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July 19 - 31, 2020

Monumental Mediterranean

Venice to Rome

The Six-Star Crystal Serenity

Join Roberta and Arnold Salob on this memorable cruise!

From the Doges Palace to the Sistine Chapel, a voyage blessed with monumental beauty – walled cities lining the Adriatic coast, villages clinging to cliffs in Italy and Sicily, the marvel of the Parthenon, the intrigue of Pompeii.

All this, plus Roberta and Arnold's exciting bridge program!

Participation in our fun-filled bridge groups is available only by booking direct with us at Bridge Holidays LLC

FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO BOOK THIS CRUISE:
Call us at: 516.626.9000 or 800.807.7009
E-mail: cruises@bridgeholidays.com

ITINERARY

July 19

Venice, Italy

July 20

Venice, Italy

July 21

Split, Croatia

July 22

Kotor, Montenegro

July 23

Corfu, Greece

July 24

Cruising the Adriatic Sea

July 25

Athens (Piraeus), Greece

July 26

Santorini, Greece

July 27

Cruising the Ionian Sea

July 28

Valletta, Malta

July 29

Taormina/Giardini Naxos, Italy

July 30

Sorrento, Italy

July 31

Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy

July 19 - Venice, Italy

Embark PM

July 20 - Venice, Italy

Depart 5 PM

One of the world's most enchanting cities, Venice is comprised of more than 100 separate islands and a labyrinthine of canals laced together by a string of 400 intricate bridges. A whimsical stroll through the city leads to a hidden world of ornately decorated piazzas and a legacy of Baroque architecture. Admire the richness of St. Mark's Basilica and the lavishness of the Palazzo Ducale.

July 21 - Split, Croatia

8 AM to 6 PM

Travel beyond the walls of one of the most majestic cities on the Croatian Adriatic Coast. Spilt has a prestigious reputation for impressive architecture, famous museums and cultural constructs that should not be missed.

July 22 - Kotor, Montenegro

8 AM to 5 PM

Few places in the world boast such clear architectural accounts of their full histories as does UNESCO-listed Kotor and its bay. Roam the city squares and enjoy sweeping ocean views as you follow footsteps through time, including fortifications dating from the 9th century, significant churches and cathedrals from the 12th-15th centuries, the 17th-century Prince's Palace and the 19th-century Napoleon's Theatre.

July 23 - Corfu, Greece

8 AM to 6 PM

Immerse yourself in this immaculately preserved island covered in cypress and olive trees. Corfu is considered one of the Mediterranean's best kept secrets and its elegant downtown area, serene beaches and warm breezes will leave you truly captivated.

July 24 - Cruising the Adriatic Sea

July 25 - Athens (Piraeus), Greece

8 AM to 6 AM

Venture through Greece’s largest port city, Piraeus, as you make your way to the cradle of Western culture. Athens has long since been the location of myth and muse, and its ancient heritage is still an incredible source of inspiration.

July 26 - Santorini, Greece

7 AM to 8:30 PM

Of all the Cyclades Islands, Santorini is often considered the most dramatic with its dark landscape and iconic whitewashed buildings. The rich soil is ideal for grapes and local vines produce a cherished crop known for its special volcanic taste. Picturesque "Thíra," or Fira Town, laid out along the edge of a cliff at the rim of the now extinct caldera, exudes an easy charm.

July 27 - Cruising the Ionian Sea

July 28 - Valletta, Malta

8 AM to 6 PM

A treasure trove of cultures, Valletta is a monument to the past, founded in 1566 by the Grand Master of the Knights of St. John. Be sure to see the Magisterial Palace and St. John's Cathedral, lavishly decorated with the coats of arms and banners of the crusading knights. Beyond Valletta, the countryside, although austere and rocky, has a special charm.

July 29 - Taormina/Giardini Naxos, Italy

7:30 AM to 5 PM

The largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, Sicily was for centuries the center of the known world. Its unique geographic position made the island vulnerable to attacks, while also making it a meeting place of Mediterranean civilizations, a bridge between the East and West. Situated at the foot of Mt. Etna, Taormina embodies the essence of Sicily.

July 30 - Sorrento, Italy

7:30 AM to 6 PM

Dramatic bluffs and craggy cliffs draped with flowing pink blossoms are the welcoming vision to this romantic port renowned for its serene way of life.

