MSC Cruise – Greek Islands, Albania & Croatia Cruise
From Venice to Venice
Fares from € 1,089 per person
Cruise Ship: MSC MUSICA
Cruise Itinerary: Italy, Greece, Albania, Croatia
Embarkation Port: Venice, Italy
Duration: 8 Days, 7 Nights
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Welcome to MSC Musica
MSC Musica not only launched a new class of ecological cruise ship, she launched a new class of cruise – a spacious world of graceful lines and superlative choice, enriched by the creativity, fine natural materials and attention to detail that have always distinguished MSC Cruises. Life aboard is beautiful from the moment you step on board; from the central foyer’s three-tier waterfall to its see-through piano, floating suspended on a crystal floor above a pool of shimmering water. The designer venues on board are equally inspiring, whether you’re dancing to a band in the dazzling Crystal Lounge, pausing in the stylish Havana Club cigar lounge, treating yourself to a wine tasting, gaming in the Sanremo Casino or sitting back to a superb live show in the stunning La Scala Theatre.
Day 1: Venice, Italy
Saturday, 05 Oct 2019 – Departure: 16:30
MSC Cruises shore excursions can be a clever option for visiting the monuments that draw the largest cruise crowds in Venice: the Basilica di San Marco – the mausoleum of the city’s patron saint – and the Palazzo Ducale – the home of the doge and all the governing councils. Certainly these are the most dramatic structures in Venice: the first a mosaic-clad emblem of Venice’s Byzantine origins, the second perhaps the finest of all secular Gothic buildings. But you would be rewarded for visiting every parish: a roll-call of the churches worth visiting would feature over fifty names, and a list of the important paintings and sculptures they contain would be twice as long.
Day 2: Brindisi, Italy
Sunday, 06 Oct 2019 – Arrival: 13.00 – Departure: 18.00
Once a bridging point for crusading knights and now a not to be missed stop in any Mediterranean cruises, Brindisi is still a town that makes its living from people passing through, just like you on your MSC cruise ship! An unforgettable experience could just be to while away your holiday time in a bar or restaurant in Brindisi’s old town. The old town has a pleasant, almost oriental flavour about it, with a few hidden gems tucked down its narrow streets.
Day 3: Katakolon, Greece
Monday, 07 Oct 2019 – Arrival: 11.00 – Departure: 17.00
A holiday to Greece during an MSC cruise of the Mediterranean means history and myth. Katakolon is a tiny seaside town in Greece in the bay of Agios Andreas, only 20 km away from the ancient site of Olympia. The historic associations and resonance of Olympia, which for over a millennium hosted the most important Panhellenic games, are rivalled only by Delphi or Mycenae. MSC Mediterranean cruises offer comprehensive excursions to Olympia. It is one of the largest ancient sites in Greece, spread beside the twin rivers of Alfiós and Kládhios, and overlooked by the Hill of Krónos.
Day 4: Mykonos, Greece
Tuesday, 08 Oct 2019 – Arrival: 08.00 – Departure: 19.00
When sailing on an MSC cruise to the Mediterranean Sea, Mýkonos is the quintessential image of the Cyclades. In summer most people head out to the beaches during the day, so early morning or late afternoon are the best times to wander the maze of narrow streets. The labyrinthine design was supposed to confuse the pirates who plagued Mýkonos in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, and it has the same effect on today’s visitors.
Day 5: Piraeus, Greece
Wednesday, 09 Oct 2019 – Arrival: 7.30 – Departure: 16.30
Pireas (Piraeus) is the port of call for you during an MSC cruise to the Mediterranean. It has been the port of Athens since Classical times, when the so-called Long Walls, scattered remnants of which can still be seen, were built to connect it to the city. Today it’s a substantial metropolis in its own right. The island ferries leaving from the port where your MSC cruise ship awaits your return are the reason most people come here; if you’re spending any time here, though, the real attractions of the place are around the small-boat harbours of Zéa Marina and Mikrolímano on the opposite side of the small peninsula.
Day 6: Sarande, Albania
Thursday, 10 Oct 2019 – Arrival: 12.00 – Departure: 20.00
Thanks to one of the most beautiful natural environments of the entire Albanian coast, with its beaches of small natural stones and a wonderful blue sea, Sarande – near the border with Greece, from its seaside you can see Corfù – has become one of the most appreciated tourist destinations in the Ionian Sea. One of your MSC Cruises destinations in the Mediterranean, this coastal city is one of the most modern in the entire region, and offers its visitors, in addition to the sea, many historical and environmental beauties to be admired.
Day 7: Dubrovnik, Croatia
Friday, 11 Oct 2019 – Arrival: 9.00 – Departure: 15.00
A walled, sea-battered city lying at the foot of a grizzled mountain, Dubrovnik is Croatia’s most popular cruise destination, and it’s not difficult to see why. Waiting to be valued on an MSC Mediterranean cruise excursion its essentially medieval town was reshaped by Baroque planners after a disastrous earthquake of 1667; Dubrovnik’s historic core seems to have been suspended in time ever since.
Day 8: Venice, Italy
Saturday, 12 Oct 2019 – Arrival: 9.00
Enjoy your cruise holiday in Venice walking in Piazza San Marco: the only piazza in Venice, all other squares being campi or campielli. Its parades, festivities and markets have always drawn visitors, the biggest attraction once being the trade fair known as the Fiera della Sensa, which kept the Piazza buzzing for the fortnight following the Ascension Day ceremony of the Marriage of Venice to the Sea; nowadays the Piazza is the focal point of the Carnevale shenanigans.
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