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Athens To Rome - OCS220416-47 Crystal Symphony departing 16 Apr 2022

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Monumental Holy Lands and sunny Greek Isles. The Grand Bazaar and Blue Mosque of Istanbul, and the treasures of the Black Sea. Diocletian’s Palace in Split, masterpieces of the Renaissance and Gaudí, and the Monaco Grand Prix.

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16 Apr 2022
Duration
47 Nights
From / To
Athens (Piraeus) / Rome (Civitavecchia)
Ports of call
Athens (Piraeus) - Patmos - Kusadasi - Ashdod (Jerusalem) - Ashdod (Jerusalem)
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Date Date
Location Location
 
In In
Out Out
Date 16/04/2022
Location Athens (Piraeus)
In
Out 18:00

Piraeus is Greece’s largest port and has been a gateway to the Mediterranean since 482 BC. It lies on the innermost point of the Saronic Gulf and is a short drive from Athens, the cradle of Western democracy and culture. Throughout the ages, Athens’ lofty Acropolis has been a source of inspiration. The ancient ruins scattered throughout this legendary city are reminders of Greece’s great cultural heritage.

Date 17/04/2022
Location Patmos
In 07:30
Out 22:00

The Greek isle of Patmos has a rich Christian heritage – the Monastery of Saint John was founded in 1088 and is a UNESCO World Heritage site, as is the Cave of the Apocalypse, the grotto where John the Apostle received the visions he recorded in the Book of Revelation. The island’s white-sand beaches, secluded coves and beautiful marina make it a popular destination for worshippers of the sun.

Date 18/04/2022
Location Kusadasi
In 08:00
Out 23:00

Alovely seaside resort town on the Aegean coast, Kusadaşi is famous for sparkling waters, sandy beaches and enticing shops filled with designer clothing and hand-woven carpets and leather goods. More than these modern trappings, it is the gateway to Ephesus – the UNESCO-listed, 4,000 year old city – as well as the Temple of Artemis (one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World), Basilica of St. John, and House of the Virgin Mary.

Date 19/04/2022
Location At Sea
In
Out
Date 20/04/2022
Location Ashdod (Jerusalem)
In 07:00
Out

A tidy planned community built on golden dunes, Ashdod is southern Israel’s only Mediterranean harbor. Yet this new city has fabulously ancient roots: Ashdod is mentioned in the Old Testament, and archaeologists have found ruins almost 4,000 years old. This is the doorway to the historic treasures of Jerusalem, and the worldly pleasures of Tel Aviv.

Date 21/04/2022
Location Ashdod (Jerusalem)
In
Out 20:00

A tidy planned community built on golden dunes, Ashdod is southern Israel’s only Mediterranean harbor. Yet this new city has fabulously ancient roots: Ashdod is mentioned in the Old Testament, and archaeologists have found ruins almost 4,000 years old. This is the doorway to the historic treasures of Jerusalem, and the worldly pleasures of Tel Aviv.

Date 22/04/2022
Location Haifa (Jerusalem)
In 07:00
Out 19:00

ISRAEL
Hebrew for “beautiful coast,” Haifa has been a mecca for the faithful of all kinds for millennia. Its slopes of Mount Carmel, UNESCO-listed Acre and glittering coastline are all impressive, and it is also an ideal starting point for explorations of Nazareth and the Sea of Galilee; Zippori, “City of Mosaics”; and the lively cosmopolitan delights of Tel Aviv.

Date 23/04/2022
Location Cyprus
In 08:00
Out 17:00

Paphos offers an abundance of architectural wonders – in fact, the entire city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Don’t miss the spectacular House of Dionysus mosaics, charming Omodos Village and the solid rock catacombs of the Tombs of the Kings. Paphos is perhaps best known as the birthplace of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love. Her spirit lives on in the ancient ruins and temples, as well as the modern harbor, palm-lined waterfront and sun-splashed beaches where love is always in the air.

