Mediterranean Antiquities (15 Days)

Cruise Line: Viking Cruises
Ship: Viking Star  |  14 Reviews
Piraeus, Greece to Barcelona, Spain
Dates: 20 Dec 2019 - 03 Jan 2020

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DAY 1
20 Dec 2019
Piraeus, Greece

Step onboard to begin your journey. The ship will be berthed in Piraeus, close to Athens. Relax and settle into your stateroom, perhaps also unwinding at our Infinity Pool.

DAY 2
21 Dec 2019
Piraeus, Greece

Today, you will have the opportunity to journey into ancient Athens via a panoramic drive, passing the promenade at Mikrolimano as you enter the city's heart. There, you will see the Hellenic Parliament, Constitution Square, the Panathenaic Stadium, the Temple of Zeus, and the iconic Acropolis. Explore the bustling Plaka District at the base of the Acropolis. Or, as an option, explore the interior of this UNESCO Site; climb 80 steps to the entrance and glimpse an unforgettable view of the Parthenon at its peak.

DAY 3
22 Dec 2019
Soúda, Greece
Knossos (Agios Nikolaos), Greece
Soúda, Greece

Disembark today in Souda Bay, an important port since antiquity because of its natural harbor and location along Mediterranean trade routes. Visit the remnants of the once grand Palace of Knossos, the center of the Minoan kingdom that ruled over the island of Crete from approximately 2600 to 1100 BC. Or, tour an olive oil factory and winery to learn how these ancient Cretan traditions are influenced by modern production techniques. Alternatively, see the influences of former rulers such as the Venetians and Ottomans during a walking tour of Chania's Old Town.

DAY 4
23 Dec 2019
Katákolon, Greece
Olympia, Greece
Katákolon, Greece

Visit the quaint Greek port of Katakolon, huddled around a pretty little harbor dotted with colorful fishing boats. During your visit, venture into the fertile valleys of the western Peloponnese to the legendary city of Olympia, the classical birthplace of the modern-day Olympic Games on the slopes of Mt. Kronos. Walk among the ancient city's ruins with an expert guide and historian, admiring the remains of temples, the Palaestra, or wrestling school, and the Gymnasium. You will gain insight into the very first Olympic Games at the fascinating museum.

DAY 5
24 Dec 2019
Ionian Sea (Cruising)
DAY 6
25 Dec 2019
Ionian Sea (Cruising)

As you cruise to your next port, spend the day savoring the amenities of your elegant ship. Indulge in Nordic-inspired treatments at The Spa or find your inner calm with some yoga on the Sports Deck. Tonight, dine on thoughtfully prepared cuisine that connects you to the flavors of Italy and the Mediterranean and watch a movie beneath the stars at the Main Pool.

DAY 7
26 Dec 2019
Naples, Italy

In Naples, your choice of excursions abounds. Take in magnificent examples of Greek and Roman architecture and the Piazza del Plebiscito, the grandest public square in the city, facing the former Royal Palace of the King of Naples. Optionally, also explore Herculaneum, Italy's "other" Pompeii, drive along the stunning Amalfi Coast, or take a trip to the summit of Vesuvius. In your spare time, sample a hot espresso, a slice of pizza (the world's first pizzeria opened here in 1830), or a locally made limoncello.

DAY 8
27 Dec 2019
Civitavecchia, Italy

Explore the "Eternal City" today with a local guide. Marvel at the magnificent Colosseum, where gladiators once battled; the historic Roman Forum, gathering place and political center of the ancients; and Vatican City. You might also choose one of our fascinating tours that highlights Rome's treasures. Alternately, visit Tarquinia's Etruscan necropolis or the excavated town of Ostia.

DAY 9
28 Dec 2019
Livorno, Italy
DAY 10
29 Dec 2019
Livorno, Italy

Immerse yourself in the beauty of Tuscany with an included, well-curated tour of Pisa. Alternatively, enjoy a full-day tour that combines Pisa and Florence. Begin with a scenic drive through the countryside to Florence, where you will stroll by the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore. Continue to the medieval Ponte Vecchio, and the attractive Basilica di Santa Croce, resting place of Michelangelo. In Pisa, you will have time to explore the Square of Miracles, including the famous Leaning Tower, the Cathedral and Baptistery.

