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Tarragona , Spain | Cannes , France | Florence / Pisa (Livorno) , Italy | Roma (Civitavecchia) , Italia | Sicily (Messina) , Italy | Ephesus (Kusadasi) , Turkey | Mykonos , Greece | Santorini , Greece | Athens (Piraeus) , Greece | Tarragona , Spain

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DAG 1 - Avreisedato

Tarragona, Spain

AVREISE:
5:00 PM

COME ALIVE IN TARRAGONA

It's only 15 minutes by taxi from Reus Airport to the Port of Tarragona, so make a beeline for Tarragona's Part Antic ("Old Town"), which extends just north of where your cruise will depart. Get excited to set sail with a wander through the UNESCO World Heritage site of Tarraco or peruse the Rambla Nova shopping street for colorful crafts to decorate your onboard stateroom.

Spain Tarragona Miravet Mediterranean Town
Spain Tarragona Aerial Cathedral Saint Mary
Spain Tarragona Old Stone Aqueduct Arches

It's only 15 minutes by taxi from Reus Airport to the Port of Tarragona, so make a beeline for Tarragona's Part Antic ("Old Town"), which extends just north of where your cruise will depart. Get excited to set sail with a wander through the UNESCO World Heritage site of Tarraco or peruse the Rambla Nova shopping street for colorful crafts to decorate your onboard stateroom.

Spain Tarragona Miravet Mediterranean Town
Spain Tarragona Aerial Cathedral Saint Mary
Spain Tarragona Old Stone Aqueduct Arches
Things To Do

in Tarragona

Spain Tarragona Ancient Roman Panoramic View

Brush Up on Catalan History

Tarragona's Part Antic old town is like a living history textbook. After surveying Roman ruins (and timeless ocean views) atop the walls of UNESCO World Heritage site Taracco, visit the many individual chapels that make up Tarragona Cathedral, where Spain's Moorish conquerors also prayed.

Spain Tarragona Salou Beach Cala Penya

Nothing Comes Close to the Golden Coast

Is looking out at the ocean not enough for you? Dip your toes into the golden sands of Costa Dorada. El Miracle beach is the liveliest and closest to the city center, while the beautifully isolated Cala Fonda, just several miles north, evokes the Balearic islands that sit far off Tarragona's shores.

Spain Tarragona Bollards Old Street Artistic Colorful

Art for the Afternoon

Whether you want a quick break from Tarragona's famous heat or are craving some culture, Tarragona's world-class art museums will hit the spot. Museu d'Art Modern de Tarragona spotlights Catalan artists like Antoni Gaudi and Joan Miro inside a series of 18th-century houses.

Spain Tarragona Paella Close Up of Local Cuisine

Local Cuisine

Fresh seafood is Tarragona's claim to fame. Dine near the port for classic Catalan paella (mussels and other shellfish stir-fried with fragrant saffron rice) or stop along Plaça de la Font for a carafe of sangria to wash down local takes on tapas such as grilled shrimp glazed with rich, nutty Romesco sauce.

Spain Tarragona Ceramics Spanish Porcelain Jugs

Shopping

Whether you're looking for postcards and fridge magnets or locally made crafts, the Rambla Nova shopping street is the place to be. Galeria Tarraco sells artisanal crafts and textiles, including Catalan pottery and lace cushions made using techniques from the mid-19th century.

INSIDER TIP

Tarragona locals are friendly and welcoming to tourists but can't always speak great English. A bit of Spanish (or Catalan), some patience and a smile will go a long way.

DAG 2 - TILBRINGERTJENESTE

Cannes, France

ANKOMMER:
10:00 AM
AVREISE:
9:00 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 (Livorno), Italy

ANKOMMER:
7:00 AM
AVREISE:
7:00 PM
RELIVE THE

RENAISSANCE

Spend your day in nearby Florence: Visit the impressive Santa Croce Cathedral, where you can visit the tombs of Michelangelo, Galileo and Machiavelli, and check out the Galleria degli Uffizi, which houses Botticelli's "Birth of Venus" and other masterworks. Or head to Pisa instead: Climb to the top of the iconic Leaning Tower or Campanile (bell tower), and explore the vibrant streets lined with Romanesque buildings, Gothic churches and gelaterias to satisfy your sweet tooth.

