PHOTO: The Seabourn Encore, via Seabourn
Seabourn’s 14-day Mediterranean Treasures cruise takes passengers on an amazing journey as they travel from Athens to Barcelona aboard the Seabourn Encore.
And every step of the way, passengers are assured of Seabourn’s incomparable service and attention to detail from stylishly outfitted guest suites to the impeccable table settings and shore excursions that allow passengers to immerse themselves in the history and culture of their chosen destination.
The Encore is reminiscent of a luxury yacht but with 300 luxurious suites equipped with such special touches as all-marble bathrooms and private verandas. Guests may choose from among six levels of accommodations, including two exclusive Grand Wintergarden Suites, the Penthouse and Penthouse Spa Suites, Signature Suites, Owners Suites and six classes of Veranda Suites. Additionally, the Encore features a holistic spa and wellness program created through a partnership with Dr. Andrew Weil.
When in not at sea, passengers aboard the Seabourn Encore have the opportunity to experience the best the Mediterranean has to offer as they make port in these 15 cities:
Pireas (Greece): A working port since 482 BC, Athens’ harbor has just as much to offer passengers who are fascinated by history as those who are more interested in the latest fashions. This bustling harbor is within easy distance of the Acropolis, noteworthy museums and charming shops and cafes.
Nafplion (Greece): Neoclassical homes and a carefully planned seafront go a long way to making this one of the Greek islands’ most charming small towns. This harbor hits below a Venetian fortress and served as the first modern capital after the Greek revolution in the early 1800s.
Katakolon (Olympia) (Greece): Just 15 miles from the sacred site where the Olympic Games got their start, this tiny commercial port is an export center for regional grapes, raisins, fruits and vegetables.
Kerkira, Nisos Kerkira (Corfu) (Greece): This harbor serves as the entry way to what has been described as the most richly endowed of the Greek Islands. Its rolling hills are home to vast olive groves, lemon and orange orchards and cypress and oleander.
Crotone (Italy): Picturesque beaches, a medieval cathedral and Charles V’s 16th-century castle and numerous art galleries and museums make this a perfect port for art and history lovers.
Syracuse (Italy): This ancient port city’s historic significance is rivaled only by its beauty. During its peak, its prestige rivaled that of Athens, and it served as home to such greats as Plato, Archimedes and Aeschylus.
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Amalfi (Italy): This stunning port city is part of the famed Amalfi Coast, known for its scenic wonders and quaint towns and villages. The drive from Amalfi to Positano has been called the most romantic drive in Italy.
Civitavecchia (Rome, Italy): Serving as one of the main entry points to the Eternal City, Rome’s harbor is steeped in history and art. What other port can lay claim to Renaissance fortifications that were completed by Michelangelo?
Bonifacio (Corsica, France): Stunning beaches, lovely countryside and the birthplace of Napoleon make for just a few reasons to explore this scenic island that is fast becoming a favorite alternative to the Riviera.
Livorno (Florence/Pisa): As the gateway to Tuscany, which the German poet once described as looking the way Italy should, this port city opens the door to some of Italy’s most picturesque countryside.
Santa Margherita Ligure: This laid-back resort and fishing town offers a little something for everyone, from sunbathing and boating to shopping and sightseeing.
Bandol (France): Tucked away in relative tranquility, this harbor offers a welcome respite from the excitement of the Cote d/Azur and nearby Marseille.
Palamos (Spain): Situated along the rugged Costa Brava, this port city features seven beaches, each magnificent in their own right, as well as Iberian archeological remains dating back to 6 BC and the Church of Sant Esteve on the beach.
Palma de Mallorca (Spain): This port city is more than 2,100 years old and serves as the entry point to one of the most popular of the Balearic Islands.
Barcelona (Spain): Spain’s second largest city is a bustling hub of culture, art (think Gaudi, Miro and Picasso to name a few), history and trendy shops and restaurants.