SHORE EXCURSIONS

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    Game of Thrones – Venture Through King's Landing

    Dubrovnik, Croatia

    Duration 4 hours

    Visit several of Old Town’s most iconic sites, which gained even greater fame after serving as locations for the fictional capital King’s Landing in “Game of Thrones.”


    After departing from the pier, you will soon arrive in the oldest section of Dubrovnik, a revered UNESCO World Heritage Site. Fans of the TV series “Game of Thrones,” which is based on George R. R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” fantasy novels, will recognize this part of Dubrovnik as King’s Landing, the fictional capital of the Seven Kingdoms.


    Your first stop will be imposing Lovrijenac Fortress, located just outside the medieval walls that encircle Old Town. Known as Dubrovnik’s Gibraltar, the 11th-century fortress perches atop a craggy rock overlooking the sea, which represented Blackwater Bay in the books.


    Continuing on, you will enter Old Town and make your way to the defensive walls to the south. After climbing the steps, you will walk along the stone battlements, which afford extraordinary views of the sea and the inner city. These walls appeared in numerous scenes in “Game of Thrones”; they were particularly prominent in the Battle of Blackwater Bay.


    Later, you will enjoy free time within Old Town, where you may explore other sites that you may recognize from the series. For instance, the Jesuit Staircase was where Cersei Lannister began her Walk of Shame in Season Five, and many of the show’s market scenes were filmed along St. Dominic Street. Following free time, you will return to the pier.


    Need to Know:

    Note: This tour involves approximately two hours of compulsory walking and is therefore unsuitable for passengers with limited mobility. Lots of steps will be encountered at each of the venues visited. Passengers will have approximately 60 minutes of free time, where walking is at the discretion of the individual. Order of sites may vary. We recommend that you dress in layers, wear comfortable shoes, hat, sunglasses and bring bottled water. Minimum age to participate in this tour is 8.
    • Adult from: £143,29 GBP
    • Child from: £127,28 GBP
    DURATION 4 hours
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 3
    • Age
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    Highlights Of Taormina

    Messina (Sicily), Italy

    Duration 4 1/2 hrs

    Delight in the medieval character of Taormina while strolling its atmospheric streets and admiring landmarks such the Greek theater from the 2nd century. After departing from the pier, you will have a short panoramic tour of Messina. Continuing along the coast to the south, you will approach Taormina, an ancient city that rises almost perpendicularly from the sea. It’s a beautiful setting with an alluring medieval character, as you will discover while navigating its narrow, cobbled streets. As French author Guy de Maupassant wrote of his stay in 1883, “Were a man to pass a single day in Sicily and ask, ‘What must one see?’ I would answer him without hesitation, Taormina.” Among the highlights are the Arabian-influenced Palazzo Corvaja and the ruins of a 2nd-century Greek theater. It sits on a seaside hilltop with a view of Mount Etna that is so inspiring that it can detract from the entertainers that still perform there in the summer. After visiting, you will enjoy free time to wander about the areas that interest you the most. You might take in the views from the fragrant public garden or shop along boutique-lined Corso Umberto. The most popular merchandise includes designer fashions, jewelry and colorful ceramic pine cones, a Sicilian symbol of hospitality.


    Need to Know:

    Note: This tour includes approximately 1 hour of moderate walking, plus any additional walking at the guests’ discretion during free time. There will be steps and uneven surfaces to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and not recommended for those with mobility concerns. Weather appropriate clothing (shoulders must be covered when entering churches); sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; a bottle of water from the ship; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
    • Adult from: £119,28 GBP
    • Child from: £95,26 GBP
    DURATION 4 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
    • Family Recommended
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    Pompeii On Your Own

    Naples, Italy

    Duration 4 hrs

    If you would like to explore archaeological site of Pompeii on your own, this private motor coach transfer is ideal.


    Boarding your coach at the pier, you'll head to Pompeii and be dropped off in a central location. A tour escort will be travelling with you to and from the ship and will answer any questions you may have about sightseeing or shopping.


    After your allotted time in Pompeii, you’ll rejoin your motor coach for the return to Naples.


