There is no better way to see the sights and enjoy some of Europe's great cities than by taking this seven night Eastern Mediterranean cruise on the magnificent Royal Caribbean ship Rhapsody of the Seas, which begins and ends in the beautiful Italian city of Venice. After seeing all the sights here sail off to Kotor in Montenegro, Athens and the Greek islands of Corfu, Mykonos and Kefalonia while all the time relaxing and lapping up all the fun and entertainment aboard this luxury liner.
Before setting sail you can watch Murano glass being made or discover Venice’s secret passageways on a guided walking tour. Take a romantic gondola ride through this sensational city or indulge in a coffee or hot chocolate in fashionable Piazza San Marco. Wonder at the works of Titian, Tintoretto and Canaletto in Venice’s ornate museums and galleries, enjoy a Campari spritz or Aperol in a waterside bar or cool down with a heavenly gelato.
Your first port of call is Kotor in Montenegro. Here you can explore the ancient ramparts of this fabulous medieval city for some breathtaking views over the Adriatic. With its stunning mountains and World Heritage Site status, Kotor is a hidden gem. Savour delicious local specialities such as seafood, cured meats and pastries in the fascinating Old Town or swim, snorkel and kayak in the sapphire seas. For bird watchers, pelicans and flamingos are some of Montenegro’s other hidden treasures.
Today you are free to lose yourself in stunning Corfu, where the sapphire waters, white-washed villages, shimmering olive groves and heady smell of cypress trees will leave unforgettable memories. Revel in beautiful beaches, water sports and tempting tavernas or discover the island’s proud history at the Venetian Palaio Frourio fortress in Corfu city or the superb Achilleion Palace, with its garden statues of mythical heroes.
Athens (Piraeus), Greece
One of the highlights of the cruise today when the Rhapsody of the Seas docks at Athens. Shop for souvenirs, jewellery, handicrafts and bric-a-brac in colourful Monastiraki Flea Market or explore the narrow streets, taverns and shops of the old Plaka district. You will be impressed by the city’s majestic and awe-inspiring classical sites, including the Acropolis, the National Archaeological Museum and Roman Agora, and savour the delights of Greek cuisine in the chic cafes, bars and restaurants.
Surfing, scuba diving, windsurfing, jet skiing – Mykonos is a paradise for water sports. With its whitewashed houses, iconic windmills and dazzling seas, Mykonos is for relaxation, people watching and fun. Explore the mythological birthplace of Apollo in the ruins of ancient Delos or sip cool ouzo in a beach-side bar. For delicious treats, visit the Gioras Wood Medieval Bakery, which still uses a wood fired oven.
Today you can walk where Captain Corelli’s Mandolin was filmed on idyllic Kefalonia. With lush mountains, pure sandy beaches and pastel-coloured villages, the island is a nature lover’s paradise. Swim, explore stunning underground caves or visit a monastery to discover more about this beautiful place. And in Argostoli’s shops and restaurants you can sample Robola wine, fir-tree honey and other local specialities.
Your only full day at sea on the cruise so make the most of it. Sit back, kick off your shoes and put your feet up. You can chill in the bar, lounge by the pool or enjoy a relaxing beauty treatment in the spa. For simple pleasures, why not try a game of table tennis? Or if you’re feeling energetic, now’s the chance to explore all the amazing activities the ship has to offer, from spectacular, West-End-style entertainment to adrenalin-charged sports.
Today your wonderful cruise around the Eastern Mediterranean on the Rhapsody of the Seas comes to an end when you arrive early back in Venice. Say farewell to new found friends then take some time to explore more of this fascinating city seeing some of the sights you missed on the first day before heading to the airport for your flight home. You can always extend your holiday by arriving early or staying on in Venice.