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Barcelona , Spania | Cannes , France | Florence / Pisa (La Spezia) , Italy | Roma (Civitavecchia) , Italia | Chania (Souda) , Crete | Athens (Piraeus) , Greece | Mykonos , Greece | Ephesus (Kusadasi) , Turkey | Santorini , Greece | Barcelona , Spania

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DAG 1 - Avreisedato

Barcelona, Spania

AVREISE:
5:00 PM

Å MIN GAUDI

Ta en dampende cortado på en fortauskafé, og rusle deretter en morgentur langs middelhavskysten. Kast deg ut i det og svøm med haier i et av Europas største akvarier. Studer gamle utgravde levninger i Barcelonas historiske museum. Eller beveg deg gjennom ekstraordinære samlinger av spanske kunstnere på et av byens kjente museer.

Details from the Sagrada Familia famous church in Barcelona, Spain
The gothic Barcelona Cathedral at night, in Barcelona Spain
Barceloneta Beach at sunset, with a view of the W Hotel in Barcelona, Spain

Ta en dampende cortado på en fortauskafé, og rusle deretter en morgentur langs middelhavskysten. Kast deg ut i det og svøm med haier i et av Europas største akvarier. Studer gamle utgravde levninger i Barcelonas historiske museum. Eller beveg deg gjennom ekstraordinære samlinger av spanske kunstnere på et av byens kjente museer.

Details from the Sagrada Familia famous church in Barcelona, Spain
The gothic Barcelona Cathedral at night, in Barcelona Spain
Barceloneta Beach at sunset, with a view of the W Hotel in Barcelona, Spain
Ting å gjøre

i Barcelona

Street view of La Rambla in Barcelona, Spain, with shops lining the street

I SENTRUM FOR HENDELSENE

Ta en spasertur i gågaten La Rambla for å oppleve essensen av byen. Suvenirbutikker, gateartister, blomsterboder, fortauskaféer og katalanske folkedansere gir en livlig scene. Den fantastiske midtpunktet, La Catedral, dateres tilbake til 1100-tallet– og tårnet byr på en fantastisk utsikt over middelalderens Barcelona.

Sunbathers at the Barceloneta Beach in Barcelona, Spain, with the W Hotel, also known as Hotel Vela or Sail Hotel, in the background

(SK)IP DAGEN

Med sju strender som strekker seg mer enn tre kilometer langs Middelhavet, er Barcelonas havnefront kjent for noen av verdens mest solfylte utflukter ved sjøen. Slapp av i sjøkanten, padle i dypblå vann– eller delta på en fisketur med muligheten for å sveive inn tunfisk, sverdfisk eller middelhavets spydfisk.

Aerial view of Barcelona, Spain

SKYHØYE FORNØYELSER

Se La Sagrada Família på nært hold, et mesterverk av en katedral designet av den berømte katalanske arkitekten Antoni Gaudí. Beundre de himmelhøye tårnene og tre deretter inn for å beundre intrikat mosaikk, Montjuïc-steinsøyler og fasaden med Jesu fødsel. Du kan til og med klatre til tops i tårnene for panoramautsikt over byen.

Traditional Spanish rice-based gourmet dish Paella, in Barcelona, Spain

LOKALT KJØKKEN

Barcelona har mestret kunsten å spise. Mange restauranter serverer kreative rette fra nueva cocina española, mens spisesteder ved havnen serverer sjømatpaella og flerretters menyer som inkluderer et glass musserende cava. For en smak av katalansk matlaging, prøv retten pa amb tomàquet (tomat-toppet brød). Eller småspis spansk tapas (små forretter) i baren som en fastboende, med husets vermouth i hånd.

Piles of decorative ceramic plates in a souvenir shop in Barcelona, Spain

SHOPPING

Du kan bruke timer på å sjekke ut markedene i Barcelona for høykvalitets skinnvarer, smykker, gamle bøker og unikt kjøkkenutstyr. Passeig de Gràcia og Barcelona Shopping Line er to populære handlegater – det Gotiske kvarter har dusinvis av familieeide butikker som selger tekstiler, papirprodukter, dekorative keramiske fliser og steintøy til kjøkkenet.

DAG 2 - TILBRINGERTJENESTE

Cannes, France

ANKOMMER:
8:00 AM
AVREISE:
7:00 PM
GLAMOROUS GATEWAY

TO THE COTE D' AZUR

Get a taste of the glamorous life in Cannes, France's premier seaside resort town. Wander through the old town, and see if you can spot a celebrity walking on the cobbled streets. Or dive into the history of the area: Visit the Gothic-style Eglise Notre-Dame d'Esperance, and check out the collections of 19th-century art at the Musee de la Castre, housed inside a medieval tower.

