Setting out from the Eternal City of Rome, and wending its way to Athens, via Italy and Malta, this nine-day Mediterranean cruise explores ancient ruins, archaeological treasures, quaint seaside towns and bustling cities, while also giving you plenty of time to relax along the way. You’ll travel on board Seven Seas Voyager, packed with luxurious facilities, including an elegant spa, a well-equipped gym and a tempting pool. There’s also a casino, and a theatre where you can enjoy full-scale musical revues, cabaret shows and Cirque-style productions.
Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy
Your cruise begins in the beautiful city of Rome. Before you board, you may like to spend some time watching the street performers at the Spanish Steps, and visiting famous sites such as the Trevi Fountain, the Coliseum and the breathtaking St Peter’s Basilica, home to the Sistine Chapel.
Today you’ll visit the chic village of Positano, with its picturesque Moorish-style houses and bay filled with colourful fishing boats. You’ll then head to Amalfi, where you can admire the 12th-century Capuchin monastery and 11th-century cathedral, as well as browsing for souvenirs and perhaps enjoying some delicious fresh seafood and pasta in one of the excellent restaurants or cafes.
Catania (Sicily), Italy
After cruising the Strait of Messina, today’s destination is Catania, known for its ancient churches, castles and amphitheatres, as well as for its lush gardens and spectacular palazzos. You may like to tour the 13th-century Ursino Castle, or take a trip inland to Villa Romana del Casale, a UNESCO World Heritage Site filled with one of the world’s finest collections of Roman mosaics.
The entire city of Valletta is classed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and today you have a whole day to explore highlights such as the 19th-century Mosta Dome, with its inlaid marble floor and gilded carved stone flowers. You may like to stroll through the San Anton Palace Gardens, or take a tour to Dingli Cliffs, to enjoy the striking views of the sea and the rugged coastline. Alternatively, you could choose a day trip to Mdina, with its landmark Cathedral of St John, or Rabat, the provincial township that was once part of the Roman city of Melita, where you can explore several fascinating archaeological digs.
Cruising The Mediterranean Sea
As you cruise the Mediterranean today you have a full day to enjoy everything that Seven Seas Voyager has to offer. You may like to enjoy some pampering in the opulent spa, take in an enrichment lecture, try your luck in the casino or just relax on the poolside deck and soak up the sun.
Known as one of Greece’s most beautiful towns, Nauplion boasts charming narrow streets, elegant Venetian houses and neoclassical mansions. Today you may like to explore the Archaeological Museum and the National Gallery-Alexandros Soutzos Museum, which showcases the work of contemporary local artists, as well as hosting a permanent exhibition of paintings of the Greek War of Independence.
Santorini is known for its dramatic caldera and stunning beaches of white and red sand or black pebbles. Here you may like to visit Ancient Akrotiri, a town frozen in time by a volcanic eruption 3,600 years ago.
Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey
Today you’ll visit Ephesus, once one of the largest cities in the Roman Empire, and home to one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Temple of Artemis. You may like to explore the ruins of its massive theatre, the Temple of Hadrian and the magnificent Celsus Library.
Athens (Piraeus), Greece
Today’s destination is Piraeus, gateway to Athens, known as the Cradle of Western Civilization, and home to the Acropolis, the Parthenon, the atmospheric winding streets of the Plaka, the Temple of Olympian Zeus and the Temple of Athena Nike, as well as the Archaeological Museum, where you’ll find the world’s finest collection of ancient artefacts.