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A European cruise lets you travel back in time to enjoy the history and culture of quaint villages, ancient ruins and magnificent churches. Explore the treasures of Scandinavia or the sundrenched beaches of the Mediterranean. Europe offers quaint villages rich in history and culture, but also sophisticated cities like London and Stockholm. Enjoy incredible shopping and culinary experiences as you visit numerous countries in one single Europe cruise.

 

Europe and Mediterranean cruises offer the best opportunity to country-hop! Board your cruise ship and unpack once while you explore Scandinavia & Russia, the British Isles, the Mediterranean, the Black Sea or the Greek Isles. You book your cruise in US Dollars, pre-reserve tours in US Dollars and most ships charge US Dollars while you sail. The only time you'll need the Euro is to go ashore, and your ship offers local exchange too. Your food and accommodations are included onboard, so all you need to do is enjoy each city and country along the way. Bon Voyage!

 

Magnificent medieval walls protect this Croatian 12th century seaside town, inside lies quaint shops and picturesque views. Walk in Old Town or visit the 14th century Franciscan Monastery

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Walk along the waterfront of Denmark 's largest city, home of the Little Mermaid statue, the world famous Tivoli Gardens , with open air theatres, fountains, fairgrounds, fireworks, restaurants and cafes. Although, smaller than most capital cities, this relaxed and welcoming city is the official residence of the Danish monarchy, the government, and the centre of media, trade and industry.

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Great Britain, land of knights and kings and the history that went with them. Many of its cities have been around since before the middle ages. Coastal cities such as Harwich and Southampton have played key roles in Britain 's naval and sea faring history, naval and passenger ships have been sailing from these ports since before the Spanish Armada. The Maritime Museum in Southampton has displays on the Mayflower and the huge luxury liners that sailed from this port in the first half of the 20th century. Take a walk around the city walls and Southampton's High Street or visit the Tudor House Museum and view exhibits on Victorian and Edwardian life. Dover, from its white cliffs to the pounding seas at Land's End with a coastline as dramatic as its 4000 year old history, Harwich and Southampton will give you access to one of Britain's oldest cities, London where you can visit renowned sights such as Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Tower Bridge, the House of Parliament, Piccadilly Circus, and Westminster Abbey. To the north, the city of Edinburgh (Leith) with medieval and Georgian history is regarded as one of Europe 's most handsome capitals. And Glasgow ( Greenock ), originally a small fishing village shows off its personality in its architecture, designer fashion and its people.

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Some of the oldest and most famous cities are in this beautiful country known for its food, wine, art and culture. Marseille, the meeting place of the entire world", is France 's largest commercial and naval port and its oldest city, founded in 600 BC. Many of France 's cities play host to the rich and famous, cities like St. Tropez, Nice, Cannes-home to the famous film festival, and Monaco and Monte Carlo where the Grand Casino and the Royal Palace lure tourists and celebrities alike. Visit Napoleon's birthplace, the Mediterranean island of Corsica and sample the many fine wines of this region or sample wines from Bordeaux a city that has been producing wine since the time of the Romans. Le Havre is an important transatlantic port on the Normandy coast and your gateway for traveling inland to the City of Light . Paris shines with dazzling sights including the Eiffel Tower , the Arc de Triomphe, Nortre Dame and the Louvre.

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Visit this " White City of the the North", a fascinating blend of modernity and a Finnish tradition. Shaped by its bays and islands, Helsinki is one of Europe 's most scenic capitals. Expect stylish and sophisticated shops on Esplanade Street linger in cobblestoned Senate Square and explore the Rock Church built entirely out of stone.

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Warnemunde brings you to Berlin , which has visibly flourished since the fall of The Berlin Wall in 1989. Discover Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag, which served as Germany 's Parliament until 1993. Explore Berlin 's famed art museums or The Kaiser Wilhlem Memorial Church. Later, get a flavor of the local lifestyle at one of Berlin 's many pubs.

