From Athens, step aboard our ship for a cruise to discover the Mediterranean's treasures.
You will sail to Santorini and its white villages ornamented with blue domes. In the South of the island, you can visit the ruins of the antique city of Akrotiri buried under volcanic ash.
A highlight of this cruise, the Corinth canal appears as a corridor of water between ochre cliffs.
Your cruise continues with a visit to Katakolon. The main quay in this picturesque coastal village offers expansive views of the coastline's leafy hills. On the slopes of Mt Cronion, you can enjoy the unique experience of visiting the UNESCO World Heritage listed Olympus archaeological site.
You will discover Taormina, in a setting of vegetation and colourful tropical flowers, of bougainvilleas and oleanders, in the shadow of the snow-topped peak of Mount Etna.
Before reaching Civitavecchia, you will join Naples, capital of the beautiful Campania region, dominated by Vesuvius. You will be able to visit the famous ruins of Pompeii.
Piraeus (Athens), Greece
It's no wonder that all roads lead to the fascinating and maddening metropolis of Athens. Lift your eyes 200 feet above the city to the Parthenon, its honey-color marble columns rising from a massive limestone base, and you behold architectural perfection that has not been surpassed in 2,500 years. But, today, this shrine of classical form dominates a 21st-century boomtown. To experience Athens—Athína in Greek—fully is to understand the essence of Greece: ancient monuments surviving in a sea of cement, startling beauty amid the squalor, tradition juxtaposed with modernity. Locals depend on humor and flexibility to deal with the chaos; you should do the same. The rewards are immense.
Navagio Beach, Greece
Navagio Beach is only accessible by sea. One of the most photographed landmarks in Greece you will find thick white sand bathed in turquoise blue water where you can swim. In the middle of the beach half-buried by sand, the rusty wreck of the Panagiotis gives this lovely spot an air of mystery. Legend has it that she was a smugglers boat transporting illegal cigarettes and was shipwrecked during a storm.
Navagio, or Shipwreck Bay, has earned the title of being the most beautiful beach in all of Greece.
Taormina, Sicily, Italy
The medieval cliff-hanging town of Taormina is overrun with tourists, yet its natural beauty is still hard to dispute. The view of the sea and Mt. Etna from its jagged cactus-covered cliffs is as close to perfection as a panorama can get—especially on clear days, when the snowcapped volcano's white puffs of smoke rise against the blue sky. Writers have extolled Taormina's beauty almost since it was founded in the 6th century BC by Greeks from nearby Naxos; Goethe and D. H. Lawrence were among its well-known enthusiasts. The town's boutique-lined main streets get old pretty quickly, but the many hiking paths that wind through the beautiful hills surrounding Taormina promise a timeless alternative.
Amalfi Coast, Italy
Amalfi, a former maritime and medieval power, was influenced by the Orient. Its 9th century San Andréa cathedral is an illustration of its rich heritage. Artists and travellers have fallen under the spell of Amalfi and Ravello that lie as if suspended in a bouquet of flowers and greenery, dominating the luminous blue of the Mediterranean, under the watchful gaze of Vesuvius!
Bonifacio, Corsica, France
“A rose pink pebble on the Mediterranean” is how Saint Exupéry described Corsica: the island reveals its astonishing beauty, when Italy will delight you with a thousand and one testimonies to a glorious past.
Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy
Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy
Rome the Eternal is 25 centuries old and constantly reinventing itself. The glories of Ancient Rome, the pomp of the Renaissance Papacy, and the futuristic architecture of the 20th and 21st centuries all blend miraculously into a harmonious whole. You can get Wi-Fi in the shadow of 2,000-year-old ruins. It’s this fusion of old and new and the casual way that Romans live with their weighty history that make this city unique