July 31 - Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy

Disembark AM

Venture through Civitavecchia, noted for its fine seafood and beautiful monuments. Then, travel to the Eternal City of Rome, with more than 2,500 years of history and ancient landmarks that will leave you with memories for a lifetime.

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Venice

Panoramic Venice

July 20

Boarding your vessel at the pier, glide along the broad Giudecca Canal through the center of Venice to Saint George’s Island. Proceeding across the southern lagoon, pass the beautiful islands of San Lazzaro.

Continue along the Lido, a long strip of land dividing the Lagoon and the Adriatic Sea. Next, enter the canal that separates the two islands, Le Vignole and Sant’Erasmo.

Before returning to the pier and your Crystal ship, pass the ancient church of San Pietro di Castello, view the island of Murano, and marvel at the vast walled dockyard called the Arsenale, once the most efficient naval complex in Europe.

Important Notes: While this excursion involves very little walking, guests are required to embark and disembark vessels that sit low to the water. It is recommended that guests dress in casual clothing, bring a light jacket or sweater, and wear flat, comfortable shoes. Although it is not anticipated that you will get wet on this excursion, any electronic devices (such as MP3 players, cell phones, cameras, etc.), as well as any valuable items must be stored in a sealable, waterproof dry bag or left on board the ship. Any damage occurring to these items are the responsibility of the guests. The order of sights visited may vary. This excursion will operate in all weather conditions. A minimum number of bookings is required for this excursion to operate. Pre-reservation of this Crystal Adventures excursion is recommended.

Excursion Code:

VEN-A

Level:

Soft

Highlights:

Created for guests who prefer less walking, this excursion by motor launch features the most picturesque side of Venice.

Duration:

2 hours

Price:

$119

Availability:

Limited

Kotor, Montenegro

Panoramic Budva & Montenegro Coast

July 22

Departing the pier, enjoy your scenic journey to the city of Budva. Along the way, stop at a vantage point overlooking Sveti Stefan, or Saint Stephen. Dating to the 15th century, Sveti Stefan is a tiny town situated on a small island connected to the mainland by two sandy beaches. Today, this former fishing village is a premier resort, where guests can enjoy the Old-World atmosphere of its high walls and red-tile-roofed buildings.

Continuing your travels, you will soon arrive in Budva, one of the oldest settlements on the Adriatic coast. After a short stroll through the town’s narrow streets, pause at a local restaurant, where you will enjoy refreshments served on a beautiful terrace.

Inspired by the history and vistas of Montenegro, return to your Crystal ship.

Important Notes: Guests must be a minimum of 18 years old in order to consume alcoholic beverages. It is recommended that guests dress in casual clothing, and wear flat, comfortable shoes. The order of sights visited may vary. This excursion will operate in all weather conditions. A minimum number of bookings is required for this excursion to operate. Pre-reservation of this Crystal Adventures excursion is recommended.

Excursion Code:

KTR-A

Level:

Soft

Highlights:

For guests looking forward to an introduction to the Montenegro coast with less walking, this excursion by air-conditioned motor coach is the perfect choice.

Duration:

4 hours

Price:

$79

Availability:

Limited

Santorini (Thíra), Greece

Archaeological Site of Akrotiri & Village of Oia

July 26

Board your air-conditioned motor coach in Athinios for the 30-minute journey to Akrotiri.

Located on the southwestern tip of the island, the site was discovered in 1967 by Professor Spyros Marinatos. Subsequent excavations brought to light a remarkably well-preserved site, featuring two- and three-story houses decorated with frescoes, an advanced drainage system, and many objects of artwork, pottery and furniture. Reclaimed from the earth, the remains of the city offer a picture of a society that, for its time, was well organized and prosperous. Akrotiri’s epoch of productivity and affluence came to an abrupt end when a volcanic eruption buried the entire town. Your visit gives you the chance to appreciate not only the ancient finds but also the recent improvements to the grounds and the structure that houses the site, including a modern bio-climatic rooftop that protects the ancient settlement, which is still being excavated.

Your adventure continues as you rejoin your motor coach and enjoy a 30-minute drive, crossing the island to reach what is perhaps its most picturesque town, Oia. Once a major fishing harbor, the village is today a quiet retreat. Built high up on the ridge of red rocks, Oia boasts breathtaking views of the blue Aegean Sea.

Take some time to wander along the town’s narrow lanes and admire the old, beautiful houses and tiny shops.

After about 45 minutes, leave Oia and return to Fira Town, where you may either take the cable car down to the port or remain in town to investigate its streets and various shops on your own.

