Venice to Piraeus(Athens)
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Located on Italy's north coast and virtually surrounded by water, Venice is singular among the world's cities. Shakespeare must have agreed, for he selected Venice as the setting for his Othello and the Merchant of Venice.
Built over a sprawling archipelago, Venice encompasses 118 islands separated by more than 150 canals that are spanned by some 400 bridges. Adding a profound historic past and incomparable art treasures, its fame as one of the world's great cities is well justified. Most of the city has to be explored on foot, although a convenient water bus system as well as water taxis are plying the canals.
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Zadar, Croatia's ancient stronghold on the Dalmatian coast, is an appealing blend of the ancient and modern. Fashionable boutiques and modern office buildings stand beside Gothic and Romanesque churches. A fascinating Sea Organ — actually a series of pipes assembled along the water's edge - emits ever-changing notes produced by the wave action of the Adriatic. Tranquil offshore islands are accessible by ferryboat, the medieval village of Nin and nearby Paklenica National Park are all part of the scene.
Among the numerous historic buildings of note are a Roman Forum completed in the 3rd century, the round, 9th-century St. Donatus Church and St. Anastasia's Cathedral. Music lovers may enjoy an evening concert in the Cathedral; its acoustics are said to be outstanding. Don't overlook the Silver and Gold of Zadar housed in the Benedictine Convent next to St. Mary's Church. This stunning collection of religious works of art created by highly skilled silver and gold smiths from the 8th to the 18th centuries includes breathtaking reliquaries for various saints, ornate crucifixes and vestments.
|Sun 27 Aug 2017 08:00||Sun 27 Aug 2017 19:00|
Hvar is the longest of the Croatian islands and noted for its lush vegetation, quaint towns and fertile vineyards. A particularly rich cultural and monumental heritage complements Hvar's natural and unique beauty. Often called the Lavender Island, the name refers to the aromatic, purple plant that grows in abundance on the island's stony slopes.
In addition to the main town with the same name as the island, there is Stari Grad. Founded in 385 B.C. by Greek colonists, it was the island's capital until the 14th-century.
In the Middle Ages, the new capital Hvar achieved renown and power as an important port of the Venetian marine empire. Under Venetian rule, Hvar grew rich exporting wine, figs and fish. Despite social and political changes through the centuries, the island has retained its fame as a great center of Croatian literature, architecture, sculpture, painting and music, surpassed only by Dubrovnik.
Today, Hvar Town is one of Croatia's most popular resorts, reputed to receive more hours of sunshine than anywhere else in the country.
|Mon 28 Aug 2017 08:00||Mon 28 Aug 2017 21:00|
Montenegro is a country with deep blue sea, crystal clear rivers, mountains that reach the sky, dense forests, and beautiful lakes. It is bordered on the southeast by Albania. On the south, it is separated from Italy by the Adriatic Sea. Its western neighbors are the former Yugoslav republics of Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The old town of Kotor is one of the best-preserved medieval towns in this area of the Mediterranean. It has succeeded in maintaining its original form, typical of towns from the 12th-14th centuries. The only car in the old walled section is a replica of a small Fiat Cinquecento with a mini-trailer, used to collect the trash. The narrow streets and squares, along with numerous medieval monuments, helped earn Kotor a place on UNESCO's World Heritage list.
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Katakolon (Olympia), Greece
The tiny port of Katakolon serves primarily as the starting point for an excursion to the archaeological site of ancient Olympia. Adjacent to the port is the small village of Katakolon with a few souvenir shops and typical local restaurants. Ancient Olympia, the great Panhellenic sanctuary, is located 21 miles from the port.
The site of ancient Olympia spreads out at the foot of wooded Mount Kronos. Excavations began in 1875; they are considered one of archaeology's great achievements. A direct consequence was the revival of the Olympic Games by Baron Pierre de Coubertin.
Today's visitors walk among the ruins and reflect on their significance. Don't miss the site where the Olympic flame is lit even today for the modern games.
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Of all the Cyclades Islands, Santorini is often considered the most dramatic. Once an active volcano, in approximately 1620 BC, the volcano erupted with such force that the center of the island literally exploded, leaving a submerged crater. The island's small villages were preserved in the ashes giving a fascinating view of everyday life from 3,600 years ago.
Santorini's landscape offsets its simple buildings, which shine in the brilliant sunlight. The rich volcanic soil is ideal for grapes and the local vines produce a crop known for its "special volcanic taste."
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Since the late 1970s, Kusadasi has grown from a fishing village into a sprawling tourist center, serving thousands of visitors who flock here to visit the nearby ruins of Ephesus. Despite an incredible building boom and an influx of shops, Kusadasi has managed to retain much of its original charm.
The major attraction remains the archaeological site of ancient Ephesus, considered to be the most important one in all of Turkey. The history of this ancient city dates as far back as the 10th century BC. Many of the remarkable structures seen today are the result of an extraordinary excavation and restoration program. As you walk along the white marble road, grooved by ancient chariot wheels, the two-story Library of Celsus presents a striking sight. In addition, there are temples, houses of noblemen and community buildings lining the ancient streets. Nestled into the mountainside is the 25,000-seat amphitheater, still used today for performances during the Festival of Culture and Art.
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