Aerial view of Cannes, France
Homes lining stone outdoor stairs
Boats docked at a harbor in Cannes, France

Get a taste of the glamorous life in Cannes, France's premier seaside resort town. Wander through the old town, and see if you can spot a celebrity walking on the cobbled streets. Or dive into the history of the area: Visit the Gothic-style Eglise Notre-Dame d'Esperance, and check out the collections of 19th-century art at the Musee de la Castre, housed inside a medieval tower.

Aerial view of Cannes, France
Homes lining stone outdoor stairs
Boats docked at a harbor in Cannes, France
Things To Do

in Cannes

A sentinel tower at Saint Marguerite island

Island Excursion

A 15-minute ferry ride over the deep blue Mediterranean will get you to Ile Sainte-Marguerite, one of the Lerin Islands. Head here for a more tranquil setting than Cannes. Walk through the island's aromatic forest of eucalyptus trees, and check out the 17th-century fortress prison Fort Royal.

A pier at a beach in Cannes, France

Soak Up the Sun

The luxury and natural beauty of the Cote d'Azur are right at your fingertips in Cannes. Relax on one of the white sand beaches. Stick around until sunset to watch as the sky glows orange over the coastline.

View of the sea and the coast of France

Hike the Hills

More than 100 acres of lush forest borders Cannes. From here, you'll get some of the best views of the sea. Jump onboard a French Riviera cruise and remember to pack a picnic and hike through the public woodland without spending a dime.

A chef serving paella at a local market in Cannes, France

Local Cuisine

Cannes has plenty of high-end restaurants serving freshly caught seafood — sea bass, prawns and oysters are among the favorites. Head to Le Suquet for more casual takes on ocean fare. Stop by the Marche Forville, the local market. Sample meats, fresh fish and brightly colored produce. Try the French Riveria staple socca, a chickpea pancake.

A Rue Meynadier street sign in Cannes, France

Shopping

Head to Rue Meynadier and pop into the 18th-century homes that have been turned into boutiques. If you're looking for higher-end designs, wander down Rue d'Antibes for the ultimate experience of lecher les vitrines — window-shopping. You'll find designer fashions, art galleries and specialty shops.

INSIDER TIP

If celebrity sightings are your thing, plan your visit around the Cannes Film Festival in mid-May.

DAG 3 - DOKKET

Florence / Pisa (La Spezia), Italy

ANKOMMER:
7:00 AM
AVREISE:
7:00 PM
EXPERIENCE

LA DOLCE VITA

While traveling to Florence or Pisa, enjoy a scenic drive through the celebrated Tuscan countryside with its rolling hills, olive and cypress trees and medieval villages. After climbing Pisa's Leaning Tower, explore the atmospheric white, rose and red piazzas (squares). In Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance, you can marvel at the paintings in the Uffizi Gallery and cross the famous Ponte Vecchio bridge, packed with local boutiques to poke your head into.

Aerial view of Florence, Italy
The Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy
Ponte Vecchio bridge in Florence, Italy

While traveling to Florence or Pisa, enjoy a scenic drive through the celebrated Tuscan countryside with its rolling hills, olive and cypress trees and medieval villages. After climbing Pisa's Leaning Tower, explore the atmospheric white, rose and red piazzas (squares). In Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance, you can marvel at the paintings in the Uffizi Gallery and cross the famous Ponte Vecchio bridge, packed with local boutiques to poke your head into.

Aerial view of Florence, Italy
The Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy
Ponte Vecchio bridge in Florence, Italy
Things To Do

in Florence / Pisa (La Spezia)

A marble statue with the Leaning Tower of Pisa in the background

Lean Into Adventure

Climb the 251 steps up the spectacular Leaning Tower or Campanile (bell tower) on the Field of Miracles in Pisa. The 56-meter-high tower took almost 200 years to build, but it was already leaning when it was unveiled in 1372. Access is limited to 45 people at a time. Book online in advance to save a space — many tourists flock here.

Close up of the Duomo Santa Maria Del Fiore toweing over Florence, Italy

Day at the Duomo

In Florence, you can't miss the Santa Maria del Fiore cathedral, more commonly called the Duomo in honor of its red-tiled cupola, or dome. The city's most iconic landmark, dating back to 1296, the Duomo's pink, white and green marble facade is a must-take photo. Head inside to admire the 44 stained-glass windows and Vasari's magnificent fresco of the Last Judgment.

The Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy

Museum of the Masters

The Galleria degli Uffizi is one of Italy's most famous and star-studded art museums. Cruise to Florence to admire the mind-blowing masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance, including works by Sandro Botticelli and Leonardo da Vinci, as well as German, Flemish, Dutch and French masters. Just remember it's closed on Mondays.

