the itinerary   6th - 13th July 2019

The new experience aboard
Royal Caribbean’s majestic
Rhapsody of the Seas’.

Sailing out of Venice, 
The Cruise takes you on a unique voyage
to stunning Montenegro and
the breathtaking Greek islands. 

Day Destination Arrival Departure
Saturday Venice   17:00
Sunday Kotor 13:00 20:00
Monday Corfu 09:00 16:00
Tuesday Mykonos 13:00 02:00
Wesdnesday Santorini 09:00 18:00
Thursday Argostoli 12:00 18:00
Friday At Sea    
Saturday Venice 06:45  

The most romantic city on earth serves as the ideal starting point of our voyage. The Venetians had the bravery to build a city of marble palaces on a lagoon. The result is breathtaking. The city was built on an archipelago of 118 islands, split by 177 canals and connected by 400 bridges.

Venice is unique in Europe as a completely car free city. The maze of canals threaded through the city provides the means of transport of goods and people within the city. A few days are needed to discover this UNESCO world heritage site, so we recommend to stay a few days before or after The Cruise.

 must do

  • Take a ride back in time with a gondola and admire the canals and marble palaces.
  • Hungry? Drop by the Rialto market and discover the secrets of Italian cuisine.
  • Get lost in the back streets where unexpected wonders await behind the corner.

 tips 

  • Sit down in one of the canal side bistros during happy hour to enjoy the local cicheti and Veneto’s signature bubbly ‘Prosecco’.
  • This fairy tale city is the ideal place to extend your cruise. Discover the pleasures of ‘la bella vita’!
  • After discovering the city, the Lido beaches are the ideal spot to cool down and chill out.

Kotor, wedged in a spectacular 28 km bay between the black peaked Orjen and Lovcen mountains, is a place where history and the present coexist.
The sail into the bay is considered one of the most scenic in the world and is definitely the highlight of our trip. This city of traders and famous sailors has a lot of stories to tell. 

Kotor, built between the 12th and 14th century is a medieval maze of backstreets, churches, palaces and squares, where one can get lost for hours. Medieval buildings and rich cultural heritage make that Kotor is now on the UNESCO world heritage list. Further nestled in the bay you find Perast, and the Lady of the Rocks, renowned to be the most sensational spots in Kotor. At nightfall when the lit-up walls glow, we realize why this place is the real pearl of the Adriatic. 

 must do

  • Sit back and relax on deck with a drink as we sail into the bay of Kotor and discover why this is UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Ascend the 1350 steps of Kotor’s fortified walls and get rewarded by superb panoramic bay views.
  • Explore the surroundings by speedboat and have a swim in the crystal clear waters of the blue grotto.

 tips 

  • After a hike in the city, take a panoramic ride to the beaches of Budva for a dip in the crystal clear waters.
  • Discover the bay in a unique way – by kayak!
  • Hungry? Grab a seat in one of the typical restaurants in the old town and try the local prsut (ham) and sir (smoked cheese).

Corfu is the most northern Greek island in the Ionic Sea. It was the idyllic refuge where Odysseus was soothed and then sent on his way home. Today, not much has changed and it continues to welcome travellers with its dramatic scenery, crystal clear seas and pristine beaches. 

Corfu never fell under the Ottoman oppression and was dominated by the Venetians, the French and British during centuries. This makes that the island has become part of the Western world. The Renaissance, baroque and classical buildings made Corfu town land on the UNESCO world heritage list. As we walk through a complex of cobblestoned streets, vaulted passages and palaces, we get the Italian touch.

 must do

  • Snorkel at the coble stoned beaches of Paleokastritsa and enjoy the magical underwater world.
  • Visit the Achillion Palace and Old Fortress for great views of the town and sea.
  • Sunbathe and swim at Nissaki, the most beautiful beach of Corfu.

 tips 

  • Taste bourdeto and sofrito, delicacies of the Corfiot Cuisine.
  • Discover the off the beaten path villages by horseback or bike.

Mykonos, part of the Cyclades islands, was according to the mythology formed by the petrified bodies of giants killed by Hercules. He may be long gone now, but he left us with a cosmopolitan island with glitz and glamour and a ‘party hard’ Ibiza style reputation. Walk around the old town of Hora, a maze of narrow marbled streets, white-faced houses with colourful doors, hidden churches and squares.

Alefkandra or ‘little Venice” is one of the most scenic corners of the island, overlooking the southwest end of the harbour. A little walk from there we see the Kato Myli, the authentic 16thcentury windmills. Climb to the top, to be rewarded with panoramic views over the island and the ship. After a spectacular sunset, get ready for the night.

 must do

  • Visit the archaeological sites on the nearby island of Delos.
  • Elia beach, is a fab gay beach and hang out, thus the place to be.
  • Discover Mykonos and the Cyclades in style on a top notch catamaran.

 tips

  • Linger over a seaside lunch at the lively waterfront with kopanesti (soft cheese) and local mezze.
  • Shop till you drop on Matogianni Street, with brand name boutiques, cafés and restaurants.

 

This Greek island is the site of one of the largest volcanic eruptions in recorded history, which occurred some 3600 years ago, and caused a gigantic tsunami, which destroyed the Minoan civilization on the island of Crete.

Santorini is essentially what remains after this enormous volcanic explosion that destroyed the earliest settlements on a formerly single island, and created the current geological caldera. A giant central, rectangular lagoon, which measures about 12 by 7 km, and is surrounded by 300 m high, steep cliffs on three sides, offering spectacular views from the ship.

On the island there are many things to visit:
the archeological site of Akrotiri,  the charming villages of Oia and Thira, or the volcano crater and hot springs.

 must do

  • Hike from Fira to Oia, on a scenic trail along the picturesque Caldera. Various photo opportunities guaranteed.
  • Discover the island of Santorini in a fun way and rent an ATV for a day.
  • Hike the volcanic crater of Santorini and be awed by the lava rock formations.

 tips

  • The ideal and most scenic way of getting from the port to the Old Town is by cable car.
  • The red sand beach is the ideal place to cool off!
  • After exploring the town treat yourself to a donkey beer. The specialty of the island.
 
 

Shielded from the open sea, on a small peninsula lays the quaint village of Argostoli. Nearly completely destroyed by an earthquake in 1953, the town has been beautifully restored. When we step ashore we are awed by the deep blue sea, historic monasteries, authentic lighthouses, quiet fishing villages and wineries.

At the end of the bay, beneath the St George Castle, lays the Koutavos lagoon, the feeding ground of Loggerhead turtles. This nature reserve can be reached by walking over the Drapano bridge.

The bridge offers a magical sight in a jaw dropping setting worth the walk. Discover all the wonders and amazement of the island of Kefalonia, the world is at your feet!

must do

  • Enjoy a boat ride to the underground lake of Melissani and to Myrtos Beach, the most photographed beach in the world.
  • Discover the enchanting island of Ithaka, the ancient kingdom of mythical hero Odysseus.
  • Take and island tour to the fishing village of Fiskardo. A picturesque town with intact Venetian style architecture.

 tips

  • In the mood for shopping ? Lithostroto, lined with stylish boutiques and cafes is the place to be.
  • Treat yourself to fresh seafood and Kefalonian wine in the many restaurants on the promenade.

 

 

Slow down, relax, and lounge in the sun.
Dangle your feet in the pool. Maybe visit the gym. Enjoy the 'Mister The Cruise Election'... and get ready for the T-dance!

 

 must do

  • An early morning yoga session in open air.
  • Offer yourself a spa treatment.
  • Try the climbing wall.
  • Participate to one of the pool activities.
  • Now is the time to exchange contact details with newly made friends.