Silversea – World Cruise 2020
Silversea – Legends of Cruising – World Cruise 2020
JANUARY 5 2020 TO MAY 25, 2020 | CRUISE DURATION 140 DAYS | SILVER WHISPER
Legend has it that there are those who think and those who act. That there are those who believe they belong to the 1%, and those who actually do. And then there are those who are part of the 1% of the 1%. If you are one of these enquiring few, then read on. Unlike any other World Cruise ever conceived, Legends of Cruising takes you on a journey that lets you set foot on all 7 continents. It gives you the opportunity to swim in every ocean, learn of countless cultures and see innumerable natural wonders.
We want you to be one of the select few who are able to say yes they have seen the un-spoilt, snowy plains of Antarctica and bathed in the vibrant rhythm of South America. Yes — they have felt the heat of Africa, drank from the melting pot of Australia, found peace in Asia and imbibe in the captivating history of Europe. And yes – they are the true 1% of the 1%.
Legends of Cruising is a journey that will take you further than ever before in just 140 days, in every sense. So join us. Become a Legend.
- Intimate, ultra-luxury ship for just 382 guests
- All-suite accommodations, over 85% with verandas
- Personalised service – nearly one crew member for every guest
- Butler Service for every suite
- Gratuities always included in your fare
- Open-seating dining – dine when and with whomever you please
- Complimentary beverages throughout the ship, plus your own tailored mini-bar
- In-suite dining and 24-hour room service
- Complimentary transportation into town in most ports
You‘ll never pay more than the price advertised by the cruise line
|Vista Suite from||£49,000pp|
|Veranda Suite from||£65,400pp|
|Medallion Suite from||£116,000pp|
|Silver Suite from||£149,000pp|
|Royal Suite from||£150,000pp|
|Grand Suite from||£152,000pp|
|Owner’s Suite from||£182,000pp|
World Cruise segments are available to book.
On arrival, transfer to your hotel for a 1 night pre-cruise hotel stay in Miami.
Transfer to the port and embark Silver Whisper
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States.
Puerto Rico has been voluntarily associated with the United States since Spain ceded it in 1898. In 1952, this island country became a self-governing Commonwealth of the United States. The capital, San Juan, is a teeming city of 500,000. Remnants of colonial architecture stand side by side with the most modern high-rises in this city of contrasts. The 7-square-block area that contains the historic zone of Old San Juan was once completely encircled by city walls and is still guarded by the impressive forts El Morro and San Cristobal, which loom over the harbour as reminders of the centuries of Spanish rule. The El Yunque Rain Forest, on the north-eastern side of the island, is just one of many distinctive geographical features found here. Mountain lakes, waterfalls, teak forests and La Parguera’s Phosphorescent Bay offer the visitor a variety of diversions.
The most easterly of the Caribbean Islands, Barbados stands as a welcoming sentinel at the gateway to the West Indies. The island has for centuries been the first landfall for any sailors venturing westward, beginning with Spanish and Portuguese adventurers who came to Barbados in the 1500s in search of gold and riches. Instead they found a densely vegetated island inhabited by a small population of Amerindians, some of whom were captured and taken to other islands as slaves. Although the Iberians opted not to settle on the island, they did give it a name, Los Barbados (the “bearded ones”), which is generally believed to have derived from the aerial roots of the Bearded Fig Tree. Barbados draws scores of visitors thanks to its great natural beauty, varied terrain and historic monuments. There are 900 miles of pristine beaches, a rugged Atlantic coastline, fertile valleys, distinguished plantation houses, stalactite-studded caves, a wildlife preserve and attractive tropical gardens. The island’s capital, Bridgetown, is one of the Caribbean’s major free ports, bustling with activity.
Today, visitors arrive at Ile Royale, the only one of the three islands with landing facilities, to experience the haunting history of this former penal colony. Pathways allow you to circle the island and to wander among the overgrown ruins of prison cells and administrative buildings. A recent restoration program has been successful in recovering some of the buildings, one of which now houses a small museum. There is also a hotel, the Auberge Iles du Salut, providing modest tourist facilities.
