Ports of call 2010-2011

Agios Nikolaos (Crete), Greece

The capital of Lassithi Province, one of the most picturesque towns of Crete, is located in peaceful Mirabello Bay. It takes its name from the charming 7th C Byzantine chapel of Agios Nikolaos. The town flourished under Venetian rule in the 12th & 13th centuries.

Ajaccio (Corsica), France

From the red hued cliffs, lapped by crystal clear sea at Piana, to the white sand beaches backed by lush green maquis of the Ajaccio Gulf, this rugged coastline, sculptured by wind and sea, offers some of the most spectacular scenery in Corsica.

Alexandria (Cairo), Egypt

Founded in 331 BC by Alexander the Great, Alexandria was once considered the greatest city in the ancient world; today it is the second largest city in Egypt. Alexandria, built on the Mediterranean shores and the Nile River Delta, is the gateway to one of the world’s most mysterious and intriguing regions.

Alicante, Spain

Alicante, with its beautiful boulevards and pleasant shopping streets, is one of the most well-known towns on the Costa Blanca. Alicante lies on one of Spain’s most visited resort areas, the Costa Blanca famous for its many kilometres of beach ideal for the sun worshipers.

Almeria (Granada), Spain

Built overlooking the city of Granada, the Alhambra Palace is an outstanding example of Moorish architecture and exquisite Islamic art. Delight in a visit of the lush gardens of the Generalife, the summer palace of the Kings of Granada. Marvel at the Nasrid Palace constructed around the Myrtle and Lion Courts in the 14th century.

Aqaba, Jordan
The site of Aqaba is a medieval Islamic town in Jordan. This port provides easy access to visit the fascinating ancient city of Petra, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

Asdod, Israel

Ashdod, Israel's largest port, is located in the South District of Israel on the Mediterranean Sea coast. This cosmopolitan city offers a very good combination of ancient history, cosmopolitan port life & beautiful beaches.

Barcelona, Spain

Fabulous architecture, world-class museums, fine foods, wines and fashionable shops. Barcelona has it all. Take a walk along Las Ramblas to feel the spirit of the city.

Cadiz, Spain
Cadiz, founded by the Phoenicians around 1100 B.C. is one of the oldest inhabited cities of the western world. Surrounded by water on three sides and connected to the mainland by a strip of land called Puerta de Tierra, Cadiz flourished in the days of Spanish exploration. Today, it is a thriving port city with an international flare and sprawling cafés and restaurants along its coastline.

Cagliari (Sardinia), Italy
Cagliari is the capital of Sardinia and its main port. The city dates back to the pre-historic times and has been dominated by various people throughout the ages.

Cartagena, Spain

Cartagena was originally settled in 223 B.C. and flourished under Roman, Muslim and Arab rule. The Roman Theatre of Cartagena shows its entire splendor. Its discovery and excavation has become one of the most amazing and surprising discoveries of the Spanish Archeology.

Casablanca, Morocco

The largest city in Morocco, its center is impressive, with large boulevards and tall, white, well-kept buildings. The old city is more reminiscent of the Casablanca of Bergman and Bogart. Certain landmarks are particularly beautiful, such as the Hassan II Mosque and well worth a visit.

Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy

Civitavecchia is the port of the Eternal City of Rome. Take a tour and see the Colosseum and Forum, visit the Vatican or shop for fine Italian fashion goods. Be sure to toss a coin into Trevi Fountain which, according to legend, will guarantee you will return to Rome one day.

Corfu, Greece

Corfu is the most popular of the Ionian Islands. Homer’s Island has enchanted visitors for ages with its picturesque landscape and delightful climate.

Corinth (Athens), Greece

Corinth was an important city in ancient Greece and played a major role in the missionary work of the Apostle Paul. The Corinth Canal, 6.3 kilometres in length, is a junction of international sea communications.

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik is a tranquil tourist centre. Its historical heritage, cultural events, excellent climate, lush vegetation, enchanting beaches, hidden coves, and friendly atmosphere,make this city one of the most attractive destinations on the Adriatic coast.

Eilat, Israel

Eilat, known for its breathtakingly beautiful Coral Reefs and wide varieties of marine life, is a busy port as well as a popular resort, located at the northern tip of the Red Sea.

Genoa, Italy

Birthplace of Christopher Columbus, Genoa has a long and proud history as one of the most important ports in the Mediterranean. The rejuvenated waterfront is home to an outstanding maritime museum and aquarium. The city has the second largest medieval quarter in Europe with superb examples of gothic architecture, perfect for a stroll.

