Greece, Italy, France, Spain and Portugal. Experience the best of the best in a single Mediterranean itinerary that will take you through the Strait of Gibraltar out to the Atlantic Ocean. Set sail from Athens, through the most amazing Greek isles. Santorini, Mykonos and Corfu are 3 unique experiences that will give you anecdotes to last you a lifetime. In Mykonos, every beach is a paradise and you cannot miss the flavours of the refreshing full-bodied flavours of the local Mykonos Brewing Company. Speaking of flavours, while in Naples, Italy, discover the authentic cuisine on a gastronomic tour, savour traditional Neapolitan bites, pizza, wines and the famous frittata di pasta. In Barcelona, Spain, enjoy the colourful and whimsical architecture of this historic and vibrant city. This is a modern destination that is home to architect and artist Antoni Gaudi’s best work, La Sagrada Familia and Parc Guell.
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This is the cradle of civilization, the oldest city in Europe. Not only is this city home to the Acropolis and some of the most important architectural structures and archaeological finds in the Western world, It is also a very modern city, an urban amalgam of extraordinary art, culture, cuisine and shopping.
Whitewashed villages clinging to the sides of the sea cliffs have made the volcanic island of Santorini one of the most widely photographed places in the world. The island’s charm and subtle mystery have even made it a target of speculation as the location of the lost city of Atlantis.
Picture a perfect Greek island… whitewashed houses on winding cobbled streets, sky blue shutters and lovely beaches… OK, that’s Mykonos. Head down to Little Venice, overlooked by the island’s signature windmills, where boutiques, art galleries and waterfront bars make it so easy to idle away a sunny afternoon.
One of the lushest of the Greek Isles, Corfu is rimmed in dramatic blue waters and topped with tranquil hillside villages. A collection of quaint cafes in the town of Corfu feels very continental, but the island’s secluded coves and sandy beaches could only be found in the Greek Isles.
you must try the real thing before you explore the historic centre with its grand palace, cathedral and opera house. Feeling romantic? Take the hydrofoil to the isle of Capri or the Amalfi Coast drive to Sorrento and don’t forget your camera. History buffs make for Pompeii, to see how the Romans lived back in the 1st century AD.
The Renaissance treasures of Florence belong to the world. Don’t miss the Duomo’s magnificent baptistery doors, and the Uffizi Gallery’s collection of artistic masterworks. Nearby is Siena, showplace of Italian Gothic; and Pisa, with its famous Leaning Tower.
Cannes and glamour go hand-in-hand and no more so than during the May film festival when the who’s who of Hollywood descends on the town. But any time of year, it’s one of the Riviera’s most chic resorts. Take a stroll along La Croisette, the palm-shaded beachfront promenade, passing Belle-Époque hotels, designer boutiques and elegant pavement cafés – perfect for people watching.
Life in the Catalan capital is as fast and fun as anywhere in Europe. Take a stroll down Las Ramblas, where the street theatre is just as crazy as the fantastical Art Nouveau architecture of the city’s most famous son, Gaudi. The Gothic Quarter with its narrow streets and vast cathedral is big on atmosphere and the neighbourhood tapas bars are just the place to refill.
Founded over 3,000 years ago, Cadiz grew rich on treasures brought back from Spain’s New World and the atmospheric streets of the old town have changed little since this golden era. It’s also the port for Seville, a romantic city with gorgeous Moorish architecture, and for Jerez de la Frontera at the heart of Spain’s sherry region, where wine tasting is a must.
Hop on a rattling yellow tram for a ride around the seven hills of Lisbon, checking out the ancient Moorish Alfama district and hill top St. George’s Castle, the narrow lanes of the Bairro Alto and riverfront Belem with its Monument to the Discoverers. Stop for delicious pastries and maybe a seafood lunch down by the water.
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