Life doesn't come much better than cruising a beautiful area of the world like the Adriatic Sea between Greece and Italy. One of the few things that does make it better is to be on a luxury ship like the Seabourn Odyssey.
I enjoyed a marvelous seven-night cruise on the Seabourn Odyssey from Venice to Athens. The itinerary included charming ports in Italy, Croatia, and Greece, including:
- Venice (embarkation)
- Sibenik, Croatia
- Bari, Italy
- Fiscardo, Cephalonia, Greece
- Katakolon (Olympia), Greece
- Gythion, Greece
- Mykonos, Greece
- Piraeus (Athens), Greece (disembarkation)
Our cruise began in one of the most memorable places on earth--Venice. My friend Juanda and I had visited Venice before, but we arrived a day early to spend a little time in this special place. We stayed at a Marriott Courtyard about five minutes from the airport, arriving there at noon. We stowed our luggage in the room, bought a 24-hour bus/water taxi (vaporetto) pass (18 euros) at the hotel, and were waiting for the bus by 12:40. Five minutes later, bus #5 took us to the bus station in Venice at Piazza Roma, and we were on the vaporetto for Murano before 1:30.
After eating lunch at an outdoor cafe, we browsed the numerous Murano glass shops. The strenuous shopping made us hungry so we were forced to have our first gelato of the trip. (When in Italy, one should always be on the one-gelato-per-day plan.) Anyone who hasn't been to Murano will enjoy taking the vaporetto across the lagoon to visit.
When we finished our fun browsing in Murano, we took water taxi #42 back to the train station to change to water taxi #2 to go to St. Mark's Square (San Marco), arriving there about 5:30 - just in time to enjoy some wine and the dueling musicians. Every bar seems to have its own musical combo, and it cost 5+ euros per person to sit and listen. Add in an overpriced glass of wine, and before you know it, you've spent 15 euros for the ambiance and the view. It's still a better value than the Bellinis at Harry's Bar since you can't beat the St. Mark's location.
After lingering over our drinks for a while, we wandered the narrow pedestrian streets, ending up at La Fenice Opera House. They were having a concert and we debated about attending, but decided to pass since we might have slept through it.
We took the water taxi back to the bus station around 7:00 pm. The sun was setting, and Juanda and I were lucky enough to get seats out front - just as good as in a gondola. It was absolutely marvelous, and the full moon made us wish we were with our husbands. It was very romantic!
We had dinner and then took bus #5 back to the hotel, arriving by 9 pm and pleased we had stayed up all day.
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