Greece & Italy Cruise
Experience a wonderful 7-night cruise visiting the Greek Isles of Santorini and Crete on board this MSC Opera cruise from Genoa to Monfalcone (Venice).
- Flight from Dublin to Milan
- Transfer from airport to the port in Genoa
- 7 nights onboard the 4 Star MSC Opera, based on 2 sharing
- Superb dining on a full board basis
- Varied day & evening entertainment onboard
- Onboard gratuities included
- Transfer from Monfalcone port to Venice airport
- Flight from Venice to Dublin
- 1 check-in bag of 20kgs per person
- Taxes and charges
Board the wonderful MSC Opera in historic Genoa port and depart into the Mediterranean Sea that evening. You will spend your first two days at sea enjoying the facilities and entertainment onboard MSC Opera. Your first port of call is the Greek island of Crete before you cruise on to iconic Santorini. You then cruise to the Italian city of Bari. Your cruise comes to an end as you sail into Monfalcone port, close to Venice.
The third ship in a journey of innovation
Even before MSC Opera sets sail, stepping on board is like embarking on a voyage of discovery. With its impressive array of new features and facilities, the ship is now even better equipped to satisfy every need.
We’ve added spacious new cabins with balconies to delight our guests with superb panoramic views.
We’ve enlarged the restaurant and buffet areas to serve up an even greater variety of culinary treats.
We’ve included a new 319 m2 area to fill with music and dancing. With the help of prestigious partners like Chicco, LEGO and Namco, we’ve created fabulous new play areas for children of all ages, starting with an exciting Spray Park packed with fun water features. And to offer even more routes to relaxation, we’ve enhanced the lavish MSC Aurea Spa with more space for massages.
A new shopping area named WALK THROUGH SHOPS will be opened at deck 6.
The Teatro dell’Opera is an ultramodern reinterpretation of traditional lines. Please note that access to the theatre for the evening shows is by booking only (not needed for the other ships). There are three quick and easy ways to book: connect to the free onboard wi-fi network with your smartphone or tablet, use the touch screens on different decks of the ship, or ask at the Reception.
All this is just a taste of what a cruise on MSC Opera can offer. There’s a world of new experiences to discover on board, day after day, moment after moment.
Because MSC Opera is the ship that suits you.
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Booking RemarksPrices are per person based on two sharing
Inclusive of taxes and service charges as indicated
Full payment required at time of booking.
Optional Insurance available (conditions apply)
Gratuities are not included in above price
These prices are guidelines only and are subject to change and availability. Pricing will be confirmed at time of booking.
Following your flight, you will be transferred to the port to board your ship, the MSC Opera.
There’s something undeniably artistic in the way the Cretan landscape unfolds, from the sun-drenched beaches in the north to the rugged canyons spilling out at the cove-carved and cliff-lined southern coast. In between, valleys cradle moody villages, and round-shouldered hills are the overture to often snow-dabbed mountains. Take it all in on a driving tour, trek through Europe’s longest gorge, hike to the cave where Zeus was born or cycle among orchards on the Lasithi Plateau. Leave time to plant your footprints on a sandy beach, and boat, kayak or snorkel in the crystalline waters.
Did the catastrophic volcanic eruption that ravaged Santorini circa 1600 B.C. destroy Crete’s ancient Minoan civilization – and give birth to the myth of Atlantis? In 1967, archaeologists on Santorini unearthed the remains of a Bronze Age city that may have been home to as many as 30,000 people. Whether the Lost Continent of Atlantis is rooted in myth or reality, an undisputed fact remains. The eruption created a caldera – and one of the most dramatic land and seascapes in the entire Mediterranean. On Santorini, whitewashed buildings cling to vertiginous cliffs that plunge to a turquoise sea. Part of the Cyclades Archipelago, the three-island group of Santorini, Thirasia and uninhabited Aspronisi present the traveler with unforgettable vistas. The island has had a number of names throughout history – from Strongyle or “Round” to Thera in honor of an ancient hero. Santorini is more recent and stems from the island church dedicated to St. Irene – Santa Rini to foreign sailors. Note: Santorini is an anchorage port: passengers transfer to shore via shore tender.
It’s worth doing an excursion just to wander around the old city of Bari, an entrancing jumble of streets that are possibly the most mind-bending place to walk around on your Mediterranean cruises to southern Italy.
Situated at the far end of Corso Cavour, its labyrinth of seemingly endless passages, weaving through courtyards and under arches, were originally designed to spare the inhabitants from the wind and throw invaders into a state of confusion. Here, life is lived very much outdoors, and on summer evenings it’s full of people sitting outside their kitchen doors.
On arriving in the heart of Bari’s old city, you find the Basilica di San Nicola, consecrated in 1197 to house the relics of the saint plundered a century earlier from southern Turkey via Mediterranean Sea. The real beauty of the church lies in its stonework, but best of all is the twelfth-century episcopal throne behind the altar, a superb piece of work supported by small figures wheezing beneath its weight.
Monfalcone (Venice), Italy
Following breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back to Ireland.