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European Enlightenment - Venice to Rome

European Enlightenment - Venice to Rome

29 Apr 2024
33 nights
Marina
Europe
Includes flights and overseas transfers | FREE Wi-Fi for all bookings | PLUS choose from: 16 FREE shore excursions* | FREE drinks package* | $1,600 FREE to spend on-board*

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£8549

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wt
160
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Majesty Along the Amalfi Coast - Barcelona to Venice

Majesty Along the Amalfi Coast - Barcelona to Venice

08 May 2024
12 nights
Seven Seas Grandeur
Europe
BRAND NEW SHIP!| Includes flights, overseas transfers and up to 100 FREE shore excursions. Book a Concierge Suite and receive a FREE one-night pre-cruise hotel stay. Book a Penthouse Suite and receive FREE Business Class flights

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was £9799pp

£7529

pp

wt
102
European Wonders - Venice to Rome

European Wonders - Venice to Rome

29 Aug 2022
9 nights
Silver Dawn
Europe
EXCLUSIVE OFFER | EXCLUSIVE $250 FREE to spend on-board per couple | Includes private door-to-door transfers, economy flights and complimentary shore excursions

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£4699

pp

wt
71
Civitavecchia to Venice

Civitavecchia to Venice

29 Oct 2023
11 nights
Silver Moon
Europe
Includes private door-to-door transfers, Business Class flights, overseas transfers and complimentary shore excursions

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£5849

pp

wt
55
Venice to Civitavecchia

Venice to Civitavecchia

21 Aug 2023
11 nights
Silver Nova
Europe
Includes private door-to-door transfers, Business Class flights, overseas transfers and complimentary shore excursions

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was £6900pp

£6619

pp

wt
50
Civitavecchia to Piraeus (Athens)

Civitavecchia to Piraeus (Athens)

17 Apr 2023
11 nights
Silver Moon
Mediterranean
EXCLUSIVE OFFER | EXCLUSIVE $250 FREE to spend on-board per couple | Summer 2023 top choice | Includes private door-to-door transfers, Business Class flights, overseas transfers and complimentary shore excursions

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£6039

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50
Venice to Civitavecchia (Rome)

Venice to Civitavecchia (Rome)

10 Oct 2022
9 nights
Silver Dawn
Europe
Includes private door-to-door transfers, Economy Class flights, overseas transfers and complimentary shore excursions

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was £5600pp

£5369

pp

wt
47
Lisbon
Southern Europe Icons-Lisbon to Rome

Southern Europe Icons-Lisbon to Rome

13 Oct 2022
11 nights
Riviera
Mediterranean
Luxury for less | Includes flights | FREE Wi-Fi for all bookings | PLUS choose from: 6 FREE shore excursions* | FREE drinks package* | $600 FREE to spend on-board*

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£3829

pp

wt
46
Socrates & Sunshine  - Istanbul to Miami

Socrates & Sunshine - Istanbul to Miami

30 Oct 2024
36 nights
Vista
Caribbean
Includes flights and overseas transfers | FREE Wi-Fi for all bookings | PLUS choose from: 18 FREE shore excursions* | FREE drinks package* | $1800 FREE to spend on-board*

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£8089

pp

wt
44
Renaissance & Riviera's - Haifa to Venice

Renaissance & Riviera's - Haifa to Venice

29 May 2024
29 nights
Riviera
Mediterranean
Includes flights and overseas transfers | FREE Wi-Fi for all bookings | PLUS choose from: 16 FREE shore excursions* | FREE drinks package* | $1,600 FREE to spend on-board*

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£7989

pp

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37
Dubrovnik
Call of the Roman Empire - Barcelona to Venice

Call of the Roman Empire - Barcelona to Venice

10 Jun 2024
17 nights
Riviera
Mediterranean
Includes flights and overseas transfers | FREE Wi-Fi for all bookings | PLUS choose from: 10 FREE shore excursions* | FREE drinks package* | $1,000 FREE to spend on-board*

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£4939

pp

wt
35
Dunes to Renaissance Gems - Dubai to Rome

Dunes to Renaissance Gems - Dubai to Rome

14 May 2024
34 nights
Riviera
Egypt & Red Sea
Includes flights and overseas transfers | FREE Wi-Fi for all bookings | PLUS choose from: 18 FREE shore excursions* | FREE drinks package* | $1,800 FREE to spend on-board*

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£9079

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30
Mediterranean Elation - Monte Carlo to Rome

Mediterranean Elation - Monte Carlo to Rome

24 Aug 2024
20 nights
Vista
Europe
Includes flights and overseas transfers | FREE Wi-Fi for all bookings | PLUS choose from: 12 FREE shore excursions* | FREE drinks package* | $1,200 FREE to spend on-board*

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£5829

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wt
30
Iberia to Italia Interlude - Lisbon to Rome

Iberia to Italia Interlude - Lisbon to Rome

18 May 2024
14 nights
Marina
Canaries
Includes flights and overseas transfers | FREE Wi-Fi for all bookings | PLUS choose from: 12 FREE shore excursions* | FREE drinks package* | $1,200 FREE to spend on-board*

