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Celebrity Beyond – Italy, Turkey & Greek Islands Cruise

June  26 – July 7, 2023

Hosted By: Sue Ball of Sphera Travel 

Step inside Rome’s Colosseum before setting sail on this spectacular cruise around Europe.

Round Trip Rome – 11 Nights – 8 Ports – 2 Sea Days – 1 Overnight

Dine on fresh seafood and cannoli in Sicily. Admire stunning ocean views from a clifftop village in Santorini. Stroll down the white-washed alleys of Mykonos and spend a night in Turkey visiting the Blue Mosque and shopping at the Grand Bazaar.

Marvel at ancient ruins in Ephesus and the Acropolis in Athens. Enjoy a day in Naples or head off to the nearby Amalfi Coast, where colorful buildings and unrivaled views of the Mediterranean await

Expand your horizons, and explore the ancient wonders of Italy, Turkey, and Greece and enjoy…

DISCOVERING THE WORLD TOGETHER with Sue Ball of Sphera Travel!

Cruise Itinerary

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Day 1: Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy

Civitavecchia was settled in 108 A.D. by the Emperor Trajan and has since served faithfully as a gateway to Rome, the capital of Italy. Once the center of the Ancient World from which emperors ruled over nearly all of western civilization, Rome is still a cultural mecca. Only a few cities in the world can boast such a well-preserved level of architecture, art, and religious iconography. There’s an enormous wealth of culture and history to discover on a cruise to Rome. Visit the ancient halls of the 50,000-seat Colosseum, gaze upon the ceilings of Sistine Chapel in Vatican City, and stroll the Capitoline Museum. Roman culinary prowess is well respected and beloved the world over. Experience authentic pizza, hearty bowls of fresh pasta, excellent cheeses, wines, seafood, and delightful desserts like tiramisu and gelato at family-run trattorias that have been preparing these traditional dishes for centuries. Walk the cobblestoned piazzas making your way to narrow side streets where you’re sure to find craftsman shops and beautiful boutiques filled with gorgeous handmade accessories and homewares for keepsakes and souvenirs.

Day 2: Sicily (Messina), Italy

Located in northeastern Sicily on the slopes of the Peloritani Mountains, Messina is an ancient place with a fascinating history. Walk by the ruins of the Santa Maria Alemanna Church, built in 1220 A.D. You’ll also want to see the Duomo, a Romanesque and Norman cathedral that includes a display of artifacts in its treasury.

Day 3: At Sea - Cruising

While at sea, take the time to recharge before the next adventure. Lounge by the pool, be spoiled at the spa, taste the delicacies or explore the venues on-board, until we arrive at the next amazing destination. 

Day 4 and 5: Istanbul, Turkey (Overnight)

In exotic Istanbul, you could spend an entire day strolling through the Grand Bazaar, exploring the famous Blue Mosque, or wandering through the majestic Topkapi Palace, with its gardens and, libraries.

Day 6: Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey

Once the capital of the Roman province of Asia Minor, this coastal town is now an archeologist’s dream. The UNESCO World Heritage ruins of Ephesus impress even those familiar with the world’s other ancient cities. Though excavations have been underway for 150 years, only 20 percent of the city has been uncovered. This former Greek banking and trading center is rich with historic sites, including the Great Theater, the Temple of Hadrian, and the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. On your Europe cruise, check out the the Celsus Library — built in 117 A.D.— made up of towering columns highlighted by the statue of the goddess of wisdom.

Day 7: Santorini, Greece

Here on the island of Santorini, you’ll find a classic Greek seascape—whitewashed houses accented by sea-blue roofs. This is a treasure trove for both professional and amateur archeology buffs, with sites that include tombs that date back to the 9th century and the sanctuary of Apollo. In many ways, Santorini could be considered an explosive place, being that its terraced collection of homes and windmills lie on a caldera– a huge basin formed by an erupting volcano. The island’s volcanic past has also produced delicious grapes for excellent wines that are well worth investigating while on your Santorini cruise. Some of the best on the island can be found in Pyrgos, Megalochori, and Oia. Oia’s hilltop not only has the ancient, Minoan site of Akrotiri, but is quite possibly the best vantage point from which to witness the spectacular sunsets. And, if you have some time, take a short trip to the island of Nea Kameni for a dip in its famous hot springs. The warm dark waters are enriched with iron and manganese and considered therapeutic.

Day 8: Mykonos, Greece

Mykonos is known for its whitewashed villages sprinkled with blue and jade green. It’s also famous for its sophisticated nightlife. The most popular island in the Cyclades is bustling with activity, awash in beautiful alleyways, and home to alluring sandy beaches.

