Europe Mediterranean – From Rome to Barcelona – Aug 14, 2023 – Celebrity Reflection

Romance and culture await on a Greek Island cruise

It’s no wonder the Greek Islands have always been a perennial favorite of travelers. Greece is a magical, romantic destination where you can wander alongside stunning coastlines, explore the ruins of ancient cultures, and dine on fresh Mediterranean cuisine all in one vacation.

On one of our luxury Greek Island cruises, explore far-flung beaches, drift out to sea on catamarans and kayaks, and duck into tiny tavernas where you can eat and drink like a local. From the sun-soaked stone buildings in Santorini to the white-sand beaches that beckon in Mykonos, a Greece cruise is the best way to experience the captivating Greek Islands.

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Ancient History

 

Greece is a world-renowned destination for history buffs. Stroll through the Acropolis and marvel at human achievement, or visit the Museum of Cycladic Art to study Aegean and Cypriot artifacts. Examine the 400-year-old remains of a town buried under volcanic ash outside of Santorini. Explore the historic forts of Corfu, or hop on a boat ride to Delos, said to be the birthplace of Apollo.

Itineraries

Day 1

Date : August 14, 2023

Embarkation : Civitavecchia, Italy

Rome (Civitavecchia)
Extraordinary architecture, millennia of turbulent history, magnificent basilicas concealing unimaginable riches, and ornate fountains splashing at the heart of sun-drenched piazzas are just some of the many reasons to visit Rome. Art greets you on every corner, from elaborate statues to delicate frescoes. Stroll the ancient center and history comes to life as you explore the Colosseum, the Pantheon and the Roman Forum. Enjoy Italian café culture in Trastevere, where you can wander the narrow streets and soak up a sense of la dolce vita, or throw a coin into the baroque Trevi Fountain to guarantee your return to this vibrant, intoxicating city.

Day 2

Date : August 15, 2023

Cruising - At Sea

Enjoy the day by exploring all the Celebrity Reflection has to offer. Take the time to select the perfect shore excursions for the history filled ports you will visiting during this voyage.

Day 3

Date : August 16, 2023

Time : 9:00 am

Katakolon, Greece

Olympia (Katakolon), Greece Port Guide

No Greek Islands cruise is complete without going a little off-the-beaten path to the tiny fishing village of Katakolon in the region of Elis. When you arrive at the Katakolon cruise port, you’ll be met by views of the bluer than blue Ionian Sea, romantic Greek vistas, and a beachy paradise. You can venture on to Olympia, where the first ever Olympic Games were held to honor the Greek gods, or stop in at the Archaeological Museum of Olympia for a closer look at ancient Greek art and history.

In tiny Katakolon, where the population is just a few hundred people, time will stop, and you’ll be transported to another time. During your stopover in Katakolon, don’t miss the chance to try local Greek wine at the Domaine Mercouri Winery, or enjoy a fresh plate of olives and feta at a seaside taverna. The fresh sea air and the sight of fishermen out on the horizon will remind you of a simpler life. In Greece, you can have an incredible day doing absolutely nothing on a beach, or spend an unforgettable afternoon seeing the ancient sites of Greece.

Day 4

Date : August 17, 2023

Time : 12:00 pm

Santorini, Greece

Santorini’s cruise port was created when the island’s volcano erupted in 1650 BC. The port is located at the base of Fira, the capital city. When your Santorini cruise docks in Fira, you’ll take a small boat to the shoreline and then, in picturesque Greek fashion, make your way to the top of the island by either cable car, donkey, or on foot.

While you’re on a Santorini cruise, the island will show you its romantic, relaxed spirit. Explore the village of Oia, see the sunset from Amoudi Bay, or take a half-day excursion to Nea Kameni and Palia Kameni—two islands formed by volcanic eruptions—for a dip in their ancient, therapeutic hot springs.

Day 5

Date : August 18, 2023

Time : 1:00 pm

Mykonos, Greece

Mykonos (also known as Hora) is perhaps the most known and famous of the Greek isles, and public fascination with the island has seen a massive uptick in recent years. The secret’s out—Mykonos is sophisticated and glossy, the younger sibling of Athens, where bright white buildings pop against seriously blue waters and bougainvillea blooms unrestricted, Mykonos cruises revel in incredible nightlife, alluring white sand beaches, and a stay-up-all-night spirit.

Day 6

Date : August 19, 2023

Time : 8:00 am

Rhodes, Greece

Don’t miss New Town, which offers higher-end hotels and beautiful beach resorts for travelers who enjoy activities like paragliding, windsurfing, and swimming. Rhodes is world-famous for the Colossus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, which was destroyed by an earthquake in 226 BCE but remains a hot topic for visitors. Scholars debate where this incredible monument of victory over Cyprus may have once stood.

Day 7

Date : August 20, 2023

Time : 10:00 am

Athens, Greece

Athens is the capital of Greece. It was also at the heart of Ancient Greece, a powerful civilization and empire. The city is still dominated by 5th-century BC landmarks, including the Acropolis, a hilltop citadel topped with ancient buildings like the colonnaded Parthenon temple. The Acropolis Museum, along with the National Archaeological Museum, preserves sculptures, vases, jewelry and more from Ancient Greece

Day 8

Date : August 21, 2023

Cruising - At Sea

Wellness
Whether you seek or desire activity, there’s no better way to find your ultimate state of well-being than miles away at sea. Our holistic experience begins the moment you step on board, with the ocean as the backdrop to your wellness journey.

Day 9

Date : August 22, 2023

Time : 9:00 am

Valletta, Malta

The historic downtown is easily walkable, and while there’s certainly more than a day’s worth of activities, you’ll get a sense of Valletta’s elegance in no time. Take a tour of the intricate St. John’s Co-Cathedral, built between 1572-1577 and every bit as elaborate as hundreds of years ago. Walk along the Grand Harbor for views of the Mediterranean sea, then stop in at an outdoor cafe or wine bar along the harbor for a bite. Or, take a ferry to the island of Gozo for hiking, swimming, and sunbathing along the area’s red-sand beaches.

Day 10

Date : August 23, 2023

Cruising - At Sea

Enjoy your last sea day before debarking in the amazing port of Barcelona.

Day 11

Date : August 24, 2023

Debarkation Day: Barcelona, Spain

Debarkation day is always bitter-sweet:

Perhaps you wish to prolong your journey with a few days extension In Barcelona, where you’ll find stunning architecture, delectable cuisine, and vibrant cultural experiences at every turn.

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