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Greek Isles and Italy cruise with MSC Cruises

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7 nights
02 Jul 24 to 09 Jul 24
Book by 31 May 24
Embark on a mesmerizing 7-night cruise through the enchanting Greek Isles aboard the MSC Opera, where each day promises a new adventure. Picture yourself strolling through the charming streets of Corfu, exploring the historic treasures of Bari, and basking in the breathtaking beauty of Santorini's iconic landscapes. Onboard the luxurious MSC Opera, indulge in world-class amenities, delectable cuisine, and unparalleled service, ensuring a seamless and unforgettable journey. Let the allure of the Greek Isles and the comfort of the MSC Opera create memories that will linger long after the cruise ends.

Includes

  • 7 nights onboard the MSC Opera in an interior stateroom
  • All meals and entertainment onboard
  • Mandatory cruise insurance
  • Port charges and taxes

Excludes

  • Flights
  • Arrival/ departure transfers
  • Visa
  • Travel Insurance
  • Spending money and items of a personal nature

Highlights

  • 7 nights onboard the MSC Opera
  • All meals and entertainment onboard

Itinerary

Day 1: Athens (Piraeus), Greece

The port of Piraeus is one of the last old-style Mediterranean ports from where you can catch ferries to all of the Greek islands and travel a short distance to Greece's capital city Athens. In the heart of the city lies the ancient Plaka district, with its honeycomb of streets, little shops - and tavernas that come alive at night. Situated on the north and east slopes of the Acropolis, it is rich with historic sites, such as ancient monuments and churches. Within Athens there are eight large hills, including the Acropolis, and on the outskirts, Mount Parnitha, Mount Pendeli and Mount Hymettos surround the city. A trip to Athens' most famous tourist attraction, the impressive Parthenon built on the Acropolis around 2,500 years ago, will be memorable to say the least. There are an extraordinary number of historic tourist sights in Athens and many of these are known world-wide. Some of the top Athens attractions include the Agora - a grand, ruined Roman building, Hadrian's Arch - originally the city gate linking the Roman quarters with original town of Athens and the stunning Dionysos Theatre - the world's oldest theatre where many great plays have been performed over the years. Things to See & Do * Acropolis * The Panathenaicon Stadium - site of the first Olympiad * The Temple of the Olympian Zeus * Plaka district From the modern cruise terminal at the docks you will need a taxi or tour to see the artistic beauty of this unique destination, credited to the talents of Joan Miro, Pablo Picasso, Antonio Gaudi, Jose Clara and others. Stroll the mosaic-paved Ramblas, the city's social hub, with open-air cafes, street entertainers and flower displays. See its unique Catalonian cultural heritage in the ancient Gothic Quarter, the surrealistic architecture of Antonio Gaudi and some outstanding museums. Sights of interest include the Columbus Monument, the Cathedral of Santa Eulalia (1298 to 1454), the Maritime Museum, Picasso Gallery, La Sagrada Familia (Gaudi's unfinished cathedral), Palau Guell (Gaudi mansion) and the Olympic stadiums. Things to See & Do * La Rambla * World-famous opera house El Liceu * Plaça Reial (Royal Square) * Cathedral of Santa Eulàlia * The National Museum of Art of Catalonia

Day 2: Katakolon (Olympia), Greece

Katakolon is a seaside town in western Ilia in the municipality of Pyrgos, Greece. Katakolo is situated on a peninsula and has a lighthouse which was first opened in 1865. The town centre is within a gulf overlooking the Ionian Sea and small hills with forests surround the area. It is also a frequent stop for cruise ships on tours of the Ionian and Mediterranean seas. Katakolon is the gateway to Olympia, where the ancient Greeks flocked every four years for more than a millennium to celebrate the sacred games dedicated to Zeus. Here you can visit the ruins of the Sanctuary, with its athletic quadrangles, stadium,temples and treasuries; then browse in the modern Archaeological Museum, a treasure house of Archaic, Classical and Roman sculptures, including the famous Niki Winged Victory. Things to See & Do * Ancient Olympia * Olympia Museum * Classical and Roman Sculptures * Stadium of Olympia The Old Port or Vieux-Port is the main harbour and marina of the city. It is guarded by two massive forts (Fort St Nicolas and Fort Saint Jean) and is one the main places to eat in the city. Dozens of cafés line the waterfront. The Quai des Belges at the end of the harbour is the site of the daily fish market. Things to See & Do * Old Port area * Phare de Sainte Marie, a lighthouse on the inlet to the Old Port * The Centre Bourse and the adjacent rue St Ferreol district - the main shopping area *Museums and historical buildings * Abbey of Saint Victor

