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Sail the sights of Santorini, Florence & Cannes

There’s many things to like about the itinerary of this cruise, not least the deal Luxury Escapes have laid on, 13 nights from A$3,299 /person, saving you 16%.

A major like for this Mildrover is the Rome stay to start and then a couple of ports you don’t often see combined on the same cruise, Valetta in Malta, Florence and the French Riviera film festival town of Cannes.

I think Valetta is very underrated, it seeps history from every pore and is a unique European Arabic mix of cultures, language and influences.

It’s Europe’s southernmost capital and UNESCO described it as “one of the most concentrated historic areas in the world” when it named Valletta a World Heritage Site.

Great food, lovely people, ask any Maltese Australian if you don’t believe me!

OK then, as Luxury Escapes says, embark on an Epic odyssey as you chart your way through the Mediterranean’s most enchanting ports, sun-kissed beaches and charming islands on an unforgettable 11-night cruise, departing from Rome onboard Norwegian Cruise Line’s spectacular Norwegian Epic.

Start your journey in Italy’s capital and enjoy two nights of boutique pre-cruise accommodation at The Hoxton, Rome (or similar), with plenty of time to savour the city’s magnificent palazzos and legendary gallerias.

Encounter incredible churches hidden down the most unassuming of streets, ancient statues, Byzantine mosaics adorning world-class museums and buildings that have stood for thousands of years.

From the Pantheon to the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain to the Vatican and Piazza Barberini to the Borghese Museum, work your way around the Baroque icons of the city, stopping off for an oven-crisp pizza, that perfect bowl of pasta or a cheeky negroni — not to mention a serve of gelato or Italian coffee.

Mykonos, Greece

Then, set off to explore the Med’s best, with stops in Mykonos and Santorini, plus visits to Malta, Naples, Florence and the French Riviera.

When you’re not exploring the extraordinary, you’ll be staying in the most spacious accommodations at sea.

Plus, savour mouth-watering cuisine, with all-inclusive daily dining at select onboard restaurants, a Premium Drinks Package including standard soft drinks, spirits, cocktails, wines by the glass and bottled or draught beer, along with US$50 shore excursion credit per stateroom, per port.

Three Days, Three Countries

Day 8: Corfu, Greece

Framed by dramatic blue waters and topped with hillside villages, Corfu has a well-deserved reputation as Greece’s lushest island. Rich in history, with white beaches that overlook the dazzling waters of the Ionian Sea, Corfu is a perfect taste of Greek coastal culture.

Wander through the streets of Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, or unwind on one of the island’s many secluded coves and balmy beaches.

Day 9: Valletta, Malta

Arrive into Valletta – the capital of Malta, home to one of the world’s longest-enduring knightly orders – in the afternoon and spend the day getting to know one of Europe’s most exceptional cities.

Valetta prides itself on its magnificent Baroque palaces, piazzas, gardens and churches, and each is well worth your time.

Day 10: Messina (Sicily), Italy

Taormina, Sicily, Italy

Sicily’s third-largest city, Messina, dazzles with extraordinary religious architecture, sun-soaked palazzos and extravagant fountains.

Stroll through the Piazza Cairoli and enjoy a glass of Marsala wine – one of Sicily’s fondest exports – at any of the cafes in the city.

Your journey takes you to: Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy – Santorini, Greece – Mykonos – Athens (Piraeus) – Corfu – Valetta, Malta – Messina (Sicily), Italy – Naples – Florence/Pisa (Livorno) – Cannes, France – Rome.

For all pricing and bookings from Luxury Escapes CLICK HERE or call 1300 820 853

Michael G Browne
Michael G Browne
Michael G Browne is a crime author (Money Bags), comedy writer an inveterate traveller.

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