A voyage for those who want to step back in time and relax whilst doing so. From the birthplace of democracy to the romantic waterways of Venice, this cruise is a melange of picturesque coves and crystal clear waters, rich traditions and diverse cultures, gastronomic delights and breathtaking sunsets. The opera soloists of the Accademia Teatro all a Scala will perform during two evenings aboard make this soul-stirring voyage unmissable.
Day 1 – Piraeus (Athens)
(Thursday Sep 21 - Depart 22.00 hrs.)
It's no wonder that all roads lead to the fascinating and maddening metropolis of Athens. Lift your eyes 200 feet above the city to the Parthenon, its honey-colour marble columns rising from a massive limestone base, and you behold architectural perfection that has not been surpassed in 2,500 years. Today, this shrine of classical form dominates a 21st-century boomtown. To experience Athens—Athína in Greek—fully is to understand the essence of Greece: ancient monuments surviving in a sea of cement, startling beauty amid the squalor, tradition juxtaposed with modernity. Locals depend on humour and flexibility to deal with the chaos; you should do the same. The rewards are immense.
Day 2 – Monemvasia
(Friday Sep 22 - Arrive 8.00h hrs. Depart 16.00 hrs.)
Monemvasia boasts a varied and colourful history that can be traced to the 8th-century when Greeks fleeing the Slav invasion of Lakonia found refuge here. In its heyday it controlled sea travel between the Levant and European shores. The wall-encircled Lower Town extends along the slopes of a 985-foot-high crag that projects into the sea on the east side of the Peloponnese. For centuries an impressive stronghold, the population dwindled as the inhabitants moved to the mainland. But with the beginning of a restoration programme aimed to preserve Monemvasia's heritage, the Lower Town experienced a new lease on life, and people have begun to return. The Upper Town is situated on top of the Rock of Monemvasia.
Day 3 – Corfu
(Saturday Sep 23 - Arrive 12.00 hrs. Depart 19.00 hrs.)
Corfu town today is a vivid tapestry of cultures—a sophisticated weave, where charm, history, and natural beauty blend. Located about midway along the island's east coast, this spectacularly lively capital is the cultural heart of Corfu and has a remarkable historic centre that UNESCO designated as a World Heritage Site in 2007. All ships and planes dock or land near Corfu town, which occupies a small peninsula jutting into the Ionian Sea. Relax with a coffee or a gelato in Corfu town's shaded Liston arcade, then stroll the narrow lanes of its pedestrians-only quarter.
Day 3 – Kotor
(Sunday Sep 24 - Arrive 9.00 hrs. Depar. 19.00 hrs.)
Backed by imposing mountains, tiny Kotor lies hidden from the open sea, tucked into the deepest channel of the Bokor Kotorska (Kotor Bay), which is Europe's most southerly fjord. To many, this town is more charming than its sister UNESCO World Heritage Site, Dubrovnik, retaining more authenticity, but with fewer tourists and spared the war damage and subsequent rebuilding which has given Dubrovnik something of a Disney feel. Kotor's medieval Stari Grad (Old Town) is enclosed within well-preserved defensive walls built between the 9th and 18th centuries and is presided over by a proud hilltop fortress.
Day 4 – Hvar
(Monday Sep 25 - Arrive 8.00 hrs. Depart 16.00 hrs.)
The Croatian island of Hvar bills itself as the "sunniest island in the Adriatic." Not only does it have the figures to back up this claim—an annual average of 2,724 hours of sunshine—but it also makes visitors a sporting proposition, offering them a money-back guarantee if there are seven consecutive days of snow (snow has been known to fall here; the last time being February 2012).
Day 5 – Koper
(Tuesday Sep 26 – Arrive 8.00 hrs. Depart 23.00 hrs.)
Today a port town surrounded by industrial suburbs, Koper nevertheless warrants a visit. The Republic of Venice made Koper the regional capital during the 15th and 16th centuries, and the magnificent architecture of the Old Town bears witness to the spirit of those times. The most important buildings are clustered around Titov trg, the central town square. Here stands the Cathedral with its fine Venetian Gothic facade and bell tower dating back to 1664. Across the square the splendid Praetor's Palace, formerly the seat of the Venetian Grand Council, combines Gothic and Renaissance styles.
