12 Night Holy Land Cruise på Jewel of the Seas från Rom, Civitavecchia, Italien Limassol, Cyprus Kolossi Castle Gate
- Den 12 Night Holy Land Cruise från Rom, Civitavecchia, Italien besök Sicily (Messina), Italy; Jerusalem (Ashdod), Israel; Haifa, Israel; Limassol, Cyprus; Rhodes, Greece; Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey; Athens (Piraeus), Greece; Naples / Capri, Italy; Rom (Civitavecchia), Italien. Utforska våra kryssning resvägar och välja mellan en rad olika rum beroende på dina behov och budget. Börja planera din nästa kryssning semester genom att välja en destination och avgång hamn.
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12 Night Holy Land Cruise
Itinerary Overview
Explore Jewel of the Seas
Day 1 - Rom (Civitavecchia), Italien
Day 2 - Sicily (Messina), Italy
Day 3 - 4 - cruising
Day 5 - Jerusalem (Ashdod), Israel
Day 6 - Haifa, Israel
Day 7 - Limassol, Cyprus
Day 8 - Rhodes, Greece
Day 9 - Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey
Day 10 - Athens (Piraeus), Greece
Day 11 - cruising
Day 12 - Naples / Capri, Italy
Day 13 - Rom (Civitavecchia), Italien
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Limassol, Cyprus Kolossi Castle Gate
Open gate at medieval Kolossi castle in Limassol, Cyrprus
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12 Night Holy Land Cruise

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Avgår från
Rom (Civitavecchia), Italien
Ombord
Jewel of the Seas
Dag Hamn
1
Rom (Civitavecchia), Italien
Avgår vid 5:00 PM
2
Sicily (Messina), Italy
Från 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
3 - 4
cruising
Dag till havs
5
Jerusalem (Ashdod), Israel
Från 6:00 AM - 11:00 PM
6
Haifa, Israel
Från 7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
7
Limassol, Cyprus
Från 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
8
Rhodes, Greece
Från 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9
Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey
Från 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
10
Athens (Piraeus), Greece
Från 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
11
cruising
Dag till havs
12
Naples / Capri, Italy
Från 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
13
Rom (Civitavecchia), Italien
Anländer till 5:00 AM
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INTE SAMMA GAMLA VISA OCH DANS

Res från Londons West End till New York i West End to Broadway, en hyllning till musikaler som sträcker sig över kontinenterna. Och res från det uråldriga Atlantis till det färgstarka Indien i den himmelska föreställningen City of Dreams. På det här fartyget är alla föreställningar en succé.

INTE SAMMA GAMLA VISA OCH DANS

INTE SAMMA GAMLA VISA OCH DANS

INTE SAMMA GAMLA VISA OCH DANS

Dag 1: Rom, Italien

Dag 1
Rom
Civitavecchia, Italien
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Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy Colosseum
View of the Colosseum in Rome, Italy
Att göra i
Rom
Avgår vid 5:00 PM
Med 28 århundraden av berömd historia är Rom fortfarande på första plats när det gäller oöverträffat äventyr. Staden som utlöste världens största rike är lika levande i våra dagar med ett virrvarr av gamla ruiner, världsberömd konst och livfull gatukultur. Här kan du leva la dolce vita, återkalla antika Roms storhetstid och snurra pastan runt gaffeln i en trattoria. Kör förbi månghundraåriga basilikor i en trehjulig Ape Calessino, eller beundra målningar av de italienska mästarna i Villa Borghese. Oavsett om det är Vatikanens andliga lockelse, charmen utmed Trasteveres bakgator, eller Colosseums kamptraditioner, så består den eviga staden med sina oändliga äventyr.
Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy Pantheon
The Pantheon in Rome, Italy

