and purvey the spectacular vista below.
Day 7: Chania
Chania is a beautiful port town on the North West coast of Crete, with an atmosphere which points to its Venetian and Turkish past. The old town has been built around the harbour, with a maze of alleys and houses that abound with souvenir, art and crafts shops. Heraklion is a must for the Archaeological Museum which holds the remains of the 3000-year old Minoan civilization.
Day 8: Malta
Malta. is a Mediterranean island of huge historical importance, influenced by many great empires. The capital fortress city of Valletta, described as an open-air museum, is mainly Baroque in character having been built in the 16th century by the Order of St John of Jerusalem. It offers some of Europe’s finest palaces, churches, and works of art. Valletta harbour is surrounded by cream coloured buildings and twisting streets.
Day 9: Straights of Messina (Cruising)
The Strait of Messina is a narrow waterway between the eastern tip of Sicily and the southern tip of Calabria in the south of Italy. A cruise down this strait provides beautiful views of the neighbouring countries’ coastlines.
Day 10: Naples
Naples. Under the shadow of the mighty Vesuvius, Naples is best known for its cache of medieval and Baroque architecture, and as the birthplace of the pizza. With Pompeii on its doorstep and as many churches as Rome, there’s a lot to see in this city on the romantic Bay of Naples. Sip a glass of Lacryma Christi wine from the slopes of Vesuvius or shop on Via San Gregorio Armeno. Or simply relax with a Margherita pizza at one of the many piazza café.
Day 11: Civitavecchia
Civitavecchia (Rome) is often described as the Eternal City and is filled with breath taking treasurers of almost every description – The Vatican’s Sistine Chapel, St Peter’s Basilica, the Colosseum, and the Trevi Fountain where a tossed coin promises your return to this city of Romance. Take a walk along the famous (and expensive) Via Veneto which came to fame in the 1960’ as the centre of la dolce vita (the sweet life) attracting jet setters and stars from around the world. Tour its many historical landmarks and enjoy the food, the culture, the ambiance, and the surrounding scenery. There is no doubt you’ll learn the meaning of la dolce vita when you visit Rome.
Disembark your ship – Norwegian Spirit