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Mykonos, an island known for its sandy beaches, tiny shops, tavernas and its archeological wonders found on the nearby island of Delos . Athens ( Piraeus ) has been a city for 7000 years with its greatest glory during the Classical period of Ancient Greece from which many buildings and artifacts still survive. A myriad of architectural marvels, such as the Parthenon at the Acropolis, the Theatre of Dionysus, and the Olympic Stadium. Travel to Cape Sounion and the Temple of Poseidon for one of the most breathtaking views in the world. Rhodes, a Greek island paradise, with typical coastal villages and the ancient sights of Old Town with the palace of the Grand Masters, paved with mosaics, and views from the Acropolis. Santorini, a dramatic isle shaped by volcanic activity, a stunning island, with its whitewashed villages clinging to volcanic cliffs above black-sand beaches and blue Aegean seas. The island's capital, Fira, perches above the caldera, and the town's hotels and bars afford magnificent views, especially at sunset. Outside Fira, interesting archeological sites, local wineries and small volcanic islands all wait to be explored. Corfu, situated between the Greek mainland and Italy , offers diverse attractions of secluded coves, busy resorts and traditional hill villages. Katakolon, the gateway to Olympus, site of the original Olympic Games, and home to one of the ancient Seven Wonders of the World, the Statue of Zeus at Olympia .

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Livorno gives you access to the best of Tuscany ; Florence and Pisa with its magnificent art and architecture such as the statue of David, elegant shopping and Pisa 's Leaning Tower . Historic Florence is compact and most of the great sights are accessible on foot. Civitavecchia leads you to the center of the Roman Empire, Rome , with its Vatican City , Colosseum, Sistine Chapel, St. Peters Basilica and more. Visit Trevi Fountain and toss in some coins to grant your wish of returning someday. Naples lies in a beautiful bay dominated by Mount Vesuvius; here visit Pompeii and its famed ruins or head to the enticing Amalfi Coastal towns of Positano, Sorrento and the Isle of Capri. In Venice , romance awaits as you drift down its canals in a gondola or visit one of its charming cafes and St. Mark's square. The birthplace of Christopher Columbus, Genoa is alive with art, churches and palaces. Journey to Milan , the center of business and fashion, where you can visit the gothic Duomo. Or take a trip to the picturesque seaside town of Portofino where no cars are allowed into the village. On the Italian islands you find Sardinia (Alghero), with its romantic grottos, medieval architecture and warm beaches. Here too is Sicily with it cities Messina , and travel to Mt. Etna or Palermo with its Norman Palace and Byzantine mosaics.

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A country surrounded by green countryside boasts friendly pubs and historical tradition. Cork with its Georgian architecture is quintessential Ireland , tour its splendid cathedral of St. Finbarre, its founder, and travel to picturesque Blarney and kiss the Blarney Stone for good-luck. In Dublin stroll the cobblestone streets and shops of the Temple Bar area. Tour St. Patrick's cathedral or enjoy an Irish tradition with a pint at the popular Guinness brewery.

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This capital of Malta has the largest and best naturally protected harbor in the Mediterranean . Remarkably unspoiled, this historic city is home to splendid Renaissance buildings, a large proportion of Baroque buildings and St. John 's Co Cathedral.

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The world's largest port, Rotterdam is the perfect seaside village to set out for nearby towns, including The Hague ; seat of the Dutch government, Gouda ; land of cheese and windmills, and the canals of Amsterdam . Here famed artists works await you such as Rubens, Van Gogh's, Rembrandts and Rothko's at the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen. Rotterdam is also the home to the museum of Anne Frank . Alongside its graceful canals, bicycled streets, and gabled houses Amsterdam offers such world class sights as the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum.

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A land of natural splendor, Norway boast cities like Oslo as well as pristine wilderness and beautiful coastlines. Among the world's most spectacular geological formations, the Norwegian fjords are long, narrow inlets stretching deep into the surrounding mountains. They were created by a gradual process of glacier erosion during the last Ice Age (around 110,000 to 13, 000 BC) when enormous glaciers crept through the valleys, gouging steep-sided crevices into the landscape, often far below the surface of the sea. When the glaciers finally melted, sea water burst in and filled the hollows left by the ice. Bergen , the gateway to fjord country, is surrounded by steep, forested mountains and has the lively feel of a university town and is home to the Bergen Art Museum . In Oslo , a wealthy modern city, spotless and pristine, tour the forested Nordmaka area or the open air Norwegian Folk Museum and Viking Ship Museum .

