Ultimate Mediterranean Discovery

Uncover the history and culture of the Portuguese, Moors, Spaniards, French, Romans and Greeks during this 17 day Ultimate Mediterranean Discovery cruise.

17 Days
Lisbon to Athens (Piraeus)
From (CAD)
$ 15,495
Dates & Pricing

2020 Lisbon > Athens (Piraeus)

History comes alive

This 17 day journey introduces you to the history and culture of the Moors, Portuguese, Spaniards, French, Romans and the Greeks. Discovering small ports and cruising off-the-beaten path will be a highlight of this intriguing journey.
Hop along the coastlines of Portugal and Spain, visit the great Rock of Gibraltar and follow the Roman trail across Europe’s coast to Greece in complete luxury on board Scenic Eclipse. This journey is full of history, mythology and cultures with the backdrop of the sparkling waters of the Mediterranean.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
302M
Duration:
17 days
Departure City:
Lisbon
Return City:
Athens (Piraeus)

17 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Lisbon

    Welcome to Lisbon where your journey into wonder begins with a warm greeting by the crew as you step on board Scenic Eclipse. Raise your glass this evening and toast the start of your luxurious cruise. Please book your flight to arrive prior to 1pm.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Portimão

    On the western Algarve, Portimão is a small port with a bustling historic centre. The architecture is a blend of 19th and 20th century mixed with colourful modern constructions.

    Today choose one of our Scenic Freechoice activities or join a more active Scenic Discovery excursion.

    Freechoice

    Visit Cabo San Vincente and Sagres Fort or explore the unique sandstone formations of Ponte de Piedade. Alternatively, uncover the ancient capital of Silves.

    Discovery

    Take a Scenic Discovery excursion by bike to the pretty beaches of Praia da Rocha, go hiking along the Sete Vales Suspensos (Seven Hanging Valleys), or kayaking through caves.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Seville

    Seville, the elegant capital of Andalusia lies on the shores of the Guadalquivir River. Docking right in the heart of the city, simply step off Scenic Eclipse to start your discovery.

    Discover Seville’s stunning mix of monuments and gardens, many of which are UNESCO World-heritage listed sites, on your included tour. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure before your exclusive Scenic Enrich experience.

    Enrich

    Visit one of the oldest bullrings for an exclusive equestrian flamenco show

    There is ample time this evening to explore the local nightlife and city lights as Scenic Eclipse is docked in port overnight.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Seville

    Today choose one of our Scenic Freechoice activities or join a more active Scenic Discovery excursion.

    Freechoice

    Explore the monuments including the World Heritage-listed Alcázar Palace or visit the sherry capital, Jerez, for a tasting. Alternatively, choose to visit nearby historic Córdoba.

    Discovery

    Take a Scenic Discovery excursion by bike.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Gibraltar

    At the southern tip of the Iberian Peninsula, the southernmost point of Europe, lies Gibraltar. This British Overseas Territory is strategically positioned at the western end of the Mediterranean, forming one of the ancient Pillars of Hercules.

    Today choose one of our Scenic Freechoice activities or join a more active Scenic Discovery excursion.

    Freechoice

    Set foot on the Rock of Gibraltar and see the cheeky Barbary macaques or tour the WWII tunnels and learn about the city’s defense system.

    Discovery

    Hike the Mediterranean Steps for an incredibly scenic journey.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Málaga

    Málaga on Spain’s Costa del Sol, is the birthplace of Pablo Picasso, and one of the oldest cities in the world.

    Today choose one of our Scenic Freechoice activities or join a more active Scenic Discovery excursion.

    Freechoice

    Uncover the secrets of the historic city centre and the Picasso Museum or take a panoramic tour and visit Gibralfaro Castle. Alternatively, discover the village of Mijas Pueblo.

    Discovery

    Choose a Scenic Discovery bike excursion around Malaga, covering the present day and winding back through 3,000 years of civilization.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Cartagena

    A prized location for millenia with one of the world’s great natural harbours and surrounded by rich mineral deposits, Cartagena was founded by the Carthaginians and conquered by the Romans, leaving a wealth of ancient sites in and around the city.

    Today choose one of our Scenic Freechoice activities or join a more active Scenic Discovery excursion.

    Freechoice

    Enjoy a walking tour of Cartagena and marvel at the Roman Amphitheatre or visit the historic city of Murcia dating back to 831AD. Alternatively, explore La Unión mining museum.

    Discovery

    Take a Scenic Discovery bike excursion through the Natural Park of Calblanque, or choose a kayaking tour.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Valencia

    Boasting 300 days of sunshine each year, Valencia merges contemporary architecture with more than 2,000 years of history.

    Today choose one of our Scenic Freechoice activities or join a more active Scenic Discovery excursion.

    Freechoice

    Take a walking tour to discover the city or uncover the vibrant art and science scene. Alternatively, food lovers will delight in a tasting tour of local cuisine.

