S: MEDITERRANEAN CRUISE MAY 2012
BC: Compliments of Your Travel Agent
FC: Mediterranean Cruise May 2012
2: Flying over the Dolomite Mountains, Italy
5: Tour of the Celebrity Silhouette yes, that's real grass!
6: Naples, Italy Amalfi Drive and Pompeii Tour. Duration: 9.5 hours, strenuous 7:10 am. Departing pier, pass Mt Vesuvius as you begin the drive enroute to the Amalfi Coast. Drive along winding coastal road passing Positano. Resort of Amalfi lies at mouth of gorge. You'll have time for photos and stroll. Lunch served. Coach winds along Amalfi Coast passing by Vietri sul Mare enroute to Pompeii. Visit extensive ruins, site of famous excavations. As you enter Pompeii by the Sea gate, a short walk takes you to the city's hub, the Forum. Surrounded by lavish temples and porticoes, you'll begin to grasp the lifestyle of the inhabitants. Admire the mansions and the art of wealthy patricians who moved to Pompeii to escape the turmoil of Rome; view countless paintings and insciptions. Time permitting; you'll stop at a cameo factory where you will have the opportunity to observe local artisans at work in their centuries-old tradition.
7: Pompeii Map
8: Sicily,The Amalfi Coast
13: Pompeii & Mt Vesuvius
14: Sicily, Italy, Monday, May 7 Docked in Catania, Lovely Taormina Tour duration: 4.5 Hours, Moderate, 9:35am. Stop below the village of Taormina before proceeding uphill (on foot) to the village gates. Upon reaching Taormina, walk past the ancient village's many squares. Near the center of Taormina, your walking tour will begin as your guide leads you along cobblestone streets to Palazzo Corvaia, a 15th century structure adorned with classic double windows. You will then proceed to the Greek theater, bult in the 3rd century BC. You will view Mt Etna from the Theater, and have free time to enjoy the arena and a leisurely walk back through town, visiting shops and enjoying gellato.
16: Greek Theater Taormina
17: Mt Etna, most active volcano in the world spewing steam, but last lava flow in 1669
18: Malta, Tuesday, May 8 Three Cities & Harbor Cruise, Tour duration: 4 hours. 9 am Drive to Senglea and Cospicua to Vittoriosa. Visit Auberges of Knights, Hospital, Armoury, Treasury, palaces, Fort St Angelo and St Lawrence church. Valletta harbor tour
20: Malta is the Celebrity Silhouette's registry port and it was the ship's first visit to Malta. As we departed the harbor, we were treated to an 8-cannon salute
22: Mykonos, Greece, May 10 Ancient Delos, Tour duration: 4 hours A local boat will transport you on a 30 minute ride to the entrance of the site. You'll walk into the sanctuary where you'll see the temple of Apollo and the marble lions of Delos. You'll continue to the terrace of foreign gods, through the theater and walk into the mansions with mosaics on the floors and walls.
24: Mykonos, Greece
26: Qsine Specialty Dining Alan and Joan's Anniversary, May 10
28: Athens, Greece, May 11 The Acropolis and Athens Sightseeing, Tour duration 4 hours. Drive past famous sites, Olympian Zeus, Hadrian's Arch, Parliament, Panathinion Stadium.
32: Modern Day Olympic Arena, Athens
33: Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Athens
36: Kusadasi Turkey, May 12 Best of Ephesus, Tour duration 7 hours Full day excursion covers the most exciting sites of the region: House of Virgin Mary, Ephesus Open Air Museum, Basilica of St John, Turkish carpet factory and shopping
38: Ephesus, Turkey, May 12
43: Basilica of St John Turkey
44: Rhodes, May 13 Journey to Lindos, Tour duration 4.5 hours Begin with drive past Old Rhodes walls, through city and continue south along coastline. At Lindos climb to the top of Acropolis, enjoy panoramic views of St Paul's Bay, walk through Temple of Athena Lindia. Return drive stop at ceramic studio, then enter Rhodes through old city walls and moat passing Byzantine church, fortifications of Knights and remains of Governor's quarters. Spend rest of afternoon browsing shops and meandering city streets.
52: Tuscan Grill Dining
53: Santorini, Greece, May 14 Village of Oia and Santorini Island, tour duration 3.5 hours Village of Oia is perched atop a craggy cliff at the northern point of island and offers panoramic views. Walking thru the village, enjoy views and admire the architecture. Continue to the local winery for tasting of Santorini meses and wine while enjoying the views. Visit bodega where wine is aged. Tour concludes at village of Fira. Expect crowds at Cable Car station.
60: Chania Port,Island of Crete, Greece May 16 Short Bus trip and self-guided walking tour of Chainia and Fort
62: Chania's Fort Firkas and Maritime Museum
66: Asst Waiter, Veersing
67: Drinks of the Mediterranean
68: Our Map Guide
69: Bathrooms of the Mediterranean
70: Crete | Taormina | Fira | Mykonos | Venice | Venice | Oia | Amalfi | Venice
72: Venice, May 17 - 19 St Mark's Square, Campanile, Doge's Palace, Bridge of sighs, Ponte dei Sospiri, Rialto Bridge an of course, a gondola ride on the Grand Canal
74: Tour of the Doge's Palace and Prison
78: View from the Camponile
81: The Celebrity Silhouette's first docking in Venice was May 17 | The crew paints ship name initials on pier on first port docking
82: St Mark's Basilica
87: Bridge of Sighs