Gibraltar, British Crown Colony

The “Rock”, guarding the entrance to the Mediterranean Sea, offers a fascinating blend of

English and Spanish cultures. A ride to the 1400 foot high summit affords a breathtaking view.

Heraklion (Crete), Greece

The capital of Crete and its principal commercial port is just three miles away from the fantastic ruins of the Palace of Knossos. Discovered in 1899 and partially reconstructed, the elaborate Palace is believed to contain the Labyrinth of King Minos and was the seat ofthe Minoan civilization.

Ibiza, Spain

This pulsating isle is the third largest of the Balearic Islands. It is popular for its excellent beaches, secluded bays, lively nightlife and rising terrain speckled with fig and olive trees.

Istanbul, Turkey

Located at the crossroads of Europe in the West and Asia in the East, Istanbul boasts some of the world’s most magnificent architecture such as Agia Sophia, the Blue Mosque and the Topkapi Palace with its treasures of the Ottoman Empire.

Katakolon (Olympia), Greece

Olympia was a sacred sanctuary built for the quadrennial games dedicated to Zeus during which all hostilities ceased in the name of atleti competition. Much was destroyed when the games were outlawed as a pagan festival in 393 AD, but visitors can still see the Temple of Zeus and the stadium.

Kotor, Montenegro

Located along one of Montenegro's most beautiful bays is Kotor, a jewel of Montenegro and Mediterannean. The old port, surrounded by an impressive city wall, is very well preserved and protected by UNESCO.

Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey

A tour to nearby Ephesus should not be missed, for here history truly comes to life. Walking towards the ancient harbour, down a marble road rutted by the wheels of countless chariots, you pass architectural masterpieces like the Library of Celsus before arriving at the Great Amphitheater where St. Paul preached.

La Valletta, Malta

Valletta appears on the horizon like an elaborate sand castle. Within its walls are the riches of the crusading Knights of St. John, who fled here from Rhodes in 1530 and amassed great treasures of art before they surrendered to Napoleon.

Lanzarote, Spain

Lanzarote is the most easterly of the seven major Canary Islands. Fishing and agriculture once formed the basis of the island’s economy but have since been overtaken by the excellent quality of its tourism industry.

Limassol, Cyprus

Cyprus reflects both Greek and Ottoman influences as well as a century of British occupation. The modern resort city of Limassol has become a mecca for tourists looking to unwind in the clubs and bars that crowd the port.

Lipari (Sicily), Italy

The largest Aeolian Island, Lipari is a volcanic archipelago located just off the northern coast of Sicily in the Tyrrhenian Sea.

Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon is built on the mouth of the River Tagus on Portugal’s west Atlantic coastline and is the country’s capital. The origins of the city go back 19 centuries but it actually gained prominence after it was occupied by the Moors in 1147.

Madeira (Funchal), Portugal

The island of Madeira is a popular Atlantic Ocean year-round resort, famed wordwide for its Madeira wine, perfect climate, striking scenery, flowers and embroidery artisans. In Funchal slide down cobblestone streets in basket sleds or visit one of the colourful fishing villages nearby.

Malaga (Granada), Spain

Andalusia’s Malaga is situated in the heart of Spain’s famous Costa del Sol. The Moors occupied this area of Spain for eight centuries and their influence is seen in the architecture, folklore and local costumes.

Marseilles, France

Part of the region of Provence, this ancient seaport – the oldest city in France – is now the second largest city after Paris. You will enjoy a walk through the picturesque old port of this cosmopolitan city rich in history, culture and tales of the sea.

Messina, Italy

Almost touching mainland Italy’s toe, Messina is the closest step-off point to Sicily. It is built on a terrace overlooking the sea and has a delightful medieval character. From Messina you can take a tour to Taormina, a beautiful city overlooking Mount Etna.

Mykonos, Greece

Beneath its sophisticated surface, lies a quintessential Greek island. Hundreds of tiny chapels dot this blue and white-washed island with its beautiful windmills. Find a table on the waterfront and bask in the serenity of sunset over its picturesque harbour.

Naples, Italy

A bustling port city in southern Italy, Naples is famous for its robust cuisine and its inhabitants’ zest for life. Nearby are the extensive ruins of Pompeii, an ancient Roman city destroyed by a volcanic eruption of Mt. Vesuvius.

Olbia, Sardinia

Olbia (the name is of Greek origin) is located on the Costa Smeralda, one of the most beautiful stretches of coast on the Mediterranean. It is very ancient and was possibly founded by the Greeks, according to a local legend.

