Take an epic adventure to some of the most historic sites of the Mediterranean on this two-week journey aboard Oceania Cruises’ Nautica. Begin your travels among the ruins and relics of Athens and set sail for Santorini, where chalk-colored homes cling to stony cliffs. Cruise to Rhodes and get a glimpse of civilizations past, then head to Paphos to see immaculately preserved Roman villas with elaborate mosaic-tiled floors. Uncover the biblical history of tourist-friendly Ashdod, or head inland to explore sites like the Mount of Olives and the Garden of Gethsemane. Then, spend two days in Haifa, a center of arts and culture. You may also choose to journey to Jerusalem to discover treasures including Nazareth and the Sea of Galilee. In Heraklion, the capital of Crete, take in the ruins of an ancient Minoan palace. And in Gythio, experience small-town Greek life or travel through the countryside to nearby Mystras, a UNESCO World Heritage site rich in Byzantine history. Next, travel to Zakynthos and wander through Solomos Square to take in its post-Byzantine treasures, or lounge on some of the best beaches that Greece has to offer. Soak up the youthful vibrancy of Catania, a Sicilian city with a historic baroque-tinged city center. Before your cruise ends in Rome, delight in the seaside promenades and charismatic southern Italian culture of Sorrento, or venture to see the mesmerizing ruins of Pompeii—one of the most important archaeological sites in the world.
Lounge on the black sand beaches of Santorini, see the Temple of Apollo in Rhodes, and explore Roman villas in Paphos. Uncover biblical treasures in Ashdod and Jerusalem. Walk through the gardens of Haifa, tour a Minoan palace in Heraklion, and visit the site of ancient Sparta in Gythio. Stroll the Piazza del Duomo in Catania and enjoy fresh-caught seafood in Sorrento.
September 4: Depart for Greece
September 5: Athens (Piraeus), Greece
September 6: Santorini, Greece
September 7: Rhodes, Greece
September 8: Paphos, Cyprus
September 9: Ashdod/Jerusalem, Israel
September 10: Haifa/Jerusalem, Israel
September 11: Haifa/Jerusalem, Israel
September 12: Cruising the Mediterranean Sea
September 13: Heraklion, Crete, Greece
September 14: Gythio, Greece
September 15: Zakynthos, Greece
September 16: Cruising the Ionian Sea
September 17: Catania, Sicily, Italy
September 18: Sorrento/Capri, Italy
September 19: Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy
*Date, price, and itinerary are subject to change.