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Venice and the Mediterranean

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The myriad sights of the Med await…

Join Saga Pearl II on this voyage of discovery and delve into the fascinating cultures of the Mediterranean and Adriatic. Taste port in Oporto, enjoy an evening ashore in the baroque city of Valletta and a night exploring incomparable Venice, visit the Dalmatian seaports of Zadar and UNESCO-listed Dubrovnik, and compare four beautiful islands, including tiny Gozo, which few other cruise ships can visit.

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Destination 1

Leixões (for Oporto), Portugal

Porto, Portugal

Leixões (for Oporto), Portugal

Ever since the Romans constructed a fort here and began using it as a trading post, Oporto —also known as Porto—has been a prosperous commercial centre. During the Age of Exploration, the city benefited from the wealth created by Portugal’s maritime discoveries, and later, the establishment of a lucrative wine trade with Britain also boosted the city’s finances. For the last 100 years, though, large sandbar has prevented ships from sailing into Oporto itself, so the port of Leixões was constructed just nine miles away.

Today, Portugal’s second-largest city is a thriving, cosmopolitan hub, and world-famous for its production of the fortified, sweet 'port' wine. Drink in sights like the picture-postcard historic center (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), with its terracotta roofs and subtly colored facades rising up from the banks of the River Douro; the iconic Dom Luis bridge; the Serralves Museum of Art; the gold-clad, flamboyant interior of São Francisco Church; and Rem Koolhaas’ modern masterpiece, the Casa da Musica.

Arrive 0800. Depart 1800.

Destination 2

Malaga, Spain

Málaga, Spain

Malaga, Spain

A lovely port city on the Costa del Sol, Malaga is a beach lover’s paradise but also appeals to urban junkies, thanks to its vibrant city center. Offering everything from an 11th century castle to super chic high-rise resorts and apartment buildings, Malaga has gained a reputation as one of Spain’s most artistic cities and a new center for culinary excellence. If preferred, cruisers need go no further than the city’s rejuvenated port for a day full of fun.

Arrive 0800. Depart 1800.

Destination 3

Palma, Majorca

Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Palma, Majorca

Spain's Balearic Islands are stunning and Palma is one of its gems. Home to about a half-million residents, it dates back to the 1st century BC Romans but was under Islamic control from about 900 to 1200 AD before being reclaimed by the Christians. Nonetheless, remnants of many cultures are evident in this vibrant island city. Explore the Old City featuring hints of Palma's Arab past, the Moorish baths, the circular Bellver Castle, the 14th century Royal Castle of Almudaina, the magnificent Gothic-style Silk Exchange, and the beautiful City Council Building as you stroll along the storied streets. Palma is also an agricultural mecca, with abundant groves of oranges, lemons, olives, and almonds dotting the landscape. The nightlife scene is particularly lively and many local bars and cafes offer live music, ranging from jazz and rock to traditional Spanish offerings.

Arrive 0800. Depart 1600.

Destination 4

Gozo (land by launch or tender), Malta

Gozo (land by launch or tender), Malta

Arrive 0900. Depart 1300.

Destination 5

Valletta, Malta

Valletta, Malta

Valletta, Malta

Built by the Knights of St. John, Valletta is Malta’s tiny capital, long ago dubbed “a city built by gentlemen for gentlemen.” A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it’s renowned for its large concentration of historic buildings and architecture and has been named a European Capital for Culture. New hotels and restaurants blend seamlessly with the stately Parliament Building, the Grand Masters Palace, the 16th century St. John’s Co-Cathedral, and the prehistoric Hal Saflieni Hypogeum (underground).

Arrive 1800 on October 16. Depart 1800 on October 17.

Destination 6

Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy

No European city is quite so romantic as beautiful Venice, with its meandering canals, hundreds of historic bridges, magnificent palaces, renowned art museums, beloved cathedrals, and some of the most recognizable public spaces in the world, like St. Mark’s Square. A photographer’s dream, Venice also offers countless magnificent restaurants and cafes, live classical concerts, and – of course – the opportunity to float through the city in a gondola, serenaded by a silver-throated gondolier.

Arrive 0800 on October 20. Depart 1300 on October 21.

Destination 7

Zadar (land by launch or tender), Croatia

Zadar, Croatia

Zadar (land by launch or tender), Croatia

Arrive 0800. Depart 1300.

Best known for its Old Town, which boasts both Roman and Venetian ruins, Zadar never seems too crowded and, as such, is a joy to explore. While you may not find the culture here that you’d find in other Croatian cities, there’s plenty to admire in this unique town, including medieval churches, trendy eateries, and the must-see Sea Organ, the city’s most popular attraction.

Destination 8

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Seated on the famous Dalmatian Coast, Dubrovnik is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that established itself as a city of great wealth during the 15th and 16th centuries. While it suffered from the dissolution of Yugoslavia, it remains a city of great historic significance, with its old walls, ancient aqueducts and fountains, beautiful ecclesiastic buildings, and Gothic towers. Visitors can explore the historic area or admire Dubrovnik’s picturesque beaches and seaside area.

Arrive 0800. Depart 1600.

Destination 9

Cagliari, Sardinia

Cagliari, Italy

Cagliari, Sardinia

There’s nothing about Cagliari that isn’t stunning. From its beautiful Marina district, dotted with boats large and small, to the golden walls of its fortress and its pastel-painted homes, to its shady tree-lined streets and charming cafes, it’s a place you’ll want to explore from top to bottom. But Cagliari has more than charm. It also provides a chance to peruse ancient Roman ruins, notable museums, art galleries well worth exploring, and churches that will take your breath away.

Arrive 1300. Depart 2100.

Destination 10

Gibraltar

Gibraltar

Gibraltar

Sharing its northern border with Spain, Gibraltar boasts plenty of natural beauty, with more than 400 species of flora gracing this 2.6-square-mile territory. Much of the upper portion of Gibraltar remains a wildlife refuge – home to the famous Apes of Gibraltar – while the remainder is dedicated to shipping and tourism. Here you’ll find signs of the diverse cultures that once occupied the land before it became a British territory, with this diversity being especially apparent in the cuisine of Gibraltar as well as its eclectic music scene.

Arrive 0900. Depart 2200.

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