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Morocco- Agadir an inviting seaside resort offering golf, sailing, camel riding and a spectacular golden beach perfect for an evening stroll. Casablanca , the city of Bergman and Bogart, Casablanca 's highlights include the magnificent Royal Palace and a lively central market. In Tangier visitors will see cool fountains, mosques and tranquil courts decorated with mosaics, a melting pot of cultures and religions where Christian churches contrast with Muslim mosques. Libya-Tripoli looks out over a large sheltered harbor and has a medieval old town within it are the arch of Marcus Aurelius and the Gurgi Mosque or shop for anything under the covered souks of Libya's second largest city, Banghazi. From Port Said you'll have the opportunity to see one of the world's greatest sights the Pyramids of Giza and the busy of metropolis of Cairo . Founded in 331 BC by Alexander the Great, Alexandria offers museums filled with mummies and ancient tapestries as well as access to the pyramids and the mysterious Sphinx.

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Portugal 's capital sits on the north bank of the Tagus estuary, 17km (10 miles) from the Atlantic . This waterfront city is steeped in history and culture. Visit the intriguing medieval quarter of Alfama or to historic Rossio Square to museums showcasing the power of the Portuguese Empire or the seaside district of Belem.

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Glorious history and art, fanciful palaces a rich imperial past, all here in the city founded by Peter the Great. Enjoy an evening at the Russian Ballet and from the artworks of the State Hermitage Museum to the beauty of Catherine Palace, St. Petersburg is the Russia you've always imagined.

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Barcelona-Hub of the Mediterranean, Barcelona sizzles with creativity, with bars, public parks and outdoor sculptures all displaying bold contemporary design. Revisit the genius of a master painter at the Picasso Museum. Explore the action on the tree lined, Las Ramblas, see the 13th century Cathedral or Barcelona or the Gothic Quarter at the heart of the city with its narrow traffic free streets. Barcelona is best known for the scores of buildings of the Modernista movement, of Art Nouveau spearheaded by Antoni Gaudi one of his last works is the most famous, the Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Familia. Cadiz can lay claim to being Europe's oldest city, legend has it as being established in 1100 BC. A busy port with an historic city centre, Cadiz is blooms with tightly packed houses, well tended gardens, and open squares. Head to Jerez de Frontera, the sherry capital of the world or Seville famed for flamenco, bullfighting and the exquisite Alcazar Palace. Gibraltar, the gateway to the Mediterranean, otherwise known as the Rock, is visited by 4 million people yearly to visit this speck of England in Spanish waters. While here ride a cable car up the rock or visit the dramatic natural grotto of St. Michael's Cave.

Ibiza , a small island, the nearest of the Balearics to the Spanish mainland, was untouched by tourism until the 1960's. With a reputation for wild nightlife, Ibiza town has a greater concentration of clubs and discos than anywhere else in Europe. Another of the Balearics islands is Palma de Mallorca; among its lovely sights are the Gothic style Bellver Castle, a 13th century cathedral and the Almundaina Palace, once home to Mallorcan kings. Spend time in Alicante on Spain 's Costa Blanca, a picture perfect destination located between the mountains and the sea. Visit the nearby village of Elche, or stroll among the palms, shops and cafes of the beachfront explanada de Espana. Explore the high baroque Cathedral de San Nicolas de Bari or the Castillo de Santa Barbara, a 16th century castle with splendid views.

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Founded as a fortress in the 13th century, Stockholm spans 18 islands and is considered one of the world's most beautiful capitals. Surrounded by clear water and unspoiled country side, the city's 750 year history has produced many attractive buildings and plenty of cultural treasures now on display in one of it's over 50 museums. Big sandy beaches and medieval architecture make Visby one of Sweden 's most beloved resorts. Although Visby has a distinctly youthful ambiance, especially in the summer when its bars and restaurants are packed with young people, its ruined churches and converted warehouses clustered within its city wall give it a strong medieval feel.

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Istanbul, known in the course of history as Byzantium and Constantinople , here shop at the massive Grand Bazaar or the exotic Spice Market. This city's rich past is evident in such monumental sights as Hagia Sofia, the Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace , home of Ottoman sultans. Travel back in time in Kusadasi, from this Turkish port to the ruins of Ephesus one of the best preserved archeological sites of the classical world. Explore its grand colonnaded marble streets, the Celsus Library, the ancient Agoura, the Baths, the shrine of the Virgin Mary and St. John's Basilica.

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