ANTIK OCH HÄPNADSVÄCKANDE

Vandra genom antika Roms hjärta. Börja vid Colosseum, en enorm arena där gladiatorerna en gång kämpade. Strosa sedan runt nötta ruiner vid Forum Romanum, förbi dess sönderfallna tempel och basilikor. Se var kejsarna levde på Palatinen och njut av en närbild av den 2 000 år gamla, välbevarade kyrkan Pantheon.
Insider tip
Tågresan mellan Civitavecchia och Rom tar cirka 80 minuter i varje riktning.
Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy Piazza Navona
A fountain in Piazza Navona in Italy

ÄVENTYR I KVADRAT

Strosa runt piazzorna i Rom, där var och en ger ett unikt perspektiv. Ät al fresco på Piazza Navona och gå upp för Spanska trappan på Piazza di Spagna. Vandra på kullerstensbelagda gränder i sjudande Trastevere och strosa runt Campo de’ Fioris hantverksstånd. Se till att kasta ett mynt i Fontana di Trevi för framtida lycka.
Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy, Statues
Statues in the Vatican Museum

HELIGA PLATSER

Utforska Vatikanmuseets enastående samling av gobelänger och klassiska statyer. Kliv in i Sixtinska kapellet och låt dig hänföras av Michelangelos takfresker. Gå sedan in i Peterskyrkan, en av världens största kyrkor, för att stå under dess enorma skyhöga kupol.
Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy, Pizza and pasta
Pizza, pasta, and antipasta on a table in Rome

DET LOKALA KÖKET

Romare lever för att äta, oavsett om det är med familjen eller på ett utomhuskafé. För en autentisk smak av cucina romana, prova carciofi alla romana (bräserade kronärtskockor) eller spaghetti alla carbonara. Njut av panino (fyllda smörgåsar) eller italiensk pizza med tunn botten. Stilla sötsuget med en skopa gelato. Avsluta sedan kvällen med ett glas vitt vin från det omgivande Lazio-området.
Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy, Colosseum Vatican Models
Minitature models of the Colosseum and Vatican

SHOPPING

Gatustånden över hela staden är det bästa stället för souvenirer. Via Condotti erbjuder italienska designers skräddarkonst i rad. Besök ateljéerna längs med Via Margutta, eller indiska hantverkssäljare i stadsdelen Monti. Porta Portese har stadens största loppmarknad och la Rinascente, det första varuhuset.

Dag 2: Sicily, Italy

Dag 2
Sicily
Messina, Italy
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Sicily (Messina), Italy, Aerial View
Aerial view of Sicily (Messina), Italy
Att göra i
Sicily
Från 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Messina is Sicily's panoramic gateway — located on the northeastern corner of the island, the city just kisses the boot of mainland Italy's southern tip. Get lost among the patchwork of churches and antique palaces. The Messina Cathedral is in the heart of the city, and its famous bell tower houses the largest mechanical clock in the world — every day at noon, the statues move to Schubert's "Ave Maria." In front of this church, you'll find the Fontana di Orione, a 16th-century fountain that's a work of art in itself, with sculptures of figures from ancient mythology. Cruise to Sicily and take a leisurely walk to the Sacrario di Cristo Re, a hilltop church with panoramic views of the town and the surrounding mountains.
Sicily (Messina), Italy, Orions Fountain
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.
Insider tip
Messina is a great place to discover by foot; within 10 minutes you can be at the Cathedral.
Sicily (Messina), Italy, Ancient eternal calendar
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.
Insider tip
Go from the Cathedral to the Piazza Cairoli for shopping or to relax at a local cafe with a gelato and espresso.
Sicily (Messina), Italy, Buildings
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.
Sicily (Messina), Italy, Arancini street food
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.
Sicily (Messina), Italy, Assorted Ceramic Souvenirs
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.

