ITALY, MALTA & THE GREEK ISLANDS: ISLAND HOP ACROSS THE MED ON ONE OF THE NEWEST & MOST INNOVATIVE SHIP'S on  the HIGH SEAS: THE CELEBRITY EDGE

Ports of Call include: Rome, Italy; Messina, Italy (Sicily); Valletta, Malta; Santorini, Greece; Athens, Greece; Mykonos, Greece; Nauplion, Greece; Katakolon, Greece; Naples, Italy; Rome, Italy

Join us on a 1-2 Night Pre Trip to Rome!  Details and Cost for the pre trip coming soon!

 

Monday, July 27-Friday, August 7, 2020

12 Days from (Please contact Solo Escapes should you want a cabin not listed below):

 

Solo Occupancy from:

$6,685 Inside Stateroom

$7,385 Oceanview Stateroom

$8,617 Stateroom with Infinite Veranda

Double Occupancy (Cost is per person) from:

$4,305 Inside Stateroom

$4,537 Oceanview Stateroom

$5,155 Stateroom with Infinite Veranda

Receive $125 off the total cost of your trip if you pay by check .  All Rates USD.

What's Included:

  • Accommodations  

  • All meals and beverages (including alcohol) while on board**

  • All activities while on board as listed in the Itinerary

  • All gratuities, taxes and fees

  • All drinks, including alcoholic beverages ,while on board**

**Celebrity Edge specialty restaurants do require an additional fee; Includes standard drinks package which allows for any drink up to $9.00 USD each.  The difference in price  for any drinks valued at over $9.00 USD each is the sole responsibility of the guest and will not be covered by Solo Escapes.

What's not Included:

  • Airfare**

  • Transportation to and from Rome Fiumicino Airport**

  • Trip Insurance**

  • On-shore Excursions*

  • Any meals or beverages when not on-board 

  • Any additional activities or incidentals not included in the itinerary

**Airfare, airport transfers and trip insurance can be booked through Solo Escapes for an additional fee

*Please note that total cost does not include any excursions.  Excursions will be made available to guests a few months prior to departure

Itinerary:

Monday, July 27: Depart Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy

  • Ship Departs: 5:00 PM

  • 7:00 PM: Welcome Cocktail Party and Dinner

Civitavecchia was settled in 108 A.D. by the Emperor Trajan and has since served faithfully as a gateway to Rome, the capital of Italy. Once the center of the Ancient World from which emperors ruled over nearly all of western civilization, Rome is still a cultural mecca. Only a few cities in the world can boast such a well-preserved level of architecture, art, and religious iconography. There’s an enormous wealth of culture and history to discover on a cruise to Rome. Visit the ancient halls of the 50,000-seat Colosseum, gaze upon the ceilings of Sistine Chapel in Vatican City, and stroll the Capitoline Museum. Roman culinary prowess is well respected and beloved the world over. Experience authentic pizza, hearty bowls of fresh pasta, excellent cheeses, wines, seafood, and delightful desserts like tiramisu and gelato at family-run trattorias that have been preparing these traditional dishes for centuries. Walk the cobblestoned piazzas making your way to narrow side streets where you’re sure to find craftsman shops and beautiful boutiques filled with gorgeous handmade accessories and homewares for keepsakes and souvenirs.

Meals Included: All Meals once on board Celebrity Edge

Accommodations: Celebrity Edge

Tuesday, July 28: Messina (Sicily), Italy

  • Arrive:  1:00 PM

  • Depart: 9:00 PM

Located in northeastern Sicily on the slopes of the Peloritani Mountains, Messina is an ancient place with a fascinating history. Walk by the ruins of the Santa Maria Alemanna Church, built in 1220 A.D. You'll also want to see the Duomo, a Romanesque and Norman cathedral that includes a display of artifacts in its treasury.