Date 24/04/2022
Location Rhodes
In 08:00
Out 17:00

Rich with natural beauty and colorful history, Rhodes represents one of the most architecturally varied locations in Europe. Hellenistic, Byzantine, Medieval and Turkish influences intermingle with abundant sunshine and dry air to cast a magnificent light over the island that the ancients dedicated to Apollo, the God of Light. High on a cliff, the ruins of the Temple of Athena sit amidst the beautifully preserved Acropolis at Lindos.

Date 25/04/2022
Location Crete
In 08:00
Out 18:00

Built on the ruins of an ancient city, this 3rd-century trading center is the gateway to the many small villages and farms of Crete. Lake Voulismeni in the center of town connects to the sea by a narrow canal, with a park, amphitheater and collection of cafés taking full advantage of the idyllic setting. It is said that this lake is where the goddess Athena slipped into its waters to bathe and wash her glossy tresses.

Date 26/04/2022
Location Santorini
In 07:00
Out 21:00

Of all the Cyclades Islands, Santorini is often considered the most dramatic. Once an active volcano, it was known as Stongyle, or the Round Island. In about 1500 BC, the volcano erupted with such force that the center of the island literally exploded, leaving the haunting submerged crater into which Crystal Serenity sails. The island’s small villages were preserved in the ashes and recent excavations have uncovered a fascinating view of everyday life from 3,500 years ago.
Santorini’s dark landscape offsets its simple, yet refined Cycladic buildings, which glimmer in the sunlight. The rich volcanic soil is ideal for grapes and the local vines produce a cherished crop known for its “special volcanic taste.”
Thíra, or Fira Town, is laid out along the edge of a cliff that partially forms the rim of the now extinct caldera. A picturesque site, it exudes charm and an atmosphere of leisure that can be attributed to the easy-going Greek lifestyle.

Date 27/04/2022
Location Mykonos
In 07:30
Out 18:00

Mykonos, a former 18th-century pirates’ bastion, is now a sophisticated and cosmopolitan island resort. This quintessential Greek island offers a maze of winding streets, graceful windmills, inviting beaches, domed churches and whitewashed houses accented in blue. Dotting the waterfront are cafés, taverns and tempting shops.

Date 28/04/2022
Location Athens (Piraeus)
In 10:00
Out 18:00

Piraeus is Greece’s largest port and has been a gateway to the Mediterranean since 482 BC. It lies on the innermost point of the Saronic Gulf and is a short drive from Athens, the cradle of Western democracy and culture. Throughout the ages, Athens’ lofty Acropolis has been a source of inspiration. The ancient ruins scattered throughout this legendary city are reminders of Greece’s great cultural heritage.

Date 29/04/2022
Location At Sea
In
Out

Monumental Holy Lands and sunny Greek Isles. The Grand Bazaar and Blue Mosque of Istanbul, and the treasures of the Black Sea. Diocletian’s Palace in Split, masterpieces of the Renaissance and Gaudí, and the Monaco Grand Prix.

Date 29/04/2022
Location Canakkale
In 08:00
Out 15:00

While Çanakkale is a lively Turkish metropolis with an interesting mix of European and Asian influences, the city’s main appeal is its proximity to two important sites: the ruins of Troy and the battlefields of Gallipoli. Yes, this is the Troy made famous by Homer’s epic poem The Iliad and the ancient city where the legendary Trojan War took place. Today, the archaeological site is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and national park, complete with layers of ruins and a reconstructed wooden horse. On the opposite bank of the Dardanelles Strait, on which Çanakkale is located, are the Gallipoli battlefields. Extensive World War I battles were fought here, making the peninsula hallowed ground for the Turks and a commemorative site for the Allied Forces. Numerous monuments pay homage to lives lost, including the Monument of Martyrs erected to honor fallen Turkish soldiers.

Date 30/04/2022
Location Bourgas
In 08:00
Out 18:00

Surrounded by four lakes and boasting curious parks and reserves for birds and other wildlife, such as the impressive Sea Garden, this is a place where you’re just as likely to go kayaking or take an impromptu salt plunge as you are to explore impressive archaeological sites and imbibe in delectable food and drink (Burgas is a hub of cuisine and nightlife). It’s all here, from kayaks to karaoke.