This city of red-tiled roofs is the capital of the state of Ceará and one of northeast Brazil’s largest cities. It is one of Brazil’s chief commercial centers with a population of almost two million inhabitants. Fortaleza has emerged from hard times provoked by the 1980’s drought and is making its name known outside of Brazil as a world-class fashion center. Fortaleza’s original street layout was designed by a 19th-century French architect who dreamed of turning it into Brazil’s Paris of the North. Today, this busy metropolis’ commercial, administrative and religious areas are still clearly defined. In recent years, there have also been great strides in developing tourism and many luxury hotels now dot the turquoise coastline. Shoppers will revel in the Ceará, where they’ll discover regional handicrafts, ranging from wicker furniture, macramé hammocks and straw baskets to ceramics, delicate handmade laces and coveted Brazilian embroideries.
Multicolored buildings surrounding Pelourinho Square, narrow cobblestone streets, a colorful market and countless churches make a picturesque and fascinating historic center. Toward the mouth of the bay lies the newer section, with skyscrapers and some fine homes built during the last century. Farther out, at Porto da Barra, are the best city beaches, bars and restaurants. At the mouth of the bay stands the Fort of San Antonio, built on the spot where Amérigo Vespucci landed in 1501. The road along the seafront passes the famous lighthouse and leads to Salvador’s new suburbs along a string of golden beaches.
Today, with the centre rebuilt many times since colonial days, the major interest lies in the beach communities south of the city centre rather than in Rio’s buildings and monuments. For some 60 years, the beach districts of Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon have been Rio’s heart and soul, providing a constant source of recreation to maintain the city’s fame as the most dynamic and captivating tourist capital in South America.
Renowned for its international conferences and film festivals, Punta del Este is one of the finest beach resorts in South America. Many wealthy Uruguayans, Argentines and Brazilians have built spectacular mansions along the magnificent coastline. Celebrities and jet-setters from across the globe frequent Punta del Este for the beaches, fresh air and nightlife. For many of Montevideo’s residents this fashionable resort provides a popular weekend getaway. With a skyline of alternating high-rise towers and million-dollar mansions, Punta del Este is host to a sophisticated culture and a swinging social scene. During the day locals and visitors hit the beaches of the peninsula that provide a perfect setting for a variety of watersports. The land side, with its sand dunes, large forests of pines, eucalyptus and mimosa, makes a fitting contrast. A marina full of sleek yachts, excellent restaurants, chic boutiques, art galleries, a renowned museum, casinos and three golf courses add to a Riviera-like atmosphere.
Dubbed the “Queen of the Rio de la Plata” by Argentine author Carlos Romero, Buenos Aires is Argentina’s cosmopolitan capital and to Portenos synonymous with Argentina. Easily the most European of all South American capitals, even the phone book holds more last names indicating Italian or German heritage than Spanish. The city experienced a boom in the 19th century, taking its cue from Paris, and since then is often referred to as the Paris of South America.
With its population of 1,362,000, Montevideo is home to nearly half of Uruguay’s population. The relatively small capital is the nation’s only major city, yet visitors do not come here in search of the hustle and bustle of a large metropolis. Montevideanos themselves travel to Buenos Aires and São Paulo when they crave big-city excitement. As Uruguay’s cultural, political and economic centre, the city boasts a good number of monuments, museums and impressive architecture. There are sidewalk cafés, fine restaurants, chic shops, casinos and miles of clean beaches. For such a small country, Uruguay boasts an astonishing literary and artistic tradition. Theater is a popular medium and playwrights are very prominent. Uruguayan artists such as Pedro Figari have earned recognition well beyond the country’s border. The tango is nearly as popular here as in Argentina. Afro-Uruguayan Candomblé music and dance add a unique dimension.
Puerto Madryn has experienced rapid development thanks to Argentina’s first aluminum plant established here. Lately it has also become a popular tourist center because of its excellent diving and water sports opportunities, attracting visitors from all over Argentina and other parts of South America. Still, its major draw is the proximity to such important wildlife reserves as Punta Tombo and the Valdes Peninsula. Scores of visitors endure long drives to visit these amazing nature reserves to see Magellanic penguins, elephant seals, sea lions and whales. In town, a casino and several restaurants known for good seafood provide visitors with basic diversions. In addition, there is the Museum of Natural Sciences and Oceanography with exhibits portraying the remarkable wildlife in Chubut Province. Main street shops offer a limited selection of leather goods, water sports equipment and items made by the Patagonian Indians.
