Enjoy 9 Destinations On P&O Cruises Ventura
After working hard all year, when the time comes to book that long-awaited holiday there’s a certain sense of relief – the thought that, before long, you will escape from the responsibilities of everyday life. However, choosing a holiday can be stressful! Will it be a laid back beach holiday, fast-paced city break, or exotic, cultural experience?
Why not enjoy a variety of experiences within just one single trip?
Taking a look P&O Cruises’ 2014 Mediterranean itineraries, for example, travellers can explore nine different ports within a two week period, each of which offers something new and exciting.
Savona, Northern Italy, is quite a fitting embarkation point for such a diverse voyage. Explorer Christopher Columbus, whose life was devoted to travelling the globe, spent much of his childhood in Savona, despite being born in nearby Genoa. Columbus’ family home still stands, and this is a great destination for learning more about travel and its evolving nature.
Florence is widely considered to be the birthplace of the Renaissance Period. It was, after all, the introduction of the Florin that not only financed the growth of industry and new styles of architecture within Italy, but also throughout Europe. Modern languages, diverse artwork and more thorough understandings of the universe can also be traced back to 15th century Florence.
While Naples is known for many things – most notably its hot springs and mozzarella production – it is, perhaps, most famous for its historical centre. The heart of Naples, overlooking the spectacular curved bay, is a winding maze of narrow, cobbled streets adorned with baroque churches and the eerie remains of Greek and Roman structures dating from the 7th century.
One of the greatest cruising experiences is sailing into the 12th century Croatian walled city of Dubrovnik. The Old Town is a must when visiting here. It’s vibrant harbour, soaring ramparts, stone pavements and terracotta roofed buildings. Architectural wonders like Onofrio’s Fountain – constructed in the 1430s can be found here.
The city may well have been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its rich history and preservation of classic tradition, but what makes this Croatian city a true hot spot for travellers is its beach atmosphere. Granted, Lapad Beach and Banje Beach are more pebbles than white sand, but that doesn’t stop visitors laying out their towels and soaking up the warm sun.
Experience: Cultural/Beach Holiday
Undoubtedly one of the most romantic cities in the world, Venice is simply beautiful. With iconic bridges spanning the canals, gondola rides through the city, singing gondoliers and, of course, Veneto wines, Venice was made for couples. Don’t forget to kiss underneath the Bridge of Sighs – some say it brings eternal love and luck!
The landscape and scenery of Kotor, Montenegro, is rough and rugged, and while this makes it stunning to look at, it also provides unlimited opportunities for climbing and hiking. There are 1350 steps leading up to the fortifications on the cliffs high above the city – once used as defence mechanisms, while it’s also possible to hike to nearby Krstac past waterfalls and mountains.
Cruising isn’t just for the retired these days – more and more cruise lines are welcoming families on board and Corfu is one of the best destinations in the Mediterranean for children. A visit to Aqualand is a must (there’s everything from lazy rivers to ‘Hurricane Twist’ slides), and Lefkimmi Beach is home to a kid’s playground and boasts very calm waters, perfect for swimming – not exactly a bad location for adults looking to relax either.
Experience: Family/Beach Holiday
No matter how long you’ve got to explore Rome, it’s never enough. You’ll find yourself taking in one world famous attraction after another, including The Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, the Pantheon and, of course, Vatican City. You’ll find designer shopping centres, high end restaurants and luxury hotels amidst the historic city centre.
Experience: City Break/Cultural/Enriching/Shoppers Paradise
A nice, relaxing destination to end the two week break, Ajaccio is quiet, serene and breathtakingly beautiful. The biggest attraction here is the natural scenery, including views across the Gulf of Ajaccio, ‘Skull Rock’, and the wildlife and vegetation found along the Crest Trail – a walking path that stretches from the city centre to La Tour de la Parata on the western peninsula.
If you want to experience these fantastic destinations then check out our range P&O Fly-Cruises sailing throughout 2014 on board Ventura
We also offer a huge range of alternative P&O Cruises with itineraries across Europe, the Mediterranean and Caribbean.