08/28 - 09/08/2020

12-Day Italy & Greek Isles Cruise

  • Day 1
    ROME - ITALY
  • Day 2
    ROME - ITALY
  • Day 3
    ROME - EXPLORER OF THE SEAS
  • Day 4
    AT SEA
  • Day 5
    CRETE - GREECE
  • Day 6
    MYKONOS - GREECE
  • Day 7
    KUSADASI - TURKEY
  • Day 8
    SANTORINI - GREECE
  • Day 9
    ATHENS - GREECE
  • Day 10
    AT SEA
  • Day 11
    NAPLES - ITALY
  • Day 12
    ROME - ITALY

Tour Overview


What’s included in this cruise tour:

  • Tour manager throughout the trip
  • Cruise accommodation, meals, entertainment on board
  • Shore excursions
  • Travel Insurance
  • Taxes

Excludes

  • Onboard gratuities
  • Meals (unless otherwise indicated)
  • Personal expenditures

Tour highlights:

  • 3 days 2 nights in Rome, Italy, and visit spectacular historical sites left by the ancient Roman Empire
  • Visit the most beautiful city of Crete, Chania
  • Stroll through Mykonos and enjoy the local blue skies and white houses
  • See well preserved ruins in Ephesus, Turkey, a classical city on the Mediterranean
  • Enjoy the beautiful Mount Pearl on the Greek Aegean Sea, Santorini
  • Visit the historical ancient buildings in Greece, the center of religious politics – the Acropolis
  • Explore the remains of Pompeii and learn about the highly civilized society of ancient Rome

OFFER ID: 1361722

Explorer of the Seas
Year Built: 2000
Refurbished 2015
Tonnage: 138,090
Passenger Capacity: 3,835

