Best of Western Mediterranean
Celebrity Constellation from Barcelona to Venice
11 Days | September 4-14, 2020
Starting At $2195.00
Explore the wonders of the Mediterranean on a European cruise vacation and you’ll discover the many cultures, rich histories, and iconic cuisines of some of the oldest civilizations in the world. The Mediterranean Sea is encircled by beautifully diverse and vast terrains. From the French Riviera’s sun-kissed beaches through the Balkans, the Greek Isles, and Israel, our unparalleled, culturally immersive European cruises deliver the Mediterranean like no other.
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PER PERSON PRICES:
Interior $2195 Double…..$3770 Single
Oceanview $2645 Double…..$4675 Single
Balcony: $3575 Double…..$6535 Single
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Day 1 Arrive Barcelona
Today, arrive into beautiful Barcelona, Spain. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for an overnight stay. The rest of the day is on your own.
Day 2 Barcelona/Board the Celebrity Constellation
This morning after breakfast, start your day with a sightseeing tour by bus. Some of the sights include: the famous Gaudi houses, Olympic Village, Olympic Port, the beach and Fisherman’s Quarter, and Plaza de Colon. After the conclusion of your tour, the bus will drop you off at the cruise pier where you will board the Celebrity Constellation. The ship will set sail at 5:00 p.m.
Day 3 Monte Carlo, Monaco
Monaco means yachts, roulette wheels and ocean views — the epitome of Mediterranean class and opulence. Cruise to Monaco to play a round of blackjack at the famous Monte Carlo Casino, and while you’re there, check out its delightfully over-the-top Beaux Arts exterior and its lavish marble atrium. Pay a visit to the Palais du Prince, the 13th-century fortress where the Principality’s current royal family resides. Want to spend your time in Monaco outdoors? Do some sunbathing at Larvotto Beach — the golden sands of this urban beach are just a short walk from the upscale shops of Avenue Princess Grace.
Day 4 Florence/Pisa (La Spezia), Italy
La Spezia, which lies between Genoa and Pisa, and is just minutes to the east of Cinque Terre-the five fishing ports that enjoy National Park status-is home to the Palio del Golfo, an annual boat race that sees the Gulf of Poets; 13 historic villages face off against one another in celebration of the annual Festa del Mare. The town also offers fantastic shopping opportunities, as well as plenty of trattorias to enjoy local, Ligurian cuisine.
Day 5 Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy
Civitavecchia was settled in 108 A.D. by the Emperor Trajan and has since served faithfully as a gateway to Rome, the capital of Italy. Once the center of the Ancient World from which emperors ruled over nearly all of western civilization, Rome is still a cultural mecca. Only a few cities in the world can boast such a well-preserved level of architecture, art, and religious iconography. There’s an enormous wealth of culture and history to discover on a cruise to Rome. Visit the ancient halls of the 50,000-seat Colosseum, gaze upon the ceilings of Sistine Chapel in Vatican City, and stroll the Capitoline Museum. Roman culinary prowess is well respected and beloved the world over. Experience authentic pizza, hearty bowls of fresh pasta, excellent cheeses, wines, seafood, and delightful desserts like tiramisu and gelato at family-run trattorias that have been preparing these traditional dishes for centuries. Walk the cobblestoned piazzas making your way to narrow side streets where you’re sure to find craftsman shops and beautiful boutiques filled with gorgeous handmade accessories and homewares for keepsakes and souvenirs.
Day 6 Naples, Italy
Framed by Mount Vesuvius along a dramatic skyline, the 2,800 year-old port city of Naples is chock full of historical sites, churches, and museums that make it a fascinating place for you to explore. For all of Rome’s notoriety and reputation, Naples, with its historic city center deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has just as many important archeological sites and landmarks. Visit the Museo Archeologico Nazionale for a world-class collection of Egyptian and Graeco-Roman artifacts. And, if you’d like to venture a little deeper on your Naples cruise, then exploring Naples from below the ground is a must. Start with a trip into the basement of the San Lorenzo Maggiore church where you’ll find a partially excavated Roman market and a little deeper, just below the Roman ruins, you’ll find remnants from the Greeks to discover. And in the region where pizza was first invented, you know the food is going to be incredible. Whether you’re looking for a thin, wood-fired Margherita pie, spaghetti alle vongole or a zeppole dusted with confectioner’s sugar, Naples and her bountiful edible treasures is sure to please. Only 35 miles down the coast, Salerno offers you a rich history, but also boasts a marvelous collection of parks, natural wonders, and unique vantage points to take in the beauty of the Tyrrhenian Sea. Two cities. One incredible stretch of Italian coastline.
Day 7 At Sea
Today is a luxurious day at sea.
Day 8 Kotor, Montenegro
Kotor, Montenegro offers up some of the most well-preserved architecture in all the Adriatic coast, with landmarks such as the Cathedral of Saint Tryphon. Built in 1166, there are frescoes dating back hundreds of years, and much of the gold and silver relief work done by the city’s master craftsmen of that time are held for safe keeping within its walls. Tucked at the secluded tip of a tranquil bay and watched over for millennia by the surrounding mountains, Kotor is a UNESCO World Heritage treasure.
The town’s history dates back before the epic age of Homer, but it’s the medieval wonders in Old Kotor that draw acclaim today. Marbled avenues meander with no apparent order, and, even for locals, it’s quite common to get turned around. The good news is, few places are more fun to get lost in than Kotor. Cruises to Montenegro would not be complete without sampling the local cuisine. Fresh seafood is always on the menu and the “domestic fish thick soup” is a tradition not to be missed. Old churches, shops, and bars line the avenues, and don’t be surprised to wander upon a charming piazza right out of the blue. Come summer, the lavish yachts of the ultra-rich fill the marina, presenting a striking contrast to the rustic romance and ancient beauty of Kotor.
Day 9 Split, Croatia
Lined with palm trees, this Adriatic seaside town is also a cultural mecca. Within the walls of the Diocletian Palace, you’ll discover historical buildings, numerous museums, the National Theatre and a collection of old churches. Culture, beauty, natural wonder – your Split cruise has it all. The mixture of old and new is very pronounced here. Everywhere there are signs and evidence left behind from the city’s previous conquerors namely the Romans and Austro-Hungarians and there is no better place to view them than in Split’s Old City. The Old City is so otherworldly that it’s been dedicated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and you’ll encounter the most imposing Roman ruins left on Earth, including the Diocletian’s Palace which was built facing the harbor in 4 A.D. for the Roman Emperor. This sprawling, expansive structure was built to be an all-in-one fortress/imperial residence/fortified town. The Cathedral of St. Domnius stands as one of the most pristine and preserved examples of ancient Roman architecture in the world. And for a breathtaking, all-encompassing view of Split you won’t soon forget, head to Marajan Hill which is just 10 minutes outside the city.
Day 10 Koper, Slovenia
Located in southwest Slovenia on the Adriatic Sea, Koper in a picturesque port town with a compact, medieval center. Against a backdrop of the Alps, the area is enriched with several 15th Century Venetian Gothic palaces, castles and spires. Nearby, the breathtaking Postojna Caves can be toured on foot and by electric train. The recreational area north across Koper Bay is ideal for hiking, horseback riding and cycling.
Day 11 Venice, Italy
This morning arrive into Venice and transfer to the airport for your return flight home.
**Contact U S Tours about extending your stay for a night or two in Venice to enjoy this marvelous, historical city**