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Grand European Explorer

Cruise Line: Princess Cruises
Date: 25 September 2017
Duration: 23 nights
Ports of call: Dover | Le Havre | La Coruna | Gibraltar | Barcelona | Sete | Monte Carlo | Livorno | Rome (Civitavecchia) | Naples | Palermo | Khios | Rhodes | Kotor | Corfu | Korcula | Koper | Venice
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Atrium Atrium
Boutiques Boutiques
Cabaret Lounge Cabaret Lounge
Casino Casino
Club Restaurant Club Restaurant
Fitness Centre Fitness Centre
Library Library
Lotus Spa Lotus Spa
Pool Pool
Sabbatini's Sabbatini's
Sterling Steakhouse Sterling Steakhouse
Pacific Princess Pacific Princess
 
Day Port Arrival Departure
1 London (Dover)
Visible for miles from sea, the White Cliffs of Dover are an instantly recognizable symbol of England. Modern highways make Dover the doorstep to London - Britain's ever-fascinating capital. Visitors to this great city have a wealth of pleasures to choose from. Explore the notorious Tower of London and view the Crown Jewels. Visit Windsor Castle or see Westminster Abbey. The choices are fascinating and endless. Dover is also your gateway to Kent's green countryside, dotted with old medieval towns and castles.

Dover has played a major role in world history since the days of the Norman invasion. Today 13th century Dover Castle dominates a harbour filled with cross-channel ferries and merchant and passenger shipping.
Mon 25 Sep 2017 Mon 25 Sep 2017 17:00
2 Paris/Normandy (Le Havre)
Perhaps no other place in France holds more associations for English-speaking visitors than Normandy. The historic Allied landings on D-Day - 6 June, 1944 - live on in the memories of British and Americans alike. Nor has Le Havre forgotten the dark days of the war. The port was nearly completely destroyed during the Normandy campaign. Today, Le Havre is France's second largest port and the gateway to Paris, "City of Light," the Norman countryside, and the historic landing beaches.

Travelers usually head for the historic landing sites or to Paris. Yet Le Havre was designated a World Heritage Site in 2005. The Musee des Beaux Arts Andre Malraux boasts one of the finest collections of Impressionist painting in the world.
Tue 26 Sep 2017 07:00 Tue 26 Sep 2017 20:00
3 At Sea
Wed 27 Sep 2017 Wed 27 Sep 2017
4 La Coruna
The port of La Coruña is Spain's second largest seaport and boasts one of the longest promenades in Europe. Rich in historic significance, this Galician city is a destination in its own right, as well as a pilgrimage point for Santiago de Compostela.
Thu 28 Sep 2017 07:00 Thu 28 Sep 2017 17:00
5 At Sea
Fri 29 Sep 2017 Fri 29 Sep 2017
6 Gibraltar
The Rock crouches over the sea like an ancient stone beast, looking Sphinx-like to Africa. Beneath the white cliffs of this natural fortress grows a profusion of palm, pine, and cypress. No fewer than 600 varieties of flowers thrive here, some not found anywhere else on Earth. Gibraltar's stunning setting is matched by its history - five countries have battled for 13 centuries to control the passage between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean. The result made for a cultural melting pot. Veiled Moroccan women in caftans and vacationing Englishmen and Spaniards stroll along the narrow, steep lanes. The locals revert to a liquid Spanish when talking among themselves. And visitors to a 15th-century cathedral pass through a blue-tiled courtyard, once part of a 13th-century mosque.
Sat 30 Sep 2017 09:00 Sat 30 Sep 2017 18:00
7 At Sea
Sun 01 Oct 2017 Sun 01 Oct 2017
8 Barcelona
The 1992 Summer Olympics revealed to the world what Europeans and seasoned travelers already knew - Barcelona is one of the world's greatest treasures. Vibrant and earthy, commercial and cultural, this city of two million residents is the capital of Spain's autonomous region of Catalonia. Stroll along the wide, tree-lined promenades of Las Ramblas and marvel at the spires of Gaudi's Basilica La Sagrada Familia. Or visit the former Olympic Ring on the hill of Montjuic - also home to world-class parks, fountains and museums. Barcelona, which nurtured such artistic giants as Picasso, Dali, Miro and Casals, is definitely a traveler's paradise.
Mon 02 Oct 2017 09:00 Mon 02 Oct 2017 20:00
9 Sete (for Carcassonne)
Referred to by locals as the "Venice of Languedoc," Sète is a small artists' commune in southern France known for its romantic canals and charming atmosphere.

Archaeological evidence points to human presence in the region as far back as the Bronze Age, although Sète did not experience major growth until the second half of the 17th century, when King Louis XIV urged on the construction of the sea port. The digging of the Canal du Midi was to follow, an immense undertaking that would eventually enhance the region's economy.