Itinerary

  • 1
    8/28 ROME - ITALY
    Arrive in Rome today and transfer to hotel.
    Hotel: Hotel Cicerone or similar
  • 2
    8/29 ROME - ITALY
    After a delicious breakfast at the hotel, we will explore the beautiful city of Rome. Journey to the (Vatican Museum), which features an immense collection of worlds built up by the Roman Catholic Church. They include some of the most renowned classical sculptures and notable masterpieces of Renaissance art in the world. The (Sistine Chapel) is the next stop and the official residence of the Pope in the Vatican City. The fame of the Sistine Chapel lies mainly in the frescos that decorate the interior, and most particularly the Sistine Chapel ceiling and The Last Judgment by Michelangelo. Tour (St. Peter’s Basilica), an Italian Renaissance church which is the largest church in the world. Enjoy the stunning artwork, Renaissance architecture and its opulent interior. Next, toss a coin into the (Trevi Fountain), inspired by Roman triumphal arches, is the largest and most famous Baroque fountain in Rome. The tradition has it to toss a coin into the fountain, ensuring that you will return to Rome. Last but not least, visit the (Pantheon Church), built in 27-25 BC by the son-in-law of the Roman Empire, Emperor Octavius, to serve the gods of Mount Olympia.
    Amount of walking: Long
    Hotel: Cicerone or similar
    (Breakfast included)
  • 3
    8/30 ROME - EXPLORER OF THE SEAS
    On our second day in Rome, no visit to Rome is complete without seeing the famous landmark of the Colosseum. Built in the 1st century AD, this great arena could seat 45,000 spectators and was the largest Roman amphitheater in the world. It hosted gladiatorial combats, spectacles with wild beasts and possibly the execution of early Christians. It was believed to be a place of martyrdom and was therefore regarded as a sacred place. After the tour, you will be transferred to (Civitavecchia) port to board Royal Caribbean's Explorer of the Seas. Enjoy outstanding cuisine, fun entertainment, and much more.
    Amount of walking: Moderate
    (Breakfast included)
  • 4
    08/31 AT SEA
  • 5
    9/1 CRETE - GREECE
    Today our cruise ship arrives in (Chania) of the Greek island of Crete. The Venetians ruled between 1285 to 1645 until they were pushed out of Crete by the Ottoman Empire. Most of the ancient buildings and fortifications at the (Venetian Harbor) were built during the Venetian rule, with (Chania Lighthouse) being the most prominent landmark on the harbor. See (Hassan Pasha Mosque), often referred to as the Forbidden Army Mosque, is the first mosque built after the Turkish conquest, honoring the first commander of Chania, Küçük Hasan.
    Amount of walking: Moderate
  • 6
    9/2 MYKONOS - GREECE
    Our cruise ship arrives in Mykonos, Greece; situated in the middle of the Aegean Sea, it is well known for white gems, bright sunshine, sandy beaches, blue oceans, comfortable resort style, and always attracting many tourists from all over the world. It is suggested the best way to explore Mykonos is to wander around the city aimlessly, exploring the alley because you just don’t know what you will see. See (Little Venice), one of the most romantic places on the island. This area is filled with elegant and gorgeous old houses that are alongside the edge of the sea. From here you can see the (Kato Milli Windmills), built by the Venetians in the 16th century to mill wheat, an industry during the early days of Mykonos. Although they are not in use, one of these windmills has been transformed into a museum.
    (No tours, free time today)
  • 7
    9/3 KUSADASI - TURKEY
    Our cruise ship arrives in Kusadasi, Turkey. We will journey to (Ephesus) or the Turkish name (Efes), which was an ancient Greek city built in the 10th century BC. The city had flourished after it came under the control of the Roman Republic and was then famed for the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. We will visit (Ephesus Archaeological Site), a place which had disappeared in the 15th century and was not discovered again until the 19th century. This ancient Greek and Roman city has been well preserved uncovering the history of the ages through its ruins and was listed as a World Heritage Site in 2015. Next we will see the (House of Virgin Mary), a Catholic and Muslim shrine where it was believed that Mary, the mother of Jesus, spent the last years of her life here. Last but not least, visit (Basilica of St. John), a burial site of John the Apostle where many believers then build a church on his grave to commemorate John.
    Amount of walking: Long
  • 8
    9/4 SANTORINI - GREECE
    We arrive in the beautiful Santorini, Greece. It is a volcanic island in the Cyclades islands of the Greek islands; famous for stunning views, beautiful sunsets and fantastic beaches. The blue and white color of this city is many artists gathering place, it is also many photographer’s paradise. We will take a (cable car) and head to the largest city (Fira), the town built on a cliff slope of about 300 meters above sea level. Next we will see the second largest city of Santorini, Oia. Make sure you take a picture of the most photographed shot of this beautiful city.
    Amount of walking: Moderate
  • 9
    9/5 ATHENS - GREECE
    Today we arrive in (Piraeus), Greece. We will head to Athens, the city with the most glorious history in the world, with a history that goes back over three millennia. Explore this magical city worshipped by gods and people. Visit the ancient “high city” of Athens, (Acropolis) crowned by white temples sacred to the city’s goddess Athena and is one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. See the (New Acropolis Museum), an archaeological museum that holds the findings of the Acropolis of Athens. The designer used a lot of glass to make the interior marble even more magnificent. Learn about the position of women in ancient Athens, their relation to worship, and the significance that the goddesses and heroines of the Acropolis held for the Athenians. Then come to (Syntagma Square), the central square of Athens, which is an important place from a historical, political, and social point of view. The name Syntagma refers to “Constitution” which you can see here the Parliament building. See the (Olympic Stadium), one of the main historic attractions of Athens, and is the only stadium in the world built from marble. Last but not least, we visit (Plaka District), the oldest historical neighborhood of Athens, known as the “Neighborhood of the Gods” because of its proximity to the Acropolis and its many archaeological sites. It is now a place to many restaurants and shops.
    Amount of walking: Long
  • 10
    9/6 AT SEA
  • 11
    9/7 NAPLES - ITALY
    Today we arrive in Naples, the largest city in southern Italy. We will visit the famous archaeological site (Pompeii). In A.D. 79, an eruption of Mount Vesuvius destroyed the city, killing its inhabitants and buried most of Pompeii. Pompeii has been a famous destination for over 250 years and with it being a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We will return to Naples and explore (Piazza del Plebiscito), a semi-circular piazza home to some of the city’s main monuments. Surrounded by the royal palace and the San Francesco di Paola church built to mimic the Pantheon in Rome. Visit (Posillipo Hill) for a spectacular view of the Mediterranean Sea and Mount Vesuvius. After returning to the port, you can see (Castel Nuovo), a medieval castle built in 1279 by the first king of Naples, making it one of the main architectural landmarks of the city.
    Amount of walking: Long
  • 12
    9/8 ROME - ITALY
    Today we disembark the ship in Civitavecchia port, Italy. After disembarkation, you will be transferred to the airport for your safe flight back home.