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Lively Ajaccio was founded by the Romans, who named its bay "adjaccium", resting place. Every year tourists from all over the world come here, attracted by the sheer beauty of the Corsican scenery.
Alesund, sandwiched between the ocean and a rugged mountain chain, is a truly unique city. With a population of approximately 35,000, Alesund is comprised of a series of small islands rising out of the Storfjord, connected by a labyrinth of canals. The largest of which, the Aalesundet, has given its name to the city. The very location of the city itself makes Alesund a lively centre. Boats come and go, trawlers carry out their daily activities around the clock and trade between one area of the city and another means that its citizens are continuously on the move. For the inhabitants of Alesund, leaving, returning, and welcoming guests are three important aspects of everyday life.
A city rich in history, art and tradition, Alicante is one of Spain`s most popular tourist destinations. The port is separated from the rest of the city, which developed further inland from the coast.
A lively Mediterranean port, famous for its’ celebrated grapes of the region. The sunny, mild climate in Almeria together with the warm temperament, Spanish culture offers are perfect blend for the visitors.
Even though the country`s principal port is Rotterdam and the administrative centre the Hague, Amsterdam is the real capital of the Netherlands, boasting a million-strong population and a never-ending flow of tourists.
The town of Andalsnes near the Romsdalsfjord attracts keen anglers from all over the world - among them the Prince of Wales - eager to try their luck in battle with the famed salmon stocks of the Rauma river. Sportsmen of a different kind - climbers - also flock to Andalsnes, to scale the nearby Trollwall wall, the highest rock face on the continent, set amid a spectacular glacial landscape which punctuates a fertile countryside that is the focus of intense agriculture, particularly Valldal strawberries and other fruit production. Sixty years ago, Andalsnes was the site of some fierce fighting during the Second World War, involving British troops. Much of the town was destroyed and has been reconstructed, giving modern-day Andalsnes a bright appearance and pleasant atmosphere.
Fabulous architecture, world class museums, fine foods and wines, fashionable shopping - Barcelona has it all. Take a walk along Ramblas to feel the essence of the city.
The ancient city centre of Bari, the second largest city in Southern Italy, still has remains of the many civilisations that ruled the city: Romans, Byzantines, Normans and Swabians.
Denmark? Yes, actually, in terms of pure political geography Bornholm is in Denmark, but of course Greenland is Danish. The population of Bornholm likes both aspects of the situation: being Danish and swearing allegiance to the royal family, but also maintaining their own identity, which is no small feat.
Cadiz Seville, Spain
This picturesque seaport, founded circa 1000 B.C. by the Phoenicians, is distinguished by the many Moorish style buildings and lovely promenades. It is also your gateway to Seville.
Cartagena, in the province of Murcia, has a long and distinguished history. In antiquity, Cartagena was one of the most important cities in the Mediterranean. During the Moorish occupation of Spain, it was a center for art and learning. In the 18th century Cartagena was at the center of an intense period of Baroque architecture. Its many layers of history give the city a distinct personality.
Catania, Sicily , Italy
Touched by the sea, kissed by the sun, blessed by the gods" is how a Greek historian once described Catania. Today the city at the foot of Mount Etna is still one of the most admired and visited in Sicily.
Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy
Civitavecchia is the port for the Eternal City-Rome. Take a tour of the city and see the Coliseum and the Forum, visit Vatican City and St. Peter’s Basilica, or stroll along the city streets shopping for leather goods and Italian fashions. Be sure to toss a coin into Trevi Fountain which, the legend says, will guarantee your return to Rome.
Homer’s island has enchanted visitors for ages, with its picturesque landscape and delightful climate. For many years the island fell under Venetian rule and later became a British protectorate. These influences can be seen in the Renaissance and Georgian-style architecture of the main town, with its arcaded shopping plaza and a cricket pitch in the main square.
The 2005 European Capital of Culture, Cork is a city where the sea air and the scent of peat, fresh bread and hops strikes you instantly. Despite its economic and urban growth, Cork has managed to retain its age-old charm.
