Barcelona to Istanbul Cruise
October 5 - 18, 2021 (14 Days)
• Roundtrip airfare ABQ to Barcelona/Istanbul to ABQ (not including airline baggage and in-flight charges) and airport to ship transfers
• 14 day cruise on the Oceania Riviera with all meals
• Baggage handling (for one piece)
• All on-board gratuities (does not include shore excursion gratuities)
• Your SUN TOURS escort (with 15 or more travelers)
• Government fees and taxes
Prices starting at:
$4,995 Double occupancy, per person
Deluxe Outside Stateroom, limited availability
Veranda Staterooms starting at $5,645
Lower cost Inside Staterooms may be available.
Single occupancy rates upon request
**PASSPORT & TURKISH VISA REQUIRED**
DEPOSIT: $750 per person now holds your place
FINAL PAYMENT DUE: July 1, 2021
None through July 1, 2021
25% - July 2 - July 15, 2021
50% - July 16 - August 2, 2021
75% - August 3 - August 31, 2021
100% - After August 31, 2021
An extraordinary opportunity to sail in opulence and at an amazing price on Oceania’s small Ocean ship Riviera. We skirt the northern shore of the Mediterranean Sea visiting eleven ports in five counties. Choose to venture into the celebrated Provençal countryside with its fields of lavender and sunflowers, revel in Rome’s magnificent monuments, visit the ruins at Pompeii, climb up the magnificent Acropolis and stand in awe of the Parthenon, or meander through the ruins of ancient Ephesus. Experiences of a lifetime await you daily, and your elegant Oceania home awaits you each evening. Spacious Veranda Staterooms and unrivaled elegance are there for you, all at a price you’ll not see again.
Included meals are denoted: Breakfast: B, Lunch: L, Dinner: D
We fly overnight to Barcelona, Spain.
DAY 2 D
We arrive in Barcelona and transfer to our gorgeous ship, the Oceania Riviera. Our ship sails east this evening.
DAY 3 B, L,D
Our first port is Marseille, in the heart of Provence. Shall we explore Aix, historic Marseille or stroll through Avignon?
DAY 4 B,L,D
Portofino, Italy offers stunning coastal resorts or picturesque villages. How can we choose?
DAY 5 B,L,D
Travel to Rome and revel in the magnificent monuments, from the ancient Roman Forum and Coliseum to the splendor of St. Peter's Basilica with Michelangelo's Pietà and his breathtaking frescoes in the Sistine Chapel. Or enjoy a drive through the lush farmlands of the Roman countryside to lovely medieval Castel Gandolfo.
DAY 6 B,L,D
Beautiful Capri, with its stunning panoramas, villages, charming piazzas and the Villa San Michele, makes a nice diversion. Visit the ruins at Pompeii, take a cooking lesson in Sorrento or travel to the frenetic city of Naples and learn to make pizzas as the Neapolitans do.
DAY 7 B,L,D
In Sicily, we enjoy magnificent panoramic views on the way up to the town, where we can stroll down medieval lanes past stunning palaces. Or we can take a trip t oMt. Etna and get a first-hand look at cones, craters and lava streams from previous eruptions and a fantastic view over the Gulf of Catania. Venture into the countryside and its lovely hill towns, one with a Norman castle built of black lava, and visit beautiful old Catania.
DAY 8 B,L,D
Argostoli is the capital of the island of Cephalonia and resides in a sheltered bay along Koutavos Lagoon, where you might catch a glimpse of a loggerhead turtle. The stone obelisk of the Drapano Bridge and the Lighthouse of Saint Theodore are two of the island's distinctive landmarks. Discover relics from the Mycenaean, Hellenistic and Roman periods in the city's archaeological museum.
DAY 9 B,L,D
Crete wears its past on its sleeve. We can spend the day in museums, from those uncovering the ancient history buried beneath the rocky soil to those celebrating Greece’s magnificent maritime history and the region’s unique folklore. Or we can visit the ruins of the city-state of Aptera, a powerhouse in Minoan and Hellenistic times and eventually a Roman stronghold.
DAY 10 B,L,D
We arrive in Athens. Shall we climb up the magnificent Acropolis and stand in awe of the Parthenon, the beautiful temples and the view over Athens stretched out before us? Or see city highlights including the new and old Olympic stadiums? There is so much to see!
DAY 11 B,L,D
In Ephesus, we can meander through the ruins of ancient Ephesus and marvel at the famed Library of Celsus, the huge amphitheater, the marble roads with their chariot marks, the amazing mosaic sidewalks and the superb, rarely opened Terrace Houses. Or we may choose a journey to three monumental cities of antiquity - Priene, Miletus and Didyma - renowned for their majestic temples and impressive, beautifully preserved stadiums.
DAY 12 B,L,D
We enjoy a day at sea on our luxurious ship. Reading a book by the pool, savoring afternoon tea, relaxing with a spa treatment, wine tasting, and a wide variety of entertainments make for a full and fulfilling day.
DAY 13 B,L,D
Indulge your eyes and senses in magnificent Istanbul which sits astride two continents. We can visit beautiful Topkapi Palace, the awesome Hagia Sophia and the impressive Blue Mosque. Perhaps we will cruise the Bosphorus to see the city and its surroundings from another perspective. A visit to one of the many museums or stroll through the spice market and the famous Grand Bazaar is also a possibility.
DAY 14 B,L,D
We disembark our ship, transfer to Istanbul's airport and home to New Mexico, our heads and hearts filled with the amazing memories of our cruise in the Mediterranean.
Itinerary subject to change