SHORE EXCURSIONS

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    Let's Take a Selfie – Mykonos

    Mykonos, Greece

    Duration 5 hrs

    Capture the moment by taking the perfect selfie photo in Mykonos! Instantly share your experience with family & friends on your favorite social media site as many of the stops will include wi-fi in real time. Professional photographers & selfie experts will teach you how to take the best selfie photo including composition, posing, lighting etc. Capture the spirit of this incredible destination.


    Your tour will start with a scenic drive from the ship to the Beach of St. John. Your walking tour will have designated selfie stops at: • The Beach of St. John
    • Little Venice
    • Beach of Kalafatis
    • Ano mera
    • A Mykonian farm
    • Mykonian Old Town


    To make this experience even more fun, you will be provided with a selfie stick and utilize our Selfie Station in order to help catch the perfect picture. During your visit to the Mykonian farm, you’ll be able to enjoy some local wine traditional treats.


    Need to Know:

    Note: The tour is not recommended to guests who utilize a wheelchair. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. The order of sites visited may vary. Wear comfortable shoes, sunglasses and comfortable clothing. Bring your own fully charged cellphone or camera. A limited amount of selfie sticks will be available to share.
    • Adult from: $119.00 USD
    • Child from: $99.00 USD
    DURATION 5 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Go Local - Burges Through the Eyes of a Local

    Brussels / Bruges (Zeebrugge), Belgium

    Duration 4 3/4 hrs

    Experience Bruges like a local by exploring areas off the beaten path but still in the shadow of landmarks such as Kruispoort. Although you will stop at this 15th-century gate, the sites that lie ahead will reveal a lesser-known but not less spectacular side of Bruges. You will see windmills along medieval ramparts, follow atmospheric lanes through residential neighborhoods and pause at the bridges and inner canals that gave Bruges its nickname, the Venice of the North. Upon arriving in St. Anne’s, you will behold the Jerusalem Chapel, which was designed to mirror the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. By the 16th century, Bruges had become a textile center for woven lace, and you will observe a demonstration of this artisan trade that continues to flourish. Another way to become immersed in local life is at the Markt, a sprawling square that has been a marketplace for more than 1,000 years.


    HIGHLIGHTS:
    • Explore atmospheric areas of Bruges that are typically unknown to all but the locals.
    • Cross landmark canals that gave Bruges its nickname, the Venice of the North.
    • Watch a demonstration of lace making, a trade that has flourished in Bruges for centuries.

    Need to Know:

    This tour includes about 2½ hours of walking over even and uneven ground, plus any additional walking at the guests’ discretion during free time. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and may not be suitable for those with mobility concerns, who should evaluate their stamina and ability before joining the tour.

    • Adult from: $119.00 USD
    • Child from: $119.00 USD
    DURATION 4 3/4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Recife, Olinda & Brennard Estate

    Recife, Brazil

    Duration 8 hrs

    Sail a catamaran along the wide Capibaribe River through downtown Recife and then enjoy some free time shopping in a mall that was formerly a prison.


    Departing from the pier, it’s a short transfer to a nearby dock and your awaiting catamaran. The double-hulled vessel offers a unique and wonderful way to view Recife, as the city was founded on three islands separated by various waterways. Cruising through the arteries of the Capibaribe River, you will soon understand why Recife is known as “Brazil’s Venice.”


    Nearly 40 bridges connect the islands, whose architecture ranges from soaring skyscrapers to lovely colonial mansions. The exact sights on the cruise will depend on the route that the captain choses, but you can expect to see a vast contrast in the buildings and bridges. Some may be Dutch influenced, others will be sleek and modern, and still others will reflect different historical periods. The Capibaribe River is named for the capybara, the world’s largest rodent, which inhabited the shoreline centuries ago.


    After your nearly ninety-minute scenic cruise, you will disembark the catamaran and drive to Casa da Cultura, a 19th-century prison that was transformed into a shopping mall in the 1970s. Most of the merchandise is handicrafts, traditional in nature and wonderfully diverse. The offerings include wooden sculptures, leather goods, lace and ceramics. If you can’t imagine the mall once being a prison, seek out the rather grim cell that has been left intact, perhaps as a message to thwart shoplifting. After approximately forty minutes of free time, you will rejoin your coach and return to the pier.