Museums, festivals and cultural events, lively markets and a buzzing nightlife with live music in the many bars and venues: Dakar never sleeps, always ready to welcome those who appreciate a good time.
Devils Island, French Guyana
If weather permits, look forward to visiting the isle notorious as the penal colony where ‘Papillon’ launched his daring escape. Watch for the Scarlet Ibis, a beautiful species of bird that nests in the mangroves.
Dover, Great Britain
The white cliffs of Dover are famous in song and story. From Dover you can visit nearby Canterbury or take a full-day excursion to see the sights of London –Westminster Abbey, Trafalgar Square, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and more.
The capital of Ireland as well as the largest and most cosmopolitan city in the country, Dublin is a compact city known for its magnificent Georgian buildings, welcoming pubs, and its distinguished literary culture.
This lovely city fully deserves its traditional nickname of "The Jewel of the Adriatic." George Bernard Shaw once said "those who seek paradise should come to Dubrovnik". Surrounded by its 1.000-year old protective wall, it is truly an architectural marvel.
The village of Eidfjord is situated in the most inland part of the fjord of the same name, which itself is an extension of the even longer Hardangerfjord. Eidfjord has a population of around 900 and covers an area of approximately 1500km2. It was granted municipality status in 1977. Thanks to the practically unspoilt natural environment, tourism is the village`s primary source of income. Small businesses, the hydroelectric plant and a little agriculture complete the economic and occupational picture of the area. The development of the Sima power plant in 1970 guaranteed Eidfjord a sufficient level of financial autonomy and therefore allowed for the completion of other social infrastructures such as creches and schools. The Sima power plant is located in the valley of the same name 7km from Eidfjord: it is the largest power station in Norway and is open to the public all-year round.
Falmouth is thought to be the third largest natural harbour in the world. Its characteristic landscape is swept by the wind and the waves of the Atlantic Ocean with sandy bays, cliffs, moorland and woody valleys.
A Baltic fort for over a thousand years, it relishes northern European traditions. Member of the Hanseatic League, it was coveted by the Teutonic Knights, Prussians and Slavs. Today it is a major shipbuilding center and member of the growing “Three Cities” -neighboring Sopot and Gdynia- area extending along the Bay of Gdansk.
Birthplace of Christopher Columbus, Genoa has a long and proud history as one of the most important ports on the Mediterranean. The rejuvenated waterfront is home to an outstanding maritime museum and aquarium. The city has the second largest medieval quarter in Europe with superb examples of gothic architecture, perfect for an afternoon stroll. Tours to the nearby villages of Portofino and Santa Margherita are also available.
Gibraltar (BCC), Great Britain
The ‘Rock’ guarding the entrance to the Mediterranean sea, offers a fascinating blend of Spanish and English culture. A ride to the 1400 foot high summit affords a breathtaking view.
Guernsey’s climate is notably different to that of the rest of Great Britain: around 2000 hours of sunshine a year and fantastic beaches and cliffs from which to enjoy it. St. Peter’s port is one of the most beautiful in Europe.
In terms of population Hamburg is Germany’s second largest city after Berlin and is also the country’s most important port area. With plenty of vast green open spaces and some fascinating architecture, it is a city waiting to be discovered.
Hammerfest is the last outpost of civilisation before reaching the never-ending ice sheets of the North Pole. Although its name would lead you to think of Finland, it is in fact Norwegian territory. Finnmark is a remarkable area which has become a national park area. One such park is the Øvre Pasvik, located in the largest primitive forest of the Polar Cap, a natural paradise for bears that fish for pike and salmon.
Heraklio (Crete) , Greece
Heraklion, the capital of Crete and its principal commercial port is just three miles away from the fantastic ruins of the Palace of Knossos. Discovered in 1899 by Sir Arthur Evans and partially reconstructed, the eleborate Palace is believed to be the mythical Labyrinth of King Minos and the seat of ancient Minoan culture. The Archaeological Museum in Heraklion displays many of the treasures found during the excavations.