    Need to Know:

    Note: This is a transfer only and does not include entrance tickets to the site itself nor to avoid queue to entry and ticking . All meals and incidental expenses are at the guest's own expense. Please return to the meeting point no less than 15 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time. Those who are late for the return transfer will be responsible for making their own way back to the ship at their own expense. Drop-off location may vary so check with your escort. The level of exertion on this tour is at the guests' discretion. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach, and have an able-bodied companion to assist them.
    • Adult from: £40,03 GBP
    • Child from: £40,03 GBP
    DURATION 4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
    • Family Recommended
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    Monaco & Monte Carlo

    Cannes, France

    Duration 6 1/2 hrs

    From Cannes, you’ll drive to Monaco, where after leaving your coach, you'll be carried to the top of the rock by escalators and elevators. On the upper level, enjoy a guided walking tour passing by the Oceanographic Museum, the cathedral, and view the exterior of the Prince's palace. After a short period of free time, you’ll re-board your coach and head to Monte Carlo to enjoy some additional leisure time near the Place du Casino. You may wish to stroll across the street to admire the Hotel de Paris, do a little window shopping, or even try your luck at the Casino de Monte Carlo or the Cafe de Paris Casino.


    Need to Know:

    Note: Casino de Monte Carlo (entrance fee of 17 Euros in cash) opens at 2:00 PM to gamble. Visitors must be at least 18 years of age, show passport or driver’s license. Formal dress is not required to enter most of the casino, but smart dress is strongly encouraged; no shorts or flip-flops are allowed. There is a free-admission, American-style casino at the Cafe de Paris, which opens at 10 am. This tour is not considered suitable for wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. To reach Casino Square, there is an approximate 10 minute walk and 80 steps from the coach parking area. Guests must take escalators and elevators from the parking area at the Rock of Monaco to the Old town.
    • Adult from: £119,28 GBP
    • Child from: £79,25 GBP
    DURATION 6 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
    Available languages:
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    Florence & Pisa

    Florence/Pisa (Livorno), Italy

    Duration 10 hrs

    Take a scenic drive through the countryside to the magnificent city of Florence. Pause in the Piazza del Duomo to admire the exterior of the Cathedral (Duomo) of Santa Maria del Fiore, its elaborate Gothic façade is covered in a mix of pink and green marble.


    View the statues in the Piazza della Signoria on your way to the Ponte Vecchio, the medieval stone bridge was the first bridge built across the River Arno, and has been well known for its goldsmiths and jewelers since the 16th century. Lunch is included at a local restaurant, and after the meal you'll have free time to explore on your own or to shop, before your tour continues to the historic town of Pisa. Here, you'll make a brief photo stop in Miracle Square for a look at the exterior of that famous Leaning Tower. Built in the 12th century, it began to lean soon afterwards, but has now been stabilised.


    Need to Know:

    Note: The tour busses are not allowed into the historical center of Florence nor Pisa. The walking tour in Florence will cover approximately 2 miles, not recommended for guests with walking difficulties. The photo stop in Pisa is not guided and you’ll have to walk from the bus parking area approximately 15 minutes each way. Guests who are planning to visit religious sites during free time, please dress appropriately - no bare shoulders, shorts, or skirts above the knee are allowed. The order of the visits can change, therefore it is not recommended to book museum entrances or private visits. Maps of Florence and Pisa are provided. Headsets provided from the pier. Guests who go ashore do so with the understanding that they will be mixing with members of the general public.
    • Adult from: £263,37 GBP
    • Child from: £183,32 GBP
    DURATION 10 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
    • Meal
    Available languages:
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    NANORTALIK WALKING TOUR

    Nanortalik, Greenland

    Duration 2 Hours

    Enjoy an enlightening introductory walk through Nanortalik, the southernmost town in Greenland. Founded in 1797, Nanortalik is the country’s 10th-largest town despite having only about 1,350 residents. Even the translation of its name, which means “the place with polar bears,” indicates that nature not people rules supreme.


    For an authentic glimpse into daily life in this rather remote town, you will see the local school, police station and fire department. As you walk about, the guide will describe in detail the challenges and joys of living in Nanortalik. You will also browse the open-air museum in old town, a collection of colonial-era buildings such as turf huts that reflect the area’s history. Inside, you will find exhibits of model boats, leather clothing able to withstand harsh conditions and fishing gear that the indigenous Inuits use. It is believed that the Inuits were among the Arctic people that invented the kayak about 4,000 years ago.


