Mein Schiff 3 Malta to Malta
Sunday 6th July 2014 till Sunday 12th October 2014
The walled city of Dubrovnik & the Croatian Riviera
We begin with a scenic drive through the fertile Konavle Valley passing the Old Mill next to the cascading waters of the Ljuta River. We proceed to the enchanting seaside resort of Cavtat. Once a prosperous Greek and Roman colony, it is now more relaxed and charming. A picturesque drive returns you to the heart of Dubrovnik, which is a city of unique beauty and harmony, spread out on the stone rocks and cliffs descending into the embrace of the sea and the waves. Nature has showered Dubrovnik with stunning beauty usually celebrated in poetry. The entire city is turned towards the sun and the sea, blazing with rich colors of the blossoming gardens and hot roofs. It is as if Dubrovnik is floating on the wide-open seas, accompanied by a proud escort of the eternally green islands and small isles. The main street is known as the Stradun. So many of the city’s attractions are right here, including several monasteries, and the elegant Venetian Gothic Sponza Palace, once the city’s custom house and notable for its fine courtyard columns and elaborate stone carvings. Dubrovnik’s famed symbol of freedom, a carved figure of an armoured knight, adorns the Orlando Column in a nearby square.
Highlights of Montenegro
Today’s tour follows a route that inspired Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw to proclaim ‘I have heard that the road to Cetinja via Kotor is one of the most beautiful in the world, and that is the reason I have come’. You too, will be mesmerised by the road’s natural beauty, as you pass majestic mountains on one side and a stunningly beautiful bay on the other. Cetinje was once the centre of the Montegrin rule under King Nikola. Later on we drive along a scenic road along the Budva Riviera, a resort area renowned for its beaches before returning to the old port city of Kotor to enjoy lunch onboard the Mein Schiff 3.
Alberobello & The Unesco Site of the Trulli
We drive through golden fields of grain and past gently undulating hills. And interspersed among all this verdant beauty, you will see the strange
conical houses that exist only here. At first they appear one by one, like solitary mirages cowering amidst the olive trees. Gradually, as you drive on, they grow taller, and their whitewashed bases make them more visible. Soon you are spotting them in clusters of up to a dozen, all attached to each other to make one larger dwelling. And then you drive into the little town of Alberobello, where they cover four entire hillsides. If this were California, Mr. Disney’s name would be visible on a neon sign. But it is Apulia, and these houses were first built many centuries ago by the local inhabitants and were declared a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1996.
Unesco Town of Kotor
In the afternoon you will walk with the guide from the port to the centre of Kotor which
boasts Venetians architectural influences dating from the middle-ages and is surrounded by an impressive, well preserved city wall protected by UNESCO. Once in Kotor, you will soon see why the town was deemed a World Heritage Site as it offers its visitors a remarkably well preserved town centre with important buildings such as the cathedral of Sveti Tripun. Enjoy the beautiful atmosphere of this true gem of town.
City Tour of Brindisi
Morning excursion to Brindisi. Brindisi is a pleasant city with a rich history, a picturesque harbour and beautiful untouched beaches. Our excursion includes a visit to the Cathedral, which was rebuilt in 1746 after the earthquake of 1741 destroyed most of the city. We shall also pass by the Norman Temple of San Giovanni al Sepolcro, which was built at the end of the 11th century. After that we stop at the Church of San Paolo for some photos. This gothic-style church was built in 1322. Other landmarks worth mentioning are the Swabian Castle and the Alfonsino Castle, both imposing and majestic. The Swabian Castle, with its square shaped architecture and towers, now serves as Naval Command offices. At the end of the tour you have some free time for shopping, and at noon we head to the ship for lunch.
Transfer to Corfu Old Town and city walk with guide
Board our bus at the port of Corfu for a short drive to Corfu town. Join the English-speaking guide for an enjoyable walk through the old narrow alleys of the island capital. Over the centuries the town had many foreign influences. You will experience a taste of an Italian atmosphere on a Greek island. The Old Town, full of impressive mansions, invites you to stroll quietly through the narrow lanes and enjoy the impressive buildings built in Venetian style. During our tour, the following sites can be viewed : the Old Fortress, the Durrell Gardens, the Esplanade - one of the largest squares in Europe - and the elegant Liston. We proceed to see the Town Hall located in an impressive Venetian building, built at the end of the 17th century in carved stone from Sinia (a village to the north of Corfu Island). We return to our ship for lunch.
Half day tour of Corfu including the Monastery of Paleokastritsa
From the port of Corfu it is a scenic 45-minute drive to Paleokastritsa, also known as “Corfu’s Capri” and one of the most beautiful resorts on the island with fine beaches, wooded hills and crystal-clear sheltered bays pierced by black rocks. According to mythology, Ulysses was shipwrecked here and arrived at this bay, where he met Nausica. Here you’ll visit Paleokastritsa’s venerable monastery and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere created by shady archways and lovely gardens. From here, a stop will be made at Kanoni, site of the old cannons and the magnificent view across the bay to the Nunnery of Vlacherna and Mouse Island. We return to Corfu Town where you have some free time for shopping before returning to the ship
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The Cruise Package Includes:
- 7 nights accommodation in the cabin of your choice
- Meals in almost all restaurants
- Drinks according to the Premium All-inclusive concept bar menu
- 7 shore excursions in English by a local expert guide
- Free entrance into the SPA & Meer area
- All tips and service charges
- All port taxes
- English speaking Representative
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