Dag 3 - 4: cruising

Dag 3 - 4
cruising
Till sjöss
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Family Celebrating a Hole in One
Family Playing Mini Golf on Liberty of the Seas
FAVORITER DU INTE FÅR MISSA
Young Woman Climbing
Young Woman Climbing Up the Rock Wall

Rock Climbing Wall

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 Celebrating a Hole in One
Family Playing Mini Golf on Liberty of the Seas

Mini Golf

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 5: Jerusalem, Israel

Dag 5
Jerusalem
Ashdod, Israel
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Jerusalem, Israel Panoramic View Domes
A panoramic view of Jerusalem, Israel seeing the entire city with religious domes and stoned small buildings
Att göra i
Jerusalem
Från 6:00 AM - 11:00 PM
After you arrive at the port at Ashdod, it's a one-hour drive to Jerusalem, the city sacred to Jews, Muslims and Christians alike. Enter the Old City through one of the eight gates, built in the early 16th century by the Turkish Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent — see the ferocious-looking animal carvings of the Lion's Gate or the flower rosettes carved above Herod's Gate. Cruise to Jerusalem and take in the smell of Arabian coffee, incense and spices at one of the markets of the Old City as you venture to the historic Wailing Wall. Enter the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and see its ornate shrines and austere icons. Then, head to the nearby Dome of the Rock, with its distinctive gold dome and traditional Islamic geometric designs.
Jerusalem, Israel Dome of the Rock Mosque
The Dome of the Rock Mosque with a golden dome and mosaic tiles in Jerusalem, Israel

Houses of the Holy

Head to the Temple Mount, an large public space sacred to all three monotheist religions. Visit the iconic gold-plated Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa Mosque, built in 705 AD. The plaza is surrounded by walls, including the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest prayer site. Tourists and pilgrims alike write prayers on pieces of paper and crumple them into the crevices of the wall.
Insider tip
Check the opening hours before your visits, especially during Shabbat, the Jewish Sabbath that begins on Fridays at sunset.
Jerusalem, Israel Old Church
Church of the Holy Sepulchre made out of stones with a blue dome and cross over it with blue skies in Jerusalem, Israel

Join the Pilgrims

Join the pilgrims to visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, one of Christianity's most sacred sites. It is believed by many Christians that the church that stands today was built on the spot where Jesus' resurrection occurred. It was built in 335, destroyed in 1009 and gradually rebuilt. When you enter the sanctuary, take in the smell of frankincense and the contemplative candlelight.
Insider tip
Dress modestly — no bare legs, shoulders or backs — if you would like to visit a church, mosque or synagogue.
Jerusalem, Israel Holocaust Sculpture
The Holocaust Sculpture with broken columns coming out of the ground in Jerusalem, Israel

Powerful Memorial

Yad Vashem, an 18-hectare site, is Israel's official memorial to the 6 million Jews who perished during World War II. Photos of those killed completely cover one of the ceilings. There is a collection of works created in ghettos and camps, and an eternal flame burns near a crypt containing the ashes of the victims.
Jerusalem, Israel Pita Bread Israeli Salad
A warm toasted pita bread topped with eggplant, tzaziki sauce, and israeli salad

Local Cuisine

The culinary scene is a creative mixture of cuisines from Jerusalem's countless immigrants. Enjoy some hummus with bread, falafel, kebab, shawarma or other Middle Eastern fare in the Old City during your Jerusalem cruise. For Mediterranean-style eateries, go to Jaffa Gate where you can find a bounty of street vendors selling local fare like burekas, a flaky pastry filled with savor cheese and vegetables.
Jerusalem, Israel Ceramic Plates Souvenirs
Blue painted ceramic plates sold at souvenir shops at Arab bazaar in Jerusalem

Shopping

Browse the arcade with art boutiques at Cardo in the Old City. In the Muslim Quarter and Mahane Yehuda Market, you'll find Arabic ceramics, embroidery, coffee, spices and sweets. For hand-stitched clothing and bags from a collective of West Bank women go to the Bint Al Balad Workshop and Cafe on HaAhim Pereire St.