Day 3: Corfu, Greece

Corfu is the second largest Greek island on the north side of the Ionian Sea, in the entrance of the Adriatic Sea, 6 km’s from the coast of Albania. The principal town of the island is also named Corfu, or Kerkyra in Greek. The island is steeped in history and it is directly connected to the history of Greece starting from Greek mythology. Corfu is a popular tourist destination, offering something for everyone. It boasts many beachside resorts, leisure and entertainment facilities, unspoiled countryside, secluded coves, traditional villages and scenic mountain walks. There are two excellent beaches close (about 25 km) to Corfu Town at Benitses Glyfada and Paeleokastritsa. Things to See & Do * Palaio Frourio - Old Fortress * Achillio Palace * Korissia Lagoon * Beaches and watersports * Corfu old section

Day 4: Cephalonia, Greece

Cephalonia (Kefalonia) is the largest island in the Ionian Sea and sixth in size in Greece. It is located between the islands of Lefkada and Zakynthos and across the Corinthian Gulf, 35 km from mainland Greece and 30 km from the coasts of Peloponnese. On Cephalonia tourists are drawn to the beautiful blue sea, the golden sandy beaches, the unique caves, the rocky mountains and the traditional settlements. Cephalonia also boasts findings of the Paleolithic era and impressive historical monuments. Above the small peninsula, in the area of Fanari, stands Argostoli, the capital of the island. Attractions here include the bridge of Drapano, the Koutavos lagoon, the Lighthouse of Agii Theodori and the Cave of Agios Gerasimos. The island's main town, Lixouri, is peaceful and picturesque and is situated close to the south coast where the best beaches are located. Things to See & Do * Argostoli * Myrtos beach * Lixouri * Swallow Holes * Melissani Caves

Day 5: Bari, Italy

Bari is the capital of the Apulia region of Italy. It's the mezzogiorno's (Italy's south) largest city after Naples, and a bustling commercial center and port. The city is separated into the winding streets of La Citta Vecchia (old city) and the more modern plan of the Citta Nuova (new city). The old city is home to the famous Basilica of San Nicola, resting place of the saint who inspired Santa Clause whose remains were stolen from his homeland in Turkey. The Basilica is the oldest surviving building in Bari. The imposing Norman Castle, enlarged by Frederick II is an excellent place to get a view of the old city and the Adriatic. The new city is a grid of broad streets and avenues lined with shops and grand hotels. The immediate area around Bari makes an excellent road trip to visit the many Cathedrals stretching along the coast road north of the city. Things to See & Do * Basilica di San Nicola * Cathedral of St. Sabinus * Petruzzelli Theatre * Old Bari * Murat city Centre of Bari

Day 6: At Sea

Cruising at sea.

Day 7: Santorini, Greece

Santorini is a small, circular archipelago of volcanic islands located in the southern Aegean Sea, about 200 km south-east from Greece's mainland. It is one of the best-known of the Cyclades where towering cliffs crowned by tiny white houses plunge straight into the depths of the sea. The steep coastline of the west is countered by the vast beaches of the east side, some of them sandy and others with pebbles. Santorini is famous for dramatic views, stunning sunsets from Oia town, the strange white aubergine, the town of Thira and naturally its very own active volcano. There are also fantastic beaches such as the Perissa and Kamari. Things to See & Do * Caldera volcano * Towns of Fira and Oia * Thirassia – small island * Black pebble and white beaches

Day 8: Athens (Piraeus), Greece

Disembark.

Ship info

MSC Opera
MSC Opera, part of MSC Cruises, is a classic and elegant cruise ship launched in 2004. With a capacity for around 2,500 passengers, it offers a refined and comfortable cruising experience. Featuring diverse dining options, entertainment venues, and spacious accommodations, MSC Opera promises a delightful journey to various captivating destinations worldwide.

Terms & conditions

Prices are per person sharing in twin share cabin, include discounts, and are subject to availability and rate of exchange changes. Offers above are a guide only and will vary depending on departure date, our guide price is based on the cheapest departure within the stipulated season and availability is correct at time of loading. Visas may be necessary and insurance is essential. Pentravel and Tour Operator terms and conditions apply, and may be found on our website. Offer can be removed at any time. All cruise offers are capacity controlled and offer selected cabins at a specific price in line with MSC Cruises Dynamic Pricing Policy. Prices are correct at the time of loading. All rates are per person based on 2 adults sharing a 2-berth cabin and subject to availability, foreign exchange and fuel cost fluctuations. These packages are based on CASH price. E&OE;.

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R16,475
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Stay
7 nights
Dates
02 Jul 24 to 09 Jul 24
Book by
31 May 24
Experience ID
428
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