Date 01/05/2022
Location Constanta
In 07:00
Out 20:00

Constanța is a city on the shores of the Black Sea, in southeastern Romania. Its long history, which goes back over 2,000 years, is documented at the National History and Archaeology Museum, near the port. The adjacent Roman Mosaics complex displays tiled floors dating back to the 4th century A.D. Nearby, the Great Mahmudiye Mosque is furnished with a vast Persian rug, while its towering minaret overlooks the city.

Date 02/05/2022
Location Odessa
In 08:00
Out 23:59

Odessa is barely two centuries old, yet it has a wealth of history. A summer retreat of the czars founded by Catherine the Great, this “Pearl of the Black Sea” also hosted Russia’s greatest artists, writers and musicians. Many historic opera houses, museums and ballet theaters remain, painted in neoclassical pastel and lining leafy promenades, alongside the impressive onion-domed basilica and the famous Potemkin Steps.

Date 03/05/2022
Location At Sea
In
Out

Monumental Holy Lands and sunny Greek Isles. The Grand Bazaar and Blue Mosque of Istanbul, and the treasures of the Black Sea. Diocletian’s Palace in Split, masterpieces of the Renaissance and Gaudí, and the Monaco Grand Prix.

Date 04/05/2022
Location Istanbul
In 08:00
Out 22:00

For poets, Istanbul, next to Venice and Rome is the loveliest city in Europe and one of the most splendid in Asia. It is the only city in the world spread over two continents, separated by the Bosphorus. Istanbul was founded by Greek scouts in 660 BC and later became capital of the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires. With its 3,000 years of history behind, it has always been the meeting point of East and West. It is a city filled with wonders of architecture and monuments to the faiths that inspired them. Formerly known as Byzantium, then Constantinople, its mosques, minarets and museums span two continents where the Bosphorus divides Asia from Europe. This strategic position has assured Istanbul’s status as a crossroads for trade and cultural exchange during the centuries. Must-see attractions include the dazzling treasury in Topkapi Palace and exquisite buildings of timeless beauty such as the Blue Mosque and Basilica of St. Sophia. Even those who are not avid shoppers will be enticed by the colorful sights and sounds of the world’s largest bazaar.

Date 05/05/2022
Location At Sea
In
Out

Monumental Holy Lands and sunny Greek Isles. The Grand Bazaar and Blue Mosque of Istanbul, and the treasures of the Black Sea. Diocletian’s Palace in Split, masterpieces of the Renaissance and Gaudí, and the Monaco Grand Prix.

Date 06/05/2022
Location Santorini
In 07:00
Out 20:00

Of all the Cyclades Islands, Santorini is often considered the most dramatic. Once an active volcano, it was known as Stongyle, or the Round Island. In about 1500 BC, the volcano erupted with such force that the center of the island literally exploded, leaving the haunting submerged crater into which Crystal Serenity sails. The island’s small villages were preserved in the ashes and recent excavations have uncovered a fascinating view of everyday life from 3,500 years ago.
Santorini’s dark landscape offsets its simple, yet refined Cycladic buildings, which glimmer in the sunlight. The rich volcanic soil is ideal for grapes and the local vines produce a cherished crop known for its “special volcanic taste.”
Thíra, or Fira Town, is laid out along the edge of a cliff that partially forms the rim of the now extinct caldera. A picturesque site, it exudes charm and an atmosphere of leisure that can be attributed to the easy-going Greek lifestyle.

Date 07/05/2022
Location At Sea
In
Out

Monumental Holy Lands and sunny Greek Isles. The Grand Bazaar and Blue Mosque of Istanbul, and the treasures of the Black Sea. Diocletian’s Palace in Split, masterpieces of the Renaissance and Gaudí, and the Monaco Grand Prix.