Tiny Stanley, capital of the Falklands, seems in many ways like a British village fallen out of the sky. Many homes are painted in bright colors, adding visual appeal to this distant outpost. Not far offshore, the wreck of the Lady Elizabeth, is one of the many vessels remaining as a silent testimonial to the region’s frequent harsh weather conditions. The islands, also known by their Spanish name of Islas Malvinas, are home to arguably more tuxedo-clad inhabitants of the penguin variety than human residents. Various species, such as Gentoo, King and the more elusive Macaroni penguins, either live here permanently or use the Falklands as a stopover on their migration route. Giant Sea Elephants and Southern Sea Lions also come here to breed and give birth. Darwin found the islands’ flora and fauna fascinating — no doubt you will, too.
The Prince Albert II will arrive at Ushuaia during the evening hours on the 13th of November, and go alongside. After breakfast the following morning, disembark Prince Albert II and transfer to Ushuaia International Airport (USH) for your charter flight to Buenos Aires J. Newbery Domestic Airport (AEP).
This small but busy port lies at the east end of a narrow fjord. Located eight miles across a large suspension bridge from Puerto Aisen, Puerto Chacabuco was the site of the first road (actually a trail) in 1903. In the 1930s, the trail was expanded to reach as far as Coihaique. The road twists around cliffs and through dramatic landscape, finally reaching the Rio Simpson National Reserve. Stretching along the Simpson River, the reserve is squeezed in between sheer cliffs and graced by numerous waterfalls. This area south of Puerto Montt is occupied by less than 0.5 percent of the country’s population. Here, at the western side of the Andes, the weather frequently is wet and windy. Some parts are covered by impenetrable forest, while in certain areas the felling of trees, begun in the 19th century, has accelerated during the last decades. The lumber is used for construction, fencing and fuel. In fact, wood is in such demand in towns like Puerto Aisen and Coihaique that in winter it costs as much as petrol. Much of the timber is increasingly exported, especially the wood chips.
Located on the northern tip of the vast Reloncavi Bay, Puerto Montt is the gateway to the Chilean Lake District. Crowding the harbor are vessels that ply the route between Cape Horn and Puerto Montt, finding shelter here from the storms of the Pacific. The first German colonists arrived in this area in 1852; their descendants have remained a small but influential percentage of the 130,000 inhabitants. The town spreads along a narrow seaboard and climbs the slopes that enclose Puerto Montt to the north. Since 1985, the city has experienced considerable growth and development. In addition to some 30 salmon farms, fishing and forestry industries, there are service companies, new hotels, restaurants, cafés and a variety of shops. For the visitor, the town itself offers scant attractions apart from shingle-roofed houses around a flowered central square. It is its proximity to the lake and mountain region that makes Puerto Montt a sought after starting point for many travelers. A short distance from the pier is the small fishing port of Angelmo. Its row of stalls lining both sides of the street offers a wide variety of regional handicrafts and souvenir items.
The friendly English-speaking population offers a unique blend of African, Spanish, Paya Indian and British cultures. British and Spanish settlers invaded the Paya as their respective countries fought over possession of Roatan in the 16th century. Soon after, pirates numbering nearly 5,000, including Henry Morgan, claimed Roatan as their stronghold. During the height of the slave trade, Roatan became a dumping ground for rebellious slaves that the British could no longer control. These marooned slaves, now called Maroons or Garifuna, form a present day ethnic group near the town of Punta Gorda. This unique mix of people and cultures, presently controlled by Honduras, has created a population that is rich in tradition yet welcoming to visitors.
