Where there were once new civilizations, unstoppable empires, and the world's greatest natural wonders, an incredible vacation awaits. Within the undulating coastlines of the Mediterranean and Greek Isles, stand in awe before landmarks and landscapes that echo the history-changing moments that once happened there. Conquer the Acropolis in Athens, touch the crumbling walls of Rome's Colosseum, or whisper in awe in the Sistine Chapel. At every turn, marvel at scenes you recognize from history books and movies—but that are more spectacular than anything you've ever seen on page or screen.
Classic Mediterranean destinations to explore with Royal Caribbean:
A city three thousand years in the making, Rome features some of the world's best known historical landmarks. Imagine gladiators clashing in the Colosseum, throw a coin in the famous Trevi Fountain, and marvel at Michelangelo's details at the Sistine Chapel. Take a deep breath in the center of Piazza della Repubblica, and let artworks in the Vatican Museums take your breath away. In a city built by empires and enlightenment, experience a vacation renaissance.
Get a new perspective on ancient life in Greece's capital of Athens, a 7,000-year old center for arts and philosophy. Stand amazed at the immensity of the Acropolis, rising 490 feet above the city and home to the ruins of the Parthenon, the enduring symbol of ancient Greece. Visit the National Archeological Museum, housing the country's most precious antiquities, and stroll the picturesque neighborhood of Plaka, showcasing neoclassical mansions built on the oldest street in Athens. The city-state where democracy was born, Athens rebuilds history right before your eyes.
So recognizable are Santorini's iconic whitewashed cliff-top villages against the azure waters, you may get the feeling you've been here before. And yet nothing compares to seeing--and experiencing--this magical crescent-shaped beauty first-hand. Imagine the anticipation of climbing up--by foot or by donkey--to Firá for your first glimpse of the stunning caldera. This natural wonder is a vestige of what was probably the biggest volcanic eruption in history, believed by some to have caused the disappearance of Atlantis. And once you feast your eyes on the precipice of lava plunging into the sea, you'll be reaching for your camera too.
Prepare to be wowed by the spectacular physical beauty of Spain's most cosmopolitan destination, rich with culture, art and individuality. A dynamic city born of a medieval trade center, Barcelona specializes in the surreal, from the eight towering spires of Antoni Gaudí's Sagrada Família cathedral to the mind-bending works of the Picasso Gallery. Amidst superb gothic architecture, visitors stroll between museums, galleries and bustling cafes, soaking up vibrant city scenes that make Barcelona a truly un-missable destination.
These are only a few of the European destinations visited by Royal Caribbean International.
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