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GREEK ISLES & EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN

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Ancient Empires

Ancient Empires

15-day Cruise from Rome to Rome onboard Riviera

HISTORIC JOURNEY Across the Mediterranean, the story of the rise and fall of great empires is told in the art and artifacts of its great cities and islands. The Colosseum in Rome was the Roman Empire’s largest amphitheater, a symbol of the magnificence of this mighty world power, and ancient Greek ruins can be found across the island of Sicily. The Pyramids of Giza outside Cairo are the only remaining monuments of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and Acre on Haifa Bay was the headquarters of the Knights Hospitallers of St. John during the Crusades. The centuries unfold at each new destination on this remarkable journey through time.

Footsteps of Discovery

Footsteps of Discovery

21-day Cruise from Istanbul to Dubai onboard Nautica

ANCIENT WONDERS The perfect blend of relaxing days at sea and fascinating ports of call, this 21-day voyage of discovery offers a remarkable look at civilization through the ages and the extraordinary feats of mankind. The Hagia Sophia in Istanbul has a total of 104 columns, including columns brought from Egypt and the Temple of Artemis in Ephesus. One of the most important structures in Islamic architecture, the Dome of the Rock was built on the Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem in 691 AD, and the Ancient Egyptian City of Thebes in Luxor is a striking look at Egyptian civilization at its peak.

Aegean Adventures

Aegean Adventures

10-day Cruise from Istanbul to Istanbul onboard Riviera

EASTERN ADVENTURES From the opulent temples and palaces of Istanbul to the Stalinist Gothic architecture of Sochi, this 10-day adventure explores the rich culture and history of the Black Sea. One of the major resorts on the Bulgarian Black Sea, Nessebur is shaped by more than three thousand years of history, while Constanta is said to have been where Jason and the Argonauts landed after finding the Golden Fleece. Odessa has a uniquely Mediterranean style of classical architecture, and the semitropical Batumi has become Georgia’s summer holiday capital. These treasures and many more are yours to behold on this fascinating sojourn along the shores of the Black Sea.

Relics & Retreats

Relics & Retreats

12-day Cruise from Istanbul to Rome onboard Nautica

THE PATH OF LOST CIVILIZATIONS Though the original inhabitants are long gone, you will quickly discover that the world’s lost civilizations still thrive in the ruins, restored relics and heritage of the people of the Mediterranean. In Rhodes you will search for the reminders of the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and in Ephesus you will marvel at the mosaics and frescoes of the terrace houses where the ancient city’s wealthiest residents once lived. Mitilini has tales of history to tell in its centuries-old castle and many museums while also offering a refreshing retreat on its many wonderful beaches. Relaxing escapes also await you on the pristine beaches of Zakynthos, at the mountain vineyards of Sicily and in the cliffside cafés of Capri.

Sea of Antiquity

Sea of Antiquity

12-day Cruise from Rome to Istanbul onboard Nautica

TREASURES OF THE PAST The ancient ruins of the Roman Forum were previously the center of public life in Rome for centuries, and the Byzantine and Ottoman empires left an array of spectacular temples, mosques and palaces in Istanbul. Life at the height of the Roman Empire is captured in a single harrowing moment in Pompeii, a city near Sorrento that was preserved in volcanic ash for hundreds of years, and on Sardinia the scattered remains of villages dating from the Bronze Age decorate the island. The 4,800-year-old temple Hagar Qim is a beautifully reserved example of the massive scale of Malta’s ancient limestone temples, and the medieval castle of Skiathos was strategically built on a rocky cliff overlooking the Aegean.