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

Spend your day in nearby Florence: Visit the impressive Santa Croce Cathedral, where you can visit the tombs of Michelangelo, Galileo and Machiavelli, and check out the Galleria degli Uffizi, which houses Botticelli's "Birth of Venus" and other masterworks. Or head to Pisa instead: Climb to the top of the iconic Leaning Tower or Campanile (bell tower), and explore the vibrant streets lined with Romanesque buildings, Gothic churches and gelaterias to satisfy your sweet tooth.

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

in Florence / Pisa (Livorno)

Pisa Lungarno in Pisa, Italy

Respite by the River

Leave the tourist masses behind at the Leaning Tower on the Field of Miracles in Pisa and escape for a pleasant stroll along the banks of the Arno River. Admire the colors and architecture of the palazzi that line the southern riverside embankment, stop for a picnic with some simple focaccia bread, mozzarella and wine, and continue to Pisa's medieval heart north of the water.

Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, Italy

City Panorama

In Florence, hike up the 418-steps of the Torre d'Arnolfo tower, part of the Palazzo Vecchio. The fortress palace was built in the fourteenth century and is still Florence's seat of power. Inside, admire Michelangelo's Genio della Vittoria sculpture as well as several large paintings by other masters such as Giorgio Vasari.

Frontal view of the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella in Florence, Italy

Marble and Monasticism

Visit Florence's Basilica di Santa Maria Novella, with its eye-catching green-and-white marble facade. Inside the basilica, built between the 13th and 15th centuries, you'll find countless artistic masterpieces, such as the frescoes by Domenico Ghirlandaio. Continue through a side door into the vast, serene monastic complex.

A bowl of vegetable soup

Local Cuisine

Tuscans share a proud culinary tradition, with seasonal and sustainable quality ingredients sourced locally. Cruise to Livorno to sample a traditional bowl of earthy ribollita (bean, bread and vegetable soup) from a humble family-run eatery. Sample a bistecca alla fiorentina, or Florentine steak, cooked over roasted chestnuts to impart a smoky flavor. Or grab some salami, parmesan cheeses and biscotti for lunch from the Mercato Centrale.

Leather diaries for sale in Florence, Italy

Shopping

Ignore the souvenir shops around Pisa's tower and head to the main shopping streets Corso Italia and Borgo Stretto, where you'll find Italian fashion shops. In stylish Florence, homegrown designers include Guccio Gucci and Salvatore Ferragamo. During your Tuscany cruise, look for the workshops in the medieval alleys, with handcrafted jewelry and leather goods from shoes to purses.

INSIDER TIP

Buy entry tickets in advance to save time at museums.

DAG 4 - DOKKET

Roma (Civitavecchia), Italia

ANKOMMER:
7:00 AM
AVREISE:
7:00 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 - DOKKET

Sicily (Messina), Italy

ANKOMMER:
12:00 PM
AVREISE:
7:00 PM
KICK YOUR

BOOTS OFF

Messina is the coastal jewel of northern Sicily. Let yourself get a little lost in the city, as you wander the streets taking note the of the history embedded in its architecture. See the famous Messina Cathedral — its dome has stood since 1551. Stroll among neoclassical and Art Nouveau sculptures at the Camposanto. And check out the Church of the Santissima Annunziata dei Catalani, a 12th-century church that offers a unique example of Norman architecture, blending Arab, Byzantine and Roman elements.