Formed by two ancient volcanoes and joined at the isthmus of Taravao, Tahiti is the largest island of the Society Archipelago and the economic heart of French Polynesia. Ever since the famous French impressionist painter Paul Gauguin immortalized Tahitian maidens in vibrant colors on his canvasses, Tahiti has had a mysterious allure and still summons up all the romance of the South Pacific as a tropical paradise. Rising in the center, Mount Orohena and Mount Aorai are the highest points; deep valleys radiate in all directions from these central peaks. Steep slopes drop abruptly from the high plateaus to coastal plains. The northeast coast is rugged and rocky without a barrier reef, and thus exposed to intense, pounding surf. Villages lie on a narrow strip between mountains and ocean. The south coast is broad and gentle with large gardens and coconut groves; a barrier reef shields it from the sea.
Tahiti’s heart-shaped sister island Moorea is located only nine miles across the Sea of the Moon from Tahiti. While Bora Bora and Tahiti are the destinations most prominently advertised, it is Moorea, the Magical Island that is the best-kept secret of the trio of famous French Polynesian islands. In fact, Moorea has often been likened to James Michener’s mythological island of Bali Hai – and it is easy to see why. Picture perfect lagoons and gleaming white beaches are surrounded by jagged mountains and volcanic spires. Its six mountains include Mount Rotui. From its summit there are spectacular views of Opunohu Bay and the island. Captain Samuel Wallis was the European discoverer of the Windward Island in 1767. After leaving Tahiti, he passed along the north coast of Moorea without landing. The first European visitors to the island include botanist Joseph Banks and some sailors sent ashore by Captain Cook in 1769. Captain Cook himself anchored in Opunohu Bay for one week in 1777, but never visited the bay that now bears his name.
Located 160 miles (257 km) northwest of Tahiti, Bora Bora is everyone’s idea of a South Pacific island. Mere superlatives cannot adequately describe the spectacular beauty of its emerald-green hills and crystalline blue lagoons. Once a quiet retreat, it is now a Mecca for tourists, hotel entrepreneurs and filmmakers. Through the years, the local population has learned to cope with the ebb and flow of foreigners. During World War II, 4,500 U.S. troops were stationed on Bora. In 1977, an army of Italian filmmakers descended on the island for the filming of the movie Hurricane. The island is 20 miles (32 km) in circumference and depending on the conveyance used and how many stops are made; a round-the-island tour can take from 90 minutes to several hours. The island’s major community is Vaitape Village with an abundance of shops and boutiques. Scattered across Bora Bora are a number of marae ruins, ancient Polynesian temples that are worth visiting. Tours by jeep into the rugged interior are equally popular, especially for World War II buffs. Swimming, snorkelling, diving and various other water sports are on most visitors’ to-do list.
Lautoka is often described as the sugar city. Sugar cane is the major industry of Fiji and Lautoka is its main base. Here are the industries’ headquarters, the largest sugar mill, modern loading facilities and a large wharf. It features 70 miles of roads, almost all paved, a wonderful botanical garden and royal palm trees decorating the city’s main street, Vitogo Parade. The municipal market is another attraction from both outside and inside. Fiji typifies the image of paradise. The people here live as they have done for centuries, retaining their ancient traditions and simple and carefree lifestyle supported by the harvest of a generous land and bountiful sea.
Sydney is the heart of New South Wales and the state’s capital. A bustling centre for industry and business and a major world port, it boasts 3.5 million inhabitants. Spreading over some 670 square miles (1,735 square km), the city seems to stretch as far as the eye can see to the west, north and south. Where Sydney’s metropolitan area ends, the wide-open bush of New South Wales begins. Sydney is located roughly the same distance from the equator as San Diego, California, and enjoys an equally superb sunny climate. Its beautiful harbour is studded with bays and inlets and crowned by the billowing sails of the incomparable Opera House.
Melbourne is about the same size as Sydney, but there the similarity ends. Where Sydney is a jumble of hills and inlets, Melbourne spreads over a flat plain. Its pace, steadfast and sedate, contrasts with Sydney’s upbeat and brassy lifestyle. Tree-shaded parks and gardens, a quiet bay and a proud stateliness become this capital of culture and the arts. Grand municipal buildings and splendid Victorian edifices, which sprang up in the wake of the gold rush, stand proudly along broad avenues.
