Depart for the historic coasts of Italy, Greece, and Turkey on this ten-night trip aboard Oceania Cruises’ Nautica. Rome is the starting point for this incredible journey. From there, sail to Naples and savor its artistic treasures and mouthwatering cuisine, or travel to the nearby ruins of Pompeii, one of the most spellbinding archaeological sites in the world. In Trapani, located on the island of Sicily, explore the winding lanes of the old town or take an adventure to the Egadi Islands and seek out Neolithic cave paintings. Next, head to Valetta, a UNESCO-listed city with honey-colored limestone buildings and ancient fortifications. Cruise the Ionian Sea to Monemvasia, an island town dominated by a gargantuan Byzantine fortress, then stop off in Heraklion, Crete’s capital city. Here, discover remnants of ancient civilizations at the esteemed Archeological Museum or the Palace of Knossos—a masterpiece of Minoan architecture. Spend a day in Rhodes admiring its pristine beaches and old cobbled streets or head out of town for the day to nearby Lindos, whose clifftop is capped by an ancient acropolis. Your journey will end with a day exploring the treasures of Istanbul—like the Blue Mosque and the Grand Bazaar—but first, stop in Kuşadasi. Relax on the beach or jump over to the ruins of Ephesus where you’ll see legendary sites like the Library of Celsus and the Grand Theater.
Depart for Italy
Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy
Once the center of the world’s greatest empire and now the capital of modern Italy, Rome displays relics of its past wherever you look. Enhance your experience with an optional Go Next Rome Pre-Cruise Program.
Naples is a city of breathtaking frescoes, artistic treasures, and mouthwatering cuisine. Admire eighteenth-century sculptures at Capello Sasevero, dine at world-class pizzerias on Via dei Tribunali, or perhaps travel to the ruins of Pompeii, one of the most famed archaeological sites in the world
Trapani, Sicily, Italy
The sickle-shaped city of Trapani is a bustling seaport with a maze-like old town filled with historic churches. Trapani also serves as a gateway to nearby archaeological wonders like Selinute and the Doric temple of Segesta—or take an adventure to the Egadi Islands and seek out the Neolithic cave paintings.
Founded by the Knights of St. John and deemed a UNESCO World Heritage site, Malta’s picturesque capital offers a grand collection of honey-colored limestone buildings and ancient fortifications. See the Caravaggio tour de force The Beheading of Saint John the Baptist inside St. John’s Co-Cathedral or explore the National Museum of Fine Arts.
Cruising the Ionian Sea
Monemvasia is an island town overlooking the Myrtoan Sea. Dominated by an incredible Byzantine fortress, the town and its cobbled streets lead visitors to shops, cafés, and historic churches. Once you’re done exploring in town, relax on the beach or head to Kastania’s Cave—a spellbinding corridor of ancient golden stalagmites and stalactites.
Heraklion, Crete, Greece
From the stately Church of Agios Titos and the ornate Venetian Loggia to the sturdy sixteenth-century Koules Fortress overlooking the sea, Crete’s capital city is teeming with impressive monuments. Remnants of ancient civilizations are on display at the renowned Archeological Museum and Palace of Knossos—a masterpiece of Minoan architecture.
Etched with a rich heritage from a diverse array of rulers, Rhodes has an eclectic wealth of fascinating architecture and historic sites. Spend the day admiring the idyllic scenery of the largest of the Dodecanese (Twelve Islands) on the eastern edge of the Aegean Sea.
Kusadasi is a resort town that boasts spectacular beaches and acts as a jumping-off point to explore the legendary ruins of the city of Ephesus—an important archaeological site and a historic Christian pilgrimage destination. Here, visit the Library of Celsus and the Temple of Artemis.
Once known as Constantinople, Istanbul was the capital of both the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. Revel in this cosmopolitan city’s lively blend of East and West, ancient and modern. Istanbul is home to the spectacular Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, and the Grand Bazaar.
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