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All Things BYRON – 15th Sept

“Adieu, ye joys of La Valette!  Adieu, sirocco, sun, and sweat!”.  These are the first lines of Lord BYRON’s poem “Farewell To Malta”, written in May 1811.

Lord Byron himself was not impressed with Malta when he visited it, and his humorous poem clearly shows that, Malta has transformed itself into a Gem of the Mediterranean, helped largely through the filming of Gladiator, starring Russell Crowe.  Now, a favourite stop on many cruise itineraries, the capital city and its famous city fortifications welcome many ships throughout the year.

One of which is the Oceana of P&O World Cruising.  Formally the Ocean Princess of Princess Cruises and an sister ship to the more familiar Sun Princess and Sea Princess we see in Australian waters, Oceana has a distinct British feel to her.

P&O Oceana

So on the 15th June 2019 we will fly you to the Eternal City – Rome.  You will enjoy 2 night in the heart of one of the most historic cities in the world, allowing you plenty of time to visit the Colosseum, Vatican City, Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain.

Returning back to the airport you have a short flight to Malta, for another two night hotel stay in the heart of Valletta.

First up on your cruise is the Greek port of Pireaus.  Piraeus is located to the south of Athens. It is the capital of the Piraeus Prefecture and belongs to the Athens urban area. It was the port of the ancient city of Athens and it was chosen to serve as the modern port when Athens was re-founded in 1834. Piraeus remains one of the busiest shipping and industrial centres of the Mediterranean.

Relaxation is easy in Souda Bay, a horseshoe of pristine sand and sparkling sea, sheltered by hills. But its military background means peace hasn’t always been so forthcoming.  There’s reminders of World War action at the cemetery; and across the bay the fortressed Island of Souda was once a battleground between the Greeks and the Ottomans. But if you cannot imagine such bloodied action, perhaps you can picture Roger Moore’s high speed boat chase in For Your Eyes Only, which was filmed on location here.
West of Souda is the charming old Venetian town Chania – or Hania if you prefer. Cobbled streets lined with colourful Venetian townhouses zigzag downward toward the harbour, which has a touch of Florence or Venice about it. Browse a mix of museums, churches and crafts en route, then walk the harbour wall to the oldest lighthouse in the world. End your day with a raki in a waterside café.

Santorini, Greece

A bucket list destination greats you as Oceana arrives at the Greek island of Santorini.  Whitewashed villages clinging to the sides of sea cliffs have made the volcanic island of Santorini one of the most widely photographed places in the world. The island’s charm and subtle mystery have even made it a target of speculation as the location of the lost city of Atlantis.

Rhodes is known as the sun island there are hardly any days when the sun does not shine. The third largest Greek Island, Rhodes today offers its visitor an abundance of year round leisure activities. The warm hospitality of the islanders, the natural beauty of the island and the monuments from her long and turbulent history are not to be missed.

After another day back in Valletta, Malta you will sail up the Adriatic and into Croatia.  On the beautiful Adriatic coast sits the ancient walled city of Dubrovnik, where medieval ramparts encircle a tight maze of narrow streets and ornate stone buildings. The walls, completed in the 13th century, have a circumference of more than a mile and a half, and along with the Old City, have been designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Continuing through the picturesque Croatian costline you arrive in Hvar.  This small island located in the center of the Mediterranean is a nature-lover’s delight. The arrival of Croatians to Hvar in the Middle Ages turned this temperate island into the center of Croatian arts and literature, thus ensuing the production of extraordinary works in sculpture, paintings and music. Today, Hvar offers stretches of beaches that melt into the azure waters of the Mediterranean—a paradise to tourists and locals alike.

The bucket list destinations continue as Oceana sails past St. Marks Square and docks in the legendary port of Venice, Italy.  Breathe in the romance and Italian exuberance of this spellbinding city. Explore its mysterious and watery streets. Take a gondola ride to truly appreciate the atmosphere and architecture of the city. Sip a cappuccino in St. Mark’s Square or ride across the lagoon to the islands of Murano and Burano. From the Gothic arches of the Doges Palace to the intricate façade of St. Marks Cathedral, a day in Venice is bound to enchant you.

Iconic Venice, Italy

Your final port takes you back into Croatia for another gem of the Adriatic.  Split has a long tradition of collecting and caring for monuments. This interest appeared as early as the Renaissance. Diocletian’s Palace, Mestrovic Gallery, the Archaeological Museum and the Temple of Jupiter are just a few of the impressive museums and galleries that shouldn’t be missed.

Oceana arrives back into Valletta, which means your journey is at an end and your flight home awaits.  You can stay longer if you would like to explore Malta further, maybe visit the neighbouring islands of Gozo or the tiny Comino, or jet off to another part of Europe – the choice is yours.

This is a wonderful 18 night fly, cruise and stay package with an amazing itinerary.  Return flights from Australia, 2 nights in Rome, 2 nights in Malta and the wonderful 14 night itinerary on the Oceana……all for just $5,899 per person!!!!  Upgrade your cabin to an Ocean View for a package price of $6.399pp or treat yourself to a Balcony for a total of $6,999pp

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