Due to its remote location, Kangaroo Island was less affected than the mainland by the impact of European development. To this day, the island is rich in diverse flora and fauna seldom found elsewhere. As one of the world’s last unspoiled wilderness places, about 30 percent of the island has been designated as National Parks. The most important one is Flinders Chase at the western end of Kangaroo Island, with Seal Bay Conservation Park following close behind. Its large sandy beach and dune area is home to Australian sea lions where they come to rest and nurse their young.
Proclaimed a city on July 1, 1998, Albany with a population of 28,000 is rapidly expanding. It is the commercial center of Western Australia’s southern region and the oldest settlement in the state, established in 1826.
Thanks to its spectacular natural beauty and rich culture, Bali has long been Indonesia’s most popular destination. Stone inscriptions dating from around the 9th century A.D. are the earliest records found on Bali; by that time, the island was already developing irrigation systems and a lifestyle that drew many comparisons to what visitors find here today.
Semarang is one of the oldest cities in Indonesia, situated on Java’s north coast between the shore of the Java Sea and a small ridge of mountains. Ceded to the Dutch West India Company in 1677 by King Amangkurat I in payment of his debts, it became their headquarters and the seat of the Dutch governor of the northeast provinces. Semarang’s usefulness as a port waned due to the gradual silting up of the harbor. By the 19th century, Surabaya had eclipsed Semarang as Java’s premier port.
Singapore is a roughly diamond-shaped island at the end of the Malaysian peninsula. It occupies a strategic position for shipping on the shortest sea-route between the Indian Ocean and the South China Sea. The narrow Strait of Johor separates Singapore from Malaysia, but the two are linked by a causeway less than a mile long.
Thailand’s only island province is connected to the mainland by the Thep Krasettree Causeway. Known as the “Pearl of Thailand,” Phuket offers pristine beaches, lush vegetation, traditional villages and seascapes of huge limestone pillars that rise above the turquoise waters of Phang Nga Bay. With a land area of 215 square miles, Phuket Island is Thailand’s largest island and about the same size as Singapore. Arab and Indian navigators have called here since the end of the 9th century, while the first Europeans arrived in the 16th century.
Located off the southern tip of India, tropical Sri Lanka, formerly known as Ceylon, is a luxuriant Eden with some of the most exotic vegetation this part of the world has to offer. Rubber, coffee, pepper, tea, spices and coconut plantations cover the slopes of hills and mountains, while giant umbrella trees offer shade. One could easily think of Sri Lanka as a tropical island off-shoot of India, except that the majority of the people are Buddhist, not Hindu. The island’s location at the center of the Indian Ocean trading routes and the opening of the route around the Cape of Good Hope by Vasco da Gama brought Sri Lanka in direct contact with Western Europe. The Portuguese were the first Europeans to recognize Colombo’s potential as a trading port, but it was the Dutch who built a fort here and ruled for 150 years until the British conquest in 1795; full independence was granted in 1948. Changing the name from Ceylon to Sri Lanka in the 1970s caused considerable confusion.
Cochin (also known as Kochi) is the great, old Keralan spice city. It consists of mainland Ernakulam, the islands of Willingdon, Bolgatty and Gundu in the harbor, Fort Cochin and Mattancheri on the southern peninsula and Vypeen Island north of Cochin. Because of the area’s dense tropical forests, extensive ridges and ravines, it has been sheltered from invaders and the rest of India. This encouraged Keralites to welcome maritime contact, and therefore influence from the outside world. Cochin still has a small community of descendants from Jewish settlers who fled Palestine centuries ago. When the Portuguese arrived here during the Middle Ages, they were surprised to find Christianity already established along this coast. Traders from far-off lands have been coming to Kerala since ancient times in search of spices, sandalwood and ivory. Such long contact with people from overseas has resulted in the blending of various cultures and has given Keralites a cosmopolitan outlook. The present-day State of Kerala was created in 1956 as a result of combining Travancore, Cochin and Malabar. The latter was at one time part of Madras State, while both Travancore and Cochin were princely states ruled by a rajah. Unlike some rajahs in other parts of India who exploited their people and squandered the proceeds on high living, the rajahs of both Travancore and Cochin made efforts to provide basic services and education for their subjects. This resulted in the post-independence state being one of the most progressive, literate and highly educated of all the states in India.