Date 08/05/2022
Location Dubrovnik
In 08:00
Out 18:00

Though it has only recently re-emerged as an independent nation, Croatia is by no means a new country. There were settlements along the Dalmatian Coast before recorded time. When Slavic people migrated here in the 6th century, they converted to Catholicism and adopted the local Latin alphabet. The region eventually became part of the powerful Kingdom of Croatia. Medieval Dubrovnik, formerly the Republic of Ragusa, was one of several walled cities established in the 7th century to guard the coastal approaches. Its fortification was completed in the 13th century and has remained relatively unchanged. The city walls are in excellent condition and today prevent invasion by automobiles. Within the walls, the lovely sleek lines of Venetian-style buildings complement a wealth of ancient stone architecture. Nearby islands feature beautiful beaches as well as intriguing ancient ruins.

Date 09/05/2022
Location Venice
In 14:30
Out

Venice rests three miles off the coast of mainland Italy and is considered one of the world’s most enchanting cities. Known as the “Queen of the Adriatic,” it actually comprises more than 100 separate islands. Laced together by a string of 400 intricate bridges, Venice is legendary for its labyrinthine network of canals. A whimsical stroll through the city can lead one to a hidden world of ornately decorated piazzas and shops. As you explore colorful marketplaces and busy town squares, marvel at a priceless legacy of Baroque architecture. Admire the richness of St. Mark’s Basilica and the lavishness of the Palazzo Ducale. Getting lost in Venice can be a truly delightful experience. The place of dreams, this romantic city will live long in your memory.

Date 10/05/2022
Location Venice
In 10:00
Out 12:00

Venice rests three miles off the coast of mainland Italy and is considered one of the world’s most enchanting cities. Known as the “Queen of the Adriatic,” it actually comprises more than 100 separate islands. Laced together by a string of 400 intricate bridges, Venice is legendary for its labyrinthine network of canals. A whimsical stroll through the city can lead one to a hidden world of ornately decorated piazzas and shops. As you explore colorful marketplaces and busy town squares, marvel at a priceless legacy of Baroque architecture. Admire the richness of St. Mark’s Basilica and the lavishness of the Palazzo Ducale. Getting lost in Venice can be a truly delightful experience. The place of dreams, this romantic city will live long in your memory.

Date 11/05/2022
Location Venice
In
Out 17:00

Venice rests three miles off the coast of mainland Italy and is considered one of the world’s most enchanting cities. Known as the “Queen of the Adriatic,” it actually comprises more than 100 separate islands. Laced together by a string of 400 intricate bridges, Venice is legendary for its labyrinthine network of canals. A whimsical stroll through the city can lead one to a hidden world of ornately decorated piazzas and shops. As you explore colorful marketplaces and busy town squares, marvel at a priceless legacy of Baroque architecture. Admire the richness of St. Mark’s Basilica and the lavishness of the Palazzo Ducale. Getting lost in Venice can be a truly delightful experience. The place of dreams, this romantic city will live long in your memory.

Date 12/05/2022
Location Split
In 08:00
Out 18:00

Travel beyond the walls of one of the most majestic cities on the Croatian Adriatic Coast. Spilt has a prestigious reputation for impressive architecture, famous museums and cultural constructs that should not be missed.

Date 13/05/2022
Location Kotor
In 08:00
Out 18:00

Few places in the world boast such clear architectural accounts of their full histories as does UNESCO-listed Kotor and its bay. Roam the city squares and enjoy sweeping ocean views as you follow footsteps through time, including fortifications dating from the 9th century, significant churches and cathedrals from the 12th-15th centuries, the 17th-century Prince’s Palace and the 19th-century Napoleon’s Theatre.

Date 14/05/2022
Location Corfu
In 08:30
Out 16:00

Shaped like a scythe, the island of Corfu is considered one of the Mediterranean’s best-kept secrets. Its lush interior is covered in cypress and olive trees while the main downtown area has elegant Venetian architecture and a serene atmosphere. Strategically important due to its location, this island has managed to maintain its uniqueness despite numerous invasions by outside forces. Today, the culture of Corfu reflects its turbulent past as well as its origins.

