The Ohio State University Alumni Association

All Big Ten Mediterranean Marvels

June 7 – June 18, 2019

Details

Take in iconic Mediterranean destinations during an incredible ten-night cruise aboard Oceania Cruises’ Sirena.

Embark on a journey to iconic Mediterranean destinations. Depart Civitavecchia and sail to Amalfi, an enchanting town filled with ancient wonders like a twelfth-century Capuchin monastery and a beautiful eleventh-century cathedral and cloister. Nearby, Positano charms all who visit with its colorful fishing boats and Moorish-style houses. Continue to Palermo, a city that cohesively blends its multicultural identity, and Valletta, home to a vast collection of famed landmarks. Visit Ibiza, where you can take in the stark contrasts of the historic city and the popular modern-day attractions that line its streets. Then, sail to Spain’s Orange Blossom Coast to Castellón, a province dotted with charming medieval villages. Next, stop in Barcelona, where modern sophistication lives harmoniously with tradition and striking architecture mingles with medieval structures, and Marseille, France’s oldest city and gateway to the picturesque landscapes and medieval towns of Provence. Before ending your cruise in Monte Carlo, visit Saint-Tropez, with its pristine beaches on the French Riviera.

Tour highlights and included features

  • Included round-trip airfare from select U.S. and Canadian gateway cities
  • Entertainment, use of the ship's facilities on board the vessel and meals featuring multiple dining venues, including gourmet open-seating restaurants at no additional charge
  • All Big Ten Welcome Reception
  • Private Big Ten Tailgate
  • Private Big Ten Dining (Grand Dining Lounge)
  • All Big Ten Farewell Reception
  • Big Ten Panel
  • Commemorative All Big Ten Gift
  • Unlimited complimentary soft drinks, bottled water, cappuccino, espresso, tea and juice
  • Create your own itinerary from a wide selection of optional shore excursions available for an additional charge
  • Private Welcome Reception and a complimentary bottle of wine aboard the ship
  • Attentive service from an experienced onboard Go Next Program Manager
  • All air- and cruise-related government taxes, surcharges and fees

Dates June 7 – June 18, 2019

Cost $4,099* (From Price. Airfare is included from select gateway cities. All prices are per person, based on double occupancy, and early booking deadlines. Dates, itineraries, and prices are subject to change.)

Type Cruise

Region Europe

Activity level

Host

Operator

Contact Debbie Vargo
vargo.42@osu.edu
614-292-2372 or
800-852-TOUR (8687), ext. 1

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Experiences

Itinerary

Embark the Sirena in Rome (Civitavecchia).

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Visit enchanting Amalfi to admire the 12th century Capuchin monastery and see the beautiful 11th century cathedral and cloister. Then discover chic Positano with its relaxed, sophisticated air and white Moorish-style houses clinging to steep slopes around a sparkling bay filled with colorful fishing boats.

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Discover the myriad of cultural layers of Malta, from its amazing prehistoric temples at Tarxien to beautiful walled medieval Mdina, nearby Rabat, and Marsaxlokk, a colorful fishing village. Admire the stunning scenery and wander through imposing churches and down the streets of fortified towns where the Knights of St. John once held sway.

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With its youthful spirit and natural beauty, the Balearic island of Ibiza (or "Eivissa," as it's known locally) appeals to those who love the outdoors. The beach-blessed coastline is majestically rugged, and the hills are covered with olive and fig trees. The capital of Ciudad de Ibiza offers a multitude of diversions, especially in the historic Dalt Vila district. Visit its 16th century Castle of Ibiza and the churches and Museum of Contemporary Art inside the fortified walls. With its cobblestone streets, Ibiza is a scenic city to walk. Two of the most popular beaches are Talamanca and Ses Figueretes.

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From fragrant orange groves and historical architecture to volcanic islands and sparkling beaches, the fantastic blend of landscapes surrounding Castellón, which is tucked away on Spain’s Orange Blossom Coast, will beguile you. Visit the 13th-century castle on charming Peñíscola, built by the Knights Templar on the foundations of an Arab fortress, which was used to film El Cid in 1961. Stroll through the narrow streets of the medieval town of Morella, filled with striking examples of Gothic and Romanesque-style architecture. Take in the aroma of orange groves dotting the coastal region, also known as Costa Azahar, relax on the sands of Pinar Beach, or take a romantic stroll in the Ribalta Park.

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Visit the magnificent Gothic cathedral and the amazing La Sagrada Familia, Antoni Gaudí's unfinished masterpiece. Enjoy the lovely Montjuic Gardens, Gaudí's other fabulous structures, the charming squares of the old Gothic Quarter and the Ramblas, Barcelona's famed downtown promenade. Or visit beautiful Montserrat and its monastery in a breathtaking setting high in the mountains.

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See the sights and enjoy the views of historic old Marseille and visit the charming fishing port of Cassis. Or venture into the celebrated Provençal countryside with its fields of lavender and sunflowers. Explore lovely Aix or stroll through Avignon and its Papal Palace and the hilltop village of Les Baux.


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Beyond the port, enjoy the exquisite hilly Provençal countryside and its charming villages with their narrow stepped streets, lovely churches and stunning scenic views. Visit a local winery or take a drive along the rugged coast and revel in the wonderful views of the beaches, the landscape, the islands and the magnificent forested ridges of the Massif des Maures.



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Say good bye to Monte Carlo and disembark the Sirena.



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*Itinerary subject to change due to local conditions.

Contact

Contact Debbie Vargo at Ohio State Alumni Tours:
Phone: 614-292-2372 or 800-852-TOUR (8687), ext. 1
Email: vargo.42@osu.edu

Space is limited. Book your tour now!