    Need to Know:

    Note: Walking on this tour is mainly at the guests’ discretion during free time at Casa da Cultura. Guests must be able to enter and exit the catamaran with limited assistance. The catamaran has no covered areas. Light-weight clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; and flat, comfortable walking shoes with a non-slip sole are recommended.
    • Adult from: $169.00 USD
    • Child from: $99.00 USD
    DURATION 8 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
    • Meal
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    Go Local - Livorno's Ambiance

    Florence/Pisa (Livorno), Italy

    Duration 2 3/4 hrs

    Live like a local by browsing one of Europe’s oldest markets and enjoying traditional treats and beverages. Your culinary immersion will begin at the Central Market, one of the oldest markets in Europe. With more than 200 shops and stalls, the late 19th-century Art Nouveau-style market attracts those seeking extraordinarily fresh produce, cheeses and meats. Virtually every iconic Italian food, condiment and beverage is on display. While meandering from stall to stall, you can expect the aroma of freshly ground coffee, baked goods and exotic spices to be wafting through the air. Samples may be offered to whet your appetite for the chickpea pancake tasting that follows. This popular street food is a thin flatbread that is typically crispy on the outside, soft on the inside and spectacularly flavorful. As a complement, you will visit the New Venice district for a cup of Ponce Livornese, a restorative rum-and-coffee concoction that locals often order as digestives following dinner.


    HIGHLIGHTS:
    • Browse the hundreds of shops and stalls in Livorno’s bustling Central Market.
    • Enjoy samples that vendors offer and a remarkably flavorful chickpea pancake afterwards.
    • Savor a classic spiked coffee drink that locals usually order as a digestive following meals.

    Need to Know:

    This tour includes about two hours of walking and standing with some inclines and cobblestone surfaces to negotiate. It is not available to wheelchair guests and may not be suitable for those with mobility concerns, who should evaluate their stamina and ability before joining the tour. Guests who go ashore do so with the understanding that they will be mixing with members of the general public.

    • Adult from: $132.00 USD
    • Child from: $110.00 USD
    DURATION 2 3/4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
    • Snack
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    Hamburg by Land & Sea

    Hamburg, Germany

    Duration 4 hrs

    Admire Hamburg from two unique perspectives: while cruising along the shores of its main urban lake, and while driving past its most historical highlights.


    After departing from the pier, you will soon notice the abundance of waterways throughout the city. The Elbe River connects Hamburg to the North Sea, and the city boasts an extensive network of Venice-like canals. The prevalence of water keeps Hamburg’s 1,400 parks and gardens flourishing, as you will see at leafy Planten un Blomen park downtown.


    Then, it’s on to Alster Lake, where you will enjoy a leisurely cruise across its serene waters, presenting you with a different perspective of the city. The lake was formed in the 12th century after the Alster River was dammed. Today, small pleasure vessels often sail the waters and joggers follow the paths along the shore.


    Following your cruise, you will resume driving through Hamburg, passing the most iconic landmarks, which miraculously survived a devastating fire in 1842 and World War II bombings. One highlight is certainly St. Michael’s Church, whose soaring clock tower has loomed over the city since the 1680s. However, locals consider the 647-room town hall, a neo-Renaissance masterpiece, to be the symbolic heart of Hamburg. As a contrast to its opulence, you will also visit a modest 17th-century almshouse for the widows of shopkeepers.


    Before returning to the pier, you will have some brief free time in the city center to perhaps pick up a souvenir or two.


    Need to Know:

    Note: This tour is primarily panoramic but requires managing several steps to embark/disembark the boat (approx. 15).
    • Adult from: $99.00 USD
    • Child from: $89.00 USD
    DURATION 4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Waterways of Amsterdam

    Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Duration 1 1/2 hrs

    Glide through the Venice of the North in a fitting manner, via glass-roofed canal boat. It’s an incomparable way to experience this cosmopolitan city that stretches over some 70 islands and boasts 60 miles of canals and 1,000 bridges. An obscure port mostly visited by fisherman back in the 13th century, Amsterdam steadily grew in trade importance – blossoming into one of the world’s most important ports as the Dutch Golden Age gained steam. On this relaxed waterway tour, you’ll traverse some of the four concentric canal rings that define the old city center while learning much of the history behind this watery network from your guide. Along the way, expect to pass countless variations on the signature gabled canal house design the city is so famous for. Just as colorful are the procession of houseboats and tiny skiffs tied up in organized randomness along the stone canal banks. The designated route brings you by such major monuments as the National Maritime Museum, magnificent Town Hall (once considered Europe’s largest administrative building).

    Need to Know:

    Note: This tour includes a 10-minute walk (just over 300 yards) between the ship and canal boat. Entering and exiting the canal boat involves negotiating steps. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of ability before participating.
    • Adult from: $49.00 USD
    • Child from: $49.00 USD
    DURATION 1 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
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    Catamaran & Casa da Cultura

    Recife, Brazil

    Duration 3 hrs

    Sail a catamaran along the wide Capibaribe River through downtown Recife and then enjoy some free time shopping in a mall that was formerly a prison.


