Seven nights in the sweet enchantment of the Mediterranean Sea, on the route in which myth and history overlap. MSC Musica offers you a dream experience that will lead you to the discovery of Greece and Montenegro. A magnificent itinerary to enjoy not only a diaphanous sea and pristine beaches, but also to land in new ports and learn about other cultures that the “Mare Nostrum” houses.
Itinerary: Italy, Greece, Montenegro.
Our journey starts from the magical “Door of the East”. Brindisi is a small port town, ideal for those who aspire to a peaceful holiday. Nature has been very generous with this land kissed by the sun, with a really impressive stretch of coast. The visitor will find a wide selection of wines and savory dishes of the genuine Mediterranean cuisine. In fact, Brindisi is situated in the heart of a region that has made wine its raison d’être, and where the vineyards stretch as far as the eye can see. Each restaurant has its own extensive wine list and unique dishes based on fish. The city is rich in history and monuments such as the fascinating Cathedral of the twelfth century, the Swabian Castle, the Tancredi fountain, the Church of San Giovanni al Sepolcro. The revival of Brindisi is mainly due to its commercial and tourist ties with the countries located on the other side of the sea. And, in fact, we start our holiday from here.
Our first stop leads us to the Hellenic land, the land of myth and of the origins of Western culture. Katakolon is a seaside resort in the town of Pyrgos, in Western Greece. It is situated on a picturesque promontory overlooking the Ionian Sea, which separates the Gulf of Kyparissia from the rest of the Ionian Sea. It is located 11 km west of the center of Pyrgos. The port of Katakolon is a very common stop for cruise ships, since here you can visit the site of Ancient Olympia. One of the most important museums of Katakolon is the Technology Museum of ancient Greece. It is surrounded by small hills rich in forests.
Located in the natural jewel which the Cyclades are, Santorini attracts tourists from around the world for its distinctive rocks which give it a breathtaking beauty. The island, in fact, was subject to a legendary volcanic eruption that mostly destroyed it, generating the caldera which now contains beautiful islets. An Edenic place where tourists mostly seek peace and tranquility, but also offers a vibrant nightlife.
The Greek capital has been able to combine tradition and modernity preventing vehicle access to the historic center and thus creating the longest pedestrian stretch of Europe. The Acropolis still dominates the city as 2500 years ago and is the symbol of a past that still survives in the impressive monuments. Perhaps the Athens charm lies in its contradiction: that of being the oldest cities in Europe and, at the same time, still evolving.
The second largest island of Greece is a real jewel. What makes it charming and unique is the contrast between the coast and the mountain ranges, among which the mount Pantokratoras stands out. This mountain divides the island into three distinct areas. The northern part is full of olive groves that stretch as far as the eye and get close to the bay. The central part is made up of lush hills. The southern area is the most fertile. The nightlife is concentrated in the Liston neighborhood, full of bars and restaurants. Despite the large influx of tourists, Corfu has managed to keep its traditions, such as the production of oil and wine.
The coast of Montenegro is undoubtedly one of the most fascinating of the Adriatic Sea. Kotor is a beautiful pearl set in the lower part of a stunning bay. This small walled city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has become an unavoidable landing. The center was built between the XII and XIV century. It is surrounded by a very thick wall, four and a half kilometers long and fifteen meters tall. The urban fabric is completely in stone. It is the ideal destination for those who dream of a romantic getaway or a peaceful resort.
Venice remains a dream, the unmissable destination of the international tourism. This is because it has kept its primitive charm. Rather than a city, rather than a place, it is a window that allows you to look back in time: it is not the village that is floating, rather it’s water that gives space to the buildings. Therefore, the surreal atmosphere that surrounds the city must not shock you. There are countless souvenirs, but the impression that the city leaves you counts more than any gadgets. Venice is just like that: just unique.
Return to Brindisi to end the cruise.