Mumbai, or Bombay as it is more commonly known, is India’s business capital. In the 500 years since its “discovery” by the Portuguese, Mumbai has been transformed from an aboriginal fishing village into a sprawling metropolis of some 14 million people. It is the money capital of India, a magnet for entrepreneurs, the home of India’s stock exchange, and headquarters for many national and international companies.
Surrounded by striking mountains on one side and soft sandy shores along the coast, Muscat was already a thriving port in ancient times. As the capital of modern Oman with wide avenues and architecture that features both contemporary and traditional design, parts of the city still retain their medieval appearance, including two ancient Portuguese forts flanking the rocky cove around which the city is built. During the 14th and 15th centuries, Muscat was an important outpost for the powerful kings of Hormuz. In the 16th century, the Portuguese took possession of Muscat, but lost their dominance in the Gulf when the city came again under Omani rule in 1650. Since the mid-18th century, members of the Al-Busaidy dynasty have been the rulers of Oman. From the time of Sultan Qaboos Bin Said’s accession to the throne in 1970, the Sultanate has gone from an underdeveloped country to a modern state with imposing government buildings, hospitals, new roads, a university and a sport complex. Muscat’s picturesque old buildings still co-exist with modern commercial and residential quarters, giving the city an ambiance all its own. The seaside palace of His Majesty, Sultan Qaboos, offers a spectacular sight, as it stands between steep rocky hills. Greater Muscat covers a huge area divided into three sections: the old port area, the main trading and residential area, and the modern Central Banking District. Sumptuous villas and deluxe hotels are part of an ongoing building boom. Strong development in tourism has gained Oman a new role as an intriguing, fascinating and safe destination. Oman is full of treasures – from historic palaces and traditional buildings to captivating landscapes and gracious people. Its advent into modern age has managed beautifully to blend age-old mystique with a taste of the 21st century.
Salalah is the capital of Dhofar Province, which is the southern region of the Sultanate of Oman. Green areas scattered across town give the city a tropical atmosphere and have earned it the name “Garden City.” It is a laid-back place with a few resort hotels dotting the sandy seashore. The Dhofar region has been known for centuries for the production of frankincense. The narrow belt and the mountain range benefit from the southwest monsoon winds, which are an unusual feature for the Arabian Peninsula. The moisture-laden winds bring rain from the end of June to August. Heavy mists blanket the coast and mountains during these months, creating lush, green hillsides and cooler temperatures, the perfect environment for frankincense trees to grow. Behind the mountain range lies the hot desert, unaffected by the monsoon, and the domain of the hardy Bedouins and their camels. Along the coast lie miles of deserted beaches, bordered by a brilliant blue sea. Other attractions around the countryside include ancient forts, archaeological sites, fishing villages and the tombs of prophets. But it is mainly the rugged landscape and the beaches that appeal to visitors with a penchant for unspoiled destinations. Indeed, Salalah has to be appreciated as an off-the-beaten-track location and for the uniqueness that marks the Dhofar region.
Jordan is one of the most fascinating destinations in the Middle East, offering attractions that are manifold and unequalled. The country is not blessed with rich oil supplies; its treasures lie in the beauty of the land and a unique combination of antiquities, natural environment and traditions. The rose-red City of Petra and the captivating desert of Wadi Rum draw scores of visitors to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan each year. Aqaba is Jordan’s only port and of tremendous importance to the country’s economy. Countless trucks ply the route between Aqaba and the capital Amman, a journey of some 220 miles. With stark mountains rising in the background, Aqaba enjoys an attractive setting. For cruise vessels, the port provides the gateway for excursions to famed Petra, the spectacular desert and mountain region of Wadi Rum and spots at the Dead Sea. Aqaba itself offers a string of shops, hotels and restaurants. Some recent archaeological discoveries in the center of town are thought to be the remains of the oldest church in the world, dating from the late 3rd century. Aqaba is also popular with diving enthusiasts who appreciate the great variety of marine life that abounds in the waters of the Red Sea. Petra, the area’s major attraction, lies 70 miles from the port. The remains of this once magnificent city date to the 3rd century BC when Nabataeans carved elaborate buildings out of solid rock. Abandoned and forgotten for centuries, the rose-red City of Petra was rediscovered in the 1800s. Excavations did not get underway until a hundred years later; the central section was unearthed after 1958. Today the site is recognized as one of the most spectacular attractions in the Middle East – a must-see for any visitor to this area.