    Departing from the pier, it’s a short transfer to a nearby dock and your awaiting catamaran. The double-hulled vessel offers a unique and wonderful way to view Recife, as the city was founded on three islands separated by various waterways. Cruising through the arteries of the Capibaribe River, you will soon understand why Recife is known as “Brazil’s Venice.”


    Nearly 40 bridges connect the islands, whose architecture ranges from soaring skyscrapers to lovely colonial mansions. The exact sights on the cruise will depend on the route that the captain choses, but you can expect to see a vast contrast in the buildings and bridges. Some may be Dutch influenced, others will be sleek and modern, and still others will reflect different historical periods. The Capibaribe River is named for the capybara, the world’s largest rodent, which inhabited the shoreline centuries ago.


    After your nearly ninety-minute scenic cruise, you will disembark the catamaran and drive to Casa da Cultura, a 19th-century prison that was transformed into a shopping mall in the 1970s. Most of the merchandise is handicrafts, traditional in nature and wonderfully diverse. The offerings include wooden sculptures, leather goods, lace and ceramics. If you can’t imagine the mall once being a prison, seek out the rather grim cell that has been left intact, perhaps as a message to thwart shoplifting. After approximately forty minutes of free time, you will rejoin your coach and return to the pier.


    Need to Know:

    Note: Walking on this tour is mainly at the guests’ discretion during free time at Casa da Cultura. Guests must be able to enter and exit the catamaran with limited assistance. The catamaran has no covered areas. Light-weight clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; and flat, comfortable walking shoes with a non-slip sole are recommended.
    • Adult from: $99.00 USD
    • Child from: $69.00 USD
    DURATION 3 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Water Town of Zhujiajiao

    Shanghai, China

    Duration 5 hrs

    Discover a touch of Venice during this scenic tour of historic Zhujiajiao.


    Depart the pier for the 90-minute drive to Zhujiajiao, or Pearl Stream, an ancient town with a history dating back over 1,700 years. Zhujiajiao is the best-preserved among the four ancient towns in Shanghai. Its unique old bridges over bubbling streams, small rivers shaded by willow trees and houses with attached courtyards offer a relaxed, tranquil environment.


    During a walking tour of this fascinating little town, you’ll visit some of the must-see highlights. View the stone and wooden structures known for their simplicity and elegance. See Daqingyouju, a post office in the Qing Dynasty, and the only remnant of its kind in East China; you’ll also see the Tongtianhe Traditional Chinese Medicine Pharmacy and the Fangsheng Bridge.


    You will also take a boat ride through the old town’s canal system that will enable you to better appreciate its delicate bridges, old residences and peaceful way of life on the water.


    Need to Know:

    Note: Tour involves over 1 mile of walking and many steps.
    • Adult from: $59.00 USD
    • Child from: $39.00 USD
    DURATION 5 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Wonders of Lucca & Pisa

    Florence/Pisa (Livorno), Italy

    Duration 8 hrs

    Almost perfectly preserved Lucca still resides within high walls, though they are now topped by green parkland. Take a guided walk through the old town, with its medieval towers and nearly 100 churches. Stroll from piazza to piazza, and absorb the city’s history through its architecture. The Duomo, Lucca’s Romanesque cathedral, dates from the 12th century and features a façade with elaborate reliefs and columns.


    The Gothic interior includes an image of Christ on the cross, supposedly carved by Nicodemus, a purported witness of the crucifixion. The Duomo also boasts Tintoretto's magnificent painting of the Last Supper. You’ll have free time in Lucca to explore, do some shopping, or sample the local cuisine.


    Once a powerful maritime republic, and a rival to Genoa and Venice, Pisa offers a Renaissance splendor of its own. A short, guided walk leads to the dramatic Miracle Square, with an array of elegant buildings in Pisa’s own Romanesque style.


    Here you’ll find the Campo Santo, a cemetery with some handsome architecture; the Baptistery, with a statue of St. John the Baptist on top of its dome; and the Duomo, Pisa’s medieval cathedral. You’ll recognize its freestanding bell tower immediately as the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa. Galileo is said to have used the 180-foot tower during his experiments with gravity. Today it leans 14-degrees from perpendicular. Recently reopened, admittance to the tower is limited and is not included in this excursion.