Date 15/05/2022
Location Taormina
In 08:00
Out 18:00

Nature and history have made Sicily a land of striking contrasts. The largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, Sicily was for centuries the center of the known world. Its unique geographic position made the island vulnerable to attacks by foreigners, while also making it a meeting place of Mediterranean civilizations, a bridge between the East and West.

The picturesque little town of Taormina enjoys a beauty comprised of light, color and sea. Taormina has no middle tones, no grays and no muted shades. Lying on a short terrace of the coast and dripping off the shoulders of the enormous Mount Etna, Taormina embodies the essence of Sicily.

Date 16/05/2022
Location Sorrento
In 07:30
Out 18:00

As your ship approaches the Sorrento Peninsula, delight in craggy cliffs draped with flowing pink blossoms.Renowned for its serene way of life, this romantic port exudes a special magic. Its dramatic bluffs and surrounding flowered hills bid travelers welcome to a town overflowing with charm and character. It is easy to relax in this languid southern Italian atmosphere.The sensational Amalfi Coast and the haunting ruins at Pompeii are among the region’s highlights.

Date 17/05/2022
Location Rome (Civitavecchia)
In 10:00
Out 18:00

Venture through Civitavecchia, noted for its fine seafood and beautiful monuments. Then, travel to the Eternal City of Rome, with more than 2,500 years of history and ancient landmarks that will leave you with memories for a lifetime.

Date 18/05/2022
Location Livorno (Florence/Pisa/Tuscany)
In 07:00
Out 19:00

Goethe once observed that Tuscany “looks like Italy should [look].” Fortunately, little has changed in the two centuries since the German poet was himself a tourist in Tuscany. The Tyrrhenian port of Livorno was founded in the 15th century. It is the gateway to Italy’s Tuscan region and to many spectacular sights; including the extraordinary Leaning Tower of Pisa, the charming medieval village of Lucca, the lovely hill town of San Gimignano and the timeless city of Florence. No place is as imbued with such grace, dignity, serenity and history as is Florence. This city’s wealth of architectural and artistic treasures includes works by Raphael, da Vinci, Botticelli and Michelangelo. Truly Florence, cradle of the Italian Renaissance, is one of the world’s most enticing cities.

Date 19/05/2022
Location Portofino
In 08:00
Out 18:00

Located on the Italian Riviera, Portofino’s brilliant bay is ringed by lush green hills serenely profiled against the sky.

Date 20/05/2022
Location Nice/Villefranche, France
In 08:00
Out 22:00

One of the most famous locales on the Côte d’Azur, celebrity jet setters and sun seekers flock to these shores throughout the year. Nice is a hub for international commerce, but it’s the celebration of all things beautiful that reigns in this retreat for the world’s elite, making Nice an artists’ mecca for centuries. Open-air markets occur daily, providing access to the freshest local everything – from produce to lavender, handmade keepsakes to watercolor works painted before your eyes.

Date 21/05/2022
Location St Tropez
In 08:00
Out 18:00

Asummer playground for celebrities, artists and writers vacationing here since the height of its popularity in the 1950s and 60s, St-Tropez’s famous beaches are still frequented by an international clientele who seek a lively night life and piece of the “St-Trop” allure. Magnificent yachts line the port, as owners vie to achieve titles the biggest, most luxurious or most enthusiastic crew.

Date 22/05/2022
Location Marseille
In 08:00
Out 18:00

Marseille is France’s oldest city and one of the Mediterranean’s premier ports. Amid the big-city bustle, the old port is a quaint landscape of historic charm: colorful fishing boats sail past the imposing Fort Saint-Jean, narrow streets wander among ancient churches and cobbled squares, while the venerable Basilica overlooks the scene from the hilltop above.

Date 23/05/2022
Location Barcelona
In 08:00
Out

Barcelona’s seaside beauty, sprawling beaches, eclectic architecture, world-class tapas and Tempranillo are all reasons to fall in love with the city of Gaudí. Indeed, the treasures here are many and diverse, captivating travelers and experts alike. In fact, nine important sites in the city, seven designed by the famed architect himself, have earned the acclaim of UNESCO.