The port city of Safaga is located on the western flank of the Red Sea, across from the shores of Saudi Arabia. The dusty streets are for the most part quiet, save for the occasional truck or bus. Diving enthusiasts come to the few resort hotels located north of Safaga to enjoy one of the world’s best and relatively unspoiled locations for underwater exploration. Their number is steadily increasing. As a result, Safaga’s facilities are gradually improving. For cruise vessels calling here, Safaga serves as the gateway to Luxor, which ranks among the most important destinations in Egypt, topping the list of must-see attractions. Guests who are not planning to take the excursion to Luxor will find very limited activities in Safaga itself, except for souvenir shopping at some tourist villages and diving and snorkeling tours at resort hotels. A half day trip to the resort of Hurghada is also an option.
Set high atop the Mediterranean cliffs, Sorrento is a town of extraordinary beauty that has endured as a favoured resort for centuries. In addition to its own attractions, Sorrento is also known as a popular gateway to Pompeii, Italy’s most celebrated classical ruins. They offer a look at the finest example of a Roman town and its way of life, presented to modern eyes by excavation. The ever-popular Isle of Capri is just a short distance from Sorrento by jet-foil. It ranks as one of Italy’s most beautiful islands and has captured the fancy of visitors for centuries. Its excellent year-round climate, spectacular landscape and fantastic sea caverns ensure a never-ending stream of tourists. In addition, the island boasts lavish villas, elegant hotels, chic boutiques and quaint restaurants, making it easy to understand why Capri has become so popular. Discover the charm of Sorrento, enjoy the famous archaeological sites and breathtaking scenery of the Amalfi Drive, or sit in a shady sidewalk café with an espresso or a cold drink and savour the local ambiance.
Barcelona is the capital of Catalunya as well as Spain’s second largest city. Dominated by Montjuic, Vallvidrera and the Tibidabo Hills, sophisticated Barcelona is rich in ancient and modern architectural and artistic treasures. Many talented artists, sculptors and architects lived here, including Picasso, Miró, Mares and Barcelona’s best-known architect, Antonio Gaudí.
Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, is a city open to the sea and carefully planned with 18th-century elegance. Its founder is said to be the legendary Ulysses, but the theory of an original Phoenician settlement is probably more realistic. Known in Portugal as Lisboa, the city was inhabited by the Romans, Visigoths and, beginning in the 8th century, the Moors. Much of the 16th century was a period of great prosperity and overseas expansion for Portugal. Tragedy struck on All Saints’ Day in 1755 with a devastating earthquake that killed about 40,000 people. The destruction of Lisbon shocked the continent. As a result, the Baixa (lower city) emerged in a single phase of building, carried out in less than a decade by the royal minister, the Marques de Pombal. His carefully planned layout of a perfect neo-classical grid survived to this day and remains the heart of the city. Evidence of pre-quake Lisbon can still be seen in the Belém suburb and the old Moorish section of the Alfama that sprawls below the Castle of St. George. Lisbon is a compact city on the banks of the Tagus River. Visitors find it easy to get around as many places of interest are in the vicinity of the central downtown area. There is a convenient bus and tram system and taxis are plentiful. Rossio Square, the heart of Lisbon since medieval times, is an ideal place to start exploring. After a fire destroyed parts of the historic neighborhood behind Rossio in 1988, many of the restored buildings emerged with modern interiors behind the original façades. The city boasts a good many monuments and museums, such as the Jeronimos Monastery, Tower of Belém, the Royal Coach Museum and the Gulbenkian Museum. High above the Baixa is the Bairro Alto (upper city) with its teeming nightlife. The easiest way to connect between the two areas is via the public elevator designed by Gustave Eiffel. Cruising up the Tagus River to the ship’s berth, you can already spot three of Lisbon’s famous landmarks: the Monument to the Discoveries, the Tower of Belém and the Statue of Christ, which welcomes visitors from its hilltop location high above Europe’s longest suspension bridge.