Fettuccine pasta served in a white bowl

Local Cuisine

Tuscany has its own unique cuisine and pasta dishes. Try fresh pecorino (sheep's milk cheese), fazzoletti (pasta filled with ricotta and spinach), papardelle (broad noodles), ribollita (a variation on minestrone) or zuppe di cavolo (cabbage soup). What about some pan ficato (fig cake) or castagnaccio (chestnut-flour cake with nuts) for dessert?

Leather bags for sale in Florence, Italy

Shopping

Shop for souvenirs and jewelry at the Ponte Vecchio bridge in Florence. Mercato Centrale is the locals' favorite for food shopping. Buy or taste wine and truffles in Enoteca Obsequium during your Florence cruise. The best olive oils, platters and soaps can be bought from La Bottega dell'Olio. In Pisa, go Italian fashion shopping in Borgo Stretto for luxury items and Corso Italia for more affordable leather bags and shoes.

INSIDER TIP

You can skip the lines at many of Florence's museums by buying tickets online before your visit.

DAG 4 - DOKKET

Roma (Civitavecchia), Italia

ANKOMMER:
7:00 AM
AVREISE:
6:00 PM

ENDELØS EVENTYR

Opplev La Dolce Vita i den evige stad, hvor du kan kjenne suset av Romas urgamle historie og nyte autentisk pasta på en trattoria. La deg begeistre av italienske mesterverk i Villa Borghese. Nyt Trasteveres bakgatesjarm. Oppdag Vatikanets åndelige arv. Eller kjør forbi de hundre år gamle basilikaene i en trehjulet Ape Calessino.

View of the Colosseum in Rome, Italy
The Trevi Fountain in Rome, Italy
The Vatican dome in Italy

Opplev La Dolce Vita i den evige stad, hvor du kan kjenne suset av Romas urgamle historie og nyte autentisk pasta på en trattoria. La deg begeistre av italienske mesterverk i Villa Borghese. Nyt Trasteveres bakgatesjarm. Oppdag Vatikanets åndelige arv. Eller kjør forbi de hundre år gamle basilikaene i en trehjulet Ape Calessino.

View of the Colosseum in Rome, Italy
The Trevi Fountain in Rome, Italy
The Vatican dome in Italy
Ting å gjøre

i Roma (Civitavecchia)

The Pantheon in Rome, Italy

URGAMMELT OG FANTASTISK

Spaser gjennom hjertet av det gamle Roma. Start på Colosseum, den enorme arenaen hvor gladiatorene en gang kjempet. Deretter kan du vandre mellom romerske ruiner, forbi smuldrende templer og basilikaer. Se hvor keiserne bodde på Palatinerhøyden og nyt utsikten over det 2000 år gamle, velbevarte Pantheon.

A fountain in Piazza Navona  in Italy

EVENTYR OVERALT

Streif rundt på Romas piazzaer, hver med sitt eget perspektiv. Spis ute på Piazza Navona og bestig Spansketrappen på Piazza di Spagna. Rusle i brosteinsbelagte smug i travle Trastevere og få med deg handelen i bodene på Campo de Fiori. Glem ikke å kaste en mynt i Trevi-fontenen for godt hell.

Statues in the Vatican Museum

HELLIGE ROM

Utforsk vatikanmuseets ekstraordinære samling av billedtepper og klassiske statuer. Gå inn i det sixtinske kapell og bli overveldet av Michelangelos freskomalerier. Deretter kan du entre Peterskirken, en av verdens største kirker, og stå under dens enorme, fantastiske kuppel.

Pizza, pasta, and antipasta on a table in Rome

LOKALT KJØKKEN

Romerne lever for å spise, enten det er med familien eller på en fortauskafe For en autentisk smak av det romerske kjøkken, prøv Carciofi alla Romana (stekte artisjokker) eller spaghetti alla carbonara. Nyt en panino (fylt sandwich) eller tynnbunnet romersk pizza. Tilfredsstill søtbehovet med en kule gelato. Deretter kan du avslutte natten med et glass hvitvin fra den omkringliggende Lazio-regionen.

Minitature models of the Colosseum and Vatican

SHOPPING

Byens mange gateboder er det beste alternativet for suvenirer. Via Condotti tilbyr en rekke italienske Couture-designere. Se kunststudioene langs Via Margutta, eller alternative håndverksselgere i Monti-nabolaget. Porta Portese er byens største loppemarked – og La Rinascente, det første varehuset.

INSIDER TIP

Togturen mellom Civitavecchia og Roma tar omtrent 80 minutter hver vei.