    Discovery

    Choose a Scenic Discovery bike excursion of the city.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Tarragona (Barcelona)

    Freechoice

    Discover Tarragona’s old city on a walking tour or venture into Barcelona for a full day tour visiting the most iconic landmarks of the roman colony.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Saint-Tropez

    In St. Tropez, at the heart of the French Riviera, you will find picturesque pastel-colored houses, narrow cobblestone streets, and shady squares adding to the charm of this gorgeous city. Besides the mesmerizing azure blue seas, Saint-Tropez boasts a verdant countryside typical of the Provence region.

    Today choose one of our Scenic Freechoice activities or join a more active Scenic Discovery excursion.

    Freechoice

    Join a walking tour of Saint-Tropez, the most celebrated city on the French Riviera, or drive to the unique marina village Port Grimaud, known as the ‘Venice of Provence’. Enjoy a panoramic scenic drive along the coastal road and take in the stunning views of rugged shores, sandy beaches and lush vegetation, or visit Gassin and a family run winery for a tasting of the local wines.

    Discovery

    Join an experienced guide for a coastal hike around Cap Camarat.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Monte Carlo

    Experience the glamour and wealth of the Principality of Monaco and the jewel in the crown, Monte Carlo.

    Freechoice

    Explore the old city of Monaco and Monte Carlo, or visit the medieval village of Eze. If you’re a fan of Formula One, take the opportunity to follow your guide and walk the track, visiting the famous Rascasse Chicane and the Top Car museum.

    Discovery

    Hike to Monaco Rock through the Old City.

    There is plenty of free time this afternoon to wander the elegant streets at your leisure.

    Enrich

    Savour an exclusive classical concert from The Harpsody Orchestra, performed in one of the historic halls of the Oceanographic Museum.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - Portovenere

    The entry point to the colourful villages of the Cinque Terre, Portovenere is also one of the ports of the World Heritage-listed ‘Bay of Poets’.

    Freechoice

    Take a walking tour to discover the port of Portovenere or explore one of the Cinque Terre villages. Alternatively, enjoy exploring the Ligurian coast by boat, before some leisure time in Lerici.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  13. Day 13 - Sorrento

    A resort town with a huge reputation, Sorrento, is known as the land of lemons and orange groves, and is the birthplace of Limoncello.  Gateway to the Amalfi Coast and perhaps the most stunning stretch of coast line to be found anywhere in Europe if not the world, Sorrento is a bucket list stop.

    Freechoice

    Drive along the coast of Sorrento to the miraculous ruins of Pompeii, or relish the view as you take a funicular ride to the town of Capri. Choose to walk through the historical centre of Sorrento before cooling off with Sorrento’s favourite homemade ice cream, or experience a local farm in the Sorrentine hills. 

    Discovery

    Enjoy kayaking in the Bay of Ieranto, the heart of a protected marine area, and visit caves and spectacular cliffs with your guide.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - Giardini Naxos (Taormina)

    Taormina is one of Sicily’s most popular summer destinations, and the gateway to the treasures of Sicily with Mount Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe, dominating the backdrop.

    Freechoice

    Visit the historic city of Messina on a walking tour, or explore the medieval centre of Taormina. Alternatively, drive to Mount Etna, Europe’s largest active volcano, or delve into the Sicilian atmosphere of the classic film trilogy The Godfather as you drive through this idyllic Italian isle.

    Discovery

    Explore the Alcantara Gorges and the Alcantara River.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - At sea

    Take a cooking class in Scenic Epicure, a yoga class in the studio or relax on your verandah, taking in the views as your butler serves afternoon tea to your suite, the choice is yours.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  16. Day 16 - Santorini

    A former volcano, Santorini’s cliffs soar out of the sparkling waters of the ancient caldera, contrasting with whitewashed buildings and blue domed roofs.

    Freechoice

    Visit the picturesque village of Oia and learn about the wine industry with a tasting, or see the black sand Perissa Beach and the enormous Mesa Vouno. Choose to explore the prehistoric city of Akrotiri with buildings 4,000 years old, or sail to thermal springs of Palea Kameni. Alternatively, tour the island and see some of Santorini’s volcanic history and panoramic views.

    Discovery

    If you’re feeling active, take a Scenic Discovery hiking excursion.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  17. Day 17 - Pireaus (Athens)

    The ancient and modern city of Athens signals the end of your cruise as you disembark after breakfast taking with you a lifetime of wonderful memories. Please book your flight to depart after 12pm.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

Your all-inclusive cruise features:
  • Only 228 guests on board
  • 100% spacious Verandah Suites
  • Butler service for every guest
  • Up to ten on board dining experiences, from casual to fine dining
  • Scenic Epicure culinary program
  • Complimentary beverages all day, every day
  • Discovery Leaders / Cruise Directors to guide and assist
  • Engaging education and entertainment program
  • Exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences
  • Your choice of Scenic Freechoice activities
  • Scenic Discovery excursions
  • Explore by night with late departures
  • All tipping and gratuities both on board and onshore

Pricing & Availability