Lively, commercial Oporto is the second largest city in Portugal after Lisbon. Also called Porto for short, the word easily brings to mind the city’s most famous product – port wine. Oporto’s strategic location on the north bank of the Douro River has accounted for the town’s importance since ancient times. The Romans built a fort here where their trading route crossed the Douro, and the Moors brought their own culture to the area. Oporto profited from provisioning crusaders en route to the Holy Land and enjoyed the riches from Portuguese maritime discoveries during the 15th and 16th centuries.
Dublin, the capital of the Republic of Ireland, enjoys one of the loveliest natural settings in all of Europe. Situated at the wide sweep of Dublin Bay, the city is sheltered in the north by the rocky mass of Howth Head. The Liffey River, crossed by numerous distinctive bridges, flows through the city centre.
Kirkwall, located on Mainland, is the principal harbor and capital of Orkney. Steep-roofed stone houses line streets that wind around the medieval St. Magnus Cathedral. A museum featuring Orkney historical artifacts is housed in the 16th-century Tankerness House. Other attractions around the island include Maes Howe, the site of Britain’s best-preserved megalithic tomb, and the Stone Age village of Skara Brae. Scapa Flow serves as a reminder of more recent times when, during both World Wars, Britain’s naval base was located here.
With its spectacular setting among seven hills, Bergen is one of the most beautiful cities in Norway. Founded in 1070 AD by the illustrious King Olav Kyrre, it became the first capital of Norway during the 13th century. The city became an important shipping and commercial centre; it was the headquarters for the Hanseatic League, an association of merchants in Northern Europe until the 17th century. Although the city periodically has been ravaged by fire, many fine examples of medieval architecture can still be found. Bergen’s association with the sea has given the city its lifeblood. The fishing industry and trade has provided the economic backbone for the region for centuries. Other important sources of income are tourism, industry, craftsmanship, oil and gas. Bergen is also an important university city.
The tiny village lies hemmed in on three sides by the towering walls of the longest and narrowest fjord in Europe, the Aurlandsfjord. Flåm’s appeal is its magnificent surroundings, ranging from fertile farmland to crystal-clear streams and towering mountains. Flåm is also the terminus of one of the most exciting train rides in the world – the Flåm Railway. Climbing 2,850 feet in just 12 miles, past cascading waterfalls and through 20 tunnels blasted out of towering mountains, the journey offers incredible views and thrills. The Flåm Railway operates year-round – a great tourist attraction during the summer and a local lifeline during the deep winter months.
History and beauty unite in this proud capital of Scotland, dubbed “The Athens of the North”. A dramatic balance exists between the high dark buildings of Edinburgh’s medieval old town and the classical architecture of its Georgian New Town. The city has an impressive natural setting, overlooked by the dominating mass of “Arthur’s Seat,” a mountain in miniature. Edinburgh is the administrative and cultural capital of Scotland. Though evidence suggests habitation as early as the Iron Age, the present city dates from the 11th-century reign of King Malcolm II and Queen Margaret. The Middle Ages were times of continual fluctuation as the citizenry fought against invasion and poverty. As a result, Edinburgh’s early development was greatly impeded.
Amsterdam is most famous for its narrow, gabled houses lining the canals. The historic center is full of interesting attractions such as the medieval weigh house, the Royal Palace on Dam Square and the Nieuwe Kerk or New Church, which was built in 1468. From the time of Rembrandt, Amsterdam has been revered as an artistic center. Today the city is renowned for celebrated museums such as the Rijks, Van Gogh and Stedelijk Museums, to name but a few. It also is a shopper’s city, featuring everything from the famous flower market to glassware, Delft porcelain, cheese and wooden shoes.
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