Discover the Adriatic & Aegean Wonders

Next October Oceania Cruises is taking travelers on a 10-night discovery of Adriatic & Aegean Wonders. This dream voyage on board the reinspired Riviera is one of over 80 voyages included in the luxury line’s OLife Ultimate offer. With this new inclusive offer, guests enjoy the complete luxury of free shore excursions, a free beverage package and free shipboard credit.

Ever wanted to immerse yourself in the iconic wonders of Asia, the dramatically diverse lands of South America or the historical treasures of the Mediterranean? With over 80 inspirational sailings to choose from you can make that dream voyage a reality with Oceania Cruises.

One truly spectacular itinerary is the 10-night Adriatic & Aegean Wonders onboard the reinspired Riviera. This unique voyage sets sail from Venice (Trieste) on October 30, 2023. And with Oceania Cruises’ OLife Ultimate offer you now receive 6 Shore Excursions, a Beverage Package and US$600 Shipboard Credit all for free!

Adriatic & Aegean Wonders

Before setting sail, Trieste, near Venice, invites you to discover new palaces, piazzas and cathedrals around every corner. Along the canal, the gilded Serbian Orthodox Church of San Spiridione is juxtaposed with the neoclassical Catholic Church of Sant’Antonio Nuovo. A walk along the harbor takes you to Trieste’s majestic main square, Piazza dell’Unità d’Italia, and on to the Museo Revoltella, the opulent palace of a wealthy baron. Not to be missed is the Castello di Miramare, Archduke Maximilian’s gleaming castle situated on a rocky promontory north of the city.

The following morning Split, one of the loveliest spots on the Adriatic Sea, welcomes you to discover its intriguing relics from the Roman, Greek colonial and Medieval periods. Many of them can be found in the city’s archaeological museum, which was founded in 1820. Croatia’s second largest city sits on a beautiful peninsula on the island of Ciovo, a jewel on the Dalmatian Coast. One of the top outdoor attractions is the green oasis of Marjan Forest Park with its Split Zoo. Those looking for a refreshing dip in the Adriatic Sea will love the fine beaches nearby.

After a relaxing night on board the beautiful Riviera it is time to explore Bari. Tucked along the southern Adriatic, Bari is conveniently divided between its picturesque Old Town on a peninsula to the north and its modern city center to the south. The chief draws are architectural, especially the Romanesque 12th century San Nicola Church and the imposing Swabian Castle.

One of the highlights of this amazing voyage is located in a secluded part of the Bay of Kotor, in Montenegro. The beautiful coastal town of Kotor will surprise you with its medieval walls, its twisting, pink-paved streets, markets and architecture reflecting Byzantine to Venetian influences. Simply stroll through the compact old town, admire the impressive walls and tour the imposing St. Tryphon Cathedral, which was consecrated in 1166. Make sure to have your cameras ready when Riviera sails past the charming Church of Our Lady of the Rocks (Chiesa della Madonna dello Scarpello) off the coast of Perast on her way to and from Kotor.

After a full day at sea, Kavala, built on a promontory on the site of ancient Neapolis, welcomes you with fine beaches and numerous historic sites. A Byzantine castle lords over Kavala, and its 16th century aqueduct is still intact. The ruins of nearby Philippi include a Roman forum and a 5th century cathedral.

Founded as Byzantium in the 7th century BCE, Istanbul is guaranteed to take your breath away. Indulge your eyes and senses in this magnificent city astride two continents. An overnight stay will provide plenty of time to explore the many historic sights the city has to offer. A visit to the beautiful Topkapi Palace, the awesome Hagia Sophia and the impressive Blue Mosque are a must on your first day. End your visit with a cruise along the Bosphorus to see the city and its surroundings from another perspective. The next morning head back to the city to visit one of the many museums or stroll through the spice market and the famous Grand Bazaar.

The following day dive into the surf or soak up the sun on any number of Izmir’s magnificent beaches. Visit the lavish Izmir Clock Tower as you stroll through the celebrated Konak Square. Soak up the local scenery as you meander along the relaxing Kordonboyu oceanfront promenade. Alternatively join one of the amazing Oceania Cruises shore excursions visiting the striking and well-preserved ruins of Ephesus, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

During your visit to Heraklion (Crete), a visit to the great Minoan ruins of the Palace of Knossos, famous as the home of the labyrinth where the Minotaur roamed, and the archaeological museum that houses many superb artifacts from the complex, is a must. Explore the stunning, mountain-fringed Lassithi plateau with its orchards, 7,000 windmills and ancient villages.

Riviera’s final port of call, Piraeus leaves you plenty of opportunity to extend your voyage to the Adriatic & Aegean Wonders with a post-cruise stay in Athens, Greece. Explore the birthplace of democracy as you climb up the magnificent Acropolis and stand in awe of the Parthenon, the beautiful temples and the view over Athens. Other highlights include the new and old Olympic stadiums. A journey to Cape Sounion and the temple of Poseidon overlooking the sea, or a visit to ancient Corinth and the narrow Corinth Canal which cuts through miles of solid rock, will complete this amazing voyage.

Riviera, your luxurious home away from home

The luxury Oceania Riviera recently received a stem-to-stern re-inspiration, offering exciting new suites and staterooms, and transformed public spaces making every journey more unique and exclusive than ever before. Riviera’s suites and staterooms have been passionately reimagined to provide a radiant and even more decadent degree of lavish residential comfort. While designer accessories add an air of elegance and sophistication, fashionable lighting and a myriad of thoughtful details, including an abundance of outlets and USB ports, offer the perfect home away from home for the discerning traveler.

Have it all with the OLife Ultimate offer

With a wide array of always-included amenities such as dining at specialty restaurants, internet, room service, specialty coffees, soft drinks and more, Oceania Cruises’ voyages offer the best value in luxury cruising.

With the cruise line’s OLife Ultimate offer, guests now enjoy Free Shore Excursions, a Free Beverage Package, and Free Shipboard Credit up to US$800 on select 2023 and 2024 sailings. The OLife Ultimate offer is available on new bookings made before 30 April 2023.

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