DAG 5 - TIL SJØS

CRUISING

FAVORITTER

Man Climbing Rock Wall On Board Day Time
Family Swimming and Enjoying the Pool

Man Climbing Rock Wall On Board Day Time
Family Swimming and Enjoying the Pool

TING Å GJØRE

Man Climbing Down the Rock Wall
Rock Climbing Wall

A BOLDER BOULDER

Rise to the occasion and take on the signature Rock Climbing Wall. From beginners to speed climbers, everyone can enjoy an unparalleled view from 40 feet above deck. Included in your fare, no reservation required.

Girls Diving and Swimming in the Covered Pool
Pools

SWIM IT TO WIN IT

Soak up the sun or savor the shade on expanded pool decks, with complimentary loungers, live music, and the opportunity to enjoy a frosty cocktail.

DAG 6 - DOKKET

Chania (Souda), Crete

ANKOMMER:
10:00 AM
AVREISE:
7:00 PM
DIG INTO

GREEK HERITAGE

Dating back to Mycenaean times, Chania places you in its deep cultural roots and longstanding traditions. The ancient buildings bear marks of many battles fought here throughout the centuries. Today, you'll be hard-pressed to find a more peaceful spot — pick a shaded spot beside the beach and dip your feet into the Greek sun-kissed waters.

Boats docked at a pier in Chania, Crete
A panoramic view of the buildings lining the coast of Chania, Crete
A lighthouse at the entrance to the old port in Chania, Crete

Dating back to Mycenaean times, Chania places you in its deep cultural roots and longstanding traditions. The ancient buildings bear marks of many battles fought here throughout the centuries. Today, you'll be hard-pressed to find a more peaceful spot — pick a shaded spot beside the beach and dip your feet into the Greek sun-kissed waters.

Boats docked at a pier in Chania, Crete
A panoramic view of the buildings lining the coast of Chania, Crete
A lighthouse at the entrance to the old port in Chania, Crete
Things To Do

in Chania

The exterior walls of the ottoman fortress in Crete

Active Archaeology

One of ancient Crete's most important city-states, Aptera sits on a hill just south of the bay, with two seaports at the entrance to Souda Bay. Check out this active archaeological site to learn about new discoveries that shed light on the most powerful city of western Crete during Minoan times.

The ruins of the Katholiko Monastery in Crete

Mountain Monasteries

Stroll the sandy beach at Stavros Bay, where Anthony Quinn danced in 1964's "Zorba the Greek." Explore the three monasteries — Agias Triada, Gouverneto and Katholika — set on this rocky peninsula. Discover Bear Cave on the footpath leading to Katholiko built into the cliff.

View of the Samaria Gorge in Chania, Crete

Hike to the Gorge

At 18 kilometers, Samaria is the longest of the many deep gorges that cut into Crete's mountains. The entrance is 42 kilometers south of Chania, and you can hike independently or with a guide. On the way, you might run into some kri kri, the wild goats found only on Crete. The gorge opens out to the black-sand beach at Ayia Roumeli.

A plate with lobster served with vegetables in Chania, Crete

Local Cuisine

Restaurants with fresh seafood abound at the Chania waterfront. Local signatures of savory lamb, mini cheese pies and fresh vegetables also bring something special to the plate. And don't miss the dacos, a traditional Cretan bread served with tomato, mizithra cheese and rivers of virgin Cretan olive oil.

Traditional ceramic dishes in Crete

Shopping

Chania's Old Town is packed with unique shops selling handmade ceramic kitchenware and decorations with classic geometric designs, one-of-a-kind jewelry made from pearl and coral — and of course, the local extra virgin olive oil, which is typically cold-pressed and retains distinctive flavors of green apple and fresh-cut grass. Take the time to explore the narrow, less-traveled streets to find both bargains and unique items during your Crete cruise.

INSIDER TIP

Known as the "temple of gastronomy," the architecturally distinctive Chania Municipal Market is the place to discover local delicacies.Known as the "temple of gastronomy," the architecturally distinctive Chania Municipal Market is the place to discover local delicacies.

DAG 7 - DOKKET

Athens (Piraeus), Greece

ANKOMMER:
7:00 AM
AVREISE:
6:00 PM

ACROPOLIS NOW

Explore the harbors of Piraeus, which showcase the Golden Age of Greek history. Visit the Hellenic Maritime Museum and the ship sheds — here, you can see how ancient ships were crafted. In the charming Castella district, you'll find some small, quaint shops and cafes amid the elegant neoclassical buildings. Head to Sotiros Street to find brand name stores, alongside smaller local shops.

View of the Parthenon atop the Acropolis in Athens, Greece
View of the Parthenon in Athens, Greece
Herodes Theater in Athens, Greece

Explore the harbors of Piraeus, which showcase the Golden Age of Greek history. Visit the Hellenic Maritime Museum and the ship sheds — here, you can see how ancient ships were crafted. In the charming Castella district, you'll find some small, quaint shops and cafes amid the elegant neoclassical buildings. Head to Sotiros Street to find brand name stores, alongside smaller local shops.