The gateway to the North Cape, Honningsvag was in mediaeval times believed to lie on the edge of the world. The region is one of icy winds and the land of the midnight sun and offers the visitor spectacular landscapes and stunning views. The rocky promontory of North Cape was first discovered in 1553 by English captain Richard Chancellor while on an ultimately unsuccessful attempt to find a new passage to China. The captain, however, developed significant commerce on the Russian coast at Mourmansk and became very wealthy.
Ibiza (Balearic Isles), Spain
This pulsating isle is the third largest of the Balearic Islands. It is popular for its excellent beaches, secluded bays, lively nightlife and rising terrain speckled with fig and olives trees.
Invergordon`s founder, Sir William Gordon of Embo, bought the old castle at the beginning of the 18th century and decided to retire to this niche in the Highlands where he devoted himself to his favourite pastimes, hunting and fishing. He had a substantial fortune and entirely restored the castle and began to finance plans for the building of a small town and port. This definitively changed the name of the city from Inverbreakie to Invergordon.
As you approach Istanbul from the sea, the graceful minarets of countless mosques appear on the horizon and the Islamic call to prayer carries over the water. Istanbuls blend of East and West has resulted in some of the most magnificent architecture in the world, including Agia Sofia and the Blue Mosque. At the Topkapi Museum, formerly Sultans Palace, the treasures of the Ottoman Empire are on view. Bargain for your own treasures in the Grand Bazaar.
The capital of Schleswig-Holstein is a distinctive city known for its maritime and naval tradition. As a result of the city’s interesting peninsular formation, all roads lead to the town centre.
The island where Zephyrs have thrown Aphrodite, who was born out of foam, is symbolically the island of loving-pleasure, which testifies the literal and artistic theme of the departure to Kithera, once illustrated by the painter Watteau. The island is desirable to couples who wish to always remain under the protection of the Goddess. Here you can discover a well preserved nature and isolated idealistic beaches.
Klaipeda is Lithuania’s third largest city and the country’s only maritime port. Its German past can be seen in some of its architecture, such as the famous clocktower
Kos is know as the home of Hippocrates, father of medical science. The town is an archaeological repository of Archaic, Classical, Hellenistic, and Roman ruins. Take a tour to the ancient Asklepeion and the island’s archaeological museum.
Kusadasi (Ephessos), Turkey
A picturesque town on the coast with many opportunities for Flea Market shopping. Nearby lies the Ancient city of Ephessos, founded by the Athenians. A tour to Ephessos will allow you to discover a treasure of Greek, Hellenistic and Roman monuments which witness the past power and prosperity of this city. Walkimg towards the ancient harbor, down a marble road rutted by the wheels of countless chariots, you pass architectural masterpieces like Forum, Odeon, Library of Celsus, the Thermal Baths of Scolastika, the magnificent Great Amphitheatre where St.Paul was arrested and cast out of the city and that is still eminent for its remarkable acoustics.
La Coruna, Spain
La Coruña is the capital of the rugged province of Galicia. In 1588 the Spanish Armada assembled in this port to launch their ill-fated attack on England. Today the area is known for its gentle climate, warm hospitality and its proximity to the holy city of Santiago de Compostela.
La Valletta, Malta
Main port and capital of the island of Malta, Valletta is located on a rocky peninsula surrounded by two gulfs. The city has been a crossroad since the time of the Phoenicians because of its strategic location between Africa, Europe and the Middle East. It used to be a naval base for the British as recently as 1979. As from 1570, the city owes its name to the Great Order of Malta, Jean Parisot of Valletta. Built in the style of an ancient city, Valletta hides a superb collection of palaces and baroque style churches. Vallettas magnificent fortifications appear on the horizon like an elaborate sand castle. Within its walls are the riches of the crusading St. John, who fled here from Rhodes in 1530 and ammased great treasures of art and architecture, before they were expelled by Napoleon.
Las Palmas (Canary Islands), Spain
Having the gentle climate of the Canary Islands, it is a popular vacation destination. It features wonderful beaches and a charming old-town with narrow streets and open-air cafes.
