Come with us as we sail the beautiful waters of the Mediterranean and Aegean Seas, and into the islands and the mainland of Greece.
We'll start in Barcelona Spain and then stop in Gibraltar and Marseille before moving into Italy. After experiencing Genoa, Florence/Pisa, Rome and Salerno, we'll cruise to Montenegro with a stop in Kotor. Next, it's onto the Greek Islands of Corfu, Crete and Mykonos, wrapping up our time in the capital of Greece, Athens. This 16-day tour will highlight some of the most historic and beautiful scenery in the entire region, and the stylish and graceful Emerald Princess will be our hotel for 14 nights of relaxation.
Prices from Toronto:
Inside Cabin $5739 Outside Cabin $6245
Balcony $7053 Mini Suite $7548
- Prices based on double occupancy
- Deposit of 20% is required to reserve your spot
- Accommodation in choice of stateroom
- All meals onboard ship
- Transfers between airport and ship
- Cruise port charges
- Government Fees and Taxes
- Shipboard entertainment
Shore excursions, any airline luggage fees, items of a personal nature, any fuel surcharges, insurance.
Ask about our Rostad Frequent Traveller discount credits.
Our exciting journey begins as we board our flight for Barcelona, Spain.
Today we arrive in Barcelona, one of the world's greatest treasures. We settle into our staterooms and enjoy dinner onboard the Emerald Princess.
We spend a relaxing day at sea today. This gives us an opportunity to learn more about the ship and the variety of activities available while onboard. There are cooking demonstrations, dance classes, trivia contests and a range of enrichment programs, including our Encounters with Discovery at SEA™ (a speaker series given by experts with insights into the places we visit).
The Rock crouches over the sea like an ancient stone beast, looking Sphinx-like to Africa. Gibraltar's stunning setting is matched by its history - five countries have battled for 13 centuries to control the passage between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean. The result made for a cultural melting pot. Gibraltar is a fascinating place, from its caves and batteries to the Barbary apes gamboling on the slopes of the Rock.
We spend another relaxing day at sea today. Take advantage of all the onboard activities available to us. Perhaps a day at the spa, experience the tantalizing cuisine in elegant dining rooms or experience a movie under the stars.
The largest port on the Mediterranean, Marseille is France's second largest city and a virtual melting pot of peoples and cultures. It is also a place of striking contrasts, from the fishing boats and pleasure craft of the picturesque Vieux Port to the modern Canebiere. Dominating the harbor is the infamous Chateau d'If, the rocky prison from which Alexandre Dumas' Count of Monte Cristo escaped.
Many regard Genoa as having the largest historic city center in Europe as a result of having been, for centuries, a powerful commercial center seaport and city-state. It was the birthplace of Christopher Columbus and its maritime roots have fostered a dialect that has, absorbed elements of Neapolitan, Calabrese and Portuguese over the centuries.
Livorno is the gateway to glorious Tuscany. Visit Florence - the cradle of the Renaissance - home to the Duomo, the Uffizi and the Ponte Vecchio. Here the Medici fostered a city-state whose cultural legacy is as great as classical Athens. Giants like Dante, Da Vinci, Michelangelo and Galileo infused the West with a new creative spirit. Then there is Pisa, Florence's rival for political power. Pisa, a brash, commercial seafaring town rivaled the great maritime powers of Venice and Genoa. The city was a leader in art and architecture second only to Florence.
Today we arrive in Rome, the Eternal City. This is the gateway to the port of Civitavecchia which has served as Rome's seaport since the 13th century. The ancient capital of the Western World and the center of Christianity for nearly 2,000 years, Rome provides an inexhaustible feast. Visit the ruins of the Forum, view the splendors of the Sistine Chapel, or climb the Spanish Steps, once the heart of Rome's Bohemian Quarter.
Inhabited since antiquity, Salerno found its place as a Roman colony in 197 B.C. Here, it's easy to see why. The warm Mediterranean sun and rolling hillsides beckon with new adventures and pinch-me-I must-be-dreaming experiences. However you choose to spend your day, Salerno offers precious memories that will last a lifetime.
Today we enjoy our ship. Check out the daily newsletter to see the day's opportunities - bingo, dance lessons, bridge tournaments and more. Or relax by the pool with your favourite cool beverage.
The lush and verdant island of Corfu lies in the Ionian Sea, midway between Greece and Italy. Corfu Town boasts fortresses bearing the insignia of the Venetian Republic. The island offers some of the finest coastal scenery in the entire Mediterranean.
Kotor lies at the head of Boka Bay. Bordered by towering limestone cliffs, the winding bay is actually Southern Europe's longest and most dramatic fjord. The port itself is a medieval gem: its narrow, asymmetrical streets are lined with ancient stone houses, old palaces, and churches dating from the 12th century. Kotor is an anchorage port. Passengers transfer to shore via ship's tender. Wheelchair access limited.
Chania is a centuries-old mix of Minoan myths, well preserved Venetian mansions, a mesmerizing Old Town with labyrinthine passageways, and the atmospheric Kastelli Hill - once the site of a Roman acropolis. But, Chania may be best known as the gateway to the breathtaking 4,000-year-old Minoan ruins at Knossos. In this area, you'll find picturesque villages, breathtaking views and architectural wonders.
Thanks to its proximity to the mainland, Mykonos was one of the first Greek islands to become an international travel destination. During the late '60s and early '70s, Mykonos was famed as a haunt for the rich. But there's another side to Mykonos - the sacred neighboring island of Delos, where you can explore a unique archaeological site. Mykonos town features hip boutiques, restaurants, jewelry stores, souvenirs, taverns and cafés. Sadly, we must also prepare for disembarkation, as our journey is nearing its final port…
Early this morning we arrive at our dock in Athens, Greece and disembark the ship. We leave with fond memories of the timeless treasures encountered along the Adriatic and Aegean Seas.