Day 9: Athens (Piraeus), Greece

Athens brought the world drama, history, poetry, and philosophy. Once home to the world’s most powerful and civilized empires, Athens is now the world’s foremost archaeological playground. The towering columns of the Parthenon still stand in homage to the virgin goddess Athena. The Parthenon sits atop the Athenian Acropolis and watches over the city where it can be seen from just about anywhere in Athens. Make it a point to visit the incredible Acropolis Museum on your cruise to Athens. The joint effort between two architects, one American and the other Greek, this outstanding building was completed and opened to the public in 2009. It focuses primarily on the Greek period dating to 5 B.C., considered to be the apex of art, culture, and philosophy in ancient Greece, but it also has artifacts from the Bronze, Roman, and Byzantine Ages. There’s even a Plexiglas walkway from which an excavated section of an old Athenian neighborhood can be viewed. In addition to an abundance of historical riches, modern Athens has plenty on offer—from scenic beaches to restaurants with superb Mediterranean cuisine and bustling central markets.

Day 10: At Sea - Cruising

While at sea, take the time to recharge before the next adventure. Lounge by the pool, be spoiled at the spa, taste the delicacies or explore the venues on-board, until we arrive at the next amazing destination. 

Day 11: Naples, Italy

Naples, Italy- Framed by Mount Vesuvius along a dramatic skyline, the 2,800 year-old port city of Naples is chock full of historical sites, churches, and museums that make it a fascinating place for you to explore. For all of Rome’s notoriety and reputation, Naples, with its historic city center deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has just as many important archeological sites and landmarks.  Visit the Museo Archeologico Nazionale for a world-class collection of Egyptian and Graeco-Roman artifacts. And, if you’d like to venture a little deeper on your Naples cruise, then exploring Naples from below the ground is a must. Start with a trip into the basement of the San Lorenzo Maggiore church where you’ll find a partially excavated Roman market and a little deeper, just below the Roman ruins, you’ll find remnants from the Greeks to discover. And in the region where pizza was first invented, you know the food is going to be incredible. Whether you’re looking for a thin, wood-fired Margherita pie, spaghetti alle vongole or a zeppole dusted with confectioner’s sugar, Naples and her bountiful edible treasures is sure to please. Only 35 miles down the coast, Salerno offers you a rich history, but also boasts a marvelous collection of parks, natural wonders, and unique vantage points to take in the beauty of the Tyrrhenian Sea. Two cities. One incredible stretch of Italian coastline.

Day 12: Disembark Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy

The Celebrity Beyond will arrive in Rome early this morning.  

It’s time to disembark and make your way to the airport for your flight home.

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The Celebrity Beyond℠ takes an innovative outward-facing design further than ever, creating an even closer connection between you, the sea, and every exciting place on the horizon. Soak up the sun, salt breezes, and stunning scenery in newly expanded open-air spaces. Savor fine dining that rivals anything you’d find on land. And discover even more ways to relax and renew.

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Trip Overview

Port of Embarkation Information

  • Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy
  • June 26, 2023

Port of Disembarkation Information

  • Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy
  • July 7, 2023

Destinations Visited

  • Rome, Italy
  • Sicily (Messina), Italy
  • Santorini, Greece
  • Mykonos, Greece
  • Istanbul, Turkey (overnight)
  • Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey
  • Athens (Piraeus), Greece
  • Naples, Italy

Deposit

  • $450.00 per person double occupancy

Ready To Reserve Your Stateroom?

 

STATEROOM PRICES

E2 – Edge Stateroom with Infinite Verandah

  • $3879.00 per person double occupancy

E3 – Edge Stateroom with Infinite Verandah

(Partial View)
  •  $3809.00 per person double occupancy

02 – Ocean View

  • $3239.00 per person

Other Categories by Request

 

Prices and availability are subject to change.
Rates include all taxes and fees, gratuities, classic beverage package, and basic wifi.
Before reserving your stateroom, Sphera Travel will check to see if our cruise partner offers a lower rate than the group pricing.  We will always ensure you get the best value for your investment.
The host’s services may be withdrawn if the number of guests falls below the minimum required by the cruise line. 

 

    INCLUSIONS

    EXCLUSIONS

    Included

    • Stateroom taxes & fees
    • Meals onboard (other than specialty dining)
    • Classic Beverage Package (*Upgrades to Premium are available)
    • Tips (while onboard)
    • Wifi

    Host(s)

    • Onboard hosts during the duration of the cruise

    Benefits Of A Hosted Vacation

    • Onboard assistance
    • Clear communication among group
    • Exclusive Shore Excursions
    • Peace of Mind

    Sample Activities

    • Cocktail parties
    • Group Dining
    • Martini Tasting
    • Activities exclusive to our group are based on the number of cruisers booked.
    • Special surprises throughout the cruise

    EXCLUSIONS

    Insurance

    • Sphera Travel will supply you with a custom insurance quote after you reserve your stateroom.

    Transportation

    • Airfare to/from our embarkation/disembarkation port cities.  Sphera Travel will work with you to customize your flights. * Airline Ticketing Fee: $100.00 per person
    • Transfers to/from the airport(s) and cruise terminal(s)

    Shore Excursions

    • Sphera Travel will offer custom shore excursions at an additional cost.

    Pre/Post Night Packages

    • Sphera Travel will offer a special two-night pre-cruise package at an additional cost

    Gratuities other than onboard ship

     

    Meals other than indicated

    • Specialty Dining
    • Meals ashore

    Spa Treatments