Thursday, October 8 – San Diego, CA
Meet at San Diego Lindbergh Field for the overnight flight to Rome, Italy
Friday, October 9 – Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy
Once the center of the ancient world from which emperors ruled over nearly all of western civilization for hundreds of years, Rome is still considered by many to reign over all other European destinations. Here you can breathe the air once breathed by great Roman gladiators in the ancient halls of the Colosseum. Gaze upon the very ceilings Michelangelo painted at the Sistine Chapel. Or visit a monument to both size and faith, St. Peter's Basilica, the largest church ever built. Cruise ship departs this afternoon.
Saturday, October 10 – Sicily (Messina), Italy
Located in northeastern Sicily, on the slopes of the Peloritani Mountains, Messina is an ancient place with a fascinating history. Walk by the ruins of the Santa Maria Alemanna church, built in 1220 by the Teutonic Knights. You’ll also want to see the Duomo, a Romanesque and Norman cathedral that includes a display of artifacts in its treasury.
Sunday, October 11 – Day at Sea
Today you can enjoy the Aqua Spa and or relax in the relaxation room and Persian Garden. Use the fitness center, follow the latest trends to The Shops on the Boulevard, for a high energy shopping experience. Relax and enjoy the view as you cruise. Perhaps go to afternoon tea.
Monday, October 12 – Athens, Greece
Your adventure in Athens begins five miles southwest in Greece's largest seaport, known as Piraeus. While here, be sure to take notice of what is considered to be one of the greatest contributions from the ancient Age of Pericles, the city's infrastructure, which today we know as a city block.
Tuesday, October 13 – Mykonos, Greece
Few places in the world compare with Mykonos. Here you’ll find whitewashed houses clinging to cliffs against a backdrop of indescribably blue sea. Follow a maze of tiny streets, visit one of the world’s most superb beaches, or see the mythical birthplace of Apollo, the island of Mykonos.
Wednesday, October 14 – Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey
Nestled along the craggy shores of the Aegean Sea is the Turkish port of Kusadasi. Renowned as one of the most beautiful cities along the Aegean, Kusadasi is blessed with sunshine an average of 300 days a year. This beautiful city is the perfect setting to begin your journey to Ephesus.
Thursday, October 15 – Rhodes, Greece
Rhodes, the friendliest city in the Mediterranean, welcomes you with seemingly eternal sunshine thanks to more sunny days than any other place in Europe. Situated at the island's most northern point, Rhodes' only neighbors on the east and west are gleaming blue seas. This sunny retreat is also home to many historic sites ranging from the ruins of the Temple of Venus to the medieval Street of Knights.
Friday, October 16 – Santorini, Greece
35.25 degrees north. 25.20 degrees east. Perfection has coordinates. Here on Santorini, you’ll find whitewashed houses accented by roofs of the bluest blue – there’s no doubt that azure waters of the Aegean have served as creative inspiration. Among the many historic sites on the island is the ancient city of Akrotiri, once buried under a thick blanket of volcanic ash over 3,600 years ago.
Saturday, October 17 – Day at Sea
Day at your leisure. Your last day to walk the decks and look at the Mediterranian as you cruise to Italy.
Sunday, October 18 – Naples/Capri, Italy
Located on the southern coast of Italy, Naples has spectacular scenery that attracts artists from around the world. From this key spot, you can embark on a trip to the ruins of Pompeii or shop the many boutiques of Sorrento. You may work up an appetite for one of Naples' greatest inventions - pizza - invented to honor the Queen of Italy in 1889.
Monday, October 19 – Rome (Civitavecchia), – San Diego
This morning you disembark and travel to the airport for the return flight home.