Mediterranean Odyssey aboard Viking Sea

Trip Date: 
Sunday, March 5, 2017 - Friday, March 17, 2017
Trip Location: 
Barcelona, Spain to Venice, Italy

After three popular and successful Viking river cruises in Europe (on the Rhine, the Danube and the

Seine), Mind’s Eye Travel offers its first Viking ocean cruise. This will be a 13-day voyage

through the Mediterranean Sea, visiting 10 cities in six countries in the spring of 2017. Viking does a

superb job of immersing its passengers in the culture of their destinations through guided excursions

in each port, as well as lectures or performances of music, art, cooking, dance and history. And, as

always, Mind’s Eye Travel will provide its customized services and sighted guides as needed.

 

We will sail aboard the ultramodern Viking Sea, whose maiden voyage was in April 2016. Viking Sea

takes just 930 passengers (less than a third of most cruise liners’ complements) yet is 745 feet long

with 10 decks, so she is relaxed and uncrowded. Among other features, the ship has two swimming

pools, several restaurants and lounges—including the Wintergarden, Mamsen’s and the Explorer’s

Lounge, the Aquavit Terrace and a World Café—plus a spa and gym, a library, sports deck, salon,

theatre and shops. Viking’s ocean-going vessels have been called the world’s best new cruise ships.

 

Day 1 (Sunday, March 5, 2017) — Arrive in Spain

We’ll board Viking Sea in Barcelona, where we’ll spend the night and the next day. This provides

ample time to settle in and relax, and also to explore this ancient capital of Catalonia, a world center

of culture, architecture and trade. Highlights include the Columbus Monument, the Arc de Triomf, the

Olympic Port built for the 1992 Olympic Games and the Passeig de Gràcia, a street renowned for its

shops and buildings, including works by Antoni Gaudí. We may combine our own ramblings with

ship’s tours such as a performance of flamenco dancing over a meal of traditional Spanish tapas.

 

Day 2 — Barcelona

Awake aboard ship and dig deeper into the wonders of Barcelona, where the ancient and the modern

sit side-by-side. We might start on Las Ramblas, the leafy, mile-long pedestrian boulevard, and then

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

take a leisurely stroll through the myriad side streets of the Gothic Quarter, or choose one of the

many available Viking tours. Tonight we sail to France.

 

Day 3 — Toulon, France

Toulon, the seaport of the Napoleonic Wars, is the gateway to Provence, the fabled French

countryside of wines, cheeses and olives. We’ll have a day to walk the narrow streets and lovely

squares of the city’s Old Quarter. We may pass through the Place de la Liberté and the Place Puget,

visit the Gothic cathedral and browse the colorful market of Cours Lafayette. You may prefer to visit

the coastal towns of Aix-en-Provence or Cassis, and the dramatic sea cliffs of Cap Canaille. If you

catch a whiff of lavender or the scent of bouillabaisse from a nearby café, stop and indulge yourself!

 

Day 4 — Monte Carlo

Today we’ll wake up in Monaco, the playground of the rich and famous that lies within the beautiful

South of France. Visit medieval Monte Carlo, stopping at the Prince’s Palace and St. Nicholas

Cathedral, the burial site of Monaco’s royal family, including America’s Princess, Grace Kelly.

Perhaps you’ll venture out of town to the celebrated perfumeries in Grasse, or stroll along the English

promenade in glamorous Nice. Our ship will stay late in port, so we will also have time to step inside

the Casino de Monte-Carlo, the legendary gambling mecca frequented by James Bond.

 

Day 5 — Tuscany, Italy

Immerse yourself in the beauty of Tuscany with a visit to the medieval city of Pisa, including the

Square of Miracles with the famous Leaning Tower, the Cathedral and the Baptistery. Or take a full-

day tour that combines both Pisa and Florence, beginning with a scenic drive through the countryside

and then the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, the Ponte Vecchio and the Basilica of Santa Croce,

the resting place of Michelangelo. Tonight we’re onward bound to Rome!

 

Day 6 — Rome

We’ll explore the Eternal City and its classical treasures with a local guide. We’ll marvel at the

magnificent Coliseum, where gladiators once fought for the crowds, and the historic Forum, the

gathering place and political center of ancient Rome, and of course Vatican City. Or choose one of

the fascinating tours that visits Tarquinia’s Etruscan necropolis or the excavated port town of Ostia.

 

Day 7 — Naples

Take in magnificent examples of Greek and Roman architecture and the Piazza del Plebiscito, the

grand public square at the former royal palace. Or visit Herculaneum, buried and preserved by

volcanic ash, drive along the stunning Amalfi Coast, or climb to the top of Mt. Vesuvius. Don’t forget

to sample the espresso, the pizza (the world’s first pizzeria opened here in 1830) and the limoncello.

 

Day 8 — Crossing the Ionian Sea

Bask all day in Viking Sea‘s comforts. Swim in the infinity pool, with its dramatic ocean views. Relax

with a massage or skin treatment at the Scandinavian-style spa, or learn to make the perfect risotto

during a cooking class at The Kitchen Table. Or just relax on your veranda while passing the

“Lighthouse of the Mediterranean,” the volcano of Stromboli. That’s Greece on the horizon.