Aerial view of Sicily (Messina), Italy
Christ the King of Montalto church in Sicily (Messina), Italy
View of the Aeolian Islands off the coast of Messina

Messina is the coastal jewel of northern Sicily. Let yourself get a little lost in the city, as you wander the streets taking note the of the history embedded in its architecture. See the famous Messina Cathedral — its dome has stood since 1551. Stroll among neoclassical and Art Nouveau sculptures at the Camposanto. And check out the Church of the Santissima Annunziata dei Catalani, a 12th-century church that offers a unique example of Norman architecture, blending Arab, Byzantine and Roman elements.

Aerial view of Sicily (Messina), Italy
Christ the King of Montalto church in Sicily (Messina), Italy
View of the Aeolian Islands off the coast of Messina
Things To Do

in Sicily (Messina)

Orions fountain in Sicily (Messina), Italy

Photographer's Playground

Messina's panoramic views and patchwork of architectural styles are an invitation for the creative photographer. The Neptune and Orione fountains created by Michelangelo's collaborator, Montorsoli are renaissance masterpieces.

An ancient eternal calendar

Dawn of the Duomo

Head to the Astronomical Clock at noon to catch the tower's daily spectacle, starring its bronze statue carousel. The 12th-century Santissima Annunziata Church, Gothic-style Messina Cathedral and the 19th-century Galleria V. Emanuele III span through centuries of architectural diversity.

View of various buildings from a look out point in Messina, Sicily

A Piazza With a View

Once you reach the Sacrario di Cristo Re, you'll discover a panoramic view of the strait and most of Messina. Visit the beautiful temple and the tomb of the unknown soldier during your Sicily cruise. Afterward, walk back down to Piazza Cairoli to Viale San Martino where you can enjoy a refreshing granita, a sorbet-like Sicilian treat.

Three arancinis on a napkin

Local Cuisine

The cuisine here is one of the most antique in Sicily, with influences from Greek and Arabic cultures. Try Messina specialty la ghiotta di pesce stocco, filets of cod or swordfish baked in tomato sauce with potatoes, capers and herbs. Sample Sicilian bucatini, which combines pasta with local sardines and North African-inspired flavors like saffron, pine nuts and raisins. Or hit up the street vendors for arancini, the cheesy balls of fried rice that are the ultimate Sicilian comfort food.

Assorted colorful ceramic souvenirs

Shopping

Shop in local markets for the typical products, such as cheese, figs and marzipan. Visit the Galleria V. Emanuele — the world's oldest active shopping mall, dating back to the 1800s — for artisanal crafts such as coral jewelry, hand-painted glazed ceramics and fine crocheted items. Stop in the small shops off the main roads to see artisans at work during your Sicily cruise.

INSIDER TIP

Messina is a great place to discover by foot; within 10 minutes you can be at the Cathedral.

DAG 6 - TIL SJØS

CRUISING

FAVORITTER

Girl Climbing the Rock Wall while Parents Watch
Family Playing Mini Golf on Liberty of the Seas

Girl Climbing the Rock Wall while Parents Watch
Family Playing Mini Golf on Liberty of the Seas

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.

Family Playing Mini Golf on Liberty of the Seas
Mini Golf

ON PAR FOR ADVENTURE

Hit the links on the high seas! Refine your mini-golf game on a green that overlooks a sea of blue. Included in your fare, no reservation required.

DAG 7 - DOKKET

Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey

ANKOMMER:
8:00 AM
AVREISE:
6:00 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 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 - 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 10 - DOKKET

Athens (Piraeus), Greece

ANKOMMER:
6:00 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 11 - TIL SJØS

CRUISING

FOR MATELSKERE

Shrimp Wonton Soup served at Izumi, fine dining Japanese Restaurant. One of Royal Caribbean's best cruise dining restaurants.
Grilled Veal Chop entree at the specialty, Chops Grille restaurant. Cruise vacation fine dining steaks served table side.

Shrimp Wonton Soup served at Izumi, fine dining Japanese Restaurant. One of Royal Caribbean's best cruise dining restaurants.
Grilled Veal Chop entree at the specialty, Chops Grille restaurant. Cruise vacation fine dining steaks served table side.

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.