Le Havre(Paris), France
Le Havre is the gateway for optional tours to Paris, the “City of Light”. In Le Havre itself, cruise visitors can explore at leisure and learn something of the French “art de vivre”. Visit fish and vegetables markets, public parks, modern architecture, long seaside promenade and a vast beach.
Portugal’s charming and historic capital is also one of the busiest ports in Europe. Explore the old town’s winding streets on foot, or take an excursion to nearby Cabo de Roca and Estoril.
The port city of Livorno in Tuscany is your gateway to Florence. The glory of Florence lies in the eminence of its past. Its buildings are masterpieces guarding within more works of art. Some of Florence’s illustrious citizens were Michelangelo, Galileo, Machiavelli, Dante, Leonardo da Vinci and its renowned rulers, the Medici family.
Longyerbyen, Ny-Alesund and Magdalenenfyord are the three most important centres of the Svalbard islands, an archipelago in the Arctic Ocean with a total surface of 62,700sq km, situated between northern latitudes 74` and 81` and eastern longitudes 10` and 35`. The exact date of the islands` discovery is still a matter of debate. Some historians attribute their origins to the Vikings, others believe they were discovered by Russian sailors.
Madeira (Funchal), Portugal
The Portuguese island of Madeira is closer to Africa than to Europe. Sample the local wine, shop for handmade lace and linens, or take a drive to quaint fishing villages along the rocky coastline.
Magdalena Fjord, Norway
Magdalenenfjord is one of the most important towns on the Svalbard islands, an archipelago in the Arctic Ocean. These islands offer fantastic experiences in majestic natural surroundings where animals and humans live at the mercy of the elements.
Malaga is perfectly situated in the heart of Spain’s famous Costa de Sol. The Moors occupied this area of Spain for eight centuries and their influence is seen in the architecture, folklore and native costumes.
Islands, bays, beaches and remains of ancient civilisations come together harmoniously in this island, called "the place blessed by God" in ancient times, and the border between the Aegean and the Mediterranean Seas.
Part of the region of Provence, this ancient seaport - the oldest city in France- is now the second largest city after Paris. You will enjoy a walk through the picturesque old port of this cosmopolitan city rich in history, culture and folklore.
Menorca (Balaeric Isles), Spain
This Balearic isle, distinct due to the English presence during the XVIII Century, boasts charming harbors and beaches always within one’s reach. Its rural and colorful landscape also includes an extensive Natural Reserve. The quaint towns of Ciutadella and Mahon , are excellent for strolling among cosmopolitan terraces, monuments, art galleries and museums.
Messina (Taormina), Italy
From Messina, Sicily`s most important city, you can take a tour to Taormina, a beautiful city overlooking Mount Etna. Visit the Palazzo Corvaia which dates from the 15th Century and the acoustically perfect Greek Theatre offers outstanding views of the Sicilian countryside.
Known as the `town of roses` Molde, in Romsdal county, lies near the spectacular Romsdalfjord. Molde is surrounded by a range of more than 80 mountains, which protects it from freezing north winds while its coastline is warmed by the gulf Stream. Thus Molde, which lies at latitude 62°, enjoys a relatively mild climate compared with other nearby towns. Established in 1742, Molde suffered heavy German bombing during World War II, and large areas of the town had to be reconstructed. The current population of Molde is some 21,000 inhabitants.
Motril (Granada), Spain
The largest town in Andalucia`s "Costa Tropical" is your portal to Granada. Unique in its magnificent beauty and architecture, the entire city of Granada has been declared a national monument. Founded before the 8th century, it has become a rich center for literature, art science and trading.
On Mykonos you will find beautiful beaches, chic boutiques and elegant nightclubs. Beneath its sophisticated surface lies a quite essential Greek island. Hundreds of tiny chapels dot this blue and white-washed island with its beautiful windmills. Find a table on the waterfront and bask in the serenity of sunset over its picturesque harbor.
Mytilini (Lesvos), Greece
The birthplace of Sappho, a famous poet in ancient Greece, Lesbos is a charming island of picturesque villages like Agiassos. The Monastery of Leimonos and its museum and beautiful frescoes are of special interest.