 

 

 

 

 

Day 9 — Corfu, Greece

We’ll spend today on the romantic island of Corfu, resplendent with charming pastel townhouses and

pristine white beaches. Our tour takes us to Kanoni, where we will make a photo stop at tiny Mouse

Island and the Vlacherna Monastery. Following the coastline through Garitsa Bay will take us to the

UNESCO Site of the Old Town. There we’ll see the famous Esplanade, one of Europe’s largest public

squares, and the Liston Promenade, once the exclusive preserve of the local aristocracy.

 

Day 10 — Dubrovnik, Croatia

George Bernard Shaw declared, “Those who seek paradise on earth should come to Dubrovnik”—

Croatia’s beautiful 12th-century walled city. Our options include a drive to see the magnificent views

of the city, sea and countryside, then entering the city on foot through the historic Pile Gate to the

Sponza Palace, the Onofrio Fountain and the Dominican Monastery with its Renaissance paintings.

Or we may explore the famed Dubrovnik Riviera on a day cruise along the Lapad Peninsula.

 

Day 11 — Splît, Croatia

The Age of Antiquity seems still alive in this city that was built around the Roman Emperor

Diocletian’s vast palace. The historic quarter is the result of more than 17 centuries of construction,

including pre-Romanesque churches and Gothic chapels. Or choose a rafting excursion on the Cetina

River, a drive through the countryside to the famous waterfalls of Krka National Park, or a day of

discovering smaller, more intimate attractions along the Dalmatian coast.

 

Day 12 — Venice

The ultimate destination on our epic voyage is the magical canal city of Venice, renowned for its art,

architecture and culture. Watch it take form as Viking Sea eases her way into the lagoon. Enjoy the

panoramic view toward magnificent St. Mark’s Square on our tour, and with our guide we’ll admire the

glorious façade of the Doge’s Palace and the ornate interior of Saint Mark’s Basilica. Or take a boat

taxi to the island of Murano to see glassmakers working in their centuries-old trade. Tonight we stay

in port so you may enjoy a fine restaurant, the vibrant nightlife and perhaps a romantic evening

gondola ride along the Grand Canal.

 

Day 13 (Friday, March 17, 2017) — Venice

Awake in Venice, where we will depart the ship. You may of course choose to spend a few extra days

here, to further explore this unique city or other parts of Italy, before returning home.

 Prices

 

Deluxe Veranda                           $5,990 per person, double occupancy*

Deluxe Veranda passengers may board ship at 11:00 AM on Sunday, March 5, 2017, and their staterooms will

be available by 2:00 PM. In addition, they have priority on shore-excursion reservations up to 67 days before

sailing, and are guaranteed at least one priority reservation at each specialty restaurant (to be made 60 days

prior to departure). A description of Deluxe Veranda rooms, furnishings and benefits is below.

 

Penthouse Veranda                $7,490 per person, double occupancy**

Penthouse Veranda passengers may board ship at 11:00 AM on Sunday, March 5, 2017, and their staterooms

will be available by 1:00 PM. In addition, they have priority on shore-excursion reservations up to 77 days

before sailing, and are guaranteed at least two priority reservations at each specialty restaurant (to be made 70

days prior to departure). A description of Penthouse Veranda rooms, furnishings and benefits is below.

 

Mind’s Eye will provide sighted guides. If you travel with a sighted friend or family member, a $500

discount is applied to you and your cabin mate’s fare.

• A $750 deposit per person is required to hold space; balances are due by December 10, 2016.

• There is a cancellation fee of $100.

• Prices are based on double occupancy and do not include airfares, personal items, gratuities or,

except as noted below, alcoholic beverages.

 

Please note that Viking cruises are not only very comfortable, but also excellent value. In

addition to the deluxe veranda or penthouse staterooms, these all-in prices include 10 shore

excursions; all onboard meals with wine, beer or soft drinks; coffee, tea and room service available

around the clock; free Wi-Fi; any restaurant reservation fees, and all port charges and taxes. These

often amount to more than $350 per couple per day of added value compared to other cruise lines.

 

* Deluxe Veranda staterooms measure 270 square feet (with veranda) and include a king-size

Viking Explorer bed with luxury linens • luxury robes, slippers & toiletries • mini-bar with soft drinks,

water & snacks, replenished once daily • binoculars, coffee maker & cashmere blanket • direct-dial

satellite phone & cell service • security safe, hair dryer, 110/220 volt outlets • free Wi-Fi • large flat-

screen LCD TV • Interactive TV & movies on demand • 24-hour room service.

 

** Penthouse Veranda staterooms are 338 square feet (with the veranda) and include a king-size

Viking Explorer bed with luxury linens • luxury robes, slippers & toiletries • mini-bar with alcoholic

beverages, soft drinks, water & snacks, replenished once daily • binoculars, coffee maker &

cashmere blanket • direct-dial satellite phone & cell service • security safe, hair dryer, 110/220 volt

outlets • free Wi-Fi • large flat-screen LCD TV • Interactive TV & movies on demand • 24-hour room

service • shoe shining and clothes pressing • bottle of Champagne. 

Contact us about this trip to begin your reservation today!

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