Palermo, Italy

Sicily’s capital city, Palermo is located on the north western coast of the island in a scenic inlet near Monte Pellegrino. Described by Goethe as “The most beautiful city in the world”, Palermo dominates the western border of Conca d’Oro.

Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Palma is the capital of the Balearic Islands and the largest city of Mallorca. Located on the island’s south coast it is a busy port city and major tourist destination. In the old town, crowned by the Bellver Castle, visit its many boutiques and cafés.

Patmos, Greece

It is in Patmos that St John the Divine experienced the apocalypse which he describes in the Book of Revelations written here during his exile from the Roman Empire. The Monastery of St John, built on one of the island’s highest points, houses priceless icons and manuscripts in its Treasury.

Piraeus (Athens), Greece

Capital of Greece, cradle of democracy, birthplace of Western Civilization, Athens is a vibrant city where old and new co-exist. The majestic Parthenon rises above the city, its ancient glory still visible in the time-worn stone.

Port Mahon (Menorca), Spain

It’s easy – and fun – to wander around Mahon, the friendly capital of the sophisticated holiday island of Menorca. There is a lively harbour front, full of cafés and market stalls and further inside the town an intriguing mixture of English-style Georgian houses and Catalan-Gothic architecture.

Port Said (Cairo), Egypt

At the entrance to the Suez Canal, Port Said is a bustling city and a free port. Cairo and the ancient monuments of the Egyptian Empire have fascinated visitors throughout the centuries.

Rhodes, Greece

From ancient temples, to the Knights of St John, to today’s modern metropolis Rhodes has much to offer. On the southeast coast of the “Isle of Roses” and above the charming town of Lindos rises an ancient acropolis dedicated to the goddess Athena. Below lies the bay of St.Paul, where the apostle landed during his voyages.

Safaga, Egypt

Safaga is considered one of the most important therapeutic tourist centres. In fact, located on the coast of the Red Sea about 50 kilometres south of Hurghada, this site offers not only several diving bases but also water highly saline and rich in minerals curative & beneficial for the skin.

Santorini, Greece

The island of Santorini is perhaps the most breathtaking of all the Greek Islands. In the town of Fira white-washed houses, narrow streets, open-air cafés and glittering boutiques cling to steep cliffs, accessible by cable-car or mule.

Saranda, Albania

The beautiful city of Saranda is situated in an open sea gulf, opposite the island of Corfu (Greece). Gateway to the southern Albania, it is a small town located between high mountain and Ionian Sea.

Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt

Sharm el-Sheikh, one of the most developed tourist resort communities on the Sinai peninsula, in recent years, has become one of Egypt's best known and most visited holiday resorts.

Split, Croatia

The main city in Dalmatia, Split was built from Emperor Diocletian. Situated between Venice and the Ionian Islands it is one of the most fascinating cities in the Adriatic.

Tangier, Morocco

Located on the Atlantic coast of the Strait of Gibraltar, Tangier will give you a true taste of Morocco as you bargain for treasures in the Grand Souk – especially brass, silver, amber, leather and rugs.

Trapani, Italy

Founded by Carthaginians, Trapani was an important naval base during the First Punic War. Trapani is the Western-most province of Sicily, closer toward the island’s north.

Tripoli, Libya

The capital of Libya was founded in the 12th century BC by the Phoenicians and later it became a Roman colony (Ocea). In 643 AD it came under Arabic domination and then part of the Ottoman Empire in 1551. As an important gateway between Africa and Europe, commerce prospered through the centuries.

Tunis, Tunisia

Tunisia has for over 3.000 years witnessed the passage of Phoenicians, Romans, Vandals,

Byzantines, Turks, Spanish and French, each leaving a part of their story in stones, mosaics and on the hills of Carthage. This heritage has been preserved in hundreds of sites as in the vast collections of the National Museum of Bardo.

Tunis (Sousse), Tunisia

Sousse, the third largest city in Tunisia, lies at the south end of the Gulf of Hammamet. The old town has many examples of Arab architecture and an interesting Archeological Museum. Today Sousse is a popular and attractive tourist holiday center.

Venice, Italy

This incomparable city never fails to exceed expectations. The majesty of St Mark’s Square, the romance of gondolas along the canals make Venice possibly the world’s most romantic city.

Zante, Greece

Zante is the third in size of the islands of the Ionian Sea. Rich in beauty and tradition, both historical and cultural, Zante is an island of big contrasts for the presence of golden beaches and massive rocky coasts.


 

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