A bustling port city in southern Italy, Naples is famous for its robust cuisine and for its inhabitants’ zest for life. Nearby you will find the extensive ruins of Pompei, an ancient Roman city destroyed by a volcanic eruption of Mt.Vesuvius.
Nessebur is one of the oldest and most picturesque towns existing in the Balkans. It was founded by Thracians and colonized by Greek settlers from Megara in the 6th century to which they gave the name of Messemvria. Nessebur today has a rich cultural heritage seen either in numerous Byzantine churches, beautiful old houses or Roman ruins.
NY Alesund, Norway
Longyerbyen, Ny-Alesund and Magdalenenfyord are the three most important centres of the Svalbard islands, an archipelago in the Arctic Ocean with a total surface of 62,700sq km, situated between northern latitudes 74` and 81` and eastern longitudes 10` and 35`. The exact date of the islands` discovery is still a matter of debate. Some historians attribute their origins to the Vikings, others believe they were discovered by Russian sailors
Odessa is a thriving seaport with a rich history as an industrial, educational and touristic center. In the city stands a monument to the great Russian poet Pushkin who was exiled here from 1820 to 1824. Also of interest are Prince Voronstov’s palace, the Uspensky Cathedral, the Potemkin Steps and the opera house where Caruso and Chaliapin sang.
Olympia (Katakolon), Greece
Olympia was a sacred precinct built for the quadrennial games dedicated to Zeus during which all hostilities were ceased in the name of athletic competition. Much was destroyed when the games were outlawed as a pagan festival in 393 AD, but visitors can still see the Temple of Zeus and the stadium. The Archaeological Museum houses some exquisite sculptures, including the famous Niki "Winged Victory" by Paionios, "Hermes" by Praxiteles and Apollo from the Temple of Zeus.
This urban city is built along the hillsides overlooking the mouth of the Douro River. Its thousand-year history, always linked to the sea, is echoed in its many and varied monuments.
Palma de Mallorca, Spain
One of Europe’s favorite vacations spots, Palma de Mallorca boasts sunny weather and sandy beaches in addition to a medieval castle, cathedral and monastery.
Patmos, very often called as "The Jerusalem of the Aegean Sea", is known as the site of the apocalyptic Revelations of St.John the Divine, written here during his exile from the Roman Empire. The cave where he lived is near the site of the Monastery of St.John, built on one of the island`s highest points and houses priceless icons and manuscripts in its Treasury.
Piraeus (Athens), Greece
Capital of Greece, cradle of democracy, birthplace of Western Civilization- Athens is a vibrant city where old and new coexist. The majestic Parthenon rises above the city, its ancient glory still visible in the timeworn stone, and the National Archaeological Museum holds countless treasures from Athens` Golden Age.
Pythagorion (Samos), Greece
One of Samos major ports, it is the portal to a host of chapels, churches and monasteries, wonderful scenery, archaeological sites and many beaches. Tradition maintains that cave of Pythagoras, the great philosopher-mathematician, lies here.
Considered the largest capital in the Baltic States, Riga is a lively and multiethnic city full of major streets and green parks. The Freedom Monument is one of its major attractions.
Salvador Bahia , Brazil
One of the most extraordinary, intense, mystical and culturally vibrant cities in the world. In the old city centre, Pelourinho, you`ll hear music on every street corner by night, and you can enjoy the local handicrafts and culture by day.
Santa Cruz, Tenerife
The island of Santorini is the most breathtaking of all the Greek Islands. The town of Fira with white-washed houses, narrow streets, open-air cafes and glittering boutiques cling to steep cliffs is accesible by cable-car or mule. The village of Oia is a "must", an inspiration to all artists with numerous art galleries and spectacular views. To the south is Akrotiri where recent Minoan excavations support the theories that Santorini might be the fabled lost continent of Atlantis.
Sao Vicente, Cape Verde
Blessed with tropical weather yearlong this picturesque isle bids you a warm creole welcome. Although discovered in 1462, St.Vincent’s day, it remained desolate until the middle of the XIX century. It was a Portuguese colony until its independence in 1975.
e history of Savona has always been linked to that of Genoa, with which it still has a friendly rivalry. Today the city winds its way around the port and the fortress of Priamar, the true symbol of the city.