Date 24/05/2022
Location Barcelona
In 10:00
Out 18:00

Barcelona’s seaside beauty, sprawling beaches, eclectic architecture, world-class tapas and Tempranillo are all reasons to fall in love with the city of Gaudí. Indeed, the treasures here are many and diverse, captivating travelers and experts alike. In fact, nine important sites in the city, seven designed by the famed architect himself, have earned the acclaim of UNESCO.

Date 25/05/2022
Location Valencia
In 07:00
Out

Sunbathe in one of Spain’s most exhilarating cities. Valencia is vibrant town with dynamic nightlife, outdoor activities and sports, and its mezcla of architectural wonders. In Old Town, see everything from a 15th-century palaces, to recent wonders of modern art.

Date 26/05/2022
Location Valencia
In
Out 18:00

Sunbathe in one of Spain’s most exhilarating cities. Valencia is vibrant town with dynamic nightlife, outdoor activities and sports, and its mezcla of architectural wonders. In Old Town, see everything from a 15th-century palaces, to recent wonders of modern art.

Date 27/05/2022
Location Palma
In 08:00
Out 22:00

Palma de Mallorca, rich in monuments of many ages, was founded by the Romans more than 2,000 years ago. A magnificent rose-colored Gothic cathedral dominates the palm-fringed waterfront of its urban center. Mallorca, known as the “Island of Tranquility,” is the largest and most developed of the Balearic group. Steep mountains, serene valleys and wide plains form its varied landscape. Visit the island’s quaint villages and the monastery where George Sand and Frederic Chopin spent a winter.

Date 28/05/2022
Location At Sea
In
Out
Date 29/05/2022
Location Monaco
In 07:00
Out

Monaco is an ancient principality steeped in rich and colorful history. Its proud monarchy is presided over by Prince Albert, who assumed the throne after his famed father Prince Rainier died in 2005.
Today when gazing on its modern skyline, it is hard to imagine that Monaco endured a turbulent past. Once a Greek settlement conquered by the Romans, it was bought from the Genoese in 1309 by the Grimaldis, who still rule as the world’s oldest monarchy. Monaco covers less than one square mile and is known primarily for its Grand Casino.

Date 30/05/2022
Location Monaco
In
Out 18:00

Monaco is an ancient principality steeped in rich and colorful history. Its proud monarchy is presided over by Prince Albert, who assumed the throne after his famed father Prince Rainier died in 2005.
Today when gazing on its modern skyline, it is hard to imagine that Monaco endured a turbulent past. Once a Greek settlement conquered by the Romans, it was bought from the Genoese in 1309 by the Grimaldis, who still rule as the world’s oldest monarchy. Monaco covers less than one square mile and is known primarily for its Grand Casino.

Date 31/05/2022
Location Olbia
In 08:00
Out 18:00

Olbia sits on a large Sardinian bay, with a historic port dating to pre-Roman times and a newer ferry port connected to the city by causeway. Sardinia’s ruins are particularly interesting, remnants of the daily lives and rituals of the Nurarghic people of the Bronze Age. Glimpse more of an ancient past at an archeological museum displaying Roman and medieval ships, embellished glassware and other relics. Beyond town, sandy beaches, holm oak forests and secluded coves invite exploration.

Date 01/06/2022
Location Sorrento
In 07:00
Out 18:00

As your ship approaches the Sorrento Peninsula, delight in craggy cliffs draped with flowing pink blossoms.Renowned for its serene way of life, this romantic port exudes a special magic. Its dramatic bluffs and surrounding flowered hills bid travelers welcome to a town overflowing with charm and character. It is easy to relax in this languid southern Italian atmosphere.The sensational Amalfi Coast and the haunting ruins at Pompeii are among the region’s highlights.

Date 02/06/2022
Location Rome (Civitavecchia)
In 06:00
Out

Venture through Civitavecchia, noted for its fine seafood and beautiful monuments. Then, travel to the Eternal City of Rome, with more than 2,500 years of history and ancient landmarks that will leave you with memories for a lifetime.

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