Although Sète was attacked by the British in the early 18th century and was nearly demolished as the Allies defended it at the conclusion of World War II, the city prevailed and serves today as a beautiful Mediterranean resort, as well as your gateway to the medieval city of Montpellier and the awe-inspiring, fairy tale castle of Carcassonne.
Tue 03 Oct 2017 08:00 Tue 03 Oct 2017 18:00
10 Monte Carlo
Monte Carlo is the playground of the rich and famous. Sleek yachts grace the harbor. Boutiques offer the latest fashions from the most prestigious couturiers in Europe. Cafés, cabarets and the elegant Casino throb with nightlife. Monte Carlo is also the modern district of the principality of Monaco. This Xanadu sits on a promontory above the old port of Monaco and its dazzling harbor. Monte Carlo sprang to life with the opening of the Casino, designed by Charles Garnier, whose credits include the Paris Opera.

Monte Carlo lies at the heart of the Riviera. Stunning scenery and charming seaside resorts are to be found in either direction along the Golden Corniche.
Wed 04 Oct 2017 07:00 Wed 04 Oct 2017 17:00
11 Florence/Pisa (Livorno)
Livorno is the gateway to glorious Tuscany. Visit Florence - the cradle of the Renaissance - home to the Duomo, the Uffizi and the Ponte Vecchio. Here the Medici fostered a city-state whose cultural legacy is as great as classical Athens. Giants like Dante, Da Vinci, Michelangelo and Galileo infused the West with a new creative spirit. Then there is Pisa, Florence's rival for political power. Pisa, a brash, commercial seafaring town rivaled the great maritime powers of Venice and Genoa. The city was a leader in art and architecture second only to Florence.
Thu 05 Oct 2017 07:00 Thu 05 Oct 2017 19:00
12 Rome (Civitavecchia)
Your gateway to the Eternal City, Civitavecchia has served as Rome's seaport since the 13th century. The port has a long and venerable history. The emperor Trajan built a pleasure villa near the modern city, while Bernini and Michelangelo designed the harbor fortifications.

Yet the Eternal City eternally beckons. The ancient capital of the Western World and the center of Christianity for nearly 2,000 years, Rome provides an inexhaustible feast. Visit the ruins of the Forum, view the splendors of the Sistine Chapel, or climb the Spanish Steps, once the heart of Rome's Bohemian Quarter.

Rome has been a magnet luring the world's greatest artists, architects, and philosophers since the days of the Caesars.
Fri 06 Oct 2017 05:00 Fri 06 Oct 2017 19:00
13 Naples
Italy's third-largest city, Naples is a bustling metropolis famed for it stately buildings, crowded streets, pizza - and notoriously bad traffic. However, this beautiful city is rich in centuries-old culture and customs. Naples is also your gateway to the Isle of Capri, the fabled Amalfi Coast and the ruins of Pompeii, buried in ash by the cataclysmic eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 A.D.

Naples boasts an ideal location, with both the ruins of Roman cities and the stunning Amalfi Coast in easy reach.
Sat 07 Oct 2017 08:00 Sat 07 Oct 2017 18:00
14 Sicily (Palermo)
Palermo is a cultural feast, a fascinating combination of East and West, Arab and Norman that is quite unlike any other European city on the Mediterranean. A simple stroll can serve to illustrate Palermo's rich heritage. The Quattro Canti is the great square at the heart of the city. A short walk past its 17th-century palazzos and fountains brings the traveler to the Palazzo dei Normanni. Begun by Arab emirs in the 9th century, the Palazzo was finished by the island's Norman conquerors. The Palazzo's stone arches and buttresses stand in stark contrast to its Palatine Chapel. There elaborate tile work and mosaics lend mute testimonies to the Islamic and Byzantine influences that a lso shaped Palermo's culture. The city abounds in such colorful sights, from the neo-classical Teatro Massimo, one of the largest opera houses in Europe, to the catacombs beneath the Capuchin convent, where thousands of mummified bodies lie in eternal rest.
Sun 08 Oct 2017 08:00 Sun 08 Oct 2017 18:00
15 At Sea
Mon 09 Oct 2017 Mon 09 Oct 2017
16 Khios
Tue 10 Oct 2017 07:00 Tue 10 Oct 2017 16:00
17 Rhodes
The largest and arguably the most beautiful of the 12 islands forming the Dodecanese, Rhodes has long played a major role in history. Lying just 12 miles off the coast of Turkey, the island straddles the sea-lanes linking Egypt, Southern Europe and the Holy Land. Rhodes Town bears witness to that long history. The ancient city features a classical stadium and the ruins of the Temple of Apollo. The "old" city is a walled town with medieval buildings and streets harking back to the days of the Crusades. The new town is a Mecca of luxury resorts lining the island's picturesque Mandaraki Harbor.

The Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, is reputed to have once stood guard over the harbor. Today, the bronze statues of a stag and doe top the two columns marking the harbor entrance.
Wed 11 Oct 2017 07:00 Wed 11 Oct 2017 16:00
18 At Sea
Thu 12 Oct 2017 Thu 12 Oct 2017
19 Kotor
Kotor lies at the head of Boka Bay. Bordered by towering limestone cliffs, the winding bay is actually Southern Europe's longest and most dramatic fjord. The port itself is a medieval gem: its narrow, asymmetrical streets are lined with ancient stone houses, old palaces, and churches dating from the 12th century. Kotor is also your gateway to the cultural and scenic wonders of Montenegro, from the old royal capital at Cetinje to the marshes and wildlife of Lake Skadar National Park.

Kotor is renowned for its nightlife: the streets of the old port are lined with pubs, taverns and cafés. The city is also host to a renowned summer carnival.
Fri 13 Oct 2017 10:30 Fri 13 Oct 2017 18:00
20 Corfu
The lush and verdant island of Corfu lies in the Ionian Sea, midway between Greece and Italy. The island has a long and colorful history. First colonized by the city-state of Corinth, Corfu has been ruled by the Romans, the Venetians, the French and the English. Corfu Town boasts fortresses bearing the insignia of the Venetian Republic, an esplanade lavishly planted by the French during the Napoleonic Wars, and an English cricket pitch. The island also offers some of the finest coastal scenery in the entire Mediterranean.
Sat 14 Oct 2017 10:00 Sat 14 Oct 2017 18:00
21 Korcula
Legend has it that the great Venetian explorer Marco Polo was born in Korcula town in 1254, in a stone house near St. Mark's Cathedral. The legend may well be true - the Venetian Republic dominated the Adriatic for centuries, and the cathedral, after all, is named for Venice's patron saint. But the Venetians were just one of the peoples to have left their mark on Korcula. Lying off the Dalmatian coast almost halfway between Split and Dubrovnik, the island has seen rulers come and go, from the Roman Empire to the Venetian Republic, from the Ragusan Republic to the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Prehistoric ruins dot the landscape. This is an ancient and storied landscape.
Sun 15 Oct 2017 08:00 Sun 15 Oct 2017 16:00
22 Koper
Slovenia's largest port possesses a long and colorful history. Over the course of two millennia, the city has been ruled by the Roman Empire, the Republic of Venice, the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Italy and Yugoslavia. Koper's history has been well-preserved in its city center, which boasts well-preserved medieval squares, a 15th century Venetian palace and Slovenia's largest cathedral.

Koper is also your gateway to Slovenia proper. Ljubljana, the nation's capital, is a mere 90-minute drive away. The political and cultural heart of Slovenia, Ljubljana is a graceful city of Baroque and Art Nouveau architecture and bridges. The region surrounding Koper is also home to Slovenia's largest cave and the Lipica Stud Farm, home of the legendary Lipizzaner horses.

Slovenia is a seismically active country. In 1511 and 1895, Ljubljana was devastated by massive earthquakes. Rebuilding resulted in the city's distinctive architecture.
Mon 16 Oct 2017 10:00 Mon 16 Oct 2017 20:00
23 Venice
Rising from the waters of the Laguna Veneta, Venice has long - and rightly - been regarded as one of the world's most beautiful cities. Napoleon, who had an eye for acquisitions, once described St. Mark's Square as the finest drawing room in Europe. Certainly, no other site can quite match its superb campanile, Doge's Palace and recumbent lions. Just over two miles in length, the Grand Canal is lined with stunning buildings that reflect the city's unique heritage. Cruise through its winding canals on a gondola or watch the bronze Moors on the clock tower strike the passing hours as they have for 500 years - Venice is an unparalleled experience.

The city began life as a refuge from barbarian invasions. By the Crusades, Venice's dominion extended throughout the Adriatic and Mediterranean. The winged lion - symbol of St. Mark - flew over palaces and fortresses from Gibraltar to the Black Sea.
Tue 17 Oct 2017 07:00 Tue 17 Oct 2017
24 Venice
Rising from the waters of the Laguna Veneta, Venice has long - and rightly - been regarded as one of the world's most beautiful cities. Napoleon, who had an eye for acquisitions, once described St. Mark's Square as the finest drawing room in Europe. Certainly, no other site can quite match its superb campanile, Doge's Palace and recumbent lions. Just over two miles in length, the Grand Canal is lined with stunning buildings that reflect the city's unique heritage. Cruise through its winding canals on a gondola or watch the bronze Moors on the clock tower strike the passing hours as they have for 500 years - Venice is an unparalleled experience.

The city began life as a refuge from barbarian invasions. By the Crusades, Venice's dominion extended throughout the Adriatic and Mediterranean. The winged lion - symbol of St. Mark - flew over palaces and fortresses from Gibraltar to the Black Sea.
Wed 18 Oct 2017 05:00 Wed 18 Oct 2017
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