View of the Parthenon atop the Acropolis in Athens, Greece
View of the Parthenon in Athens, Greece
Herodes Theater in Athens, Greece
Things To Do

in Athens (Piraeus)

The Agia Triada church in Greece

Take Me to Church

The Agia Triada is one of the finest examples of Byzantine-style churches in Greece. The Church of St. Nicholas, which overlooks the port, has a magnificent interior filled with orthodox icons, frescoes and sculptures.

Mikrolimano harbour in Greece

Mediterranean Romance

Part of the Castella district, Mikrolimano is the smallest and most picturesque port of Athens, making it perfect for a romantic afternoon. Take a leisurely stroll along the promenade to take in the amazing views, then settle in a cafe or taverna for some fresh seafood or a refreshing drink with your cruise to Athens.

Various decorative Greek vases

Boats and the Bronze Age

The Naval Museum has exhibits that present ship building from ancient times to the present day. You will be fascinated by the Neosoikoi, the archaeological remains of the ship sheds where local craftsmen maintained and repaired the boats. Art lovers will have plenty to see at the Piraeus Archaeological Museum, from Bronze Age sculptures to classical Hellenistic pottery.

Grilled octopus on a white plate with a lemon on the side

Local Cuisine

Try the local dishes prepared with sun-ripened tomatoes, eggplant, bell peppers and fresh seafood like mussels and grilled octopus. Look for trovolia, a typical fresh cheese to savor with marinated olives. Ask for recommendations on local wines — the most common white is lively, floral and aromatic Moschofilero, while the red of choice is Xinomavro, an indigenous grape with a bold, complex flavor.

An assortment of Greek souvenirs such as helmets and sculptures

Shopping

You may want to bring back home some of the typical liquors such as the anise-flavored Ouzo or the strong Tsipouro. Greek olives, spices and capers can be vacuumed-packed, making for convenient souvenirs. Look for locally made leather sandals, pottery and hand-painted ceramics. You'll find most shops in the Psyri district, not far from the Acropolis during your Athens cruise.

INSIDER TIP

The yellow trolley bus (number 20) will take you from the port to Passalimani, going through Castella and ending at the Metro station.

DAG 8 - TILBRINGERTJENESTE

Mykonos, Greece

ANKOMMER:
7:00 AM
AVREISE:
6:00 PM
A WHIRLWIND

ADVENTURE

Powder white houses, sparkling blue waters, and red-hot nightlife— the Island of the Winds carries you away with colorful upscale adventures. Explore Hora’s bougainvillea-laced pathways and see the Folklore Museum’s Mykonian ship models. Join the raucous party on the shimmering sands of Super Paradise beach. Or watch the sunset from an open-air taverna— all nestled in the heart of Greece’s Cyclades islands.

Chairs with tables in typical Greek tavern in Mykonos, Greece
Famous windmills during sunset in Mykonos, Greece
A street of white buildings with blue accents in Mykonos, Greece

Powder white houses, sparkling blue waters, and red-hot nightlife— the Island of the Winds carries you away with colorful upscale adventures. Explore Hora’s bougainvillea-laced pathways and see the Folklore Museum’s Mykonian ship models. Join the raucous party on the shimmering sands of Super Paradise beach. Or watch the sunset from an open-air taverna— all nestled in the heart of Greece’s Cyclades islands.

Chairs with tables in typical Greek tavern in Mykonos, Greece
Famous windmills during sunset in Mykonos, Greece
A street of white buildings with blue accents in Mykonos, Greece
Things To Do

in Mykonos

A beautiful old white chapel, the Panagia Paraportiani Church, in Mykonos, Greece

COASTAL COSMOPOLITAN

Mykonos’ main town of Hora is a mixture of classic Cycladic architecture and buzzing street culture. Admire the stark-white Panagia Paraportiani chapel and meet the town’s famous pelican Pétros. See the island’s trademark 16th-century windmills spinning high above the port. Then explore the strip of medieval houses and waterfront cafés in Little Venice.

Agios Stefanos Beach in Mykonos, Greece

INTO THE BLUE

The multihued waters surrounding Mykonos are perfect for surfing and scuba diving, while prevailing winds invite sailing and windsurfing. Get your fill of aquatic thrills, then hit the beach— Psaroú for family fun, Agrari for seaside serenity, Paradise for epic beach parties, or Elia for a blend of all three.

The Temple of Isis in archaeological site of Delos island, Mykonos, Greece

DIG UP THE PAST

Enjoy a short boat trip to the island of Delos, a sacred Greek archeological site and the mythological birthplace of twin gods Apollo and Artemis. Comb the crumbling ruins of its ancient theater, Doric temples, markets, and mosaic-laced houses— plus the Terrace of Lions statues and amphitheater.