Dag 6: Haifa, Israel

Dag 6
Haifa
Israel
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Haifa, Israel Holy Places
View from above of the Bahai Holy Places in Haifa and the Western Galilee
Att göra i
Haifa
Från 7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Set on the slopes of Mount Carmel, Haifa is Israel's Mediterranean oasis. Stroll around the smart German Colony, with its restored streets settled in the 1860s lined with restaurants, cafes and art galleries. Continue toward the tropical Bah'ai Gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and take a meditative walk around the 19 different terraced gardens. Cruise to Haifa, Israel and visit the Shrine of the Bab, with its striking golden dome composed of 12,000 tiles. For even better views, climb up to the Viewing Balcony to look down on the shrine and out toward the Mediterranean Sea. Perhaps it's time to relax on the beach now? Pop down to Bat Galim for windsurfing or a stroll along the boardwalk.
Haifa, Israel Shrine of the bab
Shrine of the Bab and lower terraces at the Bahai World Center in Haifa, Israel

Better in Bab

Visit the Shrine of the Bab, a pilgrimage site built in 1953. It's said to hold the remains of the Bab, the spiritual predecessor to the Baha'i faith's prophet Baha'ullah. Canadian architect William Sutherland Maxwell unified Middle Eastern and European styles here. Then, visit the symmetric Baha'i Gardens with their 19 steep terraces.
Insider tip
There are banks in Hadar and around Carmel Center where you can get the local currency, New Israeli Shekel (NIS).
Haifa, Israel Cable Car
Three cable cars in Haifa, Israel

Star of the Sea

Take the cable car up to Mt Carmel (546 meters) and enjoy the magnificent views. Visit the Stella Maris Carmelite Monastery, Latin for "Star of the Sea." Admire the church's beautifully painted ceiling and dome. Stretching back to the Crusader era, the monks originally inhabited the mountain caves.
Insider tip
Make sure the cab driver uses the meter or negotiate a price before you get in a taxi.
Haifa, Israel Typical House German Colony
A typical house from the German colony surrounded by trees and flower beds in Haifa, Israel

Romantic Quarter

Stroll around the picturesque, restored German Colony at the foot of the Baha'i Gardens. German Templars who came to establish a Christian community here built the houses in the 19th century. Cruise to Israel to admire the pretty stone houses, browse the little shops, and meet the locals in the lively cafes.
Insider tip
Dress modestly if you want to visit the Shrine of the Bab or a church.
Haifa, Israel Shawarma Falafel
Traditional Israeli shawarma and falafel with fried eggplant

Local Cuisine

Fill up for your Haifa adventure with some burekas, a crispy phyllo dough pastry often filled with vegetables, spices and cheese. Enjoy Middle Eastern fare like falafel wraps slathered in tahini sauce or lamb shawarma brightened up with herbaceous parsley in the Wadi Nisnas or Hadar neighborhoods. For desert, taste sweet baklava, with layers of flaky pastry and pistachio sweetened with honey, or knefah, a light cheesecake soaked in sweet syrup.
Haifa, Israel Ceramic Plates
Ceramic plates and other souvenirs in the flea markets in Haifa, Israel

Shopping

Haifa's largest shopping mall is the Grand Canyon and includes over 200 designer and boutique shops. In the Haifa Flea Market, you can find vintage and secondhand items, including handmade silver and gold jewelry. During your Israel cruise, look for decorative plates and ceramics hand-painted with traditional geometric patterns or Holy Land-themed designs.

Dag 7: Limassol, Cyprus

Dag 7
Limassol
Cyprus
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Limassol, Cyprus Old Street
Beautiful old street decorated with plants and lights in Limassol, Cyprus
Att göra i
Limassol
Från 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Limassol offers ancient history, a wide variety of cuisine, Blue Flag beaches and some of the most beautiful coastline in the world. With a story that dates back to antiquity, the castle in the historic center is where Richard the Lionheart married, and it's from here that the entire town radiates. The surrounding area is a heady mix of restaurants, bars, nightclubs and shops. Cruise to Cyprus to find plenty of historical and cultural sites, including museums, churches and old shuttered houses that give you a view into the past. When you're ready to dust the sand off from the beach, head to the glamorous marina to discover how Limassol is much more than sun and sea.
Limassol, Cyprus Kolossi Clastle
Kolossi Castle, a former Cruisader stronghold on the edge of Kolossi village, in Limassol, Cyprus