All Meals included while on board the Celebrity Edge

Accommodations: Celebrity Edge

Wednesday, July 29: Valletta, Malta

  • Arrive:  8:00 AM

  • Depart: 5:00 PM

In addition to a number of significant works of art, this town is known for the many fortifications built by the Knights of Malta, who for years helped care for European pilgrims and crusaders en route to and from the Holy Land. The walled city of Valletta was founded in 1565 by the Knights of St. John and it remains a masterfully preserved medieval treasure. From the glittering baroque interior of the Co-Cathedral of St. John to the charm found wandering the old cobbled avenues, it’s no wonder this tiny city has earned World Heritage status. Hidden among the foreboding fortresses and decorative masterpieces is a city with growing appreciation for contemporary design, exciting, culinary offerings, and burgeoning nightlife scene. Maltese cuisine is a fusion of Mediterranean dishes and influences with touches of French and Sicilian. Fresh seafood and the Maltese wines from the distinguished local vineyards are always on the menu. Stroll along the cobblestone streets of Mdina to see its medieval churches, cathedrals, and palaces. Experience two Maltese treasures: The Blue Grotto and Marsaxlokk village. Or, set off on a Maltese sightseeing adventure beginning at Valleta’s Upper Barrakka Gardens. It’s a wonderfully small capital that’s bursting with stories. Valleta is a place you’re sure to create a few stories of your own on your Valletta cruise.  

All Meals included while on board Celebrity Edge

Accommodations: Celebrity Edge

Thursday, July 30: Day at Sea

Relax and Enjoy all the great activities the Celebrity Edge has to offer

All Meals included while on board Celebrity Edge

Accommodations: Celebrity Edge

Friday, July 31: Santorini, Greece

  • Arrive:  7:00 AM

  • Depart: 7:00 PM

 

Considered by many to be one of the most beautiful islands in the world, the island of Santorini is a classic Greek seascape—whitewashed houses accented by sea-blue roofs. This is a treasure trove for both professional and amateur archeology buffs, with sites that include tombs that date back to the 9th century and the sanctuary of Apollo. In many ways, Santorini could be considered an explosive place, being that its terraced collection of homes and windmills lie on a caldera-- a huge basin formed by an erupting volcano. The island’s volcanic past has also produced delicious grapes for excellent wines that are well worth investigating while on your Santorini cruise. Some of the best on the island can be found in Pyrgos, Megalochori, and Oia.  Oia’s hilltop not only has the ancient, Minoan site of Akrotiri, but is quite possibly the best vantage point from which to witness the spectacular sunsets. And, if you have some time, take a short trip to the island of Nea Kameni for a dip in its famous hot springs. The warm dark waters are enriched with iron and manganese and considered therapeutic.

All Meals included while on board Celebrity Edge

Accommodations: Celebrity Edge

Saturday, August 1: Athens (Piraeus), Greece

  • Arrive:  6:00 AM

  • Depart: 6:00 PM

Athens brought the world drama, history, poetry, and philosophy. Once home to the world's most powerful and civilized empires, Athens is now the world's foremost archaeological playground. The towering columns of the Parthenon still stand in homage to the virgin goddess Athena. The Parthenon sits atop the Athenian Acropolis and watches over the city where it can be seen from just about anywhere in Athens. Make it a point to visit the incredible Acropolis Museum on your cruise to Athens. The joint effort between two architects, one American and the other Greek, this outstanding building was completed and opened to the public in 2009. It focuses primarily on the Greek period dating to 5 B.C., considered to be the apex of art, culture, and philosophy in ancient Greece, but it also has artifacts from the Bronze, Roman, and Byzantine Ages. There’s even a Plexiglas walkway from which an excavated section of an old Athenian neighborhood can be viewed. In addition to an abundance of historical riches, modern Athens has plenty on offer—from scenic beaches to restaurants with superb Mediterranean cuisine and bustling central markets.

All Meals included while on board Celebrity Edge

Accommodations: Celebrity Edge

Sunday, August 2: Mykonos, Greece

  • Arrive:  7:00 AM

  • Depart: 7:00 PM

The Island of Mykonos is known for its whitewashed villages sprinkled with blue and jade green. It's also famous for its sophisticated nightlife. The most popular island in the Cyclades is bustling with activity, awash in beautiful alleyways, and home to alluring sandy beaches.

All Meals included while on board Celebrity Edge

Accommodations: Celebrity Edge

Monday, August 3: Nauplion, Greece

  • Arrive:  7:00 AM

  • Depart: 7:00 PM

Nafplio is a seaport town in the Peloponnese in Greece that has expanded up the hillsides near the north end of the Argolic Gulf.

