*** NEW Western Mediterranean Escape

Free Gratuities

Holiday Details

Valletta to Barcelona 12th Oct 2021
Various regional airports 6 nights
*Viking Ocean Cruises £1,390.00

*** NEW Western Mediterranean Escape

Mediterranean Isles and Iconic Cities

Discover Valletta, once home to Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh before her ascension to the throne, and explore historic UNESCO Sites. Visit the Italian isles of Sardinia and Sicily, noted for their culture and cuisine. The Iberian Peninsula presents the iconic Spanish cities of Valencia and Barcelona, filled with history, tradition and gastronomic delights. Join us for a 6-night sojourn across the Western Mediterranean.

 

Day 1 — Valletta, Malta

 

Transfer to your ship and settle into your stateroom. The Island of Malta has been shaped by countless civilizations. But it was the Knights of St. John who built Valletta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This baroque wonder is one of Europe’s first cities planned and constructed from scratch, cut from local honey-colored limestone. The humble facades of its churches and palaces hide extravagant interiors of marble, tapestries and paintings. A stroll around the massive walls and bastions affords a striking bird’s-eye view of the cityscape and the spectacular Grand Harbor.

 

Day 2 — Valletta, Malta

 

Valletta’s green space is at a premium in this tiny city. The Upper Barrakka Gardens, created in 1661 upon the St. Peter & Paul Bastion, are perched at the highest point of the city walls. The Knights of Malta once escaped the demands of court in this splendid and shady haven; its terraces offer sweeping views of the Grand Harbor and medieval warrens below. The centerpiece is a pair of arched walls surrounding a tranquil stone courtyard. Among the garden’s palm-lined lanes is a memorial to Winston Churchill.

 

Day 3 — Sicily (Palermo), Italy

 

Palermo, the Sicilian capital, is noted for its culture and culinary scene. Bustling open markets can be found across the city offering seasonal fresh produce as well as traditional tasty morsels, such as arancini (fried rice balls) and sfincione (focaccia topped with sweet tomato sauce). The city is also filled with historic gems, such as the stunning Royal Palace of Palermo—a fine example of Norman architecture and a UNESCO World Heritage Site; this lavish palace is one of Europe’s oldest private residence.

 

Day 4 — Sardinia (Cagliari), Italy

 

About one-fifth of Sardinia’s land is used for agriculture, earning it a reputation as Italy’s other farmland. Tomatoes, artichokes, citrus fruits and olives are some of its primary crops. And because Sardinia cannot call itself Italian without producing wine, lush vineyards blanket its hillsides. Here, the Castello District is home to a Roman amphitheater and the subterranean Cathedral of St. Mary, a Pisan relic. Cagliari gleams in the Sardinian sun, inspiring D.H. Lawrence to call it the “white Jerusalem.”

 

Day 5 — Sail the Balearic Sea

 

Traverse the warm waters that envelop the Spanish isles of Mallorca, Minorca, Cabrera, Ibiza and Formentera. Enjoy the amenities of your ship as you sail. Perhaps take a breath of fresh air on a brisk walk around the Promenade Deck or begin your day with a workout in the well-equipped Fitness Center.

 

Day 6 — Valencia, Spain

 

Valencia is steeped in 2,000 years of history and culture. Its Old Town is one of Spain’s largest, a diverse medley of ancient buildings, wide-open plazas and cultural monuments. The Gothic Silk Exchange, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, bears witness to Valencia’s Renaissance trading power. A literal taste of Valencia’s past bubbles up in every skillet of paella. The centuries-old rice dish was invented here and perfected by farmers; barracas throughout the city offer demonstrations and tastings of this famously rustic cuisine.

 

Day 7 — Barcelona, Spain

 

Barcelona is steeped in history, with stunning architecture and a rich culture. Mediterranean breezes grace the shore and Catalonia’s capital is a feast for the senses. Long strolls on wide boulevards—such as Las Ramblas, the mile-long leafy pedestrian way, and the Passeig de Gràcia, lined with some of Europe’s most elegant buildings—set the tone for a city that moves to its own tempo. Native son and famed architect Antoni Gaudí adorned his city with whimsy, whether along fantastical city blocks or with his colossal masterpiece, the towering La Sagrada Família cathedral. After breakfast, disembark your ship and journey home.

Enjoy it all, it’s all included:

– Return scheduled flights from the UK

– Private veranda stateroom

– All delicious on board meals in a choice of multiple dining venues

– Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on board

– Free 24-hour room service

– Speciality teas and coffees any time on board

– Complimentary excursion in almost every port of call

– Evening entertainment, lectures and port talks

– Free Wi-Fi on board (restrictions apply) OR Free Wi-Fi on board* with *Restrictions apply in the T&C’s

– Free use of spa facilities

PLUS……Free Gratuities on ALL cruises

 

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