|Date||Port Click to Expand||Arrival||Departure|
| ||Oct 26 – Sat||Venice – Italy||Overnight|
|Individual arrival in Venice ~ embarkation on the Crystal Serenity. Your first night will be spent on the Crystal Serenity, docked at the Venice port.|
| ||Oct 27 – Sun||Venice – Italy||13:00|
|Described by many as one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Venice, or Venezia in Italian, has been an important port city throughout history. Founded in the early 400s A.D., this city has been renowned for its beauty, architecture, musical and artistic culture, and of course its strategic maritime power during the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Stretched across 117 small islands in the Venetian Lagoon along the Adriatic Sea, Venice was a wealthy city throughout most of its history; while tourism has been a major sector of its industry since the 18th century. Venice continues to impress its visitors as one of the most visited destinations in Italy, if not the entire Mediterranean!|
| ||Oct 28 – Mon||Dubrovnik – Croatia||08:00||17:00|
|A Croatian seaport city on the Adriatic coast, Dubrovnik is one of the most prominent destinations on the Adriatic. The Republic of Ragusa, as Dubrovnik was called in the Middle Ages, joined the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in 1979; it was a Maritime Republic (together with Amalfi, Pisa, Genoa, Venice and other Italian cities), and became the only eastern Adriatic city-state to rival Venice. The city has always been based on maritime trade, and it achieved and prospered a high level of development, particularly during the 15th and 16th centuries. |
Dubrovnik offers its visitors many incredible old buildings, such as the Arboretum Trsteno, the oldest arboretum in the world, which dates back to before 1492. Also, the third oldest European pharmacy is located in the city, which dates back to 1317 (still in operation today)! In Dubrovnik’s bay there is a 72-hectare wooded island of Lokrum, where according to legend, Richard the Lionheart was cast ashore after being shipwrecked in 1192 - this island includes a fortress, botanical garden, monastery and naturist beach. Some excellent beaches to consider while in Dubrovnik are Banje, Dubrovnik's main public beach, home to the East-West Beach Club, or Copacabana Beach, a stony beach on the Lapad peninsula, named after the popular beach in Rio de Janeiro.
| ||Oct 29 – Tue||Corfu – Greece||08:00||17:00|
|Corfu lies at the entrance of the Adriatic Sea, between Italy and Greece in the Ionian Sea and is the second largest of the Ionian Islands. It is a very mountainous island with incredible landscapes, dense vegetation, golden brown sandy beaches, traditional villages, Byzantine churches, several museums, striking Venetian fortresses and one of Greece’s most beautiful main towns. Corfu town is the largest town in all of the Ionian Islands and is perhaps one of the most interesting cities in Greece. Built during the island’s Venetian rule, Corfu town stands between two fortresses and its architecture has been influenced by all the major civilizations that occupied the island, such as the Sicilians, Venetians, French and British.|
| ||Oct 30 – Wed||Valletta – Malta||10:00||18:00|
|No matter how early in the morning your ship arrives in Valletta, be sure to be out on the deck and enjoy sailing into the “Grand Harbor”, the natural deep water port of this unique city that already from far away appears like one huge open-air museum. |
With a population of under 7,000 Valletta is the smallest capital of the European Union, yet at the same time one of the most concentrated historic areas in the world. The city was founded by the Knights of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem during the 16th century and named after Grand Master Jean Parisot de Valette. It has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1980.
One of the city’s most important and popular sights is St. John’s Co-Cathedral. Though not very spectacular from the outside, its interior with intricately carved stone wall designs, as well as the painted vaulted ceiling and side altars with scenes from the life of St John should not be missed. The Cathedral also houses one of Europe’s most impressive and famous art works – Caravaggio’s Beheading of St. John the Baptist.
Also explore the Palace of the Grand Masters, completed in the late 16th century. It contains portraits of the Grand Masters of the Order and European monarchs, interesting furniture and other works of art.
On the way back to the ship stroll through the Upper Barrakka Gardens and enjoy the magnificent panoramic view of Grand Harbour. Finally, enjoy a drink or look for some souvenirs at Valletta Waterfront, a restored complex of nineteen historical 250-year-old warehouses, stretching along the water’s edge and the historical Quay Wall.
| ||Oct 31 – Thu||Catania – Italy||08:00||17:00|
|We are working on providing a description of this particular port of call - please check back later.|
| ||Nov 1 – Fri||Naples – Italy||08:00||17:00|
|Meaning “New City” both in Ancient Greek and Latin, the city of Naples, or Napoli, is the third largest city in Italy. It is said that Naples was the main catalyst in the merging of the Greek and Roman cultures, becoming the cultural heart of the Roman Republic. In modern times, Naples has become famous for its cuisine and wine, but there is one culinary dish that has earned Naples a place among the great culinary cities of the world – Pizza!|
| ||Nov 2 – Sat||Civitavecchia (Rome) – Italy||08:00|
|Arrival Civitavecchia ~ individual departure. |
If True Greece has arranged for your post-cruise experience at a luxury Rome hotel, meet your private car transfer after disembarkation.