With the Caucasus Mountains in the background, the tourist destination of Sochi on the Black Sea is Russia’s Odessa and Yalta: from the particularly pleasant climate and warm seawater, to the spas and waterfalls.
Southampton is the UK’s most important port and it was from here that the infamous Titanic set sail. The city has plenty of impressive museums as well as attractions for those who fancy something a little more daring.
St.Helier, Great Britain
Vivid capital of Jersey, Channel Island, due to its proximity to the French coast it offers an interesting blend of English and French cultures.
The ancient city of Syracuse, founded by Greeks in 784BC, became the most important city in the picturesque island of Sicily. It attracted famous poets and artists from antiquity. You may see remains of 15,000-seat amphitheatre and the famous fountain of Arethusa.
Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, which used to be called Reval, has two distinct parts: the city is built partially on a hill slightly inland from the coast, whereas the oldest part, which has been inhabited since the Middle Ages, is closer to the port. Tallinn is famous for its very active open-air theatres and its art galleries, and every year it hosts a world-famous music festival.
The second largest city in Greece and the capital of Makedonia, Thessaloniki was named after Alexander the Great’s sister. Tour the modern city to see the numerous Byzantine Churches, the old city walls and the famous archaeological museum housing priceless collections from all over Macedonia. Recently the intact tomb of Alexander’s father Philip II was discovered in nearby Vergina. Its treasures, along with many others, are on display at the exceptional archaeological Museum or Vergina.
You will not find the colours of the Faroe islands anywhere else in the world, and the mood here is friendly and welcoming. The islands are an archipelago made up of eighteen islands jutting out into the Atlantic Ocean not far from Iceland and offers visitors a truly unique experience.
The Norwegian city of Tromso is the gateway to the Arctic and starting point for expeditions to the North Pole. Situated on a small islet, connected to the coast by bridge, its main commercial activities revolve around the food and fishing industry, focused on the sea and nearby Lake Prestvant. The city`s distinctive features include traditional timber warehouses and wooden houses. As a university town and a centre of the whaling industry,Tromso has enjoyed considerable prosperity with a thriving social and cultural life. The university is world renowned for its Geology and Natural Science faculties. The Tromso Museum is the city`s most visited tourist attraction and was built at the same time as the university, with geological, botanical and zoological departments, reflecting all aspects of life in the Arctic. Another city highlight is Tromsdalen Church, the so-called `Arctic Cathedral`, one of the northernmost centres of Christianity.
This incomparable city never fails to exceed expectations. The majesty of St. Mark’s Square. The romance of gondolas gliding along the canals. The beauty of the famed Murano glassware. Venice is possibly the world’s most romantic city.
The bustling commercial port of Vigo, on Spain’s Atlantic coast just north of the Portuguese border, is the point of entry for Santiago de Compostela, Spain’s holiest of cities and a place of pilgrimage since the middle ages.
Villefranche (Nice, Monte Carlo), France
The charming village of Villefranche is just a short ride from glittering Monte Carlo. Try your luck in the casino or stroll through the tidy streets lined with glamorous boutiques. On the fabled French Rivera, the vibrant city of Nice is also nearby.
Its privileged location between the country’s two main urban centers, Athens and Salonica and by the slopes of Mt. Pelion makes this a lively and modern city offering varied cultural life and entertainment. Its scenic waterfront is ideal for a stroll. It is the gateway to amazing Meteora, home of the impressive monasteries perched on top of giant rocks.
A veritable paradise washed by the warm waters of the Black Sea, Yalta is a first–class resort located on the southern coast of the Crimea. The famous 1945 conference between Stalin, Churchill and Roosevelt was held at Yalta’s white Livadia Palace.
Named “Flower of Levant” by the Venetians, Zante is the southern island of the 7 Ionic islands. It will seduce you with its emerald sea, its beaches and mountains covered by pine-trees.
Nearby Bruges is a jewel-like city of canals and gabled town houses – a living museum of medieval art and architecture.