Greek salad and olive oil on sunny seaside restaurant in Mykonos, Greece

LOCAL CUISINE

Some of the Mediterranean’s most delectable restaurants are found on Mykonos. Its trademark kopanisti (peppered cheese) is a must-try, while you can’t go wrong with classic kremmydopita (onion pie). Enjoy fresh seafood by the sea— or a glass of sweet Heliophilos wine in a beach bar. Then for dessert go for amygdalota (almond cookies) or melopita (honey cake).

Souvenirs hanging on a wall outside a shop, Mykonos, Greece

SHOPPING

Hora is a hub for top designer fashions, including the world-famous Soho-Soho clothing boutique. Family-owned and operated Greek Light sells handmade jewelry with Greece’s traditional maiandros symbol. And don’t leave Mykonos without buying a pair of house-designed sandals or hand-loomed weavings— scarves, rugs or tablecloths.

INSIDER TIP

Hop on one of the many seawater-taxi services around the island for transport to the beaches.

DAG 9 - DOKKET

Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey

ANKOMMER:
7:00 AM
AVREISE:
7:00 PM

A TASTE OF TURKEY

Head straight to the ancient city of Ephesus, a 20-minute drive from the port. Plan your visit based on how much you want to walk and how many sites you want to check out. The House of the Virgin Mary and the Basilica of St. John hold historical import as well as the traditional brick and stone architecture of the ancient near east. And of course, you can see the one remaining column of the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

The ruins of the ancient Celsus Library in Ephesus, Turkey
An ancient amphitheater in Ephesus, Turkey
Pigeon Island in Ephesus, Turkey

Head straight to the ancient city of Ephesus, a 20-minute drive from the port. Plan your visit based on how much you want to walk and how many sites you want to check out. The House of the Virgin Mary and the Basilica of St. John hold historical import as well as the traditional brick and stone architecture of the ancient near east. And of course, you can see the one remaining column of the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

The ruins of the ancient Celsus Library in Ephesus, Turkey
An ancient amphitheater in Ephesus, Turkey
Pigeon Island in Ephesus, Turkey
Things To Do

in Ephesus (Kusadasi)

A close up view of the Library of Celsus in Ephesus, Turkey

Window Into Ancient Life

Don't miss the Library of Celsus or the Scholastica Baths — their dozen ancient marble toilets are a unique sight from antiquity. Consider buying the extra ticket to see Ephesus' Terraced Houses. Not only are they shaded, but you get a sense of what ancient life was like and can see the restoration work in progress.

The home of the Virgin Mary in Ephesus, Turkey

Set Your Sights on Seluk

Walk from Ephesus' Lower Gate to the village of Seluk, where you can visit what's said to be the burial site of John the Apostle at the Basilica of St. John. You'll also find the remains of the Temple of Artemis. About five miles from here lies the House of the Virgin Mary, which traditions holds as the last place she lived.

Homemade carpets on a cart

Haggle for a Turkish Carpet

Stroll the seaside promenade in Kusadasi to catch a cooling breeze. Shop for souvenirs like carpets and spices in the bazaar near the port. Vendors will encourage you to sample their wares and will offer tea to serious carpet buyers. You can also visit Pigeon Island for views from the Byzantine castle once used by pirates during your Turkey cruise.

Two lamb kebobs on a black plate

Local Cuisine

Most visitors will have tried sis kebab (grilled meat on a skewer) and doner kebab (meat shaved from a vertical skewer) before arriving in Turkey. Lamb is popular for both. Be sure to try kofte, spiced lamb or beef meatballs served with yogurt dipping sauce. Have a few meze (appetizers) to get your vegetable fix — great options include grilled eggplant salad and cicek dolmasi, fried squash flowers stuffed with raisins and rice.

An assortment of colorful pottery in Turkey

Shopping

The Kusadasi bazaar is naturally the place to go for shopping. A Turkish blue eye, meant to ward off the evil eye, makes a great souvenir. Also consider a traditional Turkish kilim (a woven carpet) or a more luxurious knotted carpet. Cruise to Ephesus and look for handmade tiles and pottery in the Iznik design, with floral-inspired geometric patterns. Prices are negotiable, and the first offer by the vendor will be at least double what you should pay.

INSIDER TIP

Ephesus' excavated section is in a 1.5-square-mile area; you'll need good walking shoes.

DAG 10 - TILBRINGERTJENESTE

Santorini, Greece

ANKOMMER:
7:00 AM
AVREISE:
7:00 PM
ERUPTING WITH

BEAUTY

Santorini is one of the world’s most popular islands, where adventure bubbles above the Aegean Sea in breathtaking ways. Take a cable car to see Fira’s old cathedrals and enthralling museums. Swim in deep blue waters that lap black pebbled beaches. And peel back layers of history in excavated Akrotiri— all while relishing the dramatic scenery of this Cyclades isle.