Day 6 & 7 – Venice
(From Wednesday Sep 27 to Thursday Sep 28 - Arrive 8.00 hrs. )
Venice is a city unlike any other. No matter how often you've seen it in photos and films, the real thing is more dreamlike than you could imagine. With canals where streets should be, water shimmers everywhere. The fabulous palaces and churches reflect centuries of history in what was a wealthy trading centre between Europe and the Orient. Getting lost in the narrow alleyways is a quintessential part of exploring Venice, but at some point you'll almost surely end up in Piazza San Marco, where tourists and locals congregate for a coffee or an aperitif.
Silver Spirit combines the award-winning hallmarks of the Silversea luxury cruise experience with expanded amenities and exciting new venues for dining and entertainment. Dine on fresh sushi and innovative Asian fusion cuisine at Seishin, meet friends at Stars Supper Club for small plate specialties and live entertainment, or recharge and rejuvenate in the 8,300-square foot spa and fitness centre of the Silver Spirit. Featuring the largest suites in the Silversea fleet, Silver Spirit offers a lively, convivial atmosphere for cosmopolitan travellers who enjoy a greater variety of shipboard diversions, yet crave the personalised service and authentic and “up-close” experiences for which Silversea is known. More ways to play … and to relax … Silver Spirit.
GUESTS: 540 CREW: 376 LENGTH: 642 Feet / 198.5 Meters
Silversea's ocean view suites are some of the most spacious in cruising, and all include the services of a butler. Select your suite and Request a Quote - guests who book early are rewarded with the best fares and ability to select their desired suite.
1,292 ft² / 120m² including veranda, Deck 8
The name Owners Suite says it all. A stylish apartment. Prestigious and classic. For those who seek the superlative level of space, comfort and service on board. Available as a one-bedroom configuration or as two-bedrooms (as illustrated) by adjoining with a Vista Suite.
1,425–1,532 ft² / 132–142m² including veranda, Deck 8/9
Expertly designed and exquisitely appointed. Ideal for entertaining friends while you cruise or enjoying a quiet dinner “at home”. Available as a one-bedroom configuration or as two-bedrooms (as illustrated) by linking with an adjoining Veranda Suite.
990 ft² / 92m² including veranda, Deck 7
Stately describes the Royal Suite. Commanding and majestic. Perfect for entertaining. Enough living space to roam. The pinnacle of good living. Available as a one-bedroom configuration or as two bedrooms (as illustrated) by linking with an adjoining Veranda Suite.
742 ft² / 69m² including veranda, Deck 10/11
Stylish and sophisticated. Separate dining and living rooms. Larger verandas. Situated mid-ship. Perfection in design for comfortable living. Silver Suites accommodate three guests (there is a sofa bed in the living area).
376 ft² / 35m² including veranda, Deck 5/6/7/8/9
A Silversea signature, the Veranda Suite is spacious and welcoming. Floor-to-ceiling glass doors open onto a furnished private teak veranda. Each spectacular sunset feels like it is yours alone. Some Veranda Suites accommodate three guests (there is a sofa bed in the living area).
Veranda 4, 5 and 6 offer preferred central location with identical accommodation to Veranda 1, 2 and 3.
312 ft² / 29m², Deck 4
A quiet sanctuary. The sitting area of the Vista Suite has plenty of room to relax. Large picture windows frame panoramic ocean views. The perfect backdrop for breakfast in bed during the cruise. Some Vista Suites accommodate three guests (there is a sofa bed in the living area).
From / To
Dublin / Athens
13.3 5 hrs.
Venice Treviso / Dublin
Fares from €196.00 (with checked luggage) – call us for a quotation
*Flight into Athens departs on the 20th. You will need to spend 1 night in Athens before boarding your cruise on the 21st.
Prices are per person sharing (flights not included)
Thu 21 Sep
Thu 28 Sep
Prices are subject to change
How to reserve a place(s): a completed booking form with a deposit of 25% of the total cost (payment by cash/cheque /debit or credit card) should be sent directly to MAP Travel. The balance will be due 120 days prior to sailing – payment by cash/cheque or debit card.
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