Colossal Kolossi

Located about 11 kilometers from the city center, Kolossi Castle was built in 1210 by the Order of St. John of Jerusalem and acted as a stronghold for the city. During the Middle Ages, it stored reserves of sugarcane. While it is now partially in ruins, it stills bears its former owner's coat of arms and its three floors offer a one-of-a-kind look into the past with much to explore.
Insider tip
Limassol has plenty of sandy and rocky beaches within easy reach, including the main beach: Akti Olympion.
Limassol, Cyprus Ancient Amphitheatre
Ancient amphitheatre near Limassol, Cyprus

Antiquity Today

Considered the most impressive archaeological remains on Cyprus, much of what you discover at UNESCO-protected Kourion dates back to the Romans. This includes the Theater, the Forum, he Nymphaeum, the Public Baths, the House of the Gladiators and much more. The restored Greek Roman Theater is still in use today and offers unique acoustics as well as views of the city. While there are no guided tours of the ruins, there are plenty of information boards to read along the way.
Insider tip
Among the many churches you'll find in Limassol, the Agia Napa Church located in the center is the one to visit.
Limassol, Cyprus Medieval Castle
The medieval Limassol Castle in Limassol, Cyprus

Pottering Around Town

The Limassol Archaeology Museum is connected to Limassol Castle, and it traces the history and development of Cyprus from its prehistory roots through to Roman times. Much of what is on display was unearthed close by, including a number of items from Kourion. Part of the museum is dedicated solely to ancient Amathus, and for those who love to see pottery from throughout the ages, this is the place for you to visit during your vacation.
Limassol, Cyprus Greek Salad
Greek salad with fresh cucumbers, tomatoes, basil and olives, in Limassol, Cyprus

Local Cuisine

Local, as well as, international influences are found in Limassol cuisine, including a strong Asian influence. Local seafood, such as clams and mussels, play a big part in traditional eateries. For something light, start with a Greek salad with fresh cucumbers, tomatoes, basil and olives. With restaurants lining the waterfront as well as tucked away among the streets of the historic center, you'll find something to suit your palette.
Limassol, Cyprus Traditional Parasols
Limassol, Cyprus Traditional Handmade Lace Parasols in local souvenir shop in Limassol, Cyprus

Shopping

Head to Agiou Andreou Street for local items and Makarios Avenue for designer duds during your Cyprus cruise. Limassol has plenty to offer the inveterate shopper. Leather goods, olive oil, traditional lacework and glassworks are all of high quality and many are created using traditional methods.

Dag 8: Rhodes, Greece

Dag 8
Rhodes
Greece
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Rhodes, Greece, Lindos Castle
View of Lindos Castle above the town
Att göra i
Rhodes
Från 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
The Colossus might not be standing anymore, but the Greek island of Rhodes still delivers beauty and allure on a giant scale. The island instantly greets you with serene white-sand beaches and wide-open blue skies. See the site in the harbor where the now-destroyed wonder of the ancient world once stood. Then, head to the Old Town, surrounded by medieval walls and seven ancient gates. Don't miss the Palace of the Grandmaster, with its mosaic floors dating from Hellenic, Roman and early Christian times. Shop for a colorful menagerie of seashells by the shoreline — and don't forget to spend some time relaxing beside the translucent blue waves with your Greece cruise.
Rhodes, Greece, Ruins
Ancient ruins in Rhodes, Greece

