Mediterranean Mosaic Itinerary And Port Of Call
|0||27 Oct 2013||Piraeus (Athens), Greece||04:00 PM|
|1||28 Oct 2013||Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey||10:00 AM||11:00 PM|
|2||29 Oct 2013||Mykonos, Greece||09:00 AM||06:00 PM|
|3||30 Oct 2013||Enter Corinth Canal at Isthmia||07:00 AM|
|3||30 Oct 2013||Transit the Corinth Canal|
|3||30 Oct 2013||Exit Corinth Canal at Corinth||08:00 AM|
|3||30 Oct 2013||Itea (Delphi), Greece||Noon||08:00 PM|
|4||31 Oct 2013||Katakolon, Greece||08:00 AM||06:00 PM|
|5||01 Nov 2013||Kerkira, Corfu, Greece||08:00 AM||11:00 PM|
|6||02 Nov 2013||At Sea|
|7||03 Nov 2013||Valletta, Malta||08:00 AM||05:00 PM|
|8||04 Nov 2013||Messina, Italy||07:00 AM||04:00 PM|
|9||05 Nov 2013||Naples, Italy||08:00 AM||05:00 PM|
|10||06 Nov 2013||Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy||08:00 AM||09:00 PM|
|11||07 Nov 2013||At Sea|
|12||08 Nov 2013||Mahon, Spain||08:00 AM||06:00 PM|
|13||09 Nov 2013||Barcelona, Spain||08:00 AM|
|14||10 Nov 2013||Barcelona, Spain||06:00 AM
PIRAEUS (ATHENS), GREECE
Piraeus has been the port for Athens since 482 BC. The busy harbor is filled with ferries and cruise ships making their way to the Greek Islands and other Mediterranean cities. The busy metropolis of Athens and its treasure trove of antiquities lie just a few miles from the port. Even as the reality of the modern city took hold, with its high-rise apartments, crowded sidewalks and bustling traffic, the beauty of the Acropolis, the outstanding museums, charming cafés, sidewalk markets and startling views come together in a cultural mosaic for all to enjoy.
KUSADASI (EPHESUS), TURKEY
Kusadasi, which means "bird island," is set in a superb gulf known for its sparkling water, broad sandy beaches and large marina. The city has managed to retain a certain earthiness while doing a brisk trade in Turkish carpets and leather goods to visitors. The town's old quarter is a picturesque maze of winding streets and houses adorned with flowers and birdcages. In the center stands a 17th-century caravanserai, now converted into a hotel. The resort is also gateway to important sites of archaeological and religious interest.
The quintessential Greek island of Mykonos is marked by whitewashed houses, domed churches, imposing windmills, and a labyrinth of winding streets designed to disorient pirates. Everywhere there is a dash of bright, bold blue – doors, shutters and window frames, sea and sky. The harbor bustles with colorful fishing boats, vendors selling fish and locals gathered with visitors in the casual seaside cafes. The port even comes with two beloved mascots, the pelicans Petros and Irini.
ITEA (DELPHI), GREECE
Itea is a small bathing resort and port at the end of a bay not too far from the ancient port of Delphi. The hills are covered with olive trees belonging to the sanctuary of Apollo in ancient times. Referred to as a "sea of olives," their production is now an important part of the local economy.
The small commercial port of Katakolon serves the inland town of Pyrgos as chief export center for grapes, raisins, regional fruits and vegetables that grow in the fertile hinterland. Fifteen miles in the distance lies Olympia, the sacred ancient site where the Olympic Games had their beginnings.
KERKIRA, CORFU, GREECE
A scant few miles off the Albanian coast lies the island of Corfu, one of the most richly endowed of all the Greek Isles. Praised by Homer in "The Odyssey" and selected by Shakespeare as the setting for "The Tempest," the island retains evidence of cultural heritage from each of its past rulers – Byzantium, Venice, France, Russia and Great Britain. Rolling acres of olive groves, small orchards of lemon and orange trees, tall cypress, oleander, and myrtle bushes lend a lush, verdant look to the island. While the oldest part of Corfu Town has cobblestone lanes so narrow only pedestrian travel is possible, the modern sector has wide avenues. Residents boast that its "Spianada" is the largest and most beautiful square in all Greece.
Occupied successively by the Phoenicians, Greeks, Carthaginians, Romans, Arabs, French and British, Malta has been of strategic importance throughout history. A British Crown Colony until 1964, Malta received the George Cross for its valiant resistance to German occupation in WWII. The island's rich heritage is reflected in the architecture of Valletta, the current capital, and Medina, the capital until 1565. In Valletta the Knights of St. John built such masterpieces as St. John's Co-Cathedral and the Palace of the Grand Masters, along with the fortifications that guard the town's magnificent harbors.
Messina is situated on the northeast point of Sicily. The rather narrow Straits of Messina separates this triangular-shaped island from the tip of the boot of Italy. You may choose to explore this ancient seaport on your own, or venture south to the hillside town of Taormina. Whatever you select as your option for today, be sure to include some time to sample the delicious food of the region along with some hearty, locally produced wine. As you will quickly learn, the Sicilian people are enthusiastic hosts, justifiably proud of their rich heritage.
There is saying among the Italians, "See Naples and Die," meaning that this city's splendor and magnificent vistas are so grand that life is not complete without visiting it. Whether you want to explore in the shadow of Mt. Vesuvius, experience the scenic wonders and hairpin curves of the Amalfi Drive, cruise across the bay to the fabled Isle of Capri, or shop for coral and cameos along Via Santa Lucia and in the Galleria Umberto, the passionate city of Naples has an attraction for every taste.
CIVITAVECCHIA (ROME), ITALY
Originally built by Emperor Trajan who had a villa here, Civitavecchia has flourished as a major port for Rome since the 13th century. Today it is an important ferry terminal and for many travelers the gateway to the Eternal City, Rome. The Renaissance fortifications that surround the harbor area were begun by Bramante and completed by Michelangelo in 1535.
Mahon is the capital of Menorca, second largest of the Balearic Islands. It stands out from the others because of the abundance of prehistoric structures, and because its culture was influenced by British occupation in the 18th century. The people who built the prehistoric constructions are believed to have been responsible for similar works in Sardinia, and for Stonehenge in England. Believed to have been founded by the Carthaginian General Mago, Mahon was held by the Moors from the 8th to the 13th century and in turn occupied by the English, the French and the Spanish. Mahon was finally ceded to Spain by the Treaty of Amiens in 1802.
Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia, is said to have been founded by the Phoenicians, and was once the rival of the powerful states of Venice and Genoa for control of the Mediterranean trade. Today, it is Spain's second largest city and has long rivaled, even surpassed Madrid in industry and commerce. The medieval atmosphere of the Gothic Quarter and the elegant boulevards combine to make the city one of Europe's most beautiful. Barcelona's active cultural life and heritage brought forth such greats as the architect Antonio Gaudi, the painter Joan Miro, and Pablo Picasso, who spent his formative years here. Other famous native Catalan artists include cellist Pau Casals, surrealist Salvador Dali, and opera singers Montserrat Caballe and Josep Carreras. Barcelona accomplished a long-cherished goal with the opportunity to host the Olympics in 1992. This big event prompted a massive building program and created a focal point of the world's attention.