    Need to Know:

    Note: This tour includes approximately 2 hours of walking. It is available to guests with limited mobility who utilize a collapsible wheelchair, can make their way on and off the coach and have a companion to assist them. This experience is limited, those wishing to participate should book early.
    • Adult from: £111,27 GBP
    • Child from: £87,26 GBP
    DURATION 2 Hours
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
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    Best of Corfu

    Corfu, Greece

    Duration 5 hrs

    Discover the best of Corfu on this tour. You’ll tour the island, visit a stunning palace and enjoy a traditional lunch with live entertainment at a local taverna. Drive through Corfu and arrive at Mon Repos Palace built by order of Empress Elizabeth of Austria and completed in 1891. The empress had fallen in love with the natural beauty of the island during her 1861 visit and also developed a great appreciation for Greek history and mythology.


    After a guided visit of the grounds and palace, you’ll continue to the traditional village of Kinopiastes. Enjoy a rich and traditional lunch at the famous Tripas Tavern accompanied by live Greek music and dancers. Board your coach for the drive back to the Old Town of Corfu where you’ll have the opportunity to either be dropped off, to walk through the narrow lanes and browse on your own, or return with the coach directly to your ship.


    Need to Know:

    Note: During summers months expect crowded venues, long lines and high temperatures. We recommend that you that you drink a lot of water, wear sun protection and dress in layers. Guests who are planning to visit religious sites during free time or on tour, please dress appropriately; no bare shoulders or shorts are allowed. Guests who go ashore do so with the understanding that they will be mixing with members of the general public.
    • Adult from: £127,28 GBP
    • Child from: £79,25 GBP
    DURATION 5 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
    • Meal
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    Go Local - Tenerife Secret Hideout

    Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands

    Duration 5 hrs

    Explore the west coast of Tenerife, a gorgeous landscape of remote villages and banana plantations. Have privilege views over the fertile Orotava valley from the Humbold viewpoint. Over time, sugarcane, grapes and bananas became the dominant crops, and they are still harvested using traditional techniques. Understand how the crops are cultivated visiting an old hacienda where you can learn firsthand how bananas are grown, a tour in an authentic banana plantation where you can see different varieties of bananas and learn the process before sampling the locally grown bananas and banana liqueur. On the way back to pier, visit an ancient garden hosting the largest orchid collection on the Island and stop at La Garañona Viewpoint, local´s favorite spot to take in the beauty of the sea and surrounding.


    HIGHLIGHTS:
    • Gain an understanding of how crops are harvested using traditional methods.
    • Learn firsthand how bananas are grown and see different varieties in an authentic plantation.
    • Visit an ancient garden hosting the largest orchid collection on the Island .
    • Sample several varieties of bananas and banana liqueur, which attest to the fruit’s diversity.

    Need to Know:

    This tour includes about 2½ hours of walking and standing over some uneven surfaces. 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.

    • Adult from: £95,26 GBP
    • Child from: £87,26 GBP
    DURATION 5 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
    • Snack
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    Go Green- Nature Reserve Skocjan

    Koper, Slovenia

    Duration 2 1/2 hrs

    Explore a wetland nature reserve on reclaimed land that now supports an abundance of indigenous flora and fauna. Salt pans covered much of this area for centuries, and it wasn’t until about 50 years ago that the brackish wetlands became an important habitat for flora and fauna. As you walk through this wonderfully unique ecosystem, a naturalist will describe the transformation of the reserve and how environmentalists prevented it from becoming an industrial zone. Nearly 250 types of birds—more than half the species in the entire country of Slovenia—have been spotted there, including Eurasian reed warblers, black-winged stilts and squacco herons. You can also expect to see a huge variety of colorful butterflies flitting about. Halophytes are among the more intriguing plants found in the wetlands, as they thrive in salty ground. From a distance, these succulents appear to have ice on their leaves, but it is actually dried salt that the plants exude from their glands.


    HIGHLIGHTS
    • Gain insight into how former salt pans were transformed into a thriving wetland.
    • Walk through a now-protected nature reserve with a naturalist guide.
    • Observe abundant wildlife that includes more than half the bird species in Slovenia.


    HELPFUL HINTS
    • Dress in weather-appropriate clothing.
    • Wear flat comfortable walking shoes.