Colossal History

The site where the Colossus once stood is a momentary stop, but Rhodes offers plenty of other history. Ascend the Acropolis of Rhode, which rises above the port. Or stroll through the scenic Old Town, where you can climb the clock tower for a bird's-eye view of the city.
Insider tip
Don't be fooled by how small Rhodes looks on the map. Put fewer items on your itinerary rather than more to avoid missing your boat.
Rhodes, Greece, Filerimos Monastery
Filerimos monastery in Rhodes, Greece

Monestary on the Mount

Take the 20-minute drive to Phileremos. It's a moderately difficult hike to scale the hill here. At the summit, you'll encounter a priceless panorama and a peaceful monastery lined with cypress trees.
Insider tip
It might seem tempting to rent a car if you want to explore the outer reaches of Rhodes, but since driving and parking within the city are highly regulated, a taxi is a better bet.
Rhodes, Greece, Panoramic view of Lindos Bay
View of Lindos Bay in Greece

Land Meets Sea

If you're up for an excursion, hail a cab to Lindos Bay. Here, with your Greece cruise, you'll find the perfect balance of idyllic scenery and convenience — it's less than an hour drive each way from the port.
Rhodes, Greece, Baked Sea Bass
A baked sea bass filet with a side of rice

Local Cuisine

If seafood is your thing, you've come to the right place. Some of Rhodes' specialities include stuffed clams shells, grilled sea bass and squid, served grilled or fried. For dessert, try tangy local feta drizzled with sweet honey and topped with crunchy sesame seeds. Cruise to Greece and stick around the harbor at the northern tip of the island for seaside dining.
Rhodes, Greece, Souvenir shopping boat
A souvenir shopping boat offering a wide selection of items

Shopping

The most scenic spots to shop in Rhodes are the many boats parked along the sides of the port, where you can pick up colorful sea shells to bring back home. Once you're done here, visit Labryinthos Arts and Crafts to browse creations by local artists.

Dag 9: Ephesus, Turkey

Dag 9
Ephesus
Kusadasi, Turkey
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Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey, Ancient Celsus Library
The ruins of the ancient Celsus Library in Ephesus, Turkey
Att göra i
Ephesus
Från 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
The UNESCO World Heritage ruins of Ephesus impress even those familiar with the world's other ancient cities. Though excavations have been underway for 150 years, only 20 percent of the city has been uncovered. Check out the the Celsus Library — built in 117 A.D., the site is made up of towering columns highlighted by the statue of the goddess of wisdom. Cruises to Ephesus will give you a taste of Turkish life by strolling the seafront promenade and the bustling city center. Walk Marble Street, paved with actual marble slabs, which takes you from downtown to the Temple of Artemis — you can still see one lone remaining column from this wonder of the ancient world.
Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey, Library of Celsus
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.
Insider tip
Ephesus' excavated section is in a 1.5-square-mile area; you'll need good walking shoes.
Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey, Home of the Virgin Mary
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.
Insider tip
The sun reflects strongly both from above and off the white marble streets. Bring a hat, sunscreen and plenty of water.
Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey, Homemade Carpets
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.
Insider tip
When negotiating in the market, make sure you're serious about buying — it's considered rude to bargain for items you're not going to buy.
Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey, Lamb Kebob
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.
Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey, Colorful Pottery
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.

Dag 10: Athens, Greece

Dag 10
Athens
Piraeus, Greece
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Athens (Piraeus), Greece, Acropolis and Pathenon
View of the Parthenon atop the Acropolis in Athens, Greece
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Athens
Från 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Athens offers a looking glass back in time into Greece's powerful ancient civilization. Art lovers, epicureans and history buffs will be delighted by the ancient ruins, museums and tavernas of this picturesque town. Just 10 minutes from the port, you'll find the Archaeological Museum of Piraeus, filled with sculptures from the Bronze Age to the Romans. Walk to the Zea Harbour to discover how the Hellenic Maritime Museum will bring to life the grandeur of ancient Greece's naval capacities. Jump onboard an Athens cruise and relax at the small harbor of Mikrolimano, enjoying a meal of grilled octopus and chilled white wine at a small restaurant overlooking the sea.
Athens (Piraeus), Greece, Agia Triada Church
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.
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.
Athens (Piraeus), Greece, Mikrolimano Harbour
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.
Insider tip
Traffic can be chaotic, so be cautious at all times.
Athens (Piraeus), Greece. Decorative Vases
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.
Athens (Piraeus), Greece, Grilled Octopus
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.
Athens (Piraeus), Greece, Greek Souvenirs
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.