Scenic view of traditional cycladic houses on small street with flowers in foreground, in Santorini, Greece
View of the sea from a beautiful terrace with flowers in Santorini, Greece
Beautiful landscape of two fishing boats anchored in blue water at the old port in Oia, Santorini, Greece

Santorini is one of the world’s most popular islands, where adventure bubbles above the Aegean Sea in breathtaking ways. Take a cable car to see Fira’s old cathedrals and enthralling museums. Swim in deep blue waters that lap black pebbled beaches. And peel back layers of history in excavated Akrotiri— all while relishing the dramatic scenery of this Cyclades isle.

Scenic view of traditional cycladic houses on small street with flowers in foreground, in Santorini, Greece
View of the sea from a beautiful terrace with flowers in Santorini, Greece
Beautiful landscape of two fishing boats anchored in blue water at the old port in Oia, Santorini, Greece
Things To Do

in Santorini

Nea Kameni volcanic island in Santorini, Greece

VOLCANIC WONDERS

Explore the volcanic history and geology of Santorini, site of an immense eruption 3,500 years ago. Trek the rocky landscape of Nea Kameni, an island in the center of the Santorini caldera, to see its smoking craters. Then soak in the soothing hot springs of Palea Kameni.

Early morning in Byzantine Castle Ruins in Oia village, Santorini, Greece

IT TAKES A VILLAGE

Considered the island’s most picturesque village, Oia radiates authentic Cyclades charm. Meander along tiny paths squeezed between stark-white villas. Snap selfies with the blue-domed St. Gerasimos Church, and view Byzantine castle ruins. Or dine on Greek seafood in a waterfront taverna— also the perfect perch for watching Oia’s fabulous sunsets.

Bunch of white grapes in the vineyard in the Wine Museum of Thira, Santorini, Greece

THE GLASS HALF FULL

Indulge your taste buds in a delectable tasting journey among the island’s traditional wine cellars. Vineyards dapple Santorini’s countryside, and many are among some of Europe’s oldest. White Assyrtiko and red Mantilaria are both popular varietals— and be sure to sample Santorini’s beloved dessert wine, Vinsanto.

Alcohol drink Raki with anis on wooden board in Santorini, Greece

LOCAL CUISINE

Thanks to Santorini’s rich volcanic soil, the island has a solid reputation for producing fantastic wines and vegetables— fresh cherry tomatoes, fava beans and white eggplant included. Try egg-based sfougato and fried tomatokeftedes fritters, two Santorini specialties. Pick up melitinia cookies from a local bakery. And for an after-dinner drink, sip unsweetened, anise-flavored raki.

Small white and blue house souvenirs in Santorini, Greece

SHOPPING

Ypapantis Street in Fira is known for its dozens of jewelry stores selling pieces inspired by ancient Greek and Byzantine designs. You’ll find local artwork in the galleries of Oia and books about the Cyclades in Atlantis Books. A bottle of Santorini wine or Canava ouzo makes for a tasty souvenir.

INSIDER TIP

Wear hiking boots or comfortable sneakers and plenty of sunscreen when hiking the caldera.

DAG 11 - TIL SJØS

CRUISING

FOR MATELSKERE

Tuna Wasabi Carpaccio served at Izumi, fine dining Japanese Restaurant. One of Royal Caribbean's best cruise dining restaurants.
Flat Italian bread with potatoes and herb, marinated artichokes, olives & pesto. Cruise fine dining at Giovanni's Table.

Tuna Wasabi Carpaccio served at Izumi, fine dining Japanese Restaurant. One of Royal Caribbean's best cruise dining restaurants.
Flat Italian bread with potatoes and herb, marinated artichokes, olives & pesto. Cruise fine dining at Giovanni's Table.

TING Å GJØRE

Assorted Sushi Rolls Platter served at Izumi, Japanese Restaurant. One of the best fine dining cuisine on a cruise.
Izumi

A FAR EAST FEAST

Say “Konnichiwa” to a reimagined favorite. Sushi, sashimi and more, all made-to-order with intense flavors, the best ingredients and impeccable presentation. Now that’s fresh.

Hot Lasagna
Giovanni's Table

AL DENTE INDULGENCE

A casual Italian trattoria, Giovanni's Table offers rustic dishes with a contemporary flair, including fresh pastas, braised meat dishes and stews.