    Need to Know:

    Note: Tour requires considerable walking approximately 2 miles, not recommended for guests with walking difficulties. Should religious services be taking place in the Duomo, the guide will conduct an explanation outside and guests will be free to enter individually. As tour visits a religious site, please dress appropriately - no bare shoulders, shorts, or skirts above the knee are allowed. You’ll meet your guides in Lucca and in Pisa, however you’ll have an escort with you throughout the day. In Pisa, you’ll have to walk to and from the bus parking area approximately 15 minutes each way. Guests who go ashore do so with the understanding that they will be mixing with members of the general public.
    • Adult from: $175.00 USD
    • Child from: $125.00 USD
    DURATION 8 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
    Available languages:
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    Caves Of Hams

    Palma, Majorca, Spain

    Duration 4 hrs

    Visit the world famous caves known for their delicately ramified dripstone formations resembling fishing hooks. A scenic drive towards the east passes the villages of Algaida, Montuiri, Villafranca and Manacor. Majorca is well known for their production of manmade pearls, you'll stop in a village to visit a pearl factory.


    Situated near Porto Cristo are the Caves of Hams. The incomparable beauty of the caves is heightened by the artistic lighting created by Lorenzo Caldentey, son of the discoverer. Inside the caves there are several lakes and on the largest of all called Sea of Venice, there are daily performances of the show Magical Mozart, in tribute to the famous composer.


    Need to Know:

    Note: This tour involves approximately 1 mile of walking and 100 steps in the caves.
    • Adult from: $89.00 USD
    • Child from: $55.00 USD
    DURATION 4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 3
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    Amsterdam - The Heart of Holland

    Amsterdam (Ijmuiden), Netherlands

    Duration 4 1/2 hrs

    Amsterdam, sometimes also referred to as Venice of the North, is famous for its Canal Ring area which dates to the 17th century and is a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site. Spread out over 70 islands, this cosmopolitan city boasts 60 miles of canals and about a thousand bridges. Amsterdam is most famous for its narrow, gabled houses lining the canals. Today, you will discover this lovely city on foot and by water.


    An approximately 1-hour drive takes you to Amsterdam’s historic city center where you’ll start your walking tour. Follow your guide past many of the city historic and iconic landmarks such as the floating Flower Market, Mint Tower and Dam Square. Let your guide tell you the history of this remarkable city, whilst enjoying beautiful sights. Admire the Baroque-style Royal Palace at Dam Square. See De Nieuwe Kerk (New Church), site of numerous coronations and resting place of many important Dutchmen.


    After discovering many of the city’s best on foot, you’ll board a glass-topped canal boat to continue your journey through Amsterdam's lovely canals. You will find the houses have many styles, ranging from striking Renaissance facades to, simpler, more classic ones - each with its own distinct type of gable. On occasion, you will see that a mansion has replaced a slender old merchant house.


    As you cruise the canals, bridges of many different types, from rare old wooden bridges to larger ornamental ones, loom overhead. Numerous houseboats and tiny skiffs are tied up beside stone canal walls, an indelible part of the city's fabric.


    • Adult from: $99.00 USD
    • Child from: $69.00 USD
    DURATION 4 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
    • Family Recommended
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    Padua & Airport Transfer

    Venice, Italy

    Duration 4 1/2 hrs

    Depart by motorcoach to Prato della Valle, Padua’s largest square, where you’ll meet your guide. A short walk will lead you to the Piazza del Santo to visit St. Anthony Basilica, the great religious complex built to house the relics of Padua’s beloved St. Anthony. Its composite style reveals Romanesque-Gothic motifs as well as Oriental influxes. Its interior is highlighted by more of Donatello’s masterful bronze relieves, as well as by his statue of the Madonna and Saints on the high altar. Just outside the basilica, you’ll also see Donatello’s 15th century statue of mercenary Gattamelata, which greatly influenced sculpture during the Italian Renaissance.


    Your walking tour will proceed to the old heart of Padua to see the animated area of the University, one of the oldest in the world; the celebrated Caffe Pedrocchi, meeting place for intellectuals and patriots since the 19th century; and Piazza delle Erbe, Padua’s bustling open-air market which overlaps into Piazza della Frutta. The huge building separating the two squares is Palazzo della Ragione, the town parliament for several centuries. After your walking tour, you’ll have some time at leisure before your transfer to the airport.


    Need to Know:

    Note: The order of sights may vary. Lecturing is not permitted inside the basilica, so your guide will provide an explanation from the outside, and then lead the group along a set course inside the basilica. The tour cannot enter the basilica on church holidays, or in case of unexpected religious functions; however if the church permits, and time permitting, you may be allowed to enter on an individual basis. There are approximately 10-15 steps inside the basilica. Guests who are planning to visit religious sites during free time or on tour, please dress appropriately; no bare shoulders or shorts are allowed. This tour is only available for guests with flights after 3pm from the Venice Marco Polo Airport.
    • Adult from: $135.00 USD
    • Child from: $115.00 USD
    DURATION 4 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
    • Debark

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Printed on Sunday, December 05, 2021 at 05:29am