Dag 11: cruising

Dag 11
cruising
Till sjöss
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Grilled Veal Chop - Chops Grille
Grilled Veal Chop entree at the specialty, Chops Grille restaurant. Cruise vacation fine dining steaks served table side.
FÖR MATÄLSKARE
Salmon Salad with Watercress - Izumi Restaurant
Salmon Salad bowl with Watercress served at Izumi, a fine dining Japanese Restaurant. One of our best vacation cruise dining.

Izumi

Say “Konnichiwa” to a reimagined favorite. Sushi, sashimi and more, all made-to-order with intense flavors, the best ingredients and impeccable presentation.
Chops Grille Dinner Table Dishes
A top-down view of a couple enjoying dinner dishes at Chops Grille on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship

Chops Grille℠

For more than a decade, the chefs at Chops Grille have specialized in serving up quality, hand-cut meat. Dinner at this hallmark Royal Caribbean specialty restaurant goes far beyond the typical steakhouse experience, though, with reimagined classics like succulent Maine lobster, gruyere cheese tater tots, white truffle-scented mushroom soup, and of course, expertly prepared prime beef.

Dag 12: Naples / Capri, Italy

Dag 12
Naples / Capri
Italy
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Naples - Capri, Italy, Aerial View
An aerial view of Capri
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Naples / Capri
Från 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
With a skyline defined by towering Mount Vesuvis, Naples is a bustling Italian city brimming with beauty. Experience its rich neoclassical architecture at sites like Gesu Nuovo Church, with its lavish interior adorned with detailed frescoes, statues and gold inlay. Go even deeper into history at the San Gennaro catacombs, where Naples' first bishops were buried in the second century A.D. Walk along the Miglio Sacro ("Holy Mile") and people-watch your way through the cafes and shops of the Sanita district with a zuccherato (sweetened espresso) in hand. Jump onboard a Naples cruise and take the short bus ride to the base of Mount Vesuvius — it's an easy 20- to 30-minute hike will take you to the summit — and tour the ruins of Pompeii afterward.
Naples - Capri, Italy, Catacombs of San Gennaro
The Catacombs of San Gennaro in Italy

Go Underground

Interested in getting up close and personal with Naples' past residents? Head underground to visit the Catacombs of San Gennaro. These historic burial places are the oldest in the city and the largest in all of Southern Italy. Spend some time wandering around the different rooms to see how the rooms where the wealthy and poor were buried.
Insider tip
You won't be able to visit the Catacombs of San Gennaro without a guided tour, so be sure to book yours well in advanced.
Naples - Capri, Italy, Gesu Nuovo interior
The interior of the Gesu Nuovo in Italy

Church Bells Ring

Naples' churches are a great way to tour its architectural treasures, and most of them are concentrated in the old town center. Check out San Domenico Maggiore, with its impressive gold-gilded ceiling and interior. Inside Sansevero Chapel, you'll find a number of impressive Baroque statues and classical art. And don't miss the beautiful frescoes and peaceful vibe of Gesu Nuovo Church during your Capri cruise.
Insider tip
Wear comfortable shoes; you'll be doing a lot of walking over cobblestones while in the city.
Naples - Capri, Italy, Margherita pizza
A margherita pizza in Naples, Italy

Local Cuisine

Neopolitan-style pizza is Naples culinary gem. Grab a seat at L'Antica Pizzeria da Michele, which has been serving up pizza since 1870, and order a slice of simple, classic margherita, topped with fresh basil, tomato sauce and local mozzarella di fiore. Cruise to Naples and head to Friggitoria Vomero for the town's best arancini — gooey, fried spheres of rice and cheese — or panzarotti, a mini-calzone stuffed with mozzarella, tomato and other ingredients like spinach or ham.
Naples - Capri, Italy, Traditional pots
Traditional pots at a shop in Italy

Shopping

Head to Via Toledo, the longest shopping street in Naples, which offers small boutiques and a huge department store. Continue down the road to Galleria Umberto I, a beautiful shopping gallery for some high-end souvenirs such as silk scarves and leather shoes to take back home.