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£5569

pp

wt
24
European Celebration - Rome round-trip

European Celebration - Rome round-trip

06 May 2024
26 nights
Marina
Canaries
Includes flights and overseas transfers | FREE Wi-Fi for all bookings | PLUS choose from: 12 FREE shore excursions* | FREE drinks package* | $1,200 FREE to spend on-board*

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£6879

pp

wt
23
Mediterranean Fascination - Haifa to Rome

Mediterranean Fascination - Haifa to Rome

29 May 2024
19 nights
Riviera
Mediterranean
Includes flights and overseas transfers | FREE Wi-Fi for all bookings | PLUS choose from: 10 FREE shore excursions* | FREE drinks package* | $1,000 FREE to spend on-board*

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£5789

pp

wt
20
Roundtrip Lisbon

Roundtrip Lisbon

16 Oct 2023
22 nights
Silver Nova
Europe
Includes private door-to-door transfers, Business Class flights, overseas transfers and complimentary shore excursions

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was £12000pp

£11519

pp

wt
19
Mediterranean & Beyond - Athens To Barcelona

Mediterranean & Beyond - Athens To Barcelona

03 Sep 2024
30 nights
Vista
Europe
Includes flights and overseas transfers | FREE Wi-Fi for all bookings | PLUS choose from: 18 FREE shore excursions* | FREE drinks package* | $1,800 FREE to spend on-board*

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£9039

pp

wt
17
Aegean & Iberian Magic - Athens to Lisbon

Aegean & Iberian Magic - Athens to Lisbon

03 Sep 2024
20 nights
Vista
Europe
Includes flights and overseas transfers | FREE Wi-Fi for all bookings | PLUS choose from: 12 FREE shore excursions* | FREE drinks package* | $1,200 FREE to spend on-board*

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£5709

pp

wt
12
Portofino
Discover Pearls of France & Italy

Discover Pearls of France & Italy

15 Oct 2022
17 nights
Emerald Azzurra
Europe
FREE premium drinks package available for a limited time! Flights, overseas transfers, gratuities and excursions

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was £8550pp

£6959

pp

wt
11
yacht cruise
12

Palermo, Sicily

The capital of the main island of Sicily, Palermo is a gem within the pantheon of European history. Even standing against the impressive culture hubs in the Mediterranean and wider Europe, this city has weathered thousands of years of conflict, cultural change and disasters, yet many of its finest buildings and gardens are still at the heart of the city, begging to be explored.

The tumultuous history of the region means that the architecture of the city has a style all of its own, a unique fusion between medieval Normandy, the opulence of the Arab states, and Italian classicism. The town centre is an enchanting network of these buildings, the result of this truly cosmopolitan city becoming a haven for artists and architects from all over the globe for centuries.

 

Sightseeing in Palermo

La Martorana

The beautiful façade of the La Martorana belies an utterly unique interior, the result, surprisingly, of a group of destructive nuns. In the year 1433, the church had its Greek mosaics shattered by this group of marauding women of the cloth, and was partly replaced by baroque ormentation, featuring images of saints and gold inlays that still shine to this day. This makes it an incredible site in which to get a true grasp of Palermo’s multicultural past. Although the aesthetic is a criss-cross of Greek pillars and Christian imagery, you’re still bound to be awestruck by the sheer grandeur design of the church vault.

Catacombe dei Cappucini

These catacombs are a spectacular attraction, even if they are little bit morbid. For a truly gothic atmosphere, you can head to the Capuchin Monastery, where a centuries-old interior stairway leads you to the unique halls of the catacombs themselves. In 1599, the monks mummified one of their recently dead brothers, Silvestrio of Gubbio, and placed him in the catacombs. From there, it became a tradition within the sect, and has enraptured travellers ever since. For a spine-tingling adventure into history, make sure to take the full tour, where you can get to see perfectly embalmed 1920’s aristocrats and even the remains of monks from the 18th Century.

Museo Diocesianio

 

The Museo Diocesiano offers a rather different experience than your typical art gallery. The rarities on display here share a unique relationship - all of them were damaged within the city’s sprawl of cathedrals and churches during the Second World War. As a result, there are fragments of Greek mosaics, marble pillars and 17th century paintings to explore, all within the basement and ground floor galleries. Your cultural delve doesn’t end there however - the work of Pietro Novelli is proudly displayed in all its glory, with restored pieces dating back centuries for your appraisal.

Shopping in Palermo

Casa Merlo is abundant with exquisite and authentic Sicilian ceramics and pottery, so much so they are revered abroad for their work. The store itself is a perfect place to while away the afternoon. For a more spirited shopping experience, make sure to head to the Mercato di Ballaro, where fresh produce and the vibrancy of the townspeople make for an impressive display.

Eating Out in Palermo

As to be expected from an island which is abundant with fresh produce, Palermo has more than its fair share of places to get a true taste of Italian cuisine. Antica Focacceria di San Francesco is a Sicilian institution which has been at the heart of the Palermo community since 1834. Make sure to enjoy the Cannoli and wine recommended by the familial, experienced waiting staff.

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