There are lots of Mediterranean cruises available these days but few are better than this eight day trip during which you can visit famous ancient ruins and see legendary cities. Sailing on the luxurious Seven Seas Voyager, your adventure begins in Rome and ends in Athens and along the way you visit Sicily, the beautiful volcanic Greek island of Santorini, Malta and Ephesus in Turkey with a full day at sea to relax and enjoy all that this modern vessel has to offer.
You join the Seven Seas Voyager in Civitavecchia, the port city of Rome, with plenty of time to explore the Eternal City before your cruise begins. Whether enjoying the street performers at the Spanish Steps, people-watching over a glass of wine in colourful Trastevere, or taking in the historical and architectural glory, you are spoiled for choice. Places not to miss are St. Peter’s Basilica, the Sistine Chapel, the Trevi Fountain, Coliseum, and Aventine Hill for a grand view of the Circus Maximus.
Amalfi / Positano
Today you can discover chic Positano with its white Moorish-style houses clinging to steep slopes around a sparkling bay filled with colourful fishing boats. Then visit enchanting Amalfi and admire the 12th-century Capuchin monastery and see the beautiful 11th-century cathedral and cloister before exploring on your own. Browse Positano’s boutiques or search for souvenirs in Amalfi. And enjoy fresh seafood and pasta or tempting pastries and espresso in a spectacular seaside, mountainous setting.
Cruise the Straits of Messina this morning before arriving at Catania on the island of Sicily. Destroyed by an earthquake in the 17th century, Catania has been beautifully restored and has ancient churches, castles and amphitheaters, lush gardens and lovely palazzos to explore. Tour the 13th century Ursino Castle, then drive inland through picturesque villages to the Villa Romana del Casale, a 4th century villa and UNESCO World Heritage Site containing a fabulous collection of Roman mosaics.
Malta’s major port and capital, the entire city of Valletta became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1980. The centerpiece is the impressive 19th century Mosta Dome, visible from anywhere on the island, with its inlaid marble floor and the gilded, carved stone flowers set around the interior dome. For a tranquil afternoon, stroll the San Anton Palace Gardens or, for spectacular vistas, take a day tour to Dingli Cliffs, which offer striking views of the sea and rugged coastline.
Your only full day at sea on the cruise so make the most of it and get to know the Seven Seas Voyager and all that she has to offer. Fresh from her complete and total refurbishment, this ship boasts a refreshed elegant style in her restaurants and lounges, as well as luxurious new décor across her 350 suites – each with spacious balconies. Among her four exquisite dining options is the new French restaurant Chartreuse, there's a great pool and spa and fabulous entertainment every day and night.
Nauplion, where you dock today, is one of Greece’s most beautiful towns with narrow streets, elegant Venetian houses and gracious neo-classical mansions. In the 13th century, following Byzantine rule, the Franks, Venetians and Turks each took possession, leaving behind architectural monuments and traces of their culture. Take in the recently reopened Archeological Museum in Constitution Square, and the National Gallery-Alexandros Soutzos Museum on a tour, or explore on your own.
With dramatic views of classic whitewashed houses clinging perilously to the side of the caldera and stunning beaches of white and red sand or black pebbles, it’s no wonder this may be some of the most photographed scenery in the world. Visit Ancient Akrotiri, the archeological site of a town frozen in time by ash from an eruption 3,600 years ago. It's also worth visiting the two small islands of black lava in the centre of the basin of Santorini. And as you sail away, watch out for one of the glorious sunsets.
Today the Seven Seas Voyager docks at Kusadasi, gateway to Europe’s classical metropolis, Ephesus, which was one of the largest cities in all of the Roman Empire, boasting one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Temple of Artemis. Explore the ruins of its massive theatre, the Temple of Hadrian and the magnificent Celsus Library. This is one of the architectural highlights of the entire cruise and you will have plenty of time to explore here.
Your wonderful cruise comes to an end today when you arrive at Piraeus, the port city for Athens, known as the “Cradle of Western Civilization” because of its immense impact on cultural and political achievements throughout the world. Athens is home to magnificent wonders like the Acropolis, the Parthenon, the winding streets of the Plaka, Temple of Olympian Zeus and Temple of Athena Nike, and the Archaeological Museum. Plenty of time to explore before catching your flight home.