Important Notes: As this excursion involves approximately one hour of walking at the Akrotiri site and approximately 30 minutes of walking in Oia, including over uneven and cobblestone surfaces, it is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties. It is recommended that guests wear flat, comfortable shoes. Some crowding can be expected at Akrotiri. The order of sights visited may vary. This excursion will operate in all weather conditions. Pre-reservation of this Crystal Adventures excursion is recommended.

Excursion Code:

SAN-I

Level:

Moderate

Highlights:

After nearly six years of being closed, the archaeological site of Akrotiri has reopened to the public. Why not take this opportunity to marvel at the excavated remains of Akrotiri, the Minoan city that was buried by volcanic ash in the middle of the second millennium BC.

Duration:

4 hours

Price:

$119

Availability:

Limited

Valletta, Malta

Malta at War

July 28

Departing the pier, enjoy a drive around Valletta, viewing the bastions as you make your way into the heart of the city, Malta’s capital and site of the June 10, 1940, attack by Italian bombers that catapulted Malta into the fray of war.

Visit the Upper Barrakka Gardens and admire panoramic views of the Grand Harbor and Saluting Battery before proceeding by foot to the Lascaris War Rooms. It was here in this secret, underground war headquarters that the defense of Malta was conducted. Winston Churchill, campaigning against the advancing tyranny of Hitler and Mussolini, considered Malta to be a vital part of war strategy, a stronghold from which the Allies could sustain their North African operations and launch an assault on mainland Italy.

Essential to the war effort, Malta nonetheless suffered greatly during what became known as the Siege of Malta, the rain of bombs that fell upon Malta in 1942. Some 6,700 tons of enemy bombs were dropped on the island in 154 days, the war’s record for the heaviest sustained bombing attack.

After your compelling visit to the war rooms, rejoin your motor coach and head to Vittoriosa to pay a call to The Malta at War Museum, where you will survey exhibits documenting the dark days of the Blitz. As former home to the Royal Navy in Malta, Vittoriosa was one of the most bombed locations during World War II. A viewing of the original wartime documentary, Malta G.C., and an exploration of an underground air-raid shelter offers deeper insights into times of war.

Return to your Crystal ship having discovered the strength and sacrifice of the Maltese people and all who fought in the now-peaceful Mediterranean.

Important Notes: As this excursion involves some stair climbing and extensive walking over sometimes uneven and inclined surfaces, it is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties. It is recommended that guests dress in casual clothing, a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen, as well as wear flat, comfortable shoes. The order of sights visited may vary. The operation of this excursion is dependent on prevailing weather conditions. A minimum number of bookings is required for this excursion to operate. Pre-reservation of this Crystal Adventures excursion is recommended.

Excursion Code:

VAL-K

Level:

Moderate

Highlights:

Today a serene and peaceful place for vacationers and sun-worshippers, Malta once was a stage for combat, playing a significant role in WWII. The efforts came at a huge cost, however, as Malta suffered the heaviest sustained bombing attacks of the entire war. Visit the Lascaris War Rooms and The Malta at War Museum to gain important insights to an island, and a world, at war.

Duration:

4 hours

Price:

$109

Availability:

Limited

FARES

All Fares are Per Person, Double Occupancy
(Single fares in Brackets)

Fares are All-Inclusive: All beverages (including wine & liquor), WiFi/internet and gratuities are included.

Port Charge: $540

* Fares include the Book Now Savings and the Early Payment Discount (before 10/12/2019).

Call us for air fares.

Save More: Crystal Society Discount, Onboard Booking Discount

Category (Deck) Our Discounted Fares
with Book Now Savings*
(single fares: call for discounted fares and availability)
C3 (7)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Large Picture Window (Forward)
$ 5,249
C2 (7)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Large Picture Window (slightly limited view)
$ 5,649
C1 (7)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Large Picture Window
$ 5,999
B3 (8)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Verandah (Forward)
$ 6,349
B2 (8)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Verandah (slightly limited view)
$ 6,499
B1 (8)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Verandah
$ 6,649
A2 (9)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Verandah (Forward)
$ 6,749
A1 (9)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Verandah
$ 6,849
P2 (10)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Verandah (Forward)
$ 6,949
P1 (10)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Verandah
$ 7,049
PH, SH (10, 11)
Penthouse w/ Verandah & Butler
$ 10,199
PS, SP (10, 11)
Penthouse Suite w/ Verandah & Butler
$ 14,049