DAG 12 - TIL SJØS

CRUISING

FANTASTISKE SHOW

Women performing on stage for the Boogie Wonderland Cruise Show, Vision of the Seas
Dancers on stage during Rhythm and Rhyme Cruise Show on Grandeur of the Seas

Women performing on stage for the Boogie Wonderland Cruise Show, Vision of the Seas
Dancers on stage during Rhythm and Rhyme Cruise Show on Grandeur of the Seas

TING Å GJØRE

The performance crew of the Boogie Wonderland Cruise Show on stage in Majesty of the Seas
Boogie Wonderland

PEACE, LOVE & DISCO BEATS

Throw it back to the era that started it all with the best disco music and dancing that will leave you boogie woogie-ing all night long.

Dancers on stage during Rhythm and Rhyme Cruise Show on Grandeur of the Seas
Broadway Rhythm & Rhyme

ENTER STAGE RIGHT

Sing along with your favorite show tunes as the rhythm, rhyme, words and music of Broadway transport you to NYC.

DAG 13 - Ankomstdato

Barcelona, Spania

ANKOMMER:
6:00 AM

CATALONIAS KONGE

Ettermiddager i Barcelona tilbringes best ved å spise spanske tapas i en hyggelig bar. Ta deretter en Gaudí-inspirert arkitekturvandring for å se modernistiske undre som Casa Milà, Casa Batlló, Park Güell og fantastiske La Sagrada Família. Utforsk skipsverft fra middelalderen på sjøfartsmuseet – eller ta på deg et forkle og lær århundrelang katalansk kokekunst på et kokkeledet matlagingskurs.

View of the city from Park Guell in Barcelona, Spain
The National Museum of Catalan (Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya) on a Summer day in Barcelona, Spain
View of Castillo de Montjuic on mountain Montjuic in Barcelona, Spain

Ettermiddager i Barcelona tilbringes best ved å spise spanske tapas i en hyggelig bar. Ta deretter en Gaudí-inspirert arkitekturvandring for å se modernistiske undre som Casa Milà, Casa Batlló, Park Güell og fantastiske La Sagrada Família. Utforsk skipsverft fra middelalderen på sjøfartsmuseet – eller ta på deg et forkle og lær århundrelang katalansk kokekunst på et kokkeledet matlagingskurs.

View of the city from Park Guell in Barcelona, Spain
The National Museum of Catalan (Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya) on a Summer day in Barcelona, Spain
View of Castillo de Montjuic on mountain Montjuic in Barcelona, Spain
Ting å gjøre

i Barcelona

Street view of La Rambla in Barcelona, Spain, with shops lining the street

I SENTRUM FOR HENDELSENE

Ta en spasertur i gågaten La Rambla for å oppleve essensen av byen. Suvenirbutikker, gateartister, blomsterboder, fortauskaféer og katalanske folkedansere gir en livlig scene. Den fantastiske midtpunktet, La Catedral, dateres tilbake til 1100-tallet– og tårnet byr på en fantastisk utsikt over middelalderens Barcelona.

Sunbathers at the Barceloneta Beach in Barcelona, Spain, with the W Hotel, also known as Hotel Vela or Sail Hotel, in the background

(SK)IP DAGEN

Med sju strender som strekker seg mer enn tre kilometer langs Middelhavet, er Barcelonas havnefront kjent for noen av verdens mest solfylte utflukter ved sjøen. Slapp av i sjøkanten, padle i dypblå vann– eller delta på en fisketur med muligheten for å sveive inn tunfisk, sverdfisk eller middelhavets spydfisk.

Aerial view of Barcelona, Spain

SKYHØYE FORNØYELSER

Se La Sagrada Família på nært hold, et mesterverk av en katedral designet av den berømte katalanske arkitekten Antoni Gaudí. Beundre de himmelhøye tårnene og tre deretter inn for å beundre intrikat mosaikk, Montjuïc-steinsøyler og fasaden med Jesu fødsel. Du kan til og med klatre til tops i tårnene for panoramautsikt over byen.

Traditional Spanish rice-based gourmet dish Paella, in Barcelona, Spain

LOKALT KJØKKEN

Barcelona har mestret kunsten å spise. Mange restauranter serverer kreative rette fra nueva cocina española, mens spisesteder ved havnen serverer sjømatpaella og flerretters menyer som inkluderer et glass musserende cava. For en smak av katalansk matlaging, prøv retten pa amb tomàquet (tomat-toppet brød). Eller småspis spansk tapas (små forretter) i baren som en fastboende, med husets vermouth i hånd.

Piles of decorative ceramic plates in a souvenir shop in Barcelona, Spain

SHOPPING

Du kan bruke timer på å sjekke ut markedene i Barcelona for høykvalitets skinnvarer, smykker, gamle bøker og unikt kjøkkenutstyr. Passeig de Gràcia og Barcelona Shopping Line er to populære handlegater – det Gotiske kvarter har dusinvis av familieeide butikker som selger tekstiler, papirprodukter, dekorative keramiske fliser og steintøy til kjøkkenet.

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