Grilled Veal Chop entree at the specialty, Chops Grille restaurant. Cruise vacation fine dining steaks served table side.
Chops Grille

A CUT ABOVE THE REST

For more than a decade, the chefs of Chops Grille have proudly presented quality, hand-cut prime steaks at this hallmark Royal Caribbean restaurant.

DAG 12 - TIL SJØS

CRUISING

SOLRIKE DAGER

Family Enjoying the Pool and Tanning
Guests Enjoying the Solarium

Family Enjoying the Pool and Tanning
Guests Enjoying the Solarium

Ting å gjøre

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.

Guests Enjoying the Drinks and Pool at the Solarium
Solarium

SUN AND SERENITY

Slip away to this adults-only indoor and outdoor retreat. The Solarium is your slice of paradise, with soothing whirlpools, warm sunshine and a refreshing water mist.

DAG 13 - Ankomstdato

Tarragona, Spain

ANKOMMER:
5:00 AM

COME ALIVE IN TARRAGONA

When you arrive in Tarragona, you can soar to new heights — literally. Head to the rooftop of the towering Tarragona Cathedral, which also served as a Roman temple and a Moorish mosque during its centuries as a spiritual center, and take in a panorama of Tarragona's old town. Or stop for a fresh seafood meal in port-adjacent Serrallo, where the fish got off the boat even more recently than you did!

Spain Tarragona Miravet Mediterranean Town
Spain Tarragona Aerial Cathedral Saint Mary
Spain Tarragona Old Stone Aqueduct Arches

When you arrive in Tarragona, you can soar to new heights — literally. Head to the rooftop of the towering Tarragona Cathedral, which also served as a Roman temple and a Moorish mosque during its centuries as a spiritual center, and take in a panorama of Tarragona's old town. Or stop for a fresh seafood meal in port-adjacent Serrallo, where the fish got off the boat even more recently than you did!

Spain Tarragona Miravet Mediterranean Town
Spain Tarragona Aerial Cathedral Saint Mary
Spain Tarragona Old Stone Aqueduct Arches
Things To Do

in Tarragona

Spain Tarragona Ancient Roman Panoramic View

Brush Up on Catalan History

Tarragona's Part Antic old town is like a living history textbook. After surveying Roman ruins (and timeless ocean views) atop the walls of UNESCO World Heritage site Taracco, visit the many individual chapels that make up Tarragona Cathedral, where Spain's Moorish conquerors also prayed.

Spain Tarragona Salou Beach Cala Penya

Nothing Comes Close to the Golden Coast

Is looking out at the ocean not enough for you? Dip your toes into the golden sands of Costa Dorada. El Miracle beach is the liveliest and closest to the city center, while the beautifully isolated Cala Fonda, just several miles north, evokes the Balearic islands that sit far off Tarragona's shores.

Spain Tarragona Bollards Old Street Artistic Colorful

Art for the Afternoon

Whether you want a quick break from Tarragona's famous heat or are craving some culture, Tarragona's world-class art museums will hit the spot. Museu d'Art Modern de Tarragona spotlights Catalan artists like Antoni Gaudi and Joan Miro inside a series of 18th-century houses.

Spain Tarragona Paella Close Up of Local Cuisine

Local Cuisine

Fresh seafood is Tarragona's claim to fame. Dine near the port for classic Catalan paella (mussels and other shellfish stir-fried with fragrant saffron rice) or stop along Plaça de la Font for a carafe of sangria to wash down local takes on tapas such as grilled shrimp glazed with rich, nutty Romesco sauce.

Spain Tarragona Ceramics Spanish Porcelain Jugs

Shopping

Whether you're looking for postcards and fridge magnets or locally made crafts, the Rambla Nova shopping street is the place to be. Galeria Tarraco sells artisanal crafts and textiles, including Catalan pottery and lace cushions made using techniques from the mid-19th century.

INSIDER TIP

Tarragona locals are friendly and welcoming to tourists but can't always speak great English. A bit of Spanish (or Catalan), some patience and a smile will go a long way.

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