DAY 11
30 Dec 2019
Monte Carlo, Monaco

Enjoy a full day in Monaco, the playground for the rich and famous, as well as the gateway to the beautiful South of France. Visit medieval Monaco, stopping at the Prince's Palace and St. Nicholas Cathedral, the burial site of the royal family, including American actress Grace Kelly. As we stay late in port, you will have time to step inside the Casino de Monte-Carlo, the most prestigious and celebrated gambling mecca on earth. As an option, venture out of town to the legendary perfumeries in Grasse, or stroll along the English Promenade in glamorous Nice.

DAY 12
31 Dec 2019
St. Tropez, France

Visit Marseille, France's oldest city, rich in timeless treasures. Discover its atmospheric Old Port, overseen by two 17th-century fortresses. The picturesque quay was built on the order of Louis XII and Louis XIII and is one of the world's most romantic walks. As you explore, take in the beauty of its natural harbor, dotted with elegant yachts. Marvel at the church of Notre Dame de la Garde and Palais Longchamp, or venture to Aix-en-Provence with its tree-shaded squares and wide boulevards.

DAY 13
01 Jan 2020
Marseille, France

Enjoy a day onboard as you cruise the Mediterranean Sea. Take in the sea views from the Explorers' Lounge or reserve a soothing massage at The Spa. Linger over tea and scones in the Wintergarden or soak up the sun on deck.

DAY 14
02 Jan 2020
Barcelona, Spain

Awake in Barcelona and further explore the Catalonian capital. Start on Las Ramblas, the mile-long leafy pedestrian boulevard. Or, take a turn through the myriad side streets of the Gothic Quarter, where the ancient and the modern sit side by side, perfect for a leisurely stroll. Or, head to the Passeig de Gràcia, a boulevard renowned for its architecture, including works by Antoni Gaudí. Or, opt for one of the many optional tours.

DAY 15
03 Jan 2020
Barcelona, Spain

Awake in Barcelona, where you will be finishing your journey. From here, you can easily spend a few extra days to further explore this city and its world-class culinary delights, or discover other areas of Spain.

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About the Ship

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Viking Star

Viking Ocean Cruises boasts a fleet of new, all-veranda, state-of-the-art ocean ships. Each identical sister ship carries only 930 guests and is engineered at a scale that allows direct access into most ports. Classified by Cruise Critic as “small ships,” the fleet features understated elegance and modern Scandinavian design.

What's Included

Included

  • VIKING INCLUSIVE VALUE

    A cruise fare that includes everything you need

  • One included shore excursion in every port of call

  • Shipwide Wi-Fi so you can remain connected

  • Access to top-rated spa

  • Beer, wine and soft drinks with onboard dinner and lunch

  • Other included beverages, such as specialty coffees, teas and bottled water

  • Port taxes and fees

  • Alternative restaurant dining

  • Airport transfers with purchase of Viking Air

About Us

Viking® offers destination-focused river and ocean cruises to the world’s most fascinating locations on board elegant, state-of-the art ships. With Viking, guests will journey with like-minded travelers on The Thinking Person’s Cruise®, a culturally rich, immersive experience designed to help guests explore the most intimate nuances of their destination both on board and ashore—with enriching shore excursions, informative lectures and port talks, engaging Destination Performances, wine tastings and regional cuisine. Plus, Viking Inclusive Value provides guests all they need in one inclusive cruise fare.

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Shore Excursions

Piraeus, Greece - 20 Dec 2019

Piraeus, Greece - 21 Dec 2019

Naples, Italy - 26 Dec 2019

Civitavecchia, Italy - 27 Dec 2019

Livorno, Italy - 28 Dec 2019

Livorno, Italy - 29 Dec 2019

Monte Carlo, Monaco - 30 Dec 2019

St. Tropez, France - 31 Dec 2019

Marseille, France - 01 Jan 2020

Barcelona, Spain - 02 Jan 2020

Barcelona, Spain - 03 Jan 2020

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