THE VIENNA STATE OPERA AT SEA CRUISE
THE VIENNA STATE OPERA AT SEA
8 Days / 7 Nights
The Vienna State Opera at Sea is an 8-day, 7-night cruise from Venice to Civitavecchia (Roma).
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|Day 6||Catania (Sicily)||Details|
|Day 8||Civitavecchia (Roma)||Details|
Fairy-tale houses that look like chanterelle mushroomw. Alberobello’s little round houses with the cone-topped roofs are called trulli – and they are truly unique. Their origins are ancient – some date from 3000 B.C. And they are only found here.
Sitting under the shoulder of smoldering Mt. Etna, Catania is your base for an ascent to the very top of Europe’s largest volcano. Close by is Taormina, where you’ll take in fantastic views of the Bay of Catania.
Today the port of Civitavecchia has the advantage of being the Italian “stepping stone to the Mediterranean” thanks to its excellent weather conditions and ideal geographical location.
From Civitavecchia it is a train ride to almost anywhere in Italy and a quick jaunt to Sardinia. Its position has helped make it the main national coastal shipping port.
As you approach the city over the bridge from the Italian mainland, you leave behind terra firma and, with it, earthbound notions of how to see and experience a city. Venice is not solely the spill of churches and palazzi on either side of the Grand Canal, but rather a city of islands, 118 in all, some of which are little more than the weedy, humps you see in the Lagoon of Venice. And yet these mud flats provided haven for the people who fled here (without benefit of a bridge) from Huns, Visigoths, and other marauders in the fifth century. And those refugees gave birth to a culture that ripened into a thousand years of greatness.
As you near the end of the bridge, you see at first only the back side of the city itself. But in the time it takes to walk through the train station, you begin to hear sounds peculiarly Venetian–the low rumble of boat motors, a humid incubation of voices, water lapping insistently against wood and stone. And then Venice confers her greatest gift: No matter how many times you’ve been here, it always seems, in that first glimse, like the first time.
If you are smart, you will immediately start a tour down the Grand Canal by hopping on a vaporetto (water bus) or gondola or water taxi. If you are lucky, it will be during those few hours before sunset when the light shines most kindly on the venerable facades that line this liquid boulevard. If you are particularly observant, you might even notice that neither the light nor the colors are quite Italian, not like the tawny earth tones of Florence or Rome.
The canal is a murkey green, the palazzi a mix of faded, grimy sherbets–watermarked mint and sun-blanched apricot and deep overripe peach. Sunlight shatters into spangles on the water, gondolas knife bach and forth, the Rialto Bridge looms overhead, and then, beyond one final curve, the Palladian church of Santa Maria della Salute and the Campanile (bell tower) of San Marco come into view.
Piazza san Marco is Venice’s grand salon–expansive, familiar, picturesque, pigeonesque. It is anchored at its eastern extreme by the Basilica di San Marco, which is not only the spiritual seat of Venice’s patron saint but also one of the most glittering monuments of Christendom.
09/23/21 - 09/30/21
Starting At $3,820
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Terms and Conditions
1. The rates of our cruises are per person and include the following: All meals while on board the ship (from dinner on the day of embarkation to breakfast on the day of disembarkation) Captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner Mineral water, tea, filter coffee, a selection of white, red and rosé wines offered during meals; afternoon tea Evening entertainment and events Luggage transfer from pier to the ship and vice versa Room service 24h (special selection) English speaking lecturer on selected sailings. Water sports activities (except scuba diving) using the ship’s equipment, when permitted by local authorities and confirmed by ship Master according to safety and sea conditions onsite Open Bar (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands…list available upon request).
2. Cruise rates don’t include: Airport taxes (subject to modification) Port and safety taxes, environmental charges, landing and access fees to National Parks, special and/or Protected zones or sites subject to specific permits from National authorities and/or local communities (included only in cruise package sold in US/Canada).
Any ground services before and/or after the cruise other than the ones mentioned in each “Cruise & Flights” package and for which details are available upon request.
Optional Spa package to be booked prior your departure; please ask for more information Optional shore excursions.
Beverages other than the ones mentioned.
Laundry services, hair salon and à la carte Spa treatments Personal expenses, on board medical consultations and drug prescriptions.
Gratuities (included only in cruise package sold in US/Canada).
Cancellation/luggage/assistance/repatriation/medical insurance(s) Visa fees, if applicable It is essential not to forget to bring with you your binoculars for a good fauna observation. Please do not forget to bring your medical certificates when it is required to participate in an expedition cruise.