Attention: Art Lovers, History Buffs, Romantics and Sailors!
This holiday is packed with blue skies, shimmering waters, ocean breezes and coastlines storied in history and culture……
What country is said to have more masterpieces per square mile than any other country in the world? — Italy
What country invited the neck tie and the world’s first torpedo? — Croatia
The capital city of this country means ”The Loved One”. — Ljubljana, Slovenia
Where will you see fishing boats painted in bright colours, with eyes on each side on the bow? These are the Eyes of Osiris from ancient Phoenician times and said to protect the fishing boats from evil spirits. —Malta
In what country can you not wear your stilettos to historic sites? (The reason this is against the law is that a stiletto heal packs more pounds per square inch than an elephant’s foot and may damage the ancient cobble stones.) — Greece
The Norwegian Spirit will be your home as you cruise and enjoy these five different countries, Italy, Greece, Croatia, Slovenia and Malta. Sail hassle free from country to country and port to port.
Our journey begins in Italy with tours in Rome, Florence and Tuscany. When in Rome one must visit the Vatican, St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel. In Florence, we stay two nights to ensure there is time to see the many art master-pieces housed here. The rolling hills of Tuscany are home to vineyards, olive groves and interesting gothic architecture.
Returning to Rome, we board the Spirit and sail south around the boot of Italy. Our first port of call is Dubrovnik, Croatia. This beautiful port, was once described by the English Poet Lord Bryon as the “Pearl of the Adriatic”. Massive stone walls built in the 16th century surround the old city.
Venice, “the city of no roads” is built on more than 100 small islands in an Adriatic Sea lagoon. Gliding through the canals in a gondola is a must here and we have included this experience in your itinerary. The ship stays over night, so there is plenty of time to explore.
Continuing up the Adriatic Sea, we reach Koper, the only port in Slovenia. We explore this old city on a walking tour before driving to the beautiful resort city of Piran. This well preserved town is a treasure of Venetian Gothic architecture.
Returning to the Croatia coastline, we visit the port of Split. Here our tour takes us to the Diocletian Palace which built in the 4th century and the Ćipiko palace.
Our next two ports of call are in Greece, a country that should be on everyone’s bucket list and is there is bound to be plenty of sunshine as Greece boasts an average of 250 days of sun a year.
First we visit the Island of Corfu, known for its beautiful vistas, crystal clear waters and rugged mountains. Our second port Katakolon, is the gateway to Ancient Olympia, the Temple of Zeus and the archaeological site of the first Olympic Games in 776 BC.
The small island nation of Malta is our next stop. Seven Islands make up the Republic of Malta but only 3 islands, Malta, Gozo and Comino are inhabited.
Malta has two official languages, Maltese and English making it easy to get around. Some of the oldest man-made structures in the world are located in Malta and are thought to have been built over 5000 years ago, making them older than the pyramids in Egypt and the Great Wall of China. There are 365 churches in Malta, one for every day of the year.
Returning to Rome, we have an overnight stay with leisure time for shopping and other activities before our flight home. What a perfect finish to an amazing vacation!
Written by: Joan Niemeier