All Meals included while on board Celebrity Edge

Accommodations: Celebrity Edge

Tuesday, August 4: Katakolon, Greece

  • Arrive:  9:00 AM

  • Depart: 7:00 PM

This small port on the Ionian coast is your gateway to ancient Olympia, the home of the original Olympic Games. Olympia has preserved both athletic and mythological monuments, many dating back to 776 BC. Most intriguing is the stadium, which is still standing, and the gymnasium. The museum also offers a peek at fabulous Greek sculptures.This Grecian port city is also the gateway to one of the most important archeological sites in the world, the ruins of ancient Olympia. You can relive the glory of ancient Greece on your Katakolon cruise. As the birthplace of the Olympics, the great stadium still echoes the cheering of the first superstars of sport.  Enter the stadium and pose in the marble starting blocks where the first marathoners once stood. Take a scenic drive through the small Greek villages on the way to Kouroutas Beach and spend three hours relaxing under the sun, swimming, and soaking up a perfect Greek beach day. Soak up the gorgeous Katakolon waterfront views while savoring traditional Greek specialties, like pastitsio or moussaka at one of the quaint tavernas and cafes offering shady outdoor tables. And of course, an abundance of calamari and other fresh seafood brought in by local fishermen are always on menus.

All Meals included while on board Celebrity Edge

Accommodations: Celebrity Edge

Tuesday, August 4: Katakolon, Greece

  • Arrive:  9:00 AM

  • Depart: 7:00 PM

This small port on the Ionian coast is your gateway to ancient Olympia, the home of the original Olympic Games. Olympia has preserved both athletic and mythological monuments, many dating back to 776 BC. Most intriguing is the stadium, which is still standing, and the gymnasium. The museum also offers a peek at fabulous Greek sculptures.This Grecian port city is also the gateway to one of the most important archeological sites in the world, the ruins of ancient Olympia. You can relive the glory of ancient Greece on your Katakolon cruise. As the birthplace of the Olympics, the great stadium still echoes the cheering of the first superstars of sport.  Enter the stadium and pose in the marble starting blocks where the first marathoners once stood. Take a scenic drive through the small Greek villages on the way to Kouroutas Beach and spend three hours relaxing under the sun, swimming, and soaking up a perfect Greek beach day. Soak up the gorgeous Katakolon waterfront views while savoring traditional Greek specialties, like pastitsio or moussaka at one of the quaint tavernas and cafes offering shady outdoor tables. And of course, an abundance of calamari and other fresh seafood brought in by local fishermen are always on menus.

All Meals included while on board Celebrity Edge

Accommodations: Celebrity Edge

 

Wednesday, August 5: Day at Sea

Relax and Enjoy all the great activities the Celebrity Edge has to offer

All Meals included while on board Celebrity Edge

Accommodations: Celebrity Edge

 

Thursday, August 6: Naples, Italy

  • Arrive: 7:30 AM

  • Depart: 6:30 PM

Naples, Italy- Framed by Mount Vesuvius along a dramatic skyline, the 2,800 year-old port city of Naples is chock full of historical sites, churches, and museums that make it a fascinating place for you to explore. For all of Rome’s notoriety and reputation, Naples, with its historic city center deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has just as many important archeological sites and landmarks.  Visit the Museo Archeologico Nazionale for a world-class collection of Egyptian and Graeco-Roman artifacts. And, if you’d like to venture a little deeper on your Naples cruise, then exploring Naples from below the ground is a must. Start with a trip into the basement of the San Lorenzo Maggiore church where you’ll find a partially excavated Roman market and a little deeper, just below the Roman ruins, you’ll find remnants from the Greeks to discover. And in the region where pizza was first invented, you know the food is going to be incredible. Whether you’re looking for a thin, wood-fired Margherita pie, spaghetti alle vongole or a zeppole dusted with confectioner’s sugar, Naples and her bountiful edible treasures is sure to please. Only 35 miles down the coast, Salerno offers you a rich history, but also boasts a marvelous collection of parks, natural wonders, and unique vantage points to take in the beauty of the Tyrrhenian Sea. Two cities. One incredible stretch of Italian coastline.

Friday, August 7: Arrive Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy: Disembarkation 

 

  • Arrive: 5:00 AM

To book your trip to Italy, Malta and the Greek Islands with Solo Escapes, please click here or call Caren at 917.400.2789.  Please download the attached registration form (PDF), fill out and return to hello@soloescapes.net

Accommodations: Celebrity Edge

Images include: Inside Deluxe Stateroom, Oceanview, Stateroom with Infinite Veranda

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