Autumn cruising on the Adriatic

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THERE CAN’T be many things more exciting than cruising on the Adriatic.

Visiting ports that are both historical and scenic, there is nothing better than waking up in a different port every day. And each of these ports are more exciting than the last. With coach travel to Madrid airport, you fly to Bari (Italy) to meet your Costa Crucero representative who will transport you to your ship the Deliziosa.

On board we receive the “royal treatment” at dinner. From smiling waist coated waiters. Relaxing meals, a bit of musical entertainment in the bar, a show in the theatre, a throw of the dice in the casino, and a good nights sleep, how wonderful to wake in a different port every day.

As the secnd largest town in Southern Italy, Bari contains the bones of St Nicholas (aka Santa Claus) in its Basilica, one of the 1st Norman churches to be built in this area and its 11th century Romanesque Cathedral is Bari’s most important church. A gentle stop to get you in the mood for the next few days.

Next day the famous Greek island of Corfu. A history of constant wars and battles has left a heritage of many castles. A popular spot with the Royals of Europe, but really didn’t join the tourist route until the 20th Century. Next day the cliffs of Santorini tower over the ship.

Transfers from the ship to the mainland using small local boats give us no clue of what is to come.

There are three ways to go up to the town. You can walk – not really an option on the almost vertical road. You can use the cable car, OK if you are not worried by heights. Or you can take the notorious Santorini donkey ride, what great fun. Perhaps donkeys up, cable car down might be about the right option.

Whichever way you choose you will be enthralled by this delightful, sparkling whitewashed town, which seems to have come straight out of the film Mama Mia, with views to rival anything shown in the film.

Athens is the next stop, whether you want to see the world famous Acropolis or visit old Athens, this is a vibrant city with sights on every corner, why not take advantage of the hop on and off tour bus, with english commentary you can learn the history of this city while enjoying the sights.

The following day is a day of rest, take advantage of the facilities onboard the ship and relax ready for the following days visit to Dubrovnik.

A fabulously fortified city with strong city walls, charming narrow streets leading to busy squares. Climbing in to the narrow back streets gives you a fabulous view over thousand of red tiled roofs to the mountains beyond.

The following day, leave your cruise liner and take a water taxi to Venice’s world renowned St Marks Square and see the breathtaking St Marks Basilica.

Most people can’t afford a G&T here, but the buildings are beautiful, and if you slip up the side streets, not only will you be able to have that G&T, you will be also rewarded by sights you thought only existed in the movies.

Hundreds of sleek Gondolas gliding silently through streets made of water. Romantic little hump back bridges straddle the canals and provide super viewing points.

After a busy day in Venice the following day we sail back to Bari, where we will be transported to the airport for our flight home.

Another wonderful 8 day, 7 night cruise sailing from Bari (Italy). Costa Cruises have 65 years of sailing history with each ship is designed in its own theme. This is reflected in the decor and atmosphere of the ship. Sailing on the “Deliziosa” this cruise visits the best of the Adriatic.

With comfortable travel by coach to Madrid airport included, you will arrive in Bari (Italy). You will then be transferred to your ship ready to sail to Corfu, Santorini, Athens, day at sea, Dubrovnik, Venice and return back to Bari.

Our price includes coach travel to Madrid, flights to and from Bari, port taxes, insurance and a fully inclusive drinks package. Cabin prices start at 1265€ for an inside cabin.

25th September – 2nd October.

(Price does not include 70€ p/p gratuity payable onboard the ship)

Cruise available with Davids Coachtrips SL.

Bookings can be made online using our website www.coachtripsonline.com or by calling our office on 00 34 966 785 910. Monday – Saturday 10.00am-5.00pm or Sunday 10.00am-2.00pm.

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