    Need to Know:

    Note: This tour includes approximately 2 hours of moderate walking over uneven, natural terrain and approximately 20 steps. It is not available for guests who utilize a wheelchair. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Casual, weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable, flat, non-slip walking shoes are suggested.
    • Adult from: £103,27 GBP
    • Child from: £103,27 GBP
    DURATION 2 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    The Golden Circle

    Reykjavik, Iceland

    Duration 8 hrs

    Venture into the beautiful Thingvellir national park - a UNESCO World Heritage Site only about 30 miles from Reykjavik, and ranking at the top of Iceland’s attractions. This national park offers outstanding sceneries of mountains surrounding a vast lava plain covered in green moss and wild flowers. Head to the Geyser area where you’ll see hissing springs, bubbling pools and other geothermal phenomena. Lunch will be served nearby, amongst these scenic surroundings.


    Another highlight of your day is the Gullfoss waterfall. The ‘Golden Waterfall’ is the most famous of the country’s many waterfalls. Here, the river Hvita drops 96 feet in two falls, creating an awesome spectacle. Being located on an old magma chamber, Hveragerdi is notorious not only for its abundance of hot springs, which heat the community’s greenhouse industry, but also for its earthquakes.


    Need to Know:

    Note: Most of the sights of this tour can be seen from the coach. We recommend that you wear warm clothing in layers and sturdy shoes ashore as the weather in Iceland can change quite quickly. Tour time varies between 7-8 hours based on time in port. May run from 7-8 hrs due to daylight restrictions.
    • Adult from: £239,35 GBP
    • Child from: £159,30 GBP
    DURATION 8 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
    • Meal
    Available languages:
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    Life & Culture of Isafjordur

    Isafjordur, Iceland

    Duration 3 hrs

    Travel by panoramic coach on a tour that offers fascinating insights on the lives of those who make the sometimes-harsh landscape of Iceland’s Westfjords their home. Beginning from the pier, you’ll drive through the streets of Isafjordur and out along the coastal road for a tour of wondrously remote Bolungarvik, a fishing village towered over by its surrounding mountains. Nearby, you’ll stop at the outdoor Ósvör Museum, where a century-old fisherman’s hut has been restored, complete with the tools of the trade – and the fisherman.


    On another leg of the journey, you’ll find yourself up amidst breathtaking views of the magnificent mountains of the Djup, largest of the West Fjords and the Buna River. Not far from that spot, you’ll stop to admire a beautiful stepped waterfall in Tunguskogur and take an opportunity to taste the freshest, clearest mountain water you may ever have encountered. Back in Isafjordur, you’ll stop in at the Maritime and Folk Museum, which calls one of the town’s oldest and best-preserved houses its home. The museum presents an excellent collection of artifacts related to the region’s maritime history – as well as a sizable accordion collection. Gotta have something to do during those long winters.


    Need to Know:

    Note: This tour includes approximately 90 minutes of moderate walking and standing, at times over uneven pathways. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of stamina before participating.
    • Adult from: £199,33 GBP
    • Child from: £119,28 GBP
    DURATION 3 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
    • Snack
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    Rome & The Vatican

    Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy

    Duration 9 1/2 hrs

    You'll see the Eternal City on an orientation drive passing iconic structures which includes the Colosseum of ancient Rome where gladiators fought. In Vatican City admire the beauty of St. Peter's Square, and view some of the treasures of the world's largest church, St. Peter's Basilica during your brief visit. The Vatican Museum is home to masterpieces spanning the centuries, marvel at the Sistine Chapel, topped by Michelangelo's magnificent ceiling. Lunch is included.


    Need to Know:

    Note:

    Tour is quick paced, with an extensive amount of walking over cobblestone terrain and several steps to negotiate. As tour visits a religious site, please dress appropriately - no bare shoulders, shorts, or skirts above the knee. Large bags or backpacks aren't permitted in the Vatican.


    Your guide will join you in Rome, however you'll have an escort with you throughout the day. Expect large crowds at the Vatican and Sistine Chapel, especially during summer. Tour will not operate on Sundays as the Vatican is closed.


    • Adult from: £279,38 GBP
    • Child from: £199,33 GBP
    DURATION 9 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
    • Meal
    Available languages:

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Printed on Monday, May 27, 2024 at 04:07am