Dag 13: Rom, Italien

Dag 13
Rom
Civitavecchia, Italien
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Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy Roman Forum
The Roman Forum in Rome, Italy
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Rom
Anländer till 5:00 AM
Med 28 århundraden av berömd historia är Rom fortfarande på första plats när det gäller oöverträffat äventyr. Staden som utlöste världens största rike är lika levande i våra dagar med ett virrvarr av gamla ruiner, världsberömd konst och livfull gatukultur. Här kan du leva la dolce vita, återkalla antika Roms storhetstid och snurra pastan runt gaffeln i en trattoria. Kör förbi månghundraåriga basilikor i en trehjulig Ape Calessino, eller beundra målningar av de italienska mästarna i Villa Borghese. Oavsett om det är Vatikanens andliga lockelse, charmen utmed Trasteveres bakgator, eller Colosseums kamptraditioner, så består den eviga staden med sina oändliga äventyr.
Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy Pantheon
The Pantheon in Rome, Italy

ANTIK OCH HÄPNADSVÄCKANDE

Vandra genom antika Roms hjärta. Börja vid Colosseum, en enorm arena där gladiatorerna en gång kämpade. Strosa sedan runt nötta ruiner vid Forum Romanum, förbi dess sönderfallna tempel och basilikor. Se var kejsarna levde på Palatinen och njut av en närbild av den 2 000 år gamla, välbevarade kyrkan Pantheon.
Insider tip
Konservativ klädsel (ej linnen eller shorts) krävs när man besöker Roms religiösa platser.
Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy Piazza Navona
A fountain in Piazza Navona in Italy

ÄVENTYR I KVADRAT

Strosa runt piazzorna i Rom, där var och en ger ett unikt perspektiv. Ät al fresco på Piazza Navona och gå upp för Spanska trappan på Piazza di Spagna. Vandra på kullerstensbelagda gränder i sjudande Trastevere och strosa runt Campo de’ Fioris hantverksstånd. Se till att kasta ett mynt i Fontana di Trevi för framtida lycka.
Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy, Statues
Statues in the Vatican Museum

HELIGA PLATSER

Utforska Vatikanmuseets enastående samling av gobelänger och klassiska statyer. Kliv in i Sixtinska kapellet och låt dig hänföras av Michelangelos takfresker. Gå sedan in i Peterskyrkan, en av världens största kyrkor, för att stå under dess enorma skyhöga kupol.
Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy, Pizza and pasta
Pizza, pasta, and antipasta on a table in Rome

DET LOKALA KÖKET

Romare lever för att äta, oavsett om det är med familjen eller på ett utomhuskafé. För en autentisk smak av cucina romana, prova carciofi alla romana (bräserade kronärtskockor) eller spaghetti alla carbonara. Njut av panino (fyllda smörgåsar) eller italiensk pizza med tunn botten. Stilla sötsuget med en skopa gelato. Avsluta sedan kvällen med ett glas vitt vin från det omgivande Lazio-området.
Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy, Colosseum Vatican Models
Minitature models of the Colosseum and Vatican

SHOPPING

Gatustånden över hela staden är det bästa stället för souvenirer. Via Condotti erbjuder italienska designers skräddarkonst i rad. Besök ateljéerna längs med Via Margutta, eller indiska hantverkssäljare i stadsdelen Monti. Porta Portese har stadens största loppmarknad och la Rinascente, det första varuhuset.

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